In today’s liberal church, there seems to be little separation between the sacred and the secular.
Lines have been blurred to such an extent in many churches that it is hard to tell the difference.
And St Polycarp’s Church of Ireland, based on the Upper Lisburn Road in Finaghy in the outskirts of Belfast have trampled all over those lines by hosting an ABBA tribute concert.
This church used worldly music to try to lure in the punters, although it is hardly surprising to see unbiblical methods employed when one is aware of some details regarding the church.
Firstly, the ‘minister’ of the church is a woman called ‘Rev’ Louise Stewart (pictured on the left of the image at the top), meaning both the church and its ‘minister’ are automatically setting themselves at variance with the Word of God.
This is very clearly and inarguably demonstrated by simply turning in your Bible to 1 Timothy 2:11-12, which says: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
However, often in many churches these days searching the Scriptures is frowned upon.
And no doubt the highlighting of the Scriptures’ position on sodomy is another aspect of the Bible which will not please many in the modern church, not least at St Polycarp’s.
Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”
The reason it will no doubt meet with the disapproval of many at St Polycarp’s is because the church’s Director of Music, Simon Neill (pictured on the right of the image at the top), is an open sodomite, currently ‘engaged’ to another man.
Whenever a leading figure in a church, with a position of influence, is living in a relationship which is diametrically opposed to the Bible, you have a recipe for apostasy.
The Bible is absolutely crystal clear on homosexuality, despite what many Bible deniers and twisters might like to say.
In addition to the passages above, there is this rather unequivocal Scripture proof.
Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Romans 1:24-27: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
The next verse after the end of that passage highlights a significant part of the reason for such disobedience.
Romans 1:28 says: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”.
It is a conscious rejection of God, an awareness of what the Bible has to say but a deliberate disobedience towards it.
And there is this conscious rejection of the Word of God at work in St Polycarp’s Church of Ireland.
The purpose of any church ought to be to bring glory and honour to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how can that be done by singing songs such as ‘When I Kissed The Teacher’ and ‘Super Trouper’, of which videos of the choir singing both are currently uploaded on the church’s facebook page, among numerous other worldly songs.
Of course, it cannot, as St Polycarp’s were too busy extolling a fictional ‘Dancing Queen’ rather than pointing poor lost sinners to the King of kings and Lord of lords.
You will see also from the photograph at the top of this article that the ‘minister’ of that church, ‘Rev’ Louise Stewart was dressed like a hippy, tucking her clerical collar into her gaudy outfit, while the outfit donned by the church’s Director of Music, Simon Neill, was equally inappropriate for a church.
How can this possibly be construed as an appropriate way for people in positions of prominence and authority in the church to present themselves to the parishioners?
Furthemore, Simon Neill appears to be a keen proponent of Mass music, played as part of that blasphemous Romish practice which the Church of Ireland ostensibly calls a “blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit”.
The Church of Ireland’s 39 Articles describes it as such, yet so rarely they seem to be observed by any within that institution.
Indeed, Simon Neill has posted on his Facebook page (which says he “manages” St Polycarp’s) about his excitement at attending the performance of a “new Mass” by a musician called Philip Stopford at Methody College in Belfast.
Philip Stopford is the former Musical Director of the totally apostate St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Belfast and here he is writing Mass music, and here is the Musical Director at another Church of Ireland church promoting listening to such.
Both St Polycarp’s in Finaghy and St Anne’s Cathedral fall under the Diocese of Connor.
This is the diocese whose links with the LGBT affirming and substitutionary death of Christ denying Harbour Faith Community in Carrickfergus we questioned and received criticism for doing so.
Yet this diocese is promoting an ABBA tribute concert organised by an individual living in open defiance of God’s Word by posting an adulatory article on its website.
Will anyone within that diocese take a stand and speak out against such wickedness?
If we remain silent when we see evil around us, particularly those who claim to be ministers of the gospel, then we are guilty of forsaking Christ.
Ezekiel 33:6: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
Let us be ever vigilant and unafraid to speak out against the apostasy in our land.
Isaiah 58:1: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”