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.