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J.O. Mc CLURKAN

Author of “Wholly Sanctified,” “Behold

He Cometh” and “Chosen Vessels.”

 
FOREWORD by JOHN WESLEY

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“In 1729 my brother Charles and I, reading the Bible, saw we could not be saved without holiness, followed after it, and incited others so to do. In 1737 we saw that this holiness comes by faith. In 1738 we saw likewise that men are justified before they are sanctified.”

“You have over and over denied instantaneous sanctification, but I have known and taught it above these twenty years. I have continually testified for these five and twenty years, in private and in public, that we are sanctified, as well as justified, by faith. . . Within five weeks five within our band received the ‘second blessing.’”

“This morning one found peace and one the ‘second blessing’”

“Insist everywhere on full salvation received now by faith. Press the instantaneous blessing.”

“Let all our preachers make a point of preaching perfection to believers, constantly, strongly, explicitly.”

“If you speak only faintly and indirectly, none will be offended and none profited; but if you speak out, although some will probably be angry, yet others will soon find the power of God unto salvation.”

“Many years since I saw without holiness no man shall see the Lord. I began by following after it, and inciting all with whom I had any intercourse to do the same. Ten years after, God gave me a clearer view that I had before of the way how to attain it – namely, by faith in the Son of God. And immediately I declared to all, WE ARE SAVED FROM SIN, WE ARE MADE HOLY BY FAITH. This I testified in private, in public, in print, and God confirmed it by a thousand witnesses.” – Vol.7,p.38.

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How to Keep Sanctified 

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. You will have endless opposition, keener trials and severer temptations in a life of holiness. But the gift of the Holy Spirit makes every man a soldier, and Christ in the heart causes him to be more than a conqueror. Storms may rage, men scoff, and devils howl, but hid in the pavilion of the Divine Presence you have perfect peace. (Ps. 27:5)

You do the committing; he does the keeping. “I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless. . . Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (1 Thess. 5:23, 24.) “The Lord bless thee and keep thee” (Num. 6:24.) “He will keep the feet of his saints.” (1 Sam. 2:9.) “He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” (Ps. 91:11.) “He that keepeth thee will not slumber.” (Ps. 121:3.) “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever, for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.” (Isa. 26:3,4.)

“Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me.” (John 17:11.) “Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.” (1 Pet. 1:5.) “Sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, . . . that is able to guard you from stumbling, and to set you before the presence of his glory without blemish.” (Jude 1:24.)

TEMPTATION

Immediately after our Lord was baptized with the Holy Ghost he was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 3:1.) Temptation is of divine appointment, hence there is no sin in being tempted. You sin only when you yield to the temptation. For instance, Satan may torture you with suggestions of evil thoughts, desires, or feelings. Failing to get you to indorse them, he will turn accuser, saying: “You are a pretty Christian. Ha, ha, ha! Professing sanctification! Why, you hypocrite, it is doubtful if a person having such thoughts as you have was ever justified.” The devil has met many entering the threshold of a holy life and driven them back into the wilderness with just such accusations. First tempting you to sin, but failing as this point, he would persuade you that the temptation itself is a sin. Bear in mind that no thought, feeling, or desire which Satan may present to you can become yours until you will to have it so. As some old writer has quaintly said: “You can’t keep the birds from flying over your head, but you can keep them from building nests there.” You can’t prevent the devil bringing his children and leaving them on your door-step, but you don’t have to bring them in and adopt them as your own. Remember, the key to the situation is this: Evil suggestions do not become yours until you put your endorsement on them.

The holiest people are often the most fiercely assaulted by the devil. He shoots his biggest guns not at the babes in Christ but at those who are pressing on to know the fullness of God. It may be that as we advance in the kingdom of grace we have to grapple with a class of devils stronger than those we met in the beginning of our Christian life – some genius like a Napoleon or Caesar to intercept us on our march to glory. Paul tells us that we are to wrestle with wicked spirits in heavenly places. This much we know: the nearer we get to God the less we have of temptation on the physical side. Hence in the sanctified life the enemy approaches more under cover, in a subtle, abrupt, intricate, intense way. If he came, as sometimes fancied in childhood, with eyes like balls of fire, huge horns, teeth like those of a thrashing-machine, long tail, and the roar of a Numidian lion, then all would instantly flee from his presence. But instead he often comes as an angel of light in the person of some dear friend, some long established habit, some cherished wish or desire. Then again he clothes himself in such reasonable, proper, and commendable attire that, if possible, he would deceive the very elect, yet the Spirit-filled man will be able to recognize and resist him. “For we are not ignorant of his devices.” (2 Cor. 2:11.)

