On the brink: the criminalisation of Christianity in Canada

Oct 2, 2020 by

By Joe Boot, Christian Concern:

The Lord Jesus Christ declared, “if the Son sets you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36). And the apostle Paul wrote, “It is for freedom, that Christ has set us free” (Gal 5:1)’ so that we would not be burdened by the slave-yokes of men. As Christians, we are charged to live as free men, because we are slaves of God, but we must never use our God-given freedom as a cover-up for evil. Rather, we are to serve the kingdom and purposes of God (2 Pt. 16-17). The scriptures teach us as believers that we are first to fear God, love one another and honour those in authority. This perspective led to the birth of freedom in the West as the Church declared the universal kingship of Jesus Christ and became the first truly free institution, limiting the state. In the anglosphere, we have been the blessed beneficiaries for generations of this legacy.

Today, as the gospel of Christ has been increasingly abandoned in Canada and throughout much of the Western world, it is entirely logical that those historic freedoms would come under serious threat. Only in Christianised cultures deeply influenced by the gospel have people ever lived in freedom, and freedom has in that sense been the historical anomaly as we look down the centuries of recorded history…

In a remarkable article published in The Observer on 20 July 1958 in the UK, (‘Willing Slaves of the Welfare State: Is Progress Possible?’), C. S. Lewis warned Christians in the West that a growing vision of a pagan technocracy, desirous of planning and controlling our lives, would seek to steadily remove our freedoms in order to realise their idea of a utopian society. I don’t think even Lewis envisioned so fundamental an effort to redefine human sexuality and the creational norms of male and female that we are seeing today. Yet, Lewis did understand that, “the new oligarchy must more and more base its claim to plan us on its claim to knowledge.” The ‘experts’ and politicians pursuing this kind of legislation (i.e. former Bill C-8) are claiming a kind of new gnostic insight into reality (that escapes most ordinary people), a ‘knowledge’ that allows them to reduce the truth of the Bible to myth, the biological reality of male and female to ephemeral social constructions, and the teaching of Christ to lies and falsehood.

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