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Citizen of South Africa
SO  WHO  IS  THIS  GUY?
Citizen of the United Kingdom
Described by the Chicago Tribune, January 2001, as a 'social activist', as every Christian actually is in principle;
although now retired, he is still on the ministerial list of the North American Baptist Association.
AUTHORSHIP
Some personal episodes of gratitude –   1. Buffelsbaai, Cape Town   2. Pretoria   3. Moçambique   4. Ridley Island, Canada  
See Also
SUMMARY STATEMENT
OF HIS FAITH/CREED
  Background summary history and personal motivation:   
For those who wish to know
Lloyd Thomas was raised in an evangelical Christian family of Baptist tradition and began studying Hebrew at age 15.
At age 17, after a dream of a half-completed tower, he migrates to a congregation of pentecostal/charismatic experience, and later, after completing his secondary schooling in Grahamstown, takes clerical employment in Cape Town, begins teaching Sunday School in a slum suburb (District Six), and becomes increasingly involved as a lay-preacher (Observatory, etc.), during which time he completed his compulsory military training and regimental service (Anti Tank Gunner, First City regiment), following which he then moves on to theological college (Berea, Irene, Pretoria), extra-mural studies (Unisa), and remains essentially true to his non-conformist Baptist background.
Click for
the circumstance
of Lloyd's own call to
the preaching ministry.

Some Associated Places
in historical sequence:
Durban, South Africa
Marchwiel, North Wales
Grahamstown, South Africa
Cape Town, Western Cape
Pretoria, South Africa
Pietersburg, Transvaal
London, United Kingdom
Chester, United Kingdom
Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
After 


Ditched by the
Full Gospel Church
completing a Diploma in Divinity in 1968, Lloyd pastors Full Gospel and Baptist churches in (Elim, Pretoria and Living Hope, Cape Town) South Africa while continuing further studies until 1991. Between these pastorates, he moves in 1975 to Pietersburg (now Polokwane) to assist the Bapedi pastors of Lebowa (and is accordingly transferred by the Full Gospel Church to their Missions Department, during its Apartheid-structure days). Its Mission Board however declines to recognise him/his ministry (although being over-joyed that someone was willing to fill the gap among the black churches, according to General Secretary Alex Thompson) because they had not budgeted for him. Lloyd therefore financially supports himself during this time, but they still decline to recognise him, in case he gets into financial difficulties and they would then be obligated (according to the Mission Board's Pastor Jenkins).
In 
Pietersburg during this time, one Thursday night in 1977, hearing screaming, he pursues the assailant of a woman who had attempted to stab her to death at a bus stop, and is then himself attacked when attempting to arrest him. So at very close-range he fires at his assailant's thigh hoping to subdue him, arrests him, and thinking that he had missed him, walks him back to the scene of his crime and, after having to protect him from an angry mob for the victim was then still lying in her pool of blood, hands him to the local police when they arrive. The following morning the police inform Lloyd that, although there was no external bleeding the bullet had actually penetrated his assailant's bladder at such close range as to quarterize the wound and had ricocheted up inside off the back of his pelvis through his intestines, so neither was there an exit wound. The woman's assailant, in his twenties and out of prison only ten days, dies in hospital, but she recovers from the multiple stab wounds.
Pietersburg
shooting
incident
The 
Ditched by the
Full Gospel Church
following year (May 1978) Lloyd is called to Cape Town to pastor a newly forming church, after a local Full Gospel Church (Mountainside Chapel, Cape Town) had called him but it had been blocked by their denominational office, on the grounds that Lloyd had been transferred to their Missions department (in terms of its Apartheid structure at the time), according to General Secretary Van Kerken, even though it had refused to recognise him.
 
