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Tony Blair - a man to watch

From Prime Minister to multi-faith champion; since leaving office at Downing Street, Tony Blair has leapt onto the global religious stage with his Tony Blair Faith Foundation. If Prince Charles aims to be a multi-faith monarch, then TB would fit comfortably alongside.

by Watchman

Tony Blair

Far from fading from view, former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is working assiduously to enhance his credentials in the inter-faith and Muslim world.
The road he has travelled since his university days have included strong spiritual inputs from a variety of sources. And whilst raised within the (Protestant) Anglican Church he has now "converted" to Roman Catholicism and has had a personal audience with the Pope.

This latest development - contrary to  Alastair Campbell's assertion that 'We don't do God' -  follows on from reports of a copy of the Koran being his 'bedtime  reading', and his admission since leaving office that the spiritual life is of great importance to him.

It has been reported that he plans to launch an international interfaith foundation this year on the back of consultations with the office of Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales, and representatives of the Archbishop of Canterbury.
A newspaper report reads: 'The Muslim Council of Britain has also given its support, as has Labour supporting Jewish business leader Sir Sigmund Sternberg.'

And to this he will be well able to bring his interest and involvement in "new age" spiritualities (see below).

Aside from his spiritual adventures he has carved a role for himself, and seeking to be seen as "honest broker" in the Middle East peace process; this as part of 'The Office of Tony Blair'.

Putting the various pieces together Mr. Blair stands at the intersection of the major world religions and their geo-political junctures. Political and religious ecumenism has found itself a new champion.

Who knows how it will all pan out, but the man who could bring a prospect of peace to a much-troubled international scene whilst uniting the monotheistic religions of the world in the process could find himself being welcomed with open arms by the general public, politicians and religionists alike.

Let's hope that Christian leaders know their Bibles, and understand where all this could be heading...

Watch this space.

Tony Blair and wife Cherie perform chant ritual to lizards/pyramid In Mexico

by Lorne Gunter of The Edmonton Journal
January 2002

In August 2001, during a family holiday on the Mexican Riviera, British Prime Minister Tony Blair and his wife, Cherie, went through a "rebirthing ritual." According to a report in the Dec. 15 edition of the Times of London, the Blairs stayed at the very swanky Maroma Hotel near Cancun, where rooms fetch as much as CAN$1,800 a night. While there, they underwent the hybrid New Age/Mayan ceremony.

Dressed only in bathing suits, Britain's first couple stood outside a brick pyramid on the hotel's grounds and bowed toward each point of the compass while chanting to each of the four winds. The spiritual leader of the ceremony encouraged them "to feel at one with Mother Earth," the Times reported, and to "experience inner feelings and visions."

The Blairs then moved around the outside of the pyramid, one façade at a time, praying first to the Mayan symbols of the sun and baby lizards, signifying spring and childhood. They then prayed to another wall, on which a bird was painted, representing adolescence, summer and freedom. On a third was a crab for maturity and autumn, and finally a serpent for winter and transformation.

Moving inside, Tony and Cherie immersed themselves in the herb-infused mist of a Mayan steam bath to sweat the physical and spiritual impurities from their bodies and to "balance their energy flow." Mayan holy songs were incanted as they meditated and attempted to conjure up visions of animals in the steamy air. The celebrant explained the meaning of each of their hallucinations. Before emerging from the pyramid, the Blairs were instructed to give voice to their hopes and fears (they said a prayer for world peace), and then undergo a "rebirth." This involved smearing one another with papaya and watermelon, then with mud from the Mayan jungle outside, the Times explained.

Finally, while exiting the womb-door of the pyramid, "the Blairs were told to scream out loud to signify the pain" of birth. They then walked hand-in-hand to the beach for a dip in the Caribbean. I'm sorry. I know we live in a non-judgmental age in which no one's spiritual practices and beliefs are to be pronounced better or worse than those of any other (more on this in a minute), but this is just downright flaky. It is not just the antithesis of Christianity, but antipodal to the beliefs of all the world's major monotheistic religions, Judaism and Islam as well.

