The Queen’s role has passed on to her son who is now King Charles III. And one of the titles which he’s going to inherit as British monarch is that of ‘Defender of the Faith’.
How is he going to do with that? I don’t know.
You realize that every king or queen in the United Kingdom inherits this title. Maybe you don’t know where it came from. The title Defender of the Faith was originally given to Henry VIII, who, together with his secretary Thomas Moore, wrote a pamphlet entitled ‘Declaration of the Seven Sacraments against Martin Luther’ and dedicated it to Pope Leo 10th in 1521.
The Pope rewarded Henry by giving him the title of Fidei Defensor (Defender of the Faith in Latin) in recognition of his defence of the Roman Catholic faith against the Protestant Reformation led by Luther.
Did you know that the title of Defender of the Faith was given by the Pope in order to defend the church against the teachings of Martin Luther?
After Henry VIII broke with Rome in 1534 and the Church of England separated from the Church of Rome, this title was passed on to succeeding kings and queens of England. And, after the Reformation, it became associated with the Defender of the Protestant Religion.
When it came to Charles’ Accession Oath on the 10th of September 2022, just a couple of weeks ago, he said:
He then gave a speech in which he referred to the sovereign’s role as Head of the Church of England and called it “the church in which my faith is so deeply rooted”.
So, how is he going to do with that? At the last coronation, the Queen gave her Assent to the Oath which asked of her, quote:
A Nation’s spiritual decline
Now, I have no doubt about the Queen’s faith, but her ability to function as Defender of the Faith, I’m afraid, didn’t really happen. She wasn’t really in a position to do so because it was mainly a formal title. She couldn’t tell the Archbishop of Canterbury what to preach and she couldn’t tell the Prime Minister what laws to pass. She had to do whatever she was told by them, and, during her time, one has to say that there was a massive falling away from the faith in this country.
Biblical faith was not practiced. Liberal theology invaded the church with the result that many churches in the land ‘disbelieve’ whole sections of the Bible, including the teaching that Christ Jesus is the One way to God, that there is a life after death in Heaven and Hell, etc. Also, the need for repentance and faith in the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus on the Cross, all of which are the very fundamentals of the faith.
That Faith began to be eroded in much of the professing church so that a multi-faith religion has taken over most of our public life with the idea that Christianity is just one of many options you can choose to find your path to God.
Above all, we’ve had a consistent attack on biblical morality, on family values, with the result that over half the babies born now are born out of wedlock and record numbers of abortions – I think about 10 million – have taken place since 1967.
We now have a situation in which homosexuality and transsexuality are promoted in our schools, in the media, in Parliament and even in parts of the church as a result of laws passed in Parliament.
Could the Queen have stopped all that? Sadly not. Because she didn’t have the power to do so. Because of the constraints of her position, she could not, nor did she choose to be a Defender of the true Protestant Faith.
This has led to the spiritual decline we’ve seen in this nation up to this time, as the Church of England has also moved away from biblical faith and has given broad assent to parliamentary legislation on issues like abortion, homosexual marriage, etc.
Because of this, we have the decline of true faith in this country over the last 70 years.
Will Charles do better?
I think not.
Unfortunately, Prince Charles brings a great deal of baggage into this situation. First, his adultery and divorce from Diana, his marriage to Camilla which was contrary to the Lord’s teaching in Matthew chapter 19.
In a keynote speech which triggered a storm of protest back in 1994, the then Prince Charles said, “he would be a ‘defender of faiths’ rather than the historic Defender of the Faith”, in a desire to reflect Britain’s ethnic mix and religious diversity. There were also suggestions he would alter the Coronation Oath.
A few years later, he made an attempt to correct that impression while appearing to leave open the position about what his real beliefs are.
A paranormal king?
