Twice in the last 12 hours I have heard recordings of Britain’s declaration of war on Germany in 1939, as a result of Germany invading Poland. The first was an Ian Fleming “biography” and the other was in listening to The Screwtape Letters on CD. Whenever something so unlikely as this happens, I generally see it as non-coincidental, and try to see what possible interpretation I can give to the occurrence. I’ll explain that in a minute, but first, the text of the declaration of war by Prime Minister Chamberlain on September 3, 1939:



“In the communication which I had the honour to make to you on the 1st September, I informed you, on the instructions of His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, that unless the German Government were prepared to give His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom satisfactory assurances that the German Government had suspended all aggressive action against Poland and were prepared promptly to withdraw their forces from Polish territory, His Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom would, without hesitation, fulfil their obligations to Poland.

“Although this communication was made more than twenty-four hours ago, no reply has been received but German attacks upon Poland have been continued and intensified. I have accordingly the honour to inform you that, unless not later than 11 a.m., British Summer Time, to-day 3rd September, satisfactory assurances to the above effect have been given by the German Government and have reached His Majesty’s Government in London, a state of war will exist between the two countries as from that hour.”

That was the final Note. No such undertaking was received by the time stipulated, and, consequently, this country is at war with Germany. … As I said the other day, we are ready.


When I think of the “enemy” now, I think not of Germany, but of the enemy of the souls of men and women, Satan himself. And if you substitute “the souls of men and women” for “Poland” in the declaration above, you can see quite clearly why a state of war exists between those who have allegiance to the true King, and those who would seek to damage those we love and care for.

And so today we are ready. The weapons of our warfare are prayers, and acts of love. So today, we pray. We pray that those whom “the god of this age has blinded their minds” will have their eyes opened to the love of God in Christ Jesus. And we act in love, that this love of God might be love in the flesh, undeniable and irresistible.

P.S. You can hear the audio of this war declaration broadcast here:


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