Lack of discernment as Protestant churches join in ‘Irish Blessing’ recording organised by Jesuit priest

1 John 4:1: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Ecumenists and diluters and compromisers of God’s Word and true Christianity seek to employ any means by which they can advance their ungodly cause.

The Protestant people of Ulster ought to know this more than anyone, given how wretched clerics, both allegedly Protestant and Romanist, used the murder campaign of the Romanist thug agents of the devil of the IRA to seek to foster a sham “unity”.

We are expected to follow it to this day and the words “cross-community” being applied to any event or grouping are expected to be greeted with almost reverential awe and nods of approval to indicate how worthy and wonderful such a thing is.

It is very troubling when such things are transplanted into the spiritual realm and such an occasion has arisen courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.

Brazenly using the deaths of thousands between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to advance their mean gospel of ecumenical compromise, a Jesuit priest and Church of Ireland ordinand have joined forces to promote a recording of what they are calling ‘The Irish Blessing’.

‘Father’ Martin Magill (pictured, top) of St John the Evangelist Papist chapel in Belfast is the Romanist Jesuit priest who is co-organising the initiative alongside Philip McKinley, a Dublin based Church of Ireland ordinand.

‘Father’ Martin Magill is, alongside Rev Steve Stockman of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, joint organiser of the annual ecumenical talking shop known as the Four Corners Festival. He was also the much-lauded (by other ecumenicals, be they political or religious ecumenicals) speaker at the bizarre funeral of journalist Lyra McKee, accidentally shot by a dissident republican while reporting from a republican riot in Londonderry but who somehow became some sort of LGBT martyr.

According to their website: “The Irish Blessing is an initiative for Christian people from all of the Irish Churches to join together seeking God’s blessing on the people of Ireland and to join our voices in praise of God on Pentecost Sunday. This unprecedented pandemic requires a collective response from Irish Churches”.

So the answer to a pandemic is religious compromise and ecumenical wickedness, apparently.

Further stressing their desire for an ecumenical party, they say: “We want all churches to know that they are included in this initiative. We want to encourage the widest possible participation, denominationally, geographically and also in terms of backgrounds of age, ethnicity and abilities, all representing the richness of an Irish Blessing and the spirit of Pentecost.”

The “widest possible” denominational participation is sought, leaving no room for discernment or separation.

The initiative takes the form of a recording of people from various churches and faith groups singing the hymn, ‘Be Thou My Vision’. The numerous people involved record themselves singing the hymn and then those behind it splice the various clips together to create one video.

Of course there is nothing wrong with the hymn they have chosen, but the message behind what is being done and the architect of it is not so admirable.

The message behind this video is the idea of fostering ecumenical unity, using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover for it. Everybody is grateful for the efforts of frontline workers at this time so how could anyone speak out against it, eh? Any dissent can easily be framed as unreasonable.

Well, sadly, a voice ought to be raised at this latest clever trick to pollute true Godly worship.

A vast list of a few hundred churches heeded the ungodly call for ecumenical unity to join in on this scheme.

Did all these churches who signed up to it understand the nature of what they were backing and who they had joined forces with? Possibly not, but at best these churches are guilty of carelessness and a lack of discernment as to whom they join under the banner of Christianity with.

Sadly, a number of churches from denominations which might be considered better than involving themselves with such ecumenical compromise have given their name to this.

This includes numerous Baptist churches as well as a couple of Congregational churches.

The Baptist churches which are listed by The Irish Blessing’s own website as contributors are Antrim Baptist Church, Greenisland Baptist Church, Holywood Baptist Church, Newtownbreda Baptist Church, Portstewart Baptist Church, Strandtown Baptist Church and Windsor Baptist Church, the latter two both based in Belfast.

Interestingly, the latter four are also 80% of the quintet of Baptist churches who are members of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland, which, until his promotion to Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK wide, was led by determined ecumenist ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas. The Evangelical Alliance also contains numerous very questionable members, so carelessness in who one fellowships with or joins under a banner with is a recurring feature for them.

The Congregational churches involved in this are listed as being Ballycraigy Congregational Church in Newtownabbey and Straid Congregational Church, near Ballyclare in County Antrim.

It is very concerning to see such churches aligning themselves with a religious project ran by a Jesuit priest.

Among the other churches involved are a number of what might justifiably be called the “usual suspects”.

This includes Newtownbreda Baptist Church’s ecumenical chums in the south and east Belfast areas, CFC Belfast and Willowfield Parish Church, as well as Emmanuel Church in Portadown, County Armagh, ran by Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the welcomers of heretics who are happy to be “all in” with the Pope and Belfast’s Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, led by the man who preaches the gospel according to Lady Gaga, Rev Steve Stockman.

Papist Stations of the Cross promoters Redeemer Central, another Belfast gathering, are also involved, as are the Methodist Church’s East Belfast Mission, happy promoters of mean compromise with Rome.

Of course, a host of Romanist chapels, where blasphemies and lies are taught and practised every single day, are involved in this, including Clonard Monastery, a leading hub of Papist deceit in Ulster and other Romanist churches unambiguously devoted to deceit such as the Church of Mary in Saintfield in County Down or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish of Carryduff and Drumbo, also in County Down.

You can see the full list, ordered alphabetically, by clicking on this link.

Dear reader, just because the cause appears to be a worthy one, it does not mean we are to compromise ourselves or “let things slide” just to be associated with something considered by the world to be praiseworthy.

We are to try the spirits and assess that which we are considering forging an alliance with before committing ourselves to something which would hinder our progress.

Look even at the children of Israel under Joshua’s guidance when approached by the Gibeonites, who were located close to where the Israelites had at this stage reached, but claimed to be from a faraway land.

Joshua 9:3-6, 8-13: “And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.”

The Gibeonites were very plausible, were they not? A lot of effort had gone into looking plausible, and would it not have been unreasonable for the children of Israel to send them packing?

Well, of course, we know the truth about the Gibeonites and we can very easily know the truth about the Church of Rome and about various religious initiatives if we but ask the Lord.

We can make sensible, practical enquiries about a church or initiative to see who is behind it or who has signed up to it. We can of course, indeed ought to pray to seek God’s will in a certain situation or matter. We can also consult His Word to put that which is before us in the light of Scripture.

We have no excuse not to do just that and likewise the children of Israel, Joshua and his elders.

Yet they were careless.

Joshua 9:14-15: “And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.”

We are told “they asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord”.

Had counsel been genuinely sought at the mouth of the Lord and a proper answer waited for, then surely these churches would have baulked at chipping in with a scheme supported and organised by the blasphemous Church of Rome.

Reader, we need to carefully guard our separation and those whom we align ourselves with, especially when we claim to do it in the name of the Saviour.

Let us ever be vigilant and examine that which we are presented with, rather than swallow it without question or further enquiry.

Presbyterian Moderator congratulates abortion and sodomite marriage supporter on becoming Irish prime minister

Leaders of the mainstream churches in Ireland, on either side of the border, love to try to give themselves some feeling of relevance and gravitas by making statements in relation to the political affairs in their jurisdiction.

Quite often we will see the miserable sight of the leaders of the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian, Methodist and Romanist churches standing together with their solemn faces (for effect), speaking about how they have just blethered on in the ear of some disinterested, minor government figure about how they hope everyone is nice to eachother and invites their political enemies round for a cup of tea.

Northern Ireland is still subjected to this self-indulgent, meaningless nonsense and deep down all four churches’ leaders must have loved the numerous opportunities they had to do just that while power-sharing in Northern Ireland had collapsed.

They stated how they wanted the Executive back up and running and for us to put aside our differences, a euphemistic way of saying we should all dance to the tune of the murderers and murderer sympathisers and supporters of Sinn Fein so they can continue to let us all play happy families to keep the ecumenical show on the road.

