Eight Signs You’re a Lukewarm Christian

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 “Eight Signs You’re a Lukewarm Christian”

Wesleyan and Keswick Models of Sanctification

Introduction

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”

How does a person grieve or quench the Holy Spirit ?

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 ?”

Covenant Theology vs. Dispensation Theology

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”

Signs of a Cult

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”

The Five Tests of False Doctrine

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”

Calvinisme – Watse Liefde is Dit?

Calvinisme se Wanvoorstelling van God Opsomming: Hierdie artikel oor die dwalings van Calvinisme is ‘n kort opsomming van Dave Hunt se nuwe boek: What Love Is This? Calvinism’s Misrepresentation Of God. Dave Hunt van die VSA het bekendheid verwerf vir sy aktuele boeke oor die misleidende leerstellings van die Rooms-Katolieke Kerk (A Woman Rides The Beast), verskeie charismatiese dwalings (The Seduction of Christianity), asook die okkultiese, spiritistiese en intergeloofstegnieke wat baie van die moderne kerke onder die vaandels van humanistiese sielkunde, ekumeniese eenwording en ‘n tekens-en-wonders-herlewing binnegedring het (Occult Invasion).

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AZUSA STREET The Birth of a Lie

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”

THE STRANGE HISTORY OF PENTECOSTALISM – Part 1

From its inception the “latter rain” Pentecostal movement has been characterized by doctrinal heresy, exaggeration, and deception. I realize these are hard words, but the documentation is irrefutable. This is because the first century messianic and apostolic miracles simply are not being performed by Christians today. Those who claim that the apostolic Pentecostal signs have been restored are forced to accept occultic/hypnotic phenomenon such as spirit slaying and drunkenness and soothsaying (which they often call “the word of knowledge) as apostolic signs, or they are forced to exaggerate and prefabricate the alleged signs. This is exactly what we see occurring in the latest manifestation of the latter rain movement, the Laughing Revival. The latter rain movement of the 20th century is literally strewn with the wreckage of spiritual confusion, error, and deception.

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Pentecostalism and Its Impact

Introduction

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.

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“WHY I LEFT THE PENTECOSTAL CHURCH” (2 Tim 3:14)

Paul could have been thinking of me when he wrote this verse to a young man named Timothy. I was born into a Pentecostal family of many years. My grandfather preached “fire and brimstone” from the time I could remember until his death in 1968. He was some-what an intimidating individual who was demanding and abrupt. I was taught that only those who were “chosen” or “called” could ever enter into the “faithful” ministry of our Lord. I never challenged his thinking or his preaching. What he said was like a direct command from Jesus Christ himself. With this in mind .. at the age of 12 .. I was told I was being called into the ministry and preached my first sermon shortly thereafter. I spent a total of 18 years preaching as a “Pentecostal” preacher. I taught the “Jesus Only” doctrine known as the “Apostolic Faith” (United Pentecostal Church).

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United Pentecostal Church

United Pentecostal Church

 

Overview
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”

Die Verbondsvolk Israel: Wie is Hulle?

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?”

South Africa Church History

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”

The Fifth Seal in Revelation – A Period when the Saints will be Martyred

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”

Verdraaiings in die Nuwe Vertaling

Opsomming:
Die Nuwe Afrikaanse Vertaling van die Bybel bevat veranderings en weglatings wat sowel uit die eksegetiese vertaalmetode as uit die onvolledige grondteks spruit. In die jare sedert die Nuwe Afrikaanse Bybel (NAB) in 1983 deur die Bybelgenootskap vrygestel is, het ‘n skokkende lang lys vertaalfoute, verdraaiings, afgewaterde stellings en weglatings aan die lig gekom.

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Jews returning back to Israel

The Bible says God would one day re-gather the children of Israel back into their land from among many nations around the world … the Bible says they would be re-gathered in unbelief … God warns He is not re-gathering the children of Israel into their Land because they deserve it, but because His Name and His Word are at stake (Eze 36:17-23) … and because He loves them … and they are His chosen people.

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What Is the Sign of “the Last Days,” or “End Times”?

 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:

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The Latter Rains

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.

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Repentance

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”

Struggle of the True Church

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”

The Postmodern Deconstruction of Biblical Truths

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”

Ten Kinds of Spiritual Foolishness

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”

In Touch Messenger

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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

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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.


Victor Silvey

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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.

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Paul van Rooyan

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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.

 

 

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Piet de Beer

Piet travels a lot through Africa and he assists in delivering Messengers to Mali, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Mauritius. .

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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.

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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.

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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.

Janet


 

From Darkness to the Light

God’s Plan of Salvation

There is a definite way that the Lord Jesus deals with unbelievers to save them, equip them for service and prepare them for eternal life in heaven. The willingness and full co-operation of each one of us, according to fixed biblical guidelines, is necessary if we wish to avert the tragedy of a false repentance. We can all share in the wonderful experience to be called by the Lord out of the darkness of sin into His marvellous light. I invite you to explore with me the unsearchable riches of the Lord’s love and saving grace, and to accept it by faith. Continue reading “From Darkness to the Light”

EK IS DRINGEND OPSOEK NA MY BEMINDE!

Vir jare het ek agter die begeerlikheid van die vlees, die begeerlikheid van die oë, die grootheid van die lewe aangeloop, die wêreld. Maar diep binne in my was dit altyd leeg en eensaam. Altyd op soek na iets. Terwyl ek nog op die wêreld rond gedans en gespeel het. My verlustig met die dinge van die wêreld, was daar eendag, onverwags, ‘n sagte klop aan my hart se deur. Ek het geloer om te sien wie geklop het. Wat ek gesien het, het alles binne in my, in beroering gebring, en ek was dadelik smoorverlief .  Continue reading “EK IS DRINGEND OPSOEK NA MY BEMINDE!”

Charles Darwin: Devil’s Chaplain or Pardoned Prodigal?

AD 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth in 1809 and the 150th anniversary of the unveiling of his theory of evolution by the publication of his book,The Origin of Species, in 1859. Belief in evolution as though it were fact proven beyond doubt is surely the greatest single cause of the disastrous decline in belief in God, the Bible and the Christian faith during the 19th – 21st century. Rom 1:25 refers to those “who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped the creature more than the Creator.” The evolution theory has proved a formidable weapon in Satan’s hands, which should be of concern to all true Christians who are called upon to “fight the good fight of faith” (1Tim 6:12). Continue reading “Charles Darwin: Devil’s Chaplain or Pardoned Prodigal?”

The Lie Of Evolution

What does the Bible really teach about evolution? From Genesis and on, the Biblical record is always clear and exact — God created Adam and Eve and from them mankind began. Mankind did NOT evolve from a monkey, nor were we put here by aliens from another planet or anything else. God created Adam from the dust of the earth (Gen 2:7) and Eve was created from Adam’s rib (Gen 2:21,22). The Lord Jesus confirmed their creation (Mar 10:6). Because Jesus is the ultimate authority, being God in the flesh, he verified man’s creation! That should settle it forever. Man did NOT evolve and evolution is a lie, just like eternal security. Continue reading “The Lie Of Evolution”