Redeemer Central Church introduces the Romanist ‘Stations of the Cross’

The Romeward march by so much of professing Christendom continues at pace, and this is no more evident than in the disgraceful situation whereby a charismatic church in Belfast is celebrating the idolatrous Romanist practice of the ‘Stations of the Cross’.

It is scarcely believable, yet that is what is being carried out this week by Redeemer Central Church, which is based on Donegall Street in central Belfast.

From 14 to 21 April, Redeemer Central is displaying on the outside wall of its building, posters of the Stations of the Cross.

This is an overtly Romanist custom, one which is carried out by devout Roman Catholics under the sad and false apprehension that they will receive a “plenary indulgence” for praying at each of them consecutively.

So the Stations of the Cross are part of the false Romanist gospel of earning your salvation.

And this is what Redeemer Central are holding up as a thing to be copied and applied to the lives of Christians? What an outrage.

For those who are unaware, the origins of the Stations of the Cross come from the Franciscan Order of Roman Catholic monks, and began to be popularised within Romanism during the 15th and 16th centuries.

They were based upon what they believed to be the route taken by Jesus to Calvary in Jerusalem, a route on which many Romanist pilgrimages were held.

In 1686, Pope Innocent XI (a most inappropriate name for any in the position which leads poor lost souls to hell) allowed the Franciscans to erect stations within their churches, a right extended in 1731 to all Romanist churches by Pope Clement XII.

And so the idolatrous practice spread, with the Stations often reproduced on windows in Romanist chapels, although there are often images and idols accompanying them.

This is, of course, an outrage against God and His Commandments.

The second of the Ten Commandments expressly forbids this, though Rome has somewhat conveniently omitted the Second Commandment from its Bible, instead splitting up what Protestants know as the Tenth Commandment into two.

Exodus 20:4-6 says: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

It’s pretty unequivocal, isn’t it? But it doesn’t fit in with Romanist deceit and idolatry so it has to go.

And Redeemer Central is joining in on this idolatry with these posters pasted to their outer wall.

Let’s remember what the Second Commandment says. It precludes the creation of “any likeness of any thing” as part of worship, yet this is exactly what they have plastered upon their walls, proudly displaying their idolatry for all to see.

God hates all sin, but it is also provoking to him for it to be done so brazenly.

This was his condemnation of the children of Israel in the days of Jeremiah, when he said in Jeremiah 2:34: “I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.”

The sin was done openly, no thorough examination to see what faults or sins were prevalent was required, people were brazen in their sin.

And how was God going to repay such behaviour? All their machinations and activities, which they thought they would gain by, would come to nothing.

Jeremiah 2:35-37: “Yet thou sayest, Because I am innocent, surely his anger shall turn from me. Behold, I will plead with thee, because thou sayest, I have not sinned. Why gaddest thou about so much to change thy way? thou also shalt be ashamed of Egypt, as thou wast ashamed of Assyria. Yea, thou shalt go forth from him, and thine hands upon thine head: for the Lord hath rejected thy confidences, and thou shalt not prosper in them.”

These are words which Redeemer Central, and in particular its lead pastor, David Armstrong, would do well to heed.

When the Reformation broke out, the shackles of Romanism were overthrown but yet so many churches are throwing themselves back headlong into the superstition and pagan ritual of that anti-Christian church.

Paul warned against such folly.

Galatians 5:1 says: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

Such unrighteousness and foolishness was also warned against by God in Old Testament times.

Jeremiah 11:10 says: “They are turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, which refused to hear my words; and they went after other gods to serve them: the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.”

The iniquities of our forefathers are being embraced once more by those who are either ignorant of the past and God’s Word, or who have consciously chosen to reject it, or both.

Romanism is darkness, it is Christ rejection, and David Armstrong and all who help lead at or attend Redeemer Central need to repudiate this grave blasphemy against God.

The posters have been created by USA based artist Scott Erickson, who is quoted on the Redeemer Central website saying: “The Stations of the Cross began as a practice that pilgrims would have when they were retracing Jesus’ final steps in Jerusalem up to the hill where he was crucified. Wanting to share that practice and experience with people who couldn’t make the trip to Jerusalem, they created these stations of meditation that became in itself a tradition. You can find this tradition on the inside of many churches today.”

Sounds fairly similar to the details we provided further up in this article, doesn’t it?

