Johan Malan, Mossel Bay, South Africa (March 2015)

There are various prophecies in the Bible by which Christians are encouraged to be vigilant and ready for the sudden coming of the heavenly Bridegroom. These instructions and admonitions should be taken seriously, as there are so many things that can divert the attention of a believer from his calling as a servant of Christ, who should be able to boldly give an account of his life when his Master returns at an unexpected hour. On that day He will catch away His bride to her heavenly abode, and then it will be too late to prepare for His coming and to rearrange your priorities in life. The following is one of the many calls to be found alert, dedicated and faithful on the day of the second coming:

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:33-37).

The command to watch

In this scripture the Lord describes a spiritual disposition of readiness which should prevail among His servants – these are people who belong to Him, who were bought by Him and stand in His service. We are reminded that it is possible to be physically awake but spiritually asleep and uninvolved in the Lord’s work, even though the person may be one of His servants. Believers can lapse into passivity, and in that state they will no longer be vigilant and active Christians who correctly understand the Word of God, keep themselves busy with the right things, and go through life with open eyes. The Lord Jesus urges us to avoid that our spiritual vision grows faint, that we lose touch with Him, with His commands and promises, with preparations for His second coming, with the great extent of our task in His kingdom, and with the seriousness of the dangers which confront us. It shouldn’t be necessary to send someone to wake us up with a view to seeking the face of the Lord, to actively expect His second coming, and to seriously engage in the things which He commanded us to do.

The parable in Mark 13 describes a house owner who went on a journey and assigned work to each of his servants, while also commanding the door-keeper to be alert and on guard against any possible intruders. When the house owner returns he wishes to find everything in order. In the spiritual application of this parable the Lord Jesus is the House Owner who embarked on a long journey to heaven at His ascension. Before His departure He entrusted responsibilities to His servants towards the expansion of His kingdom and the protection of His property against hostile attacks. During His second coming at an unknown hour, it will be revealed who were faithful and who were unfaithful servants.

There are two important tests to determine the degree of readiness for Christ’s coming, i.e. firstly the honouring of our basic obligation in the expansion of His world-wide kingdom, and secondly the use of spiritual armour to achieve victories over the multiple attacks on our spiritual interests and life of faith. If we actively expect the Lord Jesus we should be diligent in executing the task of being His witnesses everywhere, while resisting the enemy to keep him from blinding, deceiving and robbing us, or enticing us to “call it a day” and fall asleep.

In a certain sense, the future of the whole world depends upon the faithfulness and vigilance of evangelical Christians, as they have been called to be the light of a dark world and to gather a harvest for the kingdom of heaven among all peoples, tribes and nations. The great significance of the doctrine on spiritual vigilance and readiness for the second coming is evident from the fact that it is often discussed in the New Testament. If we heed all these commands and guidelines we will be well prepared on the day when the trumpet sounds. The following are a number of the most significant pronouncements on spiritual dedication and perseverance which the Lord expects from us:

Lead a Spirit-filled life

In the parable on the ten virgins (Matt. 25:1-13) it is clearly stated that the big difference between the wise and foolish virgins is related to the extra oil which the wise virgins have taken along. The oil is a well-known symbol of the Holy Spirit, and fixes our attention on His indispensable role in the lives of all believers – firstly with regard to rebirth and secondly for the realisation of sanctification. The filling of the Holy Spirit is associated with a surrender in faith which is done by those who are already born again by the Holy Spirit, but not yet filled with the Spirit. The experience of being Spirit-filled enables the believer to grow up to spiritual maturity (Eph. 4:11-14), to be a witness for Christ (Acts 1:8), to prevail over temptations and sin (Gal. 5:16), to entertain the correct perspective on the coming of the Bridegroom (John 16:13), and to be a watchful and praying Christian (Luke 21:36).

Believers who fail to take this step of dedication are acting foolishly and confine themselves to a fleshly life which is not under the control of the Holy Spirit, “For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish” (Gal. 5:17). Such double-hearted believers do not have the motivation or power to resist the rising tide of sin and unrighteousness, and that explains why they are growing cold in their love (Matt. 24:12) and are consequently not able to make the necessary preparations for meeting the Bridegroom when He comes.

It is not the will of the Lord Jesus that His followers would be negligent on the nature of their spiritual lives, and to this end He did not only make provision for the forgiveness of their sins during rebirth but also for their sanctification. The objective with sanctification is: “… to present to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Eph. 5:25-27).

