Saturday, February 21, 2009

Jade Goody has turned to God

Jade Goody does not sound like a spiritual theme. She would not even be a political one if the Prime Minister and Justice Secretary had not made her so. But the moment they passed comment upon her media deals and changed her fiancé’s curfew conditions in order to permit him to spend his wedding night with his dying wife, Jade Goody’s last days became a witness to matters of justice, mercy, love and peace.

Only a few months ago this appalling creation of reality television seemed to represent all that was wrong with modern society. She was a superficial and crass product of legendary Essex; variously referred to as being a ‘pig-faced’, ‘loud-mouthed’, ‘ignorant’, ‘selfish’, ‘racist’ and ‘self-promoting’ chav. Her life was just that of another quasi-celebrity - a two-dimensional virtual existence with no higher purpose other than to copulate and consume; to wallow in Armani excess whilst patiently awaiting an invitation to stumble onto ‘Dancing on Ice’. She was a commodity of Max Clifford who owned her, the chat shows which fed off her, the ‘celebrity’ culture which scoffed at her, and the ‘red-tops’ which would one day destroy her. The inexorable course of her petty and pointless existence was set.

But cervical cancer changed all that. Now, as she awakes each new morning, she is increasingly riddled with malignant tumours which have spread to her groin, bowel and liver. As she sleeps at night, the cancer ravages her body as it courses through her arteries and veins. She has exchanged champagne for morphine, and in a few short weeks she shall be dead, and returned to the earth in ashes and dust whence she came.

It beggars belief as someone stares death in the face that there are those who spitefully criticise Jack Straw for sympathetically relaxing Jack Tweed’s curfew restrictions to make their wedding day possible. Where is the compassion, understanding or mercy in these people? What has the nation become that, as a girl faces death, there are those who callously cling to the pedantic letter of the law and demand that our politicians harden their hearts to human suffering? Why would they wish to deprive a dying woman of the warm embrace of the man she loves on what is supposed to be the happiest day of her life?

Nothing has become Jade Goody more than the manner in which she is leaving the world. Cranmer has known this, and has extended his hand to some of the world’s most noble and inspirational as they turned their mourning into rejoicing.

And let us rejoice that Jade Goody’s life has now found a purpose. In her final weeks it is reported that the publicity she has generated has already helped to save the life of another cancer sufferer. More importantly, she is saving souls, for it is also reported that she is ‘taking comfort in The Good News Bible, repeatedly reading a passage promising hope’. And she has decided to christen her sons Bobby and Freddie, so they know ‘Mummy will be in heaven and watching over them’. These young boys will soon have no-one to call ‘Mummy’, and there shall be no-one to wipe away their tears. So let no-one pour judgemental scorn upon the simplicity of this fragile faith.

As Jade Goody walks in the valley of the shadow of death, she will be weeping day and night, screaming at God with frustration, and angry with the world. She will be asking ‘Why me?’, as the Psalmist has done, pleading for this cup of suffering to be taken from her. She could have chosen bitterness and resentment and the path that leads to Hell. But she has turned to God ‘to help her cope’. She says:

“I’ve always thought there’s a God although I’ve never been a churchy kind of person but now I think, 'Why not go to church?' I’ve got a version of the Bible which is easy to read and I look through it when I’m feeling down. It really helps. And I’ve always prayed but now I do find it helps. Maybe the big man upstairs thinks 'She’s a tough cookie, she can handle this. She’s watched her dad inject heroin, watched her mum do crack, she’s lost a baby, had boyfriends who’ve hit her. Yeah, she can handle this too.' But I do think after this is over, God might think I’ve had more than my fair share to deal with.”

Jade Goody was made in the image of God, and, like all images, she has inevitably fallen short. But she is an incarnation nonetheless, and her heart has discovered a belief that salvation is found in Jesus Christ. The one who took our human nature knows his creation, and he shall fulfil all of Jade Goody’s deepest needs as she seeks the breath of his life-giving Spirit.

And Jade Goody has become a witness to this truth, now professing the faith uniquely revealed in the Holy Scriptures and set forth in the catholic creeds. She has become one of the counter-cultural mad ones, but is embracing the very aspect of that culture by which the gospel may be made known. It is now for Max Clifford to tell The Sun, The Mirror and The News of the World that ‘God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son’. It is for Max Clifford to tell the BBC and SKY of Jade Goody’s new-found faith that 'all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose'.

For God indeed loves the world – the whole human family which is his creation, and that includes every politician, publicist and chav, no matter how much we may occasionally be tempted to believe them to be worthy of nothing but contempt.

87 Comments:

Anonymous not a machine said...

your grace may also be interested in delia smiths long stnding devotions , she intends to write to dawkins draft titled "The God conclusion"

I cant make any claims about my own sainthood on this matter , i was as condeming as the rest on the celebrity for celebrities sake culture that has trivialised so much of society .

there are many examples of how christ looked upon the poor in spirit , perhaps the woman by the well , hated shunned unloved , he pointed out her sins , and asked her to sin no more .

there are things i no longer do in my life that were sinful , harmfull to the communion , i wish i could do more , but not even god condems someone for starting on there journey into faith , as it marks an attempt to turn away from sin.

life is full of those that see imperfection , ask dawkins , but it is clear gods heart goes beyond this , it is still a challenging message in these days of faking injury and slight for large sums of money via litigation, if your clever about condemnation .

god cannot be bought and i can only ponder what he thinks of celebrity .

i will see if i can find a more charitable heart , but it is so hard where lawyers and publiscists are involved

21 February 2009 10:21  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

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21 February 2009 10:24  
Blogger PaulineG said...

