Oh bless you both (Adriel in Scotland), and John UK in Wales). Sadly, I have never been north of the border (Scotland), but would love to go one day, but my teacher training was carried out for 4 years West of the border (Wales) in the late 1970â€™s. My college, now absorbed in the neighbouring university, but then independent, had 50% of the students, first language Welsh, and who carried out their course mainly in Welsh, 25% sexy nd language Welsh, who carried out their course mainly in English, but with some Welsh elements, and 25% of us who were non-Welsh, did our course entirely in English!! Over half the lecturers were Welsh speaking, and from time to time their were Welsh Nationalist demonstrations in the college!! While there, I attended a large Reformed Evangelical church, (Welsh speakers had their own version of this elsewhere). There was also a Baptist Church, a Pentecostal Church, and in a neighbouring town, a Brethren Assembly!! The college and tge university both had Christian Unions, and I was able to attend both, (part of my course was in the university).
The Quiet Christian wrote: Scotland has a long back-and-forth history of the ride and fall if evil rulers, Godly ministers, and attempts at national Biblical leadership. There is always another Mary or Claverhouse in the wings. But the Lord preserves to Himself other Knoxes. May the Lord continue to preserve His people in such a despotic land, and may they flourish in the face of their adversaries.
The Scots will always have a problem because no-one from outside understands a word of what they are saying.
It is true that there are some rural, mainly island communities, where there are predominantly unaccompanied psalm singing Presbyterian and Reformed churches which are very evangelical in the old original sense of the word, rather like those that John Knox founded in the 16th century. Outside of this, the â€śneo evangelicalâ€ť churches hold sway, the large mainstream Church of Scotland (Presbyterian), and Episcopal Church (Anglican), as well as the Catholic Church, are now extremely liberal, and whole swathes of Scots have abandoned Christianity altogether and are totally hardened secular. The Scottish Nationalist Party is leftist, as are the Labour and Liberal Democrat opposition parties, and there are some ineffectual â€śConservativesâ€ť that used to be led by a lesbian, though I believe they have got a new leader there. The SNP are famous for putting through Iâ€™ll thought radical legislation, and are still hoping to declare independence from Britain and rejoin the EU. Scotland is now sadly a long way off from the days of John Knox and the Covenanters.
Scotland has a long back-and-forth history of the ride and fall if evil rulers, Godly ministers, and attempts at national Biblical leadership. There is always another Mary or Claverhouse in the wings. But the Lord preserves to Himself other Knoxes. May the Lord continue to preserve His people in such a despotic land, and may they flourish in the face of their adversaries.
The absolutely atrocious conduct of Scottish universities to their own students is appalling. Having got the students there for their Fresherâ€™s Week, they, and some English universities too, carried out compulsory COVID19 tests, and when some students tested positive, (by the way, these tests are highly flawed), they locked up whole halls of residence, with police and security guards ranging outside, and commercial mobile food vans outside, to sell the food by card and internet, prepare it and then drop the food outside, in shades of the Australian hotel quarantine system. What a way to start oneâ€™s university life. They are now reluctantly going to give a refund of hall and some tuition fees, after an outcry. The authoritarianism of Scottish universities that banned Christian Unions and pro-life speakers is now being used to endure COVID 19 compliance.