Current Affairs

 


Unless otherwise stated the articles are by David W. Norris


 

THE SOCIAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE GOSPEL

 

There is no occasion, no situation arising, including when social and political issues are in focus, when we can set the Bible to one side. Many are reluctant to do this fearful of charges of obscurantism or even worse being condemned as ‛extremist’ by our godless rulers. Yet the claims of the Gospel of Christ cannot be compromised. As a result, many professing Christians when defending their views on any number of matters hide their true biblical convictions hoping to gain respectability in the eyes of unbelievers. As a result, the claims of Christ on the thought and life of unbelievers remain unstated and godless men go away unchallenged by Him. A people whose life is not guided and moulded by the teaching of Scripture can in no way be thought of as a Christian nation. Unless a challenge goes out from the Word of God, defeat is inevitable. Evangelicals stand facing both ways at one and the same time, saying one thing to outsiders and another to their own people.

We need to remember that no legal order, be it Christian or something else, can be successfully imposed on the nation on a permanent basis unless the people themselves are carried along with it. The political system of a country will always reflect the faith and condition of the people. A system that enslaves will live produce a slave state. Only were the population to consist to a large degree of mature Christian believers would we be able to speak of a biblical political system. This is not the case by any means in modern Britain, far from it.

A genuine biblical social order will be based on the teachings of the Scriptures. All law is based on a system of morality and is therefore necessarily religious. Non-biblical social or legal order is also religious with implications for the Christian faith. It will be Christian or it will be anti-Christian. Revolution provides no solution. The outcome is rarely, if ever, helpful to anyone and historically has ushered in a way of life far worse than the one overthrown. The only way of change is regeneration and conversion through the preaching of the Gospel. Certain is that godless men will never produce a good society. Social renewal must begin with individual regeneration. Only then will anyone willingly submit to Scripture. Would to God we still had politicians of the calibre of the Victorian statestman, William Gladstone, who referred to the Bible as "the impregnable rock of Holy Scripture".

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THE COMPREHENSIVE CLAIMS OF CHRIST

 

Writing at the end of the nineteenth century, Friedrich Nietzsche put words into the mouth of a madman, who ran everywhere crying: “Where is God gone? I mean to tell you, we have killed him, you and I. We are all his murderers.” Going from church to church, he announces the death of God. Asked the reason for this outburst, the madman replies, “What are these churches now, if they are not the tombs of God?” The significance of this story was to some extent lost on Nietzsche’s own generation; it would take another hundred years for its meaning to fully unfold. Buildings that then resounded in the praise and worship of God are gone and many remaining now stand derelict, or have been turned into homes, theatres, antique shops, museums, Sikh temples. But the death of God has taken place only in the human mind as He has faded from the consciousness of our fellow men and nowhere else. Christ has been driven out of Christendom, yet He lives still; it is just that men live without Him as though He were dead. Nietzsche gives his prophetic words to a madman to announce, reflecting the words of Scripture: “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God” (Psalm 14:1). Today, the rejection of God by so many has left a vacuum waiting to be filled by opportunistic forces of unbelief, godlessness: a vicious, destructive, bigoted, intolerant, and militant atheism with a not so smiling face.

Godlessness expresses itself in every area of British life. Understandable cynicism has developed towards corrupt and deceitful governments as they introduce legislation that often seems only to featherbed themselves, secure their own positions, and benefit their friends. Those who dare to challenge publicly the prevailing new morality being imposed on our people, introduced often against the better judgement of a majority, are more than likely to receive a knock on the door from the local police. They “call evil good, and good evil; … put darkness for light, and light for darkness” (Isaiah 5:20). Personal sin has been raised to the level of a new righteousness. Oblique persecution meets any Christian seeking to follow the dictates of conscience. Teachers who look to their own their own conscience on how and what they teach their charges, hotel and guesthouse owners refusing to accommodate homosexuals, doctors who reject abortion and refuse contraception to underage unmarried teenage girls, along with many other professionals in public service, particularly those professing Christian convictions are with increasing frequency being forced to quit. Truly: “The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted” (Psalm 12:8).Freedom of conscience is only permitted where there is no contradiction of the perverse mores of godless parliamentarians. It was Martin Luther at the Diet of Worms (1521) who warned that it is dangerous to go against a conscience informed by the Word of God. The freedom of conscience to hold and express distinctively Christian beliefs won over centuries is being deliberately and systematically eroded.

