Defence of the Truth is a website which aims to provide articles which give reformed direction and ‘test the spirits’ in submission to the truth of the Holy Bible, the doctrine of which is confessed in the Three Forms of Unity – The Belgic Confession of Faith, the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort.

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ARROWS IN A WARRIOR’S HAND

This is a short speech about the antithesis between church and world. Rev Clarence Stam held it for the Canadian Reformed High School Society of Burlington-West on November 5, 1975. It remains as relevant for today as it did then, if not more so given today's increasingly antichristian sentiments. Arrows...

Almost half the GKV no longer have afternoon services

It used to be the norm to attend church twice a Sunday. That’s past in the GKV (Reformed Churches of the Netherlands, our former Dutch sister churches), as well as in the Netherlands Reformed Churches (those who broke away from the GKV in the 1960s). Thereby they are, according...

A closer look at gender ideology

You may have read or heard about how men who identify as women have beaten real women in women’s sports, such as swimming races. Unsurprisingly a lot of women have been less than impressed about this, leading to considerable debate in sports circles. Moreover, there’s been debate about such...

60 years John Calvin School in Albany

Earlier this month the Albany John Calvin School’s 60th anniversary was celebrated by our brothers and sisters in Albany. There was certainly much reason for this. The LORD, our covenant God, had richly blessed the feeble beginnings to establish a reformed school in faithfulness to Him! The LORD’s blessings...

VanGurp’s experience of the Church Liberation of 1944 and the lie about Schilder

Today (11 August 2022) it is exactly 78 years ago that our Lord Jesus Christ liberated our forebears in the faith from synod decisions which had embraced the lie and forced it upon the churches. The lie was that God’s covenant promises at baptism weren’t reliable; they depended on...

The prisoners and the free

“Christ … has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen” (Rev. 1:6). Recently I joined a tour of historical Fremantle Prison and was told about such notorious criminals as Sydney Sutton, Eric Edgar Cooke and, worst of...

Christianity under siege

We’ve become used to reading about persecution of Christians by hard-line Muslim regimes in Africa and Afghanistan, communist dictatorships in Asia, and Hindu places in India and Pakistan. But we are increasingly seeing signs of the West turning against its Christian roots. In today’s copy of The Australian, Greg...

The witnesses in “the rule of Matthew 18”

“… if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that ‘by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word...

Reformed Education 4 – What can the office bearers do?

Below is the final part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. having shown in the earlier articles that Reformed Education is not just the parents’ business but the responsibility of the whole church, and hence also of the office...

Reformed Education 3 – What can the Office Bearers do?

Below is the third part of a speech Rev R Eikelboom delivered at a Canadian Reformed office bearers’ conference in 2002. In the earlier articles he has shown that Reformed Education is not just the parents’ business but the responsibility of the whole church, and hence of the office...