There is a lot of popular sympathy for the evangelicals, as I understand it, and every year there are two national Te Deums held. Both are usually attended by the President and state officials. One is Catholic. The other one is Protestant Evangelical, and is usually held in a very large church called the âEvangelical Cathedralâ! Though the church is run by the Methodist Pentecostal Church, the choirs and orchestras for the day, come from different churches all over Chile, and sit in a huge balcony as the mass choir / orchestra for the day, with a vast congregation below, and it is broadcast in national television. I have seen one or two of these on YouTube videos, and stirring hymns and choruses are sung. (I can speak Spanish), Many Chilean towns and cities have a number of these churches, with their choirs and orchestras, (there is even an indigenous independent version of the Salvation Army that wears white uniforms, and marches down the streets, with a full band). There is evangelism and street preaching is very popular, as are traditional style evangelistic campaigns. I have seen many videos of this.
This is very sad. Though the two churches burned here were Catholic Churches, do not forget that anarchists and Marxists like Antifa and BLM, hate all Christians (and Hews as well, they are still-Semitic too). In Chile, the Antifa riot did get mixed up with a local leftist protest about subway (metro) fares, and living conditions for the poor. Basically, the protesters wish to return to the early 1970âs brutal Marxist Allende style government, that was overthrown by an even more brutal right wing military dictatorship led by General Punichet. That government did eventually collapse, but some elements of his time remained in the constitution. What has happened in Chine, like many South American iubtried, is a resurgence of evangelical, mainly Pentecostal churches. Unlike Pentecostal churches in other S American countries, the ones in Chile, have been more âtraditionalâ Pentecostal churches. They have huge orchestras and choirs, often half the congregation, featuring the mandolin, brsss and violins!!
This is so tragic. This university, affiliated to the Christian Reformed Church, has apparently gone the way of many other âevangelicalâ colleges and universities and apparently, if not with total enthusiasm, embraced the LGBTQI+ culture. How can Reformed churches, with their previous doctrinal statements (Westminster Larger & Shorter Catechism) for the more Scottish / English / Irish ones, (Heidelberg Catechism, Belgic Confession and Synod of Dordt), for the more Continental ones, and both movements having an emphasis on Holy Scripture and the Psalms in particular have gone so wrong. What about this young lady? Did she come from a godly Christian home? Did she attend a good solid Bible teaching and believing church in her childhood and youth? How did she get corrupted into this lifestyle? I tragically saw something like this as far back ago as my college days in the hate 1970âs, there a seemingly Christian young lady from a good family, got sucked into the then embryonic LGBTQI+ movement and ended up with a lesbian âpartnerâ. Very sad, very tragic, what deception!
The much vaunted ObamaCare also required all employers who used health insurance for their employees, to cover abortion, contraception, and âfamily planningâ, as well as transgender treatment. Christian churches, schools, and individual employers were required to provide this in the health insurance. Thankfully, the courts have actually gone against their usual grain, and there have been instances where they have ruled against this. Biden and Harris (particularly the latter, as she is a militant supporter of Planned Parenthood, and all it stands for), will codify this in federal law, will squash the stateâs if they go against this, and will pack the Supreme Court and lower federal courts with many leftist activist judges who will, if necessary defy your Constitution and write their own pro-abortion laws on the bench, and strike down anything pro-life that comes before them. If Biden and Harris win, it will be suspiciously like the northern kingdom of Israel, when it was ruled by a wicked but weak king, (Ahab), and a even more wicked and manipulative queen, (Jezebel), and the false religion of Baal was the state religion!!
