Gone to Glory

Rev Gavin Ashenden, the former chaplain to the Queen recommends that we pay attention to this last message from Rev Billy Graham.

To our ears these days, it rather sounds like “That Old Time Religion” but it is the same faith, that the Apostle’s embraced, and died for, unchanged for 2000 years. That built the world we live in.

So yesterday it was announced that Billy Graham has left this mortal coil. We say that we can never know who God’ people are here, but if I make the cut, I’d be very surprised not to see the Rv. Graham there. I’m sure he had his sins, as we all do, but I’m also sure that he confessed them and was forgiven.

I was a bit young for his big Crusades, although they were rather ubiquitous on TV, and I watched some of them, but it was with the eyes of a child, my response would probably have been much different in my forties. But even as a child they moved me. And to watch him again on YouTube, moves me beyond measure, as I now have the experience, much of it painful, to understand this faith of ours.

How remarkable it is, that God himself came into the world and allowed us to kill him, as we still do daily, but that was not the end. Three days later he rose again, and if we do what is required, we shall spend eternity with him.

But I’m not the preacher man, Brother Billy was, and one of the best ever, I think, and now he too is gone from amongst us, but he is not gone, for he lives in each of us whom he brought his message too, and yes, one glorious day we will see him again.

Once again the Trumpets sounded on the other side, to recognize one of God’s own children, returning home, to God, and yes, to Ruth as well.

“Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”

 

The Current Cowardly Church Needs a Mega Dose of the Rebel Spirit – Doug Giles

While I don’t agree completely with Doug’s points here, I think his main thrust is correct. We have far too much of ‘go-along-to-get-along’ Christianity in this country, and not only in the Evangelical movement. It’s seems like many are more concerned with their tax-exempt status than with the status of their souls. It is no sin to render unto Caesar that which is Caesar’s but, it is sinful to not render to God that which is God’s.

Nobody ever said that Christianity is supposed to be easy, or comfortable, or even profitable (in this world). Because of its moral teaching, the Faith is a rigorous school, teaching the difference between right and wrong, or good and evil, if you will. If it is not, it is failing in its duty to both God and man.

The Catholic bishops have shown the way, the rest of our pastors, preachers, reverends, and leadership, as well as us, individually need to follow their lead and bring the Faith back into the public square. This does not mean that the church should be a political arena but, when the government infringes on the beliefs of the churches, they should say so.

If the Faith doesn’t respect itself enough to stand on its beliefs, why should anyone else respect it.

Here’s Doug.

Whenever the ends of Government are perverted, and public liberty manifestly endangered, and all other means of redress are ineffectual, the People may, and of right ought to reform the old, or establish a new Government; the doctrine of non-resistance against arbitrary power and oppression is absurd, slavish and destructive of the good and happiness of mankind. –Declaration of Rights, Maryland

Unlike America’s original rebel Christians who dumped the Brits’ taxed tea into Boston Harbor and told King George that he could kiss their King George, today’s evangelicals, I believe—especially the dandy ministers who love to be loved—would have folded like one-ply toilet paper before British oppression. We’re a timid tufted titmouse compared to our rowdy founding forefathers.

Here are four reasons why I believe today’s evangelicals would have melted like little bon-bons during the American Revolution:

1. Some dainty saints of today think rebellion against tyrants is disobedience to God, when the converse is actually true.

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