Over the past number of months as we have sought, under God, to highlight the workers of iniquity, apostasy and ecumenism in our land, we have uncovered some dreadful actions.
However, we were informed a few days ago of a concerning state of affairs with the ‘minister’ of Kildarton and Lisnadill Parish Churches, just a few miles outside the city of Armagh, and we are saddened to say we have never encountered such dreadful departure from the Word of God by someone holding episcopal office.
She is the ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie (pictured, top) and, while she ought not to hold her position simply because of her gender (1 Timothy 2:12), there is an even greater concern over her suitability as any type of church leader.
This is because she is an active practitioner of pagan rituals and runs her own website promoting such shocking rejection of God’s Word.
Called Celtic Spirituality, this practice is entirely pagan in its nature and indeed it is its obsession with nature and the world around us which is its defining characteristic.
On ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie’s website, it speaks of a ‘love of the natural world’ and promotes events being run by the Centre for Celtic Spirituality in Armagh, which she runs, including ‘earthwalks’ which, according to the website, “enable us to enter into the experience of the natural world and all its beauty in a deeper way”.
There is no mention of a connection with God, it is about connecting with a tree, a rose bush, a stream or a hill. We are reminded of the words of Romans 1:25 concerning those who had perverted pure religion. It says: “Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator…”
The BBC, on its website, defines paganism as “a group of religions and spiritual traditions based on a reverence for nature”.
Indeed, the most recent of ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie’s woodland wanderings, or earthwalks, took place on 19th May to celebrate the pagan festival of Beltane (or Bealtaine).
It is one of the four main festivals in the pagan calendar and symbolises a time of year of virility, lustfulness, growth, fertility and reproduction.
We’ll refer you back to ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie’s website, which says: “In the human growth cycle, Bealtaine corresponds to the period of young adulthood when the blood is hot, when ideas are sometimes impetuous and ambitions pursued with vigour and ardour”.
Regarding this pagan festival, Wikipedia says the following: “Rituals were performed to protect the cattle, crops and people, and to encourage growth.
“Special bonfires were kindled and their flames, smoke and ashes were deemed to have protective powers.
“Sometimes the cattle would be driven around a bonfire or be made to leap over flames or embers. The people themselves would do likewise.”
This bears a striking similarity to the occult practices of the heathen in the lands round about the children of Israel, whom they blasphemously decided to worship with when they abandoned God.
We read on many occasions in the Old Testament of how they made their children pass through the fire, though the practices in the Bible often included a human sacrifice.
This is the Holy Spirit’s condemnation of evil king Ahaz, as we are told in 2 Kings 16:3: “But he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, yea, and made his son to pass through the fire, according to the abominations of the heathen, whom the Lord cast out from before the children of Israel.”
Manasseh, who was a notably evil king until God dealt with him and wonderfully saved him, was guilty of the same evil in his earlier period on the throne. 2 Kings 21:6 says: “And he made his son pass through the fire, and observed times, and used enchantments, and dealt with familiar spirits and wizards: he wrought much wickedness in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”
The children of Israel, too, as a body of people, were guilty of this most abominable of sins, as we are told in 2 Kings 17:17: “And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire, and used divination and enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger.”
This was something God had expressly warned against prior to bringing his people into the promised land.
Deuteronomy 18:9-12 says: “When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the Lord: and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee.”
This is the nature of Beltane, and it is a festival no Christian should even countenance having the slightest thing to do with, yet here we have a Church of Ireland ‘minister’ organising celebrations of it.
Wikipedia also informs us that Beltane gatherings “would be accompanied by a feast, and some of the food and drink would be offered to the aos si.”
What on earth are the aos si, you are most likely asking.
Well, they are the Irish term for “a supernatural race in Irish mythology, comparable to the fairies or elves.
“They are said to live underground in fairy mounds, across the western sea, or in an invisible world that coexists with the world of humans.
“Most scholars see the aos si as remnants of the pagan gods and nature spirits.”
So a Church of Ireland ‘minister’ is leading a celebration and actively promoting a religion which includes fairies and elves, who live underground or in a parallel universe and must be appeased by sacrifice.
Perhaps most damning of all is this piece of information, also from Wikipedia: “Since the late 20th century, Celtic neopagans and Wiccans (or witches) have observed Beltane, or something based on it, as a religious holiday.”
So witchcraft is added into the mix here – what a truly terrible potion of apostasy, paganism and heathenism is being concocted here!
Popery can also be added into this horrendous cocktail as her page is littered with quotes from propagators of the Papacy, including a Jesuit priest and an Irish priest who has written extensively on the subject of Celtic spirituality.
Not only that, ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie promotes on her website meditation classes being run by a Benedictine monk, a couple of which have yet to be held, not that we’re encouraging attendance, merely highlighting the continuing nature of this apostasy.
Indeed, the Centre for Celtic Spirituality, which ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie runs, was set up as an ecumenical venture, with involvement from Anglicans, Methodists, Quakers, Presbyterians and Roman Catholics.
And what of the Church of Ireland, which helps fund this pagan facility?
They are every bit as guilty as ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie herself, indeed they promote her website on their own page in the directory of its churches.
The Archbishop of Armagh, with whom ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie will inevitably be very familiar, is the Most Ecumenical Richard Clarke, a man who brings shame and disgrace to the name of Christ every time he dons his grand garments and spews out his deceitful messages of mean compromise.
However, his toleration of such vileness is a new low, even for a man whose clerical standards are as low as a snake’s belly.
See this article and this previous item to get a flavour of his outrageous apostasy.
How can such a character as one who celebrates the Pagan festival of Beltane be tolerated in the church?
How can such a character as one who, on her website, encourages people, as part of Beltane, to “create an outdoor prayer shrine or befriend a tree to pray/meditate outdoors”, be tolerated in the church?
How can such a character as one who opens the door to the world of fairies, elves and witches be tolerated in the church?
Reader, don’t be taken in by anything calling itself Celtic Spirituality or Celtic Christianity, it is a deceit and a pagan corruption.
1 Corinthians 10:20-21: “But I say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice, they sacrifice to devils, and not to God: and I would not that ye should have fellowship with devils. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord’s table, and of the table of devils.”
If you are involved with the Church of Ireland and do not consider this to be a separation matter, then we fear for you.
Please heed the crystal clear call of Paul, writing under the inspiration of God, when he said 2 Corinthians 6:17: “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing”.
If you are as yet unsaved, then please come to Christ, confess your sins and call on him to forgive you.
Acts 16:31: “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved”.