Index:1. Matthew 18, Sects and Cults.
1- Matthew 18, Sects and Cults
During the past few weeks at various times I have been confronted with the notion that any resistance, conflict, difference or action against Mission Kwasizabantu should be handled in terms of Matthew 18: 15 -19. The logic conclusion being that if no solution is forthcoming that I should simply turn my back on the Mission and let them be. I have been severely criticized for the way I approach KSB, especially writing about KSB and publishing on the Internet about them. So, let us look at Matthew 18:15-19 and some aspects of the Mission Kwasizabantu cult.
The opening words of this periscope say: “If you brother sins against you…” The guidelines in Matthew 18 have to do with personal grievances between two individuals in the same church. The Lord Jesus specifically speaks about the sin of a brother against another brother. This holds with His teaching on forgiveness in the next section. It also reflects what God taught His people in Numbers 5:5-10. Here again it refers to the sins between brothers and sisters. It also holds to what is taught in James 5:13-16. It is very clear that when we allow the Bible to interpret itself regarding Matthew 18 that it concerns itself in this periscope with the sin of brother against brother or sister against sister or across the genders.
We may summarize then as follows:
First, a Christian who has a conflict with another Christian is called to address the matter with the other person personally. When matters are handled privately, misunderstanding can be addressed, and there is great potential for the other person to respond positively. In addition, a private meeting helps to avoid the problem of gossip that can occur when a matter is taken to others instead of the person involved.
Second, if a private discussion does not solve the issue, a Christian is to take one or two other believers and meet with the person with whom they have conflict. The clause “that every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses” refers to the Old Testament law that required a charge to be supported by two or more witnesses to be valid. In the case of personal conflict, this principle allows for additional witnesses to observe the matter firsthand and help determine the proper course of action.
Third, when there is no resolution after steps one and two, the matter is to be taken before the local church. Only in rare cases will a Christian seeking to follow the Lord refuse to resolve conflict when the entire congregation is involved.
Finally, if the person in the center of the conflict refuses to respond positively even when the entire congregation is involved, then that person is to be considered as “a pagan or a tax collector.” This simply means to excommunicate the person, removing the negative influence from the congregation.
In 1 Corinthians 5, the apostle Paul speaks of a believer who had been sexually immoral, apparently with his stepmother. Rather than condemning the act, the Corinthian Christians had tolerated the behavior. Paul taught they should remove this person from their church family (1 Corinthians 5:3). Later, in 2 Corinthians, this same person had turned from this lifestyle, and Paul advised the Corinthian believers to accept him again. The goal of discipline is not to be mean or cold-hearted but to condemn sinful behavior and issue a call to change. In 2 Corinthians 2:8, Paul writes, “I beg you to reaffirm your love for him” (ESV).
It is clear from the above how conflict should be handled within the church. However, when it comes to sin and issues on the corporate church level, within the church management, hierarchy, and doctrine, we find a different situation and it is handled differently. I think one has first to understand the model of leadership in practice at Mission Kwasizabantu. When one understands the model of leadership it becomes apparent how the problems at KSB should be challenged. There are two patterns of leadership I would like to highlight here, one from the Old Testament and one from the New Testament. The question asked is,” What is a biblical pattern of church leadership?” The answer to this question will reveal the essential truth of using Matthew 18 as the vehicle to settle the conflict at the Mission.
There is a distinct pattern for church leadership in the New Testament, although the pattern seems to be assumed rather than specifically prescribed. The New Testament mentions two official positions in the church: deacons and elders (also called pastors or overseers).
The words elder (sometimes translated “presbyter”), pastor (which may be translated “shepherd”), and overseer (sometimes translated “bishop”) are used interchangeably in the New Testament. Even though these terms often mean different things among various churches today, the New Testament seems to point to one office, which was occupied by several godly men within each church. The following verses illustrate how the terms overlap and are used interchangeably.
In Acts 20:17–35, Paul is speaking to leaders from the Ephesian church. They are called “elders” in verse 17. Then in verse 28 he says, “Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God.” Here the elders are called “overseers” and their pastoral/shepherding duties are implied as the church is called the “flock.”
In Titus 1:5–9, Paul gives the qualifications of elders (verse 5) and says these qualifications are necessary because “an overseer must be above reproach” (verse 7). In 1 Timothy 3:1–7, Paul gives the qualifications for overseers, which are essentially the same as the qualifications for elders in Titus. In 1 Peter 5:1–4, Peter tells the elders to “shepherd the flock of God.” From these passages, we see that the office of elder/pastor-shepherd/overseer-bishop is one. Those who occupy this office are to lead, teach, and watch over the church like a shepherd.
Furthermore, we see that every church has elders (plural). Elders are supposed to rule and teach (1 Timothy 5:17). The biblical pattern is that a group of men (and elders are always men) is responsible for the spiritual leadership and ministry of the church. There is no mention of a church with a single elder/pastor who is in charge of everything, nor is there any mention of congregational rule (although the congregation plays a part).
While the elders are responsible for teaching and leading the flock, there is still much that needs to be done on the physical level. The office of deacon focuses on the more physical needs of the church. In Acts 6, the church in Jerusalem was meeting the physical needs of many people in the church by distributing food. Some of the widows came to the apostles because they were not getting what they needed. The apostles responded, “It is not right that we should give up preaching the word of God to serve tables” (Acts 6:2). To relieve the apostles, the people were told “pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we will appoint to this duty. But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word” (verses 3–4). Although the men chosen here are not called deacons, most Bible scholars see them as the first deacons, or at least prototypical of the position. The word deacon simply means “servant.” Deacons are appointed church officials who minister to the more physical needs of the church, relieving the elders to attend to more spiritual ministry. Deacons are to be spiritually fit, and the qualifications of deacons are given in 1 Timothy 3:8–13.
In summary, elders lead, and deacons serve. These categories are not mutually exclusive. Elders serve their people by leading, teaching, praying, counseling, etc.; and deacons may lead others in service. In fact, deacons might be the leaders of service teams within the church. Still, there is the basic distinction between those responsible for spiritual leadership of the church and those responsible for service.
So, where does the congregation fit in to the pattern of church leadership? In Acts 6, it was the congregation who chose the deacons, so many churches today will have the congregation nominate and ratify the deacons of the church. And, of course, the members of the congregation are to be the primary ministers and evangelists reaching out to a lost world.
There may be local variations of church leadership because this is only a basic pattern; every detail is not prescribed in Scripture. The basic pattern found in the New Testament is that every church should have a plurality of godly male elders who are responsible for leading and teaching the church and godly deacons who are responsible for facilitating the more physical aspects of church ministry. A plurality of elders protects the church from the weaknesses and possible excesses a single elder. As long as this basic pattern is followed, the church is operating according to the biblical pattern. Having a sole pastor who controls the church is not the biblical pattern, and neither is an arrangement in which the pastor works for the deacons who really run the church. The congregation is to follow the leading of the shepherds who follow Christ. In their wisdom, the elders may request congregational approval of major decisions, but the congregation should not be the final authority. The buck stops with the elders/pastors/overseers, who answer to Christ.
The church leadership model for Mission Kwasizabantu seems to fit the Moses model or principle best. Many times, Erlo Stegen had been likened to Moses and a few times co-workers had likened Thofozi Dube to Miriam. It was said by a senior co-worker that Thofozi Dube has received her position at KSB from Erlo Stegen just as Miriam received her position from Moses. Here then follows the comparison of the Mission Kwasizabantu leadership style with the Moses-Aaron-Miriam leadership style. The Moses model or Moses principle (sometimes called the “Moses-Aaron” leadership style) is a church leadership structure based on the example of Moses’ leadership in the Old Testament.
In the theocracy that God established in the Old Testament, Moses was in charge. He listened to God and relayed God’s messages to the people under him. Moses explains his role in Exodus 18:15–16: “The people come to me to seek God’s will. Whenever they have a dispute, it is brought to me, and I decide between the parties and inform them of God’s decrees and instructions.” Moses was the spokesman for God, the teacher of the Law, and the intercessor between the children of Israel and God. The Moses model of church leadership says that pastors should be like Moses in that they speak for God, teach the Word, and intercede on behalf of their people. The pastor listens to Jesus and leads the church accordingly.
The Moses model also calls for a board of co-workers in the church. Because the work of judging the fledgling Hebrew nation was so time-consuming, Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, gave him some advice, which Moses followed: “[Moses] chose capable men from all Israel and made them leaders of the people. . . . They served as judges for the people at all times” (Exodus 18:25–26). The Moses model of church leadership says that a board of elders should support the pastor in prayer and in taking on some of the work of the ministry. The pastor, Moses-style, delegates some authority to the leaders he chooses to be under him.
There is nothing inherently wrong with the Moses model. It was used by God and it fit the circumstances of the time. Sometimes the Moses model is criticized because of a perceived lack of accountability. The thought is that the Moses model too easily allows pastors to abuse their authority—after all, if they are “like Moses,” then they can lay down the law, and everyone else must toe the line. The board of elders becomes nothing more than “yes” men approving whatever the pastor decrees from his perch on Sinai, and the congregation has no say at all in anything.
A very valid concern is that the Moses model attempts to apply an Old Testament system of civil government to a New Testament system of church government. Certainly, a study of Moses’ life can provide wisdom for leaders today, and there’s much we can learn from his example. But we should be careful about going too far in structuring churches after laws or histories falling under the Old Covenant.
The New Testament gives clear direction for the pastors or elders of a church: “Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away” (1 Peter 5:2–4). Jesus is the Chief Shepherd, and pastors are the under-shepherds who follow the Lord’s example of eager servant leadership.
It is this model from which Mission Kwasizabantu progressed to become a cult. Without going into all the reasons, it suffices to say that the Moses-Aaron-Miriam leadership style was the vehicle to bring about what we now have to cope with at KSB. The Mission is not a sect, but it is a cult. The word sect comes from the Latin word secta, which means “school of thought.” It is a subjective term that may apply to a religious faith or denomination, or it may refer to a heretical splinter group. Sometimes, the connotation is one of disapproval, similar to the “destructive heresies” spoken of in 2 Peter 2:1, though there are no consistent or accepted exemplars to use to identify a sect.
Sects are found in all religions. Islam has Sunnis and Shias, Judaism has Orthodox and Karaites, Hinduism has Shiyaism and Shaktism, and Christianity has Baptists and Lutherans. These are all examples of religious sects, and they can be thought of as “branches” of different religions. There are also non-religious sects, such as the capitalists and the socialists in the midst of economists, or the Freudians and Jungians among psychiatrists.
In contradistinction, the word cult always carries a negative connotation. There are specific criteria used to identify a cult. In Combatting Cult Mind Control, de-programmer Steven Hassan singles out what he refers to as “destructive cults,” which he defines as “a pyramid-shaped authoritarian regime with a person or group of people that have dictatorial control. It uses deception in recruiting new members (e.g. people are NOT told up front what the group is, what the group actually believes and what will be expected of them if they become members).” Hassan also correctly points out that cults are not only religious; they may also be commercial or secular in nature.
Hassan developed the BITE acronym, which describes the components employed by destructive cults using mind control. BITE covers the following areas of control:
- Behavior Control: An individual’s associations, living arrangements, food, clothing, sleeping habits, finances, etc., are strictly controlled.
- Information Control: Cult leaders deliberately withhold or distort information, lie, propagandize, and limit access to other sources of information.
- Thought Control: Cult leaders use loaded words and language, discourage critical thinking, bar any speech critical of cult leaders or policies, and teach an “us vs. them” doctrine.
- Emotional Control: Leaders manipulate their followers via fear (including the fear of losing salvation, fear of shunning, etc.), guilt, and indoctrination.
Because not all cults are immediately recognized as such, and some people may easily confuse cults with sects or denominations, it is critical to follow the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:11: “Now the Bereans . . . received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”
Essentially, cults are fueled by fear, shame, and secrecy. Cult members are taught to set their sights on a future existence on a paradise earth or in heaven and forced to give up all hopes of true joy or fulfillment in this life. They often face feelings of emptiness and dread and must resign themselves to boredom, drudgery, and self-discipline. Cult members are often forced to fake a smile and find the energy to put on a “positive face” in order to prove to outsiders that theirs is the “one true religion.”
