Mar 24

Treaty of Rome: signed where and why?

Italian Poster celebrating the Treaty of Rome

Italian Poster celebrating the Treaty of Rome

European Leaders are gathering in Rome, the Emperor Hadrian’s ‘Eternal City’, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome.  The Treaty was signed on 25th March 1957.

The champagne quaffing will however be somewhat tempered by the imminent arrival of That Article 50 Letter.  UK Prime Minister Theresa May is set to start the Brexit process next Wednesday.  Indeed, EU leaders pleaded with her not to do it during this week.

Where was the Treaty of Rome actually signed?

The Europa website says: ‘This will be an occasion to reflect on the state of the European Union and the future of the integration process.’  Integration process?  Donald Tusk, President of the European Council also spoke of ‘sixty years of integration’.  They don’t give up, do they?

We praise Almighty God for pulling the United Kingdom out of the ambitious, vainglorious Euro-Empire.  But we can do so with even more enthusiasm.  To do that we need to ask a couple of very simple questions:

Firstly, exactly where was the Treaty of Rome actually signed in ‘the Eternal City?’

Secondly, why was that spot chosen, and by whom?

Tony Blair and Jack Straw signing the EU Constitution in the same room in Rome as where the Treaty of Rome was signed.

Tony Blair and Jack Straw signing the EU Constitution in the same room in Rome as where the Treaty of Rome was signed.

A Revived Roman Empire

This author stood, almost a year ago, in the very room in which the Treaty of Rome was signed.  It is now part of a museum.  But what was there before?  What was it built on?  No-one before had joined together these particular spiritual dots.  The resulting 3 minute 40 second video gives the answers: The European Union’s Pagan Foundation.  (All links open in a new tab automatically.)  It traces a link from Babel through Babylon and the Pergamos of Revelation 2:13 to ancient Rome.

But why was the Treaty of Rome signed in this particular spot?  And make no mistake, it is a place with great significance to the European Union.  In fact, the doomed Constitution was signed by European leaders at the very same place in 2004.  To answer the question, It is only necessary to look at the intentions of the man who became known as the first Eurocrat.  Paul-Henri Spaak, the EU’s architect, was convinced he was reviving the Roman Empire.  This second video, The European Union’s Roman Empire, explains all.  It’s just under 4 minutes.

If you prefer the written word to video, this author’s article: EU – Christian Project or Catholic Plot? tells you all you need to know.  And maybe a bit more!

An apology!

The BBC's David Willey attended the signing 60 years ago as a trainee for Reuters news agency

The BBC’s David Willey attended the signing 60 years ago as a trainee for Reuters news agency

Sorry for not giving you the answers to the questions immediately within this post.  That would have meant rehearsing everything in the videos or the article.  Please click on those links, which open automatically in new tabs, to get all the information to inform your prayers.

Article 50 will be triggered next week, God willing.  But we still need to remember it’s not over till it’s over.  This author will be delighted to come to your church or fellowship to share insights into the European Union and help keep the prayer going.

Pray: Praise God for his mercy in taking the UK out of the EU’s revived Roman Empire. And as the leaders of the remaining 27 gather to celebrate 60 years of the Treaty of Rome, pray for an end to the EU’s ambitions.  Pray the EU comes to an end peacefully.

This article by the BBC’s David Willey confirms the spiritual significance of the venue.  It is worth a read.

He says the signatories, ‘were gathered at the very hub of the ancient world where, 2,500 years ago, six centuries before Christ, the foundations were laid of Rome’s first major temple, dedicated to Jupiter, king of the gods’.  A Revived Roman Empire indeed.

Revelation 17:14 These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.

Psalm 2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 

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Mar 14

Abortion Bill passes as Tory MPs stand by

Diana Johnson's Abortion Bill passed as Tory MPs stood by

Diana Johnson’s Abortion Bill passed as Tory MPs stood by

A Parliamentary Abortion Bill to repeal laws against the practice was given a First Reading in the House of Commons yesterday (13th March 2017).

The Ten Minute Rule Bill abolishes Sections 58 and 59 of the Offences Against the Person Act 1861.  See how that matters here.  (All our links open automatically in a new tab).  By so doing it legalises abortion up to birth  The Hansard record of the debate is in this link.

Diana Johnson’s Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations) Bill was passed by 172 votes to 142.

Even the title of the bill is deceptive.  This is not about ‘Reproductive Health’, ante-natal clinics etc.  It is not even about ‘access’ to ‘terminataions’, or abortions, to avoid the weasel word.  The bill simply makes abortion, all abortion, fully legal.  If Diana Johnson was honest, the bill would be called the ‘Decriminalisation of Abortion Bill.’

But 180 Conservative MPs were in the House and stood by as the most extreme pro-abortion bill in a generation passed its first Parliamentary hurdle.

Just thirteen minutes later these Tory faithful voted for the Government’s Brexit Timetable motion.

(See how your MP voted on the abortion bill, the timetable motion and the two Brexit votes on our page lsiting all MPs votes here.)

Abortion Bill could have been killed off

Maria Caulfield MP opposed abortion on-demand

Maria Caulfield MP opposed abortion on-demand

Those MPs, among them pro-life stalwarts, could have killed off Diana Johnson’s Bill at a stroke.

Among them was Commons Whip Guto Bebb.  Mr Bebb wrote to a constituent, a Christian Voice member, to say the Bill was going nowhere anyway.  The Government would never give it time and never allow it to pass.  Another MP said ‘I generally avoid’ Ten Minute Rule Bills.

But the passing of the Johnson Bill has encouraged the abortion promoters in the House of Commons.  It would have sent the pro-death advocates a strong signal had Mr Bebb and his colleagues simply gone through the ‘No’ lobby.  Many on the Labour Front Bench voted ‘Aye’ to the Bill.  Even Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonnell thought killing unborn children was in some way ‘socialist’

Meanwhile, 74 of the 92 Tory MP’s who are members of the Government stood by.  They included Theresa May, David Davis, Boris Johnson, Priti Patel, Liz Truss and Justine Greening.

False arguments

A Ten Minute Rule Bill is proposed and then opposed.  Each speech has a maximum length of ten minutes.  There is no further debate.  The opposing speech, in this case by Maria Caulfield, is followed by the vote.  In the time available, Miss Caulfield was unable to speak about the humanity of the child in the womb, and how anachronistic abortion is in the light of modern medicine and imaging.  Instead, she spent her time countering the false arguments of Miss Johnson.

For some reason, Diana Johnson’s speech reminded this author of a line from a song by Steven Stills: ‘Forty nine reasons all in a line, All of them good ones all of them lies’.  Click here for the debate.

And the inaction of the 180 calls to mind that quote attributed to Edmund Burke: ‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing’.

Diana Johnson’s Bill is now scheduled for a Second Reading on Friday 24th March.  The Bill is at the end of a long queue.  It may get nowhere on that day, but those advocating the most extreme pro-abortion bill for a generation have had a significant boost to their campaign.  Moreover, it was all because 180 Conservative MPs could not be bothered to oppose evil and walk through a lobby.

Scroll down for the Roll of Honour and the List of Shame!  

