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Prof. Johan Malan, University of Limpopo, South Africa

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. If you wish to determine the objective truth about spiritual backsliding you should consult the Bible and not biased or erroneous church dogma. Some churches, mostly in the Wesleyan tradition, agree to the possibility of backsliding while others, mostly Calvinistic and Lutheran churches, reject the possibility of apostatising and falling from grace. What does the Bible teach?

Stagnation and decline

A Christian’s spiritual life is not a static and unchangeable condition. You either make progress or you stagnate and start declining. The biblical injunction is that you must grow up spiritually to the mature man or woman in Christ (Eph. 4:13-14; Heb. 5:12 to 6:1). Peter says: “You therefore, beloved, since you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away by the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:17-18).

In a warm and loving style, Peter closes his epistle with a word of warning and a word of encouragement. Profs. Walvoord & Zuck (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) say: “The words since you know these things beforehand translate one Greek word (proginoskontes) from which comes the English word prognosis. When a medical prognosis is made, a patient is better able to prepare himself for what is ahead and, if possible, to correct himself. When a doctor says, ‘If you continue to eat as much as you do now, you will have serious heart problems in a few years,’ the patient knows beforehand and can therefore change his life in accordance with the information he has. Peter then warned, ‘Beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away by the error of the wicked.’ The verb led away emphasises a group movement. False teachers are not satisfied with ambushing one or two, now and then, here and there; they want to sweep large groups of people away from the correct doctrine of Christ. Those who keep company with such people are in danger of being led astray (translated as stumble in 2 Pet. 1:10 and fallen in Gal. 5:4).”

If you do not grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ, then even the knowledge that you do have will become eroded over time and expose you to deception. The Bible warns us against spiritual stagnation as that is the opposite of growing in grace and holiness: “Pursue… holiness… looking diligently lest anyone should fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up should cause trouble, and by this many people become defiled” (Heb. 12:14-15).

It is conspicuous that people who backslide become bitter and critical, even judgemental, of others. In their conversations they instil these negative thoughts in other people and weaken them spiritually. Some of the backsliders even become bitter towards God because He allegedly allowed certain things to happen to them. But they fail to blame their own carnality for their afflictions, or the devil who tempted them. They see themselves as innocent martyrs and also promote feelings of unbelief and doubt among the Christians who exhorted them.

The basic cause of apostatising is sin. Many Christians do not resist sin. Because of their attitude of compromise, they expose themselves to sin and are consequently drawn away from the Lord. “Do not be deceived: evil company corrupts good habits” (1 Cor. 15:33). Jesus said, “Sin will be rampant everywhere and will cool the love of many” (Matt. 24:12 Living Bible).

Restoration or further backsliding

The call to backsliders is that they should forsake the dangerous way of sin and return to the Lord. If they don’t do it they may lapse into a state of rebellion which will induce the Lord to take His Holy Spirit from them, thereby terminating His relationship with them. The Lord Jesus said to the congregation in Ephesus: “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place – unless you repent” (Rev. 2:4-5). The lampstand is the container in which is oil is poured to keep the lamp burning. That symbolises the work of the Holy Spirit. When the lampstand is removed, total darkness sets in.

The same result of wilful sin occurred in the Old Testament: “But when a righteous man turns away from his righteousness and commits iniquity, and does according to all the abominations that the wicked man does, shall he live? All the righteousness which he has done shall not be remembered; because of the unfaithfulness of which he is guilty and the sin which he has committed, because of them he shall die” (Ezek. 18:24).

That is the tragic end of perpetual backsliding. The Lord said of Israel: “Will they fall and not rise? Will one turn away and not return? Why then has this people slidden back, Jerusalem in a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast to deceit, they refuse to return” (Jer. 8:4-5). They were often called to repentance from this fallen state: “Return, backsliding Israel, says the Lord, and I will not cause My anger to fall on you; for I am merciful” (Jer. 3:12). “I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely… they shall be revived” (Hos. 14:4,7).

Sin and worldliness

People who are guilty of continuous sin and worldliness will inevitably backslide further. If you are on this way you will undermine and eventually destroy your spiritual life. Initially, you only cool down and become a backslidden Christian, but eventually you may depart from the faith and fall from grace if you don’t repent in time.

Paul seriously warned against this possibility: “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily while it is called today, lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin” (Heb. 3:12-13).

It is obvious that these “brethren” must watch and guard against yielding to sin. If they continuously indulge in sin they will depart from the living God and get an evil and unbelieving heart. Should they die in that state they will certainly open their eyes in hell. They have to repent anew if they wish to restore their broken relationship with God.

An example of extreme backsliding is found in the parable of the lost son. He wilfully broke his relationship with his father because of his desire to live a sinful life in the world. There he lived a prodigal life and spent his money on prostitutes (Luke 15:13,30).

Fortunately, this young man came to his senses while living as a sinner. He longed to return to his father and to restore his broken relationship with him. He was prepared to subject himself unconditionally to his father’s authority, to the point of even becoming a humble and unworthy servant in his father’s house.

The lost son knew that he has gravely sinned, and that his sin has separated him from his father. He resolved to break with his sinful life by completely forsaking it: “I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you” (Luke 15:18). His father heartily forgave him and fully restored him. From this parable we learn that there is definitely grace to backsliders – even if they have again become slaves of sin, strayed very far form God and fell from grace.

Do not make the mistake of justifying the prodigal son in his backslidden state by assuming that he can never become lost because he will always, under all circumstances, be the son of his father. The father himself said to the older son: “Your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found” (Luke 15:32). In his backslidden state the son was not physically dead, but spiritually. He was described as “lost” and “dead” but was revived from his spiritual deadness.

The Greek word for revive (anazao) literally means to live again. The Strong’s concordance and dictionary renders its meaning “to recover life; live again; revive.” This word can only apply to a person who was alive, then died, and was afterwards restored to life. The son was alive while in his father’s house, then died spiritually after indulging in a life of sin and thus became lost, but was again made spiritually alive when he returned to his father.

