In February, we highlighted the leader of the Emmanuel Church, a liberal gathering in the Craigavon area, Alain Emerson, addressing a meeting in a Roman Catholic church in Belfast as part of the annual ecumenical talking shop in the city called the ‘Four Corners Festival’.
Not only did he do that, but Alain Emerson also led the practising of a ritualistic, ecumenical anti-Christian form of worship called Taizé, something which we also covered.
Now we can reveal that Alain Emerson will be leading another ecumenical meeting involving Romanists, this time in Ballymena Methodist Church.
You may ask, how is that so? Well, it is a meeting organised by the Ballymena Church Members Forum, an ecumenical group which includes the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian Church, Methodist Church and Roman Catholic Church.
Previous meetings organised by the forum have been held in the Roman Catholic Church and indeed a meeting last year consisted of a day retreat to the Holy Cross Benedictine Monastery in Rostrevor, County Down.
They also jointly held an ecumenical Good Friday walk through the town, something we also highlighted on this page.
This gives you a flavour of the type of grouping Alain Emerson, the leader of a supposedly God exalting church, is endorsing by his presence.
As was the case with his appearance at St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast on 10th February, Alain Emerson (pictured, above, speaking in the chapel in February) is plugging a book he’s written, called ‘Luminous Dark’.
We will now repeat exactly what we said on this back in February: “It addresses the loss he suffered when his 23 year old wife sadly passed away, and, while we have not read the book, we certainly have no issue with the principle of anyone trying to help others coping with bereavement.
“What we do have issue with is a leader of what claims to be a God glorifying church giving legitimacy to the deceit of Rome.”
That is what we said and we reaffirm that statement in its entirety still today.
We ought not to associate ourselves with such anti-Christian practices as those within the Roman Catholic Church. Giving them any type of a hearing can lead to the situation God warned of in Deuteronomy 12:30.
It says: “Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.”
There is a risk of assimilating improper worship styles by doing such a thing (although if Alain Emerson practises Taizé worship then perhaps that’s a lost cause already) and that is why God was ordering His people to be separated from the heathens round about them and their pagan practices.
Many people may claim to serve the same God as we do but Jesus said “by their fruits ye shall know them”.
Look at the example of Jeshua and Zerubbabel in the book of Ezra, when they set about, under God’s will, to rebuild the temple in Jerusalem.
Those who claimed to serve the same God as the children of Israel returning from the captivity were looking to take part in the restoration work and claimed to serve the same God as them, but the Israelites’ leaders saw through their deceit and told them to stay away.
Their response after being knocked back showed their true colours and their evil fruit. It is the same with Romanists, apostates and ecumenists; they will be your friend and claim to serve the same God as the true child of God until you speak out against them, and then you’ll feel their fury. Rather than being reproached and repentant, they more often than not lash out.
This is how these false Christians and true ecumenists acted in Ezra 4:1-5: “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. 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.”
The Bible rightly points out they were Judah’s adversaries and Zerubbabel and Jeshua, and the other leaders, took the absolutely proper approach, declaring: “Ye have nothing to do with us.”
Any true child of God must have the same viewpoint. 2 Corinthians 6:17 says: “be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing”.
The Ballymena Church Members Forum is most certainly an unclean thing and Alain Emerson cannot use the excuse that the meeting is being held in a so-called Protestant church to justify his actions. This is a meeting with the stamp of approval of Rome, a corrupt anti-Christian pagan system that knows only how to lead its poor deluded adherents to a lost eternity in hell.
If Alain Emerson were likely to come close to saying something like that or if there was even a hint of suspicion from any of the four churches involved in this forum that he might do so, never mind the Roman Catholic Church, then he would not have been invited anywhere near the place.
It grieves us to see such ecumenical corruption taking place and grieves us further still to receive the responses we had of many a number of weeks ago trying to justify Alain Emerson’s actions. There is no justification and, based on the tone of the comments we received in support of him, they appeared to be worshipping the creature more than the creator (Romans 1:25).
We will continue to highlight betrayal of true Biblical Christianity, which is true Protestantism, and to shine a light on the works of darkness.
This meeting is due to take place in eight days’ time on Sunday, 22 April and we are giving Alain Emerson eight days in which to cancel this booking.
If anyone reading this happens to know him or any of his connections or adherents at Emmanuel Church, please share this with him. We believe this page is being monitored closely by the most senior members of the Emmanuel Church, so we expect this will reach Alain Emerson.
We are absolutely prepared to write an item praising Alain Emerson for cancelling this meeting and refusing to touch “even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude v 23). However, if it goes ahead, we will not be silenced by the chorus of creature worshippers we were contacted by when we previously spoke out.
To Alain Emerson and all his adherents, be they Emmanuel Church attendees or part of the wider charismatic, easy-believism movement, we will leave you with the opening part of Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve”.
To everyone reading this, that is a decision we all must make. We trust that all reading this will follow the words and grab hold the promise of Romans 10:9, 13, which say: “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
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a shameful abandonment of the truths of Holy Scripture. Romans 1 v 16