The decline of Western Christianity makes us vulnerable to dictators and dogmatists

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The decline of Western Christianity makes us vulnerable to dictators and dogmatists

Charles Moore February 24, 2023 Telegraph

There is an undercurrent in some conservative circles which sympathises with Vladimir Putin because he is a Christian leader of a Christian country.

For many years now, the Russian president has deployed his faith for political purposes, both domestic – he has the Russian Orthodox Church and its Patriarch, Kirill, firmly under his thumb – and foreign. Putin said, in 2013: “We see many Euro-Atlantic countries are actually rejecting their roots, including the Christian values that constitute the basis of Western civilisation. They are denying moral principles and all traditional identities: national, cultural, religious and even sexual.”

He was at it again this week, in his big speech on the anniversary of his bungled invasion of Ukraine. The West’s attitude, he said, “is all about the destruction of the family, of cultural and national identity, perversion and abuse of children, including paedophilia, all of which are declared normal in their life … Millions of people in the West realise they are being led to a spiritual disaster. Frankly, the elite appear to have gone crazy…”

It’s not like that in Mother Russia: “We will protect our children from degradation and degeneration,” said the man who has orphaned and deported thousands of infants and teenagers.

Ever since watching General Galtieri’s broadcast in 1982, when he announced the Argentine invasion of the Falklands, I have found the relationship between military aggression and religious faith both comical and disgusting. Invoking “the protection of God and his holy Mother,” the bemedalled and drink-befuddled dictator proclaimed: “Glory to the great Argentine people. May this be God’s will.”

It appears not to have been. Margaret Thatcher, who led Britain in the Falklands victory, once expressed her own attitude to politics and faith: “I never thought that Christianity equipped me with a political philosophy, but I thought it did equip me with standards to which political actions must in the end, be referred.”

Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is brutal and utterly unnecessary. If he were to follow Mrs T’s suggestion and refer his own political actions to Christian standards, he would retire and live out his remaining days praying penitently before the icons in one of those great Russian Orthodox monasteries.

Never forget that tyrants know how to exploit the power of religion. In his speech to the Reichstag in March 1933, shortly after assuming supreme power, Hitler declared that his government “regards Christianity as the unshakable foundation of the morals and moral code of the nation”. In fact, as his behaviour over the next 12 years proved, he detested Christianity because its defence of the weak “crippled all that is noble in humanity”. For similar nationalistic reasons in the Second World War, Stalin, whose atheistic communism was absolute, nevertheless boosted the Orthodox Church which, until then, he had persecuted.


‘7’ Paul Rolland, Night Watchman, Night Watchman Ministries:

Revelation 13:4

So they worshiped the dragon who gave authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, “Who is like the beast? Who is able to make war with him?”


It is perfectly possible that, unlike those two, Putin is genuine in his faith. The same could be said of the Taliban the West has now allowed back to run Afghanistan or the ayatollahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran. Their sincerity does not excuse them. Their invocation of religion as the moral authority for their violence is borderline psychopathic. It makes them even more contemptible than straightforward murderers.

So why would any conservative even toy with sympathy for Putin? Given his depravity, I can think of no good reason, but I can see why there is some resonance in the rhetoric he deploys, just as there was in Hitler’s denunciations of Bolshevik threats and decadent democracies in the 1930s.

It is true that something strange has happened in the ethical atmosphere of the 21st-century West. Although a century has passed since Christianity was assumed to be the active, personal faith of most Western citizens, there was a long period when it was accepted as normative in morality and foundational in culture, law and values.

Most people, for example, thought marriage was the best instrument for social stability and for bringing up children, and was solely a union between a man and a woman. Rules for sexual conduct were seen in the light of this primary purpose – the propagation of the human race with the maximum chance of maternal and paternal love. So were attitudes to life, ruling out, for example, euthanasia.

Social change, in policies to alleviate poverty or improve health care, was welcomed not so much as class struggle but as deriving from Christian concern for the poor. Most schools were explicitly Christian, and almost all schools founded their educational ideas on a hierarchy of value which had Christian (and classical) roots. The Bible told stories of noble – and appalling – human conduct which were taught from infancy and offered, from the Ten Commandments onwards, the basis of law.