Some people never return from their lost state and perish. That happened to king Saul. The Bible says: “But the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul” (1 Sam. 16:14; cf. 1 Sam. 18:12). Shortly before his death Saul consulted a medium to bring up the spirit of Samuel. Saul said to Samuel: “I am deeply distressed; for the Philistines make war against me, and God has departed from me and does not answer me any longer.” Then Samuel said: “Why then do you ask me, seeing the Lord has departed from you and has become your enemy?” (1 Sam. 28:15-16).

In the New Testament, we read about Demas who was a backslider. It is nowhere stated that he returned to the Lord. Paul said: “For Demas has forsaken me, having loved this present world” (2 Tim. 4:10). His problem was the same as that of the lost son, who was tempted and lured away by the evil pleasures of the world.

Our spiritual allegiance and moral lives can change, depending on the spiritual kingdom of which we are followers. The unsaved priests and scribes in Israel had the devil as father (John 8:44). However, many of them were born again later and thus became children of God (Acts 6:7). But such people still have their free will; they can yield to temptations and doctrines of demons and consequently backslide to the point where they depart from the faith and become spiritually lost and dead (1 Tim. 4:1; Gal. 5:4). Please note that only believers can depart from the faith. They will then have lost their eternal security as that is only in Christ, and we only have it as long as we abide in Him. Our tie with Christ need not be broken but it can be broken by us.

Prayer of rededication

It is a joyous occasion when a backslider immediately responds to admonitions to return to the Lord and confess his sins. King David has seriously apostatised when he committed murder and adultery. But he immediately humbled himself before the Lord when he was reproached because of his sins. He prayed: “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Your sight… Purge me… and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow… Blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, o God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and uphold me wit a generous Spirit. Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinners shall be converted to You” (Ps. 51:4,7,9-13).

David realised that there was a definite possibility of God taking His Holy Spirit away from him, but because of his repentance it did not happen. God also gave David the assurance that He would not depart from his son, Solomon, as He has departed from Saul: “My mercy shall not depart from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I removed from before you” (2 Sam. 7:15). Solomon was a backslider who worshipped idols after serving the Lord for many years (1 Kings 11:4-10).

Doctrinal decline

The Bible clearly warns against doctrinal decline. People who depart from the truth are playing in Satan’s hands as they believe in lies and false interpretations of Scriptural truths: “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).

Such people abandon the true faith and embrace false teachings. That amounts to rejecting the true doctrine of salvation based upon the atoning death of the Lord Jesus. In modern times, there are many theologians who no longer believe in the virgin birth, messiahship, and deity of the Lord Jesus. Preachers who are proclaiming these and other heresies, are spiritually lost and also draw many people with them on the way of deception. Peter refers to preachers who were formerly saved (bought by the Lord) but later denied Christ for who He really is. Backslidden preachers also attack and discredit evangelical believers who still hold to the truth:

“But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed” (2 Pet. 2:1-2).

Some of the most serious warnings in the Bible are addressed to false preachers who once preached the truth but then turned their backs on these truths: “They have forsaken the right way and gone astray… For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them” (2 Pet. 2:15,20-21).

Paul warned an entire congregation that was on the verge of denying the atoning death of Jesus by regarding it as insufficient for salvation. They decided to also observe the law and circumcision: “You have become estranged from Christ, you who attempt to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace” (Gal. 5:4).

The changing of God’s Word

The Word of the Lord is eternal (Luke 21:33), unchangeable (Deut. 4:2) and absolutely true (John 17:17). A person who is so presumptuous as to change God’s Word that was written by holy men (2 Pet. 1:21; 2 Tim. 3:16), injures the honour of God who is the source of all truth. Even if such a person had a Christian testimony earlier, his name will be blotted out from the book of life: “If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the book of life” (Rev. 22:18-19; cf. Deut. 4:2).

However, if we remain true to the Lord and His Word, He will never take away our names from the book of life (Rev. 3:5). Unfortunately, not all Christians are overcomers. Some of them commit treason against the Lord and His infallible Word, thereby bowing the knee to Baal.

Spiritual high treason

Although most backsliders, including those who fell from grace, can again return to the Lord and be spiritually restored, there are also those who can never be restored to life. They are the ones who committed spiritual high treason against the King and Saviour by denying Him and thereby despising and rejecting His saving grace. They have not only, like the lost son, been overcome by sin, temptations and worldliness, but have explicitly defamed and rejected the Lord.

Please note that only Christians can commit spiritual high treason. You must first be a citizen of the kingdom of heaven before you can revolt against the King whom you served, and reject His ownership on your life. The Bible says: “It is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame” (Heb. 6:4-6).

These people consciously reject Christ and publicly put Him to shame. In so doing they crucify Him again and thereby close the door to restoration because they have rejected the only One who can save them: “For if we sin wilfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgement, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries. Anyone who has rejected Moses’ law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?” (Heb. 10:26-29).

The person guilty of this offence has been sanctified by the blood of Christ – that is clearly stated – but in spite of this fact he tramples the Son of God underfoot, counts His blood a common thing and insults the Holy Spirit. This amounts to an outright rejection of the Mediator of the New Testament. Israelites who committed high treason against Moses, the mediator of the Old Testament, were summarily executed. How much worse punishment will he receive who wilfully commits high treason against Jesus Christ?

Paul repeated this serious warning to the Hebrew believers: “Pursue peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man will see the Lord: looking diligently lest anyone should fall short of the grace of God; lest any roof of bitterness springing up should cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person like Esau, who for one morsel of food sold his birthright” (Heb. 12:14-16).

