Transgender and the church.
Rev John Parker, a vicar in the Church of England has resigned as a governor at a Church of England primary school after the school leadership granted permission for a child under the age of twelve to announce to his class his transition from a boy to a girl, without any agreed procedures or policies and without informing parents until it was too late.
The transgender lobby group Mermaids were also invited into the school
to provide training to staff with a disturbing threat of legal action being taken against anyone who resisted their programme. During the Mermaids staff training session it was made clear that the staff must accept the transgender movement. The Mermaids’ representative (a female) told staff and governors: “If I was a member of staff here, and I came in to work and said: ‘I recognise I’m a trans man, I’d like to use the name Paul and the pronouns ‘he’ and ‘him’ – that is all you ever need to know.” Furthermore, she insisted it would be illegal to deny anyone the use of the toilets or changing rooms for the gender they identify as, and warned using the wrong pronoun for a transgender child would be a ‘hate crime’.
The trainer was clear that LGBTQI+ identity must take priority in schools. She said: “You cannot use personal, religious or cultural beliefs to discriminate. You can have them of course you can, we live in a free country, but you cannot use that to discriminate against another minority.” Finishing the training, she told staff at the school that: “You are all now honorary mermaids, whether you want to be or not.”
John Parker, who is an Oxford biology graduate politely attempted to express dissent from this agenda and put his Christian and scientific view on the issues involved, but he was bluntly silenced by the head teacher. ‘I don’t have to listen to this’, the Mermaids trainer said. The local bishop backed up the school’s position and opposed John Parker, who then resigned as a vicar in the CofE. He was already deeply troubled by the CofE’s promotion and enforcement of politically correct ideology, especially within his diocese in recent years. The local CofE’s diocesan education body approved trans ideology within the school of which Mr Parker was a governor. This was the final straw, and after his concerns were silenced, he faced no option but to resign. In his resignation letter to the Bishop he wrote that he feared that children were being ‘sacrificed on the altar of trans ideology’.
Andrea Williams, Chief Executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “Parents have a right to know if and when this ideological movement is in their schools and being taught as fact. I believe that a real threat is posed to schools from organisations such as Mermaids. They implement a new ideological tyranny – and any disagreement is at best silenced and at worst, punished. The number of children confused about their sex and gender and seeking treatment is escalating and it is our children that
are suffering and are bewildered. In imposing this ideology, we are not being kind to our children but cruel. It is time for this to stop.”
“The Church of England has one million children in its care. This is a serious God-given duty which the church is failing at. It has invited the new state ideology into the classroom and it has lost confidence in its own message of what it means to be human. The Church needs to act before it is too late.”
It looks unlikely that the Church of England will act. As of September 2020, Relationships Education will become mandatory in all primary schools in England (both state and independent) and Relationships and Sexual Education will become mandatory in all secondary schools. The government has made no secret that one of the principal aims is to promote the acceptance of LGBT lifestyles and identities, with Ofsted having already placed this controversial agenda at the heart of its school inspection regime.
The drive towards compulsory sex education is part of a global campaign led by the UN to bring Comprehensive Sexuality Education to the world
by 2030, embedding the ideology of the sexual revolution across the whole of humanity. The World Health Organisation in 2010 published its Standards for Sexuality Education in Europe saying ‘Sexuality education is firmly based on gender equality, self- determination and the acceptance of diversity. Sexuality education starts at birth.’
All of this is bringing in a tyranny aimed at indoctrinating our youth with anti- Christian teaching and silencing any opposition to it. And the Church of England is meekly submitting to it.
China – the state versus the church.
Hong Kong’s protest movement continues against its leader Carrie Lam’s proposed bill that would have sent criminal suspects from Hong Kong to communist China for prosecution. Millions turned out to protest what they believed to be an attempt by China to further erode its independence.
Some have characterised the conflict between China and Hong Kong as a conflict between communism and Christianity. An unofficial anthem of the protests was “Sing hallelujah to the Lord.” A key moderate protest leader who is a Christian, Joshua Wong, says China’s extradition plan ignited the protest movement against dictatorial rule from China.
The people of Hong Kong have good reasons to fear this being imposed on them. In China, censorship has reached unprecedented levels backed by hi-tech monitoring of the people. In 2018, China had an estimated 200 million surveillance cameras, with plans for 626 million surveillance cameras by 2020. China’s aim is an “Integrated Joint Operations Platform” which will link data from surveillance cameras with facial recognition technology, citizen ID card numbers, biometric data, license plate numbers, health, family planning, banking, and legal records, “unusual activity”, and any other relevant data that can be gathered about citizens, such as religious practice, travels abroad, and so on, according to reports of local officials and police. It is in the process of fulfilling what Stalin, Hitler and Mao could only dream about: The flawless totalitarian state, powered
by digital technology, where the individual has nowhere to flee from the all-seeing eye of the Communist state.