It’s also common that cult members feel under constant watch. More senior members of their group check on their behavior, words, and deeds. Any deviations from the group’s acceptable norms are punished in some way. People in toxic religious groups are kept mentally enslaved. If they have friends and family members who are members of the same cult, they risk losing them if they ever choose to leave. Many former cult members are shunned for breaking away from the group.
As they are constantly under the threat of losing their loved ones and social community, being destroyed at Armageddon, or losing their salvation, cult members often behave on “automatic pilot.” They go through the motions of life, trying desperately to ignore the questions and doubts that sometimes pop into their minds. They have to make an effort to convince themselves that their lives are not based on a lie and that all their hard work and sacrifice have not been a complete waste.
Many active cult members have given up everything for their group: a decent education, the prospect of having children or following their dreams, a career, a retirement fund, and a relationship with their non-cult family members. They have turned their backs on all that to serve their cult and thereby earn salvation. That’s one reason why cult members will generally be very defensive when speaking to a non-member about their beliefs. They will often justify and defend their life choices aggressively.
Now let us return to Matthew 18:15-19 and Mission Kwasizabantu. There are instances in Church where Matthew 18:15-19 does not apply:
It is not for cases of public, known sin by members of the church. This is precisely what we see happening in 1 Corinthians 5. Paul refers to a report that he has received about a man engaging in known, public sin within the congregation. He says: “It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father’s wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.” (1Cor 5:1-2). Note the complete absence of process. There is no need for a Matthew 18 style step-by-step process when a public sin has reached this stage of intentionality and scandal. Once a man has moved in with a woman not his wife he is “sinning with a high hand” and is in need of immediate, public discipline. If he repents, truly, by all means, receive him back, but in the meantime, hand him over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh. And let him by no means appeal to Matthew 18 as a delaying tactic. Was that not true also when Paul rebuked Peter in public? (Gal.2: 11). Or when Peter confronted Ananias and Sapphira before the all the church? (Acts 5:3ff).
If a member of the church has been sexually harassed or propositioned by an elder or pastor it would be unwise, unsafe and unnecessary for him or her to discuss that matter privately and directly with that person as per the protocols of Matthew 18. That would lead to further risk and is not required due to the uniqueness of the relationship in question. A pastor is not “a fellow member” in that sense. Nor is an elder. A pastor or an elder is a leader and therefore operates under a higher standard and according to a difference protocol.
According to the Word of God, leaders are held to a higher standard than everyone else. They are to be above reproach — not perfect, but not engaged in a lifestyle of unrepentant sin. And if they continue in sin, they should be removed from leadership until they are fully restored. When church leaders’ sin, those following their lead suffer. That’s the nature of leadership. Their sin brings consequences on the rest of the congregation. And the name of Jesus Christ gets trampled. Therefore, as far as the sin is known the repentance should be known. Pastors have a responsibility to what has been entrusted to them. If you are a small church pastor, your church should know. If you have been entrusted with a global ministry, however, your repentance should be known on a global scale.
When there is public and thorough repentance, there can be public and complete restoration. When there is not, 1Timothy 5:19 should be a warning to us all: “Publicly rebuke those who sin, so that the rest will also be afraid.” What’s more, unless spiritual leaders engage in public repentance, their “bold” preaching about sin and grace often appears to be little more than window dressing. In other words, what we believe about God, sin and grace is proven true when we treat our own sin as seriously as we say others should.
When the Church allows compromised Christian leaders to explain away sin, compromise truth, and sin with impunity, we exchange truth for lies. We become no better than idolaters, people whose credulous adoration of compromised leaders fulfill what Paul calls exchanging “the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man . . . exchang[ing] the truth of God for a lie” (Rom. 1:22, 25).
Bob and Gretchen Passantino write that the Bible clearly states that Christian leaders should be accountable both to the Word of God and also to God’s people, whom the leader serves. Among the requirements Paul describes for a Christian leader are that he be “blameless,” and “of good behavior” (1Tim. 3:2). A Christian leader must “have a good testimony among those who are outside, lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil” (1 Tim. 3:7). This does not mean that the Christian leader is simply good at covering up his sin. Christian leaders must display integrity and honesty and they must prove themselves worthy of Christians’ trust.
One would think that the church member’s outspoken faithfulness to truth telling would extend to telling the truth about sin within the Church. And yet at this point many Christians shrink from truth telling, instead hiding behind empty platitudes such as “don’t judge;” “forgive and forget;” “don’t shoot your own wounded;” “look at all the people who came to the Lord through this ministry;” etc. Sadly, we have unbiblically acted as though telling the truth contradicts biblical concern for a sinning Christian leader.
To attempt to combine immorality with godliness to produce spiritual fruit is completely contrary to scriptural teaching. In fact, Paul ranks it with “profane and vain babblings” and warns Timothy to avoid “contradictions of what is falsely called knowledge” (1 Tim. 6:20). In addition, Jesus openly rebuked Peter when Peter argued against Jesus going to the cross (Matt. 16:22, 23). Paul writes Titus that it is the responsibility of the church to hold the leader accountable for his sin: “Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith” (Titus 1:13). Paul also commands Christians to rebuke sinning leaders publicly, “Those who are sinning rebuke in the presence of all, that the rest also may fear” (1 Tim. 5:20). Paul took his own advice, as recorded in Galatians 2, and publicly rebuked Peter “before them all” (Gal. 2:14).
If we neglect to uncover sin within the Church, we rob the Church of the integrity it should expect from its members. The Church becomes weak through compromise, and the leader becomes weak because of his or her immorality. Fallen leaders betray the trust of those they lead. Maturity in the Lord, which is an essential part of qualifying one for spiritual leadership, can be confirmed only by an established pattern of resisting sin and walking faithfully with God, family, and others.
Fallen leaders damage the trust relationship established between them and their followers, a relationship mirroring the trusting relationship we are to have with the Lord. In addition, they break the trust relationship Peter tells us to have with the world; that is, we are to live so that even the world will note our trustworthiness and be unable to speak against us, but will, instead, glorify God (1 Peter 2:12).
It is unethical for Christians to cover up for leaders who in their position as leader are living immorally. Can the Church claim a higher ethical standard than the world when we adopt a “code of silence” worthy of the most pernicious organized crime conspiracy or even some suspected invisible satanic ring?
A spiritual leader in a position of public trust surrenders his privacy regarding his suitability and trustworthiness. He has asked the public to trust him for specific reasons or qualifications. Those reasons and qualifications are open to public scrutiny. If the leader is trustworthy, they will withstand examination. If he is not, close examination will reveal their inadequacies. Christians who are committed to truth must preserve this fundamental right and obligation to know in whom they are asked to trust.
When immorality occurs in the Church (Titus 1:15-16), the Bible says to deal with it truthfully and constructively. The procedure for public leaders caught in false teaching or immorality is to be rebuked publicly “so that the others may take warning” (1 Timothy 5:20). A congregation member who sins privately against another Christian is not to be exposed publicly unless he persists in sin, in which case he is to be rebuked before the church and we are to “treat him as you would a pagan or tax collector” (Matthew 18:15-17). Paul follows this in 1 Corinthians 5:3-12 concerning the Christian who persisted in his sexual immorality, and affirms that judgment belongs to the Church: “I have already passed judgment on the one who did this, just as if I were present . . . . What business is it of mine to judge those outside the church? Are you not to judge those inside? God will judge those outside. Expel the wicked man from among you” (v. 3, 12).
In the light of all the above we are exposing the perpetual sin of the Mission Kwasizabantu leadership publicly as it has been committed publicly. We are exposing their arrogance and proud self-centeredness in not wanting to listen to others who are speaking out against the sin in the church of Mission Kwasizabantu. I have been asked time and again, what are the sins of the leadership. I emphasize it below:
- Members of the spiritual leadership of Mission Kwasizabantu has indulged in sexual immorality, adultery, homosexuality, and although others in leadership positions knew about it, it was and is kept silent about and the perpetrators are allowed to continue as leaders of the Mission unabated;
- Members of the spiritual leadership perpetually visited, invited them to the Mission and consulted with witchdoctors (sangomas) and paid for their services with money taken dishonestly from the Mission’s funds;
- Members of the spiritual leadership has indulged in gambling at various casinos with money taken dishonestly from the Mission’s funds;
- Leadership has perpetually lied to cover their sexual immorality, thieving, abuse of power, and personal conduct from being exposed;
- Some members of the spiritual leadership covertly misappropriated nearly R200 million of the Mission Kwasizabantu Trust money and used it for personal gain instead of using it for Mission appropriate actions;
- To cover the misconduct false invoices, false bookkeeping entries and false payments were done by some in leadership positions;
- Members of the spiritual leadership have perpetually told lies and false stories to cover the money misappropriated. They fabricated all manner of stories including murders and hijacking claiming the involvement of political and juridical people.
- Missionaries, voluntarily workers and workers at Mission Kwasizabantu have been exploited, underpaid or not paid at all whilst the Mission accumulated assets without compensating the missionaries or workers fairly;
- The leaders of Mission Kwasizabantu accumulated personal assets, 4 airplanes, properties and holiday homes, at the cost of the reasonable living conditions of missionaries, voluntarily workers and workers;
- A willful and carefully executed “take over” by 3 leaders of all the Mission Kwasizabantu structures is resulting in an even worse situation where missionaries, voluntarily workers and workers are set to be exploited in increasing ways;
- Some of these leaders have taken the Mission’s money illegally and used it for personal use or spending it on people who had proven faithful to them e.g. building them homes, paying wedding expenses and buying cars;
- Missionaries, voluntarily workers and workers who have given everything for periods of up to 40 years are forced from Mission Kwasizabantu and have to leave; leaving everything behind including houses built, without any UIF, pension or financial compensation for years of service;
- The system of remuneration at Mission Kwasizabantu is discriminatory, unfair, racist and biased towards the Mission as institution.
- Members of the Leadership has been mentioned and implicated in affidavits to the police and court as being involved in drugs and other criminal acts;
- Leadership practice the principle of what they call, “lying for God or God’s case as no sin” to protect Mission Kwasizabantu from being exposed.
The sin of Mission Kwasizabantu is structural, corporate and theological. Mission Kwasizabantu exists as a cult, spiritually and commercially, within the community at large. It is a sin which is initiated and perpetually kept in place by the leadership as a whole, inclusive of the lead pastor, and it is done in the sight of all, Christian and secular, people and structures. They have refused intervention and assistance continuously and shunned whoever wanted to be part of a solution rather than continuing with the problem. There is no acknowledgement of their sin, no sorrow for their sin, no repentance from their sin or confession of their sin to this point in time. They are perpetually hiding the truth, telling lies, covering for one another and attacking those who dare to ask questions and expose their hypocrisy.
Spiritually they have hardened their hearts and resisted the Truth. Some of the current leadership (co-workers) are purely joiners because their fear for man, lack of resources and an unknown future should they leave are forcing them into silence and as such they are denying the Bible truths by which they should live and in their silence they give vested approval to the corporate sin. The whole spiritual decline of Mission Kwasizabantu, which resulted in many to leave her fold, and more than thirty daughter mission posts to forsake her, is in the public eye. Over the years of Mission Kwasizabantu the leadership have solicited funds publicly, received funds publicly and preached their gospel publicly in churches and over the internet. Why then the cry for Matthew 18 secrecy in handling their sin? They have no biblical right to claim Matthew 18 process when they perpetually continue in their sin ignoring the rest of the commands of Jesus Christ. This is not a brother sinning against a brother but institutionalized sin in the Name of God and in the sight of Christian and unbeliever alike. It is fully done in the public domain.
Mission Kwasizabantu cannot lay claim to Matthew 18 as the modus operandi for
handling the current conflict at the Mission. Openly they sinned and openly they
will have to repent and confess the sin and make restitution for that sin.
15“If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.16But if he does not listen, take one or two others along with you, that every charge may be established by the evidence of two or three witnesses.17If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church. And if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.18Truly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.19Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.20For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”
5And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 6“Speak to the people of Israel, When a man or woman commits any of the sins that people commit by breaking faith with the Lord, and that person realizes his guilt, 7he shall confess his sin that he has committed. And he shall make full restitution for his wrong, adding a fifth to it and giving it to him to whom he did the wrong. 8But if the man has no next of kin to whom restitution may be made for the wrong, the restitution for wrong shall go to the Lord for the priest, in addition to the ram of atonement with which atonement is made for him.
13Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
 https://www.gotquestions.org/church-leadership.html. Recommended Resource: Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch.
 https://www.gotquestions.org/sect-cult.html. “What is the difference between a sect and a cult?” Recommended Resource: The Kingdom of the Cult, 6th edition: The Definitive Work on the Subject . Walter Martin. Bethany House / 2019 / Hardcover
 5 Situations in Which Matthew 18 Does not Apply . https://ca.thegospelcoalition.org/columns/ad-fontes/5-situations-matthew-18-not-apply/
 11But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. 12For before certain men came from James, he was eating with the Gentiles; but when they came he drew back and separated himself, fearing the circumcision party. 13And the rest of the Jews acted hypocritically along with him, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. 14But when I saw that their conduct was not in step with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you force the Gentiles to live like Jews?”
 But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and to keep back for yourself part of the proceeds of the land?
 17The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching. 18For Scripture says, “Do not muzzle an ox while it is treading out the grain,” a and “The worker deserves his wages.” b 19Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. 20But those elders who are sinning you are to reprove before everyone, so that the others may take warning. 21I charge you, in the sight of God and Christ Jesus and the elect angels, to keep these instructions without partiality, and to do nothing out of favoritism. (1Tim.5:17-21).
 http://www.answers.org/issues/exposing_sin.html. Truth and Consequences: Exposing Sin in the Church. By Bob and Gretchen Passantino. Copyright 1994 by Bob and Gretchen Passantino. I qoute substantially and verbatim from their work.
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I have been challenged because I judge Mission Kwasizabantu to be a cult now-a-days. It is to those still living at KSB unthinkable that anyone may class KSB as a cult especially if you would remember the toxic cults of the past e.g. Jim Jones’ Peoples Temple Cult, the Branch Davidians or the Manson family cult. Those may be extreme examples, but they nevertheless are still vivid reminders of what cults are and do and how destructive cults can be in the lives of ordinary believers.
It surely helps to make a historical study of cults. Why? From all the cults precipitate features common to what essentially defines a cult. Many studies have been done on the spiritual, social, psychological and emotional structures of these cults to come to a single theoretical structure of cults universally applicable and foundational to all cults. This enables us to evaluate suspect communities to a single set of features as to what comprises a cult.
There are specific criteria used to identify a cult. In Combatting Cult Mind Control, de-programmer Steven Hassan singles out what he refers to as “destructive cults,” which he defines as “a pyramid-shaped authoritarian regime with a person or group of people that have dictatorial control. It uses deception in recruiting new members (e.g. people are NOT told up front what the group is, what the group actually believes and what will be expected of them if they become members).” Hassan also correctly points out that cults are not only religious; they may also be commercial or secular in nature.
Based on research and theory by Robert Jay Lifton, Margaret Singer, Edgar Schein, Louis Jolyon West, and others who studied brainwashing in Maoist China as well as cognitive dissonance theory by Leon Festinger. Steven Hassan developed the BITE Model to describe the specific methods that cults use to recruit and maintain control over people. “BITE” stands for Behavior, Information, Thought, and Emotional control.
BITE covers the following areas of control:
- Behavior Control: An individual’s associations, living arrangements, food, clothing, sleeping habits, finances, etc., are strictly controlled:
- Information Control: Cult leaders deliberately withhold or distort information, lie, propagandize, and limit access to other sources of information.
- Thought Control: Cult leaders use loaded words and language, discourage critical thinking, bar any speech critical of cult leaders or policies, and teach an “us vs. them” doctrine.
- Emotional Control: Leaders manipulate their followers via fear (including the fear of losing salvation, fear of shunning, etc.), guilt, and indoctrination.
Here follows a broader explanation of the BITE Model. Reading through the lists makes it clear that almost all items can be positively linked to the community of KSB:
|Behavior Control |
1. Regulate individual’s physical reality
2. Dictate where, how, and with whom the member lives and associates or isolates
3. When, how and with whom the member has sex
4. Control types of clothing and hairstyles
5. Regulate diet – food and drink, hunger and/or fasting
6. Manipulation and deprivation of sleep
7. Financial exploitation, manipulation or dependence
8. Restrict leisure, entertainment, vacation time
9. Major time spent with group indoctrination and rituals and/or self-indoctrination including the Internet
10. Permission required for major decisions
11. Thoughts, feelings, and activities (of self and others) reported to superiors
12. Rewards and punishments used to modify behaviors, both positive and negative
13. Discourage individualism, encourage group-thinking
14. Impose rigid rules and regulations
15. Instill dependency and obedience
16. Threaten harm to family and friends
17. Force individual to rape or be raped
18. Encourage and engage in corporal punishment
a. Deliberately withhold information
b. Distort information to make it more acceptable
c. Systematically lie to the cult member
2. Minimize or discourage access to non-cult sources of information, including:
a. Internet, TV, radio, books, articles, newspapers, magazines, other media
b. Critical information
c. Former members
d. Keep members busy so they don’t have time to think and investigate
e. Control through cell phone with texting, calls, internet tracking
3. Compartmentalize information into Outsider vs. Insider doctrines
a. Ensure that information is not freely accessible
b. Control information at different levels and missions within group
c. Allow only leadership to decide who needs to know what and when
4. Encourage spying on other members
a. Impose a buddy system to monitor and control member
b. Report deviant thoughts, feelings and actions to leadership
c. Ensure that individual behavior is monitored by group
5. Extensive use of cult-generated information and propaganda, including:
a. Newsletters, magazines, journals, audiotapes, videotapes, YouTube, movies and other media
b. Misquoting statements or using them out of context from non-cult sources
6. Unethical use of confession
a. Information about sins used to disrupt and/or dissolve identity boundaries
b. Withholding forgiveness or absolution
c. Manipulation of memory, possible false memories
| Thought Control |
1. Require members to internalize the group’s doctrine as truth
a. Adopting the group’s ‘map of reality’ as reality
b. Instill black and white thinking
c. Decide between good vs. evil
d. Organize people into us vs. them (insiders vs. outsiders)
2.Change person’s name and identity
3. Use of loaded language and clichés which constrict knowledge, stop critical thoughts and reduce complexities into platitudinous buzz words
4. Encourage only ‘good and proper’ thoughts
5. Hypnotic techniques are used to alter mental states, undermine critical thinking and even to age regress the member
6. Memories are manipulated and false memories are created
7. Teaching thought-stopping techniques which shut down reality testing by stopping negative thoughts and allowing only positive thoughts, including:
a. Denial, rationalization, justification, wishful thinking
e. Speaking in tongues
f. Singing or humming
8. Rejection of rational analysis, critical thinking, constructive criticism
9. Forbid critical questions about leader, doctrine, or policy allowed
10. Labeling alternative belief systems as illegitimate, evil, or not useful
1. Manipulate and narrow the range of feelings – some emotions and/or needs are deemed as evil, wrong or selfish
2. Teach emotion-stopping techniques to block feelings of homesickness, anger, doubt
3. Make the person feel that problems are always their own fault, never the leader’s or the group’s fault
4. Promote feelings of guilt or unworthiness, such as
a. Identity guilt
b. You are not living up to your potential
c. Your family is deficient
d. Your past is suspect
e. Your affiliations are unwise
f. Your thoughts, feelings, actions are irrelevant or selfish
g. Social guilt
h. Historical guilt
5. Instill fear, such as fear of:
a. Thinking independently
b. The outside world
d. Losing one’s salvation
e. Leaving or being shunned by the group
f. Other’s disapproval
6. Extremes of emotional highs and lows – love bombing and praise one moment and then declaring you are horrible sinner
7. Ritualistic and sometimes public confession of sins
8. Phobia indoctrination: inculcating irrational fears about leaving the group or questioning the leader’s authority
a. No happiness or fulfillment possible outside of the group
b. Terrible consequences if you leave: hell, demon possession, incurable diseases, accidents, suicide, insanity, 10,000 reincarnations, etc.
c. Shunning of those who leave; fear of being rejected by friends, peers, and family
d. Never a legitimate reason to leave; those who leave are weak, undisciplined, nonspiritual, worldly, brainwashed by family or counselor, or seduced by money, sex, or rock and roll
e. Threats of harm to ex-member and family
I want to quote some more from the Freedom of Mind Centre handout. It says:
“Undue influence is any act of persuasion that overcomes the free will and judgment of another person. People can be unduly influenced by deception, flattery, trickery, coercion and other techniques including hypnosis. In a court of law, undue influence is a legal term, which involves a person or group taking advantage of their position of power over another person or persons.
Unfortunately, undue influence rates low for most people as an imminent threat to a free society and happy families. But such an oversight is very costly. In the manipulative hands of human traffickers,, terrorist and violent extremist groups, charismatic cult leaders, highly controlling bible-based groups masquerading as benevolent religions, multi-level marketers, political action cults, human potential hucksters and even abusive spouses and parents, undue influence is a major problem in today’s world—and it is getting worse.
When undue influence is used to cheat people out of their inheritance or property, break up families, deceive members into thinking that extreme shunning of close family members and friends is a loving act, demand that parents beat their children under the assumption that the bible commands such harsh discipline, encourage people to break the law, turn adolescent girls and boys into slaves and prostitutes, kill innocent people, threaten parishioners with shunning if they report child molestation or domestic violence to the police or tell anyone about it, fly passenger planes into buildings, become involved in shady deals or coerce parents into letting their children die because it’s God’s will, these kinds of influence are a significant threat to basic human rights and a free society. Undue influence seeks nothing less than to disrupt an individual’s authentic identity and reconstruct it in the image of the cult leader.
To compound the problem, society loses in the following three ways:
1) Groups that practice undue influence as a means of controlling people often have tax-exempt or even charitable status, which means citizens pay the taxes for any properties they own, and the services required to maintain those properties.
2) While a group may receive billions of dollars from its members, they often do not put that money back into society to help people other than the cult leadership.
3) To meet the demands placed upon them by a high-control group, many members are subsidized by the social welfare system, including the medical system, costing society even more money.
This methodical system of control—undue influence—disrupts the person’s authentic identity and reconstructs a new identity in the image of the group or leader. In the process, an individual’s ability to think rationally and act independently is undermined, enslaving even the brightest, educated and most functional people”.
This is absolutely daunting. This whole KSB cult has developed into a spiritual monster being fed by a revival diet to make it what it is today. Erlo Stegen and the 1966 Maphumulo revival are the core of Mission Kwasizabantu teaching and life. The Mission, through the claimed revival has become a power onto itself with little regard to those who query its theology or suffer in its wake. Mission Kwasizabantu tolerates no dissenting voices at all.
Look at the following statements by current leaders of KSB:
Erlo Stegen: “Uncle Friedel and Uncle Heino never go against me”.
Thofozi Dube: “We have something better than the Bible; we have the Bible and revival!”
About those leaving KSB she said, “They are bring curses on them, their children and the generations to follow!” and she went on to admonish those present and hearing her, “If some of them are your relatives you will save yourself by distancing yourself from them”. The brethren from Europe left “according to their own signature. The branches have been removed from rev. Erlo Stegen by the authority of their signatures”. (Ascension Day 2019).
Eunice Ngcamo: “If Baba tells us to do something, we do it, whether it is against the country’s law or not. Because he is our spiritual leader, we just do it.”
Ruth: “Papa is not only our father, but our leader and God’s anointed.”
Dietmar: “Here in the Revival we have learnt that we report things – that brings blessing. And it brings unity”.
Dietmar: “Does Uncle Erlo know everything you do? Does he really know everything which you do? When I hear this, we are still superficial. We really asked whether Uncle Erlo is your leader. Do you have the truth that Uncle Erlo knows what you do? What happened, does Uncle Erlo know about it?”
Hans Koller: “If we distance ourselves from this Revival in KwaSizabantu in South Africa, then we lose everything”.
Albu van Eeden: “Revival is a dangerous thing, you are on thin ice, because the Holy Spirit moves. If you don’t do a thing prayerfully and ask the Lord’s guidance, you are going to fall through the ice”.
“Revival is a trap in a way. Because if we don’t stay in contact with and obedience to God’s Spirit, we’ll make mistakes – which isn’t logically such a big error. This error can make us lose the Revival”.
“I thank the Lord that He has given us the man that Uncle Erlo is, and that we can witness him walking with God and guided by the Holy Spirit”.
Dorothy Newlands: “Revival doesn’t go according to the thoughts and logic of man, but often, often against it”.
“If the school no longer goes according to the way of the Revival, it may no longer be called Domino Servite”.
Detlef (quoting someone else): “Erlo, there is no man like you in the whole world. You are different from all others. We will never have such a leader or know one in our lifetime”.
Jabulane Dube: “May God help us that we won’t go against him. You know your Bible – where wonders happened when people went against God’s leaders. Maybe such things have happened to you even though you think you are alive. Like Korah and his group who said, “Moses, you think God only speaks through you”, and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up”.
Nico Bosman: “What I used to read in the books, things that happened in the beginning, these days we see it. I can tell things till the sun sets, in
the way the Lord works, which to me was just in the books before. The Lord is still working miraculously and we see it every day.”
From the above quotes it is clear how the leader and the revival phenomenon form the core element around which the cult exists.
These two elements, a charismatic leader and the claimed revival, has made KSB what it is today. It is not just a mere sect of the Christian faith. Not at all. It has turned itself into a cult where the most appalling things are done and justified in the name of the 1966 Revival, the authority of Erlo Stegen as the “man of God” and therefore ultimately in the name of God, Who has poured, it is said, His Spirit upon the place and some people of Mission Kwasizabantu. But perhaps it is the zeal of the followers that so unquestionably keeps everything in place through blind faith in and reverence of a godly man and a supernatural phenomenon that really brings the cult into existence. Fueling all of this are the elements highlighted in the tables above that turned a religious experience into a hyper-religious community with an own set of Christian teachings vigorously enforced. It also turned the godly man into a manipulated individual within the group who has to live up to the emancipated image of “man of God”. With this comes ultimately the vested authority to do and decide things in the name of God; the cult is the expression of God’s will in this world. Therefore the “us-them” attitude is institutionalized in the cult.
I am indeed skeptical of Mission Kwasizabantu because the revealed fruit of this place does not sit well with what the Bible teaches. What it does shows is that living to the standard of a man-made revival and following a godly man exulted above his human status, results in inescapable disaster. This is in stark contrast with other revivals which are characterized by Holy Spirit manifestation, God centered existence and Bible centered teaching. With Mission Kwasizabantu we have a spiritual disaster in the making, and as is the case with all cults, the adherents to the cult are blinded to such an extend that they do not see it and won’t hear those warning them about it. Their personal identity is so intimately joined to the identity of the cult that they can’t tear the two apart. Those who dare purify their identity of the Mission Kwasizabantu religious elements and seek an identity in Christ only are ostracized and shunned.
The issues and conflicts surrounding Mission Kwasizabantu has so escalated that it would seem that the closure of the place is more likely than the restructuring of the place into a truly God honoring institution.
 http://old.freedomofmind.com/Info/BITE/bitemodel.php. Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of Cult Mind Control
 I quote sometimes from a document I received anonymously some time ago as well. “Meeting with leaders of European Countries in uncle Erlo’s house. Monday 24 September 2018.” This document seems to be the official minutes of that meeting.
3 – Total Disillusionment!
Disillusionment – a feeling of disappointment resulting from the discovery that something is not as good as one believed it to be.
When I read the affidavits of ex-KSB members, or their statements or their writings I am intensely touched by their pain and spiritual discouragement because of total disillusionment with Mission Kwasizabantu. When one talks to ex-KSB members and recognize their discouraged spirits, see their grief and hurt and experience their tears, one is deeply touched in the heart and one is overcome with compassion and feeling for their spiritual, emotional and physical suffering.
It is especially heartbreaking to talk with an ex-KSB member who lost faith in the place, the spiritual leaders, the people and ultimately God because of their disillusionment in everything spiritual or religious because the theology at Mission Kwasizabantu did not match spiritual reality at Mission Kwasizabantu. The aftermath testimony is simply, “I am dead inside” and “God is dead”. It is clear from what is said by some very disillusioned ex-KSB members, “There is no God!” Period! The disillusionment with KSB cost them their faith!
“The Way” of Mission Kwasizabantu goes back to the Maphumulo Revival of 1966. It simply was designated “the better way”, above anything that other churches or denominations could offer because the “KSB Way” was holier, purer, more functional, exemplary, and nearer to the Gospel because it was revealed trough a Revival where God came down as in a “wind” and settled on the assembled congregation. Those experiencing the “wind” started to confess their sin and cleansed their hearts in deep contrition. They would drive hundreds of kilometers according to Kurt Koch to return a stolen sixpence of money and they testified that wonders, miracles and signs from above accompanied their preaching and counseling services. They spoke in heavenly languages, fell into trances receiving word directly from God, and saw visions and dreamt dreams. They experienced healing of the blind, lame and mute. The dead were raised, and demons feared their presence and departed from possessed people at their command. Hundreds if not thousands were converted. And Mission Kwasizabantu came into being. Then in 1973 Thofozi died and spoke to Jesus in heaven and became alive again. She brought a message from the Son of God which gave impetus to “The KSB Way” as the better way. The Mission expanded overseas and thousands upon thousands were eventually touched. Then Aquelle, Bonle and Emseni Farming followed, and money was generated in millions of Rands. Kurt Koch related these adequately in his books concerning the 1966 Revival.
We all, leaders and co-workers of KSB applied the “KSB Way” zealously through the years since 1966 because the Revival and those who experienced the 1966 Revival, taught us so. And we believed. We judged people and their deeds perpetually and bestowed grace and granted mercy in terms of the Revival as we were taught and saw fit to do. There are endless pages of examples and testimonies relating just how inconsistently this was done and how the leadership who took all major decisions, were biased to themselves in taking these “life and death” decisions at times. We coworkers decided about the truth of a person’s confession, whether there was true sorrow for deeds done, whether a person is ready for receiving baptism with the Spirit or baptism with water. In our coworkers’ meetings we would verbally skin people alive with focused precision until we have satisfied our spiritual thirst for Revival rule justice. We decided the clothes people must wear, advised the hairstyles and jewelry they should wear and judged the relationships they stood in or may have. Our dreams were brought to the attention of the leaders and persons were judged accordingly because God revealed the sin or issues about people in the dreams. We disallowed any critical questions or theological discussions contrary to the “KSB Way”. We idolized our leader(s) as did the Israelite’s with Moses. We ascribed to the leader Christlike qualities and revered his words and revelations as being from God in all instances. We cursed those leaving the “KSB Way” as if they have left Christ and the faith. We ostracized and shunned those leaving or sent from KSB with vengeance because we were protecting the Revival more than anything else. We were taskmasters in the name of God, and we swung the sword given to us through the Revival with perceived precision and professed theological accuracy as we have been taught by those who tasted the Revival.
But somewhere along this whole story the devil visited and stayed. He, Satan, found himself a few hearts to live in and it did not take long for him and his demons to set up camp at Mission Kwasizabantu. Perhaps Satan and his demons even moved from Maphumulo with all to Kwasizabantu during 1970. The devil and his demons just tagged along in any case. Perhaps the hearts were cleansed at the time the heavenly “wind” came and as the devil and demons came back to revisit, they found some hearts empty and they moved back in. Who will ever really know?
Problems at Mission Kwasizabantu started during 1974. These problems escalated into situations where people started to leave Kwasizabantu. People would come and join the Mission to serve God and when disillusionment was stronger than their excitement, calling, faith or commitment, they left. To be true to the history of the Revival, some left in the late 1960’s already, just after the Revival happened. Others left in the late 70’s and again during early 1990’s, the mid 1990’s and round 2000 at the turn of the millennium. A steady trickle continued increasingly and never stopped until it reached a high point during 2018-2019. The whole Mission Kwasizabantu in Europe and Australia departed, ridding themselves in the process even of the name “Kwasizabantu” and all associated with it. My own enlightenment to the truth came from 1998 onward when Thofozi Dube arranged her own kidnapping and the subsequent coverup that resulted in a split within Mission Kwasizabantu.
Why? Why all these issues with Mission Kwasizabantu? Is there something wrong with the God of Mission Kwasizabantu? Is there something wrong with the Gospel of Jesus Christ? Is there something wrong with the Holy Spirit working at Mission Kwasizabantu? One must be careful in trying to give and answer to these questions. But there is an answer. The answer to these questions is what brought about the disillusionment and resulted in the big fall away from Mission Kwasizabantu that we are experiencing now. Slowly and over time the anger of God was kindled until it became the raging fire that is destroying the Mission now.
Don’t blame the devil but blame the leaders and co-workers of Mission Kwasizabantu. And I duly include myself, as I have been co-worker at the Mission as well for twenty years. After the Revival at Maphumulo, Mission Kwasizabantu developed and proclaimed her own version of the Gospel. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was tarnished with teachings from the Revival as experienced by those who were there when the “wind” came. The visions, dreams and trances revealed the doctrines and it was dutifully written down and put into place. Those who were there testified that it happened in this way. Mission Kwasizabantu had the Bible and the Revival.
The “KSB Way” explained how to be baptized in the Spirit. It explained how to be baptized with water and how to get married. It explained the mystery of the way of a woman and man in marriage. It explained the way of a woman with her husband and the way of children in the home. It explained the way of sex in life and virginity testing was done regularly because God loves and honors virgins. Sex had its place in marriage only. This resulted in the separation, “apartheid” of the genders or opposite sexes. The “KSB Way” taught through the Revival laid down the Law of Confession for all sin done. Confession to a counselor was the “KSB Way” to enter the door to salvation. Anything contrary to the “KSB Way” implied un-confessed sin still in the life of the congregant. The eventual verdict was inevitable; unless you satisfy the requirements of the “KSB Way”, salvation is and will stay a pie in the sky! Judgement, like sin, was always just around the corner to look for a victim and went around like a roaring lion to see who next to devour. Brothers and sisters in the faith became the spiritual KGB to seek and report wrongs, the constant Big Brother lurking behind one and looking over one’s shoulder to report all things done. They interfered in relationships, families and marriages. The Revival became conditional to follow the One Who said, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me!” Like the Ten Commandments were holy law to the Israelites, the 1966 Maphumulo Revival was the “Law” to the people of Mission Kwasizabantu. The people of KSB had to satisfy the Revival fundamentals at all cost or risk losing salvation.
As little as the Israelites could satisfy all of the Law, so non-existent was the possibility that the people of KSB could satisfy all the fundamentals of the Revival. There was little time spent on anything else but confession of sin because that would make people right with God and satisfy the Revival’s claims on the soul of the believer. The Revival fundamentals were doctrinally forced upon the people and the leadership, counselors and coworkers saw to it that the people satisfied the Revival fundamentals. When a person failed in doing so the judgement and verdict were quickly passed and such people were brought before the spiritual inquisition or religious polit bureau, namely the co-workers meeting. Here the person either repented and was accepted back in the community or shunned and cut from the community.
As difficult as it was for the common people to satisfy the Revival fundamentals, so difficult was it for the leadership, counselors and co-workers to satisfy the Revival fundamentals as well. At KSB, because of this inherent impossibility, the focus is much more on the wrongs people do rather than on the good people do. The focus is much more on confessing of sin than receiving grace and mercy freely. The leaders, counselors and co-workers became like a congregation within the KSB congregation and everything concerning them happened in secret. Their sins, their wrongs, their failures, their confessions and their forgiveness were done and granted like in any worldly secret society; it was done in secret away from the congregation and with little or no consequences to the sinner. A small group of leaders became the exalted ones and they were like Moses, Aaron and Miriam and a few special Levites in the eyes of the people. They could not fail! They remained intact in their roles and functions.
However, they failed, and that in the most miserable way thinkable. The devil and his demons coupled with the sinful nature of natural man are always present in any congregation, and they do work hard. You have to abide in the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit to stay aloof against the devil and his schemes. Abiding in the Revival and its doctrines regularly bore fruits of the flesh. The fruits of the flesh are rife in the congregations of KSB and the prince of this world exploits it to his benefit and the detriment of God’s people continuously. One would expect that and be prepared to meet such sinful situations head-on. One would however not expect to find it among the top leaders of the Mission, among those who tasted the “wind”! One would never have expected to find the vilest of sin among the authors of the “KSB Way”. No never!
