UPDATED: Say YES if this is what you want for South Africa — Arno van Niekerk

Dr Arno van Niekerk.

Economist, author and public speaker Dr Arno van Niekerk has launched an innovative campaign to give South African Christians an opportunity to speak with a united voice about what they want for the country.

In an initiative which he says was inspired by God “out of the blue”, he asked about 200 Christian leaders around SA to list 10 principles/focus points that would be their highest priority if a Christian government took office.

“The correlation was great. Most of the leaders identified the very same values,” he said.

Now he has launched a social media campaign in which SA Christians are asked to respond with a YES if they agree with the leaders’ 10 points of consensus which are listed below.

Gateway News invites you to respond by commenting on this article with a YES if you agree with the 10 points. To comment, scroll down at the end of the story and type your response in the comments area. The closing date for responding is Sunday February 10. (UPDATE: The closing date was extended by Van Niekerk due to the strong response to his consensus campaign with over 25 000 YES votes in a week and responses still streaming in).

Please also help to give Christians a voice now, ahead of the elections, by sharing this article with as many other believers as possible.

“Your response is needed to unify the Christian voice in SA. We are the ONLY group with enough numbers to change SA this very year,” says Van Niekerk.

“Let’s get millions participating,” he says.

The response of SA Christians will be taken to political leaders, he says.

But, for now, the priority is “for the voice of the people to be heard”.

“Let’s get millions participating. This is only the beginning.”

Please read the list below, and comment YES if you agree. And please share the article.

Christian Consensus in SA:

1. Zero tolerance for crime
(no corruption, no rape and no discrimination; end all murders; severe & fair legal action)

2. Government fully accountable to the people
(proper service delivery; clean, transparent & inclusive governance; effective system)

3. Peace, not war
(healing the nation (love); true reconciliation & restitution; ethical nation-building; taking care of the vulnerable; protect cultural identities)

4. Leadership that honours God
(servant leaders unashamed of faith; skilled, integrity, humility & inspired vision; self-disciplined)

5. Laws that glorify God
(laws that don’t contradict the Bible; Constitution that pays due respect to Almighty God; judicial independence; strong police, army & immigration control)

6. Biblical family values
(husband, wife & children; staying faithful; sexual purity; centrality & unity of households in society)

7. Sanctity of life
(respect all forms of life; no abortion; quality medical care)

8. Inclusive & productive economy
(job creation; ending poverty & inequality; resource stewardship & agriculture a major priority to all; support entrepreneurship; eco-friendly and -efficiency; reduced debt levels)

9. High-quality education to all
(parent control, good discipline & learning environments; basic skills; uproot liberal agenda; empower & create opportunities for the youth; become tech wise)

10. Religious freedom & no communism
(religious rights & private ownership; church’s voice to be heard more; freedom of speech).

update

Brothers & sisters, there is a spiritual battle for the heart and soul of South Africa going on. Only God’s people know how to fight the good fight of faith and win. Evil will be uprooted if we UNITE! It’s time for light to expel darkness in SA! You’ll be updated about the developments that are going to unfold now that Christians’ Voices are started to be united – officially. We are millions; the voice of millions can no longer be silenced!

In only a week I have received 25858 YES’s of support for the Christian Consensus in SA. Since responses are still streaming in, the deadline is extended to 10 Feb. 2019. After that, we will finalise the data to take it to party leaders and present it to them with the request of forming something like a Christian Coalition/Alliance based on the 10 Points of Consensus. This will give more substance to our votes and give a real possibility of bringing a huge surprise upset (in a positive way) in the Elections and thereafter. The people are speaking and leaders must listen. UNITY is the only way forward if we want to see a fullscale turn-around in SA.

?Apart from these points being an instrument to unite Christians, the good news is that if these very same 10 Points are successfully implemented, South Africa is changed!

⏱So the time has come for God’s people to speak up and stand together for true change!
Please pray intensively for breakthroughs to come and spread the 10 Points like wild fire!??
Every Christian in SA must have an opportunity to say YES!
(send YES to 082 608 5711).

ARISE, people of God!
All to His glory!
Dr Arno van Niekerk

274 Comments

  1. YES

  2. Yes

  3. YES indeed!

  4. Karin van Straten

    YES YES

  5. I say YES

  6. Freddy Heydenrych

    YES

  7. Yes!!

  8. YES ACDP already!

  9. YES

  10. Yes

  11. Yes

  12. Yes

  13. ‘n groot JA!

