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English Christian male who is not backward in coming forward with opinions.

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I am an unrepentant militant extremist

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 07:05:00 +0000

A recent article in Evangelicals Now reports on Christanophobia in the media during the recent election.Candidates for public office were pilloried for holding various views which I hold unashamedly.1. Homosexual acts are sinful. Tim Farron was pressured to deny this. He is a member of a church which believes this as does my church which teaches what the Bible says. 1 Corinthians 6:9 - Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality,2. God can answer prayer for healing in a miraculous way. God usually heals by normal medical means but he may heal miraculously. 3. I oppose all abortions except where the mother's life is in danger. 'Thou shalt not kill'. I support pressure to change the law to prohibit abortions after 20 weeks and to stop the present law allowing abortion at any time when the unborn child is deemed handicapped.For good measure let me add two more extreme beliefs not covered by the article. 4. Jesus Christ the only way to know God as Father. John 14:6 - Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.5. Mohammed did not teach the true way to follow God. He was a false prophet.Read the Koran. It contradicts the truth of the Bible.Sadly the only place in England where one can proclaim this in public is Speakers' Corner, Hyde Park.  Preach it in public elsewhere and you may be arrested as a hate preacher.I am not usually an open air preacher. I admire those who are and am prepared to do so myself. I used to think I lived in a free country with freedom of speech. It is no longer so.[...]

June 23: Rev. James Caldwell

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 11:40:00 +0000

by archivistThe Rebel’s High PriestOn this day of June 23, 1780, an American Revolutionary Battle took place in Springfield, New Jersey.  Ordinarily we might think that this has no place in a historical devotional, but it does, because of the presence of the Rev. James Caldwell, pastor of the Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.Rev Caldwell was known as “the Rebel’s High Priest.”  His congregation in present day Elizabeth, New Jersey, had provided forty line officers to the American Continental army.  And Caldwell himself was the chaplain of  Col. Elias Dayton’s Regiment in George Washington’s army.This military campaign by the British and their German Hessian compatriots was a major push into New Jersey.  They had a total of 6000 men.  George Washington’s army, faced with diminishing supplies and desertions of men,  had only about 3500, and not all of them  at Springfield, New Jersey.  So they were outnumbered 5 to 1 in their battles.At the key point outside of Springfield, N.J., the American troops were out of wadding, the paper necessary to fire their muskets accurately.  All along the line, there came cries of “Wadding!  Give us wadding.”  Rev. Caldwell was then riding  up on his horse to encourage his men when he heard the cry for wadding.  Riding back to the Springfield Presbyterian church and manse, he gathered the psalm hymn books, and threw them to the men.  Referring to English hymn writer Isaac Watts, he called out “Give ’em Watts, boys, give ’em Watts boys.”That line of “given them Watts, boys” has become the symbol of the forgotten battle of Springfield.  The British eventually retreated from the battlefield, making the battle of Springfield an American victory.  British troops never again entered New Jersey, with this battle being the last one up north in the Colonies.Rev. Caldwell would be killed a little over a year later, just as his wife had been killed at this battle. [...]

Quotes for Brexit day 2017

Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:06:00 +0000

On this day in 2016 the UK voted to leave the EUSSR.The common law will remain the basis of our legal system, and our Courts will continue to operate as they do at present..- British Government White paper 1971 on the effects of the proposed entry into the European Common Market,, quoted in Margaret Thatcher, The Path to Power, Harper Collins,1995, p210We've been invaded without a shot being fired. It's been an absolute waste of time going to war in 1914 and 1939. Millions of people died who didn't want a federal Europe and now Tony Blair's surrendering it. If you live in South Africa and you're a patriot, they give you the Nobel Prize, If you live in England and you're a patriot, they call you a bigot. Nobody represents us. ----Tom Bromley, Daily Telegraph (UK), November 8, 2000We are with Europe, but not of it. We are linked but not comprised. We are associated but not absorbed. And should European statesmen address us and say, 'Shall we speak for thee?', we should reply, 'Nay Sir, for we dwell among our own people'. --Winston Churchill - 1953European integration was a noble idea, born of the desire that France and Germany should not go to war again. - Boris Johnson, Lend Me Your Ears p296Until the last 50 years the most prominent enthusiasts for a single European state were Napoleon and Hitler --Rod D. Martin, 8 October 1998. VanguardI was born a Tory, am a Tory and shall die a Tory. I never yet heard that it was any part of the faith of a Tory to take the institutions and liberties, the laws and customs which this country has evolved over centuries and merge them with those of eight other nations into a new-made artificial state, and what is more to do so without the willing approbation and consent of the nation. --Enoch Powell February 1974To pretend that you cannot exchange goods and services freely with a Frenchman or an Italian unless there is an identical standard of bathing beaches or tap water in the different countries is not logic. It is naked aggression." --Enoch Powell Article, May 1990This is not economic. It is a pure political process.-Romano Prodi, 31 Dec 2001, on the launching of the Euro currency.In my lifetime all our problems have come from mainland Europe and the solutions have come from the English-speaking nations of the world -Baroness Thatcher at the Conservative conference , The Times, 9.10.99I am not a Europhobe, afraid of Europe, I am a misEU, believing the EU to be a bad thing.- GJW[...]