The Lord Jesus was long and bitterly assailed by Satan, yet he sinned not. This is a guarantee that he will give you grace to do likewise.

Temptations are a test of character. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life.” (Jas. 1:12.) Yours are not peculiar; others have had similar testings. “There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Cor. 10:13.)

Jesus knows how to sympathize with and deliver you. “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.” (Heb. 2:18.) “For we have not a high priest which can not be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all things tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” (Heb. 4:15.) “For consider him that endureth such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.” (Heb. 12:3,4.)

The Lord defeated Satan with the sword of the Spirit. He met every thrust with a quotation from the Scriptures. (Matt. 4:4-10.) Ask him to do the same through you.

FEELINGS 

Avoid laying too much stress on your feelings. Many have failed here. Not obtaining such an experience as they expected, they began to doubt, became discouraged, and dropped back into the old up-and-down life. Oftentimes seekers for heart purity become fascinated with some beautiful experience which they hear related, and will not be satisfied unless they obtain one just like it. This is a grave error. As there are no two people alike, so there will be no two experiences exactly the same. The Lord gives to each such as he needeth. Perhaps those who seek certain good feelings have least of them. Fix the eye on Jesus, then the whole body will be full of light. The pleasurable and delightful emotions are the result of obeying God. Seek him rather than his gifts. Having him, all his gifts are yours; While, on the other hand, you might enjoy many of his gifts without having him at all. Madame Guyon said that the Lord sometimes withdrew all her joyous emotions, that she might be drawn closer to him. There is danger of making an idol of your experience, allowing the gift to come between you and the Giver. Sometimes we go home with our arms full of nice things for the children, and they become so absorbed in them that they neglect to climb up in papa’s arms to lavish on him their accustomed tokens of filial devotion. Not much time to hug and kiss the giver while so many pretty things are on hand to be examined. Thus we may treat our Heavenly Father until he will withdraw the gift for a brief season that we may get our eye, faith, and love all centered on him again.

Rev. A.B. Simpson says that in seeking sanctification for quite a while he sought an “it.” He would pray and pray until he had a certain good feeling. Then he would exclaim, “I have it!” when lo! It would fade as a morning cloud. Then the Lord showed him that it was not an “it” which he needed, but Himself. Then he appropriated Christ as his Sanctifier, and the “its” or blessings followed. The difference between the justified and sanctified life is clearly set forth in the following hymn:

CHRIST HIMSELF

Once it was the blessing, now it is the Lord;

Once it was the feeling, now it is his Word;

Once his gifts I wanted, now the Giver own;

Once I sought for healing, now himself alone.

Once ‘twas painful trying, now ‘tis perfect trust;

Once a half salvation, now the uttermost;

Once ‘twas ceaseless holding, now he holds me fast;

Once the constant drifting, now my anchor’s cast.

 

Once ‘twas busy planning, now ‘tis trustful prayer;

Once ‘twas anxious caring, now he has the care;

Once ‘twas what I wanted, now what Jesus says;

Once ‘twas constant asking, now ‘tis ceaseless praise.

 

Once it was my working, his it hence shall be;

Once I tried to use him, now he uses me;

Once the power I wanted, now the Mighty One;

Once to self I labored, now to him alone.

-         A.B. Simpson.

 
While a life of holiness is peculiarly noted for it’s joy, peace and rest, there may be brief seasons, especially at its beginning, of heaviness through manifold temptations. (1 Pet. 1:6.) The devil may take advantage of ill health and bring about strange and unaccountable feelings of depression; but in the midst of these tunnels continue to rejoice in the Lord, for he abides just the same, and out of it all he will bring you into a sweeter and richer union with himself. Live only in him, and all will be well.

CONSECRATION

You entered the sanctified life through consecration and faith. It is retained the same way. Remember that the gift must stay on the altar. You have irrevocably yielded all to God, Never take it back. It is so easy to compromise a little here and there – the world creeps in and Jesus goes out before you are aware of it.

Take an inventory once in a while to make sure that property, Church, family, plan of life, likes and dislikes, are all kept on the altar. This little verse expresses it all:

 “I am willing

To receive what thou givest,

To lack what thou withholdest,

To relinquish what thou takest,

To be what thou requirest,

To do what thou commandest.”

