Statement on the Archbishop's 'Sharia' views
Following the recently-expressed view of the Archbishop of Canterbury on the need to incorporate Sharia Law into the British legal system, Rev. Dr. Clifford Hill has issued the following statement.
Dr. Hill was the founding editor of the Christian magazine Prophecy Today which declared God's word into the nation for a period of over 20 years. He warned in his writings of much of what we now see happening in the life of our nation.
The Archbishop of Canterbury's statement on Sharia law
As a friend of Dr Rowan Williams I am deeply saddened by the statement he has made advocating some recognition of sharia law in Britain. Dr Williams has a great pastoral heart and a deep concern for love and harmony between all people of different persuasions and cultures in Britain. He takes seriously the Christian commitment to a 'ministry of reconciliation' and longs to see people of different faiths living together in peace.
Dr Williams has attempted to deal, as a matter of intellectual debate, with the desire of Muslins for Islamic law to govern their personal lives within the legal jurisdiction of Britain.
It is unfortunate that this has led him to make statements which appear to disregard the unique revelation of God in Jesus Christ and thereby to undermine the position of Christianity established by law in Britain which, as Archbishop of the established church, his office demands that he should uphold.
In view of the strongly negative public reaction to his statements, which affect his position as head of the Church of England, I hope that he will reaffirm his commitment to the Christian gospel as the ultimate truth revealed in Jesus.
Dr Clifford Hill
Friday, February 08, 2008
The Rev Dr Clifford Hill MA BD PhD is a sociologist and theologian. His pastoral ministry has been in inner-city areas of London including a long ministry in the East End during which he also held a Senior Lectureship in the Sociology of Religion in London University.
He was the founder of the Newham Community Renewal Programme, one of the largest urban mission organisations in Britain. He also founded Prophetic Word Ministries which had an extensive international ministry from 1982 to 2005 with its flagship magazine, Prophecy Today. [The magazine continues now under a new title 'Sword', a new editor and the focus is on declaring God's Word into the church in the belief that the judgements which Dr. Hill warned of are now self-evident.]
Clifford is the author of more than 30 books, covering a range of subjects including race and community relations, socio-political studies, biblical commentaries and research studies on the family, as well as many journal papers, tapes, CDs and other resources, including some written jointly with his wife Monica. Their latest joint venture is a study guide of the Seven Churches of Revelation - Ephesus to Laodicea.
A recent book entitled The Wilberforce Connection (with a Foreword by Dr Rowan Williams) was published to coincide with the celebration of the spiritual heritage of Moggerhanger House led by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, following a ten-year restoration programme.