Evangelist Angus Buchan has made another heartfelt plea for forgiveness, saying the ongoing drought in some parts of the country sparked his recent controversial comments.
Writing on Facebook on Tuesday, Buchan said, “I am very sorry for what has taken place, I apologise, I repent and I renounce the idea of any special nation. I therefore ask your forgiveness.”
Last week, an audio clip surfaced on social media in which the preacher is heard saying only the Jewish and Afrikaans people have a covenant with God.
‘Drought’s untold damage’
He was heard saying, “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.”
Buchan first apologised for his comments on 1 November and reposted it on Twitter last week after the uproar.
In his repeat apology, he wrote, “Being a farmer myself and experiencing one of the worst droughts in the history of Sub-Sahara Africa, and seeing the untold damage it has caused people physically, mentally and spiritually it has broken me…
“…and my sole intention was to encourage and to try and alleviate their suffering, by reminding them that God will ‘never leave them nor forsake them’ (Hebrews 13:5).”
Support for President Cyril Ramaphosa
Buchan committed himself to “supporting the authority which God has put in place, namely our President Cyril Ramaphosa and his Government.”
“I will therefore continue with all my heart to work towards bringing the entire nation of South Africa to unity with each other, and with our God,” he added.
The evangelist also cancelled the meeting which he had said was open to everyone, “but this time the emphasis will be on the Afrikaner nation.”
He had planned the meeting, which he dubbed “Stand Up for Jesus,” for 1 February, 2020 at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria.
Buchan 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.