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David vs Goliath

Oct 18, 2014

It seems in every country there are a handful of key individuals who are making a huge difference for Christ and the Kingdom. They have not bowed the knee to Baal and are fighting the good fight, regardless of all the negative consequences.

And quite often they are unknown and unsung heroes. They are not famous. They are not celebrities. They are not megachurch pastors. They are usually just ordinary men and women who love God deeply and have decided to make their lives count for something worthwhile.

I have the great pleasure and honour of knowing some of these heroes. There are some here in Australia. There are some in America. There are some in England and Europe. All around the globe God has his choice servants who are humbly and courageously standing for Christ, even if it means standing alone.

david-and-goliathThese great saints encourage me so much. They make me want to keep on keeping on. I have mentioned various folks like this over the years, and here I want to single out another fellow who I think is a superstar. He would deny he is anything special, but in God’s eyes and my eyes, he is a standout.

He is someone I have only known for a few years through cyberspace, and I finally got to catch up with him in England recently. He continues to impress me. He is taking a stand for biblical truth, and has gotten himself heavily involved in the culture wars, often at great cost.

He has especially taken the time to learn as much as he can about the homosexuality issue. In many ways England is much further down the gurgler when it comes to all sorts of issues, be it creeping sharia or the jackboot march of the homosexualists.

There are small groups of fearless Christians in the UK who are taking a stand on these sorts of issues. I salute them. A number of names could be mentioned here, but let me stay with this one fellow – David. He does not know I am writing this, and I am not even sure if he would want me to.

But I know how much sacrifice he has made to defend his faith, his freedom and his country from the various groups seeking to destroy all three. He is tireless in his efforts, and shows no fear. Yet for all his hard work, he has lost Christian friends, and received plenty of criticism.

His stance for biblical sexuality has been especially costly. He gets angry homosexual militants giving him all sorts of grief, and some are even taking legal action against him. He is involved right now in a case in which a militant treated him abominably in a public meeting, but is now actually taking David to court. Go figure.

So I really write all this so that we might all pray and intercede for this great champion. He just recently sent this email out to his contacts:

Dear Friends,
This is just to let you know that my court case with **** of **** will be held on Monday 17th 10:30 a.m. I would value your prayers for this potentially whole day hearing and that Truth, Justice and Mercy would prevail and that Jesus Christ would be honoured and glorified – whatever the outcome.

I have omitted the particulars here. If he so desires, he can comment here and provide them. But I just want everyone to be aware of his situation. And since most of you will likely forget this, why not drop everything right now, and offer a prayer for David? He sure needs it. He is up against the biggest and meanest bully group there is, and he has no money or help to defend himself. He must rely on God alone to take on this angry militant and his legal team.

And if you would like to pray for him at 10:30 Monday morning, UK time, that would be great as well. If you are in Australia, we are 10 hours ahead of them, so we would pray here at 8:30pm Monday night. So no matter where you are in the world, please keep this great saint in your prayers.

He is married with children, so all this is of course hard on his family. But he is resolute and courageous, willing to walk into the lion’s den and do what very few of us would do. He is acting on our behalf as he takes on this great Goliath of a challenge. We all owe him big time.

Pray that he will be vindicated, along with the cause of Christ, and that this nasty homosexual militant would be defeated in his attempts to silence David and Christian truth. It is above all else a spiritual battle, so we need real intercession and spiritual warfare to take place on David’s behalf.

Back during the Second World War, a brave Christian pastor who resisted the Nazis and suffered greatly for it, Martin Niemoller, said this:

In Germany they came first for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn’t speak up because I wasn’t a trade unionist. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time no one was left to speak up.

David recently wrote a version of this which pretty well sums up things today with another very real threat. Referring to new sexual orientation laws, he wrote:

Some might say that they don’t experience any discrimination as Christians simply because they keep well away from the edge or just stay in the bottom of the wine press. Well surely that chilling effect on freedom of thought and speech is itself evidence of creeping persecution. The Sexually Orientation Regulations are an effluent pump that continues to spew its toxic waste on our nation. When Ben Summerskill cynically said “if you don’t like same sex marriage then don’t marry someone of the same sex”, what he didn’t say was that eventually you won’t be able to get married at all since all forms of Christian marriage ceremonies will have disappeared. It is like saying if you don’t like halal food don’t eat it, but, by the way, you will starve because there is nothing else on the menu.

