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April 21, 2016, 10:25 AM

May I Suggest a "No thank you"?

Open Letter to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom
 
Your Majesty:
 
Blessings and peace from God our Father and from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
 
Firstly, I'd like to wish you a happy 90th birthday! You must be exhausted from all of the pomp and circumstance requisite for a most lovely and worthy celebration in London and the hosting of all of the delegates from your Commonwealth. May you rest well from the day's events and may God grant you a peaceful remainder to many healthy and vibrant years in your reign!
 
Secondly, what a glorious service in Westminster Abbey for the big day. I am not sure how you sat so long through the fawning declarations of "peace, peace when there is no peace" by the practioners of Islam especially, but also other representatives of the "elemental spirits of religion" (http://www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com/...). There is no way to mask the founder of Islam's violence and warrior spirit, for one matter--no matter what modern practioners are trying to tell you. And that one matter is quite a large elephant in the room, wouldn't you say?
 
Dear Queen, pardon my directness and Americanisms, but may it please you to understand how beneficial it would be for your Church of England to say "no" to hosting similar "worship services" in the future. For more than my opinion, or some kind of wanton discrimination by me, this commentary reflects the Scriptural milieu quoted in the Oxford Biblical Studies resource above. I am not sure if your "service" was an attempt at an apology for centuries of bloodshed and colonialism at the hands of the British Empire, but if it is: this is swinging the pendulum much too far in the other direction, if you ask the Apostles. You cannot have the cross of Jesus Christ going on before an Assembly of those who are diametrically opposed to His Lordship.
 
It is true that we "rule" as Christians by love and submission to the other, and there is no exception to that directive by the Holy Spirit. Yet our Preaching and Teaching, authorized by the exclusivity of Jesus and His salvation, drives toward Jesus as the only Way to heaven. Therefore "unity" and "inclusion" can become--if we let it--the very path to destruction of which Jesus warned us, the path that is wide and easy and popular.
 
I sympathize with a Monarch's need to remain popular. Yet if the United Kingdom and its Commonwealth is a Christian nation, then it must love its neighbors with the radical love of Jesus Christ. This love also includes His Truth, which is that only He and the Father are one. There is no other way to the Father but by Him. There is only One Mediator between God and men, Christ Jesus our Lord.
While I would have liked to celebrate and worship with you all via the Web feed, I could not. I could only watch in confusion as the cross of Christ was made to parade itself before error and demonic rule of tolerance--the kind of tolerance that is most dangerous of all, electing to tolerate all things except the claims of Jesus Christ to be Master and Lord of all. One with Creator God, the Redeemer of all sinners, and the Magistrate of the heavenly kingdom.
 
Perhaps next year you will be able to say “no thank you” to those who propose interfaith worship services, unless you also wish to build a Parthenon and worship there next time?
 
Sincerely, a little Yankee servant,
 
Rev. Joel T. Dieterichs, M.Div. Representing himself, apart from the Elders at Resurrection Lutheran Church.

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