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

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Derek was trained at the London Bible College in it’s early years (1951-1954) under Principal Doctor (then Mr) Ernest Kevan where he obtained the College Diploma in Religious Knowledge. He has at various times pastored Cleeve Hill Church, Bishop’s Cleeve Free Church, Keynsham Evangelical Church, Saltford Evangelical Church, Highway Evangelical Church (Stratford, East London), and Bankhall Mission Church (Bootle, Liverpool). Each of these Churches was blessed with a work among children and young people, and Derek developed a gift for evangelism as well as teaching. In retirement, he has spent many years itinerating and preaching/teaching in churches mainly in Dorset and Hampshire. He has a ministry of encouragement and prayer as well as preaching. In 2013, aged 83, he was miraculously healed of Cancer by laying on of a Pastor’s hands and prayer, and was given a word from the Lord; “You are my servant, I have chosen you, you are to live fearlessly”! Oh dear, what a challenge. He has a desire to live out his life preaching, teaching and “Assisting” churches wherever he is needed.

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