June 21: “What Fundamentalism Stands for Now”

Wed, 21 Jun 2017 13:31:00 +0000

by archivistIt was on this day, June 21st, in 1925, that J. Gresham Machen's famous essay, "What Fundamentalism Stands for Now" appeared on the pages of The New York Times. What follows is a condensed version of that essay, suited perhaps to your busy schedule today. The full essay can be found reprinted in J. GRESHAM MACHEN: SELECTED SHORTER WRITINGS."WHAT FUNDAMENTALISM STANDS FOR NOW"by Dr. J. Gresham Machen, Assistant Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at the Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey.The term "fundamentalism" is distasteful to the present writer and to many persons who hold views similar to his. It seems to suggest some strange new sect; whereas in point of fact we are conscious simply of maintaining the historic Christian faith and of moving in the great central current of Christian life . . . Despite changes in the environment, there is something in Christianity which from the very beginning has remained the same . . .The basis of the Christian view of God---by no means all of it, but the basis of it---is simply theism: the belief, namely, that the universe was created, and is now upheld by a personal Being upon whom it is dependent but who is not dependent upon it . . . The transcendence of God, what the Bible calls the holiness of God, is at the very root of the Christian religion. God is indeed, according to the Christian view, immanent in the world; but He is also personally distinct from the world . . .According to historic Christianity, all mankind are under the just condemnation of God, and are utterly helpless because of the guilt and power of sin. According to another very widespread type of belief, human resources are sufficient for human needs, and self-development, especially the development of the religious nature, is the Christian ideal. This type of belief is optimistic about human nature . . . while historic Christianity regards all mankind as being hopelessly lost . . .We deserved eternal death, but the Son of God, who was Himself God, came into this world for our redemption, took upon Himself the just punishment for our sins, died in our stead upon the cross, and finally completed His redeeming work by rising from the tomb in a glorious resurrection. There and there alone is found the Christian gospel; the piece of "good news" upon which all our hope is based . . .Acceptance of this New Testament account of Jesus involves a certain attitude toward Him that is widely different from the attitude assumed by many persons of the Church today. Jesus . . . was not the first Christian, the initiator of a new type of religious life. He stood in a far more fundamental and far more intimate relationship to Christianity than that, because He was the One who made Christianity possible by His redeeming work. At no point does our attitude appear in more characteristic fashion than just here.[...]


Wed, 21 Jun 2017 12:38:00 +0000

Is this email not displaying correctly? View it in your browser. CAMERON’S GAY MARRIAGE ENVOY APPOINTED AS MAY’S HEAD OF STAFF AND OTHER NEWSDear marriage supporter,The Prime Minister’s new Chief of Staff, Gavin Barwell, is a leading advocate for same-sex marriage.Barwell, who lost his Commons seat in the election, was David Cameron’s gay marriage envoy during the debates on redefining marriage. He played a key role in drumming up the support of his fellow Tory MPs to back the law (though we should remember that 136 Conservatives voted against redefining marriage at Second Reading, with only 127 in favour).Barwell was prominent in the media campaign for same-sex marriage and even likened opponents to racists who backed segregation on his website.His appointment means that traditional marriage supporters will need to be extra vigilant.Theresa May implied back in 2015 that same-sex marriage opponents would not be caught by Government counter-extremism plans. However, others have been using it as a litmus test for politically correct orthodoxy.It was while she was a senior Government adviser, that Dame Louise Casey likened Roman Catholic schools’ support for traditional marriage to Islamist extremism.C4M will be alert to any new moves from the Government to denigrate your views on marriage.BBC bias – thank youThe BBC’s derogatory treatment of the DUP for its socially conservative beliefs has been astounding. Thank you to everyone who has been sending complaints to the BBC.Its actions are a blatant infringement of the organisation’s Royal Charter. A number of you have passed us the responses you have received. Incredibly, the corporation is maintaining that it had “fairly reflected that the DUP holds socially conservative views on issues such as same sex marriage”.[...]

You Gov on the general election

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 04:05:00 +0000

General Election outcome
A hung Parliament was a scenario very few Opinion Formers, and indeed people generally, predicted from the UK General Election as we discovered when last month we asked you what you thought might happen;
  • 19% envisaged “a landslide majority of over a 100 seats for the Conservative party" 
  • 57% thought that “a solid Conservative majority of around 50 seats” was almost certain or very likely to happen
  • Just 21% predicted “a very small Conservative majority of around the previous level” 
  • Only 8% predicted a hung parliament, with 4% thinking "the Conservatives forming a coalition government with another party" very likely, compared to 3% who thought Labour forming a coalition government was very likely.
The 2017 General Election certainly seems to fit the general narrative of surprising electoral outcomes around the world.

HB John Wesley 17 Jun 1703

Sat, 17 Jun 2017 04:03:00 +0000

John Wesley (1703-1791)Chance has no share in the government of the world. The Lord reigns, and disposes all things, strongly and sweetly, for the good of them that love him. -- John Wesley , letterTell me how it is that in this room there are three candles and but one light; and I will explain to you the mode of the divine existence.    John WesleyOh, beware! Do not seek to be something! Let me be nothing, and Christ be all in all.-  John WesleyGod...frequently...makes young men and women wiser than the aged, and gives to many, in a very short time, a closer and deeper communion with himself than others attain in a long course of years.-John Wesley ,letter: , 27 Dec 1774Unless God has raised you up for this very thing [ablishing slave trade trading] you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be with you who can be against you. JOHN WESLEY, letter to William Wilberforce 10 days before Wesley's deathPassion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason.--John Wesley, Letter to Joseph Benson, October 5, 1770Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. - John WesleyIt is most desirable, to have neither poverty nor riches; but still you cannot be without temptation, unless you would go out of the world.- John Wesley, letter: DECEMBER 1, 177I rode over the mountains to Huddersfield. A wilder people I never saw in England. The men, women and children filled the streets and seemed just ready to devour us. John Wesley June 1757The longer I live, the larger allowances I make for human infirmities. --John Wesley (1703-1791) Letter, 21 Feb 1756 to Samuel Furley.I desired as many as could to join together in fasting and prayer, that God would restore the spirit of love and of a sound mind to the poor deluded rebels in America. -- John Wesley, Journal, Aug 1, 1777I am a creature of a day. I am a spirit come from God, and returning to God. I want to know one thing: the way to heaven. God himself has condescended to teach me the way. He has written it down in a book. Oh, give me that book! At any price give me the book of God. Let me be a man of one book. JOHN WESLEYBeware that you are not swallowed up in books! An ounce of love is worth a pound of knowledge.John Wesley (1703-1791) In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.I look on all the world as my parish; thus far I mean, that, in whatever part of it I am, I judge it meet, right, and my bounden duty, to declare unto all that are willing to hear, the glad tidings of salvation. -- John Wesley (1703-1791)Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.J--John WesleyImmediately it stuck into my mind, "Leave off preaching. How can you preach to others, who have not faith yourself?" I asked Boehler, whether he thought I should leave it off or not. He answered "By no means." I asked, "But what can I preach?" He said, "Preach faith till you have it; and then, because you have it, you will preach faith." -- John Wesley, Journal, 4 Mar 1738Many Gentlemen have done my brother and me (though without naming us) the honour to reprint many of our hymns. Now they are perfectly welcome to do so, provided they print them just as they are. But I desire that they would not attempt to mend them - for they really are not able. None of them is able to mend either the sense or the verse. Therefore I must beg the one of these two favours: either to let them sta[...]

