The Confession of Belhar (). 1. We believe in the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, who through Word and Spirit gathers, protects and cares for the. The Belhar Confession, drafted in by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church ( DRMC), has its roots in the struggle against apartheid in southern Africa. In this. should not adopt Belhar Confession. Commentary by Viola Larson, Naming His Grace blog, July 1, The th General Assembly will.

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FeatureStudy Questions. In other settings it would be horribly unjust, damning the confeszion to decades of upheval and distress.

Borgdorff and company have had carte blanc as to how much space they need to make their arguments. They simply didn’t work in a 19thth century North American context. In such instances, who are “the prudent” and who are “the imprudent,” and where is the justice of whom Isaiah writes?

My Christian friends’ responses to my call for Christian alternatives, is: The Belhar Confession was adopted at the nd General Confessuon on June 22, by an overwhelming vote in favor of acceptance.

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Those confessions–like the Belhar–are powerful but fallible reflections cinfession very particular historical challenges.

Does it make a difference that other Reformed denominations have adopted the Belhar as a confession? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

But I find decisive reasons why we should not make it one of our doctrinal standards: If the existing Reformed confessions inadequately guide us in their applications, then maybe more education on those applications is desirable. What will we do with the Belhar? Thirty-nine Articles Lambeth Articles.

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How much more could be achieved if belhxr were directed at more productive pursuits! Should we not combine mercy and justice, in His name?


It is mine, mine, all mine, I tell you. If it is necessary for the church to make biblical confesslon into confessions in order to take them seriously, then we should also add confessions about worship, evangelism, lifestyle, and more. Cooper’s microphone is turned down and becomes nearly inaudible. Maybe we should add: Among others, the Spirit led me to work in a community-based agency charged with building relationships with the black community during the racially charged ‘s.

Why the Belhar Should Not Be a Confession

It might be a better document if it did. The poor, unemployed man “smelling of alcohol” — which you describe — may have been employed and earning a decent living only weeks ago.

Maybe this is why Jesus uses healing so frequently in his ministry and encourages us to care for the sick in His name. The Belhar is supposed to promote unity. Suffice to say for the moment that a preference for less government involvement is not dependent upon Randian objectivism. Initially, the NGK rejected the confsesion as being a political document or as a statement of Liberation Theology. Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity and other high-profile political conservatives than with Scripture or the Reformed confessions.

As for Isaiah The emphasis on private property stems from the notion that this is what God has entrusted to me, as opposed to another, just as some land was given to Benjamin and other land was given to Judah, and within that land, it was subdivided by clan and household.

Listen for yourself at the CRC website.

Belhar Confession

The answer to these questions is a prudential judgment based on experience in part. Cooper and fellow Calvin professor, John Bolt have taken it to task as well.


It allows the recipients to become dependent on such government contracts to sustain their private interests– and live lives of ease and sloth. The Belhar has been widely used to advocate progressive economic and political policies and gay marriage as gospel mandates.

SDW Ah yes, “acknowledge and receive” has a long and distinguished? I submit that the chasm confezsion the Reformed confessions your “core truths and principles” and applications is a serious one which should get far more attention than is currently the case. He is unwilling to simply drop the Belhar all together. PNR I agree with your basic premises and thank you for the e-dialogue.

The Belhar should remain as it is now. There is a concerted effort already underway to define conservative political positions as outside the boundaries of Reformed and Christian doctrine.

Indeed, trade, even at the level of mere bartering, is impossible apart from some sense of private ownership. We ought learn from that history and, while we might accept the Belhar’s objectives as our own, adopt our own means. The Belhar has nothing to add to them in terms of fundamental truths of the Gospel. I don’t find Professor Bbelhar piece all that confusing. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth confesxion God.

The profile of the opposition to the Belhar does not inspire optimism. What then of our denominational commitment to the Gospel and the Great Commission?