Nuwe bloginskrywing (Afrikaans): Die Nuwe Hervormingsnetwerkdwaling en verwante aangeleenthede.

Welcome to our website

We fully agree with Ephraim Currier who concluded in 1841, if it is important that we have the Bible, then it is important that we understand it. This reflects our desire, our heart and our focus too. The purpose of our website, our articles and books is always to give the what, how and why of our understanding in the hope that it will stimulate readers also to follow a renewed quest for Biblical truth. Today the believers in Christ are faced with an almost frantic onslaught against the status and truth of the Bible. This onslaught is not only being waged from outside the Church, but to a large extent from within. We, the believers therefore need to take personal responsibility for what we believe and no longer be satisfied to blindly accept what others say the Bible says. The Bereans of Acts 17:11 were eagerly interested in the message of Paul and Silas but they still wanted to confirm the truth of it all for themselves. They are a good example for us all to follow.


We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books, and established patterns of church life and fellowship.  We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach the Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the church and the world…It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.  But we are forbidden to become enslaved to human tradition, either secular or Christian, whether it be “catholic” tradition, “critical” tradition, or “ecumenical” tradition.  We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures. (J.I. Packer).


Free E-Books

 

Our free e-books in a special enhanced pdf format can be downloaded from the Downloads page. For regular ebook formats (Epub, Kindle and e-reader friendly PDF), visit our E-Books page on Smashwords.com by clicking on the respective icons. They  are sure to stimulate your search for understanding. You can read book descriptions here.


FOUNDATIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLICAL RECORD (With improvements)

We believe that there is one true and living God, Elohim Yahwe (or Yahweh).  He is the self-existent One, who has no beginning and no end.  By Him was the heavens and the earth created and man was made in His image - a living soul.

God has revealed himself progressively in the scriptures we know as the Bible.  It is a collection of 66 books, written by approximately 40 writers, over a period of approximately 1500 years, in three languages and on 3 continents, and yet it forms an amazing whole.  We believe it is God’s communication with humanity in different ways. Continue reading.

Ook in Afrikaans: Bybelboodskap - Ons basiese verstaan daarvan (Met verbeteringe)


SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE TORAH OBSERVANT?

I have been confronted at various times – in both negative and friendly terms – by people who are classified as Torah Observant. In the process there has regularly been absolute insistance on a number of matters, including:

  •  Keeping the Sabbath on Saturdays.
  •  Obedience to the Law of Moses, and therefore
  •  Keeping the seven biblical feasts.
  •  Correct use of the name of God and Jesus.

The name “Jesus” is alleged to be a derivative of Zeus, the chief god of Greek mythology. They also allege that Christians abuse Paul’s letter to the Galatians as proof that the Law no longer applies. Apart from an argument of additions that were not part of the original letter, they state that Paul nowhere wrote in the letter that they were no longer to keep the Law. Continue reading.
Ook in Afrikaans:: Moet Christene die Wet hou?


MATTHEW 7:14 AND WHY ACCURATE BIBLE INTERPRETATION IS NOT NEGOTIABLE

The following were quoted in a newsletter of Kenneth Gentry in which he dealt with a question of a reader on the implications of Matthew 7:14 (my accentuations).

  • Dispensationalist Louis Barbieri writing Dallas Seminary’s Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC, 2:34) writes: "Even the Lord Jesus acknowledged that few would find the true way, the way that leads to life (i.e., to heaven, in contrast with ruin in hell)."
  • A. B. Bruce writing in the class Expositor’s Greek Testament (1:132) comments on our passage: "The passage itself contains no clue to the right way except that it is the way of the few."
  • In his controversial The Gospel According to Jesus, well-respected dispensationalist pastor John MacArthur (191) stated that there cannot be a billion Christians in the world because "such figures certainly do not square with what Jesus said about many on the broad road and few on the narrow." Continue reading.

DANCING ON THE STREETS OF GOLD?

The same precious friend who asked us about the Lion and Lamb that would lie down together (read here), also asked us about the streets of gold, in view of our understanding that the Book of Revelation had been fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple.

Once again, our Bible study made us realise just how nonchalantly we are indoctrinated by gospel songs, paintings, and the wrong teaching of sincere people. Continue reading.


WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR SON A STONE?