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THE WEST ON THE BRINK

 

Over the past fifty years or so I have watched how England and the western nations in general have embarked on a steady slide of self-destruction and disintegration. It is undeniable that this dismal state of affairs has been brought about by a rejection and piece by piece dismantling of the Christian heritage that has shaped these countries for centuries, in Britain, in Europe, and in North America.

Certainly, England has a godly heritage to look back upon, one she now despises. In Puritan England, godly preachers regularly addressed members of Parliament from the pulpit of St. Margaret’s. At one point, both Houses of Parliament agreed to a monthly Fast which everyone throughout the land was expected to observe and it was only brought to an end by the reprobate king Charles, who paid a high price indeed for his treachery. On a Fast Day nothing was to be sold, eaten or drunk, no tool used, no wheel was to turn until the preachers had delivered their sermons. It is difficult to imagine such a thing today, when the even Lord’s Day itself is now trampled upon by everyone. Those seeking to observe it can lose their jobs or even be denied employment, and all within the ‘law’. All that is godly is everywhere debunked and the results of wicked and godless behaviour and the blame for the consequences placed elsewhere, even upon the cure. The sick man cries: it is the medicine that has brought about my ruin!

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CREATION BANNED IN SCHOOLS

 

The introduction of Free Schools by the British government has been grasped as an opportunity by some Evangelicals. Free Schools are essentially independent state-funded schools set up by parents, charities, faith groups and often previously existing schools. Setting aside for a moment the question as to what business the State has involving itself in education, accepting money from the State to run a Christian school may well stabilise finances in these hard-pressed days, but at what cost?

The teaching of creation in State-funded schools has from the outset been at the centre of widespread controversy. It has given wind to poisonous articles by those who would like to see an end to all things Christian and are simply using the occasion to try to achieve their real aims. The Department for Children, Education and Schools has made its position very clear: “Creationism, intelligent design and similar ideas must not be taught as valid scientific theories.” The then Education Secretary, Michael Gove, seemed uncertain and the guidance to schools unclear when he said that applications for Free School status from creationist groups would be considered on a case-by-case basis. Under pressure from the British Centre for Science Education, the self-styled ‛leading anti-creationist organisation in Europe’, Gove was compelled to say that he would “not accept any academy or free school proposal which plans to teach creationism in the science curriculum or as an alternative to accepted scientific theories.” Mr Gove is “crystal clear that teaching creationism is at odds with scientific fact”. Such statements ought to be sufficient to deter any Christian group from seeking to open a Free School.

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THE FORGOTTEN WAR

 

The whole world is at war, divided into two irreconcilable camps. Furthermore, we each and every one are all involved, no one is excused, there are no conscientious objectors.

There are always wars going on somewhere in the world, but to concentrate our thoughts on these alone would be to lose sight of the all-embracing and much more horrendous underlying reality. The truth is that the whole world is at war, divided into two irreconcilable camps. Furthermore, we each and every one are all involved, no one is excused, there are no conscientious objectors. There is no neutral ground from where we can observe the progress of the struggle. There is no middle ground, no no-man’s land, where those unwilling to fight can flee for refuge, no secret underground bunkers safe from the conflict, no isolated island in the sun where we can remain forgotten. There is no country to which we can retire, where this fight to the death is not underway, there is no place anywhere on earth where peace reigns save in the hearts of those who love God and even here there are continual armed sallies by the enemy. There is not one spot on earth the rule over which is not disputed by these two opposing parties. This struggle covers every part of life and we are all affected by it whether we like it or not.

