New Wine to continue same old compromise with Romanists and ecumenicals running the show

The annual New Wine Ireland conference, staged each year in Sligo on the west coast of the island, is always a great opportunity for learning – learning from those who serve to harm the cause of Christ in our land, that is.

And, sadly, 2021 looks like it will be no different.

There is a quite staggering line-up of individuals due to speak at the conference this year (Covid depending,  presumably) who are far from suitable individuals from whom to be receiving spiritual teaching.

Not only are there a number of very clear compromisers on the speakers list, but there is also a Roman Catholic monk due to teach those in attendance.

This is very clearly an outrageous situation.

Previous years have seen Romanists including a Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative and a Roman Catholic Bishop speak at the conference, and this year they have a Romanist abbot coming to spread Romanist deceit.

The Papist invited to New Wine is Benedictine monk, Mark Ephrem-Nolan (pictured, below), the leader of the Benedictine Abbey (recently upgraded from a monastery) in Rostrevor in County Down.

That monastery is essentially a monument to ecumenism, indeed ecumenical fellowship is a key selling point for that ungodly facility and one of the main speakers at its official opening in 2004 was former Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey.

Indeed Abbot (as his official title is now) Mark-Ephrem Nolan has came to our attention previously, having been invited to preach at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh in an outrageous exhibition of religious compromise.

Whether Rome puts on a friendly ecumenical face or not, and no doubt Mark Ephrem-Nolan is a perfectly amiable chap, their doctrines remain the same.

Rome still teaches the lie of Mary worship, of praying to saints, of purgatory, of papal infallibility, of confession to a priest and of the mass to this very day.

And all these wickednesses are taught and practiced at Mark-Ephrem Nolan’s abbey in County Down.

Indeed, this maintaining of Popish deceit while trying to embrace foolish Protestants is explicitly admitted in work published online by prominent local ecumenical academic Gladys Ganiel.

This can be seen in her essay entitled ‘Christianity as a Vocation: The Rostrevor Benedictines and the Renewal of Faith in Ireland’, which forms part of a wider work called ‘Mining Truths: Festschrift (or collection of writings, in ordinary people’s terms) in Honour of Geraldine Smyth OP – Ecumenical Theologian and Peacebuilder’.

OP, by the way, is a title given to members of the Romanist Dominican order, Geraldine Smyth having been a prominent nun.

In Gladys Ganiel’s essay relating to the Benedictines at Rostrevor, she says: “The specifically ‘Catholic’ aspects of the chapel, such as an icon of Mary and a small tabernacle for storing the Eucharistic elements, are located unobtrusively in a corner at the back of the chapel and to the side of the front platform, respectively.”

So they, and Mark-Ephrem Nolan, aren’t ‘in your face’ about their Popery, but it is still there, they still believe it and they still practice it.

All this makes it more mystifying as to why supposedly God honouring organisers would invite such a character to their conference. Doing so is most certainly not God honouring.

Former minister at the terribly modern Willowfield Parish Church in East Belfast and now Bishop of Down and Dromore, David McClay (pictured, top) leads the way on New Wine.

His former church is part of a link-up of five churches in the east and south Belfast areas, along with Newtownbreda Comedy Club, sorry, Newtownbreda Baptist Church, Corrymeela supporting CFC Belfast, Orangefield Presbyterian Church and Crown Jesus Ministries, led by Keith Mitchell (though he likes to be called ‘Mitch’), who actively promotes fellowship with Rome and teaches salvation can be obtained by taking a booklet.

With those sorts of links having been established, it is scarcely surprising Bishop David McClay is equally undiscerning when it comes to whom he invites to his conference.

Among them is ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas (pictured, above), leading figure in the charismatic, heretic promoting Causeway Coast Vineyard and a man who is utterly wedded to ecumenical compromise.

Rather neatly, he has previously expressed his great admiration for Mark-Ephrem Nolan, saying he was “incredible company” with which to be associated when they appeared on the same bill of speakers for a Church of Ireland clergy conference.

Also taking part in the conference is former Presbyterian Moderator Rev Charles McMullen, a man who has previously refused to condemn sodomy as a sin and who gleefully raced down to Dublin to do obeisance before “that Antichrist”, the Pope during his term as Moderator.

Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rev Andrew Forster, is another luminary in the apostate denominations who will be part of this year’s New Wine vintage.

