Yes, Mr Lincoln, the message of the Gospel is indeed repulsive to the LGBTQ crowd, and now they have power and can flex their muscles to shut it out of the public arena.
While the wishy washy archbishops, bishops, priests, pastors, ministers and clergy of the various liberal Catholic and Protestant mainline denominations are spouting their rubbish from pulpits in â€śinclusiveâ€ť and â€śdiverseâ€ť accepting but really very empty churches to a handful of mainly elderly ladies, and a few of these LGBTQ people, and hip modern seeker sensitive so called evangelicals are totally silent in the face of this onslaught, the LGBTQ crowd are laughing all the way to the bank, and they and their political allies are cooking up new ways to persecute and ban freedom for Christian preaching, worship and witness, should we be helping and encouraging them, and pouring scorn on those, who however imperfectly, are seeking to preach the real message of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Lord will have them in derision, Psalm 2 v 4. Let us not be found on the wrong side!!
Dear Mr Lincoln, stop crowing about the possible complete cancellation of Franklin Grahamâ€™s UK tour. It may well happen that way, but I guess you would still have preferred Hilary Clinton to be your President, or failing that, one of the extremely dodgy Democrat candidates for 2020.
As for us here in Britain, had it not been for a miracle, we could have ended up with a hung Parliament with Comrade Corbyn as PM, supported by his left wing Labour MPs, the Liberal Democratâ€™s, and the Scottish Nationalists, and we would still be very much in the EU, with no doubt a rigged referendum to keep us in.
Daily, I see more and more signs that the Western nations, like USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Britain and most of Europe are falling to the captivity of the LGBT+ crowd, the â€śClimate Changeâ€ť environmentalist cult, (with such folks as the secular â€śSaintâ€ť Greta Thunberg, and our very own British Extinction Rebellion, amongst others), the Abortion / Euthanasia religion, (better known in the Old Testament as the devotees of Baal, Ashtarte, Chemish, Molech, etc., interfaith and of course Islam.
Perhaps, Mr Lincoln, you would prefer this. It is not just a well known evangelist like Franklin Graham, who will get cancelled, but any pastor who dares to oppose the above agendas!!
Tragically, a school does not necessary need State money to compromise on the safety of children.
Here in Britain, not far from where I live, is a very reputable independent day school, a secondary school (11 - 18), not as far as I know, in receipt of any state funds, though like all independent schools, it is still liable for inspections from the infamous government OFSTED inspection authority.
I was shocked to see on its flag pole recently a two part flag, fluttering proudly, the lower half of which was the truncated rainbow 6 colour, (not the biblical 7), of the â€śGay Prideâ€ť flag, and the top half, I think was the special colours of the Transgender / Non-binary Movement. I looked up its website, and discovered it does have a student run (from 13 - 14 yrs old), LGBT+ Society.
Though it has a notional Christian chaplain, there are 2 nurses in the medical centre and a doctor pays weekly visits, (this is not a boarding school), so one can only speculate as to what might be prescribed to children, possibly without their parentsâ€™ knowledge, perhaps? This is a private school with some Christian foundation!!! We must pray for our children!!!
That particular assembly I believe withdrew from SA broadcasts, but no doubt their programmes are still available on their own website.
I am sorry, true evangelical Christians do not have religious ecumenism with Catholics or liberal Protestants, (I.e. joint services or religious functions), nor should we, but when it comes to what might be described as a political or social rally against something do evil as abortion, I see no problem with it.
With regard to Catholic presence at such events, the current modernistic globalist environmentalist Pope, Francis, is actually pouring cold water on the whole matter of opposing abortion,and things such as opposition to LGBTQ rights, and he and his liberal cardinals, archbishops, bishops, priests and nuns, as well as many liberal lay bureaucrats, that are employed by the Catholic Church,are actively supporting the very politicians who push these agendas!! It is the tiny handful of Traditionalist â€śLatin Massâ€ť Tridentine type Catholics, who detest Pope Francis and all he stands for that are at these events.
