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Are You Saved?

If you were to die today are you 100% sure you would go to HEAVEN?

Things... that will NOT save your soul!

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Assurance of Salvation.
Are you Born Again?
Hoe om Wedergebore te word.
Wedergeboorte.

How to Give Your Testimony

In this article I will lead you through some simple steps you can take to learn how to give your Christian testimony to others.
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Aan wie behoort jy?

Deur Frikkie Osborne

Liewe leser, wat sal u antwoord op hierdie eenvoudige, dog dringende en eerlike vraag wees? “Aan wie behoort u?” U antwoord hierop is van kardinale belang, want u ewige bestemming hang daarvan af.
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The Backslider in Heart

Charles G. Finney

I. What backsliding in heart is not.

II. What backsliding in heart is.

III. What are evidences of backsliding in heart.

IV. What are consequences of backsliding in heart.

V. How to recover from this state.

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Things that will NOT save your soul!

- Church membership
- Confirmation and Baptism
- The Lord’s communion
- Religious Ceremonial Rituals
- Prayers (Your own or any other’s)
- Almsgiving
- Keeping the “Golden Rule”
- Being good an doing good
- Good works and good character
- Dying for your country or religion
- Lodge Membership
- Half-hearted Assent to any general belief in Christian principles.

Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
These words of Christ are final and without exception. It is therefore imperative that everyone inquire diligently, with regard to this experience.

 

You can DRIFT into Hell,
But you cannot DRIFT into Heaven!



Now, what is the food for
the inner man? Not prayer,
but the Word of God;
and here again, not the
simple reading of the Word
of God...but considering
what we read, pondering
over it, and applying it to
our hearts.

- George Muller -

Stappe van Redding
- uit die lewe van Saggeüs

Verlore in sonde
Die uitnodiging
Die uitnodiging aanvaar
Restitusie en getuienis
Belofte van redding
Voorwaarde van redding
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Wysheid

Die beginsel van die wysheid is om die Here te vrees, en die vrees van die Here is om te haat wat sleg is (sonde).
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If a man be not absolutely determined to give up his sins and evil companions, and have his soul saved at all hazards, and at every expense, he will surely perish everlastingly. This requires a violent earnestness.

-Adam Clarke


Volle Oorgawe

Rom 12:1 Ek vermaan julle dan, broeders, by die ontferminge van God, dat julle jul liggame stel as ‘n lewende, heilige en aan God welgevallige offer dit is julle redelike godsdiens.

Daar is twee defnitiewe voorwaardes vir ‘n lewe van oorwinning:
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John 3;3: …verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God;

Nicodemus, according to the general sense of the nation, thought that when the Messiah came, and his kingdom was set up, they should all share in it, without any more ado; they being the descendants of Abraham, and having him for their father: but Christ assures him, that he must be "born again"; in distinction from, and opposition to his first birth by nature; in which he was vile, polluted, carnal, and corrupt, being conceived in sin, and shapen in iniquity, and was a transgressor from the womb, and by nature a child of wrath; and in opposition to his descent from Abraham, or being born of him, and of his seed; for this would be of no avail to him in this case, nor give him any right to the privileges and ordinances of the kingdom of God, or the Gospel dispensation; see Mt 3:9;
-Adam Clarke

GO ON

J.O. McClurkan

You will only keep the grace you now have by going on and seeking more.  There are heights, depths, and breadths in the great Father’s heart that you know but little about.  Press on to be filled with all his fullness.  (Eph. 3:19.)  If I had but one message to holiness people, it would be, Go deeper – press on to know him in all his preciousness.  Exalt him more and more until your heart is a sea of glory – a garden where all the rich graces of the Spirit bloom, a temple filled with his beauty – yea, the palace from which the royal wealth of heaven’s King shall go forth to bless this old world in a thousand ways.

What Holiness means to me
George B. Ferguson

To say with deep sincerity and out of a pure heart, that, “I praise the Lord for wholly sanctifying my heart”, covers a multitude of expressions concerning holiness. The depth of meaning in the word “holiness” goes to the core of the individual personality; cleansing every root of our being, that we might be fashioned in the image of God.
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Sin must be pardoned, and the impurity of the heart washed away, before any soul can possibly enter into the kingdom of God. As this new birth implies the renewing of the whole soul in righteousness and true holiness, it is not a matter that may be dispensed with: heaven is a place of holiness, and nothing but what is like itself can ever enter into it.

-Adam Clarke

 

VOLKOME HEILIGMAKING
‘N REIN HART GEVUL MET DIE HEILIGE GEES

Met die ondervinding van wedergeboorte (Joh. 3:3)  én die bevestiging daarvan (Rom. 8:16) deur die getuienis van die Heilige Gees, vind ‘n radikale verandering van lewenswyse plaas (2 Kor. 5:17).

Hierna volg ‘n proses van selfontdekking wat lei tot die behoefte aan ‘n dieper innerlike verlossing (vrymaking) en reiniging van die inwonende sonde asook die vervulling met die Heilige Gees.
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Press on to Sanctification
(By John Fletcher)

Entire sanctification is an instantaneous salvation – that act of the Holy Ghost, according to our faith, by which sin is entirely expelled from the soul, when the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin, and includes an instantaneous power then given, always to cleave to God.
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I AM A NEW CHRISTIAN WHAT DO I DO NOW??

