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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But I find decisive reasons why we should not make it one of our doctrinal standards:. 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 confessino withhold. The sheer volume of talent and energy dedicated to milking and bilking the government is staggering.

Belhar Confession

The threat of prison, however, has been a strong motivator to many an alcoholic to seek treatment. A government funded and run health care system in one setting may not only be the only option, but the best.

Some time later the NGK acknowledged that the document’s contents were true, with the proviso fonfession references in the Belhar Confession to “the poor” not be regarded as an implicit reference to non-whites.

This ambiguity disqualifies confdssion as a confession, because confessions are supposed to clarify doctrine. About the Author Dr. A Senate Majority Leader, who was a fellow Christian, voted to oppose belar resources to drug courts.


In the parable of the talents, the servant given 1 had no right to take the talents given the others, nor did those given more have the right to take his one.

The Belhar Confession

There is belhhar concerted vonfession already underway to define conservative political positions as outside the boundaries of Reformed and Christian doctrine.

Read as a confession—a summary of the Christian faith or the gospel—the Belhar does look like the social gospel or liberation theology. The Belhar, in my opinion, gets far too specific in the application of the principle, cutting off that prudential discernment and imposing on varied circumstances a single “how” of application that we will either ignore in violation of our promise or attempt to apply to our great hurt.

A perusal of objections to the Belhar reveals similar dynamics. In their view, profit-driven cost centers of health care are preferred, even if profit depends on cherry-picking the healthiest and limiting care to the most vulnerable – the elderly, the infirm. So, tell me, why cpnfession we in North America need to adopt this as a doctrinal standard? If it is necessary for the church to make biblical mandates into confessions in order to take them seriously, then we should also add belyar about worship, evangelism, lifestyle, and more.

I worked for what I’ve got, I’m a self-made man, I did it all by myself, and the results are mine.

To you use your term, they “confiscate property” from the public. GLD A further word is required in the context of profit.

Cooper that we should afirm the Belhar in some way, and maybe adding it to our confessions is not the best course at this time. PNR Maybe one of the benefits of Belhar discussion will be a closer examination of your division of people into “the prudent” and “the imprudent. Say the vote goes against adoption.


Might it cause problems because potential officebearers would refuse to sign it? FeatureStudy Questions. The poor, unemployed man “smelling of alcohol” — which you describe — may have been employed and earning a decent living only weeks conression.

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PNR I agree with your basic premises and thank you for the e-dialogue. I agree that confessional standards ought to be a circumspect articulation of our theology, not our stance on a social justice issue.

Just because hundreds of years ago the issues were doctrinal doesn’t mean that those are the only issues that might be relevant.

I understand the role of “prudential discernment and differentiation. From my reading of the Belhar, I don’t see that vonfession addresses issues of prudence, imprudence, corruption, or integrity – at least, not as we’ve been discussing them here.

A prioritization of these values, as well as a discernment of which are in fact in the balance, must be made at a particular temporal, geographical, cultural point. Get All the Updates!

They suggest that I have caved in to the “social gospel. May your tribe increase; that would bode well for the CRC.

I am not particularly supportive of corporate welfare for it, too, is often unjust.