Conference Addressed by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi
It was a privilege to have Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, the traditional Prime Minister to the Zulu monarch and nation and head of the Inkatha Freedom Party, open our Coalition on Revival Back to the Bible Conference. The venue was William Carey School of World Missions hall. Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi quoted from Isaiah 40:31: “But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” Dr. Buthelezi called for South Africans to return to foundational values and principles. “Our country needs a government that is both capable and ethical. In the absence of a value system, any government is bound to fail.” “I believe that the principles contained in the Bible are the principles by which we should live.”
Biblical Principles for the Elections
Prince Buthelezi testified of walking with the Lord for 70 years, promoting justice and righteousness. He quoted Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…” He expressed his appreciation for the work of the Christian Action Network, particularly for putting together the Biblical Issues Voters Guide, which has convinced him of the need for his party to re-open the national debate on the need of bringing back capital punishment for murder. He promised that the new IFP Manifesto for 2019 will make clear: “That we are champions of a free market economy and we hold the family to be the foundational building block of society.” He called on delegates to do more research on what the Bible says and where parties actually stand. “The Bible stands as absolute truth today, as it did yesterday and as it did in the times of Moses, David, Ruth and Peter. The rock on which the Church was built. We need to obey God's Biblical commands. Only then will we see Amos 5:24 – ‘But let justice run down like water and righteousness like a mighty stream.’” You can read Dr. Buthelezi’s message here.
Back to the Bible for Reformation and Revival Conference
The Principal of William Carey School of World Missions, Dr. Leslie James presented the Devotions on Psalm 85:6 “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Dr. Peter Munns of the Christian Coalition presented The Challenges That Confront Us and despite my throat infection and failing voice, I reported on the Coalition on Revival Reformation 500 FIRE vision, leading an open discussion on identifying the Threats and considering the Biblical solutions to the problems that confront us.
Recognising the Threats
We particularly identified the threats of: radical Islam, Marxism, the second phase of communist Revolutions, Syncretism, Unbelief, Cowardice, the Fear of Man, Compromise, Worldliness, Biblical Illiteracy, Neglect of the Bible, Prayerlessness, the Hate Speech Bill Restrictions on Free Speech, Plans to Register and Regulate Religious Practitioners, Persecution, Distraction, Disunity, the Gay Agenda and Gender-Fluidity movement, Indoctrination instead of Education in Public Schools, Degenerate Entertainment from Hollywood and the Need for Pastors to Return to Preaching Through the whole Bible, the full counsel of God, applying the Lordship of Christ to all areas of life.
Coalition on Revival Resolutions and Resources for Rebuilding Civilisation on the Bible
The delegates endorsed the 95 Theses for Reformation Today and the Coalition on Revival Documents, including on The Inerrancy of Scripture, the Manifesto for the Christian Church, 25 Articles on the Kingdom of God, 7 Essential Actions Local Churches Must Take, The Sanctity of Life and the Coalition on Revival Documents on Marriage, Homosexuality, Biblical Economic Systems, Education, Freedom of Expression, the Trinity and much more. These documents can be viewed on the Coalition on Revival and International Church Council Project websites and on the www.Reform500.org website. Concerns from the churches in KwaZulu Natal will be formulated for submission to the Global Church Council at Zurich, this July, 15-20. A Back to the Bible Conference is also being planned for Cape Town, 24 May.
May the Lord continue to be your joy and strength.
Yours for the fulfillment of the Great Commission
Dr. Peter Hammond
P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725
Cape Town South Africa
See also: Ministers Conference at KwaSizabantu Mission
"Those from among you shall build the old waste places; you shall raise up the foundations of many generations; and you shall be called the Repairer of the breach, Restorer of streets to dwell in."
You can start a Reformation Society. It is not as daunting and difficult a task as you may first think. Our prayer is that Reformation Societies would be started in many hundreds of homes, churches, schools and colleges throughout Africa and the world. It is our earnest prayer that through these multiplied Reformation societies there would be a Revival of interest in the Doctrines and Devotions of the Reformers, whom God used to transform lives and change history.
Martin Luther (110 min) - Excellent 1950’s Black and White award winning film.
* Luther (120 min) - A fast moving big budget (US$100 million) epic on the Great Reformer.
* God’s Outlaw - The Story of William Tyndale (93 min) - A well-produced drama on the English Bible Translator, Reformer and Martyr who gave his life that we could have the Bible in English.
* Amazing Grace (120 min) - Big budget epic on William Wilberforce’s parliamentary battles to end the slave trade.
* What If Jesus Had Never Been Born? (60 min) - Excellent Coral Ridge production.
* Francis Schaeffer’s “How Shall We Then Live?” (10x30 min) - Monumentally important Worldview overview from the time of the Romans through to our present time.
* The History and Theology of Calvinism (260 min) - Tremendous series. Foundational.
* Cromwell (134 min) - Tremendous epic on the English Civil War and Puritan general Oliver Cromwell.
* KJV – The Making of the King James Bible.
* Our Christian Heritage (50 min).
* A Tale of Two Cities (130 min) - One of the greatest stories – powerful contrast between English Christianity and French Revolution Humanism.
“…Contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.” Jude 3
Christian leaders and Theologians will be gathering in Zürich, Switzerland from 15-20 July for the Reformation 500 Global Church Council. In celebration of the 500th anniversary of Ulrich Zwingli launching the Swiss Reformation in Grossmunster, Zürich, with verse by verse expository preaching, starting with Matthew 1:1, the Global Church Council will be held near Zürich, 15-20 July 2019 to affirm 24 Theological documents applying the Lordship of Christ to every area of life. The Global Church Council will include a Reformation Celebration and guided tours of historic Reformation sites in and around Zürich. Church leaders, representing a denomination, mission, or college, that affirm the authority and inerrancy of Scripture and are committed to working for Biblical Reformation and praying for Revival are invited to apply to participate.