How essential is it for a nation to know their identity, their DNA, who they are and what they stand for? What have we been taught about our origins from the academic and scientific establishment?
God says “my people perish for lack of knowledge”, Hosea 4:6. It’s followed by a solemn warning about the consequences of rejecting knowledge. Again, he says “people without knowledge will come to ruin.” In Proverbs he urges us “Whatever you do, get knowledge, get wisdom.”
I’ve just finished reading for the second time a book “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper, an English historian. This book shows how European history can be traced right back to the flood and the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, through contemporary accounts and the table of nations.
The third chapter opens with a quotation from Nennius, a Welsh monk from the 9th Century; “I Nennius, pupil of the holy Elvodug, have undertaken to write down some extracts that the stupidity of the British cast out; for the scholars of the Island of Britain had no skill … I have therefore made a heap of all that I have found …”‘
Bill Cooper suggested the word Nennius used for stupidity would have been better translated as “complacency” or “lethargy,” the mood of the Britons that followed in the wake of the massacre of the monks at Bangor.
You see, their knowledge had been taken away from them.
“The profound cultural shock of seeing their finest scholars and spiritual leaders massacred by supposedly fellow Christians at the instigation of a Roman Bishop no less, would have left a very deep wound indeed, and it is this state of mind amongst the British or Welsh that Nennius laments and which lead to the neglect and loss of many records and books.”
Christianity was already established in Britain before Rome arrived. “That Christianity was firmly established in even remote parts of Britain at the close of the second century is shown by Tertullian stating “the Britons in parts inaccessible to the Romans, Christ has truly subdued.”
British Bishops attended the Council of Arles in 314AD, before the Roman Catholic church was formed. When Augustine went to Britain in 601AD as a representative of Rome, he could not get them to convert. The Welsh already had the true faith, given to them by the early church, and they did not need any new innovations from Rome.
When the monks refused to accept the doctrines of the Roman Catholic Church, he instigated the Saxon army to attack the monastery at Bangor-is-y-coed, killing 1200 monks and scholars.
Much was lost, including the history of the early British kings. To regain what was lost, I recommend you read the book “After the Flood.”
And now here we are at the end of the age. Has Britain abandoned its Christian heritage? Is Britain again in the grip of a culture shock following political correctness and imposed multiculturalism, with the resultant Islamic attacks in its cities?
Did you know that in World War 2 the nation, led by its King, prayed? When Britain stood on the brink of invasion, with 330,000 men trapped on the beach at Dunkirk, King George VI called for an unprecedented week of prayer. Throughout the country, people prayed on 26 May 1940 for a miraculous delivery.
May 29 was the day of the evacuation of Dunkirk. We know what happened. On the 28 May a storm of unprecedented fury grounded the German Luftwaffe – while the English channel became as still as a millpond, despite the storm in Flanders, enabling a vast armada of little ships, big ships, warships, privately owned motor-cruisers from British rivers and estuaries – in fact, almost anything that would float – to get the men off the beach.
The Queen has the title “Defender of the Faith.” Does she defend it? In 2014 she gave into political correctness, signing into law same-sex marriage, a law that the nation never gave the government a mandate for. Following that, Britain had a series of storms that were described by the British prime minister as “biblical.”
Who is going to the defend the faith now? British people, you do have a King … the same King as the Polish people.
Here is Poland the following year. In November of 2015 Poland marched in the streets and took a stand for Christianity. They declared boldly to the world “here, Jesus Christ is our King!” It was the biggest march in Poland’s history. The media were silent.
Is it time for the spirit of the nations to rise, to go to war again through intercessory prayer?
John R. Mott, Nobel Peace Prize winner, said “The Church has not yet touched the fringe of the possibilities of intercessory prayer. Her largest victories will be witnessed when individual Christians everywhere come to recognize their priesthood unto God and day by day give themselves unto prayer.”
Britain, as the sun sets in the west, may you remember who you are.