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Sal die “Leviete” wat die Here dien asseblief vorentoe kom!
“My bekommernis is dat dit al hoe duideliker blyk dat die felste aanslag teen die Skrif vanuit die geledere kom. Ons weet dat ongelowiges nie veel waarde aan die Skrif heg nie maar nou wys sekere professore, predikante en ander sogenaamde broeders, wat hulself steeds as gelowiges beskou, die Skrif af!”

The perpetrators of the great falling away
(Rick Warren, Joyce Meyer, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Robert Schuller, TBN, Alpha, Oprah Winfrey, Paula White, Joel Osteen, Emergent Church, Word Faith Movement)

Disciples of the emergent church
(Richard Forster, Brian McLaren, Leonard Sweet, Rick Warren, Nelus Niemand, Stephan Joubert, Rob Bell, Thomas Bandy, Bob Buford, Ken Blanchard, Martin Buber, Tony Campolo, Chuck Colson, Mark Driscoll, Peter Drucker, Eddie Gibbs, Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, Thomas Keating, Erwin McManus, Thomas Merton, Donald Miller, Henri Nouwen, Doug Pagitt, Robert Webber……)

The case of Ahab, Jesebel and the Church of the last days by Danie Strydom
Elijah killed the false prophets. Today we do it by taking up the Word of God against them. Just see how evident it is that they cannot stand against the Word of God!
1 Kings 18:40 Then Elijah said to them, “Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them
escape.” So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew
them there.

1. The Perpetrators of the Great Falling Away and the Dilution of the Church

How is it possible that we make these mistakes by following these people and think we are still in right standing with God!? We must have been misled in some or the other way and our discernment have deteriorated if we ever had discernment! We have moved from using Scripture as our basis for discernment to some other way of getting to the Status Quo in the Church. This pertaining to the Calvinistic as well as the Pentecostal and Charismatic sides of the theological spectrum.

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2. The Trojan Horse and the Dutch Reformed Church

This article is related to the notices, letters and resolutions in respect of a certain moral inclination, preceding the Dutch Reformed Church’s General Synod Meeting of 2007 and what follows.  Not only has the foundation been laid, for the final decision on homosexuality, the last couple of weeks, but it has come a long way since 2002.   The Dutch Reformed Church has finally declared (2007-06-08) that the Word of God is not essential in their walk with God.

It is clear that this so-called “paradigm shift” has moved the beacons from reasonable hermeneutics (exegeses) to very poor hermeneutics, by demanding that homosexual orientated Ministers be allowed in the pulpit. Professors from various theological faculties have signed a document requesting that the Word of God should be denounced. Obviously they do not know any better, seeing that they have already undermined the Word of God, while those who supposedly know better, who allow this kind of behavior, find themselves being more accountable.

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3. Hoe sal ons nou die Trojaanse Perd fnuik en buite die poorte verbrand?!

Die tyd het gekom dat ons reguit met mekaar praat, die toestand van ons land behoorlik omskryf en die antwoorde in die Woord van die Here soek. Hoe klink dit as iemand die waarheid praat, hoe diep is die indringers al binne in die midde en wie het die moed om hulle te verwyder en die regte dinge te doen om ons weer op dreef te kry?! Hoe lank sal ons nog toelaat dat die wat van beter behoort te weet, net so voort ploeter en die Trojaanse Perd binnenooi terwyl hulle dit buite die poorte moes verbrand het?

Dit is belangrik wat ons sê. Hoe toets ons die indringers? Sjibbolet was die uitspraak van die goeie ouens en Sibbolet die uitspraak van die indringers! Dit is baie naby aan mekaar, net soos vandag. Daar is egter net een regte uitspraak! Hulle sal baie woorde hê wat so reg klink, maar luister en toets mooi. Baie ironies dat hulle almal Israeliete was. Hier is baie wat hulle Christene noem maar laat hulle net ‘n bietjie praat.

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4. Water Baptism

Let’s have a look at Baptism, mainly water Baptism:

What is Baptism? Someone is baptized when they are immersed (completely under water). The first baptism took place in the NT and was performed by John (the Lord is Gracious) the Baptist as a sign of repentance. Later on apostles baptized new converts in the name of Jesus (Christ, the Lord saves, Anointed One, Messiah).

Baptism is also viewed as a symbol of identification with Christ in His death, burial and resurrection according to Rom 6:1 “What then shall we say? Shall we persist in sin that grace may abound? Of course not! 2 How can we who died to sin yet live in it? 3 Or are you unaware that we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 We were indeed buried with him through baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might live in newness of life. 5 For if we have grown into union with him through a death like his, we shall also be united with him in the resurrection. 6 We know that our old self was crucified with him, so that our sinful body might be done away with, that we might no longer be in slavery to sin.”

