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Mrs May: Where it all Changed.

I am left wondering if it was in the Andrew Marr interview on 30th April where everything started to change for Mrs May. Up until taht date her position was unassailable. She was to all intents and purposes the queen awaiting her re-coronation. The June election was anticipated as a day of unmistakable triumph. And then she said this in the Andrew Marr interview (see here). Professing Christ she completely denied the truth that is in Jesus.

It just seemed from that point on things gradually changed. The wheels came off her campaign. There were the embarrassments surrounding the manifesto and finally the unexpected election results.  This all is quite interesting to me.

If you profess to know God, but deny that sin is truly sin you put yourself against the God you profess. A cautionary tale I feel.

The General Election

The General Election is due to take place a week today. Here is an article to make you ponder upon what to do.

All I Am Saying Is Give…….

……repentance a chance. I understand the defiance displayed particularly by the people of Manchester since the suicide bomb attack on Monday.  And in so many ways I applaud the desire to stand together against those who initiate and support attacks such as that which took place on Monday night in Manchester. And yet my plea is that amidst the defiance some thought would be given to repentance.

There seems to be this innate thought that we are on the right track as a nation. British values are declared to be worth standing for and celebrating. And yet such values are never really fully articulated. But won’t we stop and consider that we might be going the wrong way and need to repent? Lets look at this issue nationally and individually.

Nationally.

We are in a moral maze that seems to becoming increasingly mazy as we pursue our God-ignoring agenda. In fact the moral state of this country is best described as a mess. We now celebrate the abhorrence which is two people of the same-sex getting married, and we call it progress. We killed 185,824 children in the womb in 2015 in England and Wales. There has been much talk about those who were killed in Monday’s heinous act being “innocent” and we understand what is meant by that. But what about these innocents killed in the womb? Where is the lament over that?

The treatment of Tim Farron in the general election campaign has been a disgrace! It is as if the liberal thought-police have been out to emasculate the leader of the Liberal Democrats. Curios that isn’t it!? The arch liberals attacking the leader of the Liberals! I wrote about this previously here concerning gay sex. And then there has been the onslaught against him concerning abortion see here for example.

I mention the above without even mentioning the transgender cavalcade which is seeking to ruin our youngsters and others beside. And there is much more which is simply God rejecting in this land. Oh surely it is time we sought the Lord in repentance.

Individually.

The Lord Jesus said, in the light of some terrible happenings in His day, that there should be a response of repentance. We read of it in Luke 13:1-5.

Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices. Jesus answered, ‘Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish. Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.’ 

He is saying that the best way to respond to these catastrophes is to realise we are in a messed up world. And in that world I am messed up by sin. And if I do not repent then I am destined for eternal calamity. Essentially, the world is a mess, I am a mess so I must repent. Have you done that? If you don’t you are set for eternal disaster. You can point others to being heinous or innocent or whatever, but what about you? you and I all of us are in the sinner category. All of us are heinous, none are innocent. We need a Saviour. Such a One is only Jesus the Lord. 

So all I am saying is give repentance a chance. Please think about it for yourself and for your nation.

Finally, my thought is that the real shock we should have about our nation is not that these incidents take place, but that there is not more of them. The Lord is really merciful in this. But if there is no repentance I can only fear that more will occur as the Lord works out His judgement against this nation which once honoured Him by cleaving to his Word, but now rather rejoices in the progress (falsely so-called) of rejecting the standards of the great Almighty Lord. 

Still Waiting.

Some little while ago I realised we had a message on voicemail on the phone at the church building. I wondered whether, at last, it might be someone who wants to know about how to obtain salvation in Christ. Alas it was not so. Rather, it was (once again) someone enquiring about renting our building for some purpose or other.

This is one small reflection upon how we are still waiting here in Feltham for the time when we see Feltham seeking the Lord. Indifference still prevails. We seek to give out good literature. We seek to contact people and engage with people about the Lord and His gospel and yet still the mood of indifference prevails. Yes, on the street there does, I feel, seem to be more willingness to interact. But still, largely, there is indifference.

Oh yes you could criticise us as regards to our methods for reaching out.  I confess there is much weakness in this. But that still does not alter the fact that there is so little response. And so we continue to long and wait and pray and expect. The gospel is still the power of God unto salvation. The desperate state of the world is proven theologically and empirically. Lives are messed up all around. The palliatives of the world distributed to the people in the various manifestations of materialism and hedonism leave an aching heart. Yet the One who is the Bread of Life and is the source of living water is still the despised and rejected one.

Oh Lord have mercy. I leave you with this song by Stuart Townend. A song that reflects many of these yearnings I feel.

Yet may it be that these islands see a turning to the Lord. Could it even be this weekend when we start to see Feltham seeking the Lord.

Humanistic Utopia.

The aspiration of humanism that morality can be constructed independent of religion is a lie. Such a perspective is based on a high view of the moral capacity of mankind. The assertion is that people are inherently good. Accordingly, if we get conditions to be as advantageous as possible so there are no external factors to destabilise people and their relationships, then all will end happily ever after. The kicking over of Christianity in the West has been seen as a means of releasing human beings from a straight-jacket which has stifled their development. With Christianity gone we can be free to fully develop is the thinking.

