Posted by: stpowen | June 30, 2013

The Failure of Christendom (3)

Revelation 14:6-8. ‘Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth- to every nation, tribe, tongue and people- saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink the wine of her fornication.”’

2 Kings 19:18. ‘Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal and evry mouth that has not kissed him.’

‘If there is any hope, it lies with the Proles.’ George Orwell, 1984.

In my previous two articles, I have tried to describe the desperate moral situation in Britain today, and to place the blame squarely where it belongs- on the Church. It is the churches of this land that have, by and large, failed to preach the Gospel and failed to speak out against sin. The salt has lost its savour, and according to the Lord Jesus, it cannot be made salty again (Matt. 5:13).

Having read various of my posts, someone may be asking, Why is Martin so exercised about homosexual ‘marriage’? Are not all God’s commandments being flouted in Britain on a daily basis? Well, to be sure they are, but this is the battle that we have been called upon to fight. Christians surrendered shamefully over divorce and the Lord’s Day with baneful results; if this Same-sex ‘Marriage’ bill is passed, marriage as we know it will be destroyed. The bill has no definition either of consummation of marriage, nor of adultery. Baroness Stowell who is the Government’s ‘Equalities’ spokesman in the House of Lords stated, “In terms of the law, marriage does not require the fidelity of couples.” Moreover, in the Explanatory Notes to the Bill, The Government states, ‘The terms “husband” and “wife” here refer to a person who is married for the purposes of paragraph 1(2)(c) of Schedule 3. This means that “husband” here will include a man or a woman in a same sex marriage, as well as a man married to a woman. In a similar way, “wife” will include a woman married to another woman or a man married to a man. The result is that this section is to be construed as including both male and female same sex marriage.’ What a nonsense! What wickedness! How can you have a marriage with no fidelity, no husband and no wife? Be in no doubt; the Bill will destroy marriage, and that is what the secularists want. Nor will that be the end of the matter. If they win on ‘marriage,’ they will swiftly start on the next tightening of the ratchet. Their aim is the destruction of Christianity in Britain.

But it is no good blaming the government. David Cameron can be found in church most Lord’s Days. My own M.P., Hugo Swire, proudly declared before the last election that he ‘Did God.’ But what church do these people attend? What Gospel do they hear? What god do they ‘do’? These poor benighted people know nothing of the true and living God; they have never understood His absolute holiness and His righteous anger against sinners; they have never heard the Gospel clearly explained. Whose fault is that? Well, of course there is a responsibility on all men to find out the truth about God, but the greater blame lies with the ministers of the churches that do not preach the word. “I have not sent these prophets, but they ran. I have not spoken to them, yet they prophesied. But if they had stood in My counsel, and caused My people to hear My words, then they would have turned them from their evil way and from the evil of their doings” (Jer. 23:21-22). I do not know if there is one corner of hell which is hotter and blacker than the others, but if there is, it will be reserved for those who set themselves to preach God’s word and do not do it (James 3:1).

So what are God’s people to do? Well, first of all, we need to understand that the majority of churches in Britain are not churches at all, but synagogues of Satan. If anyone reading this is attending a church where the Gospel is not faithfully preached and the ordinances faithfully observed, he needs to come out, and do it now, as swiftly, as Lot left Sodom. No argument about it being ‘a good pool to fish in’ stands up. If the Gospel is not being preached, sinners cannot be saved. Your spiritual and monetary gifts should be given to a church where God’s name is honoured and Christ faithfully preached. However experienced a Christian you may be, and however knowledgeable of the Bible you are, you still need to sit under the word of God and to have the fellowship of His true people.

Those who attend a faithful church that is part of an apostate denomination should think very hard about their actions. Are their tithes and gifts being used to pay liberal ministers in other congregations or to prop up churches that have fallen into apostasy? Are ‘guest’ preachers who preach falsehood being foisted on your church? Do you have to meet with unbelieving nominal ‘Christians’ at denominational gatherings, and pray with them and call them, “Brother”? God’s word to you is, ‘”Come out from among them and be separate,” says the Lord, “And I will receive you.”’

Secondly, we need to understand that persecution is coming upon Christians in this country. Revelation 13:16-17 is upon us. Already, people who have done no more than write of their disapproval of same-sex ‘marriage’ have been demoted at work, and those registrars who have declined to officiate at homosexual ceremonies have been sacked. Despite all the Government’s assurances, Christians who will not bow the knee to secularism are going to find life increasingly hard. A French student, Nicholas Bernard-Buss, was arrested, there and jailed for two months {1} for doing no more, as I understand it, than wearing a sweat-shirt depicting a man, a woman and two children holding hands. Anyone one imagines that nothing similar could happen here in the very near future is likely to be deceiving himself. Here is the test for us. Are we prepared to suffer fines, imprisonment and loss of employment for the sake of the word of God? Are we prepared to help, out of our own wallets, those who suffer in these ways?

Thirdly, we need somehow to be reaching out more than we do. Faithful preaching within the churches is essential, but insufficient. ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in’ (Luke 14:23). If people will not come into church (and many people seem to be afraid to do so), we must invite them into our homes to study the Bible or attend a Christianity Explored course. I have never done open-air preaching, but I greatly admire those who do. Maybe the time has come for me and others to step out in faith and bring the Gospel to the streets.

Fourthly, and finally, we need to be praying, and praying together. Few things have depressed me more in recent times than the failure of the Concert of Prayer to take off {2}. I can only speak for my own church, but so many of our invitations to other Bible-believing churches have fallen on deaf ears. One church will not come because we might sing a hymn by someone who hasn’t been dead for 100 years, another because the idea of a meeting for prayer and repentance seems too downbeat for them. I have written before about the fissure between true evangelical churches of different traditions {3}, and I have no doubt that it is grieving to God and one cause of why revival still tarries. We read in the Old Testament that when things were at their blackest, the people came together for prayer (eg. 2 Chron. 20:4; Isaiah 62:1-7; Joel 2:12-19; Acts 12:5). God’s people can have no fellowship with churches that do not uphold the basics of the Faith, but we should not- must not- use secondary and tertiary disagreements as an excuse for isolationism. ‘Behold how good and precious it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!…….For there the LORD commanded the blessing’ (Psalm 133:1, 3).

Notes
{1} http://voice1nthecrowd.blogspot.co.uk/2013/06/french-pro-family-campaigner-gaoled-for.html
{2} https://marprelate.wordpress.com/2012/04/07/concert-of-prayer/
{3} https://marprelate.wordpress.com/2010/11/28/the-great-reformed-evangelical-divorce/

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Responses

  1. Further to my comments about a young French protestor being jailed for wearing a sweat-shirt depicting a symbol of traditional family life, please view the following video.

    It could never happen here…….could it?

  2. Dear Martin

    May I encourage you not to be depressed about the Concert of Prayer? It is one of the very few truly hopeful signs I see. You raised it, what, four or five years ago on the old Affinity forum and got no response (as far as I am aware), but now we do have a number of these meetings around the UK. Perhaps they have gained little traction in the church generally, but by my observation there has been a marked increase in satanic attacks upon churches that are seeking to engage in this way (I hope you will understand I do not wish to go into detail): “Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.”

    Let us not look upon those who as yet show no interest, let us look to those who do share our burden and vision, treasure each and every one, and pray for and support each other as best we can in this spiritual warfare. Let us pray away the very excuses, obstacles and divisions that hinder the Lord’s work; we have abundant evidence that nothing else is going to remove them.


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