We should not stagnate spiritually after being born again by the Holy Spirit and becoming Christians, but also ensure that we obtain the extra oil in our life by trusting the Lord for the filling of the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18). He expects us to pursue holiness (1 Thess. 4:7-8), without which no one will see the Bridegroom (Heb. 2:14).

Strive after complete sanctification

The experience of filling with the Holy Spirit is also described as “complete sanctification”, which alludes to the fact that sanctification starts at rebirth but is subsequently consummated by being filled with the Holy Spirit during a full surrender: “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:23-24). This prayer was prayed for Christians who were already born again, and one of its specific aims is to further prepare them for the second coming.

It is God who works through His Spirit to accomplish the work of complete sanctification in our lives, but we have the obligation to trust Him for this blessing and give our full cooperation by putting off all filthiness of the sins of fleshliness, pride, materialism, licentiousness, etc., thereby observing the command towards perfecting holiness: “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1). We should be dedicated towards walking the narrow way without any spiritual or moral compromise.

Work in the harvest fields

All Christians have been commissioned to do work which will contribute towards the expansion of God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus said to His disciples: “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). The Christian church has a duty to evangelise the entire world during this dispensation. That was never going to be an easy task as its extent is vast and the hostility from the unsaved world extremely fierce. We should accept the challenge of accomplishing this commission, despite incessant hostility from multiple adversaries. Jesus said to His disciples: “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:2-3). However, we have the power of the Holy Spirit to fulfil this great work and to face the opposition of an evil world (Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8).

The Lord will demand accountability from His servants for the extent to which they executed the Great Commission (Matt. 25:14-30). Some of them will receive rewards of grace, while others will offer unacceptable excuses for their spiritual unfaithfulness and lack of involvement with the task at hand (Luke 19:11-27). Fleshly and egoistic Christians are ease-loving people who are not really concerned about the salvation of other people.

Correctly managing your time

The command with regard to vigilance emphasises the important factor of time. There is no time to slumber and sleep, and in our over-organised lives we should redeem the time to devote to our spiritual commitments. That also includes time for prayer and Bible study. The Lord Jesus said to His disciples when they were overcome by sleepiness during a crisis situation: “What, could you not watch with Me one hour? Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak” (Matt. 26:40-41).

Each of us has only one life and limited opportunities to do our part in evangelising the world. In the light of this fact it is important to correctly determine our priorities and to manage our time in such a way that we can pay to God what we owe Him. At the same time, it will ensure that we do not become spiritually impoverished but also do things which have value for eternity, thereby laying up treasures in heaven.

In the light of eternity our earthly life is very short, so we have to use every opportunity to do as much work as possible. Even the Lord Jesus knew that He had to do many things during His earthly ministry before the time for that would have expired at His crucifixion, resurrection and ascension. He said: “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). The night of God’s judgements will also come over the world at the end of the church age, and by that time we should have completed our work.

Guard against the enemy’s attacks

The Lord Jesus did not promise His disciples an earthly life without sorrows and problems, and without any struggle against the opposing kingdom of darkness – on the contrary! Christians of all ages are confronted with the enemy of their souls as he is intent on discouraging and deceiving them, robbing them from their joy in the Lord and trying to destroy their faith. Also in this regard we need the protection of the Lord and the power of the Holy Spirit to be conquerors: “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armour of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil” (Eph. 6:10-11).

Satan’s attacks and temptations are mainly focussed on two areas, i.e. the spiritual and moral foundations of our life. He continuously tries to deceive Christians spiritually, and Jesus strongly warned us against these efforts in His Olivet Discourse: “Take heed that no one deceives you. … Many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. … For false christs and false prophets will arise and show great signs and wonders, so as to deceive, if possible, even the elect” (Matt. 24:4, 11, 24).

Deception will be a world-wide phenomenon in the end-time. Paul says the time will come when they will not endure the sound doctrine of the Bible but heap up for themselves teachers who have turned their ears away from the truth and proclaim fables (2 Tim. 4:3-4). These deceived teachers will offer mythological explanations (fables) for important statements in Scripture, from the creation account right up to the second coming of Christ and the establishment of His thousand-year reign of peace. Peter says that the false teachers will even deny the Lord Jesus Himself, thereby depriving themselves and their deceived followers of the only sound spiritual foundation (2 Pet. 2:1-2). They will not deny the physical existence of Jesus as a person but deny His heavenly origin, as well as the fact that He is the Son of God and Himself also God. They will regard Him as a “historical Jesus” who was only a mortal man and one of many prophets – nothing more than the prophets of other faiths. Christians are committed to resisting these erroneous views and “to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude v. 3).

