What a shocking story. While the pastor may have done better directly quoting the Bible, rather than using his own words on the message he produced, what he said was very true.
I have done a little quick research, and thanks to SA, I heard his very appropriate last sermon (judging by the date given), and I think he had a presentment of what was to come.
The elder that failed to support him, and the families that told the elder they would withdraw until he resigned are absolutely cowardly and shocking.
The enemy and the LGBT forces in the area are jumping up and down with glee.
This is what should happen:-
The local presbytery should withdraw the papers of recognition of the cowardly elder, the congregation should be disenfranchised from the denominational list immediately, a national statement of recognition of the pastor should be issued by the national denomination, and if the church property is vested in the denomination it should be seized by them and a new congregation set up, with the pastor invited to take over the church.
Every local evangelical congregation should stand in support of this pastor. Sadly, I personally doubt if anything like this will happen.
This is the modern subtle sanitised non-uniformed version of the Nazi Hitler Youth / League of German Girls or the former Soviet Union or Eastern European Communist Young Pioneers.
Instead of parades, marches, military bands, rallies in huge stadiums, youth camps or competitive games, the modern leftist and abortionist activists get the children or young people into a television studio, or for the younger ones a play environment, or give them banners, or some touchy feely experience, or worse still dispense confidential sex advice for the older ones, or a drag queen reading a story for the younger ones.
Whatever approach they use, it has the same result; if corrupts a whole generation of children and young people, and initiates them into the wickedness of these activists, and into a very evil world view.We need to pray for young people and children like never before.
Yes there are tares as well as wheat in nearly all churches, whether in China or elsewhere.
However, Youth in Asia must stop spouting the Communist lies of the authorities in China, and discounting every single house Church in China.
Yes, I am sure there are some true believers in the officially state approved "Three Self Patriotic" churches, but the whole organisation is dominated and controlled rigidly by the Chinese Communist Party.
Pastors and elders must be approved by them, sermons must be submitted to them, with certain subjects being banned, any form of evangelism outside the church is totally illegal, and young people under 18 are not allowed to go to these churches, and no children's or young peoples activities are allowed.
That, Youth in Asia, is why there is an Underground Church, the very Church you are suspicious of.
I was blessed to watch a You Tube video recently featuring North and South Korean Christians, with English text translation.
Though the South Korean church featured was broadly charismatic leaning, (though they certainly knew how to sing, including a very enthusiastic rendering of Handel's Hallelujah Chorus), it was lovely also to hear a North Korean refugee, who was in silhouette, give an appeal to her sister in North Korea, to come to the Lord Jesus, and another North Korean lady evangelist now in South Korea, who was shown fully, and who played the accordion, and sang with all her heart to the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ
Prayers by a blurred North Korean Christian actually there, were also shown and featured a blurred service in an illegal house meeting actually in North Korea.
It was a great privilege to see this and deeply moving, and made me wonder how I would react if I was in North Korea undergoing that persecution. It made me feel very unworthy indeed!!
This South Korean President is tragically a "Neville Chamberlain" character who is an appeaser, who wishes to appease Kim Kong Un of North Korea, and thinks that this Communist leader will be the "leopard who changes his spots"!!
President Moon came to power after the previous President of South Korea was impeached and removed from office, due to a corrupt relationship she apparently had.
All I know is that all this appeasement is bad news for the North Korean Christians as they are in danger of being forgotten, though no doubt South Korea will continue the policy of giving automatic citizenship to any North Korean refugee that will make the hazardous and extremely dangerous journey of smuggling themselves across the border of North Korea to China, and then another long and difficult journey from China to present themselves to a South Korean Embassy in any neighbouring third party country.
As I commented on the other related story on SA News today, I suspect that this is the real reason why Kim Jong Un has come to the literal international peace table on the North and South Korean border.
I do hope that no one will be fooled by this, and stop praying for and supporting the North Korean Christians.
I strongly suspect that Kim Jong Un is pulling off a fast one because his nuclear test Centre, as pointed out in the other story on SA News today, has collapsed.
It is also not far from the Chinese border, and the Chinese Government is very nervous with the possible radioactive fallout that may affect China.
