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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Romans 1:24-27 says: “Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It says: “Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say unto them, When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man of their coasts, and set him for their watchman: If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet, and warn the people; Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet, and taketh not warning; if the sword come, and take him away, his blood shall be upon his own head. He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning; his blood shall be upon him. But he that taketh warning shall deliver his soul. But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand. So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man , thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.”

The blood of those the minister, or watchman, failed to warn, is on the hands of that minister. What a frightful thought that is!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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.”

‘Rev’ Liz Hughes latest Presbyterian ‘minister’ to back lesbian ‘Christian’ LGBT campaigner Vicky Beeching

The ‘Thought For The Day’ interlude on BBC Radio Ulster is an opportunity for the airing of fluffy, sentimental, quasi-religious ramblings by fluffy, sentimental, quasi-religious ramblers (which is probably as much as you can expect from such!).

While none at ‘Protestant Revival’ make a habit of listening to it, we were contacted by a reader drawing our attention to the drivel spouted by ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes (pictured, top), the recently retired Presbyterian ‘minister’ who provided the ‘Thought For The Day’ last Tuesday, 31st July. If you are so minded, you will be able to find it on the BBC iPlayer for the next few weeks.

In her soppy soliloquy, ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes becomes the second Presbyterian ‘minister’ of which we are aware who is endorsing the well-known Contemporary Christian Musician Vicky Beeching, who ‘came out’ as a lesbian four years ago.

‘Rev’ Liz Hughes, of course, joins the august company of the crowd-surfer Rev John Dickinson, minister in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, who repeatedly tweeted his admiration of Vicky Beeching back in June.

Vicky Beeching, a self-avowed “LGBT campaigner” (pictorial evidence from her Twitter page, below), has written a book about her experiences as a “gay Christian”, and ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes was keen to use her moment in the sun to highlight this blasphemous claptrap.

Hundreds of thousands of people listen to BBC Radio Ulster and a supposed ‘minister’ of the gospel, rather than using this opportunity of sharing the gospel message of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone with the masses, decided to give air time to the blasphemous notions of man (or indeed, woman).

Of course, it should be noted that were anyone to actually share the truth of the gospel in their ‘Thought For The Day’ segment, they’d be highly unlikely to be asked to do so again.

In her opening remarks, ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes describes how, when Vicky Beeching was growing up, she had a “feeling that her natural orientation was a source of shame and confusion and embarrassment.”

Firstly, God says there is nothing natural about such an orientation. In fact, the Holy Spirit, moving through Paul, tells us in 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.”

So the Bible clearly says that this is “against nature” and that homosexual men are guilty of “leaving the natural use of the women”.

It really is clear cut, isn’t it?

Only not so for Vicky Beeching, and by implication, also for ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes.

Speaking in her ‘Thought For The Day’ segment, ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes said: “I found her book a most compelling read, not only because of her honesty with regard to her own personal journey, but also her setting out of a very different theological perspective and a very different understanding of the Bible texts.

“Although she does not share the traditional church viewpoint, she speaks out of a deep respect for the Scriptures.”

How can one whose life is devoted, as an LGBT campaigner, to advocating that which is utterly repugnant to God’s Word “speak out of a deep respect for the Scriptures”?

Vicky Beeching is as those described in Isaiah 29:13. It says: “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:”

This is a passage Jesus reiterated in Matthew 15:7-9: “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.”

The fact that Vicky Beeching offers a “very different theological perspective and a very different understanding of the Bible texts” is hardly surprising, seeing as she has consciously chosen to reject God’s Word as it plainly is.

One would imagine the text from Romans is one such text for which she would seek to offer “a very different understanding of”, but the message is crystal clear.

And is not the notion of “gay Christians” merely a commandment of men? It is most certainly not a commandment of God.

In fact, homosexuals are to be saved out of their sinful state, not encouraged to wallow in it.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “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.”

