Emmanuel leader Alain Emerson glorifies Jesuit founder and Counter Reformation leader, Ignatius of Loyola

The lead pastor of the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area, Alain Emerson, has glorified the founder of the notorious Roman Catholic Jesuit Order, Ignatius of Loyola, and led his church’s followers in following his practices.

On this page we have previously described Alain Emerson as Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, due to his repeated association with Romanism.

This is a moniker he has well and truly earned.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has previously spoken in a Roman Catholic chapel in Belfast (the scene of which is pictured below) as part of the ecumenical ‘Four Corners Festival’, at which he endorsed the ecumenical, anti-Christian, ritualistic, Taizé style of prayer.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has organised an ecumenical prayer initiative called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ under the auspices of the 24-7 Prayer movement, a grouping whose leader, Pete Greig, is helping the Roman Catholic Church in Austria gain more followers.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has spoken at a meeting of the ecumenical Ballymena Church Members Forum, a group comprised of Romanists and whose meetings are advertised in the Roman Catholic parish bulletin for Ballymena.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has endorsed the ecumenical ‘Heal The Land’ prayer initiative, which a Roman Catholic group also endorsed, with a video featuring its leader encouraging Roman Catholics to attend being uploaded on the ‘Heal The Land’ facebook page.

All of those things were disgraceful in their own right for the leader of a supposedly God-exalting church to be engaging in.

However, this latest act of Popery, and it can be called nothing else, is by far the most grievous and anti-Scriptural activity he has engaged in yet.

In fact, we would go so far as to say it is the single worst act of betrayal of true Christianity we have came across yet on this page. It is truly outrageous.

In the meeting, which he held on Sunday night past, 4th November in the Lurgan Emmanuel Church (there are two, the other being in the nearby town of Portadown), he led his followers in practising the ‘Examen’, a prayer ritual devised by Ignatius of Loyola.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson also extolled the virtues of Ignatius of Loyola, who is the founder and original leader of the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits, the order which led the Counter Reformation under the Pope’s authority.

This is the group which sought to snuff out the light of the gospel which God had gloriously unveiled through Martin Luther and many others during the Protestant Reformation.

They did it by any means possible, and the Jesuits were leading figures in the bloody Spanish Inquisition, in which untold millions of Protestants, Jews and Muslims were tortured, maimed and murdered.

It is noteworthy that Bertrand Russell, a Noble Prize winning author and historian, in his ‘A History of Western Philosophy’, stated this of the Jesuits: “Protestant success, at first amazingly rapid, was checked mainly as a result of Loyola’s creation of the Jesuit order.”

So this is the grouping which, responding to the rise of true Christianity, ie Protestantism, acted to ensure the enlightenment of precious, never-dying souls, was restricted as much as possible, and they were noted to be successful in doing so, and thus leading millions of souls to hell.

And Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is teaching his church’s adherents to follow in their founder’s footsteps.

During his sermon (which you can hear online by visiting their website, clicking on the ‘resources’ tab and then on podcasts), he says to his audience about “a dude called Ignatius of Loyola”.

And this is what Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson then says a couple of minutes later about him.

“He had some profound mystical experiences, and it was in those mystical experiences that he wrote what’s called his ‘Spiritual Practices’.

“Now the reason I want to say this is, I feel that we are having some profound times with Jesus these days and I think there’s more profound times with Jesus to come, where He wants to completely undo us with His love.”

We’ll just cut into Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s spiel here and say not to worry if you don’t understand what the previous paragraph means, because it means nothing. It’s gibberish intended to sound deep and spiritual so as to impress those listening, but it really is as deep as a teaspoon of water.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson continues: “And when that happens you have to steward that well and you have to have certain practices in place that don’t take that for granted. That allow us to engage with that and train others to do that and this is what Ignatius is doing.

“He has encountered something fresh of the Lord.

“It’s through him that when he goes to university in Paris and he starts to gather a few friends and they start to pray and get passionate for Jesus together that they start this, what we know as the Jesuits, or the Society of Jesus, which has gone on to send missionaries all over the world.”

We’ll just point out that at no stage has Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson stated that the Jesuits are a Roman Catholic order, and at no point does he even use the words “Roman Catholic”. This is quite deliberate and it becomes clear this is quite deliberate with his next breath.

He says: “So remember this is probably round the time of the Reformation, so they’re all trying to work it out.”

