Indian floods, idol worship, and The Way to Salvation

On June 21, 2013 a catastrophe took place in the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand (which is known as the ‘Land of the gods’ with Hindu shrines built high in the mountains) as can be seen by the photograph below of a submerged idol of the Hindu ‘lord’ Shiva which stands in the flooded River Ganges in Rishikesh. Monsoon torrential rains have caused widespread havoc in many villages and towns across northern India, leading to flash floods, cloudbursts, and mud landslides that have taken the lives of many inhabitants and devotees, and left scores of people isolated, stranded and destitute in this Himalayan region. Many have lost all they possessed. Destruction has come at a huge cost where many blame it on the greed of man, raping the countryside of trees and others have lost all due to their unwise actions of building their houses and other buildings on the flood-plains.

Shriva Flood 1

Here is an online article that shows the pain, suffering, loss of possessions, the devastation that prevailed and the loss of life and death that followed: MailOnline at the Daily Mail in the UK. Another report appears at this link today, June 29, 2013: Over 10,000 people killed in monsoon floods in N. India. The following quote appears at this latter link: “”More than 100,000 flood survivors, mostly Hindu pilgrims, have been rescued till date. People have been evacuated from many parts and rescue operations by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force are now focused on those areas where still 4,000 people are stranded,” a senior government official said.”

Here is a short history of who this idolatrise god Shiva really is that can be found in part, as recorded here, at Wikipedia:

PHOTO - AP

PHOTO – AP

Shiva is considered the supreme deity, the ultimate source and goal by the Saivite sect. The Pashupati, Shaiva Siddhanta and some other sects view Shiva an equal to, or even greater than the Absolute (Brahman). Shiva’s character, unlike Vishnu is ‘ambivalent,’ as he can be a moral and paternal god, or a god of outsiders, of those outside the Brahmanical mainstream, worshipped in various ways. Several Tantric cults are also associated with Shiva.

In classical Hindu mythology Shiva is the god of destruction, generally portrayed as a yogin who lives on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas. His body is smeared with ashes, his hair piled up in matted locks. He wears an animal skin and carries a trident. A cobra often serves as his garland and the crescent moon as his hair ornament. He has a third eye, kept closed in the middle of his forehead. He may be surrounded by his beautiful wife Parvati, and their two sons, the six-faced Skanda and the elephant-headed Ganesha.

This is a description of what the One True God Almighty, calls an abomination – evil and wicked. This ‘god of destruction’ is not a god that could save his Hindu devotees. Destruction came and he could not help. He was useless with calamity taking place around him. Here is a wonderful Story that God tells us in the Holy Bible where His prophet Elijah met with the idolatrise Baal worshippers, and shows His power, as it is written in 1 Kings 18:21-40 ~

1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.

1 Kings 18:22 Then said Elijah unto the people, I, even I only, remain a prophet of the LORD; but Baal’s prophets are four hundred and fifty men.

1 Kings 18:23 Let them therefore give us two bullocks; and let them choose one bullock for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under: and I will dress the other bullock, and lay it on wood, and put no fire under:

1 Kings 18:24 And call ye on the name of your gods, and I will call on the name of the LORD: and the God that answereth by fire, let him be God. And all the people answered and said, It is well spoken.

1 Kings 18:25 And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under.

1 Kings 18:26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made.

1 Kings 18:27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked.

1 Kings 18:28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them.

1 Kings 18:29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded.

1 Kings 18:30 And Elijah said unto all the people, Come near unto me. And all the people came near unto him. And he repaired the altar of the LORD that was broken down.

1 Kings 18:31 And Elijah took twelve stones, according to the number of the tribes of the sons of Jacob, unto whom the word of the LORD came, saying, Israel shall be thy name:

1 Kings 18:32 And with the stones he built an altar in the name of the LORD: and he made a trench about the altar, as great as would contain two measures of seed.

1 Kings 18:33 And he put the wood in order, and cut the bullock in pieces, and laid him on the wood, and said, Fill four barrels with water, and pour it on the burnt sacrifice, and on the wood.

1 Kings 18:34 And he said, Do it the second time. And they did it the second time. And he said, Do it the third time. And they did it the third time.

1 King 18:35 And the water ran round about the altar; and he filled the trench also with water.

1 King 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word.

1 Kings 18:37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the LORD God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.

1 Kings 18:38 Then the fire of the LORD fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.

1 Kings 18:39 And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces: and they said, The LORD, he is the God; the LORD, he is the God.

1 Kings 18:40 And Elijah said unto them, Take the prophets of Baal; let not one of them escape. And they took them: and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

We also read of another account in Judges 10 where Israel has once again turned from serving and worshipping YHVH and turned to serving the idol gods of Baalim as we read, as it is written in verses 10-14 ~

Judges 10:10 And the children of Israel cried unto the LORD, saying, We have sinned against thee, both because we have forsaken our God, and also served Baalim.

Judges 10:11 And the LORD said unto the children of Israel, Did not I deliver you from the Egyptians, and from the Amorites, from the children of Ammon, and from the Philistines?

Judges 10:12 The Zidonians also, and the Amalekites, and the Maonites, did oppress you; and ye cried to me, and I delivered you out of their hand.

Judges 10:13 Yet ye have forsaken me, and served other gods: wherefore I will deliver you no more.

Judges 10:14 Go and cry unto the gods which ye have chosen; let them deliver you in the time of your tribulation.

