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    'n Kort geskiedenis van die Christendom...

    Ek kry hierdie vanoggend op 'n ander forum en moes dit net plaas, al is dit Engels, kyk veral na die deel wat in 'bold' is...

    Subject: The Question That Changed My Life!

    A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of
    ministry. I searched for ways to challenge my students to fall more in
    love with Jesus. I came across a quote. It is a short version of the
    history of Christianity, and it goes like this:

    Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece
    and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution;
    it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became
    an enterprise.

    I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last
    line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.”
    After a few moments Martha, raised her hand. “Yes, Martha.” She asked
    such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a
    body?” The only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued,
    “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

    The room went dead silent. We were stunned.

    Martha’s question changed my life. For six months, I thought about her
    question at least once every day. “When a body becomes a business,
    isn’t that a prostitute?” There is only one answer to her question.
    The answer is “Yes.” The American Church, tragically, is heavily
    populated by people who do not love God. How can we love Him? We don’t
    even know Him; and I mean really know Him.

    … I stand by my statement that most American Christians do not know
    God–much less love Him. The root of this condition originates in how
    we came to God. Most of us came to Him because of what we were told He
    would do for us. We were promised that He would bless us in life and
    take us to heaven after death. We married Him for His money, and we
    don’t care if He lives or dies as long as we can get His stuff. We
    have made the Kingdom of God into a business, merchandising His
    anointing. This should not be. We are commanded to love God, and are
    called to be the Bride of Christ–that’s pretty intimate stuff. We are
    supposed to be His lovers. How can we love someone we don’t even know?
    And even if we do know someone, is that a guarantee that we truly love
    them? Are we lovers or prostitutes?

    I was pondering Martha’s question again one day, and considered the
    question, “What’s the difference between a lover and a prostitute?” I
    realized that both do many of the same things, but a lover does what
    she does because she loves. A prostitute pretends to love, but only as
    long as you pay. Then I asked the question, “What would happen if God
    stopped paying me?”

    For the next several months, I allowed God to search me to uncover my
    motives for loving and serving Him. Was I really a true lover of God?
    What would happen if He stopped blessing me? What if He never did
    another thing for me? Would I still love Him? Please understand, I
    believe in the promises and blessings of God. The issue here is not
    whether God blesses His children; the issue is the condition of my
    heart. Why do I serve Him? Are His blessings in my life the gifts of a
    loving Father, or are they a wage that I have earned or a
    bribe/payment to love Him? Do I love God without any conditions? It
    took several months to work through these questions. Even now I wonder
    if my desire to love God is always matched by my attitude and
    behavior. I still catch myself being disappointed with God and angry
    that He has not met some perceived need in my life. I suspect this is
    something which is never fully resolved, but I want more than anything
    else to be a true lover of God.

    So what is it going to be? Which are we, lover or prostitute? There
    are no prostitutes in heaven, or in the Kingdom of God for that
    matter, but there are plenty of former prostitutes in both places.
    Take it from a recovering prostitute when I say there is no substitute
    for unconditional, intimate relationship with God. And I mean there is
    no palatable substitute available to us (take another look at Matthew
    7:21-23). We must choose.

    -Dr. David Ryser

    Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall
    enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my
    Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord,
    Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast
    out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I
    profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work
    The Lord is our Shepherd
    die Here sal voorsien
    it’s the only method
    glo dit en jy sal sien

    The power of His glory
    is the punch line of this story,
    ek staan verwonderd en tog
    het U alles volmaak besorg

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    Harde woorde, maar waar.

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    Voorwaar woorde wat jou laat steier!...... EN aan die dink sit en selfondersoek doen.....

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    Re: 'n Kort geskiedenis van die Christendom...

    Ek kyk so nou en dan TBN en die laaste 3 dae het hulle, wat hulle noem, 'n 'Telethon'. Wat 'n absolute stuk hartseer, want alles gaan net oor geld wat jy moet gee en elke denkbare invalshoek word gebruik van gemaak. Ek het spesifiek gekyk om te sien hoe 'goed' hierdie predikers is om mense te manipuleer. Kyk, daar is dinge op TBN wat sin maak en mens trek nie 'n streep deur TBN nie, maar mens wil amper sonder huiwering 'n streep deur hierdie sogenaamde 'Telethon' trek..., want dit kom op niks anders neer as 'n besigheid nie, niks anders nie en die kort geskiedenis van die Kerk in Afrikaans sal mens seker so kan oordra...

    Dit het begin as 'n geloofsgemeenskap in Palestina,
    toe beweeg dit na Griekeland en word 'n filosofie,
    dit beweeg toe na Rome en word 'n Instelling,
    toe Europa in en word 'n kultuur,
    en toe Amerika en word 'n besigheid
    The Lord is our Shepherd
    die Here sal voorsien
    it’s the only method
    glo dit en jy sal sien

    The power of His glory
    is the punch line of this story,
    ek staan verwonderd en tog
    het U alles volmaak besorg

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