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!”
The march to bring greater acceptance of the ungodly LGBT movement within the church continues at pace and the latest high profile event scheduled to continue this anti-Christian process is a conference scheduled for this April entitled ‘Blessed are the Queer’.
Rather fittingly, it will take place on 1st April – April Fool’s Day – for it is only a fool who would try to claim that an appropriate addition to the Beatitudes would be an endorsement of that which God has condemned as an “abomination”.
Regular readers of ‘Protestant Revival’ will be unsurprised to know that a leading figure behind this outrageous event is Rev Andrew Rawding, a hitherto unknown Church of Ireland minister in County Tyrone who has decided to make a name for himself by throwing himself headlong into supporting the sodomite movement.
He is the vice-chair of the recently formed LGBT group Mid Ulster Pride and spent much of last summer marching in so-called Pride parades while carrying a banner pompously ‘apologising’ to the LGBT ‘community’ for how the church has allegedly ‘mistreated’ them.
And at the launch of Mid Ulster Pride last week, Rev Andrew Rawding announced the Blessed are the Queer conference.
Among the speakers are representatives of LGBT groups, unsurprisingly, but there are two very interesting other names on the list of speakers.
They are Presbyterian ministers Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick (until recently) and ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, below).
Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick (pictured, top) was a professor at Union Theological College, the training ground of the Presbyterian Church, who was removed from his position by the church when he spoke out against moves made by the church to bar communicant membership to those involved in same-sex relationships and forbid the baptism of children in the care of same-sex partners.
Of course, these are proper decisions which ought not to have been opposed by any true child of God, indeed, the Presbyterian Church is still falling well short of the standards it ought to be setting.
But it was all too much for Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick, who went on BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme to say that he would be horrified if a student at the college was taught that a same-sex, sexually active relationship was sinful.
Imagine that, a professor charged with helping to train up the ministers who will be the future of the denomination says he would be horrified if students were told that something God says is sinful was sinful.
It is hard to think of a more fitting application of Matthew 15:14 than this. That verse says “… they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”
Another ‘minister’ determined to drag as many into the ditch with them as possible is ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban.
Apart from the obvious reason why she is not an appropriate spiritual leader (1 Timothy 2:10-12 gives all the guidance we need), ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is a devoted ecumenist and appears to demonstrate a less than Biblically faithful view of homosexuality.
She is an advocate of the ecumenical quasi-political, quasi-religious self-important annual talking shop in Belfast known as the Four Corners Festival, and last year she was one of a number of clerics who shamefully preached at the Novena at the Romanist Clonard Monastery in west Belfast. She is pictured, below, speaking at that dreadful event in a hub of Romanist deceit.
And at last year’s Presbyterian General Assembly she joined with the “LGBT Christian” endorsing Rev John Dickinson in reaffirming her opposition to the moves by the Presbyterian Church which had so vexed Rev Laurence Kirkpatrick.
The weakness of the Presbyterian Church was demonstrated as it has raised no opposition to any of her Bible-defying antics.
And, when questioned on ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban’s involvement with the Blessed are the Queer conference, the Presbyterian Church took its typical approach of deflection and using weasel words as they did their best impression of Pontius Pilate in full handwashing mode.
They said: “As a church we continue to affirm that all people are loved, valued and cherished by God. To love someone in Christ does not mean you have to agree with their lifestyle, or point of view.
“For example, PCI’s (Presbyterian Church in Ireland) biblically faithful position that marriage is between one man and one woman, is well known.
“With little knowledge of the event, the format, or topics that the speakers will be addressing, it would be difficult to comment further. Dr Kirkpatrick is no longer a minister in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and no longer holds a professorial chair at Union Theological College.
“We would assume that Rev Cheryl Meban, who is one of our ministers, will be speaking in a personal capacity.”
What shameful equivocation!
‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban is speaking precisely because of her role as a Presbyterian ‘minister’. Were she an ordinary person on the street she wouldn’t be invited to speak, it is because she is ordained to the role she is that she will be addressing attendees at this appalling event.
Whatever her specific views are, and certainly her very attendance (and past record) at an event with such a clearly partisan title casts a great deal of doubt over how Scriptural her views will be, the Presbyterian Church cannot but be linked to the views of one of its ordained ‘ministers’, particularly on such a fundamental matter of faith.
Is Rev Andrew Rawding, who appears to be trying to position himself as the clerical LGBT champion of Northern Ireland, going to invite someone to his event which seeks to endorse a lifestyle opposed to God’s Word who thinks homosexuality is wrong? It is highly unlikely.
This is but more sad evidence of the utter apostasy of the Presbyterian Church that one of its ministers can speak at such an event without attracting even a hint of public criticism.
It should be abundantly clear to any child of God that this is a wicked event and the only thing any minister should be doing in relation to it is protesting against it.
Yet this is emphatically not the case with Presbyterian clergy and the leadership is busy washing its hands of its duty in the circumstances.
Northern Ireland is being bombarded with the agents of the sodomite agenda and all who profess Christ have to make it very clear if they are on the side of the world, and therefore the god of this world, the devil, or if they are on the Lord’s side.
Which side will it be for you, dear reader?
Exodus 32:26: “Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp and said, Who is on the Lord’s side?”
Joshua 24:15: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”