Are you reading and hearing what God is saying. Whilst the loss of any life should be grieved we can learn from the Holy Word of God – in the Holy Bible – that the Creator of the world brings about judgment even in this present age to all who do not fear Him and who do commit heinous crime against Him by their doings. We read in Psalm 9:16 ~

Psalm 9:16 The LORD is known by the judgment which he executeth: the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

We learn much from God’s Word and how He dealt with His people Israel. When ever Israel revolted and rebelled against Adonai (God) in idolatry, God brought correction through Judgment. There is an ‘old saying’: “If you do not want to listen, then you must feel!” And feel Israel certainly did. But the lessons to be learnt is that God doesn’t just bring His Judgment against the Jew – He also brings Judgment against the Gentile – the common man that sins against Him. The Judgment against the Jew and Gentile in the Holy Scriptures is an ensample (example) of what will happen if we do not fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14). We should clarify a very important doctrine here. God disciplines and chastises those that belong to Him (Leviticus 26:27,28), those who believe upon His Son the Lord Jesus Christ as a loving Father who corrects and disciplines His children with chastening (Hebrews 12:6-8), but God judges with wrath the unbelieving heathen who rejects His Son the Lord Jesus Christ, who chooses to follow other gods and are friends of the world which disqualify themselves and make them enemies of God (James 4:4). That is why we are warned to flee from idols. This doctrine is also encapsulated in Jeremiah 10:24 where we should seek discipline in correction, but not by God’s wrath, as Matthew Henry records in his commentary, so eloquently: “If the Lord has directed our steps into the ways of peace and righteousness, let us entreat him to enable us to walk therein. Say not, Lord, do not correct me; but, Lord, do not correct me in anger. We may bear the smart of God’s rod, but we cannot bear the weight of his wrath.”

Here are further indictments against idol worship:

Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

Exodus 20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:

Exodus 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;

Exodus 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

Psalm 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

Psalm 115:2 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is now their God?

Psalm 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Psalm 115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

Psalm 115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

Psalm 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

This is the result when idol worshippers, who want to hold to their religious practises that go against God’s Word; then they become full of wrath, even murderous in their evil actions which is not the work of the One True God the Father, but the demonic work  of their father the Devil who wants people to worship gods and to rebel against the authority of their Creator God, as we read ~

Act 19:23 And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

Act 19:24 For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

Act 19:25 Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

Act 19:26 Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

Act 19:27 So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

Act 19:28 And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

We also read how God reveals His wrath from heaven in Romans 1:18-25 ~

Romans 1:18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Romans 1:19 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.

Romans 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

Romans 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.

Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,

Romans 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:

Romans 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen.

God is Holy, Perfect, Righteous, Good, Sovereign, Just, Omnipotent, Omnipresent, Omniscient, the Ancient of days, the Truth and a Consuming Fire who will judge this world in righteousness. God commands us mere mortals to live perfect (Matthew 5:48) and holy (1 Peter 1:16) lives before Him in the fear of God (Ecclesiastes 12:13,14; Philippians 2:12; 1 Peter 1:17).

The only way of escaping God’s wrath on Judgment Day, is through repentance toward God, and our faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 20:21). It is only through the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ that a sinner can escape the wrath of God. Peace has to be restored between a Holy God and sinful man. Man made religions expect mankind to work and do religious practices before gods (idols) trying to work their way to being accepted, but the God of the Holy Bible has already done all to save His enemies from His wrath by offering His grace (unmerited favour) through faith (a gift of the Holy Spirit) being His gift (Ephesians 2:8,9) to sinners, that if they will be humbled by His Law (Galatians 3:24) and call upon the name of His Son Jesus Christ (Acts 4:12) through repentance (the goodness of God – Romans 1:4) God will save you and in no wise cast you away, as we read as our Lord Jesus the Christ speaks ~

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

Matthew 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

If God Almighty is speaking to your heart now, call upon Him to save you. For that is the reason why our Lord Jesus Christ was crucified, died, buried and resurrected to life so that we too may have everlasting life. It comes at a cost. You must die to self and your religious works, and put your faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ alone. REPENT of your sins today for that is your only hope.

Newsflashes and Rhetoric Comments #1

This is the first edition of a new reporting from the frontlines that will deal with specific news events and rhetoric comments made by readers of daily newspapers, especially those of The Witness and The Weekend Witness newspapers here in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. From time-to-time I will be writing in to the editor of my local read sending in responses to “Our Readers Write” at letters@witness.co.za. My responses will deal with the secular issues and then move to the Spiritual, giving the Holy Biblical solution through the Gospel of God. The journalistic reporting by this ministry will appear in its entirety at this blog as the editor of the aforementioned newspapers “reserves the right to edit and shorten letters.” From time-to-time we will make comparisons from any letters forwarded for publication and those that actually do appear, and also to respond to any follow up comments by the readers. Much blasphemy and false teachings are printed in the press, so we encourage the brethren to please join in fighting the good fight of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written:

2 Jonn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

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FIFA Recognition of rogue state

I REFER to a letter titled “FIFA recognition of rogue state” (The Witness, June 26) written by Cassim Mahomed Jasat. We will first deal with the secular and then with the spiritual aspects thereof. It shows the bigoted and uninformed rhetoric that Jasat uses. Firstly, the accusations stating that the U21 soccer championships were held in, quote, “the rogue state of Israel” is not concerning why a European soccer championship was held in Israel, which is not part of Europe but the Middle East. No, it is one of Mahommedan hatred speaking from a Palestinian view point against Israel. What Jasat needs to understand is that due to the Middle Eastern conflicts against Israel, FIFA decided to include Israel in the UEFA Confederation in the best interest of harmony between nations of conflict, a sporting body that shows more judiciousness than the governments of sinful nations. This is also where Israel plays their World Cup qualifying group matches against European opposition and who is also incidentally a part of the European Championships. And Palestine would have had to qualify, but they are not in the UEFA Confederation. Go figure. Jasat’s issues are therefore of a religious nature and not of a football sporting one and he should do well to separate religious political agendas from sporting events, something our politicians can learn from, too.

