“Ad Lucem” means “to the Light” in Latin, and the phrase ‘post tenebras lux‘ (after darkness, light)
Being people of Truth
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 consistent with others in this life. This Ministry endeavours to announce the fact that the highest object of truth is found in the person and work of Jesus Christ. 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).
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 prison 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. We also would like to help people grow to the place where they can recognize their calling in their ministries, and as a result, sow seeds that will benefit others. We accomplish these tasks by lectures, debates, dialogues, prayer, in obedience to God’s call.
A Ready Defense
Jesus makes it abundantly clear that after he leaves there will be a great influx of false Christ’s 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).
I am in full-time vocational ministry for the last 21 years and also currently the director of Ad Lucem Ministries (Towards the light). This ministry investigates theological trends and apologetic questions in an African and global context. The primary focus of Ad Lucem Ministries is to give credible Biblical answers for the Christian Faith by comparing opposing worldviews, theological questions, and ecclesiological issues, in the Church and a broader setting. I have also moderated and participated in numerous debates with both international and local scholars on topics ranging from Islam, comparative religions, social issues, and Christian foundations.
I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in Theology at the South African Theological Seminary as well as my Bachelor’s degree in Theology Honors at the same institution. I am also actively pursuing my Masters in Theology with a specific emphasis on Islam.
Currently, I am also actively involved in teaching theology at Rhema Bible College in Randburg. I teach central subjects like Systematic Theology, World Religions, Islam, Church History, Eschatology, Christian Ethics, and New Testament studies. I have been appointed associate Dean from 2019.
I have been blessed with an awesome wife, Candice Boshoff, who is actively involved behind the scenes of this ministry. My wife and I are parents to one Rottweiler Dub, Cody passed away in our arms 27 December 2019.
the Bible is the divinely inspired, infallible, trustworthy, authoritative, sole, Word of God. It is the only sufficient authority in matters of belief, theology, and conduct.
One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Our Sufficient Lord Jesus Christ is truly man and truly God, manifest in the flesh. His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His physical and personal return in power and glory…
The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…
The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…
The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…
The resurrection of the saved and the lost; they that are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.
Giving an account and defending the faith once delivered for all (Jude 1:3).
Maintaining a determined Christian Witness (1 Peter 3:15-17) and preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all nations (Matt.28:19).
If you want to get involved or make any contribution to Ad Lucem Ministries, please feel free to contact us through any given channel of communication on this site.
Pastor Rudolph & Candice Boshoff