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English Articles by Johan Malan

Late Prof Johan Malan was a professor in anthropology at the University of Limpopo. He connected his interest in the Bible and religion to scientific studies of various cultures. These studies led to numerous articles and books including Patmos Letters, Israel, and Messages on Pentecost. Johan was an evangelical Christian and advocate for the historical-grammatical interpretation of the Bible.

A Storm out at Sea

In Matthew 14 we read of a difficult situation in which the Lord Jesus had put His disciples. While a contrary wind was rising and a storm brewing, they were made to cross the Sea of Galilee towards evening time in a small rowing boat:

A Winning Plan for Life

True believers in Jesus Christ wish to be successful in all their endeavors and to live victorious spiritual lives. In Galatians 5, the Bible offers us such a winning plan for life.

An Interfaith Movement is Taking Root Worldwide

The Bible is very clear on the fact that, during the coming tribulation, the supporters of all faiths will follow and worship the same world messiah. In the book of Revelation John describes him as the beast who will have dominion over the whole earth:

Angus Buchan: Evangelist or Revivalist?

Angus Buchan is an evangelist and not a revivalist. An evangelist is involved with basic or first phase evangelism and usually addresses a particular group of people only once, or perhaps a few times during a weekend rally. After his listeners have indicated that they accepted Christ as Saviour, he regards his duty as done and then moves on to his next appointment.

Beer and Wine: The Bible’s Counsel

Doesn't the Bible refer in a number of places to wine and strong drink? Don't we quite often find people drinking alcohol in the Bible? Can't we assume, then, that Scripture generally does not condemn drinking alcoholic beverages?

Challenges to True Evangelists

Paul gave certain directives to Timothy on how to remain true to Christ, to the Word, and to his calling as an evangelist. They include a steadfast commitment to preach the truth, even in the face of severe opposition from false teachers who deviated from the truth.

Christian Fundamentalism

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.

Conformity to the Image of Christ

During His creation, the Triune God, Elohim, said:  Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness (Gen. 1:26). This likeness refers in the first instance to the spiritual part of our existence. God is a Spirit (John 4:24) and He created a being with an immortal spirit and soul, with whom He could communicate.

Death-bed Experiences

In the preface of his book, Voices from the Edge of Eternity, John Meyers says, Death is a subject no one can treat lightly. It is too final for that. Beauty, honour, wealth, earthly power, hopes, and dreams all are swallowed up in that finality.

Demonic Attacks on Believers’ Faith throughout the Ages

Biblical faith refers to the essential spiritual bond or relationship between a saved person and God: Without faith, it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Heb. 11:6).

End-time Deception in the Emerging Church

We are living in a time when increased pressure is exerted upon all churches to fundamentally change their doctrines. The Bible is considered less dogmatic since modern humanity is not prepared to restrict its freedom by a narrow and literal interpretation of Scripture.

Faith and Repentance

In the New Testament doctrine on salvation there is a mutual relationship between the concepts of “faith in Christ” and “repentance”. If we truly believe in Christ, repenting from our evil and selfish ways is inevitable.

Great Significance of the Atonement

All people are sinners upon whom the curse of the death penalty has been pronounced: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.

Human Reactions during Times of Severe Distress

During the coming great tribulation, survival on earth will be threatened by unequalled natural disasters. Many people will be afflicted by fear and despair in reaction to these disasters. Some will become wicked and violent, while also taking refuge in liquor abuse in an effort to forget their serious problems. Others will be overcome by their sorrows and die of heart failure.

Impending Wars in the Middle East

The Lord says that His wayward people, Israel, will only seek Him and be spiritually restored during perilous times when their enemies threaten to destroy them. In Hosea 5:15 He says, In their affliction they will diligently seek Me. Jeremiah also refers to Israels end-time distress: It is the time of Jacobs trouble, but he shall be saved out of it (Jer. 30:7).

Justification and Sanctification

Paul uses the parable of the building of a house to demonstrate the two basic aspects of our spiritual life, i.e. justification and sanctification. The foundation is absolutely unique and indispensable: “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11).

Persevere in Faith

How should we defend ourselves against all the lies and deception that are proclaimed about the Christian faith? We should convince, rebuke, and exhort the wayward ones with all longsuffering and teaching (2 Tim. 4:2), thereby fulfilling our call to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3). The unfruitful works of darkness must be exposed (Eph. 5:11).

