“Two Ways to Live”: tract review

This is the “Two Ways to Live” tract from “Matthias Media”, in its pictorial form. This tract sets out to present the gospel of Jesus Christ, but fails.

Instead, this tract sets out what is called “Lordship salvation”, which pays lip service to salvation by faith, but amounts to a call to salvation by works.

This tract is not going to cause a man to believe on Jesus Christ as saviour, but to vainly believe that he has laid down the excesses of his rebellion, and that because of that he’s okay.

Matthias Media: Two ways to live: the choice we all face.

There wasn’t a subtle snake in the background originally. I added that.

Here’s the review. It might be superfluous to mention that I don’t much like it:

1.Way to live

The name of the tract gives it away: this tract is about how you live, and in the sense which it presents, it’s about how you live your earthly life. If the gospel were about changing your life, this would be a great thing.

The Bible says that justification is without works of the law – it’s not about changing your life at all: But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. (Romans 4:5)

2.Rebellion, not sin

Says the tract, “God won’t let us rebel forever”:

This tract sets out to cure rebellion, and not to cure sin. Rebellion is one particular sin, committed knowingly by wicked sinners who know that they are rejecting God. Not every sinner is a rebel: many sin without properly understanding what they are doing wrong.

The natural cure for rebellion is that the rebel should cease his rebellion, and seek merciful terms of surrender. The problem is that the cure for sin is death. It is a perfectly good cure

This tract does not have any message for children, of whom Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.” (Mark 10:15). Instead of being able to receive the kingdom of God, the child is expected to grow, rebel, and then only to be cured of his rebellion.

Sin is not rebellion. Sin is the transgression of the law. All unrighteousness is sin. These statements appear just like this in 1 John. Since only rebellion is being cured, the standard of practical righteousness being asked for is “don’t rebel”. The actual standard for holy living is to live according to the law: be ye perfect. By dealing with rebellion, the tract avoids the observation that God’s law is yet being broken, even after the excesses of rebellion have ended.

Rebellion is a particularly wicked sin. When Saul rebelled against the Lord, he was already saved – he had already been chosen by God as his king. He was punished for his sin by being rejected as king. “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.” (1 Samuel 15:23) When Saul attempted the solution that this tract offers (laying down his rebellion), he was rejected by Samuel. This is an allegory for the failure of salvation by works.

3.Death, not death and hell

There is only the faintest hint of hell in this tract, being the reference to “judgement” after death. Limiting what happens after death to mere “judgement” suggests that our sins might just perhaps not take us to hell. It doesn’t say this, but it leaves room for doubt, and doubt is the enemy of faith.

The truth is that those that die with their sins unforgiven will most certainly be cast into hell:

Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. (Mark 9:44,46,48)

4.Works, not faith

The cure offered by this tract is that you should “submit to Jesus as our ruler”, and then to rely on his death and resurrection. Now what, I ask you with tears, would it mean to submit to Jesus as your ruler, and yet not submit to his law? If you submit to his rule, then you are undertaking to obey his law. This is why they disposed of the law pre-emptively, and dealt only with “rebellion”. The acknowledgement given to relying on his death and resurrection does not cure this defect.

Everyone knows that salvation is not by works of the law, but people don’t as easily recognise it when it is dressed up in unbiblical terms.

5.Comparison to a competent gospel outline

This tract is somewhat difficult to analyse because it is not a competent gospel presentation with a few deadly flaws. It also does not deal with the correct topics.

What this tract does NOT set out in any way are the following important aspects of the gospel:

  • The cause of our predicament is sin
  • Our failure is that we sin
  • We deserve to burn in hell eternally for our sins
  • Jesus shed his blood on the cross – it’s actually quite important
  • Salvation is a free gift: it is by faith, not by works; it is a gift
  • Salvation is eternal: it cannot be lost, nor returned with or without a receipt.

Real deal: 1. Every one is a sinner (Rom 3:10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one, Rom 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God)

Raw deal tract: Does this tract convict the world of sin? Well, no: it doesn’t use the word sin.

Real deal: 2. Every one deserves to go to hell (Rom 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rev 20:14-15: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. Rev 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.)

Raw deal tract: Does this tract convince you that you deserve the punishment of sin? It doesn’t connect sin and death, but presents death as punishment for rebellion – instead of going with the scripture, they’re going with the analogy.

Real deal: 3. Jesus died on the cross for us so we could be saved (the events of the cross, the blood, the death, burial, and resurrection) (Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. ; 1 Pet 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.)

Raw deal tract: The exact form of the resurrection is left open to interpretation. The mangling offered by the NASB (“alive in the Spirit”) implies that he did not bodily rise from the dead. The choice of 1 Peter 3:18 is also poor, because it is just part of a larger sentence which is very easy to get misled on.

Real deal: 4. You must believe on Jesus Christ as your only way to heaven (Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. ; John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. )

Raw deal tract: the existence of such a thing as faith by which we are saved is absent from the explanation, and only present in the mangled bible verses presented. The false choice in the false versions between believe or obey, or between believe and reject falsely supports the narrative of this tract.

Real deal: 5. When you believe on Jesus Christ, God gives you eternal life (illustration: receiving a gift: explain eternal security in detail) (Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.)

Raw deal tract: this tract has nothing to say about how secure you are in Christ. That’s okay, because by the time you have done everything this tract says, you are no more in Christ than you were when you started.

Good question: 1. Do you believe that you have sinned?

Tract answer: No, well maybe, but I know I’m a rebel.

Good question: 2. Do you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for YOUR sins and rose again from the dead?

Tract answer: No, it was more a demonstration that I can be forgiven my rebellion.

Good question: 3. If you were to ask Jesus to save you right now would he do it?

Tract answer: No, not unless I stop my rebellion

Good question: 4. How long would you be saved for?

Tract answer: Until I resume my rebellion – that would show that I never really laid it down and was never saved.

Good prayer: “Dear Jesus, I know I am a sinner, and I know I deserve to go to hell. But I believe that you died on the cross for my sins. Please save me and take me to heaven when I die. I’m trusting only you, Jesus. Amen.”

Tract prayer: If this tract were to offer a model prayer, it would say, “Dear Jesus, I have been a rebel, and I’m going to die. I don’t want to die a rebel. I’m going to stop my rebellion now. I’m sure that your death and resurrection makes this okay. So seriously, you’re my ruler now, and I’m going to attempt to obey your rules. Please like me when I change. Amen.”

Real John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Appendix: Fake Bibles

The “Bible” quoted by the comic tract is the NASB. Other editions seem to use the NIV – but it doesn’t much matter, because all the revisionist versions mangle things away from the truth in similar ways. This tract doesn’t much care which false version is quoted. The NASB is a particularly good choice for “Lordship salvation”, since its creatively edited John 3:36 says you must “obey”.

Both of these editions are unfit for the purpose of salvation, because faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Faith does not come from hearing the word of men, as are the NASB and NIV.

Here are the specific problems with the presentation of the verses chosen:

FAKE NIV Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.

Real Revelation 4:11 Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.

Apart from the spurious “and God” added by the fake bibles, the aspect of pleasing God has been removed. We are not supposed to just do what he says, but to actually please him.

FAKE NIV Romans 3:10-12 There is no-one righteous, not even one; there is no-one who understands, no-one who seeks God. All have turned away.

Real Romans 3:10-12 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Here the fake bibles offer “turned away” in the place of “gone out of the way”. Turning away is a conscious decision, but going out of the way includes all manner of wandering off. This chosen mangling of the Bible agrees with the tract’s theme of setting out to cure rebellion (turning away), rather than sin (deviating from the way).

FAKE NIV Hebrews 9:27: Man is destined to die once, and after that to face judgment.

Real Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

Appointment has a cause, while destiny is just predicting the future. The fake judgment is a personal kind of judgment, where “the judgment” is where all men will be judged.

FAKE NIV 1 Peter 3:18: Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God.

Real 1 Peter 3:18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:

The fake bible says that he died (a past tense historical observation), but the real Bible says that he has suffered – a present tense observation of the way it is. The one says there was a death, the other says that the suffering has been completed. The fake bible says that he did it for Peter’s audience, as if Peter did not need to be saved, but the real Bible says that he did it for Peter and his audience.

FAKE NIV 1 Peter 1:3 In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Real 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

The real Bible says that we are actually born again and that God is our Father, and the fake says that he has given us something mystical.

FAKE NIV John 3:36 Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.

Real John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

The fake bible suggests that to be damned you must consciously and deliberately reject Jesus, but the real Bible says that simply failing to believe leaves you where you were: under God’s wrath. Reading the fake people will think something like: “I’ll not reject him now, but I’ll think about these terms later”.

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Bible solution to the land question

The Bible contains the solution to the land question.  It consists of these components:

  • Allocation: Land is allocated to tribes and families
  • Trading: Land cannot be sold, only rented out.
  • Debt: All debts are cancelled every 7 years, and contracts of servitude are cancelled
  • Ownership: All land ownership reverts every 50 years

Here are a the references (and you can find more, if you look):

  • Allocation: by family, with proportion:
    Numbers 26:55 Notwithstanding the land shall be divided by lot: according to the names of the tribes of their fathers they shall inherit.
  • Trading: no buying or selling, except on a temporary basis:
    Leviticus 25:23 The land shall not be sold for ever: for the land is mine, for ye are strangers and sojourners with me.
    Leviticus 25:15 According to the number of years after the jubile thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee:
  • Debt:  Cancellation every 7 years:
    Deuteronomy 15:1-2 At the end of every seven years thou shalt make a release. And this is the manner of the release: Every creditor that lendeth ought unto his neighbour shall release it; he shall not exact it of his neighbour, or of his brother; because it is called the LORD’s release.
  • Ownership reverts to the family every 50th year:
    Leviticus 25:13 In the year of this jubile ye shall return every man unto his possession.

The exceptions to this are these:

  • Houses in cities can be bought and sold permanently (Leviticus 25:30 And if it be not redeemed within the space of a full year, then the house that is in the walled city shall be established for ever to him that bought it throughout his generations: it shall not go out in the jubile.)
  • Land rented out must be returned to the owners if they pay back the rental (pro-rata redemption).

Communism offers a different solution, in which the supposedly benevolent state takes control away from individuals, and controls their means of production:

  • Allocation: Land is allocated to the state, which is the owner
  • Trading: Land cannot be traded in any way
  • Debt: Debts are never cancelled
  • Ownership: Communist states last around 50 years, and the collapse

The modern liberal democracy idea differs too, by failing to make provision for individual financial disaster, and by failing to prevent rampant greed by usury:

  • Allocation: Land is held by individuals, not families
  • Trading: Land is tradeable, but all trades are irreversible
  • Debt: Debts are never cancelled
  • Ownership: Over time interest bearing debt causes foreign banks to own all the land

The Bible solution is correct.  To this day nobody has surpassed the very simple provisions of the law of Moses.  “And what nation is there so great, that hath statutes and judgments so righteous as all this law, which I set before you this day?” (Deuteronomy 4:8)

If this law were implemented, then everyone would have some land.  There would be incentives to rent land out to someone that is able to use it productively, and that could largely replace social grants.  Considering how much land is in state hands, this system could be implemented immediately, and expanded to other lands as it enters the market.  Even if the land does enter the hands of the banks and evil capital, this situation would be temporary.

The ancient Israelites did not actually implement the law as they were told to.  They didn’t even practice the passover as they should have, and when Hezekiah did, it was exceptional and notable.  Stephen rightly said they are those “Who have received the law by the disposition of angels, and have not kept it.” (Acts 7:53)

This all said, there is no land problem in South Afria.  There is, however, a large and significant covetousness problem: the communist party and its pet agencies, the ANC and the EFF, wants to take control of all private property in the country for the benefit of the shady people that run the communist party.  They are telling the masses that if they were land owners, then they would be as rich as the farmers.  The leaders are teaching their followers to be covetous, by feeding them lies about how prosperity was stolen from them:

Jeremiah 6:13 For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely.

They are not going to listen to reason: they are brass and iron.  They don’t care about solving even the problem they are talking about.  All they want to do is to get their paws on the wealth of others:

Jeremiah 6:28 They are all grievous revolters, walking with slanders: they are brass and iron; they are all corrupters.

In the words of the ancient Chinese proverb: Communism is theft.

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War on religion conversions

IOL has an article with the headline “War on religion conversions”  in which a Hindu whines about how they need protection from other religions.  They’re fishing for legal protection – to prevent free speech, and to restrict freedom of religion – but in the end they say they’re going to settle for trying harder to teach their people how wonderful their religion is.

Take it away, Janine Moodley:

Durban – The South African Hindu Dharma Sabha has officially declared war on conversion, labelling religious change as “cancerous” and vowing to halt Hindu “decimation”.

They don’t sound very progressive.  They sound scared.  “Decimation” is what the Romans did to punish armies by removing a tenth – not only to foreign armies but to their own.  They’re losing tenths at a time of their followers?  Well, that’s hardly surprising, because worshiping idols is stupid.

The Sabha, which launched a national signature campaign last week in support of an international drive by the Global Hindu Foundation to ban conversion from Hinduism, believed many converts had become “trapped and ostracised”.

This sounds like an admission that the policy of ostracising people that convert from Hinduism has failed (but see below).  They have noticed that they’re not winning them back by being nasty to them.  What a surprise.  Perhaps it’s time for another brief charm offensive?

