At ‘Protestant Revival’, we have on several occasions written about the ecumenical conduct of one of the leaders of the Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area.
So frequent are his demonstrations of ecumenical compromise we have given him the name Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.
From speaking in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast to endorsing the ritualistic, anti-Christian, ecumenical worship style of Taizé to organising a prayer event with Rome’s blessing at which at least one Jesuit priest was present (readers can check back through the Twitter page of ‘Father’ Martin Magill), Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has most emphatically earned his ignoble title.
However, we have made a most distressing discovery in the past few days that more of the senior leadership of that supposedly God-exalting church are to be among the speakers at an ecumenical conference in the Republic of Ireland over the summer.
The ‘New Wine’ Conference will be held in Sligo, in the west of the country, and features a veritable who’s who of ecumenists and apostates, particularly in the charismatic, easy-believism movement in Ireland, north and south.
It will also, shamefully, include a Roman Catholic bishop, a representative from Clonard Monastery in the Irish republican Falls Road in west Belfast and a leading figure in what is called the ‘Evangelical Catholic Initiative’.
And in the midst of all this are two more of the main leaders in Emmanuel Church – Philip Emerson, (pictured, top), whom we assume is a relative of Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, and Dave Wylie (pictured, below).
They both feature on the ‘New Wine’ Conference’s website’s list of speakers for the week long conference, which runs from 8-13 July. You can see the list by clicking here.
According to the Emmanuel Church’s own website, these two individuals, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie, are two of the three lead pastors in the church. The third, of course, is Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.
Of course, when Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is so entrenched in ecumenical activity and therefore in the betrayal of the gospel of Christ, then it should not really be a big surprise when his fellow head honchos in this theologically bankrupt organisation are also indulging in such ecumenical departure.
We will remind Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie that they are directly contradicting the Word of God.
2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing”.
This verse talks about religious fellowship with those who are not saved and who are, as such, enemies of Christ.
Rome by its very foundations, is at enmity with God.
Its leader, the Pope, tries to blasphemously assume the role of God on earth and Rome teaches the Pope is infallible and can do no wrong.
Its central act of worship, the Mass, is a blasphemy as it teaches that Christ is being sacrificed again and again and again each time the Mass is ‘celebrated’ in every chapel throughout the world. This is despite the Word of God clearly stating that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was once for all and is entirely sufficient to atone for all sins of those who truly seek forgiveness.
Hebrews 7:25-27: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
Rome teaches of prayer to Mary and to saints, yet the Bible is clear that we pray to God and Him alone.
1 Timothy 2:5 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.
This is but scratching the surface of the blasphemies of Rome, yet Emmanuel leaders Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie are choosing to fellowship with such characters, and, by taking part, are endorsing the presence of emissaries of Papal deceit.
The Romanists to which we refer are Roman Catholic Bishop of the Elphin Diocese, Kevin Doran, Fodhla McGrane (a woman, in case the name is an unfamiliar one) of Clonard Monastery and Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative (ECI).
If, like us, you were unaware of the ECI, its website helpfully explains its purpose.
It says: “ECI is focused on the priority of evangelism in the Roman Catholic Church and on joining with Christians in other denominations to fulfil the Great Commission.”
So it is an overtly ecumenical organisation and it is also blasphemously claiming that ecumenism is a means towards fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ to “go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).
However, these are the characters which Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie see fit to associate with spiritually, thus leading their followers in the Emmanuel Church into the same condemnation of God.
Matthew 15:14 sums up this sad situation. It says: “…they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
This dismal duo are far from the only betrayers of Christ on the list for the conference, and we plan, in the will of God, to feature more of the characters involved in this apostasy in the coming weeks.
Indeed, it is a blessing to Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie that we have featured them first on the list of ecumenical speakers at this conference as it gives them the most time to reconsider their decision to speak at this disgraceful event.
In April, we gave Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson eight days to cancel an ecumenical meeting at which he was speaking in Ballymena, we are giving Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie 36 days to pull out of this conference.
That is more than five full weeks’ notice and is surely more than enough time for them to have a read of the Bible and see if God would have them to endorse the teachings of Rome by speaking at the same event as high ranking Papists.
As we said before in relation to Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, if these men pull out of this event as they have realised it is damaging to the gospel, rather than because it is damaging to themselves or the Emmanuel Church, we will be happy to write an article in praise of them for revising their position. They are encouraged to contact us privately if they so wish to confirm they have withdrawn from the meeting.
We would also encourage readers to share this article with them, be it by word of mouth or through sharing this on facebook or sending them a link to the article, to ensure they are aware of it. We anticipate this will come to their attention as we are aware they are monitoring this page, through the various comments we have received from its supporters, many of them too unpleasant to allow to be reproduced on our page.
As God said to the children of Israel after they had returned from the captivity in Babylon and had left off from the work of building the temple, we are advising them to “consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5).
Or as Paul put it, writing under the inspiration of God, in 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…”
We would advise everyone reading this, and we are also speaking to ourselves, to continually be examining yourself and considering your ways.
If we are saved, we need to ensure we don’t allow ourselves to drift and we ought to ask God to protect us from backsliding.
If we are as yet unsaved and bound for a lost sinner’s hell, then we must turn from our sin and our rejection of God and His Word, we must confess our sins, and humbly, penitently, ask the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts and to save us from our sins.
It is our prayer that anyone who is caught up in the apostasy in this land will “come out from among them” and separate themselves unto Christ.
Please bear in mind that fearful statement of God in Genesis 6:3: “My spirit shall not always strive with man.”