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CHURCHILL: The Courage to Listen 

Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.

Often attributed to Great-Grandpapa, but in-fact, according to Richard Langworth, unattributed; but the sentiment is right, whether Churchill spoke it or not.

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The Churchill’s on The Thames (c.1940)

During the 1930s, groans would be heard in the House of Commons when Churchill rose to speak. His warnings that Hitler was a problem we could not afford to underestimate were sadly ignored. But with courage, despite colleagues on both sides of the House jeering at him and shouting for him to sit-down, Great-Grandpapa remained resolute.

Churchill’s goal was clear from the earliest moments in 1933; he intended to ensure that Britain rearmed to avoid a war, the horror of which he feared would be matched, if not outdone, by the War of 1914-1918.

Great-Grandpapa proved his courage was made of metal when he stood and spoke over the unruly House of Commons, however, it was not until he became Prime Minister he proved that, although ‘always ready to learn,’[1] and not always happy to be taught, he could rise to the occasion, and, as a leader, listen to advice.  Shortly after becoming Prime Minister, Great-Grandmama wrote to Churchill, concerned at a complaint she had received on how he was handling the pressures of his office, and the war:

‘I must confess that I have noticed a deterioration in your manner; & you are not so kind as you used to be,’ Clementine wrote, ‘with this terrific power you must combine urbanity, kindness and if possible Olympic calm…I cannot bear that those who serve the Country & yourself should not love you as well as admire and respect you.’[2]

Great-Grandpapa’s attitude changed overnight. Although still occasionally overbearing, the cruelty disappeared completely, and as a result, colleagues he worked with remembered him fondly and considered him a great hero. I personally feel that his late secretary, Grace Hamblin, summed-up the sentiment best. In a letter penned to Clementine Churchill, following the funeral in London, Grace wrote:

‘I pondered on what had made this dynamic but gentle character so beloved and respected—and such a wonderful person to work for. I think one found first of all that there was courage. He had no fear of anything, moral or physical. There was sincerity, truth and integrity, for he couldn’t knowingly deceive a cabinet minister or a bricklayer or a secretary. There was forgiveness, warmth, affection, loyalty and, perhaps most important of all in the demanding life we all lived, there was humour, which he had in abundance….’[3]

Leading with courage is one of the most important qualities of leadership because, ‘as it has been said…Courage is rightly esteemed the first of human qualities because…it is the quality which guarantees all others.’[4]


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CHURCHILL: Leading from the Front

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Churchill, unlike Hitler, had faith that the cause he was representing was right. Instead of hiding away in the London bunker when the bombs were dropping throughout Britain, Churchill chose to stand with his people as a beacon of hope. Hitler, in contrast, shut himself away from the German people he claimed to represent. In his bunker, Hitler lived in a private world of his own, from which the ugly and awkward facts of Germany’s situation were excluded.

Following the bomb raids, Great-Grandpapa would visit the worst hit. At great personal risk, and against all advice from his bodyguard Commander Walter Thompson, Churchill would mingle with the crowds, comfort those who had lost family, friends and property, and was even found holding the hand of a woman who was trapped beneath the rubble. Once freed, the woman reluctantly let go of Churchill’s hand, and as he watched her disappear on a stretcher into an awaiting ambulance, he remarked to the gathered people, “There goes a true hero!”

Hitler refused to visit the bombsites of Germany. his deep psychological compulsion to appear the great leader aloof from the suffering of his people, but busy fighting for them, was a disguise for the deeper-rooted truth that he could not face. He refused to read reports which contradicted the picture he wanted to form. He chose to believe the Goebbels propaganda, not because negative thinking might breed negative results, but instead because reality might confront him with the enormity of what he had done. Evil finds it hard to look itself in the mirror, but the reflection of good, while showing reality, shines a ray of hope.

Great leaders are great leaders, only because they represent great causes that are not in contradiction to ethical and moral values. When one compromises ethics, the slope become slippery, and, as with Hitler, we lose our footing. To lead like Churchill, with courage, faith and integrity, you need to choose a cause that is morally and ethically sound.

