Malachi 2:7-8: “For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts. But ye are departed out of the way; ye have caused many to stumble at the law; ye have corrupted the covenant of Levi, saith the Lord of hosts.”
There has been a high turnover of bishops in the Church of Ireland for one reason or another of late, all of them enthusiastic compromisers with Rome.
Bishop Ken (No) Good retired as Bishop of Derry and Raphoe having long been the best bud of Romanist Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown. He was replaced by Rev Andrew Forster, one of the most senior clergymen in the Diocese of Armagh at the time when it failed to take any action against one of its ministers, Rev Andrew Rawding, for marching in three different sodomite ‘Pride’ parades.
Bishop Alan Abernethy retired as Bishop of Connor (due to ill health, sadly) who is a member of the Central Committee of the obviously ecumenical World Council of Churches and chair of the Board of the ungodly St Anne’s Cathedral in Belfast. No appointment has yet been made to replace him.
Archbishop Richard Clarke, a man so given over to betrayal of the gospel by mingling with pagan Romanism that he has rightly earned the title of Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke, has announced his impending retirement. As with Bishop Alan Abernethy, no replacement has yet been named.
And Bishop Harold Miller, described at his retirement by Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke as an “unswerving ecumenist” has called it a day as Bishop of Down and Dromore.
It is his replacement who is the subject of this article though – Rev David McClay (pictured, top), rector of the charismatic fellowship in east Belfast, Willowfield Parish Church.
Like his predecessor Bishop Harold Miller, he has rather creatively managed to carve out a reputation for himself as an ‘evangelical’, a term much abused these days.
It appears to be applied to churchmen in ecumenical denominations who are not total heretics in every respect.
Like Bishop Harold Miller, soon to be Bishop David McClay (he currently occupies the senior role of Archdeacon), he is opposed to murdering babies (also known euphemistically as abortion) and sodomite marriage.
However, that most certainly does not make one an evangelical.
We are given an idea of what makes a good evangelist by the Apostle Paul, writing under the inspiration of God in 2 Timothy 4:2-5, which says: “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; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.”
An evangelist is to preach the word regardless of the prevailing culture around them and are to rebuke and exhort, two words which are greeted with howls of “judge not” by the modern easy-believist, charismatic.
But churches like Willowfield Parish Church are exactly the type of places where those with itching ears choose to attend, with its heady mix of exclusively positive, affirming messages, dimmed lights, cups of coffee and ‘Christian’ rock music.
Rev David McClay is the organiser of the ecumenical New Wine conference, held in Sligo every year.
Each year Romanists are part of the line-up offering spiritual guidance to those in attendance.
This year one of the people brought in and recommended as being an example to be followed by those in attendance was Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative, a man who is also a self-professed member of the Legion of Mary.
That should cause any even semi-discerning Christian tremendous concern.
We previously highlighted this situation in December last year and this is what we wrote in relation to Paddy Monaghan and his membership of a Mary exalting organisation:
“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.”
This is crystal clear, Rome denies the precious message of the gospel and instead teaches a false system of salvation by sacramental merit.
Despite this, Rev David McClay was more than happy to have this man along to the conference he organises.
Indeed, he has had Paddy Monaghan along in each of the past two years.
At the 2018 edition of New Wine, there was two further Romanists speaking to the poor souls in attendance.
They were a Fodhla McGrane, who is linked with Clonard Monastery in west Belfast and Romanist Bishop of Elphin, Bishop Kevin Doran.
Rev David McClay is a persistent mingler with Romanism and there is absolutely nothing to suggest the Diocese of Down and Dromore of the Church of Ireland will be any better under his stewardship than it was under Bishop Harold Miller (pictured, below).
We would challenge Rev David McClay, even on the night he is instituted as a bishop, or at any other point, to publicly state that he is steadfastly opposed to the lies of the pagan Roman Catholic Church and will be having absolutely no fellowship with Rome.
We challenge Rev David McClay to stand up and loudly proclaim he will make no peace with Rome until Rome makes peace with God.
Let these words of Jude v 3 be ringing in his ears and proceeding from his lips: “ye should earnestly contend for the faith”.