The complete list of how all MPs voted on Monday 13th March 2017 listed alphabetically is here.

Roll of Honour

These are the Conservative MPs who voted against the Johnson Bill as well as voting for the Brexit Timetable Motion 13 minutes later.  If your MP is among them, please email your MP (Click Here) to express your gratitude and perhaps disappointment that not enough colleagues joined them.  We have separated Government from Backbenchers:

Government

Dr Therese Coffey (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Environment)
rh Sir Michael Fallon (Secretary of State for Defence)
rh Dr Liam Fox (Secretary of State for International Trade and President of Board of Trade)
Robert Goodwill (Minister of State (Home Office) (Immigration))
rh Chris Grayling (Secretary of State for Transport)
rh Damian Green (Secretary of State for Work and Pensions)
r h Robert Halfon (Minister of State (Department of Education) (Apprenticeships etc)
rh Greg Hands (Minister of State (Department for International Trade))
Marcus Jones (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (Department for Communities)
Dr Phillip Lee (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice))
rh Mike Penning (Minister of State (Ministry of Defence))
Andrew Percy (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Communities )
Robert Syms (Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip))
Ben Wallace (Minister of State (Home Office) (Security))
Rob Wilson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture)

Conservative Backbenchers A – K

Adam Afriyie (Windsor)
Peter Aldous (Waveney)
Sir David Amess (Southend West)
Caroline Ansell (Eastbourne)
Richard Bacon (South Norfolk)
Sir Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk)
Mr. Richard Benyon (Newbury)
Andrew Bingham (High Peak)
Bob Blackman (Harrow East)
Victoria Borwick (Kensington)
Sir Julian Brazier (Canterbury)
Andrew Bridgen (North West Leicestershire)
Ms Fiona Bruce (Congleton)
rh Sir Simon Burns (Chelmsford)
Conor Burns (Bournemouth West)
David Burrowes (Enfield Southgate)
Sir William Cash (Stone)
Maria Caulfield (Lewes)
Rehman Chishti (Gillingham & Rainham)
Christopher Chope (Christchurch)
Alberto Costa (South Leicestershire)
Dr James Davies (Vale of Clwyd)
Byron Davies (Gower)
Philip Davies (Shipley)
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth)
Chris Davies (Brecon & Radnorshire)
Michelle Donelan (Chippenham)
Mrs. Nadine Dorries (Mid Bedfordshire)
Steve Double (St Austell & Newquay)
Mrs Flick Drummond (Portsmouth South)
rh Iain Duncan Smith (Chingford & Woodford Green)

Charlie Elphicke (Dover)
Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley)
Suella Fernandes (Fareham)
rh Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster)
Kevin Foster (Torbay)
rh Mark Francois (Rayleigh & Wickford)
Richard Fuller (Bedford)
Marcus Fysh (Yeovil)
John Glen (Salisbury)
Richard Graham (Gloucester)
James Gray (North Wiltshire)
Chris Green (Bolton West)

Luke Hall (Thornbury & Yate)
rh John Hayes (South Holland & the Deepings)
Gordon Henderson (Sittingbourne & Sheppey)
Simon Hoare (North Dorset)
Philip Hollobone (Kettering)
Adam Holloway (Gravesham)
Sir Gerald Howarth (Aldershot)
Nigel Huddleston (Mid Worcestershire)
Stewart Jackson (Peterborough)
Ranil Jayawardena (North East Hampshire)
Bernard Jenkin (Harwich & North Essex)
Caroline Johnson (Sleaford & North Hykeham)
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham)
Seema Kennedy (South Ribble)
Julian Knight (Solihull)
rh Sir Greg Knight (East Yorkshire)

Conservative Backbenchers L – W

Jeremy Lefroy (Stafford)
Sir Edward Leigh (Gainsborough)
rh Sir Oliver Letwin (West Dorset)
rh Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East)
Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater & West Somerset)
Jonathan Lord (Woking)

David Mackintosh (Northampton South)
Mrs Anne Main (St Albans)
Scott Mann (North Cornwall)
Mark Menzies (Fylde)
Stephen Metcalfe (South Basildon & East Thurrock)
Wendy Morton (Aldridge-Brownhills)
Mrs Sheryll Murray (South East Cornwall)
Dr Andrew Murrison (South West Wiltshire)
Dr Matthew Offord (Hendon)
rh Owen Paterson (North Shropshire)
Mark Pawsey (Rugby)
rh Sir Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar)
Victoria Prentis (Banbury)
Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford)
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin)
Tom Pursglove (Corby)
Jeremy Quin (Horsham)
Will Quince (Colchester)
RH John Redwood (Wokingham)
Jacob Rees-Mogg (North East Somerset)
Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury)
Mary Robinson (Cheadle)
Andrew Rosindell (Romford)

Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire)
Henry Smith (Crawley)
rh Sir Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex)
rh Dame Caroline Spelman (Meriden)
Gary Streeter (South West Devon)
rh Sir Desmond Swayne (New Forest West)
Derek Thomas (St Ives)
Maggie Throup (Erewash)
Justin Tomlinson (North Swindon)
Michael Tomlinson (Mid Dorset & North Poole)
Craig Tracey (North Warwickshire)
Mrs Anne-Marie Trevelyan (Berwick-upon-Tweed)
Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)
Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
Charles Walker (Broxbourne)
David Warburton (Somerton & Frome)
Chris White (Warwick & Leamington)
rh John Whittingdale (Maldon)
Bill Wiggin (North Herefordshire)
William Wragg (Hazel Grove)

Other Parties’ Backbenchers

These are MPs of other parties who voted against the Johnson Bill irrespective of how they voted on the Brexit Timetable Motion 13 minutes later.  If your MP is among them, please email your MP (Click Here) to express your gratitude.  (The SNP decided en masse to vote neither for nor against Diana Johnson.  That is because the 1861 Act does not apply to Scotland.)

Gregory Campbell (DUP, East Londonderry)
Ms Rosie Cooper (Lab, West Lancashire)
rh Nigel Dodds (DUP, Belfast North)
rh Sir Jeffrey M. Donaldson (DUP, Lagan Valley)
Mark Durkan (SDLP, Foyle)
Robert Flello (Lab, Stoke-on-Trent South)
Mrs Mary Glindon (Lab, North Tyneside)
Lady Lady Hermon (UU, North Down)
Ms Helen Jones (Lab, Warrington North)
Mike Kane (LAB, Wythenshawe & Sale East)
Danny Kinahan (UUP, South Antrim)
Rachael Maskell (LAB, York Central)
Ian Paisley (DUP, North Antrim)
Dr. John Pugh (LD, Southport)
Ms Margaret Ritchie (SDLP, South Down)
Gavin Robinson (DUP, Belfast East)
Jim Shannon (DUP, Strangford)
David Simpson (DUP, Upper Bann)
Sammy Wilson (DUP, East Antrim)

List of Shame

These are the Conservative MPs who did not vote on the Johnson Bill but found time to vote for the Brexit Timetable Motion a mere 13 minutes later.  If your MP is among them, please email your MP (Click Here) to express your disappointment.  Again, we have separated Government from Backbenchers:

Government A – F

Ms Harriett Baldwin (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence))
Stephen Barclay (Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip))
Gavin Barwell (Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Govern)
Guto Bebb (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Wales Office) & Whip)
Ms Nicola Blackwood (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health))
rh Karen Bradley (Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport)
Steve Brine (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))
rh James Brokenshire (Secretary of State for Northern Ireland)
Robert Buckland (Solicitor General (Attorney General’s Office))

rh Alun Cairns (Secretary of State for Wales)
rh Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Business)
Ms Tracey Crouch (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Culture)

rh David Davis (Secretary of State for Exiting European Union)
Ms Caroline Dinenage (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Education))
Ms Jackie Doyle-Price (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))
rh Sir Alan Duncan (Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office))
Philip Dunne (Minister of State (Department of Health))

Michael Ellis (Deputy Leader of House of Commons)
Ms Jane Ellison (Financial Secretary (HM Treasury))
Tobias Ellwood (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office)
George Eustice (Minister of State (Department for Environment)
rh David Evennett (Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip))

Government G – L

Mark Garnier (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Trade)
rh David Gauke (Chief Secretary to Treasury)
rth Nick Gibb (Minister of State (Department for Education))
rh Justine Greening (Secretary of State for Education)
Andrew Griffiths (Lord Commissioner (HM Treasury) (Whip))
rh Ben Gummer (Paymaster General and Minister for Cabinet Office)
Sam Gyimah (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Justice))

rh Philip Hammond (Chancellor of Exchequer)
rh Matt Hancock (Minister of State (Department for Culture)
Richard Harrington (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions
rh Sir Oliver Heald (Minister of State (Ministry of Justice))
Chris Heaton-Harris (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))
Damian Hinds (Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions))
Kris Hopkins (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Northern Ireland Office))
rh Jeremy Hunt (Secretary of State for Health)
Nick Hurd (Minister of State (Department for Business)

Ms Margot James (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business)
rh Sajid Javid (Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government)
rh Boris Johnson (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)
Joseph Johnson (Minister of State (Department for Business & Dept of Education
rh David Jones (Minister of State (Department for Exiting European Union))
Andrew Jones (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport))

Simon Kirby (Economic Secretary (HM Treasury))

Mr. Mark Lancaster (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence))
rh Andrea Leadsom (Secretary of State for Environment)
rh Brandon Lewis (Minister of State (Home Office) (Policing and Fire Service))
rh David Lidington (Lord President of Council and Leader of House of Commons)

Government M – W

Paul Maynard (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport))
rh Sir Patrick McLoughlin (Chancellor of Duchy of Lancaster)
rh Anne Milton (Treasurer of HM Household (Deputy Chief Whip)
Ms Penny Mordaunt (Minister of State (Department for Work and Pensions))
David Mowat (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department of Health))
rh David Mundell (Secretary of State for Scotland)

Ms Sarah Newton (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office))
Ms Caroline Nokes (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Work and Pensions
Jesse Norman (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business)

rh Priti Patel (Secretary of State for International Development)
Christopher Pincher (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))
rh Amber Rudd (Home Secretary)

Alok Sharma (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Foreign and Commonwealth Office))
Chris Skidmore (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Cabinet Office))
Julian Smith (Vice Chamberlain (HM Household) (Whip)
Mark Spencer (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))
Rory Stewart (Minister of State (Department for International Development))
Mel Stride (Comptroller (HM Household) (Deputy Chief Whip)
Graham Stuart (Assistant Whip (HM Treasury))

Edward Timpson (Minister of State (Department for Education))
rh Elizabeth Truss (Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice)
Robin Walker (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Exiting European
Mr James Wharton (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for International Devel)
rh Gavin Williamson (Parliamentary Secretary to Treasury and Chief Whip)
rh Jeremy Wright (Attorney General)

Backbenchers A – K

Nigel Adams (Selby & Ainsty)
Lucy Allan (Telford)
Heidi Allen (South Cambridgeshire)
Stuart Andrew (Pudsey)
Edward Argar (Charnwood)
Steve Baker (Wycombe)
John Baron (Basildon & Billericay)
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley)
James Berry (Kingston & Surbiton)
Jake Berry (Rossendale & Darwen)
Nick Boles (Grantham & Stamford)
Peter Bone (Wellingborough)
Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West)
rh Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire)

Neil Carmichael (Stroud)
James Cartlidge (South Suffolk)
Alex Chalk (Cheltenham)
Jo Churchill (Bury St Edmunds)
James Cleverly (Braintree)
Mr. Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (The Cotswolds)
Damian Collins (Folkestone & Hythe)
Oliver Colvile (Plymouth Sutton & Devonport)
Robert Courts (Witney)
Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon)
rh Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire)
Mims Davies (Eastleigh)
Glyn Davies (Montgomeryshire)
Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon)
Oliver Dowden (Hertsmere)
Richard Drax (South Dorset)
Graham Evans (Weaver Vale)

Lucy Frazer (South East Cambridgeshire)
George Freeman (Mid Norfolk)
rh Sir Edward Garnier (Harborough)
Nusrat Ghani (Wealden)
rh Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham)
rh Michael Gove (Surrey Heath)
Mrs Helen Grant (Maidstone & The Weald)
rh Dominic Grieve (Beaconsfield)

Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon)
rh Mark Harper (Forest of Dean)
Ms Rebecca Harris (Castle Point)
Trudy Harrison (Copeland)
Simon Hart (Carmarthen West & South Pembrokeshire)
James Heappey (Wells)
Peter Heaton-Jones (North Devon)
rh Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs)
George Hollingbery (Meon Valley)
Kevin Hollinrake (Thirsk & Malton)
Ben Howlett (Bath)

Andrea Jenkyns (Morley & Outwood)
Gareth Johnson (Dartford)
Kwasi Kwarteng (Spelthorne)

Backbenchers L – Z

Ms Pauline Latham (Mid Derbyshire)
Ms Charlotte Leslie (Bristol North West)
Jack Lopresti (Filton & Bradley Stoke)
Ms Karen Lumley (Redditch)

Craig MacKinlay (South Thanet)
Alan Mak (Havant)
Kit Malthouse (North West Hampshire)
Dr Tania Mathias (Twickenham)
Karl McCartney (Lincoln)
Stephen McPartland (Stevenage)
Johnny Mercer (Plymouth Moor View)
Huw Merriman (Bexhill & Battle)
rh Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke)
Amanda Milling (Cannock Chase)
rh Nicky Morgan (Loughborough)
James Morris (Halesowen & Rowley Regis)
David Morris (Morecambe & Lunesdale)
Ms Anne Marie Morris (Newton Abbot)

Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst)
David Nuttall (Bury North)
rh George Osborne (Tatton)
Neil Parish (Tiverton & Honiton)
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare)
Ms Claire Perry (Devizes)
Chris Philp (Croydon South)
Rebecca Pow (Taunton Deane)
Dominic Raab (Esher & Walton)
David Rutley (Macclesfield)

Antoinette Sandbach (Eddisbury)
rh Keith Simpson (Broadland)
Royston Smith (Southampton Itchen)
Miss Chloe Smith (Norwich North)
Amanda Solloway (Derby North)
Andrew Stephenson (Pendle)
John Stevenson (Carlisle)
Iain Stewart (Milton Keynes South)
Bob Stewart (Beckenham)
Julian Sturdy (York Outer)
Rishi Sunak (Richmond Yorks)
rh Sir Hugo Swire (East Devon)

Kelly Tolhurst (Rochester & Strood)
David Tredinnick (Bosworth)
Tom Tugendhat (Tonbridge & Malling)
rh Andrew Tyrie (Chichester)
rh Edward Vaizey (Wantage)
Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire)
rh Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet)
Helen Whately (Faversham & Mid Kent)
Craig Whittaker (Calder Valley)
Craig Williams (Cardiff North)
Dr Sarah Wollaston (Totnes)
Mike Wood (Dudley South)
Nadhim Zahawi (Stratford-on-Avon)

Deuteronomy 27:25  Cursed be he that taketh reward to slay an innocent person. And all the people shall say, Amen. 

