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You Have Gay Blood on Your Hands

Have you come across this line?
Gays and lesbians are committing suicide in record numbers and it’s all because of people like you!
Now the context of such a comment matters immensely as to how one is to respond appropriately. But in recent conversations with other Christians, I’ve realised that many don’t know how to respond at all to this soundbite―and can even feel it’s a blunt form of emotional blackmail.
I’ve asked around and heard a few good responses - depending on the situation you find yourself in when this accusatory grenade gets lobbed your way. The type of response you should give when being shouted down to by a loud activist group should be marked by courage. Alternatively, the type of response you give when talking one-on-one with an individual who vulnerably approaches you should be marked by compassion.
Here are four possibilities that I’ve heard. I share them for your consideration:
The Put-Up or Shut-Up Approach. Ask for evidence. I know that this 'you're guil…

The Case for Hate Speech

When God created humans, He created them with the capacity to blaspheme. It is a capacity that mankind had made much use of throughout the millennia. Today one does not need to look far at all to find robust examples of God’s character being mocked and his Son being insulted.

The tongue exists to reveal the heart. 
Sadly, mankind thinks it knows better than God. When Christianity was a dominant ideology in Europe, blasphemy was a punishable offence. Thinkers like the French critic Voltaire fought against these laws that made the church (primarily the Roman Catholic Church) impervious to criticism. He used his witty and sarcastic prose to mock the moral inconsistencies of powerful church leadership―something that was dangerous and taboo at the time.
I disagree with Voltaire on some issues. I find some of his comments blasphemous, offensive, and needlessly harsh. Yet I dearly want to live in a country where people like Voltaire can articulate their offensive comments without fear of impris…

The Counter-Revolution

Not so long ago, in a galaxy not so far away, there was a revolution. A group of creatures that were a quasi-hybrid of primates and angels rebelled against their Creator and King. These children of dust that carried divine breath began a revolution against the government of Heaven―a revolution that continues to this day.
This revolution has been given various names over the millennia. ‘The Fall’ and ‘Paradise Lost’ are among the more popular in the English language. It could also be labelled the ‘Self Revolution’ or the ‘My Revolution’.
It was this revolution that murdered Jesus. He explained what would happen to himself in a parable, saying, ‘But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, “This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.”’* We want this world to be ours. Mine.
My own.
My precious.
In our Gollum like insanity, we want to gain wisdom, happiness, love, and power for ourselves apart from the King. We want to self-name, self-justify, and self-ide…

Dear Ofsted

Dear Ofsted,
I am writing to save you a visit. It seems that you are in the process of reviving plans to assume oversight over non-state schools and programs that involve children and youth to ensure that such activities are in line with British values. According to the reports (Here), this will include churches such as ours.
I wish to lay the ethics of your little power grab over the activities of private citizens aside for a moment. Let me simply do you a favour so that you do not make a needless visit up our way. If you’re curious to know if what our church teaches its adults and children is in line with your ever-changing list of British Values, the answer is ‘No’.
At least, not all of them. There may be some on your list that are not wholly unrighteous. But that’s only because we Christians have been around long enough to make a degree of impact.
I know, based on your State school curriculum, that history is not your strong point. So please allow me to remind you of something. When …

Christ's Kingdom & The Alt-Right

For well over a year I have been focusing on the dangers that Antifa, Neo-Marxists, and the hard Left pose to free speech here in the UK and throughout the West. These ideologies aren't your average stupid. They're industrial-grade stupid and we shall continue to warn against them.
But Satan's Kingdom can be divided against itself. He is happy if we turn to the Right or to the Left so long as we are not wholeheartedly following Christ. Either pit will do. So while Globalism and Marxism are dangers, we must be aware of a danger coming from the opposite direction.
I speak of Racial Nationalism. Now the terms ‘Alt-Right’ and ‘Nationalism’ both have shades of meaning. Their usage varies a bit on both sides of the Atlantic. Yes, some non-racist people self-identify as ‘Alt-Right’ to simply identify as anti-Globalist or as Libertarian. That's fine. Some of the boys and girls in Antifa also use it as a broad slur to describe everyone who's not left of Trotsky.

But the term i…

The Gospel according to Elijah

Elijah seems to stand alone at the serpentine synod. But a man who walks with God is never alone. He beings to pray before the King, the crowd, and the counterfeit clergy. His prayer reflects the eternal gospel. This is why we can look to Elijah: his life points us to Jesus. Elijah’s gospel is ours. This is true in three ways.
It is a gospel of repentance. Elijah’s message to all of Israel was to turn from idols, sin, and turn back to God. He sought to persuade them to action. This word of repentance is the first word of the gospel. It was the first word out of Jesus’ mouth at the start of his public ministry (Matt 4.17) and the first word from John’s. We are exhorted, ‘Repent, and believe the gospel.’
John the Baptist is not a figure that we can relegate to the Old Testament era. Jesus said, ‘the Law and the Prophets prophesied until John.’ To communicate the gospel, we need a prophetic word of repentance. We need the echo of an Elijah, of a John in our witness.

This is more than regre…

Fake Porn Videos and Gospel

By now, you’ve probably heard about the rising tide of fake porn videos. The BBC and others have run informative articles on the subject over the past week (here). Fake porn involves imposing an alien face onto someone in a porn video and, with the help of new easy to use apps, this has recently gotten a whole lot easier to do.
The phenomenon, also called 'deep fakes', has been mostly the digital lifting of female celebrity faces and attaching them to the bodies of porn actresses. (That is, if we may be allowed to assume the gender of these performers. I must confess to being one of those terribly backward types that still thinks of women in terms of having vaginas and men in terms of not having them.) But falling victim to fake porn could happen to anyone who has ever posted just a few selfies online―male or female.
It is even reported that Donald Trump is appearing in quite a few.

These new apps will get even more accurate, user-friendly, and powerful over the next couple…

Anglican Resistance Fires Shots Ahead of Synod

Next week is the Church of England’s (CoE) official Synod. Religious men, women, and non-binary will descend on London in their ecclesiastical garb in what is sure to be the oddest-looking gathering since last summer’s cosplay convention. Unlike the cosplay convention, this clerical congress likes to take itself and its discussions very seriously and we should do them the favour of playing along.
In anticipation of this sober summit, a group of evangelical Anglican church leaders (CEEC) has just released a declaration formally referred to as 'Apostolic Life and Faith'. It's actually about sex. In releasing it they (presumably) hope to direct some of the synod’s discussion in a sane direction - something we cannot take for granted at Synod.
To understand why some people will find this interesting (other than the fact it's about sex), we need a bit of context.
The reason this synod is garnering more attention than normal is that the last one was more sin-odd than synod. M…