National Day of Prayer and Worship

Thousands of Christians from all denominations and cultures assembled at Wembley Stadium for the National Day of Prayer and Worship on Saturday.  The purpose of the event was to unite Christians all over Britain to pray for revival across the nation.  Jonathan Oloyede, Convenor of the National Day of Prayer, received a vision from God in the early Nineties for the event.

The Lord showed me a vision of the stadium.  I was praying and I saw thousands upon thousands of Christians worshiping God.  However, the stadium I saw was not the old Wembley Stadium, it was the new stadium.  I did not understand the vision until a stadium was reconstructed in place of the old one.  I knew then that what I saw was a vision of the future.

There was a strong sense of unity as Christians from many denominations assembled together.  Speakers led prayers of thanksgiving and transformation, and Tim Hughes, Lara Martin and others led worship.

Pro-choice v Pro-life debate

One of Britain’s biggest abortion providers, BPAS (British Pregnancy Advisory Service) organised the debate: ‘Freedom of speech, anti-abortion protestors and women: Rights and Limits’ in London on the eve of the trial of Andrew Stevenson and Kathryn Sloane, who were accused of causing public disorder outside Winston’s abortion clinic in Brighton.

The couple displayed large and graphic pictures of aborted babies outside the clinic to draw the attention of potential clients of the horrors and realities of abortion – in fact, the taking of innocent human life.

In the debate, Andrea Minichiello Williams of  Christian Concern defended the right to life of the unborn child, while Ann Furedi of BPAS supported the humanistic stance, i.e. the personal freedom of each woman to make her own choice over continuing or terminating a pregnancy. 

Of the four speakers, only Andrea spoke from the Christian and clearly biblical point of view, which states that human life is valuable from the moment of conception.  She showed considerable courage in the face of strong opposition, which came not only from the other speakers but also from the floor.  Andrea was the only panel member to be heckled for her forthright answers to questions. 

It would seem from the debate, that those who support the right to abort a baby are determined to keep the discussion behind closed doors.  They say they support freedom of speech over the issue, but they seek to stifle the expression of any opposing view, especially when it clearly threatens their own position and has the potential to change public opinion.  The freedom to communicate ‘truth’ as Andrea described, clearly has limits!

Andrea drew brilliantly on the evidence of history.  The suffragettes had to fight, sometimes painfully, for the right to be heard over votes for women and William Wilberforce had to go to extreme lengths to illustrate the inhumanity of the slave trade.  Both Emily Pankhurst and William Wilberforce were unpopular in their day for their message and their actions and yet to question either of their positions is unthinkable now.

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Baby aborted at 39 weeks

A 35 year old woman has been convicted of aborting her baby at 39 weeks pregnant and burying the little boy's body.  Sarah Catt had been having an affair for seven years with a work colleague and on discovering she was pregnant was unsure if it was her husband's baby.  She concealed the pregnancy from her husband and purchased abortion drugs from abroad, taking them when her husband was away which caused early delivery.  When the baby was delivered it was not breathing or moving and Catt buried it at an undisclosed location.

Catt had had a scan at 30 weeks at Leeds General Infirmary which verified the pregnancy.  Health workers became concerned when the baby's birth was not registered weeks later.  She at first maintained that she had had a legitimate abortion at a clinic but when police looked at her computer they discovered that she had been looking at and purchasing drugs to cause early delivery and when Catt was confronted with this evidence she told the psychiatrist what had happened.

In July, Sarah Catt pleaded guilty to administering poison with an intent to causing a miscarriage.  Chief Inspector Smith from the North Yorkshire Police who led the investigation, said that 'Catt has been cold and calculating and has shown no remorse' for what she has done, adding that the 'case was unusual, disturbing and very complicated.'  On sentencing her at Leeds Crown Court to eight years in prison, Mr Justice Cook said that she had robbed the baby of his life and that the seriousness of what she had done lay between manslaughter and murder.