However, there is a crucial difference, neither Scott Erickson nor Redeemer Central explain that it is a Roman Catholic practice and the “they” who “created these stations of meditation” were Papist monks.

This is the deceitfulness behind so many of these practices, because the vast majority of people who attend these charismatic churches are nominally Protestant and these churches are concerned some of those who attend would recoil from this.

It is the same tactic as was employed by Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson (pictured, below) of Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area when he was busy promoting Jesuit founder and Counter Reformation leader Ignatius of Loyola, which you can read about by clicking here.

These are some of the honeyed, deceitful words uttered by Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson when promoting following the example of such an evil character.

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

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

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

Alain Emerson neglected to say the Jesuits are a Romanist order and in his deliberately vague references to the Reformation he sought to mislead those in attendance.

Given he and Redeemer Central use the same tactics, it is highly unsurprising to see Alain Emerson retweeting Redeemer Central’s tweet promoting this Papist practice.

And for any who want to see any other issues with Redeemer Central, as if their Papist practices wasn’t enough, we would advise checking out an article by Cecil Andrews of Take Heed Ministries, which you can read by clicking here.

His references to what is known as ‘spiritual formation’ are particularly noteworthy, and he links to an excellent article from there highlighting how this is really a Romanist practice given a very thin veneer of Christianity.

Many of the inspirations behind it are the type whose quotes are often tweeted by those involved in the charismatic emerging church movement, Romanists such as Henri Nouwen and Ignatius of Loyola, both of whom Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is very keen on.

These Papish practices are being reintroduced to churches and all true children of God who have a proper regard for His Word need to speak out and take a stand against them.

The souls of the adherents to these churches are at stake; they are being taught to follow the practices of the founder of the Jesuits, they are being taught there is merit in “meditating” around the Stations of the Cross, they are being denied proper preaching and teaching of God’s Word which would make them “wise unto salvation” (2 Timothy 3:15).

Let us pray with fervour that these people will be delivered from such gatherings and let us be diligent in warning others of the dangers, even by sharing this article or pointing people to the Scriptures which so clearly point out the errors of these churches.

Praise God we have been contacted by people who have spoken of how articles even on this page have prompted them to separate themselves from apostasy and challenge those who are seeking to bring it in to their churches.

May many more be moved by the Holy Ghost to do likewise and may many more be moved to take their stand for Christ outside the camp.

Jude v 22-23: “And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

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Belfast Church of Ireland hosts ABBA tribute concert

In today’s liberal church, there seems to be little separation between the sacred and the secular.

Lines have been blurred to such an extent in many churches that it is hard to tell the difference.

And St Polycarp’s Church of Ireland, based on the Upper Lisburn Road in Finaghy in the outskirts of Belfast have trampled all over those lines by hosting an ABBA tribute concert.

This church used worldly music to try to lure in the punters, although it is hardly surprising to see unbiblical methods employed when one is aware of some details regarding the church.

Firstly, the ‘minister’ of the church is a woman called ‘Rev’ Louise Stewart (pictured on the left of the image at the top), meaning both the church and its ‘minister’ are automatically setting themselves at variance with the Word of God.

This is very clearly and inarguably demonstrated by simply turning in your Bible to 1 Timothy 2:11-12, which says: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

However, often in many churches these days searching the Scriptures is frowned upon.

And no doubt the highlighting of the Scriptures’ position on sodomy is another aspect of the Bible which will not please many in the modern church, not least at St Polycarp’s.

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.”

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.”

The reason it will no doubt meet with the disapproval of many at St Polycarp’s is because the church’s Director of Music, Simon Neill (pictured on the right of the image at the top), is an open sodomite, currently ‘engaged’ to another man.

Whenever a leading figure in a church, with a position of influence, is living in a relationship which is diametrically opposed to the Bible, you have a recipe for apostasy.

The Bible is absolutely crystal clear on homosexuality, despite what many Bible deniers and twisters might like to say.

In addition to the passages above, there is this rather unequivocal Scripture proof.

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

Or this…

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.”

The next verse after the end of that passage highlights a significant part of the reason for such disobedience.

Romans 1:28 says: “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient”.

It is a conscious rejection of God, an awareness of what the Bible has to say but a deliberate disobedience towards it.

And there is this conscious rejection of the Word of God at work in St Polycarp’s Church of Ireland.