Its president, Ram Maharaj, said at least 500 000 signatures were needed by the Netherlands-based foundation to start legal proceedings at the International Court of Human Rights and the UN to seek reparations for the harm which has been “deliberately inflicted” upon indigenous civilisations in direct contravention of UN resolutions.

He believed South Africa was one such civilisation.

Their concern for the non-Hindu peoples of South Africa is remarkable.  How very sad that when their ancestors came from India, bringing their Hindu traditions and idols, they were unable to teach their ways to the locals.  Or wait … are they claiming to be an indigenious civilisation in South Africa?  That’s  … remarkable!

“It is a historical fact that conversion was forced on indigenous people through conquest and colonialism.

No, it’s not a fact.  In the Cape, people were forced to become Muslims so that they would not be freed as Christian slaves, but if you’re wondering why it is that so many Indian people abandoned the Hinduism of their fathers for Christianity, “force” is the most insignificant element, if you can find actual instances of it.  Apart from marriage, the reason there are vast tracts of converts from Hinduism to some form of Christianity is given away in the next paragraph.

“In South Africa, during the oppressive apartheid regime, only Christianity was recognised by the state as an official religion, which gave it a false sense of superiority over other religions,” said Maharaj. “Fortunately, with the advent of democracy, our new Constitution guarantees equal status, respect and treatment for all religions.”

So they believe that the advantage that Christianity has is that it was officially recognised by the state.  Now that Christianity is not recognised by the state, they believe that their religion will progress again, having the legal status that it needs.  That’s nuts.

That little phrase “superiority over other religions” is exactly the claim of Christianity.  While Hinduism makes this claim for itself in a few ways, Jesus makes it more strongly than they can:  John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  That’s a claim to superiority of religion.  It’s not the apartheid government that made this claim.  The new constitution does nothing to diminish Jesus’ claim.  He backed it up by rising from the dead.

He emphasised that while he respected all religions, he “cannot” and “will not” allow decimation of the Hindu population as well as denigration and destruction of Hinduism with impunity.

Hinduism denigrates Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, reducing him to just another supposed manifestation of God equal to the blue snake-handling idols.  They are right that their own religion is denigrated: they are worshiping devils.  1 Corinthians 10:20 But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils.  Why should the worship of devils be protected from being spoken against?  Impunity means “exemption from punishment”.  Mr Maharaj would like the denigration of Hindu devil worship to attract punishment?  It sounds like he dislikes freedom of speech.

Maharaj now wants to turn the tide on conversion with a sense of mission, confirming that he already has the backing of 20 Hindu organisations that have endorsed the cause.

To have the support of your friends in your cause is not unexpected.  It doesn’t matter how many of your friends support your ideas if those ideas are unjust and stupid.  Proverbs 11:21 Though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not be unpunished: but the seed of the righteous shall be delivered.

The Sabha has also endorsed the Mauritius Declaration Against Conversion that “conversion is an act of adharma (unrighteousness), of violence and is destructive of family, community and civilisational cohesion”.

The word “dharma” includes duties, rights, laws, conduct, virtues and “right way of living”.  Christianity rejects “dharma” as the way of salvation:  Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.  The right way of living, keeping the deeds of the law, will not justify.  Only faith in Christ will serve.  While there are good things to be said for family and societal cohesion, Jesus taught that he would cause exactly that division that is so feared by Mr Maharaj:  Luke 12:51-53 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:  For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.

It has already started crafting its own Declaration Against Conversion relevant to South Africa and it will be presented for public input and amendments later this month.

What exactly is the problem with people being free to choose what they believe?  Why exactly should people who are Hindus be shielded from the truth?  It’s not as if Hindus have shown this kind of respect outside of their own society, instead relentlessly infiltrating Christian society with innumerable “New Age” missionaries teaching their stupid doctrines – with a fair degree of success.  The only “public” that will be commenting on their ideas are people who have not believed ours.

On March 17 next year, the Sabha plans to hold a “Stop Conversion Summit” in Chatsworth followed by mass Hindu “homecoming ceremonies”, opening opportunities for converts to freely return to their spiritual roots, “which is their God-given birthright and responsibility”.

God truly has made man free, but to conflate this freedom with truth is an error.  Freedom brings responsibility to seek the truth and to obey it.  Acts 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.  There’s no exemption based on birth.  There is no exemption based on what you happened to receive from your fathers, irrespective of how dearly you hold their vain conversation.

Maharaj spoke of a similar campaign held 15 years ago at the Northcroft Hindu Dharma Sabha where 104 families had returned to the Hindu faith.

So they had a big party in Phoenix back in 2003, and now they want to have a party in Chatsworth?  Well, parties are fun.  Maybe you can trot out some people who have realised the social benefits of hanging around with you.  If you don’t have enough, then hire actors.

“There are lots of people who are trapped and ostracised because of their conversions. But we want these people to return to the fold, knowing they would be welcomed with open arms.”

Interesting choice of words, “the fold”.  It’s tough when you don’t have your own words (“the uncaring arms of the snake handling idols”?) and you have to use Christian symbolism.  “Fold” is from the words of Jesus, John 10:16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  Good luck in getting real Christians out of the hands of Jesus, who said:  John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.  They’ll have to settle for people who have been working on their businesses, or worshiping the Catholic idols instead of the Hindu idols.

Actually, what they are doing here is pretty transparent: 15 years of rejection out in the cold to soften you up for converting to Christianity, and then an offer to see your family again on good terms – all you have to do is worship the dumb idols.  Bad cop, good cop.  Extreme punishment, and then the offer of favour.

The Sabha now hopes to implement effective steps to “conscientise, mobilise and organise” Hindus to combat conversion.

Now there’s an idea.  Instead of whining about people leaving Hinduism for Christ, why don’t they teach your people how wonderful their devilish religion is?

“We want to embark on a mass Hindu education campaign to help people understand what Hinduism is really about. We also want to ensure that no family goes hungry, because many Hindus convert because of their practical needs. Thirdly, we will intensify social responsibility and upliftment programmes for people dealing with drugs, alcohol and abuse.”

Be sure to let us all know how it goes when it gets started.  I didn’t know that charity was part of Hindu virtues, but it wouldn’t much surprise me.  Jesus offered some great teaching about how to run this kind of endeavour: Luke 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

Maharaj added that the Sabha also wanted to phase in progression in Hindu practices.

I don’t think that this religion can be fixed, but they’re going to try anyway.

“There are certain priests who discriminate against widows and then there are women who are not allowed to participate in certain rituals. We want to bridge the gap in gender inequality.”

It sounds like the purveyors of the religion are not doing it right.  Not only are they failing to visit widows and the fatherless, but they also want to be defiled by the feminist spirit of the world:  James 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

He further indicated that all relics of the caste system should be “weeded out” as well as ignorance, superstition and fear and that all practices must be based on scriptural authority.

Ah yes, the “scriptures” that establish the caste system need to be brought to bear on the caste system.  Just don’t let people read them, or they’re going to realise they’re trash, and look for something better.

When asked if trying to stop conversion was not infringing on a person’s basic human right of freedom of religion, Maharaj said people should not misunderstand their “fight”.

“This campaign is a proactive approach to conversion. While we are not forcing people by legal implications here in South Africa, we want to stop conversion in its tracks. I believe what we are doing is right and we are following God’s will. People were created Hindus by God and they need to return home.”

The god/gods of the Hindus did not create people.  The only way to stop conversion in its tracks is oppression and violence.  They cannot stop conversion by education, not only because they have an inferior message, but because it is simply not possible to accurately convey any message to everyone that you believe should hear it.

Knowing will of God, by the way, is only for those that have a transformed mind in Jesus Christ.  I’m pretty sure the devil wants to stop conversions, but no amount of thinking that he is God will make him so.  Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier OFF was taken aback by the Sabha’s stance.

“I am quite surprised by this. From a legal point of view, every person has the freedom of religion. You have the right to choose what religion you want to adhere to,” Napier said. “From our point of view, people have a freedom of conscious. God has chosen to reveal Himself in different ways and the complete way was through Jesus Christ and that is why we preach about Jesus. He instructed us to make disciples and we are merely following his instructions.”

The Cardinal should lighten up.  He’s on the same team as the Hindus, pretending to be a minister of righteousness while serving as a minister of Satan in the great whore of Babylon, worshiping idols more than they do.  There’s a place for him in the lake of fire too: Revelation 22:15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.

Napier is a member of the recently launched Inter-religious Council of which Ashwin Trikamjee, the president of the South African Hindu Maha Sabha – the organisation is not linked to the SA Hindhu Dharma Sabha – is a part.

“The main aim of the council is to improve the relations with all religions. Mr Trikamjee, or anyone from the Hindu faith, has not mentioned any of these sentiments. I take this as an invitation to intensify our efforts in strengthening ties,” Napier said.

All these guys who pretend they cannot agree on which set of lies of Satan they prefer.  We’re supposed to be impressed by their tolerance and all, but they’re all on the same team: Mark 3:26 And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end. 

“When we were setting up the council we asked ourselves: What is the role of religion in society? The answer to the question is pretty much our slogan, which loosely is, religion has a role to transform people and society into something better. To make a place better to live.”

To suppose that false religions will transform people and society for the better is madness.  Religions started by paedophiles won’t produce anything good.  Religions run by paedophiles won’t produce anything good.  Come to think of it, why would the Hindus condescend to hang around with these people?

Trikamjee has slammed Maharaj’s efforts, calling him a “maverick”.

“Despite efforts over the years to unite Hindus, he has steadfastly rebuffed all such attempts and chosen to go his own maverick ways.

Pot, kettle.  Kettle, pot.

“The South African Hindu Maha Sabha has over the years constantly grappled with the challenge of conversions and has followed the path of consolidating Hinduism as opposed to sensationally combating with other religions.”

The wise masters have noticed that fighting Christ publicly does not work.  People want to know what it is that they are fighting, and there is no way you can allow that.

So much for the article.

False religion has nothing to offer that is anywhere close to Christ.  We that believe in Christ have everlasting life:

1 John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.

and hanging around with idols is not cool:

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

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Summary of falsehoods in Fellowship Tract League tracts

The Fellowship Tract League is a ministry somewhat attached to Fellowship Baptist Church of Lebanon Ohio. They publish tracts which purport to be useful for getting people saved. Before I bash their tracts, a few good things about this ministry are worth mentioning:

  • The tracts use the Authorised Version of the Bible in English (the KJV).
  • They give it all away for free, including shipping. That’s quite amazing, actually.
  • Conveniently, their tracts are numbered.
  • Just a few of the tracts are okay.

There are a few bad things about this ministry – mainly one:

  • The tracts generally present a false gospel. This makes them unfit for the purpose of being a gospel tract.

Generally the tract layout is as follows

  1. The verses that back up the real gospel are shown
  2. At the appeal, a different gospel is substituted: the appeal to “repent of your sins” or “change your life” is added (sometimes subtly)
  3. A prayer is offered, in which you “accept Jesus” and “turn from your sins” (and do almost anything except ask him to save you, believing that he can and will – something extra must be added, and faith must be diluted.)

Adding in things that are elements of Christian growth has the effect of downplaying salvation by faith, and exalting other weaker and more confusing approximations of salvation:

  • Salvation by the power of a choice
  • Salvation by “acceptance”, as if you would say “okay, fine, you can save me.”
  • Salvation by a willingness to change my life (i.e. a false promise)
  • Salvation by giving up control (only in a few)

There are a number of strange features in these tracts:

  • Random capitalisation (e.g. pronouns for God when not quoting scripture and “Hell”).  This makes the message look stupid.
  • Quotation marks used for emphasis (e.g. Jesus paid for your sins “in full”).  The actual effect is de-emphasis!
  • The resurrection is almost never explained, and generally only represented by a single verse, and that verse is almost always Romans 10:9, given without any commentary.  Surely this should be a larger feature of the gospel?

The specific errors in their tracts are:

  • Repent of your sins
  • Repentance means being willing to turn from sin
  • I will change my life
  • You will change my life
  • I will obey you as Lord
  • Take control of my life
  • Hell is separation from God (this is just wrong)

A few of the tracts are actually okay, although weak. The borderline tracts are the ones that quote the “turn from his wicked way” verses without exposition. I don’t really know how to feel about those.

These are the tracts, by number, with the briefest description of the type of error they insinuate into their gospel presentation:

If you absolutely have to use tracts from this organisation, try to stick to the ones that are “ok” or at least “meh”.

For the record: your part of salvation is faith in Jesus Christ. Salvation is not that you feel sorry, nor change your life, nor that you stop smoking, nor that you genuinely hate smoking, nor that you give something to God, but that you trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe: that you call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord in faith. Salvation is not “repent of your sins”.  You should do as much repenting as you please of as many wicked things as are in your life, but first get saved by faith.

Did you get saved by a fellowship tract league tract?

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KJVER: King James Version Easy Read

More underlining than text. Copious stupid explanations that try to correct the text. Lazy heading for the next book. Hebrew names, because Hebrew is magic.

A friend lent me a copy of the KJVER ® edition – King James Version Easy Read.  After looking it over to see what it is like, I have made some observations.  In short, I don’t like it.  It  is a ham-fisted search-and-replace edition with stupid and misleading footnotes. It supports evolution, zionism, and works salvation. And it’s ugly.