 Should you find at any time that you have taken something off the altar, put it back instantly. Whatever he tells you to do, do it; don’t try to dodge it, nor postpone it, nor excuse yourself from it, but do it at once. “Obedience is better than sacrifice.” “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.” (John 15:14.) “And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him.” (1 John 3:24.)

O sacred union with the Perfect Mind!

Transcendent bliss, which thou alone canst give,

How blest are they, this pearl of price who find,

And, dead to earth, have learned in thee to live.

 

Thus in thine arms of love, O God, I lie,

Lost, and forever lost, to all but thee,

My happy soul, since it hath learned to die,

Hath found new life in thine infinity.

 

Oh, go and learn the lesson of the Cross,

And tread the way which saints and prophets trod,

Who, counting life and self and all things loss,

Have found in inward death the life of God.

- Prof. Upham.

 “Thou art the sea of love

Where all my pleasure roll;

The circle where my passions move,

And center of my soul.”

FAITH 

You have all on the altar for time and eternity. The Bible says that the altar sanctifies the gift (Matt. 23:19), that it maketh everything holy that thoucheth it (Ex. 29:37). Christ is your altar. You have laid it all on him, and his blood cleanses you from all sin. (1 John 1:7.) When your faith appropriated these promises he sanctified you. Keep on believing them, and he will keep you free from sin.

There may be times when your feelings and the seemings say that you are not sanctified, but cling to - yea, rest on – the Word. The altar sanctifieth the gift: “I am the gift, therefore it sanctified me.” Confess it over and over to yourself and to God, and the tempter will not tarry long. Cultivate the habit of trusting regardless of emotions. You doubt God just in proportion to what you require apart from the Word to make you believe it. To say that you are consecrated, and yet refuse to believe that he sanctifies you, simply challenges his veracity. The devil would delight in making you afraid to believe, but you had better be afraid not to believe.

The dear Saviour says that if you keep his commandments he and the Father will come into your heart and make their abode there. Don’t look in to see if he is there, and don’t try to see him there, but believe that he is there because you are complying with the conditions on which he promises to dwell in you. He dwells in your heart by faith. (Eph. 3:17.) If you look to see if he is there, the if is the door through which he goes out.

Someone asked Mr. Müller the secret of his strong faith. He replied: “By standing firm amid severe testings.” Abraham staggered not at the promises, and he became the father of the faithful. There would be more Abrahams if there were more who would stand such testings. “Faith is nothing apart from its object.” It is hard to believe, looking at the difficulties; the longer you look the bigger they become. But when your eye and heart rest on Jesus, faith follows as a natural result. Peter did not begin to sink until he got his eye off Christ on the waves. “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee.”

A friend of the writer so often closes her testimony with the beautiful and scriptural sentence: “I believe is because he says so.” Ah! dear reader, here is the secret of victory. Believe it, not because things seem so and so, or you have or don’t have certain emotional evidence, but because he said so. “The just shall live by faith.” (Heb. 10:38.)

 “My faith looks up to thee,

My faith, so small, so slow,

It lifts it’s drooping eyes to see

And claim the blessing now.

Thy wondrous gift it sees afar,

And doth not, can not fear.

 

My faith takes hold on Thee,

My faith so weak, so faint,

It lifts its trembling hands to Thee;

Trembling, but violent.

The kingdom now it takes by force,

And waits till Thou, its last resource,

Shall seal and sanctify.

 

My faith holds fast to Thee,

My faith, still small, but sure,

Its anchor holds alone to Thee,

Whose presence keeps me pure,

By night, by day, art very near –

Art very near to me.”

TESTIMONY

“Ye are my witnesses, said the Lord.” “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony.” (Rev. 12:11.)

In a meek, humble, joyful spirit, tell what the Lord has done for you. Don’t shun the word “sanctification,” nor any other term that the Spirit uses in designating this great work. It is God’s term, and can not be improved by us. At the same time don’t be in bondage to any particular one of the many phrases which abound in the Word. “Perfect love,” a “pure heart,” “holiness,” the “single eye,” “life more abundant,” the “gift of the Holy Ghost,” and “sanctification,” are a few of many Bible terms which may be used in testifying to the “second work of grace.” It is better, however, for the benefit of those to whom you speak, to use the word “sanctification” than these others, because it is generally understood to embrace the system of truth emphasized by the holiness movement. The devil seems to hate it more than all the rest, and as the “offense of the cross” has shifted to this despised doctrine, there is a peculiar blessing attending the clear, definite testimony to sanctification. The writer has observed that in meetings held for the promotion of holiness, where this word was studiously avoided, there was lack of the deep, probing, heart-searching power which is so plainly manifest when the truth is preached boldly and definitely.

