May 21

Great Royal Wedding – just keep standing against LGBT and Feminism

Royal wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding.

Royal wedding. Prince Harry and Meghan Markle leave St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after their wedding.

It’s always uplifting to have a royal wedding!  We celebrate the holy matrimony of Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle.  They have become Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

Romans 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.

Purpose of Marriage

It is worth reminding ourselves of what the Dean of Windsor told the Congregation.  There was no nod towards the abomination of gay marriage in Dr David Conner’s introduction.  He said, according to the Order of Service:

The Dean of Windsor David Conner greets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an earlier Matins Service at St George's Chapel

The Dean of Windsor David Conner greets the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at an earlier Matins Service at St George’s Chapel

‘Marriage is a gift of God in creation through which husband and wife may know the grace of God. It is given that as man and woman grow together in love and trust, they shall be united with one another in heart, body and mind, as Christ is united with his bride, the Church.

‘The gift of marriage brings husband and wife together in the delight and tenderness of sexual union and joyful commitment to the end of their lives. It is given as the foundation of family life in which children are born and nurtured and in which each member of the family, in good times and in bad, may find strength, companionship and comfort, and grow to maturity in love.

‘Marriage is a way of life made holy by God, and blessed by the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ with those celebrating a wedding at Cana in Galilee. Marriage is a sign of unity and loyalty which all should uphold and honour. It enriches society and strengthens community. No one should enter into it lightly or selfishly but reverently and responsibly in the sight of almighty God.’

Power of love

Bishop Michael Curry makes a point in an impassioned sermon

Bishop Michael Curry makes a point in an impassioned sermon

It is safe to say few present have heard an black American pastor in full preaching flow.  Rt Rev Michael Curry is presiding bishop of the US Episcopal Church.  Dr Curry waxed eloquent on

the power of love:

“The late Dr Martin Luther King Jr once said, and I quote: ‘We must discover the power of love, the redemptive power of love. And when we do that, we will make of this old world a new world, for love is the only way.’

“There’s power in love.  Don’t underestimate it.  Don’t even over-sentimentalise it.  There’s power, power in love,” he said.

Zara Tindall sat glued to her seat as Bishop Michael spoke of the power of love.

Zara Tindall sat glued to her seat as Bishop Michael spoke of the power of love.

He went on, transfixing Mrs Zara Tindall in the process:

“Ultimately, the source of love is God himself: the source of all of our lives. There’s an old medieval poem that says: ‘Where true love is found, God himself is there’.

“The New Testament says it this way: ‘Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God, and those who love are born of God and know God. Those who do not love do not know God.’ Why? ‘For God is love.'”

World affairs

Dr Curry applied the power of love to world affairs:

“Imagine governments and nations where love is the way.  Imagine business and commerce where love is the way.”

He said: “Imagine this tired old world where love is the way. When love is the way – unselfish, sacrificial, redemptive.

“When love is the way, then no child will go to bed hungry in this world ever again.

Citing Amos 5:24, he went on: “When love is the way, we will let justice roll down like a mighty stream and righteousness like an ever-flowing brook.

Royal Wedding preaching

The Bishop even preached the Gospel:

“‘There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole, there is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.’

“And one of the stanzas actually explains why. They said: ‘If you cannot preach like Peter, and you cannot pray like Paul, you just tell the love of Jesus, how he died to save us all.”‘

“Oh, that’s the balm in Gilead! This way of love, it is the way of life. They got it. He died to save us all.

“He didn’t die for anything he could get out of it. Jesus did not get an honorary doctorate for dying. He didn’t… he wasn’t getting anything out of it. He gave up his life, he sacrificed his life, for the good of others, for the good of the other, for the wellbeing of the world… for us.

Watch in the days ahead

Nevertheless, we need to stay focused in the days ahead.   The Duke and Duchess have generated much warmth towards the royal family and themselves.  We need to pray Satan does not use that warmth against the Gospel.

It is no secret the new Duchess is a feminist.  That anti-Christian movement sets up an ungody, unseemly competition between men and women.

The Washington Post says: On her new page on the British monarchy’s official website — in pulled out quotes — the woman now known as the Duchess of Sussex says, “I am proud to be a woman and a feminist,” referencing a line from a 2015 speech she gave at a United Nations event.

According to the Independent, ‘Her biography explains that early experiences of campaigning helped form a “lifelong commitment” to “social justice” and “women’s empowerment”.’

The ‘Post’ reminds her: ‘she will be expected to stay clear of party politics. She once called President Trump a “misogynist” and posted an anti-Brexit picture on her (now-deleted) Instagram feed. These kinds of political interventions are now a no-no, but many are curious to see whether she will continue to speak out on feminism and racial issues.’

No feminism and no ‘LGBT’!

