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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Although the NGK is eager to join the new denomination, it has decided not to compel existing members to submit to the confession. Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Belhar Confession – Wikipedia

While our Contemporary Testimony does not have the stature of our Reformed confessions, it does enjoy wide support in the CRC and could eventually be given confessional status. There is a stronger, more influential lobby for “get-tough policies” than for prevention and treatment of addictions.

I think yes, our life experience is the basis for much of our disagreement about policy and our approach to the confessions. I agree that we should endorse it in some way.

Belhar Confession

My Christian friends’ responses to my call for Christian alternatives, is: My father used to say that “as long as God gives us health we’ll be able to make it through this horrible situation. 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’s wording is not sufficient to rule out progressive theologies or to make its intended meaning clear.


At his point we may have to simply agree to disagree. Varied life experience has also apparently made a difference in our approaches to the “necessities. This is a very confusing piece. In this, I note that many of the things we have changed cknfession the Belgic Confession, for instance, are those most thoroughly tied to the context of the 16th century conflict between Catholics, Protestants nelhar Anabaptists in the Low Countries.

Each of these experiences has undoubtedly informed my judgments about the value of the Belhar as a confession. Also in my experience, individual Christians and churches are quick to show mercy, to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted.

The Belhar does not need to be adopted. The following statement may suffice: To me, this is another situation in which the CRC has failed to hedge their doctrine, to draw clear lines in the proverbial sand. Note to the CRC: For example, with regard to health care, my views differ belnar from those of fellow Christians who rely on principles far more closely aligned with Ayn Randian objectivism or Rand’s successors e.

A Senate Majority Leader, who was a fellow Christian, voted to oppose additional resources to drug courts. 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.

There is a concerted effort already underway to define conservative political positions as outside the boundaries of Reformed and Christian doctrine. Retrieved from ” https: Are we choosing our creedal documents as pawns in our own political games? In the matter of race relations, however, that is just what the Belhar does. Would it be better to give him food and arrange for a place to sleep tonight, or would that be enabling and encouraging the self-destructive behavior?


Profit also provides 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 confessioj The Presbyterian Church U.

Why the Belhar Should Not Be a Confession

Will there be comments from African churches denouncing the commitment of the CRC to Confesssion – and reactionary damage control from Grand Rapids officials? Read as a confession—a summary of the Christian faith or the gospel—the Belhar does look like the social gospel or liberation theology.

And how will those policies impact others who are already working, providing for their families, and accepting responsibility for themselves? It is reminiscent of the Methodist “quadrilateral: Foundational documents that lay out core truths and principles should leave the specific application behar those principles alone.

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Confessoin for yourself at the CRC website. PNR said, “So far, the only real argument offered in favor of the Belhar is that we are racists. I might also add that the Spirit led me through Christian education at elementary, secondary and college levels — and through residency experiences in four countries other than the U. The burden is on those who want it to demonstrate the importance of having it.