Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas” Film

It is with unhappiness and much sadness that I write this article as it relates to two men I came to respect and love in the ministry and had the privilege of meeting, labouring with and being instructed in the ways of open-air preaching and sharing the Gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. By the providence of our Great God and Saviour I was able to leave the shores of Africa and visit the United States of America in June 2008 and briefly attend the Ambassadors’ Academy 3, a ministry of Living Waters, under the leadership of the two brothers in the faith, namely Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron of The Way of the Master ministry.

Saving Xmas

Just recently I viewed Kirk Cameron’s Facebook page where he had been promoting his “Saving Christmas” film as depicted here-above. I had been made aware of this film through an article that appeared at Christian News Network where it is surprisingly quoted:

Was Santa Claus a Christian? A ‘defender of the faith’? Is this reason to sit on the lap of the bearded man at the mall who “knows if you’ve been naughty or nice”? That is what Kirk Cameron is claiming as proof why Christians should celebrate Christmas in a new documentary that opens this Friday [November 14, 2014] in theatres across the country—an assertion that is raising concerns over Cameron’s confusion of Roman Catholicism with Christianity.

Cameron, best known for his role as Mike Seaver on the 80’s TV sitcom “Growing Pains” and films such as “Fireproof” and “Left Behind,” has been promoting his new film “Saving Christmas,” in which the actor seeks to “keep Christ in Christmas,” stating that some holiday traditions aren’t so bad or pagan after all.

Saint Nicholas, as painted on the Kizhi monastery in Russia. After recently asserting that Christians should celebrate Halloween, in a video clip released last week entitled “Do You Love Santa Claus,” Cameron stated that “maybe someone like Santa Claus is actually on our team.” He then released a second video providing the history of the figure of Santa Claus, who was actually the Roman Catholic Bishop Nicholas of Myra, Turkey under Pope Sylvester I.

“He was a devout Christian,” Cameron states, but not noting Nicholas’ Roman Catholic faith. Read more Here (Full Report)

Another Christian News Network article that should be read appears at this link: ‘Maybe the Grinch Had a Point’: Kirk Cameron’s ‘Saving Christmas’ Won’t Be Saved From Critics.

Whilst I have personally not viewed the film, and will not be viewing the same in its entirety, I have watched the trailer and read some reviews on it, and have also seen the comments on Kirk Cameron’s Facebook page – for the film vs. against the film; pro-Christmas vs. anti-Christmas; man’s pagan traditions vs. Biblical Historical Truth. It all makes for interesting reading, but there can be only one Truth. Just as our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ said:

31  . . . If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;
32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. ~ John 8:31,32 & 36

Birth of Christ This is the saddest part of this blog posting. I had placed a comment on Kirk’s Facebook wall, including the birth chart to the left (click on it to enlarge in another tab), and my comment was deleted. You read right – D E L E T E D. It appears that when one confronts error with the literal Biblical Historical Truth you are summarily deleted and not allowed to “play in the play-group.” I am saddened and really disappointed by how professing Christians can censure Christians if they do not agree with their world view! It goes much deeper than that as it is a matter of Truth vs. error and those in error do not want to listen! Well argue with the Word of God then. When one reads the Holy Scriptures, are you able to find “Christmas Day” mentioned in YHVH’s Holy Feast Days in Leviticus 23? Or maybe it was instituted in the New Testament and I have just missed the Chapter and Verse! No, you can’t find it, because it doesn’t exist.

Surprisingly an initial comment with the chart also appears to have mysteriously disappeared on Ray Comfort’s Facebook wall, and this before I reposted three more comments randomly! It is also very surprisingly that Kirk Cameron who is attempting to evangelise the masses has also changed his comment settings and you have to “possibly like” his page before you can comment thereon; or is the comment feature only not available to me? Well, getting back to the initial comment on Kirk’s page which went something along these lines, not verbatim as the original one was deleted:

Christian, please read your Holy Bible and you will find out that Yeshua, our Lord Jesus Christ, was born on 15 Tishri (September/October) at the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot) and He was born in a Sukkot (Booth) and not a stable/cave. If you know what to look for start reading: Luke 1 and 2; 1 Chronicles 24:10; Leviticus 23:33-44; Deuteronomy 16:16; and many other Scriptures.

To help with the Scriptures quoted here-above please view the afore-stated Birth of Christ Chart together with the following powerpoint presentation: The Nativity of Yeshua HaMeshiach.

Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron receive literally thousands upon thousands of “hits/likes/shares/comments” on their Facebook accounts and it is mostly by idolising Christian folk. If a message is being proclaimed please make sure it is without error. In the past I too fell into the trap of “idolising” men such as Comfort and MacArthur, and I had to REPENT before God for being so caught up in men’s ministries in idolatry instead of listening to the leading Holy Spirit and walking with God. Don’t say it will never happen to you. For many of you it has already happened and you can’t see the woods for the trees!