“Abusers of themselves with mankind” were saved in the church in Corinth. Did they remain “abusers of themselves with mankind” once they were saved? No, the word “were” is inserted there, as the Holy Ghost says that such vileness was in the past tense for them.

Christians must publicly repudiate sin, such as homosexuality. Christians must ever seek to be more Christ-like, growing in grace, not to be “entangled again with the yoke of bondage” (Galatians 5:1).

‘Rev’ Liz Hughes then refers to a story in the book of how Vicky Beeching and her grandfather, who had been a missionary, could not agree on her decision to ignore God’s Word.

However, it is recounted that Vicky Beeching remembered a quote from the hardly to be much admired Billy Graham, whose shameful compromise with Rome you can get a flavour of by clicking here.

He apparently said: “It is God’s job to judge, the Holy Spirit’s job to convict and my job to love”.

That comment is a very neat encapsulation of the deceptive “Judge not” brigade, who think nobody has a right to say anything is wrong.

This is, of course, a deliberate distortion of God’s message as we are always to use righteous judgment in setting what we see in front of us in the light of God’s Word.

John 7:24 says: “Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment.”

And what of God’s Law and His Judgments?

Psalm 19:7-11: “The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.”

God’s commandments are pure? Is, in the light of God’s Word, homosexuality?

God’s judgments are “true and righteous altogether”.

How do we know God’s judgments and therefore “judge righteous judgment”? By reading His Word and abiding to it. We have clearly demonstrated that homosexuality is contrary to God’s Word, therefore it is right to say it is so and to endorse such vileness is to reject God.

‘Rev’ Liz Hughes says Vicky Beeching and her grandfather agree that he can still love her despite her “lifestyle” and of course that is quite proper. But to love someone does not mean to condone their sinful actions.

How many of us have family members who are unsaved? How many of us have friends who are not saved? There would be very few who do not. Does that mean we hate them or stop loving them? Of course not. But because we love someone doesn’t mean we tolerate their sin.

After all, John 3:16 tells us that “God so loved the world” that he sent Jesus to die on the cross. Does that mean God will admit anyone to heaven who doesn’t believe on Him? Of course not. Nahum 1:3 tells us the Lord “will not at all acquit the wicked”.

In case we think that our family member or friend isn’t “wicked”, we ought to bear in mind that we are all wicked. Jeremiah 17:9 says: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Psalm 14:3 says: “…there is none that doeth good, no, not one”.

Of course, someone reading this who might seek to excuse the comments of ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes might say she is just repeating what is said in Vicky Beeching’s book.

However, she concludes with her own opinion, saying: “I do believe that we all need to listen to each other’s stories, and to learn from those who love Jesus deeply but have in the past felt cruelly excluded from the church family they want to love as well.”

The phrase “cruelly excluded” shows ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes’ position of moving towards LGBT affirmation in the church.

She believes it is cruel to exclude sodomites from full communion and believes it is proper to just ignore fundamental theological differences in the name of unity.

This is blasphemous nonsense.

We are to separate from such works of darkness and “touch not the unclean thing” (2 Corinthians 6:17).

And what of ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes herself?

Well, she has made a career out of rejection of God’s Word. After all, the Bible clearly states she ought not to hold the position she claims.

1 Timothy 2:12 clearly states this: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

She was one of the Presbyterian figures who signed an open letter in protest at the Presbyterian Church’s decision to prevent sodomite couples from having children in their care baptised and to limit full communion to heterosexuals.

Indeed, she came perilously close to being named Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland back in 2014, coming up just one vote short.

This was a source of regret for that old ecumenist, the Belfast Telegraph columnist and religious affairs correspondent, Alf McCreary, of whom you can read more by clicking here.

She was the ‘minister’ of Whitehouse Presbyterian Church in north Belfast for the last 17 years of her career, the church which Alf McCreary attends.

When she retired late last year, he lamented her failure to reach the top rung of the Presbyterian ladder thus: “This would have been an historic choice, but the Church had the opportunity to rectify this when she stood again the next year.

