Britain has opened its door to the world, but the cost of ex-pats wanting NHS treatment is scary…at least, that is what it is supposed to be.  “The price of NHS treatment for tens of thousands of British pensioners returning to the UK from Spain, France and other EU countries after Brexit will hit a billion pounds, experts have warned.”  ‘Experts’ have been misleading this country for years.  “Britain currently spends around £500m on a scheme that allows some 190,000 pensioners to access free or reduced-cost medical treatment in EU countries.”[i]  The arguments, facts and figures produced for public consumption changes on all fronts and shift according to need, and the change of political winds.  This has been the European disease for years.  Lies, cover-ups, deception, political correctness are all part of the process to keep people convinced that the authorities know best.

How often are we told that the mass immigration into the EU and Britain are of economic benefit to our various countries?  Ex-pats on the other hand, are a bane and drain on our resources.  How often are we told that we are an ageing society, so the increased immigration is necessary, otherwise we won’t have enough young people to keep the old people in the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.  We have mass immigration because of the benefits to the elderly; then we have mass immigration because it means our young people don’t have to do the jobs they don’t like.  All the bases are covered; all the arguments are in place to convince us of the benefits to our towns, our cities, and our lives being overrun with people from all parts of the globe.  Oh, and don’t forget the cuisine; even the cuisine is better than anything boring old Britain has.  I wonder what the arguments will be years down the line, when all the millions of young immigrants in the nation have grown old.  Will there be an ageing problem then?  Maybe they won’t grow old like we grow old.  Perhaps a mad professor will invent some kind of elixir of life that keeps one perpetually young.  Or, it could be that by that time, the men from mars will be running a shuttle service to earth, and the little green men will solve all our problems by becoming the work-force for us, without taking up residence.

The Delusion of the West

Talking of green men, The Greens are popping up all over the place.  It is like preparing for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party.  My wife points out all the Green Party posters stuck in windows as we drive through the town.  I am sure the Greens are wonderful for those whose earth is their heaven.  Why don’t people stop to think?  The Greens are on shifting sand.  Far left parties in the West, and the Greens in particular campaigned for people to have fewer children.  In their eyes, the world population was getting out of control.  So, their plan was for good, white westerners to reduce the population, in order to attain an ‘optimum population’ for the world.  Couples should comply by having no more than one child.  The Green movements have ceased to argue this way since mass migration hit the West.  You no longer hear the posturing about population caps, or restriction on reproduction.  They were keen on bashing white Westerners on the head with these two-headed hammers, but they don’t mention it to the dark-skinned immigrants – that is fact, not prejudice.  If you touch these subjects, straight away the charge of ‘racist’ is thrown at one.  Our politicians are petrified of being hit with that stone of death.  To give expression to the downside of immigration, leads to accusations of intolerance, closed-mindedness, and xenophobia.  You become the lowest of the low; and that’s how free speech is clamped.  No mention is made of the racism between the immigrants of different races and nations, and there is plenty of it.  Operation “blind eye” becomes activated by the authorities when it is the migrants themselves that are racist.  If you speak about Muslims or Islam, then you are Islamophobic.  While politicians hurl those charges at others, they are terrified at being labelled that way themselves.  It just wouldn’t be PC for them to speak the truth, in love or otherwise; they would shipwreck their careers!  In the PC world, as we have seen, not all racism is wrong.  You can quite safely make racist remarks about white, indigenous Brits.  While politicians extol Islam as a religion of peace, they conveniently turn a blind eye and ignore the Islamic persecution and mass murder of Christians in the world.  Christians in Britain are no longer free to speak about Jesus in the workplace or to preach the Gospel in our streets.  The quality of equality in Britain means that some are more equal than others.  There has been yet another, what is described as a ‘terrorist’ attack in London.  Authorities will undoubtedly give more concessions to Islam.  Muslims will clap their hands as they plan the next attack.   According to The Times, the former chief crown prosecutor and the country’s most prominent Muslim lawyer, Nazir Afzal has said British Islamic groups are undermining the fight against terror by peddling ‘myths’ about the Prevent campaign.  He has claimed an ‘industry’, of Muslim groups was spreading misinformation about the Prevent strategy. The political mantra is that the West is not at war with Islam.  I wonder, is Islam at war with the West?

