Dream word – ROAR
“The Lord roars from Zion, and utters His voice from Jerusalem; The pastures of the shepherds mourn, and the top of Carmel withers.” NKJV
Faith – the old battle ground and the muzzling of the lion
Today in 2008, former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, was introduced by former President of the USA, Bill Clinton, to the waiting press and gathered multi-faith communities in New York, where he announced his new Tony Blair Faith Foundation. In Cliff Richard style, he declared that extremists from all religions should not sing all the good tunes and so went on to say that, “faith is the new battleground”.
In 2008, Blair’s New Faith Foundation advisory board consisted of the dynamic duo of Evangelicalism in the form of Rick Warren and Nicky Gumble, who together in turn extolled both the man and the initiative with superlative garlands such as “staggering, unique, necessary and prepared”. Lining the way and also extolling this new interfaith initiative, alongside these notable Evangelicals of the early 21st century, were equally notable Anglicans, Buddhists, Muslims, Jews and Hindus, acclaimed academics all. Indeed, former Prime Minister Blair, became one of the new teachers of a Yale University course in faith and globalisation, and in addition to this, Blair’s new Faith Foundation through the academic guidance of Cambridge University, also supported The Coexist Foundation in the setting up a world-class centre for education about Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Abraham House, in central London became a place where members of the three Abrahamic faiths, “met on equal terms, to encounter their traditions, explore their roots, discover what they shared and tackle their differences.” Interestingly, in the same week, the schools secretary of the United Kingdom followed up on a teacher’s union invocation to allow Imams and other faith leaders into British classrooms to teach our children about their faith.
There is no question that we should do all we can to work together with other people of like humanitarian mind to alleviate the sufferings of the poor, even working together in the wholesale genocide of the Mosquito. Amen and let it be so, yes let it be done. However, under the blanket of such a screaming and vast humanitarian necessity, under seeming gentle but liberal peace of a pox’d political correctness, we would be blind and moronic not to understand that faith is not in fact the new battleground but is in fact the old one, indeed, the only one! For the message of the Gospel is both totally inclusive to all men who hear and believe it and absolutely exclusive to all who do not. The message of Jesus to all men then, be they Gentiles, Jews, Muslims, Pagans, Hindu, Buddhist or otherwise is this: “Continue to be dammed or, believe and be saved.” Do you see the implications of this?
So, whilst thanking God for every shard of goodness found in anyone and anything, yes, whilst wanting to encourage that and amplify the same, wherever it is found, and to do so for the benefit of all people, nevertheless, this “One Way, Only Way” Christian message shall be classed as nothing else but an extremist one, for this message can do nothing else but condemn all other faiths’ core belief systems, as being deceptive and dastardly destructive to the ultimate and eternal good of humanity.
Remember, that though we proclaimers of this message of The Way do not deliver God’s Gospel down the barrel of an Armalite, nor pack it in a bomb vest of destruction, yes, even though we do not fly this message on the wings of a rocket, nor preach it from the sides of a trundling tank, nevertheless, the very proclamation of this message will be seen as disrespectful, destructive and extremist, and such extremism will be bundled with the murders and the terrorists, and treated just the same.
I wonder if today in 2008, the foundation for a world faith religion was further strengthened and that in reality, the old faith battle had actually just been stepped up a gear?
So called love, tolerance and respect that stifles and kills the peaceful proclamation of the Gospel, is simply a muzzling of the Lion that roars the withering truth from the terrified tops of Carmel, across the pastures and the shepherds of all religions that presently surround Jerusalem.
Listen: “‘Come, I'll show you the judgment of the great Whore who sits enthroned over many waters, the Whore with whom the kings of the earth have gone whoring, show you the judgment on earth dwellers drunk on her whorish lust.’ In the Spirit he carried me out in the desert. I saw a woman mounted on a Scarlet Beast. Stuffed with blasphemies, the Beast had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, festooned with gold and gems and pearls. She held a gold chalice in her hand, brimming with defiling obscenities, her foul fornications. A riddle-name was branded on her forehead: Great Babylon, Mother Of Whores And Abominations Of The Earth. I could see that the woman was drunk, drunk on the blood of God's holy people, drunk on the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.” (Revelation 17:1-6 - from THE MESSAGE)
Pray: Lord, clothe us with peace, discernment, grace, clarity, certainty, strength, truth and courage, in Jesus name we pray, amen.
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