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A Faithless UK and Resurgent Islam: The Perfect Storm

May 29, 2017

Nature abhors a vacuum, and so too in the spiritual, moral and political realms. The Western world was largely the product of the Judeo-Christian worldview and could not have developed as it did without it. But as the West becomes increasingly secular and dismissive of its Christian roots, it is becoming more and more unstable and likely to collapse.

manchester 13We reject our moral and spiritual foundations at our own peril. It was Jesus who talked about building a house on the solid rock and not the sifting sand. It is the same with nations and civilisations. And we are seeing right now how a solid foundation can give way to something else.

While so much of the West can be described in such terms, the UK is a clear example of this. Christianity is on the decline there big time, and secularism, along with militant Islam, are rushing in to fill the gap. And as I have said before, an anaemic, value-less secularism is no match against a crusading Islam.

Consider some reports coming out of the UK. Things are looking very bleak indeed. The opening paragraph of one article on this is a real shocker: “A new study has found that the United Kingdom’s nonreligious population is now bigger than its combined Christian one, with 26 believers abandoning the faith for every atheist or agnostic who decides to become a Christian.”

The piece continues:

The Benedict XVI Center for Religion and Society, launched by St. Mary’s University in Twickenham, released its May study based on data from the latest British Social Attitudes survey and European Social Survey, with key findings revealing the nation’s growing secularization.
The researchers noted that 24.3 million people, or 48.6 percent of the British adult population, identified as “nones” in 2015 and they are predominantly young, white and male.
The nones were found to have different faith backgrounds — 38 percent of people who now say they have no religion were brought up as nones, while 25 percent were brought up as Anglicans, 25 percent as Other Christians, and 11 percent as Catholics, before leaving the faith.
“For every one person brought up with No religion who has become a Christian, twenty-six people brought up as Christians now identify as Nones,” the study noted as a key trend.
“It is no secret that a large proportion of the British population consider themselves to have no religion,” wrote Stephen Bullivant, professor of Theology and the Sociology of Religion and director of the Benedict XVI Centre for Religion and Society at St. Mary’s University.
“This has been a consistent finding of polls, social surveys, and censuses over the past several decades. In fact, the rise of the nonreligious is arguably the story of British religious history over the past half-century.”
Christians, including Anglicans, Roman Catholics, and members of other denominations, made up 43 percent of the population in 2015, down from 67 percent in 1983.

And a recently released report from the Gatestone Institute is equally sobering. It found this:

By 2020, estimates are that the number of Muslims attending prayers will reach at least 683,000, while the number of Christians attending weekly Mass will drop to 679,000. “The new cultural landscape of English cities has arrived; the homogenised, Christian landscape of state religion is in retreat”, said Ceri Peach of Oxford University. While nearly half of British Muslims are under the age of 25, a quarter of Christians are over 65. “In another 20 years there are going to be more active Muslims than there are churchgoers,” said Keith Porteous Wood, director of the National Secular Society.
Since 2001, 500 London churches of all denominations have been turned into private homes. During the same period, British mosques have been proliferating. Between 2012 and 2014, the proportion of Britons who identify themselves as Anglicans fell from 21% to 17%, a decrease of 1.7 million people, while, according to a survey conducted by the respected NatCen Social Research Institute, the number of Muslims has grown by almost a million. Churchgoers are declining at a rate that within a generation, their number will be three times lower than that of Muslims who go regularly to mosque on Friday.
Demographically, Britain has been acquiring an increasingly Islamic face, in places such as Birmingham, Bradford, Derby, Dewsbury, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Manchester, Sheffield, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. In 2015, an analysis of the most common name in England showed it was Mohammed, including spelling variations such as Muhammad and Mohammad.
Most important cities have huge Muslim populations: Manchester (15.8%), Birmingham (21.8%) and Bradford (24.7%).

Wow. That helps to explain a lot of things, including last week’s jihad attack in Manchester which left 22 dead and 60 injured. Indeed, one of the more shocking things we now know about this horrific Islamic attack was that the bomber attended a mosque there that used to be a church. The Didsbury mosque used to be a Methodist church:

The mosque attended by the Manchester suicide bomber has been described as a “jihadist” institution, and it has previously been accused of raising funds for an al-Qaeda affiliated terror group. The Didsbury mosque was well known to Salman Abedi and his direct family. The terrorist learnt the Quran there, his brother taught Islamic lessons there, and his father, Abu Abedi, was a “well known” figure who performed the Muslim call to prayer.