The other target on which the attacks of the devil are aimed at is the moral sphere of our lives. He will try everything possible to induce Christians to yield to fleshly lusts such as self-enrichment, pride, involvement with corrupt practices, extra-marital relations, vindictiveness, and the rude denouncing of all people who dare to oppose them and try to correct their behaviour. We should prevail over all these temptations through the power of the Holy Spirit: “Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh” (Gal. 5”16).

Overcome the sorrows of life

One of the factors which undermines the spiritual life of many Christians is depression caused by the increasing sorrows, problems and disappointments of life (Luke 21:34). When people are bogged down spiritually and emotionally by continuous negative experiences, their faith becomes weakened, while their hope on the second coming of Christ with the prospect of living with Him in heaven starts dwindling. Depression does not only promote a disposition of apathy with regard to matters of faith, but also to social disengagement and the neglecting of secular duties such as work and studies. Such people need a strong support group to motivate them and, above all, a new surrender to the Lord for the strengthening of their wavering faith. The promise on the soon return of the Lord can play an important role in re-establishing the joy of the Lord in their darkened hearts.

Develop the correct prophetic perspective

It is extremely important to entertain the correct prophetic perspective at all times, as that would ensure that you correctly determine your priorities and, as a believer, is well prepared on what the future holds. To be able to do that you should gain absolute clarity on the sequence of prophetic events, as that would keep you from becoming involved with activities which are prophetically irrelevant. Such activities always lead to the unnecessary wasting of time, money and energy, which is spiritually counter-productive and should be avoided. Entertaining the correct prophetic perspective calls for clarity on the following matters:

  • In the counsel of God, the dispensation of the church is preceded by the dispensation of the law. This transition has already been made, which means that we are no longer under law (neither the sabbatical laws) but under grace (Rom. 6:15; 10:4; Gal. 5:4).
  • The church dispensation coincides with the international dispersion of Israel. However, at the end of this dispensation Israel is again, as a nation, being restored to their land (Luke 21:24). The church is not the spiritual Israel and should not lay claim to this position by practising replacement theology.
  • During the church age we are living in a world which lies in the sway of the Evil One (1 John 5:19), and that demands much attention towards spiritual warfare. This fact also explains the persecution and oppression of evangelical Christians, which occurred intermittently throughout the centuries.
  • The church age culminates in a great falling away as a run-up to the revelation of the man of sin (the Antichrist) who will rule the world for seven years. Even evangelical churches who are not vigilant enough will be affected by false doctrines if they fail to realise that the following world empire which will be established will be that of the Antichrist. Christ’s reign of peace will only be established after the destruction of the Antichrist’s global government. We should be cautious about which kingdom we support and promote.
  • The tribulation of seven years will, apart from the Antichrist’s reign of terror, also be characterised by a large number of divine judgements upon an unrepentant world. For this reason the Lord will first remove His children by way of the rapture (Luke 21:36; 1 Thess. 4:16-17), as they are not destined for God’s judgements (Rom. 8:1). Christians should be actively engaged in preparations to appear before the Lord.
  • Those who do not believe in a pretribulational rapture, deprive Christians of the blessed hope of the sudden coming of Christ, replace this imminent prospect by an Antichrist expectation and, in teachings to their followers, give undue attention to survival strategies during the tribulation period. This approach is deceptive and counter-productive.
  • The millennial reign of Christ will only be instituted after the seven years of tribulation. Before that happens, the Lord Jesus will destroy His enemies (Rev. 19:19-21), save the remnant in Israel (Rom. 11:25-26), and restore the throne of David in Jerusalem (Acts 15:16-17). Christians who are now (during the church age) trying to expedite this kingdom through techniques such as transformation rallies, strategic spiritual warfare on the national level, as well as an ecumenical alliance between various churches, are completely misapprehending the Lord’s counsel and engage in wishful thinking. We have not been called to live as kings right now in a fully revealed kingdom, but to be soldiers for the cross who should expect an increased struggle against the kingdom of darkness.

