Archive for March, 2010

Time To Speak!

March 26, 2010

The Following is the text of a speech I gave in a consultation meeting in the House of Lords on 25th March 2010:

When I spoke here sixteen months ago I said that I believed that God was saying that we should gather Christians in business for two years and then see Christians raised up in public life over the subsequent two years. If this was true, we have an urgent task over the coming eight months! I hope we are agreed that we have a most urgent situation in front of us.

Talking with people across the country it seems that people are either passive or provoked.

Those who seem passive have perhaps not been informed adequately. Perhaps they are in churches or businesses that are consumed with current activity, or led by leaders who simply don’t believe that God is doing anything. I believe that many, the majority, in our nation are gripped by the attitude described in Zephaniah 1v12 : “..those who are complacent,…who think ‘The LORD will do nothing, either good or bad.’”

In business this means the economy will recover, and we will soon get back to pursuing our goals. In politics it means that the Living God is not a factor, only public opinion matters. In society it means that there are no absolutes and we are masters of our own souls.

There are however a growing number who have been provoked and motivated to speak and take action.

Six months ago we launched a Christian Business Forum and within weeks had over 150 members signed up and it continues to grow. Speaking out and being ‘a voice’ is a major theme. Our prayer meetings have been enthusiastically attended and filled with passionate urgent prayer. There have also been Spirit led connections opening new business ideas. The concept of ‘Business as Mission’ seems to have caught fire worldwide amongst many independent groups. In the pressure there is certainly hope.

What should we be doing?

I believe that:

  • We must recognise that a real national emergency is almost upon us.
  • The trauma approaching will affect businesses and the economy. This will affect household incomes and the capacity of the state to provide services.
  • With economic stress there will be racial and social tension. We MUST realise that the far right racist parties FULLY intend to exploit the situation, as apparent vindication of their social agenda. Be aware – the main national racist party already distributes material quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14 and clearly stating “It has been left to this party to call the nation to prayer.”
  • We must motivate people to live a more contented lifestyle and reduce their debts, give to others who are in need, and save for the future so they don’t need to borrow.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ must speak out in every sphere of our national life. We need business leaders who pray publicly and dare to disciple people; We need political activists who are not looking for a career but to speak truth, however unpopular;
  • We must speak out, otherwise we leave the green movement creating a new moral agenda, and the extreme right stealing and distorting our Christian heritage.
  • If a million active voting Christians will make public their intention to vote for Christians and Christian values, the political landscape will be changed.

More than ever we need Christian believers to be vocal and active leaders where they are. It is Judeo-Christian truth that brings liberty, tolerance and fairness, more so than any other religion or philosophy. It is the Church that must demonstrate racial harmony – more so than any other institution.

I believe the word that God has given me to share for this hour is from the book of Esther. Through manipulative leaders a law was issued: that the people of God could be rounded up and attacked. This law drove the people to call on God and then a second decree was issued which changed everything: The people of God were given permission to defend themselves. The effect was immediate: The people of God were filled with joy and the enemies of God were overcome with fear.

God is reminding the Church in Britain: You have permission to defend yourselves.

Some signs of this:

Christian Business networks are springing forth with boldness everywhere!

In Liverpool a Christian singer friend of mine, Liam Moore has taught over 6000 school children a song called ‘You’re the Voice’ – challenging them to be the generation that speaks out against bullying and violence.

On Facebook right now 41,000 people are planning to buy the Christian song ‘History Maker’ in Easter week to get it to the top of the charts – to make a visible statement for the Kingdom.

Across the country a fresh wave of Christians are standing in the parliamentary and local elections to speak out for Christian democracy.

Great Britain is at a crossroads. We still have a choice about which way to go.

Missed the Train

March 11, 2010

We’ve all observed the person who dashes onto the platform after the doors have closed. He appears flustered and frustrated, and we feel a mixture of sympathy and mild irritation, wondering why he did not arrive in time. As the British electoral train leaves the station, we are observing that the leaders of the three main parties have missed the train. This is not simply a matter of missed opportunity or being late, with some catching up to arrange, but rather a fundamental failure. The main political parties have missed what this election train is about, and it is now too late.

Gordon Brown, presiding over the last gasps of the Labour experiment with our society has missed the point of what is happening. The great secular endeavour has failed. This nation has centuries old Christian roots and values. The wholehearted attempt to remove the Christian pillars from our society has brought the temple down. Last minute appeals to earthy values such as “hard working families” will not recover the situation. Our government has offended the culture and basis of our nation, and the assault on the institution of family is an offence to God.