Here in Britain, thankfully despite the increase in local lockdowns mask wearing outside has not been made compulsory, unlike certain states in USA, Victoria in Australia, and much of Europe. Masks must be worn in most indoor places except when actually eating or drinking, or if required by police or a medical official or fir identity. Britain now has different regimes. Northern Ireland has now a partial lockdown, Wales, whose First Minister is a strong leftist, has a 2 and a half week âcircuit breakerâ lockdown, (virtually same conditions as the complete lockdown in March), travel ban, including an illegal ban on anyone from other parts of the U.K, this will include churches closing down completely again, except for weddings and funerals, (masks, separated seating, no singing, noâs strictly limited, and no wedding reception or funeral wake), Scotland is considering similar measures, and while he is holding out against an all England national lockdown, PM Boris Johnson is forcing most of the urban areas into Tier 2, (strict), or even in to Tier 3, (very strict), the matter actually involving a partial lockdown. The Republic of Ireland has gone even further, and gone for a very strict 6 week national lockdown, just like March. I fear this is all being driven by politics and fear,
Dear Watcher, Yes I do not go along with the theology of people like Sean Feucht, who is a CCM artist linked up to Bethel Church in Redding California. Ironically, Bethel itself seems to be following your recommendations, despite believing in healing for all Christians, they have closed down both their church, their âHealing Roomsâ, and their âSchool of Supernatural Ministryâ , which are operating totally online. However, dear Watcher, I cannot go along with your idea of hiding in a bunker, not going to the church, wearing a mask everywhere, indoors and outdoors, which is precisely what the globalists wish you to do. By the way, more and more doctors and medical professionals are saying that lockdowns, compulsory mask wearing, and even social distancing for the majority are not helpful, and can lead to major non-COVID health problems, and that only very vulnerable people should be shielded.
the Netherlands, had to struggle for its independence after the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century against its colonial Catholic Spanish masters, and then was invaded and occupied by Hitler in the 1940âs. Hitler believed in evolution and âsurvival of the fittestâ! Now the Netherlands, is tragically doing the same thing!!
I do not know much about the beliefs of this particular group, and whether it is a orthodox Bible believing gospel preaching church, or if it preaches false teachings, or has aberrant theology. What we can discern is that its beliefs were obviously anathema to the ideology of the ruling Communist Party of China, and they are determined to persecute it and crush it completely. The only thing that the CCP will tolerate, is a âJudasâ type state approved church in a few large cities, or tourist places, that will function as a kind of âshow churchâ, with very strict restrictions, a compliant clergy, sermons submitted in advance, total control of the leadership, Christian symbols replaced by Communist ones, an altered Bible, patriotic songs instead of hymns, a total ban in any participation by children or young people, and backed up by complete surveillance, cameras linked up to the nearest police station, and severe penalties and punishments for anyone who falls out of line, combined with the threats of bad âsocial creditâ for anyone who misbehaves!!
This amazing bird, which our wonderful Lord God created, has the ability to move between Alaska in the summer, the breeding grounds, and then fly 11,000 miles non-stop, (even difficult for our human made planes), all the way to New Zealand. At least this bird does not need to wear a mask, does not need to go through customs and immigration, and is not affected by human quarantine laws, and no border closures!! At present New Zealand is closed to anyone except New Zealand citizens, registered foreigners who have residence rights there, I understand some Australian citizens are now allowed in, but all these have to do 14 days quarantine in a hotel under strict supervision, and diplomats. No one else can go there, and the country has been closed since March!!! Yet this wonderful creation of God bypasses all that. So much for the evolutionists.
Referring to the funeral, there have been 2 iniquitous cases, (probably many more not reported), 1 in England, and this one in Wales. The 1 in England referred to a bouncer type of crematorium official, bursting in to interrupt a service as a son moved his separated chair next to his grieving mother. Actually the son wasnât breaking any law, as he was at the time living with his mother, he was in the âbubbleâ. In this Welsh case, with the Lordâs Prayer, it was not actually against the law, as the prayer was in a low voice, (though congregational responses are very strongly discouraged), and it wasnât being sung, (which is illegal, except for a solo singer behind a screen). In this case, at least the official did not interrupt the service, but was still very rude at the end of it. These sort of things are totally iniquitous and wrong, and completely insensitive.
