To the Friends of the Reformation Society

Dear Friends

Greetings in the precious Name of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

We sincerely apologise for accidentally sending last week's Reformation Society letter a second time.

This is the Reformation society letter for this week which includes a powerful message about the reality of the persecuted church:

From the Frontline: Mobilise Prayer and Action for the Persecuted
Please tune in to the latest From the Frontline podcast on www.FrontlineMissionSA.org. It will be available
Over 400 million Christians live in the 66 countries of the world which severely restrict, or persecute, believers. Every year, an average of 200,000 Christians die as martyrs for Christ. Christian brothers and sisters are being persecuted for the Faith. How can we effectively serve the persecuted ? "Remember the prisoners as if chained with them - those who are mistreated - since you yourselves are in the body also." Hebrews 13:3

Reformation Society: How the Reformation Transformed Love, Courtship and Marriage
Martin Luther saw marriage as an institution in as much crisis as the church - and no less in need of reform. Luther described marriage as the only institution where a chaste life could be maintained. He insisted that "one cannot be unmarried without sin." "Marriage pervades the whole of nature". Luther taught that nothing was more natural and necessary than marriage, "for all creatures are divided into male and female." "Love begins when we wish to serve others." “There is no better school for humility and for loving sacrificial service than marriage and parenthood...”

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Upcoming Events

To Vax or Not to Vax ? – that is the Question
If you live near Cape Town, you are welcome to join us for the Reformation Society this Thursday evening, 16 September, at 6:30 pm for tea and fellowship and from 7 pm for a presentation on To Vax or Not to Vax? – that is the Question. How should Christians respond to pressures to vaccinate and to the proposal for vaccine passports?
“Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage.” Galatians 5:1

Christian Perspective on the News
Every Friday morning at 7:30 am, I have an opportunity to speak for 10-minutes on Radio Cape Pulpit (729AM) on a Christian Perspective on the News. You can access archives of previous programmes here. You can also listen online on Radio Cape Pulpit, click here.

Stand for Life at the LIFE CHAIN
Christian Action Network members have been campaigning for the right to life of pre-born babies since 1991. Join together with millions of pro-lifers worldwide in prayer and action on this International Life Chain Sunday, 3 October, from 2pm to 4pm at the traffic island in Buitengracht Street, near the entrance to the Waterfront in Cape Town. "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves" Proverbs 31:8

Reformation Art and Essay Competition 2021
Every year, those involved in Home Education are invited to participate in the Reformation Art and Essay Competition. This year the focus is on Protestant Reformer Martin Luther, who, 500 years ago, made his bold stand before the assembled political and ecclesiastical might of Europe. Professor Luther refused to bow to peer pressure, intimidation and political threats. On 18 April 1521, he made his historic speech: “Unless I am convinced by Scripture, or by clear reasoning, that I am in error – for popes and councils have often erred and contradicted themselves – I cannot recant, for I am subject to the Scriptures I have quoted; my conscience is captive to the Word of God. It is unsafe and dangerous to do anything against one’s conscience. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, so help me God. Amen.” This courageous stand on principle is even more relevant in this day of lockdown lunacy, Covid Cult masquerade madness, salvation by vaccination pandemic panic propaganda paranoia, with many churches sidelined, silenced or shut down. Political, media and peer pressure to conform and bow before temper tantrum tactics to violate our conscience and repeat rhetorical mantras to appease bullies must be resisted. The Reformation message has seldom been more relevant and needed than now.

Reformation Artwork or Essays
Original art work, or essays, on Martin Luther and the confrontation at Worms, 1521, Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Religion, Freedom of Worship, Freedom of Speech, Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Association, will be evaluated
Essays need to identify sources quoted and acknowledge books and websites consulted.
Deadline for submissions: Wednesday, 27 October 2021. Submit your entries by email, on attachment, to [email protected]">[email protected], or contact 021-689-4480.

Prizes for the best artwork and essays, include:
1st Prize: R2000 gift voucher from Christian Liberty Books (which can also be redeemed for the Biblical Worldview Summit).
2nd Prize: Sponsorship to the Biblical Worldview Summit (6-13 January 2022) or redeemable for CLB book and DVD purchases.
3rd Prize: R750 gift voucher (either for Christian Liberty Books, or towards BWS camp).

Home Education Fair
Please come and support our Home Educators Fair, Saturday, 30 October, where home educators will be showcasing handmade arts and crafts, food, sourdough bread, coffee, fudge, cakes, honey, boerewors rolls, muffins, samosas, protea/fynbos posies, glass paintings, succulent plants, cards, books and more from 9 am till 2 pm. Examples of the artwork and essays will be displayed at the Home Education Fair where the prize winners will be announced.

Variety Concert
Home educators will also be welcome to take part in a Reformation Day Variety Concert at 14:00 Saturday, 30 October where musical items, skits and dramas, or poetry recitals, will be evaluated by a panel of judges. Prizes will be awarded for exceptional creativity, or skill, displayed.

Livingstone Fellowship

“Just Preach the Gospel”
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May God continue to be your strength and shield.

Yours for Faith and freedom

Dr Peter Hammond


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