While an Archdeacon in the Diocese of Armagh, he shamefully refused to make any comment or statement in condemnation of one of his colleagues in the diocese, Rev Andrew Rawding, as he so brazenly promoted sodomy by parading in sodomite ‘Pride’ marches and co-founding a sodomite ‘Pride’ group operating in the area where Rev Andrew Forster was ministering.

He is a classic example of a “dumb dog” (Isaiah 56:10) failing to bark to warn the flock of the danger before them.

And another example of someone who is a questionable choice as a spiritual guide, and who the Bible says ought not to have a flock under their charge, is another Anglican ‘minister’, ‘Rev’ Alison Calvin.

Having emphatically put 1 Timothy 2:12 in the bin as she set out on her career path, ‘Rev’ Alison Calvin is the ‘minister’ of Christ Church in Kilkeel, County Down.

Indeed, the speaker list for this year’s conference states that ‘Rev’ Alison Calvin “builds, trains and leads a Prophetic Prayer Team at our Summer Conference”.

Alarm bells ought to be ringing when phrases like “prophetic prayer” are bandied about.

For those wondering what exactly prophetic prayer is, this is how it is described by an Australian practitioner of this unbiblical pursuit called Helen Calder, who runs a website called ‘Enliven Blog’.

“The prophetic aspect of prophetic prayer, is that you can pray with revelation (prophetic insight) given to you by the Holy Spirit.

“The Holy Spirit has revealed something that you would not know by natural means – the Father’s purpose and intent – and that knowledge is assisting your prayer.”

Extra-Biblical revelation, then.

We are reminded of the fact there is no new revelation at the end of the book which goes by that name.

Revelation 22:18-19: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Yet here is ‘Rev’ Alison Calvin deciding she knows better than God’s Word. After all, she clearly knows better by pursuing the career she has, so why not again?

This is but a flavour of the individuals who will be put forward as appropriate guides for the people who would hope to be in attendance at this event.

Dear reader, New Wine continues to get up to its same old tricks of putting forward a combination of Romanists, charismaniacs and compromisers and claiming they are messengers of God.

Please warn those you know of the dangers of this conference and indeed the dangers of the speakers being promoted at it.

We must ever be vigilant and alert to those who would do harm to the cause of Christ while claiming to be promoting Him.

Colossians 2:8: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.”

ABBA ‘prayer dancing’ Pete Greig promoting Jesuits in ‘Lectio 365’ devotional

The Romanist practice of ‘Lectio Divina’ is one we have touched upon in the past, it having been promoted so readily and enthusiastically by one of the lead pastors of the dreadful charismatic Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area.

Dave Wylie, one of the leading pastors, loudly espoused this unbiblical contemplative meditative way of reading the Bible, and is closely associated with the Benedictine order of Roman Catholic monks. It is essentially another form of mysticism.

What Lectio Divina teaches is of some new revelation from God to the reader, despite the fact we have a full revelation in the Bible, which God’s Word itself attests.

Revelation 22:18-19 says: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

We are not to add to or take from the Word of God, but this is what Lectio Divina does, often encouraging the reader to boil down the passage they are reading to one or two words or a single phrase, repeating it over and over to help enter a trance like state.

Last year, ABBA prayer dancing Pete Greig, the founder of 24-7 Prayer, which, incidentally, is headed up throughout Ireland by another lead pastor at Emmanuel Church, Jesuit glorifier Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, launched a daily devotional called ‘Lectio 365’, making Romanism a daily part of thousands of people’s lives.

And just last month Pete Greig revealed on Twitter that the devotional he had personally put up on the app that day “might just be my favourite ever #Lectio365”.

What, or indeed who was the subject of Pete Greig’s “favourite ever” devotional? A Jesuit, of course.

A lay Jesuit (meaning he was not a formally trained priest) named Alphonsus Rodriguez was eulogised by Pete Greig.

Alphonsus Rodriguez is a ‘saint’ in the Roman Catholic Church, and the Jesuits are probably the most notorious of all the orders within that nefarious system.

The Jesuits led the Counter Reformation, a drive to bring people back into the fold of Rome after the glorious Protestant Reformation swept across Europe.

While people in their droves were being enlightened by the simple, glorious message of the gospel, Rome was busy trying to re-exert its power and the Jesuits were formed as a reaction to this. 

Led by Ignatius of Loyola, a despicable character much beloved by Pete Greig’s pal Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, the Jesuits were a bloodthirsty organisation, leading the centuries-long Inquisition, which saw countless Protestants, Jews and Muslims slaughtered simply for refusing to accept Rome as their authority.

