Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Subject: Mutton-Headed Old Mugwump.

Who could Boris possibly have been describing last February?
What? - You don't know what a mugwump is? - Look it up and then return to the main question.

Hint: It's easier than you might think.

A Wholly Proper Disposal.

A [renegade] Nigerian pastor is on death row after dousing several church members in petrol and setting them ablaze.
One congregant died as a result and Emeka Ezeuko, known as Reverend King by his followers, was sentenced on Thursday to death by hanging. 
He denied all six charges against him, saying his victims were burnt by an electrical generator exploding, according to local media reports. The case has developed into a large-scale scandal in Nigeria with allegations of sexual abuse made against Ezeuko who made followers call him God or Jesus 'all the time'.
One witness said he had repeatedly abused her and was made to serve him meals naked. The same victim said she had had four abortions after Ezeuko impregnated her multiple times.
The court in Lagos heard Ezeuko had tortured his followers to force them into confessing to sex outside marriage before setting them alight as a punishment for their sin.
But one witness to the trial said the renegade pastor reacted defiantly to his sentencing.
'I am not afraid to be hanged. After all Jesus Christ was hanged. That was how Jesus was hanged and the crowd was against him. It is a great honour for me to follow the footpath of the Lord Jesus Christ,' he shouted to the courtroom.
Repentance from this man would perhaps be a very wise choice.

Aldi Already Get More Of My Custom: MUCH More In Future!

What do Lidl and ISIS have in common? They both remove crosses from churches.

Sam Hailes responds to the news that Lidl have removed Christian crosses from their food packaging 
What do Lidl and ISIS have in common? Answer: Both organisations remove Christian crosses from churches.
ISIS’ genocide against Christians and destruction of religious architecture has been well documented. But what wasn’t so well known (until this week) is that the German supermarket chain Lidl has also taken it upon themselves to remove Christian crosses.
When it came to designing the packaging for their Mousaka, Lidl used the power of Photoshop (other photo editing programs are available) to erase crosses from the roofs of famous Greek Orthodox churches in Santorini. 

Burma: Ethnic Cleansing.



http://www.christianpost.com/news/christians-muslims-unite-protest-against-myanmars-rohingya-crisis-199432/

Christians, Muslims Unite to Protest Against Myanmar's Rohingya Crisis

As thousands of civilian Rohingya Muslims are fleeing what the U.N. has called "ethnic cleansing" in northern Myanmar, India's Christians and Muslims and people of other faiths got together in the central Indian city of Lucknow on Friday to protest and call for an end to the ongoing "genocide." Christian Post.

Ryanair.

The debacle affecting two per cent of the Irish airline's giant customer base could cost the airline £18million and knocked £500million off the airline's value yesterday. Mail.

A memo sent to pilots by the airline's chief operations officer offered a €12,000 bonus to staff who had already been assigned a month off as part of attempts to resolve the rostering issues. Mail.

This Blog has repeatedly pointed out to its readership just how dreadful Mr O'Leary's airline really is!

Mexico City. End Times?

Please pray for the people of Mexico City in the wake of this dreadful earthquake.
Are natural disasters increasing? - Is this era we inhabit the very end of 'the end times'?

Birdie.

Looking For A Right Wing Website?

Well - you will not find it here! 
This site is dedicated to attacking political extremes - and, at the moment, there are far more leftists in positions of influence than there are those from the right.
In many senses this Blog may be considered apolitical. It does not have any political agenda as such.

It wants to see a return to a Voltaire standard in terms of freedom of speech; social liberty; a reduction in UK debt; the establishment of democracy; a reduction in the toxic influence of the politically correct; border controls; the expunging of the erroneous belief that high taxation helps ordinary people; severing all links to the EU - but NOT the individual nations of that bloc and for the population to be freed from failed political theories.
The Blog believes in help for the needy; social prosperity; the persecution of persistent criminals; creating opportunity for entrepreneurs and rewarding those who build our nation up.
The Blog is desperate to see the state's role in the running of people's lives - reduced dramatically.
This Blog believes in education, care for the sick, the elderly, the mentally ill and the dying.
It supports traditional Christian values - and to accuse it of right wing attitudes for having moral standards is nothing less than the disingenuity of the left on full display.

