The first families of Boers, descendants of Calvinist Dutch settlers in South Africa, could soon be moving to Russia to escape rising murders, rapes and violence against whites. Some 15,000 Boers want to leave South Africa and become farmers in Russia.
You can watch a video of some Boers arriving at Russia here: https://youtu.be/62TH_FwVQvc
The Schlebusch family from South Africa’s Bloemfontein is going to be among first 50 Boer families to settle in Russia’s southwest. Like many other Boers, they are seeking political asylum in Russia. They are facing violent attacks, rapes, murders and death threats at home stemming from plans of the socialist government to exterminate whites and expropriate their land.
A 2013 piece on WorldNetDaily quotes Ilana Mercer as saying, with all her anti-apartheid chops, that “more people are murdered in one week under African rule than died under detention of the Afrikaner government over the course of roughly four decades.”
More than 12,000 people have signed a petition asking President Donald Trump to let white people in South Africa emigrate to the U.S. The online petition calls on Trump to “take the steps necessary to initiate an emergency immigration plan allowing white Boers to come to the United States.” Boer is the term used to describe South Africans of Dutch, German or Huguenot descent, who are also commonly referred to as Afrikaners.
A similar petition, calling on European Union President Jean-Claude Juncker, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister Theresa May to allow white South Africans into EU countries, has gained nearly 17,000 signatures.
So far, Afrikaners have received no answer from Trump and Theresa May, who are conservative and rule over nations that received a very large number of Muslim “refugees” from Africa.
Left with no option, Afrikaners are seeking refuge in Russia.
Earlier this month, farmer Adi Schlebusch visited Russia’s farmbelt Stavropol Region. His grandfather was murdered at his farm in South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa’s left-wing government in South Africa has preached violence against whites.
Schlebusch said that roughly 15,000 Boers are ready to leave their country and begin a new life in Russia. He said,
“The reason I’m considering immigration is honestly because I see dark clouds hanging over our future. The reality is that we do fear for our lives. And the reality is that a white farmer is attacked every day in South Africa. My grandfather was murdered on this farm. The government is certainly responsible for creating that climate of antagonism towards white farmers.”
Schlebusch said he visited Russia with his family to explore the possibilities of resettling in the area. He said,
“I know the growth of agricultural production is immense in Russia. So, I think it’s the right time to buy in into agriculture in Russia. And I think there’s a lot of potential.”
Stavropol is ready to settle up to 50 Boer families, according to the region’s Deputy Commissioner for human rights Vladimir Poluboyarenko. He told there is already a plan for settlement of roughly 500 families with their own cattle near Stavropol.
Russia is the largest Christian Orthodox nation in the world, and I do not know if it would be the best setting for Calvinists. The U.S. would be a better place, especially because Trump is a Presbyterian (a kind of Calvinist), even though not a committed Presbyterian, because he has divorced and his current wife is Catholic.
Yet, Trump is not helping Calvinists from South Africa.
In fact, even other U.S. Calvinists are not helping them. For example, Calvinist theologian John MacArthur has a whole book against Pentecostals, but no book against the genocide of Calvinists in South Africa. Even in his other books he never addresses the plight of Boers and Afrikaners.
I have his MacArthur Study Bible and Strange Fire, where he attacks charismatics and Pentecostals. No mention of helping Boers and Afrikaners.
It is too much insensibility toward his Calvinist brothers and sisters, isn’t it?
I am not a Calvinist, but if I were the president of the U.S., I would help South African Calvinists. Years ago I talked to a major leader in the Christian Orthodox Church in Russia. I asked him to talk to Putin about the plight of South African whites, not because I think that Russia is the best nation for them, but because they are abandoned and the U.S. and Europe do not want to help them.
I really think that Russia is a good place for Orthodox Christians, but not for South African Calvinists, because their affinity is with American Pilgrims.
A South African Jew Speaks
In her book “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa” (Bytech Services, 2011), South African author Ilana Mercer said:
“The Judeo-Christian teachings underpinned great moral struggles in both South Africa and America, separate development in the former country, slavery and segregation in the latter. There, I said it. Like early Americans, the Puritans of South Africa had a deep affinity for the Mosaic faith and morals. In The Roots of American Order, Russell Kirk traced the influence on the New England Puritans of the Hebraic faith and traditions. For sustenance and guidance, the Puritans drew on Exodus—whose theme is the flight from bondage to freedom—as did they on Kings and Romans. Like the New England Puritans, the Dutch Calvinists who settled South Africa were steeped in ‘John Calvin’s Hebrew scholarship.’ Both in Africa and in America, the Puritans saw in the children of Israel and the story of the Exodus a metaphor for their own quest; their Protestantism they considered as a continuation of God’s covenant with the people of the Old Testament. As they interpreted it, the preservation of their respective communities of believers and its cultural characteristics was preordained.”