First they came for the Christian B&Bs but I don’t use B&Bs and so I didn’t speak up.
Then they came for the Christian schools and teachers but I don’t have any children and so I didn’t speak up.
Then they came for Christian counsellors and therapists but I struggle with no inner heartaches and so I didn’t speak up.
Then they came for Christian lawyers but I am a law–abiding and righteous person, so I didn’t speak up.
Finally they came for me but I serve no use to anyone except to be cast out and trodden underfoot and so no one spoke up.

Yes, the parallels are ominous. Far too many believers said nothing about the Nazi threat last century. And far too many believers today are saying nothing about the various threats which are challenging our very faith and freedoms. Thankfully David is one brave soul who is aware, who is concerned, and who is speaking out.

I sure wish we had many more people like David. We sure need them. Please, please pray for David, especially on Monday morning UK time.

Correction: I double checked his email. It is Monday November 17. Sorry. But we can still keep praying – all month!

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19 Responses to David vs Goliath

  • Thinking of you and praying for you, David.

  • Hi Bill.
    Will he be in court 17 november, next month or this month?

  • Thanks Sue. Actually I reread his email, and yes, it is November 17. My mistake. So yes, Monday November 17. Thanks again. But we can still pray – for a whole month now!

  • Bill. Yes you are right about David. Whilst on the subject of opposition to the homosexualist agenda may I draw your attention to the petition below. Whilst it pertains mainly and directly to the UK, I’m sure that Brits and English speaking people ‘down under’ and elsewhere, particularly Christians, would be sympathetic to its objective and willing to sign up for this. The link is below

    I encouraged their stand with the following comment:

    Thanks for circulating this petition, and it is IMO one of the most important yet made on the Internet as it calls for religious freedom as a basic rights. The SSM “marriage” Act was the most shameful and degrading Act ever passed through a British Parliament, and is indeed one primary reason for desertion by voters from the Conservative party in the UK, and particularly Christians.
    But the issue is much wider, as the petition wording presents it, namely that of religious freedom. Freedom of conscience, and freedom of assembly (i.e NOT to be forced to identify with alien ideologies which are mutually exclusive with one’s own beliefs, Christian or otherwise).
    Therefore, please keep on circulating this, and encourage others to do so also. If you have not already informed three particular Christian organisations in the UK – ‘Christian Concern’ and the ‘Christian Institute’ and ‘Christian Voice’, please let them know of this petition.
    They all have their own circulation lists.
    Well done for ‘running with this’.

    http://citizengo.org/en/11955-rights-all-uk-citizens-freedom-conscience-religious-belief-and-expression-be-fully-guaranteed

    Graham Wood

  • Stand up , stand up for Jesus, Ye soldiers of the Cross. Lift high His Royal banner. it must not suffer loss. From victory unto victory, His army shall He lead, Till every foe is vanquished and Christ is Lord indeed.
    Soldier on both Bill and David.

  • We will certainly be praying for David. Thanks to God for true Christian heroes like this, who put the good of all before their own personal comfort and security.
    Thanks for the petition link, Graham, I have signed it and will pass it on. These things are an example of what we face in Australia (and already beginning) if same sex marriage is legalised, so we must fight against it with all our resources in God.

  • Praying for David.

    “To GOD be the GLORY” !

  • Dear Bill

    I am a friend of David and plan to be at the hearing, being a former barrister myself but I believe it is Monday 17th November (not next Monday). I thank God for David and his bold stand for the truth and particularly for his great sense of humour over the Madness of the Evil of this Modern Age.

    Blessings on you and Praise be to God in all things
    1 Thessalonians 5

  • Thanks for planning on being there Naomi. And yes, I correct the date at the end of my article.

