The Church Pastors that I can remember were Sam Engelbrecht – my late stepfather; Gertjie Voster – the Pastor and founder of the Moriah Church in South Africa; Attie Fortuin; Bro. Bachus and Bro. Hintly of Sir Lowry’s Pass; the late Bro. Charles Willis – ex-leader of the Globe Gang; and Pappa Titus – he founded the Christen Gemeente in the Western Cape.
- You would first heed an Alter-call and confess all your sins.
- Next, you would be baptised in the Name of Jesus Christ by being fully immersed under the water of a river or a lake or sea.
- Then the Pastor would lay hands on you so that you can receive the Holy Spirit.
I heeded an Alter-call in 1987. I was baptised in the Berg River in Wellington and, I also had hands laid on me to receive the Holy Spirit.
However, it was only in 1996, after that I preached at a New Year’s Eve Function on the subject that the ministry of the Holy Spirit is in the Glory of God, that I received the Holy Spirit. And then, it was not like anything that I have been taught or what I have seen, nor was it anything like what I have experienced since I started making music in the Church at the age of ten.
That New Year’s Eve, after the service, I went home. As I was asleep, lying face down, I felt an intense strength upon me. As I turned around to see what it was, I saw the heavens above me opened by a huge infolding fire-cloud. The fire of the cloud was like glowing coals without the dark patches that burning coals usually have. The cloud also had the brightness of the rainbow about it.
The cloud had an opening on one side and the inside looked like a large room. The inside of the cloud was lit by a light which looked like the sun when it shines in its strength – almost like molten gold. The light also had the brightness of the rainbow about it. The brightness about the light made it look like fine glistening gold. This light extended from the opening in the cloud and beamed down upon me in the form of a pillar. The light had an intense strength about it. The strength of the light felt like the sting of the sun on the skin but was without the scorch of the sun.
This intense strength of the light from the cloud that I felt upon me woke me and I turned around and looked up. I heard a voice say to me: This is the Holy Spirit. As I looked, my large red Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance and my Old Afrikaans Version of the Bible appeared in the pillar of the light and, a voice said to me: In this book (the concordance) you will see that there are only two places in the Bible where it is written that Jesus Christ is the fountain of living waters. Upon this, the cloud and the light left me and the heavens were closed again. Stunned, I sat up and said: I did not know this; there is no one that teaches this, there must be a book written!
Since then, I have started writing a book about the Glory of Jesus Christ. This is also the prime motivation for this blog – sharing the Gospel of the Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ with you.
I have three adult children – two boys and a girl. After my ex-wife left me for the fifth time in 2001 and refused to reconcile, I successfully filed for divorce and won custody of my children. Matt. 5:32 says: “But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.” And, 1Cor. 7:14, 15 (LITV) also says: “For the unbelieving husband has been sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife has been sanctified by the husband; else, then, your children are unclean, but now they are holy. But if the unbelieving one separates, let them be separated; the brother or the sister is not in bondage in such matters; but God has called us in peace.” On both these verses of Scripture, my conscience is clear before the God and Father of my Lord Jesus Christ.
Where does being divorced leave me and my ministry?
Rom. 11:29 (ESV) says: “…the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.”
Furthermore, as a non-Jew and a believer in Jesus Christ, I am not under the Law of Moses, and this holds true for every Christian.
Moreover, I have this Covenant of Promise in my Lord Jesus Christ: “…My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.” (Isa. 59:21)
God Bless and Guide You.