Saddam Hussein, with his dissolute sons, was indeed a wicked and most unpleasant tyrant.
He did however offer the Iraqi Christians some basic protection, provided they kept out of politics and did not evangelise Muslims.
Unfortunately, when President Bush the younger, and our British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, took it in their heads after 9/11 to partly blame Saddam Hussein for that outrage, (even though Al Qaeda hated him and had him in their crosshairs to oppose him), and to whip up the âWeapons dossierâ, they had no idea how to replace the tyrant they had got rid of.
The result in the ensuing anarchy that followed was that Iraq was effectively carved up between Shia militia areas, Sunni fanatics that later formed the basis for ISIS, and some Kurdish areas, most of which, apart from the Kurds were hostile to the Christians. This combined with political correctness in the West to ignore what happened to the Christians ended up in a recipe for disaster.
The clinical subtle or maybe not so subtle version of the old Canaanite religion of infant sacrifice and ritual prostitution is certainly alive and well in certain US states, and in many Western countries, including my own of Britain.
I do praise the Lord for those states and governments that are making a great stand for life, and for the protection in law of unborn babies in the womb. May God honour those law makers, but we must be aware that the enemy will not give up his hold easily, and the Secularist Leftists, and their liberal religious bedfellows in the main apostate churches, will keep up the pressure.
Tragically, many evangelicals are deeply compromised with scandals relating to money, sex, power and false doctrine, and combined with the long running saga of the Catholic paedophile scandals, had rendered the professed Christian voice in many places, unable to make any kind of reasonable opposition to liberal states such as California, New York, Vermont and so on.
I think that this independent island which has survived despite being stripped of international recognition and was thrown out of the UN many years ago to accommodate Communist China, may well have cost herself her independence, by this foolish action, and be easy picking for an increasingly aggressive Communist China to seize her and take her over.
I believe Australia may well do very badly in the coming Rugby World Cup.
This man will be honoured by God, though he lose all his riches.
It shows the wonderful product of the missionaries of 200 or so years ago, who at the cost of their lives and health often, went to the South Sea islands to preach the gospel, very often where there were even cannibalistic practices. Today those islands are solidly and evangelically Christian.
Many rugby players come from these societies, and stand firm in the faith, and they will not compromise to suit the decadent desires of Western secularist liberals.
This is a young woman who has got into power in the US Congress, in the House of Representatives, who believes that she has the right to do what she wants with her body, and standing in defiance before the face of God.
What about the right of the baby in the womb? This wicked Canaanite religion of Molech, Chemosh, Baal and Astarte is still very much alive today, even if itâs priests and priestesses are not literally bowing down in literal temples to literal idols. God will have them in derision as it says in Psalm 2, and He will confound their counsels.
Meanwhile, to return back to the original subject of this thread, that is of North Korea, let us pray for the dear believers there, both in the camps, and âat libertyâ in the impoverished towns, villages and communal farms, who dare not sing psalms or hymns, accompanied or unaccompanied, because the neighbours, even their own children, or guards will hear them, denounce them, and they be beaten and tortured or even killed for their faith.
Bless you folks. The unaccompanied psalms versus accompanied hymns and psalms controversy is a very strong one, particularly in Reformed circles.
If I visited my old church today from 40 years ago, when I was baptised as a believer, I would be singing unaccompanied psalms only. However that was not the case when I was baptised, as in those days, (under the same pastor!!), we sang traditional hymns, accompanied by an organ in the church on Sundays, or by a piano in the hall for the midweek Bible study and prayer meeting. I even was asked to choose a hymn for my baptism. (âI heard the voice of Jesus sayâ).
My difficulty with unaccompanied psalms only, is it means I am always looking forward, to Jesus death on the cross to come, not looking back to it being already done, the psalms speak of playing on the harp and psaltery, etc., and most grievously, in those churches, I can never sing the NT name of Jesus in worship, but can only refer to him in veiled OT references.
Yes, I must admit that I am surprised that very strong Reformed and non-Reformed IFB churches gave up on head coverings for women in worship in the 1960âs, and do not practice this today, apart from a very small number, including the church where some 40 years ago, (which is now under the same pastor!!), I was baptised as a believer.