It will not change our way of life

The recent terrorist attacks changed the “way of life” permanently for twenty-two people in Manchester, and seven people in London.  They will never again “go about their business as normal.”  The Islamic murder of citizens in Britain will not be prevented.  The authorities are already defeated by their blind belief, and blind unbelief—Their blind belief means they don’t know the enemy.  Their blind unbelief means that they don’t know the Lord God who is “an ever-present help in times of trouble” (Psalm 46:1).  The nation needs to get right with God – “Seek the Lord while He may be found; Call upon Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the Lord, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.” (Isaiah 55:6-7).

The blind belief about ‘extremist Islam’ being a perversion of Islam could not be further from the truth, even if the mayor of London says otherwise (Since he has said otherwise, it should sound alarm bells!).  For Muslims that choose the strictest interpretation of the Koran, Islam leads to violence.  Not all Muslims take that path, but the choice is there in their religion.  Islam and Muslims have become part and parcel of Western societies, and Islamic terrorism is a global problem.  To really tackle this situation, the true nature of Islam needs to be exposed for what it really is, and not hidden.  Imams should be required to be licensed according to state criteria, and in cooperation with moderate Muslims seeking to live peaceably.  Muslim radicalism should be rooted out.  Further to that, Muslims should be allowed the freedom to hear the Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven; and Christians should be given the freedom to preach the Good News of the Kingdom into all the towns and cities in Britain.  There should be no no-go zones to the Gospel.

Going on past trends, the action that might possibly be taken by the authorities, will be the further erosion of our freedoms.  The aim, once ‘extremism’ has been identified, is to attack all ‘extremism’ not just the violent kind.  That might actually please the Muslims, particularly if it is aimed at Bible-believing Christians as has been the trend.  Christians have been hauled before the courts for simply sharing their faith, peacefully.  Some have lost their employment for speaking of Jesus.  It could be another victory for Islam, not a defeat.  It would advance Islam’s thrust to tighten its grip around Britain.  Islam is a political as well as a religious entity; and it seeks to dispossess a nation of its religious and political structures and government, and to replace them with Islamic rule, of law and religion.  We have the example of Israel where Islam will not make peace, but strives to drive the Jews into the sea.  Israel defends herself and is castigated by world leaders for doing so.  Israel is the bad guy of the Middle East, and Christians are the baddies in the West.  Theresa May has said things must change.  Israel has had to face terrorism since 1948, with the Western leaders empowering the Palestinians and Muslims in their quest to destroy Israel.  If the move to eliminate ‘extremist Islam’ becomes a world-wide effort, and includes the West ceasing to finance terrorism through the back door, it could lead to peace between the Arab Muslim world and Israel.  Until such times, can we seriously believe that God will allow Israel to live under the threat of daily terrorism and destruction, but leave Britain and Europe to live in peace and security?  How deluded are we?

New Arab crisis

Interestingly, the Arab world is facing a dramatic diplomatic split.  Four Arab nations cut diplomatic ties to Qatar early Monday morning, further deepening a rift among Gulf Arab nations over that country's support for Islamist groups and its relations with Iran.

Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia (Perhaps the most prolific sponsor of international Islamist terrorism!) and the United Arab Emirates all announced they would withdraw their diplomatic staff from Qatar, a gas-rich nation.

Saudi Arabia also said Qatari troops would be pulled from the ongoing war in Yemen. The countries also were ejecting Qatar's diplomats from their territories.

The Qatari government has previously denied funding extremist groups.  All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic.

Saudi Arabia said it also would shut its land border with Qatar, effectively cutting off the country from the rest of the Arabian Peninsula.  Saudi Arabia said it took the decision to cut diplomatic ties due to Qatar's “embrace of various terrorist and sectarian groups aimed at destabilizing the region” including the Muslim Brotherhood, al-Qaida, the Islamic State group and groups supported by Iran in the kingdom's restive eastern province of Qatif.  Qatar long has faced criticism from its Arab neighbours over its support of Islamists.

The chief worry among them is the Muslim Brotherhood, a Sunni Islamist political group outlawed by both Saudi Arabia and the UAE as it challenges the nations’ hereditary rule.

Qatar is also home to the sprawling al-Udeid Air Base, which is home to the US military's Central Command and some 10,000 American troops.  It wasn't clear if the decision would affect American military operations.