The purpose of any church ought to be to bring glory and honour to the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and how can that be done by singing songs such as ‘When I Kissed The Teacher’ and ‘Super Trouper’, of which videos of the choir singing both are currently uploaded on the church’s facebook page, among numerous other worldly songs.

Of course, it cannot, as St Polycarp’s were too busy extolling a fictional ‘Dancing Queen’ rather than pointing poor lost sinners to the King of kings and Lord of lords.

You will see also from the photograph at the top of this article that the ‘minister’ of that church, ‘Rev’ Louise Stewart was dressed like a hippy, tucking her clerical collar into her gaudy outfit, while the outfit donned by the church’s Director of Music, Simon Neill, was equally inappropriate for a church.

How can this possibly be construed as an appropriate way for people in positions of prominence and authority in the church to present themselves to the parishioners?

Furthemore, Simon Neill appears to be a keen proponent of Mass music, played as part of that blasphemous Romish practice which the Church of Ireland ostensibly calls a “blasphemous fable and dangerous deceit”.

The Church of Ireland’s 39 Articles describes it as such, yet so rarely they seem to be observed by any within that institution.

Indeed, Simon Neill has posted on his Facebook page (which says he “manages” St Polycarp’s) about his excitement at attending the performance of a “new Mass” by a musician called Philip Stopford at Methody College in Belfast.

Philip Stopford is the former Musical Director of the totally apostate St Anne’s Church of Ireland Cathedral in Belfast and here he is writing Mass music, and here is the Musical Director at another Church of Ireland church promoting listening to such.

Both St Polycarp’s in Finaghy and St Anne’s Cathedral fall under the Diocese of Connor.

This is the diocese whose links with the LGBT affirming and substitutionary death of Christ denying Harbour Faith Community in Carrickfergus we questioned and received criticism for doing so.

Yet this diocese is promoting an ABBA tribute concert organised by an individual living in open defiance of God’s Word by posting an adulatory article on its website.

Will anyone within that diocese take a stand and speak out against such wickedness?

If we remain silent when we see evil around us, particularly those who claim to be ministers of the gospel, then we are guilty of forsaking Christ.

Ezekiel 33:6: “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.”

Let us be ever vigilant and unafraid to speak out against the apostasy in our land.

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.”

Ecumenists close Henry Cooke’s old church, May Street Presbyterian as charismatics take over

Old dead ecumenism in the traditional churches has led to the ringing of many a death knell on old churches and May Street Presbyterian Church is the latest to fall victim to the onward march of ecumenical compromise.

Once the clerical domain of that great Presbyterian figure, Rev Henry Cooke, who led the purging of Arians and Arminians from his denomination, May Street has long been reduced to a husk of a church, hence its closure as of last week.

Sad as it is to see a church go, it is equally sad to see it will now be put to use by some of the leading figures in the charismatic movement in Northern Ireland.

Central Belfast, a church under the auspices of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, will take over the running of the church.

Readers of ‘Protestant Revival’ will be well aware of Carnmoney Presbyterian Church.

We first highlighted the antics which go on under its roof when we pointed out the foolish, irreverent action of its minister, Rev John Dickinson, who allowed himself to be carried out of the church in a ‘crowd surfing’ manner by the foolish people in attendance.

This action, in fairness to Rev John Dickinson (pictured, below), was prompted and encouraged by that leader of the 24-7 Prayer movement and ardent ecumenist, Pete Greig.

We previously wrote about him helping the Roman Catholic Church to lure more people through its doors and about how he claimed God had told him that He was “quite enjoying” a bunch of young women prayer dancing to the music of ABBA.

And it was his prompting which led to the embarrassing incident in Carnmoney Presbyterian Church, which saw Rev John Dickinson later giving a rather sheepish interview to the Belfast Telegraph indicating he didn’t plan to repeat such a ludicrous activity.

However, Rev John Dickinson was then entirely responsible for his actions when he tweeted his excitement at reading the life story of Vicky Beeching, noted Contemporary Christian Musician and so-called ‘gay Christian’, who describes herself as an ‘LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) equality campaigner’.

The book he expressed delight at reading is entitled ‘Undivided: Coming Out, Becoming Whole, And Living Free From Shame’, hardly a subtle title.

Regardless, these are the credentials of the minister of the parent church which has taken over the May Street Presbyterian Church building.

