Climbdowns Are Not Acceptable

A worrying tendency within GAFCON seems to have developed and that is one towards vacillation and conciliation. A threatened walkout by GAFCON Primates over the punishment meted out to the Scottish Episcopal Church has failed to materialise.

The argument behind the above headline is simple. What is at stake is not a matter of small consequence. It is not a nuance of esoteric theological debate but the very nature of the Bible itself and its status.

If the Bible is the inerrant truth and the Word of God then the first position expressed by Rev Andrew Gross from the Anglican Church in North America, GAFCON’s spokesperson is the correct one:

‘The GAFCON primates are not sure they can remain in the room if there is not repentance,’ he said. He warned Anglicans from Scotland, the US, who also permit gay marriage, and Canada, who are moving in that direction, ‘must repent’ and if they did not ‘the Anglican Communion will no longer be able to gather together’.

However, if it is not the inerrant truth and the Word of God then remaining in the room is indeed the correct one. No middle ground exists.

In the first scenario, repentance is the only way past an unquestionable sin and act of rebellion against God. The second one allows for satisfaction with crumbs from the table, no change to the definition of marriage.

GAFCON now needs to decide which position it holds and act accordingly.

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The Beasts of Daniels Prophecy

I hold to the view that prophecy in Scripture is timeless. It can, therefore, give us insights into the past, present and future. Daniel 7 is therefore worthy of study. The four beasts described in Daniel 7 are often taken to describe world powers that will be present at the end times. So, let’s start with the first:

 Daniel said: “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me were the four winds of heaven churning up the great sea. Four great beasts,each different from the others, came up out of the sea.

 “The first was like a lion, and it had the wings of an eagle. I watched until its wings were torn off and it was lifted from the ground so that it stood on two feet like a human being, and the mind of a human was given to it.

Daniel 7:2-5 

First, note the churning of the great sea. This is a metaphor for a dysphoric state of chaos, something that certainly currently exists in worldly politics. In terms of world powers, a lion and an eagle can only mean Britain and America both, of course, represented by the respective animals.

However, notice that the relationship between the two parts is a reversal of how things currently stand. The lion is the main part; with the eagle’s wings appended to it. This tells us that Britain will, in future, be the ascendant and dominant power. The tearing off of the eagle’s wings would further confirm this; which would suggest America is going to suffer a dramatic decline as a world power to the point where it literally is totally eclipsed by its former imperial master.

America is currently in terminal decline as a world power. Britain, however, post-Brexit, does clearly have the potential to return to its preeminent position vis a vie its former colony. This is a process that is therefore already in motion.

 

It Is Time For The Faithful To Leave The C o E

I have often wondered why when I attend a Church of England Church I can still feel the presence of the Lord. 

The only conclusion that can be possibly be reached is that there is an angel of the Lord present to preserve and protect the faithful remanent. However, the presence of the faithful in the C o E prevents the proper exercison the Lords judgement on the faithless. 

Scripturally the pattern here is clear. The Lord never abandons his people nor does he wish them to suffer the same fate as those who rebel against Him. Genesis 18:26-33 records a conversation between the Lord and Abraham in which the Lord makes it abundantly clear that despite the many crimes of the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah He will spare the city for merely a handful of those who maintain faithful obedience to Him.

Then I heard another voice from Heaven say: “Come out of her, my people,’ so that you will not share in her sins; so that you will not receive any of her plagues;

Revelations 18:4

Here again the Lord urges His people to flee  Babylon to protect themselves spiritually and materially against the coming Judgement of the Lord. He has no desire to harm His own. In the first example, He shows a clear desire to hold back his wrath to spare the faithful and so it is with the Church of England where the faithful currently act as human shield for the traitors led by Welby.

Judgment on the Church of England will happen regardless but the Lord has no desire to hurt his people. The exit of the faithful will allow the Lord to clean house at the C o E and deal with those that are treasonous. This is why His people must now heed His call and leave the C o E . 

The Nature of Control

I saw the above picture on Facebook and it sparked an interesting exchange of comments. Lets start with the first comment.

Everything is either caused by God

If something is caused by God then it is automatically His decree. Creation was caused by God and the order of Creation is a decree of the Lord. If you are looking for other examples, the flood that Noah survived was caused by God, and was His decree; His judgment. No one can reverse God’s decree. Sin is not a reversal of God’s decree. It is defiance of His decree, an act of rebellion. The Law of the Lord is immutable. It is eternal. It will never cease to be, only ever cease to be necessary. This is why Jesus said:

For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 5:18

It is the fallen condition of the world that necessitates the existence of the Law. When this ceases to be the case, when we live in the world described in Revelations 21, the Law will no longer be necessary. It’s worth digressing incidentally, that the Law exists so we may live holy lives that glorify God but also for our protection, protection from the capricious tormentor,  Lucifer. If a parent tells a child not to touch the hot fire, they are not being controlling but the loving protectors of that child.

Lucifer has a role to play in the next statement:

or allowed by God. 

If God allows something then He is NOT the direct cause. Lucifer is. Lucifer CANNOT reverse a decree of the Lord, he CANNOT make the sky purple, he CANNOT, contrary to every popular culture myth, make the dead walk or live again. Death is the wages of sin. The punishment for original sin. This is God’s decree and as such Lucifer cannot overrule or reverse it, only God can, which he does, through the promise of eternal life for those that have faith in His only Begotten Son.

However, Lucifer can act within the boundaries of the Law of the Lord freely and independently. This is made most clear at the beginning of the Book of Job:

“All right,” the Lord said to Satan, “everything he has is in your power, but you must not hurt Job himself.” So Satan left.

Job 1:12

&

So the Lord said to Satan, “All right, he is in your power, but you are not to kill him.”

