Many people in our country are feeling quite anxious at the moment. Racism, greed, corruption and violent crime seem out of control.
What would you say South Africa needs most of all right now?
Is it a better education system; fairer distribution of economic resources; more understanding between cultural groupings; an end to all corruption; more practical love and care between the rich and poor; or the apprehension of criminals?
I dare say that all these things are sorely needed.
But what we need most of all is the gospel of Jesus. Because only the gospel can save and transform people – for this world and the world to come.
Once people are saved and transformed by Jesus, one will see the good things, listed above, happening more and more.
If we believe this, then our priority should be gospel ministry. Our extra time, energy and income should be invested in the gospel – helping people find eternal life.
Continue reading Investing with the real long-term view
Often as Christians we’re discouraged by sin in our lives. We’ve come to faith in Jesus, we’ve received the gift of the Holy Spirit and we want to life lives that honour God.
And yet we still lose our temper, still succumb to sexual sin, still covet our neighbour’s donkey or BMW, still tell lies, still steal lustful looks, still gossip at work, and still think racist thoughts. We continue to sin.
We may be overcome with a sense of failure and disappointment.
We may lose our assurance that we belong to God.
Continue reading The Christians’ struggle with sin
Modern spirituality claims that it is possible to know God through a variety of ways: whether it be a spiritual encounter, private conviction or an angelic spirit-guide.
God is like buying groceries – it doesn’t really matter which supermarket you shop at, as long as you get bare essentials. Some people might prefer Spar, or Woolworth’s, or Pick n Pay – different strokes for different folks.
This approach to spirituality is by no means new. It’s as misguided today as when the Apostle John first wrote his letter of 1 John.
The trouble was that many of these false teachers or antichrists were promoting their opinions under the guise of Christianity. The false teachers spoke about Jesus, the Spirit and God; but what they were saying was not true. They sounded Christian, but they were antichrist.
Continue reading 4 signs you’re an antichrist
Many churches today have embraced the new sexual revolution in the name of love.
“As long as people love one another and are true to themselves”, is the new battle-cry.
These LGBT-affirming churches say that they are very loving and caring to affirm same-sex relationships, same-sex marriage and the notions of transgender and gender fluidity.
Churches and church leaders not affirming LGBT relationships are lampooned as bigots, homophobic and hatemongers.
In stark contrast, the letter of 1 John in the New Testament (the letter of love!), says that the LGBT-affirming churches and leaders are not acting in love, but rather in hate, because they are not telling those in their care the truth about sin.
Continue reading The hatefulness of LGBT-affirming churches
Gurmeet Ram Rahim is a charismatic Indian guru known as one of the so-called Indian godmen.
These godmen, who follow a strain of Hinduism, have a high-profile presence, have thousands of devotees, and claim to possess paranormal powers. They claim to have attained a higher level of spirituality.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim was convicted of rape a few weeks ago – which led to large-scale riots by his followers resulting in 28 people dead and 250 injured. It turns out that he and his close followers were involved in the sexual exploitation of many, many girls.
He is a self-proclaimed teacher, claiming a higher spirituality, deceiving and exploiting others.
Unfortunately, we have a similar phenomenon in the Christian world as well: self-proclaimed teachers, claiming a higher spirituality, yet deceiving and exploiting others.
Continue reading Does your church talk about sin?
In the first Century, there were a lot of fake forms of Christianity doing their rounds.
The Apostle John wrote 1 John to say that those beliefs are false, but what his readers had was true, authentic Christianity.
We too are inundated with fake Christianity.
I’m not referring to the easily-identifiable wrong ideologies of Islam, Buddhism or New Age spirituality, but false teaching spreading in the name of Christianity.
Continue reading Fake Christianity
“Fake news” is a newish term that’s in circulation today.
Fake news is a type of journalism that consists of deliberate misinformation or hoaxes.
Fake news is written and published with the intent to mislead in order to gain financially or politically. Often with sensationalist, exaggerated, or patently false statements.
Many people think that the gospel about Jesus is fake news.
Those who believe the gospel are considered at best naïve, or at worst: extremists. The gospel about Jesus is considered to be a fabrication intended to deceive.
Are Christians propagators of fake news?
The New Testament book of 2 Thessalonians says, “no”.
Continue reading 7 Truths about the Gospel we proclaim