Given the like of Pete Greig claim to be God honouring, it is very strange they should choose to exalt such a wicked order, isn’t it?

Yet, in the devotional, Pete Greig points out Alphonsus Rodriguez’s status as a Jesuit.

He says in the devotional: “… at the age of forty, he tried to join a Jesuit monastery but was considered too old and too uneducated to become a priest. 

“Instead, Alphonsus was sent to a Jesuit College on the Spanish island of Majorca where he served as a porter and doorkeeper for the rest of his life.”

He continues: “Over the years countless brilliant young priests passed through that college.

“One of these young priests, a 25-year-old named Peter Claver, began meeting daily with Alphonsus who was by then seventy-two years old. Eventually the old man encouraged Peter to embark upon a great adventure to South America where he was to work tirelessly for the rest of his life, caring for slaves. 

“Peter Claver was later recognised as a saint for his heroic efforts. And Alphonsus Rodríguez was also made a saint, canonized for his own brand of quiet heroism expressed in a life of humility, hospitality and friendship that changed the world.

“The great poet Gerard Manley Hopkins wrote a poem celebrating the humble service of his fellow Jesuit, Alphonsus Rodriguez”.

And so the devotional goes into the reciting of this poem by one gospel denier eulogising another gospel denier.

What is interesting is that there is no effort made whatsoever to disguise the fact Alphonsus Rodriguez was a Jesuit – is this because his followers are so inured to Pete Greig promoting Popery that he knows there will be no objections?

What is it that Pete Greig finds so alluring and attractive about Rome?

Is it the indulgences which promote the idea of earning your way to heaven, the things Martin Luther fought against 500 years ago, which Rome still teaches can be obtained today?

Is it the blasphemous praying for the dead, which Rome still teaches today ?

Indeed those two blasphemies were combined just last month, this is what Rome had to say about how salvation can be earned on the seemingly magical date of 1 November:

“From twelve o’clock noon on 1 November until midnight on 2 November, all who have confessed, received Holy Communion and prayed for the pope’s intentions (one Our Father and one Hail Mary, or any other prayers of one’s choice) can gain one plenary indulgence by visiting a church or oratory, and there reciting one Our Father and the Apostle’s Creed. This indulgence is applicable only to the souls of the departed.”

So by following a ludicrous set of rules in a specific time frame, one can earn an indulgence for someone who is already dead. How you specify the particular person you are doing this for isn’t clear.

Does Pete Greig find this alluring and attractive? Does he believe there is merit in this?

Does he find Rome’s utterly unbiblical worship of Mary alluring? Or how about Rome’s teaching that the pope is the infallible head of the church?

Pete Greig is more than welcome to contact us and let us know what it is he loves so much about the false gospel of Rome.

Make no mistake, dear reader, Pete Greig and his ilk are becoming ever bolder in their parading of their support for Rome and, for whatever reason, the evil Jesuit order in particular which led the repression of the gospel message.

Indeed in another devotional five days later on 7 November, he was extolling another Jesuit, Pedro Arrupe, who was in fact its leader during the 1960s.

And a devotional from 15 October by a Carla Harding, who is apparently leader of 24-7 Prayer GB, promotes another noted Romanist, Teresa of Avila, apparently a ‘saint’ who was a leading figure in the Counter Reformation and a noted mystic.

One suspects her mysticism, the practice of entering a trance like, ecstatic state and the notion of new revelation, is very attractive to the folk behind Lectio 365.

Regardless, the repeated demonstration of their unquestioning support of and devotion to architects of the Counter Reformation, proponents of the false gospel of salvation by works, shows very clearly that Pete Greig, his church Emmaus Road and 24-7 Prayer are all to be studiously avoided.

The gospel message which Rome denies is very simple.

Ephesians 2:8-9 articulates it for us: “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.”

We are saved by grace through faith and cannot do anything to earn it for ourselves.

Rome teaches salvation can be earned by all sorts of things, including for others by visiting a grave on the magical date of 1 November.

Rome is the antithesis of the Bible and Pete Greig’s repeated support of Rome (see here for a further example) should cause any true believers grief of heart, firstly for him but also for all those who have fallen under his influence.

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.”

Those who do not like anyone speaking out for God’s truth and speaking against the so-called ministry of another like to accuse that individual or group as being “divisive”.

We can see clearly from the closing chapter of Romans that the truly divisive people, the true schismatics, are those who teach something other than the Bible says and this is what Pete Greig is doing.