The only conclusion I can arrive at is that the literal Biblical Historical Truth that I presented showed up the errors in Kirk Cameron’s “Saving Christmas.” My plea to ALL reading this is: Stop trying to put the Lord Jesus Christ into something He was never in to start off with! Do you think the “Christmas” practices that are undertaken every year were at His birth? Was there a Xmas tree and all the tinsel and trappings in the sukkot Yeshua, our Lord Jesus Christ was born in? Or do you think there is a Xmas tree in heaven before the throne of God Almighty every year to celebrate His Son’s birth? Obviously the first century believers never celebrated this way so why should you/we do so now? YES – certainly preach the Gospel at every opportunity including on December 25, but don’t be pagan like the rest of the heathen world. You can do so separated from the worldly system (see James 4:4). You are to be in the world, but not of the world, as it is written:

15  I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
16  They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
~ John 17:15-17

We are commanded to have unity in the Christian faith. Unfortunately we don’t see unity, but rather divisions. As it is written:

9  God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
10  Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.
11  For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.
12  Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.
13  Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul? ~ 1 Corinthians 1:9-13

3  Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.
4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;
5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
6  One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. ~ Ephesians 4:3-6

14  That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: ~ Ephesians 4:14,15

Christ Jesus made it abundantly clear how we are to remember Him. It is recorded what we are to do in remembrance of Him until He returns for His spotless, unified Bride:

23  For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:
24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
25  After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
26  For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. ~ 1 Corinthians 11:23-26; read with Matthew 26:26-29; Mark 14:22-25; Luke 22:19,20. [my emphasis]

Maybe Chris Williams, movie reviewer for the Advisor and Source in Michigan has it right. At the second Christian News Network report above, quote: “Williams said that in the end, “Kirk Cameron hasn’t made a movie for Christians. He’s made a movie for Kirk Cameron.””  I would have thought Kirk would contend for the faith and would have told the literal Biblical Historical Truth and stood as a light in this dark wicked world, and “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16). We read further in Romans 13:12  “The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.” “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11). The “Saving Christmas” film is not reproving the unfruitful works of darkness, but encouraging them. If this is so, then brother Kirk Cameron in sincere love I call you to repentance.

SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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P.S. This blog posting will be placed on my Facebook wall and Ray Comfort and Kirk Cameron will be tagged accordingly.

Last Call

Act 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

 

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Days 27 and 28 and a PSL Game

Day 27 ~ Saturday March 30, spent today handing out some Gospel tracts at some complexes whilst walking along College Road in Pelham on my way to stand outside the “Centenary Gates” at Maritzburg College High School, who were hosting their 150th Winter Sports Festival for Rugby and Hockey, which is part of the school’s celebration in their 150th year (1863-2013).

Stood at the main gate that all persons – staff, parents, scholars, players and officials had to pass through and was able to hand out many, many “Are You Ready?” Gospel tracts and raise my voice in proclaiming our Lord Jesus Christ on this “Passover weekend”! With security and staff present, our Great God opened the door to share His Son unhindered. A lady parent passing by also commended the preaching and had said that the ministry at the school “Youth for Christ at College” had had 35 boys commit to Christ! About three years ago, I had the opportunity of teaching “The Way of the Master” course in the evenings for some boys on the school premises. We do pray that the fruits of repentance will manifest and that many more College boys will come to faith through Biblical Evangelism!

PSL : Maritzburg United vs. Chippa United ~ Sunday March 31, I attended at the Harry Gwala DSCF2188Stadium to preach our Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified on this “Passover weekend” and hand out Gospel tracts to all the spectators arriving through the South Gate off Alexandra Road for the Premier Soccer League match. Many people heard the Good News of Salvation through Jesus’ sacrificial death, burial and resurrection which was preached to them. Whilst preaching to the souls in line, as the game had commenced and the crowds began to dwindle, I had thought no ticket was forthcoming when Nash from the printers I get my tracts printed at came by with tickets in his hands for him and his friends. I jokingly asked if he had a ticket for me, and he pulls out a brown envelope and pulls out the only ticket therein! And so I took the opportunity of going to the game with my cross – even had a security official help me through the turnstiles holding the cross for me! In the stadium, carrying the cross and separated from Nash and his friends, I made a line for the open-side stands to sit in line with the halfway line, handing out some tracts to police officials in uniform on the way to my seat. A group of African youngsters followed me to sit with me – as this game was being televised live – and it gave me the opportunity to give them tracts and speak to them about Judgment Day and salvation through Christ. I sat with the cross held-up on the seat next to me and during the halftime break the group of youngsters left me, but I ministered to two young Roman Catholic boys behind me, teaching them from the Scriptures to trust in Christ alone and not to rely on the teachings and instructions of the Roman Catholic catechism, but to rely on the Holy Bible as their final authority! Please pray for Lindo and Olwethu.

Day 28 ~ Friday April 5, brother Aziz and I together with my grandson Cee-Jay headed out into the Bombay Heights suburb. Was able to stand outside a carwash and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified to the washing staff and patrons awaiting their cars to be washed.