The old congregation has left after 190 years of worship on that site and, glorying in ecumenical compromise to the end, had a Romanist priest in attendance to wave them off.

‘Father’ Michael McGinnity of the nearby St Malachy’s Roman Catholic Church, which, a Belfast Telegraph article reporting on the matter says has “long been associated” with May Street Presbyterian Church, did a reading at the meeting.

May Street Presbyterian Church played host to a meeting of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer initiative last May, organised by the local leader of the 24-7 Prayer movement, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, the glorifier of Jesuit founder Ignatius of Loyola and lead pastor of Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area.

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ is an ecumenical prayer initiative and has the backing of Rome, who produce prayer guides for those looking to take part in it.

And there it was, devoted to ecumenism to the last, even though departure from God is what closed it.

The church has amalgmated with Fisherwick Presbyterian Church and is the second ecumenical Presbyterian church to close in the past few months. It is following hot on the heels of Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian Church, itself an amalgamation and formerly led by ‘Rev’ Lesley Carroll, a woman who expressed her desire for ecumenism to make progress in Northern Ireland at a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity event in a Roman Catholic chapel in County Tyrone.

She is also the Deputy Chief Commissioner of the (In)Equality Commission which brought the disgraceful legal action against Asher’s bakery.

This clearly demonstrates that ecumenism, which is a departure from God’s Word, leads to destruction, as has befallen Fortwilliam and Macrory and now May Street Presbyterian churches.

Jeremiah 29:17-19 speaks of how the people of Israel were warned about their apostasy yet failed to listen to God’s servants and they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians.

Ulster has had many faithful servants speaking out against ecumenism and other forms of religious betrayal. However, so many have refused to listen and May Street is the latest to reap this sorry harvest.

Those verses say: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; Behold, I will send upon them the sword, the famine, and the pestilence, and will make them like vile figs, that cannot be eaten, they are so evil. And I will persecute them with the sword, with the famine, and with the pestilence, and will deliver them to be removed to all the kingdoms of the earth, to be a curse, and an astonishment, and an hissing, and a reproach, among all the nations whither I have driven them: Because they have not hearkened to my words, saith the Lord, which I sent unto them by my servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them; but ye would not hear, saith the Lord.”

The service at May Street was called a ‘Dawning Of A New Era’ service, which is something of a fairly euphemistic badge to put upon death.

However, there is an element of accuracy to this as well as it refers to the new era of charismatism taking over as the chief interest of much of professing Christendom.

Just as straightforward ecumenism was de rigueur a number of decades ago, the charismatic movement, which eschews traditional, Biblical theology in favour of creating a venue of entertainment, is now all the rage.

The old dead churches are striving to survive by bringing in the rock bands and turning church into a concert and, in many cases, are currently enjoying a surge in popularity.

And, with Central Belfast, headed up by Rev John Dickinson’s son, David Dickinson (pictured, top), that is exactly what is happening.

David Dickinson also presumably didn’t have an issue with ‘Father’ Michael McGinnity being in attendance at the meeting as he too was there to apparently receive a special baton from May Street’s clerk of session, Arthur Acheson.

This is also a fine allegory for the passing of the baton from old style ecumenism, which has led to the death of so many churches, to the new charismatic ecumenism.

It is no less deadly, but gives the appearance of life as its adherents jump up and down to the latest inane, shallow compilations put together by the revered worship leaders so beloved in such establishments.

Dear reader, please don’t be taken in by this attractive to the senses veneer applied to the same old dead ecumenism which leads so many astray.

Instead, separate yourself from such and dedicate yourself to actually honouring God, rather than claiming to do so while engaging in actions which run contrary to that very claim.

1 Peter 1:15-17, 23: “But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.”

Same old tricks as New Wine’s David McClay invites Papists back again

Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

In late spring and early summer, we highlighted the ungodly nature of the ‘New Wine Conference’, held each year in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland.

As we said at the time, it boasts a veritable who’s who of ecumenists, easy-believists and charismatics among its list of speakers.

