In this section I would want to share from my experience as a missionary in this world. During the course of 2019 I will write the topical essays as set out below.1. The Missio Dei
1 – The Missio Dei.
I remember how this term, missio Dei, grabbed my heart, the first time I heard it in seminary at the University of Stellenbosch in 1992. We had a lecturer prof Martin Pauw that spoke on the mission Dei, and how we, the ministers to be, would be part of God’s mission in this world. From that day on I did not want to be anything else but a missionary! Madagascar, the Comoros, Reunion and the Seychelles islands were the focus of my missionary thoughts in those days. My days at seminary were filled with thoughts and yes, sometimes even dreams, about being a missionary for Christ in this world. If only I had understood then what I understand today about being a missionary or witness for God. But, the mission field tends to shape us into the disciple, missionary or witness we ought to be to as 2 Tim 2:19-22 so vividly describes it.
There is such a sweetness and pureness to the term missio Dei! It is a term loaded with meaning. It reminds me of the pure drops of honey dripping from the honey comb when one breaks it open, or the untouched dew drops hanging on the grass leaf, reflecting the array of rainbow colors as the morning sunrays penetrates its delicate structure. God uses the disciple, delicate and fragile, to be part of His mission in this world. He calls him or her, prepared and sustained with the Word and a love for Christ that propels one into the world to share His Word with people. And God the Holy Spirit reveals all things needed to bring the completeness that would make one a missionary for God in this world, to go, baptize, teach and thus make disciples. God the Holy Spirit says, “Go!” – and the missionary steps out in the power of God, for His honor and glory!
Missio Dei is a Latin Christian theological term that can be translated as the “mission of God,” or the “sending of God”. Thus, in broader terms, the missio Dei or God’s mission flows from God to Christ to the Holy Spirit, who empowers the church in fulfilling its mandate to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ in this world. In this missionary task of the church, individual Christians embody God’s mission and are sanctioned by God the Holy Spirit to execute this obligation to the world.
In the Bible we find the missio Deiexemplified in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ as related by Matthew:
16But the eleven disciples proceeded to Galilee, to the mountain, which Jesus had designated. 17When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some were doubtful. 18And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”(Matt 28:16-20 NASB)
The imperative of this command, through the ages after Jesus charged His disciples with this basic incentive, we find in what we usually term The Great Commission. A multitude of sermons have been preached on this, the Great Commission. Sermons echoing with motivational and emotional words challenging man to go into the world; where it is being preached in the shade of trees on the savannahs of Africa, or in the makeshift house of a shantytown in India or the Da Vinci decorated cathedral of Italy or the modern Baptist church complex in Dallas, Texas in the USA. This command Jesus gave to His disciples shortly before His ascension and it effectively outlines what Jesus expected the apostles and those who followed them to do. Jesus’ command instructs us to make disciples while we are going throughout the world. The instructions to “go,” “baptize,” and “teach” are indirect commands, whilst in the original Greek, the only direct command is “make disciples”. “Make disciples” is the primary command of the Great Commission. “Going,” “baptizing,” and “teaching” are the means by which we fulfill the command to “make disciples.”
I see Acts 1:8 as part of the Great Commission as well:
7He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
God the Holy Spirit, in this world we are living in, enables the Great Commission. The disciples and, inter alia we as well, are to be Christ’s witnesses, fulfilling the Great Commission in our cities (Jerusalem), in our states and countries (Judea and Samaria), and anywhere else God sends us (to the ends of the earth). Throughout the book of Acts, we see how the apostles began to fulfill the Great Commission, as outlined in Acts 1:8. First, Jerusalem is evangelized (Acts 1-7); then God the Spirit expands the church through Judea and Samaria (Acts 8-12); finally, the gospel reaches into “the ends of the earth” (Acts 13-28). Even today, we continue to act as witnesses for Christ, and “we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:20. NASB). As it was true then, so it is still true today.
A disciple is someone who receives instruction from another person; a Christian disciple is a baptized follower of Christ, one who believes the teaching of Christ. A disciple of Christ imitates for himself and reproduces in the lives of others Jesus’ example, clings to His sacrifice, believes in His resurrection, filled by God the Holy Spirit, and lives to do His work by obeying His commands (Jn14: 21). The command in the Great Commission to “make disciples” means to teach or train people to follow and obey Christ. This happens not only through verbal evangelism, but even more so through lifestyle evangelism where Word and conduct in the disciples are unified into a willful, deliberate and continuous witness of Jesus the Christ. Failure in the disciple’s life to present this unified life to the believer to be, always impacts negatively on the great Commissions’ fundamental purpose, namely, the proclamation of salvation in Jesus Christ only (Jn 14: 6). Indeed, we are very aptly reminded of this fact by the apostle Paul in 1 Cor 2:1-2.
The two men going to Emmaus in Luke (24:13-27) reminds us of some other important issues to consider as a disciple of Jesus Christ, namely, knowledge of Scripture. Indeed, the Lord Jesus Himself reiterated the importance of Scripture in evangelism. We, His witnesses, should understand what Scripture says concerning Jesus and know that God the Holy Spirit will always bring us back to the Word and “He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose it to you”. The Gospel of Jesus Christ cannot be proclaimed apart from the Person of Jesus Christ, as His Person is laid bare and explained in all the pages of the Bible. To me, this truth concerning Scripture, gives the substance of all verbal proclamation of salvation in Jesus the Christ and it lays down the foundation for “teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age “(Matt 28: 20).
But how do we go from this above, to the whole of what we call “lifestyle evangelism”? First we need to be reminded that the focus of the disciple’s life is on someone totally other than himself or those around him. Jesus clarified this to the young rich ruler in Matt 19:16ff. “Completeness” to do the great Commission and to make disciples, depends on one’s focus on Jesus. When one’s life is fundamentally given over to Jesus Christ two things happen in one’s life that brings about the unity between Word and conduct and thus realizes the beautiful completeness of “lifestyle” evangelism in the life of the disciple.
The apostle Paul in Philippians 2:3-5 explains the need that the disciple of Christ must be of the same mind as Jesus Christ. His warning that one should “have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus” is a most profound grounding of the missionary in the Great Commission’s foundation. Now, the word “attitude” can be broken down to mean “mind” and “conduct” from the original word in the Greek language. Invariably the original is translated in different Bible translations with “mind”, “mindset”, “attitude”, “disposition”, “conduct”, and so on. Plainly stated “attitude” involves the mind’s predisposition to certain ideas, values, people, systems, institutions; which then expresses itself in conduct which relates to the actual manifestation of feelings, actions, orally or/and through doing things. What the apostle Paul tells us, is that our “predisposition” should imitate and express the “predisposition” of Christ as He was totally predisposed to the things above (Kingdom) and not the things from below (earth).
The apostle John combines all into a wholesome unity when he says (1Jn 2:6) “by this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. Meaning, as He lived, we should live. The missionary’s life is exemplified by the visible, observable and experienced life of Christ by people in the “mind” and “conduct” of the missionary’s life as it is lived in all its relational interactions in this world. Plainly stated; people should see and experience the indwelling Christ in the missionary! Obviously there is much more to be said. But I want us to understand the very basic intention of the mission Dei, unless there is an oneness with Christ in “attitude” the Great Commission becomes a small commission because of man’s powerlessness to raise himself to God’s standard. Man needs the power of God the Holy Spirit to be truly a missionary as envisaged in the Great Commission.
We missionaries are by virtue of our unambiguous calling to share God’s Gospel of Jesus Christ, the called dischargers of the Great Commission in this world. Therefore we should be “embedded” in Christ Jesus our Lord. The apostle Paul explains this saturation with Christ with two concepts. First of all in Galatians 2:20 he says, “I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me;”  And in 1 Corinthians 2:1-2 he categorically states, “for I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. These two aspects represents to me the embodiment of the “attitude, bias or disposition” of Jesus Christ in the life of God’s missionary. Reading about the Old Testament “Heroes of faith” in Hebrews 11, and we may include here the New Testament disciples of Jesus who received the Great Commission firsthand from Jesus Christ, certainly brings one to an understanding of this truth as foundational to the life of God’s missionary in this world. “Therefore”, the first word in Hebrews 12, stunningly brings the transition from these dedicated lives to Christ, the ultimate example, for the missionary’s life.
If all the above should be perpetually prevalent in the life of the missionary, what are the things that should not be in the life of God’s missionary. In terms of the concept of “attitude” as I have discussed it above, I would suggest that a dualistic division of sins of mind and heart on the one hand and sins of conduct on the other hand could be described. This is, without exception true for the missionary’s life and non-negotiable for proclaiming the holy God in this world.
The apostle Paul highlights the fruits of darkness in Galatians 5: 19-21 as:
19People’s desires make them give in to immoral ways, filthy thoughts, and shameful deeds. 20They worship idols, practice witchcraft, hate others, and are hard to get along with. People become jealous, angry, and selfish. They not only argue and cause trouble, but they are 21envious. They get drunk, carry on at wild parties, and do other evil things as well. I told you before, and I am telling you again: No one who does these things will share in the blessings of God’s kingdom. (Contemporary English Version).
And in 1 Cor 6:9-10 he highlights another grouping more prevalent to conduct:
9Don’t you know that evil people won’t have a share in the blessings of God’s kingdom? Don’t fool yourselves! No one who is immoral or worships idols or is unfaithful in marriage or is a pervert or behaves like a homosexual 10will share in God’s kingdom. Neither will any thief or greedy person or drunkard or anyone who curses and cheats others. (CEV)
Whenever, in the true life of the dedicated missionary, these things enter because of whatever reason there is a net result which the apostle Paul describes in Rom 1:28-32: 
28 Since these people refused even to think about God, he let their useless minds rule over them. That’s why they do all sorts of indecent things. 29They are evil, wicked, and greedy, as well as mean in every possible way. They want what others have, and they murder, argue, cheat, and are hard to get along with. They gossip, 30say cruel things about others, and hate God. They are proud, conceited, and boastful, always thinking up new ways to do evil. These people don’t respect their parents. 31They are stupid, unreliable, and don’t have any love or pity for others. 32They know God has said that anyone who acts this way deserves to die. But they keep on doing evil things, and they even encourage others to do them. (CEV)
This changes the “attitude” of the missionary and the Great Commission suffers greatly because the pure “attitude” in Christ had been compromised with the secular devilish inspired attitude of this world. Evil has entered the life and the missionary calling, task and dedication in all its expressions becomes “evilised” and the resulting fallout brings about a watered down and lifeless expression of Christ in this world because the hand of God has been lifted from the missionary’s life. Compromised disciples or missionaries, eats away at the Kingdom of God as an unstoppable cancer which Hebrews 6:4-8 describes:
4-6But what about people who turn away after they have already seen the light and have received the gift from heaven and have shared in the Holy Spirit? What about those who turn away after they have received the good message of God and the powers of the future world? There is no way to bring them back. What they are doing is the same as nailing the Son of God to a cross and insulting him in public!
7A field is useful to farmers, if there is enough rain to make good crops grow. In fact, God will bless such a field. 8 But land that produces only thornbushes is worthless. It is likely to fall under God’s curse, and in the end it will be set on fire.(CEV)
So, the Great Commission, a command of Jesus Christ to all His followers, and does not come without its godly restrictions to the life of the follower of Christ. The follower of Christ can also not rid his/her life from the life-giving impact of this command. We cannot be followers of Christ without His pure and holy intention for the Fathers’ Kingdom to be grounded in us. It is also not a once-off experience but a perpetual lifestyle from beginning to the end.
The Great Commission in the life of the follower of Christ is indeed that “I have been nailed to the cross with Christ. I have died, but Christ lives in me. And I now live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me. (Gal 2:19b-20. CEV)
Soli Deo gloria!
 19Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Everyone who names the name of the Lord is to abstain from wickedness.”20Now in a large house there are not only gold and silver vessels, but also vessels of wood and of earthenware, and some to honor and some to dishonor. 21Therefore, if anyone cleanses himself from these things, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified, useful to the Master, prepared for every good work.
 21“He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him.”
 6Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.
 1And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.
 27Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures.
 21Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be complete, go and sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
 3Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; 4do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others. 5Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,…
 3By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. 4The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; 5but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: 6the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.
 20“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me.
 1And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. 2For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified. 3I was with you in weakness and in fear and in much trembling, 4and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.
 19Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, 21envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB)
 9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. (NASB)
 See also Rom 1:18-27 & 1Tim 1: 9-10
 28And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, 29being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, 30slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; 32and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them.(NASB)
2 – I am a Missionary
When I prayed, towards the end of my studies at university, seeking God’s will for my life as a pastor, I received the following Scripture I believed as God’s response to my prayer:
God’s Promise concerning His Servant
1 Here is my servant! I have made him strong.
He is my chosen one; I am pleased with him.
I have given him my Spirit, and he will bring justice
to the nations.
2 He won’t shout or yell or call out in the streets.
3 He won’t break off a bent reed or put out a dying flame,
But he will make sure that justice is done.
4 He won’t quit or give up until he brings justice
Everywhere on earth, and people in foreign nations
long for his teaching.
5 I am the Lord God. I created the heavens
like an open tent above.
I made the earth and everything that grows on it.
I am the source of life for all who live on this earth,
So listen to what I say.
6 I chose you to bring justice, and I am here at your side.
I selected you and sent you to bring light,
and my promise of hope to the nations.
7 You will give sight to the blind;
You will set prisoners free from dark dungeons.
8 My name is the Lord! I won’t let idols or humans
Share my glory and praise.
9 Everything has happened just as I said it would;
Now I will announce what will happen next. (Isaiah 42:1-9 CEV)
As I received these words from the Lord, I knew that I wanted to be His missionary in this world. I knew with a great conviction in my heart at that moment, I became a missionary in my deepest understanding of what it means to be called by God for His purpose in this world. I did not want to be a regular pastor in the church just around the street corner. I wanted to be in the front lines of bringing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to people.
I remember clutching the Bible to my chest. An unbelievable love for the Word flooded my soul. This Word, I thought, and only this Word will I preach. I wanted to be evangelical, meaning I wanted to preach what is written in the Bible and live what is written in the Bible. How difficult it would become in future to live this I felt and told the Lord was not even a probability in my mind. I could not imagine that in my life as a missionary, I would compromise this undertaking one-day, by proclaiming the Word and something more together as “the way of righteousness”. But that is a story for another essay. At this time, my heart was overflowing with a love for the Word and I was very content in my feelings.
Reading the words of Isaiah 42:1-9 I absolutely knew it referred to Jesus Christ. It is one of the four Servant Songs in the book Isaiah. However, it became so very personal to me and I read it over and over, wondering about the wonderful promises contained in it. Obviously whilst being called to be a missionary, I had no way to know that the calling embraced what was hidden in the haze of a future move to Kwasizabantu, which would be revealed later in any case.
Isaiah 42:4c especially gripped my imagination. The words in some translations, “and the coastlands” drew my eyes and quickened my heart. Coastlands, isles or islands had a romantic ring to it. Excitement rippled through my body and goose bumps broke out on my arms as I thought about visiting some islands somewhere preaching the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. When I had to write my thesis during my final year at the University of Stellenbosch, I wrote on the topic: Missionary endeavors to the islands of the Indian Ocean: Madagascar, Comoros, Seychelles and Reunion. It absolutely thrilled me to study the history of the missionary work on these islands. But God had other plans for my life. He allowed me to visit some islands to preach the Gospel, but not to stay and work on any specific island.
God lead and brought me with my family to Mission Kwasizabantu (KSB) in 1994. We stayed the first three months in uncle Erlo’s house. What a blessed time it was. We were happy. We were missionaries for God. I “worked” at the College, Andra “worked” at the school and in between we went to the services. Everything was just good. We marveled at God’s grace and mercy.
Over the next 24 years, Isaiah 42:1-9, was fulfilled in “my” ministry at KSB. I am so thankful to God for all He has given to me in all these years. My life as a missionary was not always easy. There were many challenges, successes, obstacles, high moments and low moments. Sometimes these were there because of myself, at other times it was because of other people. But always the Lord was there. He was the anchor to whom I could ever return. He never left me even in the moments I made mistakes. He was the missionary’s God, the missionary’s Friend, the missionary’s Guide and the missionary’s Counselor. He never left me to myself and never forgot to fulfill His calling in my life. Truly there is no other God but He, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit! I just love my God!
During the years as a missionary I travelled the world and studied as much as I could. I preached to the nations, visited continents and islands, crossed the boundaries of many countries, just being a missionary. I studied, became a doctor in theology and eventually professor in New Testament (Ethics). I loved every moment of my life as a missionary. Indeed, my calling took me all over the world and if you would ask me which countries were the highlights of my visits I would emphasize Russia, China and the island of Hawaii perhaps as special places I visited. The work in Mozambique was also very special in my missionary calling. Sitting under the trees in north Mozambique near Muapula was especially satisfying because one felt so near to God. Here the congregation sang a song after a sermon; don’t blame the preacher for he did not write the Bible! The years I worked with other missionaries in Mozambique are dear to me and taught me so much about my personal walk with Christ.
There are moments in my life as a missionary I would rather not talk about. The moments that I tried to do things in my own strength, or according to my own insight or in my own conviction. Those are however, the necessary building blocks the Lord uses to keep His missionary humble and on his knees. To have the mind (attitude and heart) of Christ (Phil 2:5), to think as Jesus did and to walk as He walked (1John 2: 6), does not come easy. But, for the patience God has had with His missionary. Eventually it just dawns on one, the reality of a life of faith that one has to abide in the Spirit and endeavor to keep in step with the Spirit of God at all times.
Love is the essence of God’s outreach to a lost world. Love should therefore be the essence of the missionary’s presence in this world. Love begets love! This is perhaps the loveliest response people could bestow on the missionary – love! Every person wants to belong. When people accept one and love one and respond to one in loving-kindness the missionary’s cup is filled to the brim. Love brings a bond that goes beyond race, gender and age. Truly God is love in this world we call home. As a missionary I have received an abundance of love. God’s children in this world, gives love in abundance. It reminds one of the words of our Lord about the sinful woman when He testified about her that she can love much because she has been forgiven much. How marvelous! It is so true of God’s children in the congregations of His Church in this world. Indeed the Gospel sets them free and they love so much and share love so much because they have been forgiven so much by a loving and caring God in heaven. What a Gospel we have received and the privilege to share it in a world that suffers under the burden of sin not forgiven.
Now at the end of over 30 years of missionary work the question lingers in one’s mind: Looking back, are you satisfied with your life as a missionary for God? My desire is to say yes, yet I know it is not for me to say. We should ask all those I have shared the Gospel and my life with. Perhaps that would give the clearest answer.