What is the *ER

It says this about itself:

KJVER, The Trusted King James in an Easy Read Format™
Hebrew names of God indicated and explained
Special word meanings noted
Complete red letter edition
Old testament – the direct words of God in red
New testament – the words of Christ in red
Dictionary – concordance
Map section with new original study maps

ER is supposed to stand for “Easy Read”, although it might also stand for “Emergency Room”. My first thought on this edition of the Bible is that the “ER” is short for error:

KVJ Matthew 22:29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

This edition has rendered this very verse as:

*ER Matthew 22:29 Je’sus answered and said to them, Youp do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

In addition, it offers small print corrections and clarifications:

do err: are wrong
knowing: understanding

For the rest of this article, I’m going to refer to the *ER’s rendition as: “Je’sus answered and said to them, You(p) do err (are wrong), not knowing (understanding) the scriptures, nor the power of God.” Putting something away in a footnote or a sidenote serves only to draw attention to it – a normal reader reads the footnotes as if they are part of the text.

So does “knowing” mean “understanding”? Did the saducees have knowledge of the scripture, but somehow lacked actual understanding? No: they simply didn’t know the scripture. If they had spent more time knowing it, they would also have understood. Knowing is not understanding. Another verse, which speaks about understanding the scriptures, the *ER has rendered almost without alteration:

KJV Luke 24:45 Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

*ER Luke 24:45 Then opened He their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,

The only change here is horrific honorific capitalisation of pronouns – a stupid and meaningless gloss that adds nothing useful. The Bible already makes a distinction between knowledge and understanding. Dulling that distinction is not helpful. Jesus told them they were ignorant: not that they somehow lacked understanding without there being a reason.

I name this book the Search-and-Replace Edition with Amplified Footnotes (SREAF).

Copyright page

Here is how they would like their work to be acknowledged:

Scripture quotations marked (KJVER) are taken from the King James Easy Ready Bible, KJVER ®, © 2001, 2007, 2010, 2015 by Whitaker House. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Well good for them to have worked for 15 years on this book, but this acknowledgement says that they are “scripture quotations”. When I quote the KJVER, I’m arguably not quoting actual scripture – according to their own standards – so maybe no acknowledgement is due.

They have an impressive trademark portfolio: KJVER ®, Word of God ™, Sword Study Bible ™, the Sword Emblem ™, Word for Word ™ and Red Letter Old ™ are registered trademarks of Whitaker House. Wow, they trademarked the Word of God ™. They t®ademarked Jesus™!

The introduction

Here’s what the introduction to the book says – many revealing things:

  • “it is a unique Bible study tool” (page vi) – oh, you can bet your socks it is.

  • Change from “archaic verb forms” to “modern counterparts” (page vi). This is the most inoffensive aspect of this edition.

  • “scholars, as well as ordinary people, will differ as to whether or not this or that particular- verse or passage should have been red” (page vi) Scholars are not ordinary people:

  • Capitalisation of pronouns for deity – no reason given. (page vi) I absolutely despise this. It’s like adding a dash of sugar to every Good Ingredient: it seems very sweet at first, but after a while you realise it is just wrong, and wonder why your teeth are sore. God said not to use his name in vain, but they cannot resist expanding his law to something he did not say – to not use his pronouns without vain capitalisation.

  • This claim: “Unless one is a time traveler from old England, he or she will scarcely notice the difference, except for an improved understanding of God’s Word, here and there.” Wow. They say that they’re presenting the KJV in an easy read form, but here they show their contempt for those who read it (“Art thou some kinda time traveler?”) and they also show the spirit of the age, “one” instead of “the reader”, and “he or she” instead of one of “he” or “she”. There’s a grain of honesty left in them: they say that the advantage of their translation is only “here [and] there”. It’s actually more nowhere.

Hebrew roots

From the introduction, “Another unique feature of this Bible is the emphasis that has been placed on providing the reader with indications of the Hebrew names of God used in many places in the Old Testament. A complete explanatory section of the names of God and the significance of each is also included. These names of God, usually listed at the end of each appropriate Old Testament verse, will prove to be a continual source of added inspiration and blessing. The reader will need only to consult the explanatory pages for the basic meanings of each name of God a few times, and then, he or she will soon find his Bible reading enriched whenever a particular name of God chosen by the Holy Spirit is encountered.”

Let’s think about that. It is indeed unique. Why do we want things in our Bible that nobody else has? Things that generations before us did without? They say these names are a source of “added inspiration”. I thought that the words themselves were inspired by God, but now they are adding inspiration. They say that if you consult their name list then you will be changed for life, and never able to simply hear what is said, and ponder it, because you will be too enriched by the great study of the Hebrew names. Isn’t this an English version? Isn’t it supposed to be EASY? Why are we suddenly being thrown things in other languages? Does the meaning of the text lie in the original languages? Do the words have no inspiration when they are translated into modern language? Apparently so, think these folks.

The publisher explains, and puts his foot in it: “The publisher hopes that Bible readers will gain much additional understanding and blessing from the numerous indications of the names of God throughout this Bible.” (page viii) There is something extra here, and it’s not the word of God. It comes from the publisher.

Proverbs 30:6 Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.

Almost every page in the old testament tells us that the KJV translators were in error when they translated Jehovah as LORD. Apparently nobody will be able to figure out what the meaning of the word “God” is, nor what “Lord” means. In order to have a proper understanding of who God is, we need to learn these words in that sacred and holy language, spoken in modern times almost exclusively by those who hate the Lord Jesus Christ.

Underlined words

“Underlined words are explained at the end of the verse in a smaller typeface … The reader should not necessarily view the explanatory words as alternative or corrective translations.” Wow. The reader “not necessarily” – so it’s not necessary that the reader view these as corrective, but if the reader wants to treat them as corrective, the reader is welcome to do so? “Experience has proved, however, that these explanatory words will often open up the meaning of a word or a portion that often has been otherwise not understood or misunderstood.” There you go folks: the meaning is not in the text: you need the power of the explanatory words, lest you don’t understand or misunderstand.

“Good theological doctrine”

“Good theological doctrine tells us that it is only the Hebrew and Greek autographs (the original texts) that are inspired of God, not the copies nor the translations. We believe, however, that God so preserved the manuscripts from the ancient world that we do indeed have the entire Bible, and that we have it accurately. That is what we present here …” Here they give away their affiliation: they are with the modern scholars, whose scholarship rejects printed copies, and accepts only hand-written copies, artificially discarding everything not preserved to the present time for their own superior minds. They side with the “good theological doctrine” of these lying snakes that tell us that only the ink that John used on the first copy of the book of Revelation, was inspired, and that the second to seventh copies were rubbish. They believe in the preservation of ink, and not in the preservation of words. They most certainly don’t believe in the concept of translation of God’s word. The languages Hebrew and Greek have mystical power, and only in those languages does God speak. They don’t believe in the work they are doing, but we hold their work in our hands. What are we supposed to think? Clearly we’re not supposed to think: we’re supposed to go with the flow.

Distracting rubbish

Americans cannot spell correctly. The *ER has adopted American spelling for words like saviour, honour, valour. That’s a big deal. We have Joseph wearing a coat of many colours, but the *ER gives us a coat of many colors. Anything that was supported by Andrew Carnegie should be treated with great suspicion – freemasonry, evolution and other evil isms that he supported are not the friends of the truth.

Attempts at clarifying pronunciation. A difficult and unfamiliar name like “Jesus” is rendered “Je’sus”. A horribly complex name like “Abraham” (I’ll bet you’ve never met someone with this name) is simplified to “A-bra-ham”. That city Jerusalem (which you have never read in the newspaper) is rendered as “Je-ru’sa-lem”. Names, places: you read like a kid, so let’s spell them out for you – over and over. If you’re an adult, then you suddenly can’t read anymore, because of all the little marks littering the text. Even “Olives” has to be corrected to “Ol’ives”, so you don’t inadvertently say oh-LIVES. What kind of stupid do you have to be to benefit from this? Never mind that: in the selected font, the space generated by an apostrophe is almost as big as a space between words, and the apostrophe is so high that in some cases it really does look like two words. They could have taken more care, but they don’t care.

Which brings us to typography: the verse numbers are printed without indentation against the left margin, in the same font and font size as the text. This doesn’t look great: it’s just lazy. The space between lines is negative, so that the tops of tall letters run into the underline of the line above.  The header on each page is in the same font as the text, and blandly tells you what chapter starts on that page, even if another chapter occupies the bulk of the page before that – the page that is from Revelation 2:3 to 3:1a is headed “REVELATION 3”. The chapter titles are universally in the form “CHAPTER 1”, in bold text, in the same font as the text, with an empty line above and an empty line below. What is the most common word in this Bible, after “the”? Possibly “CHAPTER”. The first word of every chapter is capitalised and drop-texted, and bold face. This is just ugly – especially once I had noticed the other “features” of this edition and had no more patience for arbitary choices. The titles of books are also done without any inspiration: double spacing, continuing in the same column after the preceding book. It’s easier to do things this way with a modern word processing system, but it’s still completely lazy.

And then at the end of the book it says this, “THE END OF THE NEW TESTAMENT”. Compare what the original authorised version of 1611 said: “FINIS.” It doesn’t sound as finished – presumably they are planning more editions.

Gospel verses examined

Let’s see what they did to the gospel verses of the Romans road. I know these verses, and what they should say, so hopefully I won’t let something pass.

Romans 3:10

KJV Romans 3:10: As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one

*ER: The text is unchanged!

BUT the *ER provides cross references to Psalm 5:9 and Isaiah 59:7-9. This is exceedingly unhelpful, because these verses apply to a later part of the text. References to Psalms 14 and 53 would have been a little helpful. There’s a subtle thing going on here though: the phrase “there is none righteous, no, not one” does not appear in the Old Testament. By providing a reference, the easy reader is deceived into supposing that it does, and when he finally does look it up, he doesn’t find what he’s been told to expect. The footnote stands there, pitting the old testament against the new, when the only problem here is the footnote itself.

Romans 3:23

KJV: Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

*ER: Romans 3:23: For all have sinned, and come (fall) short of the glory of God

If you come short of something, have you fallen? Maybe they believe that coming short is falling short? Well, in Hebrews 4:1, we read “Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.” For this verse, the KJVER offers an explanatory note explaining exactly what fear is – it is to “be careful” (!?) – but here the *ER does not explain that “come short” means “fall short”. The reason for that is that in this context it is a lot more obvious that it does not. They err because they do not know the word “shortcomings”.

Romans 6:23

KJV: Romans 6:23: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

*ER: Romans 6:23: For the wages of (payment for) sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Je’sus Christ our Lord. (Eze. 18:4)

The cross reference to Ezekiel is not too bad (“the soul that sinneth, it shall die”) but there is a problem here. The explanatory note that “wages” are “payment” is misleading. Why explain what wages are? Why not rather explain what a gift is? Why not rather explain what “eternal” means? But no, they go with wages, and explain it wrong.

Wages is the payment for labour – the reward for work done. To explain wages in terms of payment, you would have to say that it is payment due, not just payment. The wages of sin are not paid by the sinner, but to the sinner – sin pays its wages to the sinner. Turning “wages of” into “payment for” says that sins are being purchased – and that is not what is happening. Jesus bought sinners, not sins. Jesus did not buy us sins, but he bought us righteousness. He received the payment due for our sins, but rose again to give us life – where o death is thy sting. If you think that he made payment, then it makes a little less sense why he rose again.

Revelation 20:14-15, 21:8

KJV: Revelation 20:14-15: And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

No change, no problem.

Revelation 21:8: But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

No change, no problem, but seriously, Mr *ER, don’t you think that words like abomniable, whoremongers and brimstone could use a little clarification? Disgusting, fornicating men, molten sulphur – why don’t you want to make that Easy Read? Could it be that you only care about making things that affect certain doctrines easy?

Romans 5:8

KJV Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

*ER Romans 5:8 But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet (still) sinners, Christ died for us.

“Still” is a perfectly good explanation of “yet”, but it can’t substitute for “yet”, because it has the additional meaning of “unmoving” – other than that, no objection here, except for the stupid capitalisation of “His”.

1 Peter 2:24

KJV 1 Peter 2:24: Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

*ER 1 Peter 2:24: Who His own self bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live to righteousness: by whose stripes you were healed.

Here is a case where to vs unto makes a difference. To live “unto righteousness” means that we live and actually obtain righteousness. To live “to righteousness” can mean that, but more easily means that we head off in the direction of righteousness with the intention of obtaining it. That is a salvation that is maintained by works.

Acts 16:31

KJV Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.

*ER Acts 16:31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Je’sus Christ, and you shall be saved, and your house. (John 3:16, Eph 2:8-9)

Not badly mangled, and okay cross references, but again, this “Je’sus” is horribly distracting. It’s like another Jesus – similar, but not the same.

John 3:16

KJV John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

*ER John 3:16 For God so loved the world (ie. the people of the world), that He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus), that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (Acts 16:31)

Is there anyone, anyone at all who might misunderstand the meaning of “world” in this verse? Is there anyone at all that would suspect that the Son is someone other than Jesus? Why is it underlined and explained in this verse? Verse 13 and 14, just a few verses back, introduce us to the Son, where the term is not underlined for explanation, but in this more popular verse, a distracting and bland explanation is provided. If the purpose of the explanations is to explain the difficult words, then why are simple words explained so blandly? I believe the explanations serve the purpose of distracting from the text.