Privileges and Responsibilities of the Bride of Christ

The relationship between the Lord Jesus and His bridal congregation is strikingly described in terms of Jewish marriage customs in biblical times. In this article, the main emphasis is on the responsibilities that rested upon the bride during the long absence of the bridegroom.

Religious Deception

Abstract: The kingdom of darkness infiltrated the Christian church with a view to adulterating it by proclaiming a counterfeit Jesus, a counterfeit spirit and a counterfeit gospel.

Sanctification: What Does the Lord Expect of Us?

The Bible unequivocally states that we should be completely sanctified with a view to the second coming of Jesus Christ. A further work of grace is needed in our lives to share in this blessing. Pauls prayer for the Thessalonians is that the Lord may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints (1 Thess. 3:13).

Serious Deception of Falling in the Spirit

The phenomenon of falling (being slain) in the Spirit is an unbiblical practice which surfaced in the charismatic movement for the first time during the second half of the 20th century. Since then it has spread all over the world and become an instrument in the hands of the devil to establish a false kind of mystical spirituality in the lives of millions of people.

Slaves of Sin

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.

Spiritual Backsliding

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.

Stumbling-blocks on the Way to Sanctification

Every Christian is called to a life of holiness, victory, and unimpeded service to the Lord. However, much perseverance and commitment are needed before this life will become a reality. Paul says that we should enter into a new phase of obedience in our lives, put down every obstacle and, with perseverance, pursue complete sanctification.

Ten Kinds of Spiritual Foolishness

The knowledge of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Prov. 9:10). Contrary to this, the beginning of foolishness is to deny God and think and live according to one’s own, limited understanding.

The Christian New World Order

There are clear promises in the Bible about a Christian new world order which will be instituted after the second coming of Christ. Satan will be bound and Jesus Christ will rule the world with His glorified saints.

The Corn of Wheat Must Die

If we are not prepared to die for the world, the flesh and sin we cannot be useful disciples of Jesus Christ. In such a state we will be “alone” and “barren” (unable to bare fruit) and not meet our purpose as Christians. The Lord Jesus said: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24).

The Dispensations of God – Do You Have the Correct Perspective?

There is a progressive revelation of God and His plan for the ages in human history on earth since Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden until the end of time when humanity will reach its final destination. Seven clear dispensations can be distinguished by the counsel of God, and they are characterised by increasing knowledge of good and evil.

The False Theory of Generation Curses

The modern fad of generation curses as an excuse for sin is a major cause of many peoples deception.

The Five Wonders of the Gospel

John 3:16 is one of the most widely quoted verses from the Bible. This famous verse is also called “the gospel in a nutshell” because it is considered a summary of the foundational New Testament doctrine of salvation:

The Great Commission of Jesus Christ

The Godly mandate of the mission command embraces three different activities that must be carried out.

The Greatness of God’s Love and Grace

God is the source and personification of true love. All those who wish to belong to Him must receive His divine love in their hearts and live according to its noble principles.

The Importance of Prayer

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.

The Judgement Seat of Christ

All Christians have an appointment to appear before the Judgement Seat of Christ to give account of their lives and stewardship as believers. This judgement is distinct from the final judgement before the great white throne.

The Necessity of Rebirth

Nicodemus was one of the moderate and more open-minded members of the Sanhedrin in Israel. He was impressed with the ministry of Jesus, particularly with His divine power to do miracles, and wanted to find out more about it.

The Pretribulation Rapture and a Perspective on Trumpets

There are quite a number of biblical promises on the rapture of true believers, before the start of the seven-year-long tribulation period when the Antichrist will rule over the world. Some of these promises are implicitly evident from certain scriptures while, in other cases, it is explicitly stated as a fact that believers will escape the coming tribulation.

The Rapture

Abstract: The secret meeting between Christ and His church, as opposed to His public appearance when every eye shall see Him.

The Rejection of Christian Doctrines

We live at a time of great apostatising from biblical truth, shortly before the revelation of the Antichrist as world leader and false messiah, who will be followed, honoured and worshipped by a completely deceived world (2 Thess. 2:3; Rev. 13:3-4).