“Born of Water and the Spirit”: What Did Jesus Mean? by Calvin Smith

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (Jn. 3:5, NASB).

Given Jesus’ strong and unequivocal statement (“he cannot enter the Kingdom of heaven”), it is hardly surprising that these words have captured so much attention over time. Yet for many, this passage remains a source of controversy and confusion. Few of us have any difficulty understanding what being born of the Spirit means. At the new birth, Christians are regenerated and renewed by the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:5), baptised into one body and made to drink of that same Spirit (1 Cor. 12:13), and finally, sealed by Him (that is, the Spirit is God’s mark that we belong to Him, Eph. 1:13, 4:30). The giving of the Spirit is associated with sonship (ie we received the Holy Spirit when we became sons and daughters of God, Rom. 8:15, Gal. 4:6), and anyone without the Spirit of Christ does not belong to Him (Rom. 8:9). Yet establishing the meaning of the phrase `born of water’ has proved somewhat more problematic. Let us examine briefly some of the main interpretations of this phrase.

Some, mainly the Roman Catholics, have generally taken water here to mean the sacrament of baptism. Thus, it is argued by many Catholics that anyone not baptised cannot enter heaven, a doctrine based on a misinterpretation of 1 Peter 3:21. Aside from the grammatical basis for dismissing the predominantly Catholic interpretation of this verse (see any good commentary), one must also reject this doctrine on commonsense grounds. Are we to believe any Christian who dies before having an opportunity to be baptised is cast into hell by God? Must we baptise children at the first available moment after birth in order to to ensure that, should they die prematurely, they will go to heaven? Of course not. Such beliefs hardly portray God as fair and just. Going back to Jesus’ words in John 3:5, there is a link with baptism (see below), but Jesus was certainly not ordaining that the sacrament of baptism was a necessary precursor to salvation.

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5. Salvation

The Bible shows us how God has provided mankind with salvation from eternal death which was the penalty for sin.  Salvation has always been bestowed by the Grace of God through Faith (Eph 2:8).Those of the OT times expressed their Faith by following the provisions of the OT law, which was ultimately obedience to God (Heb 11). Since the advent (1st coming) of Christ,  those who trust in Him are saved at the moment of their confession of faith and are no longer slaves to sin.  Through the presence of Christ and the Holy Spirit in their lives they can now have a personal relationship with God.Have you ever asked yourself one/more of the following questions?

Can salvation be earned?

1. Can one lose your salvation?
2. Is it a process or an immediate change in one’s life?
3. Is salvation obtainable through someone/something other than Christ?
4. Is salvation for all people?

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6. The Rapture

Although the term “Rapture” is not found in the Bible “Harpazo” is, it refers to the future coming of the Lord Jesus to take believers, both those who are alive as well as those who have fallen “asleep”…

Types of the Rapture by James Jacob Prash

Harpazo – The Intra-Seal Rapture of the Church

When it comes to books devoted to eschatology in general and the Rapture specifically, they often either read like a formal academic argument written solely for the benefit of scholars or employ the use of fiction to avoid directly handling the underlying biblical text. As with Jacob’s previous books and exhaustive list of sermons covering nearly every area of theology, Harpazo presents the doctrine of the Rapture and Resurrection in the strictest biblical sense possible, leveraging the handling of Scripture in the same manner as passed along to us by Christ through the Apostles and Early Church of the 1st century.

 The Five Basic Doctrines by Sandy Simpson

The five basic doctrines of the Christian faith are taken from a book called “The Fundamentals” edited by R.A. Torrey with contributors such as H.A. Ironside and C.I. Scofield.

In 1909, God led two Christian laymen to set aside a large sum of money for issuing twelve volumes which would set forth the fundamentals of the Christian faith. These were called The Fundamentals, and consisted of messages written by well-known defenders of the faith from several different denominations. These twelve volumes of The Fundamentals were mailed free to over 300,000 ministers, missionaries and other Christian workers in different parts of the world. The response was far beyond any expectation. The Bible Institute of Los Angeles (BIOLA) through its publication, The King’s Business printed additional copies to meet the demand and finally combined the volumes into a four volume set which was also widely circulated. It was written as a defense of the Christian faith against liberalism, but holds true today in serving as a helpful aid in distinguishing heresy from truth.

There are five basic doctrines of the Christian Church. These doctrines put into simple language the basic theology of our faith, taking into account the full teaching of the Word of God in context. Without these five doctrines any individual cannot consider themselves to be a Bible believing, Christ centered, Spirit baptized, Christian. Please understand that we believe that there are many, many Christians today from varied backgrounds and denominations who fully believe and teach the five core doctrines of the faith.

These doctrines permeate their teaching at every level. We also recognize that there are many false teachers today who call themselves “Christians” but deny one or more of these core doctrines by teaching explicitly or implicitly against them.

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