Donations for the month of July


We have received a total of $185 in donations towards our goal of $175.


Don't want to use PayPal? Go HERE


Search

Featured Member
Registered: Friday, May 20, 2016
Posts: 5
Forum Stats
872 Members
30 Forums
6209 Topics
48710 Posts

Max Online: 64 @ Tuesday, January 19, 2016 5:52 PM
Top Posters
Pilgrim 13727
J_Edwards 4843
Tom 4172
Wes 3553
chestnutmare 2725
CovenantInBlood 2375
MarieP 2311
RJ_ 2288
John_C 2028
gotribe 1780
Top Posters (30 Days)
Pilgrim 46
Meta4 23
Mckinley 20
Tom 19
AJ Castellitto 12
Robin 7
chestnutmare 7
John_C 4
BereanMe 3
Johan 3
Recent Posts
Speaking of Baptist
by Pilgrim
Yesterday at 07:07 PM
Are you Reformed?
by Pilgrim
Yesterday at 11:51 AM
World Reformed Fellowship Network Statement of Faith
by Johan
Monday, July 18, 2016 10:19 PM
We Reflect What We Worship
by Pilgrim
Saturday, July 16, 2016 1:39 PM
Show me your fruit
by Pilgrim
Saturday, July 16, 2016 5:52 AM
what is theonomy?
by Pilgrim
Friday, July 15, 2016 8:38 PM
Brief History

THE oldest of the doctrinal standards of the Christian Reformed Church is the Confession of Faith, popularly known as the Belgic Confession, following the seventeenth-century Latin designation "Confessio Belgica." "Belgica" referred to the whole of the Netherlands, both north and south, which today is divided into the Netherlands and Belgium. The confession's chief author was Guido de Bräs, a preacher of the Reformed churches of the Netherlands, who died a martyr to the faith in the year 1567.

During the sixteenth century the churches in this country were exposed to the most terrible persecution by the Roman Catholic government. To protest against this cruel oppression, and to prove to the persecutors that the adherents of the Reformed faith were not rebels, as was laid to their charge, but law-abiding citizens who professed the true Christian doctrine according to the Holy Scriptures, de Bräs prepared this confession in the year 1561. In the following year a copy was sent to King Philip II, together with an address in which the petitioners declared that they were ready to obey the government in all lawful things, but that they would "offer their backs to stripes, their tongues to knives, their mouths to gags, and their whole bodies to the fire," rather than deny the truth expressed in this confession. Although the immediate purpose of securing freedom from persecution was not attained, and de Bräs himself fell as one of the many thousands who sealed their faith with their lives, his work has endured and will continue to endure. In its composition the author availed himself to some extent of a confession of the Reformed churches in France, written chiefly by John Calvin, published two years earlier.

The work of de Bräs, however, is not a mere revision of Calvin's work, but an independent composition. In 1566 the text of this confession was revised at a synod held at Antwerp. In the Netherlands it was at once gladly received by the churches, and it was adopted by national synods held during the last three decades of the sixteenth century. The text, not the contents, was revised again at the Synod of Dort in 1618-19 and adopted as one of the doctrinal standards to which all officebearers in the Reformed churches were required to subscribe. The confession stands as one of the best symbolical statements of Reformed doctrine. The translation presented here is based on the French text of 1619.

Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >
Forum Options
Hop to:
  Subject / Poster Replies Views Posted
No New Posts Announcement Attachment Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 1150 Wednesday, January 6, 2016 1:31 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Announcement ***** by Pilgrim 0 75 Saturday, January 19, 2013 5:34 AM
    by Pilgrim
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 5051 Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:07 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3104 Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:55 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2988 Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:31 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3108 Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:47 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2833 Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:17 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3257 Sunday, October 28, 2012 6:16 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3189 Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:38 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2788 Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:21 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2913 Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:21 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3030 Monday, October 22, 2012 5:45 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 2 3564 Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:08 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2990 Friday, October 19, 2012 5:27 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2899 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 5:54 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2983 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:23 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2687 Monday, October 15, 2012 5:21 AM
    by chestnutmare
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Display Options
    
Who's Online
0 registered (), 18 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
zsdotson11, Elwin, JohannSA, Fran44, kril8150
872 Registered Users
Shout Box

July
Su M Tu W Th F Sa
1 2
3 4 5 6 7 8 9
10 11 12 13 14 15 16
17 18 19 20 21 22 23
24 25 26 27 28 29 30
31
Today's Birthdays
Persuaded
(Views)Popular Topics
Is man required to "choose" in order to be saved? 894280
Westminster Larger Catechism 661225
...The people miscalled Antinomians ? 616096
Roman Catholicism and salvation 507813
Double predestination 476437
The importance of going to church 423485
Gospel truth 406809
"Christ died in a general way for all."? 383396
Creation 331838
Continuity in Old and NT 321089