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Know the Power of Healthy Agency

Do you ever find yourself struggling to find the right tool for a specific task? It’s like searching for a number-10 spanner and ending up using a pair of pliers instead! Similarly, the church sometimes tries to adopt a one-size-fits-all approach, but witnessing a professional at work is truly awe-inspiring—they work effortlessly and swiftly, utilizing the perfect tools for the job!

This scenario emphasizes the concept of “agency”: God created the world as a diverse community of species, each with its own unique purpose. Whether it’s predators, insects, birds, reptiles, or even pesky mosquitoes, they all serve a specific role.

A Tapestry of Unique Diversities

As we progress in our journey to become more like Christ, our individual callings, identities, and purposes become clearer. We are all fashioned with different personalities, temperaments, talents, and abilities. Together, we complement one another, forming what Apostle André (Harvester’s Founder) aptly describes as “God’s Genius.”

The functions and expressions of the church also possess their unique purposes. Each of the five-fold gifts—apostle, prophet, evangelist, teacher, and pastor—has a distinct passion for different aspects of our spiritual development. Believers thrive spiritually when they are mentored and exposed to these invaluable gifts: the apostle assists in discovering one’s mission; the prophet guides and urges listening to God’s heart; the evangelist encourages bringing others to Christ; the teacher instructs in understanding God’s Word and ways; and the pastor fosters love and care for one another. Engaging in these fivefold spiritual practices allows us to grow, mature, and become more resilient in the face of life’s challenges.

Discovering Our Purpose

The story of Martha and Mary is not a comparison of virtuous work versus the importance of prayerful intimacy with God. In Luke 10:41, Jesus says to Martha, “You are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.” It was a matter of timing and agency. Mary chose the better part because Jesus was teaching, and it wasn’t the time for food preparation. Once Jesus had finished teaching, everyone could have joined in preparing and enjoying a delicious meal together.

Furthermore, this story highlights personal agency. Traditionally, women were not expected to be disciples of a Rabbi. “Sitting at a Rabbi’s feet” was an ancient idiom for being a devoted disciple. Mary intended to defy societal norms. But how could a woman become a Rabbi? According to cultural expectations, women were tasked with domestic responsibilities. Jesus’ words, “Mary has chosen that good part (Greek Meris – share), which will not be taken away from her,” affirm this interpretation. She chose to be His disciple and devotee, and no one could take that role away from her.

Likewise, we should know our calling, our part, our share, our place, and our mandate in life. (2 Pet 1:10). Once we understand God’s purpose and design for our lives, we no longer need to compete with others. A healthy ecosystem of believers resembles a cosmos of provision and support, where everyone functions in their unique agency. Envision a close-knit family of Christ-centered lawyers, doctors, nurses, teachers, engineers, farmers, artists, artisans, counselors, law enforcers, philanthropists, or architects! It can become a powerful combination of resources, provision, and wisdom.

Recognizing the Bigger Picture

While we all require continuous love and special care, relying solely on one person or family can lead to disappointment. Yes, it’s true! Remember, even our closest loved ones can transition from the temporal to the eternal at any moment. Our loved ones are precious gifts from God because we know them and are familiar with them. However, the Holy Spirit wants us to also acknowledge the unknown greater Body of Christ that is always present.

That is why it is vital to belong to and commit to a local church whilst continuously make new friends, as we never know how God may use them or us when the need arises. This is the essence of the story of the good Samaritan. He was simply a friend, a committed neighbor who helped a person (Jew) in need (Luk 10:25-35).

I believe that all our emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical, vocational, and social needs can be met within the local body of Christ!

The Essence of Health

In the spiritual realm, the church is likened to the human physical body, highlighting its interconnectedness and dependence on each member. When assessing the health of a church, we should not focus on age or size. An elephant can never become a mouse, as each possesses unique advantages and liabilities due to its size. A mouse can never grow as big as an elephant. Every church is limited to its original creational purpose and mandate. We cannot be everything to everyone and end up being nothing to no one. Understanding our purpose and remaining true to it enables us to fulfill and FINISH our calling, just as Jesus, Paul, and David did.

Irrespective of whether a church is old or new, small or large, what truly matters is its ability to maintain a healthy symbiosis of holy relationships. As the Apostle Paul emphasizes in 1 Corinthians 12:12-14, the church comprises of various parts, each contributing to the whole. The unity and collective strength of these parts, not their external characteristics, determine the church’s health and effectiveness. Those who depart and establish new churches in anger and offense due to apparent problems will inevitably encounter similar issues within their own structures.

Combatting Spiritual Viruses

To remain a healthy church, it is crucial to recognize and address the spiritual viruses and parasites that can infiltrate and weaken it. Sins such as division, rebellion, arrogance, lovelessness, pride, apathy, doctrinal error, lukewarmness, and dead works are among the spiritual afflictions that hinder the church from fulfilling its purpose.

Thankfully, healthy churches possess the inherent ability to heal themselves through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. By continuously seeking His guidance and adhering to His teachings, the body of Christ can confront and overcome the spiritual diseases that threaten its well-being. Healing and restoration take place through the continual transformative work of the Holy Spirit.

It is essential to remain committed and work towards healing for all, even when a church is visibly affected by a disease. Each individual has a vital role as a vessel of healing and restoration within the body of Christ. You get two kinds of people, those who bring healing and those who make everything toxic. Galatians 6:9 encourages believers not to “grow weary in doing good”, promising that perseverance will yield a harvest. By standing firm in the face of challenges and actively participating in the healing process, we contribute to the overall well-being of God’s genius—the church.

Tragically, it is also true that any ecosystem can become so severely afflicted that recovery becomes unattainable, leading to its demise. Some viruses are as lethal as cancer, necessitating significant intervention for survival. Sins like arrogance, pride, division, and rebellion can utterly destroy a church organization or family if not addressed adequately.

Acknowledging the Different Agencies

The church should also learn to understand the power of agency in the marketplace, government, and society at large. Within a community, various structures function in diverse ways. I often observe believers attempting to be a voice in the wilderness, disconnected from society, instead of being salt and light within society.

Envision how a community can become God’s Delight as the TRUE CHURCH begins to influence and reform every aspect of society, starting with the pillars of government, law and order, health, education, and business, and extending to the glue of society—creative industries, sports, and recreation.

Sometimes, due to our lack of understanding of agency, its culture, and its protocols, we can either become distant couch-sitting critics or unwittingly participate in a manner similar to someone attempting to play cricket with rugby rules and gear. Our ignorance of how agency operates within different contexts can lead to misunderstandings, miscommunication, and ineffective engagement. Just as a skilled player knows the rules, strategies, and appropriate gear for each sport, we need to familiarize ourselves with the unique dynamics and expectations of different agencies.

Call to Action

Rather than complaining about the government, one can choose to represent an agency on a Ward Council or take on the role of a Ward Counsellor. Instead of criticizing the teachers at your child’s school, it is more productive to become actively involved and serve on the management committee. Instead of pointing fingers at the church, one can either plant a new one or seek to be added to a church where they can serve and have a positive influence.

By embracing agency and understanding our unique roles within the church community, we foster collective growth and strengthen the body.

Let us meditate and reflect prayerfully on this important verse in Ephesians 4:16, “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

A healthy, radiant church becomes a marvelous testament to the manifold wisdom of God in the spiritual realm.

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South Africa Needs Leaders with a Christ-Centred Moral Compass

The world has never been more in danger of grave self-destruction!  


Recently I was called by the Executive Mayor of the Cederberg Municipality to request all the Spiritual Leaders in our community to take up their God Given Mandate as Custodians of the Moral Standards and Values of Society. Dr Ruben Richards, in his own words: “For the past three decades (since 1994), South Africa has been transitioning from the apartheid past into a democratic dispensation. Unfortunately, that transition remains bedevilled by challenges of significant proportions, which, if not fixed, can see our country plunged into literal and figurative (spiritual) darkness. As a predominantly Christian country, we are emotionally, economically, and spiritually traumatized by ongoing revelations of moral decay at all levels of society. We need our Spiritual Leaders!”[1]

In a world that often seems plagued by greed, laziness, and selfishness, the need for leaders with a strong moral compass is more critical than ever. South Africa, a country rich in diversity and cultural heritage, is no exception. As we navigate the challenges of the modern era, with the emergence of large language models powered by AI, the threat of undetectable fake news and fake information is imminent.  The dark storm clouds of the immanent anti-Biblical Woke Culture War regarding critical race theory, gender identity, humanism, and freedom of sexual expression are looming much closer to home than we realize! 

We are like sheep without a shepherd! Like a ship in a storm in search of a lighthouse! 

In this tumultuous landscape, the need for leaders with a Christ-centred moral compass becomes increasingly imperative.  

History is repeating itself!  

Since 1994 four successive presidents: Nelson Mandela, Thabo Mbeki, Jacob Zuma, and Cyril Ramaphosa made pleas for a Moral Regeneration Strategy.  The SA Government initiated and funded the Moral Regeneration movement, the Ethical Institute, Special Investigating Unit, Hawks (Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation); the National Prosecuting AuthorityZondo Commission (Commission of Inquiry into State Capture). These efforts are praiseworthy and absolutely necessary to safeguard our constitutional democracy, but Kwazi Dlamini succinctly proves in his article how Political interference disbanded the original, highly effective Scorpions, where ALL corruption was investigated[2].  

Now 29 years later, the nation is still grappling with issues such as state capture and the devastating revelations of the Zondo Commission, implicating former President Zuma and President Ramaphosa!  The latest book by former Eskom CEO Andre De Ruiter[3], exposes similar structural sin and corruption in the same way as Beyers Naude’s prophetic resistance against the Apartheid Government.  Already De Ruyter’s book is outselling two previous best sellers: Jacques Pauw’s The President’s Keepers and Kyle Cowan’s Sabotage: Eskom Under Siege.  It seems that the silent Majority of the South African Collective is growing increasingly impatient with corruption! 

The Church’s Imperfect Example and Silence:

As I am writing this article, there are currently three news articles running in the Volksblad and Burger about the church’ dismal silence against systemic structural sin and corruption. Archbishop Thabo Makgoba of the The Anglican Church gave the following message on the first day of the NG Church in the Western Cape’s synod session: “Do not be silent for fear of being called racist.” The “new struggle” according to him is the struggle to regain the moral compass and our equality of opportunity. (1 June 2023 – Prof Kobus Lazanby, Heidelberg – Volkblad.)

The collapse of the South African social landscape forces every citizen to do its thing, as much as they can. But even greater demands are placed on civil institutions. Gift of the Givers, AfriForum, Solidarity and others bring their side, but where are the churches? What is going on with the churches in South Africa? Where is the protest in the Reformed tradition of the word? Where is the church’s voice? Where is the prophetic voice of the church that is supposed to proclaim God’s name, kingdom and will? (3 June 2023 – Article by Koos Marais, Silver Lakes – Die Burger)

‘The church’s voice is getting quieter and quieter’ Church leaders played a significant role in establishing democracy in South Africa. So why do we still live in a divided country? And, asks Marlene le Roux, where are today’s leaders? A heated debate evolved with more than 70 comments in the Burger (1 June 2023 – Die Burger) 

The Church, traditionally seen as an exemplar, has faced its share of moral challenges.[4] Dr. Wim Dreyer from the Department of Church History and Church Polity, Faculty of Theology, University of Pretoria, sites Kinneman regarding the growing perception that the church cannot be trusted, lacks integrity, and has lost its original purpose.  

According to Dr. Dreyer recent published literature, including empirical research, reveals a growing disillusionment with ecclesial practices and a disturbing picture of how churches could lose their way and become engrossed in things that bear little semblance to the life and teaching of Christ. Recurring themes are summarised as follows by Dreyer:


More traditional churches are perceived to be obsessed with their own survival and the maintenance of the institutional aspects of the church[5].


This trend can be seen in the prominence of mega-churches with elaborate facilities and affluent leaders, as well as the marketing of Christian products and services that cater to material desires. Additionally, there is a growing consumerist mentality within Western Christian culture, where individuals seek to attain and display material possessions as a means of demonstrating their faith and status within the community. [6]

Jesus consistently emphasized the importance of disregarding materialism and outward impressiveness. He taught that true value lies in spiritual and moral qualities rather than in the accumulation of worldly possessions or the pursuit of external appearances. In Matthew 6:19-21, Jesus states, “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In Mark 8:36, Jesus highlights the insignificance of worldly gains compared to spiritual matters, saying, “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?”

Sexual abuse:

Evidence of individuals in positions of religious authority who have been involved in sexual misconduct, revealing a disturbing trend of exploitation and betrayal of trust within religious communities. [7]

Fraudulent ministries:

‘Healing ministries’ proven to be fraudulent is quite common, with news headlines about preachers carried on thrones by their members, inciting their members to spray Doom on themselves to irradicate evil spirits. A quick search on the Internet shows close to a million postings on fraudulent healings. In some cases where patients stopped medical treatment, it led to their death. [8]

People have lost their trust in leaders and institutions: 

From the perspective of the wonderful outcomes of the speed of trust, cited by Covey and Merrill we, as a civil society, have come to a complete halt.[9]  There seems to be little trust anywhere.  The culmination of five hundred years of self-determination at the cost of others through monopolies, racial and class divisions made us the most unequal but also most unstable society ever in history.  This is the dark side of capitalism: Self-interest.[10] According to Pareto’s efficiency theory, if we do not balance self-interest with mutuality, we inevitably become an unstable unequal society and collapse on ourselves.[11] The ethical counterbalance of mutuality heals this vested-economic-selfish interest and makes it sustainable in the long term as proposed in Dr. Arno Van Niekers’s new book – The Inclusive Economy: Criteria, Principles And Ubuntu.

An additional result of self-interest and consequent mistrust in civil society and its formal agencies is that we begin to work in silos, sometimes even against each other, with little impact and hopelessly ineffective.[12]There seems to be no common deep-rooted singular purpose national cohesive narrative that connects all these silos.  This low-outcome poor service delivery inefficiency throughout most sectors is the most significant contributor to broken trust in a nation. 

The Social Fiber of society is disconnected:

The recent reports of international Banks going bankrupt and Mega Church Scandals exasperate the aftermath of Covid 19,s social disconnect, evidenced in the low-attendance-rate of involvement in civil organization meetings like School Boards, Business Chambers, and Police forums and a continual downward lower and lower voter turnout in elections. 

The Conscious Leadership and Ethics summit hosted by the Mail & Guardian[13] shed light on the significance of conscience over compliance. Paul Polman, a prominent speaker at the summit, emphasized the importance of doing what is right rather than simply fulfilling the minimum requirements. He referred to society’s crisis due to greed, apathy, and selfishness, highlighting the urgent need for moral and cooperative leadership. This crisis demands leaders who prioritize ethical values and are willing to make principled choices.