Alas the endpoint of this thinking is not found in a utopia, but rather in a dystopia. The heart of the matter is the evaluation of the condition of mankind. The humanist approach denies the reality of original sin and thereby gives an all too optimistic prognosis of mankind. The reality is though that Paul give the correct diagnosis of mankind in Romans 3:9-18

What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under the power of sin. As it is written:

‘There is no one righteous, not even one;
    there is no one who understands;
    there is no one who seeks God.
All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
    not even one.’
‘Their throats are open graves;
    their tongues practise deceit.
‘The poison of vipers is on their lips.
    ‘Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.
‘Their feet are swift to shed blood;
    ruin and misery mark their ways,
and the way of peace they do not know.
    ‘There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Like as when an untended fire is left to is own devices so with mankind. A fire spreads to leave decimated landscape in its wake. So with sin; it also spreads to leave the decimation of humanity in its wake.

Where we would agree with the humanist though, is in saying that the answer is not in a moralistic religious crusade. A determination to uphold morals in society may make for a cleaner moral atmosphere, it does not however, deal with the root cause of mankind’s problems; namely sin. Rather it is the provision of a Saviour who deals with our sins and rescues us from them taht we need. Jesus Christ is the One who comes to be Saviour. He comes to rescue us from our plight. Our sin has set us on a pathway to eternal dystopia. However, He takes all of that judgement at His cross and we can be released into a better life. Moreover, the news is far batter than us just being left in a neutral ambiguity. We instead have a life immersed in Christ. His life is now in our lives and so we can have a new life.

The only bright future for the planet is when righteousness is established in hearts and lives through Christ. To place the hope in humanity is a disaster. We need to look to Christ.

Gay Sex and the Election

Perhaps we have already seen the low point of the 2017 election campaign. This interview with Tim Farron was surely something of a nadir. Why do I say it was a low point?:

  • It shows the moral deterioration of this country. If a politician, even twenty years ago, had said gay sex was not a sin, that would have wrecked his career. Now it is completely the reverse. Today if a politician says gay sex is a sin he is likely to be vilified. This is all emblematic of a change in our ethical culture. Historically, we had a culture formed around biblical values. Now we have a culture formed around secular values, The former led to stability, the latter inevitably leads to chaos. I fear for the future of our nation. 
  • A decent man, for that’s what Tim Farron seems to be, has been treated like a suspected criminal by the press. He has now been hounded, cornered and humiliated and all in the name of the new freedom. It is as if the press would not let him go until they had “shamed” him out of office or forced him to tow the secular line. So how do they feel now that they have battered him into submission? 
  • What does this really have to do with issues that people really care about? Not much, I suggest. But it is everything with regard to what the ruling elite care about. This is because they are set on demolishing the values connected to historic Christianity, which have been the bulwark of this country. It is interesting to observe how the new doctrines are continually pushed upon us. Sports programmes on radio, for example, so very easily have everybody towing the line by the way they raise sexuality issues. If anyone speaks against the new norm, astonishment and outrage ensue. To say that gender is fixed and homosexuality is  abnormal is now to be a heretic.
  • This all raises the question as to why Sadiq Khan, a man who professes Islam, was not hounded in the same way last year when he was campaigning for the London Mayor.
  • According to my reading of the Bible gay sex must be a sin. No matter what exegetical gymnastics you indulge in, it seems impossible to get away from this. So a public figure who professes Christianity has now said that gay sex is not a sin. All of which only confirms the secularists in their disdain for the rest of us who firmly believe it is a sin.
  • And then there is the by-issue here of faith being private. Again that is a glorious victory a for the anti-Christian activists who want to suffocate Christianity. And it is a blow for all those who have been accused of wrong doing through mentioning their faith at work.

Oh what a sad event this is.

Dead and Content.

My persuasion about the spiritual state of the white indigenous population of the UK at the present time is that they are dead and content. There is no life towards God and people are, give or take a few perturbations, happy in that state. I accept that this is a vast generalization, but nevertheless I feel (and fear) that it bears much truth.

A meeting I had with a man outside church was emblematic of this. He was from Hull delivering stuff to the retail park across the road. I happened to get talking to him. He was there with time on his hands waiting for others to arrive. I offered him a booklet from the church, but he refused. We got talking and he seemed completely indifferent to really considering the issues of life and death and Jesus Christ. He was happy in his view that we will all be reincarnated. He had absolutely no grounds for this belief, but that did not matter, he was happy with it. I offered my booklet again and he refused. There was just no willingness to explore anything that might challenge his presumed beliefs.

It was overall a good-natured conversation, but it summed up much of my dealings with people of white-British backgrounds. There is just an indifference to spiritual matters. So where does that leave me? Here are some thoughts:

  • Pondering upon the observation that there is a veil over the hearts and minds of the white-British population. I do not want to speculate, but has God withdrawn gospel blessings from our race because of the history of rejecting the gracious gospel of the grace of God which has been offered over many years?
  • Thankful, oh so thankful that I, as white-British, have been rescued by the Lord’s grace. What is impossible with man is possible with the Lord. Thank you Lord.
  • Praying that God might yet be gracious and yet cause a turning back among the white-British of this nation.
  • Thankful for what God is doing in drawing different ones here and there to Himself.

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