Monday newsmix: US President Trump proclaims day of prayer; Primate Of All England Welby, British PM Johnson…well..um?

Catching up with weekend emails I note in his blog As we face this crisis, the President has asked us to pray… American author and blogger Joel Rosenberg quotes an official proclamation issued on Saturday in full. I’m referring to it here for information in order to contrast the leadership of a Christian-led federation of individual states with a once-Christian united kingdom of four nations…(all emphases mine):

THE UNITED STATES

Proclamation on the National Day of Prayer for All Americans Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic and for our National Response Efforts

POTUS Donald Trump even quotes scriptures, and embraces devotees of all religions,  in his opening paragraphs: 

‘In our times of greatest need, Americans have always turned to prayer to help guide us through trials and periods of uncertainty.  As we continue to face the unique challenges posed by the coronavirus pandemic, millions of Americans are unable to gather in their churches, temples, synagogues, mosques, and other houses of worship.  But in this time we must not cease asking God for added wisdom, comfort, and strength, and we must especially pray for those who have suffered harm or who have lost loved ones.  I ask you to join me in a day of prayer for all people who have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and to pray for God’s healing hand to be placed on the people of our Nation.

‘As your President, I ask you to pray for the health and well-being of your fellow Americans and to remember that no problem is too big for God to handle.  We should all take to heart the holy words found in 1 Peter 5:7:  “Casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you.”  Let us pray that all those affected by the virus will feel the presence of our Lord’s protection and love during this time.  With God’s help, we will overcome this threat….’

NOTE how this ‘newbie’ Christian draws his short proclamation to a conclusion:

‘As we come to our Father in prayer, we remember the words found in Psalm 91:  “He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.”

‘As we unite in prayer, we are reminded that there is no burden too heavy for God to lift or for this country to bear with His help Luke 1:37 promises that “For with God nothing shall be impossible,” and those words are just as true today as they have ever been..’.  

THE UNITED KINGDOM

That makes a HUGE contrast with ‘Great’ Britain where no Head of State or national leader – secular or spiritual – has done anything similar to unite the nation in prayer!!! 

In A nation confronting its own mortality needs spiritual leadership. So where is Justin Welby? journalist Simon Heffer reminds readers,

‘With an absence of word-mincing unusual in his office, the Prime Minister has warned that some of our loved ones will die because of the coronavirus. He has urged individuals to rally round and do what the state cannot, and ensure those in isolation are looked after. Our political leadership has not concealed just how fundamentally life could change for all of us.  It amounts to little less than a recalibration of our existence…’

Heffer then points out and asks:

Mr Johnson began to articulate this; but the crisis takes us into philosophical questions about the nature of society and our place in it that go beyond the training or experience of a politician. They border on spiritual matters. The Prime Minister would presumably be the first to admit he lacks the authority required of a divine spokesman. When faced with matters of life and death, especially on this potential scale, our culture – even if we are not religious ourselves – demands something more elevated. And that brings us to the Archbishop of Canterbury.

‘As deaths rose and coronavirus cases multiplied last week, the Primate of All England, spiritual leader of the Established Church, was notably silent. Given we were being warned of a possible death toll that would remove a higher proportion of our population than at any time since the Great War, did the Almighty’s Anglican vicar on earth have something to say? He did not. Perhaps Justin Welby has been saving up a grand pronouncement for the Lord’s Day. If so, it may prove welcome, but would have come far too late…’

It makes a notably deep contrast with Welby’s call a year ago to a national day of prayer over leaving the EU, albeit unaware of the dozens of prophecies in this regard!! 

PS >> http://anglican.ink/2020/03/14/archbishop-of-canterbury-message-on-the-wuhan-virus-pandemic/

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‘Pride’ closes UK cities to the Gospel; hence ‘plague’ cancels all events?