In the 2019 structure of Mission Kwasizabantu there are about fifteen persons that may be regarded as the leaders of the KSB work. All others are regarded as co-workers and counselors. About seven of these forms the core of the leadership and four of the seven have experienced the Revival and one has spoken to the Lord Jesus face to face in heaven. I will work with this figure of seven although it had been reduced by two during 2019 so far. These seven are the jewels of the work at KSB. They are regarded as the Lord’s own, so to say. They are the priests among the priests, the anointed ones. Among them are four who had experienced the Revival, they have all been baptized with water, they have all been baptized in the Holy Spirit, they have confessed their sin and are usable instruments in the hands of the Master, they are the shepherds, preachers, prophets and priests, the counselors called by God, the expositors of God’s Word, the sources of God’s wisdom, the hearers of God’s voice, the guardians of His Gospel in the KSB congregation and the spiritual watchmen on the walls of “Jerusalem”. They are the directors of all businesses and Trusts of KSB and lastly, they are the trustees of KSB. Surely, they cannot fail as they represent the life most desired, the life in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Surely, they can only produce the fruit of the Spirit; love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control and are not capable of abiding in darkness. Surely?
These seven failed to abide in the Spirit and keep in step with the Spirit in the most miserable way. They failed to keep the “KSB Way” and their lives denied what they preached to others. The same things they punished others for doing, they did themselves whilst standing in the pulpit or counseling others in the presence of God and claiming guidance by God the Spirit. They hid their sin, but the people in the pews gossiped their sin for the world to hear. They pardoned the sin of their peers, confessed among themselves and sometimes to God only (contrary to the KSB Way), yet the victims found no peace nor comfort and went from one counselor to another to confess and seek peace. The counselors spoke and the information leaked, and the devil had a fields day with everything. Whilst wallowing in their sin, they preached and proclaimed the “KSB Way” and testified how God is working and miracles are happening, but the eyes of the congregants saw no wonders, miracles or signs as they, the preachers proclaimed. They soaked themselves in glory and pride, being honored and revered in the congregations.
Since 2012 the trustees did not manage the matters of KSB according to the laws of South Africa in a most deliberate way. One believes the auditors when they say they have tried but never got the answers they were looking for to be able to sign off the books of KSB. From 2015 onward, five of the seven leaders were involved in the misappropriation of nearly R200 million of the Mission’s money. They further took it on themselves to “hand out” R15 million as commission to the man who carried this money away for them in cash to be later collected again from him. All seven lied resoundingly about this money. Four of the seven had been involved in sexual immorality. When one calls the rest to task as well then, nine of the fifteen had been involved in sexual immoral acts. All fifteen are liars. So, among the fifteen top leaders of KSB we have adulterers, liars, thieves, the sexual immoral, gamblers and those who frequent witch-doctors. What place does the “KSB Way” have in their lives? What place does the Gospel of Jesus Christ have in their lives? Actually, no place at all! The works of their lives clearly testify to it. Their living fountains of water received during the Revival by their own testimony have become the bitter water of Marah to all of us today. Totally undrinkable. What place does the devil and his darkness have in their lives? I am to hesitant to put forward an answer to this question myself.
Do you get it? Do you understand my dear reader where the problem is? The rot is at the top! Unless the top fifteen repent and confess and turn from their ways and their cohorts follow suit, there will be no mercy for KSB now. And there is no shame to be noticed. Listen to their preaching on Sundays! Read what they write! Everybody else, a cloud of witnesses, is wrong and only they are right! They get in the pulpit on Sundays and preach and preach and preach! There is a total absence of anguish for their sin! Can salvation come to such a people?
For many the disillusionment is complete. The atrocities of Mission Kwasizabantu have been laid bare in the newspapers of the world; South Africa, Netherlands, Germany and Switzerland. Mission Kwasizabantu is investigated by SARS, South African Police, the HAWKS, HRC South Africa and a private investigator. This is the result of the hardness of heart of a leadership not prepared to bow under their own “KSB Way”. How will they ever bow under the Gospel of the Jesus Christ?
Pray dear people! Pray that justice will be done, and that God’s name will be cleared of this evil. Pray for those who suffer because of this evil. And pray that those who have escaped this evil will never again fall into the like of it. Pray!
4 – The Modern Christian Pharisee.
The hurt! How does one even begin to describe the pain caused by the denial of theological truths by the very people that claimed to be the watchmen of the Word of God at Mission Kwasizabantu. There is no medicine in this world that can lessen the unending pain. Daily one goes to bed with the pain only to rise again each morning with it. It simply is an uninterrupted companion as a spouse is in one’s marriage. One is daily confronted with the “guilt” that one has been one of “them”.
Call them Pharisees, if you like, just like the Pharisees who irritated the Lord Jesus to the point where He burst out against their hypocrisy with vivid words of anger. The more one gets to know the Mission Kwasizabantu leaders’ covert deeds, the more they resemble the Pharisees, Sadducees and Scribes in the time of the Lord Jesus. One is tempted to replace the designation “Room 5” (the seat of control at Mission Kwasizabantu) with a more fitting designation like “Sanhedrin”. The dastardly actions, attitudes and intention of the leaders at KSB equals that of the Sanhedrin of Jesus’ time. Harsh words you may say – if only it was possible to share with you all I know! But Jesus had some harsh words for the spiritual leaders of His time:
Jesus Condemns the Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law of Moses
(Mark 12.38-40; Luke 11.37-52; 20.45-47)
1Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:
2The Pharisees and the teachers of the Law are experts in the Law of Moses. 3So obey everything they teach you, but don’t do as they do. After all, they say one thing and do something else.
4They pile heavy burdens on people’s shoulders and won’t lift a finger to help. 5 Everything they do is just to show off in front of others. They even make a big show of wearing Scripture verses on their foreheads and arms, and they wear big tassels for everyone to see. 6They love the best seats at banquets and the front seats in the synagogues. 7And when they are in the market, they like to have people greet them as their teachers.
8But none of you should be called a teacher. You have only one teacher, and all of you are like brothers and sisters. 9Don’t call anyone on earth your father. All of you have the same Father in heaven. 10None of you should be called the leader. The Messiah is your only leader. 11 Whoever is the greatest should be the servant of the others. 12 If you put yourself above others, you will be put down. But if you humble yourself, you will be honored.
13-14You Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You lock people out of the kingdom of heaven. You won’t go in yourselves, and you keep others from going in.
15You Pharisees and teachers of the Law of Moses are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You travel over land and sea to win one follower. And when you have done so, you make that person twice as fit for hell as you are.
16You are in for trouble! You are supposed to lead others, but you are blind. You teach that it doesn’t matter if a person swears by the temple. But you say it does matter if someone swears by the gold in the temple. 17You blind fools! Which is greater, the gold or the temple that makes the gold sacred?
18You also teach that it doesn’t matter if a person swears by the altar. But you say it does matter if someone swears by the gift on the altar. 19Are you blind? Which is more important, the gift or the altar that makes the gift sacred? 20Anyone who swears by the altar also swears by everything on it. 21And anyone who swears by the temple also swears by God, who lives there. 22 To swear by heaven is the same as swearing by God’s throne and by the one who sits on that throne.
23 You Pharisees and teachers are show-offs, and you’re in for trouble! You give God a tenth of the spices from your garden, such as mint, dill, and cumin. Yet you neglect the more important matters of the Law, such as justice, mercy, and faithfulness. These are the important things you should have done, though you should not have left the others undone either. 24You blind leaders! You strain out a small fly but swallow a camel.
25You Pharisees and teachers are show-offs, and you’re in for trouble! You wash the outside of your cups and dishes, while inside there is nothing but greed and selfishness. 26You blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of a cup, and then the outside will also be clean.
27 You Pharisees and teachers are in for trouble! You’re nothing but show-offs. You’re like tombs that have been whitewashed. On the outside they are beautiful, but inside they are full of bones and filth. 28That’s what you are like. Outside you look good, but inside you are evil and only pretend to be good.
29You Pharisees and teachers are nothing but show-offs, and you’re in for trouble! You build monuments for the prophets and decorate the tombs of good people. 30And you claim you would not have taken part with your ancestors in killing the prophets. 31But you prove you really are the relatives of the ones who killed the prophets. 32So keep on doing everything they did. 33 You are nothing but snakes and the children of snakes! How can you escape going to hell?
34I will send to you prophets and wise people and experts in the Law of Moses. You will kill them or nail them to a cross or beat them in your synagogues or chase them from town to town. 35 That’s why you will be held guilty for the murder of every good person, beginning with the good man Abel. This also includes Barachiah’s son Zechariah the man you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36I can promise that you people living today will be punished for all these things! (Matthew 23, CEV Translation)
Let me put the above into some context!
It sounds so familiar doesn’t it? The Pharisees outlived the “earthly” Jesus, they killed Him, nailed Him to the cross so as to be able to carry on with their religion of works and ungodliness. They confused and deceived many thousands with their “Judaism”. They closed ranks and appointed an “executioner” Saul to rid the world of any nonconformists. They held meetings where their malicious plans were concocted and the few, like Nicodemus, who cautioned them to be sober minded were never heard at all.
They were known for their emphasis on personal piety (the word Pharisee comes from a Hebrew word meaning “separated”), their acceptance of oral tradition in addition to the written Law, and their teaching that all Jews should observe all 600-plus laws in the Torah, including the rituals concerning ceremonial purification. The Talmud notes that the Hebrew numerical value (gematria) of the word “Torah” is 611 and combining Moses’s 611 commandments with the first two of the Ten Commandments which were the only ones heard directly from God, adds up to 613. The Pharisees accepted the written Word as inspired by God. At the time of Christ’s earthly ministry, this would have been what we now call the Old Testament. Unfortunately, the Pharisees gave equal authority to oral tradition, saying the traditions went all the way back to Moses. Evolving over the centuries, the Pharisaic traditions had the effect of adding to God’s Word, which is forbidden (Deuteronomy 4:2). The Gospels abound with examples of the Pharisees treating their traditions as equal to God’s Word (Matthew 9:14; 15:1–9; 23:5; 23:16, 23; Luke 11:42). Jesus applied the condemnation of Isaiah 29:13 to the Pharisees, saying, “Their teachings are merely human rules” (Mark 7:7).
Jesus told His listeners to respect the scribes and Pharisees due to their position of authority but not to imitate them, “for they do not practice what they preach. They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. Everything they do is done for people to see” (Matthew 23:3–5). The scribes and Pharisees were supposed to know God and help others know Him and follow His ways. Instead, the religious leaders added to God’s Law, making it a cumbersome and heavy burden. And they did not follow God with a pure heart. Their religion was not true worship of God; rather, it was rooted in a prideful heart. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount emphasizes the true intent of the Law over the letter of the Law. The scribes and Pharisees emphasized the letter, completely missing its spirit.
The first woe is, “Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You shut the door of the kingdom of heaven in people’s faces. You yourselves do not enter, nor will you let those enter who are trying to” (Matthew 23:13). Jesus cares for people. He desires for them to know Him and to enter into His kingdom (John 3:16–17; 10:10, 17; 2 Peter 3:9). After rebuking the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus lamented over rebellious Jerusalem (Matthew 23:37–39). Clearly, His heart is for people to find life in Him. It stands to reason, then, that He would have harsh words for those who prevented people from finding salvation. The teachers of the Law and Pharisees were not truly seeking after God, though they acted as if they were. Their religion was empty, and it was preventing others from following the Messiah.
In the second woe, Jesus condemns the scribes and Pharisees for making strenuous efforts to win converts and then leading those converts to be “twice as much” children of hell as the scribes and Pharisees were (Matthew 13:15). In other words, they were more intent on spreading their religion than on maintaining the truth.
The third woe Jesus pronounces against the scribes and Pharisees, He calls the religious leaders “blind guides” and “blind fools” (Matthew 23:16–17). Specifically, Jesus points out, they nit-picked about which oaths were binding and which were not, ignoring the sacred nature of all oaths and significance of the temple and God’s holiness (verses 15–22).
