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And the Church Said Nothing…

Not a topic about apologetics this week. Something else got my attention.

Last week I was reading the news items concerning my home country, the Netherlands. One article triggered my attention. It was an interview with a doctor about all the measures the government took and is still taking to prevent people from getting Corona. This doctor is as far as I know not a Christian, but I might be wrong. She was pretty clear in her opinion. The measures take a bigger toll on people’s health and society in general than Corona does.

Many rights are taken away. People need to show a OR code to be able to go to restaurants and what not. The minister of health actually started to repeat the words uttered by other leaders by saying that this is now the pandemic of the un-vaccinated.

I wish I could recall where I read the article, but I can’t. Anyway, the doctor said that she was astonished with the fact that hardly any doctor spoke out against this policy. No doctors, no psychiatrists, no mainstream news outlet. And then she said it! “Even the church is quiet!” That last statement really hit hard.

Why would a secular doctor say something like that? Why didn’t she just stop at the normal secular authorities? I think I know why! It is because this doctor knows a thing or two about history. In the past—and I am not talking about the last 70 years, but rather hundreds of years—the church was always there when things got out of hand.

Last year, I already discussed the whole issue around the corona measures. In my first message I argued that the Church can’t permit being scared. Let me quote myself:i

… since when do we consider it normal to deny people social contact in the last phase of their lives? And when they die we still think it is normal denying visitors to come? Where, then, are the Christians who oppose this? Was it not the Lord Jesus Himself who touched the lepers, He who was called friend of sinners.

Later, I’ve made another video in which I openly discuss the credibility of the church and with that the message the churches ought to preach. Again, I will quote a little:ii

I believe we will do the same in ten years from now. Not much sooner, because next year the feelings and emotions about this epidemic are still too fresh. No, after about ten years we probably wonder what happened. Our answer might be one of surprise and bewilderedness. “But we’ve had lovely and professional live streams, and we encouraged each other with Zoom meetings. Yes, we actually drank tea and coffee with each other during these great Zoom meetings!”

Yes, but despite all this, the message is clear. We do not believe our own words when we preach that, in Christ there is no fear. In Christ, we stand tall. ‘For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.’ (2 Timothy 1:7).

I’ll put the link to these videos in the description below.

So, now we have arrived at that point in which people actually start to wonder why the Church is silent about all the developments around the discriminatory QR code. Last week we as a family, listened to a sermon given by David Pawson. Brother Pawson has already gone to heaven, but his message is still downloadable. He talked about the role of the Church in the second world-war. At one moment he said, and I will paraphrase him:

In the past century the Church spoke out when shouldn’t have, and we have seen the Church being silent when it had to speak.

Is this what’s happening right now? Is the Church silent while it should speak out against discrimination? Is that really the inheritance we want to leave for our children? A weak Gospel which is afraid of going against the ruling parties?

I remember when we still lived in Holland. This is years ago already. Sometimes I preached as well. A few things could not be discussed from the pulpit: Israel; Evolution/Creation; Abortion; the Occult and the Biblical view on raising children. It made the people in church feel uncomfortable. It caused to many discussions. No, rather not talk about these issues. These were things that we might discuss on the Monday evening during the Bible study. Except, we never discussed it there either. I have been in trouble several times for choosing these subjects. Well, maybe also because I wasn’t mild as well. I admit, I wasn’t paying much attention to feelings. But still, nobody else preached on these subjects. Can we now also add Corona and the QR society to the list?

And I know that there are churches who do speak out! They do no allow others to silence them. That’s wonderful! That’s what we read in the Bible. Jesus wasn’t silenced. But these churches are few, and they are frowned upon but other churches and individuals.

This is what Marcus Pittmaniii, the CEO of LOOR.tv said:

For the past 200 years, Christians have believed that things are going to get worse and worse. This faithlessness stunted the entrepreneurial spirit of American Christians. For centuries it was the faith of Christians that expected the world to last, and expected God’s blessings to be generational, that made this nation, and western civilization into the kind of place that would be able to afford to send missionaries to the rest of the world.

Christians no longer build hospitals, we don’t pioneer technological innovations, we don’t build businesses that can be used to bless our great, great, great grandchildren. We look askance when Kanye West said, “This for my kid, kid, kid, for when my kid, kid, kids have kids.”


Christians built the printing press, but instead of furthering that technology, we used the internet to build online book stores for small Christian audiences while we allowed Bezos to build Amazon. Instead of trying to take over Hollywood and use its resources to serve our neighbors and propagate the Christian worldview, we made cheesy movies that warned people to keep their eyes on the skies because the end of the world will be happening at any moment. Instead of using capital to invest in business and industry, we buried our capital in the back yard and called it stewardship.

Don’t get me wrong; I believe that Jesus will return one day. All Christians do. But I do not believe He will return to a powerless church, hiding like Gideon in the winepresses. I believe He will return victorious, having defeated every enemy (Marxists included) from the right hand of God by the power of the gospel going forth in the power of the Spirit. I believe that when Christ returns, the gospel will have reached every corner of the earth, and so with it the blessings of the gospel that always follow on its train.

