SOUTH AFRICA’S DUTCH REFORMED CHURCH PERMITS POLYGAMY: FACT OR FICTION?

22nd May 2017 . by incontext_adm

A message claiming that the Dutch Reformed Church of South Africa is now allowing polygamy and the confirmation of gay members, has been circulating social media, causing an uproar within the church. The source of the claims is an article published by PRAAG (a pro-Afrikaans online newspaper) on the 1 April 2016.[1] The article asserts…

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SOUTH AFRICAN NATIONAL ANTHEM – IDOLATRY OR WORSHIP?

5th March 2017 . by incontext_adm

There is currently a message doing the rounds on social media (WhatsApp, email and Facebook) that South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi sik’lele iAfrika, is based on ancestor worship, singing to an idol god called Nkosi, supposedly the tree god. This message maintains, in essence, that the worship of Nkosi resulted in Shaka Zulu slaughtering 6000…

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VIDEO EXPLANATION OF ISLAMIC DEMOGRAPHIC THREAT?

9th February 2017 . by incontext_adm

A Youtube video, entitled “Muslim Demographics”, has been doing the rounds since April 2009 and has been viewed more than 16 million times. The video contains startling predictions about Europe and the West being ‘Islamised’ over the next few decades. The video can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU. CENTRAL CLAIM: According to the video, statistics demonstrate that…

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PETITION AGAINST ‘HATE SPEECH’ BILL IN SOUTH AFRICA

1st February 2017 . by incontext_adm

The following message (or similar versions of it, also in Afrikaans) is doing the rounds in South Africa via WhatsApp and email: “Extremely urgent message to SA Christians!! The ‘Hate Speech Bill’ – again!!! Yes! 1000 times yes, because 95% of SA’s Christians do not know and the 5% who know still do nothing! For…

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DONALD TRUMP A FREEMASON?

1st February 2017 . by incontext_adm

Reports on social media, YouTube and the internet are arguing that President Donald Trump has sentiments with 33 degree Freemasons, an honorary degree bestowed upon a Scottish Rite Freemason who has done good works for the fraternity. In unpacking the rumours, it is important to analyse the background, the accusation, the source and especially the…

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STATE CONTROL OF RELIGION IN SOUTH AFRICA?

28th November 2016 . by incontext_adm

INTRODUCTION There are various messages doing the rounds in South Africa that might seem similar in content but need to be addressed individually. And even though they seem related, they address different inquiries. The messages are related to religious freedom in South Africa. According to Andrew Selley, founder and director of FORSA (Freedom of Religion South…

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URGENT CALL FOR PRAYER FOR QUERAGOSH

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

Two messages regarding threats against Christians in Iraq are regularly circulating Christian networks, via email, WhatsApp and other social media. Even though the emails can be traced back to legitimate sources, the information is old and the situation has changed since the email was first sent out. The emails contain “news from missionary friends in…

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TRUMP JNR. AND THE SKITTLES ANALOGY

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

On Monday 19 September 2016, Donald Trump Jnr. tweeted an image of a bowl of skittles with the following text:  “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you. Would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian refugee problem.” The image was captioned below with the following: “This…

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STATE CONTROLLED CHURCH FOR SOUTH AFRICA?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

A current SMS (text message) doing the rounds in South Africa warns Christians about a Chinese agenda to introduce the “Three-Self”, state-controlled church system in South Africa that will ultimately stop all Christian activities, including the printing and distribution of new Bibles, no baptism, control over Churches, no evangelism, etc. The original SMS, in Afrikaans,…

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SIX SOUTH AFRICAN SCHOOLS TAKEN TO COURT FOR CHRISTIAN PRACTICES?

23rd October 2016 . by incontext_adm

An email circulating on Christian networks reports that six schools in Gauteng and the Western Cape will appear in the Supreme Court in Johannesburg on charges of practicing Christianity. One version of the email reads as follows: “Stand up! Stand up for Jesus! On 28 November, 6 schools in Gauteng and Western Cape will appear…

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