Not bad for a former church. John Wesley would be turning in his grave. But so many churches there are now mosques, or discos, or homes, or restaurants. The slow decline of Christianity is not without consequence. As I said, the vacuum will get filled one way or another.

And the steady growth of Islam in the UK sure is not helping things on the terror front. Consider this shocking fact:

Intelligence officers have identified 23,000 jihadist extremists living in Britain as potential terrorist attackers, it has emerged….
Ben Wallace, the UK Security Minister, told The Times that the existence of a database of 23,000 potential attackers was a stark illustration of the magnitude of the terrorist threat.
“The figures reveal the scale of the challenge from terrorism in the 21st century,” he said. “Never has it been more important to invest in intelligence-led policing.”
MI5’s capacity to investigate is limited to about 3,000 individuals at any one time. People are added to and removed from the group of “live” suspects depending on assessments of who poses the greatest risk.
When an investigation is closed, the people identified drop into a growing group whose risk is seen as reduced. Sources say that the pool of “former subjects of interest” has swollen to 20,000 during the years of Islamist threat since 2001.
There is concern that the intelligence agencies have been poor at detecting former subjects of interest who return to extremism.

Wow again. No wonder the UK is in such a perilous state. At least one military officer is talking tough here:

Colonel Richard Kemp, a former member of the COBRA committee, Joint Intelligence Committee, and commander of the British Task Force in Helmand, Afghanistan, has called on the Government to deport or intern all foreign nationals on the terror watch list. “The problem is, there are 3,000 known jihadis on the streets of the UK today,” explained the Royal Anglian Regiment veteran.
“Our intelligence services and police – no matter how good they are – they cannot monitor all of them; they can’t control all of them, and therefore people like the bomber in Manchester and also the attacker in Westminster a couple of months before, these people were known to the security, yet they slipped through the net.

That would certainly be a good start. But the problem is much bigger than that as I have been trying to explain here. The hope of the West is the faith that helped to bring it about. As long as the Christian church keeps haemorrhaging on a massive scale, the secularists who rush in to take its place will not in the least be able to withstand the Islamic onslaught.

And we see this perfectly on display with how Europe responds to each new jihad attack: more hashtags and candlelit vigils! As if that will save us. As Giulio Meotti has just commented:

Madrid: 191. London: 58. Amsterdam: 1. Paris: 148. Brussels: 36. Copenhagen: 2. Nice: 86. Stockholm: 4. Berlin: 12. Manchester: 22. And it does not take into account the hundreds of Europeans butchered abroad, in Bali, in Sousse, in Dakka, in Jerusalem, in Sharm el Sheikh, in Istanbul.
But after 567 victims of terror, Europe still does not understand. Just the first half of 2017 has seen terror attacks attempted in Europe every nine days on average. Yet, despite this Islamist offensive, Europe is fighting back with teddy bears, candles, flowers, vigils, Twitter hashtags and cartoons.

At the end of the day a pathetic and secularised West will not be able to withstand this death cult. The only solid answer which is up to the challenge is a return to the faith that made for Western civilisation in the first place. Sure, we must fight Islamic jihad (actual and stealth), we must stand up and defend social goods like democracy and free speech, etc.

But unless the suicidal rush into secularism is checked, it looks like the UK – as well as all of Europe and so much of the West – is a real goner. Things are looking very grim indeed. And the real answer to our troubles is ultimately a spiritual one.

Military or economic or political answers by themselves will not save us. The sad truth is, while it takes centuries to build a civilisation, they can be destroyed overnight. The job of rebuilding will take as much time and effort as the original building process.