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THE JUDGE AND THE ARCHBISHOP

 

The world did not know, did not recognise the Lord Jesus for who He was. They should have done so for He is the Light that dispels darkness. He shines into the heart of every man so that all are without excuse. He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” It is clear ‘his own’ here are not believers as then the verse would make no sense for it was believers who received Him and to whom He gave “power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name”. Everyone else refused Him. Were ‘his own’ the Jewish nation? This is not stated here although Jesus did say, “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Matthew 15:24). This passage must be extended beyond the Jews to include all men, for He is the Light “which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”

Let us ask ourselves a question. Do you think that if the Lord Jesus were on earth today He would receive any different treatment from presidents and prime ministers, from politicians, from the wheelers and dealers of the world, from judges or even from religious leaders who claim to speak in His Name? Would even from the ‘common people’ once more be fickle? I tell you He would not receive any different treatment today than He did then. All would hound and persecute Him, seek to silence Him, reject His teaching, scorn His authority and if they could, they would put Him to death, just as was done 2000 years ago.

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LIVING THROUGH EVIL DAYS

 

Some thoughts for today based on Psalm 37

THIS ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN DAYSPRING #16, Spring 2013

PART ONE

Today it would seem as though the evil aspirations of godless men are reaching out towards ever new heights; at the same time, their deeds sink to ever lower depths of wickedness and depravity. There is a brash anti-Christian haughtiness abroad, a brazen godless arrogance unrivalled in living memory. It is not alarmist or fanatical, nor is it beyond denial to say that there exists a nexus of evil, a bond among many in high places who, as the Scriptures say, “take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us (Psalm 2:2-3). They would cast off the cords divine authority. The evidence for this is clear. These individuals have quite openly set themselves the task of eradicating from the life of our nation everything that is remotely Christian and their actions are well-known.

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PART TWO: The believer’s refuge

Some further thoughts for today based on Psalm 37

THIS COMPLETE ARTICLE FIRST APPEARED IN DAYSPRING #17, Spring 2014

A new worship has taken hold in the world with new altars. It makes temples out of banks, out of global businesses, finances houses and stock exchanges. Almost gone from us is the worship of gods of wood and stone, the sun or the moon, or the mythical beings of Mount Olympus. In their place are pounds, Euros, and dollars. The only thing worth having is money. The author, Martin Amis, recently observed that class is no longer as important in English society as the amount of money each person has. Money has won in England, he maintains. Lust, avarice and greed are now our gods, the driving force of our devotions. We all bow our knees before the impulses of greed and epicurean luxury; mammon exceeds and overrides all other forms of worship. There can be no halt to this movement until every nation is subjugated under one rule and dictated to in all aspects of its life. Every tie of nationality, every bond of family or race, every distinction of religion must be dissolved. All must be melted into one great universal fellowship and kingdom of men.

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THE ABOLITION OF GOD

 

For thinking men of the twenty-first century, the Christian religion is a sheer fiction and the Bible a collection of ancient of myths ...

 

– it is most certainly not a revelation of absolute truth. The Christian faith is written off as a world of the stupid. By this count, most stupid are those who fail to see that behind the façade of the Christian faith God is dying or even dead.

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WHEN I AM OLD AND GREY-HEADED

 

Despising the old is a mark of a godless society

It has been said that a society can be judged by the way it treats its children and its old people, those among us least able to care for themselves. The Bible demands that we honour our parents and revere all those older than we are and there is good reason for it. Minimising or trying to obliterate differences of age even in small ways – e.g. by the recent common tendency to use Christian names when addressing older people without being bidden – is all part of a move to deny the passage of time and break with the past along with all the good that has come to us from it. It is a sinful and revolutionary age that cuts through this continuity, this historical umbilical cord, and turns on its elders with vitriol and hatred. We receive life from our parents; therefore to hate our parents is a form of self-hate. The expression heard all too often ‘I didn’t ask to be brought into this world’ betrays a love of death; it is a kind of suicide note.

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THE WEST ON THE BRINK

 

Over the past fifty years or so I have watched how England and the western nations in general have embarked on a steady slide of self-destruction and disintegration. It is undeniable that this dismal state of affairs has been brought about by a rejection and piece by piece dismantling of the Christian heritage that has shaped these countries for centuries, in Britain, in Europe, and in North America.

