Jeremiah 9:13-18: “And the Lord saith, Because they have forsaken my law which I set before them, and have not obeyed my voice, neither walked therein; But have walked after the imagination of their own heart, and after Baalim, which their fathers taught them: Therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will feed them, even this people, with wormwood, and give them water of gall to drink. I will scatter them also among the heathen, whom neither they nor their fathers have known: and I will send a sword after them, till I have consumed them. Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters.”
The Women’s World Day of Prayer is just one of the many events, held largely in what used to be Protestant churches but who have long since let go of any real semblance of Biblical Protestantism, which seeks to promote unity with the pagan Romanist system.
And last Friday, 1 March, we are aware of no less than 55 such outright rejections of God’s Word being held throughout our land.
No county in Northern Ireland remained untouched by this ecumenical compromise as the land was covered with rebellion against God.
Of course, it was done under the guise of Christianity, as the Protestant, Biblical principles of earnest contention for the faith (Jude v 3) and reproving the unfruitful works of darkness (Ephesians 5:11) were thrown out the window, making the whole event nothing more than a sham.
And this sham crying out to God in these prayer events are reminiscent of the professional, false mourners employed in the days of Jeremiah, as referenced in the Scripture passage at the top of this article.
Just as they were employed to make a show of mourning and lamentation for the judgments of God befalling Judah, so, too, these women are leading a pretence of earnestness and zeal towards God.
However, by their involvement in such an ecumenical affair, both hosted in Romanist churches and advertised in Romanist parish bulletins, they are utterly subverting the gospel of Christ.
The teaching of Rome is so utterly contrary to the teaching of God’s Word that to even try to marry the two together is offensive.
Lest any should try to defend the purity of the Women’s World Day of Prayer, on its own website, it describes itself as “a worldwide ecumenical movement”.
And this is how it refers to the involvement of Romanists.
“It was not until the reforms of the second Vatican Council that Roman Catholic women were able to take a full part in the day of prayer and in 1967 the day was celebrated at a special service in Westminster Cathedral, by invitation of Cardinal Heenan.
“In 1969 the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations encouraged Roman Catholic women worldwide to participate in WDP and to make this possible WUCWO moved their own day of prayer from March to May.”
So Roman Catholics were eagerly invited to pray alongside supposed Protestants as soon as the Pope had given them the go-ahead.
Let us reiterate, this is the Women’s World Day of Prayer website saying this, condemning themselves with their own words.
And it is perhaps the subject of prayer which demonstrates one of the greatest contrasts between the teaching of Rome and the teaching of the Bible.
Rome teaches of prayer to Mary and to long dead so-called ‘saints’, despite this being repugnant to the Word of God.
Here is an example of a very common prayer said during the rosary by Roman Catholics.
“Hail, holy Queen, Mother of mercy, hail, our life, our sweetness and our hope. To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve: to thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this vale of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us, and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus, O merciful, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary! Amen.”
What a dreadful utterance this is, and one which is made every day by millions of the poor, deluded adherents of Rome.
Where the address of “holy Queen” comes from, we do not know, but it certainly does not come from the Bible. At no point throughout the Scriptures is Mary referred to in this manner. It is a plainly unscriptural title.
They speak of “crying” to Mary and “sending up their sighs” and call her a “most gracious Advocate”.
This is clearly blasphemous nonsense, as the Bible very obviously demonstrates. Our sole advocate is Jesus Christ, we don’t approach the Father through Mary, but it is only through His precious Son.
1 John 2:1: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
1 Timothy 2:5: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus”.
The prayer also includes the blasphemous phrase “show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus”.
We don’t approach Jesus through Mary, or through anyone else, we can come directly to Him.
Hebrews 4:14-16: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
This is a very common example of the sort of prayers offered up by Roman Catholics, and as such why would anyone want to join in prayer with those who freely utter such grave blasphemies?
Yet here we have it being encouraged and practised throughout our land.
It matters not whether devotions to Mary were expressed at any of these meetings, this is a very clear demonstration of the rejection of God’s Word on the crucial matter of separation from false worship.
Were any of the Roman Catholic devotees at these meetings clutching rosary beads as they prayed? Some of these events were held in Romanist chapels, meaning all those in attendance were surrounded by the idols and images which are adored by Roman Catholics.
Those Romanist chapels involved were in Limavady, County Londonderry, Glenavy, County Antrim and in Kilmore, County Armagh.
We have compiled a list of churches of whom we are aware of having hosted a celebration of this ungodly festival, which is at the bottom of this article.
If you or anyone you know is connected with any of these churches, won’t you please separate yourself or implore those you know to do so.
We ought to put faithfulness to God and His Word far above some misguided loyalty to a church which ignores and shuns its responsibilities.
Hebrews 13:13: “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”
Ballysillan Presbyterian Church
Jennymount Methodist Church
St Patrick’s Parish Church
St Aidan’s Church of Ireland
Rosemary Street Presbyterian Church
Agape Centre, Belfast
May Street Presbyterian Church
Salvation Army Temple, Cregagh Road
St Columba’s Church of Ireland, Kings Road
Cairnshill Methodist Church
High Kirk Presbyterian Church, Ballymena
St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Glenavy
Old Presbyterian Church, Templepatrick
Ballymoney Methodist Church
Ballyclare Presbyterian Church
Glengormley Presbyterian Church
Carnlough Methodist Church
Newtownabbey Methodist Mission
First Lisburn Presbyterian Church
First Larne Presbyterian Church
St James’ Church of Ireland, Ballycastle
St Colman’s Church of Ireland, Dunmurry
Hillsborough Presbyterian Church
Finaghy Methodist Church
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Whitehead
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland, Millisle
St Mark’s Church of Ireland, Portadown
St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church, Kilmore, Armagh
St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh
Moira Methodist Church
Holywood Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church
Warrenpoint Methodist Church
Movilla Abbey Methodist Church, Newtownards
Ballycrochan Presbyterian Church, Bangor
First Bangor Presbyterian Church
Inch Parish Church, Downpatrick
Downpatrick Methodist Church
Dundonald Methodist Church
St Ronan’s Church of Ireland, Colebrooke
Irvinestown Presbyterian Church
St Macartin’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Enniskillen
Cleenish Church of Ireland, Bellanaleck
Monea Church of Ireland, Derrygonnelly
Florencecourt Methodist Church
St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Limavady
Portstewart Presbyterian Church
Salvation Army, Londonderry
1st Cookstown Presbyterian Church
Moy Presbyterian Church
St Elizabeth’s Church of Ireland, Moygashel
Aughnacloy Methodist Church
St Columba’s Church of Ireland, Omagh
Sion Mills Presbyterian Church
Fivemiletown Methodist Church