Combined with this both our Foreign Office and our Home Office allowed large numbers of Muslim refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan to come in to the UK, but seemed very reticent to allow Christian refugees in.
The UK did send some support of a more background nature to the USA after 9 / 11, and our Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, was an avowed supporter of George Bush, Jr. in the Iraq war presenting a didgy dossier in our Parliament to support this war. We also fully supported the overthrow of Colonel Gaddaffi in Libya, and Hosni Mubarak in Egypt, and an ongoing military litany presence in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. Tragically, many British Muslims also went to join ISIS in Syria and Iraq.
Tragically aberrant groups such as prosperity gospel / hyper faith, the so called New Apostolic Reformation, which is not new, (based on very old heresies), not apostolic (the self appointed âapostlesâ and âprophetsâ that lead this movement fail all the biblical tests), and definitely not a Reformation, as well as G12, a radical heavy shepherding intensive cell movement from Colombia, (led by pastor Cesar Castellanos of BogotĂĄ), are all well represented and have huge churches in Brazil.
The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG in English or IURD in Portuguese), is typical of these, a hyper-prosperity church, that has huge churches, with many daily services, all geared to prosperity, healing, business success, good marriages, and spiritual deliverance and âempowermentâ. It owns newspapers, a bank, the second largest tv station in Brazil, and by the way has countless numbers of churches here in my country in Britain, generally called âHelpcentresâ, with services in English, but also in Spanish and Portuguese as well.
This combined with a very large Catholic Charismatic Movement shows the absolutely chaotic spiritual scenario that is in Brazil.
I had a friend in Brazil, an Englishman with his Brazilian wife, who gave me a lot of this information. This huge country n
Though there are small numbers of both Baptists and Reformed Churches in Brazil, by far and away, the largest number of evangelicals, both real and neo-evangelical, are Pentecostal or charismatic.
The Assemblies of God are the largest group, and some of their churches are fairly doctrinal and balanced, though many would disagree with their views on spiritual gifts.
However, many others are into all sorts of things, and there are actually some breakaway âAssembly of Godâ movements, generally referred to as AOG âministeriosâ, that have their own emphases, and are separate from the main Assemblies of God group.
There are other mainstream Pentecostal churches like the âQuadrangularâ or Foursquare Church, and an Italian influenced church called the Congregacao de Cristo. This last one has a fascinating mode of worship, as they shun CCM and rock type worship, and only sing old congregational hymns. Men and women sit separately, the women wear scarves, and the hymns are accompanied by a very large all male orchestra, in the body of the church, and on the other side a solo female organist who plays an electronic organ!!
Yes, I believe that both Presidents Bush, father and son, when they attended Yale University, joined the secret Masonry style student society, Skull and Bones, which has a windowless building on campus, and a most outrageous set of initiation ceremonies. Membership of this society is for life, not just for the 4 years that a member is a student at Yale.
Many of the top students at Yale, who became politicians, industrialists, economists and others have joined this society.
It is also true, that separately to this, many of the top people and leaders in the United States economic, political, media and other influential national sectors attend a weird and semi-pagan summer camp in the woods in California called the Bohemia Grove, and it is basically a meeting ground for globalism and âone worldâ types. All this is not very good at all, and not compatible with a true godly Christian walk.
While it is true that the former despot of Iraq, Saddam Hussein, and the current notional ruler of Syria, Bashar al Assad, and his late father, Hafez al Assad, were and are most unpleasant and unsavoury characters, and brutal in their rule, it is also true that to a certain extent they did and do protect the Christians, provided the latter kept out of politics, and did not openly evangelise Muslims.
However, the ill fated Western interference in these regimes after 9/11, and secretive support of âoppositionâ groups in these countries, that turned out to be jihadist and far worse than the despots that they opposed, ensured that the Christians that ended up in their areas were persecuted, killed, and the women and children enslaved, raped and forcibly converted to Islam and forcibly married or prostituted to lustful and brutal jihadist fighters.
Sometimes our interference in these areas has been worse than useless, and in fact counterproductive, and has affected the Christians in those areas far worse than if we had left things well alone.
A mistake - it was Louis XIV, the absolute monarch, the so called âSun Kingâ, who expelled the French Huguenots, and it was Louis XVI, his most unfortunate grandson, who with his wife, Queen Marie Antoinette, and his son and heir, the Dauphin it Ceown Prince, only a boy, who were despised and executed by the French Revolutionaries some 100 years later.
France has been an evangelical desert ever since Louis XVI threw out the Reformed Protestant Huguenots at the end of the 17th century. They were the most productive and industrious citizens of France, and the their loss, and the resultant spiritual climate led eventually to the radical leftist atheistical French Revolution that overthrew the monarchy and brought in the Republic 100 years later.
Though temporarily defeated by first Emperor Napoleon, and then the European powers on Napoleonâs defeat in 1815, even leading to the temporary reestablishment of the Bourbon monarchy, the secular mindset and atheistical militant spirit never left France after that.
