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Message at the Funeral of Stephen Mitford Goodson




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We have gathered in honour and memory of Stephen Mitford Goodson

“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39


Stephen Mitford Goodson was a remarkable economist, Reformer, researcher and author. Stephen provided a tremendous service for future freedom and prosperity by lifting the veil of secrecy of so many facts and facets of the history of central banking and the enslavement of mankind. His explosive: Inside the South African Reserve Bank – Its Origins and Secrets Exposed place him in the forefront of courageous resistance to the banksters and their globalist agenda. He believed that “Truth Conquers.”


His A History of Central Banking and the Enslavement of Mankindwas endorsed by a Foreword by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, president of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Dr. Buthelezi wrote: “Stephen Goodson has the credentials and track record to make a credible presentation of a subject matter which he has researched for decades, in which he has lived personally as Director of the South African Reserve bank… For this reason… my party and I have argued that South Africa should reform its central banking and monetary system, even if that means placing our country out of step with iniquitous world standards.”

Dr. Buthelezi notes that Stephen Goodson’s books on economics is a refreshing exception to the general dry and boring tendency of books from academia and the business world on economics and banking. He praises Stephen’s broad sweep of history of economics over almost three millenia and insights into how the problem of usury has been enslaving mankind, since civilised existence first began.

Dr. Buthelezi writes: “If we are to achieve real freedom, it is imperative that monetary reform be pursued with the same vigour and intensity… but that requires understanding the complex issues of how money is created, whom it belongs to and whose interest it serves.” He recommends Stephen Mitford Goodson’s books to all “thinking South Africans” who should read them as inspiration for political action. He concludes: “It is a crime for any citizen to shrink from controversy.”

That is something that Stephen could never be accused of. One may not always agree with his conclusions. In fact, I vehemently disagreed with Stephen over his biography on Rhodesian Prime Minister, Ian Smith. However, one could never question Stephen’s integrity and painstaking attention to detail and extensive research which lifted his books and lectures head and shoulders above the others. His biographies on General Jan Smuts and Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd are the very finest I have read on these extremely influential men in our South African history.

Stephen was plainly an independent thinker, a man of immense personal courage, who dared to think outside the box, to do independent research, to stand up and speak out against the iniquitous banking system and the globalist agenda of the New World Order.

His The Genocide of the Boers documents the insidious role of Lord Nathan Mayer Rothschild, Alfred Charles Rothschild and Leopold de Rothschild, in planning the Anglo Boer War of 1899 to 1902 and the genocidal concentration camp policies in order to gain control over the gold and diamonds of South Africa. This resulted in the deaths of 17.6% of the total Boer population in the Transvaal and Orange Free State. For anyone wanting to understand South African History, Stephen’s books are absolutely essential, covering ground completely ignored by most history books and introducing us to the economic dimensions of conflicts, not only in the 20th century, but for the last three centuries.

For those of us who were convinced that wars were only caused by geo-political and perhaps ideological forces, Stephen Mitford Goodson conclusively documents the insidious role of international bankers.

As Stephen reminds us: “Without knowledge of the past we will lose the future.”

In Stephen’s The Genocide of the Boers pictorial history of the role the Rothschild group played in the crime, he writes: “The Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) remains unique in the annuals of modern history. For the first time in the modern era, war was deliberately waged by a supposedly civilised nation on innocent women and children. Not only were the Dutch settler Boer homes destroyed by the British forces by means of a scorched earth policy, but the Boer women and children were then herded into deplorable concentration camps. Women and children whose menfolk were still in the battlefield were subjected to starvation rations which resulted in widespread disease and death. At the heart of the conflict was the desire of the Rothschild banking dynasty to control the mineral wealth of regions inhabited by the Dutch pioneers who tamed the wild lands of Southern Africa. To fund the unending British atrocities, the Rothschild’s dug deep…”

“Although the British had signed the Hague Convention on 29 July 1899, which strictly forbade the mistreatment of civilians in combat theatres, they were egged on by the rapacious Rothschilds to contravene every one of the Convention’s articles, in the latter’s maniacal pursuit for the complete control of the gold mines of the Transvaal…”

