‘Christian’ rock band Rend Collective play for the Pope

Proverbs 13:20: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

The ecumenical and anti-Christian nature of much of what goes on in ‘Contemporary Christian Music’ (CCM) circles was laid bare for all to see last week as one of the most popular of these bands performed during the Pope’s visit to the Republic of Ireland last week.

Rend Collective, who originate from Bangor Elim Church, were invited performers at the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park where Pope Francis performed the Mass for the crowd in attendance. The photograph above shows them smiling at Phoenix Park after having played for the Pope.

Not only were they invited performers, but they actually led the worship at the biggest Roman Catholic festival in Ireland for decades.

How much more compromised can you be?

So pleased were they to have consorted with Popery they bragged about it on their facebook page (pictured, below) afterwards.

They said: “What a crazy week leading worship in Dublin at the #worldmeetingoffamilies! We feel so humbled and honoured to get [to] sing about Jesus with so many (600,000 to be exact!). This is definitely a week we won’t be quickly forgetting!”

Laying aside the inaccuracy of the numbers performed to, as it is estimated less than 200,000 turned up, there is so much wrong with this public repudiation of God’s Word perpetrated by these professing Christians.

You can be sure that if Rome was concerned by the songs Rend Collective might sing that they wouldn’t have been invited, and this is all part of Rome’s tricks to lure foolish Protestants into thinking that, because the band they admire was performing in Dublin, the Roman Catholic Church isn’t so bad.

While it may not be considered especially kind by the modern “God is love” Christians who neither know nor want to know anything of his justice and judgment, Rend Collective are at best useful idiots for Romanism and, at worst, deliberately complicit in luring Protestants down the path of ecumenism. It is also possible the exposure to a largely new market of potential Papist purchasers of their music was appealing to them as well.

Many younger (and some older) Christians, and very sadly this includes a lot of those who attend the much more traditional churches, are far too fond of CCM and treat their favourite artists with the same sort of admiration as the unsaved person treats their favourite pop star.

This is utterly wrong.

We previously posted about one of the leading figures in Hillsong, Joel Timothy Houston, and his blasphemous expression of support for the Big Bang Theory and linked to an article on the ‘Protestant Standard’ website highlighting the ‘Heresy of Hillsong’, which you can read by clicking here.

That website also features faithful warnings to Christians regarding another leading CCM artist, Matt Redman, which you can read by clicking here.

This gives a flavour of the ecumenical spirit abroad within CCM, which has now reached real depths by this very brazen consorting with Popery by Rend Collective.

No doubt many young Christians will follow Rend Collective on facebook, where they bragged about their compromise, and this has the potential effect of softening their view of the lies and deceits of the Roman Catholic Church.

Rend Collective, who, as we have already mentioned originated from Bangor Elim Church, clearly have taken no stand against the Church of Rome, otherwise they would not have been invited, nor would they have accepted an invite.

This flies directly in the face of God’s Word, which says that we ought to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude v3).

Ephesians 5:11 says: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

However, there was Rend Collective on stage last week leading the fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness.

What a dreadful betrayal of Biblical Protestantism, which is true Christianity.

The words and sentiment of Psalm 119:115 should have been the response of Rend Collective when they received that invitation.

It says: “Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.”

This was the response of Nehemiah when the spoilers of the work to build the walls of Jerusalem came to try to engage in ecumenical dialogue with him.

Nehemiah 6:1-4: “Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had builded the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates;) That Sanballat and Geshem sent unto me, saying, Come, let us meet together in some one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. And I sent messengers unto them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I cannot come down: why should the work cease, whilst I leave it, and come down to you? Yet they sent unto me four times after this sort; and I answered them after the same manner.”

Despite persistent efforts to draw him away, Nehemiah knew that such ecumenical dialogue would hinder the work of God and as such he would have no part of it.

It is just such a shame that Rend Collective failed so spectacularly to follow this example.

Dear reader, please take care to ensure you are not caught up in this compromise. We must be ever vigilant as the devil is ever trying to sneak in and do damage to the cause of Christ.