POLAND Addresses Refugee Problem

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:32:00 +0000

Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski signs a book of condolenceat the French Embassy in Warsaw to pay tribute to victims of the attacks in Paris.But he has the Best Idea Yet! Pay attention, Obama and Trudeau!!!Poland's Foreign Minister  said, “If there are hundreds of thousandsof young Syrians coming to Europe then we can create an ARMY.” GREAT IDEA!The idea of an Army of Migrants also made sense, the Minister Witold Waszczykowski said,because Poland could ill-afford to  send its troops to the Middle East.HE has  proposed forming an Army out of the Syrian  men arriving in Europe,which could then return to their  Homeland  to fight for their FREEDOM.In an Interview on Polish State Television late Sunday,Waszczykowski said, “The tens of thousands of  young Syrian men who jump outof the rubber rafts  and don’t ask  for water, food, or clothesbut ask where they can charge  their smart phones could,with our help, fight  to get their country  back.They expect us to send our troops to fight and d ie for  Syria,while hundreds of thousands of Syrians sip coffeeat the  old town square, or watch us fight for their  security.”SO TRUE !!!Poland’s Waszczykowski said  it wasn't right that Western Soldiersfought ISIS while Refugees 'sat in cafes.'“They leave their deflated rafts, rubbish etc., on the shore for Government employees to clean up.”Refugees charging cell phones!!! United Nations went all out supplying themwith charging stations !!!“Are these happy young men really timid souls fleeing war and persecution???They aren't quite the heart-rending image of disheveled, traumatized refugeesfleeing the horrors of their war-torn home country one might expect,"blared  Britain's Express tabloid.Refugees from Syria use smart phones as they wait outside a Government  Office last month.Stricken Syrian migrants take pictures with friends on $500 smart  phones!!!Smart phones...the essential  tool of the 21st Century "Refugees’"fleeing war and poverty!!!Where are all the women in these pictures??? At home of course !!! [...]

June 16: A Day of Sober Rejoicing (1982)

Fri, 16 Jun 2017 05:57:00 +0000

by archivistAs the PCA's General Assembly comes to a close today, Dr. Francis Schaeffer's message remains pertinent.Truth is rooted in nothing less than the truth that God exists.The following written address was delivered by Dr. Francis Schaeffer at the 10th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America which met in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 16, 1982. This message continues to be something which needs to be periodically re-read and pondered.It is a profound privilege to be asked to speak today, as this day we are one church.It is a day of rejoicing. It must primarily be that. And yet it is also a sober day before the face of our dear Lord—a sober day, for while this is now in one way an accomplished fact, in another way it is only a beginning. Like birth itself—birth is something completed—the human being nine months old emerges into the external world. But then, though this is a completed thing, what then matters is what is done with life. There is a life to be lived.For us, what matters now, with the rejoicing is the looking to our Lord for the common life which we now have together, to be lived and to be lived well in the light of the infinite-personal God’s existence, in the light of His revelation in the Scripture, in the light of the teaching and the sacrificial death of Jesus Christ, and in the light of the coming complete restoration of all things.We must realize that our being one will take looking to the Lord for help. There will be problems of coordination which must be worked out with patience, with being servants to each other. This will not happen automatically. It will take conscious thought, prayer, and a realistic love not to let our egotisms spoil that which God has given us. I would just say to you there are going to be months, there are going to be times, that you are consciously going to have to realize that there are things that have be worked out in love, and it is imperative that as these things are worked out that the things of personal egotism and personal preference which is not principle would not spoil that which God has given us.We have much to help us: The Lord Himself, and our common heritage. There are differences in our heritage between the Northern and the Southern Presbyterian Churches. And there are divergencies in our histories since we have left those churches. But our common heritage is much greater than the differences.Our common heritage is rooted in the eternal final objective reality, the infinite-personal Creator, the triune God Himself. Our common heritage is rooted in the unity of all those who have believed God from the Fall onward. Our common heritage is rooted in the New Testament Church from Pentecost onward. Our common heritage is rooted in the Reformation when God’s people threw off the encrustations of the medieval church and returned to authority resting in Scripture only, and salvation resting only in Christ’s finished Substitutionary work in history on the cross. All these things are our common heritage which far outshadow the differences. But more, our common heritage is rooted back to Geneva and to Scotland with our Presbyterian forefathers, and then again closer to us in this moment of history. Our common heritage is rooted in that we take seriously the Bible’s command concerning the purity of the visible church. This is our common heritage or we would not exist as individual churches and now as one church. And, thus, when the denominations to which we have belonged passed the point of not return we—with tears but with loyalty to our Lord—practiced truth and we stepped out from the denominations when there was no return in these denominations after we had patiently tried.We have no illusions that in this fallen world and with our own finiteness and our own individual sin that we will h[...]