Romans 10:13

KJV Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

*ER Romans 10:13 For whosoever (whoever) shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. (Joel 2:32)

Wait a bit! Is “upon” not an ancient word that nobody understands? What is it doing here? And why is it not explained, and the simpler “whosoever” is explained as this-word-has-a-‘so’-it-doesn’t-need? And then I went over to Joel 2:32, and they say whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered (saved)”.

Deceptive maps

The maps are an interesting work of singlemindedness. The following “maps” are given:

  • The middle east before the flood

  • Origin of nations from descendants of Noah

  • From the exodus to the judges

  • The land promised to Israel; the kingdoms of David and Solomon

  • Sixth century B.C. Empires

  • Major nations of the Bible then and now

  • Palestine – old and new testament

  • Jerusalem in 66 AD

What about these maps? Something is missing! The map of the churches of the new testament – the travels of Paul; the 7 churches of Revelation; Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia. Where are these? Why are they missing? Well, the answer is in what is included – only maps with a distinctly Jewish flavour need apply. These maps exist to support the pre-tribulation rapture view of prophecy, and its bastard cousin zionism. 66 AD was the year of the Jewish “great revolt” – an event not recorded in scripture, which ended in the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 70AD. Why have a map of this time? Because this is when, as Jesus had foretold, the great Jewish hope was forever destroyed. Why mention it? Because they hope to revive it in the end time – a zombified resurrection of the corrupt religion of the Pharisees with some antichrist reigning as messiah over the restored pretenders. To the drawers of the maps, Jerusalem in the time of Christ is not as important as Jerusalem in the time of the unopposed rule of the party of the Pharisees.

Noah – a little flooddie

There is a map in the back of the book on page 268 titled, “The middle east before the flood (Geesis 2:4-17)”. It lists geographical features such as “?”, showing post-flood names like Gomer and Magog in the north, the garden of Eden (shaped like a tree), the tree of life (marked B), the “probable Pison” river, and the “traditional Pison” river, the Gihon River, Havilah and Ethiopia. It is complete and utter speculation. The notion that you can draw a map of the world before the flood is complete unbelief of the record of scripture, and ignorance of nature. The idea that you can place Gomer and Magog on such a map, and further call it by the modern name “the middle east” is unadulterated zionism and speculative pre-tribulation rapture theory (the pre-tribulation rapture likes to get Russia into the mix, as if it is Magog or something).

Here’s what actually happened to the world of that time, without this map being drawn:

Genesis 6:13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.

2 Peter 3:6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:

It’s gone. All of its geographic features have been rearranged.

And then I wondered how Noah was treated, and I found this turd – repentance is explained as grief – in a verse which has “grief” independently:

KJV Genesis 6:6 And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.

*ER Genesis 6:6 And it repented (grieved) the LORD (El(s.f.) that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him at His heart.

There is also a bizarre explanatory note for Genesis 6:16. The explanatory note here says that you should be uncertain about what a window is. Perhaps someone might be confused that this refers to windows, the operating system made by Microsoft, so they are at pains to point out that it is perhaps a … roof. That’s not an explanation. That’s just doubt. It’s a breach of the promise of the preface, that these explanatory words “will often open up the meaning of a word”.

KJV Genesis 6:16 A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it.

*ER Genesis 6:16 A window (roof?) shall you make to the ark, and in a cubit shall you finish it above; and the door of the ark shall you set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shall you make it.

Map: origins of nations from descendants of Noah

It has this “gem” on page 269: “[H] HISTORICAL CONFIRMATION… Through the Sciences of Archaeology, Anthropology and Linguistics confirm research data that three factors can alter Genetic Coding in small populations. They are: Excessive Climate Change, Excessive Diet Change and Extreme Stress. The Sovereignty of God Implanted Latent Genes; this change is not through Mutations.” No, I did not make up that capitalisation and punctuation, nor the meaninglessness of the sentences of words without meaning.

How many damnable heresies can you spot in this?

  • Revered and capitalised science falsely so called: these sciences are not experimental science but bean counting

  • Climate Change, a doctrine of modern atheism, revered with capitalisation. Diet Change and Extreme Stress, supposed drivers of evolution by natural selection are revered with capital letters, and pretended to be the cause of differences between nations.

  • Racism: There are differences between men which are through mutations which we will pretend are God’s original design.

  • Calvinism: Sovereignty revered – God’s inexorable will in forming one race for honour, and another for dishonour, predestination and all that. Who would have thought that God is racist.

Zionism

When you treat Hebrew as a sacred language with hidden meaning in the sound of its words, then you are promoting one aspect of Zionism. And sure enough, the other aspects are there too:

KJV Genesis 12:7 And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.

*ER Genesis 12:7 And the LORD (Jehovah(sf)) appeared to A’bram, and said, To your seed (descendants) will I give this land: and there built he an altar unto the LORD (Jehovah(sf)), who appeared unto him. (Acts 7:5, Gal 3:16)

Here the cross reference giveth, but the footnote taketh away. The cross reference says that it’s Jesus. The footnote says that it’s random descendants:

KJV Acts 7:5 And he gave him none inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet he promised that he would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed after him, when as yet he had no child.

*ER Acts 7:5 And he gave him no inheritance in it, no, not so much as to set his foot on: yet He promised that He would give it to him for a possession, and to his seed (descendants) after him, when as yet he had no child. (Genesis 12:7)

Actually, now that I read this: it was promised to him personally, even though he never set foot on it. Either that means that God broke his promise, or he actually promised two things: land to Abraham, and land to his seed, which is Christ. They want to take away what is Christ’s, and give it to the supposed descendants of Abraham after the flesh, whose real claim to fame is rejecting him for thousands of years. They have it wrong.

KJV Galatians 3:16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.

Underlined words misplained

In practice the underlined words are frequently explained incorrectly. Yes, misplained is not a word, but neither are these explanations correct, nor consistent.

extortioner

KJV Psalms 109:11 Let the extortioner catch all that he hath; and let the strangers spoil his labour.

Do you know what an extortioner is? It it like a gangster boss, who takes your money for “protection”? No, apparently it’s a “creditor”. Actually “exortioner catch” means “creditor seize”. Who would have thought that the word meant something so very different?

But it was not necessary to explain what an extortioner is in any of these verses:

KJV Isaiah 16:4 Let mine outcasts dwell with thee, Moab; be thou a covert to them from the face of the spoiler: for the extortioner is at an end, the spoiler ceaseth, the oppressors are consumed out of the land.

Luke 18:11 The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican.

1 Corinthians 5:10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

1 Corinthians 5:11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

1 Corinthians 6:10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

your

Yes children, one of the hard words in the KJV bible is “your” – it needs to be underlined and given a note of explanation. Here’s the verse with the tricky “your”:

KJV 1 Corinthians 6:8 Nay, ye do wrong, and defraud, and that your brethren.

*ER 1 Corinthians 6:8 Nay, you(p) do wrong, and defraud, and that your(p)(i.e. to your) brethren.

That’s just wrong. You can say “you do wrong to your brethren” but you cannot say “you defraud to your brethren”. They have misunderstood “do wrong” as being the verb “do” and the noun “wrong”, where it is the verb wrong.

You do wrong your brethren
You defraud your brethren
You wrong your brethren, you do.

howl for vexation of spirit

KJV Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but ye shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.

*ER Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you(p) shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit (i.e. cry with a heavy heart).

No. Vexation is to be provoked. Howling is to scream. This is a scream of frustration, not being overcome with sadness.

teach

Did you neglect to pay attention in school? Well, the KJVER will teach you something new. The word “teach” does not mean to impart knowledge and wisdom. No, like all the modern versions agree, here’s what it means:

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Matthew 28:19 Go you(p) therefore, and teach (disciple) all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

temptations

Did it occur to anyone at all that when the Bible says “temptations”, it actually means “temptations” and not “trials”?

KJV James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;

*ER James 1:2 My brethren, count it all joy when you(p) fall into divers temptations (various trials);

The word trial is used in the Bible (1 Peter 1:7, 4:12) – so the translators were not ignorant of the word, and yet they chose to use “temptations” here. When you get tempted, it’s a big laugh – it should be pure joy. Your faith should come out better.

begat

They went search and replace for all the instances of “begat” and replaced them with “fathered”. What on earth does “fathered” mean here?

KJV James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.

*ER James 1:18 Of his own will fathered He us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures.

But sometimes it’s okay to be begotten, rather than fathered, but it must be explained:

KJV 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

*ER 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to His abundant mercy hath begotten (i.e. through spiritual birth) us again unto a lively (living) hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

But wait until you get them both together, and see what a confusing mess it is to Easy Read:

KJV 1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.

KJV 1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.

*ER 1 John 5:1 Whosoever believeth that Je’sus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loves Him that fathered loves Him also that is begotten (born) of Him.

*ER 1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep (obey) His commandments.

Here, by changing from “begat” to “fathered”, the agreement between born-begat-begotten in verse 1 is broken, and you cannot see that we are to love the children of God, because all of the “Him”’s are capitalised. If they were capitalising correctly, it would read more like “whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth Him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of Him.” This is the first and greatest commandment in the law, and the second is like it.

unrighteousness

Ever wondered with righteousness is? Apparently it’s like justice. And unrighteousness? Well, that’s injustice:

KJV 1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness is sin: and there is a sin not unto death.

*ER 1 John 5:17 All unrighteousness (injustice) is sin: and there is a sin not to death.

Again changing “unto” to “to” makes the sentence squishy. It says rather simply that not every sin will get you dead, but that second one could mean that some sins tend to condemn the innocent, but not all do so.

Also, ever wondered what sin is? Apparently sin is injustice. Who would have thought. Except that it’s only injustice in some contexts. In the context of 1 John 1:9, it means what it says:

KJV 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

The concordance

The dictionary / concordance at the end of this book has been prepared for a non-KJV Bible. Including it with the lightest touch of editing is just lazy. It includes things that do not appear in the KJV, nor in this particular odious edition.

Definitions to make you friends with Rome, the mother of harlots:

  • “Advent”, “Maundy Thursday”, “Good Friday”, “Epiphany”, “Beatitudes”, “bendiction”

  • “Easter, a Sunday in Spring when Christians celebrate Jesus’ resurrection (see Jesus, his life).” Why “Spring” is capitalised is anyone’s guess. Also, this definition is wrong (in the Bible it refers to the feast and the days after it), but especially wrong in the southern hemisphere.

  • “cross, symbol used by the Christian church because Jesus died on a cross.” That is the weirdest definition of cross ever. It is an appeal to tradition, and it explains nothing.

It also includes misleading definitions:

  • “pray, communicate with God (asking, thanking, praising, confessing)”. For context, consider the first occurrence of “pray” in the Bible, and by this definition, Sara is God: Genesis 12:13 Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee.

  • “Zealot” – with a reference to Luke 6:15 – “who was called the Zealot” – but the text says Simon Zelotes – not quite the “zealot” they were looking for.

  • “harlot, a woman who mates with men for money.” What kind of perverted mind wrote that definition? Men do not “mate” unless you are an evolutionist that thinks we are a bunch of apes.

  • “kneading bowl” – actually, kneadingtrough. In Exodus 8:3, the explanatory note makes it “kneading trough(bowl)” – so they are giving definitions for the footnotes. Either the dictionary was for something like the NASB or they prefer the altered reading. (Ha ha, I typed goofnotes. That’s about right.)

  • “Jews, people tracing their beginning to Abraham; Hebrews, Israelites” – no, Jews are the people of the country of Judah. We trace our beginning to Abraham, since we have faith like he did. This is pushing zionism, as if the modern Jews have anything to do with Abraham.

  • “booth, a room built of branches of trees and often used at festival time (Sukkoth) to remind the Hebrews of the days God cared for them while they traveled in the wilderness (Deut 16:13)” Why is there a foreign word in this definition? Because zionism, that’s why.

  • “hell, a place or way of punishment for those who turn against God; furnace of fire, outer dark.” We’re not sure where or what this is, but it’s hard to get there, you would think. Actually, you need to overcome to avoid burning in the lake of fire for all eternity.

  • “God, he who made and rules the universe and is worshipped by man; Crator; Father; Lord; the Almighty; Holy One; Yahweh” … sorry, WHAT? WHO? Who is this “YAHWEH”? The Germans started writing “Jaweh” around the 1850’s, but that’s pronounced “Javeh”. You can’t just take letters from German where they say “V” and bring them to Engish to say “W” and pretend it’s business as usual. This is not the only occurrence of this misname in this book.

  • “repent, to feel sorry for having done wrong”. “repentance, a change in one’s life because he is sorry for having done wrong.” These definitions make God a sinner who does wrong. They are just wrong.

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Man in the mailbox fraud (MITMB) HOWTO

This has come up twice, so it’s time to tell the world how it’s done.  Basically, if someone has control of your mailbox (e-mail address and password), then you’re going to lose your money: someone (not you, and not your friend) is going to say to use a different account to receive payment.  This control can be by means of a simultaneous login, or by a forwarding rule that sends critical mail away.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Choose a victim: someone that pays money, or receives money
  2. Get control of the victim’s e-mail box: send a phishing mail, and wait for the magic click
  3. Wait for the victim to negotiate a payment
  4. Send a correction to the payer (“sorry, please use this account instead”)
  5. Add mailbox filtering rules to ensure that the payer is not in communication with the victim: forward the mail to your own address, or add a filter rule to move it to some other mailbox, like Archive/2007/YearEndReporting
  6. Withdraw money
  7. Go to jail, go to hell, etc. Bread of deceit is sweet to a man; but afterwards his mouth shall be filled with gravel.

