Romanists and ecumenists are ‘incredible company’ – Evangelical Alliance leader Peter Lynas

Psalm 26:4-5: “I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”

The leader of the Evangelical Alliance (or perhaps that should be the Evan-jelly-cal Alliance, given its general wobbliness), Peter Lynas, has called a Papist monk and noted ecumenists ‘incredible company’ after speaking at a conference featuring such Bible rejecting characters.

Peter Lynas, who is also a key backer of the ecumenical, charismatic, easy-believist Causeway Coast Vineyard church in Coleraine in County Londonderry, was an invited guest at the annual Clergy Conference of the Church of Ireland’s Down and Dromore Diocese.

Taking to Twitter to highlight how “excited” he was at taking part, Peter Lynas displayed the list of speakers at the conference and it is quite the collection of characters.

There are female ‘ministers’, Canon Christina Baxter, a leading Anglican, and whose most notable printed work is the unequivocally ecumenical ‘Stepping Stones: Joint Essays on Anglican Catholic and Evangelical Unity’, and Dr Heather Morris, the first ever female President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

Therefore this conference brazenly rejects the Biblical prohibition on female ministers as outlined in 1 Timothy 2:12: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”

It is a topic we previously dealt with in reference to the recent appointment to the position of Bishop of London of a ‘Rev’ Sarah Mullally.

Moving through the list, we next come to the ecumenists.

These include Rev Charles McMullen, the current Moderator of the Presbyterian Church and the man who eagerly sped down the road to Dublin to meet “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope, during his recent visit to Ireland. Despite his eagerness to do obeisance face to face with “that Antichrist”, the Pope didn’t even see fit to speak to him, thus making Rev Charles McMullen fully aware of how highly he thinks of him.

Then we have Bishop Ken Good (Derry and Raphoe Diocese), a man who delivered what amounted to a love letter to his ecumenical partner in the Londonderry area, Roman Catholic Bishop of the city, Donal McKeown, at a Church of Ireland event back in the summer, during which he highlighted the various ecumenical walks the pair have embarked on together. Indeed, Bishop Donal McKeown pointed out that Bishop Ken Good was the driving force behind this ecumenical conduct.

Adding their name to this august list is a Dr Jasper Rutherford, with a penchant for retweeting Papist priests on his Twitter page, while a Bishop Bill Love from Canada was also on the list, of whom we know very little.

Peter Lynas himself would be added to the list of ecumenists, having firmly established his credentials in that ignoble field.

Not only did he issue a gushing statement praising Billy Graham, the evangelist who steered Roman Catholics concerned about their souls back into the clutches of the Papacy, but he gave enthusiastic backing to the ecumenical ‘Healing The Land’ prayer initiative and he wholeheartedly supported so-called Christians heading down to Rome to meet the Pope.

And his compromise with Popery was cemented further still when he described as ‘incredible company’ those characters mentioned above, but also ‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan, a Papist Benedictine monk based in Holy Cross monastery in Rostrevor, County Down.

‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan is an individual we featured last month on this page, looking at his preaching at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh, where he holds the role of an ecumenical canon.

So these are the individuals with whom Peter Lynas has not only chosen to fellowship, but gleefully boast of keeping company with them, extolling them as ‘incredible company’.

We actually agree that it is incredible company to keep, but rather suspect it is not in the same way as he does.

Peter Lynas and many of his acolytes seemed to take great exception to him being given the moniker of ‘Papist Peter’ following his continued exploits with the Roman Catholic Church.

However, he is continuing to link arms with the Papacy and makes no apology for it, instead he is bragging about it online, so it is difficult to see the grounds for such objections – perhaps he and his acolytes just don’t like it being pointed out.

The motivation for Peter Lynas’ constant ecumenism is truly a mystery, but it must be highlighted and condemned.

We are duty bound by God’s Word to do just that.

Ephesians 5:11 says: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

Jude v 3 says “… ye should earnestly contend for the faith.”

Rome is beyond any shadow of a doubt part of the unfruitful works of darkness.

We have ran through the many errors of Romanism on so many occasions on this blog, yet so many seem to have a tin ear to such warnings, not least, clearly, Peter Lynas.

Here we go again:

Rome teaches of a fictional holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory, which has absolutely no basis in Scripture.

Rome teaches of the lies of prayer being offered to saints and to Mary, despite the Bible clearly saying that prayer is to be offered to God and Him alone.

1 Timothy 2:5 says: “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.”

Rome teaches of the blasphemy of the Mass, where, according to their abominable rite, Jesus is sacrificed again and again in every Papist chapel in the world, despite the Bible teaching that Jesus’ sacrifice was once and for all.

Hebrews 10:11-12 says: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God.”

Rome teaches the disgraceful doctrine of salvation by sacramental merit, teaching that salvation can be earned, despite the fact the Bible clearly states that we can never earn our salvation.

Ephesians 2:8-9: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.”

These are the scandals of the Roman Catholic Church, which has damned untold millions to hell over the centuries, but Peter Lynas repeatedly chooses to fellowship with that anti-Christian system’s proponents and endorse other professing Christians fellowshipping with Rome.

Such unholy mingling of the seed is doing significant damage to the cause of Christ.

Revival has never came when professing Christians have so wilfully consorted with error.

While Peter Lynas issues very worthy, and indeed, pleasing to the ear of the undiscerning, statements on abortion or the Asher’s Bakery, he is doing no more than agreeing with a multitude of Roman Catholics who hold the same moral viewpoints.