When you received Christ as your Saviour, several things took place in your life.
1. YOU BECAME A CHILD OF GOD.
2. YOUR SINS WERE FORGIVEN.
3. YOU PASSED FROM DEATH UNTO LIFE.
4. YOU RECEIVED ETERNAL LIFE AS A GIFT.
5. YOU SHALL NOT COME INTO CONDEMNATION.

However, there are certain things God expects from you now.
1. YOU SHOULD BE SCRIPTURALLY BAPTIZED.
2. YOU SHOULD READ THE BIBLE DAILY.
3. YOU SHOULD PRAY DAILY.
4. YOU SHOULD CONFESS YOUR SINS DAILY.
5. YOU SHOULD TELL OTHERS ABOUT CHRIST.
6. YOU SHOULD KEEP YOUR HEART AND THOUGHTS CLEAN.
7. YOU SHOULD ATTEND A BIBLE BELIEVING CHURCH REGULARLY.
8. YOU SHOULD WORK FOR THE LORD.
9. YOU SHOULD LOOK FOR THE SOON RETURN OF THE LORD.


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PASOP VIR DIE JAKKALSE!
Helena Garratt

1.  Die jakkals van Sterk Drank.
2.  Wêreldse Vermaak
(a) Kan ek God, deur my gaan daarheen, verheerlik?
(b) Sou ek graag wil hê dat die Here my daar moet vind?
3.  Die ‘jakkals’ van ongewenste (goddelose) geselskap.

“Neem my hart, en laat dit immermeer,
Vir alles toe wees behalwe vir U, o Heer.”

 

Faith and Assurance
JC Ryle

Reader, if you really desire to go to heaven, and to go there in the Bible way, you will find the subject of this tract of the deepest importance. Believe me, your own comfort in religion, and your peace of conscience, depend exceedingly on understanding the matter about which I am going to speak.

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Complete Salvation
AW Tozer

Therefore he is able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them. —Hebrews 7:25

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"We are never so high as when we are on our knees..."
-Unknown Christian-

 

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English Articles

A Storm out at Sea

In Matthew 14 we read of a difficult situation in which the Lord Jesus had put His disciples. While a contrary wind was rising and a storm brewing, they were made to cross the Sea of Galilee towards evening time in a small rowing boat:

A Winning Plan for Life

True believers in Jesus Christ wish to be successful in all their endeavours and to live victorious spiritual lives. In Galatians 5, the Bible offers us such a winning plan for life.

An Interfaith Movement is Taking Root Worldwide

The Bible is very clear on the fact that, during the coming tribulation, the supporters of all faiths will follow and worship the same world messiah. In the book of Revelation John describes him as the beast who will have dominion over the whole earth:

“And all the world marvelled and followed the beast. So they worshipped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like the beast? … And it was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And he was given authority over every tribe, tongue, and nation. And all who dwell on the earth will worship him” (Rev. 13:3-4,7-8).

Angus Buchan: Evangelist or Revivalist?

Angus Buchan is an evangelist and not a revivalist. An evangelist is involved with basic or first phase evangelism and usually addresses a particular group of people only once, or perhaps a few times during a weekend rally. After his listeners have indicated that they accepted Christ as Saviour, he regards his duty as done and then moves on to his next appointment.

Beer and Wine:  The Bible's Counsel

Doesn't the Bible refer in a number of places to wine and strong drink? Don't we quite often find people drinking alcohol in the Bible? Can't we assume, then, that Scripture generally does not condemn drinking alcoholic beverages?

Challenges to True Evangelists

Paul gave certain directives to Timothy on how to remain true to Christ, to the Word, and to his calling as an evangelist. They include a steadfast commitment to preach the truth, even in the face of severe opposition from false teachers who deviated from the truth.

Conformity to the Image of Christ

During His creation, the Triune God, Elohim, said:  “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Gen. 1:26). This likeness refers in the first instance to the spiritual part of our existence. “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24) and He created a being with an immortal spirit and soul, with whom He could communicate.

Death-bed Experiences

In the preface of his book, Voices from the Edge of Eternity, John Meyers says, “Death is a subject no one can treat lightly. It is too final for that. Beauty, honour, wealth, earthly power, hopes, and dreams – all are swallowed up in that finality.

Demonic Attacks on Believers’ Faith throughout the Ages

Biblical faith refers to the essential spiritual bond or relationship between a saved person and God: “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Heb. 11:6). If we truly believe in God we should recognise and accept Him for who He is, i.e. the Almighty, Triune God who created everything and in His omnipotence sustains His creation. We should also accept the fact that we are sinful beings who can only be forgiven and renewed by His grace through faith.

Dominionism - Joy Magazine - Many Believers in SA are Jumping on the Bandwagon

Christians are increasingly mobilised towards efforts of controlling and reforming the world by reminding them of their long-forgotten dominion mandate. This is particularly the case in the US and South Africa from where the global Transformations Movement is orchestrated. Disciples of Christ have allegedly, like believers in the Old Testament, neglected their biblical mandate to rule over the world and are now held directly responsible for the serious moral and spiritual crisis in which the world finds itself.

End-time Deception in the Emerging Church

We are living in a time when increased pressure is exerted upon all churches to fundamentally change their doctrines. The Bible is considered less dogmatic since modern humanity is not prepared to restrict its freedom by a narrow and literal interpretation of Scripture.

Great Significance of the Atonement

All people are sinners upon whom the curse of the death penalty has been pronounced: “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.

