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Ekerk’s Stephan Joubert on How To Peel a Banana

Ekerk's Stephan Joubert

Can anyone please tell me how to peel a banana?

In one of his recent articles on his blog Ekerk Stephan Joubert wrote the following little gem of  wisdom .

Piesang skil

See English translation below: 

Mary Queen of Heaven and The Dutch Reformed Church Apostasy

Rev. Attie Nel - Mary Queen of Heaven and The Dutch Reformed Church Apostasy

Rev. Attie Nel

Mary Queen of Heaven and The Dutch Reformed Church’s [Accelerated] Downward Spiral into Apostasy

Someone recently asked me “How is it possible that anyone who once proclaimed a steadfast faith in Jesus Christ can apostatize from the truth and begin to follow another Jesus and even Mary Queen of Heaven, and yet still believe that they are following the real Jesus?”

In hindsight I knew my answer was rather flimsy at the time and I felt like kicking my own rear-end for not having provided a better reason for our postmodern malady of chronic apostasy.

I must admit I felt much better when I realized that when Paul grappled with the phenomenon of apostasy he could only express his astonishment at the serious and very dangerous defection from sound biblical doctrine in the church at Galatia without giving any sound reasons.

The most amazing thing about their apostasy was that it happened so quickly. It accelerated at an alarming rate since Paul’s last missionary journey to Galatia and very soon after the false teachers began to infiltrate the church with their menacing heresies.


Leonard Sweet: Changing The Emergent Leopard’s Spots

Stephan Joubert & Leonard Sweet

Leonard Sweet and Stephan Joubert’s Emerging spots

The Bible is the most amazing, most awesome and most wonderful book ever written. No other book foretells and describes future events so accurately than the Bible. It even foretells how Stephan Joubert of ekerk and echurch fame will not be able to change his spots despite his emphatic denial that he and Leonard Sweet no longer bear the spots of the Emergent Church critters.

Jeremiah 13:23 Amplified Bible (AMP)

Can the Ethiopian change his skin or the leopard his spots? Then also can you do good who are accustomed and taught [even trained] to do evil.

Who could have guessed that not only the Bible but also a kiddy’s story written by Rudyard Kipling would relate to perfection how Stephan Joubert and Leonard Sweet never changed their spots – despite them having told us that they had discarded the Emergent Leopard’s spots – and have since learned to blend in with the usual run-of-the-mill critiques of the Emergent Church.

The Church Stephan Joubert is Building

Stephan JoubertThe Church Stephan Joubert is Building

What kind of church is Stephan Joubert building? The more I read Stephan Joubert’s articles on his sites (ekerk and echurch) the more evident it becomes that he has no confidence in the One who said,

And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18).Church Stephan Joubert

No one in his right mind can miss the meaning of his words “I will.” It simply means that “He will” and
not “you will” or “they will” or “we will.” All the other “wills” besides His “I will” usually make a huge mess of things.

Think of it: The One who created everything and still upholds all things by the word of his power (Hebrews 1:1-3), is the very same One who said “I will build my church.”

Note carefully, He did not say “I will build . . .” the Dutch Reformed Church, the Reformed Church,  the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of the Latter Day Saints, the Lutheran Church, the Anglican Church, the Apostolic Faith Mission Church, the Pentecostal and Charismatic Churches, the Emerging Church or any of the other 33 000 so-called Christian churches in existence today.

The Fragrance of Christ


Paul admonished his younger brother in Christ to rightly divide the Word of God.

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15)

The word for “divide” is (orthotomeo) and means to “cut straight.” it is said that in the Old Testament the Levite priests used a very sharp flint knife to cut open the bones of the sacrificial animals to expose the marrow to sunlight. They needed to cut straight or bear the consequences when cutting not so straight. Whether this is true I don’t know, but it helps to understand what Paul and John meant when they wrote :-

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12)

And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharp sword with two edges; (Revelation 2:12)


Idolatry: Can the blind lead the blind? – Part 3

Green ArrowPlease read Idolatry: Can the blind lead the blind – Part 2 and Part 1 

In the Emerging Church’s pantheon of idols there is one chief idol that overshadows all the others. His/her/its name is PARADOX. On page 32 of his book “New Dreams for New Realities” Nelus Niemandt defines PARADOX as follows.

