You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free

About me 

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I am the author Renette Vermeulen. 

By the grace of God, I published many Afrikaans short stories, novels, and teleplays, (film scripts for television,) until Jesus  called me spiritually 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 mercy, I have a three-year theological diploma and a BA degree in human behavior, and I am a 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 with His contextual, Scriptural Truth, (Acts 2:17-18! Gal. 3:28!)  I always 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 all things in this world, (John 8:31-32.) 

I could have continued to minister in church, but chose to follow only the Holy Spirit according to His Word.  One cannot preach God’s truth in a place where one is compelled to preach man-made dogma.  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 give an account before the judgment throne of Christ, (2 Corinthians 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, deception, and religious haughtiness of church pastors, ‘reverends,’ priests, etcetera.  Instead, I have no secret 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, your time, finances, or anything else in any way. I reject all forms of sinful control, but will appreciate your respect and willingness to obey the True Word of God with me to glorify the Name of Jesus.  There is no reason why we should ever convert to any religion or church denomination.  Our Father in heaven is only interested in personally believing disciples, as salvation in Christ will always remain a free choice, (John 1:12-14; 3:3-5.)  Please keep your Bible open while working through these studies.  Everything is based on my deep desire to introduce people to a 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 Bible content,] to see if [what you are hearing] it is from God,” (1 Ths. 5:21-22; 1 Jn. 4:1-4.)  


After testing as many doctrines as humanly possible against the contextual Truth of Scripture, I believe wholeheartedly in “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 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 body of the Lord Jesus Christ to suffer and die in the place of all humanity to atone in totality for our spiritual position of sin, mind-bondage or darkness, and cursedness without God, which all of humanity inherited from the fall in the garden in Eden, (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 3:23-24; Gal. 3:10-14; 2 Cor. 10:3-5; Rom. 8:5-11; 5:12!) 

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; 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 acceptance of Jesus, (Jn. 14:6; 1:12-14.)  And no one remains or grows in Christ, except through personal faith in Jesus and obedience to His True Word, (Jn. 12:48 KJV.)  That is why Jesus commanded that His Gospel, (not church dogma,) must be preached to “the whole world” to make personally believing disciples, (Jn. 28:18-20.)  One cannot ‘join,’ ‘convert’ [or switch] to the true Kingdom of God either here on earth or in heaven

I believe that God the Father calls every person worldwide to accept redemption, (spiritual freedom,) salvation, and blessing through 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 through His Word 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 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 can 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.  “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 are already spiritually “complete” and free in Jesus, (1 Ths. 5:23; 2 Cor. 3:17!)  We cannot ‘war’ against the utterly defeated enemy as Jesus did everything for us.  We are really “more than conquerors in Christ Jesus” because The Rock, Jesus Himself and the Truth of His Word,  solidify us in His victory, (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 “battle and wrestle” against humanity, true believers in particular, to keep their “minds or fleshunder his power of deception and control, (1 John 5:18-19!)  That is why “the battle” is for “the [unrenewed] mind” or thoughts, beliefs, and sinful desires, which the Scriptures call “the sinful flesh,” (Rom. 12:1-2.)  Note that this is NOT “a sinful nature,” (See Colossians 2:12-13.) The only way to “withstand and overcome” this continual onslaught on our minds, is to steadfastly stand in the full victory of Jesus, (Ephesians 1:7,12-14,) while we ceaselessly “renew our minds” through a genuine understanding of God’s Truth to obey His “acceptable, good, and perfect will” for every situation, (Jn. 8:31-32! Rom. 12:1-2; 8:5-11! 2 Cor. 10:3-5! Eph. 6:10-18!)


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 moment they truly accept Him as their personal Lord and Savior, (Jn. 1:12-14; 3:3-5; 1 Jn. 2:20-27; Mt. 28:18-20.)  A temple of the Holy Spirit can never be empty.  “...If anyone does not have the [constantly indwelling] Spirit of Christ, he is not His,” (Rom. 8:9-11!)  This once-off “abiding” of the Holy Spirit is the spiritual rebirth, when Jesus Himself baptizes true believers with the Spirit, (Mt. 3:11 KJV; 1 Jn. 2:20,27.)  At that moment, Jesus supernaturally places the Spirit “within them.” The Spirit then baptizes them into the spiritual body of Christ, and not when (and if) they speak in tongues, (Luke 17:20-22 KJV! Mark 17:21-22.)  As any other gift, the gift of tongues is merely one of the free and wonderful gifts of the “abiding” Holy Spirit, (Gal. 4:6-7; 1 Cor. 6:15-20;  Mark 16:16-18.)  It is not ‘proof’ that the Holy Spirit lives inside believers ‘only’ when they begin to speak in tongues with the laying on of hands, etcetera.  Paul asked in 1 Cor. 12:29-31, “Are all apostles… prophets, teachers? ...Do  all have gifts of healings?  DO ALL SPEAK WITH TONGUES? Are all workers of miracles…”  The answer is, “The Spirit gives His gift as He wills,” (1 Cor. 12:11!) 

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 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 merely obtainable at personal acceptance and confession of Jesus as Lord and Savior, (Mt. 3:13-17; 28:19-20 and Acts 8:37 — which is omitted by most new translations of the Bible.) 

The water-baptism of 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.  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 disciples, (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’ Moral-Law commandments for all His sincerely born again children to “abide” in Him through the power of His Holy Spirit; according to the fullness of His New Testament Covenant, (Mt. 7:21-24! Rom. 3:21-28; Jn. 4:21-24; 14:5-24.)  That is why Holy-Spirit led ‘works’ and repentance from sin cannot be excluded from our life in Christ.  Our ‘works’ of obedience to God, mercy, and agape-love, prove our faith and born again position in the Lord Jesus Christ, (Jn. 13:34; Jam. 2:14-20; Mt. 7:15-20.) 

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, (Col. 2:9-10; Eph. 4:24!)  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, (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 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, and we “will never live in darkness, but have the [abiding] light of life,” (Jn. 8:12 KJV.)

The precepts of God’s Moral Law command us: if we were deliberately harmed, and where we did the same to other people, we must confront that abuse as far as possible; confess all such sin against one another to one another, and pray for 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. (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 doing now.  For instance, adultery is the destruction of God’s holy marriage covenant, and it is hatred and emotional murder on spouses and families, (1 Jn. 3:15.)  That is why it must be sincerely confessed to God and the spouses who were humiliated, betrayed, and rejected.  If we slandered someone’s name with lies and distortions of the truth, we must not only confess our sin to that person, but also do restitution by telling the truth in public.  Thus, we must confess all serious sin to the people we harmed, not to God only.  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 leads to the disruption of our relationship with God.  What’s more, it immediately damages our interpersonal relationships.  Jesus explained in Matthew 5:23-24, 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!”


True disciples of Jesus Christ have immense authority in His Name to withstand the deception and work of all evil forces by preaching His Gospel of Redemption, Salvation, and Blessing to a lost and dying world, (Mt. 10:17-20; 2 Cor. 10:3-6; 2 Pt. 3:10-14.)  They also have the “abiding” Holy Spirit’s anointing or 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; 1 Pt. 2:9-10!)  This is not a so-called ‘tool’ to abuse unbelievers, glorify ourselves, or violate the will of God and the firm decisions of people, (Jn. 18:36; Mark 16:16-18; Eph. 6:10-20.) 

Not even God oppressively violates the free-will choices of humanity or of angels, although He will judge all decided unrepentant 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 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.) 

To be able to exercise their free will, 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 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.) 


Jesus’ Kingdom is “not of this world;” it ‘has no such origin or source.’  God does not live in ‘temples [or 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.)  For this reason, God’s real Kingdom here on earth is not seated in any political party, religion, church, or any specific nation; Jews included. 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 His sincere 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 must 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, race, status, and gender do not exist in God’s Kingdom of Light, as “we are all one [through sincere faith] in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 3:28!) 

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.  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 this world, ends. 

The “whole world [without Jesus] is under the power, [sway or control] of the evil one” until the return of Jesus when “every [stubborn] knee shall bow and every [ungodly] tongue will confess that He is God and Lord.”  Jesus will then take all His true believers to heaven, (Mt. 24:29-31.)  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.) 

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, (Lu. 21:34 KJV; 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 exactly 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; Rom. 8:5-14.) 

All sincere disciples of Jesus are foreigners, pilgrims, and squatters in the dark spiritual dimension of this world, (1 Jn. 5:18-19.)  However, all of them  are 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 through politics and religion, (Heb. 8:13; Rev. 18:4.)  As a result, 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, amongst others, taught that everyone will supposedly be saved without the preaching of the 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. 8:13; chapters 7-9; Jn. 18:36; Mt. 7:21-27.) 

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