2 Corinthians 6:14-17: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.
A vitally important Biblical principle is that of separation.
However, that principle has been increasingly abandoned throughout professing Christendom and is indeed the subject of mockery from many who would claim to be Christians.
On ‘Protestant Revival’, we repeatedly and unashamedly highlight the absolute necessity for separation from Rome and its manifold blasphemies.
However, it is not just enough to be separate from Rome, we must also be separated from all those who help to propagate error and would deny the Word of God.
We can, as individuals, and as churches, be tied up with that which is dishonouring to God by alliances made within and among churches.
Organisations such as the Irish Council of Churches, which has the Presbyterian Church, Church of Ireland, Methodist Church and Salvation Army, among others, as its members, are such examples.
The Irish Council of Churches is an overtly ecumenical organisation and prides itself on being so.
While such brazen ecumenism is repugnant to the Word of God, it is easily discernible and as such we can be clearly warned of engaging with such organisations.
However, there are other organisations whose ecumenical nature and agenda are much less clear and whose membership comes largely from individual congregations, making it difficult to establish its bona fides.
One of these is the Evangelical Alliance, headed up in Northern Ireland by a man who has come to be known as ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas (pictured, above), a leading figure in the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church.
‘Papist’ Peter is a habitual ecumenist, having praised so-called Protestants for meeting the Pope, eulogised the ecumenical evangelist Billy Graham and endorsed the ecumenical prayer initiative ‘Healing The Land’.
And the former lead pastor of his church, Alan Scott, notoriously said he was “all in” with the Pope.
So this is the man at the head of this supposedly God-honouring organisation.
Any church which is a member of the Evangelical Alliance has made themselves subject to ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas.
Sadly, there is a significant number of churches affiliated formally with the Evangelical Alliance.
There are a number of what might be considered the usual suspects, such as King’s Church in Bangor, County Down, whose pastor Glen Mitchell (pictured, above) has rejected the Biblical account of creation and bemoaned a decision by his local council to block the lighting of a town hall up in support of sodomite ‘Pride’. Sadly, that decision has since been overturned, although Glen Mitchell is yet to comment publicly on the matter, perhaps for fear of it being highlighted on this page once again.
Another member of the Evangelical Alliance which will not surprise any regular readers is Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area of County Armagh.
So numerous are its flaws and so blasphemous are the actions of its leaders, we won’t go into them all in this article, but the most recent disgraceful developments there include Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson glorifying Jesuit founder and Counter Reformation leader Ignatius of Loyola and another lead pastor, Dave Wylie, describing a Roman Catholic monk as a “hero of church history”.
The fact these two churches, and, needless to say, Causeway Coast Vineyard Church, are members is enough to set alarm bells ringing.
You might say to this so far, ‘well, so what? This is a case of birds of a feather flocking together’.
Indeed, there is some justification in adopting that attitude.
However, there are other churches tied up in this God-defying organisation who casual observers might mistakenly think are ok, not knowing the links they have forged with eager promoters of error such as ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas and Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.
This includes several Baptist congregations and even one Congregational church in Northern Ireland.
And the Baptist churches we can confirm are members of the ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas headed Evangelical Alliance, according to the Evangelical Alliance’s own website, are Newry Baptist Church, Portstewart Baptist Church, Strandtown Baptist Church, Finaghy Baptist Church and Newtownbreda Baptist Church, the latter three in the Belfast area.
Newtownbreda Baptist Church is interesting as their pastor, Trevor Ramsey (pictured, top), leaped to the defence of ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas on our facebook page when we dared to criticise his ungodly supporting of Maghaberry Elim deacon and Ulster Unionist MLA ‘Roman’ Robbie Butler scuttling down to Dublin to do obeisance to “that Antichrist”, the Pope.
Strandtown Baptist Church as well has a lengthy association with the Evangelical Alliance, who in turn appear to have a lengthy association with consorting with Rome.
