Presbyterian ministers to address blasphemous ‘Blessed are the Queer’ conference

Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

The march to bring greater acceptance of the ungodly LGBT movement within the church continues at pace and the latest high profile event scheduled to continue this anti-Christian process is a conference scheduled for this April entitled ‘Blessed are the Queer’.

Rather fittingly, it will take place on 1st April – April Fool’s Day – for it is only a fool who would try to claim that an appropriate addition to the Beatitudes would be an endorsement of that which God has condemned as an “abomination”.

Regular readers of ‘Protestant Revival’ will be unsurprised to know that a leading figure behind this outrageous event is Rev Andrew Rawding, a hitherto unknown Church of Ireland minister in County Tyrone who has decided to make a name for himself by throwing himself headlong into supporting the sodomite movement.

He is the vice-chair of the recently formed LGBT group Mid Ulster Pride and spent much of last summer marching in so-called Pride parades while carrying a banner pompously ‘apologising’ to the LGBT ‘community’ for how the church has allegedly ‘mistreated’ them.

And at the launch of Mid Ulster Pride last week, Rev Andrew Rawding announced the Blessed are the Queer conference.

Among the speakers are representatives of LGBT groups, unsurprisingly, but there are two very interesting other names on the list of speakers.

They are Presbyterian ministers Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick (until recently) and ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, below).

Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick (pictured, top) was a professor at Union Theological College, the training ground of the Presbyterian Church, who was removed from his position by the church when he spoke out against moves made by the church to bar communicant membership to those involved in same-sex relationships and forbid the baptism of children in the care of same-sex partners.

Of course, these are proper decisions which ought not to have been opposed by any true child of God, indeed, the Presbyterian Church is still falling well short of the standards it ought to be setting.

But it was all too much for Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who went on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme to say that he would be horrified if a student at the college was taught that a same-sex, sexually active relationship was sinful.

Imagine that, a professor charged with helping to train up the ministers who will be the future of the denomination says he would be horrified if students were told that something God says is sinful was sinful.

It is hard to think of a more fitting application of Matthew 15:14 than this. That verse says “… they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

Another ‘minister’ determined to drag as many into the ditch with them as possible is ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban.

Apart from the obvious reason why she is not an appropriate spiritual leader (1 Timothy 2:10-12 gives all the guidance we need), ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is a devoted ecumenist and appears to demonstrate a less than Biblically faithful view of homosexuality.

She is an advocate of the ecumenical quasi-political, quasi-religious self-important annual talking shop in Belfast known as the Four Corners Festival, and last year she was one of a number of clerics who shamefully preached at the Novena at the Romanist Clonard Monastery in west Belfast. She is pictured, below, speaking at that dreadful event in a hub of Romanist deceit.

And at last year’s Presbyterian General Assembly she joined with the “LGBT Christian” endorsing Rev John Dickinson in reaffirming her opposition to the moves by the Presbyterian Church which had so vexed Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick.

The weakness of the Presbyterian Church was demonstrated as it has raised no opposition to any of her Bible-defying antics.

And, when questioned on ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban’s involvement with the Blessed are the Queer conference, the Presbyterian Church took its typical approach of deflection and using weasel words as they did their best impression of Pontius Pilate in full handwashing mode.

They said: “As a church we continue to affirm that all people are loved, valued and cherished by God. To love someone in Christ does not mean you have to agree with their lifestyle, or point of view.

“For example, PCI’s (Presbyterian Church in Ireland) biblically faithful position that marriage is between one man and one woman, is well known.

“With little knowledge of the event, the format, or topics that the speakers will be addressing, it would be difficult to comment further. Dr Kirkpatrick is no longer a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and no longer holds a professorial chair at Union Theological College.

“We would assume that Rev Cheryl Meban, who is one of our ministers, will be speaking in a personal capacity.”

What shameful equivocation!

‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is speaking precisely because of her role as a Presbyterian ‘minister’. Were she an ordinary person on the street she wouldn’t be invited to speak, it is because she is ordained to the role she is that she will be addressing attendees at this appalling event.

Whatever her specific views are, and certainly her very attendance (and past record) at an event with such a clearly partisan title casts a great deal of doubt over how Scriptural her views will be, the Presbyterian Church cannot but be linked to the views of one of its ordained ‘ministers’, particularly on such a fundamental matter of faith.

Is Rev Andrew Rawding, who appears to be trying to position himself as the clerical LGBT champion of Northern Ireland, going to invite someone to his event which seeks to endorse a lifestyle opposed to God’s Word who thinks homosexuality is wrong? It is highly unlikely.

This is but more sad evidence of the utter apostasy of the Presbyterian Church that one of its ministers can speak at such an event without attracting even a hint of public criticism.

It should be abundantly clear to any child of God that this is a wicked event and the only thing any minister should be doing in relation to it is protesting against it.

Yet this is emphatically not the case with Presbyterian clergy and the leadership is busy washing its hands of its duty in the circumstances.

Northern Ireland is being bombarded with the agents of the sodomite agenda and all who profess Christ have to make it very clear if they are on the side of the world, and therefore the god of this world, the devil, or if they are on the Lord’s side.

Which side will it be for you, dear reader?

Exodus 32:26: “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, Who is on the Lord’s side?”

Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Rev Andrew Rawding leads celebrations as sodomite ‘Mid Ulster Pride’ group is launched

Daniel 4:37: “…those that walk in pride he is able to abase.”