I think what happened was that as hat wearing in the secular world outside went out of fashion for both men and women, (men wore hats too, but obviously took them off in church), many evangelical churches regrettably said culture had changed, and as long as women had distinctive long hair, that would be sufficient as head covering.
Sadly, that soon slipped, and many ladies even in strong Reformed and IFB churches, let alone of course, the modern neo-evangelical churches, have short uncovered hair, and some even wear trouser suits.
Ironically, to go back to the Anglican missionary evangelical churches, the African and Asian women still firmly wear head coverings, though whether that is tradition, or is actually done for biblical reasons, I do not know.
general womenâs ordination, which is what Beth Moore wants. I fear that this as well as the âSocial Justiceâ agenda, and a weakening of the biblical position on LGBT etc., issues, is where the SBC is actually heading, if it is not checked drastically.
I do believe that some very good solid evangelical denominations and churches, regrettably made a grievous error, when they scrapped the Biblical requirement for head covering for women in the 1960âs, and only a very few groups of Reformed, a few isolated IFB churches, the Brethren Assemblies, and some tiny independent Pentecostal groups continue this practice today.
I have seen videos of this woman in action, both at womenâs conference, (where a woman biblically can teach as long as no man is present, and she has the responsible covering of her male church elders, which probably is not likely in her case), and to a mixed audience, which is not allowed biblically.
Putting aside the obvious problems of the above situations, she spouts forth an ecumenical message, joining all the churches together, and promotes such unbiblical practices as so-called contemplative prayer. Her manner seems to be very strident, and her eyes seem very piercing, definitely not a âquiet and meek spiritâ, as in 1 Peter 3 v 4.
The tragedy is women have so much to offer in the church without violating biblical requirements, or seeking for positions they are not allowed to have in scripture. I donât just mean cooking food, or doing the teas, and flowers, though that is an excellent ministry. They can pray, they can get alongside and counsel younger and vulnerable women, they can evangelise other women one in one, they can act as chaperones for their pastor or elder husbands when they have to counsel women, and they can teach young children and womenâs classes, all under the covering of the church elders. Otherwise we get the slippery slope of general womenâs ordin
Just so as our USA friends are not confused this is not the United Methodist Church of the USA, which has just been rescued by its African and foreign membership and small conservative remnant in the USA, from doing his very thing, of throwing open the doors to the LGBT etc revolution.
No, this is the British Methodist Church, which is very liberal nationally, and does not generally have the same foreign membership to get it out of this crisis.
There are individual lay preachers, and faithful generally elderly members who still have a Biblical John and Charles Wesley style faith, but tragically they are in a minority.
There are a handful of ordained ministers in the Methodist Church that will stand against this, but the policy of the Methodist Church is centralised and they keep moving their ministers around, so any kind of evangelical witness in a local Methodist church cannot last very long.
Dr Masters has actually written a number of books on all sorts of practical subjects affecting Christians, and the church has a bookshop at the back where one can go and purchase a wide variety of Reformed and Puritan books, as well as Bibles, their Sunday school materials, and audio and videos.
In the 1970âs, a then young Peter Masters took over the pastorate, to find the church in active decline, with a handful of elderly mainly female members, very faithful people, but a previous pastor had got them into the very Baptist Union that Spurgeon had got them out of 100 years previously, during the Downgrade controversy, and they had become very weak and ecumenical. Dr Masters completely reversed this.
My current church is a much smaller Reformed Baptist, which is in a predominantly Arab area of West London, and has a faithful pastor and membership, but I believe it is struggling, and I do it pray for it.
Tragically this pastor is a real problem, as was the late Fred Phelps of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church, who made delight out of picketing US military funerals, and harassing grieving relatives.
No one should delight in the death of lost people, but should wish to lovingly share the gospel with them, and have tears at the very thought of anyone going to a lost eternity.
This pastor also is atrocious, as he hates Israel, hates the Jews, believes the whole Holocaust is a lie and a hoax, and seemingly would like to see the actual land of Israel be an Arab Muslim Palestinian state.
He makes life very difficult for genuine Biblical evangelical Christians, at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult for them to share the gospel, and live out their lives as Christians in an already hostile environment.
Dear Mr McCausland, My own circumstances regrettably are not as solid as I would like.
I do not have my own home, I live in rented accommodation, I do not have a car and have to use public transport, and I do not have a great income.