Pittman wondered why we invest millions of dollars into nations that are considered to be the poorest in the world. Why we spend so much money on mission somewhere else, but at the same time very few Christians actually decide to spend their money and time in building big companies. Most all monstrous companies are in the hands of secular power hungry people. The kind of people who give donations to poor black people who are starving and then use this to propagate their own agenda.

Don’t get me wrong! I work as missionary, and I depend on gifts for my whole income. So, keep on giving. But! There is nothing wrong with being influential. Nothing wrong with having a position in which you can actually push your ideals. The secular world is doing it and the Church is just quietly doing her thing! Not to loud because we might disturb our secular neighbour in his sleep. Not to loud because our church members might start to feel anxious.

I am making this video in both the English and Dutch language. I am not going to make it into a Bible study. No, I am not going to explain God’s word to you and how this fits in with a pro-active church. You do your homework! Question the pastor and elders in your church. Where are you standing in history? What is your church going to communicate to the world? Are the words of the doctor I started with applicable to you? Or are you speaking out against unjust, discriminatory rules. Are you and your church still credible and relevant to the world around you?

What I have seen in the last year isn’t very ensuring. But as I said! I have also seen some remarkable courage among Christians and churches. I am looking forward to Jesus’ return. Until then, I hope we can work together and really build His kingdom in a world that is rapidly running away from it. It’s time to remember we are not called to put our trust in governments and big industries. Governments and industries that all ran away from Christ and mostly serve themselves, and in doing so, creating a life-destroying world. No we need to remember that we serve a victorious King. A king who called us to be the light of the world.

We need a faith that believes that Christ saves you from sin and hell, but also believes that salvation inspires you to transform the world now.”iv


i J. Hofmann, (30-07-2020), Christians Dealing with the Corona Crisis, [Online video] https://odysee.com/@apologeet:3/christians-dealing-with-the-corona:5 [accessed 02-11-2021].

ii J. Hofmann, (27-09-2020), Is the Church Losing Her Credibility? [Online video] https://odysee.com/@apologeet:3/christians-dealing-with-the-corona:5 [accessed 02-11-2021].

iii M. Pittman, (28-10-2021), An Eschatology of Victory, [internet] https://news.gab.com/2021/10/28/an-eschatology-of-victory/ [accessed 02-11-2021].

iv Ibid.

The two previous videos I’ve made about this topic:

Christians dealing with Corona (Video)

Christians dealing with Corona (Page)

Is the Church Losing Her credibility? (Video)

Is the Church Losing Her credibility? (Page)

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Not a Virus, but a Weakened Immune System, is the Greatest Threat to Public Health

This article comes from: (https://www.hpdetijd.nl)
dr. Carla Peeters (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/auteurs/dr-carla-peeters/)
Translated by Jurgen Hofmann, 21-09-2021

Several scientific studies have now shown that immunity after a natural infection gives a better protection than immunity after Covid-19-vaccination. Natural immunity may well be necessary to build up full protection in the population, writes immunologist dr. Carla Peeters.

By now, the vulnerable and at-risk groups in most western countries have been vaccinated with one of the four ‘Under Emergency Admission’ (EUA) licensed Covid-19 vaccines. Remarkably, in the countries with the highest vaccination coverage (Israel1, Iceland2 and England3) high numbers of positive tests (also called ‘infections’,4) are detected. It also appears, contrary to expectations, that people, who have been vaccinated twice, can be tested positive, can carry a high viral load. The can also possibly transmit the virus5 and end up in hospital6 themselves. The Israeli doctor Kobi Havi indicates on Channel 13 News that 85 to 90 % of seriously ill people in hospital are fully vaccinated. The effectiveness of vaccinations appears to be declining or disappearing. The ‘one size fits all’ approach can become a dead-end when the current one-sided strategy on one virus is anxiously continued.

In England, several immunologists are speaking out about the danger of a weakened immune system in the population, increasing the risk of infections and chronic diseases7. As a result of the lockdowns and the measures—such as keeping one and a half metre8 and the wearing of masks9—the immune system may have become less effective than before the pandemic. Children and adults have had less contact with other viruses and bacteria, so the immune system is less challenged and therefore less trained. In addition, factors such as altered diet and lifestyle, exposure to toxic substances through the frequent use of disinfectants and masks, and the increase in stress, play an important role. The use of medication has also increased during the corona pandemic. In the Netherlands, the CBS reports that the mental health is the lowest since the last 20 years during the first quarter of 2021. Nivel reports10 that the use of psychopharmaceuticals among young people, aged 15 to 24, increased in the first quarter in 2021. This was previously seen in England and the United States. From the psychoneuro-immunology it is known that, mental health plays an important role in a correct functioning immune system. The long duration of the measures can weaken the innate and adaptive immune system. (See box at the bottom of this page for explanation).

Well-functioning immune system crucial for health

The ability of the total immune system to function effectively and efficiently is crucial when the body is confronted with foreign substances, pathogens or, for example, cancer cells. It is equally important for a successful responds with a good immunity (protection) after vaccination.