Sometimes we even had the bonus of a fifth religious compromiser when the President of the Irish Council of Churches, currently Rev Ivan Patterson and previously Rev Brian Anderson, would join in for the day’s outing.

And in that true irrelevant and self-important spirit we have the current Presbyterian Moderator, the Right Reverend Dr David Bruce, jumping in to send his congratulations to Micheál Martin on becoming the new Taoiseach, or prime minister of the Republic of Ireland.

Given the Presbyterian Church is an all-island church, it is perfectly reasonable for Rev David Buce to be making a comment.

However, it is truly remarkable that a man who would claim to be a servant of God and presumably trying to please Him, would congratulate a man on becoming the most senior political figure in the country who is in support of abortion and sodomite marriage.

These are two grave sins which are utterly at odds with any form of true Christianity, so why would congratulations be extended to a man who most assuredly will not move to cease baby murder or the desecration of the marriage bond instituted by God?

Indeed, in the statement issued by Rev David Bruce, he makes absolutely no mention of these two vital issues, and surely they are even more relevant as it has just been revealed that in the first year of legalised abortion in the Republic of Ireland there had been 6,666 (and we all know what the number 6 represents in God’s Word) babies done to death.

Instead, this latest piffling pastor bleats on about Brexit and coronavirus, as if this new prime minister has any power to truly affect either of these issues.

We will remind Rev David Bruce and, indeed Micheál Martin, a man of a Romanist background, what the Bible has to say on both sodomy and the value of the baby in the womb.

Firstly, we will point out the Biblical view on abortion.

Psalm 139:13-16 is a famous passage which stresses how God keeps a record of even a tiny baby whose body has not yet formed in their mother’s womb.

It says: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

God sees fit to record the particulars of the unborn, yet Micheál Martin sees fit to back legislation which makes the organised slaughter of the unborn legal and Rev David Bruce sees fit to not trouble him by challenging him on this appalling situation.

With regards the issue of sodomy, we have dealt with this topic on so many occasions that surely none can be left in any doubt as to what the Bible says about this sin which drew the particular wrath of God.

Only those who deliberately wish to ignore God’s Word on this matter, for whatever reason, can continue to quibble on this.

We will once again reproduce here just a small number of the passages which make the Scriptural view on this matter very clear.

Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

This is crystal clear stuff, yet so many who purport to be Christians and, worse again, Christian leaders, either ignore, disregard or downright deny this simple truth.

Micheál Martin does not, to the best of our knowledge, claim to be a Christian, but Rev David Bruce certainly does and he shouldn’t be congratulating a man who supports things which are so clearly repugnant to the Word of God.

He may well be opposed to abortion, he might even be opposed to sodomite marriage, but if he doesn’t do anything to challenge political leaders on their support for such sins, he is of little use.

Like so many of his peers, he is a dog which refuses to bark.

Isaiah 56:10: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.”

Let us all pray that God will raise up a generation of preachers who know how to bark, rather than slumbering while the world around us is descending ever closer to the pit.

And let us remind those we know or come in contact with of the blessed hope which is in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Church of Ireland body calls for legal ‘recognition of transgender and non-binary people’

Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”

From the very beginning of time, it has been a very clear, basic fact of nature that God created men and women.

God didn’t create men in women’s bodies, He didn’t create women in men’s bodies, He didn’t create people who are neither male nor female – “male and female created He them”.

The cultural warriors who seek to shrug off and stomp into the ground all lingering traces of Biblical Christianity in our society have largely moved from the pro-sodomite campaign to the gender and gender identity campaign as the next battleground in their rage against God.

Even ungodly individuals who have sought to speak out against the utterly illogical claims of the gender activists, such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling, noted feminist Germaine Greer and Father Ted author Graham Linehan have been castigated, no-platformed, demonised and barred off social media (in the case of the latter).

Yet while there is not even unanimity on these matters within ungodly members of society, we have a leading body within the Church of Ireland seeking to offer even greater legal protection against those who seek to speak out against the ungodly transgender campaign.

The Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland, a body set up in 2013 by the General Synod to “develop areas of living today where the mission of the church can be active” (whatever that means), has called for legal recognition and specific hate crime legislation to cover people who class themselves as “transgender and non-binary”.

Now of course nobody should be subjected to a hate crime, though at the same time the definition of what a hate crime is can be very loosely interpreted to mean whatever those in charge want it to mean.

Speaking out against trans ideology is enough to get someone thrown off Twitter and widely castigated, so how much more dangerous is it for a church to recognise ideologies which are contrary to God’s will?

In the Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission’s response to a consultation regarding the extending of provisions within hate crime legislation, they state that “gender… should be sufficiently designed as to recognise the existence of and protect cisgender people but also intersex, transgender and non-binary people”.

For clarity, “cisgender people” is the term used by gender activists to describe people who are born a certain sex and identify as the same sex, ie the vast, vast majority of people.

Of course, there is no need for such a word as “cisgender” as that is what everyone in reality is. You may as well describe everyone as human, it is something which requires no greater elaboration than that.

“Transgender” can mean a large number of things but the Google dictionary defines it as “denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex”.

And “non-binary” refers to those who do not consider themselves to be male or female, generally asking to be called “they” or “them” rather than “he” or “she”.

All those things are at odds with God’s Word, yet a body set up by the Church of Ireland is campaigning for recognition of these deviations from God’s creation.

To say you are “transgender” is to say God has made a mistake when making you, and we know God makes no mistakes.

Furthermore, we are told clearly in 1 Corinthians 14:33 that “God is not the author of confusion”, which all this certainly is.

Many people are left perplexed by the terms being thrown about, the number of which seeming to be exponentially increasing, with many of these activists reassigning themselves within all these various categories almost at will. This is a very confused thing which results from man’s muddled mind.

And it can only be the result of muddled thinking from the Church of Ireland that it starts to recognise such terms.

The Church and Society Commission membership is rather difficult to ascertain for absolute certain, but in a report brought to the General Synod last year by the commission, the membership is stated as follows (and in this same order):

Right Rev Dr Kenneth Kearon (Chair and Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe)
Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke (at that time the Archbishop of Armagh)
Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson (Archbishop of Dublin)
Mr Ken Gibson
Mr Neville Armstrong
Mrs June Butler
Rev Rob Clements
Rev Dr Rory Corbett
Dr Elizabeth Leonard
Mrs Ethne McCord
Rev Martin O’Connor
Rev Andrew Orr
Ms Zephryn Patton
Rev Peter Rutherford

We cannot be certain this remains the make-up of the commission, especially given Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke has retired as Archbishop of Armagh, but it is likely most, if not all, of the others remain as members. We would be very grateful if a reader could confirm for us the current constitution of the commission.

The Chair of the commission, Bishop Kenneth Kearon (pictured, top), does remain the Chair, and he supported repealing the eighth amendment in the Republic of Ireland’s constitution which prohibited abortion, stating his belief that life does not begin at conception, showing his modern, liberal views on another most important matter.

This is, sadly, but a further sign of the malaise within the Church of Ireland, seemingly becoming more profound the higher up the clerical structure one looks.

Compromise is the name of the game for everyone involved in the Church and Society Commission in an effort to try to remain in step with the wicked world around us.

This, the Scriptures tell us, is a very foolish position to adopt.

Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Let us not change, amend or water down our views to try to please the world but rather stand for the truth of God’s Word and let your light shine in this world of darkness.

Former Presbyterian elder Lord Alderdice votes for baby murder as NINETEEN Anglican bishops sit on their hands

Psalm 139:13-16: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Another sad chapter in the history of Northern Ireland was written this past week as ungodly abortion legislation, foisted on the people of this country against their will, was further rubber stamped by God-defying Parliamentarians at Westminster.