We also went to Northdale Hospital as I had heard that a man my son knows had attempted suicide by an overdose of tablets and also tried to gas himself. Despite our checking various wards we were directed all over the hospital and then we were told the man “Joe” was discharged. All information was conflicting, but what materialised was that God our Father opened many other doors that allowed us to minister to patients even praying for them to receive Spiritual healing (medicine). Many Gospel tracts were handed out to patients and medical staff. I also ministered extensively to a very frail young man named Zwane who heard the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He was unable to speak, but I asked him to blink his eyes if he understood what I was saying. That is how he communicated with me and he said through his blinking in response to my questioning that he has “repented” and heard the Gospel. Please keep Zwane in prayer for a miracle. On our way out our Father allowed me to preach in a corridor where the acoustics carried my voice between 100-200 meters. Many tracts were handed out as we shared the stories of Jesus Christ healing many people, including the woman with the issue of blood 12-years, and the blind and lame men that Christ healed and them with diverse diseases. Spiritual medicine came to Northdale Hospital. We were even asked at one point to lower our voices, but were never told to stop. Hallelujah, Praise God many sick and sinful people were pointed to our Lord Jesus Christ.

On our way out we were also able to preach at the outpatients’ waiting room and many heard the Truth proclaimed. At one point a Hindu man challenged the preaching of Christ alone saying he is a universalist who has a god who is not a selfish god. The Hindu man said the God of Christianity is a selfish God! He also started making allegations that “our God” allows incest in reference to me preaching that only eight souls were saved when God brought judgment upon the earth with a flood – Noah, his wife, his three sons and their three wives. Well he was shown from the Holy Scriptures that God forbids incest as I started reading from Leviticus 18:1 through 11 when he stopped me saying he gets it. Whilst going off on another tangent and saying that he doesn’t want to follow a selfish God, he walked away as I followed him reading from Exodus 20:4-6 dealing with idolatry and that the One and Only True God is a JEALOUS God! He also turned and said he does not hate God  (in reference to verse 5), but he hates me! He then turned and left through a door leading into the hospital. We pray that his conscience will bear witness against him and that he will have repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ (see Acts 20:21). It was yet another wonderful day worshipping and glorifying our great God!

Day 29 ~ Saturday April 6, brother Aziz and I headed out into the Raisethorpe area and on our cross-walking putting Gospel tracts in post-boxes I was invited into an Indian lady’s home who thought I was selling the cross! Her name is Jane and I found out that Jane had “converted from being a staunch Hindu of 56 years and came to know the True God of Christianity through the death of her son Sasha!” However there were still some things that needed to be addressed – like the idols in her daughter’s home that she shares with her Hindu daughter. From the Holy Scriptures of the Bible a teaching lesson commenced pointing out to this “baby Christian” that idols must go, and setting up “an altar” in remembrance of her deceased son is not what Scripture teaches nor Christ requires from His followers. The practice of lighting a candle in remembrance of her son was also addressed as it has Roman Catholic traits. It was a good time spent teaching Kate from the Scriptures as we dealt with her relationships with her Hindu family members and her Islamic son-in-law. Kate was encouraged to stand for the Truth of our Lord Jesus Christ and not compromise for the faiths or belief systems of her family members. We do pray and thank God for this time of correction and teaching that only our Father could have orchestrated and we pray that Kate will grow by the teachings received and that her family will come to faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the ONLY True God!  

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Day 27 ~ March 30, 2013 (Photos 364-368), PSL : Maritzburg United vs. Chippa United ~ March 31, 2013 (Photos 369-377), Day 28 ~ April 5, 2013 (Photos 378-390) and Day 29 ~ April 6, 2013 (Photos 391-402)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Days 24, 25 and 26

Day 24 ~ Wednesday March 27, brother Aziz and I tracted Bombay Heights in Northdale and we encountered much wickedness with Hindus worshipping idol gods. Later back in the greater town centre in Scottsville, I also read from Isaiah 53:1-6 and preached at the gate of the Scottsville Gardens Pre-Primary School to the parents awaiting the collecting of their children which included some Hindus and Muslims. Please pray for all who heard the Way of Salvation!

Later in the evening, went out alone to the Scottsville Mall entrance to hand out tracts and preach Christ Jesus. Had a conversation with a couple named Lionel and Jacqueline. They are looking for a church to attend! We will pray and see what God does with this request. They have also become disillusioned with man-made church!

Day 25 ~ Thursday March 28, brother Aziz and I went and completed the roads on the outskirts DSCF2131of Pietermaritzburg in the Raisethorpe area. It was also the closing of the schools today for the ‘Easter-holidays’ and this afforded us an opportunity to engage some children on the streets which included three young men named Sphamandla, Bruce and Nkosingiphile. Please keep them in prayer for true repentance and faith – they were surely challenged! Whilst we spoke to these three men it also allowed us to wait until 10am when the Northbury Secondary School closed and standing on the tailgate of the Ford ‘Seed-sower’, using it as a pulpit, I preached Jesus Christ and Him crucified. Small groups of children gathered round to listen to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and the neighbouring houses across the road with their Hindu flags got to hear that their idols cannot save anyone! Please pray for the souls who heard the Truth that God would save them.

In the early evening, my wife Tammy and Cee-Jay joined me at the Scottsville Mall entrance to hand out Gospel tracts as the Gospel of Jesus Christ was shared with a crowd who had gathered after I used the slight-of-hand “red-light-thumbs” to draw a crowd. Had a conversation also with a car-guard named Sibusiso (“Blessing”) – I implored him to get right with God as he said he had believed before, but he has a drinking habit now!