Imtiaz Sooliman, the founder of Gift of the Givers, a primary Muslim-financed NGO, emphasized that conscious leadership is a spiritual pursuit. It involves aligning one’s soul with correct behaviour, fostering social cohesion, practicing compassion, and relinquishing ego and greed. True leaders uplift and support others, creating a society built on shared values and empathy.

Embracing Universal Morals:

The universal principles of morality are not exclusive to any specific religious or cultural group. A survey of 60 cultures worldwide revealed that certain moral rules consistently emerged, including helping one’s family and group, returning favours, showing bravery, respecting authority, fair resource distribution, and respecting others’ property.[14] These principles align with the teachings of Christ and provide a framework for ethical leadership.

The root of corruption is illicit means of financial security:

During the Mediation Foundation for Peace and Justice[15] conference at the Cape Castle for the restoration of land and the dignity of the people under the leadership of Alan Nelson, the 18th August 2018 keynote speaker Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, reminded participants that corruption is not only a government practice, the private sector has also been inundated by corruption scandals.[16] Corporate corruption, including deliberate bankruptcy, thin capitalization, illicit financial flows, transfer (mis)pricing, trade mispricing, jurisdiction shopping, and tax evasion.[17] Curruption Scandals that rocked SA lately is: Steinhoff, EOH, Tongaat Hulett to name a few.

Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) have several sources and channels which generally fall within three major categories: business-related activities (e.g. trade mis-invoicing); criminal activities (e.g. drug trade, human trafficking, illegal arms dealing, smuggling of contraband and tax evasion); and corruption and money laundering.

According to the Report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) on IFFs from Africa commissioned by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (2015),[18] over the last 50 years, Africa has lost in excess of USD 1 trillion in IFFs. A recent report by the AU Commission[19] indicates that “estimates of these amounts hover between USD 50 and 80 billion annually and seem to be on an upward trajectory.[20]

Economics and ethics are inseparable:

Over and above the economic reality of the cost of wages Henry Hazlitt reveals that economics and ethics are, in fact, intimately related. Both are concerned with human action, human conduct, human decision, and human choice. There is hardly an ethical problem, without its economic aspect. Our daily ethical decisions are the main economic decisions, and nearly all our daily economic decisions have, in turn, an ethical aspect.[21]

Thus, there is a need for a Biblical Consensus on the tenets of redemptive entrepreneurship. This is what “ethical trade”[22] and the “International Christian Chamber of Commerce” institutions try to achieve, Christians do business ethically. Moreover, Christians should see their vocation as a redemptive cause! See

Dale Partridge explains in his book People Over Profit that short-term profit gain, at the cost of the people, eventually leads to long-term decline. History has proven that all lasting commerce is born from a dedication to high moral character, the highest quality, and high customer loyalty.[23] 

Roche & Mayer started a collaborative research program between Oxford University and Mars to study the current capitalist system of increasing worldwide inequality, presenting a new model of ‘an economics of mutuality.’  We may soon need a new, more mutually beneficial, and complete form of capitalism that holistically optimizes value for all three inputs—the people, the planet, and financial capital—to reform the current system of financial capitalism that may one day collapse.[24]

Helmut Gollwitzer, a concerned pastor, theologian, and thinker known as a democratic socialist, debated that regardless of our Christian political biases, we need to strive toward a social togetherness – “perfect togetherness without any conflict.”[25] This local community togetherness and economic justice cannot be achieved politically, culturally, economically, or legislatively! This task lays at the Church community’s feet. To disciple the “ethos” where we reside and beyond. (Mat 28:19). 

This means in practise: Every Church begins to focus on the own influence sphere and awaken people to the person of Jesus Christ! 

What is God’s Heart for His Church – Book by Jan Oosthuizen

The Bible is implicit regarding its warnings about how not to earn a living:

Purposeless Toil (Prov. 23:4); lies (Prov. 21:6); charging interest to family members (Exo 22:25; Deut. 23:19); dishonest gain (Eze 22:13); ponzi & pyramid marketing schemes[26]; fraud, over-promise-under-deliver; slavery & oppression of the poor (Prov. 22:16); unjust scales (Prov. 11:1); quick-profit (Prov. 13:11); default on payments (Ps 37:21; Rom 13:7); passive income (2 Thes. 3:10); extortion & bribes (Luk. 3:14); violence (Prov. 1:19). 

In the face of South Africa’s deepening moral crisis, there have been select voices such as Unashamedly Ethical Movement and Crown Financial Ministries who have emerged as beacons of hope. Unashamedly Ethical, a global movement, strives to transform society by taking a stand for ethics, values, and clean living. 

The Foundation of our Christian Moral Code:

Jesus established the cornerstone of the Christian moral code. Love for God with all one’s heart, soul, and mind, and loving one’s neighbor as oneself are the foundational principles that promote empathy, compassion, and a sense of responsibility toward others.

Here are some specific examples of how Christ-centred leaders can make a difference in South Africa:

Human Rights vs. Human Wrongs:

  • We have chosen human rights at the cost of mutual, reciprocal responsibility.
  • We have chosen economic gains and profits at the cost of the people working for those profits.
  • We try to correct wrongs by laws and policies but ignore the intricate network of relationships involved.
  • We tried to silence the poor with grants and houses, but in the process, they were crying for friendship and inclusion.
  • We try to give more people work but regard them as objects and figures on growth charts, dehumanizing them.
  • Unions won CCMA cases but lost relationships, vital inherent provisions to the worker’s future.
  • Politicians win votes from a minority electorate, but did they build a nation?
  • Leaders lobby for votes where they should have built bridges.


Alfred Tomatis, born into a musical family in France, initially aspired to be a performer like his opera-singer father. However, due to certain assessments, it was determined that he was not suitable for the stage. Consequently, Tomatis pursued a medical career, specializing in Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) practices.

During his medical practice, Tomatis’s father referred opera colleagues to him, seeking help for their vocal issues. Through his experience, Tomatis realized that traditional treatments were insufficient, and he also noticed a lack of research on the voice itself. This realization led him to develop a ground-breaking theory that connected vocal problems to hearing problems.

Tomatis’s core theory, “the voice does not produce what the ear does not hear,” became the foundation of his research and his unique methodology.

He found that opera singers had damaged the muscles in their middle ears, resulting in compromised hearing. Consequently, they would exert excessive effort to produce sounds in registers they could no longer perceive. 

Could it thus be that one of the primary reasons why the CHURCH and a predominant number of South Africa’s citizenry have lost their moral compass is the result of not hearing and discerning the “small voice of the Holy Spirit” within themselves?  Have we become deaf to the voice of God, because of the overwhelming noise of our times? Too many voices, opinions, information, social pressure, anxiety, fear, and personal ego have rendered us deaf to the gentle promptings of the Holy Spirit of God.

May we all be revived and awakened to the person and spirit of Jesus Christ, our spiritual true North! 

Thankfully, as listed throughout this article, there is also evidence that some leaders and churches do hear, and are tuned into what the Spirit is saying!!

A follow-up article is thus also needed! The Listing of what the ones are doing who do HEAR and OBEY his call! Amen!

[1] Speech to implore Spiritual Leaders to take up the role of the Moral Custodians of the Community 30 May 2023. Dr Ruben Richards, Executive Mayor of Cederberg Municipality, and Leader of the first Resident Association participating in Local Elections – Cederberg Eerste



[4] Dreyer, W., 2016, ‘Church, mission and ethics: Being church with integrity’,
HTS Teologiese Studies/ Theological Studies 72(1), Art. #3163, 8 pages. htp:// v72i1.3163 and Kinnaman, D., 2007, unChrisian. What a new generaion really thinks about Chriianity, Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI. 

[5] Viola, F. & Barna, G., 2008, Pagan Chrisianity? Exploring the roots of our church pracises, Tyndale House Publishers, Carol Stream, IL. 

[6] Rah, S.-C., 2009, The next evangelicalism. Freeing the church from Western cultural capivity, InterVarsity Press, Downers Grove, IL. 

[7] Küng, H., 1968, The Church, Search Press, London. 

[8] Randi, J., 1987, The faith healers, Prometheus Books, Bufalo, NY.

[9] Covey, S. and Merrill, R., n.d. The speed of trust.

[10] James, Harvey & Rassekh, Farha. (2000). Smith, Friedman, and Self-Interest in Ethical Society. Business Ethics Quarterly. 10. 659-674. 10.2307/3857897.

[11]  As understood by the Pareto Efficiency Principle: Pareto efficiency, named after the Italian economist and political scientist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923), is a major pillar of welfare economics.






[17] Bracking A qualitative reframing of private sector corruption Considerations from the natural resource sectors in South., 2020. Anti- Corruption Resource Centre U4, [online] August 2013 No 7(U4 Issue), p.2. Available at: <> [Accessed 13 August 2020].

[18] report_26feb_en.pdf

[19] African Union Commission (2019). Domestic Resource Mobilization: Fighting against Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows. AUC Publishing, Addis Ababa.




[23] Partridge. Dale, People over Profit, Thomas Nelson, 2015 

[24] Roche, B. and Jakub, J., 2017. Completing Capitalism. 1st ed. Oakland, CA 94612-1921: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

[25] See Gollwitzer,  Protestant Theology  : 191 –  2. Gollwitzer draws very briefly here on the imagery found in Mi 4.3f, Zec 3.10, and Rom 14.17.


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Walking in the SPIRIT

Lord, You want to partner with us in our prayers with Your answers. Our works, Your grace. Our possessions, Your blessing. Our obedience, Your call. Our weakness, Your strength. This is a great mystery. I pray, help us to make this sacred partnership more seamless and flowing, reciprocal, intimate, and natural. In the same way, Jesus could do nothing without the Father; we can do nothing without the Holy Spirit.
  • Jesus could do nothing without Him
  • seeing the Father do it (John 5:19-20, 30)
  • only doing His will (John 6:38)
  • doing only what the Father taught (Joh 8:28);
  • according to what the Father commanded (John 12:49).
In order for us to live and move by the way of the Spirit, or as Ap. Paul put it: “walking in the Spirit” (Gal 5:16) we must learn to be wholly devoted and dependent upon the Holy Spirit. We literally can do nothing without Him!
In the OT, people lived by the Law, in the NT believers live by the Holy Spirit.
It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. (Zech 4:6)
Know God by the Spirit: No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:11) Walk according to the Spirit and not gratify the desires of the flesh. It is the power of the Spirit life, that frees you from the gravitational downward pull of the flesh and sin (Rom 8:2-4; Gal 5:16). A new power is in operation.The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death, and empowering you to be walking in the Spirit. . The Message: (Rom. 8:2). Set your mind on the things of the Spirit (Rom 8:5-8). Put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit (Rom 8:13). The main characteristic of BEING A CHILD OF GOD is being led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14):
  • Know the Fatherhood of God and subsequent sonship by the Spirit (Rom 8:15-17).
  • Hope in the Spirit (Rom 8:23-25).
  • Pray in the Spirit (Rom 8:26-27). In other passages Paul mentions — (Jude 20)
  • Be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:18).
  • Serve in the Spirit (Rom 7:6; 15:16).
  • Love by the Spirit (Rom 15:30; Gal 5:22-23; Col 1:8).
  • Know one-another by the spirit.
The way of the spirit is more accurate and also quicker!
  • Jesus knew the heart of Nathaniel even before he had met him (John 1:47). Similarly, the Lord revealed to Ananias not only the change in Saul (Paul) but also his destiny before He met him. (Acts 9:10)
  • Phillip was divinely led to meet the servant of the court of Ethiopia. (Acts 8:26). Jesus knew what was in the Pharisees’ hearts.
  • He knew the woman at the well in the spirit (John 4).
Imagine a church where people are walking in the spirit, knowing each other deeply and fulfilling their unique roles without complaint or strife, because they do not feel threatened by one another. Let us allow the Teacher to lead, guide, and train us:
  • We are taught by that what the Holy Spirit teaches (1 John 2:27; 1 Cor 1:13).
  • People err, in interpreting the Bible without the Spirit (2 Cor 3:6). We can only know God, by the Spirit, because He is Spirit (1 Cor 2:10-12).
  • We cannot be regenerated and born again without the work of the Spirit (Tit 3:5).
  • The Eternal spirit through the Blood of Christ, cleanses you from an evil conscience (Heb 9:14).
Let us pray: Lord, help me walk in the spirit, live in the spirit, and bear the fruit of the spirit. May I always be filled with the Holy Spirit and empowered to obey your will, walking in the spirit as Jesus did.
It is only in the Spirit that we are safe.
  • It is only in the Spirit, that we cannot be deceived and misled (1 John 4:1; John 16:13).
  • Words and deeds done in the spirit, (1 Cor 2:13) He will defend.
  • In the Spirit we are accurate. In the Spirit we are holy and perfect. (John 17:17)
  • In the Spirit we are righteous. In the Spirit we will know the way in the Holy of holies. (Heb 9:8)
  • In the Spirit there is liberty. (2 Cor 3:17)
  • In the Spirit we are whole, and able to speak the whole gospel.
  • In the Spirit we have access to all things, gifts of the Spirit, (1 Cor 12:7-10) fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:21-22).
  • In the Spirit we are seated in heavenly places and will have authority. (Eph 2:6)
  • In the Spirit we know all things, and intentions of the heart. (1 Cor 2:10)
  • In the spirit we will know how to rightly divide and speak the truth.
  • In the Spirit, the dead are made alive!
  • It is by the Spirit that we are united and become one like the God-head.
  • It is by the Spirit that we are convicted, regenerated, filled, sanctified, justified and glorified.
  • We have no life, existence or substance outside of the spirit. All spiritual life is by definition in the Spirit.
  • Life in the spirit is a decided, conscious, intentional, aware, and awakening partnership, not a possession. A yielding, not an overpowering control. An awakening, not an unconscious, senseless, paralysed, cold, inert, insensate, insensible, lethargic, numb, passed out, stupefied, tranced state of being. Those are characteristics of being possessed by demons. Satan makes you like a zombie!
The Spirit gives life and unlocks supernatural inert abilities that God has all-ready birthed in us. By the Spirit, we are united in the divine! We miss out on the spirit-life because of:
  • Self: Ego, pride, insecurities, flesh. The way of the carnality and fleshly thinking is enmity to the Spirit. (Rom 8:5) There is no middle ground, no compromise.
  • The Holy Spirit is Jesus who walks in our streets today. He is a person. He does the same work as Jesus has come to do. (Joh 14:15)
  • The people treat Him the same as they treated Jesus. Who crucified Jesus? The religious and so-called clergy of that time.
  • The Holy Spirit wants to work through us; He wants to use us and let His gifts work through us and lead us to the Father.
  • He wants to reveal Christ to us so that He will become a reality in our lives. He wants to make us His disciples. He wants to lead us into deeper dimensions in the Spirit.
WAYS HOW WE RESIST THE SPIRIT Isaiah 63:10 But they rebelled, and grieved his Holy Spirit; Asab: A verb meaning to hurt, to pain, grieve, to shape to fashion. Mat 12: 31-32 Therefore I say unto you, Every sin and blasphemy shall men be forgiven; but the blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven of men. 32 And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him; But whosoever speaketh against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him in this age, nor in the coming. blasphēmía: Blasphemy, verbal abuse against someone which denotes the very worst type of slander mentioned in Matt. 15:19 with false witnesses; wounding someone’s reputation by evil reports, evil speaking. Acts 5: 3,9 Then Peter said, Ananias, why did Satan fulfill your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep the price of the land? Then Peter said to her, Why did you agree to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? Behold, the feet of those who bury your man are at the door, and they will carry you out. pseúdomai; fut. pseúsomai, mid. deponent of pseúdō (n.f.), to cheat, defraud, falsify. To lie, to speak falsely or deceitfully Acts 7:51 You stubborn and uncircumcised in heart and ears, you always resist the Holy Spirit; just as your fathers, so also you. antipíptō; fut. antipesoúmai, from antí (G0473), against, and píptō (G4098), to fall. To fall or rush against or upon in a hostile manner, assault, resist by force and violence, fall or strive against (Acts 7:51; Acts 8: 18-22 And when Simon saw that by the laying of the apostles the Holy Ghost was given, he offered their money 19 And said, Give me this power also, that whosoever shall lay my hands upon the Holy Ghost can receive. 20 But Peter said to him, Let your money go away with you, because you thought to receive the gift of God through money. 21 You have no part or fate in this matter, because your heart is not right before God. 22 Repent therefore of this evil from you, and pray to God, whether the mind of your heart may be forgiven you. 1 Thess 5:19 Do not quench the Spirit Sbénnumi: To quench, extinguish Eph 4:30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. lupéṓ̄: to grieve, afflict with sorrow; to be grieved, sad, sorrowful, to offend BEING IN THE SPIRIT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ISOLATE YOURSELF Being most connected and in tune, in the Spirit, enables you to
  • connect on a higher level with people, and being really present in their deep hidden needs, wants, desires, and motives.
  • Being connected in the Spirit first, then He will connect you with man, but on a higher level, so that you can pull them up, and not be pulled down by man’s devices.
Being in the Spirit and walking in the spirit does not disconnect you from man, becoming ascetic, but rather it connects you to man on a deeper divine spiritual level. People are most carnal, and do not understand the ways of the Spirit. It is foolishness and strange to them. There are very few people who live and abide in the spirit, walking in the Spirit. Life in the spirit is living like by the natural law of helium, where the way of carnality cannot escape the natural law of gravity. So people not living in the spirit, walking in the Spirit, will always pull you down. They do not even realize it, but they do.
The WORD and the Spirit is one. Sword of the Spirit is the Word. Eph 6:17 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh profits nothing. The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life. (Joh 6:63) The language of the spirit is the Word of God. Every single word we speak in the Spirit is based and founded on scripture. It is like someone who has memorised all of scripture and had understanding and insight into the whole of scripture. Your spiritual vocabulary is Word-based. They only speak from the Word. (Josh 1:8) The Spirit gives life to the Word. The Word becomes flesh in us by the Spirit. You cannot be like Jesus without the Spirit. It is the Holy Spirit who resurrects, reveals, and manifests Christ in us. Only the Spirit reveals Jesus in us. It is simply not in man, to be like Christ, and any attempt is of the spirit of the anti-christ. The way of the Spirit is holy and sacred. Life in the spirit is holy, consecrated, sanctified, precise, accurate, on the mark – Jesus. By walking in the spirit, we can live a sinless and consecrated life, guided by the Holy Spirit who works in us and draws us closer to a more holy way of living.
Let us pray: Oh God help us to continually be walking in the spirit. Help us to remain and abide in the spirit. Help us to find our complete habitation in the Holy Spirit. Work done in the Spirit is:
  • worship and glorifies God.
  • Work can be done in the Spirit, for daily labour is not ungodly, secular, or sinful. (Exo 31:3,5; 35:31)
  • Work is part of our creational purpose, subdue, and multiply. (Gen 1:28) When we work by the Spirit it will not be laborious, it will be innovative, precise and intentional.
  • In the Spirit, you will be able to focus and accomplish.
  • Your work will be a blessing! Your work will be a sermon, an extension of His grace and character in you.
  • You work will reveal God, the same way His creation reveals Him.
  • Your work will be excellent, and spectacular, rich in precise detail, order and creative. Believers being in the spirit have done many new inventions.
  • Work in the spirit makes this world better because it resonates heaven! (Mat 6:10)
  • When living in the spirit, our constant focus and attention are on His ability, not ours. His strength, power, fruit, gifts, testimony, and riches. We are dead to our capabilities, efforts, methods, trying, and achievements. Our confidence is in Him.
  • Our default is Christ. We have died to self, our dreams and ambitions. We have died to our mistakes, failures, inabilities and incompetence. Thy life we now live we live in the Son.
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Wat Maak HRCO Anders?