In a report from the ‘Burning Bush’ website from 2002, it is recorded that a Romanist priest was an invited guest at the installation of a Gordon McDade as the new pastor of Ballynahinch Baptist Church.
Gordon McDade had previously held the role of Associate Pastor of Strandtown Baptist Church and the meeting was closed in prayer by a Stephen Adams, the former Chairman of the Evangelical Alliance.
Perhaps most interesting of all is Portstewart Baptist Church.
This is a church inextricably linked with ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas as he grew up in it and his father, Norman Lynas, founder of the Lynas food company, remains a key figure within it.
While sadly the previous pastor in Portstewart Baptist Church, John Lewis, passed away fairly recently, the fact remains this is a church heavily involved in ecumenism and associating with ecumenists.
Indeed, in the Portstewart Roman Catholic church magazine, called ‘Stella Maris’, a title often used in devotion to Mary, a 2016 edition features a photograph under the headline ‘Interchurch celebration’, of Pastor John Lewis along with the Church of Ireland minister in the town, Rev Stephen Fielding and Portstewart Presbyterian Church minister, Rev Billy Wilson.
Cosy ecumenical relationships all round then, but our focus is on Portstewart Baptist Church and the Evangelical Alliance at present.
A scan of their Facebook page of late will give you a good idea of the nature of Portstewart Baptist Church as well.
Speakers who came along within the last three or four months include the aforementioned advocate of ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas, Pastor Trevor Ramsey of Newtownbreda Baptist Church, along with another member of that church, its Community Pastor, Tim Robinson.
Gavin and Anne Calver of the Evangelical Alliance have also taken the stage there. That husband and wife pairing will also be performing, sorry, speaking at the ungodly, shameful ‘New Wine’ Conference in Sligo later this year. You can read about that festival of ecumenical compromise by clicking here.
And the main organiser of the ‘New Wine’ Conference, Rev David McClay (pictured, below) of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast, was another guest speaker in Portstewart Baptist Church in the past few months too.
All were, naturally, according to Portstewart Baptist Church’s facebook page, simply wonderful.
The Congregational Church which has formally aligned itself with ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas and his mean ecumenical compromise is Cregagh Congregational, in the east of Belfast.
Both the Baptist and Congregational churches would be considered by many to generally be fairly sound, but this demonstrates clearly that such assumptions are far from safe.
Why are these organisations formally joined with that which is acting contrary to the cause of Christ?
What is their justification for such God-dishonouring conduct?
Pastor Trevor Ramsey of Newtownbreda Baptist Church has already demonstrated his determination to abandon the Word of God when he backed ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas when he supported so-called Protestants running to Dublin to cower before “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope.
What do members and attendees of Newtownbreda Baptist Church make of such God defiance on behalf of their pastor? Does it sit well with them?
As for the other Baptist churches, in Finaghy, Strandtown, Newry and Portstewart, what do members and attendees there think of their formal alignment with that which is happy to work alongside Popery?
We would strongly encourage, indeed implore, readers to share this article widely so such rejection of a Biblical viewpoint can be challenged and force church leaders to address well founded concerns over their links with an organisation whose leader is habitually engaging in ecumenical conduct and consorting with others who do the same.
In this day of deepening apostasy, we must follow the words of the Apostle Paul and “be not moved away from the hope of the gospel”.
Colossians 1:21-23 says: “And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel”.
Ecumenists, hiding under the banner of evangelicals, are moving people away from the hope of the gospel to an ungodly concoction of emotionialism, rock and roll music and wafer thin theology which seeks to please people rather than God.
Don’t allow yourself to be swept away by it and don’t allow churches in your area to get away with it unchallenged.
The people of God ought to be ever ready to follow the words of God spoken through Isaiah: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.” (Isaiah 58:1).
Let us not be silent when we see and hear the march of the armies of the ecumenical evangelicals, but rather let us cry aloud and challenge them for their ungodly deeds.
Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”