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“Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”

Fridays start our long weekend but I’m interrupting the break to post today’s (28th Feb) headline news in the light of the word received by Leisa Ebere yesterday, and amending the title of a blog scheduled for posting tomorrow.  This afternoon’s news reports “When asked how close the UK was to cancelling big events due to the the virus, Health Minister Jo Churchill said. “We are taking the advice of the Chief Medical Officer and assessing the situation on a day-by-day basis. Any decision to cancel events or mass gatherings have to be assessed at the time, based on clinical guidance and based on risk.” [UPDATE 12 Mar: World Health Organization in Europe declares global pandemic, at phase 6 level.]

The scheduled item and its original title reads: Continue reading

Leisa Ebere: a vision of dry bones rising

Leisa emails me yesterday, ‘The Lord took me into a powerful vision in the early hours of the morning, which speaks about His discontent with those who are not living in the fullness of His Spirit. His heart’s desire is that we rise up and embrace the Glory, Power and Grace that His Precious Son, Jesus, died for, so that we can live victorious lives. Here it is:

THE RISING OF THE DRY BONES VISION

given to Leisa Ebere on 18th February 2020

‘The Lord took me into a vision, to a very desolate place, and it was extremely quiet there, as if it had been forgotten and forsaken entirely. And then as I looked in the distance I saw the valley of the dry bones, as is spoken of in Ezekiel 37, and I saw that there were snake pits throughout the valley and that certain bones were being blown into the snake pits over and over again. Then I heard the Lord say,

“Those who will not rise when My Prophets extend Words from My Throne Room shall fall into deeper deception. But those who rise and walk towards the Brightness of My Rising shall be connected and empowered for a glorious purpose.”

‘Then I saw an angel fly with what looked like weights and measures and that he had positioned himself on a high hill above the valley, and I saw there was a legion of angels standing with him and some were blowing shofars and others were singing in a mighty assembly on that hill. Then the Lord proclaimed in a loud thunderous voice,

“The gathering of My People shall not be stopped by Unbelief or Deceptions. For the testimony of humanism and traditions of men shall pass away and be labelled as foolishness, as My Sovereign hand moves upon the Nations of the earth. For My Glory shall be released to free the captives and to protect the innocent and My forbearance of this present Age is coming to end,” said the Lord of Hosts.’

Blessings,

Leisa Ebere,

2017: CoE sex-Synod sided with satan > 2019: CoE papers used in court against Christian doctor

My conclusion of two years ago today has, regrettably, proven true and developed into a wider issue out of what was euphemistically termed ‘CoE General Sex ‘Sin-nod’ 2017′. In opening my blog Synod sides with satan – risk of Anglican schism/shaking, I note that the legislative assembly of our national church ruled against practising the holy ordinance of normal marriage by saying, in effect, as in this extract from the blog:

‘General Synod: “NO, not as it means keeping God’s word on sex and marriage! How dare we insult people with what You say and expect.” [July 2017 AD]

‘Thus begins the Great Apostasy foretold by the apostle to the Gentiles?

The Day of the Lord will not come unless the falling away comes first and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped…(2Thess 2:3-4)

‘The great falling away from faith in Christ Jesus has been gaining momentum for years (ie. mainly by individuals). However, decisions and official declarations by the Church of England’s recent General Synod, the tricameral deliberative and legislative gathering of bishops, clergy and laity, means we could now regard the Great Apostasy as being ‘officially’ under way.’

Therefore, along with a great many Christians I’m deeply concerned to learn the CoE’s subsequent official instructions and guidance documents have been quoted in court as evidence against a Christian!  As a nation we’ve thus fallen into utter, craven stupidity and are reaping the consequences of defying the Word of the Almighty.

Dr David Mackereth lost his job with the Department for Work and Pensions after he refused to identify clients by their chosen gender instead of their biological sex – and that was not in an actual case but only when discussing a hypothetical case of a 6-foot bearded man wanting to be called a woman!