Sizeable majorities in both Houses of Westminster, the Commons and the Lords, voted to confirm that babies can be murdered indiscriminately in their mother’s womb up to 24 weeks of gestation.

Babies can be destroyed because of any perceived physical difficulty they may have right up to birth, including Down’s Syndrome or something as minor and easily corrected as a cleft lip, and there is no legal protection against sex-selective abortion.

Whatever way you look at it, this is a truly ghastly situation and it is hard to fathom how so many can be filled with such cruelty and inhumanity as to put their name in support of the slaughter of the unborn.

It is bad enough when those who make no claim whatsoever to any form of Christianity vote for such a wicked law, but to see those who would claim to be Christians voting in favour of it, or sitting back and failing to vote on what is literally a matter of life and death, is utterly sickening.

Yet that is exactly what former Alliance Party leader and former Presbyterian elder Lord Alderdice has done as he put his ‘aye’ to the legislation backing the indiscriminate slaughter of the children of Northern Ireland who have been considered unworthy of life by their mother.

That’s right, a man who would claim to be a Christian, voted for children to be done away with up to 24 weeks in the womb, a timeframe further on in pregnancy than many children have been reported to have survived extremely premature birth.

Lord Alderdice has also, by voting the way he has, indicated his support for murdering a child simply because they have Down’s Syndrome or even a cleft lip and has pledged his name to legislation which makes no provision to prevent sex-selective abortion.

Isn’t it utterly reprehensible?

No doubt everyone reading this will know someone with Down’s Syndrome and many of us will love someone dearly with Down’s Syndrome or some other condition which apparently makes them less worthy of life.

What do you make of a so-called Christian expressing his support for the doing away with the life of someone with this condition? What is it that makes someone with Down’s Syndrome less worthy of life in his eyes?

A young woman called Heidi Crowter has been a passionate spokesperson for those with Down’s Syndrome. She, herself, has Down’s Syndrome – how does Lord Alderdice think it makes her, and so many more like her, feel to be told her life is worth less than others? It is a vile notion.

Of course, vile notions and Lord Alderdice are not entirely divorced one from another as he supports another such vileness – that God cursed notion of homosexuality.

Indeed, it was the Presbyterian Church taking tepid actions against the facilitating of sodomy within the denomination that brought Lord Alderdice out of the woodwork and briefly back into the limelight two years ago.

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland voted, at the 2018 General Assembly, to restrict those in open same-sex relationships from full communicant membership and banned the baptism of children in the care of a same-sex couple.

Such very proper moves were all too much for the likes of Lord Alderdice, who resigned as an elder in the Presbyterian Church within a very short time of the decisions being ratified.

Never worry what the Bible has to say on the matter, Lord Alderdice’s thoughts and feelings on the matter trumped God’s inspired Word.

Some of the passages presumably redacted from Lord Alderdice’s Bible include:

Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Romans 1:24-27: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Matthew 19:4-6: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”

1 Timothy 1:9-10: “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine”.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Jude v 7: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

That is just a few of the verses which give us a very clear steer on the matter of homosexuality and that is before we even point out that nowhere in Scripture is it even considered a possibility that a same-sex relationship was proper.

At this rate, Lord Alderdice’s Bible would have more redacted passages than a Communist government document.

His former party colleague, Alliance MP for North Down, Stephen Farry also voted in favour of baby murder when the Bill passed to the House of Commons a couple of days later for final ratification.

What do the 18,358 individuals who voted for Stephen Farry last December think of their decision now? Did they realise when they cast their vote for him that he would make his mark by adding his support to the murder of children in this country?

In addition to the despicable actions of Lord Alderdice and Stephen Farry, it is also clear that the former most senior clergyman in the Church of Ireland failed to take a stand on abortion when it came to the vote in the Lords on Monday past, 15 June.

Lord Eames (pictured, above), the former Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has been a member of the House of Lords since 1995.

As a former very senior clergyman, one would have hoped he might be keen to take a stand against such a despicable sinful law, but, such hopes were to be dashed.

It is rather bizarre as last year he was credited with co-writing a letter opposing moves by Westminster to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland.

Lord Eames managed to find the time to vote on other matters last Monday, including voting in favour of the “Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] – Third Reading — Amendment 2” and “Amendment 3”, whatever they were about, according to the website, ‘They Work For You’ (which you can see for yourself by clicking here), but was apparently unable to spare a few minutes to stand up for the lives of the unborn.

How that came to happen we do not know, though we are more than happy for him to contact us or issue a public statement to clarify how this came to be the case.

After all, what use is a clergyman who fails to take a stand for that which is right?

Such actions, or indeed, inactions, are akin to the “dumb dog” condemned in the prophecy of Isaiah.

We read in Isaiah 56:10: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.”

Lord Eames’ vote would not have been decisive, but it is incomprehensible how he did not consider it a vitally important matter to ensure his vote was counted in the tallies opposing the planned murder of defenceless babies.

And the same can be said for 18 of the (currently 25, normally 26) so-called Lords Spiritual, Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords, who failed to bother to cast their vote last Monday either.

This ignoble hall of shame is occupied by Bishops David Urquhart (Birmingham), Vivienne Faull (Bristol), Stephen Cottrell (Chelmsford), Martin Warner (Chichester), Elizabeth Lane (Derby), Stephen Conway (Ely), Rachel Treweek (Gloucester), Nicholas Baines (Leeds), Christopher Lowson (Lincoln), Sarah Mullally (London, pictured, below), Christine Hardman (Newcastle), Steven Croft (Oxford), Christopher Foster (Portsmouth), James Langstaff (Rochester), Nicholas Holtam (Salisbury), Christopher Chessun (Southwark), Alan Smith (St Albans) and John Inge (Worcester).

Voting can be carried out remotely now as part of efforts to curb travel and stem the spread of coronavirus, so these bishops couldn’t even bother themselves to click a button on their computer to voice their opposition to the murder of children.

Seven bishops did vote against this wicked piece of legislation and among them was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. We have previously criticised him, quite, properly, for his outrageous apostasy, but praise him for at least publicly expressing his opposition to this legislation.

The other six Lords Spiritual to vote against the murder of the unborn were Julian Henderson (Blackburn), James Newcome (Carlisle), Christopher Cocksworth (Coventry), Paul Butler (Durham), Donald Allister (Peterborough) and Timothy Dakin (Winchester). We commend them all for at least taking this stand for this most basic level of decency.

The matter of abortion regulations in Northern Ireland now moves to the Assembly in Belfast and let us not give up the fight.

It is indescribably wicked that children can be done away with at the drop of a hat and we must stand against such vileness.

We fear for the judgment which will come upon this land for the slaughter of the innocent and defenceless.

We need only look at the punishment meted out by God on the land of Judah for the sin of Manasseh in shedding much innocent blood, including the ritual sacrificing of children to the pagan God, Molech.

2 Kings 21:1-2,6,12,16: “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzi-bah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”

2 Kings 24:1-4: “In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon.”

The Lord “would not pardon” the shedding of innocent blood brought about by Manasseh.

How can we expect God’s blessing to be poured out on our land if we have clinics set up especially to murder the unborn?

Let us do all we legally can to prevent such devilish procedures taking place in our land.

More Protestant ministers to preach at blasphemous Clonard Monastery Novena mass services

Last year, we highlighted four ministers in what were once Protestant churches preaching at the annual Novena mass services in Clonard Monastery in the overwhelmingly Roman Catholic west Belfast area.

This is an affront to the Word of God as the mass is a blasphemous event, which purports to again and again offer up Christ as a sacrifice for sin.

