Christians múst fight terrorists

 ‘ It’s a Christian’s duty to fight back against armed terrorists ‘ : hero-missionary Charl Van Wyk:

Charl van Wyk, the Christian missionary who shot back at four black South African terrorists and drove them off, says it is  a Christian’s duty to fight back against armed terrorists. He did – and saved many lives — injuring one terrorist, driving them away from the church, even following them into the parking lot. The terrorists then decided not to attack another church nearby during St James Church massacre on 25 July 1993 in Kenilworth, Cape Town.

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Eleven members of the congregation murdered; 58 injured: many maimed for life:

The four terrorists killed eleven people and injured 58 in the Saint James Church massacre.   The four terrorists threw grenades and  then opened fire with R4 assault rifles on the congregation, killing 11 people and wounding 58. They were members of the Azanian People’s Liberation Army APLA. The attack occurred during the Sunday evening service at the (racially integrated) church congregation.

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Above and below: the killers:

Sichumiso Nonxuba, Bassie Mkhumbuzi, Gcinikhaya Makoma and Tobela Mlambisa approached the church in a vehicle stolen by Mlambisa and Makoma. Nonxuba, who commanded the unit, and Makoma entered the church armed with M26 hand grenades and R4 assault rifles.   They threw the grenades inside, stormed in through the front door –  and then opened fire on the congregation killing eleven people and injuring 58 – many of them maimed for life.  Makoma, Mkhumbuzi and Mlambisa were granted amnesty for the St James Church attack by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC).  Nonxuba died in a car accident while on bail. 

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The terrorists’ victims:

Members of the congregation who were murdered were Guy Cooper Javens, Richard Oliver O’Kill, Gerhard Dennis Harker, Wesley Alfonso Harker, Denise Gordon, Mirtle Joan Smith, Marita Ackermann, and four visiting Russian seamen: Andrey Kayl, Karamjin Oleg, Varaksa Velentin and Pavel Valuet. Another Russian seaman, Dmitri Makogon, lost both legs and an arm in the attack.

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The immediate aftermath: Tutu lied & turned a massacre into a media circus:

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Just after the massacre, Anglican archbishop Desmond Tutu showed up demanding access to the massacre-scene: lying to the police by telling them he headed the Church of England congregation. He then turned the massacre into a media circus.

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Charl van Wyk: he shot back:

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Above: Charl Adriaan van Wyk received  an official commendation from the SA Police Commissioner Lt Gen N.H. Acker who stated: ‘On July 25 1991, Charl Adriaan Van Wyk endangered his own life in warding off the attack perpetrated on the St. James Congregation in Kenilworth. His action in pursuing the suspects on foot and returning fire prevented further loss of life. One of the suspects was wounded and was later arrested’.

A Christian case for individuals arming themselves with guns:

In Oct 2004, Charl Van Wyk became one of the founding members of Gun Owners of South Africa, (GOSA) which is also involved in public demonstrations against the Firearms Control Act.  
In  his book “Shooting Back: The Right and Duty of Self-Defense,” and subsequent lectures, Van Wyk makes a biblical, Christian case for individuals arming themselves with guns, and does so more persuasively than perhaps any other author because he found himself in a church attacked by terrorists.

  • He described it as follows: “Grenades were exploding in flashes of light. Pews shattered under the blasts, sending splinters flying through the air. An automatic assault rifle was being fired and was fast ripping the pews – and whoever, whatever was in its trajectory – to pieces. We were being attacked!” But Van Wyk was not defenseless that day. Had he been unarmed like the other congregants, the slaughter would have been much worse. “Instinctively, I knelt down behind the bench in front of me and pulled out my .38 special snub-nosed revolver, which I always carried with me,” he writes in “Shooting Back.

“I would have felt undressed without it. Many people could not understand why I would carry a firearm into a church service, but I argued that this was a particularly dangerous time in South Africa.” During that Sunday evening service, the terrorists, wielding AK-47s and grenades, killed 11 and wounded 58. But the fact that one man – Van Wyk – fired back, wounding one of the attackers, drove the others away. They also cancelled their plans to attack another church nearby, instead fleeing with their wounded comrade – shot by Van Wyk.

lecture and book:

http://archive.org/details/CharlvanWykLecture

http://www.wnd.com/2006/11/39057/

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source: http://www.slideshare.net/frontfel/the-st-james-massacre

About Adriana Stuijt
Retired South African-Dutch journalist formerly Sunday Times Johannesburg

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