God enjoyed prayer dancing to ABBA music – Pete Greig of 24-7 Prayer

Psalm 89:7: “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him.”

Hebrews 12:28: “Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:”

The leader of the ecumenical 24-7 Prayer grouping, Pete Greig, who is helping the Roman Catholic Church try to bring in more people, has claimed that God told him He was “quite enjoying” a group of girls dancing round their handbags and praying to the music of Swedish pop group ABBA in a prayer room he was running.

Pete Greig has outrageously claimed that such polluted “worship” was approved of by God, even going so far as to claim God specifically told him that was the case.

The founder of the 24-7 prayer group says that God supported prayers being offered to Him to the tune of ‘Super Trouper’, which, according to Wikipedia, was a UK number one in 1980.

In an interview he has given to the ‘Premier Christianity’s website, Pete Greig recounts the story of a large group of girls coming into a prayer room he had set up.

He says: “Then a bunch of student girls, 30, came in to pray. They looked like they were dressed for a night on the town. I thought, ‘This is going to be interesting because they haven’t seen me.’ My secret fear is that no one’s actually praying in the prayer room, and they went to the stereo and confirmed my worst fears. They put on ABBA… ABBA! They started to dance around to Super Trouper. I was just about to bust them when to my shock and horror, they start praying! They’re going, ‘Jesus, we just thank you (Su-per, Trou-per)!’, and they’re dancing around their handbags.

“I sort of said to God, ‘Is this ok?’ And I think God said to me, ‘I’m quite enjoying it’. We need to pray the way God made us.”

It’s hard to believe someone who is supposed to be a serious religious leader could utter such nonsense, isn’t it?

What absolute blasphemous hogwash!

Dear reader, do not be deceived by this man.

How anyone can claim that worldly popular music can be used to glorify God is beyond comprehension.

When Jesus was teaching the disciples how to pray, he taught them not to do so in an attention-seeking way, but to do it discreetly.

Matthew 6:5-7 says: “And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.”

Dancing about like an eejit, to use an Ulsterism, is certainly not a humble or indeed respectful way to approach the God of heaven.

The way we approach God is of utmost importance, it ought to be a sober, humble, reverent approach.

Rather than jumping round the room, we should have, as much as is practically possible, our eyes closed and heads bowed as we approach His mercy seat.

The Bible is littered with examples of this.

The elders of the children of Israel did it, when they heard of God’s plan to deliver them from the Egyptians.

Exodus 4:31: “And the people believed: and when they heard that the Lord had visited the children of Israel, and that he had looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped.”

All the people did it when they saw the glory of the Lord had filled the temple in Jerusalem.

2 Chronicles 7:1-3 says: “Now when Solomon had made an end of praying, the fire came down from heaven, and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of the Lord filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of the Lord, because the glory of the Lord had filled the Lord’s house. And when all the children of Israel saw how the fire came down, and the glory of the Lord upon the house, they bowed themselves with their faces to the ground upon the pavement, and worshipped, and praised the Lord, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever.”

There is coming a day when all shall bow before God.

Romans 14:11: “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

If we have a proper appreciation of the power of God, of the might of God, then we will bow our heads when we speak to Him, not dance around like you’re in a nightclub to a song of the world.

We are reminded of the need to be separated from the world in James 4:4, which says: “Ye adulterers and adulteresses, 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.”

We need to remember the immense privilege we have to come before God ourselves with our prayers and petitions. The veil is rent and we have access to the holy of holies.

Hebrews 10:19-22: “Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; And having an high priest over the house of God; Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.”

Ephesians 2:13-14,18: “But now in Christ Jesus ye who sometimes were far off are made nigh by the blood of Christ. For he is our peace, who hath made both one, and hath broken down the middle wall of partition between us; For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.”

When we look at the sacrifice Christ made for us, when we look at the lost eternity in hell we can be saved from through His shed blood, when we look at the joys of heaven open to all who believe on Him, should we not approach Him with reverence and godly fear?

