Sunday, December 28, 2008

Church of England unites to damn 'morally corrupt' Labour

Where two or three Church of England bishops are gathered together to condemn Labour, Cranmer is in the midst of them. Where five are united to do so, it must be a work of God.

The Bishop of Manchester has accused Labour of lacking integrity, of being ‘beguiled by money’ and being ‘morally corrupt’. He said: “The Government has acted scandalously.” They believe that ‘money can answer all of the problems and has encouraged greed and a love of money that the Bible says is the root of all evil. It is morally corrupt because it encourages people to get into a lifestyle of believing they can always get what they want’.

The Bishop of Hulme is persuaded that Labour are ‘morally suspect and morally feeble’. He said: “It is unfair and irresponsible of the Government to put pressure on the public to spend in order to revive the economy.”

The Bishop of Durham said: “Labour made a lot of promises, but a lot of them have vanished into thin air. We have not seen a raising of aspirations in the last 13 years, but instead there is a sense of hopelessness. While the rich have got richer, the poor have got poorer.”

The Bishop Winchester is of the opinion that the Government has done precious little to help the poor, and refers to the abolition of the 10p tax rate as a ‘disaster’. He said: “It is imperative that this Government help the poorer people and hold the hard-hit communities in its sights, but it seems to have its eye on re-election instead.”

And the Bishop of Carlisle accused the Government of ‘playing with people’s livelihoods’. He said: “I agree with the Conservatives that the breakdown of the family is a crucial element in the difficulties of our present society. He argued that Labour’s failure to back marriage and its ‘insistence on supporting every choice of lifestyle’ had had a negative effect on society. He said: “I think Labour has got tired.”

In short, Labour have led Britain to family breakdown, burgeoning debt, a growing divide between rich and poor, and a state of hopelessness. They have subordinated their moral and fiscal judgment to political opportunism.

Happy New Year, Mr Cameron.

This is precisely what an Established Church is for. On those rare occasions when it speaks with unity, it fulfills its pivotal role as the spiritual conscience of government and the moral guide of the nation.

But why now?

Where have these bishops been since 1997?

Perhaps they have been emboldened by the intervention of their leader into party politics, or perhaps they unified against a common enemy when the Prime Minister alluded to the Archbishop of Canterbury behaving like the hypocritical cleric in the parable of the Good Samaritan. Or perhaps they are tired of being marginalised by this amoral and anti-Christian government and have poured their hearts out to God who has given them the words to speak.

Cranmer is not sure that so many bishops have been of one mind since the seven who were prosecuted for seditious libel by James II. These five senior churchmen have done the nation a great favour by confronting the Government with the tragic consequences of their deficient policies; by highlighting the moral vacuum which is the rotten harvest of years spin, manipulation, instant gratification, welfare dependency, and the degeneration of the nation’s social fabric.

The nation needs renewal. It is time to rediscover the importance of discipline, understand the meaning of responsibility, and experience the rewards of hard work. It is time to revive the concept of duty, the notion of civic virtue, and inculcate the imperative of the common good.

Cranmer prays that the New Year may bring a general election by which this Labour Government may be judged for its sins, shamed for its vices and condemned for its crimes.

In the meantime, let us give thanks for these five bishops, mindful that judgement begins at the House of God.


Blogger McKenzie said...

Interesting that none of you have had your esteemed religious conscious pricked by the slaughter of inocent people. Money money money. By the way, can anyone think of a political party and a leader who has not slaughtered inocent people? I can. The British National Party, Nick Griffin have zero blood on their hands.

28 December 2008 at 02:18  
Blogger Devil's Kitchen said...

Or how about the Libertarian Party for that matter? Or any of the plethora of small parties who haven't governed yet?

And Nick Griffin has zero blood on his hands? Really? If one thug has been inspired by that wonky-eyed freak to beat up someone of a different colour or religion, then Griffin has blood on his hands. And, personally, I reckon that he has.


28 December 2008 at 03:12  
Blogger Fred Preuss said...

Eventually, both the English government and the English church will discover that neither needs to be connected to the other to properly function.
You will be embarassed by the fact that nations with high correlations between public honesty also have no established religion (Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, USA, Germany); having a national faith lumps you in with such paragons of efficiency, honesty and public spiritedness as Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Pakistan.
It's your choice. But I'd be embarassed to see countries that once had the Inquisition, the Index of Prohibited Books and the Auto da Fe (Italy, Spain and Portugal) all able to separate church from state while my own country either ignored the issue or panicked at the merest suggestion of it.

