Churches have reacted with contempt to the continuous blaspheming of the Christian Belief about "The Second Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."
The continuous mischievous rhetoric from political parties that seek to score credit over another about this Truth is bad politicking. Bishop Jacob Freemantle of the Methodist Church, reacting on behalf of Nelson Mandela Churches, has strongly rebuked what has allegedly come from EFF Leader Julius Malema during the organisation’s 5th Birthday Political Celebrations in Mdantsane over the weekend of July 28 and 29.
Malema is quoted as saying: "EFF is like the second coming of Jesus. Jesus is not going to walk in like an identifiable someone. Jesus comes in different forms and Jesus arrived in Marikana five years ago."
As Ecumenical Churches we do not accept a narrative that seeks to score political points through such abuse of the Word of God and by ridiculing the truths of the Christian faith, especially the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Whilst we continue praying for true and safe political discourse which is freely exercised by all political parties in our democratic country, we must warn against abuse of any of the truths of our faith.
Political parties must desist from the practice of cheapening our truths while canvassing their support through prayers and votes. Our doctrinal statements are meant to be pillars of healing and transformation in the peaceful coexistence of God's people.
This is the fundamental purpose of building the Kingdom of God. Those truths must never be corrupted, whatever the context of political reasoning and space.
We equally must assure all our political leaders of prayers at this time while we vigilant to identify and stand against all arrogant actions and statements that seek to corrupt the Word of God.
Bishop Jacob Freemantle on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Churches
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