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CHURCHILL LEADERSHIP: He Understood…

wsc-008My great-grandfather would often argue with his longtime bodyguard, Walter Thompson, on whether he should hide in the bunker when the bombs were dropping on London. I have asked these people to risk everything, he said. How can I possibly expect them to take these risks if I too am not prepared to do so?

Churchill often stood atop the government buildings and watched as the Luftwaffe mercilessly bombed his people below. “You do your worst,” he told Hitler. “And we will do our best!”

Leadership is from the front, not the back, hence the reason it’s called ‘leadership’, and not followship.

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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 6 – ‘To be or not to be’

Winston S. Churchill

Winston S. Churchill

Throughout this part of the GOD & CHURCHILL: The Evidence Exposed series, we have focused on the early prediction Churchill made at sixteen, and now, in these last 6-parts of “According to Holy Writ”, what he himself professed to believe.

The evidence that my co-author Wallace Henley and I present in God & Churchill, strongly supports Great-Grandpapa’s own contention that his life was both directed and protected by a greater force than himself. These articles have gone into more depth, demonstrating that Churchill not only believed in God and the words in the Bible, but that his faith was foundational to his character and leadership.

We began this part of the series looking at Great-Grandpapa’s essay on Moses. In Churchill’s own words he professed to believe the literal words of the Bible story. Despite the fact that in his day, science was able to offer an explanation as to the possibility of the Exodus, Churchill chose to recognize that science exists to run in tandem with faith and religion, not stand as the reason against it. ‘We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ.’

Having demonstrated that Great-Grandpapa had an unquestionable belief in the words of the Bible, it became necessary to establish whether he had a faith in God and also whether he believed Jesus to be a mere prophet, or the son of God. In order to address this, we first needed to examine the character of Churchill in comparison to that of Jesus Christ. “You shall know them by their fruits,” is how a faithful servant of God and follower of Christ is known. The evidence Wallace and I presented painted a true picture of Churchill. His early arrogance was quickly overcome in his youth and was replaced by a humility that drew people to him as a leader. Churchill demonstrated humility, humanity and forgiveness and the evidence of this is seen throughout the 1930s and then during the Second World War, especially at the beginning of his premiership when he, like Hitler, could have taken revenge on those who had stood opposed to him and caused him hardship.

Great-Grandpapa confessed his belief in Jesus as the son of God, during his conversation with Field Marshal Montgomery in 1952, “Christ’s story was unequalled,” he told his old comrade, “his death to save sinners [is] unsurpassed.”

Finally, again through Churchill’s own words we see a further and equally strong confession of his faith. Writing while on the run in South Africa, Great-Grandpapa stated with clarity that, ‘without the assistance of that High Power, which interferes in the eternal sequence of causes and effects more than we are always prone to admit, I could never succeed.’

The information I have presented so far in GOD & CHURCHILL: The Evidence Exposed, stands to establish that Great-Grandpapa had a faith in a very real God who clearly, when he was sixteen, revealed a prophesy that in later years became a reality. However, still needed is an explanation of where he originally acquired his faith, and what evidence there is to support Great-Grandpapa’s contention that his life was indeed directed and protected for a purpose?

After the Christmas break we are going to examine these issues more closely, beginning with a review of the influence his nanny, Elizabeth Everest had on him, and then addressing his rejection of faith in India.


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 5 – Christ and the Sermon on the Mount

Winston S. Churchill's returning from the Quebec Conference (September 1943)

Winston S. Churchill’s returning from the Quebec Conference (September 1943)

Over the previous posts, we have been examining Great-Grandpapa’s character. If he was, as my co-author Wallace Henley and I claim, a man of faith, then he would display character qualities and a belief system to support that contention. How deep was Churchill’s faith?