China’s government launched a new campaign in April to eradicate underground house churches so that only state-sanctioned and heavily restricted Three-Self churches remain. The new campaign is called Return to Zero. The goal is to “dismantle the scale of churches, dissolve the organisation, and dismiss the church.” The ultimate goal is “eliminating Christianity” from the public sphere.
Churches within China are required to register with the government
and become part of the Three-Self movement. Pastors within the Three- Self movement submit their sermons to government officials for approval. In some Three-Self churches, children are prohibited by the government
from attending. Such restrictions have driven millions of Chinese to join illegal, unregistered house churches. A number of such churches have been shut down including the 1,000-member Shouwang Church earlier this year. The government’s aim is to force such churches to join the Three-Self movement or be banned and shut down their churches.
5G – a blessing or a curse?
Today, the total number of cell phones in the world exceeds the entire population of the world, making big profits for mobile phone companies. Now the next generation of cell phone technology is on its way through 5G. 5G will be as much as 100 times faster than the current 4G cellular networks. It will transform the way our citizens work, learn, communicate, and travel. It will help people run their homes, travel, businesses and bring advances in manufacturing, robotics, agriculture, healthcare and so on. It will create astonishing new opportunities for people, creating another dimension in the increase of technology and knowledge scheduled for the last days (Daniel 12.4).
The British government has proposed using the Chinese firm Huaweh to help set up 5G. Since all companies in China are linked to the Chinese government, there are concerns that this could lead to Huaweh being able to pass on security information to the Chinese government. Experts say UK will not be able to set up 5G system without Chinese help.
The USA does not want Britain to be involved with Huaweh or Chinese high tech. It is concerned about this from a security point of view also, as it is about Chinese high-tech installations in South America. An article entitled ‘In Latin America Big Brother China is watching you’ describes how China is distributing intrusive tools of surveillance and social control throughout Latin America. One customer is Maduro’s Venezuela where China has exported a version of its credit score system now being used by the South American socialist dictator to monitor the Venezuelan people. With Chinese help he has created a database and payment system for a “homeland card”. The card, which reportedly includes information on how its owner has voted, is required to access social programs, including those that distribute food and medicine. “It’s the most overt case where you see it being used for social control in support of a dictatorship.”
China has given other governments in the region surveillance capabilities that could be used for social control. In Ecuador, for instance, law enforcement officials have purchased a network of Chinese security cameras with facial recognition software. Similar deals have been struck in regions of Argentina, Bolivia, Panama, and Uruguay. There is concern in USA that this is creating a Chinese security surveillance state on its back door. China has developed its technology to control its population (see previous article). As this becomes a global phenomenon this may be the way that the 666 system of Revelation 13 will be brought in.
Another issue with 5G is the health risk. 5G uses “ultra-high frequency” waves which need cell towers which are much closer together than before. Scientists are concerned that that the electromagnetic radiation that we are already being bombarded with has a harmful effect on living organisms, humans, animals and plants. There is increased cancer risk, cellular stress, genetic damages, structural and functional changes of the reproductive system, learning and memory deficits, neurological disorders, and negative impacts on general well-being in humans.
5G towers are going to be so powerful and so close together, it will essentially be like living in a closed radiation chamber 24 hours a day. Israeli scientist Dr Ben Ishai has discovered that the surface of the human body actually draws in 5G radiation “like an antenna”. In other words, our bodies are essentially magnets for 5G radiation. So it won’t be too long before you are being bombarded by “ultra high frequency” cell phone radiation wherever you go, and most people won’t even realise what is happening. Dr. Martin Pall, Professor of Biochemistry at Washington State University, says that rolling out 5G without any safety testing whatsoever “has got to be about the stupidest idea anyone has had in the history of the world”.
If there is a connection between all this and the Book of Revelation, we should note Revelation 16.2 and 11 and the connection between the mark of the beast and sores coming on those who accept it: ‘So the first angel went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore came upon the men who had the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. … They blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and did not repent of their deeds.’
Israel’s Ambassador quotes Bible to UN.
Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon defended the Jewish right to the Land of Israel, including West Bank settlements when he addressed the UN Security Council on April 29.
‘God gave the land to the people of Israel in Genesis, when he made a covenant with Abraham,’ said Danon. He held up a copy of the Bible for all the ambassadors present to see and said, “This is our deed to our land.”
He argued that Israel has historical and biblical rights to the Holy Land, including Judea and Samaria. ”From the book of Genesis; to the Jewish Exodus from Egypt; to receiving the Torah on Mount Sinai; to the gates of Canaan; and to the realisation of God’s covenant in the Holy Land of Israel; the Bible paints a consistent picture. The entire history of our people, and our connection to Eretz Yisrael, begins right here,” Danon said.
‘The Bible is accepted by all three monotheistic religions’, Danon said, adding that “The Quran itself accepts the divine deed of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel.” He went on to describe the Jewish kingdom in the land during Biblical times with Jerusalem as the capital with its Jewish Temple, that was built twice and destroyed twice – first by the Babylonians and second by the Romans. “For two millennia, Jews across the world continued to pray three times every day for our long awaited return home to Zion and Jerusalem. As we just said on Passover last week, as we do every year, ‘Next year in Jerusalem!’” Danon said.
