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  1. 1. National Alliance for Life Conference 2021 presentation from Africa Christian Action By Dr. Peter Hammond
  2. 2. “…‘You see the distress that we are in, how Jerusalem lies waste and its gates are burned with fire. Come and let us build up the walls of Jerusalem, that we may no longer be a reproach.’” Nehemiah 2:17
  3. 3. Demographic Dynamics It is said that 5% of people make things happen.
  4. 4. 15% of people watch things happen.
  5. 5. 80% of people have no clue what happened.
  6. 6. Resisting the Call to Action From the very beginning, as Africa Christian Action was launched 30 years ago, there were those who resisted the call to action.
  7. 7. “You Cannot Legislate Morality!” “You cannot legislate morality!” insisted many. However, all legislation enforces some version of morality.
  8. 8. Either the state will exercise the wrath of God against sin, or it will exercise the wrath of man against God and His people.
  9. 9. Either legislation protects babies from the violence and injustice of abortion,
  10. 10. or, as we see happening now, legislation will be designed to penalise and prosecute medical professionals who are contentious objectors to participating in the taking of innocent life.
  11. 11. “Jesus said: ‘If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching’ ...” John 14:23
  12. 12. Two Extremes Facing the threats of secular humanism, the New World Order attempts to rebuild Babylon, privileges for perverts,
  13. 13. many respond in one of two extremes. There are those who want to deny that any problem exists…
  14. 14. and those who declare that there is no hope!
  15. 15. No Problem To try to deny reality and claim that there is no problem is to fail to recognise the depravity of man.
  16. 16. Mankind is in rebellion to almighty God. It is impossible to violate God's Laws without serious and disastrous consequences.
  17. 17. No Hope On the other hand, those who claim that there is no hope are failing to take into account the sovereignty of God, the power of the Word of God and the power of prayer.
  18. 18. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
  19. 19. “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
  20. 20. “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
  21. 21. “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
  22. 22. “For I, the Lord, love justice; I hate robbery and iniquity.” Isaiah 61:8
  23. 23. “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).
  24. 24. "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
  25. 25. “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
  26. 26. • Pornography is in the supermarkets!
  27. 27. • Legalised abortion!
  28. 28. • 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.
  29. 29. • Yet the response of all too many is to “just preach the Gospel”
  30. 30. “Just Preach the Gospel!” “Just preach the Gospel!” This response has often seemed like a convenient excuse for disobedience to the clear commands of Scripture and an excuse for doing nothing.
  31. 31. “All we can do is pray,”
  32. 32. “These are the last days,” “Jesus is coming soon,”
  33. 33. “We will be raptured before the Tribulation!”
  34. 34. 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?
  35. 35. • “Just preach the Gospel” is an excuse to justify laziness or cowardice.
  36. 36. Q. Would God have us stand idly by while a murderer rips the arms and legs off a baby and crushes its head?
  37. 37. Q. Which servant of God in the Bible limited himself to “just preaching the Gospel?”
  38. 38. Q. Was Elijah wrong to confront, and expose the pornographic, child-sacrificing prophets of Baal? (1 Kings 18)
  39. 39. Q. Was John the Baptist wrong to have publicly confronted the immorality of King Herod (Matthew 14:3-4)?
  40. 40. 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)
  41. 41. Sins of Omission The Parable of the Good Samaritan with its “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:26-37), the coming Day of Judgment when our Lord warned us that we will be judged on the basis of what we did
  42. 42. In Matthew 25, our Lord makes it clear that, on the Day of Judgment, we will be judged for sins of omission, for the good things that we failed to do.
  43. 43. to care for the sick, feed the hungry, clothe the naked,
  44. 44. visit prisoners and welcome strangers (Matthew 25:31-46),
  45. 45. confirms that we are obligated to do far more than “Just preach the Gospel!”
  46. 46. True Christianity is Love in Action In James 1:27, we read that the Biblical definition of true religion before God is:
  47. 47. • “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” James1:27
  48. 48. 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.
  49. 49. Seek First the Kingdom of God We are called to be “the salt of the earth.” Matthew 5:13.
  50. 50. 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
  51. 51. Love God and Love your Neighbour It was love for God that motivated us to stand up against the legalisation of blasphemy.
  52. 52. It was love for our neighbour that motivated us to organise outreaches outside abortion clinics.
  53. 53. “Who will rise up for Me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for Me against the workers of iniquity?” Psalm 94:16
  54. 54. “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5: 11
  55. 55. It was in obedience to the Scripture: “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them.” Ephesians 5:11, that led us to march to parliament
  56. 56. “If you faint in the day of adversity, your strength is small. Deliver those who are drawn toward death and hold back those stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, ‘Surely we did not know this,’ does not He who weighs the hearts consider it? He who keeps your soul, does He not know it? And will He not render to each man according to his deeds?” Proverbs 24:10-12
  57. 57. “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
  58. 58. "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
  59. 59. Communication Imperatives It has been observed that: 5% of people think.
  60. 60. 15% of people think they think.
  61. 61. 80% of people never think
  62. 62. Communication Imperatives 5% of people think. 15% of people think they think. 80% of people never think
  63. 63. For those who think, we need books, seminars, conferences, documentation.
  64. 64. For the 15 %, leaflets and video documentaries are needed.
  65. 65. For the 80%, we need sound-bites, slogans, T-shirts and bumper stickers.
  66. 66. Reaching Every Sector of Society However, every movement needs to mobilise each section of society starting with Leadership Training, books and seminars, going on through leaflets and documentaries, but not neglecting the slogans, sound-bites and social media.
  67. 67. The goal is to inform, inspire and involve, to educate and enlist, to motivate and to mobilise.
  68. 68. Raw information, such as makes up the majority of newspapers, is cheap.
  69. 69. Understanding is valuable.
  70. 70. Participation is most precious.
  71. 71. "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
  72. 72. "Your watchmen shall lift up their voices…" Isaiah 52:8 Lift Up Your Voices
  73. 73. "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
  74. 74. also I set watchmen over you, saying 'listen to the sound of the trumpet!'" Jeremiah 6:16-19
  75. 75. “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
  76. 76. 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
  77. 77. 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
  78. 78. 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.
  79. 79. 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.
  80. 80. 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
  81. 81. If his tower was near the city gates, he could also observe the business of the city conducted by its officials.
  82. 82. 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
  83. 83. The Word of God declares that we who have received the Word of God must give warning to the wicked.
  84. 84. 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
  85. 85. 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!
  86. 86. Neither can anyone have any hope of victory in a war against Almighty God!
  87. 87. 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
  88. 88. 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
  89. 89. 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.
  90. 90. "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
  91. 91. 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.
  92. 92. “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
  93. 93. "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
  94. 94. “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
  95. 95. 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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