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I go to church for spiritual guidance, not woke hectoring


LAST week I attended the Sunday service at my C of E church in North Yorkshire. All was going as normal until the sermon. Usually, this is a helpful analysis of one of the Bible readings. Not so this time. Instead, we were treated to a 15-minute discourse on the wonders of COP27, and how fortunate we are that the Green agenda has moved on since the 70s and 80s when climate activists were treated as crackpots.

We were asked directly if we are doing enough. We were told pointedly that whilst many of us would likely not see the forthcoming climate disaster, we had a moral duty – indeed a Christian duty – to ensure our grandchildren have a world to live in.

It was such a bombardment that my ears are still ringing from it. However, the treats didn’t end there.

During prayers, we were told to pray for a change of attitude in the Russian government. And (I’m not making this up) failing a change of attitude, a change of leadership. Yes – a C of E vicar was calling for, and asking the congregation to call for, regime change in a foreign government with whom we are not at war.

Then it was on to communion. We still do not have a normal two-part communion. The bread is dipped into the wine and given to us. We are not allowed to share the cup for fear of giving each other the dreaded Covid. And the rector insists on wearing a mask during communion (he doesn’t at any other time) and of course goes through a highly visible cleaning of his hands with anti-bac liquid.

I did not go up to take communion – I have told him in the past I consider the wearing of a mask when giving communion to be satanic.

After the service, I attended the monthly lunch held in the church hall. I was halfway through my meal when the rector came in and asked if he could join me. Of course. He then proceeded to tell me about his busy schedule this week. That afternoon giving blood. Tuesday – flu jab. Thursday – you guessed it – his FOURTH Covid vaccination. It was on the tip of my tongue to implore him to stop taking the jabs, but another of the congregation engaged him in discussion and the moment passed.

When I go to church I’m seeking spiritual guidance and enrichment. I wish to avoid the mass-media bombardment on the climate emergency, Ukraine and Covid, not least because I don’t buy any of it. Consequently, I’m at the point where I no longer wish to go to church.

Are there any alternative denominations that I can attend without feeling I have been subjected to a BBC brainwashing?

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Guy Phoenix
Guy Phoenix
Guy Phoenix is the owner of two IT companies. He has published 2 books, one on Hurricane Irma and the second on his experience in the BVI. He is now settled in North Yorkshire with his beloved island dog 'Trixie'.

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