The secularist Republic was later reestablished and France has since with its old enemy Germany become the heart of the globalist leftist EU and it is at the centre of the economic eurozone.
Whole towns and cities in France do not have any functioning truly evagelical church, and most evangelical assemblies are struggling, and either home based or meeting in hired halls, though even that is difficult.
I guess some of these companies provide essential services which you cannot avoid using.
However, other things are not essential and can be dispensed with, or you can by the products of a competitor that as far as you know does not provide funds to murderous outfits like PP, or openly support âGay Marriageâ, or âTransgender Rightsâ.
Sometimes sustained organised boycotts by a large number of people might also be productive.
This Transgender thing is really hotting up. On BBC Radio 4, yesterday, the main national speech radio station here in Britain, they had a discussion on their main womenâs programme with two experts discussing transgenderism in schools.
One did question all this trend, and stated that parents should be consulted, and that scientific evidence was not clear on this issue.
However, the other âexpertâ, obviously a complete liberal, said that transgenderism should be fully recognised, bullying opposed, and even that parents should not be told of their childrenâs transgenderism, that full confidentiality had to be observed, and obviously supported the secretive beginning of non-medical and medical procedures on the child, if the child identified as the opposite gender.
This is how we are going. I am actually a technically qualified teacher, though have not worked in that profession for many years, but I doubt very much if I would be allowed to even train, let alone qualify as a teacher now, because of this whole LGBT and Transgender movement today. Truly Biblical Evangelical Christians will soon find themselves totally excluded by law from many professions in Western countries, in medicine, law, education, much of science and many others, because of it.
Maybe this young man was foolhardy, and I pray that the Indian authorities will be able to land on the island for long enough to recover his body.
However, Christianity in Korea, basically started the same way. Though the Catholics had sent missionaries some centuries before, there was no real gospel witness to Korea, until a missionary went in the 19th century armed with a box of Bibles. As he landed on the shore with his Bibles, he was immediately attacked and killed and his Bibles scattered in the sea. However local fishermen caught pages of his Bibles in their nets, and stuck the waterlogged pages on their walls as a decoration. Soon those who could read the Korean script were convicted by the words they read, and when future missionaries turned up and explained these words from the Bible, the fishermen were converted.
What is now the terrible dictatorship of North Korea was actually the centre of Christianity in Korea, and before this, Korea was invaded by and a province of Japan for many years, and Christianity was persecuted savagely by them as well.
Now South Korea has many huge churches, and prayerful Christians, North Korea has many Christians in prison camps, but it all goes back to the foolhardy missionary killed on the beach and his floating Bibles!!
Russia under Vladimir Putin, a nominally Russian Orthodox country but with a large Muslim minority and hungry for power, oil, warm water ports and a resurgence of the old Soviet Empire, Iran under its real ruler Ayatollah Khamenei and the mullahs, (President Rouhani is only a puppet in their hands), the main Shiite Muslim power, the leading power in Iraq, Syria (in conjunction with Russia), Lebanon through its surrogate terrorist movement Hizbollah, Yemen through the Houthi rebels, also supporting Hamas, the Palestinian rebels in Gaza, and Turkey, the Sunni Muslim power under the dictator Erdogan, who wishes to resurrect the Ottoman Islamic Caliphate, along with an eventual reestablished Libya and Sudan, are definitely lining up to form that Ezekiel alliance that will invade Israel, but be defeated supernaturally by God.
The EU leaning Western nation of Ukraine, I donât think has much chance of getting the Crimea or its rebel Russian ethnic Eastern provinces back, and Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States are increasingly being left behind, and beginning to tacitly and secretively undertake limited contacts with Israel previously unthinkable, as they are very worried about this Russia - Iran -Turkey alliance in their region.
Here we have two contrasts. The first is much more common. A famous church on London with a renowned evangelical preacher and Bible teacher in the 1960âs and early 1970âs, under his successor began to embrace new worship, new Bible, and watered down, though still evangelical teaching. Today this famous chapel is now a full blown charismatic, social gospel type church with a veneer of thin semi-biblical teaching.
Very rarely, it does occasionally go the other way. An equally famous church, pastored by a tremendous Reformed preacher, in the late 19th century, had declined by the 1960âs and 1970âs, had joined the ecumenical denomination the famous pastor had left, and though fairly conservative in worship was dying on its feet. They called a young but very committed Evangelical to the pastorate, who followed his famous predecessor out of the denominational Union, and now that church is packed to the gills every Sunday, proclaiming biblical truth without compromise, and evangelising thousands of children in its many Sunday schools.
A great disaster befell France in the late 17th century.
The previous king, Henry IV, a hundred years earlier, had been a nominal Reformed Protestant, but had converted to Roman Catholicism when he inherited the throne. However, he never forgot the Protestants, and issued the Edict of Nantes, to tolerate and give them freedom of worship.
