Lloyd on January 18th, 2019

New Year Service

Following a week of special prayer and fasting ending in the annual day of prayer for Luton, please join us in praise and worship on Sunday 27th January. It’s winter so let the Sun of Righteousness illuminate our lives. Bring your family and tell your friends.

Lloyd on January 18th, 2019

Re-dedication of Fellowship House

Lloyd on January 12th, 2019

ACA e bulletin NEW YEAR EDITION 2019

Lloyd on January 9th, 2019

Happy New Year!

The world population has passed 7 billion people and rising. We are in a very divided world resulting in unpredictable leaders and governments. Leaders with extreme right wing and left wing political views are being elected because of modern communication systems. It’s quite easy to get a following if one is controversial, the modern word for quick and many followers is viral. Unknowns, wannabe’s and the self promotional are using modern forms of communication to garner for themselves followers which some use to make money, to become a celebrity and to get elected to high office.

Adolf Hitler used communication to turn Germany into a racist war mongering and genocidal nation. Elected to office this small, weak and cowardly man used his brilliant oratorical skills to mesmerise a nation of cultured, educated and successful people. Through the power of words he got Germans to turn on fellow Germans who happened to be Jewish. Through the power of words he started a war that would become a world war less than a generation after the first world war.

It took an equally and possibly a greater communicator, Winston Churchill, to rally, inspire and lead the resistance which in the end defeated Germany. History tell us Adolph Hitler shot himself in a trench where he had been hiding, a coward to the end.

For the church to reach the 7 billion people with the gospel it must take advantage of modern communication systems. Terrestrial radio and TV advanced the propagation of the gospel then came satellite and cable TV which further advanced the propagation of the gospel.

The internet has taken communication to an all new level which is mind blowing. Now we have smart phones and social media where one can communicate with others around the world simply with a device that is held in the palm of our hands.

RRF has now developed a TV and Radio station under the Tropical FM umbrella.

Good News TV (GNTV) and Good News Radio broadcast 24/7 with a mix of preaching, teaching and the best in Christian music. Click here to view GNTV: http://goodnewstv.org.uk/ . We have developed an App so you can listen to Good News Radio at your convenience. Download  for free the app from Apple Store or Google Play Store.

Our Platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant

Lloyd Denny

 

Lloyd on January 9th, 2019

Prayer and Fasting Service

Day of Prayer for Luton

 

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

Tel: 01582 391503; Mob. +44  790480 7398; Email: info@rrfluton.org.uk

 

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

Lloyd on March 12th, 2018

RRF 2018 Spring e bulletin final draft

Lloyd on November 7th, 2017

“STRONG DELUSIONS”

Yet another mass killing in America, this time in a small church in a small town in the big state of Texas. It was a normal Sunday morning in Sutherland Springs with a population of 600 people where the first Baptist Church was holding its morning service attended by about 60 people.

The sound of prayer, singing, music and scripture reading is suddenly and rudely interrupted by gun shots. This eerie and violent sound begins outside and could be heard walking into the church for this evil was on two legs in the form of a man, who it was later reported, was very angry with members of his family. This man lived 30 miles away but his anger caused him to leave his home then drove to this small town with the sole intent of killing as many people as he could before he is killed or he kills himself. When he left the church 26 people lay dead with scores wounded. The death toll included an 18 month old baby and a 77 year old woman. One of the deceased was about 5 months pregnant, and three of her children were killed

The narrative is very familiar only the details are different. That very night as our evening service was in progress I stopped proceedings and prayed for the safety from such evil over the congregation. Never was I thinking, as I was prompted to pray, that a church would be the arena where such evil would take place.

Later that day Republican Ken Paxton, the State Attorney General, the highest legal officer of the state said: American churches should be “arming some of the parishioners” or hiring “professional security”, “for it’s going to happen again,” he told the media in an interview.

The following day, President Trump on a tour of Asia, told reporters in Tokyo the preliminary reports indicated the shooter was “deranged.” “This isn’t a guns situation, I mean we could go into it, but it’s a little bit soon to go into it,” Trump said. “But fortunately somebody else had a gun that was shooting in the opposite direction; otherwise … it would have been much worse. But this is a mental health problem at the highest level.”

Delusion is defined as an idiosyncratic belief or impression maintained despite being contradicted by reality or rational argument, typically as a symptom of mental disorder.

Synonyms includes: misapprehension, mistaken impression, false impression, mistaken belief, misconception, misunderstanding, mistake, error, misinterpretation, misconstruction, misbelief; fallacy, illusion, figment of the imagination, fantasy, chimera; fool’s paradise, self-deception to name just some of the words that describes delusion.

If the latest killer had mental health issues then so has America because it refuses to see that the root of its problem is the gun.

The bible describes a number of characters and situations as delusional.

In Isaiah 66, God said he would “choose their delusions, and will bring their fears upon them; because when he called, none did answer; when he spoke they did not hear, but they did evil before his eyes and chose that which he delighted not”. (Isaiah 66:4 KJV).

In Romans 1, Apostle Paul described the delusion of those who were engaged in unnatural practices as delusional. (Romans 1: 18-32).

In 2 Thessalonians chapter 2, Apostle Paul wrote about those who resisted the truth of the gospel but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness and of such, God has sent strong delusions that they may believe a lie and be damned.

