Over the years large numbers of immigrants have come among us, particularly from former colonies. This has had a deeply unsettling affect. Many now enjoy British citizenship. With recent wars in the Middle East caused by western meddling, refugees are now once again flooding into Europe in unprecedented numbers. The breakup of the traditions and identity of all our countries is now underway at breakneck speed.
Those Europeans who themselves were caught up in the huge movements of displaced persons after World War II will recognise the plight of many of the hapless families, the genuine refugees, and will recognise their distress and be filled with sympathy. Unlike the previous large movements of people across our continent, those entering England today from overseas are predominantly of different race, language and religion. They find it difficult, and many resist any such an attempt, to integrate with the indigenous population. This does and will continue to create a feeling of deep unease. It is becoming more difficult by the week to know whether or not old England still exists.
Where has England gone? Way back in 1984 in a television interview, a Bradford Conservative councillor, Peter Gilmore, made this remark: “There is no such thing as an Englishman”. The Equality and Human Rights Commission, formerly the Commission for Racial Equality, now works under a broader mandate than previously. With respect to immigration and multiculturalism it is committed to unravelling our distinctive and traditional English culture and to putting in its place a vapid, bland cultural pluralism. Bradford, of course, has long suffered under a powerful multiculturalist bureaucracy. Schools in the city are not interested in integrating newcomers within the British way of life, instead they promote a vague ‛multicultural identity’. In this context there can be no commitment to a common history, tradition, development or religion. They seek to impose a new culture by dictat from above, wiping clean the past. Most of us will find this as offensive as it is totalitarian. This will never work and remains a recipe for growing resentment and disharmony on all sides. Conflict has now become inevitable and unpreventable. There is a clear denial that anyone in Britain can be autochthonous, indigenous, rather than descended from migrants or colonists. We were all immigrants once and on the same footing as everyone else. A myth is perpetuated of vast movements of people in the past, exaggerated to support a multicultural agenda.
Britain’s place in world history is taught in State schools as being something approaching ‛shameful’. Multiculturalism has been empowered by dishonesty on a grand scale. It is a pot-pourri of distorted facts enhanced by noxious and wayward lies. Excellence is hated, totalitarian movements and vile régimes are praised. Any notion of Britishness or Englishness is deliberately debunked as racist. Students are left in ignorance of their own cultural background. Traditional Christianity is scorned, Islamic culture celebrated, carefully ignoring its savage origins. The British people are generally tolerant and open-minded, too much so in many respects. Yet, why on earth should they have to tolerate having their own financial recourses used to insult them?
In this climate, our children grow up devoid of the teachings of the Christian faith, but in doing so they do not suddenly acquire or assimilate another in its place. They simply have no culture at all. Our nation is rapidly losing its Christian traditions and values, but this does not make us ‛multicultural’. The result instead is a profound disorientation and a lack of any measure by which to make serious life-changing decisions. Furthermore, those who have lost their faith will still tend to look at the world in religious terms, but those who never grew up with the Christian faith will have great difficulty in understanding its message or grappling with the great issues of life. Those who are unfamiliar with the King James Bible or know little about its place in our culture, those who hardly know who Jesus is, will find allusions to these things in English history or literature mystifying or they may pass them by altogether. Our literary heritage is difficult, if not impossible to fathom without a background in the teachings of the Christian faith. Those who have destroyed our cultural heritage, deprived our children of it in school, are engaged in something that is worse than criminal. What is lost will be very difficult to retrieve. One day, most certainly our crooked politicians and others along with them must be called to account for the evil they have perpetrated.
The natural concept of nationality is to do with birth, background, language and culture. Legal nationality has to do with State bureaucracy and nothing more. It was expected by some although deemed unnecessary by others that as passports were given to ‛new’ Britons, they would with time assimilate and perhaps with the second or third generation be hardly distinguishable from other British people. What has happened as a direct result of ruinous multiculturalism is that wholly distinct communities have evolved often all living in the same areas of our large cities in what are little more than ghettoes. Again, the official promotion of anti-racism and multiculturalism has been divisive, generating within these tightly-knit communities deep hostility to the host nation. All immigrants benefit from our culture and traditions, even from the freedom to criticise Britain. Many have come from countries that are authoritarian to the point of oppression and racism, where ethnic minorities are treated as second class citizens or worse. Immigrants quickly learn how multiculturalism and the inherent rights they have thus acquired can be used against us. We are forever being pressurised to treat as British those who do not share our national identity and have no desire to be assimilated into our society. The threat of crime and terrorism, real or imagined, means we agree to draconian laws enacted to ‛protect’ us. We have become complicit in the winding up of our ancient civil liberties.
