The leader of the Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, just can’t help himself when it comes to ecumenical compromise.
Not content with addressing a meeting in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast as part of the ecumenical Four Corners Festival in February, at which he endorsed the ecumenical, ritualistic, anti-Christian form of worship known as Taizé, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson then addressed another ecumenical meeting in Ballymena last month with Rome’s stamp of approval.
And now he is throwing his full weight behind organising an ecumenical prayer initiative which has been granted the seal of approval from Rome.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is the name of the prayer initiative, founded by Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby in 2016.
Any prayer initiative launched by such a Bible rejecter as the Arch-apostate of Canterbury cannot be founded on solid rock.
After all, he was previously featured on ‘Protestant Revival’ for endorsing prayer to Mary (1 Timothy 2:5 clearly demonstrates the blasphemy of this) and encouraging Protestants to join in prayer with the Pope, “that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition”.
We also revealed last week the cosy relationship of the Arch-apostate of Canterbury with the Pope, as well as his close friendship with the leaders of the Vineyard movement, one of whose local leaders declared he was “all in” with the Pope.
So this gives a fine example of the sort of clerical company Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson believes it is acceptable to associate with. As a side note, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson recently spoke at the Causeway Coast Vineyard, where Alan Scott made those disgraceful comments regarding the Pope. It would also appear it was far from his first visit there.
We had previously highlighted this prayer event being so fulsomely championed by Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson as we offered him the opportunity not to engage in his further ecumenical compromise last month, an opportunity which, of course, he did not take.
Then, our chief concern with the event was the venue it was to be held at this Saturday, 19 May in Belfast, May Street Presbyterian Church, a church synonymous with mean compromise with Rome.
However, at the time, we were unaware of how strong the Romanist connections to this prayer initiative were.
In a Church of England article about the launch of the initiative, which is also championed by Archbishop of York John Sentamu, it says: “The campaign’s broad ecumenical appeal led to more than 50 denominations and traditions being involved last year; including the Roman Catholic Church.”
The Church of England is clearly entirely satisfied with Rome’s involvement and, indeed, proud of it, given that of the “more than 50 denominations and traditions” involved last year, it was the very first one they mentioned.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is currently Director of a group called 24-7 Prayer Ireland, which is organising this prayer event, meaning he is one of the leading figures in this ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative.
At the Church of Ireland’s Synod last week, the Irish launch of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative was held jointly by the so-called Protestant Archbishop of Armagh, the Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke, whose disgraceful Rome loving behaviour we have previously covered, and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin.
The pair speak at length in an article on the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe website, with ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ at least twice being referred to as an “ecumenical” initiative.
As if this was not enough evidence to damn this event already, a quick look at the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website itself will finish the job.
On its website, there are resources for Roman Catholics to pray a Novena during the celebrations.
Novenas are something we previously dealt with when addressing the apostasy of Antrim Church of Ireland cleric, Rev Stephen McBride.
Novenas are “often used to ask specific saints to pray for us”, says the ‘Pray More Novenas’ website, meaning they involve the invocation of saints, forbidden in 1 Timothy 2:5.
We also recounted at that time how “by the 11th century, the Novena practice had become a means in Christianity of praying to petition personal or spiritual favour to a saint, such as Virgin Mary. After the Reformation and Counter-Reformation era, the Catholic Church formally approved Novenas, in particular through the papal approvals of a large number of Novenas by Pope Pius IX.
“The practice of the Novena is based in early Christianity, where masses were held for nine days with devotional prayers to someone who has died.”
This means the Novena has its roots in prayer for the dead, which is an utter affront to the gospel.
Despite this, the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative is encouraging Novenas to be prayed under its banner.
And the Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales has said on its website: ‘We’re supporting this initiative with our Pentecost Novena”.
What a shameful event this is, and what a shameful event Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson (pictured below, speaking in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church back in February) is not only supporting but indeed organising.
We will remind Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson and his ilk of what the Bible has to say.
Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Jude v 3: “…ye should earnestly contend for the faith…”
2 Corinthians 6:14-17: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”
There can be no light fellowshipping with darkness, therefore when Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson and his acolytes gather together they may think they are spreading light but instead they are enveloping themselves in darkness.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is doing this proudly and unashamedly. In a video he has posted on the 24-7 Prayer Ireland twitter page he is encouraging everyone to go along, making a virtue of the Arch-apostate of Canterbury supporting the initiative and claiming an event which is an affront to God is going to be “beautiful”.
He also points out it is not the first time he has led such an anti Biblical meeting, and last year he held it in St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast, probably second only to Corrymeela as the home of ecumenical deceit in Ulster.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson says: “Last year we had an event in St Anne’s Cathedral at the same time of year and it was such a beautiful joy.
“Please come and join us. It’s part of a wider global initiative where people all over the world are going to be praying that night. It’s championed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby himself.
“We’d love to play our part here, it’s going to be beautiful.”
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson would do well to consider what Jesus said in Matthew 12:37: “…by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”
These prayers offered up will not be heard by God, they will go no further than the ceiling. God has already judged and condemned their actions.
Isaiah 1:11-17: “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord : I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the fat of fed beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. When ye come to appear before me, who hath required this at your hand, to tread my courts? Bring no more vain oblations; incense is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths, the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with; it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hateth: they are a trouble unto me; I am weary to bear them. And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow.”
However, if Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson and his followers repudiate such God-defying conduct as this ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative and put away the evil of their doings, God is ready to show mercy to them.
Verse 18 of that chapter says: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
God has called on us to separate from the works of darkness. It is our prayer that anyone reading who has not yet separated themselves will do so and anyone who is not yet saved will call on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation today.