Featured in an edition last week of the Irish News, a Roman Catholic newspaper based in Belfast, was an article by a Rev Andrew Watson, minister of the Presbyterian churches in Dunfanaghy and Carrigart, County Donegal.
His article, headed ‘Why am I a Christian?’, is full of the typical woolly rigmarole which goes hand in hand with ecumenism. That is entirely necessary if one is to avoid offending anyone. Except Jesus, of course.
For so many ecumenists, a better question they may well be posing than ‘Why am I a Christian?’ is ‘Am I a Christian?’
Rev Watson is careful not to mention the means of salvation in his article, and certainly not hell, and makes sure not to use the Authorised King James Version of the Bible in his scripture quotations.
However, what Rev Andrew Watson is able to mention is the Pope, and in most approving terms.
Having previously quoted the Apostle Paul when he said in 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief,” Andrew Watson then places “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope, on the same standing as God’s chosen servant.
Andrew Watson says: “Paul’s words are echoed in this 21st century quote from Pope Francis: ‘I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
How despicable to equate the two!
This implies that the Pope is a servant of God, when he is in fact a servant of the devil.
The Roman Catholic system, of which the Pope is the head, denies the gospel of Christ, that the blood He shed on the cross is sufficient for salvation. Instead the Papacy tries to exert power over its adherents with its corrupt gospel of works and teaches prayer to Mary and Saints, thus blaspheming against God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom we are to pray and Him alone.
1 John 2:22-26 says: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.”
If anyone reading this should be aware of Rev Andrew Watson or know him, could they perhaps ask him if he wants to resign his position as a Presbyterian minister as he clearly doesn’t believe the Westminster Confession of Faith which he signed in order to become a minister.
Let us remind him what he signed when he was licensed as a Presbyterian minister.
In paragraph 25, chapter 6. It states: “There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the church, against Christ and all that is called God.”
What does he think of this passage now? What did he think of it when he signed it? It would be interesting to hear Rev Andrew Watson’s thoughts.
This is entirely unsurprising when one looks a little bit deeper at this character, Rev Andrew Watson.
At the bottom of his article we are told that Andrew Watson is the author of ‘Finding Our Way Home: Prayers And Reflections For Our Journey In Christ’.
Not especially interesting you may say, and no doubt his book is far from enthralling or enlightening, but the intriguing bit is its publisher and who recommends that we ought to read it.
It is published by Veritas, a company owned by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, making it a Roman Catholic publishing house.
More intriguingly still, we are told that his book is on Veritas’ recommended reading list of the World Meeting of Families, a massive Roman Catholic gathering, which this year will be held in the Republic of Ireland this August.
If Rev Andrew Watson’s book is being recommended by Romanists, then you can be sure it is not to be recommended to true Christians.
The Roman Catholic Church wouldn’t be interested in propagating Rev Andrew Watson’s ramblings were they to contain the true way to salvation.
If the fruits of something are evil, and they must be if Rome would recommend it, then the root must be corrupt too as Matthew 7:17-19 tells us. It says: “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”
How many will be cast into the fires of hell by preachers who fail to shepherd their flock, and indeed, lead their sheep headfirst into a pack of wolves?
Pray that God would take a mighty dealing with apostate ministers in this country and let us see a day as we did in Acts when the majority of the priests were faithful. Sadly, this is far from the case with Protestant ministers today.
Acts 6:7: “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”
Isaiah 3:10 tells us the reward of the true child of God for their obedience, but verses 9 and 11 have a fearsome warning for those who are disobedient.
They say: “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him : for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”