“Sadly, however, the members of the male-dominated Presbyteries did not elect her, much to the regret of many clergy and laity who felt that she was an ideal candidate.

“As well as all of this, the ‘Rev’ Hughes and Whitehouse were in the vanguard of ecumenism and mission in the Newtownabbey area.”

So ‘Rev’ Liz Hughes was at the forefront of compromise with the Papacy, she was in a position as a ‘minister’ which the Bible rejects, she wants full communion for sodomites and endorses the blasphemous notion of a “Christian” LGBT campaigner.

What a frightening combination of facts.

Isaiah 30:1: “Woe to the rebellious children, saith the Lord , that take counsel, but not of me; and that cover with a covering, but not of my spirit, that they may add sin to sin:”

Belfast Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church holds ‘LGBT service’ to celebrate sodomite ‘Pride’

The depths of apostasy in our land of Ulster seem to continue to increase, as we are grieved to say that tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon a Belfast church will host an LGBT service.

All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church will host the service as it disgracefully joins in the sodomite ‘Pride’ celebrations in our capital city, which has been overrun with this festival of filth for the past week.

Called their ‘Pride Service’, All Souls has been advertising its service on facebook, a screenshot of which we have dropped in below.

As you can see, they have, despicably, placed a table cloth embellished with the rainbow flag synonymous with the sodomite movement on top of the altar. You can also see from the caption in the screenshot we have provided that they advertised their service in the ‘Pride Guide’, a manual listing all the vile events being held to celebrate sodomy.

How much more polluted and perverted can so-called worship be?

When the law was being outlined in Leviticus, all manner of sexual deviancy, including incest and bestiality, as well as sodomy, is outlawed.

After outlining all these grave sins, God explains why they must restrain themselves and the consequences of such sin.

Leviticus 18:24-28 says: “Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you: And the land is defiled: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled;) That the land spue not you out also, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.”

The land “vomited” out sodomites and others who perverted God’s natural order, because it had been “defiled” by this sexual deviancy.

What judgment must be awaiting our own land when it is paraded around the streets of our capital as something praiseworthy, as something commendable and as something noble?

This is compounded when so-called Christians are joining in the honouring of that which God has said is abominable.

We must at this point clarify that, regardless of this service, the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in general, not just All Souls, must be avoided by all as it is a Unitarian church, meaning it denies the precious doctrine of the Trinity.

This means they deny that Jesus is the Son of God and therefore they reject our only means of salvation, which is by faith in Christ.

However, it is most distressing and grotesquely offensive nonetheless to see such vileness offered up as supposed worship of God.

This All Souls church has already been featured on ‘Protestant Revival’ as it is the church which hosts annually a ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ service and its 2015 edition was attended by Presbyterian Church ‘minister’, the ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll.

She performed a reading at the service in her role as Deputy Chief Commissioner of the (In)Equality Commission, the organisation persecuting the Christian Asher’s Bakery.

You can also click here and here for more articles giving an indication of the calibre of ‘ministry’ she provides.

Back to All Souls and their ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ service.

The 2015 edition also saw the minister of that church, the Rev Chris Hudson (pictured, top), being presented with a ‘Transgender Champion of the Year’ award.

A presentation was also made that day to a woman who was soon to become the ‘Rev’ Linda Ballard (pictured, below), and she now ‘ministers’ in 1st Dunmurry Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church. At that time she had stated her “plans to form her ministry around gender issues”, a blasphemous notion and utterly unscriptural precept for any supposed ‘ministry’.

This is the character of the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and therefore it is no shock to see them holding a blasphemous service such as they are planning for tomorrow.

However, it does not mean we ought to be silent about it or just ignore it or shake our head and move on.

We are clearly told in Ephesians 5:11 we are to take the opposite approach.

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

We are to reprove them, or, as that word can also be rendered, ‘expose’ them.

Sin must be called out for what it is. We must not keep our peace when we see such departure from and rejection of God’s Word.

Dear reader, let us not be silent in this day of great departure and declension.

Let us be as Jeremiah, who could do nothing but tell forth what it was that God would have him to say. Pray that you will be emboldened and strengthened by the Holy Spirit to take your stand clearly for God.

Jeremiah 20:9: “Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”

The reproach of his neighbours and countrymen was weighing heavily upon Jeremiah, but he could not contain himself, he could do nothing but speak God’s truth.

He was “weary with forbearing”, he had tired himself out with holding his tongue and he could hold it no longer.

Dear Christian, have we as the people of God not been holding our tongues for too long? Have we not been silent for too long in the face of sin when we should have spoken out? Have we not allowed the enemies of God to gain great ground without us so much as trying to hamper their way?

We as a Christian people are expected by God to “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude v 3).

In this day of deepening apostasy and of rejection of God by all and sundry, let us not be afraid to speak out against such evil, and let us truly be a Protestant people once more.

Joint Anglican and Roman Catholic document seeking full unity under the Pope

The nefarious desire of the ‘Protestant’ heretics within Anglicanism to move into full communion with the deceitful Romanist system has been outlined in the latest agreed statement between the Anglican movement and the Roman Catholic Church.

It is the first statement issued by the third Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC), a body whose aim is to achieve full unity with Rome, including sharing in the Eucharist (or Mass) and having the Pope as the head.

It is jointly commissioned by both the Vatican and Canterbury.

We should not be at all surprised that the Vatican should agree to this, as it costs them nothing to reach the final destination the two churches have agreed on.

However, it is hard to fathom why the senior figures in the Anglican movement, led by the Arch-apostate of Canterbury, Justin Welby (pictured, top), should want to hand over power over Anglicanism to the Pope (pictured, below).

Let us not forget that their own church still subscribes in name to the 39 Articles.

These include the very proper statement that the Mass is a “blasphemous fable” and a “dangerous deceit”, yet this Anglican commission is looking to share in the Mass with the Papacy.

Such traitors ought to be thrown out by the scruff of their neck from the Church of England, Church of Ireland, Episcopal Church of the USA and all other branches of the worldwide Anglican Communion.

Instead, these are the figures in the top positions and perpetuating such a despicable state of affairs by appointing their own like to the highest positions as they become vacant.

We have read this ‘agreed statement’, as they have entitled it, and will reproduce just some of the content now (it extends to 77 pages of drivel, deceit and departure from any accepted standard of loyalty to God’s Word) for readers to digest.

It is truly a sickening document.

It says: “We do not yet, however, share partnership in the eucharist. What we as yet lack drives us on in search for deeper reconciliation and fuller unity at [all] levels of the Church. While we do not yet fully share in the eucharist, we are already in a real yet imperfect communion which impels us towards deeper and fuller reconciliation at [all] levels of the Church.

“We are pilgrims together walking on the way of penitence and renewal towards full communion.”

They then misapply Ephesians 4:1-3, which says: “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

Blasphemously applying this to seeking communion with evil, which the Roman Catholic system undoubtedly is, they conclude this God-defying document by saying: “These characteristics capture the necessary spirit of our ecumenical journey, and offer us a vision of how we are to continue walking together on the way towards full communion.”

This is exactly what this document says, and you can click here to take you to the page where you are able download the document and read it for yourself. You can do so by clicking on the final word of the first paragraph of the article.

Dear member of the Church of Ireland or any other part of the worldwide Anglican Communion, are you “walking together” with the Pope “on the way towards full communion”? Your church leaders say you are.

Are you a “fellow pilgrim” with the Romanists? Are you walking with them on the “way of penitence”? Let’s not forget that penitence in the Church of Rome includes all sorts of works based sacrifices, from mortifying your body to saying Hail Mary’s. Your church leaders say you are sharing that path of penitence.

Are you sharing in a “real communion” with the Papacy, the church which still to this very day teaches, in their communion service, known as the Mass, that they are sacrificing Christ again and again and again, and this despite the Bible clearly teaching His sacrifice at Calvary was once and for all? Your church leaders say you are.

Remember what Hebrews 10:10-12 says: “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. 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”.

Do you, as a member of the Church of Ireland, Church of England or any other part of the Anglican Communion, believe you are travelling towards full communion with Rome, under the authority of the Pope? Your church leaders believe you are.

Do you want to travel towards full communion with Rome, under the authority of the Pope? If not, then surely you must speak out against this despicable betrayal of Biblical Protestantism, which is true Christianity.

If you are still unconvinced of the intentions of the leadership of the two churches, we will quote further from this document by ARCIC III, as it is known.

They say, in their introduction: “The goal of the Anglican – Roman Catholic dialogue, established in 1966, during the visit of Archbishop Michael Ramsey to Pope Paul VI, has been successively reiterated by subsequent Popes and Archbishops of Canterbury in the series of Common Declarations issued at important meetings together.

“This goal has been succinctly expressed as ‘the restoration of complete communion in faith and sacramental life and visible unity and full ecclesial communion’.”

That is the goal of all ecumenical conduct throughout the Church of Ireland, Church of England or elsewhere in the Anglican Communion with the Church of Rome.

Any time there is an ecumenical service with the local priest popping in to say a prayer; any time your minister drops into the local chapel for one of their services; any time a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event is held; any time a Women’s World Day of Prayer event is held in your church, or your friend’s church, or your neighbour’s church, THAT is the goal.

We will repeat their goal and give it the same prominence as it is given in the ARCIC document by reproducing it in the same style as they have done. It is on page 10 of the document, if you want to see it for yourself.

Their goal, by this ecumenical dialogue, is:

“the restoration of complete communion in faith and sacramental life
and
visible unity and full ecclesial communion”

Again, you can view that document by clicking this link and downloading the document there.

Here is another quote from the document.

“Popes and Archbishops of Canterbury have successively recommitted Anglicans and Catholics to the goal of unity, with increasing clarity and frankness”.

There you go, dear member or attendee of the Church of Ireland, Church of England or elsewhere in the Anglican Communion. The leadership has continually, for 50 years, been “recommitting” you, as an Anglican, to “the goal of unity” and they are getting more brazen about it.

This whole document is brazen, it is an overtly God rejecting statement from start to finish, and it has been done in your name, if you attend any church within Anglicanism.

The Reformation remains an event despised by Rome, for it seized many millions from its control and undermined its deceitful, utterly unscriptural gospel of works, thus depriving it of an incredible amount of money it had been successfully extorting from the public as they purported that financial generosity to the church would help ease their passage into heaven.

And so it is telling that, in an act of arrogance and as a slap in the face to all Reformed Protestants who hold the Word of God and its precious gospel of salvation by faith alone so dear, they concluded the work on their agreed statement in Erfurt in Germany.

Erfurt, of course, was where Martin Luther studied and was ordained as an Augustinian friar in the Church of Rome.

For supposed Protestants to negotiate what is in reality a surrender to the Church of Rome in a city synonymous with the story of the man seen to have kickstarted the glorious Protestant Reformation compounds their betrayal of the goodly heritage that so many men and women fought and died for over the past 500 years.

Also highlighting their betrayal is the pre-eminence given to the Pope, “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, within this agreed statement.

Referring to the “Bishop of Rome”, they say: “In this, as in previous ARCIC Agreed Statements, the Pope, variously referred to as the Supreme Pontiff, the Servant of the Servants of God, the Holy Father, and other historic titles, is normally styled Bishop of Rome.

“It is because the particular church of Rome is where both Saints Peter and Paul laboured and were martyred, that the See of Rome and its Bishop, enjoy a pre-eminent authority and honour in the universal Church.”