Day 26 ~ Friday March 29, headed out today to cross-walk some roads in Pelham with my wife Tammy and Cee-Jay. They were up ahead of me resting as I had taken to another part of Christie Road when I had a situation where a dog came through a fence and the owner kept saying a ‘command-word’ that had the dog barking and lunging at me. Rebuking the dog kept him at bay three times, then I rebuked the owner calling out: “Stop setting your dog on me you pagan!” No response from him as our gracious God delivered me safely from that situation.

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Scottsville Mall Night Preaching on March 22, 2013 (Photos 302-325), Day 24 ~ March 27, 2013 (Photos 326-330), Day 25 ~ March 28, 2013 (Photos 331-357) and Day 26 ~ March 29, 2013 (Photos 358-363)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Days 22 and 23

Day 22 ~ Today, Thursday March 21, was Human Rights Day – a public holiday! It afforded me an opportunity to place Gospel tracts in the post boxes in the Pelham suburb in which my family and I now stay. On the cross-walking journey I met Sthu and Simphiwe who both attend the Methodist Church. However, going through the Holy Law of God, they found that they are living in transgression of DSCF2024 Sthu and SimphiweGod’s Ten Commandments. They also agreed that the Gospel that John and Charles Wesley preached as founders of Methodism is not the watered-down gospel that is being shared in the church today. Please pray for true repentance and that they will live trusting in Jesus Christ alone for their salvation.

The area appealed to through tract distribution has many, many blocks of flats and complexes that resulted in 782 places being reached with the Word. We do pray that souls will be touched by God and drawn to Him for His glory!

I also came across a Mormon building – The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – which has been rightfully corrected and labelled Heretic Church!

Later this evening, I raised my voice in the parking area and preached to the people living in the 38 other flats in the complex I live in! The Gospel has been preached and if they have ears to hear, let them hear and examine themselves in respect of what the Word of God says about sin, righteousness and judgment to come in light of eternity! You can listen to the audio at this link.

Day 23 ~ On March 22, shared the Gospel extensively with Spumelo (?) who works at a car wash in the Pelham suburb and his work colleagues who sat around also got to hear the Way to salvation. Please pray for them all, our Father knows who they are.

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Day 22 ~ March 21, 2013 (Photos 283-295) and Day 23 ~ March 22, 2013 (Photos 296-301)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Day 21

Today on our cross-walking time there were many steep hills that we had to negotiate, and by God’s grace we accomplished much. In the perfect timing of our Lord God Almighty, He ordered our steps according to His will and purpose and we arrived outside the Silver Heights Secondary School at 11H30 with an expectation to preach. God provided the opportunity as we first preached outside the main gate to a growing crowd of students. After sharing the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, preaching Him crucified, DSCF2017we moved further down the school property’s fence and came to another group of students who prompted us to preach. This was gladly done to the glory of God our Father and an even bigger new crowd gathered along the fence as we concluded with two preach sessions in half an hour. Today the Good News of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ alone was shared and although many were boisterous in their chants ofDSCF2019 “Yes we are ready”, many were silenced and started examining themselves against what God’s Word has to say. We also exhorted the students to look to Jesus Christ and not to be duped by the false ‘Easter’ celebration of bunnies and chocolate easter eggs! As we were ending the preach session the bell sounded for classes to commence! Perfect timing, as we continued on our way after brother Aziz had handed out about 200 Gospel tracts while I raised my voice and preached Christ Jesus. All praise and glory to God!

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Day 21 ~ March 20, 2013 (Photos 274-282)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Debi Market and Day 20

Debi Market ~ Saturday March 16, brothers Aziz, Lungisa and I had many conversations as we were led of the Holy Spirit and ministered into peoples’ lives. Please pray for Krishna Munisamy (62) who is a Hindu and who acknowledged that he called his parents “gods”. He had the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ shared with him calling him to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ alone. Please pray also for an African man named Leonard who understood the Good News shared with him and that he also had explained to him in great depth that ancestral worship is an abomination to God Almighty. We shared extensively from Deuteronomy 18:9-14 as read with 1 Timothy 2:5. He realised that he is living in sin against God and that he must repent and receive Jesus Christ as his Saviour and trust in Him alone for his salvation. Leonard even said that he will go and buy himself a King James Bible to read and study. This man would appear not far from the Kingdom of God.

DSCF2005There were many other conversations that our brothers Lungisa and Aziz engaged in ministering to people in this open area and the Word of God was also preached in boldness.

We also share herewith a text message (sms) that was received by me on my cellular phone on Friday March 15, 2013 at 13:51, which reads as follows, unaltered, quote:

Dear GARY. CAME ACROS A LEAFLET WIT YOR NAME AT END OF INFOMATION.(ARE U READY).I BELIEV U &YOR ASOCIATS CAN PRAY 4 ME.I HV A SERIOUS PHYSICAL PROBLM.PLEAS REMEMBER ME IN PRAYER.PLEAS B KIND ENOUGH NOT TO REPLY ON THIS NUMBER.THNK U.GOD BLES.PAUL”

Please pray for “Paul” for healing and God’s grace and mercy.