Profs. Walvoord & Zuck (Bible Knowledge Commentary, p. 810-811) say: “Peace with all men as well as personal holiness must be vigorously sought since without holiness no one will see the Lord. Since no sin can stand in God’s presence, Christians must – and will be – sinless when they see the Lord (cf. 1 John 3:2). That realisation offers motivation for pursuing holiness here and now. But the author may also have had in mind the thought that one’s perception of God even now is conditioned by his real measure of holiness (Matt. 5:8). As a grim reminder of what can happen among believers, the writer warned that one who misses the grace of God may become like a bitter root whose infidelity to God affects others. Here the author had in mind Deuteronomy 29:18 where an Old Covenant apostate was called a root that produces bitter poison: ‘so that there may not be among you man or woman or family or tribe, whose heart turns away today from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations, and that there may not be among you a root bearing bitterness.’ Such a person would be godless (profane, unhallowed, desecrated) like Esau, Jacob’s brother, whose loose and profane character led him to sell his inheritance rights as the oldest son for the temporary gratification of a single meal. He warned the readers not to yield to transitory pressures and forfeit their inheritances. If some did, they would ultimately regret the foolish step and might find their inheritance privileges irrevocably lost as were Esau’s. This would of course be true of one who ended his Christian experience in a state of apostasy, which the writer had continually warned against.”

Slander against the Holy Spirit is also an unpardonable sin as such a person resists, slanders, and drives off the only Spirit who can convict him of sin: “Every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven men” (Matt. 12:31). People who have insulted the Holy Spirit by acting blasphemously towards Him, will never again be convicted of their sin and can therefore not repent and be saved.

Eternal security

What about the Calvinistic doctrine of eternal security in the light of what has been said above? This doctrine leans strongly on the following statement of the Lord Jesus: “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. An I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand” (John 10:27-28).

However, the assurance given in this Scripture is that no external power will snatch us from the hand of the Lord. He will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we are able, so we can bear it (1 Cor. 10:13). The devil cannot snatch us from the hand of the Lord unless we yield to his temptations by wilful sinning. The possibility is always there that we can, of our own accord, become unfaithful and stray from the Lord.

The condition of the promise in John 10:27-28 is that we must keep on listening to the Lord and following Him. If we fail to do that we can certainly expect problems. Jesus said: “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me… If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:4,6).

If we abide in Him, as He in us, then we will never perish. But what happens if we become unfaithful to Christ and depart from the truth of His Word? Then we can apostatise (become spiritually withered), fall from grace (cast out as a branch) and perish (be thrown into the fire). We still have a free will, and because of that we can take wrong decisions and sin. We will always have to bear the consequences of what we do.

Many of the holy angels in heaven sinned and were cast out of heaven (2 Pet. 2:4). Because they consciously and stubbornly committed treason against God they and their leader, Lucifer, can never be restored to the favour of God. They are forever fallen angels.

Likewise, human beings also have the ability to turn against God. They can grieve the Holy Spirit and even resist and quench Him (Acts 7:51; Eph. 4:30; 1 Thess. 5:19). The incorruptible seed through which they are saved, can be choked by the thorns of sin in their lives (Matt. 13:7,22). When that happens, they will not have been snatched from God’s hand by someone else, but decided themselves to leave the narrow way and to make room for the devil in their lives, thereby rejoining the broad way of compromise, sin and worldliness.

Every Christian has the obligation to persevere on the way of the Lord to the end, and never to deviate from it: “For we have become partakers of Christ if we hold the beginning of our confidence steadfast to the end” (Heb. 3:14; cf. Heb. 3:6). That clearly means that we must not abandon our faith in Christ, as some believers do. Paul exhorted Timothy to keep a fast hold of faith throughout his life in order to have “faith and a good conscience, which some having rejected, concerning the faith have suffered shipwreck” (1 Tim. 1:19). It is not necessary to be spiritually deceived and become shipwrecked, but then we must abide in Christ and observe His Word. If we deviate from the way of truth, spiritual stumbling and ultimate shipwreck awaits us. Jesus Christ is able to keep us from stumbling, and to present us faultless before the presence of His glory if we trust Him to do it (Jude v.24).

A person cannot live as he likes, lapse into the sin and unbelief of Hebrews 3:12-13, and deceive himself that he is still on his way to heaven! We must hold fast to the Lord and His Word. The perseverance of the saints demands that they diligently follow Christ. They must become strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, and put on the whole armour of God that they may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil (Eph. 6:10-11). Failing to do this, Christians might lose their vigilance and be caught unawares by Satan.

When brethren fall into false teaching they must be edified, “in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth, and that they may come to their senses and escape the snare of the devil, having been taken captive by him to do his will” (2 Tim. 2:25-26). Eternal security and continued deliverance from satanic deception is only enjoyed by those who abide in Christ and in the truth of His Word.

The viewpoint of Arthur Pink

The Calvinist, Arthur Pink, made the following sober remarks on the promise in John 10:27-28, which is taken by many of his fellow Calvinists as an assurance of unconditional eternal security: “There is a deadly and damnable heresy being widely propagated today to the effect that, if a sinner accepts Christ as his personal Saviour, no matter how he lives afterwards, he cannot perish. That is a satanic lie, for it is at direct variance with the teaching of the Word of Truth. Something more than believing in Christ is necessary to ensure the soul’s reaching heaven. ‘If ye continue in My Word, then are ye My disciples indeed’ (John 8:31). The Amplified Bible says: ‘If you abide in My Word – hold fast to My teachings and live in accordance with them – you are truly My disciples.’

“’My sheep,’ said Christ, ‘hear [heed, obey] My voice… and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they [those who plainly evidence themselves to be of His sheep by yielding to His authority and following the example which He has left them – and none others] shall never perish’ (John 10:27-28). It is not honest to generalise the promise of verse 28, as it must be restricted to the characters described in verse 27! These conditions are confirmed by other Scriptures. Paul says that through His death Christ will present us holy, blameless and irreproachable in His sight, ‘if indeed you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and are not moved away from the hope of the gospel’ (Col. 1:22-23).