The Bible is crystal clear that Jesus gave Himself once for all and His work in this matter is finished, as He declared Himself as He gave up the ghost on the cross at Calvary.

We are told this in Hebrews 7:26-27: “For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Again, we are reminded in Hebrews 9:24-28: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”

1 Peter 3:18 tells us: “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit”.

And Romans 6:9-10 says: “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”

The Roman Catholic mass is incompatible with Scripture, including also the claim that the wafer and the wine offered up is not just symbolic, but it is magically transformed by the priest into the actual body and blood of Christ.

To take part in such a blasphemy is to, at the very least, serve to tacitly endorse such a ritual.

Last year, two Methodist clerics, Rev Johnston McMaster and Rev John Alderdice, Presbyterian ‘minister’ ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban and Church of Ireland ‘minister’ ‘Rev’ Tracey McRoberts all took part on the ecumenical day of the novena, which, as the name may suggest, lasts for nine days.

Despite the restrictions imposed on church services this year as a result.of the coronavirus pandemic, Clonard Monastery is determined to continue its blasphemous ‘worship’ this year and the 2020 edition of the novena will run from Friday, 19 to Saturday, 27 June.

It will be streamed live from Clonard and from another Romanist venue in County Limerick in the Republic of Ireland as an “all-island” venture.

And two more allegedly Protestant clerics will be taking part in this blasphemous novena on the Monday, 22 June on what is called “the Ecumenical Day”.

They are ‘Rev’ Janet Unsworth (pictured, top), who is principal of Edgehill Theological College, the training ground for the Methodist Church’s ministers locally, and Presbyterian minister Rev Jonathan Frazer (pictured, below). He is the minister of Garnerville Presbyterian Church in east Belfast.

‘Rev’ Janet Unsworth (1 Timothy 2:12) has previously came to the attention of ‘Protestant Revival’ in her role as Vice-Chair, now Chair of the Board of Governors at Methodist College in Belfast. The school had been considering implementing a uniform for pupils who consider themselves to be transgender and we had been calling on the five Methodist ministers on the school’s Board of Governors to stand against the catering for ungodliness. We were not encouraged by the responses from the quintet which came back.

Rev Jonathan Frazer, meanwhile, is not an individual of whom we had previously been aware, but he has certainly made some interesting comments in relation to his denomination’s perfectly reasonable moves at its General Assembly in 2018 to forbid full communicant membership to those living in openly homosexual relationships and barring the baptism of children in the care of a same-sex couple.

Quoted in a BBC article from late 2018, Rev Jonathan Frazer said: “I adhere to the laws of the Presbyterian Church and those decisions have already been made, but I still feel a sense of hurt and sadness over how it was all carried out and the results of it.

“Unfortunately for many people, their lasting memory of the church will be of those decisions, but I don’t feel I would be doing my job if I didn’t speak up and show people that there are some within the church who are still thinking about these issues.”

Certainly not a ringing endorsement of the votes made by the church.

Rev Jonathan Frazer is also quoted saying this in the Belfast Telegraph: “This year’s vote on same-sex relationships was passed by a majority, but not all, of the Presbyterian Church. That’s important for people to remember.

“There was a lot of debate, sincere people on both sides who felt they were upholding their biblical principles. But I think you can say we got distracted by our doctrines. We forgot about people. In the church we’re not called to think about doctrine, we’re called to think about people.”

Again, he equivocates over the decisions made but adds another very concerning comment when he says: “In the church we’re not called to think about doctrine”.

I beg your pardon? Are we not? Where does he get this idea from?

The importance of sound doctrine is considered very important in God’s Word.

Paul, who we would say has a rather greater ministerial legacy than Rev Jonathan Frazer, exhorts Timothy, a young preacher, to concern himself greatly with doctrine, warning that many will show their ungodliness by rejecting “sound doctrine”.

2 Timothy 4:2-4 says: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

The importance of understanding doctrine is stressed by God through the prophet Isaiah, while He also points out that such knowledge, properly applied and taken to heart, is “refreshing” and will “cause the weary to rest”.

Isaiah 28:9-12 says: “Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.”

It is a child, indeed so undeveloped a child as one which has only ceased being fed at their mother’s breast, to which God compares those who are ignorant of his doctrine.

Yet, unlike a typical child, who are sponges for new information, ideas and knowledge, they “would not hear” and is this not the attitude espoused by Rev Jonathan Frazer when he says “we’re not called to think about doctrine”.

There are numerous more Scripture passages which can clearly demonstrate this simple truth, but we believe this to be more than sufficient to demonstrate the total fallacy of Rev Jonathan Frazer’s dangerous claim.

Of course, when he unburdens himself from the requirement laid out by God specifically to concern himself with doctrine, it is not difficult to see how he ends up preparing to preach at a novena mass in just over a week’s time.

However, we would call on both ‘Rev’ Janet Unsworth and Rev Jonathan Frazer to do the right thing and cancel their involvement in this exercise of blaspheming our dear Saviour.

There is still time for them to do so and we would urge readers to either bring this article to their attention or to get in touch with either individual themselves and implore them not to take part in this grave blasphemy.

If we are to please God it will not be done by taking part in services which trample over the gospel message of Christ’s all sufficient sacrifice at Calvary.

It will rather be done, if we are first saved, by acquainting ourselves with sound doctrine so that we might know how we might please Him.

Romans 12:1-2: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Ignatius of Loyola fanboy Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson calls Jesuit priest a ‘wonderful man’

2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

If, for some reason, anybody needed further evidence that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, lead pastor of the Emmanuel Church in the Lurgan and Portadown areas of County Armagh, was a Romish compromiser, he has stepped up to the plate once again to show his God-defiance.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has declared a notable Jesuit priest from Belfast to be a “wonderful man of peace”.

‘Father’ Martin Magill has studiously carved out a niche for himself as a bit of a celebrity priest in Northern Ireland and relished his moment in the limelight last year as he pontificated from the pulpit of St Anne’s Cathedral (still, ostensibly a Protestant church) at the funeral of the, until then, utterly unknown Belfast journalist Lyra McKee, who suddenly, we were told, was actually the best up and coming journalist known to man.

She had been struck by a bullet while reporting from the scene of Irish republican rioting in Londonderry, one of the Romanist thugs striking her with one of their shots, intended for police officers.

An open lesbian, she had sought to use the Bible to justify the sodomite movement and her funeral was a very peculiar affair, bizarrely bordering on the lines of a state occasion as ecumenists and LGBT activists sought to hijack the event to advance their own nefarious causes.

One would have thought she had been shot by that republican because she was a lesbian, given the coverage which followed, as her “girlfriend” and various groups and individuals called for sodomite marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland (still illegal at that point) as a tribute to her as efforts were made to make her some sort of sodomite martyr.

‘Father’ Martin Magill, who runs the wretched quasi-religious, quasi-political Four Corners Festival each year in Belfast alongside Presbyterian minister Rev Steve Stockman (the man who preaches the gospel according to the utterly ungodly Lady Gaga but hates the preaching of the true gospel of Jesus Christ), spied his chance to get on his ecumenical soapbox and was the preacher at the funeral.

He delivered what was lauded by the ungodly world, and plenty of ungodly ‘preachers’ as a wonderful display of “speaking truth to power” and other such self-important claptrap.

The upshot of his self-indulgent rantings was that it was absolutely critical that the Northern Ireland Assembly, pulled down by the murderers and murderer supporters of Sinn Fein in a huff, get back up and running as part of the pathetic narrative that religious and political ecumenists peddle, which is that blood will flow on the streets unless the poor little republicans are given what they want.

‘Father’ Martin Magill successfully used the occasion to firmly establish himself as the leading ecumenical practitioner of Papal priestcraft in Ulster and will dine out off it for the rest of his days.

