The article below was kindly sent to me by a friend. Sadly, the article quotes a perversion of the Bible, the NIV! I do not necessarily endorse all that is written in this article but the core subject is to be noted by believers.
This development illustrates what Paul said just before his martyrdom.
“I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry,” 2 Timothy 4:1-5.
Please note the words: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” It is the itching ears of the pro-sodomite lobby which has brought about this statement by ‘the Crown Prosecution Service’. Doubtless the CPS has been infiltrated by sodomites and supporters of this wicked perversion and their presence is evidenced by these words.
It will not be long for ‘parts of the Bible’ to be up for banning to become ‘any of the Bible’ to be proscribed.
This, my friends is the advancing of the ‘latter-day’ apostasy. The ‘time’, spoken of by Paul, has come!
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils,” 1 Timothy 4:1.
The spirit of Ahab, the most evil of Israel’s kings, is abroad.
“And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil, . . . . And the king of Israel said, Take Micaiah, and carry him back unto Amon the governor of the city, and to Joash the king’s son; And say, Thus saith the king, Put this fellow in the prison, and feed him with bread of affliction and with water of affliction, until I come in peace,” 1 Kings 22:8, 26-27.
This has happened before amongst the Jewish people as they succumbed to falsehood.
“And the Spirit of God came upon Zechariah the son of Jehoiada the priest, which stood above the people, and said unto them, Thus saith God, Why transgress ye the commandments of the LORD, that ye cannot prosper? because ye have forsaken the LORD, he hath also forsaken you. And they conspired against him, and stoned him with stones at the commandment of the king in the court of the house of the LORD. Thus Joash the king remembered not the kindness which Jehoiada his father had done to him, but slew his son. And when he died, he said, The LORD look upon it, and require it,” 2 Chronicles 24:20-22.
But the latter-day manifestation of man’s rebellion against God and His Word will be the devil’s final fling before the return of Christ. He will come “in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; when he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day,” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10.
Of this we can be sure that no ‘banning’ by the CPS or its foolish misunderstanding and denials of God’s Word shall hinder the fulfilment of God’s truth!
Sincerely in Christ’s name,
Belfast Newsletter, 26th November 2022.
A statement by the UK’s main prosecution service that it is “no longer appropriate” to read parts of the Bible aloud in public has been dubbed “ill-judged” and “concerning”.
Despite the ‘sweeping’ nature of the prosecutors’ claim about citing the Bible in public, the case has been almost totally ignored by the UK media
Evangelical activist David Smyth and barrister Gavin Millar were reacting to a little-noticed assertion by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which its lawyers set before the courts during an attempt to prosecute a street preacher.
But whilst both of the men above criticised the CPS’ statement, it has stirred precisely zero reaction from the major churches in Northern Ireland and in England (see below).
The story all stems from a confrontation between a man called John Dunn, a soldier-turned-evangelist, and two lesbians.
It took place on the streets of Swindon two years ago.
Mr Dunn was charged with using “threatening or abusive words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress thereby”.
It was alleged he shouted that the women would “burn in hell” and called one of them a “devil woman”.
Mr Dunn denied this, though his lawyers at the Christian Legal Centre said he acknowledged telling them: “It says in the Bible that homosexuals will not inherit the kingdom of God”.
According to Mr Dunn’s lawyers, the case against him was discontinued during this week because the complainants could not be reached.
While pressing their case against him though, the CPS said the following in writing to the court:
“Whether a statement of Christian belief or not, the court is being asked to consider whether the language has the potential to cause harassment, alarm or distress.
“This document is not the forum for religious debate, but the bible contains other material recognising slavery (Exodus 21:7), the death sentence (Exodus 35:2 and Leviticus 24:16) and cannibalism (Deuteronomy 28:27).
“There are references in the bible which are simply no longer appropriate in modern society and which would be deemed offensive if stated in public.”
The group Christian Concern, which works in tandem with the Christian Legal Centre, has issued statements about this case to the press in the past week, but there has been virtually no media coverage of it, despite its potentially far-reaching implications.
– CPS OVERSTEPPING THEIR ROLE, SAYS EVANGELIST –
Whilst the CPS handles prosecutions only for England and Wales, the arguments it advances and precidents it sets could be influential in other jurisdictions too.