Hence watch, for an insidious fear of criticism may lead you to avoid this important word even before you are aware of it. Frances Willard received the blessing in Evanston, and soon after went to Lima, N.Y, to become preceptress of Genesee Wesleyan Seminary. She was advised to keep still about sanctification because of the Free Methodists in those parts. It was cruel advice. She writes: “I kept still until I soon found that I had nothing to keep still about. The experience left me. . . . That sweet pervasiveness, that heaven in the soul, of which I came to know in Mrs. Palmer’s meetings, I do not feel.” (“Holiness and Power,” page 350.)

Doubtless much of the effect of this sanctifying work lingered with this “uncrowned queen of America,” and contributed to the phenomenal success of her life-work. However, the fullness of joy departed when she ceased to testify to it. Some years later she attended A.B. Simpson’s meeting at Old Orchard, Me., where she received another great spiritual uplift, possibly entered again into the fullness of the sanctified life.

The sainted Fletcher lost this blessing four or five times by not testifying to it. Dr. Sheridan Baker says: “Clear testimony to full salvation is so opposed by Satan, is so distasteful to a Church, and is so much discouraged by many who are reputed wise and good, that more lose the blessing of entire sanctification by ambiguity and indefiniteness in testimony than by any other and perhaps by all other causes put together.” (“Hidden Manna.”)

Dr. Carradine says: “Very long and sorrowful is the list of preachers and laymen, men and women, who possessed the blessing of sanctification, hid the talent in a napkin, tried to live the experience, toned it down in various ways to suit family, friends, and Church, until at last they awoke to see that the star had disappeared, the angels had vanished into the skies, and the glory had departed. If we follow faithfully the divine plan of witnessing, not only with the life but the lips, certain gracious and blessed results will be felt at once to arise and increase as the days go by. One will be a sense of increased light and gladness with every occasion of witnessing. Each time the duty is performed the Spirit will smile upon the soul well pleased. Another result will be a growing freedom, or sense of religious liberty. A third effort will be a consciously increasing strength. A fourth will be the arousing of conviction on the subject all about you. The testimony may be modestly and simply given; but if uttered clearly and unctuously, it will never fail, but hearts will be stirred and souls set to panting after this great grace of God. The song will reach the heart, the arrow will strike the mark; the testimony, in a word, will never fall to the ground. God will take care of it.” (“Sanctified Life.”)

When family, pastor, and Church are grieved at a definite testimony, it is so natural to evade a little until the heart grows cold and the lips silent.

When the high priest entered the holy of holies he wore a garment on the borders of which hung pomegranates and bells, twelve of each alternating, the former typifying the fruitful life, the latter the testimony. First, the pomegranate of holy living, then the clear ring of the bell in witnessing. The two go hand in hand. When the bells ceased to ring the people knew that the high priest was dead. Keep the bells ringing.

Now just a word as to the manner of your testimony. The effect of a truth upon others depends largely upon whether it is wisely or unwisely stated. Therefore, instead of saying, “I am holy,” say, “God has in great mercy given me a holy heart.” It is preferable to say, “The very God of peace has sanctified me wholly,” rather than to say, “I am sanctified.” A testimony like the following will always grate on the ears and hearts of the best people: “I have not sinned in five years.” How much better it would be to say: “Through the abundant grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, I have been enable to walk before the Lord five years without condemnation!” Instead of saying, “I am perfect,” say, “Be it said to the glory of God that he has perfected me in love.” Direct the attention always on Jesus.

 PRAYER

Observe regular seasons for Bible study and secret prayer. Notwithstanding the busy toils and cares of the day, keep in close touch with God through these stated interviews, and by living constantly in the spirit of prayer. Some people rush to their knees without taking time to read the Bible, thereby losing the most effective preparation for prevailing prayer. A reverent study of the Word opens the way for the mightiest prayer. God speaks to you through the Scriptures. You speak to him through prayer, then the blessed Holy Spirit witnesses to the word in the palace of the soul.