Many God-defying pastors were falling over themselves to fawn over ‘Father’ Martin Magill, who is a Jesuit priest, that evil order set up specifically by Rome to counteract the glorious Protestant Reformation.

One such character, unsurprisingly, was Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, and he was at it again at the start of last week to eulogise a man who has dedicated his life to propagating a false gospel of salvation by sacramental merit.

‘Father’ Martin Magill had originally posted a tweet in which he was promoting what has been called ‘The Irish Blessing’, an ecumenical recording of the hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’ to apparently show support for healthcare workers during this Covid-19 pandemic, which was jointly organised by ‘Father’ Martin Magill and a Church of Ireland trainee minister called Philip McKinley. This is something we plan to look at in greater depth in a future post, God willing.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson then responded by saying: “Well done Fr Martin – what a wonderful man of peace in this land you are. Thank you!”

So there you have it – a Jesuit priest, a man who blasphemes Christ every day, is a “wonderful man” according to Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.

This “wonderful man” claims to offer Christ up as a sacrifice day after day, this “wonderful man” promotes Mary worship, this “wonderful man” proclaims the lie of purgatory and this “wonderful man” exalts the Pope, who blasphemes God through the various titles he takes upon himself.

Not so wonderful really, when put in the light of Scripture.

We are told the sacrifice of Christ was once for all.

Hebrews 9:24-26 states this clearly. It says: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”

We are told Mary is a sinner, albeit a saved sinner, not some semi deity. In fact Mary says it of herself that she was in need of a Saviour.

Luke 1:46-47 says: “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”

Yet ‘Father’ Martin Magill and his church teaches to this day the lies of the mass and of worshipping Mary.

Of course, it should be little surprise to anyone that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson would take such a stance.

He is, after all, the great Jesuit glorifier and fanboy of that most evil man, Ignatius of Loyola.

Lest anyone should forget, Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits, which led the charge against the Reformation and which led the centuries long murderous, barbarous Inquisition, with the backing of the Papacy.

God’s Word tells us that to hate evil is a sign of being His child, and there can be few more evil men guilty of more evil action than Ignatius of Loyola.

Psalm 97:10 says: “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil”.

And in October 2018, Alain Emerson proved he does not hate evil as he glorified that evil man, disgracefully promoting this devoted adherent to the lies of Rome to his congregation in the Emmanuel Church. Indeed, he taught those in attendance to follow the spiritual practices of that evil Mary worshipper.

You can read significant, disgraceful excerpts of his appalling deceit by reading the article we penned at the time, which you can access easily by clicking here.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson appears to be somewhat enamoured of the Romanist Jesuit order and has an affinity for sharing quotes from such on Twitter, such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and, just last Friday, the Jesuit trained priest Henri Nouwen, a favourite of lots of ecumenical charismatics.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is held up as one of the leading lights in the modern charismatic church in Northern Ireland, he runs the 24-7 Prayer Ireland group, is invited to speak (at least in pre-lockdown times) at various other charismatic groups and has close links with ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, a senior figure at Causeway Coast Vineyard, former leader of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland and now leader of the Evangelical Alliance in the UK as a whole.

He has a certain amount of influence and is, by his actions, normalising ecumenism in the eyes of those who attend his churches and emboldening others to do the same.

Let us take a stand against such mean compromise and continue to speak out and warn others of the treacherous deceit of the gospel being carried out by men who claim to be serving God.

Isaiah 29:13: “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men”.

Isaiah 58:1: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

Rainbow a sign of God’s inclusion of the LGBT movement – Baptist pastor Steve Chalke

2 Peter 2:1-2: “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of.”

The continued perversion of the truth of God’s Word within the professing church proceeds along its sinful path at pace, particularly on the matter of sodomy.

Sodomy is, of course, the great cause of the God-haters of our time, be they inside or outside the church, though at least if they are outside the church they can do less damage.

This is why the Bible repeatedly warns us to be wary of those who would bring in lies to the church, a call we have repeatedly made on ‘Protestant Revival’, but, alas, a call so frequently ignored.

One such Scriptural warning is that repeated at the top of this article.

We are also warned of this in Romans 16:17-18, which says: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

Jude v 3-4 says: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”

We have repeatedly called for people to follow this clear Scriptural command and indeed “earnestly contend for the faith”.

Look at the reason given for this need to contend earnestly – because of “certain men” who have “crept in unawares” who are perverting God’s Word and denying the Lord.

Promoting sodomy and claiming it is blessed of God would most assuredly fall under such a category, indeed Jude v 7 highlights how Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their “going after strange flesh”, or sodomite practices.

Yet so many supposed ministers today seek to minimise the gravity of such ungodliness, while many try to claim it isn’t a sin at all.

These blasphemers, as 2 Peter warns, cause the “way of truth” to be “evil spoken of” and do we not see that today? Bitter is put for sweet and sweet for bitter, as we are told in Isaiah, and to take a Biblical view on matters such as sodomy is today castigated in the strongest possible terms, not just by the ungodly world around us, but by numerous so-called ministers.

And one such individual is English Baptist pastor Steve Chalke, who last week disgracefully took to Twitter to claim God gave the rainbow as a “God-given symbol of inclusion”, concluding his message with “#LGBT”.

You can see his disgraceful, Biblically illiterate, God-defiant tweet, pictured below.

Steve Chalke has been involved in the Baptist Church in England for the past 30 or so years. He describes himself as the leader of Oasis Church Waterloo in London. Oasis is a member of the Baptist Union in England, so we can only assume he remains in good standing within the Baptist Union in England and Wales.

Indeed, it is that same union, which calls itself Baptists Together, which gave the bizarre feminist character Karen Sethuraman her ‘qualification’ as a ‘minister’, prompting her to claim to be the only female Baptist minister on the island of Ireland. That her qualification is not recognised in this country seemed to be neither here nor there with her.

We highlighted recently her outrageous comments in relation to the preaching of the gospel message at funerals, saying it “disgusts” her.

If she is the type of character welcomed by Baptists Together, it is hardly a surprise that Steve Chalke, likewise, is embraced.

Steve Chalke has found himself embroiled in controversies of his own making with his heretical writings, including stating that the notion of substitutionary atonement (God giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins, taking our rightful punishment upon Himself) was “cosmic child abuse” and stating his support for same-sex relationships and marriage.

His heresy was so bad that even the Evangelical Alliance, not known for its concern for Biblical faithfulness, revoked his organisation, The Oasis Trust’s membership, although that was because they stated that The Oasis Trust’s website didn’t provide a balanced view for and against same-sex relationships.

They didn’t, however, feel compelled to cease Steve Chalke’s organisation’s membership 10 years earlier after he denied the gospel by calling Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary “cosmic child abuse”.

A statement issued by the Evangelical Alliance in 2014 stated that the Oasis Trust’s board said they took no overall view as a body on the matter of same-sex marriage – the Bible’s clear teaching is obviously not enough for Steve Chalke and The Oasis Trust, who clearly know better.

The Evangelical Alliance stated they had requested that The Oasis Trust “equally profile the traditional Christian view” in resources on their website. Why on earth a supposedly God-honouring organisation like the Evangelical Alliance would be happy with equal space given by one of its members to the “traditional Christian view” and to the hellish deceits of the propagators of the LGBT movement is hard to fathom, but shows how weak it is.

And they said the decision to revoke The Oasis Trust’s membership ultimately came because they “could not comply with a reasonable request from (the Evangelical Alliance) council” – nothing to do with the fact they had turned Biblical truth on its head, they had breached man’s little law, breaching God’s law is much less important.

The statement read: “Having heard the concerns expressed by the Alliance’s board and council as to what has been perceived by some as a campaign to change the Church’s historic view on human sexuality, the Oasis board did clarify their position as having ‘no corporate view on this matter’.

