Old Prophets and Young Illegal Priests: Who is Behind the Violence and Mayhem in SA? (Part 6)
The Old Prophets of South Africa
To impress upon the hearts of the Afrikaner how some of the older South African prophets mightily and radically changed the lives of many Afrikaners in the past, Riekert Botha endearingly mentions Reverend Mike Smuts who led many CSV camps (Christian Student Association) in Winkelspruit, Natal where multitudes of young people got saved because Smuts preached biblical repentance.
Is Riekert Botha mindful of the fact that Mike Smuts has since taken the ecumenical path of reconciliation and a false unifying love in the so-called new South Africa? Does he know how Mike Smuts prefers to listen to unbelievers’ opinions of Christians and to use it as a platform to foster love and reconciliation between all denominations and even people who worship Satan? Billy Graham also launched all of his grand crusades with the rallying cry, “Repent and receive Jesus Christ” but toward the end of his life denied that salvation in Christ is the only path to salvation.
Old Prophets and Their Young Priestly Mentors
And the man Micah had a house of gods, and made an ephod, and teraphim, and consecrated one of his sons, who became his priest. In those days there was no king in Israel, but every man did that which was right in his own eyes. And there was a young man out of Bethlehemjudah of the family of Judah, who was a Levite, and he sojourned there. And the man departed out of the city from Bethlehemjudah to sojourn where he could find a place: and he came to mount Ephraim to the house of Micah, as he journeyed. And Micah said unto him, Whence comest thou? And he said unto him, I am a Levite of Bethlehemjudah, and I go to sojourn where I may find a place. And Micah said unto him, Dwell with me, and be unto me a father and a priest, and I will give thee ten shekels of silver by the year, and a suit of apparel, and thy victuals. So the Levite went in. (Judges 17:5-10).
Idolatry in any shape or form is extremely dangerous. Like Aaron who made the golden calf and boldly proclaimed “Tomorrow is a feast to the LORD.” (Exodus 32: 5), Micah and his mother in the narrative above paid a silversmith 200 shekels of silver to make them two idols which they propped up in their home and hired a Levite to serve at their altar, which, according to Numbers 3: 9-10 was forbidden by God, and yet believed they were worshipping and serving God.
Many Roman Catholics and contemplative mystics have similar altars in their homes adorned with icons, statues of Mary and paintings depicting biblical scenes. Is there any difference between Micah, his mother and the Levite priest in the above narrative and these Catholics and mystics? There is absolutely no difference. Both are extremely idolatrous.
This makes it so much the more bizarre to think that an old distinguished and respected South African ‘prophet’ like Mike Smuts who championed many Christian youth camps, would allow himself to be hoodwinked by an infidel “young priest” (a hitchhiker), and to guide him on his future spiritual path of Roman Catholic idolatry. Here is how it happened.
The Infidel Priests and the Old Prophets
In an article Reverent Mike Smuts wrote for “The Southern Cross, The Catholic Magazine for South Africa” (20th February 2012), he relates how he was sensitized about the division among Christians when he gave a hitchhiker a lift on his way to Durban. During their conversation, the hitchhiker admitted he was not a Christian (presumably in response to a question Mike Smuts asked him, “Are you a Christian?”), the hitchhiker said that he felt like standing on a balcony, looking down on the street filled with bickering, fighting and hostile Christians.
Wow, this young man’s words launched Mike Smuts onto a beautiful flowery road of ecumenical love and unity with just about everybody who calls himself a Christian. Instead of heeding the words of Paul who said, “For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that divisions exist among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also factions among you, that they that are approved may be made manifest among you.” (1 Corinthians 11: 18-19), and Christ’s statement, “Think not that I came to send peace [unity] on the earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword [division]. (Matthew 10:34), Mike Smuts immediately went into his “love in unity” mode and paved the broad way to hell with “love” and “unity” briquettes. Here, in his own words, he says:
This, (his conversation with the young hitchhiker) was my first experience of being sensitized about the divisions among Christians. In those days it was fairly common that Christians competed on who had a better grasp of the biblical message and truth about God. Each of us thought that our doctrines were better than those of other Christians and that our particular church was superior. Many believed that they had the inside lane to heaven, to quote John Grisham.
During my ministry, I gradually came to appreciate that God’s emphasis and requirement for his Church were not so much how eloquently we can formulate our doctrines, but how we give expression to the unity we have as the family of God; an expression of love, caring and compassion for our brothers and sisters in Christ, irrespective of denominational boundaries. I became aware of how we lack this love.