Dr Mackereth said that using ‘transgender pronouns’ went against his conscience as a doctor and Bible-believing Christian. As explained earlier: “I believe gender is defined by biology and genetics. And that as a Christian the Bible teaches us that God made humans male or female.” (Telegraph 2018)

It is very disturbing to see a doctor with 26 years of experience in A&E medicine being forced to choose between telling the truth and his profession. In dismissing him, the DWP has violated the three freedoms of conscience, speech and religion in one go. We rely on doctors telling the truth. Imagine if they were forced to accept a patient’s chosen diagnosis!

In response, the DWP declared that failing to accommodate clients’ preferences to use ‘transgender pronouns’ would amount to “harassment” under the Equality Act 2010 and dismissed Dr Mackereth as Health and Disability Assessor.  Supported by the Christian Legal Centre, he challenged the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions but lost his case because the DWP relied upon Church of England documents to prove their case, even though the doctor is not an Anglican but a Bible-believing Christian! (Two terms  obviously not synonymous!)

In CofE Teaching Used As Evidence Against Christian In Court Andrea Williams, the Christian Legal Centre’s CEO, says,

“What really upset me though, as a member of the Church of England’s General Synod, was that the people who sacked Dr Mackereth for his Christian beliefs relied on the Church of England’s position to justify their actions. I have spent a lot of time trying to tell Christians, of all denominations, that our public witness to the Truth – all aspects of it – is vital.  When we are on TV, radio, or even in court we are often told that our brand of Christianity is not what lots of other Christians think. But, this week, for the first time, what the Church of England says was used as evidence against a Christian in court. For me it was another stark reminder of the damage caused by the Church of England’s abandonment of truth.

“The evidence deployed against Dr Mackereth included reference to the House of Bishops’ Guidance for welcoming transgender people, and the Pastoral Guidance for use in conjunction with the Affirmation of Baptismal Faith in the context of gender transition. I criticised these moves towards acceptance of transgenderism at the time, and Carys Moseley explained why the transgender issue is a first-order gospel issue.

“What is important for Dr Mackereth’s case is that the Pastoral Guidance says that transgender people should be referred to using their chosen name and pronoun. The guidance is, therefore, that Christians should not tell the truth about the biological sex of a transgender person. I think that, at the very least, in a civilised and fair society all people should accept this is, at least, a freedom of conscience issue.” (Emphases RB)

May the Lord now rapidly fulfill several prophetic visions of churches being shaken to their foundations…

Recommended, nay mandatory reading – an eye-opening expose:

The Transgender Issue is a First-Order Gospel Issue (26 Jan 2018), an introduction to which reads,

‘The Church of England bishops recently passed on responsibility for crafting liturgies celebrating gender reassignment to local clergy. This article by Carys Moseley shows that in doing this they perpetuate fundamental theological errors such as blasphemy, rebellion against God as Creator, dishonouring parents, and renaming God. The transgender pathway is shown to be a counterfeit of the Christian gospel. This will affect people’s trust in the clergy as well as the integrity of theological training…’

In considering those latter effects of the bishops’ abdication of their responsibilities, the author confesses, “This whole article has been extraordinarily difficult to write because careful investigation shows the situation of the Church of England to be catastrophic. We have there the wholesale public capitulation of an entire denomination, something truly sobering…(and it) is a first-order gospel issue. Its only hope before the Almighty God who loves us with a holy love is heartfelt repentance, and that must begin from the top down.”

Therefore, what was Synod siding with satan is now the Anglican hierarchy’s apparent subservience to it, not to our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus. It is outright apostasy.

If a Christian doctor can be forced to deny biology, there is no hope for theology (Cranmer – click image to read)

Searching for wrong ‘truth’ traps me in a spiritual prison

(2nd of 7) We continue our ‘journey’ as I pray it will inform readers who are not-yet Christians about avoiding the pitfalls and dangers of suspect spiritual matters:

Me 1962

1962 in Leicester.

