Report Back on NIRSA
From 22-23 April 2008 hundreds of South Africa church leaders gathered at the Birchwood Conference Centre in Boksburg. The National Initiative for the Reformation of South Africa (NIRSA) had been convened by Michael Cassidy, the Founder of African Enterprise and Rev. Moss Ntlha, the General Secretary of the Evangelical Alliance of SA.
An Urgent Call for Prayer and Action
The invitation letter of 5 April 2008 requested “that you attend an urgently convened consultation relating to the very serious situation prevailing in our country at this time. Our intention is to come before the Lord to seek His face in this regard at this critical moment in our history. We believe that it is a matter of urgency that we do so…the moral and ethical decline in the country…the nation has shifted toward a crisis of serious proportions. This crisis has dimensions which are spiritual, moral, political and social. In fact, so serious are these realities, that many in the country have reached a precarious tipping point into despair and hopelessness in recent months. And those who do not feel these emotions have come at least to a place of very profound concern and anxiety…In the light of the seriousness of our situation we feel justified in making this urgent call…Will you therefore pray about this with all urgency and seriousness…”
“If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Is there such a thing as national guilt? Should we take part in a National Day of Repentance?
Africa Christian Action has been organising National Days of Repentance in South Africa for the last 11 years. Every 1 February ACA marks the anniversary of the legalisation of abortion in South Africa by hiring a hearse and marching in mourning clothes, carrying little coffins, crosses, flowers and simple placards stating: Abortion Kills Babies. A huge Pro-Life trailer brings up the rear of the funeral procession marking the milestones of life in the womb and declaring how many babies have been killed so far through abortion in South Africa. The Scriptures are also boldly quoted on the trailer:
“Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves.” Proverbs 31:8 and
“Now CHOOSE LIFE so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:19
When the procession reaches Parliament a Prayer Vigil is held where Scriptures are read, Hymns are sung and Psalms and Prayers of Repentance are prayed for the national sin of abortion.
During the Reclaiming Africa for Christ Biblical Worldview Summit, the Deputy Director of Frontline Fellowship, Charl van Wyk, and Creation Science lecturer Philip Stott, were held up in an attempted hijacking at Khayelitsha while en-route to record a radio programme.
While two thugs pointed their automatic pistols at Uncle Philip threatening and manhandling him, Charl drew his pistol and opened fire, sending the assailants scurrying for cover.
Charl then came under fire from a third assailant who was concealed by the side of the road. By God’s grace, our speakers and vehicle escaped the attempted hijacking and ambush unharmed. Our people have laid charges of attempted murder, hijacking and robbery with the local police. We praise the Lord for His protection, that no lives were lost.
“Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, the Restorer of Streets to dwell in.” Isaiah 59:12
That we live in a broken world should be obvious to anyone. That our fallen world needs changing is beyond question. When our newspapers and films glamourise immorality, undermine traditional family values and encourage selfishness, greed and lust; when criminals escape justice by legal technicalities; when half the world suffers under totalitarian dictatorships and persecution; when pornography, perversion, abortions, terrorism and the occult are increasing – then we must know that this is a broken world that needs to be changed.
When Taryn went to Parliament, on 13 November, to present the Christian Action Network submission concerning the controversial “Choice on Termination of Pregnancy Amendment Bill”, she was berated by the Chairman of the Health Portfolio Committee for “an unauthorized display”! What the Chairman of the Health Portfolio Committee, James Ngculu was objecting to, was a small model of a pre-born baby at twenty weeks after conception. Taryn had placed this small model on her desk and lifted it up and referred to it when mentioning the world’s most premature living baby, Amillia Sonya Taylor, who was born after less than 22 weeks in the womb. At birth, the baby was only slighter longer than a ballpoint pen. Taryn pointed out that the model in her hand was the almost the same size and age as this example of viability outside the womb - even for such a prematurely born baby.
We are living in a time of crisis, chaos, crime and corruption. Yet all too many in our churches are confused, cowardly and compromising.
During a recent mission trip throughout the country I learned of many disturbing developments, farm murders, land invasions, endemic crime and corruption, the break down of services and erosion of the very foundations of civilisation. My son, Calvin, and I learned a lot about our nation’s history and heritage as we visited mission stations, schools, churches, battle sites and museums. We also learned much about the many different facets of the crisis confronting our country.
Adopted at Reclaiming Africa for Christ
Biblical Worldview Summit
42 Articles of the Essentials of a Christian Worldview
Delegates from as far afield as Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, from all over South Africa, and from France and the USA participating in the Reclaiming Africa for Christ Biblical Worldview Summit at Mizpah near Cape Town, South Africa, adopted The 42 Articles of the Essentials of a Christian Worldview.
This document, The Essentials of a Christian Worldview, incorporates 2,000 years of the Church’s orthodox, historically accepted theology and touches on a full range of theological and philosophical points necessary to outline the Biblical Worldview. It has been described as one of the most detailed, comprehensive, yet concise statement of the Biblical Worldview yet produced.
“Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
When a “Sexpo” was advertised to take place in the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Africa Christian Action launched a campaign to expose and oppose this. Through a vigorous letter to the editor campaign, letters to the Mayor, many phone calls, e-mailings and radio programmes, Taryn Hodgson, Charl van Wyk and Dr. Peter Hammond alerted Christians in Cape Town and sought to mobilise opposition to this outrageous event.
Many contacts of ACA reported back on replies that they had received from the Mayor’s office, and on letters to the editor published in their community newspapers. Some outraged citizens ripped down posters of the Sexpo. Other posters were defaced or had pro-family stickers placed on them. All over town bumper stickers declared: Real men don’t use porn; Pornography ruins a mind, and other slogans in Afrikaans and Xhosa.
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The new Firearm Control Act (FCA) has been described as taking away the right to self-defence, infringing on property rights, rights of privacy, and other infringements of constitutional rights. Under the Firearm Control Act a firearm owner can be presumed guilty until he proves himself innocent. The FCA provides for search and seizure without a warrant, and extraordinary penalties for otherwise law-abiding citizens who may have infringed on the excessive demands of the FCA. Is self-defence a right or a privilege? The present South African government seems to think that self-defence is a privilege for the few, not a right of all.
A major battle in the World War of Worldviews is developing on the University of Stellenbosch. Stellenbosch University is recognised as one of the most important universities in the country. Most of the prime ministers and presidents of South Africa in the 20th century came from this university.
An incredible media campaign has been launched against a prominent Christian church on campus which, according to the Sunday Argus (4/11/07), is an “evil” “cult”, “brain washing”, “impressionable students.”