The heart of Bread of Life Ministries is to see the whole Church come to the unity of the Spirit and the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus. Over the millennia, the gentile church has separated herself from her Hebraic roots and has lost much of the richness, truths and insight of the Jewish apostles whose ministry and teaching formed the foundation of the New Testament Church. It is our hearts desire, that through sharing our teaching ministry with the Church that these truths may once again bring, joy, liberty, passion and understanding back to the Bride of Jesus and that we may all become mature in the knowledge of Him, in unity and in love.
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Bread of Life Ministries was established with a strong desire to form a New Testament Church with a strong sense of community. Our desire is to model our doctrine and fellowship on the apostolic teachings of Scripture and the Hebraic understanding of family and discipleship. We believe according to Scripture that the Lord will perfect His Bride, the Church, before His return. In order for this to happen there needs to be the restoration of sound biblical truth in the Body as well as a genuine move of the Holy Spirit to empower believers to preach the gospel of His Kingdom and salvation to all nations as spoken by Jesus in Matthew 24:14.
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There are numerous meetings that take place during the week including, Bible Study, Home Church, Prayer Meetings, Youth and Ladies Meeting etc. Full details of these are available at church on Sunday. We break bread (communion) every second Sunday at church and weekly at the Home Churches. Our Sunday meeting starts at 09:30 and all are welcome. We have Sunday School facilities for children 12 and under.
The following ministries and churches are highly recommended by Bread of Life Ministries. Although we may not be in 100% agreement on every facet of doctrine or theology, we still highly recommend these fellow labourers.
A most unfortunate sequence of eventsClick on image to access PDF
Documents rebutting Jacob Prasch’s false charges against David Nathan
Moriel’s Dispute with David Nathan A Chronological Sequence of the Evidence
The two videos below clearly shows that Jacob Prasch was in complete agreement with David Nathan’s teaching on salvation in the Millennium. The very charge of heresy that he accused David of, he makes himself guilty of.
Having exhausted every avenue for dialogue, mediation and reconciliation we now publish these videos exposing some of the falsehood perpetuated against David Nathan by Moriel and associates. These videos are evidence to the carnality and ungodliness that permeates large sections of the Christian Church to all our shame but above all, the disrepute it brings to our Lord and Saviour, Jesus.
In 1986, David Nathan came to faith in Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus the Messiah), from an orthodox Jewish family. He entered full time ministry in 1991 as an evangelist to the Jewsish community. Since then, he has been involved in many diverse ministries, from evangelism to pastoral work, Messianic ministry, teaching and writing to church planting. Having come out of a charismatic, word of faith mega church in 1993, David sees himself as charismatic in expression but does not hold to the false and often questionable doctrines and teachings of many who identify as modern charismatics. Due to his cultural background, he ministers in a typical Hebraic style, encouraging interaction with the congregation whilst expounding the Scriptures from a Biblical Jewish mindset. David has had the privilege over the years of mentoring younger ministers, many who have gone on to lead sound and growing churches and ministries.David is married to Jacqui and they have two children adult, Jonathan and Jessica.
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The Trinity Revealed in the Old Testament is a book that David Nathan was asked to write in order to combat both the error of the Pentecostal Ones Movement as well as for a Biblical witness to the Jews who reject the concept of the plurality of the Deity.This is a free resource in PDF format. Click here or the image to access the PDF
Paul and the Judaizers follows the life of Saul of Tarsus, beginning with his conversion on route to Damascus, to his contending with the Judaizers. The issue being contended was whether or not the Gentile believers in Jesus were to observe the Law of Moses.This book is a compilation of the Biblical facts around this event using the Scriptures as a narrative. Ultimately it answers the question, “do gentile believers need to keep the Sabbaths and dietary laws of the Mosaic Covenant” from the Scriptures themselves.This is a free resource in PDF format. Click here or the image to access the PDF
How many sincere believers have not received the promised blessings of an open heaven on their finances despite having faithfully tithed? Are you one of the myriad of Christians who do not experience abundant financial blessings even though they have been promised to you by well and not so well intended ministers?Join thousands of Christians who have been set free from the law of tithing and the shame associated with financial lack despite faithfully tithing and often giving out of their need.This book has been a blessing to so many and ignited their love and passion again for the Lord, free from feeling like they have robbed God.As one man said after reading Tithing Under The New Covenant,"The Lord has set me free twice, once from a life of drug and alcohol addiction. And the second time from being bound to the law of Old Testament giving that brought guilt and condemnation. Let this book do the same for you.This is a free resource in PDF format. Click here or the image to access the PDF
I'm a SELFAHOLIC: The first step towards recovery is admitting that you have a problem.
Darren Parker, a member at our church has published his first book, "I'm a SELFAHOLIC" to Amazon Kindle recently and I recommend it for anyone, especially to those who are antagonistic towards or have become disillusioned with Christianity and Churchianity. It is an easy read which engages the reader in a series of dialogues, which ultimately present true biblical Christian in it's powerful, life-changing beauty and simplicity. To find out more about the book, to purchase or to read an excerpt, click here
This course is a PDF short course based on David’s Eschatology 2010 and 2017 teachings that are available on YouTube. Click here to download PDF
Eschatology - Short Course
Sin brought man into slavery but Jesus was redeemed the Church.Why then is the Church bound by sin and slavery? Jesus has not just bought salvation for man but a much greater work , called redemption. Redemption will transform us from sinners to sons and daughters. Redemption will transform us from carnal and soulish believers into spiritual men and woman who know their God and walk in the power of His resurrection. Click here to download PDF.
The Spiritual Man Course
For the believer to walk in authority, he must first know his spiritual position before God and the victory of Christ over Satan. Click here to download PDF
Believers Spiritual Authority Course
It is ironic that Christians have to learn how to present the gospel to the very nation that was used by God to initially bring the gospel to the Gentiles. There are even some who believe that the Jews do not need to hear the gospel when the scriptures claerly teach, “to the Jews first.” This course is designed to share the gospel from the Hebrew Scriptures (Old Testament) to a Jew. Click to download PDF.Click to download J/E outline PDF.
“For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.” Hebrews 5:12This vital teaching for all believers is taken from the basic Christian doctrines taught by the 1st century church fathers. The teaching is taken from Hebrews 6:1-2. Click to download PDF.
Foundation Principles Course
The purpose of this course is to equip every believer with the scriptural as well as practical knowledge that they will require to share the gospel and lead a soul to salvation by the enabling of the Holy Spirit. Click to download PDF.
This teaching examines the subject of prayer in all its forms, from praise to worship, from supplication to intercession as well as fasting. Click to download PDF.
Are You and Abomination in God’s Sight? 10th April 2017Most believers would never consider themselves to be abominations in the sight of God. Granted that we all fall short and are well aware of those areas of our lives that we have not yet totally surrendered to Him. But an abominations...me?... Never!!!Yet because of one particular sin that so many Christians are guilty of, God sees us as unclean and wicked.Let me expound on this. "These six things the Lord hates. Yes seven are an abomination to Him. A proud look. A lying tongue. Hands that shed innocent blood. A heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil. A false witness who speaks lies and one who sows discord among brethren." (Proverbs 6:16-19)How many of us are guilty of criticizing and condemning a fellow believer because of hearsay or some offense we might have taken? What about evangelical denominations that criticize each other over non-fundamental, trivial points of doctrine? Or the Home Church movement condemning more formalized expressions of church and visa-versa?In almost all Christian circles there is some form of division, segregation, bitterness, envy, gossip, slandering, criticizing, anger and even hatred. Things that should not even be named amongst those who have been called out of darkness and are now supposed to be children of God who have His Spirit indwelling them. We the Church are guilty of a perpetual sin against the Father and we need to address this as a matter of urgency...and it begins with you and me.The Scriptures teach that all who are born of the Spirit are all part of one Body no matter where you live or where you fellowship. This one Body is the Body of Jesus, with Him and Him alone being the head. Would you cut off your toe because you do not like the way it looks? Or would you pluck out your eye because it does not have 20/20 vision? Obviously not. Then why do we attack other members of the same Body that we are part of?Do we think we are more Christ-like when we mock those who do not have the same understanding that we have? Are we demonstrating the fruit of the Spirit when we publicly condemn and criticize individuals and churches when we have made no effort to try address what we see as error in a spirit of love, gentleness and humility?The true child of God is a peacemaker not one who brings division. "Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God."(Matthew 5:9) But one who brings division and strife is an abomination in God's sight.We are commanded in Scripture to, "endeavour to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace."Paul continues, "there is one body and one Spirit...one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is above all and through all and in you all." (Ephesians 4:3-6)Do we not see that the same Spirit that is in us is also in the very people we are destroying by our wicked conduct?Unity of the true Bride of Jesus, the Church and loving the brethren are not restricted to your local church or fellowship. It is for the unity of the whole Church that we must strive and labour.I am not addressing church discipline, exposing error or bringing correction in this article as we are called to judge error in the Church and then try to bring correction in a spirit of love and humility. The point of this article is to address division, strife and sectarianism in the remnant Church. I stress again that I am not addressing our relationship with those who have fallen away into apostasy. My heart grieves for the way many of us treat one another who sincerely desire to walk uprightly before the Lord. So many are quick to judge and condemn those whom they have never met or taken the time to speak to or really get to know what they believe and who they truly are in Jesus.One of the last things that Jesus prayed for before His crucifixion was that the Father would make us all one as He and the Father are one (John 17:11-25). It was His cry that those who would believe on Him would be of one heart, one mind and one purpose just like the Godhead is. Would you and I dare to actively oppose the will and desire of Him who will judge us? Do not forget the warning that Jesus gave in Matthew 7:21-23. Not all who call Him Lord, Lord will enter into Heaven but only those who do the will of the Father and the Fathers will is that we all are one and united in love.How are you doing in this area?The greatest evangelism tool that the Lord has given the Church is not the gifts of Holy Spirit but something less spectacular but much more effective. And that is demonstrated, genuinely, expressed love for the brethren. At the last supper when Jesus was sharing about the New Covenant He was about bring forth, He said, " A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35)Christian, you and I are called to work and walk together with the whole Body in a spirit of love and unity. I challenge you in the Lord to search out your heart and turn from being an abomination in the sight of the Lord because of your malicious attack on the brethren to becoming a blessing and a true child of God, a peacemaker.May the Lord give us all the grace to walk in His love and peace towards one another.Shalom (peace unto you)
Predestined to be Conformed to the Image of Christ - 3 April 2016"For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29)God the Father has adopted those who willingly surrender their lives to the lordship of Jesus as His sons and daughters. We who believe have become co-heirs with Jesus of Gods' Kingdom (Romans 8:17). However, before we can rule and reign with Jesus, we must first be conformed to His image.It is vital that Christians understand that being born again is a journey not a destination. Jesus told Nicodemus that unless a man is born again he will not see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3). Being born again is the start of our individual journey to sonship, maturity and ultimately inheritance.The apostle Paul told the Church of Rome that God had predestined all those who believe on Jesus to be conformed to His image. What did he mean by this?Paul was revealing a hidden mystery of the Gospel that had been concealed from the Jews in the Law of Moses for 1500 years. This incredible mystery was that Jesus would not just save those who believe but will cause them to become like Him. (When I speak of becoming like Christ, I refer to our character and nature becoming like His. We will never become like Him in power or authority for He will for eternity always be the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings). This mystery that I am speaking of was concealed in the Feasts of Israel.Now I do not want to spend to much time giving an overview of the 7 Feasts of Israel. You are welcome to listen or download the series from our website at www.bolm.co.za. Briefly stated, the Feasts all prophetically point to one of the seven works of redemption that Jesus fulfilled at His first coming and will fulfil at His second coming.For now I want us to focus on the third feast, namely, the Feast of Firstfruits. According to Leviticus 23:9-14, the Feast of Firstfruits was celebrated on the third day after the Feast of Passover. On this feast day, the Jews would bring a small sheaf of their crop to the priest before they began to harvest their fields. The priest in turn would wave the sheaf before the Lord as a wave offering, giving God thanks for the harvest which was about to be reaped. So how did Jesus fulfil this Feast and how does it pertain to our salvation and becoming conformed to His image?"But now Christ is risen from the dead and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep." (1 Corinthians 15:20)Jesus was crucified and buried on the 14th day of the Jewish month of Nissan which was the same day as the Feast of Passover. We know that Jesus fulfilled the Feast of Passover by becoming the Lamb of God.At His resurrection on the third day, which was the 16th day of Nissan 3 days later, Mary Magdalene meets Him