65Secondly, your comment that Messrs Blatter and Platini, quote, “have openly announced their support for a state not recognised by the majority of the world’s countries” is of an Islamic slur and one of anti-Semitism against God’s chosen nation, just as the Nazi’s did under Hitler. When God gave the Torah and the Law of Moses to His people Israel, prophesies came to pass that they would inherit the promised land through the patriarch Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob (Israel) just as YHVH said He would. Salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22). There is truth in Jasat referring to “world’s countries” rejecting Israel. This truth has been fulfilled by prophesies where nations will rise up against God’s chosen people Israel in the end days. The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God, was an Israeli Jew, who will return when you least expect Him and He is coming back to judge this world in righteousness. The Holy Scriptures tell us in John 3:18 ~ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And in Romans 8:1 it reads ~ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

In conclusion, for much more can be written, unless religious sinners repent and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ they will perish for all eternity in the lake of fire. On the Day of Judgment it will not matter whether the U21 soccer championships took place in Israel or not. What will surely matter is whether you were born-again of God and your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 20:15). That Lamb is a Jew who will return as the Lion of Judah!

GARY STEPHEN CROUS

Pietermaritzburg

(Israel)

Nelson Mandela and the Iconic man

130610Madiba46664jpgIt is with a grieved heart that we pen this article. It is day seventeen (17) since June 8, 2013, when ex-president of the Republic of South Africa Mr. Nelson Mandela was admitted to Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria for a recurring lung infection. The medical prognosis does not look good at all, in fact it looks very bleak even with all the professional medical practitioners at hand, whilst the presidential administration has also given us news that ‘Madiba’ now finds himself in a critical condition. An article that appeared in The Witness newspaper today reads: “Zuma: Madiba’s condition is critical”. Other press reports: “Zuma: Mandela remains in a critical condition” and “Presidency: Mandela in critical condition“.

Whilst the South African President Mr Jacob Zuma has called on the local and international communities to pray for Mandela, which we would understand that in this request it is for a “healthy recovery,” the question arises: How is that going to help? We need to see what God says about this!

Firstly, the tens of thousands upon thousands of religious groups, sects, cults, organisations, et al, do not all pray to the same God – NO! Not at all! This is confirmed and reflected in each of their religious practices, belief systems, ideologies and faiths that the gods of religion, to which the world over are requested to pray to, are not the One True God of Creation. ALMIGHTY GOD, YHVH, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob (Israel) is not the One True God that all will be praying to!

We also read of the One True God in Exodus 3:6; 6:2,3; as follows:

Exodus 3:6 Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.

Exodus 6:2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

Exodus 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

This is where the problem lies. God gave commandment that His creation should have no other gods before Him and that they are not to make any graven image in the likeness of things in the heaven, of things on the earth and of things under the earth, and they are not to worship and bow down to them – that would be gods in deity and idol form and image. This is the case throughout the world today with all these religious practices – idolatry prevails. It is also an abomination that not only will wicked and evil mankind adopt praying to these false gods thinking they are praying to the ecumenical ‘God’ – the TRUE God of Creation will not hear these blasphemous prayers, and in fact He will turn His ear from the babbling of the masses. Here is a clear indictment that God brings against His people when Israel did not want Him to rule them, but they wanted a king to rule them. In 1 Samuel 8:18 we read, as it is written in the Holy Scriptures which is God’s Word:

1 Samuel 8:18 And ye shall cry out in that day because of your king which ye shall have chosen you; and the LORD will not hear you in that day.

This is sadly the case what we have today where governments rule through presidents, prime ministers, monarchs, emissaries and the like, governed by man made customs, traditions, commandments, laws, statutes, edicts, acts and decrees, instead of living and abiding in the Commandments and the Way of GOD ALMIGHTY! You see, be it an individual or a people group, hear the Word of God you stiff-necked generation:

Jeremiah 7:16 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.

Jeremiah 11:14 Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up a cry or prayer for them: for I will not hear them in the time that they cry unto me for their trouble.

Do not be blaspheming GOD ALMIGHTY with your ecumenical debauchery, for HE will not hear your pleas in prayer. You have been warned! You have done ill in your doings in the sight of God. You think by your much speaking you will be heard. Oh foolish generation of vipers. Let HIM speak:

Micah 3:4 Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings.

Secondly, you the worldly enemies of God have made Nelson Mandela an idol, an icon that has been worshipped and raised upon a pedestal, you have bowed to him and worshipped and revered him as a god. GOD ALMIGHTY has this to say to your idolatrise behaviour that not only includes the person of Nelson Mandela, but the graven images made by men’s hands fashioned out of gold, silver, stone, wood, plastic and many other materials:

2 Kings 17:8 And walked in the statutes of the heathen, whom the LORD cast out from before the children of Israel, and of the kings of Israel, which they had made.

2 Kings 17:9 And the children of Israel did secretly those things that were not right against the LORD their God, and they built them high places in all their cities, from the tower of the watchmen to the fenced city.

2 Kings 17:10 And they set them up images and groves in every high hill, and under every green tree:

2 Kings 17:11 And there they burnt incense in all the high places, as did the heathen whom the LORD carried away before them; and wrought wicked things to provoke the LORD to anger:

2 Kings 17:12 For they served idols, whereof the LORD had said unto them, Ye shall not do this thing.

2 Kings 17:13 Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets.

2 Kings 17:14 Notwithstanding they would not hear, but hardened their necks, like to the neck of their fathers, that did not believe in the LORD their God.

Thirdly, whilst prayer can be made to the One True God in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ for physical healing, this can only be done through the One mediator who makes intercession between God and men by the man Christ Jesus, as we read:

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

If one does not believe in Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the Son of God and God in human form, then you are condemned already as we read, as it is written in the Holy Scriptures:

John 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

John 1:2 The same was in the beginning with God.

John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.

John 1:4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men.

John 1:5 And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.