In his A History of Central Banking and Enslavement of Mankind book, Stephen throws an interesting light on the quality of life of commoners in late Medieval Europe in which in many aspects their quality of life was superior to the quality of life for most in our modern societies. In the 14th and 15th centuries, European commoners worked less than 14 weeks per year. If we were to judge happiness and the quality of life only by the number of electrical appliances we would not be able to understand the real meaning of happiness. In many instances the so-called “Dark Ages” of Europe looked much brighter than our own times. Much of the spectacular church architecture seen in the magnificent cathedrals of Europe were a direct expression of popular joy and the abundance of free time that people could donate to building these architectural masterpieces. Their quest for spiritual transcendence is testified to by these soaring cathedrals, the greatest achievements in architecture in history.


The role of banks and usury in enslaving most of mankind in a never-ending cycle of debt and interest repayments, which has even forced most mothers to work outside the home to pay the outrageous extortionist taxes and bond repayments, has also led to demographic suicide as most European families have less and less children and Christian Europe is in danger of becoming Islamic Eurabia.

As a previous Board member of the South African Reserve Bank, with long experience in the banking industry, Stephen was a first-hand observer of insider trading business. As Stephen so well put it, the South African Reserve Bank is not South African, it has no reserves and it is not a bank!

In his books and lectures, Stephen demonstrates remarkable knowledge of social and political realities and the pivotal role played by bankers in fomenting many of the ruinous wars, particularly of the 20th century. His academic research comes as a refreshing South Easter. Yet they are considered “thought crimes” by the politically correct, self-censored academic environment and Thought Police of the New World Order. In his books, Stephen not only exposes evil, he lays out practical economic and political principles that would provide effective solutions to the multifaceted crisis which confront us.

His courageous and principled life is well encapsulated in Rudyard Kipling’s Immortal poem, If


"If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs and blaming it on you;

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you, but make allowance for their doubting too.

If you can wait but not be tired by waiting, or being lied about not deal in lies,

  or being hated don't give way to hating and yet don't look too good nor talk too wise.

If you can dream and yet not make dreams your master,

If you can think and not make thoughts your aim,

If you can meet with triumph, or disaster and treat those two imposters just the same,

If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools;

  or watch the thing you gave your life to broken and stoop to build them up with worn out tools;

If you can make one heap of all your winnings and risk it on one turn of pitch and toss,

  and lose and start again at your beginnings and never breath a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew to serve your turn long after they've gone;

  and so hold on when there's nothing in you except the will that says to them: 'Hold on!';

If you can talk to crowds and keep your virtue and walk with kings nor lose the common touch;

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you.

If all men count with you, but none too much,

If you can fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run,

  yours is the earth and everything in it and which is more you'll be a man my son."

Rudyard Kipling

Resurrection of the Body

We are all the better and stronger, for having known Stephen. We grieve because we have lost a brother and friend, husband and father and because it may be a long time until we see him again. But we also rejoice in the blessed hope of the resurrection of the body at the Day when our Lord, Christ Jesus returns to Judge the world. Death for the Christian is not fatal, nor is it final. Jesus Christ is the Resurrection and the Life.

The Victory of Christ

Many religions believe there is an after-life. But what is unique to Christianity is the distinctive belief in the resurrection of the body. Christ’s Resurrection guarantees that those who die believing in Him shall one Day be raised in His likeness to be with Him forever. Through Christ’s victory, death has lost its sting. Because there is an empty tomb in Jerusalem we can face death in the sure knowledge that Christ has delivered us from the coming wrath and from eternal Judgment through salvation by the sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary.

We grieve, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope. At this time when we feel such heartache, pain and loss, the Bible offers us great comfort, encouragement and direction in life.