To live or to die...

The fact that Mr Justice Cook has so clearly recognised the baby who was aborted as a life in his own right is very encouraging.  To have that message spoken through the national media has really brought a fresh voice to those who have no voice.  People are being reminded afresh of the sanctity of life in the womb and that life is protected at that late stage of pregnancy.

However it does throw a harsh light on the undeniable fact that babies have to reach a certain age within the womb to qualify for that protection given to older babies by our laws. The 24 week abortion limit still separates babies into life or death situations depending on which side they fall.  But how can we separate out a baby who is 23 weeks and whose parents do not want it, and a baby who is 24 weeks.  What is the difference between the two babies other than the parents' feelings towards them? 

If anything, this case exposes the serious flaws in our country's system of allowing abortions up to a certain point and not beyond.  We believe that a baby is a baby from the moment it is conceived and applying an arbitrary date at which a baby gains the full protection of the law results in a matter of life or death for millions of children. There should be no greater purpose of a state than to defend the value of life for those who are defenceless.

Churchill - visionary leader

The current comment on our front page refers to our nation’s need of the kind of visionary leadership Winston Churchill displayed during the dark days of World War 2.  A recent TV series by historian David Starkey on the life and wisdom of Winston Churchill highlighted a crucial element in the great wartime politician’s strategy.  To use Starkey’s words:

His underlying theme was truth, and the gap between the smooth words and high sentiments of the pacifists and appeasers in Britain, and the brute reality of what was happening in Germany.

Starkey goes on to say that Thirties Britain, riddled with defeatism on the right and pacifism on the left and centre, seemed determined to bury her head in the sand and do nothing about the increasingly dire situation in relation to Nazi Germany.  Churchill drew on the insights he had gained from researching his famous ancestor, John Churchill, First Duke of Marlborough.  He discovered important parallels between the situation Marlborough faced and the current situation.  By adopting similar strategies to those of Marlborough, Churchill was convinced he could save Britain from otherwise certain defeat.

In order to implement the strategy and inspire the nation to press through to victory, however, Churchill had to face the hardest challenge of all – telling the truth about the situation Britain was in.  He once remarked in 1932:

I cannot recall any time when the gap between the kind of words statesmen used and what was happening was so great as it is now . . . Stop the lies and obfuscation . . . tell the truth to the British people . . . they may be a bit offended at the moment, but if you have told them exactly what is going on you have insured yourself against complaints and reproaches which are very unpleasant when they come home on the morrow of some disillusion.

We desperately need to grasp the nettle as Churchill did in his day.  Only speaking the truth can break the malaise our nation seems to have adopted in relation to the threats facing us.  These threats come, in Starkey’s words, ‘in the form of the rejuvenated authoritarian regimes of Russia and China who have bottomless reserves of cash, huge national resources and, in the case of China, a ferociously efficient industry which looks certain to submerge the all-but bankrupt economies of the West.'

Starkey sees another national threat ‘in the form of Brussels, with its anti-democratic adherence to the collapsing euro, which is stoking enmity between nations, and threatening to drag Britain into a depression that will mean hardship for decades.’

So where are the prophets of today, who, with Godly zeal and passion, are prepared to speak the truth, cutting through our national delusions, and calling us out of our apathy?  Here at Christian Spectrum we are calling for today’s men of Issachar to be released.  People like Churchill, who had the wisdom to know what had to be done, who examined and learnt from the past, and who had the courage to hold through against popular opposition.  He was able to rally the nation and inject realism as well as optimism when it was most needed. 

We’re also calling for the Issachar anointing within the church.  To steer a path through today’s diverse expressions of spirituality, humanism and antagonism, and the impact of national and international trends, the prophetic church needs to develop and exercise the same gift, wisdom and courage.  The men of Issachar were as highly valued by King David as physical ability and strength.  Without it, the army could expend energy and expertise and whilst winning some battles, could still fail to win the war.

Ian and Larissa's story

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