1 John 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

Our prayers are to be first and foremost for the saving of the soul of a person. If God so wishes to heal a person physically according to HIS will and purpose, so be it! All Glory belongs to GOD ALMIGHTY and physical healings is not something mere mortals can demand of God. Whilst God can heal as HE pleases, we should be praying for God to grant HIS grace and save a soul. That is the greatest miracle any person can receive is receiving eternal life. As the Apostle Paul was speaking about true believers in God, we read in Romans 14:7-9 the following:

Romans 14:7 For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

Romans 14:8 For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

Romans 14:9 For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

Fourthly, if all religions, differ in their theology, customs, traditions and commandments, and have rejected GOD ALMIGHTY’s way which is bringing glory to and through HIS Son Jesus the Christ, be assured GOD ALMIGHTY does not hear your feeble attempts of trying to be heard with your much speech. In the end times, which we are clearly in, the ecumenism that prevails where all the man-made religious systems of the world that are controlled by the

MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. (Revelation 17:5)

the whore of Babylon the Roman Catholic ‘mother church’ can not reach God as it is idolatrise before GOD ALMIGHTY and HE will not hear you. This is what we see continually on the SABC news that the popish men of the cloth are pushing their agenda to no avail on their part. God will be glorified even in the destruction of wicked men, women and children for every knee should bow and every tongue should confess Jesus Christ as Lord to the glory of God the Father:

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

Philippians 2:7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

Philippians 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

Philippians 2:9 Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

Philippians 2:10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

Philippians 2:11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

We, my brother Lungisa Zondi and myself (Eastern Cape Mission and South Africa: Hilary Clinton pops in for lunch), have on a few occasions tried to have an audience with Nelson Mandela to make sure he understands the true Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and to call him to repentance towards God and his faith towards our Lord Jesus Christ, as we are still aware that he needs to repent for the ungodly laws that he promulgated as the then President of South Africa, which includes acts that allow abortion, homosexuality (same-sex marriages – The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa guarantees equal protection before the law to all citizens regardless of sexual orientation) and idolatry (religious freedom). Mr Mandela, true repentance will show a brokenness over one’s sins and a recanting of past abominations. These are three abominations that are leading citizens of South Africa straight to hell should they die before Judgment Day and ultimately into the lake of fire. You have been forewarned. Here is a further indictment against South Africa and the world community at large:

Isaiah 66:4 I also will choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear: but they did evil before mine eyes, and chose that in which I delighted not.

South Africa, Repent and Believe upon our Lord Jesus Christ – it is your only hope! Penduka!!

Answer to Blaque

Another comment that needs to be corrected appeared at “The Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ HERESIES” (please read first) posted on August 15, 2012. The following comment from Blaque was received on June 16, 2013, quote:

“People like this Gary guy annoy me. I’m sure they are the ones that hate the idea that Jesus was a Black man and a human being. Born again con artists! U clearly have a problem and u hate Nongqunga. If its not zcc or Shembe nw its Tacc. Please leave people alone. There are many other religions why not address them. U have issues with anythng that has to with black people especialy if respects and acknowledges ancestors. Hayi Gary leave us alone with your “interpretation”.”

Repent and Believe South Africa ministries respond as follows:

Dear Blaque

Thank you for this comment. It is a shame that you are annoyed by the Truth that is being proclaimed! It is also clear that you do not believe the Truth and it would appear that you have never read the Bible for yourself. This is the problem that arises when you trust in a false apostle to interpret the Scriptures on your behalf. Have you never read John 4:22 ~

John 4:22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

The Lord Jesus Christ, the Redeemer is a Jew of the nation of Israel (Jacob). He is not a “Black man” as you allude. Many people have even foolishly referred to Him as being “African,” for that is where generally “Black men” come from, right? But they have failed to believe what God speaks of His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ of Nazareth (in Galilee). Let us see the prophetic Word of God and their fulfilments. Jesus the Christ (Messiah) would be of the seed of Abraham, through Isaac and then Jacob (Israel) as we read in Genesis 12:3; 28:13,14

Genesis 12:3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed;

Genesis 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.

We also read that the Lord Jesus Christ is from the tribe of Judah as it is written in Genesis 49:10 ~

Genesis 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

The Lord Jesus Christ would also be Heir to the throne of David as prophesied in Isaiah 9:6,7 ~

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

And He would be born in Bethlehem as it is written in Micah 5:2 and Matthew 2:1,6 ~

Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

All of the preceding references are encapsulated in the Scriptures John 7:41-43, as it is written ~

John 7:41 Others said, This is the Christ. But some said, Shall Christ come out of Galilee?

John 7:42 Hath not the scripture said, That Christ cometh of the seed of David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was?

John 7:43 So there was a division among the people because of him.

So the facts are – the Lord Jesus Christ is a Jew of Israel, a middle eastern people of origin.

Further, please understand that we do not hate Nongqunga! We do not hate our fellow man! We do however hate the evil false heretical teachings that he is involved in where millions of people are being deceived. The initial blog post that you have commented at would not have been necessary if the heresies were not publicly declared by the TACC and therefore we had to bring a public correction. This also goes for any other religious system, sect, or church that declares false teachings, of which we have previously addressed here on this blog under numerous postings and we will continue to declare the Truth without fear, favour or prejudice.

It would also be appreciated if you would refrain from your playing the racism-card. This has absolutely nothing to do with whether the man is black, green or white. Please also note that we do remember our ancestors, but God forbids speaking to, praying to and worshipping our ancestors. There is where the issue lies! An example is: My mother passed away on 29th February 2012. I do fondly remember her, and even think about the things she did for me and how we related to one another during her life-time, BUT I WILL NEVER now attempt to talk to her in her death, pray to her in her death or worship her in her death! Nor would I try to use her as a mediator between God Almighty and me! For here is what God’s Word says ~

1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.

Deuteronomy 18:10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch,

Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer.

A necromancer (see definition below at the foot hereof) is a consulter with the dead.

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To end off with your last statement – “Hayi Gary leave us alone with your “interpretation”.” It is so difficult to just let falsehood go unchallenged. Reading your statement made me immediately think of a secular song by Pink Floyd titled “Another brick in the wall,” which lyrics go like this:

We don’t need no education;

We don’t need no thought control.

The dark sarcasm in the classroom;

HEY! Teacher! Leave us kids alone.