“I am not a pillar of the church,” Great-Grandpapa stated, “but a buttress.” It is a common misconception that in order to be a person of faith, one must become dogmatic, or regularly attend some form of religious service. However, the Bible stipulates no such requirements. In reviewing Churchill’s military and Parliamentary career, we see his humility and humanity. Unlike Hitler, Great-Grandpapa clearly had no desire to topple governments so he could lead. He, like Hitler, could have manipulated situations and instead of seeking peace, sought only to be a thorn in his colleagues’ side, waiting in the wings to seize power at the first opportunity, but Churchill had no interest in political games. Churchill saw the dangers and against the sleeping world, did everything he could to prevent the war that came upon us in 1939.

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Brooke, Churchill, Mongomery

To be a true Christian, one must first confess a belief in Christ. For evidence of this, Wallace and I stumbled across a conversation Churchill had with Field Marshal Montgomery in 1952. Reflecting on human greatness, John Colville, Great-Grandpapa’s private secretary, recalled the conversation. “Christ’s story was unequalled,” Churchill told Montgomery, “and his death to save sinners unsurpassed.” At the birth of his grandson and namesake, Great-Grandpapa proposed a toast to “Christ’s new faithful soldier and servant.” It is clear from both statements that although very personal and private, Churchill was indeed a man of faith, and that faith was foundational to his character and all that he did.

“Strength is granted to us all when we are needed to serve great causes,” Churchill said in 1946. His faith in God’s providence strengthened him throughout his life. And during the Second World War his confidence in that providence spread like an infection throughout Britain, Europe and the world.

Great-Grandpapa was not an idealistic visionary; he was a realist. He saw it as his job to be honest with the British people and unlike Hitler, promise them only what could be delivered with faith and determination. Hitler promised his people that Berlin would never be bombed. When two stray bombers unloaded their payload on innocent population of London, the Royal Air Force put paid to that promise. However, as I referenced in the previous post, Churchill, unlike Hitler, was devastated that the moral war he had hoped to fight had, because of Hitler, become an immoral war where anything goes and there is no restraint.

Further evidence of Churchill’s faith comes in the form of the theme he used for his six-volume account of the history of the Second World War:

In war, Resolution.
In defeat, Defiance.
In victory, Magnanimity.
In peace, Goodwill.

On becoming Prime Minister in May 1940, Churchill could have done as Hitler did, and take revenge on those who had been opposed to him and/or his ideology. However, Churchill’s faith raised his character above such pettiness and focused instead on the greater good. “If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find we have lost the future,” he told those who were criticising him for allowing Lord Halifax, (a full-on supporter of appeasement), to remain at his post as Foreign Secretary. “Love your enemies,” was what Christ taught in Matthew 5, “bless those who curse you.” Halifax was a good man and loyal to his country. Great-Grandpapa saw the character of the man who could have been Prime Minister instead of him, and Churchill saw loyalty and ability, not malice. Halifax proved a great supporter of the wartime coalition. He fearlessly spoke-up when he thought Churchill was wrong, but supported him wholeheartedly when the decision had been made. Great-Grandpapa, unlike Hitler, knew that he would require the help of others to determine a final victory, and Halifax presented an opposition that forced him to think before he acted. It has been proven many times that a weak opposition in government particularly, gives leave for corruption and mismanagement. Men like Lord Halifax are the courageous-types who enable great leaders to run great governments. Churchill forgave Halifax for his opposition, and the two worked well throughout the remainder of the war.

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Churchill addresses a joint session of Congress, 1943

On many occasions during the Second World War, Churchill proved his intention of forgiveness through magnanimity and goodwill. In many of his speeches to Parliament and the people, he went to great lengths to separate the German people from the Nazis. It was the same in his earliest book on the re-conquest of the Sudan, where he separated fanatical Muslims from those who show splendid qualities. Great-Grandpapa was determined that the end of the Second World War would not see a repeat of that of the First. As a result of his words, the moment victory was declared, the German people were seen as victims, not perpetrators of evil, and were invited to join what eventually became the European Union. Since the end of the war, Germany has shown herself to be not only a loyal nation who has put aside her warlike tendencies, but she has become the strongest nation in Europe and not one country in the Union has had cause to fear that position. Every good thing that Hitler desired for Germany and sought though war, has been achieved by the great German governments and people of Germany in peace.