Certainly, England has a godly heritage to look back upon, one she now despises. In Puritan England, godly preachers regularly addressed members of Parliament from the pulpit of St. Margaret’s. At one point, both Houses of Parliament agreed to a monthly Fast which everyone throughout the land was expected to observe and it was only brought to an end by the reprobate king Charles, who paid a high price indeed for his treachery. On a Fast Day nothing was to be sold, eaten or drunk, no tool used, no wheel was to turn until the preachers had delivered their sermons. It is difficult to imagine such a thing today, when the even Lord’s Day itself is now trampled upon by everyone. Those seeking to observe it can lose their jobs or even be denied employment, and all within the ‘law’. All that is godly is everywhere debunked and the results of wicked and godless behaviour and the blame for the consequences placed elsewhere, even upon the cure. The sick man cries: it is the medicine that has brought about my ruin!

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REALLY A CHRISTIAN NATION?

 

In recent days, our prime minister and certain others, have been referring to Britain as a 'Christian country'. Whatever their motives, perhaps seeking to redeem themselves in the eyes of the electorate in view of some of the very anti-Christian laws  they have put on the statute book, can we ever speak of a ‘Christian country’ or ‘State’? The very idea will seem an unlikely even impossible presumption to some. The question as to whether there ever can be such a State or whether there ever will be such a State ought to be considered quite separately from each other. Certainly, it is perfectly conceivable for a State to be governed by godly men who seek to follow the Scriptures and carry their people with them and this has been the case in England in the past. Surely this is what any Christian believer would want for the land in which they live? By what other standard can anyone live, if not by the Word of God? Indeed, it is the only way acceptable to God – by what standard if not the Scriptures? Rulers who reject God, who rebel against Him, will bring disaster and misery to their people and brought to account by God, but then The question now remains, will such a circumstance arrive? One thing is sure, when Christ returns He will rule the Kingdom given to Him by His Father, as yet an unfulfilled prophecy. "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).

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OUR NATION AND THE SCRIPTURES

 

There was a time when the Bible enjoyed a privileged place at the heart of British life. This is far from being the case today.

The influence of the Christian Scriptures on our nation and people is undeniable and truly remarkable. The source rarely recognised today, the words of the Bible have become part of the woof and warp of our culture and language.

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Big Ben

 

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people". (Proverbs 14:34)



 

THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN MODERN BRITAIN

 

Just a few years ago, there would have been no doubt but that England should be considered a Christian country, no longer. Few may have entered a Church, but most would have described themselves as C of E or even Methodist! Sunday along with all the Christian holidays have been maliciously abolished. There were at one time consistent social and moral conventions; no abortions but illegal ones; homosexuality was illegal and most people would have had little understanding of what it involved anyway; divorce was rare and such a couple would be viewed with some suspicion and disapproval. All this has changed, and so very rapidly and with little or no public consultation.

 

PART ONE: THE DESTRUCTION OF MARRIAGE AND THE FAMILY: THE RECONSTRUCTION OF SOCIETY

 

The marriage of one man to one woman for life lies at the heart of the structure of a nation. Out of it grows the independent family unit and out of the family unit grows the nation. Anarchists like Masha Gessen must oppose marriage because it stands in the way of achieving their political agenda. To change the definition of marriage is to change society radically with wide-reaching implications for our families and the nation. These changes are deliberate and imply far more than the rights and wrongs of who ought to have sexual relations with whom. What we are looking at in our modern western democracies is the gradual dismantling of marriage and the family in the interests of a social change agenda. ...

This deconstruction of society is essential if a new society in which all are ‛equal’ is to be built globally with new building blocks, an ersatz ‛kingdom of heaven’ on earth, a ‛new Jerusalem’. ...They will replicate a living hell on earth.

These things are all related, from marriage, one man to one woman comes the family and groups of families or tribes as they were once known, families together make up a nation. Jacob and his family went down into Egypt a group of families centred around his sons, they emerged a powerful nation made up of twelve tribes. The diminution and final abolition of marriage, family, nation is essential for the reconstruction of society our world leaders have in mind.