Nothing Is Impossible.


Bairstow Leads England Home.

With England having won the test series and also the only T20 against the Windies, yesterday saw the commencement of the five match ODI series which began at Old Trafford.
The start was delayed due to a soggy outfield which could have created a major injury threat to fielders.
When play eventually got under way, Chris Gayle looked capable of setting up a sound base with his extraordinary hitting but gave two catches to Root - the first of which was fluffed by the skipper in test matches but the second was brilliantly taken in compensation for the earlier error.
The Windies' batting was feeble from this point as the England bowlers took command and the batsmen made runscoring look nigh on impossible.
The delays had meant a reduction to a 42 over match and it was always clear that the total of 205 set for an England victory would never be good enough.

A half century from Root and an unbeaten century from Jonny Bairstow saw England through to a comfortable seven wicket win on a pitch which never demonstrated any of 'the demons within' suggested by a mediocre batting display from the visitors.
1 - 0. Wholly merited.

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

New Ukip Leader?

We shall know on the 29th of this month.

Right As Usual, Amjad.

Amjad Bashir, Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber. 
I SAT in the European Parliament chamber when Jean-Claude Juncker delivered his so-called State of the Union speech. It left me shocked and relieved in equal measure. Shocked by the scale and speed at which they plan to plough ahead towards a European Superstate. Relieved that Britain is leaving and will not have to be part of a future EU that pulls ever-more power into the centre and away from national governments and parliaments.

Read more at: http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/yp-letters-second-brexit-referendum-is-out-of-question-1-8758185

The Reforming catholic Confession.