King Nebuchadnezzar became delusional for 7 years because of pride. He lived in the wilds, his nails grew like claws and his hair grew long and unkempt. Despite his madness he still remained king for he could not see that he was behaving oddly nor would his servants acknowledge his madness.

The state of delusion will continue in America until it is prepared to accept it has a gun control problem. There are many angry people in America yet the vast majority are some of the finest people you will ever want to meet anywhere in the world.

America has some great churches, preachers and Christians; lovely and generous people. I have been to America a number of times and am taken aback at the generosity of the people. On one occasion I attended a predominantly white church in Atlanta. I did not say I was a minister or even from the UK. The pastor of the church having found out from someone in the church took me out for lunch a few days later as a way of showing me hospitality. We exchanged contact details and I was asked that if ever I returned to that part of America again to let him know so I could minister for him.

This pastor knew nothing about me other than I was a minister but it did not prevent his hospitality.

So, because there are so many angry people in America with easy access to some of the most lethal weapons in the world it is delusional not to do something about gun control. It is delusional for churches to arm itself with guns.

The modern church projects onto large screens bible texts, songs and announcements so church attendees are not carrying their personal bibles and song books with them to church. One mega church pastor who was interviewed following the latest killings in Sutherland Spring said his church banned shoulder bags from being taken into the church yet he went on, in the same interview, to advocate that congregations should carry guns into church with them just in case.

Sadly, this will happen again and perhaps worst is to come because of the state of delusion in America.

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people. 

The Lord’s servant  

Lloyd Denny

Lloyd on October 31st, 2017

“The Just shall live by faith”: the message that changed the world. Part 2.

The message that changed the world:-

“For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, the just shall live by faith”. (Romans 1:17 KJV).

Luther was not unfamiliar with the above text for remember he had studied the bible, his first degree was in biblical studies and his doctorate was in theology.

Yet in reading this verse he missed it. He concentrated on what he had to do to become righteous as opposed to becoming righteous or just by faith in Jesus Christ.

From the beginning man has sought to get right with God. This is how religion comes about.

Adam and Eve – sewed “fig leaves” to covet their nakedness. They did not hide from each other they hid from God.

Human sacrifices were made to appease the gods, please the gods and to curry favour with the gods. There was no evidence that this act worked but it was the invention of men.

Pilgrimages. The idea of travelling a long distance sometimes treacherous terrain was viewed as holy. In some religions the annual pilgrimage includes crawling on one’s stomach from home to the temple as a sign of obeisance.

God told the prophet, however, to tell Israel: “But we are all as an unclean thing , and all our righteousness’ are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. (Isaiah 64:6).

Martin Luther’s revelation transformed his life and the course of this world. He read from Romans and Galatians about being justified (declared righteous) by faith.

Apostle Paul got it from Habakkuk. Not much is known of this prophet. The book that bears his name has only three chapters.

In chapter 1 – Habakkuk asks God why you whose eyes are pure don’t do something about the evil in the land. Habakkuk as a man is troubled by the injustices he sees and wonder why the wicked go unpunished.

Chapter 2 begins thus: “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved”.

Note: the prophet expects every encounter with God to be one of chastening and punishment. Some children reluctantly go to parents when they do wrong and even when they don’t do anything wrong because all they get is telling off.

Some children stop laughing and playing when parents enter the room because they make the child feel bad if they are having fun. A new era was coming that would change the relationship we have with God. No matter what we did to be righteous failed. Instead of working to please God all we need do was to believe what God did for us.

The guilty in prison waits to serve his or her time. He or she may be released from prison for good behaviour however, the record show that recidivism is high even for the worst offenders.

“And the Lord answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith”.

Note: the soul that is lifted up/presented to God as holy or righteous is not upright or pleasing to God: “but the just shall live by faith” .

“And he (Jesus) spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: [10] Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. [11] The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, God, I thank thee, that I am not as other men are , extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. [12] I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. [13] And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. [14] I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. (Luke 18:9-14).

Was the Lord saying the sinner’s prayer is more successful than the righteous? No. But rather, “never trust in your own righteousness, and never use others as your standard”.

In Romans 3, Apostle Paul wrote: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; [24] Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: [25] Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; [26] To declare, I say , at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. [27] Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. [28] Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law. [29] Is he the God of the Jews only? is he not also of the Gentiles? Yes, of the Gentiles also: [30] Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith. [31] Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law”.

God rejected Adam and Eve’s covering but he then provided them with aprons that was a better covering for it covers front and back. This was foreshadowing the covering that Christ would provide for the believer.

In Romans 10, Apostle Paul also wrote: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. [2] For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. [3] For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. [6] But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above 🙂 [7] Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.) [8] But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; [9] 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. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”.

Five hundred years ago this single act was the catalyst that would bring true salvation to men and women. God told Habakkuk that the plain vision (simple message) would cause men to run with excitement. No more would one have to do things to be justified. No more would one have to flagellate oneself to be right with God and no more would one have to confess repeatedly every day to a priest in a booth then going away only to return the same day or soon to go through the process once more.

Instead, our confession would be unto the Lord as we believe with the heart. For this agrees the scripture, again as written by Apostle Paul: “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. [10] For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. [11] For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. [12] For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. [13] For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. (Romans 10:9-13).

Our platform is the world and our congregation the people.

The Lord’s servant 

Lloyd Denny