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April/May/June 2015

Dear Friends,

046In March 2015, Black students of the University of Cape Town demanded that the statue of Cecil Rhodes which honours the great 19th century benefactor of education, be removed from the grounds, because it was a symbol of “imperialism.” They threw human faeces at the monument and staged a sit-in at the vice- chancellor’s office who, together with his colleagues, gave way to their so-called ‘anger,’ and brought down the statue amidst rejoicing. 

But who was Cecil Rhodes?  He was the son of an English Anglican minister who, as a teenager, came to sunny Natal because he was suffering from advanced tuberculosis. By God’s grace he recovered, and when diamonds and gold were found in South Africa he became a successful businessman and then politician, who helped to civilize Africa and expand British interests.  He gave his name to Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and was twice elected Prime Minister of the Cape.  When he died in 1902, he bequeathed much of his fortune to the nation, including the ground on which the University of Cape Town (UCT) now stands. 1) He also provided the ongoing prestigious Rhodes Scholarships to Oxford University. Even Nelson Mandela gave credit to Cecil Rhodes having been a recipient of various benefits from his funds.  Many UCT alumni had good reason to say: “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” (Ps055alm 103:2)

Today’s professors and students seem to spurn the benefits which past generations have provided. All over South Africa statues and monuments are suddenly being vandalized (e.g. Paul Kruger’s, Queen Victoria’s, even Andrew Murray’s under whose ministry the great 1860 Revival took place)  Across the border, Zimbabwean radicals want to exhume Cecil Rhodes’ bones from his granite grave in the Matopos Hills where they have rested, protected by Matabele chiefs, for the past 113 years. 

The re-writing of history
Much of the campaign was spearheaded by Julius Malema and his Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF). The fall of the Rhodes statue, he said, “is a major step towards defeating white supremacy in South Africa… It is not an event, but a process.  We collapse Rhodes today and then collapse all other systems and then begin to educate the white minority that you are not superior.  You are equal to black people.”  He has set up “EFF Student Commands” at 103 South African university and college campuses to fight for the ‘transformation’ of everything deemed ‘euro-centric.’ 2) 

It reminds us of the Chinese Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976.  When Mao Zedong feared that Communist discipline was slackening, he launched, with the help of young people and students, the Cultural Revolution.  Historical relics and artifacts were destroyed and cultural and religious sites ransacked.  “Educational establishments were considered to be too academic and therefore, too elitist.”  Successful people, e.g. engineers, scientists, managers, etc, were accused of having a superior attitude.  They were regarded as enemies of the Communist Party and politically persecuted.  Schools and colleges were closed. The radicals turned their anger on foreigners, and embassies were attacked.  After more than 10 years of this upheaval, great damage had been done to the nation and to the Communist Party 3)

 “They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity- for a man is a slave to whatever has mastered him.”  (2 Peter:2:19)

 

Dr Peter Hammond of Frontline Fellowship, takes a great interest in monuments, museums and battle sites,140 even on his mission trips.  He writes: “While some of these museums are well run and carefully maintained by diligent and committed people, those that are in state hands are often mismanaged, and we saw evidence of attempts to hijack history… It is critically important that we seek to preserve and treasure our history from a Christian perspective.  It was shocking to visit the Mission Church Museum in Long Street, Cape Town, see how all the beautiful wooden free-standing displays of Missions, Churches and Missionaries who established Christianity in South Africa have been taken off the floor, folded up and are collecting dust upstairs behind the organ.  Political ANC, Mandela, and Islamic propaganda displays have

been set up obscuring the Bible displays and part of the pulpit area in what is the oldest place of worship still standing in South Africa.” 4) -  We are involved in a world war of worldviews,” he adds, “a  clash of  civilizations… There is a desperate need for an independent Christian Heritage Museum.”4)

“We must tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD – even the children yet to be born.” (Psalm 78:4-6)

War against God
143Monuments remind and admonish us of how God has dealt with the nation.  They educate us about the struggles and achievements of past generations who lived, loved, and fought in an untamed land.  They are historical Christian landmarks, for the mainspring of our civilization is religion.  Through faith and sacrifice, the men and women thus commemorated lifted Africa from the stone age to the space age, and raised her peoples to faith in Jesus Christ.  To desecrate and destroy them is rebellion also against God.

