Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
From the very beginning of time, it has been a very clear, basic fact of nature that God created men and women.
God didn’t create men in women’s bodies, He didn’t create women in men’s bodies, He didn’t create people who are neither male nor female – “male and female created He them”.
The cultural warriors who seek to shrug off and stomp into the ground all lingering traces of Biblical Christianity in our society have largely moved from the pro-sodomite campaign to the gender and gender identity campaign as the next battleground in their rage against God.
Even ungodly individuals who have sought to speak out against the utterly illogical claims of the gender activists, such as Harry Potter author JK Rowling, noted feminist Germaine Greer and Father Ted author Graham Linehan have been castigated, no-platformed, demonised and barred off social media (in the case of the latter).
Yet while there is not even unanimity on these matters within ungodly members of society, we have a leading body within the Church of Ireland seeking to offer even greater legal protection against those who seek to speak out against the ungodly transgender campaign.
The Church and Society Commission of the Church of Ireland, a body set up in 2013 by the General Synod to “develop areas of living today where the mission of the church can be active” (whatever that means), has called for legal recognition and specific hate crime legislation to cover people who class themselves as “transgender and non-binary”.
Now of course nobody should be subjected to a hate crime, though at the same time the definition of what a hate crime is can be very loosely interpreted to mean whatever those in charge want it to mean.
Speaking out against trans ideology is enough to get someone thrown off Twitter and widely castigated, so how much more dangerous is it for a church to recognise ideologies which are contrary to God’s will?
In the Church of Ireland’s Church and Society Commission’s response to a consultation regarding the extending of provisions within hate crime legislation, they state that “gender… should be sufficiently designed as to recognise the existence of and protect cisgender people but also intersex, transgender and non-binary people”.
For clarity, “cisgender people” is the term used by gender activists to describe people who are born a certain sex and identify as the same sex, ie the vast, vast majority of people.
Of course, there is no need for such a word as “cisgender” as that is what everyone in reality is. You may as well describe everyone as human, it is something which requires no greater elaboration than that.
“Transgender” can mean a large number of things but the Google dictionary defines it as “denoting or relating to a person whose sense of personal identity and gender does not correspond with their birth sex”.
And “non-binary” refers to those who do not consider themselves to be male or female, generally asking to be called “they” or “them” rather than “he” or “she”.
All those things are at odds with God’s Word, yet a body set up by the Church of Ireland is campaigning for recognition of these deviations from God’s creation.
To say you are “transgender” is to say God has made a mistake when making you, and we know God makes no mistakes.
Furthermore, we are told clearly in 1 Corinthians 14:33 that “God is not the author of confusion”, which all this certainly is.
Many people are left perplexed by the terms being thrown about, the number of which seeming to be exponentially increasing, with many of these activists reassigning themselves within all these various categories almost at will. This is a very confused thing which results from man’s muddled mind.
And it can only be the result of muddled thinking from the Church of Ireland that it starts to recognise such terms.
The Church and Society Commission membership is rather difficult to ascertain for absolute certain, but in a report brought to the General Synod last year by the commission, the membership is stated as follows (and in this same order):
Right Rev Dr Kenneth Kearon (Chair and Bishop of Limerick and Killaloe) Most Rev Dr Richard Clarke (at that time the Archbishop of Armagh) Most Rev Dr Michael Jackson (Archbishop of Dublin) Mr Ken Gibson Mr Neville Armstrong Mrs June Butler Rev Rob Clements Rev Dr Rory Corbett Dr Elizabeth Leonard Mrs Ethne McCord Rev Martin O’Connor Rev Andrew Orr Ms Zephryn Patton Rev Peter Rutherford
We cannot be certain this remains the make-up of the commission, especially given Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke has retired as Archbishop of Armagh, but it is likely most, if not all, of the others remain as members. We would be very grateful if a reader could confirm for us the current constitution of the commission.
The Chair of the commission, Bishop Kenneth Kearon (pictured, top), does remain the Chair, and he supported repealing the eighth amendment in the Republic of Ireland’s constitution which prohibited abortion, stating his belief that life does not begin at conception, showing his modern, liberal views on another most important matter.
This is, sadly, but a further sign of the malaise within the Church of Ireland, seemingly becoming more profound the higher up the clerical structure one looks.
Compromise is the name of the game for everyone involved in the Church and Society Commission in an effort to try to remain in step with the wicked world around us.
This, the Scriptures tell us, is a very foolish position to adopt.
Romans 12:2: “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Let us not change, amend or water down our views to try to please the world but rather stand for the truth of God’s Word and let your light shine in this world of darkness.
Psalm 139:13-16: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
Another sad chapter in the history of Northern Ireland was written this past week as ungodly abortion legislation, foisted on the people of this country against their will, was further rubber stamped by God-defying Parliamentarians at Westminster.
Sizeable majorities in both Houses of Westminster, the Commons and the Lords, voted to confirm that babies can be murdered indiscriminately in their mother’s womb up to 24 weeks of gestation.
Babies can be destroyed because of any perceived physical difficulty they may have right up to birth, including Down’s Syndrome or something as minor and easily corrected as a cleft lip, and there is no legal protection against sex-selective abortion.
Whatever way you look at it, this is a truly ghastly situation and it is hard to fathom how so many can be filled with such cruelty and inhumanity as to put their name in support of the slaughter of the unborn.
It is bad enough when those who make no claim whatsoever to any form of Christianity vote for such a wicked law, but to see those who would claim to be Christians voting in favour of it, or sitting back and failing to vote on what is literally a matter of life and death, is utterly sickening.
Yet that is exactly what former Alliance Party leader and former Presbyterian elder Lord Alderdice has done as he put his ‘aye’ to the legislation backing the indiscriminate slaughter of the children of Northern Ireland who have been considered unworthy of life by their mother.
That’s right, a man who would claim to be a Christian, voted for children to be done away with up to 24 weeks in the womb, a timeframe further on in pregnancy than many children have been reported to have survived extremely premature birth.
Lord Alderdice has also, by voting the way he has, indicated his support for murdering a child simply because they have Down’s Syndrome or even a cleft lip and has pledged his name to legislation which makes no provision to prevent sex-selective abortion.
Isn’t it utterly reprehensible?
No doubt everyone reading this will know someone with Down’s Syndrome and many of us will love someone dearly with Down’s Syndrome or some other condition which apparently makes them less worthy of life.
What do you make of a so-called Christian expressing his support for the doing away with the life of someone with this condition? What is it that makes someone with Down’s Syndrome less worthy of life in his eyes?
A young woman called Heidi Crowter has been a passionate spokesperson for those with Down’s Syndrome. She, herself, has Down’s Syndrome – how does Lord Alderdice think it makes her, and so many more like her, feel to be told her life is worth less than others? It is a vile notion.
Of course, vile notions and Lord Alderdice are not entirely divorced one from another as he supports another such vileness – that God cursed notion of homosexuality.
Indeed, it was the Presbyterian Church taking tepid actions against the facilitating of sodomy within the denomination that brought Lord Alderdice out of the woodwork and briefly back into the limelight two years ago.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland voted, at the 2018 General Assembly, to restrict those in open same-sex relationships from full communicant membership and banned the baptism of children in the care of a same-sex couple.
Never worry what the Bible has to say on the matter, Lord Alderdice’s thoughts and feelings on the matter trumped God’s inspired Word.