They’re all trying to work it out?!? Is that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s assessment of the Reformation period?

The Reformation was not about “trying to work it out”, the Reformation was when the shackles of Rome’s false gospel of salvation by works and devotion to her was thrown off gloriously throughout large chunks of Europe. It was God moving mightily to the saving of countless precious souls.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson also says there it was “probably round the time of the Reformation”. He knows rightly that it was or he wouldn’t have mentioned it in the first place. In his sermon he points out the year Ignatius of Loyola was born so he knows exactly when he was active.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson continues further: “There’s been huge problems with the church of that day. The Reformation has been a reaction to that but also within that there was certain moments and certain men like this who wanted the real thing, who wanted Jesus more than anything else pushed into his heart, pushed into his presence, were changed and transformed and led others in it.”

Ignatius of Loyola “wanted the real thing?” Ignatius of Loyola determinedly did not want the real thing as his mission from the Pope was to crush the doctrine of salvation by faith alone and all who believed in it.

And so on the heresy goes from Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, as he says: “I love the fact that then he writes the ‘Spiritual Practices’.

“Isn’t it brilliant in that time of, you know, history, that people kind of argued over things like how to become like Jesus. Today we argue over theology, what we believe and what we don’t believe. In that day people argued over what was the best way or practice, or set of exercises to become like Jesus.

“That would be a far better argument, wouldn’t it? It would be a far better argument to go, well, is it this way or is it that way? That was the argument, and while it mightn’t have been nice all the time, at least it was about how to become like Jesus, not about who’s right.”

The Reformation period was precisely about theology and what was right and what was wrong.

The Bible clearly states salvation is “not of works” (Ephesians 2:9) and that is the principle on which the Reformers stood.

Rome states that any who believes in the doctrine of salvation by faith alone are to be “anathema”, pronouncing their curses on such as heretics.

The Reformation was absolutely about what we believe.

Rome had no interest in being like Jesus, it was only interested in its own superiority and hegemony throughout Europe.

And to say “it mightn’t have been nice all the time” is not even an understatement, it’s a disgraceful and wilful effort to mislead his followers.

The Jesuits figured prominently in the murder and maiming of millions during the centuries-long Inquisition held by the Roman Catholic Church.

They struck out against true Christianity and were famed for their torture of those who disagreed with the false religion of Rome.

Yet Alain Emerson wants his followers to copy the ‘Spiritual Practices’ of that bloodthirsty order’s founder. He says “he loves the fact” that Ignatius of Loyola wrote them.

These ‘Spiritual Practices’ contain the worship of Mary, the reciting of the ‘Hail Mary’ as well as instructing people to do the rosary. Perhaps this will be next at Emmanuel Church in Lurgan and Portadown?

Has Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson been preparing the way with all his ecumenical conduct to allow such practices to take place?

He certainly has attendees of Emmanuel taking part in the spiritual practices of one of the most evil men who ever lived.

Perhaps a hint of his admiration of Jesuitry can be seen through his Twitter posting from 21 August, where he quotes a noted Jesuit priest, called Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured, below). Interestingly, the same Papist was quoted by the preacher of error, Bishop Michael Curry, in his wedding ‘sermon’ during the marriage ceremony of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

The worship of Mary is nowhere taught in the Bible. In fact, the Bible is clear we are to “have no other gods” in Exodus 20:3.

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

We don’t go through Mary to get to God, despite what Ignatius of Loyola claimed.

Indeed, on a website called ‘Jesuits in Ireland’, his devotion to Mary is clearly stated.

In an article entitled ‘Mary – How she made a new man of Ignatius’, it says: “As for the founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, he had such a lasting devotion to Our Lady that we could say every month was Mary’s month for Ignatius. Mary played a vital role in the calling and vocation of Ignatius. Long before he was ordained a priest or founded the Jesuits, he had already developed a deep affection for the Blessed Virgin Mary”.

Let us state clearly, this is from an article written by Jesuits celebrating Ignatius of Loyola. Mary worship is a despicable heresy and rejection of God’s Word. But it is in the ‘Spiritual Practices’ of Ignatius of Loyola, the practices Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is imploring his followers to adhere to.

If you or anyone you know is caught up in the church ran by this man, we implore you to withdraw from it immediately and for you to implore everyone you know involved in it to do the same.

He is like those in Matthew 15:7-9, of whom Jesus says: “Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying, This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.”

