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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Idolatry

“Idolatry is having or inventing something in which to put our trust instead of, or in addition to, the only true God who has revealed himself in his Word” (LD 34). We’re not guilty of idolatry, are we? We all believe in God and in our Saviour Jesus Christ....

From ‘Old’ to ‘New’ Year – in God’s Plan

Something strange happens when we move from one year to the next. The secular media implies that we’re entering a different era, as if the old year, like a trouble-prone car, has been replaced by a new year which, like a new car, promises to provide us with pleasurable,...

Today 130 years ago…

Today 130 years ago a baby was born who, despite growing up in poverty, came to be a great instrument in God’s hand for defending and promoting the Truth, God’s holy Word, and to be a key figure in the liberation of Christ’s church. A sensitive lad, he had...

Purposeful Living

What is the value of our lives? This is a question that has been asked by civilisations through the ages. It is a question we Christians, too, ask ourselves. Certainly, we trust that when we die we will go to heaven. But in the meantime, what is our purpose...

Classis North 20-11-2020’s bad decision

Last week Friday Classis North adopted a proposal submitted by the FRC Launceston to “propose that Synod decide to mandate the Deputies for Sister Church Relations to accept invitations to attend ICRC conferences in an observer capacity, beginning with the ICRC Conference scheduled to be held in Windhoek, Namibia...

Are Human Rights Biblical?

Human rights are relatively new. It was only following the atrocities of WW II that human rights became a global movement. Already after WW I the League of Nations attempted to protect human rights. Its efforts failed though, as it couldn’t enforce its decisions. In 1941, President Roosevelt delivered...

Bonhoeffer: Dead End Theology

Seven years ago, Dutch DGK minister Rev E Heres wrote: “It is remarkable how much attention there is in our time for the German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. This spring, guest lectures on Bonhoeffer were given at various places in the country by Prof. Dr. B. Kamphuis (Kampen) and Prof. Dr....

Reformation Day

Some people say: doctrine divides but service unites, so let’s focus on what unites us, on what we have in common, rather than on what divides. But with such an approach there would never be a reformation. The church is “the pillar and ground of the truth” (1 Tim...

A School of Sons and Daughters (2)

The following is the second and final part of Dr C van Dam's speech. Memory Work             Scripture makes clear that parents have to entrust the great deeds of God to their children. God’s works have to be written on their hearts (cf. Deut 6:6-9). Undoubtedly much was therefore committed to...

A School of Sons and Daughters (1)

Now that our reformed schools are opening their doors for Term 4, I pass on the first of two parts of a speech Dr C van Dam presented some time ago at a Reformed School Society. As might be expected, it has relevance both for the teachers in our...