Among those who took part in it earlier this year are Canon Mark Harvey, the minister at Shankill Parish Church in Lurgan, County Armagh, the man who proudly brought a priest into his church to lead part of a service back in October, along with Biblical creation denier and supporter of the lighting up of a town hall for sodomite ‘Pride’ and pastor at the charismatic King’s Church in Bangor, Glen Mitchell.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s buddies at the Craigavon based Emmanuel Church, fellow lead pastors Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie were also on the august guest list for the Conference along with Fermanagh-based Church of Ireland cleric, Canon Henry Blair, another ardent fan of religious compromise with Rome.

Organising the ecumenical conference was Church of Ireland minister Rev David McClay of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast.

And he had no less than three emissaries of Papal deceit taking part in the conference, including a Roman Catholic bishop and a representative of what is called the Evangelical Catholic Initiative, Paddy Monaghan.

This character, Paddy Monaghan, is already listed as one of the speakers for the New Wine 2019 Conference, some of whom have already been confirmed.

Rev David McClay and members of his church were well aware of the articles we wrote earlier this year to highlight the ungodly, ecumenical nature of the conference, yet he is persisting in his fellowshipping with those who teach the blasphemous lies and deceits of the Roman Catholic Church.

The shameful situation is well summed up in the famous words of Amos 3:3, which asks: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

It is a rhetorical question and certainly the answer is obvious and one must question why Rev David McClay determinedly is sharing fellowship with someone who is a self-professed member of the Legion of Mary.

In an article entitled “Adventures in Reconciliation” (a true ecumenical watchword) on the ‘Catholic Ireland’ website, Paddy Monaghan shares some of his life story.

Speaking of his university days, he says: “I joined a Catholic lay organisation called the Legion of Mary, whose members engaged in various forms of charitable work.”

So what is the Legion of Mary, you may ask? Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Membership is open to those who belong to the Catholic Church and believe in its teaching. Its stated mission is for active members to serve God under the banner of Mary by the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy, as mentioned in Chapter 33 of the Legion of Mary Handbook. The main apostolate of the Legion is activities directed towards Catholics and non-Catholics encouraging them in their faith or inviting them to become Catholic. This is usually done by encouraging them in prayer, attending Mass and learning more about the Catholic faith.”

So Paddy Monaghan believes in the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, whose teaching is totally contradictory to the teaching of Protestantism.

Rome teaches the elevation of Mary and the offering of prayer to her, which is clearly something Paddy Monaghan believes in as he is a member of the Legion of Mary.

The Bible knows of no such blasphemy. Absolutely nowhere in the Bible is there found the approval of the offering of prayer to anyone other than God.

John 14:6 says: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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

When Jesus taught the Apostles how to pray, he told them their prayer should begin with the words, “Our father” (Matthew 6:9). The prayer is addressed to God, not to Mary. Jesus made no allowance nor did he insert any caveats for prayer being offered to anyone else.

This Romish practice is a blasphemy, pure and simple, but Rev David McClay is happy to allow such a character to propagate his views.

Other Roman Catholic doctrines which Paddy Monaghan will believe includes the adoration of relics and idols, again something expressly forbidden in the Bible. The Second Commandment, outlined in Exodus 20:4-6, says: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Of course, Rome has carefully removed the Second Commandment from their version of the Bible, so as not to have it contradict their pagan practices.

Notice that the Second Commandment concludes with the promise that he will show mercy unto those who keep his commandments. Rome can’t keep them as they chucked one of them into the bin, but here we have Rev David McClay, a supposedly Protestant minister, repeatedly inviting along a man who believes such blasphemies.

There are various other false teachings of Rome, such as prayers for the dead, the blasphemous titles ascribed to the Pope, the fictitious creation of purgatory and the worst of all, the denial of salvation by faith alone.

This is what the official Roman Catholic teaching on justification says, from Canon 30 of the Council of Trent: “If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”

“Let him be anathema” is the belief of the Roman Catholic Church regarding any who say that Jesus’ shed blood is enough to atone for sin.

But Rev David McClay is happy to endorse and encourage the likes of Paddy Monaghan, a member of the Legion of Mary who upholds the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, as a suitable speaker and influence on attendees at the New Wine Conference.

That is a disgraceful situation.

There can be no fellowshipping with error and no true blessing can come from it.

We are forthrightly instructed in God’s Word to have nothing to do with such unrighteousness as the Roman Catholic Church.

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

We had a rhetorical question in Amos earlier in the article, and here is a series more of them from 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, which says: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?”

Romanism is darkness, it is unrighteousness, its proponents are as sons of Belial and it is rebellion against God.

