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I am the author Renette Vermeulen. 

By the grace of God, I published many Afrikaans short stories, novels, and screenplays, (film scripts for television,) until Jesus  called me spiritually from this broken world in 1987.  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 Scriptures.  Now, only by His all-sufficient mercy, I have a three-year theological diploma and a BA degree in human behavior, and I am His non-denominational, born again, disciple-servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who uses me to “wash the feet” of His blood-cleansed body of believers, not with literal water, but with His contextual, Scriptural Truth, (Acts 2:17-18! Gal. 3:28!) 

I constantly stand on the fact that the truth about everything in this world and especially in the Word of God, is in the context of the situation and what was actually said and written.  It is only by living in His Truth that we can overcome the things in this world, (John 8:31-32.) 

I could have continued to minister in church, but I chose to follow only the Holy Spirit according to His Word.  One cannot preach God’s truth in a religious place where one is compelled to preach man-made dogma, (Heb. 8:7,13; 9:8-12.)  Thus, I do not submit to unscriptural doctrines and the money-making, manmade church norms and forms, for which the multitude of Scripture-abusing clergies will have to give an account before the judgment throne of Christ, (2 Corinthians 5:10.) 

Besides seeking and preaching only God’s genuine, contextual, Scriptural truth about everything, what drastically sets me apart from most preachers, is that nothing I do to serve the body of Christ is for sale.   By the grace of God, I do not even have to accept donations of any kind, (Acts 20:28-35.)  As God’s sincerely born again preacher/disciple, I totally reject the greed, exploitation, deception, and religious haughtiness of church pastors, ‘reverends,’ priests, etcetera, (Heb. 7:11-19.) 

Instead, I have no secrets or covert agendas; what you see is what you get.  I will, as far as you allow me to, always tell you the truth in Godly love, but will never try to exploit you, your life, time, finances, or anything else. I reject all forms of  lies, manipulation, and sinful control, but I will appreciate your respect and willingness to obey the True Word of God with me to glorify the Name of Jesus Christ. 

There is no reason why we should convert to any religion or church denominationOur Father in heaven is only interested in personally believing disciples, because salvation in Christ will always remain a free choice, (John 1:12-14; 3:3-5.)  So, please keep your Bible open while working through these studies.  Everything is based on my deep desire to introduce people to a authentic one-on-one relationship with the Highest, Sovereign God of All Truth, (Isaiah 42:5-9.)  Do not naively believe me or anyone else.  “Test and prove all things, [especially all Biblical content,] to see if [what you are hearing, reading, and experiencing] is from God,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.) 

I declare the following as the real, absolutely non-dogmatic, non-denominational, Scriptural Truth on which I stand. 

After testing as many church doctrines as possible against the contextual Truth of Scripture, I only believe wholeheartedly in the Lord Jesus Christ; “the Godhead” as revealed in the full context of the whole Bible.  He is the One and Only True God, Creator of the entire universe and everything in it: the inseparable, almighty, omniscient, omnipresent Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Deut. 6:4 - Mark 12:29; 1 Ths. 5:21-22; Col. 2:9: Rom. 1:20; Mt. 28:19-20.) 

I believe Jesus Christ is the Son of God Who came in the flesh or body of a mere man.  Jesus is God Himself: the God of all gods, King of kings, Lord of lords, Everlasting Father, Almighty God, and Prince of peace, (Heb. 1:1-14; Col. 2:9-10; Isa. 9:6; Rev. 1:8, 4:8, 15:3,6,15; 16:5-7. ) 

God became a mere man in the full humanity of the Lord Jesus Christ to suffer and die in the place of all those who genuinely believe in Him, [“with personal faith, confident trust, and full reliance on Him,]” to atone in totality for our spiritual position of sin, mind-bondage, and cursedness without God, which we all inherited from the fall in the garden, (Amplified Bible Jn. 3:16-18; Rom. 5:12; 8:5-11; Gal. 3:10-14.)  So, “He that keeps His [Moral Law] commandments dwells in Him, and He in him.  Hereby we know that He abides in us; by the Spirit Whom He has given us,” (Jn. 3:23-24.) 

I believe that Jesus Christ has risen bodily from the grave

I believe that Jesus Christ has ascended into heaven in His risen, glorified body, from where He will return on the clouds, exactly as His angels prophesied at His ascension, (1 Cor. 15:35-58; Col. 2:9-10; Mt. 24:17-31; Acts 1:9-11.) 

I believe the Lord Jesus Christ Is The Truth, Light, Way, and Life.  NO ONE comes to the Father except through personal faith in, and full acceptance of Him, (Jn. 14:6; 1:12-14.)  And no one remains or grows in Christ except through personal obedience to His True Word, (Rom. 12:1-2; Jn. 12:48 KJV.)  This is why Jesus commanded that His Gospel, (not church dogma,) must be preached to “the whole world” or to all those who are susceptible to His Truth, to make personally believing disciples for Him, (Jn. 28:18-20.)  One cannot join or convert to the Kingdom of God either on earth or in heaven.  Jesus proclaimed, “Except one is [spiritually] born again, he cannot see or enter the Kingdom of God,” (Jn. 1:12-13; 3:3-6.) 

I believe that God the Father calls every person worldwide, (Jews included,) to accept redemption, (spiritual freedom,) salvation, and blessing through sincere faith in and wholehearted acceptance of His Son Jesus Christ, (Jn. 3:16-18; 16:8-11; Col. 2:9-10!)  However, only those who personally choose Jesus as their Lord, God, Redeemer, and Savior — and follow Him to the end through His Word, have everlasting life, (Rev. 5:9-10; Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 14:21-24; Mt. 28:19-20!) 

Despite the misconception of the doctrine of predestination as found in Christianity and Islam, God indeed “predestined” every person to live for all eternity in heaven, (Jn. 3:16-18.)  Still, only those who personally answer His call to redemption from darkness through Jesus Christ are the “predestined ones,” who may go to heaven, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.) 

 

Jesus totally, forever, and in every way won the ‘war’ for the eternal lives of humanity on Golgotha, (Jn. 19:28-30.)  “Disarming all principalities and powers; He fully triumphed [over every evil human, Satan, and every demon of all ranks,]” (Colossians 2:9-15!)  True believers in Christ, through His blood atonement and the Truth of His Word, are already spiritually “complete” and free in Jesus, (1 Ths. 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:17; Heb. 10:14!)  The Lord said, “YOU WILL KNOW THE TRUTH, [Jesus Himself, His Word, and of everything else,] AND THE TRUTH WILL SET YOUR FREE.  AND IF THE SON HAS SET YOU FREE YOU ARE FREE INDEED!” (Jn. 8:31,32,36!)  We cannot ‘war’ against the utterly defeated enemy as Jesus already did everything for us.  We are truly “more than conquerors in Christ Jesus” because Jesus Christ The Rock, (The Truth of God’s Word,) redeemed us completely through His victory in our place, (Jn. 1:1-6; Eph. 1:7,12-14; Rom. 8:37; Mt. 7:21-29.) 

However, the battle for the mind of man continues, (1 John 5:18-19.)  The vanquished foe still “battles or wrestles” against humanity, true believers in particular, to keep their “minds” under his power of deception and control, (2 Cor. 10:3-5; Rom. 8:5-12; John 5:18-19!)  That is why “the battle” is for “the [unrenewed] mind” or thoughts, beliefs, and desires, which the Scriptures call “the sinful flesh,” (Rom. 12:1-2; 1 Pt. 1:23-24.)  Note that the real “sinful flesh” in New Testament Scripture is NOT “the sinful nature” of true believers, (Colossians 2:8-15; Rom. 6:1-14!) The only way to “withstand and overcome” Satan’s unrelenting onslaught on our minds is to stand in the full victory of Jesus, (Ephesians 1:7,12-14.)  This comes by constantly “renewing our minds” through a genuine understanding of God’s Word to OBEY His “acceptable, good, and perfect will” for every situation, (Jn. 8:31-32! Rom. 12:1-2; 8:5-12! 2 Cor. 10:3-5! Eph. 6:10-18!)

