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Frequently Asked Questions about Kwasizabantu
(Questions about the mission and Christian issues)

1. What is Kwasizabantu's doctrinal position?

2. How does Kwasizabantu view itself and its ministry?

3. Does KSB believe in extra-Biblical revelation?

4. Where do you stand on subjects like abortion?

5. What is your belief about dreams, visions and other supernatural phenomena?

6. Do you arrange marriages?

7. Is Kwasizabantu exclusivist?

8. What is your opinion about Government, politics etc?

9. How should Christian leadership function?

10. What about Christmas?

11. Which version of the Bible?

12. How does revival happen?

 

 

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What is Kwasizabantu's doctrinal position?
Our beliefs are based on the traditional Evangelical doctrines. For a 10 point Confession of Faith as well as the Apostolic Creed click here.

 

How does Kwasizabantu view itself and its ministry?
Kwasizabantu is firstly a mission ministry. Our fist calling is to spread the Gospel. Being in existence for 3 decades has resulted in KSB functioning as a church as well. In other words, where the Word is preached, sacraments served and church discipline administered, there is the church. We are Evangelical in doctrine and practise fellowship with all children of God who identify with the basic tenets of the Christian faith. Kwasizabantu does not actively plant churches and converts and people who find help through the mission are sent back to their own churches if they have one. If they feel led of God to fellowship with Kwasizabantu, and they are never under pressure to do so, they are welcome to do so if there is a local fellowship in their area.
We reject categorically the typical sectarian idea that salvation is found in a particular church or through a special doctrine.

 

Does KSB believe in extra-Biblical revelation?
Although we accept that God can work through miraculous means, if He so wishes, the Word of God stands supreme as the ONLY measurement of truth and the will of God. We do not identify ourselves with extra-Biblical revelation since the Scriptures are complete and nothing can be added to them. All dreams, visions etc, should be checked against the Word of God. No Christian should feel compelled to act upon "a message" which someone else claims is from the Holy Spirit. Every believer is accountable to God and must hear from Him alone regarding His will. Kwasizabantu is generally skeptical about the claims by extreme groups who receive "special revelations".

 

Where do you stand on subjects like abortion?
Abortion is to be completely rejected on the grounds that it is in direct contravention of God's explicit command "You shall not murder." We also unconditionally reject all violence against abortion centers and those who perform abortions. We believe that abortionists are promoting murder but also believe that the church and individual Christians have no right to "execute God's judgment."

 

What is your belief about dreams, visions and other supernatural phenomena?
All dreams, visions etc, should be checked against the Word of God. No Christian should feel compelled to act upon "a message" which someone else claims is from the Holy Spirit. Every believer is accountable to God and must hear from Him alone regarding His will. Kwasizabantu is generally skeptical about the claims by extreme groups who receive "special revelations". We believe that the phenomena, such as the "Toronto Blessing" and "Gold teeth/dust" movements are not Biblical. These movements are symptomatic of a hunger by many Christians for the tangible evidence of God. True satisfaction is found in a personal relationship to Christ and not sensational "supernatural" experiences.

 

Do you arrange marriages?
Definitely not! No minister or Christian leader has any right to arrange marriages. A couple may receive pastoral counselling but should never be dictated to regarding the will of God for them.

 

Is Kwasizabantu exclusivist?
Not only Kwasizabantu, but no church has the right to claim ownership of the truth. The Lord has His people in a multitude of denominations and church movements. We reject the sectarian claim of salvation being found only in a particular church. We also disassociate with the sectarianism (which Paul refers to in Galatians 5:20) which can even happen within a single denomination.

 

What is your opinion about Government, politics etc?
There will always be tension between the church of Jesus Christ and earthy kingdoms. If there is no tension then it is because the government is totally Christian or the church has been absorbed by the state. Tension between the two kingdoms is normal but should not be exacerbated by provocative behaviour from the church or the state. The government is appointed by God (both good and bad governments) and should be obeyed as far as possible (Romans 13). Insurrection and revolution are not part of the church's calling and Christians should neither participate nor endorse movements which seek to violently overthrow the state.
On the other hand, the church should not isolate itself and withdraw from all worldly affairs and invite the criticism that it is "so heavenly minded that it is of no earthly use." Christians should be thoroughly involved in all aspects of society (without soiling themselves by worldliness) and must fulfil their role of being the "light of the world and the salt of the earth."

 

How should Christian leadership function?
Biblical leadership should result from spiritual authority and consensus by that church or organisation. Spiritual people will choose spiritual leaders. It is a modern tragedy that academic qualifications have taken precedence over spiritual authority, in many churches. This results in the stifling of God's power and a swift descent into total ineffectiveness in the Kingdom.
The true leader/s will always work together with others and not become a loner who dictates to the flock. A cult-like leader will seek to invest all decision-making in himself. This will take the church right off the track and result in increasing powerlessness and fruitlessness.

 

What about Christmas?
Many Christians are very sensitive to the possibility that celebrating Christmas may be an endorsement of or even outright worship of foreign deities. Yes, there are undoubtedly some pagan origins to the Christmas event and some of the rituals which go with it. However, this is still no reason to for believers to boycott Christmas. If this was the case then there are a lot of other things to avoid as well. For instance, Christians would have to avoid mentioning certain days of the week. The word Saturday is has historical connections to the worship of the Saturn, and Sunday to worship of the sun.
Instead of boycotting Christmas believers should use the opportunity to celebrate Christmas to witness to the greatest event in history, the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ to take away the sins of the world. Christians must not be caught up in the sinful celebration of Christmas, as the world does in its materialism, drunkenness and reveling. (for further information read `Qualms about Christmas'.)

 

Which version of the Bible?
It is most unfortunate that this question has become a point of conflict, and often very vicious, among Christian groups. The main argument by the "King James only" defenders is that the "Textus Receptus" is the only acceptable original manuscript and that the 1611 English translation is the only true Bible. All other translations, according to this belief, are watered-down counterfeits which will only lead the church into apostasy.
While accepting that there are weaker versions and some watered-down texts in particular translations, we do not accept the argument that the King James version is the only true Bible (despite the irrefutable fact that the KJV has been instrumental in the success of the church, missions and revivals, and is majestic and noble in its language). Christians should be diligent students of the Word and thank God for the many translations that are available. Various angles of truth are given by different interpretations and languages. This is an opportunity and not a threat. Let each Christian decide for himself which version to use as his personal Bible and not condemn others who use other translations.
(see the Kwasizabantu confession of faith regarding Scripture)

 

How does revival happen?
Revival is the special presence of God among His people. No man can force revival to happen as it is an act of God and not human arrangement. This does not exclude the fact that obedience to God's Word results in God's blessing and presence.
Geographical revival (where a whole area is affected) is an act of God which takes place according to His will. And yet, personal revival should be the normal state of every believer.
Miracles, healings and other supernatural happenings may occur in revival but are not necessarily proof of the genuineness of revival. (see Jonathan Edwards on "Distinguishing Marks of a Work of the Spirit of God".)

 

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