All-in-all it’s just a ‘nother brick in the wall.

All-in-all it’s just a ‘nother brick in the wall.

That is exactly it – mind control! People don’t want the TRUTH, so they would rather believe lies! Yeah, that is the work of the Devil!

Please repent, sir. Ukupenduka!

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nec·ro·man·cy
(nkr-mns)
n.

1. The practice of supposedly communicating with the spirits of the dead in order to predict the future.
2. Black magic; sorcery.
3. Magic qualities.

[Alteration of Middle English nigromancie, from Old French nigremancie, from Medieval Latin nigromantia, alteration (influenced by Latin niger, black) of Late Latin necromantia, from Greek nekromanteia : nekros, corpse; see nek-1 in Indo-European roots + manteia, divination; see -mancy.]

necro·mancer n.
necro·mantic (-mntk) adj.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Updated in 2009. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.

Answer to Malibongwe

Another visitor’s comment that needs to be corrected appeared at “Doctrine of Demons” (please read first) posted on September 1, 2010. The following comment from Malibongwe was received on April 11, 2013, quote:

“mr gary. i believe this calls upon us to think as academics and not as fanatical thinkers. i canot express my anger in words right now, nt angry at u but to the comunity at large. 4 it tears my heart apart wen one throws accusations that are not supported by any hardcore sources.not being in defense of the nazareth faith. since u are using the bible as a reference. did u knw that the bible was not compiled by god but by mere mortals in the council of nicea? did u knw that many of the things there are not recorded historicaly? did u knw that the 4 gospels were not writen by the apostles? did u knw….? plz research about yo religion which i`m sure would help. before blaming people. even if they were wrong what would that have to do with u?”

Repent and Believe South Africa ministries respond as follows:

Dear Malibongwe

Thank you for this comment. However, whilst you hope to address this issue in an academic fashion, you have failed academically by denouncing the Truth which is what is being proclaimed here by the Repent and Believe South Africa ministry. What “hardcore sources” do you require? The Holy Bible IS the Word of God as “Thus saith the LORD.” To say it is not is to call God a liar! Read what God’s Word says:

Romans 3:4 God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

1 John 5:10 He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.

The Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek autographs have over the centuries been discovered and been compiled as the Holy Bible. Men have painstakingly transcribed the text over time until such time as the printing press was able to bring us the Holy Bible in book-form and we no longer have to “keep” the Scriptures in papyrus-scroll form.  We know that God Almighty is the Author of His Story (History). Obviously, if one studies the Holy Scriptures you will find that God recorded historical events with names, places and times throughout before they even took place by fulfilled prophecies, which you can incidentally also confirm with the fulfilled historical events recorded by historians and scribes alike outside of Holy Writ. [Please view the History of the Bible Video.]

If you as one of the “Nazarene-faith” do not believe the Holy Bible to be God’s Word to His creation, then by what authority do you go? Remember what the Lord Jesus Christ said about making the Word of God of none effect by reading, as it is written in Mark 7-9,13:

Mark 7:7 Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Mark 7:8 For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do.

Mark 7:9 And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition.

Mark 7:13 Making the word of God of none effect through your tradition, which ye have delivered: and many such like things do ye.

Please show us what we have written to be untrue! What has been written, has been written, and we glorify God Almighty by His Word revealing the error of man’s traditions, customs and commandments by quoting His Word.

Please also note that it does matter what people believe, for if they have been taught incorrectly and believe a lie, their souls will be judged on Judgment Day and their consequence is eternity in the lake of fire. (See Revelation 20:15). Only uncaring, unloving people do not care about a person’s eternal destiny!

Sir, please repent. Ukupenduka!

Dr. Stanton of Genocide Watch

The Independent Afrikaner Self-determination Expedition (OASE) released this video of Dr. Gregory Stanton, Chairman of The Genocide Watch. News conference at the Transvaal Agricultural Union in Pretoria, South Africa, 2012/07/26.

You will not find this type of item broadcast on SABC Television News here in South Africa, neither will you find this being mentioned at government rallies like “Youth Day” or “Day of Reconciliation” or “Freedom Day.” There is a sinister agenda being waged against the South African white farmers (Boeres) where the murders are evil, depraved and of utter wickedness, where bodies are mutilated beyond recognition.

There is a Genocide prevalent here in South Africa. Repent of thy debauchery for True Justice will be done on Judgment Day before God Almighty!

genocide

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒɛnəsʌɪd/
Definition of genocide

noun

[mass noun]

  • the deliberate killing of a large group of people, especially those of a particular nation or ethnic [racial, political, religious] group: a campaign of genocide [count noun]:news of genocides went unreported

Derivatives

genocidal

Pronunciation: /-ˈsʌɪd(ə)l/

adjective

Origin:

1940s: from Greek genos ‘race’ + -cide

A False Christ

An article that appeared in the Weekend Witness dated Saturday, June 8, 2013, here in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, ran a story that was titled:

‘Jesus’ needs help

ESHOWE: Man claims to be Christ

An African man named Moses Hlongwane (57) from the kwaKhoza area believes he is the Messiah. The full article can be read at this Link. For this man to claim that he is ‘Christ,’ is blasphemous, but his false claims prove the Holy Bible to be True where the Scriptures read, as it is written:

Matthew 24:5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

Obviously, Mr Hlongwane has not read the Scriptures, and although he says he is the ‘Christ’, he has not understood the very Words of the True Lord Jesus Christ, who is the Author of His Story (History) when one reads:

Matthew 24:25 Behold, I have told you before.

Matthew 24:26 Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers; believe it not.

Matthew 24:27 For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.

Matthew 24:28 For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered together.

Matthew 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:

Matthew 24:30 And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.

This certainly will not be the first or last time that foolish men will profess to be the Lord Jesus Christ. The aforementioned article also makes reference to a Queensland Australian named Alan John Miller who professed to be ‘Jesus Christ’ and his ‘wife’ Mary Luck was in fact ‘Mary Magdalene.’ And then there was also David Koresh, who led the Branch Davidian religious sect, who believed he was the son of God. This world is truly full of evil and wicked people who are just plain wacky! And they need to Repent!

