CHURCH-FREE CHRISTIANITY

Church-free Christianity is simply what it says on the tin. However, a little explanation is in order as people might think it refers, for example, to  people who call themselves “Christian” simply because they are English, or to Non-practising Catholics. It does not. Nor does it refer to churchgoers or New-Agers who adopt the name to sound trendy or different; nor to anyone else who lacks clear Biblical doctrine.

Church-free Christians are often dismissed as simply “unchurched”. There are large numbers of people who have drifted out of Church and are not really clear where they stand on key issues. It may be fair to refer to such as “unchurched”.  Church-free Christians, however, have made a positive decision to follow Jesus outside of church, and have a clear doctrinal basis. The following four points are typical:

First, they are completely clear about the Gospel and have fully accepted it for themselves. They know the Sacrifice of Christ provides men with the Greatest Salvation possible. They know it is available to all men, and that any other form of Salvation, be it by works, the Eucharist, Animal Sacrifice or anything else, is an error.

Second, they understand that Jesus is Lord of their life (as well as everything else) and endeavour to live it in a way that is pleasing to Him. This “Working out of Salvation” includes an effort to move deeper into all truth, including deeper understanding of the times in which we live

Third, they have a clear understanding of the Bible as God’s Word, and make their own personal study of it. They know it has far greater Authority than any Vicar, author, Pope, website, or anything or anyone else.

Fourth, they clearly understand Darwinian Evolution to be a scientific fallacy, and accept Genesis without any effort at “interpretation”, such as the Gap Theory.

Beyond this there may be a considerable variation in belief and practice. Some will never attend Church, others will see Church as at least the best place to fellowship with like-minded people. In doing so, they will know that their Salvation is not dependent upon it, and that the Church leader, whatever his title, is only a man, not an object of reverence.

Most will have spent many years in Church(es) so are likely to be fairly mature Christians. They will know that opportunities for fellowship are very limited, given the tiny numbers who fit the four statements above. As such, they will depend heavily on Jesus, on the Scripture, and on their own resources.

How many such people exist is a good question. All that one can say with certainty is that the numbers must be very, very small, and that God knows who they all are. And also that their importance can only increase as Churches continue to coast and to close their doors.

Christian Pacifism

Jesus commanded Love for Enemies. So how is it that many people think Christianity is the World’s most violent religion? And that a Google search for Christian Pacifism does not instantly bring up a ream of Christian sites teaching non-violence?

The non-violent nature of True Christianity is one of the themes of this site. Another is explaining how and why Christianity is rarely associated with pacifism. Please browse the Home Page for more.

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The amount of twaddle talked around Replacement Theology and Covenant Theology is hard to believe. Quite a lot is Straw Man arguments, meaning you make up something your opponent is supposed to have said and then knock it down. And there are bizarre statements like “Replacement Theology places all the blessings of Israel on the Church and all the curses are given to the ‘Old Israel’.” Is that just another Straw Man argument, or is there a Coven of Witches somewhere making up rubbish to discredit Christianity?

What others say will not be addressed here, since most of it is not worth addressing. Better just to keep to some simple truths. God has always sought to bless Man that He created, and has never swerved from that intention. The fact that at times He has seen fit to pour out some heavy punishment, the greatest example being Noah’s Flood, in no way alters that. Through the Flood He saved Noah and his family for a fresh start. This is how God works. Men may fail, but God always has another strategy to give us another chance. One such strategy was His choice of the Jews to receive His blessings, to be an example to other men, and ultimately to be a channel of Salvation for all men. This strategy was fulfilled in a Jew called Jesus, and proclaimed clearly to the World by another Jew called Saul/Paul. This strategy involved an awesome Salvation for all Men. The letter to Hebrews asks “How shall we escape if we neglect so great a Salvation?” Notice that this is in the letter to the Hebrews. The Gospel was first for the Jew. Only later was it preached also to Gentiles. But the order is less important than the fact that this Salvation is indeed for all men.

At the present time many Jews are deeply opposed to Christianity. This is a temporary situation, as the Bible makes it clear that at some point the Great Salvation in Christ will not merely be available to Jews as now, but will be embraced by many or all of them. In the meantime, Christians are the ones shouldering the vital work of propagating the Gospel. Given the history, it seems probable that it was God’s original plan for the Jews first and foremost to be doing this. Clearly they are not, and in this sense, at the present time, they have been replaced by Christians. They are potential recipients of the Gospel rather than those preaching it. But as already pointed out, God’s intentions, His love for all He created, do not change. He already has a plan. For Christians all that is required is to demonstrate that love and intention through knowing truth, and passing that truth on to all in the most loving and peaceful way possible.

