Pastors John Sherwood and Peter Simpson, helped by Mrs Lesley Pilkington, were witnessing to the truth of the King of kings, the Lord Jesus Christ, outside Windsor Castle on June 2nd, one of the bank holidays called to mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. Windsor was crowded with visitors because of this special national occasion.
A special leaflet had been prepared which spoke of thankfulness for her Majesty’s long, committed and faithful service to the nation, but which also made the point that such an anniversary was an appropriate time to reflect upon the spiritual condition of Britain over the last 70 years.
In doing this, one can only reach the conclusion that these past seven decades have constituted a continual turning away from the nation’s Christian foundations, and a replacing of them with the foolish wisdom of this world.
As soon as the witness began, an elderly lady came up to us and stated that it was singularly inappropriate to have Christian preaching on the occasion of the Queen’s Jubilee. Pastor Simpson responded that nothing could be more appropriate, not least because Britain is a constitutionally Christian nation.
The lady then replied that she was a Christian and attended a Church of England church. Nevertheless, she was unhappy with the public preaching of the gospel on such an occasion.
The Penn minister endeavoured to explain in response that the Queen holds an important role within the national church, and also that the monarchy is closely connected with the mighty influence of Biblical Christianity in this nation down the ages. It was after all King Alfred who first incorporated the 10 Commandments into English law. Furthermore, at the Reformation, which took place in the 16th century, the recovery of Biblical truth in the nation occurred within the context of monarchical government in combination with a fledgling parliamentary system.
The protesting lady was politely informed that the Queen had been appointed by the Lord Jesus Christ, and had promised to govern according to the Bible’s teachings. The risen and ascended Christ is none other that the Governor of the nations, and it is in His Name that the Queen holds her position (Daniel 2:21).
Mrs Pilkington had a conversation with a girl who particularly wanted to focus upon LGBT issues, and so the Biblical position on these matters was set forth. Our sister also spoke to a middle-aged man who had spent many years attending an Anglican church, but sadly seemed not to know about the true meaning of the gospel. Nevertheless, he seemed open to the message and took a copy of John’s Gospel.
A Muslim gentleman came up to Pastor Simpson claiming that Jews, Muslims and Christians were all “blood brothers”. He argued that just as the prophet Jesus was a descendent of Isaac, so Muhammad was a descendent of Ishmael; they both descended from Abraham, and were two prophets with the same common purpose.
Pastor Simpson explained that Jesus Christ is not just a prophet, because He possessed divine characteristics in that, for example, He forgave sin and healed the sick, which only God Himself can do. He is the eternal Son of God who created us all. The minister also explained that if the Lord Jesus were to suddenly manifest Himself in bodily form in Windsor, the only possible response would be to bow down and worship Him.
The Muslim gentleman also stated that he believed that Jesus would return to this earth. One cannot help wondering, if Muslims so esteem Jesus, why there is so much opposition within Islam to those who convert to Christianity, and also why there is so much persecution of Christians in majority Muslim contexts. Anyway, it was a pleasant and friendly conversation, although Pastor Simpson felt very frustrated that his attempts to uphold the uniqueness of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of God fell on deaf ears.
The first of these posters stated, “Queen Victoria once told a visiting foreign dignitary that the Bible is the secret of the nation’s greatness; not her army and navy, not her economic power, not her scientists and politicians – but the Bible, which is the word of God. Britain must return to the Bible’s wisdom today, for it tells us of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of sinners”.
The second poster read, “When our Queen was crowned, she was handed a Bible, and was told, “We present you with this Book, the most valuable thing that this world affords … Here is wisdom. This is the royal law”.
The posters created enormous interest from people going past. The Windsor crowds were told that Britain would only ever prosper, if it humbled itself and returned to the authority of God’s word.
May many who read the posters and who heard the gospel preached realise that the primary reason that the British monarchy is an institution worth celebrating is because of its historic attachment to the one truth faith of the Scriptures, namely the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, He who is the Governor of the nations and to whom alone all rulers are answerable.