In the 
early 1980s (while pastoring the Living Hope Baptist Church in Cape Town) Lloyd is approached by a University of Cape Town faculty member to assist her doctoral study on the application of the spiritual principles he was preaching to her field of occupational therapy. He agrees and begins leading group therapy in the maximum security forensic ward of a large psychiatric hospital as it had the most controlled environment for the study. But, soon after it started the initiator is offered a more senior position at another university and she accepts. The chief psychiatrist (Dr Tuvia Zabo) however asks Lloyd to continue his Nouthetic Counselling group (confronting with personal responsibility) as his forensic medical team believe that positive results are being obtained, so Lloyd continues and it is expanded to another secure forensic ward. This involvement with Valkenburg Psychiatric Hospital continues until Lloyd believes he is instructed by God to go to Moçambique during its civil war in Christian relief outreach to the people of that country, whereupon he tries unsuccessfully to find a replacement among the local pastors for his group therapy leading.
Nouthetic Counselling
Valkenburg Hospital
Forensic Wards
See
'Marijuana Made Me'
So in 
1984, Lloyd becomes involved in the Moçambique relief mission initiated by a deacon (Pete Norval) and his wife, after South Africa (allied with the West) had earlier that year signed its Nkomati Accord with Moçambique (allied with the Soviet Union). While there, hearing that its central Tete and Gaza provinces were suffering severe drought and famine, and that no other relief agency would risk its personnel in the area because it was in the heart of the violent civil war zone (between the Frelimo ruling party and Renamo rebels, supplied with weapons by the CIA from Saudi Arabia via the Commores), Lloyd then moves the mission to the Shanganini refugee camp in that high-conflict area. During this time he contracts malaria and narrowly misses being the target of a Renamo ambush, but experiences a number of awesome 'coincidences' of God's provision, even though it put great strain upon his marriage which ends in 1990.
Moçambique Missions
On 
the death of his father in 1991, he discovers an envelope next to his father's bed titled 'Lloyd's Dream', of which he could remember nothing. It was of a dream at age 8-years which metaphorically describes Lloyd's future call to the Christian ministry and its side-effect on his sister Ruth (today she is married to a Baptist pastor who had shared a room at Berea Theological College with Lloyd). That his father had kept this note so carefully beside his bed indicated the seriousness which he attached to it, and this was probably its encouraging purpose.
After 
1991 Lloyd teaches adult extra-mural classes at Salem College (Full Gospel Church, Bothasig) while supporting the ministry of the local Full Gospel church pastor Hensie Vroom (by preaching, counselling, conducting his funerals and weddings) who was suffering from increasingly debilitating Parkinson's disease.

His choice of the eagle icon for this website arose from his time in northern British Columbia, Canada, home of their largest number, and his persuasion that it is only the Biblical perspective that gives the 'big picture' – as an eagle sees over a landscape.
But 

Lloyd's first clash
with the SA police.
in about 1999 in Cape Town, Lloyd is physically assaulted by a group of South African police officers in uniform because he laid a complaint against them with a traffic officer, after their police union had illegally closed down public streets near parliament, seriously disrupting traffic, as part of their police union (SAPU) protest. They surround him, loudly chanting in his face "we've got your name Thomas" and together begin assaulting him. He is rescued by a VIP protection officer attached to parliament who warns him that his assailants are carrying guns and a shot could go off and no one would admit responsibility, but he refuses to leave the area on the basis that his assailants are being paid to protect him.
The 

Lloyd's further
clashes with
the SA police
 
following year (May 2000), deeply disturbed by the ongoing ambushes of Golden Arrow public buses in which a number of drivers are shot dead and passengers wounded, Lloyd obtains the names and details of the taxi-mafia (of the Codeta and Cata taxi associations) paying their hit-man (Bandile Botya) and, after personally supplying their details to the head of police Provincial Crime Intelligence, and being promised by him a result within two weeks, later, after no results are obtained and the killing continues, he goes public 16-days later in calling for his immediate resignation and that of the Provincial Police Commissioner (Lenit Max). In January 2001 Lloyd considers it necessary to personally reprimand the head of the Milnerton police station/precinct for their failure to prevent an expected violent xenophobic attack in their Dunoon suburb, on which occasion he meets Paul Salopek of the Chicago Tribune (see above) and brings him an eyewitness of the violent attempted mob murder and the victim's details (which police had claimed not to have), and in May of that year Lloyd then moves to the UK (London and later to Chester) and continues his research in the development of this website.
In 
 Lloyd on Facebook 
September 2005 he returns to Cape Town, South Africa, but on a preaching tour in Canada in October 2006 is persuaded to accept the pastorate of a Baptist church in Prince Rupert, northern British Columbia, Canada, to which he then moves in January 2007 and serves there until end February 2009.

