Tuesday 19 December 2017

The Bible states, God is Light. Jesus was the Son of God who came into the world and shone light upon who ever He touched. We as the followers of Jesus must continue to shed His light.

But we live in a world where there is much darkness, and under darkness there is evil, which comes to attack us in many different ways. A most insidious way is that which is being perpetrated against the Christian faith by people who have infiltrated public services such as education, the judiciary, and public bodies, and who try to silence us from expressing our faith and are trying to force Christianity into the four walls of the Church..

I have extracted details of three cases published by Christian Concern, a Christian Legal Defence team who represent Christians who have been the victims of injustice because of their Christian belief.

This was from an article written by Andrea Williams, who is the Chief Executive Officer, and the most prominent Christian speaker and defender of the faith in this country, who is regularly called upon by press, radio and television because of the clear and faithful manner in which our faith is explained.

I am a proud supporter and I urge you to consider supporting this team of lawyers who perform such loyal service to our Lord, and who have saved brothers and sisters in Christ from legal penalties. They are defending your freedom. The address to send donations is given at the end of this post
'The light shines in the darkness'
Speaking of Jesus, John writes: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:5). This is the first advent. We await the Second Advent, when Jesus returns to fully establish his kingdom. You and I live in-between these two appearances of Jesus. The darkness remains – for now. (See sermon on 2 Peter 3, on ericroyden.com 10/12/17)

In the meantime you and I are to bear witness to Jesus, the light. So will you join us this Christmas in bearing witness to the light?

I’d like to briefly tell you about three legal cases where there is shining light in the darkness. As you read, please consider giving a Christmas donation to Christian Concern a legal Christian defence team who are nobly fighting in the Courts for the right of Christians to express their faith.

Such a gift is priceless in terms of the hope that it brings to a nation that desperately needs the light of Christ.

You’ll be particularly interested in the first case if you have children or grandchildren in school

Witnessing to Christ in schools'

Nigel and Sally Rowe love Jesus and are bringing up their children to know him. They were concerned when one of their sons came home and told them that one of his classmates – a boy – was now sometimes coming to school dressed as a girl.

They spoke to the school, which said it couldn’t do anything about it. Nigel and Sally followed this up with a letter. Nothing could have prepared them for the response.

The school warned them that the “inability to believe that a transgender person is actually a ‘real’ female or male” was “transphobic behaviour”. In other words, if the Rowes’ six-year-old son wouldn’t believe that a boy might really be a girl, he could be guilty of bullying. Do you see the darkness here?

These ideas are based on a lie that gender is ‘fluid’. This opposes the truth that God made us “male and female” (Gen 1:27).

Nigel and Sally explain: “We could so easily have felt alone, and isolated…but we have not been alone. God has provided help and support through the Christian Legal Centre.”

Will you stand with Nigel and Sally as they bear witness to Jesus? A gift of £20, £50 or whatever you can afford will help Nigel and Sally in the next stage of their challenge in 2018.

'Witnessing to Christ in the courts'

I'm sure you'll remember Richard Page. Richard served as a magistrate and as a non-executive director for an NHS Trust. But that came to an end when he expressed his biblical belief about parents and children.

Richard explains: “My Christian faith informs me that children flourish best in a loving home with a married mum and dad. My 20 years of experience in mental health service also leads me to the same conclusion.”

During an adoption case, he shared this view with his colleagues, and said that he couldn’t agree that it was in a ‘child’s best interests’ to be placed with a same-sex couple. He was reported, and investigated by an advisory panel.

His case was referred to the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice. They reprimanded Richard and sent him for ‘equality’ training. Later, Richard spoke to the BBC about what had happened. He was again investigated. And then the Lord Chancellor and Lord Chief Justice dismissed him as a magistrate.

Next, Richard was suspended from his role as an NHS non-executive director, and then blocked from returning to the role. Do you see what’s happened?

Richard has acted as a witness to the light by upholding God’s good pattern for families. And yet he’s the one portrayed as living in darkness.

How can we allow this to go unchallenged? We must keep bearing witness to the light in the area of marriage and family.

Thanks to support, Christian Concern have been helping Richard to challenge what has happened to him. In the New Year, Richard will be helped as he returns to court.

We’re also continuing to support someone else who testified to the light.

'Witnessing to Christ in the workplace'

I’m sure you can relate to Victoria Wasteney. Like every Christian who loves Jesus, she longs for others to come to know him too.

That’s why, when a colleague began asking her questions about her faith, Victoria gladly began to explain the gospel.

The colleague, from a Muslim background, seemed interested.
So Victoria kept answering her questions and invited her to church events.

She also gave her a Christian book that she thought would be helpful.

But when the colleague told her NHS bosses about what had been going on, Victoria’s employers launched an investigation.

Victoria was suspended for nine months
A panel found Victoria ‘guilty’ of three ‘offences’: inviting her colleague to church-related events, praying with her (with consent), and giving her a Christian book. Victoria was given a written warning.

You can again see what’s happening: the darkness opposes someone who bears witness to the light. John’s words: “…the light has come into the world, and people loved the darkness rather than the light…” (John 3:19).

We aren’t anxious, because we know that the darkness won’t overcome the light. Support will allow help to keep standing with Victoria in the new year and give her all the legal support she needs as her case moves to the next stage in 2018.

If you want the light to shine in the darkness, please consider making a Christmas gift today.

As we prepare for 2018, any gifts will enable Christian Concern
to stand with Nigel, Sally, Richard, Victoria and many other Christians who are opposed for testifying to the light.


Christian Concern address is
70 Wimpole Street
London W1 BG 8AX

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