Sorry, John Yurich, a slight correction. The U.K. as a whole has a fairly âpolitically correctâ âConservativeâ Government. Boris Johnson, the PM, is not wildly keen on restrictions, but is firmly in the grip of Matt Hancock, his Health Secretary and his two health advisers, Professor Whitty and Dr Vallance, who believe in perpetual lockdowns, universal mask wearing, social distancing, and getting people ready for the vaccine. The PM only controls the virus response in England only. All matters other than English affairs, immigration, defence, foreign affairs and some tax matters, are handed over to devolved governments and parliaments in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Wales has a leftist Labour government, Scotland has a leftist Scottish Nationalist government, and Northern Ireland is governed by a compulsory 2 party coalition, of which 1 of the 2 parties is leftist. Broadly the leftists favour the set narrative of lockdowns, mask wearing, social distancing and restrictions, but many of the back bench âConservativesâ and a few Labour politicians in the North, where restrictions are tightest, oppose this.
Interestingly the traditionalist English speaking Latin (Western Rite) Roman Catholics, until the modernising Vatican 2 Council, used the 16th century Douai Reims Bible (not for services, of course, as these were in Latin, using the Vulgate Latin Bible, but for private study, mainly by priests, and for English translations of Mass sheets and the Breviary used for private devotion). Some Traditionalist Catholics still use this. It is based primarily on the Vulgate Latin Bible, but did dip a little into the KJV Bible, but was not as reliant on the original Hebrew and Greek texts, as the KJV and earlier Protestant Geneva translations. However, the modernising Vatican 2 Council threw all this open, as Latin services were downplayed or even totally abandoned. The USA Catholics used first the Confraternity Bible, and then the New American Bible, both exclusively Catholic versions, while British Catholics used the Jerusalem Bible, later revised, drawn up by Benedictine monks scholars. However, of late, âCatholicâ editions of modern Protestant Bibles have become popular, first RSV, and then the ESV, which does away with the old language of âtheesâ and âthousâ and sadly had also followed the âgenderâ neutral route. The English speaking Traditionalist Catholics still detest these, and use
John YK, I only have one word for you. Sweden. The âguvâ as you put it, is not infallible, nor is Matt Hancock, the Health Minister, nor Professor Whitty, nor Dr Vallance, (who has a clash of interests, he has money invested in a pharmaceutical vaccine company!!), nor the disgraced Professor Ferguson, whose dire predictions led to the original national lockdown in March, âfor a couple of weeks to flatten the curveâ, which lasted for months, and broke his own guidelines, for nefarious activities!! Sweden, apart from banning large scale events, and some simple physical distancing guidelines, had no lockdowns, closed no schools, shops, businesses, no mask mandates, and in fact to a great extent life was and is normal. Now the death and hospitalisation rate is very low, Norway (which did a lockdown), apologised to Sweden for previous harsh criticism it made, and I saw a photo of a Swedish high street taken last week, which was just the same as pre-COVID days!! What a difference. No Project Fear!!
I get the impression that certain Christians here in SA condemn this dear sister in Christ, and believe she is at fault. She was concerned for her son. Is that a crime? Instead of sitting in judgment on her, we should support her. You are the same Christians who support the lockdown, closed churches, compulsory masks everywhere, and who may tut about LGBTQI+ advances, but actually just sigh, say, âOh, well, we can do nothing about itâ, and condemn and decry those who are trying to help her, as according to the Judeo-Christian origins of this jabs. There is actually enough law still left to pursue this case. It did, by the way, work for the Christian baker in Northern Ireland,
I have seen what happens when a tiny minority of unelected scientists, who often have vested interests, (ie they are involved in vaccine and pharmaceutical companies), and leftist (and tragically sometimes âConservativeâ politicians) and globalists get together. This is the ânew normalâ. Lockdowns, social distancing, every aspect of life regulated by governments in a medical dictatorship, people filled with fear, bowed down under their masks. Mourners sat in a funeral, all in separate chairs, two of them move their chairs near to the widow to comfort her, as the minister begins to speak, the funeral director bursts in waving his arms, shouting that is forbidden, move your chairs away, and they comply!!!! That happened at a funeral in Britain!! People dying alone in hospitals and nursing homes. Elderly relatives can now only be visited by one designated fully masked and gowned family member in a pre booked meeting, no physical contact, no touching,masked, member of staff present. Children forced to wear masks in school, everything cancelled. Churches closed, or if open, masks, no singing, no communion, no social fellowship. The ânew normalâ, waiting for Bill Gates compulsory aborted parts vaccine!!!!
