Naturalchurch is the blog of Tobie van der Westhuizen. Tobie is a Bible teacher and cartoonist (you can see some of his work here, an interview by fellow blogger Chris Lovie-Tyler here and his testimony here) who is passionate about Jesus Christ and natural church life. He is married to Revien and lives in Bloemfontein, South Africa. They are parents to nine kids (no kidding) and a few crazy pets. They are part of a church that meets in their house.

Tobie wrote a weekly column, The Straight and the Narrow, for a local newspaper called Bloemnews for many years. Some of those columns have ended up on this blog, and some may still find their way here.

For those who are interested in a biographical sketch of Tobie’s life, such a sketch is provided hereunder. See if you can figure it out… (If not, go here)

25 thoughts on “About

  1. Willie van Niekerk December 1, 2010 / 5:31 am

    “The Church has fallen away from the Truth in many ways, many pagan practices resulted in the great apostasy.” To name a few: Sunday keeping, relics, holy days. The Church has been impregnated with the “world-church system” that resembles a Christlike mind, but no Biblical Truth exists, merely a moral consciousness. The depth of the Truth is not present, and I trust that more will experience the quest for discovering significant Bible truth.

  2. Amazing Bible April 12, 2011 / 7:57 pm

    Hello Tobie,

    Even Jesus said this Mat 7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide [is] the gate, and broad [is] the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat.

    We would like to exchange links with you would you please contact us?

    Please also read our urgent message at:


    Jesus is coming soon, be ready!

  3. Henning October 24, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    Hey Dude, skryf ek nou op die regte plek? Ek het vandag eers jou enigste Afrikaanse stukkie oor die girl in die formalien gelees. Jy beter iets doen om voltyds sulke goed te skryf voordat jy in diep moeilikheid by die Koning is.

  4. naturalchurch October 25, 2011 / 5:40 am

    Dankie vir die bemoediging. Ek begeer niks meer as om presies dit te doen nie!

  5. revienwest November 3, 2011 / 5:21 pm

    Henning, ek stem saam met jou!

  6. dylancromhout November 10, 2011 / 9:10 am


    I have noticed that you do not have a “subscribe via email” widget in your widget area. Although I have followed you via wordpress, it would be nice to be notified of posts via email, which that widget facilitates. It is a default widget and easy to install and I am sure that if you install it, others who are not members of wordpress would also appreciate this option.

    Kind regards


  7. Gideon November 15, 2011 / 10:07 am

    Hi Tobie, I see you are from Bloem! I would like to meet you. We are are part of an group that is starting of as organic church.
    My email address: lootsgideon@gmail.com
    Please contact me:)

  8. Peter Newman October 16, 2012 / 4:44 pm

    Hi Tobie,

    I read with interest some of your blog postings. My wife and I were saved over forty years ago and have been involved in a number of house churches during that time. I thought you might also be interested in our website http://www.ChristCrucified.info which I hope encourages and strengthens your faith in Christ.

    In Christ’s love,
    Peter Newman

    • naturalchurch October 17, 2012 / 12:28 pm

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for the comment and visit to the blog. Your website is an absolute blessing and I will certainly visit it again. Some of your topics remind me of Norman Grubb’s writings. (I love his teaching on the 2 natures!). The need today is for an emphasis on the cross as Paul preached it, so thank you for your faithfulness. May the Lord bless your (his) work richly.

  9. Ken le Roux February 5, 2013 / 5:15 am

    Hello Tobie,

    Looking for your email address,
    Ken le Roux

  10. brywieb May 8, 2013 / 2:27 pm

    Tobie, I really enjoy your blog and creativity. what a poignant expression Father has seeded into you! Keep after it and keep your peace!

    • naturalchurch May 21, 2013 / 7:08 am

      Thanks for the comment and visit. I checked out your blog and would love to spend some more time there. There’s much that I resonate with.

  11. JACO tRUTER September 12, 2014 / 8:52 am

    Hi Tobie, great finding your blogspot (through Josh Lawsons ), seems weve been influenced by many of the same people.
    I would be very interested to know who you consider the author of Hebrews to be, and your reasons ?

  12. naturalchurch September 12, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Hi Jaco. Thanks for the comment. And yes, I committed myself to writing a post on the authorship of Hebrews. So I’lll get cracking. If I reveal my suspicions in this regard without all the supporting evidence it’ll be somewhat of a senseless conclusion and a real spoiler. So I will refrain. But I’m hoping to publish the whole thing soon.

  13. JACO tRUTER September 15, 2014 / 8:57 am

    Hi Tobie, I cant wait…… !

  14. JACO tRUTER September 17, 2014 / 6:24 am

    Morning Tobie, I know I should rather wait, but cant…..do you think the author is the apostle John??Just yah or nay, and I will wait for your article !!(I promise ) LOL, Kind Regards, Jaco.

  15. naturalchurch September 17, 2014 / 2:26 pm

    Hi Jaco. Seems that you have also been pondering this issue:) But no, John is not the one I have in mind. I think the words in 2:3 “It was declared at first by the Lord, and it was attested to us by those who heard…” make him an unlikely candidate, especially when compared to his own words in 1 John 1:1-3.

  16. JACO tRUTER September 29, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Hi Tobie,You are quite correct there,the author appears to be (Hebrews2:3-4) a “2nd generation believer “, and not one of the original 12. Why I hazarded this guess was because of currently looking at the Johannine word “monogenes ” for only=begotten, which apart from Johns writings , only appears once in Hebrews relating to Isaac..
    I promise to now be very patient and wait for your article !

  17. JACO tRUTER August 4, 2015 / 11:34 am

    hey Tobie..when are we going to see that article about Hebrews ???

    • naturalchurch August 6, 2015 / 6:17 am

      Hi Jaco – the article ended up becoming a book (which has progressed nicely, btw), but then a writing contract of a different nature (with a looming deadline) came my way – and so Hebrews is temporarily back on ice. But I am anxious to finish it, believe me!

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