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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Sphere sovereignty and our attitude to the government in the present situation

Should the government be able to say who can (e.g., the vaccinated) and who cannot (e.g., the unvaccinated) attend church? Should the government be able to tell the Christian school that only vaccinated teachers may be permitted to teach? As a result of governmental mandates relating to the pandemic,...

Contemporary Christian Music (# 3): A tool for evangelism?

In the previous two articles, attention was drawn to worldliness within the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) industry, as well as the musical style’s incompatibility with the worship of God. A final argument used in defence of CCM is an appeal to its use for spreading the gospel. For example, Kanye...

Contemporary Christian Music (# 2): Suitable for worship?

While many Christians may admit that much of present-day Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is a result of its close association with the secular rock music industry and not God-honouring, they may yet approve of CCM for the sake of the exceptions. They might justify this kind of music being...

Contemporary Christian Music #1: Worldliness

While many Christians may concede that most popular rock music is out of bounds for God’s people, “Christian rock” or Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) is often treated as a separate category. It is often seen as a great, God-honouring alternative to secular rock and often various arguments are raised...

“… it pleases God to govern us by their hand”

Why must children honour and obey their parents and teachers, and why must everyone honour and obey all those in authority? “… because it pleases God…” (LD 39). That’s it. Period. Therefore we may say to the authorities: rule us; you do so by the grace of God. Rule...

She bore a male Child

“She bore a male child who was to rule all the nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne” (Revelation 12:5).   “And she brought forth her firstborn Son…” says Luke as he begins his gospel narrative concerning the events of Christmas....

Rev Pieter van Gurp 1921-2021

Having been granted 100 years in this earthly life, Rev Pieter van Gurp (born 16 September 1921) entered heavenly paradise 26th November 2021. Some older readers may remember him from the nine years he served the Free Reformed Church of Albany (1955-1964). Younger (middle aged) members may remember the...

In the Reformed School, God’s Word is to govern every subject and teacher

At the institution of ‘our’ reformed schools our forbears never intended that all the subjects taught, apart from Bible Study and Church History, would be pretty much like any other school. They knew that every subject lesson had to be consecrated to God because the church’s children had been...

Vaccines – some thoughts from a specialist

Recently I’ve had email contact with a brother who I greatly respect but who struggles with the issue of whether it’s right to be vaccinated against Covid, so much so that he loses sleep over it. A major concern for him was reports about vaccines weakening our immune system....

Reformation: the Gospel versus three ‘buts’

When Luther finally ‘discovered’ that those who put their trust in Christ alone receive salvation, he was exuberant. His heart was filled with overwhelming joy. God had opened his eyes to see the wonderful, liberating, inexpressibly great heart of the gospel. Salvation in Christ alone means you don’t need...