TO SAY the ANC was part of a global anti-Christ movement and had “lost God” was like saying the 11 million who voted the party into power had lost their minds.
This is according to Eastern Cape ANC chaplain Bishop Andile Mbethe, who was defending the party against claims by former member Mkhangeli Matomela that the ANC has eroded morally and lost its Christian values.
Mbethe, the province’s SA Council of Churches (SACC) president, was speaking at the Dispatch Dialogues, hosted in conjunction with the University of Fort Hare on Tuesday.
Mbethe said so-called revelations of the emergence of dark forces or agendas of secret societies that are said to be out to take over the world was not a cause for panic in either the ANC or the SACC.
“To suggest that we’ve lost God, was tantamount to saying we’ve lost our mind,” said Mbethe. “As the guardian of these forces, I am not panicking. The ANC has not survived 100 years for nothing. It is because God is with us.
“There is no evidence that the ANC has lost God. If we had, we would basically be living in darkness,” said Mbethe, who also said God was “not a Christian”, but God Almighty who was god of all.
Mbethe drew criticism from some when he said God was neither a he nor a she, adding that God reminded him more of his mother than his father.
“God, being God, cannot get lost. We can go astray but God cannot abandon us,” he said.
Matomela, who proved to have many sympathisers on the night, accused his former political home of being part of a “Lucifer agenda” leading South Africa into a “satanic state” where abortion, prostitution, homosexuality and other social ills were legislated under their watch.
Matomela based his argument on Alice Bailey’s controversial New Age Movement’s 10-point charter whose purpose is to “redeem the nations of Christian tradition”.
“Today you wonder why our governments are legislating laws contrary to the Bible. It is a process of implementing the plan, a strategy of the New Age Movement to fulfil its ultimate goal to establish one world government, economic system and world religion.
“Today the strategy almost in its entirety has been adopted by the United Nations and a lot of it is already law in many nations, including South Africa,” Matomela said.
He acknowledged the ANC was founded on Christian values and South Africa was liberated through “a miracle from God”. “This country was liberated by the grace of God.
“However when we removed the verse ‘Holy Spirit come down and revive us’ from our national anthem, that’s when we lost God. We rejected the Holy Spirit and we exposed ourselves to forces of darkness,” Matomela said.
He called on the ANC to publicly disassociate itself from Bailey’s charter, warning “if you do not, God and the South African people will reject you”. The Dispatch polled the more than capacity audience at the dialogue, asking the question: “Has the ANC lost God?”
The results vastly outnumbered the people in attendance and were deemed unreliable.
For the first time, Premier Noxolo Kiviet was among those who attended the Dialogue.