Friday, 10 March 2023

The god that smiteth thee

Today I am ranting …

I am saddened by the fact that so many people still bear the scars of religion.

Some even decided to move away from any intimacy with God all together.

Yet, others have chosen to stay incarcerated, stuck in the chains and shackles of religion embracing its sorcery, the deception and defrauding of the open Truth.


The damage is real.

Wednesday, 15 February 2023


I sometimes wonder how the institutional church interprets Immanuel.

God with us.

God in us.

God present.

… and then, looking at what is preached, I wonder … who is this God?

Is it the same God that Isaiah prophesied in Isaiah 7:14?

Is it the same God quoted in Matthew 1:23 and Luke 1:35 when the prophecy was about to be fulfilled?

Is it the same God who promised never to leave nor forsake us in Hebrews 13:5?

I wonder

Is this God the same Parakletos promised by Jesus as the One who would teach us, lead us, comfort us, guide us, and abide in us forever? (John 14 & 16)

‛immânû'êl (עִמָּנוּאֵל) - from the Hebrew composite word êl for Elohim or Mighty God and the word im meaning in; with; overshadow; before; beside; for all … (Strong's concordance). The word-picture denotes: perceive the mighty (blood) of life secured by the leader ashering.

But the deception was real

When I was an intercessor (and later chief-intercessor) in one of the institutional charismatic churches I attended way back when, I was made to believe that the Spirit of God is fickle. He comes and goes as He pleases and you never knew when He might show up, leave or what He would do.

We were also made to believe that, apart from all the other things we had to do to become righteous and holy, when praying, we had to push through to get to be in the presence of God. This was very seriously likened (and visualised) to first getting into the courtyard of the temple (temple of Solomon) the way the priests had done in the old covenant. Then, still praying, once we were spiritually in the temple courtyard, we had to push through to the temple building, then through the doors, the holy section, through the vail and into the holy of holiest until we reach the ark of the covenant where we had to pour out our hearts.

It was tough!

No one ever made it!

But later when I thought of it … we all always made it, whether we pushed hard (whatever this entails) or whether we did not push at all.

Once the matriarch of this institutional church, suspecting that we did not do it quite right, invited a very prominent prophet/intercessor/overseer to come and assess the situation and instruct us.

And then it was easy

By this time the HS had already started conversing with me, teaching me that all the wailing, travailing and shouting, pushing and stumbling, crying and calling, and following rules and recipes was a waste of time and effort. It was nothing but religious hogwash!

So, by the time the great overseer/prophet came to visit, I had already convinced the prayer group to pray differently. Our prayers transformed to giving praise to God for what He had done. We started declaring the truths of the Word of God and more specifically the finished work of Jesus Christ over all situations and circumstances.

And we did not push into the holy of holies! We went straight in to sit on Abba’s lap.

When she enquired about our ways and methods of praying, this is exactly what I explained to her. She was absolutely stunned. And although she did not approve of our methods, we could see that somewhere, somehow the penny had dropped.

People in authority will seldomly allow you to listen to someone else

Shortly after our inspection I had a fall-out with the matriarch's son. He was the other pastor and refused to preach more on Jesus’s finished work. My family and I left their church, much distressed at the time, but all well and ready for the real Teacher to take over in our relationship with Jesus.

So, I don’t know whether or not the great overseer/prophet came to accept that all culminated in the finished work of Jesus Christ.

I don’t know if she ever influenced that particular church to tell the attendees more about the finished work of Jesus and His great Grace.

I don’t know whether the new lead intercessor still lead prayers that conform to man-made traditions and prescripts.

But there is hope

But my hope is that any and everyone who attends a service, or pray or participate in that particular church will be taught by the real Teacher to come to the full measure of faith (Romans 12:3) so that we come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Eph 4:14-16

Friday, 3 February 2023

Pray the perfect prayer

When it comes to prayer, most people are clueless.

Let me be the 1st one to admit that I cannot pray a near perfect prayer.

In my pre-relationship days I tried. Moving from the conservative protestant to the Pentecostal and Charismatic denominations, I also moved from praying in one way as taught to praying in another way as taught by man.

Most of us do not realize that we pray according to what we were taught and the examples that we got and are still getting. Our prayers are learned behavior emanating from mostly indoctrinated and conditioned thinking and conduct.

