ANC WAR HOAX

7th March 2019 . by incontext_adm

There is currently a video doing the rounds on social media containing unsubstantiated reports that the ANC (African National Congress) is preparing for war (https://youtu.be/bSWXcqEeHv4). The YouTube Channel, Loving Life, with its spokesperson, Scott Balson, warns the South African public to stock up with supplies as the nation is potentially facing a “STATE OF EMERGENCY”. …

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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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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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CHURCHES BURNED DOWN AND CHRISTIANS TARGETED IN INDIA?

1st October 2016 . by incontext_adm

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS CIRCULATING ON SOCIAL MEDIA: “Brothers and sisters, urgent prayer request. Pray for the Church in India. Buddhist extremists in India burned down 20 churches last night. Tonight want to destroy more than 200 churches in Olisabang province. They want to kill 200 missionaries within the next 24 hours. All Christians are…

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BLOOD MOONS PROPHECY: REVELATION OR SPECULATION?

1st October 2016 . by incontext_adm

The “Blood Moons” theory, increasingly circulating Christian networks in recent weeks, is a ‘prophecy’ that the four ‘blood moons’ (or tetrad) occurring on Jewish festival days (Passover and Sukkot) are a sign of something significant about to happen to Israel, as well as a sign of the end times. Is it a Biblical revelation or…

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ARABIC SCRIPT ON OBAMA’S RING?

1st October 2016 . by incontext_adm

What is inscribed on Barack Obama’s ring?  An October 2012 article drew much attention on the Internet for claiming that a ring which Barack Obama has been wearing since his college days (and which doubles as his wedding ring) is adorned with Arabic script spelling out the first part of the Shahada, the Islamic declaration of…

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AN ISLAMIC USA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME?

1st October 2016 . by incontext_adm

An email currently circulating Christian networks calls for “action if we value our way of life” with an alarming message that Muslims are building “an Islamic State in America, one church at a time”. The email reads as follows: “CHURCHES NO MORE – THEY ARE BUILDING AN ISLAMIC STATE IN AMERICA, ONE CHURCH AT A TIME….

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