Personal Plea from MP

Further to my email below, if you’ve yet to sign the petition please note this plea from a Christian MP on Twitter :

Jim Dobbin MP: There are Christians in Parliament who want to fight to save marriage but they really need the support of the church (My emphasis and here’s the link)

Richard Continue reading

Special Update from HOTS

Thank you to Paul Skelton, founder of Healing On The Streets in Bath, for permission to post his recent Special E-News Update, which reads as follows:


The facts behind the story

Over the last few weeks “HOTS Bath” has been thrust into the media spotlight after the ASA ruling against our website and down-loadable leaflet in which we say that God can heal, physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
Today, we met as a Trust to discuss where we felt Father was leading us from here and feel that it is important for us to do three things at this time.

1. To clarify the facts behind the story.
2. To clearly communicate our own position and response.
3. To give some guidance as to how the Christian community could respond.

We are therefore sending out this special E-News Update to cover these three areas: Continue reading

Open letter to the editor of the Daily Telegraph

It’s very interesting how momentum is gathering pace to make this a special year, not only for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee but also for the whole well-being of our nation. I’m no monarchist but would highly recommend the BBC’s informative documentary, The Diamond Queen.

Headlines and articles within the Daily Telegraph, one of our leading newspapers, are increasingly focussed upon the importance of Christianity in the UK.  (See links at the foot of this post.)  In view of previous posts you’ll no doubt realise my keen interest, and so I wrote today to the editor regarding a fellow reader’s published letter : Continue reading

E-petition and minister of healing on ASA’s ruling on HOTS-Bath

Please consider joining me in signing an official e-petition ‘I believe that God can heal’, which reads as follows:

Whether or not we believe that God can heal, we call on the Government to ensure that publishing statements of faith is not banned. This petition is put forward following cases where the Advertising Standards Agency has banned Christian groups from publishing material with the words ‘God can heal’, for example in Bath.

Just a reminder: the issue is not over HOTS compliance with 8 requirements of an advertising code but is about the ASA’s refusal to allow statements of faith. Furthermore, as previously mentioned and now confirmed at point 3 below, this could be construed as the ‘militant secularism’ which the Conservative party’s chairwoman Baroness Warsi referred to in her recent speech.

Thank you Peter for this tip, and pointing out overseas residents may sign too. Thank you also to Martin for drawing attention to a report on The New Street Preachers from Reachout Trust (connected to RevelationTV) and which includes a scriptural assessment of HOTS activity.

Secondly, whilst taking a friend to the airport last night I mentioned this matter to him. As he directs an Anglican healing ministry you may like to know the drift of his remarks, which were as follows: Continue reading

From ‘Disabled’ to ‘enabled’ – Nina tells how Jesus healed her spine:

One morning in October 2005 I woke up and turned to say “Good morning” to Richard, my husband, only to find that I couldn’t speak – my throat was closing and I was having difficulty breathing!

I was rushed into hospital and spent nine life-threatening days in the high dependency unit. It was discovered that I had a blood disorder of unknown origin and unknown cure with an antibody in my DNA!

All the specialist could give me was a dangerously high dose of steroids to control what was happening in my body. The most a body can take before it collapses is 120mg daily and I was on 100mg a day!  What happened to my body was almost unbelievable but I lived to tell the tale.

In an effort to get going again I started walking and gently exercising but suddenly pains in my left leg started and pains in the base of my spine. The doctor discovered that I had a small tear in the Achilles tendon and that was possibly why my back was hurting.

In January 2006 I had a bone density scan and another MRI scan and was diagnosed with steroid induced osteoporosis but the scans showed that all was well – no cracks or anything to worry about.  We’d booked to go on a Catch the Wave conference in that February and so off we went.  We arrived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with friends the day before sailing.  After breakfast that day, I stood up to leave the table and as I turned I also screamed and it felt as if my back gave way.  In those few seconds my entire life changed. Continue reading

Muhammed knows more than the ASA!

Radiologist Muhammed knows what the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) cannot comprehend – GOD REALLY DOES PHYSICAL HEALING!

How come?  Nina needed a checkup with a 3D scanner recently and, trying to lie back-wards onto the scanner table, she asked the radiologist for assistance because of her spine’s lack of flexibility.  She told him this was due to a vertebroplasty performed at that hospital.  (This procedure inserts bone cement into one of the spine’s vertebrae.) Whilst two cameras slowly orbited Nina’s chest the radiologist delved into her large, paper file.