I heard a fascinating tape about news and events from a Christian point of view, and the commentator was speaking about some aspect of the Church of England. I believe it was referring to a vote on some moral issue at the Church Synod, that kept being deferred, and nobody could make up their mind.
He then summed it like this, by saying, â€śThey (the Anglican Church) are so wishy washy, they are wishy washy in their wishy washinessâ€ť!!
I worked for a couple of years in Spain in the late 1980â€™s. Only 10 years previously, the ultra Catholic dictatorship of General Franco had only just ceased, and the newly restored young king, Juan Carlos II, had handed the state over to a new democracy.
Under General Franco, from his victory in the Spanish Civil War in 1939 until his death in 1975, Evangelicals were persecuted, Protestant Bibles banned and burned, evangelical schools forbidden, (evangelical children had compulsory Catholic RE at school), and evangelical churches had to be located on back streets with no sign board. Evangelical marriages were not recognised, (only Catholic marriages took place in Francoâ€™s time, no civil marriage), and evangelicals were to be buried without ceremony in a section of the graveyard reserved for atheists and criminals.
By the way, John UK and Adriel, I know of very good solid Reformed churches, including the unaccompanied psalms only type, that hold very biblical funeral services, and the gospel is solidly preached at them!!!
These cancellations of 3 of the 8 venues in Britain for Franklin Graham to speak (with no doubt more to come), and the lack of reaction by the churches in the face of the LGBTQ onslaught in our country show a complete â€śvolte faceâ€ť by our country within the last 40 or so years.
In the 1960â€™s and 1970â€™s, Billy Graham, Franklinâ€™s father, was able to hire and pack stadiums, without any controversy (I attended a live Billy Graham rally in Bristol City FC stadium, and a video live link from one of his US crusades), and also watched a BBC Songs of Praise from one of his evangelistic rallies here.
Now, it seems, no one wants his son to come here, the local councils and national government are so in fear of not being PC, and offending either LGBTQ or Islam, that we cannot have an evangelist here.
Even the two archbishops of Canterbury and York, apologised recently, for a traditional statement on Christian marriage, issued by the bishops, because it may have caused hurt or offence to the LGBTQ community, although despite the pressure from liberal bishops, it hasnâ€™t yet been withdrawn!! Such is the state of things in Britain these days!!!
Despite all the opposition, we had a staggering election in December 2019, which could have gone either way, but it was won amazingly by the pro-Brexit Boris Johnson, and more than restored the majority list by Teresa May in the previous disastrous election. This confirmed that Brexit went ahead, and Britain left the EU after 47 years, on 31st January 2020, at 11 pm British time (12 midnight mainland European Time. Incredible, but it happened!!
Since then, I became increasingly alarmed at the undemocratic and dictatorial nature of this entity, even though in some ways in my earlier days, I had benefited from the freedom of travel and work provisions, (I taught English in 2 European countries, and did some European travelling). Despite this, I have increasingly felt that this body is extremely dangerous, and imposing its will on sovereign nation states. I longed for the opportunity to vote again in a referendum to reverse the ill informed vote I made in 1975, and was absolutely amazed, when our very poor Prime Minister at the time in 2016, David Cameron, (followed by an even more disastrous one, Teresa May, who lost her majority in an ill advised election), actually gave us one!!!
The media, the leftists, the globalists, and those in power did everything possible to obstruct this, and whether it was shenanigans in Parliament, a biased speaker, Project Fear predictions of doom and collapse if we left the EU, the BBC and other media giving biased reports, and sharp criticism of Brexiteers and calumny against them, it was hard going.
The pro-EU people even sent out huge demos in London calling for a second referendum, which of course would have been suitably rigged,(this had already been done successfully in place
In 1973, a former and now deceased Conservative Prime Minister, Ted Heath, got us into what was then called the Common Market, on false pretences that it was merely a trading agreement.
After he was voted out of office, a couple of years later, the pragmatic Labour Prime Minister, Harold Wilson, held a popular referendum on our membership, basically because the hard left British Socialists, who were not capitalist globalists, but Marxist, opposed our membership.
