Who is Got Questions?

Deborah (Discerning the World)

Discerning the World is an internet Discernment ministry based in Johannesburg South Africa that was founded by Deborah Ellish in 2008. Tom Lessing joined Deborah in May 2013. Tom Lessing founded the website "Waak en Bid/Watch and Pray" which was closed in 2013 and articles moved across to Discerning the World.

36 Responses

  1. Robbie says:

    Well, well…
    I found some errors there too a while back.

    Thank you for this Debs!
    I agree with Calvinists taking over the web. They are as stubborn as school bullies!
    NOW the book also opened on the “origin” of LS.

    Some are just willfully ignorant.
    Sometimes we win… sometimes we learn.
    Have you noticed how Calvinists expose themselves if you ask them multiple choice questions?

  2. Abe says:

    Thank you for this article. Thank you for exposing “Got Questions”. I have had my doubts about them for a long time. Nobody ever does expose them.

  3. Deborah (Discerning the World) says:

    Thanks Abe!

  4. Vanessa says:

    I enjoyed reading this article. We have been reading all your articles on Calvin and his doctrines. It has explained so much to us in handling a personal matter we have with a family member who follows the teaching of Calvin. You are brave and it cannot be easy to run a site like this. We have settled it in our hearts that the teachings of Calvin is evil. I know at times you must feel alone when running this site but there are those of us who are blessed by the articles you and Thomas post. Even if you can reach out and change the mind set of just one person it counts. There are so many many deceived and lost people out there and the numbers are getting bigger bigger. The church has lost her way but we have to expect this as the Word warns us. Our prayer is that we don’t also get deceived or puff up with pride but to stay humble and willing to reach out to others to help them work out their own salvation with fear and trembling. Thank you Debbie and Thomas for your work and diligance. People feel you don’t have love but oh how I know how righteous anger can make you come across unloving. Take care and have a blessed day.

  5. Vanessa,

    Indeed, righteous anger can make you come across to others as unloving, arrogant, conceited, judgmental and what not. And yes, it will cost you something. I have been thrown out of many Bible studies and even been attacked by a dog once when a so-called brother in Christ, who knew I was coming to his home to discuss things with him, deliberately failed to keep his dog on a leash. Hadn’t God protected me I could have been injured very seriously. Some have called me the devil incarnate or an agent of the devil. Some have wished me dead and said that God will take me out, like a sniper takes out his enemies. Some have called me rotten meat not even a crocodile will want to eat, etc. etc. etc. But what is this compared to what Jesus experienced in his life on earth?

    Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (Matthew 5:11-12)

    Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. It is going to become worse, much worse.

  6. Deborah (Discerning the World) says:

    Thank you Vanessa, I love you lots. Keep your eyes on Jesus because this ride is going to get a whole lot worse. I sometimes think it can’t get worse and wonder what ‘worse’ could be and then it gets worse.

    One just has to look at our criminal justice system here in South Africa to realise that judges are not doing their jobs (because their mindset is antiChrist and Satan was a murderer from the beginning John 8:44) and they are setting murderers free with the lightest sentences possible.

  7. Vanessa says:

    May the peace of our Lord Jesus be with you both always and yes I love you both as you are my true Brother and Sister in Christ. Hold fast and keep up the work that you are called to do. Yes we (hubby) and I know things are going to get worse.
    Your Sister Vanessa and Brother Vernon.

  8. Miles says:

    I stumbled upon this website when I was looking for information on Rex Humbard. I like this site. It seems you have a lot of information on different things.

  9. Deborah (Discerning the World) says:

    Hi Miles

    Thank you for commenting. I hope you find this website a blessing to you.

    I will look into Rex Humbard for you. Ok here is the best info so far: http://www.apologeticsindex.org/575-rex-humbard It seems he was a Word of Faith televangelist who was influenced by Kathyn Kuhlman (she was a spiritualist and had a spirit guide). Benny Hinn was also influenced by Kathyn Kuhlman. This guy is BAD news. But he passed away at the age of 88 in the year 2007.

  10. Chris head says:

    If you go to gotquestions.org and look up what is arminianism. Got questions admits to being a four point calvinist ministry in the last paragraph.

