The Belfast Telegraph, historically Northern Ireland’s largest newspaper, has long been a purveyor of ecumenical compromise and claptrap.
And one of the chief architects of this sort of nonsense is their religious correspondent and columnist, Alf McCreary.
A veteran ecumenist and cheerleader of apostasy, Alf McCreary’s attentions of late have been consumed with the church he attends, the Presbyterian Church, loosening links with their sister organisation, the Church of Scotland, and closing off communicant membership to homosexuals.
We referred to those moves by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland recently in an article you can read by clicking here.
We do not wish to repeat what we said at the time, but rather look at the comments made by Alf McCreary (pictured, top) in his latest unscriptural ramblings in the Belfast Telegraph.
While criticising the church’s stance on not offering full membership to sodomites, Alf McCreary said “the real damage was done when the Irish Presbyterians voted by a large majority to cancel visits between the Irish and Scots Moderators because the Scots have more liberal views on homosexuality”.
The term “more liberal views on homosexuality” is, of course, a euphemism for “utterly anti-Christian views on homosexuality”.
We have been obliged to deal with this issue on numerous occasions of late and will not reproduce in full the Scripture passages which clearly outline why homosexuality is contrary to God’s ordained order. However, readers can turn to Leviticus 18:22 and to Romans 1:26-27 to get a very clear direction on this matter.
The Church of Scotland has very clearly set its stall out for sodomy and frankly the Presbyterian Church in Ireland should have made this move much sooner. Let’s not forget that those in homosexual relationships can be ministers in the Church of Scotland – talk about the blind leading the blind!
We are ordered not to associate with those who would seek to denigrate the name of Christ.
2 Timothy 3:1-5: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”
These clerical figures in the Church of Scotland have a form of godliness, they wear the garb, they preach of love and claim to speak for Jesus, but they deny His Word and from such we are to turn away, whether Alf McCreary likes it or not.
The old ecumenist continues: “Many of [the Presbyterian liberals] now believe that the old, broad Presbyterian Church, which was tolerant, loving and Biblical, has now all but disappeared.”
What a blasphemy for Alf McCreary to say that endorsing the notion of homosexuality in the church was Biblical!
Only someone of a reprobate mind could say such a despicable thing.
The leader of the ecumenical Alliance Party, Naomi Long, a Presbyterian, has, unsurprisingly, felt the need to offer her view on the matter.
Amid reports the Presbyterian Church’s secretary, Rev Trevor Gribben, sent a letter encouraging clergy not to speak out publicly against the church’s stance, Naomi Long said: “The letter was a poorly timed and ill-considered attempt to silence dissenting voices.”
While it is surely essential for any church to be agreed on the fundamentals of their beliefs, and same-sex marriage is one such fundamental, the comment is a remarkable act of hypocrisy from the east Belfast politician.
It was her party which told its elected representatives in the Northern Ireland Assembly that they MUST back same-sex marriage if they were to keep their jobs coming up to the 2016 Assembly election.
Two of their three anti-gay marriage MLAs, one a member of the same church as Naomi Long, suddenly found themselves out of a job, while the other had a change of heart. We cannot comment as to whether the potential loss of nigh on £50,000 a year of a salary was a factor in his decision.
Even more interestingly was the fact that one of the two who didn’t seek re-election following the party diktat, Judith Cochrane, represented the East Belfast constituency. Who took her place on the ballot paper and subsequently in the Assembly, with its very attractive salary? Naomi Long, of course.
So Naomi Long, who doesn’t like “dissenting voices” being silenced in the Presbyterian Church, is happy for all dissent to the modern left dogma of gay marriage being utterly shut down and indeed hounded out of any position of prominence or authority in her party and the land.
Naomi Long and her pals who have consciously chosen to reject Christ would do well to bear these verses in mind.
Isaiah 10:1,3: “Woe unto them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed; And what will ye do in the day of visitation, and in the desolation which shall come from far? to whom will ye flee for help? and where will ye leave your glory?”
What more unrighteous a decree can there be than forcing people to back such a vile sin as sodomite marriage, or else pay for exercising their conscience with their job?
All those who consciously reject God must consider their latter end. When God’s judgement comes, “to whom will ye flee for help?”
Being in the fashionable crowd in favour of gay marriage, or wishing to have their cake and eat it by having a cloak of religion while cuddling up with the world, like Naomi Long and Alf McCreary will avail you nothing.
It is simply by clinging to Jesus that we will find true rest in this world and a sure promise of eternity.
If you’re not saved, won’t you turn to Christ even today?
Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”.