Evangelist Angus Buchan has reposted his apology on Twitter following a furore over his comment that only Jewish and Afrikaans people have a covenant with God.
Buchan first posted his apology on Facebook on 1 November. He shared a link to this post on his Twitter page on Wednesday.
He wrote, “I would like to apologise and to clear up any misunderstanding that I might have made with the statement that went out recently.”
‘Only Jewish and Afrikaans people share covenant with God’
On Wednesday, Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu drew more attention to Buchan’s comments after sharing an audio clip of the evangelist.
In the clip, Buchan is heard inviting his followers to a “meeting” on 1 February, 2020 called “Stand Up for Jesus” at Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria. However, he said while everyone is welcome, the emphasis is on the “Afrikaner nation.”
Buchan is heard saying, “Everybody is welcome as always to our meetings, but this time the emphasis will be on the Afrikaner nation.
“We are going to call out to God remembering that only two nations in the world have ever been in covenant with the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They are the Jewish people and the Afrikaans people, that is fact.”
Shivambu’s tweet reignited outrage against Buchan’s comments, compelling him share his apology on Twitter as well.
‘Please forgive me’
In his apology, the pastor admitted that he was wrong. He wrote, “Having stated that the Jews and the Afrikaans peoples were the only two Nations that had a covenant with God is totally wrong and for that statement, I humbly ask your forgiveness.”
He added, “In all my years as a servant of the Lord Jesus Christ, it has never, ever been my intention to hurt any man, woman, or child or create division amongst any race, people or creed in this beautiful Country of ours, South Africa. If my statement has led to any division, please forgive me.”
Buchan said he will continue striving for unity in South Africa, both amongst all its people and with God.
He is based in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal. According to his “About” section on Facebook, he and his wife Jill “found Jesus as our personal Lord and Saviour on the 18th of February 1979.”
He has a large following on social media, totalling more than 540,000 on Facebook and over 53,000 on Twitter.