What you think is happening

So vic@VICTIMcorp is buying a crate of frumbles from his supplier SUPPLYCORP, and shipping them to his client CHUMPSHOP.  Here’s how it should go:

  • CHUMPSHOP says: “Hey Vic@VICTIMcorp, Please send me an invoice, and I’ll pay.”
  • SUPPLYCORP says: “Hey Vic@VICTIMcorp, Here’s your invoice, please pay.”
  • CHUMPSHOP pays Vic@VICTIMcorp
  • Vic@VICTIMcorp pays SUPPLYCORP
  • Everyone is happy

What is actually happening

Here’s how it happens when the attacker interferes:

  • CHUMPSHOP says: “Hey Vic@VICTIMcorp, Please send me an invoice, and I’ll pay.”
  • SUPPLYCORP says: “Hey Vic@VICTIMcorp, Here’s your invoice, please pay.”
  • Vic@VICTIMcorp says: “Hey CHUMPSHOP, here’s your invoice”
  • The evil attacker spoofs a mail in the name of the SUPPLYCORP:  “Hi Vic@VICTIMcorp, I’m SUPPLYCORP, sorry, please pay into our new bank account. Sorry about the error.”
  • The evil attacker spoofs a mail in the name of the victim to the client CHUMPSHOP: “Hi CHUMPSHOP, I’m Vic@VICTIMcorp, sorry, please pay into our new bank account. Sorry about the error.”
  • CHUMPSHOP pays the attacker, and sends a mail to Vic@VICTIMCORP saying he’s paid
  • Attacker receives mail, modifies it, and forwards to Vic@VICTIMcorp.
  • Vic@VICTIMcorp feels paid, so Vic pays the attacker, and mails proof of payment to SUPPLYCORP.

While the attacker runs off to the bank to move the money along, this is what everyone else is doing:

  • SUPPLYCORP notices that Vic@VICTIMcorp paid the wrong account, and mails him. Attacker deletes the mail.
  • Vic@VICTIMcorp notices that he didn’t get money from CHUMPSHOP, so he queries it. CHUMPSHOP says he did pay, and sends details. Attacker deletes the mail.

By the time the people figure out that someone is filtering their communications, the money has been withdrawn by the attacker.

Bonus points are awarded for controlling the sender and the recipient’s mailboxes, cell phones, etc.

The moral of the story is: do not negotiate payment details by computer.  Talk to a real person.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

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Die 1983 Vertaling van die Bybel in Afrikaans is strydig met die Nerderlandse Geloofsbelydenis

Die 1983 Vertaling van die Bybel in Afrikaans is strydig met die Nerderlandse Geloofsbelydenis.  Die nederduitse kerke het dit nog nie agtergekom nie.

Die Nederlandse Geloofsbelydenis artikel 5 lees as volg:

5. DIE GESAG VAN DIE HEILIGE SKRIF

Ons aanvaar al hierdie boeke en hulle alleen, as heilig en kanoniek om ons geloof daarna te rig, daarop te grondves en daarmee te bevestig. Ons glo ook sonder twyfel alles wat daarin vervat is, nie juis omdat die kerk hulle aanvaar en as sodanig beskou nie maar veral omdat die Heilige Gees in ons hart getuig dat hulle van God is. Hulle het ook die bewys daarvan in hulleself, aangesien selfs die blindes kan tas dat die dinge wat daarin voorspel is, plaasvind.

Hulle glo alles wat daarin vervat is. Alles.

In Artikel 7 DIE VOLKOMENHEID VAN DIE HEILIGE SKRIF lees ons,

Ons mag ook geen geskrifte van mense, hoe heilig die mense ook al was, met die Goddelike Skrif gelykstel nie; ook mag ons nie die gewoonte of die groot getalle of oudheid of opvolging van tye of van persone of kerkvergaderings, verordeninge of besluite met dié waarheid van God gelykstel nie, want die waarheid is bo alles.

So hulle glo die skrif, en hulle sal nie die geskrifte van enige mense met die skrif gelykstel nie.

In Artikel 9 SKRIFGETUIENIS OOR DIE LEER VAN DIE DRIE-EENHEID lees ons dat hulle glo dat die skrif so getuig:

“Want daar is drie wat getuig in die hemel: die Vader, die Woord en die Heilige Gees en hierdie drie is een; en daar is drie wat getuig op die aarde: die Gees en die water en die bloed en die drie is eenstemmig” (1 Joh 5:7, 8).

As jy vandag in een van hierdie kerke instap, sal hulle heel gerus van ‘n Bybel lees wat nie hierdie woorde bevat nie.  Die 1983 vertaling is afkomstig van die teks van Nestle Alland, wat dit by the hoogheilige Westcott & Hort gekry het, wat hulle logika bo die heilige skrif geplaas het, en die foute van “Sinaiticus” in die teks ingevoer het.  Hierdie foute sluit in dat 1 Johannes 5:7 ‘n niksbeduidende sinsnede word, wat niks te se het oor die drie-eenheid van God nie.

Dit klop nie by die geloofsbelydenis wat hulle op skrif bely.

Laat niemand julle op enige manier mislei nie, want eers moet die afval kom …

Niemand verwerp die nuwe vertaling nie.  Slaap hulle?  Nee, wolf is nou skaapwagter.

Die afval is hier. Dit stink. Niemand hou van afval nie.

The 1983 Afrikaans translation of the Bible violates the Belgic Confession of Faith

The 1983 translation of the Bible into Afrikaans violates the Belgic Confession of Faith (also called the Netherlands Confession of Faith).  The Dutch reformed churches have not noticed this yet.  These considerations apply as much to post-1611 translations into English:

Article 5 of the Belgic confession (“From whence the Holy Scriptures derive their dignity and authority”) says (with apologies for the poor translation):

We receive all these books, and these only, as holy and canonical, for the regulation, foundation, and confirmation of our faith; believing without any doubt, all things contained in them, not so much because the Church receives and approves them as such, but more especially because the Holy Ghost witnesseth in our hearts, that they are from God, whereof they carry the evidence in themselves. For the very blind are able to perceive that the things foretold in them are fulfilling.

They believe everything in it as the foundational regulation of faith.  All things contained in them.

Article 7, The sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures, to be the only rule of faith says this about the writing of men:

 Neither do we consider of equal value any writing of men, however holy these men may have been, with those divine Scriptures, nor ought we to consider custom, or the great multitude, or antiquity, or succession of times and persons, or councils, decrees or statutes, as of equal value with the truth of God, for the truth is above all;

So they believe scipture, and they will not make the writing of men equal to scripture.

Article 9, “The proof of the foregoing article of the Trinity of persons in one God” says that they believe that the scripture testifies as follows:

 And there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one.

That’s 1 John 5:7.

If you walk into one of these churches today, you will find them blithely reading from a Bible which does not contain these words.  The 1983 translation is derived from the Nestle Alland text, who got it from the saintly Westcott & Hort, who sat in judgment on the scripture, and imported errors from the “Sinaiticus”.  These errors include that 1 John 5:7 becomes a meaningless phrase which has nothing to say about the trinity.

This does not agree with the confession of faith to which they give lip service.

Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first…

Nobody is objecting to the new translation.  Are they asleep?  No, the fox is guarding the hen house.

The falling away is here.  It’s a deep stinky pit that nobody likes.

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A falling away: Anglican edition

The Anglican churches’ 39 Articles says the received text is the correct text of the Bible, but these churches have abandoned the received text. They have fallen away from the basis of their confession … and they didn’t even notice.

What the 39 Articles is

The 39 Articles is the doctrinal statement behind the Anglican churches. For South Africa, this is the Church of England in South Africa (CESA), lately known as the Reformed Evangelical Church of South Africa (REACH). There is also the Church of the Province of South Africa (CPSA), but they fell away from the historic confession before their founding, and embraced the errors of Rome, so I’ll just ignore them.

The 39 Articles dates back to 1562, just 49 years before the Authorised Version of the Bible was published in 1611.

What the 39 Articles says about the text of the Bible

Article 6 of the 39 articles reads as follows in the original (although I have reduced the lists to just the first and last item of each).  The point I would like to point out is at the end:

VI. Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for salvation
Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be. believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.

Of the Names and Numbers of the Canonical Books

  • Genesis
  • … (lotsa books)
  • Four Prophets the greater
  • Twelve Prophets the less

And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine; such are these following:

  • The Third Book of Kings
  • …(lotsa books)
  • The Second Book of Maccabees

All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.

It says the Bible is sufficient, and it says what the Bible is.  This last statement deserves some emphasis:

All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical.

From this we learn that there was in 1571 no dispute about the contents of the New Testament. The phrase I would like to draw attention to is “as they are commonly received”. We cannot suppose that only the names of the books are received, without attention to the content of those books: the books themselves are received, along with their well known contents.  This is the received text.

From this text comes the Authorised Version 1611 (KJV).

What if the Bible changes?

This statement makes no provision for changes to the received text. The 39 Articles does not admit such variation. However, such variation was introduced to the public in 1844 with Tischendorff’s fraudulent “Codex Sinaiticus”, which joined the “Codex Vaticanus” and “Codex Alexandrinus” as the third false witness against the reliability of the received text, although even then their witness did not agree together.

Following Griesbach’s method of pretending the most unreliable and contorted text must be the original, Westcott and Hort produced a new Greek text for the New Testament, which is actually remarkably similar to the received text – except at a few thousand points. Their new edition lacked two important qualities: accuracy, and authority. From their work, the Nestle Alland and United Bible Society text are derived. And from this most “scholarly” work, helped by the hand of James Strong, who in his concordance insinuated loaded religious meanings into normal Greek words (such as turning workers into slaves), spring the innumerable modern English versions.

From the re-invented Greek text spring all manner of translation, starting with the RV (Rejected Version), which nobody wanted. Some liked the original NASB (Non-authentic Substitute Bible), but the first version which received widespread acceptance was the RSV (Really Successful Version). When the NIV (New Insipid Version) was published in 1984, it was a great success and became the best selling Bible version. The NIV was scuttled in 2011, and this was a boost to the ESV (Extra Sneaky Version) and the NLT (Nauseating Lousy Tergiversation).

These new translations are now commonplace in churches which reject them in their own doctrinal statement.

The 39 Articles said we know what the Bible is.  The churches don’t care.

And so?

Should we care? Should we care that Christians that claim to love the truth also tolerate things that are fundamentally against their statement of doctrine?

It would be one thing if the denomination(s) would repudiate the clause in their doctrinal statement, but they have not done so. They have not even noticed the problem, because the people who should have sounded the alarm are asleep at the wheel, lulled into stupour by the gentle sound of very scholarly people pretending to speak Greek with an English accent.

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.

Wake up sleepy Anglicans! You don’t know your own doctrine! You are ignorant of the devices of Satan. There are certain men crept in unawares, and they are in control of your institutions. The glory is departing, and will not return.

2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first …

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On the state of the nation address

Our beloved new state president, the very honourable Mr Кири́лл Ramaphosa, made his state of the nation address.  I wasn’t there to heckle him, and neither would I have if I was there.  It takes a while for the complete stupid of what they are saying to think in.  However, President Ramaphosa should sharply rebuke his speech writer for writing and putting in his hand possibly the most disturbing state of the nation speech ever: it says that they’re going full racist communist crazy on us, and we must smile and expect it to go well.  He should also have sharply rebuked the man who loudly sang his praises – a flattering mouth worketh ruin.

I have some thoughts. The president’s words are in normal text. What he did not say is in bold:


State of the Nation Address by the President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Cyril Ramaphosa, 16 February 2018, Parliament

Speaker of the National Assembly, Ms Baleka Mbete, Chairperson of the National Council of Provinces, Ms Thandi Modise, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and Deputy Chairperson of the NCOP, Former President Thabo Mbeki, Former Deputy President FW de Klerk, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and all esteemed members of the judiciary, Ministers and Deputy Ministers, Premiers and Speakers of Provincial Legislatures, Chairperson of SALGA and all Executive Mayors present, The Heads of Chapter 9 Institutions, Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Leaders of faith based organisations, Former Speaker Dr Frene Ginwala, Former Speaker Mr Max Sisulu, Invited Guests, Veterans of the struggle for liberation, Members of the Diplomatic Corps, Honourable members, Fellow South Africans,

It is a great honour and privilege to deliver this State of the Nation Address. But seeing I am the president, I guess I had better do it.

This Address should have been delivered last week, but was delayed so that we could properly manage issues of political transition.   Had to get rid of JZ first. Sorry about that.

I wish to thank Honourable Members and the people of South Africa for their patience and forbearance.

I also wish to extend a word of gratitude to former President Jacob Zuma for the manner in which he approached this difficult and sensitive process.

I wish to thank him for his service to the nation during his two terms as President of the Republic, during which the country made significant progress in several areas of development.

But keep listening – we’re gonna get him and all his buddies.

Fellow South Africans,

In just over 150 days from now, the peoples of the world will unite in celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.

Please excuse me. I’m busy that day.

It is a day on which we, as South Africans, will remember the life of one of the most remarkable leaders this country and this continent – and indeed, the world – has known.

We will recount Madiba’s long walk to freedom, his wisdom, his unfailing humility, his abiding compassion and his essential integrity.

Particularly his unflinchingly moral standard as applied to his wives.

We have dedicated this year to his memory and we will devote our every action, every effort, every utterance to the realisation of his vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.

