An ecumenical prayer event in Downpatrick consumed the efforts of many of the churches in the County Down town last weekend.
Taking in Downpatrick Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, Downpatrick Presbyterian Church, Downpatrick Methodist Church, Down Cathedral (Church of Ireland) and St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, there was a fairly comprehensive list of clerical compromisers involved.
The so-called Protestant ministers taking part in this compromise are Rev David Steers (although bum steer might be a better description of his ministry, Downpatrick Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church), Rev Owen Patterson (pictured, below, Downpatrick Presbyterian Church), ‘Rev’ Louise Monroe (Downpatrick Methodist Church) and Very Rev Henry Hull (pictured, top, Down Cathedral), together with an emissary of Papal deceit. There are three priests linked with St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in the town, and we are unsure as to which, or how many of them, took part.
The event was orchestrated by Divine Healing Ministries, an ecumenical initiative encompassing the Church of Ireland, Methodist Church and Roman Catholic Church.
Divine Healing Ministries meets weekly in three different Anglican churches in Belfast, including the hub of ecumenism that is St Anne’s Cathedral along with St Finnian’s Church, Cregagh and St George’s Church on High Street, as well as in Shankill Road Methodist and St Peter’s Roman Catholic Cathedral on the hardline Irish republican Falls Road.
It correctly describes itself as interdenominational and the day it organised last week in Downpatrick was billed as being “for people of all Christian traditions”.
It consisted of walking between each of the churches in Downpatrick behind a large wooden cross with “silent prayer and reflection” sessions in each of the five churches.
In each church there was also a short epilogue from a member of the clergy before the “silent prayer and reflection”.
For messages to have been provided in each of the churches throughout the town, there must be nothing in those messages that would contradict the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church or they wouldn’t be taking part.
And when the groups were gathered in each church for the periods of silent prayer, to whom were the prayers being offered? Romanists believe in prayers to Mary and to dead so-called ‘Saints’, yet the Bible knows no such blasphemy. Was one person praying to God beside another praying to Mary or some other long-dead individual, who must not be prayed to? What a dreadful mess.
The Romanist false belief of prayer to Mary has no merit.
It is strictly contradicted in the Bible. 1 Timothy 2:5 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”
Indeed, Mary is the same as all other saved sinners, as she herself stated in Luke 1:46-47.
Those verses state: “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
Mary was relying on the same route to heaven as everyone else, placing her faith and trust in God, who she acknowledged as her Saviour.
Therefore the Romish teaching of prayer to Mary is repugnant to the Word of God.
Not that this matters to those ecumenical clerics allowing error to be at best tolerated by allowing such mingling with the deceits of Rome.
These ministers should be sounding the alarm to their congregations to warn them of the spiritual corruption of Rome, not encouraging them to keep company with those who believe that which is outright rejected by God’s Word.
This is a passage we have referred to on several occasions, but it remains most pertinent in the face of continued shameful ecumenical conduct and rejection of God’s Word.
Ezekiel 33:7-9 says: “So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 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. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
The watchman, or minister, is tasked with warning the people of the danger that lies ahead and to implore them to stay away from that which would be harmful to them.
When a minister is not faithful to do so, they are rightly condemned by God and He says the blood of those they have led astray and failed to protect is on their hands.
A lot of polluted worship was offered up in Downpatrick last Saturday, and God’s words to Jeremiah should give cause for concern to those who lead that worship and those who follow.
Jeremiah the prophet tried to defend the people who were being led improperly by the religious leaders. However, God pointed out that both were guilty of great wickedness for abandoning Him and He pointed out that judgment would come to them both.
Jeremiah 14:12-16: “When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and an oblation, I will not accept them: but I will consume them by the sword, and by the famine, and by the pestilence. Then said I, Ah, Lord God! behold, the prophets say unto them, Ye shall not see the sword, neither shall ye have famine; but I will give you assured peace in this place. Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart. Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the prophets that prophesy in my name, and I sent them not, yet they say, Sword and famine shall not be in this land; By sword and famine shall those prophets be consumed. And the people to whom they prophesy shall be cast out in the streets of Jerusalem because of the famine and the sword; and they shall have none to bury them, them, their wives, nor their sons, nor their daughters: for I will pour their wickedness upon them.”
There will be no defence for those who have rejected God. You won’t be able to blame your minister; regardless of how much blood is on their hands, you will have to pay the price for forsaking the Almighty.
Romans 1:18-20: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse”.
Hebrews 2:3: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?”