Synagogue of Satan

Perhaps the main difficulty in all of this is the two warnings in Revelation about those who call themselves Jews, but are not, and are a Synagogue of Satan. These verses receive very little attention, even though many Christians have a strong sense that we are in the End Times, and Revelation is the book that focuses most strongly on that period. The fact that these warnings appear twice, using almost identical language, must be significant. Who is referred to here? Why is this question not a primary source of debate?

There may be a link here to “Replacement Theology”. There is a great push to establish it as something real, and then to demonise it; something which anyone will notice if they Google the term. As of today, even with some fairly determined searching, it was only possible to find a couple of sites that stood against the Replacement Theology Hysteria (RTH). See them here and here. Otherwise, websites seemed to be queueing up to condemn Replacement Theology. Is the debate being massaged in a particular direction? Could the reason be that RTH provides a far more fertile soil for Christian Zionism than certain other questions?

It is in order to repeat our usual advice that serious, unguided, personal reading of the Bible is essential. Unguided, because whoever guides you will have an agenda; it may be a good agenda, or it may be an evil one. The point is, you won’t know unless you steep yourself in Scripture, so that you can use it as the test for every other doctrine and spirit. There are plenty of deceivers coming from every quarter; atheists, judaizers, pagans, Calvinists, and Infant Baptizers; people who prioritise the Old Testament, people who espouse the Talmud, people whose outlook is Koranic. Don’t listen to the Twaddle, or the debate between one twaddler and another. Get soaked in the Scripture.

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How’s it Going?

The site emerged from its under-resourced predecessor, englishamish.com, about seven months ago. Since then, there have been a number of causes for encouragement. The site has received tens of thousands of visits. Some visitors stay on the site for a good part of an hour. Of those filling in the site questionnaire, half say they are encouraged in their Faith, indicating the site has given encouragement to several thousand people. About fifty people have signed up for the Newsletter, and at least a dozen have decided to read the Bible for themselves. There is also a steady trickle of thoughtful contributions from readers, which are greatly appreciated at this end.

On the down side, the context for the above is that the site has been promoted through Google nearly two million times, focussing on people doing relevant searches. I suspect that only about 5% of the UK population care enough about Christianity to do Google searches related to it, which would be about three million people. This indicates that the site has already been promoted to at least a significant proportion of those likely to be interested. In that context, fifty sign-ups to the Newsletter points to those who like the site not just being on the fringe, but on the fringe of an edge of the fringe! Or putting it another way, they (we) are “statistically invisible.” Also, more than half of all visitors to the site take a brief look, then promptly leave.

On balance, I am far more encouraged than the reverse. The lack of interest in God is not a surprise to me. Many years ago I worked a one-year contract in a High School where I was unknown, and decided to give no hint that I was a Christian, as I wanted to gauge the general level of interest in “things religious.” Although I was a Science Teacher I did a little work in the two-person RE Department. On arrival there I was greeted by the Department Head with the words “Don’t worry about what you’ve got to teach; we’re both atheists.” It never even occurred to her to ask first if I was a Christian. That set the tone for the whole year, so I have had no illusions since then about the level and nature of spiritual interest in the UK. In the context of that, fifty people signing on for the Newsletter comes as a very pleasant surprise. I wasn’t sure at the beginning if I would ever need to write one!

Popular Versus Unpopular Articles.

The only way to estimate the popularity of an article is from statistics that show if people leave the site after reading it. On this basis, two of the most popular articles are “No Man Hath Greater Love – the Bible used as War Propaganda” and “Sins Visited on the Fourth Generation. Is That Justice?” Using these statistics, it would be possible to increase the reading people do on the site by promoting the popular articles and dropping unpopular ones. Newspapers do a lot of that to retain and increase readers. Unfortunately, two of the consistently very unpopular articles are “Hijack of Christianity by Church” and “Christianity is a Relationship with Jesus, Not a Religion.” No amount of editing makes either of those articles any more popular. I’ve tried! And their message is fundamental to what the site is about. Interesting.

