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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Death, comfort and the glory that awaits

A death in the family, or the death of a close friend, can be a source of much grief. Suddenly, or perhaps after an illness, one is confronted by the reality that the person is no longer here. Sometimes we read of how people in the world grieve for...

Church History Narratives for Everyone 

This will be a very brief article. Today, 31 October, is Reformation Day. We remember in particular the great deeds of the Lord in liberating His people from what had become a very corrupt and doctrinally deviant church. We still benefit from what the Lord granted at that time,...

The great value of knowing church history

Reformed believers will know that the Great Reformation of the 16th century, which we remember each October 31st (next Monday), is just part of the much bigger picture of God’s Son gathering, defending and preserving His church from the beginning to the end of the world (LD 21). There’s...

Expect persecution

Australia, like much of Western civilisation, has moved from a broadly Christian culture, through a post-Christian culture, to what is becoming an anti-Christian culture. So, expect persecution. Christians in some Muslim countries in Africa and in Afghanistan have had to endure persecution for decades and there is, lamentably, plenty of...

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...