Britain has for years been working feverously towards its own extinction as has Germany, but also many other European countries. There are places, such as in Hungary and all strength to their arm, where this trend has been resisted. Most cities and large towns in the UK have a substantial population of immigrants, largely Islamic. Almost half of the Muslim population in the UK was born here. They have nothing in common with the host community and show no desire to integrate into British society whatever. Instead they have over recent years shown an increasing hostility to all that is British. They emphasise their differences, wearing different clothes, speaking a different language, eating different foods, watching different films and taking on none of the customs of the indigenous population. Showing no respect for the country in which they now live, they bite the hand that feeds them, denying the legitimacy of the State them provides them welfare. This contributory factor to bottomless pit of debt into which this country continues to sink should worry us all.
Over ten years the Muslim population has increased by more than 75% and now stands at 2.7 million. The significant rise in numbers can be accounted for by the swathes of refugees coming into the country from Afghanistan, Somalia and the war torn areas of the Middle East. Some are genuine refugees fleeing desperate situations, but a much larger number appear to be economic migrants seeking a better life or young men trying to dodge draft into the armed forces. Many of the Muslims are of an age when they are raising a family. The Muslim population must increase as the birth rates in the non-Muslim population continue their steady decline and have sunk below replacement level, but amongst the Muslim population they continue to grow. Some estimate suggest that the Muslim population in Britain by the year 2051 could range from anything between 40% to 50%. The drastic changes this would bring about are certainly most alarming.
Also alarming is the fact that all discussion about the kind of country we are becoming has been shut down. In some inner city areas Muslim children make up 86% of all children aged between five and fifteen. The London borough of Tower Hamlets is 34.5% Muslim. The prediction is that by 2021 there will be around 300,000 Muslim teenagers living in Britain. Three quarters of the Muslim population is concentrated in London, the West Midlands, the North West, Yorkshire and Humber. In many wards in Birmingham more than 80% of a school’s intake of children are Muslims, in Washwood Heath it is 86%. According to recent research, a disproportionately large number of Muslims are in prison at 13% in England and Wales. No other group is so strongly linked to the welfare State and to crime. Whilst the majority of the British population say they are Christian, followers of Islam constitute the largest number of all the minority religions. With the Muslim population becoming an ever higher percentage of the population, if the UK government is seeking to diminish or even eradicate the influence of the Christian faith through its tacit support of Islam as it appears to be doing, it is certainly going the right way about it.
Cultural pluralism is now at the heart of British identity. Every ethnic identity is equally ‛British’. What nonsense this is! British ethnicity is now of no greater importance than any other in determining what it is to be British. No, it is quite wrong to suggest that multiculturalism in any sense describes what is Britain’s historical culture. Yet all the values, religious identity, institutions, history, we are told, are no longer those things which define our identity. Multiculturalism is destructive of the past and looks to the future, a fantasy future that is not real. The past, we are led to believe, was full of bigotry, exclusionism and racism and is not to be tolerated. The future, we predict, if we continue along this pathway will be calamitous and violent.
An intolerant politically-correct multiculturalism rules. Our language, way of thinking and living, is being transformed in front of our eyes. Our words change their meaning, certain words and phrases are forbidden. Our educational institutions, media channels, inculcate anti-racism and political-correctness. They oppose anything they perceive as even faintly ‛fascist’. Our nation must be ‛liberated’ from the chains of tradition, oppressive orthodox religion, inherited moral values derived from religious belief.
It is the pernicious policy of multiculturalism pursued by our own governments that has led to increased heterogeneity in Britain through immigration. This has and is hindering the peaceful resolution of conflicts caused by the meddling of western powers in matters that are none of their business. A utopian senseless egalitarian prejudice prevents the recognition of all differences between individuals is proscribed. Natural loyalties to family, kith and kin, are all abhorrent to these numbskulls. Their vision of oppression is of a man caring for his family and his own.
