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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

 
 

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274 Comments

  1. Sylvia says:

    Agree.

  2. Diane Hounsom says:

    YES

  3. Sue Kinnell says:

    Yes

  4. John Bianchina says:

    Yes

  5. Joseph says:

    YES indeed!

  6. Karin van Straten says:

    YES YES

  7. Johan Blignaut says:

    I say YES

  8. Freddy Heydenrych says:

    YES

  9. Hubert Stoll says:

    Yes!!

  10. Libby says:

    YES ACDP already!

  11. Marlene says:

    Yes pls

  12. Ernst says:

    Agree 100%

  13. Ron Anderson says:

    YES

  14. Adeline Sirgel says:

    YES

  15. Martie Burger says:

    Yes

  16. Bennie Burger says:

    Yes

  17. Yvette De Jager says:

    Yes

  18. Francois says:

    ‘n groot JA!

  19. Pauline Lester says:

    Yes

  20. Charlotte Jean says:

    YES

  21. Daryl Hardy says:

    YES

  22. Sheldon Kidwell says:

    YES

  23. Chris van der walt says:

    Yes

  24. Photlodi Athlonia Tenten says:

    Yes and Chilli Greetings from Germany

  25. Petro Van der Walt says:

    Yes

  26. Angela Warbreck says:

    YES

  27. Michael Morrison says:

    Yes

  28. Craige Harvey says:

    Yes

  29. Hugh G Wetmore says:

    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??

    • D says:

      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.

  30. Kobus says:

    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.

  31. Lesley Blom says:

    Yes

  32. Malcolm Smith says:

    Yes to Christ’s reign

  33. Ian says:

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

    Kobus you’re right.

  34. Andrew says:

    YES!

  35. Tony Hoare says:

    YES!! A big fat YES!!

  36. Bill Harrison says:

    Agree

  37. Wendy Lyons says:

    Yes.

  38. Leonie Balbi says:

    Yes

  39. Princess Chantal Revell says:

    Yes

  40. Anette Venter says:

    Yes

  41. Wendy Myburgh says:

    Yes

  42. Maretha says:

    Yes

  43. Venita Harris says:

    Yes

  44. Vickie Rowlands says:

    Yes most definitely

  45. Margaret Steyn says:

    Yes

  46. Andrew Campion says:

    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.

  47. Petrus du Toit says:

    YES – Yes for real equality, NO BEE!

  48. Sonia Odendaal says:

    YES

  49. Terry says:

    Yes !!!

  50. Patricia says:

    Yes only Jesus can change our hearts and this country

  51. Celia Vorster says:

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

  52. Johan Anderson says:

    Yes

  53. Rachie Beets says:

    Yes

  54. Elma Thomas says:

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

  55. Sue Jameson says:

    YES

  56. Karen Harkema says:

    Yes

  57. Ann Myers says:

    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.

  58. Debbie Greaves says:

    Yes and amen ??

  59. Marthinus says:

    Yes

  60. Virgil Jacobs says:

    I Like Hugh Wetmore’s thoughts on these matter

  61. Virgil Jacobs says:

    Yes

  62. Stiaan Dippenaar says:

    Yes

  63. Coretha vd Heever says:

    Yes

  64. ansie says:

    yes we need change in the right direction

  65. Anne-Marie Peens says:

    Yes

  66. Michelle Harding says:

    YES

  67. Marina Human says:

    YES

  68. Magda Landman says:

    Yes

  69. Susan van Vuuren says:

    Yes

  70. Harrington Ndlebe says:

    Yes

  71. Martin van Niekerk says:

    Yes

  72. AG POTGIETER says:

    Stem beslis saam

  73. Clementia says:

    Yes

  74. Luitha-marie Wassermann says:

    Yes

  75. Lynn Hewitson says:

    Yes

  76. Jacques says:

    Yes

  77. D says:

    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.

  78. Sandra Butler says:

    YES

  79. Jenny Lowen says:

    Absolutely YES!

  80. Petro Le Roux says:

    Yes

  81. Linda Swart says:

    Yes

  82. Marina Fourie says:

    YES‼️

  83. Christel Long says:

    Yes

  84. Clive Johnstone says:

    Yes.