  11. Chris Head

    There is no such thing as a four-point Calvinist ministry. If you remove one of the letters in TULIP the whole things falls apart like a house of cards.

  12. Dear Chris Head

    The biggest lie Calvinism every told was that if you remove a letter from TULIP you become a moderate Calvinist instead of a hyper Calvinist. LIES!

    There is no ‘moderately’ Elect and ‘hyper’ Elect. You are either Elect before birth (CALVINIST) or not.

    As Tom said you can’t remove a letter from the TULIP because each one is built on the other.

  13. Chris head says:

    Perhaps.
    Up to this point i thought it was socially acceptable to be a 1-5 point Calvinist, but I do see your point. Either way Calvinism has nearly destroyed my desire for the true God of the bible. I am still a Christian but a pretty wounded one and this whole argument has made it difficult to wanna worship and serve and love the Lord.

  14. Dear Chris

    >> Either way Calvinism has nearly destroyed my desire for the true God of the bible. I am still a Christian but a pretty wounded one and this whole argument has made it difficult to wanna worship and serve and love the Lord.

    Hold onto Jesus Christ with all your heart and soul. It was not Him that caused these people to lie and twist the gospel. It was not Him Chris. It was Satan and evil people that did this. Draw close to Jesus Christ, only He can heal your wounds.

    love and hugs from me

  15. Eric says:

    When anyone becomes a serious student of God’s word, he/she will learn truth. If you desire to know truth, you can find it (JOHN 8:31-32). Once you learn things by study, its not too difficult to spot error. For example, a master-jeweler with 25 years experience would be able to spot, see things, recognize certain jewelry, etc. And so can the Bible student. One does not need a college degree to read and study the Bible.

    There are many, many false teachings on got questions; not just Calvinism!

  16. Sjors Roosenbrand says:

    Thx 4 the info, it helped a lot 2 get rid of the addiction called calvinism. It has been a sticky one since birth…

  17. Eric

    you said “There are many, many false teachings on got questions; not just Calvinism!”

    True, but no other false doctrine captures the mind as much as Calvinism does.

  18. robbie says:

    Any light on Justin Johnson… of Grace Ambassadors fame.

  19. Libonthung Ezung says:

    Well, we should not hate each other because of that. You know heaven is real. But you can’t be sure if there are mango trees or strawberries or alien ones. You believe in the trinity nature of God but you don’t understand it properly. You know angels exist but you don’t know how they look like. But that won’t keep you from going to heaven if you are in Christ! Likewise, talking about all these -isms is like arguing about tomato trees and strawberry trees existing in heaven. These may seem serious but they are really silly. So silly that God won’t answer them for you. Then say, what did people believe before Mr Calvin and his apprentice Mr Armini were born, way back before 1500s? The Bible holds no secret which would be discovered hundreds of years later. It’s message is simple and pain. What we don’t need, God doesn’t tell us. It is not necessary to know God fully in order to go to heaven. In fact, God tells Moses that he shall see His back but not His face. How can we know a person without seeing his face? God simply tells us that it is not possible for us to see His face. But we should be careful not to be tossed about and blown here and there by ‘every and of teaching’. We should always ‘test the spirits to see if they are from God’. Jesus is the God shepherd. He will never leave you alone.

  20. Dear Libonthung Ezung

    You said “Likewise, talking about all these -isms is like arguing about tomato trees and strawberry trees existing in heaven.”

    Seeing as though you ‘test the spirits to see if they are from God’ because that is what the Bible commands us to do, let’s do just that shall we, here are 2 questions for you:

    1. Do you believe Calvin-ism is christian?
    2. Do you believe Roman Catholic-ism is christian?

  21. Libonthung Ezung says:

    Dear ma’am Deborah,
    I don’t think I need to believe if any religion is Christian. In fact, I believe that no religion on earth is Christian. In the begining of mankind, Adam and Eve had no religion. They had the perfect relationship with God before the fall. Therefore I say, nobody can reach God through any religion. Suppose you follow ‘abc’ religion. If you do really seek God, then God will, say, send a missionary or do something and you’ll find Him. I believe ‘seek & ye shall find’ to be powerful since Jesus said it, he himself being the only way to heaven. Why should the scripture record such an obvious thing? All scripture is God-breathed. Because God has ‘set eternity in the hearts of men’, even if you think ‘abc’ religion is true, deep down inside you, you’ll not be satisfied. Look at the life of Paul the apostle. He wanted to serve the Lord and God showed him the way. (Suppose) Even if you call yourself a Christian, if you don’t seek the lord, you’ll still be (called) blind. God doesn’t want religion. He wants us. He sent Jesus to restore our relationship with him. He even tells us to love him with all our heart, mind, soul, & strength. Though I always fail to do this, my desire is for Him and I’ll not believe anyone who tells me to give God only part of my heart, mind, soul, strength. All glory, honour and praise be to God alone.
    That’s my answer for your question.
    Yo, I’m just an old teen, a schoolboy and I’m no theologian. You ask me more questions again, I’ll be nowhere. I may not have answered you to your satisfaction, but that’s all I know. This site was where I first learned about calvinism & arminianism and I commented. I mean to say, I didn’t know about all these things but I still led a happy life. Now that I’ve come to know that the world seems so complex, I think of the pharisees in Jesus’ time. I realise I never believed in any of the two before & even now, I don’t feel the need to believe in either one. Besides, nobody here seems to support arminianism either, though it is clear that this site is against calvinism. ‘Cast all of your cares on Him’. You may not see it appropriate but that’s what I’ll do for this case.
    By the way, sorry for my poor words, by -‘ism’, I was typing in no time so I meant only those two calva and armini. Looks like you’re poor too. Roman-catholic-ism is a denomination and many other denominations don’t always end with -ism, let alone other religions. Please don’t feel offended. I just don’t understand your motive behind you giving me two homeworks. What were you thinking?
    And to be precise, the theme of my last comment was about hatred.
    A very important question, which, I believe, everyone must know, I shall ask you,
    “What is the importance of believing in calvinism/arminianism?”
    Please note that this question is not an attack like how, I think, you did to me. Please don’t feel bad.

  22. Dear Libonthung Ezung

    I’m going to ignore the fact that you are trying to be a smart alec with your silly ‘reversed’ question (in a positive voice of) “What is the importance of believing in calvinism/arminianism?”.

    Please read: Testing the Spirits – True Spiritual Discernment

  23. Libonthung Ezung says:

    Dear Deborah Ma’am,
    This time I’ll be simple, please give me a link to an article which talks about calvinism/arminianism with bible verses just like that in the article you wrote about ‘testing the spirits’. Oh please do, please do.
    I am very much displeased with what you might be thinking about me because of the record I made. Oh, I wish this was the first thing I asked of you. Honest! ^_^

    I am so glad you enjoy comments, after all.
    By the way, I had no intention of reversing your question. So don’t feel bad.

  24. Dear Libonthung Ezung :hi:

    It’s ok Libonthung :smile:
    Please go here and read all articles on Calvinism – it’s a lot of information – but I pray you will soon understand that Calvinism is a very evil doctrine. The problem with Calvinism is that it preaches the truth to a certain extent and then when it comes to the gospel message of salvation – it trashes it by stating that Jesus Christ did not die for the whole world (as the Bible states) but that He died only for the Elect (The Elect are those people chosen by God before the foundation of the world to be saved, the others that God did not choose to be saved are doomed to end up in hell).

  25. Libonthung Ezung says:

    Uh, Ma’am Deborah?
    I thought you (and everyone here) were arminian. Or is it so? If you had ever wondered, that was the reason behind me asking you what the importance of believing in calva/armi was. I am curious to know what you believe in. Would you please take the trouble to tell me that?

    I am just content you haven’t written anything against what I have written so far, apart from those -isms. So, I am more than curious to know what you’re up to.

    Our way of communication is better than emails, you know. Besides, God already knows who we are and He is our everything. So, I won’t care about how many lowly creatures read my comments. I mean to say, I like comments too.

  26. Dear Libonthung Ezung

    Nope we are not Arninian, Arminian we do not follow Jacobus Arminius. All Calvinists believe that if you are not a Calvinist you are Arminian. This is just totally wrong.