The Role of Signs and Wonders

Signs and wonders are supernatural acts by which God demonstrates His omnipotence to miraculously save believers, to subdue His enemies, and to reveal aspects of His counsel. As in the time of Noah and Lot, divine judgements were at times poured out upon rebellious societies.

The Sin of Homosexuality

According to Scripture, homosexual activity in any form is sin and is strongly condemned. It is first spoken of with reference to the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 19.

The Word of God

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

Three Steps to Higher Heights

We are commanded to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord Jesus (2 Pet. 3:8), which commits us to develop spiritually from a basic to a more advanced knowledge of God and HisWord. The implication is that we should not remain small children in Christ who are tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, but, through various stages, grow up to the mature man or woman in Christ (Eph. 4:13-14).

True and Deceived Followers of Jesus

There are many views about Jesus among the millions of His followers. These diverging opinions form the basis of a wide range of relationships with Him. Included among those who regard themselves as Christians, is a large group of deceived believers who are convinced that they follow and serve Jesus.

Twelve Reasons for the Rapture

Abstract: The rapture is a very important promise in the chronology of end-time events. It must be properly understood if we wish to be ready and worthy to escape the coming tribulation period.


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DIE NATUURLIKE EIENSKAPPE VAN GOD WAT VERBAND HOU MET GOD SE WESE SOOS HY IN HOMSELF IS. Alwetend – God weet alles. Hy het volledige kennis van alles in die verlede, hede en die toekoms. (Job 37:16; Ps. 139:1-6). Almagtig – God…
One has only to examine the Bible to find abundant references condemning the use of alcoholic beverages. In fact, if the preacher is to stick to his Bible, preach the whole truth, and be…
Twee van die sondes waarteen mense ‘n baie verdraagsame houding inneem, is drink en rook. Wat sê die Bybel hiervan, en wat is die gevare wat daaraan verbonde is? Drankgebruik Een van die algemeenste argumente waardeur mense drankgebruik wil regverdig,…
An exposition of the doctrine of eternal punishment in a burning hell for all the unsaved people of all ages. 1. How Can We Know About Hell? “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine…
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…
Die onderwerp van die doop is baie kontroversieel met baie misverstande. Baie mense dweep met die doop en dit raak 'n obsessie by hulle. Dit veroorsaak baie keer ongebalanseerde en dwase strydvrae met die gevolg dat Christene twis oor die…
Vergifnis is ‘n opdrag in die Woord van God (Matt 6:14, 15; Mark 11:25, 26; Luk 6:37; Efes 4:32 en Kol 3:13). Sonder vergifnis is daar geen bevryding van die seer en pyn wat ander jou aangedoen het nie. Die…

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Loose Lips Sink Ships
I know this has been used as a catchphrase by the military in referring to ships. However, I believe it could be applied to each one of us today. Loose lips can sink more than naval ships. They can…

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Being a Christian and drinking alcohol, what does the Bible say?
The Dangers of Moderate Drinking
John B. Gough (1817-1886) Born in Sandgate, Kent, England in 1817, Gough immigrated to the United States when he was only twelve years old. His mother and sister also came to America. His mother died of a stroke and Gough,…

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Beer and Wine: The Bible’s Counsel
Doesn't the Bible refer in a number of places to wine and strong drink? Don't we quite often find people drinking alcohol in the Bible? Can't we assume, then, that Scripture generally does not condemn drinking alcoholic beverages? It's true that…

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A collection of articles written by FB Meyer. Practical advice for the daily Christian life.