Books read in June 2017

Thu, 15 Jun 2017 20:21:00 +0000

1. Dunstan: One Man Will Change the Fate of England by Conn Iggulden  (Author)This most gifted author of historical fiction has introduced me to a character and a century of which I knew nothing.  It appears an accurate account on the whole. The pace sees a little slow at times but some parts are indeed gripping. I had not realised that clerical celibacy was not a 10th century norm. So my education has been enhanced.2. A Way to Pray: A Biblical Method for Enriching Your Prayer Life and Language by Shaping Your Words with Scripture by Matthew Henry  (Author), O Palmer Robertson (Editor)Matthew Henry is justly famous as a biblical commentator so I am surprised this excellent volume is not so well known. O Palmer Robinson deserves thanks for revising and modernising it. You will not realise it is modernised until you find that prayer for travellers now encompassed travel by air as well as sea. I consider this the most helpful aid to prayer I have ever read. It shows Henry's amazing knowledge of Scripture that he could take countless biblical texts and form them into prayers which are there to stimulate and aid the reader's praying. This is the one book I have with my Bible to aid daily devotions. It is a book I have read more than once.3. Travel with John Bunyan: Exploring the World of John Bunyan, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress" (Travel Guide with): Exploring the World of John Bunyan, Author of "The Pilgrim's Progress" by John Pestell  (Author)This book has a good biographical account of Bunyan as well as a comprehensive guide to the places in his life and those associated with Pilgrim's Progress. This whole series of books are excellent. Here one can but marvel at the determination of Bunyan and his courage in the face of persecution and imprisonment. One also sees the hand of providence for confinement set Bunyan free to write and minister to his and futire generations.4.Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett  (Author)Probably the best thriller I have read in a long while. Had so far only read his long saga starting with The Pillars of the Earth. This is much more of a page turner. If I read more Follett perhaps he will displace Seymour as my favourite thriller writer.My only criticism is that the sex is unecessarily explicit.The same message could have been communicated with more subtlety, less salacious.[...]

"Today in Church History" June 13, 1525

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 05:20:00 +0000

Today we remember one of my favorite events in church history. On this day in 1525, Martin Luther married Katerine von Bora. 

Katerine (Luther often called her Katie) was a nun. A number of the nuns in her convent embraced the Gospel. Luther developed a plan for the ladies to escape the convent. Let me share with you the story. 

One of Luther's friends sold fish to the convent. After he had made his delivery, he hid the ladies in empty herring barrels. He then drove his wagon out of the convent with the women in the back of the wagon in the barrels. 

Luther found husbands for all the women except one nun. You guess it. He could not find a suitable match for Katherine. Later he married her. They had a happy marriage for 21 years. 

Katerine made a positive difference in Luther's life and ministry. Luther was able to carry on the work of the Reformation because of his wife's love and support. 

Luther respected his wife's intellect. She regularly participated in the theological discussions with the guest around the dinner table. SDG 
Pastor Dan Korzep

Reflecting on last week's election.

Tue, 13 Jun 2017 02:42:00 +0000

This was the fifth time in three years that I have been surprised by an election. The previous four were pleasant surprises this was not.First, to state the obvious May bet on what she thought was a sure winner only to have it falter in the home stretch. Why the failure in that she lost a good majority for a hung parliament? She ran a presidential style campaign and was advised by a small inner circle. The style was not well received. I watched the last Conservative party election TV broadcast and it was all by and about May. Corbyn had a better personal appeal to voters. She was slated for failure to debate face to face with other leaders. I do not blame her but it cost her bad publicity. She called the election to have a better hand in negotiating Brexit but the manifesto diverted her from this. Critics fastened on unpopular manifesto items which her advisors had promoted and she never really got back to Brexit. Among the unpopular items were a means test restricting a £100 winter fuel payment to poorer pensioners. Personally I have no objection unless it cost more to means test than revenue saved. But it was fastened on as was removing the triple lock on old age pensions. Again I was not bothered though I am a pensioner, but the media fixed on this. Finally social care for the elderly.This was labelled as a dementia tax. It was not . It would mean that people whose family did not provide for their care would have care then taken from thier estate after death up to a floor of £100,000 remaining as inheritance. I think this reasonable but others did not. By contrast Corbyn had a magic money tree with free gifts for all. I will not list them but he came across as Santa, May as the wicked witch.    I was saddened by the result especially when a personal friend and at least one good evangelical lost their seats. I was only gratified by Mrs Krankie's SNP having a big set back, enough to banish any realistic prospect of a second independence referendum. SO SHE GOES TO GOVERN WITH THE HELP OF THE DUP FROM NORTHERN IRELAND. I THINK THIS IS RIGHT. RESIGNING AS PM NOW WOULD BE FOLLY. I REJECT THE TWO MAIN CRITICISMS OF THE DUP. FIRST THAT THEY ARE SOCIALLY CONSERVATIVE REJECTING THE LGBT agenda and abortion. Good for them. Secondly working with the will alienate Sinn Fein the republican party in Northern Ireland and jeopordise the peace process. SF are no real democrats. They refuse to take their seats as Westminster. May owes them nothing.    I pray she can succeed as PM and not have to resign with a subsequent new election. The crowing Corbyn who now behaves like he won not lost last week would probably win and that would be an unmitigated disaster, a return to discredited socialism.     My comfort is that I do not put my trust in princes. BTW, I am not a Conservative though I voted that way. I am a true conservative believing the party of that name has lost its conservatism, particularly over sexual ethics.[...]

Three things difficult or impossible to communicate

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 07:55:00 +0000

Last night I preached on Genesis 5 to 6:8, the effect of sin in the line of Adam.  Death now rules and all of man's nature is affected by sin. This is what is called total depravity. It does not mean that people are as bad as they can be. It means all of our nature, including our reasoning is corrupted by sin. Reason will not persuade a person into eternal life in Christ. I needs the Holy Spirit to work God's grace in the heart.

