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  1. Our countries problems is not lawlessness, rape, murder, pornography, bribery and corruption, drunkenness, obesity, theft, fraud…

    Our countries greatest problem is the failure of the church, our black pastors in particular, to perceive and denounce the evil practice of polygamy (adultery), labola (the selling and purchasing of women in marriage), foreskin removal to attain manhood, and ancestral (demonic) consultation. The church is rife with this evil referring to it as her ‘culture’.
    The informed church, those who perceive the evil, are as guilty in their silence on these matter – hence, South Africa is in and will remain in a dire state of affairs until…

    ‘…my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and TURN FROM (THESE) THEIR WICKED WAYS; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.’ 2Ch 7:14

  2. Mike Taylor says:

    Firstly, thank you for launching this forum. I was perterbed though by one of your articles which speaks favourably of taking sjamboks and cleaning out a village. This is kangaroo court vigilantism. How on earth can we promote this as Godly manliness? Surely we should rather stand for the rule of law. Its ironic that your article appears in a week when police officials are appealing to people who were taking the law into their own hands to desist from doing so. Maybe caution is advised?

    • I respect your call for caution and certainly do not support vigilantism. There is however another perspective to this rather singular story. Crimes like rape and drug abuse thrive in an environment where Chrisitian men do not exercise spiritual leadership. This time, Christian men in a rural village got together and prayed. It appears that they were led to take up sjamboks. I did not hear that anybody was hurt. But apparently the village people were glad, which suggests the rape and drug abuse stopped. It might be that the sight of men with sjamboks in their hands, expressing righteous indignation, was enough to shake the criminals. When Jesus took up a whip to drive moneychangers out of the temple court we do not know whether He actually injured anybody. He certainly exercised righteous anger. And we know for sure that He always acted in love and in obedience to the will of His Father.

  3. Mike Taylor says:

    Andre, crimes like rape and drug abuse thrive even in Christian homes. Statistically Christian men are as likely to rape their daughters as atheists. Again this morning on TV, vigilantism was raised in PE. People are dying at the hands of vigilantes. If this is the message going out from the church, can we not see the connection? By implication you are underwriting the vigilantism happening right now. One wrong cannot fix another wrong. A call to take up sjamboks is vigilantism, and illegal. We should be encouraging people to support the SAPS, to volunteer as reservists. We should be using this space to guide victims to counsellors, to direct addicts to rehabilitation. Are we really interested in fixing the problem, caring for the broken, healing the sick, or do we just want to look macho?
    We also know that situations escalate. It may start as a scare tactic and go wrong. Those being threatened are also likely to respond, and people will get hurt.
    How does an average person read this article? Andre, you are making many assumptions which others will not make. Others will assume people got a righteous whipping that day, because that is the implication. Others will take a sjambok to their neighbours, even their wives or children, and feel justified by this article. And this article says Jesus says their action is alright. What about Jesus’ teaching to love those who hate you, to pray for those who persecute you, to bless those who curse you?
    Most likely this action in this village did not solve the problem, it just moved it to another village, because poverty persists, hopelessness persists, and violence perpetuates ever increasing violence.
    Rape is about power, so the community just became bigger bullies and are themselves now criminals.
    What if these rapists and druglords returned with guns and declared war? We have seen these situations escalate before.
    The irony to the John 2 story is that Jesus didn’t clean out the taverns or the tax booths. He cleaned out the Temple. Maybe we are starting our cleaning in the wrong place?
    Andre, this article undermines what the SAPS are saying, and has the potential to escalate violence in an already volatile situation.

    • Hennie Dippenaar says:

      My old friend from Benoni? he he he Good to read your stuff Mike.
      Have Fun