 

I believe, according to the contextual truth of the Bible and from my own experience, the Holy Spirit constantly indwells all Jesus’ sincere believers from the moment they truly accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; Eph. 1:12-14! 1 Jn. 2:20-27; Mt. 28:18-20.)  That is when Jesus supernaturally places the Spirit “within them,” (Luke 17:20-21 KJV!)  The Lord could not do that before the cross and Pentecost, as the Hebrews were still living under the temple sacramentalism of the Old Testament covenant and could not be fully cleansed by His blood atonement, (Heb. 8:7,13; Jn. 7:39 KJV.) According to the context of the New Covenant in Christ, no human being can baptize anyone with the Holy Spirit and especially NOT some time after they sincerely accepted Jesus.  A temple of the Holy Spirit can never be empty.  “...If one does not have the [constantly indwelling] Spirit of Christ, he is not His,” (Rom. 8:9-11!)  This once-off indwelling and after that the constant “abiding” of the Holy Spirit is the only authentic spiritual rebirth, (1 Jn. 2:20,27.) 

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 my life, (Mark 16:16-18; 1 Cor. 12:4-11.)  After Jesus’ baptism WITH the constantly indwelling Holy Spirit, (placing the Spirit inside real believers,) the Spirit then baptizes them into the spiritual body of Christ - and not when (and if) they supposedly speak in tongues, (Mt. 3:11-12! Lu. 17:20-22 KJV!) 

As any other gift, the gift of tongues is merely ONE of the free and wonderful gifts of the indwelling Holy Spirit, (Gal. 4:6-7; 1 Cor. 6:15-20;  Mark 16:16-18.)  It is NOT ‘proof’ that the Spirit only lives inside them when they begin to speak in tongues with the laying on of hands.  Paul asked in 1 Corinthians 12:29-31, “Are all apostles… prophets, teachers? ...DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES?  Are all workers of miracles…”  No definitely not, “The Spirit gives His gifts [ONLY] as He wills [to each individual member of the spiritual body of Christ,]” (1 Cor. 12:11!) 

 

Furthermore, Scripture makes it plain that the only 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 by personal acceptance and confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20 and Acts 8 verse 37, which was omitted by most new translations of the Bible.) 

The water baptism of the sincere disciples of Christ is not optional.  Scriptural water baptism remains the personal, outward declaration of the inward transformation of the born again believer-disciple in Christ, (Jn. 1:12-13.)  Water baptism in itself has no ‘regenerative or saving power, (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 His serious commandment to water baptize His genuine disciples, (Mt. 28:19-20; Rom. 6; Col. 2:9-15.) 

 

Another staunch Scriptural principle of God is that good works will not and cannot save us, the sinful world, or anyone else.  Only our personal choice and the grace of God in Christ can save believers, (Jn. 1:12-16; Ezk. 18:4,5,18-24.)  After that, God’s sincerely born again children must obey Jesus’ Moral-Law commandments according to the fullness of His New Testament Covenant to “abide” in Him through the power of His Holy Spirit, (Mt. 7:21-24! Rom. 3:21-28; Jn. 4:21-24; 14:5-24.)  For this reason, repentance from sin and Holy-Spirit led moral ‘works’ to glorify God, cannot be excluded from our lives in Christ.  Our ‘fruits’ of obedience to God in agape-love, show and prove our faith and born again position in the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 13:34; Jam. 2:14-20; Mt. 7:15-20.) 

Although real believers are spiritually “complete” in Christ, we all sometimes “stumble” in following Christ, as we are still living in our feeble human bodies until He calls us home, (Col. 2:9-10; Eph. 4:24!)  However, this is not a license to sin; just as God’s forgiveness is not a license to continue in unrepented sin, (Eph. 1:7.)  To ‘stumble’ does not mean we may sin deliberately or without repentance.  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, (Jam. 3:2; 1 Jn. 1:8-10.)  Still, forgiveness and repentance can never be loosened from each other.  Every time we stumble we must fall at our Father’s feet; confess our sin, and ask His grace to repent and follow Jesus through every situation we might face.  This is how we follow Jesus as His disciples.  In this Way we “will never live in darkness, but have the Light of life,” (Jn. 8:12 KJV.)

I also firmly believe we must seek God’s peace with people as far as it depends on us, (Rom. 12:18; Jn. 14:15-31.)  Whether we were deliberately and unrepentantly harmed or did the same to other people, we must WELL-MANNEREDLY confront that abuse as far as possible; sincerely confess all sin against one another to one another, and pray for one another, “so that we might be healed,” (Luke 17:1-3; Jam. 5:16-18; Mt. 18:15-20.)  We must then also repent from that abuse and do restitution as far as possible. E.g., Leviticus 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  now doing in an attempt to kick their sin under the rug.  For example, adultery is the destruction of God’s holy marriage covenant, and it is hatred for, and mind murder on spouses and families, (1 Jn. 3:15.)  Such deliberate, devastating sin must be fully and honestly confessed to God and to the spouses who were humiliated, betrayed, rejected, and emotionally, intellectually, and physically harmed

If we slandered someone’s name in private or in public with lies and distortions of the truth, (which is the crime of crimen injuria or mind murder,) we must not only confess our sin to that person, but also do restitution by telling the truth in private and in public, (Lev. 6:1-5; 1 Jn. 3:15-18; Eph. 5:11.)  Most importantly, if we preached false dogma to anyone, we must not confess that only to God.  As false dogma directly impacts the eternal lives of people, false preachers must then confess their sin in public and repent from it by teaching the truth.  Should they deflect their sin, (just as all other willfully unrepented people,) they must be exposed in public as they will continue to harm people, (Eph. 5:11!)  Because disobedience to these most important precepts of Jesus’ Moral Law leads to the disruption of our relationship with God and our interpersonal relationships, The Lord Jesus commanded in Matthew 5:21-26 that we must rectify all broken relationships as soon and as far as possible “before we bring our offer, [prayer, praise, etcetera,] to the throne of God!”

 

To preach God’s Gospel to a lost and dying world, true disciples of Jesus Christ have immense authority in His Name to withstand the deception and other onslaughts of evil forces, (Mt. 10:17-20; 2 Cor. 10:3-6.)  They also have the Holy Spirit’s leading and “abiding” wisdom, teaching, anointing or power, and miraculous gifts through the complete atonement of Jesus, our Eternal High Priest and King.  Nothing about these attributes of God is to magnify ourselves.  It is to convey His authentic Word to people, warn against sin, (Ezekiel 3:16-21,) and to intercede for ourselves and others before the throne of our Almighty Heavenly Father, (1 Jn. 2:20-27; 1 Pt. 2:9-10!)  These blessings are not so-called ‘tools’ to glorify ourselves, violate the will of God, or ignore the firm decisions of people.  We can only change ourselves, not anyone else.  So, “Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition; (Jesus said after three attempts to restore him to repentance,) knowing he is warped and sinning, being self-condemned,” (Titus 3:8-11; Mt. 18:15-20.) 

Not even God violates the free-will choices of humanity or of angels, although He will judge all unrepented sin, (Rom. 6:23; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; 2 Cor. 5:10.)  Free choice is a wonderful gift, which God gave to all His creatures.  The true God of the Bible is into making willing, loving, obedient disciples for His eternal spiritual Kingdom.  But our redemption, salvation, and blessing in Jesus through His full atonement in our place is always a personal choice, (Jn. 1:12-14.)  Coercion and slavery are Satan’s instruments of control and 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.) 

It remains a reality that, to be able to exercise their free will to obey God’s Moral Law to glorify Him, sincere disciples will experience temptation, persecution, and hardship in this world, which will always be under the control of the Most High God and Judge of the universe, (2 Pt. 3:17-18; Jam. 4:7-8.)  Praise God, for Jesus warned and promised us 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.) 

 

It is important to understand that Jesus’ Kingdom is “not of this world;” it ‘has no such origin or source.’  “God does not live in temples [churches] made with hands,” (Acts 7:44-50.)  The Spiritual Kingdom of God resides only in the Scripturally born again ‘hearts’ or human spirits of Jesus’ sincere disciples — who are the living temple of the Holy Spirit, God Himself, (Jn. 14:6; Jn. 18:36; Jn. 3:3-5; 1 Ths. 5:23; 1 Cor. 6:15-20.)  Hence, God’s real Kingdom on earth is not seated in any political party, religion, church, or any specific nation; Jews included, (Jn. 3:16-18.)  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.’ 