Studies on the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine have already shown that older people cannot always respond effectively11 on the influenza vaccine. There is often an ageing immune system in older people. This is referred to as immunosenescence. This can result in that, despite vaccination, no good protection can be generated. A study, conducted in Norway, among one hundred deceased, frail, elderly shortly after a Covid-19 vaccination12 shows that the vaccine probably played a role in ten of the deceased and possibly in 26. In addition to old people, people with chronic diseases such as rheumatism, MS or those who had an organ transplantation may have a weakened immunity. A significant proportion of the people with chronic diseases, who participated in a Dutch research, turned out not to be able13, 14 to initiate a good antibody-response after two vaccinations, with one of the four Covid-19 vaccines. In the meantime a start has been made to offer this group a third vaccination. The results of this are not yet known. Because the immune system in this group does not function optimally and the same vaccine is used for this third injection, no great improvements are to be expected. The EMA and ECDC consider a third booster for healthy groups not to be urgently needed15.

A vaccination is not the same as good protection

Vaccination does not lead to good protection in every person. The majority of people who are currently vaccinated do not know whether they have built up antibodies and/or T-cell immunity This is not measured. It is also possible that a good immunity has already been built up without vaccination due to infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus or an earlier infection (with a different Corona virus) that may or may not (asymptomatic) have been noticed16. A study, published in Nature, showed that, seventeen years after a natural infection with the SARS-CoV-1 virus, protective T-cell cross-reactivity for the SARS-CoV-2 virus could be demonstrated17. Fifteen scientific studies have now shown that immunity following natural infection gives a better protection18 than immunity after Covid-19-vaccination. An Israeli study showed a 27x less chance of reinfection and eight times less chance19 on hospitalisation compared to a vaccination.

Another recently published study20 also showed better immunity after natural infection. This may have to do with the fact that a natural infection trickers a broader immune response against a larger variety of viral coated proteins. A reduction in the efficacy of the innate and adaptive immune systems (see box) may also occur after an injection with one of the mRNA vaccines, which in turn leads to an increased risk of a more severe course of subsequent infections, as shown by a not yet peer-reviewed publication21 to which Dutch scientists also contributed.

Even before the Covid-19 vaccines were on the market, there was talk of a possible danger from Antibody Dependent Enhancement, a well-known phenomenon that was observed during the development of previous corona vaccines. This means that the body makes antibodies but is unable to neutralise the virus, whereby binding to the antibodies present in the cell, making it easier for the virus to replicate more easily. This is considered by various scientists as a possible explanation22 of the reinfections observed after vaccination. Research by the Mayo Clinic and Boston University shows that the efficacy decreased six months after the second injection with the Pfizer vaccine23 from 76% to 42% and with Moderna from 86% to 76%.

Although politicians around the world are talking about a third injection24 with the same vaccine, scientists in Iceland, England and the USA are reluctant to do so. Natural immunity may be needed to build up full protection in the population. The virus is now endemic and has a survival rate for people under 69 years of age25 99.410 % and in young people under 19 years of age more than 99,997 %. Moreover, there are no published scientific studies to show that a third vaccination actually adds value. Because of a shortage of vaccines, the WHO wants vaccines, released under the EUA, be made available for countries where hardly any vaccinations have been carried out so far

The antibodies induced by the vaccines appear to decrease after six months26. The fact that antibodies are not measurable does not always mean that people are no longer immune. It seems that after a natural infection, even though antibodies cannot be measured in the blood, antibody-producing B cells can still be detected in the bone marrow, which indicates the possibility of a rapid response reaction27 after reinfection. A survey among healthcare workers at the Cleveland clinic showed that vaccinating people who have already gone through a natural infection is nonsensical28.

Impending tsunami of hospital admissions is preventable

Some English immunologists have explained that the large increase in hospital admissions with RSV infections (common cold virus) in children in South Wales and Wales and Australia may be a result of lockdowns that have suppressed the normal function of the immune system. An increase of the RSV virus in children29 and people with fungus in their lungs in the ICU was reported in the Netherlands and Belgium30. These are infections that occur rarely and only in people with very weak immune systems. As the pressure increases through lockdowns, measures and large-scale vaccinations targeting a protein of the virus, the more likely it is that mutations will occur in the virus that could make it more dangerous for vulnerable groups. The immunity induced by the vaccine does not appear to be sufficiently effective to stop the mutant virus (Delta variant) in all people.

According to various experts, it is much better, now that a large part of society has already been vaccinated, like Denmark and Iceland, to lift all measures and let the virus wander. This would simultaneously build up natural immunity and strengthen the immune system. Vaccination-mandates with an experimental vaccine and accompanying passports cannot provide the broad protection for a strong immune system that is also effective against other viruses. Moreover, the knowledge about resilience of a natural immunity after an infection and/or through cross-reactivity with other (corona) viruses is undermined by a vaccination passport, certainly because it is now known from studies that have already shown that the risk of reinfection in vaccinated persons is greater. A focus on vaccinations with (in)direct obligations creates an unjustified and not scientifically account for the division in society. Above all, with the already shortage of healthcare staff, continuing along the same path is an invitation to an all-destroying tsunami. Not only by Covid-19, much more likely by other pathogens caused serious infections and sharp increase in cancer, cardiovascular disease and depression. The immune system is in fact also involved in the prevention of chronic diseases.