I’ve got a book here called ‘The Prince and the Paranormal’ by author John Dale which was written in 1986. In this he says,
Dale tells about an incident where Charles went on a pilgrimage or a spiritual trek or expedition with something called ‘The Wilderness Foundation’ to a remote part of Kenya. It was led by a man called Laurens van der Post who grew up in South Africa and was a liberal Africana philosophy who ended up living with bushmen of the Kalahari, studying their myths, witchcraft and dreams, and giving credence to their spirit gods.
Van der Post was also a student of the Swiss psychologist Carl Jung who developed what he called the theory of the Collective Unconscious. Jung believed there’s a spiritual dimension to human existence which is stored up in our unconscious minds, passed on from generation to generation, and that humans can make contact with this other dimension through religious quests, including psychic experiences, dreams and the paranormal.
Laurens van der Post introduced Prince Charles to these ideas while he was on this safari in Kenya. And, according to this book, Charles had a spiritual experience of some kind when he was there, in 1985.
Charles said in an interview was recorded in the Sunday Times on the 18th of August 1985:
Did you understand that? if you did, you’ll agree it’s the classic statement of ‘all roads lead to God’ and that ‘everything is relatively true and relatively untrue’ and that, if you put it all together, somehow, you’re all going to meet in Infinity; you’re going from different starting points but you’re going to end up in the same point. Therefore, it doesn’t matter what you believe as long as you believe in something. And, even if you believe in ‘nothing’, you might still get there because that’s how it is.
Charles believes in the equality of all religions and that every faith, alongside and including Christianity, contains a path to God. In other words, all gods are equal.
Now, I don’t know whether he still would stand by that statement. But I think that, based on some things he said, he probably does.
John Dale also goes on to say that there’s a great deal of psychic activity in which has been involved in, including his interest in spiritism and psychic things which he says is also part of the royal bloodline going back to Queen Victoria and previous kings. I think that Edward VI and George V were also into psychic and spiritualist experiences.
So, it is not a very good starting point, and this is obviously conflicting with our view that there is one God, One Mediator between God and man, Jesus Christ who died for our sins and rose from the dead.
King of ESG?
There’s also a book called ‘Prince Charles, the Sustainable Prince’ by a lady called Joan M. Veon.
She writes that Prince Charles has adopted a very radical environmental agenda that calls for ‘a planned society using environment and sustainable development as the reason for the change in governance and freedoms’. So, he’s got a strong political view on this matter.
Charles attended and endorsed the pivotal World Economic Forum conference in 2019 when its chairman, Klaus Schwab, launched the Great Reset agenda, calling for the reorganization of our society in order to resolve global crises; in particular, in relation to pandemics and climate change.
In November 2021 at the UN’s COP26 Climate conference, the then Prince Charles urged world leaders ‘to take urgent action to combat climate change’. Saying, ‘time is running out’.
He called for,
People questioned what he had meant by ‘with trillions at his disposal’, and interestingly, he didn’t say who it was who had trillions at his disposal. So, that led to a lot of speculation. In fact, some people say is he talking about the Antichrist.
Now, I think that that’s jumping the gun. Because I’m sure he wouldn’t be consciously thinking about that. But, if you were to think about somebody who’s going to come along and sort it out ‘with trillions of dollars/pounds’ at his disposal, to solve the problems of the environment, etc….
Whether or not he did mean the Antichrist, we don’t know. Obviously, he didn’t say that. Yet, some have said that’s what he secretly meant.
What is clear from his statement is that he favours the investment of trillions of dollars in a program aimed at a fundamental economic change of the present world system which is also being advocated by the World Economic Forum and by the United Nations.
Critics of this program, including myself, would say that it’s likely to end up with the impoverishment of billions of people and the end of freedom, of democracy as the world is submitted to a world government which could end up very much in the hands of whom we see in Revelation chapter 13, that is, the Antichrist.
Charles is now King; he is constrained from getting too involved in politics. Therefore, we’ll see how he goes. But it’s clear that this is something which he has been involved in for a long time and no doubt, he will try to use his position to further this program.
I say, we’ll have to see. I don’t have much confidence in Prince Charles or King Charles now as being the Defender of the Faith.