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Mar 10

Abortion Bill would apply up to birth

Diana Johnson's Abortion Bill ignores modern medicine and imaging. This baby at six weeks already has a beating heart.

Diana Johnson’s Abortion Bill ignores modern medicine and imaging. This baby at six weeks already has a beating heart.

A bill to decriminalise abortion is being brought before Parliament at 2.30pm on Monday 13th March 2017.

Diana Johnson’s Reproductive Health (Access to Terminations): Ten Minute Rule Bill calls for abortion to be decriminalised.  It does this by repealing anti-abortion sections of the Offences against the Person Act 1861.

Of course that will make the Abortion Act 1967, with its 24-week age-limit restriction, two doctors to sign that the pregnancy is imperilling a woman’s health, etc, irrelevant.

EMAIL YOUR MP

The Johnson Bill will go nowhere, but if MPs pass it, it will place pressure on the Government to introduce equivalent legislation.

That is why Christians are being urged to email their MPs right away.  As in now.

This link takes you straight to the Parliament MP webpage where you can find your MP and click on his or her email address.

We aren’t giving you a long-winded form letter or harvesting your email address for future promos.  Use some of the arguments on this page, but keep it short and simple.  The essential thing is to ask your MP to attend the debate on Monday and vote against the Bill.

ABORTION BILL IS LAST CHANCE?

What is behind such a move by the pro-death people?  Basically, abortionists are running out of time themselves. This Bill could  be their last chance.

Abortion Rights frantically describes the 1861 Act as: ‘legislation this old, … this out-of-step with clinical developments and the moral thinking of the modern world’.  How old do they think the law against murder is?

Actually, it’s the abortionists out-of-step with today’s clinical developments and moral thinking.  The science of embryology, ultra-sound, modern imaging, advances in what we know of foetal development now leave no possibility of denying the humanity and the sentient nature of a child in the womb.  A heartbeat can be detected at 6 weeks gestation.  Yes, that’s when yours started beating.  Furthermore, it won’t stop till the day you die.  Isn’t God amazing?

Morality too is shifting, convicted by the realisation that we are dealing with a real human being totally dependent on his mother for survival, but different and separate from her, with his own genetics, blood supply and blood group.  We keep using the gender-inclusive ‘his’ but let’s remember 50% of babies in the womb are girls.  Tell that to the feminists!  Moreover, 100% of babies in the womb, if asked, would say they want to be born!

So a pre-born child is literally his mother’s dependent.  And morally, we view dependency as that state of being worthy of protection.

FURTHER ARGUMENTS

You may wish to tell your MP that this Bill comes from a vested interest, abortion provider British Pregnancy Advisory Service. And their CEO, Anne Furedi, launching their campaign for decriminalisation said: ‘I want to be very, very clear and blunt… there should be no legal upper limit.’  Follow the money, as they say.

You could also say a YouGov poll showed 88% of UK women either want to keep the current law and time limit or restrict it further. Only 2% want an increase in the abortion time limit beyond 24 weeks, let alone birth.

Furthermore, the Royal College of Midwives has suffered a backlash supporting the BPAS campaign.  Over 1,000 midwives have protested against the RCM’s position.  If this Bill became law, midwives would leave the profession in droves.

That’s enough arguments.  Pray against this Bill, for confusion among its proponents and for clarity and courage and turnout of pro-life MPs.  And now, click on this link, go to the Parliament MP webpage, find your MP, click on his or her email address and ask him or her to get there on Monday and vote down this shocking, retrograde, anti-life bill.

SOME SCRIPTURAL WITNESS

The Bile is a book of life, but here are just three verses among many speaking to this subject:

Gen 4:9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? 4:10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Psalm 106:37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils, 38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.

Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.  (KJV)

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Mar 10

Manchester United goes gay with Stonewall

The Manchester United coat of arms

The Manchester United coat of arms

Manchester United Football Club have struck a Faustian deal with homosexual pressure group Stonewall.

The Premier League outfit, sometimes known as the ‘Red Devils’, have announced a new partnership with the LGBT activists.  ManU is the first, and by God’s grace the last, UK football club to sell its soul to Stonewall.

Although, to be fair, AFC  Bournemouth have done their best. The Cherries sponsored a divisive LGBT event and fundraised for a gay youth group only last month.

Manchester United ‘a leader’

Foolish managing director Richard Arnold said, ‘Manchester United always looks to be a leader in everything it does.  We are proud to be the first sports club to sign up to TeamPride.’

Well, the club is currently not actually leading the Premier League, lying sixth in the table.

Crucially, they are outside the top four who will qualify for first-rank European football in the Champions League next year.

Indeed, the club has a challenging run-in at this end of this season.  They face Chelsea twice and travel to Arsenal, Burnley and Tottenham Hotspur.  They also face possible banana skins at home entertaining in-form Crystal Palace, Everton and Swansea.  This was probably not the best time to bring the curse of gay pride down upon the club.

Stonewall able to promote sodomy through football

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall

Stonewall already has government departments, the forces, big banks and major companies in thrall. However, to promote sodomy through a football club with its legions of young fans is an activist’s dream.

Stonewall’s chief executive Ruth Hunt said: ‘Manchester United’s support means we can reach millions of football fans both here and around the world, to encourage them to do their part in making all people feel welcome in sport.’

But men with a sexual interest in teenage boys will find they are still not as welcome as they would like to be.  And they make up a significant part of the Stonewall constituency.

Sexual abuse scandal

A sexual abuse scandal involving young male victims began to emerge in November 2016.   Allegations firstly centred on abuse of young players at Crewe Alexandra and Manchester City, from the clubs’ associations with one Barry Bennell.  The homosexual was previously convicted of sexual abuse offences in the US and UK.  Subsequent allegations included former Newcastle United youth coach George Ormond.  He was imprisoned in 2002 for offences against young footballers in the area.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is concerned about sexual abuse by coaches

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is concerned about sexual abuse by coaches

Former Chelsea player Gary Johnson accused coach Eddie Heath of sexually abusing him.  The Sun newspaper said he ‘worked as a football chief scout in the 1960s and 1970s and looked out for new young talent’.  Of course he did.  Allegations of abuse by coach Bob Higgins at Southampton and Peterborough were also made.

