Christian Life 

On whom and on what is our faith founded?

(This article was first published in November 2007)

The IndependentOn Tuesday 7 November 2007, the Independent newspaper  carried a piece on the front page -

A financial crisis that began in the US is coming to a home near you

As American banks admit the billion-dollar scale of their losses, Bank of England Governor warns that the worst is still to come in Britain.

A few weeks earlier, during the panic surrounding the "Northern Rock" crisis, I found myself writing a piece which has now been published in Sword - a Christian magazine. <Click here> to read it.

We live in a fragile and (sometimes) fearful world; and as God "shakes all things", we - as Christians - are put on our mettle. How we respond will bear testimony (or not) to where our faith and security is based.


Footnote: Sword is a Christian magazine published bimonthly. Its predecessor - Prophecy Today International - was published to take God's Word to our society. Sword's principle focus is to the church.

See also: Economic Judgment is Imminent

Addendum 24/11/08

4 bear markets

The Editor, 18/09/2008

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Peter Carr (Guest) 16/03/2008 12:40
Do we know who these 'others' are who are in 'senior positions of ministry'?
Editor 16/03/2008 16:37
One would be (is) Rev. David Andrew (a Scot and editor of Sword magazine)who writes:
"Please test this [Dool's message] in your hearts and local fellowships, we commend this message from Stewart Dool as being consistent with Scripture and with out own 'hearing' of the Lord for our day".

However, the principle injunction is for each and every believer to 'weigh' these things before the Lord and under the Holy Spirit.
Peter Carr (Guest) 17/03/2008 15:44
The crisis deepens, the following is an extract from the news as reported on AOL 17th Mar '08;

Terry Smith, chief executive of specialist inter-bank broker Tullett Prebon, told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "It does scare me. I have been working in finance in the City and worldwide for 34 years and I have never seen anything like this.

"I don't think anybody alive has seen events of this seriousness and magnitude affecting the financial markets."
Editor 31/07/2008 20:26
Christians Against Poverty calls on churches to help free UK from debt

As the UK slides further into the red, a leading debt counselling charity today urged churches across the country to engage with what it calls the "Goliath" of personal debt ahead of the UK’s largest debt awareness day to take place later this year.

Read on...
Editor 08/08/2008 19:08
Credit crunch still worsening.
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Paul Valler (LICC) (Guest) 24/10/2008 10:44
The sight of stunned employees carrying their personal possessions in cardboard boxes out of the Lehman Bank building is etched in my memory. Gathering in a state of shock in local bars, some dulled their pain with alcohol and tried to rebuild self-worth through group support. And this might well prove to be just the tip of the iceberg; ‘downsizing’ will likely hit many of us with a new intensity as the economy falls into recession.

Whatever the cause, the impact of losing your job is often traumatic. Redundancy strikes at the heart of our most basic human needs for acceptance, security and identity. Inevitably, feelings of rejection, pain and confusion accompany being thrown out of an organisation. A friend of mine said it felt like being kicked in the stomach by an angry stallion. There is a very real sense of pain and grief. It is not just the loss of the job and the income; it is the loss of the sense of belonging to the workplace community, and of the associated organisational identity and future.

Thankfully, nobody can ever be redundant from their calling and vocation in the kingdom of God, or lose their identity in Christ. When the metaphorical rug is pulled out from under the feet of the Christian, it reveals the sure footing of the rock that cannot be moved. Nothing changes our self-worth, our acceptance, or our personal significance and dignity in God’s sight.

Redundancy is a time when the body of Christ has an opportunity to demonstrate the love of God to those feeling rejected. Showing personal friendship, being available to listen, providing financial help and prayer ministry are gifts we can give. Redundancy can be a time to reflect more deeply about our calling, so helping someone work through the process of understanding their gifts and vocation is a significant contribution towards redeployment. Redundancy is also a time when people ask deep questions about meaning and purpose. It is therefore a time when the gospel can be discovered or reaffirmed as really good news.

Whether or not we are in work, we enjoy a status before God of dearly loved children with no condemnation:

‘For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord’ (Romans 8:38-39).

Paul Valler

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Peter Carr 24/10/2008 10:54
I also received the above email via LICC. One thing that has struck me about the current downturn and impending recession is that no-one as yet (correct me if I am wrong) has said that recession is not really a bad thing!

Recently a lot of publicity has been given over to obesity in our society, particularly among children. So what do we do, put them on a diet, encourage them to a healthier lifestyle.

This country like others in the west, has been getting too fat too quick and that cannot be good in the longterm. So maybe we should see the impending recession as a good and healthy thing for lots of reasons. Not least to help us refocus on the more important issues in life like God's values instead of ours!
Peter Carr 24/10/2008 17:02
P.S. To my post above. One of the regretable things about recession is the loss of jobs, however thankfully no one in this country needs to starve as a result.
Editor 10/03/2009 19:01
"If the American people ever allow PRIVATE banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks will deprive The People of all property until their children wake-up HOMELESS on the continent their fathers conquered. The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to The People, to whom it properly belongs".

--- Thomas Jefferson; 3rd President of the United States of America
Peter Carr 12/03/2009 09:01
From IFB on this website, "Precious ones: I am giving heed to your pleas. I am not unmindful of the groanings of your hearts but I say to you that the darkness will yet increase in your nation..."

In light of the Bank of Englands re-capitalisation scheme of £75 Bn, they really are throwing good money after bad. The Lord has evidently placed a 'spirit of fear' over this nation, and no amount of cash, or human intervention will fix it!
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