Angus Buchan’s “Day of Prayer” in the South African Parliament
On the 24th November 2017, prominent South African Charismatic preacher, Angus Buchan, was the speaker at a “Day of Prayer” held in the South African parliament. “Church” leaders from all over South Africa were invited, and attended. And not surprisingly, Buchan and his followers hailed it as a wonderful blessing and a sign of great things to come in South Africa.
But it was not.
Much could be said about the unbiblical teachings of Angus Buchan, but this article is only an analysis of two events in November 2017. For further information the reader is referred to my article, Faith Like Potatoes, or Biblical Faith? which examines the message in the movie that was made about his life. He has held massive Charismatic meetings across South Africa and in other parts of the world. The Pentecostal/Charismatic phenomenon is one of the greatest false religious movements in the world, enthusiastically embraced by tens of millions of people who have been mesmerised by its claims to “signs and wonders”, “miracles and healings”, and “speaking in tongues and prophesying”. For a detailed examination of these things, we refer the reader to another article, and to recorded sermons. Now among all the other false teachings and claims of the movement, a prominent one is that the world is either on the brink of, or already experiencing, a massive revival, with multitudes “turning to the Lord” and “accepting Jesus” via the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement. This is all confidently claimed to be the work of the Holy Spirit.
It has been a mighty coup for the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement that over the past few decades it has come to be accepted as part of what is called “Evangelicalism” (but which is really the heresy of “New Evangelicalism”). In earlier and better times, true Evangelicalism would never have welcomed Pentecostals and Charismatics as Evangelicals. But within “New Evangelicalism”, which is nothing but Liberalism in an Evangelical dress, there is plenty of room to welcome almost everyone who broadly “accepts Jesus as Saviour” as a brother or sister in Christ. This includes Pentecostals, Charismatics, Roman Catholics, Liberals, and many others.
And so it was that when Buchan and his supporters took over the South African parliament for this “Day of Prayer”, multitudes hailed it as the most wonderful thing. But it was anything but biblical. And in the very nature of the case it could not possibly have been biblical, given the false teachings of the Charismatic/Pentecostal movement, and the religious leaders gathered for the event.