Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Thank you very much for your letter sent via Africa Christian Action.
Thank you for your constructive criticism. It is appreciated. Thank you also for your encouragement.
We most certainly have spoken out frequently against racism and there are numerous published articles in which I condemned Apartheid, including in our book – South Africa – Renaissance or Reformation? published by UCA in 1999. You will notice that in ourVoters Guides and on the Savotersguide.com website one of questions we ask concerning each party is: “Does the party discriminate on the basis of race?” (Numbers 15:15; Leviticus 19:15; Luke 10:27; Galatians 3:28).
From the time I was converted in 1977 I sought fellowship and ministry in black and coloured churches, in the Cape Flats, in Swaziland, Mozambique, Angola and Namibia. I was severely criticized by my home church for violating Apartheid regulations by going into townships without police permits, spending nights in black areas, etc. On a number of occasions I was interrogated by various security agencies, including the security police, military intelligence and NIS. The previous government regarded much of my work with suspicion as I was regularly going into black countries such as Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola and some of our literature was described as “seditious.”
One of the first camps organised by Frontline Fellowship was disrupted when the AFM Pinkster Park near Somerset West ordered the non-white members of our Fellowship to leave the campsite. I insisted that we all leave in protest against this discrimination. That was back in 1985.
I chose to go to a multi-racial theological college back in the early 80’s when this was very unfashionable and regarded with suspicion by many. Instead of going to the Baptist Theological Seminary in Johannesburg, I went to the Baptist Theological College in Cape Town (Athlone) – what was regarded as “the coloured college”. As I was training for missions, it made sense to me to have a cross-cultural theological training.
But it would appear that neither this background, nor my 26 years of missionary working seeking to help black Christians as far afield as Nigeria and Sudan are sufficient to protect me from insinuations of racism because I oppose the immorality of the ANC government.
Just as under the old regime opposition to the National Party could be dismissed by accusing the opponent of being “communists,” it would appear that in the new regime, opposition to the ANC can be dismissed by accusing the opponents of “racism.”
There is no racism in our mission, and our marches to Parliament have been thoroughly multi-racial.
Similarly, I don’t know what picture you can have of me waving the old SA flag, as I cannot recall doing so since 1994. I most certainly have marched to Parliament with the International Christian Flag (the white flag with red cross on blue square). At our mission house we fly the Christian flag prominently. What is the date of this picture you have? If it purports to be a recent picture, what is its source? Has it been doctored up and the Christian flag replaced with an old SA flag?
I think you are mistaken to describe any of our pronouncements as “hate speech.” It is completely appropriate to describe Marxist mass murderers as Marxist mass murderers. For that is objectively what they are. Communists who in the name of Marxist social theory butcher thousands of people cannot be adequately described as social deviants or merely misguided politicians.
It is also completely appropriate to give special mention to Mugabe’s Communist Zimbabwe, as it is our immediate neighbour. And as the politicians who u was responding to were unleashing their hate speech against Christians and Christianity. They were on record as having supported Robert Mugabe, not only verbally, but financially, practically and in every other way.
Of course, we don’t hate the people of Zimbabwe. We love them, and every year we smuggle in many tons of food, agricultural tools and seed, medicines, etc to some of the most desperately needy people on the planet.
Yes, of course, I believe in loving our enemies. That is what I have been seeking to do for nearly 30 years. And I haven’t just been talking about loving our enemies, I have risked my life many hundreds of times going into Communist terrorist camps to show the Jesus film, to preach the Gospel, distribute Gospel literature, evangelise in war zones, including taking the Gospel to SWAPO, ANC, PLO, ZANU, ZAPU, Frelimo, MPLA, APLA, PAC, etc and other assorted Marxist and Muslim “enemies.”
For me loving our enemies is not some academic theory, but a practical lifestyle.
Similarly, when I speak of Marxist mass murderers, I am speaking of what I have thoroughly researched, personally observed, and irrefutably documented. I have walked knee deep and waist high in corpses in churches filled with victims of Marxist mass murder. I have seen the inside of Marxist prison camps and prisons, as a captive. I have witnessed, and experienced, aerial and artillery bombardments of churches, including during Sunday services. I have seen the mass graves, interviewed and received eyewitness testimony from the survivors, from as far afield as Poland in the North, down to Mozambique in the South.
We are called to love our neighbours, this includes our pre-born unseen neighbours. Those who do not want to deal with the facts we are bringing forth, prefer to attack the messengers, attacking the person, instead of dealing with the issues.
You would find it hard to believe the intensity of the hate speech we receive from homosexuals, Marxists, abortionists, etc for seeking to speak up for the victims of their policies.
May the Lord continue to lead you into all truth.
Yours life and liberty
Dr. Peter Hammond