Johan van Wyk’s ‘Healing’ church faces ASA wrath
Johannesburg – A Christian church is facing action from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after repeatedly claiming to heal the blind, the lame, and people with HIV Aids or cancer.
This follows a complaint that the Johannesburg church, Solid Rock, is playing on the “desperation, ignorance and gullibility” of those who come to it, gathering large sums of money in the process.
The complaint, lodged in April this year by a member of the public, is not the first against the church.
The ASA has ruled on five previous occasions that Solid Rock has failed to substantiate its claims of people getting healed of diseases and broken bones, and has each time instructed the church to stop making them.
The latest complaint followed a church advertisement in the Northcliff/Melville Times saying:
“Bring the blind, the lame, Aids and cancer victims. 43 Crutches! 25 Walking sticks! 2 White canes from blind people! Already left behind!”
The ASA said the church’s pastor, Johan van Wyk, had submitted in response that the advertisement made no claims, and merely “encourages people to bring everybody. The crutches etc are hanging in its church so there is no false claim”.
In a ruling released on Tuesday, the ASA rejected this.
Unsubstantiated healing claims
“The respondent is clearly continuing to make unsubstantiated healing claims despite an instruction not to do so,” it said.
It said it was giving Solid Rock 10 days to make submissions on further sanctions.
Where an advertiser has “deliberately circumvented and/or flagrantly disregarded” the Advertising Code, the ASA may order that all future advertising be submitted for pre-publication vetting.
According to Solid Rock’s website, Van Wyk is the son of a Dutch Reformed minister who rebelled, joined a motorbike gang, and learned to live “in a very ungodly manner” before being saved.
The website includes testimonies from people who have allegedly been healed of illnesses.
One of them is headed “testimony of Aids healing”, from a person who claims to have been freed of HIV Aids through the power of the Christian god.
It is an integral part of Christian theology that it is possible for people to be miraculously healed of all sorts of diseases, and even to come back to life after being dead.
Church’s ad with crutches banned in South Africa
(AP) – 1 day ago
JOHANNESBURG — A South African church won’t be allowed to show crutches or canes in its advertisements after some said it was making false claims of being able to heal people.
The church, which calls itself the Solid Rock Church of Miracles, says its display of discarded crutches and canes encourages ill and disabled people to join its congregation.
But others have complained that the ads are misleading, and South Africa’s main advertising complaints body said Wednesday it is banning the ads.
Leon Grobler, the advertising body’s disputes resolution manager, said the church is now being asked to provide more information.
Revivalist and healing churches have flourished in impoverished communities of southern Africa.
ABOUT THE PASTOR: Johan & Marinda van Wyk
For the first few years of his life, Johan grew up in a parsonage as his father was a Dutch Reformed minister. His parents nicknamed him “Cowboy” and he lived up to this name, believing that he was born to be wild!
While at school he loved sport, motorbikes and of course girls. He played first team rugby, and did well in athletics and tennis.
After a religious upbringing he rebelled after school – becoming a rebel without a cause. He moved to Hillbrow where he roamed the streets, spending most of his time in the discotheques. He joined a motorbike gang called “The Barbarians”, and this is where he learned to live in a very ungodly manner.
After getting saved and baptized with the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in other tongues in 1981, he fell in love with Jesus and immediately started evangelizing, doing deliverance and getting people filled with the Holy Spirit. HE WAS NOW A REBEL WITH A CAUSE, rebelling against the devil, dead religious Christianity and traditions. [DTW note: He fell inlove with Jesus after he was baptised. Biblically it’s the other way around: You love Jesus therefore you want to be baptised. Baptism with evidence in speaking in Tongues is not biblical. See article here on Speaking in Tongues. http://www.discerningtheworld.com/2010/07/18/speaking-in-tongues Also what exaclty is DEAD religious Christianity? Does he mean Biblical Christianity? Must be, that is why his new Christianity does not resemble anything from the Bible]
He finished two years of Bible School at Rhema Bible Training Centre in 1991 and in 1992 he was ordained as an IFCC minister. He started a church in Westdene called WORLD OUTREACH CENTRE. After two years the church developed into a ministry instead of a church. Johan then ministered in America, Swaziland, Gazankhulu, Venda, Durban, Ladysmith and Cape Town. He also ministered in Boksburg Maximum Security prison for two years, as well as Townships like Soweto, Alexandra, Diepsloot and many other places.
On 21 March 1998 he got married to Marinda van Wyk. Marinda originates from Cape Town. As Johan, she also got born again in 1981. After school she decided to spend a few years in academia and obtained the degrees BComm, BComm Honours, and MComm cum laude. She started her career as a training and development specialist, moved to Johannesburg and then also did her doctorate in Industrial Psychology. Currently she is a Human Resources Manager at a Financial Services Institution. She grew up quite differently from Johan, but God’s timing was perfect when he brought the two of them together. Subsequently Marinda also completed the Diploma in Christian Counselling at Rhema Bible School and also taught at Rhema’s Healing School in 2000 and 2001.
On 7 February 2002 Johan started with meetings called “THE GATHERING OF THE DANGEROUS” which later developed into this Church called SOLID ROCK (The Church on Fire) – officially launched on 5 October 2002. [DTW note: The gatherting of the Dangerous? No where does the Bible says that Christians are dangerous. It does say: Galatians 5:22-23; “22But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness,23Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].”]