Over 250 prominent scholars, pastors, and church leaders from around the world released on Tuesday a theological statement affirming the essentials of the Reformation. And its Protestant authors contend that in this 500th anniversary year, the document is a "catholic" statement in its best sense.
The Reforming Catholic Confession is a document which outlines the main theological commitments held by a wide breadth of Protestant Christians, including evangelicals, since the Reformation. The purpose of such a statement is to demonstrate the remarkable togetherness that exists throughout the world among Protestants on the core elements of Christianity, said Jerry Walls, an author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University.
Despite how some Roman Catholics fasten the divisions within Protestantism as a case against it, including the joking about there being 33,000 different denominations — as if the entire legacy of the Reformation is endless religious splintering — the Confession showcases the extensive agreement on the substance of the historic Christian faith, Walls told The Christian Post.
The statement's signatories include a sizable list of biblical heavyweights who hail from a variety of traditions. Over 110 Christian institutions, over 30 of which are international, are represented.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF JERRY WALLS)Jerry Walls, author and professor of philosophy at Houston Baptist University.
"I just got the idea that one of the best ways we could actually commemorate the Reformation, and remind people of what really lay behind it and what motivated the Reformers was to come up with a confession of faith that represented the substantial unity among the heirs of the Reformation," Walls said.
He summarily wrote to several biblical scholars and theologians about the idea, all of whom responded favorably, including Kevin Vanhoozer, a professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and author of Biblical Authority After Babel: Retrieving the Solas in the Spirit of Mere Protestant Christianity.
As Walls, who is Wesleyan, and Vanhoozer, who is Reformed, began working together and continued reaching out to even more people across the denominational spectrum to join them, the momentum for the project only increased and a palpable excitement was afoot.
"What I really started to sense was that this thing could really be significant," Walls said. "It was just beautiful to see Pentecostals and Lutherans working together to find common language."
The Reforming Catholic Confession contains 12 articles that outline their beliefs in such basic Christian tenets as "The Triune God," "The Atoning Work of Christ," "The Gospel," and "The Church," particularly as it relates to what the Reformers accomplished.
The beliefs are followed by 25 "why we say what we say" explanations that capture key cornerstones and dimensions of the Christian faith. No single group of participants got every single thing they wanted expressed in the document, which underwent multiple drafts and lengthy revisions, but they nevertheless arrived at a mutually agreed upon declaration.
"The question was not 'Does this statement say everything you would want it to say, but 'Can you agree with us thus far?'" Walls said.
As for why they decided to call it a "catholic" confession, Walls said he felt it is important to reclaim the word "catholic." 
"The Church of Rome simply calls itself, 'The Catholic Church.' It is not the catholic church,'" he emphasized. "It is one part of the holy catholic church."
"We want to make clear that 'catholic' is a much more expansive reality than the church of Rome. And we want Protestants to understand that when they are true to their own heritage, and their own roots, they are 'catholic' also."
The genesis of the statement began earlier this year as Walls was researching for his upcoming book, Roman but Not Catholic: What Remains at Stake 500 Years After the Reformation, which he wrote with Kenneth Collins. One of the things the two authors emphasize is that Protestantism is a better representation of true Catholicism than Roman Catholicism is.
(PHOTO: COURTESY OF KEVIN VANHOOZER)Kevin J. Vanhoozer, professor of systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.
On Oct. 31, Protestant evangelicals around the world will mark the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation, when Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to the door of Castle Church in Wittenberg, objecting to corrupt practices of the Roman Catholic Church, most notably the selling of papal indulgences.
"A lot of people have been asking the question 'Is the Reformation over? Was it a mistake?" said Kevin Vanhoozer, who took charge of the drafting the initial statement, in an interview with CP.
"I would say that there is a permanent gain that we shouldn't lose."
The Reformation was not "a Pandora's box that unleashed an interpretive anarchy and schism upon the world," he stressed.
"In fact, Protestants have always agreed about the essentials. What has happened is where we disagree about some things, and as it is with every family, when you disagree and you have so much in common, it is because you have so much in common that the disagreements look so much larger."
Article 2 of the Confession addresses "Holy Scripture" and the line Protestants are famous for: "sola scriptura." This is the phrase that underpins the Roman Catholic joke about Protestants having tens of thousands of denominational groups due to the variety of ways the Bible can be interpreted without a magisterial authority like the Roman Catholic Church has. http://www.christianpost.com/news/over-250-protestant-leaders-sign-reforming-catholic-confession-on-essentials-of-christian-faith-198747/

The Bahrain Declaration.

Divine Loving-Kindness.


Pornography - Six Truths.

Cable Embarrassed.

Birdie.


Flu.

I agonised long and hard when I reached the age of 60 as to whether or not to have 'the flu jab' each year. The negatives did not quite cancel out the positives and so I opted in.
Even the experts are unsure as to how effective these jabs are but as we apparently have 'Aussie flu' rampaging through the southern hemisphere. It is coming to the UK.
It is probable that the 'Spanish flu' which devastated the world in 1918/1919 would have killed only a fraction of the fifty million it wiped out had those people had access to a modern anti-flu programme.
Yes. I have read the conspiracy theories.
On balance - the limited protection offered by the jab seems a no-brainer. If not available on the NHS to you - it is quite inexpensive at ASDA.

Love And Faithfulness.

'Soft Brexit' And 'Hard Brexit - Difference Explained.

'Hard Brexit' actually means Brexit. What we voted for.
'Soft Brexit means something only vaguely connected to what we voted for.

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Donald Attacks ACLU And Acolytes!