So I took the opportunity to explain briefly what had miraculously happened 6 years ago after the procedure had left her as officially registered ‘disabled’.  (As she couldn’t walk across a room, a wheelchair plus ‘blue badge’ parking facility was necessary outdoors.)  I told Muhammed that God healed her immediately after Nina had forgiven the surgeon – thereupon she could dance and walk and, thus, fully praise the Lord!

Thinking Muhammed is probably a Muslim, I stressed that forgiveness was key to her healing and twice that ‘God is good’.  He must have been impressed because he said on our departure, “It’s good to meet people of faith – there aren’t many around!”.

‘God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform’ – as averred by the opening lines of William Cowper’s hymn.  Indeed He does, for had Nina’s vertebra been fully restored, or even replaced, then she would not have needed Mohammed’s help, but he would have been the poorer for not seeing first-hand an example of God’s goodness!

1. ASA Adjudication against Healing On The Streets – Bath

A team from many churches across Bath city has been setting up ‘shop’ near the Abbey for three years. As in several towns and cities across Britain, they offer to pray in Jesus’ name for passers by and hand out leaflets listing a variety of medical conditions and  stating the team believes God loves everyone and can heal sickness.  As my friend Gillan Scott reports in God and Politics in the UK:

Their leaflets and website caught the attention of the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) last summer after a complaint was made by a single member of the public.   The complaint centred around the claim that God could heal the named conditions as a result of the prayer offered and also that the claims were irresponsible and could lead to false hope to those suffering from those conditions.

[For more see: Complainant – Christian wisdom – secular journalistpolitical columnist.]

The ASA noted, ‘We acknowledged that HOTS volunteers believed that prayer could treat illness and medical conditions, and that therefore the ads did not promote false hope. However, we noted we had not seen evidence that people had been healed through the prayer of HOTS volunteers, and concluded that the ads could encourage false hope in those suffering from the named conditions and therefore were irrespons-ible.’

They ruled: ‘The ads must not appear again in their current form. We told HOTS not to make claims which stated or implied that, by receiving prayer from their volunteers, people could be healed of medical conditions. We also told them not to refer in their ads to medical conditions for which medical supervision should be sought.’ (My emphasis)

Although one can be rather stirred up over their banning the HOTS-Bath’s adverts of  prayers for healing, some of the reasoning seems sensible.  However, some elements give cause for concern because they belie not so much an apparent rejection of God but suggest an over-arching policy of political control.

First, on casting my eye over the ASA assessment there clearly is a bias in favour of the complainant’s claim that HOTS-Bath volunteers themselves heal medical conditions, and that HOTS’ testimonials are misleading.  Although the ASA discussed the issues with HOTS and their responses are reported upon, an unreasonableness is evident in a close reading of the adjudication document itself: no leeway whatsoever is entertained.  All four complaints are upheld.  No compromise is allowed – isn’t this dictatorship?

Also, there appears to have been outrageous demands to kowtow to ASA’s denial of God’s ability to heal sickness, as may be inferred from HOTS-Bath’s initial response     (also, see here for later and here for latest news):

We are disappointed with the ASA’s decision, and will appeal against it because it seems very odd to us that the ASA wants to prevent us from stating on our website the basic Christian belief that God can heal illness.

The ASA has even demanded that we sign a document agreeing not to say this, which is unacceptable to us – as it no doubt would be for anyone ordered not to make certain statements about their conventional religious or philosophical beliefs. (My emphases)

2. Proof of Political Direction

This issue has unsettling similarities with my own experience with the North Somerset Primary Care Trust three years ago this month.  I wrote to its CEO objecting over the decision to suspend a nurse on the grounds of having prayed for a patient.  Nurses were then ordered not to pray for patients and so I wrote that this directive could put lives in jeopardy, and gave a real-life example, as follows:

Had such an edict been in force during my wife’s emergency admittance to hospital in 2005 she would possibly have lost her life!!

Nina had been in a life-threatening situation where she could suffer an anaphylactic attack at any time and her immunologist was trying to get this under control by means of an extremely high, and thereby dangerous, dose of steroids. But one night her throat closed up and the staff had quickly made preparations for a possible emergency trache-otomy to open her up in order to breathe – a dangerous situation!

A nurse who’d not served in that unit asked Nina if she could pray and Nina nodded as an orderly hooked up the heart monitor. The nurse began praying and right away Nina’s throat opened up and she could breath properly again: wildly oscillating readings quickly calmed down and stabilised.  Afterwards, over an early morning tea the night nurse confided she was there only for that night and had been asking the Lord who she should help – an angel indeed. Thank you Lord.