The wicked and shameful descent of Church of Ireland minister Rev Andrew Rawding (pictured, top) was further deepened on Thursday night, 16 January as he led celebrations marking the launch of the Mid Ulster Pride sodomite grouping.

Deputy Chairman of the Mid Ulster Pride group, he will be one of the chief organisers of the pro-sodomy ‘Pride’ parade which these rebels against God plan to hold in Cookstown, County Tyrone on Saturday, 13 June.

We would urge all Christians to pray with sincerity and faith that God would intervene in the coming months to put their plans awry and cause this event never to take place. If we but have faith as a grain of mustard seed, Jesus Himself tells us, this WILL be done.

Matthew 17:20: “If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”

We asked a few months ago what the Church of Ireland was going to do about Rev Andrew Rawding marching in not one, not two, but three sodomite ‘Pride’ parades over the summer of 2019, in Belfast, Londonderry and Newry.

The sickening and deplorable response which was revealed was that they were going to do ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Not a thing – the Church of Ireland was happy to stand by and let this Christ-denying, Bible-rejecting heretic engage in promoting and supporting those involved in the unspeakably sinful lifestyle associated with the sodomite movement.

If any professing Christian doesn’t think this is a motivator to total and utter separation from the Church of Ireland in every single conceivable way, then we really would be concerned about you.

Amidst the sickening scenes being paraded online of the despicable launch event in the Royal Hotel in Cookstown on Thursday night (and you can see Rev Andrew Rawding wearing a ‘Pride’ scarf in this picture from the event, below), there was certainly some comfort to be gained from what was happening outside.

A sizeable band of protesters gathered outside the Royal Hotel, indeed it appeared to be a larger number than those who attended this despicable event.

A letter had been published in the NewsLetter earlier in the week signed by five Free Presbyterian ministers urging for a protest, each of whom deserve the utmost praise for taking their stand against what is very much the in vogue sin of the age, an issue right at the coalface of the Christian battle today.

We understand a number of different groups gathered to hold the protest, not just Free Presbyterians, and we commend every single person in attendance for spending what was a cold and wet night outside the camp, bearing reproach for our Saviour.

The camp, of course, the worldly venue was the Royal Hotel, and we would urge everyone reading this, whether they live in that Mid Ulster area or are ever in that area passing through, to studiously avoid giving them any custom.

Indeed, on the Mid Ulster Pride facebook page, one can see a series of posts if they scroll back just a brief amount featuring various businesses offering sponsorship and prizes for a raffle held at the launch event to this ungodly grouping.

One of these is the Royal Hotel and the list also features a number of salons, a butcher, a tattoo parlour (not that any Christian should be in the latter in any event) and others. We would encourage all readers to acquaint themselves with the list and make sure they do not fund businesses openly supporting sodomy where at all possible.

On the subject of facebook, a number of individuals saw fit to mock the protesters, prompting a chorus of their pals and cohorts to join in with the mockery and vile, vulgar, filthy abuse.

Clearly the irony of their ‘love everyone’ message not extending to Christians is utterly lost on them.

A great many of the comments, claiming that the protesters were all elderly, which was far from the case, going by photographs of the event, stated that they looked forward to those speaking out for Christ dying. Very loving indeed!

Indeed, one went so far as to say that she would like to “give them all ‘meet baby Jesus’ tablets now”.

Again, very loving indeed of these wonderfully tolerant, open minded people. One can only imagine the hysterical response if a Christian had said something a tenth as violent or offensive as that.

We will remind everyone reading this that the Bible is utterly clear on the matter of homosexuality.

It would appear that Rev Andrew Rawding’s conscience is seared with a hot iron, but for anyone else seeing this who supports such rebellion against God, we hope and pray these words will cause you to see this wicked sin for what it is.

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.”

Jude 1:7: “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.”

This is but a brief snapshot of the, contrary to the claims of the pro-sodomy movement, NUMEROUS examples of God’s Word outright, categorically, unequivocally condemning same-sex relationships.

It is dishonest or Biblically illiterate to try to claim otherwise.

Rev Andrew Rawding has previously been quoted stating that he had, at a time, considered homosexuality to be wrong, but has changed his mind. God’s Word hasn’t changed though!

Deep down, of course, he knows it is wrong but has allowed himself to believe his own lie and is as those in Romans 1:32 who “have pleasure in them” who commit such grave sins.

That verse says: “Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.”

He is cheering on those who are engaged in a lifestyle utterly contrary to God’s Word and will.

Rev Andrew Rawding ought to be doing the exact opposite, imploring them to turn from their sin.

What a fearful judgement awaits all who fail to warn the wicked from their way.

Ezekiel 3:18: “When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”

There are those who try to claim that Christians who speak out against sodomy are guilty of thinking themselves better than those who support or partake in that lifestyle.

This is categorically not the case.

It is out of a deep love for God’s truth and the souls of all men that we speak out, for we do not wish to see any perish in a lost eternity in hell.

Man is God’s creation, but his sin is not God’s handiwork, salvation is available to any who call upon Christ for it and He is quick to save us if we but seek after Him, as Paul told the Athenians.

Acts 17:26-28 says: “And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”

We owe our breath to God and it is our responsibility to use our fleeting time on this earth to His honour and glory, not to dedicate our time to open defiance of Him.

God has already determined “the bounds of (our) habitation”, He knows how long He will choose to let us live.

People die young and in unexpected circumstances all the time, or are cut off even at bigger ages when it appears all is well with regards their health.

We do not know what lies ahead, we cannot be sure of tomorrow.