Love your enemies and forgive those who persecute you.


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 6
‘To be or not to be’

An in-depth analysis of exactly what Sir Winston Churchill himself professed to believe


 

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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 4 – “…you shall know them by their fruits”

WSC-001In CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 3: “The last word in ethics”, I focused on what Great-Grandpapa professed himself to believe when it came to the Bible. Although a belief in the truth of the Bible does not establish a person as a card-carrying person of faith, it represents the first step toward such a title. To be a Christian, one must display the character qualities of Christ. No one expects perfection, but humility, placing service above self is the most important of all the characteristics of Christ.

Until 1945 Winston Churchill was considered, like his father before him, a politician whose flame burnt out as quickly as it had initially ignited. As Chancellor of the Exchequer he was responsible for almost bankrupting Britain when he returned her to the gold standard. As First Lord of the Admiralty during the early part of the First World War, he was responsible for one of the greatest failures in naval history; Gallipoli. His unfashionable stance against Indian independence during the 1920s, and then his continual warnings of the rising threat of Hitler and the Nazis throughout the 30s, all contributed to the general feeling of dislike in both the political and social spheres he moved in.

…there was a time when he was described as the most hated man in England, Alan Moorehead wrote of Great-Grandpapa on behalf of Life Magazine in 1965. However, Winston Churchill was in-fact one of the most misunderstood individuals of our time. Written-off in his youth as a social wastrel, Great-Grandpapa dug his heels in and refused to be bowed. Few saw the potential in the brash young man who, at sixteen years old, clearly felt the weight of responsibility pressing down hard on his shoulders, as he anticipated one day leading Britain to victory in what became the most decisive war we have ever known. Unfairly labelled self-centred, a medal-seeking glory-hunter, with a selfish ambition we today would characterise in a person willing to sell their own grandmother to the highest bidder, Churchill refused to give-in, and during the five devastating years of the Second World War, he proved everyone wrong.

…you shall know them by their fruits, was how Jesus described a person of faith. Every good tree brings forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree brings forth evil fruit. So what fruits did Churchill bring forth?

Humility, being the first and foremost quality of Christ, must be the initial quality displayed by a person claiming a faith in God. In amongst the litany of labels many attached to Churchill, humility was sadly absent. However, throughout his leadership during the Second World War, we see that quality appear more than any other. Merriam Webster defines Humility as the quality or state of not thinking you are better than other people.

WSC-002There are many examples that I can draw on to demonstrate Great-Grandpapa’s humility. However, one that speaks so clearly to me comes through a letter sent from my great-grandmother Clementine, to Great-Grandpapa during the early part of his initial premiership in 1940. Churchill had been behaving in a brash and somewhat intolerable way toward his general staff, and this was making him very unpopular at a time when he needed unquestioned support. Clementine wrote, highlighting the issues a mutual friend and colleague of Churchill’s had approached her on:

I must confess that I have noticed a deterioration in your manner; & you are not so kind as you used to be, Clementine wrote, with this terrific power you must combine urbanity, kindness and if possible Olympic calm…I cannot bear that those who serve the Country & yourself should not love you as well as admire and respect you. Great-Grandpapa’s attitude changed at once. Not an unkind word was spoken of him again in the way he dealt with those who worked for him. Churchill revealed his true colours, and proved his understanding by application of the humility Jesus demonstrated throughout his life.

At the height of the Blitz, Churchill, unlike other leaders of his time, would often be seen comforting those who had lost so much in the previous night’s raid. He saw himself as equal to those he served. When offered any honour he wanted at the end of the Second World War, Great-Grandpapa refused, claiming: It was a nation and race dwelling all-round the globe that had the lion heart. I had the luck to be called upon to give the roar.

Churchill demonstrated great humility in accepting the criticism of others and recognising the need for correction and changing. He showed humility as he walked among the people not fearing for his own life, but seeing the urgent need for those devastated by the bombs to see him as a leader of courage and humanity. He again purposed humility when at the end of the war he refused the honours being offered by grateful nations, sighting their works, not his, as the decisive actions that won the war.

