Christ Church Free Church of England

From the Pastor’s Pen  ....                                                              February,2020

The true body of Christ Church need to stand together more than ever now the skies are darkening as far as gospel freedoms are concerned in the UK. Have you seen how the city councils almost to a man are closing ranks against Franklin Graham coming to give pagan old England another chance to repent & believe.

 

According to the Christian Institute..... "the incoming Archbishop of York believes biblical teaching on sexuality should come second to 21st century Western cultural beliefs and the Bishop of Newcastle, Christine Hardman issued a statement to all Churchwardens in the Newcastle Diocese stating her opposition to Franklin Graham’s orthodox views on sexuality."

 

The Lord have mercy on poor old UK!! The apostle Paul tells us this handing over of a society to the cravings of its own invention, is a sign that God has already begun to judge that society. Giving into a society by giving them what they want is its own worst punishment!

 

Romans 1:26-27

 

For this reason God gave them up to dishonourable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error.

 

One shudders to think what is to become of marriage, the family, normal, truly fulfilling sexual intimacy as intended by our loving Creator and eventually so called Western civilization itself. Truly we are our own worst enemy, as was the Ancient world of Sodom and Gomorrah, the Babylonian, Persian, Greek and Roman Empires all of whom came and went at least in part due to their experimentation with marriage, normal sexuality and the family as designed by God revealed in Genesis chapters 1 and 2.

 

It’s great when the church enters the world as salt & light but when the world enters the church with its anti-God mindset....!!!

 

Time for Church "dignatories" to read their Bibles! Or maybe rather it's a case of - believe their Bibles!

A good place to start maybe....James 4:4

 

You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.

 

May we remind those wishing to lead the church, ours is a greater accountability than our membership. (James 3:1) We are not there to write the Bible or to re-write it. We are there to rightly divide, i.e. interpret, apply and most important live it out in our own life and thereby help others to do the same. That is our job and woe betide us if we go into ministry with any other agenda yet still go into the teaching ministry!

 

The truly born again, Spirit filled and led Church of the risen Lord Jesus,  lets rise up and support our brother Franklin insofar as he, like his dad, comes to proclaim what the Bible says...not what he or anyone else says.

 

All are welcome to come and hear, repent and believe so they may be given the gift of new life.

 

Matthew 24:35

 

Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

 

Matthew 5:18

 

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

 

Lord bless you.

Grahame Wray.