Human Reactions during Times of Severe Distress

During the coming great tribulation, survival on earth will be threatened by unequalled natural disasters. Many people will be afflicted by fear and despair in reaction to these disasters. Some will become wicked and violent, while also taking refuge in liquor abuse in an effort to forget their serious problems. Others will be overcome by their sorrows and die of heart failure.

Impending Wars in the Middle East

The Lord says that His wayward people, Israel, will only seek Him and be spiritually restored during perilous times when their enemies threaten to destroy them. In Hosea 5:15 He says, “In their affliction they will diligently seek Me.” Jeremiah also refers to Israel’s end-time distress: “It is the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it” (Jer. 30:7). Daniel says, “There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [of Israel], even to that time. And at that time your people shall be delivered” (Dan. 12:1). He links this time to the actions of the false messiah, who will desecrate the temple and set up an image of himself in God’s sanctuary: “And forces shall be mustered by him, and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress; then they shall take away the daily sacrifices, and place there the abomination of desolation” (Dan. 11:31).

Persevere in Faith

How should we defend ourselves against all the lies and deception that are proclaimed about the Christian faith? We should convince, rebuke, and exhort the wayward ones with all longsuffering and teaching (2 Tim. 4:2), thereby fulfilling our call “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). The unfruitful works of darkness must be exposed (Eph. 5:11).

Privileges and Responsibilities of the Bride of Christ

The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His bridal congregation is strikingly described interms of Jewish marriage customs in biblical times. In this article, the main emphasis is on theresponsibilities that rested upon the bride during the long absence of the bridegroom. Hersanctified life and daily dedication to the bridegroom were of crucial importance for the day whenhe would come to collect her, and therefore also for the final consummation of their marriage.

Religious Deception

Abstract: The kingdom of darkness infiltrated the Christian church with a view to adulterating it by proclaiming a counterfeit Jesus, a counterfeit spirit and a counterfeit gospel.

Sanctification: What Does the Lord Expect of Us?

The Bible unequivocally states that we should be completely sanctified with a view to the second coming of Jesus Christ. A further work of grace is needed in our lives to share in this blessing. Paul’s prayer for the Thessalonians is that the Lord “may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (1 Thess. 3:13). On the day when the Lord Jesus will descend from heaven to receive us to Himself He will bring the deceased saints with Him. On that day we must be spiritually worthy and not be ashamed because of our fleshliness.

Serious Deception of Falling in the Spirit

The phenomenon of falling (being slain) in the Spirit is an unbiblical practice which surfaced in thecharismatic movement for the first time during the second half of the 20th century. Since then it has spread all over the world and become an instrument in the hands of the devil to establish a false kind of mystical spirituality in the lives of millions of people.

Spiritual Backsliding

It is important that one understands the phenomenon of apostatising, or backsliding, as every believer should be able to identify and counter this backward course in his or her spiritual life whenever it occurs.

The Christian New World Order

There are clear promises in the Bible about a Christian new world order which will be instituted after the second coming of Christ. Satan will be bound and Jesus Christ will rule the world with His glorified saints.

The Dispensations of God – Do You Have the Correct Perspective?

There is a progressive revelation of God and His plan for the ages in human history on earth since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden until the end of time when humanity will reach its final destination. Seven clear dispensations can be distinguished in the counsel of God, and they are characterised by increasing knowledge of good and evil. As the dispensations follow one another, greater clarity is obtained on the kingdom of Christ which will be revealed in all its glory and splendour at His second coming. At the same time, more detail is given on the opposing kingdom of darkness which will be revealed in all its evil depravity at the time of the coming of the Antichrist.

The False Theory of Generation Curses

The modern fad of generation curses as an excuse for sin is a major cause of many people’s deception.

The Great Commission of Jesus Christ

The Godly mandate of the mission command embraces three different activities that must be carried out.

The Greatness of God's Love and Grace

God is the source and personification of true love. All those who wish to belong to Him must receive His divine love in their hearts and live according to its noble principles.

The Importance of Prayer

Prayer is one of the most important Christian activities. Through prayer one maintains an intimate walk with the Lord and lays the foundation for success in other spiritual activities.

The Judgment Seat of Christ

All Christians have an appointment to appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ to give account of their lives and stewardship as believers. This judgement is distinct from the final judgement before the great white throne.

The Pretribulation Rapture and a Perspective on Trumpets

There are quite a number of biblical promises on the rapture of true believers, before the start of the seven year-long tribulation period when the Antichrist will rule over the world. Some of these promises are implicitly evident from certain scriptures while, in other cases, it is explicitly stated as a fact that believers will escape the coming tribulation. We cannot afford any doubt on this important matter as it will detrimentally influence our spiritual expectation as well as the quality of our relationship with the Lord.

The Rapture

Abstract: The secret meeting between Christ and His church, as opposed to His public appearance when every eye shall see Him.

The Rejection of Christian Doctrines

We live at a time of great apostatising from biblical truth, shortly before the revelation of the Antichrist as world leader and false messiah, who will be followed, honoured and worshipped by a completely deceived world (2 Thess. 2:3; Rev. 13:3-4). As the man of sin he will play a leading role in the establishment of a culture of sin in which people will enjoy unrestricted freedom to believe and do as they please. The Bible indicates that moral, spiritual and doctrinal decline of gigantic proportions will occur in the end-times as a prelude to the appearance of the great deceiver of the kingdom of darkness: “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons” (1 Tim. 4:1).