The government would do well to provide, at least children, the elderly, vulnerable groups of people on welfare, immigrants, and health care workers with a basic amount of vitamin D, which many scientific studies have shown that it strengthens the innate and adaptive immunity31. In this way, unnecessary illnesses and hospitalisations due to vitamin D deficiencies in healthcare can be prevented and better protection from infections or from vaccinations can be realised. It is always better to achieve a goal via multiple ways32.

Explanation innate and adaptive immune system

(Partly taken from an interview by Nieuws.nl33 with Dr. Carla Peeters).

The innate immune system is the first and not specific defence mechanism. It stops all potential pathogenic organisms. This system is formed by physical barriers, such as skin, saliva and mucous membranes. In many cases this is sufficient to stop a pathogen or foreign substance from entering the body. It is only switched over to the adaptive immune system when the pathogen is able to break through the first barrier. Cells from the innate immune system present the fragments of the pathogen or foreign substance to B cells and T cells of the adaptive immune system. The B cells ensure the release of antibodies. The antibodies formed move freely in the blood and can bind foreign pathogens. The pathogen-antibody complex is then broken down and eliminated by macrophages, among others. There are also T cells that directly aim on pathogens that have entered cells. They can help to destroy these infected cells and, on the other hand, reinforce the antibody response by B cells and at the same time keep them in check. The B and T cells can develop into memory cells and are activated much faster than with the first infection. The memory results in an increased response of antibodies, often with a stronger binding to a protein of the pathogen and a broader response against multiple fragments of the protein (epitope). This will increase the chance that the pathogen will be cleared effectively and quickly. You can see this in natural infections and also vaccinations. The chance that you will become ill by an infection decreases.


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This article comes from: (https://www.hpdetijd.nl)
dr. Carla Peeters (https://www.hpdetijd.nl/auteurs/dr-carla-peeters/)
Translated by Jurgen Hofmann, 21-09-2021

What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?

Part 4 – The Hard Questions


This is part 4 of this series. Please watch the first three parts first to better understand this one. You’ll find the links in the description of this video.

So, what actually will happen to those who never heard the Gospel? Where do they go when they die?

In the first part we have found out that actually every single person on this earth deserves to be punished for his or her sin. That is the only just and honest position God can take. But we concluded also that this is not the end of the story. In part 2 we discovered that every human can have a certain knowledge of God through nature and also through their own conscience. With the knowledge of the first two part we discussed two persons from Old Testament times, Abraham and Rahab. These two got saved through their faith in God.

The whole driving force behind the saving faith of these Old Testament people seem to be that they first recognised God through general revelation. Of Abraham, we know for sure that God also intervened and talked to him, thus giving him a special revelation or in a fancy word, theophany. Looking at Rahab’s conversion is a bit harder to determine what it was that put her on the right track. Was it that she already knew that there is a God of heaven and earth? Was it because she heard the stories about the interaction between Israel and God? In any case, she turned her whole life towards God, leaving behind a depraved and corrupt culture.


But now I think we need to address the elephant in the room because I can hear the question al ready. “Can we trust that many more will come to a saving faith through general revelation only?” And my short answer would be ‘no’. That’s a gloomy answer, I know, so I will explain it a bit.

Looking around I see many who really understand that nature didn’t come into being by chance. Many will even acknowledge that their moral compass is there to help them to choose between good and bad. But how many… No wait, let me ask this question to you:

How many people do you know who didn’t know anything except nature and their conscience and called out to God, saying: “O higher being! I want to get to know you”. You know, people, who grew up in a culture where they worship the ancestors but then, looking around, they realise that they are involved in rituals that are just gross and immoral. All of a sudden they look at the cow horn with magical powder, and they recognise that it is just that, a cow’s horn with some yucky stuff inside. And when they realise this, they, like Rahab, leave everything behind to try, and find the Creator.

No, this does not happen often. I can’t say never, because I don’t know every person that has lived, or lives present day. But I do know an awful lot of people, but not one of them fits the description. The opposite is easier to find. People who know that there must be an ultimate God, and they know that what they are doing is wrong. They keep on doing it anyway, until they do not hear their own conscience any more. Most of us are like that. Even the most diligent Christian decides, so now and then, to refuse to listen to that inner-voice. This is totally inline with the Biblical teaching. Nobody really seeks God.

Romans 3:11

“There is none that understandeth, There is none that seeketh after God. ”

So again, the times we see people turn and seeking God, because they recognise His hand in nature and their conscience, are very rare. Sure, they include possible examples in the Bible, like Rahab. But mostly people need something extra.

Only through Jesus

Even though the saved people might not have known anything about the work Jesus did, or would do in the future, when you talk about Old Testament cases, they are still saved through His work.

Acts 4:12

“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

When Abraham trusted God for his salvation, he trusted the right person. It was God who became flesh and was born here on earth to work salvation for all. Trusting God, meant that he ultimately trusted Jesus, even without him knowing it.

I believe it is safe to say that the whole Old Testament pointed to Jesus. The laws, the sacrificial ceremonies, yes, even the story in which Abraham has to offer his son Isaac. It all became fulfilled in the work of Christ.

