Sunday, June 03, 2012

Give thanks to God for the Diamond Evangelist



Who is the evangelist in the Church of England with the most reach?

A media-friendly bishop or one of the smooth-talking radio clerics on the BBC or a Christian celebrity associated with the Alpha Course?

None of them, by a wide margin. The most effective evangelist in the Church of England is a church-going lady in her 80s. Here is what she said to millions of people all around the world a few months ago: “God sent into the world a unique person – neither a philosopher nor a general, important though they are, but a Saviour, with the power to forgive. Forgiveness lies at the heart of the Christian faith. It can heal broken families, restore friendships, and it can reconcile divided communities. It is in forgiveness that we feel the power of God’s love.”

She then went on to say: “It is my prayer that on this Christmas Day we might all find room in our lives for the message of the angels and for the love of God through Christ our Lord.”

From Her Majesty the Queen’s Christmas Day broadcast to the Commonwealth.

The republic of South Yorkshire is not particularly monarchist if we are honest and there may be understandable historical reasons for distrust of the southern political and social establishment. Certainly, the celebrations for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are rather low-profile compared to the efforts of other communities around the United Kingdom.

But we, as the Anglican parish church in this South Yorkshire community, have a responsibility to be counter-cultural in this regard because Her Majesty is the Supreme Governor of the Church by law established to which we belong and the Defender of the biblical and evangelical Faith we profess.

In our epistle reading from 1 Timothy, the Apostle Paul wrote to the pastor of the church in Ephesus during the 1st century AD: “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness” (1Tim 2:1-2 [NIV]).

The 1st-century monarchs and governors Paul urged prayer for had serious executive, judicial and political power. It is true that Her Majesty has little power compared to them but she still has constitutional and legal authority in the governance of the United Kingdom and so should be prayed for by Christian people in our country, as should the elected political leaders with the real executive power.

And it goes without saying that Her Majesty’s moral authority vastly exceeds that of our elected politicians.

A nonchalant, disengaged, ‘whatever’ attitude towards the governance of our country is not on for Christian people. The gospel message we believe and proclaim requires good order for its successful progress. Yes, the gospel can spread in disordered circumstances but it spreads so much more effectively in well-ordered, well-governed, peaceable societies.

The good news of the Lord Jesus Christ spread rapidly under the Pax Romana as it did under the Pax Britannica.

We Christians are called to pray to God for peace certainly because war damages people but also because peace and stability and good social order allow for the spread of the saving truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul taught that Christian prayer for peaceful, ordered, stable social conditions is “good and pleases God our Saviour, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth” (1Tim 2:3-4).

Good governance is good for the gospel.

Good governance is good for the saving truth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Good governance is good for evangelism.

Let us earnestly pray for it and not take stability for granted. We are, I would suggest, a generation away from serious social disorder on this island of Britain.

And what is the content of the truth we are to proclaim in the society for whose peace, good order and stability we are to pray?

Paul summarised the saving truth Christians are called to proclaim to the world: “For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all men – the testimony given in its proper time.”

Notice Paul’s emphasis on one God, not many gods; one mediator, not many mediators; the man, not a man; and all people everywhere, not some people in certain parts of the world.

The one true creator God offers eternal salvation to all people on the basis of faith in the one mediator he has provided, the man Christ Jesus.

The man’s life given up in death upon the Cross paid the price which the justice of the one true God required for the forgiveness of the sins of all people.

That is the truth Christians are to proclaim. It is not a truth but the Truth.

That is why Christians should be thankful that Her Majesty promised at her Coronation to defend the Faith, not a faith.

A faith does not save anybody for eternity. It is the Faith in the one mediator between the one God and humanity which saves all who put their trust in the man Christ Jesus.

So on this Diamond Jubilee weekend, we give thanks to the one true God for the finest evangelist in the Church of England, but supremely we give thanks for the one mediator between God and humanity, the man Christ Jesus who gave himself as a ransom for all.

This Jubilee sermon was preached today by the Rev’d Julian Mann, vicar of the Parish Church of the Ascension, Oughtibridge, South Yorkshire.

26 Comments:

Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

I wonder if Charles will consider these points.

3 June 2012 at 10:36  
Blogger Atlas Shrugged said...

Let us earnestly pray for it and not take stability for granted. We are, I would suggest, a generation away from serious social disorder on this island of Britain.

Your Grace is an irrepressible optimist, which may be a good thing.

I would suggest that we are no more then a few months to a year or two away from serious social disorder.