Some of the passages presumably redacted from Lord Alderdice’s Bible include:
Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”
Romans 1:24-27: “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.”
Matthew 19:4-6: “And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.”
1 Timothy 1:9-10: “Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man, but for the lawless and disobedient, for the ungodly and for sinners, for unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine”.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10: “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.”
Jude v 7: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
That is just a few of the verses which give us a very clear steer on the matter of homosexuality and that is before we even point out that nowhere in Scripture is it even considered a possibility that a same-sex relationship was proper.
At this rate, Lord Alderdice’s Bible would have more redacted passages than a Communist government document.
His former party colleague, Alliance MP for North Down, Stephen Farry also voted in favour of baby murder when the Bill passed to the House of Commons a couple of days later for final ratification.
What do the 18,358 individuals who voted for Stephen Farry last December think of their decision now? Did they realise when they cast their vote for him that he would make his mark by adding his support to the murder of children in this country?
In addition to the despicable actions of Lord Alderdice and Stephen Farry, it is also clear that the former most senior clergyman in the Church of Ireland failed to take a stand on abortion when it came to the vote in the Lords on Monday past, 15 June.
Lord Eames (pictured, above), the former Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, has been a member of the House of Lords since 1995.
As a former very senior clergyman, one would have hoped he might be keen to take a stand against such a despicable sinful law, but, such hopes were to be dashed.
It is rather bizarre as last year he was credited with co-writing a letter opposing moves by Westminster to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland.
Lord Eames managed to find the time to vote on other matters last Monday, including voting in favour of the “Extradition (Provisional Arrest) Bill [HL] – Third Reading — Amendment 2” and “Amendment 3”, whatever they were about, according to the website, ‘They Work For You’ (which you can see for yourself by clicking here), but was apparently unable to spare a few minutes to stand up for the lives of the unborn.
How that came to happen we do not know, though we are more than happy for him to contact us or issue a public statement to clarify how this came to be the case.
After all, what use is a clergyman who fails to take a stand for that which is right?
Such actions, or indeed, inactions, are akin to the “dumb dog” condemned in the prophecy of Isaiah.
We read in Isaiah 56:10: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber.”
Lord Eames’ vote would not have been decisive, but it is incomprehensible how he did not consider it a vitally important matter to ensure his vote was counted in the tallies opposing the planned murder of defenceless babies.
And the same can be said for 18 of the (currently 25, normally 26) so-called Lords Spiritual, Church of England bishops who sit in the House of Lords, who failed to bother to cast their vote last Monday either.
This ignoble hall of shame is occupied by Bishops David Urquhart (Birmingham), Vivienne Faull (Bristol), Stephen Cottrell (Chelmsford), Martin Warner (Chichester), Elizabeth Lane (Derby), Stephen Conway (Ely), Rachel Treweek (Gloucester), Nicholas Baines (Leeds), Christopher Lowson (Lincoln), Sarah Mullally (London, pictured, below), Christine Hardman (Newcastle), Steven Croft (Oxford), Christopher Foster (Portsmouth), James Langstaff (Rochester), Nicholas Holtam (Salisbury), Christopher Chessun (Southwark), Alan Smith (St Albans) and John Inge (Worcester).
Voting can be carried out remotely now as part of efforts to curb travel and stem the spread of coronavirus, so these bishops couldn’t even bother themselves to click a button on their computer to voice their opposition to the murder of children.
Seven bishops did vote against this wicked piece of legislation and among them was the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby. We have previously criticised him, quite, properly, for his outrageous apostasy, but praise him for at least publicly expressing his opposition to this legislation.
The other six Lords Spiritual to vote against the murder of the unborn were Julian Henderson (Blackburn), James Newcome (Carlisle), Christopher Cocksworth (Coventry), Paul Butler (Durham), Donald Allister (Peterborough) and Timothy Dakin (Winchester). We commend them all for at least taking this stand for this most basic level of decency.
The matter of abortion regulations in Northern Ireland now moves to the Assembly in Belfast and let us not give up the fight.
It is indescribably wicked that children can be done away with at the drop of a hat and we must stand against such vileness.
We fear for the judgment which will come upon this land for the slaughter of the innocent and defenceless.
We need only look at the punishment meted out by God on the land of Judah for the sin of Manasseh in shedding much innocent blood, including the ritual sacrificing of children to the pagan God, Molech.
2 Kings 21:1-2,6,12,16: “Manasseh was twelve years old when he began to reign, and reigned fifty and five years in Jerusalem. And his mother’s name was Hephzi-bah. And he did that which was evil in the sight of the Lord, after the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out before the children of Israel. And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon Jerusalem and Judah, that whosoever heareth of it, both his ears shall tingle. Moreover Manasseh shed innocent blood very much, till he had filled Jerusalem from one end to another; beside his sin wherewith he made Judah to sin, in doing that which was evil in the sight of the Lord.”
2 Kings 24:1-4: “In his days Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up, and Jehoiakim became his servant three years: then he turned and rebelled against him. And the Lord sent against him bands of the Chaldees, and bands of the Syrians, and bands of the Moabites, and bands of the children of Ammon, and sent them against Judah to destroy it, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by his servants the prophets. Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; And also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon.”
The Lord “would not pardon” the shedding of innocent blood brought about by Manasseh.
How can we expect God’s blessing to be poured out on our land if we have clinics set up especially to murder the unborn?
Let us do all we legally can to prevent such devilish procedures taking place in our land.
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.”
If, for some reason, anybody needed further evidence that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, lead pastor of the Emmanuel Church in the Lurgan and Portadown areas of County Armagh, was a Romish compromiser, he has stepped up to the plate once again to show his God-defiance.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has declared a notable Jesuit priest from Belfast to be a “wonderful man of peace”.
‘Father’ Martin Magill has studiously carved out a niche for himself as a bit of a celebrity priest in Northern Ireland and relished his moment in the limelight last year as he pontificated from the pulpit of St Anne’s Cathedral (still, ostensibly a Protestant church) at the funeral of the, until then, utterly unknown Belfast journalist Lyra McKee, who suddenly, we were told, was actually the best up and coming journalist known to man.
She had been struck by a bullet while reporting from the scene of Irish republican rioting in Londonderry, one of the Romanist thugs striking her with one of their shots, intended for police officers.
An open lesbian, she had sought to use the Bible to justify the sodomite movement and her funeral was a very peculiar affair, bizarrely bordering on the lines of a state occasion as ecumenists and LGBT activists sought to hijack the event to advance their own nefarious causes.
One would have thought she had been shot by that republican because she was a lesbian, given the coverage which followed, as her “girlfriend” and various groups and individuals called for sodomite marriage to be introduced in Northern Ireland (still illegal at that point) as a tribute to her as efforts were made to make her some sort of sodomite martyr.
‘Father’ Martin Magill, who runs the wretched quasi-religious, quasi-political Four Corners Festival each year in Belfast alongside Presbyterian minister Rev Steve Stockman (the man who preaches the gospel according to the utterly ungodly Lady Gaga but hates the preaching of the true gospel of Jesus Christ), spied his chance to get on his ecumenical soapbox and was the preacher at the funeral.
He delivered what was lauded by the ungodly world, and plenty of ungodly ‘preachers’ as a wonderful display of “speaking truth to power” and other such self-important claptrap.
