Light for the Last Days

SHORT TALK

I thought we might begin by thinking a little bit about what do we mean by ‘being conservative’. I guess everyone’s aware that the Conservative Party is heading for what the pundits say is going to be a massive defeat on Thursday, and will lose its present majority of about 80 seats to be saddled with a Labour government with a majority of perhaps up to 200 MPs.

We don’t know but that’s what they’re saying. It may be a little bit different but, what do we mean by being conservative?

There three ways which you could understand a conservative: First being economically conservative, second by supporting the Conservative Party as a political party, meaning that you believe in a free market economy, low tax, and that you’re against socialism, particularly against the Marxist form of socialism.

Looking at my own history, back in the 1960s when I was a student and became a young teacher at a comprehensive school in London, I was well to the left of Jeremy Corbin, and probably supported the Communist Party. I met my first wife Nikki who was gone to be with the Lord, standing outside the US Embassy with my little placard that said ‘US imperialists out of Vietnam!’, while she was handing out leaflets about Jesus, the ‘Jesus Revolution’, and the change of heart through coming to faith In Jesus.

A few weeks later, I met Nikki and I also met Jesus both of whom were were important in my life. But I guess meeting Jesus was more important. Meeting Jesus, I came to change a lot of my views and, if you ask me now, I’m probably not centre right, not totally far right, but certainly favouring a sort of more centre right, free market economy, and certainly not favouring a Marxist socialist one.

But then you’ve also got a third definition that could be named: ‘socially conservative’ What does it mean being socially conservative?

Well, conserving values of society, traditional society, in our society its history, the culture, religion, family values which have been largely shaped by some form of Christianity.

If you look at our history, and you go to our institutions, you’ll find there’s some kind of Christian influence. Even at the BBC headquarters there’s a plaque in the entrance which quotes from Philippians 4.8 about “all things which are honourable and of good report think on these things”. I don’t think they pay much attention, it’s in Latin, so there you are, they probably need a bit of Latin instruction at the BBC as well.

This Temple of the Arts and Muses is dedicated to Almighty God by the first Governors of Broadcasting in the year 1931, Sir John Reith being Director-General. It is their prayer that good seed sown may bring forth a good harvest, that all things hostile to peace or purity may be banished from this house, and that the people, inclining their ear to whatsoever things are beautiful and honest and of good report, may tread the path of wisdom and uprightness.

Inscription showing foundational broadcaster’s values at the Central Archway in the Entrance Lobby – Central London BBC Broadcasting House

Basically, when you look at many of our institutions, universities, law courts, all these things, you’ve got a Christian influence there and we see that it’s been pushed away. And one of the main failures of the Conservative Party has been in this.

I remember when Theresa May said that “we are being called the nasty party…” Do you remember that? Yeah, and one of the things that they were called ‘nasty’ about was because they supported the Section 28 which was a clause which designed to prohibit the promotion of homosexuality by local authorities introduced by Margaret Thatcher’s conservative government.

It also included the prohibition of teaching homosexuality in schools and that was considered to be very nasty by people who wanted to do that. Eventually, they got rid of it and the Conservative Party changed its view on that.

And by the time you got to David Cameron, they were bringing in gay marriage and, generally, under the conservatives, in this present time, you’ve had an assault on traditional moral and social values with a number of conservative MPs very much on the liberal end of the political Spectrum.

We have got conservative in social terms but you also have ‘conservative’ in terms of theology.

I would guess that probably most of you are conservative in your theology, which means that you believe the Bible to be the authoritative Word of God to the human race. Which is also what I believe.

If you’re conservative in your theology, it’s very likely that you’re going to have some problems with the way our society has been developing in the last few years, and is likely to develop in the coming days if Labour wins this massive majority.

Here are just a few conservative, evangelical beliefs:

  1. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth is fundamental to our belief of the Bible that humans are made in the image of God therefore with a purpose, that we’re not just random creatures which came out of some billions of years of evolution. It means that God made us, that God has a purpose for us, and there is a God behind everything that exists.
  2. God gave us Commandments for us to obey for our good: Ten Commandments in Exodus chapter 20. Jesus’s summary of the Commandments is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul, with all your mind, and you should love your neighbour as yourself. These things are given to us as Commandments by God which we should live by. We also recognize, as we think of the Commandments, that all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.
  3. There is one God and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus. Jesus’s death and resurrection is a historical event which took place in time and space, in which God opened The Way for us to find forgiveness of sin and eternal life.
  4. There is a day when God will judge the world in righteousness. In Hebrews it says, It is appointed unto man to die once and, after death, the judgment. After death, there are two death destinations you can go to: Heaven or hell. Therefore, it’s important that in this life you choose God and you choose faith in Jesus to make sure that you go to Heaven. But there will be a judgment after death.
  5. There will be a literal Second Coming of Jesus Christ. Acts chapter 17 says, God commands all people everywhere to repent because He has fixed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness. He has given assurance of this by raising Jesus from the dead. So, Jesus risen from the dead is the assurance that He is going to come again and judge the world in righteousness, therefore, we need to be ready to meet Him and, if you follow what I’m teaching, you’ll see that I believe that there are many things happening in the world today which are signs of the soon coming of Jesus the Messiah.
  6. The last one which, I must say, some Evangelical Christians don’t agree with but which I believe is true is that, if you take a literal line of interpretation, there is a significance in the return of the Jewish people to Israel and the current strife over Jerusalem which connects to the Second Coming of Jesus.

Now, if you believe all those things, you’ll probably find yourself out of sync with the prevailing mood in the world. Looking at contemporary views and in the light of these points I have highlighted above, we have the following counteracting points:

  1. The world exists as a result of billions of years of evolution. God may or may not have set off the process, but he doesn’t have much to do with it. Now, humans are the result of an accidental process and may have little or no significance in the great scheme of things. In fact, I heard a reporter on the BBC saying “We are so insignificant in the universe“, meaning that we’re just a speck of dust in this vast universe and we don’t have any significance. In contrast, if you believe the Bible, you have tremendous significance, you have such significance that God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to die for you on the cross, to save you, and to redeem you.
  2. You have relative values: you have ‘my truth’ and ‘your truth’ as opposed to God’s truth. I heard the guy who won the Eurovision Son contest who was very much into LGBT. He said that “it affirmed his belief in ‘my truth’“, and that he “went to hell and back to find out ‘my truth’“, and now he is “in paradise“. Well, I’m afraid he’s heading for the wrong place if that’s what he believes, because there is not ‘my truth’, there is God’s truth. And so often people that have ‘my truth’ are setting up this alternative scheme of morality in which you can just change according to how you feel, and you can even change from being a man into being a woman if you feel like it. And there are no absolutes, no absolute good or evil, and therefore no need to keep God’s Commandments. Indeed, ultimately, there’s no good or evil, there are just relative values.
  3. There are many ways to God or, no God. All gods are equal. You’ve got multifaith, multiculturalism which replace Christianity as the guiding religion in our society. You’ve got a growing influence of Islam, yoga, Eastern religious worldviews replacing Christianity as the dominant religion in Western society. And, in fact, biblical Christianity, I’d say, has been well pushed out of the centre stage in our society.
  4. There is no judgment. There is no life after death, or, maybe, there is some kind of a woolly after life. Often, when somebody dies, you say they’re ‘up there with the angels, looking down on us‘, whether they lived a good life or not. And people have no idea that there is a judgment which is to come. Non-judgmentalism is very important in our society. We’re not supposed to judge people, not supposed to say something is ‘wrong’. ‘Right’ or ‘wrong’ seems to have ‘gone out fashion’, so we now have this non-judgmentalism instead.
  5. There will be no literal Second Coming of Jesus, therefore, there is, in today’s view, no relevance of current events to prophecy and the hope of the world lies with humanism or progress to save us.
  6. Israel is not significant, anti Zionism is growing in our society, as well as anti-Semitism.

So, those are just a few things I picked out. I think you can see that they’re much more in control of our society than the first list which I gave.

You then ask a question: ‘How does this express itself in our society today?

If you look at these values, they lead to a rejection of social conservatism and theological conservatism on all levels.

You also have the idea of national identity being replaced by a sort of internationalism, globalism, and you have an alternative view on humanism, Marxism, yoga, New Age, LGBT, the diversity agenda, all becoming part of the norm. In fact, you have to subscribe to them and if you don’t, you’re a bit of a ‘bad person’, and you may not find yourself being promoted in your job. Or you may not find yourself ‘being continued’ in your job if you say the ‘wrong thing’ on some of those issues. Generally, this involves a rejection of the Christian views which I have outlined above.

I think you can see that happening. I see a few people nodding their head so I guess you agree with me on that.

Currently, you can see that a lot of people, especially I read some of the right-wing press you might call it, are in a panic over the prospect of a left-wing Labour Party with a massive majority.

