A leading Anglican cleric in County Fermanagh has now exported his enthusiasm for ecumenism across the border into County Donegal.
Canon David Skuce (pictured, top), formerly the rector (or wrecker!) of Inishmacsaint Parish Church, near Derrygonnelly in west Fermanagh, has been instituted as the new rector of the grouped parish of Dunfanaghy, Raymunterdoney and Tullaghobegley (quite the mouthful!).
Canon David Skuce was a big fan of walking hand in hand with Rome during his time in Fermanagh, as we have previously highlighted.
In January last year, Canon David Skuce was the speaker at a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service in a Romanist chapel in Monea, a village in Fermanagh near to his previous clerical domain.
He then led an ecumenical service between Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church in another nearby vilage, Boho, and Boho Parish Church on Good Friday last year.
Quite how anyone could jointly celebrate Christ’s “one sacrifice for sins for ever” (Hebrews 10:12) with the Roman Catholic Church, which denies this clear Scriptural precept with its blasphemous Mass and denies the all-sufficient blood atonement of Christ, is frankly outrageous.
This is compounded by the fact that Canon David Skuce’s church, the Church of Ireland, is supposedly governed by its 39 Articles, which call the Mass a “blasphemous fable” and a “dangerous deceit”.
Then, Canon David Skuce was promptly rewarded for his ecumenical betrayal of God’s Word and, indeed, his own church’s allegedly governing principles, by being promoted by the Bishop of Clogher, the Right Eejit John McDowell, another brazen Rome lover, to be the Chancellor of the Chapter of Clogher Cathedral.
He followed that up by then attending an ecumenical service in County Fermanagh on Pentecost Sunday last May at which “prayers of intercession” were offered by an emissary of Papal deceit, ‘Father’ Jimmy McPhillips.
And there he was in Dunfanaghy last week continuing his anti-Scriptural ministry.
Not one but two Papist deceivers took part in the service, the aforementioned ‘Father’ Jimmy McPhillips, whom Canon David Skuce had clearly brought along with him as he set his ecumenical stall out early in Donegal, and ‘Father’ Martin Doohan, the Parish Priest in Canon David Skuce’s new patch. No doubt the two will become fast friends.
‘Father’ Jimmy McPhillips apparently read the gospel, even though his church denies it, and a further reading was made by that other practitioner of Papal priestcraft, ‘Father’ Martin Doohan.
This is, incidentally, also the parish which we previously highlighted on ‘Protestant Revival’ back in September following the departure of the previous minister in Dunfanaghy, Raymunterdoney and Tullaghobegley.
‘Father’ Martin Doohan was also centre stage on that occasion, praising the “great bond of friendship” in the town between himself, Rev David MacDonnell (pictured, above), the former rector there, and Dunfanaghy Presbyterian Church minister Rev Andrew Watson, a character whose Romish alliances you can read about by clicking here.
So it appears, sadly, that Canon David Skuce will be a good fit in his new home, bringing his brand of clerical compromise and religious treachery to a receptive audience.
At Rev David MacDonnell’s departure from Dunfanaghy, Churchwarden Patrick Knowles, who performed a reading on this occasion, had praised Rev David MacDonnell’s “inspirational” ministry, the highlights of which included the repointing of the church’s exterior and the installation of a new tiled floor inside the church.
So Canon David Skuce certainly has big shoes to fill. We hope he’s brought his toolbox!
It would appear his recipe book is another essential piece of luggage for Canon David Skuce as he crosses the border, as ‘Father’ Jimmy McPhillips told the congregation at his institution that Canon David Skuce is “an amazing cook”.
Other skills outlined during the service included his “caring attitude, his generosity with his time, his ability to listen and not to judge, his compassion, his sound advice, his calm nature, his friendship, his pastoral care”.
All very admirable in their place, but not one mention throughout the article on the Diocese of Derry and Raphoe website of a desire to make known the gospel of salvation through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ.
Not one mention of a desire to see sinners saved and God’s name lifted up and glorified.
Sadly, this is not uncommon among so much of the professing church today and this refusal or failure to preach the need of salvation is causing so many people to be led astray.
Those in lofty positions bringing judgment on those whose best interests they ought to have at heart is spoken of in the Bible.
Isaiah 9:15-16 says: “The ancient and honourable, he is the head; and the prophet that teacheth lies, he is the tail. For the leaders of this people cause them to err; and they that are led of them are destroyed.”
We are all under judgment of God for our sins, but we can be forgiven if we repent of our sins.
Romans 3:23-27: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; To declare, I say , at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith.”
Sadly this message is all too often neglected, ignored or rejected in so many churches, never mind among the general populace, and this is a sign of a minister who was not sent by Christ.
Jeremiah 14:14: “Then the Lord said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.”
Fellowshipping with the pagan idolatry of Rome comes from the deceit of the heart of any minister who practices or encourages it, it is a thing of nought and will be shown to be so.
And what a fearful judgment awaits any minister who fails to warn of the judgment of God for sin.
Ezekiel 33:6: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”
If anyone reading this is involved with a church caught up in ecumenical activities or even is a minister who is helping lead such, won’t you even heed this warning now?
What a fearful thing it would be to fall into the hands of an angry God.
Psalm 7:11 says God is “angry with the wicked every day”.
We are all wicked, Jeremiah 17:9 tells us that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?”
Not one of us is without sin and if we say we are, then we “deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
There is no other way to heaven than by asking for forgiveness of our sins.
It is not achieved by good works, kind words, a listening ear, church attendance, tithing, fulfilling the sacramental demands of a church, it is simply by praying to God for forgiveness of sins in true repentance and placing your faith and trust in Him and the blood of His precious Son.
Won’t you do that even today?
1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”