David Smyth, head of the Evangelical Alliance in NI, said: “The CPS holds a really important role in the public life and administration of criminal justice in England and Wales.
“However it is not their role to govern what is ‘appropriate’ or ‘offensive’.
“These comments are unwise and concerning, revealing a lack of understanding and faith literacy.
“We hope and pray that this does not result in a chilling effect on Christians sharing the Bible and their faith in public.”
Meanwhile Gavin Millar KC, a barrister at Matrix Chambers in central London who practices in Northern Ireland and specialises in freedom of speech law, told the News Letter:
“Both at common law and under the freedom of expression provision in the European Convention on Human Rights (Article 10), it is envisaged that the right to free speech should be exercised responsibly.
“If it is not, the right can be restricted.
“But context is everything in deciding whether the right is being exercised responsibly. You need to assess everything that the person was saying on that occasion, to whom it was said, and why.
“Also, the value of the speech has to be assessed in specifics, not in the general terms of this paragraph in the skeleton.
“This bare, and rather sweeping, statement about passages in the bible is ill-judged because it does not recognise this.
“In relation to responsible speech, the passages could be read out or referred to in public in a way/context that is not at all offensive – for example in an academic or religious discussion of whether the sentiments in these passages are defensible in this day and age, or how they might be reinterpreted or understood to mean something that is not offensive in modern terms.
“Or in a historical discussion about slavery, that passage could be cited as one that would have informed pro-slavery views in the past.
“In relation to content there are obvious differences between them.
“Someone could, for example, argue for the return of the death penalty as part of a legitimate political debate (and people do though it is increasingly rare these days) citing that passage in the bible in support of their opinion.
“This would have a value as political speech in a democracy.”
The News Letter asked Northern Ireland’s prosecutors, the PPS, if they shared the CPS’ view of the Bible.
It responded: “This is not a PPS case so we are not in a position to provide comment.”
The criticisms of Mr Smyth and Mr Millar were put to the CPS, but it had not responded at time of writing.
The News Letter also asked the following churches to comment, but none did:
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (no reason specified);
The Church of Ireland (“as a matter of protocol, we would not generally comment on cases in jurisdictions covered by other churches”);
The Irish Catholic Church (the central press office only responded mid-afternoon on Friday, referring the News Letter to the diocese of Down and Connor, which said it might respond at a later date);
The English Catholic Church (“as this case didn’t result in a conviction, there is nothing we can add at this point”);
and the Church of England (“I don’t think we would have anyone who could comment on this from Church House” – the CoE’s HQ).
– CPS MIXES UP ITS BIBLICAL QUOTES –
The references made to parts of the Bible by the CPS in their arguments to the court all come from the Pentateuch, the oldest segment of the Old Testament.
They are cited below (in NIV translation) – though, as you can see, the last one quoted by the CPS is actually a mistake:
Exodus 21 begins by saying “if you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free without paying anything”.
Verse 7 onwards says: “And if a man sells his daughter as a servant, she is not to go free as the menservants do.
“If she is displeasing in the eyes of her master who had designated her for himself, he must allow her to be redeemed.
“He has no right to sell her to foreigners, since he has broken faith with her. And if he chooses her for his son, he must deal with her as with a daughter.”
Exodus 35:2 says: “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest to the LORD. Whoever does any work on it is to be put to death.”
Leviticus 24:16 says: …”anyone who blasphemes the name of the LORD is to be put to death. The entire assembly must stone them. Whether foreigner or native-born, when they blaspheme the Name they are to be put to death.”
And Deuteronomy 28:27, which the CPS claims is about “cannabalism”, actually says: “The Lord will afflict you with the boils of Egypt and with tumors, festering sores and the itch, from which you cannot be cured.”
The CPS may have been thinking of Deuteronomy 28:53, which warns about the punishments which enemies will inflict if God’s commands are ignored.
It says: “Because of the suffering your enemy will inflict on you during the siege, you will eat the fruit of the womb, the flesh of the sons and daughters the Lord your God has given you.
“Even the most gentle and sensitive man among you will have no compassion on his own brother or the wife he loves or his surviving children”…