Psalm 26:4-5: “I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”
The leader of the Evangelical Alliance (or perhaps that should be the Evan-jelly-cal Alliance, given its general wobbliness), Peter Lynas, has called a Papist monk and noted ecumenists ‘incredible company’ after speaking at a conference featuring such Bible rejecting characters.
Peter Lynas, who is also a key backer of the ecumenical, charismatic, easy-believist Causeway Coast Vineyard church in Coleraine in County Londonderry, was an invited guest at the annual Clergy Conference of the Church of Ireland’s Down and Dromore Diocese.
Taking to Twitter to highlight how “excited” he was at taking part, Peter Lynas displayed the list of speakers at the conference and it is quite the collection of characters.
There are female ‘ministers’, Canon Christina Baxter, a leading Anglican, and whose most notable printed work is the unequivocally ecumenical ‘Stepping Stones: Joint Essays on Anglican Catholic and Evangelical Unity’, and Dr Heather Morris, the first ever female President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.
Therefore this conference brazenly rejects the Biblical prohibition on female ministers as outlined in 1 Timothy 2:12: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
It is a topic we previously dealt with in reference to the recent appointment to the position of Bishop of London of a ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally.
Moving through the list, we next come to the ecumenists.
These include Rev Charles McMullen, the current Moderator of the Presbyterian Church and the man who eagerly sped down the road to Dublin to meet “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope, during his recent visit to Ireland. Despite his eagerness to do obeisance face to face with “that Antichrist”, the Pope didn’t even see fit to speak to him, thus making Rev Charles McMullen fully aware of how highly he thinks of him.
Then we have Bishop Ken Good (Derry and Raphoe Diocese), a man who delivered what amounted to a love letter to his ecumenical partner in the Londonderry area, Roman Catholic Bishop of the city, Donal McKeown, at a Church of Ireland event back in the summer, during which he highlighted the various ecumenical walks the pair have embarked on together. Indeed, Bishop Donal McKeown pointed out that Bishop Ken Good was the driving force behind this ecumenical conduct.
Adding their name to this august list is a Dr Jasper Rutherford, with a penchant for retweeting Papist priests on his Twitter page, while a Bishop Bill Love from Canada was also on the list, of whom we know very little.
Peter Lynas himself would be added to the list of ecumenists, having firmly established his credentials in that ignoble field.
Not only did he issue a gushing statement praising Billy Graham, the evangelist who steered Roman Catholics concerned about their souls back into the clutches of the Papacy, but he gave enthusiastic backing to the ecumenical ‘Healing The Land’ prayer initiative and he wholeheartedly supported so-called Christians heading down to Rome to meet the Pope.
And his compromise with Popery was cemented further still when he described as ‘incredible company’ those characters mentioned above, but also ‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan, a Papist Benedictine monk based in Holy Cross monastery in Rostrevor, County Down.
‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan is an individual we featured last month on this page, looking at his preaching at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh, where he holds the role of an ecumenical canon.
So these are the individuals with whom Peter Lynas has not only chosen to fellowship, but gleefully boast of keeping company with them, extolling them as ‘incredible company’.
We actually agree that it is incredible company to keep, but rather suspect it is not in the same way as he does.
Peter Lynas and many of his acolytes seemed to take great exception to him being given the moniker of ‘Papist Peter’ following his continued exploits with the Roman Catholic Church.
However, he is continuing to link arms with the Papacy and makes no apology for it, instead he is bragging about it online, so it is difficult to see the grounds for such objections – perhaps he and his acolytes just don’t like it being pointed out.
The motivation for Peter Lynas’ constant ecumenism is truly a mystery, but it must be highlighted and condemned.
We are duty bound by God’s Word to do just that.
Ephesians 5:11 says: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Jude v 3 says “… ye should earnestly contend for the faith.”
Rome is beyond any shadow of a doubt part of the unfruitful works of darkness.
We have ran through the many errors of Romanism on so many occasions on this blog, yet so many seem to have a tin ear to such warnings, not least, clearly, Peter Lynas.
Here we go again:
Rome teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory, which has absolutely no basis in Scripture.
Rome teaches of the lies of prayer being offered to saints and to Mary, despite the Bible clearly saying that prayer is to be offered 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.”
Rome teaches of the blasphemy of the Mass, where, according to their abominable rite, Jesus is sacrificed again and again in every Papist chapel in the world, despite the Bible teaching that Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all.
Hebrews 10:11-12 says: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”
Rome teaches the disgraceful doctrine of salvation by sacramental merit, teaching that salvation can be earned, despite the fact the Bible clearly states that we can never earn our salvation.
Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
These are the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church, which has damned untold millions to hell over the centuries, but Peter Lynas repeatedly chooses to fellowship with that anti-Christian system’s proponents and endorse other professing Christians fellowshipping with Rome.
Such unholy mingling of the seed is doing significant damage to the cause of Christ.
Revival has never came when professing Christians have so wilfully consorted with error.
While Peter Lynas issues very worthy, and indeed, pleasing to the ear of the undiscerning, statements on abortion or the Asher’s Bakery, he is doing no more than agreeing with a multitude of Roman Catholics who hold the same moral viewpoints.
It is when his consistent ecumenism, no more blatant than when he numbers a Romanist priest among his “incredible company”, is considered that we see the dangerous game he is playing.
Peter Lynas has been confronted with the reality of his ecumenical conduct and persisted in it.
Dear reader, don’t follow that example, if you are not separated from the apostasy, the ecumenical movement or the easy-believist movement in our land or wherever you are in the world, please do make the step today and withdraw yourselves from spiritual compromise and error.
Ecclesiastes 8:11-13: “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.”
2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.