28 December 2008 at 06:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From David Lonsdale.

This Labour government is morally bankrupt is not in doubt. The C of E Bishops are right point to the breakdown of the family amongst a series of malaise which afflict our country.
However, to those Bishops I would say, "Judge not that you be not judged." The decline of our nation began a century ago when the Bishops applied a liberal interpretation to the truth of scripture. Manchester is at the forefront of the liberal movement today.
We will not change the nation or its leaders by simply changing the secular policies. We need Bishops who believe the gospel of salvation through repentance and faith in the risen Lord. We need Bishops who believe, as did Paul, that if any man is in Christ he is a new creation. The old has passed away, behold all things are become new.
Without spiritual renewal through the saving grace of Jesus, the decline of our nation will continue and the Bishops may as well shout at the wind. Unfortunately few Bishops seem to believe that Jesus can change lives.

28 December 2008 at 08:25  
Blogger John said...

Blair, Brown and their Fabian New Labour Common Purpose associates will go down in history as the most corrupt, deceitful, evil and treacherous crooks ever to be in government in Britain.

They should all be prosecuted for murder, fraud and treachery.

28 December 2008 at 08:36  
Anonymous Preacher said...

David Lonsdale rightly says that without spiritual renewal through the blood of Jesus the nation is set to continue in decline,but at least we are now seeing the representatives of the church speaking out. Even if many of these men believe that the Lord Jesus does not or cannot change lives, there are several who do, Rochester & York for example. let us hope that they can be encouraged to speak out with prophetic boldness to change the course that the present morally bankrupt government has taken us on.

28 December 2008 at 09:16  
Blogger dizzyfatplonka said...

Mr Brown is expected to deliver the pep talk as part of a defiantly optimistic seasonal missive.

He will demand that people work together to "build a better tomorrow today", and hail US President-elect Barack Obama as a catalyst for tackling global issues.

(Daily Express)

Does the CofE dare rebel against Gordons Messiah, heretics!

28 December 2008 at 12:13  
Blogger len.allan said...

This labor government(under Blair and Brown) have led a constant attack on the family, the moral structure of our society, and christian values.
They now want to plunge us hopelessly into debt.
I have nothing but praise for these Church of England bishops for confronting this shameful labour government.
I pray an election will dispose of this government before it can cause any more damage!

28 December 2008 at 12:34  
Blogger McKenzie said...

Generally speaking I can only agree with what the bishops are saying, but where have their high morals been untill now?

I reckon this and I reckon that is quite a feeble excuse for condoning your favourite political party's ploicies for slaughtering inocent people by the way

28 December 2008 at 13:01  
Anonymous Voyager said...

nations with high correlations between public honesty also have no established religion (Canada, New Zealand, Sweden, USA, Germany)

Very funny. Pull the other one

28 December 2008 at 16:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is not to us ordinary mortals you should speak to, but the Head of your Church. Either get Her Majesty to order Her Government to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, or remain in the prison of your own making forever. Labour is only where it is now because it is obeying the laws of Foreigners, which is strictly against our constitution and the solemn Oath our Queen made at Her Coronation.

28 December 2008 at 16:58  
Blogger The last cause said...

Outstanding be consistent and follow through on that stance, each time, every time the subject comes up.

28 December 2008 at 19:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who elected these men to pontificate on politics? Whence their competence in this?
They were, almost all of them, appointed to their posts as bishops by this Government.

28 December 2008 at 20:42  
Anonymous not a machine said...

been a while since i have been on hear your grace. i have been having some theological difficulties which i hope will be clarified .

but to the post :what astonishes me is why now, at what point did the scales fall from these mens eyes ???

your grace may be right to point out that this is precisely what a state church is there for, but my observations of the CofE suggest it has not yet got round to understanding just how lacking in "wrestling" and re building the supremacy of the bible in relation to the modern deceptions and delusions .

we see dawkins skirting and lurking round the edges , out manouvering the men and women of the church which used consist of great intellectuals burrowing into the dark for the truth.

to me we have lost the apostolic aspect , where are the strugglers for good , the fighters for the truth of the christian gospel ??.
We have the defenders of the faith , of which your grace is a leading proponement.

is the C of E now in the business of being a mere rescue organisation , when it was once the one of salvation. does it play to the antiques roadshow audience and classical studies??

