We all know the famous story in Judges 7 where many Israelites rose to confront the Midianites. God said to Gideon that they were to many and Gideon had to send those that were afraid home. God then told Gideon that thy were still too many and Gideon had to send them down to drink water and only chose those that drank the water in a certain way. Gideon did that and a remnant remained, so that the victory and glory could go to God and not the Israelites. Continue reading “God, Senekal and Gideon’s Army”
Learn how to defend the Resurrection! In this interview, Roger Patterson, writer, editor, and author with Answers in Genesis, discusses the historicity of the Resurrection with Tim Chaffey, our resident expert on the Resurrection and author of In Defense of Easter. This informative interview will equip you with answers to the most common objections and excite you to proclaim Christ’s Resurrection with boldness and passion. Continue reading “Learn to Defend the Resurrection”
Die engel het vir die herders op die oop velde te Bethlehem gesê: “… vir julle is vandag in die stad van Dawid gebore die Saligmaker wat Christus, die Here, is” (Luk 2:11). Van watter dag het die engel gepraat? Ek bedoel nie of dit ŉ Sondag of Maandag was nie, maar watter dag van die JAAR was dit? Met ander woorde, op watter datum is Jesus gebore?
Continue reading “Wanneer is Jesus se Geboorte vir die Eerste Keer Gevier?”
Temptation is a part of life. Until we no longer have a body of sin we will be tempted to commit sin. To commit sin is to consciously do something that you know goes against God’s will and His laws. It is when you are tempted by the lusts and desires that dwell in you and you consciously agree to act on that temptation. But in reality, every temptation is an opportunity to overcome and to get victory over sin! With the word of God as our weapon we can always resist temptation! Continue reading “Resist Temptation”
INTRODUCTION“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the Law… Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires… If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit” (Galatians 5:16-19, 24-25). Continue reading “How to walk in the SpiritT”
NOTHING CAN COMPENSATE the Church, or the individual Christian, for the lack of the Holy Spirit. What the full stream is to the mill wheel, that the Holy Spirit is to the Church. What the principle of life is to the body, that the Holy Spirit is to the individual. We shall stand powerless and abashed in the presence of our difficulties and our foes until we learn what He can be, as a mighty tide of love and power in the hearts of His saints. Continue reading “The Fullness of the Spirit”
We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: we must be holy.
Continue reading “We Must Be Holy”
Suppose you do not want to hear a sermon (on this last night) so much as you want to know how to be saved. I want, if I can, to answer that question, “What must I do to be saved?” There is no question that can come before us in this world that is so important; and I think that there is not a man in this audience to-night who does not feel interested in it. Continue reading “What must i do to be Saved?”
Are you born again? This is one of life’s most important questions. Jesus Christ said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Continue reading “Are you Born Again?”
Abstract: The form of spiritual decline that is occurring in Reformed (Calvinistic) churches in South Africa comprises the denial of fundamental Christian doctrines. The five doctrines involved are (1) a premillennial eschatology, (2) sanctification as a second work of grace, (3) salvation through regeneration, (4) the inerrancy of the Bible as God’s Word, and (5) the Deity of Jesus. Some denominations are in an early stage of decline while others have advanced much further. Continue reading “Spiritual Decline in Reformed Churches in SA”
The Bible is God’s message to a lost people. Although written by many authors, it is inspired by God and the golden thread runs trough the Divine book not once contradicting itself. But modern translations now provides the Christian with a “butter knife” and not a two edge sword as intended. Continue reading “Bible Translations”
The concept of a “lukewarm Christian” comes from Revelation 3, where Jesus criticizes a church for being full of believers who were neither hot nor cold—not cold, dead, or unbelieving, but not on fire for Jesus, either. He basically said, “I l like hot coffee and cold brew, but if it’s room temp, I want to spew it out of my mouth” (cf. Revelation 3:16). Continue reading “Are you a lukewarm Christian?”
Really? Is this what the Bible teaches?
Much of contemporary Evangelicalism is indebted in some way to John Wesley and his theological understanding of the Christian Life, or Sanctification. Wesleyanism, various varieties of Holiness Theologies, Keswick, Deeper Life, Higher life, Victorious Life Theologies all have their root in Wesley’s teaching concerning the Christian life. Continue reading “Wesleyan and Keswick Models of Sanctification”
It is the events included in 6-day creation that are essential for Christian theology.
I realize that intelligent and godly Christians hold to this model of Earth history. Nevertheless, many seem unaware of the actual events they must inevitably adopt when affirming a 13.8 billion-year-old universe.
Who is the Holy Spirit?