Manchester United has not been untouched by the scandal.  Matthew Monaghan was signed by the club from Crewe Alexander.  But the three years of sexual abuse he endured at the hands of Barry Bennell took its toll.  Monaghan lasted only two months at Old Trafford as a professional, unable to cope with the crippling anxiety caused by the abuse.

Now Manchester United and England captain Wayne Rooney is encouraging any player who has been sexually abused during their careers to call a new, dedicated football helpline.

Rainbow Laces

Ruth Hunt went on: ‘It’s crucial for organisations like Manchester United to show they not only welcome LGBT people, but are active in leading the change. At the moment, many LGBT people want to take part in sport, either as players or fans, but the behaviour of a minority can make them feel unsafe, unwelcome or unable to be themselves.’

Leading what change, exactly?  Turning the club into a recruiting ground for pederasts?  There can be no doubt the club has many homosexual fans.  Chelsea’s gay fans even have a little banner, but that club hasn’t been stupid enough to join up with Stonewall.  What does ‘unable to be themselves’ mean?  Use the club’s toilets for cottaging?  Pick up boys in the car parks?

‘There’s so much work left to do to ensure that all LGBT people feel able to participate in sport’, concluded Miss Hunt.  ‘We hope to see other clubs take Manchester United’s lead and join the Rainbow Laces campaign to make this a reality.’

Manchester United director accountant Richard Arnold will bear a huge responsibility

Manchester United director accountant Richard Arnold will bear a huge responsibility

The ‘Rainbow Laces campaign’ is where players are browbeaten into putting multicoloured laces in their boots.  Of course the reality is sport is awash with gays and lesbians.  However, homosexual footballers, if there are any and if they were to ‘come out’, would face considerable opposition, and rightly so, as footballers are role models for young players.

Huge responsibility

Manchester United will bear a huge responsibility if through their actions an impressionable adolescent boy, going through a teenage phase, were to decide he was ‘gay’ because an authority body like ManU promoted that perversion.  Some parents might even stop taking their children to the club if the see LGBT rubbish around.

It’s a sad day for football, and a worse one for Manchester United.

1Kings 14:24  And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel. 

Mark 9:42  And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. 

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Mar 08

‘Woman’ accused of raping a man is a man

Despite the pout, 'Katie' Brannon, accused of raping a man, is actually a bloke called Gavin.

Despite the pout, ‘Katie’ Brannen, accused of raping a man, is actually a bloke called Gavin.

A ‘woman’ accused of raping a man is actually a man, Christian Voice has discovered.

All the press, including the Independent, and even RT, have reported the case in the following politically correct fashion:

Woman appears in court charged with raping a man twice

‘A British woman is to stand trial accused of raping a man.

‘Katie Brannen appeared in Newcastle Crown Court accused of two offences of rape after allegedly attacking the man in January in South Shields.

‘The 24-year-old, of Julian Avenue, Newcastle, spoke only to confirm her name during the hearing.

‘Barrister Gavin Doig indicated a not guilty plea and said he would be looking for a trial date.

‘An approximate four-day trial was listed for 4th December and a review hearing, which she must attend, was scheduled for 25th September.

‘Brannen was granted bail on the condition she must not try to contact the alleged victim and must live at an address on Green Lane in South Shields.’

Katie Brannen is actually Gavin

The wheels of justice grind exceeding slow in Newcastle.  The alleged victim of this offence must wait nine months for the trial.  But leave that aside.

This is actually not a case of a ‘woman raping a man’.  ‘Katie’ Brannen is actually a man named Gavin.  Moreover, he appeared at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in April 2013.  He racked up a £27 taxi bill from Newcastle.  Brannen fled on arriving home in Laygate, South Shields.  He was charged and convicted as Gavin Brannen.  But he appeared in court dressed as a woman.  The court heard on that occasion that he was going through gender reassignment and wanted to be known as Katie.  In addition, his boyfriend, Cory Elstob, 20, also of Laygate, South Shields, failed to appear in court in relation to the same incident.  Magistrates issued a warrant for his arrest.

The 22-year-old was back in court In August 2014, says the Shields Gazette.  Once again he was accused of dodging a taxi fare. This time he appeared under the name of Katie Brannen.  The court heard he dashed off at the end of another taxi ride from Sunderland to Frederick Street, South Shields.  On the second occasion it was a £20 bill the transgender fare dodger tried to avoid.

Gender reassignment will not address mental issues

Firstly, Gavin Brannen has obvious mental, emotional and dare we say spiritual issues which gender reassignment will fail to address.  How much more ethical it would be for doctors to address the underlying pathologies in those with gender dysphoria rather than to administer hormones and embark on surgical mutilation.  In addition, his homosexuality appears to be another part of the problem.  No doubt we shall find out in December more depressing detail about how the alleged rape was accomplished.

Secondly, memories of the emperor with no clothes come flooding back when our politically-correct press persist in referring to Brannen as ‘her’ and ‘she’.  Er, Brannen is a bloke, guys.  It’s actually easy to find that out.  We took just two minutes.  He may have gone back to falsify his birth certificate under the Gender Recognition Act 2004.  But be assured it originally said ‘Gavin’.  Those midwives did not get it wrong when they tied a blue ribbon around his ankle.  He can take all the hormones he wants.  Surgeons can cuts bits he was endowed with by his Creator right off.  But he will always be genetically a man, despite all his protestations to the contrary.

Jenni Murray says ‘transwomen’ are ‘not real women’

Jenni Murray

Jenni Murray

Meanwhile, arch-feminist presenter of BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour, Jenni Murray, has joined the fray.  She wrote a piece on the subject in the Sunday Times.

Ms Murray took particular exception to a CofE minister who became a ‘trans-woman’, the late Rev Peter Stone.  Jenni M recalls the conversation she had with ‘Carol’: ‘Her primary concerns, she told me, were finding the most suitable dress in which to meet her parishioners in her new persona and deciding if she should wear makeup or not.’

Her piece appeared under the heading: ‘Jenni Murray: Be trans, be proud – but don’t call yourself a ‘real woman’. Can someone who has lived as a man, with all the privilege that entails, really lay claim to womanhood? It takes more than a sex change and makeup.’

Frank Maloney as 'Kellie'

Frank Maloney as ‘Kellie’

‘I believe I’m a woman’

She was immediately jumped on by Stonewall.  Next, boxing promoter Frank Maloney pitched in.  Despite being a man, he says: ‘I see myself as a woman and I believe I’m a woman’.  As one’s children would remark, ‘Whatever’.

He was ‘shocked by broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray’s suggestion that people who have undergone “sex change” operations from male to female are not “real women”.’  His South London friends would probably say ‘Oh mate, get over it!’  Or words to that effect.

Frank appeared on ‘Loose Women’ (here’s the video if you can bear it) in May 2016 dressed up as ‘Kellie’.

He admits even his three children call him ‘dad in a frock.’  ‘They will always call me Dad’, he says.  Again wittering on about dresses and makeup, he says: ‘it’s bloody hard being a woman.’  Especially when you aren’t, Frank.