Jesus redeemed all His sincerely believing disciples from “every tribe, tongue, and nation” with His own blood, (Rev. 5:9; 1 Pt. 2:9-10.)  Those who deny this fact, reject God’s eternal New Testament Covenant and have to repent from their racist beliefs and ungodly traditions, (Jn. 3:16-18.)  There are ‘good’ and bad people in every nation.  On a physical level, we will always remain what we are, but spiritually, physical race, status, and gender do not exist in God’s Spiritual Kingdom, as “we are all one [through sincere faith] in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 3:28-29!) 

All sincere disciples of Jesus who follow Him, (The Light,) through the deception and other dangers in this world, are foreigners, pilgrims, and squatters in the dark spiritual dimension of this world, (1 Jn. 5:18-19.)  Yet, all of them are actually spiritual ‘kings and priests’ in God’s spiritual Kingdom, (1 Pt. 2:9-10.)  They were not called, like under the Old Testament covenant, to rule countries, cities, and temples through politics and religion, (Heb. 8:7,13; Heb. 9:8-12! Rev. 18:4.)  Consequently, I reject the Kingdom-Now theology in all its various forms.  It teaches that the whole world will be ‘changed into  a ‘good’ world or paradise on earth – which is an inherent Jehovah’s Witnesses dogma.  On the other hand, ‘evangelist’ Billy Graham, among others, taught that everyone will supposedly be saved without the preaching of the True Gospel — and without personal repentance from false beliefs and personal sin.  This is the Jesus-denying doctrine of universalism.  During our time, this great deception is steered by the false Israeli Timeline and it’s many accompanying  dogmas, which are all grounded on the unscriptural veneration of the Jewish nation and the geographical land of Israel, (Heb. 8:7,13; chapters 7-9; Jn. 18:36; Mt. 7:21-27.) 

Right through the New Testament Covenant, Jesus and the apostles taught that He will not restore this world and its kingdoms in their fallen state, (Mt. 24:1-31.)  The Lord also prophesied that not everyone will choose to accept Him as their Lord and Savior, (2 Tim. 3:1-7.)  Deception will rule on earth and as a result, sin and corruption will escalate immensely during the last of the end times, “as in the days of Noah and Lot,” (Mt. 24; 7:21-24.)  That is why this fallen world is destined for the fire at the Lord’s return, (2 Pt. 3:7-14.)  He already triumphed spiritually over ALL EVIL at the cross, (Jn. 19:28-30; Col. 2:8-15.)  On That Day, The Only Day, the Last Day at His once-off return “in flaming fire,” all history on earth as we know it, as well as everything we can expect from a future in this world, literally ends, (2 Pt. 3:10-14; 2 Ths. 6-12.)  

Until Jesus once-off appearing on the clouds to bring final justice to this fallen dimension, the “whole world [without Him] is under the power, [sway, control] of the evil one,” (Rev. 11:15.)  But until That [One] Day, in That [single] Hour, true believers must remain the purifying, preserving ‘salt’ and Gospel Light of Jesus Christ in this world. 

In addition, God sent His believers into the whole world to preach His real Gospel “as sheep among wolves,” (Mt. 28:18-20.)  The most effective, multilevel weapon believers have against the “wiles” of the evil one is the contextual knowledge of God’s Word, in combination with superficial knowledge of the political and religious ways of the world. 

Yet, believers should not immerse themselves in evil of any kind.  Studying things like false dogma and masonic orders to understand the mechanisms of the political and religious worlds, does not mean we have to delve into their disgusting depths.  Even so, it is the truth about everything that literally “equips” us to recognize the strongholds of deception in our own minds to repent from lies to grow in real knowledge, wisdom, and grace — and then to convey whatever God has taught us to those who choose to believe  and accept it, (Jn. 18:36; 2 Cor. 10:3-6; Rom. 8:5-14.) 

This is why, by the grace of God, I have laid down my life to dedicate all I am and can be, to the authentic Truth of His Word.  To glorify our Father in heaven is the reason why I live on earth.  And to share what He had entrusted to me with those who are genuine members of the body of Christ is my literal worship and praise to our God. 

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