Forget ‘racial issues’.  The real problem comes if the Duke and Duchess begin to use their celebrity status to advance the feminist cause.  Will they set women and men against each other, disadvantaging the poor as a whole?  Feminism is easy to do as a duchess.  It is not so easy in a village in Africa where people divide up jobs according to gender because doing it God’s way works.

An even greater mistake would be for the pair to push in any way for LBGT rights.  Getting some transsexuals photographed with their royal highnesses is going to right up there on the activists’ agenda.  But that is the way of man, not the way of God.  It is the way of division, selfishness, rampant individualism and hatred of society and all that is holy.  It is not the way of love – or the way of justice.

let’s be topical for a moment, because Christ is King of the here and now.  Telling a confused teen they are a different gender and giving them puberty-blocking hormones is not loving.  It is child abuse.

Pray into all this.  Thank God firstly for the gift of marriage.  Secondly, thank God for all his created social institutions and for our gender roles.  Thirdly, pray for their royal highnesses to stay loyal and, well, married.

And fourthly, pray they stay not just out of party politics.  Pray they keep away from all anti-Christian issues.  May they not be found in the temple of Baal, advancing evil.  This ministry will be watching, by God’s grace.  May God break in on Harry and Meghan and convert them to his cause instead.

Even, perhaps we shall be so bold as to pray, as Dr Curry concluded:

“My brother, my sister, God love you, God bless you, and may God hold us all in those almighty hands of love.”

 

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  1. A very good article Stephen. I could not bring myself to watch the wedding as I have been concerned about Meghan’s anti Christian stand with advancing LGBT rights and feminism. I just haven’t felt peaceful about if at all. But God is overall and He will accomplish His purposes.

    1. Thank you Naomi K for those links and some of the excellent follow up comments. I personally did not see or have any desire to watch the wedding, but did note later on the car radio that Meghan absconded from saying ‘obey’. I thought that says it all. Then we had the great emphasis and misuse of the word ‘love’ used in an overt and subtle way by the Bishop to suit their twisted liberalism little realising the day will come that all hearts will be revealed in the great judgement day.

      Interestingly, I spent the day on my first visit to Cromwell’s House at Ely. A worthy experience. Here, one could sense that Cromwell was a true converted man, guided by divine conviction. How we need such men raised up like this today.

  2. As you highlight Stephen, thanks be to the Lord for the Anglican liturgy of the marriage service spoken by the Dean of Windsor, defining what is true Christian marriage, free of worldly distortions. It is a pity the Dean did not deliver it with more liveliness and gusto, to seize the attention, as did Bishop Curry in his sermon. What an onerous responsibility to preach to, we are told, 2 billion people across the world. There is much good in the Bishop’s sermon, and its powerful delivery was uplifting. But I feel that most unbelievers would have come away with message that “all you need is love”, “all are included” and that there is hence no crucial distinction between the saved and unsaved. It could not be more than ‘milk’, but this was I feel ‘skimmed milk’. Sin and faith were not mentioned, although the importance of fire, Facebook and Instagram were. Most were impressed, but how many will come to faith as a result? There were only the usual numbers at Church on Sunday. But let us pray that a great many seeds were sown through it and will come to fruition.

    HRH the Duchess of Sussex’s declared commitment to feminism is a concern. What feminism should be aiming to achieve is equality of opportunity between the sexes. But it tends to be extremist, disguised misandry, seeking the effective emasculation of men and refusing to acknowledge the sexes differing but complementary roles. I hope that the requirements of being a Royal will ensure her wings are duly clipped in this regard.

    1. I am going entirely to disagree with equality of opportunity between the sexes if only because Almighty God has not made the world like that. I shall never have the opportunity to give birth. A woman will never have the opportunity to be the fastest human being over 100 meters or whatever distance you want to define. We are complementary. We do different jobs and the holy idea is to work together.

      1. how true

  3. Oh dear! her past remarks do not abode for anything good. Gender blending will bring a curse. Not a good day for Britain.

  4. Really good points! Thank you for encouraging us to pray for them.

  5. Many newspapers etc have missed the point that Michael Curry is not just “an American preacher”, but the PRIMATE of the Episcopal Church (of the USA). He is like the Archbishop of Canterbury.

    Having adjusted to his accent, I thought at first that he said that there is a bomb in Gilead, which is not surprising as it’s in the Middle East.

    Stephen will, I know, not report me to Race Relations for declaring my strongest impression of the whole thing.
    They peppered the chapel with black faces, even a black prebendary whatever that is.
    But the Duchess of Suffolk is not black ! Her face isn’t even that kind of shape. Did the enthusiasts in Brixton not notice this ?

    There. It’s Emperor’s New Clothes, and I’ve said it.