Very wisely, Mercer, who is a daughter of a rabbi, added,
“The Afrikaners illustrate perfectly what has happened to the Protestant-Calvinist world; it has sunk into a paralyzing paroxysm of guilt, for which there seems to be no cure.”
And she explains, in the words of an African philosopher, why the genocide white Calvinists are suffering in South Africa is a dark reality throughout the African continent. She said,
“Daniel Etounga-Manguelle, a Cameroonian thinker, and a former adviser to the World Bank, contends that ‘What Africans are doing to one another defies credulity. Genocide, bloody civil wars, and rampant violent crime suggest African societies at all social levels are to some extent cannibalistic.’”
Mercer argues that the transfer of power in South Africa to the black majority has yielded disastrous results for them as well as for the white minority.
What went wrong for Calvinists in South Africa?
Modern South Africa and Old Witchcraft
Nelson Mandela inaugurated in South Africa an era where witchcraft was recognized and respected by the state.
The festivities in 2012 of the centenary of the ruling African National Congress, Mandela’s socialist party, were marked by animal sacrifices and rituals held by witches “to remember their ancestors and remember their own gods in a traditional way.”
This “traditional way,” or African way, is known in Brazil: candomble and other afro-Brazilian religions. By the way, if you disapprove this way by pointing that in the Bible God condemns witchcraft, the Brazilian state response follows the leftist mantra: criticism of the African worship and its gods and demons is discrimination, even racism!
Two goats, two chickens and a bull were sacrificed to communicate with supposed dead ancestors in the centenary of the African National Congress. Witches were hallucinating during the ritual, commemorating the “liberation” of South Africa.
Rituals at Mandela’s funeral in 2013 were similar. Animals were sacrificed. The ceremonial slaughtering of animals is one of the ways the “ancestors” are called upon for help. Guests in these rituals drink blood of the slaughtered animals. Veneration for the world of the ancestral spirits plays an important role in South African “culture.” (I know these terms very well. In Brazil, during years Brazilians have been indoctrinated by their leftist government that Christianity is a religion and African witchcraft is just “culture”!)
Following this tradition, Mandela’s body was accompanied by individuals who kept communication with his spirit and other spirits.
Witchcraft is not the only problem. South Africa is under the powerful spell of the Western Left.
Mandela and his African National Congress were about to turn South Africa into a violent Marxist, communist country in the Soviet or Cuban model “when they were bought off by the [socialist] American Democratic Party and big multi-national business who showered the new black rulers with wealth and power, and, above all, with favourable international media coverage,” according to Rodney Atkinson. They were bought off by the Western Left. The result? They became a violent socialist nation in the Western model.
Under the spell of this socialist model, South Africa has been implementing moral decadence as no other African nation has done. For Mr. Atkinson, Mandela has a murderous legacy. In 1996, Mandela endorsed one of world’s most liberal abortion laws.
The same year, Mandela’s new constitution made, according to LifeSiteNews, South Africa the first country in the world to place “sexual orientation” alongside race and religion as a restricted grounds for discrimination — something that was instrumental for the legalization of homosexual “marriage” a decade later.
In other words, while many other African nations follow the tradition of protecting the family, including against gay “marriage” and abortion, in this respect South Africa under Mandela followed the Western socialist model. Just in regard to religion, Mandela opened the national doors for the traditional African way and its demons.
Calvinism in South Africa
Just as other African nations, South Africa was also strictly against sodomy and abortion, under white administrations. White administration officials were mostly Calvinist, and undeniably South Africa greatly flourished under Calvinist inspiration. Their greatest challenge was to prevail over racial barriers — a common problem in Africa, considering tribal wars where tribes have hated, enslaved and massacred one another for racial and “cultural” differences. Just consider Tutsis and Hutus. Blacks hated, enslaved and massacred one another long before whites and long after them.
The Calvinist difficulty to prevail over racial barriers opened the doors to resistance, especially communist, and a gradual weakening of their own religious tradition.
In 1985, while under white administration, 92% of Afrikaners (South African whites) were members of Reformed (Calvinist) Churches. But after the pro-abortion and pro-sodomy Mandela rule, everything changed. By late 2012, this figure had dropped to 41%, while actual weekly church attendance of Reformed Churches is estimated to be below 25%.
