The following is an excerpt from a beautiful letter sent to the The Bible Based Ministries, South Africa. The author is a black woman from the United States. She presents another point of view:
. . . As I read [your personal testimony], I could relate to many, many things that you wrote about; and I also marveled about certain similarities in our lives. . . . But although my race and gender is different from yours (I.e. I am a black woman); and the Lord converted me far later in life (age 35) than you; there were quite a few similarities that I could identify along with you. The first one being: coming out of that terribly destructive Charismatic Arminian error, losing friends along the way, and longing for fellowship amongst true believers who share the same desire to separate from the evils of worldliness and compromise…
For me it can be a particularly lonely walk from the standpoint that many people do not understand that when it comes to standing firmly on the side of Christ verses going the way of cultural “traditions” (so to speak) – I have to roundly reject “tradition” if it contradicts God’s clear teaching. This is because the Lord (in His amazing grace) has so deeply changed my heart to love and serve Him; and to see things much differently than ever before. Let me give you an example. Here in the USA, I know many blacks who claim to be Christian but who are supporting Obama just because of his skin color. The expectation is – I should be supporting him, too. But as a Christian there is no way I can support this man who is pro-abortion, pro-sodomy; not to mention his socialist/communist leanings, etc., etc., and other problems. In fact, Obama stayed in a church that was preaching Liberation Theology. It caused a huge controversy because of ugly statements his “pastor” made. Obama only left this “church” (which is filled with heresy and lies) because of political expediency. Clearly, by his fruit he’s not a true Christian – though he claims to be.
Another example is Martin Luther King, Jr. – whose real name was Michael King. I learned the shocking truth about this man a few years ago and there is no way I could “celebrate” his birthday or his memory or anything else. The things I found out about him were (and are!) so filthy. And (from what was documented in his own writings) King wasn’t at all a true Christian, as he denied almost every single foundational teaching of Christianity. Yet just because we share the same color (and because of the “civil rights” issues), many expect that I should overlook these things. Here in America it is like a “sacred cow” (if you will) to say anything against the “great” “Rev. Dr.” Martin Luther King, Jr.!! However, as a true believer I cannot in any way overlook who this man really was. As it is written in God’s Holy Word (in 2 Cor. 5:17), “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” This is so true!
Thank you for “Rehearsing What God Has Done.” The newsletter greatly encouraged me. Please know that I continue to pray for your country and the brethren in SA. I know there are many difficult things going on, particularly regarding the racial conditions in SA. These have not always been easy to read about. Still, I understand the truth must be expressed. As you said in one of your messages that I’m listening to right now, entitled “Zion, City of God” (referring to the verse in Jer. 13:23), it is not the color of the skin that matters. It is the condition of the heart that must be dealt with. The heart of depraved mankind is black with sin until the Lord so graciously and mercifully washes it “as white as snow” (Is. 1:18).
I am grateful that the Lord, in saving my soul and forgiving my sins, has not only given me a heart to love Him and serve Him; but He’s given me a brand new heart to love others (especially Christian brothers and sisters) regardless of their skin color. When I say love I am not talking about turning a blind eye to error and not addressing sin. I mean as believers the truth is (as it is written in Gal. 3:28): “There is neither Jew nor Greek…for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” Yet sometimes people will abandon this verse when family ties or skin color or nationality or past history or tradition or other things are involved…
Meanwhile, I will pray along with you (as you wrote in your article entitled “Witchcraft and Crime in South Africa”) that the “Spirit of God can change the hearts of black South Africans.” In addition, I will pray that it would please the Lord to change the hearts of all kinds of men and women, who are in bondage to sin and Satan, regardless of their skin color so that they may believe on the Lord Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins. Only God can do it…!
No way am I saying that the system of slavery in the USA (which was marked by brutality in many instances) was good. Not at all. Many terrible things were done. But it’s long been over with and it’s long been time to move on. So many blacks are still harping about slavery and/or racism as an excuse for almost every single problem in their lives; and/or for the problems among the races. The fact is many of the deep down problems have to do with the personal sin in their lives. As Christians we are called to “press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 3:14); not whine or blame others for past hurts…
Again, thank you for such a beautiful 25th Anniversary edition. Please take care – you and your family. I pray that you are all well and safe.