Heed the signs of the times

It is important that we conduct a study of the signs which indicate the approaching coming of Christ as the heavenly Bridegroom. That will increase our vigilance, serve as an incentive for increased holiness, and motivate us to work harder in winning souls for Christ’s kingdom. There is a large number of signs which indicate the imminent end of the church dispensation, as well as signs which shed light on the fact that structures are progressively being established for the world government, world religion and world economy of the Antichrist’ future reign. Spiritual deception with a view to the global acceptance of another, false Jesus instead of the true Jesus is already occurring world-wide (cf. John 5:43; 2 Cor. 11:2-4; Rev. 13:3-4). The advanced stage of Israel’s restoration, the intensifying struggle for the control over Jerusalem, as well as threats of a very big war against Israel, are all signs alluding to the soon coming of the Messiah. The Lord Jesus will blame us if we fail to heed these signs, in the same way in which He reproved first century Jews for their prophetic ignorance:

“Then He also said to the multitudes, Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, A shower is coming; and so it is. And when you see the south wind blow, you say, There will be hot weather; and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth, but how is it you do not discern this time?” (Luke 12:54-56). There are much more signs pointing to the second coming of Christ, and it will only be to our detriment if we fail to identify and heed them.

Be ready to appear before the judgement seat

End-time prophecies confront all Christians with the appointment which they have before the judgement seat of Christ to give account of their lives as disciples of Jesus: “For we shall all stand before the judgement seat of Christ. … So then each of us shall give account of himself to God” (Rom. 14:10, 12).

Paul reminds the church in Rome that we can’t take it for granted that every Christian only does works that have value for eternity, and that all the works of believers will necessarily pass the test before the judgement seat: “… each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire” (1 Cor. 3:13-15).

From this scenario it is also evident that sanctification is indispensable to doing works that are acceptable to the Lord, as only the fruit of the Holy Spirit complies with this standard. Fleshly works which are done through people’s own initiative and strength will go up in flames like wood, hay and straw, while the responsible person will stand before the Lord empty-handed – saved, yet so as through fire. Make sure that it will not happen to you.

Pursue greater Christlikeness

An active expectation of the soon coming of the heavenly Bridegroom and our being gathered to Him, challenges us to conform to His image of holiness and purity: “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:3). This condition refers to moral as well as doctrinal purity. Personal holiness is important as we are called upon to be holy in all our conduct (1 Pet. 1:15). However, we should also be cleansed from spiritual impurity as it affects our life of faith (2 Cor. 7:1) and negatively impacts on our relationship with the Lord Jesus. All false teachings should be abandoned, so we can grow unimpeded in the grace and knowledge of Christ: “You therefore, beloved, since you know this beforehand, beware lest you also fall from your own steadfastness, being led away with the error of the wicked; but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Pet. 3:17-18). He is full of grace and truth (John 1:14).

The time has almost come for the trumpet to blow and announce the end of the church dispensation when we will be snatched away to be in the wonderful presence of the Bridegroom: “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. Therefore comfort one another with these words” (1 Thess. 4:16-18). Our places on earth will then suddenly be empty. The shock among those who are left behind will be severe.

The consequences of a lack of vigilance

What happens to those servants who do not heed the command towards vigilance and therefore do not expect their Master’s coming at any time? They become spiritually negligent and, like the foolish virgins, they do not make provision for the extra oil in their lamps. This is an indication that they do not seriously regard the step of full surrender to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Consequently, their love for the Bridegroom starts growing cold, which explains their lamentable situation and why they stopped watching and waiting for Him when He delayed His coming a bit longer during midnight. They will remain behind when He comes.

Believers without an active expectation on the second coming easily lapse into a fleshly and selfish lifestyle because they do not maintain an intimate relationship with the Bridegroom. In this way, the door is opened to sin, and such a situation is incompatible with a watching and praying Christian: “But if that evil servant says in his heart, My master is delaying his coming, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and to eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him and at an hour that he is not aware of, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites” (Matt. 24:48-51).

The servant who was ready and vigilant can expect quite a different reaction from his Master: “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master made ruler over his household, to give them food in due season? Blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing. Assuredly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods” (Matt. 24:45-47).

