2019, a year of spiritual growth.

  1. The story of Philip and the Eunuch in Acts 8: how the Eunuch wanted to understand God’s Word but could not do so by reading the Word himself and needed someone like Philip to explain it to him.
  2. How during Jesus’ time, the people did not know or acknowledge Him as the Messiah, because despite having the Word, they did not study it and recognise the signs pointing to Him as the Messiah.
  3. She then continued by adding that we should learn the signs of Jesus’ second coming so that when He comes, we will not make the same mistakes the Israelites made, and be able to recognise Him.
  1. The emphasis of Philip and the Eunuch was to eventually bring us to the conclusion that we were like the Eunuch, unable to understand God’s Word by ourselves and needed the interpretation of a “Philip” who we guessed, would be their cult leader. This linked with Beatrice’s repetitive comments about not being able to understand the Bible even though she had read it in its entirety.
  2. Since we were told that we needed to know the signs of Jesus’ second coming, they would eventually wrongly link the signs given in the Bible to their cult leader / parts of their cult.
  1. The fever. It came so suddenly and left almost as fast. How did that happen? How was it that despite the fever I could still function and get the studying I needed done? Looking back at these events, I am fully convinced that the fever was God’s own way of keeping me out of Monday’s “Bible study”. He knew that the time to deliver us from the cult had come.
  2. The week packed full with assignments and tests that literally no one else had. I believe it was God getting me out of the “Bible study” on Thursday as well. The more I think about it, the more amazing it becomes. For this to work, God must first have made me choose these subjects (which required me to add an extra paper just before the term), and then have made all the lecturers choose that week and those days for the tests and assignments. That’s a lot of work just to keep me out of one additional cult “Bible study”.
  3. The email to my pastor. The timing. It was perfect. It came right before the “Bible studies” began to veer off from rather legitimate teaching (at this stage I’m a good month and a half into these things). I know for sure, that by my own strength, I would not be here writing this very thing today.
Illustration courtesy of my cousin

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