Praise God, for the spiritual battle in Tanzania has been won. Not easily, or cleanly, and the war still rages. The spiritual darkness has been tolerated long, is deep seated and not easily rooted out. However, the enemy is on the retreat; the forces of light won this day.
OK, OK these are Anglicans we are talking about so nothing is clear-cut. There are likely plenty more twists and turns in this story, but we are (however painfully and slowly) moving in the right direction.
I have been tasked with writing a report for our local Essentials chapter which I’ll be doing over the next few days. As soon as I have done it I will post it up here to give you my view on events.
Pray now for protection, that in the aftermath of this victory the ground won will be consolidated and held firm.
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Peter, I wonder how our Canadian brethren will be receiving all of this in the days to come, especially with GS on the horizon in June…
A very different world than it was a few days ago. Christians of all people should remember how much things can change in 3 days!
Peter – could I use your report to your Esssentials group to send to our group. I am not too good at understanding all the details. We are actually having a series of lectures on the Doctrine of the Anglican faith at St. James’ every month. Pete Malloy has organised it. (Editor of Anglican Planet) It has been excellent. J. I. Packer is coming in June.
I have hope now after a long, dark time.
It’s hard to say really. The Canadian church is I think more institutionally liberal – therefore less likely to break ties than the US Church. That may restrain things. On the other hand, our culture now in Canada would tend to support a split for those in bed with the spirit of this age.
I’d like to be there in June, but I’m not sure if that is going to happen yet. I have not been able to get in contact with the national essentials to see what I could do.
Alan – It is a good thing indeed 🙂
Pauline – by all means!
Have you read “The Next Christendom, the Coming of Global Christianity” by Philip Jenkins? It was the beginning of a huge change in my view of global Christianity.
It was written in 2002 and predicts some of what is happening today.
“In one possible scenario of the world to come, an incredibly wealthy although numerically shrinking Northern population espouses the values of humanism, ornamented with the vestiges of liberal Christianity and Judaism. … This future North confronts and poorer and vastly more numerous global masses who wave the flags not of red revolution, but of ascendant Christianity and Islam. Although this sounds not unlike the racial nightmares of the Cold War years, one crucial difference is that the have-nots will be inspired by the scriptures and the language of apocalyptic, rather than by the texts of Marx and Mao. In this world, we, the West, will be the final Babylon.
This vision may simply be too far-reaching, but a secularized North could well be forced to deal with religious conflicts that it genuinely does not understand.” p. 160, 161.
He, unfortunately, counts as Christian anyone who calls himself a Christian and believes that Jesus is the Son of God. That makes his statistics very inflated. But still has lots of useful information.
I for one have not read Jenkin’s book but I have read Confessions of an Economic
Hit Man by John Perkins and I for one don’t see it. But I agree that Babylon is closer than most of us think and even that Armageddon will be here and not a spectator event in the Middle East. I see no sign of the “have-nots” being tempered by the scriptures and I fear that once the welfare payments stop……… But as I say I have not read Jenkin’s book and would love to hear more about “The Next Christendom” from someone that has.
Good news at least for now, eh Peter? Each step in the right direction is a step forward or back perhaps in the right direction.
we’ll pray the ground gained or kept, remains.
Blessings to you!
Still here guys, will comment later, just finishing a long report.
OK, back again and about to release my take on events in Tanzania.
Karen, I have not read the book but I have heard of it. Interesting ideas, I guess the proof will be in the pudding.
Susan, It’s going the right way, what remains to be seen is if the teeth will bite if push comes to shove….
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