“Ad Lucem” means “to the Light” in Latin, and the phrase ‘post tenebras lux‘ (after darkness, light)
Being people of Truth and Love
In a post-modern era, people are lauded for creating their truth and even encouraged to “live their truth.” Reality seems to be indifferent, and common sense is not so common anymore. Different social media platforms and a fast collective of influential people tell us that what is true for you might not be true for me, and “that is ok.” We are called to accept the fact that “all religions are fundamentally different, but superficially the same.” Alister McGrath writes;
“It is utterly wrongheaded to say that something is “true for you but not for me.” For example, what if I think fascism is true, and you think liberal democracy is equally true? Should the fascist’s repression be tolerated by the believer in liberal democracy? If not, on what grounds? Why not permit Stalinism or Satanism or Nazism? Without criteria to determine truth, this relativism fails miserably.”
At Ad Lucem Ministries, we recognize that nobody makes their own rules, and everyone needs objective truths to live safely and consistently with others in this life. We also understand that truth without love can be harmful. Francis Shaeffer writes in his book, “The God Who Is There”, that “There is nothing more ugly than an orthodoxy without understanding or without compassion.” Ministry endeavors to announce the fact that the highest object of truth is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. He was filled with both “Grace and Truth” (John 1:14). John, the Beloved Disciple of Jesus, shows that for the Christian, truth stems from following the personification of truth, Jesus Christ (John 18:38). It is by his person (John 14:6) and His teaching (John 15:3) that we are sanctified (John 17:17) and liberated (John 8:32). The Holy Spirit leads God’s People in truth (John 16:13), and the essential call this Ministry has received is to align our lives to Christ’s revealed will (John 12:48-50).
Equipping the Church community
Our call will always involve all people! Frederick Buechner writes;
“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”
Jesus calls out with great charity (Matt.11:28-30);
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Ad Lucem Ministries have been in Mosques, Churches, Schools, Old Age Homes, Bars, Government offices, and even prisons to share the announcement of Jesus’s Call to all people, “Come!”. We desire to see different communities trained in understanding the person and work of Jesus Christ and defending their faith to build up the local church. We also would like to help people grow to a place where they can recognize their calling in their ministries, and as a result, sow seeds that will benefit others. We accomplish these tasks through lectures, debates, retreats, dialogues, and prayer, in obedience to God’s call. We acknowledge that nothing will be done without the work of the person of the Holy Spirit. He equips His Church and orchestrates the gifts as “He wills” (1 Cor.12:11) so that the body of Jesus can be One (verse 12).
A Ready Defense
Jesus makes it abundantly clear that after he leaves, there will be a great influx of false Christs and false teachers (Matt.24:10-13) Even Paul cautions the Church to be on their guard because many will try to enter the flock of Jesus Christ to bring false teachings (Acts 20:28-31). Ad Lucem Ministries is going into “all of the World” (Matt.28:19) as Jesus commanded, giving a reasonable defense for the truth we believe (1 Pet.3:15), preaching God’s word in season and out of season “correcting, rebuking and encouraging–with great patience and careful instruction” as Paul instructed Timothy (1 Tim.4:2). As a Ministry, we should not judge hypocritically (Matt7:4-5) but are taught to discern and weigh all matters of doctrine Biblically (Matt 7:1-6; 15-23, 19:28, 1 Tim 5:20, 1 Cor 14:29, 2 Tim 2:17-18;25, Heb 13:9, 2 Cor.11:14-15, 2 Tim 4:3, Gal 1:9, 1 Cor2:14-16, etc.). We strive to train the Church of Jesus to discern between that which is good and evil (Heb.5:14) to establish the faith they hold dearly (Heb.12:1-2).
In all things, unity
We understand that truth is important, and the Church is the pillar of God’s truth (1 Tim. 3:15). We also acknowledge that Churches have different opinions and interpretations of Biblical texts and practices. As the German Lutheran theologian named Rupertus Meldenius writes, we would want to say; “In essentials unity, in non-essentials liberty, in all things charity.” About these non-essentials, John Calvin wrote;
“For not all the articles of true doctrine are of the same sort. Some are so necessary to know that they should be certain and unquestioned by all men as the proper principles of religion. Such are: God is one; Christ is God and the Son of God; our salvation rests in God’s mercy; and the like. Among the churches, there are other articles of doctrine disputed which still do not break the unity of faith.”