Of course, Peter never went to Rome and indeed wrote at least one of his epistles from Babylon, many thousands of miles from Rome.

And any acceptance of any type of authority of the Pope of Rome is utterly repugnant to any true believer due to the blasphemous titles he takes upon himself.

One of the names ascribed to him in their own documents is that of “Supreme Pontiff”, with ‘pontiff’ meaning ‘bridge’.

He is saying he is a bridge between man and God, when that role belongs solely to our Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Any fellowship with the corrupt system of Rome is a betrayal of the Bible and must be resolutely fought against and opposed.

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

If you are a member of the Church of Ireland we would encourage you to express your disgust with this dreadful document to your minister and question him as to his view on the matter.

If you are friends with anyone within the church, we would certainly advise you to share this with them so they can be fully aware of the betrayal of Christ the Arch-apostate of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is carrying out in your name (click here for an indication of his rejection of the gospel).

Please remember, dear Christian, we are to be faithful to Christ and not to any particular church.

Separation from error, and this is indeed grave error, is a fundamental tenet of Christianity.

2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.

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

Quakers in Ireland give their backing to sodomite ‘marriage’

The apostasy in our land is deepening day by day and this has been shouted out loud and clear by the Quakers in Ireland, who have voted to hold ‘gay weddings’ in their meeting houses.

At their yearly meeting in County Limerick in the Republic of Ireland they decided to make the disgraceful, God-defying step of holding ‘gay marriage’ ceremonies in their churches.

Quakers Ireland covers the entirety of Ireland, both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

While gay marriage remains illegal in Northern Ireland, and we ought to earnestly pray this will remain the case, it means Quaker meetings in the Republic of Ireland will hold sodomite ‘wedding’ ceremonies, in absolute defiance of God’s own established order.

For our readers’ information, the Ulster division of the Quakers, or the Religious Society of Friends, boasts the largest number of congregations of any in Ireland.

In addition to two fellowships in Belfast, there are also gatherings in two further cities, Londonderry and Lisburn, as well as Coleraine. The rest, bar one near Dungannon in County Tyrone, are all in County Armagh.

The issue of homosexuality in the church is one we have had to address on numerous occasions of late, as so-called Christians and so-called Christian churches continue to compromise with this evil world on the sin of sodomy.

As we have previously stated, the Bible is utterly clear on the matter.

We will remind readers what God’s Word has to say.

Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Romans 1:22-27: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

Genesis 2:24: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

At absolutely no point in God’s Word are same-sex relationships endorsed or even tolerated, yet even so-called Christians today, demonstrating the distressing apostasy of our age, are actively supporting such flagrant rejection of God.

The Quakers, in their statement on the matter, made no referral to what they see as being the justification for such a retrograde step, nor did they offer any Biblical support for their decision.

That is entirely unsurprising, as there is none, and apostates tend not to be able to use much by way of Scripture to support their stance.

Instead, all they said was that “If any Quaker Meetings, solemnisers or members do not wish to participate in meetings for worship for same-sex marriages as a matter of conscience, there is no obligation to do so.”

They said this was “to facilitate the range of views held within the society”.

And they concluded their shoddy statement by saying: “Quakers have a diversity of views on marriage between people of the same sex taking place in a meeting for worship because of the range of their theological, spiritual and biblical approaches but we are united through love for one another.”

This really is a dreadfully sad statement from the Quakers in Ireland.

There are issues on which we may disagree as Christians, but the issue of gay marriage is truly a fundamental point of faith.

God has already pronounced his curse on such a sin, having destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, and he has called it in His Word an “abomination”, “unseemly” and “against nature”.

For such an action to be carried out by the Quakers, regardless of whether individual members have the right to opt out of such events, is truly a separation matter and we would encourage anyone involved in that movement to withdraw themselves.

If you know anyone involved with the Quakers, we would ask you to share this with them and urge them to separate themselves.

1 Timothy 4:1: “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.”

2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.”