Indeed one could ask what was last summers riots really all about? If those were not already serious enough, one wonders what Your Grace defines as serious?

I live/exist in South London, and I can assure Your Grace, it looked serious enough to me.

These days being a Christian leader is like being a ships captain without a ship.

These days being a humble agnostic theists like myself is like being a deck hand without ship-mates, a ships captain, or ship.

One cannot have a divine son without a divine father, sometimes known as a creator God, or Great Architect of the Universe.

What is more there is little point in elevating such a power if it is not also an ever present law giver, and judge.

Western Christianity in all its many and various forms is increasingly being built on foundations of sand.

It is clear that many pay little more then lip service to the laws of their creator god. Either God and his Laws exist, or they do not. If they exist, then there remains the strong possibility that we are to be judged.

If we are to be judged, then the people are in big enough trouble, and their leaders long since booked a one way passage to the depths of hell, wherever or whatever that may be?

The point is that much of our current ills are predicated upon, as well as propagated by Satanistic socialism or Marxism, as represented by Darwinistic materialism.

The Book of The Law, has replaced The Holy Bible as the foundation stone of our entire society, and it has done this from the top down, not the other way around.

We continue to allow Darwin's much disproved theory, to be taught as evinced science in our schools and colleges, when it is most clearly nothing of the sort.

The utter nonsense that is Darwinism may have allowed intellectual pigmies like Dawkins to become "intellectually fulfilled," as well as ever more wealthy, but it has also been directly responsible for the fall of mankind in general, and western society in particular.

If you teach your younger generations that they are simply accidentally evolved Monkey's, one can hardly be surprised when they eventually continue to act as such.

3 June 2012 at 11:52  
Blogger Preacher said...

Atlas.
Many of our captains are afraid to cast off & leave the safety of the harbour for the perils of the open sea.
Fearful of firing their guns in case it awakens the crew, or attracts the enemies fire.
Good post. Pray for God to send the likes of Wesley, Spurgeon, Edwards & Moody, men of grit & character who were not afraid to engage the enemy & win the day.

Blessings. Preacher.

3 June 2012 at 20:13  
Blogger Theo said...

Rowan doesn't do himself any favours by competing with Her Majesty for the prize for the prettiest dress and hat of the day!

3 June 2012 at 21:14  
Blogger bluedog said...

From your tweet, Your Grace, was Anne Boleyn a traitor? If so, that is news indeed.

Whilst on the subject of tweeting, the New York Times reports that the greatest users of tweets are Christian evangelists. The average verse in the KJV has 100 characters which fits the 140 character quota of a tweet with room for brief comment.

This opens up the exciting possibility of silencing political verbosity with a verse from the KJV.

3 June 2012 at 22:05  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Ah, finally a cleryman who is verbose! I reckon that sermon was about 5 or 6 mins max! This Vicar could tell other Vicars a thing or too about keeping sermons short (and to a wonderful point!).

3 June 2012 at 22:25  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Ooops , should have said non-verbose!

3 June 2012 at 22:25  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

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3 June 2012 at 23:42  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Eminence, the Inspector has this to report. Absolutely no backbone. They really are a gang of chancers. If you say no to them, they just shuffle off home. No dispute, it’s a revelation !

Over thirty years ago, the young Inspector was introduced to the mortician of Cheltenham General hospital. He asked him what was the worst part of his job, children excepted. He said fire victims. You touch the scorched flesh and it flakes to dust....

4 June 2012 at 00:33  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. Most excellent news. As you are aware {AHEM}, the Inspector is conducting a rigorous evaluation of the commentators at ‘Pink News’. They are, in the main, sexually confused youth. Too young to be considered degenerates. A rallying call to report him to Stoke Newington police, for the heinous crime of objecting to their way of thinking backfired, and brought out the wrath in the Inspector. Having tasted blood, there was no stopping the Inspector as his and God’s enemies scattered in all directions. On the opening of a new thread, their own in fighting brought the subject to a standstill as panic set in.

To be mentioned in this dispatch. One feisty, erstwhile tedious hero bird, Brigadier Dodo, who “brought up the rear” much to the enemies astonishment. They are still unable to grasp it was a two pronged assault. What sport !

Tally ho !

4 June 2012 at 11:25  
Blogger Tommy said...

The bearded druid keeps on about English monarchs throughout this video commenting that for almost a thousand years Englush kings and queens have been crowned here but in reality he needs to know that not all have been English.

4 June 2012 at 11:25  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

It’s awards time. For his sterling work in seeing off the enemies of Christendom, Brigadier Dodo is hereby enrolled as...

