A List of the Laws Which Make True Christianity Illegal; as well as
Statements by Prominent Leaders, etc., Showing the Attitude of
SA’s Marxist Government Towards Biblical Christianity
by Shaun Willcock
The world is blissfully unaware that in 1994, a Communist government was installed in South Africa. This country is not a free republic or democracy. The Marxists who came to power in that year pulled off a massive publicity stunt (as Marxists have been doing all over the world since the lie of the supposed “death of Communism” in the late 1980s and early 1990s), convincing the vast majority everywhere that they were not Communists, but “democrats” in favour of “human rights” and “freedom”, and that “democracy” came to South Africa with the victory of Nelson Mandela’s African National Congress (ANC) in 1994. And now, ten years after the ANC/Communist Party victory, the evidence is staring the world in the face – but most are too blind to see it. Communism means State control over every aspect of life – including State control over religion! And the fact is that Christians are now forbidden by law to preach all the counsel of God, or to practice certain aspects of their faith, as the Lord commands them to do!
Today, instead of burning people at the stake as in past centuries, those in high places are implementing cleverly worded legislation, and using this legislation to persecute Christians. Laws are being passed to try to stamp out biblical Christianity – and yet couched in such politically-correct, nice-sounding phrases as “democracy”, “equal rights”, “equality”, “non-discrimination” and “tolerance”.
The vast majority of professing “Christians” in SA have nothing to fear. Most of the “churches” are in no danger, for the true Gospel is not proclaimed from their pulpits anyway, and their members for the most part are not regenerated. It is “business as usual” for them. The liberal, ecumenical, interfaith, Communist-supporting SA Council of Churches, the Roman Catholic institution in SA, and other liberal organisations that falsely claim to be Christian churches, are in no real danger. But the remnant of the Lord’s true people, who live godly lives, and seek to proclaim the Gospel in all its purity, are in great danger now. Biblical Christianity has in fact been outlawed.
Yes, it is true that the Constitution of South Africa states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion” (ch.2, section 15.1), and, “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes – a) freedom of the press and other media; b) freedom to receive or impart information or ideas” (ch.2, section 16.1). Yes, it is true that South Africans are not (yet!) forbidden to hold church services. Ministers are still able to preach. Many Christian books can still be distributed. It is not yet illegal to do these things. But let us see what is illegal in SA today, according to the legislation which has been put into place since the ANC came to power – including the Constitution itself, despite its “freedom of religion” and “freedom of expression” clauses!
As can be seen from the long list of laws given below, it is now illegal to preach that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father (Jn.14:6), if to preach this “hurts” someone of another religion!
It is also now illegal to distribute literature which criticises or condemns other religions as being false, or to preach in a way that does the same (Acts 19:23-29; Rev.17)!
It is also now illegal to call homosexuality sinful, or to oppose such abominations, or to “discriminate” against sodomites in the local church, forbidding them to be members or pastors (Rom.1:24-27; 1 Cor.6:9-11)!
It is also now illegal to (as they say) “discriminate against women” in the local church, forbidding them to be pastors (1 Tim.2:11-15; 1 Cor.14:34)!
And it is now illegal for Christian parents to raise their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, preserving them from wicked influences or false religions (Eph.6:4)!
Here follows a list, and an analysis, of the relevant laws now in place in South Africa, as well as various statements by those in power. It is clear from these that the proclamation of the full, biblical Gospel, is now illegal, and that it is the government’s plan to totally control the churches, telling them what they may teach, how they are to behave, etc., etc. Let none be misled: Christians are in grave danger in SA! Be informed! Be aware! Do not be ignorant of the devil’s devices (2 Cor.2:11)!
1. In 1994, the government of South Africa’s Eastern Transvaal province, planning to establish a “Religious Desk”, sent out a questionnaire requesting religious groups to furnish detailed information, including the identity of “the leadership corps in each group (name, status and address)” (as reported in The Natal Witness, 2 November 1994).
This was clearly intended as a first step towards manipulation and eventual control of all churches in the province, just as Communist authorities have done all over the world. The provincial government was evidently seeking to build up a database of information on pastors, churches, etc., which could prove extremely dangerous to them at a future date. The State has no God-given jurisdiction over the Church, and the only way to avoid State interference and control is for local churches to remain unregistered in SA now, as is the case in various other Communist countries.
2. In January 1995, a treaty was signed between South Africa and India, and it was reported that this treaty “affirmed the shared principles of the two countries… their common resolve to fight against… religious fundamentalism” (Signposts, Vol.14, No.4, 1995).
This is thus the stated purpose of the ANC government. This would include combatting the proclamation of the true Gospel of Jesus Christ, and true churches, which increasingly worldwide are being branded as “fundamentalist extremists” for “daring” to say that the Lord Jesus Christ is the only way to the Father, amongst other things (Jn.14:6; Acts 4:12).
3. “…it is the ANC’s intention that the Constitution should protect all people to practice their faith, with respect and sensitivity for the beliefs of others, in private, at home and in public” (Carl Niehaus, ANC MP, in a parliamentary speech, reported in Challenge, No.31, August/September 1995).
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