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Stephan Joubert: The New Positive Confessionist

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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;
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Emergent Mysticism – Part 3

Mosaiek kerk - EmergentEmergent Mysticism: A biblical appraisal of the Mosaic Congress – Mosaic Church (4-5 Sept. 2009) – Part 3

Session 2: “Transfiguration: Up and down the mountain” by Trevor Hudson.

On the second page of their very smart and glossy programme booklet that was handed out to the congressional participants and public during the Mosaic Congress, there is a quote by Thomas Keating which reads as follows:

A new formulation of the spiritual journey for Christians is urgently needed today that will be faithful to the Scriptures and tradition but is expressed in contemporary language and understanding (Emphasis added).

Welcome conversation

Johan Geyser takes the relay stick from Keating’s hand and continues to run with the idea of a new formulation of the spiritual journey for Christians when he says:
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Emergent Mysticism – Part 2

Holy Longing - Johan Geyser - EmergentEmergent Mysticism: A Biblical Appraisal of the Mosaic Congress held at the Mosaic Church (4 – 5 Sept. 2009) – Part 2

Session 1: “A Holy Longing” by Dr. Johan Geyser

Dr. Johan Geyser has a doctorate in theology and educational psychology and is also a part-time lecturer at the University of Johannesburg. How he obtained his doctorate without thinking or studying, only he will know. Nonetheless, this is his take on the highest form of spiritual life. Enjoy!

The two stops and two justs

In the business world and particularly in the estate agency business, referrals are one of the best ways to create a constant stream of new customers. It is one of the quickest ways to advertise your expertise as a competent and successful seller of property. Referrals are not only applicable to the business world. In the ordinary and everyday life it has the tendency to either enhance your status as a citizen or to denigrate it, depending on the people with whom you like to associate. I suppose this is why people would rather refer to distinguished persons in society.
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Johan Geyser and The “Mosaiek” Seat of Moses

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Johan Geyser and The “Mosaiek” Seat of Moses

In 1926 a unique stone seat was found near the southern wall of the Chorazin synagogue. Since then it has been called the “Chair of Moses.” The Chair of Moses is a special seat that is used in some synagogues, even today, on certain occasions, usually located near the most important wall, that which faces Jerusalem. (BAR 13:05 (Sep/Oct 1987).

The photo on the left is of a replica of the Chair (or Seat) of Moses. The original is displayed in the Israel Museum, Jerusalem.

Jesus once said:

“The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do. For they preach, but do not practice. (Matthew 23:2-3)

I was pleasantly surprised when I listened to one of Johan Geyser’s most recent sermons on the Mosaiek Church’s podcast page. It formed part of a series on Psalms which he entitled “Psalms as Companion: Psalm 1 – Happiness.” Hadn’t I been familiar with the Mosaic Church’s tomfooleries and dabbling in all kinds of mystical spiritual practices (Centering Prayer, Contemplative Prayer, Listening Prayer, Lectio Divina, Silence, Labyrinths, Retreats, Meditation et al) I would have thought that he truly is a man of God who boldly proclaims the unadulterated Word of God.


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Stephan Joubert – What You Think, Is What You Are

building relationships- stephan joubertStephan 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.
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Stephan Joubert’s Censorship of Paul and Deconstruction of Christianity

Stephan Jouberts deconstruction of ChristianityStephan 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.
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Dries Cronje – In and Out, Right or Wrong, Which one are you?

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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:
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The Subtle Suppression of the True Meaning of the cross of Jesus Christ

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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 – Hearing God’s Voice the Contemplative Way

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Elza Meyer

Elza Meyer - Hearing Gods Voice - Contemplative SpiritualityElza 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.”
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Are You Following the Real Jesus or a Counterfeit?

Real Jesus Fake JesusThe Emergent Church’s main priority is to be followers of Jesus Christ. A young man with whom I have become acquainted via the internet and in particular his blog insisted that I should not call him a Christian but a follower of Jesus.

At first glance this may seem tworthy to imitate. However, we really need to ask Jesus who?

I was shocked to the bone when I recently read an article in which several world-renowned figureheads in evangelical Christianity were featured as champions of the faith.

I immediately thought of Paul’s words of warning in 2 Corinthians 11, proclaiming that there were false apostles who claimed to have worked on the same terms as he did. What a villainous, wicked, dishonest and deceitful thing to do!

I can just imagine them saying, “Brother Paul endorses our work wholeheartedly because we are working on the same terms as he.” This was not only a very subtle attack on Paul’s missionary work but a very fraudulent way to promote their heresies.

No wonder Paul felt compelled to use such a frank and outspoken approach to quash this very dangerous situation in the Corinthian Church:

You seem quite happy and pleased to endure it when a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received, or a different Gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed. You tolerate [all that] well enough. (2 Corinthians 11:4)


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Crazy In Love With Jesus

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– The Mosaiek 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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The Emergent-100%-Money-Back-Guaranteed-Church

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The “money-back-guarantee” promise usually applies when you have already received a manufacturer’s product but you’re not satisfied with it and demand your money back. The Emergent Mosaiek Church in Fairlands, Johannesburg, has a new kind of money back guarantee. They refund your money even before you’ve received their products because they don’t like you.

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Would you mind if I asked you a question? What would you do if you walked into a Christian bookstore, let’s say CUM Books for example, to buy Stephan Joubert’s newest and much acclaimed book ‘Jesus a Radical Leap’ and the shop assistant told you that they don’t have it in stock but that they can order it for you if you so desired. ‘That would be nice, thank you. I am so keen to read it that I am prepared to pay the full price now. Can I do that?’ ‘Sure,’ says the shop assistant., “just write down your name, address and phone number here and we will let you know as soon as it has arrived. Here’s your receipt.’ And off you go, waiting in great anticipation for the day when you will have Stephan Joubert’s newest book in your hands to read about this Jesus who leaps and jumps in radical ways.
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Idolatry: Can the blind lead the blind? – Part 1

adoration-of-the-golden-calf-by-nicolas-poussin - IdolatryAnd he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? (Luke 6:39; KJV).

He further told them a proverb: Can a blind [man] guide and direct a blind [man]? Will they not both stumble into a ditch or a hole in the ground? (Luke 6:39; Amplified Bible)

WHAT IS IDOLATRY?

The Encyclopedia Britannica defines idolatry as follows:

in Judaism and Christianity, the worship of someone or something other than God as though it were God. The first of the biblical Ten Commandments prohibits idolatry: “You shall have no other gods before me.”

Several forms of idolatry have been distinguished. Gross, or overt, idolatry consists of explicit acts of reverence addressed to a person or an object-the sun, the king, an animal, a statue. This may exist alongside the acknowledgment of a supreme being; e.g., Israel worshiped the golden calf at the foot of Mount Sinai, where it had encamped to receive the Law and the covenant of the one true God.

A person becomes guilty of a more subtle idolatry, however, when, although overt acts of adoration are avoided, he attaches to a creature the confidence, loyalty, and devotion that properly belong only to the Creator. Thus, the nation is a good creature of God, but it is to be loved and served with an affection appropriate to it, not with the ultimate devotion that must be reserved for the Lord of all nations.


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