Tutu's Modernism
August 26, 2013
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
Desmond Tutu (b. 1931), retired Anglican archbishop of Cape Town, South Africa, is frequently in the news in spite of his advanced age. 


“Some people thought there was something odd about Jesus’ birth... It may be that Jesus was an illegitimate son” (Cape Times, October 24, 1980).


“When justice prevails over injustice as in Zimbabwe, it shows that the kingdom of God is here already” (Ecunews, November 1980).

In fact, the Bible teaches that the kingdom of God will be established on this earth at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ in power and glory -- and not before! And certainly the kingdom of God is not now being established by communist leaders in Zimbabwe. 

“And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and BECAUSE THEY THOUGHT THAT THE KINGDOM OF GOD SHOULD IMMEDIATELY APPEAR. He said therefore, A CERTAIN NOBLEMAN WENT INTO A FAR COUNTRY TO RECEIVE FOR HIMSELF A KINGDOM, AND TO RETURN. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. And it came to pass, that WHEN HE WAS RETURNED, HAVING RECEIVED THE KINGDOM, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading” (Luke 19:11-15). 


“[Nelson] Mandela is my leader, and I am not going to be dictated to as to who should be my leader” (The Star, August 16, 1985).

At the time when Tutu made this statement, Mandela was in prison for attempting a violent overthrow of the South African government. When the government offered to release him from prison if he would renounce violence, Mandela refused. Mandela’s African National Congress murdered thousands of black South Africans in its push to destroy the old government. One of its tactics was “necklacing” whereby a rubber tire filled with gasoline was forced around a victim’s chest and arms and set on fire. “The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die, suffering severe burns in the process.” Mandela’s wife, Winnie, said on April 13, 1985, “... with our boxes of matches and our necklaces we shall liberate this country.” 

Tutu did not support necklacing and even saved one man who was about to be murdered by rushing into the crowd and throwing his arms around the man, but he did identify publicly with the brutal ANC. 


“The Holy Spirit is not limited to the Christian Church. For example, Mahatma Gandhi, who is a Hindu ... The Holy Spirit shines through him” (Tutu, St. Alban's Cathedral, Pretoria, South Africa, November 23, 1978). 

Speaking at Expo 2000 in Hanover, Germany, Tutu stated: “And because everybody is a God-carrier, all are brothers and sisters; all are one family that can live in peace. Then evil will be overcome and God will say: ‘You are my children. Help me to realise my dream.’” (Ecumenical News International, June 15, 2000).

When a reporter asked Tutu if there are any limits to plurality and diversity when seeking unity, he replied: 

“God is the God of all. We are too prone to excommunicate. God welcomes all of us. Today we Christians have moved a long way toward understanding that we don’t have a corner on the God market. Once we said that all who are not Christians are pagans” (“Report from WCC Tutu: ‘God is not a Christian,’” The Presbyterian Layman, Feb. 22, 2006).


On February 9, 1996, a public message signed by 300 Anglican leaders was issued in support of the homosexual organization called the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement. Thirteen Anglican bishops added their names to this document, including Desmond Tutu. The statement, released on the 20th anniversary of the homosexual group, said, “On its 20th anniversary celebration, we recognise the valuable contribution made to the continuing debate on sexuality and Christianity by the Lesbian and Gay Christian Movement, and we call upon the Churches to engage fully with this important question.” In a follow-up interview on British Broadcasting Corporation's Sunday Programme on February 12, Tutu called for the ordination of homosexuals. He said, “The Church has not got there yet, but if we were to say that in relationships it is desirable that there is fidelity between a couple, why should we not extend the same conditions to same sex relationships.”

Following a vote in May 2009 by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland to approve the appointment of a homosexual pastor, Tutu voiced his approval saying that churches should not be discussing “who goes to bed with whom” (“Desmond Tutu Endorses Homosexual Ministers,” LifeSiteNews.com, May 29, 2009). The homosexual pastor, Scott Rennie, was ordained the pastor of Queen’s Cross Church in Aberdeen in 2008, but his appointment was protested and brought before the denomination’s ruling body. Like Vickie Gene Robinson, who was ordained a bishop in the Episcopal Church of America in 2003, Rennie divorced his wife to live carnally with a man. This is a double sin. First, there is the sin of breaking one’s solemn marriage vows before Almighty God. Second, there is the sin of sodomy. Yet these men are so spiritually blind that they claim to hold the moral high ground!

In 2013 Tutu said that he would rather go to hell than worship a “homophobic God.” Speaking at the launch of a “gay rights” campaign backed by the United Nations, Tutu said, “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place. I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this” (“Archbishop Tutu,” BBC News, July 26, 2013). 

We are reminded of the prophecy of Psalm 2 that the world’s rulers will take counsel against Jehovah God and His anointed (Christ), saying, “Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” This refers to a rejection of God’s holy laws, and Desmond Tutu is exhibit A in this regard. He is a man who is acclaimed by the world and who represents the world’s most modern thinking, a man who has won the Nobel Peace Prize, a man in tune with the United Nations, and he openly and brashly hates the holy God of the Bible. 

Of course, God is not “homophobic.” God has no phobias; fallen man has all of the phobias. But God has laws, and according to His laws any sexual relationship outside of holy marriage is sinful, and marriage is only legitimate between a man and a woman. 


“Thank God I am black. White people will have a lot to answer for at the last judgment” (Argus, March 19, 1984).

Revelation 20 describes the last judgment and it does not mention race. The judgment is based on works, not skin color. 

“God will render to every man according to his works: To those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; but glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: FOR THERE IS NO RESPECT OF PERSONS WITH GOD” (Romans 2:6-11).

Like many of the prominent black leaders who are exalted by the mainstream media, Tutu is the worst kind of racist. In fact, he is a rabble-rouser. He conveniently forgets the wretched history of mankind, of centuries of tribal warfare in Africa and in every habitable part of the earth -- black against black, white against white, yellow against yellow, brown against brown, red against red. The book of Acts said God has made all men of ONE BLOOD (Acts 17:26). 

It is not skin color that is the problem; it is a nature problem -- the hearts of ALL men are darkened with sin. This is the world’s fundamental problem, and the “Reverend” Tutu should be preaching the blessed Gospel of eternal salvation through the blood of Jesus Christ instead of his false gospel of racial division, universalism, and communism.

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