Are 'Power Christians' taking over the City of London?
Well this is curious.
On the one hand, we have the Rev'd George Pitcher in the New Statesman, persuaded that 'Power Christians' are taking over the City of London. And on the other, we have Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali in the Daily Telegraph telling us that the Faith has collapsed and capitulated to a toxic synthesis of political correctness and ascendant Islam. The Daily Mail today features empty church pews juxtaposed with overflowing mosques, which rather lends credence to the Bishop's view.
Or else George Pitcher is a misguided and deluded fantasist - which isn't an unreasonable assertion, given that it was he who advised Rowan Williams back in 2011 to guest-edit the New Statesman and launch a quite unprecedented attack on the Coalition - curiously singling out education! Of all this Government's inadequacies and faults, education reform was a bizarre target for the Church of England to take a shot at. Indeed, 'Power Christians' would support Academies and Free Schools, not least because it gives them even more power than they already have with 26 bishops in the House of Lords, a Monarch who is Supreme Governor, and an Archbishop of Canterbury who is also a member of the Parliamentary Commission on Banking Standards.
If God is taking over the City of London, it isn't YHWH or Jehovah, the named God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who is also the God and Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. No, the god who is taking over is the one who has no name. He might call himself 'the God', but that is not a name; it is a job title. This god is not the one worshipped by Abraham or Moses, but an ancient pagan moon-god of fertility. It demands that it is prayed to several times a day, in accordance with rites which were practised long before the sixth century. There cannot be two mutually-exclusive revealed and historical faiths: there cannot be two 'straight paths' to salvation. And neither can there be a Christian 'take-over' of the City of London when the pews are empty and the sermons are as weak as milk. His Grace would believe Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali over the Rev'd George Pitcher any day of the week. We are in the post-Christian era. Prepare for tribulation.