It's just kooky. Any visions or spiritual ecstasy the Blairs experienced were psychosomatic, created by their own brains from their imaginations because of their need to say they saw something. Mrs. Blair is said to be a devotee of all sorts of similar (and similarly goofy) alternative therapies and spiritualisms. She is said to wear a "bio-electric shield" pendant filled with "magic crystals" to absorb the negative radiation of cellphones and computer terminals. She studies with a New Age guru and officially opened a holistic medical centre in November.

Stockwell Day was deemed too dangerous to govern Canada by virtue of his fundamentalist Christian beliefs; why then is it any different to wonder if Tony Blair is too dangerous to govern Britain by virtue of his New Age spirituality?


Watchman, 08/01/2008

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John Miller 01/05/2014 12:04
Anonymous "guest", I will leave you to your misinterpretation of scripture and trust that the Spirit of God will enlighten you to your blessing.

I rejoice in the simplicity of God's inerrant word. Simple souls like me can embrace its truth and find salvation. We do not need the Roman Catholic model of having the word interpreted to suit denominational dogma.
Truth Seeker (Guest) 01/05/2014 12:08
You say that you don't know why so many fight against election/predestination
The answer is simple:
.....the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other....Galations 5/17.
In otherwords 'christians' who oppose God's word will fall into either of two categories:
Those who are born again and have yet to be fully counselled by the Holy Spirit or,
Those who have accepted a false gospel, and are living and believing through that false gospel, and are promoting that false gospel, in short those 'false believers' to whom Jesus is referring to in Matthew 7/21-23:
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Jesus, through His Sovereign initiative, has made Himself known only to His elect....
(Guest) 01/05/2014 12:29
Truth seeker,
That was just a throw away comment!
I see election throughout the Scriptures, it is plain for all to see, unless they are blinded.
(Guest) 01/05/2014 12:40
You enjoy the "simplicity of God's inerrant word"?
Is that ever scriptural?
Read 2 Peter 1.5, 2 Timothy 2.15 etc
Remember it is God's Word that makes wise the simple Psalm 19.7?
Anyway who is denominational?

John Ferguson (Guest) 02/05/2014 10:16
Guest,predestination is clearly taught in scripture Rrom 9 v 28 ,what you fail to understand is God is omniscient He knows the end from the beginning,God knows whether we will accept or refuse Christ.,you can't dismiss responsibility from Gods word Isaiah tells us God is just God and a soviour.
(Guest) 02/05/2014 12:57
Indeed John,
God is omniscient - but predestination is not just about foreknowledge (knowing who will accept and who will reject Christ) - it is also about God pre-determining who will accept and who will reject Christ.
Predestination is about the irrevocable outworking of God's creative will - it is unrelated to, and completely independent of the arbitary outworking of the 'free will' choices of men.
As for dismissing human responsibility from a relationship with God - is this not what Christ's New Covenant did?
Was the New Covenant not introduced because the Old Covenant (which relied on obedient human response) had failed?
(Guest) 02/05/2014 16:45
Repentance is a gift from God; Acts 11.18. The unregenerate cannot 'chose' God; Romans 8.7, God does the choosing, not man.
How can a man have the Spirit of Christ unless he was born from above? Ofcourse, he comes to faith by hearing the gospel; Romans 10.17. But let us not forget, why is it that some which hear the SAME message respond and others don't?
Surely a man 'dead in sins' cannot 'chose' God? 1 Corinthians 2.14.
Can an unregenerate man just wake up one day of his own accord and say "it seems a good idea to me today to save my soul"?
John ferguson (Guest) 02/05/2014 17:37
Yes unregenerate man is convicted of his sin and says "God be merciful to me a sinner" of which there is countless other like examples in scripture what a misuse of Acts 11 v 18. That is granting forgiveness to them.
John Ferguson (Guest) 02/05/2014 18:23
Guest,your teaching is putting humans on the same level as the animal creation not having the intelligence to divide between right and wrong or no more than fatalistic robots we have given intelligence to make a choice.
(Guest) 02/05/2014 18:26
Who convicted him that he was a sinner? Should we all not pray that prayer daily?
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