Living in Bradford I know of a couple of people driven from their homes by Muslims, especially one who converted from Islam. Way back in the late eighties when Salman Rushdie had a fatwa placed upon him I was told by a young Muslim that they had been told in the Mosque that if they ever met him they had to kill him.
I dismissed it then as nothing more than a crank but now I know different and would have to report it to the police.
All this led me to listen to a radio programme given by the Muslims during Ramadan, there were a number of disturbing things taught over pubic radio. The most disturbing being that Muslims should seek to over throw any none Islamic government after living seven years under such a government. This is not my words but their own teaching. Yet we are told Islam is a religion of peace by the very people they are to overthrow.
Ephesians 4:11-15 teaches us that Pastor teachers are a gift from God to instruct the child of God in the knowledge of the faith, so that in turn might engage in the work of ministry that is to live and witness to our faith wherever the Lord God might led us, in our homes, work, school etc. If Christians are not impacting upon their communities there are two possibilities one God as withdrawn from our nations and is working elsewhere like in China or believers are have become cowards or we are living in disobedience in not living out our faith where God as called us to serve. In home, work or school etc. What ever the case we must repent and seek our God right where we are. If the apostle Paul needed the prayer of his brothers and sisters for boldness to speak how much more do we today?
I notice that Jim has not commented on this, could it be some might us it as a stick to beat him with?
When I first became a Christian I knew a family who had a son born with his bowls out side his body, the Charismatics I knew telling me that God does preform miracles if we had only enough faith to believe would cure even such a child. His parents lovingly took him home instead of leaving him to die. He lived for eighteen months before the inevitable happened. My faith was tested did I lack enough faith? This experience cured me of the Charismatics their false teachings and out right lies. The miracle was that he lived 18 months of course now I have come to see our God uses the means of Doctors like in this wonderful story and exposes the evil of abortion.
I always thought that Bishops did not have the vote. They don't in general elections. May be they have changed the law for this referendum? Some Biblical reasons why to vote to leave. God alone gives nations their national boundaries and sovereignty. The book of Proverbs warns us not to be surety for others debt. The whole E.U project is to revive the Holy Roman Empire with the Pope as its religious head. The fact that he as no real power at this time does not mean it will always be that way. Christians must make their chose not on the state of the economy and even because of immigration both will continue to fluctuate whether we are in or out, Scripture must be our guide. Is there any who have scriptural grounds for staying in?
Ugh wrote: Stephen R. from UK, This is the real poster Ugh. The person who has hijacked my moniker, I believe, is one who I have reported to the SA moderator for his /her vile, filthy, immature posts. If you hit the spy glass by my posts that I have posted in the past weeks, it will be quite clear to you.
Please forgive me if I have in anyway offended you, I am clearly very naÃ¯ve in such things. One of the reasons I don't post very often is because I don't know whom I am talking with, but I do try and avoid offence. So once again forgive any I might have given you.
John Yurich USA wrote: Why would the Colorado Civil Rights Division rule it is not discrimination for a "Gay Bakery" to refuse to make anti-gay cake? That is hypocrisy, which fruitcakes are noted for.
The answer to your question is SIN. All men are dead in trespasses and sins Eph2:1. That is spiritually dead. No man can or will obey Gods commandments Rom8:7. Only grace can deliver men from their spiritual deadness Eph2:5 &:8-9.
John UK wrote: If you want to lose your faith, go to any Bible College for a few years. You'll come out not believing your Bible is the inspired and inerrant word of God, and that will so infect your thinking, that when you come to pastor a church, you will infect your new flock with unbelief also, and thus, another church heads down the apostasy road.
There are still some which hold to their Reformed and confessional faith, even if they are despised by the majority of the church world. The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland and the Protestant Reformed Churches of America, if you don't hold to the sufficiency and infallibility of Scripture you would not be allowed to teach or study with either.
This poor man thinks he gets to choose where he spends eternity.He also calls our Holy God homophobic, which shows he neither knows the God of scripture nor believes those scriptures. He has no saving grace, Christian charity requires that we pray for his conversion but I fear after being in the Anglican ministry for many years and still does not know the true God or the true faith it might be too late. Yet our God is a merciful God slow to anger and can still save even a dying sinner. May we not lose sight of Gods grace to us and that salvation is all the work of God in us, even this blind fool could yet be an object of Gods saving grace. Sadly on this site people are too quick to vent their wrath against such people Like Desmond Tutu and slow to seek their spiritual good.which is after all a gospel requirement.
John Yurich USA wrote: It is time that the homosexuals are stopped from pushing their lifestyle choice onto everybody. That will only happen if Obama is replaced by a Republican president. But some of you Evangelical Protestants on here don't care if Obama is re elected. If some of you Evangelical Protestants did care then you would not be against Romney. The fact is an Independent presidential candidate stands zero chance of winning the presidency. Only Romney has a chance of winning over Obama. If Obama is re elected then the Judgment of God against the United States will continue to increase. How come some of you Evangelical Protestants don't care if God's Judgment comes upon the United States? If you guys don't want God's Judgment to come upon the United States then you would want a Republican president so that the homosexual agenda and every other perversion agenda is stopped and morality is brought back to the United States.
John the fact that both the USA and the UK have no real godly men to elect to be our leaders shows that both nations along with the rest of the world are already under Gods judgment for turning away from His Son our Lord Jesus Christ.only the preaching of the gospel can bring us back from the wrath of God that is coming