Gandhi, Apartheid and Racism
The weakening of Calvinists follows a strange societal idea that Apartheid is worse than any evil South Africa has been suffering since the end of Apartheid.
Apartheid has been elevated above the rampant rapes, including of children and babies, in South Africa.
Apartheid has been elevated above the troublesome personal life of its greatest opponent, Mandela, described by DailyMail as a “womanizing wife-beater.” He was also a communist involved in many terrorist attacks.
Apartheid has been elevated above the evil of socialism, abortion and other threats.
And it is very suspicious that Marxism, adhered by Mandela, embraced a supposed fight against racism. According to American Black academic Walter Williams, Karl Marx was a racist man. How then did Mandela espouse Marxism to fight Apartheid and, later, used Marxism to legalize abortion?
And now, Marxists, whose father was a racist, put Mandela in the same mythical level of Mahatma Gandhi — another racist. For Gandhi, who had visited South Africa, Africans were no better than the “Untouchables” of India. He thought black people were subhuman.
The deification of Gandhi intentionally eclipsed the real Gandhi, just as the deification of Mandela has intentionally eclipsed the real Mandela: the high-rank member in the South African Communist Party and an abortion and homosexuality advocate.
Gandhi was, according to HuffingtonPost, elevated to a 20th century messiah by both European and American Protestant clerics and missionaries. For example, John H. Holmes, a liberal Unitarian pastor from New York, praised Gandhi in his writings and sermons with titles like “Gandhi: The Modern Christ” and “Mahatma Gandhi: The Greatest Man since Jesus Christ.”
Will Mandela be the new messiah deified by liberal Protestant clerics and missionaries? Any doubts?
Calvinism and Pentecostalism
Perhaps Calvinists in South Africa might have averted the catastrophic destiny of their nation by opening the doors for spiritual revival. Some 100 years ago, when the African National Congress began its fight against Apartheid, the United States began to experience an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and the Pentecostal movement was born. The Holy Spirit did no distinction of race and color: whites and blacks were baptized in the Holy Spirit and whites and blacks became leaders in the Pentecostal church.
While left-wing and feminist birth control campaigner Margaret Sanger preached the extinction of blacks through birth control some 100 years ago, poor whites and blacks were united in their Pentecostal experiences.
Pentecostalism, rejected by many affluent and proud Calvinists, has been God’s way to address racial issues since the early 1900s.
Calvinists, who blessed South Africa over three centuries with their capitalism and hard work, needed such Pentecostal experiences to face the 20th century challenges. Failure to do so eventually became victory for Marxist idols and their “liberation” with epidemic rapes, abortion and homosexuality.
A revival, with abundant supernatural gifts, could also help Calvinists to confront one of the greatest evils in the African culture: Witchcraft and demons. Real Christianity always includes demon-expelling, just as Jesus did, but Calvinists in South Africa did not know such power, which was so necessary for them.
Christians heavily armed with supernatural gifts are also harder to fall prey to Marxism, which is rampant in South Africa.
Yet, Calvinists in South Africa lacked such power.
Under Calvinists, South Africa was pro-Israel. Since Mandela, South Africa is anti-Israel. South African Calvinists are much more conservative than their U.S. and European counterparts. They are so conservative as Russian Christians are.
In my view, the best place for Calvinist refugees of South African is not Russia. It is America or Europe. But what to do? The U.S. has received millions of Muslim immigrants in the last 40 years. Europe has also received millions of Muslim immigrants from Africa. But they do not want to receive white refugees who have their same ethnic, cultural and religious origins. They reject real refugees and embrace fake refugees.
Muslim “refugees” in the U.S. and Europe are busy destroying the nations helping them. In contrast, white refugees from South Africa would work hard.
Why are the U.S. and Europe rejecting conservative hard-working Calvinists from South Africa for the sake of left-wing free-loaders, troublemakers and even terrorists?
If Muslims label themselves victims of genocide, with no evidence, the West welcomes them. If Calvinist whites show evidence that they are victims of genocide by Marxists, the West just does not care.
At least once in his lifetime I would like Trump to remember his Calvinist origins. I would like him to remember the terrible plight of South African Calvinists. Trump can help these real refugees.
Charismatic Christians around the world should pray for revival among South African Calvinists and prophesy the defeat of the demonic Marxist genocidal forces in the South African government.
With information from Russia Today, “Into the Cannibal’s Pot: Lessons for America from Post-Apartheid South Africa,” National Review, NewsWeek and Wikipedia.
Portuguese version of this article: Abandonados por calvinistas americanos e europeus, calvinistas sul-africanos buscam refúgio na Rússia
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