’n Kerk waar die Heilige Gees die Here is, funksioneer heeltemal anders en is ook heeltemal anders. Die teenwoordigheid van die Here en Sy heerskappy kan nie net gesien word in spesifieke wonders, tekens en manifestasies nie, maar in die manier hoe die kerk funksioneer.

Die werking van die Heilige Gees in die kerk vandag is met die doel om God se skeppingsdoel te verwesenlik met die kerk. Dat die kerk tot volle wasdom sal kom as bruid van Christus.

Dan sal die kerk en die Gees uitroep; “Kom Here Jesus kom!”.

Die werk van die Heilige Gees is belangrik om te verstaan met betrekking tot ons persoonlike roeping en lewe as individue, maar meer nog moet ons tot begrip en kennis kom van die werk van die Heilige Gees in Sy Kerk.

Wat Maak Harvester Reformational Church Olifantsriviervallei Anders?

Van passasierskip mentaliteit tot vliegdekskip funksionaliteit.

Kerke bestaan nie meer vir die gerief van die lidmaat nie, maar vir die opleiding, toerusting, opvoeding en geestelike fiksheid en uitstuur van elke gelowige.

Van piramiede strukture tot planetêre stelsels waarin elkeen weet hoe om in sy wentelbaan te bly.

Kerkstrukture is dikwels saamgestel uit mense wat geen belang het by ’n gegewe saak nie. Hierdie vergaderings belemmer dikwels groei in die gemeente. In reformerende kerke word ’n meer funksionele model gebruik; leiers word geïdentifiseer op grond van ’n persoonlike roeping wat hulle beleef en nie volgens aanstelling of verkiesings nie. Vergaderings is kort en prakties van aard. Die behoefte om te beheer en te kontroleer deur ’n hoër raad, word as oorbodig beskou.

Van humanisme tot godsvrug. 

Godsvrug gebeur spontaan in mense se hart omdat hulle God ontmoet en ’n begeerte het om reg te leef. Stand- houdende verandering in mense gebeur nie deur motiverings en selfhelp tegnieke te preek nie, dit is die akkurate prediking van die Woord van God gelei deur die Heilige Gees wat die transformasie werk in ons doen. Ons preek geloof en nie om mense skuldig te laat voel nie. Ons preek nie die wysheid van mense nie, maar Christus Jesus se manier van lewe.

Van mensgerigte aktiwiteite tot Godgerigte fokus. 

Kerk kan soms baie mensgerig raak en sekere kerke word selfs geskoei op die sekere soeker sensitiewe model. Met die oogmerk om mense te bereik en die evangelie meer toeganklik te maak, kan ons in die gevaar beland dat ons nie mense wil afskrik nie en nie die volle evangelie verkondig nie. Kerk is nie vir ons gerief nie, maar vir God s’n!

Van selfgesentreerdheid tot bereidheid om te ly en op te offer. 

Soms kan ons so besig raak met mense se behoeftes en nood, dat die boodskap wat ons verkondig net gerig is op wat God vir ons kan doen, in stede van die fokus op wat ons vir God moet doen, en dan sal Hy in elk geval na ons behoeftes omsien.

Van konsentrasie op geboue en vaste bates tot die bemagtiging van die lidmaat. 

Party kerke se jaarboeke gaan oor die instandhouding van geboue en strukture, in stede daarvan dat God se Koninkryk uitgebrei word. Ons eerste verantwoordelikheid is die mens as kerk en nie geboue nie. Geboue moet die kerk dien, en nie ons geboue nie.

Van ’n ontsnappings tot voleindiger mentaliteit.

Sommige teoloë se fokus is om uit die Woord aan te dui hoe God ons gaan laat ontsnap van verdrukking en vervolging, terwyl God ons oproep om dit wat Hy ons beveel het klaar te maak! God se genade is vir ons genoeg, of Hy nou ons laat ontsnap of nie, daar is werk om te doen. Dit beteken raak betrokke, maak jou hande vuil, betaal die prys en wees gehoorsaam.

Van lokale tot globale perspektief. 

Ons kan partykeer so besig raak om skape in die kraal bymekaar te maak en te versorg, dat ons Sy roeping aan ons almal vergeet naamlik om te gaan. Gaan, waarheen? Nasies! Dis ’n apostoliese mandaat! Daar gebeur iets wonderlik in ’n mens wanneer jy buite jou wêreld na ’n ander nasie of kultuur uitreik.

Van selfgesentreerde lofprysing tot lofprysing wat God behaag. 

So baie lofprysingsliedere het heeltemaal te veel “my” woorde in die lirieke. Ons sing ook nie net van God nie, maar direk sing ons tot Hom. Van “die Here is lief vir my” na “ek is lief vir u” liede. Lofprysing in die Bybel gaan gepaard met ’n spontane emosionele en fisiese reaksie omdat ons ’n lewende God aanbid, en Hy nou hier by ons is! Wanneer God waarlik in die gees vir jou ’n realiteit en werklikheid word, sal jy hom anders aanbid. Dit is in wese wat Jesus bedoel het met die skrif: Ons moet Hom in Gees en Waarheid aanbid. (Joh 4:24)

Van onkunde tot volwassenheid in die geloof. 

My volk gaan ten gronde aan ’n gebrek aan kennis. Paulus spreek die gemeente aan omdat hulle nog deur iemand geleer wil word in stede daarvan om ander te kan leer. In reformerende gemeentes is daar ’n geweldige groot klem op opleiding en toerusting van die lidmaat, met die doel om elkeen ’n medewerker te maak en nie net ’n naam op die gemeente register nie.

Van wettisisme tot vryheid in die Gees. 

Die reëls en kode waar- volgens ons leef is die openbaring van Christus se bedryfstelsel en lewe in ons hart, nie die oorgedraagde wette van mense nie. Vryheid en vreugde is van die eienskappe van ware Christenskap en geloof in Christus. Alles wat ons doen is deur die geloof wat Hy in ons hart werk en waarin Hy ons dan die krag gee om opdragte uit te voer. Ons is dus vry van die val en opstaan bestaan van selfopgelegde godsdiens wat nie vrug dra nie.

Van statiese tot organiese groei. 

Die groei in ’n gesonde gemeente is beide kwaliteit en kwantiteit groei, en nie die een ten koste van die ander nie. Sommige gemeentes groei so vinnig dat Godsvrug en geestelike groei in die slag bly, ander groei weer net in kennis maar geen nuwe mense kom tot die geloof nie. Ware godsvrug sal altyd lei tot getalle groei.

Van leë toekomsbeloftes tot “dit is wat.” 

Mense is moeg om te hoor dat hulle moet bid, en hulle moet dit of dat. Mense wil leer hoe om dit te doen. Sommige kerke laat mens voel asof jy nooit godsvrug en geestelike karakter sal kan bereik nie, dit voel eenvoudig te ver en onmoontlik. Terwyl waar die evangelie van die koninkryk verkondig word, ervaar mense dat God naby gekom het. Ons prediking is nie net in woord nie, maar ook in daad.

Van Charismaties en gereformeerd tot reformerend. 

God se werk in ons hou nooit op nie, die hart van die eerste reformasie deur Luther was dan ook “Ekklesia reformans semper reformata”, die kerk moet aanhoudend reformeer. Ons dank God vir die kennis en begrip wat ons alreeds ontvang het, maar ons bly ingestel op wat God nou besig is om vir die kerk te sê.

Van sigbare manifestasies tot inwaartse hartsverandering. Sommige gelowiges is vasgevang in hul fokus op uiterlike sigbare manifestasies, as hierdie manifestasies nie gebeur nie, dan voel hulle verwyder van God en teneergedruk. Ons bediening is net in gehoorsaamheid aan God, en daarop rus Sy guns outomaties. Daarom hoef daar nie inisiële manifestasies te gebeur nie, wanneer Sy woord aangeneem word en toegepas word, sal daar vrug wees wat Hom eer bring en nie ’n mens nie.

Van vals tot eg. 

Omdat ons nie meer langer van die boom van kennis se vrugte eet nie, beskou ons nie ons foute en swakhede as negatief nie. God gebruik ons ten spyte van ons swakhede. In ’n atmosfeer van egtheid en eerlikheid is dit baie moeilik om vals te wees, inteendeel dit wys te maklik. Saam leer ons uit ons foute, en prys God vir Sy genade!

’n Nuwe perspektief op gebed:

Gebed moet beantwoord word met inspraak van God, anders het jy nog net met jouself gepraat.

Gebed is meer as rympies opsê aan tafel en snags voor ons gaan slaap. Gebed is nie ’n lys van behoeftes wat aan God deurgegee word vir Sy aandag nie.

Gebed is nie om God in te lig van jou probleme asof Hy dit nie weet nie. Gebed is om Sy wil te verstaan en daarvolgens te bid.
Gebed is om deur te dring in die geestelike dimensie en dinge vanuit Sy perspektief te sien.

Gebed is nie ’n program wat die kerk aanbied nie, maar die rede hoekom die kerk bestaan.
Gebed in al sy aspekte is die belangrikste oefening vir enige gelowige se strewe na godsvrug.

Ons hele lewe is ’n gebed, en elke asemteug ’n uitreiking van ons gees om kontak te maak en te bly met Syne.
Gebed is bloot die vorm van kommunikasie en verhouding in al sy fasette met ’n lewende nabye God.

Vas en gebed, en die vurige gebed van die regverdige, meditasie, intersessie, waak en wag is verskeie vorme van gebed om dieper met God in verhouding te staan. Elke gelowige behoort geoefen te wees in al hierdie aspekte van gebed.

Chuck D. Pierce in sy boek, The future war of the Church, beklemtoon die volgende verskille tussen die tradisionele kerke se perspektief op gebed en die nuwe apostoliese reformerings gemeentes se perspektief.

In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed ’n bykomstige omstandigheid, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes gebed sentraal staan.
In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed ’n roetine, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes is dit spontaan. Menigte kere sal jy hoor; “Kom ons stop en bid” gevolg deur ’n onbeplande en ernstige gebedsessie.

