Author Archive | Andre Visagie

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God’s Word Above All Things?

Article 6 of the 39 Articles of Religion on the “The sufficiency of Holy Scripture for our salvation” says, Holy Scripture sets forth everything that is necessary for our salvation. Consequently, nobody should be required to believe as an article of the Christian faith, or to regard as necessary for salvation, anything that is not […]

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He did Evil in the Eyes of the Lord

King Manasseh is a conundrum.  He was the most evil king Judah ever had and yet he was the longest reigning king. (cf. 2 Chronicles 33)  In the Old Testament books of Kings and Chronicles every king’s life is summed up either by, “he did what was evil in the sight of the Lord” or […]

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Six Characteristics of a Healthy Church

  I’m sure you know of the couple who woke up one Sunday morning and the wife said to her husband, “Get up or you will be late for church!”  Her husband replied, “I really don’t feel like going to church and I don’t like the church people that much anyway.   Give me 3 reasons why […]

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Is the world officially out of control?

You probably have watched the news this week and seen the aeroplane crashes, the storms, the violent invasions, the violence, the sorrow and all the pain – and thought to yourself – the world is officially out of control.  The Bible, however, tells us that the world is, for the record, not out of control; […]

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Should Christians be Buried or Cremated?

A not-to-be-named website claims, “Cremation is devil worship by profanely desecrating the human body which is a good gift from God.” Recently I attended a conference and one of the speakers stated that is was his “very strong conviction” that Christians should not be cremated, but buried in the ground. I thought his reasoning for […]

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The Gender Agenda

Why don’t we have any women pastors in our denomination? Why do men lead our Sunday church services? Does Christianity squash women? What place do women have in ministry? The apostle Paul answers most of these questions in 1 Timothy 2:8-15, one of the most controversial passages in the Bible. The whole letter is all […]

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The Painting and the Extravagant Worship

We’ve all read about the huge furore about Brett Murray’s painting “The Spear”.  The painting is of Jacob Zuma, our president, with certain parts of his body exposed.  How are we to respond? The Bible does teach that we are all made in the image of God and deserve dignity and respect.   The Bible teaches that we should […]

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Why don't we pray?

I think there are three main reasons: 1.  Too busy Our lives are so busy and cluttered.  We tend to schedule everything else, except pray.   We make time to watch rugby, but not to pray.  Perhaps we need to allocate time in our diary or go to bed an hour earlier in order to spend time in prayer.   […]

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Why We Baptise Infants and Adults

Baptizing babies seems to be quite a controversial practise these days and often the baptizers are accused of flouting biblical principles for the sake of unbiblical tradition.  Convinced Baptists argue that we should only be baptising believing adults because there are, they maintain, only explicit biblical examples of believers’ baptism in the New Testament and […]

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