Nigerian feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has also taken the Jenni Murray stance.  She is opposed by a Nigerian man called Miss Sahhara.  Apparently, feminists like Chimamanda are called TERF by the Miss Sahharas of this world. That stands for ‘Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist’.  You wanted to know that.

Welcome again to the Post-Truth World

This is what happens when you cut a nation adrift from its Christian anchor point.  Well, it’s not all that happens.  For that see our publication Britain in Sin.  It’s probably only the most contemporary part of what happens.

Welcome, once again, to the post-truth world.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

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Mar 03

Magistrate who convicted preachers is Freemason

Bristol Magistrate Robert Stacey in his Freemason regalia. His Royal Arch Jewel is in the Star of David beneath the medal ribbon

Bristol Magistrate Robert Stacey in his Freemason regalia. His Royal Arch Jewel is in the Star of David beneath the medal ribbon.

The chairman of the Bristol Magistrates who convicted two Christian preachers of a Public Order offence earlier this week is a leading Freemason, Christian Voice can disclose.

Robert Stacey convicted Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell on Tuesday 28th February.  He handed down £2016 worth of fines and costs each.  He even refused a stay of execution pending their appeal.

But we have discovered the retired laboratory manager holds office in the Royal Arch Provincial Grand Chapter of Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

The magistrate, 69 this month (March 2017), has also been a director of the Staple Hill Masonic Hall in Shrubbery Road, Downend, Bristol.

Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra

In fact, the man who could not pronounce ‘Catholicism’ is ‘Provincial Grand Scribe Ezra’. In court Stacey could barely read his own writing. Nevertheless, in January ‘Grand Scribe Ezra’ managed to send out an invitation to the ‘Annual Convocation of Provincial Grand Chapter’. This will be held at The Crypt School, Podsmead Road, Gloucester GL2 5AE, on Saturday 6th May 2017, at 11.15am. ‘Companions are requested to be seated in the Chapter by 10.50am’, says the invitation.

'Blue Lodge' craft Mason apron. But inside the Lodge lies the occultist 'Red' Chapter

‘Blue Lodge’ craft Mason apron. But inside the Lodge lies the occultist ‘Red’ Chapter

Royal Arch Freemasons love calling themselves by Biblical names. It is one way in which they invoke the rebuilding of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. So one Paul Diggins is ‘Provincial Grand Haggai’ while Michael Lettey is ‘Provincial Grand Joshua’. You will often find a ‘Zerubbabel’ and a ‘Nehemiah’ as well.

Freemason syncretism

Despite the Biblical allusions, the exclusive claims of Jesus in the same Bible are anathema to Freemasonry. Although Masons have to believe in ‘a Supreme Being’, their ‘Great Architect of the Universe’ encompasses all deities. The Provincial Grand Lodge of Gloucestershire says on its ‘politics and religion’ page, ‘a Freemason is encouraged to do his duty first to his God (by whatever name he is known) through his faith and religious practice.’

The United Grand Lodge of England says: ‘Every Freemason embarks on his own journey of self-discovery when he enters the organisation’. On the first page of a downloadable PDF it says in capital letters: ‘Freemasonry does not discriminate on grounds of … religion’.  No,  but you must have one, any one.  All are equally valid.

Royal Arch Banner and Sash

Royal Arch Apron and Sash

Royal Arch Freemasonry

It is well-known there are ‘degrees’ in Freemasonry. The first three degrees take a member up to ‘Master Mason’ in a masonic ‘Craft Lodge’. But beyond and inside the Lodge lies the Chapter, the ‘Royal Arch’, with a further four degrees: Mark Master, Past Master, Most Excellent Master, and Royal Arch Mason.  Robert Stacey appears in the picture to be wearing Royal Arch Mason Regalia.

There are around 3,300 ‘Craft Masons’ in the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Lodges alone. It appears some 800 of them have been ‘exalted’ to the entry degree in the Royal Arch.  Often the Lodge with its three ‘craft’ Masonic degrees is known as ‘Blue Lodge Masonry’ from its regalia.  The Royal Arch is the ‘Red Lodge’ (although it is a ‘Chapter’ not a ‘Lodge’).

Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Royal Arch Banner

Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Royal Arch Banner

Mr Stacey as ‘Ezra’ is keen to help ‘craft masons’ ‘discover the “genuine secrets of a master mason” (and) the companionship of a Royal Arch Chapter’. In fact, he is at the front of an initiative ‘to make all master masons … aware of where the secrets can be found and to introduce the Royal Arch.’

The Bristol magistrate is no less than his Royal Arch Chapter’s recruiting sergeant.

(More info here in Royal Arch Cumbria’s Welcome Booklet).

Exaltation Ceremony to become Royal Arch Freemason

Royal Arch Masons like Mr Stacey wear a jewel at lodge meetings signifying their membership of this secret club within a secret club.  We see the jewel in the Star of David in Stacey’s regalia.  The ‘Exaltation Ceremony’ in which a mason joins the Royal Arch is set out in this link.

In his book ‘The Brotherhood’, Stephen Knight laid a lot of Freemasonry bare.  Of great significance is what happened when the two rival bands of freemasons, the Antients and the Moderns, united in 1813. They became the ‘United Grand Lodge of England’. Knight is quoted on a webpage as saying:

‘The Union’s acceptance of Royal Arch workings is of great importance~ for it completed in all essentials the structure of Freemasonry as it exists today. Just as the Moderns de-Christianised the movement, so with the acceptance of Royal Arch the Antients succeeded in introducing the undeniably occult – notably the invocation of the supposedly rediscovered long-lost name of God.’

'Inside the Brotherhood' was a follow-up to 'The Brotherhood'

‘Inside the Brotherhood’ was a follow-up to ‘The Brotherhood’

Freemasons have often rubbished ‘The Brotherhood’ but they have rarely denied what is in it. This link is a good example of that approach.

Call for a Register of Freemasons

There was a follow-up to Knight’s book, ‘Inside the Brotherhood’ by Martin Short. It led to a call from the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee in 1997 for police officers, magistrates, judges and crown officers to publicly register their Masonic membership. Amid obstruction from the Freemasons, including from the United Grand Lodge of England, the initiative petered out.

Indeed, how many other local judges, police officers and prosecutors, not to say council officials and elected members, are ‘brothers’ of Stacey? How many are in the Gloucestershire and Herefordshire Lodge or even the corresponding Royal Arch Chapter?  We have found and listed a few names here.  If any are recognisable as men in public office please let us know.  But there will be many others.

