Intolerance – in the United Kingdom and Cambodia

Rev Ross Rennie, Director of Grace Missions, recently wrote to Mrs Theresa May, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. He assured her of his prayers, and those of many other Christians, regardless of political views or affiliation, who accept the authority of the Bible’s injunction in 1 Timothy 2: 1-2 to pray for all who are in authority. He wrote,

You are my prime minister and as long as you decide to keep your position I and the true Christian church of Jesus Christ will pray for your protection, for wisdom for our nation, to heal the wounds and rebuild this country, to root out bigotry and hatred in our nation, so as an Englishman I and others can be proud again of our nation and our democracy.

Ross also alerted the Prime Minister to two dangers which cause him great concern.

The Intolerance of the British Media

In his letter to Mrs May and another to the Director General of the BBC, Ross expressed his disappointment and anger at how the BBC has abandoned the value of impartiality with which it was founded and has become a platform for elitist, anti-Christian, anti-Brexit views. This is symptomatic of the way our news media have been corrupted.

To quote The Christian Institute,

The BBC has openly mocked the beliefs of millions of Christians and others with socially conservative views in its election commentary.

During an interview on Monday morning, Radio 4 presenter John Humphrys laughed at former MLA Nelson McCausland when he stated that the DUP’s policies are “compassionate”.

The BBC also ran a sizeable feature highlighting mockery of the DUP’s socially conservative values by various satirists.

Other media outlets have attacked the party for its views on sexual morality and marriage in recent days.

Telegraph columnist Dr Tim Stanley said the hostility shown towards the DUP because of its stance on same-sex marriage and abortion shows that mainstream Christian beliefs have become toxic in politics.

Writing about the resignation of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrat Party, who said, “To be a political leader… and to live as a committed Christian… has felt impossible for me”, Andrea Williams, CEO of Christian Concern and the Christian Legal Centre, said,

“Tim Farron’s treatment demonstrates that Christians are simply not tolerated by the illiberal elite in positions of influence. This, alongside the widespread reaction to the DUP’s views on abortion and same-sex unions, is further evidence of this anti-Christian morality.

“The vilification of the DUP for its opposition to abortion and same-sex unions and castigation of Tim Farron is shocking and upsetting. If we continue in this crusade of ‘totalitolerance’, we will enter a harsh and conformist world where Christianity will be ‘no platformed’ and eventually squeezed out of every sphere of public life. The elite determines what are toxic unacceptable views. Unless you approve of their ‘new morality’ you are punished. At first comes the loss of privilege, a political position, a place at university, then the detriment: the refusal of a grant and ultimately criminal sanction.”

The Intolerance of Opposition in Cambodia

Ross wrote to Mrs May about the possibility of violence in Cambodia if the opposition party wins next year’s general election:

Many in Cambodia are very concerned about the possible actions of Mr Hun Sen, the Prime Minister, who has over many years marginalised all opposition even back to the time in 1997 when using his control of the army he ousted Prince Norodom Ranariddh when they were first and second prime ministers in a coalition government.

For many years Hun Sen has been seeking to neutralise the principal opposition party and he has made repeated threats that he will hold on to power, if necessary using military force, even if his party loses in the general election.

When Ross wrote to Boris Johnson, Foreign Secretary, asking to discuss this with him, he was told he was too busy. Instead he was assured that the British government was giving money to Cambodia for election monitoring. Ross suggested to Mrs May that this was like giving money to Hitler to protect the Jews.

Alarm Bells

The alarm bells are ringing.

The tendency of the authorities in the United Kingdom seems to be to ignore them and only take action when it is too late, whether it is erecting barriers to protect pedestrians on London’s bridges or enforcing fire safety standards in high-rise buildings. Christians should be different.

  • It was said of the sons of Issachar they were “men who understood the times, with knowledge of what Israel should do….” (1 Chronicles 12: 32).
  • The Lord said to Ezekiel, “If the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet and the people are not warned, and a sword comes and takes a person from them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood I will require from the watchman’s hand.” (Ezekiel 33: 6)

Where are the watchmen? Who will speak up? Who will give a warning? What will you do?

Stand or Run?

Since 23 June, when I believe that God spoke about the destiny of the United Kingdom regarding Brexit, and on the night of the vote the shock and horror that went into the liberal left whose aims and objectives are totally anti-Christ, we have seen the twists and turns of the House of Lords and those with vested interests who really do not care about the British public or the wellbeing of this nation. The term for them is fat cats. These fat cats just want to get more and more and more wealth. I would be as strong to stay their father is the devil and we know what a liar and deceiver he is.

So we sit at the dawn of what I believe to be a new future for the United Kingdom. I also believe this is God giving our nation a last chance to redeem ourselves, owing to the fact that the spiritual leaders of this country did not stand up against the redefining of marriage. Their wimpish nature was to sign petitions at the back of their church buildings. We have the Archbishop of Canterbury now saying that if he is forced to marry a man and a man or a woman and a woman he will capitulate. God help us when we have leaders such as this. We have investigations going on in the world with the televangelists, who in my own personal opinion are a bunch of charlatans, and I am surprised that so many believers are mesmerised by these deceivers.My only consolation is when the Lord returns we shall all know the truth. Jesus our Lord Himself said,

My only consolation is when the Lord returns we shall all know the truth. Jesus our Lord Himself said:

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” (Matthew 7: 22-23)

There are also many other verses in the word of God that state clearly about unfaithful servants. For example, read Matthew 24: 46-51 and Matthew 25: 1-13.