That turned a lot of people in favour of the Common Market, in 1975, myself included, because we still thought it was a European trading alliance and nothing more.
I received the Lord Jesus Christ as my Lord and Saviour at that time, and became increasingly aware of the globalist implications of what moved from the Common Market, to the European Economic Community, to the European Community, and now to the European Union, with a flag, an anthem, a currency, the euro, (its predecessor, the EERM, with national currencies locked together, we did join, and had to crash out to avoid disaster), and designs of becoming the United States of Europe.
I donâ€™t think President Trumpâ€™s deal of the century will work anyway, and both President Trump and Prime Minister Netanyahu know it, because the Palestinians, who are interested in nothing less than taking over the whole of Israel and throwing the Jews out or killing them will always say â€śNoâ€ť, to any deal that does not give them the whole of Israel!!
As someone I heard who was giving a conference presentation on this subject said, â€śThe Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunityâ€ť!!
the â€śJehovahâ€™s Witnessesâ€ť zealously share a false gospel of works salvation, as they witness door to door, and stand by their book trolleys in public places, a message of no hope, as their converts are part of the â€śGreat Crowdâ€ť, are shut out from heaven and the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ, who after all, according to them is really only Michael the Archangel, to continue their works on a Paradise Earth, while their supposedly infallible Governing Body of some 7 men, based in upstate New York, that dictate their ever changing doctrines, get to be with the mysterious 144,000 in Heaven!!
As for the Unitarians, both those in the ultra-liberal denomination of that name and those who are in the mainstream liberal Protestant and Catholic denominations, they follow and peddle the false gospel of everyone from all religions and none going to Heaven, no matter what they believe, and thereby putting the death of our Lord Jesus Christ to none effect.
No Mr Lincoln, they are preaching a false gospel, a false Jesus Christ, a false salvation, and twisting the scriptures, either taking away from or adding to the Word of God.
â€śLet God be true, and every man a liarâ€ť, and as it says in Psalm 119, â€śThy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my pathâ€ť.
Tragically, Mr Lincoln the â€śJehovahâ€™s Witnessesâ€ť (if we are born again, we are the real â€śWitnesses of Yahwehâ€ť), who deny the Trinity and that the Lord Jesus Christ is God, zealously share a false gospel not works salvation,
I also forgot to say that a pastor is also fully entitled to stand against the interfaith â€śChrislamâ€ť, or a party that supports Islamic indoctrination in schools, while at the same time opposing any form of free Christian expression or prayer by students, on the grounds of â€śseparation of church and stateâ€ť, and which actively seeks to persecute Christian bakers, florists, doctors, pharmacists, teachers, university lecturers, counsellors, social workers, and other people in public and private life and employment who fall foul of their agendas on LGBTQ, transgender, abortion, euthanasia, sex education, compulsory public schooling, climate change and globalisation, amongst many other things.
Very well, a pastor shouldnâ€™t stand up and say, (I am talking about the British context, â€śI support the Conservativesâ€ť, or â€śI support Labourâ€ť, or â€śI support the Liberal Democratsâ€ť or in Scotland, â€śI support the Scottish Nationalistsâ€ť), or in USA, â€śI support the Republicansâ€ť, or â€śI support the Democratsâ€ť.
However, when you have a political party which openly attacks the Bible, it twists it for its own purposes, which openly supports abortion right up to birth, with no checks allowed on clinics, that openly advocates euthanasia, LGBTQ rights, transgender rights, (including biological men posing as women in womenâ€™s prisons, refuges, toilets, bathrooms, school and college dormitories, and the unfair advantage they have in womenâ€™s sports, where they smash all the records), drug legalisation, and the â€śclimate change globalisation agendaâ€ť, combined with compulsory pornographic â€śsex and relationships educationâ€ť in schools with no parental rights of opt out, and small children being subjected to horrifically dressed and decorated â€śDrag Queensâ€ť, often with a criminal record in public libraries, I think a pastor is entitled to oppose this in Biblical grounds.
