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Show full item record. JavaScript is disabled for your browser. Some features of this site may not work without it. Date: Denke oor die Belydenis het gepolariseer tussen diegene wat dit aanvaar as konfessie teenoor diegene wat dit nie aanvaar nie. Besware wat teen die Belydenis ingebring is, het te make met sy ontstaansgeskiedenis, sy status as konfessie en inhoudelike besware. Die negatiewe persepsies oor die Belhar Belydenis is diep gewortel.

Die leemte in die inheemswording van die NG Kerk is dat dit tot volks-inheemswording beperk was. Belhar is nie die struikelblok in die weg van eenwording nie. Verskillende benaderings tot belydenisse bring verskillende beoordelings van Belhar mee.

After the debate in Die Kerkbode , Belhar was progressively seen as an obstacle in the way of church unity. Opinion on the Confession polarized between those who accepted Belhar as their confession and others who did not want to accept it altogether. Objections on Belhar has to do with factors surrounding its inception, its status as confession and objections on certain textual formulations.

The negative perceptions of the Belhar Confession is deep rooted. This study proposes a third position, namely that the missionary value of the Belhar Confession reason enough gives to make use of the contents of the Confession, irrespective of whether it is accepted as confession or not.

Through a study of the missionary approach and policy of the Dutch Reformed Churches, the importance of indigenization as mission of the church is highlighted. This policy of indigenization, however, contributed to the formation of separate churches determined by colour. This is the missional background of the Belhar Confession. The DRC, however, had a very negative reception of the Confession, since it was accompanied by a charge of heresy and idolatry against this church.

Nevertheless, even in the midst of this negative perception of Belhar, the Confession still had a formative influence on the mission of the church until now: hence its missional value. A national indigenization approach is shown to be a more relevant expression of the mission of the church in South Africa, with a South African Reformed Church as objective. Belhar is not an obstacle in the way of church unity. In the re-unification talks, an internal contradiction appeared, which is the actual obstacle.

Different approaches to confessions lead to different evaluations of Belhar. In the Reformed approach, the acceptance of a confession is always voluntary, because the reformed believer is only under the authority of Christ and his Word Scripture.

The authority that the church gives to a confession is not denied, but rather discovered. The study concludes with a contemporary reading of the Belhar Confession, based on 14 interviews with theologians in the DRC and the Uniting Reformed Church.

At the end of the study, some practical guidelines are given for church leaders and pastors who wish to make use of the missional value of Belhar by facilitating and organizing an open and honest dialogue between members of the DRC-family. Name: 00front. Size: Format: PDF. Name: 01chapters Name: 02chapter3. Name: 03chapter4. Name: 04chapter5. Name: 05chapter6. Name: 06chapter7. Name: 07back. Name: Complete. Size: 1. Login Register.

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The Confession of Belhar

The history of Belhar - Belydenis van Belhar. It traces its origin and describes theevents that lead up to the confession. In this regard reference is made to the important roleplayed by students, various church leaders, church communities and church meetings. The way in which the apartheid policy in South Africa constituted a status confessionis for thechurches is also described.


The history of Belhar - Belydenis van Belhar

According to the Belhar Confession, unity is both a gift and an obligation for the church. Another key theme of the Belhar Confession is the dichotomy of reconciliation and the justice of God. 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. It claims that individual, racial and social segregation is sin, and that all forms of segregation always lead to enmity and hatred.


Belhar Confession




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