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