Many are the sermons we have heard on Matthew 7:9-11: “What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). Luke 11:12 also has giving a scorpion when the son asks for an egg.  These Scriptures are often used in the Charismatic and Pentecostal church environments when people are prayed for to receive immersion or baptism in the Holy Spirit. Continue reading...


KNOWLEDGE- THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT

In the previous post we analysed the biblical concept of truth. One can say that truth is the way, knowledge the destination. This destination will depend on the way we choose.

There are even more different nuances in the Bible of the concept of knowledge than there are of truth.  What I wish to underline, is that the verb ginosko is often used in the New Testament to refer to a relationship between the one who “knows” and that which is "known".  It is used in this sense to refer to God's knowledge of a person:

  • “But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Cor 8:3)
  • “But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? (Gal 4:9)

This knowledge that God has of a person really carries the meaning that God approves him. 

The fact that it has a relational foundation indicates an activity or action that is continually taking place.  Continue reading...


TRUTH - THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT

Hebrew and Greek are very descriptive languages.  They provide for subtle differences of meaning, which are not easily translated into English, for example, with single words or even simple sentences.  Words like agape and phileo, which are simply translated into English as love although their true meanings differ, are good examples.  The same can be said of the words truth and knowledge and it makes finding a simple definition of such a word difficult.  Because these two terms are of specific importance, however, it is necessary to distinguish between certain subtle differences as well as we can, without becoming too technical in the process.

Truth is used in two broad senses in the Old TestamentContinue reading...


DOES TRUTH MATTER?

(Excerpts from the Preface of Gerrie's book The Lamp Of The Lord)

Scripture sounds warning after warning that one should rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). If we continue teaching doctrines that are rooted in wrong understanding or interpretation, however sincere the heart may be, where do we draw the line? What measure of deviance from the accurate truth would be tolerable or acceptable and what not? Using biblical terminology does not make something biblically accurate. One survey in the United States of America found 82 percent of Americans thought “God helps those that help themselves” was a Bible verse, which made it the ‘best known verse in the Bible’ (Mohler, 2004). It is sad testimony to realise that there really is no such verse in the Bible. Continue reading...


THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS

This post flowed forth from past notes in my journal:

11 April 2000

The congregation we were members of at the time, had been characterised by a spirit of division and confusion over the preceding few weeks. Our pastor had been given a video entitled The Hiss of the Serpent, which was radically and very expressively critical about prominent ministries in the USA. The pastor’s preaching changed direction so drastically from one Sunday to next, that there was an immediate drop of more than two thirds in service attendances. There was also an immediate decline in the children’s ministry and its effective closure followed soon. Continue reading...


THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

We know there are many who will disagree, but based on a careful study of the evidence, we believe that Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians in AD49. It was his first Epistle and was written not only to one local group of people, but to believers in a large Roman province reaching from north to south (in the centre of what is modern Turkey). Only one New Testament book was written before Galatians, and that book is the Epistle of James (which was written in AD45). The letter to the Galatians is a strong address to those who were still trying to hold on to the Mosaic law. Then, it is the letter bringing the message of God’s grace. We can safely say that it addressed the transition from the Mosaic dispensation to the Messianic dispensation. Continue reading...


LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB. REALLY?

It was not so long ago that a precious friend asked us - in view of our rejection of many end-times doctrines - what then about the lion and lamb that shall lie down together?

Our research produced an unexpected twist - it made us realise just how easily our understanding is influenced by wrong concepts in popular songs, for example.  I (Gerrie) have personally sung the song Peace in the Valley more times than I can remember - and in church for that matter! So, I just wanted to make sure I had the right Bible verse to start off from in my answer to her. Continue reading...  [Ook in Afrikaans]


 

 Stretcher Bearers For Christ

Peter and Rebekah Laue of Pagosa Springs, Colorado in the United States of America, have a passion for the hurting and have established a beautiful service of the heart for such people. While he pours out the love of the Lord through the conveying of true and inspiring stories, she does the same through her inspirational art. We gladly and lovingly place this link to their website on our homepage. Please visit them and let your spirit share in their compassionate love for the mentally hurting.

 

 

Nuwe bloginskrywing (Afrikaans): Die Nuwe Hervormingsnetwerkdwaling en verwante aangeleenthede.