…you shall know them by their fruits.


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November 23, 2015

CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 5
Christ and the Sermon on the Mount

An in-depth analysis of exactly what Sir Winston Churchill himself professed to believe


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 3 – “The last word in ethics”

“The last word in ethics”

Churchill in India (c.1896)

Winston S. Churchill in India (c.1896)

Before leaving for his posting with the 4th Hussars in India, Churchill had heard it said that Christ’s gospel was the last word in Ethics. School had made Churchill a scholar of the English language, but the word Ethics, was unfamiliar to the young, brash 22-year old soldier, who yearned for action and adventure. Ethics [are] concerned not merely with things you ought to do, he was told, but with why you ought to do them.

While studying the Bible more closely, Great-Grandpapa came to the conclusion that the Sermon on the Mount was the last word in ethics. He maintained that the more closely we follow the Sermon on the Mount, the more likely we are to succeed in our endeavours.

To claim the Sermon on the Mount as the last word in ethics, is no great feat. However, in order for it to be used as a significant marker of Churchill’s personal faith, I felt we needed to prove his statements meant more to him than mere words. Pro-American basketball player and Coach John Wooden once said: The true test of a man’s character is what he does when no one is watching. Did Great-Grandpapa practice in private what he professed to believe in public? Too often today our political leaders claim to be God-fearing, but their actions behind closed doors tell a different story, so was Churchill any different?

Before one can successfully delve into the evidence, we must first recognise the difference between Ethics and Morals.

Ethics are principles that govern a person’s or group’s behaviour or, in Great-Grandpapa’s case, countries at war. Churchill believed there was an ethical way to fight war, and that was not to indiscriminately bomb civilian populations. You and others may desire to kill women and children, he responded when urged to carpet bomb the German population into submission. We desire…to destroy German military objectives.

Great-Grandpapa has often been criticized for bombing cities such as Dresden, however, leadership sometimes demands hard decisions that many claim unethical, until you consider the character of the leader giving the order. The choice between life and death is clear, and your response to attack defines your ethical beliefs and moral compass. Are we monsters? He shouted in devastation at a cabinet colleague while reviewing the results of the bombing of German cities. Are we not going too far? – Morals are a person’s standards of behavior or beliefs concerning what is and is not acceptable for them to do, and in Great-Grandpapa’s emotional outburst we see his morality more clearly.

To wantonly bomb large populations as Hitler did without consideration to those innocent you are killing, is both ethically and morally repugnant. In tears, Churchill, in response to his son Randolph’s remark that saturation bombing during the Second World War was an equal horror, lamented, Tens of thousands of lives were extinguished in one night…Old men, old women, little children-yes, yes, little children about to be born.

Ethics have been misused and abused to manipulate populations and justify evils. Hitler and his Nazis twisted the meaning of ethics to suit their own needs. An eye for an eye was the spin Hitler promoted, and it was propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels assignment to reduce Jews to less-than-human status, enabling Hitler to justify their murder in the gas chambers, They’re not human beings; they are animals, Goebbels said in 1939. [Killing them] is not a humanitarian [question] but a surgical task.

Over the next few posts, we are going to examine Churchill’s character, the ethics that guided and the morals that kept him righteous.


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 4
“…you shall know them by their fruits”

An in-depth analysis of exactly what Sir Winston Churchill himself professed to believe


 

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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 2 – “Christian Civilisation”

“The Battle of France is over. I expect that the battle of Britain is about to begin.
Upon this battle depends the survival of Christian Civilisation”

12247895_10154301996289008_1912339672338905296_oHow sad that in the wake of the Paris attacks, I am to begin this part of the GOD & CHURCHILL: The Evidence Exposed series with this quote. It is sadly apt for the occasion and bears as much truth today as it did when Great-Grandpapa spoke of it in 1940. However, in order to understand its current relevance to us all, we must first take a moment to analyse exactly what Churchill meant by Christian Civilisation.