 

“Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past.  Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you…” (Deuteronomy 32) -  “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.  We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  But when the kindness and love of God our Saviour appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy.  He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Saviour.” (Titus 3:3-6)

The national democratic revolution
During the past 20 years of ‘liberation,’ South African students found no reason to complain about “imperial’ South African statues.  The present burst of manipulated anger, therefore, signifies a cultural revolution in line with the “radical second phase of the national democratic revolution,” as outlined by the SA Communist Party (SACP). 5)  The ANC government, too, seems to be committed to this policy.  Since the national elections of 2014, most of the senior members of the South African Communist Party have become ministers or deputy ministers in the government. Dr Pieter Mulder of the Vryheidsfront Plus states:  “This confirms the ideological shift to the left in Cabinet which correlates with the President’s comments that a more radical phase of the socio-economic transformation will now follow.” 6)

142People say that Communism is dead, but in South Africa it is part of our national life.  It has inspired the Black youth to hooliganism and destructiveness.  But Karl Marx is no role model for nation building.  He was a Satanist and lacked humanity.  While he spent his days at the British Museum writing “Das Kapital”, his wife and children suffered poverty and hunger.  Four of his seven children died in early childhood.  Two daughters and a son-in-law committed suicide.  His destructive theories brought down mighty nations, and they are now destroying South Africa.  God says: “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge.  Because you have ignored the Law of your God, I also will ignore your children. “ (Hosea 4:6)

Let us pray, then, that South Africa may return to the living God, that she may not exchange righteousness for wickedness, light for darkness, and Jesus Christ for Satan.  God has appointed this nation for better things.  “As He has said:  I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be My people.  Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.  Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.  I will be a Father to you, and you will be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-18)

                                                                                                            May God bless you richly,

                                                                                                                     D. Scarborough.

Footnotes:

  1. The area comprises  the State President’s residence Genadendal, the Groote Schuur Hospital, Rhodes Memorial, Kirstenbosch Gardens, Newlands Forest – it stretches up to Constantia Nek.     2.  Internet: The fall of Rhodes’ statue is only the first step, says Malema, 30.3.2015     3.  Wikipedia: Cultural Revolution     4.  The Battle over History, 30.3.2015     5.  Internet: Bua Komanisi! Discussion Document on the second, more radical phase of our transformation.  Going to the Root.”     6.  Dr Pieter Mulder, Freedom Front Plus leader, Media Release 26.5.2014.     7)  Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 1983, Henry R Pike, A History of Communism in South Africa.


COMMUNISM AND THE BIBLE

“The world has never before known a godlessness as organized, militarized and tenaciously malevolent as that preached by Marxism.  Hatred of God is the principal driving force.  Militant atheism is not a side effect, but the central pivot…  Communism needs to control a population devoid of religious and national feeling, and this entails a destruction of faith and nationhood. ” (Alexander Solzhenitsyn, 7)

ON GOD
Communists know of no gods but man and matter.
The materialist… consigns God, and the philosophical rabble that defends God, to the rubbish heap. -   Every religious idea, every idea of every god, even every flirtation with a god, is an unspeakable abomination, the most repulsive infection. (Lenin) 1)

Down with God; there remains Nature. (Lenin) 2)

In a world where matter is the primary cause, the primary foundation of everything, there is room neither for God nor any supernatural force. (Afanasyev)  3)

Christians know the great Creator and Redeemer God
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting Thou art God (Psalm 90:2)

The fool says in his heart: There is no God!... Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers… who do not call upon the LORD? (Psalm 14:1, 4)

There is one God, and one Mediator between God and man, the Man Christ Jesus. (1 Timothy 2:5)

ON RELIGION
Communists are atheists and regard religion as the opium of the people
Religion is the opium for the people.  Religion is a sort of spiritual booze, in which the slaves of capital drown their human image, their demand for a life… worthy of man. (Lenin) 4)

Marxism cannot be conceived without atheism.  We would add here that atheism without Marxism is incomplete and inconsistent. (Lenin) 5)

We must combat religion – this is the ABC of all materialism, and consequently Marxism. (Lenin) 6)

Christians worship and obey the Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit
All who hate God love death. (Proverbs 8:36)

What can be known about God is plain to men who by their wickedness suppress the truth, because God has shown it to them.  Ever since the creation of the world His invisible nature, namely, His eternal power and deity, has been clearly perceived in the things that have been made.  So they are without excuse; for although they knew God they did not honour Him as God or give thanks to Him, for they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man… (Romans 1:18-23)

ON THE CHURCH
Communists see the Bible Church as a stumbling block to the revolution
Among the tasks of the cultural revolution… special place is occupied by the struggle against the opiate of the people – religion – a struggle which must be carried out systematically and relentlessly.  The proletarian power must destroy all government support of the Church, which is an agent of the governing classes.  It must destroy all participation by the Church in the government-organized work of upbringing and educat-ion, and must mercilessly suppress the counter-revolutionary activity of Church organizations. (Lenin) 7)

