‘Holy Ghost bartender’ Rodney Howard-Browne bringing his heresy to Carryduff Elim

2 Timothy 3:1-5: “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Carryduff Elim will next week welcome the heretic US based South African preacher Rodney Howard-Browne (pictured, top), a man who has blasphemously described himself as the ‘Holy Ghost bartender’.

Rodney Howard-Browne claims to have led almost 18 million people to God through his ministry, which is certainly quite a claim.

However, in this age of easy-believism and shallow pseudo-Christianity, such a figure must be treated with caution.

When you see recordings of some of the services he has led, that caution turns into grave doubt.

Videos of people writhing on the ground, convulsing in their seat, laughing uncontrollably and barking like wild animals can be easily accessed online. Just one such repugnant and indeed frightening video can be seen by clicking here.

These people are supposedly filled with the Holy Spirit, passed to them by Rodney Howard-Browne.

There is certainly a spirit at work in such events, but it is far from holy.

In the article we recently posted about Nicky Gumbel, the leader of the Alpha Course, and his deep involvement with the false charismatic teachings associated with what is called the ‘Toronto Blessing’, we highlighted what is actually symptomatic of being filled with the Holy Ghost.

These characteristics most certainly did not include convulsions, hysterical laughter and dog impressions, and we gave examples of Paul, Barnabas and Bezaleel, which you can read about by clicking here.

Given how recently we did so, we don’t intend to dwell on that point again, but the term Rodney Howard-Browne used of himself, the ‘Holy Ghost bartender’, needs examination in the light of Scripture.

Unsurprisingly, he is found to have fallen well short of that which ought to be expected, nay demanded, of a so-called preacher.

Using the term bartender, an Americanism, is ill-advised at best, given the very worldly connotation this brings with it.

Bars, or pubs, are most unChristian venues, despite what so many alleged Christians might like to think today.

What next, a Holy Ghost brothel keeper? Or perhaps a Holy Ghost drug dealer? The very term is repugnant, offensive and blasphemous.

This is what Rodney Howard-Browne said: “I’m just the Holy Ghost bartender, I just serve the new wine and tell them to come drink.”

In an article which appeared in the Christian Research Journal in 1995, we get an indication of Rodney Howard-Browne’s character.

It says: “Laughter, he explained, ‘bubbles up’ from the same place the gift of tongues comes from. It was all in some deep spiritual reservoir that needed to be tapped the same way.

“Howard-Browne then began pumping us up to do just that. He led us in a song with these words: ‘I am drunk, I am drunk. Every day of my life I am drunk. I’ve been drinking down at Joel’s place every night and every day. I am drunk on the new wine.’”

“Then he asked us all to lift our hands and “’let that river of joy come out of your belly.'”

Rodney Howard-Browne claims to be “drunk” on the Holy Spirit and, of course, being a ‘bartender’, he is an enabler of other people becoming drunk.

It may sound in some way impressive to the undiscerning, to claim to be so full of the Holy Spirit it is pouring out of you, but spiritual drunkenness is the furthest thing from an indication of God’s blessing. In fact, it is directly linked to God’s curse.

When Moses was recapping the law to the people shortly before his death, he spoke of spiritual drunkenness which would come upon those who turn away from God.

Deuteronomy 29:18-21 says: “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”.

Is not Rodney Howard-Browne blessing himself, and others, saying he shall have peace, and those near 18 million whom he claims have been saved through his ministry?

Does he not walk in the imagination of his own heart? After all, the outrageous behaviour he displays and causes others to exhibit is certainly not found in the Bible.

And such characters, we are told, add drunkenness to thirst and such characters the “Lord shall not spare” and God’s curse “shall lie upon him”.

What a fearful destiny lies before any who are drunken spiritually.

The prophet Isaiah also spoke of the same drunkenness.

Isaiah 29:9-14 says: “Stay yourselves, and wonder; cry ye out, and cry: they are drunken, but not with wine; they stagger, but not with strong drink. For the Lord hath poured out upon you the spirit of deep sleep, and hath closed your eyes: the prophets and your rulers, the seers hath he covered. And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned. 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: Therefore, behold, I will proceed to do a marvellous work among this people, even a marvellous work and a wonder: for the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the understanding of their prudent men shall be hid.”

This is clearly not drunkenness brought about by alcohol, but a strong delusion sent by God on those who are disobedient so they cannot see the truth.

And this is the same spirit which will be seen when the ‘Holy Ghost bartender’ invites people to drink his ‘new wine’ in Carryduff Elim.

On the Carryduff Elim website they have posted a video of people laughing hysterically and dropping under the influence of Rodney Howard-Browne, which means the church is under no illusions as to the nature of this heretic’s ministry.

Those in leadership at Carryduff Elim are guilty of helping to cause spiritual drunkenness in their congregation in the poor members of the church who attend the circus that is a meeting held by Rodney Howard-Browne.

And those who are responsible for the care of the flock are Pastor George Ritchie (pictured, above) and Pastor Gavin Allen (pictured, below).

What a dreadful disservice they are doing to the people who attend Carryduff Elim and to the people in the surrounding area who they should be seeking to reach with the truth, rather than bringing a propagator of deceit and delusion into the area.

It is most concerning that such a character should be coming to these shores and we would strongly encourage everyone reading this to please share this article widely so as to warn people of this false prophet coming into our land.

Let us call “time, gentlemen” on the ‘Holy Ghost bartender’ and make it very clear to him and to Carryduff Elim that we are wise to the deceits both he and they are propagating and the evil delusion they are helping to create in our land.

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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.”