Perhaps I will leave the question with my Lord. One day when I stand before Him to be judged, I will hear the answer from Him personally. Till then, may I not ignore any opportunity to be His missionary in this world.
Soli Deo Gloria!
3 –Living at Mission Kwasizabantu 1994 – 2018.
Thirty two years!
That is the period of time we have been associated with KSB. Twenty-five years of this period we were fulltime missionaries with KSB. I do not regret a moment of this time spent at KSB, strange as it may sound with all that is at hand now. The mission is the totality of the fulfillment of my calling as servant of the Most High that started way back in 1986! Today, looking back on this period at the Mission brings many memories and nuances to the fore. It is indeed like a journey with very irregular crossroads along the way. Thus, one experienced intermittent growth spurts to spiritual maturity because of the choices one had to make with regards to the confrontations with circumstances and people along the way.
I stepped out of seminary into Mission Kwasizabantu. Although I had served some years in the Reformed Church, Macassar, in the Western Cape as part time pastor whilst studying, I had no other experience as “missionary”. Coming to Mission Kwasizabantu was a huge excitement dotted with lifelong expectations to see people repent, making disciples and just share the Word of God to encourage people to stay true to Christ. I did not want to be caught up in the normal “made-to-order” work of the city-church pastor. I wanted to be in the frontlines so to say, where raw heathens were confronted with the saving Gospel of the Lord Jesus.
In those beginning years at the Mission it was all of that. We did trips to Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia and Malawi and parts of South Africa. It was marvelous and so fulfilling. We moved among God’s people and the heathen alike. We rubbed shoulders with other missionaries all over the world and life was simple and good. Life at home, the Mission near Kranskop, was unassuming and so pleasing. We read everything with regard to Kwasizabantu; the books of Kurt Koch, Welly du Toit, Koos van Rooy, Kitshoff & Basson and listened to testimonies and was just in awe for all we heard and saw at the Mission. We accepted every testimony, story and account of God’s working without questioning anything. We never queried the stories about miracles, wonders, healings and thousands coming under the power of God the Holy Spirit to the Mission. To us the simple truth was that God had moved and started a work at Mission Kwasizabantu.
Living at the Mission our eyes would frequently rest on the ‘saints” through whom God worked to establish this work. The “blessed” ones, who were at Maphumulo when “God came down” and who were living amongst us. Uncle Erlo and the late aunt Kay were very special to us and we loved them dearly in the Lord. Even to this day there is a deep love for uncle Erlo we have come know and respect as the “man of God” amongst us. Uncle Friedel and aunt Rita was of the same caliber, but different gifts. Where uncle Erlo in his preaching of God’s word could accommodate a tone of harshness and condemnation you will always find a tone of grace and mercy in the preaching of uncle Friedel. Whereas uncle Erlo had the inherent authority of the overseer of the Mission and its doings, uncle Friedel’s whole demeanor breathed the character of the humble servant.
In those days, the “mamas”, to us at least, was the prayer “power house” of the Mission. If we had to go on an outreach, when things were tough on the outreaches, when the devil would raise resistance or when trouble raised its head, the “mamas” would step in and trough persistent prayer they raised the banner of Christ and bring down His power to alleviate the pressure. That was our experience. There were then also other precious servants of God at the Mission, the likes of Alpheus Mdlalose, John Powys and Kjell Olsen who all three have since passed away as well as Michael Ngubane, Trevor Dahl, Koos Greeff, Fano Sibisi, Barney Mabaso, Arno Stegen , Thomas Mapanga, Gideon Jacobs and others. All of them in one way or another have left impressions in our lives. Those were our innocent and naïve years at the Mission. We knew Christ; we did not know the Mission, we have only heard about the Mission so to say. We loved what we had heard though.
Time! Time is familiar to everyone. Time seems to slow down during emergencies, crisis or danger. In the space of time, innocent naivety evolves into a new naivety formed by the knowledge, understanding and experiences, which impact it. When we came to the Mission, we were naïve like pre-puberty children and as time progressed, circumstances and challenges, brought us to a new naivety; naïve in the things of the Lord but wiser in the things of the Mission.
When Koos Greeff left the Mission it shook us. But we had so little understanding of the Mission at that time. In any case, people come to the Mission and go from the Mission frequently. We did not have a set relationship with him either at that time, so we regarded his parting with the Mission a few months before us moving to the Mission as unfortunate. When Trevor Dahl left the Mission some years after we came to the Mission, it did upset us a lot. He had been my counselor for some years and he and his family leaving really rattled the proverbial cage. We went to see him at their house in Kranskop. He did not divulge a lot to why they left though at that time. I highly regarded his preaching and biblical wisdom. His soft spirit in counseling always seemed to bring one into God’s presence. This was a crisis to us. We stayed at the Mission and worked trough the crisis.
However, slowly, like the dawn of a new day, a new understanding was being born in me. There were undercurrents at the Mission, spiritual and secular in character, and not so deep under the surface of all things going on at the Mission, that one could not detect it. It was like a molten lava mass under the surface building up pressure that would at some time burst through the pressure protecting spiritual surface at the Mission.
It happened around 2000 after Thofozi’s alleged kidnapping in 1997. All hell broke loose. Whatever naïve remnants were left in our lives were shattered to smithereens. People highly respected as being spiritual fell from grace and battle lines were drawn. Choices were made and sides were taken. “Great speeches” and “spiritual arguments” would move people to take sides and conflict would be our daily bread. Brother stood against brother and sister stood against sister. God, God’s work and God’s people were drawn into the battles at hand. Knowledge and understanding came, so to say overnight and brought with it a rude awareness that the devil had succeeded to penetrate the Mission through the “saints” themselves.
Barney Mabaso, the right hand man of uncle Erlo left. Thofozi Dube was shown to be wrong and evil and she fell from grace. The “mamas” as the spiritual and prayer “power” were powerless and also chose sides. The “man of God” had to make a choice and chose the covert evil deeds of Thofozi rather than the outspoken honesty in Barney Mabaso. The banner of “ Erlo Stegen and the revival” was raised and the call went out, “Choose for Erlo Stegen and the revival” or be an enemy of Mission Kwasizabantu. Life at the Mission had been disfigured undeniably and it had never been the same again. Spiritual innocence for many was lost and that which was displayed by hitherto “saints”, left wounds and scars that would indelibly be carried in the hearts of God’s people. The Mission’s people at the branches in Europe stayed with the Mission, being satisfied with the explanations, assurances and guarantees received from Erlo Stegen, Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen.
Out of the mouths of the so regarded “saints” and “revivalists” flowed lies and evil gossip as easily as the Gospel of Jesus that was preached during that time. Character assassination was done mercilessly and self-interest prevailed against everyone regarded as an opponent of the Mission and revival. Like bloodhounds seeking the trail of the criminals the sympathizers of Barney Mabaso were found and shown the exit from Mission Kwasizabantu. Bible verses were quoted out of context, Bible verses were interpreted subjectively, Bible verses were erroneously applied to the situations at the Mission and Bible verses were lifted from their footing in the Word and prophetically applied to people and circumstances to win the battle for “Kwasizabantu and the Revival”. And the battle was won for KSB.
The mamas continued. Thofozi returned to her former status after some time in “exile” when forced to go and pray about her life. Many left and the truth never survived the battle but was safely buried below the surface of denial politics to feed the undercurrents and raise the pressure for another outburst sometime in future. The devil is still in the detail of what expired. And the details will be crucial in proving just how deep Thofozi had been in all that has happened. Somehow the detail needs to be precipitated from the aftermath of the 2000 debacle.
This is how one group of people describes the situation at that time: “Erlo Stegen, the head of Kwasizabantu Mission, announced to co-workers of the KSB congregation that Lydia Dube, KSB leader and daughter of Erlo Stegen’s colleague and close confident, Hilda Dube, has confessed that she had “some knowledge” of the source of her kidnappers who allegedly held her in custody for one day back in September 1997. Erlo Stegen made this admission after many months of reports that Lydia Dube had paid for and arranged her own kidnapping for publicity reasons. It was announced that Lydia Dube has asked for forgiveness and has been granted it by the KSB leadership, though she is under discipline now”.
Peter Hammond writes in his book, Character Assassins and Ecclesiastical Tyrants that persons who are bullies in their youth, tend to be spiritual bullies as well in later life. So when one assesses a person’s life one should bear in mind the principle that “when you evaluate the life of a person, always look at their history, and you will know what type of person you are dealing with”. This just might be very applicable in the case of Thofozi with the information coming to the surface now. Do not argue that I am just lambasting a person for the sake of slating her character. I am not doing so. Remember that Thofozi is embedded in a context and to a large extend she is the author of a large part of the detail of that context. She has to account for that detail as much as any one else.
The old, “pre-two thousand” doctrines were revived and dusted and proclaimed anew. It was said that the revival was stronger than ever before, more miracles and more wonders occurred and especially more people were turning to the Lord than ever before. This proclamation proofed to be largely a “public relations” effort as very little proof filtered through concerning these claims. The revival fire was burning high by proclamation but questions remained with many. The seed of my own disillusionment was planted at his time. The scales have fallen from my eyes and spiritual sight was restored. I started studying God’s Word anew and fresh insights from His word started to reveal the deviations so ingrained in the theology of the Mission. I completed my master’s degree in New Testament ethics and then went on to do the doctorate in New Testament textual interpretation and exposition. A new battle was unleashed in my being; the battle between the gospel I have preached at the Mission and the Gospel I am supposed to be preaching in terms of God’s Word, it was a the battle between the truth of the Mission and the Truth in God’s Word. It was a battle between walking “God’s Way” and walking the “KSB way”. Confused, I kept on walking the “KSB way”.
The lingering spiritual uneasiness remained after all things seemed to settle again. There were unanswered questions that were suppressed but God the Spirit would not relinquish their hold on my soul. The message from the leaders was simple and effective in many lives, “accept, bow and go on.” The worm that ate into the proposed solution for me was the difference between what was preached and what was lived before our eyes. What is the hidden truth that no one dared to reveal? How could Erlo Stegen choose for Thofozi who has hidden her sin for more than two years and ignored the more moral choice of Barney Mabaso? How could the “saints” coming from the revival possibly fabricate and execute such an evil plot? How could Thofozi, who has been at Maphumulo when God came down and who claimed to also have seen Him face to face in heaven, have a heart so filled with self-righteousness and evil? How is it possible that they could lie so much to the brethren? How could one trust them ever again in future?
On Tuesday, 22 June 2004 one of the mamas, mama Nsibande passed away. Thofozi joined her mother Hilda Dube as the “new mama” at the Mission. The hint, received in the 2000 spiritual fiasco, of an intrinsic relationship between Erlo Stegen and Thofozi Dube when he chose her evil ways against all odds, has been sealed into a authoritative position for Thofozi that would bring, unbeknown to all then, devastation to the Mission in later years. When her mother died on 30 November 2010 she became the second most important person at the Mission. Erlo Stegen would do nothing without consulting her and she would do nothing without consulting him or so it seemed at that time and people were made to believe.
From that time, November 2010, Thofozi consolidated her power. Two others were added to her “room”, aunt Eunice and Busi Hadebe. But in comparison with Thofozi they were weak and without influence generally and always overshadowed by her presence. Surprisingly Busi fell from grace against all expectations quite quickly. She returned later with reduced status to Room 5. Thofozi slowly but surely built her support base. What helped her in this was the declining health of Erlo Stegen. Amazingly she gathered some very prominent coworkers under her wings over time. From 2015 consistent with Erlo Stegen’s deterioration in health her power base established firmly and her assumed executive powers came more to the fore as her support from a group of senior coworkers consolidated her grasp on matters. It has been for some years, at least from late 2014 that insiders in her group whispered of an impending power coup. Rumours from that time onwards suggested that both Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen are no longer in her opinion likely to play a role in the future of KSB. One coworker mentioned that Thofozi said a few times, “They can have Europe”.
It would seem that spiritually the remorse and sorrow that was related by Thofozi in a letter addressed to the coworkers, and secured her return to the Mission, and read by Erlo Stegen around 2000 was after all not so foundational to a true repentance as everyone thought. Whatever root remained grew over the years to the point in July 2018 when once again the trouble, as in 2000, reached the surface and broke trough and a lava flow of issues, comparable to the physical lava flow on Hawaii Island in 2018, started to become the norm. It started with a series of meetings where Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen were sidelined.
The details of these meetings are somewhat obscure, as I did not attend the meetings. But some people shared what transpired in the meetings. I was told that Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen turned against the revival. That is in essence what Jan de Bruyn told me. The Mission was now divided in two factions. The issue in Arno Stegen’s case was the succession of Erlo Stegen I was told. It was always expected that Arno Stegen would succeed Erlo Stegen. Some people even said it and I myself have said it openly too. Also the fact that when members from KSB Europe come to the Mission they are not taken by Arno Stegen and introduced to Room 5, to Thofozi and others. This riled Thofozi and others and the coworkers meeting was arranged and planned and the net result is that Arno Stegen was put to the side. It was immediately obvious to the members of KSB. He no longer translated the sermons when Erlo Stegen preached and he no longer occupied the pulpit to preach. His family and he suddenly also sat towards the back of the auditorium during services.
People noticed, spoke about this new phenomenon, wondered about it and spread information, thoughts and opinions; it was not long before the whole matter was attributed to Room 5. The same action resulted in Friedel Stegen been sidelined as well. The issue in his case seems to be his relationship with Europe, and the fact that when Erlo Stegen was struggling to find the end of his sermon, Friedel Stegen went up to the pulpit and asked if he could close in prayer. Friedel Stegen was condemned for cutting off Erlo Stegen’s sermon, and therefore going against the Holy Spirit. He was accused of standing with the brethren in Europe against the Mission in South Africa. He is also accused that he only preaches about “love” and a “watered down” gospel. He now no longer preaches and was suspended from all commitments at the mission.
“That’s it?” you may ask. There is more to it. Now remember the whole catastrophe of 2000 was because of Thofozi’s doing which already started in 1997. She schemed and arranged her own kidnapping at that time with near fatality to others, for example her bodyguard Thobekhile Mahlongo at that time. She denied it initially but as pressure on her to tell the truth increased, she eventually confessed what she did. Now, it is alleged that she has concocted a financial scheme into which Erlo Stegen was drawn perhaps as far back as 2013. Hundreds of millions of Rands in cash was tapped into this scheme. The details and truth of the precise scheme have not yet been learnt. It is hidden. It is embedded in a bunch of lies and concocted myths. But according to some, Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen refused to partook in it. That is what signed their fate with Room 5, Thofozi and cohorts, and that is the actual reason behind the two leaders been rejected and shunned from the coworkers and the spiritual community at KSB. The whole of their ministries had been deflated like a beach ball having lain in the sun for too long. They have simply, by decision of Thofozi and cohorts, been made redundant. Like all redundant items in the secular workplace, their spiritual value will decline and eventually they will be added to the trash heap of obliviousness and recycled out of the KSB system completely.
The atmosphere at KSB has now become sinister to the best of my knowledge. Some faithful and longstanding senior coworkers are looking to call it a day at KSB. The atmosphere is best described as confused, fearful and uncertain. Many at the Mission are whispering their doubts and fears into sympathetic ears. The powerful grip of the new “Power” is tightening on their souls and spirit. According to some, spiritual pressure to come clean in confession requires revealing the “sin of one’s brothers and sisters in Christ”. The bourgeoisie, the common coworkers and congregants, are pitched against the so-called “sin against the Holy Spirit” and in danger to loose their salvation if they do not confess. This is, in the context of the spiritual community at KSB a very powerful pressure applied.
In secular South Africa, state capture has been on every one’s lips for more than a couple of years. Various commissions are looking into it and the truth is yet to be fully revealed. The circumstantial evidence is phenomenal and mounting in quantity and quality, yet the perpetrators are still as untouchable as angels in heaven and remains in their positional limelight as always. Nothing seemed to have changed; only the whistle blowers are victimized. But state capture is the obvious reality whether corroborated or not. The situation at KSB is very much the same, on smaller scale, yet a mirror image of what is happening in the secular world of South Africa. Thofozi and her cohorts have captured Mission Kwasizabantu.
Writer Jacques Pauw described in his book, The Presidents Keepers, Jacob Zuma’s compromised government: a cancerous clique that eliminates the president’s enemies and purges the law-enforcement agencies of good men and women. It’s a trail of lies and spies, cronies, cash and kingmakers as Pauw pries open the web of deceit that surrounds the fourth president of the South African democratic era. We find the same now in the spiritual community of Mission Kwasizabantu. Thofozi and her elitist group are in firm control. There is a trail of lies and gossip, government agents, dead bodies, a suicide, a corrupt judge, a poisoned judge, a courier’s family members killed, cronies, lots of cash, midnight deliveries of “moneybags” and blackmail. It is a tale of a man of God and a trusted prayer woman at the center of it. Both have shared the stories with others who confirmed the same detail of the legends. And as all roads lead to Rome so all stories point to Room 5, the dwelling of the prayer women.
My spiritual walk at the Mission entered into the “valley of death” because of a few people; Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Dube, Friedel Stegen, Jabulane Dube, Arno Stegen, Michael Ngubane, Dietmar joosten, Albu van Eeden and Detlef Stegen. These individuals, in the context of the Mission, are highly regarded and respected. They are so to say the spiritual backbone of KSB. When we came to the Mission in 1994 they were in the center of the spiritual work as the ones walking out in front and the rest of us were following them as they were following Christ. All was good and as I said before, the cracks in the theology of KSB for me only really started appearing from 1998 onwards. From that time no amount of spiritual crack filler could eradicate or cover the widening fissures in a failing theology. The fissures never stopped flowing but kept on spewing out filth. The simple fact was this: what was preached and what was done drifted more and more apart. The Truth became compromised by the conduct of the “saints”. It all seemed to come to a head for me from 2016 when the first stories of the “moneybags” and, dead bodies and Dutch involvements started to do the rounds.
In all the years that these stories have been around and have been shared with others, Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen have never spoken about it to me. I have yet to hear that they have shared it with anybody else too. Erlo Stegen has shared information freely in South Africa and Europe. Various people have shared with me about it. Daan van Tonder told the story to about 120 coworkers during a coworkers meeting. Thofozi has also shared the stories with many people. Others who shared it with me got it in any case from one of these sources. Whilst Erlo Stegen always related the stories as he have heard it from Thofozi and others, he was never involved in it other approving all and then the involvement to get the money and have it delivered by his sons-in-law and a few others to the people who had to receive the “moneybags”. Thofozi on the other hand had a couple of “narrow escapes” due to her hands-on involvement if the stories she told and others confirmed are to be believed and authenticity could be proved.
