You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free
I am the author Renette Vermeulen.
I published many Afrikaans short stories, novels, and screenplays, (television scripts,) until Jesus rescued my soul from this broken world in 1988. Those publications were mere finger-exercises to prepare me for God’s calling on my life to preach His Gospel. All glory, honor, and praise to the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible. Now, only by His all-sufficient grace, I have a three-year theological diploma and a BA degree in human behavior, and I am a non-denominational, born again disciple of Jesus, Who uses me to wash the feet of His blood-bought body with His contextual, Scriptural Truth. The truth about everything in this world, the Word of God especially, is always in the context of the situation and what is actually said.
I could have ministered in nearly any church, but chose to follow only the truth of God’s entire Word. One can never preach the truth in a place where one is supposed to preach man-made dogma. Therefore, I do not submit to unscriptural doctrines and church forms, for which the clergy will have to give account before the judgment throne of Christ, (2 Cor. 5:10.)
What sets me apart from most preachers, is that nothing I do to serve the body of Christ is for sale, and by the grace of God, I don’t have to accept donations, (Acts 20:28-35.) I reject the greed, exploitation, and religious haughtiness of so-called pastors and other church clergy. Thus, I have no underhanded agendas; what you see is what you get. I will, as far as you allow me, always tell you the truth in Godly love, but I never want to control you, your life, your time, or anything else in any way. I reject all forms of control, but I will appreciate your respect and willingness to obey the True Word of God. Thus, I do not want you to convert to Christianity or to any other religion, or to any church or denomination. Please keep your Bible open while working through these studies. Do not believe anyone, but “test and prove all things to see if it is from God,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)
The Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible did not bring salvation through just another form of Scripture-twisting Christianity. God became a Man to give spiritually dead, cursed humanity “a free inheritance” of redemption, salvation, and blessing, (1 Jn. 5:19-20.) We can only find His spiritual freedom through personal faith in, and obedience to Him, (Gal. 3:10-14.) By acceptance of His full atonement in our place, we were fully delivered from all spiritual bondage, death, and darkness and brought wholly into His Redemption, Life, and Light at the moment we sincerely surrendered ourselves to Jesus, (Eph. 1:7; 12-14; Col. 1:13-14; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.)
Hence, my desire is that people should personally meet the True God of the Bible, and choose to grow in Real Biblical knowledge of His Word on an ongoing basis because everything in Christ is solely based on free, personal choice, (Rom. 12:1-3.) Our life in Christ and our relationship with the Most High God through our acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ, are free gifts from God, which can never be ‘earned’ by manmade doctrines, church membership, or so-called ‘saving’ sacraments. Such man-made things can never improve the completed work of Jesus in any way, (Isa. 53:3-5; Gal. 2:21, Col. 2:9.)
God’s real Kingdom here on earth is not seated in any political party, religion, church, or any specific nation; Jews included. With His own blood, Jesus bought His sincere disciples from “every tribe, tongue, and nation,” (Rev. 5:9.) Those who deny this basic fact of God’s New Testament Covenant in Christ must repent from their racist beliefs and traditions. There are ‘good’ and bad people in every nation. On a physical level, we will always remain what we are, but spiritually, race, status, and gender do not exist in God’s Kingdom of Light, as “we are all one in Christ,” (Rom. 3:28.)
Jesus’ Kingdom is “not of this world;” it has no such origin or source. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself Is The Truth, Light, Way, and Life. No one comes to the Father, (remains or grows in Christ,) except through personal faith in, and obedience to Jesus. The Kingdom of God is a Spiritual Kingdom, which resides only in the Scripturally born again ‘hearts’ or human spirits of Jesus’ sincere disciples — who are the living temple of the Holy Spirit, (Jn. 14:6; Jn. 18:36; Jn. 3:3-5; 1 Cor. 6:17-20.)
That is why Jesus commanded that His True Gospel must be preached to every tongue, tribe, and nation to make personally believing disciples, (Jn. 1:12-14; Mt. 28:18-20.) One cannot ‘join’ or ‘convert’ [switch] to the true Kingdom of God either here on earth or in heaven.
In the context of Jesus’ New Testament Covenant, it is clear that He is not interested in toppling or changing the political and religious structures of this world to substitute them with a so-called ‘physical kingdom of God’ here on earth.
The “whole world is under the power, sway, or control of the evil one” until the return of Jesus Christ when “every [stubborn] knee shall bow and every [ungodly] tongue will confess that He is God and Lord.” Simultaneously, “the kingdoms of this world will [then] become the kingdoms of our God...” (1 Jn. 5:19; Rev. 11:15; 1 Cor. 15:24.) Jesus taught that He will not restore this world and its kingdoms in their fallen state. He prophesied that not everyone will choose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior, and sin and corruption will escalate during the last of the end times “as in the days of Noah and Lot,” (Mt. 24; 7:21-24.) This fallen world is destined for the fire at Jesus’ return, (2 Pt. 3:7-14.) This is where all history on earth as we know it, and everything we can expect from the future in our current human condition in this world, ends.
