NEW: Would you give your son a stone?

"If it is important that we have the Bible, it is important that we understand it." [E. Currier, 1841]


“We are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us.  In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.”   [A.W. Tozer]


“It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of sound doctrine in the life of a Christian. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching…All a man, a church or a denomination needs to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness." [A.W. Tozer]


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...


THE FULLNESS OF TIME

(A life letter written by Peter Laue, March 6, 2016)

The Carpenter from Nazareth swept the carpenter shop for the last time. He looked about, making sure that all the tools and lumber were in their right place. He took off his apron and hung it on a hook. Then he looked for  Mary, his mother, kissed her good-bye and said that his cousin John was waiting for him at the Jordan River. Mary had a strange premonition as Jesus disappeared over the next hill that she might never cradle a grandbaby. She did not, but instead she is cradling many adopted babies in her heart. She is a very good Mother.

The fullness of time had come for Jesus. He knew without a doubt who he was and who his real Father was. He knew what his high calling was. It was a hard calling...

Click here to read the full text of this inspiring letter on Peter Laue's website.


New Cover Page for our free pdf book, Rightly Divide The Truth!

With this work we have focused on presenting a book to facilitate accurate understanding of the Scriptures. We discuss basic, important principles to bear in mind when reading the Bible and point out many distortions flowing from philosophical practices, as well as errors flowing from subjectivity in translations of the Bible. A few important terms and expressions are discussed in conclusion. This concise book will not overwhelm the average reader and yet it should also give academic readers food for thought.

(This book is also available in Afrikaans - Sny Die Woord Reguit)


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]


BACK TO BASICS!

We visited the town of Knysna a few years ago and on one of the beaches I photographed the scene above. I noticed the sign reading “This is a water stressed area – Join the Knysna Water Wise Campaign” and could not help smiling at the irony, for right behind the sign lay the vast ocean and its abundance of water as far as the eye could see. The message the town council or regional authority was trying to convey, of course, was that it was a fresh water stressed area.

When we move our attention to the Bible we are presented with God’s truth in the pages of this wonderful Book, given to us by some 40 writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit over a period of almost 1500 years, in three languages and on three continents. Sadly,... there is an ‘ocean’ of teaching around us, but we live in a truth-stressed area. Read the full article.  [Ook in Afrikaans]


Free Enhanced PDF version of our books to stimulate your Bible study!

Regular e-books demand simple formatting for e-reader equipment such as the Kindle which exclude the use of stylish fonts, page numbers and accentuation blocks. For readers who prefer a print friendly book with better formatting, we have created a special enhanced PDF Edition of each book, available only though the Digital Downloads page on this website. The regular e-book formats available on www.smashwords.com are also free.

No obligation request: Please consider sending us some feedback or a concise book review, even if you disagree with our understanding. Our books are not about driving our views home, but about a search for the pure biblical truth.

Our free E-Books from retail stores

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. As noted above, they are all free for a limited time on this platform as well. You can read book descriptions here.

                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 

NEW: Would you give your son a stone?

"If it is important that we have the Bible, it is important that we understand it." [E. Currier, 1841]


“We are in an age of religious complexity. The simplicity which is in Christ is rarely found amoung us.  In its stead are programs, methods, organizations, and a world of nervous activities which occupy time and attention but can never satisfy the longing of the heart.”   [A.W. Tozer]


“It would be impossible to overemphasize the importance of sound doctrine in the life of a Christian. Right thinking about all spiritual matters is imperative if we would have right living. As men do not gather grapes of thorns nor figs of thistles, sound character does not grow out of unsound teaching…All a man, a church or a denomination needs to guarantee deterioration of doctrine is to take everything for granted and do nothing. The unattended garden will soon be overrun with weeds; the heart that fails to cultivate truth and root out error will shortly be a theological wilderness." [A.W. Tozer]


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...


THE FULLNESS OF TIME

(A life letter written by Peter Laue, March 6, 2016)

The Carpenter from Nazareth swept the carpenter shop for the last time. He looked about, making sure that all the tools and lumber were in their right place. He took off his apron and hung it on a hook. Then he looked for  Mary, his mother, kissed her good-bye and said that his cousin John was waiting for him at the Jordan River. Mary had a strange premonition as Jesus disappeared over the next hill that she might never cradle a grandbaby. She did not, but instead she is cradling many adopted babies in her heart. She is a very good Mother.

The fullness of time had come for Jesus. He knew without a doubt who he was and who his real Father was. He knew what his high calling was. It was a hard calling...

Click here to read the full text of this inspiring letter on Peter Laue's website.


New Cover Page for our free pdf book, Rightly Divide The Truth!

With this work we have focused on presenting a book to facilitate accurate understanding of the Scriptures. We discuss basic, important principles to bear in mind when reading the Bible and point out many distortions flowing from philosophical practices, as well as errors flowing from subjectivity in translations of the Bible. A few important terms and expressions are discussed in conclusion. This concise book will not overwhelm the average reader and yet it should also give academic readers food for thought.

(This book is also available in Afrikaans - Sny Die Woord Reguit)


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]


BACK TO BASICS!

We visited the town of Knysna a few years ago and on one of the beaches I photographed the scene above. I noticed the sign reading “This is a water stressed area – Join the Knysna Water Wise Campaign” and could not help smiling at the irony, for right behind the sign lay the vast ocean and its abundance of water as far as the eye could see. The message the town council or regional authority was trying to convey, of course, was that it was a fresh water stressed area.

When we move our attention to the Bible we are presented with God’s truth in the pages of this wonderful Book, given to us by some 40 writers, inspired by the Holy Spirit over a period of almost 1500 years, in three languages and on three continents. Sadly,... there is an ‘ocean’ of teaching around us, but we live in a truth-stressed area. Read the full article.  [Ook in Afrikaans]


Free Enhanced PDF version of our books to stimulate your Bible study!

Regular e-books demand simple formatting for e-reader equipment such as the Kindle which exclude the use of stylish fonts, page numbers and accentuation blocks. For readers who prefer a print friendly book with better formatting, we have created a special enhanced PDF Edition of each book, available only though the Digital Downloads page on this website. The regular e-book formats available on www.smashwords.com are also free.

No obligation request: Please consider sending us some feedback or a concise book review, even if you disagree with our understanding. Our books are not about driving our views home, but about a search for the pure biblical truth.

Our free E-Books from retail stores

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. As noted above, they are all free for a limited time on this platform as well. You can read book descriptions here.

                                              

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.