I am sad to hear that these New England states, generally relatively rural I understand, and where the Puritan settlers had their original base in the early 16th century, have sadly now turned out to be so hostile to Christianity, and so full of liberalism, atheism and unbelief. May the Lord turn the people in these states back to faith in Him, and in His precious Word.
In the English city in the East Midlands where I lived many years ago, I actually âgatecrashedâ a National convention of a large black Pentecostal church denomination in the main concert hall. No one batted an eyelid, I was actually one of the few white people there!! The folks were very welcoming, and it was good to see whole families present in the meetings.
Sadly, when I have attended many of the black churches as a visitor in my more Pentecostal days, all too often I would see a male pastor, a few older men, some young boys, and virtually no other men present. Everyone else was female. The absent men were not believers, were at the pub, were at the betting shop, out in the town, up to illegal activities, or even in prison. It would be the grandmother or aunt that would lead the family, the men were absent!!
At the above convention, one of the black pastors gave an excellent and stirring speech, with biblical quotes, telling the men in particular to work hard, support their families, be responsible, and submit to Christ!! That is the solution for the black community!!
We must pray for Hong Kong. As the Chinese threaten to sweep in fully, destroy the autonomous nature of Hong Kong, and enforce full blown mainland Communism on that city, together with the complete suppression of religious freedom and the free use of the Internet, and any independent media there is, and the savage boot of their police state, advanced technological surveillance and the infamous âsocial creditâ system they have on the mainland (as in George Orwell's 1984), we pray for the Christians there as they now face the same persecution that there is on the mainland.
Britain betrayed Hong Kong when it handed it back to China in 1997, as the shallow British politicians must have known that Communist China would never honour its promises to keep Hong Kong as a totally separate and democratic system. For now, the Chinese may allow Hong Kong to keep its separate currency, the Hing King dollar, and some highly regulated business independence as a temporary measure, but even that will go, once China has abolished its own currency, and replaced it with a fully cashless and integrated computerised electronic crypto currency. That, by the way, is the aim of the globalists, to do away with cash, and have a one world global cashless digital currency.
I saw the You Tube video about this lady, featuring Gail herself, Ray Comfort, and a representative from the Christian legal firm, First Liberty dealing with her case amongst others.
I know a dear blind sister here in Britain who does exactly the same thing, but has not so far had any official interference or harassment.
In a country (USA), where millions of babies are butchered in the womb, where before the lockdown perverse characters went into public libraries with full protection of the police to corrupt the children with their âstoriesâ and behaviour, where huge marches took place every summer with folks parading their perversion and calling it pride, and now people riot and loot, police are withdrawn and politicians egg the rioters on, the local authorities have to pick on a godly blind Christian lady witness wing in a park and a library and ban her. Disgraceful!! May the Lord bless Gail, and her local church for their faithfulness.
I am not too optimistic humanly speaking, as I understand that the 9th Circuit Federal High Court has a reputation for leftist judicial activism. We can pray for a miracle for this church.
However, with all the lawlessness of statues being destroyed, unbridled rioting and fearful âinvisibleâ police forces, I wonder if the Lord is giving over the USA to a globalist and communist coup dâetat, as a judgment for the murder of millions of babies in the modern clinical version of the worship of Molech, Chemosh, Baal and Ashtarte.
I pray that the churches wil make a stand, enforce their right to meet, and then hold meetings of prayer and repentance, put away their âChristianâ entertainment, their seeker sensitive nonsense, and shallow sermons, and proclaim the Holiness and Glory of God from the Holy Scriptures, crying out to God for mercy, and preaching the Gospel with full authority and power. I pray for New Harvest Christian Church that it will go down this route, it will find the right meeting place, whether inside or outside Salinas, and be mightily used, for the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ and the salvation of many souls. Get back to the Word of God, to solid psalms and hymns, and put away all light entertainment. Thatâs the way to go.
Yes, I can remember as a boy, when the Black and White Minstrels, an all white singing group, complete with banjo players, etc., and unfortunately equipped with blackface, singing âplantation style songsâ, gave concerts in the now to be renamed Colston Hall, in Bristol. (the man whose statue was thrown in the harbour by demonstrators, fished out, and now to be put in a museum exhibit about slavery).