Who are we to judge this dear Christian sister. She was most worried and concerned about the new compulsory RSE (Relationships and Sex Education) being introduced by government order in her sonâs primary school. She merely expressed her sadness at this in a Facebook page. Very well, perhaps she should not have had a Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or any social media account, but actually many individuals and churches do have them and they are a great witness for the gospel. No, I donât have any social media accounts, that is not for me, but some people are able to use them well. We have to remember that leftist, globalist, atheistic, occultic, Islamic, LGBTQI+ and Transgender organisations are well funded and have whole teams of researchers and lawyers picking out people whom they can denounce âanonymouslyâ, or like Christian wedding photographers, bakers and florists, can set them up for refusing to supply services to a âgay weddingâ couple.
Just heard, that the doctorâs trade union here, the BMA (British Medical Association), which by the way pushes things like abortion, vaccination drives, and euthanasia, alongside some of the specialist royal medical colleges, is now pushing for mandatory compulsory mask wearing outside, in the open air, and in all places of work all day to be enforced by law. This is the typical sort of pressure that our PM is under, relentless. They are also advocating that free medical masks to be given out to all people over 60, and people with major medical conditions. Others are saying that all elderly people should basically go back under indefinite house arrest (officially âshieldingâ). This is dreadful. I am now in the early elderly years, and by Godâs Grace, am relatively healthy. I do have rhinitis, a low grade non infectious sinus condition, which makes mask wearing unbearable, particularly in cold weather. Are all elderly people supposed to hide in a bunker with their masks on for the rest of their lives? Why didnât they have to do this when the flu was tearing around for the last 50 or so years?
Kim Jong Un, the present dictator of North Korea, and the two former dictators of North Korea, Kim Jong Il, his father, and Kim Il Sung, his grandfather, are and were ruthless Communist tyrants. However, Kim Jong Unâs great grandfather was not, he was a godly elder in the Presbyterian Church, and at a time when there was still persecution in North (and South) Korea, at the hands of the Japanese invaders, who ruled Korea with an iron fist from before the 1st World War, right through until their defeat and expulsion in 1945, some 30 odd years. At this time and before, Pyongyang was full of churches, and was known as the âJerusalemâ of the Far East. Tragically, I do not know the name of Kim Jong Unâs dear great grandfather, but he was a godly man. His son, Kim Il Sung, the founder of the Communist dictatorship, went off as a teenager, first to Soviet Russia, and then to Communist China, with the Maoists, to fight against the Japanese occupiers, and that is where the tragedy of North Korea began. He was installed by them as the 1st ruler of this state, though the US and Britain managed to rescue South Korea from this fate. I must not forget to pray for North Korea, and for the Christians there, people like Kim Jong Unâs great grandfather.
Adriel may indeed like the fact that in Britain at the moment all live theatres are closed, and any kind of live performance, (that also includes musical concerts) is totally banned, with no date given as to when they might open again. This has been the case since March. Some very limited concerts, without audiences, streamed on the internet are allowed, and cinemas are open, subject to wide spacing out, (physical distancing), and prebooking, with Track and Trace required, and of course masks must be worn throughout, and no refreshments brought round, therefore not making it a particularly enjoyable experience!! As for leftist icons being very gleeful about COVID 19, we know that they rejoiced when President Trump and his wife were diagnosed with it, furious and angry when he seemed to recover from it, and the leading globalists, are just waiting to push their âGreat Resetâ in the New Year, which includes mandatory COVID 19 vaccines for all with all their doubtful contents and advancing the earth worshipping âGreen New Dealâ to kill off the remaining jobs left, and advance their environmentalist and globalist utopia.