Hawaii’s Christian Past

“Hawaii was a Christian nation before it became part of the United States. From the first part of the first Constitution proclaimed by King Kamehameha III in 1840:

Patriotism Causing Church of England to Grow

A rise in patriotism and Christian pride has accounted for a rise in the number Anglican churchgoers, a new report has found.

The proportion of people who identify themselves as Church of England worshippers has seen a small rise from 16.3 per cent in 2009 to 17.1 per cent in 2015.

And the report found the number of those who identify as non-religious has decreased in the same period.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4503752/Patriotism-account-rising-number-Christians.html

Literally Dying In Europe

The number of babies born to Muslim women worldwide will exceed the number of Christian births within the next 20 years, according to a new study.

The report, by the Pew Research Center, also predicts that Islam – already the world’s fastest-growing religion – could become the largest faith by the end of the century, with the lead researcher saying Christianity is ‘literally dying in Europe’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4383662/Muslim-births-overtake-Christian-births-two-decades.html

When Judges Thought America Was Christian

Justice David Josiah Brewer continued: “We constantly speak of this republic as a Christian nation in fact, as the leading Christian nation of the world. This popular use of the term certainly has significance. … In no charter or constitution is there anything to even suggest that any other than the Christian is the religion of this country. In none of them is Mohammed or Confucius or Buddha in any manner noticed. In none of them is Judaism recognized other than by way of toleration of its special creed. …”

Justice Brewer concluded: “While the separation of church and state is often affirmed, there is nowhere a repudiation of Christianity as one of the institutions as well as benedictions of society. In short, there is no charter or constitution that is either infidel, agnostic, or anti-Christian. Wherever there is a declaration in favor of any religion it is of the Christian. … I could show how largely our laws and customs are based upon the laws of Moses and the teachings of Christ; how constantly the Bible is appealed to as the guide of life and the authority in question of morals.”

~U.S. Supreme Court, 1892, Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States, (143 U.S. 457-458, 465-471, 36 L ed 226)

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2017/03/no-one-questioned-americas-christian-heritage-before/#uBCkryTE3lryR8ey.99

A Fundamental Change In The Form Of Christianity

Ruth of Boston; a story of the Massachusetts Bay colony (1910) (14566301968)

Pastor Matt Trewhella:

We are now seeing, in our day, the results of a Pietistic Christianity. Because the Pietists retreated from the culture, the institutions of the culture have been annexed and overtaken by pagan men. So thoroughly have they routed Christianity that their current mopping up efforts consist of not allowing Christmas to any longer be called “Christmas.” The Pietist, who has continually retreated for over 200 years, has now made his stand there in defense of Christmas, not realizing that it is his form of Christianity that has brought us to this point.

And this is my point – even if there was a great revival – there is no theological means within present day American Christianity whereby biblical morality could become public policy. There has to be a fundamental change in the form of Christianity in America in order to see it happen.

Read more: http://mercyseat.net/mscc/2012/03/17/the-destructive-influence-of-pietism-in-american-society/

Catholic Poland Confesses Christ

The Jubilee Act of Acceptance of Jesus Christ as King and Lord

O Immortal King of Ages, Lord Jesus Christ, our God and Savior! In the Jubilee Year of the 1050th anniversary of Poland’s Baptism, in the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, we Poles stand here before you [together with our authorities, clergy and laity] to acknowledge your reign, to submit ourselves to your law, to entrust and consecrate to you our Fatherland and our whole people.

We confess before heaven and earth that we need your rule. We acknowledge that you alone have a holy and perennial law for us. Therefore, humbly bowing our heads before you, the King of the Universe, we recognize your dominion over Poland and our whole people living in the Fatherland and throughout the world…

Read more: http://episkopat.pl/the-jubilee-act-of-acceptance-of-jesus-christ-as-king-and-lord-2/

For a Protestant take on this confession, see: http://gentlereformation.com/2017/01/19/lord-of-men-and-nations/

Godless Russia?

Godless on the Tube

Sometimes I feel like I’m living in the Twilight Zone.  It’s a strange day when Russia and the West switch sides from those which they held in the last century.  Here is an older quote from Putin that illustrates my point:

A further challenge for the national Russian identity is connected to the processes we observe outside of Russia. They include foreign policy, moral, and other aspects. We see that many Euro-Atlantic states have taken the way where they deny or reject their own roots, including their Christian roots which form the basis of Western civilization.

In these countries, the moral basis and any traditional identity are being denied – national, religious, cultural, and even gender identities are being denied or relativised. There, politics treats a family with many children as juridically equal to a homosexual partnership; faith in God is equal to faith in Satan. The excesses and exaggerations of political correctness in these countries indeed leads to serious consideration for the legitimization of parties that promote the propaganda of paedophilia.

The people in many European states are actually ashamed of their religious affiliations and are indeed frightened to speak about them. Christian holidays and celebrations are abolished or “neutrally” renamed, as if one were ashamed of those Christian holidays. With this method one hides away the deeper moral value of those celebrations.

And these countries try to force this model onto other nations, globally. I am deeply convinced that this is a direct way to the degradation and primitivization of culture. This leads to deeper demographic and moral crisis in the West.

What can be better evidence for the moral crisis of human society in the West than the loss of its reproductive function? And today nearly all “developed” Western countries cannot survive reproductively, not even with the help of migrants.

Without the moral values that are rooted in Christianity and other world religions, without rules and moral values which have formed, and been developed, over millennia, people will inevitably lose their human dignity and become brutes. And we think it is right and natural to defend and preserve these Christian moral values.

One has to respect the right of every minority to self-determination, but at the same time there cannot and must not be any doubt about the rights of the majority.

At the same time as this process plays out at a national level in the West, we observe on an international level the attempts to create a unipolar, unified model of the world, to relativise and remove institutions of international rights and national sovereignty. In such a unipolar, unified world there is no place for sovereign states. Such a world needs merely vassals.

From a historical perspective, such a unipolar world would mean the surrender of one’s own identity and of God-created diversity.

Source: http://voxday.blogspot.ca/2016/12/difensor-occidens.html