Such a show, quite rightly, would never see the light of day now. It was inappropriate for an evangelical bible college in the 1970âs and 1980âs to allow its students to do that, but there was a lot of ignorance in those days. As Christians we are to be sober, to be vigilant, as the enemy goes about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour.
However, what incensed me, is the absolute hypocrisy of the left, that when one of their own did this as a student, it gets swept under the carpet. We are actually all without exception, members of just one race, the human race, all descendants of Adam and Eve, and of Noah and his wife!! Unfortunately, it is Charles Darwin, the âapostle of evolutionâ, with his infamous âOrigin of Speciesâ book, subtitled about âPreservation of Favoured Racesâ, that contributed much to racism, and divided up what God meant to be put together.
That is true for quite a number of the ultra-Orthodox and Chasidic Jews, but some of them do run businesses and are very hard working. There are also the mainstream Orthodox, who are very strict in their lifestyle, but are also more open to education, outside business, and the outside population, but while keeping in the strict bounds of their religion.
There are of course, what you would call in the States, Conservative Jews, (Reform in Britain), who are very religious, but more open, and then there are what you call Reform (here we call them Liberal or Progressive), who are very similar to the ultra-liberal mainstream Protestant denominations, and increasingly many of the post-Vatican 2 âPope Francisâ type Catholics!! Then of course, there are the atheistic or agnostic secular Jews.
The one thing with all these groups is that they desperately need the Messiah of Israel, Yeshua HaâMaschiach, the Lord Jesus Christ. Praise His Name, there is a growing band of Messianic Jews, who love Him and serve Him, but sadly one of the greatest barriers has been the anti-Semitism of much of the professing Christian Church over the centuries.
No Brother Frank, I am very sorry that I have to disagree with you on this one. It is the mayor and the governor who have been the lawless ones here.
The governor, in the early days of the lockdown, ordered nursing homes to accept COVID19 cases from the hospitals, thereby infecting both staff, and the remaining residents in those nursing homes.
The mayor has consistently attacked and harangued the Jewish community, while dishing out free food to the Muslims during Ramadan. Also, by encouraging huge marches and protests that breach his own orders and âsocial distancingâ guidelines, turning a blind eye to the more violent protests, and threatening to defund the police, on the one hand, letting the criminals loose so to speak, while threatening hard working citizens on the other. That is lawlessness.
I think some people do not understand Orthodox Jewish culture. They are very family orientated, and donât fit in with the secular culture. Yes, they need the true Jewish Messiah, but they should not be harangued and threatened as they have been.
Yes, unfortunately, Boris Johnson, did bow a little to his two scientific and medical advisers, and has mandated the compulsory use of masks (with a few exceptions) on all public transport in England, and in all hospitals at all times and in all places there, not just intensive medical areas, in England. Thankfully, he didnât bow completely, so masks are not compulsory in the streets and in the shops, though strongly recommended. This order does not apply in Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland, which have actually had stricter lockdowns than England, but havenât yet mandated mask wearing anywhere.
I have an overactive sinus condition, and probably could get a medical exemption, but doctorâs surgeries are a very fraught experience these days, so I have to put up with grievous discomfort every time I take a bus or train. Perhaps I shall have to try a long day trip across the border, possibly to Wales, though it is a long way away, and they still have a very strict lockdown!!!
What vaccine are you talking about, Mr Lincoln? The vaccine floated by Bill Gates, with the indelible id tattoo, or even more ordinary vaccines being worked on which are descended from aborted babies!!!
By the way, according to your own US law, (I am not clear what the situation is legally in my own country), pharmaceutical companies have total immunity from any criminal or civil prosecution if anything goes wrong with their vaccines. I understand that only government or health agencies can be sued civilly if anything goes wrong, if they require or mandate the vaccine, but the proof hurdle is extremely high, and very expensive and difficult to establish legally.
Yes, the much vaunted âconservativeâ justices have indeed proved to be a disappointment. I believe there were âconservativesâ on the Supreme Court in the 1960âs that threw out prayer and Bible reading in the public state schools, and I also believe in the infamous 1973 Roe v Wade decision. The Chief Justice that made the casting vote in Obergefell (redefining marriage) was also supposed to be a âconservativeâ.
Now this current âconservativeâ Chief Justice gave the casting vote on continuing church worship bans in California, and now worse still, he has been joined by another âconservativeâ judge, Neil Gorsuch, who have sided with the liberals, and redefined sex from male and female to who knows what, and actually passed a law, which judges are not allowed to do, by hijacking a civil rights law way back from decades ago, and actually totally changing its meaning, to something the original legislators never even dreamed of. The other âconservativeâ judge, Bret Kavanaugh, also appointed with much controversy by President Trump, did vote against this thankfully, but gave a rather weak sounding judgment. Only the two remaining and truly conservative justices, Justice Alito, and Justice Thomas, gave a good, robust strong judgment, upholding your constitution and the proper rule of l
At first glance, this may look like a typical âseeker sensitiveâ type service. I have watched a little of it, and will watch the rest, (I can speak Spanish, so I understand what is being said). While I donât agree with the method, I actually understand what the pastor is getting at. I didnât know too much about the lockdown situation in Argentina, (I know a little more about neighbouring Chile, as I do sometimes pray for the country).
It seems that there is, like as in the USA, and here even in Britain, an absolute hypocrisy and anti-Christian sentiment against the churches, sadly aided and abetted often, by the church leaders themselves and their complete acquiescence to what is going on.
It seems that in Argentina, the sit down bars, restaurants and cafes are fully open, (that is not even the case here in Britain, except for takeaways), but churches are still severely restricted, with very strict conditions (here in England, now only open for private prayer, no services allowed at all). No doubt Argentina also had virtually unrestricted BLM protests, with no âsocial distancingâ taking place. This is indeed disgraceful.
Perhaps the âBlack Lives Matterâ protestors ought to turn their attention to this terrible slaughter of thousands and thousands of black lives (by other black people), there in Nigeria, where Boko Haram, Islamic State, and Muslim Fulani herdsmen are killing, kidnapping, raping, burning down villages and torturing their captives. They even practice slavery. I still think of Leah Sharibu, kidnapped as a 14 year old girl, not released because she was a Christian, and now at 16, probably before then, forcefully âconvertedâ to Islam, married to one of their commanders, (and who knows what daily rapes, beatings, etc. she may have to endure), and now apparently pregnant with his child, with no chance of ever seeing her family again, and a supine wicked government that does absolutely nothing to deal with this lawlessness.
Perhaps âBlack Lives Matterâ need to investigate the organised abortionists, who following their white, eugenicist, founder, Margaret Sanger, who believed in âsuperior racesâ, target black areas, and kill black babies in the womb in their thousands!! On these issues, they seem very silent indeed!!
Wales has generally had a stricter lockdown than England, and their main non-food shops, are still not open. Churches in England are now open for private prayer only, but not in Wales.
One Catholic priest in Wales who married a couple in the âtravellerâ or gypsy community, that actually have strict chastity rules, unlike mainstream society, was threatened by his own church with discipline, because he went against this ban on marriages.
In England there is still a ban, but outside civil marriages, without any reception, may be allowed in England from July, I believe. Unfortunately, that might not yet apply to church marriages. This is where there is absolutely much hypocrisy by church leaders, in not insisting that church marriages should take place, even if there is a limit on the number of people attending, and the now usual âspacing outâ, and sadly the ban on any kind of reception afterwards.
The absolute hypocrisy of these two leftist leaders, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is astounding.
They allow, nay they encourage thousands and thousands of angry demonstrators to rally, shoulder to shoulder, (what happened to the sacred âsocial distancingâ rules), and even turn a blind eye to riots and burning down of businesses already shut and close to bankruptcy due to the coronavirus lockdown, while at the same time getting their police department, (which actually they are defunding because of supposed âinstitutional racismâ,), to harass Orthodox Jews, during their funeral services, and lock them out of parks, removing their children forcefully and threaten their synagogues with permanent closure.