Take time to be alone. Make much of the still hour. Get right quiet before God. Bid all other voices be silent that he may speak to you. Sometimes we talk so hurriedly to him that he has but little chance to speak to us. Elijah did not hear the “still small voice” (or voice of gentle stillness, as it is sometimes translated) until the fire, storm, and earthquake had passed away.

“Prayer requires retirement at least of heart. Have a private place if possible, but at any event retire to the private chamber of the heart. Our closet must be in us, as well as we in our closet.” Jeremy Taylor said: “A good man could build a chapel in his heart.”

Abraham was closeted with God under the oak at Marme, Jacob by the brook side, David in his bedchamber, Daniel with his window open toward Jerusalem, Peter on the housetop, and the Lord on the mountain. “Only when the heart is shut toward the world can it be open toward heaven.”

Many live is such a rush that they miss that delicate finish of character, that far-reaching view of God, the massive strength, the fervid piety, the unutterable depth of love and tenderness of spirit, the triumphant faith and profound repose which are the result of frequent interviews and long communings with God. Men like Knox, Luther, Wesley, Elijah, and John the Baptist, owed much of the heroic grandeur of their ministry to the long seasons spent in retirement with God.

Mr. Moody says that the Bible read without much prayer makes as intellectual Christian, while a great deal of prayer with but little study of the Scriptures will produce fanatical Christians. This is true. Have your own Bible, study it consecutively – that is, read it through over and over again – alternating with the study of special themes, as love, faith, joy, etc. Keep yourself prayed full. There is the gift of the Holy Spirit which you received in your sanctification, then there are many fillings of the Spirit which are to be sought in earnest prayer from time to time and received by simple faith. These effusions are not to be confounded with the baptism of the Holy Ghost, but are among the graces of the Spirit which are to be sought as the Lord reveals our need of them. Hence stay on your knees until you have victory. Go on to know the fullness of God. The Lord will lead you into periods of protracted, agonizing, importunate prayer. This is what the apostle calls praying in the Holy Ghost. The Spirit wrenches your soul until the cry goes up from the very marrow of your being, like a woman in travail. These are priceless occasions for then God is breathing his mighty cry through yours, and great things will follow. Study kneeology, for the fervent, effectual prayer of a righteous man availeth much. (Jas. 5:16.)

 TALK

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.” (Ps. 19:14.)

Beware of a gossipy, chaffy, trashy talk. A careless, slipshod, worldly conversation will sap any one’s piety. If the utterances of a single day were all written and read once in a while in connection with the evening devotions, they would furnish food for sober reflection, repentance, and prayer. Suppose that all the words you ever uttered were published in one large book. How would it read?

Society abounds in coarse, foolish, shallow, wicked conversation, which you can not indulge in without a blight on your own spirit. Then how idle and empty some people’s words are! They talk, talk, talk without saying anything. All the real good in some such conversation could be entombed on the point of a cambric needle.

Let your words be seasoned with salt. Determine that through an indwelling Christ your language shall be chaste, discreet, tender, and helpful. What marvelous good can flow from a single tongue! Let your words, like the gulf stream, flow through the ocean of a wicked world only to cheer, comfort, strengthen, and bless; then the Lord will make your speech like “apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

The following selection contains the gist of all that need to be said on this subject:

 THE ART OF GOVERNING THE TONGUE

“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin.” (Prov. 10:19)

“The heart of fools is in their mouth; but the mouth of the wise is in their heart.” (Apocrypha.)

“By thy words shalt thou be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” (Matt. 12:37.)

 

Choose to listen rather than to talk;

For silence is preferable to speech.

It is wiser to talk too little than too much;

And to speak well than to say many things.

Aim at speaking rather to the purpose than often.

Reflect before speaking.

Know how to speak by silence.

Restrain the tongue when the heart is agitated.

Be silent when you feel too great a desire to talk.

Speak after others:

Never against others;

Always well of others; . . .

Always with modesty;

Never against the truth;

Always with discretion: . . .

When vanity has found entrance, purify the intention.

Let your tone of voice be neither too loud nor too low. . .

Never seek information through curiosity.

Leave it to the world to talk of the world.

Complain of nothing, neither of persons nor of things.

Do not speak much of yourself not of your affairs.

Say little of your works, less of your troubles;

Confide these to very few persons.

Utter no useless words;

But harmless trifles may serve you as recreation if spoken in God’s presence and for him.

