Francis Drake, Privateer

A privateer was a private warship authorized by his country to attack foreign shipping

First posting

This is my first attempt at blogging, and I guess this is going to take me some time to master.  As a ponderous one finger typist everything I write is time consuming!

I  set this blog up to give vent to my thoughts about God, Faith, Church, Christianity, the World, plus any other thing that grabs me, etc.

I called this blog Francisdrakeprivateer because he somewhat represents my thinking.  As a privateer sea captain, Francis Drake took the war to the enemy,  Roman Catholic Spain.  The Spanish called him El Draque, The Dragon!  They insisted that he was a common pirate. He was also a pioneer.

I would have liked to sail with him, although I don’t like the slave trading bit.

Today the church of Jesus Christ  and this nation, England, is in far more danger than it was in the 16th century. Rome has gained a far greater success in that it has used subterfuge and traitors both in the government of this nation and in the church.

We have been dragged into the European Union by dishonest politicians. The EU is run by Rome (more later). The Church of England is in an appalling state. It has been led by a succession of incompetent fools. The current Archbishop is also apparently a druid. The Anglican Church at its top would reunite with Rome at the drop of a hat. This is not surprising when you consider how far it has lost its way.

The true church of Jesus Christ needs to wake up to the real world. It needs to stop playing at religion and get its relationship with the Lord in the right order. The saints of the Lord need to get out of their seats and ask the Lord what it is that God would have of them. AND DON’T ASK THE PASTOR, HE WON’T HAVE A CLUE. It is your responsibility to find out what God says for your life. If you’ve never heard God then it is most likely that you have been letting others (pretend to) do the hearing for you.

God intended that all his people could not only pray but hear his voice respond. The church has replaced this with the pastors voice. THIS IS WRONG. This is the same spirit at work as in Catholicism. In Rome it is the voice of the Pope that is the only voice of God permitted. When he speaks Ex Cathedra it is apparently infallible. Unfortunately too many christians give this attribute to their Church Elders and Leaders. This is idolatry.


January 3, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. Question: What can be done to fix the traditional church system?

    Answer: Close the churches’ doors. Sell the churches and its properties. Fire all clergy. Wait on God. Wait. Wait. Wait. Then, start anew.

    I absolutely, positively enjoyed your comment on my blog. If you ever get bored send me an email at

    Comment by Larry Who | January 4, 2009

  2. How blessed we are that you have given your hand to blogging! A quick read of your posts so far show that you have much wisdom to share. I look forward to reading your future musings.

    Thank you for commenting on my blog…I shall be back to leave a couple of comments on your posts once the children are napping and I get a moment to myself! 🙂

    Comment by fivepeasinapod | February 2, 2009

  3. Hi, I’ve found you through fivepeasinapod.

    I find your first entries interesting, but wonder how do you reconcile not obey the command to “forsake not the gathering together of the saints”?

    I know the church is in a shocking state, but there was no qualifier with that command.

    Comment by beyondbluestockings | February 3, 2009

  4. Hi beyondbluestockings, welcome to Francis Drake’s pillaging fleet.

    To answer your excellent question, lets put your bible quote in fuller context.

    Heb 10:24 and let us consider one another to provoke to love and to GOOD WORKS,
    Heb 10:25 NOT FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLING of ourselves together, as the manner of some is, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.

    It can be really hard to provoke one another to good works when they believe that good works just means dutifully going to church. Its hard to exhort one another when all the ministry is only from the badge wearers at the front.

    Thankfully the bible sees things very different.

    Eph 4:16 from whom the whole body, fitted together and compacted by that which EVERY JOINT SUPPLIES, according to the effectual working in the measure of each part, producing the growth of the body to the edifying of itself in love.

    1Co 14:26 Then how is it, brothers? When you come together, each one of you has a psalm, has a teaching, has a tongue, has a revelation, has an interpretation. Let all things be for building up.

    The meetings we see today in most churches have no connection with the purpose of the verse you quote. Churches do not permit the sort of assembly the bible describes, so why do we go when we could do what God wants instead.

    The theatre we call church neuters the saints. They do little other than watch and sing when told. The saints are not permited to execise their spiritual gifts as in 1cor14v26. This type of meeting has little value in God’s laid out purpose for the saints.

    The tragedy is that when people go there, they think they have found God’s purpose for them. This fraud called church prevents christians actually finding their true calling.

    The verse you quote does not say, “go to church every Sunday”. On the contrary, regular or random getting together with those who want to pursue God, in a real way can be far more fruitful.
    Hebrews was not making a law, in your quote. We are free from Law, therefore we should not feel guilty in the slightest, if we leave a church which does not permit us to achieve the biblical aim.

    I hope this answers some of your thoughts, but please come back if you have a challenge or have other ideas.
    What I have said is by no means definitive, we all need to keep searching for the narrow way!

    Eph 2:8 For by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God,
    Eph 2:9 NOT OF WORKS, lest anyone should boast.
    Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to GOOD WORKS, which God has before ordained that we should walk in them.

    Comment by francisdrakeprivateer | February 4, 2009

  5. Francis Drake, I have no problem with abandoning the church with walls, provided we are in a position to meet with other believers.

    I would contend, however, that randomly meeting is insufficient. Not because the verse I quoted saying to ‘forsake not the gathering together of the saints’ is making a law, but because it is clearly a command, and because we also have the example of the early church meeting on the first day of the week. So command + example = a fairly safe bet that we are supposed to follow, the way I look at it.

    As I said, I don’t have a problem with a meeting which is run by the saints, as opposed to a paid intermediary to spoon feed us and say when to sit, when to stand, when to sing, and when to listen. I so absolutely get that it is what sends men to sleep and allows errors to go unchecked. But those of us who are inclined to question the system are by tendency those who have a little difficulty submitting ourselves to one another, to being accountable, to being committed. This is why I caution all to find regular fellowship – as it is a tragedy to leave on kind of error, only to find oneself in error of a different kind.

    It sounds though, that you have found some brethren with which to fellowship, and that’s a precious thing. Thanks for taking the time to address my concerns graciously.


    Comment by beyondbluestockings | February 5, 2009

  6. Hi BBS
    I much more fear the inocculation against the spirit, and the emasculation that a church service gives, than I fear simply staying away and spending time with God.

    By this I mean that the average church meeting DOES NOT CONSTITUTE THE ASSEMBLING OF YOURSELVES TOGETHER! Reading what you have written, here and elsewhere, I suspect this not far from your thoughts also?

    Church as is currently witnessed is so far from the biblical model, therefore to obey the verses you quote, go somewhere other than church. Go somewhere that the saints can mutually submit to one another, rather than stay and remain bound up in your walk.

    If we feared that leaving and going into this “wilderness” would be a disaster, then every pioneering move whether Abraham leaving Haran or Columbus leaving Europe would never have happened.

    Speaking as Drake of course (LOL) he was not too worried about what people thought of his adventuring. And he was a man of God as well as a man of action. He knew like the sons of Issachar, what England should do. (1chron12v32)

    Even if I was alone, I would rather risk being wrong alone, than being certain I was wrong with a whole load of others.


    Comment by francisdrakeprivateer | February 6, 2009

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