  14. Yes

  15. YES

  16. YES

  17. Chris van der walt

    Yes

  18. Photlodi Athlonia Tenten

    Yes and Chilli Greetings from Germany

  19. Petro Van der Walt

    Yes

  20. YES

  21. Yes

  22. Yes

  23. I find it difficult to give a blanket answer YES or NO, so offer this nuanced consideration following the HW below ….
    Christian Consensus in SA:
    1. Zero tolerance for crime
    (no corruption, no rape and no discrimination; end all murders; severe & fair legal action) HW: This is too ideal to be practical. These sins will only be abolished in the new heavens and new earth. Rev 21:27; 22:14,15. What we must do now is to promise that we will aim for Justice in the trials of all accused of these crimes.
    2. Government fully accountable to the people
    (proper service delivery; clean, transparent & inclusive governance; effective system) HW These are excellent ideals. But HOW do we the people hold the Government fully accountable?
    3. Peace, not war
    (healing the nation (love); true reconciliation & restitution; ethical nation-building; taking care of the vulnerable; protect cultural identities) HW Yes, This is worth aiming for, but realistically HOW will we accomplish this? Not even all Church leaders are ethical.
    4. Leadership that *honours God
    (servant leaders *unashamed of faith; skilled, integrity, humility & inspired vision; self-disciplined) HW These are worthy goals, but * marks those that require prior conversion to Christian discipleship; Must we require this qualification of all politicians? That is not possible. The Old South Africa wrote ‘submission to God’ into its Constitution – but it didn’t work!
    5. Laws that glorify God
    (laws that don’t contradict the Bible; Constitution that pays due respect to Almighty God; judicial independence; strong police, army & immigration control) HW “don’t contradict the Bible” is difficult to apply. The Bible says boys must be circumcised on the 8th day, and we must not eat German blood-sausage, and we must worship at Jerusalem … The Old South Africa wrote ‘submission to God’ into its Constitution – but it didn’t work!

    6. Biblical family values
    (husband, wife & children; staying faithful; sexual purity; centrality & unity of households in society) HW I agree, these are worthy ideals. But HOW do we legislate them? What do we do to people who are not sexually pure – stone them? We live in an unregenerate society so how can we force compliance with ideal moral standards?
    7. Sanctity of life
    (respect all forms of life; no abortion; quality medical care)HW “respect all forms of life” is vague – can’t I kill a fly? Must I go Buddhist? And HOW can we ensure “quality medical care”? National Health Insurance? I would like to add No Euthanasia.
    8. Inclusive & productive economy
    (job creation; ending poverty & inequality; resource stewardship & agriculture a major priority to all; support entrepreneurship; eco-friendly and -efficiency; reduced debt levels) HW HOW will these miracles be achieved? Be practical and help us by describing HOW we will ‘end poverty and inequality’. This is current political rhetoric. What new solutions can Christians provide?
    9. High-quality education to all
    (parent control, good discipline & learning environments; basic skills; uproot liberal agenda; empower & create opportunities for the youth; become tech wise) HW HOW can these ideals be realised, given the population explosion and lack of personal discipline even among Christians?
    10. Religious freedom & no communism
    (religious rights & private ownership; church’s voice to be heard more; freedom of speech).HW This clauses mixes Religion and Economics. HOW does one balance private ownership with unselfishness? Communism today is so different to that of the Soviet era. The SACP has promoted the fight against Corruption – is that bad? The “Church’s Voice” is not unified, so which “voice” must be heard? Freedom of Speech – even evil speech, e.g. inciting violence, racism??

    • Amein! Each individual need make a serious effort to stand in complete obedience before The Almighty in respect towards their loved once and acquaintances. AND PARENTS…stop relying in education structures and churches to teach your child biblical principals…Put off the TV and put down your phone and spend time with your children around the Word. Keep Shabbat Holy as it is the only day our Creator blessed and announced it Holy. Its not okay to open and close a meeting with prayer but you don’t honor your wife or think its cool standing with a beer or smoke while proclaiming Him as your Lord and Saviour…your Abba Father.

      It all starts at home.