Welcome to our website

We fully agree with Ephraim Currier who concluded in 1841, if it is important that we have the Bible, then it is important that we understand it. This reflects our desire, our heart and our focus too. The purpose of our website, our articles and books is always to give the what, how and why of our understanding in the hope that it will stimulate readers also to follow a renewed quest for Biblical truth. Today the believers in Christ are faced with an almost frantic onslaught against the status and truth of the Bible. This onslaught is not only being waged from outside the Church, but to a large extent from within. We, the believers therefore need to take personal responsibility for what we believe and no longer be satisfied to blindly accept what others say the Bible says. The Bereans of Acts 17:11 were eagerly interested in the message of Paul and Silas but they still wanted to confirm the truth of it all for themselves. They are a good example for us all to follow.


We do not start our Christian lives by working out our faith for ourselves; it is mediated to us by Christian tradition, in the form of sermons, books, and established patterns of church life and fellowship.  We read our Bibles in the light of what we have learned from these sources; we approach the Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the church and the world…It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.  But we are forbidden to become enslaved to human tradition, either secular or Christian, whether it be “catholic” tradition, “critical” tradition, or “ecumenical” tradition.  We may never assume the complete rightness of our own established ways of thought and practice and excuse ourselves the duty of testing and reforming them by Scriptures. (J.I. Packer).


Free E-Books

 

Our free e-books in a special enhanced pdf format can be downloaded from the Downloads page. For regular ebook formats (Epub, Kindle and e-reader friendly PDF), visit our E-Books page on Smashwords.com by clicking on the respective icons. They  are sure to stimulate your search for understanding. You can read book descriptions here.


FOUNDATIONAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLICAL RECORD (With improvements)

We believe that there is one true and living God, Elohim Yahwe (or Yahweh).  He is the self-existent One, who has no beginning and no end.  By Him was the heavens and the earth created and man was made in His image - a living soul.

God has revealed himself progressively in the scriptures we know as the Bible.  It is a collection of 66 books, written by approximately 40 writers, over a period of approximately 1500 years, in three languages and on 3 continents, and yet it forms an amazing whole.  We believe it is God’s communication with humanity in different ways. Continue reading.

Ook in Afrikaans: Bybelboodskap - Ons basiese verstaan daarvan (Met verbeteringe)


SHOULD CHRISTIANS BE TORAH OBSERVANT?

I have been confronted at various times – in both negative and friendly terms – by people who are classified as Torah Observant. In the process there has regularly been absolute insistance on a number of matters, including:

  •  Keeping the Sabbath on Saturdays.
  •  Obedience to the Law of Moses, and therefore
  •  Keeping the seven biblical feasts.
  •  Correct use of the name of God and Jesus.

The name “Jesus” is alleged to be a derivative of Zeus, the chief god of Greek mythology. They also allege that Christians abuse Paul’s letter to the Galatians as proof that the Law no longer applies. Apart from an argument of additions that were not part of the original letter, they state that Paul nowhere wrote in the letter that they were no longer to keep the Law. Continue reading.
Ook in Afrikaans:: Moet Christene die Wet hou?


MATTHEW 7:14 AND WHY ACCURATE BIBLE INTERPRETATION IS NOT NEGOTIABLE

The following were quoted in a newsletter of Kenneth Gentry in which he dealt with a question of a reader on the implications of Matthew 7:14 (my accentuations).

  • Dispensationalist Louis Barbieri writing Dallas Seminary’s Bible Knowledge Commentary (BKC, 2:34) writes: "Even the Lord Jesus acknowledged that few would find the true way, the way that leads to life (i.e., to heaven, in contrast with ruin in hell)."
  • A. B. Bruce writing in the class Expositor’s Greek Testament (1:132) comments on our passage: "The passage itself contains no clue to the right way except that it is the way of the few."
  • In his controversial The Gospel According to Jesus, well-respected dispensationalist pastor John MacArthur (191) stated that there cannot be a billion Christians in the world because "such figures certainly do not square with what Jesus said about many on the broad road and few on the narrow." Continue reading.

DANCING ON THE STREETS OF GOLD?

The same precious friend who asked us about the Lion and Lamb that would lie down together (read here), also asked us about the streets of gold, in view of our understanding that the Book of Revelation had been fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem and of the Temple.

Once again, our Bible study made us realise just how nonchalantly we are indoctrinated by gospel songs, paintings, and the wrong teaching of sincere people. Continue reading.


WOULD YOU GIVE YOUR SON A STONE?