1 Peter 5:8: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”

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Departing Donegal Church of Ireland minister gets blessing of local priest

Amos 3:3: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

The rector at a grouped Church of Ireland parish in County Donegal has moved on to pastures new, but not without getting the blessing of the local Papist priest first.

Rev David MacDonnell (pictured, top) was moving from the parishes of Dunfanaghy, Raymunterdoney and Tullaghobegley (no wonder he’s moving with a mouthful like that!) having been promoted to the position of Dean of Ossorry and rector of St Canice’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.

And his farewell service, which was held about a month ago, was attended by ‘Father’ Martin Doohan of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Dunfanaghy, who was full of praise for the departing Rev David MacDonnell.

The emissary of Papal deceit took the floor at a point and spoke about the “great bond of friendship” that exists between all three clergy in the town of Dunfanaghy.

He also presented him with a Celtic cross on behalf of the parishioners at Holy Cross Church. What a lovely memento to remind him of his ecumenical days in Donegal!

‘Father’ Martin Doohan then “thanked Rev MacDonnell for his friendship and wished him well in Kilkenny”.

All very cosy, isn’t it?

You will notice that it was mentioned about the great bond of friendship between “all three clergy in the town”.

Who was the other you may (or may not) be asking?

It was none other than Rev Andrew Watson (pictured, below), who our more long-standing readers may remember is the minister of Dunfanaghy Presbyterian Church and whose book is printed and recommended by a Roman Catholic Church publishing house. You can read our article from then by clicking here.

‘Finding Our Way Home: Prayers And Reflections For Our Journey In Christ’ is Rev Andrew Watson’s compendium of ramblings and it is published by Veritas, a publishing house owned by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference.

It was on the recommended reading list for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families event, which was held in Dublin last week and was the reason for the visit of the Pope to Ireland.

So the writings of this so-called Protestant minister were considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be a suitable accompaniment for the visit of the Pope.

And there he was betraying his Protestant heritage showing his unity with Rome once more.

But back to Rev David MacDonnell, and he showed his absolute agreement with the sentiments expressed by the Romanist, ‘Father’ Martin Doohan, concurring with his remarks “about the great community spirit in the area”.

Rev David MacDonnell also said he “had intended to stay longer in the area; but the post in Kilkenny had come up and he had decided to take it”, with no mention made of the Lord’s will for him.

The service was hosted by Churchwarden Patrick Knowles who paid tribute to his “truly inspirational ministry”, drawing particular attention to the repointing of the church’s exterior and installation of a new tiled floor inside the church.

Inspirational indeed.

There was no mention of his preaching of the Word of God, no mention of his desire to see souls saved and no mention of his public witness for Christ.

Paul’s charge to Timothy as a minister of the gospel was this: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).

That’s the primary focus of any minister, or it ought to be, not establishing friendly relations with Rome or leading the redecoration.

Patrick Knowles also drew attention to how Rev David MacDonnell’s penchant for interior design had led to “an increase in available space at the front of the church”, which was apparently “extremely innovative and brings our church forward in time”.

What goes on in this extra innovative space is anybody’s guess.

He concluded that “our loss is Kilkenny’s gain”.

Perhaps they need new curtains picked out for the church hall.

This service is an example of what one could call everyday ecumenism, just part of the constant stream of compromise and consorting with Popery.

Many may not like it to be highlighted, but we must if we are to be serious in our efforts to be faithful to God.

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.”

Let us be serious in our devotion to God, and let us fail not to speak out against the agents of error in our land.

‘Roman’ Robbie Butler wants more enthusiasm for the Roman Catholic Church

The deacon in the Elim Church who made his way to Dublin to cower before “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope, has stressed his disappointment at the “apathy towards the Roman Catholic Church”.

While surely antipathy towards its doctrines which lead its poor misled adherents to hell would be a more apt response, ‘Roman’ Robbie (as a commenter on our facebook page most fittingly christened him) has expressed his concern at apathy to the church.

Speaking in a Belfast Telegraph editorial, ‘Roman’ Robbie said: “In a number of conversations I had with clergy from various denominations and faiths, and politicians from both Northern Ireland and the Republic, it was obvious that the sheer magnitude of apathy towards the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is palpable. I regret to say that I don’t think the Pope’s words in Dublin Castle on Saturday will change that.”

