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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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!

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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

Die Ware Evangelie

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Welkom by die eerste Afrikaanse artikel op For the Love of His Truth. Indien u in kennis gestel wil word van ander Afrikaanse artikels wat op hierdie blog verskyn, kliek op “Sign me up!” heel bo in die regter kolom op die tuisblad.

Mag die God wat genadig en barmhartig is vir jou begelei deur sy Gees tot alle waarheid, kennis, insig en mag u sy genade begryp in Christus Jesus.

1.      Die plan van God met die mens en skepping 

Openbaring 4:11 “Here, ons God, U is waardig om die heerlikheid en die eer en die mag te ontvang omdat U alles geskep het; deur u wil het alles ontstaan en is dit geskep.” 

God het geskep omdat Hy wil skep. God skenk dit aan die mens om te geniet en te gebruik. Isaiah 45:18 So sê die Here, Hy wat die hemel geskep het, Hy wat alleen God is, Hy wat die aarde gevorm, gemaak het, dit gereed gemaak, geskep het, dit gevorm het, nie om leeg te wees nie, maar om bewoon te word: Ek is die Here; daar is geen ander nie

Die mens is geskape om in die lewe van die mens, God te weerspieël.  Eseg.20.41”Ek sal my in julle as die Heilige laat ken voor die oë van die nasies.”  

Die mens was by sy skepping wel met die moontlikheid, maar nie met die noodsaaklikheid van volharding in die goeie nie, toegerus.  Bybels gesproke is dit egter so dat die mens nie hoef te misluk nie, maar wil misluk, en daarom is sy ondergang nie sy lot nie, maar sy skuld. Continue reading

Charismaticism: fraud, lies, arrogance and deception

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Grant Swart

Since the initial publishing of the accompanying article, significant developments have taken place within the charismatic movement, and none for the better. The deception and lies of this enormous cult have taken on far greater proportions and the claws of the heretical movement have been sunk into a much broader section of, what is seen to be, the Christian faith, with damning, tragic and devastatingly sad consequences.

Even significant parts of the Reformed church, much of which was regarded as the guardian of relatively ‘safe’, conservative and sound doctrinal Christianity, has been infected by this cancerous and Satanic movement. New Calvinism, or Reformed Charismaticism, is fast becoming the latest fad in many church circles, who seem to have become bored with upholding the truth in the Word. Increasing the support for this demonic charismania, we have international conferences, the enormous influence of multi media and “heavyweight” proponents such as John Piper, CJ Mahaney, Kevin De Young, Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, Albert Mohler, Tim Keller, Joshua Harris and Ligon Duncan driving the deception deep into the flesh of the church.

The fact that so few church leaders are speaking out CLEARLY and without ambiguity against this deception is cause for great concern to believers. It is even worse when our spiritual leaders are prepared to support and embrace the lies, fraud, arrogance and deception of these ravenous wolves in the charismatic sphere of the church.

The subtle horror of this deception is leaving great gaping wounds on the hearts of our people. The lifeblood of the church continues to bleed away, yet the faithful know that at the core of the church, Jesus Continue reading

GET ANGRY! It’s the deeply offensive Bishop of Rome (Part 3)

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Grant Swart

Roman Catholic doctrine steeped in pagan tradition, and the Roman Catholic Pope, also known as the Bishop of Rome, should present every Christian saved by the grace of God with good reason to get angry. Angry? Really, should a Christian get angry over this?

Certainly, very angry indeed, as our Lord instructs. The three articles which follow below will explain. In the light of the fact that tolerance of all religious systems is taking precedence over truth, millions, if not billions of people are being duped into believing that there are many roads which lead to God, and that all religions worship the same God. Nothing could be further from the truth. Continue reading

Free-willism is clearly Blasphemy and Idolatry

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Grant Swart

Free-Willism, Legalism, Arminianism, Blasphemy and Idolatry are some of the parts which combine to form the body of a dreadful and monstrous beast which runs fiercely and defiantly through the church.

A vile and detestable thing exists, a pestilence and disease which causes festering sores to form on the belief system of many who congregate in so many churches today. Grotesquely seething and bubbling, it places a burden of immeasurable weight onto the backs of those who become infected by it. It is a virulent disease carried by a beast of biblical proportions, and which can only be eradicated by the dedicated and correct application of the Word of God. Such correct application as can only be facilitated by means of God’s free and Sovereign grace.

The phenomenal and odiferous beast has been proliferated from within the teachings of certain men Continue reading