In the Bible we are told that it is better to go to a funeral than to a party - because the living should always be reminded that death waits for us all (Ecclesiastes 7:2). "There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven; a time to be born and a time to die…" Ecclesiastes 3:1-2


You Have an Appointment

There is one appointment none of us will miss. In fact, none of us will even be able to be late for this appointment. "It is appointed unto man once to die and after this to face Judgement." Hebrews 9:27

There is nothing more certain than death and nothing as uncertain as the time of dying. We should therefore be ready at all times for that which may come at any time. We do not know when, or under what circumstances, our lives will come to an end. But we do know that when we die we will stand before Almighty God - our Creator and Eternal Judge - and we will have to give an account of our lives - to Him.

"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out - those who have done good will rise to live and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned." John 5:28-29

"For we must all appear before the Judgement seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due to him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad." 2 Corinthians 5:10

"I the Lord search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve." Jeremiah 17:10

"And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the Throne and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. If anyone's name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:12-15 

Live in the Light of Eternity

At death we leave behind everything we have and we take with us all that we are. The character with which we die is the character with which we will appear at the Judgement. If you are prepared to die, then you are ready for anything. Until you are free to die - you are not free to live. It ought to be our business every day to prepare for our last day. If we take care of our life - then God will take care of our death. Being mindful of death should make us serious, industrious and conscientious.

We need to work out our priorities in the light of eternity. We need to invest our time and talents and treasure into those things that are going to last for eternity; our family, the people of God, the Word of God and the Kingdom of God. These are what are ultimately important.


Life is full of choices. We can make over a hundred choices in a day, from deciding when to get up, to what clothes to wear, what to have for breakfast, which things to do, how to do them, where to go, which route to take, when to accelerate or stop, who to phone, what E-mails to respond to, what articles to read. All day long we have to make choices, from the trivial and routine, to the important and vital, choices affecting our relationships, our health, safety and security.


Well, today, at Stephen Mitford Goodson's Memorial service we should make another choice: Where am I going to spend eternity? Some of us have already made that choice and can say: I have decided to follow Jesus.  No turning back. Praise the Lord! No turning back. Others of us may not want to think about our eternity right now. But, in time, death will come to us all. As we gather at any funeral we should soberly consider our immortal soul and the day when we stand before our eternal Creator and give an account of our life. At that point our choice will be final. What will God say to you on that great Day of Judgment. Will you hear: "Well done! Good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your Lord"?

God is just and merciful. He is Holy and He is loving. Each one of us here today has to choose to face the reality that we only have one life and it will soon be past, only what is done for Christ will last. Are we living in accordance with the Creator’s instructions (the Manufacturer’s Handbook) in the Bible? Are we loving God and loving our neighbour? Do we forgive others when they offend us? Each one of us needs God to forgive us. We need to forgive our loved ones whatever we may have against them. We dare not carry grudges, bitterness or unforgiveness in our hearts. Forgive one another as God, in Christ, has forgiven you.

In the light of eternity, knowing that you are going to die and stand before the Creator and Eternal Judge, you need to review your life's work, your family relationships, habits and activities.

One day you and I will stand before the Judgement Throne of Christ where "God will judge men's secrets…" Romans 2:16, "all the harsh words…" Jude 15 and "judge each man's work impartially…" 1 Peter 1:17

"But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgement for every careless word they have spoken." Matthew 12:36

"So then, each of us will have to give an account of himself to God." Romans 14:12

In eternity: will any of us regret praying too much? Being too forgiving? Being too generous? Studying the Bible too intently? Sacrificing too much for others? Being too concerned about the welfare of others? Investing too much in our family? No, I do not believe any of us will regret being too forgiving and generous, in the light of eternity. But we will regret missed opportunities, unresolved conflicts and wasted time.

If you knew that you were to die next year - what would you do differently this year?

We must work out our priorities and repair our relationships, in the light of eternity.

We must be ready at all times for that which may happen at any time. Are you ready?

Can you say: "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain!"  Philippians 1:21

Dying Christ destroyed our death. 

Rising Christ restored our life.


"Jesus said: ‘Whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life and will not be condemned. He has crossed over from death to life." John 5:24


Dr. Peter Hammond

Livingstone Fellowship

P.O. Box 74 Newlands 7725

Cape Town South Africa

Tel: 021-689-4480

Fax: 086-494-8070





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