‘Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised it is faithful’ (Heb. 10:23). There is a very real need to pray for persevering grace, both for ourselves and for our brethren” (end of quotation).

Arthur Pink was severely criticised by other Calvinists for defining perseverance of the saints in such a way that it places a responsibility on believers to diligently keep on following the Lord to the end. According to them, a Christian will go to heaven even if he backslides and falls into sin. According to their unbiblical teaching, imputed righteousness relieves you from all human efforts to live a holy and worthy life. However, Paul said that although he, as a Christian, competed in the spiritual race, that did not guarantee him a victorious finish. He held out the possibility that even he could be disqualified: “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified” (1 Cor. 9:27).

Backsliding through deception

The eternal security that the Lord Jesus offers us is conditional. We need to repent, confess our sins and accept the Lord Jesus as our Saviour to become born again children of God. After our salvation we must live holy, dedicated lives by always remaining faithful to Christ. If we don’t persevere on the way of holiness and true discipleship there is a very real danger of being deceived by Satan and ending up as backsliders. Please consider the following examples:

Corinth: Paul was deeply disappointed by the carnal members of the congregation in Corinth (1 Cor. 3:1-3), who had no discernment and easily fell prey to Satan’s deception: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I might present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted, you put up with it well” (2 Cor. 11:2-4). False teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ were presented under the influence of deceiving spirits, and most of the church members naively accepted it.

Ephesus: The Ephesians received stern warnings from Paul, but evidently did not heed them: “For I know this, that after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock. Also from among yourselves men will rise up, speaking perverse things, to draw away the disciples after themselves” (Acts 20:29-30). A generation later, the entire congregation was backslidden and were called to repentance by Christ (Rev. 2:4-5).

Galatia: The Galatians have backslidden into a legalistic form of religion in which Christ’s work of atonement was not regarded as sufficient for salvation. Paul strongly reprimanded them for going backwards: “O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified? This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?” (Gal. 3:1-3). They ended up as backslidden, carnal believers who were at risk of falling from grace (Gal. 5:4).

Hebrew believers: Many of the Hebrew Christians lost their faith because of unbelief and sin (Heb. 3:12-13). Others were nominal believers without a true faith as they did not really put their trust in the gospel message (Heb. 4:1-2). The Messiah reproved them for being hypocrites without changed hearts and a living relationship with God, as they only observed the traditions of men (Matt. 15:7-9; Mark 7:8-9). Even those who were truly saved, have stagnated and became spiritually backslidden; consequently, they suffered from a lack of spiritual growth (Heb. 5:12-13). Because of this they remained unsure of their salvation, and repented time and again without growing up to spiritual maturity (Heb. 6:1).

Pergamos: The compromise that the church in Pergamos made with the secular world has inevitably given rise to disloyalty and infidelity among members. The Lord refers to their compromise as “the doctrine of Balaam who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality” (Rev. 2:14). Many of the modern churches have also been lured into various practices of fornication with the non-Christian religions, as well as moral impurity.

Thyatira: The church in Thyatira was characterised by false teachings and sexual immorality. Many of the modern churches are equally guilty of these sins as false teachings are proliferating, while sexual immorality (including homosexuality) is openly tolerated and even accepted. Churches who share these characteristics have backslidden so far that they have fallen from grace. They will miss the rapture and end up in the tribulation period as worshippers of the Antichrist (Rev. 2:20-22).

Sardis: The church in Sardis only had a form of godliness from which they had to repent. Jesus said: “You have a name that you are alive, but you are dead” (Rev. 3:1). They knew nothing of being regenerated and filled with the power of the Holy Spirit.

Laodicea: The smug and lukewarm church of Laodicea is also typical of many of the end time churches. Satisfied with their outward form of godliness, they continue on a course of formal worship while being unaware of their spiritual poverty. In spite of their prosperity and well-organised activities, Christ is not worshipped with a sincere heart. The Lord dissociates Himself from such a man-made religion that aims only at wealth and outward appearance (Rev. 3:16-17; cf. 1 Tim. 6:7-12). They confess the Name of the Lord with their lips, but in their hearts they are full of themselves and glory in their own excellence.

The wealth that features so prominently in Laodicean churches amounts to more than mere material possessions. It also refers to the intellectual achievements of modern man, and his aptitude for psychological solutions to his problems. Enchanted with his self-righteousness, he is reluctant to acknowledge his dependence upon God, and also shuns the gospel of the cross and the shed blood of Christ to atone for our sins. Laodicea means human rights and clearly reflects the humanistic nature of this church. As an institution, the church is controlled by man and is utilised as an instrument for the creation of a more humanistic (man-centred) society. The result is that the whole institution reflects a mere form of religion. Man becomes his own god, and he preaches a man-made prosperity gospel based on the accumulation of secular wealth and humanistic achievements.

Laodicea portrays the image of rational man without faith. He argues everything with his mind. Consequently, his religion is limited to an intellectual knowledge of the Bible. The real experience of faith, involving the acceptance of God’s promise of a rebirth, is foreign to him. With his allegorical and relativistic interpretation of the Bible, he can bypass these basic spiritual demands and teach his followers to do the same. This approach leads to the establishment of a nominal Christianity and churches that evaluate themselves solely according to human standards. In terms of their academic parameters they regard themselves as exceptionally good. Self-deception of this nature has very serious consequences as people with self-imposed righteousness without a spiritual rebirth do not belong to the Lord.