  85. Mary says:

    Agree with all 10 points

  86. Mary says:

    Agree all points.

  87. Nombulelo says:

    Yes

  88. Matthew Mananga says:

    YES

  89. Jurie Cronje says:

    YES

  90. Suzanne Watson says:

    YES

  91. Mitzi Knipe says:

    Yes

  92. Veronica says:

    YES

  93. Tania Lochner says:

    Yes

  94. John says:

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

  95. John wilken says:

    Yes

  96. WD Steenkamp says:

    Yes

  97. HJ Reay says:

    big fat yes

  98. Lappies says:

    Yes

  99. Shané De Winnaar says:

    Yes

  100. Maraldi says:

    Yes!

  101. John Henry says:

    Yes

  102. Shunba Govender says:

    Yes

  103. Lisa says:

    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.

  104. Anne Mauchle says:

    Bout time

  105. Anne Mauchle says:

    Yes

  106. Alida Eloff says:

    Agree with all 10 points

  107. Belinda says:

    Yes

  108. Christo says:

    Yes

  109. Carlene Babst says:

    YES

  110. Lourinus Marthinus Brits says:

    Only through God can we succeed. I agree completely.

  111. Gerhard de Clercq says:

    Yes

  112. Daniella says:

    Yes

  113. Anna-Mart says:

    Yes

  114. Glen Jordaan says:

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

  115. Eugene La Grange says:

    Yes!

  116. Eugene La Grange says:

    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.

  117. Schalk Kriel says:

    Yes

  118. Kathy Wight says:

    God bless South Africa and bring godly leaders to rule.

  119. Pieter says:

    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.

  120. Elsabe Malan says:

    Yes

  121. Servaas de Kock says:

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

  122. Elize says:

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

  123. Desmond Olwage says:

    YES

  124. Des says:

    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!

  125. Sophie Matabane says:

    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

  126. Susan Robertson says:

    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

  127. Carol McDonald says:

    Yes

  128. Natalie says:

    Yes

  129. Magna de Jager says:

    Yes

  130. Ilse de waal says:

    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.

  131. Lillian says:

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

  132. Teresa says:

    YES Please

  133. W. Van Tonder says:

    Yes

  134. Lizelle says:

    Yes

  135. Tshego Motaung says:

    Yes

  136. Anna Elizabeth van As says:

    Yes

  137. Barbara says:

    Yes

  138. Schanette says:

    Yes, we serve a might God.

  139. Rowena Richardson says:

    Yes very important.

  140. Amber Oelofse says:

    YES

  141. Tony Troskie says:

    Yes

  142. Ronell Crafford says:

    Yes

  143. Cheryl Marriott says:

    Yes

  144. Michealene Kitshoff says:

    YES

  145. Paul Marneweck says:

    Yes.

  146. Renata Greeff says:

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

  147. Anton says:

    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.

  148. Cynthia says:

    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

  149. Hanelie Claassens says:

    Yes

  150. Joey Luiters says:

    Yes

  151. Matthew Stuart says:

    YES

  152. Sherelyn Drew says:

    Yes

  153. Apostle successor says:

    Yes

  154. Anna Lesch says:

    YES

  155. Laetitia says:

    Yes

  156. Gerhard Lesch says:

    Yes

  157. Emsie Brits says:

    YEs

  158. Gert Brits says:

    YES

  159. Anene Brand says:

    YES!

  160. Rista van Niekerk says:

    Yes

  161. Johan Swiegers says:

    Yes

  162. Jerry F. says:

    Yes.

  163. Basie Burger says:

    Yes

  164. Rona van Niekerk says:

    YES YES YES!!!

  165. Gillian Watson says:

    Absolutely YES!

  166. pieter fourie says:

    Definitely YES!

  167. David+ Mary Khoury says:

    YES definitely need Godly governance.

  168. Erika says:

    Yes. Yes and yes

  169. Michelle de Jager says:

    YES

  170. Johanna says:

    Yes

  171. Francis Terry says:

    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.