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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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 since created a pandemic involving almost the entire world. Although the developments of the pandemic receive daily news coverage and many figures are shared, there...

Prof B Holwerda on the Parents’ Calling regarding the School with the Bible

Covenant means fellowship with the triune God. The promise of that fellowship was signified at our baptism. And by that baptism we and our children were “received into the church of God and set apart from all other peoples and false religions, to be entirely committed to Him whose...

Justified Freely by God’s Grace through the Redemption that is in Christ Jesus

This April it is 500 years since Luther (1483-1546) stood trial before emperor Charles V in the German city of Worms. After a difficult struggle Luther understood the gospel that our righteousness is not through works but through faith in Jesus Christ. He has paid for our sins.  But the Roman Catholic Church (RC)...

More on the Vaccination Issue

You may recall that in February Rev S de Marie’s article “Vaccinate against corona – yes or no?” was published on this site. This was followed in March by his response to some criticism. Today, with the federal government about to introduce widespread vaccination, the secular media appear to...

Double thickness daily newspaper

An earlier article by D J Bolt published on this site last month indicated how what was once a highly respected reformed (GKv) daily newspaper Nederlands Dagblad (ND) is now reflecting a greater interest in, openness toward, and influence by Romanism (Roman Catholicism).  In the below article, Bolt continues to...

A Heavenly Voice for Jews and Greeks and Everyone

… “and a voice came from heaven” … (John 12:28). Jesus did many signs and miracles demonstrating clearly that He was the promised Messiah, the Son of God. He also explained how Scripture pointed to Him. And as if all this was not enough to convince the hearers and watchers...

A Fatter Newspaper – Nederlands Dagblad

It would appear that, once you reject the fruits of the Liberation and discard the way of ongoing reformation, you end up heading back towards Roman Catholicism. That is the message one can glean from developments in former Dutch sister-churches, the GKv, as some of its organisations—the influential daily...

Answering a Reader’s Response to Covid-vaccination

Last month Rev Dr S de Marie’s “Vaccinate against corona – yes or no?” was published on this site. Although it led to some favourable responses, there was also some talk that vaccinations were part of a conspiracy and should be avoided. I forwarded a critical response (below in...

The Preparation for the Permanent Home

“In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you… I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). When reading or hearing these words, many immediately think of heaven as the place far above the earth, represented as a city with...

Evangelism: the task of every Christian?

Is it every Christian's task to evangelise? Many people believe it is and it is certainly a recurring message that we hear and read. And if you resist the concept of evangelism, you are straightaway accused of not caring about the salvation of others. Does God require each of...