Many are the sermons we have heard on Matthew 7:9-11: “What man among you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone?  Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake?  If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him?” (Holman Christian Standard Bible). Luke 11:12 also has giving a scorpion when the son asks for an egg.  These Scriptures are often used in the Charismatic and Pentecostal church environments when people are prayed for to receive immersion or baptism in the Holy Spirit. Continue reading...


KNOWLEDGE- THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT

In the previous post we analysed the biblical concept of truth. One can say that truth is the way, knowledge the destination. This destination will depend on the way we choose.

There are even more different nuances in the Bible of the concept of knowledge than there are of truth.  What I wish to underline, is that the verb ginosko is often used in the New Testament to refer to a relationship between the one who “knows” and that which is "known".  It is used in this sense to refer to God's knowledge of a person:

  • “But the man who loves God is known by God.” (1 Cor 8:3)
  • “But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? (Gal 4:9)

This knowledge that God has of a person really carries the meaning that God approves him. 

The fact that it has a relational foundation indicates an activity or action that is continually taking place.  Continue reading...


TRUTH - THE BIBLICAL CONCEPT

Hebrew and Greek are very descriptive languages.  They provide for subtle differences of meaning, which are not easily translated into English, for example, with single words or even simple sentences.  Words like agape and phileo, which are simply translated into English as love although their true meanings differ, are good examples.  The same can be said of the words truth and knowledge and it makes finding a simple definition of such a word difficult.  Because these two terms are of specific importance, however, it is necessary to distinguish between certain subtle differences as well as we can, without becoming too technical in the process.

Truth is used in two broad senses in the Old TestamentContinue reading...


DOES TRUTH MATTER?

(Excerpts from the Preface of Gerrie's book The Lamp Of The Lord)

Scripture sounds warning after warning that one should rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim 2:15). If we continue teaching doctrines that are rooted in wrong understanding or interpretation, however sincere the heart may be, where do we draw the line? What measure of deviance from the accurate truth would be tolerable or acceptable and what not? Using biblical terminology does not make something biblically accurate. One survey in the United States of America found 82 percent of Americans thought “God helps those that help themselves” was a Bible verse, which made it the ‘best known verse in the Bible’ (Mohler, 2004). It is sad testimony to realise that there really is no such verse in the Bible. Continue reading...


THE FRUIT OF THE CROSS

This post flowed forth from past notes in my journal:

11 April 2000

The congregation we were members of at the time, had been characterised by a spirit of division and confusion over the preceding few weeks. Our pastor had been given a video entitled The Hiss of the Serpent, which was radically and very expressively critical about prominent ministries in the USA. The pastor’s preaching changed direction so drastically from one Sunday to next, that there was an immediate drop of more than two thirds in service attendances. There was also an immediate decline in the children’s ministry and its effective closure followed soon. Continue reading...


THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

We know there are many who will disagree, but based on a careful study of the evidence, we believe that Paul wrote his letter to the Galatians in AD49. It was his first Epistle and was written not only to one local group of people, but to believers in a large Roman province reaching from north to south (in the centre of what is modern Turkey). Only one New Testament book was written before Galatians, and that book is the Epistle of James (which was written in AD45). The letter to the Galatians is a strong address to those who were still trying to hold on to the Mosaic law. Then, it is the letter bringing the message of God’s grace. We can safely say that it addressed the transition from the Mosaic dispensation to the Messianic dispensation. Continue reading...


LION SHALL LIE DOWN WITH THE LAMB. REALLY?

It was not so long ago that a precious friend asked us - in view of our rejection of many end-times doctrines - what then about the lion and lamb that shall lie down together?

Our research produced an unexpected twist - it made us realise just how easily our understanding is influenced by wrong concepts in popular songs, for example.  I (Gerrie) have personally sung the song Peace in the Valley more times than I can remember - and in church for that matter! So, I just wanted to make sure I had the right Bible verse to start off from in my answer to her. Continue reading...  [Ook in Afrikaans]


 

 Stretcher Bearers For Christ

Peter and Rebekah Laue of Pagosa Springs, Colorado in the United States of America, have a passion for the hurting and have established a beautiful service of the heart for such people. While he pours out the love of the Lord through the conveying of true and inspiring stories, she does the same through her inspirational art. We gladly and lovingly place this link to their website on our homepage. Please visit them and let your spirit share in their compassionate love for the mentally hurting.

 

 



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