The Saint James Church massacre was a massacre perpetrated on St James Church of England in South Africa in Kenilworth, Cape Town, South Africa on 25 July 1993 by four members of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army (APLA). They opened fire on the defenseless congregants with semi-automatic weapons and hand grenades. Eleven members of the congregation were killed and 58 wounded.
One man in the congregation, however, stood up, pulled out his pistol, and fired back at the terrorists and wounded one of them causing the others to flee. The man was Charl Van Wyk. Authorities credit Charl with saving the lives of dozens of other Christian churchgoers by his courageous act of interposition.
Here is a recent article in which Charl Van Wyk is interviewed.
Here at Defy Tyrants, we know Charl as the missionary in South Africa who has gotten the book The Doctrine of the Lesser Magistrates into thousands of hands in Africa. From the poor men in the ghettos of Cape Town to the magistrates of South Africa and Zambia.
The Lord has put it into the hearts of so many – in the face of tyranny everywhere – to get this doctrine into the hands of others.
May Christ be praised!
The doctrine of the lesser magistrates is demonstrated by the interposition of lesser civil authorities. When the superior authority (like a governor or federal judiciary) acts lawlessly – it is the duty of the lesser magistrates to interpose and not obey their unlawful actions. The lesser magistrate doctrine was first formalized by Christian men in 1550, but has also been seen in non-Christian nations showing it is natural to man.
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