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.”
Ecumenists and diluters and compromisers of God’s Word and true Christianity seek to employ any means by which they can advance their ungodly cause.
The Protestant people of Ulster ought to know this more than anyone, given how wretched clerics, both allegedly Protestant and Romanist, used the murder campaign of the Romanist thug agents of the devil of the IRA to seek to foster a sham “unity”.
We are expected to follow it to this day and the words “cross-community” being applied to any event or grouping are expected to be greeted with almost reverential awe and nods of approval to indicate how worthy and wonderful such a thing is.
It is very troubling when such things are transplanted into the spiritual realm and such an occasion has arisen courtesy of the coronavirus pandemic.
Brazenly using the deaths of thousands between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to advance their mean gospel of ecumenical compromise, a Jesuit priest and Church of Ireland ordinand have joined forces to promote a recording of what they are calling ‘The Irish Blessing’.
‘Father’ Martin Magill (pictured, top) of St John the Evangelist Papist chapel in Belfast is the Romanist Jesuit priest who is co-organising the initiative alongside Philip McKinley, a Dublin based Church of Ireland ordinand.
‘Father’ Martin Magill is, alongside Rev Steve Stockman of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church in Belfast, joint organiser of the annual ecumenical talking shop known as the Four Corners Festival. He was also the much-lauded (by other ecumenicals, be they political or religious ecumenicals) speaker at the bizarre funeral of journalist Lyra McKee, accidentally shot by a dissident republican while reporting from a republican riot in Londonderry but who somehow became some sort of LGBT martyr.
According to their website: “The Irish Blessing is an initiative for Christian people from all of the Irish Churches to join together seeking God’s blessing on the people of Ireland and to join our voices in praise of God on Pentecost Sunday. This unprecedented pandemic requires a collective response from Irish Churches”.
So the answer to a pandemic is religious compromise and ecumenical wickedness, apparently.
Further stressing their desire for an ecumenical party, they say: “We want all churches to know that they are included in this initiative. We want to encourage the widest possible participation, denominationally, geographically and also in terms of backgrounds of age, ethnicity and abilities, all representing the richness of an Irish Blessing and the spirit of Pentecost.”
The “widest possible” denominational participation is sought, leaving no room for discernment or separation.
The initiative takes the form of a recording of people from various churches and faith groups singing the hymn, ‘Be Thou My Vision’. The numerous people involved record themselves singing the hymn and then those behind it splice the various clips together to create one video.
Of course there is nothing wrong with the hymn they have chosen, but the message behind what is being done and the architect of it is not so admirable.
The message behind this video is the idea of fostering ecumenical unity, using the Covid-19 pandemic as a cover for it. Everybody is grateful for the efforts of frontline workers at this time so how could anyone speak out against it, eh? Any dissent can easily be framed as unreasonable.
Well, sadly, a voice ought to be raised at this latest clever trick to pollute true Godly worship.
A vast list of a few hundred churches heeded the ungodly call for ecumenical unity to join in on this scheme.
Did all these churches who signed up to it understand the nature of what they were backing and who they had joined forces with? Possibly not, but at best these churches are guilty of carelessness and a lack of discernment as to whom they join under the banner of Christianity with.
Sadly, a number of churches from denominations which might be considered better than involving themselves with such ecumenical compromise have given their name to this.
This includes numerous Baptist churches as well as a couple of Congregational churches.
The Baptist churches which are listed by The Irish Blessing’s own website as contributors are Antrim Baptist Church, Greenisland Baptist Church, Holywood Baptist Church, Newtownbreda Baptist Church, Portstewart Baptist Church, Strandtown Baptist Church and Windsor Baptist Church, the latter two both based in Belfast.
Interestingly, the latter four are also 80% of the quintet of Baptist churches who are members of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland, which, until his promotion to Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK wide, was led by determined ecumenist ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas. The Evangelical Alliance also contains numerous very questionable members, so carelessness in who one fellowships with or joins under a banner with is a recurring feature for them.
The Congregational churches involved in this are listed as being Ballycraigy Congregational Church in Newtownabbey and Straid Congregational Church, near Ballyclare in County Antrim.