Turn from your sin, turn from your lifestyle of rebellion against God, turn to Christ for salvation, seek Him with all of your heart and ask for forgiveness, and He will save you.

Jeremiah 29:13: “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

1 John 1:9-10: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

For the believer, we would urge you once more to pray all the more earnestly for our land.

Let us pray that God would indeed, in wrath remember mercy and that God would be pleased to visit us again with an outpouring of His Spirit in a Holy Ghost revival, and let us pray against this planned LGBT ‘Pride’ event in Cookstown and indeed all such planned events in our country.

Let us have that faith that would move mountains.

Newtownbreda Baptist endorses US heretic Rick Warren

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”.

Around this time last year, we at ‘Protestant Revival’ highlighted Newtownbreda Baptist Church’s membership of the ungodly Evangelical Alliance.

By its affiliation with this group, which boasts members such as Kings Church in Bangor, County Down, whose pastor, Glen Mitchell, denies the Biblical account of creation and Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area of County Armagh, whose lead pastor Alain Emerson has glorified Ignatius of Loyola, the evil leader of that dreadful Romanist order of the Jesuits, Newtownbreda Baptist Church has yoked itself with fellowships which are determinedly at odds with God and His Word.

Newtownbreda Baptist Church is one of five Baptist churches in Northern Ireland who have tied themselves with this Biblically illiterate organisation.

We warned at that time that this demonstrated that a church simply being part of a denomination which tends to be held in high regard is not a sure indicator that the church concerned is a safe one to attend.

Most would consider a Baptist church to be a sound fellowship simply by virtue of being called ‘Baptist’, but Newtownbreda Baptist Church appears to be determined to make sure nobody remains under that illusion.

Let’s hope that everyone reading this does indeed rid themselves of any such illusions.

Not only yoked with the Evangelical Alliance, whose new UK Director is hardened ecumenist ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, Newtownbreda Baptist Church has embarked on a wrong-headed partnership with four other churches in Belfast.

Among them are Willowfield Parish Church, led by ecumenical compromiser and new Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor David McClay, typical charismatic fellowships CFC (Christian Fellowship Church) Belfast, who hosted a ludicrous ‘prophetic art’ event back in the autumn, and UT Belfast.

The final member of this highly questionable quintet is the easy-believist Crown Jesus Ministries, led by Keith Mitchell (pictured, below), although, in this pathetic, matey age of church, he likes to be known only by the moniker of ‘Mitch’.

He was one of the keynote speakers at the charismatic delusion fest that is the Open Skies festival over the summer and claimed that people were saved by taking a booklet at an event he ran at a Scripture Union event in a school.

These five churches held a joint event last summer entitled ‘Just One’, headlined by the man who decided he would re-write the Ten Commandments because God’s way of communicating them just doesn’t cut it any more, Church of England cleric Canon J John.

And now this same questionable quintet have joined forces to put together a prayer journal which will see you through to April Fool’s Day, rather fittingly, called ‘Awake’.

There are numerous major issues with this prayer guide, which, for any who may seek to try to distract from the manifold problems with it, we have read in depth.

Among these problems are an endorsement of notorious US megachurch preacher and rank heretic Rick Warren (pictured, top), mingling with the ungodly 24-7 Prayer organisation and support for the false prophets of the Rome loving and charismatic deceits propagating Causeway Coast Vineyard.

The document gets off to an inauspicious start as within the first full page of text we are already treading on to dangerous ground.

This is what it says: “In 2010, as the last decade began, Pastor Rick Warren said he believed whatever happened in the next 10 years could determine the state of our culture for the next 100 years.

“When you consider what has happened culturally over the last 10 years, significant changes have occurred in our moral and spiritual landscape, and it seems these changes will indeed impact our culture greatly for many years to come.

“Therefore, we as 5 churches in the great city of Belfast, feel compelled to pray for the first 100 days of a new decade, that God would bring a mighty awakening in our souls, city and land, impacting our land for 100’s of years.”

So Rick Warren’s comments are acting as an inspiration to the people behind this prayer journal.

Notice that no explanation is given as to who he is, it is assumed that everyone would know who he is.

Certainly, if anyone knows who he is, and anyone putting this together certainly would do, as would all the churches signing this document off in their church’s name, that ought to instantly have them running for the hills away from this.

In 2015, Rick Warren paired up with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley to speak at a keynote session celebrating the Pope’s visit to the USA as part of the World Meeting of Families event. This is the same Vatican-run gathering which came to Dublin in 2018 and saw Evangelical Alliance leader Peter Lynas fall over himself to support professing Christians scuttling off to the Republic of Ireland to cower before “that Antichrist”.

Of course, none of the alleged Protestants who went to Dublin gave a keynote address welcoming the Pope alongside a Romanist Cardinal, so Rick Warren has gone several steps further in his wicked fellowshipping with Rome.

More than that, the previous year, Rick Warren signed a statement in which he called the Pope “Holy Father”, a blasphemous title the Pope has taken upon himself.

The letter said: “We rejoice that the Holy Father has captured the world’s attention and so much good will for the Christian faith! You have written so powerfully, Holy Father, of the importance of a new evangelisation within the church.”

Not only is he a signatory of a letter calling the Pope by this blasphemous name, but Rick Warren is also writing about him in the most admiring of terms, which is clearly a reprehensible thing to do.

It is also stated in an article on the Pulpit and Pen website that Rick Warren referred to the Pope as “Our Pope”.

Rick Warren is also featured in a YouTube video from the Catholic News Service in which he states that “if you love Jesus we’re on the same team”.

