No doubt many people are in a state of shock over the actions of Brenton Tarrant – who shot and killed a number of Muslim worshippers last week, in New Zealand. Indeed, the sense of outrage that many feel over this may even prompt them to say that if there is a God, then He will never forgive Mr Tarrant; and, furthermore, if there is a Heaven then the likes of this person will never go there.
However, such reasoning ignores the clear teaching of the New Testament. While one doesn’t condone what happened, and we are all naturally displeased by Mr Tarrant’s actions, to say that he will never go to Heaven is to undermine one fundamental principle – the Glorious Grace of God as shown in Christ.
Scripture clearly teaches that we are all sinners and none of us deserves Heaven. God is so Holy that He cannot allow any trace of sin into His presence. Moreover, because of our sins, we are all cut off from God, and we all deserve His judgement for eternity. No doubt when people read this they will say “ok I accept that I’ve done a few bad things but I’ve never murdered anyone” – my answer is simple, “yes you have, if you’ve hated someone you have committed murder”. (see Matthew 5 v 21-22). Moreover, there is a sense in which we have all killed Jesus Christ, the Son of God, by our sins; but we’ll look at that in a moment.
No, Mr Tarrant doesn’t deserve God’s forgiveness and a home in Heaven when he dies but, then again, none of us do. As the Bible says – “all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” Romans 3 v 23.
Is there hope then for Brent Tarrant? Yes, a thousand times, yes! It is most fortunate that he was captured alive because it means that, while in prison he can hear, or read, the Gospel. If he is given a New Testament he can read that God so loved him, He sent Jesus to die for his sins and rise again to be his Saviour. If Mr Tarrant truly repents of his sins and accepts Christ as his personal Saviour then the slate is wiped clean and he is forgiven by God. Of course, he will have to stay in prison but at least his soul will be saved.
This brings me back to the statement I made earlier about how we all killed Christ (in bold type above). I remember as a young man being on a beach mission when I was “press-ganged” into the singing group (they must have been desperate!). One of the songs had the words “I’m the one who shouted crucify, I’m the one who led Him up to die”. Because the sacrifice of Jesus is sufficient for the sins of all mankind there is a sense in which we all participated in putting Christ on the cross. Therefore, we all had a hand in the greatest crime in history.
Before condemning Brent Tarrant, let us all examine our own hearts and ask if we have been cleansed of our sins, or do we still have the stain of murder on our hearts., and in our souls.
By Bob Hutton.
Thanks Bob for letting us repost this.
This is a re-post from Bob Hutton’s blog THE GOSPEL TRUTH
I recently watched a dramatised documentary on the French Revolution and, while, I can understand the deep resentment caused by the dire poverty of the 1700s (the Aristocracy living in opulent splendour) it became apparent as time went on that this cataclysmic event was inspired, not by a genuine attempt to right social wrongs, but by a strong humanistic motive. The leaders were godless men who had no time for the teachings of the Bible and harped on about the “Rights of Man”. After having killed the king and his wife, they then instituted a great terror which meant that anyone who was suspected of having any sympathies for the “old order” lost their heads, quite literally!
This terrible time then culminated in the leaders turning on one another in an orgy of blood-letting. As this madness was creeping into England, God, in His mercy, brought a revival and, instead of many thousands being butchered on the guillotine, as in France, the same number were being saved from their sins through faith in Christ as their Lord and Saviour.
As the 1800s progressed the effects of those two events (revolution in France and revival in England) became clear – France had a century of huge instability coupled with political upheaval and heavy military defeats; England had a time of economic growth and saw an expansion of a worldwide empire. While not everything about the British Empire was good, it did facilitate the spread of the Gospel as missionary endeavour increased exponentially.
Fast forward to the present time and what do we see? The residual benefits of the 18th-century revival have long gone; a largely godless Parliament has, over the last 50 years, passed a string of anti-Christian laws which show a blatant disregard for the teachings of God’s infallible word. The effects of this are obvious for all to see – a government in perpetual crisis, rampant wickedness and immorality, unnatural perversions being openly promoted and encouraged, the persecution of evangelical Christians, a rapidly rising crime rate and, while people are being openly butchered on the streets in broad daylight, a Police “service” that is more concerned with soothing the hurt-feelings of perverts than going after the real criminals.
