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If you were following the news this week, you would have come to know that there was a bombing in Sri Lanka during Easter Sunday. Not only that, there were torrential rains in South Africa on Easter Monday, which claimed the lives of many people. What is interesting is that God will get blamed for all this. Is God to be blamed for the problems of the world? Let us see if we can resolve this problem.

Listen to The SpokesDude as he discusses the Sri Lanka bombing and the South African floods. We know that many people would blame God and even the atheists will us these tragic events as their strong foot in their argument against the existence of God.

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In today’s episode, Lungisa is sharing wise tips on the ways you can achieve what you need even when you don’t have much to go around. Also he talks about the debate he had with some strangers on Facebook concerning Christianity, ancestral worship and Passover.

The research pertaining to the day on which the death and resurrection of Christ occurred, can be found here

This one of those shows are not scripted. Lungisa just sat in front of the microphone and began to record. Such a practice is not recommended though.

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On today’s Episode we are reminding each other of the lies which go out during the elections period. The politicians are making lots of promises and they are pretending to be fixing the issues the country is facing. Every politician is putting up their best performance to win the heart of gullible voters. I will not fall for all the games played by the political community. I will not vote and this episode I explains as to why.

There is a mention of the video I made which is on YouTube and another which is on Facebook.

There is also a warning on passing people off as judgmental when they are actually correcting a crooked situation.

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This week I was watching and listening to much content on the subject of child abortion. It is disturbing that there are people who are so deluded as to think that a baby inside a womb is less of a human being than the baby outside the womb. So they go through the extremes of referring to unborn babies as parasites. In their little logic, the baby which is born today is a human being and selfsame baby a day before they are born is a parasite and is a non-human. How stupid this level of thinking could get?

Today on The SpokesDude podcast we are arguing against child abortion and against pedophilia. The point at which human life begins is debated from the biological or scientific point of view.

Another upsetting thing is that Tedx would invite a woman who would come address their audience, presenting a positive approach towards pedophilia. She is trying to normalize pedophilia. Watch Here. It is disturbing to learn that there are women who would stand in public view and advocate for pedophilia. Children in this world are not safe at all.

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As promised on our previous episode, today we are talkimg about Human Rights as listed in the South African Bill of Rights. We start off with Coconut Kelz, an unconventional comedian who nobody gets. She was being interviewd on TV and she said things which confuses a lot of people

We then examine 35 rights in the Bill of Rights as listed in Chapter Two of the Southa African Constitution.

Mentioned:

  1. Sipho Melkizedek

  2. Gary Crous of Repent and Believe SA

  3. Bonginkosi Sebotsa of Christianity Today Youth

  4. Sam Zondi, my Cousin

 

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Solve Eskom First, Then We Can Talk About HUMAN RIGHTS

You are sitting quietly in your house, minding your own business and without any warning the lights goes out. I mean literally, the lights go out, because Eskom has cut the power. What is most bizarre, is the reason they give you as to why they switch off the lights. Under normal circumstances in South Africa,  electricity is cut off when one isn’t paying for it. In the present day corrupt South Africa, electricity is cut off for everyone who is a loyal paying customer.

This practice is officially known as load-shedding. This is how I view load-shedding. It is a spit on the face upon all law-abiding citizens who pay for electricity.

Eskom’s problem is that is has too much political influence in it’s leadership structures. Everyone who is appointed into a top position at Eskom is not there to run the affairs of Eskom as a business but is appointed there to serve the interest of certain individuals. If the executive at Eskom has an objective to help Eskom succeed, they would have come up with a viable plan to turn Eskom around.

Everyone knows that the financial struggles that Eskom is facing is not due to the lack of coal (which is not a fact by the way) or problem with a dam in Mozambique. The financial problems of Eskom are a result of failure to collect payments from individual customers, municipalities and companies. Now you will hear men like David Mabuza who would come to Parliament and say the problems with Eskom are an indicator of a growing economy. What a load of stinky mud! Eskom’s problems are not due to a growing economy, they are due to thousands upon thousands of people who use electricity illegally and nothing is being done about those people.  As far as I can remember, using electricity without paying for it when you are supposed to pay for it, is a criminal offense and the law should take its course. People should be arrested and forced to pay off their accounts.

What Eskom is doing, is abusing it’s loyal customers by increasing the tariffs, telling customers to use less electricity and applying load-shedding. Such a practice is bad for business and it will lead more people into stealing electricity.

My Sentiment on the Bill of Rights in South Africa

I was reading the Bill of Rights in preparation for this Episode. I will therefore share what I think about the it.

According to the Bill of Rights document, Chapter Two

  1. (1) This Bill of Rights is a cornerstone of democracy in South Africa. It enshrines the rights of all people in our country and affirms the democratic values of human dignity, equality and freedom.
    (2) The state must respect, protect, promote and fulfill the rights in the Bill of Rights.
    (3) The rights in the Bill of Rights are subject to the limitations contained or referred to in section 36, or elsewhere in the Bill

I want to examine if the Rights declared in the Bill of Rights are respected by Government officials and if not, are there any steps taken? Let us take a look at few of these rights.

Equality

  1. (1) Everyone is equal before the law and has the right to equal protection and benefit of the law.
    (2) Equality includes the full and equal enjoyment of all rights and freedoms. To promote the achievement of equality, legislative and other measures designed Chapter 2: Bill of Rights 6
    to protect or advance persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination may be taken.
    (3) The state may not unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds, including race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth.
    (4) No person may unfairly discriminate directly or indirectly against anyone on one or more grounds in terms of subsection (3). National legislation must be enacted to prevent or prohibit unfair discrimination.
    (5) Discrimination on one or more of the grounds listed in subsection(3) is unfair unless it is established that the discrimination is fair.