The Trump administration has outlined its support for Christian baker Jack Phillips, who declined to make a cake for a gay wedding, and his Masterpiece Cakeshop in Colorado in a friend-of-the-court brief to the U.S. Supreme Court.
"Forcing Phillips to create expression for and participate in a ceremony that violates his sincerely held religious beliefs invades his First Amendment rights," Acting Solicitor General Jeff Wall wrote for the Justice Department, according to CNN.
"The government may not enact content-based laws commanding a speaker to engage in protected expression: An artist cannot be forced to paint, a musician cannot be forced to play, and a poet cannot be forced to write."  Christian Post.

Total Failure Of The Socialist Model Neatly Side-Stepped. (But I Noticed!)

How Is This News To Anyone But The Left?

. Mail.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4893780/Reliance-cheap-foreign-labour-damages-economy.html

What Indeed, Dawn - What Indeed?

Dawn French has revealed racists tried to burn down her house during her marriage to Lenny Henry and also slammed drunken young women after watching a reality TV show. Mail.

BoJo And Brexit,

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4893766/QUENTIN-LETTS-Bojo-s-Brexit-vision-succeed.html

Birdie,


Horrific.

The Church of England is being asked to reconsider if it can still accept conservative bishops who oppose women priests.
A review published today asks senior leaders to examine questions posed by academics over whether the Church can still accept those who disagree with female ordination while also allowing women to become bishops. Harry Farley. Christian Today.
BTW - I can see both sides of this argument. What is so horrific is the innate fascism of the liberal bullying.

King Of The Earth,

CofE - Poor Financial Management.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Murder Of Kenyan Christians.

http://www.releaseinternational.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/kenya-map.jpgThree Christians in eastern Kenya were called out of their beds in the night – only to be murdered on their doorsteps.
Villagers from Bobo in Lamu County are badly shaken after Al Shabaab extremists slit the throats of three of their neighbours last Wednesday – just because they were Christians.
Please pray for the families of the three men who were killed: Guchu, Jared and Joseph.
Militants reportedly abducted a few local people then forced them to reveal the names of Christians in Bobo and identify where they lived. One of these men, a Christian named Hillary, was also later killed.
After the murders, many villagers fled their homes and took refuge in the bush or the nearby village of Hindi.
Christians in Lamu have
  • Please pray for the families of all four men killed in Bobo last week. Ask God to comfort and provide for their families: militants also burned down Guchu’s shop.
  • Pray that Christians in eastern Kenya will stand firm in their faith and that God will hide them ‘from the conspiracies of man’ (Psalm 31:20).

Christians have been regular targets for extremist violence. On August 18, four Christians were killed in Kasala Kairu town. Last week’s attack took place despite a curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties to try to prevent Al Shabaab’s attacks.
(Source: Morning Star News/ Release Int.)

Jane Is Spot On.

UKIP response to Parson's Green terror attack.


Published Sep 15, 2017
UKIP home affairs spokeswoman Jane Collins MEP has said, "the time has come to ramp up our responses to dealing with extremism of all kinds."

"We need more investment in our counter terrorism services just like we need more bobbies on the beat.  We need root and branch reform of statutory institutions where extremism is taking hold and the police need to concentrate on real threats not on people having twitter arguments.

"One way we can deal with  extremists is by ridding this country of hate preachers and the kinds of institutions where extremist beliefs are taught.  This is where the government is so wrong to committ to remaining in the ECHR and under the jurisdiction of Europe.  We must have the power to kick out hate preachers just as we must have the power to deal with homegrown terrorists."

A Cheerful Disposition Aids Your Health.

God's Law & Society.

