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Fake News, Alternative Facts and Deception

Fake News, Alternative Facts and Deception

(For the Dutch Version click here. We live in the most amazing times. In all my studies of books, Scripture and human nature, I could not have imagined seeing what is happening today. Truth and integrity has totally disappeared, both in the world and the church. We have seen a very deliberate and systematic process unfold in politics with profound results. A war has been unleashed against truth in every form. The term “fake news” is used to describe this…

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Who are the Remnant?

Who are the Remnant?

The idea that there would be a faithful remnant in Israel is firmly established in the Old Testament. The word is used over 80 times, almost exclusively referring to a remnant of Israel. Even the New Testament refers to the Israelite remnant: “…I have reserved for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace.” (Romans 11:4-5). However, there is…

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Evangelicalism Hits An All Time Low

Evangelicalism Hits An All Time Low

The endless debates around whether Kanye West is saved, or not, and the almost universal acceptance of him, not only as a brother, but a preacher and a great leader in the cause of the Gospel, has to be the lowest ebb of Evangelicalism, ever. The previous low was when over 80 million Evangelicals in the USA hailed Trump as a brother, fellow believer, and defender of the faith, and continue to do so. (This article has nothing to do…

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What is Happening to the Church?

What is Happening to the Church?

This is how Jesus describes how things will be for believers just before the end: “Then they will deliver you up to tribulation and kill you, and you will be hated by all nations for My name’s sake. And then many will be offended, will betray one another, and will hate one another. Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to…

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Strangers and Pilgrims

Strangers and Pilgrims

Recently I started teaching through the first epistle of Peter. The letter opens with the words “…To the pilgrims of the dispersion”. Theologians argue as to who the strangers were and what was/is the dispersion to which he refers. I believe the answer is that he is writing to all true believers since true believers, in any age, are scattered among the nations and while we are in the world, we are not of the world (John 17) and therefore…

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The State of Discernment – Physician Heal Thyself

The State of Discernment – Physician Heal Thyself

The State of Discernment – Physician Heal Thyself Please note: Any reference to “discernment ministries” (lower case) is not to be confused with “Discernment Ministries” (upper case). I am fully aware that this newsletter contains shocking statements and that there are many generalizations. We must, however, examine the general trends. Those ministries that do not conform to the general trend are an extremely small minority of less than  five. The fact that there may be exceptions, do not prove the…

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Doctrine Plus Character

Doctrine Plus Character

This is one of the first articles I wrote about 18 years ago. No one paid attention to it then and probably no one will listen today, but I felt strongly to republish it:   Christians have been confused by the fact that there are Christian ministers and teachers who, in spite of serious sin, continue to teach the word in a doctrinally correct way. We understand that none of us is perfect and that we all sin. What I…

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Discerning Good and Evil

Discerning Good and Evil

In order to know who and what to trust we need a number of important spiritual tools. First we need to look at the fruit of someone’s life. For this we simply need a pair of eyes and some basic good judgment. Sadly, unbelievers are able to look at many of the false prophets of today and recognize them for what they are, while Christians are being deceived. Secondly we need the Bible against which to measure the doctrine. We…

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Everything is Not What it Seems

Everything is Not What it Seems

Have you ever come across any of the following? The sister who repeatedly tells you to correct her when she is wrong but when you do correct her, gets angry and defensive. The “holiness preacher” who lives a life of immorality. The teacher who is adamant that he is not this or that, yet his statement of faith and his preaching reveals him to be what he denies. The brother who tells you how much he loves and appreciates you,…

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The Kings and the Great Harlot

The Kings and the Great Harlot

There are three main players on earth during the last days – Satan, the Antichrist and the False Prophet. Even though they appear on the scene near the end, the principles that they represent have always been with us. Satan has done his dastardly work since before the Garden of Eden and there has always been those who oppose and seek to take the place of Christ: “And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was…

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