Hebrews 11:1, 13

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

“These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them […]”

The faith obtained by people who do not know the Gospel is looking forward. All examples in Hebrews 11 demonstrate a faith and a trust that God would save them. They probably didn’t have a clue that it would be through Jesus, but they were sure God would do it one way or another.

A common misconception about the Old Testament way of salvation is that Jews were saved by keeping the Law. But we know from Scripture that that is not true. Galatians 3:11 says, “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” Paul is quoting Habakkuk 2:4—salvation by faith, apart from the Law was an Old Testament principle.

How little can someone know and still be saved?

Good, let us dive in some difficult questions. Have you ever wondered how little one can know and still be saved? Of course, you have never had this questions, I know! But there are others who do. You see, general revelation is what we have! It is this revelation which prepares us for more! We should stop asking how little can someone know and still be saved? How about those who live somewhere in the middle of the rainforests? They don’t know anything about the God of the Bible. How much faith do they have to show to be saved? This is just a silly question and can not be answered properly. God will judge accordingly. He knows the heart, he knows the intentions of every human being. What do we know!?

It is like asking me when is it okay to divorce you husband or wife. I can give you some Biblical texts that seem to tell you when it is fine to do so. But honestly, the situation is almost never that simple. True, there are exceptions but most of them are rare, and I am not going to tell you in this video when it is permitted. Likewise, I can not answer the question of how little one can know and still be saved. I am absolutely positive that people get saved while knowing almost nothing, but again, these cases are rare.

What I do know is that the majority of people who got saved did receive some kind of extra or special information. You might want to read Hebrews 11 about the people of faith. Reading through those witnesses you’ll see that all of them received extra information. Like I said, Rahab received information about the great deeds of the God of Israel.

Some seem to be thinking something like: “Well, they don’t know anything, maybe they are saved…” But this is mixing up faith with ignorance. Faith is required to be saved not ignorance.


That brings me to the next thing. Did you ever heard someone say that we don’t really have to evangelise or send out missionaries. I mean, maybe they get saved anyway, right? They’ve got general revelation! Maybe you’ve never heard this line of reasoning before, but I sure did! Let me shock you a little more… it were mostly Christians who were wondering about this idea!

My full answer is simple: Not sending evangelists or missionaries is unbiblical, and suggesting such idea shouldn’t even be taken seriously within the Christian church. The Lord clearly says that we should go out and share the Gospel. Numerous testimonies of individuals and even whole tribes who all had general revelation. They neglected it and worshipped false gods, nature itself or anything else, until the Gospel reached them, and they repented and put their trust in Jesus. If you like to see such a story, you really should watch the documentary about the Mouk Tribe:


Isaiah 52:7

“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!”


How about the idea that you can actually do harm to someone’s search for God. I have been in hospital for a knee operation. While I was lying in my bed I talked with a lady at the opposite side of the dorm. It was great! She wanted to know all about Jesus.

Now this dorm had six or eight beds, I can’t remember. In one of them was another lady. She didn’t say anything, she was just lying there reading a book. Or so I thought. Weeks later, an older sister in church came to me. She said that she heard that I was in hospital at the same time as her friend. She knew it was me because her friend told her about me. It was a terrible experience for her friend. I was talking about that Jesus guy all the time. No, it wasn’t the lady I talked with. It was the lady with the book! The older sister told me that I shouldn’t talk too much about Jesus because people, like her friend, are being put off by it. She said that her friend was just almost ‘there’. God was working on her, and she wanted to answer God’s call. What my older sister actually implied was that my preaching damaged this lady’s hunger for the Gospel, even after receiving special attention from God.

But, is this valid? Can it be that, when someone, who already understands general revelation, and then receives some kind of special revelation—let’s say a vision of God or a special dream which they received from God—and you come and tell them about Christ, and they respond negatively. “Oh no, He is nothing like I imagined, I don’t want Him!”

I believe, when they really received a special revelation, this doesn’t happen.

John 6:45

“It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. ”

In other words, if you really learned about God… And I mean really learned, not that wishy-washy DIY religion preached by some wannabe preachers. No, when someone really got to know God the Father, he or she WANTS to know Jesus. Actually, Jesus uses His presence in Jerusalem to see whether the Jews really listened to the prophets or not. If they did, if they actually really listened to the things they have been taught about God the Father, they would have accepted Him.

John 5:46‭-‬47

“For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? ”

So, hearing the Gospel is wholesome to someone who learned about God. If someone has had the privileged to learn about God the Father, like the Israelites did, they wouldn’t have any problem accepting Christ.

However, while I’m saying this, I recall the anecdote I gave in part three about the lady who got healed but still refused to follow Christ. Now, this is a different situation. That lady received special attention directly from the healing hands of Jesus. She understood who God was and what Jesus had done for us. Still, she didn’t want to give up her life. This isn’t about not understanding any more. No, this specific situation shows us that there are also people who willingly ignore the Gospel. They will reject Christ no matter what.

Other Religions

Okay, we’ve got that cleared up, but what about the earnest Muslim, Buddhist, or Hare Krishna? They grew up in their religion, and they might have sincerely searched for God, right? You might think so, but I believe this to be false. Deep down all other religions are rejecting God the Father. I could give examples for many different religions out there, but I’ll suffice by saying that none of them actually worships a personal, and loving God. It is all about, this far away god or energy that ultimately isn’t concerned with his, her, or it’s creation.