Accommodation, health, education etc

Back in the UK, accommodation is a problem.  With the rate of immigration as it is, Britain needs to build a city at least the size of Liverpool, year in and year out.  In education, school places are past bursting point.  We are constantly told about the benefits to the health service, but the NHS spends something like twenty-million pounds a year just on translation services.  Every area of state provision is being stretched.  A working study was published in 2013.  Much was made of it, extolling the benefits of mass immigration.  Those that looked into the study found it to be otherwise.  The UCL’s research, when it wasn’t being spun revealed that non-EEA migrants had taken out £95 billion more in services than they had paid in, in taxes.  During the period given (1995-2011), mass migration had made the nation significantly poorer.  If you find that figure staggering, the UCL was forced to come clean over its findings, and the sum was in fact much larger than £95 billion.  For the same period, the cost to the UK was in the region of £114 billion with the final figure increasing to potentially £159 billion.  Did you know that?  Needless to say, this information did not make the headlines; it was kept rather quiet.

Tony’s cronies

A report was made, by people known to be pro mass immigration in the year 2000.  It painted a Constable-like picture of tranquillity, of exceptional migrants being the norm.  The report carried the view of the ministers of the day (Migration: An Economic and Social Analysis.  Both the Home Office Economics and Resource Analysis Unit, and the Cabinet Office Performance and Innovation Unit were involved in producing the report).  They were right and Joe public was wrong (that’s what they want us to think).  Scare tactics were used in 2012 when Europeans were told, that if they didn’t open the borders to mass immigration, the highly qualified migrants, they said, would all go to South America, South Africa, Indonesia, China, India and Mexico, and Europe would suffer a great loss and opportunity.

Theresa May has warned that Jeremy Corbyn wants ‘uncontrolled migration’ to Britain after leaked plans showed Labour wants to open the borders to unskilled workers.[ii]  We are not told that unskilled workers are already pouring in; they have been coming in from the beginning of this massive surge into Europe, and before.  All that is spoken of is the highly skilled (and many of those are not skilled at all!), and how the NHS benefits from immigration.  Common sense should tell us that if you have millions more people coming into the country, you need more hospitals and more employees to staff them; and the same goes for schools etc.  If you are going to support mass immigration, don’t do it for the reasons and arguments fed to us by those in authority.

Corbynista

Nichola Sturgeon is joining the Corbynistas, by saying she would help Jeremy Corbyn become Prime Minister by ordering SNP MPs to support him on an “issue-by-issue” basis if the General Election results in a hung parliament.  That ‘union’ would be a double-whammy of disastrous proportions, and would lead to the break up as well as the breakdown of the United Kingdom.  Breakdowns in relationships, marriages, partnerships in business is commonplace.  The breakup of the UK is a possibility as politicians follow that trend while turning against and rejecting the Lord that said, “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9).  Those that vote for the break-up of the UK believe they will live in peace, and enjoy their new independence.  Once again – nothing could be further from reality.

Jesus said, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom…” (Matthew 24:7; Mark13:8;).  Similar language is found in Isaiah 19:1-4 with Egyptian against Egyptian, brother against brother, neighbour against neighbour, city against city, and kingdom against kingdom.  With the nations being of mixed race, as is happening, mixed culture and creed, ethnic group battling ethnic group could happen within our own borders.  Are we heaping up trouble for ourselves and for the world?  If the blind guides lead the blind, both will fall into the pit. (Matthew 15:14).

Changing World, Changing Morality

Navratilova’s revenge

Martina Navratilova says Margaret Court is ‘a racist and a homophobe’.  Martina is continuing her call for the Margaret Court Arena to be renamed – describing Margaret as a “racist and a homophobe”.  In 1990, Court said Navratilova was a poor role model for young tennis players because of her homosexuality.  Navratilova is reported as saying, “It is now clear exactly who Court is: an amazing tennis player, and a racist and a homophobe.”[iii]  Margaret Court is taking a lot of flak from various sectors of the press[iv] for her stand against LGBT; and I imagine the pressure is intensifying for her to recant.  Commenting on Margaret Court’s stance, “The Age” states: “Why do some (far right) Christians cite God's law so selectively?  A neighbour insists on working on the Sabbath. Exodus 35:2 clearly states he should be put to death.  Could Ms Court enlighten us as to why she doesn't insist on enforcing all God's laws, not only those relating to matters with which she has a personal grievance?  I know quite a few devout Christians who support gay marriage because they understand that selectively using words from the Bible to perpetuate inequality and incite homophobia is not Christian-like behaviour.”

