The Most Reverend (Most Ecumenical!) Richard Clarke (pictured, top), the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, is a keen fan of compromise with Rome.
He regularly issues joint statements alongside the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin, the most recent of which was a joint endorsement of the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ prayer event (further proof that such an event, so ardently promoted by David Dickinson of Belfast Central and Pete Greig and Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s 24-7 Prayer grouping, is most definitely best avoided).
Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke was ever so keen to meet “that Antichrist”, the Pope, when he came to the Republic of Ireland, and even sent him a lovely little letter begging him to come to Northern Ireland on his visit in this general direction.
Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke spent St Patrick’s Day last year parading the deluded adherents to his false gospel of ecumenism to the Papist cathedral in Armagh.
Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke last year celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement which brought the release from prison of vast numbers of unrepentant terrorist murderers, both Romanist and loyalist. The God which Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke claims to serve is a God of justice; Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke, on the other hand, appears happy for justice to be turned on its head.
And last week Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke was continuing his fellowshipping with Romanism as he was the guest speaker in a Romanist chapel in Ballycastle, County Antrim.
He spoke at St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Roman Catholic Church on Sunday, 23 June at a 17th anniversary service of the Causeway Coast Peace Group.
The Causeway Coast Peace Group is an ungodly organisation, mustered from various churches on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
It has held numerous events featuring Papists and clerical compromisers and hosted in hubs of Romanist deceit.
This event ticked the boxes of featuring a clerical compromiser (Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke) and being hosted in a hub of Romanist deceit (St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s Roman Catholic chapel).
And previous events the Causeway Coast Peace Group have hosted are equally reprehensible, when put in the light of God’s Word.
This includes an event in Ballintoy Parish Church which was addressed by Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke’s mate, Eamon Martin, as well as an event in Ballycastle Presbyterian Church where the guest speaker was another noted practitioner of Popish priestcraft, ‘Father’ Brian d’Arcy.
The Causeway Coast Peace Group also organised sessions where members worked through a so-called study of the book of Ruth, put together by the utterly ungodly Corrymeela Community, the home of ecumenical Bible distortion in Northern Ireland.
The study in fact was nothing but a smutty, innuendo driven look at the relationship between Ruth and Boaz, obsessed with their own imagined sexual encounters between the pair which the Bible clearly shows never took place.
So this is the calibre of this grouping and we now see the most senior figure in the Church of Ireland endorsing its ungodliness, and doing so in a Romanist chapel, no less.
This is where all manner of pagan blasphemies and perversions of true Christianity are carried out on a daily basis.
Foremost among these is the Romish lie of the Mass, where Christ is sacrificed again and again and again, a practice totally in opposition to the Bible.
The Scriptural, God-ordained position is set out clearly in Hebrews 9:24-28, which says: “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us: Nor yet that he should offer himself often, as the high priest entereth into the holy place every year with blood of others; For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself. And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment: So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation.”
It states that Christ would “not… offer himself often” but rather “once… hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself” and “Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many”.
This sacrifice for sin of Christ is not a continual, ongoing, repetitive action, but rather a once only sacrifice.
Rome has conjured such a notion as the Mass, complete with its lie that the priest has some magical power to transform a wafer into the body of Christ, from its own foul imagination.
The Church of Ireland used to believe Rome practiced an evil lie as well.
In its 39 Articles, which allegedly govern the Church of Ireland, it is stated that the Romish Mass is nothing but a “blasphemous fable” and “dangerous deceit”.
So why is the leader of the Church of Ireland, who has subscribed to uphold and maintain those Articles, leading a service in a Romish chapel where that “blasphemous fable” and “dangerous deceit” is practiced, no doubt even earlier that very day?
It is a wretched, shameful situation and a damning indictment of the state of the Church of Ireland today.
Does Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke believe what he signed up to in the 39 Articles or care what they have to say? It would appear not.
Does Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke believe what the Bible says about the sacrifice of Christ or care what it has to say? It would appear not.
We are told in no uncertain terms in God’s Word to have nothing to do with false worship.
Indeed, the idolatry of the Children of Israel was one of the most grievous sins God reckoned with them for in His punishment of them, both in the wilderness and when they entered the promised land.
We can see the fierceness of God’s wrath against any who turn aside to idolatry, with which Rome is replete, in Deuteronomy 29:18-21: “Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, whose heart turneth away this day from the Lord our God, to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a root that beareth gall and wormwood; And it come to pass, when he heareth the words of this curse, that he bless himself in his heart, saying, I shall have peace, though I walk in the imagination of mine heart, to add drunkenness to thirst: The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven. And the Lord shall separate him unto evil out of all the tribes of Israel, according to all the curses of the covenant that are written in this book of the law”.
The sin of the people in doing so and God’s wrath upon it is seen in Judges 2:12-15.
It says: “And they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, which brought them out of the land of Egypt, and followed other gods, of the gods of the people that were round about them, and bowed themselves unto them, and provoked the Lord to anger. And they forsook the Lord, and served Baal and Ashtaroth. And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel, and he delivered them into the hands of spoilers that spoiled them, and he sold them into the hands of their enemies round about, so that they could not any longer stand before their enemies. Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the Lord was against them for evil, as the Lord had said, and as the Lord had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.”
Despite these clear Scriptural warnings, such as that of Ephesians 5:11, which instructs us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”, Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke persists in worshipping alongside those who deny the all-sufficient sacrifice of Christ on Calvary.
In doing so, he denies Christ and follows the imagination of his own heart.
It is symptomatic of a sinful age where “every man did that which was right in his own eyes” (Judges 17:6) and this is exacerbated when it is replicated by those in high spiritual office.
Jeremiah 2:7-8 says: “And I brought you into a plentiful country, to eat the fruit thereof and the goodness thereof; but when ye entered, ye defiled my land, and made mine heritage an abomination. The priests said not, Where is the Lord? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.”
Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke is not enquiring after the Lord, else he would not be happily engaging with the Roman Catholic Church.
Dear reader, if you or anyone you know is connected with the Church of Ireland, won’t you even share this with them to warn of the grave betrayal of not only that church’s governing principles, but most importantly the betrayal of God’s Word, being carried out by that church’s leader.
Do you want to be associated with such a man as one who engages in ecumenical compromise with Rome at every opportunity he can find?
Surely not. We implore you to break from that apostate church and even let your local minister, your local bishop and even Archbishop Richard Clarke himself know why you’re doing it and why his behaviour is so utterly at odds with God’s Word.
Even if you are not affiliated with that church, let us never be afraid to raise our voice in protest and opposition to such wicked God-defiance.
Let us not allow these wolves in sheep’s clothing to go on in their Christ rejection without a word of challenge or rebuke.
We are called as followers of Christ to speak out against religious apostasy and error.
Let us redouble our efforts even today and follow the charge of Isaiah 58:1 to “cry aloud” and “spare not”, let us lift up our voice like a trumpet and “shew the house of Jacob their sins”.