I knew the Lord had called me into the ministry of His Word as far back as 1980; but it was only in 1986 that I was fully delivered from the false doctrines and practices to which I had held. This delay was the result of an utter lack of sound teaching and the imbibing of false teaching, which as a young, untaught new convert I was simply unable to counter and refute. This period of breaking down and building up, of unravelling and casting off the false and embracing the true, of seeing through the doctrines and traditions of men and devils and of laying hold on the precious doctrines of God’s divinely-inspired Word, had taken some eight years, from my conversion in 1978. Blessed be the Lord, He graciously taught me, during that period, through His Word. I have proved, in my own experience, the truth of Psa.119:130: “The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” To God alone belongs all the glory!
When the Lord opened my eyes to the deceptions of the Pentecostal/Charismatic movement, it was not long before I began to speak out and preach against it. The break had been made, the bridges were burned behind us, our colours were nailed to the mast.
In that same year (1986) I established a small, independent, sovereign grace house church, the Bible Christian Church, and I have been pastoring and teaching ever since. It has never been large, always numbering just a handful of souls. South Africa is a land filled with churches, but the vast majority of these are liberal, ecumenical, and political in their message. We stand separate from all these, seeking to serve the Lord without compromise, having “no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness” (Eph. 5:11). The doctrines we uphold and proclaim are not those which the vast mass of professing “Christians” want to hear today.
An important aspect of the work which began in 1986 was our cassette tape ministry. By this means the truth was spread abroad on a very large scale, and has continued down through the years; and of course tapes ultimately gave way to CDs, many years later. Many thousands of sermons and lectures have been distributed worldwide by this means.
1986 was, truly, a very eventful year for us. It was a very happy one, because of our marriage and because of our rejection of the errors we had held; but it was also a very painful one, with the loss of dear friends as a result of our rejection of Pentecostal/Charismatic error. A note in the February 1987 issue of the newsletter gives a hint of the troubles we had passed through: “‘We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body’ (2 Cor. 4:8-10). The last few months have been full of troubles, persecutions, and spiritual warfare. But we can truly say with Paul that we are not in despair, nor are we forsaken, nor destroyed. The Lord has stood with us, and strengthened us, that ‘the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear’ (2 Tim. 4:17).”
In 1987 I travelled with a friend to the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, a predominantly Roman Catholic country in southern Africa, to distribute Gospel tracts. This we did on street corners, in Roman Catholic seminaries, church buildings, etc.
We also began to contact priests, monks and nuns by post throughout southern Africa, sending them Gospel materials and offering them more if interested. Some requested more materials; others, however, responded with great anger and hatred; such as the one who returned one of our tracts to us in the post with the following words scrawled across it: “May the Archangel Michael throw you deep into hell, with all you reprobates!” Or the one who scrawled the following across our tract: “Get thee hence Satan” – with an arrow pointing at my name. Another burnt the tract, poured the ashes into an envelope, and returned it to us!
Our Gospel materials have always been supplied free of charge to Roman Catholics and other unconverted people. We have received reports of people being converted, in various parts of the world, after reading the literature.
But increasingly, the Lord was impressing it upon my heart that the work of Bible Based Ministries was, first and foremost, a ministry of providing teaching to Christian believers. The exposing of the Papal system, the Great Whore, and all its harlot “daughters” was one vital aspect of the work. In earlier times, Protestants were more “biblically literate”, and thus also acutely aware of just how antichristian Roman Catholicism is. They knew that the Papacy was the biblical Antichrist and that the Papal system was the Great Whore of Bible prophecy; they knew the many ways in which Romanism contradicted the Word of God; they knew it was not Christian. Huge Protestant meetings were held, at which lectures exposing Popery were given to enthusiastic crowds.
But the ecumenical movement of more recent times changed all this, as did the many long years of infiltration of Protestantism by Jesuits agents, so that today’s “Protestants” are “biblically illiterate”, ignorant about the true nature of Romanism, and – for the most part – so ensnared by Romish trappings themselves, and so ignorant even of the true Gospel of Christ, that today the work of a Bible-based Protestant ministry has to be just as directed at exposing the shocking state of what passes for Protestantism, as at exposing Romanism.
In addition, then, to exposing the Papal system and the errors of its “daughters”, the provision of biblical teaching, of “all the counsel of God”, became another, equally important aspect of the mission of Bible Based Ministries. We were finding that Christians throughout the world, in this day of abounding worldliness and compromise when few sound churches are to be found, were longing for teaching but were so often not receiving it; and through our literature and the recorded messages we sought to provide this. Our publications and recorded messages were being sent to people in many countries throughout the world. They were being used by all kinds of people, from Africans sitting under a tree to listen to a Gospel message, to people in North America, India, Europe and elsewhere.