From what I understand of Jade's childhood it should be no surpise to anyone that she came across so badly before this dreadful illness hit her. She had a very tough time.

If we are to learn to behave well we must, as a minimum, be discouraged from behaving badly.

May her last days here and all her days thereafter be filled with love.

21 February 2009 10:34  
Anonymous Gnostic said...

That Jade Goody has found dignity and moral courage when faced with the unthinkable is a testament to the human spirit and hope. It says that even the most shallow and worthless person is salvageable. I never thought I would say this but I admire her.

That the sympathies of this government is a testament to its mercy is rubbish. Jade Goody's plight has touched the nation's heart. The lefties, smelling freshly ground opportunism in the water (a la mort de Di), went straight in there in a blaze of publicity. Caring, merciful Labour granting a dying woman a last wish is nothing more than blatant touting for votes.

For anyone who wants to know what New Labour is really about or has ever wondered what Keynesism is, here's a primer. It reads as a blow by blow account of Labour's political agenda.

http://www.keynesatharvard.org/book/KeynesatHarvard-Preface.html

It's a concise account and each chapter carries a comprehensive reference index for further study.

If there were boxes on the progress of Fabian/Keynsian politics in the UK you could tick them all.

All that is missing is War on Terror and Anthropogenic Global Warming which weren't around when the original version was written. WoT and AGW are nothing more than weaponised political agendas designed to keep us all milling around like panicked sheep so we won't notice what's going on.

21 February 2009 10:48  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

People die on a daily basis, some with quiet dignity, others in horrible pain and confusion, and some in an instant. Some choose to take their own lives and free themselves from a hellish nightmare that they may, or may not have brought upon themselves.

It wouldn't do to live our lives in daily fear, tip toeing around every perceived outcome, that a complete wreckless fool would soon reap the squander, but to lend a thought once in a while to the 'unknown country'...

"Blessed with that which is not in the word
Of man or his conception: Blessed land!"


There is not one of us who has the least quality bestowed upon us to make meaningful remark. Even my own words here mock me so.

21 February 2009 11:03  
Anonymous ukipwebmaster said...

A very good post. Never forget our humanity.

21 February 2009 11:05  
Anonymous Martha said...

A simple faith it may be, but do not suppose that you have a different seat reserved because of your own perceptions: Many of your posts on here stick in my mind like shards of glass, oh high and mighty one!

21 February 2009 11:25  
Blogger Gordon said...

I shall be interested to see whether the Christening rights are sold to the highest bidder

21 February 2009 12:15  
Blogger David Vance said...

Excellent and touching post.

21 February 2009 13:16  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is good Jade Goody turned to God. In 2kings 20:1-11 Hezekiah was asked by God to prepare to die but he refused to agree with God to die so he asked God for mercy to heal him and extend his life. We ask God to have mercy on you in Jesus name.

21 February 2009 13:57  
Anonymous Adrian P said...

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21 February 2009 14:13  
Blogger Peter O said...

One of your Grace's best posts so far this year.

Jade Goody may very well have been a woman who in her life lived for herself, but if God chooses in her death to glorify Himself and the wonders of His grace by saving her, a wretch like you and me who deserved no such favours, then I for one will praise him for it. In her last few weeks Jade is literally becoming a martyr, a witness to the power of God to redeem the vilest offender, and in doing so we his creation are reminded once again that salvation is entirely through the merits of Christ, so that no-one may boast.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, refresh me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Let me never be separated from you.
From the power of darkness defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever.
Amen.

21 February 2009 14:16  
Anonymous Alastair said...

Cranmer - always excellent, occasionally transcendent.

21 February 2009 14:45  
Blogger Microcosm said...

I often find that the view we form of others, says as much about those making the judgements.

There is a good seed inside the most rotten of Apples, how the media potrays someone is not akin to actually knowing that someone first hand.

How many of us have sometimes judged a good seed through the views of our own rotten minds.

Rotten minds that see the worst in folk instead of finding the best and nurture it, many a good person has done me a bad turn and many a bad person done me a good.

When the bad guys hold the high ground, the only way to stay on top is to keep goodness at bay.

I am sure this young Lady has a good heart, she was pistol whipped from day one by the political correct media evil and now they try to look good in her last moments.

Shame on them for the way they tortured her poor soul. Shame on us for having believed their evil.

21 February 2009 15:38  
Blogger Unsworth said...

Your Grace,

Straw's actions may indeed have been merciful. However, one has to question his motivation. The further question is will he and his successors apply such principles in all similar cases? I doubt it. What about Biggs, for example?

Straw is and has always been a nakedly opportunist politician. He is certainly no Statesman - much as he'd like to be regarded as such. I recall with some nausea his squiring of Condoleeza Rice around Blackburn and elsewhere. A truly ghastly spectacle.

I wish Jade Goody eternal peace, and her children well.

