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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The horror event of Judges 19

There is this shockingly macabre event in the Bible about an Israelite who gives his concubine to a band of wicked men. They pack rape her and leave her to die. Her husband, a Levite, then carves her up and sends a part to each tribe. All...

Ascension – Christ, the Head of his congregation

"And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body" (Ephesians 1:22 and 23a). God the Father carries out His plan of redemption through Christ. He gave His only begotten Son in the manger...

Salvation Issues?

Have you ever been involved in a disagreement over something the Bible teaches when suddenly someone exclaims, “But that’s not a salvation issue!” And that’s where the conversation stops short.  Someone will bring up, say, theistic evolution and after a few rounds of discussion about whether it’s...

Why each Free Reformed church council’s RCNZ decision ought to be appealed

Following each synod, each church council—as the highest governing body in our churches—checks synod’s decisions and approves (ratifies) them if they are in accordance with God’s Word. If a synod (or classis) decision is found not to be in accordance with God’s Word the church council is...

The wisdom of God vs the wisdom of the world

 “… but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. … Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but...

Providence: God’s fatherly care for each of us

In times of calamities, social upheavals, accidents, sickness, war, and other disruptions to our lives, we find great comfort in what we confess about the providential care of our Father in heaven. We turn then to the words of Lord’s Day 10 wherein we confess that God...

Two Kingdoms

Then the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “When Pharaoh says to you, ‘Prove yourselves by working a miracle,’ then you shall say to Aaron, ‘Take your staff and cast it down before Pharaoh, that it may become a serpent.’” So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh...

Christ rose—believe the Scriptures

 “But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him … And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself ... Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from...

Church Services – the new (ab)normal

Unsurprisingly our Canadian sister churches have also moved to live-streaming the church services. I pass on (below and slightly updated) a pertinent pastoral letter about this from Rev Rodney Vermeulen to his congregation following their first live-streaming church service. His message is of relevance to us all....

Lack Wisdom? Ask God.

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him” (James 1:5).Hands up if you lack wisdom? Is yours in the air? Mine is. As our current situation goes on with no end in...