As T. S. Eliot put it way back in 1948, what is at stake is very serious indeed:

It is in Christianity that our arts have developed; it is in Christianity that the laws of Europe have – until recently – been rooted. It is against a background of Christianity that all our thought has significance. An individual European may not believe that the Christian Faith is true, and yet what he says, and makes, and does, will all spring out of his heritage of Christian culture and depend upon that culture for its meaning. Only a Christian culture could have produced a Voltaire or a Nietzsche. I do not believe that the culture of Europe could survive the complete disappearance of the Christian faith. And I am convinced of that, not merely because I am a Christian myself, but as a student of social biology. If Christianity goes, the whole of our culture goes. Then you must start painfully again, and you cannot put on a new culture ready made. You must wait for the grass to grow to feed the sheep to give the wool out of which your new coat will be made. You must pass through many centuries of barbarism. We should not live to see the new culture, nor would our great-great-great-grandchildren: and if we did, not one of us would be happy in it.

www.christianpost.com/news/dramatic-fall-of-christianity-in-uk-continues-26-christians-abandon-faith-for-every-one-new-convert-183598/#.WRm2AcXRWVA.facebook
www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10124/london-mosques-churches
www.infowars.com/jihadi-mosque-attended-by-manchester-bomber-used-to-be-a-methodist-church/
www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/terror/britain-home-to-23000-jihadists/news-story/f9184e17a424e2ee2162e07b40b01671
www.breitbart.com/london/2017/05/27/colonel-richard-kemp-throw-out-every-islamist-terror-watch-list/
www.gatestoneinstitute.org/10430/terrorism-candles-teddy-bears

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20 Responses to A Faithless UK and Resurgent Islam: The Perfect Storm

  • Britain needs to come back to it heritage -the Christian Faith.

  • Still far too many people simply relying on politicians to do something. Even some of them talk wishy-washy about Christianity as if it merely consists of being “nice” to people, welcoming all, tolerating all. It is obvious that the country needs to get back to God but folk still aren’t “getting it”.
    Britain needs a big revival. What I really worry about is that something absolutely huge and terrifying may have to happen here before people wake up. It is true we have been betrayed by our governments but people have also betrayed themselves by dismissing God. I really don’t know where it’s going from here.

  • Why a “Faithless UK” and a faithless West? As Sherwood Taylor, 1949 Curator of the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford, wrote: “I myself have little doubt that in England it was geology [i.e. millions of years and denial of a worldwide flood, etc.] and the theory of evolution that changed us from a Christian to a pagan nation.”

    The haemorrhage of the church arguably started about 200 years ago with systematic secularist attacks against the Bible, in particular Genesis. As Charles Lyell wrote, his aim in geology was to “free the science from Moses”. The church gradually failed to defend Genesis as real history, and continues to haemorrhage members and lose credibility and influence in public life.

    We need revival. That needs trust in the Bible as the true history and future of the world. As Jesus said, if people don’t believe Moses (e.g.: recent creation in 6 days; a global flood where only 8 people survived worldwide; etc.) then they wont believe Jesus and the Gospel.

    Despite directly contradicting Genesis time-scale and order of creation, many Christians manage to believe both the Gospel and billions of years of evolution. E.g. Biologos, biologos.org, and many excellent Christian apologists such as William Lane Craig, Greg Koukl, Alister McGrath, etc. Richard Dawkins describes theologians with those beliefs as “deluded”.

    Such Christians can’t give logically consistent answer to atheists’ challenges, such as Frank Zindler: “Now that we know that Adam and Eve never were real people the central myth of Christianity is destroyed. If there never was an Adam and Eve there never was an original sin. If there never was an original sin there is no need of salvation. If there is no need of salvation there is no need of a savior. And I submit that puts Jesus, historical or otherwise, into the ranks of the unemployed. I think that evolution is absolutely the death knell of Christianity.”

    In contrast, other Christians and organisations (e.g. Creation Ministries International, creation.com) argue that the actual scientific evidence fits 6-day creation about 6,000 years ago, better than it fits billions of years of evolution and that this applies from Astronomy to Zoology via Geology or whatever. Yet key atheists avoid debating Christian scientists who defend Genesis as history and argue on science and logic: they usually only debate Christians who can be discredited by demonstrating that they don’t believe what Genesis actually says.

    Hmm, if a faithless West and a resurgent Islam correlates with the abandonment by the church of Genesis as factual history, isn’t it clear that an effective defense of Genesis will help revival and survival?

  • It is good to identify the problem, but what is the answer? What message did John and Charles Wesley preach that put Britain on the path of a Christianity that changed the course of history. If you know the Gospel message, could you not insert a paragraph in such items as this that points folk to a life changing encounter with Jesus Christ. His message, the gospel, is the power of God unto salvation. The Apostles preached “Repentance towards God and faith in Jesus Christ.” These were the men with the message that turned the world upside down. I could then post this on to many who do not know Christ, but can see in part a problem but do not know the answer.
    Warmest greetings.

