An Unbiblical “Day of Prayer” in South Africa’s Parliament

Buchan then said that after a formal banquet they went into the auditorium and the master of ceremonies asked a pastor to open in prayer.  “I thought ‘okay’,” said Buchan, “but then he went on to preach – with an altar call – giving people the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour.”  Even overlooking the utterly unbiblical nature of an Arminian “altar call”, we have to ask: who was this man who prayed?  Was he a true Christian?  Does just anyone who is called a “pastor” these days automatically get accepted as such by men like Buchan?  It would appear so.  Does he not know that South Africa is filled with all kinds of “churches”?  Of course he does – but it doesn’t appear to bother him.  After all, he himself is a Charismatic – and Charismatics are notoriously ecumenical, welcoming of pretty much anyone who calls himself a Christian, or pretty much any gathering calling itself a church.  Even Romish priests and nuns, despite all their antibiblical, indeed heathen doctrines and practices, are accepted as brethren in Christ (years ago Buchan told me personally that he firmly believed many of them were true Christians). Yet Charismatics boast of possessing such miraculous gifts as that of “discerning of spirits”!  Most of them would not recognise a false spirit if he slapped them through the face with a Bible – as long as he kept saying “Jesus!” and “Amen!” and “Halleluiah!”  If you think this is an exaggeration, just remember Todd Bentley.  He boasted of kicking people with his boots as part of his “healing” campaign – and still they came back for more and called him a servant of the Lord.  I rest my case.

Buchan, in true Charismatic fashion, added that the programme also featured dancing and singing – and the singer only sang “Christian songs”.  Yes, well, when it comes to singing, Charismatics again pretty much accept anything passing itself off as a “Christian song”; and dancing is par for the course in Charismatic circles, even though the New Testament never once says that dancing should be part of any Christian worship, and in fact is entirely contrary to the holy and spiritual nature of true Christian worship.

Conclusion

The Bible says, “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world” (1 Jn. 4:1).  We are to try (meaning test) them by two things: their doctrine, and their behaviour.  If both their doctrine and their conduct is unbiblical, they are to be rejected; if they appear sound in doctrine but their conduct is unbiblical, they are to be rejected; and if their conduct appears good but their doctrine is unbiblical, they are to be rejected.  The distinctive doctrines of Pentecostalism/Charismatism are unbiblical; the conduct of many of the leaders of this movement, and large numbers of their followers, is unbiblical; and therefore we are to turn away from them.  No matter how personable a man may be, the test is simply this: what does the Bible say?

Nothing else matters.

January 2018

Shaun Willcock is a minister, author and researcher.  He runs Bible Based Ministries.  For other articles (which may be downloaded and printed), as well as details about his books, audio messages, pamphlets, etc., please visit the Bible Based Ministries website; or write to the address below.  If you would like to be on Bible Based Ministries’ email list, to receive all future articles, please send your details.

ENDNOTES:

[1]. Faith Like Potatoes, or Biblical Faith? by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  See the website for details.

[2]. Charismatic Doctrine in the Light of God’s Word (article); Pentecostal/Charismatic Doctrine in the Light of Scripture (a series of sermons available as MP3s, or on CDs); That Which is Perfect (MP3 or CD series); and Sickness and Healing (MP3 or CD series), all by Shaun Willcock.  Bible Based Ministries.  See the website for details.

[3]. For further information: Liberalism, Neo-Orthodoxy, and New Evangelicalism, by Shaun Willcock (MP3 or CD series).  See the website for details.

[4]. For teaching exposing liberation theology: Liberation Theology, by Shaun Willcock (MP3 or CD series).  See the website for details.

[5]. Article: “‘My White Friday’ – a historic day in parliament.”  Gateway News, November 29, 2017. http://gatewaynews.co.za.

[6]. See How the Revolutionaries Use Children, by Helene Roux.  Lone Tree Publications, Halfway House, South Africa, 1994.

[7]. For a biblical and historical study of this topic: Revival, by Shaun Willcock (MP3 or CD series).  See our website for details.

[8]. Article: “The Jesus Factor, Parliament and Angus Buchan: Constitutionalism under threat.”  Daily Maverick, 1 December 2017. www.dailymaverick.co.za.

[9]. “The Jesus Factor, Parliament and Angus Buchan: Constitutionalism under threat.”

[10]. “The Jesus Factor, Parliament and Angus Buchan: Constitutionalism under threat.”

[11]. Article: “Angus Buchan amazed at love for Jesus at ‘SA Men of Year Awards’ event.”  Gateway News, November 30, 2017.  http://gatewaynews.co.za.

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