Day 20 ~ Tuesday March 19, we took to Bombay Heights in Northdale today and had an opportunity to engage a 61 year old Hindu man named Manor who was walking home from the shops at 10am. We got speaking to Manor about sin, judgment and the righteousness of Jesus Christ and he heard precisely what is required of him and that trying to live a good-life will not cut it for him on Judgment Day. Please pray that he will examine the Way of salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ alone! Later we came across a man named Ajith who was about to enter a Hari Krishna temple. In our brief conversation we told him that saying a mantra of “Hari, Hari, Hari Krishna, Hari Krishna, …” and beating drums will not help him when he stands in Judgment by God Almighty and he is seen in all his sin. We shared the Gospel with him and called him and two other persons standing near the gate on a hill to repent and believe upon Jesus Christ alone!

DSCF2014aThere were also much devilish shrines to statue Hindu gods on our cross-carrying walk today and we also encountered some homes that had devilish faces on the gates. These are really abominable and ghoulish in appearance!

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Debi Market ~ March 16, 2013 (Photos 259-265) and Day 20 ~ March 19, 2013 (Photos 266-273)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Days 17, 18 and 19

Day 17 ~ Wednesday March 13, on starting our journey to place Gospel tracts in as many peoples’ homes and hands as possible, it commenced with us being approached by two SAPS police officials on scrambler motorbikes who enquired of our reason for carrying the cross and being on the streets. It allowed us to share the Gospel briefly, but precisely with Sergeant Ramnath and Constable Nchunu. The Sergeant told me that his wife is a Christian and he is still a Hindu. I shared with this law enforcement officer that someday he will stand before the Judgment Seat of Jesus Christ and although he enforces the law here in this land he will be judged by God for transgressing God’s Law which includes his violation of the Second Commandment (I had touched on some of the Ten Commandments) which forbids idolatry, of which he is still engaging in by lighting the lamp and trusting in idol figures. He listened and shook his head in acknowledgment. I also shared Psalm 115:3-8 with him before he said they had to leave as they had another call to attend to. Please pray for this man’s salvation as it could be an answer to prayer from his wife!

While placing the Word of God in post boxes we came across a 25 year-old Indian man named Keegan hanging out with his 16 year old friend listening to some music on his cellular phone. I got into a conversation with him easily referring to the music youngsters listen to and he professed to be a Christian. However, whilst going through the Law of God, one could see his mind was working overtime and he was agreeing with the righteous standards required of us as believers. Shortly, he pointed out to me that a coloured man had drawn up with his motor vehicle who wanted to speak to me. To put this conversation in context – just yesterday brother Aziz and I had been opposite the school Kharina High School where we were now standing, but around the corner in Khan Road, and had said we hoped to be able to get into this school and preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified. We had earlier this morning prayed for God to give us divine appointments and to order our steps. Well that is what our Father God did by His grace by allowing me to have the conversation with Keegan until this man named Harold would arrive on Regina Road. Harold volunteered information to me as we spoke and he told me that he is the Chairman of the Parents’ Governing Body at the Kharina High School and he attends the Mountainrise Methodist Church. He told me to contact a Christian lady who is a counsellor at the school named Cynthia Govender to make arrangements to come and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. After that we parted ways with a hope to getting into this school ‘someday’!

Later, as we placed tracts in post boxes, there are many houses off the main road down short lanes hidden away behind the road facing homes, whilst walking up one such lane we heard the rejoicing voice of a woman saying, along the lines of: “Are you ready? Oh yes, I am ready, ready to see my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!” It was refreshing to meet sister Neela and young Abigail and also her son Joash. Sister Neela invited us in to her home and we spent some time in sweet fellowship encouraging one another, when she asked us to pray for her safety in this community as there is much wickedness that prevails there with songomas (witch-doctors). We spent time in prayer and encouraged her to be a witness for Christ to her neighbours. Neela has come out of a Hindu upbringing and attends at the Assembly of God Church. Her family has come to faith in Jesus Christ and brother Aziz knows her from times past when Neela had converted to Christianity and had stayed in the same circular road as brother Aziz whilst they were still Muslims in those days. In fact Aziz’s sister used to laugh at Neela, but years later she too believed upon Christ! How our Great God orchestrates all things, saving and giving a witness to all for His Glory alone!

We continued down some side roads, meeting Richard a mechanic who said he would like to continue the conversation some time, and then started back along Regina Road. As we neared the Kharina High School we saw some pupils calling out to us carrying the cross. They were a long way from us so we called a male pupil down to us and handed him a small bundle of tracts for him to hand to the other scholars that were with him. As we approached the entrance the Holy Spirit prompted me to go in and enquire about having a preaching meeting in this school. The timing was precise, as we found brother Harold with the principal (a Hindu) and we met Cynthia and the secretary, also a Christian named Chantal. We had a meeting with Harold, Cynthia and Chantal and we were advised that Cynthia will take this proposal forward to obtain permission for us to do so! We also shared the Gospel and we found out that Cynthia’s husband is a pastor and that she too preaches! I shared that women cannot be preachers, especially in the pulpit as Scripture confirms who can be ‘pastors’ with reference to 1 Timothy 2:9-15 as read with the qualifications of ordained qualified elders (Titus 1:5-9) and bishops (1 Timothy 3:1-7) emphasising on “the husband of one wife.” It was at this point that we were told that she does not agree with me on this issue, however I reiterated that we cannot discount and disagree with what the Bible, God’s Word, tells us irrespective of what we personally believe! The conversation ended as Cynthia had to attend a class and if this was the only reason for visiting the school, all Glory to God. And if God wills we should preach to some students at this school, we will have a day and time given to us! Please pray for an open door!

