Defending Lady Thatcher’s funeral from leftist criticism

By Julian Mann

The leftist Anglican educationalist with whom I debated on BBC Radio Sheffield on Sunday sharply disagreed with my contention that the late Lady Thatcher’s funeral service in St Paul’s Cathedral was set to provide a tremendous opportunity for the proclamation of the true biblical gospel.

The gentleman said he did not wish ‘my Jesus, my Christ’ to be associated with that event. But I would like as an Anglican evangelical to defend Lady Thatcher’s order of service at more length. The funeral service she has put together is quite magnificent from an evangelical point of view.

The second of the three hymns she has chosen, ‘Love Divine All Loves Excelling’ by Charles Wesley, contains the following verse: “Jesu, thou art all compassion, pure unbounded love thou art; visit us with thy salvation, enter every trembling heart.”

That happens to be a prayer for personal conversion to the Lord Jesus Christ, a spiritual necessity in which Lady Thatcher clearly believed, otherwise she would not have chosen the hymn. Personal spiritual regeneration through faith in Christ is a central evangelical tenet.

The New Testament Gospel reading she has given the current Prime Minister, John 14v1-6, quotes Jesus as clearly declaring that He is the only way to a saving relationship with God the Father almighty: “I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me'” (John 14v6 – King James Version).

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