Warnings to nominal and backslidden churches

The Lord Jesus issued the following warnings to nominal and backslidden churches:

  • The lampstand of churches that only have a form of godliness will be removed by Him, which means that He will take His Holy Spirit from them (Rev. 2:5).
  • Churches that compromised with the world will be judged by the Word of God because they were untrue to the living Word, Jesus Christ (Rev. 2:16).
  • Backslidden churches that accepted doctrines of demons will end up in the great tribulation unless they repent of their deeds (Rev. 2:22).
  • The Lord Jesus says that He withdraws Himself completely from churches that are characterised by spiritual lukewarmness because of materialism and self-justification (Rev. 3:16-17).

True Christians must fulfil their commission on earth while enduring relentless attacks from a world that lies under the sway of the Wicked One, and also from false churches that only have a form of godliness. This is a superhuman assignment that cannot be executed without the gracious and enabling power of the Holy Spirit and also not without a clear disposition of perseverance on the narrow way of the Lord until He comes again. In spite of their little strength in this dispensation (Rev. 3:8), true disciples of Jesus Christ will be fed with heavenly manna and be strengthened for the struggle.

We should never give up because of fierce opposition by withdrawing from “the good fight of faith” (1 Tim. 6:12). Observe the example of Jesus: “For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin” (Heb. 12:3-4).

“For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, my soul has no pleasure in him. But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” (Heb. 10:36-39).

Are you an overcomer who perseveres on the way of the Lord? Jesus Christ said: “Behold, I come quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown” (Rev. 3:11). In the light of His sudden coming, we are exhorted to hold fast what we have, lest our crown be robbed from us by the enemy. Everyone who overcomes will be a pillar in the temple of God (Rev. 3:12), which is symbolic of the permanent place in heaven of true believers who overcame.

Before being exiled to Patmos, John warned the believers against backsliding and losing their reward in heaven: “Look to yourselves, that we do not lose those things we worked for, but that we may receive a full reward” (2 John v.8). We effectively have to resist false doctrines and moral corruption if we wish to remain true to the doctrine of Christ.

“Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son” (2 John v.9). Profs. Walvoord & Zuck (The Bible Knowledge Commentary) say the following on this Scripture: “These words suggest strongly that the apostle was thinking here of defection from the truth by those who had once held to it. The word ‘continue’ (Greek meno) has been used 23 times in 1 John in reference to the ‘abiding’ life. A person who does not continue in a thing has evidently once been in it. The New Testament writers were realists about the possibility of true Christians falling prey to heresy and warned about it, particularly in the book Hebrews. John had just cautioned his readers about possible loss of reward (v.8). They were thus now cautioned not to overstep the boundaries of sound doctrine, but to remain where they were, and to abide (continue) in the teaching about Christ. To deviate from the truth is to leave God behind. God is not with a person who does so. What such a person does, he does without God.”

Marginal Christians

How should one guard against the possibility of apostatising? Carnality is the breeding-ground for backsliding. If your life is not controlled by the Holy Spirit, you are inevitably under the control of the flesh (your old human nature) and will be a marginal Christian. Spiritual stagnation sets in because the uncrucified flesh blocks any form of growth: “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Gal. 5:17).

The Galatians were a congregation that made a good start but they have subsequently backslidden to a state of carnality in which they trusted the flesh (Gal. 3:1-3). The Corinthians lapsed into a similar state (1 Cor. 3:1-3). The solution to this problem is very clear: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5:16).

Why is it so dangerous to live under the domination of the flesh as a backslider? “If you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live” (Rom. 8:13). The Amplified Bible says: “If you live according to the dictates of the flesh you will surely die. But if through the power of the Holy Spirit you are habitually putting to death the evil deeds prompted by the body, you shall really and genuinely live forever.” There is only one life worthy of living, and that is the Spirit-led life of increasing holiness. That life demands the putting off of the old nature which is intent on pulling us down to the level of our sinful past:

“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord… that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in righteousness and true holiness” (Eph. 4:17,22-24; cf. Rom. 12:1-2).

Christians who do not deny themselves (their old nature) and take up their cross by which the world has been crucified to them, and they to the world, cannot be true disciples of the Lord Jesus (Luke 14:27; Gal. 6:14). Such believers are, because of their own lack of commitment, candidates for backsliding. Deal with those things which are causing problems in your life: put them off while more completely putting on the new life in Christ Jesus (Col. 3:1-17).

Serve the Lord with your whole heart, and never look back or turn back after you put your hand to the plough (Luke 9:62). Be always on the alert for spiritual deception. This was the first warning of the Lord Jesus in His Olivet discourse: “Take heed that no one deceives you” (Matt. 24:4). We are often warned that spiritual deception will be the cause of widespread backsliding among believers in the end time. Many churches and individuals will be influenced and even completely dominated by a satanic spirit of deception, spearheaded by the devil as an “angel of light” who will pretend to be a messenger of God to empower Christian groups with new fads, a vision for world domination, and mighty signs and wonders (Matt. 24:24; 2 Cor. 11:3-4,13-15; 2 Thess. 2:3,9-10; 1 Tim. 4:1; 2 Tim. 4:3-4).

Confession of faith

We confess the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Mk. 12:29). We take a strong stand on the Deity, eternal self-existence and virgin birth of the Lord Jesus (Jn. 20:28; Heb. 1:8-9; 1 Jn. 5:20). We believe in the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible in the original languages, the need for all people to be born again spiritually to enter the kingdom of God, justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:3-8; Rom. 3:22-24; Eph. 1:7) and also the doctrine of sanctification by being filled with the Holy Spirit to become bold witnesses and disciples of the Lord Jesus (Acts. 15:8-9; 1 Thes. 4:3,7-8; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15-16). We firmly believe that the whole counsel of God has been revealed to us in His Word. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Acts. 1:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:22-23, 51-52; 1 Thes. 4:15-18; Rev. 1:7).

Geloofsbelydenis

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Wie is die Vrye Baptiste?

