We are Confessional Calvinists and a Prayer Book Church-people. In 2012, we remembered the 350th anniversary of the 1662 Book of Common Prayer; also, we remembered the 450th anniversary of John Jewel's sober, scholarly, and Reformed "An Apology of the Church of England." In 2013, we remembered the publication of the "Heidelberg Catechism" and the influence of Reformed theologians in England, including Heinrich Bullinger's Decades. For 2014: Tyndale's NT translation. For 2015, John Roger, Rowland Taylor and Bishop John Hooper's martyrdom, burned at the stakes. Books of the month. December 2014: Alan Jacob's "Book of Common Prayer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Book-Common-Prayer-Biography-Religious/dp/0691154813/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1417814005&sr=8-1&keywords=jacobs+book+of+common+prayer. January 2015: A.F. Pollard's "Thomas Cranmer and the English Reformation: 1489-1556" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-English-Reformation-1489-1556/dp/1592448658/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1420055574&sr=8-1&keywords=A.F.+Pollard+Cranmer. February 2015: Jaspar Ridley's "Thomas Cranmer" at: http://www.amazon.com/Thomas-Cranmer-Jasper-Ridley/dp/0198212879/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422892154&sr=8-1&keywords=jasper+ridley+cranmer&pebp=1422892151110&peasin=198212879
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
CRANMER'S CURATE: UNDER OUR CHRISTIAN QUEEN GOD'S GOSPEL IS FOR ANYWHERE IN THE UK
UNDER OUR CHRISTIAN QUEEN GOD'S GOSPEL IS FOR ANYWHERE IN THE UK
Under a Christian Sovereign, there should be no part of the United Kingdom where the biblical gospel of eternal salvation through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ could not be freely proclaimed both in a building and in the open air.
But one has to wonder what would happen to a Christian preacher who attempted to proclaim the true God's gospel on the streets of an urban area considered by a radical element of its residents to be Muslim.
In such an environment, would the herald of Christ be arrested for the public order offence or the Islamist militants who took physical action to disrupt the sermon? Recent precedents do not hold out much hope that the guilty would be punished and not the innocent.
Even more revealing, though, would be the attitude of the local churches in the area and particularly the Anglican clergy? Would they back Christ's messenger or dissociate themselves from him? Would some so-called Christians in the area even accuse him of tactlessness?
The Supreme Governor of the Church of England, the Queen, pledged at her Coronation to defend the Protestant Christian Faith. What the Book of Common Prayer describes as the Sovereign's 'whole Council', namely Her Majesty's Government, has a constitutional duty to support her in fulfilling that oath.
Thus, if there are any no-go areas for the Christian gospel in the UK, then that is a serious breach of our country's constitution.