at the tomb (John 20:1 & 11-17). She tries to embrace Him but He would not let her touch Him lest she defile Him because He had not yet ascended to the Father and presented Himself before the throne of God with His blood (Hebrews 9:11-12).In 1 Corinthians 15:20 (above), Paul writes that Jesus has become the first fruits of those who had died. How does He fulfil the Feast?When the Jews under the Law presented their sheaves before God, they were giving Him thanks for the harvest which He had blessed them with. The sheaf was a representation of the rest of the harvest that remained in the field. The sheaf had the identical DNA to the rest of the harvest, it was in every way identical to the rest of the crop that was about to be harvested. In the exact same manner, Jesus is the first fruits to the Father, the firstborn from the dead (Colossians 1:15).When Jesus stood before the Father at His resurrection, He presented Himself as the first fruits of all those who were to be resurrected in Him. i.e. those who would be born again. As He stood before the Father, He showed Himself to be the exact representation of all those who would come after Him. Just like the sheaf carried the same DNA as the harvest so we have the same Holy Spirit in us that filled Jesus at His baptism. God wants us to carry the same DNA so to speak as Jesus. That is why the apostle John writes, "Beloved, now we are the children of God...we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him." (1 John 3:2)It was always the Father's will, plan and purpose that all His sons and daughters would become like Jesus, our first fruits. This is what Paul had been explaining to the Church of Rome, "For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:29).Gods' priority with your life is to make you like Jesus, that you would have the same nature and character as our Lord. How does God do this, what means or tools does He use?"But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord." (2 Corinthians 3:18).Firstly, the Holy Spirit is at work in every believer to conform us to Christ. We are called to yield to Him and obey Him as He reveals areas in our lives that displease the Lord. Through repentance, obedience and asking the Lord to search out our hearts we become more and more conformed to Christ's image.Secondly,"Though He was a Son yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered." (Hebrews 5:8) and "...We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God." (Acts 14:22)The New Testament has much to say about suffering, trials, tribulations and even death for the sake of Christ. Many Christians do not believe that God would test them through trials but I can guarantee you that as a Christian you will face many trials and hardships. Jesus had to, the apostles and the early church had to and believers today have to. God uses trials to test and prune our faith and character (James 1:2-4; Hebrews 12:5-11).Do not believe anyone who tells you that serving the Lord is easy. It is not. Nor believe them when they tell you that hardship is a sign of sin or unbelief. If that were true then the apostles would have been the worst Christians that had ever lived as their lives were plagued with hardship and eventually execution.But I want to encourage you that the trials you face are working in you an eternal weight of glory. God is wanting to mould you so that He can give you the Kingdom. We will never be perfect this side of eternity but we can allow God to mould us and to change us so that we can begin to reflect Jesus more and more.Gods will is to conform you into Christ’s image. As you yield so you will draw closer and become far more intimate with the Lord. Praise God that we will not remain the same as we are now but we are daily taking on the image of Jesus more and more as we yield to Him. Be encouraged God loves you too much to leave you as you are. He has greater things in store for you.Shalom until next time, David
"Cursed is anyone who hangs from a tree" - 5 June 2012-Deuteronomy 21:23 & Galatians 3:13Six years ago, the Lord gave me a most disturbing and shocking vision regarding His Church. I have been reluctant to share this vision over the last six years as I did not believe that the Body of Christ was ready or willing to hear what the Lord had revealed. Yet I know that this message is for the whole Church and the time has come that the Church understands how her Lord sees her so that she can repent and become His cherished and beloved Bride. As a young believer, I always had a very deep burden for the Body of Christ and found it difficult to pray just for my local church. I would always find myself praying for the Church as a whole, that we would all come to the unity of the faith and maturity in the Lord. Six years ago, I was living in Durban and had been seeking the Lord's will for my life and His Church through prayer and fasting. During this time the Lord gave me the vision I am about to share.I was in a forest made up of huge trees and saw many women dressed in medieval peasant clothes in a clearing in the forest. As I looked on this large group of women, they were suddenly all tied to the trees with large ropes. Then they all merged into one woman tied to one