Everyone’s Blue-eyed Yes/No Brain
Stephan Joubert: The New Positive Confessionist
Like so many Emergent Christians, Stephan Joubert has become so desperately besotted with all the most recent studies on all kinds of silly stuff that he has forgotten what the Bible teaches, or shall I rather say, he deliberately shuns what the Bible teaches. In one of his recent posts on his blog ekerk (echurch) he wholeheartedly endorses the research a team of neurologists have been doing on the use of the word “no” and the alleged destructive effect it has on the brain. He writes; » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
Stephan Joubert … What You Think, Is What You Are
God says that our thoughts are mirror images of what we truly are in our deepest innermost being.
“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, he says to you, but his heart is not with you”. (Proverbs 23:7)
My thoughts immediately went to this verse when I read Stephan Joubert’s article DO THE GRACE WALK on echurch’s website. He writes:
Never wait until you feel like doing nice things to mean people, because, frankly, you never will! Jesus never said you should wait until your enemies become your friends before you begin to love them. No, love them while you’re still angry at them! In other words: do good things to them and build a relationship with them while you actually feel like ripping their heads off their shoulders. Retaliate with love. Walk a second mile by giving them a glass of cold water when you’d rather want to give them a big dose of arsenic. The longer you do nice things to bad people and the more you lay the initial building blocks of new relationships, the more you’ll decipher the footsteps of God in front of you. You will become more and more like your heavenly Father. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
Stephan Joubert is constantly criticizing the Church.
In his newest blog commentary on echurch he says that the Church needs simple Simons to cure the Church. Cure the Church of what and to which Church is he actually referring? — the Roman Catholic Church, the Dutch Reformed Church, the “Gereformeerde Kerk,” the “Hervormde Kerk,” the Lutheran Church, the Church of England, the Methodist Church, the Episcopalian Church, the Charismatic Church, the Church of God, the Pentecostal Church, the Greek Orthodox Church, the Community Church, the Baptist Church, etc. etc. etc.? Or is he referring to one of the following churches in South Africa? (See list here). He seems to be leveling his criticism at all these churches and yet most of his censures are very shallow in the sense that he never criticizes them for their dogmatic errors but only for their program and power driven agendas as well as their strong affinity for propositional matters. » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
Dries Cronje – In and Out, Right or Wrong, Which one are you?
Would you penalize me when I change a certain Bible verse very slightly? Yes? Ok! so here goes:
He who possesses the Truth has the only Truth; he who does not possess the only Truth of God does not have that Truth but a lie (1 John 5:12).
Should you feel you want to penalize me, I must remind you that Jesus once said “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father except by (through) Me” (John 14:6).
Every born-again child of God who posseses the Son ought to be eternally thankful to the Lord that he/she has the ONLY Truth whilst the lives of those who do not possess Him are engulfed in lies. If this is true why do the members of e-church find it so difficult to distinguish between “in and out,” “right and wrong,” “the turth and a bunch of lies, ” and heaven and hell?” In a post “Send me straight . . .” by Dries Cronje (which has now been removed from the internet) on Stephan Joubert’s e-church website he laments the attitude of some followers of Christ as follows: » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
A review of the Congress held at the Mosaic Church in Fairlands, Johannesburg (4 –5 September 2009)
Main speakers: Ron Martoia, Stephan Joubert, Johan Geyser, Trevor Hudson, Willem Nicol and Gys du Plessis
During the Break-out sessions the speakers were Willem Nicol, Gavin Sklar-Chik, Rex van Vuuren and Annemarie Paulin-Cambell
Huge wooden crosses draped with beautiful white, red or purple cloths have become one of the most fashionable accouterments in the Emergent Church’s places of worship. Its inescapable visibility on the elevated stages of their churches and congress venues may be an awe-inspiring reminder of Jesus Christ’s cruel sacrificial death more than 2000 years ago but sadly their teachings which is solidly embedded in contemplative spirituality impede and even out rightly shun the true meaning of His cross. At best it has become one of the many objects they use to facilitate and enhance their experiences of an altered state of consciousness during their contemplative or centered prayer binges. Before I venture into an evaluation of all the speakers’ contributions in the light of Scripture I would like to get down to the nitty-gritty of contemplative spirituality in my following introductory notes.
In the Presence of God?
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Elza Meyer is part of the New Apostolic Reformation and is a minister at Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church and is big friends with Angus Buchan (Shalom Ministries), Stephan Joubert, Isak Burger, Graham Power (Transformation Africa), Bennie Mostert (Jericho Walls), et el. Elza Meyer wrote a book called, “Hearing God’s voice”. It’s a small book, but it’s filled to the brim with unscriptural teachings as Elza Meyer leads people down another path, away from Jesus Christ the Son of God to the Cosmic Christ. Elza Meyer tries to tell us that hearing from God is such a difficult thing and that most Christians never hear His voice (this is an oxymoron in itself) as I will explain later, but Elza has the remedy on how to hear God’s voice that relies on being silent and listening with your heart which I thought was rather peculiar considering the bible tells us to listen with your ears. Oh well. Shall we continue? I think we should.
“Listen with your Heart and Hear God Whisper” [Chp1]
So we’ve barely hit the book with our noses buried in deep and we come across this heading to chapter 1. I sit back and laugh, seriously? Since when do we listen with our hearts when it comes to anything? No, we use our ears for that. Lets’s see what the bible has to say:
We BELIEVE with our heart, we CONFESS with our mouth,
Romans 10:9-10 “9That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »
Crazy in Love with Jesus
– The Mosaïek Church in Fairlands, Johannesburg and the Moreleta Park Dutch Reformed Church in Pretoria are rapidly becoming veritable lift-off pads for all kinds of strange fire to be unleashed on the unsuspecting South African ecclesiastics. In 2010, when they hosted Tony Campolo as guest speaker, I wrote a comment on my blog “Waak en Bid/Watch and Pray” (May 4th 2010) warning them that Mr. Campolo, is a Universalist par excellence who believes that Jesus Christ is mystically present in all people even though they may not know it. Like Brian McLaren who believes that Christianity and Islam are compatible, Tony Campolo is of the opinion that mysticism (the core doctrine of the Emerging Church) is the catalyst between Christianity and Islam. Tony says:
“We cannot allow our theologies to separate us” (speaking on the relations between Muslims and Christians).
“It seems to me that when we listen to the Muslim mystics as they talk about Jesus and their love for Jesus, I must say, it’s a lot closer to New Testament Christianity than a lot of the Christians that I hear. In other words if we are looking for common ground, can we find it in mystical spirituality, even if we cannot theologically agree, can we pray together in such a way that we connect with a God that transcends our theological differences?” (Tony Campolo, EVANGELICALS AND INTERFAITH COOPERATION, An Interview by Shane Claiborne).
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Please 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.
Paradoxes 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: » PLEASE CONTINUE READING HERE »