In my previous congregation, we decided that each Sunday evening we would invite a representative of one of the other churches to come and introduce their church to us. We said: “Come and share with us what the nature and identity of your church is and how you would like us to perceive you.”
What a blessing this was! Our members discovered how our common faith in the Lord Jesus was more important than our differences. One of these speakers was a priest of the Catholic Church. In his summary at the end of the evening, after discussing issues on which we differ, he said: “Mike asked me to tell you how you would like to see us. I will be so thankful if you see me tonight as just another child of God who dearly loves Jesus Christ and wants to serve him!”
Now, there you have the basis of our unity!
Another outstanding experience we had, was in the 1990s, after the transition to the new South Africa. We invited Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu to preach in our church. Here was a man who was maligned by the Afrikaans press and politicians, preaching to a congregation of Afrikaans speaking intelligentsia. He had the ideal opportunity to get back at them.
Instead, he preached on the theme “God loves you!” He said: During the horrible years of apartheid, this is the message I preached to my black brothers and sisters. What a privilege to now also preach it to my white Afrikaans brothers and sisters!
After the sermon, my colleague went on to the pulpit and said: I speak as an Afrikaans dominee of the Dutch Reformed Church, a part-time chaplain of the army. I now want to say to Bishop Tutu: I am so sorry for what we have done.
At this stage, he broke down and could not continue. Archbishop Tutu went to him and hugged him. Then something unheard of in a staid Dutch Reformed church happened: everybody stood up and applauded them, tears running down many cheeks. [ Emphasis added]https://issuu.com/scross/docs/120215/7 (See page 7)
According to Mike Smuts and many other apostates the common denominator to establish peace, harmony, love and unity, is to emphasize their mutual love for Christ. The question, however, is Jesus Christ who? (2 Corinthians 11:4). There is and can be no love or unity in error. Lies are the devils doing from the very beginning with an intent to murder, steal and rob God’s creatures of his will that everyone should be saved (John 8:44). What kind of love could there be in Satan’s unity? – only a hellish kind of love, I would say.
Should we be surprised that Desmond Tutu called the white Afrikaners who thought and believed they are God’s darling chosen people, his brothers and sisters? In hindsight of the terrible Apartheid years and Winnie Mandela’s rallying cry, “together, hand in hand, with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country,” Tutu’s new “love in unity” song in Mike Smuts’ church comes as no surprise, the reason being that Tutu and most of the Afrikaner hierarchy who erected the Voortrekker Monument in Pretoria and some Afrikaner leaders were/are Freemasons and worshipers of Baphomet (Satan), also known as G.A.O.T.U (The great architect of the universe).
Whosoever, (no matter how important a celebrity he or she may be, a Dominee, a Pastor, a Priest, a New Apostle or Prophet, and so-called peacemaker), is willing to set aside God’s doctrines for the sake of love and unity, are traitors worse than Judas Iscariot.
And this, this is the very reason why God is judging South Africa, and not, as Riekert Botha asserts because the Afrikaner believes he is God’s chosen people.
At any rate, what is the difference between the Afrikaner’s claim that she is God’s chosen people and Botha’s affirmation that the Ecclesia (all those who are on God’s side) is the new Israel and God’s chosen people? There is absolutely no difference, no difference at all, because the Afrikaner, a.k.a. the Hebrew Roots Movement, the Word of Faith Movement, New Apostolic Reformation, Pentecostalism, Charismaticism, and last but not the least, Mysticism (Contemplative Spirituality embedded in Roman Catholicism), are rotten to the core with the same kinds of idolatry Israel was guilty of, with one difference: They are all bound by the term “Another Gospel, another Jesus, and another spirit”
For [you seem readily to endure it] if a man comes and preaches another Jesus than the One we preached, or if you receive a different spirit from the [Spirit] you [once] received or a different gospel from the one you [then] received and welcomed; you tolerate [all that] well enough! (2 Corinthians 11:4; AMPC).
But though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach unto you any gospel other than that which we preached unto you, let him be anathema. As we have said before, so say I now again, If any man preacheth unto you any gospel other than that which ye received, let him be anathema. (Galatians 1: 8-9).
Does Riekert Botha really believe that God is judging South Africa because the Afrikaner believes he is the chosen race of South Africa and all the other races are reprobates, creatures who stand outside the covenant the Afrikaner made with God at the Battle of Blood River, whilst he himself seems to be part and parcel of the so-called New Apostolic Reformation, a.k.a. Spiritual Warfare Warriors, Dominion-makers, and miracle and power-seekers, who revere false prophets and prophetesses like Benny Hinn, Kathryn Kuhlman, Aimee Semple McPherson, Andy Byrd, Dale Mast, Lou Engle, Hele Dagen, Loren Cunningham, and the likes?
