National Day of Repentance 2018


Thursday, 1 February 2018

"When you spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide My eyes from you; even if you offer many prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are full of blood ..." Isaiah 1:15

On 1 February 1997 abortion on demand was legalised in South Africa. By 1 February 2018, over 1,4 million South African babies will have lost their lives through abortion - legally - with tax payers money.

"... wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of My sight! Stop doing wrong, learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow." Isaiah 1:16,17

Fast and pray on 1 February 2018

Gather friends - pray at your nearest abortion clinic/hospital/crisis pregnancy centre. Pray for and (if possible) join the Funeral Procession from Keizersgracht Street (starts at 12h30) to the Parliamentary Prayer Rally (starting at 13h00), at Parliament on Thursday, 1 February in Cape Town.

"'Even now', declares the Lord, 'return to Me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning'. Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity." Joel 2:12-13


On 1st February 1997 abortion on demand was legalised in South Africa. The "Termination of Pregnancy" Act was probably the most controversial and unpopular piece of legislation to be enacted in South Africa since apartheid was introduced in 1948.

At the time, the Ministry of Health reported receiving hundreds of thousands of submissions concerning the proposed legalisation of "abortion upon request". Over 98% of these submissions opposed the legalisation of abortion. Tens of thousands marched to Parliament to, amongst other concerns, oppose abortion. Scores of delegations, and thousands of submissions to the Constitutional Assembly also implored the authorities not to legalise the killing of pre-born babies. Many surveys and opinion polls confirmed that the vast majority of South Africans were against abortion.

South Africa seems to be the first country where a vigorous pro-life movement was already established before the legalisation of abortion. The organisation Pro-Life was launched in 1977 in response to the legalisation of abortion in the hard cases of "rape, incest, mother life, deformities, and the mother's mental health." The Protestant Pro-Life movement in South Africa was launched in earnest in 1991 by Africa Christian Action and Christians for Truth. Africa Christian Action published the first pro-life leaflets, organised the first Pro-Life Handbook for South Africa - Fight for Life, and organised the first pro-life demonstrations and Life Chains.

Africa Christian Action, alone, in the six years before the legalisation of abortion on demand conducted over one thousand pro-life meetings including rallies, radio programmes, school assemblies, seminars, church services and TV interviews. And hundreds of pro-life prayer vigils, demonstrations, marches and other actions were organised. Delegations from Africa Christian Action, Christians for Truth, Doctors for Life, Pro-Life and others personally presented the case against abortion to the Constitutional Assembly, to Parliament, and to the President. The ANC government in South Africa is perhaps the first government in history to legalise abortion after having received expert scientific testimony from medical professionals demonstrating that life begins at conception and that abortion is the violent taking of human life.

Numerous delegations and submissions challenged the convoluted logic and mental gymnastics of the government that could interpret the "right of life" clause in the Constitution to protect guilty murderers from execution, but not prevent innocent babies from receiving the death penalty through abortion!

If the right to life of the most helpless and innocent members of society - pre-born babies - is not upheld then the Bill of Rights is a worthless piece of paper. Any society that is capable of burning, smothering, poisoning or dismembering little babies - legally - deserves the wrath of God.

It is a scientific fact, easily proven by modern medical technology, that life begins at conception. At three weeks after conception the baby's heartbeat can be detected. Six weeks after conception, the baby has its own life-long brain wave. If the absence of a brain wave is considered a sign of death, how then could the presence of this brain wave not be accepted as a confirmation of life? Every abortion stops a beating heart. Every abortion ends a brain wave. Every abortion is the murder of a helpless and innocent human being.

It is of the utmost hypocrisy for us to denounce atrocities under apartheid, while we have allowed the abortion holocaust to continue in our country. It is an incredible and tragic irony that South Africa has replaced apartheid with abortion. In the name of "choice" pre-born babies have been deprived of the right to life.