As to South Korea, it has an appeasement government, that wants peace at any price. As to President Trump, I think he is biding his time, but he definitely needs skill to deal with this slippery North Korean customer, as he (Kim Jong Un) is not to be trusted. Pray for the North Korean Christians, as I suspect their lot is not going to improve any time soon!!!
Though this was reported on the British BBC, this was a case in the United States.
I am not sure that this guy could have got away with this in Britain.
However, I have heard that US universities are always looking out for brilliant American football / baseball / basketball players etc., to give them sports scholarships, and these students don't actually have to be particularly academic or bright, as long as they do very well in the requisite university sports or athletic team!!!
Back in Britain, things like dyslexia and other learning difficulties were not widely recognised in schools and colleges until the 1990's, and regrettably students with such difficulties were often punished by ill-informed teachers and lecturers instead of being helped. That thankfully is generally a thing of the past, and students receive much more help, special tuition, and extra allowances for exams and assignments.
We can indeed only pray for the brave ethnic Korean Chinese, some South Koreans, and even illegal North Korean immigrants to China, ( the latter face arrest and forced repatriation to North Korea, which could mean death or a ferry long sentence in one if the concentration camps if the regime.) , who share the Gospel on the North Korean / Chinese border.
The martyrs and prisoners cry out "How long O Lord, how long?"
I also pray that if and when they meet, President Trump will not be fooled by any trickery from Kim Jong Un.
Apart from the normal doctrinal disaster of the Roman Catholic Church, we now have this Jesuit Pope Francis I, who even contradicts Catholic doctrine.
He certainly badly calculated wrongly over the Catholics in Chile that did not want his choice of Bishop, a man who actively supported a notorious paedophile priest, and may be accused of joining in. It seems he certainly looked the other way.
Chilean Evangelical churches are very numerous, and may find many more disillusioned Catholic members, fleeing to their refuge, as a reaction to and disgust with Pope Francis I.
In Britain, we don't have the luxury of very many truly evangelical Christian schools.
Though nominally Christian schools, mainly Catholic and Anglican, are permitted in our state (public) school system, unlike the all secular USA, (that is, it was secular since the 1960's thanks to the infamous Supreme Court decision initiated by the notorious atheist activist Madelyn Murray O'Hare), they are subject to the increasing political correctness of our government, and its infamous "muscular secularist" inspection agency OFSTED.
We do have a very tiny number of truly independent Christian Evangelical schools, that do not take any government money at all, and there is a very limited amount of homeschooling, ( very few resources for it), which is not illegal here, but is regarded with great suspicion by the government and local education authorities.
However, the ample and numerous Christian schools in the USA are not all evangelical, and those that are, have sadly often compromised in some issues, such as Genesis, letting in evolution,while still referring to the Creator, perhaps in formal assemblies at the same time.
I do not always agree with Jim Lincoln, but he has picked up some good sources on this matter.
Between them, Bill Hybels of Willow Creek and Rock Warren of Saddleback have caused more chaos to the professing evangelical church than most other people, including even the prosperity gospellers.
Through them we have seen other movements like the Emerging Church, the mystical Contemplative Prayer, and even the so called "New Apostolic Reformation", which if course is not new, apostolic or a reformation, come out after them!
Now no doubt, the former Pastor Bill Hybells can now, no doubt, spend more time supporting his wife Lynne, in her anti-Israel and pro-Christian Palestinian Replacement Theology ministry and teaching for which she has become famous.
Unfortunately, if he doesn't repent in his remote rural monastery before the end of his days, he will face a very severe court with an Absolute and All Holy Judge, with an eternal sentence that will make the USA or Canadian prison sentence seem rather a light and almost pleasant alternative!!!
Having got this clerical Monsignor to the Vatican City, stuck him in a gaol in this tiny city state within Rome where he will spend a year or two, no doubt, chances are he will be very silently whisked off to a remote monastery in a rural area of Italy, or maybe a third country, and will spend the rest of his days in seclusion in such a place.
The Italian authorities won't bother to upset the apple cart by demanding him being handed over to them, so that they can prepare him for extradition to Canada or the USA, and he certainly won't be extradited to either of those two countries anyway as the Vatican wouldn't allow it.
