IS THERE NOTHING GOOD TO REPORT ON NELSON MANDELA?YOUR MANDELA DAY AND THE MAKING OF A NEW RELIGION IS A GREAT ANALYSIS OF MANDELA’S SINS AND MISDEEDS, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SINS OF APARTHEID?
Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your letter. I always appreciate critical feedback.
With the incredible mass marketing campaign and international idolatry surrounding the Mandela myth and legend, shepherds of the flock must speak out. We are seeing the making of a new religion and it is dangerous to the souls of those who get swept up into it.
Like every other personality cult, whether worshipping the pharaohs, or the chairman of the Communist Party in the Soviet Union, or worshipping Hollywood idols, sports idols, or music idols, all idolatry is an offense before God and a snare to our souls.
There is no need for me to say anything more about apartheid when it has been dead and gone for over two decades. My opposition to apartheid was vocal and clear when it was the ruling ideology in our country. Our Mission has been a multiracial Mission from the very beginning. Our very first Frontline Fellowship camp in Somerset West, was broken up and we were evicted for being a multiracial group!
You can read my book: Renaissance or Reformation and other publications that deal with the time when apartheid was relevant. However, it takes no courage to kick a dead dog.
The issues at this time are secular humanism, radical Islam and, in this case, the Mandela myth and cult.
When Elijah was condemning Baal worship on Mount Carmel, I do not recall that he listed any of the positive aspects of the false prophets of Baal, or of Baal, or Asherah worship. In fact I do not recall any of the Gospel writers listing some of the positive achievements of Pontius Pilate or of Caesar of Rome.
Is there any need for us to add to the incredible mythology and extravagant claims of the Mandela mythmaking media?
Opposing one evil does not suggest that one supports the alternative evil.
I have dedicated most of my life, over 35 years, to Missions, serving Black Christians throughout Africa, at risk of my life.
When Nelson Mandela was president, he summoned me to the president’s mansion. We spent an hour discussing openly our concerns for the direction he was taking the country. I challenged him directly over the legalisation of vices, such as: gambling, prostitution, pornography, and, most seriously of all, abortion. Mr Mandela warmly shook my hand and congratulated me for my honesty and forthrightness in speaking straight. He declared: "I am glad to meet an honest white man!" He declared that he would always be open to my concerns and that his door would always be open to me. I have no animosity for Nelson Mandela. I prayed with him and have regularly prayed for him, sincerely.
However, as a Christian, and Minister of the Gospel, it is my duty before Almighty God to oppose abortion, pornography, prostitution, perversion, homosexual marriages, human trafficking, and idolatry. Nelson Mandela has now become a multi-billion dollar industry and I am sure that all who are aware of it are sickened by the sight of all the media vultures and the legal squabbles over his fortune and brand names.
If you have been receiving our Frontline Fellowship e-mailings you will notice that most of our articles deal with speaking up for the persecuted Church, proclaiming the Gospel, Missionary concerns, Biblical Worldview issues, and contemporary issues.
At this particular time, deluged as we are with Mandela Day propaganda and mythology, a Biblical response is essential. To be silent on such a prominent movement would be dereliction of duty to the Lord.
May God abundantly bless, guide and strengthen you.
Yours for the fulfilment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond