Old dead ecumenism in the traditional churches has led to the ringing of many a death knell on old churches and May Street Presbyterian Church is the latest to fall victim to the onward march of ecumenical compromise.
Once the clerical domain of that great Presbyterian figure, Rev Henry Cooke, who led the purging of Arians and Arminians from his denomination, May Street has long been reduced to a husk of a church, hence its closure as of last week.
Sad as it is to see a church go, it is equally sad to see it will now be put to use by some of the leading figures in the charismatic movement in Northern Ireland.
Central Belfast, a church under the auspices of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, will take over the running of the church.
Readers of ‘Protestant Revival’ will be well aware of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.
We first highlighted the antics which go on under its roof when we pointed out the foolish, irreverent action of its minister, Rev John Dickinson, who allowed himself to be carried out of the church in a ‘crowd surfing’ manner by the foolish people in attendance.
This action, in fairness to Rev John Dickinson (pictured, below), was prompted and encouraged by that leader of the 24-7 Prayer movement and ardent ecumenist, Pete Greig.
We previously wrote about him helping the Roman Catholic Church to lure more people through its doors and about how he claimed God had told him that He was “quite enjoying” a bunch of young women prayer dancing to the music of ABBA.
And it was his prompting which led to the embarrassing incident in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, which saw Rev John Dickinson later giving a rather sheepish interview to the Belfast Telegraph indicating he didn’t plan to repeat such a ludicrous activity.
However, Rev John Dickinson was then entirely responsible for his actions when he tweeted his excitement at reading the life story of Vicky Beeching, noted Contemporary Christian Musician and so-called ‘gay Christian’, who describes herself as an ‘LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) equality campaigner’.
The book he expressed delight at reading is entitled ‘Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, And Living Free From Shame’, hardly a subtle title.
Regardless, these are the credentials of the minister of the parent church which has taken over the May Street Presbyterian Church building.
The old congregation has left after 190 years of worship on that site and, glorying in ecumenical compromise to the end, had a Romanist priest in attendance to wave them off.
‘Father’ Michael McGinnity of the nearby St Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church, which, a Belfast Telegraph article reporting on the matter says has “long been associated” with May Street Presbyterian Church, did a reading at the meeting.
May Street Presbyterian Church played host to a meeting of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative last May, organised by the local leader of the 24-7 Prayer movement, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, the glorifier of Jesuit founder Ignatius of Loyola and lead pastor of Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an ecumenical prayer initiative and has the backing of Rome, who produce prayer guides for those looking to take part in it.
And there it was, devoted to ecumenism to the last, even though departure from God is what closed it.
The church has amalgamated with Fisherwick Presbyterian Church and is the second ecumenical Presbyterian church to close in the past few months. It is following hot on the heels of Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church, itself an amalgamation and formerly led by ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll, a woman who expressed her desire for ecumenism to make progress in Northern Ireland at a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event in a Roman Catholic chapel in County Tyrone.
She is also the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the (In)Equality Commission which brought the disgraceful legal action against Asher’s bakery.
This clearly demonstrates that ecumenism, which is a departure from God’s Word, leads to destruction, as has befallen Fortwilliam and Macrory and now May Street Presbyterian churches.
Jeremiah 29:17-19 speaks of how the people of Israel were warned about their apostasy yet failed to listen to God’s servants and they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians.
Ulster has had many faithful servants speaking out against ecumenism and other forms of religious betrayal. However, so many have refused to listen and May Street is the latest to reap this sorry harvest.
Those verses say: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.”
The service at May Street was called a ‘Dawning Of A New Era’ service, which is something of a fairly euphemistic badge to put upon death.
However, there is an element of accuracy to this as well as it refers to the new era of charismatism taking over as the chief interest of much of professing Christendom.
Just as straightforward ecumenism was de rigueur a number of decades ago, the charismatic movement, which eschews traditional, Biblical theology in favour of creating a venue of entertainment, is now all the rage.
The old dead churches are striving to survive by bringing in the rock bands and turning church into a concert and, in many cases, are currently enjoying a surge in popularity.
And, with Central Belfast, headed up by Rev John Dickinson’s son, David Dickinson (pictured, top), that is exactly what is happening.
David Dickinson also presumably didn’t have an issue with ‘Father’ Michael McGinnity being in attendance at the meeting as he too was there to apparently receive a special baton from May Street’s clerk of session, Arthur Acheson.
This is also a fine allegory for the passing of the baton from old style ecumenism, which has led to the death of so many churches, to the new charismatic ecumenism.
It is no less deadly, but gives the appearance of life as its adherents jump up and down to the latest inane, shallow compilations put together by the revered worship leaders so beloved in such establishments.
Dear reader, please don’t be taken in by this attractive to the senses veneer applied to the same old dead ecumenism which leads so many astray.
Instead, separate yourself from such and dedicate yourself to actually honouring God, rather than claiming to do so while engaging in actions which run contrary to that very claim.
1 Peter 1:15-17, 23: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”
9 thoughts on “Ecumenists close Henry Cooke’s old church, May Street Presbyterian as charismatics take over”
“The minister of the Gospel is commended to preach Christ, but he cannot convert one sinner! He cannot establish the Redeemers
Kingdom in the heart of one man, this is the work, not of man, but of God, God who at first breathed life into the form of clay can alone breathe spiritual life into the sin dead soul.”
“No sinner by his own unaided efforts can ever regenerate himself, and consequently, every sinner who is converted from the error of his ways owes his conversion and all the consequences of his conversion to the sovereign, efficacious, almighty operation of the spirit of God.”
Dr. Henry Cooke
One would venture that it is probably quite a while since such a quote as the above has been thundered from the pulpit in May street… and almost certainly never will be again!!!
You guys sound like just the people Jesus was looking for…
“Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.”
Maybe if you read the Bible in context you might find some helpful direction on the content of your articles…
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things”
I’m sure you probably won’t approve this comment anyway. You’re too perfect for that aren’t you…
We are indeed exactly who Jesus was looking for. We were lost sinners and Jesus is the One who came to seek and to save that which was lost.
We praise and thank God for His mercy and grace in our lives.
Your accusation is far from strange to us and, as such, we are wearied in replying. However, here goes…
The Pharisees created their own laws to live by outside of God’s Word and claimed them to be orders of God. We do no such thing. Our articles are grounded on the Bible and the Bible alone.
Ecumenists and easy-believists are the ones creating their own unbiblical rules which, while having the opposite intention of the Pharisees, have the same effect.
The Pharisees put extra regulations and burdens on the people so as to make themselves feel superior to the common folk. Ecumenists and easy-believists aim to put few restrictions on so-called Christians so as to attract a larger crowd and get an ego boost from doing so, which has the inherent risk of leading to licentiousness and creating an “anything goes” atmosphere within Christendom, the fruit of which is sadly all too easy to see.
Christians seeing nothing wrong with living like the world, be it through boozing, Sabbath breaking, using vulgar and foul language and engaging in various other worldly pursuits, is sadly commonplace. We have seen all of these things from people claiming to be Christians attacking us.
That is a result of the dropping of the old standards by the churches, to the point there are very few standards left.
This looseness is also fed into the religious field, where ecumenical contact with Rome (such as David Dickinson clearly being happy to be at a meeting where a Papist priest was doing a reading), which to this day denies the glorious message of salvation by faith alone, is lauded as open minded and Christian when it in fact is the very opposite of Christian.
If to be a Christian is to be Christ like, then we are to avoid fellowshipping with religious error. This is categorically not the case with much of professing Christendom today.
The Bible speaks clearly on that in Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
That verse was written, under the inspiration of God, by Paul.
He also wrote Philippians, from which you quote.
To add some extra context, a word which you presumably must ascribe a different meaning to given your use of the word in the wrong… erm… context, the next verse in Philippians 4, verse 9, says this: “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Do you think Paul might have warned the Philippians not to engage with religious error?
Philippians 3:18-19: “(For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they are the enemies of the cross of Christ: Whose end is destruction, whose God is their belly, and whose glory is in their shame, who mind earthly things.)”
Ironically, we spoke earlier in the answer of the worldliness demonstrated by these professing Christians, evident immediately by looking at the social media pages of those seeking to attack the witness of this page.
Indeed, many glory in their shame, with many of these so-called ‘godly’ religious leaders whose religious practices we have the temerity to place in the light of God’s Word choosing to mock this page and pass it off as an achievement to have their leading people astray highlighted by this page.
They know full well their actions are shameful but choose to glory in it.
It is our prayer that these people being led astray would look at what the Bible has to say rather than rely on what the genial guy standing up the front tells them, based on his own notions.
If these people did study the Bible, then a lot of churches currently bursting at the seams would be empty or the ministers would be chucked out on their ears by the congregation.
And as for the churlish comment at the end, it does you no credit.
Nobody is claiming to be perfect, but if everybody refused to contend for Christ until they were perfect then the whole world would end up in hell.
The Lord and the Pharisee’s were poles apart when it came to the issue of how sinners are saved. That’s why He dealt with them the way that He did. It’s strange that those like the PR who expose charismatics and ecumenists that are yoking up with those who present a false gospel are the target of intolerant individuals like yourself.
It’s all about “numbers” in this modern face of “church”/”Christianity”.
I could easily gather a crowd of 10,000 pack them into the Odyssey, play a few “rocked up” songs, with lights flashing, throw the all important few Bible verses in, mention God once or twice, a few more “rock songs”, a touchy feely tear jercking prayer to finish off and claim afterwards…..God is doing marvellous things in Belfast….we must be doing it right!
I would be totally deluded and self deceived…..I would be….a Dickinson.
It’s a pity Guest hadnt been around in Germany in the days of Luther, pity he hadnt been in England when Cranmer, Latimer, and Ridley were burned at the stake for the sake of the Gospel. If he’d lived in Scotland in the times of the Covenanters, he would have been able to advise them not to take on the religious establishment,nor point out the errors of the same… it would have been so much easier for them all!