David Cameron has compromised and lost the initiative. At the heart of conservatism is the principle of holding to our national heritage. This is more than superficial patriotism, but what made our nation great. It is clear to anyone reviewing our history, that our embracing of Christian truth coincided with unparalleled influence and success for centuries. The national abandonment of our faith has likewise corresponded with collapse at home and abroad. More than ever in our history, we need to call the nation back to clear Christian distinctiveness, but David Cameron has dithered. In the desperate search for expediency he has blended some notions from our past with the toxic political correct deceptions. His increasing lack of clarity on the family and Christian uniqueness has thrown away his God given lead. He has referred to ‘Broken Britain’ but is holding back on the real truth as to why we are broken. He has instead, re-energised the secular lie. We are broken as a nation because we abandoned absolute truth, and our politicians have become too frightened to permit real debate.

Nick Clegg on behalf of the pro-European Liberal movement might start to notice that the British people are not voting for erosion of our sovereignty. The likely vote for UKIP will steal the Liberal Democrat’s base as the natural home for protest votes. Our national identity is intrinsically linked to the Christian faith and this nerve has been touched. The level of frustration amongst the people of our country at not being given a referendum on the European conspiracy is beginning to boil.

As the fog begins to lift from our secular humanist gloom, the awful reality is starting to hurt the established political parties: The train has already left, and it is too late. What we now see is the awakening of fresh politics across the nation. For years, community activitists and people with genuine convictions have been at work. Many of these will have hardly realised how things might develop, and suddenly the new landscape is visible: The rise of the British people has begun. The desperation of our moral decline combined with the hopelessness of a godless worldview has come to the end of the line. The soul of our nation is at stake, and as we stare towards a national emergency in economic and social terms, we must return to our roots.

We must return to the Judeo-Christian truth that created our civil liberty. Our survival depends on freedom to believe in the uniqueness of Jesus Christ and permission for people of all faiths to speak freely of their unique claims. Our society rests on stable family values, and it is vital that we at least give permission to those who want to argue for the pre-eminence of the traditional family. Our economy will only recover when we return to the normality of integrity and trust that springs from absolute truth and the purifying fear of God in our choices.

Time to Stand

March 9, 2010
I plan to stand as a Christian candidate for parliament in Liverpool Walton. The purpose is to challenge the accepted picture of politics, of Liverpool and to offer a fresh approach.
The election offers a wonderful opportunity for us to raise issues that have their roots in Christian truth and also to promote the Kingdom of God.
In a constituency where one party has a long established clear majority we have the chance to present an alternative perspective and register the Christian view, and make it clear to the nation that Christians are many and active.
I hope that Christians across the country will stand in this election – speaking out at a crucial time in the history of this nation. We have been too quiet and we must communicate or be responsible for further decline in public life and society.
Please find out about Christians standing in your area – pray for them, support them and sound the trumpet!
John Manwell

Why Vote?

March 9, 2010

Our democracy is in danger of slipping away. The British electorate are disillusioned with politicians and every election a greater proportion of the people choose not to vote. One of the greatest services we can do for this nation as Christians in the election process is to encourage people to vote.

Please exhort your friends, work colleagues, and neighbours to make a decision to vote in the election – whoever they choose to vote for – the main thing is that we vote. The spiritual implications are huge.

Let us not allow our democracy to slide away. God has given us the privilege of democracy and participating in choosing our leaders. If we despise this gift, we will offend God, and our society will slide into ever more rapid decline.


March 3, 2010

Whatever party you may have supported in the past, it is vital that we send a message to all parties that there is a hunger in the nation to return to values of integity and the Christian principles that made this nation successful in the past. Many ordinary people are thoroughly disappointed with the way our national politics has disintegrated, and want an alternative. If the people of integrity and faith do not speak out now, we will take a major share of the responsibility for a further decline. If we DO speak out, we can be part of the solution!

Liverpool – A vision of Unity

March 3, 2010

Rather than being defensive about a shared stadium, surely this is an opportunity for Merseyside football? Our city region has a tradition of being first and many innovations began here. A shared stadium and football quarter could be a very significant focus for unifying this city at a time when we face serious national  and local economic challenges for at least the next 10 years. For too long the Mersey region has been held back from our real potential because of disunity. The big picture is not just about two great football clubs finding a helpful solution, but the whole of the north of our city is starting to work together in a fresh way. We have the potential to be the premier city in Britain – not just when it comes to football!