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3 Common misunderstandings of the Reformer John Calvin (1509-1564) by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

(Average reading time: 4 minutes) A while back I posted an article looking at the common objections raised against the scholar Jacob Arminius (1559-1609) and subsequently thought to also write about three common misunderstandings surrounding John Calvin as well (1509-1564). Here are three misconceptions:  Calvin killed Servetus. A Catholic revert from the reformation Jerome Bolsec started writing elaborate accusations against Calvin about 13 years after his death accusing the reformer of lewd acts, murder and [...]

The Charismatic Church: Chariscentric oversimplification demystified by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

(Average reading time: 5 minutes) As a Christian in South Africa, I recognize the absolute need for Biblical Christianity to be center stage. Currently, we are witnessing another influx and popularization of Charismatic experiences. Exorcisms, Prophetic proclamations, transfer of wealth, and even promises of shaping your world with the right confession. All of these under the banner of acceptable Christian practice. How do we deal with the Charismatic movement? [1] John MacArthur says; “Every day [...]

By |2021-01-21T13:51:53+02:00Mar 24th, 2018|Church History, Thoughts|0 Comments

Is Jesus truly Almighty God By Joy A. Veinot

(Originally printed in the Fall 2003 Issue of the MCOI Journal) Should you believe in the Trinity? This is the question raised by the widely circulated, 1989 booklet published by the Watchtower Bible and Tract Society (WTBTS)*, appropriately titled Should You Believe in the Trinity?and subtitled Is Jesus Christ the Almighty God?[1. WTBTS, Should You Believe in the Trinity? (Brooklyn, New York: WATCHTOWER BIBLE AND TRACT SOCIETY OF NEW YORK, INC., 1989)] Well, should we [...]

Did Jesus’ divinity evolve through the Gospels? A Response to Shabir Ally’s Progressive Christology Argument” by Angelos Kyriakides

Based on the assumption that Mark was the first of the four gospels written, and John the last, there are those who believe that Jesus originally displayed Himself as a mere prophet-teacher in Mark but subsequently underwent an evolution of sorts. They claim that in the interval between Mark and John, when Luke and Matthew were written, the image of Jesus was embellished upon and only in John do we see Him appearing as Divine. [...]

By |2021-08-15T00:39:20+02:00Jul 7th, 2017|Christology, Church History|0 Comments

Ten myths about Early Christianity by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

Early Christian beliefs were diverse.  Myth: Early Christianity was composed of various beliefs and ‘orthodox’ Christianity won the day. Fact: Meera Lester gives quite a compelling definition of the New Myth when she writes; “The Divergent ideas of early Christians suggest that birth and revolution of Christianity were fraught with dissension, disagreement and disharmony as the early church sought consensus on many issues.”[1] First, we can clearly see from the earliest data available that Christianity [...]

By |2021-08-15T00:51:25+02:00Mar 24th, 2017|Church History, Patristics|0 Comments

The God of Justin Martyr by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

Recently there seem to be a great interest in the early apologetic fathers of early Christianity and there are plenteous attempts to re-interpret and find what their conception was surrounding their faith. In this article, I will look specifically at the Theology of Justin martyr and show that he was rather complex in his understanding of who God is. A recent Unitarian professor resounds with the following words: '...the one true God for Justin is [...]

A Critique of “Jesus & the Injeel” by John Fontain by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

John Fontain has written a little booklet scrutinizing various themes making large claims concerning the Bible, Jesus and the Christian understanding of the Gospel. I do not endeavor in this evaluation to look at everything Mr. Fontain mentioned and as far possible tried to keep it short and precise, assessing his claims from a Biblical Christian and Scholarly understanding. About the cover: Just an interesting observation about the cover of this little booklet. The quality [...]

Origins and Sources of the Gospel of Barnabas by John Gilchrist

INTRODUCTION Although the Gospel of Barnabas has in recent years been distributed fairly widely throughout the Muslim world in many languages, most Muslims have not as yet seen a copy of this book. Nevertheless the knowledge of its existence is fairly widespread in the Muslim community. Since 1973 the English translation of the Gospel of Barnabas by Lonsdale and Laura Ragg has been reprinted in large numbers by the Begum Aisha Bawany Wakf in Pakistan [...]

By |2020-03-14T13:14:04+02:00Jul 28th, 2016|Church History, Holy Books, Islam|0 Comments

Evaluating the “Baur/Ehrman” hypothesis on “Diverse Christianities” and its effects on “underdog” Gnosticism by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff.

Dr. Bart D. Ehrman, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill dirges about early Christianity being “non-monolithic”. He writes; “Arguably the most significant breakthrough in the modern understanding of early Christianity is the realization that, contrary to what had earlier been thought, this religion was exceptionally diverse. The older, traditional view (which prevailed till the mid-twentieth century) was that Christianity was basically monolithic, that there was one dominant form [...]

By |2020-03-16T09:48:29+02:00Jul 20th, 2016|Church History, Gnosticism|0 Comments

Explicit Christology in “The Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians” written 105-115 A.D by Pastor Rudolph Boshoff

When we read one of the Earliest Christian letters Ignatius of Antioch wrote to the Church at Ephesus we see that quite a few Doctrines were firmly established. Equally interesting is to see how these Early Church Fathers affirmed that the Scriptures of Old and the Pauline text affirmed the Orthodox teaching within the Early Church. Here is what you will find when you read the Epistle of Ignatius to the Ephesians. Ignatius affirmed: Ignatius affirmed: [...]

By |2021-08-15T01:09:44+02:00Jul 6th, 2016|Christology, Church History|0 Comments
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