Why would any true Christian want to have fellowship with it?

Let’s hear some more of Paddy Monaghan’s testimony.

“As an Evangelical Catholic, I am concerned to see a Christ centred, Biblically based renewal in the Catholic Church, to foster reconciliation among Christians and to build up Jewish-Christian relations.

“We see reconciliation between the Christian Churches and renewal within the Christian Churches as being two sides of the same coin.”

Exemplary ecumenical talk, isn’t it?

And that ecumenical enthusiasm is what is being fostered and encouraged at the New Wine Conference.

Dear reader, please do not be deceived and sucked in by the lies of the ecumenical and charismatic movements which are joining forces in an act of rebellion against God.

2 Timothy 3:13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church holds Transgender Remembrance service

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.”

2 Timothy 3:13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

When you survey the pitiful state of much of professing Christendom in Ulster today, you cannot help but be reminded of Paul’s caution to Timothy, written under the inspiration of God.

Surely it cannot be disputed that the religious deception is waxing worse and worse in our land.

And no more blatant example of this could surely be found than last week’s ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’ service in the reprobate All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church in Belfast.

This church shows such a disregard for the Word of God that it is actually breathtaking.

All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church holds this transgender service every year as it continues to proudly defy God’s Word and the natural order he ordained, which can be seen in the verse at the top of this article.

In addition to this gravely offensive service in the eyes of God, All Souls also held an LGBT ‘Pride’ service back in August to coincide with the sodomite ‘Pride’ celebrations in Belfast.

The Bible is full of condemnations of homosexuality, and just a few can be found in Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:24-27 and 1 Timothy 1:9-10, as well as many other places.

This, however, seems to mean nothing to those in power and those in attendance at All Souls Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.

The service last Sunday, 18 November was described thus on the church’s facebook page: “A special service of prayer, remembrance and communion led by Rev Hudson and Rev Bell alongside other visiting clergy and guests marked the All Souls annual act of reflection and meditation for members of the Transgender Community.

“With thanks to the Focus group for their participation.”

The stated aim of the Focus Trust is as follows: “Supporting transgender and intersex individuals and their families.”

Rev Hudson, meanwhile, is Rev Chris Hudson, a man who in 2015 was named a “transgender champion” for his God-defying work. The picture at the top of this article shows him holding his “transgender champion” award.

And the Rev Bell referred to in that passage is a Rev Alister Bell, assistant minister in that ungodly church.

These are men who are supposed to be ministers of the gospel, but they are instead using their position to spread heresies contrary to the Word of God.

This sort of attitude which distorts and disregards God’s Word is spoken of in Titus 1:15-16, which says: “Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.”

These men would profess to know God, but in fact by their works they deny him, for holding such services celebrating such rebellion against God is a denial of His Word.

They are teaching doctrines which are nowhere to be found in the Bible.

And for a minister to do such is a direct contradiction of the Bible.

2 Timothy 4:1-3 says: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. 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”.

Timothy was charged by Paul, under the inspiration of God, to “preach the word”. What is that word? The Bible, as it then was, not yet being quite complete.

He is told to reprove and rebuke those who are straying from the word. Those who seek to condemn this page for taking a stand against sin and rejection of God’s Word would do well to consider this exhortation of Paul.

That passage then informs us that “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine”.

We will now refer back to verses we mentioned a little earlier, in 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”.

Those who “defile themselves with mankind”, or those who practice sodomy, are called “contrary to sound doctrine”.

So we have a church which is “contrary to sound doctrine” and which celebrates being so.

What a despicable situation this is.

This church and its ministers, and others like it, are as those warned of by Paul to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:5, which says: “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Any church which denies the Bible, be it in its stance on homosexuality, transgenderism, separation from apostasy, Romanism or anything else, ought to be turned away from.

Let us remain separate from false religion and its vain sacrifices through the corrupt services it holds.

And let our cry to those caught up in the apostasy be the words of 2 Corinthians 6:17: “…come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing”.

Presbyterian quitter Lord Alderdice endorses pro LGBT Non-Subscribing Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

John also discusses this theme in 2 John v 9: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What an appalling situation.

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

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

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

Alas for them, the Bible says otherwise.