A Quick Rant!

One thing that continues to vex me is the amazing strangle-hold that evolution has on the popular imagination. I know countless people who believe in the supposed truckloads of evidence for Darwinism, but nobody who can offer me even one, single piece of evidence. The excuse has almost always been “I’m not a scientist”, though once when I was talking with a physicist he said “I’m not an evolutionary biologist.” Either way, people are admitting to a profound belief in something which they know nothing about. The very same people will quickly criticise Christians if they are unable to explain every detail of how God works! I understand why atheists are committed to Darwinism: it gives them a God-free story of Origins that is essential to their belief system. But why do so many Christians refuse to even look properly at the evidence?

I also do understand how clever the media is here. In days gone by, as an evolutionist, I never noticed the constant media references to it. Now I do. A prime example was just recently on BBC4’s “History of Christianity”, presented by Professor Sir Diarmaid MacCulloch. As TV goes, it was pretty good. But towards the end of his coverage of rationalism/skepticism he said “And then Darwin saw evidence for evolution in the fossils.” In other words, the “rationalists” were finally vindicated by the Great Darwin. But what MacCulloch said is a lie. Darwin was very clear that the absence of intermediate forms in the Fossil Record – we now call them Missing Links – was devastating to his theory. He actually saw, and understood, evidence against his theory in the fossils. But the drip-feed of misinformation such as this in the media bolsters belief in it. And in this particular case, leads to people often saying “the fossils” when asked for evidence of evolution. Thus, one of the most profound pieces of evidence against the theory becomes, in the popular imagination, powerful evidence for it!

Also well worth noting in this case: the Intelligent Design argument, to take one example, destroys atheistic evolution but allows the theistic version. The absence of intermediate fossils destroys both. God could theoretically have used evolution, but the Missing Links prove He didn’t. (And numbers should not be allowed to confuse this issue; there are odd controversial claims of Missing Links having been found, but Darwinism requires trillions.)

Website “Business” Cards.

I’ve had cards printed that introduce the website. I carry them with me and generally hand out several each month as opportunities present. It provides people with a big bunch of information without me needing to say very much.

If you would like some, reply to this email with your address. I’ll send some with a protective wallet so they don’t go dog-eared in your pocket. You might also find them useful if friends and relatives think you’re the only person who thinks like you do; you can show them that you are not alone. (At least, not quite!)

What about a Meet-up?

I’ve had this in mind for a while. The obvious problem is that we are very thin on the ground, so a significant amount of travelling is likely to be involved. If you’re interested just email back with your postcode and how far you feel able to travel. I’ll plot responses on a map, which will show if a meeting is possible or not.

If it happens, I’m thinking of a very informal affair, possibly starting with everyone introducing themselves in a whole-group session, then breaking up into completely informal chats. I’m open to other ideas, or just “going with the flow.” Any meeting will, in any event, be very small. Thoughts welcome!

Site Questionnaire.

A lot of people have filled in the little “Quick-click” Questionnaire on the website. It’s been useful in helping to understand how the site is received. For example, virtually everyone who visits the site describes themselves as “Christian”. Very few say “Creationist”. The site is generally not reaching atheists, but does sometimes reach Muslims. The responses are overwhelmingly from the UK and Ireland, where it is targeted. Although about ten per cent of site visits are from the USA, nobody from there has ever answered the questionnaire. I’m planning a new questionnaire that will go a little deeper. If you notice it when on the site, do please fill it in.

What’s New or Coming Next?

A reader introduced us to the book “Harlot Church”, which the site now links to from an article. There’s also now a NEW Page on the Top Menu which makes it easy to find recent Posts. Also on the Top Menu now is a FORUM (Discussion Page). It took months to get it up and running, but it seems to be fine now. About a dozen people are signed up, but no discussions yet! Please dive in and start one if there’s something on your mind!

There’s also an article that links to a YouTube channel for people who prefer to listen rather than read. Only half-a-dozen articles are on YouTube so far, while we try to work out if there’s any real demand. (Update – the latest Newsletter sign-up was from someone who found the YouTube channel first, so the channel will stay, even if not expanded.)

