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Stellenbosch Theological Journal

On-line version ISSN 2413-9467
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STRAUSS, Piet. The prophetic voice of the Dutch Reformed Church to the South African Government in the decade after 1994. STJ [online]. 2018, vol.4, n.1, pp.411-432. ISSN 2413-9467.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17570/stj.2018.v4n1.a19.

When referring to the viewpoints of the Dutch Reformed Church as a whole, one should look for the decisions of its general synod. In trying to be a church and a prophet, this General Synod should speak out according to the Bible and in the way of a church or an institution of faith. The Dutch Reformed Church indeed spoke as a prophet to the government in the decade after 1994. However, it was done with a certain reluctance and not from an overall perspective. Two main factors contributed to this. There is a difference in worldview between this church and the government. The Dutch Reformed Church had the experience that a little came of its efforts. In the meantime the Dutch Reformed Church remains convinced that it should promote the kingdom of God in South Africa as a church and through its individual members.

Keywords : Dutch Reformed Church; prophet; government; institution of faith.

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