Multiculturalism is now an obligatory part of British identity. Racism has been inexorably linked to white British ethnocentricity so that its elimination requires the eradication of British identity as we have always understood it, surely this is an act of ethnic cleansing? To bring an end to mass immigration and multiculturalism cannot be seen as an act of exclusion or racism. Far from it, multicultural policies are acts of exclusion and discrimination against the historic British people. Revoking multiculturalism would not be an act of hatred against other ethnic groups. It is the multiculturalist who holds intolerant views, so that anyone who is in any way proud of his British origins and refuses multiculturalism is hated as racist and xenophobic, words used as abuse and consequently emptied of meaning. The cost of creating a ‛universal humanity’ has been the dehumanization and demonization of the British people who love their heritage.
This section is part of a larger article accessible with this link: HUMANITY & THE NATIONS
The Christian Scriptures are very instructive when it comes to matters concerning the identity of nations and the shared blood of the human race. The apostle Paul summarized Christian teaching aptly in his address to the Greeks in the midst of the Areopagus in Athens (Acts 17). The Greeks had many gods and an altar to the ‛unknown’ God just in case they had missed one. They realised, that despite their understanding of philosophy and religion, there were areas where their knowledge may not have reached and some divine being existed to whom worship was due. This personal God, whom they did not know, was the One that Paul had come to declare unto them.
“Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein.” (Isaiah 42:5)
“Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves.” (Psalm 100:3)
“All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3)
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
Those who truly seek God in faith shall most certainly find Him, for He is far more willing to find us than we are even to begin to look for Him. In fact, He begins the search for us long before we think even of searching for Him. We begin with the conviction that God is there and that He reveals Himself to those who truly seek Him.
“For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Romans 10:12-14)
God is dependent on no one for anything, instead all things including life itself come from Him. This means that as human beings, we have this in common. This is essential when we are considering our relationships with other people, whoever they are and from whatever nation. We all receive our life and being from God. It is this that makes us human and no one is more human than anyone else. The apostle Paul again,
“And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.” (Acts 17:26)
All men of whatever race or nation share one blood. No race, no nation can claim to be in any way superior to all others for we share the same origin. We are all blood brothers, blood sisters. Ultimately, we are all related by blood to each other. How then can we deny other members of the same human family, we cannot. The elevation of one nation, one kind of person against another is clearly a sure sign of being out of touch with God and is a denial of Scripture teaching. Hearing this from Paul would have been a blow to his Greek audience who divided humanity into two kinds of men: Greeks and Barbarians.
Paul now proceeds to present God not just as Creator, but as the Preserver of the world and the Governor of men. Once created, mankind was not left to struggle on alone. All things follow on by His command and will. The distribution of the different races is by His power and appointment. Furthermore, the way in which history unfolds for each nation has been determined by God beforehand, including the boundaries within which they should live. Our common humanity must exact from us practical pity and sympathy for those in dire circumstances, those driven from their homes by war, famine or other evils. According to Scripture, these are our blood relatives under God who are suffering death and persecution.
We see that the Bible assumes the existence of nations. The world is not made up of a vast number of identical individuals, so that it does not matter who we are or where we come from. We each belong to a family, to a nation, distinguished by ancestry, heritage and differences of language. God Himself has ordained that we should so live in this way. This explanation is found in Genesis 10, where the descendents of Noah from his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth are listed. The ‛no boundaries’ doctrine of Marxism outlined in the Communist Manifesto and implemented relentlessly by modern politicians of all shades of opinion is wrong and a contradiction of Christian teaching. It is a perverse ideology in the extreme and the cause of much of the misery and suffering in the world today and doomed to failure on a grand scale.
