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We are a Christian Fellowship meeting in North London with a strong interest in teaching
the Bible and understanding our time in
the light of Bible prophecy
Will we end up in the Underground Church?
Jayne Ozanne, a senior figure in the Church of England and a departing
member of the Archbishops Council, wrote a report which was leaked to the
Times in December 2004 stating that a time of great persecution coming,
which will drive Christianity all but underground in the West. She refers
to an established Church that will continue to implode and self-destruct.
She concludes that her Church bears all the hallmarks of an underground
movement, indeed it will become an underground resistance movement.
Certainly the established church is in disarray with bitter divisions over
homosexual clergy and women priests and a lack of leadership that does not
take a stand on anything of importance. In fact the whole of the British
establishment is in a state of terminal crisis as the fiasco over Prince
Charles wedding to Camilla Parker-Bowles has shown. This has further
compromised the Church of England, with Charles being refused a church
wedding but offered a blessing after the service. According to its own laws
on divorce and remarriage Charles and Camilla are ineligible for a church
wedding since both were responsible for the breakdown of their previous
marriages. Therefore logically they should not be offered a blessing.
However as Charles is scheduled to become head of the Church when he
becomes King this creates a bit of a problem.
On one level this shows the absurdity of the monarch being the head of the
church. Charles is a follower of all kinds of alternative philosophies and
at one time seemed more attracted to Islam than Christianity. He has stated
that he wants to be the defender of faiths not of the faith, which means
that he accepts the view that all gods are equal and that he rejects the
statement of the Lord Jesus I am the way, the truth and the life and no one
comes to the Father but by me. So the best thing to do would be to
recognise that the Protestant Oath by which the Monarch is committed to
uphold the Protestant Faith as Head of the Church of England is unworkable
because there is no guarantee that the Monarch will believe in the
Protestant Faith. This would mean that the Church of England is
disestablished so it becomes just another denomination. Since most of the
Bishops of the Church hardly ever stand up for biblical Christianity this
would hardly be a loss to the cause of the Gospel in Britain today.
On the other hand the established church and the monarchy have been a
defence against the inroads of Catholic dominated Europe into the affairs of
these islands. As this defence crumbles, the way is now being paved for the
takeover of Britain by Europe as we surrender our independence to the
European Union. The old establishment which is now withering away was far
from perfect, but it was much better than the new establishment which is
taking its place.
The Sunday Telegraph (2/1/05) carried a picture of the 25 commissioners of
the European Union under the title Do you recognise your rulers? It pointed out
how much power these anonymous bureaucrats have over every part of our
national life today. They include three former communists among them Dalia
Grybuskaite, a Latvian educated in Leningrad in the Soviet Union who is now in
charge of the EU budget.
Increasingly public life in Britain and throughout Europe is being regulated
by political correctness which exists as a kind of control over what
people can say and teach publicly on issues like sexual morality. It is here
that Bible believing Christians are under pressure, especially those who
work in public areas like teaching, the media, social services and health
care. If you say that you believe homosexual practice to be morally wrong
you risk extreme hostility and even dismissal at work.
With this in mind it is very concerning that the government is considering
bringing in a citizenship ceremony for 18 year olds. A Home Office
document said this should be a focal point for activities that promote
inclusive citizenship. Chief inspector of schools, David Bell, said that at
this ceremony pupils should make a statement of being intolerant of
intolerance, illiberalism and attitudes that demean certain sections of the
community, be they women or people living in non traditional relationships.
It should also lead to acceptance of different faiths, cultures and
alternative lifestyles. Behind these smooth words is a hidden catch. You
must accept as valid homosexual partnerships (even marriages) as being equal
to heterosexual ones or you are not a part of the Brave New Britain which
the ceremony is initiating you into.
Those who refuse to sign up may be branded as bigots who are not worthy to
be citizens and therefore become a target for hatred and persecution. It is
the same tactic as was used in the Soviet Union creating a loyalty to the
regime and isolating and persecuting dissenters, especially Christians.
Under the Soviet system basically two kinds of Christianity emerged. There
were official or registered churches which toed the line and operated within
limits imposed by Soviet state power - no evangelism outside church, no
teaching children under 18, no teaching on contentious issues (e.g. second
coming of Christ), no criticism of Soviet regime or communist ideology. And
there were unofficial or unregistered churches which for the most part met
in secret under persecution but refused to submit to the dictates of the
Is something similar beginning to happen here? If the churches submit to
political correctness they will in effect limit the issues they can speak
out on. They will speak out against racism, but not about persecution of
Christians in Muslim countries for example. They will accept the wrong idea
that there are many ways to God and you should not evangelise people of
other faiths. They will teach that Roman Catholicism is just another
denomination of the church and that the Reformation was a mistake. They will
not give biblical teaching on homosexuality and related issues for fear of
being homophobic. They will condemn fascism but say nothing against those
who are corrupting our children with amoral sex education aimed at
destroying the family. They will do all this because they want to be
accepted by the powers that be and so they are emerging into the official
churches of the new Europe.
On the other side are those who see what is happening (a tiny minority at
the moment but hopefully they will grow as the reality becomes more and more
apparent). They will form the equivalent of the unregistered or underground
churches of the former Soviet Union and refuse to toe the line. Let us pray
to God that we might have the courage shown by those like Georgy Vins,
Richard and Sabina Wurmbrand, Aida Skripnikova and the Ten Boom family who
stood up to tyranny and stood firm for the Lord Jesus Christ.