After receiving information that’s new (at least to us) on Romans 13 (Submission to Government) and on the “Lost Tribes” of Israel, we are working towards articles on both. We think the second of the two mentioned is probably of great significance. The “Lost Tribes” might be better referred to as the “Forgotten Tribes”. They almost never get a mention anywhere. Yet they are the majority of the Tribes of Israel, and the Bible always makes a clear distinction between Judah, which generally means Judah and Benjamin, or the Southern Kingdom, and the other Ten Tribes, or Northern Kingdom. Is it likely that the majority of the Tribes that made up God’s Chosen People, Israel, would just disappear into thin air?

Many thanks for reading on the site and the Newsletter,

Every Blessing,

Keith

Evolution Evidence

Darwinian Evolution is fatally flawed. It contravenes the Second Law of Thermodynamics. It claims that information on DNA comes about by chance. It assumes that simple atoms spontaneously combine to make the hyper-complex chemicals of life. It ignores the “innumerable intermediate forms” missing from the Fossil Record. (Something Darwin himself stated, before “solving” the problem by a leap of blind faith*.) It ignores the fact that intermediate forms would, by definition, not be the fittest to survive, and would perish if they ever managed to exist. It denies Irreducible Complexity. It claims Natural Selection as an original, creative process even though the name tells us it’s merely a Selection Mechanism. It continues to pretend that Darwin’s “Simple Cell”, which he could only see under a simple light microscope, really is simple, in spite of modern science showing that even just the Proton Engine within the Mitochondria is a masterpiece of nano-engineering. Unlike proper science, it is not underpinned with precise mathematical formulae. It is nothing more than a hotchpotch of assumptions and imaginations backed by imaginary reams of evidence. Evidence which nobody can ever quote, always making the excuse that “I’m not a scientist”. Or in the case of a scientist “I’m not an evolution scientist”. Evolution Theory contributes nothing to real science. Its role is to provide a comfort blanket for atheists, and a platform to attack the Bible and Christianity.

Why is nobody prepared to spend even a few hours out of their entire life to check the truth of the statements above? Laziness? Pride in what they think they already know? Fear of what they will discover? There is no easy way to say this: Darwinian Evolution is the most stupid, convoluted piece of circular argument in the history of philosophy. It is bogus science. Anyone who bases their life on it is committing the worst act of folly imaginable.

Promoting Creation Science is not the main purpose of this site; it exists to expose the Churches as the sick surrogate for Christianity they really are. But we provide here plenty of resources for people to research this vital issue. We advise, beg and implore people to thoroughly rethink what they believe.

*See Origin of Species Chapter 6 “ I believe the answer mainly lies in the record being incomparably less perfect than is generally supposed.”

See also:

 Darwin Exposes Himself 

Your Knee is not a Hinge Joint

The Remarkable Man who Corrects School Textbooks

and

 Science Page.

Why I am Not a Christian

It may be because you share the common, mistaken belief that Christianity and Church are the same thing; or that Christianity and Calvinism are the same. Or because of a mistaken belief that Darwinian Evolution is backed by truckloads of sound evidence. And finally, because you have never been presented with the alternative evidence. If so, you have an opportunity to check things out here.

Christianity is Bunk

It’s easy to reach the conclusion that Christianity is Bunk. That’s partly because of the mistaken belief that Christianity and Church are the same thing, or that Christianity and Calvinism are the same. Also because of a mistaken belief that Darwinian Evolution is backed by truckloads of sound evidence. And finally because people are too bigoted to consider the evidence.

If you have an open mind, please check things out here.

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Working Out Your Own Salvation

This article follows on from the one on Christianity being a Relationship with Jesus rather than a Religion. We continue the analogy with marriage, one which the Bible itself uses in portraying a relationship with Jesus.

In Philippians 2 Paul says to work out our Salvation “with fear and trembling”, but this only half the story. We also know from Scripture that God is first and foremost a God of Love (more accurately, THE God of Love.) In marriage we may correct our behaviour due to a fear of divorce, and given the awesome power of God it is right to fear a “divorce” from Him. However, divorce is only the  worst-case scenario. In marriage, and also with God, most of what we do is done out of love; our love for the other party, and the other party’s love for us. Love is endlessly forgiving, patient and kind. When we goof, God gives another chance. We have no need to fear Him turning His back on us; we do need to fear ourselves turning away from Him.

