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. 1 Jul should not adopt Belhar Confession. Commentary by Viola Larson, Naming His Grace blog, July 1, The th General Assembly will.

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Crying wolf with the race card on It was adopted after a slight adjustment as a confession of faith by the Dutch Reformed Mission Church in South Africa in Choose a display name: My concern with the Belhar is that adopting it as a confessional statement rules out the possibility that prudence and experience might push us to a different method in achieving – or at least seeking – racial reconciliation.

My Christian friends’ responses to my call for Christian alternatives, is: Nevertheless, profit has its place. Profits encourage people to take risks and those risks have allowed for the development of many new medicines, surgical techniques and equipment, and so on. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the ‘Report Comment’ button to the right of each comment.

What does it say to other churches and to our brothers and sisters in South Africa if we do not adopt it? GLD A response to your position on the health care debate would take more time and space than I have. Archived from the original on This is what you need to know.

Sarojini Nadar misses the point o The parable of the talents has, in English, become something about developing skills and abilities, but in the Greek it was plainly and baldly about money – investing it wisely in order to reap a profit.


This time, the required two-thirds of the presbyteries did vote in favor — allowing Belhar to come to the nd General Assembly for the historic vote, the last step in a long process. The Belhar adds little to what the CRC already affirms. I have not lived in a state yet where the policy makers would rather build prisons for alcoholics than seek rehabilitation for them.

Brought to you by: Cooper asserts that confessions are “doctrinal standards” and should stand as a “summary of the Christian faith or gospel.

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Comment 0 characters remaining. There is a concerted effort already underway to define conservative political positions as outside the boundaries of Reformed and Christian doctrine. One of the most concise, insightful and informative comments on this subject. confeseion

PNR Thanks for your well-reasoned response. The Bible is about personal salvation, not social policy — with notable examples, e. In such instances, who are “the prudent” and who are “the imprudent,” and where is the justice confezsion whom Isaiah writes?

The threat of prison, however, has been a strong motivator to many an alcoholic to seek treatment.

Bailey won an honorable mention for best redesign. Trackbacks […] reported earlier, Godfrey Betha, vice moderator of the Uniting Reformed Church of Southern Africa, was invited to addr…. To whom will you run for help? The other issue that also seem clnfession provide the leadership with an endless conundrum is that of homosexuality.

Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must be logged in to post a comment. And in other ways they are like a panorama… Billy Graham brings his crusade to Louisville Speaking Thursday night, June 21, to a crowd of 37, the confesson evangelist who’s been revered for more than 50 years, spoke of the racial tension “smoldering underneath” American cities today. 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.


Cooper’s repeated use of the term “progressive. Foundational documents that lay out core truths and principles should leave the specific application of those principles alone. I am trying to remind people we have confessions and that they are meaningful and useful!

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I don’t find Professor Cooper’s piece all that confusing. But I also asked, how should I deal with the man here and now, too. 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. Those three confessions already deal extensively with that sinful nature.

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Both the Belhar and the Contemporary Testimony esp. Furthermore, the command to not steal assumes private property. Yes, you are absolutely right, Dr. Tony Yengeni, Schabir Shaik and Jackie Selebi – successful prosecutions of graft and corruption that had one common denominator: This is one of the best things I have read yet in The Banner about the Belhar, but there are points that continue to be missed, or could be said more strongly: