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I have Become an Enemy of the State – Rev. Guillaume Smit

Posted by Tom Lessing on April 7, 2009

Guillaume Smit When Paul rebuked brother Peter in the presence of all (Galatians 2:14), Peter did not cuddle up in a little corner and cy out “Oh woe is me, Paul has branded me an enemy of the state.” No! He knew what it meant to be contrite, for His Lord had taught him so, and he also knew what it meant to accept someone’s rebuke in humility. What’s interesting about this incident in Peter’s life was not that he humbled him before Paul, but in obedience to the Word of God. Paul wielded the Sword of the Spirit, not his own thoughts, and when Peter realized this he immediately yielded to Paul’s rebuke. Why . . . ? Because he was keenly aware that Paul’s rebuke was for his own benefit. Had he not done so, his spiritual life would have taken a sharp turn for the worst into fettered darkness and despair.

Contrary to Peter’s example of contrition, Rev. Guillaume Smit plays the victim of an alleged conspiracy against him and his emergent cohorts. In my commentary on current events surrounding the Emerging Church in South Africa I have constantly used the Sword of the Spirit to expose the dangers inherent in the emergent spirituality and particularly the dangers lurking in the words of high profile persons such as Stephan Joubert, Nelus Niemandt, Jannie Pelser, Rob Bell, Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt and many many more. Biblical Christianity is being bombarded by “emergent” attacks in public, via the internet and other media, at an alarming rate. And yet, when disciples of Jesus Christ (please note: the biblical Jesus and not another Jesus) voice their concerns in public, they are branded the persecutors of the emergent fraternity. In stead of engaging in a scholarly and adult discussion, they usually and deliberately sidetrack the issues at hand and divert to sarcasm, ridicule and even scoffing. Listen to Guillaume’s ingenious reaction to my commentary on Jannie Pelser’s programme “Brandpunt” aired on “Radio Pulpit” on 3 April this year.

He [Tom Lessing] is rather scathing in his attack. I feel quite privileged, however, as he uses my name in the same sentence as Stephan Joubert, Nelus Niemandt, and Jannie Pelser. Didn’t think I am that important!

This is usually the innuendo or heavily over toned kind of remarks our dear South African reverends and pastors make when they do not know how to defend their faith from Scripture. Guillaume, unlike Paul, is more concerned about the integrity and position of his heroes than God and His infallible Word. Paul said:

Gal 2:4-6 [My precaution was] because of false brethren who had been secretly smuggled in [to the Christian brotherhood]; . . . To them we did not yield submission even for a moment, that the truth of the Gospel might continue to be [preserved] for you [in its purity]. Moreover, [no new requirements were made] by those who were reputed to be something—though what was their individual position and whether they really were of importance or not makes no difference to me; God is not impressed with the positions that men hold and He is not partial and recognizes no external distinctions—those [I say] who were of repute imposed no new requirements upon me [had nothing to add to my Gospel, and from them I received no new suggestions].  (From The Amplified Bible, emphasis added).

I am intensely concerned for the sheep and and especially the lambs who are being taught to follow high profile men of integrity, high esteem, and “upright hearts” while these men themselves do not know the voice of  the Great Shepherd. Had they indeed known His voice, they would never ever have followed another or even contemplated the possibility of finding salvivic (redemptive) truths in other religions. Okay! you may try and convince me that you have never implied that their are redemptive truths in other religions. If not, then how would the other non-salvivic truths in other religions benefit the Christian? Its absurd to think that the other non-salvivic truths in other religions are able to enhance the one and only true salvivic truth for all men. Rob Bell is well-known for saying things that are not in harmony with Scripture and yet you accept and respect Stephan Joubert’s testimony of him? On your blog under the title “Does Rob Bell” teach Yoga?” you wrote:

One of my old univerity [sic] lecturers, Stephan Joubert, shared with me that he personally knows Rob and can testify to his love and commitment to Jesus Christ.