The Role of Signs and Wonders

Signs and wonders are supernatural acts by which God demonstrates His omnipotence to miraculously save believers, to subdue His enemies, and to reveal aspects of His counsel. As in the time of Noah and Lot, divine judgements were at times poured out upon rebellious societies. Although the Lord can reveal Himself at any time through signs and wonders, there were periods in history when such phenomena more frequently occurred.

The Sin of Homosexuality

According to Scripture, homosexual activity in any form is sin and is strongly condemned. It is first spoken of with reference to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.

The Word of God

In this article, 14 characteristics of the Word of God are described. These statements are most significant in view of the fact that that a large body of modern theologians have, through their prejudice and destructive criticism, relegated the Bible to the level of highly contentious and disputed writings of human origin.

Three Steps to Higher Heights

We are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3:8), whichcommits us to develop spiritually from a basic to a more advanced knowledge of God and HisWord. The implication is that we should not remain small children in Christ who are tossed to andfro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, but, through various stages, grow up to themature man or woman in Christ (Eph. 4:13-14). We will look at examples in the Bible of how theprinciple of growth progressively develops, often in three phases, as it moves to higher levels.That will help us to better understand the dynamics of our spiritual life, as there should never be apoint of stagnation but rather a challenge to reach out to higher heights.

True and Deceived Followers of Jesus

There are many views about Jesus among the millions of His followers. These diverging opinions form the basis of a wide range of relationships with Him. Included among those who regard themselves as Christians, is a large group of deceived ‘believers’ who are convinced that they follow and serve Jesus.

Twelve Reasons for the Rapture

Abstract: The rapture is a very important promise in the chronology of end-time events. It must be properly understood if we wish to be ready and worthy to escape the coming tribulation period.

Afrikaanse Artikels

Apologetiese Prediking

Daar is in die Bybel talle verwysings na godsdienstige vervalsings wat deur die duiwel gebruik word om mense geestelik op ‘n dwaalspoor te laat beland. Wat is die oplossing hiervoor? Apologetiese (verdedigende) prediking, m.a.w. prediking waarin die waarheid van God se Woord teen al die verskillende dwalings verdedig word.

Beginsels van Toewyding

Ons leef in ‘n tyd waarin min aandag aan ‘n gevalle mensdom se grootste probleem gegee word, naamlik sonde. Die argument word dikwels aangevoer dat aangesien Jesus Christus vir ons sonde gesterf het, alle sonde outomaties vergewe word.

Belangrike Leer oor die Here Jesus se Godheid

Ons leef in ‘n tyd waarin die Drie-eenheidsleer, en veral die godheid en ewige selfbestaan van die Here Jesus, deur ‘n toenemende aantal teoloë verwerp word. Hierdie probleem is nie net die produk van moderne teologiese denke nie, maar die gevolg van eeue-oue dwalings in leerstellings oor Jesus Christus.

Bybel nie as God se Geïnspireerde Woord aanvaar nie

Opsomming: ‘n Toenemende aantal teoloë beskou die Bybel nie meer as die foutlose en letterlik geïnspireerde Woord van God nie.  Die sterk humanistiese inslag in die meeste moderne Bybelvertalings kan toegeskryf word aan die feit dat ‘n groot aantal teoloë nie meer die Bybel as die geïnspireerde Woord van God aanvaar nie.  Dit is waarom hulle dit nou vertaal en vertolk net soos wat hulle wil.

Daar is 'n Stryd om te Stry

Opsomming: Om oorwinning in ons geestelike lewe te kry, moet ons teen die wêreld, die vlees én die duiwel oorwin.  Baie mense besef nie die volle implikasies daarvan dat ons in ‘n geestelike stryd teen die wêreld, die vlees én die duiwel gewikkel is nie. Die gevolg is dat hulle nie van oorwinning tot oorwinning gaan nie, maar eerder van neerlaag tot neerlaag.

Daniël se 70 Jaarweke

Wanneer ‘n studie van profesieë oor die eindtyd gemaak word, moet die dispensasionele posisie van die volk Israel goed begryp word, veral soos wat dit in Daniël 9:24-27 beskryf word. Dit is teen hierdie agtergrond baie duidelik waarom al die gebeure in die verdrukking, soos in Openbaring 6 tot 19 beskryf, binne ‘n tydsraamwerk van sewe jaar afspeel.

Die Aard en Beloning van 'n Ware Geloof

Opsomming: 'n Ware geloof moet duidelik van valse weergawes daarvan onderskei word. Laasgenoemde lei na verwerping en eersgenoemde na beloning deur God.  Een van die grootste geestelike probleme in Suid-Afrika – en moontlik in die hele wêreld – is vormgodsdiens.

Die Bindende Mag van Kerklike Dogma

Baie mense ontdek soms groot waarhede in die Bybel, net om hulle teen onversetlike predikante vas te loop wat selfs weier om duidelike, Bybelse uitsprake oor ’n saak te aanvaar.  Die rede vir hierdie houding is die feit dat predikante hulleself onbeweeglik aan hulle kerk se leerstellings vasgeteken het.

Die Bybel se waarmerk van Egtheid

Opsomming: Wetenskaplike bewyse is gevind dat die Bybelse teks nie van menslike oorsprong is nie.  God het onmiskenbaar sy seël van egtheid daarop geplaas.

Die Christen as 'n Tempel van God

Opsomming: Christene word in die Nuwe Testament ook tempels van die Heilige Gees genoem.  Watter verantwoordelikheid plaas dit op ons?  “Weet julle nie dat julle ‘n tempel van God is en die Gees van God in julle woon nie?  As iemand die tempel van God skend, sal God hom skend; want die tempel van God is heilig en dit is julle" (1 Kor 3:16 - 17)

Die Dae van Noag en Lot

In die eindtyd sal die morele verdorwenheid en rebellie teen God weer die afmetings aanneem wat dit in die dae van Noag en Lot gehad het.