  • Thanks Albert. I of course have over 4000 articles here. In many, many hundreds of them I do have a gospel presentation. But it is not my intention nor desire to do this every single time I write a piece. That is not what this site is all about. If you want to share this piece or any other, but need a paragraph of the gospel in it, you can always supply one of your own if so desired.

  • Sadly Bill, like all western nations, we have turned our backs on the Living God of the Bible. We do not take Jesus Our Lord seriously. We disregard His commands totally, break all His gracious laws, and want Him out of our society totally. We will reap what we sow. We sow the wind, and reap the whirlwind. There is no hope unless each individual Christian, and Churches across the depraved west, fall on our faces, before Our Gracious God, weep in His presence, call on His Name,humble ourselves, pray and seek His Face, confess our wickedness and sins to Him, and ask The Sovereign Lord Of Heaven, Jesus, whose Name is Higher, than all others, to come and heal Our Lands. 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still true, even at this late, late hour. When we as God’s people take this first step, and begin to take Jesus seriously, and His Words seriously, He will move in and demolish satan’s plans for the west, and will usher in a revival from Heaven, when we hunger so much for His Presence! False gods, and false prophets have to bow down to the Mighty Name of Jesus. We have to be obedient, and cry out to The Lord for our Nations, ask Him to change our Eternal Destiny. He can do all things! Nothing is too hard for Him!

  • ‘Suicidal rush’. Maybe the spirit of suicide is the destiny of individuals, denominations and nations that betray and abandon Jesus. It was for Judas Iscariot. Talking to lefties recently, nothing would cause them to jettison, their islam is a religion of peace view. Even after the ugly facts about sinful old mohammed being given to them. They have had the ‘devils lobotomy’. A procedure without cure.
    Agree also. Darwin, was as stupendous a liar as mohammed. Evolution and islam compete for being the most destructive of satans masterpieces.

  • Absolutely correct again, Bill. The modern idea of secularism is simply stupidity on steroids. The whole idea that we are morally required to ignore facts when evaluating matters such as whether homosexual relationships are equal in function to marriage, whether a fetus is human and has feelings, whether the ideology behind Islam is destructive or not etc. etc. is an absolute absurdity and a complete abrogation of responsibility. This was never the intention behind the original concept of secularism which was that all were allowed to bring their arguments to the table but we are all then entitled, democratically, to make our decisions and not then have these overruled by elitist judges or bureaucrats or politicians. Of course this principle is being totally undermined by the huge biases in the media and especially the state sponsored media which is currently preventing all aspects of the news, as much as possible, that don’t comply with the views being pushed, largely by some because it does conflict with their new idea of what secularism means but also by many others simply to push their own agenda. This is highlighted by the obvious staffing biases in the BBC and the ABC but also by the refusal of judges in the US to even consider the arguments against redefining marriage in an act of complete prejudice. Until society gets this concept right in their minds there is little hope for the other concepts behind democracy such as the three separate arms of government or justice being seen to be done. When people confuse the idea that all people are equal with the nonsense idea that all behaviors are equal then you know there is a problem with people accepting and applying facts but as long as the media continuously pushes immorality this is a very difficult idea to overcome because people are simply prevented from thinking that way. Their thinking is being totally manipulated and controlled. This, of course, is the whole reason behind pushing the influence of easily manipulated people such as sportspeople and actors and obviously immoral “celebrities” while undermining the principles of properly evaluated and reviewed science and the proven successes of Christian culture. For example, when we see the push overseas to confuse the reality based concept of sex with the behavior base concept of sexual orientation then you know there are massive problems. Of course if this ever was allowed to happen then instantaneously any opposition to things like pedophilia become a matter of sexual discrimination. Whether a judge would be foolish enough to fall for such a ploy of course, seems laughable now but only a few years ago the idea that homosexual relationships were equal to marriage was equally considered absurd, which, of course, it is but this sort of change definitely opens the door to such a legal decision to be made by a similarly brainwashed judge.

    It will be interesting to see how the Asher’s Bakery appeal goes in the UK. If that appeal goes against freedom of speech and conscience then you will know that the UK has deliberately written itself off as essentially beyond redemption. It will truly be a case of the dog returning to it’s vomit. The UK will have decided, as the lower courts have, that the powers-that-be have the right to force immorality and lies onto its people which is, of course, an absolute and complete embracing of evil and rejection of the truth.