Britain is a land that has been abundantly blessed and preserved by God, through wars, kept from famine and want. We have more than we can consume and grow fat on excess. We have lived on the riches, material and spiritual, gathered in the past. How quickly have these been squandered, scorned and wasted. Continuing in this direction will see our nation on its knees, but sadly in want and not in prayer. We have, as the prodigal, wasted our substance on riotous living, leading empty, senseless and purposeless lives, enjoying pleasures but for a season. As in Israel, in past days, God has sent His prophets, preachers of the good news of the Christian Gospel. Some of them were persecuted and killed, others in more recent times ridiculed and ignored. Those whose hearts and consciences are not yet seared will be cut, pray God to repentance, but more likely to hatred and anger. As before the flood God reminds us, “My spirit shall not always strive with man” (Genesis 6:3). Continual rebellion, arrogance before God in flouting His Law, His will, can have only one catastrophic and disastrous end.
“Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.” (Amos 8:11-12)
Having refused to listen time and time again, resisted the pleas of God’s servants, access to the Christian Gospel will become increasingly diminished until it becomes scarce, as it was in Israel. Then when oppression has reached its height, when those things for which we have sold our souls are taken from us, cry as we will there will come no answer from heaven.
Our hearts have been turned by material superfluity and our minds occupied by a spirit of madness. Our rulers and politicians are intoxicated by thoughts of their own cleverness, stupefied by blind self-admiration, arrogant in unending self-worship. Solomon’s ruin was spiritual as it was material. The two held hands. In pride and vanity he multiplied riches, but also acquired foreign wives. In itself this would not have been so bad, but with them came there heathen religions. Tolerance gave way to participation and Israel became steeped in idolatry. Those previously Christian nations who today have accepted the inevitability of immigration, refugees perhaps fleeing wars, more often than not wars for which we have ourselves been responsible are making a fatal error of judgement.
Compassion for those whose lives have been torn apart is one thing, but allowing them then to enter our territory, into our nation, and set up their altars to false gods, gods that are no gods, in temples and mosques is beyond what Scripture allows. Such behaviour in Israel drew down the judgment of God upon them and it will do no less to us. Our leaders, our politicians have exposed us to appalling tragedy. We have turned from serving the true and living God to the worship of idols, no one waits for Christ to return, no one believes God raised Him from the dead, no one is expecting the wrath of God to come from which they will not be delivered (cf. 1 Thessalonians 1:9-10). These places of idolatrous worship must be torn down in a spirit of repentance towards God, only in this way can the coming storm be avoided. Should this not be done, then as in Israel, God will surely do it for us. Seventy years Israel languished in Babylon. Never again to this very day has Israel ever returned to paganism. What will come upon Britain in God’s judgement, or upon other western nations, to cleanse us from the tolerance, the participation even by association, in idolatrous worship? Our God tolerates no rivals. He calls upon us to act. Should we not do so, He most surely will. There will come upon us a fearful judgement as upon Israel, so that were it told to us we would not believe it. God used other nations to bring Israel to her senses.
“Behold ye among the heathen, and regard, and wonder marvellously: for I will work a work in your days, which ye will not believe, though it be told you. For, lo, I raise up the Chaldeans, that bitter and hasty nation, which shall march through the breadth of the land, to possess the dwellingplaces that are not theirs. They are terrible and dreadful: their judgment and their dignity shall proceed of themselves.” (Habakkuk 1:5-7)
Judgement for the present is a sign of God’s mercy to restore to us a right mind, but there is a judgement which allows for no repentance. The prophet Habakkuk cried out to God for Israel, “O LORD, how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out unto thee of violence, and thou wilt not save! Why dost thou shew me iniquity, and cause me to behold grievance? for spoiling and violence are before me: and there are that raise up strife and contention.” (v.2-3)
Habakkuk saw precisely why this calamity had come upon Israel. “Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction” (v.12).
What will become of those who call for national repentance? They can only expect the same treatment as all others who have stood up to proclaim the truth. Godless men crucified Christ, they will do the same to us given the opportunity.