Even democratic politics related to Christianity. The famous separation of church and state is often depicted as the defeat of the former by the latter, but its roots are Christian. Jesus’s words “Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s” were sophisticated political philosophy. From them, a cohabitation of the sacred and the secular within free nations gradually developed. (It is a great problem for democratic pluralism that Islamic thinking still seems to struggle with this subject.)

The pursuit of women’s rights and, more recently of LGBT+ rights, also has Christian roots, via Christianity’s concern for the dignity of each human person and the overriding obligation (which Hitler hated most of all) of compassion. The same applies to the focus on defeating racism.

It is also true, however, that these preoccupations are now so strong in public policy, and in top-down culture such as that offered by the BBC, that they attain to the status of a new religion. The highest religious duty has moved from loving God and neighbour (and relating the two) to loving yourself and whatever identity for that self you choose to select. This is destructive of social peace.

Like most religions which hold official sway, this new one quickly becomes intolerant. I respect – though I do not agree with – most of the arguments made for single-sex marriage, but I find it dismaying that people who oppose the principle behind such marriages are in effect blocked from public office. As a newspaper columnist in his sixties, I can probably get away with writing this, but I am aware that an ambitious person from a younger generation would be unwise to take the risk. Kate Forbes, the latest victim, has not tried to “impose her religious beliefs” on anyone. She has merely stated them, as is her right and, some Christians would argue, her duty. Her views on this accord with those of other mainstream faiths. Are practising Jews and Muslims also to be debarred from public service?

Even quite moderate politicians now feel entitled to tell religious bodies what to practise. Before the recent vote in the General Synod of the Church of England, Penny Mordaunt, the Leader of the House of Commons, wrote a public letter to her local bishop demanding he vote for same-sex marriages in church. How long before she instructs him who should receive Holy Communion?

There is one other respect, unfortunately, in which Putin is right. The new, woke religion is hostile to Western civilisation, which it sees as racist, greedy and trapped in its “colonialist” mindset. Christian conservatives are surely well placed by their beliefs to steer between reactionary Russia and woke narcissism. Both, though in very different ways, hate our Western way of life.

But how can they call on him (Jesus Christ) to save them unless they believe in him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they believe in him (Jesus Christ) if they have never heard about him (Jesus Christ)? And how can they hear about him (Jesus Christ) unless someone tells them?” —Romans 10:14

In His Service,

Night Watchman

Paul Rolland

Night Watchman Ministries

Make Your Decision for Christ NOW!!!!!!! Time is Up!!!!!!!

Jesus Christ’s Offer of Salvation:

The ABCs of Salvation through Jesus Christ (the Lamb)

A. Admit/Acknowledge/Accept that you are sinner. Ask God’s forgiveness and repent of your sins.

. . . “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23).

. . . “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one.” (Romans 3:10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (1 John 1:8).

B. Believe Jesus is Lord. Believe that Jesus Christ is who He claimed to be; that He was both fully God and fully man and that we are saved through His death, burial, and resurrection. Put your trust in Him as your only hope of salvation. Become a son or daughter of God by receiving Christ.

. . . “That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. (John 3:15-17). For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13).

C. Call upon His name, Confess with your heart and with your lips that Jesus is your Lord and Savior.

. . . “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” (Romans 10:9-10).

. . . “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” (John 1:8-10).

. . . “And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. (John 2:2).

. . . “In this was manifested the love of god toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.” (1 John 4:9, 14-15).

. . . “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.” (Romans 5:8-10).

. . . “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:23).

. . . “Jesus saith unto them, I am the way, the truth, and the life, no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6).

. . . “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth.” (Romans 1:16).

. . . “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts: 4:12).

. . . “Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth for there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” (1 Timothy 2:4-6).

. . . “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:9).

. . . “But as many as received him, to them gave the power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.” (John 1:12).

True Church / Bride of Christ Spared from God’s Wrath:

 Romans 5:8-10. “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life.”

Romans 12:19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

1 Thessalonians 1:10. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.

1 Thessalonians 5:9. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,

Romans 8:35. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

Jeremiah 30:7. Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.

Revelation 3:10 Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth.

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