Evangelicals say Charles and Camilla should have opportunity to repent
As Church denominations and groups issued statements of congratulations today on the news of the Prince of Wales‚Äôs engagement to Mrs Camilla Parker-Bowles, the body representing one million Evangelicals in the UK suggested that the royal couple should have the opportunity in their implending service of blessing to express repentance and remorse.
Pointing to "their documented adultery" the Evangelical Alliance welcomed the 'formalising' of Prince Charles' and Mrs Parker Bowles' relationship and suggested that the impending marriage represented "a serious move to put their relationship on a more moral footing."
Joel Edwards, General Director of the Evangelical Alliance also suggested that the blessing service should "offer clear opportunities for expressing remorse for past wrongs and repentance for hurts caused in both their previous marriages."
A few years ago when the Queen's mother was still alive a friend of mine had a business meeting with the whole family as they wished to purchase some goods off him for the elderly mother. He was disgusted by all of them except the old mother. The rest - Queen, Charles, Ann etc - were rude and cussing and just plain obnoxious people. He was very dissapointed, especially with the Queen who comes accross better in the media. The old mother (now dead) was apparently very nice though.
Ah, Peter, I know the British have ideas about the errant "Colonies." ;-) Just think of us as conservative Canadians who go ga-ga over royalty more than the Canadians do.
I see there are some rumblings about this match that apparently doesn't make the BBC. There is going to be a complete civil ceremony and none at Windsor Castle. We get the reports on these things probably before you guys do. On our public television station here in Lincoln, sometimes known as the middle of no-where, we had and apologetic for Prince Charles! We are about is far from original 13 colonies as you can get. There are not that many true English in this state. We wouldn't see anything about George Bush that fast!
Anyway, many of us Protestants are sympathetic to the Protestants of Northern Ireland. However, like myself, my ancestry is anti-papist and very anti-state church, and anti-monarchial. I think that eight years of many Presidents was eight and a half years too long.
As one British commentator said, if Charles and Camilla get married it will at least keep them out of mischief. ;-) As I will re-say, I wish Queen Elizabeth many, many more years on the throne.
What exactly do you mean be 'you fellows' anyway? Britons in general? Evangelicals? And why do you accuse me of leading it off into the political realm? Sorry if I occasionaly sound a bit argumentitive. I am a patriot: I will have to accept the new King, whether I like him or not: but for him to become King would be against our long constitution (being British and therefore rather eccentric, we don't have a written constitution: it is comprised of attitudes and a hodge-podge of laws, bills and decrees, and has been abused much by the current Prime Minister, who wants more power for himself): it is not beneficial to the country to have a papist on the throne, nor one who is married to one. This law was passed for practical reasons, out of experience. As a side note, Prince Charles declared his engagement without the consent of the Houses of Parliament, which also may very well be unconstiutional. By the way, there is strong and well-founded suspicion in the UK that Camilla has been Charles lover for longer than most people think...even before his first marriage.
God may yet deliver this my own country: not just from a temporal danger, but that he would fully turn it unto Himself.
Peter, I didn't know if you fellows wanted to claim Charles or not? ;-) For a fellow who likes to meditate, the non-Christians variety, he will make an interesting symbolic head of the Anglican church. Some of the later messages did point out some interesting aspects of this union between Charles and Camilla. This is beginning to fall under political talk, something I try to resist and usually fail at doing.
It is just in other action to note about the general condition of Christianity and not only one of the leading countries of the Western world -- Great Britain -- but probably something of a general condition. Don't ask me why, but there seems to be great interest in British royalty here in the "Colonies."
Has the Evangelical Church completely forgotten the Scriptures?
'So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress...' Romans 7:3
Rather than suggesting that this marriage would be honourable before God IF they had some form of remorse for past erros... why do Evangelicals not point out that marriage (despite what is in the minds and hearts of these two individuals) would be sin... because Camilla was previously married and her husband is still living. It appears that this woman is an adultress and still an adultress. Christians should be pointing out that this marriage would be adulterous sin. Repentance doesn't merely involve some sort of shallow sorrow for what's happened... but a deep mourning and TURNING AWAY from sin.
The same could be said of Prince Charles...
'Whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery...' Matthew 5:32
God grant repentance and faith to these two poor souls.