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PART TWO: DIVORCE AND THE DISSOLUTION OF SOCIETY

 

According to the New Testament, divorce was given by God as a practical remedy because of hardness of heart.
“He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so. And I say unto you, Whosoever shall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and shall marry another, committeth adultery: and whoso marrieth her which is put away doth commit adultery.” (Matthew 19:8-9)
In Scripture divorce is allowed only in the instance of a sexual misdemeanour, when the marriage bond is broken by fornication or adultery. Where this occurs it is a sin against God, but it is also a sin against the innocent party, the family and the wider community and will have repercussions in all those areas. In the pages of the Bible, adultery is often spoken of in the same terms as murder. This demonstrates its very serious nature. The whole life of the nation is affected where adultery and sexual sin is widespread. ...

Given the ease with which a divorce can now be obtained, Britain today has the highest divorce rate in the European Union with all the negative social fall-out to be expected. ...

Today more than 50% of the adult population is married and nine out of ten youngsters under the age of 16 want to get married. In a survey of 2,000 students aged 13 to 15 only 4% thought that marriage was old fashioned and not relevant. Throughout Europe surveys have shown that 85% to 90% of adults disputed the notion that marriage is outmoded. 

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PART THREE: ABORTION AND AN ADDICTION TO KILLING

 

On the publication of the 2013 abortion figures, one MP observed, “The UK is a rogue state when it comes to abortion.”   Our abortion time limits are double those of most other EU states. Elsewhere they are usually around 12 weeks, whilst we allow an abortion six months into a pregnancy. Many here would still like to open up the restrictions on abortion. The principle of a woman’s ‛right to choose’ is still rejected outright as a ground to abort, although attempts at change have been made in parliament. The ‛right to choose’ lobby regards the present law as vague and restrictive. ...

Originally the reason for abortion was with respect to the physical and mental wellbeing of the mother. There have of course been many unintended and unforeseen consequences. Examining the abortion figures for Britain reveals an alarming tendency to use abortion as a form of contraception. In order to give sanctity to abortion, as with so many things, language is stood on its head. The slogan is ‛the woman’s right to choose’. Abortionists demand that she has the right to do as she wishes with her own body. Forgotten is the fact that the unborn child is not strictly speaking her body over which she has the right to choose whether it lives or not. ...

The well-rehearsed continually reiterated excuse for the killing of embryos is that an embryo is not a person and it is gross ignorance to suggest otherwise. Left alone to develop every embryo developing normally becomes a person and so is most certainly a human being. It is what the word says, an embryo is a human being in embryo. It cannot be right to deliberately set out to create a potential person with the intention of killing it in the interest of some vague, unstipulated, hypothetical and uncertain future advantage. The answer is that such a course of action can never be right.

Any society prepared to countenance such things has turned its back on all respect for human life and this is something that will spread out to many other spheres because it betrays a general attitude. Certainly, it is just one more sign showing that England is no longer Christian in any sense of the word for our nation has turned its back on all that is good and specifically on the teaching of the Bible over a wide range of moral issues. A society that treats the unborn as disposable utilities is devoid of any transcendent or absolute values, in fact of anything that can remotely be called a value.

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PART FOUR: THE ABOLITION OF RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: BRAINWASHING IN GODLESSNESS

 

Up until the late 19th century most, if not all schools had some kind of religious affiliation. This was especially true of the Church of England. Consequently, religious instruction enjoyed a central place in the curriculum. After a number of education Acts, including the Forster Act of 1870, elementary schooling became compulsory for all. Although compulsory, Christian education was to be strictly non-denominational. The basics of Christianity were taught including the Bible stories of the Old and New Testaments and the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul. In addition, pupils were instructed in the importance of the Ten Commandments and taught to say the Lord’s Prayer, often learning much by heart along with a number of Psalms. In Church of England Schools prayers were taken from the Book of Common Prayer and hymns sung from Hymns Ancient and Modern. The result of this was that many of the things learnt by heart remained in the memory even into old age. The teaching of religious instruction was continued under the Butler Education Act 1944. Changes were inevitable once the ‛multi-cultural society’ arrived. The Education Act of 1996 says:
“Religious education must reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Britain are in the main Christian, whilst taking account of the teachings and practices of the other principle religions.” ...