The upshot of his self-indulgent rantings was that it was absolutely critical that the Northern Ireland Assembly, pulled down by the murderers and murderer supporters of Sinn Fein in a huff, get back up and running as part of the pathetic narrative that religious and political ecumenists peddle, which is that blood will flow on the streets unless the poor little republicans are given what they want.
‘Father’ Martin Magill successfully used the occasion to firmly establish himself as the leading ecumenical practitioner of Papal priestcraft in Ulster and will dine out off it for the rest of his days.
Many God-defying pastors were falling over themselves to fawn over ‘Father’ Martin Magill, who is a Jesuit priest, that evil order set up specifically by Rome to counteract the glorious Protestant Reformation.
One such character, unsurprisingly, was Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, and he was at it again at the start of last week to eulogise a man who has dedicated his life to propagating a false gospel of salvation by sacramental merit.
‘Father’ Martin Magill had originally posted a tweet in which he was promoting what has been called ‘The Irish Blessing’, an ecumenical recording of the hymn ‘Be Thou My Vision’ to apparently show support for healthcare workers during this Covid-19 pandemic, which was jointly organised by ‘Father’ Martin Magill and a Church of Ireland trainee minister called Philip McKinley. This is something we plan to look at in greater depth in a future post, God willing.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson then responded by saying: “Well done Fr Martin – what a wonderful man of peace in this land you are. Thank you!”
So there you have it – a Jesuit priest, a man who blasphemes Christ every day, is a “wonderful man” according to Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.
This “wonderful man” claims to offer Christ up as a sacrifice day after day, this “wonderful man” promotes Mary worship, this “wonderful man” proclaims the lie of purgatory and this “wonderful man” exalts the Pope, who blasphemes God through the various titles he takes upon himself.
Not so wonderful really, when put in the light of Scripture.
We are told the sacrifice of Christ was once for all.
Hebrews 9:24-26 states this clearly. It says: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
We are told Mary is a sinner, albeit a saved sinner, not some semi deity. In fact Mary says it of herself that she was in need of a Saviour.
Luke 1:46-47 says: “And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.”
Yet ‘Father’ Martin Magill and his church teaches to this day the lies of the mass and of worshipping Mary.
Of course, it should be little surprise to anyone that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson would take such a stance.
He is, after all, the great Jesuit glorifier and fanboy of that most evil man, Ignatius of Loyola.
Lest anyone should forget, Ignatius of Loyola was the founder of the Jesuits, which led the charge against the Reformation and which led the centuries long murderous, barbarous Inquisition, with the backing of the Papacy.
God’s Word tells us that to hate evil is a sign of being His child, and there can be few more evil men guilty of more evil action than Ignatius of Loyola.
Psalm 97:10 says: “Ye that love the LORD, hate evil”.
And in October 2018, Alain Emerson proved he does not hate evil as he glorified that evil man, disgracefully promoting this devoted adherent to the lies of Rome to his congregation in the Emmanuel Church. Indeed, he taught those in attendance to follow the spiritual practices of that evil Mary worshipper.
You can read significant, disgraceful excerpts of his appalling deceit by reading the article we penned at the time, which you can access easily by clicking here.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson appears to be somewhat enamoured of the Romanist Jesuit order and has an affinity for sharing quotes from such on Twitter, such as Pierre Teilhard de Chardin and, just last Friday, the Jesuit trained priest Henri Nouwen, a favourite of lots of ecumenical charismatics.
Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is held up as one of the leading lights in the modern charismatic church in Northern Ireland, he runs the 24-7 Prayer Ireland group, is invited to speak (at least in pre-lockdown times) at various other charismatic groups and has close links with ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, a senior figure at Causeway Coast Vineyard, former leader of the Evangelical Alliance in Northern Ireland and now leader of the Evangelical Alliance in the UK as a whole.
He has a certain amount of influence and is, by his actions, normalising ecumenism in the eyes of those who attend his churches and emboldening others to do the same.
Let us take a stand against such mean compromise and continue to speak out and warn others of the treacherous deceit of the gospel being carried out by men who claim to be serving 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”.
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.”
2 Peter 2:1-2: “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.”
The continued perversion of the truth of God’s Word within the professing church proceeds along its sinful path at pace, particularly on the matter of sodomy.
Sodomy is, of course, the great cause of the God-haters of our time, be they inside or outside the church, though at least if they are outside the church they can do less damage.
This is why the Bible repeatedly warns us to be wary of those who would bring in lies to the church, a call we have repeatedly made on ‘Protestant Revival’, but, alas, a call so frequently ignored.
One such Scriptural warning is that repeated at the top of this article.
We are also warned of this in Romans 16:17-18, which says: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
Jude v 3-4 says: “Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We have repeatedly called for people to follow this clear Scriptural command and indeed “earnestly contend for the faith”.
Look at the reason given for this need to contend earnestly – because of “certain men” who have “crept in unawares” who are perverting God’s Word and denying the Lord.
Promoting sodomy and claiming it is blessed of God would most assuredly fall under such a category, indeed Jude v 7 highlights how Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed because of their “going after strange flesh”, or sodomite practices.
Yet so many supposed ministers today seek to minimise the gravity of such ungodliness, while many try to claim it isn’t a sin at all.
These blasphemers, as 2 Peter warns, cause the “way of truth” to be “evil spoken of” and do we not see that today? Bitter is put for sweet and sweet for bitter, as we are told in Isaiah, and to take a Biblical view on matters such as sodomy is today castigated in the strongest possible terms, not just by the ungodly world around us, but by numerous so-called ministers.
And one such individual is English Baptist pastor Steve Chalke, who last week disgracefully took to Twitter to claim God gave the rainbow as a “God-given symbol of inclusion”, concluding his message with “#LGBT”.
You can see his disgraceful, Biblically illiterate, God-defiant tweet, pictured below.
Steve Chalke has been involved in the Baptist Church in England for the past 30 or so years. He describes himself as the leader of Oasis Church Waterloo in London. Oasis is a member of the Baptist Union in England, so we can only assume he remains in good standing within the Baptist Union in England and Wales.
Indeed, it is that same union, which calls itself Baptists Together, which gave the bizarre feminist character Karen Sethuraman her ‘qualification’ as a ‘minister’, prompting her to claim to be the only female Baptist minister on the island of Ireland. That her qualification is not recognised in this country seemed to be neither here nor there with her.
If she is the type of character welcomed by Baptists Together, it is hardly a surprise that Steve Chalke, likewise, is embraced.
Steve Chalke has found himself embroiled in controversies of his own making with his heretical writings, including stating that the notion of substitutionary atonement (God giving His Son as a sacrifice for our sins, taking our rightful punishment upon Himself) was “cosmic child abuse” and stating his support for same-sex relationships and marriage.
His heresy was so bad that even the Evangelical Alliance, not known for its concern for Biblical faithfulness, revoked his organisation, The Oasis Trust’s membership, although that was because they stated that The Oasis Trust’s website didn’t provide a balanced view for and against same-sex relationships.
They didn’t, however, feel compelled to cease Steve Chalke’s organisation’s membership 10 years earlier after he denied the gospel by calling Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary “cosmic child abuse”.
A statement issued by the Evangelical Alliance in 2014 stated that the Oasis Trust’s board said they took no overall view as a body on the matter of same-sex marriage – the Bible’s clear teaching is obviously not enough for Steve Chalke and The Oasis Trust, who clearly know better.