He says: “We have far more in common that what divides us. When you talk about Pentecostals, charismatics, evangelicals, fundamentalists, Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, Presbyterians and on and on and on, well they all would say ‘we believe in the Trinity, we believe in the Bible, we believe in the Resurrection, we believe salvation is through Jesus Christ’.

“These are the big issues.

“Sometimes Protestants think that Catholics worship Mary like she’s another God. That’s not exactly Catholic doctrine. And people say, ‘what are the saints all about? Why are you praying to the saints?’ And when you understand what they mean by what they are saying, there’s a whole lot more commonality.

“Now there’s still real differences, no doubt about that, but the most important thing is, if you love Jesus we’re on the same team.”

You can see the video for yourself by clicking here.

What a big ecumenical love-in Rick Warren is promoting, bringing in charismatics (which is essentially what all five of these churches are, including Newtownbreda Baptist), evangelicals, fundamentalists, Catholics and so on.

There are so many problems with what Rick Warren says in the above quote, this article would be far too long if we addressed them all, but we will briefly seek to address just a couple of them.

Firstly, Rick Warren tries to claim that all who profess the name of Christian aren’t so different, citing belief in the Bible and salvation through Jesus Christ, among others.

Let us remind Rick Warren, Crown Jesus Ministries, UT Belfast, CFC Belfast, Willowfield Parish Church and Newtownbreda Baptist Church what Rome believes on numerous key issues.

They deny that salvation comes through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone, instead pronouncing their curse on any who believes such.

Canon 9 from the Council of Trent, still the authoritative document of Roman Catholic doctrine, says this: “If any one saith, that by faith alone the impious is justified; in such wise as to mean, that nothing else is required to co-operate in order to the obtaining the grace of Justification, and that it is not in any way necessary, that he be prepared and disposed by the movement of his own will; let him be anathema.”

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9: “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.”

Rome also states that any who claim good works are simply evidence of a person’s salvation, rather than part of their meriting of salvation, are to be cursed.

Canon 24 says: “If any one saith, that the justice received is not preserved and also increased before God through good works; but that the said works are merely the fruits and signs of Justification obtained, but not a cause of the increase thereof; let him be anathema.”

The Bible says in Galatians 3:1-3: “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?”

We could go on, but trust this point is clearly made that Rome does not share the Christian view on salvation but rather propagates a devilish deceit utterly contrary to God’s Word.

Rick Warren also seeks to fend off any concerns over Mariolatry and idolatry of so-called ‘saints’ in his deceitful diatribe, but just mentions them and brushes them off.

He says it is “not exactly” the case that Rome worships Mary, which is hardly a clear statement, nor does he say how they don’t.

Given that Rome offers up scores of blasphemous titles to Mary bestowing honour which can only rightly be ascribed to our Saviour, it is clear she is worshipped by Rome.

These titles include, but are far from limited to Co-Redemptrix, Gate of Heaven, Mother of Divine Grace and Refuge of Sinners.

Rome worships Mary, despite the despicable efforts of Rick Warren to deflect or distract from that fact.

Further cementing the five churches’ endorsement of Rick Warren is the fact that Pastor Tim Robinson (pictured, below), the assistant to Pastor Trevor Ramsey of Newtownbreda Baptist Church, recites word for word the text we reproduced early in this article which directly refers to Rick Warren in a video on their church Facebook page promoting this prayer journal. Mitch makes an appearance in it too.

Newtownbreda Baptist Church has just this week been hosting a 24-7 Prayer week, an organisation headed up locally by Jesuit exalter Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson and whose founder is ABBA prayer dancing supporter Pete Greig.

They will host similar events in February and March, with each of the other churches taking their turn at it as well.

In the latter part of this prayer journal, ‘stories of awakening’ are shared with the reader.

They throw in the 1859 Revival to give the document some sort of air of orthodoxy, while also including stories about Causeway Coast Vineyard.

In it they claim that 3,500 people have been saved as a result of that fellowship, though there has certainly been no reports of revival coming out of that area.

The 1859 Revival was headline news, it swept the country with remarkable stories of people listening for hours to the preaching of the gospel, such was their desire to learn more about God.

Sadly, Causeway Coast Vineyard is not God honouring.

Its former lead pastor, Alan Scott, infamously stated he was “all in” with the Pope and made light of that outrageous blasphemy of Mary worship, while current lead pastor Neil Young is fond of quoting Romanists such as Jean Vanier on social media.

Peter Lynas, mentioned above, is another leading figure at Causeway Coast Vineyard, who on at least two occasions last year alone welcomed in the heretical Bethel Supernatural Ministries to their church.

While some of the intentions behind this prayer journal may well be good, like the Alpha Course, there is more than its fair share of leaven within it and, as we are told in Galatians 5:9: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.”

There is more than a little leaven in this, so just think how much more problematic ‘Awake’ is.

Indeed, it is incumbent upon us if we are saved to ourselves be very much alert and awake to such subtle spirits of error.

1 Corinthians 16:13: “Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong.”

Proverbs 4:23: “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.”

Evangelical Alliance rewarding Popery – Peter Lynas promoted to top UK role

Malachi 3:15: “And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered.”

This is a verse we quoted when veteran Church of Ireland ecumenical cleric Canon David Skuce became Chancellor David Skuce, promoted by that old Romish compromiser the Right Eejit John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher.

What exactly it means for David Skuce’s lofty title now he has moved off to Donegal in the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe we are not entirely sure, but we believed that verse was apt for him and we feel it is equally apt now for Peter Lynas, another who has seen his Romish compromise rewarded by professional elevation, though both may seek to claim it is vocational elevation.