 TOBACCO

By no means indulge in the unseemly, uncleanly, unnatural, unnecessary, unhealthy, and unpleasant habit of using tobacco. Five hundred millions of people are bowing their knee to this lust of the flesh. What a shame to see among this crowd so many followers of Jesus! A little boy standing among some loafers who were spitting tobacco juice on the sidewalks was heard to say: “My father is a Methodist minister, but he chaws tobacco.” Scores of boys will dodge behind such a preacher. A friend of mine said to me that she had pleaded with tears in her eyes with the fifteen-year-old boy in her home to desist from the use of tobacco, but he would retreat behind his pastor.

It is remarkable how fertile people are in assigning reasons why they use the filthy weed. One takes it for a bad breath, another for poor digestion, another to preserve his teeth, another as an anti fat, and still another because he can’t quit. Pshaw! The chief reason is that they, like the opium-eater, are slaves to the flesh. All honor to those branches of the Church which require candidates to be free from this sinful practice. Imagine the apostles walking the streets of Jerusalem spitting ambeer all over the streets, or St. Paul dictating his Epistles with a cigar in his mouth.

The following quotation from Adam Clarke, the celebrated scholar and great Methodist commentator, is unanswerable:

1. Every medical man knows well that the saliva which is so conspicuously drained off by the infamous quid and the scandalous pipe is the first and greatest agent which nature employs in digesting the food.

2. A single drop of the chemical oil of tobacco, being put on the tongue of a cat, produced violent convulsions, and killed her in the space of one minute. A thread dipped in the same oil and drawn through a wound made by a needle in an animal, killed it in the space of seven minutes.

3. That it is sinful to use it as most do I have no doubt. If destroying the constitution, and vilely squandering away the time and money which God has give for other purposes, may be termed sinful, can any who call themselves Christians vindicate their conduct in this respect?

4. The impiety manifested by several in the use of this herb merits the most cutting reproof. When many of the tobacco-consumers get into trouble or under any cross of affliction, instead of looking to God for support, the pipe, the snuff-box, or the twist is applied to with quadruple earnestness; so that four times – I might say in some cases ten times – the usual quantity is consumed on such occasions. What a comfort is this weed in time of sorrow! What a support in time of trouble! In a word, what a god!

5. I am sorry to have it to say that this idle, disgraceful custom prevails much at present among ministers of most denominations. Can such persons preach against needless self-indulgence, destruction of time, or waste of money?

6. The loss of time in this shameful work is a serious evil. I have known some who, strange to tell, have smoked three or four hours in the day, by their own confession, and others who have spent six hours in the same employment. How can such persons answer for this at the bar of God?

7. Consider how disagreeable your custom is to those who do not follow it. An atmosphere of tobacco effluvium surrounds you whithersoever you go. Every article about you smells of it, your apartments, your clothes, and even your very breath.

To those who are not yet incorporated with the fashionable company of tobacco-consumers I would say never enter. To those who have entered I would say desist: first, for the sake of your health, which must be materially injured, if not destroyed, by it; secondly, for the sake of your property, which, if you are a poor man, must be considerably impaired by it; thirdly, for the sake of your time, a large portion of which is irreparably lost, particularly in smoking; fourthly, for the sake of your friends, who can not fail to be pained in your company for the reason before assigned; lastly, for the sake of your soul. Do you not think God will visit you for your loss of time, waste of money, and needless self-indulgence?” – Theology, p.405.

Finally the tobacco-user is liable to transmit to his posterity some hereditary taint which will break out in some abnormal way, sending them to the saloon or brothel. Let no man who professes holiness indulge in such a habit. If you are now enslaved by it, look to God for help; quit right off, once forever (not by piecemeal), and the Lion of the tribe of Judah will deliver you. Quit for him, and his strength will be given to free you.

 LIVE A MOMENT AT A TIME

Sydney Smith said: “If you would be happy, take short views of life.” A greater than he said: “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be make known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:6,7.)

We borrow most of our trouble. A quaint old writer has said that God would not give grace for borrowed trouble. We are constantly climbing mountains that we never reach, crossing swollen streams which we will never see, and fearing things that will never happen. Bishop Foster says: “Acquire the habit of living by the minute. Let it not be supposed that you are not to act for the future, but act by the minute. Take care of this moment now, while you have it, and the next when it comes; you will not then neglect any. You can live this minute without sin. Is it not so? [By the help of God] do it, then. Never mind what is before you. [With the help of Jesus] do not sin now. When each successive minute comes do likewise. If you will do this, you will not sin al all. Days are made up of minutes; if each one is sinless, the day will be so. Now try this; nothing is easier, nothing is more wise. Live by the minute. Carry on your business, trade, labor, study and plan for the future by the minute. Trust in God now; do God’s will now; do not offend God now. If you will observe this simple rule, you will not fail.” (“Christian Purity,” p. 262.)