Christians know that the Church is the Bride of Christ, the company of the redeemed.
Come to Him (Christ)… be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices to God through Jesus Christ. (1 Peter 2:4-5)

You are… members of the household of God, built upon the foundations of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:19-22)

Christ was faithful over God’s house as a Son.  And we are His house if we hold fast our confidence and pride in our hope. (Hebrews 3:6)

ON CHRISTIANS
Communists hate Bible-believing Christians, but promote a Marxist Liberation Theology
We hate Christians and Christianity.  Even the best of them must be considered our worst enemies.  Christian love is an obstacle to the development of the revolution.  Down with love of one’s neighbor!  What we want is hate…  Only then can we conquer the universe. (Lunarcharsky) 8) -  It is impossible to conquer an enemy without having learned to hate him with all the might of one’s soul. (Stalin) 9)

Christians love God and man and live by the Golden Rule
As you wish that men would do to you, do so to them (Luke 6:31)

You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.  This is the great and first commandment.  And a second is like it.  You shall love your neighbor as yourself. (Matthew 22:37-39)

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:16)

ON TRUTH
Communists believe that truth originates in man and promote militant materialism.
We must be prepared to make all possible sacrifices and… subterfuges, sleights, illegal methods, taking refuge in silence and keeping the truth secret, in order to be able to penetrate the trade unions, to stay in them, and to conduct communist activities there at any price. (Lenin) 10)

Absolute truth results from the sum-total of relative truths…  Human thought… is capable of giving, and does give, absolute truth, which is compounded of a sum-total of relative truths. (Lenin) 11)

Christians know that Truth originates with God.  Jesus Christ, the Word of God incarnate, is the Truth.
Jesus said:  For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth.  Every one who is of the truth, hears My voice. (John 18:37)

Jesus said:  I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man comes to the Father, but by Me. (John 14:6)

We know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, to know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ.  This is the true God and eternal life. (1 John 5:20)

ON FREEDOM
Communists believe that freedom exists only for communists
We say: A la guerre comme à la guerre; we do not promise freedom nor any democracy. ( Engels) 12)

We do not want freedom for the bourgeoisie… As long as classes exist, all arguments about freedom and equality should be accompanied by the question: Freedom for which class?  And for what purpose?  The equality of which class with which?  And in what relation? (Lenin) 13).

Naturally there is and can be no place for freedom of speech, press, and so on for the foes of socialism. (Vyshinsky)… 14)

Christians know that true freedom exists only in Christ.
If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36)

You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. (John 8:32)

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. (2 Corinthians 3:17)

You were called to be free.  But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature, rather, serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)

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Source:  Dr Francis Nigel Lee, Communism: A Christian Evaluation, 1981

Footnotes:  1)  Lenin, Philosophical Notes, 16; cf Selsam & Martel; Reader in Marxist Philosophy. International Publishers, New York, 1964, p. 339.     2)  Lenin, Philosophical Notes; cf. Selsam & Martel, op.cit, p. 336.     3) Afanasyev, Marxist Philosophy, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow nd. p.59.     4)  Lenin, Socialism & Religion, Foreign Languages Publishing House, Moscow, nd. p.6.     5)  Lenin, Religion, Introduction, pp. 3-6, cf. W Cleon Skousen, the Naked Communist, p. 310.     6)  Lenin, Religion, p. 14, cf W Cleon Skousen, op cit p. 307.        7)  Lenin, 1919, Programme of the Communist International, in Anderson, People, Church and State in Modern Russia, Students Christian Press, London, 1944, p.51.     8)  Lunarcharsky, Russian Commissioner of Education, quoted in US Congressional Record, vol. 77, pp 1539-1540, cf W Cleon Skousen, op cit. p 308.     9)  Stalin, The Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union, Moscow 1946, p. 55, cf Skousen, op.cit. p308.     10)  Lenin, Collected Works (Amsterdam, Netherlands), X, p.102; cf Kraan, p. 328, n 96.     11)  Lenin, Materialism & Empirio-Criticism, p. 122; cf Wetter, Dialectical Materialism, p. 514.     12)  Lenin, Selected Works, Vol. X, p. 266; cf Skousen, op.cit.     13)  Lenin, Selected Works, Vol. X, p 266; cf Skousen.     14)  Vyshinsky, Law and the Soviet State, MacMillan Co, New York, 1948, p. 617; cf Skousen.                



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