    We are Christians.

    Are you a Calvinist?

  27. Libonthung Ezung says:

    :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
    Ma’am Deborah,
    No, I am not. Funny, you could’ve asked me if I was arminian, based on my writing history. Or is it because of my poor words? Alright, I’m not arminian either.
    One more homework for you: You don’t like arminianism, do you? Is there any article written against it in the light of the scriptures? Please do share. (I am asking you this because I want things which are recommended by you)

    I say again, I’m neither calvinist nor arminian. It’s my first time. I didn’t even know you were in charge here or that you even existed at all. How could I believe in something, all on a sudden, without doing research on it? I’m extremely glad you are very helpful to me. I still believe that I don’t need to believe in either or both of those -isms. Let’s agree to disagree with both calvinism and arminianism.

  28. Hi Libonthung Ezung

    Nope I don’t have any information on hand on Arminianism or Jacobus Arminius – never got around to doing an article. I know that John Wesley (who founded the Methodist church – he was Arminian and followed Jacobus Arminius). So is Arminianism actually Methodism? Most probably. You will have to go and investigate on Google. Check/

  29. Daisy says:

    I inwardly cringe when my pastor (at a non denominational church) quotes Calvin. I pray about it and think it is probably ok to quote him if he is making a Biblically true statement (just as Martin Luther obviously was used by God for good even though he was an antisemite). Like you pointed out, we should take our theology from Jesus and the Word of God. Fallible men do not make a reliable foundation ( and Jesus warned against building on sand).

  30. Craig says:

    Yes, the folks at GotQuestions are Calvinists. The Bible they use is the ESV which is also the preferred bible of many in the Reformed faith.

  31. Craig says:

    Deborah (Discerning the World) wrote:

    Dear Chris Head

    The biggest lie Calvinism every told was that if you remove a letter from TULIP you become a moderate Calvinist instead of a hyper Calvinist. LIES!

    There is no ‘moderately’ Elect and ‘hyper’ Elect. You are either Elect before birth (CALVINIST) or not.

    As Tom said you can’t remove a letter from the TULIP because each one is built on the other.

    I had a believer in Calvinism tell me in a post on another site forum that a hyper Calvinist is one who believes that witnessing to the lost is a waste of time because God has already chosen who will go to hell and nothing can change that.

    So-called “moderate” Calvinists will share the Gospel.

    I had a friend who went from Mormonism to the Reformed Church. She joined me one time to witness to 2 Mormon elders who had come to my door. After that, she refused to talk to them again. She said their destiny is already sealed and more sharing of the Bible would be futile.

  32. Silvana McGill says:

    Miles wrote:

    I stumbled upon this website when I was looking for information on Rex Humbard. I like this site. It seems you have a lot of information on different things.

    I have been using got questions for a while now and today it something told me to see who they are and that’s how I found this page.
    I was curious about what my church is starting and that is the spiritual gifts series. In our small study group, there is a man that will just start speaking in tongues. I researched in the Bible and found that the tongues were not this gibberish I have been hearing from this man. In the group I said doesn’t there need to be an interpreter and what is this language? It doesn’t sound real to me.

    What are your thoughts on this as I’m getting more confused about what is the right church? This is my third church in ten years.
    Thank you.

    Thank you.

  33. Dear Silvana

    Please read our article on Gift of Speaking in Tongues, Prophecy and Healing :smile:

    The right church is the Bride of Christ, She is not part of any concrete building. Christians are spread all over the world, experiencing the same things you are right now. In these last days, children of God are finding the narrow path A Very Lonely Path

  34. Brady says:

    [DELETED BY DTW – You said; “I’ve dealt with Deborah and her husband before. They don’t speak in grace, and they throw out verses and then block you so you can’t interact with them.” note: “Deborah and her husband”? :laugh: That’s really funny. You lie, your comment was posted here and I, Deborah replied to you very nicely over here and Tom (not my husband) replied to you very nicely over here. If you were blocked you would not have been able to post this comment of yours, but seeing that you can’t tell the truth, you are now officially blocked. Bye/ ]

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