  • *Peter Newland, it’s really very heartening to have read your response at length from the perspective of affirming and defending Genesis to Bill’s great article which addresses the root causes to the terrorism problem that is troubling and vexing the West right now. I am a faithful supporter of Bill’s ministry work of apologetics and culture watch. I can’t hold a candle to Bill when it comes to his attainments on spirituality, biblical knowledge and theology, I can only borrow from his excellent and rich resources to do my part in speaking out for justice and the biblical truth. I am a self-recruited soldier for Christ.
    I’m also a stern and active advocate of biblical creationism, therefore am also a loyal and strong supporter of organizations like Answers in Genesis and Creation Ministries International. However, in standing up for creation I have had the frustrating experience of being ignored, given the cold shoulder, and even harangued by people in the church circle. The apogee was reached when I voiced out my warning against the fallacy and deception of the ‘doozie’ of theistic evolutionist camp, which is Biologos. Maybe I’m a ‘lone warrior’ in contending for the faith in this regards, but I’ll never lose heart, knowing that I am doing the right thing.
    It seems to me that you are a New Zealander like I am. But I hail from HongKong, left there 23 years ago. I live in the South Island, which island are you based in? It is good to know of one more creationist brother-in-Christ who’s also involved in the war on the cultural front. Let us encourage, give mutual support to and pray for each other. May the mighty name of our Lord Jesus Christ, God the Creator, be lifted high.
    Blessings from Marlborough, Paul

  • Thanks Paul Au, very much appreciated. I migrated from South Australia to Victoria – which some call the North Island of Tasmania, AKA as Australia. I’ve visited HK but not NZ yet.

    I migrated from agnosticism to Christ after realising that: a) the law of conservation of matter and energy must mean an eternal universe; b) the law of increase in entropy (or disorder) must mean that the universe had a beginning. With science impotent to explain origin of universe and life, that left me room for God, and I became a Christian. Then, years of reading showed that evolution is impossible because selection and mutations caused devolution towards extinction – in quick-time compared to the alleged billions of years. Download Mendel’s Accountant and challenge an evolutionist to put in realistic variables that would keep life going for 100,00 years – let alone for millions or billions of years – it can’t be done without miracles. So I believe God when he wrote with his own finger that he created it all in six days. God bless and thank you.

  • Early Quaker, George Fox wrote of seeing a vision of a flaming sword against the night sky as he peered from his gaol window: It seems once again not unreasonable to warn of a sword unleashed against a once-great Britain…

    We Westerners are well into the latter stages of tearing down the crumbling edifice of Christendom and rearing in its place a demonic replica of Carthage… a city spawned by the arrogance, avarice and cruelty of Tyre and Sidon.

  • Thanks again Bill for another great post. One of the most frightening and heart-braking things to me is that regular Aussies, whether from churches our otherwise, absolutely don’t think there’s anything going on. Just bad people doing bad things. Or as to the agenda of the rainbow army, nothing’s going on. In fact, being called a negative conspiracy-theorist is quite common. Since when is telling bad news truthfully such a bad and hateful thing anyway! Apparently we are preachy and are unwelcome. I guess I should brandish my doctor the next time he tells me some bad news about my health.

  • Thank you Peter Newland for your promptly getting back to me.
    You’re right that selection and mutations cause devolution towards extinction. Evolution will only result in degradation rather than upgrading of species. Have you ever read the book “Scientific Creationism” written by Henry M. Morris? A chapter in it, entitled ‘Uphill or downhill?’, has discussion on genetic mutations. In which 5 facts about mutations have been listed: (1) Mutations are random, not directed; (2) Mutations are rare, not common; (3) Good mutations are very, very rare; (4) The net effect of all mutations is harmful; (5) Mutations affect and are affected by many genes. The final chapter gives a rather detailed examination and critique of theistic evolution theory, progressive creation theory, day-age theory, the gap theory, and the framework hypothesis.
    Not only the discipline of biology is undermined, inroads have also been made by evolutionary theory into other realms like cosmology, geology and political science. And the deleterious consequences are plain to see and must not be overlooked. Socially, the burgeoning acceptance and approval of abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and transgenderism are some obvious examples. It cannot be denied that Darwin’s notion is also the root cause of some historical calamities brought about by communist and Nazist tyrannies. I have just read a very good Creation Ministries International article (posted on 26 May) on the historical disasters Darwinism has caused to humanity, don’t miss it.
    You must be aware that this year is the 50th anniversary of the illustrious Six-Day War which resulted in the reunification of Jerusalem. Israel needs our support through prayers and other ways.
    I would be happy to be your guide if you ever come over to visit N.Z. I can let you have my email address if you want to.
    Press on with doing your part in contending for the faith my brother. Let us continue to give Bill our support, and to pray for God’s protection on him and his family.
    Many blessings, Paul