1.   Ons is Protestante.
2.   Ons is Wesleyaans - Arminiaans.
3.   Ons is Baptiste.
4.   Ons is Fundamentaliste.
5.   Ons is Evangelies.
6.   Ons Naam:

“Vrye” Baptiste het te doen met die feit dat ons vry is van die Baptiste Unie is en dat ons dus ons eie Moderatuur het. Ons behoort ook nie aan die Wêreld Raad van Kerke nie.

Ons het ook nie afgestig van die Baptiste nie, maar het die Naam aanvaar omdat ons bekend gestaan het as die Zion Curch en dit later verwar is met die onbybelse Sioniste beweging.
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Wat behoort ‘n mens in die Kerk te vind?

1. Ondersoek die Fondament:
1.1 ‘n Behoorlike siening van die Woord
1.2 ‘n Beklemtoning van Bybelse lering en prediking
1.3 Leerstellige Gesondheid
1.4 Leerstellige Beoefening
2. Ondersoek die struktuur van die Kerk:
2.1 Kerklike bestuur
2.2 Bewyse van orde
2.3 Haalbare doelwitte
2.4 Die Grootte van die Kerk
3. Kyk hoe dit funksioneer:
4. Kyk na die atmosfeer:
4.1 ‘n Hoë beskouing van God
4.2 Die teenwoordigheid van opregte geloof
4.3 ‘n Gees van opoffering
4.4 Is daar ‘n regte gesindheid teenoor die predikant en die leiers?
4.5 Geestelike eenheid

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Christian Fundamentalism
Johan Malan

There are so many variations of Christianity with regard to its practices and creeds that the question is often asked: which is the correct one? Christians who strongly adhere to basic Scriptural pronouncements, principles and values are referred to as fundamental, conservative or evangelical believers. The characteristics of this disposition will be reviewed in terms of its relevancy to a sound faith.

Christian fundamentalism is associated with the following 32 basic principles:    {READ MORE}

Kenmerke van ‘n Gemeente
Johan Malan

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

Ons leef in ‘n tyd van ongekende misleiding, veral op godsdienstige gebied. Die duiwel span al sy misleidingskrag in om Jesus Christus se dissipels van die suiwer Bybelse leer afvallig te maak, hulle ywer te laat verflou, hulle met nietige dinge besig te hou wat geen ewigheidswaarde het nie, en hulle ook in morele sondes te laat verval. Sodoende verswak en ondermyn hy die kerk van Christus waarteen hy veg en behaal in die proses groot oorwinnings.
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Nuutste Preke (MP3)

Gebeds Reeks

Frikkie Osborne

1. Waar staan ek met God? [1:07:01]
2. Die Woord [59:44]
3. Gebed [1:00:55]
4. Die Heilige Gees [1:00:25]

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Heiligmaking &dove-hover

Wederkoms Dienste

 25 tot 27 Mei 2012
Prof. Johan Malan

Die skrif is aan die muur [47:33]
Nuwe wereldorde [53:39]
Jerusalem [56:11]
Betekenis van Jesus as Verlosser, Advokaat & Regter [42:15]
Die smal en die bree weg [43:33]

Mannekamp Boodskappe

Oktober 2012
Prof. Johan Malan

Josua: 'n Studie in Bybelse Tipologie
HANDLEIDING (PDF)

Deel 1 [52:36]
Deel 2 [44:46]
Deel 3 [54:06]
Deel 4 [41:22]
Deel 5 [45:16]

Josua: 'n Studie in
Bybelse Tipologie

Mannekamp Boodskappe
 Oktober 2011
Prof. Johan Malan

1. Die Verwoestende Gevolge van Slawerny [1:06:10]
2. Die Vereistes en Kenmerke van Dissipelskap  [1:12:50]
3. Die Belofte van die Wegraping in Thessalonicense  [1:04:12]
4. Hoedanighede waarin die Here Jesus Gaan Verskyn  [ 1:04:27]
5. Die Stryd Tussen Twee Koninkryke  [46:13]

        Geestelike Bevryding,
Dissipelskap en

Voorbereidings
vir die Toekoms

Prayer

gebedKort Boodskap (mp3)
Ds. Marius Wolfaardt
Skilpaaie wat
gebed verhinder
(7:15)

EM Bounds:

Begin the Day with Prayer
THE men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.  {READ MORE}

Much Time Should Be Given to Prayer
Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying. Prayer which is felt as a mighty force is the mediate or immediate product of much time spent with God. Our short prayers owe their point and efficiency to the long ones that have preceded them.  {READ MORE}

Preachers Need the Prayers of the People
It is absolutely necessary for the preacher to pray. It is an absolute necessity that the preacher be prayed for. It will take all the praying he can do, and all the praying he can get done, to meet the fearful responsibilities and gain the largest, truest success in his great work.  {READ MORE}

Die Rol van Gebed
Johan Malan

Opsomming:
Enkele kenmerke van gebed, asook verskillende vorms van gebed.  {LEES MEER}

The Importance of Prayer
Johan Malan

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. It also ensures victory in the struggle against Satan as you commit yourself in faith to the protection and care of the Great Victor, Jesus Christ. Dr. Andrew Murray said: “I am convinced that we will never fully appreciate what the great significance of prayer is as long as we only regard it as a way to sustain our own spiritual life. But if we learn to view it as the most important work entrusted to us, the basis and strength of all our work, then we will realise that there is nothing we should study and practice as the art of praying correctly.”

The request of the disciples was: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). We can only learn the art of true prayer and intercession from the Great Intercessor, Jesus Christ. It is a school in which we must grow in grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18). Although prayer, in its initial form, is so simple that even the smallest child can pray, it is at the same time the highest form of dedication to which believers are called.   {READ MORE}

Die Sonde van Biddeloosheid (mp3)
Luister na die preek (33:38)
Ds. Hannes Delport

The Power of Prayer
RA Torrey

Ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:2).
"Why is it," many a Christian is asking, "that I make such poor progress in my Christian life? Why do I have so little victory over sin? Why do I win so few souls to Christ? Why do I grow so slowly into the likeness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?" And God answers in the words of the text: "Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not."  {READ MORE}

The Word of God

How To Study the Bible
George Muller
The Manner of Reading the Bible / Stick to the Word of God / Read Consecutively / Connecting the Scriptures / Read the Word Prayerfully / Also Meditate On the Word / Read With Faith / Be Doers of the Word... 