He is teaching that people who hate the gospel, who are utterly contrary to the doctrine of the Bible, are to be admired and followed.

Pete Greig is dividing the church by promoting falsehoods and false teachers.

Follow God’s advice, spoken through Paul, to “mark them” and “avoid them”.

Dear reader, won’t you pray that God will awaken hearts to the false teachings being promoted in such a widespread and attractive to the worldly senses way in this evil day.

Let us never lose sight of the fact Rome never changes and let us never give ground to the false, hellish doctrines of Rome which so many who claim to be serving Christ are doing with dreadful enthusiasm.

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.”

Church of Ireland sit by as their minister leads sodomite ‘Pride’ parade

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.”

Two recurring themes within the Church of Ireland is its deafening silence on issues which should appal any true child of God and its utter inactivity when presented with a minister who openly defies God.

Both of these matters came sharply into focus recently with the sad case of Rev Andrew Rawding, one of its ministers in County Tyrone.

His apostate actions in leading a procession in celebration of sodomite ‘Pride’ are frankly outrageous, but the Church of Ireland steadfastly refuses to do anything about it.

A number of weeks have passed since Rev Andrew Rawding’s outrageous act of rebellion against his church’s teaching and, most importantly, against God and His Word.

However, still there has been no response or action taken in relation to his shameful behaviour, as they remain silent in the face of grave, brazen sin.

As a quick reminder, Rev Andrew Rawding led a sodomite ‘Pride’ parade through Cookstown in County Tyrone last month in a celebration of that which God calls an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).

The parade had originally been due to be held in June, but the Covid lockdown saw it rearranged to September.

Despite it being clear that mass gatherings would still not be permitted come September, the organisers, Mid Ulster Pride, were so determined to go on in their sin, they organised a parade anyway, with 15 people (with Rev Andrew Rawding very much to the fore) carrying placards in support of their ungodly cause  through the town centre on a Saturday afternoon.

Praise God there was a protest mounted against this wickedness, but sadly not so much as a squeak of opposition from Rev Andrew Rawding’s denomination, the Church of Ireland.

In the weeks that have passed since his outrageous, God-defying actions, there has been nothing said by the Church of Ireland’s Diocese of Armagh against it, nor has there been a word said by the Church of Ireland body as a whole, nor, to the best of our knowledge, has a single Church of Ireland minister made a public statement to repudiate Rev Andrew Rawding’s actions.

The Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh has been able to publish a number of statements on their website in the meantime, including an article headlined ‘Letter from UK Anglican Primates on Internal Market Bill’, because the likes of Archbishop Right Eejit John McDowell’s views on the EU are sure to make a huge difference.

There was also a fascinating and, no doubt much valued statement thanking teachers for, well, teaching. Inspirational stuff.

But there is nothing about one of its ministers supporting dreadful wickedness, they are but dumb dogs slumbering, as the verse at the top of this article states.

What use is a watchman that does not watch and what use is a guard dog that does not bark?

The Diocese of Armagh has a duty of spiritual care to its members and parishioners and, indeed, to its ministers like Rev Andrew Rawding.

This is a man so clearly in error as he stands up to promote grave sin, yet the Church of Ireland is making no effort to correct him.

Last year, when asked by the Belfast Newsletter if they planned to do anything about his brazen defiance of God’s Word, this is what the report regarding their response said:

“The spokesman said that church teaching is agreed in a “democratic” process; Many clergy and laity disagree with church teaching “and may continue to hold their point of view, but it will not be the official position of the Church”.”

The Church of Ireland is perfectly content for Rev Andrew Rawding to continue to promote that which God calls an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) and “vile”, “against nature” and “unseemly” (Romans 1:26-27).

Yet surely if they have a love for his soul and a love for the souls of the people over whom he has spiritual authority, they would want to sound a warning?

Alas, no, they are too busy speaking into the air on Brexit and offering pointless words of praise to teachers in bland statements.

Sadly these dumb dogs are far too prevalent in church hierarchies today, not just in the Church of Ireland.

May God save us from such dumb dogs and rather give us dogs that bark in this wicked day and generation.

May we even be blessed with a generation of religious leaders who are as those in Daniel 11:32, who “do know their God”.

Let them “be strong, and do exploits”, not be weak, and do nothing.

How did I come to faith? I made myself known to the rector – Church of Ireland canon

The apparently “leading” religious figures interviewed each week by the old ecumenist Alf McCreary in the Belfast Telegraph are almost invariably deeply unimpressive.