I also live a long distance from the city where my mother is in a nursing home. My family circumstances are not helpful, and until a few years ago, my older sister who did have her own home, near our mother, a car and her own income was able to carry much of the burden.
My mother lived in her own autonomous accommodation with her own paid carers, as she was frail, but active. Unfortunately my sister developed a terminal illness, and shortly after she passed away, my mother suffered a severe stroke, and as it was I stopped an attempt by the hospital to withdraw proper care. Unfortunately there was no other alternative to her long term care needs. Had I had the resources, and been in a better situation, there is no way that I would have wanted mother to enter such a place. The care she needs does require the presence of a resident qualified nurse, which is a requirement of nursing homes. This is not just a Care home.
I appreciate what you say, and wish that there was much better provision and support for elderly people, and particularly st
I was visiting a leading cathedral city in the south of England where my mother is in a nursing home. On the way back from the nursing home to the railway station, I passed what had been a âGospel Hallâ, a meeting place of an Open Brethren Assembly.
Apparently, the assembly must have dispersed or closed, and the building is now occupied by an evangelical Anglican fellowship, called Christ Church, which is totally independent of the local diocese, bishop and the impressive cathedral down the road.
This assembly even has its own bishop, (I suspect a semi-retired Anglican evangelical missionary bishop, probably!), as well as its own vicar!!
A little change from the previous Brethren Assembly that occupied this building, but at least no danger of women bishops and clergy, or liberal preaching at this Anglican Church!!
a single morning and evening service, and weekday prayer meetings and Bible study, but it does have multiple evangelistic childrenâs and young peopleâs Sunday Schools, on different sites in south London, with scores of teachers, thousands of children, and a small fleet of minibuses to collect them and drop them off. I suppose you could say this is a small mega church, but of the right kind!! No entertainment here, just Biblical preaching, traditional hymns and psalms, with piano or organ and congregational singing, and definitely no entertainment of any sort.
We donât have the huge mega churches that there are in the USA, here in Britain, though we do have some fairly large churches in the big cities, and unfortunately we do have smaller branches of mega churches, (usually meeting in hired theatres and school halls), like Hillsong and Vineyard.
My old Pentecostal Church in the East Midlands, from my Pentecostal days when I lived there, under its brash new pastor, (which is when I left it), developed into a multiple site church in that city, each branch with its own pastor, and the branch pastors do preach, but once a month all sites get together in a very large hired hall for a united service. The church still has its own central building, and a purchased social âcompassionâ facility next door, but all the other branches use hired community halls and school halls.
In another city in the East of England a very large church, using multiple services have purchased a huge centre which almost rivals some of the smaller âmegaâ churches in the USA. Both these churches are much more of the seeker sensitive type.
There is, praise the Lord, one church in Central London, that is packed to the gills with overflow and live streaming, that does preach the true gospel, Metropolitan Tabernacle in London, under Pastor Dr Peter Masters, with
The biblical method of church planting is best. A missionary or church planter, or a pastor from a larger church, getting local Christians in an area together, even splitting off people from his own church who live in that area, and with much prayer, solid preaching of the Word and biblical based evangelism, getting this group of Christians together, ordaining good solid local men as pastors, elders and deacons, formulating a local church, and then withdrawing and letting the locals with full accountability take on the work fully.
All super large churches, should consider very carefully and prayerfully, splitting off that part of their congregation that lives in the target area, and their best leaders from that group, and prayerfully letting them go, while obviously still supporting them in prayer, and by encouragement.
It is not biblical, good or wise for churches to set up internet and seeker driven empires, with a kind of Protestant âPopeâ centrally located directing the proceedings from a central location, nor should local believers have to put up with video messages, when they can have live ministry from their own local pastors and elders.
This very sad and deceived pastor obviously never really was born again, despite outward appearances he may have put on in school, college, and in his church.
My impression from this article is that basically we have here salvation by works, or rather an attempt at it.
A church with a plurality of elders, rather than just one pastor and a number of deacons trying to double up as elders, would have been a lot better at dealing with this.
Also it is good for a pastor to have an informal relationship with pastors of other churches, so that there can be full accountability.
It is tragic that no one saw this coming, particularly also he was struggling with his marriage. Pastors also should be extremely careful not to be with any woman in the church on their own, except of course his wife, and other very close blood relations.