Why is it a “regret” to ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler that apathy to the corrupt Roman Catholic system is commonplace?

Does he, as a deacon in a supposedly Protestant church such as Maghaberry Elim, believe the Roman Catholic Church is a legitimate Christian church?

Apathy is defined as a lack of enthusiasm, so why does ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler (pictured, top) want apathy towards the Roman Catholic Church to be removed?

Surely, in the light of the fearsome grip Rome had on the everyday lives of Roman Catholic people in Ireland in the past, this would be considered a major mark of progress.

It must not be the case for ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler.

The only shame in the lessening of the influence of the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland is that largely former adherents have now embraced secularism, atheism and godlessness, rather than the glorious good news of the gospel

That good news is that Jesus, the Son of God and God the Son, died an atoning death on Calvary.

His blood was shed that we might have our sins washed away in that precious flow and we can obtain this great salvation simply by genuinely repenting of our sin and trusting through faith alone in Christ (Ephesians 2:8-9).

Baptism won’t save you, church attendance won’t save you, charitable works won’t save you and fulfilling the demands of the Roman Catholic Church certainly won’t save you. Abiding by Romanist teaching will damn you.

‘Roman’ Robbie Butler chose to focus solely on what the Pope would have to say on the huge number of child abuse scandals which have beset the Romanist system in Ireland in recent years, rather than focus on the doctrinal issues which damn its followers to an eternity in hell.

Certainly the child abuse scandals sicken any right-thinking person, and the depravity which appears to have been rife in so many places throughout the world, with Pennsylvania in the USA the latest area to have been found to have contained so many paedophile priests, just disgusts and distresses any reasonable human being.

However, as vile as that scandal is, and as proper as it is that full investigations are carried out and punishments imposed, the matter of the false doctrine of salvation Rome teaches is a greater scandal still.

Why do we say that? Because the actions of those animals who committed such abominable acts damage the body mentally and physically, but the damnable heresies of Rome condemn the soul of its adherents to hell.

Jesus said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

While that verse is about fearing God, what it demonstrates is that physical harm is less damaging than spiritual harm, and that is what Rome inflicts on anyone it has under its authority.

Of course, being a politician, ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler knows how people of all backgrounds rightly find child abuse absolutely repugnant, and sought to focus on that.

No mention was made by ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler of the blasphemy of the Mass, where Rome falsely claims to be sacrificing Christ repeatedly in every chapel across the world every day.

Hebrews 10:11-12 says: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”.

No mention was made by ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler of the fictional holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory or of prayers for the dead.

Read Luke 16:19-26 to see how the movement from death to heaven or hell is instantaneous and 2 Samuel 12:15-23 to see how David, a man after God’s own heart, acknowledged the fruitlessness of prayers for the dead as their eternal fate was already sealed.

No mention was made by ‘ Roman’ Robbie Butler of the blasphemous veneration of Mary and saints, who Rome falsely teaches can be invoked in prayer.

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

No mention was made by ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler of the false gospel of sacramental merit taught by Rome, where they teach salvation is earned rather than a gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

Robbie Butler could have used his opportunity when given a platform in the most famous paper in Northern Ireland to share the precious message of the gospel in response to the lies of Romanism, but he chose not to.

That is a terrible shame.

Robbie Butler could have used his opportunity to sound the alarm and warn readers, Protestant and Catholic alike, of the terrible danger their soul is in if they don’t seek repentance from Christ, but he chose not to.

That is a terrible shame.

We are once again reminded of that fearsome passage in Ezekiel 33:2-8.

It says: “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 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. 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.”

That passage serves as a great warning to all of us who would profess Christ and should act as a great encouragement to ensure we spread the message of salvation solely through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Let us all, rather than running to an audience with the Pope in which we are nothing but a bit part player acting in subservience to the leader of a pagan corruption of true religion, renew our desire to spread the Word of God and witness to those around us.

Romans 1:16-17 says: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.”

Get your Muslim tattoo with Causeway Coast Vineyard

Causeway Coast Vineyard is truly a leading figure in the charismatic, ecumenical and easy-believist movements in Northern Ireland.

And it has taken another remarkable step in its rejection of true Christianity at a recent family “Summer Street Party” it held in Coleraine, as it advertised one of the ‘attractions’ on offer as being “henna and kids tattoos”.

The subject of henna tattoos is one we addressed briefly when we examined DUP leader Arlene Foster’s unChristian diary entries in June as she visited Belfast’s Islamic Centre as part of their Eid celebrations before speaking at an event honouring sodomites in Northern Ireland.

While at the Islamic Centre, Arlene Foster got a henna tattoo, and you can see her smiling as she receives it below.

As we said at that time, the non-permanent marking (an example of which is featured at the top of this article) has its roots in the polytheistic religion of Hinduism, but has more recently been adopted by Muslims.

Also known as ‘mehendi’, it is originally a Hindu practice and its use “is described in the earliest Hindu Vedic ritual books”, according to Wikipedia.

So it is something advocated in the Hindu ‘bible’.

Wikipedia continues by saying they are “intended to be a symbolic representation of the outer and the inner sun. Vedic customs are centred on the idea of awakening the ‘inner light’.”

So it is something used as part of sun worship, an utterly unbiblical pursuit which is a key part of Hindu worship and which is condemned in the strongest possible terms by God.

God pronounced the most fierce of judgments on such blasphemy and apostasy by the children of Israel.

Jeremiah 8:1-3 says: “At that time, saith the Lord, they shall bring out the bones of the kings of Judah, and the bones of his princes, and the bones of the priests, and the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem, out of their graves: And they shall spread them before the sun, and the moon, and all the host of heaven, whom they have loved, and whom they have served, and after whom they have walked, and whom they have sought, and whom they have worshipped: they shall not be gathered, nor be buried; they shall be for dung upon the face of the earth. And death shall be chosen rather than life by all the residue of them that remain of this evil family, which remain in all the places whither I have driven them, saith the Lord of hosts.”

The practice has been adopted by some Muslims and is now used fairly widely. Islam is of course a pagan religion and denies the deity of Christ, saying he was just another prophet like Muhammad.

This denies the gospel of the Bible and removes the hope of salvation from its adherents as the only way to heaven is through the blood of Jesus Christ.

Isn’t it then a strange thing for Causeway Coast Vineyard, supposedly a Christian fellowship, to be specifically advertising (see below)? Indeed, isn’t it a strange thing for them to be doing at all?

The Bible warns against the marking of the body in any event, though the tattoos on offer for children at the event will undoubtedly be those which are easily washed off.

This is what the Bible has to say about the marking of the body.

It says in Leviticus 19:28: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.”

That is fairly straightforward, isn’t it?

1 Corinthians 6:19-20 instructs us that our body belongs to God and we ought not to mar or mark that which belongs to God. Those verses say: “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.”

So why is the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church advertising not just tattoos, but henna tattoos, markings synonymous with pagan religions such as Hinduism and Islam?

That, of course, is a question for Causeway Coast Vineyard to answer.

It would not be the first pagan religion to be embraced by Causeway Coast Vineyard as its former leader, Alan Scott (pictured, below), said he was “all in” with the Pope of Rome. You can see our article on the matter by clicking here.

Then of course you have Peter Lynas, the leader of the Evangelical Alliance and a senior figure in Causeway Coast Vineyard.

Just last week he was bemoaning the fact there are still actual Protestants in the country who are opposed to compromise with the pagan corruption of Christianity which is the Roman Catholic Church.

He dutifully jumped to the defence of Ulster Unionist Party MLA Robbie Butler, a deacon in Maghaberry Elim, saying it was “sad” that Protestants declared the outrageous decision of that professing Christian to meet with the Pope during his recent visit to Dublin.

Peter Lynas also previously stated how interested he was to hear what the Pope has to say on moral matters and issued a soppy valedictory statement following the death of arch-ecumenist Billy Graham, the man who told Roman Catholics coming to him for guidance to stay in the darkness from which they were seeking to break free.

And it was Peter Lynas, among others, who sought to promote this ‘Summer Street Party’ on his Twitter page, saying “this should be awesome”.

Mimicking paganism may be “awesome” to Peter Lynas, Causeway Coast Vineyard and the Evangelical Alliance, but it is most assuredly not in the eyes of God.

Deuteronomy 12:29-31: “When the Lord thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest to possess them, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their land; Take heed to thyself that thou be not snared by following them, after that they be destroyed from before thee; and that thou enquire not after their gods, saying, How did these nations serve their gods? even so will I do likewise. Thou shalt not do so unto the Lord thy God: for every abomination to the Lord, which he hateth, have they done unto their gods…”

Let us strive to remain faithful to God and avoid any practices which are opposed by His Word and remain a truly separated people.

Evangelical Alliance leader Peter Lynas and Maghaberry Elim’s Robbie Butler consort with Popery

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.”

The leader of the Evangelical Alliance, Peter Lynas (pictured, top), has continued his compromise with Popery by expressing his support for an Elim church deacon going to Dublin to meet “that man of sin, and son of perdition” today (Saturday).

Peter Lynas has previously stated his interest in what the Pope has to say on moral matters on his trip to the Republic of Ireland to the ‘World Meeting of Families’ Roman Catholic celebration.

And now he has defended the shameful decision of Ulster Unionist Party MLA (Member of the Legislative Assembly) and deacon in Maghaberry Elim, Robbie Butler, to meet with the head of the Roman Catholic Church, which has damned untold millions to hell with its false gospel of sacramental merit.

Peter Lynas is a leading figure in the easy-believist, Pope-loving Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, whose shameful credentials can be viewed by clicking here.

He also issued a glowing statement in praise of Billy Graham, the famous American evangelist who told those Roman Catholics coming forward seeking guidance at his ‘Crusades’ to go back into the clutches of Rome.

While Peter Lynas may release some nice sounding statements in relation to abortion and other matters, he has compromised terribly with the paganism of Rome.

And it was no surprise to see him jumping to the defence of Robbie Butler, who had been criticised by some actual Protestants for travelling to meet “that Antichrist”.

And that means true Christians must be utterly separated from both the Vineyard Church and the Evangelical Alliance.

Robbie Butler himself, meanwhile, ought to face serious questions from his church, Maghaberry Elim, based near Lisburn, for his attendance at such an ungodly occasion, the purpose of which is to exalt the most senior figure in Romanism.

Its minister, Pastor Brian Madden, will most certainly be aware of where his deacon was today and whom he was in the company of.

What will Pastor Brian Madden do about it? We’ll have to wait and see if Robbie Butler retains his position of authority within the church. Something tells us Robbie Butler will be allowed to continue regardless.

There are further question marks over Robbie Butler as he has indicated himself on his own blog that he would sit back and allow sodomite marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland.

Due to the vagaries of the currently non-functioning Stormont Assembly in Northern Ireland, if any 30 MLAs sign what is known as a ‘petition of concern’, they can block a bill going through regardless of whether a majority votes for it.

The DUP has deployed this on numerous occasions to prevent sodomite marriage being enacted, but now only have 28 MLAs. This means if Stormont was restored and a vote was taken, they would need at least two other members to co-sign it with them. Jim Allister of the TUV is one and after that it becomes less clear who would join them.

One would have thought that someone such as Robbie Butler, who professes to be a born-again Christian, would be a prime candidate to take his stand for Christ.

Not so, however.

In a blog posting from February 2017, Robbie Butler very, very weakly just about manages to see-saw in the direction of voting against sodomite marriage.

However, on the matter of whether or not he would do everything in his power to remain faithful to God, he says: “With regard to the petition of concern (POC), and as a democrat, I actually do not support its use in this regard. I believe that democracy should prevail and the POC should only be used in exceptional circumstances.”

Clearly maintaining the natural order set out by God in His Word is not a sufficiently exceptional circumstance for Robbie Butler.

Let us remind Robbie Butler what the Bible has to say about homosexuality.

Romans 1:22-27: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. 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.”

Again this raises serious questions for Pastor Brian Madden and Maghaberry Elim.

