I have very bad news for my readers today – that is, if you believe what is written in the Daily Record of late concerning the Churches of Christ.
The Record has been on a “crusade” of late, denigrating a church in East Kilbride which is part of that movement.
According to the Record, the Church of Christ is an “extremist US religious cult.”
Well, the bad news is that this church has already infiltrated the highest levels of government. We have actually had a British Prime Minister who grew up in this “cult” and who was influenced by it.
Not only that, but this Prime Minister was responsible for leading the nation at a critical time of war.
I am referring to David Lloyd George, the Welshman who was Prime Minister of the UK. Lloyd George was brought up in the movement, attending Disciples of Christ Chapel in Criccieth. In fact, it was as a lay preacher for the Disciples of Christ that he developed his famous oratory skills.
Some of my readers will be aware that Lloyd George is regarded as the father of the welfare state in Britain.
According to Wikipedia, “He made a greater impact on British public life than any other 20th-century leader, thanks to his leadership of the war, his postwar role in reshaping Europe, and his introduction of Britain’s social welfare system before the war.”
Not bad for someone from an “extremist US religious cult” eh?
Another epic fail for the Record.
As for the folks at West Mains Church of Christ, they issued the following statement which sums up their own position on the matter:
The Church of Christ has a rich heritage dating as far back as 1669 in Britain. The Church of Christ is considered a mainstream church throughout the British Isles. One of the church’s most prominent members was the former Prime Minister David Lloyd George (1863-1945), regarded as the founder of the British Welfare State.
West Mains Church of Christ congregation first assembled over 12 years ago in East Kilbride. We pride ourselves in being involved with the community, which includes working in various establishments with the intention of showing our faith in action with no other motive than that.
Every year we hold a community day where we invite the entire community regardless of their background, ethnicity or belief. We provide refreshments and food free of charge for everyone and craft activities for both the adults and children to participate in. This is a day of fun for everyone and over the years we have met a lot of good people.
West Mains Church of Christ has tried to help the local community over the years including making financial donations to families; supporting people with personal difficulties. We have provided clubs for the community to attend- including youth club, craft and guitar lessons. Our intention is to show kindness and our faith in action. If someone wants to talk to us about faith of course we will talk to them but most importantly the church is about doing good works in the community.
Over the years, we have been supported by local people who have generously given their time and talent to support our fund raising events for independent orphanages and the poor in other countries; we have sent several thousand pounds to these beneficiaries and continue to support people in need.
West Mains Church of Christ is a friendly, welcoming congregation that prides ourselves in trying to show our faith in action; we welcome everyone and anyone to join us at our local service. Over the last 12 years, we have met some great friends who do not attend West Mains Church of Christ or any other Church of Christ as well as some great friends who do worship with us on a regular basis.
It has come to light that there may be a political motivation behind the attack on the church. It appears that Secular Scotland have been targeting the church. It may interest those readers of the Daily Record who are people of faith that the newspaper appears to be pursuing a secular agenda.
That this agenda incorporates persecuting people who have an active faith is deplorable.
At this rate we can expect the Record to campaign for the abolition of the welfare state.
After all, who wants a system dreamed up by an extreme cultist?
And maybe the Record wants us to apologise to the Kaiser for fighting him in the Great War under the leadership of a man brought up in an extreme sect?
You have to wonder what kind of treatment people like Saint Columba, John Knox and David Livingstone would get from the Daily Record if they were alive today.