In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed nou en dan, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes is dit dikwels, tydens die aanbidding, tydens prediking, te midde van geselskap.

In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed passief, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes aggressief en onbeskroomd. Daar word werklik ’n antwoord op gebed verwag.
In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed stemmig en stil, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes is gebed uitbundig. Die hele gemeente sal sommer by tye in gesamentlike luide gebed ingaan waar almal tegelykertyd saam bid.

In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed eerbiedig, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes gebed uitdruklik en ekspressief is. Mense bid met hulle oë oop, sommige kniel of loop.

In tradisionele gemeentes is gebed emosieloos, terwyl in apostoliese gemeentes gebed baie emosievol is. Wanneer daar vir ’n saak ingetree word kan trane en weeklaag verwag word.

’n Nuwe perspektief op aanbidding:

Die herbou van die tabernakel van Dawid is ’n model van lofprysing vandag. Nuwe liede en sang geïnspireer deur die Gees, dans, hande klap en juig, bewegings gefokus om Hom in Gees en in waarheid te aanbid. Aanbidding gefokus op die realiteit van Sy teenwoordigheid hier en nou. Aanbidding wat wag en reageer op Sy inisiatief en liefdesteenwoordigheid. Aanbidding waar die hele gemeente jonk en oud saam beweeg en reageer op profetiese inspraak.

Aanbidding wat ’n lewenstyl word en in alles wat ek doen Hom verheerlik. Akkurate en seker bewegings in die geloof, nie los betekenislose rituele nie.

In ons lofprysing word daar nie ’n onderskeid getref tussen ou en nuwe liede nie, ook nie ’n voorkeur van ’n spesifieke styl nie. Musiek moet die hart van God op daardie spesifieke oomblik reflekteer. Ware lofprysing is nie ’n spesifieke styl of noodwendig sang nie, dis ’n hart wat uitroep na God.

’n Nuwe perspektief op Kerkstruktuur:

Die erkenning en aanvaarding van die vyf genadegawes wat deur Christus gegee is om die kerk toe te rus vir hulle dienswerk: Apostels, Profete, Evangelis, Herder, Leraar.
Gemeenskap van gelowiges waar elke lid sy bediening ken, verstaan en uitleef.

Fokus om elkeen se funksie te verstaan en te erken sonder dat enigiemand hom/haarself ’n posisie toe-eien. Geen struktuur waar enige iemand bo (meer belangrik) die ander verhef is nie. (Piramides)
Strukture is daar om funksioneel te wees en nie struktureel te beheer nie. (Planetêre stelsels)

Kerk is die gimnasium waar elke gelowige hom/haarself in die godsvrug kan beoefen terwyl hy of sy uitgaan en dissipels gaan maak.

’n Nuwe perspektief op Bediening:

Elke gelowige het ’n roeping en bediening om te vervul in samewerking met die gemeente.
Dit is die kerk se verantwoordelikheid om die hele gemeenskap te bedien en te versorg, armes te voed, dié wat siek is gesond te maak, dié wat vasgevang is te bevry, dié wat moed verloor het te bemoedig en te versterk, en dié wat rigting verloor het perspektief te gee.

Die kerk se verantwoordelikheid lê verder daarin om die gemeenskap op te voed, te leer en te rig in godsvrug, en mense te help om geestelik te groei deur voorbeeld en geïnspireerde Woord verkondiging.

’n Kerk is ’n liggaam waar elke deel van die liggaam bydra tot die versorging en versterking van die ander. Daar is geeneen wat enigiets kortkom nie, nie fisies, emosioneel of geestelik nie. Elke behoefte word deur die liggaam gediagnoseer, behandel en opgelos.

Mens gaan nie kerk toe nie, jy is kerk en het elkeen dus ’n funksie om te vervul in terme van woordverkondiging, getuie wees en bediening.

’n Nuwe perspektief op Leierskap:

Leierskap is nie posisie nie maar ’n funksie. Dis deur God gegee as gestuurde om ’n sekere taak te vervul.

Die leier dien die gemeente deur die mense hoër te ag as hom/haarself en sy/haar lewe vir die gemeente te gee.

Die gemeente dien die leierskap deur te doen wat hulle sê, opdragte uit te voer en sodoende die werke van God te vervul.

’n Nuwe perspektief op Christen karakter en leefstyl:

Die Bybel moet ’n realiteit word in ons lewe, deurdat ons deur die Gees gelei, die Woord toepas en leef in elke faset van ons lewe.
Self verloëning is die begin en einde van hierdie proses, deurdat self sterf en die individu deur die opstandingskrag van God begin om te leef in die volle karakter van Jesus Christus. Hierdie is ’n daaglikse proses waarin self sterf en die persoon elke dag meer en meer verander word om soos Jesus te wees.

Egtheid, eerlikheid, integriteit en waarheid word die basis waarop alle ander godsvrug geopenbaar word. Om jouself te wees, natuurlik te wees, eg te wees, is die voedingsaar van heilig wees.

Die vrug van die Gees en goddelike karakter word dan deel van jou natuur en menswees wat natuurlik na vore kom alvorens die self verdwyn. Volwassenheid in die Here beteken dan ook verder dat ek in terme van God se natuur soos ’n kind word en die goddelike eienskappe van kindwees beleef as deel van my identiteit en menswees.

Om gevul te wees met Sy Woord en Sy Gees daagliks en sodoende in die Gees te wandel, te dink en op te tree is my fokus elke dag, want hier lê ware vrede en blydskap.

’n Nuwe perspektief op ons mandaat en die Groot opdrag:

Ons is almal geroep om dissipels te maak en die woord te verkondig, aan alle nasies, hulle te doop en te leer aangaande die leer van die koninkryk. Elke gelowige het dus ’n rol om te vervul in terme van uitreiking en bediening, om ’n voorbeeld te wees in Godsvrug om sodoende dissipels te kan maak.

Bediening is vanuit die uitgangspunt dat Jesus alreeds in mense is, Hy stuur, ons preek, Hy roep, iemand glo en roep uit na redding. Ons werk is dus om saam met God te werk, en dié wie se hart hy alreeds voorberei het te help om tot die volle lig te kom.

Prediking, verkondiging, proklamering, lering, teregwysing, redenering is die gereedskap wat God gebruik om mense tot inkeer te bring. Ons verkondig net die goeie nuus dat die koninkryk van God naby gekom het.

’n Nuwe perspektief oor ons finansies:

Elke gelowige wat ’n inkomste verdien is geseën om te kan gee. As God se rentmeesters behoort niks aan ons nie, ons is bloot die instrumente waardeur Hy kies om te werk.

Maar dit wat geld vir die individu geld ook vir die kerk, wat moet gee en help om eerstens die evangelie te verkondig, dan die weduwee en die wees te versorg, die arme te voed en die lyding van die medemens te verlig.

Wanneer die kerk dus sy funksie vervul, kan die rentmeesters en regeer- ders ook hulle taak vervul deur die kerk te help om dié taak uit te voer. Die kerk en die besigheidslui is dus in vennootskap tot die uitvoering van bogenoemde behoefte.

Die gee van finansies in die kerk is nie bloot om ’n predikant se salaris te betaal en sodoende alle geestelike verantwoordelikheid op sy skouers te plaas nie. Maar die kerk in sy totaliteit word bloot die agent van hulpver- lening en uitreiking na die gemeenskap, waarin elke lidmaat ’n funksie vervul in terme van bydraes in persoon of in finansies.

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Rebuilding Trust in SA

A Christ-Centred value-based Morpho-genesis Collaborate Approach.

From the perspective of the wonderful outcomes of the speed of trust, we as civil society has come to a complete halt. [1]  There seems to be little trust anywhere.  The result of a determining legacy of more than five hundred years of self-determination at the cost of others, monopolies, division, and racism.  The dark side of capitalism: Self-interest.[2] The invisible ethical counterbalance of mutuality heals this vested-economic-selfish interest and makes is sustainable on the long term. According to Paretto’s efficiency theory, if we do not balance self-interest with mutuality, we inevitably become an unstable unequal society and collapse on ourselves. [3]

An additional result of self-interest and consequent mistrust in civil society and its formal agencies is that we work in silos, sometimes even against each other, with little impact, and hopelessly ineffective.[4] There is no common deep-rooted singular purpose than connects all these silos.  This low-outcome, inefficiency is perhaps the biggest contributor to broken trust in a nation. Society seems to have lost complete trust and respect for just about every formal institution.  Banks, churches, government departments are no longer the trusted agencies of a healthy society observing the low attendance rate at civil meetings, the hype of cryptocurrencies, and huge number of NGO’s in the Country.[5]

In one of my discussions with a trusted National Elder Mkangeli Matomela, we spoke at length about the phenomenon we have discovered at all the land summits, held in 2018-2019. [6]  Individual farmers with a personal conviction that they had an encounter with Jesus, and His way of ordering the world, is having a meaningful change of heart. At huge personal expense land, resources and market access were shared with the poor through a collaborative intentional knowledge transfer process. The only place you will find healthy mature TRUST is in the true Church, true followers of Christ type of churches, ministries and movements. A type of church that is: spirit filled, Evangelical Christ centred, contemplative inner wellness centred, socially relevant where every believer function in their God-Given ministry. During our Country-wide Bridge Building Land Summits I began to meet such churches and ministries. During COVID 19, churches are at the forefront of food distribution and poverty alleviation relabelling the importance of Faith Based Initiatives to bring diverse societies together and REBUILT TRUST. The focus is not doctrinal differences but doing the work of Christ. 

Mkangeli Matomela is one such leader, one of the pioneers of the New Nation Movement. I asked Matomela, “what do you think white people need to do to gain the trust of the black man?’ The enthusiastic wise Matomela answer without hesitation, “you need to just say you are sorry, and learn to share.” Sure, I responded, I get that. African cultures are known for sharing.  I put this to him, ask me the same question. What question? Matomela reflected. “What should black people do so they can earn the trust of the white man?” “Oh yes.”  “Well ask me.” I persisted. He laughed and then ask me politely: “What should black people do so they can earn the trust of the white man?” Be competent, successful and build something” I reflected. “Oh yes, that is right” Matomela replied: “white people are known for their hard work, and spirit of excellence”

This is the conundrum is it not? Successful people find it difficult to share, and if they share it is with conditions. Poor people yearn for inclusion and opportunity but lack the resources to gain the necessary skills to show-case or proof their success.  Of course, our conversation is a gross generalisation, for there are many black people who are tremendously competent, and there are many white people who are not, and there are white people who are extravagant in their sharing and there are black people who do not share.  

Trust can fundamentally not be achieved or sustained without upholding and keeping a value base throughout all operations. I propose the following basic values, as agreed upon through the various Bridge-Building summits:


Intrinsic dignity worth

Personal responsibility







Freedom of choice

Sanctity of life


Matomela the champion of a value-based society agrees, by sharing the “ilima’ concept with me. Tilling the land, ukulima, Farmers are called “abalimi”. Tilling the land was a collective, collaborative and cooperative effort of the whole community. Communal cultivation, working-bee for cultivating (when neighbours help to cultivate a large field Field ploughed by communal cultivation).[7] In African consciousness one can only be an effective tribe in a locality if everyone pulls their weight, taking mutual responsibility of the whole.  

Unfortunately, things are looking gloomy for the ruling party who are not known for collaborating with all parties and stakeholders at lower structural levels. What have the ANC built in 25 years of reign? What values are they known for? The Grote Schuur hospital at one point known as one of the best hospitals in the world is a shadow of its former glory. The same applies to SAA, Eskom, Transnet, and many others.  Do not feel sorry for the ANC, and please do not become defensive if you’re loyal to the party. If you are chosen to rule, take responsibility. The ANC have the power, what did they accomplished with it? BBBEE did not help, as it alienated one part of our citizenry to save another section. The ANC have the best policies and plans, they fail to execute it. Most importantly! Do not label these dismal failures to a race deficiency. I suggest we all failed, because we failed to collaborate, unite our diversity and ALL together build a new Country.

May president Rhamophosa, who currently did so well leading us through this turbulent global pandemic, seize the moment and facilitate more think-tanks, public-private-people-partnerships, public engagements and forums. But for success he will have to earn our trust, and that begins with owning up to the mistakes, and then making the tough decisions on behalf of the whole nation not just one part of the populous. Margareet Visser substantiate this point in her thesis “Farm Workers’ Living and Working Conditions in South Africa: key trends, emergent issues, and underlying and structural problems”. 

The fortunes of producers and workers are linked. It is therefore necessary that they try to find linked solutions to their problems, but also temporarily suspend their adversarial positions towards each other to address inequality in the value chain.

When government tries to help the farmworkers at the detriment of the producers, they invariably weaken the livelihood of the farmworkers. Government should rather seek to help these parties collaborate and come up with the solutions themselves. 

Maybe too many people are in the wrong positions of leadership all-together. What if we elect individuals to government after scrutinising first what they have built and accomplished in life for the common good for ALL instead of cadre deployment and nepotism.

The sobering reality is TRUST is at its endemic lowest point. 

Illicit Financial Flows (IFF) have several sources and channels which generally fall within three major categories: business-related activities (e.g. trade misinvoicing); criminal activities (e.g. drug trade, human trafficking, illegal arms dealing, smuggling of contraband and tax evasion); and corruption and money laundering. According to the Report of the High-Level Panel (HLP) on IFFs from Africa commissioned by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development (2015),[8] over the last 50 years, Africa has lost in excess of USD 1 trillion in IFFs. A recent report by the AU Commission[9] indicates that “estimates of these amounts hover between USD 50 and 80 billion annually and seem to be on an upward trajectory. [10]

For the majority of the people to pay their taxes voluntary, we need a competent state! We live in a consumer age, where once we’ve paid for a product when it fails it gets replaced. We are paying huge amounts of taxes but are not getting adequate service delivery. As a result, we hear of tax-revolt type of reactions throughout the Country. But beware, taxpayers cannot fight for their vested interest, without acknowledging the big portion of society that is not paying taxes. 

The biggest portion of voters are loyal to the ANC, because they receive their livelihoods from the ANC. Somehow our diverse sentiments for certain political parties are still rooted in fear and animosity against certain apposing racial groups.  We hence vote the same sentiment into power and expect different results. It is a good thing that society organise themselves into formal agencies and collectives. Eventually all these agencies will have to get together and negotiate a consensus development strategy of economic mutuality and inclusion. 

All cultures in South Africa have their own bias and perspective of History mostly seeing each other as opponents.  We struggle to find a singular national uniting narrative. What is the one thing that will make South Africa great again? What is South Africa’s singular greatest export offer? Germany is known for its precision; the Swiss for their quality and durability; Italy for its passion and Rwanda for its rise out of an atrocious genocide. 