With our various meetings today we did not complete the roads in Northdale that we had planned to walk. However, God ordered our steps perfectly! Hallelujah!!

Day 18 ~ Thursday March 14, we took on a huge round trip that had many hills along the way, but all the homes were given a Gospel tract. We had to correct a Hindu woman who was praying to her idols in her front garden and when she said she also prays to ‘Jesus’ I had to rebuke her for blasphemy and for praying to the ‘wrong jesus’ for the Jesus Christ of the Bible hates idolatry and will send idolaters to hell and to the lake of fire. This rebuke had her leave us and go indoors. Our rebuke is in love to save her by plucking her out of the fire.

We found ourselves at a cul-de-sac at the end of Vinca Place that overlooked a community of houses in a valley around Pastoral Road. Prompted by the Holy Spirit I raised my voice and preached the Holiness of God’s Law and Jesus Christ and Him crucified. By God’s grace one could hear my voice rebounding off the hillside across the valley that held the preaching in this amphitheatre as we noted people coming out of their homes to see who was speaking to them. Many stood at a distance looking up, listening which is all glory to God! So many homes were visited by the raising of my voice preaching to them from a distance. Later we found ourselves on the very streets over which was preached the Good News and we asked some in the valley and they said they had heard the message clearly. Praise God alone!

We also met some brethren along the way – one particular man, an evangelist named Roland who ministers down in Phoenix near Durban. We had spoken and met opposite the City Hall about a year or so ago and now met one another once again on Bombay Road. We hope to labour together down in Phoenix some time in the future, Lord willing!

Later on our way back up Springvale Road we passed Springhaven Primary School where first Aziz and then I engage a group of youngsters with the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. They went away more educated than when we first met them. Please pray for the salvation of Sfundo, Jared, Mikayla, Chiara, Jaden and Ryan.

Day 19 ~ Friday March 15, we followed up on some roads we did not do yesterday branching off the lengthy ring-road we walked. Out on Butterfly Road we engaged an Indian lady named Manisha who was busy sweeping her cemented driveway area, who happened to be a Jehovah Witness who had come out of Hinduism. From one idolatrise religion to another cultic religion doesn’t seem to help her. We pleaded with her to repent and trust in the True Jesus Christ of the Holy Bible and not the lie of the NWT that she relies on. We reasoned with her from the Scriptures and we do believe God stopped her at various points from justifying her religious practices. She also said that to be born-again is a Roman Catholic practice. We had to correct her that the RCs do not believe in being born-again and that Jesus Christ says a person must be born-again to see the Kingdom of God (see John 3:3), which she said she is not born-again! Manisha has much to consider and we do pray that she will come to true repentance and faith believing in the one True God, our Lord Jesus Christ the Righteous and be born-again of God.

Today on many of the roads we walked there was much idolatry to be found with many, many altars to stone gods that Scripture speaks of:

Psalm 115:4 Their idols are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands.

Psalm 115:5 They have mouths, but they speak not: eyes have they, but they see not:

Psalm 115:6 They have ears, but they hear not: noses have they, but they smell not:

Psalm 115:7 They have hands, but they handle not: feet have they, but they walk not: neither speak they through their throat.

Psalm 115:8 They that make them are like unto them; so is every one that trusteth in them.

Aziz and I were in agreement that South Africa is in such a wicked and evil state due to the millions of idolatrise altars like those we saw today that are spread around the country. there is so much demonic activity taking place that is an abomination to our Great God!

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Day 17 ~ March 13, 2013 (Photos 216-227), Day 18 ~ March 14, 2013 (Photos 228-247) and Day 19 ~ March 15, 2013 (Photos 248-258)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

Mission Act 1:8 ~ Debi Market and Day 16

On Saturday March 9, 2013, brother Aziz and I headed out to an Indian market named Debi Market in Northdale. This is in the Indian district where brother Aziz ran ‘wild’ in the days before his salvation. And it was upon these very streets that he gave a testimony of Jesus Christ’s saving grace and many of his old cronies got to see and hear his witness – a Muslim who came to faith in Jesus Christ! Praise God!

Earlier I shared the Gospel with an Indian couple who are dating named Romano and Deveshni – who attend a church, but Romano admits that he attends, but is backslidden! We do hope and pray for true repentance and faith for them both. Later, I preached open-air our Lord Jesus Christ and Him crucified and there were many, many Muslims, Hindus and Christians that heard the living Word at the market. Many tracts were handed out and they all heard that salvation is ONLY by our Lord Jesus Christ. They also heard that no man-prophet could walk upon water!