The intellectual freedom of higher education in the ‘swinging 60’s’ enabled me to break loose from the values of my parents and their generation. Even so, I recognised their values had enabled them to come through the destruction and deprivation of the Great Depression, World War and post-war Britain austerity with great fortitude.

As in the previous post about attending the “wrong school”, a formative influence upon this boy of the post-war ‘baby boom’ was the disharmony and hypocrisy between churches. In my mind it tarred all Christians with the same brush and badly reflected upon the God they believed in.

Nevertheless, once whilst in church, I had thought it must have been awesome to have been around Jesus and seen everything He said and did.

Also, two verses noticed in my mother’s Sunday Missal stuck in my mind and, although buried in the unconscious, they never got forgotten. One was Jesus telling his disciples they’d do even greater works than He was doing! The other was by someone who’d seen and been with Jesus, and who wrote: If everything He’d done was written down there wouldn’t be enough room in the world to contain the books! [John 14:12 and closing sentence of that Gospel.]

In view of that eye-witness account and churches’ misrepresentation of their founder, I became convinced a lot of what he’d taught had been lost – or even suppressed – by the early church. Continue reading

Rallying Calls to Prayer – 3: examples of personal strategies

Again quoting The Rallying Cry to Prayer, “We believe that as we step out in faith – the Lord will give us the strategies – not just to know how to hear the warnings of what the enemy plans to do – but more than that, He will speak to us from heaven showing the counter-attacks we are to use. So whenever there is a warning coming to us; “Seek me” says the Lord “And I will show you the strategy to stop it.” Indeed we believe the Lord is saying, I will show you how to do it.”  He knows we are not yet alive as He would want us to be and we probably know that in our heart of hearts too. All this is about to change!”

Let’s look at a couple of strategies that arose during personal prayers.

Suffocation/Strangulation

A prayer partner emailed me in early July, and has kindly permitted publication of her text:

“I have continued to pray for the Kingdom, particularly since the Brexit vote. I know a very few people who support it and many I know are viciously Remain, many clergy particularly. As we moved to the vote I sensed I was to set a large candle alongside a cross, light the candle and pray the Lord’s will. The candle burned day and night for a week and only as the vote Brexit was won did the light from the candle fall on the top of the cross. I knew it was the Lord’s will!

“The tentacles seen prophetically will be cut off so freeing this nation from strangulation, a couple have already shriveled…”

“On a recent journey down the M6/M5 my eye was taken by the, now prolific, Japanese Knotweed on motorway embankments. Some areas the native plants are completed covered, even shrouded and probably unable to withstand the suffocation/strangulation. A sad sight and one that continues to inform my prayers. This I’m prompted to write to you about as this seems to be an example in nature of the spiritual challenges of our times.”

After re-publishing the Cryers’ call to prayer I replied, “The symbolism of the knotweed encapsulates failure within government to progress Brexit properly and expeditiously. It seems to be appropriate as a subject of prayer in response to the invitation I blogged this morning. My reaction is to pray that it be severed with invisible scissors…”

However, upon pausing a while a strategy seemed to pop into mind, so I continued, “It would be better for the Lord’s hand to touch and remove it all, as though rubbing it out of existence!”

I heard that the ‘knotweed’ symbolism gave direction to her prayers because it relates to her personal situation. She writes, “Please use and share this illustration, I sense it is the Lord’s image. I will pray for complete removal, as I do our removal from Europe’s strangulation.”

Holy Fear and Terror of the Lord

You may have noted that three of last week’s posts linked to Revd Gavin Ashenden’s strong denunciation of the apostasy publicly pronounced and exhibited by the Dean of Ely Cathedral in flying a rainbow flag from the tower for the weekend’s Pride event.

Most unusually I was awoken early Saturday morning and recalled that offensive action and, rather than being annoyed, asked the Lord about how I could pray. I was reminded of Wanda Alger’s recent excellent re-posting of a dream in which she saw the awesome power of Holy Spirit moving across the world in a focused beam bringing the reverential fear of the Lord (read Holy Fear and Terror of the Lord).