At least Cardinal Pell of Australia who was also accused of paedophile activities, did have the guts to leave the Vatican and hand himself over to the Australian authorities for trial, but this corrupt and slippery Monsignor will just disappear into the monastic system most likely for the rest of his life, and will of course, avoid the inevitable very very long prison sentence that awaits him should he ever be extradited ( in the case of USA, most likely life without parole, and perhaps a little shorter in Canada, though the country that got him first would hopefully extradite him to the other country if he finished his sentence with them).
Yes, indeed Ealing is in England, and is one of the London Boroughs, located in west London, north of the Thames River.
London is divided into a number of different unitary boroughs, that run everything in their local area, except for transport, police, major highways and infrastructure, and the Fire Brigade, which are run by the Greater London Authority which has an elected Mayor and Assembly.
The City of London does have its own city police service, as do the railways and tube (metro) stations, (British Transport Police), separate from the Metropolitan Police and certain parks in Central London are directly run by the UK Government, but otherwise the local London Boroughs are very important and powerful
It is in fact not far from where I live at present in a neighbouring London borough.
Basically, both Marie Stopes, and the other main abortion provider here in Britain, British Pregnancy Advice Service, both registered charities, are roughly equivalent to the infamous Planned Parenthood of the USA, and have a number of clinics.
However, these are usually "last resort" or "emergency" abortion providers, as our state run NHS actually provides most abortions here, and the chemical ones that now can be provided by any qualified nurse practitioner or even a pharmacist
With regard to YouTube, there are still some good Christian messages out there. While looking in it, I came upon some sermons and testimonies from Calgary Free Presbyterian Church, pastored I believe by Armen Thomassien, who is known here at SA.
How long this will be tolerated by the left wing folks that run social media at YouTube, Facebook and so on, I don't know, but let us make the most of it while it is there.
It is good to see a Methodist church make a stand like this, and I hope that they are able to keep their building; but if not, I trust they may be able to purchase another building, perhaps of another liberal church that has closed down!!
At Christmas time I stayed in a Methodist owned seaside hotel in Cornwall, tragically here the official Methodist Church is very liberal.
I did however attend a tiny Methodist chapel very near the hotel, and the service was taken by a lay preacher who was straight down the line evangelical, and preached a good solid Biblical message that John Wesley would have been proud of!
I have actually seen a Shiite Muslim procession here in England, where the men were beating their backs with a whip.
As rightly stated in the article, Martin Luther, the great Protestant Reformer, used to beat himself when he was a Catholic Augustinian monk, when he was searching for salvation, until he found it through reading " And the just shall live by faith" in the book of Romans.
Sadly these drastic flagellations are signs of desperate people who profess to be Christians, trying to be saved by works, when the Bible tells us in Ephesians, that we are saved by grace through faith and not if works lest any man should boast. It is the completed work of the Lord Jesus Christ that saves us, not our own " filthy rags" as the prophet Isaiah calls our "righteousness" that we try to offer God for our salvation. I trust that these desperate Mexican men discover this very soon. Only then can they have assurance of their salvation, when they have been truly born again, as was Martin Luther.
Tragically, as stated by other commentators here, the whole Papacy is a corrupt system.
The Traditionalist Catholics are in a deep hole, because in 1870, as the Italian Nationalists were closing in to conquer the Papal States of Central and Southern Italy, and unify Italy as a single broadly secular kingdom, and seal the Pope up in a small section of Rone, subsequently called the Vatican City, (which was only released in 1920 or so, when Mussolini signed a deal with the Pope for him to recognise Italy, and the loss of his Papal States), Pope Pius IX, forced through the formal recognition of the dogma in the 1st Vatican Council, that the Pope is infallible in all matters of faith and conduct when he makes a pronouncement from St Peter's Chair in the Vatican.
This forces Traditionalist Catholics to either accept the liberal Pope Francis I with clenched teeth, or posssibly join one of the few small "Sedevacantist" groups, (no valid Pope after Pius XII in the 1950's and rejecting the 2nd Vatican Council), or perhaps the SSPX Society, which sort of accepts the modern Papacy, but works outside the Catholic Church, keeping traditional practices.
What these sad folks don't know is that they need to reject the whole system, read the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, the Word of God, b