Psalm 1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. The ungodly are not so: but are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”
The Easter season is supposed to be a time to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ and his victory on the cross at Calvary.
However, dozens of Protestant clergymen and women (that we know of!) took part in ecumenical Good Friday walks in various towns and villages up and down Northern Ireland. Among the Protestant clergy who led these processions was ‘Rev’ Anne Tolland (pictured), ‘minister’ of Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church.
Such ecumenical processions were held in various areas, including Belfast, Antrim, Portadown, Ballycastle, Newtownabbey, Downpatrick, Lisburn, Craigavon, Lambeg, Stewartstown, Castlewellan and Ballymena.
These processions were all listed on the Parades Commission’s website in advance of Good Friday, detailing which groups were organising and in most cases specifying the individual churches taking part. As an aside, it’s probably the first time the Parades Commission has proven to be of use to true Protestants!
Interestingly, the walk from Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in Boho, County Fermanagh, to Boho Parish Church, which we addressed last week, was not listed, though perhaps it did not meet the Parades Commission’s criteria for the submission of an application for a procession.
We will now list every ecumenical group / church dishonouring the gospel of Christ in their Good Friday Walk of Compromise:
Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship (Belfast)
Antrim Clergy Fellowship
Churches Together in Portadown
Ballycastle Church Action
Whitehouse-Greencastle Shore Road Churches (Newtownabbey)
Downpatrick Churches Together
Lisburn Inter-Church Clergy Fellowship
St Saviour’s Church of Ireland, Craigavon
St Patrick’s Donaghendry, Stewartstown
Castlewellan Area Bible / Prayer Group and Churches Forum
Ballymena Church Members Forum
To save readers the need to count them up, that’s a total of 12 different ecumenical processions polluting the streets of Ulster, which once stood resolutely for the truth and purity of the gospel.
However, there remains now just pockets of faithful believers standing for the truth, and even fewer who are willing to speak out loud and clear against such departure from the gospel and fulfil the charge of Jude v 3, which is that “ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints”.
Many of these ecumenical processions were followed later in the day by ecumenical church services, further compounding the sinfulness of these groups and churches.
And we will list the churches involved in each of these organisations which held these Good Friday Walks of Compromise:
Ballynafeigh Clergy Fellowship – Newtownbreda Presbyterian Church, Holy Rosary, Ballynafeigh Methodist Church, Cooke Centenary Presbyterian Church, St Jude’s Church of Ireland
Antrim Clergy Fellowship – All Saints Church of Ireland, Antrim Methodist Church, St Comgall’s Roman Catholic Church, High Street Presbyterian Church
Churches Together in Portadown – St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church, Seagoe Parish Church (Church of Ireland), Edenderry Memorial Methodist Church, Armagh Road Presbyterian Church, Epworth Methodist Church, Salvation Army
Ballycastle Church Action – Ballycastle Presbyterian Church, Church of St Patrick and St Brigid Roman Catholic Church, Holy Trinity Parish Church (Church of Ireland)
Whitehouse – Greencastle Shore Road Churches (Newtownabbey) – Whitehouse Star of the Sea Roman Catholic Church, St John’s and St Ninian’s Church of Ireland, Whitehouse Presbyterian Church, St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Greencastle Methodist Church
Downpatrick Churches Together – Downpatrick Presbyterian Church, Downpatrick Methodist Church, Down Church of Ireland Cathedral, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
Lisburn Inter-Church Clergy Fellowship – Seymour Street Methodist Church, First Lisburn Presbyterian Church, Christ Church (Church of Ireland), Lisburn Church of Ireland Cathedral, Railway Street Presbyterian Church, Lisburn Christian Fellowship, St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church
St Saviour’s Church of Ireland, Craigavon – The already specified church and St Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church
Lambeg Churches – Derryvolgie Parish Church, Harmony Hill Presbyterian Church, St Colman’s Roman Catholic Church
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Donaghendry, Stewartstown – The already specified church and St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church
Castlewellan Area Bible / Prayer Group and Churches Forum – St Paul’s Church of Ireland, St Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church
Ballymena Church Members Forum – Ballymena Methodist Church, West Presbyterian Church, All Saints Roman Catholic Church, St Patrick’s Church of Ireland
We have counted 34 Protestant churches taking part in these walks, representing congregations totalling, no doubt, thousands of Protestants.
In all these clergy forums and groupings, the Roman Catholic Church is involved, despite the fact that the Roman Catholic Church teaches a false gospel of works and merit, not the true gospel of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone.
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.”
Nothing we can ever do will mean we have earned salvation. Rome teaches of various means to earn a spot in heaven, including pilgrimages and rituals, as well as paying into its coffers.
This is what God thinks of such falsehoods and their propagators. Galatians 1:8-9 says: “But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”
Romanists damn their adherents to hell by failing to tell them how to get to heaven, and one must ask of these churches taking part and their leaders, do they believe we are saved through faith alone? Are these church leaders saved?
If these Protestant churches are so cosy with the Roman Catholic Church, they certainly cannot be faithfully proclaiming the Word of God, else the Roman Catholic Church would not take anything to do with them.
As those verses above from Galatians state, the curse of God is upon Rome and those Protestant churches, their clergy and their congregations are made partakers of their evil deeds by their association.
A great many churches and areas have been touched on in this post and we would encourage anyone reading this connected with any of these churches to take the minister to task for this betrayal of Protestantism, and if you know anyone connected with these churches, please share this with them to help spread the word and encourage church goers to make these neglectful shepherds account for their actions.
Here is a very sobering, fearful warning for so-called Protestant ministers who fail to warn their congregations of the danger they are in. Ezekiel 33:6: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
The blood of the sinner not warned of their need of salvation is on the hands of each minister who fails to discharge this vital duty.
How many of the churches listed above have ministers whose hands are dripping with the blood of unwarned sinners who have died and gone to hell?