There are substantial benefits to be gained if we put away all sin and lay down burdens which rob us of our precious time, money and energy which we need to persist single-mindedly with the spiritual race and to finish it as overcomers. Paul says: “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb. 12:1-2).

The day when we behold the heavenly Bridegroom in all His splendour, our faith will be fulfilled by a wonderful reality. Paul says the Lord Jesus will come in that day “to be glorified in His saints and to be admired by all those who believe” (2 Thess. 1:10). It is with a view to our preparations for this very special meeting that John says: “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (1 John 2:28).

Confession of faith

We confess the Holy Trinity – God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit (Mt. 28:19; Mk. 12:29). We take a strong stand on the Deity, eternal self-existence and virgin birth of the Lord Jesus (Jn. 20:28; Heb. 1:8-9; 1 Jn. 5:20). We believe in the divine inspiration and inerrancy of the Bible in the original languages, the need for all people to be born again spiritually to enter the kingdom of God, justification by faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Jn. 3:3-8; Rom. 3:22-24; Eph. 1:7) and also the doctrine of sanctification by being filled with the Holy Spirit to become bold witnesses and disciples of the Lord Jesus (Acts. 15:8-9; 1 Thes. 4:3,7-8; Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15-16). We firmly believe that the whole counsel of God has been revealed to us in His Word. We believe in the Second Coming of Jesus Christ (Acts. 1:10-11; 1 Cor. 15:22-23, 51-52; 1 Thes. 4:15-18; Rev. 1:7).



Wie is die Vrye Baptiste?

1.   Ons is Protestante.
2.   Ons is Wesleyaans - Arminiaans.
3.   Ons is Baptiste.
4.   Ons is Fundamentaliste.
5.   Ons is Evangelies.
6.   Ons Naam:

“Vrye” Baptiste het te doen met die feit dat ons vry is van die Baptiste Unie is en dat ons dus ons eie Moderatuur het. Ons behoort ook nie aan die Wêreld Raad van Kerke nie.

Ons het ook nie afgestig van die Baptiste nie, maar het die Naam aanvaar omdat ons bekend gestaan het as die Zion Curch en dit later verwar is met die onbybelse Sioniste beweging.

Wat behoort ‘n mens in die Kerk te vind?

1. Ondersoek die Fondament:
1.1 ‘n Behoorlike siening van die Woord
1.2 ‘n Beklemtoning van Bybelse lering en prediking
1.3 Leerstellige Gesondheid
1.4 Leerstellige Beoefening
2. Ondersoek die struktuur van die Kerk:
2.1 Kerklike bestuur
2.2 Bewyse van orde
2.3 Haalbare doelwitte
2.4 Die Grootte van die Kerk
3. Kyk hoe dit funksioneer:
4. Kyk na die atmosfeer:
4.1 ‘n Hoë beskouing van God
4.2 Die teenwoordigheid van opregte geloof
4.3 ‘n Gees van opoffering
4.4 Is daar ‘n regte gesindheid teenoor die predikant en die leiers?
4.5 Geestelike eenheid


Christian Fundamentalism
Johan Malan

There are so many variations of Christianity with regard to its practices and creeds that the question is often asked: which is the correct one? Christians who strongly adhere to basic Scriptural pronouncements, principles and values are referred to as fundamental, conservative or evangelical believers. The characteristics of this disposition will be reviewed in terms of its relevancy to a sound faith.

Christian fundamentalism is associated with the following 32 basic principles:    {READ MORE}

Kenmerke van ‘n Gemeente
Johan Malan

Die basiese roeping, eienskappe en kenmerke van 'n ware gemeente van Christus.

Ons leef in ‘n tyd van ongekende misleiding, veral op godsdienstige gebied. Die duiwel span al sy misleidingskrag in om Jesus Christus se dissipels van die suiwer Bybelse leer afvallig te maak, hulle ywer te laat verflou, hulle met nietige dinge besig te hou wat geen ewigheidswaarde het nie, en hulle ook in morele sondes te laat verval. Sodoende verswak en ondermyn hy die kerk van Christus waarteen hy veg en behaal in die proses groot oorwinnings.


gebedKort Boodskap (mp3)
Ds. Marius Wolfaardt
Skilpaaie wat
gebed verhinder

EM Bounds:

Begin the Day with Prayer
THE men who have done the most for God in this world have been early on their knees. He who fritters away the early morning, its opportunity and freshness, in other pursuits than seeking God will make poor headway seeking him the rest of the day. If God is not first in our thoughts and efforts in the morning, he will be in the last place the remainder of the day.  {READ MORE}

Much Time Should Be Given to Prayer
Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying. Prayer which is felt as a mighty force is the mediate or immediate product of much time spent with God. Our short prayers owe their point and efficiency to the long ones that have preceded them.  {READ MORE}

Preachers Need the Prayers of the People
It is absolutely necessary for the preacher to pray. It is an absolute necessity that the preacher be prayed for. It will take all the praying he can do, and all the praying he can get done, to meet the fearful responsibilities and gain the largest, truest success in his great work.  {READ MORE}

Die Rol van Gebed
Johan Malan

Enkele kenmerke van gebed, asook verskillende vorms van gebed.  {LEES MEER}

The Importance of Prayer
Johan Malan

Prayer is one of the most important Christian activities. Through prayer one maintains an intimate walk with the Lord and lays the foundation for success in other spiritual activities. It also ensures victory in the struggle against Satan as you commit yourself in faith to the protection and care of the Great Victor, Jesus Christ. Dr. Andrew Murray said: “I am convinced that we will never fully appreciate what the great significance of prayer is as long as we only regard it as a way to sustain our own spiritual life. But if we learn to view it as the most important work entrusted to us, the basis and strength of all our work, then we will realise that there is nothing we should study and practice as the art of praying correctly.”

The request of the disciples was: “Lord, teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). We can only learn the art of true prayer and intercession from the Great Intercessor, Jesus Christ. It is a school in which we must grow in grace and knowledge (2 Pet. 3:18). Although prayer, in its initial form, is so simple that even the smallest child can pray, it is at the same time the highest form of dedication to which believers are called.   {READ MORE}

Die Sonde van Biddeloosheid (mp3)
Luister na die preek (33:38)
Ds. Hannes Delport

The Power of Prayer
RA Torrey

Ye have not, because ye ask not (James 4:2).
"Why is it," many a Christian is asking, "that I make such poor progress in my Christian life? Why do I have so little victory over sin? Why do I win so few souls to Christ? Why do I grow so slowly into the likeness of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ?" And God answers in the words of the text: "Neglect of prayer. You have not, because you ask not."  {READ MORE}

The Word of God

How To Study the Bible
George Muller
The Manner of Reading the Bible / Stick to the Word of God / Read Consecutively / Connecting the Scriptures / Read the Word Prayerfully / Also Meditate On the Word / Read With Faith / Be Doers of the Word... 

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Prof. Johan Malan

In this article, 14 characteristics of the Word of God are described. These statements are most significant in view of the fact that that a large body of modern theologians have, through their prejudice and destructive criticism, relegated the Bible to the level of highly contentious and disputed writings of human origin.

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Spiritual Backsliding

The Backslider in Heart
Charles G. Finney

I. What backsliding in heart is not.
II. What backsliding in heart is.
III. What are evidences of backsliding in heart.
IV. What are consequences of backsliding in heart.
V. How to recover from this state.

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Prof. Johan Malan

It is important that one understands the phenomenon of apostatising, or backsliding, as every believer should be able to identify and counter this backward course in his or her spiritual life whenever it occurs. If you wish to determine the objective truth about spiritual backsliding you should consult the Bible and not biased or erroneous church dogma. Some churches, mostly in the Wesleyan tradition, agree to the possibility of backsliding while others, mostly Calvinistic and Lutheran churches, reject the possibility of apostatising and falling from grace. What does the Bible teach?

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Prof. Johan Malan

Die toestand van ‘n mens se hart beskryf die aard van jou geestelike lewe en morele beginsels. Die hart is die sentrum van jou gees en siel, en dus bepalend vir jou wil, emosies en denkwyse. Jou hart is óf ‘n woonplek vir God óf ‘n woonplek vir Satan.

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The Necessity of Rebirth
Prof. Johan Malan

Scripture reading: “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him. Jesus answered and said to him, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born? Jesus answered, Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not marvel that I said to you, You must be born again… Nicodemus answered and said to Him, How can these things be? Jesus answered and said to him, Are you the teacher of Israel, and do not know these things?” (John 3:1-10).