The Evangelical Alliance stated they had requested that The Oasis Trust “equally profile the traditional Christian view” in resources on their website. Why on earth a supposedly God-honouring organisation like the Evangelical Alliance would be happy with equal space given by one of its members to the “traditional Christian view” and to the hellish deceits of the propagators of the LGBT movement is hard to fathom, but shows how weak it is.
And they said the decision to revoke The Oasis Trust’s membership ultimately came because they “could not comply with a reasonable request from (the Evangelical Alliance) council” – nothing to do with the fact they had turned Biblical truth on its head, they had breached man’s little law, breaching God’s law is much less important.
The statement read: “Having heard the concerns expressed by the Alliance’s board and council as to what has been perceived by some as a campaign to change the Church’s historic view on human sexuality, the Oasis board did clarify their position as having ‘no corporate view on this matter’.
“However, they were unwilling to fulfil the council’s request to adjust the content of their website/resources and social media output to equally profile the traditional Christian view.
“After many months of prayerful discussion, the Evangelical Alliance council concluded that a relationship between an organisation and one of its members in which the member felt it could not comply with a reasonable request from council, was not tenable.”
The only Christian view to be taken on the matter of homosexuality is that it is a violation of God’s natural order (Genesis 1:27, Genesis 2:18, 23-24, Matthew 19:4-6), it is a sin which particularly provokes God’s wrath (Genesis 18:20-21, Genesis 19:13, 24-25, Jude v 7), but it is a sin which God can and does forgive (1 Corinthians 6:9-11).
The rainbow was most certainly not given as a symbol of inclusion of the litany of perversions under the umbrella of the LGBT (and whatever other letters these activists lump in with those four on any given day) movement.
God’s Word is crystal clear on the reason for the rainbow and any child who has ever been in a Sunday School class would be fit to tell Steve Chalke exactly what it represents.
Genesis 9:11-16: “And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. And God said, This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”
It really is utterly unambiguous, isn’t it?
Steve Chalke’s imagined theology, conjured up out of thin air to suit his own agenda, is as accurate as the fairytale story that a leprechaun awaits with a pot of gold at the end of each rainbow.
What a wicked seed Steve Chalke is sowing as he systematically seeks to rip the Bible in pieces and trample it underfoot.
Praise God we know that Steve Chalke will not succeed, for we know “God is not mocked” (Galatians 6:7) and that the Lord shall laugh at such a character and have him “in derision” as he shakes his puny fist against the Almighty.
Steve Chalke does, though, at this time carry a fair amount of authority, has a number of well-known published books, has extensive social media reach (over 25,000 Twitter followers), and as such we ought to warn others of his ungodly ministry.
If we also see other religious figures fellowshipping with him, we ought to be wary of them too.
At best they are showing a disturbing lack of discernment and certainly the details we have disclosed above ought to motivate us all to take nothing to do with either the Evangelical Alliance, which allowed Steve Chalke’s church to remain a member for 10 more years despite him blasphemously calling the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary “cosmic child abuse”, and the Baptist Union in England and Wales, which to this day includes his church as one of its members.
These are serious matters and ones which we ought to spread abroad and proclaim loudly, out of love for people’s souls, to steer people away from error and to the true and precious hope of the gospel, so beautifully encapsulated in one verse.
John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
2 Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”
It really is so brazen, surely nobody can be left in any doubt of the disgraceful, ecumenical nature of the “ministry” of ‘Mitch’, (because his actual name, Keith Mitchell is nowhere near cool enough for his type of ‘church’) of the Belfast based Crown Jesus Ministries.
Yet again Mitch has blatantly, overtly, deliberately endorsed “that Antichrist”, the God blaspheming Romish Pope, on his Twitter page to his more than 3,000 followers.
Taking to Twitter on Tuesday past, Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’), posted the following message:
“A Christian, who in these times is not a revolutionary, is no Christian”. POPE FRANCIS
The inclusion of the name of that “son of perdition” in block capitals is what Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) chose to do, as if he is deliberately drawing attention to his compromise.
That is certainly how it would appear – what is the need otherwise for him to put it in block capitals?
And, to further ensure we got his message of foul ecumenical compromise, his same tweet then includes a little graphic of the same quote, again noted as being from “that Antichrist” himself.
You can see the tweet for yourself, pictured below.
The tweet attracted just a single ‘like’, though so do many of his tweets, but it is very telling to see from whom it came.
It was none other than Keith’s (sorry, Mitch’s) good old Romanist chum Ron Huntley of the Papist grouping, Divine Renovation Ministry.
Ron Huntley’s group says, on its website, that one of its key priorities is to see the “power of the Holy Spirit held together by the celebration of the Eucharist”, which, for Rome, is the blasphemous mass, where Christ is blasphemously offered up again and again and again.
Does Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’, because Peter, Paul, Isaiah, Jeremiah and other Biblical figures were keen on giving themselves matey monikers to make themselves look cooler) agree with this blasphemous mass? If he doesn’t, why is he taking anything to do with Ron Huntley of Divine Renovation Ministry and why is he promoting the Pope on his Twitter page?
Both Rome and Biblical Christianity cannot be right and, by acting how he is, Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is clearly siding with Rome.
The Eucharist which his pals Pope Francis and Ron Huntley uphold is an outrage against our Saviour and serves purely to deny and denigrate the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.
There are numerous passages which clearly outline this. We will include just two clear examples.
Romans 6:9-10 says: “Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him. For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.”
Hebrews 7:24-27: “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
Note the latter part of the second passage clearly proves the falseness of the Romish position.
Christ “needeth not daily, to offer up sacrifice”.
What does Rome do? It offers up daily, oftentimes more than daily, sacrifice of their imagined, blasphemous version of Christ.
But Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is far too cool to worry about absolutely vital theological points like that, isn’t he?
In addition to the blasphemous mass, Rome falsely teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell called purgatory, it teaches of prayer to so-called long dead ‘saints’ and to Mary (indeed, May is a month Rome sets aside for devotion to Mary), it teaches that the Pope, Mitch’s hero, is the “vicar of Christ on earth”, among other blasphemous titles ascribed to that old deceiver, and worst of all, teaches that salvation comes through our own works, our own merit and our own earning.
That last point is absolutely crucial as it damns lost sinners to hell, poor lost sinners seeking to merit a place in heaven, something which is absolutely impossible for us to do.
God’s Word could not be clearer on this matter.
Titus 3:5-7 says: “Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
It is “not by works of righteousness which we have done”, but rather God’s “mercy” which has “saved us” who are saved.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”
That famous passage from Ephesians is so clear and obvious that one must wonder how any could not see clearly that salvation is NOT earned, yet Rome persists in teaching their blasphemous false gospel and Keith Mitchell (sorry, ‘Mitch’) is happy to walk hand in hand with and promote the teachings of such hellish deceivers and deceptions.
As we have already stated when referring to ‘Mitch’ bringing in Romanist Ron Huntley of Divine Renovation Ministry to his church, ‘Mitch’ has a track record for such Popish pandering.
Indeed, this is not the first time he has quoted “that Antichrist” on Twitter.
Back in June last year, he did the same thing as he supported and encouraged another determined compromiser and ecumenist, Methodist minister Rev John Alderdice as the latter preached at the God-denying Romanist novena mass in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.
Indeed, pictured above you can see Rev John Alderdice sitting, second left, as the priest blasphemously lifts the wafer above his head and claims Jesus is truly present in the wafer and in the wine.
