Welcome to our website

If it is important that we have the Bible, then it is important that we understand it (Ephraim Currier, 1841).

Christianity was not in the first instance a movement generated by texts, but rather one generated by oral proclamation in a largely oral culture and by making of personal contacts and the building of personal relationships - the creating of community.

(Ben Witherington III, 2007).


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.

HELL - A CENTURIES OLD FALSE TEACHING

 I grew up with this terrifying concept of the hell, a place of eternal torment. You either believed in Jesus the Christ, or you would go to this fiery hell to burn forever. Preaching, whether formal in the church or informal in discussions between people, often took on the form of turn or burn statements. The visualmedia also confronted us increasingly with pictures of this awful place of ever burning lava. Whenever we encountered the word ‘hell’ in the Bible, this was the image we saw. Bible translations continued to lead us along this way.    Continue reading.

Ook in Afrikaans: Die Hel: Eeue-oue Dwaalleer.


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  (1) Keeping the Sabbath on Saturdays;  (2) Obedience to the Law of Moses;  (3) Keeping the seven biblical feasts; and  (4) 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?


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 Testament Continue 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...


 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.


J.I. PACKER ON CHRISTIAN TRADITION

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.

 

 

Welcome to our website

If it is important that we have the Bible, then it is important that we understand it (Ephraim Currier, 1841).

Christianity was not in the first instance a movement generated by texts, but rather one generated by oral proclamation in a largely oral culture and by making of personal contacts and the building of personal relationships - the creating of community.

(Ben Witherington III, 2007).


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.

HELL - A CENTURIES OLD FALSE TEACHING

 I grew up with this terrifying concept of the hell, a place of eternal torment. You either believed in Jesus the Christ, or you would go to this fiery hell to burn forever. Preaching, whether formal in the church or informal in discussions between people, often took on the form of turn or burn statements. The visualmedia also confronted us increasingly with pictures of this awful place of ever burning lava. Whenever we encountered the word ‘hell’ in the Bible, this was the image we saw. Bible translations continued to lead us along this way.    Continue reading.

Ook in Afrikaans: Die Hel: Eeue-oue Dwaalleer.


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  (1) Keeping the Sabbath on Saturdays;  (2) Obedience to the Law of Moses;  (3) Keeping the seven biblical feasts; and  (4) 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?


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 Testament Continue 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...


 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.


J.I. PACKER ON CHRISTIAN TRADITION

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.

 

 



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