In the same interview, Pete Greig says in the prayer rooms he sets up there are a number of ways he says he has brought “innovation” in prayer.

This includes praying “with graffiti, with all types of music, with dance, with all sorts of innovation”, he says.

Only, of course, this isn’t how we are to pray, if we look at examples from the Bible. Prayer is about communicating with God and pouring our hearts out to Him, be it in praise, or in distress, or in thanksgiving, or in putting our requests to Him.

We can see the example of the Psalmist in Psalm 6:6-9: “I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears. Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies. Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer.”

David didn’t prance around his bedroom all night, dancing round a stereo and spraying graffiti on his wall, he spoke to His Saviour, or indeed described it as “groaning”, pouring out his heart to God when he was afflicted.

This is true prayer, and Pete Greig serves only to corrupt and pollute true worship, thus leading others down a path of blasphemous so-called worship and prayer to God.

2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.”

Don’t be turned unto the fables of the likes of Pete Greig, creating a new and unscriptural way to approach God, turning prayer into entertainment.

Let us all be ever mindful of the greatness of God and approach Him in a manner befitting the Creator of all things.

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24-7 Prayer leader Pete Greig helping Roman Catholic Church lure more people in

Leading charismatic figure Pete Greig, a friend of ecumenical groups such as the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area and Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine, has spoken in a Romanist chapel to help advise the Roman Catholic Church how to lure more people back into its clutches.

Pete Greig (pictured, top) is a leading figure in the organisation 24-7 Prayer, an ecumenical initiative openly and unashamedly promoting ecumenical compromise with Rome.

This is the same organisation which Emmanuel lead pastor Alain Emerson heads up in Ireland, something we previously focused on when highlighting Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson promoting the ecumenical ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative, which has the backing of the Pope, under the auspices of 24-7 Prayer Ireland.

Indeed, Pete Greig was one of the ‘celebrity’ speakers at Emmanuel Church’s recent ‘Tobar’ Conference.

And just a few weeks ago, Pete Greig was addressing the diocesan assembly of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vienna held in St Stephen’s Roman Catholic Cathedral in the Austrian capital.

This was reported on the Roman Catholic news outlet, ‘The Tablet’.

He had been invited at the behest of the Roman Catholic cardinal, Christoph Schonborn, who told the same conference that ecumenical dialogue with churches like those represented by Pete Greig was “imperative”.

The day previously, Pete Greig had been the main speaker at the assembly.

Tweeting afterwards, he said: “Truly wonderful time in Vienna addressing 1,700 bishops, nuns, priests, laity from every church in the Archdiocese. Extraordinary signs of renewal – ‘unthinkable 9 years ago’ says the Cardinal. Not least letting a mug like me loose amongst them.”

Faux modesty aside, though of course many a truth is spoken in jest, Pete Greig has openly admitted to and indeed appears to be rejoicing in helping give the cause of Rome a boost in Austria – what a shameful situation.

The Roman Catholic Church is an anti-Christian organisation which denies the gospel message of salvation by faith alone. How anyone who claims to be a Christian should want to associate with and indeed encourage Rome is truly a mystery.

What is certain is that the Bible rejects such conduct.

2 John v 9-11 says: “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.”

Pete Greig is making himself a partner of the evil deeds of Rome by acting in the way that he has.

The article from ‘The Tablet’ gives away why the Roman Catholic Church in Astria has enlisted the help of useful idiots like Pete Greig.

It states that, in 2011, Cardinal Schonborn had “invited Free Church (a name given to less traditional so-called Protestant churches) leaders to a meeting at Passau (a German town) as he wanted to know why the Free Churches were growing so fast. It was after that meeting seven years ago that the Cardinal had decided that the Free Churches should be regarded ‘as partners and not opponents’.”

Ecumenism, then, was identified as the route to a reinvigoration of the Roman Catholic Church in Austria.

This is backed up by a further quote in the article from Cardinal Schonborn.

He said: “Catholics and members of the Free Churches must learn from one another without losing their own identity.”

