Church of Ireland prayer event in Papist monastery in ‘Relentless’ march to Rome

A Church of Ireland prayer event has been hosted in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

Just take a moment to think about that.

Clonard Monastery, a hub of Romanist worship, in which prayers are offered for the dead and the blasphemous Mass sees Christ sacrificed again and again, was hosting a Church of Ireland prayer event.

The ‘Relentless’ prayer initiative is an event being ran throughout Lent.

According to the Diocese of Connor website: “Each day during Lent, a prayer space will be available for people to drop in and spend time in quietness to reflect and pray”.

One such of these spaces is in the Romanist Clonard Monastery, which played host to this event on Saturday, 16 March.

It is also interesting to note the alleged links to the IRA of Clonard Monastery, which you can read more about by clicking here.

The ‘Relentless’ prayer initiative was started last year by Canon Jim Carson (pictured, top) and his wife Heather. Canon Jim Carson is the minister-in-charge of the Lower Shankill Team Ministry in west Belfast.

Given that Rome teaches of the efficacy of offering prayer to the dead and to Mary, it can justifiably be asked to whom were the prayers at that event offered?

Our prayers are to be addressed to God and Him alone. Nowhere in the canon of Scripture is it even considered that prayers could be offered to any other.

1 Timothy 2:5 makes this very clear. It says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.

The Psalmists, for example, started so many of their Psalms by addressing God directly and all prayers and petitions within them are addressed to God.

Psalm 25:1 says: “Unto thee, O Lord , do I lift up my soul.”

Psalm 28:1 says: “Unto thee will I cry, O LORD my rock”.

Psalm 70:1 says: “Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make haste to help me, O Lord.”

Psalm 141:1 says: “Lord, I cry unto thee: make haste unto me; give ear unto my voice, when I cry unto thee.”

Nehemiah did the same.

Nehemiah 2:4 says: “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.”

We are instructed to pray to God by John, the apostle who looked after Mary following Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension. Surely, of any of the earthly authors of the Bible, he is the one, along with James, who would have held Mary in the highest esteem. Yet he doesn’t countenance the possibility of addressing prayers to any other than God.

1 John 5:13-15 says: “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.”

James, too, shared this view.

James 1:5: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

The Diocese of Connor has thrown its weight behind this initiative.

This is the same diocese which also boasted of the staging of an ABBA tribute concert in one of its churches, St Polycarp’s in Finaghy on the outskirts of Belfast, in which the ‘minister’, a woman (1 Timothy 2:12) was dressed in an utterly inappropriate way for a church, and the Director of Music is an open sodomite, ‘engaged’ to another man. You can read about that wretched affront to God by clicking here.

This is a most concerning approach for the Diocese of Connor to adopt.

Where is the spiritual discernment in what this diocese publicises, promotes and permits?

Rome is a blasphemous pagan corruption of true Christianity.

Indeed the Church of Ireland’s 39 Articles, which are supposed to govern the church and which seem to matter increasingly less to that denomination, condemns Rome in very strong terms.

It calls the Mass a “blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit” as well as saying Rome has “erred” in matters of faith.

And there is this rather condemnatory statement regarding various Papist teachings in Article 22.

“The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.”

If the Church of Ireland and, specifically in this instance, the Diocese of Connor truly believes its own guiding principles which its ministers supposedly adhere to, then why do they engage so cordially with Rome in ecumenical conduct?

But here we have so-called Protestants sitting alongside devout Romanists offering prayers together.

What a foolish and sad picture it is, and what a sad indictment of the leadership of the Church of Ireland.

Not just the Church of Ireland is implicated in this, though, as at least three Methodist churches, Shankill Methodist, Joanmount Methodist and Woodvale Methodist have all thrown their hat into this particular ecumenical ring.

The Presbyterian Church has also been entwined in this exercise in ecumenical folly, with Eglington Presbyterian, based on the Ballysillan Road in north Belfast, also taking part, as well as the York Road based Alexandra Presbyterian Church.

The minister at that church is Rev Ian Cahoon and that church is proudly advertising its links with this God-defying initiative.

It will play host to the final meeting of the series next Thursday, 18 April, with the ‘prayer room’ open from 12 noon to 8pm. We would encourage anyone reading this who has a love for the gospel to email Rev Ian Cahoon on the email address minister@alexandrapresbyterian.org.uk to voice your concerns and implore him to cancel the event.

We pray that we will all choose to live separated, holy lives, seeking to please God rather than men.

Hebrews 13:13: “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”

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