The Royal Agricultural Show, the Ukhozi FM Concert and the Comrades Marathon

This report is written, not to bring any attention to ourselves as mere “fools for Christ”, but to give and bring all honour and glory to our One True God Almighty – YHVH, Adonai – our Lord Jesus Christ! May our Lord God receive the glory which He is due for we are told in Scripture that the whole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments, as we read:

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

The Royal Agricultural Show 2013

During the last days of the Royal Show – leading on from our initial report earlier – we have much to bring glory to God and also show the depravity of man and his sinning ways. Whilst preaching outside the showground and giving distribution of Gospel literature to the hordes of people coming and going, we were unsurprisingly, as was the case in 2012, approached by security guards bearing a message from the Royal Show CEO Mr Terry Strachan informing us that we are not permitted to be evangelising outside on the public walkway, as can be heard on this audio. Whilst we preached the Word of God and was told to leave by Mr Strachan, incidentally on his watch in the showground the following events unfolded, which were termed in The Witness newspaper under a heading: “Week of mishaps at Royal Show.

There were three major mishaps that were reported on, which we bring to your attention –

  • On Saturday May 25, a motorcycle biker Mike Oyston (19) suffered a broken leg while performing a stunt when he crashed during a freestyle demonstration, shattering a leg after miscalculating a jump.
  • On Sunday May 26, two visitors to the show were injured when a rogue cow escaped from its enclosure. Waterfall resident Terrance Galloway sprained a hand when he was knocked over by the cow, which was eventually caught.
  • The third was the tragic death of a five year old boy Simphiwe Mbense who was killed on Thursday May 30, 2013, on one of the “funfair” rides known as the “Music Box.” Whilst we preached and handed out literature before and after this calamity to young school children, the death of this young boy was unknowingly happening right there. We recall also how a teacher escorting some school children actually said to me that the pupils are too young to understand the booklets, but we implored the children to at least give it to their parents or someone older to read it to them. The Gospel needs to be given, look what took place! Life is fleeting!

Whilst we stood at the traffic light pedestrian crossing, we had observed on more than three occasions that the ER24 medical response ambulances either arrived or departed the show grounds with lights flashing! To Mr Strachan shame on you for trying to “shut down” the preaching of the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ Who is the Only One Who can give life. To anyone who is accountable before God and who dies without the Lord Jesus Christ, they will go to Hell! Jesus said you must be born-again to see the Kingdom of God (see John 3:3).

Whilst we did move from our initial position of standing on the public sidewalk to the opposite side of the road, it was by God’s providence and grace that many more people would receive the Gospel through the spoken Word whilst waiting to cross the busy road and much more Gospel literature was distributed. Praise be to God alone!

The preaching is offensive to unbelievers! What we encountered were mockers and scoffers of God, men and women who reviled the preached Word. But there were also Christians who vocally praised God for His Word being preached in the open-air giving Him glory!

On Saturday June 1, we saw what religion really is all about. There was a manifestation of demonic activity that took place upon the streets of Pietermaritzburg. Brother Lungisa Zondi had been preaching salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ alone, exclusivity through the Son of God, when we were standing together afterward talking when a young twentyish Hindu man approached Lungisa sticking his finger in Lungisa’s face cussing him out with the most devilish and churlish profanity telling him that he cannot speak out against Hinduism! It was then that I confronted him and told him that he cannot speak to us with such filth and asked whether he “prays to his god with that mouth?” He then started making accusations against us for preaching in Christ’s name and against Hinduism and he was threatening towards us. We realised then why our Christian brethren are persecuted and martyred to death in countries of the Islamic and Hindu religions. He continued to threaten us with violence as he left in a tirade of anger and aggression showing us obscene signs as much more profane filth poured out of his heart through his mouth in the presence of anyone who was present, including women and children, saying he was going to fetch his Hindu friends and come back and show us what Hindus can do! That is what religion is all about. It is not speaking and discussing the convictions of your faith and trying to prove that what you believe in is true, but that the way to deal with Truth is to get rid of it by force. Demons do not fight alone, they come in force – there has to be a group of them! It is cowardice, it is the way the Devil, Satan the serpent operates. By the grace of God, we were not confronted or assaulted by them later for they never returned. God revealed the true condition of sinful man!

The Ukhozi FM Concert

The same debauchery that took place last year, unfolded again on the closing day of the Royal Show. Here is an audio preaching against the drunkenness of this generation.

communityaudioPreached outside Gate 7 at the Royal Agricultural Show on the closing day which has the Ukhozi FM Concert. Much drunkenness and sinful behaviour is prevalent. All are called to repentance!

Here is a short report by Lungisa Zondi.

The Comrades Marathon 2013

Later we left the precinct of preaching outside gate 7 of the Showground, we headed to The Oval in Alexandra Park where the up-run Durban to Pietermaritzburg 87,2kms Comrades Marathon would end. With all our Gospel tracts / booklets given out prior to arriving there Christ’s name was still raised in and amongst the rowdy environment we found ourselves. Our Scripture reference is taken from the Apostle Paul’s call to the Corinth church to run the race of life for a crown that is incorruptible.

1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.

1 Corinthians 9:25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.

1 Corinthians 9:26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:

1 Corinthians 9:27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.

In all of this, there is much, much more that has not been recorded here.

SOLI DEO GLORIA

Answer to Relebohile

Here is yet another comment received on June 1, 2013 that needs to be addressed by the Repent and Believe South Africa ministries. This comment is in response to a blog posting titled “The Twelve Apostles’ Church in Christ HERESIES”  (please read first) that appeared on August 15, 2012.