For Peter Lynas, a man whose actions are so synonymous with rank compromise with Romanism that he meritoriously received the moniker of ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, has been promoted to one of the most senior roles in the Evangelical Alliance.

He was already the Evangelical Alliance Director in Northern Ireland but now he is occupying the same position over the whole of the United Kingdom.

It would certainly appear that religious compromise and ecumenical betrayal of your Protestant heritage is a sure way to the top in many allegedly Chrustian organisations.

Among Peter Lynas’ most transparently God defying actions was his criticism of any who opposed supposed Christians running down to Dublin to meet “that Antichrist”, the Pope, his eulogising of ecumenical evangelist Billy Graham and his describing of a Romanist monk and God-defying ‘Protestant’ ecumenists as “incredible company”.

And he also decried any who would have the temerity to challenge him for his God-defiance in compromising with the hellish teachings and practices of Popery as being guilty of harbouring “residual bigotry”.

There are plenty more instances of his demonstrating his utter unsuitability for having any type of spiritual oversight over anyone, such as suggesting that churches introduce “trans” accessible toilets, and you can see some more of them by clicking here.

It shows something is very much out of place with so many who claim to be serving God when they are happy to be represented by such a character.

Did Jesus mingle with false religion? Did He condemn those who came to Him by faith alone? Did He describe as “incredible company” those who teach a false gospel of works-based righteousness?

The answer to all of these is a clear and resounding “no”.

Jesus dined with sinners and spoke with those practising false religion, but He didn’t encourage them on in their sin.

When Jesus spoke with the Samaritan woman at the well, He didn’t sugar coat things with her, He made it clear her current relationship was sinful (see John 4:16-18).

Jesus then made it clear to her that her religion was nothing but a confused, mongrel mess of a religion.

John 4:22-24: “Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

Rome cannot worship God in spirit and in truth, for it blasphemes the Holy Spirit and is built on a lie, yet Peter Lynas is delighted for professing Christians to cower before the leader of that devilish system.

The religion referred to by Christ is that same mongrel mess created after the destruction of the Kingdom of Israel as detailed in 2 Kings 17:25-29,32-33, which says: “And so it was at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they feared not the Lord: therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which slew some of them. Wherefore they spake to the king of Assyria, saying, The nations which thou hast removed, and placed in the cities of Samaria, know not the manner of the God of the land: therefore he hath sent lions among them, and, behold, they slay them, because they know not the manner of the God of the land. Then the king of Assyria commanded, saying, Carry thither one of the priests whom ye brought from thence; and let them go and dwell there, and let him teach them the manner of the God of the land. Then one of the priests whom they had carried away from Samaria came and dwelt in Beth-el, and taught them how they should fear the Lord. Howbeit every nation made gods of their own, and put them in the houses of the high places which the Samaritans had made, every nation in their cities wherein they dwelt. So they feared the Lord, and made unto themselves of the lowest of them priests of the high places, which sacrificed for them in the houses of the high places. They feared the Lord, and served their own gods, after the manner of the nations whom they carried away from thence.”

The descendants of these ungodly forefathers then tried to disrupt the work of rebuilding the temple, doing so under the banner of being co-religionists with the true Jews.

Ezra 4:1-2: “Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the Lord God of Israel; Then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esar-haddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither.”

The Jewish leaders were wise to these ecumenical advances, unlike many foolish Protestants today, and give us a fine example of separation from religious error.

Note the Scriptures call such characters “the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin”.

When their ecumenical advances are rejected, their true colours quickly shine through.

Ezra 4:3-5 says: “But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the Lord God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, And hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.”

So it is with Rome, we must not fellowship or work alongside false religion, but Peter Lynas throws himself in headlong with Rome.

Jesus never once told people they were saved by their works, but rather by their faith.

Mark 10:51-52 says: “And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.”

Luke 7:50 says: “And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.”

Rome teaches we are saved by our works and by fulfilling its sacraments, and indeed pronounces its curse on any who teach salvation is by faith alone in Christ alone.

This is despite Ephesians 2:8-9, which 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.”

So why does the supposedly ‘Evangelical’ Alliance leader Peter Lynas not speak out against Rome, but rather call characters involved in it “incredible company”?

Did Christ proclaim that the false teachers of His day were “incredible company”?

This is what He said in Matthew 23:13: “But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.”

He continued in verse 33, saying: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

Jesus wasn’t mincing His words, was He?

Any true follower of Jesus, and you will know them by their works, will refuse to mingle with false religion, will refuse to praise those who deny the truth of the gospel and will unashamedly speak out against religious error.

As Jesus pointed out, this is a matter of heaven or hell, a matter of life or death.

Those following false religion, such as those dear souls within the Roman Catholic Church, are having the door to heaven effectively bolted in front of them by their false teachers, who, Christ warns, are themselves in grave peril.

He asks them, “how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

Peter Lynas continually cosies up with a church whose priests shut up the doors of heaven to their adherents and goes so far as to condemn those who point out that this is unscriptural as bigots.

Do not be deceived into following his example, regardless of the lofty position he currently occupies.

If you are not saved, ask yourself the same question posed by Jesus around 2,000 years ago – “how can ye escape the damnation of hell?”

There is but one way – through repentance of sins and believing in Christ for salvation.

Jesus says in Mark 1:15: “repent ye, and believe the gospel”.