Christian Civilisation is not exclusive to Christians, but is instead inclusive of all nations and religions that embrace freedom as their way of life, while adopting the tenants of that remarkable code, Churchill wrote of the Ten Commandments in his essay on Moses, upon which the religious, moral, and social life of the nation was so securely founded.

With the increasing wave of attacks around the world from extremists who act in the name of their gods, we are witnessing a repeated threat to our way of life, to our Christian Civilisation. The future currently looks bleak, and as we reflect on the past and how Hitler devastated a world with his evils, let Great-Grandpapa’s words stand as an encouragement to us, and a warning to those evil-doers who planned these atrocities and are devising more devastation:

“WE SHALL NEVER SURRENDER”

History has shown that at times when Christian Civilisation is threatened, a figure, bearing the same strength and determination Churchill displayed, rises from the ashes. Great-Grandpapa firmly believed that God’s power and authority was mightier than the enemy we faced during the Second World War. In his speeches he repeatedly quoted the Bible, and unlike Hitler, he pointed the hope of Britain and those enslaved nations of Europe to God. In God’s good time, he told the British people, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.

In recent years, historians have written Churchill off as either an agnostic or atheist. They have stated that like many modern-day politicians, Great-Grandpapa didn’t actually believe in God or in the words of the Bible, but that he rolled God out, or quoted Bible verses merely to curry favour and win the support of the British people, however, the evidence in God and Churchill disputes that position completely.

In writing about Moses and his encounter with Pharaoh in Egypt, Great-Grandpapa was clear in his conviction stating, we may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ. It has sadly become a modern fad to pit science against faith in God or the truths in His Word, and even though in Churchill’s day, science provided him with an explanation of how the story was possible, he still professed to believe the literal words of the Bible. Great-Grandpapa recognised what rational Christians have accepted for years, that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science and exists to run in tandem. Agnostics and atheists have perverted the purpose of science, twisted it and forced it like square pegs into round holes to suit their needs. They have used its explanations and discoveries to support their argument that God cannot exist because science explains everything. They miss or wilfully overlook the possibility that science might actually exist to explain concepts we were previously or are currently unable to explain, and that far from disproving the existence of God or His abilities, it actually enhances and reinforces that which the Bible states as fact. We believe that the most scientific view and rationalistic conception, Churchill wrote, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally.

Further on the matter of Moses and the Exodus from Egypt, Great-Grandpapa believed and stated that although science provides an explanation of how the events may have happened naturally, it is silly to waste time arguing whether Jehovah broke His own natural laws to save His Chosen People or whether He merely made them work in a favourable manner.

Great-Grandpapa recognised that these stories were recorded by human beings who at the time were unable to explain or understand the concepts science has enlightened us to today, however, they were transmitted across the centuries with far more accuracy than many of the telegraphed accounts we read of the goings-on of today. Churchill, by his own confession believed in the accuracy of the story and challenged science to disprove the records which have been preserved to us from these dim ages. Scientific discovery in Great-Grandpapa’s opinion, far from supporting the agnostic or atheistic view that there is no God, only fortifies the grand simplicity and essential accuracy of the recorded truths which have lightened so far the pilgrimage of man.


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 3
“The last word in ethics”

An in-depth analysis of exactly what Sir Winston Churchill himself professed to believe


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CHURCHILL: “According to Holy Writ” – Part 1

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Winston S. Churchill with President Roosevelt, on board HMS Prince of Wales

Over the past few posts I presented the evidence of Churchill’s prophesy at 16 years old. CHURCHILL: “I avow my faith” – highlights the first time that we really see the hand of God working in Great-Grandpapa’s life. “London will be attacked…I shall be in command of the defences of London…and it will fall to me to save the Capital and save the Empire.” – Without the interference of “that High Power” Churchill referred to, I demonstrated that his words could not have come to pass exactly as he had spoken in 1891.