Mr Lincoln, I donâ€™t know what you are speaking about!! This attack by this atheist, Mikey Weinstein, who actually wishes illegally to see militant atheism as the state religion of the USA, no doubt not just in the military, but in the whole of government, enforced by law, (as in the former Soviet Union, as in China, and as in North Korea), is to outlaw the Word of God completely in public life.
By the way, wrong though they are, the Catholic version of the Bible has been used by evangelicals to witness to Roman Catholics, as the traditional Catholics will not read a â€śProtestantâ€ť Bible. When they have been converted they have set the Catholic Bible aside, and now use a normal Protestant Bible.
Of far more concern to me, is the increasing number of Protestant Evangelicals, who have abandoned the Bible that was translated at the time of the Reformation, and use one of the myriads of versions from the liberal Westcott & Hort / Nestle & Aland texts, including even many otherwise solid evangelical and even Reformed churches.
There is actually nothing wrong with celibacy. There are some great missionaries, pastors, and so on who were unmarried, and of course, the apostle Paul, and our Lord Himself, also Elijah and Elisha the great Old Testament prophets.
What is wrong is compulsory or enforced celibacy, (forbidding to marry), that is the problem. Unfortunately, in their zeal to oppose Catholicism, many Protestant Evangelicals have fallen foul of the opposite problem, and that is virtually, (though it is usually unwritten in their church constitutions or statements of faith), almost mandating or commanding all pastors, elders, deacons and even ordinary church members to marry.
Most people will and most likely are meant to be married, and a minority will be celibate, but there are single people who have that vocation, and they should be honoured and welcomed in the church as much as the married people, and the celibate men should be eligible for church leadership.
Our own British Ambassador attended the vigil, as some British citizens were on the plane, but left very quickly when the vigil began to turn into an anti-government demonstration. Outrageously, he was arrested some 3 hours later, and held for 3 hours by the police, in contravention of international diplomatic law, until he was able to successfully insist that this was itself illegal. Next day he was hauled into the Iranian Foreign Ministry, and rebuked for attending an anti-government demonstration, when he had actually left the vigil as soon as it had turned into a demonstration.
The truth is that the Iranian people are absolutely sick of the mullahs and ayatollahs, and no doubt regret getting rid of the pro-Western Shah in the 1970â€™s!!
No doubt a few rogue Iranian Revolutionary Guards that fired the missile that downed the Ukrainian airliner, have already been quietly and secretly court martialled, lined up against the wall and shot!!
We must indeed pray for this troubled country, but also praise God, that despite the terrible cost, countless Iranians are being born again, and the persecuted church of the Lord Jesus Christ in Iran is growing fast!!
Sadly, this one presumably godly judge has now been overruled after just one day by the Brazilian Supreme Court, which has ruled that the blasphemous film can indeed go ahead.
The evangelicals in Brazil should be out on the streets in their millions, to show their anger. Netflix would not dare to do a film blaspheming Islam, or even Hinduism or Buddhism, or attacking the Afro-Brazilian spiritist religions of umbanda, macumba and candomble. I know that the Brazilian President is furious, but there is little he can do now the Supreme Court has made its ruling.
It is absolutely iniquitous that this compulsory power sharing, the â€śGood Fridayâ€ť Agreement, was ever forced on Northern Ireland. It was a major concession to the Republican Nationalist terrorists of the IRA, who want union between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The people of Northern Ireland are not allowed to have a devolved election where the majority party form the government of that province.
The Democratic Unionists, who oppose abortion, and LGBTQ rights, are now very weak, and the Unionist pro-British mainly Protestant majority is fading. The traitorous British politicians of all stripes, who forced LGBTQ â€śmarriageâ€ť and abortion in Northern Ireland, and the very happy secularist EU eurozone Republic of Ireland, led by its homosexual Prime Minister, Mr Varadker, with its liberal semi-Catholic leaning, are cooking up an atmosphere where Northern Ireland, despite Brexit for Britain in January 31st at 11 pm, will be merged back into the Republic of Ireland, the EU and the eurozone, at some future date. The new forced coalition in Stormont will not make any attempt to reverse what has been forced in Northern Ireland by Westminster, and Sinn Fein and the Republicans will make sure of it.