21 February 2009 16:44  
Blogger Young Mr. Brown said...

Will wonders never cease. Your Grace, through the link you posted to the source of this story, has got me reading The Sun, and finding the comments posted there quite interesting.

For some reason or other, the words that I find coming into my mind are those of Cowper (a little after your time, I'm afraid):

"The dying thief rejoiced to see
that fountain in his day;
and there have I, as vile as he,
washed all my sins away."

21 February 2009 17:38  
Blogger Wrinkled Weasel said...

My heart leapt at the news.

Of course, Heaven will just be like the BB household, wont it?

Welcome Jade. I mean that.

21 February 2009 17:49  
Blogger ultramontane grumpy old catholic said...

Thank you, your Grace for a very moving post.

The points you make are so appropriate.

For once I do not see ulterior (vote catching) motive in Jack Straw allowing her husband to spend the wedding night with her. I think it is simple compassion. Jade's plight has managed to bring the better nature out of all of us.

God bless her.

21 February 2009 19:02  
Blogger Frugal Dougal said...

This was a touching, generous post in which Your Grace has excelled himself in putting the past away. My own concern is that Ms Goody's cancer is a get-out-of-jail-free card (no pun intended) for those who have insulted her in the past, or who have been insulted by her.

21 February 2009 19:25  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

so so so sorry for jade and her 2wee boys......

her wedding day,2moro she will enjoy i hope....

huge fan she's so brave..

so sad knowing she's dying

thinking you you jade..
rene from ireland

21 February 2009 20:08  
Anonymous Sir Henry Morgan said...

Sir

First there was the little Alfie post, and now this one. As I said then: you are a good man.

Ms Goody always the one stitched up because she doesn't have the looks but Shilpa Shetty is a beauty. But if you look into the ins and outs of the Hindu caste system, then look at the behaviour of the BB contestants, then Ms Shetty was far worse behaved than Ms Goody, in reality. You have to look at the subtleties of her behaviour - subtleties at a level Ms Goody simply does not possess. With Ms Goody what you see is what you get. Would that I could say the same for Ms Shetty.

I've always had high regard for you sir; now I find I might actually be getting to like you.

To get my regard and liking you have to live what you preach. I don't believe in your beliefs, but at least you are living up to those beliefs. I don't believe the same as Jehova's Witnesses either, but I do have a liking and regard for them - they live their beliefs. And no matter what abuse they get this Sunday, they are out again the following Sunday trying to win believers. When did we last hear of the ABC knocking on the door of strangers trying to win believers for his church?

21 February 2009 20:16  
Anonymous Preacher said...

A very good post Your Grace. May we all remember that The Lord came to save the lost, that it's the sick that need a doctor not the well, may we be encouraged to go out into the highways & byways to reach the other Jades who haven't heard of God's love yet. Let us leave our safe religous Ivory towers & go to the World with the gospel that saves the high & the low, forget our prejudices & love them., & please let us remember Jade Goody in our prayers, God delights in doing the impossible & could yet heal her .

21 February 2009 20:24  
Blogger Gerry and Kate said...

Lovely post. It's so sad, so terribly sad.

21 February 2009 21:02  
Blogger Jean said...

This is a prime example of man {in this case, a woman} reaching out to God his/her own way. Jade appears to have some sorrow over her condition, but NO brokenness over her sins. God only responds to those who are broken over sin {'Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'-Mat. 5:3} Such a person is spiritually bankrupt, they are literally crushed under the weight of their transgressions.
As for this lost soul 'growing in faith', faith, like salvation, is God's gift; He awards it to all who are broken over sin.

Jade Goody has not turned to the God of the bible, instead she has created a god in her own mind to suit herself, a figment of her imagination. Jade has not professed any Faith in Christ. She IS NOT BORN AGAIN, no sorrow over her sins, has not confessed Jesus Christ as Lord. So stop declaring her a Christian, your whole blog post shows how ignorant and deceived you are about the gospel. You are also deceiving many, this just shows the state of England Christianity.

All Jade has done is create her own god in a time of desperation, if she dies in the state she is, she will likewise perish in Hell. The act of christening her boys in unbiblical. I pray that this woman will repent and believe by the grace of God, before its too late.

22 February 2009 00:43  
Blogger Gordon said...

I'm sorry, I was very cynical in my earlier post but whilst I am delighted if she has come to Christ, I cannot help but be sceptical. I really hope I'm wrong, but I don't trust Max Clifford at all. (And I know this isn't justification for my cynical views, but when our PM is commenting on a celebrity-nonentity's illness, I become frustrated and angry. I hope (and will pray since reading this, as I am a very struggling Christian) that Jade and all others suffering from fatal illnesses become Christian but I find myself unable to get overly worked up about this particular case.

22 February 2009 00:54  
Anonymous len said...

Jean, God accepts you at the level you are at!.
I came to Christ for very selfish reasons( to avoid hell)
I was born again.
The Holy Spirit led me through a long journey to show me my true condition and I came to repentance much later.
Don`t limit God , as I said he met me at the place I was at.
The important thing is you seek the Lord in sincerity!
I pray for jade that the Lord
will bless her and give her peace.

22 February 2009 07:23  
Blogger Jean said...

"Jean, God accepts you at the level you are at!.
I came to Christ for very selfish reasons( to avoid hell)"

Really, and what verse is that, if you read your bible at all? Or do you just take what people like this false decieved blogger tells you?

22 February 2009 08:32  
Anonymous len said...

jean, God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son so that whoever believes in Him might not perish but have everlasting life
John 3:16
If you are a `whoever` you qualify!
God is less stringent and more merciful than a lot of christians.

22 February 2009 10:40  
Anonymous len said...

Jean,
For it is MY FATHERS WILL that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in Him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. John 6:40
God said it, for me that settles it!

22 February 2009 11:14  
Blogger Tommy 3 Lions said...

Jean sums it up perfectly, however Im sure jean and many christians are praying that jade will call upon Christ for salvation with an understanding that salvation is not in doing churchy things like christening or even reading the bible ,salvation comes through a personal faith in Christ through a repentant heart. Jade (woman) was not made in the image of God also, she was made in the image of man whom was made in the image of God.
Lets pray that she will come to that place of understanding where she will yield to the true God through His son Jesus and not the personal god so many create themselves in their minds, they do not save...

22 February 2009 15:43  
Blogger Jean said...

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22 February 2009 16:39  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I, like Jean am a born again christian, and would like to ask her how she knows just what Jade has or hasn't done whilst spending time in her bible. perhaps we christians should all pray for her instead of talking about her, and ask God to do what he did with Ian mc Cormic,the ,now, born again evangelist, when he had been stung by several box jelly fish and was dieing in the ambulance,through his own admitance he had sinned with women and alcohol, but God still loved him, God set before him the words to say to be saved, simply because his mother was praying for him. He now travels all over the world telling people about what God has done. Many people have been born again because of this. My Prayer is that Gods will be done in Jade's life and He raise her up for His Glory through His son Jesus.

22 February 2009 16:40  
Blogger Jean said...

Len, do you believe there is one God, you do well,
Guess what the devils also believe and trembles, James 2:19

Jade Goody's faith DEAD, DEAD DEAD! She professes no faith in Christ's finished work on the Cross. She understands not her total depravity. Jade 's faith without evidence of works is dead.

Len dear, you say you have faith, show me your faith without works, its Dead! If your life has not been transformed by God, you are not SAVED. You are quoting scripture you have no understanding off, if you knew what those verses you have just quoted mean, you would not say the things you say, you would fall on your knees and weep for your sins right now!

22 February 2009 16:48  
Anonymous len said...

Jean,
Jesus knows who belong to Him, perhaps better than you do!
To join with satan ( accuser of the brethren ) is hardly the job of a born again christian.!
I rest my case there as this is hardly a testimony of the love of God revealed in Christ Jesus!
Jesus said "I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you"
John 14:21

22 February 2009 16:54  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jean, how can you possibly know what the state of Jade's faith is,how dare you as a christian say that her faith is dead.you acuse her of creating a God of her own, and yet you now are trying to act like God and and tell the world what she does in her private time with God. I am ashamed to say that I am a Christian if People think that i am like you.May God forgive you when you repent. Please do not speak death into Jade's life, as life and death are in the power of the tongue, as you should know.Judge not lest you be judged. May God bless her and raise her up to be a LOVING CHRISTIAN who knows his word.

22 February 2009 16:54  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Sigh

22 February 2009 17:06  
Blogger Stefan said...

"Len dear, you say you have faith, show me your faith without works, its Dead!"

I say, for one who seems to be a fundamentalist Protestant, you really have completely turned upside down one of the most important cornerstones of Protestantism! So much for 'faith alone'...

We must have something in common - perhaps you're devoted to our Holy Father, Benedict XVI!

22 February 2009 17:38  
Anonymous churchmouse said...

Jean: Who made you the Judge of anybody's state of grace, faith, works, or Charity?

Indeed - your exegesis of Len's citations strikes me as unusual: all the Christian teaching I know agrees that Christ is our Saviour. Why do you contradict that? What are your qualifications for propagating condemnation and your own sinister readings?

And, even if orthodox Christianity were completely wrong, and you were right -
Who do you think you are to ignore Christ's teaching when He called for mercy for the adulteress who was to be stoned ('Let him among you who is without sin cast the first stone')? Or when He forgave Mary Magdalene? Or, indeed, His Charity and understanding in forgiving those who crucified Him - because the 'knew not what they did'?

Furthermore, one of the greatest teachers known to Christianity is Saint Augustine. But, of course: Why am I wasting my time? You know so much; you know all about him...

22 February 2009 17:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All the theif on the cross could say was Lord remember me when you come into your Kingdom.The Holy Spirit moves on the Human Heart in ways we cannot begin to understand

22 February 2009 17:58  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Jean, are you a friend of Jade Goody? Do you know what has been going on between her & the Lord? I think not! How can you, a sinner be so hard & judgemental? you sound like a pharisee or a very young christian. Remember the woman 'caught in the very act of adultery' the crowd condemned her & howled for her life, but the Lord was merciful, remember still the thief on the cross, left it pretty late didn't he? By grace you have been saved.
See what Paul says in 1 Cor 13, May God keep you in your walk.

22 February 2009 18:04  
Anonymous len said...

Stefan,
No way!( Your holy father , not mine)
Faith comes by hearing, I thought everyone knew that!.
If everyone relied on their faith no-one would ever get saved!!!
They could boast MY faith got me saved!.

