Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord

23rd/24th June 2016 will long be remembered as two momentous days in the history of the United Kingdom. On 23rd, the British people were given the opportunity to decide whether their country should remain in the European Union or leave the European Union. On 24th, it became clear that they had decided to leave. We believe that this was the right choice and, since most Christians will have prayed, “Your will be done on earth as it is on heaven,” we trust this is the will of God. We agree with those politicians and commentators who have declared that 24th June is our Independence Day and should be commemorated as such.

As well as making this historic decision about the future of the UK, we believe the British people have made a number of statements that need to be taken note of:

  1. They have put sovereignty above economic self-interest. They have counted the cost of short-term financial upheaval and considered it a price worth paying for freedom
  2. They have chosen hope over fear and truth over deception.
  3. They have thumbed their noses at politicians, financiers and the elite who despise working people and consider them incapable of understanding political issues and making decisions about them.

We also suggest that there are a number of lessons to be learned and principles to be adopted from the word of God as we now move on from the referendum into this next chapter of the UK’s history:

  1. Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 13: 34). In championing same-sex ‘marriage’ David Cameron took on Almighty God and suffered the consequences. Let his successor take heed.
  2. Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6: 33). Our nation may be about to experience a number of economic challenges. If we order our affairs according to Kingdom principles we can be confident of God’s provision and blessing.
  3. Man and woman shall not live by bread alone (Matthew 4: 4). Economic considerations must never be the sole criteria by which a course of action is judged to be right or wrong, as the ‘Remain’ campaign seemed to be insisting.
  4. See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5: 15-16). We trust that by leading us out of the EU the Lord is giving us a window of opportunity to prepare for His return. Perhaps He is keeping us out of a godless superstate which will provide the setting in which the man of sin (2 Thessalonians 2: 3) will arise. We must use this time to pursue God’s agenda, to rescue the perishing, to care for the needy and not just to seek our own well being.
  5. In becoming disconnected from the EU we must not become isolationist. Our commission is to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28: 19). We are also to take in the stranger (Matthew 25: 35) and remember the prisoners as if chained with them (Hebrews 13: 3), which surely includes refugees and our persecuted brothers and sisters in the Middle East and elsewhere.

If you are a citizen of the United Kingdom, we hope that you can say with us, “This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it” (Psalms 118: 24) whichever way you voted. Britain outside the EU is the new reality. We have to live with it whether we agree or not. As a United Kingdom, let us now work together to bring this nation back under God’s rule and reign.

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord (Psalms 33: 12).

The EU Referendum and the New World Order

Like many of you I have been praying about the forthcoming referendum.

I do believe as a born-again, Spirit-filled Christian we would be better out of the EU than in the EU. On 24 June 2016 dependent on what the British public say, we will have to live with the consequences. I have listened to a lot of fear but I am reminded in Scripture that God does not work through fear. I do believe that the body of Christ is the true government on this earth and I do believe through prayer we can change many things by God’s grace.

Reference my previous article on this issue, I still hold fast to what God told me at the beginning, that if we remain in the EU then the setting up of the new world order and the apostasy church will come soon. This can be found in 2 Thessalonians 2, which I would like you all to mediate upon, as I do believe we are very close to the second coming of Christ. I think, brethren, we need to stop looking at this world, as John Bunyan did in the 17th century, and look to the celestial city which will be our home for all eternity. Like Paul who wrote to the Thessalonian church we must always be watchful to the signs and the time that we are living in.

Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God.

Do you not remember that when I was still with you I told you these things? And now you know what is restraining, that he may be revealed in his own time. For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way. And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming. The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs, and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved by the Lord, because God from the beginning chose you for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called you by our gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.

2 Thessalonians 2. Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

So in the words of our Lord Jesus Christ through the apostle Paul, let us continue in the work that the Lord has given us to bring precious souls from darkness to light. As we consider how to vote on Thursday let us do the right thing as believers. I would be as bold to say vote to leave.

May the grace of God be with us all as we make this big decision which will change the nature of our country forever.

Rev Ross Rennie