Die Drie-Enige God

Die God van die Bybel is ‘n Drie-enige God – God die Vader, God die Seun en God die Heilige Gees. Hulle bestaan al drie van alle ewigheid af, want die Vader het die wêreld deur die Seun gemaak (Heb. 1:2).

Die Finale Keuse

Die tekens van die tye spreek ons aan om nóú ons saak met die Here reg te maak en sodoende gereed te wees vir dit wat spoedig gaan gebeur.

Die Gees van Babilon

Die gees van antieke Babilon waai sterk deur Irak om ‘n antichristelike nuwe wêreldorde hier te vestig. Dit is daarop ingestel om nie net Irak te transformeer nie, maar ook ander lande in die streek én in die wêreld.

Die Gemeente van God

In die huidige tyd, wanneer omtrent elke nuwe idee die middelpunt of ontmoetingspunt vir nuwe assosiasies word, kan ons nie anders as om goddelik gevormde oortuigings te verkry oor wat die gemeente van God werklik is nie.

Die Godheid van Jesus

Ons leef in ‘n tyd waarin daar groot aanvalle op die Persoon en werk van die Here Jesus gedoen word. Hieronder volg ‘n verkorte belydenis oor wie Jesus Christus werklik is.

Die Groot Opdrag van Christus

Die goddelike mandaat van die sendingopdrag behels drie verskillende aktiwiteite wat uitgevoer moet word.

Die Heilige Gees

God openbaar Homself op verskillende maniere deur die Heilige Gees, en dit neem die vorm van ‘n verskeidenheid bedieninge van die Gees aan, waarvan die volgende die belangrikste is:

Die Hel - Wat die Bybel daaroor sê

Die hel is 'n letterlike poel van vuur waar sondaars hulle ewige straf sal verduur. Dit is nie 'n simboliese begrip of slegs 'n plek van godverlatenheid sonder enige fisiese smarte nie.

Die Koringkorrel moet Sterf

As ons nie bereid is om te sterf vir die wêreld, die vlees en die sonde nie, kan ons nie bruikbare dissipels van Jesus word nie. In só ‘n toestand sal ons “alleen” en “onvrugbaar” wees en nie aan ons doel as Christene beantwoord nie.

Die Liefde van God

Die liefde van God is die groot saak waaroor dit in die Bybel gaan. Dit is ‘n liefde wat ten grondslag van die saligheidsplan lê, en ook van ons verhouding met die Here.

Die Nag van God se oordele

Tye van goddelike oordele word altyd in die Bybel as ‘n donker tyd beskryf.

Die Noodsaaklikheid van Wedergeboorte

Nikodémus was een van die gematigde en meer oortuigbare lede van die Sanhedrin in Israel. Hy was beïndruk met Jesus se bediening, veral met sy goddelike mag om wonderwerke te doen, en wou meer daaroor uitvind. Sy kollegas was hatig op Jesus, daarom het hy alleen in die nag met Hom gaan praat. Nikodémus spreek vir Jesus op ‘n gelyke vlak as rabbi aan, maar gee nietemin erkenning aan die feit dat God met Hom is. Jesus was nie hierdie Fariseër se gelyke nie, maar ver bokant hom verhewe omdat Hy van bo af kom.

Die oordele van God

Een van God se attribute wat in ons tyd al hoe minder verkondig word, is sy toorn oor sondaars. God haat sonde en Hy sal by die groot eindoordeel alle sondaars wat geweier het om hulleself te bekeer, tot die ewige poel van vuur veroordeel.

Die Pad van die Here

Die pad van die regverdiges is die pad van die lewe. Die Here Jesus het hierdie nuwe en lewende weg vir ons deur sy kruisdood geopen, en nooi ons daarheen.

Die Sabbat en die Sondag

Die Joodse sabbat en die Christelike Sondag. Wat is die verband tussen hulle?

Die Sonde van Rook en Drink

Twee van die sondes waarteen mense ‘n baie verdraagsame houding inneem, is drink en rook. Wat sê die Bybel hiervan, en wat is die gevare wat daaraan verbonde is?

Die Valse Teorie van Bloedlynvloeke

Die huidige neiging om bloedlynvloeke as ‘n verskoning vir sonde te gebruik, lei tot onbybelse vorms van geestelike bevryding.

Die Val van Christelike Fondamente

Ons leef in die tyd van die groot afval kort voor die openbaring van die Antichris as wêreldleier envalse messias wat deur ‘n ganse misleide wêreld nagevolg, vereer en aanbid sal word (2 Thess. 2:3;Op. 13:3-4). As die mens van sonde sal hy ‘n leidende rol speel in die vestiging van ‘n sondekultuurwaarin mense onbeperkte vryhede sal hê om te glo en te doen net wat hulle wil. Die Bybel verwys nadie morele, geestelike en leerstellige verval wat in die eindtyd geweldig sal toeneem as voorbereidingvir die verskyning van hierdie groot misleier uit die koninkryk van die duisternis:

Die Verband tussen die Wet en die Genade

Dit is vir baie Christene problematies om tussen God se wet en sy genade te kan onderskei. Soms word daar in die Nuwe Testament geen verdere bestaansreg aan wetsnakoming verleen nie, maar in ander gevalle word die verhewe en tydlose beginsels van God se wet aan ons voorgehou as ‘n riglyn vir ons lewe en iets waarin ons onsself moet verbly.