Many people misunderstand the identity of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is commonly thought of as an impersonal force. Some people think of it as a healing or protective power to which God gives a believer access. But what does the Bible say about the Holy Spirit? Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit is not just an impersonal power or a force, but a person – the third person of the Trinity, in fact. The Holy Spirit is God Himself. Continue reading “How does a person grieve or quench the Holy Spirit ?”
Abstract: The modern fad of generation curses as an excuse for sin is a major cause of many people’s deception. Continue reading “The False Theory of Generation Curses”
There are four basic beliefs about when the Rapture will happen. They all relate to the “Tribulation” of the end times, which, according to most believers, is thought to last for seven years. Continue reading “When will the “Rapture” Occur?”
Modern, systematic Dispensationalism is approaching two hundred years of expression and development. We live at a time in which Dispensationalism and some of its ideas have been disseminated and adopted by various theological traditions. Continue reading “The Calvinistic Heritage of Dispensationalism”
An Overview of Covenant Theology:
- Covenant theology centers on one overall covenant known as the covenant of grace. Some have called it the covenant of redemption. This is defined by many as an eternal covenant among the members of the Godhead including the following elements: (1) the Father chose a people to be His own; (2) The Son was designated, with his agreement, to the pay the penalty of their sin; and (3) the Holy Spirit was designated, with His agreement, to apply the work of the Son to this chosen people. Continue reading “Covenant Theology vs. Dispensation Theology”
Ten warning signs of a potentially unsafe group/leader.
1. Absolute authoritarianism without meaningful accountability.
2. No tolerance for questions or critical inquiry.
3. No meaningful financial disclosure regarding budget, expenses such as an independently audited financial statement.
4. Unreasonable fear about the outside world, such as impending catastrophe, evil conspiracies and persecutions. Continue reading “Signs of a Cult”
T.D. Jakes says that God eternally exists in three manifestations, not three persons. Greg Boyd says God knows some aspects of the future, but that other future events are outside of his knowledge.Creflo Dollar says because we are created in the image of God, we are little gods. Mormonism says God revealed new scripture to Joseph Smith that supersedes the Bible. Roman Catholicism says we are justified by faith, but not by faith alone. Continue reading “The Five Tests of False Doctrine”
In the past I have said that not all charismatics are the same, but that they all share the same guilt for their errors. Charismatics are the spawn of Pentecostalism. It is therefore prudent to see whether or not the child of Pentecostalism is just a wild and unprecedented mistake – or if it is a genealogical reproduction of its parent. If it is a mistake, then Pentecostalism might be exonerated. But, what if charismaticism is a true child, an image of its parent? If this is so, then we have no option but to cast Pentecostalism into the same pit that charismaticism belongs to. Continue reading “AZUSA STREET The Birth of a Lie”
In writing this analysis, it is important to note that the Pentecostal movement is diverse and heterogeneous. Some charismatic Christian groups are extremely adhoc and fluid in technique, such as the Wesley and quasi Pentecostal-Baptists churches, whilst other groups are more organized and rigid. For example, the United Pentecostal Church, other so-called independent “Oneness” Pentecostals and at times the Assemblies of God. And as a result, the diversity of Pentecostal movements must be taken into account when reading this analysis.
United Pentecostal Church
Within the Pentecostal movement, the United Pentecostal Church is quite unusual. It holds some extra-biblical beliefs that separates it from being called Christian. It is important to understand that the body of Christ can afford to differ on nonessential issues, but not when it comes to the essentials of the Christian doctrine. It is therefore important to remember that a cult according to the Word of God is any group of people that worship anything or anyone other than Jesus Christ, and believe anything contrary to His Word as found in the Bible. There are many biblical things to which the UPC holds but the Bible should never be twisted and wrangled to fit a particular set of beliefs. Continue reading “United Pentecostal Church”
Maniere van Skrifverklaring
Daar is baie verskillende maniere waarop die Bybel verklaar of vertolk word (in teologiese taal staan dit as eksegese bekend) om by mense se eie, vooropgestelde idees aan te pas. Sommige van hierdie verklarings is subjektief, met ‘n sterk politieke ondertoon, en is daarop ingestel om die Bybel en kerk polities aanvaarbaar te maak. In hierdie gevalle wissel die manier van Skrifverklaring saam met die politieke klimaat in ‘n land of volk. Continue reading “Die Verbondsvolk Israel: Wie is Hulle?”
“But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Mat 24:37).