What role should God's law play in the believer's life, and in society? Dr Joe Boot, Wilberforce Academy Director, argues for the historic position, that we should embrace the law of God, just as Christ and the apostles embraced it.
A mishandling of the Bible with negative consequences for both God’s people and wider culture has been an ever-present danger for the church. In our own time, one re-emergent and widespread error has been the sharp and artificial separation of Old and New Testament, and consequently of law and gospel, ominously leading to an unbiblical and often radical dualism where law and gospel are set over-against one another. The central importance of God’s revealed law, however, is consistently upheld in the New Testament and has been throughout most of church history. In Matthew 5:17–19 our Lord declares the abiding validity of the law, asserting that he has come not to abolish, but to fulfil it. The term ‘fulfil’ (plĂ©roo in Greek) has a number of implications, but as the Greek lexicons show, fulfilment certainly denotes that Christ is the object (end) of the law and the prophets; he is also the perfect manifestation of its requirements; and he comes to bring its full implications to bear. All this is undoubtedly implied by ‘fulfil.’
Despite the fact that the full authority of the Old Testament and importance of the law are basic to biblical faith throughout church history, there are now many Christians who reject the notion that God’s revealed law has any concrete application today, however relevant it may have been in the past; this view is totally foreign to the mainstream of historic Christian thought. As we reflect on the significance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation – which helped recover the importance of revealed law for both the church and culture – I would argue that the Church in our time again needs a robust return to a gospel vision that embraces the law of God as Christ and the apostles themselves embraced and applied it. We need to reunite an artificially separated law and gospel in the kingdom mission and vision of the Church. In so doing we will be affirming nothing other than the historic position of the church and Scripture itself.
To illustrate, in his classic writings against the Pelagians, St. Augustine states:
Surely no-one will doubt that God’s law was necessary, not just for the people of that time [the Old Testament], but is also necessary for us today, for the right ordering of our life. True enough, Christ took away from us that crushing yoke of many ceremonies, so that we are not circumcised according to the flesh, we do not sacrifice victims from the cattle, we do not rest even from necessary works on the Sabbath (although we keep the pattern of the seven day week), and other such things. We keep these laws in a spiritual sense; the shadowy symbols have been removed and we see them in the light of the realities they signified...[yet] who can say that Christians ought not to keep the commands which tell us to serve the one God with religious obedience, not to worship an idol, not to take the Lord’s name in vain, to honour one’s parents, not to commit adulteries, murders, thefts, false witness, not to covet another man’s wife or anything at all that belongs to another? Who is so ungodly as to say that he does not keep those precepts of the law, because he is a Christian and stands not under the law, but under grace?[1]
Augustine goes on to state that Christ has not come to destroy the law but to fulfil it:
It is quite clear and the New Testament leaves no doubt on the matter, what are the law and the prophets that Christ came not to destroy, but to fulfil. It was the law given by Moses which, through Jesus Christ says, “He wrote of me” (John 5:46). For undoubtedly this is the law that was added that the sin might abound – words which you often ignorantly quote as reproach to the law. Read what is there said of the law: “The law is holy, and the commandment holy and just and good. Was then what is good made death to me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear as sin, produced death in me by what is good” (Rom. 7:12-13)...the intent was that, being thus humbled, they might learn that only by grace through faith could they be set free from subjection to the law as transgressors, and be reconciled to the law as righteous people...so the righteousness of the same law is fulfilled by the grace of the Spirit in those who learn from Christ to be meek and lowly in heart; for Christ came not to destroy the law, but to fulfil it.[2]
Furthermore, it seems evident that for Augustine, ‘the law’ was not restricted narrowly to the Ten Commandments only; these simply summarised the law (God’s instruction). Rather, ‘the law’ encompassed all the law and the prophets and God’s commands in all Scripture – as indicated by Augustine’s clear reference to the case law of the Old Testament in this same passage written against the Pelagians:
But are we therefore to say, when the law commands that whoever finds another man’s lost property of any kind should return it to him the owner, that this has no relevance to us? And the law has many other things like this, teaching people to live Godly and upright lives.[3]
