UKIP

Long-term readers of articles on this site will recall that Grace Missions has previously commended UKIP, particularly for its opposition to same-sex ‘marriage’. In 2014, we reported that Grace Missions Director Ross Rennie would be campaigning on behalf of UKIP in the run-up to the Newark by-election. We salute UKIP for being at the forefront of the campaign for the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Recent developments have, however, prompted us to reconsider our continuing support for UKIP. The decision of UKIP’s leader Gerard Batten to appoint Tommy Robinson/Stephen Yaxley-Lennon as his adviser and what former leader Nigel Farage referred to as the party’s “fixation with the issue of Islam” have raised concerns that UKIP is drifting towards extremism. We cannot lend our approval to or be associated with these developments.

Grace Missions has always been unaligned with any one political party. We support policies that are in accordance with the principles of Scripture and oppose those that are not.

Leave Means Leave Protests

Theresa May has negotiated the worst deal in history and Parliament is set to debate this terrible Brexit con over the next few weeks.

Leave Means Leave logoAs an organisation, Leave Means Leave speaks out for those who voted to leave the EU in the 2016 referendum and we are very clear that this deal does not meet the expectations of the millions of people who backed Brexit.

As such we want to ensure MPs hear our voices as they debate and decide how to vote.

Beginning on the 3rd of December, and continuing until the deal is voted on, we will be holding daily protests outside Parliament every day that MPs are sitting.

Starting at 11 am every day we are asking that people join us at the statue of George V on Abingdon Street for a protest against May and the worst deal in history.

We need as many people as possible to join us every day we are out protesting so that this betrayal of your vote does not go unnoticed. Please sign up for a free ticket on our Eventbrite pages for all the days that you can attend.

Register here if you can attend on Monday 3rd.

Register here if you can attend on Tuesday 4th.

Register here if you can attend on Wednesday 5th.

Register here if you can attend on Thursday 6th.

Register here if you can attend on Monday 10th.

Register here if you can attend on Tuesday 11th.

Please also forward this email to as many Brexiteers as you know to ensure a good turnout.

Thank you for all your help – together we must stand up for our country’s future.

Kind regards,

Richard Tice
Vice Chairman
Leave Means Leave 

Aasia Bibi Acquitted

On 31 October, Pakistan’s Supreme Court overturned the conviction of Aasia Bibi, who had been sentenced to death for blasphemy against Islam.

Bibi, a mother of four, has been living on death row since 2010 when she became the first woman to be sentenced to death by hanging under Pakistan’s draconian blasphemy laws.

She was condemned for allegedly making derogatory remarks about Islam after neighbours objected to her drinking water from their glass because she was not Muslim.

The judges said the prosecution had “categorically failed to prove its case beyond reasonable doubt”. The case was based on flimsy evidence, they said, and proper procedures had not been followed. The alleged confession was delivered in front of a crowd “threatening to kill her”.

Chief Justice Saqib Nisarm, who read out the ruling, said Bibi could walk free from prison immediately if not wanted in connection with any other case.

On 13 October, Khadim Rizvi, the leader of a new political party dedicated to punishing blasphemy, Tehreek-e-Labbaik (TLP), announced he would “paralyse the country within hours” if Bibi was freed. She has been offered asylum by several countries and was expected to leave the country if acquitted.

For more information and guidance on how to pray, see this Barnabas Fund article.

American Pastor Released from Wrongful Detention in Turkey

We praise and give glory to God for the release from prison in Turkey of Pastor Andrew Brunson.

Pastor Andrew, a U.S. citizen from Black Mountain, North Carolina, was imprisoned in Turkey for the crime of “Christianization”. After extensive negotiations, the Turkish government released Pastor Andrew from prison on July 25th but placed him under house arrest.

Today, the Be Heard Project reported that Pastor Andrew is preparing to leave Turkey to return home to the United States.

Read the full story.

A Victory for Freedom of Speech and Freedom of Conscience

In a unanimous decision by five judges the Supreme Court has upheld the appeal by Ashers Baking Co against a ruling that by refusing to produce a cake bearing the slogan ‘Support Gay Marriage’ the company unlawfully discriminated against Gareth Lee on the grounds of sexual orientation.

The ruling upholds free speech and prevents the law from forcing businesses to express views with which they profoundly disagree. Repeated throughout the judgment is the Court’s finding that the family’s objection “was to the message, not the messenger”.

In a statement given outside the court, Daniel McArthur, who has spearheaded the family firm’s fight for justice, said, “I want to start by thanking God. He has been with us during the challenges of the last four years. Through the Bible and the support of Christians, He has comforted us and sustained us. He is our rock and all His ways are just.”

The cost of the cake that Ashers declined to bake would have been £36.50; legal costs borne by the state-funded Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which brought the original case against Ashers, were £250,000 and by the Christian Institute, which represented Ashers, £200,000.


We give glory to God for the outcome of this case and pray that its ramifications will be felt far and wide wherever Christian businesses are coming under pressure to compromise on what they believe and stand for. This has been a ‘David and Goliath’ case and we recall the words of David has he stood before the giant: “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. This day the LORD will deliver you up into my hands … that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, and that all this assembly may know that the LORD does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the LORD’S and He will give you into our hands.”

 

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