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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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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

Joy

“… our gospel came to you not only in word, but also in the power of the Holy Spirit and with full conviction … And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you received the word in much affliction, with the joy of the...

Genesis 3:15 – the antithesis and a glorious victory

All history is the story of the antithesis. It started in paradise and will end when the Lord Jesus returns. Only God knows when that will be, but the Lord Jesus teaches us to be alert to the signs of the times (Mt 24). So let’s note...

Genesis 3:15 – the antithesis reveals God’s gracious salvation

Imagine having been given everything to make you eternally, gloriously happy and then throwing it all away in order to become a miserable slave without a happy future. You’d need to be absolutely mad, wouldn’t you? Yet that’s what our first parents, Adam and Eve, did (and...

Genesis 3:15 – the antithesis and hostile separation

The Longest Warfare The history of mankind is a history of battles; some very brief, others lengthy. The shortest recorded war—the 1896 Anglo-Zanzibar War—lasted only 45 minutes! The longest was the Eighty Years’ War between Holland and Spain (1568-1648). However, what secular historians don’t report, but God’s Word...