Teaching such falsehoods makes someone a false teacher, such as were warned of in 2 Peter 2:1-3.

Those verses say: “But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.”

Is not Alain Emerson privily bringing in damnable heresies? How many people in Emmanuel Church on Sunday night were wise to his deceits? We would venture to say there were very few, if any.

Alain Emerson carefully refused to say the words “Roman Catholic” throughout. He deliberately misled those listening about the Reformation and Loyola’s inextricable links to opposing it. This is because he knows there would have been those present most likely for whom alarm bells would have been going off.

Mind you, the word Jesuit should surely have been enough to sound alarm bells in people’s minds. The current Pope is a Jesuit, something which was dwelled upon at the time the current Pope took over that blasphemous position.

But those in attendance are the many following his “pernicious ways” and this is leading those who follow it to one place – damnation.

What a frightful thought that is.

We would encourage everyone reading this to go back to our Facebook page and share this to warn as many as possible of the dreadful heresy being preached in that church to try to pull the attendees as brands from the burning out of the clutches of this grievous false prophet.

This is an urgent matter, and one not to be delayed upon, for the precious souls of men and women are at stake.

Ezekiel 12:21-28 highlights how we don’t know when God will move in judgment against those prophesying lies and those who choose to believe them.

“And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, what is that proverb that ye have in the land of Israel, saying, The days are prolonged, and every vision faileth? Tell them therefore, Thus saith the Lord God; I will make this proverb to cease, and they shall no more use it as a proverb in Israel; but say unto them, The days are at hand, and the effect of every vision. For there shall be no more any vain vision nor flattering divination within the house of Israel. For I am the Lord: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord God. Again the word of the Lord came to me, saying, Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off. Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord God.”

Let us not be too late in our warnings to those who are under the influence of church leaders teaching such damnable heresies as the practices of an evil, bloodthirsty, Mary-worshipping, Papist.

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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.

Asher’s victory ‘disappoints’ ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll’s Inequality Commission

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!”

This week saw the announcement of a great victory in the highest court in our islands, the UK Supreme Court, for the disgracefully persecuted Asher’s Bakery.

While no doubt the vast majority of readers are familiar with the case, we will briefly recap lest any are left in the dark.

A sodomite called Gareth Lee ordered a cake from the Christian run bakery based in Belfast, asking that it be emblazoned with the message ‘Support gay marriage’. The order was initially taken by a member of staff who was unaware of how to handle the situation before being passed to the bakery’s owner, Daniel McArthur, who contacted Gareth Lee to tell him they were unable to carry out the order and gave him a refund.

The unhappy Gareth Lee, a campaigner for sodomy, got in touch with the Inequality Commission, who took legal action against Asher’s Bakery and, shamefully, they were found to have discriminated against Gareth Lee.

Asher’s appealed the decision, with the matter going all the way to the UK Supreme Court, who, praise God, overturned the initial decision on a unanimous 5-0 verdict.

While the whole issue was shameful enough as it was, the fact that Michael Wardlow, the Chief Commissioner of the Inequality Commission, is a professing Christian, compounded the matter.

And to put the tin hat on it, the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the Inequality Commission is a ‘minister’ in the Presbyterian Church, ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll.

We previously highlighted how she had failed to speak up at any point throughout the whole process, not making any public pronouncements on the case, thereby showing her support for the persecution of Asher’s Bakery by the organisation in which she holds the second highest post.

Had she, as a supposedly Christian ‘minister’, been opposed to the legal action against this Christian owned bakery, she would surely have done so at some point over the past four years, for that is how long the McArthur family have been subjected to this distressing process.

Instead, her only response is to share online the statement issued by the Inequality Commission in which they expressed their “disappointment” at the verdict delivered by the UK Supreme Court.

The Inequality Commission issued a statement shortly after the ruling was made public, linking to it from their Twitter page, and ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll was quick to retweet it so as to further spread the resolutely defiant and anti-Christian stance of the Inequality Commission.

It starts by saying: “The Equality Commission for Northern Ireland is disappointed in the judgement given today by the Supreme Court…”

Certainly little introspection there.

They continue by saying the previous judgments which found in their favour were “in line with case law developed over the years”. In the next breath they say: “The Supreme Court has overturned these findings…”

There is most definitely at least a passive aggressive narrative at play here, with what appears to be more than a hint of a swipe at the unanimous judgement by the five members of the Supreme Court.