On That Day, the Lord Jesus Christ will return as “unexpectedly [not ‘secretly’] as a thief” to call His body of sincere believers from the earth, (1 Ths. 4:16-18; 1 Cor. 15:51-58.) That One and Only glorious Day of His return will be the marriage feast of the Lamb, when He will take His bride or believers who are ready, to heaven, (Rev. 19:6-9; Mt. 25:1-13.) What’s more, Jesus Himself said that no one except God Himself knows when this will happen!
Until Jesus’ return, true believers must bring the purifying, preserving ‘salt’ and Gospel Light of Jesus Christ to the world. Jesus sent His believers into the world to preach His real Gospel “as sheep among wolves,” (Mt. 28:18-20.) As a result, knowledge of the evil political and religious ways of the world “equips” us to recognize the strongholds of deception in our own minds first, in order to repent from all lies to grow in real knowledge, wisdom, and grace — and then to convey whatever God has taught us to those who would choose to believe and accept it, (Jn. 18:36; 2 Cor. 10:3-6.)
As the ‘whole world is under the deception of the evil one,’ the sincere disciples of Jesus are foreigners, pilgrims, and squatters in the dark spiritual dimension of this world, (1 Jn. 5:19; 1 Pt. 2:11.) They are spiritual ‘kings and priests’ in God’s spiritual Kingdom, and are not called, as under the Old Testament covenant, to rule countries through politics and religion in this physical dimension.
So, I reject the Kingdom-Now theology in all its various forms. It teaches that the whole world will be ‘changed into a good world and everyone will be ‘saved,’ (the doctrine of universalism,) without the preaching of the true Gospel of Christ — and without personal repentance from false beliefs and personal sin. This great deception is steered by the false Israeli Timeline and it’s many twisted dogmas, which are based on the veneration of the Jewish nation and the geographical land of Israel, (Heb. 8:13; chapters 7-9; Jn. 18:36; Mt. 7:21-27.)
Rejecting all man-made doctrine, I believe in “the Godhead” as revealed in the full context of the Scriptures - Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, and I follow only the entire Truth of the Bible as far as humanly possible, (Col. 2:9: Mt. 28:19-20.)
I believe that Christ Jesus of the Bible, Who came in the flesh of a mere man, is the God of all gods, the Creator of heaven and earth, King of kings, Lord of lords, and God of everything that is worshipped, (Heb. 1:1-14; Col. 2:9-10.)
The Lord Jesus Christ suffered and died in the place of all humanity to atone in totality for our entire spiritual position of sin, bondage, and cursedness without God, (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 3:23-24; Gal. 3:10-14.)
I believe that the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ of the Bible, has risen bodily from the grave.
I believe that Jesus Christ has ascended to heaven in His risen, glorified body, (Col. 2:9-10.)
I believe that God the Holy Spirit calls every person to accept redemption, (spiritual freedom,) salvation, and blessing through His Son Jesus Christ, (Jn. 3:16; 16:8-11.) However, only those who personally choose Jesus as their Lord, God, Redeemer, and Savior — and follow Him as His disciples, have everlasting life, (Rev. 5:9-10; Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 14:21-24.)
Despite the misconception of the doctrine of predestination, found in Christianity and Islam, God indeed “predestined” every person to live for all eternity in heaven, (Jn. 3:16-17.) Still, only those who personally answer His call to redemption from darkness through Jesus Christ are the “predestined ones,” who can go to heaven, (1 Pt. 2:9-10; Jn. 18:36.)
I believe in and experience the Scriptural gifts and power of the Holy Spirit — but never on demand; only according to the will and timing of God for every particular situation in our lives, (Mark 16:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.)
I believe, according to the contextual truth of the Bible and from my own experience, that the Holy Spirit constantly indwells all Jesus’ sincere believers from the very moment they truly accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 1 Jn. 12:20-27.) That is when Jesus Himself baptizes them supernaturally with the Holy Spirit or places the Spirit “within them,” and the Spirit then baptizes them into the spiritual body of Christ, and not when (and if) they speak in tongues, (Mark 17:21-22, KJV.; 1 Cor. 12:27-31.) As any other gift, the gift of tongues is merely one of the free and wonderful gifts of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (Gal. 4:6; 1 Cor. 6:17-20; Mark 16:16-18.)
