January 2020

2Teach and urge these things. 3If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 11But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, 14to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen. (1 Timothy 6).

Today by the grace and mercy of God, I started as Senior Lecturer at a theological training college. I am extremely thankful to God for making this possible and I honestly pray that I will be faithful to Him, the Most High God, in everything I do and teach at this place where young people are prepared and trained to be ministers of the Word. I have made many mistakes in my past, but I hold on to the most precious words found in the Bible for the saved sinner,

7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 8If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1)

I have had a “life-time” with the Lord in the ministry all over the world. I am not ashamed of the Gospel and I am looking forward to teaching and preaching this Gospel of Jesus Christ for the remaining of my years to live. I have quoted some verses from 1 Timothy 6 above, which spoken to Timothy by the apostle Paul, will nevertheless guide me in my teaching practice with the students.

Previously to this theological lecturing post I will be standing in now, I have taught at a teacher’s college for 21 years. To this day I still have contact with some students from those years. They are teaching all over the world. I thank the Lord for each moment I could have spent teaching and preparing them to function as Christian teachers in the secular schools of this world we are living in. But now, the student body has changed. I believe much of what was taught to the young teachers in educational practice would also be needed in the training of the young pastors. And I am looking forward to doing so. May God find me faithful to the appointed task in His vineyard.

With this in mind, this blog will change. Most that was previously posted on this blog had been archived. This blog will now cater for this new focus in my live. The content will be as beneficial to you in your spiritual walk as it will be to the students I will be dealing with. The content of the blog will not proclaim the theological views of any particular congregation, church or denomination but be Christ centered and based on the Bible as much as is possible within my finite ability. I will be theologically guided in the expression of my faith as it appears on the pages of this blog by the dicta, the so-called Five Solae, which precipitated from the Reformation, namely:

Sola scriptura: “Scripture alone”
Sola fide: “faith alone”
Sola gratia: “grace alone”
Solo Christo: “Christ alone”
Soli Deo gloria: “to the glory of God alone”


Do not leave the blog but stay with me. It will be an exciting journey. Together we will walk and talk with God, study His Word and walk into the future one step at a time.

Credo!

There is a new tab on the blog, “Credo”.

If everyone believes in God, the obvious question then follows, “What do we believe about God?” To answer the question is to confess, declare, state or proclaim our creed. A creed is a statement that describes our beliefs. The English word creed is an English equivalent to the Latin word credo, which means, “I believe.” It goes back to the 12th century, where it occurred as a compound word kerd-dhe, meaning basically “to put one’s heart.” This has relevance to the essence of a creed in that it focuses on what we believe, from our hearts and also confess with our mouths.

I have been rather vocal and critical on this blog concerning what people believed and did not believe, and I duly include myself in this criticism. At Mission Kwasizabantu there were creeds in place that we earnestly query as to their biblical roots and therefore validity as Protestant creeds satisfying the Apostles’ Creed and five solas at the very least as an expression of the reformed theology we profess to adhere to. I think it is clear that we all fell short in the process to uphold biblical doctrine. Whether formal or informal, written or verbal, in one-way or another we all have a creed that embraces our beliefs.

By God’s design, the entire human race is creedal; we are all inclined to “believe”. So the real question is not whether we have creeds, rather the questions are, “What do we believe in our creeds?” “What is the content of our creeds and how do our creeds relate to biblical revelation?” “What are the authority, usefulness, foundation and purpose of our creeds?” “How authentic are our creeds when evaluated against the biblical cannon.”

Under this tag “Credo”, I speak for what I believe. You might agree or you may differ from what I believe. I will speak about my trust in the Triune God, on what I know about Him from His Word and what I believe to be necessary to love Him with all my heart, all my soul and my entire mind. My theology, and by that I mean my understanding of Scripture, must be driven by the Scriptures, and I want to submit my theology constantly to the Scriptures for revision and correction as I have been doing these past two years.

I pray you do the same as an individual, or congregation or group of churches. Because, your spiritual integrity will stand or fall in what you believe.

Funeral

This past weekend we traveled to Mafakathini, KwaZulu Natal.
Gogo (Grandma) Mnikathi passed away and we went to be with the family. I was asked to facilitate at the funeral. The Mnikathi family are very precious to me. When we moved into the area in 2009, this family was the first to open their hearts and home to me and Andra. Gogo experienced three strokes over time. We visited her in hospital with the family. The last stroke was fatal.

Visiting Gogo in Edendale Hospital.
Some of the Mnikathi family members and Andra at the hospital.

The funeral proceedings stretched over three days. What a blessed time was it not for all involved. On Friday evening we went to “Duduza”, that is to “comfort” the bereaved family. There is time to speak with the members of the family and have a devotion. We gathered in the big round hut (rondavel) for the duduza service.

The bereaved women attending the duduza devotion.

The actual funeral ceremony took place on Saturday morning at 10am. Proceedings lasted well into the afternoon. It is such a privilege to lay a child of God to rest. We only have good memories of Gogo. Speaker after speaker only testified about the good of her life. I could only say “Amen” to all because that is how I knew her as well.

The coffin is opened and people could view the body. She looked so peaceful in death!

About 300 people attended the funeral.

The grave is on the property of the family. Next to the vegetable garden. Gogo is the third family member which I have laid to rest in this garden patch. The grave is covered and cared for by the family as time goes on.

A view of part of Mafakathini town.

On Sunday we had a closing service, mostly for the family. It is very special and a blessing in God to be with His children in their times of sorrow. I am so thankful to God for granting me the grace and mercy to be able to do something meaningful for those He loves and cares for. What would we be without the precious Gospel of Jesus Christ? How will we be comforted, if not comforted by God the Spirit. How will we die, if we don’t die in the Lord and go home to be with our loving heavenly Father?

Soli Deo gloria! To God be the glory!

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