I have been seriously accused, attacked, threatened, insulted and belittled since I have spoken out against the things at KSB. I have been told to protect God’s work, be one with the leaders, not cause disunity, not be disrespectful to the mamas, and not to be disobedient to reverend Erlo Stegen. In the preaching I have been likened to Sanbalat resisting Nehemiah. But none of my questions have been answered, not one! It is my understanding that the great effort is only about one thing, protecting Mission Kwasizabantu. I never became a missionary to protect an institution. My missionary work was always about the calling from God in terms of Isaiah 42: 1-9. Simply put, it is about God, His wonderful Gospel in Jesus Christ and abiding in God the Spirit. That is it. That is my whole argument in my book and in my supplement writings and that is why I find myself in this dilemma. It is because of what the Mission’s leaders and coworkers are doing with God and God’s Word at the Mission. They are wasting God’s Word, His blessings and His money to build his Kingdom. That is it! If they follow Christ I can follow them, if they do not follow Christ I cannot follow them, does not matter who they are. These are even the Words of reverend Erlo Stegen as well. Everything, all things, should honour God.
That is why I find myself, with others from and at KSB in the “valley of death” because of what people are doing to the Gospel of Christ and unfortunately it includes Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Dube, Friedel Stegen, Jabulane Dube, Arno Stegen, Michael Ngubane, Dietmar Joosten, Tobie Vermaak, Ntokozo Nhlabathi, Derrick King, Christopher Nhlabathi, Ruth Combrinck, Jabo Majola, Esther Borman, Detlef Stegen and others. But they simply don’t seem to understand because through their actions they are protecting Mission Kwasizabantu and not God and God’s Gospel in Jesus Christ. That is why they hide the sin and are not prepared to expose it; it is because of living before man and seeking the honor and respect of man. God’s work at the Mission is playing second fiddle to man’s works at the Mission. But the question still is, “What about God?”
The Mission’s preachers and coworkers, myself included, taught the congregations of KSB all over the world, the congregations of other denominations all over the world on all continents, and preached also to the unsaved to always live in the light, never to lie, always to reveal one’s sin and the sin of others, never to follow the devil, to be filled with God the Holy Spirit, always to live before God and not man and to shun all evil. They were taught not to lie, not to live sexually immoral, not to steal, not to murder, to love one another, to obey Jesus Christ the Lord and not to gossip. Because, if you do these things perpetually and habitually you will reap the wrath of God. And yet when these things are exposed among the leaders and coworkers they refuse to recognize the sin but say, “Don’t speak, just be one! Accept and bow in obedience.”
If I were the only one speaking out, I would understand this reaction, advice and attitude. But it has been now some years that so many people have been speaking out; people more godly than I am, more wise than I am, more learned than I am, pastors of high integrity, godly and humble believers and yet not one word of repentance from Mission Kwasizabantu or one sign of acknowledgement of any waywardness at the Mission. Nothing, nothing, nothing! Invariably those that speak out or leave the Mission are demonized and shunned and added to the realm of perpetual sinners. They are cast into the waters of silence.
One of the saddest legacies of Mission Kwasizabantu’s missionary effort is the loss of the coworkers’ children from the Mission to the “world”. There are very few intact families left at KSB. Just about every family has a gap or gaps, places of emptiness where previously a child filled the space. Whilst it is claimed that mission work is succeeding abundantly through the Mission’s work in proclaiming the Gospel, at the same time it is failing dismally at home as children are shunned for not conforming to the “KSB way”. Many a time coworkers, mostly mothers, had to confess and apologize in a coworkers meeting that they have visited a child that has left the mission, or they have had a photo of a child that left on the cellphone, or spoken about such a child to others or have shown joy because a grandchild had been born to a shunned child. So other coworkers would commend them for making right their lives and warn them to be careful in future lest they themselves fall into sin again. And everyone is satisfied and happy because the status quo had been kept intact once again.
However, it is devastating to listen to the children sharing about the loss of parental love, understanding and guidance in their lives. Many of these children are lost in this world going about their business as if in exile; not because of choosing a sinful life or leaving Christ, but because there are no longer parents in their lives because the parents had to choose KSB, rather than the child, and the child was shunned. So, KSB who supposedly is a community filled with Spirit filled “saints”, find no answers to help them other than showing them the road leading away from KSB. This shows a very inadequate theology, or knowledge of God in dealing with the children at the Mission.
It is in a
sense distressing to sit and think about all of this that has transpired at
Mission Kwasizabantu. I have had good years at the Mission. Many had impacted
my life. In substantial ways, for better or for worse, those around me had
touched my life. I honestly thank God for those around me like, Erlo Stegen,
Friedel Stegen, Thofozi Dube, Jabulane Dube, Arno Stegen, Michael Ngubane,
Trevor Dahl, Kay Stegen, John Powys, Kjell Olsen and others who shaped my earthly
life spiritually and made me a more mature follower of Jesus Christ because of
how they lived with Christ and the Word of God. My life was shaped irrespective
of their positive or negative conduct and I am thankful to God. I am especially
thankful to Friedel Stegen who gave me glimpses of God’s heart at times
although he found himself totally immersed in the “KSB way” at home in Africa. I
exit Mission Kwasizabantu much more mature and dependent on the Lord than when
I entered through her gates in 1994. Whatever the lives of the people I
mentioned were in relation to the Lord God, I am thankful to God because He
allowed it and eventually, I believe, it was to my good.
I am so thankful for being used by God as a missionary to His people. To Him I
give all the glory. His Word is more precious than anything else to me and I
pray to stay true to it in a
4 – The missionary and God’s Word.
Thofozi Dube, “mama” or “khulu” at Mission Kwasizabantu once said: “We have something better than the Bible, we have the Bible and the Revival.” This is no small talk, not at all. Thofozi is also not just your regular person down the road. She was, by her own testimony and the testimonies of others, at the 1966 Maphumulo Revival when “God came down” and she had a near-death experience in 1973 when she spoke face to face with Jesus Christ in heaven. She is at the moment the second most important spiritual person at Mission Kwasizabantu and what she says is law, albeit subject (sometimes!) to the approval of reverend Erlo Stegen. Add to her position the elitist group who supports her and one may conclude that what she says and do is done with overall authority. She is regarded as a spiritual leader, prophetess, oracle, and visionary at the Mission.
Her brother, Jabulane Dube, also present at the 1966 Maphumulo Revival, a leader and senior coworker at the Mission, said before a full coworkers meeting of about 120 coworkers, “We are professors in the Holy Spirit” and “the revival at Maphumulo was a revival among the Zulus for the Zulus and not the Europeans”. Taken perhaps outside of the context this was said, it may be regarded as just something said in bad taste or prideful arrogance, however, within the context of the Mission and it’s religious history this is a very profound declaration. In a sense the sovereignty of God the Holy Spirit is suspended, as man becomes a manipulating force of God the Holy Spirit where dependence on God the Holy Spirit is bypassed, and man becomes the dispensing agent of God the Holy Spirit within a national context.
Underlying the statements is a revivalist arrogance, which supersedes the working sovereignty of God the Holy Spirit. Secondly it represents a Religious Egotism, which has become an integral part of how adherents to the “KSB way” have seen themselves in relation to others. This Religious Egotism is a drive to maintain and enhance favorable views of the Mission, and generally features an inflated opinion of one’s personal spiritual standing and importance at the Mission. Thus, it includes spiritual, physical, social, communal and other overestimations. The term Sacro-Egoism describes this condition of Religious Egotism at KSB. Sacro-Egoism is a term defining a sociological approach within Mission Kwasizabantu wherein the ultimate authority regarding religious thought and interpretation rests with an individual or a few individuals, which is carried over to the large majority of followers who accepts everything without question. Within Sacro-Egoism, the individual assumes greatest authority and the role of the individual, the self, is elevated prominently in having for example the responsibility to live according to the set regulations or religious rules. The result is that the Mission as a church organization has moved to the fringe or peripheral of religious society in general because of its religious alter ego.
Just think about the above statements for a moment and compare it to Revelation 22, 18I, John, solemnly warn everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: if any add anything to them, God will add to their punishment the plagues described in this book. 19And if any take anything away from the prophetic words of this book, God will take away from them their share of the fruit of the tree of life and of the Holy City, which are described in this book (GNT). The Doctrine of the Sufficiency of Scripture is a fundamental principle of the Christian faith. To say the Scriptures are sufficient means that the Bible is all we need to equip us for a life of faith and service. It provides a clear demonstration of God’s intention to restore the broken relationship between Himself and humanity through His Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior through the gift of faith. No other writings, experiences or doctrines are necessary for this good news to be understood, nor are any other writings, revivals or experiences required to equip us for a life of faith. The Bible as God’s Word is sufficient as it stands.
The apostle Paul asserted that the Holy Scriptures “are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:15–17). If Scripture is “God-breathed,” then it is not man-breathed, and although it was penned by men, those “men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit” (2 Peter 1:21). No man-made writing is sufficient to equip us for every good work; only the Word of God can do that. Furthermore, if the Scriptures are sufficient to thoroughly equip us, then nothing more is needed.
Colossians 2 deals with the dangers a church faces when the adequacy of Scripture is challenged and merged with non-biblical writings, full of ungodly theology and concepts. Paul warned the church at Colosse: “Take heed lest there will be anyone taking you captive through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the principles of the world and not according to Christ.”(Colossians 2:8. BLB). Jude says it even more specifically when he writes, “Beloved, using all diligence to write to you concerning our common salvation, I had necessity to write to you, exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith having been delivered once for all to the saints”. Notice the phrase “once for all.” This makes it clear that no other writings, no matter how godly the pastor, theologian, or denominational church they may come from, are to be seen as equal to or completing the Word of God. The Bible is all that is necessary for the believer to understand the character of God, the nature of man, and the doctrines of sin, heaven, hell, and salvation through Jesus Christ. Paul’s words to the Galatians indicate the seriousness of delivering a message outside the Bible: “But even if we or an angel out of heaven should preach a gospel to you contrary to what we proclaimed to you, let him be accursed!” (Galatians 1:8).
In John 14: 6 Jesus answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me “ (BSB). This is exclusive to any other way, even the “KSB way” so dearly proclaimed as the revealed way from the 1966 Maphumulo Revival and asserted as the “better way”. Good works can never substitute for Jesus Christ and can never “proof” the way of salvation. All good works are and remain filthy apart from Christ. Arguably such a view would on the one hand want to add to the sufficiency of Christ as taught in God’s Word and on the other hand want to subtract to the sufficiency of Christ when the Word teaches that Christ is the only way. The “KSB way” wants to add works to the all sufficiency of Christ and by doing so suggests the insufficiency of Christ to save apart from “extra” works because of the revelations in the 1966 Revival and added Zulu culture aspects which added “works” to bring about what one could term “progressive salvation”. This resulted in a “religion of works” at KSB rather than the religion of Grace in Christ as set out in Scripture. At KSB there is currently a dismal failure of the “religion of works” in progress!
For example, it is said that Galatians constitutes the magna carta of spiritual liberty, the battle cry of the Reformation, and the Christian’s declaration of independence; Galatians is the Holy Spirit’s charter of spiritual freedom for those who believe in Jesus Christ. The Books of James and Galatians are at times placed in juxtaposition to each other. KSB has done so perpetually in the “KSB way”. However James and Galatians deal with two complementary aspects of Christianity, it is two sides of the same coin. Galatians underlines the message of grace that produces righteous living, whilst James focuses on righteous living that proves faith. James 5:16 especially, as the “confession of sin to a counselor” or “making you life right”, have been elevated at KSB to doctrinal status and has been imbedded as a spiritual work ethic ensuring salvation in the “KSB way” (Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man has great power to prevail. James 5:16. BSB). This counteracts the final two chapters of Galatians, which applies the doctrine of sola gratia to practical Christian living. See Chapter 3/My Book at www.themissionary.blog for more regarding this point.
2 Timothy 3:15-17 may be one of the most across-the-board and purposeful statements found in the Word of God. The apostle Paul writes Timothy, “From infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Some of the Bible is spoken directly by God Himself, and other parts are spoken by men inspired by God the Spirit, whom He guided — but all of it is God’s Word, and all of it is beneficial and authoritative. Scripture clearly shows us the way of salvation in, by and through Christ alone. Furthermore, it will teach us, rebuke us when we are wrong, and train us how to do right so that we may be ready to do God’s work.
Paul tells Timothy in the second letter to him, how to build up the church where he is ministering, and he gives instructions to him that also apply to all preachers of the Word and finally to all believers. In chapter 4: 1, Paul initiates to conclude his letter and gives Timothy his instructions “in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead, and in view of His appearing and His Kingdom”. The one thing of utmost importance that Paul wants to impress upon Timothy is his duty to “preach the Word” and to “be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (verse 2). This preaching of the Word is necessary because “the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths” (verses 3–4). People normally tend to be very snug with misrepresentations or false doctrines especially when it seems to be based on Christian assumptions. And Timothy must contest this tendency by being ready at all times to preach the Truth, that is, to preach the Word of God. The Word spoken of here is the Bible as God’s living and everlasting Word, “breathed and inspired” by God the Holy Spirit. This is to be the content of preaching. Preachers have a biblical mandate to preach the written Word of God and nothing else at all and apply with wisdom and knowledge the biblical Truth to life’s situations and circumstances.
Mission Kwasizabantu has failed the litmus test for Holy Spirit purity and sola scriptura. Why so? Consider what Thofozi Dube and Jabulane Dube have said again: “We have something better than the Bible, we have the Bible and the Revival”, “We are professors in the Holy Spirit” and “the revival at Maphumulo was a revival among the Zulus for the Zulus and not the Europeans”. This is so profound in the context of the current fallout at KSB. Two plus two gives a dozen! The recipe is simply this – the Bible + the 1966 Maphumulo Revival + Zulu culture = Salvation. The Gospel of Jesus Christ, thus Message of the Bible is therefore profoundly compromised in practice to substitute sola scriptura, sola gratia, solus Christus, sola fide and soli Deo Gloria (Scripture alone, grace alone, Christ alone, faith alone, and glory to God alone). The net result of the above inadequacies results in the formation a cult where the Word of God is interpreted subject to religious experiences (1966 Maphumulo Revival) and cultural fundamentals (Zulu culture) and therefor a Christian message is proclaimed and lived in an out-and-out legalistic context. This is bound to fail the Bible message every time.
The non existence of theological training, the non existence of a systematic theology, the nonexistence of formal Bible study, the non existence of a stated and explained statement of faith and the nonexistence of specific doctrinal statements explained in terms of Scripture left Mission Kwasizabantu with an inadequate basis to function according to Scripture alone. Alternative theological doctrines, theological insights and statements of faith became the norm as these are composed under the influences of subjective trances, visions, dreams, experiences and culture combined with Scripture to constitute what is know as the “KSB way”. Although adherents feels comfortable and at ease to live and work within such a spiritual and religious “workable” system, it is eschatologically and spiritually devastating to the individual in the system as it does not satisfy the simple requirements of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The obvious consequence of all the above is the divine veneration or idolization of the human founder/owner of the work or his representative. At Mission Kwasizabantu, Erlo Stegen had been endowed with such veneration to the point where his words and actions where regarded as words and actions of God Himself. Now that he is in the throws of Dementia, Thofozi Dube has become progressively his substitute and she is contending for the same spiritual, cultic, idolized and venerated image and position. The horrifying truth is that it seems to be becoming the current reality at Mission Kwasizabantu. Notably this is no one-man-show; as Erlo Stegen had been kept in this position and image by his coworkers so Thofozi has acquired a substantial and influential part of Stegen’s senior coworkers now dedicated to her. She is now fast becoming “unkulunkulu ka Kwasizabantu” (the god of Kwasizabantu).
Some years ago KSB held a Minister’s Conference with the theme “Back to the Bible”. This theme may just have some prophetic cognizance today for the Mission as a whole. It seems that most of the senior coworkers and leaders at Mission Kwasizabantu has dulled abilities to perceive and understand what is happening to them. Why is this so. Well anyone’s heart can be hardened, even faithful Christians’. In Mark8:17-19 we see Jesus’ disciples suffering from this same malady. At the Mission the coworkers have been conditioned over time into this condition. Non-confessed sin causes hearts to grow hard, especially justified and perpetual sin. This sinful and hardened heart is tantamount to a seared conscience (1Tim 4:1-2). Scripture makes it adequately clear that when one relentlessly continue in sinful ways there will come a day when God will give such over to a “debased mind” and let them have their own way where the truth is “suppressed” contrary to Scripture (Romans 1:24-28).
Pride will cause hearts to harden. The “pride of your heart has deceived you . . . you who say to yourself, ‘who can bring me down to the ground’ . . . I will bring you down declares the LORD” (Obadiah 3). Accordingly, when we’re inclined to do it our way, thinking we can “go it on our own,” it would be wise to recall what King Solomon taught us in Proverbs 14:12 and 16:25: “There is a way that seems right to a man, but in the end it leads to death.” A paradoxal truth states that there is no one as proud than the one who claims to be humble. The humble coworkers and leaders at KSB would be wise to notice this truth.
It may be to late, but the current leaders at KSB need to study and obey God’s written Word as a matter of urgency. They are standing on the edge of a cavernous abyss and are trying to balance themselves from falling. But the devil is about to give the slight push, which will pummel everything into the abyss.
5 – The missionary, The Gospel and True Doctrine.
Try to answer this question, “How do we protect ourselves against false teaching?” This may be a very pertinent question to answer for all of those walking away from Mission Kwasizabantu. Even when the brethren in the daughter churches or branches of the Mission in Europe would decide to go their own way, severing their ties with the Mission in South Africa, they will have to answer this question as well.
The basic problem with submitting to false doctrine is the fact that people in the pews are woefully biblically illiterate and ever so trusting of those standing in the pulpit on Sundays. They are easy prey; because they do not know what they are hearing is wrong. It is not for nothing that the Bible admonishes God’s people, “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as My priests. Since you have forgotten the law of your God, I will also forget your children.” (Hosea 4:6. BSB).
Mission Kwasizabantu had been preaching their version of the Gospel since 1966. Before that time Erlo Stegen had been preaching the Gospel for 12 years, and by his own testimony it came to naught. Since Maphumulu 1966 a new “version” of the Gospel was preached; now loaded and infused with additional doctrines, which precipitated from the phenomenon when God came down in 1966 and Thofozi spoke to Jesus in heaven some 7 years later during 1973. This “version” is commonly known as the “KSB way”. But this “version”, as was the case with the preaching of Erlo Stegen before 1966, has today come to naught. It is without power to sustain even the very ones who preached it for 52 years. That some notwithstanding the error, had still found God is only by the grace of God who allows the seeking soul to find Him.
After 52 years, the two brothers, Erlo and Friedel, who have been the leaders of the work separated! Friedel Stegen has now left the work, shunned by the leadership of the Mission. Infighting has taken its toll with the European branches (Switzerland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium) taking their leave from the main Mission in South Africa. They have even pulled their websites down from the World Wide Web. The Mission in South Africa is split into two factions and the battle lines are drawn. Many coworkers have left and others have become very dejected. The same is true of the brethren in the congregations. The leaders at the Mission in South Africa are unremorseful and impenitent. Their version of the Gospel, the “KSB way” has also come to naught, yet they would not apologize for it. The false doctrines that are causing the failure is still uplifted as God’s commands albeit it being found wanting when compared to God’s Word.
The crisis times of the Mission, 1977, 1997, 2000, 2012 and now 2019 were clear indications that the non-interpreted writing, “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, UPHARSIN” (KJV), had been on the wall for a long time at the Mission. Some coworkers like Koos Greeff, Trevor Dhal, and Barney Mabaso saw it and left. Even prior to 1977 many, even some initial coworkers left the Mission. And now, in 2019, the leaders of KSB in Europe and their congregations are packing their bags as well. Looking at the reasons for leaving, as far back as 1967 till today, there is an undeniable thread of correspondence revealing over and over again the same doctrinal falsehoods. Now, in 2019, the “KSB way” as with the king in Daniel 5, “26Mene: God has numbered the days of your reign and brought it to an end. 27Tekel: You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. 28Peres: Your kingdom is divided and given to the Medes and Persians”, had been found wanting in a serious way. In other words, the “KSB way” is a spiritual failure because of the false doctrines it harbors. As long as the Bible is used in a sermon, that is deemed sufficient.
At this point you may feel to say to me that I am excessively harsh or just simply filled with anger and bitterness or that I lost my marbles and therefor I am totally daft. But before you judge me and convict me to the gallows, point to me one, just one leader of the following group, who is today living and doing diligently the doctrine of the Gospel of Jesus Christ they preached for 52 years, the doctrine of the “KSB way” they proclaimed for 52 years or the doctrine of the “visit” to heaven they decreed for 46 years: Erlo Stegen, Friedel Stegen, Thofozi Dube, Eunice Ncamu, Jabulane Dube, Michael Ngubane, Dietmar Joosten, Ruth Combrinck, Detlef Stegen, Dirk Combrinck, Dorothy Newlands, Jabu Majola, Busi Hadebe, Ester Bornman, Jan de Bruyn, Arno Stegen, Albu van Eeden. You should judge them by the net result of the Gospel they preached and judged others by. They all stand accused of not living in the light, as Jesus is in the light, lying, dividing the church, hiding sin, stealing money, suppressing others, hiding the truth, impenitence, and being disingenuous. This is purely the net result of the Gospel of Jesus Christ according to the “KSB way” and not God’s way. The once respected KSB and her much-honored leaders Erlo and Friedel Stegen have been shattered to pieces by the conduct of her most trusted coworkers. How is it possible? False doctrines and disobedience to the true doctrines of God’s Word are the only possible reasons. They never believed it seems what they preached to others in the first place.
Berkhof, who died in 1957 at the age of 83, said of his book Systematic Theology: “The work seemed particularly important to me, in view of the widespread doctrinal indifference of the present day, of the resulting superficiality and confusion in the minds of many Christians, of the insidious (deceptive, devious) errors that are zealously propagated even from the pulpits, and of the alarming increase of all kinds of sects. If ever there was a time that the Church ought to guard her precious heritage, the deposit of the truth that was entrusted to her care, that time is now”. This has not changed since then and it seems of utmost importance that we also, with regard to Mission Kwasizabantu, aught to take note of what he stated already way back in 1957.
When faith in the Bible or Scripture as the only authoritative revelation of God is suspended, human insight based on man’s own emotional or rational comprehension or understanding becomes the standard of religious thought. Then religion, as a system of faith and worship, will take the place of God as the object of theology. This causes man to cease to understand that all knowledge of God is given in Scripture and extra-biblical sources become elevated instances of new knowledge of God. These sources invariably place man in the center, the seeker after God who “discovers” God in his interpretations, spiritual experiences and human logic. Man becomes then essentially the starting point to understand God, find God and work his way to God.
It is of vital importance that the Christian will grasp that systematic theology starts with God and not man. Because theology is the systematized knowledge of God, of whom, through whom and unto whom, are all things. Theology is based on two beliefs namely that God exists and that He has revealed Himself in His Word. Given these basic assumptions one would be adequately prepared to recognize fallacies when it comes to the theology in place as preached in any particular pulpit. This recognition of fallacies may happen suddenly or over time. But it will eventually be recognized.
We are all entitled to our own biblical and spiritual opinions. But are we entitled to our own Bible facts? The apostle Paul’s bon mot says no, but Mission Kwasizabantu makes you to muse nevertheless. This is the point that the rejected and current leadership of KSB have to carefully consider. It is said, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!” This might just be the case with KSB as well. The gospel according to the “KSB way” in the eye of the beholder is judged today to fall short simply because the rejected and current leadership are willfully not complying with its spiritual prerequisites. The truth is that all of that, the biblical and spiritual opinions (or doctrines) prevalent at KSB, are judged in the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And that is no opinion or spiritual praxis but simply a Bible fact! Worse, the leadership at KSB are neither complying with the demands of Scripture so innately accommodated into the “KSB way”. What then remains to be said about KSB?
Francis Schaeffer’s book How shall we then live? Comes to mind. It is a question that KSB has to answer today. If the theologians, scribes and spiritual leaders of KSB do not even live the message proclaimed over all these years, how then must all those now live, who have been taken on the “spiritual roller coaster ride” with KSB in those years. I want to stress this point as much as possible so that there shall be no misunderstanding. The fact that the leadership at KSB has fallen short of their own KSB gospel doctrines is the most devastating phenomenon in the existence of KSB. Not a single person, but the collective leadership stands to blame for the current deconstruction of KSB. One wants to cry out to them, “Where is your God KSB?” KSB is being perceived as being blind to its own hypocrisy!
In his book, The Christian Conscience, Ron Sider writes, “Scandalous behavior is rapidly destroying American Christianity. By their daily activity, most Christians regularly commit treason. With their mouths they claim that Jesus is Lord, but with their actions they demonstrate allegiance to money, sex and self-fulfillment.” It is amazing how his words fit the current group of leaders and some coworkers at KSB. They seem blind to their own darkness and too embarrassed to defend what is right. Like a deer caught in the headlights of a car they don’t quite know what to do and seem stuck between two ideas. And because they, as coworkers, are not willing to pay the price of fidelity to Scripture they are simply shamed into silence.
The Spanish conquistador Hernando Cortes, one of the Spanish conquerors of Mexico and Peru in the 16th century, had a very particular way to convince his men to assist him in conquering Vera Cruz, today known as Mexico. In 1519 he arrived with about 600 men and 11 ships at the Mexican coast. After they disembarked the trumpet sounded, and the call loud and clear went out to destroy the ships. The men watched as their only means of returning home sank into the water of the ocean. By that single action Cortes committed himself and his entire force to survival by conquest. There was a call for conquest and victory, and there was no turning back. I believe there is the same clarion call to going out to the coworkers at KSB today. It is a call to step out into the light and to leave the darkness, idolatry, violence, false religion and willful spiritual blindness behind. Like the men on the Mexican shore, there is no turning back. Either step out for the truth and expose the darkness or end up being tortured to spiritual death by those betraying Christ’s Gospel.
It is extremely sad and heartbreaking to see how the wonderful spiritual bastion Mission Kwasizabantu is willfully and deliberately destroyed, how it is divided, how her people are spiritually tortured and destroyed, how the hearts are hardened and the sinful actions covered by a leadership at the cost of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The destruction of KSB as we have known the Mission is at hand. The shock of what is done to KSB will be like a high magnitude earthquake breaking the earth apart and causing a devastating and destructive spiritual tsunami which will destroy the faith of many and push into the world leaving a destroyed spiritual multitude in its wake.
The new leadership is pushing forward ignoring the most basic Gospel doctrines. Where is the meekness of Christ? Where is the servant hood leadership Christ demanded for His disciples? Where is the repentance and humbleness required to guide the Church of Jesus Christ? Where is the death to the self and its unrighteous desires that should be pertinent in the lives of the followers of Christ? Where is the attitude and mind of Christ, which should be characteristic of His followers? Where is the love for the Truth, even when it shall be to the detriment of the self? Where is the hatred for money, the hatred for mammon? Where is the obedience to Christ’s commands that displays love to Him? Where is the faithfulness to the Gospel preached which embodies the words of the disciples, “Follow us as we follow Christ?” It is heartbreaking to see how, because of what the new leadership holds onto, they are prepared to destroy and sacrifice Mission Kwasizabantu in Europe, destroy the coworkers at Mission Kwasizabantu SA, rule by intimidation, fear and punishment, and destroy what was built up in South Africa. Have a look, go and see the physical neglect and spiritual destruction at KSB Schulzendal, KSB Claridge, KSB Pelindaba and the numerous preaching points in KZN.
Like Pilate, the new leadership of the Mission washes the hands in perceived blamelessness. However, the axe is put to the trunk of the Cedar tree, the well-known emblem of the Mission. Many have found a rest and respite in the shade thereof.
Notwithstanding their assurances, the Cedar tree is about to fall in the sight of Church of Christ as well as in the sight of the unbelieving world.
6-The missionary and Satanism!
In these days 8 girls have been accused as being satanists by the current spiritual leadership at Mission Kwasizabantu. They have been admitted to the women’s ward in the prayer hospital at the Mission. A list with the names of people, which have been identified as satanists, is doing the rounds among residents at the Mission and others outside of the Mission as well. The existence of the list and its origin has been confirmed and I have seen it as well. There are 22 names of people on the list; 7 co-workers’ names are on the list. So, at least 30 persons, 6 men and 24 women, stand accused of been satanists and are resident to Mission Kwasizabantu. The origin of these actions is Room 5, the current “executive office” at the Mission. The identification of these 8 Zulu and 22 European brethren as satanists is based on the testimony of “ex-satanists” who have encountered or seen them, the 30 persons, in the “spiritual realm” and revealed the names to Thofozi, Eunice, Jabu and other aunties. I know all of these people named, some for many, many years. Some are personal friends. It is not reasonable by any stretch of the imagination to identify them as satanists.
What is meant when the leadership at KSB accuses a person of being a satanist? They have accused students, visitors, coworkers and permanent residents of being “satanists”. Do they imply that these are “worshippers of Satan” as we worship the triune God? Do they imply these to be “disciples of Satan” as we are disciples of Jesus Christ? Do they mean these are “followers and proselytes of Satan” as we are followers and evangelists for Jesus Christ? What is in their mind when they classify people as satanists?
What is a satanist? The word “Satan” was not originally a proper name but rather an ordinary noun meaning “the adversary”; in this context it appears at several points in the Old Testament. “Satanism”, meaning “worship of Satan” dates from the 16th century, with reference to France, where it was said to be active at that time. In biblical sources the Hebrew term “the satan” describes an adversarial role. It is not the name of a particular character. Satanism is a group of ideological and philosophical beliefs based on Satan. Contemporary religious practice of satanism began with the founding of the Church of Satan in 1966, although a few historical precedents exist. Prior to the public practice, satanism existed primarily as an accusation by various Christian groups toward perceived ideological opponents, rather than a self-identity. Accusations that various groups have been practicing satanism have been made throughout much of Christian history. Contemporary religious satanism is predominantly an American phenomenon, the ideas spreading elsewhere with the effects of globalization and the Internet.
Most Satanists, devil worshipers, diabolists, Luciferians, and members of the Church of Satan claim to have roots in LaVeyan Satanism, named after Anton LaVey, the author of the Satanic Bible and founder of the first Church of Satan. LaVey presumably started the First Church of Satan in 1966. The basic cohesion in all the branches of satanism is a promotion of self. Devil worshippers live for the moment, and their creed is gluttony and debauchery. Satanism pledges its allegiance to Satan, even while some in the Church of Satan believe that no God or devil exists. Most in the Church of Satan also believe that there is no redeemer for them or anyone else. Each person is fully responsible for the path of his own life. Still, they pray to Satan in rituals, asking for his sovereign hand to be manifest in their lives. This kind of thinking reveals the influence of lies and deceptions in their philosophy. Their souls are in bondage to him, and, unless God’s grace intervenes, they will experience eternity in hell.
Second Peter 2 contains a warning to anyone who would follow after Satan or any other thing rather than God: “These men are springs without water and mists driven by a storm. Blackest darkness is reserved for them. For they mouth empty, boastful words and, by appealing to the lustful desires of sinful human nature, they entice people who are just escaping from those who live in error. They promise them freedom, while they themselves are slaves of depravity” (vv. 17-19).
Let us, in the second instance, look at another ungodly spiritual practice linked to satanism – occultism. The dictionary defines “occult” as “hidden, secret and mysterious, particularly pertaining to the supernatural.” Examples of occult practices are astrology, witchcraft (Wicca), the black arts, fortune telling, magic (both black and white), Ouija boards, Tarot cards, spiritism, parapsychology, and satanism. Occult practices are controlled by demons, who offer just enough information to keep their victims intrigued, while exerting more and more control over gullible hearts and minds.
The danger of
occult practices cannot be overstated. God strictly warned the Israelites
against being involved with the occult (Leviticus
20:6). The pagan nations that surrounded Israel were steeped in
divination, sorcery, witchcraft, and spiritism, and this is one reason why God
gave His people the authority to drive them out of the land (Deuteronomy
18:9–14). The New Testament says that the rise of interest in the occult
is a sign of the end of the age: “The
[Holy] Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and
follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1
How are we to recognize the occult and those who promote it? An incident involving Paul and Barnabas in the early days of the church is a good place to start. They “traveled through the whole island until they came to Paphos. There they met a Jewish sorcerer and false prophet named Bar-Jesus, who was an attendant of the proconsul, Sergius Paulus. The proconsul, an intelligent man sent for Barnabas and Saul because he wanted to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for that is what his name means) opposed them and tried to turn the proconsul from the faith. Then Saul, who was also called Paul, filled with the Holy Spirit, looked straight at Elymas and said, ‘You are a child of the devil and an enemy of everything that is right! You are full of all kinds of deceit and trickery. Will you never stop perverting the right ways of the Lord?’” (Acts 13:6–10).
In this account, we see several characteristics of those involved in the occult. First they are false prophets (verse 6) who deny the basic doctrines of Christianity: the deity of Christ, the fall of man into sin, heaven, hell, salvation and the atoning work of Christ on the cross. Second, they seek to influence other people, particularly those in positions of power, to turn them from the faith (verses 6-7). Third, they do everything in their power to keep the true gospel of Christ from being spread, opposing His ministers at every turn (verse 8). When the truth of the gospel is curtailed, watered down, or flatly rejected, Satan and his demons rejoice.
Thirdly, let us have a look at witchcraft. The Bible has a lot to say about witchcraft. Witchcraft and its many cousins, such as fortune telling and necromancy, are Satan’s counterfeits to holy spirituality. The Bible expressly condemns all forms of witchcraft. Since early times, people have sought supernatural experiences God did not endorse. The nations that surrounded the Promised Land were saturated with such practices, and God had stern words for His people concerning any involvement with them. Deuteronomy 18:9–12 says, “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord.”
God takes witchcraft very seriously. The penalty for practicing witchcraft under the Mosaic Law was death (Exodus 22:18; Leviticus 20:27). First Chronicles 10:13 tells us that “Saul died because he was unfaithful to the LORD; he did not keep the word of the LORD and even consulted a medium for guidance.” In the New Testament, “sorcery” is translated from the Greek word pharmakeia, from which we get our word pharmacy (Galatians 5:20; Revelation 18:23). Witchcraft and spiritism often involve the ritualistic use of magic potions and mind-controlling drugs. Using illicit drugs can open us up to the invasion of demonic spirits. Engaging in a practice or taking a substance to achieve an altered state of consciousness is a form of witchcraft.
There are only two sources of spiritual power: God and Satan. Satan has only the power that God allows him to have, but it is considerable (Job 1:12; 2 Corinthians 4:4; Revelation 20:2). To seek spirituality, knowledge, or power apart from God is idolatry, closely related to witchcraft. First Samuel 15:23 says, “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.” Witchcraft is Satan’s realm, and he excels in counterfeiting what God does. When Moses performed miracles before Pharaoh, the magicians did the same things through demonic power (Exodus 8:7). At the heart of witchcraft is the desire to know the future and control events that are not ours to control. Those abilities belong only to the Lord. This desire has its roots in Satan’s first temptation to Eve: “You can be like God” (Genesis 3:5).
Since the Garden of Eden, Satan’s major focus has been to divert human hearts away from worship of the true God (Genesis 3:1). He entices humans with the suggestions of power, self-realization, and spiritual enlightenment apart from submission to the Lord God. Witchcraft is merely another branch of that enticement. To become involved in witchcraft in any way is to enter Satan’s realm. Seemingly “harmless” modern entanglements with witchcraft can include horoscopes, Ouija boards, Eastern meditation rituals, and some video and role-playing games. Any practice that dabbles in a power source other than the Lord Jesus Christ is witchcraft. Revelation 22:15 includes witches in a list of those who will not inherit eternal life: “Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”
We don’t need to fear Satan’s power, but we should respect it and stay away from it. First John 4:4 says, “Greater is He who is in you, than he who is in the world.” Satan can create much havoc, harm, and destruction, even in the lives of believers (1 Thessalonians 2:18; Job 1:12–18; 1 Corinthians 5:5). However, if we belong to the Lord Jesus Christ, there is no power that can ultimately defeat us (Isaiah 54:17). We are overcomers (1 John 5:4) as we “put on the whole armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11). When we give our lives to Christ, we must repent. This repentance should include renouncing any involvement with witchcraft, following the example of the early believers in Acts 19:19.Isaiah 8:19 says, “When someone tells you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” When we follow those words to their logical conclusion, we could also ask, “Why seek any power apart from the source of all real power? Why seek spirits who are not the Holy Spirit?” Witchcraft and its many counterparts promise spirituality but lead only to emptiness and death (Micah 5:12; Galatians 5:19–21). Only Jesus has the words of life (John 6:68).
Most probably these 30 people stand accused of “witchcraft” in any of its many forms. However, looking at the list of names one suspect that there are rather “spiritual politics” behind everything more than true “witchcraft”. None of them are “worshippers” of Satan in the classical case! Perhaps one or two may be linked to some personal or ancestral involvement in occultism or witchcraft of some limited kind. Let us leave the list for now for it is not open knowledge who are mentioned in the list as yet. Lets look at the 8 girls. Over a period of about 6 weeks they have been accommodated in the prayer hospital. Here they were subjected to untold physical, spiritual and emotional shaming pressures in the Name of Christ because they stood accused of being “satanists”. They had to confess and re-confess their “satanic” sins and acknowledge attributed atrocities, which they were not guilty off. Daily they had to see Thofozi, Eunice, Jabo and other aunties.
