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A Voice in the Wilderness
"Our true wisdom is to embrace with meek docility, and without reservation, whatever the Holy Scriptures, have delivered." "Want ons wysheid moet niks anders wees nie as om met ootmoedige leersaamheid alles wat in die Skrif oor gelewer is, sonder uitsondering te aanvaar.""Want onze wijsheid moet niets anders zijn dan een met ootmoedige leerzaamheid omhelzen, en dat wel zonder uitzondering, van al wat in de Schriften geleerd wordt."
-Institute. 1, 18.4."
A Voice in the Wilderness
The Reformed Truth is a storehouse of Biblical Truths that are designed by former Charismatics for the renewing of those minds captive in mysticism and unbiblical teachings. It is a tough battle that can only be won by the graceful intervention of the Holy Spirit that takes the truth of Scripture and apply it to our lives.
We all have a theology. If you say you believe in the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ you are speaking theology. Theology is the language of your faith about God. Theology is important in the sense that in order to have a sound practice of theology you need to have a sound Biblical base that is according to Scripture Alone. Find out what is true spirituality, what is the truth about the end times, how to interpret the Bible and resources how to do missions effectively. Use the contact form for answers and comments. Read the Poems, that can bring changes to deception. The articles have helped us by grace to bring us to a deeper understanding of the things of God and give true spritituality.
We pray that you will be patient and study at least some of the articles in the light of Scripture and that the Father of all Lights will illuminate your understanding by the Holy Spirit so that you will be a more effective and true witness to His Son Jesus Christ.
Neither may we consider any writings of men, however holy these men may have been, of equal value with those divine Scriptures, nor ought we to consider custom, or the great multitude, or antiquity, of succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God, since the truth is above all. (Belgic Confession, Article VII.)
Why? Because theology essentially deals with the truths that humans do not possess and therefore need to be given (Roscam Abbing w.d.:181); and because it deals with truths that are not the result of human thought, but which were revealed by God (cf. Mt. 16:17; 1 Cor. 12:3; Gal. 1:11). Who for example contaminates the revelational character of the Scripture by replacing it with a theology of experience, thus contaminates the core principle of the reformed view of Scripture and therefore also reformed theology (cf. Klooster, 1979:46, with reference to Barth; Berkouwer, 1974:67; Spykman, 1992:74).
Reformed theology does not only refer back to the theology of the past, but also carefully accounts for the theology of the present day. It even accounts for the more critical theology, it pays attention to Bultmann and Barth, Moltmann and Pannenberg, the Charismatic and liberation theologies, and even the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox theologies. Reformed theology investigates these theologies seeking for moments of truth - which can be appreciated - but it does take an opposing stance (even harshly) towards every theological view that fails the test of Scripture. In doing so reformed theology also possesses a polemic and apologetic character.
Reformed theology will carefully busy itself with its interminable task, a task which, to my opinion, is formulated slightly limiting in article 18 of the Church Order. (Article 18 states the responsibility of professors to train ministers of the Word, interpret the Holy Scriptures, and defend the pure doctrine against fallacies and heresies.) Where Ridderbos (1968:191-197; cf. Wentsel, 1981:31-32; Bosch, 1992: 8-23; Smit, 1992:88-110; Burden, 1994:135-137) relates the practice of theology to three aspects (faith, church and kingdom), I am of the opinion that there should in fact be four aspects:”
“Prof JH van WYK” extracts from “The Relevance of Reformed Theology Today”
Gal 1:6-9 "I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed."
2 Cor. 11:3 "But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-- you may well put up with
2 Thessalonians 2:15 Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.
Jude 3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
From the quotes from theologians and from the Word of Truth it is not only scriptural to defend our faith apologetically against the unconverted but more important to inform our brethren of the fallacies and heresies that is so rampant in the church today.
It is therefore the objective of this website to bring reformation to the Church of Jesus Christ in terms of exposing false gospels and heresies in order, not to bring new revelation or truth but bring refreshment to old truth, the traditions of the Apostles on the foundation of Jesus Christ that biblical reformed theology taught because it is theology according to Sola Scriptura.
How do we defend false doctrine?
Standing on the foundations of Jesus Christ and the building that the Apostles laid.
2 Corinthians 6:7 By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left,
Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Quenching burning arrows of unholy fire.
2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
Reformational Spiritual Warfare
Spiritual warfare is with the Sword, the Word of God and the shield of given Faith that quench every fiery dart of the wicked in our right and left hand. This age old battle is against the onslaught on the Word of God, the twisting of scripture, the misinterpretation, the pulpit crimes and the attack on the character of God in Jesus.