This was continued under his son, Louis XIII, somewhat reluctantly, but his grandson, Louis XIV, a dissolute King and an avowed Roman Catholic determined to revoke this Edict which he did. The Reformed Protestants or Huguenots, the most productive people in the French economy, were harassed, brutalised, persecuted, and finally forcibly expelled from France.
This was an absolute disaster, and the monarchy began a terrible decline until the secular communistic revolutionaries who were atheistic dethroned and executed Louis XVI, his wife, (âlet the people eat cakeâ,), Marie Antoinette, and his young son, the Crown Prince or Dauphin.
France has never recovered from this violent Revolution, and unlike Britain, there was no Methodist revival to ameliorate it. Though the French Revolutionaries were eventually defeated, this secular militant spirit has continued in France ever since.
I think that the South Korean President Moon is rather like our immediately pre-2nd World War Prime Minister here in Britain, the infamous appeaser Neville Chamberlain, who trusted Hitlerâs false promises at Munich and waved his piece of paper, âpeace in our timeâ., having just betrayed Czechoslovakia to the Nazi invaders.
Thankfully, when Hitler betrayed Chamberlain, and went on to invade Poland, we had a good strong Prime Minister in waiting, Winston Churchill, who replaced the disgraced Neville Chamberlain, and who had a policy of total opposition to the Nazi regime, and went on to win the war and defeat Hitler and Nazi Germany, even at one point when we were on our own in Europe.
Perhaps the South Koreans need to search out and find such a man, for their next President, as Kim Jong Un of North Korea, like Hitler, is not a man to be trusted, and appeasement will not work with a man like this.
Thanks, Plain Old Tim. It always seems strange to me that good solid strong evangelicals and find fundamentalists who hold to the inerrancy of the Bible and believe in a literal creation (young earth, 6 literal days), the worldwide flood of Noah, the miracles in the OT and NT, the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ, His Virgin Birth, His sinless life, His death on the cross and His resurrection 3 days later, and so forth, seem to have a complete blind spot on eschatology, and particularly Israel, and start allegorising scriptures, and oddly, these good solid evangelicals are actually continuing the doctrines and beliefs of both the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Churches that they condemn!!! Very strange.
Finally, do you really support the establishment of another sharia Islamic state. Remember there is for them only a one state solution, which will kill and expel the Jews, and persecute the Christians. The Muslims demand nothing less than the extirpation of the Jewish state of Israel, and a single Arab Muslim state, with the Islamic flags fluttering on the Temple Mount in âAl Qudsâ, as they will call Jerusalem.
With leading evangelical Christians increasingly actually attacking Israel and championing âPalestineâ, the Muslims will indeed be laughing all the way to the bank!!
BDW - You are quite right in saying that non-Messianic Judaism has nothing to offer, and that Jews who are involved in that need to come out of that, and come to a real personal saving knowledge of Yeshua HaâMaschiach, the Lord Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour, and as their Messiah.
However, BDW, to go from there to denying any biblical promises of the literal land of Israel to the literal Jews is very different.
I would like to remind you that 1). There are an increasing number Messianic Jews that do know the Lord Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
2). There is no such thing as a national Palestine, nor ever was, or a mythical Arab Palestinian people.
3). Judea and Samaria are the heartland of Israel, not a mythical âWest Bankâ.
4). God has promised in His Word that He will restore the literal land to the literal people, and in the Old Testament, Israel, Zion, Judah and Jerusalem means literally, Israel, Zion, Judah and Jerusalem, not some allegorical meaning, like the church. Sadly many Protestant Evangelicals are continuing the error of the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Church.
5). If God breaks His promises to Israel and the Jewish people, what makes us in the Church think He will be faithful and keep Hus promises to us. Finally, do you really sup
chapter by chapter, verse by verse. There is also a necessity to preach clear strong evangelistic sermons from Biblical passages aimed at unbelievers, though there should be evangelistic applications in the main teaching as well.
It is very sad that churches are careless in this matter. In places like Canada, certain states in the USA, Australia, New Zealand, here in Britain, and in many countries in Continental Europe persecution on this LGBT / Transgender issue is really beginning in earnest.
1). Churches must start declining official charity status or receiving any government money or tax exemption, because it will come with strings attached.
2). They must ascertain the spiritual and moral state of potential members when they apply for membership, and all members must agree to the statement of faith and doctrine of the church.
3). All office holders of the church, not only pastors, elders deacons, and evangelists, but also Sunday school teachers, youth workers, womenâs group leaders, even ushers and anyone else involved in an official ministry of the church must be thoroughly examined and approved before they take office, and held accountable.
4). Church discipline must be applied lovingly, firmly, rigorously and there should be clear biblical counselling and restoration available when people get right with the Lord and repent.
5). The Bible must be taught thoroughly in the preaching and teaching of the church, preferably by means of consecutive, expository teaching, book by book, chapt