Sins already confessed and forgiveness received by faith in Jesus Christ had to be confessed again because “the sins were confessed to people no longer with KSB or who are no longer recognized as being right with God!” What utter unbiblical nonsense. Will their sins be forgiven because it is now confessed and written down by Thofosi, Eunice, Jabo and the other 5 aunties present? Who has given them the keys to heaven to bind and unbind and to forgive and not forgive sins or to decide the validity of forgiven sins? This is as false a doctrine as it comes. We confess to Jesus who forgives sin. He, Jesus the Christ, is the only one Who by faith forgives and covers the confessed sin. He does not remember the sins forgiven but removes it from the one confessing as far as the east is from the west. Who are they to declare confessed sin as not forgiven? Once again this practice is exposed for its falseness.
I wonder who are the true “satanists” at KSB? Why is Room 5 so intensely pre-occupied with Satan and witchcraft, divination and dreams of so-called ex-satanists? Why are room 5, Thofozi and her female cohorts going around like medieval exorcists sniffing out “satanists” like bloodhounds following the trail of a criminal? In the spirit of 12th century Roman Catholic inquisitions in France, Room 5 focuses on eliminating those who oppose their “KSB way” and they make the innocent to suffer horribly. But they are confused like bloodhounds sniffing grounded pepper, even listing staunch “Room 5 supporters” as satanists! They are just simply being evil in all of this, pushing their own hidden agenda.
There is a cloud of witnesses, in current literature and by acknowledgement of some coworkers, the likes of Bongani Zondi, Jabulane Dube and Michael Ngubane that Thofosi and her female cohorts have been accused of witchcraft and sexual orientations over many years. Zondi tells the story with much relish how he and others confronted Thofosi with rumors of her being involved in witchcraft. They even looked under her bed for “muti” or “witchcraft medicine or charms”. The Lord Jesus called the Pharisees and Scribes a “brood of vipers or snakes”. One can easily on the same terms call Thofosi and her female cohorts with reference to Room 5 a “brood of witches!” being so pre-occupied with the underworld instead of the Lord Jesus Christ. It may take one witch to recognize another witch, who knows!
The devil, Satan and his dark world of demons, witchcraft and evil spirits are getting a lot of attention at KSB currently. Satan is exulted in a marvelous way by all of this at the cost of Jesus Christ. Looking at the circulated list satanists are everywhere at the Mission. They are active at Domino Servite School, Cedar College of Education and in the private homes. The worshippers of Satan are especially recognized among the elect, the elders, and the coworkers of KSB or their children and called out as such! What a weak Christ we serve if any of this nonsense is to be true. And the only ones with the “spiritual nose” to do this “witch sniffing” are Thofozi and her female cohorts. How absolutely convenient is this in the context of what is happening at Mission Kwasizabantu at the moment. The rituals taking place in the Room 5 area portrays the traditional rituals of the Zulu witch smellers in an alarming way. The ex-satanist would in a frenzy roll or crawl on all fours in front of the singing coworkers (“sniffers”) and then call out the names of the other satanists at the Mission, who are then eagerly listed, guilty and convicted as revealed by the frenzied ex-satanist.
But what about Christ and the Truth of God’s Word that is so much ignored in all of this. So much time is wasted on this whole evil effort and yet, every one knows it is done to sustain the status quo at KSB. It is not for nothing that the Bible teaches us, “11God has shown us undeserved grace by coming to save all people. 12He taught us to give up our wicked ways and our worldly desires and to live decent and honest lives in this world. 13We are filled with hope, as we wait for the glorious return of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. 14 He gave himself to rescue us from everything evil and to make our hearts pure. He wanted us to be his own people and to be eager to do right.15Teach these things, as you use your full authority to encourage and correct people. Make sure you earn everyone’s respect. (Titus 2:11-13 CEV).
Now this is indeed
that Thofozi and her female cohorts should be busy with!
 Witch smellers, almost always women, were important and powerful people amongst the Zulu and other Bantu-speaking peoples of Southern Africa, responsible for rooting out evil witches in the area, and sometimes responsible for considerable bloodshed themselves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Witch_smeller.
 Surrounded by a circle of women and girls who clapped their hands and droned a low, monotonous chant, the rhythm of which changed occasionally with the stamping of feet, the witch smellers proceeded to work themselves up into a frenzy. In this state, they spun, stalked and leapt, eventually touching one or more of the people with their switches.
7 – The Missionary and money! So much money!
Dennis Prager, the Jew, said this, “The greatest sin in religion is doing evil in God’s Name. It is the only sin in the 10 Commandments that God says He will not forgive. He is going to forgive murder, theft, adultery, lying in court. The Hebrew means, and ask any Hebrew scholar, do not carry God’s name in vain. It means someone who murders in the Name of God, steals in the Name of God, molest children in the name of God. These are the scum of the earth, the worst people on earth.” So, no one does the name of God so bad or the cause of God in this world so bad or the growth of atheism so good, as the one who does evil in the Name of God.
This explains best, the sin committed at Mission Kwasizabantu. They, the leaders, have done predetermined, deliberate and intentional evil in the Name of God. Let me explain this evil in some detail.
Everything that is Mission Kwasizabantu is run and managed in terms of a legal Trust and certain people are the trustees and have to manage the Missions matters in terms of the legal entity’s constitution. The Mission’s Trust has five trustees. The five current trustees are trustees since 8 February 2012. They are Erlo Stegen, Friedel Stegen, Thofosi Dube, Eunice Ngcamu and Arno Stegen. This particular essay will cover the period 2012 till today.
Constitution: KSB Trust.
Let me explain to you the KSB Trust Constitution. First, read the constitution below.
1 NAME: MISSION KWASIZABANTU (hereinafter referred to as “the Mission”)
2 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES:
2.1 To carry out the work of Christian Missionaries generally in all its various spheres according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ as contained in His Holy Word, the Bible.
2.2 To render spiritual and physical assistance to whoever may be in need thereof.
2.3 To carry out the aims and objectives as specified herein as a free and voluntary service to the community at large for no remuneration.
3.1 All persons who at the date of acceptance of this Constitution are actively engaged in the work of the Mission and whose names appear in the Register of Members, which will be especially compiled for the purpose of determining such members, shall be deemed to be members of the Mission.
3.2 Any person who in future becomes an active worker in the Mission and who shall have been accepted into the Mission and shall have had his name entered into the above-mentioned Register of Members by the Governing Body of the Mission shall become recognised as a member of the Mission.
3.3 The membership of any member of the Mission may be terminated by the Governing Body of the Mission at any time should the Governing Body be of the opinion that such member is no longer actively pursuing the true aims and objects of the Mission.
3.4 The membership of any member shall otherwise terminate upon his death or
4 GOVERNING BODY:
4.1 The Governing Body shall consist of at least three Trustees who shall manage theaffairs of the Mission.
4.2 The incumbent Trustees shall each hold office for an indefinite period until his death or prior resignation or until he has been dismissed from office by resolution at a general meeting of Members of the Mission. Notice of intention to move for the dismissal of a Trustee be given at a normal Sunday service for two consecutive Sundays prior to the meeting.
4.3 Each Trustee shall be entitled to nominate his successor-in-title and such successor shall succeed such Trustee in office on the date of the termination of his duties.
4.4 In the event of a Trustee failing to have nominated a successor and in the event of a Trustee having been removed from office by resolution of a meeting of Members, the remaining Trustees shall be entitled to nominate such successor.
4.5 In the event of there being no such Trustees left in office new Trustees shall be appointed by resolution of a genera] meeting of members.
4.6 The Trustees shall appoint one of their number to act as Chairman who shall preside at their meetings or in his absence an acting Chairman shall be appointed,
4.7 Two Trustees shall form a quorum at all meetings of the Governing Body. Nf.
5 LEGAL STATUS
5.1. The Mission is a legal person and can as such act independently, acquire rights and assume duties and obligations, hold property and generally act with such freedom as allowed in Law.
5.2. In the event of the Mission acquiring rights which are registrable in the Deeds Office such rights shall vest in: The Trustees for the time being of Mission Kwasizabantu
5.3. In the event the Mission wishing to sue or being sued in any competent court or tribunal, such suit shall likewise be conducted in the name mentioned in the preceding sub-clause.
5.4. Any document requiring to be executed by the Trustees in the exercise of their powers under this constitution shall be deemed to be sufficiently executed if signed by one Trustee after due resolution by the Governing Body.
- POWERS OF THE GOVERNING BODY:
The Governing Body may exercise any of the powers (consistent with its objects and principles) of which the officers of a true corporate body whose purpose is not the acquisition of gain are capable, such as:
6.1.1. Mortgage or pledge any or all of the property of the Mission;
6.1.2. Borrow money on overdraft or private loan from any bank or other money lending institution;
6.1.3. Enter into any agreements of lease or sale of immovable and movable property, Credit Agreements or any other similar agreements;
6.1.4. Lend, advance, invest, deposit or otherwise deal with all monies not immediately required by the Mission;
6.1.5. Safeguard the interest of the Mission by instituting or defending in its name any action at law;
6.1.6. Accept such funds as may be donated to the Mission and utilize the same for the purposes of carrying out the aims and objects of the Mission;
6.1.7. Remunerate house and maintain the members according to normal acceptable standards;
6.1.8. Acquire such property movable or immovable as the Mission may require;
6.1.9. Do al] such acts as may be incidental to or conducive to the attainment of the aims and objects of the Mission;
7 General Meeting
7.1. The Governing Body shall call a general meeting of the members of the Mission to discuss the business of the Mission at any time it may consider convenient and also in the event of being requested to do so in writing by at least fifty members of the Mission. Notice of such meeting shall be given as provided for in Clause 4.2. above.
8.1 The Governing Body shall open such banking accounts as it may require in the name of the Mission into which al] monies received by the Mission shall be deposited and from which all payments shall be made.
8.2 Proper books of account shall be kept by or under the direction of the Governing Body and a Balance Sheet shall be drawn up at the end of each financial year, which Balance Sheet shall be audited by auditors appointed annually by the Governing Body.
9 AMMENDMENT TO CONSTITUTION
The Mission may amend its Constitution by a two thirds majority vote taken at a general meeting of members after due notice of the intention to amend the Constitution has been given as provided for in Clause 4.2. above.
10 WINDING UP
In the event of the Mission winding up its business and ceasing to operate the Governing Body shall liquidate the assets of the Mission and shall pay all debts and liabilities which may be due by the Mission. Any balance of funds which may be available after such payment shall not be paid over to the members of the Mission but shall be given or transferred to some similar institution or Church with similar aims and objects as the Governing Body may deem fit.
A decision was taken at a meeting of Trustees on 8 February 2012 to replace the deceased Trustees SJ Nsibande and T H Dube with the following Trustees:
Buyephi Eunice Ngcamu & Lidia Dube
The newly nominated Trustees hereby accept their appointment as Trustees.
Buyephi Eunice Necamu & Lidia Dube
On Saturday 14 June 2019 the Mission issued a statement on the General Network Service of Mission Kwasizabantu:
“Please note that on 15 June 2019, 10am at Kwasizabantu Mission there will be a trustee meeting for Kwasizabantu Mission to discuss the dismissal of FH Stegen as a trustee and director of the trading entities of KSB. Thank you.”
On Sunday 15 June 2019 at the start of the Sunday Morning service in the Kwasizabantu Mission auditorium, the Mission issued the following statement read in English by dr Albu van Eeden and translated into Zulu by Sibongiseni Khumalo:
“Rev. Erlo Stegen has asked us to announce that on Saturday the 23rd of June (sic), 2019 of this year at 15 hours, 3 o clock pm there will be members meeting of co-workers of Kwasizabantu Mission to discuss the intention to dismiss FH Stegen as trustee of Kwasizabantu Mission.”
On Sunday 15 June 2019 Stanley Seiti offered the following on a posting on WhatsApp:
after receiving Koos’ posting about the intended removal of Mr FH Stegen from
the board of trustees, I sent a message to one of the board members saying
‘their constitution prohibited the removal of the trustee as they were
So, last night I got a call from one ‘Thofozi’ Dube remanding to know where had I got the KSB constitution from? I asked why would she ask and she replied that the constitution was a very private document and she only knew of one or two people at KSB who could have it.
I replied that Public benefit Organisation’s Constitution were exactly that – public. and open especially to members and not kept in secret. I said every member aught to have a copy of it and she said “well it’s not secret it locked somewhere and anybody wanting to see it may request to see it.”
I asked how were the members to know about their rights e.g. in an AGM if they did not have a guiding document?
She insisted that I tell her who gave me the document and I said that was not important… what was important was I had saved them from committing a huge mistake; for which she should be thanking me.
She mocked the fact that I even referred her to the specific guiding paragraph in the constitution. I said yes I did and in addition Mr FH Stegen is entitled in terms of the law to a right of reply and so is Esther.
I reminded her that the trust document says a trustee is one for life.
She complained that I have created chaos as some people are now demanding the distribution of the constitution and a general vote to remove Mr FH Stegen. I said indeed it was their right to make such demands as members.
*rather, a general vote to remove or not remove Mr Stegen
Perhaps it is good to just highlight certain aspects from the above.
3:1: The list of membership should be free, open and available for all to know and see. Whoever is a member should obviously know what membership of the Trust entails.
3.2: The governing body must maintain an updated version of this membership list. This membership list is not limited to coworkers. It is a membership list representing “all persons actively engaged in the work of the Mission”. This Register of Members” will be especially complied by the Governing Body (GB).
3.3: Only the GB has the right to terminate membership.
4.1: The GB must have at least three trustees. Two members form a quorum. Their resolutions must be duly recorded and reported to the rest of the trustees.
4.2: Current trustees are trustees for life or until he/she resigns or can be removed at an AGM. Notice for such an intention, the proposed AGM must be gannounced at two consecutive Sunday services, prior to the AGM.
4.3: Current trustees nominates his/her successor-in-title if they terminate their duties as trustee. However in the case an AGM removes a trustee the remaining trustees may nominate a successor.
6.1: The trustees are only free to act in legal or financial actions if it is not for personal gain. This is according to PBO governing regulations.
6.1.7: The members shall receive house and maintenance remuneration on fair and normally accepted standards. (This means standards as accepted by normal society and normal PBO guiding principles. This should be agreed upon by all members, open to all members and known by all members. No privileges unless agreed by all members)
booking must be done by the governing body and the books must be audited every
year. It is a free and voluntary organization under the general rule of PBO’s
and the audited books must be available to all members at all times.
The Payments (As per resolutions taken)
Over the period January 2012 – December 2018 the trustees took a decision to loan money to one Moses Ndlela. Moses Ndlela (also Moses Ndlovo or Moses Kanaan) is a personal aide-de-camp to Thofozi Dube and he carries a variety of ID documents. Over this term he received money, always in cash, to the amount of R142 008 250,00. There are 145 resolutions, see copy below, equaling the amount of the resolutions, R142 008 250,00. All 145 resolutions are identical in layout. All loans in 2017 were against the name of Lydia Dube but later converted to Moses Ndlela. So all loans now stand against the name of Moses Ndlela. All the resolutions are similar to the one below, signed by Erlo Stegen, Lydia Dube and Eunice Ngcamu. Over the period of 1 January 2015 to 31 December 2018 neither Friedel Stegen nor Arno Stegen signed a single resolution over this period of time. But who is this man Moses Ndlela? The resolutions from 1 January 2019 I have not seen. But it is reasonable to assume an amount of between 30 – 40 million Rand has been handed to Moses Ndlela to date.
I have put together a profile from information I have gathered from various sources at the Mission Kwasizabantu:
It is my understanding that Ndlela came to Mission Kwasizabantu when Thofozi was in hospital in Pretoria during December 2015. At first he really meant well and he came alone at that time. He had a problem with nightmares at night due to the number of people that apparently he had murdered. When he started pouring out his heart to one of the counsellors who was called by Reception, they realised that what he was saying was very important. They then phoned Eunice Ngcamu and she said they should bring him to her for counseling. He confessed his sins to her. At that time he was running away as many people were after him to kill him because of what he has done. He had killed some of their relatives, was a hit man in the Taxi wars and even confessed to have been a hit man for Zuma; the police were looking for him. It is rumored that he was also involved in the shooting of Mr Chonco the late Kranskop police superintendent. Whether this is true or not is not the issue. I am concerned to profile the character of the man who won the trust of Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Dube and Eunice Ngcamu as well as received more than a hundred and forty million Rands in cash of the Mission’s money, more correctly stated, God’s money!
At the time when he came to Mission Kwasizabantu he had lost his house due to bankruptcy. His house and his car were repossessed. He and his wife were blacklisted in clothing stores and that is why he came for help to the Mission. He was without work, owned no house or car. He had severe emotional, spiritual and social problems. After making his life right (confessing his sins and speaking to a spiritual counselor), there was a prayer meeting where Eunice, his counselor, told those in attendance to remember Moses Ndlela in their prayers. Eunice shared that he has murdered many people. Even when he closed his eyes, he just sees those people he murdered and he constantly had nightmares at night; so the attendees must pray for him. That was around December 2015. Some days after the prayer meeting Thofozi returned to the Mission from the hospital and she then heard about Ndlela and spoke to him. He was even called to testify at the coworkers meeting in the old reception hall. Since that day things have changed in the life of the Ndlela or Ndlovu or Kanaan family as Ndlela bought himself a new house in Johannesburg as well as an expensive car. . At some stage his wife worked at the Aquelle office and his two children attended DSS School. His family is no longer at the Mission. He is still a regular visitor at KSB. Both Erlo Stegen and Thofozi Dube have contact with him. It is rumored that Thofozi and Ndlela deceived Erlo Stegen
So this man then has received a loan of R142 008 250,00 from Mission Kwasizabantu under the signatures of Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Dube and Eunice Ngcamu. As described below in the Trust Resolution the loan is interest free. There is no time frame specified for repayment of the loan. Ndlela has signed no Loan Agreement with Mission Kwasizabantu. He has not provided the Mission with his Identification Document, as it is not on file. He has not provided the Mission with a Proof of Address, as is a RICA requirement. He has not provided the Mission with any SARS particulars, nor has he provided any collateral for the mega-loan. There is no feasibility study, no credit check, no police check. Nothing! Absolutely nothing! R142 008 250,00 was handed over to him in cash. It was handed to him in bags, boxes, and cooler boxes. It was driven to him with Erlo Stegen’s Tuareg or Fortuner or flown to him in the Mission’s planes, the Pilatus PC12 or twin engine Cessna 340 or the smaller Cessna 182, all over South Africa. Ndlela suddenly changed. He rented the most expensive vehicles from Avis, a Jeep, BMW or Mercedez Benz when collecting the money at the drop-off points. He dressed in expensive clothes. No cost was spared to get the money to him. At times Erlo Stegen bemoaned the fact that he just had to find the money and Thofozi Dube would heatedly confront bank managers when they refused withdrawels of huge amounts from her personal bank account and she could not have the big amounts of money immediately. All this for Ndlela. That is it!
