TruthTalks: The Nature of the New Birth

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Last week, Dr Christopher Peppler wrote THIS, slightly formidable in length I can’t help but feel, but very important article on’ and what it means to be ‘born again’.

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2 thoughts on “TruthTalks: The Nature of the New Birth”

  1. Thanks for this, Dr Chris.

    Although I lean towards the doctrine of dichotomy, I found your observation regarding the ongoing need for the sanctification of the soul to be a compelling argument in favour of trichotomy. If we are dichotomous, the doctrine of sanctification would suggest that rebirth is ‘ineffective.’

    Also, something that has always motivated me to agree with your view on the ‘in-dwelling’ of the Holy Spirit is this: if Christians continue to sin over the course of life, the idea of a permanent indwelling of the Holy Spirit suggests that He willingly associates Himself with sin. This cannot be.


    1. Christopher Peppler

      Thank you for your comments Hugh. I mentioned J Rodman William’s views in his ‘Renewal Theology’ but I wonder if you have considered what Robert L Thomas has to say in his commentary on 1 Thessalonians 5:23. It is part of the Expositor’s Bible Commentary edited by F.E.Gaebelein. KIndest regards.

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My name is Christopher Peppler and I was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1947. While working in the financial sector I achieved a number of business qualifications from the Institute of Bankers, Damelin Management School, and The University of the Witwatersrand Business School. After over 20 years as a banker, I followed God’s calling and joined the ministry full time. After becoming a pastor of what is now a quite considerable church, I  earned an undergraduate theological qualification from the Baptist Theological College of Southern Africa and post-graduate degrees from two United States institutions. I was also awarded the Doctor of Theology in Systematic Theology from the University of Zululand in 2000.

Four years before that I established the South African Theological Seminary (SATS), which today is represented in over 70 countries and has more than 2 500 active students enrolled with it. I presently play an role supervising Masters and Doctoral students.

I am a passionate champion of the Christocentric or Christ-centred Principle, an approach to biblical interpretation and theological construction that emphasises the centrality of Jesus

I have been happily married to Patricia since the age of 20, have two children, Lance and Karen, a daughter-in-law Tracey, and granddaughters Jessica and Kirsten. I have now retired from both church and seminary leadership and devote my time to writing, discipling, and the classical guitar.

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