Are they pleased that one of their office bearers may one day have the power in his hands to stop the grave sin of sodomite marriage being inflicted on Ulster, and he has vowed to do nothing to stop it?

That is a despicable and shameful thing.

Robbie Butler has also chosen to be brazen in his consorting with the Pope, boasting on his facebook page today about his dreadful compromise with error.

To back it up, he quoted Confucius, the Chinese philosopher, though Confused might be a better name in these circumstances.

The quote is as follows: “To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”

So Robbie Butler believes it is right to meet the Pope? What an outrage.

This is what the Bible says, and it is interesting Robbie Butler didn’t seek to back up his blasphemous stance with Scripture.

James 4:17: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”

The right thing is to remain separated from the workers of iniquity, which the Pope unquestionably is. However, Robbie Butler has chosen his own political advancement over faithfulness to God.

Regardless of what Robbie Butler might like to say, he took the easy way out. There were plenty of other Ulster Unionist figures who are not office bearers in a supposedly God-glorifying church.

Doug Beattie, Mike Nesbitt and John Stewart are three who spring immediately to mind, given they were proudly attending the sodomite festival known as ‘Pride’ in Belfast earlier this month.

This sorry episode raises a lot of questions for a lot of people.

This includes Causeway Coast Vineyard, the Evangelical Alliance, Peter Lynas, Pastor Brian Madden, Robbie Butler and Maghaberry Elim.

Are they happy to compromise with error? Are they happy to be associated with such error? Will they take any action to address such shameful betrayal of Christ?

Let us be ever wary of putting God first in our lives, regardless of the opposition we will face.

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

Presbyterian moderator running into the arms of the Pope

The Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, Rev Charles McMullen (pictured, above) has got his wish and will fall prostrate at the feet of the anti-Christian Roman Catholic system this weekend when he meets with the Pope.

As soon as it was announced that the Bangor based Presbyterian would take over as Moderator this year, Rev Charles McMullen indicated his great eagerness to meet with the man he vowed at his ordination was “that man of sin, and son of perdition”.

What does Rev Charles McMullen make of his ordination vows now having previously subscribed to the Westminster Confession of Faith?

It is hard to see how this act can be seen as anything other than a betrayal of them.

This is what Rev Charles McMullen said back in February when it was revealed he would become the new Moderator (you can read our article at the time by clicking here).

He said: “We don’t know for certain if the Pope is coming and if he is there would need to be some invitation extended to us.

“If an invitation was extended, our two churches would work out the basis on which that meeting would occur.

“As far as I am concerned I would relish the opportunity to meet the Pope” (pictured, below).

There you go then, Rev Charles McMullen, the leader of the largest so-called Protestant church in Ireland as a whole, is relishing the opportunity to meet the man he vowed was “that Antichrist”.

If he believes what he vowed so as to make what one would certainly assume is a very comfortable living from the ministry, then he is certainly choosing some very dodgy company to keep.

If, on the other hand, he doesn’t believe the Westminster Confession of Faith, what is he doing in a Presbyterian pulpit or with a clerical collar round his neck, much less leading the Presbyterian Church?

More importantly still, he clearly doesn’t believe the Bible, which says to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

Ephesians 5:11 must have passed him by as well. It says: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

There hasn’t been too much by way of reproof in the past few days as it has been announced that Rev Charles McMullen will charge headlong down the road to Dublin to metaphorically kiss ‘Papa’s’ feet.

In a pathetic sop to any Presbyterians who are rightly dismayed and outraged at such a move, and as a scanty fig leaf to cover the nakedness of their compromise, Rev Charles McMullen and the Presbyterian Church’s clerk, Rev Trevor Gribben, have mentioned “theological differences”.

What are these theological differences? They haven’t mentioned them.

Could it be because they are so vast that it would highlight how disgraceful and traitorous their decision is?

While we have on various occasions on this page highlighted the major differences, though far from exhaustively, we will quickly run through a few.

Rome teaches of a holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory. You can search from now until Christ’s return, should you live to see it, but you’ll never find that in the Bible.

Rome teaches of prayer to Mary and to saints of its choosing. The Bible teaches of prayer to God alone (1 Timothy 2:5).

Rome teaches the blasphemy of the Mass, whereby they sacrifice Christ again and again in every chapel in the world every day of the year. The Bible teaches that his sacrifice was once for all (Hebrews 10:11-12).

Rome denies salvation by faith alone, instead pronouncing its anathema, or curses, on any who teach or hold to that view. The Bible teaches salvation by faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

There are many more issues we could dwell on, but that is surely sufficient to demonstrate the utter corruption of the anti-Christian Roman Catholic system.

Despite that, Rev Charles McMullen will attend Dublin Castle this Saturday, 25 August for a reception to be attended by Pope Francis and the Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, at which it is understood that the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh Eamon Martin, will introduce the Presbyterian Moderator to the Pope himself.

After that, Rev Charles McMullen and his wife Barbara will attend a concert at Croke Park, at the invitation of Archbishop Eamon Martin. The Pope will be the chief guest at the concert.

Isn’t that all just lovely?

Rev Charles McMullen is certainly taken with the whole notion, as he himself said last week.

“As a church we recognise this Papal visit would bring great joy to our Roman Catholic neighbours and friends, and it was something we wanted to welcome.

“I am pleased our church has been able to accept the invitation to the reception and I am looking forward to it.

“Should there be an opportunity to meet Pope Francis I would very much welcome that in the context of building good relations.”

The Word of the Lord through Isaiah would be very applicable in the context of Rev Charles McMullen “looking forward” to meeting the Pope.

Isaiah 59:7-8 says: “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

Of course, “peace” is a big part of the pretext for such flagrant disregard of God’s Word, as evidenced by Rev Charles McMullen’s weasel words for excusing his betrayal of Protestantism when he says his consorting with the Papacy should be viewed “in the context of building good relations”.

Rev Charles McMullen is seeking to be on friendly terms with the Pope, a servant of the devil responsible for overseeing the damning of untold millions to an eternity in hell.

James 4:4 says: “…know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.”

Given that Rev Charles McMullen’s conduct is a grievous betrayal of his Protestant heritage, of the Westminster Confession of Faith and, above all else, God’s Word, one would hope there was an uproarious outcry from those Presbyterian clergy who would hold a more traditional line.

However, such hopes would prove to be unfounded, as was evidenced by the statement of Rev Trevor Gribben, who referred to the tepid protests of the sparse voices of concern on the General Council.

“We are a large Church and there will be people who believe sincerely that this would be a step too far, on theological grounds.

“A small number of people on our General Council made this point, but did so graciously.”

There was no fearless denunciation of sin, there was no earnest contention for the faith, just a lily-livered aside.

Has any member of the General Council publicly proclaimed their disgust at the move and articulated why the Bible considers consorting with the man they officially call “that Antichrist” to be repugnant? We are not aware of any and are happy for anyone to inform us of any member who has done so.

On Saturday, there will be so many members of the great and the good of Irish society, so-called, both north and south, but God will not be part of that crowd.

Rev Charles McMullen and any other clerical traitor would do well to keep that in mind.

Amos 3:3: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

Groomsport Presbyterian Church celebrates same-sex marriage of former trainee ‘minister’

Isaiah 5:20: “Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”

These days there is a great deal of turning truth and righteousness on its head and this is no more pronounced, both in secular and religious circles than on the issue of LGBT ‘rights’.

It is not an issue we particularly like treading over, but as the propagation of such defiance of God’s Word and natural order persists, so must we persist in voicing our objection to such utter godlessness.

And it has recently come to our attention that Groomsport Presbyterian Church, near Bangor in County Down, has offered its support to same-sex ‘marriage’ by cheerily celebrating the recent ‘wedding’ between a former intern ‘minister’ in the congregation and her ‘girlfriend’.

In their church magazine, known as ‘Eagle Wing’, it is proudly boasted of ‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi’s ‘marriage’ to her ‘girlfriend’.

This was advertised in the Christmas 2017 edition of their magazine, though it has only recently come to our attention.