Evangelical Christians, meanwhile supinely go along with this hypocrisy, keeping their churches closed, (we must obey the government at all costs to prevent coronavirus), and sadly it has been left to two traditionalist Catholic priests, (not actually affiliated to the official RCC), and three Orthodox Jews, to challenge this wickedness in the courts, and risk leftist activist judges turning down their call for true justice!!
I did just pass a Catholic Church which had its doors open with stewards at the doors. I suspect the Anglican ones will take later, as the two Archbishops of Canterbury and York, ( the latter, a semi-liberal has now just finished, and ready to hand over to a very radical liberal), and the woman bishop of London, wouldnât even allow priests or vicars to stream their services online from inside the churches until recently when one or two vicars protested, and they were then allowed to stream the service live from inside the church!!
As for churches, my own is not live-streaming, but the pastor has now begun to record and put on SA a Sunday morning and evening sermon, as well as a special recorded sermon series from his study or his vestry. I still watch the live Sunday webcasts of Metropolitan Tabernacle which is conducted by one of the two pastors with live prayers, readings and sermon, and pre-COVID19 lockdown recorded hymns and organ. It is always amazing to hear the invisible âcongregationâ suddenly appear, and stand up or sit down, and then suddenly the empty echoey church again after the hymn!!
Churches are now supposed to be open for private prayer only. I havenât noticed any of the Anglican (or Catholic) ones open yet, as their bishops have gone along with the lockdown narrative completely, closing their churches before the government did, and presumably opening them a long time after the government gives permission, possibly in July, for in person services. As for âFree Churchesâ that donât open anyway outside normal services, and most particularly the truly evangelical churches, there has been a deafening silence as to reopening, and I fear they will meekly accept whatever strict conditions are laid on them by the government. Mask wearing will probably be one of them.
I actually have an overactive sinus condition, and now masks are compulsory on public transport in England I find these things insufferable and very unpleasant. I am certainly not going to wear them in church. No baptisms, communion, singing, very likely to be the rule for church services, no doubt. Evangelicals in Britain will meekly submit, and China with its nasty virus has won!! It has closed the churches in the whole world, not just in its own country!!
Yes, I am a little puzzled why SA has shunted the news away from the front home page, hiding it behind technical news. I do hope this has not been done as a fearful reaction to the BLM and LGBTQI protests.
I have been somewhat alarmed at how true solid evangelicals, are rapidly following the already compromised âneo-evangelicalsâ in hiding Biblical comment and true debate, and beginning to endeavour to be a little âpolitically correctâ in the face of atrocious and concentrated leftist propaganda, particularly as you gear up to the November elections.
Already the supposedly âconservativeâ justices on the US Supreme Court have handed important decisions to the left. One very respected evangelical leader who has consistently refused to open his church during the lockdown, was prepared to do so when President Trump said that churches should open, but buckled before a liberal justice in Communist California, saying âthis is the law of the landâ. No, it is not the law of the land, it is unconstitutional! China has not only closed its own churches, it has succeeded in closing the churches in the West as well!! Christians now cower in fear before the LGBTQI and BLM movements as well. Very sad indeed!!
Although this is excellent news for many women who were afraid that their private space would be invaded by biological men claiming to be women, parents afraid that their children would be punished for politically incorrect comments (but scientifically and medically correct), if a teacher or another pupil âchanged their genderâ or âtransitioned to the other genderâ, sports women and girls who would train hard and keep off all drugs in vain, only to see their prizes snatched away by powerful biological men, stuffed with opposite sex hormones and strong bodies, but claiming to be women or girls, or churches afraid of being sued if they didnât change their toilets, endangering their female congregants; but there is a sting in the tail.
Unfortunately to appease the angry LGBTQI crowd, who are furious at this common sense and biologically correct measure, our PM is sadly throwing them the bone of banning âconversionâ or âreparativeâ therapy,meaning that folks, perhaps many of them abused as youngsters, would be banned from receiving helpful therapy or counselling, to get away from unwanted LGBTQI desires, or to leave that lifestyle. I am not clear yet if PM Johnsonâs bone will only apply to children and minors under 18, or if it will be across the board for adults as well.