Unbiblical Spiritual Warfare
Nothing is new under the sun, Mysticism, Gnosticism, Altered state of consciousness, slayings in the spirit, unholy strange fires phenomena, binding of Satan that is already bound, doing spiritual warfare that Jesus has done two thousand years ago. Mass ecumenical meetings with its transformation strategies also do unscriptural spiritual warfare that does not bring honor to God. Proponents of some heretical teachings claim they are god’s in the image of new age apostles and prophets that will do what Jesus and his apostles failed to do and establish God’s rule on earth in the form of Kingdom now and Manifests son’s of God theology. Yet the Bible says that you are mere men. Do you mention these theologies to traditional theologians in their ivory academic chairs they exhibit no or little knowledge of such strange unbiblical theologies. Neither do they speak out against such heresies in the name of so called ecumenical tolerance. These horrendous errors that have its diabolical conception in Postmillennialism (see Eschatology diagrams) will be practically supported by so called Joel’s Army that will be triumphant over Satan and God’s enemies. Churches and Theologians would rather keep the status quo and handle fallacies diplomatically instead of prophetically speaking out. Where is the Voice in the Wilderness against such heresies and their heretical proponents of these false gospels that is shamelessly being declared and shamelessly accepted? Maybe the answer is that they are partakers and supporters of new age unbiblical strategies and for the sake of joining the masses and not losing members, they participate. Standing for Truth will bring persecution. We as Christians will be persecuted when we stand for Truth. We will not compromise.
What kind of Heresies and False Gospels?
There is the profiteering in the blood of the lamb by means of selling books that represent the other gospels; some books are worse than witchcraft because they promote spiritual adultery. Miracle Crusades, Hyper faith name it and claim it, wealth, health and prosperity gospel erroneously teaches that the more you give the more health wealth and success you will have. Proponents of these false gospels take money from widows and the poor to support their unholy doctrines and affluent lifestyles. Today we have highly paid clergy instead of tent maker ministries. Read the articles on profiteering on the blood of the lamb naming the culprits and what these televangelists, heads of non profit organization, charismatic leaders and also some of the Reformed leaders earn and see who they are by name. Those that give to the rich according to the Bible are under a curse of poverty.
Prov 22:16 He that oppresseth the poor to increase his riches, and he that giveth to the rich, shall surely come to want.
Other errors takes the form of Dispensational eschatological views that promote a separate salvation plan for the Jews and a thousand year earthly reign of Jesus with a secret coming to rapture the church from tribulation on earth. These errors are easily refuted and corrected by spiritual understanding and interpretation of the Bible. Proponents of these heretical errors are so deeply involved with the popularity and monetary gains that they will not repent of the false doctrines.
Recently attacks on Redemption by promoters of the Jesus seminar, the Judas gospel or the Da Vinci Code precursor those that profiteer on deception and is part of end times great falling away.
We must defend our faith pulling down the strongholds of false gospels with Biblical Truth.
The Bible is a book of the history of the redemption of mankind presented in the biblical theology that is supernaturally revealed to those whom God chose. Satan has sown his seeds of doubt on the Word of God and presenting Jesus as sinful. The gospel is then of no effect as an unholy God could not redeem us.
That is why in these days when Satan is allowed to test the true church it is imperative that we take up our shield of faith to quench those fiery onslaughts on the church.
We need sound biblical theology which is our language of our faith about God. As Thomas Aquinas say Theology a Deo docetur, Deum docet, ad Deum ducit. Is taught by God, teaches God, leads to God. Our Theology is directly in relation to our Missio Praxis. If our theology is another gospel not according to the inerrant Word of God then it is logical that what we will practice will be error, deception, heretical and misrepresent God, that is, to use His name in vane. Saying what God never said, doing what God never intend us to do. From the definition of Theology as the science relating to God follows the necessity that it is based on supernatural revelation. Only in so far as God chose to reveal Himself to us can we truly know Him. This is not mysticism it is reality. Reality is not what we see, but what we perceive is shadows, types, symbols, of what is the real world and Kingdom. The spiritual is the authentic.