Jennifer Barchi (pictured, top), who appears to be an American, served as Groomsport Presbyterian Church’s ‘Princeton intern’ in the 2010/11 year. She is now ‘minister’ in Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland in the USA.

In the Eagle Wing magazine, declaring her anti-Christian union, she says: “It has been a wonderfully busy Fall. On October 14th, my fiancĂ©e, Lauren, and I were married at a beautiful ceremony on Chesapeake Bay.

“We were delighted to have so many family, friends, and much of our congregation present with us. I’ll be sure to send photos along when I get them in the spring.”

We’ll all look forward to seeing the photos, no doubt.

The Bible passages on such sins are crystal clear and anyone who attempts to contort them so as to fit their anti-Christian world view is clutching at straws, to put it mildly.

Romans 1:24-27 says: “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.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 says: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

It says clearly there in Romans that ‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi’s relationship is “against nature” and she and everyone else is warned that “abusers of themselves with mankind” shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

So how can it be justified that such an individual be tasked with preaching God’s Word when they live in such open defiance of it?

1 Timothy 2 also deals with this matter in a crystal clear manner. Verse 12 says: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

And in the following chapter there is not even the faintest consideration that a woman might hold the role of a minister.

1 Timothy 3:1-4: “This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity”.

The role of an overseer in a church belongs to a man, who must be the “husband of one wife” and must rule well “his own house”.

Nowhere does it say that it could actually be a woman and nowhere does Scripture give its endorsement to homosexual relationships.

So why does Groomsport Presbyterian Church include such open sinfulness in its publication?

We do not know, but there is clearly little or no opposition to this at the highest levels in that church.

The current minister there is a Rev Paul Dalzell and he ought to be speaking out most vociferously against it.

Instead, he contributes to this same publication so tainted with such vileness by including his ‘Letter from the manse’ at the opening of the magazine.

He is not the editor, that is a woman called Susan Ekin, but Rev Paul Dalzell could at the very least refuse to touch “even the garment spotted by the flesh” (Jude v 23).

However, one must draw the conclusion that he is in support of such vileness, or at the very least he is willing to turn a blind eye.

Ezekiel 33:2-9 warns of such abandonment of a minister’s duty to speak out against sin.

It says: “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. 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. 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 blood of those the minister, or watchman, failed to warn, is on the hands of that minister. What a frightful thought that is!

And to be a ‘minister’ openly engaging in a sin God has called an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22) as well as failing to warn the people, as is the case with ‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi, is more frightening still.

In a blog post she has put up on her church, Dickey Memorial’s website, she has stressed her celebration of the sodomite ‘Pride’ festival.

Grievously, she points out that it was people in her own congregation there who encouraged her to date a woman in the church, who would later become her ‘wife’.

This means that the church was clearly aware of an openly lesbian member of the church and not only tolerated it, but encouraged it.

‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi also states that she told the ‘Pastoral Nominating Committee’ for Dickey Memorial Presbyterian Church that she was a lesbian.

Their response, says she? “They didn’t care”.

Neither, too, did her congregation, particularly given it was members of the church who encouraged her in to her ungodly relationship. When one looks at the church’s website, it is no surprise. It says: “We welcome all persons into all aspects of our church life and leadership regardless of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, gender identity…”

As was stated above in her correspondence with Groomsport Presbyterian Church, most of her congregation attended the affront to God that was her ‘wedding’ ceremony.

This is such an apt instance of what Jesus said in Matthew 15:14 when he said: “they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

There must surely be those in Groomsport Presbyterian Church who are opposed to this disgraceful situation and we would encourage anyone reading this who knows anyone connected with the church or in the area to share this with them.

In her article for ‘Pride’, ‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi says that she had not ‘come out’ when she was in Groomsport and there were those who had no “qualms about talking about it as a sin in front of me”.

We would call on those people in Groomsport Presbyterian Church to take a loud, vociferous and uncompromising stand against such disgraceful apostasy.

We are called on to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude v 3) and Ephesians 5:11 instructs us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.

There is to be a separation from wickedness and if Groomsport Presbyterian Church continues to endorse such defiance of God, then true believers must separate themselves from it.

Let our vow be as that of Joshua, when he said in Joshua 24:15: “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”