A NEW YEAR is opening before us, and there is some satisfaction in feeling that an opportunity will be afforded of making a really new start. Each true heart in which there is a spark of the Divine life turns eagerly towards the unblemished page, the untrodden way, of the…
BENEATH all exaggeration there is a basis of truth. When an American said that the whey which flowed from the making of a large cheese in his country was sufficient to run three sawmills; and when another affirmed that the soil of his farm was so prolific that the tendrils…
To be straight is to be true. There is no more important exhortation on the page of Scripture, than where the Apostle says, "Whatsoever things are true . . . think on these things." A friend of mine, educated in one of our great English schools, says that the most formative words of…
WHAT a shadow is cast over lives and homes by bad tempers! It is Sunday morning, God's day of rest and peace, when the worry and rush of the world should be quiet, and the voices of newspaper boys and hawkers of small wares should be still. A family of…
No flirting, young people, please! You cannot flit around the flame without the risk of burning your wings; and remember, if these are lost, you cannot get another pair; you may be able to crawl or limp, but you will never again bask in the sunbeams or dance with merry-hearted…
LONGFELLOW'S village blacksmith felt that "something accomplished, something done," had earned a night's repose; and I suppose that he did little else than shoe the farmers' horses, or put new shares to their ploughs; yet he had the perpetual consciousness that he was doing something in the world, contributing to…
No wonder that the common people hung on Christ's words. He was a Master of the Art of Illustration, because he sought his emblems, not from remote corners of creation, or its recondite processes, but from the common incidents of ordinary human experience. Salt and light, birds and lilies, gates…
Everyone needs some guidance on where to start reading and how to read their Bible. Below are Afrikaans & English printables - give it to every young believer that you give a Bible to.
Tips on reading your Bible

Where should I start?

Start by reading a chapter in the morning and evening. Mark in your Bible and write in a notebook everything that stands out in the chapter you read.

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Wenke om jou Bybel te lees

Waar moet ek begin?

Lees jou Bybel in orde, moet nooit rondspring tussen boeke en hoofstukke nie. Hou by jou lees skedule, as jy laas Markus 1 gelees het lees jou nou Markus 2.

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'n Rein hart gevul met die Heilige Gees

Met die ondervinding van wedergeboorte (Joh. 3:3) én die bevestiging daarvan deur die getuienis van die Heilige Gees (Rom. 8:16), vind ‘n radikale verandering van lewenswyse plaas (2 Kor. 5:17). Hierna volg ‘n proses van selfontdekking wat lei tot die behoefte aan ‘n dieper innerlike verlossing (vrymaking) en reiniging van die inwonende sonde asook die vervulling met die Heilige Gees.
In Heb 3 & 4 wys die skrywer vir ons die wonderlike belofte van God se rus, wat ‘n rein en oorwinnende lewe in Christus is. Hy vertel van hierdie belofte, en dan vermaan hy die Hebreërs in hoofstuk 5:12-14 dat hulle moet voortgaan na volwassenheid want hulle is nog kinders in die geloof.
Hier besef die weergebore Christen dat ‘n dieper werk in sy hart benodig word. Dat daar dinge is waaraan hy dalk nog vasklou of sonde wat hy nie wil laat staan nie of hy twyfel en vertrou God nie volkome nie. Hier gaan ons kyk na wat die stryd in ons binneste is en hoe om die pad na heiligmaking te begin.
deur Marius Wolfaardt Christen Leefstyl
Kol 2:6: Soos julle dan Christus Jesus, die Here, aangeneem het, wandel so in Hom, 1. Watookal die Here vir jou sê, doen dit. Joh 2:5 “Sy moeder sê vir die dienaars: Net wat Hy vir julle sê, moet julle doen.” - Moenie meer of minder doen nie, doen net dit wat Hy gesê het. Matt 28:20 “En kyk, Ek is met julle al die dae tot aan die voleinding van die wêreld. Amen.” – As ek doen wat Hy sê sal Hy met my wees. Doen wat Jesus sou gedoen het. Meet alles altyd hieraan.
by Marius Wolfaardt Christian Lifestyle
Col 2:6 As therefore ye received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 1. Whatever the Lord tells you to do, do it. Joh 2:5 “His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” Don't do more or less, but, just that which He tells you to do. Mat 28:20 “teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” If you do what He tells you to do, He will be with you unto the end of the world. Always do what Jesus would do, measure everything according to this rule.
deur Marius Wolfaardt Christen Leefstyl
Hoe hanteer ek dit?

Mat 5:4 Salig is die wat treur, want hulle sal vertroos word.
Binne in die moeilike tye is die Here reeds besig om iets nuuts te maak, al sien jy dit nie raak terwyl jy in die vuur is of deur die rivier gaan nie. God het ‘n plan. Rou is natuurlik en is iets wat moet gebeur, dit is ‘n proses om deur te werk, maar daarna moet jy ook aan beweeg en nie hier vasval nie.

Assurance of Salvation

Is jy weergebore?



Om te WEET DAT JOU SONDE VERGEWE IS en dat Jesus nou in jou hart woon.
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Wat die Bybel ons leer van wedergeboorte.
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