YingandYangValid - IdolatryParadoxes mean that two things, that seem to contradict one another, are simultaneously true and valid. It is a case of “the one and also the other.” We live in such an “and/also” world. The one thing is true and also the other. Opposites are both true and valid. Life and reality can no longer be placed or explained in black/white categories.

The oldest known PARADOX is the one in Genesis 2 and 3.

GOD:  . . .  thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die (Genesis 2: 17)

SATAN: Ye shall not surely die: . . . (Genesis 3:5).

According to the Emergent “Confusionists,” or rather ” Crazy Mixed-up Kids,” what God and Satan said are both true and valid.

See if you can spot the paradox in the following statement:

Idolatry: Can the blind lead the blind? – Part 2

Trevor Hudson

Trevor Hudson – Idolatry

Green ArrowPlease read Idolatry: Can the blind lead the blind Part 1 

In part 1 of this short series on idolatry and the vice grip it has on the Mosaiek Church in Fairland, Johannesburg, I ventured to parallelize their view of the dangers inherent in an over indulgence in materialism, consumerism and pleasure with the Buddhist view of overcoming these temptations through asceticism, meditation practices and the mortification of the so-called false self. All these spiritual aspects are inherent in contemplative spirituality and are practiced by its followers, i.e. meditation, silence, solitude, asceticism (in the form of retreats), labyrinths, chanting (droning).

As you may recall, my entire dissertation is an evaluation of Trevor Hudson’s sermon “Letting God be God” which he delivered on March 13 at the Mosaiek Church. The most alarming thing about his sermon is that he boldly refers to the resurrection of Jesus Christ but very subtly redefines the word “repent” which is an indispensible requirement for the quickening (resurrection) of the sinner who is dead in sins and trespasses. Here, once again is how Trevor Hudson redefined repentance.

The New Way

The New Way of doing Church

In this New World we live in, there is a New Biblical World view in which Christians are poked and prodded into doing a New Way of church.

New Way

See articles:

The Third Way vs The Only Way

Third way vs only way

The Third Way vs The Only Way

Dr. Guillaume Smit, an ordained minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, has a post on his blog, now named Theology, Mission and Ministry, from Scot McKnight’s website:  Third Way Preaching and Education.

McKnight is an emergent favorite and visited South Africa earlier this year.   McKnight:

“We are pursuing on this blog a set of posts on the church’s educational ministry and how a Third Way approach to preaching can reshape and revitalize preaching’s impact.”

He recommends a book on educational theory.   His advice is that pastors develop a comprehensive set of outcomes, measurable behaviors:

Outcomes begin at the broadest level:

Love God, love others, live in the Spirit.

Then second level outcomes include concrete manifestations of those bigger outcomes:

Cobus van Wyngaard – How unique was Jesus suffering?

my contemplations cobus

Cobus van Wyngaard – How unique was Jesus suffering?

An article by a Theology student at TUKS (Cobus van Wyngaard – My contemplations blog).  This is what the University of Pretoria produces.  One needs to ask, are the students cheating on their exams or are the professors teaching this blasphemy?  I opt for the latter.

Cobus totally fails or deliberately does not want to realise that Jesus Christ took on the sin of all mankind upon Himself and God turned away from Him for a short time when he was on the cross.  This act alone was more painful than anything anyone experienced in the history of this world, no one else died for the sins of mankind Cobus, no one!


How unique was the suffering of Jesus?

by Cobus van Wyngaard

I don’t know when this question struck me the first time, but attending an Alpha course again tonight it struck me again: How unique was the suffering of Jesus really?