Restoration Foundation Response to FW Klerk (Former Apartheid President) Apology

*Press Release – Restoration Foundation’s Response to FW Klerk’s Apology to SA*

The Restoration Foundation (The RF) was formed by a group of Christians from different backgrounds who desire, under God, to promote and implement, in love, the restoration of dignity for all people who live in South Africa who have been victims of unjust, racially based laws that have resulted in the deprivation of their self-worth (Mat. 22: 39; Neh. 5: 11).

“The RF has welcomed the Apology from the former Apartheid President FW Klerk, but it was saddened to hear his passing after a long period of battling with cancer. As a body of believers, Jesus instructed us to forgive seventy times seven (Matthew 18:22), hence “the Foundation has forgiven him the same way Jesus forgave us on the Cross”. However, RF would like to explain theologically the meaning of two words “Forgiveness” and “Restoration”.

*1.* *Forgiveness*:

Matthew 18:21-22: Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Till seven times? Jesus said unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, until seventy times seven.

Matthew 6:14-15: For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

TD Jakes said: when you forgive others, it is not only for them but for yourself.

South Africans, if you cannot forgive your brother, neither will your Heavenly father forgive your trespasses. This may have serious consequences on the “Health of the country and its proper functioning as individuals and Society as well”. Hence, The Foundation is recommending South Africans who have not yet done so to forgive FW Klerk and anyone who has trespasses against you.

*2.* *Restoration*:

Forgiveness cannot be confused with Restoration. If you took something from your brother, you can ask for forgiveness which can be granted, however you will still need to “Restore” what belongs to your brother. How can you accept that the “First Nation: Khoi-San” language is still not acknowledged?

*A. Nehemiah Restitution interlude (calling on the Church of Jesus Christ to take such a stand from Nehemiah 5): *While Nehemiah was busy with the building work on the wall around Jerusalem, the poor people rebelled. They borrowed money and food and were now being exploited by the rich, who were selling their children as slaves and taking possession of their properties. Nehemiah 5:6: And I was very angry when I heard their cry and these words”. I was appalled and immediately called a national gathering. He reproached the nobles and the officials for their exploitation and ordered them to give back to the poor their fields, vineyards, olive groves and houses. The immediate response of the rich was: “We will give it back… And we will not demand anything more from them.” (Nehemiah 5:12). Church of Jesus Christ in South Africa, according to Golegal Industry News and Insight Website reported by Carmel Rickard, *MANY thousands of land claims are still unresolved. Church, **are you angry like Nehemiah about the wrong done to your Brethren in the past? If yes, and what are you doing to “Redress or Repair such”. *

*B. **Zacchaeus and restitution (Luke 19:1-9)*: Zacchaeus’ job as tax collector made him one of the rich and privileged people in Jericho. He made most of his money through corruption and the exploitation of the poor. Ordinary people hated the tax collectors and saw in them a source of their oppression. Zacchaeus knew that his tax corruption deeds alienated him from Jesus and the community. For him to be reconciled with Jesus and his people he had to make amends for his unjust behaviour through acts of restitution. As soon as Zacchaeus encountered Christ, he gave half of his money to the poor (i.e. charity), and compensated those he defrauded four times the value of what he had stolen from them (i.e. restitution).

The RF is calling on South Africans through the Church of Jesus Christ to not close their heart, ears and eyes to the suffering and cry of the victims of the past unjust laws and to possible call from “perpetrators” to reconcile but Act upon it as Ambassadors of Christ, this our assignment:

2 Corinthians 5:18, 20a: And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the Ministry of reconciliation; Now then we are ambassadors for Christ…

Proverbs 22:7: the rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

Thank you for joining such efforts

May God bless South Africa

*Nkosi Sikele’ iAfrika*

*Endorsed by the following*:

BARRY ISAACS (Doctor Honoris Causa)

This letter is breaking the silence from SA believers in regards to the past unjust and racially based laws and praying that the Lord will enhance this voice as He did for the four leprous men from Israel in Syrians’s camp (2 Kings 7:3-6) to speak to millions of South African to join such efforts along with the South African government and Foreign nations who supported the struggle and those who supported apartheid era.

This letter has been submitted to FW de Klerk Foundation, SA Presidency, South African Council of Churches, Tutu Foundation and some embassies in SA.

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