enormously massive tree and she was bound with very thick ropes. As I looked at her and saw her beauty and innocence, I knew immediately that she was the Bride of Christ but she was not clothed in glory with white washed garments but in the rags of a peasant.As I gazed at her the Lord brought me right in front of her face. At that very moment, with a small trickle of blood running down from her forehead where a rope had cut into her skin, she opened her eyes. I will never forget that look in her eyes. It was one of absolute amazement, shock, bewilderment and confusion all expressed simultaneously as she tried to reason and understand how she had become bound to this gigantic tree.Then the Lord spoke to me and said, "There are threewho have done this to my Church."The next instant I was in what can only be described as a "crack house". Although I could not see anything except grey smoke, I knew in my heart that every form of sin, wickedness and perversion was taking place in this house.The Lord spoke to me a second time and said, "the sin of the world is in my Church and My people commit the same sins as the unsaved." This was the first who had bound the Church.Suddenly I was in London outside a house in a very up-market suburb. As I was looking at the house, the front door opened and a woman dressed in a tweed business suit came out with two large black dogs on silver leashes. She walked passed me with an air of arrogance and looked at me with disdain. It was obvious that she had been accustomed to wealth and luxury her whole life and had never given a second thought to anyone but herself, her wants and desires. Again the Lord spoke and said, “My people lust after the wealth and riches of this world and are bound by their lust as the pursue after the things of this life.” This was the second who binds the Church.What happened next made me tremble in fear for the next two weeks. Then the Lord spoke to me saying, “And I am holding you accountable for my Church!” At that moment I woke up trembling and immediately asked the Lord how He could hold me accountable for His Church. After all, who am I that I can be held accountable for so many? Since resigning as an associate pastor at a very large church in 1993, I have never had much influence in the Body of Christ nor have I been involved in any ministry that has been recognized as being successful. On the contrary, I have been a servant to small numbers of believers for many years. For two weeks I wrestled in fear with the Lord over His words to me and also wanted to know about the third who had bound His Church in the vision. The Lord led me to the Book of Ezekiel chapter 3v16-21 and said that as He had commissioned Ezekiel to warn Israel to escape the coming judgement so he is commissioning me to warn the Church of the coming judgement of God upon her. Saints, God is referring to 1 Peter 4:17 which says, “For the time has come for judgement to begin with the house of God and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”A few years ago the Lord revealed to me the third that has bound His Church. It should have been very obvious to me for it was the reason I had left fulltime ministry and moved to Durban. The third who has bound the Church is false or incorrect doctrine. As Paul warned Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:3-4, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine but according to their own desires because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers and they will turn their ears away from the truth and be turned aside to fables.”Let me summarize what the Lord showed me in this vision and has revealed to me as I have sought understanding through prayer and waiting on Him.The Church in general is in a very bad place with the Lord. Instead of being dressed in royal robes of righteousness (Revelation 7:9-14) as priests of God (1 Peter 2:9) she is dressed in peasant rags. Her dress speaks of slavery to sin, lust for riches and false doctrine. It is these three things that have bound her to a tree and this is the most devastating part of the entire vision. The Bible says,"Cursed is anyone who hangs from a tree"(Deuteronomy 21:23 & Galatians 3:13). Instead of the Church being free in Christ, righteous and sanctified to the Father though His blood, she is bound, unrighteous and estranged from the Lord. God does not see the Church as holy and sanctified but rather as accursed. The Good news is that He wants her to repent and come back to Him. I have been convinced by the Lord and through His Word that we are about to experience a great restoration of the Church. A revival of repentance and restoration of sound doctrine is starting. It will release the Church to become the Army of God to take the gospel of the Kingdom to a dying world (Matthew 24:14) and to become the Bride of Christ.God uses the foolish and the weak to be His servants. Which means all who are of no worldly reputation can be used. I am a nobody in His Kingdom and I am content with that but I have been given a commission to teach and preach. So I will use the platforms open at the moment. Until next time, Shalom