Relebohile commented, quote:

“I wonder Gary if u think u wil c de kingdom of God while u r still in hatred with the Apostles, bcos wat u wrote here can jst tell d hatred dat u hv against the church or the leader of the church, read Jhn 3: 13-16. my qn is: do u really think dat u were gonna accept Christ if he was to cum 2u now, b careful dat u were jst gonna do de same things dat believers of his times did (read dis nd see if u r not thinking in d same way as dem, Jhn 7:27). Jst to let u knw dat de Apostles r going no where anytime sooner, read Jhn 17 de whole of it but plz read Jhn 17:20 twice, den Mthw 10:40; Acts 8:17-19; Mthw 28:18; Mthw 10:18-22 nd read wth understanding my dear brada or sista. And Jst 2help u out, Jesus Christ said the WILL of God is to believe the ONE He have sent (Jhn 6:29) not evn doz who knw the scriptures like u do my dear (Jhn 5:39). u can build ur church else where but if it is not on the rock foundation u will be jst lyk a some1 who didn’t build at all wen de rain cums (Mthw 7:24). TACC daz not preach hatred nd violence as u do, mayb if u can calm down nd giv dem a chance dey can teach u 1thing or 2, dey wil not judge u 4dey are givn d authority 2 4giv ur sins, instead dey wil giv u d love of God 4God nd Christ is only known by doz whom de son has chozn & revealed to dem, his disciples (Mthw 11:27)”

Repent and Believe South Africa responds as follows:

Dear Relebohile

Firstly, please note – It would be appreciated if you would write in eloquent English instead of the “electronic-media abbreviated speak” that can be misleading if someone doesn’t understand it. It would also help when someone wants to do a translation in “bing” or some other system, so it could help them to be a part of the conversation and understand what is being said. Otherwise, it looks just like gibberish!

I do not hate the true Apostles of the Holy Bible, nor do I hate the “false apostles” of the TACC. I however do wish that they will recant their false teachings and repent! Please understand, if any person says something that is contrary to what God’s Holy Word teaches, it needs to be examined in context. Pray to God and allow the Person of the Holy Spirit to teach you the Truth. Listen to how God brings an indictment against those that believe in “false apostles” even speaking through the true Apostle Paul who spoke to the ekklesia at Corinth as we read 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 ~

2 Corinthians 11:13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.

2 Corinthians 11:14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.

2 Corinthians 11:15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.

From what you have said from your opening statement which reads “while u r still in hatred with the Apostles, bcos wat u wrote here can jst tell d hatred dat u hv against the church or the leader of the church, read Jhn 3: 13-16” it can be seen that you have misquoted Scripture just as the TACC members have wont to do to fit with their dogma. In your context you are making it known that “the Apostles” are in question here and you equate what has been written by me to be against “the church or the leader of the church.” The word “bcos” (because) links your accusation against the apostles with them being “the church  or the leader of the church.” When you go and read John 3:13-16 you will find that it does not speak of the apostles, as it is written:

John 3:13 And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.

John 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:

John 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You see the portion of Scripture that you refer to is actually the Lord Jesus Christ speaking about Himself, being the Son of man. How can you misuse a portion of Scripture so elementary as reading it in context and not realise that it does not speak of the apostles’ church or leadership?

Sir, you go on and quote Scriptures making reference to the whole of John 17, then John 17:20 (I am not sure of the spiritual aspect of reading it twice as you requested?), Matthew 10:40, Acts 8:17-19, Matthew 28:18 and Matthew 10:18-22. These particular Scriptures do not limit the text just to “apostles” as you want them to read and understand them to be. Let us look at some of the Scripture portions you refer to with  a proper explanation ~

  • John 17 ~ This chapter can be divided into three sections: 1. Christ prays for Himself (verses 1-5); 2. Christ prays for His disciples (verses 6-19); and 3. Christ prays for all believers (verses 20-26). There is no limitation. You read from the Holy Scriptures who the Lord Jesus Christ is praying for in context.
  • John 17:20 ~ In context you can read and understand who the Lord Jesus Christ was addressing here. They are would be believers who would come to believe through the preaching of the disciples. Go to John 17: 18,19 which reads ~ “18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.In verse 20 the portion of text that says “Neither pray I for them alone,” makes reference to the commissioned disciples in the preceding verses to which the Lord Jesus Christ prayed for as He confirms that they “shall believe on me [Jesus] through their word [disciples];” [my emphasis and hereafter]. Cross reference the preceding sentence with the Holy Writ found in Acts 8:1 and 4 which read as follows ~ 1 And Saul [Paul] was consenting unto his death [Stephen]. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.” You see disciples were commissioned and it is not only given to “apostles” as you allude to. That is the whole dogma of the TACC that only “living apostles” can lay hands and impart the Holy Spirit, and read and interpret the Scriptures.
  • Matthew 10:40 ~ This text does not speak about “apostles.” It is referring to all disciples, believers upon the Lord Jesus Christ. To get context go back to Matthew 10:37 ~ “He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” And cross reference in context with Luke 14:26 ~ “If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.” Context is so important. Do not use verses in isolation.
  • Acts 8:17-19 ~ You have not considered this portion of Scripture carefully. I agree that the first Apostles of the first century did lay their hands on people who received the Holy Spirit. This was attesting signs by the Apostles to confirm the Gospel. This is not the only way that the Holy Spirit was given. At Pentecost we read where no hands were laid on the disciples by “apostles” as we read in Acts 2:1-4 ~ 1 And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Then we also read in Act 2:38 ~ “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”  In Act 4:31 ~ “And when they had prayed, the place was shaken where they were assembled together; and they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and they spake the word of God with boldness.” In Act 10:44 ~ “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.” In Act 11:15 ~ “And as I began to speak, the Holy Ghost fell on them, as on us at the beginning.” In Act 19:6 ~ “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.” But here is how you get the Holy Spirit. The Lord Jesus Christ tells us in Luke 11:13 ~ “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” You do not need a “living apostle” to lay hands on a person to receive the Holy Spirit as the TACC teaches in its dogma. That is why this is a TACC HERESIE!