We are such pitiful creatures that God gives us HIS faith( by hearing) to get us saved.
Jade is doing exactly the right thing studying the word, Gods Word (containing Gods Faith)
No works needed, Jesus has already done the work necessary for salvation!

22 February 2009 18:05  
Blogger Jean said...

I am not the judge of Jade's soul, God is the ultimate judge of all. But God also allows us to judge, we will know them by their fruits. From what I have been reading about Jade, there is no evidence that this woman is a Christian. I am praying that she will turn from her idol and turn to the Living God. Jade is still pursuing worldliness even on her death bed, instead of raising money for her boys ( another evidence this woman is not saved), she should be spending time with her children and sharing the gospel with them instead of kissing her boyfriend on camera ( committing adultery and evil before God, another evidence Jade is not saved) instead she should be sharing the gospel with the world if she truly is saved. Instead of having a godless band, sugerbabes play at her wedding ,( another evidence Jade is still of the world) she should have that wedding to the glory of God! Jade Goody is not a Christian, she is still of this world, deceived and lost. Truth.

22 February 2009 18:13  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Jean, where do you get the idea that God allows us to judge? My Bible says "judge NOT that you be not judged, for the measure you use is the measure you get". Be very careful, a hard & judgemental heart will turn many lost people away from hearing the gospel & getting saved.
LET GOD JUDGE, He is the ONLY one that can, as He ALONE is SINLESS.

22 February 2009 18:26  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Ms Jean,

You forgot to reiterate that His Grace is a 'false deceived blogger'.

Bless you.

22 February 2009 18:26  
Blogger Cranmer said...

Mr Preacher,

Ms Jean is quite correct. The Lord does indeed exhort believers to judge - John 7:24.

22 February 2009 18:28  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Your Grace.
I totally agree, & hope that this clarifies my point, "stop judging by mere APPEARANCES & make a right judgement". Thank you Your Grace.

22 February 2009 18:38  
Blogger Tommy 3 Lions said...

A lot of people quoting scripture here , quite a few out of context.
Before you bite my head off I say that in love not judgement. Sometimes the verses surrounding and the cultural situation are relevant to the message. With regard to jade reading the Bible, this is good news,may the Lord quicken it to her spirit and give her the understanding that she needs Christ not religious observations. Just to finish let me tell you about my mate Jamie who thinks God will forgive him because he tries to lead a good life,he goes to church at Christmas and easter and always puts money in the charity box outside our local tesco's. He claims his God is merciful not wanting any to perish and will let him into the holy place we know as heaven. Should I be a watchman and tell him he will die in his sins because his observances are not recognised by the Lord and point the way to God, or should I 'in love' say nothing and recognise he is trying but for fear of being judgemental allow him to slip into eternity without a saviour? Im sure in Hell there are men wishing their christian friends had told it to them straight, that is true love, risking your friendship to tell that loved one the truth.
Before anyone comes on to judge me for my statement guess what? I love you in christ, no more from me.
www.northseascrolls.blogspot.com

Oh yes, Mr Cranmer, your blog is a goodun mate, as is yours Jean.

22 February 2009 18:49  
Anonymous non mouse said...

BB put me off TV - I don't have one. I was so disgusted, horrified, nauseated - you name it.

Beyond the filth, low-mindedness, and downright commonness of the programme, my reaction included shame that British people would participate in communal voyeurism on a national scale and over a seemingly endless period of time! They don't even have the grace to get bored!!!

Given modern 'snooping' technology, I think 'privatized' invasion of privacy - on corporate and smaller scales - also occurs more often than we realize; and (surprise!!) it again seems to be part of marxist agenda for controlling groups.

Where I have witnessed it, the cult seems to involve victimizing someone by slander, whisper campaigns, etc., all drumming up general hatred and contempt for the victim: whose life and career are thereby destroyed. The voyeurs and the destroyers unite behind their leader in what they consider the 'righteousness' of the cause; and they never recognize the 'Beams' in their own eyes - not even the 'Christians' among them.

Are these the dynamics of the Jade situation, but on the larger, public scale? I know nothing about her, and have never seen her; but I think her psychological suffering must have been terrible, and that the cancer both symbolizes and manifests that pain.

If, as someone here suggested, she got into this mess because of her 'difficult' early life - I can't help wondering how the story compares with that of the appalling Gordo. The lesson, I hypothesize, might lie in how and why the different 'personalities' evolved: and in which one has caused the greater damage.
Through both these cases: Is God telling us something?

22 February 2009 19:02  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Tommy 3 Lions.
You make good points in your communication, of course you should tell your mate Jamie the truth, what sort of mate would you be to sit back & let him perish? Often christians are scared to witness to friends in case they lose them, but we must share the truth without compromise, but with love for both our friends & the Lord. God Bless you brother.

22 February 2009 19:21  
Anonymous bigred said...

I think that as well as praying that God gives Jade a revelation of His love for her,and to lead her to the salvation prayer, we should all pray for Jean who also neads a revelation of God's mercy and forgiveness to those who confess Jesus is Lord, Jade has only just started her walk with God by picking up her bible. pray for her! dont judge her. God is love.