It is amazing that we have testimonies from those who started to question their religion. The looked around, they looked at the idols, they thought about their mantras, and they started to realise that the God of creation cannot be found in any of these. And how can He? He created everything but He Himself is outside this creation and not created but eternal. It is the moment that they start to ask the hard questions. Those questions that aren’t really appreciated by the religious leaders because they don’t know the answers and rather keep the status quo.

Often you hear that they then turn secretly to the evangelist or missionary in the neighbourhood, and after a while they’ll accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This is what we see and hear throughout the ages.

I began to work on translating Bible stories back in 2017. Somewhere in February 2018 I started to visit a village where I shared these freshly translated Bible stories. People listened and were very curious since they had not heard these stories yet, especially not in their heart-language. Anyway, around August 2018, a young couple from outside, moved into this village. They were sent by their church to plant a new church. Within no time, they could start—very surprised that some people were readily accepting the Gospel. The point I try to make is that these new believers already searched for God. Then I came and explained to them who God is and about His plan to save us. I got as far as explaining to them that He promised to send Jesus as a sacrifice for all. They were eager to hear about it. My brother and sister move in and explained exactly that and: Boom!

Back then, we didn’t know each other yet. They didn’t know what I had done or preached, and I didn’t know who they were. They are way younger than I am, but we have become very good friends.

If someone in a different culture and religion sincerely seeks God, they will get the chance to meet Him. This is what the Bible teaches and this is the experience of many missionaries throughout the world.

Last things to consider

I guess this episode is going to be the longest of all four, but that’s because this episode is the most important one! So, what actually happens to those who have never heard the Gospel. The answer seems to be that there might be some that start the look for the real God. These people will get answers because God promised that they would find Him, and He is not far. However, scripture also teaches that many, not to say most, are not interested in finding Him. They are content with their lifestyle. They push away the gnawing feeling that they are doing thing wrong. Likewise, they willingly ignore all signs out there that tell them that there is a God, a creator of everything.

This means that many will be lost for eternity. No matter how hard they try to please the ancestors, or how diligently they try to keep the commandments of their religion, and no matter how big their investment is in society. No matter how many grannies they help to cross the street and how much money they give to humanitarian organisations. People can not save themselves by keeping the law, people can only be saved by faith. And not just that kind of faith which is required in their own religious groups. No, faith in the Creator of the heaven and the earth. The One who gave them life in the first place, who put the stars in the heaven as a sign of His existence.

This is why, throughout the ages, the Church has sent out missionaries. This is why evangelists try to grab every opportunity to tell others about Christ. Christians have been called to love their neighbours as themselves. It is this love that should urge us to do everything in our power to teach the world that there is a Saviour! That they can be saved! And that God can be found!

To pounder on

Okay, let’s take a look at one last passage in the Bible. I have already mentioned this passage in episode one. Let’s go to Matthew 11:21,23

“Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes […]”

“And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.”

I read this, and I understand Jesus’ words to mean that if He actually really came to Tyre, Sidon, and Sodom. If He had performed all His deeds—miracles, resurrection, exorcisms, and the sermons—they would have repented.

If this is true—and I believe it is—does this than mean that there might be people who would have been saved if they heard the Gospel? Would they’ve been saved for eternity if someone had come to them and preached the Gospel? Can it be that, because no one came to them, they stayed in their sin and got condemned accordingly?

I am afraid that this passage strongly implies this. I think that this is a theme throughout the whole Bible. People who might have been saved if they’ve heard just a little more. If the great deeds were performed among them, they would have repented. This is frightening to me!

There are those, who say that if they don’t tell their neighbour about Christ, God would definitely send someone else to do it. Like, if someone is destined to be saved, God will do anything to make that happen. This argument than relieves them from all their worries. Evangelism has always be high on my agenda. I’ve always tried to mobilise others to share the Gospel. But many used this excuse. “Nah, I am just not an evangelist like you”; “I am not that talkative”; “I don’t know enough to teach others.” And then they come with this final knock-out argument, which is always trotted out when they ran out of good excuses.

But if this argument holds, then there would be no need to send out missionaries, church planters, evangelists. In that case we shouldn’t be worried about the un-reached at all, and I wouldn’t have to make this video in the first place.


Anyway, I could go on for a few more hours, but I think this is a good time to stop. I’ll give you one last text to think about. I read the text from the Amplified Version. You can look it up in any other version you like. This version gives a description of the text and I believe it does a good job with this specific one.

2 Timothy 4:1-2

“I solemnly charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by His appearing and His kingdom: preach the word [as an official messenger]; be ready when the time is right and even when it is not [keep your sense of urgency, whether the opportunity seems favourable or unfavourable, whether convenient or inconvenient, whether welcome or unwelcome]; correct [those who err in doctrine or behaviour], warn [those who sin], exhort and encourage [those who are growing toward spiritual maturity], with inexhaustible patience and [faithful] teaching.”