Most parents erroneously believe that children are sent to school to learn things, reading writing and arithmetic will do for a start. It should be clear from the government’s own statements above that RE, indeed the whole of school life, is about something more than learning or education in any sense that most parents would understand it. Children suffer daily incarceration to the end that they may be subjected to progressive indoctrination using a teaching methodology derived from the brainwashing techniques of Pavlov, behaviourist and constructivist psychology, as any teacher training syllabus will show. Our children are being systematically moulded into passive, unthinking clones, to be used for whatever purpose governments deem fit. ...

Although well suited to this purpose, undermining the Christian faith is not something that is confined to RE lessons, but pervades every other subject in both its content and the way it is taught. Education goes way and above the imparting of knowledge or development of skills whether this is learning to read, write, do maths or learn a foreign language. Going to school has the purpose of conditioning students for their role in life.

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PART FIVE: NO SUNDAY, EASTER OR CHRISTMAS

 

A distinctively ‛Christian’ Britain disappeared down the pan a long time ago along with it all the Christian festivals and Sunday. ... In July 2015, Conservative chancellor, George Osborne unveiled new plans that would allow shops in England and Wales to open for even longer hours. ...Once more as with same-sex marriage, our government has shown its duplicity and dishonesty.  Writing to Michael Trend of Keep Sundays Special in April, David Cameron had assured him there  were absolutely ‛no plans’ to relax current laws. ...

This commandment has two aspects: one towards God, the other towards ourselves. It provides us with a weekly opportunity to set aside time to gather with other Christian believers to worship God. Of course, for the opponent of the Christian Gospel it is important that this weekly festival celebrating the resurrection of Christ be erased from the public consciousness and the opportunity to worship God made more difficult. ...

The disruption of the daily routine and the world of work is deliberate. This is what Sunday, the Christian Sabbath, is all about. It compels us to look away from what we do every day and to our Creator and Redeemer. It reminds us that our own work is not enough, that God alone in His providence and mercy can sustain us and keep us moving forward day by day. This separation from our daily work signifies to us a moral separation from the world, world ultimately to be redeemed by God’s kingdom and purposes.

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PART SIX: MULTICULTURAL MADNESS: A WORK OF SELF-ANIHILATION

 

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. ...

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. ...

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.

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). ...What 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.

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PART SEVEN: THE PROFESSING CHRISTIAN CHURCH & ITS MISSION OF SELF-DESTRUCTION

 

In living memory, viewing the spiritual malaise that now besets our beloved country and threatens to destroy us, there has rarely been greater need for a proclamation of the authentic Christian Gospel. It seems that days are upon us as prophesied by Amos. God has indeed sent a famine in the land, “...not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11). Search where we may, the word of God eludes us. “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 8:12). There are plenty of crooks and charlatans peddling a false gospel, preaching “another gospel: which is not another” (Galatians 1:6-7), offering stones instead of bread, a serpent in the place of a fish, and a scorpion for an egg (Luke 11:11-12). And those who ought to know better are strangely silent.

External opponents of the Christian faith are not really needed to destroy these Churches. Genuine and biblical Christian testimony in Britain is already well on the way to extinction. Left to themselves, Churches will easily accomplish all that is required to extinguish what is left of any spiritual life in them without outside help. Congregations are already dwindling fast. One in four parishes in the Church of England have fewer than ten regular worshippers. Centuries old church buildings are being compelled every year to close their doors; others will be able to open for services only during the major religious holidays. Within the Church of England there are now fewer than 800,000 worshippers in the pews on Sunday. This is around of half of what attendance was in the 1960s.  Bishops and clergy are determined to reform and renew the Church by prescribing yet more potent versions of the same fatal concoctions that have contributed to this miserable state of affairs.  The institutional Churches, State or non-conformist alike, are now soaked in the very things that are antipathetic to the Christian faith and that are opposed in nature and character to the teaching of Scripture.

Professing Churches of all denominations have now almost all jettisoned the older doctrines and truths they formerly held dear. Few Church of England ordinands could today hand on heart endorse the Thirty-Nine Articles, which they presumably still swear before God to uphold. The ancient Creeds of the Church have become less a statement of faith than a quaint formality. Most of the other denominations follow in their train, indeed some lead the way.

