WILL WORSHIPPER

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Grant Swart

Why this article?

“Will worship” and “will worshippers”. Terms I use on occasion when I write on certain aspects concerning the subject of the salvation of the sinner. It is imperative that followers of Jesus Christ understand Biblical teaching of how salvation of the sinner is accomplished, in order for them to impart the truth of the Gospel to all who would believe in Him and have everlasting life. It is our duty, and it is so because the Word of God instructs us in that matter.

Salvation can either be brought about by the effort of the sinner, or by means of a co-operation between the sinner and God, or it can be by the will and grace of God alone.

Eternal life, or eternal damnation. The biblical comprehension of this matter is ultimately important, because the means by which the sinner attains salvation (eternal life / spiritual life beyond physical death), could be determined either by a subservient God who is reliant upon the actions and decisions of the sinner, or by a sovereign God who acts independently from the eternally damned sinner whom He saves. Theological expressions for these two opposing viewpoints are “synergism” and “monergism”, but I will leave that to remain of academic interest for now, as there are other factors which would need to be included, were we to proceed along that route.

My employment of the terms “will worship” and “will worshipper”, is of course by no means unique to my writing, as there are other esteemed writers who made use of the same terms long before I did. I use the terms with specific intent, because they accurately describe the belief system of those who oppose the biblical doctrine of salvation by the grace of God alone, and who uphold the heresy that salvation is in part or in totality, reliant upon human will, works or values.

I use the terms to describe those who cling to and proclaim the pride-filled heretical and impossible notion, that salvation of the spiritually dead sinner is dependent upon a decision made by that same spiritually dead sinner, powered by his own over-valued understanding of free will and imaginary ability. Continue reading

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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