"If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." John 8:31-32
1. In the Bible freedom always means the liberty to obey God. It is the freedom to know God's will and to do it. Biblical freedom is therefore within the safe boundaries of the Law of God.
"Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father who is in Heaven."
Matthew 7:21 (John 8:32; Romans 8:2; Genesis 1:28.)
These statistics are just some of the facts revealed in the latest report from the Ministry of Safety and Security.
No, of course not, I think we should leave politics to the Pagans and the Atheists. Otherwise we would have nothing to complain about! And we would far rather complain than actually do something positive!
THE WHOLE GOSPEL
How tragic if we feed the hungry, but not tell them of the Bread of Life.
How futile to house the homeless, but not tell them of the Father's house in which are many mansions.
How inadequate to build wells, but not to tell them of the Living Water.
How ineffective to clothe the naked, but not to tell them of the robes of righteousness that can only come through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ.
The South African Constitution, whilst containing many positive provisions, guarantees every liberal freedom and so-called right currently being debated in the Western World. Constitutions of nations such as the United States are being reinterpreted by their judiciaries to allow for abortion and to open the debate surrounding issues such as 'sexual orientation'. But South Africa's Constitution explicitly guarantees all these 'rights'. All legislation passed since 1996 is measured against the secular humanistic values enshrined in the Constitution. South Africans have consequently seen a rising tide of immorality sweep the nation.
Almost on a daily basis Christians are faced with legislation that directly opposes our Judeo-Christian ethos.
There is a growing worldwide war against Christianity. Last year, over 160,000 Christians were killed for their faith. Christians have been beaten, imprisoned and killed for the crime of being a Christian in Red China. In Sudan, Christians have been bombed, massacred and sold into slavery. In Indonesia, Muslim mobs have wiped out entire villages of Christians, burning down many hundreds of churches.
Christians have been targeted and assassinated in Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. Missionaries in various parts of the world have been kidnapped, murdered and, in India, even burned alive by a mob of Hindu militants.
There was a time, not so long ago, when Christians were known to be people of integrity who could be trusted to keep their word. So pervasive was the Christian ethic that verbal agreements were binding and sufficient. Burglar bars, alarms and security gates were unknown and unnecessary. Women and children could walk alone at night without fear or danger. What happened?
"Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts … let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream"
Amos 5:15, 24
"Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people."
We in South Africa are at a critical point. Both church and society are facing a multitude of serious crises that threaten not only our freedoms, but our very lives.
An ominous arsenal of potentially anti-Christian legislation, affecting almost every area of life, have either been railroaded through parliament, slipped through by stealth legislation, or are in the process of being approved by the legislature. The implications of these laws and acts are ominous and far-reaching.
Over 1,700 white farmers have been murdered in the last 11 years, yet the Commandos are being dismantled. For over two and a half centuries the Commandos have provided security for remote farmsteads. Now this protection is being removed. At the same time, the new Firearms Control Act, which is seen in many circles as a prelude to the disarmament of many civilians, is making it increasingly difficult for any civilian to obtain a firearm for self-defense.