We all Believe with the Heart and Confess with the Mouth

Thus begins the Belgic Confession, an early codification of the faith of the Reformed churches.  The Confession was composed by Guido de Brès in 1561, just five years after the death of Martin Luther and nearly a century before the Westminster Standards.  As such, it is uniquely expressive of early second generation Reformed thought, as yet unmolested by the heavy scholasticism of a coming Reformation era.

Along with confessing the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) and the Canons of Dordt (1619) as accurate summaries of the apostolic faith, we at Heart And Mouth seek to emulate the Belgic’s commitment to Reformation Orthodoxy, displaying both its catholicity and Reformed distinctives.  For this reason, you may read statements like, “what is eaten and drunk by us is the proper and natural body and the proper blood of Christ” (B.C. 35); or, “He bore, in body and soul, the wrath of God against the sin of the whole human race” (H.C. 37); or even, “the children of believers are holy, not by nature, but in virtue of the covenant of grace” and “godly parents ought not to doubt the election and salvation of their children” (C.D. 1.17).

In all of this, it is our aim to magnify the Name of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, by the continual presentation of the Gospel truth, emphasizing the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ to all men.  It is our prayer that God, who alone is sufficient for these things, might through this digital media, diffuse the fragrance of His knowledge in every place – “for we are not, as so many, peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, speaking in the sight of God in Christ” (2 Cor. 2:14-17).

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Each contributor to this blog is a member of Covenant Reformed Church in Sacramento (RCUS).  Our confessional standards are summarized in the Three Forms of Unity, and all published content is ultimately subject to the scrutiny of the elders of our local congregation.  Beyond that, each contributor is responsible for his own content.