Die Verbondsvolk Israel: Wie is Hulle?

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.

Die Verwerping van Christelike Leerstellings

Lees 2 Timótheüs 4:1-5.
Ons leef in die tyd van die groot afval kort voor die openbaring van die Antichris as wêreldleier en valsemessias wat deur ‘n ganse misleide wêreld nagevolg, vereer en aanbid sal word (2 Thess. 2:3; Op. 13:3-4).As die mens van sonde sal hy ‘n leidende rol speel in die vestiging van ‘n sondekultuur waarin menseonbeperkte vryhede sal hê om te glo en te doen net wat hulle wil. Die Bybel verwys na die morele,geestelike en leerstellige verval wat in die eindtyd geweldig sal toeneem as voorbereiding vir dieverskyning van hierdie groot misleier uit die koninkryk van die duisternis: “Die Gees sê uitdruklik dat in dielaaste tye sommige van die geloof afvallig sal word en verleidende geeste en leringe van duiwels salaanhang” (1 Tim. 4:1). Satan self orkestreer die verskerpte, eindtydse vervalproses wat nie net in diesekulêre wêreld plaasvind nie, maar indring tot in die binnekringe van groot Christelike kerke en hullekweekskole.

Die Vrou in die Gemeente

Die rol van die vrou in die gemeente is in beginsel ooreenstemmend met haar sosiale posisie in die gesin: in beide gevalle het die Here die man as hoof oor haar aangestel.

Die Wegraping

Die belofte oor die wegraping is van die allergrootste belang. Hierdie gebeurtenis sal die kerkbedeling afsluit  wanneer die ware Christene na die hemel weggevoer word om voor die regterstoel van Christus te verskyn. Verwag jy dit en is jy hierop voorbereid?

Die Wegraping Voor die Verdrukking

Daar is ‘n hele aantal Bybelse beloftes oor die wegraping van ware gelowiges voor die aanvang vandie sewe jaar lange verdrukking wanneer die Antichris oor die aarde sal regeer. Sommige van hierdiebeloftes blyk implisiet uit sekere Skrifgedeeltes, terwyl dit in ander gevalle eksplisiet as ‘n feit gestelword dat gelowiges die komende verdrukking sal ontvlug. Ons kan nie enige twyfel oor hierdiebelangrike saak bekostig nie omdat dit ons geestelike ingesteldheid, asook die kwaliteit van onsverhouding met die Here, nadelig sal beïnvloed.

Die Woord van God

Ons leef in ‘n tyd van groot verval. Alle evangeliese Christene moet hulleself opnuut tot die handhawing en eerbiediging van die Bybel as God se Woord verbind.

Dissipelskap

Dissipelskap gaan oor veel meer as net redding – dit gaan oor die opleiding en geestelike toerusting van gelowiges sodat hulle volwaardige dissipels kan word wat die Here Jesus dien en sy opdrag vir die evangelisering van die wêreld uitvoer.

Doen Jy God se Wil?

Die mens het ‘n vrye wil en is vir sy eie besluite aanspreeklik. Daar is drie vlakke waarop die wil van God gedoen kan word.

Eindtydse Deformasie Weg van God en die Bybel af

Die grondbeginsels van die Christelike geloof word toenemend deur teoloë verwerp. Dit is net ‘n kwessie van tyd voordat verskeie predikante ook hierdie voorbeeld sal navolg.

Gebed

Gebed is een van die belangrikste Christelike aktiwiteite wat daar is. Hierdeur beoefen jy ‘n intieme wandel met die Here en lê die grondslag vir sukses in ander geestelike aktiwiteite.

Geestelike Oorlogvoering

Leer hoe om die stryd teen Satan en sy versoekings te hanteer, en God se wapenrusting aan te trek sodat jy staande kan bly teen die liste van die duiwel.

Geestelike Verval en die Opdrag tot Volharding

Paulus sê vir die Galasiërs: “Broeders, as iemand ewenwel deur een of ander misdaad oorval word,moet julle wat geestelik is, so een reghelp met die gees van sagmoedigheid, terwyl jy op jouself let,dat jy ook nie versoek word nie” (Gal. 6:1). Vir die Korinthiërs sê hy: “Wie meen dat hy staan, moetoppas dat hy nie val nie” (1 Kor. 10:12).

Geloofswerk op 'n Sendingstasie

Daar word in ons tyd baie klem op geloof met die oog op wonderwerke gelê. In die proses word geloof dikwels aan vleeslike begeertes van die mens dienstig gemaak, soos bv. om gou ryk te word of gou gesond te word. Wat is ware geloof en waarvoor het ons dit nodig?

Godsdiensbeleid van die Nuwe Wêreldorde

Daar is ‘n sterk strewe by wêreldleiers dat alle lande onder die gesag van ‘n enkele wêreldregering verenig moet word sodat konformisme verseker en demokratiese hervormings binne die raamwerk van ‘n internasionale handves vir menseregte ingestel kan word.

Godsdienstige Dwalinge

Ernstige dwalings waarin 'n ander Jesus, 'n ander gees en 'n ander evangelie verkondig word, word in oënskou geneem.