Brother Aziz’s old friend from their gang-running days, a Muslim named Hassan Shaik, heard the complete Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ whilst he was sitting on the steps of a local betting house in the Debi Market complex. Afterwards Hassan did speak to us – even bringing me a bottle of coca-cola while I preached – and shared that he had read a Gideon’s Bible he took from his sister when he was younger and secretly read it in his Muslim parent’s home, and he said what was preached he remembers from those days! He wants his life to be changed, and we did tell him that by faith he should repent towards God for this was not by chance that he heard the Gospel this day. He has my cell number if he requires to speak about godly issues – the call is his!

Today, March 12, was Day 16 of our Mission Act 1:8 – I went to brother Aziz’s home in Bombay Heights in the Northdale suburb. It is time to be sharing the Gospel in a predominantly Hindu and Muslim geographic area in Pietermaritzburg. We might not be able to afford going to India, Pakistan or Nepal to take the Good News of Salvation to them, but we have our very own India right here on our doorstep – where there is much wickedness prevailing with their idolatry. It is rife here in this city! Hopefully you will see many more photographs bearing testimony of our preaching Truth in a very dark and evil part of this KwaZulu-Natal capital city! Please keep us in prayer as we reach out to lost souls pleading with men, women and children to bow the knee to our Lord Jesus Christ – alone!!

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Debi Market ~ March 9, 2013 (Photos 199-210) and Day 16 ~ March 12, 2013 (Photos 211-215)

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Mission Act 1:8 ~ Days 14 and 15

On Thursday and today, Friday, brother Aziz and I had truly a blessed time in our Lord’s harvest. Brethren, in obedience “Go” and share your faith. You will not be disappointed. Almighty God is revealing the works of the enemy trying to come in and corrupt the True preaching of the Word! Be discerning brethren, and get out there and preach Jesus Christ to the glory of God the Father!

We had some great conversations, including encouragements, as we ministered to the persons our Lord brought across our path these last two days. These were appointed times lead of the Holy Spirit. We encountered Truman who was on his way to his job at Steers. Before even examining himself using the Ten Commandments he offered to us that he was headed for hell, but definitely said he will examine all things. We shared Grace with Truman and encouraged him to repent and believe upon our Lord Jesus Christ. We also pointed him to the Scriptures and asked him to read the Gospel of John as he has a Bible and that he needs to get alone with God in prayer. Truman also took three extra Gospel tracts to give to his three colleagues, he was to meet at work!

We passed Karabelo, a young Tech student who attends Grace Generation Church that meets in the Scottsville Primary School’s hall on Sundays. We encouraged her to continue sharing her faith with her friends at Tech, as she said she does!

Later while brother Aziz and I unwound at my home and watched a video dealing with “Freemasonry” I received a phone call from an Indian man named I. Beharie who had recently received an “Are You Ready?” Gospel tract in his post box in the suburb Hayfields. He told me that he wished to find out who had placed this message in his post box and was looking for a true copy of the Scriptures and whether I had a Bible for him. I discussed briefly that I do not at the moment, but would make arrangements to get him a King James Bible. He was satisfied with that, and I agreed to hand deliver it to him as he said he also has many questions to ask! Praise God that in obedience of dropping a tract off at Beharie’s residence in that the Lord ordered our steps, we were now receiving a request from him for God’s Word! He gave us his work address and the call was terminated!

Today, we started earlier than normal, but it would be according to God’s perfect timing! The conversations and events that unfolded today were truly God-orchestrated events. The Holy Spirit was clearly moving over us as we laboured for God’s Glory! We went out towards St John’s Diocesan School for Girls and St Charles’ College (for Boys) which also has a Tech College in between these “Romish Schools”. We were able to hand out some tracts and place them on the Tech College students’ motor vehicles’ windshields and hand them personally to some students. One such Tech student named Storm was found seated outside on the pavement awaiting a taxi. He wasn’t feeling well, so he was going home early. We managed to start sharing the Law of God with him and Storm was understanding his plight in view of eternity, when the taxi arrived. He did say he had attended Church some time ago, but now he did not, but he had been thinking of death recently and what happens to people when they die. He undertook to read the tract. Please pray for our Father to reveal Himself to Storm and bring him to repentance and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ!

Later on Blackburrow as we were walking on the road, the Scottsville Primary Schools’ mid-morning tea break started at that time (10am). The timing was perfect! Brother Aziz approached the school’s perimeter fence first to engage some boys by handing out Gospel tracts and asking them if they “Knew Jesus Christ.” I crossed the road to join him carrying the cross and by the time I arrived at the fence a sizable crowd of boys started assembling. We then proceeded to preach Jesus Christ and Him crucified starting with the Law and then moving to the Grace of God! Many questions were asked, and many of them were Christians and some were of other faiths. I was recognised by two of the boys, a white boy who recalled that I had given him a money tract some time ago and that I had a message on my car that reads: “±150000 PEOPLE WILL DIE TODAY” – this was a wonderful springboard using the catastrophes of today – a geography lesson, so to speak – to deal with the Law and Grace Gospel! And the second boy was Sphumelo (?) who said my name and then he said he knew me from where I used to work with his mother at a law firm. Later as the presentation was nearing the end some “messengers” were sent from the teacher on playground duty saying that the boys must come away from the fence from speaking to those “two strangers”. I did not expect what I heard next – two coloured boys said: “We are going no-where as we are hearing about Jesus!” They stood there ground as we could see some of the other boys weren’t sure what to do. Some more “emissaries” were sent our way and the response was the same, until the teacher herself came across to address us and the boys. Reluctantly they left, as we were told that the school is Christian, but we need to get permission to address the boys. I do know the headmaster Mr Bobby Nefdt and the school does have a “Christian ethos” so this is something worth looking into. On leaving, there was a young boy pleading that we come back at 1pm (their main lunch break)! We left and went down another road to put tracts in post boxes and then came back up to Blackburrow.