This is a huge topic! And I hope I’ve tackled it enough to give you a more detailed idea. I very much appreciate your input in the comments.

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Thank you for watching, and I wish you God’s blessing.

And we’ll see each other in the next one!


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Part 1 – Basic Truths

Part 2 – What is known to mankind?

Part 3 – Old Testament

Part 4 – The hard questions

What About Those Who Have Never Heard the Gospel?

Part 3 – Old Testament


This is part 3 of this series. Please watch part one and two first because we build on those two videos in this part. You’ll find the links in the description of this video.

As said, I work as missionary in the middle of nowhere on Madagascar, and I have heard this question many times: What will happen to those who never heard the Gospel? Where do they go when they die?

In the first part we have found out that actually every single person on this earth deserves to be punished for his or her sin. That is the only just and honest position God can take. But we concluded also that this is not the end of the story. In part 2 we discovered that every human can have a certain knowledge of God through nature and also through their own conscience.

Let’s do something risky. Let’s talk about some people from Old Testament times who apparently got saved.


The first one that comes to my mind is Abraham. Romans 4 is pressing the idea that Abraham was truly saved, not because of his works but because of faith.

“What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’ Now to the one who works, wages are not credited as a gift but as an obligation. However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness.”

Abraham knew close to nothing about God’s plan of sending Jesus. He didn’t even know about the laws as given to Moses. How on earth could Abraham be saved? His faith, how incomplete you might believe it was, has saved him. He trusted God for his justification. Paul wasn’t just a blabbering boob…I’ve got that from dr. Seuss’ Horton hears a who. No he actually quotes Genesis 15:6 “Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”

So, what did Abraham believe? Obviously he knew that God was the one who created everything. He could have found that out through nature, but God granted him, what we call in theology ‘special revelation’. God came to him in a supernatural way. Later we also see this in Moses’ life, where God appears to him in the burning bush. That was what we call a theophany, which comes from the old Greek. Theos meaning ‘God’, and phaneia which mean ‘appearance’. But, some would say it was more like an epiphany. An epiphany is a more generic happening and means something like ‘manifestation from above,’ because God Himself was not seen. However, an epiphany can also be a manifestation of a spirit or whatever. Being a Christian, I use the word theophany if and only if we are talking about the manifestation of God (with capital G) and not just about the manifestation of any deity.

All humans are granted, what we call ‘general revelation’. That is revelation through nature and conscience as explained in part 2 of this series. But Abraham was one of lucky people who received special revelation!

Actually, this still happens today you know. Maybe not so much in free countries, where we can get Bible and listen to podcasts. No, these special revelations are much more common in closed countries. Stories of Muslims who converted to Christianity because Issa, that is Jesus, appeared to them. That must be absolutely awesome don’t you think?

Anyway, Abraham received the promise of having a lot of offspring, God was going to multiply his seed. We now know that this actually directed to Jesus because Jesus is the ultimate seed of Abraham. But Abraham did not now this, did he? However, he believed God, and he obeyed Him, and God credited it to him as righteousness.


And what about this woman called Rahab? This story still amazes me big time! Here come the people of Israel. They are conquering the promised land. Jericho was the most important Canaanite fortress city in the Jordan Valley. It was a stronghold directly in the path of the advancing Israelites. The king of Jericho heard that two Israelite spies were within his city and ordered them to be brought out to him. Rahab protected them by hiding them on her roof.

Rahab told the spies that the people of Jericho were terrified of the Israelites ever since God defeated the Egyptian army, which happened about 40 years earlier. The city was completely destroyed, and everybody was killed. But Rahab and her family were spared.

Now comes the amazing part of this story. Rahab, who was a young Canaanite prostitute, married Salmon, an Israelite from the tribe of Judah. Her son was Boaz, the husband of Ruth. Joseph, the legal father of Jesus, is her direct descendant!

Rahab wasn’t in a great position to get to know the God of Israel. She grew up and lived in a corrupt, depraved, pagan culture. However, she heard the stories of the miraculous escape from Egypt, the crossing of the Red Sea. She heard about the things that happened to Israel in the wilderness, and their recent triumph over the Amorites. She had learned enough to come to the correct, saving conclusion in Joshua 2:11 “When we heard of it, our hearts sank and everyone’s courage failed because of you, for the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” It changed her heart. And this faith—together with the actions coming forth out of this faith—that saved her and her family.

Saving Faith

Hebrews 11:31 clearly states that Rahab was saved. Why? Because of her faith in “God in heaven above and on the earth below”. Christians are saved through faith in Jesus Christ. Ephesians 2:8 says

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”.

But we also need to recognise that both Rahab and Abraham exemplified their faith by action. Abraham had to travel away from his country to an unknown place, and Rahab had to put the scarlet cord out of the window. Likewise, we as Christian have accepted Jesus as our saviour and according to James that faith must become visible through our lifestyle, our actions.