Because nobody ever thought of this idea before saint Nelson did.

Guided by his example, we will use this year to reinforce our commitment to ethical behaviour and ethical leadership.

In celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela we are not merely honouring the past, we are building the future.

We are continuing the long walk he began, to build a society in which all may be free, in which all may be equal before the law and in which all may share in the wealth of our land and have a better life.

And when I say “Equal before the law” I don’t apply that to affirmative action and broad baste racial economic empowerment.  Our law pretends that people are different based on the colour of their skin and the language they speak.  Apart from that, everyone is equal.  Some are just more equal than others.

We are building a country where a person’s prospects are determined by their own initiative and hard work, and not by the colour of their skin, place of birth, gender, language or income of their parents.  Yes, a utopia where your parents work as hard as they can, and then you are cast on the mercies of the government because you dare not succeed without the support of the government.

This year, we also celebrate the centenary of another giant of our struggle, Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu.

Through her remarkable life and outstanding contribution, she defined what it means to be a freedom fighter, a leader and a diligent and disciplined servant of the people.

Through her leadership, she embodied the fundamental link between national liberation and gender emancipation.

As we mark her centenary, we reaffirm that no liberation can be complete and no nation can be free until its women are free.

And that, little girls, is why we are going to make you all work under the supervision of men, in companies. Forget being a wife and mother: that prospect is gone forever. You’re married to the state now.

We honour this son and this daughter of the African soil in a year of change, in a year of renewal, in a year of hope.

We honour them not only in word, but, more importantly, in direct action towards the achievement of their shared vision of a better society.

We should honour Madiba by putting behind us the era of discord, disunity and disillusionment.

Please don’t do to me what you did to Zuma, because, you know, the ancestors.

We should put behind us the era of diminishing trust in public institutions and weakened confidence in leaders.

We should put all the negativity that has dogged our country behind us because a new dawn is upon us.

It is a new dawn that is inspired by our collective memory of Nelson Mandela and the changes that are unfolding.

As we rid our minds of all negativity, we should reaffirm our belief that South Africa belongs to all who live in it.

Citizenship now means nothing.  All you have to do is live in the country, and you’re a co-owner. But not to worry, we’re abolishing private property protections, so it actually belongs to us, the ANC, only.

For though we are a diverse people, we are one nation.

There are 57 million of us, each with different histories, languages, cultures, experiences, views and interests.

Yet we are bound together by a common destiny.  We’re all going to die.

For this, we owe much to our forebearers – people like Pixley ka Seme, Charlotte Maxeke and Chief Albert Luthuli – who understood the necessity of the unity and harmony of all the people of this great land.  Maybe that’s three bears, but that’s not the point.

I just want to remind you of the great respect and reverence I have for the ancestors you worship, just in case I haven’t said it enough already.

We are a nation at one.  Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

We are one people, committed to work together to find jobs for our youth; to build factories and roads, houses and clinics; to prepare our children for a world of change and progress; to build cities and towns where families may be safe, productive and content.

We’re going to build a new city? Really? Where will this city be? Wait – cities? More than one? This sounds great. Can’t wait to hear the details. As far as I know, the only new town is Orania – but we’re going to build cities and towns.

We are determined to build a society defined by decency and integrity, that does not tolerate the plunder of public resources, nor the theft by corporate criminals of the hard-earned savings of ordinary people.  We just don’t have any idea how to do this.

While there are many issues on which we may differ, on these fundamental matters, we are at one.  We think that goals are fundamental matters.

We know that there is still a lot that divides us.

We remain a highly unequal society, in which poverty and prosperity are still defined by race and gender.  So all you white skinned males, we’re coming for you.

We have been given the responsibility to build a new nation, to confront the injustices of the past and the inequalities of the present.  And just who gave this responsibility? When will these injustices be brought before the court, and the offenders punished?  Not so obvious.

We are called upon to do so under difficult conditions.

You want to do something stupid, so of course it’s difficult. The way of offenders is hard.

The state we are in as a nation is that while poverty declined significantly following the democratic breakthrough of 1994, we have seen reverses in recent years.

Poverty levels rose in 2015, unemployment has gone up and inequality has persisted.  Statistics for the last two years, sadly, are not available.

For several years our economy has not grown at the pace needed to create enough jobs or lift our people out of poverty.  Eish.

Public finances have been constrained, limiting the ability of government to expand its investment in economic and social development.  Eish.

Despite these challenging conditions, we have managed – working together – to achieve progress in improving the lives of our people.  We are that amazing.

Even under conditions of weak growth, our economy has created jobs, but not at the pace required to absorb new entrants into the labour market.

So actually we are failing. We’re not failing as badly as you think, but we really are failing.

This means that as we pursue higher levels of economic growth and investment, we need to take additional measures to reduce poverty and meet the needs of the unemployed.

Yes, by stifling existing businesses in reams of racist and stupid legislation, unequally enforced.

Since the start of the current Parliament, our public employment programmes have created more than 3.2 million work opportunities.

A work opportunity is that you can work for a day? That sounds like 365 people have been employed for 365 days for 24 years. What an amazing achievement.

In the context of widespread unemployment, they continue to provide much needed income, work experience and training.

We have taken measures to reduce the cost of living, especially for the poor.

Government’s free basic services programme currently supports more than 3.5 million indigent households.

More than 17 million social grants are paid each month, benefiting nearly a third of the population.

These people all vote for us. We need them to be happy. We’re stuffing up the system, but don’t let that bother you.

We know, however, that if we are to break the cycle of poverty, we need to educate the children of the poor.

We have insisted that this should start in early childhood.

Yes, and we also insist that every mother should be single, and should work. Marriage is not even a thing. We haven’t considered it at all.

Today we have nearly a million children in early childhood development facilities.  While their mothers are out working some menial job.

We are seeing improvements in the outcomes of our basic education system.  Now that we got rid of outcomes based education.  Progress is when we stop stuff we used to do.

The matric pass rate increased from 60.6 percent in 2009 to 75.1 percent last year.  And the qualification is almost universally considered useless.

There are currently almost a million students enrolled in higher education, up from just over 500,000 in 1994.  Not that we are teaching them anything useful.

As we enter a new era, we are determined to build on these achievements, confront the challenges we face and accelerate progress in building a more prosperous and equitable society.

What’s equity doing in this sentence? We’re still after our enemies: the citizens who are not our favoured people, who do not honour us with their vote. We’re gonna get them.

We have seen a moderate recovery in our economy and a broader, sustained recovery in the global economy.

This is surprising, since we’re coming out of a major drought into a minor drought.

Commodity prices have improved, the stock market has risen, the rand has strengthened and there are early indications that investor confidence is on the rise.

Not to worry, I’m going to sort out that investor confidence thing. Investors hate theft.

We have taken decisive measures to address concerns about political instability and are committed to ensure policy certainty and consistency.

Yes: our new policy is nothing like our old policy, and we’re going to be consistent about that.

There is a greater sense of optimism among our people.  They didn’t see this speech coming.

Our people are hopeful about the future.  Maybe one day they will get a different government.

Business confidence among South African companies has improved and foreign investors are looking anew at opportunities in our country.  They’re taking a second look, because the place is unstable.

Some financial institutions have identified South Africa as one of the hot emerging markets for 2018.  If you have your money in those institutions, maybe you should look at moving it somewhere else.

Our task, as South Africans, is to seize this moment of hope and renewal, and to work together to ensure that it makes a meaningful difference in the lives of our people.  And while we’re seizing stuff, let’s talk about the assets and the means of production.

This year, we will be initiating measures to set the country on a new path of growth, employment and transformation.

We will do this by getting social partners in our country to collaborate in building a social compact on which we will create drivers of economic recovery.

Everything is up for grabs: who will be the social partners, what will be the new social compact … nobody knows.

We have to build further on the collaboration with business and labour to restore confidence and prevent an investment downgrade.

Because business cannot possibly be left to get on with business. They have to spend their time unproductively collaborating with government. Not to forget that government will take the side of labour and ensure that nothing gets done.

Tough decisions have to be made to close our fiscal gap, stabilise our debt and restore our state-owned enterprises to health.

Yeah, we’re going to push up taxes and borrow more money. In a stable way.

At the centre of our national agenda in 2018 is the creation of jobs, especially for the youth.

Yes, these youth that we have trained to be immoral and undisciplined, whom we have told that they are nothing more than evolved apes. We’re going to make them jobs. You’re gonna want to hire one.

We are going to embark on a number of measures to address the unemployment challenge.

One of the initiatives will be to convene a Jobs Summit within the next few months to align the efforts of every sector and every stakeholder behind the imperative of job creation.

We’re going to talk. If we could just agree on what a job is then everything will come right.

The summit will look at what we need to do to ensure our economy grows and becomes more productive, that companies invest on a far greater scale, that workers are better equipped, and that our economic infrastructure is expanded.

We haven’t a clue how this works. That’s why we’re going to sit you all down in a room and tell you how little we know.

We will expect this summit to come up with practical solutions and initiatives that will be implemented immediately.

Our expectations are completely realistic.

We will make a major push this year to encourage significant new investment in our economy.

We’re looking for suckers who love promises and are interested in losing their money.

To this end, we will organise an Investment Conference in the next three months, targeting both domestic and international investors, to market the compelling investment opportunities to be found in our country.

Yeah. We know that conferences are the thing that drive investment.

We are going to address the decline over many years of our manufacturing capacity, which has deeply affected employment and exports.

We’re going to fix it by ramping up our bad behaviour.

We will seek to re-industrialise on a scale and at a pace that draws millions of job seekers into the economy.

Well good luck to you then. Those millions are happy to sit on the sidelines and collect indigent benefits.

We are going to promote greater investment in key manufacturing sectors through the strategic use of incentives and other measures.

Yeah. Incentives: like not being able to make a profit, like being held to ransom by the labour force, like being plundered by criminals, and being able to complete a form and maybe get some gravy from the trough.

To further stimulate manufacturing, we will forge ahead with the localisation programme, through which products like textile, clothing, furniture, rail rolling stock and water meters are designated for local procurement.

And where will the locals get it? From international producers, of course.  But seriously, what could possibly be so hard about knocking together chipboard and calling it furniture?

We have already spent more than R57 billion on locally-produced goods that may have been imported from other countries.  Ah yes, we know.  Cheap at twice the price.

Special economic zones remain important instruments we will use to attract strategic foreign and domestic direct investment and build targeted industrial capabilities and establish new industrial hubs.  There won’t be anything special about these zones, such as exemption from taxation, exemption from labour regulations, exemption from BEE, excemption from import and export restrictions. No, they are just special in that we call them special.

The process of industrialisation must be underpinned by transformation.  And that’s how we’re going to make sure it fails. And who will we blame? Those untransformed racist white males.

Through measures like preferential procurement and the black industrialists programme, we are developing a new generation of black and women producers that are able to build enterprises of significant scale and capability.

We’re developing and developing. One day there will be someone that actually produces.

We will improve our capacity to support black professionals, deal decisively with companies that resist transformation, use competition policy to open markets up to new black entrants, and invest in the development of businesses in townships and rural areas.  We’re racists. We don’t even care that they are from South Africa: just as long as they are black. Oh, but Indians that are black need not apply.

Radical economic transformation requires that we fundamentally improve the position of black women and communities in the economy, ensuring that they are owners, managers, producers and financiers.  Yeah, because we can’t possibly have these women staying at home, guiding the house, and bringing up children. That’s ridiculous.

Our most grave and most pressing challenge is youth unemployment.

Nobody wants the kind of entitled sloth we are churning out of our dysfunctional schools.

It is therefore a matter of great urgency that we draw young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity.

We’re going to dangle diamond encrusted carrots in front of the eyes of the entitled slothful youth.

Young South Africans will be moved to the centre of our economic agenda.

If we can move them at all, then that’s where they’re going.

They are already forming a greater proportion of the labour force on our infrastructure projects and are the primary beneficiaries of programmes such as the installation of solar water heaters and the war on leaks.

We are training a generation of plumbers. You can’t say we’re doing nothing.

We continue to draw young people in far greater numbers into productive economic activity through programmes such as the Employment Tax Incentive.

Because red tape makes jobs.

Working in partnership with business, organised labour and community representatives, we are creating opportunities for young people to be exposed to the world of work through internships, apprenticeships, mentorship and entrepreneurship.

Because red tape makes jobs.

Next month, we will launch the Youth Employment Service initiative, which will place unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy.

Because red tape makes jobs.

Together with our partners in business, we have agreed to create a million such internships in the next three years.

Because red tape makes jobs.

If we are to respond effectively to the needs of youth, it is essential that young people articulate their views and are able to engage with government at the highest level.

Yeah, we wanna hear from you kids. We’re going to ignore everything you say. Notice how I did not give you my e-mail address or my direct number. Ha ha lol.

I will therefore be establishing a Youth Working Group that is representative of all young South Africans to ensure that our policies and programmes advance their interests.

Is work too hard for you? Well, maybe you want to join the young communist pioneers and rat on your fellow citizens.

Infrastructure investment is key to our efforts to grow the economy, create jobs, empower small businesses and provide services to our people.

We have invested heavily in new roads, power stations, schools and other infrastructure.

As some of our projects are taking time to get off the ground and to enhance our efforts, I will assemble a team to speed up implementation of new projects, particularly water projects, health facilities and road maintenance.

