The logic of an idea, once it has gained a foothold in the human psyche, has a tendency to work itself out with a relentless consistency to its ultimate con-clusions even among men of disparate cultures who have little or no contact with or knowledge of each other, but more especially so where that idea is widely accepted by a community—unless it is effectively challen-ged. And so it has been with sacerdotalism and prelacy, which even the Reformation was not able to expunge entirely from the minds of Christian men, and so the wretched harvest produced by these ideas began to grow once more before the dust thrown up by the ploughing of the Reformation had settled on the ground. And this is all the more remarkable because, as Max Weber pointed out, “every consistent doctrine of predestined grace inevitably implied a radical and ultimate devaluation of all magical, sacramental and institutional distributions of grace, in view of God’s sovereign will.”

— Stephen Perks,
The Christian Passover:
Agape Feast or Ritual Abuse?, p. 46

The Officials of the Roman Empire in time of persecution sought to force the Christians to sacrifice, not to any of the heathen gods, but to the Genius of the Emperor and the Fortune of the city of Rome; and at all times the Christians' refusal was looked upon not as a religious but as a political offence.

— Frances Legge,
Forerunners and Rivals of Christianity,
Vol, I, p. lvi.

The history of Eastern Christianity under the rule of Islam has already been written. The story is a depressing one. The history of Western Christianity under the rule of Islam has yet to be written. Whether it will ever be written may well depend on how seriously the Church in the West takes the Great Commission in the next few decades and on whether the zeal and self-sacrifice of Muslims for their jihad can be matched by the zeal and self-sacrifice of Christians for the Great Commission - indeed, whether Muslims, with their zeal and self-sacrifice, can be converted from jihad to the Great Commission.

— Stephen Perks,
"From Jihad to Great Commission"
in Christianity & Society, Vol. VIX, No. 3

Doctrinal Standards


The Kuyper Foundation recognises the divine inspiration and infallibility of the Old and New Testaments as originally given in the Hebrew and Greek, and their supreme authority in all matters with which they deal. However, we recognise that Scripture itself makes use of a wide variety of literary forms, idioms and expressions, e.g. poetry, proverb, allegory, parable, apocalyptic symbolism, hyperbole, historical narrative etc., and that our understanding of Scripture must take account of and give full weight to the literary forms and context in which it is written. Only when Scripture is understood as speaking in its own idiom and context can it be said to have final authority.

B. DOCTRINAL BASIS OF BELIEF (as set forth in the second schedule of the Trust Deeds)

  1. The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture (the Bible) as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  2. The unity of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  3. The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering men subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
  4. Redemption from the guilt, penalty, and power of sin only through the sacrificial death (as our Substitute and Representative) of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  5. The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.
  6. The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective to the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
  7. The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  8. The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In addition to the above Doctrinal Basis of Belief the Kuyper Foundation recognises, but does not necessarily endorse every article in, the ecumenical creeds and Reformed confessions of the Christian Church: i.e. the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Athanasian Creed, the first four ecumenical Church councils (Nicaea, Constantinople, Ephesus I, Chalcedon), the Belgic Confession, the Heidelberg Catechism, the Canons of the Synod of Dort, the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Savoy Declaration.