Billy Graham false teacher!

See how man-centred and wrong the man was! He puts cart before horse!

Billy Graham: “The context of John 3 teaches that the new birth is something that God does for man when man is willing to yield to God … Any person who is willing to trust Jesus Christ as his personal Saviour and Lord can receive the new birth now … All you have to do to be born again is to repent of your sins and believe in the Lord Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour … Repentance is first, and absolutely necessary, if we are to be born again … The Holy Spirit will do everything possible to disturb you, draw you, love you, but finally it is your personal decision” (How to Be Born Again, pp. 133, 136, 140, 144, 146).

John 4 shows this is false, “The wind blows where it listeth” it is not controlled by man or at his beck and call. It is by regeneration we are made able to repent and believe and that God does SOVEREIGNLY.


Operation Mobilisation

Operation Mobilisation (Ships)


Strengths                                                                     Weaknesses
Multinational and multicultural.                               Interdenominational (LCD)
Emphasis on prayer/Bible study.                               Not Reformed
Evangelism                                                                      False gospel, lay preaching.
World Mission
Faith based (finances)

I benefited enormously from my two years on Logos, seeing some wonderful places, learned about the world, met many believers from all over, discussed doctrine, got into trouble, learned to pray, sinned grievously but had prayer answered when I met my wife. I plan to elaborate on the points above in the future.

Witness (2)

The encounter of Christ with the Samaritan Woman in John 4 is a wonderful pattern of witnessing.

  1. It was a natural encounter-he was tired and thirsty and she was at a well with access to water.
  2. Christ asked her a favour and moved her thinking from the physical water to the spiritual water he had.
  3. When she showed interest he brought up her sin and way of life.
  4. When convicted and moving to religious topics he spoke of what constituted true worship.
  5. He told her He was the Messiah.

We would do well to remember this pattern and follow it should opportunity arise.

  1. Move from the world around us to spiritual reality.

2. If people are interested share about true worship and what constitutes sin.

3. Tell them of Messiah.

Witness (1)

Witnessing or testifying of Christ

In our part in the great commission to extend Christ’s kingdom to the ends of the earth we witness of what we know to believers and unbelievers. Our witness echoes the official preaching.

The Scriptures need to form an integral and powerful part of our efforts to win the elect and see them established in true churches, it will also serve to harden the reprobate.

We are to teach all Christ commanded. We need courage. Our holy lives are vital. We witness at every opportunity and we are vital to the growth of the church. Significant occasions are when we are asked and this seems to be the NT emphasis rather than by our aggressive instigation.

We witness to persecutors, to unbelieving family, neighbours and other acquaintances and to advocates of false religions or false doctrines.  We condemn error. Our witness comforts, encourages, edifies, instructs and rebukes fellow believers.

Suffering for Christ’s sake is powerful witness.

A word about “friendship evangelism.” We love our neighbour by befriending him and seeking his good. The unbeliever who manifests enmity to God we are to hate. Any friendship that encourages worldliness e.g. listening to ungodly advice, condoning or taking part in sinful behaviour, scorning truth has to be avoided (Psalm 1). Friendship is usually based on a common interest e.g. sport, but stops well short of fellowship which is the meeting of Christian minds and speaking about the things of God!

Mainly adapted from “Ye are my witnesses” speeches by David Engelsma and Herman Hanko at British Reformed fellowship conference 2012.

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Holding Forth the Word of Life.

Holding Forth the Word of Life

Three messages from Protestant Reformed Young People’s Convention 2017 in summary.

Philippians 2:15,16. “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”


  1. Being Bold in the Lord                            Rev.Wilbur Bruinsma

Rev. Bruinsma admits that as a young pastor he spent little time speaking to others outside the church about God’s word. That all changed when he was sent to Jamaica as a missionary. All believers are called to give a reason for our hope and that takes boldness, confidence of faith alongside zeal and enthusiasm inspired by our own salvation. Paul, wherever he went, believed that the gospel (any part of God’s word) is the power of God unto salvation. If we are passionate about something we will talk about it! Our deliverance, our new life, our standing with God, our church…let me tell you what God has done for me! Yes people can be intimidating. “The subject we address when witnessing will be determined by the occasion and circumstances in which we find ourselves. It will be natural.” Listen and keep in mind you are no better than they.


  1. Walking in the Light                               Rev. Richard Smit

So much darkness-sin, false religion, apostate churches.  Christ and his word and we ourselves are the light. Believing and living according to the word we shine as children of light. OUR LIVES MUST BE CONSISTENT. The light of Christ and his word energizes us (like UV light a plant). We are continually cleansed by confession and receiving forgiveness (I John 1:9, II Cor.7:1). Hypocrisy (e.g. Lot) will reap misery. There will be opposition and persecution. Results are in God’s hands.


  1. Being all things to all men                            Rev. Daniel Kleyn

Taking into account the hearer. Being a servant.  Avoiding offence, cultural gaffes. Seek to establish friendship, understand, be sensitive, show care. Never must we compromise.

May the Lord help us to be faithful in our life and witness!

Taken from Beacon Lights October 2017

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Winning the Souls of Unbelievers – J. Payne

So true. Forget the cold turkey stuff that bears little fruit and take the opportunities as God provides especially anyone asking you a pointed question.

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As we pointed out earlier this month (see my Sept.10 post) the September 2017 issue of Tabletalk has as its theme “Soul Winning,” with the featured articles covering the various aspects of the Christian calling and methods of this task (based Prov.11:30).

I have once again profited from these articles, including that by Jon D. Payne, “Winning the Souls of Unbelievers.” In the first main section of this article, headed by the words “Wonderfully Ordinary,” Payne gives the “regular” believer great encouragement in the calling to evangelize.

I post these paragraphs tonight, so that you too may be assured that God has you right where you ought to be to be a means to win souls.

Rather than heap guilt on regular Christians for not soul winning on street corners or in market squares (which few believers are called or gifted to do), wouldn’t it be far better to foster…

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How does God use his word?

Sword of the Spirit

It is a precious Bible truth, that the enlightening grace of the Holy Spirit, although it be specially promised to the Gospel ministry as that by which alone their peculiar functions can be successfully exercised, is not confined to them, nor to any one class or order of men, but it is common to all believers. Every private person, — every humble man, who takes his Bible in his hand, and retires to his closet to read and meditate on it there, is privileged to ask and to expect the teaching of the Spirit of God. ‘If any man lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.’ The direct communication of every soul with God as ‘the Father of lights,’ with Christ as ‘the light of the world,’ and with the Holy Ghost as ‘the Spirit of truth,’ shows what standing the Christian people have in the Christian Church; and that, although God has graciously provided for them ministerial helps and spiritual guides, he has not left them absolutely dependent on any order of men; still less has he subjected them to mere human authority in matters of faith: ‘their faith must stand not in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.’ James Buchanan

Ignorance of Christ

Self glory or status, pleasure, money, religious zeal and works righteousness…all these are paltry, vain, and rightly hell-deserving goals of men and women who consider not their duty to God revealed in the Bible and the salvation of Jesus Christ-JK

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“What Paul says of them that crucified (Christ), may be spoken of all that reject him, or refuse communion with him: “Had they known him, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory;” — Did men know him, were they acquainted in any measure with him, they would not so reject the Lord of glory. Himself calls them “simple ones,” “fools,” and “scorners,” that despise his gracious invitation, Prov. 1:22. There are none who despise Christ, but only they that know him not; whose eyes the god of this world has blinded, that they should not behold his glory. The souls of men do naturally seek something to rest and repose themselves upon, —something to satiate and delight themselves withal, with which they [may] hold communion; and there are two ways whereby men proceed in the pursuit of what they so aim at. Some set before them some certain end, — perhaps pleasure, profit, or, in religion itself, acceptance with God; others seek after some end, but without any certainty, pleasing themselves now with one path, now with another, with various thoughts and ways, like them, Isa. 57:10 — because something (comes into their life, that they pursue though weary). In what condition soever you may be (either in greediness pursuing some certain end, be it secular or religious; or wandering away in your own imaginations, wearying yourselves in the largeness of your ways), compare a little what you aim at, or what you do, with what you have already heard of Jesus Christ: if any thing you design be like to him, if any thing you desire be equal to him, let him be rejected as one that has neither form nor comeliness in him; but if, indeed, all your ways be but vanity and vexation of spirit, in comparison of him, why do you spend your “money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not?”

Communion with God (17)


The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Christ’s fitness to save — he is a fit Saviour, suited to the work because he unites of the natures of God and man in one person and thus able to be a Saviour to the uttermost. He lays his hand upon God, by partaking of his nature, Col.2:9; and he lays his hand upon us, by being partaker of our nature, Heb. 2:14, 16: and so becomes an umpire (THE ONLY MEDIATOR) between both (I Tim.2:5). By this means he fills up all the distance that was made by sin between God and us; and we who were far off are made nigh in him. Upon this account it was that he had room enough in his breast to receive, and power enough in his spirit to bear, all the wrath that was prepared for us. Sin was infinite only in respect of the object (against the infinite God); and punishment was infinite in respect of the subject (Christ). This ariseth from his union. Union is the conjunction of the two natures of God and man in one person, John 1:14, Isa. 9:6, Rom. 1:3, 9: 5. The ONLY SAVIOUR of men (Acts 4:12).

Adapted from John Owen’s “Communion with the Triune God”.

Priority Prayers

What are the greatest needs in the world today?


For the church:

  • Labourers for the harvest field—Reformed ministers, elders and deacons, the former trained and sent by overseeing congregations/synod and the latter volunteering to move or raised up locally.
  • Supporting churches with prayer, oversight and finance.
  • Reformation in all departing churches.
  • Prayer, practical and financial support for the persecuted and starving.

For the world:

  • The gospel proclaimed personally, through Scripture distribution or through electronic means to make disciples of all peoples.
  • Conversion of men and women in power
  • Righteous laws
  • Acceptance of true asylum seekers and refugees.
  • The destruction of radical Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Communism and apostate Christianity.
  • The salvation of all the elect including among cults and all groups above.