On ‘Protestant Revival’ we receive many comments, whether they be on this WordPress page, our facebook page (details in the ‘About’ section) or our email address (email@example.com).
A comment which quite often we receive is to the effect of: “Your comment doesn’t show love”. This is, of course, not true and it is love which is the reason behind this entire blog.
One such misguided individual who attempts to misrepresent us is someone who contacted us by the name of “kmf0812”, who appears to be a Karla M Finlayson, going by the attached WordPress blog we found by clicking on her name.
She contacted us to say the following in relation to our post on Enniskillen Presbyterian minister Rev David Cupples (pictured) going on a Roman Catholic pilgrimage: “Sad to see other Christians slandering and discrediting the reputation of another Christian. We are called to love one another, this post is not loving towards Rev David Cupples. I would suggest you read up on David’s Camino facebook page for the reasons he did the walk and perhaps get a copy of his book ‘Peregrino’.”
We decided to use this as a good opportunity to address this vexatious misrepresentation of this and any other stand against mean compromise and betrayal of true Christianity by so-called Protestants.
Our response to “kmf0812” is as follows:
“Thank you for your comment and affording us the opportunity to address this easy, lazy and baseless, though sadly fairly common complaint when believers point out departure from true Christianity.
Our comments in no way meet the criteria for slander.
Slander is defined as “the action or crime of making a false spoken statement damaging to a person’s reputation”.
Of course, our comments weren’t spoken, but we’ll not split hairs over that.
The key issue and accusation you bring within your claim of slander is the truthfulness of what we have said.
Please point out what was untrue in what we said.
Did Rev David Cupples go on the Camino? Yes.
Is the Camino a Roman Catholic pilgrimage? Yes.
Is the end point of that pilgrimage a Roman Catholic chapel which falsely claims to have the remains of the Apostle James there? Yes.
Was Pope Callixtus II so synonymous with this pilgrimage that many modern guidebooks for the Camino are based on his guide? Yes.
Your false accusation of slander is actually the closest thing to slander in this discourse (although, we state again that slander is spoken, rather than written).
Again, please clarify what we said that was untrue.
The charge of not showing love is also false. Our post is the most loving thing Rev David Cupples will have heard regarding his foolish excursion. It is not love to pat him on the back for doing something harmful to Christianity in Ulster.
God doesn’t take this approach with us. We are told in Hebrews 12:6 “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth” and the purpose of this blog is to try, with God’s help, to revive the hearts of men and women in Ulster and take on the workers of ecumenism and apostasy.
Rev David Cupples professes to be a Christian and we have to take him at his word. Why then is he engaging in a Papist superstition such as a pilgrimage, the end point of which is a Romanist chapel?
We believe there is an important comment to be made here. Lots of people claim to be ‘Christian’, indeed Romanists claim to be Christian when they are in fact anti-Christian.
A key question is: are you saved? Have you asked God to forgive you for your sin? Have you acknowledged you’re nothing but a wretched, hell-deserving sinner and have cried to God for mercy and forgiveness? There is NO OTHER WAY to get to heaven.
We have read Rev David Cupples’ blog on facebook. We have no desire to read ‘Peregrino’.
We would recommend to you, Rev David Cupples and anyone reading this to pick up a copy of the King James Version of the Bible and read it instead. This will clearly demonstrate why we are taking the stand we are taking.
Rev David Cupples and his Presbyterian Church in Enniskillen is also part of the Fermanagh Churches Forum, which we have highlighted previously. This forum also includes the Methodist, Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic Church. Would it be more loving not to point that out?
Two weeks ago the final ‘Lenten lunch’ in the series of lunches the Fermanagh Churches Forum organised was hosted by Rev David Cupples’ church.
Last week, his church hosted the latest meeting of the ‘Faith and Friendship’ group. It is an “interdenominational Bible study, fellowship and prayer gathering”.
The speaker was a ‘Rev’ Ruth Patterson, the first ordained female Presbyterian ‘minister’ in Northern Ireland. This is clearly anti-Biblical. 1 Timothy 2:12 sets this out clearly. It says: “But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence.”
If Rev David Cupples chooses to ignore, contradict and brazenly defy God’s inspired Word, we will be there to point it out and call it out for what it is – sin.”