  • Apart from Romans 1: 18 ff, I believe Deuteronomy 28: 15vff with its curses, is a graphic description of the invasion of the West by Mohammedanism, filling the vacuum created by the western nations through self – induced blindness and madness after they have turned their backs on God and trampled underfoot the cross of Jesus Christ. All the ingredients are there: the suicide of the nations through abortion; contraceptives; adultery; the sterility of homosexuality , resulting in AIDS, HIV etc and finally euthanasia.
    Deuteronomy 28:15 But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe to do all his commandments and his statutes which I command thee this day; that all these curses shall come upon thee, and overtake thee:
    23 And thy heaven that is over thy head shall be brass, and the earth that is under thee shall be iron.
    25 The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: thou shalt go out one way against them, and flee seven ways before them: and shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. 27 The Lord will smite thee with the botch of Egypt, and with the emerods, and with the scab, and with the itch, whereof thou canst not be healed.
    28 The Lord shall smite thee with madness, and blindness, and astonishment of heart:
    36 The Lord shall bring thee, and thy king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither thou nor thy fathers have known; and there shalt thou serve other gods, wood and stone. 43 The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low. 44 He shall lend to thee, and thou shalt not lend to him: he shall be the head, and thou shalt be the tail.
    45 Moreover all these curses shall come upon thee, and shall pursue thee, and overtake thee, till thou be destroyed; because thou hearkenedst not unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which he commanded thee:
    49 The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand. 50 A nation of fierce countenance, which shall not regard the person of the old, nor shew favour to the young. 52 And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until thy high and fenced walls come down, wherein thou trustedst, throughout all thy land: and he shall besiege thee in all thy gates throughout all thy land, which the Lord thy God hath given thee.
    53 And thou shalt eat the fruit of thine own body, the flesh of thy sons and of thy daughters, which the Lord thy God hath given thee, in the siege, and in the straitness, wherewith thine enemies shall distress thee: 54 So that the man that is tender among you, and very delicate, his eye shall be evil toward his brother, and toward the wife of his bosom, and toward the remnant of his children which he shall leave: 56 The tender and delicate woman among you, which would not adventure to set the sole of her foot upon the ground for delicateness and tenderness, her eye shall be evil toward the husband of her bosom, and toward her son, and toward her daughter, 57 And toward her young one that cometh out from between her feet, and toward her children which she shall bear: for she shall eat them for want of all things secretly in the siege and straitness, wherewith thine enemy shall distress thee in thy gates.
    58 If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, The Lord Thy God;
    59 Then the Lord will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed, even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long continuance.61 Also every sickness, and every plague, which is not written in the book of this law, them will the Lord bring upon thee, until thou be destroyed.
    62 And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; because thou wouldest not obey the voice of the Lord thy God.

    David Skinner UK

  • Thanks again Paul for you kind words. You can contact me via Bill, but we should not clog Bill’s site with private or off-topic comments.

  • In the Old Testament when the people of God turned from God to idols and immorality their protection was taken away and they lost in battle. Sounds familiar to the West today with the rise of terrorism in the West. OT child sacrifice. Modern abortion, etc.

  • Rest assured Peter, I fully understand that it is both illegitimate and morally wrong to usurp such a solemn blogsite for private use, the commenting rules set up by Bill must be strictly abided by. His rights as the host will always be respected by me, otherwise I would have posted my email address in my last reply. It’s only that there’s no alternative way to extend my friendly invite to you to N.Z. My apology to Bill if I had been in breach of his rules. Let him be the liaison, you can always touch base with me via him if you ever cross the ditch and visit here. Let my hand be reached out to shake yours. Paul

  • Bill…spot on! Most Christians are unaware that Islam’s goal is world domination! That’s why so called “moderate Muslims” many of whom are as ignorant regarding the teaching in their Holy book as are nominal Christians regarding the Bible, become targets of radical Islam. Yes, indeed, the rush to secularism in the West, and abandonment of any solid objective truth, has led to the present state of things.

