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The situation is dire: the church in the UK, and in general in the west, has to remember Christ’s warning via the prophet Daniel: “And the host [the chosen people] was given [to the wicked horn] together with the continual burnt offering because of the transgression [of God’s people—their abounding irreverence, ungodliness, and lack of piety]. And righteousness and truth were cast down to the ground, and it [the wicked horn] accomplished this [by divine permission] and prospered.” (Daniel 8:12, Amplified Version).  Notice how the Amplified Version gives an uncomfortable level of detail: it is the actions and attitude’s of God’s people that allow such evil to prosper.  So clearly our actions matter… Continue reading

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Galatians and the Law

The Problem

Galatians is a great book: read it!  There are also no “o”s in the name, which caused me no end of difficulty writing this.  It is a letter to a part of the church, people who know the Truth but are turning away from it:  “I am surprised and astonished that you are so quickly turning renegade and deserting Him Who invited and called you by the grace (unmerited favor) of Christ (the Messiah) [and that you are transferring your allegiance] to a different [even an opposition] gospel” (Amplified Bible: Galatians 1:6).  These are Christians then, but Christians who are being tempted to cease their obedience to God and to be “burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (NIV: Galations 5:1).  Reading the rest of the book, it is fairly obvious that this refers to the Law, and trying very hard to be justified before God by their own efforts (see Galatians 5:2-4 for example). Continue reading