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30 Years of Africa Christian Action

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30 Years of Africa Christian Action

  1. 1. 30 Years of Africa Christian Action
  2. 2. 30 Years of Africa Christian Action
  3. 3. “…‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build the wall of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.’” Nehemiah 2:17
  4. 4. “Hallowed Be Thy Name” In February 1991, Africa Christian Action (ACA) was launched. Its first campaigns were against the blasphemous Jesus Christ Superstar play at Nico Malan Theatre (now the Artscape).
  5. 5. . "You are the salt of the earth… you are the light of the world… in the same way let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven." Matthew 5:13-16
  6. 6. “And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength. and…You shall love your neighbour as yourself.” Mark 12:30-31
  7. 7. "I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem; they shall never hold their peace, day or night, you who make mention of the Lord, do not keep silent." Isaiah 62:6
  8. 8. "Your watchmen shall lift up their voices…" Isaiah 52:8 Lift Up Your Voices
  9. 9. "Thus says the Lord: 'Stand in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way is and walk in it; then you will find rest, for your souls… Listen to the Sound of the Trumpet Jeremiah 6:16-19
  10. 10. also I set watchmen over you, saying 'listen to the sound of the trumpet!'" Jeremiah 6:16-19
  11. 11. “When I say to the wicked, 'O wicked man, you shall surely die!' and you do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand. Ezekiel 33:2-33
  12. 12. Nevertheless if you warn the wicked to turn from his way, and he does not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered your soul.” Ezekiel 33:2-33
  13. 13. The watchmen were key figures in ancient Israel. Large watchtowers were placed overlooking the fields of agriculture and men would stand watch, guarding the fields which contained the community's basic food supply. The Watchmen of Israel
  14. 14. The watchmen needed to be alert to any threats, whether from animals, thieves or from fire. The watchman also had to be alert for any sign of invasion.
  15. 15. The watchmen on the walls of a fortified town were to monitor all the approaches and at the sign of any threat would sound the warning so that the town could shut its gates and prepare to defend against any attack.
  16. 16. The vigilant watchmen would observe the daily life of the community. He could see much of the activity in the streets, and in the markets. He would know the people, their work, their habits and their lifestyles. Vigilant and Alert
  17. 17. If his tower was near the city gates, he could also observe the business of the city conducted by its officials.
  18. 18. God uses this role of the watchman to illustrate the responsibilities of a minister to both comment on the conduct of society, and to deliver messages of warning and instruction. The Responsibilities of a Minister of God
  19. 19. The Word of God declares that we who have received the Word of God must give warning to the wicked.
  20. 20. The danger of God's judgement upon wickedness is a far more serious danger than that of an invading army threatening a city. One may be able to defend a city against a foreign invader. The Greatest Threat
  21. 21. However, no one can escape the scrutiny of an all all-knowing, everywhere-present, all-wise God! Nor can anyone escape judgement from an omnipresent Judge!
  22. 22. Neither can anyone have any hope of victory in a war against Almighty God!
  23. 23. The prophets of God had a solemn duty to deliver a most sober and serious message. Unless the citizens of Israel acknowledged their sins, turned away from sin, repented and resolutely obeyed the Word of God, they would die in their sins. A Solemn and Serious Responsibility
  24. 24. However, regardless of how individuals respond to the warning, if they hear the message, the prophet has fulfilled his duty and is no longer responsible. Duty is Ours – The Results are in God’s Hands
  25. 25. Duty is ours. The results are in God's hands. However, if the messenger failed to deliver the warning, their blood would be required at his hand.
  26. 26. "Again, when I say to the wicked, 'You shall surely die,' if he turns from his sin and does what is lawful and right, if the wicked restores the pledge, gives back what he has stolen, and walks in the statutes of life without committing iniquity, he shall surely live; he shall not die. Restitution Brings Restoration
  27. 27. When the righteous turns from his righteousness and commits iniquity, he shall die because of it. But when the wicked turns from his wickedness and does what is lawful and right, he shall live because of it.
  28. 28. • Pornography is in the supermarkets!
  29. 29. • Legalised abortion!
  30. 30. • Many government schools are promoting secular evolution, situation ethics, humanism, sex education programmes, the interfaith movement, gender confusion, the gay agenda, witchcraft and even occultism.
  31. 31. • Yet the response of all too many is to “just preach the Gospel” (a convenient excuse for disobedience and doing nothing.)
  32. 32. Q. Do we really believe that Jesus would have us stand passively by while God-hating pagans exploit women made in the image of God, degrade that which God has made to be holy, make public what God has meant to be private, make common what God has meant to be special, corrupting young minds and morals and ruining marriages?
  33. 33. • “Just preach the Gospel” is an excuse to justify laziness or cowardice.
  34. 34. Q. Would God have us stand idly by while a murderer rips the arms and legs off a baby and crushes its head?
  35. 35. Q. Which servant of God in the Bible limited himself to “just preaching the Gospel?”
  36. 36. Q. Was Elijah wrong to confront, and expose the pornographic, child-sacrificing prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18)
  37. 37. Q. Was John the Baptist wrong to have publicly confronted the immorality of King Herod (Matthew 14:3-4)?
  38. 38. Q. Could our Lord have been in error when he confronted the corruption in the temple - overturning the tables and driving out the money changers? (Mark 1 1 : 15-16)
  39. 39. • The parable of the Good Samaritan with its “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:26-37), the coming Day of Judgement when Jesus warns us that we will be judged on the basis of what we did to care for the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit the prisoners and welcome strangers • (Matthew 25 :31-46).
  40. 40. • And the Biblical definition of true religion before God, “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by· the world” James1:27
  41. 41. We are called to be “the salt of the earth” Matthew 5: 13. We have been taught to pray “ Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your Name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven” Matthew 6:9-10.
  42. 42. “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
  43. 43. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5: 11
  44. 44. "Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts … let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never failing stream!" Amos 5:15, 24
  45. 45. “Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching’ ...” John 14:23
  46. 46. “Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins and will raise up the age-old foundations; you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls, Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.” Isaiah 58:12
  47. 47. “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the traditions of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.” Colossians 2:8
  48. 48. 30 years of Biblical Worldview Summits and Seminars
  49. 49. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Romans 12:2
  50. 50. “But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 15:57-58
  51. 51. “Be very careful, then, how you live -not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5: 15-16
  52. 52. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity.” Isaiah 61:8
  53. 53. “Does not wisdom cry out and understanding lift up her voice? She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, beside the way, where the paths meet. She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, at the entrance of the doors.” Proverbs 8:1-3
  54. 54. “If My people who are called by My Name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
  55. 55. “See, I have set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction ... love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land ...” Deuteronomy 30: 15-16
  56. 56. Reforming our Families
  57. 57. "And you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one thing has failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spoke concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one word of them has failed." Joshua 23:14
  58. 58. ForMore Information: Contact Christian Action Network Tel: (021) 689 4481 Web:www.christianaction.org.za E-mail: info@christianaction.org.za

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