It is when his consistent ecumenism, no more blatant than when he numbers a Romanist priest among his “incredible company”, is considered that we see the dangerous game he is playing.

Peter Lynas has been confronted with the reality of his ecumenical conduct and persisted in it.

Dear reader, don’t follow that example, if you are not separated from the apostasy, the ecumenical movement or the easy-believist movement in our land or wherever you are in the world, please do make the step today and withdraw yourselves from spiritual compromise and error.

Ecclesiastes 8:11-13: “Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil. Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him: But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.”

2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you”.

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Leading Romanist monk preaches in Armagh Church of Ireland cathedral

St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh is one of the main venues for ecumenism in Northern Ireland, and it lived up (or down, perhaps) to its inglorious reputation on Sunday past.

The guest speaker at their service at the weekend was a senior Benedictine monk, who is based at the monastery in Rostrevor, County Down.

‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan, originally from Belfast, is a leading figure in that monastery, of which one of its key purposes is to promote “reconciliation”, an ecumenical watchword.

This is outlined very clearly by ‘Father’ Mark Ephrem-Nolan, the ‘Superior’ of the Holy Cross Monastery, as it is called, in an article on the ‘Contemporary Christianity’ website.

He highlights in that article how, from its very establishment, the monastery has been a vehicle for ecumenism.

It says: “We celebrated the opening and consecration of our new monastery on the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18 January, 2004. The liturgical celebrations marking this event gathered together and invited the active participation of Christians from all denominations.”

Speaking at that event was the former Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, itself a demonstration of despicable ecumenism.

George Carey said: “We want this community to be a vocal witness to the power of God’s love expressed so tangibly in the gospel of peace brought to us through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What George Carey so brazenly ignores there is that, regardless of whether the intentions of that monastery are good, the root is not in Christ.

The Roman Catholic Church is a pagan corruption of true Christianity.

Furthermore, the gospel of peace in the Bible is not the ignoring of critical theological differences, but rather it is the peace which comes through true salvation, which Rome seeks to rob of all which comes under its influence.

There can be no peace with Rome until Rome makes peace with God, and Rome, despite its honeyed words, has no intention of doing that.

Dear reader, do not be deceived by the soft, friendly approach of ecumenists of all shades. Do not be lured into thinking that all who claim to be Christian are that in reality.

Psalm 55:21: “The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.”

Ecumenists will strive to be all things to all men, but their end destination is the dilution and degradation of the true gospel message of peace with God through the atoning blood of the once for all sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Sadly, this ‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan proudly attests that many so-called Protestants have been sucked in by the deceit of ecumenism, as “50% of those who come for a time of quiet reflection come from the Protestant churches.”

Worse still, he says that “around 90% of the young people who frequent our monastic guesthouse are drawn from the Protestant churches”.

The problem, by his own claims, gets worse as the age drops, and this should be even more concerning as it demonstrates the next generation of so-called Protestants are totally given over to mean compromise with Rome.

They’ll never be able to contend for the true faith when they are linked, arm in arm, with Popery.

‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan also confirms his entire mission is an ecumenical one.

He says: “Ecumenism is not an activity for our community, but rather underpins our whole way of life.”

And that was surely demonstrated on Sunday past when he sermonised at St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral in Armagh.

‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan is, in fact, an ecumenical canon at the cathedral, first appointed to the role in 2012, one year after the church changed its rules so as they could let him in.

A Diocesan Ecumenical report from 2012 says: “Provision for two ecumenical canons was included in a new statute governing St Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh, enacted by the General Synod of the Church of Ireland in 2011.”

This is rather telling; St Patrick’s Church of Ireland cathedral, Armagh, sought to change the rules to fit with their current notions and fancies, but God doesn’t change to suit modern tastes.

Malachi 3:6: “For I am the Lord, I change not”.

Hebrews 13:8: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

The current Dean of Armagh, the Very Rev Gregory Dunstan (pictured, top), is quoted in that same report welcoming his appointment, saying: “In Mark-Ephrem Nolan and Dr Donald Watts (the other appointee), the Archbishop has chosen two distinguished Christians each of whom, through their own particular ministry, have exercised great influence for good in the life of the whole Church in Ireland. I am delighted at their appointment.”

These are very ecumenical words, and shows that Very Rev Gregory Dunstan considers Rome to be part of God’s church, which is a very sad position to take, as Rome denies the key gospel message of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

Given ‘Father’ Mark-Ephrem Nolan is an ecumenical canon in St Patrick’s, it is unsurprising that this was not his first time preaching there, having preached at the installation of Armagh Presbyterian minister Rev Tony Davidson as an ecumenical canon last year, and no doubt having spoken there on numerous occasions over the five years preceding that.

However, this doesn’t mean we should ignore it, or shrug our shoulders and move on, we ought to continually be in opposition to that which serves to bring dishonour to God, and that is certainly what ecumenism does.

We ought to be separated to Christ if we profess his name, not joining forces with a church which denies his message of salvation by faith alone.

Paul’s determination to please God is a great example for us to follow.

He was able to say in 2 Timothy 4:7: “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.”

Paul kept fighting to the end, he didn’t give up or decide he’d done enough for God, he kept waging the spiritual warfare for as long as God gave him power, and it is the same for us.

We ought not to be weary of well doing.

Look at the reward that awaited Paul in the following verse.

2 Timothy 4:8: “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Let us too be determined to finish the course and never shrink away from defending and contending for the faith.