Acts 4:12 says: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

We must be saved – won’t you to come to Christ for salvation even today?

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

Only total heretics will do – pro-LGBT Church of Ireland clergy squawk as Rev David McClay appointed bishop

2 Chronicles 11:13-16: “And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the Lord: And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers.”

We at Protestant Revival find ourselves in the rather unusual position of * almost * coming to the defence of an ecumenical Church of Ireland minister.

For we have felt compelled to comment on the elevation of Rev David McClay (pictured, top), rector of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast, to the bishopric of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Down and Dromore.

We have previously been, rightly, in view of Scripture, highly critical of Rev David McClay for his naked ecumenical compromise with the false religion of Romanism through the charismatic New Wine festival, while also inviting in all sorts of other characters who any true evangelical would stay well clear of.

This included, in 2018, Rev David McClay featuring as one of his speakers the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Elphin Diocese, Kevin Doran, as well as a Fodhla McGrane – she is a representative of Clonard Monastery – and Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative (ECI).

Paddy Monaghan, who is a member of the Legion of Mary, was back at the conference once more in 2019.

Also among the guests at Rev David McClay’s New Wine conference have been two of the three lead pastors of the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie, whose other lead pastor, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is one of the most senior figures in the Northern Irish apostasy and is teaching his devotees to follow in the footsteps of the evil founder of the appalling Romanist order of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola.

So, one would have thought that with such impeccable ecumenical credentials as these that Rev David McClay, who has hitherto served as Archdeacon of the Down and Dromore diocese, would be welcomed with open arms by his denomination, given over as it is to God-defiance.

Not so, however.

For 36 allegedly “senior” (according to the Church Times) Church of Ireland clergy have written a letter, ultimately unsuccessfully, opposing his elevation to the bishopric.

Their reason for doing so? Rev David McClay is, to his credit, not on board with the pro-sodomite lobby insidiously working its way through the Church of Ireland.

The signatories to this letter includes four deans and 12 canons, as well as 24 plain old ‘reverends’ (maybe not quite so “senior”?), although many of the signatories are women and therefore ought not to hold the positions they do. 1 Timothy 2:10-12 gives a very clear steer on this.

Indeed, of the 36 signatories of the letter, 18, or exactly half, are women.

Given that, even yet, a significant majority of Church of Ireland clerics are men, it is instructive that 50% of the God-defiers behind this letter are female.

It should not come as too great a surprise that women ordained as ‘ministers’ should be at the vanguard of the rage against Biblical truth as, to occupy the position they hold, they simply have to be opposed to the Bible’s teachings in the first place, given it prohibits female ministers.

If you can perform a mental leapfrog over those Scriptures, then why not any other passage you personally dislike?

Another interesting aspect of the signatories is that of the 36 people named, just two of them are currently based, as best we can see, in Northern Ireland. The other 34 are over the border in the Republic of Ireland.

This, too, is instructive.

It was primarily southern based Church of Ireland clerics and lay members who voted in favour of affirming same-sex ‘marriages’ in the Church of Ireland a few years ago, though their efforts were, relatively narrowly, defeated.

And it would appear that, once the border is crossed, views on sodomy and other matters get a lot more liberal.

The two Northern Ireland based clergy who added their names to the letter opposing Rev David McClay were Rev Jason Kernohan, rector of All Saints Parish Church, Eglantine, near Lisburn, County Antrim and ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie (pictured, below), ‘minister’ of Kildarton and Lisnadill Parish Churches in County Armagh.

While the former of those we have not previously came across the latter featured in one of the most outrageous articles we have ever had the sad duty of writing.

‘Rev’ Grace Clunie, in addition to the churches for which she has responsibility, also runs the Centre for Celtic Spirituality in Armagh.

As part of this, ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie celebrates pagan rituals such as Beltane and instructs people to “create an outdoor prayer shrine or befriend a tree to pray/meditate outdoors”. You can read all about her dreadful antics by clicking here.

In relation to Rev Jason Kernohan, we have discovered he is a proud and dedicated Romish compromiser.

In an article from the Derry Journal reporting on his then-impending move to Eglantine from his previous charge as curate at Drumachose Parish Church in Limavady, County Londonderry, Rev Jason Kernohan (pictured, below) revealed how he sang each year at Christmas Eve mass in one of that town’s Romanist chapels, Christ the King.

“Fr Eddie Gallagher was one of the first clergy I met,” Rev Jason Kernohan is quoted.

“He loves music and singing at mass, or indeed at any available opportunity really, so on Christmas Eve 2010 I was invited over to sing at Christmas Eve mass at Christ The King. Fr Eddie and I sang a duet. I couldn’t believe the reception we both received and, so, every year I’ve been invited back to Christ the King to sing.

“Eddie and I did concerts at Christ Church and guest teas, and we always thought we would love to record a CD, but of course it was a matter of finances. We got a grant through PEACE III, and we recorded the CD and raised £10,000 for both parishes.

“It brought people together, and everyone really enjoyed it, and we still keep in contact.”

The article continues:

Rev Jason said the Churches’ Forum in Limavady was really important to him.

“The first major event we had, and it hadn’t been done before, was the very public event; the Good Friday event. People had said to me, ‘are you sure you want to do this?, and I said ‘yes’, and we did it and it was amazing,” said Rev Jason.

“When I came here I wasn’t afraid of letting people know that I felt it was important to work together, and I think we did that successfully. I think people’s mindsets have changed and I was very fortunate to have Fr. Eddie Gallagher as a wonderful friend.”

