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Anarchists, humanists and religionists united


 
 "Therefore come out from them and be separate, says the Lord.
Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you."  
       2 Cor. 6:17
 
  
Put People First Demo


A 'Rainbow' Alliance


What with all the public concerns about the planet, politics, war, economics, poverty and injustice there is plenty for folks to get upset about. However these issues — some real others perhaps ‘manufactured’— are causing some very eclectic and possibly problematic alliances to form across what would normally be insurmountable ideological barriers.

With the G20 summit in progress a new grouping calling itself 'Put People First' has formed to include organisations and interest groups which are united by common but superficial factors – they are all concerned (about one thing or another) and they are all (to one degree or another) angry.

An unholy alliance

But those who are diving into these groupings of co-belligerents without giving due consideration to what, or with whom they are becoming involved, could be heading for big trouble. A diverse range of concerns can result in an anarchic and hydra-headed monster comprising of religions and ideologies that are – in their core beliefs and values – at best incompatible with and, at worst violently hostile to, one another. Yet these fundamental differences are, for the sake of expediency, being glossed over in order to give a semblance of ‘common cause’ and provide a common platform for political and street-level action.

Evangelical Christians joining in the fray

From a Christian standpoint the worrying factor in all of this is the number of Christian organisations which are jumping into the explosive mix.

From a biblical perspective moves of this sort are warned against in the strongest possible terms (Is 30:1-3; 2 Cor. 6:14-17) and the Old Testament narrative is replete with stories of woe whereby the Jewish kings from time to time made expedient alliances with surrounding (pagan) nations. And these nations similarly formed alliances against God’s people on the basis of ‘the enemy of my enemy is my friend’. This dynamic is described in Matthew’s gospel where we see the Pharisees and the Herodians who normally hated each other mounting a joint attack on Jesus (Matt. 22:15-16)

What harmony is there between Christ and  Belial?

So in our day we are now seeing religionists chanting hate towards British soldiers, marching alongside trade unionists, anarchists, environmentalists and humanitarian aid groups in demonstrating (sometimes violently) against public policies and government actions— but with a seeming disregard for the fact that the these various groupings are focussed respectively on widely varying issues which may bear no relation to one another; and indeed would normally be poles apart.

However, as already mentioned, the very sad and dangerous development – from spiritual, political and societal standpoints – is the readiness with which 'Christian' (the word nowadays is devoid of meaning)  organisations are becoming part of it all.  Whilst God is indeed concerned with peace, justice and righteousness there are strong biblical warnings against the associations currently being formed.



The newly-formed ‘Put People First’ group includes the following ‘Supporter organisations’ [emphasis added]:

ACORD # ActionAid # AJCC # ADD # ACTSA # Advocacy International # Akina Mama Wa Africa # AMREF UK # Article 12 in Scotland # ASLEF # ATL # Avaaz # BECTU # BIF # BOND # BOVA # BRAC UK # Bretton Woods Project # Cafédirect # CAFOD # CCC # CBM # CDD # CAWN # CSP # Change is Coming # Childhope # Christian Aid # CEL # CND # COIN # Compass # Concern Worldwide (UK) # Co-operative News # Connect # CWU # Dalit Solidarity Network UK # Defend Council Housing # DoSomethingAboutIt # Down2Earth # EAP # ECCR # Ekklesia # Engineers Against Poverty # EQUITY # Everychild # Fairtrade Foundation # Fatima Women's Network # FBU # Find Your Feet # Footprint Friends # Friends of the Earth # GardenAfrica # GCAP # GMB # Green New Deal Group # Greenpeace # Health Unlimited # HelpAge International # Hives Save Lives # Interact Worldwide # InterHealth # International Service # John MacMurray Fellowship # Jubilee Debt Campaign # Justice for Colombia # LabourStart # Lattitude # Learning for Life # Merlin # Micah Challenge UK # MRDF # Musicians Union # Muslim Council of Britain # NAPO # NASUWT # NCVO # NEF # No Sweat # NPJG # Novas Scarman # NPC # NSC # NUJ # NUS # NUT # One # One World Action # 100 Months # Operation Noah # Oxfam # Pants to Poverty # PCS # People and Planet # Performers Without Borders # PSG # Plan UK # Priced Out # Progressio # Project Hope UK # Prospect # Red Pepper # RHM # RMT # Salvation Army # Save the Children # SCIAF # SEAD # Share the World's Resources # Shelter # Sightsavers # Skillshare International # SOAS Activists' Forum # SoR # SPEAK # Stamp Out Poverty # STOP AIDS Campaign # Stop Climate Chaos # Sudanese Women for Peace # Synergy Centre # Tax Justice Network # Tax Research LLP # Teach a Man to Fish # Tearfund # The Bihar Development Foundation UK # The Other Tax Payers' Alliance # The Rights Practice # Thirty-eight degrees # TFSR # Tourism Concern # Trade Justice Movement # TUC # Trading Visions # Traidcraft # Transnational Institute # TSSA # UCATT # UCU # UK Aid Network # UNISON # UNITE # United Nations Association # UPSU # USDAW # VSO # War on Want # WCIA # WILPF # Womankind Worldwide # WOW # World Development Movement # World Vision # WWF



