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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2022, p. 135. The Belgic Confession has been accused of being irrelevant for or even detrimental to mission work. But this is not true. As we noticed in our previous articles, the creed’s significance for missions is evident from the history that surrounded its writing. One of the reasons it was produced and published was so that it might give a sound witness to the earthly rulers of that day (who were Roman Catholic), as well as to the Roman Catholic Church itself, of the truths of the gospel. On account of the...

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Previous article in this series: September 1, 2022, p. 472. In our previous article we noted that when Reformed churches are criticized for a lack of missionary zeal, the blame is often directed against the Reformed creeds, and more specifically, against the Belgic Confession. The reason for the latter is because the Belgic Confession is the most comprehensive summary of Reformed doctrines, and the critics judge this defining creed to be deficient in the area of missions. In fact, some will even say the Belgic Confession hinders mission work because the creed is overly doctrinal and overly polemical. The claim...

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Rev. Daniel Kleyn, missionary of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America, stationed in Manila, Philippines Reformed churches are often criticized for a lack of missionary zeal. They are portrayed as being interested only in themselves and indifferent to those outside the church. They are said to be the least mission-minded churches, having no burden for the salvation of the lost, and being basically uninterested in preaching the gospel beyond their own congregations. The Reformed, it is said, do not believe in missions. Especially two factors are mentioned as carrying the blame for this. The first is the Reformed doctrine of...

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