Heiligmaking en die Wederkoms

Heiligmaking bepaal nie net die aard van ons verhouding as dissipels van die Here Jesus hier opaarde nie, maar dit moet spesifiek ook met die oog op sy wederkoms beoefen word wanneer ons assy bruidsgemeente in heiligheid voor Hom gestel moet word.

Heiligmaking: Wat Verwag die Here van Ons?

Die Bybel stel dit onomwonde dat ons volkome heilig moet wees, ook met die oog op die wederkomsvan Jesus Christus. Dit vereis ‘n dieper genadewerk van heiligmaking in ons lewe, daarom sê Paulusook ons harte moet “versterk word om onberispelik te wees in heiligheid voor onse God en Vader bydie wederkoms van onse Here Jesus Christus” (1 Thess. 3:13).

Hoe moet daar vir Stede en Dorpe Gebid word?

‘n Vraag oor die aard van gebed vir stede en dorpe is aan ons gerig en word beantwoord.

Homoseksualisme is Sonde

‘n Toenemende verskynsel in die moderne wêreld is die vinnige uitbreiding van die aantal homoseksuele (gay) persone in samelewings, asook die kondonering daarvan deur baie van die kerke en regerings.

Humanistiese Hervormings

Regerings wat God se oppergesag nie erken nie, bevorder humanisme en anargie en maak hulleself dikwels aan growwe gesagsmisbruik skuldig.

‘n Bybelse Sondebegrip is vir Verlossing Nodig

Die regte begrip van sonde vestig die aandag op die kardinale probleem wat tussen die verlore sondaar en sy redding deur Jesus Christus staan.

‘n Dooie Vormgodsdiens

Dit is nodig dat ons op die groot ontnugtering en skok sal let wat deur ‘n dooie vormgodsdiens veroorsaak word. Hier op aarde kan jy dalk daarmee wegkom, maar voor die troon van die Here, wanneer dit té laat is om jou foute en sondes reg te stel deur vergifnis en verlossing daarvoor te kry, sal dit tot jou ewige verdoemenis lei.

‘n Messias vir Alle Gelowe

 

Johannes stel dit baie duidelik dat daar in die eindtyd ‘n dramatiese en wêreldwye openbaring van dietwee groot koninkryke sal wees wat tans nog op ‘n verborge wyse uit die geestelike sfeer optree. Diekoninkryk van God sal sigbaar geopenbaar word wanneer Jesus Christus ten aanskoue van alle mensena die aarde terugkeer om sy vyande te oordeel en sy koninkryk op aarde te vestig. Johannes sê: “Kyk,Hy kom met die wolke en elke oog sal Hom sien” (Op. 1:7). In hoofstuk 19 sê hy dat Jesus as dieKoning van die konings terugkom aarde toe en dat Hy daarna die nasies met ‘n ysterstaf sal regeer.

Is jy 'n Lewende Brief van God?

Elke ware kind van God (jonk of oud, manlik of vroulik, geleerd of ongeleerd, ryk of arm, leraar, evangelis of net ‘n gewone gelowige) word tot heiligmaking geroep sodat hy of sy gereinig en geestelik toegerus kan word om ‘n getuie te wees deur wie die Here die wêreld kan aanspreek (Hand. 1:8).

Kenmerke van ‘n Gemeente

Die basiese roeping, eienskappe en kenmerke van 'n ware gemeente van Christus.

Kersfees in Desember?

Daar is steeds groot meningsverskille oor die tyd én die wyse waarop Kersfees gevier moetword. Die feit is dat die jaarlikse Kersfeesvieringe op 25 Desember verkeerd geskeduleer is enop 'n hoogs gekommersialiseerde wyse deur Christene én nie-Christene gevier word. Die wêreldlê in 'n toenemende mate beslag op hierdie fees en verdraai die ware betekenis daarvan meeren meer deur dit met heidense gebruike te vermeng. In sommige gevalle word Christusheeltemal uit die fees weggelaat deur sy Naam met 'n X uit te krap en die fees Xmas te noem.

Kitsbekerings en ‘n Gebrek aan Heiligmaking

Ons leef in ‘n tyd van ongekende tegnologiese prestasies, waarin handige hulpmiddels enkitsoplossings vir omtrent alle probleme aangebied word. Daar hoef nie meer moeilike pogingsaangewend te word om iets gedoen te kry nie. Op die terrein van kommunikasie is alle inligting letterlikmet die druk van ‘n knoppie onmiddellik tot ons beskikking. Dit is nie nodig om ure lank daarna te soeknie, want die internet ontsluit vir ons die hele wêreld. Dit het ‘n leefwyse geword om minder moeite tedoen en kitsoplossings vir alles te vind – ongelukkig ook vir geestelike probleme.

Koninkryksteologie

Baie van die dwalings wat in Christelike kerke voorkom, ongelukkig ook in sekere evangeliese kerke, kan na die koninkryksteologie van die eindtyd herlei word. Predikers raak bekommerd oor die verskynsel van ‘n kwynende, halfhartige en passiewe Christendom omdat hulle eie aansien en inkomste ook daaronder ly.

Leef Heilig vir die Koms van die Bruidegom!

Heiligmaking bepaal nie net die kwaliteit van ons verhouding met die Here hier op aarde nie, maar dit moet uitdruklik ook met die oog op die wederkoms van Jesus beoefen word.

Marginale, Teruggevalle en Valse Christene

Die toestand van ‘n mens se hart beskryf die aard van jou geestelike lewe en morele beginsels. Die hart is die sentrum van jou gees en siel, en dus bepalend vir jou wil, emosies en denkwyse. Jou hart is óf ‘n woonplek vir God óf ‘n woonplek vir Satan.