We’ve thrown millions at this already. Can’t figure out what’s wrong. I hope someone will tell me.

We have learnt some valuable lessons from our experience in building all the new infrastructure, which will inform our way ahead.

The people who are failing at this task are leading us a merry dance.

We will focus on improvements in our budget and monitoring systems, improve the integration of projects and build a broad compact on infrastructure with business and organised labour.

We’re going to try stop that thing where people take the money and don’t do the job, and still get paid. Maybe someone else from business or labour or somewhere will do that for us.  Okay, so we’re going to do nothing, but we hope it will stop.

Mining is another area that has massive unrealised potential for growth and job creation is mining.

Yeah. All the mineral resources are now in the hands of government, so we can’t figure out why nobody wants to come and talk to us about it.

We need to see mining as a sunrise industry.

We’re very hopeful. We were facing sunset, but if this is sunrise, then it’s going to be a very dark day.

With the revival in commodity prices, we are determined to work with mining companies, unions and communities to grow the sector, attract new investment, create jobs and set the industry on a new path of transformation and sustainability.

More red tape and interfering government officials.

This year, we will intensify engagements with all stakeholders on the Mining Charter to ensure that it is truly an effective instrument to sustainably transform the face of mining in South Africa.

When I said policy certainty, I was joking. We’re gonna do something wild. You’ll all be very please with the result.

By working together, in a genuine partnership, underscored by trust and a shared vision, I am certain we will be able to resolve the current impasse and agree on a Charter that both accelerates transformation and grows this vital sector of our economy.

They’re going to trust us, and then we’re going to stab them in the back. It will all happen suddenly, and we’re going to rule as kings.

Processing of the MPRDA Amendment Bill through both houses of parliament is at an advanced stage, with an indication by Parliament that the Bill will reasonably be finalised during the first quarter of 2018.

This is a doubly extended three leter acronym ammendment bill. Don’t think about this. Just trust us.

The Bill, once enacted into law, will entrench existing regulatory certainty, provide for security of tenure and advance the socio-economic interests of all South Africans.

You thought this bill was a bad idea? Well, nuts to you. We’re going to do it, and we’re not going to listen to your stupid concerns.  It’s going to be entrenched.  No pun intended.

We are extremely concerned about the rise in mining fatalities last year.

We can’t figure out why this mining thing is so dangerous. Men hacking away at rock, with rock above their heads. Someone should fix this.

We call on mining companies to work together with all stakeholders to ensure that mine accidents are dramatically reduced.

Fire the workers and mechanise.

One mining fatality is one too many.

Also mechanise the maintenance.

Fellow South Africans,

Ultimately, the growth of our economy will be sustained by small businesses, as is the case in many countries.

That’s because we’re going to destroy all the big companies. Watch us.

It is our shared responsibility to grow this vital sector of the economy.

We deny all responsibility for our inevetable failure. We’re going to blame you, for stuffing up your part of the shared responsibility.

We will work with our social partners to build a small business support ecosystem that assists, nourishes and promotes entrepreneurs.

Yes, social partners are special people whom we are delegating our powers to, because they are not elected.

Government will honour its undertaking to set aside at least 30 percent of public procurement to SMMEs, cooperatives and township and rural enterprises.  We’re flusing money down the drain. No idea if this will work. Oh, and if the white people move to the township, they’re excluded.

We will continue to invest in small business incubation.  We’re going to make sure these people fail by showering them with unearned cash.

We encourage business to do the same.  We’re idiots, and so should you be.

The establishment through the CEOs Initiative of a small business fund – which currently stands at R1.5 billion – is an outstanding example of the role that the private sector can play.

Calling all con men: come and tell us about your great business plan and get your share of this free money. Let’s be like Nigeria, and learn how to scam, so we can build our economy by scamming the world.

Government is finalising a small business and innovation fund targeted at start-ups.

We’re not actually sure about that other fund, so we’re making another one.

We will reduce the regulatory barriers for small businesses.

Did I mention that we’re going to destroy big businesses?

We are also working to expand economic opportunities for people with disabilities.

All the important work in this country will be done by the blind, the lame and the deaf. Because that’s how economies grow.

Among other things, the Small Enterprise Finance Agency – SEFA – has launched a scheme to develop and fund entrepreneurs with disabilities called the Amavulandlela Funding Scheme.

More free money. Because disabled means that you are dependant on hand-outs.  You cannot possibly get a work that doesn’t require walking, hearing, seeing, etc.

Agriculture presents one of the greatest opportunities to significantly grow our economy and create jobs.

Agriculture made the largest contribution, by a significant margin, to the improved growth of our economy in the second and third quarters of 2017.

We noticed that when the weather improved, the crops improved. We find this deeply fascinating.

This year, we will take decisive action to realise the enormous economic potential of agriculture.

Yeah, we’re going to build our own weather control system, like HAARP.

We will accelerate our land redistribution programme not only to redress a grave historical injustice, but also to bring more producers into the agricultural sector and to make more land available for cultivation.

Just joking: we’re going to stuff it up. The great low intensity war programme against existing farmers is going to keep rolling on.  Maybe we won’t have to kill them all, and they’ll just go away.

We will pursue a comprehensive approach that makes effective use of all the mechanisms at our disposal.

There’s all these things we could do. We’re going to do stuff. It’s going to work.

Guided by the resolutions of the 54th National Conference of the governing party, this approach will include the expropriation of land without compensation.

Oh yes, we’re stealing everything. Because economic growth and things. But it’s very few people that we’re going to be stealing from.

We are determined that expropriation without compensation should be implemented in a way that increases agricultural production, improves food security and ensure that the land is returned to those from whom it was taken under colonialism and apartheid.

We’re going to do evil, that good may result.

Government will undertake a process of consultation to determine the modalities of the implementation of this resolution.  We actually haven’t got a clue how we’re going to do this, but we’ve figured out that we can use long words to disguise that.

We make a special call to financial institutions to be our partners in mobilising resources to accelerate the land redistribution programme as increased investment will be needed in this sector.  We’re going to blame the banks for not putting their money behind our stupid scheme.

Tourism is another area which provides our country with incredible opportunities to, quite literally, shine.

Tourism currently sustains 700,000 direct jobs and is performing better than most other growth sectors.

There is no reason why it can’t double in size.  But we’re working on destroying this too.

We have the most beautiful country in the world and the most hospitable people.  And a criminal class that we protect, who we don’t catch when they murder tourists.

This year, we will enhance support for destination marketing in key tourism markets and take further measures to reduce regulatory barriers and develop emerging tourism businesses.

More red tape.

We call on all South Africans to open their homes and their hearts to the world.

Those high walls that you put up to keep our murdering friends out of your houses? Please take those down.

Our prosperity as a nation depends on our ability to take full advantage rapid technological change.

This means that we urgently need to develop our capabilities in the areas of science, technology and innovation.

We will soon establish a Digital Industrial Revolution Commission, which will include the private sector and civil society, to ensure that our country is in a position to seize the opportunities and manage the challenges of rapid advances in information and communication technology.

We’re going to have meetings about this, until the people that we invited stop coming because they realise we’re not listening to them. We already had a meeting about this, and we have a cool name “DIRC”. Just hear how cool that sounds! We’re almost already there.

The drive towards the digital industrial revolution will be underpinned by the availability of efficient networks.

Oh yes, we’re also going to break the internet.  And your cell phone.

We will finalise our engagements with the telecommunications industry and other stakeholders to ensure that the allocation of spectrum reduces barriers to entry, promotes competition and reduces the cost to consumers.

You know all that spectrum? Well, we’re changing the rules. Nobody knows what the new rules are going to be. Come to our meetings, or we’ll do whatever we like. Actually, we’ll do whatever we like anyway, but we’ll say you agreed.

South Africa has acceded to the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement, which brings together SADC, COMESA and the East African Community.

We’ve joined a committee.

The free trade area will combine markets of 26 countries with a population of nearly 625 million.

It’s a big committee.

It will open market access opportunities for South African export products, contribute to job creation and the growth of South Africa’s industrial sector.

It’s going to be amazing.

Negotiations towards the Continental Free Trade Agreement are progressing at a brisk pace, and it is expected that the framework agreement could be concluded soon.

We don’t know what it is, but the empty promises sound amazing.  There are meetings.

South Africa will this year take over the chair of the BRICS group of countries, and will give priority to the promotion of value-added trade and intra-BRICS investment into productive sectors.

Because you can’t export stuff to other countries without lots of red tape.

Fellow South Africans,

On the 1st of May this year, we will introduce the first national minimum wage in South Africa.

That youth unemployment thing? Well, that’s going to be permanent, from the 1st of May. If you haven’t got a job by then, you can forget about getting something basic, because all the basic beginner jobs will become illegal.

This historic achievement – a realisation of one of the demands of the Freedom Charter – is expected to increase the earnings of more than six million working South Africans and improve the living conditions of households across the country.

You remember when you all voted for the freedom charter? You didn’t? Not to worry, I’m a politician, and I can tell you that it’s a very good idea. If we just do what it says everything will be better in the communist hell hole we become.

The introduction of a national minimum wage was made possible by the determination of all social partners to reduce wage inequality while maintaining economic growth and employment creation.

We didn’t listen to anyone except “social partners”. Stuff you, employers. Go mechanise your operations.

It stands as another example of what is possible when South Africans engage in meaningful dialogue to resolve differences and confront challenges.

We talk and talk and talk. And then we talk and talk and talk. And then we tell you how wonderful our plan is. There’s no way it’s stupid.

To ensure greater coherence and consistency in the implementation of economic policy – and to ensure that we are better equipped to respond to changing economic circumstances – I will be appointing a Presidential Economic Advisory Council.

I don’t know how this stuff works, but I’m gonna get me some smart guys. This is not a bad idea.

It will draw on the expertise and capabilities that reside in labour, business, civil society and academia.

I’m going to get me a team of smart guys with weird and contradictory ideas. It’s gonna be cool.

The country remains gripped by one of the most devastating droughts in a century, which has severely impacted our economy, social services and agricultural production.

Has anyone seen Elijah? I’m pretty sure he’s behind this.

The drought situation in the Western Cape, Eastern Cape and Northern Cape has been elevated to a national state of disaster.

It’s kinda weird, how it’s not raining like it should. But we’ve done nothing wrong. We’re going to handle it.  We definitely don’t need to rethink our more murderous and bloody policies.

This gives national government the authority to manage and coordinate our response nationally with support from all provinces.

We’ve been doing very little until now, and that’s something of a mistake.

This will ensure that we also heighten integrated measures to support the provinces that are hardest hit.

Because integration is what is going to differentiate us.

We are looking at activating the necessary extraordinary measures permitted under the legislation.

Maybe we’ll actually do something. Probably not. But we are looking at it.

I commend the people of Cape Town and the rest of the Western Cape for diligently observing water saving measures.

We call on everyone in the country to use water sparingly as we are a water-scarce country that relies on this vital resource to realise our development aspirations.

All your water are us.

Honourable Members,

On 16 December last year, former President Jacob Zuma announced that government would be phasing in fully subsidised free higher education and training for poor and working class South Africans over a five-year period.  What a great guy.

Starting this year, free higher education and training will be available to first year students from households with a gross combined annual income of up to R350,000.

That’s 30k per month. We’ll just assume that you don’t have lots of kids – your expenses are irrelevant, just your income.  Besides, this is just a temporary measure until the price of bread reaches R35000 per loaf, and this doesn’t apply to any household having living people anymore.

The Minister of Higher Education and Training will lead the implementation of this policy, while the Minister of Finance will clarify all aspects of the financing of the scheme during his Budget Speech next week.

I’ve got these guys. They each have their own things. They’re going to do this. Don’t blame me.

In addition to promoting social justice, an investment of this scale in higher education is expected to contribute to greater economic growth, reduce poverty, reduce inequality, enhance earnings and increase the competitiveness of our economy.

We’re going to throw money around, and then amazing things are going to happen – we will be fully buzzword compliant.

Government will continue to invest in expanding access to quality basic education and improving the outcomes of our public schools.

Schools are doing so great, and they’re going to do even better. That youth unemployment thing has nothing to do with the quality of education we’re providing there.

The Funza Lushaka Bursary programme plans to award 39,500 bursaries for Initial Teacher Education over the next three years.

In an historic first, from the beginning of this year, all public schools have begun offering an African language.

And just to be clear, although Afrikaans is an African language, we’re have arbitarily excluded it because it sounds too much like Flemish, and the people speaking it are too white, or too white-ish.

Also significant is the implementation of the first National Senior Certificate examination on South African Sign Language, which will be offered to deaf learners at the end of 2018.

Because our deaf kids need to be able talk to other deaf kids, and will never need to travel abroad.

The Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative programme continues to deliver modern facilities to schools in rural and underprivileged urban areas across the country, with at least 187 schools being complete to date.

We’re finally getting to building those buildings that we burnt down a few years ago.

The programme will complete all outstanding projects by the end of the next financial year.  But at the end of the year, we’re going to stop. We’re not thinking ahead.

Social grants remain a vital lifeline for millions of our people living in poverty.  And since we give them life, they will love us, and vote for us forever.

We will urgently take decisive steps to comply with the all directions of the Constitutional Court.  Bloody court told us not to crook the books.

I want to personally allay fears of any disruption to the efficient delivery of this critical service, and will take action to ensure no person in government is undermining implementation deadlines set by the court.  I want to, but I cannot. I’ll take action, but I’m not sure what will happen. You know the post office that doesn’t deliver your mail when it has valuable stuff in? Well, they’re going to get this done.

