They Will Seek To Kill You!


We have always known that persecution would arise before the return of our Lord, but now it seems closer than ever. And the greatest threat appears to be coming (as Jesus warned, and as the book of Revelation does seem to indicate) from other Christians.

Matthew 10: 21-25
“Brother will deliver up brother to death, and a father his child; and children will rise up against parents and cause them to be put to death. And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved. …

“A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household!”.

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Righteousness & Truth Are Not Optional

Many of you will have read the title and thought, well obviously. However, these days it’s unfortunately not obvious, even for bible-literate Christians, that doing the right thing, and acting truthfully and honourably, is part and parcel of being a Christian.

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MY way or the HIGH way?

Soon, the way the world is heading, Christians will have a stark choice: go along with the nonsense of the thrilling world-healing plan (that is man-made and excludes the return of Jesus Christ) or stay true to the bible plan of salvation – faith that leads to a heavenly destination.

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This World is a CON

man looking at cashAt this time of pressure, almost our biggest enemy is the world and its values. In the end it will be a battle between what this life offers, and the promise of a better life to come.

The Apostle Paul told believers the same thing many years ago. He prefaced his remarks by urging us all to become available to God. Instead of a blood sacrifice presented at the temples of the pagan gods (of Greece and Rome) he urged a willing sacrifice of our OWN bodies and minds offered at God’s Throne. Continue reading

Who Denies the Lord?

peter-denies-jesusI would like to draw your attention to a verse that is much-quoted but rarely understood. Indeed, it has been the cause of much speculation over the years:

Matthew 7:21-23 “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practise lawlessness.’

The Syriac version of the bible reads: “my Lord, my Lord” leading to discussions about how committed these people were. But that should not be our main focus at this time. The plain truth is that these people have appeared before God on “that day” with full expectation that they will be acceptable to God, and having had at least some form of Christianity or church allegiance, because they claim not only to have used the gifts of the Spirit but to have done so in the Name of Jesus. Continue reading

Christian Employee Demoted for Website Comment

Adrian Smith, 54, from Bolton, is taking legal action against Trafford Housing Trust (THT) after being removed from his managerial post for commenting on gay marriage on the BBC News website.
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Police stop Cafe Owner displaying bible texts

Police tell cafe owner: Stop showing Bible DVDs, or we will have to arrest you

Inquisition: Jamie Murray, owner of Salt and Light cafe, has been threatened with arrest, for displaying passages from the Bible on a TV screen
Inquisition: Jamie Murray, owner of Salt and Light cafe, has been threatened with arrest, for displaying passages from the Bible on a TV screen.

Jamie Murray was warned by two police officers to stop playing DVDs of the New Testament in his cafe following a complaint from a customer that it was inciting hatred against homosexuals.

Mr Murray, 31, was left shocked after he was questioned for nearly an hour by the officers, who arrived unannounced at the premises.

He said he had turned off the Bible DVD after an ‘aggressive inquisition’ during which he thought he was going to be arrested and ‘frog-marched out of the cafe like a criminal’.

But he added: ‘I have now checked on my rights and I am not going to be bullied by the police and the PC lobby out of playing the Bible silently in my cafe. It’s crazy. Christians have to stand up for what they believe in.’

The Salt and Light cafe in Blackpool has for years repeatedly played the entire 26-hour-long Watchword Bible, a 15-DVD set produced in America in which a narrator reads the whole of the New Testament, on a small flatscreen TV on the back wall. The sound is turned down but the words flash on to the screen against a series of images.

The cafe, which opened eight years ago, also prides itself on being an oasis of calm in a high-crime area of Blackpool.

Mr Murray said the two uniformed officers from Lancashire Constabulary arrived at lunchtime on Monday, the cafe’s busiest time of day. WPC June Dorrian, the community beat manager, told him there had been a complaint and he was breaching the Public Order Act 1986.