Subsection (1), is already violated many times by the judicial system and other organs of state. When I think of it, I come to remember a movie and a novel called Animal Farm, where the pigs were mobilized and became the government. Laws were put in place including the one that says, “All animals are equal.” Later the pigs decided to amend the law by saying, ” All Animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Such is the case in South Africa. We are not equal before the law. If we were equal before the law let us see government officials who have offended against the law to be prosecuted and denied bail like most South Africans who belongs to the offending community.

There are government officials who should be fired and then be sent into prison as we speak. Some have received bribes and some have paid bribes but no one is being arrested. Minister Nomvula Mokonyane, should have been suspended so that she can clear her name or be tried in court and go to jail for receiving frozen chickens and other items as it transpired in the Zondo commission concerning Bosasa.

For most South Africans, when one is suspected and of a crime and minimal evidence is found, that person is arrest upon suspicion and be remanded in police custody. You will here the case being postponed because more investigation is being conducted, meanwhile, the person is denied bail or bail is set at rates not affordable for him. For government officials, such is not the case. When an official is a suspect in a crime they continue serving on the government office.

So to say “everyone is equal before the law” means nothing when we get punished for petty crimes, while government officials who should know better, walk free and continue to feast on tax payer’s money.

The right to life.

11. Everyone has the right to life.

Section 11 of the Bill of Rights is good. It agrees with the Bible. The Bible forbids murder and has harsh ways to deal with murders as a deterrent towards future crimes against this basic right.

Sadly this right does not apply to unborn babies. The South African state does not recognize an unborn baby as a person and therefore gives power to a woman to decided if they would terminate the pregnancy or not. On the other hand the Bible recognizes a person even before conception. When conception takes place God would have already planned out the life of the baby before they are even born.

Since many unborn babies are being brutally killed. This right to life means nothing.

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Introduction

We answer the question why you should believe in Jesus Christ. I will give you four reasons from the book of John 1:1-12

John 1:1 – 12 KJV

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. The same came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all men through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO GOD (1:1-3)

These verses show us first of all that, there is an entity called the Word, who is eternal in nature, since it is made obvious that the Word was already existing in the beginning. This is what we learn of the Word.

  • The Word is eternal (In the beginning was the Word)
  • The Word coexisted with God eternally (The Word was with God… The same was in the beginning with God)
  • The Word is divine (The Word was God)
  • The Word is a person (All things were created by Him)
  • The Word is the only Creator (All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.)

We learn from the Book of Revelation that Jesus Christ as He descended from heaven to make an end of His enemies, His name was THE WORD OF GOD (See Revelation 19:13)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO ETERNAL LIFE (1:4a)

This truth is found in many places of scripture. Jesus has life in Himself. He told His hearers, “For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.” (John 5:26). He boldly declared, “I am the Way, Truth and the Life” (John 14:6) Jesus do not just claimed to have life He affirmed that he was life Himself. We also hear Him before raising Lazarus from the dead proclaiming, “I am the resurrection and the life.” Apart from Jesus Christ there is absolutely no life whatsoever.

John explains to us in 1 John 5:7-13, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life. These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” God testifies that He has given us eternal life and that the same life is hidden in Jesus Christ His Son. Sadly those who chose not to believe in Jesus Christ, according to this passage, have judged that God is a liar. By rejecting Jesus Christ they publicly reject the testimony of God as false and thus plunge themselves into condemnation and everlasting punishment.

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE LIGHT (1:4b-9)

There are many lights in the world. We all understand that light and darkness have no friendship. We learn that, Jesus Christ the Word, was the true Light that was come into the world. Yes the light shined in darkness and the darkness could not receive the light. This is true with Jesus Christ. He came to the Jews who were under Spiritual darkness yet they could not see nor receive the Light of God that was before them. Instead they rejected and crucified Him.

Even today, many people have heard of the truth of the gospel, yet instead of departing from their ways of darkness, they have fashioned for themselves lampstands that have no ability to produce light. The Lord Jesus explained the cause of this behavior in John 3:19-21, “And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.” Man do not want their works of darkness to be exposed and so they flee from the true Light which is Jesus Christ.

We are told that Jesus is the “true Light.” The call that we have is to come to that light. Jesus declared in John 8:12, “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Jesus is not just the light. He grants us understanding of who God is. The author of Hebrews says, “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”(Hebrews 1:3)

YOU GAIN ACCESS TO THE FAMILY OF GOD (1:10-12)

As many rejected the Light of World Jesus Christ, they are those who received Him. The Bible tells us, “But as many as received him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:” When we receive Christ we are not joining a religion or a religious cult. We are adopted into the family of God. With the previous point that Jesus is the Light, we can conclude that those who have received the Light, have also departed from and have denounce their fellowship in the world of darkness.

This clearly demonstrate that one must turn away from what they valued before and lay hold on Jesus Christ, for through Him we become the children of God. Christ brings us to God, where we are given all the benefit fit for the sons of God. Hear what Paul got to say, “But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.” (Gal 4:4-7)

Those who received Jesus Christ and also believed on His name, are born of God. They are born again and are regenerated by the Spirit of God according to the will of God. Paul says to the Christian in Ephesus, “For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God.” (Eph 2:18-19)

Conclusion

These are four of many reasons of why you should believe on the Lord Jesus Christ.

You gain access to God

You gain access to eternal life

You gain access to the light

You gain access to the family of God Therefore I say to you, Repent and believe in Jesus Christ.

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