My experience is that people will hold tenaciously to error despite all one's efforts to persuade them to the contrary. Here are three examples. The first I experienced from years back, the second two more recently.

1. The strong Arminian will not budge. As a Calvinist I am resigned to this. Firstly because total depravity is true. The intellect, man's reasoning will be at fault. Secondly I have to conclude some people are predsetined to be Arminians.

2. The teetotaller for whom all alcohol is evil, its consumption sinful. I point out that wine gladdens the heart of man, Paul commends it for the stomach's sake. Drunkenness is a sin but the Israelites were to buy what their hearts desired, including strong drink, and rejoice before theLord. But the militant abstainer does not take these verses on board. Not does he learn from history. Total abstinence, signing the pledge is a recent phenomenon in church history. Prohibition failed as an American law. But the abstain militants learned nothing from history.

3. Lastly a recent manifestation of incomprehension. The Irish Sinn Fein party has members elected to our Westminster parliament but they refuse to participate for they will not take the oath of loyalty to the Crown required of MPs. They rightly say that those who elect them to parliament know this and accept they will not be represented. However I would raise the question of constituents who are in the minority in Sinn Fein areas. They did want to be represented in parliament for they voted for other parties. An MP is to represent all their constituents. Those not voting for SF are denied any representation against their will. This is totally unjust so in my opinion SF's behaviour is a scandal.  Where are human rights laws when you need them? Those not comprehending my reasoning tell me that SF is being democratic. This of course is the IRA version of democracy.

ON THIS DAY IN 1980 Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached his last sermon.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 19:16:00 +0000

ON THIS DAY IN 1980 Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, recognized as one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century (His books and recorded sermons give evidence that those people are right.) preached his last sermon. Lloyd-Jones was born in Cardiff, Wales near the end of 1899. Perhaps the most interesting event of his childhood occurred when he was ten years old. His family home caught fire in January while he and his brothers were sleeping in it. Although their lives were saved, the family lost almost everything they owned, and their finances never recovered. This aroused in Lloyd-Jones a life-long determination to succeed. Consequently, he entered medical school, completing his studies before he reached the legal age to practice medicine. He became chief clinical assistant to notable physician Sir Thomas Horder, who described him as “the most acute thinker that I ever knew.” Although poised for a career as a great doctor, Lloyd-Jones abandoned medicine in 1924. He began to question whether he was really a Christian at all and realized he needed to be converted and born again. No sooner had he submitted to Christ than souls became his passion. He thought of the people he had left behind in Wales and went back to share his newly discovered faith with them. His first sermon was in Wales in 1925, calling for spiritual awakening. A small church in Aberavon, Wales asked him to become their pastor, and he accepted. The town’s doctors feared he was going to steal their patients, but Lloyd-Jones was careful to give no offense in that regard. Years later one of the doctors requested his advice and Lloyd-Jones made a clear and correct diagnosis. After that, requests for his medical knowledge were so continual they threatened his pastoral work. Meanwhile, his preaching proved productive. People came to know Christ with such transforming power that even alcoholics were set free from drink. In 1939, he became an associate to G. Morgan Campbell at Westminster Chapel, London. In that great church he preached many series, some of which he gathered into books. One of the most famous was a study of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount. His books made him internationally famous. Lloyd-Jones preached his last sermon at the opening of Barcombe Baptist Chapel on this day, 8 June 1980. His topic was Joshua 4:6, “What mean ye by these stones?” One person in attendance recalled that Lloyd-Jones began slowly and seemed to find his way with some difficulty. Then, “wondrously, it was as though a sudden power came upon him that energized him and electrified the congregation. Suddenly all were awake and alert: God was speaking with authority through a man.” The following year, Lloyd-Jones died in his sleep. He was eighty-one years old. —Dan Graves[...]

June 8: Tribute to a Godly Wife

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:31:00 +0000

 I like the story of Edwards arriving late for a service while the minister was praying for Edwards thanking God for such a godly man. So opening his eyes after prayer and seeing Edwards, the minister said he had heard that Edward's wife had more archivistObviously the important thing here is not the date of the article, but the message of how a godly home bears a great blessing for generations to come. May we all seek to live to glorify our Lord with our lives, in all that we do and say.[excerpted from THE CHRISTIAN OBSERVER, Vol. XXXI, No. 23 (5 June 1852):  89, column 5.]THE FAMILY OF PRESIDENT EDWARDS.It was an unspeakable privilege in the view of the late President [Jonathan] Edwards, that when surrounded by a young and growing family, and when his duty to his people, especially in seasons of revival, necessarily occupied his whole attention, he could safely commit his children to the wisdom and piety, the love and faithfulness of their mother [Sarah Pierpont Edwards]. Her views of the responsibility of parents were large and comprehensive. “She thought that, as a parent, she had great and important duties to do toward her children before they were capable of government and instruction. For them she constantly and earnestly prayed, and bore them on her heart before God, in all her secret and most solemn addresses to him; and that, even before they were born. The prospect of her becoming a mother of a rational, immortal creature, which came into existence in an undone and infinitely dreadful state, was sufficient to lead her to bow before God daily for His blessing on it; even redemption and eternal life by Jesus Christ. So that, through all the pain, labor, and sorrow which attended her being the mother of children, she was in travail for them that they should be born of God.She regularly prayed with her children, from a very early period, and, as there is the best reason to believe, with great earnestness and importunity. Being thoroughly sensible that, in many respects, the chief care of forming children by government and instruction, naturally lies on mothers, as they are most with their children at an age when they commonly receive impressions that are permanent, and have great influence in forming the character for life, she was very careful to do her part in this important business. When she foresaw or met with any special difficulty in this matter, she was wont to apply to her husband for advice and assistance; and on such occasions they would both attend to it, as a matter of the utmost importance. She had an excellent way of governing her children; she knew how to make them regard and obey her cheerfully, without loud, angry words, much less heavy blows. She seldom punished them; and in speaking to them, used gentle and pleasant words. If any correction was necessary, she did not administer it in a passion; and when she had occasion to reprove and rebuke, she would do it in a few words, without warmth and noise, and with all calmness  and gentleness of mind. In her directions and reproofs in matters of importance, she would address herself to the reason of her children, that they might not only know her inclination and will, but at the same time be convinced of the reasonableness of it. She had need to speak but once; she was cheerfully obeyed; murmuring and answering again were not known among them. In their manners they were uncommonly respectful to their parents. When their parents came into the room, they all rose instinctively from their seats, and never resumed them until their parents were seated; and when either parent was speaking, no matter with whom they had been conversing, they were a[...]