Knight Commander of the Gold Cross, Companion of the Order of “Guiding gays back to their right place in society. Towards the back, behind the vegetarians and slightly in front of those who have carnal desires about children”

Complete with clasp “Stoke Newington Police Station” to commemorate said campaign honours.

We salute you, Sir !

4 June 2012 at 13:13  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Your Grace. The Inspector has been informed that he and the battling bird will be getting their come uppance as soon as the doors re-open on Wednesday morning. However, in this day and age, the Inspector feels that the crew at “Pink News” are not only aware of what is going on, but ‘cool’ with it too. To use that Americanism. In the meantime, the Inspector has invigorated a harsh regime. The policy as below...

PROCLAMATION

The occupation of ‘Pink News’ will continue until such time as SSM is thrown out and land filled. The Inspector General will assume civilian governorship of the site. His official title to be ‘Pro-consul’.
Brigadier Dodo le Dude will be military governor. You are asked to comply with the terms of occupation. Miscreants will be severely dealt with. They will be taken to a restaurant and made to have an intimate candlelit dinner for two with a randy member of the opposite sex, before “ coffee” back at their guests place. You have been warned.

You will shortly be advised as to what you can or can’t post during the occupation.

God Save The Queen !

_____________ -3
ATTENTION

By order of the Inspector General, you are hereby forbidden to make new posts on this site. You are allowed to reply to existing posts including his own.

Witness my hand, this 4th day of June, in the year of our Lord, 2012

4 June 2012 at 16:31  
Blogger Oswin said...

Yer what?

4 June 2012 at 17:09  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Chaps, news from the front...
__________________________

Do you know pugnacious bird, between us we’ve actually done it ! Blown out of the water one of the biggest myths of the last twenty years – Gay Power. It doesn’t exist, it’s a charade. Smoke and mirrors if you will. It’s all wind, and no substance. If you actually stood up and said, “No, society doesn’t want marriage devalued in that way”, they would just nod their heads and go home !

Thank you God for showing us the way !

4 June 2012 at 20:21  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

News from Stalingrad....Inspector tipsy and sleep deprived....

Lumi. How could you be so unkind to people who have a religious orientation. It’s so hurtful. We just want to live our lives you know, without SSM. You are truly a bigot and you say your not and I don’t believe you because you know your not being fair but still is ! Blast, I’ve wet myself !

4 June 2012 at 21:45  
Blogger Peter Thomas said...

Err, ninety-six official Jubilee Street Parties in South Yorkshire today, your Grace. And quite a few unofficial ones, too.

4 June 2012 at 23:17  
Blogger Alpha Draconis said...

Your Grace,

I struggle to understand fellow communicatnt Inspector General. Is he suffering from the human condition known as madness?

As Oswin (or as he is know to me Jedi Master Kit Fisto) said (approximate translation) WTF?

4 June 2012 at 23:49  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

Not mad at all Alpha, doing missionary work for Christ at “Pink News”
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Gay types. Now as you know, the Inspector General along with his faithful extinct bird, Brigadier Dodo le Dude, have you under Christian occupation. Now he’s had a opportunity to study you all. What he has found is not good. This site is a hub of anti-religious and anti-heterosexuality hatred. The latter is most surprising. You see, you need heterosexual activity to provide the next generation of gay types. What did you think, they drop out of odd peoples bottoms, during you know what ?

So, in the spirit of co-operation, let’s clean up this site and make it something we are proud of....

God Save Our Most Gracious Monarch, Elizabeth II
____________________________________________________

5 June 2012 at 01:58  
Blogger Oswin said...

Inspector: does Christ know about this?

5 June 2012 at 03:00  
Blogger Office of Inspector General said...

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5 June 2012 at 13:28  
Blogger len said...

I wonder if the intention of the 'inspector' and 'the dodo' is in fact to close down His Graces site by posting outrageous remarks?.

5 June 2012 at 18:43  
Blogger DanJ0 said...

They're trying to create an inter-site war I think, trolling the site there and trashing the site here. They then get to sit back and laugh as it all kicks off.

5 June 2012 at 20:06  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

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5 June 2012 at 20:55  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

Blog administrator:

Am I not to be permitted a chance to reply to these outrageous accusations?

5 June 2012 at 21:15  
Blogger Dodo the Dude said...

DanJ0
You have a fertile imagination.

Is one a 'troll' simply because someone is 'offended' by one's comments. And how on earth am I thrashing this site?

little pope len
On the ball as usual, I see.

5 June 2012 at 21:31  

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