Instead of discrimination based upon race, we now have discrimination based upon age. What worth is "human dignity" if babies are denied the right to life? The day will most certainly come when future generations will look back on the abortion holocaust of our day with the same revulsion that we now look upon the Communist Holocausts of the Soviet Union, Red China, Cambodia and Rwanda.

Since 1st February 1997, over 1,4 million babies have been killed in South Africa - by abortion - officially, legally.

Legalised abortion is a national disgrace. The 1st of February 2018 will mark the 21th anniversary of the legalisation of abortion on demand in South Africa. For this reason, Christians who respect the Sanctity of Life will be observing 1 February as a day of prayer and repentance for the national sin of abortion. Many pastors will be preaching on the Sanctity of Human Life on Sanctity Life Sunday (29 January), and many congregations will be joining in prayers of repentance.

On Thurssday, 1 February 2018, Africa Christian Action will be holding a prayer vigil outside the gates of Parliament (at the corner of Roeland and Plein Streets) from 1:00pm to 1:30pm. A short memorial service and wreath laying ceremony will be held in memory of the babies legally killed by abortion in South Africa since 1997. This will be preceeded by a solemn funeral procession to Parliament. (The procession will gather at the Keizersgracht parking lot below the Cape Technikon and march down Darling street into Adderly street. Meet at the Kaizersgracht Street by 12:30pm.)

In order to alert Capetonians to the reality of the abortion holocaust taking place in our land, Africa Christian Action has hired a hearse and mourners will carry coffins, crosses and flowers in memory of the victims of abortion. The funeral procession will be followed by the Africa Christian Action trailer, a large billboard with pictures of pre-born babies and with the Scriptures: "Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves" Proverbs 31:8; and "Now choose life so that you and your children may live." Deuteronomy 30:19. Special obituary notices will also be placed in newspapers around the country.

If it is at all possible, please do join us for the funeral procession to Parliament, or meet us outside the gates of Parliament for the prayer vigil.

"Could you men not keep watch with Me for one hour?" Matthew 26:14

There are over 36 000 churches and 30 000 ministers in South Africa. If just half of them could be inspired to observe Sanctity Life Sunday in repentance and prayer and to study what the Word of God teaches on the Sanctity of Life then we could begin to end the legalised killing of babies in South Africa.

"Rescue those being lead away to death; hold back those staggering towards slaughter. If you say, but we knew nothing about this, does not He who weighs the heart perceive it? Does not He who guards your life know it? Will He not repay each one according to what he has done?" Proverbs 24:11-12

Most of the medical personnel in our country are church members. Most of the mothers go to church. Most of the voters in South Africa claim to be Christians.

If Christians in South Africa could stop and look at the abortion holocaust in the light of Scripture, if we could understand something of the heart of God on this disgraceful abomination - then we would be roused to action. There are 18 million church members and adherents in South Africa. If most of these church goers could understand what the Bible teaches about when life begins, the sanctity of life, and our Christian responsibility to stand up for the right to life of pre-born babies - then we could save thousands of precious lives from abortion.

The goal of Sanctity Life Sunday is to encourage pastors in South Africa to preach on what the Bible teaches on the subject of abortion on 28 January. It is also hoped that many Christians will also observe 1st February as a National Day of Repentance for the national sin of abortion

Will you mobilise your congregation to observe Sanctity Life Sunday? Then please contact Africa Christian Action for Pro-Life resources and a Sanctity Life Package.

These materials can also be downloaded from Pro-life Resources on the Christian Action website. There are articles, pro-life sermons, Bible studies, prayers of repentance, pro-life tracts, T-shirts, bumper stickers, precious feet lapel pins, books, and DVDs available.

"If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, they will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14

Related Items:

National Repentance
Sanctity Life Sunday Information & Resources from Africa Christian Action
Scriptural Imprecatory Prayer Proclamation Against Abortion
Sanctity Life Prayer of Repentance
Operation Nehemiah
Do Christians Care?

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