Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
Today, more than ever, the charismatic movement offers two primary problems.
The first is the traditional problem associated with charismatism, the preoccupation with signs and wonders, things like speaking in tongues and their so-called ‘prophecy’.
The second, more recently prevalent problem is that of its growing links with the ecumenical movement.
We have seen that in the likes of the Emmanuel Church based in the Craigavon area of County Armagh, where one of its lead pastors, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson (pictured, above), glorified the founder of the anti-Christian Romanist order of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola, while another of its lead pastors, Dave Wylie, called a Papist monk a “hero of church history”.
We have seen that in the likes of ‘ABBA prayer dancer’ Pete Greig, founder of 24-7 Prayer, offering his advice on gathering a crowd to the Roman Catholic Church in Austria.
We have seen that in the likes of Keith Mitchell, or Mitch (pictured, below), as he matily likes to be known, pastor of Crown Jesus Ministries in Belfast, inviting in a Roman Catholic charismatic, Ron Huntley of Divine Restoration Ministry, to speak at his church last autumn.
And it is one of Keith’s, sorry, Mitch’s pals in his charismatic pentarchy in Belfast (Crown Jesus Ministries, UT Belfast, Orangefield Presbyterian Church, Newtownbreda Baptist Church / Comedy Club and CFC Belfast) which is the latest we have discovered to have shown its ease with the ecumenical movement.
It is the latter of the five we specified which has demonstrated its disregard for the Word of God in this most important matter.
CFC (Christian Fellowship Church) Belfast has a number of campuses, as it were, with meetings taking place at CFC East, CFC Inner East, CFC South, CFC Holywood, CFC Antrim and CFC Sign Language. Its overall leader is Owen Crane (pictured, top).
The idea of having regular meetings (twice a month they meet separately and twice a month they join in with CFC East) for those with hearing difficulties is certainly a very good, and indeed thoughtful and noble one.
We want to make that very clear before we say anything else – this is a fine thing to do.
However, sadly, we have discovered that CFC Sign Language held a retreat at the ecumenical den of iniquity known as Corrymeela.
Regular readers or those who observe religious matters generally in Northern Ireland will be well aware of the nature of Corrymeela, it is the home of ecumenism in this country, set up specifically to ignore and minimise the very clear and vital differences between the Reformed Protestant and Roman Catholic faiths.
Its leader until last year was an open sodomite and Romanist, Padraig O’Tuama, and it holds each year a conference celebrating sodomy called ‘Blessed are the Brave’.
The reality of this retreat is revealed on the Corrymeela Facebook page in a post published back in February, while it appears, going by the CFC Sign Language Facebook page, that the retreat took place last October.
Corrymeela reveal this retreat took place in their Facebook post dated 11 February as they publicise a video encouraging other groups to book retreats with them.
The post says: “We’d love to welcome your group to our beautiful Ballycastle home to support you as you bring change in your lives and communities.
“In our inspiring new film, our friends from CFC Deaf Community and Lower Shankill Methodist have shared how welcomed and renewed they felt by their stay with us.”
The message then ends with a number of “hashtags”, including #change, #peace, #reconciliation, true ecumenical watchwords.
As we have said already, and cannot stress enough, for we know how those who despise this page’s witness will be eager to lay a false charge against us, we believe it is a very good thing to make church more accessible for those with hearing difficulties, but all this is doing is serving to create a positive image in the minds of more people of this ecumenical pit.
Corrymeela is a site wholly given over to religious compromise, and it is a site wholly given over to the utterly repugnant to God’s Word notion of LGBT affirmation within the church.
God pronounced His curse on this sin repeatedly through Scripture.
He called it an “abomination” in Leviticus 18:22, He called it “vile”, “against nature” and “unseemly” in Romans 1:26-27 and we are reminded of His judgment on such sin in Jude v 7.
That verse says: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”
What a fearful judgment awaits the unrepentant homosexual, yet Corrymeela encourages such individuals on in their sin, calling the practitioners of that which God deplores “brave”.
We should be praying that homosexuals, like all others who know not Christ, are saved by the blood of Jesus, even as were “some” in the church of Corinth.
CFC Belfast as an organisation needs to apologise and repent for such an appalling form of compromise as this and we would urge anyone reading this familiar with any of the CFC branches mentioned above to challenge them for what is, at the very best, a ghastly error of judgment.
It also raises questions once again for the other four churches on such particularly cosy terms with CFC Belfast.
What does Mitch and Crown Jesus Ministries think of Corrymeela and LGBT affirmation?
What does Rev Gareth MacLean (minister), Gary Ball (Associate Minister) and Orangefield Presbyterian Church think of Corrymeela and LGBT affirmation?
What does UT (Ulster Temple Elim) Belfast think of Corrymeela and LGBT affirmation?
What does Pastor Trevor Ramsey (Senior Pastor, pictured, below), Pastor Tim Robinson (Community Pastor), Pastor Jonny Wright (Associate Pastor) and Newtownbreda Baptist Church think of Corrymeela and LGBT affirmation?
These are major questions as these five churches continue to be linked closely.
Of course, previous major issues we have pointed out previously have been utterly ignored and disregarded, but we are faithfully, as God leads us, doing our best to draw this to their attention and then pray God will speak to hearts and cause people to wake up and separate from the workers of compromise and deceit in our land.
You, dear reader, can do this too by contacting any of the churches above, urging them to disassociate themselves with CFC Belfast or urging CFC Belfast to publicly declare what they did was utterly contrary to Scripture and repent for it.
Do not concern yourself with whether or not your message will get through to them, but rather follow the advice God gave Ezekiel when He called Him into His service.
Ezekiel 2:5-7: “And they, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear, (for they are a rebellious house,) yet shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. And thou, son of man, be not afraid of them, neither be afraid of their words, though briers and thorns be with thee, and thou dost dwell among scorpions: be not afraid of their words, nor be dismayed at their looks, though they be a rebellious house. And thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear: for they are most rebellious.”
Let us simply sow the seed and let God give the increase.