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.”