There is sufficient evidence already presented from the Holy Word of God for us to discontinue with the exegesis of the other remaining Scriptures you mention. It only takes 0.01% untruth to corrupt the remaining 99.99%. TRUTH is 100% in the One True God Jesus Christ!

And to correct you sir, I certainly do not want to build a church in my name or any other name. The Lord Jesus Christ is Head and Builder of His Church. Man has made a churchianity system and put it in place calling it god (idolatry). How can you go to something which you are? Go figure!

If you have taken my love for hatred then you are deceived. Please read Isaiah 5:20,21 very carefully ~

Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!

Isaiah 5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!

Please Repent sir, Ukupenduka!

“Why” Some People Quit Going to Church

The School of Christ

The Last Exodus

by Chip Brogden

Many people are beginning to see the truth. They are beginning to see that there is a called-out remnant of people – a “Church in the Wilderness” that God is separating and calling out of Organized Religion.

And this is not a mere reaction to being hurt, or rejected, or just being rebellious. It is actually the fulfilment of a prophetic sequence of events that has already been established in the Scriptures and in the history of the nation of Israel. It is the final calling out of a remnant of Overcomers who will bear the Testimony of Jesus and stand for the pre-eminence of Christ in all things as we prepare for the return of our Lord Jesus Christ and for the inevitable judgment upon those who claim to represent Him, but do not.

These Overcomers have been called by God to forsake “Churchianity” – not to forsake the joining and assembling of the members of Christ’s Body, but to forsake the hypocrisy of the religious spirits that masquerade as the Holy Spirit. They are not forsaking the people of God, they are forsaking the counterfeit, hypocritical worship of God that Jesus Himself condemned as “vain worship” – it does not meet the Lord’s Need or satisfy God’s heart. They have rejected a religious system that is led by blind leaders of the blind. They are simply following the command of Jesus to “leave them alone” (Mt. 15:14).

Other men and women of God have seen these things in the past, but many would not speak of them openly and freely. They would only go so far and in many cases they were still very much a part of the religious system, still trying to reform it or calling it to repent. Someone like A. W. Tozer, who was a prophetic voice to his generation, yet still operated as a pastor within the religious system. That may have been acceptable in that generation, and in that season.

But we are in a different season now. The spirit of Religion is worse, darker, and more deceptive than ever. The days when you could be a part of that system and try to speak against it are over. Many men and women of God saw the truth about Churchianity but still tried to maintain fellowship, ties, or rapport with it in hopes of changing it. Often they preached the pre-eminence of Christ, but they did not make it clear what that leads to: a repudiation of everything that does not give Christ the pre-eminence, and in particular, those things that are said and done in the Name of Jesus but have nothing to do with Jesus. Perhaps that was acceptable in their generation, and maybe it was permissible to let people fill in the blanks and come to their own conclusions.

But this generation is different. What could be left unsaid in times past now needs to be made crystal clear. If you follow this revelation of Christ to its ultimate conclusion, and if you truly desire to give Him pre-eminence in all things, then you will eventually find that you have nothing in common with the religious system that man has created in His Name.

The Cloud has moved on, and if we want to live, we had better follow the Cloud. You cannot have one foot in and one foot out. You cannot go back to Egypt or get comfortable in Babylon. You cannot stop and camp out with the latest truth, when God has called you to live outside the camp. He is always leading us on.

Thank God for the men and women of times gone by who were obedient to the truth and spoke as much or as little as God would have them say. But we are now witnessing something that we have not witnessed in previous generations. What is the Holy Spirit speaking to us today? How is God leading us now? What is the present truth for our generation? And are we willing to follow the truth all the way to its unavoidable conclusion, no matter what it costs us in terms of reputation, comfort, acceptance, position, or fellowship with Churchianity?

Among those with spiritual discernment, there is an uncomfortable, embarrassing difference between the power and practice of the New Testament Church and the religious organizations and denominations that have since come into existence. What began as a living, Christ-centered faith has evolved into something far removed from what Jesus intended when He declared: “I will build My Church (Ekklesia), and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

What IS this Church that Jesus is building? What does it look like? Where is it located? Who is in charge of it? Do the religious institutions and leaders of today really represent the faith that was first given to us by Christ, taught by the apostles and confirmed by the Holy Spirit? Or has Christianity been replaced by “Churchianity”?

Some say God is calling us to restore the Church to what it used to be. They believe the answer lies in preaching, repentance, reformation, and working from within the system to repair it.

But a growing number of Christians say that the Church as it exists today was never God’s intention in the first place. They have forsaken the “old wineskins” and religious structures of Christendom to follow Jesus in the simplicity that the early Christians followed Him. They are not called to fix the system, but to come out of it altogether. They still love the people, and are concerned for the people. They do miss something of the fellowship they once thought they had. And sometimes they miss it so much that they do go and visit other churches, trying to fit in, trying to find a place. But try as they might, something in them just cannot go along with it anymore.

Who are these people? They are part of a growing number of Christians that make up a “Church in the Wilderness” – followers of Jesus from all over the world who love God, and love God’s people, but reject the trappings of Sunday Morning Religion. This mass exodus of people from the religious system is not only inevitable, it is the fulfilment of prophecy, and sets the stage for “the final chapter in Christianity” – when Jesus suddenly returns to reward the Overcomers, judge the hypocrites, and establish His Kingdom on earth.

In his newest book, “The Church in the Wilderness: What It Means to Follow Jesus Outside of Organized Religion”, Chip tears down the sacred cows and religious traditions of “Churchianity” and paints a picture of what Jesus really wants. This book includes many of his most popular essays as well as some brand new material never released.

If you still attend church, you’ll be confronted and challenged to consider a different point of view. If you don’t attend church, you’ll be encouraged to know you are not alone. But regardless of what you believe, you’ll have your eyes opened to a spiritual vision of “church” the way Jesus meant for it to be.

I am your brother,

Chip Brogden

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