“Which of the prophets have not your fathers persecuted? and they have slain them which shewed before of the coming of the Just One; of whom ye have been now the betrayers and murderers” (Acts 7:52). Yet we must encourage ourselves with the words of our Lord,
“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” (Matthew 5:10-12)
These days the blood of martyrs calls forth no outrage from our politicians, governments, or rulers, but as that of righteous Abel it cries out to God from the ground (Genesis 4:10). God will avenge these killings. We just ask, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:10)
Despite the efforts of governments and politicians around the world to inaugurate a one-nation, global society, they must ultimately fail. Nations and kingdoms will persist to the end of time. There will be a day of reckoning. The central point at issue will be the way in which the Lord Jesus Christ was received or rejected. What is to become of all the kingdoms of this world? In his temptation in the wilderness, the devil seems to offer Him a short cut to domination of the world offering Him the ‛kingdoms of the world’(Matthew 4:8). The prophet Daniel, exiled never to return to his homeland, was given a vision of the nations at the end of time. What he tells us is revealing. Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon dreamt of a great statue representative of all the kingdoms of this world (Daniel 2). Its head was of fine gold, its breast and arms of silver, its belly and thighs were brass, legs of iron and feet a mixture of iron and clay. Each kingdom less precious, but also each harder but more brittle and vulnerable and standing on a very unstable foundation, a mixture of iron and clay. Then comes a stone that smote the statue and brought it down, a stone not cut from the mountain by human hands. These kingdoms therefore will be broken by God, by His Son. “The stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth” (v.35), signifying that one day the Kingdom of God and not those of this world shall dominate the earth. What is taught in Daniel is also reiterated in the last book of the Bible, Revelation.
“And in the days of these kings shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever” (Daniel 2:44).
“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever” (Revelation 11:15).
The Bible teaches that Christ will return to earth for a second time. He will return in the same way as He left it.
“Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” (Acts 1:11)
We believe the Lord Jesus came the first time and have no reason to doubt that He will return. At His return of Christ, God will still be dealing with nations. All those living on earth at the moment of His return shall stand before Him. Many, including the whole of the Jewish nation (cf. Zechariah 12:10; John 19:37; Romans 11:25-29) shall recognise the Lord Jesus for who He is and believe. We must adhere precisely to the words before us here. They shall be judged according to their attitude and works towards Christ Himself as demonstrated towards those whom He calls ‛the least of these my brethren’ (v.40) which deeds will be judged as having been done to the Saviour Himself. We must strictly maintain the teaching of the Bible that salvation comes not by works, but alone by faith in Christ’s person and work, in His death and resurrection. Without that faith no one can be saved.
Allah saves no one, because there is only One who is God and it is not Allah. God says,
“I am the LORD, and there is none else, there is no God beside me” (Isaiah 45:5).
Mohammed saves no one, because there is no other Saviour than Jesus Christ.
“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6)
It is what we think of Christ that is here so crucial.
“When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left.” (Matthew 25:31-33)
Because all nations are gathered and it is to ‛all nations’ that the Gospel was to be preached (Matthew 28:19), so it is that all men now, regardless of their race or nationality, are to be judged. At this judgement, the righteous in all nations are separated out from the unrighteous just as a shepherd would go through his flocks separating sheep from goats. The preaching of the Gospel is to nations so that many believing the message are called out to become God’s people, God’s own nation.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar [particular] people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.”(1 Peter 2:9-10)
With the preaching of the apostles and right down to our own day, the expression people of God now goes far beyond just the Jewish nation – which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God.
“Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name” (Acts 15:14).
Everyone has a family, at the very least a mother and father. Everyone belongs to a nation of some kind. So that also Christians, we are not Christians on our own, but are united in Christ to everyone else who believes, like a family of brothers and sisters, like a race, like a nation.
As individuals it is for us to make certain that we are indeed part of the Kingdom of God. Because someone from overseas is given a piece of paper, a passport, this does not make him and Englishman. There is only one way to be English and that is to be born English. The Duke of Wellington is reputed to have said, although much doubt surrounds it: “Because a man is born in a stable that does not make him a horse.” The only way that we can be a Christian, the only way that we can be part of God’s people, His kingdom, is to be born into it. Jesus made this clear to Nicodemus in John’s Gospel, chapter 3.
“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born? Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.” (vv.3-5)
What Jesus is talking about here is not a natural human birth, but a spiritual one. A human birth brings human life, a spiritual birth brings spiritual life. We share the life of our human nation and family, we must share the life of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. How can we be born into the kingdom of God? It centres in the Lord Jesus and His death and resurrection.
“... whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (vv.15-17)