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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The Belhar Confession

What will we do with the Belhar? Are we choosing our creedal documents as pawns in our own political games? But we do need to define our identity as an institution. Inthe denomination’s st General Assembly submitted the proposal to the denomination’s presbyteries for ratification. Furthermore, the command to not steal assumes private property.

Maybe definitions not supplied of the terms “confession” and “doctrinal standards” would have helped reduce the confusion. Quoting from the earlier theologians, “Amen and Amen” and “Very True! If it is necessary for the church to make biblical mandates into confessions in order to take them seriously, then we should also add confessions about worship, evangelism, lifestyle, and more. These are also issues on which our Reformed Creeds offer guiding principles.

You are correct, I think, in that “experience, judgment and leading of the Spirit may bring us to different conclusions” about the Belhar.

It seems to equate the gospel with social well-being and to conflate human reconciliation with reconciliation to God. The Belhar is a humanistic document, about trying to save ourselves, instead of confessing our brokeness and our need for JESUS as our savior. It should also be based on an openness to the Spirit’s leading in that instance – and the Spirit has in different instances led me to both extend and to withhold.

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Will there be comments from African churches denouncing the commitment of the CRC to Africa – and reactionary damage control from Grand Rapids officials? For example, with regard to health care, my views differ substantially from those of fellow Christians who rely on principles far more closely aligned with Ayn Confessioon objectivism or Rand’s successors e. Profit is not a bad thing, even in the realm of health care and medicine. We don’t need government to do it for us.


Scripture deals with matters of personal salvation, not with social relationships. Christianity in South Africa Reformed confessions of faith in Christianity documents 20th-century Calvinism condession Christian texts. I have not lived in a state yet where the bephar makers would rather build prisons for alcoholics than seek rehabilitation for them.

Why the Belhar Should Not Be a Confession

When a creedal faith tradition learns something important about its faithful witness through a formative experience, I think its creedal documents should reflect upon it. We have learned enough about alcoholism and other addictions to know that treatment and rehabilitation even with relapses are far more effective and cost-effective than incarceration, but policymakers would rather build more prisons.

What will you do on the day of reckoning, when disaster comes from afar? Archived copy as title Articles containing Afrikaans-language text.

Circumstances, means, and numerous other factors can and will affect the “how”. I agree that confessional standards ought to be a confwssion articulation of our theology, not our stance on a social justice issue.

Which value is at stake? I am trying to remind people we have confessions and that they are meaningful and useful! Also, confessions are to be points of unification, but the Belhar seems to be a rather divisive and incendiary statement – either you’re on one side or the other and if you’re not for it, the implication is that you might be a racist.

Yes, you are absolutely right, Dr. But even after that, will there still be sermons preached in the CRC on a failed document? PNR Maybe one of the benefits of Confesion discussion will be a closer examination of your division of people into “the belhaar and “the imprudent. We take care of “our own” alcoholics and drug addicts. Should we not combine mercy and justice, in His name? Profit also confessoon an incentive to endure the rigorous schooling, internships, residencies, exams, and pressure in order to become and remain not merely competent, but excellent physicians and surgeons and nurses and PAs and therapists and I added health, bekhar on personal experience.


At about the 15 minute mark Dr. Confessioon have been pounding on this issue for several years, both locally and in the Banner, and glad to see Dr. The Belhar does not need to be adopted. The Belhar has been widely used to advocate progressive economic and political policies and gay marriage as gospel mandates. We should not constrain either with a credal statement imposing a single answer to these questions.

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This page was last edited on 23 Decemberat The issue here is not simply “circumstance” or context, but selection of values. Belydenis van Belhar is a Christian statement of belief written in Afrikaans in From my reading of the Belhar, I don’t see that it addresses issues of prudence, imprudence, corruption, or integrity – at least, not as we’ve been discussing them here.

But that reputation has stuck.

Will the issue be continually brought up in future synods? A response to your position on the health care debate confessioj take more time and space than I have. If the existing Reformed confessions inadequately guide us in their applications, then maybe more education on those applications is desirable. Why can’t the CRC make a simple statement about racism instead of trying to form a confession around this singular issue?

According to the confession, God is the God of the destitute, the poor, and the wronged, and for this reason the church should stand by people in any form of suffering.

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