My concern over the PCT’s directive was ignored by the CEO’s standard reply for he proudly proclaimed adherence to diversity and equality policies – THAT SAYS IT ALL!

Furthermore, since publishing this post I’ve heard that another national Christian body has also been unable to agree to the ASA’s demands over statements of physical healing. Thus, on the face of it, I ask: is the ASA deliberately trying to gag the Gospel of Christ?

3. Proof of Healing

The ASA Adjudication noted, ‘testimonials on the website and in the video…were insufficient as evidence for claims of healing. We therefore concluded the ads were misleading.’ I assume this would have been because there was no ‘proper’ medical evidence.

Paucity of documentary proof has admittedly been a weakness of various ministries involved with Christian healing, yet such documentation compiled by New Age practi-tioners has enabled them to be permitted to work in recognised medical facilities.

In order for Christians to gain better recognition by the medical profession the renowned Randy Clark has launched a Christian Healing Certification Program.  No doubt this will include their astounding videos of a number of people from whom surgically implanted metal rods, pins and screws have miraculously disappeared!!  As there was no ill effect then their bodies were sufficiently healed to enable full physical activity!

At last September’s Revival Alliance Gathering John Arnott of Catch The Fire spoke about dvds he’s produced of medically verified accounts of healings in services.  As Nina’s healing was during one she agreed to go on video. Unfortunately however, no footage was available because her ministry took place off-camera.

In The Bay of The Holy Spirit Revival most healings are evident in their ‘before’ and ‘after’ manifestation, and a number people have returned with medical confirmation of their healing. For example, Crystal Caro brought a medical statement to there being  no known medical explanation for her miracle!!  Her surgically constructed bladder had been replaced by a real one after prayer at the revival meeting.

One mother spoke about the disappearance of a tumour the size of a golf ball from her son Caleb’s brain!  ‘Before’ and ‘after’ scans were shown on a later broadcast. Don’t we have a good God?

In the revival’s early days 18 months ago, the first to receive sight was a man who’d had eight operations to restore his sight, but all failed. He went home from the revival and returned with his whole family of unbelievers who ackowledged that God does heal and wanted to get right with him!  Then there’s the young lady who could only hear through  a digital box on her skull but which is no longer needed.  An older lady who’d had five strokes and whose family were thus unable to look after her, was collected by her sister and driven 500 miles to the revival – she returned home healed, and to save her family!

Have you wept with a young boy upon regaining sight in a blind eye?  Or seen Alanna’s tears at being the butt of kid’s jokes at her limp? She cried, “I can’t take it any more” but upon receiving prayer was healed of cerebral palsy, then walked properly and was soon to run and use a trampoline. Praise you Lord!

We’ll NEVER forget Delia Knox, getting out of a wheelchair after 22 yrs of paralysis and learning to walk again into her healing, which was seen around the world by satellite tv – what an awesome, MIGHTY testimony! (Evangelist Nathan Morris and her husband, a bishop, said they both felt an immense power surge around them during the service.)   This miracle was also reported in the UK press’ tabloid Daily Mail – but they twisted its truth by failing to acknowledge it was done through Jesus Christ!  Did they not realise the high cost of refusing to acknowledge him before men? (See Matthew 10:32-33)

So take your pick from many more testimonies on The Bay website. Would the ASA be able to watch anyone being deeply moved upon their receiving God’s healing grace?

Also, let’s be aware that local doctors occasionally send patients to revival services in Mobile, who then testify to receiving a healing.


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A few recommendations

It’s nearly 4 years since a few folk in Hampshire were emailing one another about the Florida Outpouring and which resulted in my keeping friends updated on events, the Middle East in particular. Funnily enough both places are again ‘hotting up’ – but more on that later.

Currently, I’m preparing Nina’s published testimony of healing for this blog. This is sooner than planned but is in response to the ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority against pamphlets for Healing On The Streets – as announced in Bath, where Nina received her healing. (This issue surfaced last week; see below).

One of my aims is to encourage believers to become more well-informed and take a stand against the encroaching antichrist culture in our nation. Hence, my occasional references to the work of Christian Concern, Barnabas Fund, ‘His Grace’ Cranmer here and to several other Christian and secular sources overseas. Continue reading

Is Britain’s backbone back?