Maybe collaboration can be the way we as South Africans cultivate a new national narrative.  


Our recent success at the Rugby World Cup – where Siya Kolisi contributed collaboration as their reason for success is a welcome start. Collaboration can only work if we stop pointing the finger and begin to take hands.  No one political party can solve the complex problems in our nation alone. No one political party can and will ever be able to unite us as ONE Nation because it is by default divisive and based on the self-interests of their constituency.  Current Party politics divide our people because it is based on lobbying for various people’s vested interests.  This is not wrong, it is natural that various entities protect their vested interests, but not at the detriment of the whole!

It is only when all citizens at most local ground level finds purpose in common good, reach consensus through robust debate, and become an collaborative ILIMA community that one will ever achieve the speed of trust and eventually bring well-being to all. So many policies are made in boardrooms without sufficient public participation at the most local level. I suggest that poor participation and overall attendance of ALL stakeholders is because of lack of trust and respect.

Matthew Taylor strongly proposes a movement of citizen assemblies,[11] formed as a pragmatic, multi-dimensional, non-partisan, non-ideological collaboration of collaborations which will eventually advance a new National Narrative of trust and respect. These local Citizen Assemblies will however not be properly formed if existing trusted non-partisan leaders in the community is not leading and hosting the initiative. This is where I believe the CHURCH have such an important role to play!! The job of the church is reconciliation, healing and restoration. The job of the church is to provide a value-based ethical bridge for people to begin to trust each other again.  No one else can achieve this, and regain the speed of trust so quickly and effectively.

Our National voter turn-out is 47%, the lowest in the world.[12]  One needs a cross-section of society at the most local level, representing all the sectors, and organised agencies to rediscover a local mutual economic consensus and buy-in, a sense of ownership led by a new breed of authentic servanthood leaders and respected elders who display and proof they have no self-vested interests. These leader’s interests are served through the healthy outcomes of the 8 dimensions of the well-being of the whole community. (Spiritual, Mental, Vocational, Intellectual, Relational, Emotional, Physical, Environmental).   [13]  The developmental consensus achieved at CODESA that produced the Constitution and eventually our Constitutional Democracy was our first collaborative success. We can do it again, by coming together as South Africans, leaving our political ideological, cultural hats at the door, and negotiate a new economic development plan as ONE Nation. This however cannot be done only on the highest level, since by default we are excluding the broader excluded economy. The economy is also too complex and multi-facetted geographically and demographically. This debate needs to happen at ground level, and there consensus needs to be achieved.

To quote Prof Deon Pretorius the originator of the Morphogenetic Approach to Social Development [14] on the success of the Nordic Model of National Social Development we need to realise that building trust takes time: 

To understand this debate properly, one needs to acknowledge that the Nordic Model has been developed through perpetual reforms. It is the product of an ongoing morphogenetic process. It does not build on a single blueprint or grand design but has evolved gradually. And because parties from both sides of the political spectrum have contributed to the development of the model for more than a century, it is founded on a general consensus. All parts of society have played a part in this process. Labour unions, employers and cooperative movements have been heard, as well as represented, by their respective parties in multiple cross-bloc political compromises.[14] The Sunday River Valley is a good example where all stakeholders leave their “hats” positions, status, and ideologies at the door to negotiate through robust debate well-being for all.

The immerging debate on electoral reform and non-partisan independents becoming part of parliament as chosen by their constituencies strengthens the argument and hypothesis of this blog. [15] People want to take ownership again. People are tired of party politics not delivering on their promises. Ideologies do not feed the poor, nor provide employment. The Church again is rising to the challenge to train and prepare young people a Biblical Governmental Worldview. COVID 19 is providing us with a once in a lifetime opportunity to collaborate for our collective common good, intrinsic value and dignity, and mutual responsibility as good stewards of what we have.   

There simply is no other way! 

South Africans who could immigrate, did exactly that. Those who are now staying, have to make this country work. We should stop comparing, stop complaining. Let’s get together and begin to collaborate, and in the process build and rediscover understanding, empathy and eventually trust.

[1] Covey, S. and Merrill, R., n.d. The speed of trust.

[2] James, Harvey & Rassekh, Farha. (2000). Smith, Friedman, and Self-Interest in Ethical Society. Business Ethics Quarterly. 10. 659-674. 10.2307/3857897.

[3] As understood by the Pareto Efficiency Principle: Pareto efficiency, named after the Italian economist and political scientist Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923), is a major pillar of welfare economics.


[5] There is an estimated 200000 NGO’s operational in SA.



[8] report_26feb_en.pdf

[9] African Union Commission (2019). Domestic Resource Mobilization: Fighting against Corruption and Illicit Financial Flows. AUC Publishing, Addis Ababa.






[15] 21 February – Kgetlengrivier Municipality in Shambles | Carte Blanche | M-Net

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What Differentiate a Biblical Kingdom-centered Enterprise from the rest?

And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon, the house that he had built, the food on his table, the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers, and his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD, there was no more spirit in her. Then she said to the king: “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom. However, I did not believe the words until I came and saw with my own eyes; and indeed the half was not told me. Your wisdom and prosperity exceed the fame of which I heard. Happy are your men and happy are these your servants, who stand continually before you and hear your wisdom! Blessed be the LORD your God, who delighted in you, setting you on the throne of Israel! Because the LORD has loved Israel forever, therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” (1 Kings 10:4-9)

How We serve GOD.
The queen of Sheba recognized how Solomon served God. “his entryway by which he went up to the house of the LORD” His commitment and loyalty to God was thus visible, and evident not hidden. What about the entryway was special? Maybe the fact that it was close to his Manor, Workplace? The entryway was closely accessible and clearly, the pathway indicated frequent use. When leaders and business owners serve God it should be visibly evident in everything they do. “Therefore He made you king, to do justice and righteousness.” Justice and righteousness cannot be hidden, it is evident in everything you do, the way you do transactions, conduct meetings, discipline workers, determine prices, negotiate deals.

How we Serve our CUSTOMERS.
“the food on his table” what made the food different? Was it the taste, presentation, abundance, opulence, variety? Something stood out. It was noticeably different, of high standard and quality. We honour customers by treating them like kings and queens. We give them special treatment. We make them feel special.

How we Serve our STAFF.
“the seating of his servants, the service of his waiters and their apparel, his cupbearers” This little descriptive sentence is very interesting. What about the way he treated his servants, his staff was distinctively different? Their seating, apparel and their service. For servants service to be notably different, means they were alive, connected, happy, friendly, conscientious. Opposed to being dull, robot-like, and disconnected. Their seating was different? What about it? Well, servants never sit. They certainly do not sit with Kings and Queens. Solomon must have had a seating arrangement for his servants to be included in the proceedings. He thus treated his servants like kings and queens too.

What Kind of PRODUCT we Produce.
And when the queen of Sheba had seen all the wisdom of Solomon…” She did not hear his wisdom yet, she saw his wisdom in what he created with it. The house that he had built, the food on his table… Do you see a man who excels in his work? He will stand before kings. (Prov 22:29) Work done in the Spirit and in union with God is worship and glorifies God. Work can be done in the Spirit, for daily labour is not ungodly, secular, or sinful. (Exo 31:3,5; 35:31) Work is part of our creational purpose, subdue, and multiply. (Gen 1:28) When we work by the Spirit it will not be laborious, it will be innovative, precise and intentional. In the Spirit, you will be able to focus and accomplish. Your work will be a blessing! Your work will be a sermon, an extension of His grace and character in you. You work will reveal God, the same way His creation reveals Him. Your work will be excellent, and spectacular, rich in precise detail, order and creative. Believers being in the spirit has done many new inventions. Work in the spirit makes this world better because it resonates heaven! (Mat 6:10)

What Kind of LEGACY we Leave.
God is seeking fruit that will endure. Fruit today are produced for the consumer’s eyes, not their stomach. Jesus calls for fruit that remains. (John 15:16) Anyone can produce fruit that looks great externally, but can it remain? Does it have any true nutritional value? who’s work will endure (1 Cor 3:12-15) Many businesses only want to make a quick profit, God wants us to leave an after-taste, a residue, and legacy that will make people remember the experience. “It was a true report which I heard in my own land about your words and your wisdom” Solomon’s fame, and reputation was talking about, the news spread. He was doing thing differently. Even centuries later, his wisdom poems and principles are studied in the book of proverbs. Believing followers of Christ leaves good behind.

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The number of MAN 666 and COVID 19 Vaccine?

The protestant church has consistently been infected by anti-institutional viruses for more than 500 years! Institutions are depicted as inherently evil, forcing and manipulating the weak. Any group that regularly meets, become a system, and eventually an institution. There are surely good systems and bad ones.  God’s system the CHURCH (ekklesia) is called to be a HEALING, redemptive, reconciliation, empowering COMMUNITY-FAMILY system. 

The ultimate test of any religion, ideology or worldview is the benefits it ultimately brings to the poor, the marginalized and oppressed.  If we say we are Christians, we have to take poverty seriously. 

The simple truth regarding the plight of the poor and COVID 19 vaccines are: They could not care, most of them will possibly never see a vaccine in their lifetime. If they are lucky to receive a COVID 19 vaccine they will most possible soon die of other infections and curable diseases. What COVID 19 has amplified, is how unequal our western/modern/capitalist/privileged economy is. Consumer self-interest and convenience has driven us into an unnatural unhealthy rat race disproportionate to our humanity. It is this radical unequal economy and society who has caused this virus in the first place. 

I propose this economic-anti-Christ humanist-secular system is the real enemy of the church. Most people are taking on 2-3 jobs to survive economically leaving little or no time for prayer, mediation or volunteer ministry work.  It is increasingly difficult to LIVE the LIFE and values of Christ in this current economic system. 

Over the centuries the number 666 has been associated with the papacy, freemasons, Israel, Islam, Iron Maiden, and possibly every movie ever made with apocalyptic themes. In recent decades, conspiracy-minded individuals who combine idiosyncratic interpretations of the Bible with fears that evil governmental or religious forces are overtaking society have variously interpreted 666 as a reference to the United Nations, some presidents of the United States, the Washington Monument, and the European Union. It is easier to point to a foreign enemy out there than to expose the materialistic, consumer-convenience, apathy within our ranks! 

Given the commercial associations with 666 in Revelation, such interpreters also commonly identify the flexible symbol with the modern barcode system, the “www” of the Internet’s prefix for the World Wide Web, RFID seals used for tracking and identification, and smart cards used for cashless swiping. Such conspiratorial speculation unhelpfully feeds the phobias of some, whose fear of the number 666 has yielded a new term: “hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia.” [3]

To understand the expression ‘mark of the beast’ we must remember that not only cattle but slaves also were branded or marked. The mark meant that the slave belonged to his master. Very soon the expression ‘to receive the mark of someone’ began to mean to belong to someone, to serve or worship someone.  In Revelation 14:9 we read: ‘If any man worships the beast … and receive the mark on his forehead’. Here ‘receiving the mark of the beast’ seems to mean ‘worshipping the beast’. Similarly, in Revelation 14:11: ‘They that worship the beast … and receive the mark of his name’ (cf. also Rev. 20:4). So ‘receiving the mark of the beast’ seems to mean ‘belonging to the beast and worshipping the beast’. The ‘mark of the beast’ is the God-opposing, Christ-rejecting, Church-persecuting spirit of antichrist, wherever and whenever it shows itself. This mark is impressed on the forehead or right hand (cf. Dt. 6:8). The forehead symbolizes the mind, the thought-life, the philosophy of a person. The right hand indicates his deed, action, trade, industry, etc. Therefore receiving the mark of the beast on the forehead or right hand indicates that the person so characterized belongs to the company of those who persecute the Church; and that—either preeminently in what he thinks, says, writes or more emphatically in what he does—this antichristian spirit becomes evident.[4] 

Dr Riekert Botha explains the number as in contrast to the number 777, which means threefold perfection. The number 666 is “the number of a man” as opposed to God. It is man in opposition to God. The number says man-man-man or imperfect-imperfect-imperfect. One commenter also translated it as failure-failure-failure. Another way to put it: Me, Me, Me or self, self, self. Church History proofs that the human-self-centred spirit of man as the greatest enemy of the way of Christ bringing division, controlling and manipulation and infigting.

I agree with William Hendriksen’s explanation and interpretation of “the mark of the beast”. Throughout Jesus’ ministry, He focused on the heart. It is from the well-spring of the heart from which all evil proceeds! (Mat 12:34) God looks not to the mark of the flesh, but the mark of a circumcised heart. (Col 6:15; Rom 2:28; Deut 10:16) People whose hearts have been touched perspective of life changes, they do business differently. The redemption of the heart leads to the redemption of one’s evil and unjust ways of acquiring wealth. The enactment of the spiritual Jubilee recorded in Acts was the first sign of the huge change of heart, when no one lacked, because of the sharing of the first believers. (Acts 4:34) 

Of greater importance to me, than the threat of receiving the mark of the beast, is whether one has received the mark of righteousness! (Ezek. 9:4, 6; Rev. 14:2; 7:3; 22:4) Without this mark, you will not enter the Kingdom/heaven’s eternity with God. Those who are born again and who have received the Holy Spirit have been sealed (marked). (2 Cor 1:22) It is like Jesus says: You cannot hide this light. (Mat 5:14) Followers of Christ always carry the sign of death (2 Cor 4:10) as we continue to live a surrendered, abandoned life unto Christ. (Mat 16:24) Our quest should be to question people boldly about their faith in Christ Jesus alone! Have they bowed their knees to Him in surrender, to now live His WAY of LIFE?

In Hellenistic literature “making a mark” referred to a mark on the body—like a tattoo—usually put on a runaway slave. Paul said that he bore in his body the “marks” (stigmata) of Jesus. He was not ashamed of the stigma. (Rom 1:6) At one stage Peter ran from a stigma—when he denied knowing the Lord. But the day came when he embraced it. Sometime later Peter and John could hardly believe how blessed they were that they were privileged to bear the stigma of Jesus. Having been warned and flogged by the Sanhedrin, they left the Sanhedrin “rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering dis-grace [“shame,” KJV; “dishonour,” ESV] for the Name”

Persecution has many forms. Hidden persecution is happening right NOW within an evil/unjust system where everyone is doing and covering-up wrong-doing. It is clear from learning from the Zondo commission; that corruption is a social-cadre-deployment-comrade-loving enterprise. “You will give me the job although I am not qualified, because of your affinity with the struggle against white monopolies.” Almost every sector in the economy is plagued by unjust systems of control or poor remuneration. How can we as believers make a stand? This is where our testimony and faith count most. Should you keep your business open on Sunday’s? How does your need for production infringe on your worker’s responsibility to also be good parents? Are you paying your workers a worthy compensation as you would your own family members? Are you good stewards of the natural resources available? 

The true CHURCH will become a safehaven/eden for those who obey Him.