22 February 2009 21:40  
Blogger Tommy 3 Lions said...

With christian love mate, I think jean knows the revelation concerned better than most. Lets Keep scripture in context brethren not as we ourselves think it should mean. Okay Im outta here I have said my piece a number of times lets crack on with the prayer of agreement for Jades salvation. That is one thing we all agree on so lets do it!!! but before I go may I say 'bless you all in the name of Yeshua ha Mashiak whom ALONE saves'.

22 February 2009 21:50  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Revelation 23:1-5

1.Then the Lord opened the 10th seal, and a mean-spirited and spiteful cow crawled out of the woodwork, shackled with resentment, fear and guilt. The Earth trembled with pity and a host of half starved sparrows whispered across the emptiness:

2."Thou shalt be judged according to thy sins by the prophet Jean, whom has been given all things pertaining to divine knowledge and Holy wisdom of God".

3.Then seventy odd virgins appeared before the Temple of Doom in search of Indiana Jones, but they were aghast with horror when it rained suicide bombers for 40 days and 40 nights.

4.Then a multitude of bibles fell from the sky, and those with eyes to see did moved out of the way, while many perished thereof.

5.Finally the sky turned green with envy, and all fell down dead, and voice could be heard from the heavens declaring: "Blessed are the sad shut-ins, for they shall inherit cyberspace".

22 February 2009 22:37  
Blogger Jean said...

I wish I could emphasise this more, this blog entry was written by someone who does not understand true Christianity, as the followers too. May God awaken this dead nation! What does it take for someone to declared a 'Christian'. They have to read the Good News Bible, which is not even a good translation of the Word of God, then they have to get their kids Christened, a superstitious ritual, then they have mention God, is this what Christianity is in Britain! No matter how sinful a person's lifestyle is, do the above and welcome to the family!

This blog entry is the perfect example of the blind leading the blind. The dead leading the dead, O how broad the road to Hell is!

May God raise these dead bones to life, HOW CAN A WOMAN WHO DOES NOT EVEN CONFESS WITH HER MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD be declared a Christian? May God have mercy on you all, Cranmer and followers.

22 February 2009 23:13  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Revelation 23:6

Then out of the sea there rose a beast with many horns,and a multitude of faces, and its name was political correctness, and from its mouth could be heard a whaling boom - "Yes we can". And there was a new sound heard across the land, and it was like a banshee hissing and spitting deadly venom! Then a door opened into a Green Room, and there was one likened to an iron lady who could be heard from afar with strange utterances...and the banshees hissed and spit forth the name of the number of the beast. And those who had ears did hear, and did seal up the lids of marmalade until the end of days.

22 February 2009 23:28  
Blogger Sir Walter Scott said...

Surely this is the mighty movement of God in our time and nation - bringing the merciful Truth onto the front pages of the most abjectly lost households - when many thought He had abandoned us. Blessed be the Lord Almighty, that such a wicked nation should be afforded such glimpses, and suggestions, of His patience and love not being run out. May He teach many by this; may He teach many more in future such interventions in the unlikeliest of places; and may He grant grace and rest unto the soul of Ms Goody, now and in the world to come.

22 February 2009 23:42  
Blogger Christian-Jedi-Alliance said...

ECCLESIASTES 2:15
THE END OF THE WISE AND THE FOOL

15.So I said in my heart,
"As it happens to the fool,
it also happens to me,
And why was I then more wise?"
Then I said in my heart,
"This is also vanity."
For there is no more remembrance of
the wise than of the fool forever,
Since all that now is will be forgotten
in the days to come.
And how does a wise man die?
As the fool.

23 February 2009 00:15  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Job 38
Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
2."Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
3.Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you and you shall answer me."

38.a
For am I to condemn thine ancestors for their wickedness because they did not "CONFESS WITH HER MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD"? For thou hast given breath to vast words concerning their fate at the hands of men, but now are they to be considered fated to Hell where beasts such as they belong? Did not many of them once consume the flesh of their brethren in ignorance. My eyes are on the ways of man, and I shall see all his steps. Did I who made you in the womb not make them (HER)? What of those whom I the Lord God make in the womb with no mouth to confess? And what of those that confess all day long until the storms gather in the east? I say do not condemn no one, for it is my job, and I will get the union on to you if there is any more of it, said the Lord.

23 February 2009 00:45  
Blogger Sir Walter Scott said...

Er, has she not confessed Christ alone as her Messiah? I am only going on Cranmer's post...

23 February 2009 03:12  
Anonymous no nonny said...

So that's why marmalade is too expensive!!!

Prayers for God's mercy and love to all - but especially Jade's boys.

May Truth Lighten the path through the darkest forest of words -for all who don't know who Cranmer is (or was)!

May the Best of Trees protect us all, the Brightest of Beacons - that figure of Christ who said to the ancient Dreamer:

Iu ic wæs geworden wita heardost
leodum laðost, ær þan ic him
lifes weg
rihtne gerymde, reordberendum.
("Dream of the Rood" 87-89)

[[[I make that, roughly:
Once I was made the cruellest of tortures, most hated by people - until I cleared the Right Way of Life for them, for the speechbearers.]]]

23 February 2009 05:15  
Anonymous len said...

SALVATION BELONGS TO THE LORD.(Ps.62.1-2)
Truly my soul waits upon God. From
Him comes my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation.He is my defense. I shall not be greatly moved

Thank God salvation is in the hands of the Lord, not in the hands of men.

