CHURCH & STATE – a radical Christian corrective


by the Rev Dr Alan Clifford

As the ‘church & state’ debate develops, we need some radical Christian realism. From an institutional, constitutional and cultural perspective, we began to be a ‘Christian nation’ in the days of Alfred the Great (871-901). This began seriously to unravel with the Abortion Act (1967). Since then, secular values have increasingly eroded our Christian cultural identity.

Contrary to the recent bleating of Cameron and Pickles, it is ridiculous to view ourselves as a ‘Christian nation’ any longer. Whatever check ‘state Christianity’ might have exerted on advancing secularism, what remains has become emasculated and utterly hypocritical. Promotion of perverted so-called ‘same-sex marriage’ by Her Majesty’s Government – our complicit Queen also being Supreme Governor of the Church of England – has ended the pretence that we are a ‘Christian nation’. Aggressive secularism has taken hold within a so-called Christian culture whose shameful compromise is now only worthy of mockery.

In short, we are back at the beginning. Just as early Christianity was persecuted by imperial Rome, authentic Christians dare not depend on a now-discredited and decadent culture. We have become a minority voice in a sea of cultural confusion. While secularism is sowing the seeds of its own implosive decadence, the time has returned for authentic, Bible-believing Christians to trust totally in our Living and Eternal Head, Jesus Christ. So let our discredited dependencies go! Though it might be through persecution, we could be at the beginning of an opportune final chapter of Christian and World history, on the eve of the glorious return of the Church’s true Head and Saviour, our Lord Jesus Christ.

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3 responses to “CHURCH & STATE – a radical Christian corrective

  1. Dear Editor,

    Nick Clegg’s desire to disestablish the Anglican Church is quite typical of his failure to know or understand what is happening around him. The Anglican Church was disestablished in 1972 when the sovereignty of the nation and the supremacy of the Crown were surrendered to the EEC with the signing up to the Treaty of Rome. The Crown is supreme or it is but nothing. As there is no provision for a constitutional monarchy in the Treaty of Rome, without the Crown the office of the monarch was ended and with it the office of Supreme Governor of the Church of England. This was made clear when the Queen was made a citizen of the EU and Charles was allowed a civil wedding in dereliction of Article 7 of Cannon Law which rendered him ineligible to hold the office of Supreme Governor of the Church of England and in consequence the office of Monarch. No one can be both monarch and citizen at the same time. These are essential constitutional issues and their abandonment proves that our nation’s Constitution was dismissed and politically ended with the signing of the Treaty of Rome. Distasteful though these facts might be to many, pretending they do not exist will in no way change them, nor will unlawful referendums.

    Yours Sincerely, Bob Lomas. The Magna Carta Society.

  2. I think Pickles is a genuine man, but Cameron’s desperate pious posturing is laughable. Maybe it’s another attempt at emulating Blair. Say what you like about Blair, but he does absolutely believe in god. The problem is, that god is himself. I sometimes imagine that one day I will find that the day’s headline is that Tony Blair has drowned after attempting to leave one of his oligarchic friends’ yachts by walking across the water to shore.

    Regarding Dr Clifford’s final paragraph, I am reminded of the Fifth Monarchy Men of the Civil War era. Maybe they’ll end up being right, after all, and they just got the timing a few centuries out.

  3. Abortion is good example Dr Clifford.

    As a private person Elizabeth Winsor is (I hope) opposed to abortion – but, as Queen the lady feels it is her duty to sign whatever the government puts in front of her (no matter how antichristian it is).

    It is hard to see how a person can be Supreme Governor of the Church of England and head-of-state of a radically anti Christian state (for example an abortionist state) AT THE SAME TIME.

    I love tradition – for example the willow meads near the Cathedral in Ely (now gone or going) or the Bishop of Bath and Wells living in that wonderful little moated palace (that is being banned to – and it will not save a penny to ban it, as the building will still have to be maintained).

    But there is a time for change – in order to preserve essential PRINCIPLES.

    So it may indeed be time for the Church of England to follow the example of the Church of Ireland and the Church in Wales (although it certainly should not be robbed of its property as they were).

    A Supreme Governor f the Church who signs abortion Acts? Bishops being selected by atheist Prime Ministers (such as “Ed” Milliband)?

    No – it is time for a change.

    A change in order to preserve.