An urgent meeting of South African church and ministry leaders in Johannesburg yesterday to address threats to religious freedom and the autonomy of the Church went “incredibly well”, says Andrew Selley, founder and CEO of FOR SA which hosted the meeting in Rosebank Union Church.
“The church is hearing and is awakening” says Selley in a Facebook post about the FOR SA Conference which was called by FOR SA leaders, Michael Cassidy, Moss Nthla and Selley.
“We had parliamentarians, commissioners & various government institutions present & all very positive -endorsing & celebrating what we are doing. The Christians leaders response was excellent as a deep sense of urgency came upon all,” he says.
He says: “We haven’t counted yet, but we have received an overwhelming response as most (nearly all) signed up for FORSA. One man alone- a key African Bishop signed bringing 1.7 million people with him. I’m not sure of total numbers but we are already well into millions of People standing united for Freedom of Religion through their leaders. Many new invitees offered today to speak to leaders forums representing over 7 million through one invite alone. Many are keen to march & act- woohooo! Many former Anti apartheid activists are wanting to rally the people of SA again for the cause of religious freedom.”
At the conference FOR SA leaders briefed delegates about laws that will be considered by Parliament this year that will make it illegal to preach certain portions of the Bible and impose fines or imprisonment upon pastors who continue to preach these “offensive” Scriptures. They also informed them about a number of cases in which churches and pastors have been taken to court and/or the Human Rights Commission for preaching the Bible.