References:

Put People First

"Anarchists and climate campaigners have joined forces to carry a message to world leaders meeting in London" - The Guardian

   

Christians Together, 02/04/2009

Feedback:
Rosemary Cameron 02/04/2009 21:57
I know I'm beginning to sound a bit like a broken record BUT if those of us who contribute money to these organisations write to them with our concerns, and, if necessary, stop donating to them, they may change their policies. If they don't, do you really want to keep funding them? I stopped funding Christian Aid a long time ago because I could see where it was going. Also, if you are a regular donor, read the magazines they send you. It's easy to just put them to one side but often the articles highlight the direction the organisation is taking. It may not be where you want it to go! I don't have a lot of money to give so I want to be sure it is funding things I agree with. Sadly, it is becoming harder to find suitable organisations to donate to.
John Parker (Guest) 02/04/2009 22:35
We should not be surprised at this syncretism, but maybe we should be surprised that supposedly evangelicals (e.g. Joel Edwards ex of Evangelical Alliance) are getting involved in all of this. I also used to be fairly confident about Tear Fund - but over the last year or so I'm not so sure.
Peter Carr 03/04/2009 10:01
It may be wise to remember that not all of these Christian organisations represent the evangelical wing of the church. Like many of their kind they have to be many things to many people in order to attract sufficient support. Like all things Christian choose prayerfully, carefully and as Rosemary says looking at the bigger picture!!
Kathleen Lavanchy (Guest) 05/04/2009 12:38
I have a recently produced series called "Reformation Rekindled" which shows how the UN is promoting Humanist teachings in the schools in the Churches and in Governments. How occult teachings, spiritualism, humanism,mesmerism,hypnotism etc is being taught in the theological colleges and thousands of Pastors and Ministers are being sent into the churches with these teachings.

Interviews with Bishops and teachers from these schools who deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ to the degree that one of the Leaders in this movment states and I quote "the body of Jesus was eaten by dogs" hence there was no body ! I hope that you will as shocked and stunned and angry as I am over things such as this.

Jesus is being done away with and a man-centred gospel which is not a gospel is taking over Christianity today and we must stand up for Jesus and the truth.
If you would like a Free set of this series please contact me via cathleen.lavanchy@virgin.net Everything on the programme can be checked out on the internet and it is produced by an extremely upstanding Christian man who has been beaten up, life threatened etc for bringing these things to light.

It is not a time to be ignorant of these things nor a time to bury our heads in the sand Jesus is coming very soon and we must decide whom we serve God or Man there is no in between.

In The name of Jesus

Kathleen
Editor 06/04/2009 15:09
Ekklessia which formerly described itself as a 'theological think-tank' has put a link on its website to a report from Put People First.
See - http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/9136

Readers can make their own judgments on where Ekklesia is (rapidly) heading. See -
http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/content/about/about.shtml

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