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Christian Track Angers Hindus in South Africa

 


A local Church in South Africa distributed a track called; REINCARNATION OR RESURRECTION? - A MESSAGE TO HINDUS,  in  a predominantly Hindu suburb in the city of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. This track written by the the Church's  pastor Shaun Willcock.  After the first 400 tracks were distributed among the Hindu community, the angry crowd started massively complaining about the gospel message...The outcry by Hindus was so great, it attracted the local media who then put the controversy on the front page of the newspaper.  A local Hindu living in the area said, "South Africa doesn't need a religion like this." Another Hindu local said, "who are they to criticize my religion."  President of the South African Hindu Maha Sabah promised they would not take this matter lying down. Hindu leaders began promising strong action against any church who had a notion of spreading a track that says reincarnation is false, and the resurrection of Christ is true...

 

In  the Pietermaritzburg weekly newspaper October 31, 2002, it quoted Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Henry Budhram as saying the remarks in the tract went against clauses in the constitution which protects religious freedom.  "No-one has the right to discriminate against other people's religious views. The leaflet appears to be the work of people who for some reason or other, believe their religion is the only authentic religion and is superior to all other religions," said Budhram. All attempts to contact the author of the leaflet, Shaun Willcock, proved futile. Bible Based Ministry, under whose name he disseminated the document, is not listed in any directory."
 


Since the ANC took over in South Africa, freedom of religion is no more as it has proceeded to restrict anyone from displaying a different religious viewpoint other than their own...The concept is similar to restricting political speech which criticizes the government, like so many Communists countries have done in the past.  If you say, Christ is the only way to salvation, this would be against the law in South Africa. The claim of blocking religious freedom by a track which opposes another religion or any other public display of speech on the same theme, is inaccurate and misleading. 

 

The method in which preaching the Gospel is performed, is not based on blocking pagan temples. It's not based on using the secular government to make laws outlawing their religious expression even though they are opposed to these things, and other forms of worship.  This local Church in South Africa though spreading this particular track, is obeying what the Scriptures teach when it comes to spreading Christianity. For how would anyone know who Christ is without preaching of His Word?  South African law does in fact allow worship that might oppose another person's religious way of worship, but they cannot preach it to the public of this difference according to South African law. 

 

As far as the message, it's really all up to God not man if they accept or reject the message.  We read in the Scriptures, "We ought to obey God rather than men" (Acts 5:29). This is a command is geared for New Testament believers to obey no matter what country they are in and what man made laws there are.  And this local Church in South Africa are seeking to do just that... "And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word" (Acts 4:29). And one side note, as of 2008, churches in South Africa even under a brutal government with skyrocketing secular violence are still spreading God's Word!

 

We ask Christians to pray for this local church in South Africa and others around the world who are under attack because they spread God's Word to the lost. 

 

 

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