In order to know how to answer and defend our faith we need a sound basis from which to work and that is the foundation that Jesus Christ laid and the doctrine of the Apostles. The doctrine that the Reformers in the Great and only True Revival proclaimed
Jesus is the ultimate Prophet, Mediator and Defeater of Satan in the Battle of Ages; the Spiritual Warfare that crushed his head on the cross. Christ has been revealed for the redemption of mankind; all prophecies has been fulfilled no more new revelation, personal prophecies will be given or new prophets and apostles will be raised in these last days as the heretical Manifest Sons of god proclaims. Only God will get the glory and no man will get credit for his salvation. “It is finished” said Jesus, no more adding to the Word in whatever form will be Biblically acceptable. Only counterfeits in these last days of the Church history where Satan is loosed, when his lease is made longer and the great falling away of the church in deception and another false gospels with it’s new age paradigm shifts, it’s myriad of diabolical mutations. These other gospels and its proponents are represented by churches bringing the world into the seeker friendly and therapeutic churches. “What can God do for me?”
Their spirituality is actually centered on literal earthly kingdom, material, health wealth and prosperity instead of true spirituality of the true blessing of receiving eternal redemption. True spirituality is the understanding that God has sovereignly accomplished redemption for mankind, that we have received a spiritual Kingdom and are passing through this present church age as aliens that do not inherit any earthly richness but spiritual richness from the spiritual poverty and the healing of sin sickness. That we are saved by Grace alone by Faith alone and by Christ alone that is true spirituality.
Tue spirituality understands that the Jews expected a Messianic Age and that was fulfilled when Jesus the ultimate and only Messiah appeared. We are truly in the Messianic or church age the Millennium only it is not as everyone expected an earthly Kingdom but a spiritual Kingdom not understanding spiritual interpretation. The Jews, the Juduaizers, the dispensationists and the postmillennialists all expect or want to establish and earthly reign now, but the reformers and the early church new that the Kingdom has been realized spiritually and we are waiting for the coming judgment and second and last coming of Jesus after the tribulation.
We shall expose refuting with sound hermeneutics and principles of how to interpret the Bible these false and other gospels and its proponent so rampant in the Church age that Christ reign. The strong man has been cast out of heaven after being defeated on the cross and bounded so that his goods can be spoiled. Articles. There is no end to the strategies of Satan to attack sound doctrine that prevents deception. Satan does not waste time on his own disciples but works in the church sowing wicked lies, twisting scripture the same as he did with Jesus in the desert temptations.
Reformation tradition means true spirituality
If the brothers and sisters of so called traditional churches only understand spiritually what they really possess in terms of true spirituality then they will not be deceived into other gospels that misrepresent God. They will not run after the “spirit” with unbiblical ecstatic and aesthetic worship that is not rational but only titillate the flesh thinking that it is the Spirit of God. The seeker friendly therapeutic churches rely on entertainment and unholy strategies and not on the Holy Spirit to draw people to Christ. Going back to these mega churches in 5 years time few of those you will recognize because people get despondent because the god that they represent did not deliver what the deceivers falsely proclaimed. They did not prosper when they gave their entire fleece to the church, they did not get healed because they did not muster up enough faith and they are second rate Christians because they did not get baptized in the spirit and speak in tongues. They are delivered from demons but still plagued with the same problems. They have been slain in the spirit for a quick fix and the problem reappeared seven fold. More that half those that get “saved” in these churches do not serve God anymore. Some by the grace of God find true spirituality back in reformational teaching when they realize that the God of the Bible is sovereign and on the throne and not man, that Jesus redeemed them and they need not work for their salvation and reach God climbing steps to holiness and earthly blessings for rewards but we as reformers understand that God is their reward.
Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
When they realize that they are totally corrupt non posse non pecarre, not able not to sin and depend on Jesus alone, by Faith alone, by Scripture alone, by the Grace of God alone for the Glory of God alone for eternal salvation. That God initiated their salvation and that Jesus laid down His life for his sheep only and that God chose them sovereignly and predestined them to become son’s of God and keep them faithful to persevere to inherit eternal life. It is only then that we can be truly humbled by our inability, our helplessness before a sovereign God and that we can be truly grateful for the Merciful and Just God.
We have to be true to the teachings of Scripture. We need to interpret Scripture with scripture and in context. What does Scripture say and not man, sound principles of interpretation need to be adhered to. Often we say that we should not read Scripture through the glasses of any denominational creed but when one do so with reformed lenses one finds a theology that witness with the Spirit and it is supported by Scripture. When one understands spiritually the FIVE SOLA’S and THE FIVE POINTS OF THE SYNOD OF DORDRECHT then it is unlikely that one will wander off to greener grazing because the True Shepard is at the reformed pastures to nurture and protect the flock. This grass is sweet, this grass let you mature, these pastures give you true peace and rest.