This has now become a pace-setting Church on the cutting edge of what GOD is doing worldwide. [DTW note: Oh another pace-setting church, just like Kobus van Rensburgs. God is doing nothing new worldwide. Ecclesiastes 1:9 ” What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” Satan is hoever working over time using many NEW things, gathering souls by the millions daily through churches such as this.]
Matthew 28:18-20, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
Raising the Standard of Christian Living by:
* Operating in the “Greater Works”, miracles, signs and wonders, deliverance and whatever else the Lord called us to do. [It’s really annoying when people twist scripture. The ‘Greater Works” Jesus was referring too in the Bible was in regard to the speading of the Gospel – going out and reaching nations (something that Jesus did not do as He only preached in certain areas). If anyone thinks they can be greater than Jesus Christ then they should think about the time when Jesus was tempted in the desert, where Satan came along and offered to give Jesus that which He always owned. Blasphemy and woe to those who would want to lift their toe one cenitmeter higher than Jesus Christs.]
* Developing a more intimate relationship with our Father through our relationship with the Holy Spirit, whom our Lord and Saviour Jesus has given us access to. [DTW note: Jesus has given them access to the Holy Spirit? Clearly they do not understand how the Holy Spirit works. The Holy Spirit abides in Christians, He does not hang outside Christians in the atmosphere waiting for His next command to perform a miracle.]
* Loosening the bonds of wickedness by the anointing of Christ. [Oh another twisted scripture]
* Being led by the Holy Spirit in everything and at all times. [I suppose if you are following a false Holy Spirit then they are telling the truth, otherwise they are lying, for if they did obey the Holy Spirit they would not be preaching another gospel.]
* Making true disciples of men.
* Caring for the individual: spirit, soul and body.
Isaiah 52:7, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that brings good tidings, that publishes peace; that brings good tidings of good, that publishes salvation; that say unto Zion, Thy God reigns!”
Habakkuk 2:2, “And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that read it.”
Raising the Standard of Christian Living [I have never heard such a load of nonsense in all my life. Genuine Christians do not need to be taught on ‘raising the standard’ for the Holy Spirit abides in them and with genuine Salvation comes repentance and a changing of ways. Again can I say I have never heard such a load of rubbish in all my life. I suppose if you are not saved you will need to set goals on how to live a good life, and you will used your own flesh to try abide by them – which means they will never be achieved. Now the commandment from the 10 commandments, Thou Shalt Not Lie is something that ROCK CHURCH needs to be held accountable for.]
Luke 4: 18-19 : The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
-Being on the cutting edge of where the Holy Spirit is leading and what the Lord expects from the Final (John the Baptist) Generation [DTW note: Oh the John the Baptist Generation – where have I heard this before – this is another name for Joel’s Army]
-Reaching our full potential as individuals in our gift and callings and corporately as the body, having the Lord manifest himself so that the earth is filled with His glory [DTW note: This is Latter Rain, Manifest Sons of God teaching. They are building a kingdom on earth, awaiting THE CHRIST (anti-Christ) to show up. Anyone who is not in accordance with their beliefs by then need to be removed].
-Revival: Having the Sons of GOD revealed and the Bride prepared for His coming.
[DTW note: Sons of God revealed and the Bride? There are 2? That’s news to me.]
[Here is more about SOLID ROCK CHURCH OF MIRACLES
“Raising the Standard of Christian Living. This blog is for men and women of God that want to break out of religion and experience and walk in the great power of God, healing the sick, raising the dead, and setting the captives free! http://churchofmiracles.blogspot.com WARNING PLEASE VIEW SOLID ROCK CHURCH WEBSITE WITH BIBLICAL DISCERNMENT.]
2 Peter 2:1 (Amplified Bible)
1BUT ALSO [in those days] there arose false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among yourselves, who will subtly and stealthily introduce heretical doctrines (destructive heresies), even denying and disowning the Master Who bought them, bringing upon themselves swift destruction.
A testimony from SOLID ROCK CHURCH from a person who was healed from AIDS.
Testimony of Aids healing
Hello, Pastor! I greet you in the most wonderful name of Jesus Christ. I was so glad to hear from you and surely was blessed. Before everything, I would like to briefly give my testimony to you.
Long before God adopted me in His family, I did many things, bad and evil, the world could offer. I married and had one child who was discovered born with HIV/AIDS virus and later died. After that we decided to go to the mountain in the forests seeking God for our healing, where we stayed for six months.
It wasn’t easy for us to be in the forests seeking God’s face, for six months without His grace. But in the sixth month, Heaven was open and God spoke to us that He’s healing and miraculous power to demonstrate unto the dying world that is swinging into space without hope.
Therefore, we went down for HIV test, made it, showed that we were extremely made whole (HIV negative), we’ve been traveling around the globe and seen God’s power mightily manifested in such marvelous ways.
It is my prayer to God that we meet. I’ll let you know everything about my healing, and will show you the HIV tests I had from different hospitals. I am telling you, let the South Africans get prepared for God’s power explosion. Look forward to hearing from you.
See below article for ministry called 220 Generation run by a Youth pastor Ivan Viljoen who quotes Johan van Wyk. Go look for the Quote of the Year – It’s guaranteed a laugh and a half. http://www.discerningtheworld.com/2010/07/23/the-fires-of-hell-burn-bright-for-220genergation/
Here is a video of Kobus van Rensburg from Spirit Word Ministries who uses ‘healing’ as a way to bring people to his church so he can take their well earned money.
Another unverifyable healing of a women who supposedly had AIDS.
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