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May 2016
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COMMENT: Relating to the state

Unusually, our comment column this month takes the form of a book review, submitted to Evangelical Times in the normal course of its book-reviewing service for readers. The book it focuses on — God and politics — is a brief but excellent and accessible treatment of a vital issue; and one that draws ever closer, it seems, to evangelical churches. The question pressing upon us is, ‘Will we or will we not agree to do what the state demands, whatever it does demand?’ While God and politics does not go into the specific matter of teaching the Word of God to children and youth in...

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May 2016
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Brexit

I am an enthusiastic European. Europe has given the world great art, literature, architecture and music. It was here that the Reformation was birthed, and the scientific revolution. I have personally enjoyed visiting many European countries, including France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Poland and Albania. I’m even trying to learn the rudiments of the Polish language! It’s because I’m an enthusiastic European that I am in favour of Britain leaving the political project known as the European Union. The EU has been bad for Britain and is increasingly turning sour for the rest of Europe too. Sound political arguments apply to Christians and non-Christians alike and,...

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May 2016
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Brexin

In the swirl of debate over the EU referendum, statistics are thrown around by both sides without careful thought. But, after much consideration, I have stepped into the BrexIn (Brinit) camp. I too wanted Prime Minister David Cameron to come back with more than a piffling piece of paper like his predecessor Neville Chamberlain in 1938. But, with nearly 20 years as a financial journalist, I believe the economic argument is too big to ignore. I have known little else than the UK being in the European Union. I remember well the decision not to adopt the euro, which served us well during the current...

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COMMENT: The power of humility
April 2016
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COMMENT: The power of humility

Though achieving true humility takes patience and understanding of God’s Word, it is essential for being a convincing witness for Christ in today’s arrogant society. Humility isn’t thinking you’re not better than another individual. It has a much deeper root. And it is something God wants each of us to manifest in our daily lives. It is evident that humility is the opposite of pride. Consequently, it means being content with your identity and acceptance in Christ as part of God’s gift. It is the ability to walk gratefully in God’s grace, love and forgiveness. It leads naturally to the wonderful gift of being able...

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March 2016
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Pray for a real and lasting revival

We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension...

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‘Not guilty!’
February 2016
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‘Not guilty!’

The apostle Paul urges Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel, but many people want us to feel ashamed of it. So, when Pastor James McConnell was found ‘not guilty’ of ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam (see Pastor McConnell acquitted ), it was no surprise to hear the spin some put on the verdict. In a statement, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said: ‘It was clear from the judgement that the court considered Pastor McConnell had a case to answer and that the decision on whether the comment was offensive or grossly offensive was not only finely balanced, but one for the court and...

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Is God a she?
January 2016
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Is God a she?

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper (24 October 2015), the new Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, joined others who are saying that the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God. She personally prefers, we’re told, to say neither ‘he’ nor ‘she’, but ‘God’. ‘Sometimes I lapse, but I try not to’, the bishop told The Observer. ‘In the creation narratives, we’re told that God created human beings in God’s likeness, and then it goes on to talk about male and female. If I am made in the image of God, then God is not to be seen...

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Is tolerance a Christian virtue?
December 2015
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Is tolerance a Christian virtue?

In our pluralistic society, ‘toleration’ is definitely a supreme virtue. It is held up as a good, even ‘Christian’ virtue. Not too long ago an incensed father was quoted in Metro when his son George was prohibited from joining the scouts due to professed atheism. Said Mr Pratt, ‘Christianity is meant to be about being tolerant, forgiving and understanding’. But is blanket ‘tolerance’ really true of God? No rivals Contrary to common belief, the God of the Bible is actually an ‘intolerant’ God. He brooks no rivals. Idolatry — giving worship and honour to anyone or anything other than him — is condemned throughout the...

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December 2015
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Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator

Dominic Statham interviews biophysicist Dr Yusdi Santoso, who grew up in Bali, a province of Indonesia known for its beautiful mountains, stunning coastal regions and rich cultural heritage. Following high school, he moved to Singapore to study computer engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Yusdi then worked for a company specialising in bioinformatics, producing software which helps biologists study DNA. He became deeply interested in molecular biology and particularly the area of biophysics. In 2005 he was accepted as a PhD student by the Department of Physics at Oxford University in the UK, funded by a scholarship from NTU. Much of his time at Oxford was...

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Ten things on assurance of salvation
November 2015
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Ten things on assurance of salvation

1. Every believer should aim for full assurance of faith (Hebrews 10:22). 2. Assurance is not of the essence of saving faith. One may truly believe and yet lack assurance. 3. True Christians may sometimes doubt the truth of the gospel. Genuine believers may question whether they are truly saved. 4. The objective basis of assurance is that God accepts believers as righteous on the basis of the obedience, blood, resurrection and intercession of Christ. ‘It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns?’ (Romans 8:33-34). 5. We know that we are the children of God because we love him and keep his commandments....

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October 2015
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The worst judgement

The sin that has engulfed our nation, and infiltrated — sometimes deeply — into the professing church of Jesus Christ, demonstrates beyond all doubt that God’s judgements are at work in the UK (see ET comment, September 2015). Far from Britain experiencing a latter day Christian ‘revival’, as some well-meaning yet very naïve people try to persuade us is taking place, the nation is surely experiencing earlier instalments of that wrath of God yet to engulf this fallen world (Romans 1:22-32). The final visitation of divine anger against sin will be a storm of fiery indignation, a cataclysm from which nobody can escape, unless (in...

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September 2015
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Is the UK under God’s judgement?

That things are terribly wrong in British society is obvious at all levels — individual, family, communal and institutional. Evangelical Times reports on this every month, perhaps less adequately than it should, not because the editors enjoy muck-raking, nor because they want to transform evangelical churches into communities of Pharisees, but in order to encourage the Lord’s people to serve the Lord more effectively and cry earnestly for revival. You can read and watch all about the nation’s moral mess in the media, as well as encounter it in many homes, streets and public places. From whatever source you get it, there is no doubt that...

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