The Babylonian economy is where the real battle is fought, with sometimes severe casualties like losing jobs, forfeiting profit, closing down of the business. The biggest plight of the poor and marginalised in South Africa is INCLUSION. Doing business and getting your product sold to the 5 main retail monopolies in SA, is almost impossible. Is this not already what the Book Revelation is speaking about? “and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.” (Rev 13:17) Already this Babylonian-economy is dictating to society through media, and television its demonic anti-family, self-saving, everything-goes-no-consequences, humanistic-super-hero doctrines! Surely this is a much greater threat to the church than a COVID 19 vaccine?  But take note: this Babylonian tyranny is said to fall, and come to an end. (Rev 14:8; 18:1-8) More importantly, there is a direct command to the church to: “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Rev 18:4) 

The essence of the number 666, and it’s biblical meaning is clear: for it is the number of a man (Rev 13:18; 21:17). This spirit of man has been an enemy of the church from the beginning of time. It is this spirit of man in Peter that Jesus rebuked: “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” The arm of the flesh opposes the things of the spirit. “It is the Spirit that quickens; the flesh profit nothing” (John 6: 63). “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be. So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Rom 8:5-8) 

The rest of the chapter Rom 8 explains how life in the Spirit works: We are led by the Spirit (Rom 8:14) the earth groans in labour pains for the revealing of the sons of God. (Rom 8:19) I am not afraid about the number of the beast, I am yearning with fire in my spirit for this revealing of the sons of God: The triumphant awakened church who knows their true identity of the resurrected Christ within!

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s returning is at hand, let’s do (finish) what we are called to do while there is still time. It is the beginning of the best and worst times of our history. Do not live in fear, it is the time for the church to RISE! (Isa 60)

[3] Frances Flannery, “666 in Popular Culture and History”, n.p. [cited 16 Dec 2020]. Online:

[4] William Hendriksen, More than Conquerors: An Interpretation of the Book of Revelation, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 1967), 150.

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DIT IS GENOEG! Dis tyd vir ‘n draaipunt!

‘n Goddelike Omkeer Strategie!

Terwyl politieke groeperinge meeding vir die siel van die nasie… en almal asem ophou … selfs biddend … roep die bloed van die onskuldiges vir regspraak! Rooi bloed! Die bloed van onskuldiges … kinders, vroue, bejaardes, armes en boere, regoor ons land! Genoeg is nou regtig genoeg! Dis tyd vir ‘n draaipunt! ‘n Omkeer strategie! In plaas van vingers wys, van rassehaat, van arm teen ryk, oud teenoor jonk. Kom ons vat hande as gelowiges, as omgee-vir-mekaar-mense, burgers van ‘n nuwe vredevolle Suid-Afrika! Kom ons raak betrokke in ons eie gemeenskappe om vir almal se veiligheid te veg! Saam vorm ons ‘n net wat alle onwettige bedrywighede aan die lig bring. Ons hou die staat verantwoordbaar om regverdig remidiërend restitusie en straf toe te pas.

Dis tyd vir VREDE, ware vrede, waar mense reg leef, eerstens teenoor God en dan teenoor mekaar.

Plan van aksie:

Jesus bring herlewing in harte wat na Hom toe draai!!! Net dit wat Hy begin is volhoubaar.

1) Raak betrokke by formele lokale gemeenskap strukture: GPF – Gemeenskap Polisie Forum, Wykskomitee, BADISA, Sakekamer, Skoolrade ens. Hou op om ‘n kritiese toeskouer te wees en neem deel.

2) Doen ‘n waarde bepaling gemeenskap Profiel. (Asset Based Community Development)

3) Vorm ‘n neutrale waarde gedrewe sleutel rolspeler samewerkende forum: Gesondheid, Opvoedkunde, Sakelui, Wetstoepassing en Regering/leiers met kerke wat morele etiese waardes handhaaf.

4) Bereik konsensus oor werkbare meetbare aksieplan waarvoor ALMAL verandwoordelikheid neem. (Bou mure) volgens die prioriteite wat die gemeenskap bepaal het.

5) Hou aan werk en bou aan insluitende deursigtige verhoudinge wat genees!! Dit is tyd vir Biddende Aksie!

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Herbesin die gesondheidswaarde van fisiese samekomste v gelowiges

Is die dae van groot groepe mense wat fisies byeenkom finaal getel? Daar word gewaarsku dat COVID 19, maar die 1ste van nog baie virusse is wat die bestaan van die mensdom bedreig. Daarbenewens is daar nog die werklike gerief van dienste aanlyn kyk, sonder die geskarrel en worstelings om die hele gesin reg en bymekaar te kry vir kerk. Mense kan kies en keur watter boodskap vir hulle die meeste relevant is.  Die meeste mense getuig dat hulle geestelike lewe verdiep het tydens die sosiale distansie grendel tyd. Families wat saam aanlyn dienste gekyk het, getuig van groter eenheid en interaksie rondom geestelike aspekte. 

Paulus het ook van tegnologie gebruik om die gemeentes te bereik met die waarheid toe hy nie hulle kon besoek nie. Die NT is opgeteken en geskryf vir geslagte wat sou kom, as ‘n oplossing van beperkte reistoegang. Ons is dus dankbaar vir die menige vorme van kommunikasie waarby ons die boodskap van die Evangelie van die koninkryk aan die mensdom kan uitdra.  

Watter rol speel die fisiese samekoms egter dan tot ons volgehoue gesondheid, geestelike welstand en weerstandbiedende immuniteit? 

In Afrika en Asia waar fisiese distansie met mense baie nader en korter is, het die gevreesde pandemie toe nie so ‘n groot effek gehad soos voorspel is nie. In informele nedersettings waar daar feitlik geen sosiale distansiëring plaasgevind het nie, was COVID 19 getalle merkwaardig laag!

Die skrywe vra nie dat ons alle rede en veilige maatreëls oorboord gooi nie. Ons het egter nodig om denkend die voordele van die fisiese samekoms te herbesin.  Paulus het nieteenstaande die feit dat mense sy briewe sou kan lees, verkies en verlang om fisies by die gemeentes besoek te kon aflê.  (Rom 15:22-25; 1 Cor 16:5-7; 2 Cor 1:15-16) 

Wat is dus die geestelike, psigiese en liggaamlike gesondheidsvoordele van die fisiese samekoms van gelowiges? 


Want ek verlang om julle te sien, om julle een of ander geestelike genadegawe mee te deel, sodat julle versterk kan word; dit is, dat ek saam bemoedig kan word onder julle deur die gemeenskaplike geloof, van julle sowel as van my (Rom 1:11). Hier is duidelik ‘n geestelike genadegawe ter sprake, wat net deur fisiese aanraking en kontak oorgedra kan word. God het nie in die hemel gebly en met ons uit die hemele gekommunikeer nie. Hy het vlees geword en onder ons kom woon. Jesus se vleeswording impliseer die sintuiglike ontmoeting en aanraking tussen God en mens.  Dit is die nommer een manier om ‘n belangrike boodskap oor te dra.  Selfs aanlyn bemarkers verstaan dat ketting eposse nie regtig werk sonder die fisiese kontak tussen agente en mense nie, juis te meer as die konneksie deur ‘n vriend plaasgevind het.  Paulus verwys hier egter na ‘n geestelike geskenk, versterking en aanmoediging wat in die geestesrealm gebeur wanneer ons fisies byeenkom as gelowiges. Die wederkerige opbouing en aanmoediging is ook kenmerkend hier, dat beide die spreker en ontvanger seën uit die ontmoeting geput het.  Natuurlik impliseer die fisiese ontmoeting ook ware omgee. Mense gee spontaan tot ‘n nood wat hulle kan sien. Wanneer ons nie meer mekaar sien nie, is dit moeiliker om deernis te hê.  Die fisiese besoeke van Paulus was dan ook om gewoonlik offerandes wat bymekaar gemaak is op te tel, geskenke en pakkies uit te ruil.  


Wetenskaplikes is dit eens dat daar verskeie groep transformasies plaasvind in ‘n skare wat vir dieselfde doel byeen gekom het, soos ‘n kerkbyeenkoms teenoor ‘n skare mense by ‘n lughawe. Mense hou op om hulle te gedra in terme van hul idiosinkratiese oortuigings en gee voorkeur aan die hand van gedeelde norme, waardes en begrip. Mense prioritiseer wat gesien word as waardevol vanuit die groepsperspektief.  Verder sien mense ander in die skare as deel van die uitgebreide ‘self’ eerder as ‘n “ander”. Dit lei tot groter intimiteit en baie navorsing toon hoe gedeelde identiteit groter vertroue, respek, samewerking, wedersydse invloed, hulp en verwagtinge van ander se hulp tot gevolg het.  

Mense geniet die hegte en ondersteunende verhoudings van ‘n groep waarmee hulle identifiseer as gevolg van gedeelde identiteit. Meer nog, sulke hegte verhoudings in ‘n groep stel mense in staat om saam te werk en meer doeltreffend te wees om hul gedeelde doelwitte te bereik. [1]


Dawid verklaar na die sonde oor die sensus: “Ek bring nie aan die Here my God offerandes wat my niks kos nie.” (2 Sam 24:16-25) Felix wys die boodskap van Paulus van die hand, omdat dit nie nou gerieflik is nie, en mis die ewigheid. (Acts 24:24-25) Ons almal hou van gerief, niemand wil meer wasgoed was met ‘n skrobplank nie! Daar is egter ook ‘n gevaar dat gerief ‘n afgod kan raak. Fisiese oefening, regte kos keuses, leer om nee te sê, is onombeerlik tot liggaamlike gesondheid en gewigsverlies. Jy kan nie video’s van ander mense se fiksheid kyk en dink jy gaan gewig verloor en fiks word nie.  Mens ontdek die waarde van lofprysing, wanneer jy opstaan en met jou hele hart, siel en liggaam die Here begin loof!  Lofprysing is nie vir toeskouers nie.  Netso al die ander geestelike pligte: Gebed en intersessie, Bybelstudie, Dissipelskap, besoek die wees en die weduwee, lê jou hande op die siekes, en funksioneer in die gawes van die gees moet fisies uitgevoer word.  Hierdie take is natuurlik ook baie makliker wanneer ons dit saam verrig.  Die geestelike reis van die gelowige is gekenmerk deur self verloëning en gehoorsaamheid. (Mat 16:24) Daarom kan ons nie net bestaan rondom dit wat gerieflik is nie, gehoorsaamheid vra by implikasie iets van jou.  Alles wat ons saam deurgaan is beter, makliker en meer behoudend – gedeelde smart – gedeelde lag.  


Julle het verniet ontvang, gee dit ook verniet. (Mat 10:8) Niemand kan stry hoe lekker dit is om te kan gee nie! Geestelike groei is ‘n wederkerige wisselwerking van ontvang en gee, soos asemhaal.  Hoe moet dit dan wees, broers? Elke keer as julle bymekaarkom, het elkeen gewoonlik ‘n bydrae om te lewer: ‘n psalm, ‘n onderwysing, ‘n openbaring, ‘n ongewone taal of klank, ‘n uitleg daarvan. Sorg dan dat alles tot opbou van die gemeente verloop. (1 Cor 14:26) Hierdie vers verduidelik NT liturgie. Elkeen bring iets om te gee! Dis die grootste onderskeid tussen aanlyn byeenkomste en fisiese samekomste. D.m.v. die aanlyn materiaal ontvang ons, maar by die fisiese samekoms kom ons om te gee.  Die grote van die samekoms speel natuurlik ook ‘n rol, hoe meer mense, hoe minder kan almal deel. Daar is waarde in die huiskerk en ook die groter samekoms. Elke gelowige moet deel wees van ‘n geestelike gesin! Hier bedoel ek ‘n huiskerk.  Want ‘n huiskerk is jou geestelike gesin, waar jy verantwoordbaar gebou word, en waar verhoudinge en omgee vir mekaar kan verdiep. Die Jesus beweging was in die eerste 200 jaar uitsluitlik ‘n huis-gesentreerde beweging. (Acts 2:2, 46; 5:42) Die gesamentlike liefdesmaaltyd was wesenlik tot die eerste gelowiges se oorlewing. Saameet en vir mekaar sorg was hoe hulle vervolging kon weerstaan.  Geen mens weet hoe nodig hulle ‘n geestelike gesin het, totdat hulle en nodig het nie. TV en aanlyn bedieninge is waardevol maar die predikers kan jou nie in die hospitaal besoek, vir jou kos bring, of hulle motor vir jou leen nie.  Ons het mekaar nodig. Lojaliteit aan ‘n klein groep van mense raak die opvoedingsplek tot gebalanseerde geestelike volwassenheid.  


Hulle het almal elke dag getrou by die tempel bymekaargekom, van huis tot huis die gemeenskaplike maaltyd gehou, hulle kos met blydskap en in alle eenvoud geëet, en God geprys. Die hele volk was hulle goedgesind. En die Here het elke dag mense wat gered word, by die gemeente gevoeg. (Acts 2:46-47) Almal weet hoe moeilik dit is om te gereeld te oefen. Daarom is saam oefen net soveel meer doeltreffend! Gelowiges wat gereeld saamkom, vorm ‘n band van omgee, aanspreeklikheid, verantwoordbaarheid, liefde en heiligmaking wat nie moontlik is op jou eie nie.    


Maar nou het God die ryke verskeidenheid van sy wysheid deur die kerk bekend laat word aan elke mag en gesag in die hemelruim, soos Hy Hom van ewigheid af al voorgeneem het om dit deur Christus Jesus, ons Here, tot uitvoering te bring.(Eph 3:10) en op hierdie rots sal Ek my kerk bou, en die magte van die doderyk sal dit nie oorweldig nie. (Mat 16:18) Ons elkeen het geestelike gesag ontvang om ons persoonlike demone te verslaan. (2 Joh 2:14) Daar is egter sekere geestelike magte in die geesteswêreld wat net gesamentlik deur ‘n groep gelowiges wat gehoorsaam is in ‘n lokaliteit verslaan kan word.  Dit impliseer die gemeentes wat saamwerk in ‘n gemeenskap onder die hoofskap van Christus. (Eph 1:22-23) Die kerk verstaan nog nie die heerlikheid en krag van God wat deur ‘n groepering in ‘n lokaliteit kan werk nie. Die solidariteit, wisselwerking, diversiteit wat net moontlik is deur die Heilige Gees verander gemeenskappe. Dink net aan die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees op die 120 in die bo-vertrek: het ‘n massiewe sosio-ekonomiese impak gemaak. Jubeljaar het in die hart begin! 