Mr Murray said: ‘I told them that all that appeared on the screen were the words of the New Testament. There is no sound, just the words on the screen and simple images in the background of sheep grazing or candles burning. I thought there might be some mix-up but they said they were here to explain the law to me and how I had broken it.

‘I said, “Are you really telling me that I am facing arrest for playing the Bible?” and the WPC fixed me with a stare and said, “If you broadcast material that causes offence under the Public Order Act then we will have to take matters further. You cannot break the law.” ’

Mr Murray, who worked in a homeless shelter for five years before taking over the cafe three months ago, said he realised the only way to appease the police was to pull the plug on the Bible.

‘I was worried about being handcuffed and led out of the shop in front of my customers. It wouldn’t have looked good so I thought it was better to comply. It felt like a betrayal. They left the shop and told me they would continue to monitor if we were displaying inflammatory material. At no stage had they spoken to me like I was a law-abiding citizen trying to earn a living. I felt like a criminal.’

Mr Murray said he had been given no indication of who had complained or which verses of the New Testament had caused the offence, but he guessed it may have been a reaction to the Book Of Romans that had been playing the week before. (Romans 1:26-28 which denounces homosexuality)

Lancashire Police said they had received a complaint on Saturday afternoon from a female customer who was ‘deeply offended’ by the words she had seen on the screen.

The Christian Institute, which is supporting Mr Murray, said its lawyers had told him he is free to display the Bible in any way he chooses, and they are preparing a complaint against the police. The Institute’s spokesman Mike Judge said: ‘I have no problem with the police looking into a complaint, but once they realised it was just the words of the Bible being shown on the screen then they should have walked away.

‘They did not even look at the offending DVD. They simply told Mr Murray that he had to stop showing the Bible and warned him that they would continue to monitor what he was doing. This is intimidatory and completely unacceptable.

‘It is a problem right across the country that the police are under huge political pressure to be seen to respond to anything homophobic.’

Lancashire Police said they had received a complaint on Saturday afternoon from a female customer who was ‘deeply offended’ by the words she had seen on the screen.

A spokesman said they were ‘duty bound’ to respond to the complaint and had concluded the cafe could be in breach of Section 29E of the Public Order Act, which warns that people who play images or sounds that stir up hatred against homosexuals could be guilty of an offence.

However, it also says criticism of sexual conduct ‘shall not be taken of itself to be threatening or intended to stir up hatred’.

A police spokesman said: ‘At no point did the officer ask the cafe owner to remove any materials or arrest the man and we took a commonsense and objective approach in dealing with the complaint. We believe our response and the action we took was completely proportionate and our officers are always available should the cafe owner want to discuss the matter or need any advice in the future.

‘The Constabulary is respectful of all religious views. However, we do have a responsibility to make sure that material that communities may find deeply offensive or inflammatory is not being displayed in public.

‘No complaint has been received about the conduct of the officer in question and we are satisfied that they performed their duties professionally.’

It’s Official! Christians CAN follow their beliefs

Shock! The Government’s “Equality & Human Rights” body that regularly slams Christians has admitted that judges shouldn’t have discriminated against Christians unfairly.

Could it be they now believe that Christians (along with those of every other belief system) are entitled to protection from prosecution and harrassment for doing what they believe is biblical and right?

If so, it’s a shame that Trevor Phillips, head of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was “too busy” to take part in last year’s BBC programme about the very same subject.

And remember this is the same Trevor Phillips who called Christians “intolerant” earlier this year and said they were “more militant than Muslims” [I’ll remember that on the next anniversary of 9/11] – Christians, he said, don’t integrate into society; they are actually NOT disadvantaged or harrassed but merely go around finding things to complain about.

For many years, spiritualistic techniques have not only been permitted but funded and encouraged by the National Health Service, so if a cranky new-age therapist wants to wave a crystal over you and call it medicine he/she is free to do so. But trying offering to say a prayer for a patient and see the fur fly! Even if the patient gladly agreed to it, you are likely to be reported and lose your job.