placing the light of the world into increasing vaults of security , is only further justification of the powers of darkness.

it is interesting to observe that labour are in trouble because they have failed to deliver ecnomic security , based on seriously wonk ideaology .they have also made a cult that is in opposition to the church and christs gospel .

no need for old fairy tales they have told us , with new mind bending media coupled to business interests we have a logical equation and solution to the direction of mankind.A self made throne from which to direct the ants of the colony.

until the church and include the roman catholic faith can discerne what has been benficial and what has been error , the church will continue to slumber to its loss.

the perception of time has been changed , we no longer pay homage to and remember the seasons , we have religous holidays but little time to celebrate there meaning due to our connected ness , to rolling media and mass communications .

the osmosis of christs teachings is being lost to meaningless drama , we are becoming the states end user and not the people seeking salvation and redemption

28 December 2008 at 20:55  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree the other 'Anonymous' @ 16.58

28 December 2008 at 21:13  
Blogger len.allan said...

The head of the church is the Lord Jesus Christ! All authority has been given to Him by God.
All authority goes back directly to Christ ,the roman centurion understood this being under authority himself.
All christians are to obey the authorities except when these authorities are themselves in conflict with the laws of God.

28 December 2008 at 21:49  
OpenID BL@KBIRD said...

"importance of discipline, understand the meaning of responsibility, and experiencethe rewards of hard work.It is time to revive the concept of duty, the notion of civic virtue, and inculcate the imperative of the common good."

Gracious your Grace, you don't mean to impose this on the nations treasures of diversity do you? This could cause trouble by increasing grievances among the righteous of Asian persuasion.

28 December 2008 at 23:55  
Blogger Manfarang said...

And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye,but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

29 December 2008 at 02:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

len.allan @ 21.49 with the greatest respect whilst I agree Jesus is the Head of the Christian Church.

"Anglicanism is a tradition of Christian faith. Churches in this tradition either have historical connections to the Church of England or have similar beliefs, worship and church structures. The word Anglican originates in ecclesia anglicana, a medieval Latin phrase dating to at least 1246 meaning the English Church."

The Queen is the head of the English Church, therefore the penultimate head of the Christian Church in England. I live in England and she is the Queen of England.

The Monarch has been the Head of the English Church since Henry VIII.

Her oath at the time of her coronation was to protect the peoples customs and laws and uphold the "Protestant reformed religion" and the "Bishops and Clergy of England". Below is the actual text of the oath she swore.

She has failed in her duty twice.

29 December 2008 at 18:44  
Blogger len.allan said...

With respect,
Church of England unites to damn morally corrupt labour!.
It is the duty of EVERY christian to be a light in an ever darkening world!
Jesus Christ is building his church and nothing will stop it!.
God will work out his will through whoever desires the will of God above his own agenda.
When the main group fails God will continue working through a remnant as he has done throughout history, Daniel is a prime example.

29 December 2008 at 19:12  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred Preuss: the problem with disestablishing the CofE is not a theological one. Were it so, I would agree with you.

The problem is a politial one: disestablishment would be another milestone along the New Labour road of destruction; another step towards the elimination of everything recognisably English; a further undermining of our traditions and our institutions; another turn of the inexorable end endless screw of our losses.

After the Church, no doubt, the monarchy. And after that, who knows?

We resist these things not because the Church of England's links to the consitution and the body politic are especially significant in and of themselves, but because all must stand together or all fall piecemeal.

"First they came for the House of Lords - and I did not resist, because I was not a Lord" - you know the rest, ponder on it.

30 December 2008 at 09:58  
Anonymous AF said...

I have on my bookshelf a volume published by the Social Affairs Unit - "The Kindness that Kills – the Churches' Simplistic Response to Complex Social Issues".

In the introduction, Digby Anderson and Ralph Harris declare: "The question is no longer whether the Church should be so preoccupied with socio-economic issues but whether its preoccupations in print and speeches have been thorough and above all helpful, either in assisting its members to understand the issues or in comforting those in 'trouble, sorrow, need, sickness or any other adversity. Many of the speeches and reports contain little theology and are given over to the repetition of arguments found in secular economic and social documents at various levels. Thus the question of their quality is one not only for theologians but for economists and sociologists whose disciplines the church authors pillage so covetously."

30 December 2008 at 15:11  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where were they when every law was pushed through that attacked the family.
Did they all appear on the front pages together speaking from the same song sheet?

31 December 2008 at 02:34  

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