    As has often been said, “God has no grandchildren”, and for every generation there is need to get right with Him through the atoning work of Jesus Christ. The hymn writer puts it so succinctly to any who trust in their own achievements or status, “Nothing in my hand I bring, simply to thy cross I cling.”

  • It’s darkest, they say, just before the dawn. Things are black in the West, but the troubles could be the catalyst that wakes people up.

  • Interesting facts:
    FACT: The most prestigious Islamic university in the world today is Cairo’s al-Azhar. While the university is very quick to condemn secular Muslims who critique the religion, it has NEVER condemned ISIS as a group of infidels DESPITE horrific carnage IN THE NAME OF ALLAH.
    NOTE: When asked why, the university’s Grand Imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb explained: “Al Azhar cannot accuse any [Muslim] of being a kafir [infidel], as long as he believes in Allah and the Last Day — EVEN IF HE COMMITS EVERY ATROCITY.”

    FACT: ISIS of today (mark 2) is YET ANOTHER RESURGENCE of the old Islam of the middle ages (ISIS Mark 1) – an ongoing brutal ideology devised by an obsessed extremist power-hungry fanatic (and conveniently adopted by his followers for subjugation of others in turn) – that employs ISLAMO-FASCISM and TERROR – intent on spreading their evil fascism via their “caliphates” and slavery throughout the world; indeed the Koran prescribing PRE-EMPTIVE strikes of TERROR and physical conflict as being “good for you” and that “Allah commands Muslims to prepare for war against disbelievers” – “to slay the infidel wherever you find him” – see Quran (2:216), Quran (5:33).
    NOTE: As Sheik Mohammad Tawhidi explained (following an atrocity against innocent civilians): “In their eyes the attackers are martyrs who are going to paradise. And if they stand for a minute of silence they are against their Muslim brothers who fought for jihad and fought the infidels.”

    WARNING to the West: “As twisted as these values may be, it is time for ‘secularists’to admit secular values aren’t up to the job of opposing them. The trouble with ‘secular’ values (being cut off from their Judeo-Christian roots) is that they are then ARBITRARY [so what happens to Basic Human Rights of other humans? to Dignity? to Equality? … and Says who?”]

    How does this happen? It is because Secularism has NO God and, therefore, NO ultimate standard of judgment. The end result is that each man then becomes his own god and does his own thing while it suits him—even if that “thing” involves the exploitation of childhood innocence or slavery or cold-blooded-murder . Islam, on the other hand, does believe in a ‘god of sorts’, BUT the Islamic ‘god’ is NOT the God Dostoevsky had in mind. The God of Islam is an arbitrary despot whose commands are NOT rooted in reason, love, or justice.”

    LESSON for the WEST: “IF there is no God,” wrote Dostoevsky, “everything is permitted” [and so all manner of evil / abuses become permissible, even fashionable or desirable, then inevitable].

    *** For their part, Western liberals would do well NOT to sacrifice critical thinking to the ’god of political correctness’, or look for reasons to bring other religion down to the level of Islam merely to avoid the existential truth that it IS both different and dangerous.
    *** There are just too many Muslims who take the Quran literally… and too many others who couldn’t care less about the violence done in the name of Islam.
    *** Unfortunately, the sheer wild-eyed SAVAGE BARBARISM of ISLAM makes it an ENEMY of EVERY CIVILISED culture on the planet:
    — I have seen documentary footage of the frightful trauma of victims of ISIS sobbing as they confirm a woman’s encounter with ISIS – where she was prevented from feeding her infant for 3 days; and when the baby cried in desperation, it was beheaded and thrown back to her; and also where many of the girls had been kidnapped for sexual slavery, until they had escaped and determined to free many hundreds still kept in sexual-slavery.

    Why is this happening?
    — This is savagery that could only be a MANIFESTATION of SATAN who now has unprecedented power on the planet — – because of the unprecedented level of “individual, national and global sins’” (each sin being a vote for Satan to take control of the world). Satan does not sleep and very quickly “fills the vacuum left behind” by lazy uncommitted Christians who fail to value civilization and free speech which Christianity has granted them … and by appeasement of Islam by stupid politicians who want to do battle with feathers against bombs, bullets and lies.

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