Boris Johnson wrote an article in The Mail called ‘Starmageddon‘ in which he said:

You know that Starmer is going to bring the collapse of conservatism’. And I read an article in the Daily Telegraph by man called Alistair Heath writing about the fact that “Sir Keir Starmer will be prime minister with a crushing majority. Even in the best-case scenario for the Conservatives, never before in British history will there have been so many MPs – mostly Labour, but also Lib Dem, Plaid Cymru, Green and the diminished SNP – dedicated to one or other form of socialism or social-democracy, and so few – Tory, Reform and DUP – interested in free markets, cultural conservatism, self-government or other strands of centre-Right thinking. The Left’s unprecedented control over Parliament will be matched by its unparalleled grip over virtually every other powerful institution: the universities, cultural bodies, charities, the BBC and most of the broadcast media, the quangos, the economic and financial regulators, the Church, the police and now even big business and woke capital.

That’s what I’ve been saying, that all of our institutions have been taken over one by one kind of woke leftism or other, and you find that people who hold to Christian traditional views are being pushed out.

You’ve also got anti-Brexit Remainers pushing to re-join the EU. Woke activists are pushing CR (Critical Race Theory) and decolonization wanting to go even further than Labour’s plans to impose yet more divisive red tape on business.

Others want to inject egalitarian and woke nostrums into the education curriculum the Israelophobes are desperate for Labour to turn its back on the Jewish State.

I think that’s quite a perceptive article which tells you what’s happening in our society.

And you’ve got to follow the ‘Science Brigade’ which will be pushing for compulsory vaccinations, Net Zero while you can’t question the science on these issues which I’m afraid I do on many issues.

You’re also going to have to support the Muslims on islamophobia. I saw an interview with Keir Starmer and Sadik Khan talking about the need to defend Muslims from those horrible people who are Islamophobic.

Now, you got to work out what ‘Islamophobia’ means. Does it mean people who go around cursing and hating Muslims? Which we don’t want to do because God loves all people including Muslims. Or is it people who disagree with the Muslim religion and find fault with it?

I wrote this little booklet called the Quran or the Bible. If you read it through, it’s very critical of the Quran and critical of the origins of the Islamic faith. It could be described as being Islamophobic because it’s critical of Islam.

Now, I don’t think it is Islamophobic because a ‘phobia’ is ‘an unnatural fear of something you don’t have to be afraid of’, like claustrophobia or arachnophobia (afraid of spiders). You don’t have to be afraid of them.

However, you should be somewhat afraid of Islam because it has an agenda to take over the world and to suppress Christianity and, wherever it is in power, it does suppress Christianity and Christians. So, there’s a legitimate reason to have fears about Islam.

This ‘politically correct’ government will then make it difficult for us to say anything about this. We could be in some difficulties.

Also, with homosexuality (with homophobia) again, it’s not irrational to have some fear about the imposition of homosexuality on, particularly, our children in schools and on society because it’s against God’s Law, it’s against nature, and it’s against how God wants people to relate to each other.

If you can’t say ‘it’s wrong’, then you’re in a society which is afraid to speak out against what God says is wrong. So, we have this danger of society becoming, in a senses tyrannical against those who want to believe and say what the Bible says.

Now, Starmer has been reasonably good on anti-Semitism and Israel’s right to defend itself so far, but he’s going to be under immense pressure to go back on this from the left wing of his party.

You can expect a lot of anti-Israel stuff to come in and, if we have a ‘coming economic crisis’, I’m quite sure that he will push us towards a globalist solution. I don’t know if you know this but Starmer went to the Davos conference this year and he thought it was ‘wonderful, much, much happier there‘ than he was in the House of Commons.

And he said that ‘this is the sort of place where you want to decide the future of our country and of the world’. And if you don’t know what the Davos Conference is, it’s the World Economic Forum’s conference working at the kind of globalism that will ultimately bring us towards a One World Government in which everything will be controlled by people outside of us, and you will have to submit to various internationalist laws which are decided not in our Parliament but by people elsewhere, in the EU and other globalist agents.

Tony Pearce

2 comments

  • Sir Keir Starmer’s wife is Jewish and they both celebrate Shabbat along with her father, every Friday night, as a tradition. Where that leaves his view on Israel I do not know as I have not followed the labour parties views.

    • Thanks Linda. No wonder he wants to finish work by 6pm on Friday’s. I’m afraid it’ll have to be earlier than that in winter…
      God bless!

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