Occult name of God

The long-lost name of God in Masonry is supposed to be Jah-Bul-On. It is regarded as so sacred no Mason is allowed to utter it alone. Like all aspects of Royal Arch Freemasonry it is syncretistic, occult and ridiculous. Jah stands for the Hebrew name of God, ‘Bul’ for the Canaanite deities ‘Baal’, while ‘On’ refers to the Egyptian ‘Osiris’. Being absurd, of course, does not stop Royal Arch from being quintessentially evil. We read this interesting detail:

‘In 1989 it was announced that JAHBULON would soon be dropped from England’s Royal Arch Ritual. ‘Grand Scribe Ezra’ Higham denied this was in response to recent Christian condemnations. Journalists later visiting Freemason’s Hall overheard chortles that junking JAHBULON had invalidated the book “Inside the Brotherhood’ even before it was published. However on 4th March Clifford Longley (The Times religious affairs correspondent) wrote that by replacing JAHBULON with JHVH – meaning Jahweh, the Jew’s Holy Name for God -Masonry may be falling in “deeper waters than the Grand Lodge has yet realised… While to invoke a false God is idolatry, to invoke the Name of the True God falsely is blasphemy”.’

The Royal Arch 'Triple Tau' device seen in the Apron above. It is actually a T over an H; Templum Hieroslymoe - "The Temple of Jerusalem,"

The Royal Arch ‘Triple Tau’ device seen in the Apron above. It is actually a T over an H; Templum Hieroslymoe – “The Temple of Jerusalem,”

Blasphemous invocation of God

A lot of Masonic ritual is now ‘out there’ on the web and has not been denied by Masons. For example: ‘The Royal Arch degree catechism asks, “Are you a Royal Arch Mason?” To which the reply is made, “I – AM – THAT – I – AM.”‘

It goes without saying that to invoke the name of God from Exodus 3:14 is the height of blasphemy:

Exodus 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

Occult identification with Hiram

In another place, we read: ‘Fourth, continuing our tour of ritual, the third degree candidate plays the Masonic hero Hiram Abif (or Abiff) in a dramatic reenactment, wherein he identifies with Hiram in Hiram’s death, burial, and “raising.”‘ That is a complete rejection of the Lord Jesus. Every Christian identifies with Christ in his death, burial and resurrection.  To invoke an employee of the king of Tyre who helped Solomon build the temple is a mockery. Furthermore, such a rite is deeply occult.

Square and compasses. The compasses describe a circle, part of Freemasonry's occult symbolism. The square indicates their obsession with building.

Freemason Square and Compasses. The compasses describe a circle, part of Freemasonry’s occult symbolism. The square indicates their obsession with building.

In fact, Masons have a special regard for Solomon, king Hiram and Hiram Abif, believing they possessed ancient secrets. Masonic documents show them to be obsessed by ‘secrets’ and believe they have some really important supernatural ones.  As it happens, they describe themselves as ‘not a secret society but a society with secrets‘, as if that makes it better.

Incompatible with Christianity

Dr. D. R. Denman, an Anglican scholar, once himself a mason, shows how opposed Masonry is to Christianity.  Everyone outside Masonry is held to be ‘in darkness’.  But Jesus Christ said his followers are no longer in darkness, but in the light:

John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

Dr Denman wrote: “Christ and the Craft are fundamentally opposed to one another. Well I remember the wave of nausea as I stood an initiate outside the Masonic Lodge and heard myself referred to as a poor candidate in a state of darkness who by God’s help was seeking the light. God’s grace had already shone in my heart to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ: this I knew, and as I stood there listening to the first utterance of Masonic ritual I was aware of rampant evil.

“In vain, I sought for some acknowledgement of the Light of the World in the worship and ritual of the degrees that followed. There was nothing. The sense of blasphemy had become, by the middle of the Third Degree ceremony, so overwhelming that I was moved to protest and to leave the Temple, never to return.”

What is ‘the craft’ of masonry?

And what are those ‘secrets’?  Freemason websites speak of their charitable work, of brotherly love, of moral improvement.  They speak of their ‘Craft’. But they never say what the ‘Craft’ is that they are learning.  It certainly isn’t stone-masonry.  That may be the imagery, but Masonic lodges are not teaching their 1st Degree Apprentices how to cut a block of limestone or make a trefoil window out of it.

The Masonic Lodge of Education says: ‘Masonic education helps you attain a basic education in the craft.’  It states ‘much like King Solomon’s wisdom in biblical times of laying a strong foundation for his Temple (edifice); our full understanding of the Masonic Craft becomes necessary to fully embrace its rays of light.’  That sounds esoteric.  The ‘Masonic Craft’ has clearly parted company with the building trade.  But what has it become?

Occultism and New Age Mysticism?

The website admits: ‘your Lodge Library contains absolutely nothing really helpful with which to train a new brother to bring him up in the Craft.’  Which continues to beg the question: What is ‘the Craft’?  No-one ever says.  That may be because it is ‘secret’, and that itself is suspicious.  Or it may be because it is occult, more to do with, dare we say it, witchcraft than construction.  If not witchcraft, we are in the realm of arcane mysteries, with cross-over into New Age ‘revelation’.

It is always better to source from Masonic sites not those opposing it.  One Grand Chapter site speaks of ‘ancient rituals’ and admits: ‘There is also an esoteric side of Ancient Craft Masonry’.  It talks of symbols having ‘an exoteric meaning’ and ‘esoteric symbolism’.  The site admits: ‘Some of the symbolism in Craft Masonry originates in the ancient mystery traditions of the world.  Hermetism, Philosophy, Kabalistic, and Alchemical, for example, share many of the same symbols with Freemasonry.’

So Freemasonry encompasses (if the expression does not fall too awkwardly in the context of their well-known symbolism above) occultism, idolatry and blasphemy.  Above all it denies Jesus Christ, the only one who can set them free.

Stacey should not have sat

Moreover, it was a Royal Arch Freemason, Robert James Stacey, ‘Grand Scribe Ezra,’ who made criminals of two Christian evangelists.  He found them to be ‘abusive’ and ‘disorderly’. Their crime? To contend in public that only by the name of Jesus Christ could men be saved.  Such a claim was a great personal challenge to him.  Royal Arch Masonry claims itself to be the way, to have the truth and the light and to lead to abundant life.

Stacey should have recused himself over such a blatant conflict of interest.  Ironically, a Christian District Judge, legally qualified, declined to hear the case for exactly that reason.  But a Royal Arch Freemason, steeped in anti-Christian occultism, would be severely prejudiced against the Christian message.  Christ confronts everything he believes in.  It destroys all his ‘secrets’.  How would he ever be capable of reaching an impartial verdict?

Two magistrates sat either side of him, Josephine Ramsden and Gerard McDermott.  It is disappointing they went along with Stacey in the guilty verdicts despite the circumstances and clear case law presented.

A register of Freemasons in public life must surely now become compulsory.

Michael Overd and Michael Stockwell have appealed to the Crown Court.  The last time that happened, the Crown’s case collapsed.  It will again.  What happened last time is still a good read!  Street preaching is legal!

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Mar 02

Anti-Transgender bus banned from Barcelona

The anti-transgender bus is currently impounded in Madrid

The anti-transgender bus is currently impounded in Madrid

A bus with an anti-transgender message in Spanish has been banned from Barcelona and not allowed to move in Madrid.

And now a judge has supported Madrid’s capture of the bus, reports the BBC.  Jose Juan Escalonilla said the bus could not move until the slogans, including “if you are born a man, you are a man”, were removed.

The story made Breitbart, after which the BBC and RT took it up. Secularists, of course, are incensed.  RT’s story gives more detail and pictures some anti-Christian slogans photo-shopped onto the original bus image.