But something is tremendously wrong in all of this. God the Holy Spirit is as much a God of discernment as He is God of common sense. The trademark of the evil one is stamped all over all of this.
Erlo Stegen and Thofozi Dube have been actively involved in the day-to-day running of this loan scheme. Not just in authorizing the resolutions but also in the actual collection and distribution of the cash amounts. To do so they had to acquire the help of others, Erlo Stegen’s children are all involved, as are some senior coworkers and the pilots of the airplanes. Thofozi Dube acquired the help of especially two young coworkers and even used people coming for help to the Mission. The names of all those who have been involved, have been handed to the authorities for their further attention.
Below is a list of the 145 resolutions taken at the trust
The Payments (As per resolutions taken)
|Payment Number||Resolution Date||Amount Approved(R)||To whom is it paid||Cumulative Amount(R)|
|1||9 Nov 2015||200 000||Moses Ndlela||200 000|
|2||18 Nov 2015||400 000||Moses Ndlela||600 000|
|3||27 Nov 2015||600 000||Moses Ndlela||1 200 000|
|4||5 Dec 2015||190 000||Moses Ndlela||1 390 000|
|5||8 Dec 2015||650 000||Moses Ndlela||2 040 000|
|6||18 Dec 2015||385 900||Moses Ndlela||2 425 900|
|7||23 Dec 2015||150 000||Moses Ndlela||2 575 900|
|8||31 Dec 2015||950 000||Moses Ndlela||3 525 900|
|9||15 Jan 2016||565 000||Moses Ndlela||4 090 900|
|10||21 Jan 2016||500 000||Moses Ndlela||4 590 900|
|11||3 Feb 2016||680 000||Moses Ndlela||5 270 900|
|12||6 Feb 2016||510 000||Moses Ndlela||5 780 900|
|13||12 Feb 2016||850 000||Moses Ndlela||6 630 900|
|14||18 Feb 2016||599 100||Moses Ndlela||7 230 000|
|15||23 Feb 2016||250 000||Moses Ndlela||7 480 000|
|16||25 Feb 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||8 380 000|
|17||2 March 2016||500 000||Moses Ndlela||8 880 000|
|18||8 March 2016||600 000||Moses Ndlela||9 480 000|
|19||13 March 2016||700 000||Moses Ndlela||10 180 000|
|20||22 March 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||10 980 000|
|21||30 March 2016||615 850||Moses Ndlela||11 595 850|
|22||1 April 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||12 495 850|
|23||5 April 2016||600 000||Moses Ndlela||13 095 850|
|24||8 April 2016||500 000||Moses Ndlela||13 595 850|
|25||13 April 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||14 395 850|
|26||18 April 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||15 195 850|
|27||22 April 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||16 095 850|
|28||3 May 2016||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||17 595 850|
|29||5 May 2016||500 000||Moses Ndlela||18 095 850|
|30||11 May 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||18 895 850|
|31||23 May 2016||1 300 000||Moses Ndlela||20 195 850|
|32||2 June 2016||1 020 000||Moses Ndlela||21 215 850|
|33||2 June 2016||707 400||Moses Ndlela||21 923 250|
|34||10 June 2016||1 240 000||Moses Ndlela||23 163 250|
|35||12 June 2016||325 000||Moses Ndlela||23 488 250|
|36||21 June 2016||1 250 000||Moses Ndlela||24 738 250|
|37||24 June 2016||700 000||Moses Ndlela||25 438 250|
|38||30 June 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||26 338 250|
|39||7 July 2016||1 340 000||Moses Ndlela||27 678 250|
|40||19 July 2016||1 407 000||Moses Ndlela||29 085 250|
|41||26 July 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||29 985 250|
|42||29 July 2016||1 300 000||Moses Ndlela||31 285 250|
|43||6 August 2016||1 800 000||Moses Ndlela||33 085 250|
|44||10 August 2016||700 000||Moses Ndlela||33 785 250|
|45||12 August 2016||1 010 000||Moses Ndlela||34 795 250|
|46||16 August 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||35 695 250|
|47||19 August 2016||1 200 000||Moses Ndlela||36 895 250|
|48||21 August 2016||913 000||Moses Ndlela||37 808 250|
|49||25 August 2016||1 162 000||Moses Ndlela||38 970 250|
|50||31 August 2016||563 000||Moses Ndlela||39 533 250|
|51||2 Sept 2016||1 937 000||Moses Ndlela||41 470 250|
|52||8 Sept 2016||1 780 000||Moses Ndlela||43 250 250|
|53||12 Sept 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||44 150 250|
|54||15 Sept 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||45 050 250|
|55||20 Sept 2016||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||46 550 250|
|56||23 Sept 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||47 350 250|
|57||28 Sept 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||48 250 250|
|58||30 Sept 2016||1 200 000||Moses Ndlela||49 450 250|
|59||3 Oct 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||50 350 250|
|60||6 Oct 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||51 150 250|
|61||7 Oct 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||51 950 250|
|62||10 Oct 2016||950 000||Moses Ndlela||52 900 250|
|63||18 Oct 2016||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||53 900 250|
|64||22 Oct 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||54 700 250|
|65||27 Oct 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||55 500 250|
|66||1 Nov 2016||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||57 000 250|
|67||5 Nov 2016||600 000||Moses Ndlela||57 600 250|
|68||10 Nov 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||58 400 250|
|69||16 Nov 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||59 300 250|
|70||20 Nov 2016||500 000||Moses Ndlela||59 800 250|
|71||25 Nov 2016||600 000||Moses Ndlela||60 400 250|
|72||2 Dec 2016||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||62 400 250|
|73||6 Dec 2016||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||63 400 250|
|74||10 Dec 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||64 300 250|
|75||14 Dec 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||65 100 250|
|76||21 Dec 2016||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||66 100 250|
|77||24 Dec 2016||800 000||Moses Ndlela||66 900 250|
|78||28 Dec 2016||900 000||Moses Ndlela||67 800 250|
|79||4 Jan 2017||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||69 300 250|
|80||6 Jan 2017||900 000||Moses Ndlela||70 200 250|
|81||10 Jan 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||70 800250|
|82||13 Jan 2017||700 000||Moses Ndlela||71 500 250|
|83||19 Jan 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||72 500 250|
|84||23 Jan 2017||800 000||Moses Ndlela||73 300 250|
|85||25 Jan 2017||900 000||Moses Ndlela||74 200250|
|86||31 Jan 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||74 700 250|
|87||4 Feb 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||75 300 250|
|88||14 Feb 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||75 800 250|
|89||25 Feb 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||76 800 250|
|90*||2 March 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||77 300 250|
|91*||2 March 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||77 800 250|
|92||17 March 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||78 800 250|
|93||28 March 2017||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||80 300 250|
|94||4 April 2017||800 000||Moses Ndlela||81 100 250|
|95||11 April 2017||300 000||Moses Ndlela||81 400 250|
|96||14 April 2017||300 000||Moses Ndlela||81 700 250|
|97||23 April 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||82 700 000|
|98||12 May 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||83 700 250|
|99||18 May 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||84 300 250|
|100||22 May 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||84 900 250|
|101||3 June 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||85 400 250|
|102||14 June 2017||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||87 400 250|
|103||23 June 2017||400 000||Moses Ndlela||87 800 250|
|104||6 July 2017||800 000||Moses Ndlela||88 600 250|
|105||10 July 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||89 200 250|
|106||26 July 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||90 200 250|
|107||11 August 2017||800 000||Moses Ndlela||91 000 250|
|108||18 August 2017||255 000||Moses Ndlela||91 255 250|
|109||22 August 2017||145 000||Moses Ndlela||91 400 250|
|110||31 August 2017||600 000||Moses Ndlela||92 000 250|
|111||2 Sept 2017||300 000||Moses Ndlela||92 300 250|
|112||9 Sept 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||93 300 250|
|113||14 Sept 2017||500 000||Moses Ndlela||93 800 250|
|114||19 Sept 2017||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||95 800 250|
|115||4 Oct 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||96 800 250|
|116||10 Oct 2017||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||98 300 250|
|117||17 Oct 2017||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||99 800 250|
|118||3 Nov 2017||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||100 800 250|
|119||23 Nov 2017||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||102 800 250|
|120||2 Dec 2017||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||104 800 250|
|121||12 Dec 2017||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||106 300 250|
|122||20 Dec 2017||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||108 300 250|
|123||7 Feb 2018||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||109 800 250|
|124||22 Feb 2018||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||111 800 250|
|125||7 March 2018||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||113 300 250|
|126||8 March 2018||400 000||Moses Ndlela||113 700 250|
|127||17 March 2018||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||115 700 250|
|128||7 April 2018||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||117 700 250|
|129||13 April 2018||791 000||Moses Ndlela||118 491 250|
|130||17 April 2018||400 000||Moses Ndlela||118 891 250|
|131||26 April 2018||100 000||Moses Ndlela||118 991 250|
|132||5 May 2018||3 000 000||Moses Ndlela||121 991 250|
|133||6 June 2018||3 000 000||Moses Ndlela||124 991 250|
|134||27 June 2018||3 000 000||Moses Ndlela||127 991 250|
|135||5 July 2018||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||129 491 250|
|136||7 July 2018||1 500 000||Moses Ndlela||130 991 20|
|137||20 July 2018||2 000 000||Moses Ndlela||132 991 250|
|138||27 July 2018||1 400 000||Moses Ndlela||134 291 250|
|139||30 July 2018||1 600 000||Moses Ndlela||135 991 250|
|140||18 August 2018||1 000 000||Moses Ndlela||136 991 250|
|141||14 Sept 2018||2 500 000||Moses Ndlela||139 491 250|
|142||22 Sept 2018||510 200||Moses Ndlela||140 001 250|
|143||29 Sept 2018||500 000||Moses Ndlela||140 501 250|
|144||12 Dec 2018||307 000||Moses Ndlela||140 808 250|
|145||14 Dec 2018||1 200 000||Moses Ndlela||142 008 250|
|Total||Moses Ndlela||142 008 250|
8 – The Missionary and Jezebel!
The seven letters to the churches that we find in the beginning of the Book of Revelation is a legacy to this day of what God finds good and what he does not find good in the life of His church. God hates hypocrites in His church. He further hates those who abuse His commands, His church and His people. He is especially outspoken against the leaders in His church who pretend to belong to Him, yet are committed to the evil one and his demons and therefore deceives His children. Such is the case with Jezebel in the congregation of Thyatira. We have our own version of this evil and demonic woman amongst the brethren of Mission Kwasizabantu. She and her cohorts have brought more damage to the Mission than any other in the history of KSB. They have done evil in the Name of the living God. I am speaking of Thofozi Lydia Dube and her followers, a modern Jezebel who is currently destroying God’s work at KSB. But God reveals Jezebel to the church. But first read what God says:
This is what you must write to the angel of the church in Thyatira:
I am the Son of God! My eyes are like flames of fire, and my feet are like bronze. Listen to what I say.
I know everything about you, including your love, your faith, your service, and how you have endured. I know you are doing more now than you have ever done before. But I still have something against you because of that woman Jezebel. She calls herself a prophet, and you let her teach and mislead my servants to do immoral things and to eat food offered to idols. I gave her a chance to turn from her sins, but she did not want to stop doing these immoral things.
I am going to strike down Jezebel. Everyone who does these immoral things with her will also be punished, if they don’t stop. I will even kill her followers. Then all the churches will see that I know everyone’s thoughts and feelings. I will treat each of you as you deserve.
Some of you in Thyatira don’t follow Jezebel’s teaching. You don’t know anything about what her followers call the “deep secrets of Satan.” So I won’t burden you down with any other commands. But until I come, you must hold firmly to the teaching you have. (Revelations 2:18-25).
The Lord Jesus recognized and identified a woman in the likeness of Jezebel, the daughter of Ethbaal, king of Tyre/Sidon and priest of the cult of Baal, a cruel, sensuous and revolting false god whose worship involved sexual degradation and lewdness. Ahab, king of Israel, married Jezebel and led the nation into Baal worship (1 Kings 16:31). Ahab and Jezebel’s reign over Israel is one of the saddest chapters in the history of God’s people. Referring to a woman in the church who influenced it the same way Jezebel influenced Israel into idolatry and sexual immorality, Jesus declares to the Thyatirans that she is not to be tolerated. Whoever this woman was, she was like Jezebel, she refused to repent of her immorality and her false teaching, and her fate was sealed. The Lord Jesus promises punishment and destruction to her, along with those who committed idolatry with her. The end for those who succumb to a Jezebel spirit is always death and destruction, both in the physical and the spiritual sense.
Lidia Thofozi Dube is the likeness of Jezebel in the cult of Mission Kwasizabantu. And I will give you some reasons why I say it is so. Perhaps the best way, says “Got Questions”, to define the Jezebel spirit is to say it characterizes anyone who acts in the same manner as Jezebel did, engaging in immorality, idolatry, false teaching and unrepentant sin. To go beyond that, is to engage in speculation and can possibly lead to false accusations and divisiveness within the body of Christ. So let me explain why Thofozi Dube characterizes Jezebel.
She has position in the Mission Kwasizabantu church and a whole cluster of followers (disciples) supporting, defending and glorifying her. She comes with a testimony that she knows Christ, has experienced the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in a 1966 revival, she has seen and spoken to Christ in person in heaven in a 1973 near-death experience and has started a work since then among the youth in the church with supposed great results. She has a closed group of followers that would die for her and show or prove her to be righteous and justify her in all she does as being above reproach of any kind. The Mission’s community is so thinned out by those forced to leave that it is said that 95% of the remaining community supports her. She comes highly recommended spiritually by her cohorts and is said to have received her position and authority, as did Miriam in the Old Testament, as a sanction of God Himself. She has, according to her own testimony, received the baptism with God the Holy Spirit and she has gifts of the Spirit and some calls her a prophetess. Anybody who questions her integrity or speaks out against her is immediately and without exception mercilessly and verbally “crucified” for going against God and His anointed. Erlo Stegen and brother Heino Stegen both support her in the role she is fulfilling.
However, at the moment she stands accused of being the mastermind in the multimillion Rand embezzlement of God’s money together with one called Ndlela. She further stands accused of seizing the authority and power at Mission Kwasizabantu and paving her own way to glory. Her disciples and supporters will have none of these accusations against her. She, with her cohorts, vehemently resist any such characterization and any one proclaiming an opposing view, is excommunicated from the Mission and shunned without any restraint, as Friedel Stegen, Arno Stegen and others can testify.
Now let me explain the reasons in some detail why she is a Jezebel in the Lord’s Church. And I am not sucking any of this out of thin air, but I am relating what people told me. These are people that were eyewitnesses and were part and parcel of all of this. There are three reasons namely gambling, witchcraft and money.
Firstly, towards the end of 2015 Thofozi, Mamazane Maphanga and Nthokozo Nhlabathi went to Sibaya Casino to meet with chief Dube and two businessmen. After the meeting the three of them, Thofozi, Mamazane and Nthokozo went gambling at the casino. Between the three of them, allegedly, they would loose up to R50 000 in a late night’s gambling spree. Many times they would go gambling. Thofozi would regularly go gambling with Mamazane. They would stay at Umhlali in Erlo Stegen’s flat, Buxtehude, and from there frequent Sibaya Casino or North Coast Casino. Nthokhozo would usually drive them with Thofozi’s BMW X5, the one she bought from Giel Schoombee. At times they would gamble at North Coast Casino and stay either at Nelly’s place in Morningside or at Buxtehude. Thofozi and her cronies it is alleged lost hundreds of thousands gambling at these two casinos. However, they would also frequent another gambling resort, the Emperors Palace Casino near the Oliver Thambo International Airport, Johannesburg. They would stay at Kobus and Bernice Greyling’s house in Pretoria and from there go gambling at the Emperor’s Palace Casino. Thokozo would at times drive them to the Emperor Palace with the Mission’s Nissan Qasqhai car. Again their gambling sprees resulted purportedly in losing hundreds of thousands of Rands in the process. Those few that know about this said that Thofozi was addicted to gambling. This was a well-hidden practice of Thofozi. Others who are named to have gone gambling with her at times are Dorcas Dube, Thembi Ximba and Jabu Majola. I asked someone involved for an estimate of the amount of money lost over time to the gambling binges since 2015 and the person estimated about a R900 000 could have possibly been lost to the one-armed bandit slot machines at the casinos.
In the second place, Thofozi is deeply involved with dark forces. It was the Hollywood man Woody Allen, for his romantic involvement with his and Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter who said, “The heart wants what it wants!” Thofozi’s heart is filled with a desire for money, recognition and power. And it seems undeniably that her heart wants what it wants too. She will spare no effort, or evil, to gain what she wants even if she has to dapple in the occult. She used witchcraft and called upon sangomas or witchdoctors in her quest for power, riches, influence and glory. I have heard about visits to witchdoctors or the witchdoctors visiting Thofozi at the Mission. It is a much behind the hand talked about issue at the Mission and the branches. This issue has also been raised In full coworkers meetings. It is no secret although detail may not be openly available. However there was always a lack of certainty. Ask the people living at KSB, Kingscliff or Claridge and they will tell about the rumors. I have seen the proof of payments to these priests of darkness and have no doubt to the truth of it. I will give three random examples. Nthokozo Nhlabathi, Jabu Majola and Mamazane Maphanga all knew about the visits of two traditional healers or witchdoctors to the Mission at Thofozi’s request. Like all Thofozi’s guests and cohorts from outside, they were never required to sign in at KSB Reception, as other visitors had to do when they came to the Mission. Mamazane had fetched the visiting sangomas at the King Shaka Airport. Many a time Nthokozo drove them to a sangoma’s residence. Within the precinct of Room 5 it was taboo to speak about these visits.
Ndlela introduced a sangoma or traditional healer to Thofozi. This man came from Johannesburg, originally from Zanzibar, and he is known as “professor”. He was paid R100 000 upfront. I saw the bank statements of payments to him for myself. When his services were terminated by Thofozi, he said at one point in anger to Mamazane Maphanga that, ”I am your god and I control your life and Thofozi’s life”. He came to the Mission because Thofozi’s shop at Kingscliff was not doing well at all. He stayed in Rondavel 66 at the Mission. It is a well-furnished chalet where Thofozi’s guests would normally stay. He did his thing and left leaving seven day’s worth of muthi (witchcraft medicine) with Thofozi. He wanted more and more money but was not further consulted.
