This is election day for the UK.
We live in a world where we can not take it for granted that we will have the preservation of our freedoms. The continued right to preach the gospel, (our main responsibility). We, (Christians), have always had to fight for the right to freely live and practice our Christian faith.
Paul says, “Art thou called being a servant? care not for it: but if thou mayest be made free, use it rather.” (1 Corinthians 7:21). If you have to live as a slave, make the best of it, but if you can be free, “use it.”
We should be doing what we can to maintain our freedom to live for, worship and serve, our God.
Voting is an opportunity to promote, protect, and preserve godly government. Passing up that opportunity means letting those who would denigrate the name of Christ have their way in our lives. The leaders we elect—or do nothing to remove—have great influence on our freedoms.
Jesus said for us to “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.” (Matthew 22:21). Our government has called on us to vote for the government that we feel is the best government to serve our country. We have a responsibility to God to do this to the best of our ability.
“[God] removeth kings, and setteth up kings: He giveth wisdom unto the wise, And knowledge to them that know understanding: (Daniel 2:21)
Today, we have been given the opportunity to use our vote, in His service to bring about the best government possible at this time.
I will not tell you who to vote for, but I suggest you get on your knees before God and seek his wisdom, then exercise your opportunity to vote.
One of The Sun newspapers headlines yesterday was, “EASTER WHITEWASH Cadbury’s and Nestle slammed by shoppers for removing word Easter from their chocolate eggs!”
[Just for now, let’s leave aside the fact that, Easter, eggs, bunnies etc. are all to do with pagan fertility beliefs and nothing to do with The death or resurrection of Jesus Christ.]
Where is the shock in this? Pagan or atheist run businesses have little or no loyalty to the Christian foundations of the holidays that they seek to make money from. Do we not see this throughout history from, the moneychangers in the temple, up to modern-day Greedmass, that the shops celebrate from around October to December every year.
BBC Resurrection Story Survey.
ComRes, (Communicate Research Ltd), surveyed 2,010 British adults by telephone, between 2 and 12 February 2017. The research was commissioned by BBC local radio for Palm Sunday.
The survey suggested:
Of all people surveyed:
- 50% did not believe in the resurrection at all.
- 46% believe in some form of life after death
- 46% do not believe in life after death
- 17% of all people believe the Bible version or the resurrection of Jesus, word-for-word.
Of those who are non-religious:
- 20% believe in some form of life after death.
- 9% believe in the Resurrection of Jesus.
- 1% of whom say they believe the resurrection of Jesus literally.
Of the Christians:
- 31% believe word-for-word the Bible version of the resurrection of Jesus.
- 57% among “active” Christians (those who go to a religious service at least once a month), believe word-for-word the Bible version of the resurrection of Jesus.
- 25% do not believe in the resurrection of Jesus
- 31% said they did not believe in life after death.
The non-believers… what more could you have expected.
But the church has a big problem. We have so poorly misrepresented what a Christian is that only one-third of the people who think they are Christians believe the Bible. That is, believe that it is the inerrant word of God, otherwise, they would believe the resurrection account word-for-word.
Two-thirds of the population that think they are Christians do not believe in life after death. So what are they hoping for?
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. (1 Corinthians 15:19)
They would be better living by “… Let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we shall die.” (Isaiah 22:13), if they truly believe that there is not life hereafter.
How did Britain get this way?
I can not answer this with any degree of certainty, but there is probably a combination of factors.
It appears that a GREAT section of the church in England, if not the majority of the church, have lost direction. (And that is about as polite as I can put it.)
Much of the church is taken up with; being relevant, not being judgmental, seeking the best in everyone, etc. We are no longer, or rather some of the church is no longer salt and light, no longer prepared to proclaim the whole Bible truth, the nice and the hard to hear, but rather they are blind guides.
“Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.” (Matthew 15:14)
If you add to this the liberal media’s portrayal of Christianity and the removal of any form of real Christian teaching from school… leave to brew for around 50 years and you have a nation that has no understanding of what a true Christians is or what the Bible actually teaches.
In some ways, this is a subject that we should be looking at on the Bible Matters website. Sertanly in teams of the theological reasons for home schooling, or home education as we prefer to think of it. However, I will at times bring up news items that should give you to seriously to seek the Lord as to whether you can still leave your children in a state school.
The Government intends to introduce a new statutory subject of ‘Relationships Education’ to all primary schools in England.
This new subject may well impose some level of sex education on children as young as four. Parents will have no right to withdraw their children from this teaching.
The Government is claiming that “intimate relationships” would still only be covered at secondary level, but the legislation is alarmingly wide in scope, and we regularly see legislation being used to promote a liberal agenda.
According to the Christian Institute, the Government says the new subject is likely to focus on “respect” and “tolerance” for “different types of relationships”. The terminology is so vague that this could include teaching on homosexual and bisexual relationships, as well as same-sex parenting and same-sex marriage. There is a real danger of confusing a right and appropriate respect for people with a wrong respect for all types of relationship.
It is my belief that our schools are becoming a danger to the morals of our children, and as parents, we should be taking up the responsibility to bring up our/God’s children.
We have home educated all our children, some through to University, if you want any help of advice on this matter, do please contact me.
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.