REPENTANCE: Legal vs. True

Repentance

Grant Swart

If our forgiveness was dependent on what we as sinners could do (or refrain from doing), in order to repent, who would be so bold as to claim that they could achieve it sufficiently as to gain recognition by a perfectly Holy God? Is repentance something we can and should do in order to be saved, or is repentance a gift granted to those who are saved by God?

All too often one hears the instruction issuing forth from religious zealots: “You must repent, you must turn from your sin, you must turn to God, or…!”. In my country, as I suppose it is in many others, many will-worshipping churches have coined a new favourite phrase: “Turn or burn!”, and in some Afrikaans congregations the translated phrase, “Draai of braai”, is bandied about with even more self-righteous enthusiasm. As if it were simply up to the listener to do the turning, and God will have no choice but to accept those who turn!

Those who do not have Christ, hear these warnings and are left terrified by their own inability to do what the preacher expects of them. They have heard the stern instructions, but have no understanding of it, no idea of where to start, or how to go about this seemingly impossible task. How can they turn to God when they do not know Him, do not know where He is, or who He is? How could they possibly repent without God’s help and without the guidance of His Holy Spirit? Continue reading

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ʼn Oproep Tot Nugterheid Vir Diegene Van Die Wegraping

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Grant Swart

ʼn Oproep Tot Nugterheid Vir Diegene Van Die Wegraping

Ander name vir diegene is:  die “Futuriste”, Literaliste. Hulle bevorder die teologie van  Pre-millennialisme en Dispensasionalisme.

Die Basiese teologie is:  Opraping of Wegraping,  Die Groot Verdrukking, die wat die duisendjare vrederyk voorstaan, die wat glo die tempel gaan herbou word, die wat glo dat Israel weer sy ou Testamentiese grondgebied gaan terugkry, die wat glo dat daar twee maniere van Verlossing is – een vir die Jode en een vir die Kerk. Volgelinge van hierdie denkwyse is onderandere die dissipels van Darby,  Schofield, Walvoord, Hagee, *[James H. Brookes, Dwight L. Moody, Hal Lindsay, Tim LaHaye, Lewis Sperry Chafer, Roger E. Olsen], Johan Malan, Johan Claasen, Dave Hunt en die meerderheid van oningeligte Christene.  

 

Inleiding

Kom ons maak dit eenvoudig so dat die individu dit kan begryp, en nie teologiese debattering nie. Dit is ʼn redelike onlangse beweging, populêr gemaak deur die fiksie flieks van die “Rapture”. Dit was nie bekend by die vroëere Kerk nie. George Müller wat die Bybel meer as ʼn honderd keer deurgelees het, sê dat hy eerder van Darby, sy vriend, afskeid neem, as van die waarheid in sy Bybel. Die, kom ek noem hulle,: ‘Wegrapers,” lewer soveel goeie apologete en stryders teen Charismate Koningkryk-Nou Triomferende Teokratiese Postmillennialiste en Finansiële Welvaart Gesondheid en Voorspoed Teologie op, maar is openlik teenstanders van Gereformeerdheid en sy skriftuurlike sienswyses oor die wederkoms. Ongelukkig, na hulle soveel goeie werk doen, is daar een groot probleem wat nie Eer bring aan God nie, asook aan Christus se lyding op die kruis wat as nutteloos beskou sal word, gedurende hulle sogenaamde duisendjarige vrederyk soos ons sal sien.

Kerk leiers bly stil, teoloë en akademici spreek nie die Wegrapers aan nie. Hanteer hulle met handskoene. Dit is ʼn baie ernstige dwaallering met ernstige gevolge. Continue reading

From Baptismal Font to Damnation

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Grant Swart

From Baptismal Font to Damnation 

– there is a road which seems right, but which ends in perdition

It is imperative that we choose the right road. Only the right road leads to the right destination. Taking the wrong road will lead one to the wrong destination, which could obviously cause great trouble.

This is true regarding most matters, but in particular it holds true regarding our eternal destination, which makes it of even greater importance. There are only two places where we can spend eternity – either in eternal glory or in eternal hell. We will either be with God for ever or we will be forever separated from His presence. Eternal joy, or eternal sorrow. Both are final destinations and there will be no turning back. For this very reason it is imperative that we make the right choice, in order for us to be sure.

It is not always simple to make the right choice, and Proverbs 14:12 warns us about a road which seems to be the right one, but which end leads to DEATH.

”There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (ESV)

”There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” (KJV)

There are many roads which seem to be right or feel right, but which do not lead to life. Let us take a look down a few of the roads which people perceive to be the right ones, but which end in eternal sorrow: Continue reading

As praat en pleit nie meer help nie

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As praat en pleit nie meer help nie –  is die Gees nog steeds daar! 

Kinders van God beleef soms baie soorte teleurstellings en moedeloosheid en selfs partykeer ‘n wanhopige gevoel van bekommernis. Die redes is veelvuldig : dinge werk nie uit soos ek dit wil hê nie, probleme so groot soos die berge, moeilike omstandighede wat eindeloos voortsloer… van die ontstellendste krisisse is egter die angswekkende feit van eggenotes, kinders, familie en vriende (selfs gemeentelede) wat onbekeerd voortleef terwyl die einde naderkom… Hulle is vasgevang in Satan se greep, verblind deur die wêreld, verlam in ‘n verlore staat… Jou gepraat val skynbaar op dowe ore, jou gedreig en gepleit het geen effek. Dit maak jou moedeloos en selfs paniekerig. Dan is daar nog die betreurenswaardige toestand van die kerk…dwalinge, morele verval, wêreldsgesindheid en laksheid wat floreer. Dit dreig om baie Christene heeltemal moedeloos of sinies te maak.

