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End of Golden Jubilee year edition

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Golden Jubilee Service Flyer

Lloyd on August 27th, 2018

WHAT IS TRUTH?

This morning I heard from an atheist that truth is based on facts. Later on in conversation with his child, as he tucked her into bed, the child asked about Jesus. Well he said, mum and dad tell you lovely stories before you go to bed and Jesus is a lovely story but he is not real. We don’t believe in things we cannot see, we are atheists. I suppose I am an atheist said the little girl.

The above narrative is taken from a film based on a true story of how this same mother became a Christian and how her still atheist husband sought to know if Jesus Christ is real.

I won’t address the historicity of Jesus because it should be indisputable based on well known facts from the Bible, Jewish history and Roman history. Any so called historian who refuse to believe that Jesus was a true historical figure is simply a denier. Some people are unwilling to believe despite overwhelming evidence. David Irving a very intelligent man, good historian too, but for reasons best known to him and very few others, denies the Holocaust took place. He even went to court at huge financial and reputational cost to defend his position. He lost.

Is Jesus alive? Is he in heaven? Is he coming back to earth again? Is the Bible truly the word of God?

These are very important questions which as a preacher and teacher I don’t mind answering. If any atheist or agnostic wants to write me about these and other issues of life then please feel free to do so.

Truth cannot, however, be based on facts only. Facts are gathered, are accumulated; based on this reasoning truth must be changeable. Too many people confuse information with truth.

The Bible teaches that truth is the final reality or revelation. This is the reason God is truth.

Scientific truth is a term we use to acknowledge that a certain fact is accepted beyond reasonable doubt. Technically, one cannot say the fact or scientific law is truth but given man’s limitations its as close as we will ever get. Let me give an example or two.

Many years ago it was accepted as truth that swans were white in colour. Therefore, every picture or painting and description depicted swans as white. To say otherwise would be heresy.

Needless to say in time those who postulated that swans were by definition white were wrong. Now the people that lived where there were black swans never knew that their fellow man on the other side of the world had declared that all swans were white.

This is therefore my issue with atheists they base their opinion and conviction on their own knowledge and experiences. The truth about God cannot be based on my facts or the facts of the people whom I live with nor even based on the accepted orthodoxy of the time. Truth transcends people, generation and geography.

It was Jesus who said he was the Way, the Truth and the life. I believe this statement to be true for I have many facts to support my belief. Truth, however, is far more that facts. There was a time not very long ago that people did not believe in bacteria or germs because they cannot be seen with the naked eye; yet we knew very well that something was wrong with the water and the environment we were in. Sanitation and personal hygiene were developed to prevent sickness, disease and death.

I am sure there was also a time many, many years ago that people did not believe the cat and dog and other animals could see perfectly well in the night.

So, truth cannot be based on facts for this is changeable its more important than mere facts.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny   

Church Address: Fellowship House, 90 Dunstable Road, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 1EH, UK

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Lloyd on August 27th, 2018

Is truth being sacrificed on the altar of popularity?

Am I the only one who has noticed that what one believes or teaches is not as important as being popular. If I am correct in the proposition, I doubt if I am the only one who has noticed this trend for two reasons:

Firstly, it would be pompous of me to think so, God never encourages pomposity; we can do this all by ourselves and often with Satan’s help.

Secondly, there is always another witness or two, again because God doesn’t want his servants to think they are more special than anyone else, that they have a “special line to God”.

So, back to the proposition that it’s not what you believe or preach that seems to be important it’s one’s popularity.

In the last presidential campaign, Donald Trump said he could stand on New York’s Fifth Avenue “and shoot somebody” and still not lose voters. As the world knows he went on to win the presidency. Since then there have scandals and issues almost on a daily basis concerning President Trump, but still his core supporters, many of whom are Christians, the Evangelicals and Pentecostals, allegedly the more “spiritual ones” at that, still give him their unwavering support.

How will it end? God knows. I would add, however, “pride goes before destruction and  a haughty spirit before fall”. God hates pride.

He hated the pride of the archangel Lucifer; he hated the pride of Pharaoh, King Nebuchadnezzar and King Herod. These figures in history went from being God’s servants to rogues and outlaws with each having to face the displeasure of God in their very public humiliation.

Sadly, truth is also being sacrificed on the altar of popularity in the church. A solid, bible based, doctrinally correct preacher and teacher is not as valued or sought after as a popular artist or speaker in many churches today. This is the Laodicean church age, where it’s the people’s right.

It’s not uncommon for a singer/entertainer come preacher, with suspect doctrine and a suspect life to be invited to speak/entertain the church at a church convention or anniversary service solely because he or she is popular. In the age of Google and information technology it only takes a very short time to look into a person’s past and sometimes even their present life to find out what they have been up to or what they believe but this doesn’t matter, it’s their popularity that matters.

I am for cross fertilisation, that is the mixing of ideas, customs etc of different places or groups of people, to produce  better result. But, I am  not for cross contamination, the process by which bacteria or other microorganisms are unintentionally transferred from one substance or object to another, with harmful effect.

Truth matters, Jesus said so. His ministry was multi dimensional but at its core was truth. Our Lord’s emphasis on truth led to his death because truth is often not popular.

Let me appeal to my fellow church leader, we have a responsibility to the young people in our churches as well as those who shall be saved to emphasise the importance of sound doctrine and truth. There is free for all and church hopping simply because sound doctrine is not important.

Large churches or popular church leaders with unsound doctrine are attracting young people to them simply because they are popular in terms of numbers. Young people are leaving good, strong, bible based churches to go to these large churches often through discontent and itching ears. They don’t care what is being taught or the moral standards of the church and leaders it’s all about “feeling good” about “having a good time”.

People want to feel good; want a good time but at what cost? The drug addict uses drugs to feel good; the alcoholic the same. Even the gambler who uses his hard earned money to gamble does so to feel good. Then comes the consequences, too sad and numerous to mention.

There are severe consequences in pursuing feeling good above truth. The consequences of truth are never bad or dangerous but liberating and life enhancing.

In the words of our Lord and Apostle Paul, truth sets one free: “Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”. John 8:31-32.

“O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you“?Galatians 3:1.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people. 

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

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Luton Church 40th Anniversary Service

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Lloyd on July 20th, 2018

Special Convocation 2018 edition

Lloyd on July 18th, 2018

Health Awareness Day. A successful and very informative day. The importance of the church and the message of the Bible seen as part of the solution as well as timely and safe information and practices. Hope to repeat the event early next year.

Lloyd on July 18th, 2018

Lloyd on July 18th, 2018