Normally, I avoid reading whilst walking but after getting the newspaper last Saturday its banner headline grabbed me:

Don’t legalise gay marriage, Archbishop warns Cameron

The opening paragraph read:

Marriage must remain a union between a man and a woman, says the Archbishop of York, and David Cameron will be acting like a “dictator” if he allows homosexual couples to wed.

“AT LAST!” mused  after reading the article. A senior establishment cleric in England  is making a stand against ungodly trends. Could this indicate our nation’s spiritual backbone is re-appearing?

Back in 2004 I’d been confronted with a vision of the British Isles being torn apart because the very fabric of society is so thoroughly rotten. (There’s since been many  reports of breakdown in family life.)  A great tear in the ground from Scotland down to the middle of England opened up – BUT out of it grew a gigantic rock, just where the Pennine chain – our geophysical backbone – is located.  (See pre-blog email.)

I realised this may indicate that the nation’s ‘spiritual spine’ will be restored when men and women of God stand up sturdily for the Gospel of Christ, as in recent centuries.  Now, it occurs to me that this is the only way we can ever hope to regain the description ‘Great’ Britain, simply because it is God’s way.

Could that gigantic tear in England be prophetic of last year’s riots?  And could our sovereign’s sterling stance in her Christmas broadcast herald the appearance of the Rock?

How say you?

Interested readers should visit my above page of visionary reports.

May they stir you deeply in your spirit..

Is England at a crossroads?

Visiting intercessor and Bible teacher Chuck Pierce claimed, “England is on the verge, (which is) like being at a crossroads”.  If so, how are we individually and collectively to proceed?

In that posting I posed a rhetorical question to consider the kind of choice we could take when faced with four suggested – and quite likely – destinations. It depends on where we really want to go, does it not?  But as personally observed in Death or Destiny? we really need to make the right choice – and do you and I have the wisdom to do so?

On the face of it we could be considering a geographical matter, where a map will help, but this is a matter of morality which forms the basis of all our values as a nation.

Therefore, to consider Chuck’s claim seriously and make a sound decision that enables us to take the right route to arrive at the best destination, then it’s sensible to get good advice. So let’s dig out my trusty handbook, the Best Instruction Before Leaving Earth! 

Checking its index for ‘roads’ and ’paths’ I find a poetic plea from the shepherd-king David for deliverance and forgiveness, as recorded at Psalm 25. Let’s dip in:

(verse4) Show me your ways O Lord; teach me your paths. (5) Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation…(10) All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth to those who keep His covenant and testimonies…[full text here, NKJV]

Also, consider renowned Psalm 23:

The Lord is my shepherd…(3) He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. (4) Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil for you are with me…[full text here, NIV]

And what did God say to his prophet Jeremiah when admonishing the stubborn Israelites who refused to obey and follow Him:

This is what the LORD says, Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said ‘We will not walk in it’…Therefore, hear, O nations; observe, O witnesses what will happen to them…”  (Jer 6 .15-18 NIV)

After the prophetically instructive lesson God gave Jeremiah at a potter’s house, He said:

“…Yet my people have forgotten me, they burn incense to worthless idols, which made them stumble in their ways and in ancient paths. They made them walk in bypaths and on roads not built up…” (a highway – NKJV) (Jer 18.15 NIV)

Wow, are these not clear recommendations which way England and Britain should go?

Could there be a lesson in the recent capsizing of the largest Italian cruise liner, Costa Concordia?  Wonderfully, almost all survived but it should not have happened!

In Revelation TV’s Outlook for 2012, Rev Clifford Hill remarked that the event is a true ‘sign’ that the world needs to understand – a very public one through which God may speak and get a point across.  Jesus understood and used this Biblical definition of a sign in, for example, the fate of workers killed by a falling tower. Public opinion thought it had happened because they’d seriously sinned against God (Luke 13.1-5) but:

I tell you ‘No’, Jesus replied,But unless you all repent you will all likewise perish.

In January 2012, thousands were under the care of a professionally qualified team which decided to steer everyone off course on an officer’s personal whim. They headed off the authorised safe route and completely ignored the perils with disastrous results.

Isn’t that like our captains of state?  Like our captains of finance, of business, of media and other opinion shapers? Like the liner’s unwise captain they hear and let themselves get directed by the loudest voices!  We’re all too familiar with who they are in our nation – the most dangerous being those who insist that ‘right is wrong and wrong is right’, with the deliberate aim of perverting our Judeo-Christian heritage and values.

We need to stand and speak for Jesus Christ and as He would have us make our voices heard!