Crude cartoon

In fact the slogans go further than that.  The bus was painted in response to an advertisement placed by ‘trans’ activists featuring a crude cartoon of two boys and two girls, all naked, in which one of each sex is pictured with the genitalia of the other.  In a sop to normality, the ‘boy’ figures have short hair, the ‘girl’ ones long hair.  The BBC link above reprints the cartoon.

It said: “Hay niñas con pene y niños con vulva. Así de sencillo”.  ‘Hay’ is ‘there are’, ‘niñas’ is ‘girls’, ‘niños’ is ‘boys’ while ‘Así de sencillo’ means ‘It’s that simple’.  You can work out the obvious words for genitals.

Anti-transgender response

But is it that simple?  The bus disagreed: ‘Los niños tienen penes, las niñas tienen vulva, que no te engañen”. “Si naces hombre, eres hombre. Si eres mujer, seguirás siéndolo”.

To help you translate, ‘tienen’ is ‘they have’. ‘que no te engañen’ means ‘Don’t be fooled’.  Breitbart helps us with the rest:  ‘If you are born a man, you are a man. If you are a woman, you will still be one.’

The bus was impounded under municipal rules against outdoor advertising.  The judge did not find the bus went as far as being a hate crime.  However, he said the bus was an “act of contempt”.  Moreover, it was meant to “injure” the dignity of people of a different sexual orientation, according to Spanish newspaper El Pais.

Furthermore, Señor Escalonilla said the bus may not move until the slogans are removed.

Make yourself heard

Ignacio Arsuaga

Ignacio Arsuaga

The bus belongs to a Catholic group, Hazte Oir, but it was funded anonymously.  The group plans to take it on a nationwide tour of Spanish cities.

Ignacio Arsuaga, the president of Hazte Oir, which translates as “Make yourself heard”, argued the group had a right to protest against “laws of sexual indoctrination” and had the right to freedom of speech, says the BBC.

The group contend Madrid City Council’s “kidnap” of the bus was “clearly illegal”.

Mr Arsuaga claimed the slogan on the bus stated only “a fact of biology that is studied in schools”.

The Mayor of Barcelona said the controversial coach would not be welcome there.  He wrote on Twitter: “In Barcelona there is no place for LGBT-phobic buses. We want our children to grow in freedom and without hatred.”

Of course, in the rarified atmosphere of gender identity, anti-transgender people speaking the truth have no defence against a charge of ‘hatred’.

Jackie Evancho struggled to find the bottom note in the Star Spangled Banner

Jackie Evancho struggled to find the bottom note in the Star Spangled Banner

A flood of activism

There has been a flood of transgender activism recently.  Firstly, the BMA banned the expression ‘pregnant mothers’ in case it offended ‘trans men’  Secondly, the SUN newspaper ludicrously described a woman called Hayden Cross as a ‘pregnant man.’  Then we reported a father-of-three working as a photographer at Bournemouth Football Club deciding he is now ‘Sophie’.  Next, we had the ‘transgender doll’ from the USA.

Finally, at least to date, the girl who sang the US National Anthem at President Trump’s Inauguration has chipped in.

Just days ago, Mr Trump overturned Obama-era guidance allowing transgender students to use school ‘rest-rooms’ matching their gender identity. As a consequence, boys in frocks can no longer pop up in the girls’ toilets.

Here's Jackie and her brother

Here’s Jackie and her brother

And here they are again

And here they are again

It turns out Jackie Evancho’s brother thinks he is a girl.  So Miss Evancho, 16, now wants to meet the President and “enlighten” him on the transgender issue.

In return, he might bring in a singing teacher to enlighten Miss Evancho on where to find a bottom A flat.

Take a stand

But seriously, as if singing within your range is not serious, we all, from the President down, need to take a stand.

We all need to say very clearly that no amount of hormone drugs and no grotesque surgical mutilation will ever stop a man being genetically a man and a woman remaining genetically a woman.  After all, if you seriously and honestly believed you were Long John Silver, would you really expect doctors to cut off your leg and buy you a parrot?  Medicine is given because someone is ill.  Doctors should heal, not destroy.  Of course ‘Trans’ people have issues, but they need help to accept their body at a psychological, emotional and dare we say spiritual level.   Some may even need deliverance.  But none needs the surgeon’s knife.

Welcome to the Post-Truth World

In the UK of course, the House of Commons started the rot in 2004.  Regrettably, they passed the Gender Recognition Act in that fateful year.  Under it, men and women can now go back and falsify their birth certificates.

As a result, Parliament legislated a lie.  So welcome to the ‘post-truth’ world.

Pray for the truth to triumph.  Pray for righteousness to prevail in a world parting company with reality.  You could pray the bus is released and continues on its prophetic journey through Spain.  Pray it wakes us all up and starts a movement.  Above all, never forget always to refer to people by their God-given gender, never by their assumed one!

Psalm 33:4 For the word of the LORD is right; and all his works are done in truth. 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice. 

2Cor 6:7  By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left…

2Peter 2:2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 

 

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Mar 01

Pray for Northern Ireland

Stormont Parliament Building, seat of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly

Stormont Parliament Building, seat of the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly

Please pray for Northern Ireland and its people. They are going to the polls on Thursday 2nd March less than a year after the last election.

The Province elected a legislative assembly last May (2016). Sinn Fein pulled out of that in January. Martin McGuiness, Deputy First Minister, resigned, ostensibly over a botched energy scheme. Under the terms of the Agreement, Arlene Foster, the First Minister, could not continue. Elections were called and are taking place today.

Abortion in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland is the only nation of the United Kingdom to which the Abortion Act 1967 does not extend.  Nationalist MLAs (Sinn Fein and the SDLP) have constantly put forward motions to extend it to the Province, joined by the Alliance Party.

The last vote was in February 2016, where the Assembly defeated a motion to bring in abortion in cases of foetal abnormality by 59 votes to 40. In December 2016, the Alliance Party’s David Ford introduced the bill again.

Northern Ireland does not have ‘gay marriage’

The other major issue is same-sex ‘marriage’. In November 2015 the Assembly voted for the first time to legalise ‘gay marriage’. But the measure was blocked by the Democratic Unionist Party tabling a ‘petition of concern’. This effectively exercised a veto over the legislation.

It is crucial that the largest unionist party retains enough seats to be able to exercise its veto. It needed thirty members to table a petition of concern in the last Assembly, which had 108 seats. However, the Assembly has been slimmed down to 90 seats for the latest poll.  But the petition of concern threshold remains at 30.

Safeguard the ‘petition of concern’ veto

The Guardian says the DUP is expecting losses in the wake of the renewable heat incentive. Obviously, with a smaller assembly, every party except the tiniest will expect losses. But it is vital, at the very least, that the DUP retain enough seats to table a petition of concern and exercise the veto.

So please pray to the Lord as the people of Northern Ireland go the polls during this day. Pray they elect enough righteous men and women to thwart the devices of the enemy. Thank God the Province stands against the Abortion Act and against ‘gay marriage’. Pray that situation continues.

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn.

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