As we proceeded down the road running next to the school, some more children including a large group of girls gathered at the fence to see these “strangers carrying a cross”. They were hungry to hear the Word that two boys later came to the fence asking for more tracts as they had shown their teacher! Praise God!

A short while later at the bottom of the road we came across a group of six tow-truck operators sitting in one of their tow-trucks and handed out some tracts. We engaged the men in conversation and we soon learnt that they think hell is on earth and that they “worship a god of their own choosing.” Some don’t believe the Bible and even told us that we are blaspheming God by speaking on His behalf and “judging them.” Well, the conversation got really challenging and colourful when I called a Hindu man out for worshipping idols and calling the idol-vessels “God”. Before this, there were even some of them that wanted some prayer, but upon the Hindu man being reminded of his idolatry against the True and Living God, the filth that poured out of his heart via his mouth directed at me was really disgusting – the profanity was a sewer-pit-of-words!

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Well at the time he had their request of prayer terminated as he was showing that there was an evil demon in him – even getting very threatening – something along the “hold-me-back, hold-me-back” attitude.  This is what Satan the deceiver does, uses a lot of filthy hot air. Well, we were strengthened and assured of our Lord and nothing untoward happened as we thanked them for their time and left rejoicing! What a contrast our Lord was revealing to us – the kingdom of God is for those that are like children!

Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

But we will pray that God will change these men’s wicked hearts.

On going back up the road we were greeted by a man named Clyde D. Langley who had stopped by the roadside to see what we were doing carrying a cross and to give us each a copy of a book titled “I Found Grace, Grace In Them Stones” which he had written. We spent about an hour with Clyde and we said we would test all that was written in it, to which he agreed – saying we shouldn’t discount anything, but enter into dialogue with him if we disagree with anything – in fact at page 7 he says, quote: “… my recommendation is that the reader read with an open mind, and not discard the book should they reach a point where it contradicts their beliefs, but to read through to the end, and then reach a conclusion.” This statement is unbiblical! On getting home the Holy Spirit had me page through the book and it was revealed that this book is of the SDA theology – yep, “Seventh-day Adventism” something Clyde failed to notify us about on the street. That would appear to be deception! Praise God for His Holy Spirit that reveals error, heresy and deception! By the Holy Spirit’s leading, on reading at page 149 in the Chapter XII titled “Is There Only One Truth?” there is a whole section of ‘quotes and glorifying’ of the false prophetess Ellen G. White and the SDA church. I must denounce this book as heresy for there are false teachings in there, too. I suppose that at page 10 where this following quote appears, it speaks volumes to all that will read this book or who agree with the SDA dogma, quote: “WHEN YOU ARE DECEIVED YOU DON’T KNOW YOU ARE DECEIVED BECAUSE YOU ARE DECEIVED”.

On leaving the man Clyde, we were able to also minister to Mr. Mchunu who is a grounds man at Scottsville Primary School, who was marking the football (soccer) fields for the upcoming season. I entered into dialogue with him when he said he doesn’t read the Bible because the Bible stories “change in the front, middle and back of the book!” It was a strange statement to being made by a man who says he goes to church. The long story short, the Holy Spirit did not allow me to leave the man until pressing him for answers he revealed that he and his family have been brought up through the generations in Roman Catholicism. It is understandable now why he does not understand the Bible and why he never wants to read it, because of the Romish papal system of ‘lack of feeding on the Word’ and not being born-again! At the end of our conversation, glory and praise to our Great God, Mr. Mchunu had understanding to his predicament even asking now “where is my church?” I advised him that I do not have a Church, but we were “having church” right where we were meeting. He doesn’t have to go into a stately building. I also advised him that born-again believers are known as the Church – the Body of Jesus Christ! But if he wants, he can meet me at my home for fellowship and worship or I can visit him! Please pray for Mr. Mchunu that he will be born-again by God’s Spirit and grace.

Also prior to investigating the book by Clyde, as mentioned earlier, we went and purchased a King James Bible and went and visited Beharie at his work. He was surprised to see us the very next day, and with a Bible as he required. We spend about an hour with him as he asked questions concerning God and Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit gave us utterance to teach Beharie. Please pray for his salvation for he is seeking Truth!

Please also check out the photograph journal by clicking the photo hereunder and do join us in praying for the souls reached that they will come to repentance and faith in our great God Jesus Christ the Righteous. Day 14 ~ March 7, 2013 (Photos 167-176) and Day 15 ~ March 8, 2013 (Photos 177-198)

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SOLI DEO GLORIA!

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