Regardless of how one interprets Mat 24, there’s no doubt that Christ referred to the rebellion and judgment in Noah’s day, which He compared to mankind’s subsequent rebellion and impending judgment. It’s a sober warning for any generation to consider. Continue reading “As in the Days of Noah”
General History of Protestant Churches in the RSA
South African Church history goes back to 1652 when Jan Van Riebeeck set foot in the Cape (Southern tip of Africa). He introduced the reform theology from Holland in to the RSA. Holland in those days were a powerful country and use Cape as a halfway station to the East. The church in Holland, the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), expected that Van Riebeeck must immediately show converts among the Hottentots. Continue reading “South Africa Church History”
A Demonstration of the Faith of Jesus
“When He opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. They called out in a loud voice, ‘How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the Earth and avenge our blood?’ Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.”(Rev 6:9-11) Continue reading “The Fifth Seal in Revelation – A Period when the Saints will be Martyred”
“Die wederkoms van Jesus Christus is vlak voor die deur” — is woorde wat by meeste Christene sy trefkrag verloor het. Meeste Christene het hierdie woorde al van kindsbeen af gehoor, en steeds het dit nie gebeur nie. Continue reading “Drie Tekens dat die Wederkoms Vlak Voor die Deur is”
Perhaps the title of this article needs some definition. By “generation” I am speaking of that group of people from the mid-teens, to those who are around thirty years of age. Continue reading “The Shocking New “Christian” Generation”
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children. Hos 4:6 Continue reading “Important Bible Verses”
I (God) will bless those who bless you (Israel) and will curse those who curse you Gen 12:3 The Bible warns the destiny of the World is inseparable from Israel and Jerusalem. Continue reading “Miraculous Signs in Israel”
One of the great theological battlegrounds of orthodox Christianity throughout the centuries has been the nature and character of the Church, especially in relation to its biblical predecessor, Israel. Continue reading “Israel and the Church: the Differences”
The last days – Most people around the world are awakening and are starting to realize that we are now living in the last days. Continue reading “Laodicèa (English)”
Die laaste dae? – Meeste mense besef dat ons nou in die laaste dae leef. Hulle gees getuig dit en hulle sien elke dag hoe die tekens van die tye, dramaties toeneem Continue reading “Laodicèa (Afrikaans)”
The Bible’s answer
The Bible describes events and conditions that would mark “the conclusion of the [current] system of things,” or “the end of the world.” (Mat 24:3; King James Version) The Bible calls this time period “the last days” and the “time of the end,” or “end times.” (2Tim 3:1; Dan 8:19; Easy-to-Read Version) The following are some outstanding features of last-days, or end-times, prophecies:
In the prophetic parable of the ten virgins, we notice an unusual encounter between the “wise virgins” and the “foolish virgins” in which the foolish virgins recognize, not only that they are running out of oil (the apparent presence of the Holy Spirit); but that the wise virgins obviously have an abundant manifestation of the Holy Spirit.
5 points warning the “Church” that they must have enough oil to be ready to meet their Bridegroom, Jesus, but as the parable in Mat 25 warns us, unfortunately there will be foolish virgins that will not have enough oil. The Lord has put it on the harts of many Christians to warn the “Church” , the question is – Will they listen?
Sammy was a good-looking young boy who lived in the deep south. His summer days were filled with times of walking through the woods, playing with friends, and fishing in the pond down the dirt road. Continue reading “Playing with sin”
I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. (Rev 3:15,16) Continue reading “Hot, Cold, and Lukewarm”
In today’s fast past living, people want to be entertained. That is exactly what more and more churches are offering and attracting more and more people. The churches are also adapting its message to keep its people in the church. These messages often then create a “Worldly Christian”. Old school messages that create proper Biblical Saved Christians are fading. This is a simple but old school message from DL Moody on Repentance. Continue reading “Repentance”
The blog post below addresses the astonishing lack of discernment among self-professed Christians when it comes to contemporary Christian music (CCM).
The Lord Jesus referred to the long period of Jerusalem’s domination by Gentile nations when, shortly before His rejection and crucifixion by Israel, He said that the Jewish people would “fall by the edge of the sword, and be led away captive into all nations. Continue reading “The Times of the Gentiles”
There are so many variations of Christianity with regard to its practices and creeds that the question is often asked: which is the correct one? Continue reading “Christian Fundamentalism”
The Bible unequivocally states that we should be completely sanctified with a view to the second coming of Jesus Christ. Continue reading “Sanctification: What Does the Lord Expect of Us?”
