Who Says?

Posted on February 20, 2021

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By David Ettinger

Claims of Divinity
I’ve been watching the acclaimed TV series, The Crown, a historical/fictional account of the very long reign of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. I’m thoroughly enjoying it as I’m interested in the British monarchy and often read books and watch movies and TV shows about it.

Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth II in The Crown

One big issue for me in these shows is the British notion that their monarch is God-ordained – that is, that the King or Queen is God’s representative on Earth. This was asserted in The Crown by Elizabeth’s father, King George VI. During a conversation with his then-preteen daughter, he was explaining about the coronation ceremony, particularly being anointed by oil: “When the finger [of the Archbishop of Canterbury] touches the face [of the monarch being anointed], it is like being touched by the divine.”

I rolled my eyes and said out loud, “Oh, really, who says?”

I wasn’t being disrespectful to the British monarchy, but I’m sorry, its claim – or any monarchy’s claim – that it is God-anointed is, to quote our British friends, “Bloody rubbish!”

God Says?
Just because someone – in this case – a nation’s monarchy – claims it is God-ordained, does not make it so. To such a claim, anyone – believer or unbeliever – has a right to ask, “Who says?”

In fact, many who call themselves Christians claim direct revelation from God, whether as prophecy, or simply direction in life. Of course I believe God gives His children direction in their lives, but regarding areas of “prophecy” … I don’t buy it. (See my blog, Trump Lost, Kill the ‘Prophets’.)

I also don’t buy it when Christians make huge declarations. We see this in the extreme Charismatic sectors where sensational, unfiltered claims come gushing forth in rivers of outrageousness. “God is going to cleanse this nation from north to south, east to west!” “God is going to light a fire under this nation, and the Holy Spirit is going to ignite the hearts and souls of the people!” “God is going to plant seeds of righteousness throughout our land, and the Gospel will reign in the hearts of men and women everywhere!”

In this case, it wouldn’t do much good asking, “Who says?” as they claim God says, and that He has told them so in clear, audible language.

I don’t believe them.

Biblically-Backed
The main reason I don’t believe them is that their words cannot be backed up by the Bible. To the contrary, the Bible teaches that we are frighteningly nearing the end of this era of human history and the return of the Lord Jesus Christ. A massive revival and equally massive eruption of national or worldwide salvation seems highly unlikely. More likely is the soon-coming wrath God has promised to pour out upon this sinful world.

That’s what the Bible teaches, and the Bible teaches many other things. For instance, when a monarch claims to be divinely appointed, one has a right to ask, “Who Says?” Though monarch adherents would reply, “God says,” the Bible does not back this up.

Any assertion which claims God as its author must be biblically-based and biblically-backed. In other words, if an individual declares something is divinely-ordained, and you deduce, Really? That doesn’t line up with what I read in the Bible, then that’s your answer.

So, if you meet a loyalist who claims his monarch is God-ordained, you have every right to ask, “Who says?” If he can’t back up his claim from the Bible, then he’s just spouting the wishes of his heart, at best.

The British monarch is not divinely appointed. Who says? I, for one. How do I know? The Bible doesn’t support the claim. And how do I know that? I read my Bible – a lot.

All Christians need to read their Bibles a lot. Who says? God says: “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it” (Joshua 1:8). “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

And that’s what God says!