  6. It would seem that the mob at Pink News is rather fond of the Rt. Rev. Michael Curry and his Episcopal Church for its accommodation of all things LGBT.

    https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2018/05/20/royal-wedding-bishops-church-threatened-with-expulsion-from-anglican-communion-for-embracing-same-sex-marriage/

  7. How true, but we must as Christians continue to pray. Particularly for Her Majesty, who by her promise to ‘SERVE’ is become servant to the MACHINATIONS of a parliament consisting of secularists,humanists and atheists. Abetted by LGBT and those unwilling to challenge them!.

  8. Very good article, Stephen. I did not watch the Royal Wedding (most of the time watching the cup final! That was a bore!!). I am sceptical regarding anything in political public life as we are definitively in a time of great apostasy incredible satanic evil in the UK and the western world. There are notable exceptions to this, as in Dr. Conner’s address, and, thankfully, organizations like yours, and others are making a stand. Our hearts are hardened with the norms of this world, determined by the god of this world, so we are pilgrims in a foreign land (according to Hebrews). The problem we have is single mindedly maintaining a stand focussed on The Lord and His Word. So much in the ‘church’ fails to do this and therefore becomes increasingly powerless in ,making such a stand. Pity and sad.

  9. As a matter of Scriptural principle I refused to compromise my stand for the Truth and watch this travesty. For those who want to know what I was doing instead – I was enjoying working among, and with, the Creation of the Almighty – weeding my rhubarb patch and re-rooting the crowns.
    Anyway, back to the point. Marriage, as the so-called Dean of Westminster made clear is ‘between a man and a woman’…”TO THE END OF THEIR LIVES.”
    Correct me if I am wrong, but Miss Merkle is a divorcee. In the eyes of The Almighty, they are NOT married – that is why it is a travesty. The Almighty is quite clear about His position on divorce and re-marriage and no Scriptural believer should be pleased with this union.
    This applies not only to this couple but to all, high-born or low, saved or no.

    1. Well, Stuart, I have a dog in this fight, having been on the receiving end of divorce, and having remarried. And I will say a couple of things here.
      Firstly, divorce is allowed in scripture under the provisions of Deut 24. And I want no-one coming back and saying ‘But that’s Old Testament,’ because our Lord Jesus, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, wrote it.
      Secondly, our Lord in that quotation above said ‘Let not man put asunder’ not ‘Man may not put asunder’.
      Thirdly, the Lord God said, ‘It is not good that the man should be alone,’ and plainly it’s not that much fun for the woman either. So we are made for the fellowship of marriage.
      Fourthly, our civil law, in allowing no-fault divorce on demand, does exactly what the Lord Jesus said in Mark 10 it should not do. Marriage is now by law little more than a boyfriend-girlfriend relationship, less ’till death do us part’ and more ’till you’re dumped.’
      So the church is having to make the best of a bad show. And I believe forbidding people to remarry strikes against the creation ordinance.
      And of course, given the current status of legal marriage, all the church can do is run events and teaching and support to help couples stay together. I am doing my little bit with nanosermons like ‘Don’t pray your spouse out of your marriage‘. Video will open in a new tab.

      1. That is your interpretation, and plenty of believers would definitely not agree with you but hold that the biblical teaching is that marriage is between one man and one woman and is for life. Moreover, some years back when the C of E was grappling with the mounting social problem of remarriage in church following divorce, its compromise was to order clergy to make sure that what became known as a “Service of Blessing following a Civil Marriage” (some may think that an oxymoron!) in no way gave the impression that the ceremony was to look like a first-time marriage: bride was not to be dressed in a white (traditional) wedding dress, no bridesmaids, and vows not to be the same as those in the authorised Wedding Service. In other words, a casual observer was not to be led to think this was a first-time marriage ceremony. So…..has the C of E changed its policy on all this; are royalty to be treated differently to the rest of the public; or are we seeing yet another ‘slip and slide’ in our Established Church?
        Nonetheless, what’s been done cannot be undone, and my prayers will foremostly be that the true gospel of our Lord will come to be accepted and followed by this young couple, who will then use their privileged position to go on to be witnesses to His saving power.

  10. Zara Tindall sat glued to her seat as Bishop Michael spoke of the power of love.

    Apparently she’s heavily pregnant and probably needing the loo!

    1. And it looked as if her husband was asleep!

  11. Why was is timed to coincide with the FC final? Would they excuse this as being for some good joint commercial idea or was it purposely done to reduce the aftermath newspaper focus with highlights of the FC.

    When the announcement to the divorce of Lord Snowdon and Princess Margaret came – it was planned to coincide with Harold Wilson PM resigning – so his story took the paper high light.

    1. Yes Jason, except the wedding was at 12 noon and the FA Cup Final at 3.00pm. So if you were quick you could just about hoof it across town. And if you’re a couch potato, it’s a doddle. You can see your wedding, go out and come back with your chips and sit down for the FACF with your tinnies. And these days, with catch-up …

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