He is right about the Bible. The Lord promised the land to Abraham and
his descendants (Genesis 15.18) as ‘an everlasting covenant to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.” Genesis 17.7-8.
A number of biblical passages speak of the Jewish people returning to the land of Israel in the last days of this age. In Jeremiah 30.3 the Lord says ‘I will bring back from captivity My people Israel and Judah and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.’ Jeremiah 31.10 says, ‘“Hear the word of the Lord, O nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ The return of the Jewish people is a sign of the last days and the soon return of Jesus the Messiah.
Many people will be surprised to hear Mr Danon say that the Quran also supports this idea. There is a passage which says this: ‘Then We [Allah] said to the Israelites: ‘Dwell in this land [the Land of Israel]. When the promise of the hereafter [End of Days] comes to be fulfilled, We [Allah] shall assemble you [the Israelites] all together [in the Land of Israel].” [Qur’an, “Night Journey,” chapter 17:100-104] A Muslim scholar, Shaik Palazzi has commented on this: ‘God wanted to give Abraham a double blessing, through Ishmael and through Isaac, and ordered that Ishmael’s descendants should live in the desert of Arabia and Isaac’s in Canaan. The Qur’an recognises the Land of Israel as the heritage of the Jews and it explains that, before the Last Judgment, Jews will return to dwell there. This prophecy has already been fulfilled.’
The more usual Muslim interpretation is that the Jews are usurpers who have taken Muslim land from which they must be expelled. Bible prophecy indicates that this will be the desire of the nations round about them as they say ‘“Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation, that the name of Israel may be remembered no more.” Psalm 83.4. Ezekiel 38-9 and Zechariah 12-14 describe attempts to do this, both of which end in failure for those seeking to wipe out Israel, as the Lord intervenes to save His people. In the process of this time of trouble God wants to correct something Israel has got wrong – the identity of the Messiah! See Jeremiah 30-31, Zechariah 12-14.
His name is Yeshua, Jesus the suffering servant Messiah who is coming back soon as the reigning king Messiah to bring peace and justice to the world.
Hindu nationalists a danger to Christians in India.
The BJP Hindu nationalist party of Narendra Modi won a convincing victory in India’s recent election. Its governing ideology is Hindutva, which literally means “Hinduness,” and defines what it means to be an Indian in religious–to be specific, Hindu–terms. Hindutva regards Christianity and Islam as foreign religions, and therefore any Indian who claims to be a Christian or a Muslim is less than truly Indian. According to this ideology, Hinduism is central to what it means to be an Indian.
While most of the world sees India as a land of Gandhi, gurus, and non-violence, there’s nothing peaceful or tolerant about Hindutva. For instance, the man who assassinated Gandhi was an adherent of Hindutva who felt Gandhi had betrayed the Hindu community. In the run-up to the election, one BJP candidate called Gandhi’s assassin “a patriot.” Though Modi denounced the comments, they are consistent with the principles of Hindutva. More concerning are the many examples of Hindutva- inspired persecution of Christians in India, especially in the five years since the BJP first came to power.
In the weeks before the election, there were reports of “food deprivation, beatings, and jail” directed at Christian converts in the eastern Indian state
of Jharkhand. As Open Doors put it, “because radical Hindu nationalists view followers of Jesus as alien to the nation, all Christians in India are suffering persecution. Driven by a desire to cleanse their country from Islam and Christianity, nationalists do not shy away from using extensive violence to achieve their goals.”
Part of their campaign to cleanse India of Christians involves anti-conversion laws. At least six Indian states effectively prohibit conversions to Christianity. I say “effectively,” because Hindu nationalists there have found a way around the freedom of religion guaranteed in the Indian constitution. Any conversion that results from “force, allurement or fraudulent means” is illegal. Given the vagueness of these terms, Indian law empowers ideologically-driven local officials to view all conversions as guilty until proven innocent.
For all these reasons and more, India currently ranks tenth on Open Doors World Watch List, which lists countries in order for the severity of persecutions against Christians. This is eleven spots higher than when the BJP first assumed power.
There are more than 30 million Christians in India, and there’s some reason to believe that this number may be significantly understated. Muslims aren’t the only targets of Hindu extremism. Indian Christians are rightly concerned about what Modi’s triumph means for them.
All the things that we write of in this magazine are pointers to the fulfilment of Bible prophecies of the last days in our day and the soon coming of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The most important thing we can do, in the light of this, is to call on the name of the Lord for salvation, so we are ready to meet Him at His coming.
Dear Heavenly Father, I admit that I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. I believe that Jesus the Messiah died in my place, shedding His blood to pay for my sins, and that He rose again from the dead to give me eternal life. I am willing right now to turn from my sin and accept Jesus the Messiah as my personal Saviour and Lord. I commit my life to you and ask you to send the Holy Spirit into my life, to fill me and to take control and to help me become the kind of person you want me to be.
Thank you Father for loving me.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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