There you go, Rev Jason Kernohan “wasn’t afraid of letting people know” of his plans to mingle with the paganism of Rome, he was loud and proud about it.

Rev Jason Kernohan has clearly ignored the Biblical command for separation.

2 Corinthians 6:17 commands us to “come out from among them, and be ye separate”, while Ephesians 5:11 instructs us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.

Another signatory to this pro-sodomy letter is Rev David MacDonnell (pictured, below), now the Dean of Ossorry and rector of St Canice’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, County Donegal.

He has previously been mentioned on this page when leaving his previous charge at a grouped parish in that same county and getting the blessing of the local Romanist priest in doing so.

As with the female clergy, it should be no surprise when there is one form of disobedience to God to see another hot on its heels.

The letter’s signatories’ flapping seems to centre around Rev David McClay’s involvement with GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference), an allegedly conservative, evangelical organisation within the Anglican church.

However, given the “unswerving ecumenist” Bishop Harold Miller, Rev David McClay’s predecessor, was also linked with GAFCON, it would not appear to be especially conservative.

In their letter, they say that GAFCON “is a movement to outlaw same-sex marriages, the ordination of LGBTQ+ people, proclaiming itself as the unique upholder of biblical orthodoxy and systematically undermining the global diversity and unity of Anglicanism”.

We would imagine those involved with GAFCON would deny they claim to be the “unique upholder of biblical orthodoxy”, but the first part of that paragraph gets to the crux of the matter – sodomy.

It is truly the major issue of our time and a battle constantly being fought by apostates and Bible haters, whether they wear clerical garb or not.

“Outlawing same-sex marriage”, as they put it, is surely beyond the remit of the Church of Ireland, as we would imagine they have a rather minimal role in the lawmaking process, but it is but another example of their hysterical rhetoric.

These disgraces to the ministry simply want people in positions of power who promote the gospel according to Sodom.

Rev David McClay is a compromiser, but he is opposed to the sodomite agenda and for that he is worthy of praise.

We previously commented here on his church holding what was described as a “gay cure therapy” session by those in opposition to it.

What it wasn’t was Scriptural, but it shows how Rev David McClay is at odds with these characters who are looking to push the Church of Ireland even further away from God.

And what it all shows is that separation is a critically important matter.

We can have different viewpoints on some issues, but when some clergy holding high office, or indeed any office, are campaigning in favour of what God calls an “abomination”, it means we simply cannot be yoked with such wickedness.

There needs to be a separation from churches where God and His Word is rejected and a living for Him, not for ourselves and certainly not a standing against God in favour of sin.

Even as the verses at the top of this article show, the priests determined to serve God realised they could not do it under the notably evil rule of Jeroboam.

Likewise, in an environment such as that within the Church of Ireland, it is not possible to truly please God when you are bound to such God-deniers.

Let us be determined not to be stained by the sins of those around us, but keep ourselves clean and pure for Christ, as much as in us lies.

Ephesians 5:27: “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Bible comes second to popular opinion – new Archbishop of York

Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

Malachi 3:6: “For I am the LORD, I change not”.

Matthew 24:35: “Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.”

Among God’s innumerable wonderful characteristics, there is His immutability.

That is, God does not change, He is, as the first verse referenced at the top of this article states, “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever”.

God’s Word is eternally unchangeable too, even as Jesus attested in one of the verses above.

This is reinforced in the final book of the Bible.

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.”

Yet so many so-called Christian clerics seem to think they know better than God and His inspired Word.

And now we have witnessed such a man taking up the second highest position in the Church of England.

Stephen Cottrell (pictured, top) has been appointed as the new Archbishop of York, replacing the soon to be retiring John Sentamu.

And he has nailed his colours to the mast in favour of sodomy and against God and His Word.

The soon-to-be Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, who is currently merely a plain old bishop in the Chelmsford Diocese, in 2017, in an address to leaders in that diocese, stated his belief that biblical teaching on sexuality should be secondary to 21st century western beliefs.

The Christian Institute reported his despicable comments in an article on their website.

An extract from their article states: “While Bishop Cottrell did acknowledge biblical passages spoke about the issue, he said they were merely ‘part of our story and our inheritance’.

“‘But what we can do is recognise that what we know now about human development and human sexuality requires us to look again at those texts to see what they are actually saying to our situation, for what we know now is not what was known then.”

“The future Archbishop also said there was ‘no reason’ why thanksgiving prayers or a communion service could not be offered for civil partnerships.”

What a sorry state of affairs this is.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell is supposed to be proclaiming God’s truth, not attempt to subvert it or diminish it.

What is the point of Bishop Stephen Cottrell as a minister when he doesn’t even believe the Bible is relevant? He can’t consider it relevant if modern notions and fancies are superior, in his eyes, to the Word of God.

Ephesians 4:14 warns us not to be swayed by the notions of men and hints at the type of character who attempts to change church teaching even when it is at complete odds with what God has revealed to His people in His Word.

That verse says: “That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive”.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell is one of those lying in wait to deceive and any who falls for what he says in this most grave matter are sadly deceived.

Apparently Bishop Stephen Cottrell has acknowledged the Bible does speak of homosexuality, though he doesn’t appear keen to dwell on it as it doesn’t fit his world view.

In spite of this, we will remind him once again what the Bible has to say.

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

Jude 1:7: “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.”

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.”

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.”

This is but a brief snapshot of the consistent condemnation of same-sex relationships in Scripture.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell calls them simply “part of our story and inheritance” – what does that even mean?

