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Christian Worldview

Use your good anger for good

Anger is a whistle-blower emotion.

Whistle-blowers spill the beans on what’s really going on in the company or organization.

In South Africa, former Bosasa COO Angelo Agrizzi, dropped bombshells at the State Capture Commission of how our ex-President allegedly accepted bribes – although still unproven in a court of law.  Apparently, Bosasa also supplied friends of Jacob Zuma with frozen chickens, braai packs, expensive whisky and Louis Vuitton handbags!

Angelo Agrizzi was a whistle-blower.

Anger is a whistle-blower: it shows us and others what’s really going on in our heart.

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False teachers

DR Church synod’s decision on same sex unions (updated)

I am saddened by the recent decision of the General Synod of the NG Kerk (Dutch Reformed Church) on same sex unions.  This official decision (9 October 2019) will only serve to create confusion around what the Bible teaches on the subject and thus be spiritually unhelpful, misleading and dangerous to people.
 
The decision refers to the appointment of office bearers and the acceptance of members regardless of “sexual orientation and identity”. 
 
The Bible never condemns sexual orientation, but only sinful sexual practice.  Christians may struggle with homosexual temptation or heterosexual temptation, but refuse to act on their temptation and desire.  This fight against temptation is to be commended.
 
The Bible also calls us not to place our identity in our sexuality, or in anything else, except in Christ.  
 
Thus the phrase “sexual orientation and identity” is unhelpful and misleading.  
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False teachers

Pastors, we are not in a talent show

I love watching America’s Got Talent.

We are spoilt for choice between ventriloquists, singers, choirs, walking dogs, magicians, dancers, acrobats, and whoever else one could think of.

The contestants obviously seek to outperform each other by being more entertaining, more appealing, and getting more Facebook likes.

A similar scenario was happening in the church in Corinth in the Apostle Paul’s day.

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Crime

When will God do something about all the violence?

As Africans, we are no strangers to crime and violence.

We have had our fair share of invaders, dictators, warlords and freedom fighters who have then turned on their own people.  Not only that, we constantly hear of assault, murder, rape, abuse and many other violent crimes.

South Africa is reeling as we are confronted on a daily basis with news of another woman or child being rape and killed.

A UCT student was raped and killed in the last week by a postal worker, in a Post Office, in the southern suburbs of Cape Town.

Many people in Africa live with this as their daily reality.

When will enough be enough? Is God concerned? When will God do something?

These are good questions that Genesis 6 helps us answer.

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Sin

Saul and the Medium of En-dor

In desperate times, many people turn to desperate measures.

It was April 1945 – near the end of World War 2.  The telephone rang in Adolf Hitler’s bunker.  It was the Minister of Propaganda on the line, Joseph Goebbels. 

He spoke to Hitler and he was ecstatic. Although the Allies were pressing from the West, the Russians from the East and soon Berlin itself would fall – none of that mattered.

He told Hitler that the stars foretold that the last half of April would be better than the first, and indeed a turning point.

Unfortunately for Goebbels’ horoscope, Hitler committed suicide on 30 April and Germany surrendered.  Goebbels succeeded Hitler as Chancellor.  He served one day in this post. The following day, Goebbels and his wife committed suicide, after poisoning their six children with cyanide.

Facing ruin, people will sometimes turn in their desperation to any resource that they think will give them hope.

Goebbels turned to the horoscopes.*

In 1 Samuel Ch. 28 King Saul turned to a medium to consult the dead.