Frederik (Ferdie) Mulder grew up in the Dutch Reformed Church (DRC, South Africa) coming from a reformed evangelical family with a passion for cross-cultural mission. He received a call for ministry and in 2004 received a BTh degree at the University of Pretoria with distinction. He then acquired a MTh on the resurrection of Jesus and “historical Jesus” research, conducting research in Austria and Germany. In 2005 Ferdie became the centre of attention in the DRC while chairman of the DRC student body at Pretoria, when he launched a protest movement against theological liberal professors who denied the bodily resurrection of Jesus. The church and university took sides with the professors denying the bodily resurrection of Jesus, and Mulder was banned from the Theology department at the University of Pretoria for life following the completion of his MTh. In 2007 he and his family moved to England where he received a second master’s degree in church history and biblical studies from Durham University in England, focussing on debates on the resurrection in the early church. In 2010 he became lecturer and PhD candidate in the Netherlands, focussing on recent debates over the resurrection of Jesus. Between 2012-2014 he conducted research at Tyndale House, Cambridge and successfully completed his PhD in 2016 and lectured part-time in England between 2017-2019. In 2019 he founded “Evangelical Platform”, a ministry dedicated to preserving the Gospel and equipping Christians in our complex post-modern age.
The challenges we find ourselves facing as Christians in the 21st century are not new, for in every generation God’s holy people are called to ‘contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints.’ The urgency of Jude’s words echo in our conviction that historic and orthodox Christianity is not only true but far more satisfying, both intellectually and personally, than every contemporary effort to revise it by compromising the authority of Scripture and seeking to reinterpret the creeds and confessions of the church in order to conform to ever shifting intellectual and cultural understandings. For this reason the ministry of Evangelical Platform exists to:
- Sound an alarm (Hosea 8:1) to warn those still unaware of the seriousness of these issues.
- Shine a light in the darkness to guide Christians in these uncertain days (Matthew 5:14).
- Seek to make God’s truth more widely known, that his church may be empowered and free (John 8:32).
- Glorify God by making known the undiluted gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with faith, hope and love.
Christ’s gifts to the church include pastors and teachers whose vital role is to equip local churches so that believers are not tossed to and fro by every wind of doctrine (Ephesians 4:7 – 16). Our focus is to support both them and those training for this ministry.
Christ’s love for His church is ever before us. Our ministry is therefore also focussed on the church at large. Everyone needs to be informed and equipped to discern truth from error.
Currently our work comprises ~3 video productions per month (some in English, other in Afrikaans) on a variety of relevant issues impacting Christians. We want to expand the ministry to include training material and consultation work.
We hope that our ministry will assist in empowering believers to reject what is false, embrace what is true, and align themselves with denominations and local churches where sound doctrine is cherished and preserved.
Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived. But as for you continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete equipped for every good work.2 Timothy 3:12-17