Although this view of the matter was not fleshed out in systematic detail by Augustine (that had to wait until the Reformation), and he was certainly not entirely consistent in all his comments on the law of God, this essential orientation concerning Scripture and the revealed law of God was basic to his thought. Moreover, God’s revealed law, as a republication of creational law, was a witness for God in the heart of every person; it was not restricted to Israel as a community. This is why Israel and its law was said to be a model and witness to the surrounding nations, and why Amos and Jonah are able to call pagans to repentance in terms of that law.
Thus, for Augustine, law and gospel were not to be seen as antagonistic to each other. Although under the law man finds himself incapable of true and inward obedience without regeneration, under grace, by the Holy Spirit, he is enabled to obey and do the good from the heart.[4] Augustine was convinced that the law, whether the Mosaic law or teaching and example of Christ who fulfilled Torah perfectly, avails nothing without the aid of the Spirit, “The Spirit, too, not only informs man of the good, but also moves his will to desire it, love it, and delight in it.”[5] Augustine thus recognised that the law of God, being written upon the hearts of God’s elect by the Holy Spirit, had an abiding validity.
The Reformers in turn likewise saw themselves as men simply seeking to restore the Church to faithfulness to the word of God, to Pauline and Augustinian doctrine. With this theological foundation having been laid, in coming to the Reformation and the work of the greatest mind of that movement, John Calvin, we find a high regard for the law in God’s purposes for the Church and society. Calvin agrees in his commentary on the Sermon on the Mount that “Christ intended to teach that in all the structure of the universe there is nothing so stable as the truth of the law, which stands firm, and that in every part.”[6] The notion, popular even then, that Christ is correcting or altering the law in Matthew 5, was abhorrent to him:
[It is] wrong to reckon this a revision of the law or that Christ was wishing to lift his disciples to a higher level of perfection than Moses could achieve…this has given rise to the idea that the beginning of righteousness was once handed down in the law, but its perfection was taught in the gospel. However, Christ in fact had not the least intent of making any change or innovation in the precepts of the law. God there appointed once for all a rite of life which he will never repent of…so let us have no more of that error, that here a defect of the law is corrected by Christ; Christ is not to be made into a new law-giver, adding anything to the everlasting righteousness of his Father, but is to be given the attention of a faithful interpreter, teaching us the nature of the law, its object and its scope.[7]
Calvin’s view of the Ten Commandments, likely influenced by his friend and mentor, Martin Bucer, was that the revealed law of God was necessary because, despite man being made in God’s image, general or creational revelation, due to the fallen condition of people, was inadequate for a moral compass and insufficient for the direction of magistrates and civil society. Though he saw conscience as a valid monitor, human depravity had touched every aspect of our being, leaving conscience seared and unreliable.[8]
Thus, the giving of the law was as gracious as it was necessary; God did not leave man to himself, his historical experience, his own conscience or inward motions in this regard. David Hall notes, “such a fundamentally positive view of God’s law would become a distinctive ethical contribution of Calvinism.”[9] Even though the natural man is not inclined toward obedience (Rom. 8:3-8), the law, for Calvin, is the perfect rule of righteousness, “the Doctrine of the Law remains therefore, through Christ, inviolable; which by tuition, admonition, reproof, and correction, forms and prepares us for every good work.”[10] Of those who opposed the law Calvin said, “[sinners] inveterately hate the law itself, and execrate God the lawgiver.”[11] The reformed tradition then has usually seen a three-fold use for the law: convincing like a mirror, restraining like a bridle for the lawless, and arousing the godly to faithfulness and obedience.[12]
From Christ himself, through Augustine and the Reformation, and on through the Puritan and early evangelical age, there was no artificial dichotomy or duality posited between law and gospel, Old and New Testament, the God of the Old Covenant and the God of the New. The Psalmist celebrates this beautiful vision for life rooted in the blessing of God’s law in Psalm 119. This holistic vision of the Christian life provided the integrated worldview and social vision necessary for the development of Christian civilization. We are abandoning this vision with frightening rapidity in the modern Church. We would do well to remember God is not mocked. The rejection of God’s law will have, and is having, real consequences. And those Christians who disregard God’s law and teach others to do likewise will be called least in the kingdom of God (Matt. 5:19).