I believe that the only Scriptural water-baptism, as demonstrated and commanded by the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, is the baptism of His believing disciples by submersion. It is only obtainable at personal acceptance and confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20 and Acts 8:37 — omitted by most new translations of the Bible.)
The water-baptism of sincere disciples of Christ is not optional. Yet, Scriptural water baptism remains the personal, outward declaration of the inward transformation of the born again creature in Christ. Water baptism in itself has no ‘regenerative or saving power’ of its own, (Jn. 3:3-5; 2 Cor. 5:17.) Scriptural water-baptism is a necessary step of faith in Jesus. It is also a vital step of obedience to this serious commandment of Jesus, (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6; Col. 2:9-15.)
I believe that good works will not and cannot save us; only the grace of God in Christ can save. After that, we must obey Jesus’ commandment to all His sincerely born again children to “abide” in Him through our constant, obedient relationship with God the Father in the power of His Holy Spirit, according to the fullness of His New Testament Covenant, (Rom. 3:21-28; Jn. 4:21-24; 14:23-24.) That is why Holy-Spirit led ‘works’ and repentance from sin can never be excluded from our life in Christ, as it is obedience to Jesus’ only New Covenant Law: the Moral Law of Love. Our ‘works’ of mercy, love, and faith prove our faith and born again position in the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 13:34; Jam. 2:14-20.)
Although we are spiritually “complete” in Christ, we all “stumble” in our walk with Christ, as we are still living in our feeble human bodies until He takes us home. However, this is not a license to sin. To ‘stumble’ does not mean we may sin deliberately. Even so, we have the forgiveness of our Father in heaven and the continual cleansing of Jesus’ blood on our sincere confession of, and repentance from sin, (Col. 2:9-10; Jam. 3:2; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.) Forgiveness and repentance can never be loosened from each other. Every time we stumble we must fall at God’s feet, confess our sin, and ask His grace to repent and follow Jesus through every situation we might face. Then, we “will never live in darkness, but have the light of life,” (Jn. 8:12 KJV.)
The precepts of God’s Moral Law commands that if we were deliberately harmed, and if we did the same to other people, we must confront that abuse as far as possible, and confess all such sin against one another to one another, “so that we might be healed,” (Jam. 5:16-18; Mt. 18:15-20.) We must then also repent from that abuse and do restitution as far as possible. (Lev. 6:1-5, If we lied we must tell the truth, etcetera.) This is not confessing our sin to a pastor or priest to supposedly “gain absolution,” as even born again believers are doing nowadays. For instance, adultery is the destruction of God’s holy marriage covenant, and it is in fact emotional murder. That is why it must be sincerely confessed to God and the spouses who were rejected. If we slandered someone’s name in public, we must not only confess to that person, but also do restitution by telling the truth in public. We must, therefore, confess all serious sin to the people we harmed. Yet, all our other personal sin must be confessed directly to our Father in heaven, (1 Jn. 1:8-10.) Disobedience to these most important precepts of Jesus’ Moral Law of Love leads to the disruption of our relationship with God. It then immediately takes us to the damage of interpersonal relationships, as Jesus explained in Mt. 5:23-24, which we must rectify as far as possible before “bringing our offer, [prayer, praise, etcetera,] to the throne of God.”
True disciples of Jesus Christ have immense authority in His Name to withstand the work of all evil spiritual forces by preaching His Gospel of Redemption, Salvation, and Blessing to a lost and dying world, (2 Cor. 10:3-6; 2 Pt. 3:10-14.) They also have the “abiding” Holy Spirit’s anointing or His full indwelling power to intercede for themselves and others before the throne of our Almighty Heavenly Father, through Jesus our Eternal High Priest and King, (1 Jn. 2:20-27.) This is not a so-called ‘tool’ to abuse unbelievers, glorify themselves, or violate the personal will of people, (Jn. 18:36; Mark 16:16-18; Eph. 6:10-20.) Not even God Himself violates the free will of humanity or of angels. Redemption, salvation, and blessing in Jesus through His full atonement in our place, is always a personal choice.
Free choice is a wonderful gift, which God has given to all His creatures. The true God of the Bible is into making willing, loving, obedient disciples for His eternal spiritual Kingdom. Slavery is Satan’s instrument of torture, while every “good and perfect gift is from above; from the Father of Lights, with Whom there is no variation or shadow of turning,” (Jam. 1:17.) ‘Naturally’ then, sincere disciples will experience temptation, persecution, and hardship in this dimension, which will always be under the control of the Most High God, (2 Pt. 3:17-18; Jam. 4:7-8.)
Praise God, for Jesus has warned and promised beforehand, “If they persecuted Me, they will persecute you… (Jn. 15:18-25.) In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world!” (Jn. 16:33; Acts 14:22.)