They are clear warnings from God, that is what they are, and Bishop Stephen Cottrell is refusing to hear those warnings and refusing to repeat them.

Indeed, he is going a step further to say they don’t apply.

Dear reader, please do not carried about with every wind of doctrine, as so many are today, by the sleight of men like Bishop Stephen Cottrell.

Rather, let us hold fast to God and His Word, never wavering in our battle for Him.

The church which helps you arrange your abortion – Carrickfergus’ Harbour Faith Community

Psalm 127:3: “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”

The Harbour Faith Community in Carrickfergus seems to almost routinely do something which is so outrageous that it is difficult to fathom this grouping considers itself a Christian church.

From being vociferously “LGBT affirming” to calling the gospel message “not that different from a standard protection racket” to bringing in a militant abortion campaigner bringing in a militant abortion campaigner to speak at a meeting to recently stating their opposition to legal protections being put in place for ministers opposed to sodomite ‘marriage’, this is a fellowship which appears determined to defy God’s Word.

At the time we highlighted Harbour Faith Community’s dreadful actions by bringing in Kellie Turtle to advocate abortion within a church setting, its leader, Steve Ames (pictured, top) was much affronted, getting in touch to argue that they were simply having a conversation.

If anyone was buying that we can’t be sure but Steve Ames has emphatically proven that he brought an abortion advocate in because he was seeking to promote such God-defiance to those individuals over whom he has assumed spiritual responsibility.

This is because, shockingly, we can reveal that on Thursday, 5 December, from 3-7pm, Harbour Faith Community was a host venue for a “consultation cafe” ran by abortion campaign group Alliance for Choice.

At this consultation cafe, would-be mothers who have instead decided to do away with their own child are assisted in filling in a form to initiate the process of having an abortion.

Let that sink in for a moment, Harbour Faith Community, which claims to be a Christian church, faithful to Jesus and following His principles, is hosting an event where you commence arrangements for your abortion (which you can see for yourself, below).

We have never heard of the like of it and are fairly confident neither will very many reading this. It is truly sickening.

The Alliance for Choice, in promoting this event, states that “our consultation cafes will have free hot drinks for adults, juice for kids and Alliance for Choice tote bags to early arrivals”.

Presumably the rather grim irony has completely gone over the heads of all concerned in handing out juice to children who attend an abortion event – “here you go, have some Mi Wadi here to keep you quiet while mummy starts arranging to have your little brother or sister killed”.

What a depraved event.

Also, we are told that every single woman going through an abortion considers it a traumatic event and doesn’t enter into the process without tremendous forethought.

Were that the case, would someone who has, we are told, just made the truly agonising choice to arrange the death of their child, be proudly bringing a tote bag branded with the name of the organisation who helped arrange their child’s death out to the shops for all and sundry to see?

We think the answer to that is clear.

It is bad enough that the secular world should be helping women do away with their offspring but when a church helps arrange for mothers to dispose of their own flesh and blood then it is even more reprehensible.

Jesus said “suffer the little children to come unto me”, not “cause the little children to suffer”.

Something condemned in exceedingly strong terms in Scripture was child sacrifice, it is something which brought down God’s wrath and judgment.

Ezekiel 16:20-21 says: “Moreover thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast borne unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured. Is this of thy whoredoms a small matter, That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pass through the fire for them?”

King Manasseh is a case in point.

A fearfully wicked king, he partook in the sacrifice of his children to pagan deities and “shed innocent blood very much”.

2 Kings 21:1-2, 6, 16 says: “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. 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.”

We are told that God had to reckon for such despicable sin at a national level, and he did so when he caused Nebuchadnezzar to destroy the kingdom of Judah, even though this was decades after Manasseh’s death.

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 sacrificing of children which had gone on in the land He had given His people.

Now of course children being aborted in Northern Ireland, elsewhere in the UK and the Republic of Ireland are not being sacrificed to pagan gods, but they are being sacrificed, in many cases, to the gods of self and convenience.

In the region of nine million babies have been murdered in the UK over the past 50 years, with 2018 recording the highest abortion levels ever in our land, at over 200,000.

It is highly unlikely that Manasseh was quite so prolific in killing children as the UK is today, so how much innocent blood is there throughout our cities today? Can we expect God to pardon it when He didn’t pardon Judah?

Should there be anyone reading this who perhaps has had an abortion in the past or knows someone who has done so, we would share with you the latter part of King Manasseh’s story.

2 Chronicles 33:10-13: “And the Lord spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the Lord brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the Lord his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord he was God.”

Manasseh was brought low after he had shed innocent blood, but at that time the scales were lifted from his eyes and he turned to God in humble penitence and “Manasseh knew that the Lord was God”.

God is ready to forgive our sins, if we would just ask Him to do so and come to Him in faith, believing on His Son, Jesus Christ, who died on Calvary that we might be saved.

Ezekiel 18:30-32 says: “Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.”

If you are feeling lost today, or in a state of confusion or distress, Christ is the answer.

Jesus says Himself in Luke 19:10: “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”

There is everlasting life for those who turn to Christ, you will not suffer a lost eternity in hell if you but come in faith to Him for salvation, admitting you are a hell-deserving sinner totally reliant on Christ’s mercy for salvation.

It is not of good works, not of ourselves, that we are saved, but rather through putting our faith and trust in Him for salvation.

Turn to Christ today, He alone can satisfy.

Turn from the world, turn from your sin, turn from false churches teaching lies and promoting sin, be saved today.

2 Corinthians 6:2: “behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”