A bachelor went through the same thing every time he went to a family wedding. His elderly aunts would come up to him after the ceremony, point their fingers at him and say “You’re next! You’re next!” Finally the bachelor had enough. At the next family funeral he came up after the service to the same elderly aunts and pointing his finger said, “You’re next! You’re next!”
Queen Elizabeth is soon going to be ninety years of age, yet there is another date that is currently more in the news. On (Wednesday, September 9, 2015, 5:30 p.m.) Her Majesty will pass Queen Victoria (23,226 days, 16 hours, 23 minutes) as the longest reigning monarch in British royal history. But will she one day reign with the saints forever? Does the Queen know Jesus Christ as her personal Saviour? There is no question that Victoria did and of such gave clear testimony of being redeemed. However, what of Elizabeth, Victoria’s great-great grand daughter? By virtue of her position, she is the head of the Church of England, numbering some 80 million members in 38 nations. Nevertheless, has the Queen of Queens ever bowed her knee to the King of Kings, saying (“O God, me merciful to me, a sinner.”)?
The answer, as with most Anglicans, is hard to say. Here’s why. The Church of England is a mixture of being more like the Catholics (from which it broke away) in worship but more like the Protestants (of which it then embraced) in doctrine. However, in the early christening of infants and later confirming of youth, you will not hear of the need to be saved, born-again, etc. It was this lack of a personal faith commitment that caused movements like the (Puritans, Pilgrims, Evangelicals) and men such as (Whitefield, Wesley, Newton) to depart from the state church. This is not to say that in the midst of this primarily “religion-of-the-head” emphasis, salvation can’t somehow find its way down into the heart. After all, there have been over the centuries some great gospel-preaching Anglicans, but they were and still are the exception, not the rule.
Now back to Elizabeth. To the Queen’s credit, she does attend church every Sunday, whether at home in England or abroad in one of the Commonwealth nations (which doesn’t save you, but does say something good). And Philip, her husband goes along with her, but it is reported that he gives strict instructions ahead as to how long or should I say how short the sermon is to be (obviously the salty-mouthed prince doesn’t like to be in church any longer than he has to). Charles and Camilla are also regular in attendance, but William and Kate seldom if ever go (except for three times a year, the minimum number required to remain members in good standing).
The bottom line? In early colonial America, each church had a book which contained the names of all the local town citizenry. In these volumes were three columns regarding the taking of the Lord’s Supper: Yes (the person is saved and can), No ( the person isn’t saved and can’t), TLOK (the Lord only knows if they are saved or aren’t saved). As an outsider, I can’t say “Yes” (the Queen is saved) or “No” (the Queen isn’t saved) but “TLOK” (The Lord only knows).