  • A book to strengthen the hearts of the Davids in a world of Goliaths

    A review on ‘My Battle Against Hitler: Faith, Truth, and Defiance in the Shadow of the Third Reich’ (Hardcover) by Dietrich von Hildebrand (Author), edited by John Henry Crosby (Author)

    “I have always wondered, while learning about the rise of Nazism in Europe, how ordinary people were able to ignore the obvious elements of evil in Nazism. I’ve wondered how the majority of a people could countenance and even embrace wholesale hatred of the Jews, complete disregard for the political process and judicial law, and still, somehow, claim to love their country. Reading “My Battle Against Hitler” revealed to me how otherwise good men and women were duped by the evils of Nazism by their willingness to compromise their consciences, often for self-seeking motives, such as personal safety, prestige, or fear of challenging the status quo.

    “Dietrich von Hildebrand impressed me greatly in his unflinching defense of what his well-informed conscience told him to be right. He was keenly aware of the importance of maintaining vigilance over one’s conscience to avoid falling under the spell of a forceful or hypnotic ideology. In his own words, ‘It is unbelievable how vulnerable our human nature is to falling into illusions and to growing numb in our indignation over injustice which we come to accept. Here, as in so many others in life, we must be like the conductor of an orchestra, in continually renewing the call to alertness. The moment one lets up, people fall asleep, or at least become indifferent’.

    “Reading these memoirs was more than an interesting dip into the past, it was a personal call and challenge to me to be alert and active in the formation of my conscience and in living out the demands of conscience in my own culture. This is certainly a book well worth the time of anyone who cares about knowing what is right and to fighting for it, regardless of whether we think our efforts will be rewarded with success in our lifetime.

    “This is a book to strengthen the hearts of the Davids in a world of Goliaths.”

  • Thanks for the book tip Naomi – you just want me to buy more books!

  • As well as praying for David, is there a way to help financially, as court cases can be so crippling in this area.

  • Thank you for standing up for the truth David. Will be thinking of you and praying for you.

  • Hi Bill

    I just want to endorse your words about David, a man of rare integrity who loves Jesus. We are praying in the UK for tomorrow monday at Winchester and I will be there. Having gone through my own court case, I know what’s involved in this battle and your prayers and support are much valued.
    Lesley Pilkington

  • David,
    I felt to pray a blessing over your spirit from “Blessing your Spirit” (Gunter and Burk, 2014, pp.10-12), as you stand and declare His Healing Truth for all people, in the court today. The blessing is called “God fights for you”. May you rejoice in your assignment of standing in the face of danger, for His purposes. I bless you to see His favor over you as the enemy comes right up to your face, and you see the Lord remove the enemy from before you. You are witness to His favor over you and supernatural intervention. Just like the Israelites when they crossed the Red Sea, leaving Egypt. And, Proverbs 16:7 “When a man’s ways are pleasing to the Lord, He makes even his enemies live at peace with him.” And I bless the Lord’s favor over you to be seen by many; so that people are attracted to you. People are caused to live in peace with you “because they do not want to offend the God with whom you are in a relationship” (p. 12). I bless you with having people verify and validate the favor of God upon you.”
    I declare this for you and your family, in Yeshua Hammashiach’s Name, Shalom David.

  • Praying for David, that as he enters that courtroom he will know that Jesus walks in with him and that the Holy Spirit empowers him to be a true witness without fear or favour.

    I also pray that God fight for him and discipline the person who dares to audaciously charge his victim with wrongdoing. “God is not mocked, whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap”.

    Garth Clarkson.

  • Bill, thank you for letting us know about this. Please keep us abreast of this case, if possible.

  • Enjoyed reading this article and am curious as to the outcome of the court appearance? I was surfing the net for a picture of David and Goliath and providentially landed here. I am putting together a calendar called The American Heritage Calendar and I would like to know if I can use the picture of David and Goliath and the quote from Martin Niemoller?
    Thanks,
    Don Bebee, Texas

  • Thanks Don. The pic I just grabbed from google images, and the quote is widely found in the public domain, so freely available.

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