A.B. Earle tells us of a great merchant in New York City, with several thousand clerks, and doing an immense amount of business, who was exceedingly happy in Jesus. He was a Methodist, and had received the sanctifying Holy Ghost. Some thought he was a hypocrite on the ground that no one could do so much business and yet live so near Jesus as he appeared to do. A number formed themselves into a committee to go to his business house and watch him, that they might find some fault with his Christian life. When the clock struck he said to all who were with him, “Excuse me a minute;” and he would go into a private office, and then come back and go on with his business. The clock struck again and the act was repeated. They finally asked him what it meant. He told them that he went into that room for a word of prayer each hour. He prayed: “I thank thee, O God, that thou hast kept me another hour without sin; now give me grace for the next hour.” “Brethren, I serve God by the hour.”

 ATTEND HOLINESS MEETINGS

It May be said that all gospel services ate holiness meetings. To a certain extent this is true, but it is needful to have special services where the deeper phases and experiences of Christianity can be studied, discussed, and taught – a place where kindred spirits may talk together of the precious truths which would be offensive to many in the promiscuous assemblies.

Should there be no such meeting in your vicinity, start one, even if you have to begin in your own home. The way will open to go elsewhere. Where there are but few interested, the cottage meetings will do more good than if conducted in public buildings. Don’t get the idea that you must begin with a big crowd. It is better to have a few kindred spirits than a mixed multitude. Two can claim the promise recorded in Matthew 18:19. Don’t be discouraged at the indifference manifested by your brethren and sisters in the Lord, but pray right on, and God will sooner or later answer by fire. Hallelujah!

READ HOLINESS LITERATURE 

Keep supplied with a variety of the many excellent papers and books devoted to holiness. Merely skipping over them will not yield much profit, but thoughtful, prayerful study will find something new, stimulative, and helpful in each. If you can purchase but one book, let that be “The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life.” Next to the Bible, it is the best book that I can recommend. The gifted authoress is not so clear and radical in her doctrinal statements as some, yet it is the best book that I know of, except the Bible, to strengthen, settle, and establish you after you are sanctified. It is not the best book to lead you into the experience, but it will throw a flood of light on how to keep it.

Neal Dow said that Maine was carried for prohibition by sowing it down knee-deep with prohibition literature. By careful reading and wise distribution of the best holiness books and papers you can remove much of the woeful ignorance now afflicting the people on this subject.

 MIND THE CHECKS

Walk in the Spirit. When you start in the wrong direction He will gently pull the bit. You are indulging in certain conversation; suddenly there is a gentle pressure on your spirit to refrain. Mind the checks. You are pursuing certain lines of thought; there comes a mild pressure on the heart to desist. Mind the checks. You are engaged in certain transactions, when lo! “the still small voice” whispers, “Stop! Mind the checks.” By this means God will keep you from sin. Know his voice and instantly obey. Here is the entering wedge for so many failures. When these tender admonitions are given by the Spirit you disregard them, and backsliding begins. God grant you may follow on to know all his fullness!

DRESS 

Avoid extremes. Shun the gay worldly attire so conspicuous nowadays, on the one hand, and the slovenly garb on the other. Seth C Rees expresses my convictions in the following paragraph:

Women lose their spiritual force over fashion-plates. We grant you that a few people have gone to an unwarrantable extreme in harping on dress and outward adornments, but shall this be given as a reason why the great body of holiness people should give little or no attention to the extravagances in dress and jewelry which are flooding our churches? True, the gospel strikes first at the heart, and when the heart is right and the Holy Ghost permitted to come in and is given the right of way, he will regulate everything in outward as well as inward life. But he will not go contrary to the Word. He guides according to his written Bible. Thousands grieve the Spirit by failing to listen to him in this matter. Many who have laid off their jewelry and adorned themselves in modest apparel under the clear conviction of the Spirit have come to disregard this conviction and again rigged themselves out in the trappings of the world. We have been astonished even in holiness and Christian Alliance camps and conventions, to see the dead birds, rag followers. Pittsburg glass, and cheap paint so conspicuous. – The Ideal Pentecostal Church.