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PART EIGHT: THE POSSIBILITY OF A CHRISTIAN NATION

 

The question as to whether there can ever be such a thing as a Christian nation is one that requires an answer. Some believe that in the present age such a possibility can only be a delusion. Others assume that present godless nations can be brought to becoming Christian ones and that ultimately the whole world will be predominantly Christian. Looking at the teaching of Scripture, there are elements of truth in both positions. It is most certainly the case that in this world it is quite impossible that the Gospel should do anything other than triumph. The purposes of God even for this present time cannot be thwarted by the sin of man. What must be established is how and when such a victory will appear. Equally, there is no way – and here the Scriptures are clear – that the kingdoms of this world are destined for anything else than complete destruction. They cannot be reconstructed or reformed into something they are not, nor ever can be. At the same time, it cannot be pleasing to God that they remain as they are, but that all should repent and turn to God through Christ. It follows that if a nation does not order its affairs according the revealed will of God, does not encourage its citizens to live according to the Christian Gospel, then by what law should they live? All else would be not neutral, but anti-Christian. Every nation ought, in this sense at least, to be a Christian nation. Surely as there is individual repentance it is perfectly possible, according to Scriptures, for nations to turn to God. The Gospel must be preached in a way that has this as its goal. Because something may not happen does not mean it ought not to happen or will not happen at some point in the future.

The present difficulty is that we live in the midst of a godless and perverse generation with its heart set against God and Christ. No nation can be saved by self-reformation any more than an individual can. It requires regeneration and this presumes a mighty work of God bringing about repentance and faith on a large scale. This will happen only as the Gospel is preached and preached in some power. For an individual to live a Christian life, the old must die and the new replace it. All that which is sinful is destined for destruction, in an individual or a nation. Yet we are committed to the preaching of the Gospel to all nations in this age in the full knowledge of its ultimate triumph. It cannot fail and our work is not in vain in the Lord. “But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58)

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THE DANGER FROM WITHIN

 

The greatest threat to our nation today is not something emanating from outside. Quite the contrary, the danger that will one day ruin us if left is one that has grown from within. No enemy from without need invade to destroy us, we are doing this very well for ourselves without the help of anyone. There is a festering rot within. At one time this was not easily discerned, but in the last forty years or so like some gangrene, putrefaction has pushed its way through to the surface as an undeniable and highly visible stench-ridden affliction.

All is well, we are told. Yet, a tree may well appear healthy externally, no canker apparent, whilst within all is not well. Then one windy day when a gale blows with some force, the tree, although its life may have spanned the centuries, will fall ignominiously and its true internal state be open for all to see. Such is our beloved country today: rotten inside and a fall is inevitable when once the cruel winds of adversity begin to blow. A fall one day will most certainly come, for we no longer have the moral fibre and backbone to resist in times of dire trouble. This weakness is already more than apparent.

Our institutions are able to function only within structures that operate within a context of inherent corruption. We have made no move forward, but have regressed to an epoch when power was inherited or purchased, retreated to an era many thought had largely disappeared, when appointments could be obtained in return for favours, when a chosen few owned the country. Government today in Britain is dominated by an openly godless and perverse self-perpetuating élite motivated solely by greed and self-interest. A cosy cabal, an insular ‛chumocracy’ is determined, at whatever cost to the nation, to defend and preserve the privileged position it has arranged for itself. Vested interests hold sway over politicians of all colours and determine the direction of travel for our country, operating the levers of power.

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Once we were a nation with clearly defined beliefs and an acute moral consciousness. The seeds of our civilisation and culture were sown around two thousand years ago when the Christian Gospel reached these shores. It was this faith that over many years shaped our morals, our political system, and all aspects of our culture. Within a very short period of time, this and much of what has meant to be Christian and British, has been systematically dismantled and destroyed by a vicious adversary active among us. This home-grown enemy is attempting to reshape our nation surreptitiously, erase our historic identity and all without the consent of the population, frog-marching us along a pathway many, if not most of us find obnoxious. To surrender up our Christian faith to these ideological vandals will have irreversible and devastating results and ultimately bring about the disintegration of our nation. Yet in truth, sadly Great Britain shrank away and ceased to exist long ago.

 

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