Mitch’s response? To tell Rev John Alderdice he was “cheering him on” and quote Pope Francis extolling the so-called virtues of ‘church unity’. You can see the exchange for yourself, pictured below.
This is more than a one-off, an aberration, an errant move, this is part of a consistent pattern.
Why is ‘Mitch’ consistently cosying up with Popery? Why is he repeatedly favourably quoting the very man who denies the gospel message of salvation freely offered by grace through faith alone?
Does ‘Mitch’ himself believe that salvation comes through faith alone in Christ alone?
After all, last autumn he claimed that 44 young, impressionable people, were saved from a lost eternity in hell by… taking a booklet.
That is most certainly not the gospel message, despite what ‘Mitch’ may try to say and despite his pathetic efforts to equivocate after the event following a very gentle enquiry by a Baptist lady who felt the need to then tell us we should remove our article based on his risible response.
Indeed, the same lady has also contacted us of late to complain about our mentioning the compromise which is very much visible in the public ministry of Newtownbreda Baptist Church, led by Pastor Trevor Ramsey (pictured, below).
However, Newtownbreda Baptist Church is one of four churches, along with UT Belfast, Orangefield Presbyterian Church and CFC Belfast, which have forged a very close link with Crown Jesus Ministries over the past period of time.
This includes running events together, such as the very aptly named (for an ecumenical venture) Just One conference last year, headline by Canon J John, who was an active part of the charismatic deceits of the Toronto Blessing movement and launching a prayer guide together, in which they have favourably quoted US heretic Rick Warren.
In fact Pastor Trevor Ramsey appeared on a recent webinar with ‘Mitch’ organised by the Ecumenical Alliance, sorry, Evangelical Alliance, of which both churches are members, and stated he was “happy” to be doing so.
Is he happy to be forging such close links with a man who is repeatedly quoting the Pope of Rome in a favourable light?
Is this something which sits comfortably with him and the people who attend his church?
Surely fellowshipping with a man who is “cheering” other ministers on as they take part in a blasphemous mass service and is repeatedly quoting the Pope is something a discerning preacher would cross the road to stay clear of?
Seemingly, such things are not a concern for Pastor Trevor Ramsey.
Dear reader, please raise your voice in objection to this terrible compromise and, if you are involved with Crown Jesus Ministries would you please separate yourself from it.
If you are involved with Newtownbreda Baptist Church, UT Belfast, CFC Belfast or Orangefield Presbyterian Church would you not separate yourself and urge those you know connected with these churches to do likewise.
Such links with a man promoting Popery and unity with Rome are not pleasing to God.
Let us strive to ever be more like Him, to follow Biblical separation and stand foursquare for Christ in this evil day of compromise and apostasy.
Romans 16:17-18: “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”
Romans 10:14: “How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Several so-called ‘Christian’ ministers have cravenly fallen over themselves to indulge an abortion fanatic who blasted a minister for preaching the gospel at a funeral she had attended.
Kellie Turtle, a brazen campaigner for abortion, the euphemistic term for baby murder, vented her God-defying ire on Twitter after apparently attending a funeral where a minister preached the gospel message of the necessity of salvation from sins in order to go to heaven when we die.
Her disgraceful message is as follows: “Northern Irish Christian clergy: please, from the bottom of my heart, stop using funerals to tell ppl (sic) they should think about where they want to spend eternity. It’s crass and unlikely to ever bring anyone to faith. Just walk with ppl (sic) in grief and be grateful they invited you in.
“Note: other more subtle versions are just as unwelcome. Even the most lovely & comforting homily can leave ppl (sic) cold if you can’t help but throw in a bit about getting right with the Lord. Just speak love over ppl (sic) in pain and if God is who you say they are, they will do the rest”.
And so jumped in a number of compromising clerics, eager to show their disdain for true gospel preaching.
Quick to point out his opposition to the sharing of the need for salvation to those confronted by the brevity and fragility of this life was none other than Biblical creation denier Glen Mitchell, the pastor of King’s Church in Bangor, County Down.
He jumped in to say: “Oh I hate that. So sorry.” This comment was ‘liked’ by Kellie Turtle.
So Glen Mitchell, an allegedly Christian pastor, has publicly declared that he “hates” preaching the need for salvation at funerals.
Another minister always keen to demonstrate his variance with true Christianity, Rev Steve Stockman (pictured, below) of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, was another to jump on this wretched bandwagon.
Replying to Kellie Turtle’s comment, he said: “Preach it sister”.
So Rev Steve Stockman, the man who preaches the gospel according to an exemplar of sin like Lady Gaga and the founder, alongside a Jesuit priest, of the ecumenical Four Corners Festival is endorsing the ‘preaching’ of hatred towards the sharing of the gospel while expressing his opposition to the preaching laid out in God’s Word which seeks to bring souls to Christ.
That is very instructive indeed.
Another Presbyterian cleric making clear their opposition to warning souls of their eternal destiny should they die in their sin is ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban.
‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is a notable ecumenist and compromiser.
Indeed, last year she was one of four allegedly Protestant clerics who preached during the blasphemous novena at the Romanist Clonard Monastery, while she has been outspoken on the matter of homosexuality within the church.
At last year’s General Assembly, she was one of the voices, alongside the like of ‘LGBT Christian’ endorsing Rev John Dickinson of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, to stress her opposition to moves made in 2018 to restrict open homosexuals from full communicant membership and bar the baptism of children in the care of same-sex couples.
And, more outrageously still, perhaps, she was listed to be one of the speakers at a despicable event planned by Church of Ireland minister and Mid Ulster ‘Pride’ sodomite grouping vice-Chairman Rev Andrew Rawding back in April, but which had to be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic, entitled ‘Blessed are the Queer’. One can be sure someone invited to such an event will not be favouring the Biblical view on such matters.
What she said in response to this disgraceful tweet from Kellie Turtle was: “Dear Kellie, I’m so sorry… I’m sure the guy thought he was doing the right thing… but seriously, it’s so harmful.”
There you go – preaching the gospel “is so harmful”, according to a supposed ‘minister’ of the gospel.
And another alleged ‘minister’, or ‘pastor’, the peculiar Karen Sethuraman, was another to jump in on the side of the world against the Lord.
Peculiar in the sense that she claims to be the “first woman Baptist minister on the island of Ireland”, despite her ‘qualification’ coming from Baptists Together, the association for Baptists in England and Wales, rather than Ireland, be it on either side of the border.
She is also a very vocal feminist aiming to smash the patriarchy and other such nonsense.
She must also be keen on stamping God’s Word underfoot by firstly taking on a role forbidden her by God (see 1 Timothy 2:12) and now stressing her deep opposition to preaching the gospel at funerals.
Karen Sethuraman jumped in to the discussion with several unbiblical offerings, starting with this: “I’m so sorry if this was your experience. What on Earth is with some clergy. I’m disgusted… I’m so so sorry.”
Kellie Turtle replied to this with Karen Sethuraman then chipping in again: “I’m so sorry. Unfortunately, I have had many other people who have shared this happening to them. It’s just completely wrong on all sorts of levels. Sending love to you guys xo.”
“Sending love” over social media and sticking an “xo” on the end of a message will do any sinner in need of being told of the cure for their sin a fat lot of good, won’t it?
Our verse at the top of this passage asks the very reasonable, rhetorical question “how shall they hear without a preacher?” If the so-called preacher refuses to tell them their need of salvation then they have no hope of avoiding a lost eternity in hell.
