King under the Law

John,_Magna_CartaThe year 2015 was the year of Magna Carta, celebrating 800 years since the famous charter was sealed. There have been numerous books and at least two exhibitions commemorating the anniversary, some of which are reviewed in this issue. The great struggle of the barons who forced the charter on King John, and of many other rebels down through the centuries, was to make the king accept that he was not above the law, but was under it just as they were. The kings and queens of England and Scotland accepted the rule of law only reluctantly until the Glorious Revolution of 1688, when the ability of Parliament to create a monarch and legitimate a dynasty finally shifted the balance of power.

Today it is not kings and queens but government ministers who try from time to time to act outside the law, and have to be reined in by the members of Parliament.

Annual Cambridge Lecture

The Annual Cambridge Lecture will be held (D.V.) on Monday November 2, 2015, 7.30pm, at The Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB.

Rev. Geoff Thomas (Aberystwyth) will be speaking on Is the Bible Enough? – The Sufficiency of Scripture, and there will be opportunity for questions after the lecture.

What Price Freedom of Conscience?

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A lecture by a distinguished retired High Court judge in which he criticizes the present-day advance of secularism, and praises ‘Jesuits and puritans’ equally, has to be considered a truly extraordinary event. Just such a lecture was given by Sir Michael Tugendhat last May.

In recent years, the decisions of the courts have always favoured ‘equality’ at the expense of freedom of conscience to believe and practise the Christian—or indeed any—religion. One notorious judgment went so far as to describe legal protection for religious views as ‘irrational’.

New Director of Ministry

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The Council of the Protestant Truth Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director of Ministry.

The Rev. Philip Tait joined the Society from 1 February 2015, and brings with him years of experience in ministry, management and publishing.

Over the years, Philip has been involved with the work of a number of Christian organizations, including the Sovereign Grace Union, the Strict Baptist Trust and Pension Fund, and the Association of Grace Baptist Churches. He is currently a member of the Committees of Grace Publications Trust and the Grace Baptist Assembly. He has written numerous magazine articles and reviews, and is the part-author of Learning to be Happy and the author of The Real Thing? (both Grace Publications Trust).

Philip obtained a degree in English Language and Literature at the University of Southampton.  He then joined the civil service, working in the Department of Health and Social Security.

He trained for the Christian Ministry on the Theological Training Course of the Evangelical Movement of Wales. In 1989 he became minister of St John’s Wood Road Baptist Church, London. In 2004 he become minister of Hardwick Baptist Church, Stockton-on-Tees.  He left the pastorate in Stockton at the end of January to take up his new post with the Society.

Both the churches where he served as minister enjoyed good relationships with the Protestant Truth Society, and he is looking forward to carrying that relationship forward by working for the Society.

Churches and fellowships wishing to extend Philip an invitation to speak at a midweek or Sunday meeting, on behalf of the Protestant Truth Society, may contact him through the Fleet Street office.

What do we owe to the Reformation?

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Scottish Referendum Result

Rev. Dominic Stockford (Chairman) remarks:

It is with relief that the many unforeseen consequences, spiritual and practical, of the unravelling of our Protestant Union with Scotland has not come about. We thank God for the blessings He has poured upon the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland across the years, and turn to Him in trust that He will bring us all together under His rule. We hope that all the people of these islands will come to see that the freedom that He offers, through His Son Jesus Christ, is of so much more value than what this world has to offer.

Annual Cambridge Lecture

The Annual Cambridge Lecture will be held (D.V.) on Monday November 3, 2014, 7.30pm, at The Round Church, Bridge Street, Cambridge CB2 1UB.

Rev. David Silversides (Loughbrickland) will be speaking on John Knox’s Ministry in England, and there will be opportunity for questions after the lecture.

Sinai-Living God’s Way

The dawn of a New Year provides a very natural opportunity for us as believers to pause and take stock. It is a time when we should both reflect on the year that is past and ask ourselves if in 2013 we truly lived to please and glorify God, and to look forward asking how can we live in 2014 in a way that will produce a greater likeness to Christ.

For many, even for many professing Christians, the solution to living a more holy life seems to be in making New Year resolutions that set a benchmark enable us to live better lives. The answer to living as God has called us to live in Christ is, of course, not in New Year resolutions however well-intentioned, but rather in setting before us the Word of God. Our guide for living is the moral law of God summarized in the Ten Commandments.

The Royal Birth

In July our nation welcomed the arrival of Prince George. This royal baby, who is third in line to the throne, will be known as His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge. As well as being an established regal name, George is also a saint’s name. St George was an early Christian martyr and is the patron saint of England. There have been six King Georges up to now, most recently the Queen’s father.

When the Foundations Crumble

All true Christians must surely be saddened and deeply concerned as we have witnessed, in our day, the marginalization of the institution of marriage in our nation.

The recent decision by the Lords to accept the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill redefining marriage was deeply disturbing. It would seem that our nation is now set to defy God and impose this bill with all its evil implications. Our nation is in a desperate state of moral and spiritual declension, reminiscent of the dark days of the Judges, when ‘everyone did that which was right in his own eyes’ (Judges 21:25).The words of Jeremiah the prophet are so relevant and apt for our nation:

How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it; the pen of the scribes is in vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and what wisdom is in them? (Jeremiah 9:8,9)