Romans 1:26-27: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

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

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

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

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

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

Church of Ireland’s Rev Kevin Graham’s birthday wishes to Papist church in West Belfast

2 John 1:9-11: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

The Church of Ireland’s Rural Dean of South Belfast has proudly helped lead further ecumenical compromise in our country by congratulating a Roman Catholic Church on reaching its 90th anniversary.

He was in attendance at what appears to have been part of a Novena to mark the 90th birthday of the church.

A Novena, as we previously highlighted in a post about arch-ecumenist Archdeacon Stephen McBride of Antrim Church of Ireland, 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 it is an event where “often” there is the invocation of saints, despite the Scriptures clearly stating we approach God through none other than the Lord Jesus Christ.

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

Even if it wasn’t a Novena and instead an ordinary service, it was an act of grave compromise and disobedience to God.

Rev Kevin Graham (pictured, second left of the above photograph with numerous priests) “brought greetings” from St John the Evangelist Parish Church, Malone in Belfast to the Roman Catholic parish of St John the Evangelist on the republican Falls Road.

While the service was described as taking the form of “sung Vespers” by the Church of Ireland’s Diocese of Connor on their website, a Roman Catholic lady involved heavily with St John the Evangelist Roman Catholic Church features the same photograph on her Twitter page of Rev Kevin Graham with a host of Romanist clerics as the Church of Ireland website does.

She features it below her own comment that it was taken at the “sixth day of the Thanksgiving Novena”. Following an enquiry from another Twitter user, she confirmed the photograph was taken after the prayer at the Novena.

All this certainly would lead you to have the impression that Rev Kevin Graham took part in or at least was present at the Novena. There would appear to be no reason why the Roman Catholic lady, who appears to be Italian, Maria Rosa Logozzo, should tell a lie.

If, as would seem likely, her account is accurate, it certainly poses questions for the Diocese of Connor as to why they failed to disclose the fact their South Belfast Rural Dean was attending a Novena.

Not only did Rev Kevin Graham attend the event, he brought along with him “some parishioners from Malone”.

This is very much an occasion where the words of Jesus in Matthew 15:14 are appropriate. It says: “…they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

While it may be considered neighbourly, not that the two areas are even especially close to each other within Belfast, to send well wishes to another church, this is a great misconception.

As we said in our Scripture quotation at the top, we are warned not to receive or wish God speed to those who abide not in the doctrine of Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church quite simply cannot be considered to be abiding in the doctrine of Christ.

There is a great number of reasons for that, from prayer to saints and Mary to the blasphemous titles ascribed to the Pope; from the falsehood of Purgatory to the proliferation of relics and idols.

But, very simply, the main reason is because Rome teaches that faith alone in Christ alone is not sufficient for salvation.

That is the crux of the good news of the gospel, but Rome takes that away and instead inserts a system of sacramental merit, whereby one must be baptised, confirmed, etc in the Roman Catholic Church.

They say it is down to good works and devotion to the church and pronounce their anathema, or curse, on any who holds to another view.

Yet repeatedly we see those who would claim to be Christian constantly liaising with Rome, worshipping with Rome and, in this case in Belfast, also sending their best wishes to Rome.

It is truly incredible that anyone who would claim to be a believer would seek the success of a church which actively contradicts the gospel message, thus putting the souls of its adherents on the road to ruin.

The Bible says in Ephesians 2:8-9: “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.”

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.”

We have no goodness of ourselves, our salvation comes through Christ alone in His mercy towards us.

We are utterly unworthy of any of His goodness towards us, our best efforts are as filthy rags.

Isaiah 64:6 says: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”

Jeremiah 17:9: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”

Our hearts are devoid of goodness until Christ comes to us with His offer of His free grace. It is not our own merit which causes God to save us.

However, the Roman Catholic Church teaches our salvation comes by our acts of righteousness, but all they are doing is telling their followers to build up a pile of filthy rags to present to God come judgment day.

What a frightful judgment awaits those who are in such a position.

And what a frightful judgment is in store for those, especially ministers, who fail to warn the people of this impending judgment.

Ezekiel 33:6 says: “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.”

A watchman, or minister, ought to sound the alarm when danger is coming.

What greater danger is there than a lost eternity in hell? Yet so many ministers never warn of the impending judgment for sin, and how bloodguilty will they be.

Dear reader, if you are as yet unsaved, won’t you turn away from your sin, repent to Christ and, if you do that, He will save you.

Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved.”