Why I am voting Conservative today.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 04:32:00 +0000

First of all I am no longer a party member. I used to be until the Conservatives abandoned the family for so called gay rights. I was a Conservative Ealing councillor for eight years but after I lost my seat they chose a serial adulterer as mayoral candidate in London and I resigned. They usually still got my vote except in EU elections where I was UKIP. Then Cameron went for same sex "marriage" and I refused to vote Conservative at the last election. I went UKIP. Now I am back to Conservative. Why? Our sitting MP ever since the Nulabour revolution has been Stephenl Pound. He is a personal friend. An upright RC who votes the Christian way on all moral sexual issues. But he is Labour so he knows he will never get my vote unless the Conservative candidate fails to answer my questions in the way I want. But she came out tops. She opposes abortion after 20 weeks, thinks examination of church youth work for extremism is folly as is a testing of public sector workers for allegiance to British values. The Conservative party is likely to give us a hard Brexit, defend the realm and manage the economy. I do not trust Labour on any of these. May has been rightly criticised for a too presidential campaign but Corbyn's record is not credible. Far left supporters of terrorists will never get my vote nor a high tax party. As to protecting the NHS, it is a bottomless pit but not a poor service in my experience. I do not oppose outsourcing of provisions otherwise dubbed privatisation. May has been criticised for loss of winter fuel allowance. I would only oppose this it it cost more to means test than the cost of likely saving. She is criticised on social care for the elderly. On that my first observation is that in a United Kingdom all should be treated the same, not some Scot free. Then if family will not provide for the elderly then their capital above £100,000 going to pay for government provided care seems reasonable to me if the money is taken from the estate after death. So Conservative is for me the lesser of the two possible evils who will form the next government. I pray for a good increased May majority as being in the country's best interest. May God protect us from a hung parliament or God forbid, Corbyn. I willl stay up as usual to hear the results. My prediction is a slightly increased May majority, Farron to resign and give better personal Christian testimony and civil war in the Labour party. Now off to vote as soon as polls open.

Is Jihadi terrorism like the IRA?

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 04:06:00 +0000

This comes from a friend, Ian Barrs, on Facebook

I do recognise that dealing with radical Jihadis is different from dealing with the IRA/INLA etc. Those were groups with essentially political aims who happened to be associated with one side of a religious/cultural divide, but were not primarily motivated by religious ideology. ISIS is, as Alexander Staniforth put it, an "apocalyptic death cult". Their aims and ambitions are fundamentally incompatible with Western civilization. We can't negotiate with them in the way that we did (like it or not) with the IRA, whose final "abandonment of the armed struggle" came about in part because they came to believe they could achieve a substantial proportion of their political goals without violence. While I recognise their are political elements to Islamic Jihadist terrorism, I'm less optimistic than some that any change to, for instance, US or British foreign policy would make a major or rapid difference.

BUT: their *tactics* - terror attacks on civilians in major cities - are very similar, and that was the comparison I was drawing. If I was making a prescriptive point, it was not what we *should do*, but what we *should not* do.

We should not think that a terror campaign can defeat a civilised country. A terrorist group is not an existential threat to the existence of our countries, to our systems of government and law, to our fundamental principles as a culture.

The only way it can become so is if we, out of fear, change our own nations so radically we cease to be what we were. 

Don't give them that victory.

Where is freedom of speech?

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 15:09:00 +0000

The following restrictions are what the police was imposed on a Christian preacher. Where is liberty?
Must not:
1. Preach in a public place for longer than 30 minutes in any 24hr period.
2. Use any equipment to amplify my voice when preaching in a public place.
3. Remain within 10 metres of any retail or commercial premises when asked to move on by a member of staff, if preaching in a public place at the time.
4. Display any signs or placards while preaching in a public place.
5. Use any object (whether fixed or movable) to raise myself above ground level whilst preaching in a public place.
I must:
1. Wear a working body worn camera that captures video and audio recordings continuously when preaching and is to surrender it immediately upon request by a police officer or police staff member.
2. Retain any unedited body worn camera footage for a period of 28 days from the date of filming.
This is being applied for by the Avon and Somerset Police.