Job 2:6

In both passages we see the dynamic clearly. Lucifer is allowed to do what he wants to Job within the parameters laid down by the Lord. However, none of the disasters afflicting Job are caused by God, Lucifer is the active agent who inflicts suffering, as he chooses, within the parameters by the Lord. So, God is in control, but He is still not the active agent. It is dangerous if you repeat the lazy lie that God causes everything because you then end up saying a good God causes and is the active agent in inflicting evil on suffering on people. You can be in control without being the cause.

In fact, the whole purpose of this passage is to illuminate that dynamic, but this is not the dynamic that the Church teaches us is the true one. If you confuse the two things, it is no wonder people scratch their heads and fail to understand our faith and see things in their true light. The Church in lazily failing to explain this is once again a failure to the Lord our God as it ailbis the lie that God can somehow be ‘evil’ and unjust. We all know this is far from the truth and as children of light we must fight for that truth to be heard.

Predestination? 

Predestination and election are two theological concepts that cause much controversy. 

I think the first thing we have to look for when seeking to solve these issues is not necessarily a specific verse of Scripture. What we have to look for are the patterns within Scripture and the pattern is clearly of our sovereign Lord making a conscious choice, therefore in favour of predestination. God CHOSE the Jews as his people. God CHOSE Issac over Ishmael. God CHOSE Jacob over Esau. The list goes on and the pattern is clear, God makes choices. 

Whenever the choice is to determined by people, not God, the consequences Scripturally are always negative. So, when Saul is chosen for King it is shown how flawed that decision was before God is demonstrated correcting that choice by choosing once again, this time, David for King. Choices made by people that don’t involve God always end up in one place, sin and rebellion. 

This argues heavily in favour of predestination as do the words of our Lord Jesus Christ:

I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel. 

Matthew 15:24

In other words, Jesus did not come to ‘save the world’ but to save those amoung God’s people who had strayed. Paul’s ministry to the Gentiles does not contradict this point – it rather implies that while there are those amoung the Gentiles that God is willing to save but it is nowhere implied that all Gentiles will be saved. It is really important to remember that nowhere in Scripture is it  stated or implied that everyone will be saved. In fact, it is often stated that humanity is divided between the children of light and children of darkness: 

This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.

1 John 3:10

Clear in this passage is a predetermined demarcation between the children of God and children of the devil. In no way does John ever suggest that you can move from one camp to the other. This often crops up in John. John is unquestionably the most ‘spiritual’ of the apostles (personally, this is why I think he is the beloved disciple) in that he sees everything through the prism of the spiritual. It is also unquestionably why he received the Revelations prophercy.

While it is clear the disposition of each of us is already fixed there can appear to be fluidity. Why? Well children of God that are lost can appear to be children of the devil and we all know that the devil and therefore his children are adept as appearing as angles of light and thus appear as children of God.

Incindentally, the above is an entirely different prism through which to view the Great Commission. Taken in isolation the Great Commission could be seen as a call to convert every single human being. In light of the above though it becomes a clarion call to find the lost sheep, the lost children, and bring them home. 

Time is running out for the Church 

I was shocked to learn the usually conservative Anglican Church in North America is to debate the ordination of women priests.

Hopefully, part of that debate will be the prophetic writings of Paul in Romans 1 where he describes the descent of Roman society into a spiral of confusion which followed a blurring of the lines of gender demarcation. It leads directly to the inculcation of the LGBT agenda:

In the same way, men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. 

Romans 1:27 
Sadly, as the Church generally deteriorates, the Lord loses His patience with the Church. It is in this context that terminal decline and continued fragmentation should be viewed; in the context of the judgement of the Lord. Judgement lest we forget is not usually an instant process (it can be when the subjects of judgement are individual people, see Acts 5 and the story of Ananias and Sapphira). When the subject of judgement is a body of people as is frequently the case with Israel and indeed is the case with the Church, regardless of denomination, judgment tends to be a process usually involving a prophetic call to repentance, typically aimed at reaching the faithful and separating them from the faithless.

Revelations would appear to provide us with an exception to this rule – once the events in Revelations start there appear to be no calls to repentance but this is simply not true. Witness this statement

And they cursed the God of heaven for their pains and sores but they did not repent of their evil deeds and turn to God.

Revelations 16:11 

So, the call to repentance is clearly made….and ignored….just as it is being now by the Church which will not repent of its perpetual rebellion against the Lord. Time is fast running out when the window of repentance will be open – that much is crystal clear. What happens next is in the hands not of the Lord but of the leaders of a wicked and rebellious house. 

Not Ready

I remember watching a video by David Pawson in which he said the Church was “not ready” for the threat posed by Islam. I believe this video was made sometime ago. What was true then is doubly true now.

It is a mistake to see secularism as the main enemy. It is tempting because on paper it is an easier battle, it is always better to offer something over empty, vapid chaos. And indeed, the true Church, offers something, reduced as it is to a scattered few, Having said there is little real spiritual power behind secularism.

If a fish is caught on a hook, it struggles against the hook, because that is what it can see and immediately feel but the real power pulling it out of the water is the rod and the fisherman. So it is with secularism, it is the hook. It is a mechanism by which those with little faith are tempted, drawn away from God. It is the Godless poison which flows through the veins of the Church and which will bring it to its knees.

Out of the chaos will grow the order that the darkness will bring with its bitter sweet promises of peace, stability and security. Yet even as this darkness cuts our people down and brings Western civilisation to its knees, the Church still waves the crook in futility. Now is the time for the sword, to put on the full armour of the Lord and ride out to meet our enemy.

We thrash against the hook without seeing the rod and the fisherman, Islam is the rod and ‘Allah’ the fisheman. Out of the chaos it promises order and that is eventually what people will want. One world Caliph for one world government, this is the future, and the Church is still not ready……