Newsflashes and Rhetoric Comments #1

This is the first edition of a new reporting from the frontlines that will deal with specific news events and rhetoric comments made by readers of daily newspapers, especially those of The Witness and The Weekend Witness newspapers here in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. From time-to-time I will be writing in to the editor of my local read sending in responses to “Our Readers Write” at letters@witness.co.za. My responses will deal with the secular issues and then move to the Spiritual, giving the Holy Biblical solution through the Gospel of God. The journalistic reporting by this ministry will appear in its entirety at this blog as the editor of the aforementioned newspapers “reserves the right to edit and shorten letters.” From time-to-time we will make comparisons from any letters forwarded for publication and those that actually do appear, and also to respond to any follow up comments by the readers. Much blasphemy and false teachings are printed in the press, so we encourage the brethren to please join in fighting the good fight of faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, as it is written:

2 Jonn 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.

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FIFA Recognition of rogue state

I REFER to a letter titled “FIFA recognition of rogue state” (The Witness, June 26) written by Cassim Mahomed Jasat. We will first deal with the secular and then with the spiritual aspects thereof. It shows the bigoted and uninformed rhetoric that Jasat uses. Firstly, the accusations stating that the U21 soccer championships were held in, quote, “the rogue state of Israel” is not concerning why a European soccer championship was held in Israel, which is not part of Europe but the Middle East. No, it is one of Mahommedan hatred speaking from a Palestinian view point against Israel. What Jasat needs to understand is that due to the Middle Eastern conflicts against Israel, FIFA decided to include Israel in the UEFA Confederation in the best interest of harmony between nations of conflict, a sporting body that shows more judiciousness than the governments of sinful nations. This is also where Israel plays their World Cup qualifying group matches against European opposition and who is also incidentally a part of the European Championships. And Palestine would have had to qualify, but they are not in the UEFA Confederation. Go figure. Jasat’s issues are therefore of a religious nature and not of a football sporting one and he should do well to separate religious political agendas from sporting events, something our politicians can learn from, too.

65Secondly, your comment that Messrs Blatter and Platini, quote, “have openly announced their support for a state not recognised by the majority of the world’s countries” is of an Islamic slur and one of anti-Semitism against God’s chosen nation, just as the Nazi’s did under Hitler. When God gave the Torah and the Law of Moses to His people Israel, prophesies came to pass that they would inherit the promised land through the patriarch Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob (Israel) just as YHVH said He would. Salvation is of the Jews (John 4:22). There is truth in Jasat referring to “world’s countries” rejecting Israel. This truth has been fulfilled by prophesies where nations will rise up against God’s chosen people Israel in the end days. The Lord Jesus Christ of Nazareth, the only begotten Son of God, was an Israeli Jew, who will return when you least expect Him and He is coming back to judge this world in righteousness. The Holy Scriptures tell us in John 3:18 ~ He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And in Romans 8:1 it reads ~ There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

In conclusion, for much more can be written, unless religious sinners repent and believe upon the Lord Jesus Christ they will perish for all eternity in the lake of fire. On the Day of Judgment it will not matter whether the U21 soccer championships took place in Israel or not. What will surely matter is whether you were born-again of God and your name is written in the Lamb’s book of life (Revelation 20:15). That Lamb is a Jew who will return as the Lion of Judah!

GARY STEPHEN CROUS

Pietermaritzburg

(Israel)

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