“Our once great western Christian civilization is dying. If this matters to followers of Jesus Christ, then we must set aside our denominational differences and work together to strengthen the things that remain and reclaim what has been lost. Evangelicals and Catholics must stand together to re-establish that former Christian culture and moral consensus. We have the numbers and the organization but the question is this: Do we have the will to win this present spiritual battle for Jesus Christ against secularism? Will we prayerfully and cooperatively work toward a new Christian spiritual revival ― or will we choose to hunker down in our churches and denominationalisms and watch everything sink into the spiritual and moral abyss of a New Dark Age?” - Mark Davis Pickup

Friday, October 12, 2018

CHRISTIANS AWAKEN TO A REAL AND PRESENT DANGER TO OUR CHILDREN'S HEARTS, MINDS AND SOULS!

CHRISTIANS AWAKE! Canadian provincial government declares war on Christian education -- despite Charter of Rights & Freedoms guarantees otherwise.

Read the article in the link at the bottom of this & watch the video in it. Don't think this educa-tional outrage can't happen in your jurisdiction? I didn't either: It did. Christians outside Alberta: Tenaciously guard your freedom to educate your children as you see fit. Christians in Alberta awaken to the assault on your constitutional freedoms guaranteed in s-2 of the Canadian Charter of Rights & Freedoms. Nothing less than the hearts, minds and souls of your children or grandchildren are at risk!

Albertans, throw the New Democrats out of office
Alberta NDP premier
Rachel Notley with her
anti-Christian
Education minister
David Eggen
next spring. Demand that the government that replaces them rescind sections of the School Act that discriminates against Christians & restore funding to Christian schools! 


The socialist New Democratic Party (NDP) believes in freedom of choice as long as all possible choices agree with their agendas and ideology. In other words: one choice. 
https://thechristians.com/content/byfield-christians-awake-the-government-has-formally-declared-you-its-enemies/?mc_cid=f1913e635b&mc_eid=4008d964a3


Wednesday, October 10, 2018

CHRISTIAN TRANSFORMATION

In my speeches and writing, I have often referred to
Alexander Solzhenitsyn
in prison
the spiritual transformation of Russian writer and dissident Alexander Solzhenitsyn. His faith in Christ developed while sentenced to eight years in a Russian labour camp because he dared criticize the government. He chronicled his experiences in prison in a series of writings including a trilogy entitled Gulag Archipelago. 


Solzhenitsyn described a spiritual illumination that came to him while languishing in a dank, dark stinking prison cell.  What is particularly noteworthy is that despite his miserable circumstances, Solzhenitsyn began to comprehend the transforming liberty of the children of God.
 In the midst of his appalling situation, he experienced salvation and joy!

"But when one turns to the Lord, the veil is removed.  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are
being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
(2 Corinthians 3.16-18)


I, too, have experienced God's illumination and joy even in the midst of degenerative and disabling multiple sclerosis spanning more than thirty years, then cancer.  

Suffering has the concealed power to draw the sufferer toward Christ (if the sufferer allows it). Christ grants a special grace that transcends suffering (if the sufferer allows it). Tears of sorrow and tears of joy can flow together.  With Christ, the sufferer can transcend their anguish to discover a glorious transforming liberty of the children of God, regardless of their circumstances or wretched prospects for their future on earth.

I came across an address of early Church Father Cyril of Alexandria (378-444). In it, he commented on Scripture passage above:

"Does this not show that the Spirit changes those in whom he comes to dwell and alters the whole pattern of their lives? With the Spirit within them it is quite natural for people who have been absorbed by the things of this world to become entirely other-worldly in outlook ... ."

Saint Cyril went on to speak about how the Spirit gives cowards courage. He stated that this was obviously what happened to the disciples. The Spirit transformed cowardly men — who earlier scattered and hid when Jesus was arrested — into men of courage and resolve for Christ. They faced trials, persecutions and torture. All but John were martyred. 


From then until now, millions of Christians fortified
Christians martyred by ISIS
by the Holy Spirit have courageously faced persecution, trials, torture, sickness and death. 



All who turn to the Lord in faith will be transformed. 
We will gaze with unveiled faces at the glory of God and will be transformed to the same glory.  My puny mind fails to understand the reality that awaits us—the features and magnitude of that transformation. His truth is still partly veiled, I still see as though in a mirror dimly.  Now I see only in part, but I will see Him face to face. I will know just as I am known. (See 1Corinthians 13.12 & 1 John 3.2.)

It will be the same for all who turn to the Lord.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A TRULY CIVILIZED SOCIETY

Massachusetts State House
Exactly 20 years ago, I was asked to appear before a Judicial Committee of the Massachusetts state legislature. They were studying a pending assisted suicide bill. I flew across the continent to the building with the gold dome in Boston and gave my testimony. 

I told the senators that the first and highest obligation of any legislature is to protect and care for its citizens. Laws and policies that support life with dignity and lift up their sick and disabled must be supported. Laws and policies that do not must never be supported. I reminded the senators that centuries of Anglo-American common law prohibited or punished assisted suicide. The bill they were considering contradicted that long legal and moral history. 

And when my testimony was done I flew back to
my little house on the hinterland of western Canada's prairies, in Beaumont, Alberta, to tend the yard God provided for LaRee and me. I hoped the Massachusetts senators would tend the yard God put before them. I simply told the senators what they already knew deep within their own hearts to be true.

Truly civilized societies protect and care for those who cannot protect themselves, beginning the
weakest and most defenceless. Abortion has no place in a truly civilized society. It protects unborn children and provides life-affirming options for their mothers. A truly civilized society reaches out to its mentally and physically ill suicidal people to lift up their natural human dignity. It clears away barriers from its disabled citizens so they can reach their full potential. A truly civilized society is a community of communities that includes all its members. Killing has no place in a truly civilized society. 

Mark Davis Pickup
Email: HumanLifeMatters@shaw.ca