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The Word of God
Prof. Johan Malan

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.

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Spiritual Backsliding

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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Spiritual Backsliding
Prof. Johan Malan

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. If you wish to determine the objective truth about spiritual backsliding you should consult the Bible and not biased or erroneous church dogma. Some churches, mostly in the Wesleyan tradition, agree to the possibility of backsliding while others, mostly Calvinistic and Lutheran churches, reject the possibility of apostatising and falling from grace. What does the Bible teach?

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Marginale, Teruggevalle en Valse Christene
Prof. Johan Malan

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.

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Mission

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Blanket Project

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The women of the Free State FBC started a blanket project in 2014 to crochet a double bed blanket for every minister and his wife. The first blankets were delivered with our last tour in January. The ladies that are part of this project asked for a photo of the families their blankets went to so that they can also pray for them.

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A wheelchair for Eliza

ElizaDawala

Above is Eliza Divala and her husband, she received a wheelchair in March 2014. She has never been able to walk in her life and this is her first wheelchair ever.

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PLANNING:

Next Tour – June 2016

The Biggest Needs of the Mission:
Material for 3 church buildings

Cement - most of the churches need to be completed
Repair work on the pastors’ houses
Chichewa & Portuguese Bibles (R80 per Bible)

Hymnals for all the churches (R26 each)

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Are you born again?

The Necessity of Rebirth
Prof. Johan Malan

Scripture reading: “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again… Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said to him, Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?” (John 3:1-10).

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Slaves of Sin
Prof. Johan Malan

But there is another, more abstract form of slavery by an invisible enemy, to which most people are subjected for their entire life, and that is spiritual and moral slavery. This is a problem which faces all people as all of us are slaves of sin because of the fallen nature which we have inherited from Adam. Sin is the consequence of alienation from God, and that accounts for the spiritual and moral depravity of mankind. The Fall has rendered humanity despicable in the eyes of God (Gen. 6:5-6). Paul says: “... through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12).

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Is u weergebore?

Het jy in jou geestelike lewe op die plek gekom waar jy met sekerheid weet dat indien jy vandag te sterwe kom, jy hemel toe sal gaan? Veronderstel jy sou vandag te sterwe kom en voor God te staan kom en Hy sou jou vra, “Waarom moet Ek jou in my Hemel toelaat?” Wat sal jou antwoord wees?

As jy nie een van die vrae kan antwoord nie, wat dan??
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Preke (mp3)
Prof. Johan malan

Redding / Fondamente / Groei

The Second Coming

How Can We be Ready for the Second Coming of Christ?
Johan Malan

There are various prophecies in the Bible by which Christians are encouraged to be vigilant and ready for the sudden coming of the heavenly Bridegroom. These instructions and admonitions should be taken seriously, as there are so many things that can divert the attention of a believer from his calling as a servant of Christ, who should be able to boldly give an account of his life when his Master returns at an unexpected hour. On that day He will catch away His bride to her heavenly abode, and then it will be too late to prepare for His coming and to rearrange your priorities in life. The following is one of the many calls to be found alert, dedicated and faithful on the day of the second coming:

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:33-37).   {READ MORE}

Tekens van die Tye
Johan Malan
Hoewel daar beslis ‘n verrassingselement in die wegraping is, is daar aan ons verskeie tekens van die eindtyd gegee sodat ons ten minste sal weet wanneer dit naby is:
  “En as hierdie dinge begin gebeur, kyk dan na bo en hef julle hoofde op, omdat julle verlossing naby is” (Luk. 21:28).
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The Rapture Explained
By Golda Chimere-Dan

The rapture is the event in which the Lord Jesus Christ will appear in the cloud at the voice of the archangel and the last trumpet sound to take all Bible believing, born again Christians away from the surface of this earth before the Almighty God unleashes his anger on a sinful, unrepentant and Christ-rejecting world.

The rapture is an event that will take place very soon and very suddenly. It will be the most astonishing event in the history of the world which will turn the entire planet on its head. The Bible teaches this very clearly and it is the hope of every believer in the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be among those who experience the rapture.  {READ MORE}

Die Wegraping
Johan Malan
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?
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Ons Gee Om!

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God het so vir u omgegee dat Hy die hoogste prys vir u betaal het, deur Sy Seun te laat sterf aan die kruis. Daardie liefde brand ook in ons harte, wanneer ons u nooi om deel van hierdie familie te word. Jesus sê: Kom na My toe, almal wat vermoeid en belas is en Ek sal vir julle rus gee. (Matt. 11:28)

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Christen Leiers

Karaktertrekke van ‘n Christen Leier
Titus 1:4-6a
Drie areas om onberispelik in te wees:

Familie Lewe (2:6)
Persoonlike Karakter (2:7,8)
Bekwaamheid om die Woord te kan gebruik. (2:9-16)

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Die Rol van die Ouderling

1 Tim 3:1-7 en Titus 1
Wat is die rol van die ouderling?
Wat is die Kwalifikasies van ‘n ouderling?

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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. Hierdie reëling bevat geen element van diskriminasie teen die vrou nie, maar is getref om die godgegewe natuur, emosionele ingesteldheid en pligte van beide geslagte op die beste moontlike manier tot hulle reg en onbelemmerde ontplooiing te laat kom.

