Farmer evangelist Angus Buchan — currently on a week-long gospel preaching tour of Scotland, Northern Ireland, Ireland and England — is fired-up about the desperate hunger for Jesus he is encountering at his meetings, despite protests and disruptions by gay activist groups responsible for what he has described as “the most severe attack and resistance I have ever experienced in my life since becoming a Christian in 1979”.
Portraying Buchan as a hateful, homophobic and misogynist preacher who should not be allowed to visit the countries, the opposition to his tour started before his departure — and while it failed to stop his visit, a church meeting in the Scottish Borders was cancelled because of pressure by LGBT groups, and protesters have picketed outside some of his meetings.
On the eve of his departure for the United Kingdom Buchan published a statement asking for prayer to boldly withstand the onslaught of the powers of darkness as he set out to preach the undiluted Word of God in a series of meetings, ending with a Mighty Men Conference in Patley Bridge, North Yorkshire this weekend.
In a statement released today after addressing an impactful meeting at Kilkenny, just outside Dublin, last night, he thanks supporters for their prayers, saying: “I don’t think I’ve ever experienced such prayer cover and support in my 40 years of ministry. So please continue to pray as we move to our meeting in Newcastle tonight. This has probably been one of the greatest campaigns that I’ve had the privilege to be a part of in a long time.”
Buchan reports that there was “quite a large group” of gay rights protestors at the main gates to last night’s meeting. However there was no heckling and a lot of the protesters came into the meeting and stayed right to the end and never said a word.
“The subject of my message was about ‘Gods friend’ and I just sense in my spirit that there are so many lonely people in the world today. We had a fantastic response at one stage when I was preaching, there was such support that I could hardly speak because of the clapping and the ‘AMEN’. People are desperate for Jesus. They need love and they need help. And by His grace they received it last night.
“I made an altar call and it took about 20 minutes to move the chairs out of the way so that the people could come forward. I’ve never seen such a presence of security men in my life, I felt small amongst these men, surrounding me. But there was no need to because the love of Christ was so evident in that place.”
At Buchan’s first meeting at Luton Christian Fellowship, Bedfordshire last Sunday, he reports he preached to a packed church of spiritually hungry men from all over the country. Among many healings at the service a man from Nigeria was instantly healed of a heart condition. A professional trumpeter who Buchan met for the first time at Heathrow airport accepted his invitation to attend the service where he played a beautiful rendition of the hymn It is well with my soul.
On Monday he preached at Lighthouse Church in Dumfries, Scotland, a venue that was made available — despite serious opposition from activists — after his scheduled meeting in Galashiels in the Borders region was cancelled due to protest action. Buchan described the Dumfries meeting as a turning point in the mission where the undiluted Gospel message opened the eyes of a number of people who had been misled to believe that all roads lead to heaven.
“As a result, people had to make decisions to either believe or disbelieve the entire word of God. My heart was broken for the poor souls who stood outside the church picketing, trying to prevent the service from taking place, and please pray for them that their spiritual eyes may be opened to the deception of the devil,” he says in a report-back.
In response to pressure from LGBT groups to cancel the Dumfries meeting, the Lighthouse Church issued a statement saying: “We respect the views of the LGBT community and although we believe different things and we hope that both communities can live peacefully and dignifiedly in a great country that allows freedom of speech, lifestyle and worship.”
Ian Gray, a spiritual son of Buchan from Yorkshire, reports that on Tuesday, between 30 and 40 prisoners in the most maximum security prison in Northern Ireland gave their lives to Jesus in the prison chapel following an amazing performance by a choir of inmates and Buchan’s preaching of the gospel. That evening, in Maghera, people were queuing down the road to get into the 3 000-seater tent.
“Phenomenal Irish dancing and singing began the cross community meeting and brilliantly welcomed the Lord into the tent. Love was preached, families came forward for prayer for reconciliation and for a new emergence of Jesus as the priority in the nation. The tent is staying up now for another meeting on Thursday to praise Him. Absolutely wonderful to experience such love peace and joy in one place with the Lord. One of the best meetings I have ever been to with Angus,” says Gray.
Tonight Buchan is due to preach at The Cattle Mart, Hexham, in Northumberland, England. And the MMC will run from tomorrow (Friday August 26) until Sunday.
Media reports in Scotland on the LGBT campaign against Buchan’s tour, generally portray him as a gay- and woman-hating bigot who promotes a message of male dominance and that homosexuality is an illness that can be cured.
Does not want people to perish
In a response to the LGBT campaign, issued on the even of his tour, Buchan says: I am accused of being a homophobe, and many other unsavory things, but all I am doing, and still intend to do in Great Britain, is to preach the undiluted Word of God, ‘The Bible’ in its entirety, not compromising one Word. It is because I love people and do not want them to perish and go to a lost eternity.
“John 17:17, states very clearly, ‘Sanctify them by Your truth. Your Word is truth’.
That is all I have ever done in the past, and that is all I will ever do!
“I love homosexuals, and I love lesbians but I cannot condone their way of living, their lifestyle, because it is contrary to the teaching of Gods Holy Word!”