  24. If I could perhaps offer a suggestion. It would be impractical to scroll through e.g. 10,000 names on this Web page just to add one’s own name. Rather create a Website with a database on which people can add their names easily. Then just add the link to the Website on this page. There are Websites/utilities available for exactly this sort of thing.

  25. Yes to Christ’s reign

  26. Hugh how did Israelites walk through the red sea. N million other miracles Etc etc etc …..

    Kobus you’re right.

  27. Agree

  28. Princess Chantal Revell

    Yes

  29. Yes

  30. Yes

  31. Yes most definitely

  32. Yes

  33. Let’s do this.
    If we don’t start with high standards we will get less than what we hope for.
    We must push our demands as hard as other parties push theirs, but with the emphasis on building up and not breaking down.
    We don’t want to get embroiled in conflict but to keep on pointing the way to real workable solutions for all SA citizens, challenging others to join in or come up with something better that serves best interests for a prosperous nation, not just to prosper a minority of greedy manipulators who seek to divide by creating conflict and conquer financially while everyone else is squabbling over the issues that are not possible to solve through conflict.
    We can only build something together when we are not fighting each other.
    The battle is for the success of the nation through workable solutions, and not the winning of arguments that lead to more conflict. We need progress not regress. If one wins a political argument but the win breaks down the economy and does not build it up it should be a felony against the people. Thise who incite violence and inspire racial hatred should be dealt with swiftly.
    The reason we have so much racism is because we have so little justice. Those who inspire racism through stoking the fires thereof with inflamatory words and programmes are the real enemies of the people of SA. There can be no true peace without a well functioning justice system that is impartial and stands only on the side of justice. The state and justice departments should be totally separated and any threat to the judges should be equal to a threat against the whole nation.
    Equal scales for all in every matter.
    Inspiration for teachers, leaders, business owners and politicians, etc. to be like heros who serve their country and communities with the heart to build in both the material and emotional arenas at the same time.
    Build, build, build. We need to reconstruct what has been damaged and build a new future. The vision is for a united South Africa that seeks to build one another and then build together.
    Only then will God’s great outpouring of favour come on this nation.

  34. YES – Yes for real equality, NO BEE!

  35. YES

  36. Yes only Jesus can change our hearts and this country

  37. Yes for Jesus, Gods authority over SA and Africa, Turn to God through Holy Spirit.
    Please unite ALL CHRISTIAN LEADERS

  38. Yes

  39. This only showed up today, 4th February. Too late to comment!
    Please consider redoing the whole thing differently.

  40. I had a what’s app to say that the date for comments was extended to 10th February.
    No 1 – not quite realistic.
    No 10 should include that the Bible returns to schools, legislative places and also to the Parliament.
    This is a good list what we should pray for and also how. Thanks Arno for your initiative. May the Lord bless your efforts and give you favour with those you will meet.

  41. Yes and amen ??

  42. I Like Hugh Wetmore’s thoughts on these matter

  43. Yes

  44. Yes

  45. Coretha vd Heever

    Yes

  46. yes we need change in the right direction

  47. Yes

  48. YES

  49. Yes

  50. Yes

  51. Harrington Ndlebe

    Yes

  52. Martin van Niekerk

    Yes

  53. Stem beslis saam

  54. Luitha-marie Wassermann

    Yes

  55. Yes

  56. Amein! Each individual need make a serious effort to stand in complete obedience before The Almighty in respect towards their loved once and acquaintances. AND PARENTS…stop relying in education structures and churches to teach your child biblical principals…Put off the TV and put down your phone and spend time with your children around the Word. Keep Shabbat Holy as it is the only day our Creator blessed and announced it Holy. Its not okay to open and close a meeting with prayer but you don’t honor your wife or think its cool standing with a beer or smoke while proclaiming Him as your Lord and Saviour…your Abba Father.

    It all starts at home.

  57. Absolutely YES!

  58. Yes

  59. YES‼️

  60. Yes

  61. Yes.

  62. Agree with all 10 points

  63. YES

  64. YES

  65. Yes

  66. YES!
    +
    Absolutely NO BEE or BBEE or other modified racism!

  67. big fat yes

  68. Shané De Winnaar

    Yes

  69. Yes

  70. If God initiated this, nothing will stop it, irrespective of expiry dates or number of Yes’s. Obedience of all christians to God and Him alone would in my opinion bring all the change we need.