Your criteria or barometer for biblical discernment is the “integrity” a man of flesh and blood of whom God said “ . . . let God be true, but every man a liar; . . . ? (Romans 3:4). God’s Word unequivocally teaches that anyone who claims to love Jesus MUST keep His commandments (John 14: 21) and one of His commandments, as we’ve already seen in Paul’s discourse in Galatians 2:4-6, is that the truth of the Gospel must continue to be preserved in its purity. One only needs to read some of Rob Bell’s blatantly unbiblical statements to see that he is not obeying Christ’s commandments with regard to the preaching of His Word. Despite your in depth research on the internet and his video, proving that Bell teaches Yoga, you insist that he is a Christian who loves Jesus. Here follows a transcript of some of the things Rob Bell said:

“Feel free to breathe as deep as you can without snoring…(laughter)… Central to the Christian tradition for thousands of years have been disciplines of meditation, reflection, silence and breathing. It was understood to be a healthy person, to be fully connected with God and fully centered, you would spend significant parts of your day in silence, breathing, meditating, praying, allowing the Spirit of God to transform you and touch you.” (4’ 34” – 05’ 20”)

“In Yoga, one of the central tenets of Yoga is your breath needs to remain the same regardless of the pose (posture). So whether you’re making the letter Q with your whatever (laughter)…In Yoga one of the things you learn right away is no matter how difficult the pose is – especially if you happen to have someone from the Grand Rapids Ballet on the mat next to you, who can, that can see their own back, this way (laughter)…its not how flexible you are, its not whether you can do the poses, its not how much you can bend yourself, its, can you keep your breath (breathes in an out) consistent, through whatever you’re doing. And the Yoga Masters say this is how it is when you follow Jesus and surrender to God. Is it your breath being consistent? Its your connection with God, regardless of the pose you find yourself in. That’s integrating the Divine into the daily. (7’ 54” – 8’ 58”)

Rev. Smit, have you noticed Rob Bells emphatic statement “Yoga Masters say this is how it is when you follow Jesus and surrender to God . . . Its your connection to God”? Do you really and truly believe  Stephan Joubert’s testimony that Rob Bell loves the Lord Jesus Christ and is wholly committed to Him? Let us gently set aside Stephan’s “wonderful” testimony and rather look at what God’s Word says.

Isa 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. (Emphasis added).

If you acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Light of the world, you have no right to say or to believe, via Stephan Joubert, that Rob Bell loves the Lord Jesus Christ while God’s Word says the very opposite. Who’s testimony are you going too trust—God’s or that of Stephan Joubert? Bell says in his book “Velvet Elvis.”

“One of the lies is that truth only resides in this particular community or that particular thought system.” . . . “I affirm the truth anywhere in any religious system, in any worldview. If it’s true, it belongs to God.”

The truth of God in all its aspects resides in His Son Jesus Christ. Do you believe that Jesus Christ resides in all religions?

In reference to your worldwide “Twitter” announcement: “I have officially been blacklisted by those South Africans who are opposed to the emerging church, notably Sarel vd Merwe and his followers.” the following: I am not a follower of Sarel van der Merwe. Both he and I are followers of Jesus Christ and His eternal, uncompromised infallible truth. Both of us abhor any lies because all lies emanate from the father of lies, the devil. We have committed ourselves to Christ’s command to have “no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them: (Ephesians 5:11). It is obvious that Jean Oosthuizen’s (of infamous “Kletskerk” fame) incongruous and unfounded accusation that Mr. Sarel van der Merwe keeps a blacklist of all of South Africa’s wayward pastors, has influenced you heavily. Your nightmare that you have been blacklisted is a figment of your imagination and reminds me of a portion of Scripture in the book Leviticus.

Lev 26:36 . . .the sound of a driven leaf shall put them to hasty and tumultuous flight, and they shall flee as if from the sword . . .

Moenie vir koue pampoen skrik nie. Staan jou man en begin jou standpunte te verdedig vanuit die Woord van God. Moenie spoke opjaag wat nie daar is nie. En moet asseblief nie vir ons sê, jy sê so omdat Styephan Joubert so sê nie.

(For those who do not understand Afrikaans, I have encouraged Rev. Guillaume Smit to stand his ground like a man and not to allow cold pumpkin to put him to flight so easily. In addition I encouraged him to defend his faith from the Word of God and not to say “I say so because Stephan Joubert had said so.”

May I suggest that in stead of saying “I have become an enemy of the state” to rather say “There is something rotten in the state . . . of the church” with thanks to Hamlet by Shakespeare.

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6 Responses to “I have Become an Enemy of the State – Rev. Guillaume Smit”

  1. GeorgeM said

    Jy het al ‘n vermaning ontvang om nie foto’s te “steel” van ander webruimtes af nie. Nou moes Guillaume Smit jou weer daaraan herhinner
    “You used a photograph of me without permission. Please refrain from doing so and be so kind and remove the photo. It was posted on websites that allow me to use my own photos while accepting the responsibility of copyright protecting it on my behalf. We all tend to right click and save pictures from the internet, without taking the time to read the copyright stipulations. It is actually quite unethical.”
    Verstaan jy nie die etiek van die medium wat jy so met oorgawe gebruik nie? Jy gaan jou sleg vasloop in kopieregsake.
    Derde versoek: Skryf tog iets in die “About” gedeelte van jouself. Wie is jy? Waarin glo jy? Waar kom jy vandaan? Waarheen gaan jy? Hoekom doen jy wat jy doen?
    As ek hierdie dinge weet, kan ek beter beoordeel wat jy skryf. Op die oomblik sien ek net iemand wat kwaad is. Is dit die beeld wat jy wil skep?

  2. DTW said

    Gosh, these emergents are a real odd bunch aren’t they. When you quote scripture to them they run away, when you don’t quote scripture to them and just use reasoning and logic based on the bible they run away.

    And when you do get one to hang around for more than 5 minutes and you ask them to quote just 1 scripture to back up their completely unbiblical beliefs – they start nitpicking at you, try beat around the bush, change the topic, agree with you and then disagree 2 seconds later on the thing they just agreed with, start looking for pictures to apply a non-existent copywrite too, and when they can’t hide anymore, and you go back to asking them for that 1 verse again…they point to the sky and say, ‘look there’s superman’ and then run off.

    Now I can see why they think they are blacklisted, one of them went a little overboard on the mind obliterating exercise; during meditation while walking through a labyrinth – they hit the wall with much force (not the Word of Faith Force, just normal force). When he came too, found out his ITC credit rating was sky high and therefore blacklisted due to his ‘Consciousness’. After the impace of hitting the wall his ‘Consciousness’ ran across the road to the bank, cleared out his bank account in the same manner as he cleared out his mind. It is now reported that many Emergies roams the streets thinking they are Will Smith in Enemy of the State.

    The above story written by non other than me ‘Copywrite (c) 2009 DTW’ LOL is just as rediculous as asking someone who professes to be a Christian in the Emerging movement to actually quote scripture ACCURATELY from the Bible. They can’t, and never will for the bible is just another ‘good’ book to add to the list of hundreds of ‘good’ books on their bookshelves; except the other books promote ancient, pagan, eastern, etc, etc, etc traditions and practices. But it’s ok ‘they say’, cos all faiths lead to the same Cosmic Christ.

  3. Thomas said

    I’ve often wondered why God’s creatures who claim to be followers of Jesus Christ wander off in all kinds of paths that end up in a cul de sac. One thing is sure: you cannot accuse them of insincerity, but there is such a thing as being sincerely wrong. What makes them tick? Why are they looking for all kinds of different ways (borrowed from Eastern religions and the contemplative spirituality of the Desert Fathers) to live in the presence of God when He Himself has provided for them the only way into His holiest of holies (Hebr 10:19-22)? I usually tremble when I read these words in 2 Thess 2: 8-10:

    Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.

    “So as to be saved” are potent words that ought to make them tremble. Pious religiosity and a life dedicated to the alleviation of the suffering of your fellowmen are commendable but as soon as you tamper with God’s only way of redemption, you become His enemy, to such an extent that He delivers you over to your own hellish delusions. To be handed over to your own delusions is the most horrific judgement of God imaginable.

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