With the likes of ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas taking his opportunity when profiled in the ‘What I Believe’ feature to have a swipe at anyone standing up for the truth of God’s Word as displaying “residual bigotry”, Christian Aid leader Rosamond Bennett claiming to have been saved without asking for forgiveness of sins and saying God might be a woman and Presbyterian cleric Rev Ernie Rea outrageously saying that “if hell exists, it is empty”, the bar has not been set especially high by those featured therein when it comes to religious standards.

And living up (or is it down?) to those less than impressive standards now is Canon Katie McAteer, recently appointed as the first ever female canon of St Columb’s Cathedral in Londonderry, though most likely she would prefer to call it “Derry”,  the nom de plume assigned to that historic walled city by those who hate any semblance of Britishness in our land or who seek to cower to the whims of Romanism and Irish republicanism, Church of Ireland clerics typically being high up in that category.

Having her profile raised for being in a more senior role in a vocation she ought not to be involved in (1 Timothy 2:12), she was prime fodder for Alf McCreary’s feature which might better be titled ‘Heretic of the Week’ or something in that vein.

He tends to studiously avoid featuring any individuals who might not be fully paid up members of the apostasy in our land, with only occasional, minor blips.

And Canon Katie McAteer, who, it is revealed in the article is the daughter of a Church of England vicar, fits the standard bill wonderfully for the feature.

The question ‘how and when did you come to faith?’ almost exclusively brings with it a deeply concerning answer.

Of course the question itself is flexible enough in its phrasing to allow for such answers, but that does not excuse the risible responses of many of these allegedly leading figures in Christendom in Northern Ireland.

And Canon Katie McAteer’s response is undoubtedly one of the most unimpressive answers one could imagine.

This was her answer: “Although I had been brought up understanding difference amongst Christians, it didn’t really prepare me for Northern Ireland. Suddenly the world was “divided” between Protestants and Catholics. I was not brought up to refer to myself as “Protestant”, I was C of E (Church of England)!

“I was unsure and a little wary of contacting churches here – the term “Low Church” was quite scary to a relatively sheltered “High Church” girl like me.

“However, I made myself known to the then rector of Christ Church, who very quickly accepted me.”

Sorry Katie McAteer – the question was ‘how and when did you come to faith’, not ‘how did you come to attend a church in Northern Ireland?’

There is no mention of grief over sins, a burden of guilt for how she had despised the Saviour or how she cried out in repentance to God for mercy and for salvation.

None of this is contained in her story.

Surely if she is a true child of God, saved by the previous blood of the Saviour, she would be delighted to have an opportunity to tell the tens of thousands of readers of the Belfast Telegraph, no doubt many of whom are unsaved, of how God had gloriously saved her and taken her from being on the broad path which leads to destruction and set her on the narrow road to an eternity in heaven.

If we are truly saved, would we not delight in recounting how God spoke to our souls and convinced and convicted us of our sins?

The psalmist said in Psalm 13:5 that “my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation”.

Isaiah 61:10 says: “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.”

If Canon Katie McAteer is clothed with the garments of salvation, if she is covered with the robe of righteousness,  would she not delight to tell of how God had saved her?

Instead, her apparent method of “coming to faith” consists of making herself known to the rector.

How does introducing yourself to the minister equate to being saved?

Not only is it a deeply concerning answer but it is a shamefully missed opportunity.

People could be very much misled by such a pathetic answer, thinking that introducing yourself to the minister is what saves you.

Going to church doesn’t save, paying into a church doesn’t save, saying hello to a minister doesn’t save, only placing your faith in Christ alone can save.

We can do nothing of ourselves to obtain salvation.

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.”

How many supposed ministers dilute the gospel message and ignore the absolute necessity of the all-atoning blood of Christ at Calvary in our salvation.

Dear reader, if you are as yet without a Saviour, won’t you come to God today in humility and repentance.

Jesus promises in John 6:37 that “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out”.

We cannot get to God our own way, no matter what the likes of Canon Katie McAteer would have the unsaved believe.

One must only look at the example of Cain for proof of that.

He thought his offering would meet with God’s approval, but because he did things his way, it was not accepted by God.

This is the same, sadly, for so many who have been led astray by ministers who fail to tell of the need of salvation.

But any reading this now cannot say they have not been warned – won’t you come to the Saviour even now?

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.”

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.”