From The Christian Post
By Charles Gardner
DONCASTER, UK (ANS) -- The "red line" has been crossed in Britain as the foundations of Western civilization crumble, a leading clergyman has stated. And as "a spirit of madness" grips the nations, he said, European Christians may well be driven underground in the very near future.In a paper on the current world scene released on behalf of Issachar Ministries, which seeks to understand the times in which we live, Dr. Clifford Hill, a sociologist and theologian, pointed out that almost half of Britain's babies were now born out of wedlock as opposed to just five per cent in the 1960s.
A prolific author of more than 30 books and also a Congregational minister, Dr. Hill has been conducting research into family breakdown for more than 30 years and says: "All the research shows that the children of fragmented families are more likely to do badly at school, have health problems, emotional or behavioural problems, are less likely to get good jobs, and will have a poor record in forming stable relationships which, of course, greatly increases the instability of the next generation.
"What we are seeing happening in the nation is the crumbling of the value system of society. This means that personal and social values are breaking down at an alarming rate because children are not being taught the basics of right and wrong. The world of confused morality into which they are born gives them no clear teaching to guide their behaviour. They are left to work out their own rules which are inevitably defined by what they perceive to be ‘self-interest' and getting what they want.
"This is incredibly serious for the future of the nation because it means that the next generation will be even more unstable. They will lack a basic code of behaviour or standards to guide their personal relationships which means that everyone will do what is right in their own eyes.
"This kind of moral anarchy is a nightmare scenario that is not just a fantasy in a Hollywood horror movie. It will actually become a reality in Britain if family life continues to disintegrate at the current rate."
Now the European Parliament has proposed the surveillance of any EU citizen suspected of being "intolerant", to which Dr Hill responds: "This really is the death of free speech and is yet another blow directed at Bible-believing Christians who would dare to speak out against anything that might offend anybody else."
One of the statements in Section 4 of the EU document says "There is no need to be tolerant to the intolerant".
Dr. Hill said, "It is a spirit of madness that is gripping the nations and driving us towards destruction. It looks as though Christianity may very well be driven underground in the very near future. It is therefore essential that Christian parents and grandparents teach their children the faith so that they will be able to stand firm through the coming onslaught."
He said that Christians would have to learn to live in Babylon (a figure of speech for hedonism and godlessness) for a season until the tide inevitably turns amid the chaos.
And if I might make a personal observation, the "spirit of madness" to which Dr. Hill refers seems also to have gripped our educationalists who are now proposing that children start full-time school at the age of two!
Clearly they have forgotten what education is all about - teaching children what is right and wrong so that they can best contribute to the building up of a healthy and integrated society where the needs of others should come before their own. This is the basis of the Christian civilization now crumbling around our ears under the weight of sycophantic political correctness, cocking a snook [a derisive gesture] at the faith that motivated philanthropists in Britain to start education for all in the first place.
Shame on our leaders in Britain! And shame on us for putting up with it with little more than a squeak of protest!
Note: Issachar Ministries derives its name from the tribe of Issachar who "understood the times and knew what Israel should do" (1 Chronicles 12.32). This ministry seeks to bring Biblical teaching on current issues in the life of the nation (and internationally) by understanding the times, listening to the Lord and knowing what should be done.