Gerrie and Martie Malan were married in 1970. Shortly afterwards he entered a new career in the South African Correctional Services, where he served for 25 years. They were transferred many times and also had to relocate twice annually between Pretoria and Cape Town for eight years when Gerrie was a member of the Correctional Services’ Parliamentary staff. Although Martie could take up employment for short periods in those years, she mostly found herself in the role of home maker, raising their three children – often under difficult circumstances.
Shortly after he was released on pension in 1995 following severe burnout, Gerrie became a lecturer in Correctional Management at the Technikon SA, which later merged with the University of South Africa. It was in this time that they left the Reformed church in which they were raised to go on a journey through the Pentecostal and Charismatic environments in search of biblical truth.
Martie, in the meantime, had taken on studies in biblical counselling, with Gerrie soon joining her. While she focussed on the area of emotional healing, Gerrie’s focus was on spiritual warfare. He continued afterwards with studies in the ministry environment and eventually completed a doctoral degree in Systematic Theology through the United Kingdom based Calvary University. For his thesis he studied Christ’s ‘born again’ and Paul’s ‘in Christ’ concepts. On their journey they had wonderful experiences and met precious people, church leaders as well as ordinary church members. But as they studied the Scriptures, more and more questions arose about specific traditional church doctrines.
A home group of five in April 2001 soon grew to a weekly meeting of some 50 people. The group quickly grew into a formal congregation (Hosea Christian Family Church), which later joined with another where Gerrie and Martie took up the leadership of the Bible College. Today they are not attached to any denomination as they focus on the search for biblical truth on many questions that developed during their journey through the Reformed, Pentecostal and Charismatic traditions. Unlike so many others who in similar processes have turned their back on the Bible, they feel that they have developed a much better understanding of the simple biblical truths when it is stripped of centuries of philosophising and pollution which robbed humanity of the kingdom life that was and is in God’s heart for His people.
The couple currently reside in the town of Hibberdene in the Kwazulu-Natal Province of South Africa. They have three married children and six grandchildren.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
My first co-writing of a book was in a completely different field - that of penology (I was a professional corrections officer).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
As a professional corrections officer in South Africa, I was asked to co-write a book on penitentiary penology - far removed from the biblical based books I currently co-write with my wife.
In die lig van die prominensie wat eindtydprofesie die afgelope jare geniet het, het die skrywers opnuut die eindtydprofesie van God se primêre profeet, Jesus van Nasaret, soos dit in Matteus 24 opgeteken is ondersoek. Op grond van hul studie is hierdie beknopte boek geskryf om die gemiddelde leser te stimuleer om dieselfde te doen ten einde bybelse feite van verfilosofeerde fiksie te onderskei.
In view of the prominence given to end-times topics in the past years, the authors have revisited the end-times prophecy of God's ultimate prophet, Jesus of Nazareth, in Matthew 24. They offer a concise book to stimulate the average reader to study this often controversial topic in order to discern biblical fact from philosophized fiction.
Revisiting and stripping the Daniel prophecies of the pollution by all kinds of philosophy through the centuries (the make-up) and artificial insertions (the long toes of the so-called ‘church age’). The authors weighed the Daniel prophecies against recorded history. In the process important distortions in modern end-times doctrines are exposed.
Die outeurs se navorsing het aangedui dat die grootste persentasie Christene nooit in die basiese beginsels van Skrifinterpretasie opgelei is nie. Met hierdie beperkte boekie word hierdie basiese konsepte op so 'n manier aangespreek dat dit die gemiddelde Bybelleser sal help om tussen Bybelse waarheid en toegevoegde filosofieë te onderskei.
The author's research has shown the far majority of Christians have not been taught the important basic principles of Bible interpretation. This concise book deals with those basic concepts and principles to help the average reader to discern between original meanings of Scripture and the added philosophies that have marred clear understanding of the Bible.
People have always been intrigued by the soul-spirit concepts. The Bible does not provide clear and precise descriptions. To fill this void Christian teachers and writers have been presenting teaching filled with assumption, philosophising and confusion, albeit clothed in biblical terminology. This book facilitates biblically accurate understanding of these abstract concepts.