Donations for the month of July


We have received a total of $155 in donations towards our goal of $175.


Don't want to use PayPal? Go HERE


Search

Featured Member
Registered: Saturday, September 15, 2001
Posts: 1959
Forum Stats
834 Members
30 Forums
6033 Topics
47774 Posts

Max Online: 41 @ Saturday, June 30, 2012 7:54 AM
Top Posters
Pilgrim 13492
J_Edwards 4843
Tom 3990
Wes 3553
chestnutmare 2588
CovenantInBlood 2375
MarieP 2311
RJ_ 2288
John_C 1959
gotribe 1769
Top Posters (30 Days)
chestnutmare 5
Pilgrim 4
grace2U 2
Tom 2
Mckinley 2
John_C 2
Recent Posts
Spurgeon's Calvinism
by Tom
Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:58 PM
Saving knowledge
by chestnutmare
Sunday, July 26, 2015 9:57 AM
Israel and being divorced
by Mckinley
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 3:44 AM
How Scotland Lost Hold of the Bible
by chestnutmare
Monday, July 20, 2015 8:52 PM
How much more excellent is God!
by chestnutmare
Monday, July 13, 2015 9:16 PM
Our sins are many, but His mercies are more
by chestnutmare
Saturday, July 11, 2015 5:23 AM
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 ***** by Pilgrim 0 60 Saturday, January 19, 2013 5:34 AM
    by Pilgrim
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 3438 Sunday, November 11, 2012 1:07 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2180 Sunday, November 11, 2012 10:55 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2131 Sunday, November 11, 2012 9:31 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2310 Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:47 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 1907 Sunday, November 4, 2012 9:17 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2213 Sunday, October 28, 2012 6:16 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2323 Sunday, October 28, 2012 11:38 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 1991 Sunday, October 28, 2012 10:21 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2086 Tuesday, October 23, 2012 9:21 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2165 Monday, October 22, 2012 5:45 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 2 2491 Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:08 AM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2126 Friday, October 19, 2012 5:27 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2083 Wednesday, October 17, 2012 5:54 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 2165 Tuesday, October 16, 2012 5:23 PM
    by chestnutmare
No New Posts Topic with over 30 replies or 300 views. by chestnutmare 1 1982 Monday, October 15, 2012 5:21 AM
    by chestnutmare
Page 1 of 3 1 2 3 >

Display Options
    
Who's Online
0 registered (), 19 Guests and 0 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
Bridget4Jesus, Vincent Kajuma, Mateyu Nkhata, Angela, pastorvon
834 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
dmh
(Views)Popular Topics
Is man required to "choose" in order to be saved? 677555
Westminster Larger Catechism 489312
...The people miscalled Antinomians ? 486171
Roman Catholicism and salvation 366140
Double predestination 338209
The importance of going to church 331088
"Christ died in a general way for all."? 293184
Gospel truth 282983
Creation 242988
Continuity in Old and NT 218735