We value orthodoxy, but we shun any militancy that would not build the Church of Jesus Christ. We believe in accountability, but we also believe in relationships in truth and in love. Francis Chan writes in his book, “Until Unity”;
“We worship a God who desires unity with His children and between His children. He sent His Son to bring His children together under His care. No good father wants to see separation between his children. As a father of seven, it would crush me to see any of my children rejected and separated from the others. It would anger me to see any of my children being divisive. ”
Our Ministry has been blessed with leaders and partners who set out to guide, help, protect, and hold us accountable. Ministry and ministers include:
Dr. Daniel Maritz (Ratio Christi SA)
Simon & Nel Brace (Ratio Christi SA)
Pastor Basil Panayi (Word & Life Boksburg)
Pastor John Grobler (Apologetics SA)
Pastor John Jerome (Word & Life Boksburg)
Udo Karsten (Antwoord Bedieninge)
Dr. Jonathan McLatchie (Apologetics Academy)
John Gilchrist (Christian Resource Ministries)
Pastor Mark Hodgetts (EDIFY)
Johan Stoltz (Ad Lucem Ministries)
Karnu Van Heerden (Ratio Christi SA)
Korede Olawoyin (Seasoned Apologist)
Samuel Green (Engaging with Islam)
Pastor Leon Du Preez (Encounter Church).
The Reason for Accountability Partners
Ministry accountability partners are individuals or groups with whom people involved in religious or ministry work share their experiences, challenges, and goals. These accountability partners play a crucial role in providing support, guidance, and encouragement. Here are some reasons for having ministry accountability partners:
- Spiritual Growth: Accountability partners can help individuals in ministry to grow spiritually by providing a safe space for discussing their faith journey, sharing their struggles, and seeking guidance on how to deepen their relationship with God.
- Moral and Ethical Accountability: Those in ministry often face unique moral and ethical challenges. Accountability partners can help ensure that individuals maintain high moral and ethical standards, making it less likely for them to fall into temptation or unethical behavior.
- Emotional Support: Ministry can be emotionally taxing. Having an accountability partner provides a listening ear, a shoulder to lean on, and emotional support when dealing with the stress and emotional toll that ministry work can bring.
- Encouragement and Motivation: Ministry accountability partners can offer motivation and encouragement when individuals feel discouraged or face setbacks in their work. They can remind each other of their mission and purpose.
- Prayer Support: Prayer is an integral part of ministry. Accountability partners can pray for each other and with each other, which can be a source of strength and inspiration.
- Conflict Resolution: When conflicts arise within the ministry or congregation, accountability partners can help mediate and provide guidance on how to navigate these situations in a healthy and constructive way.
- Accountability for Goals: Ministry accountability partners can help individuals set and achieve specific ministry-related goals. They can hold each other accountable for progress and provide feedback to help ensure success.
- Biblical Understanding: Accountability partners can engage in Bible study together, helping each other gain a deeper understanding of scripture and its application to their ministry.
- Preventing Burnout: Ministry work can be demanding, and burnout is a real concern. Accountability partners can encourage individuals to take necessary breaks, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and seek help when they are feeling overwhelmed.
- Maintaining Holiness: Individuals in ministry often strive to live a life of holiness and integrity. Accountability partners can help remind each other of these values and keep each other on the right path.
- Feedback and Growth: Constructive feedback is essential for personal and ministry growth. Accountability partners can provide feedback and suggestions for improvement in a loving and supportive manner.
- Crisis Support: In times of personal crisis or crisis within the ministry, accountability partners can be a source of comfort and practical assistance.
Having ministry accountability partners is a valuable practice for anyone involved in religious or ministry work. These partners provide a network of support, guidance, and encouragement, helping individuals to stay aligned with their spiritual and ethical values while also achieving their ministry goals.