The Welsh government faces pressure to abandon plans that would force church youth groups to be inspected and outlaw "unregistered churches".A coalition of evangelical charities issued a joint statement on Monday that blasted the proposals as an "unjustified restriction of religious liberty". The plans would require any out-of-school educational setting that taught children above a certain threshold to register with the government. Many church youth groups could fall above the threshold and therefore have to join the register and face inspections by government officials. ...read more: http://goo.gl/VVnbuA
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The time is coming when house churches and christian fellowships of believers that are not controlled by governments will be illegal world-wide!Matthew 24:9-10 New International Version (NIV)9 “Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10 At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other,
Watch out for the government's unscriptural use of Romans 13 to control Christians. They did it in Germany, too.
The American church has for so long and so thoroughly used Romans 13 to capitulate to government that it doesn't see it is sticking its own head into Satan's noose. Why, we even cite it ourselves when we explain the so-called "stewardship" to vote! Our heartfelt embrace of democracy -- not just the form of majority rule and one man, one vote, but the very principle of rule by men -- has so seduced us that we govern our assemblies by analogs to it. Good men and evil ones have long, long revered American government and openly patterned church government after it. Believers never blinked, but with starry eyes of fervor and devotion to what they did not seek from God did hold forth their hearts to be chained to a hidden beast whose presence was gladly concealed. We are so gullible and I am first in line. There is an answer, though. We can repent. We can be awakened to the Word of God that no human government is proper for the devotion and allegiance of any Christian. We could live in the easy peace of inhabiting common space when government has allowed us to, but those days are over. We now live in the kingdom of Christ that does subterfuge human government while we hold forth gospel-saturated hearts of hope to unregenerates who love it still; they are easy to find because they fill churches on Sunday. This love and this subterfuge are the true outworking of Romans 13.
Everything that can be shaken will be and is being shaken. The only foundation that will not be moved is the foundation of Jesus. If even the smallest part of your foundation relies on your heritage, your nationality, your patriotism, your love of secular documents ie the constitution or the Magna Carta, then your world will be shaken. Before the Lord comes back nothing shall remain untested. In the end there will be total allegiance to one system or the truth, luke-warmness will find no place with the genuine ranks of Christendom. You will either stand for Jesus or fall with the world into darkness.............bro Frank
Amen, Frank. This is why Toszu's thread on the Kingdom of God is going to be good.