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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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...

Balaam’s Counsel

"Look, these women caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD" (Numbers 31:16). Balaam Balaam was a sorcerer of international renown. Although he lived some 600km from Moabite territory...

Netflix and that sort of stuff

I recently received this message from a fellow elder: “With the growing trend, even in our own circles, to subscribe to video on demand services like Netflix, I believe it would be prudent to ask those in our care during our annual home visits whether they subscribe to these services.” Referring...

After the fall into sin is everyone still in God’s image?

I’ve written about this before in relation to reformed education but the frequency with which I read and hear, in our church life and literature, that everyone is in the image of God surprises me. It’s certainly not what we confess in our Three Forms of Unity. It may...

Joy in the Lord

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you" (1 Thess. 5:16-18). In the eyes of many, reformed people are rather sombre; they’re considered to be sober and too serious. The perception is that they have strict rules,...