My contribution this month is not a teaching but rather a poem I wrote last year that depicts the absurdity of those who are deep into the Hebrew Roots Movement. As a Jewish believer in Jesus, I celebrate the Jewishness of the New Testament and above all the Jewishness of our Messiah Yeshua. We must never forget that salvation is through faith alone in Jesus alone and never through the adoption of the Mosaic Law.If you are blessed by the poem, you are welcome to share it with others."If Paul were a false teacher and a heretic too..." – By David NathanIf Paul were a false teacher and a heretic too we could only trust 14 books of this Testament New.But hark, what of Peter who calls him “beloved brother”, he too is deceived so there goes 2 others.We are now down to 12 that can truly be trusted, but wait, I forgot about Luke, I'm getting quite flustered. A travelling companion and a supporter of Paul, can we possibly trust him? I say, "not at all!"From 12 down to 10 which surely are true but then there is John whom we now must review. A friend and companion of "Peter the Deceived" whom we’ve now come to realize cannot be believed. Not once does John correct him regarding old Paul, as he did with Diotrephes in his book, number four. Revelation by John, the last apostle alive, brings the tally of this untrusted man’s canonical books now to 5.Another 5 gone from the 10 that remained, what else could go wrong but our consideration of James and Jude, that we must now add to this song? Neither two warned of Paul, that sinister false brother, yet they obviously knew him, their plots’ now uncovered.So their 2 must be gone from our 5 that remained, leaving us 3 books that now surely can't be defamed. The Jerusalem council which Matthew attended was where those who opposed Paul were summarily upended. He is not to be trusted this collector of taxes so too must his book face the anti-heretics axes.3 becomes 2 with the exit of Matthew's, where next do we search but through the book to the Hebrews. Attributed to either Paul, Barnabas or Apollos but it makes no real difference because its message is bogus. Its message is Paul’s that’s as clear as can be, it must be removed from Christian his’tory. We have only 1 left which is ascribed to John Mark, a nephew of Barnabas who from Paul did depart. There is now only 1 book that still steadfast remains. Although only 1, ‘tis far better than none until we consider the pedigree by whom it was done. A disciple of Peter whom we know was deceived by a man we call Paul whom we have urged you, “do not believe!”Not 1 book is left if you believe Paul was a deceiver, not one book that can be trusted by the New Testament believer. Without Paul we are all doomed to follow the Law, you see without him, there is no New Testament at all.
A Response to questions from an adherent to Eternal Securityi was asked recently to answer four questions from a sincere brother who believes in Eternal Security or Once Saved Always Saved. Eternal Security has become a very hotly contested position in the Church and I thought that my response to these questions would benefit those who are either struggling with this doctrine or are being confronted with it and want a biblical response.1.If someone truly can lose their salvation……what would happen? 1 Timothy 4:1-2 & 2 Timothy 4:10; They would return to the world and lust after it and have no desire to return to the Lord.Note 1 Timothy 4:1-2 “Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their own conscience seared with a hot iron.”Paul says that some will depart from the faith which means that they must have been in the faith not just church goers which was unheard of in the early church. Many make the in correct assumption that the early church had folk milling around the edges, not saved but attending. This is preposterous to even assume as early believers were slaughtered, pillaged and severely persecuted. There was no place for spectators and half-hearted individuals, becoming a Christian would often result in severe persecution and even death.2.Would the Holy Spirit leave them? Absolutely, as we are born again of the water and the Spirit, when we willfully choose to forsake the Lord and refuse to return then He will withdraw His Spirit from the us. In Psalm 51:11, David pleads with God not to take His Holy Spirit from him. Note also Isaiah 63:10-11 where God rejects Israel even though the Holy Spirit was in and among them. God does not change nor does He deal differently with men. What He did to those who forsook Him in Israel, He will do to those in the Church. 3.How would their life change? As mentioned previously. They would turn against God and His Word and go back into the world with no restraint as it is written in 2 Peter 2:20-22, “For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning. For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: "A DOG RETURNS TO HIS OWN VOMIT," and, "a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire." 4.Would they still have any passion for Jesus? None whatsoever. It is the Holy Spirit who draws us to the Father through Jesus. Once He forsakes a man that man will have no desire to return plus he could never come back to salvation as the writer of Hebrews says, Hebrews 6:4-8, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.”
