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!”

TheSun.co.uk,10th April 2017

[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.

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    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for the question.

      I do not claim that I know the answer to the decline in the Church and of British societies understanding of what true Christianity is. Seeing that something is wrong, is (fortunately for me), much easier than saying what would put it right. In many ways finding the answer to this question is the responsibility of those who stand as head shepherds of our national churches, for the Archbishop of Canterbury, for the heads of Baptist Union, Methodist Union etc.

      For sure a good starting place is 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

      A very large section of the church in Britain and across the western world have rejected the teaching of the Bible and the God of that Bible. This is especially true of among the leadership and in the colleges and universities that train the pastors that will soon be leaders of the church.

      Evolution, liberal teaching, and political correctness have replaced the deity of God and the preaching of righteousness. What at one time would have been the Fear of God has been replaced with ‘God my mate’ attitude.

      If our churches from the top down… or possibly from the bottom up would get real with God and as a group turn to God and humbly before him cry out for our nation, I believe that things would change.

      If the church in the UK would stand for righteousness and cry out against the evil that is increasingly becoming the accepted norm in our society, things would change.

      Sound teaching and humble obedience to the word of God would be a very good start.

      While we are a remnant of the Chruch withing the church, we are probably in something of a Romans 1 situation. Where God is giving those, who reject Him over to a reprobate mind.

      “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;” (Romans 1:28)

      “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,” (Romans 1:21–22)

      The answer always is to return to God.

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