The fourth woe calls out the scribes and Pharisees for their practice of diligently paying the tithe while neglecting to actually care for people. While they were counting their mint leaves to make sure they gave one tenth to the temple, they “neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness” (Matthew 23:23). Once again, they focused on the letter of the Law and obeyed it with pride, but they missed the weightier things of God. Their religion was external; their hearts were not transformed.
Jesus elaborates on their hypocrisy in the fifth woe. He tells the religious leaders they appear clean on the outside, but they have neglected the inside. They perform religious acts but do not have God-honoring hearts. It does no good, Jesus says, to clean up the outside when the inside is “full of greed and self-indulgence” (Matthew 23:25). The Pharisees and scribes are blind and do not recognize that, when the inside is changed, the outside, too, will be transformed.
In the sixth woe, Jesus claims the scribes and Pharisees are “like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean” (Matthew 23:27). The deadness inside of tombs is likened to the “hypocrisy and wickedness” inside the religious leaders (verse 28). Once again, they appear to obey God, but their hearts are far from Him (see Matthew 15:7–9 and Isaiah 29:13). Jesus concludes His seven-fold rebuke by telling the religious leaders that they are just like their fathers, who persecuted the prophets of old. In building monuments to the prophets, they testify against themselves, openly admitting that it was their ancestors who killed the prophets (Matthew 23:29–31). Although they arrogantly claim that they would not have done so, they are the ones who will soon plot the murder of the Son of God Himself (Matthew 26:4).
Jesus’ words are harsh because there was so much at stake. Those who followed the Pharisees and scribes were being kept from following God. So much of the teaching in Jesus’ day was in direct contradiction of God’s Word (see Matthew 15:6). The religious leaders made a mockery out of following God. They did not truly understand God’s ways, and they led others away from God. Jesus’ desire was that people would come to know God and be reconciled with Him. In Matthew 11:28–30 Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Unlike the burdens the scribes and Pharisees laid on the people in a human effort to gain reconciliation with God, Jesus gives true rest. The religious leaders spread lies covered in a veneer of godliness (John 8:44); Jesus spoke harshly against them because He came to bring life (John 10:10).
Also, the word woe carries with it a tinge of sorrow. There is an element of cursing, to be sure, but with it an element of compassionate sadness. The seven woes that Jesus pronounces on the religious leaders are solemn declarations of future misery. The stubbornness of the sinners to whom He speaks is bringing a judgment to be feared. The scribes and Pharisees are calling down God’s wrath upon themselves, and they are to be pitied.
So, what are the signs that Pharisees are in control of things. Frank Viola gives us eight “signs” in highlighting leaders who are acting like Pharisees:
1. Pharisees spend more time focusing on what they hate rather than on what they love. – To a Pharisees’ mind, Jesus-followers who hold to a different theology shouldn’t be allowed near anyone. Because of Pharisaism, Christians are known for what they are against rather than for what they are for.
2. Pharisees magnify the sins of others while minimizing (or even ignoring) their own. – Jesus said to be careful of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. A.W. Tozer put it this way, “A Pharisee is hard on others and easy on himself, but a spiritual man is easy on others and hard on himself.”
3. Pharisees believe (and spread) accusations against others – Without ever going to them directly, something you’d insist on if it were you being slandered (Matthew 7:12). Pharisees are adept at vilification, bombing others “with God on their side.” In fact, many of them don’t know what to do with themselves unless they’re supposedly fighting for Jesus.
4. Pharisees are quick to pass judgment, but slow to inquire and listen to those they’re judging. – Pharisees wake up with criticism in their hearts, plotting against those they wish to destroy. In this regard, Pharisees minister toxicity and death to those who love God (all in the name of God).
5. It breaks a Pharisee’s jaw to admit they’re wrong or apologize to those they’ve mistreated. – In this regard, Pharisees exhibit a remarkable lack of self-awareness. This also accounts for why they are so belligerent. They exist to correct others, never turning the spotlight inward.
6. Pharisees only hang out with other Pharisees. – Because Pharisees establish dubious doctrinal criteria by which every Christian is judged and condemned to hell, they only hang out with their own kind.
7. Pharisees impute evil motives to the hearts of others (but are clueless that they’re merely revealing what’s in their own). – While they use terms like “discernment” and “contending for the gospel” to describe (and excuse) their sin, Pharisees are clueless to the fact that they betray their own hearts whenever they judge the heart of another. They also engage in the usual fare of claiming to uphold “Christian values” while they paper over the harmful things they’ve done in the name of Jesus — unfairly sitting over others in judgment. Pharisees need to listen to Anne Lamott who said: “The difference between you and God is that God doesn’t think He’s you.”
8. Pharisees cannot tolerate correction, even when it’s given in the spirit of Christ. – Pharisees are quick to join the bandwagon of brother/sister bashing, crafting special attacks against those who don’t line up with their unique interpretations of Scripture.
Mike Fehlauer says the following concerning spiritual abuse at the hands of modern day Christian Pharisees in the Church:
In an unhealthy church, the pastor actually begins to take the place of Jesus in people’s lives. Commonly, people are told they cannot leave the church with God’s blessing unless the pastor approves the decision. The implication is that unless they receive pastoral permission, not only will God not bless them, but they will also be cursed in some way, resulting in sure failure. When we pursue the honor of men, we do so at the expense of our relationship with God. If we continue to do so, gradually men will take the place of God in our lives. An unhealthy soul-tie is created, and our sense of confidence is determined by our standing with those in leadership. This kind of control will destroy people spiritually!
In an unhealthy church, it is considered rebellion when someone questions decisions that are made or statements that are said from the pulpit. In an unhealthy church, any and all questions are considered threats to the pastor’s “God-ordained” authority. Members who do dare to question their leaders or who do not follow their leaders’ directives often are confronted with severe consequences. The following testimony is all too frequently true, “We were told that it is more important to obey leaders than to question what they are doing.”
Pastors operating under a spirit of control are often convinced that they are the only ones who can accurately hear from God. Under the constant exposure to this spirit, members often become convinced that they indeed need their pastor to think for them. In essence, their personal fellowship with the Lord has been abdicated for a relationship with a man. As a result, they lose their confidence in being able to discern the will of God for their lives.
Once a church member surrenders to a system of control, the leader(s) gives limited information to each individual, carefully monitoring each relationship. As a result, each member is only able to relate to other members based on the information he receives from the leader(s). Secrecy may also cloak the area of finances. Pastors may make brazen appeals for money, yet offer no assurance that the finances of the church are handled with accountability and integrity. They may even regularly claim that they do not have personal finances. It is very simple – money represents power. Ultimately, control comes down to issues of power. Therefore, it should be no surprise that controlling leaders will use unbiblical means to manipulate people into giving.
The deadly trait of elitism produces an “us and them” mentality. A church with an elitist attitude believes “no one else is really preaching the gospel” except that church. Or at least, no one is preaching it as effectively as they are! An elitist spirit discourages church members from visiting other churches or receiving counsel from anyone who doesn’t attend their church. If anyone visits another church, he is viewed as a dissident. “Everything you need can be found within the framework of our group”, this spirit says, adding, “Everything you need to know, you will receive from the pastor and his teachings.” Consequently, there is little respect, if any, for other denominations or church groups.
The result of the above is that your life displays the following traits or characteristics. If I state that mission Kwasizabantu is a cult, then the cult-like dispositions of this cult will manifest in your life. Look at the list below:
1. You believe showing up for worship every Sunday makes you right with God. For modern-day Pharisees, Christian living is not so much about transforming into the image of God. It is more about living up to the standard of God. And no one can live up to God’s standard. Except Jesus.
2. You spend more time talking about what you are against, not what you are for. Pharisees believe their job is to defend God and legislate morality. So they are against drinking, smoking, cursing, short skirts, talking back to parents, holding hands before marriage, and so on. And all of these things come before the gospel. Or maybe they are the gospel. Modern-day Pharisees can’t tell the difference.
3. You believe God actually needs you. Modern-day Pharisees believe God needs them on His team. They believe the church is dependent upon them.
4. You, the leader(s) don’t repent of sin…you don’t have any “serious” sin to repent of. Leaders don’t have any serious sin to repent of. Pharisees have a reputation and status to maintain. Repentance involves vulnerability and weakness. Pharisees don’t show weakness.
5. You make every issue black and white. The Bible is grey on many issues. But modern-day Pharisees don’t deal in the world of grey. They must have everything black and white. In or out. Yes or no. Here is another thing about grey. It does not allow modern-day Pharisees to keep score. Black and white issues, however, allow them to keep a tally of their righteousness. “I have never drank or smoke or gambled or cheated on my wife.” Who cares if their heart is full of lust, anger, and envy?
6. You would never condone homosexuality, rock music or fornication…but have no problem watching movies that do. If someone were to preach on the evils of homosexuality, rock music or sex before marriage, a modern-day Pharisee would nod his or her head in agreement. “Yeah, that’s right preacher. Preach on!” But on Sunday night, they plop down in the recliner and find humor from a movie or TV show glamorizing the very thing they just agreed was wrong. This is the real issue with modern-day Pharisees. They love to put on a show when the lights are on. They want people to think they are righteous. But Jesus does not inform the rest of their lives.
7. Your salvation is based on your works, not on Jesus. Modern-day Pharisees believe in their works. That’s why they love James 2:14-26 and James 5:16. But they skirt around passages about grace. They believe Jesus died on the cross for their sins. But they turn around and mock the cross by trying to earn their salvation.
8. You read the Bible to substantiate your convictions, not to be shaped into God’s image. During the time of Jesus, no one knew more Scripture than the Pharisees. They studied the Scriptures relentlessly. Modern-day Pharisees do the same. But they turn around and use the knowledge to convince others why they are wrong. The Bible is their personal weapon. Modern-day Pharisees use it to throw rocks at all the misguided, evil sinners in the world. To modern-day Pharisees, the Bible is not a means to grow into the image of God. It is a means to convince the world of fallacies and misguided theology.
9. You believe outsiders should conform to a certain lifestyle before they are accepted as “Christian.” This is a Pharisee trademark. Before non-Christians can be considered “part of the group”, they must conform to a certain lifestyle. Stop all of the cursing, satisfy a particular dress code, sustain from wearing jewelry or make-up and stop drinking alcohol all together. And stop doing all the stuff “bad people” do. Once potential Christians “fix their lives”, modern-day Pharisees gladly welcome these people into their family. Just don’t revert back to “sinning” again. Membership in the group is always conditional. Instead of meeting people where they are, modern-day Pharisees force people to come up to their level. And until these people live up to their standard, they will be on the outside looking in.
10. All of your Christian friends look and act just like you do. Pharisees are exclusive. They pick and choose who enters the group. But Jesus never valued exclusivity. Just look at his chosen twelve. A tax collector (Matthew). A doctor (Luke). Fishermen (Peter and Andrew). A Zealot (Simon). That’s a conglomerate of guys from many different backgrounds.
12. If someone tries to rebuke you, you get angry and offended. When Jesus called out their sins, the Pharisees crucified him. Modern-day Pharisees see any rebuke as a personal attack. They immediately go on the offensive. Some get angry and storm off. Others proceed to make a list of sins to the person rebuking them.
Regardless, modern-day Christian Pharisees refuse to have a heart receptive to rebuke. It undermines their external righteousness. And it undermines the lie that they are perfect.
It is to
me an undeniable truth that the Pharisaical spirit I have described above, is
vividly present at Mission Kwasizabantu. Combine this with the spirit of
Jezebel as I have described in Essay 8 and you have a spiritual disaster in the
making. All the traits, characteristics and attitudes of the Pharisees are to
be found in the current leadership at KSB. I have described it at length in my
writings. The “Pharisee” really enraged the Lord Jesus like nothing else, and
so it should anger us too.
5 – Europa: Ecclesia semper reformanda!
I wish to address the ex-KSB church in Europe and Australia in truly brotherly love. I might be judged to be somewhat forward for doing so. In many circles I am regarded as a persona non grata, and in general people avoid speaking to me most of the time now.
My modus operandi in speaking about the things at KSB may be unusual, unorthodox or even nonconformist. But, let us face the truth about it; it does get the job done! In all fairness I think, it should be acknowledged that my unconventional approach has brought a myriad of information to the light that would otherwise still be secret. Yet some information is so sensitive and still unverified that one dare not speak about it. I thank everyone who in this process has helped and supported me. As I said, I want to address this composition to the ex-KSB congregations in Europe and Australia.