Die Bybel is ‘n versameling van mense se ervarings met die Godheid. Niemand het soos ‘n joernalis hierdie ervarings gedokumenteer nie.  ‘n Mens vergeet nie sommer wat jy self beleef het nie. Aanlyn inligting is nie genoegsaam om hierdie tipe impak te maak nie. Ons moet dit wat ons gehoor het, gaan toepas en uitleef.  Die samekoms van gelowiges is die lanseer platvorm van groot dade van geloof en sending. Dink maar aan die uitstorting van die Heilige Gees, by 2 geleenthede. Die uitstuur van Paulus en Barnabas. Die gelowiges wat saam gebid het vir Petrus in aanhouding.  Die samekoms is ‘n sensoriese gebeurtenis, en het daarom meer ‘n blywende impak om ons menswees.  

Daar is navorsing gedoen oor die effek van oogkontak. Ons verhoudinge verdiep, en ons verbintenis met mekaar deur mekaar in die oë te kyk. Kommunikasie is ook baie meer effektief a.g.v. oogkontak, gesigsuitdrukkings en stemtoon. [2]Aanlyn kommunikasie is kragtig, maar beperkend. 

Aanraking is seker die mees onder ontwikkelende aspek van ons geloof. Aanraking word as die diepste sintuig beskryf.  Ons vel is ook die grootste sintuiglike orgaan. Natuurlik is aanraking nou bemoeilik met die vrees vir virusinfeksie oordraging.  Aanraking het ook ‘n baie lang geskiedenis in verskeie kulture.[3] Ons gaan nie gesond bly sonder aanraking nie, ons moet net nuwe gesonde manier vind om wel aan mekaar te raak. Soos om jou hand op iemand se skouer of rug te hou.  Die vyand het aanraking verdraai deur seksuele ondertone, en nou ook die gevaar vir infeksie. Tog is aanraking deel van die evangelie van Jesus, wat melaatses, dooies en siekes gesond gemaak het deur aanraking. 


Die boodskap en demonstrasie van die koninkryk van God bestaan om die realiteit van God se wêreld sigbaar te maak in hierdie wêreld. Hierdie demonstrasie van goddelike heerlikheid gebeur gelyktydig tussen die wisselwerking van die inspraak in die individu as tempel van die Heilige Gees, en dit wat hierdie tempels saam verwesenlik.  Die een kan nie sonder die ander nie. Mens raak nie deel van die liggaam deur aan ‘n gemeente te behoort nie, maar deur wedergeboorte en die aanneming en lewe vanuit Christus se geregtigheid.  Ons kan derhalwe ook nie as eilande funksioneer nie.  Die individuele ontmoeting met God, raak uiteindelik ‘n kollektiewe ontmoeting.  Soos selle in ‘n liggaam die liggaam laat leef, is die twee realiteite van sel en liggaam albei dié Liggaam. Selle wat hulleself van die liggaam afskei, is ‘n vorm van kanker, wat teen die liggaam begin veg.  Maar die liggaam kan nie sonder die selle nie.  

Sien en ontwaak tot die belangrikheid van die kollektiewe bymekaarkoms, plek van ontmoeting! Die samekoms van gelowiges is meer as net een persoon wat ‘n preek. Dit is meer as net ‘n paar liedjies saamsing as toeskouers! Dit is God se mense wat met hul God ontmoet!! Dit is ‘n geestelike ontmoeting, want God is GEES wat ‘n behae het daarin om tussen Sy kinders te wees. Dit is Christus in en onder ons die hoop op heerlikheid. Dit is ‘n genesende, herstellende, regeneratiewe, versoenende ruimte van bevryding en vryheid! Dit is ‘n plek waar die HEILIGHEID van God die oorhand kry en alles in almal vul! Dit is ‘n plek van LIG! Dit is ‘n plek van samesyn, verbondenheid en eenheid! Dit is die hemel op aarde!


[2] Manusov, Valerie. “Effects of Gaze on Hiring, Credibility, Attraction and Relational Message Interpretation.” Journal of Nonverbal Behavior (1985): n. pag. Print.

[3] Classen, C., 2012. Back In Touch The Deepest Sense. A Cultural History Of Touch. Urbana, Chicago, and Springfield, IL: University of Illinois Press.

Social Relevance

Towards Biblical solutions for restoring a God honouring Heaven-Kingdom Economy.

The ultimate test of any religion, ideology or worldview is the benefits it ultimately brings to the poor, the marginalized and oppressed.  If we say we are Christians, we have to take poverty seriously.

But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? [1]

Although poverty in its many forms has been with us for ages, over-population and ensuing unemployment is becoming the prevalent crisis of the decade. The underlying question to more and more people, even those having a job is: How does one earn a living? Or bluntly said: “How does one make enough money?” Enough? What is enough? According to the bible enough are food, shelter and clothing? (Mat 6:25; 1 Tim 6:8) In a consumer-based driven economy, enough is never enough.  Tech companies have found a way to make cell-phones, tv’s and computers consumables. With a rapidly growing and consistently younger population, the employment question is central to the enquiring mind. How will I ever make it, if my parents or no one I know isn’t even making it? Crime, theft, extortion, corruption, prostitution, sex-trafficking, gangsterism is for many the only sensible path to earn a living.  The achievement of a superior qualification does not guarantee employment or better earnings anymore. 

Dr. Ruben Richards, relates a moving story of while mediating peace talks in Lavender Hill notorious gang-war stricken area, he took a short break and saw a 9-year-old youngster patiently waiting for someone who was in the negotiating room. Making small talk Ruben asked the boy: “So, what do you want to be when you grow up one day,” Without blinking and with a sense of pride and confidence the 9-year-old said, “I want to be just like my daddy, a gangster!” That daddy happened to be one of the most notorious gang leaders in the room.[2] There are many people particularly children and women trapped in a destructive way of earning a living! Similarly, some businesses are keeping people poor, to ensure a constant workforce.  

How NOT to earn a LIVING. 

The bible is implicit regarding its warnings about how to not earn a living!  

Purposeless Toil (Prov. 23:4); lies (Prov. 21:6); interest to family members (Exo 22:25; Deut. 23:19); dishonest gain (Eze 22:13); ponzi & pyramid marketing schemes[3]; fraud, over-promise-under-deliver; slavery & oppression of the poor (Prov. 22:16); unjust scales (Prov. 11:1); quick-profit (Prov. 13:11); default on payments (Ps 37:21; Rom 13:7); passive income (2 Thes. 3:10); extortion & bribes (Luk. 3:14); violence (Prov. 1:19). 

Why do we have to pay taxes?

Generally: How do governments make money? Taxes, natural resources, tourism and investments? Oliver Wendell Holmes, former Justice of the United States Supreme Court, said, “Taxes are what we pay for a civilized society.” This phrase is engraved on the IRS headquarters building in the US. But like man, governments have also found unjust ways to abstract more money from its citizens, without delivering on it’s civil, safety, security, infrastructure promises. 

When God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (Gen 6:5) He sends the flood as a punishment.  Only one family was saved: Noah and his 3 sons. Thereafter God added another divine instruction to man: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.” God was saying that He will never judge the earth again like this. Per definition, God gives this role now to human government. This is rearticulated again in the NT: Therefore submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake, whether to the king as supreme, 14 or to governors, as to those who are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and for the praise of those who do good. (1 Pet 2:13-14) Even Jesus acknowledged the role of government: “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (Mat 22:21) That be it, an evil, godless, secular, government that later murdered Jesus, innocently, and persecuted Christians.  But the Government’s role is clear: They are God’s agent on earth to punish, evildoers. People who selfishly has no regard for the safety, well-being and progress of the community. 

Many governments are wedged into a destructive, systemic misappropriation of funds, and fail to fulfil their primary divine mandate. In the South African context Dr Nthabiseng Moleko summarises her experience in the Public Sector: 

In my short life, I served in the public sector and I saw many things, but perhaps the most disheartening was the conduct of many of our leaders. I focus on the public sector, which does not hold the monopoly on corruption, deception, nepotism and the like, despite what our papers seem to want us to believe. I focus on them as they hold the key to changing the lives of the poorest of the poor, the oppressed, the most vulnerable in our society as they are mandated to. The private sector has a significant role to play in this regard, but it rapidly diminishes when one starts coining words such as “shareholder value” and “profit”. As I worked in the public sector, I began to see in different instances why the poor were not receiving the support they needed. It was because of people who either refused to do their work, those who wanted to block others from doing their work, or simply because those tasked with doing the work simply did not know how to do their work. Then of course there are those who make it their work to take and loot the money intended to actually do work targeted at the poor.[4]

Our president has been courageously fighting to keep our Country unified to over-come the COVID 19 pandemic, but if he is not going to punish corruption of funds intended for COVID 19 relief immediately, harshly, and decisively people are finally losing all trust in Government tipping the Country into self-regulated anarchy! Inefficiency, laziness, entitlement as a result of nepotism, carder-deployment and political social-tax robs from taxpayer’s money to feed their own greed has to be punished harshly because it is treason against humanity.  

During the Mediation Foundation for Peace and Justice[5] conference at the Cape Castle for the restoration of land and the dignity of the people under the leadership of Alan Nelson the 18/8/2018 keynote speaker Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng reminded participants that corruption is not only a government practise, the private sector has also been inundated by corruption scandals.[6] Corporate corruption, including deliberate bankruptcy, thin capitalization, illicit financial flows, transfer (mis)pricing, trade mispricing, jurisdiction shopping, and tax evasion.[7]

How do the righteous earn money? 

Is what every believer should ask and fulfil in the fear of the Lord in their lifetime.  According to Rabbi Daniel Lapin: 

The business professional also must value his employees as well, for they are his most valuable asset. He must attend to their welfare. Recognizing them as spiritual beings with their own divine aspirations, he must not only endeavour to compensate them fairly but also help them find transcendent meaning in their work. Ancient Jewish wisdom prohibits an employer from instructing his worker to perform meaningless work. For example, he may not hire the worker to dig a hole one day, fill it the next, and thereafter repeatedly dig and refill it. This prohibition applies no matter how generous the pay maybe, because it leaves the worker with no sense of accomplishment, and therefore, no sense of the value of his contribution. [8]

Mankind had to work before work was cursed as punishment for their sin; subduing, tending, keeping and naming creation. (Gen 1:28; 2:15, 19) Work is thus supposed to be a blessing. Also, one is exhorted to find satisfaction in their own toil (Eccl 2:24; 3:13) raising up someone to steward it for the next generation to not see it going to waste. (Eccl 2:17-26) God is elated to see us prosper! “Let the LORD be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.” (Psalms 35:27) Righteous Work is the greatest remedy available for both mental and physical afflictions.” [9]

The role of agriculture. 

God’s provision to man is on the earth. Food, clothing, housing is found in nature. Gardening, and agriculture is the first profession of mankind.  (Gen 4) 

From the Agricultural Thinktank perspective: How do farmers make money? They plant something of value, mitigate the VUKA[10] risks factors: climate change, soil degradation; droughts, diseases, labour, the threat of EWC and land invasions, making debt to produce enough healthy, desirable, nutritious food and sell it to the highest bidder. It is a huge accomplishment to get the product to the gate: but then the financially successful farmer has to battle sufficient off-take: On average, a farmer gets only 15% of the retail price from white bread, bulk wine farmer 7%, a citrus farmer 9%.[11] For the farmer to compete in the narrow shelf-space available in the retail-driven single-channel market system, he has to comply with strict food-safety, traceability, consistency, and scale requirements. Most do not comply hence the decline in single-owned farm units, and the rise of industrial farms.  

Since 1996 the number of commercial farming units dropped from 60 900 to 39 900 in 2007. Of the current total, only 1.5 per cent (673) of commercial farms account for a third of total gross commercial farm income. In the food retail sector, the market share of the major retail chains has risen from below 10% in the late 1980s to around 68% in 2012. [12]

The Census of Commercial Agriculture report indicates that the total number of farms/ farming units in 2017 was 40 122. The total income for the commercial agriculture industry in 2017 was R332,8 billion, which was significantly higher than the R85,9 billion recorded for 2007. [13]

The conclusion is that bigger industrial commercial farms produced significantly more than small-scale and commercial farms with fewer people employed but generally paying better wages, and providing social-support infrastructure. According to Scott Drimie, director of the Southern Africa Food Lab and associate professor of Health Sciences at Stellenbosch, 100 commercial farmers produce about 90% of all of South Africa’s food.[14] The rest of the farming community are struggling and hence does not have enough funds left to do much social development. Agriculture is also the only sector that is required to provide housing, and social care to its workers, understandable the low wages paid. On the other hand, the employment offer is for the lowest expertise. The Developmental Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) reveals that as little as 673 farms had a turnover of more than R10 million or an average of R17 850 283.[15]

The RICH and POOR Gap. 

South Africa is burdened with a huge wealth-poverty gap. (Gini coefficient 2014-63.0)[16] The biggest portion of our population does not have access to the most basic services, water, sanitation, electricity, quality education and frightening complete social degradation. According to Stats SA, 2,193,96 South African households live in informal settlements – 13% of the country’s population. 

Furthermore, the deepest disparity is the question of unequal wages and salaries. What are the Biblical justice and the ethically right way to think and act? Some suggest a national bench-marking salary standard, measured on several output measures. 

But does higher wages necessary lead to bigger sharing and giving? In the African context, many workers annually deposit money into homeland accounts.  The total volume of domestic remittances is estimated to be between $11 billion and $13 billion, equivalent to 4% of GDP. [17]

The white minority capital argument led to a juxtaposed form of racism criminalizing wealth and white-owned business enterprise.  Pinning a collective sin to a singular culture-ethnic group is dangerous, as evidenced when the Soviet campaign of political repressions, including arrests, deportations, and executions of millions of kulaks (prosperous peasants) and their families in the 1929–1932 period.[18] Or the Hutu genocide of the Tutsi in Rwanda 1994. [19] How does one peacefully get the better earners to voluntary share their wealth?

Wages in the agricultural context is complex due to the huge number of low-qualified human hands needed in the fruit-picking sector. Currently, labour represents about 7.65% of total production cost on an average grain producing farm, compared to a 34% average on an apple and pear farm[20] The narrow profit margin of these industrial enterprises does not give much space to truly give a more equal wage, given the amount of skill and responsibility disparity between a general fruit picker and the CEO of a multi-national company? The inconsistency, unreliability, and problems associated with human labour has led to an overall automatization in the sector.[21] The question of labour in the agricultural sector is at the core of the negative sentiment against it. Agriculturalists are seen by many as the enslavers and abusers of the poor.  Agriculturists may however become the national hero’s as several analysts have noted the potential of agriculture to generate one million job opportunities focusing on winning industries, and available arable land.[22]

Sharing willingly or taken by force? 

Until this happens, the labour question deepens in a totally unequal society with dual economies: Why do those who have not share with the have nots? According to the Department of Social Development, there are currently 220000 NGO’s and community-based organisations registered.  These NGO’s rely on government but also private corporate CSI funding to survive.  There is hence a lot of sharing already going on! 