“Whose adorning, let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel. But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.” (1 Pet. 3:3,4.) “In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not broidered hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly with array; but (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works.” (1 Tim. 2:9-10.)

 TITHING

Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek. (Gen. 14:15-24.) Jacob gave one-tenth to the Lord, (Gen. 28:20-22.) Schaff’s Encyclopedia says: “Not only the Hebrews, but other ancient people devoted the tenth part of their produce, cattle, as booty to sacred purposes. . . . These, however, were voluntary rather than obligatory offerings. The Mosaic law of tithes was not an innovation, but a confirmation of a patriarchal practice.” The Jews, besides contributing one-tenth of their income to the support of the Church, also gave to the poor and for other causes so generously that it is thought they gave altogether three-tenths of their income. What an amazing contrast between their offerings and those of the modern Church! Their magnificent temple, the finest structure ever erected, was built by offerings not included in the regular tithe. The marvelous sum of over four hundred millions of dollars was not only willingly but gladly given as a free-will offering for this purpose. Surely in the face of such thrilling examples we can not afford to pay less that one-tenth of our income. Then whatever we contribute beyond this becomes a free-will offering. Most folks give in a slipshod, careless, miserly way, flattering themselves that they pay a great deal more that they really do.

To avoid this, keep a strict account with yourself, putting the tithe, which is one-tenth of your entire income, into the Lord’s treasury, then making free-will offerings as you can from time to time. Carefully enter in a book kept for that purpose your income from every source; then take the Lord’s tenth and use it as he may direct. By so doing you will always have something to give, and, after contributing to the beneficences, many of you can devote at least enough to foreign missions to support a “native worker.” We should devote as much to witnessing to the heathen as we give for all purposes in the home field. The Lord stir your hearts as you read these lines and cause you so to do!

 SECRET SOCIETIES

Men active and prominent in lodges are seldom very spiritual. As a rule, when the lodge goes up Christ goes down in their devotion. The writer has a friend who belongs to nearly a score of them. It is needless to say that he is badly backslidden. Steer clear of these things. While an occasional benefit is derived from them, they weigh heavily against the soul’s highest interest.

POLITICS

You will find it difficult to retain sanctification and affiliate with the old rum-soaked, Godless political parties. Be a Prohibitionist. It is the only way you can keep out of the whisky business. If you vote with any license party, you are in the business. Quit it. Pay no attention to the popular cry that “You can’t elect anybody.” We have nothing to do with results. Our part is to do right. Results belong to God.

WALK IN THE LIGHT 

Things will be constantly coming up that you must lay aside. Possibly you did things yesterday that you can’t do to-day without condemnation. Keep under the search-light of the Holy Ghost. Seek to see yourself more and more as God sees you.

GO ON 

You will only keep the grace you now have by going on and seeking more. There are heights, depths, and breadths in the great Father’s heart that you know but little about. Press on to be filled with all his fullness. (Eph. 3:19.) If I had but one message to holiness people, it would be, Go deeper – press on to know him in all his preciousness. Exalt him more and more until your heart is a sea of glory – a garden where all the rich graces of the Spirit bloom, a temple filled with his beauty – yea, the palace from which the royal wealth of heaven’s King shall go forth to bless this old world in a thousand ways.

THE TIME IS SHORT 

Do what you do quickly. Soon you will stand before the Lord. “Shall the record be, found wanting?” O beloved, let your life tell mightily for God. Do your best through his strength for this poor, blind, wretched, sinful world. God grant it may be so. Amen.

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I knew that God in his Word had spoken

That the power of sin could all be broken,

The soul held captive, yet be free:

Lord, is this blessing not for me?

 

Must I go on in sin and sorrow.

Clouds to-day, sunshine to-morrow?

First I’m sinning, then repenting;

Now I’m stubborn, then relenting.

 

With anguish wrung I cried, “My God!

Is there not power in Jesus’ blood

To work in me a perfect cure,

To cleanse my heart and keep it pure?”

 

O yes, my love will take you in;

The blood will keep you pure within;

Will wash away your guilty stains,

And cleanse till not one spot remains.

 

And there I stand this very hour

Kept by almighty keeping power;

Temptations come, the blood’s my plea,

The precious blood now cleanseth me.

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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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There's a big selection of Evangelical tracts
available in many different languages.

If you need tracts for your outreaches please
contact us.
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in meeste tale beskikbaar. Ook
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