Francois du Toit

Jesus Is What God Believes About You
 

 

 

 

 

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Francois is an author most known for his current work, The Mirror Bible. In this interview, Francois talks about our Father’s great affection, inclusion, grace, intimacy, ministry, and the unveiled revelation of love! He also shares some of his story and how he came to write The Mirror Bible.

The entire cosmos is the object of God’s affection! And he is not about to abandon his creation – the gift of his son is for humanity to realize their origin in him who mirrors their authentic birth – begotten not of flesh but of the Father! In this persuasion, the life of the ages echoes within the individual and announces that the days of regret and sense of lost-ness are over!

Eph 1:4 “Jesus is God’s mind made up about us!…”

Eph 4:21 “It is not possible to study Christ in any other context; He is the incarnation; hear Him resonate in you! The truth about you has its ultimate reference in Jesus. He did not come to introduce a new compromised set of rules; He is not an example for us but of us…”

Favorite quote,
“The best news becomes irrelevant if someone feels excluded.”

A couple of references from this interview:
C Baxter Kruger
Lydia du Toit

For more information on Francois & Lydia du Toit, go to www.mirrorword.net

Podcast intro and outro music by Wilde Assembly

Thomas Floyd is a psychotherapist that loves to chat about the intersectionality of faith and psychology. He passionately pursues the belief that being spiritually mature means also being emotionally mature. He lived in Chile for the first 11 years of his life and now lives with his wife Sarah in North Carolina. He is an enneagram enthusiast, a theology junky, and a sports FANATIC.

Jason Clark is a writer, speaker and lead communicator at A Family Story ministries. His mission is to encourage sons and daughters to grow sure in the love of an always-good heavenly Father. He and his wife, Karen, live in North Carolina with their three children.

11 Comments

  1. Bess Rhoades

    Francois is a gift to mankind. The insight he reveals is freeing and satisfying! If you don’t have a Mirror Bible, please treat yourself! It is actively being translated and will alter your understanding of God lovingly forever! If you’d like to support his work, you can do that, too! Blessings!
    http://Www.mirrorword.net

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    • Lorraine Wade

      Mr. Du Toit may be a good writer, but he has been deceived and is deceiving others. Yes God is loving and caring, but God is also Holy. But what this translation does is dismiss or belittles God’s Holiness and His righteousness k with his false translation (The Mirror). A mirror cause us to see ourselves as we really are, unrighteous and unholy until we accept the Lord Jesus Christ as our savior then cleanses us and make us righteous and holy .In his translation he has added to and taken away from the word of God because there are words he doesn’t like (sin and hell). Deuteronomy 4:2, you shall not add to the word that I command you, nor take from it that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you. If that not good enough, here’s another one from the New Testament, 2 Timothy 3:16-17, All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent equipped for every good work. He changed God’s word to make himself feel more comfortable. Mr. Du Toit doesn’t like that the Bible make him look at his own prideful, wicked, selfish, and sinful ways. You may have already passed on this translation to you friend, but is a false translation of God true word.

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    • Lorraine Wade

      Read Deut. 4:2, Ps. 119:105, Heb. 13:8. we are not to change God’s word nor add to it. It is make you uncomfortable about your sinful life that what it was meant to do to show us our sinfulness. and for Jesus to draw us to him for salvation and to cleanse us from our unrighteousness. he has twisted the word of God to make himself feel more comfortable in doing so he has deceived himself and others who have decided to listen to and follow his teachings.

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      • Jason Clark

        Hey Lorriane,

        Thanks for sharing. I think our starting point is different. While I used to see myself as a sinner, I no longer think that way. It’s not that I can’t sin or don’t sin, But Paul tells me that I am dead to sin and alive in Christ. That “the old man” (my sinful thinking) has been crucified with Christ and I am a new creation. (see Rom 6-8)

        So my starting place in life and relationship with God is that I am a beloved son who is prone to do good, prone to righteousness, and alive in Christ!

        I am not actually prone to wander, Jesus saved me from that way of living…

        If you want to read more on this thought here is an article titled From Sinner to Saint…

        https://afamilystory.org/2011/05/prone-to-love-5-from-sinner-to-saint/

        And also What about Sin…

        https://afamilystory.org/2019/10/what-about-sin-2/

        As to The Mirror, I believe Francios has simply believed what Jesus said on a cross, “It is finished…” and is writing through the conviction of our salvation.

