Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you for your letter in response to our article Mandela Day and the Making of a New Religion. We do appreciate critical feedback.
To answer your question: Yes! I do love Nelson Mandela.
Of course, I love our Lord Jesus Christ more.
I spent an hour with Nelson Mandela when he was president, discussing with him the Scriptures and challenged him concerning his policies and his personal relationship with the Lord, and prayed with him.
What made you think that I did not have Christian love towards Mandela?
To oppose idolatry is a Biblical command. It is not unloving to warn of the dangers of idolatry.
The Second Commandment is the only Commandment where God implies that those who break it hate him. To worship a false God, to make anything, or anyone, more important than God, to present praise, adoration, or worship, to any other than the Creator and Eternal Judge is the greatest sin of all.
Throughout the Bible commandments and warnings against idolatry are the most repeated of all. There are more denunciations of idolatry than any other sin in the Bible.
I have devoted my life to Missions. I have spent most of the last 35 years of my life sharing the Gospel, distributing hundreds-of-thousand of Bibles and millions of Gospel booklets and tracts throughout Africa, energetically seeking to win Africa for Christ.
May God continue to bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond