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Monday, February 21, 2005
INDIAN CLERIC CHALLENGES CHURCH OF ENGLAND GOVERNING BODY MEMBERS TO THINK
ABOUT WHAT HE CONSIDERS BRITAIN’S DECLINING FAITH
By Jeremy Reynalds
Special Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
LUDHIANA, INDIA (ANS) -- While the decision by
Britain’s Prince Charles to marry his long time lover Camilla Parker Bowles is
creating controversy in the Anglican Church, one evangelical ministry head in
India said he thinks the upcoming wedding is a good time to bring up some other
very important issues facing members of the Church of England’s General
Synod–the organization’s highest decision making body.
In an e-mail, Rev.
Isaac Newton Johnson, (a self-described Indian evangelical charismatic Anglican)
and founder and president of the Voice of Christians Evangelical Church in
Ludhiana, India said Synod members should also think about what he considers to
be the decline of Christianity in the United Kingdom.
Johnson said in an
e-mail that Synod members can play a part in helping turn things around in
England “through fasting, prayers and provocative preaching ... In this way they
can bring revival (to) ... the Church and State.”
Johnson said that 100
years ago the United Kingdom was known as an exporter of coal, cricket and
Christianity around the world. But that’s not the case any more, he said. New
Age propaganda and eastern mysticism have eroded England’s Judeo-Christian
heritage to the point where public opinion in the country is no longer
“Religious pluralization has sapped the
confidence of many Christians to testify boldly and ... believe that Jesus is
the only way to the Father,” Johnson added.
According to Johnson, “The
blanket of materialism and the television culture have deadened the sensitivity
of Christians and non-Christians alike.”
Johnson also denounced the
British Broadcasting Corporation’s recent showing of the controversial Jerry
Springer the Opera (www.bbc.co.uk/1xtra/tx/jerryspringer.shtml).
that the program, “ showing God the Father, Jesus Christ, Mary, Adam and Eve and
Satan as warring guests on a special edition of the show - staged in hell was a
big game plan of Satan to equate himself with Jesus in hell and to pollute the
minds of viewers to sin abundantly. This was denounced by every sensible
Johnson said he has a challenge for the members
of the Church of England’s General Synod.
“To ponder upon (these) vital
issues urgently through fasting and prayers, so ... the Lord (may) restore the
lost glory of evangelical Christianity in England. Otherwise there (may) be no
Anglican (or) protestant church on the earth by 2030 (according to) the latest
world statistics,” he said.
For additional information about Johnson and
his ministry go to www.voiceofchristiansministries.org/archive.html
|Jeremy Reynalds is a freelance writer and the founder and
director of Joy Junction, New Mexico's largest emergency homeless shelter, http://www.joyjunction.org or http://www.christianity.com/joyjunction. He has a master's
degree in communication from the University of New Mexico and is a candidate for
the Ph.D. in intercultural education at Biola University in Los Angeles. He is
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Rev Isaac Newton Johnson is an Indian Evangelist since 1976 working with non-Christian brothers in North India. He is international media missionary and Christian speaker. He has been invited by SungKwang Presbyterian Church, Guri, Seoul, South Korea in June-July, 2004 as Guest Speaker from India. He preached in Indian, Pakistani, Nepali and Korean brothers there. Five brothers and one sister of Indian origin accepted Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and baptized during his ministry in South Korea. He has founded “Voice of Christians Evangelical Church” at Ludhiana, India in 1999 (A House Church) working among poorest of poor people, imparting education to them and sharing the good news of Lord Jesus Christ. (Pictured: Rev Isaac Newton Johnson being honored in SungKwang Presbyterian Church, Guri, Seoul, South Korea in June 2004). He needs committed prayer partners and Church ministry supporters around the world to proclaim the Gospel in India and to the end of the earth.
Rev Isaac preaches in English, Hindi, Panjabi and Urdu languages simultaneously without interpreter.
He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org