How about your children? When teacher comes across little Aashna sharing her stories of the elephant god Ganesh he’s likely to be full of praise and do a special session for the whole class on the same subject the next day. But beware, if your little girl says she believes in Jesus you might end up being suspended from your job.

And so it goes. Case after case after case of Christians facing long-term stressful suspensions, discipliniary hearings, court cases, unemployment, media condemnation and harrassment just for doing the ordinary innocent things that people do – things that pass unnoticed for anybody else.

Indeed, we are forced to protect the religious rights of others. We have to provide prayer-rooms, special diets, allow police to wear turbans instead of helmets and so on. Many supermarkets now quietly make their meat sales Halal so Muslims are not offended. Carrying a ritual Hindu kirpan dagger is exempted from the laws against carrying weapons in public and many have been outraged at attempts to ban it.  Even in jail your “faith requirements” need to be catered for, up to the point of allowing you to attend pagan rituals.

But if you display a small cross round your neck at work, or in your vehicle woe betide! Many are the examples of Christians being ordered to remove a cross, and facing the sack if they do not. One man suffered a very long period of discipliniary action simply for putting a palm cross on his dashboard when he drove the company van.

Yet in a major U-turn, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (who are under government pressure for wasting 60 million of taxpayers’ money and failing to do a good job) declared that judges should NOT have backed employers who pursued Christians for wearing crosses or for refusing to give sex therapy to gay couples.

The way existing human rights and equality law has been interpreted by judges is insufficient to protect freedom of religion or belief”  the commission said.

Just seven months ago it had championed the cause of gay partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy in their successful bid to sue Christian hoteliers who had refused them a double room. But yesterday the commission changed its tune.

Its lawyers have intervened to call for more leeway for Christians to express their beliefs and live by their consciences. This will be particularly important in four human rights test cases shortly to come before the judges of the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg:

  • Nadia Eweida, the BA check-in clerk who was told she could not wear a cross with her airline uniform
  • Shirley Chaplin, a nurse removed from the wards of her Exeter hospital because she refused to stop wearing her crucifix.
  • Lilian Ladele, a registrar removed from her job after she refused to conduct same-sex civil partnership ceremonies
  • Gary McFarlane, a Relate counsellor who declined to give sex therapy to gay couples.

Miss Ladele was refused permission to take her case to the Supreme Court because judges said no important legal principles were at stake.

Mr McFarlane’s case was brushed aside by Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Laws, who said: ‘Law for the protection of a position held purely on religious grounds cannot therefore be justified. It is irrational – it is also divisive, capricious and arbitrary.’  [Try telling that to the victims of the concentration camps!]

Yesterday the commission said: “The courts have set the bar too high for someone to prove that they have been discriminated against because of their religion or belief; it is possible to accommodate expression of religion alongside the rights of people who are not religious, and the needs of businesses.”

The commission said it wanted to see a new legal principle of ‘reasonable accommodations’ to allow a religious believer and their employer to reach a compromise. It said that under this principle, a Jew who did not wish to work on Saturdays could be given his or her wish simply by a change to work rotas.

This would give religious believers similar legal status to disabled people, they said.

But legality and human rights committees apart, I don’t see this changing things much. It will take more than that to change public opinion.

It’s sadly true that society in general has much more sympathy for a disadvantaged homosexual or ‘victim’ of obesity than a Christian. (Currently an obese man is taking his demand for free surgery to the Court of Human Rights and will probably suceed, just like the criminals who want to be addressed as “mister” in jail, and to be allowed to vote, and be paid a salary for the work they do there.) The law might clamp down on hate-preaching that trains a child to seek the death and eradication of Jews, but when it comes to persecuting Christians nobody turns a hair. It’s even believed to be a good and necessary thing.

The years of lies pumped out by movies, books, TV, newspapers and every kind of media that portrays Christianity as an ignorant and violent myth have achieved their intended result: the public now views Christians with intolerance and suspicion shot through with antagonism. I doubt very much if an official pronouncement from any Government body will change anything.

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