Letter to the Queen

The following letter was drawn up at the recent RPCI Synod and sent to Queen Elizabeth II:

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“The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland that met on the 12th June 2012 congratulates your Majesty on the occasion of your diamond jubilee. We are thankful to God for sparing you to reign for sixty years and for the many blessings He has bestowed upon you and the nation during this period.

However, we are saddened by the United Kingdom’s continued refusal to nationally recognize Jesus as King of kings and Lord of lords. During your reign this has resulted in the growth of religious pluralism, abortion becoming widespread, unjustified divorce rates rising, homosexual unions receiving official sanction and the desecration of the Lord’s Day. We were also disappointed that amidst the jubilee celebrations the sanctity of the Christian Sabbath was ignored.

We urge you to exemplify that faith in Christ and turning from sin which shows itself in submission to the Holy Scriptures which are the Word of God.
We humbly pledge to continue to fulfill the direction of the Word of God to pray for those who rule over us. We pray that you will be upheld in the responsibilities of your office and that our nation would once again pledge itself to serving the only true God. We wish to assure you of our continued good wishes.

Psalm 2v10
Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth.”

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sanquhar declaration
Some previous communications

A bit of a contrast to the recent statement from the Moderator of the Free Church of Scotland, Rev. Dr Iain D. Campbell:

“…We have been greatly encouraged not only by Her Majesty’s leadership and example, but also by every public expression of Her Majesty’s Christian commitment, not least in the 2011 Christmas broadcast.”

Full story: Moderator praises Queen’s Christian example (Stornoway Gazette).

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  1. The synod’s letter was very good, and definitely written in the right spirit. Samuel Simms has a good section on the importance of national leaders to social reform in his pamphlet, “The Bible, the church, and terms of communion”. This statement summarises his position: “I think it will hold true, as a rule, that we may not look for the general Christianizing of the people but through the medium of a government themselves Christian.” It is fashionable to hear people discourage a “top-down” approach, yet God looked favourably upon godliness from the top-down in the days of David, Solomon, Hezekiah, Asa, Josiah, et al.

    At the same time, we cannot exhort kings to “be instructed” when we ourselves are not overly clear on what exactly covenanting principles entail. I am not claiming the moral high-ground here, as I had to renounce my small-government sins after I found out that they were unconfessional and contrary to the covenants (in addition to being contrary to the Bible, of course). However, I only found this out as a result of my own research – nobody was able to explain to me WHY this was wrong (not merely assert it was wrong without providing cogent reasons). Moreover, how are we going to tell rulers to heed what the Bible says when most of our members vote for candidates who ignore what the scriptures say concerning civil government? If their abandonment of the word of God is so grievous to us, then why do we continue to vote for them? Furthermore, how can those who vote for such candidates escape ecclesiastical sanctions – especially as we argue that the people who they are voting for are provoking the wrath of God by their actions. It seems to me that a bit more reflection on the Covenanter doctrines of political dissent and close communion is in order.

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