The evidence of God’s intervention in Great-Grandpapa’s life was only the starting point of my research into the spiritual side of Sir Winston Churchill. My aim in writing God and Churchill was not to prove the existence of God, but rather to explore whether Great-Grandpapa had a faith in God, and whether the God he believed in did interfere, as he maintained, throughout his life.

God does not force Himself upon a person but rather offers opportunity for us to open our eyes, see Him, and acknowledge Him. Therefore, in order to prove that Great-Grandpapa had a faith in God, I felt the place to start would be to review what he himself professed to believe.

Together over the next few posts we will be exploring exactly what Great-Grandpapa claimed to believe.

What did Churchill believe about the Bible?
Was it merely a glorified history book that was written thousands of years ago and has little relevance today, or did he believe it to be the literal word of God?

Did the Bible influence Churchill?
Did he live out in private what he purported in public to believe? Or was it just words on a page that he would draw upon to encourage himself and others to keep fighting despite the odds against a general Allied victory?

What were Churchill’s thoughts on Moses?
Who was Moses to Churchill, and in his opinion was the story of the Exodus fact or fiction?

Did Churchill ever acknowledge the existence of God?
Or were his references to God and his Biblical quotes in speeches merely political rhetoric to gain the support of the British people?

Who was Jesus to Winston Churchill?


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Jonathan Sandys, a great-grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, along with former White House aide and current senior associate pastor of Houston’s Second Baptist Church, Wallace Henley, reveal compelling evidence that overturns the erroneous belief that Churchill was either an agnostic or an atheist.

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CHURCHILL: “I avow my faith” – Part 5 – ‘That High Power which interferes’

Statue of Winston S. Churchill

Statue of Winston S. Churchill

CHURCHILL: “I avow my faith” Parts 1 through 4, offered an in-depth analysis of Great-Grandpapa’s prophesy in 1891. Although demonstrated that luck could only circumstantially lay claim to the first part of the prophesy; “London will be attacked,” it could not be credited further. “I will be in command of the defences of London” and “It will fall to me to save the Capital and save the Empire,” are two elements that can only be explained if Churchill were either a clairvoyant, which he wasn’t. Or, Providence, Destiny, or the “High Power” Churchill spoke of actually did interfere as Great-Grandpapa maintained, “in the eternal sequence of causes and effects.”

Wallace and I were convinced that the elements I have highlighted could only have come from God. However, we recognize that there will still be some skeptics among us, and for that purpose, I offer the alternative: What if Churchill had either been a successful and popular politician, or had never been born? Where would we be today and what would the world look like?

Before we erase Great-Grandpapa from history, I wish to establish that I am not changing anything apart from his role in history. Nothing Churchill did prior to the Second World War was ever decisive enough to dramatically change events as we know them today. Therefore, let us start on the journey first erasing Churchill’s life completely.

The Allied Powers won the First World War in 1918. On June 28, 1919, the Treaty of Versailles was signed and enormous financial reparation demands were place on Germany. Land was seized, factories and industry taken over by foreign powers and in a matter of months, Germany was brought to her knees. In 1933, forced into a corner and in a desperate situation, the German people welcomed the advent of Adolf Hitler, a German Corporal, wounded in the First World War, who promised them a new Germanic Empire, a Reich that would last for a thousand years. The starving and despondent German people overlooked this zealous anti-Semite, who pointed to the Jews and Communists and claimed they were responsible for Germany’s hardships. With no condemnation from any of the other European nations, Hitler began to round Jews up, take their businesses and homes and segregate them in ghettos.

Over the following six years, with British spies ferociously reporting back to London, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin and then Neville Chamberlain ignored the facts that Hitler was fast rearming Germany despite the restrictions of the Treaty of Versailles. No word of warning was given in the British Parliament, and in 1935, unbeknownst to the British people and their European allies, Germany was now equal with Britain in air power. Baldwin continued the policy of disarming Britain, as did the other European nations, as per the agreement reached in 1919 for a unified peace in Europe. In 1936, Germany over took Britain and France in military strength.