After the first and second centuries various false teachings arose among certain groups of Christians, giving rise to the formation of a false church that persecuted the true believers. In his book, “The Pilgrim Church,” E.H. Broadbent describes the persecution of the saints by false churches – mainly the Roman Catholic Churchbut since the 1520’s also the Protestant state churches that obtained civil power and followed suit. Continue reading “Struggle of the True Church”
We are living in a time of the most immense and relentless attacks on the Christian faith since the beginning of the church dispensation. The present onslaught does not primarily occur on the physical level in order to persecute and torture Christians, but rather on the spiritual and doctrinal level with a view to utterly deceiving them. These assaults constitute a determined and final effort by the kingdom of darkness to completely obliterate the Christian faith and replace it with the Antichrist’s alliance of false world religions. Continue reading “The Postmodern Deconstruction of Biblical Truths”
The knowledge of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Pro 9:10). Contrary to this, the beginning of foolishness is to deny God and think and live according to one’s own, limited understanding. The natural knowledge and desires of human beings are perverted because of the Fall. A life without the knowledge of God is the breeding-ground for deception and wrong priorities. The Bible refers to the following ten kinds of spiritual foolishness, some of which even Christians may be guilty of: Continue reading “Ten Kinds of Spiritual Foolishness”
Paul warned us in 2Tim 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; THAT TIME IS NOW! If we look around us in the world today, there are so many different gospels, jesus’s and spirits (2Cor 11:4), offering Christians what they want to hear.
Continue reading “The Five Wonders of the Gospel”
Summary: The Godly mandate of the mission command embraces three different activities that must be carried out. Continue reading “The Great Commission of Jesus Christ”
A house built on sand is a house without a proper foundation – it is bound to collapse when it is battered by heavy storms, despite its solid appearance Continue reading “Houses Built on Sand”
Abstract: The New Age Movement strives to promote a mystical brotherhood among all people, thereby preparing the way for social, political and economic unity on earth. Continue reading “The New Age Movement”
I actually had this little piece ‘fire of the Holy Spirit’ in another of my articles but felt very strongly I needed to put this into a separate article and expand on it a little, because this is something that no one ever talks about.
The Blou Rokke religious cult had its beginnings in South Africa under the leadership of Maria Martha Fraser whom they call their founder. Their golden jubilee publication, Spade Reën Sending van S.A. Continue reading “Blou Rokke – Latter Rain”
The problem is the Alpha course is NOT what it presents itself to be and is part of Vatican II’s Evangelization program.
I was lead to the Lord on 12 March 2002 by South African Missionaries affiliated to The Bible Methodist church in America. My hole live changed after that day. For the next 6 months I read the Bible day and night, I just could not put it down . My sprit was so touched by the Scripture and the Holy Sprit taught me everything about Jesus out of the Word of God.
There are so many Christians in Southern Africa that just do not have the funds for a Bible, I committed myself to always have Bibles in different Languages available and started distributing Bibles as much and as often as I can.
In Touch Messenger
Early 2016 I was given a Messenger by my Pastor at Benoni Bible Church in South Africa. He told me to look at the device knowing I do Bible distributions.
I was very excided with the device being in English and another language and with a solar charger, this was ideal for the terrain we hand-out Bibles. The device is idea for a group leader sharing the Bible and messages to a group. the Messages on the Messenger are clear and simple and speaks strait to the hart.
Pastor Dan told Tom that I do Bible distribution and Tom arranged for me have 12 more. In Portuguese, French and Mandarin.
I gave Victor the 5 Mandarin Electronic Messengers because he works with the Chinese community. Victor gave his life to the Lord in 2008 and was baptised in 2010. Since then Victor has actively been involved in arranging translations for certain tracks and posters in various Asian languages including Chinese. In 2010 Victor did a mission’s trip to the Philippines and in 2012 visited Japan. Victor also distributes Bibles.
Paul van Rooyan
I gave the two French to Paul. Paul was baptized in 2009 since then Paul ministers to the prisoners in Middelburg, Mpumalanga. He takes the Messenger to the Sunday services, and the prisoners listen to the messages. Due to it being a prison, we could not take a camera in for pictures.
Piet de Beer
Piet travels a lot through Africa and he assists in delivering Messengers to Mali, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Mauritius. .
Piet gave one French Messenger to a Christian he knows in Mali. We mine in West Africa and have a great opportunity to hand out Messengers in the area.
Mozambique Mission Trip July 2016. Many Bibles were handed out and the Messenger was distributed to Pastors that ravel per bicycle to home groups. Many of these church members can not read. They will use the Messenger for Bible study.
This is a blind Christian, he was so happy to receive his messenger.
Herman was looking for some Chichewa Bibles for Northern Mozambique. The Pastor has been baptized and nurtured by them. He was looking for 8 Bibles and we could give him some Chichewa Messenger as well.
Herman testifying how great our God is.
My dear brother in Christ Paul was admitted to hospital for open heart surgery, he has been in Hospital for 2 months now, I took him his Messenger so he can listen to the Bible and messages from Charles Stanley.
The Messenger comes in very handy not only for spreading the Gospel but also helping feeding the sheep of God. My dear sister in Christ, Janet was isolated on a farm, the Churches in here area were having a lot of entertainment but not spiritual food for her. She is very far from me and i heard her cry for Spiritual food, i send her a messenger, and she wept out of thankfulness. The messages of Charles Stanly picked her spirit up again.