“However, they were unwilling to fulfil the council’s request to adjust the content of their website/resources and social media output to equally profile the traditional Christian view.

“After many months of prayerful discussion, the Evangelical Alliance council concluded that a relationship between an organisation and one of its members in which the member felt it could not comply with a reasonable request from council, was not tenable.”

The only Christian view to be taken on the matter of homosexuality is that it is a violation of God’s natural order (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18, 23-24, Matthew 19:4-6), it is a sin which particularly provokes God’s wrath (Genesis 18:20-21, Genesis 19:13, 24-25, Jude v 7), but it is a sin which God can and does forgive (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The rainbow was most certainly not given as a symbol of inclusion of the litany of perversions under the umbrella of the LGBT (and whatever other letters these activists lump in with those four on any given day) movement.

God’s Word is crystal clear on the reason for the rainbow and any child who has ever been in a Sunday School class would be fit to tell Steve Chalke exactly what it represents.

Genesis 9:11-16: “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

It really is utterly unambiguous, isn’t it?

Steve Chalke’s imagined theology, conjured up out of thin air to suit his own agenda, is as accurate as the fairytale story that a leprechaun awaits with a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow.

What a wicked seed Steve Chalke is sowing as he systematically seeks to rip the Bible in pieces and trample it underfoot.

Praise God we know that Steve Chalke will not succeed, for we know “God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7) and that the Lord shall laugh at such a character and have him “in derision” as he shakes his puny fist against the Almighty.

Steve Chalke does, though, at this time carry a fair amount of authority, has a number of well-known published books, has extensive social media reach (over 25,000 Twitter followers), and as such we ought to warn others of his ungodly ministry.

If we also see other religious figures fellowshipping with him, we ought to be wary of them too.

At best they are showing a disturbing lack of discernment and certainly the details we have disclosed above ought to motivate us all to take nothing to do with either the Evangelical Alliance, which allowed Steve Chalke’s church to remain a member for 10 more years despite him blasphemously calling the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary “cosmic child abuse”, and the Baptist Union in England and Wales, which to this day includes his church as one of its members.

These are serious matters and ones which we ought to spread abroad and proclaim loudly, out of love for people’s souls, to steer people away from error and to the true and precious hope of the gospel, so beautifully encapsulated in one verse.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Crown Jesus Ministries’ Mitch shows his support for the Pope yet again

2 Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

It really is so brazen, surely nobody can be left in any doubt of the disgraceful, ecumenical nature of the “ministry” of ‘Mitch’, (because his actual name, Keith Mitchell is nowhere near cool enough for his type of ‘church’) of the Belfast based Crown Jesus Ministries.

Yet again Mitch has blatantly, overtly, deliberately endorsed “that Antichrist”, the God blaspheming Romish Pope, on his Twitter page to his more than 3,000 followers.

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday past, Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’), posted the following message:

“A Christian, who in these times is not a revolutionary, is no Christian”. POPE FRANCIS

The inclusion of the name of that “son of perdition” in block capitals is what Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) chose to do, as if he is deliberately drawing attention to his compromise.

That is certainly how it would appear – what is the need otherwise for him to put it in block capitals?

And, to further ensure we got his message of foul ecumenical compromise, his same tweet then includes a little graphic of the same quote, again noted as being from “that Antichrist” himself.

You can see the tweet for yourself, pictured below.

The tweet attracted just a single ‘like’, though so do many of his tweets, but it is very telling to see from whom it came.

It was none other than Keith’s (sorry, Mitch’s) good old Romanist chum Ron Huntley of the Papist grouping, Divine Renovation Ministry.

We previously highlighted how Mitch disgracefully had this avowed adherent of the Roman Catholic false doctrines in his church in Belfast last October to teach his church’s members.

Ron Huntley’s group says, on its website, that one of its key priorities is to see the “power of the Holy Spirit held together by the celebration of the Eucharist”, which, for Rome, is the blasphemous mass, where Christ is blasphemously offered up again and again and again.

Does Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’, because Peter, Paul, Isaiah, Jeremiah and other Biblical figures were keen on giving themselves matey monikers to make themselves look cooler) agree with this blasphemous mass? If he doesn’t, why is he taking anything to do with Ron Huntley of Divine Renovation Ministry and why is he promoting the Pope on his Twitter page?

Both Rome and Biblical Christianity cannot be right and, by acting how he is, Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is clearly siding with Rome.

The Eucharist which his pals Pope Francis and Ron Huntley uphold is an outrage against our Saviour and serves purely to deny and denigrate the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.

There are numerous passages which clearly outline this. We will include just two clear examples.

Romans 6:9-10 says: “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”

Hebrews 7:24-27: “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Note the latter part of the second passage clearly proves the falseness of the Romish position.

Christ “needeth not daily, to offer up sacrifice”.

What does Rome do? It offers up daily, oftentimes more than daily, sacrifice of their imagined, blasphemous version of Christ.

But Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is far too cool to worry about absolutely vital theological points like that, isn’t he?

In addition to the blasphemous mass, Rome falsely teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell called purgatory, it teaches of prayer to so-called long dead ‘saints’ and to Mary (indeed, May is a month Rome sets aside for devotion to Mary), it teaches that the Pope, Mitch’s hero, is the “vicar of Christ on earth”, among other blasphemous titles ascribed to that old deceiver, and worst of all, teaches that salvation comes through our own works, our own merit and our own earning.

That last point is absolutely crucial as it damns lost sinners to hell, poor lost sinners seeking to merit a place in heaven, something which is absolutely impossible for us to do.

God’s Word could not be clearer on this matter.

Titus 3:5-7 says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”

It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done”, but rather God’s “mercy” which has “saved us” who are saved.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

That famous passage from Ephesians is so clear and obvious that one must wonder how any could not see clearly that salvation is NOT earned, yet Rome persists in teaching their blasphemous false gospel and Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is happy to walk hand in hand with and promote the teachings of such hellish deceivers and deceptions.

As we have already stated when referring to ‘Mitch’ bringing in Romanist Ron Huntley of Divine Renovation Ministry to his church, ‘Mitch’ has a track record for such Popish pandering.

Indeed, this is not the first time he has quoted “that Antichrist” on Twitter.

Back in June last year, he did the same thing as he supported and encouraged another determined compromiser and ecumenist, Methodist minister Rev John Alderdice as the latter preached at the God-denying Romanist novena mass in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

Indeed, pictured above you can see Rev John Alderdice sitting, second left, as the priest blasphemously lifts the wafer above his head and claims Jesus is truly present in the wafer and in the wine.

Mitch’s response? To tell Rev John Alderdice he was “cheering him on” and quote Pope Francis extolling the so-called virtues of ‘church unity’. You can see the exchange for yourself, pictured below.

This is more than a one-off, an aberration, an errant move, this is part of a consistent pattern.

Why is ‘Mitch’ consistently cosying up with Popery? Why is he repeatedly favourably quoting the very man who denies the gospel message of salvation freely offered by grace through faith alone?

Does ‘Mitch’ himself believe that salvation comes through faith alone in Christ alone?

After all, last autumn he claimed that 44 young, impressionable people, were saved from a lost eternity in hell by… taking a booklet.

That is most certainly not the gospel message, despite what ‘Mitch’ may try to say and despite his pathetic efforts to equivocate after the event following a very gentle enquiry by a Baptist lady who felt the need to then tell us we should remove our article based on his risible response.

Indeed, the same lady has also contacted us of late to complain about our mentioning the compromise which is very much visible in the public ministry of Newtownbreda Baptist Church, led by Pastor Trevor Ramsey (pictured, below).

