Even Brenton Tarrant can be saved (such is the grace of God).

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.

Letter to the FIEC re: the need for the Church to rise to action.

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.

Sincerely,

Derek Drapper

Bible Illegal 53

Quoting the King James Bible is “abusive and a criminal matter”.

Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell were convicted yestoday (28 Feburary 2017) at Bristol Magistrates’ Court, of public order offences, for preaching the Bible in England.

A public prosecutor claimed that quoting parts of the King James Bible in the context of modern British society “must be considered to be abusive and is a criminal matter”.

The prosecutor argued that free speech must yield to multicultural reality in modern Britain and that there was a clear threat to violence due to the words of the preachers and the criticism of Islam.

There is an interview with Michael on The Red Pill Report No. 9

The men were found guilty under Section 31 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998, for using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, thereby, and that the offence was religiously aggravated.”

During the four-day trial, prosecutor Ian Jackson, claimed: “To say to someone that Jesus is the only God is not a matter of truth. To the extent that they are saying that the only way to God is through Jesus, that cannot be a truth.”

Mr Stockwell had quoted a Bible verse in which Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life” and that he is the only way to heaven. Mr Stockwell said: “Men should be able to proclaim the truth and have diverse differences in the public forum, agreeing to disagree without harm or repercussions. Truth today is the new hate.”

He continued: “I am an American and there is no free speech in England. You criticise Islam; and a group of individuals don’t like what you say and threaten violence to silence speech they disapprove of. The Police and Court shut down the ‘free speech’ to avoid public disorder. It is a green light to the Islamists and any other radical groups to silence speech. The Police should be protecting us.”

Mr Overd said: “You can’t have the threat of violence and public disorder to stop us criticising Islam and other lifestyles. Where is our freedom? If you don’t like what I said, just move on and let others hear the message, but they want to end the free speech.”

The court has awarded legal costs of £2016 against both Mr Overd and Mr Stockwell. A Criminal Behaviour Order is being pursued against Mr Overd, with the hearing delayed until May 2017.

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the preachers says that, “People will be shocked that a court now considers the Bible itself to be a form of hate speech.”

You can read more at the Christian Concern website.