Praying is not what we think

Thursday, 26 January 2023

Violent screams and violent accusations

I live In South Africa, one of the most dangerous countries in the world.

Violent screams pierced the dark early morning

The other night we were woken at 3am in the morning by the petrified screams and shouting of a woman in the neighbourhood. On our social media groups we shortly discovered that there was an armed house robbery in the street just behind us.

We did not hear the shots fired … only the screams that went on and on for what seemed to have been several minutes.

These are some of the shocking realities when you live in a country where human rights are violated all the time and with no regard for human life, neighbourly love or well-being of others.

Why am I writing this post?

Sunday, 8 January 2023

The Gospel is bâśar

What many believe to be the Gospel, is in fact not the Gospel … but rather some cooked-up message that hinges between good and evil, depending on how you feel at that specific time or point in your life … or what someone else makes you believe at the time.

But the Gospel is not that at all …

What is the Gospel?

Thursday, 29 December 2022

The poo-free Gospel part 3 - Uncomplicated

I am a devoted student of the fundamentals and birthplace of all things, the core and bedrock construction whence everything that we know originates from. Go back to the beginning and you are likely to find out what is ticking …

We continue in this post, having left off in our previous post looking at the poo-free-Gospel. In this post we look at what the Gospel is in its purest form, the way Jesus pronounced it. We'll get to that just a little later in this post … so, read further.

Moving from poo-induced to poo-free

Monday, 26 December 2022

Refined by fire?

During the week someone posted a message on social media about a Malachi 3 message that seems to imply that we are being refined in the fire … God places us in situations that burn away the muck so that we can become more like Him!


Really? After what Jesus did? Still?

It is always a good idea to get the context when reading, and especially when quoting verses in the Bible.

But here is the soppy social media story first:

[soppy social media story starts] There was once a group of women studying the book of Malachi in the Old Testament. As they were studying chapter three, they came across verse three, which says: “He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver.”

Tuesday, 20 December 2022

Celebrate Hanukkah ... or Christmas?

Many feasts from many cultures and religions are celebrated during the months of November and December each year.

Hanukkah is up towards the end of November, early in December. Christmas follows on 25 December.

The list goes on and on. There is Diwali early in November, Saint Nicholas Day on 6 December, Rohatsu (Bodhi Day), Calan Gaeaf day,  Posadas NavidenasSolstice day on 21 December celebrating the winter-born king and the rebirth of the sun, Mōdraniht day, Yalda on 21 December, Zarathosht Diso day on 26 December, Holy Innocents day on 28 December ... and many, many other man-made worship days.

Most of them (if no all) are of pagan and occult origin and dedicated to their elusive pagan gods.

Are we to celebrate these ... some ... maybe ... just a little bit ... any of them?

Maybe, just a little?

Thursday, 15 December 2022

Exact day of the birth of Christ

Towards the end of each year the season of feasts arrives in many cultures around the world. It is yet again that time of the year.

In a confused world, ask yourself what are you celebrating?

Look at the feasts of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Muharram, Dasara, Mawlid an Nabi, Christmas, Diwali, Muharram, Ashura, Rohatsu and many others.

They all celebrate something or some one other than Jesus …

Friday, 2 December 2022

Rejecting the poo-message - now what? The poo-free Gospel part 2

The subject question of this post is somewhat ambiguous, but I don’t want to state so early in this post that you should skip to the end if you know the answer.

Between rejecting the infused, mixed-Gospel and accepting the Gift unconditionally, there is a part that Paul explains so beautifully to the Galatians (and us) from where we left in the previous post. (see the previous post here)

Paul, as you remember correctly, was referring to the undiluted word of Truth (2 Corinthians 2:17, James 1:21), mixed with nothing but Faith (Hebrews 4:2).

In the previous post we caught up with Paul explaining how that there is an accursed Gospel preached by trouble-makers, mixing the pure Good-News Gospel with poo (law, rules and doctrine), the latter being a toxic, deadly mixture that should be discarded immediately. We read his message in The Message Translation.

In this post we’ll continue with Paul’s explanation on what to do once we’ve decided to reject the poo-induced Gospel to receive the pure Good-News-Gospel. We’ll read from both The Message and the KJV.

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