So the same man who describes ecumenism as “imperative” also wants to avoid the Roman Catholic Church losing its own identity.

This is indicative of the attitude of Rome in such matters – they may change their approach but they never change their nature. That is what Vatican II was about, the chief feature of which was a drive towards ecumenical unity.

Jeremiah 13:23 asks, and answers, the question: “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

Rome is so ingrained in its sin that one could as easily change their skin colour as Rome could throw off its evil customs and doctrines.

A week after Pete Greig’s appearance in the home of the papacy in Vienna, the same venue played host to a prayer meeting jointly held by a group called the ‘Loretto Movement’ and what is described in the article as “the Free Church 24-7 Prayer Initiative”.

Pete Greig is called a ‘Team Leader’ in the 24-7 Prayer organisation and is seen as the founder of the organisation.

The Loretto Movement is a Roman Catholic youth organisation currently enjoying significant popularity in Austria and which is inextricably linked with 24-7 Prayer.

Here are a few excerpts from articles on the 24-7 Prayer website.

“A team from 24-7 Prayer and Alpha recently spent a remarkable weekend celebrating Pentecost with the Loretto movement in Austria. A few years ago the leaders read ‘Red Moon Rising’ (the handbook of 24-7 Prayer, written by, you guessed it, Pete Greig) and 24-7 Prayer Rooms are now at the heart of Loretto’s vision and growth.

“The Salzburg celebration is the big event of the Loretto calendar and is growing year by year. Over 5,000 young people crammed into Salzburg Cathedral. Pete Greig spoke on the Saturday morning on the importance of prayer and the local radio reported that it was the first time for many years that a non Catholic had spoken in the Cathedral” (article dated 29 May, 2013).

“Years ago, one of the leaders of Loretto was given a copy of Pete Greig’s book, Red Moon Rising. Since then, Loretto communities have added weeks of 24-7 Prayer to their rhythms.

“A fast friendship between Loretto Movement and 24-7 Prayer was born and over the last few years we have spent much time with each other, visiting each other’s communities and attending each other’s events.

“We’re so excited for the European Conference in Vienna this October in partnership with Loretto. Catholics and Protestants in the upper room of prayer, glorifying God and bringing forth His kingdom together” (article dated 11 September, 2018).

Roman Catholics and Protestants praying together – to whom are they praying? Rome teaches of intercession being made by Mary and various other saints, the Bible teaches, and true Protestants believe there is “one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” (1 Timothy 2:5).

This is a frightening situation, where a so-called Christian is glorying in aiding the cause of the Roman Catholic Church, which has damned untold millions to hell through its false gospel of works.

And the man behind all this, Pete Greig, is welcomed with open arms into many churches in our land who claim to be Christ exalting and his 24-7 Prayer initiative is followed by so many churches.

As we have stated already, this includes the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area, who had Pete Greig at their Tobar Conference, held in June.

This also includes the Causeway Coast Vineyard, the church whose former lead pastor, Alan Scott, (pictured, above) said during his tenure there that he was “all in” with the Pope. A key backer of that church is Evangelical Alliance leader Peter Lynas, a man who repeatedly engages in ecumenical activity with Rome.

Pete Greig also has spoken in Lisburn Cathedral (Church of Ireland), a church which every Easter takes part in an ecumenical walk of witness with, among others, the Roman Catholic Church in that city.

And it will come as no surprise to long time readers that it was Pete Greig who prompted the pathetic, irreverent, childish crowd-surfing act in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, where Rev John Dickinson (pictured, below), the man who endorsed the lesbian ‘Christian’ LGBT campaigner Vicky Beeching, was carried out of the church by the poor dupes in the congregation. Pete Greig was the guest speaker on that infamous night.

We would implore all readers to share this article with anyone they know who may be caught up in any church which takes anything to do with the 24-7 Prayer Initiative and anyone they know who may be caught up with any of the churches mentioned above and to encourage themselves to separate from them.

1 Corinthians 15:33: “Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.”

1 John 4:1: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”