Ndlela told Thofozi he knew a witchdoctor with the power to increase money. Sam was a sangoma, witchdoctor or traditional healer from Rustenburg. He came twice to the Mission before Ndlela, Thofozi, and Mamazane went to him in Rustenburg. Ndlela told Thofozi if she has R10mil then Sam would turn it into R30mil. The money hungry Thofozi believed and acted on it. She said to some, in covering her greed, if they could have R30mil it would help Erlo Stegen to pay the loan he has taken from the bank to build the new hothouses. So they, Ruth Combrink, Lilian Schaup, Mamazane Maphanga and Thofozi counted and packed the R10mil in a black suitcase in Thofozi’s room. It was then handed to Ndlela on the Saturday night 7 January and he took it by car to Lanseria, Johannesburg. Thofozi and Mamazane flew with Kulula Air on Sunday morning, 8 January 2017 from Durban to Lanseria International Airport where they met with Ndlela and Sam. They all drove together from the airport to Sam’s house in Rustenberg. Here they had to do a ritual to increase the money from R10mil to R30mil. The suitcase was left and sealed in the room of Sam’s house in Rustenburg.
The ritual started with a bath in a room lit up with many candles. They, Thofozi and Mamazane, undressed and Sam bathed them with a liquid of some kind. Then naked they had to lie down and Sam poured and then rubbed nice smelling oil onto their bodies. Thofozi had to call upon the Dube and Gasa ancestors to bring her luck after which Sam announced that the ancestral elders have accepted her request. They left with the sealed suitcase and were told not to open it for 48 hours. Sam assured them the suitcase contained R30mil and they could fly with it back to Durban. Airport security would not detect the money, as he, Sam said, is protecting them and the suitcase with money. Yet, after 48 hours back at KSB, as they opened it, they found that the suitcase contained only black papers and nothing else. The R10mil was simply lost to a very clever sangoma (and his friend Ndlela?).
Ndlela stepped into the picture again. He knew another witchdoctor who could cleanse the black papers and turn it into the money it was supposed to be. For this the sangoma needed a certain chemical. This man was paid R55 000 up front to come and cleanse the black papers. He never came. Yet, according to him and at his request, he was paid a further R35 000 more to bribe the police who found the chemical with him. But he never came and all money was lost. In total about R10,2 mil was lost to these two sangomas.
There was also a witchdoctor, Nzibande from Nseleni near Richardsbay that assisted Thofozi. He is originally from Swaziland. Thofozi consulted him during the coworkers’ meetings in 2016 and continuously thereafter even as recent as March 2019. Dirk Combrinck was in charge of those coworkers’ meetings. Thofozi, Mamazane and Nthokozo went to him and he gave Thofozi muthi (witchcraft medicine) that would make people believe her when she speaks at the meetings and empower her to manipulate people as she spoke in the meetings. These meetings were important and stressful to her as they concerned the issues of the 2000 debacle in which she featured prominently and subsequent issues sprouting forth from that time. But Nzibande further introduced the three of them to a “cocaine connection” as well as a dangerous chemical, which drug dealers use to manufacture certain drugs called “red mercury”. It was known to some already at that time, that Thofozi involved herself with the drug trade. In 2019 Thofozi and sangoma Nzibande set a trap for Mamazane and her husband was arrested at King Shaka International Airport with a parcel meant for Thofozi which contained R45 000 cash and some cocaine. Their court case is set for August 2019. This info is contained in the Maphumulu’s affidavit.
In the last place Thofozi and others are deeply involved with the embezzlement of the Missions money. There are too many stories by too many people corroborating available information. Thofozi is involved from the beginning to the end in everything concerning the “lost millions of Mission Kwasizabantu”. She seems to be the master brain behind the whole scheme to defraud the Mission of God’s money. But she is not alone. I have written much concerning her involvement. But there are some more points I want to raise here. She controls everything and everyone involved with the money. The money, R136 million as set out in the letter of Friedel Stegen and Koos Greeff to the coworkers, was collected as cash and counted and packed either in Thofozi’s rooms, the Aquelle office when Arno was away on trade appointments or Erlo Stegen’s rooms. Various people were tasked to deliver the cash to Ndlela at various places all over KZN, Gauteng or the Free State. Previously I related how Daan van Tonder and his wife Hulda delivered cash to Ndlela at Harrismith. A case in point is for example a couple million Rands in cash, which had to be delivered to Ndlela at Stanger. It was packed in a green cooler box. A room was booked at the Ayer Guesthouse in Stanger. The two couriers, Nthokoza Nhlabathi and Mamazane waited in their car until Ndlela arrived with his two bodyguards. The box with money was taken to room 2 in the guesthouse and remained with Ndlela and company whilst the two couriers returned to the Mission.
Daan van Tonder has spoken at length about who counted and packed the money. He named various persons who acted as couriers and gave much detail on how it was done. Martin van der Merwe, a courier himself, also gave limited information, which corroborated Daan’s version of events and people involved. Two other couriers also corroborated the information and even now Mamazane has corroborated the previous information substantially. Reverend Erlo Stegen has authorized and confirmed the delivery and amounts of money couriered. I personally witnessed such an authorization given by Erlo Stegen and delivery undertaken by Artur Schmunck.
When all the various versions of people are combined a single trustworthy list evolves with the names of people who are deeply involved in everything. Next to Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Lydia Dube and Eunice Ngcamu it seems that Ruth Combrink is most involved. Where the stolen millions ended up may be a secret held by Thofozi Dube, Ruth Combrink, Nthokozo Nhlabathi, Mamazane Maphumulu and Moses Ndlela/Ndlovu. So the list of people who helped count and pack the money compiled from the available information contains the following names: Thofozi Dube, Lilian Schaup, Ruth Combrink, Elizabeth Vermaak, Mamazane Maphanga, Nthokozo Nhlabathi, Dorathea Schmunck, Dirk Combrinck, Artur Schmunck, Ester Gidion, Hulda van Tonder, Naomi Bosman and Brigitte Joosten who would also at times double check the money counted. The people involved as couriers to deliver the money to Ndlela were Thofozi Dube, Nthokozo Nhlabathi, Artur Schmunck, Dirk Combrink, Daan and Hulda van Tonder, Paul Gidion, Wouter Vermaak, Martin van der Merwe and Ralph Stegen. It seems Nico Bosman was not involved with either counting the money or delivering the money to Ndlela. Detlef Stegen, Ralph Stegen, Thembinkozi Zuma and Nthokozo Nhlabathi at times collected money from Breeland Spar and Peter Dahl at Harding Spar. Werner Engelbrecht would at times bring cash to Room 5 from Emseni Saverite Supermarket. It is a lucrative family business with very, very few outsiders allowed to partake in the activities. When outsiders were allowed in, it was mainly for tasks on the fringes of the money business. Perhaps Martin van der Merwe was the exception to the rule as he was Thofozi’s driver at one time and well trusted.
Umphakathi okathazekili (CYPSA) is a flagship effort by Thofozi at Mission Kwasizabantu. When you read the articles or just scrutinize the headings on the website you find that CYPSA as a whole reacts against gangsterism, drugs, rape and sexual abuse, teen pregnancy, witchcraft and human trafficking. They want to uplift the community, influence the economy positively and work to uplift youth through education. How sad when you realize that the top leaders are as corrupt as they come. Thofosi and the CYPSA leadership are using and abusing the very people that come for help to further their own interests. Thofozi harvests the most evil from this group to do her bidding, like Ndlela, Nthobeko, Mandla and Zamo for example. There are many more. These people practice there sins at the Mission and time and again she excuses and covers their immorality because they are such usable persons to her. She would lie to protect them and hide them in Rondavel 66 when they come drunk from their excursions back to the Mission. There are many voices that speak about the atrocities of her elect young men that serve their mistress’ purposes.
But she would do even more and cover the sins of coworkers and family. Let me give one or two examples. Her brother Jabulane Dube married his current wife but he is apparently a man who loves women if one is to believe the gossiping, rumours and stories in the congregations. Thofosi herself told a coworker that Jabulane had a relationship with Phumelele. She also told the same coworker how Jabulane abused Txxxx who used to work for him and his late wife. Before he married a second time, Mamazane, who used to pay the people working at the shop in Kingscliff their wages, caught Jabulane and Phumelele in Jabulane’s room together. That same night Reverend Erlo Stegen announced the two’s engagement. Mamazane was told to keep quiet about what she saw. Yet, Jabulane would gloatingly tell all about the KSB way of marriage and how God has given him his second wife. All of this is window-dressing and nothing else to hide sin. But then again others were speaking about his love for ladies at Kingscliff and Weenen as well. Thofozi would cover these escapades and the brethren would be non-the wiser, but she talked about it to her confidants and then some of them would speak to outsiders. As is the case with two young men who are especially near to Thofozi. Zamo and Nthobeko would, so I am told, come to the Mission with their supply of condoms and would sleep with girls as they pleased. Although this would be reported to Thofozi she would ignore the complaints. This again I have been told by one of the management of Umphakathi.
It is altogether clear that there is a Jezebel in the church. It is amazing, with everything that has been revealed about this woman over the past few months, that she is still in her position at Mission Kwasizabantu and kept in that position by her loyalists. She has lured the likes of Jabulane Dube, Detlef Stegen, Dietmar Joosten, Sibongiseni Khumalo, Marius Pretorius, Michael Ngubane, Albu van Eeden, Bongani Zondi, Nthokozo Nhlabathi, Dirk Combrinck, Tobie Vermaak and Giel Schoombe into her web and intoxicated them with her evil perfume so that they can no longer discern the Truth. But she loves women as well, a true spiritual “bi-sexual” using the likes of Ruth Combrink, Jabu Majola, Eunice Ncgamu, Mamazane Maphanga, Thembi Ximba, Masheshi Cibane, Ilsa Vermaak, Dorothy Newlands, Ester Bornman, Mamo Mhlongo, Elfrieda Fleischmann, Stella Hlongwane, Ntombi Hlope and Lilian Schaup for her evil aims.
When a snake is destroyed its brood takes care of itself. But they remain snakes! This might be the case with all Thofozi’s spiritual progeny. They stand in the pulpit and preach sermons and one thinks, “How the hell can one believe them?” By their fruits you know them and they are as evil as the one who spawned them.
The only solution to lift the curse on Mission Kwasizabantu is to rid the church at KSB of this evil spirit and those filled with it.
9 – The Missionary and misplaced devotion!
Devotion in its semantic field of meaning has the most beautiful variety of meanings – devoutness, loyalty, believability, faithfulness and dependability. It is derived from a word in Latin signifying total dedication. Christian writers consequently found in the word “devotion” an ideal expression of what man’s proper disposition toward God should be.
All of these qualities are invoked by the Bible as to be focused on the triune God, God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit as well as to the commands and precepts of God as set out in His Word. Throughout the Bible, Old and New Testament, the people of God are perpetually judged because of their lack of devotion to God. Accordingly, “devotion is an act of the habit or virtue of religion, that virtue by which man is inclined to pay to God the worship to which He is entitled by right. The virtue of religion subjects man to God, the source of man’s perfection. By religion man is inclined to render to God the reasonable service of creature to Creator including everything the creature is or has. Man is composed of a body and a soul, and the soul acts through the faculties of will and intellect. These are offered to God in service by devotion and prayer. By adoration the body is offered to God. By sacrifice, oblation, first fruits, and tithes, external things belonging to man are offered to God. By vows, things are promised to God in worship. In the reception of the seven Sacraments and in the use of God’s name (by the taking of oaths, by adjuration, and by praising God) man uses things belonging to God to worship God. These 11 acts, namely, devotion, prayer, adoration, sacrifice, oblation, first-fruits, tithes, vows, the Sacraments, oaths, adjuration, and praise, constitute the perfect worship of God so far as the creature is capable of giving to God His due. Each offers to God a different thing—something that man is, or something that man in some way dominates or uses.
This, which is to be given to God, was the focus of Satan’s sin in heaven, as he wanted to be as God. Satan told the lie to Adam and Eve, “You will be like God” and that has been the lie by which man has been enticed to sin ever since. What quality(s) was it really that was the focus of Satan’s desire? For the moment we may ignore the after Adam and Eve era. What is it that Satan wanted man to desire already in the Garden of Eden concerning the “Being of God?“ Was it the power to create? I don’t think so as man already received the power to (pro)create? Was it the power to do miracles? I don’t think so either, as man has not seen miraculous healings and wonders as yet? They were living within the miracle already. My thinking is that Satan desired the infinite authority, power and control of God over everything He created. Authority and control equal power and God is the all powerful God. In comparison with God, man’s infinitesimal power was inadequate to Satan’s liking and man should therefore at least desire the same power His Creator has.
Since the fall of man in the garden, natural man’s desire equals not his Creator’s but certainly equals Satan’s desire for a “God like” power and control in this world we are living in. This ancient lie is as powerful today in the life of man as it was in the Garden of Eden. In the Garden of Eden Satan had to plant the seed of desire to be like God in the heart of man, but today Satan only have to reawaken the life of the seed already there in man’s heart since the Garden of Eden and keep it growing with false promises. We, as Gods children are told in Scripture to be holy as God is holy, we are told to be like Christ and to imitate Him, to live as He has lived and to have His mind. Satan twists this to have a different application of power, authority and control. Satan turns man into a demigod to lord it over people as if man is God Himself or at the least a God sanctioned representative in administering God like power and control independent of God’s sanctioning thereof in this world.
In classic terms a demigod is a mythological being with more power than a mortal but less than a god. However in modern secular terms it may represent a person so outstanding as to seem to approach the divine especially when applied in religious cult systems. This brings me to the current situation at Mission Kwasizabantu. The veneration for Erlo Stegen, in expectation and real terms, has resulted in a demigod like being. But, this veneration is now carried over to Thofozi Lydia Dube and it is sanctioned in terms of the Old Testament according to a senior coworker at KSB. One gets the impression that the succession within the kingdom of Erlo Stegen is being finalized and it is totally contrary to what was the general expectation within the Mission’s fraternity. Furthermore, the unstated and yet assumed and occasionally expressed Old Testament analogy is much more a coup d’etat than a God sanctioned action. All of this gives to us clear indications to what is the spiritual status quo at Mission Kwasizabantu.
As per our encyclopedic definition above, the acts of veneration of God includes, devotion, prayer, adoration, sacrifice, oblation (offering), first-fruits, tithes, vows, the Sacraments, oaths, adjuration, and praise, constitute the perfect worship of God so far as the creature is capable of giving to God. Within a cult these become especially applicable to the cult leader and noticeable in the veneration of the cult leader as well and relates to Satan’s plan to entice man/woman to bask in God’s veneration as if their own. It is overly clear if you have read this blog or the ksbalert website that most if not all of the above acts of veneration had been invariably fixated on Erlo Stegen. This had been done because of his religious accomplishments, the claims of miracles and wonders through his ministry, the effect of the Zulu cultural adoration of a leader, the priest-like sacramental position as spiritual leader, the “man of God” designation, the “he speaks God speaks” authoritarian power of oral communication with people and lastly his commanding final decision of all matters spiritual and secular. This gave rise to the view that Erlo Stegen only, is the man of God and the voice of God at Mission Kwasizabantu. He speaks to God directly and hears from God directly and thus discloses God’s will in matters directly. An interesting development of this designation is the fact that veneration of the person becomes obligatory to all who associate with the cult. Non-compliance becomes punishable in a variety of ways even to the point of the trespasser being shunned from the religious community.
Now that Erlo Stegen finds himself in the throws of dementia it poses a variety of problems to his followers and not the least of these is the identity of his successor. The coworkers were aptly reminded at an upper room meeting in October 2018 by Heino Stegen, “remember Thofozi Dube died and went to heaven and was raised by the Lord”! Who else can vie with her celestial qualification? Arno Stegen? No! Although firmly in the line of succession he certainly did not succeed as his personal saga of the past few months has shown. He simply lacked the spiritual maturity and backing from Erlo Stegen to take the reigns of Mission Kwasizabantu in his hands. Into this void stepped Thofozi Lydia Dube and claimed the prize. Like the female Black Widow spider she used, abused and sucked Arno Stegen’s spiritual alpha male image dry and then disregarded his leftover into a blackhole of nothingness. Her otherworldly proviso and relentless backing by Erlo Stegen mixed with her unobserved grooming over years to succeed him and infused with her cunning devilish financial schemes made her the right person at the right time to lay claim to nearly 55 years of Mission Kwasizabantu establishment. Erlo Stegen has been put “on ice” and taken out of circulation within the body of Christ. He is an isolated person kept from the people who loved and supported him through many years. He is even kept away from his visiting siblings and relatives. But he still fulfills a purpose, to breath life into a growing spiritual monstrosity at Mission Kwasizabantu that will exceedingly draw the last breath from his waning body.
Thofozi is ready and poised to enter the kingdom of Mission Kwasizabantu as the new nkulunkulu we-Kwasizabantu! She controls the people. Her enemies have been trampled under her feet. The Mission is been cleaned from al nonconformists. She controls the money generated by projects and the money in reserve. All decisions are referred to her. She decides the fate of those living at the Mission. She had Erlo Stegen’s pulpit once. She has the backing of the Dube clan and the relatives. She is the authority, power and control of the Mission’s Trust; in a manner of speaking she is the controlling trustee, initiating, authorizing and executing her initiatives at Trust level. She stands supported by the coworkers of the Mission. Erlo Stegens’ children are at her side. She has all now, but not yet the “throne” of Mission Kwasizabantu. The full power, authority and control of the Mission are within grasp and she is ready to pounce on it! She is ready to receive veneration and devotion.
So what is holding her back as for now? The throne is still occupied! The designated “man of God” is still alive and on the throne at Mission Kwasizabantu. He may be old, weak, sickly and dement but he has not abdicated the throne. Thofozi cannot dethrone him as in the case of a coup d’etat, but she can consolidate all peripherals for when the time comes to enthrone herself. Within a spiritual and religious cult this process has to be executed in perceived biblical terms. Therefore biblical phenomena like revival, death and resurrection and the biblical and spiritual language which are so dear to the saints, has to remain progressively in place as it molds, coach and conform people into blinded followers.
Deception, scheming, thieving and trickery demand by their very nature patience and careful consideration as the walls of protection are perpetually build to hide detection. However, truth is the enemy of all of that and some truths are just to near to the surface for Thofozi to make a bold move now. In hiding these clandestine actions from being liberated by God’s Truth, certain losses invariably occur. These are eminent in all situations where Satan has his way; it is a downward spiral that seems never to end until such time that a total loss had been achieved.
