At ‘Protestant Revival’, we take a fierce and uncompromising stand against ecumenical activity by Protestant church leaders in Ulster and further afield.
This involves criticising many religious figures and pointing out their activities which serve to dishonour God.
We do this as we strive to honour God and “earnestly contend for the faith” (Jude v 3) and follow His charge to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them” (Ephesians 5:11).
The purpose of this, as we have previously stated, is an effort, under God, to encourage professing Christians to take their stand and take on the workers of ecumenism and apostasy. It is also to cause unsaved readers to question where they will spend eternity and prompt them to ask the question: “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation?” (Hebrews 2:3).
However, in our research into the article we posted on Tuesday night, dealing with the various ecumenical walks held across Northern Ireland on Good Friday, we discovered a heartening detail in relation to one such traditional walk in County Antrim.
One of the groups which holds their annual ecumenical walk is the Lambeg Churches grouping and last year, the then recently appointed minister of Lambeg Parish Church (near Lisburn), Rev Eddie Coulter (pictured, top), “broke with parish tradition” (so says a Belfast NewsLetter report) by boycotting the walk.
This, he said, was due to “deeply held theological disagreements” with the Roman Catholic Church, particularly in relation to the cross.
He further said: “I feel that it is important to uphold the gospel of grace alone by Christ alone, for the spiritual welfare and benefit of all people.”
We must congratulate and commend Rev Eddie Coulter for this stance.
He made reference to last year being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation and to the 39 Articles, which are supposed to govern the Anglican movement, of which the Church of Ireland is a significant constituent part.
If only all of his colleagues in the ministry were of like mind in this matter to Rev Eddie Coulter.
While we saw no mention of this year’s procession in relation to Rev Eddie Coulter, it would appear likely he once again declined to attend the shameful walk of compromise.
The Lambeg Churches’ application to the Parades Commission said the walk was due to begin at 10:45am and end at 12.30pm. Meanwhile, on the Lambeg Parish Church and Hilden Centre facebook page, we are instructed the Hilden Centre was the venue for a Good Friday family service at 11am, meaning he could not have been at both events.
We do not know much else of Rev Eddie Coulter, and we have little doubt there may well be matters on which we might disagree with him, but we believe in giving credit where it is due and it is due here.
In the NewsLetter article we came across while compiling our previous item, it was implied they wrote the story after being contacted by a parishioner irate at the stance taken by Rev Eddie Coulter.
They are quoted as saying: “A lot of church members would go to the walk and the majority would be in favour of it.”
Therein lies a big part of the problem facing Rev Eddie Coulter in the Church of Ireland and others of like mind to him.
The mainstream Protestant churches are so engrossed with ecumenism that they really leave no room for those who want to preach the gospel.
Rev Eddie Coulter is fighting his congregation, if this report is anything to go by, the majority of whom appear to be enthusiastic ecumenists.
God’s Word teaches of the need for separation and the benefits of practising it.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 says: “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, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”
Oh that Ulster would experience a revival where “a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith” (Acts 6:7).