“Your word is truth” (John 17:17)
“The truth is incontrovertible. Panic may resent it, ignorance may deride it, malice may distort it, but there it is” (Winston Churchill – House of Commons, May 17th 1916).
The truth of God’s Word is under attack. People have their ‘own truth,’ resulting in uncertainty, instability and a loss of hope for the future. Social, political, moral, and spiritual fronts are crumbling; even the Houses of Parliament are crumbling and sinking. Because we have not reformed our ways, and no longer put up with sound doctrine (2 Timothy 4:3) but suit our own desires, are we being surrounded by the enemies of God rather than the protection of God?
On August 20th, 1940 in the House of Commons, Winston Churchill gave his “The Few” speech. “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few” comes from a line in the speech, and was a reference to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force crews who were fighting the Battle of Britain and conducting bombing raids over Germany. After World War II, European integration was seen as an antidote to the extreme nationalism which had devastated the continent. Gradual developments led in 1952 to the creation of the *European Coal and Steel Community, a trading alliance which was declared to be “a first step in the federation of Europe.” The Treaty of Rome created the European Economic Community in 1957, or the European Common Market, which Britain joined in 1973. During the past forty-three years the ECM has morphed into a political and economic union—the European Union. (*Coal mining in Britain dated back to Roman times, but not many years after joining the EEC, Britain began closing down its coal mining industry, with pit closures accelerating in the 1990s. The decimated steel industry is now in its death throes).
Fear v Faith
Fear and deception were built into the foundations of this European enterprise, and the ideal of defending democracy has turned into a ferocious beast in the process of destroying it. Nations are being swallowed up to fill the belly of the developing European Super-state. Fear and deception form the basis of many arguments offered by the “remainians” for Britain to remain in the EU. Fear is a weapon that paralyses the mind, and deception leads people astray (Isaiah 9:16).
Today’s battles in and for Britain are of a different nature, but are no less dangerous than anything during WWII. Perhaps not as visibly repugnant as the death and destruction of two world wars; but a different kind of violence and war advanced from the ashes of WWII. It is a war that once again sprouted from Europe’s fertile pagan soil. This war is one of secularist ideologies and philosophies—Darwinists, postmodern relativists, secular humanists and a hotchpotch of so-called “freethinkers” resulting in a holocaust of the intellect and violations to our freedoms, including freedom of thought, speech, and belief. Many secularists refer to their philosophies as ‘humanism’, but they strip away the philosophical foundations for believing that human life has any intrinsic value or importance. The promise to exalt humanity by liberating us from bondage to the tyranny of archaic religions (primarily Christianity) might look impressive on paper, but in practice rather than elevating humanity their philosophies have contributed to dehumanization. It has opened up a void that Islam is filling. (Islam has similarities to secular humanism with the same destructive forces – might is right, and a god made in man’s image).
A nihilistic “faith” or worldview is foisted on Europe’s citizens with little respect for the grave dangers to humankind. The EU is largely responsible for spreading a false gospel of peace on European earth to all Europeans. The false gospel of peace, unity, and brotherly love goes hand in glove with attacks against traditional Christian beliefs, and the God of the Bible.
Viktor Frankl having survived the Holocaust and the horrors of Auschwitz said:
“If we present man with a concept of man which is not true, we may well corrupt him. When we present man as an automaton of reflexes, as a mind-machine, as a bundle of instincts, as a pawn of drives and reactions, as a mere product of instinct, heredity and environment, we feed the nihilism to which modern man is, in any case, prone. I became acquainted with the last stage of that corruption in my second concentration camp, Auschwitz. The gas chambers of Auschwitz were the ultimate consequence of the theory that man is nothing but the product of heredity and environment—or, as the Nazi liked to say, of “Blood and Soil.” I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were ultimately prepared not in some Ministry of other in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in the lecture halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.”