However, Newtownbreda Baptist Church is one of four churches, along with UT Belfast, Orangefield Presbyterian Church and CFC Belfast, which have forged a very close link with Crown Jesus Ministries over the past period of time.

This includes running events together, such as the very aptly named (for an ecumenical venture) Just One conference last year, headline by Canon J John, who was an active part of the charismatic deceits of the Toronto Blessing movement and launching a prayer guide together, in which they have favourably quoted US heretic Rick Warren.

In fact Pastor Trevor Ramsey appeared on a recent webinar with ‘Mitch’ organised by the Ecumenical Alliance, sorry, Evangelical Alliance, of which both churches are members, and stated he was “happy” to be doing so.

Is he happy to be forging such close links with a man who is repeatedly quoting the Pope of Rome in a favourable light?

Is this something which sits comfortably with him and the people who attend his church?

Surely fellowshipping with a man who is “cheering” other ministers on as they take part in a blasphemous mass service and is repeatedly quoting the Pope is something a discerning preacher would cross the road to stay clear of?

Seemingly, such things are not a concern for Pastor Trevor Ramsey.

Dear reader, please raise your voice in objection to this terrible compromise and, if you are involved with Crown Jesus Ministries would you please separate yourself from it.

If you are involved with Newtownbreda Baptist Church, UT Belfast, CFC Belfast or Orangefield Presbyterian Church would you not separate yourself and urge those you know connected with these churches to do likewise.

Such links with a man promoting Popery and unity with Rome are not pleasing to God.

Let us strive to ever be more like Him, to follow Biblical separation and stand foursquare for Christ in this evil day of compromise and apostasy.

Romans 16:17-18: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”

‘I hate’ the gospel being preached at funerals – King’s Church leader Glen Mitchell

Romans 10:14: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Several so-called ‘Christian’ ministers have cravenly fallen over themselves to indulge an abortion fanatic who blasted a minister for preaching the gospel at a funeral she had attended.

Kellie Turtle, a brazen campaigner for abortion, the euphemistic term for baby murder, vented her God-defying ire on Twitter after apparently attending a funeral where a minister preached the gospel message of the necessity of salvation from sins in order to go to heaven when we die.

Her disgraceful message is as follows: “Northern Irish Christian clergy: please, from the bottom of my heart, stop using funerals to tell ppl (sic) they should think about where they want to spend eternity. It’s crass and unlikely to ever bring anyone to faith. Just walk with ppl (sic) in grief and be grateful they invited you in.

“Note: other more subtle versions are just as unwelcome. Even the most lovely & comforting homily can leave ppl (sic) cold if you can’t help but throw in a bit about getting right with the Lord. Just speak love over ppl (sic) in pain and if God is who you say they are, they will do the rest”.

And so jumped in a number of compromising clerics, eager to show their disdain for true gospel preaching.

Quick to point out his opposition to the sharing of the need for salvation to those confronted by the brevity and fragility of this life was none other than Biblical creation denier Glen Mitchell, the pastor of King’s Church in Bangor, County Down.

Glen Mitchell has also, quite outrageously, previously expressed his great disappointment that the town hall in Newtownards, near to Bangor, would not be lit up to celebrate sodomite ‘Pride’.

He jumped in to say: “Oh I hate that. So sorry.” This comment was ‘liked’ by Kellie Turtle.

So Glen Mitchell, an allegedly Christian pastor, has publicly declared that he “hates” preaching the need for salvation at funerals.

Another minister always keen to demonstrate his variance with true Christianity, Rev Steve Stockman (pictured, below) of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, was another to jump on this wretched bandwagon.

Replying to Kellie Turtle’s comment, he said: “Preach it sister”.

So Rev Steve Stockman, the man who preaches the gospel according to an exemplar of sin like Lady Gaga and the founder, alongside a Jesuit priest, of the ecumenical Four Corners Festival is endorsing the ‘preaching’ of hatred towards the sharing of the gospel while expressing his opposition to the preaching laid out in God’s Word which seeks to bring souls to Christ.

That is very instructive indeed.

Another Presbyterian cleric making clear their opposition to warning souls of their eternal destiny should they die in their sin is ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban.

‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is a notable ecumenist and compromiser.

Indeed, last year she was one of four allegedly Protestant clerics who preached during the blasphemous novena at the Romanist Clonard Monastery, while she has been outspoken on the matter of homosexuality within the church.

At last year’s General Assembly, she was one of the voices, alongside the like of ‘LGBT Christian’ endorsing Rev John Dickinson of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, to stress her opposition to moves made in 2018 to restrict open homosexuals from full communicant membership and bar the baptism of children in the care of same-sex couples.

And, more outrageously still, perhaps, she was listed to be one of the speakers at a despicable event planned by Church of Ireland minister and Mid Ulster ‘Pride’ sodomite grouping vice-Chairman Rev Andrew Rawding back in April, but which had to be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, entitled ‘Blessed are the Queer’. One can be sure someone invited to such an event will not be favouring the Biblical view on such matters.

What she said in response to this disgraceful tweet from Kellie Turtle was: “Dear Kellie, I’m so sorry… I’m sure the guy thought he was doing the right thing… but seriously, it’s so harmful.”

There you go – preaching the gospel “is so harmful”, according to a supposed ‘minister’ of the gospel.

And another alleged ‘minister’, or ‘pastor’, the peculiar Karen Sethuraman, was another to jump in on the side of the world against the Lord.

Peculiar in the sense that she claims to be the “first woman Baptist minister on the island of Ireland”, despite her ‘qualification’ coming from Baptists Together, the association for Baptists in England and Wales, rather than Ireland, be it on either side of the border.

She is also a very vocal feminist aiming to smash the patriarchy and other such nonsense.

She must also be keen on stamping God’s Word underfoot by firstly taking on a role forbidden her by God (see 1 Timothy 2:12) and now stressing her deep opposition to preaching the gospel at funerals.

Karen Sethuraman jumped in to the discussion with several unbiblical offerings, starting with this: “I’m so sorry if this was your experience. What on Earth is with some clergy. I’m disgusted… I’m so so sorry.”

Kellie Turtle replied to this with Karen Sethuraman then chipping in again: “I’m so sorry. Unfortunately, I have had many other people who have shared this happening to them. It’s just completely wrong on all sorts of levels. Sending love to you guys xo.”

“Sending love” over social media and sticking an “xo” on the end of a message will do any sinner in need of being told of the cure for their sin a fat lot of good, won’t it?

Our verse at the top of this passage asks the very reasonable, rhetorical question “how shall they hear without a preacher?” If the so-called preacher refuses to tell them their need of salvation then they have no hope of avoiding a lost eternity in hell.

Yet Karen Sethuraman is “disgusted” by this.

It is any true Bible-believing Christian who ought to be disgusted by her attitude.

Funerals are, obviously, fraught, distressing and stressful times for all concerned.

No minister will want to upset those in attendance by his manner of preaching, but can still go about sharing the full gospel message in a sensitive, yet clear, manner.

The true minister isn’t there just to protect people’s feelings, he won’t deliberately hurt their feelings but he won’t be a lily-livered compromiser simply to avoid causing any offence.

Very often a funeral is the only time some people will ever be through the doors of a church and what is actually disgusting, hateful and so harmful is when ministers like those above refuse to warn those in attendance that they need to be ready to die.

Hebrews 9:27 warns us that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.

Judgment is coming, James 5:8 warns us that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”.

God will “render to every man according to his deeds”, Romans 2:6 tells us.

If we don’t confess our sin to God and ask for his forgiveness, we face an eternity in hell.

If we refuse to confess our sin, we are in effect telling God we don’t need His forgiveness. Such a state is very dangerous indeed.

