Last weekend my wife Emma and I visited the family country manor home of the famous Sir Winston Churchill, said to be: The British statesman, orator, and author who as prime minister (1940–45, 1951–55) rallied the British people during World War II and led his country from the brink of defeat to victory. Jeff: Herbert G. Nicholas.
When Mr Winston Churchill died I was 4 year's old, so It was a privilege to step back in time and literally walk in the footsteps of a man said to be of iron constitution, who said: “We shall never surrender”.
What a magnificent mansion Sir Winston Churchill and his family lived in, and his life is just as interesting.
His great mansion was a money pit, and most of his life He apparently struggled with his finances, and I just read: Winston Churchill’s finances were a shambles for most of his life. It was a state of affairs, as David Lough reveals in No More Champagne: Churchill and His Money, entirely of Churchill’s own making. Reff: Why Winston Churchill Was So Bad With Money. The British prime minister could handle the Blitz but not his bills.
However, thank God, despite his difficult life, Sir Winston Churchill proved to be the man to defeat Adolf Hitler and alter history and helped to win World War Two.
It’s a great day out when visiting Winston's house within his 1000’s of acres.
As Churchill suffered from depression he resulted to creating over 500 paintings of which most can be seen in his home.
It is said he apparently wrote over 11,000,000 words, and I wonder if one of the 11,000,000 words was GOD?
With his intelligence, did he ever think of God and write anything about his faith?
He has over 4000 books and I couldn't help wondering if he had a single Bible in his massive collection.
I couldn’t see anything in his home saying he had any faith in God, which I thought was strange. So when I returned, I started doing some research, to then be thrilled by discovering he often referenced God or scriptures from the Bible.
As I searched more, I discovered more, that Winston's great grandson Jonathan Sandys wrote a book: GOD & CHURCHILL, about the faith of Britain’s wartime prime minister.
How encouraging knowing Winston Churchill did not neglect God and his unique purpose in life, but read the Bible and believed God directed his course which made history by helping save Great Britain.
The moral of this story is how many of us will die in our sins without seeking God. Most never give a thought about the meaning of life, and why we are here, but believe we were born by accident, called a big bang, as evolutionist say, who correctly believe there was nothing, yet madly believe nothing managed to create, think, and work out everything from nothing, and insanely teach nothing was capable of building what the best scientists still cannot do today, who cannot create anything like a flea or fly, but continue to believe nothing created our highly sophisticated complex DNA, without a single intelligent designer whatsoever.
What's the point of this life, if we have not thought about the very person who gave us life in the beginning? Were we born to die?
Without doubt, assuredly, there must be a reason for living.
It is only by believing in God we discover that purpose and explanation for life and living.
Most don’t understand it's only because of God we are something, and without God we are nothing, if we are with God we will be everything.
Every day millions are passing away, how much longer will it be before its you or me.
What's worse you or me, or seeing our family and friends dying all around us, breaking our hearts with precious memories.
If we only believe in God, who cannot lie, yet so many refuse to hear His calling through His Son, who promises to raise us the same day we pass anyway.
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.
God promises us a new and perfect life where there will be no more crying or pain, dying or killing, but most refuse to trust and believe in Him, or believe He does not exist in anyway.
Even if we own the whole world, what’s the point, if we’ve neglected God’s calling, we have forsaken our own soul, as billions have already done, and are still doing today.
Is it worth gambling with our own soul? We could be here today and gone tomorrow and discarded our own soul. Instead believe in Christ as the thief on the cross who heard Jesus say: today you will be with me in paradise.
As St Paul said: So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. 2 Corinthians 6-10.
It's so sad to see so many who will waste their life away by seeking material things.
There's still good news, it's not to late.
Be one of FEW, and seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and discover God through His Son Jesus, and receive the treasure that will last forever.
And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.
I will end this article with an interesting article on the Bible Gateway Blog, about the faith of Winston Churchill.
What is the vision for this book?
Wallace Henley: Proverbs 21:1 says, “The king’s heart is like channels of water in the hand of the Lord; He turns it wherever He wishes.” Our vision is that people will see through the example of Winston Churchill how God directs the course of history, and that leaders and people everywhere will learn the lessons, take hope, and trust in God.
What was Churchill’s view of “divine destiny” for himself and his country?
Jonathan Sandys: He firmly believed in it and was not bashful on the several times he spoke of it. We begin God & Churchill with one of the most unlikely and impossible declarations Churchill ever made: “This country will be subjected somehow to a tremendous invasion…and I shall save London and England from disaster.”
Alone and separated from the context of the entire story, Churchill’s statement in 1891 to fellow Harrovian Murland de Grasse Evans must have appeared very arrogant. However, almost 50-years later Britain went to war and Churchill was called upon to lead us through the crisis. Five years after his appointment we celebrated an impossible victory, and by popular demand, Great-Grandpapa was hailed as the person who saved “London and England from disaster.”
Churchill believed in ‘divine destiny’ and that’s why in 1940, though severely outnumbered, like the Israelites in the book of Deuteronomy facing the overwhelmingly strong armies across the Jordon, he stepped forward and accepted the responsibility of leadership, while others, equally ambitious, refused the honor due to their lack of faith in the possibility of a general victory.
How did Churchill view the Bible?
Jonathan Sandys: Great-Grandpapa’s essay, Moses, provides evidence that supports our belief that Churchill saw the Bible as the literal truth: “We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date view and rationalistic conception, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally, and in identifying one of the greatest of human beings with the most decisive leap forward ever discernible in the human story.” And: “We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ.”
What surprised you the most about Churchill’s spirituality?
Wallace Henley: First, that he took the Bible so seriously, and was such an avid student of it. Second, that Churchill linked history/culture to the biblical worldview to the extent “Christian civilization” and its preservation was almost an obsession. Third, the way God removed the child Churchill from the influence of his wayward parents and brought him under the primary influence of his nanny, Elizabeth Everest, who molded young Winston with biblical foundations.
What did Churchill believe about Jesus Christ and the church?
Jonathan Sandys: He believed and confessed that Jesus was ‘the Christ.’ In our book, we quote Churchill’s toast at the christening of his grandson Winston: to “Christ’s new faithful soldier and servant.” In a private conversation with Montgomery, Churchill declared that ‘Christ’s story was unequalled and his death to save sinners unsurpassed.’
Wallace Henley: Critics claim that Churchill did not focus on Jesus. Again, this reflects a secularist agenda. Churchill believed in Jesus Christ as the Savior of the world.
Churchill, though not a regular churchgoer, was not anti-church. In fact, he believed it should be supported and encouraged, and said of himself that though he was not a “pillar” of the church, he was a “flying buttress.” Mary Soames, his youngest child, wrote of growing up with Churchill as a father. She speaks of frequent church attendance on her part.
Full article here: https://www.biblegateway.com/blog/2015/10/god-churchill-an-interview-with-jonathan-sandys-and-wallace-henley/
Video, Jonathan Sandys book: GOD & CHURCHILL, about the faith of Britain’s wartime prime minister.