Prayer and Praise Update May 2014
By God’s Grace, 2 Christian parties have been able to retain their seats in Parliament – the ACDP with three seats and the Freedom Front with 4 seats. The ACDP won one seat in the Western Cape. The Freedom Front won seats in the provincial legislatures in Gauteng, Free State and Northwest.
Failure of Most Christians to Vote Their Values
The election results reflect once again the shallow and superficial understanding that most Christians have of the Bible. Most do not have a Biblical Worldview of civil government. Very few churches are doing anything to teach their congregations the Lordship of Christ in all areas of life or Biblical Principles for every area of life. Please consider inviting Africa Christian Action to run a Biblical Worldview Seminar for your congregation.
Obtain a copy of Biblical Principles for Africa (also available in Afrikaans).
Biblical Issues Voters’ Guide
In the run up to the National Elections (7 May), in addition to many e-mailings and social media posts, we distributed 15 000 printed copies of our Voters’ Guides in English, Afrikaans and Zulu. Many people viewed and downloaded Voters’ Guides from the www.SAvotersguide.org website. The Voters Guide sparked much debate about pro-life and pro-family issues and the Biblical role of civil government on social media.
Religious Freedoms at Risk
Apparently, according to the SAHRC, sexual rights activists and their cheerleaders in the media, Christian citizens do not have the right to decline to host or participate in same-sex "weddings" – especially if the reasons are based on their religious beliefs and convictions!
In 2006, the then Minister of Home Affairs, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula insisted no Christian would be compelled to participate in same-sex Civil Unions if it violated their religious convictions.
Prosecuting Christians for Conscience and Convictions
Since then, several cases of discrimination have been lodged with the SAHRC and the Equality Court – primarily against Christians for declining to participate in same-sex civil unions.
Three Cases Currently Under Investigation by the SA Human Rights Commission
There are 3 cases against Christians of "discrimination against homosexuals" currently being investigated by SA Human Rights Commission.
The SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is conducting a probe after the owners of Kilcairn farm near Wellington withdrew permission for a lesbian couple to be married there. Alarmingly, the commission launched their own initiative investigation after becoming aware of the incident on social media.
Thankfully, according to a news report, the lesbian couple have refused to co-operate with the probe. "In the absence of witnesses who were party to the alleged incident, the SAHRC is unable to proceed," Mangena said.
In another case, the Christian owners of The House of Bread Guesthouse in Wolseley, Western Cape faced a hearing in the Equality Court in Bellville on 14 April 14 for choosing not to host a gay couple in November 2013.
The court hearing followed an investigation by the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) following a complaint by the gay couple after they were declined a room at The House of Bread guesthouse.
Adoption agencies are under investigation for preferring to place babies up for adoption with heterosexual married couples. The Director of Abba Adoptions has asked that this issue is not publicised until the Department of Social Development has discussed the matter with the SAHRC. The SAHRC will be dealing directly with the Department of Social Development and not with specific adoptions agencies. The allegations of discrimination have been made from overseas and were specifically about inter-country adoption policy and not local adoptions.
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20
Hate Speech Bill
The Hate Speech Bill which could be tabled in Parliament soon, will potentially make it a “hate crime” to say that the practice of homosexuality is sinful according to the Bible. Pastors who preach according to the Scripture may find themselves arrested and upon conviction, be fined, or imprisoned.
Thirteen years ago Africa Christian Action published the landmark book: The Pink Agenda - Sexual Revolution in South Africa and the Ruin of the Family, warning that their agenda was to work towards "homosexual marriages". At that time, the gay community vigorously denied that this was their plan.
Radical Social Engineering
The Pink Agenda documented, from the homosexual's own writings, that they had a radical social engineering project, not merely to have the deviant declared normal, but to have the normal declared deviant. The stated goal of radical homosexuals is to force all of society - beginning in primary schools - to conform to sexual deviancy.
At the time, the homosexual community denied that they had any intention to attack the traditional family and attempt to redefine the basic building block of society - Christian marriage. Now the homosexual agenda is plain for all to see.
Joshua Generation Church in Cape Town is also battling anti-Christian groups and the SAHRC for teaching the Biblical view of child discipline. The atheist group empowered by the SAHRC is demanding JoshGen apologise and refrain from teaching the Scriptural view of child discipline.
Amendments to the Children’s Act will make it illegal for parents to spank their children. Parents will be forced to undergo parenting programmes that will prescribe to them how they must raise their children.
Cape Town Pro-life Activist Gets Another Court Summons
Gateway News reports: Resolute Christian pro-life activist Peter Throp has been issued with another summons by the City of Cape Town — this time for parking his ‘pro-life mobile’ outside Marie Stopes abortion clinic in Bree Street, Cape Town on Tuesday morning (March 4, 2014).
The Cape Town High Court today (Friday, March 7, 2014) upheld an appeal by Christian pro-life activist Peter Throp against a conviction in February last year for damaging property by placing pro-life stickers over illegal abortion stickers. The City of Cape Town hounded and threatened him for months, and the Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, ignored his appeal for them to rather join him in protecting women from the illegal abortionists. In February, 2013, a Cape Town magistrate sentenced him to a fine of R5 000 or 3 months imprisonment suspended for 5 years.
The latest move by the City to curb Throp's pro-life campaigning came just days before his appeal hearing in the Cape Town High Court (Friday, March 7) against his conviction, in February 2013, for damaging municipal property by placing pro-life stickers over illegal abortion stickers. In that matter a Cape Town magistrate fined him R5 000 or three months imprisonment suspended for five years.
In this summons, the City says that it inspected his car in front of Marie Stopes at 6.30am on Tuesday, and found that he has contravened Section B of the Outdoor Advertising and Signage By-Law because he has not obtained written approval for the pro-life signage on the vehicle. The signage includes the statements "Abortion is evil", "Value Life", "Silence on abortion is not golden, it is yellow", "Expose lies, lift up truth" and "Isaiah 5:20 'Woe to those who call evil good and good evil…'"
Throp says he has sought legal advice regarding the latest summons. However, he observes that his intensive daily weekday prayer campaign in front of Marie Stopes has been running for just three months short of four years, during which time he has made more than 900 trips to the abortuary.
Please remain vigilant in prayer and action against any attempts to limit religious freedom.
We are very grateful for your prayers in this fight for the Faith, the Family and our Future.
"Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?" Psalm 94:16
Africa Christian Action
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Tel: 021-689 4481