It is very concerning to see such churches aligning themselves with a religious project ran by a Jesuit priest.
Among the other churches involved are a number of what might justifiably be called the “usual suspects”.
This includes Newtownbreda Baptist Church’s ecumenical chums in the south and east Belfast areas, CFC Belfast and Willowfield Parish Church, as well as Emmanuel Church in Portadown, County Armagh, ran by Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Causeway Coast Vineyard in Coleraine on the north coast of Northern Ireland, the welcomers of heretics who are happy to be “all in” with the Pope and Belfast’s Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, led by the man who preaches the gospel according to Lady Gaga, Rev Steve Stockman.
Papist Stations of the Cross promoters Redeemer Central, another Belfast gathering, are also involved, as are the Methodist Church’s East Belfast Mission, happy promoters of mean compromise with Rome.
Of course, a host of Romanist chapels, where blasphemies and lies are taught and practised every single day, are involved in this, including Clonard Monastery, a leading hub of Papist deceit in Ulster and other Romanist churches unambiguously devoted to deceit such as the Church of Mary in Saintfield in County Down or the Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish of Carryduff and Drumbo, also in County Down.
You can see the full list, ordered alphabetically, by clicking on this link.
Dear reader, just because the cause appears to be a worthy one, it does not mean we are to compromise ourselves or “let things slide” just to be associated with something considered by the world to be praiseworthy.
We are to try the spirits and assess that which we are considering forging an alliance with before committing ourselves to something which would hinder our progress.
Look even at the children of Israel under Joshua’s guidance when approached by the Gibeonites, who were located close to where the Israelites had at this stage reached, but claimed to be from a faraway land.
Joshua 9:3-6, 8-13: “And when the inhabitants of Gibeon heard what Joshua had done unto Jericho and to Ai, They did work wilily, and went and made as if they had been ambassadors, and took old sacks upon their asses, and wine bottles, old, and rent, and bound up And old shoes and clouted upon their feet, and old garments upon them; and all the bread of their provision was dry and mouldy. And they went to Joshua unto the camp at Gilgal, and said unto him, and to the men of Israel, We be come from a far country: now therefore make ye a league with us. And they said unto Joshua, We are thy servants. And Joshua said unto them, Who are ye? and from whence come ye? And they said unto him, From a very far country thy servants are come because of the name of the Lord thy God: for we have heard the fame of him, and all that he did in Egypt, And all that he did to the two kings of the Amorites, that were beyond Jordan, to Sihon king of Heshbon, and to Og king of Bashan, which was at Ashtaroth. Wherefore our elders and all the inhabitants of our country spake to us, saying, Take victuals with you for the journey, and go to meet them, and say unto them, We are your servants: therefore now make ye a league with us. This our bread we took hot for our provision out of our houses on the day we came forth to go unto you; but now, behold, it is dry, and it is mouldy: And these bottles of wine, which we filled, were new; and, behold, they be rent: and these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.”
The Gibeonites were very plausible, were they not? A lot of effort had gone into looking plausible, and would it not have been unreasonable for the children of Israel to send them packing?
Well, of course, we know the truth about the Gibeonites and we can very easily know the truth about the Church of Rome and about various religious initiatives if we but ask the Lord.
We can make sensible, practical enquiries about a church or initiative to see who is behind it or who has signed up to it. We can of course, indeed ought to pray to seek God’s will in a certain situation or matter. We can also consult His Word to put that which is before us in the light of Scripture.
We have no excuse not to do just that and likewise the children of Israel, Joshua and his elders.
Yet they were careless.
Joshua 9:14-15: “And the men took of their victuals, and asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord. And Joshua made peace with them, and made a league with them, to let them live: and the princes of the congregation sware unto them.”
We are told “they asked not counsel at the mouth of the Lord”.
Had counsel been genuinely sought at the mouth of the Lord and a proper answer waited for, then surely these churches would have baulked at chipping in with a scheme supported and organised by the blasphemous Church of Rome.
Reader, we need to carefully guard our separation and those whom we align ourselves with, especially when we claim to do it in the name of the Saviour.
Let us ever be vigilant and examine that which we are presented with, rather than swallow it without question or further enquiry.