3) A Brief History of Bible Based Ministries

  In early 1991 the Bible Based Ministries Newsletter became the much-expanded Bible Based Ministries Magazine, containing articles of a doctrinal and practical nature, articles on Bible prophecy, historical articles, exposés of false religion, particularly Roman Catholicism, and of course the current news items on Romanism and related subjects which we had always included in the newsletter.

  It was in 1991, also, that we obtained our first computer.  This was donated to us.  Little did we, or anyone else in those days, imagine how computers would change our lives, opening up still new and greater avenues of service than ever before.

  By the end of that year we had 70 sermon titles available on cassette, with more being added all the time; we had our own book available, with another one soon to follow; there were various Gospel tracts available; and we also stocked a number of books by other authors.

  We also returned to the USA, spending some months there, where I continued to assist the small church established on my previous visit, and it was also on this visit that our U.S. distribution centre was first cemented. 

  In 1992 my second book was published: The Pagan Festivals of Christmas and Easter.  It was printed in the U.S.  This book documents the fact that these festivals are of pagan and Popish origin: a fact which was once well known to Protestants, but which is no longer the case.  This too continues to be widely distributed, and has helped many to see the unbiblical nature of these festivals, and to reject them as their Protestant forebears in the faith once did.

  And as we continued to send out our materials, not only to professing Christians but to Papists as well, we received many interesting letters.  Many were favourable, and we always rejoiced when one told of the Lord’s work in his or her heart as a result of reading the literature or listening to the sermons.  From time to time, of course, as we continued to send Gospel tracts to priests, monks and nuns, we received angry and hate-filled responses.  Once, for example, a priest of Rome sent two of our tracts back to us, with his comments scrawled all over them.  Some of his comments were:  “God bless our Pope.  The Great!  The Good!”  “Ride on to Hell!”  “You Idiot!  Try and study the Faith before you judge!”  “You are a poor fool.  Leave our Church alone!  Only fools act the way you do.”  “You turn away from your rubbish.  Poor fool!”  And this one, scrawled next to a paragraph in the tract describing Rome’s massacres of Christians: “Good” (and people believe Rome has changed, and is sweet and kind today, loving the Protestants and sorry for what it did to them in the past?).

  A prominent Roman Catholic priest called me on the phone, branding the tracts “filth”, full of “half-truths”, etc.; and yet, when asked if he could tell us what, precisely, was incorrect in the literature, he then replied that he had never read them! 

  In the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century, various Protestant ministries existed with similar objectives to that of Bible Based Ministries; but times have certainly changed.  In those pre-ecumenical days, Papists were often far more violent: savage attacks by Roman Catholic mobs would frequently be made on Protestant preachers, urged on by their priests.  Riots would occur.  One just has to read the experiences of men like the nineteenth-century converted ex-priest Charles Chiniquy, amongst many others, to see how things were in those days.  But today, Rome wears a smiling mask and advances via ecumenism, and is far more subtle in its opposition to biblical Christianity.  Every now and then, though, her real nature shines through, that steely hatred for the truth which has never left her.  Her priests may not (usually) use those old, violent methods; but many of them would certainly love to!  And wherever they can get away with it, they do.

  In 1993 we again visited the United States.  During this trip I was interviewed on radio in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, about the momentous events then taking place in South Africa, and how they would affect the Christian Church.  And in the “Ministry Report” in the magazine after our U.S. sojourn, I wrote, “We have returned to a South Africa in the throes of a violent revolution and on the brink of a Communist takeover”.  Indeed we were just a few short months away from the 1994 election which brought the Communists to power.  Nearer the time I wrote, “In a matter of weeks now, an election will be held in South Africa which (unless the Lord is pleased to intervene) will see the Communist-controlled African National Congress come to power; and a great, prosperous, free country will be in the hands of men bent on an absolute dictatorship, and the eradication of biblical Christianity.”

  In the 1980s, more than ever before, South Africa became the centre of a worldwide assault, and everywhere priests of Rome, and so-called “Protestant” ministers, were supporting the South African Communist Party and its partner, the African National Congress (ANC).  The diabolical doctrine of liberation theology (religious Communism) was in full swing.  It thus became an important part of the work of Bible Based Ministries to expose the role of the Vatican, the World Council of Churches and the South African Council of Churches, in supporting the Communist revolution against South Africa.  In the early years of Bible Based Ministries, I thought it would operate as similar Protestant ministries had operated in the past, and as such ministries were still operating in the U.S. and elsewhere in the west, combatting ecumenism, the interfaith movement, etc.  But being based in South Africa, there were significant differences.  Although ecumenism, the interfaith movement, etc., were just as prevalent in South Africa as elsewhere, and we did – and do – combat them, churches in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s faced an additional, diabolical heresy – one which dominated the religious arena in those decades: liberation theology.  We were living through a Marxist revolution, one which was supported by the Roman Catholic institution and various “Protestant” institutions, which justified the revolution by means of this heresy known as liberation theology (i.e. religious Communism).  This false political “gospel” overshadowed almost everything else in those years.  It is still a major heresy today, with which we have to constantly contend.  And now it has jumped from Africa and Latin America into the United States, and parts of Europe.

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