The distinction between true and false churches

What follows is the first part of a sermon on LD 21 by Rev. Mendel Retief. The way in which Satan attacks the church is...

More on Evangelism

There has been much debate on evangelism over the past months. In the October 2020 edition of the Contender, the article Rethinking Evangelism appeared....

Daniel and the Faith

We know the saying: ‘Dare to be a Daniel; dare to stand alone.’ Not: stand alone to do evil, but stand up for the...

Identity politics, critical race theory and the newly revised curriculum

As happens every few years—at great cost to the public—a newly revised Australian curriculum appears on the scene. It ought to have the concern...

Pluriformity of the Church (Denominationalism)

'Reformed churches' tend to have the Belgic Confession (BC) whereas 'Presbyterian churches' tend to have the Westminster Confession (WC). Some, such as the RCNZ,...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 5)

This will be brief because I refer only to Friday evening’s sitting; synod does not sit Saturday. But first, a correction from a Canadian...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 4)

Greetings from, and prayers for, our sister churches in South Africa and from the GGRI Timor had synod’s attention in the first part of...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 3)

Yesterday evening Synod 2021 saw some more speeches from churches abroad being presented, this time from our sister churches in Canada and Korea, and...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippet 2)

Last night’s session commenced with speeches from some sister churches. I won’t elaborate on these because they will most likely be included as an...

FRCA Synod Albany 2021 (Snippet 1)

Last night saw the commencement of Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia. Outside God showed His power by providing wild...

The Boundaries of Ecclesiastical Unity 2

Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17 is often used to promote unity with different church federations. Specifically, verse 21 of this chapter: ”…that...

The Boundaries of Ecclesiastical Unity 1

The next few articles summarise a few documents dealing with ecclesiastical unity. Today’s article summarises a brochure by Rev P. van Gurp and Rev...

Giving up our ‘rights’

There are things in life which we must do and things we may do. And sometimes those things we may do, or believe we...

Joel and the Spirit of Prophecy

Australians witnessing terrible bush-fires know how billowing smoke can darken the sun and make the moon look blood-red. I recall reports of people who...

How serious is Covid-19?

Readers will be aware that in December 2019 an epidemic, caused by a previously unknown coronavirus, started in Wuhang, China, and that this has...