The liberal mainstream media have wasted no time distorting the facts about the SA Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) investigation of Joshua Generation Church in Cape Town.
The Sunday Times – whose inaccurate and biased reporting led to the SAHRC investigation of Creare Training Centre in Bloemfontein – are attempting to portray JoshGen as a shady cult.
The Sunday Times article, “Manual advises on pain as a tool of parenting” portrays the Church as an institution teaching and encouraging “violence against defenceless children.”
However, although the liberal media is attempting to make this an issue about corporal punishment – the real issue is the growing attacks on Christian religious freedoms.
A separate Sunday Times article incorrectly reports that “senior Church leaders met in Pretoria to discuss resistance to government plans to outlaw spanking.”
The facts are, the Christian leaders met in Pretoria recently to discuss the growing attacks against religious freedoms! The SAHRC investigation of Joshua Generation Church is just one of many examples of state intrusion in the legitimate authority of the Christian Church.
The Christian leaders did not discuss the various viewpoints on corporal punishment. But whether the state can dictate to the Christian Church what it can or cannot teach from the Bible!
Alarmingly, a few Christian leaders are already reacting to the divisive tactics of the liberal media.
They want Pastor’s to publically attack each other on the merits of corporal punishment while avoiding the more important issue of whether the state can become the final authority on Scripture.
Churches can disagree on the principle of “spare the rod, spoil the child.” But what the Christian Church cannot dispute is its freedom to preach the Bible according to its own convictions.
The Christian Church must stand united against government attempts to undermine religious freedoms in SA, including attempts to manipulate and censor the Word of God.
If Joshua Generation Church cannot teach “spare the rod, spoil the child” then the precedent set by the ruling means no Church can teach it either! And if the SAHRC can dictate what the Church teaches on corporal punishment – it means they can dictate many other Scriptural principles.
Attacks on religious freedoms are not unique to SA. But as Os Guinness writes, it is the battle of our time. If the Church surrenders its authority to the state – it ceases to be the Church of Christ!
On a different note, “Watchmen on the Wall” will be travelling to Durban the weekend of 4 – 6 October 2013 to record the “National Alliance for Life Conference” on Saturday 5 October 2013.
We will also record the “National March for Life” on Sunday 6 October starting at the Sharks Board parking lot in Umhlanga. Please join us for this weekend to make a bold statement for life!
Please continue to pray for the unity of the Christian Church in South Africa. But while doing that, will you also consider seeking real opportunities to exercise Christian unity.
Church unity has become a cliché over the past decade. But you can make it real. Please make a special effort to unite with your brother’s and sister’s in Christ to the glory of God!