James 2:14,17

“What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? […] faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Both Abraham’s and Rahab’s faith enabled them to turn away from their culture, their people, and their religion and to the Lord. Commitment to a true faith in God may require setting priorities that are contrary to those of the world, as we are call upon to do in Romans 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

General and Special Revelation

I just had to talk about these amazing stories during one of our meals. Of course, we read the Bible as a family, but besides that we also quite often discuss Biblical topics at the table, which it pretty cool. I said that Rahab was saved through faith. Now, one of the children said that she had faith after she received a revelation. But the Bible doesn’t say that about her. She heard about the God of Israel and apparently she used her brains. She figured out that He is the God of heaven and earth and that besides Him there is no other. I wouldn’t call that ‘special revelation’ in the sense that God directly revealed something to her. Maybe I am missing something here, if so you can let me know in the comment section.

In contrary, when we look at Abraham’s life we do see that he clearly received special revelation. God directly spoke to him and he obeyed.

Is general revelation, nature and conscience, enough for people to come to a saving faith in God? It might be, and I think the story of Rahab comes close. But probably most need something extra to come to the same conclusion as Rahab. But then again, can it be that special revelation also includes hearing the message, not directly from God, but through human sources? If that is so, then the missionary among the un-reached, the evangelist in the streets, and in Rahab’s story, the people telling the miraculous stories of the God of Israel, can all be counted for special revelation in one way or another.

Actually, when I think about it, and I might be wrong, but I think general revelation is probably not enough. But it is enough to make people ready for special revelation. The fact that I do not have to waste my time on explaining people here that God exists and that He is mighty, can be subscribed to, in my opinion, general revelation.

Seeking God

Okay, I am going to wrap this part up. I would like to go to Act 17:26-27

“From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.”

Paul is preaching to the Greek people. What is he telling them? All humans are decedents from Adam and God wants to be found! And then, contrary to atheistic beliefs, Paul says that God is not far and can be found! You see, many want you to believe that God didn’t leave any evidence for us to find Him.

Now, this argument isn’t new. Listen to this:

2 Peter 3:3-6

“Above all, you must understand that in the last days scoffers will come, scoffing and following their own evil desires. They will say, ‘Where is this “coming” he promised? Ever since our ancestors died, everything goes on as it has since the beginning of creation.’ But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed.”

This last part talks about the great flood. How can people forget what happened in the past during the flood? Simple, let’s try to explain away all geological features of the earth. Wrinkled mountains? Very sharp boundaries in between earth layers? Mass graves with dinosaur bones? Nahh, that cannot be caused by a major worldwide disaster. No, Let’s stick a label with billions of years on those features and voila! We just reasoned God out of the picture.

God wants to be found, and He is not far. The only thing keeping people is their own reluctance to actually find Him. We don’t want Him in the equation.

I once talked with a lady, who worked in a supermarket, who said she wanted to find out who God was. So, the weeks that followed I got the change to tell her all about the Gospel. After some weeks she started a job somewhere else. A year later I met her again. We Talked a bit, and she had an amazing story. She suffered a very painful knee injury, and it couldn’t be helped by the doctor. One day she went to watch her son playing soccer. Next to her sad a man. All of a sudden this man, a total stranger, turned to her and said that the Lord told him about her knee. She was shocked! Whether he could pray for her. She agreed and he prayed out loud. The lady felt embarrassed but she let him do his thing anyway. It was a simple prayer. Something in the line of “Lord Jesus, your are the great healer. Please heal her leg”. Next day her knee was completely healed. The doctor did not have an answer. But she knew, it was that prayer of this man, who prayed so full of trust in the Lord Jesus. I was so happy for her! I asked whether she needed more proof than that. “No,” she said. “I know God is real. I also believe that Jesus died and rose again.” On which I asked her whether she started following Him already… “No”, she said, “I am not going to give up my life.”

God can be found, but many of us don’t really want Him. Faith in the Old Testament did not mean that the person knew all about God’s plans for the future. They decided to earnestly seek God and put their trust in Him.

Conclusion so far

So, let me summarise this in some basic truths again.

  1. Number one is that God wants to save all people. This is universal. He gave His only-begotten Son so that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.
  2. Number two, people can respond to general revelation. The nature around us and our conscience is enough to get someone to humble him or herself and really seek God.
  3. Number three, should than be that God will respond to those who really seek Him.

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,’ declares the Lord […]”

Jeremiah 29:12-14


Okay, I’ll have to stop now, else the video will be way too long. I really love this topic as it gives me a lot of new insights as well. But it is a huge topic! I read some comments from you that suggest that there are different opinions out there. My videos seem to draw in angry people as well. Well, I am not sure whether they are really angry, but they do sound angry. But, be that as it may, I would like to ask you to mind your language. Other than that, I very much appreciate your input in the comments.

My videos can also be watched on Bitchute and YouTube, but I am mostly active on Odysee. So, if you want to comment on this video, I would suggest doing so on Odysee. But, to comment you’ll need an account and if you use my invitation we both get some LBC for free.

Along with the invitation, I’ll put the link to an essay with the title Why Mission MattersSeen From a Secular Viewpoint in the description of this video. Also, you’ll find ways to support me. Some of you already did! And I would like to thank you big time for that. It is a huge encouragement to know that you appreciate my work.

Thank you for watching, and I wish you God’s blessing.

We’ll see each other in the next one!

Part 1 – Basic Truths

Part 2 – What is known to mankind?

Part 3 – Old Testament