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.

Latest articles

Do all believers have a task to evangelise?

What’s the difference between mission and evangelism? Mission is said to be “the official proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ by ordained servants to people who do not know or have become estranged from the gospel”. Evangelism has been defined as “sharing the gospel of Jesus...

More Hymns

Past synods of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA) have rightly expressed concern about the proliferation of hymns in the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (RCN) when they were still our sister churches. However, we are ourselves slowly but surely increasing the number of hymns for...

FRCA Synod 2018’s interpretation of the CO about appeals

Suppose a church member finds a synod decision to be contrary to God’s Word. What should he do? Could he send an appeal direct to synod? Well, that used to be possible; but not anymore. At least, it is no longer possible in the Free Reformed Churches...

Why Should I Read the Acts of Synod?

That’s a good question.  After all, the Acts of General Synod are not exactly riveting reading.  They won’t win the Giller, Nobel or Booker prize and they definitely won’t be on the New York Times Best-Seller list.  The Acts are not a novel with characters you can...

Ask, Seek, Knock

The Saviour used parables related to familiar daily events in order to instruct His disciples, and thereby us. In Luke 11 Jesus uses such a story to teach us about prayer. His disciples asked him how to pray. He not only gave them the perfect prayer but...

Europe Submits to Islam

On October 25, 2018, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) essentially ruled that criticizing Mohammed, the founder of Islam, means inciting hatred and therefore such criticism is not protected free speech. With this verdict, Europe was basically told to submit to Islam. The case involved Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff,...

Loveless Love

“In love we must be able to differ from one another.  Love creates an atmosphere of tolerance to recognize and respect different, even opposing viewpoints. In love, I have a right to my view, and you to yours, without condemning each other. The love of Christ drives us...

Interview with Rev van Gurp about causes of deformation in RCN

Preface You may know that in 2003, after years of concerns about deformation in the RCN (GKv), and after concerned members had their appeals to successive synods rejected, some people liberated themselves from the unscriptural teachings and practices...

The Trust Test

There is a story about a famous fellow who walked across the Niagara Falls on a tight-rope. Whether the story is entirely factual, I do not know; but the event was said to have taken place a long time ago with huge crowds of onlookers.

How do we handle trials?

Living in a fallen and sinful world, Christians are not exempt from experiencing trials, tribulation and suffering. Struggles and afflictions are never far away. Throughout history believers have cried out to God, expressing the same sentiments articulated in Psalm 25, “Turn to me, and be gracious to me, for I am...