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Slaves of Sin
Prof. Johan Malan

But there is another, more abstract form of slavery by an invisible enemy, to which most people are subjected for their entire life, and that is spiritual and moral slavery. This is a problem which faces all people as all of us are slaves of sin because of the fallen nature which we have inherited from Adam. Sin is the consequence of alienation from God, and that accounts for the spiritual and moral depravity of mankind. The Fall has rendered humanity despicable in the eyes of God (Gen. 6:5-6). Paul says: “... through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom. 5:12).

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Is u weergebore?

Het jy in jou geestelike lewe op die plek gekom waar jy met sekerheid weet dat indien jy vandag te sterwe kom, jy hemel toe sal gaan? Veronderstel jy sou vandag te sterwe kom en voor God te staan kom en Hy sou jou vra, “Waarom moet Ek jou in my Hemel toelaat?” Wat sal jou antwoord wees?

As jy nie een van die vrae kan antwoord nie, wat dan??

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Prof. Johan malan

Redding / Fondamente / Groei

The Second Coming

How Can We be Ready for the Second Coming of Christ?
Johan Malan

There are various prophecies in the Bible by which Christians are encouraged to be vigilant and ready for the sudden coming of the heavenly Bridegroom. These instructions and admonitions should be taken seriously, as there are so many things that can divert the attention of a believer from his calling as a servant of Christ, who should be able to boldly give an account of his life when his Master returns at an unexpected hour. On that day He will catch away His bride to her heavenly abode, and then it will be too late to prepare for His coming and to rearrange your priorities in life. The following is one of the many calls to be found alert, dedicated and faithful on the day of the second coming:

“Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is. It is like a man going to a far country, who left his house and gave authority to his servants, and to each his work, and commanded the doorkeeper to watch. Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming – in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning – lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” (Mark 13:33-37).   {READ MORE}

Tekens van die Tye
Johan Malan
Hoewel daar beslis ‘n verrassingselement in die wegraping is, is daar aan ons verskeie tekens van die eindtyd gegee sodat ons ten minste sal weet wanneer dit naby is:
  “En as hierdie dinge begin gebeur, kyk dan na bo en hef julle hoofde op, omdat julle verlossing naby is” (Luk. 21:28).

The Rapture Explained
By Golda Chimere-Dan

The rapture is the event in which the Lord Jesus Christ will appear in the cloud at the voice of the archangel and the last trumpet sound to take all Bible believing, born again Christians away from the surface of this earth before the Almighty God unleashes his anger on a sinful, unrepentant and Christ-rejecting world.

The rapture is an event that will take place very soon and very suddenly. It will be the most astonishing event in the history of the world which will turn the entire planet on its head. The Bible teaches this very clearly and it is the hope of every believer in the Lordship of Jesus Christ to be among those who experience the rapture.  {READ MORE}

Die Wegraping
Johan Malan
Die belofte oor die wegraping is van die allergrootste belang. Hierdie gebeurtenis sal die kerkbedeling afsluit  wanneer die ware Christene na die hemel weggevoer word om voor die regterstoel van Christus te verskyn. Verwag jy dit en is jy hierop voorbereid?

The History of the Free Baptist Church


The history of the Church in South Africa begins with the coming of the History Dutch (1652) History French Huguenots (1668) Dutch (1652), the French Huguenots (1668) and the early German History German Lutheran Settlers a little later. With perhaps a few exceptions, these settlers were all Protestants. The Dutch Reformed Church (DRC), controlled by hierarchy in Amsterdam, was the established church into which the Huguenots, with the exception of the German Lutheran, were assimilated. By l875 most of the non-state churches (those in the English group) in the Cape Colony became known as `free' churches. These churches became known as the 'English Free Churches English speaking Speaking Churches.’


How to Keep Sanctified
Booklet by J.O. Mc CLURKAN

The conflict is not over when you enter the sanctified life. The enemy within has been cast out, but sin in a thousand different forms lurks about you. To retain a pure heart requires the utmost vigilance. “Let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.”
The Israelites did most of their fighting after entering Canaan; but few conquests were made in the wilderness. It takes the grace of entire sanctification to guarantee continuous victory in a land of walled cities, giants and thirty-one kings.