As with any marriage, there will be plenty of people around who feel they have some interest in it, be they In-laws, friends, even potential adulterers. For the person trying to make the marriage work, it is very important that they connect with the right people: people who will help them through a crisis, rather than take advantage of it; people who genuinely wish to see the new relationship mature and strengthen, rather than insert themselves into it for financial or any other gain. In the same way, new Christians (and old) need to be careful about who they associate with and their motives. As ever, the Bible is the one totally reliable guide.

When Jesus says “The Kingdom of God is within you” it is not some super-spiritual riddle that people need to write books on. It simply means that if you adopt Jesus as your Lord and follow his commands, you are living in His Kingdom, by His rules, not by the rules or conventions of Earthly Kingdoms. It means forgiving, loving, not resorting to or supporting violence, seeing money as something to be spent, saved, or given away rather than just the first two. All of these things, and many others, normally take time to work out. Forgiving those who have hurt and abused us is often a struggle for new Christians. But as converts move on in their understanding and acceptance of God’s love and forgiveness for them personally, things which were previously impossible become possible. It’s a “working out!”

A deeper understanding of truth in all it’s aspects should also be a part of the Christian life. Before conversion, a person may have believed there was no God, or that the Earth is God, or that God is a “Force.” In the UK, belief in evolution as the explanation for how life came to exist is normal.  (See Evolution Page.) Working through these beliefs may take some time. Beyond them are many other issues where people will have simply absorbed the narrative of the mass media in whatever country they happen to live in. The mass media everywhere are linked to government and/or money interests; presenting “the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth” is not what they strive for! But for a Christian, believing lies means living in deception at some level, so we must search beyond the explanation of things that our particular culture gives us. This too is a part of “working out our Salvation.”

Christians always have a desire for fellowship with other Christians. This is an area where there is likely to be difficulty. Today’s Britain is overwhelmingly secular, and when not secular is mostly Churchgoing, Islamic or Pagan. One or other local church is the natural place to seek fellowship, but it is likely to be  be a source of bad doctrine and/or practice (See So What’s Really Wrong with Church?) For the new Christian the dangers are especially great. Even a long-term convert may find himself enmeshed in Pope worship, Pastor worship, Zionism, Calvinism, hatred of Muslims, militarism, evolution, Political Correctness and so on. All of these are promoted by at least some Churches.

Among the huge variety of Church and Cult teachings perhaps one is universally agreed by all of them: the claim that “You cannot be a Christian alone”. This is totally wrong. No Christian is ever alone. Jesus is always there, even when it doesn’t feel like it. And being without human Christian fellowship is simply an inevitable result of a lack of other Christians locally. No Christian would make do with a Mosque or a Masonic Lodge or a Synagogue for fellowship. Is it any more beneficial to use a Church, given the often extreme errors they espouse?

The fellowship issue calls for a decision from every Christian. That decision must take into account the ability of his personal belief to stay strong in a secular world, away from both real and pseudo-Christianity; also the quality of any particular Church he considers attending; and the likely benefits and risks to himself and others. Benefits and risks to others may include possible benefit of a genuine Christians’ presence for churchgoers in the Church he chooses; or the risk of loss of effective witness to outsiders, who may see him as a willing party to a corrupt religion (since many atheists see the shortcomings of Churches far more clearly than those inside.)

Jesus told the Samaritan Woman who was vexed about where she should worship that no particular place was valid. Worshipping in Spirit and in Truth was what mattered. That phrase can be heavily spiritualised, and even used as a justification for speaking in Tongues. A plain reading suggests worshipping in your Spirit –  that’s inside yourself – and in truth, which may be understood as reality. What you do in and with your life should be real, not faked or pretentious, and always guided by truth. (No pretence of holiness because someone didn’t miss a single prayer meeting this year, and once helped an old lady across the road!)

If there are local Christians to fellowship with there is no need for ritual or buildings or hierarchies. Elders will naturally emerge, as they do in all small societies, being those people with more experience, more knowledge or more wisdom. In the normal course of things, these will indeed be the older people, or at least those who have been Christian for the longest time. Notice that “Elders” is plural. The idea of one man being the “great leader” was fine when the Apostles were still living, as they had an undoubted superiority of understanding. Today, we must discuss together and test ideas against the Bible. This vital interchange and shared responsibility ceases once one person becomes the “great leader”.

This is a very short description of the genuine Christian life. It is short, but it is long enough. Any further detail needed is in the Bible.