        As to him adding or changing words, I don’t agree, I think he is brilliantly interpreting the heart of Jesus when He prayed we would be one as He was one with His Father… (see John 17)

        I think we (the North American Church) have deified the bible and made it to be a god. It’s not. The Word is Jesus (see John 1).

        Jesus told us in John 5 that we can “search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life, and it is they that bear witness about me, yet you refuse to come to me that you may have life.” Essentially, you can look for life in scripture but you won’t find it there because Jesus is where life is found.

        The bible didn’t die for me, doesn’t love me, doesn’t know or care for me; all it can do is reveal the One who has saved and redeemed and restored me to righteousness through union in Christ.

        For me, The Mirror is brilliantly revealing the good news that you Lorraine are loved, that the Father is pleased with you tonight, that there is nothing you can do that would cause Him to leave you or forsake you. That even if you left Him, He would come running to you, that nothing, not death or life nor darkness or light, nothing can separate you from the love of God. (see Rom 8)

        I pray grace and joy and wonder over you tonight!

        If you want to read more about paraphrase bibles here is a great artcle

        https://afamilystory.org/2020/09/in-defense-of-paraphrase-bibles/

        Blessings!

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        • Tineke Ziemer

          Jason, as always, such a thoughtful, life-filled, loving response, straight from the heart of the Father. I was encouraged by your words today!

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          • Jason Clark

            Thanks, Tineke. You are such an encourager!
            By the way, the books went out yesterday, hopefully in time for Christmas. Lots of love and Merry Christmas from the Clarks!

          • Tineke Ziemer

            oooh! That is exciting news!

  2. Tineke Ziemer

    I was completely overcome with love from Holy Spirit during this podcast, just totally overwhelmed beyond words. The love that flows from this man is a gift. Thank you for this! I will be listening many times.

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    • Jason Clark

      Yeah, Francios is my favorite. But then I say that about every person who comes on the podcast 🙂

      Francios is a walking talking revelation of our Father’s affection. You can’t spend time with him and not know you are loved and enough. I truly think The Mirror is important work and am so thankful for him and Lydia!

      I’ve listened several times as well, its life-giving stuff!

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  3. Alex

    So.. It feels like the twilight zone. First: “the best news becomes irrelevant if someone feels excluded”, say what now? That’s blatantly heretical. The gospel gives us plenty of literally spelled out situations of people not wanting to know Jesus, the gospel or the truth etc. Partly because people don’t want to sacrifice, they usually want comfort and ease. So by God’s own words are people going to feel excluded. So francois du toit says the Bible is irrelevant. That’s not my opinion, that’s the logical conclusion of his own words.
    Secondly: that’s not what the Bible says in those verses…
    That’s why translations are done by teams of scholars, not by some novelist. There’s no resonating.
    I was interested in this bible, but the things that man believes and what I’ve read from his project.. How can this be ok? None of this is OK… Yes God is love, but also righteous, so that means there’s a measure, meaning it’s not inclusive.

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    • Jason Clark

      Hey Alex!

      Thanks for your thoughts. It seems we have a different perspective on the nature of Jesus and the cross.

      I approach everything, including scripture through the all-inclusive reconciliation of the cross. (God was reconciling the world not counting sins against us. See 2nd Cor 5:9)

      Therefore his quote is absolutely stunning to me. So, to address your first question, the “best news” the gospel of Jesus, is for everyone or it isn’t the “best news.” If there is exclusion taking place at the cross then it really is not the best news, is it?

      Second, I love the Bible and appreciate all the translations and paraphrases. And I am so thankful Jesus revealed how to interpret them by becoming the Word in the flesh.

      As to God’s righteousness, it is an expression of love or it isn’t righteousness. Jesus revealed God foundationally as Love. Any interpretation of righteousness outside of Love (perfectly revealed through Christ’s death and resurrection) is a flawed interpretation.

      Finally, I wonder if you have listened to the podcast? Your points seem to be made only from the quotes above. If that’s the case I would suggest you maybe listen before jumping to conclusions. I find that the context behind quotes often helps me have grace for different perspectives.

      Hope that helps.

      Blessings
      Jason

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