As we approach 2019 it appears that the situation, despite the best intentions of well-meaning “do-gooders”, is going to get worse. The only hope, as it was in the 1700s is, revival – the politicians, police and liberal church leaders have all failed. Only God can save this country now.
One hopes that, despite the fact we have treated Him so badly, He will yet have mercy on this land, there is no other way the country can be saved – “….in wrath, remember mercy” (Habakkuk 3 v 2)
Few people today have the perception to recognise that it was the preaching of the gospel that saved Britain from a bloody overspill of the French Revolution, not the responsibility that the church in the UK has for the decline in the morality and possible coming judgement on Britan. The church should restrain the shedding of innocent blood, but just a week or two ago I was reporting on the blessing of an abortion facility by the church.
The dramatised documentary that Bob mentioned can be seen here.
I am pleased to be able to announce that I have been asked to talk at the Last Days Warrior – Patriots & Prophecy Summit this October.
This is a video summit. Each of us will be submitting our training sessions by video.
The blurb says…
The Last Days Warrior Summit, you will be empowered and equipped with knowledge.
You can gain new insight into what is going on, have the knowledge to be active within your sphere of influence, and even gain that inside scoop that others are missing out on!
Heck, you may even be that one person which brings about the change that will turn this situation around!
In fact, here’s just a sample of what’s in store for you at this a premium members only event Patriots & Prophecy Summit:
- You will learn why our freedoms matter…
- Learn how we can put God at the forefront again…
- You will learn how all of this is fitting within the realm of Bible prophecy…
- You have the chance to network with other like-minded individuals and be part of future speaker Q&A in a secret forum…
- If you don’t attend for yourself, then attend for the sake of our children’s and grand children’s future…
Speakers include: Dave Daubenmire, Mike Adams, Ray Gano, Mark Sutherland and many more.
You can find out more here.
ChristianJournal.net is reporting that a Hillsong Worship Pastor Claims Evolution is Undeniable And That God Created the Big Bang
On June 25th, 2018, Joel Timothy Houston, one of Hillsong Church leadership, tweeted that “God created the Big Bang,” and that “Evolution is undeniable.” Hillsong Church is based out of Sydney, Australia but also has a church in New York City.
Evolution is undeniable—created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang. https://t.co/Q6Cfkvn9PU
— Joel Timothy Houston (@joelhouston) June 25, 2018
Joel Houston, the eldest son of the founders of Hillsong, Brian and Bobbie Houston, and the co-pastor of the Hillsong Church in New York City tweeted on Monday his support of the evolutionary theory and the big bang.
His tweet reads “Evolution is undeniable—created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word—an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects—and only ever in part—not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big-Bang.”
Joel Houston is arguably the most popular and influential Christian Musician in the world because of the number of followers he has gained over the course of his career as a musician.
One of Joel’s songs “So Will I (100 Billion X)” is a song off of the album, There Is More, recorded live at the Hillsong Worship and Creative Conference in Sydney, Australia. Part of the lyrics in this song says: “And as You speak/A hundred billion creatures catch Your breath/Evolving in pursuit of what You said.”
When asked if he believes in the “Big Bang theory” or “literal six day creation,” Houston said, “It means I believe God created everything and His Word cane first..”
He later added, “If God’s creative process was an easy working week, or finely crafted over six-ages of millennia, does it make Him any more or less God?” Houston posed. “Or us any more or less created in His image? Either way, it was an unfathomably wonderful six-day process, however you think to see it.”
If you are saying Evolution/Creation, big deal, he still loves Jesus and sings about the gospel.
Well, there are a few things we need to think about.
- Was death the tool used by God to create, or the result of our sin?
- If death violence and destruction were the tools used by God to create the world, what does God mean by “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31)?
- If the world before sin was a world filled with death violence and destruction, what are we being saved from in this world? Will the New Heavens and the New Earth be like the world before sin, filled with death violence and destruction?