Exposing the errors of the Tulip of Reformed Theology Reformed theology is gaining much ground in the western church and many are being swept away from the simplicity of the truth of the gospel into the error and deception of this dangerous false doctrine. Sadly, the proponents of this false gospel tend to be intellectuals who of all believers should understand the very basics of sound biblical hermeneutics yet refuse to apply it when postulating their error. However, despite the obvious and very poor hermeneutic of the advocates of Reformed Theology, most believers are ill equipped to refute or debate these modern heretics who preach a different Jesus and a strange gospel that scripture just does not support or confirm.The purpose of my article is to equip believers who are confronted with reformed doctrine, with scriptures that refute and contradict the five tenants of what has come to be termed Five Point Calvinism. The acronym, T.U.L.I.P has been conceived by reformed theologians to organise the five main points of their understanding of the gospel of salvation or as they call it, the doctrine of grace. Each of the letters represent one of these five points, which are;T = Total DepravityU = Unconditional ElectionL = Limited AtonementI = Irresistible GraceP = Preservation of the SaintsFor any doctrine to stand the scrutiny of scripture and be regarded as legitimate, every verse of scripture that speaks into that specific subject must be taken into account in order to form a systematic and accurate doctrine. Simply put, one cannot exclude a verse or verses that contradict a doctrine that one wants to form just for the sake of expediency. To do this is to create a false or severely flawed doctrine that will lead to error in not only ones personal theology and understanding but to all who are exposed to it. This is what Reformed Theology has done and what I want to expose by simply quoting scripture that contradict each of the five tenants of the TULIP.Sound theology should look like this;And certainly not like this;According to one of their own theologians, Reverend Barry Gritters, these five doctrines can be best understood as follows. (http://www.prca.org/pamphlets/pamphlet_41.html) I have emphasised the blatant errors in his doctrinal statements in bold type.T - Total Depravity“Only God can make us alive and God does that sovereignly – without our aid, without our asking. From beginning to end, "Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:9)…” (Rev Barry Gritters)Yet the Bible teaches that we are to call upon the Lord in Psalm 55:16; Psalm 116:13 and Romans 10:12-13. To name just a few verses.U - Unconditional Election“God chooses to give some people eternal life, without looking for anything good in them as a condition for loving and saving them.” (Rev Barry Gritters)Yet the Bible teaches that God desires all to be saved in 1 Timothy 2:3-4; Ezekiel 18:23&32; John 3:17 and 1 Timothy 4:10. To quote just a few verses.L - Limited Atonement “The Bible says that Christ laid down His life for His sheep, and only them. John 10:11.The ATONEMENT is LIMITED to the elect of God. Every sin of every one of Christ's sheep is paid for. Those sins and those alone have been paid for. That is the only gospel because that is the Bible.” (Rev Barry Gritters)Yet the Bible teaches that Jesus paid for the sins of all men in John 1:29 and 1 John 2:2, to quote just two verses.I - Irresistible Grace “That grace is irresistible. That means that if God gives grace to you, there is nothing in the world that you can do to resist it and thwart God's intention to take you to heaven.” (Rev Barry Gritters)Yet the Bible teaches that we can reject His grace through disobedience and wickedness in Hebrews 12:15; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2 and Galatians 5:4, to again quote just a few verses.P - Preservation of the Saints “The last of the five points of Calvinism teaches that God preserves His people so they can never be lost. To put it simply, it means this: "Once you are saved, you are always saved.” (Rev Barry Gritters)Yet the Bible teaches that we can lose our salvation in 2 Peter 2:18-22; Hebrews 6:4-8; Hebrews 12:25 and Hebrews 3:6&12 and there are many other verses that debunk this error of once saved always saved.I have only very briefly highlighted the errors of the TULIP of Reformed Theology, there are many more but I trust that the above will be of use to those who are having to stand their ground against this false doctrine.
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