The Beacon Church, Whitchurch

Naked!

Naked!

The Emperor’s New Clothes” is a short tale written by Hans Christian Andersen, about two weavers who promise an Emperor a new suit of clothes that they say is invisible to those who are unfit for their positions, stupid, or incompetent. When the Emperor parades before his subjects in his new clothes, no one dares to say that they do not see any suit of clothes on him for fear that they will be seen as “unfit, stupid, or incompetent”. Finally, a child cries out, “But he isn’t wearing anything at all!   He’s NAKED!”

As far as I am concerned, a similar “NAKED!” cry has just rung out across the nation – in the form of Jacob Rees-Mogg during his interview with Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid on the “Good morning Britain” TV show on September 6th.

When asked about his stance on abortion Jacob Rees-Mogg brilliantly exposed the shame and disgrace of our nations Godless stance on abortion:

 “I am completely opposed to abortion. Life begins at the point of conception.” 

When challenged by Piers Morgan why he was prepared to take such a strong stance on Abortion as opposed to a less direct opposition to gay marriage he stated: “With gay marriage it is something people do to each other.   With abortion it is something done to the unborn child”
Are you opposed to abortion in all circumstances?” he was asked.  “What about rape or incest?”

“Yes I am opposed in all circumstances.  Life is sacrosanct. My personal opinion is that life begins at the point of conception and that abortion is morally indefensible.”

Why is  abortion  morally indefensible to Christians?

Because God is our maker. The bible is clear.  Heformed you in the womb’ (Isaiah 44:24). God’s love for us extends to before our birth, to our very conception and the womb. Every human being from the moment of conception is created and sustained by God. ‘I have upheld you since you were conceived’ (Isaiah 46:3b).

Psalm 139 v 13-16 is just as explicit: “You formed my inward parts;  You covered me in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Marvelous are Your works.  15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret,  And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me,  When as yet there were none of them.”

God recorded the Sixth Commandment in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.” God values life highly and He wants us to as well.

And yet last year according to government statistics there were 190,406 abortions carried out in England and Wales.

And things are getting worse. Last night (22nd September)  the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists  formally demanded the full decriminalisation of terminations at any stage in a pregnancy and announced that they will now lobby Government for a change in the law. This follows the same decision by the BMA last June.

This means doctors performing terminations later than the current 24 week cut-off period in a pregnancy would face no criminal sanctions. They are calling for the current legal requirement for two doctors to sign off an abortion “on medical grounds”, to be scrapped.

The vote took place despite a letter signed by more than 650 doctors objecting to president Professor Lesley Regan’s “extreme stance” on abortion. Not unreasonably, they are deeply concerned that this could open the floodgates to sex-selective terminations as well as putting women in abusive relationships at risk of coercion to end pregnancies.

If you are reading this and you have already undergone a termination then the wonderful news is that there is grace and forgiveness at the foot of the cross for those who repent.  (I love the child’s definition of repentance: “being sorry enough to stop”).  Foreseeing the cross,  Isaiah was able to prophecy “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”

The wonderful offer of Christ is that Mercy has triumphed over judgement.
1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

But without repentance there is little hope for this nation, as we rush headlong into apostasy and rebellion against God our maker.  Any fool will tell you that if you ignore the makers instructions you are heading for disaster. 

Just on a natural level this is not hard to predict. 

In 1934 a man called J. D Unwin wrote a book Sex and Culture.”  He had studied 80 tribes and 6 known civilizations through 5,000 years of history and found an absolute link between the cultural achievement of a people and their sexual behaviour. He discovered that the whole of human history does not contain a single instance of a group becoming civilized unless it has followed the teachings of the bible and been absolutely monogamous.  Worryingly, there is not a single example of a group surviving for more than 2 generations after it has strayed from those teachings.

 

The Centre for Social Justice… a think tank co-founded in 2004 by Iain Duncan Smith and Tim Montgomerie, has been highlighting what it calls an “tsunami” or an “epidemic” of family breakdown.  It reports that the number of lone-parent families is increasing by 20,000 a year ….In 2014 there were 2.0 million lone parents with dependent children in the UK, –  women accounting for 91% of lone parents with dependent children.

It estimates the cost of family breakdown – at  £46bn a year, over £1,500 for every taxpayer in the country.   For every £6,000 spent on dealing with the fallout from family breakdown, just £1 is spent on helping to keep families together.  How long before this economic burden becomes simply unmanageable?

So what more can I say but   NAKED!!!!  

We are NOT WEARING ANY CLOTHES!!!!  

For the sake of our nation – before it is too late – let’s open our eyes, realise our shame and disgrace and let’s clothe ourselves once again with the righteousness that comes form obeying the makers instructions – God’s Holy word, the Bible.

Jamie Muir 23.09.2017

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