I recalled that had happened to me on the fateful night of the Lord’s visitation in 1989, and that intense conviction of my personal sin had resulted in the immense blessing of my salvation. Therefore, I could pray for the Lord to bless Mark Bonney and his ilk the same way He did when He turned up in my life.

Lord, may Your Holiness fall upon the dean, clergy, residents of and visitors to Ely and bring them to true repentance for Your glory’s sake, Amen.

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Brexit-EU battles follow Bible history and prophecy – 2: ‘spirit of Herod’ exposed in church

Readers unfamiliar with this topic are advised to read the first part for background info before joining our analysis of this unholy spirit’s other main influence, namely

OVER THE CHURCH:

‘Church’ in the ‘Fox’ prophecy’s context presumably means the Anglicans, or Church of England, because its bishops sit as ‘Lords Spiritual’ in Parliament’s upper chamber, the House of Lords, thereby becoming involved with the government’s legislative process; as well as in furthering or hindering The Lord’s desire in Britain’s severing ties with the EU. Peers elevated to the Lords as a political honour – many with large EU pensions – together with Anglican bishops, thwarted the EU Withdrawal Bill from becoming British law by defeating the government 14 times!! (read report together with Cranmer’s opinion here).

We’d expect, however, this spirit of Herod’s hidden influence to become increasingly observed because the Lord’s promiseto uncover, expose and bring to light the works of wickedness and witchcraft in the land”. Also according to this word, He will cause “those who have dishonoured Me and who have turned away and rebelled against My plans and purposes in the Nation…to be stripped naked and paraded out in the open before all men – thus, in their exposure and no longer remaining hidden and operating deceitfully, knowledge of their deeds will become public!

That the Lord’s already working on this behind the scenes was suspected a few years ago in A Passing Thought Becomes Fulfilled Prophecy, with examples reviewed here.

Over the last two years a number of Anglican bishops have spoken out strongly against Brexit, as reported by religio-political blogger Archbishop Cranmer (see ‘Bishops’ tag). The latest noted is the Bishop of Leeds, Nick Baines; but that diocese is now reported in The Guardian as being in a “serious financial crisis”!

Cranmer and contributors, therefore, wax satirical in last week’s post; whereas, knowing of that prophetic word on the intrusive spirit of Herod, I simply ask, “Could the Hand of the Lord be in this financial ‘crisis’ to expose and shake what’s not of Him?”

And now, Revd Gavin Ashenden exposes the ungodliness within the Church of England in its longstanding cover-up of abuse and bullying in addition to the introduction of false doctrine.

In Cover Up and Abuse in and by the Church – Corruption in the CoE he concludes,

‘Institutional bullying, cover-up and the abuse of power are unspeakably corrupt and damaging. If the Church can’t hold its own bullying bishops to account to tell the truth, it should not be surprised if the state and the public try.

‘But the Church of England is already in deep trouble. Many of its members are abandoning it in protest about its own abandonment of Jesus’s teaching about gender and marriage. Dependent on its members to remain solvent, it may find that they decline to subsidise what amounts to an exercise in institutional sado-masochsim. They may decline to pay to be bullied and lied to, by many, some, or even any its bishops.’

Keep watching and praying…

THE GOOD NEWS

Despite all the political aggravation it’s clearly implicit that a massive spiritual dynamic is well underway from heaven and that satan is pulling out all the stops to prevent it – no doubt it sees its future in the Lake of Fire beckoning over the horizon!

Just look at the marvelous goal implied in the prophetic promise for both the country and the Church, as bought by Veronika, as the explanation for why the spirit of Herod is manifesting today.:

“(It) comes at a time when a people, nation or individual is about to reach full maturity, growth, purpose and Destiny. The Spirit of Herod hates anything good or godly, this treacherous spirit seeks only to kill and destroy destinies that are on the verge of blooming.” (emphases mine)

Nina and I are particularly blessed to attend a local parish church and a healing centre where the leaders are Holy Spirit-filled and led by Him and keen for Father’s will to be done in our patch of earth – Thy Kingdom Come!

