Our basic foundational beliefs are set out in the article, Our foundational understanding of the Bible record. It somehow disappeared from our website for a while but has since been restored. And then, of course, our end-times views are set out in the various articles on those topics.
One can dwell extensively on the ‘covering’ topic, but I will keep to a short quotation from Frank Viola’s book Reimagining Church, and then add some observations of my own:
“It is my opinion that the doctrine of ‘spiritual covering’ fundamentally supplants the headship of the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, the attempt to critically examine the ‘covering’ teaching and all that’s bound up with it is far more than an arcane, theological exercise. It touches the very purpose of God – a purpose that is wholly occupied with the absolute sovereignty and supremacy of Jesus Christ in His church”.
I understand many who ask about one’s spiritual and organisational covering have a positive intent, which is to seek protection against heresy in doctrines. On the other hand, there are reportedly more than 38 000 denominations and so the idea of protection remains under pressure itself. Also, the modern idea of ‘covering’ is not found in the New Testament. Each one of us, and that is what we underline, has to take personal responsibility for the doctrines we believe to be biblically sound.
Martie and I did not attend church meetings for a considerable time. We now worship in a small, unattached congregation (Shekinah Ministries) in the Free State town of Koppies, where we currently reside. We feel comfortable there. The last congregation that we served in as pastors and Dean pair of the Bible school left us disillusioned and saddened. So did we feel about the Christian Network the congregation was part of. We could no longer sit under the controlling spirit and financial abuses we witnessed. To illustrate, when I approached the senior pastor on the question of home cells, his strong reaction was that he would not allow it, “because I can’t control what they do and say there”. We also started to study the Bible again, as if for the first time and that brought many questions.
We grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church, but round and about our 50th year, we took off on a pilgrimage through the Pentecostal (AFM) and Charismatic environment (congregations in different towns we resided in for various periods), searching for the truth. In all of them we met wonderful people and had wonderful experiences. But, unfortunately, in most of them you were branded a rebel the moment you dared to ask doctrinal questions.
That is why we really focus on making our understanding of the biblical record known as our understanding, and not as a prescriptive demand. We wish to facilitate the study and knowledge of the biblical truth and not Gerrie & Martie Malan’s truth. In the process we will weigh any person or denomination’s teachings, but then take responsibility ourselves for what we believe is accurate understanding of God’s everlasting Word.
 Viola, F. 2008. Reimagining Church. Colorado Springs: David C. Cook.
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