Misleiding deur die Transformasie Video

‘n Valse herlewing wat gebaseer is op Peter Wagner en George Otis se konsepte van geestelike kartering en strategiese geestelike oorlogvoering vind ook in Suid-Afrika inslag.

Misleiding - Verdere Transformasie Misleiding

Strategiese geestelike oorlogvoering om gebiedsdemone te verdryf, asook pogings om bloedlynvloeke en verbonde met die geesteswêreld te kanselleer, is ook in SA gedoen.

'n Bybelse Sondebegrip is vir Verlossing Nodig

Die regte begrip van sonde vestig die aandag op die kardinale probleem wat tussen die verlore sondaar en sy redding deur Jesus Christus staan.

'n Dooie Vormgodsdiens

Dit is nodig dat ons op die groot ontnugtering en skok sal let wat deur ‘n dooie vormgodsdiens veroorsaak word. Hier op aarde kan jy dalk daarmee wegkom, maar voor die troon van die Here, wanneer dit té laat is om jou foute en sondes reg te stel deur vergifnis en verlossing daarvoor te kry, sal dit tot jou ewige verdoemenis lei.

Onlangse Tekens van die Tye

In die afgelope jaar het verskeie tekens van die tye ‘n belangrike boodskap oor die eindtyd ingehou. Hieronder was die volgende tekens baie prominent:

Onstaan van die Moderne, Verbruikersvriendelike Godsdiens

Die mens het nog altyd daartoe geneig om die gesag van God te verwerp en alleenbeheer oor sy lewe uit te oefen. Ook sy godsdiens moet só aangebied word dat dit aan sy eie belange en begeertes dienstig is.

Sonde

Een van die sentrale temas in die Bybel is sonde – dit sluit die oorsprong en aard van sonde in, asook die gevolge daarvan en die oplossing vir die sonde-probleem. Dit is vir elkeen nodig om die aard en omvang van sy sondes te ken.

Sonde is Rebellie teen God

Sonde is verskillende vorms van rebellie teen God se Persoon, sy oppergesag, sy wette, sy wil en sy wysheid.

Stryd teen die Bose

Ons leef in ‘n tyd waarin baie Christene terugval omdat hulle toegee aan versoekings wat van die vlees, die wêreld en die duiwel af op hulle inwerk.

Teruggevalle, Valse Christene

Die toestand van ‘n mens se hart beskryf die aard van jou geestelike lewe en morele beginsels. Die hart is die sentrum van jou gees en siel, en dus bepalend vir jou wil, emosies en denkwyse. Jou hart is óf ‘n woonplek vir God óf ‘n woonplek vir Satan.

Toegerekende Geregtigheid Sonder Bekering?

‘n Gevaarlike gebruik van die verlaging van geestelike standaarde vind in die meeste Christelike kerke plaas, selfs ook onder dié wat ‘n evangeliese belydenis huldig, sodat hulle die Bybelse eis van ‘n heelhartige bekering kan vermy. Geloof in Christus word op só ‘n manier verkondig dat die geregtigheid van God aan alle gelowiges toegereken word sonder om van hulle ‘n wederkerige reaksie van bekering uit alle bekende sondes te verwag. In terme van hierdie foutiewe begrip van regverdigmaking moet sondes bely maar nie noodwendig laat staan word nie.


Valse Voorstellings van Jesus

Die aanslag op die Bybel as die geïnspireerde Woord van God het ook na ‘n openlike aanval op die Persoon, Messiasskap en Godheid van Jesus Christus uitgekring.

Verdraaiings in die Nuwe Vertaling

Die Nuwe Afrikaanse Vertaling van die Bybel bevat veranderings en weglatings wat sowel uit die eksegetiese vertaalmetode as uit die onvolledige grondteks spruit.

Verlossing

Daar is ‘n duidelike pad wat die Here met ‘n sondaar loop om sy siel te red, hom vir diens toe te rus en ook vir die ewige lewe in die hemel voor te berei.

Verootmoediging, Herlewing en Angus Buchan

“Geregtigheid verhoog ‘n volk, maar die sonde is ‘n skandvlek vir die nasies” (Spr. 14:34).Daar is die afgelope paar jaar verskeie oproepe tot verootmoediging in Suid-Afrika gedoen, sodat onsas ‘n Christenvolk aan die Here se standaard van geregtigheid kan voldoen. Daar is selfs aansprakegemaak dat ons op die punt van ‘n magtige herlewing staan wat na die res van Afrika én die helewêreld sal uitbrei. Wat moet ons houding hieroor wees? Alle Christene behoort tog ten gunste van ‘ngroot geestelike deurbraak in ons land en sy kerke te wees, maar dan moet ons baie seker maak datdie motiewe wat ons koester én die benadering wat ons volg, suiwer op die Bybel gebaseer is.

Wat is Herlewing?

Vir die geestelik afvallige kerke van ons tyd is daar net een oplossing, en dit is herlewing. Charles Finney, verduidelik wat só ‘n stap van hertoewyding behels.

Wedergeboorte

Die Bybelse eis van bekering en wedergeboorte word toenemend verwerp en met ‘n “verlossingsleer” vervang wat op uitverkiesing en die verbondsdoop gebaseer is.

Wie is Jesus?

In hierdie artikel word die Godheid, name en attribute van Jesus uit ‘n Bybelse perspektief bespreek.

 
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