Now Is The Time

In his upbeat editorial on The Future of Christianity Clifford Hill writes there’s a new openness to religious belief among young people, and so he concludes:

‘This is the challenge to Christians in Britain today: there is an incredible window of opportunity for evangelism, particularly during this time of political and social upheaval due to the Brexit negotiations. Many young people are trying to understand what’s going on in the nation: this is our opportunity to talk about social values, ethical principles and religious beliefs.

‘Now is the time to talk about the future of Britain outside the European Union. It is the time to talk about the history of Europe, the secularisation of the EU, and the whole subject of values and beliefs. It is the time to talk about the ultimate truths presented in the Bible and the basis of our Christian faith which transforms lives.’

Yes indeed!

PS (8 August) – This weekend sees yet another example of the ‘great falling away’ (#15 of About Signs) as the spirit of Herod continues to operate over church – read Gavin on Ely Cathedral and the Great Apostasy.

Bible Update: 2Thess 2 cont’d – the new Gay Gnosticism, by Gavin Ashenden

Further to my briefing in the previous post, here Dr Gavin wields a scriptural scalpel with forensic precision to expose unrighteous falsehood behind some discussions at last July’s ‘Sex Sin-od’.:

New heresies spring up in the life of the Church from time to time, although on closer examination they turn out to be old heresies slightly reformatted. Jayne Ozanne is a vocal exponent of a gay rights and her approach is a very simple one, but no less perverse for its simplicity She preached recently […]

Continue reading via The New Gay Gnosticism. — Gavin Ashenden

Bible Update: 2Thess 2 – Apostasy within ‘churches’ (Signs Nos 6, 15 & 19)

Now we know what ‘Signs’ we’re watching out for, here’s a couple that are happening nowadays and, regrettably, in too many churches:

  • falling away from faith (2Thess 2:3 – Sign #15)by
  • the unrighteous deception (2Thess 2:10 – Sign #19)

Moreover, Sign #6 (Mark 13:8, 12-13) too is appearing as ‘brethren’ in the faith are acting against brethren. Eg., self-styled brothers/sisters in lgbt ‘church’ in Blackpool seeking to ban evangelist Franklin Graham from entering Britain – utterly outrageous!

None of those false brethren have ever done what this renowned Christian and his charity Samaritan’s Purse have done across the world in implementing Sign #1: eg. opening up communist North Vietnam in being officially welcomed by government officials in Hanoi, where he’s preached the gospel to hundreds of churches there!

In Jesus’ apocalyptic letter to the 7 churches in Asia Minor, He spoke of His “hatred of the deeds of the Nicolatians”, a group claiming superior status that permitted idolatry and sexual immorality in Ephesus (Rev 2:6) and especially in Pergamos (Rev 2:14-15); and in Thyatira a Jezebel operated (Rev 2:20-21) where, unless they repented, Jesus would deal direct and severely with their sinfulness!

As sexual sins were sin then, then they’re sin today! Therefore, it’s not unreasonable to realise that leaders/attendees of churches who condone, encourage and practise such sins today are in the very same situation and need to repent earnestly.. In perverting the apostolic and traditional teaching on sexuality and claiming superior ‘moral’ authority to do so, they’re no different to the heretics and gnostics with whom the early church was in deep dispute. (I was involved in all that before being saved – “I’m Free!” refers.)

This topic will be continued in the next post where we’ll read Revd Dr Gavin Ashenden’s thorough rebuttal of such modern deceptive doctrines > click to continue reading >

To quote Christian Concern on his piece:

‘Bishop Gavin Ashenden responds to a recent sermon made by Jayne Ozanne, who openly promotes the acceptance of LGBT ideology in the Church of England. He argues that Ozanne’s teaching is a new form of the old heresy – gnosticism. He points out that uncritically accepting same-sex attraction is a form of self-justification: “gnosticism, a private revelation of pseudo-intimacy and superior self-justification was identified and rejected by the Church every time it raised its head”.’