Waiting to greet me
outside my front door
in Prince Rupert,
British Columbia, Canada.
("I took this wild stag photo one morning outside my front door. He looked at me as though he had been waiting for me").
While in Prince Rupert, he is addressed one Wednesday night (October 17, 2007) by a voice in his bedroom
which awakens him three times with the emphatic statement: "There were unclean animals in the Ark as well as clean".
In the morning he concludes that this means that he must treat those in the town outside of his pastoral fold with equal concern, which then leads among other to his involvement with the victims of crime in the community and related justice issues, including his exposure of on-going criminal activities. The long-term consequence of this is reflected in the two subsections of this website: regarding British Columbia (Canada); and the Western Cape (South Africa).
During this time in Prince Rupert, in view of the rapid development of the port, Lloyd facilitates the development of a Christian ministry to the crews of visiting ships (Lighthouse Harbour Ministries), some from countries where the Christian gospel is banned, and receives encouraging support from the local Port Authority and dedicated individuals from various churches.
His abiding passion has been to understand the Bible in its own context, as its first readers did, and so ancient history has been a continuing interest. Accordingly, the only ultimate authority for him is the Holy Spirit whose basic directions are given in the Bible's words and perspectives, against which every understanding of His directions today must be measured, for the Spirit of God is consistent.
In view of this,  his pivotal persuasion is –
  the unfading dynamic of God's infinite affection — and His awesome purpose for humanity!
In 
consequence, the effective identity of every authentic Christian, which was described by the Lord Jesus as –
the  "light of the world"  and the 
"salt of the earth"
,
  has become a profound conviction concerning Christian conduct on social and moral issues of society in general,
and on matters of justice in particular.
See:
Common
'Christian' Fallacies
On this therefore, 
 he believes that Christ's salt and light comments about the influence of believers in this world –
do not mean adding 'flavour' to human society or changing the 'hue' of this world as some so foolishly believe,
 but that, within their own context, Christ's words have specific reference to —
stopping corruption and exposing evil in order to publicly show
the way forward for all humanity, regardless of creed or culture, in all places and at all times.
 
Hence, he believes  that the New Testament's summary statement of Christ's coming is therefore also applicable today, namely:  
 
 “The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil” 
 1 John 3:8
But Lloyd  Thomas also has his detractors, who illustrate, as the Lord Jesus Himself so aptly said —
See:
Lloyd's
subsequent
conflict with the
South African
Police 'Service'
Website Statistics Analysis

See:
 Local Popes 
The Diotrephës Disease
THE ENEMY OF TRUTH IS NOT IGNORANCE — IT IS THE ILLUSION OF KNOWLEDGEMATTHEW
It would be good
for these persons
to be reminded
that Christ has
only one church,
within which
spiritual divisions
are not permissible.


H I S     D E T R A C T O R S
Some persons quoted against him in this regard include messrs –
1. Martin Strange;
 
 
2. Steve Walsh and his twisted sister;
   
3. Chris Bolus;       
   
4. Frank Pyde;      
       
   5. Paul van der Merwe;    and   
         
6. Gavin van Heerden.
To their friends: please note that Lloyd accommodates neither hypocrisy nor disrespect (Titus 2:15).
In 2 and 3 above, much hurt was caused to many by the spreading of a very one-sided story,
which sadly then resulted in their total termination of any relationship to Lloyd.
In this regard then, the New Testament statement in 2 Timothy 4:14 is enough.
 "THE EARTH  IS  THE  LORD'S  AND  THE FULLNESS  THEREOF"
While Nelson Mandela was incarcerated in Robben Island prison, he found inspiration in Table Mountain:
"We often looked across Table Bay at the magnificent silhouette of Table Mountain... To us on Robben Island, Table Mountain
was a beacon of hope. It represented the mainland to which we knew we would one day return"
he said in a speech, and he did...
 13:57.
In this case
the Accused
was 'guilty until
proved innocent'
,
of which the world
has a more
enlightened view.


See:
Some Logical
Fallacies Used
Against Him
Note: the 'adhominem argument'
Book Draft Snippets:
  Israel in History   Joseph   Elijah   Esther   That Night  
 
 
Lloyd is also greatly blessed with the following direct descendants (numbered to the fourth generation in terms of the Biblical counting)
 
Since 1823, when Anne Lloyd, daughter of Squire Thomas Lloyd, Denbighshire, Wales, married John Thomas of Llangadwaladr, Wales, in defiance, at Gretna Green, Scotland,
in each generation, one of their male descendants has been named Lloyd, in honour of their defi
ant union.

Michèle
2
 
David-Lloyd
2
 
Melanie
2
 
Kahlia
3
 
Rachel
3
 
Jamie
3
 
Tristan
3
 
Harriet
3
 
Gia
4

NOT ME!

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