As the truth emerges and shines its liberating light on the deception, immorality and trickery the true character of the demonic imposters are revealed. Now the authenticity of the 1966 Revival and subsequent wonders and healings and near-death experience of Thofozi in 1973 where she met with Jesus in heaven are queried, doubted and denied because there is no life to be shown from it. The fruit to sustain the truthfulness of these experiences are too inadequate to the point of nonexistence. The simple truth is that the testimony of these phenomena does not match the conduct of those who claimed to have experienced the phenomena. The very founding existence of Mission Kwasizabantu is being eroded by a leadership being shown to be deceptive and in non-compliance and disobedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Indeed they seem to be void of the Spirit of God!
In Thofozi’s case the first to suffer is the church. Like a hen losing her chicks one by one to the marauding eagle, the people within the church as well as the property of the church are snatched away because of her doing, thus diminishing the blessing grown over years to a substandard remnant who remembers the golden days of being blessed and walking with Christ as a historical fact only. So in real life many senior coworkers and key personnel have departed the work of Mission Kwasizabantu. A large portion, some 30 plus congregations of the KSB Church has left the fold taking with them the property associated with their congregations. In this regard the Mission Kwasizabantu footprint overseas had been fully eradicated. For all practical purposes it does not exist outside of the borders of South Africa anymore. In South Africa the various branches experience major setbacks. The congregations have dwindled to a fraction of their normal size and there is no on-site spiritual leadership at hand. Most branches are in the hands of caretakers only. The properties are in considerable neglect and selling it off will soon be the only remaining option.
The Gospel of our Lord suffers most. It is true that the Gospel does not suffer decline in this world because of the attitude and actions of an unbelieving world but rather because of the attitude and actions of Christians in this world. Thofozi and her cohorts do not practice themselves what they have preached to others. They have elevated spiritual experiences of revival and trance above the Gospel and are now reaping the rotten fruit of these actions. If denying the true Gospel is not bad enough they have written their own gospel and they have denied the very precepts even of that. The idiom, “the blind is leading the blind” may be rephrased to imply a zombie like leadership is leading zombie like followers into nothingness. But in the process untold damage is done to the Gospel and Church of Jesus Christ.
But why this? What on earth would bring this about? Enters Mammon into the picture. This demon Mammon has taken up residence in Room 5 at Mission Kwasizabantu. Mammon can be defined as “wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion”. You cannot serve God and mammon. Being virtuous is not compatible with being greedy (mammon means “money”). This is a saying of Jesus in the Gospels. In the Bible, Mammon is often presented as a king or demon that is the personification of wealth. In the book Paradise Lost, Mammon is called the “least erected” of the fallen angels because he always has his eyes downward looking for gold or money. The death of the Mission Kwasizabantu Church may well be in accordance with the prophecy contained in Daniel 9:27: “And at the temple he will set up an abomination that causes desolation, until the end that is decreed is poured out on him.”
It is now a prima facie fact that the trustees of Mission Kwasizabantu have stolen at least R136 million and at most R180million of the Mission’s money. The trustees implicated are a dement trustee, an intimidated trustee, an ignorant trustee, a conformist trustee and a rogue or embezzler trustee. It is quite a profitable combination of characters for the spirit of the demon Mammon to prevail. Jesus said you couldn’t serve two masters. There might be an excuse possible for the dement, intimidated and ignorant trustees been harassed into serving Mammon, yet no excuse is possible for the conformist and embezzler trustees. It is a deliberate act to serve or turn a blind eye.
So all is in place. Angelic heaven, the church and the demonic underworld are awaiting the coronation event, the crowning of Jezebel. They are holding their breaths for different reasons; angelic heaven for they know God, the true church in her expectation, crying out to God to come in righteousness and the demonic underworld reeling in the aftermath of their deception.
is not mocked!
10 – If rot starts at the top, so too must hope begin with leadership!
I was truly challenged when I read the above heading in the Mail and Guardian on August 6, 2019. This secular reference aptly describes the essence of the current problem at Mission Kwasizabantu. Decay has started at the top, within the spiritual leadership, the priesthood itself, of Mission Kwasizabantu and turned into mismanagement of the house of God and corruption, immorality and theft within the storehouse of the house of God. Hope and healing will consequently also have to start at the top! However, leadership has vehemently denied any wrongdoing and it is business as usual notwithstanding the evidence that had been produced to demonstrate the existing rot in all of its vile and stinking existence. There is no hope yet emanating from the Mission Kwasizabantu leadership.
Schwab, in writing about the phenomenon of “denial”, quotes the opening paragraph of Charles Dickens’, A Tale of Two Cities: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times … it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us …”. But we are not talking about two cities now; all these contradictions are in one place, Mission Kwasizabantu where two kingdoms are opposing one another, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world. Here, the rot from the spiritual priesthood (the top) has decimated the Kingdom as manifested through Mission Kwasizabantu (the Church). The sure sign of the truth of this are the unqualified denials by the Mission’s leadership of absolutely anything and everything that would suggest wrongdoing on their side. But, like a devastating putrid gangrene eating away the flesh of the body, the overwhelming nauseating stench of rot in the spiritual body is there for all to experience, notwithstanding the denial of the Mission’s leadership to the contrary!
In a 2003 newspaper article, Edwin Cameron, a senior South African judge who has AIDS, described the tactics used by those who deny the Holocaust and by those who deny that the AIDS pandemic is due to infection with HIV. He stated, “For denialists, the facts are unacceptable. They engage in radical controversion, for ideological purposes, of facts that, by and large, are accepted by almost all experts and lay persons as having been established on the basis of overwhelming evidence”. The current mindset and attitude within the Mission’s leadership is alarmingly similar to the observation of Cameron above. Edward Skidelsky, a lecturer in philosophy at Exeter University, has suggested that this is a new use for the word denial and it may have its origins in an old sense of “deny”, akin to “disown” (as in the Apostle Peter denying Jesus), but that its more immediate antecedence is from the Freudian sense of deny as a refusal to accept a painful or humiliating truth. He writes, “An accusation of ‘denial’ is serious, suggesting either deliberate dishonesty or self-deception. The thing being denied is, by implication, so obviously true that the denier must be driven by perversity, malice or willful blindness.“
So, denial is a coping mechanism, even with corporate church leadership or with our case at hand, the priesthood leadership at the Mission. Denial gives leadership time to adjust to spiritual distressing and financial threatening situations. Refusing to acknowledge that something is wrong is a way of coping with emotional and in the case of Mission Kwasizabantu, spiritual conflict, stress, painful thoughts, threatening information and anxiety. Denial is the well-defined psychological process by which a painful truth is pushed out of an individual’s consciousness. So leadership uses denial as a defense mechanism, to protect themselves from the force of an established truth they imagine will be too shattering for them to cope with if acknowledged. This happens very well on the corporate level where leadership consciously and deliberately exercises denial as a psychological process to reach the goal of perceived innocence. This psychological process of denial is tweaked and manipulated to reach pre-determined goals which one find adequately expressed within the procedural psychological process as a desired outcome, namely innocence, blamelessness, or incorruptibility!
Social psychologists call this idea the “truth wins” assumption — as it rarely happens that truth does win or at the very least survives the process. Why? Because people don’t assimilate facts in a vacuum, they filter them through their pre-existing belief system. Psychologists call this “motivated reasoning” — it’s the tendency to seek out and view new evidence as consistent with one’s prior views. That is why facts, determined, proofed or circumstantial, seem so resilient or difficult to change people’s stance on matters. People seek facts that confirm what they already believe, and reject the ones that contradict their worldview. People deploy skepticism lopsidedly, says social ecologist Peter Ditto of the University of California, “They have stricter criteria to accept something they don’t want to believe.” For this reason it is said, bombarding deniers with more evidence is a losing strategy. It doesn’t matter how many facts you put to them, or how accurate your facts are — if those facts threaten someone’s self-identity or their worldview (belief system), they will find a way to dismiss them. When we convey facts to an audience that doesn’t want to hear them, we come to an impasse. The stronger the pre-existing belief is, the stronger the motivation to dismiss the contrary evidence and the person who convey it.
Denialism is dangerous. In some cases, we can point to concrete examples of denialism causing actual harm. In South Africa, President Thabo Mbeki, in office between 1999 and 2008, was influenced by Aids denialists such as Peter Duesberg, who deny the link between HIV and Aids (or even HIV’s existence) and cast doubt on the effectiveness of anti-retroviral drugs. Mbeki’s reluctance to implement national treatment programmes using anti-retrovirals has been estimated to have cost the lives of 330,000 people. Denialism can also create an environment of hate and suspicion.
Here is a second example before I bring everything together to explain the denial we are experiencing at Mission Kwasizabantu. Speaking in Parliament recently, former president Jacob Zuma categorically denied there had been state capture. He said: “What state capture? There is no state capture.” Zuma thought that by making such a statement, he would sway South Africans to believe him. We’ve heard evidence from various people before the Zondo Commission of Inquiry that has pointed to state capture. In fact, Zuma’s involvement has been overwhelmingly stated in the evidence provided and state capture is a total fact. It seems all Zuma’s dirt is finally surfacing. Everything about Zuma was wrong. “There is no parliament that is captured, there is no executive that is captured,” he said. “State capture is political propaganda.” How many times did former president Jacob Zuma respond to questions at the state capture inquiry with “I don’t know”, “I don’t remember” or “I’m not sure”? During his testimony over three days, he denied knowing the answers to 36 questions. He quickly earned himself the name “president in absentia” for not being able to answer questions put to him by evidence leader Paul Pretorius and Judge Zondo. State capture is denied and the perpetrator becomes the victim through denial.
I have previously linked the whole coup d’état on display at Mission Kwasizabantu by Thofozi and her cohorts to the process of “state capture” in South Africa. I described what was happening at the Mission in terms of the book of Jacques Pauw, The President’s Keepers. Obviously this did not sit well with the leadership at the Mission. However, over the past months this view has been vindicated again and again by the facts produced. All the facts tabled and subsequently perpetually denied show Thofozi and her inner circle to be the perpetrators and Friedel and Arno Stegen through their perpetual denial of any knowledge about the facts to be perceived as victims. But, the same psychology of denialism, which is the powerhouse of the secular state capture process, is driving the incarceration process of Mission Kwasizabantu, namely “denial of the truth”. The two secular real life examples above of Mbeki and Zuma are excellent material to metaphorically explain the spiritual real life situation at Mission Kwasizabantu at present.
The leadership of KSB has denied everything I have said in coworkers meetings, written in documents to the leadership and published on my Blog. They have called me a liar, the devil incarnate and blocked my Blog ( themissionary.blog ) on the Mission’s servers to keep the people residing at the Mission from reading my work. They have told coworkers in South Africa and outside of South Africa not to read what I write as all things I said are lies. I started asking questions about issues during 2017 when I was still in the USA. I started writing about the corruption at KSB from February 2018 onwards. Everything but everything since that time have been denied notwithstanding corroborating evidence from other people that had been submitted over this period of time, February 2018 to date. They have continuously denied that Erlo Stegen has a “mental” problem notwithstanding observations to the contrary since December 2017 and the verbal observations of three medical doctors that he has “dementia” as far back as 2015. These “mental” fallouts have perpetually been subscribed to the working of God the Holy Spirit albeit no such Holy Spirit occurrence is to be found in the Bible.
We find the denial of facts on two levels at Mission Kwasizabantu. The first is a blatant denial of Scripture Truth. The second is the denial to accept the exposed truth. Since the beginning of the preaching of Erlo Stegen in 1952 and the subsequent revival at Maphumulo in 1966 and the “death and resurrection” of Thofozi in 1973 the Gospel message of Jesus Christ had been preached linked to these phenomena. Living in the Light as He is in the light, holiness because He is holy, confession of sin as a prerequisite to living a righteous life, being filled and being baptized with God the Holy Spirit and purity before marriage and holy matrimony are all recurring themes continuously preached from the pulpit by the Mission’s preachers. These bold biblical messages drew the people from across South Africa and all over the world to the main Mission at Kranskop in South Africa.
However, all of these Gospel truths are now denied and stand disowned by the very actions of the leadership of Mission Kwasizabantu. They simply do not practice what they preached and forced upon others so vigorously as a Christian lifestyle. Uncountable hardships and church disciplines have been meted out against members of Mission Kwasizabantu for trespassing these teachings. Yet, the current leadership’s “lifestyle” denial and the “works-of-their-faith” denial simply and indisputably deny and disown the Truth they proclaimed to have. Not once have they come forth with ta statement putting forth the truth concerning revelations of misconduct. By being silent on these matters one can only assume them to be true. Attacking the messenger(s) does not render the revelation untrue. The revelation of wrong needs to be confronted by the truth, if not the undisputed revealed wrong becomes the accepted circumstantial truth. And it is this undisputed revealed truth that is crying out to God for validation.
The leadership of Mission Kwasizabantu is fake and false when it comes to living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Their actions testify to their non-belief of the Gospel. Obviously there is no fear of the Lord in their collective faith and their actions show disbelief that God would punish sin committed by especially the believers in Christ Jesus; a message they proclaimed and still proclaim! What are these actions? Sexual immorality, theft, jealousy, lies, consulting witchdoctors, venerating the ancestors, gossip, idolatry, envy, deception, tolerating sin, money laundering, and covert criminal actions. They cover and tolerate their own sin and the wrongs and sins of others; they hide the truth and do not confess their sin yet expect congregants to confess their sin in minutest detail. They claim to have seen and performed healings and miracles galore, driving out demons from possessed people, experiencing scores of conversions and this is happening more and more frequently now than in the beginning of the revival of 1966 as documented by Kurt Koch and claimed from the pulpit. Every miracle worked by the Lord Jesus was witnessed and shown to all to see with relevant and trustworthy testimonies of the previous condition yet the preachers of the Mission has not produced one of the hundreds of their “miracles” to the congregation at KSB. It is to be found only in the words of the leadership! Indeed as you may observe, I am throwing the Book at them. I assume their “gospel and faith” to be as worthless as the faith of the fake resurrector of the dead, pastor Lukau (Pretoria) or the money-hungry money launderer prophet and shepherd Bushiri (Johannesburg) or the demon-possessed snake-eating miracle worker pastor Mnuguni (Pretoria). With KSB leadership, they all have one desire in common, money!
In the second place, as the psychological model so clearly explain, the members of the mission are predisposed to not accepting a view opposing the current view they hold notwithstanding the authenticity or legitimacy of the evidence provided. The psychological model suggests that it is because of the filters already in place within a person. People seek facts that confirm what they already believe, and reject the facts that contradict their current beliefs. The Mission is a sect. I wrote in a previous essay and chapter in my book about it. The dynamics of a sect’s belief system put a content-programmed filter in place. This filter is kept in place with very specific Mission phenomenological driven content or doctrines for example the 1966 revival, the death and resurrection of Thofozi, the Mission’s way of marriage, etc. Furthermore community coherence, fear and unreasonable loyalty and devotion to a handful of leaders foster a submissive ambiance. Added to this is an information gathering system based on the biblical truth of confession as well as a requirement to spy and report on one’s neighbor. All of this culminates in a sectarian discipline system, which may in the final setting cause a nonconforming member to be shunned from the community.
Lastly the leadership is exalted as been called, ordained and justified by God. This Moses-like positional excellence is kept in place with biblical language and Mission phenomenological focused exegesis of Scripture. Let me explain. Erlo Stegen is the “man of God”, “voice of God”, the “anointed of God”, the only authenticator of God’s speaking, and the only vessel through whom God works at the Mission. Thofozi Dube, seen and experienced as his successor, is justified in similar terms, she has also spoken to the Lord Jesus face to face in heaven, and based on Miriam-like Old Testament manner finds her position secured and ordained by God. Put together all of the above and an extremely effective filter functions to develop an “us and them” approach between insiders and outsiders, current members in good standing and shunned members, those who live the KSB-way and those who don’t, those at the Mission who follows God’s way and those outside of the Mission who follows the world’s way, etc.
It has been exposed that the current leadership at KSB have been involved in the embezzlement of the Mission’s or church’s money reaching towards R200 million. There seems to be prima facie evidence to support such a claim. The documentation for this seems to suggest criminal activity and the covert actions to obtain this amount in cash, to covertly deliver this amount in cash to a single contact, to keep the actions within the sphere of the leadership and away from the coworkers. This supports the notion of criminality. The fact that only used money obtained from Super Market Stores (SPAR and SaveRite) was sought supports the notion that money laundering may be a real possibility. It has been exposed that the leadership involved themselves in witchcraft, sought counsel from witchdoctors, did sexual immorality, gambled with church money at casinos, lied to cover their actions, discriminated against bona fide coworkers and actively shunned those who questioned their actions. Although all this is true, exposed, documented and published the current leadership is still in place because the few thousand members of Mission Kwasizabantu filters this information through the filter of what they already believe. And they believe Erlo Stegen, Thofozi Dube and their current chosen leadership are seen to be in place as God’s anointed and should not be questioned in what they do. They are above the possibility of sinning and to be obeyed in all matters. To question them is to question God! No matter the authenticity of the evidence produced, it remains rejected because it does not satisfy the prerequisites of existing belief content.
Thirty and more branches in Europe and Australia broke away from Mission Kwasizabantu. Some regional branches in South Africa (Claridge, Malelane, Pelindaba) are run down and without proper leadership. The footprint size of the Mission shrunk from being an international entity to a localized troubled entity hovering on the brink of an implosion. Denial may in the near future bring breathing space but in the long run it will bring destruction and in extreme circumstances annihilation of Mission Kwasizabantu.
Numbers 23:32 (HCSB) says, “But if you don’t do this, you will certainly sin against the LORD; be sure your sin will catch up with you and again Luke 12:3 says, “Therefore, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in an ear in private rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops”. But, if you in any case don’t believe the Bible, there is no reason to change your lifestyle!
The current leadership is woefully captaining a sinking ship. His Majesty’s Ship, the HMS Mission Kwasizabantu, is sinking fast. Just like the people that boarded the Titanic believed the ship was indestructable and she sailed under the credo that not even God can sink her; yet she did sink in 1912 on her maiden voyage and 1517 people perished. Likewise, many spiritual lives will be lost when Mission Kwasizabantu finally sinks because people do not believe that God will not be mocked when the sin of the current leadership had been exposed and they remain unrepentant.
 https://mg.co.za/article/2019-08-05-00-if-rot-starts-at-the-top-so-too-must-hope-begin-with-leadership. World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Competitiveness Report. Professor Klaus Schwab World Economic Forum Editor.