John Kilpatrick: 21 powerful prophetic words for 2018

‘This is a Year of Divine Interruptions’ and ‘Final Word’, respectively the opening and closing of twenty-one words delivered Friday 19th January deal with the global scene specifically. We heard these words after I’d finished drafting the previous post on my insights gained a fortnight ago on Zecharia 2.

Revd John Kilpatrick brings what the Lord told him after waking him on 23rd December 2017 and four minutes into this message he refers to the issues over Jerusalem and Israel that I’ve blogged about.

Welby’s inability to stand on the scriptures comes home to roost

By Victoria Jones/PAIn needing to Pray for the Pope to Take a Stand upon the Bible, we should include the Archbishops of Canterbury and York too. (In fact, I nearly included ‘and all clergy’ in that title but it was entirely about Pope Francis and Jerusalem.)

2017 saw Archbishop Justin Welby’s standing enter into deep decline as a result of his inability to give satisfactory answers to interview questions and deal with transgender issues. For example, he was taken to task by Rev Dr Gavin Ashenden in Justin Welby Unable to Give a ‘Straight Answer’ on Whether Gay Sex is Sinful.

Furthermore, a HUGE furor is now brewing over his handling of a past Anglican court’s inquiry into an unsubstantiated claim of abuse against the revered, deceased Bishop of Chichester, Dr George Bell.

Gavin opens his latest in this ‘sexuality saga’, Welby’s Will-to-Power: Pride & Ego – Sanity & Sanctity in the Saga of George Bell:

‘The facts are on the whole well known. Lord Carlile, having been forbidden by his terms of reference to judge the innocence or guilt of poor Bishop Bell, did allow himself to tell the world that Bell would never have been found guilty in a court of law. (Mail Online columnist) Peter Hitchens was almost apoplectic with surprise and frustration at Welby’s intransigence…’

His deep experience gives Gavin perspicacity of insight for analysing the situation. His careful, well-considered exposition is bang on target and thus comes with my high commendation to my readers. In particular, Gavin observes that Safeguarding policies bring a negative, political effect and he considers the real issue in this saga is that of pride and corruption of power.:

‘So, what does it mean when the Archbishop says “I cannot with integrity rescind my statement”? He has at best muddled himself. He is in the grip of what appears to be both a serious sin and a psychological distortion.

‘At some point, he has conflated what he thinks is right with the notion of his integrity. He has convinced himself, having fallen victim to pride, that since what he thinks is right must be right, it is his ‘integrity’ that is at stake when he is challenged.

‘But what the challenge to his opinion has done, in fact, is to expose his soul.

‘One might argue in his defence that all that has been exposed is stupidity, because one would have to be dull in mind not to weigh up the evidence and come to the conclusion along with the choristers and the historians and the ecumenists that Bell was innocent. But Welby is not stupid.  In which case one has to ask if he has become proud and obdurate.

‘And the trouble with pride and obduracy is that, if it bites sufficiently deeply, one’s cognitive reasoning can become impaired.

‘What might flow from this?

‘The great danger he is in is that he loses all spiritual and moral authority. He becomes a hollow figure of religion, rather than an authentic spiritual leader and inspiration…’ (emphasis added).

Gavin concludes his observations:

‘Perhaps he might be firstly warned by the words of Jesus,: “Whoever wants to save his life, will lose it.” (Matt 16.25)

‘but then encouraged: “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” Luke 14.11.’

Gavin’s first posting on this issue Welby Must Apologise or Resign was mentioned in the lead-in to my ‘God-incidents’ Validate Three Prophetic Visions.

Lastly, readers may also like to note blogger Archbishop Cranmer’s opinion in Justin Welby has staked his reputation and legacy on the maintenance of a profound injustice to Bishop George Bell and its attached discussion.