Die profeet Sagaria het vir elkeen wat so voel ‘n besondere boodskap. Sagaria self het opgetree in ‘n konteks van moedeloosheid en teleurstelling. Hy bring sy boodskap in die tydperk nadat die Jode uit ballingskap teruggekeer het na Jerusalem. Hulle het mooi verwagtinge gehad, maar als het nie uitgewerk soos hulle gedink het nie. Daar was armoede, vyande, geskille en geestelike verval. Die groot taak in hierdie tyd was om die verwoeste tempel weer te herbou, maar dit het maar broekskeur gegaan en op ‘n stadium moes die werk gestaak word. Die goewerneur Serubabel moes in hierdie moeilike omstandighede toesien dat die bouwerk vorder. Die doel van visioen van die olie en die lampe in Sagaria hoofstuk 4 was om hom te bemoedig. Hierdie bemoediging gaan egter verder as Serubabel en sy tyd, dis ‘n profetiese boodskap wat ook ons direk raak…

Die kernboodskap van die beeld van die olie en die lampe vind ons in vers 6. “Nie met mag en krag sal jy slaag nie, maar deur my Gees, sê die Here die Almagtige.” Continue reading

Charles Haddon Spurgeon: Preacher of Free Grace, or Religious Idiot?

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Grant Swart

Of course there are those who do not regard Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a preacher of solely the truth. Admittedly, no man can be perfect by his own means, and even perfect holiness is acceptable to God only through Jesus Christ. There are also those who ignorantly rummage about in the published works of Spurgeon in the hope that they will find some shards of support for their own deceived religious belief system, and thereby falsely portraying the famous and well-beloved preacher as a will-worshipping Arminian, like they themselves have been misled to be.

While many Christians have had the misfortune of making the acquaintance of some unrepentant religious idiots, nevertheless, they do exist in larger numbers and their written works proliferate throughout the digital media – their presence is evidenced clearly by the overabundance of their deceitful and misrepresentative contributions. Now, please don’t get me wrong, I do not refer to them as religious idiots because I regard my own capabilities as superior to theirs in any way. I would not dare do that, because in all honesty, many of them are highly intelligent people and some are even academic giants, with qualifications way beyond my own.

Neither do I refer to them as religious idiots because I harbour some form of hatred for them, quite to the contrary, I must have compassion for their lostness. Why would I resent them? For financial gain or for fame? No, I refer to them as religious idiots because they ascribe false man-made doctrines to the Scriptures and then they promote and cling to a damning form of religion, which is set worlds apart from Christianity. I refer to them as religious idiots because they oppose Christ. Continue reading

Die Bloed van die Here Jesus Christus

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Lay aside the garments that are stained with sin,

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb;

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean,

O be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Inleiding

Wat wil jy meer op dese aarde hê as DIT liewe mens; jou sonde vergewe en jou sondesmet afgewas in die kosbare bloed van die offerhande van die vlekkelose Lam van God. Wat ʼn rykdom, wat seëninge en dit onverdiend. Dit is soos die Woord van God sê: Meer kosbaar as silwer en goud, meer kosbaar as sukses en roem, meer kosbaar as aardse besittings en aansien, meer kosbaar as gesondheid en jeug. Om witter as sneeu te wees, om beklee te wees met reine wit, gewas in die kosbare bloed van die Lam, dit is die grootste geskenk ten alle tye, wat die grootste opoffering van alle tye geverg het; die “trane” van God oor Sy geliefde Seun wat sy lewe afgelê het, sy bloed gestort het vir sy Bruid sodat sy rein kan wees en sodat ons kinders van die lewende God kan wees.

Jes 54:5  Want jou Maker is jou Man; HERE van die leërskare is sy Naam; en die Heilige van Israel is jou Verlosser. Hy sal die God van die hele aarde genoem word

Jes 61:10  Ek is baie bly in die HERE, my siel juig in my God; want Hy het my beklee met die klere van heil, my in die mantel van geregtigheid gewikkel—soos ‘n bruidegom wat priesterlik die hoofversiersel ombind, en soos ‘n bruid wat haar versier met haar juwele.

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Die Bruid in die Ou Testament is dieselfde Bruid as in die Nuwe Verbond, al die besnedenes na die Gees. Continue reading

TELL THE TRUTH ABOUT SALVATION

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Grant Swart

I pray that it is my humble and heartfelt intent to write concerning an earnest directive which believers have been given, and that is, to truthfully pass on to those who do not know the Lord, the liberating and glorious facts concerning the means of salvation which the Gospel proclaims. When we consider all which constitutes the doctrine of salvation in the Gospel, it is impossible to disentangle it from the truth about God, the truth about men, the truth about sin, and the truth about Christ.

So often today the word “salvation” is used in very loose terms, ascribing to it many man-centered, phony ideas and fanciful doctrines which sound reasonable and very appealing to man’s conscience and which man readily accepts. Many of these are simply intended to soothe man’s guilty conscience, and leave him with a false comfort that man himself remains the ‘captain of his soul’ and in control of his eternal destiny. However, biblical truth about salvation is that man is not in any position to determine or secure his own salvation, by means of a decision or by applying his will or effort.

One is not likely to hear from the mouths of most preachers, that man is hopelessly unable to choose to follow God, or to decide to allow God into his life. Contrary to what many billboards around our country proclaim, man cannot, and indeed will never want to, turn back to God, unless he has been called to do so by God. Continue reading