Monday night past saw a large gathering of individuals from across Northern Ireland crowd into the ornate surrounds of Belfast Cathedral for a prayer gathering.
Their stated intention for the evening was to pray that God might intervene in the evil plans of men and women at Westminster (although Westmonster might be a better description given the monstrous plans it has for our country) to foist the massacre of unborn children on the people of Northern Ireland.
It was the stated intention of the organisers of For the Soul of the Nation to oppose steadfastly any efforts to facilitate abortion, ie baby murder, in our land.
It is certainly a commendable intention and indeed a commendable idea to have a prayer meeting to this end.
However, the fact remains we, if we are a believer, must be careful of the religious company we keep.
Agreement on a certain issue, or opposition to a common enemy does not give the believer carte blanche to associate spiritually with anyone sharing our point of view.
While in this matter those in attendance are to be praised for taking a public stand against this evil, many of those connected are not those with which we would wish to fellowship spiritually on a Sunday, so why would we do it on a Monday night instead?
Before you look at those taking part in or endorsing this event, the venue itself would be enough to start ringing alarm bells.
As alluded to in the opening paragraph, St Anne’s Cathedral, or Belfast Cathedral, played host to this gathering.
That church is a hub of ecumenical compromise and deceit, perhaps second only in Northern Ireland to the utterly anti-Christian Corrymeeela Community in Ballycastle on Northern Ireland’s north coast, with which it has very close links, naturally.
All manner of clerical compromise and religious rebellion is practised in the name of Christianity in that building (see here for just one example), so why would you want to identify with this polluted temple?
We understand that a building is not evil, but what it represents is rebellion against God and rejection of His Word.
God removes His presence from such a place.
Ezekiel 5:11: “Wherefore, as I live, saith the Lord God; Surely, because thou hast defiled my sanctuary with all thy detestable things, and with all thine abominations, therefore will I also diminish thee; neither shall mine eye spare, neither will I have any pity.”
Psalm 127:1: “Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.”
The glory has long since departed from Belfast Cathedral, Ichabod has been written across it, and to choose to hold an event in such a place is indicative of the event as a whole.
Also of note is the man who led the way in organising the event – David Legge (pictured, top).
Sadly, David Legge is a man who appears to have descended in recent years from a previously sound, orthodox position, and he has now got wrapped up in the charismatic, shallow, ecumenical easy-believist movement.
A fine article on the Take Heed Ministries website of Cecil Andrews details a fair amount of David Legge’s downgrade in the past few years. You can find it by clicking here.
We highlighted his compromise last year when he was the lead speaker at the ecumenical charismatic prayer gathering, ‘Healing the Land’, which had the backing of so-called Protestants and Roman Catholics.
Indeed it was marketed as for Protestants and Roman Catholics and the previously annual event was not held this year, with Healing the Land instead one of the groupings backing this event, For the Soul of the Nation. Given Healing the Land was held in late August last year and this at the very start of September, it is highly likely it was decided running the two so close together might hurt the attendance at both.
We believe such close links are highly instructive.
The list of organisations given by the Belfast Telegraph as being involved in or having given its backing to the event includes CARE in Northern Ireland, Christian Medical Fellowship, CVM Ireland, Divine Healing Ministries, Drop Inn Ministries, Ellel Ministries Ireland, Evangelical Alliance NI, Healing the Land, House of Prayer Ireland, Stauros, Transformations Ireland and 24-7 Prayer Ireland.
We are not aware of or familiar with several of those organisations, but the ones with which we are familiar are ones we should not wish to fellowship with normally, so why would we do it now?
The Evangelical Alliance is headed up by a man so frequently lining up with Romanism he has rightly earned the moniker ‘Papist’ Peter Lynas.
Indeed he has previously stated his great interest in hearing what “that Antichrist”, the Pope, had to say in relation to matters including abortion when he visited Dublin last year.
True Christians shouldn’t want to hear anything the Pope has to say, unless it is to state his church teaches a false gospel and he will cease to take upon himself the blasphemous titles which rightly belong only to God.
House of Prayer Ireland, meanwhile, is headed up by the leader of Crown Jesus Ministries, the charismatic pastor known only by the matey moniker of Mitch (pictured, below). He was one of the key speakers at the recent Open Skies Festival at which the disturbing form of prayer created by the more disturbing still, Bethel Ministries, called Sozo was promoted and taught to attendees.
And 24-7 Prayer Ireland, meanwhile, is headed up by another total sell-out to Rome, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, lead pastor at the charismatic Emmanuel Church based in the Craigavon area.
He is such a habitual ecumenist, from promoting the founder of the Jesuits as an example to be followed to preaching in Romanist chapels (pictured, below), that to attend any event endorsed by him would immediately make you very concerned indeed. He appeared in a video on the For the Soul of the Nation Facebook page encouraging attendance at it.
These are just some of the characters backing this event – do you believe good fruit can come from such a polluted source?
The Bible says it cannot.
Luke 6:43: “For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”
We are warned against ecumenical link-ups with those who act contrary to God’s will.
Ephesians 5:11: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”
The example of the good king Jehoshaphat foolishly aligning himself with Ahab is one we ought to take warning from today.
First Ahab courts Jehoshaphat’s support and he foolishly says he and Ahab and his people and Ahab’s were the equivalent of one another. This was not true as Ahab was not only a wicked king but notably wicked.
1 Kings 22:4 shows the approach by Ahab and friendly receipt therof by Jehoshaphat. It says: “And he said unto Jehoshaphat, Wilt thou go with me to battle to Ramoth-gilead? And Jehoshaphat said to the king of Israel, I am as thou art, my people as thy people, my horses as thy horses.”
His alliance with the ungodly brought down God’s wrath and judgment.
2 Chronicles 19:2: “Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD.”
It is obvious that all true children of God should be opposed to the massacre of the unborn and it is good that so many people feel strongly about this.
However, a line of separation still needs to be drawn.
At the rally held in Belfast today (Saturday), one of the headline speakers was ‘Father’ Patrick McCafferty, a high-profile proponent of Romish deceit.
This individual frequently appears in the local media, standing up for false Romish doctrines.
We may agree with him on the importance of the life of the unborn, but we cannot agree with his false teachings which deny the gospel of Jesus Christ.
And this is the problem with the movement springing up around the pro-life campaign.
People are saying, ‘sure we all agree on this, let’s fight this battle together’, just as Jehoshaphat and Ahab did.
However, all this does is give ecumenists an excuse to follow their unbiblical desires and we must ever be wary of the tactics employed by the devil, no matter how attractive or wholesome they may appear to be.
2 Corinthians 11:14 tells us “Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light” and 1 Peter 5:8 urges us to “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour”.
Don’t let the ecumenists use this most important matter to further their own corrupt ends and thus pollute true Christianity in our land still further.