So it is very clear that we as leaders in the body of Christ must be very careful how we handle the word of God. I remember at Keswick 1984 the then Bishop of Chester Michael Baughen said, “The word of God is like a fire. Used correctly it brings life. Used incorrectly it burns.” I never forgot those words from such a wise bishop.

I am just glad that when the great and terrible day of the Lord comes and the dead are judged (Revelation 20: 11-15) and believers are judged (1 Corinthians 3: 10-15) that it is God who judges and not us. All I want to hear at the end of my life are the words of my Saviour, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into your rest.” I hope like me you will hear the same words and not be tossed about by every wind of doctrine or the schemes of crafty men, as the apostle Paul once said.

Our main purpose on this earth is to lead as many as we can to the feet of Jesus our Lord and Savour. The decision they make is between them and the Lord. But I believe it is now time for true, Spirit-filled, Spirit-led Christians wherever they are in the world to stand up and be counted. We are the head, not the tail, and if we stand and allow injustices to go on around us we are as guilty as those who pass such laws. When I look back through history at Foxe’s Book of Martyrs and other writings, I see men and women of true faith who served the Lord in many parts of the world as missionaries even unto death.

What will you do for Jesus, stand or run? The choice is yours.

God bless you.

Rev Ross Rennie

Ashers Baking Company to Appeal

Ashers Baking Company is to appeal against District Judge Isobel Brownlie’s 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.

In a statement, the McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, said: “After much careful and prayerful consideration given to legal advice, we have decided to appeal the judgment handed down last Tuesday.

“We continue to insist that we have done nothing wrong as we have discriminated against no individual but rather acted according to what the Bible teaches regarding marriage.

“As many other people have already noted, Christian beliefs seem to have been trampled over in this judgment and we believe this only has negative effects for our society.

“Our hope and prayer would be that an appeal will allow us and other Christians to live out their faith in Jesus Christ in every part of their lives, including their workplace.”

Make a Stand

We believe it is important for all those who support freedom of speech and freedom of conscience to make their views known by writing to their elected representatives in the House of Commons or the Northern Ireland Assembly. You can also write to Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, Minister for Women and Equalities, at the Government Equalities Office, 100 Parliament Street, London, SW1A 2BQ.

Your rights are at stake, not just those of Ashers.

Join the Debate

In response to our tweet that Ashers were to appeal, Simon Thompson tweeted:

@gracemissionsuk I bet if a Muslim baker refused to make a Christian cake you be up in arms

No. We would do what Mr Lee should have done when refused a cake by Ashers: get a life, recognise the supplier’s right to freedom of conscience and look for another bakery that would agree to bake the cake.

” I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”

We quote again the opinion of Aidan O’Neill QC, written before the Ashers case came to trial.

“There would be no defence to similar actions being taken against individuals or companies supplying services in any of the following scenarios which have been presented to me:

  1. A Muslim printer refusing a contract requiring the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed;
  2. An atheist web designer refusing to design a website presenting as scientific fact the claim that God made the world in six days;
  3. A Christian film company refusing to produce a “feminist/female-gaze” erotic film;
  4. A Christian baker refusing to take an order to make a cake celebrating Satanism;
  5. A T-shirt company owned by lesbians declining to print T-shirts with a message describing gay marriage as an “abomination”;
  6. A printing company run by Roman Catholics declining an order to produce adverts calling for abortion on demand to be legalised.”

What do you think? Is your freedom of conscience under threat? Join the debate. Add your comments below.

A Sad Day for the Kingdom

As many of you may have heard today, the world again has decided to go its own way and the judgment has gone against Ashers Baking Company. This has just made a mockery of the laws of this world as it now means if a Muslim printer refused to print a cartoon of Mohammed with the caption ‘false prophet’, the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland would find him guilty in a court. So whether it is a cake or a piece of printed literature we now see that even our human rights are at stake. As Bible believing Christians (as many of us are) we are now into territory that could face any of us with law suits or even imprisonment.

Have mercy on their souls.

Stand with David against the Quango Goliath

A Christian-run bakery will be up in court on 26 March for refusing to bake a cake.

The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland claims that Ashers Baking Company broke political and sexual orientation discrimination laws by declining to produce a pro-gay ‘marriage’ campaign cake last year.

Daniel McArthur, manager of Ashers, whose name comes from the biblical tribe of Asher who had many skilled bakers and created bread fit for a king (Genesis 49: 20), said that fulfilling the order would have involved promoting a cause which goes against their conscientious view that marriage is between a man and a woman.

Leading human rights lawyer Aidan O’Neill QC has written a legal opinion in which he outlines the dramatic consequences which could follow if Ashers Baking Company loses.

He states that if Ashers loses there would also be no defence to similar actions being taken against other businesses in any of the following scenarios:

  • A Muslim printer refusing a contract requiring the printing of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed;
  • An atheist web designer refusing to design a website presenting as scientific fact the claim that God made the world in six days;
  • A Christian film company refusing to produce a “female-gaze/feminist” erotic film;
  • A Christian baker refusing to take an order to make a cake celebrating Satanism;
  • A T-shirt company owned by lesbians declining to print T-shirts with a message describing gay ‘marriage’ as an “abomination”;
  • A printing company run by Roman Catholics declining an order to produce adverts calling for abortion on demand to be legalised.

The McArthurs have received widespread support, including from a gay activist, Northern Ireland’s First Minister, MPs and MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly of Northern Ireland).

DUP MEP Diane Dodds has described the legal action against Ashers as a “deeply regrettable” challenge to the “right to exercise faith”, and a “violation of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights”.

A poll has shown that the majority of the general public think the legal action brought by the taxpayer-funded quango is over the top.

Will you stand with Ashers and the McArthur family as they face this difficult trial, and thank them for their good example?

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