23 February 2009 07:39  
Anonymous len said...

I would ask all the religious spirits out there, do you claim to know the hearts, and minds, and souls of men?
If so you must at the very least, be an equal of God.
Going back to the original post I pray that jade has an encounter with the Lord Jeierdesus Christ and knows his love , grace, and mercy.

23 February 2009 08:00  
Anonymous len said...

That should be Jesus( operator error

23 February 2009 08:03  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Jean. My last post on the subject. You do not KNOW for sure if Jade Goody has not made a confession of faith, any more than I KNOW that she has. The Lord would be merciful to anyone who has turned to Him in truth & faith, like the thief on the cross, there was not time nor place to repeat a set piece prayer or to be baptised etc & maybe Ms Goodie finds herself in a similar position? Don't judge by what you think or what you see, but pray that if she is not healed she at least is truly saved.
Please be loving & gracious to the other christians & indeed to His Grace, without who we would not be able to communicate so freely with one another.

23 February 2009 11:23  
Blogger Unsworth said...

@ Jean

"HOW CAN A WOMAN WHO DOES NOT EVEN CONFESS WITH HER MOUTH THAT JESUS IS LORD be declared a Christian"

Is there another portion of her anatomy that she possibly could use to "CONFESS"? Perhaps this is what you are using...

23 February 2009 11:30  
Anonymous len said...

I thank you for your patience Your Grace, you are an example to us all.
Last post on this matter, honest.

23 February 2009 13:23  
Blogger Adrian said...

1. Your grace, your post reminds me why I turn the radio off when Thought For The day comes on. Good points spoiled by a denouement of self-parodying religiosity.

2. I always find it paradoxical that people turn to God when something bad happens to them.

23 February 2009 17:14  
Anonymous mckenzie said...

Adrian

Please can you explain to an ignorant soul like me, in as much detail as possible, why it is a paradox to turn to God when your arse is on fire.

Taking into consideration the definition of 'Paradox' from the Wikipedia site:

"A paradox is a statement or group of statements that leads to a contradiction or a situation which defies intuition; or, it can be an apparent contradiction that actually expresses a non-dual truth."

Maybe it is God who has set your arse on fire in the first place?

23 February 2009 21:41  
Anonymous len said...

Mckenzie,
I find your posts quite refreshing,
Do you know that Spurgeon did a sermon on setting things on fire?
The title was,
WHY DO BAD THINGS HAPPEN
( The barley field on fire)

24 February 2009 07:39  
Anonymous Lin said...

Lets not limit GOD.

Why can't we just allow God to be GOD and stop arguing about whose right or wrong!.
Didnt Christ do away with all the legalistic nonsense that religion developed.

God often does defy mans logic by using the foolish things in life to draw attention to himself.

Let the girl be !. Her 'success' was the result of REALITY T.V. and her VERY REAL cancer DEATH will be on the minds millions of young BB viewers especially young women.

God does move in mysterious ways and IS making a REAL difference to this young woman's hopes in life and death and is impacting on others in ways that we can only begin to imagine.

Lets remember the HEART of the matter and not forget to thank HIM for the TRANSFORMATION that is taking place and 'documented' in real life - not forgetting the huge interest at the present time in the media and also how this might somehow impact on other young lives.


Isn't HE great :-)

Lin

25 February 2009 02:41  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Bravo Lin, well said.

25 February 2009 10:24  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are one creepy dude.

26 February 2009 11:50  
Blogger UBERMOUTH said...

The most wicked people I have ever met have confessd to being Christian. Perhaps, they see their faith as 'insurance' to cash in later, whilst they go about their day 'raping and pillaging' all whom they can victimize?

My own Mother is an Atheist who lives by the 10 commandmnts moreso than the bible thumper who harrass her.

Myself it I would like to have faith,but when one comes here, for example reading this very UNchristian post and seeing you all fight like Heathens, it's harder still.

26 February 2009 20:45  
Anonymous len said...

UBERMOUTH, The arguments here are between religion and Jesus Christ.
Religious people crucified Christ!
True christianity is outlived through he power of the Holy Spirit.
However religious people believe they can lead a `good life`through their own efforts which makes them ok, however these same religious people (puffed up with pride) constantly attack the christians who live under the power of the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ didn`t come to give us a new set of rules , He came to give Himself, and we can have that Life through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Once you have found the Truth (Jesus Christ) you want to shout it from the rooftops!.

27 February 2009 18:03  
Blogger Angela said...

God bless you, Jean, for telling the truth and contending for the faith.

It is the man-made gods and traditions of the world that condemn souls to hell with doctrines of demons. To those who think that we must simply love one another and keep our mouths shut, return to the Word and study it. We are to love God above all else and obey Christ's commandments.

If a person does not repent with a broken and contrite heart, turn from the world and confess that Jesus Christ is their Lord and Saviour then there is no evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in them. I have not seen this evidence yet in Jade so please do not simply pander to her public mention of God. This young woman has been employing a faith healer and publically stated that she wishes to baptise her precious boys so that they can partake in necromancy with her upon her death.

Pray not only for Jade Goody but also for an apostate world.

28 February 2009 08:49  
Blogger Angela said...

Let us also remember that no-one can come to Christ unless the Father draws them first. We cannot make that decision.