Margaret Court AO MBE (née Smith; born 16 July 1942), also known as Margaret Smith Court, is a retired Australian tennis player and former world No. 1.  She is currently a Christian minister in Perth, Western Australia.  In tennis, she amassed more major titles than any other player in history.  Having grown up as a Roman Catholic, Court became associated with Pentecostalism in the 1970s and became a Pentecostal Christian minister in 1991.  She later founded the Margaret Court Ministries, and in this capacity, she has been a vocal critic of LGBT rights.[v]  There is more on Margaret Court’s ministry at the link below.[vi]

Christian MP hounded by the press

A Christian MP has been hounded by the press over her Christian faith.  Conservative candidate Caroline Ansell, who won Eastbourne with a majority of 733 in 2015, has a CARE intern and attends an evangelical church in her constituency.  As reported in BuzzFeed News: Another Conservative Candidate Has Links To “Gay Cure” Organisations – A Conservative candidate hoping to return to parliament at the general election accepted a donation from a Christian organisation that has funded “gay cure” events and is a member of a group of churches accused of trying to “heal” LGBT people, BuzzFeed News can reveal.[vii]

According to the registers of MP's interests – the official documents in which politicians declare their donations – Ansell accepted the CARE intern in September 2016, and they will remain in post until July 2017. The total value of this gift is stated as £8,470, as the intern is “voluntary” (unpaid) but receives a £770 per month bursary.

That means she accepted the funding four years after CARE was exposed for bankrolling a 2009 conference in London for therapists and clergy to learn how to convert LGBT people to heterosexuality – a practice known as “conversion therapy”, which is universally condemned by Britain's mental health bodies.  Patrick Strudwick is the author of the BuzzFeed article[viii]

Great deceptions

Among the great deceptions in today’s world are Evolution, Islam – “is a religion of peace”, and Climate change/Global warming – “is man-made”.  In 2012, the Sunday Express” included an article giving one-hundred reasons why climate change is not man made.[ix]  In 2014, The Economist included an article saying why scientists are (almost) certain that climate change is man-made.[x]  Now the ‘experts’ appear to have no doubt that it is due to man – that is, the experts that are wheeled out to promote this lie.  We don’t often hear from those experts that disagree.  Like the other two in the list, Climate change being due to man, is a last day’s deception to worship creation rather than the Creator.  The ‘Greens’ and environmentalist groups have fallen for it, as have most world governments, and many individuals, including Prince Charles.  Trump was right to quit the climate accord, but wrong to want to renegotiate.  That is probably due to world pressure, but he should have held to his promise to US citizens.  I wonder if Trump has the backbone, integrity, and determination to make any significant, positive difference to world affairs.

The many changes taking place on a global scale are preparing the world to lay the red carpet for the Lord’s return.  The red will be the blood of the saints; and the carpet texture will be their lives laid down for their Lord.  “…they did not love their life even when faced with death” (Revelation 12:11).

Two thousand years ago, Jesus said, “For if people do these things when the tree is green [moist], what will happen when it is dry?” (Luke 23:31).  The way to the Tree of live was barred, cut off so that there was no access to it.  After the Fall, God drove the man out of the Garden of Eden.  God stationed cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life (Genesis 3:24).  What was to happen after the cutting down of the Lord of Life was the sack of Jerusalem in 70AD, the destruction of the Temple (Matthew 24:2; Luke 21:6), and the diaspora, when the Roman rulers and fierce persecution scattered the Jews throughout the world.  The sword of Rome kept the Jews out of Jerusalem.  The Temple and God’s presence among His people was gone.  This has fulfilment throughout the ages down to the last days, when the Jews will have to flee Jerusalem once more, and until the Lord’s return.

Jesus turned and said to them, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me; weep for yourselves and for your children.  For the time will come when you will say, ‘Blessed are the childless women, the wombs that never bore and the breasts that never nursed!’  Then “‘they will say to the mountains, “Fall on us!” and to the hills, “Cover us!”’ (Luke 23:228-30).

Then the kings of the earth, the nobles, the commanders, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and free man, hid in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains.  And they said to the mountains and the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of the One seated on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb.  For the great day of Their wrath has come, and who is able to withstand it?” (Revelation 6:15-17).

The new morality has no place for the God of the Bible.  Christian’s should be preparing for the approaching fierce persecution that is coming on a world-wide scale.  There will be no voice in defence of believers.  The choice, if you are given one, will be to deny Christ, or die.  Satan and his false teaching was manifestly present at the Fall of man, and he will be manifestly present and instigating the fierce times and persecution that are to come. (Revelation 13:1-18).  The beast was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation (v7); and verse 8 goes on to say, “All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”  But, in Revelation 5:9 – “And they sang a new song, saying, ‘Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.’”

Blessings and shalom

Malcolm [7th June 2017]

Email: malcolm@saltshakers.com

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