Hardening your neck and continuing fellowship with Rome – Ballymoney Church of Ireland

This time last year we highlighted the Romish compromise at large within the Church of Ireland in the town of Ballymoney, County Antrim.

At that point St Patrick’s Parish Church in Ballymoney hosted what was described as an “inter-denominational” Christmas carol service alongside Our Lady and St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in the town.

We highlighted on that occasion the clear reasons why such an event should be consciously avoided by any professing Christian, not least due to the abhorrent veneration of Mary which is a central characteristic of the Roman church and its false doctrine of salvation by sacramental merit.

These are, or certainly ought to be, insurmountable obstacles to sharing in worship with the Roman Catholic Church.

However, not so, clearly, for St Patrick’s Church of Ireland in Ballymoney and its minister Rev Andrew Sweeney (pictured, top).

Last year they hosted part of the carol service festivities and this year they went along to the home of Romanism in their town to take part in what is presumably the annual carol service.

A note in the Roman Catholic parish bulletin for the town, under the heading ‘Carols Together’, states: “Once again the festive season begins with Christians from the Ballymoney Church of Ireland, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations coming together with us to sing carols. This year’s event takes place on Monday, 2nd December and it begins at Our Lady and St Patrick’s at 7pm.”

So there you have it, not just the Church of Ireland in Ballymoney is given over to fellowship with the blasphemies of Rome, but all three of the mainstream so-called Protestant churches in Ulster.

The minister of Ballymoney Methodist Church is Rev Stephen Woods, who appears to be a man given to ecumenical compromise with Rome.

A report on the Londonderry Sentinel website from during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2017 states that he was in attendance at what was described as an ecumenical service in Loreto College in Coleraine, County Londonderry, a Roman Catholic school, not so far from Ballymoney, along with a Romanist priest.

As for the Presbyterian Church, there appears to be two in Ballymoney, First Presbyterian Church and Trinity Presbyterian Church.

We cannot be sure which, or perhaps, if both were taking part, so we will not name the ministers in either church lest one or other should be a faithful servant of God in this matter and repudiate all religious fellowshipping with the evil Romish church.

Of course, if they have such a view, they ought to have long since followed the Biblical command to be separate (2 Corinthians 6:14-18).

One wonders what the alleged Protestant attendees made of the pagan idolatry they were surrounded by on Monday night past, with images of Mary and Jesus around them and no doubt various other items which are forbidden in God’s Word.

The Second Commandment is very clear on that, though of course Rome conveniently ditches the Second Commandment from its version of the Bible.

Exodus 20:4-6 says: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

What do the like of Rev Andrew Sweeney and Rev Stephen Woods think when they look around them at these monuments to disobedience and Christ rejection in a church named after Mary (Our Lady is one of the ludicrous names Rome ascribes to her)?

Do they congratulate themselves on what great fellows they are for chumming up with the Roman Catholics, that ultimate test of decency (in the eyes of the ecumenist) in Northern Ireland?

Do they have any hint of uneasiness at being surrounded by idolatry and paganism which rejects the Christ they claim they represent?

God’s Word clearly states that Rev Andrew Sweeney and Rev Stephen Woods are making themselves as guilty as the priests of Rome who teach their false gospel which damns its poor deluded adherents to hell.

2 John 1:9-11: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

After we highlighted Rev Andrew Sweeney’s ecumenical betrayal of his Protestant heritage last year, he was most affronted.

After stomping his feet, he has decided to do the same again this year, hardening his neck and persisting in his disobeying of God.

We will remind him and any other minister persisting in engaging in Christ-dishonouring religious events of what the Bible has to say.

Proverbs 29:1 says: “He, that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”

Oh that ministers would think so much more deeply about what it is they are doing and what it is they are risking when they fellowship with Rome.

Of course, in his complaints, Rev Andrew Sweeney failed to give a Scriptural reason for his fellowship with Rome, which to this day pronounces its curse on any who believes the precious Scriptural truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

The reason for that, of course, is that there is none.

Some may foolishly, and mischievously, offer up the “love thy neighbour” line, apparently a silver bullet to quell any dissent to their ecumenical conduct.

However, it is not love to flatter someone into hell, which is what any compromising Protestant minister does when he fellowships with Rome.

The Roman Catholic Church wouldn’t want anything to do with them if they were saying their doctrines are erroneous and dangerous.

Therefore compromise is essential, any such minister must be a “dumb dog” (Isaiah 56:10).

Don’t be misled, dear reader, by any dumb dog of a minister but rather take your stand for Christ, reject fellowship with a church which denies our Saviour and, unlike so many ministers polluting pulpits today, open your mouth wide and follow the command of Isaiah 58:1, which says: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”