31 October 2019 – Reformation Day! 502 years since 1517 when Luther nailed his 95 Thesis to the Wittenberg Church door in retaliation against the unbiblical teachings and practices of the Roman Catholic Church. Such was his actions that it resulted in a Reformation, which brought true salvation to many.
On this day, the 31 October1517, the indistinct German theologian Martin Luther published a document criticizing the Catholic selling of ‘indulgences’ or actions performed to reduce the amount of punishment for sin. Initially protesting the pope’s attempt to sell salvation, Luther’s study of Scripture soon led him to oppose the church of Rome on issues including the primacy of the Bible over church tradition and the means by which we are found righteous in the sight of God.
This last issue is probably Luther’s most significant contribution to Christian theology. Though preached clearly in the New Testament and found in the writings of many of the church fathers, the medieval bishops and priests had largely forgotten the truth that our own good works can by no means merit God’s favor. Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone, and good works result from our faith, they are not added to it as the grounds for our right standing in the Lord’s eyes (Eph. 2:8-10). Justification, God’s declaration that we are not guilty, forgiven of sin, and righteous in His sight comes because through our faith alone the Father imputes, or reckons to our account, the perfect righteousness of Christ (2 Cor. 5:21). Martin Luther’s rediscovery of this truth led to a whole host of other church and societal reforms.
So, this past Sunday, in the Reformed Baptist Church we attend, we celebrated the 1517 Reformation and sang the hymn quoted below. The pastor also clearly reminded us about the five solas; Sola scriptura (“by Scripture alone”), Sola fide (“by faith alone”), Sola gratia (“by grace alone”), Solus Christus or Solo Christo (“Christ alone” or “through Christ alone”) and Soli Deo gloria (“glory to God alone”). “The Five solas” are an important part of the Reformed theology adhered to by all Protestant leaders for example, Sola Scriptura. This means “The Bible only”. The Protestants believed that they should only read the Bible to find out what God wants them to believe.
Generally, Reformed theology holds to the authority of Scripture, the sovereignty of God, salvation by grace through Christ, and the necessity of evangelism. It is sometimes called Covenant theology because of its emphases on the covenant God made with Adam and the new covenant, which came through Jesus Christ (Luke 22:20). Reformed theology teaches that Christians are in the world to make a difference, spiritually through evangelism and socially through holy living and humanitarianism. Other distinctives of Reformed theology generally include the observance of two sacraments (baptism and communion), a cessationist view of the spiritual gifts (the gifts are no longer extended to the church), and a non-dispensational view of Scripture. Held in high esteem by Reformed churches are the writings of John Calvin, John Knox, Ulrich Zwingli, and Martin Luther. The Westminster Confession embodies the theology of the Reformed tradition.
As I sat in Church this past Sunday, contemplating the words of the Reformation Hymn we just sung, I thought about the KSB Church in Europe. I prayed for the brethren in Europe there and then, and yet, the lingering thoughts in my mind would not leave. I remembered the phrase “Ecclesia semper reformanda” or more precise, “Ecclesia semper reformanda est” (Latin for “the church must always be reformed”, often – as usual in Latin – shortened to Ecclesia semper reformanda) is a phrase first popularized by Karl Barth in 1947, allegedly deriving from a saying of St. Augustine. But also, a phrase well used when I was in seminary at Stellenbosch; a phrase never to be forgotten. And I wondered whether the ex-congregations of KSB in Europe are reforming, or are they just the same as always but under a different name?
Words and Music by Chris Anderson and Bob Kauflin
trust God’s Word alone,
Where his perfect will is known;
Our traditions shift like sand
While his Truth forever stands.
live by faith alone,
Clothed in merit not our own;
All we claim is Jesus Christ
And his finished sacrifice.
Glory be, glory be to God alone,
Through the church he redeemed and made his own.
He has freed us, he will keep us till we’re safely home
Glory be, glory be to God alone!
saved by grace alone—
Undeserved, yet freely shown;
No accomplishment on earth
Can achieve the second birth.
stand on Christ alone,
The unyielding Cornerstone;
Nations rage and devils roar,
Still he reigns forevermore!
The Church of Mission Kwasizabantu is now in the Diaspora! She is scattered in Europe and Australia as numerous entities called by different names. These daughter churches do not want to be associated with the mother organization nor do they want to be called by her name. They have shunned her as much as she has shunned them and left her for, she has become a cult or as one European leader put it, “We left because Kwasizabantu is a sect”.
So, the European Mission Kwasizabantu Church, cloned from the African rootstock, has left the cult. These daughter churches have been carefully cloned since the early 1970’s to have the same spiritual DNA and were meticulously kept and groomed to manifest the same phenomenological spiritual veracity as the mother church, Mission Kwasizabantu South Africa. They, Europe and Australia, are the same as Africa, at least up to April 2019, when they decided to leave the “house”.
So, these “clones” are now independently taking root where they find themselves. And, as it is with spiritual clones, their spiritual conclusions, doctrines and “gospel” are the same as that of the mother church in South Africa. At least, again, this may be assumed to be the case up to April 2019 when a statement was issued with regard to the separation from KSB South Africa. These conclusions have regard to the doctrines with respect to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. As well as doctrines concerning the two sacraments baptism and communion, marriage, sin, confession, baptism with the Holy Spirit, dreams and trances, the Bible, holiness, counselling, discipline, church, the devil, casting out demons, healings, miracles, speaking in tongues, etc.
Mission Kwasizabantu’s spiritual foundation is based on the Bible and the 1966 Maphumulo Revival as aptly stated by Lidia Dube, “We have better than the Bible, we have the Bible and the revival!” They proclaim a theology by which they accept, teach and live the doctrines taught by Mission Kwasizabantu as based on the Bible and the 1966 Revival. These are taught and assumed to be biblically true by Erlo Stegen and added thereto are the teachings revealed in the 1966 Maphumulo Revival, the vision of Lidia Dube being in heaven, teachings received through trance induced revelations by the “Mamas”, and syncretized teachings with Zulu cultural features. It is to be noted then, that the theology of Mission Kwasizabantu is a mixture of Lutheran, 1966 Maphumulo Revival, Anton Engelbrecht’s pre-revival teachings, Reformed theology, Zulu culture and revelations received by the KSB Mamas through trances and revelations received by Lidia Dube during a near-death experience in 1973 by which she saw Christ in heaven and received instructions from Him.
The questions to ask now to the ex-Mission Kwasizabantu leadership of Europe and Australia, as well as the members of those churches, are as follows:
- What are the reasons that the leadership of the European congregations have severed ties with Mission Kwasizabantu? Are these reasons theological or pragmatic?
- Do you still hold to the theology and all the doctrines once received from Mission Kwasizabantu?
- What changes, if any have you made to the theology and doctrines received from Mission Kwasizabantu? In other words: “Are you reforming or are you holding to the status quo?”
- What do you believe as a church “denomination” or ecumenical group of independent churches now? Have you parted and renounced the false doctrines of KSB and taken up the right doctrine(s)?
- What do you mean when you state that you are “evangelical?” Have you communicated your new doctrines, confession of faith statement, and biblical stance to the members?
These are all very serious issues at the heart of the Kwasizabantu matter. I have heard much from the brethren in Europe. And it does not sound to promising at the moment with regard to the congregations in Europe. I posed the following question to some people in Europe, “Is there perhaps a document or statement by the church leaders in Europe giving the reasons why they left KSB? Secondly, was a document or perhaps a statement released on what the new churches in Europe believe? I just wonder what the members in Europe have been told on these two points. What could you tell me?”
This was sent to four church leaders in Germany, France and Switzerland. I also send it to members in Switzerland, Germany, France, Netherlands and Belgium. I further send the questions to some ex-members in Germany, Australia and the Netherland. I had a few responses and I think from the responses received I am able to get a fair picture of the current spiritual and theological situation in Europe.
Our public statement which also appeared in our press and on our homepage had the following wording (translated from German with deepl.com):
KwaSizabantu Switzerland becomes independent under new name.
In recent months and years, events have taken place at the Kwa Sizabantu Mission (KSB) in South Africa with which the leadership of the Swiss congregation at Hof Oberkirch in Kaltbrunn SG does not agree. After numerous unsuccessful attempts at communication and clarification, the Swiss and various other European branches therefore separated from KwaSizabantu South Africa shortly before Easter 2019. They have decided to continue as independent churches.
The Swiss congregation is now called “Evangelische Gemeinde Hof Oberkirch” (EGHO). It is based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is given in Holy Scripture, testified to in the confessions of the Reformation and written in the faith basis of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA): egho.ch/glaubensbekenntnis.html.
Lindach 8 June ’19. (translated from German with deepl.com).
These are some points that someone from the congregation noted. People from other ex-KSB churches/congregations were also present.
- Unbiblical behavior (1Cor. 3): Prejudice: Under Lidia Dube one is forced to take sides, to decide for one side. Counselors are assigned to people or forced upon them.
- New internal leadership: Jabulane Dube and Lidia Dube. Long-time coworkers are excluded. It’s about power.
- No information given on the part of the European leaders; e.g. concerning money. Here in Germany one must present as an association meticulously all money affairs!
- Disagreements among coworkers.
- The letter, in which it says how sad Erlo Stegen is that the Europeans had separated, was read out without informing those concerned beforehand. The content does not agree with the truth.
- Revival or Jesus: Often “But the revival has taught us…”.
- Revival placed higher than the Bible.
- Baptism, Lord’s Supper
- Reconciliation not possible
- The speech on Ascension Day by Lidia Dube was obviously only a self-portrayal of Lidia and also the case with Jabulane Dube. They justified themselves and others were badly spoken about.
- They, the European leaders, just couldn’t meet with Erlo Stegen anymore.
They have not.
A letter dated 12 April 2019, in French to be read in all European congregations. (Translated with Deepl.com/Translator).
Dear brothers and sisters,
Unfortunately, we must inform you today of our conclusion concerning the mission in South Africa while calling you to prayer. This decision was also shared with the founder of the Mission, Erlo Stegen.
First of all, we express to God our gratitude for the good and blessing received through the ministry of the missionary Erlo Stegen. What attracted us at the beginning was the proclamation of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the forgiveness of sins, and the deliverance from the power of that sin. We were helped and guided to live in true Christian freedom, in love and in the fear of God. Moreover, this unity and love between the coworkers at Kwasizabantu had deeply blessed and rejoiced us.
But today, there is a change of direction with the management of the Mission in South Africa. Officially, Erlo Stegen is still the Director, but in fact, it is a new management team that operates. And it has changed a lot of things. Where before there was freedom, love, forgiveness and soberness, we often find the opposite to be true now. We (Georg Grau, Michel Hégé, Jürg Läderach, André Maghakian, Othmar Voser) experienced this during our visit to the mission in September 2018.
To this end, we had written a letter to these coworkers, clearly mentioning the facts and calling for brotherly unity. But until today, after several weeks of waiting and follow-up, we have not received any response. Worse still, some people shared with us that these same coworkers accused us of wanting to act against the missionary Erlo Stegen. All these insinuations are not factual, and do not correspond at all to the truth. At the same time, serious charges are brought to the public’s attention on the Internet. We do not endorse the publication of these internal problems on this site. We do not take these rumors into account, yet many questions remain unasked and unanswered.
That is why, in our conscience, and before God, we understand that our duty is no longer to remain silent, but to inform our churches and call them to pray:
- We want to act according to this Word: “But examine all things, remember what is good.” (1 Thessalonians 5:21)
- We believe in Jesus Christ, as the Scripture says in John 7:38, “He who believes in me, rivers of living water will flow from his belly.”
- We pray to God that He will intervene, and give us back brotherly love, reconciliation and unity.
- We want to seek peace with all and holiness without which no one will see the Lord. (Hebrews 12:14)
We, the undersigned brothers responsible in Europe, are united, and even more so do we wish to continue in our responsibility before God, to walk on this path of the Gospel, as we have received it. We also want to recommit ourselves in the love of Jesus to purify and sanctify ourselves more.