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Leef Heilig vir die Koms van die Bruidegom!
Johan Malan

Heiligmaking bepaal nie net die kwaliteit van ons verhouding met die Here hier op aarde nie, maar dit moet uitdruklik ook met die oog op die wederkoms van Jesus beoefen word. Die ware kerk is die bruid van die Here Jesus, wat by sy wederkoms met ‘n rein kleed voor Hom gestel moet word. Hiervoor het ons twee genadewerke in ons lewe nodig. Die eerste genadewerk staan in verband met die aanvanklike reiniging wat ons tydens wedergeboorte ontvang, terwyl die tweede genadewerk met volkome heiligmaking, of vervulling met die Heilige Gees, in verband staan. Jesus Christus het Homself vir altwee hierdie genadewerke aan ons oorgegee en verwag dat ons Hom vir beide daarvan sal vertrou:

"Christus [het] ook die gemeente liefgehad en Homself daarvoor oorgegee om dit te heilig, nadat Hy dit gereinig het met die waterbad deur die woord, sodat Hy die gemeente voor Hom kon stel, verheerlik, sonder vlek of rimpel of iets dergliks; maar dat dit heilig en sonder gebrek sou wees" (Ef. 5:25-27).

Die Koringkorrel moet Sterf
Johan Malan

As ons nie bereid is om te sterf vir die wêreld, die vlees en die sonde nie, kan ons nie bruikbare dissipels van Jesus word nie. In só ‘n toestand sal ons “alleen” en “onvrugbaar” wees en nie aan ons doel as Christene beantwoord nie. Die Here Jesus het gesê: “Voorwaar, voorwaar Ek sê vir julle, as die koringkorrel nie in die grond val en sterf nie, bly dit alleen; maar as dit sterf, dra dit veel vrug” (Joh. 12:24).


We Must Be Holy
JC Ryle

We must he holy on earth before we die, if we desire to go to heaven after death. If we hope to dwell with God for ever in the life to come, we must endeavour to be like Him in the life that now is. We must not only admire holiness, and wish for holiness: we must be holy.

Die stryd teen vleeslikheid
Andrew Murray

Baie Christene leef in ‘n toestand van vleeslikheid voort deurdat hulle nie na ‘n lewe van oorwinning in die krag en onder die leiding van die Heilige Gees streef nie. Die gevolg hiervan is dat die eienskappe van die vlees oorheersend in hulle lewe bly en alle moontlikheid van geestelike groei uitskakel. Hulle bly klein kindertjies in die Here wat as gevolg van hulle beperkinge en tekortkominge onbevoeg is om geestelike werk te doen. Hulle vertoon nie die vrug van die Gees nie en word deur verdorwe emosies soos selfgesentreerdheid, twis, jaloersheid en tweedrag gekenmerk. Daar is egter ‘n oplossing vir hierdie ernstige probleem.

Die Pad van die Here
Johan Malan

Die pad van die regverdiges is die pad van die lewe. Die Here Jesus het hierdie nuwe en lewende weg vir ons deur sy kruisdood geopen, en nooi ons daarheen. Hoe word ons op hierdie pad geplaas? Dit begin by ons wedergeboorte, en terwyl ons geestelik groei word die pad al hoe helderder tot die volle dag.

Preke oor Heiligmaking (mp3):
Geesvervulling 1 (34:44)
Geesvervulling 2 (35:07)- Ds. Hannes Delport
Christelike Volmaaktheid Nou (51:33) - Ds. Marius Wolfaardt

Four messages

Four messages are presented on key issues which directly affect the nature of preparations which the church as the bride of Christ should make to be ready for the sudden coming of Jesus Christ as the heavenly Bridegroom
Johan Malan


Who is Jesus and how Well do we Know Him?

The Grey Area of Deception between Two Kingdoms

Typology of Abraham and his Family

The Necessity of Complete Sanctification


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From Darkness to the Light


God’s Plan of Salvation
Prof. Johan Malan


There is a definite way that the Lord Jesus deals with unbelievers to save them, equip them for service and prepare them for eternal life in heaven. The willingness and full co-operation of each one of us, according to fixed biblical guidelines, is necessary if we wish to avert the tragedy of a false repentance. We can all share in the wonderful experience to be called by the Lord out of the darkness of sin into His marvellous light. I invite you to explore with me the unsearchable riches of the Lord’s love and saving grace, and to accept it by faith.

1. Calling
2. Sorrow
3. Repentance or Conversion
4. Justification
5. Rebirth
6. Sanctification
7. Glorification
False Foundations
How to Grow in Grace

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