The essence of Riekert Botha’s message is to prove that Israel can no longer claim to be God’s chosen people due to their stubborn and relentless disobedience and idolatry and have been replaced by all the believers who are on God’s side. Botha has forgotten that Israel is more than a chosen people and a servant of God; they are Jehovah’s wife. Botha never once mentions God’s marriage to his people, which was consummated at Mount Sinai (Isaiah 54:5; Jeremiah 31: 32; Ezekiel 16:59-60).
God was not provoked to anger and judgement in Israel because Israel thought she was God’s chosen people. God who had made an unconditional and irrevocable covenant with them through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob knew that they were and still are his chosen people, even though many of them will be lost for all eternity (Matthew 8: 11-12; ). A remnant of Israel who is going to be saved at Christ’s Second Coming will inherit the Kingdom and fulfil all God’s covenants with them (Zechariah 12: 1-14; 14: 1-21). It is for this very cause that Paul could write, “But it is not as though the word of God hath come to nought [as though God has rescinded all his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and King David]. For they are not all Israel, that are of Israel: (Romans 9:6). Only the believing remnant of the nation of Israel is the real Israel. It is to them that God will fulfil all his promises as the nation of Israel.
Earlier in this article, the author showed that God’s covenant with Israel regarding their land and their special position in this land when Christ returns at his Second Coming to set up His Millennial Kingdom on earth is eternally irreversible. God’s honour and integrity would have been at stake if He had abandoned Israel as a nation and transferred all his promises to those who are on God’s side. God has never promised land to be inherited by any other nation on earth during the Millennial reign of Christ Jesus on earth.
The incident in the book of Exodus, when God wanted to destroy the entire nation of Israel and make a new one through Moses, it was on behalf of God’s honour and integrity, and his promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that Moses made an appeal for mercy and to stay his hand. (Exodus 32: 9-14). It proves without doubt that God will never replace the nation of Israel with someone else, let alone a spiritualized nation that supposedly is on God’s side. If God’s honour and integrity were at stake then, it would be at risk even more in the end-time if He should fail to bring the remnant of the nation of Israel into their Promised Land during Christ’s Millennial reign on earth.
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 7:7-8).
Misunderstanding the Command “Earnestly Contend for the Faith”
Mike Smuts should have known that Jude 1: 3 which exhorts us to earnestly contend for the faith decidedly annuls the young hitchhiker’s accusation “that he felt like standing on a balcony, looking down on the street filled with bickering, fighting and hostile Christians.” Had Smuts been obedient to Jude’s exhortation, he would never have waded off onto the path of ecumenism, doctrinal sabotage, false love, and unbiblical respect for God’s enemies. Yes, we are commanded to love our enemies for the sake of Christ but never compromise the faith for the sake of an ecumenical peace which, in the end, will end up in destruction.
And through his policy also he shall cause craft to prosper in his hand; and he shall magnify himself in his heart, and by peace [an ecumenical peace] shall destroy many: he shall also stand up against the Prince of princes; but he shall be broken without hand. (Daniel 8:25).
Unity Through a Bunch of Loving Anathemas
The Roman Catholic Church has decreed more than 100 anathemas on those who do not obey the Pope and do not belong to the so-called one and only true church, the RCC. Here are a few.
If anyone therefore shall say that blessed Peter the Apostle was not appointed the prince of all the apostles and the visible head of the whole church militant or that the same directly and immediately received from our Lord Jesus Christ a primacy of honor only and not of true and proper jurisdiction [over the whole church], let him be anathema [excommunicated and thus damned]!
The Church … teaches and commands that the usage of indulgences-a usage most beneficial to Christians and approved by the authority of the Sacred Councils-should be kept in the Church; and it condemns with anathema those who say that indulgences are useless or that the Church does not have the power to grant them.
If anyone says that the sacraments of the New Law [of the Roman Catholic Church] are not necessary for salvation but… that without them … men obtain from God through faith alone the grace of justification. .. let him be anathema.
If anyone says that after the reception of the grace of justification the guilt is so remitted and the debt of eternal punishment so blotted out to every repentant sinner, that no debt of temporal punishment remains to be discharged either in this world or in purgatory before the gates of heaven can be opened, let him be anathema.