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Scot wrote: "What has maintained the Act of Settlement on the Statute book to date is not the fact that there was widespread support for it amongst our governors, but rather that our forebears made the Protestant Constitution so watertight that it would be very difficult to undo it! The Bill of Rights of 1689, The Coronation Oath of 1689, The Act of Settlement of 1701 and The Act of Union of 1707 all uphold the Protestant Constitution and Throne. In short, no less than nine Acts would need to be repealed. On top of this, fifteen Commonwealth Countries of which the Queen is Head of State would also have to enact similar legislation. Even with minimal or no opposition the parliamentary time involved would be colossal. Repeal would also touch on the establishment of the National Church which could lead to other problems for the Government." (Chris Richards) (FPC Scot Mag)
What happens when (ho ... hum ... yawn) nobody cares about enforcing these acts and laws? Apathy will undo every one of these locks.
Neil wrote: Presbyterianism, with apostate major denominations on one hand, & numerous micro-denominations on the other, all claiming they're on the straight & narrow. Pretty hard to hawk those goods. Every church polity has been tried, and these days, they're all fails.
In distinction to congregational (e.g., Baptist) and episcopal (e.g., CofE) polity, Presbyterianism is one body governed by representatives of congregations who hold conciliar (Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly) decision-making meetings.
If you discover multiple independent Presbyterian denominations or an independent Presbyterian congregation you know that Presbyterian polity has failed to some degree. They've lost the spirit of John 17.
Vexed wrote: "proposal that would allow future heirs to the throne to marry Roman Catholics raises questions about the monarchâ€™s position as the head of the Church of England" Now that the CofE is no more Christian than Satan is. Now that the UK IS the United Kingdom of sodom and gomorrah. Then it probably doesn't make an ounce of difference who runs this rotten, morally corrupt dung pile anyway! After all the Holy Spirit is no longer a member of the national church, (CofE or CofS). And the wrath of God is evidenced as per Romans 1:18ff, against this godless, lawless, dead sinners at enmity with God. UK Today:-