In my opinion, Joel Timothy Houston does not believe in the same God I serve nor can preach the historic Christian Gospel. We should, therefore, be very careful about the use of any of his songs in our worship.
This week Derek Drapper sent a letter to Rev John Stevens for the FIEC, (Fellowship of Evangelical Churches), calling for the church to rise up to action against the tide of immorality that is sweeping our nation.
We thought that you might like to read it and maybe send a letter of your own supporting this plea for action.
Rev John Stevens
FIEC National Director, 39 The Point
Market Harborough, LE16 7QU
Dear Brother in Christ
I have never written a letter like this before. Please forgive me if I do not express myself as well as I should – I write from the heart more than from the mind.
Like millions of people in our beloved land I am deeply distressed at the way our nation and people have rejected Christ and the Bible, and traditional conservative views about life.
I realise this has been going on for decades, but, again like so many people, I am deeply disturbed at the rapid rate of change which seems to be accelerating all the time. And like many I feel helpless to find a way of expressing the deeply felt truths which want to burst out of my soul.
I long to hear a powerful Christian voice calling the churches to serious and sustained prayer with a view to making a declaration to government and nation that we are united in our rejection of the left-leaning humanist liberal values that are being imposed on us with increasing rapidity and with legal force.
This is even more disturbing because these very “liberal” values (which are far from liberal) are being increasingly taught as the only correct view of life to our children, grandchildren etc even from the age of 5 – and opting out is being made more and more difficult. In spite of criticisms many of our universities are increasingly excluding people with traditional or pro-life or even vaguely christian views from any kind of debate.
All parties in parliament seem to hold the same basic set of views, and all are equally determined to impose them by force of law.
I had hoped that someone would step into the breach – maybe the relatively new Archbishop of Canterbury – but they all seem to be tamed by the very office they inherit. Perhaps the Baptist Union – but I am informed that they have no really godly leadership with evangelical or even traditional views. Alas that hardly surprises me.
What does surprise me is that the FIEC seems to be completely unaware of the immense crisis that is consuming our nation – and the churches in our nation. Or if not unaware there does not appear to be any policy to speak out in ways that should involve the churches and any kind of national voice.
Please forgive me if I have missed something!!?! Yes, I am aware of the FIEC’s encouragement of the Parliamentary Prayer Meeting.
I am aware that FIEC is not a denomination and has no control over the churches or their leaders. I am also aware that the FIEC’’s very strict anti ecumenist policies does not exactly favour reaching out to people outside a very small company.
However surely the situation is now so deeply disturbing and so humanly speaking totally beyond remedy, that it is time all our normal reservations were cast aside and a very serious call was made to FIEC churches and to all who will join with us in a time of national mourning and serious calling upon God to come down to us and revive His church and turn our nation back to God. Surely we all recognize that nothing other than prayer will do anything to turn back this seemingly irresistible tide of Satanic wickedness – and no one but God can help us!
The only voice that I hear calling the nation to prayer is that of David Hathaway – a Pentecostal evangelist who must surely be known to FIEC. I know nothing of David other than what he publishes about himself. However, if a half of what he claims to be doing/involved in is true then I marvel the whole nation has not heard of him. Perhaps Satan does not want us to hear?
I am not deeply skeptical but I am not completely naive – I cannot speak for the man but I do know that he has called Christians to prayer. On 8th September 2017 he apparently had a meeting of 1100 christians in the Emmanuel Centre, Westminster, with an overflow. They were calling upon God to intervene in our national and church affairs and were asking God to give us godly leadership especially in view of Brexit.
I believe other smaller meetings have taken place and he is now arranging for another but larger meeting at the Westminster Central Hall on Saturday 8th September this year – the 78th Anniversary of the Day of Prayer called by King George VI.
I feel sure that FIEC are aware of this and do not need my input. This man may not exactly fit FIEC’s suit of clothes but he is doing something that – as far as I know – no one else is doing. You may be able to correct me on that?
I know you are extremely busy but I make no apology for writing to you – I feel that I shall burst if I do not express myself on these issues, and my dear Wife joins me in that.