Sharing is also a highly personal activity, located towards one’s own family, or church.  It is most likely that sharing has not been reaching the right people.  At Pentecost sharing, and consequent fulfilment of Jubilee happened willingly, from the heart! Voluntary sharing is one of the first fruits of revival and participants of the Jesus movement. (Acts 2:44-45; 4:32)

But not all giving has helped the poor. Dambisa Moyo argues convincingly that foreign aid feeds corruption, debasing social and human capital.  “Aid has been, and continues to be, an unmitigated political, economic, and humanitarian disaster for most parts of the developing world.” [23]

Sharing resources without someone taking responsibility, utilising the given resources to improve their income and earnings is water down the drain.  The biblical way of eradicating poverty – is a matter of personal responsibility. The farmer leaves portions of his harvest, the poor pick it up themselves. Everyone must share, and everyone must work! (Lev 19:10; 23:22) 

Economy of mutuality and inclusion

Over and above the economic reality of the cost of wages Henry Hazlitt reveals that economics and ethics are, in fact, intimately related. Both are concerned with human action, human conduct, human decision, human choice. There is hardly an ethical problem, in fact, without its economic aspect. Our daily ethical decisions are in the main economic decisions, and nearly all our daily economic decisions have, in turn, an ethical aspect.[24] Thus there is a need for a Biblical Consensus on the tenets of redemptive entrepreneurship. This is what “ethical trade[25]” and the “International Christian Chamber of commerce” institutions try to achieve, Christians who do ethical business. Moreover, Christians that see their occupations as a redemptive purpose! 

Dale Partridge shows in his book, People Over Profit, that short-term profit gain, at the cost of the people, eventually lead to long-term decline. History has proven that all lasting commerce is born from a dedication to high character, high quality and high customer loyalty. [26] Roche & Mayer started a collaborative research program between Oxford University and Mars to study the current capitalist system of increasing worldwide inequality, presenting a new model of ‘economics of mutuality’. 

Our view is that we may soon need a new, more mutually beneficial and more complete form of capitalism that holistically optimizes value for all three inputs—the people, the planet, the financial capital—to reform the current system of financial capitalism that may one day collapse.[27]

Helmut Gollwitzer a concerned pastor, theologian and thinker known as a democratic socialist debated that regardless of our Christian political biases; we need to strive toward a social togetherness – “perfect togetherness without any conflict.” [28] This local community togetherness and economic justice cannot be achieved politically, culturally, economically or legislatively! This task lays at the Church community’s feet. To disciple the “ethos” where we reside and beyond. (Mat 28:19)

Those who are in Christ Jesus already have the solution! 

Building Bridges, Repairers of the breach! 

God has already moved and provided a Kingdom-based Non-Babylonian Economic Re-Generative Strategy. 

A bridge-building movement is emerging in SA, as a counter-measure against increasingly populist, racist, and dividing rhetoric from some political leaders and groups. The bridge builder initiatives were sparked informally and spontaneously on many fronts throughout the country. Like the Bela-Bela solution-based farmers conference held in Limpopo, 23-24 August 2018.   48 Speakers from various backgrounds, positions, and sectors came to showcase solutions and existing stories of hope in Agriculture. Since the Bela-Bela Land summit others were held at Komga Farmers Union, 29 October 2018, East London.   A Christ-centred Land summit was held in Sandton, Gauteng, February 28-1 March 2019, with a follow up in Middelburg EC, 20-21 May 2019, and 24 October 2019 in Paarl. All these LandSummits were intended as Bridge-building initiatives to develop and restore trust by showcasing stories of hope!

The Christ-centred focus is not geared to enforce religious exclusivity, or proselytism. The values that Jesus Christ portrayed, and so many South Africans from all backgrounds and race worship and adhere to, is seen as ‘n unifier.  Hence people abandoning their religious denominations and divisive doctrinal differences, to unify and rebuild the social fibre so critically needed for strong social cohesion is based on the person and example of Jesus Christ. 

It was forthcoming, that many of the stories and models showcased at the Landbou Weekblad Bela Bela event, had a strong personal faith in the person of Jesus Christ as their source and motivation.  The organizers of the two Christian Land Summits, thus viewed the shared Christ-centred values as a method to fast-track bridge-building of new cross-cultural relationships vital to the transformation of agriculture.[29]  It should also be noted, that although these values were the backbone of all the dialogue during these summits, the focus was healthy ‘Christ-centred’ relationships and not formalized religion.  The Jesus-narrative provides sufficient foundations and commonality to foster healthy relationships, and eventually sustainable projects. This is an important point to consider as many good projects failed due to corruption: the lack of intrinsic moral practically out-lived values.  

The issue of “the right heart” is elucidated when people truly surrender their heart to Jesus. As Analize Crosby AGRISA policy analyst explains: “The personal cost of sharing is too high to enforce it by law or war, it has to come from the heart.”[30]

This question of trust and equality is disentangled within the Christ-centred narrative.  Various autonomous role-players naturally gravitated towards one-another, without any traces of the obstacles and hindrances of prideful superiority.  Former Zimbabwean Farmer Boet Pretorius , who was one of the first farmers to lose his farm in Zimbabwe; puts it succinctly: “until you love God first, then your people, you will not rule or keep your land”. This was also the conclusion of the first Land Summit: 

Aid amplifies ‘god’ complexes and strengthens inferiority complexes. The question was asked: “Who are the poor?” The Christ-centred perspective is: 

•          Poor relationship with God – Poverty of Intimacy

•          Poor relationship with myself – Poverty of Being

•          Poor relationship with family – Poverty of Trust

•          Poor relationship with community – Poverty of Security

•          Poor relationship with Creation- Poverty of Stewardship 

Thus, all mankind is considered poor, and in need of healthy relationships. From this point of view, a more natural and equal base is established to build relationships of trust.


Christocentric, spirit-filled believers already have a sense of ‘togetherness’ not achieved through any human effort. Currently, there is a movement growing all across the country as streams of biblical, kingdom-purposed-faith-based individuals, churches and NGO’s are seeking the lowest point of departure. True humble, meek, and ego-less spiritual fathers (Isa 33:21) are calling the church into action: to again become the most attractive religion that toppled the mighty roman empire to convert to the ideals and values of a revolutionary Jewish artisan from Galilea. Even the World Economic Forum calls for a new social covenant where trusted local father figures re-align local societies to an equitable, mutual-responsibility, human-dignity focused common good. [31]

  1. The Christian Church grew most rapidly in the 300 years. (Stark 1997:161–162; Hirsch, 2006:18-22; Viola & Barna 2008:246–250) 
  2. The Christian Church became the State Religion because of its exemplary demonstration of intrinsic critical values: great acts of mercy and kindness • mutual support and love • self-control • respect for life • To do good to each other. • Avoid evil such as theft, deceit and jealousy. • Show hospitality to strangers. • Take care of each other and share their food with each other. • Prove mercy toward all people. • Conduct care and nursing of the sick. • Households testify to dignity, personal responsibility, honesty and obedience. • Ethnic variety is accepted. • Women, children and slaves are treated with respect. • Respect for life prevents abortion and childhood murder. • Martyrdom and the willingness to ‘ take up your cross ‘ (see Mark. 8) [32]
  3. Apostolic travelling teams mentored, taught, and held churches accountable to these values resulting in the writing of the NT. 
  4. The member’s active involvement of doing the work of the ministry, filled with the Holy Spirit, modelled on the example of Jesus and the apostles created a missional culture of mature believers living the gospel.  Their redemptive works were proof of their accuracy, not doctrinal documents. 

TENET 2 Asset Based Community Development.

Various Christian entities have already been strategically moved into place to change the Social-profile source document. We cannot achieve solutions, and togetherness if we are not working from the same source documents. There is currently no consensus regarding the Government’s land audit, and the suggestion is to rather profile the community than the country. Prof. de Wet Schutte with the Unisearch Program uses diversified Focus group prioritizing of needs analyses.[33]Johan Olivier (Ranyaka) follows a more town-planning, architectural-infrastructure-mapping approach.[34] Asset-Based Community Development’s premise is that communities can drive the development process themselves by identifying and mobilizing existing, but often unrecognised assets.[35] Currently, Prof. Deon Pretorius has created an Online application to do a statsSA community Profile so that the correct figures can be given to all the Government Departments: Human Settlement, Education, health, rural development, Social Development, and Agriculture. 

TENET 3 Morpho-genetic Social Developmental Approach.

The more we explore the significant challenges of our time, the more we are coming to realize that they cannot be understood as being isolated from each other. There is no single solution to the complexity of the challenges we face. [36]

From a Biblical Community Developmental perspective of how God made a nation of a bunch of slaves, it is understood that God’s way of restoration begins with a father, in a specific location, who through his obedience creates a new family, extended family, culture and nation.  This approach provides an explanation and strategy for development based on the complex interplay between contexts and people acting in contexts. Each community basically takes ownership of their own challenges through a Christ-centered-value-driven, non-partisan, pluralistic, multisector, pragmatic approach that begins to build local capacity, to achieve the common good of everyone in the community. In most instances a dramatic negative like the SundayRiverValley[37], Harrismith[38], and uprisings, gives way to a radical peaceful collaborative when the right people take lead.  

TENET 4 Funding of God-inspired initiatives. 

An army is as strong as it’s supply-chain. If we cannot get the resources to the troops on the front-line, we will lose the battle.  A great protest was mounted by the people, including the wives, against their fellow Jews. Some said, “We have big families, and we need food just to survive.” Others said, “We’re having to mortgage our fields and vineyards and homes to get enough grain to keep from starving.” And others said, “We’re having to borrow money to pay the royal tax on our fields and vineyards. Look: We’re the same flesh and blood as our brothers here; our children are just as good as theirs. Yet here we are having to sell our children off as slaves—some of our daughters have already been sold—and we can’t do anything about it because our fields and vineyards are owned by somebody else.” [39] Nehemia could not finish the wall until economic restitution had taken place. Simply put: the funds are not getting to the right people! Through nepotism, carder-deployment, racial-preference, and BBEEE white farmers are seen as the enemy (privileged), while many of these farmers held the solution-key to mutual economic growth. By means of the AMOS[40] network of farmers who have already proven their Christ-centred heart and passion, who have already made enormous financial contributions to restoration and healing, there are already plans/businesses/projects that are waiting for FUNDING. Hennie Viljoen proposed an “everyone must give approach”[41] Mines, banks, supply and value-chain, government, and the farmers all give a portion towards an equitable, profitable, right-partnership farming enterprise.  He who increases his wealth by interest and usury gathers it for him who is gracious to the poor. (Prov 28:8) 

TENET 5 The Fruitful village. 

How does a community/town/village/city look when God’s Kingdom has come? Although God’s Kingdom is in part an eternal future expectation, there is a part that needs to be established by His church here and now. (Luk 17:21; Mat 10:7) Eventually, all these father-family-faith-based projects begin to heal and restore communities by doing/executing/demonstrating Peace & Love solutions locally and hence gaining influence in Government, Health, Education, Law-enforcement and Business sectors.  

The Kingdom expands through Christ gaining territory in hearts through deep discipleship-based relationships.  Sin is the destruction and disruption of relationships: hate, offence, jealousy, pride, sloth, laziness, entitlement, deceit destroys relationships and family. God’s Kingdom is restored when relationships/community/family is restored. 

The relational process takes time, it is a long-term generational process.  

It is said that: “Throughout human history, most people live and die in the social class into which they were born. We cannot bring change to the individual if we do not affect the culture.” The best way to transform a culture is through raising healthy children, within a healthy extended family, the Church. “it takes a village to raise a child” or “it takes a church to raise a village”[42]

If we ever want to change communities, it begins at the ECD level.  Early childhood is a period of tremendous growth. Extending from conception to the age of 6, early childhood experiences carve out pathways towards health and well-being that persist throughout life. Supporting early childhood development, especially for the most vulnerable children, requires coordinated action to ensure health care, adequate nutrition, quality education, support for parents and protection of children’s rights.  But we need a new-employment-outcome-based kind of education. Children do not only need knowledge, but they also need skills, root skills in terms of character development, and technical production/entrepreneurial kind of skills that will give them a trade when they leave school not a certificate on paper.  

May your kingdom come and will be done here on earth as it is in heaven!

[1] 1 John 3:17 ESV



[4] Moleko, N., 2017. Been Chasing Destiny. 1st ed. South Africa: Ngezandla Publishing, p.562.



[7] Bracking A qualitative reframing of private sector corruption Considerations from the natural resource sectors in South., 2020. Anti- Corruption Resource Centre U4, [online] August 2013 No 7(U4 Issue), p.2. Available at: <> [Accessed 13 August 2020].

[8] Lapin, R., 2014. Business Secrets From The Bible: Spiritual Success Strategies For Financial. 1st ed. New Jersey: John Wiley & Sons, p.33.

[9] The Forbes Scrapbook of Thoughts on the Business of Life, New York: Forbes Inc., 1968, p. 427.)


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[12] Bernstein, Henry. (2013). Commercial Agriculture in South Africa since 1994: ‘Natural, Simply Capitalism’. Journal of Agrarian Change. 13. 10.1111/joac.12011.


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[15] Statistics South Africa, 2005. Census of commercial agriculture, 2002. Pretoria, StatsSA.




[19] Kinzer, S., 2010. A Thousand Hills. New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons.

[20] Saayman, Lehanri &  Middelberg Sanlie. The Effect Of Higher Wages On Production Cost And Mechanization: A South African Maize Sector Study. The Journal of Applied Business Research – March/April 2014 Volume 30, Number 2

[21] Le roux, Daniel. Autmotion and employment: the case of South Africa. 2018.

[22] Meyer, F., 2012. FARM SECTORAL DETERMINATION: AN ANALYSIS OF AGRICULTURAL WAGES IN SOUTH AFRICA. BFAP December 2012, [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 13 August 2020].

[23] Moyo, D., 2014. Dead Aid. Haffmans & Tolkemitt.



[26] Partridge. Dale, People over Profit, Thomas Nelson, 2015 

[27] Roche, B. and Jakub, J., 2017. Completing Capitalism. 1st ed. Oakland, CA 94612-1921: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

[28] See Gollwitzer,  Protestant Theology  : 191 –  2. Gollwitzer draws very briefly here on the imagery found in Mi 4.3f, Zec 3.10, and Rom 14.17.




[32] Dreyer, W., 2011. Praktiese Ekklesiologie En Bedieningspraktyk Met Verwysing Na Die Nederduitsch Hervormde Kerk Van Afrika (Afrikaans).




[36] Friesen J. Dwight. Thy Kingdom Connected (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith): What the Church Can Learn from Facebook, the Internet, and Other Networks” 



[39] Eugene H. Peterson, The Message: The Bible in Contemporary Language, (Colorado Springs, CO: NavPress, 2005), Ne 5:1–5.



[42] Mitchell, M., 2001. It Takes A Church To Raise A Village. Shippensburg, PA: Treasure House.