1 John 1:8-10 points this out while also showing the promise of salvation to those who truly repent.

It says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

The verse prior to that passage finished off by telling us that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.

Jesus came into this world, taking on the form of a man, so that He might take our sin upon Himself and be a perfect once for all sacrifice at Calvary for sin.

All we have to do is believe on Him and seek forgiveness for our sins and we will be forgiven and spend all eternity in heaven.

This is such wonderful news, if you are a minister of this good news, would you not want to share it with everyone? Would you not want to share it as regularly as possible? Would you not be desperate for those you see and meet to take Jesus Christ as their Saviour?

We go back to the very start – “how shall they hear without a preacher?”

Paul, speaking to the church of Ephesus, said in Acts 20:27 that “I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”.

Paul didn’t hold back on the parts of the gospel which were displeasing to unconverted ears, he didn’t soft soap the gospel message to keep in with those around them.

Neither should any minister who wants to please their Heavenly Father.

Dear reader, if you, or anyone you know, is in any way coming under the spiritual guidance of Glen Mitchell, Rev Steve Stockman, ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban or Karen Sethuraman, won’t you separate yourself immediately and implore those you know to do likewise.

‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, above) is, for example, the Presbyterian Church chaplain to Ulster University – is your child, grandchild, nephew, niece, brother, sister, friend, currently attending that university and coming under her guidance?

Let us shout aloud the need for gospel truth and, whether Glen Mitchell, Rev Steve Stockman, ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban or Karen Sethuraman want to protect souls from an eternity in hell or not, please don’t allow those in your life, be it family, friends or work colleagues or associates, to go unwarned over the danger their never-dying soul is in each day they go on without Christ as their Saviour.

Be the good watchman, not the unfaithful watchman.

Ezekiel 3:17-19: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”

Church of Ireland using Roman Catholic hermit to inspire aspiring ministers

Proverbs 13:20: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

The above headline is certainly not a collection of words we had ever been expecting to put together, yet here we are.

Many legacy Protestant churches use many different ways to promote links with Rome in an attempt to blur any remaining, faded lines between them and the blasphemous Papacy.

You can very simply promote joint services with them, such as St Patrick’s Parish Church in Ballymoney, County Antrim and their minister Rev Andrew Sweeney, you can have your culinary skills (a most important sign of a faithful minister) spoken of warmly, a la Canon David Skuce, or you can be appointed leader of the most prominent ecumenical organisation in Northern Ireland, such as Presbyterian minister Rev Alex Wimberly of the Corrymeela Community.

There are other tactics which are employed, but the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh is using a most bizarre way to show it has handed itself over to mean Romish compromise.

On their website, they are quoting a man who was a Roman Catholic hermit as a means of motivating those who have an interest in entering the ministry in the Church of Ireland.

This outrageous apostasy is present on their website by first visiting the ‘Ministry’ section and then clicking on to the page, ‘Fellowship of Vocation’.

On this page, after explaining the process by which they choose ministers to go forward for official training, the writer of the text on the website then quotes Charles de Foucauld (pictured, top) by means of inspiring would-be ministers to pursue a career in the, supposedly, Christian ministry. You can see it for yourself in the series of three screenshots, below.

Beneath the quote, would-be ministers are invited to contact a Rev Bill Adair, who is apparently the Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He is also the minister of St Columba’s Parish Church in Portadown, County Armagh, but whether he is behind the message or not we cannot be sure.

Regardless, what we can be sure of is that it is outrageous to be quoting a Mary worshipping, Christ denying Romanist priest as some sort of inspiration to go into the ministry.

Charles de Foucauld was a priest who joined the Trappist order, an offshoot of the Cistercians, living from 1858 to 1916.

He is exalted and lifted up by the Roman Catholic Church and is in the process of being ‘sainted’ by them.

His beatification process saw him re-titled as the “Blessed ‘Father’ Charles de Foucauld” by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.

Surely all of that would automatically preclude him from being considered an admirable example to follow by any true believer, yet here we have the Church of Ireland seeking to use him as a means of inspiring aspiring ministers.

This is but typical of the mean ecumenical compromise which has permeated virtually every aspect of the Church of Ireland.

It is also somewhat duplicitous to name Charles de Foucauld (though, as you may have noticed, they have spelled his name incorrectly) as the man behind the quote they share without giving any background as to who he is.

This is a common trick we have seen employed by numerous compromisers seeking to gently promote an individual who any true believer ought to reject outright.

It would be highly likely that 99% of people had never heard tell of this hermit who is exalted by Rome, but the writer just plonks his name in there, knowing rightly people won’t know who he is and hoping nobody bothers to check.

What is wrong with using a quote from any number of Protestant reformers or preachers?

There is Luther, Calvin, Knox, you could cite George Whitefield, CH Spurgeon, the Wesleys, John Wycliffe, DL Moody, the list goes on.

All of these men are far better known (and a much better example) than a French Romanist hermit who buried himself away in the north African countryside as some sort of mistaken attempt at devotion to God.

Or, better still, how about using a quote from God’s Word to inspire aspiring ministers?

Matthew 9:36-38 would be pretty apt, given the subject matter. It says: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

They could also use Romans 10:13-15, which says: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

These are wonderful passages from God’s inerrant and inspired Word, but they just don’t cut it for the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh, who favour Papist deceivers over the Almighty.

Indeed, the very notion of the ascetic lifestyle adopted by Charles de Foucauld is unscriptural.

Nowhere in the Bible are we told to deliberately cause ourselves pain.

We cannot do anything to earn our salvation, Titus 3:5 reminds us that our salvation is “not by works of righteousness which we have done” and Ephesians 2:9 states clearly that salvation is “not of works”.

Of course, a desire to live a holy and sanctified life is a key sign of being a child of God, but such self-mortification is not a sign of holiness and sanctification.

1 Timothy 6:17 shows us that God “giveth us richly all things to enjoy”.

1 Timothy 4:1-4 clearly condemns two of the chief superstitions and practices of the Romanist religion, the forced celibacy of its priests and the forbidding of eating certain meats at certain times. They are, in fact, described as “doctrines of devils”.

The passage says: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving”.

It is wholly misguided of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh to be recommending a devotee of Rome as an inspiration to men (and, contrary to God’s Word, see 1 Timothy 2:12, women) interested in entering the ministry.

We would call on the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh to remove this at once and indeed apologise for a quote from a man who upheld the false, pagan religion of Rome being used to encourage men into its ministry.

Rome denies that Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary was all-sufficient, it denies that we are saved by faith alone, it claims the blasphemous Pope is God on earth, it claims we can pray to Mary to gain favour with God, it practices the blasphemous mass where they sacrifice Jesus again and again, it venerates idols and statues and it teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell they call purgatory.

These teachings of Rome are all diametrically opposed to the clear words of Scripture and have the effect of corrupting true religion and sound doctrine to the point where it bears no resemblance to the Word of God.

The Church of Ireland’s own supposedly governing principles, the 39 Articles, has strong words on many false Romish doctrines, yet its ministers repeatedly and determinedly ignore them and the Bible in their efforts to cuddle up with Rome.

Article 22 covers a number of these false teachings of Rome. It says: “The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.”

Articles 28 and 31 have further strong words of condemnation of Romish deceit.

Article 28 speaks of the Lord’s Supper, warning against its pollution into the mass ceremony of Rome.

“Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.

“The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was not by Christ’s ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.”

Article 31 speaks of the all-availing once for all sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.

It says: “The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.”

Oh that the Church of Ireland today would consider the practices of Rome to be “blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits”.

Instead, a man who adhered to all the blasphemies listed above is held up as somebody admirable to the church’s future clergy.

May God move in revival once more in our land, and may we dedicate ourselves to prayer that it might come to pass.

2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”