In the final paragraph of the fairly brief statement, they say: “There is a concern… that the beliefs of business owners may take precedence over a customer’s equality rights…”

This is steadfastly refusing to accept the key thrust of the Supreme Court ruling.

Gareth Lee was treated absolutely equally with everyone else, no difference was made for him because he is a sodomite. Had a heterosexual man requested the exact same cake, he would have been rebuffed as well. Indeed, it is highly probable the staff at Asher’s Bakery didn’t even know Gareth Lee was a homosexual.

This absolute lack of humility on the part of the Inequality Commission highlights how it is utterly unfit for purpose.

And ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll’s continuing to reject Biblical standards demonstrates emphatically that she is, even laying aside the Bible’s warning against female ‘ministers’ (1 Timothy 2:12), an utterly inappropriate candidate for the ministry.

This is in addition to her consistently ecumenical conduct, such as preaching at a service during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in a Roman Catholic Church, at which she compared the Pope’s then-impending visit to the Republic of Ireland to the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

It is also noteworthy that the church she vacated two years ago to contest the Northern Ireland Assembly election of May 2016 (at which she received a paltry 5.4% of the vote) will close tomorrow (Sunday).

Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church, itself an amalgamation, is to close due to a drastically dwindling congregation, proving once again that, when a church which once stood for the truth moves away from God’s Word, attendances fall.

It is hardly coincidental that the further the Church of England moves away from God, the further attendances dwindle. Their solution is to further water down the message and the result is even greater wasting away of a church which once stood firmly for God.

Apostasy is rejected and punished by God.

Deuteronomy 29:18-20, 24-28: “Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. Even all nations shall say, Wherefore hath the Lord done thus unto this land? what meaneth the heat of this great anger? Then men shall say, Because they have forsaken the covenant of the Lord God of their fathers, which he made with them when he brought them forth out of the land of Egypt: For they went and served other gods, and worshipped them, gods whom they knew not, and whom he had not given unto them: And the anger of the Lord was kindled against this land, to bring upon it all the curses that are written in this book: And the Lord rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.”

God will uproot those who turn away from His Word and will destroy them, just as Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church will be consigned to the dustbin of history.

Those who bemoan its closing can look to this passage in Deuteronomy for the explanation of why it has died – Ichabod has been raised above it, the glory of God has long since departed.

Let us ever be diligent to protect our church, whichever it may be; if it is faithful to God, if it preaches salvation through the blood of Christ, through faith alone in Him, if it rejects error, if it rejects compromise with Rome, if it speaks out against the sins of the day, let our desire and efforts be directed towards preserving those old paths.

If we do this, then God will surely bless us.

Jeremiah 6:16: “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.”

We will find rest for our souls if we walk in the old paths, but just a few verses down we see the punishment for rejecting the ways laid down by God for us to follow.

Jeremiah 6:19-20 says: “Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.”

The worship of those who seek to go their own way is not acceptable to God.

Isaiah 29:13: “Wherefore the Lord said, Forasmuch as this people draw near me with their mouth, and with their lips do honour me, but have removed their heart far from me, and their fear toward me is taught by the precept of men.”

We must cleave to God’s ordained way of worshipping Him and to the precepts He has laid down in His Word.

And that includes standing up to those who would seek to persecute true Christians like the McArthurs as they defend themselves from those who, whether they claim to be Christian or don’t, would seek to denigrate the cause of Christ in our land.

Presbyterian quitter Lord Alderdice endorses pro LGBT Non-Subscribing Church

Back in June, we focused on the Presbyterian Church in Ireland taking some very minor, but positive, steps with regards their acceptance of sodomy in the church.

These included barring full communicant membership to homosexuals and not permitting the baptism of children in the care of same-sex couples, as well as loosening ties with their sister church, the Church of Scotland, due to its endorsement of sodomite marriage.

As we commented at the time, this was a case where the Presbyterian Church was ambling a few yards back down the road of compromise when they should have been running a marathon back down it.

In any case, it was all too much for soppy modernists like (Lord) John Alderdice, former leader of the ecumenical Alliance Party and, until the decision by the General Assembly, an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

He resigned his position of authority in protest at the resolutions made by the church, and was very vocal in doing so, as he is, of course, entitled to do.

However, he cannot pretend that such moves are in any way compatible with the teaching of the Bible, but rather he is simply following the precepts of man.

And in a further demonstration of his utter rejection of God’s Word, on Sunday past, Lord Alderdice was the guest speaker in the sodomite ‘pride’ supporting and ‘LGBT affirming’ All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Belfast, which you can read about by clicking here.

This is the church which hosts an annual ‘Pride service’ on the weekend of the sodomite parade through Belfast, and which hosts an annual ‘transgender day of remembrance’, two utterly unbiblical events.

Of course, it is precisely because of Lord Alderdice’s anti-Christian views regarding sodomy that he has been invited to speak in All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. Were Lord Alderdice in support of the Irish Presbyterian Church’s stance, he would certainly not be invited to such a haven of apostasy and most certainly wouldn’t entertain the notion of going near such.

In addition, leaving to one side its utterly disgraceful attitude to sodomy, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church is a unitarian church, meaning it rejects the precious doctrine of the Trinity of God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

They deny that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and God the Son, thereby they take away the Bible’s method of salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

And this is what God’s Word has to say about those who reject Christ as the Son of God.

1 John 2:22-23: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also.”

John also discusses this theme in 2 John v 9: “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.”

Someone who does not believe in Christ as God the Son cannot abide in the doctrine of Christ, they have consciously rejected it, yet this is the type of church that Lord Alderdice, who until very recently had responsibility as a spiritual overseer for many souls, is fellowshipping with and choosing to endorse.

We will remind Lord Alderdice of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which he vowed he believed and promised to uphold at his installation as an elder.

It says in Chapter 2, Paragraph 3: “In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.”

What does Lord Alderdice think of this now? Does he actually believe in the Trinity? If not, did he ever believe in it or when did he stop believing in it? If he does believe in the Trinity, then what is he doing as a special guest speaker in a church which outright rejects that very crucial doctrine?

Salvation comes through Christ. This is abundantly clear through Scripture.

Peter, addressing the Jews, said in Acts 4:10-12: “Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

There is “none other name” but that of Christ which can save us from a lost eternity in hell.

When you remove Christ then you remove salvation. This is the root of the apostasy of all unitarian churches and, once that is achieved, all manner of other evils can spring forth.

The passage we refer to shows that we MUST be saved and we can do it no other way but through Jesus, therefore All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church denies the basic message of salvation.

And Lord Alderdice is giving credence to and endorsing such a blasphemous church by addressing a meeting there.

We repeat the statement we made back in June – the Presbyterian Church in Ireland can only benefit from the absence of the likes of Lord Alderdice.

Being invited to a Christ denying church which endorses sodomy shows that Lord Alderdice is prioritising backing that which is called an “abomination” in the Scripture (Leviticus 18:22) over the salvation of lost souls.

What an appalling situation.

Certainly the homosexual must be evangelised, but this is emphatically not what happens in All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, whose minister, Rev Chris Hudson (pictured, below), is a ‘transgender champion’.

This church openly endorses and “affirms” sodomy as not only acceptable but admirable. One need only scroll through their facebook page to get that message loud and clear.

In All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, homosexuality is not considered a sin.

Alas for them, the Bible says otherwise.

Romans 1:26-27: “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.”

Hallelujah, however, salvation is available to homosexuals as is clearly outlined in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

It 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.”

The “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” had been saved in Corinth and they can be saved in Belfast, Londonderry, Enniskillen, Ireland, UK, USA, Canada, Australia, anywhere in the world.

Let us pray for those whose sexuality diverges from God’s established plan for mankind, that they might be saved, rather than encouraging them on in their sin like the Rev Chris Hudsons and the Lord Alderdices of this world.

2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

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.

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 fiancée, 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.”

Corrymeela publishes study guide teaching a smutty perversion of the book of Ruth

Romans 8:6-7: “For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.”

The home of ecumenism in Northern Ireland, the wretched Corrymeela retreat near Ballycastle on the north coast, is forever trying to distort the Bible to suit their own anti-Christian, politically liberal and morally outrageous agenda.

Indeed its leader, Padraig O’Tuama (pictured, top), a Romanist, is an open sodomite, something which has very evidently not stopped him from rising to the top of that supposedly ‘Christian’ institution.

As is the case with most liberals, they are horrified by the idea of the United Kingdom leaving the European Union, when professing Christians should be very pleased at this development.