In 1937, Stanley Baldwin retired as Prime Minister and Neville Chamberlain succeeded him. Chamberlain was aware of the increasing danger and flew to Germany in 1938 to seek terms of peace with a leader whose country by now dominated Europe in military strength. On his return, Chamberlain waved his famous document guaranteeing peace in our time. Sadly, that peace was to last less than a year.

The Nazis on the March

The Nazis on the March

On September 1, 1939, Hitler marched unopposed into Poland and Britain did nothing. On September 3, 1939, his hand forced by his Cabinet, Chamberlain declared war on Germany. There would have been no reason for Chamberlain to resign in 1940, as soon as the Nazis had finished with France, Britain under Chamberlain would have easily succumb. Hitler would then have swept through Europe, overtaking Russia and then Italy, his next target would be the United States. A full European force would board every ship and plane available and a direct attack on America would begin. Unprepared and ill-equipped, President Roosevelt would have no doubt mustered together a force to hold Hitler at bay for a while, but it is unlikely that with a full European force and the British Empire in Hitler’s hands, America would stand for long. It is pointless to speculate on the Asian continent, but with Australia, North America, South America, Africa and Europe under the Nazi thumb, it is likely that Germany would have an issue dominating the world.

During the 1930s, Winston Churchill was the lone voice warning of the ever-increasing threat of Hitler and the Nazis. It was because of him that Prime Minister Baldwin was forced to begin rearming Britain. It was because of him that attention was paid to Hitler and his Germany, and in 1940, Winston Churchill was the ONLY person in Britain who was willing and able to lead the desperate and unprepared Britain.

“We shall go on to the end, we shall fight in France, we shall fight on the seas and oceans, we shall fight with growing confidence and growing strength in the air, we shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be, we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight in the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills; we shall never surrender, and even if, which I do not for a moment believe, this island or a large part of it were subjugated and starving, then our Empire beyond the seas, armed and guarded by the British Fleet, would carry on the struggle, until, in God’s good time, the new world, with all its power and might, steps forth to the rescue and the liberation of the old.”

If Winston Churchill had been a popular politician, he would have probably have served in the MacDonald/Baldwin coalition when Hitler became Chancellor of Germany. He would have no doubt remained in the cabinet during the Baldwin administration. As such, he would have been an avid supporter of appeasement when Chamberlain succeeded Baldwin as Prime Minister. Finally, on September 1, 1939 Churchill would have woken with the rest of the world, war would be on the doorstep, and history would have tarred him also with those terrible words, “too late.”

Winston S. Churchill at Chartwell 1964)

Winston S. Churchill at Chartwell 1964)

History has shown us that the loss of Winston Churchill either before or during the Second World War would almost definitely have led to defeat. Providence, or that “High Power” Great-Grandpapa spoke of, was kind enough to keep Churchill away from mainstream politics at all the significant moments that lead up to the Second World War. He was on the backbenches of Parliament throughout the 1930s and remained there until the outbreak of war on September 3, 1939.

‘My warnings over the last six years had been so numerous, so detailed, and were now so terribly vindicated, that no one could gainsay me.’ He recalled from the night of his appointment as Prime Minister. ‘I could not be reproached either for making the war or with want of preparation for it. I thought I knew a good deal about it all, and I was sure I should not fail. Therefore, although impatient for the morning, I slept soundly and had no need for cheering dreams. Facts are better than dreams.’

It is our contention that the evidence supports Churchill’s own belief that ‘without the assistance of that High Power [God], which interferes in the eternal sequence of causes and effects more than we are always prone to admit, I [Churchill], could never succeed.’


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Jonathan Sandys, a great-grandson of Britain’s wartime Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, along with former White House aide and current senior associate pastor of Houston’s Second Baptist Church, Wallace Henley, reveal compelling evidence that overturns the erroneous belief that Churchill was either an agnostic or an atheist.

GOD AND CHURCHILL
How the Great Leader’s Sense of Divine Destiny
Changed His Troubled World and Offers Hope for Ours

Available now in both the United States of America and the United Kingdom.

 

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