It would be an understatement to say that Dr. Wes Bredenhof has chosen a neglected topic for this book by studying the missiological relevance of the Belgic Confession. Many missiologists would consider this to be an impossible topic! In our days the idea is widespread that the Belgic Confession has no missiological relevance at all. Yet, Dr. Bredenhof succeeds admirably in arguing that the Belgic Confession has definite missiological strengths even though it does not set forth a global approach to mission work. Written during a time of persecution, the Belgic Confession aimed to defend and promote the Reformed faith – an evangelistic purpose! In addition, Dr. Bredenhof shows that much of the content of the Belgic Confession, with its emphasis on justification by faith and its Christological focus, is surprisingly relevant for teaching in missionary situations today. What makes reading of Dr. Bredenhof’s book all the more interesting are various excursions into historical and contemporary developments, ranging from the mission work of Johannes Megapolensis among the Mohawks to the Christian Reformed Church’s endeavour to formulate a Contemporary Testimony.
–Dr. Arjan de Visser, professor of mission at Canadian Reformed Theological Seminary, Hamilton, ON, Canada.
For the Cause of the Son of God is scheduled to be published by Reformation Media & Press in early 2011.