The Fate of the Nation
Whatever benefits one sees by remaining in the EU, the dangers, I suggest, are much greater; but because of the small print, it goes largely unseen. The Government was forced into giving a referendum on Europe by the rapid rise of UKIP. It is as if God is giving the British people a chance to decide the fate of the nation; but will Britain make a wise choice? When one considers Londonistan, where the bus bombings, Underground bombings, the execution of PC Yvonne Fletcher, and where Lee Rigby was hacked to death by Muslim extremists, now has a Muslim mayor; we may have lost Britain’s capital to a worldview previously alien to these shores. Manchester, Leicester, Bradford, and Birmingham have practically succumbed to Islam. The alarm has been sounded!
“A Muslim man with way too many extremist links to be entirely coincidental is now the Mayor of London. I suppose this is hardly a shock, though. The native English are a demographic minority (and a rapidly dwindling one) in London, whilst Muslims from Pakistan and Bangladesh are a rapidly expanding demographic.” — British politician Paul Weston.
Is God testing Britain?
If the Referendum is a test, the choice we make will have very serious consequences. “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today…” (Deuteronomy 30:19). Is it a test for Christians to repent and return to the Lord, and to trust in His Word; and to seek His protection, mercy and provision? (Psalm 20:7; Psalm 118:8; Psalm 146:3) The other choice is man as god and master of his own destiny.
Secondly, is it a test and opportunity for Britain to turn to God? If it is, the Londonistan election suggests it is also a challenge, even if “London is a separate political beast”. Briton lacks moral and spiritual leadership, therefore does the electorate possess the courage to grasp the opportunity before them; or are we to lose whatever freedoms remain as the Christian worldview is put to the sword? The EU officially removed all reference to the Continent’s Christian history from the European Constitution. Is Britain on the verge of following their lead? To deny the truth of the past leaves the future wide open to corruption, reinterpretation and deception.
In this battle for hearts and minds, are we counted among the “so many” or the “so few”? Are we the few that respond to the call to arms, to battle? Usually, only the few respond to duties in churches. Most indulge their personal, worldly lives once Sunday is over. A friend sent an email declaring, “People in today's society get uncomfortable with too much talk about commitment and dedication.” Then gave a list of suggested hymn titles: “I Surrender Some,” “My Hope is Built on Nothing Much,” “O For a Couple of Tongues to Sing,” “Onward Christian Reservists,” “Take My Life and Let Me Be,” “Where He Leads Me, I will Consider Following,” “Be Thou My Hobby.”
While some are making a stand for Jesus and truth, others are tempted, seduced, and enticed to deny their Lord through sin and embracing false gods and doctrines of demons. Living according to the deeds of the flesh leads to Judgment and Hell, not to eternal life. Claiming to be a believer while living like a pagan is a deception (1 John 2:4).
“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-21; Revelation 22:15; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10)
Man United against God
Man’s rebellion also includes spiritual adultery; indulging in false religions; and religious syncretism. In Revelation 17:1-2, we read of the “punishment of the great prostitute (harlot), who sits on many waters (see verse 15 for explanation). With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” See also Jeremiah 51:13.
Isaiah Ch.47 speaks of all forms of occultic practices having their origins in the original city of Babylon, founded by Nimrod, the first world dictator (Genesis 10:8-10). The earliest form of paganism is rooted in the plain of Shinar. Some translations state that Nimrod was a mighty hunter “before” the Lord. The correct translation is, “in defiance of” the Lord (Genesis 10:8-10). Nimrod – marad, means “to rebel”, or “we will rebel”. And, “Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft” (1 Samuel 15:23).
Nimrod was a type of the Antichrist. He was named Nimrod because he stirred up the whole world to rebel against God’s sovereignty. Jewish scholars make an interesting comment that he was one of the ten kings who ruled over the entire world; and that he set himself up as a deity.
During a conversation I had many years ago with Elmer Darnell, he said: “An architect covers his mistakes with ivy; a doctor buries his mistakes; but a Christian’s mistakes last for eternity.” Have the right priorities. Don’t make the mistake of leaving for others what you can do yourself in working for the Kingdom. Be involved while there is freedom to do so. “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love” (Galatians 5:13). Submit to God and His ways, because by becoming friends with the world we become enemies of God (James 4:4).
“Sleeper, awake! Rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be careful then how you live, not as unwise people but as wise, making the most of the time, because the days are evil. So do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the lord is.” (Ephesians 5:14-17)
Blessings and Shalom,
Malcolm [May/June 2016]