  71. Bout time

  72. Agree with all 10 points

  73. YES

  74. Lourinus Marthinus Brits

    Only through God can we succeed. I agree completely.

  75. Gerhard de Clercq

    Yes

  76. Not worried about Communism but very worried about Socialism (Russia). Need Godly wisdom” notjing less.

  77. Yes!

  78. Yes!
    I fully agree.We have to unite as Christians and submit to our Almighty Heavenly Father. In total obedience to His Word,we can indeed be more than conquerors. If we will humble ourselves before our God and repent our sins and start walking in obedience according to His Word, He will hear us and guide us in miraculous ways.

  79. God bless South Africa and bring godly leaders to rule.

  80. Yes, we need leaders who will hear from YAWEH first and then lead as He instructed. SA must turn back to Father, only then we will see His promises.

  81. Yes I agree. Peace and prosperity to all. Every law that contradicts the law of God in our legal system to be removed.

  82. Yes Natuurlik vir n better toekoms vir ons mense en kinders kleinkinders n 100 maal ja

  83. YES

  84. So, although I have already answered “YES” to this campaign, I also feel it necessary to state my somewhat controversial opinion on this (without wanting to start any debate). My personal opinion is simply that, although I would LOVE for these 10 points to become reality, I personally don’t believe that they CAN or WILL become reality. My reasoning behind this is simply that the Bible clearly indicates in the New Testament that the world will get a LOT worse before the righteous are raptured (2nd coming of Jesus). Revelations talks of tribulations and basically the corruption and rule of evil in the world. We can see it happening already and, as much as we all wish and pray for things to get better, I believe the Word indicates that it HAS to get worse – a LOT worse – before Jesus returns. So to pray for peace, safety, health and harmony (again, in my opinion only) is really asking for something that can’t, and won’t, come to pass in order for the Word to be fulfilled. The upside to my completely pessimistic view on this is that, the worse the world gets, the closer we get to the return of Jesus, where we will be caught up to be with Him!! I hold on to THAT promise! Like the words to the Steven Curtis Chapman song “Bring it on” say, let the lightning flash, let the thunder roll, let the hard rains fall, let the storm winds blow, let me be made weak so I’ll know the strength of the One who’s strong – bring it on!

  85. Yes Enough is enough. We must know and move with/in God seasons. The righteous cannot be led and ruled y the unrighteous. Light must come out. We’re arising in polotics.Shaking must continue Amen

  86. Yes – would like to see something on protecting our environment, wildlife and clean renewable energy. Also clarity on state owned enterprises … either firmer accountability or joint private / public parternships or privatized

  87. Yes

  88. Yes

  89. Off course everyone will agree with the 10 points but what will it help to put the points forward without any solutions? We as Christians have access to wisdom and we should come forward with creative ideas and solutions. We complain about education but maybe churches should all have schools. I read an earlier comment that suggested a website be established where ideas could be shared. Maybe that would be a good starting point. In Christ we are able to turn this country around.

  90. The Lord of the nations will take care of us if we stand up for Him

  91. YES Please

  92. Yes

  93. Yes

  94. Anna Elizabeth van As

    Yes

  95. Yes, we serve a might God.

  96. Rowena Richardson

    Yes very important.

  97. YES

  98. Yes

  99. Yes

  100. Michealene Kitshoff

    YES

  101. Yes.

  102. Yes.
    I agree but feel in the points must come no abortion against farm murders landgrabbing bee

  103. Yes
    Let us help the CDP Christian Democratic Party thus year by voting and sponsering them in the election. They have all the same values as mentioned.

  104. Yes! thanks for the opportunity to stand with you I agree with these points only God can change our land. There’s much Goodwill amongst the people we are prepared to reach out to each other

  105. Hanelie Claassens

    Yes

  106. YES

  107. Apostle successor

    Yes

  108. Yes

  109. Yes

  110. YES YES YES!!!

  111. Absolutely YES!

  112. Definitely YES!

  113. David+ Mary Khoury

    YES definitely need Godly governance.

  114. Yes. Yes and yes

  115. YES

  116. Is it an objective of this so-called “Christian Consensus” to up hold the true laws of YeHoVaH? viz, the 10 commandments? I cannot agree unless I know that the “leaders” of this initiative hold fast to the unadulterated word of YeHoVaH, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.