However, we are not interested in arguing the case for exiting the EU, but we are interested in Corrymeela’s recently published study guide which seeks to link the story within the book of Ruth and ‘Brexit’, the rather ugly abbreviated term for the British withdrawal from the EU.

It is a resource they hope to see used in numerous churches over the coming months and indeed they have specified on their own website that the Presbyterian Church in the nearby village of Bushmills will host an event working through this utterly unsuitable study guide. Shame on Bushmills Presbyterian Church. * (See note at bottom of article).

Entitled ‘Crossing Borders: Exploring Brexit Through The Lens Of Ruth’, there are numerous issues with the document.

As with all ecumenists and apostates, they scrupulously avoid using the King James Version of the Bible, choosing instead a watered-down version. If the King James Version was good enough for our forefathers, who we are told were so much less educated than we are, then surely it is good enough for us today.

It uses faulty sources to make its arguments, including the writings of rabbis. Let us not forget that Judaism is still waiting for the first coming of Christ, having denied that Jesus was God the Son, thus denying salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

One of the two key issues with the document is that it utterly fails to recognise the key premise of the book.

Ruth, a Moabitess, a people historically at enmity with God and born from the most vile of circumstances – incest (Genesis 19:30-38) – renounces her nationality and the heathenism of the land of Moab to become a Jew.

The most famous verses of the entire book are the confession of Ruth, as it were, when she says in Ruth 1:16-17: “And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God: Where thou diest, will I die, and there will I be buried: the Lord do so to me, and more also, if ought but death part thee and me.”

Ruth is a convert to Christ but Corrymeela’s tinpot theologians, ignorant of salvation, see this as simply a case of immigration.

This is clearly an evidence of Ruth’s saving faith in Christ. She says “thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God”. She was owning the one true God as her God, not any of the false gods worshipped in Moab.

She then says “the Lord do so to me”. Ruth doesn’t say “thy Lord do so to me”, she instead recognises God as THE Lord.

Corrymeela seek to use this as a pretext for immigration, with the clear implication that accepting high levels of immigration is the Christian thing to do. Ruth is repeatedly referred to as a “migrant worker”. They ignore the fact that Ruth is a proselyte, rather than a migrant. We are not interested in arguing the case for or against immigration, rather we seek to point out that they fail to rightly divide the word of God.

This is done in two primary ways.

The first is to use this as a way to say the law as laid out in God’s Word is little more than a loose set of rules made to be broken and then by using it to attack the infallibility of God’s Word.

Here are just a couple of examples of what we are referring to:

“The book also introduces some ambiguity into the notion of racial purity by the inclusion of a foreigner in the kingly line. Some say it was written in the post-exilic period, when leaders like Ezra and Nehemiah were trying to reconstruct national identity. If this were so, then the book of Ruth is again a strong counter-narrative to the idea of racial purity and the imposition of forced divorce of foreign women in the post-exile era.”

“The book of Ruth can be read as a form of counter-narrative to Ezra and Nehemiah, telling a story where ethnic and religious purity is perhaps not as critical as they might have claimed.”

What they are creating here is a blasphemous argument that Scripture argues against Scripture. They are saying that Ruth is contradicting Ezra and Nehemiah.

However we are told in the Bible that “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33).

This is utter Biblical illiteracy.

In addition, they are misunderstanding, perhaps wilfully, the point of Ezra and Nehemiah’s purge of relationships with those of other races.

It was not specifically to prevent Jews from marrying those of other nations, but it was to prevent them from marrying those of other religions.

Let’s look at the Bible passages referring to their purges.

Ezra 9:1-2: “Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites. For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass.”

Ezra 10:10-11: “And Ezra the priest stood up, and said unto them, Ye have transgressed, and have taken strange wives, to increase the trespass of Israel. Now therefore make confession unto the Lord God of your fathers, and do his pleasure: and separate yourselves from the people of the land, and from the strange wives.”

The word “strange” can also be rendered “pagan”, meaning these were heathen women and not followers of God. Those who had married these pagan women were “doing according to their abominations”, therefore they were polluting religion in the land. This was the reason for the purge.

Nehemiah 13:23-27: “In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language, but according to the language of each people. And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God in marrying strange wives?”

Again that word “strange”, or “pagan” is used. That is the point. This is about religious purity, rather than ethnic.

Look at the children of such relationships. Verse 23 says they “spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews’ language”. These children could not speak the language of their fathers and they could not take instruction from a rabbi, meaning they could not read the Scriptures as they were at that time and were cut off from the religion of their fathers.

What a dreadful situation that was, and yet Corrymeela’s tinpot theologians seek to portray Ezra and Nehemiah as narrow-minded Jewish nationalists, when they were in fact earnestly contending for the faith.

With regards the rejection of God’s Law which runs throughout their study, they write:

“A principle is established, that the law should ensure compassion, and if it doesn’t it must be changed.”

“The cross-over is made into a world less predictable and more in need of being read and deciphered and interpreted.”

They are saying that God’s Law is errant in places and that feelings should trump faithfulness to God’s Word.

This is the very essence of the perversion of God’s Word behind the sodomite agenda which has made its way into a sizeable portion of the professing church – that “love is love” and nobody’s feelings ought to be hurt by the rules set out for our benefit in the Bible.

It is no surprise this argument is being made by a group like Corrymeela with a sodomite leader.

However, this leads us on to perhaps the most offensive of the serious flaws within this document, and that is of the lewd, vulgar insinuations within it in relation to Ruth and Boaz.

As is no surprise when one considers it is carnal minds, rather than spiritual, writing this, there is an obsession with obscene and utterly false insinuations surrounding the two main characters and their relationship.

In their introduction, this is what they say: “Of course there is some questionable activity as the heroine seduces her soon-to-be husband, but by and large this can be glossed over, and at least it is tasteful, but only barely.”

They add, when referring to chapter 3 when Ruth approaches Boaz on the threshing floor: “Will he respond to her like any other foreign widow, coming to the threshing floor selling sex?”

Then there is this: “It is unclear whether or not there is anything sexual implied here, though there does seem to be a suggestion of it.”

Then, in the questions they pose for the reader, they ask: “Does it matter to the story whether or not sex is involved in the encounter on the threshing floor? If yes, how? If not, why not?”

Then in their summary, there is this: “Ruth makes her extraordinary appeal after the harvest is ended (creeping up on Boaz at night and possibly engaging in sex)”.

There is repeated innuendo in this document, and it comes with absolutely no Scriptural warrant.

This is what the passage says in Ruth 3:8-14: “And it came to pass at midnight, that the man was afraid, and turned himself: and, behold, a woman lay at his feet. And he said, Who art thou? And she answered, I am Ruth thine handmaid: spread therefore thy skirt over thine handmaid; for thou art a near kinsman. And he said, Blessed be thou of the Lord , my daughter: for thou hast shewed more kindness in the latter end than at the beginning, inasmuch as thou followedst not young men, whether poor or rich. And now, my daughter, fear not; I will do to thee all that thou requirest: for all the city of my people doth know that thou art a virtuous woman. And now it is true that I am thy near kinsman: howbeit there is a kinsman nearer than I. Tarry this night, and it shall be in the morning, that if he will perform unto thee the part of a kinsman, well; let him do the kinsman’s part: but if he will not do the part of a kinsman to thee, then will I do the part of a kinsman to thee, as the Lord liveth: lie down until the morning. And she lay at his feet until the morning: and she rose up before one could know another. And he said, Let it not be known that a woman came into the floor.”

Where anyone can draw such a vulgar conclusion from in that is a mystery. Boaz calls her “a virtuous woman”, which would hardly be consistent with the insinuations of the tinpot theologians at Corrymeela.

Not only that, the passage tells us that such carnal activity did not take place.

It says that Ruth “lay at his feet until the morning”. She did not lie beside Boaz, but rather she lay at his feet.

For the tinpot theologians at Corrymeela to say that God’s inspired Word is “barely tasteful” is a grievous insult.

John 1:10: “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

This is the case here; a worldly organisation like Corrymeela “knows him not” and cannot testify of Christ.

Let us be steadfast in rejecting those workers of iniquity, regardless of whether or not they have a cloak of religiosity surrounding them.

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.”

* We have since been contacted by the ‘minister’ of Bushmills Presbyterian Church, ‘Rev’ Nancy Cubitt, saying the event was hosted by the Causeway Coast Peace Group, who had paid for the use of their facilities. You can view the comments section of this article to see the discourse between us and Nancy Cubitt. Bushmills Presbyterian Church allowed its facilities to be used to host an ecumenical grouping which worked through a study guide offering a smutty perversion of the book of Ruth. Shame on Bushmills Presbyterian Church.