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Ulterior Verse of the Day: Matthew 22:15-21

Posted by Lex Fear on January 26, 2008

Gayle writes…

Hi Alex – I thought I should send you an odd article I read in the “Missoulian” (Montana, USA) this morning:

Church of England motion arrives with number 666

London (AP) – The beast of the Book of Revelation intruded into the banter of the House of Commons on Thursday when a motion calling for the disestablishment of the Church of England was numbered 666.

The last book of the Bible says 666 is the number of a beast that “had two horns like a lamb, and . . . spake as a dragon,” and that “doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.”

It is incredible that a motion like this should have, by chance, acquired this significant number,” said Bob Russell, a Liberal Democrat lawmaker.

It looks as though God or the devil have been moving in mysterious ways,” he said.

The motion simply states: “That this house calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England” – in other words ending its status as the country’s legally established, official faith.”

Is this a story there – or just an obscure who-knows-why kind of story someone picked up over here?

I promised Gayle that I would respond in the blog, and thought this would be an excellent tie in with an old regular feature I had on DSotL – Ulterior Verse of the Day:

“Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are. Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Don’t you know that my ministry is global and impacts the lives of millions of people everyday?” They brought him a denarius, and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”

“Caesar’s,” they replied.
Then he said to them, “Under Caesar the law states charities are tax-exempt, and I since my ministry forms part of a charity then that makes me tax-exempt.”
– Matthew 22:15-21

First of all, it’s true that a few MP’s have signed an early day motion (EDM) for the disestablishment of the Church of England and that whether by fate or by mischief that the motion is number 666. You can even view it online.

For my global hangers-on, in America where church and state are seperated (for the protection of the church) and the American government are prevented by the constitution from controlling and influencing the church. Here in the UK however, along with charity status the Church of England is in the enviable position of having a small but inconsequential measure of influence on politics as well as allowing its members to divorce. It has nothing to do with handouts (well not officially anyway) but as I say, the church has charity status.

In return for this highly esteemed position, the government has the right to dictate church policy and elect it’s highest leaders. It is illegal, for example, for an Anglican church to refuse to marry anyone (hetrosexual) who wants to be married (providing they live in the catchment area and attend for 6+ months). Similarly it is also illegal for the Church of England to refuse to baptise or bury anyone who requests it.

Thuto provides a better explanation of this.

This is why, when American anti-theists exult the constitutional “separation of church and state”, they may as well be cheering for the fact that 85-95% of Americans believe in God.

The IRS has recently begun auditing several prominent mega-church leaders. The reason? Not only should charities not be affiliated with any political party, but how many charities do you know where the CEO is driving a Bentley, living in a mansion yet not making any money from other sources of income outside of charity work (I consider writing books and recording videos part of the charity work if it involves the charity).

The truth is, this EDM 666 probably stands little chance of going through, but if it did it could only be good for the Church of England, a church that was established to allow a fat monarch to divorce without resigning as head of it. After all, it would give the Church of England the freedom it needs to be a Church, and not just an.. aging establishment.

Ironically, it is most likely the atheists and agnostics who would protest when they couldn’t get their infants baptised, their beautiful church wedding or their dead rellies buried.

Free from government influence and control, free from public scrutiny and able to self-govern, blunder of the beast more like…

One Response to “Ulterior Verse of the Day: Matthew 22:15-21”

  1. Thanks for your answer. It wasn’t disappointing. (I like the “blunder of the beast” 🙂 Gayle

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