It really is difficult to imagine how much more useless the Church of Ireland can be, but they appear to have reached new heights (or plumbed new depths) of craven capitulation to the filthiness promoted by this wicked world.
The Belfast Newsletter reports that the Church of Ireland has promoted, on its social media pages, an event in one of its churches to celebrate “LGBTI+ Awareness Week”.
St Anne’s in Shandon in County Cork in the Republic of Ireland has long been at the forefront of this wicked rebellion against God, including receiving an ‘Allies for Inclusion’ award in 2019 for its determined work to promote and justify that which God Himself has called an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).
And the Church of Ireland is happily promoting this new wickedness on its social media channels, with this post from Twitter (pictured below) from 19 May clearly demonstrating such folly.
The Church of Ireland rector promoting that which God’s Word clearly decries as “vile”, “against nature” and “unseemly” (Romans 1:26-27) is Rev Paul Robinson, a former Church of England rector now keen to promote his utter rejection of God’s Word in a new country. How incredibly kind of him.
Of course, he is only continuing the wickedness which he inherited at St Anne’s in Shandon as the aforementioned ‘Allies for Inclusion’ award pre-dates his appointment.
He is merely as the dauber alluded to in Ezekiel 13:10-16, adding on to the wicked work of that builder before him.
However, that makes his judgment and condemnation no less fearsome. Ezekiel 13:15: “Thus will I accomplish my wrath upon the wall, and upon them that have daubed it with untempered morter, and will say unto you, The wall is no more, neither they that daubed it”.
Rev Paul Robinson is quoted in the Church of Ireland website article as saying “we are delighted to be able to play our part in Cork LGBTI+ Awareness Week”.
His delight is not in the Lord, as it ought to be, but in openly and brazenly defying Him. That is very instructive.
As is often the case with such characters, he does not limit his God defiance to just one area, openly promoting the blasphemous Romanist practice of Mariolatry, as another article on the Church of Ireland website at the time of his appointment in Cork states he has previously “contributed to a number of youth pilgrimages run at Walsingham in Norfolk”. You can read a little of the history of that God-defying site here.
The other character pictured in the gleeful exhibition of disobedience to God proudly promoted at St Anne’s, Shandon is an individual called Stephen Spillane.
He is listed as being a “political activist” in the Newsletter article, though on Twitter (where in his profile bio he calls himself a “political campaigner”) he has expressed his disappointment at not being named as holding the position he does at St Anne’s, Shandon.
Stephen Spillane, who describes himself oxymoronically as “Faithfully LGBT”, is a churchwarden in St Anne’s, meaning he holds elected office within the Church of Ireland.
More than that, he is actually a member of the overall authority of the Church of Ireland, the General Synod.
That means that man flagrantly rejecting God’s Word has a vote in how the overall Church of Ireland is run.
And if you or your loved one has so far failed to separate from the Church of Ireland, that means he has a say over YOU.
He seems pretty proud of that fact as, discussing the Newsletter article on Twitter, he says: “Wait till they find out I’m on General Synod!”
Well we have been able to share this little nugget of information for him, hopefully that makes him feel a bit better.
What might not make him feel better is what the Bible has to say about the qualifications required for such a role, which is roughly equivalent to that of a committee member or deacon in other denominations.
1 Timothy 3:8-13 says: “Likewise must the deacons be grave, not doubletongued, not given to much wine, not greedy of filthy lucre; Holding the mystery of the faith in a pure conscience. And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blameless. Even so must their wives be grave, not slanderers, sober, faithful in all things. Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, ruling their children and their own houses well. For they that have used the office of a deacon well purchase to themselves a good degree, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus.”
That word “grave” can also be rendered “reverent”, yet it is hard to imagine anything less reverent than the collection of “abominations” being promoted by this man in the church.
How, too, can the mystery of the faith be held “in a pure conscience” by an individual promoting that which God has called an “abomination” and identifying themselves as among those people the Bible says “shall not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
And then we are told the deacons ought to be “husbands of one wife”. If someone is a homosexual, they simply cannot be the husband of one wife and are therefore categorically outside the will of the Lord.
May God have mercy on us as we see our land descend into such wickedness.
For their part, the Church of Ireland did their best impression of Pontius Pilate and washed their hands of responsibility for promoting such wickedness.
The Church of Ireland press office is quoted in the Newsletter article saying: “The story in relation to the service at St Anne’s, Shandon, was shared as an item of diocesan news from the Diocese of Cork, Cloyne and Ross, as has been the case in previous years, in the same way as news is shared from all dioceses on our social media channels.”
Just as it did nothing to avail Pontius Pilate, such equivocation will be of little benefit to those responsible.
Dear reader, the professing church is falling at an alarming rate and this promotion of wickedness and its toleration, indeed promotion by the Church of Ireland centrally is but a further symptom of the deep, long-standing malaise in that denomination.
They are so busy trying to promote “LGBTI+ Awareness Week”, all the while utterly and determinedly ignoring raising awareness of the plight of sinners, including those poor deluded “LGBTI+” people, and the dreadful fate that awaits all those who reject Christ in that awful place called hell.
Acts 4:12 tells us we need to be saved. It says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
That name is the name of Christ and we are told in God’s Word that those who come to Him He will in “no wise cast out” (John 6:37).
However, in promoting such wickedness, churches such as St Anne’s in Shandon are enlarging the wedge that exists between the ungodly and a righteous God.
Whoever you may be reading this, please don’t turn your nose up and dismiss this as some sort of prejudice or bigotry, but rather look at God’s Word and see this is the simple teaching of the Bible and, regardless of your background or circumstances, turn to God as a humble, penitent sinner and cry to Him for forgiveness from your sins.
If you do just that, then God will hear you and answer your prayer for time and for all eternity.
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.”