IM James Guthrie 1 June 1661

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 03:06:00 +0000

James Guthrie was a Scottish Presbyterian minister. He was executed on this day in 1661. What was his crime? James Guthrie wrote a book declaring that God 's wrath was coming upon Scotland for claiming that the King of England was the head of the church. Guthrie made it very clear from scripture that only Christ is the head of the church. He was not against the King as the head of their civil government. But only Christ is the head of the church. From the scaffolding, James Guthrie gave his last sermon. James Guthrie then handed a written copy of his sermon to a friend. He then asked his friend to give a copy of his speech to his son when the son was old enough to understand.'I am more fortunate than the Great Marquis, (Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyle) for my Lord was beheaded, but I am to be hanged on a tree as my Saviour was. I take God to record upon my soul, I would not exchange this scaffold with the palace and mitre of the greatest prelate in Britain. Blessed be God who has shown mercy to me such a wretch, and has revealed His Son in me, and made me a minister of the everlasting Gospel, and that He hath deigned, in the midst of much contradiction from Satan, and the world, to seal my ministry upon the hearts of not a few of His people, and especially in the station where I was last, I mean the congregation and presbytery of Stirling. Jesus Christ is my Life and my Light, my Righteousness, my strength, and my Salvation and all my desire. Him! O Him, I do with all the strength of my soul commend to you. Bless Him, O my soul, from henceforth even forever. Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation. 'Art not Thou from everlasting, O Lord my God. I shall not die but live.' The Covenants! The Covenants! They shall yet be Scotland's reviving. Be not afraid at His sweet, lovely and desirable cross, for although I have not been able because of my wounds to lift up or lay down my head, but as I was helped, yet I was never in better case all my life. He has not given me one challenge since I came to prison, for anything less or more; but on the contrary He has so wonderfully shined on me with the sense of His redeeming, strengthening, assisting, supporting, through-bearing, pardoning and reconciling love, grace and mercy, that my soul doth long to be freed of bodily infirmities and earthly organs, that so I may flee to His Royal Palace even the Heavenly Habitation of my God, where I am sure of a crown put on my head, and a palm put in my hand, and a new song in my mouth, even the song of Moses and of the Lamb, that so I may bless, praise, magnify and extol Him for what He hath done to me and for me. Wherefore I bid farewell to all my dear fellow-sufferers for the testimony of Jesus, who are wandering in dens and caves. Farewell, my children, study holiness in all your ways, and praise the Lord for what He hath done for me, and tell all my Christian friends to praise Him on my account. Farewell, sweet Bible, and wanderings and contendings for truth. Welcome, death. Welcome, the City of my God where I shall see Him and be enabled to serve Him eternally with full freedom. Welcome, blessed company, the angels and spirits of just men made perfect. But above all, welcome, welcome, welcome, our glorious and alone God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost; into Thy hands I commit my spirit for Thou art worthy. Amen.'- James Guthrie 1 June 1661[...]

June 1: The Battle of Drumclog OR Calvary Presbytery Org

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 05:40:00 +0000

Scottish CovenantersToday many of us attended worship in the safety and warmth of a Church building, but this is a privelege that we have not always had in Scotland.Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Drumclog.On 1st June 1679, a large conventicle, assembled for worship at the remote sight of Drumclog near Strathaven. This was attended by many people from the districts around Loudon Hill. Robert Douglas was the preacher and Sir Robert Hamilton was in charge of the company, assisted by Henry Hall, William Clelland, Balfour of Burley and David Hackstoun. There were forty to fifty (40-50) on foot, equipped with guns and one hundred and fifty (150) armed with miscellaneous agricultural implements and other weapons. Another forty to fifty (40-50) men were mounted on horseback. All came armed for self defence.Claverhouse came upon them with a force as numerous as Hamilton’s and fully equipped. The Covenanters however, held the best position; a bog in front and a hill behind. The footmen were in the centre and a troop of horse in either wing. When Claverhouse came upon them, he summoned them to surrender, but the 76th Psalm was sung in defiance:In Judah’s land God is well knownThat were stout of heart are spoil’dThey slept their sleep outright:And none of those their hands did find,That were the men of might.The Royalist troops fired and advanced, but were repulsed. Several attempts were made to overcome the Covenanters, but each time they were driven back and put to confusion. The Covenanters crossed the bog and attacked the soldiers who broke and fled. Claverhouse’s Charger was killed and he was de-horsed; he escaped narrowly by mounting an empty saddle. About forty Dragoons and twelve (12) Covenanters lost their lives in the skirmish. Some of the troopers taken as prisoners were released later.Claverhouse reported from Glasgow the same day, saying that, “They pursued us so hotly that we got no time to rally. I saved the Standards but lost eight or ten men besides wounded.” The Dragoons lost many more men than Claverhouse had reported. Some of the Covenanters who fell that day are buried in the local Churchyards in the district, such as -- Lesmahagow, Newmilns, Strathaven, Loudon Kirk and Stonehouse. The troopers are buried near to the battle site in an unmarked grave.[...]

May 31: The Second Covenant Subscribed (1559)

Wed, 31 May 2017 05:27:00 +0000

by davidtmyersAnyone who has been called into the ministry of the Word of God prays for a godly response in the hearts of the listeners. Certainly this was the desire of the Reformers in Scotland in the sixteenth century. To put away all things that dishonor His name was the prayer of those who entered into the sacred calling. But it didn’t always work out that way in practice.John Knox had returned to Scotland from Geneva Switzerland on May 2, 1559 (See that post on TDPH for a review). Beginning to preach the Reformed Faith to his fellow Scotsmen, John Knox had preached a thunderous sermon to the citizens of Perth, Scotland. The subject of his sermon exposed the idolatry of the Roman Church which included the worship of images.Immediately following that message, a Roman Catholic priest unwisely attempted to serve mass. A young boy showed his displeasure at the attempt, for which he was struck by the priest. The boy retaliated by throwing a stone, which broke one of the images on the altar. Soon, the spectators of the altercation proceeded to favor the young boy’s action, by breaking all the images in the church. It turned into a riot when a mob proceeded to enter into all the Roman Catholic churches and even the monasteries, and lay them to ruins. Even John Knox, who tried to stop the unruly mob, referred to them as “a rascal multitude.”Queen Mary of Guise, the queen regent, responded by calling forth her army, augmented by French troops in the area, and advanced to the city of Perth, threatening to lay waste the town and the citizens of it. The Protestant Lords of the congregation were able to assembly 25,000 soldiers to protect the Protestants. Obviously, a military showdown was about to take place. The queen regent, Mary, anxious to avoid such a showdown, entered then into an agreement that the town would be left open to the Queen, that none of its inhabitants would be interfered with, that the French troops would not enter the city, and that when the Queen would leave, there would be no garrison of troops left in the town.All of these actions led to that which has been called the Second Covenant, signed and sealed on May 31, 1559. By this, those who signed the covenant resolved 1) to maintain their evangelical confederation; 2) to do all things required by God in the Scriptures; 3) to observe true worship; 4) to preserve the liberty of the Congregation and each member of it. These four points made up this Second Covenant, which was signed in the name of the whole Congregation, with the specific names of the Earls of Argyle and Glencairn, Lord James Stewart, Lord’s Boyd and Ochiltree, and Matthew Campbell.The Second Covenant was immediately put to the test as the Queen Regent, Mary of Guise, turned her back on all of her promises to the Protestants. The battle for the soul of the nation was set to continue in the land.Words to Live By:It would be easy to resort to fleshly means to bring about the spiritual kingdom of God in a land. Our spiritual ancestors in Scotland were under a different standard as they sought to put away all things that dishonor His name. That is what this Second Covenant was all about on this day in 1559. Through godly prayer and spiritual works, as our Confessional Fathers put it, we are to destroy the kingdom of Satan, advance the kingdom of grace, and hasten the kingdom of glory.[...]