We will finalise work on a permanent public sector-led hybrid model, which will allow a set of public and private sector service providers to offer beneficiaries maximum choice, access and convenience.  I’m just reading this sentence. It’s not clear what it means, and that’s the point. What I mean is we’re going to have so many different ways of getting your social grant that it will be your fault if you don’t. There will be no confusion. Like this sentence.

This year, we will take the next critical steps to eliminate HIV from our midst.

We’re thinking of adopting the cyrillic alphabet, which will completely eliminate those 3 pesky latin letters.

By scaling up our testing and treating campaign, we will initiate an additional two million people on antiretroviral treatment by December 2020.

Our plan is to increase the number of carriers of the disease. We’re not going to do anything about fornication, adultery and sodomy, since those are all protected by the laws we made.  Science man.  It’s all science.

We will also need to confront lifestyles diseases such as high blood pressure, diabetes, cancers and cardiovascular diseases.

Please don’t concentrate on HIV. Look here: we’re going to do stuff about other medical problems.

In the next three months we will launch a huge cancer campaign similar to the HIV counselling and testing campaign.

We’re going to roll those nasty cervical cancer vaccines that kill teenage girls in the rest of the world. Never mind that these things require sexually transmitted diseases to actually be a problem. We’re all about the solution, not solving the problem.

This will also involve the private sector as we need to mobilise all resources to fight this disease.  Actually, we don’t know if this will work. Anyone interested in helping here?

The time has now arrived to finally implement universal health coverage through the National Health Insurance.  Because it’s been such a roaring success in Britain, and in the USA, we should do it too, but ours is going to have an African flavour, in which it never works at all.

The NHI Bill is now ready to be processed through government and will be submitted to Parliament in the next few weeks.  We want you to think of this as insurance, but it’s just a tax. Suckers.

Certain NHI projects targeting the most vulnerable people in society will commence in April this year.  You’re going to die in our uncaring hospitals.

In improving the quality of life of all South Africans, we must intensify our efforts to tackle crime and build safer communities.  We must, but we’re not going to. We’re not going to fix up the legal system to process criminal cases speedily. We’re not going to bring back corporal punishment. We’re not going to bring back the death penalty, except for being a law abiding citizen.

During the course of this year, the Community Policing Strategy will be implemented, with the aim of gaining the trust of the community and to secure their full involvement in the fight against crime.  You know what the problem is with crime? It’s law abiding citizens. They’re not involved enough.

The introduction of a Youth Crime Prevention Strategy will empower and support young people to be self-sufficient and become involved in crime fighting initiatives.  Street committees full of interfering officious empty headed youths.

A key focus this year will be the distribution of resources to police station level.

This will include personnel and other resources, to restore capacity and experience at the level at which crime is most effectively combated.

We’re going to shuffle policemen around until their morale is completely destroyed. And we’re going to take be from those that take care of their stuff, and give it to those that break it.

In recognising the critical role that NGOs and community-based organisation play in tackling poverty, inequality and related social problems, we will convene a Social Sector Summit during the course of this year.  We’re completely spellbound by the fantastical tales told to us by NGOs. We’re going to have a meeting where they are going to spin us other tales and fables. We’re all going to eat and drink together. It will be awesome. Watch the press for details.

Among other things, this Summit should seek to improve the interface between the state and civil society and address the challenges that NGOs and CBOs face.  We’re going to change the rules, and some lucky winner is going to become a state sponsored organisation.

Fellow South Africans,

Growth, development and transformation depend on a strong and capable state.  Without us, you are powerless! Without me, you can do nothing!

It is critical that the structure and size of the state is optimally suited to meet the needs of the people and ensure the most efficient allocation of public resources.  Stability. We’re going to be stable. Once we figure out how we’re doing what we’re doing.

We will therefore initiate a process to review the configuration, number and size of national government departments.  We’ve got all these departments. It seems like a lot, so maybe we’re going to take something away. Or maybe not.

Many of our state owned enterprises are experiencing severe financial, operation and governance challenges, which has impacted on the performance of the economy and placed pressure on the fiscus.

We will intervene decisively to stabilise and revitalise state owned enterprises.

We’re going to throw more money at SAA so the can hand it to the new state capturers and put another marxist in charge of the SABC.

The recent action we have taken at Eskom to strengthen governance, root out corruption and restore its financial position is just the beginning.

Our next strongly worded letter will use really strong words, like “displeased”.

Government will take further measures to ensure that all state owned companies fulfil their economic and developmental mandates.

I found out that these companies are supposed to be doing stuff. Well, if they’re not going to do stuff, then we’re going to have to write them a strongly worded letter.

We will need to confront the reality that the challenges at some of our SOEs are structural – that they do not have a sufficient revenue stream to fund their operational costs.

These people have been spinning us lies, and we’ve believed them completely. The question of reducing the number of caviar dinners and worthless contractors is out of the question.

These SOEs cannot borrow their way out of their financial difficulties, and we will therefore undertake a process of consultation with all stakeholders to review the funding model of SOEs and other measures.

We’re going to have meetings. Meetings are a great substitute for work.

We will change the way that boards are appointed so that only people with expertise, experience and integrity serve in these vital positions.

And who has more integrity than those that have impeccable party credentials and connections?

We will remove board members from any role in procurement and work with the Auditor-General to strengthen external audit processes.

Yeah. The board mustn’t make decisions. They must just act board. We want a non-executive board. Otherwise the auditor general will sort it all out.

As we address challenges in specific companies, work will continue on the broad architecture of the state owned enterprises sector to achieve better coordination, oversight and sustainability.

This whole company thing is a strange and foreign construct that we’re going to look into. After we’ve looked into it, we’re going to know what to do. It’s going to be better. And good too.

This is the year in which we will turn the tide of corruption in our public institutions.

You think you’ve seen the height of corruption? Well, we’re yet to turn the tide. Watch this space.

The criminal justice institutions have been taking initiatives that will enable us to deal effectively with corruption.  I read the report by criminal justice, and I couldn’t make head or tail of it. And that was just the executive summary. We must try to get lawyers that speak English some time.

The commission of inquiry into state capture headed by the Deputy Chief Justice, Judge Raymond Zondo, is expected to commence its work shortly.

We’re going to air only such dirty laundry as will make the incumbents look good.

The Commission is critical to ensuring that the extent and nature of state capture is established, that confidence in public institutions is restored and that those responsible for any wrongdoing are identified.

We seriously haven’t a clue by what means that sneaky genius who previously occupied this honourable seat siphoned money from the state. We didn’t know anything. As his deputy, I really didn’t know anything.  My hands are clean.  I am without sin.

The Commission should not displace the regular work of the country’s law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting any and all acts of corruption.  Are we confused yet?

Amasela aba imali ka Rhilumente mawabanjwe.

The love of money is the root of all evil.

We must fight corruption, fraud and collusion in the private sector with the same purpose and intensity.

Yeah, we’ve really been fighting fraud. Never mind murder, rape and armed robbery.

We must remember that every time someone receives a bribe there is someone who is prepared to pay it.

And there’s a stack of stupid law that is unevenly applied to enable it.

We will make sure that we deal with both in an effective manner.

But let me tell you what we won’t do: we won’t review BEE, which is the power behind this corruption.

We urge professional bodies and regulatory authorities to take action against members who are found to have acted improperly and unethically.

We’re going to point out the bad people, and instead of punishing them with criminal sanctions, we’re going to ask their professional peers to shun them.

This requires that we strengthen law enforcement institutions and that we shield them from external interference or manipulation.  People are messing with the police.

We will urgently attend to the leadership issues at the National Prosecuting Authority to ensure that this critical institution is stabilised and able to perform its mandate unhindered.  People are messing with our prosecutors.

We will also take steps to stabilise and strengthen vital institutions like the South African Revenue Service.  We don’t even know what’s going on with the tax man.

We must understand that tax morality is dependent on an implicit contract between taxpayers and government that state spending provides value for money and is free from corruption.

We’ve been breaking our side of the contract for a long time, and we’re really rather worried that the sheeple might start noticing.

At the request of the Minister of Finance, I will shortly appoint a Commission of Inquiry into Tax Administration and Governance of SARS, to ensure that we restore the credibility of the Service and strengthen its capacity to meet its revenue targets.

It’s so bad, that we’re going to have meetings.

Our state employs one million public servants.

The majority of them serve our people with diligence and commitment.

We applaud them for the excellent work they do.

However, we know the challenges that our people face when they interact with the state.

All those nice things I said? People are not convinced.

In too many cases, they often get poor service or no service at all.

Our lazy and inefficient staff aren’t doing their job.

We want our public servants to adhere to the principle of Batho Pele, of putting our people first.

Because telling people to do the job that they are employed to do is completely beyond us. We need them to choose to do this out of the goodness of their heart.

We are determined that everyone in public service should undertake their responsibilities with efficiency, diligence and integrity.

Or they will get fired and publicly shamed?

We want to instil a new discipline, to do things correctly, to do them completely and to do them timeously. We call on all public servants to become agents for change.

You bunch of lazy bums: do your jobs.

During the course of the next few months, I will visit every national department to engage with the senior leadership to ensure that the work of government is effectively aligned.

You guys not doing your jobs: relax: you’re safe. I’m just going to talk to your inefficient bosses.

I will also find time to meet with provincial and local government leaders to ensure that the state, in its entirety, responds to the pressing needs of our people.

Anybody need a toilet break?

Fellow South Africans,

Our country has entered a period of change.

That stability we promised? We weren’t serious.

While change can produce uncertainty, even anxiety, it also offers great opportunities for renewal and revitalisation, and for progress.

If you survive the crazy stuff we’re going to do, you might be okay.

Together we are going to make history.

Like the Irish potato famine, like the great leap forward, like the killing fields of Cambodia.

We have done it before and we will do it again – bonded by our common love for our country, resolute in our determination to overcome the challenges that lie ahead and convinced that by working together we will build the fair and just and decent society to which Nelson Mandela dedicated his life.

All this working together: we don’t have time for people that just do their own work. And don’t forget saint Nelson our ancestor.

As I conclude, allow me to recall the words of the late great Bra Hugh Masekela.

In his song, ‘Thuma Mina’, he anticipated a day of renewal, of new beginnings.

He sang:

“I wanna be there when the people start to turn it around
When they triumph over poverty
I wanna be there when the people win the battle against AIDS
I wanna lend a hand
I wanna be there for the alcoholic
I wanna be there for the drug addict
I wanna be there for the victims of violence and abuse
I wanna lend a hand
Send me.”

And I should mention that Hugh’s dead now, so I guess he’s not going to be.

We are at a moment in the history of our nation when the people, through their determination, have started to turn the country around.

There were people still trying to turn it away from the precipice, but now we will rush directly over the edge.

We can envisage the triumph over poverty, we can see the end of the battle against AIDS.

We’re dreamers that have no constructive plan, and yet we hope for no reason that we will succeed.

Now is the time to lend a hand.

Now is the time for each of us to say ‘send me’.

Now is the time for all of us to work together, in honour of Nelson Mandela, to build a new, better South Africa for all.

A bitter laugh for all.

I thank you.


When Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, said to his people, “My father made your yoke heavy, and I will add to your yoke” the people replied, “What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David.”  I don’t much care about the empty promises President Ramaphosa made to his friends: he says he’s going to chastise his enemies with scorpions.  He should sort his house out, and let us all know how it works out for him.

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Never clientele

I’m a bit angry.  For weeks I have been receiving multiple calls from a robodialler trying to sell me clientele insurance. It starts with a call from +27876546440 playing some recording (but this number changes). I have no idea what that recording says. I press 1 to make it stop. Then later a real person phones me from 0110850720 to speak to me about their products, and acts all surprised that I want them to stop phoning me. They seem to think that because they tricked me with their robot dialing machine that I have an agreement with them. This is completely corrupt – you can’t have a meeting of minds with a robot, because it hasn’t got a mind.

If you repeatedly phone people with a robo dialler, there is only one reason for this: you want money. You care deeply about getting money, and about getting it soon, but you don’t care about the people that are not your clients and do not want to be your clients. You hate them, and you’d rather not deal with them, because they are only worthy of talking to a machine.  It’s fine to waste their time over and over and over, just in case they want to give you the money that you so love.

I will never buy anything from Clientele insurance. A company capable of wasting the time of the entire country with robotic callers can be expected to –

  • sell you worthless products at high prices
  • deny valid claims for bogus reasons
  • debit your account without authority

I don’t know about the last two, but an example that looks to me like a completely worthless product at a high price is their “Hospital* Plan” at R265 per month.  It sounds great, except if you end up in hospital, and then you will discover that the asterisk* says that it covers non-medical expenses (e.g. your car was towed?) provided that you were in hospital for THREE days or more.  No, it doesn’t cover what you might think a hospital plan covers.  Not a single thing.  And if you’ve been in hospital for THREE days, you have bigger financial problems than the taxi fare to get there.  Simply put, they collect a lot of money, and they pay out precious little.

Since they so hate people that are not their clientèle, how are we supposed to believe that they love their clientèle?

These people are no better than the R3/day worthless subscription “services” that are now also using robodiallers to trick people into being “subscribed” and then tricking them into sending premium SMS’s to “unsubscribe”.  And that is also called a “service”.  It’s a scam.

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