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.”
It should come as no surprise in this wicked, fallen world that those who defy God are elevated to the highest positions in society, be it in political, social or ecclesiastical spheres.
And it should come as even less of a surprise that such elevation can be assumed by the beneficiaries to be an endorsement of their actions and by the uncritical onlookers to be a template to follow in order to obtain success (they “call the proud happy”).
Meanwhile, for the true child of God, sometimes it can be dispiriting to see those who set themselves at odds with God, as Asaph in Psalm 73, prosper.
Psalm 73:2-3 says: “But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.”
Of course, the happy outcome of that Psalm is Asaph’s realisation God is on the throne and rules over all, and their prosperity is but for a season.
Late last week the Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher revealed it had promoted noted ecumenist Canon David Skuce (pictured, top), whom we have featured previously leading an ecumenical service from Boho Parish Church in West Fermanagh to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in that same village on Good Friday. We had also previously reported the fact that he was the guest speaker in an ecumenical service in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church in the nearby village of Monea during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
And Canon David Skuce’s reward is that he is now a Chancellor (more like Chancer!).
He has been named as Chancellor of the Chapter of Clogher Cathedral and, while we are not overly familiar with the intricacies of the various ornate roles within Anglicanism, we understand this means he is the leading figure in the panel, or Chapter, of Clogher Cathedral, and is a leading adviser to the Bishop of Clogher, who granted him this promotion.
We will remind you at this juncture who the Bishop of Clogher is – the Right Eejit (though we believe he prefers Right Reverend) John McDowell, the man who described a Roman Catholic bishop as his “brother in Christ” and the man who just last Monday night was a joint guest of honour at a Church of Ireland service in County Monaghan with a Romanist bishop who was found to have “failed to prevent clerical sex abuse”.
Right Eejit John McDowell (pictured, above) has called it a “most senior appointment” so here we can see the setting up of “they that work wickedness”, which ecumenism undoubtedly is.
However, Chancer Canon David Skuce is not the only Rome loving apostate to be elevated this past week by Right Eejit John McDowell.
Canon Henry Blair (now there’s a surname which automatically prompts distrust!) is to take the role of Prebend of Kilskeery, on the Tyrone / Fermanagh border, a position now vacated by Chancer Canon David Skuce. A Prebend, we understand, is an honorary Canonical role, and sees him also help Right Eejit John McDowell oversee the Clogher Chapter.
His promotion is, according to Right Eejit John McDowell, “an important recognition of his contribution”.
We investigated Canon Henry Blair’s contribution and discovered he is another noted ecumenist who loves nothing more than cuddling up with the paganism of Rome.
In fact, on Easter Sunday this year, he, as rector of Magheraculmoney Parish Church (also seemingly known as Ardess Parish Church) in County Fermanagh, held an outdoor dawn service at which there was invited several other clergymen, including a Papist.
The ecumenical so-called Protestants who joined with Canon Henry Blair (pictured, above) were Rev Paul Thompson (rector, grouped parishes of Derryvullen North and Castle Archdale Church of Ireland), Rev Steven Foster (minister, Irvinestown Methodist Church and Church Hill Methodist Church, Derrygonnelly, County Fermanagh) and Rev Philip Bryson (curate, Magheraculmoney Parish Church).
Also among the company was ‘Father’ Frank McManus, parish priest at St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Ederney, which is near Magheraculmoney Parish Church.
These are the ecclesiastical figures enjoying advancement, they are being “set up”, but God has warned He will also tear them down.
We return to Malachi and to the first verse of chapter 4, which says: “For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.”
What a fearful judgement awaits those who reject God and His Word, and the architects of this ecumenical movement must repent or face this judgement.
The previous time we wrote concerning Chancer Canon David Skuce, the post received a phenomenal level of interest and was read by many in the heart of that small Protestant community in West Fermanagh.
There were those who showed their support for the stance we took and we commend them wholeheartedly, particularly as they bore reproach from the committed ecumenists who attacked them and us at ‘Protestant Revival’.
This page is not an attack on ecumenism for the sake of it, it is not due to a dislike for Roman Catholics, as those who would deliberately misrepresent us would try to claim. This is an effort, under God, to reprove the works of darkness and set the path of salvation clearly before all who read this page.
We reject Romanism totally and utterly because of the blasphemous titles the Pope takes on himself, because of the idolatry of worshipping Mary and saints, the blasphemy of the Mass, the lie of purgatory and because Rome rejects the one true way to salvation, which is by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.
That pagan system, which is a descendant of Babylonianism, cannot be accepted by any true child of God and any so-called Protestant cleric who endorses Romanism is guilty of the most awful of sins – bloodguiltiness of lost sinners.
Ezekiel 33:8 says: “When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.”
Trying to find common ground is a futile exercise. 2 Corinthians 6:14 says: “what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?”
If ecumenists are happy to stand idly by and let their neighbours go to hell so as to avoid offending them on earth, that blood is on their hands but by the grace of God we cannot be silent.
Indeed, we would have to raise serious questions of these ecumenists as to whether they are truly saved themselves. The diet of ‘God is love’ ecumenism, neglecting the fact God is also a God of vengeance who “will not at all acquit the wicked”, fed them by their pastors and willingly and gleefully imbibed has left them drunken and senseless to the danger they are in.
They are like those referred to in Job 12:25, where it says: “They grope in the dark without light, and he maketh them to stagger like a drunken man.”
And what is their end? We are told this in Isaiah 9:16: “For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”
The broad road of ecumenism, always widening to let more on, leads to destruction.
If you are a supporter of the ecumenical movement, please consider your latter end (Deuteronomy 32:29).
The path of ecumenism leads to hell, the path of Romanism leads to hell, it is only the path of faithfulness to God’s Word which will lead to salvation and as 1 John 1:9 says: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”