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Die Verband tussen die Wet en Genade
Johan Malan

Verskillende soorte wette
Die Nuwe Testamentiese wet van die liefde
Die beëindiging van die bedeling van die wet
Die grondslag van Israel se wettiese vormgodsdiens
Die genade van Christus is meer uitnemend as die wet

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The History of the Free Baptist Church

THE ORIGINS TO THE PRESENT

The history of the Church in South Africa begins with the coming of the History Dutch (1652) History French Huguenots (1668) Dutch (1652), the French Huguenots (1668) and the early German History German Lutheran Settlers a little later. With perhaps a few exceptions, these settlers were all Protestants. The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), controlled by hierarchy in Amsterdam, was the established church into which the Huguenots, with the exception of the German Lutheran, were assimilated. By l875 most of the non-state churches (those in the English group) in the Cape Colony became known as `free' churches. These churches became known as the 'English Free Churches English speaking Speaking Churches.’
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"Ek het julle in alles getoon dat ons deur so te arbei die swakkes moet help en die woorde van die Here Jesus moet onthou, dat Hy gesê het: Dit is saliger om te gee as om te ontvang."
Handelinge 20:35

Sanctification

How to Keep Sanctified
Booklet by J.O. Mc CLURKAN

The conflict is not over when you enter the sanctified life. The enemy within has been cast out, but sin in a thousand different forms lurks about you. To retain a pure heart requires the utmost vigilance. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
The Israelites did most of their fighting after entering Canaan; but few conquests were made in the wilderness. It takes the grace of entire sanctification to guarantee continuous victory in a land of walled cities, giants and thirty-one kings.

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Leef Heilig vir die Koms van die Bruidegom!
Johan Malan

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. Die ware kerk is die bruid van die Here Jesus, wat by sy wederkoms met ‘n rein kleed voor Hom gestel moet word. Hiervoor het ons twee genadewerke in ons lewe nodig. Die eerste genadewerk staan in verband met die aanvanklike reiniging wat ons tydens wedergeboorte ontvang, terwyl die tweede genadewerk met volkome heiligmaking, of vervulling met die Heilige Gees, in verband staan. Jesus Christus het Homself vir altwee hierdie genadewerke aan ons oorgegee en verwag dat ons Hom vir beide daarvan sal vertrou:

"Christus [het] ook die gemeente liefgehad en Homself daarvoor oorgegee om dit te heilig, nadat Hy dit gereinig het met die waterbad deur die woord, sodat Hy die gemeente voor Hom kon stel, verheerlik, sonder vlek of rimpel of iets dergliks; maar dat dit heilig en sonder gebrek sou wees" (Ef. 5:25-27).
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Die Koringkorrel moet Sterf
Johan Malan

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 Here Jesus het gesê: “Voorwaar, voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, as die koringkorrel nie in die grond val en sterf nie, bly dit alleen; maar as dit sterf, dra dit veel vrug” (Joh. 12:24).

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We Must Be Holy
JC Ryle

We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: we must be holy.
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Die stryd teen vleeslikheid
Andrew Murray

Baie Christene leef in ‘n toestand van vleeslikheid voort deurdat hulle nie na ‘n lewe van oorwinning in die krag en onder die leiding van die Heilige Gees streef nie. Die gevolg hiervan is dat die eienskappe van die vlees oorheersend in hulle lewe bly en alle moontlikheid van geestelike groei uitskakel. Hulle bly klein kindertjies in die Here wat as gevolg van hulle beperkinge en tekortkominge onbevoeg is om geestelike werk te doen. Hulle vertoon nie die vrug van die Gees nie en word deur verdorwe emosies soos selfgesentreerdheid, twis, jaloersheid en tweedrag gekenmerk. Daar is egter ‘n oplossing vir hierdie ernstige probleem.
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Die Pad van die Here
Johan Malan

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. Hoe word ons op hierdie pad geplaas? Dit begin by ons wedergeboorte, en terwyl ons geestelik groei word die pad al hoe helderder tot die volle dag.
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Preke oor Heiligmaking (mp3):
Geesvervulling 1 (34:44)
Geesvervulling 2 (35:07)- Ds. Hannes Delport
Christelike Volmaaktheid Nou (51:33) - Ds. Marius Wolfaardt

Four messages

Four messages are presented on key issues which directly affect the nature of preparations which the church as the bride of Christ should make to be ready for the sudden coming of Jesus Christ as the heavenly Bridegroom
Johan Malan

Preface

Who is Jesus and how Well do we Know Him?

The Grey Area of Deception between Two Kingdoms

Typology of Abraham and his Family

The Necessity of Complete Sanctification

Epilogue

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From Darkness to the Light

 

God’s Plan of Salvation
Prof. Johan Malan

 

There is a definite way that the Lord Jesus deals with unbelievers to save them, equip them for service and prepare them for eternal life in heaven. The willingness and full co-operation of each one of us, according to fixed biblical guidelines, is necessary if we wish to avert the tragedy of a false repentance. We can all share in the wonderful experience to be called by the Lord out of the darkness of sin into His marvellous light. I invite you to explore with me the unsearchable riches of the Lord’s love and saving grace, and to accept it by faith.

1. Calling
2. Sorrow
3. Repentance or Conversion
4. Justification
5. Rebirth
6. Sanctification
7. Glorification
False Foundations
How to Grow in Grace

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Literature

Books Tracts
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There's a selection of books on various subjects such as
salvation / rebirth, spiritual growth, sanctification,
Christ's return, Bible study and more. These books can
be used for personal study and also Bible study groups.

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Ons het 'n verskeidenheid van boeke wat handel oor
redding / wedergeboorte, geestelike groei, heiligmaking,
die wederkoms, Bybelstudie en nog meer.  Daar is boeke
vir persoonlike studie, en ook vir Bybelstudie groepe.

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available in many different languages.

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Daar is 'n groot verskeidenheid Evangeliese
traktaatjies,
in meeste tale beskikbaar. Ook
Johannes Evangelies
met stappe voor in wat
verduidelik hoe om gered te word,
in verskeie
tale.


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