Yet Karen Sethuraman is “disgusted” by this.
It is any true Bible-believing Christian who ought to be disgusted by her attitude.
Funerals are, obviously, fraught, distressing and stressful times for all concerned.
No minister will want to upset those in attendance by his manner of preaching, but can still go about sharing the full gospel message in a sensitive, yet clear, manner.
The true minister isn’t there just to protect people’s feelings, he won’t deliberately hurt their feelings but he won’t be a lily-livered compromiser simply to avoid causing any offence.
Very often a funeral is the only time some people will ever be through the doors of a church and what is actually disgusting, hateful and so harmful is when ministers like those above refuse to warn those in attendance that they need to be ready to die.
Hebrews 9:27 warns us that “it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment”.
Judgment is coming, James 5:8 warns us that “the coming of the Lord draweth nigh”.
God will “render to every man according to his deeds”, Romans 2:6 tells us.
If we don’t confess our sin to God and ask for his forgiveness, we face an eternity in hell.
If we refuse to confess our sin, we are in effect telling God we don’t need His forgiveness. Such a state is very dangerous indeed.
1 John 1:8-10 points this out while also showing the promise of salvation to those who truly repent.
It says: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”
The verse prior to that passage finished off by telling us that “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin”.
Jesus came into this world, taking on the form of a man, so that He might take our sin upon Himself and be a perfect once for all sacrifice at Calvary for sin.
All we have to do is believe on Him and seek forgiveness for our sins and we will be forgiven and spend all eternity in heaven.
This is such wonderful news, if you are a minister of this good news, would you not want to share it with everyone? Would you not want to share it as regularly as possible? Would you not be desperate for those you see and meet to take Jesus Christ as their Saviour?
We go back to the very start – “how shall they hear without a preacher?”
Paul, speaking to the church of Ephesus, said in Acts 20:27 that “I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God”.
Paul didn’t hold back on the parts of the gospel which were displeasing to unconverted ears, he didn’t soft soap the gospel message to keep in with those around them.
Neither should any minister who wants to please their Heavenly Father.
Dear reader, if you, or anyone you know, is in any way coming under the spiritual guidance of Glen Mitchell, Rev Steve Stockman, ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban or Karen Sethuraman, won’t you separate yourself immediately and implore those you know to do likewise.
‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, above) is, for example, the Presbyterian Church chaplain to Ulster University – is your child, grandchild, nephew, niece, brother, sister, friend, currently attending that university and coming under her guidance?
Let us shout aloud the need for gospel truth and, whether Glen Mitchell, Rev Steve Stockman, ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban or Karen Sethuraman want to protect souls from an eternity in hell or not, please don’t allow those in your life, be it family, friends or work colleagues or associates, to go unwarned over the danger their never-dying soul is in each day they go on without Christ as their Saviour.
Be the good watchman, not the unfaithful watchman.
Ezekiel 3:17-19: “Son of man, I have made thee a watchman unto the house of Israel: therefore hear the word at my mouth, and give them warning from me. When I say unto the wicked, Thou shalt surely die; and thou givest him not warning, nor speakest to warn the wicked from his wicked way, to save his life; the same wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Yet if thou warn the wicked, and he turn not from his wickedness, nor from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”
Proverbs 13:20: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”
The above headline is certainly not a collection of words we had ever been expecting to put together, yet here we are.
Many legacy Protestant churches use many different ways to promote links with Rome in an attempt to blur any remaining, faded lines between them and the blasphemous Papacy.
You can very simply promote joint services with them, such as St Patrick’s Parish Church in Ballymoney, County Antrim and their minister Rev Andrew Sweeney, you can have your culinary skills (a most important sign of a faithful minister) spoken of warmly, a la Canon David Skuce, or you can be appointed leader of the most prominent ecumenical organisation in Northern Ireland, such as Presbyterian minister Rev Alex Wimberly of the Corrymeela Community.
There are other tactics which are employed, but the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh is using a most bizarre way to show it has handed itself over to mean Romish compromise.
On their website, they are quoting a man who was a Roman Catholic hermit as a means of motivating those who have an interest in entering the ministry in the Church of Ireland.
This outrageous apostasy is present on their website by first visiting the ‘Ministry’ section and then clicking on to the page, ‘Fellowship of Vocation’.
On this page, after explaining the process by which they choose ministers to go forward for official training, the writer of the text on the website then quotes Charles de Foucauld (pictured, top) by means of inspiring would-be ministers to pursue a career in the, supposedly, Christian ministry. You can see it for yourself in the series of three screenshots, below.
Beneath the quote, would-be ministers are invited to contact a Rev Bill Adair, who is apparently the Diocesan Director of Ordinands. He is also the minister of St Columba’s Parish Church in Portadown, County Armagh, but whether he is behind the message or not we cannot be sure.
Regardless, what we can be sure of is that it is outrageous to be quoting a Mary worshipping, Christ denying Romanist priest as some sort of inspiration to go into the ministry.
Charles de Foucauld was a priest who joined the Trappist order, an offshoot of the Cistercians, living from 1858 to 1916.
He is exalted and lifted up by the Roman Catholic Church and is in the process of being ‘sainted’ by them.
His beatification process saw him re-titled as the “Blessed ‘Father’ Charles de Foucauld” by Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Surely all of that would automatically preclude him from being considered an admirable example to follow by any true believer, yet here we have the Church of Ireland seeking to use him as a means of inspiring aspiring ministers.
This is but typical of the mean ecumenical compromise which has permeated virtually every aspect of the Church of Ireland.
It is also somewhat duplicitous to name Charles de Foucauld (though, as you may have noticed, they have spelled his name incorrectly) as the man behind the quote they share without giving any background as to who he is.
This is a common trick we have seen employed by numerous compromisers seeking to gently promote an individual who any true believer ought to reject outright.
It would be highly likely that 99% of people had never heard tell of this hermit who is exalted by Rome, but the writer just plonks his name in there, knowing rightly people won’t know who he is and hoping nobody bothers to check.
What is wrong with using a quote from any number of Protestant reformers or preachers?
There is Luther, Calvin, Knox, you could cite George Whitefield, CH Spurgeon, the Wesleys, John Wycliffe, DL Moody, the list goes on.
All of these men are far better known (and a much better example) than a French Romanist hermit who buried himself away in the north African countryside as some sort of mistaken attempt at devotion to God.
Or, better still, how about using a quote from God’s Word to inspire aspiring ministers?
Matthew 9:36-38 would be pretty apt, given the subject matter. It says: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”
They could also use Romans 10:13-15, which says: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”
These are wonderful passages from God’s inerrant and inspired Word, but they just don’t cut it for the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh, who favour Papist deceivers over the Almighty.
Indeed, the very notion of the ascetic lifestyle adopted by Charles de Foucauld is unscriptural.
Nowhere in the Bible are we told to deliberately cause ourselves pain.
We cannot do anything to earn our salvation, Titus 3:5 reminds us that our salvation is “not by works of righteousness which we have done” and Ephesians 2:9 states clearly that salvation is “not of works”.
Of course, a desire to live a holy and sanctified life is a key sign of being a child of God, but such self-mortification is not a sign of holiness and sanctification.
1 Timothy 6:17 shows us that God “giveth us richly all things to enjoy”.
1 Timothy 4:1-4 clearly condemns two of the chief superstitions and practices of the Romanist religion, the forced celibacy of its priests and the forbidding of eating certain meats at certain times. They are, in fact, described as “doctrines of devils”.
The passage says: “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving”.
It is wholly misguided of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh to be recommending a devotee of Rome as an inspiration to men (and, contrary to God’s Word, see 1 Timothy 2:12, women) interested in entering the ministry.
We would call on the Church of Ireland Diocese of Armagh to remove this at once and indeed apologise for a quote from a man who upheld the false, pagan religion of Rome being used to encourage men into its ministry.
Rome denies that Christ’s sacrifice at Calvary was all-sufficient, it denies that we are saved by faith alone, it claims the blasphemous Pope is God on earth, it claims we can pray to Mary to gain favour with God, it practices the blasphemous mass where they sacrifice Jesus again and again, it venerates idols and statues and it teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell they call purgatory.
These teachings of Rome are all diametrically opposed to the clear words of Scripture and have the effect of corrupting true religion and sound doctrine to the point where it bears no resemblance to the Word of God.
The Church of Ireland’s own supposedly governing principles, the 39 Articles, has strong words on many false Romish doctrines, yet its ministers repeatedly and determinedly ignore them and the Bible in their efforts to cuddle up with Rome.
Article 22 covers a number of these false teachings of Rome. It says: “The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.”
Articles 28 and 31 have further strong words of condemnation of Romish deceit.
Article 28 speaks of the Lord’s Supper, warning against its pollution into the mass ceremony of Rome.
“Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.
“The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was not by Christ’s ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.”
Article 31 speaks of the all-availing once for all sacrifice of Christ at Calvary.
It says: “The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.”
Oh that the Church of Ireland today would consider the practices of Rome to be “blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits”.
Instead, a man who adhered to all the blasphemies listed above is held up as somebody admirable to the church’s future clergy.
May God move in revival once more in our land, and may we dedicate ourselves to prayer that it might come to pass.
2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
2 Samuel 12:16,18-23: “David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead? But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead. Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the Lord, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread. And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether God will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”
This example of King David ceasing to petition God for the recovery of his child when he knew the child had died is not only an instance of common sense, but it also teaches us a clear Scriptural truth.
It is common sense because when someone dies then we know they aren’t going to get any better and the clear Scriptural truth is that after we die we go straight to heaven or hell, depending on whether we had placed our faith and trust in Christ for salvation and had our sins washed away.
David states of his child that “I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me”.
There was no question in the mind of the man who we are told was a man after God’s own heart that there was no value in praying for his son once he died.
Yet the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, or more aptly the Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby, stated brazenly on his facebook page that he was doing just that – offering prayers for the dead.
On Saturday, 4 April, the old Arch-apostate posted on Facebook the following: “Tonight I am praying for those who have died. Loving God, may they know the comfort of your presence.”
Such an act is nothing but a wretched Romanist superstition with absolutely no grounding in the canon of Holy Scripture.
There is no merit in prayers for the dead. If a person is saved when they die they go to heaven and, sadly, if they aren’t saved they are lost for all eternity in that awful place called hell.
This is spelled out clearly for us again by the Saviour, who, to put it mildly, knows an awful lot more about eternity than the Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby, in Luke 16.
Recounting the story of the rich man and Lazarus, Jesus tells us in Luke 16:22-26: “And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”
The rich man woke up in hell when he died, he didn’t lie in a state of nothingness for a while, he didn’t go to purgatory as the Romish lies would say, he didn’t have a chance of getting from hell to heaven – “they which would pass from hence to you cannot, neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence”.
There is no benefit whatsoever in praying for the dead, nothing could save the rich man from his eternal destination.
Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby would do well to read these passages and appreciate the blasphemy of what he is doing, and then, in sorrow and distress, cry to God for mercy and for Him to save his soul from a lost eternity like that rich man.
The second part of Arch-apostate Justin Welby’s disgraceful comment on Facebook continues the blasphemy and takes the form of a prayer, when he says: “Loving God, may they know the comfort of your presence”.
As we have previously alluded to, those who have passed from this life into eternity cannot know the comfort of God’s presence unless they were saved when they died.
If they are in God’s presence then they are assured of much, much more than just comfort.
Psalm 16:11 tells us: “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
God’s presence gives us “fulness of joy”, or an abundance of joy, a complete and utter satisfaction and delight, indeed a joy that passes all earthly understanding is the reward of those who “love his appearing”.
We don’t need to pray that those who have left their mortal frames on earth and have “put on immortality” (1 Corinthians 15:53) would be comforted, we know they are in the presence of God, experiencing that “fulness of joy” and “pleasures for evermore”.
This is a wonderful assurance for the believer and for Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby to seek to denigrate the wonderful inheritance we have in Christ is nothing short of despicable.
Equally, it is vain and pointless to pray for those dead who have denied Christ in their life as they are in hell for evermore.
Arch-apostate of Canterbury Justin Welby says he is offering prayers for “those who have died”, he didn’t try to make any distinction, not that he should have been praying for anyone who was dead anyway.
An unsaved individual, we are told in Luke 16, is separated from the saints of God by a “great gulf”.
This gulf, we are told, is “fixed”, it cannot move, and furthermore, it is final – “neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence”.
There is no way back for the person who dies in their sins – their eternal destination is sealed, there are no second chances.
That is why, dear reader, it is so important that we are ready to die.
2 Corinthians 6:2 reminds us that “now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation”.
God tells us in Genesis 6:3 that “My spirit shall not always strive with man”.
If God is speaking to you, don’t ignore Him, He may never speak to you again.
When we die our fate is sealed and no amount of prayers from Justin Welby or any other allegedly Protestant apostate or any earnest but blinded Romanist will avail us anything.
Come to Christ today for salvation, repent of your sins, and spend all eternity in His presence, experiencing that wonderful “fulness of joy”.
Religious compromise with Rome appears to be almost compulsory in the previously Protestant Church of Ireland, certainly if you want to achieve any sort of exalted rank.
There is scarcely a bishop who isn’t on friendly terms with their Romanist counterpart, with the new Archbishop of Armagh, John McDowell, a prime example of someone completely given over to Romish compromise.
We have previously written about other recently retired bishops, including the former Archbishop of Armagh Richard Clarke, former Bishop of Derry and Raphoe Ken Good and former Bishop of Down and Dromore Harold Miller, who were ever keen to betray their own church’s 39 Articles and link arms with the promoters of the pagan falsehoods of Rome.
We have previously written about plenty of canons and archdeacons who have similarly shown their true religious colours by rejecting God’s Word and siding with the enemies of Christ, such as Canon David Skuce, now a rector in County Donegal and formerly in County Fermanagh, Canon Mark Harvey, rector in Lurgan, County Armagh and Archdeacon Stephen McBride, rector in Antrim town who previously spoke at a Romanist novena.
And that same act of apostasy was sadly committed just last month by another Church of Ireland canon, this time Canon Ian Ellis (pictured, top), rector of Rossorry Parish Church, near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh.
His actions live up to the second part of his church’s name as it is very sorry indeed.
This Canon Ian Ellis is not to be confused with the man of the same name and rank who was formerly editor of the Church of Ireland Gazette and is now a rector in Newcastle, County Down, although he too is fond of Romish compromise.
This Canon Ian Ellis was a preacher at the annual so-called “Novena of Hope” held at The Graan Monastery in County Fermanagh, although the “Novena of No Hope” would be a better name for it, given it is utterly contrary to the Word of God.
What is a Novena? It is a Roman Catholic ritual and according to the ‘Pray More Novenas’ website, “a Novena is made up of nine days of prayer and meditation, usually to ask God for special prayer requests or petitions. Novenas are often used to ask specific saints to pray for us”.
So a Novena involves the invocation of saints, despite the Bible’s teaching in 1 Timothy 2:5, which says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.
Wikipedia continues and says: “The practice grew by the Middle Ages to include pious prayers for nine days before a feast in honour of a saint identified on a liturgical calendar. By the 11th century, the Novena practice had become a means in Christianity of praying to petition personal or spiritual favour to a saint, such as Virgin Mary. After the Reformation and Counter-Reformation era, the Catholic Church formally approved Novenas, in particular through the papal approvals of a large number of Novenas by Pope Pius IX.”
So the Novena has the stamp of approval from the Pope, “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the man who blasphemously sets himself up in God’s place.
Wikipedia goes on to say: “The practice of the Novena is based in early Christianity, where masses were held for nine days with devotional prayers to someone who has died.”
So the Novena has its roots in prayer for the dead, which is a reference to the Romanist lie of purgatory, an absolutely anti-Biblical construct of the Roman Catholic Church. When we die we either go straight to heaven or straight to hell. There is no in between.
Look at the rich man in Luke 16. We are told in verses 22-23: “…the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments…”
There was no in between for the rich man. He died and went straight to hell.
And the lies and deceits of Rome will take all who adhere to them there as well.
Canon Ian Ellis’ betrayal of his church’s heritage took place on Thursday, 5 March when he spoke on the topic “Hope is… Reaching out the hand of fellowship to our brothers and sisters who come from other traditions”.
And there we were thinking that hope lay in salvation which comes alone by faith alone in Jesus Christ.
We are to place our hope in the triune God.
Romans 15:13 says: “Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
We are to place our hope in the word of God.
Psalm 119:114 says: “Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word.”
Hope is at the root of faith in Christ.
Hebrews 11:1,3: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
That is where hope lies, not in ecumenical jollies and soft soap words designed to make the speaker and the hearers feel nice about themselves and congratulate themselves on being so wonderfully tolerant and open-minded.
Where the undiluted gospel of Christ is not preached then there is no value in it and Canon Ian Ellis could not have preached the undiluted gospel of Christ at that novena as it is an event designed to contradict the gospel of Christ.
The four were ‘Rev’ Tracey McRoberts, ‘minister’ of St Matthew’s Church of Ireland on the Shankill Road in Belfast, Presbyterian ‘minister’ ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban, who acts as the church’s chaplain at Queen’s University, Rev Johnston McMaster, Methodist minister and professor in the Irish School of Ecumenics and Rev John Alderdice, another Methodist minister, who is also Director of Ministry at Edgehill Theological College, the training school for aspiring Methodist ministers in Northern Ireland.
On recordings of the services from the novena, all four can be seen happily sitting throughout the entire mass service, watching on as the priest blasphemously lifts the wafer above his head and claims Jesus is truly present in the wafer and in the wine. Rev John Alderdice is pictured below, second from left, sitting contentedly as the blasphemous mass is offered up.
And, unless the novena at The Graan is very different from any other novenas held everywhere else, Canon Ian Ellis was happy to sit and watch our Lord Jesus Christ being offered up once again blasphemously by a God-defying Romanist priest.
We are reminded in Hebrews 10:11-12 that Christ’s sacrifice was once for all.
It says: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”.
The mass is an accursed blasphemy which denies the God it falsely claims to honour and Canon Ian Ellis, as a Church of Ireland minister, is outrageously doing a disservice to his most important role by sitting back and letting such blasphemies go on without raising his voice against them.
Worse still, he is encouraging those who attend and partake in the mass to continue on in their sin by giving credence to the Roman Catholic Church.
Canon Ian Ellis certainly has a track record of chumming up with Rome, as it is reported on the website of a newspaper local to his current church that, at his institution as rector there in March 2015, two senior Papists were in attendance.
One was ‘Monsignor’ Peter O’Reilly and the other was well-known Romanist priest and media personality ‘Father’ Brian D’Arcy, who formerly served in The Graan.
We will remind Canon Ian Ellis and any other compromiser within the Church of Ireland what the 28th of their 39 Articles of faith says regarding the Lord’s Supper.
It says: “Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions.”
The 31st Article adds that “the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.”
How much better are the standards of their Anglican forefathers than what we see polluting pulpits throught Northern Ireland and so many other places today.
The 39 Articles call the mass a “blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit” and say the Romanist doctrine of transubstantiation is “repugnant” to the Word of God.
What a shameful situation it is to see Canon Ian Ellis engaging with such an event as this.
Once again we appeal to any involved with the Church of Ireland to separate themselves fully from this apostate denomination and urge any who are as yet unsaved to come to Christ for salvation.
Our only hope for an eternity in heaven lies not in the observance of sacraments or sacrifices, but in the shed blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Come to him today, do not delay.
Proverbs 27:1: “Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Acts 4:12: “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”
Proverbs 1:29-31: “For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the Lord: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices.”
As the spread of Covid-19, the deadly strain of coronavirus, accelerates throughout the world, all sorts of events and social gatherings have been cancelled.
Be it St Patrick’s Day events, major sporting occasions, church services or big and popular events particular to Northern Ireland like the Balmoral Show and all Orange Order marches and band parades, the nation has come to a virtual standstill.
One might have hoped that, amid the numerous onerous restrictions which are sensibly being placed on all of our movements and socialising, the enemies of God would at least forget about their God defiance for this year.
However, not so for the campaigners in the pro-sodomy lobby in the Mid-Ulster area as they have signalled their determination to parade their godlessness in front of everyone this year.
We have previously highlighted the wicked, planned Mid Ulster Pride parade which was due to be held on Saturday, 13 June.
Now, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers of this parade have indicated that it will no longer take place on that date.
Great news, the true child of God might say.
However, undeterred in their desire to defy God, Mid Ulster Pride has announced they will hold their parade of rebellion instead on Saturday, 19 September.
They are stubborn in their desire to not only break God’s law but to also rub it in the noses of all and sundry.
Of course, given the warnings that the effects of this pandemic could be felt for anything up to 18 months, it is rather presumptuous to reorganise it for six months time and just further evidence of the pride at work in this LGBT movement.
It had been renamed to ‘No Fear in Love’ after the initial title had met with public condemnation and was due to be addressed by two ordained Presbyterian ‘ministers’, Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick and ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, below).
The launch event of the Mid Ulster Pride group back in January was met with a number of protests from different groups.
However, like the fools referred to in the passage at the top of this article, those celebrating sin have “despised reproof” as they “did not choose the fear of the Lord”.
How sad it is to see that even a global pandemic which has claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people is not enough to cause this sodomite group, whose vice-Chair, lest we forget, is a Church of Ireland minister named Rev Andrew Rawding (pictured, top), to cancel altogether their celebration of sin.
Proverbs 8:13 warns that such pride and evil ways are hated by the Lord.
It says: “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Let us demonstrate the fear of the Lord so clearly lacking in those involved with Mid Ulster Pride and let us be steadfast in our standing up for His truth in this increasingly wicked day.