"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." - John 6:44

28 February 2009 08:54  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Why oh Why can't you let God decide who is acceptable & who is not? Yes a frightened young woman has apparently turned to a "faith" healer. Desperate people came to the Lord all the time. This man doesn't claim to be able to heal her & he won't because he is not of the Lord. But I am disgusted by the legalistic self righteous attitude of many of you who call yourself christians. You will never know the love of God that balances His justice until you repent of your attitudes & turn to Him for healing.

28 February 2009 10:55  
Anonymous len said...

God save us from the self-righteous, legalistic, hypocritical harpies,who set themselves up as judge and jury, condemning all who fall short of their standard.
You would shut up heaven for all who would reach out for God, you are nothing but modern day pharisees.
Without love you are nothing.
Love is a THE fruit of the Holy Spirit which you seem to be strangely lacking.
PRAY for this woman, don`t sit in judgment on her, words kill or give life.
Repentance ( metanoia) means to change ones mind, or to think differently.If you presume to know what people are thinking your abilities are at least equal with God.
Whoever is perfect cast the first stone !.

28 February 2009 14:09  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm saddened by some of the comments on here - God alone knows what is in Jade's heart. Even if she has turned to Christ, she's still a baby in Christian terms, and young Christians can easily be confused and make mistakes without guidance (take for example the media report about the healer....) after all, none of us can still say we know it all... all I do know is, that a Christian should be Christ-like (especially one who has been a Christian for a while) - and surely Christ is loving and compassionate - something I really don't see in 'jean's' posts....... and incidentally, kissing a boyfriend in public is hardly adultery..........

You should be praying for her, that God will make Himself especially clear to her and will put real Christians with her to help support her mentally and spiritually in her last weeks...... not slagging her off or judging her every action.

28 February 2009 14:52  
Blogger Jean said...

"Why oh Why can't you let God decide who is acceptable & who is not? Yes a frightened young woman has apparently turned to a "faith" healer. Desperate people came to the Lord all the time. This man doesn't claim to be able to heal her & he won't because he is not of the Lord. But I am disgusted by the legalistic self righteous attitude of many of you who call yourself christians. You will never know the love of God that balances His justice until you repent of your attitudes & turn to Him for healing"

Preacher, please do not display your ignorance in such a way. What does your comment even mean, if its meant to mean anything that is ??? You start by your claim that why cant people let God decide who is acceptable to him, then you end by telling people they can never know the love of God. So its okay for you to decide who can be loved by God is it!
O my! Do I need to say more!
Please do go and read the bible and while you are at it, stop calling yourself Preacher, please...

Anyone who can not see that Jade Goody is still lost and depraved needs to examine themselves in line with scripture.

2 March 2009 01:08  
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2 March 2009 23:31  
Anonymous Preacher said...

Jean.
I am not the only one to point out that you & one or to others are lacking in compassion, Love and knowledge. You have not answered any of the points made, i.e do you personally Know Ms Goody? have you personal knowledge of her prayers over the last weeks or days? NO! undoubtedly you would have said that the apostle Paul was not saved. May I recomend that you read 1 Cor 13 until you understand what Paul is saying. Please read what I wrote entirely & don't misquote me. As an evangelist I find that many unsaved people are open to the gospel, I also find that many have been damaged & alienated from it by the harsh, legalistic self righteous attitude of many "christians" who condemn without knowledge or compassion, this is very evident by their thoughts, words & actions. Your own last entry speaks volumes on its own & needs no comment from me.

3 March 2009 01:48  
Anonymous len said...

And Jesus hearing says to them,
" The strong have no need of a physician, but those who are ill,
I do not come to call the just, but sinners"
Mark 2:13-17

And hearing he said,
" The strong have no need of a physician,but the ill.
Go learn what it is!I WISH MERCY AND NOT SACRIFICE, FOR I DO NOT COME TO CALL THE JUST BUT SINNERS"
Matthew 9:9-13

Jean, you argument appears to be with Jesus, not us!.

3 March 2009 13:39  
Anonymous len said...

I think the Fathers treatment of the prodigal son is a lesson to all the religious folk out there!
You can`t earn that sort of love, you can`t deserve it either.
Jesus said "come to me" that surely is the first step!
"Return to me and I will return to you"
And so on........

3 March 2009 19:40  
Blogger Tommy 3 Lions said...

Keep it in context please.

3 March 2009 22:12  
Anonymous len said...

T 3 L Are you speaking to me or the scriptures?

4 March 2009 13:28  
Blogger Tommy 3 Lions said...

Turned to God but consulting a white witch Hmmmmm.
Keep praying though people there is still time for her to actually find Christ. It's Gods will non perish and that makes it our desire too but if your going to respond to this message please do so with Christian love and respect and as I have stated before keep your scripture in context to its actual meaning not its sounding. Thank You and the peace of the Lord be upon you all through our wonderful risen Yeshua Ha Mashiak the Lord Jesus Christ. keep praying.

15 March 2009 22:59  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

An outstanding article, your Grace. Well done indeed. Sensitive, truthful and, yes, shocking to Liberals who do not really believe in anything much except for being nice to people who are not Jeremy Kyle candidates. (Damien please note).

23 January 2010 09:45  

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