Thoughts on Ramadan

Mon, 29 May 2017 06:50:00 +0000

The Muslim month of fasting started yesterday. I have pondered sharing some thoughts and am going ahead despite the anticipated flack.
I have seen one Christian friend engaged in Muslim work wishing his Muslim friends well at this time. I have in the past heard of Christians joining the fast in solidarity. I can do neither for my view is a negative one.
First this is part of a religion of works  hoping to be gaining favour with God through this month of self denial.
Second, fasting during daylight and stuffing yourself during the hours of darkness is unhealthy.
Thirdly, more food is consumed this month than other times.
Lastly it is the most antisocial and uneconomic of months. People become bad tempered and work suffers. I have lived in a Muslim culture and observed this. There is pressure on non-muslims to conform too at least outwardly.
One final observation. Islam is a religion of the Middle East and little seasonal variation in daylight hours. It must be a particular trial to observe the fast in the northern hemisphere near midsummer when daylight is approaching 15 hours daily. I understand that those living in the arctic circle have special dispensation to follow the daylight hours of Mecca.
My prayers are with my Christian friends who see this month as a special opportunity to witness to Muslims.l

Sura107 Neighbourly needs, 108 Abundance, 109 Those who reject faith, 110 Help, 111 The father of flame, 112 Purity, 113 The dawn, 114 Mankind,

Fri, 26 May 2017 04:26:00 +0000

7 verses. Do you see the one who denies judgement? He repulses the orphan.
3 verses. We have granted you the fount of abundance so turn to your Lord in prayer and sacrifice.
6 verses. Say to those that reject faith I do not worship that which you worship.
3 verses. When the help of God comes and victory celebrate the praises of your Lord.
5 verses. Perish the hands of the father of flame. He will burn soon in a fire of blazing flame.
4 verses. He is God the one and only, eternal, absolute, begetting not.
5 verses. I seek refuge with the Lord odf the dawn from the mischief of created things.
5 verses. I seek refuge with the Lord cherisher of mankind

To those born between 1925 and 1955

Thu, 25 May 2017 17:04:00 +0000

No matter what our kids And the new generation think about us,WE ARE AWESOME !!! OUR Lives are LIVING PROOF !!! > To Those of Us Born 1925 - 1955: > > At the end of this email is a quote of the month by Jay Leno.If you don't read anything else, Please read what he said. ~~~~~~~~~ TO ALL THEKIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930s, '40s, 'and50s, !! First, we survived being born to mothers who may have smoked and/or drank While they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then, after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribsCovered with bright coloredLead-based paints. We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets, And, when we rode our bikes, We had baseball caps, Not helmets, on our heads. As infants and children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.. Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat. We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and no one actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter, and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar.And we weren't overweight. WHY? Because we were always outside playing...that's why! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. --And, we were OKAY. We would spend hours building Our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, Only to findOut we forgot the brakes.. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned To solve the problem.. We did notHave Play Stations, Nintendos and X-boxes. There were No video games,No 150 channels on cable, No video moviesOr DVDs, No surround-sound orCDs, No cell phones, No personal computers, No Internet andNo chat rooms. WE HAD FRIENDS And we wentOutside and found them! We fell out oftrees, got cut, Broke bones andTeeth, And there wereNo lawsuits From those accidents. We would getSpankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping-pong paddles, or just a bare hand, And no one would call child services to report abuse. We ate worms,And mud pies Made from dirt,And The worms didNot live in us forever. We were givenBB guns for our 10th birthdays, 22 rifles for our 12th, rode horses, made up games with sticks and tennis balls, and-although we wereTold it would happen- we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikesOr walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just Walked in and talked to them. Little League had tryouts And not everyoneMade the team. Those who didn'tHad to learn To deal withDisappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailingUs out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! These generations haveProduced some of the best risk-takers,Problem solvers, andInventors ever. The past 60To 85 years have seen an explosion of innovation and new ideas.. We had freedom,Failure, success and responsibili[...]

Sura 102 Piling up, 103 Time through the ages, 104 The scandal monger, 105 The elephant 106 The custodians of the Ka'aba,

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:04:00 +0000

8 verses.  Piling up good things of the world in rivalry diverts you until you visit the graves.
3 verses. By time through the ages, man is in loss except such as have faith.
9 verses. Woe to every kind of scandal monger, who piles up wealth thinking it would make him last forever.
5 verses. Did you not see how your Lord dealt withe companions of the elephant? Did he not make their treacherous plan go astray?
4 verses. For the covenants of the custodians of the Ka'aba let them adore the Lord of this house.