We still believe what we always believed. We left because we cannot be one with the new leadership at KSB. On our website there is a Press Release why we have separated as well as a confession of faith. This is the basis for what we believe. See www.cederborg.nl. (Quoted below and translated with DeepL.com).
October 16, 2019 by admin
In recent months and years there have been events at the Kwasizabantu Mission in South Africa, with which the board of the (now dissolved) foundation Kwasizabantu Mission Netherlands cannot agree. After having asked for clarification several times in vain, the departments of this missionary work in Europe and Australia saw no other way than to cut the ties with South Africa. Since April of this year, they have continued as fully independent and interdenominational communities.
Founder and director Erlo Stegen, with whom warm ties have always been maintained, is old and sick. In this generational change a power struggle has unfortunately developed in South Africa. We deeply regret the accusations made through the media about this missionary work. If there have been abuses, we trust that justice will be served.
Maybe this will be announced in a letter within a few weeks. The leaders of every country will meet with each other in Lindach about the new church in Europe. In April 2019 Andre Maghakian spoke to us about the reasons why they left but we did not receive anything written. What I know is that some of them are disappointed about the way Friedel has been threatened. Others say there is no forgiveness after confession of sin (when they went to KSB). Others are shocked about sexual abuse. But I can’t see “one line”. It seems they are waiting but I do not know what for. Every assembly is choosing its own name. They have chosen a name for Kaltbrun, they have done so for Cederborg and they did as well in Belgium. Every assembly has its own association.
On the issue why we left, I haven’t seen any document. The main reason I believe is that the leadership at KSB believes that there is more than the Bible namely the revival. And that there are many unanswered questions concerning beliefs. Those questions though I don’t know.
I think from the above certain viable conclusions are possible:
#1 – Congregants of the ex-KSB churches in Europe are confused to the facts of the split.
It is obvious from the responses that the members of the churches in Europe do not know the real reasons for the split with Mission Kwasizabantu. The letter dated 2 April 2019 from Andre Maghakian which was read in all churches seems to be the main source of official information to Europe. The most pertinent problem with KSB seems to be the “new management” and the fact that Europe has been accused that they want to “act against the missionary Erlo Stegen”. So, the undertaking as set out in the letter is “to continue in our responsibility before God, to walk on this path of the Gospel, as we have received it.”
Notes from the meeting at Lindach, 8 June 2019 paints a similar picture. At this meeting two members of the New Management are mentioned to reiterate the “new management” as the primary reason for the split. The notice dated October 16, 2019 on the Cederborg Website displays a similar base of reasoning and echoes the wording of the Swiss notice on the homepage of Evangelische Gemeinde Hof Oberkirch. The leadership of Europe, Georg Grau, Michel Hégé, Jürg Läderach, André Maghakian and Othmar Vöser in the letter to the congregations has made it abundantly clear, that “serious charges are brought to the public’s attention on the Internet. We do not endorse the publication of these internal problems on this site. We do not take these rumors into account.” This sentiment is relayed as well on the other websites and in the testimonies of members of the churches in Europe.
So, from the above it is clear that the split was affected for pragmatic reasons. The pragmatic way of dealing with KSB is based on practical and physical considerations, rather than theological ones. This seems to be very clear from all the above responses. The leadership of Europe was not happy with their own treatment at the hands of the South African leadership, neither were they happy with the treatment of Friedel Stegen and Arno Stegen by the KSB leaders and that they have been accused to go against the missionary Erlo Stegen indeed pricked them in a serious way. And this is what the members or congregants in Europe really understood about the whole split.
#2 – Congregants of the ex-KSB churches in Europe are confused to the facts of what they believe or should believe now.
There is no theological reason given as to be a motivation for the split. The nearest they come to such are the responses by two members indicating that KSB elevates the 1966 Maphumulo Revival to a position equal or above the Bible. But there is no such indication in any official notices. On the contrary the official notice suggests that there is nothing wrong with the theology at KSB, “We wish to continue in our responsibility before God, to walk on this path of the Gospel, as we have received it.” That is very much in line with what the general impression is for European congregants, “We still believe what we always believed. We left because we cannot be one with the new leadership at KSB”.
However, the Swiss EGHO states for itself independently and contrary to the above statement that, “It is based on the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as it is given in Holy Scripture, testified to in the confessions of the Reformation and written in the faith basis of the European Evangelical Alliance (EEA).” The website of the Cederborg Congregation display a similar declaration, “The basis of the Evangelical Center De Cederborg is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We believe in the Bible as God’s infallible Word and agree with the confessions of the Reformation and the mission statement of Mission Netherlands”. To support this the five Solas pertinent to the Reformation are stated as well.
So, what do we make of this? It is clear that to date, no indication has been given to congregants in Europe and Australia as to any disparities with the theology of KSB. There has been no renunciation of any doctrine proclaimed at KSB South Africa. This leaves one with the very uncomfortable knowledge and realization that the group of leaders in Europe and Australia still subscribe to the theology in place at KSB. Thus, they have only pragmatically separated with KSB South Africa and will continue with the theology and doctrines received from their association with KSB. But there is very little agreement between the theology of the Reformation and Mission Kwasizabantu.
The fact that Cederborg and Evangelische Gemeinde Hof Oberkirch (as may the other congregations in Europe), display their basis of faith (theology) as based on the principles and confessions of the Reformation flies in the face of the theology of Mission Kwasizabantu and her 1966 Maphumulo Revival. Reformed theology may be explained as, “Calvinism (also called the Reformed tradition, Reformed Christianity, Reformed Protestantism, or the Reformed faith) is a major branch of Protestantism that follows the theological tradition and forms of Christian practice set down by John Calvin and other Reformation-era theologians”.
In Reformed theology, the five solae paved the way for radical revolutionary theological thinking: solus Christus, sola scriptura, sola fide, sola gratia and soli Deo Gloria. The five solae (from Latin, sola, lit. “alone”; occasionally Anglicized to five solas) of the Protestant Reformation are a foundational set of principles held by theologians and clergy to be central to the doctrine of salvation as taught by the Lutheran and Reformed branches of Protestantism.
To explain the Solae, and the complex Reformed doctrine, theologians often make use of the acronym T.U.L.I.P., which stands for total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints which, may be elaborated as follows: Irresistible grace: One of the main tenants of Calvinism is the total depravity of man, meaning that we as humans are drawn to sin and will always be drawn to sin. Perseverance of the Saints: This belief of Calvinism makes it clear that once a person has experienced salvation, they cannot lose that salvation. There is a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of humankind, and the doctrine of predestination.
The Reformed confessions of faith are formal statements of doctrinal belief ordinarily intended for public acknowledgement by an individual, a group, a congregation, a synod, or a church; confessions are similar to creeds, although usually more extensive. They are especially associated with the churches of the Protestant Reformation. The Belgic Confession, written in 1561, takes pains to point out the continuity of Reformed belief with that of the ancient Christian creeds. The Canons of Dort is a very finely tuned piece of theological writing, proficiently defining a biblically Reformed perspective on matters central to Christian life and experience. The Heidelberg Catechism, written in 1563, is a personalized confession of faith. Three creeds were formulated for the early church; the Nicene Creed, the Apostles’ Creed and the Athanasian Creed. These creeds are also known as the catholic or universal creeds.
The leadership of the ex-KSB churches in Europe will have to come clean on what they believe. They will have to guide their congregants in what they theologically stand for. They can’t have the best of both worlds; the theology of Mission Kwasizabantu and Reformed theology are mutually exclusive in many aspects.
#3 – Congregants of the ex-KSB churches in Europe are confused by their leaders’ silence on many aspects.
There is a saying which is very much applicable to the current situation with KSB. It says, “Where there is smoke, there has to be a fire!”
The indifference and silence of the European leadership is detrimental to the totality of congregants of the ex-KSB churches in Europe, and rightfully so. Much has been written about KSB on the Internet, in plentiful newspapers in South Africa and Europe and many Europeans have left KSB South Africa under extreme provocation. Notwithstanding the above, people experience the leadership of Europe not to even see the “smoke” rising at KSB. There is a current and inherent fear that the status quo will continue in Europe and Australia but just under different names, entities and independencies. Indeed, the overall experience of people is a lack of definitive spiritual leadership in the ranks of the ex-KSB leadership of Europe and Australia.
The pragmatic separation from KSB may sooth the consciences and secure properties and assets in Europe and Australia but will bring about no theological reformation and will not stand against the eminent death of the ex-KSB church fraternity in Europe. As it stands at the moment the Reformation principle of “Ecclesia semper reformanda est” (Latin for “the church must always be reformed)” is simply nonexistent within the ex-KSB spiritual fraternity in Europe and Australia. Such a reformation cannot be wrought in silence or behind closed doors nor through a process of amicable discussions around a negotiation table. Reformation is a radical all-encompassing action to bring change with due recognition of the current situation and a clear declaration of the way forward with absolute choices to break with the wrongs of the past and to support what is right. We can surely learn from history where according to tradition, Luther is said to have declared, “Here I stand, I can do no other,” before concluding with “God help me. Amen.” It seems that the leaders in Europe and Australia lack the veracity to do so and bring about the needed change.
#4 – Leaders of the ex-KSB churches in Europe are confused and this shows by their inaction on many aspects.
Mission Kwasizabantu never taught her coworkers, inclusive of preachers, leaders and counsellors, the creeds, confessions and decrees of the Christin faith. On the KSB website there is only a copy of the Apostle’s Creed. Mission Kwasizabantu has actively disposed of any formal Bible Study at the Mission with regard to youth, men, women and family and remained with only the evening devotions, Umphakathi devotions and Sunday service. Any teaching regarding the creeds, confessions and decrees of the Christin faith is possible only during the Sunday service. And it never happens.
The lay preachers at KSB has no knowledge of the creeds, confessions and decrees of the Christin faith. They have relied extensively in preaching on the 1966 Maphumulo Revival and the spiritual insights derived from that revival. The Bible and biblical norms have been understood and interpreted in the light of the revival and the experiences of the congregants at that time. So, the trances, the vivid experiences, miracles and healings, dreams and hearing of God’s voice and Zulu cultural influences developed over time a very pragmatic and appealing theology for KSB in excess to the Bible. It was humanly speaking a very “reachable” standard and extremely Armenian in nature. The confession of sins, making right with God, living a holy life, dress codes, relational codes of conduct, making the right choices, living in and conforming to an exclusive community all assisted in working one’s own salvation. However, the truth now extensively revealed, indicates that the revival failed, as one would expect, to uphold biblical faith. As the revival crumbled, so does the salvation of the adherents to the revival’s pragmatic spiritual surety, fade away.
If there is no true biblical theological foundation, then confusion reigns extensively because the adherent’s faith is found to be inadequate to stand against the onslaught as the discrepancy between lived faith and revival faith is actualized. This truth is revealed trough all the revelations of darkness, lies, immorality and sin in the lives of the leadership of Mission Kwasizabantu in South Africa as well as Europe. Further to the above the exposures of how the leadership circumvented their or revival-based doctrines to benefit themselves financially and spiritually shows the inadequacy of the theology spawned by the 1966 Revival. The Mission Kwasizabantu coworkers, leaders and preachers in South Africa and abroad failed miserably in upholding the revival they so much cherished at the cost of God’s Word, the Bible.
This spiritual incomprehension in the minds and hearts of the European ex-KSB coworkers and leaders may be a major reason to explain their current lack of transparency and action in Europe. Unless they are prepared to undo their “received doctrines” from KSB they will never be able to find the True doctrine of Scripture and guide their flocks accordingly. This might perhaps be too humbling and thus too much of a tall order, spiritually speaking.
Ecclesia semper reformanda est! This Phrase holds the key for the survival of the ex-KSB church in Europe and Australia. It is radical and brings about visible change. It is discerning and cuts between truth and falseness with focused and critical intention to establish God’s Word uncompromisingly. It brings true saving knowledge to the believer’s heart and instills in the believers’ hearts the faith needed to withstand the evil one and his cohorts. It rids the believers’ lives from false and deceitful doctrines, turning their eyes to the Bible and biblical doctrine to only see and live for Christ and that is Christ crucified. And so the honor and glory of God is lifted for all to see and experience.
Be wise in the ways of God, my dear brethren in Europe
and Australia. Remember your time is now – Ecclesia semper reformanda! Carpe
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