Same old tricks as New Wine’s David McClay invites Papists back again

Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

In late spring and early summer, we highlighted the ungodly nature of the ‘New Wine Conference’, held each year in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland.

As we said at the time, it boasts a veritable who’s who of ecumenists, easy-believists and charismatics among its list of speakers.

Among those who took part in it earlier this year are Canon Mark Harvey, the minister at Shankill Parish Church in Lurgan, County Armagh, the man who proudly brought a priest into his church to lead part of a service back in October, along with Biblical creation denier and supporter of the lighting up of a town hall for sodomite ‘Pride’ and pastor at the charismatic King’s Church in Bangor, Glen Mitchell.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s buddies at the Craigavon based Emmanuel Church, fellow lead pastors Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie were also on the august guest list for the Conference along with Fermanagh-based Church of Ireland cleric, Canon Henry Blair, another ardent fan of religious compromise with Rome.

Organising the ecumenical conference was Church of Ireland minister Rev David McClay of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast.

And he had no less than three emissaries of Papal deceit taking part in the conference, including a Roman Catholic bishop and a representative of what is called the Evangelical Catholic Initiative, Paddy Monaghan.

This character, Paddy Monaghan, is already listed as one of the speakers for the New Wine 2019 Conference, some of whom have already been confirmed.

Rev David McClay and members of his church were well aware of the articles we wrote earlier this year to highlight the ungodly, ecumenical nature of the conference, yet he is persisting in his fellowshipping with those who teach the blasphemous lies and deceits of the Roman Catholic Church.

The shameful situation is well summed up in the famous words of Amos 3:3, which asks: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

It is a rhetorical question and certainly the answer is obvious and one must question why Rev David McClay determinedly is sharing fellowship with someone who is a self-professed member of the Legion of Mary.

In an article entitled “Adventures in Reconciliation” (a true ecumenical watchword) on the ‘Catholic Ireland’ website, Paddy Monaghan shares some of his life story.

Speaking of his university days, he says: “I joined a Catholic lay organisation called the Legion of Mary, whose members engaged in various forms of charitable work.”

So what is the Legion of Mary, you may ask? Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Membership is open to those who belong to the Catholic Church and believe in its teaching. Its stated mission is for active members to serve God under the banner of Mary by the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy, as mentioned in Chapter 33 of the Legion of Mary Handbook. The main apostolate of the Legion is activities directed towards Catholics and non-Catholics encouraging them in their faith or inviting them to become Catholic. This is usually done by encouraging them in prayer, attending Mass and learning more about the Catholic faith.”

So Paddy Monaghan believes in the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, whose teaching is totally contradictory to the teaching of Protestantism.

Rome teaches the elevation of Mary and the offering of prayer to her, which is clearly something Paddy Monaghan believes in as he is a member of the Legion of Mary.

The Bible knows of no such blasphemy. Absolutely nowhere in the Bible is there found the approval of the offering of prayer to anyone other than God.

John 14:6 says: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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

When Jesus taught the Apostles how to pray, he told them their prayer should begin with the words, “Our father” (Matthew 6:9). The prayer is addressed to God, not to Mary. Jesus made no allowance nor did he insert any caveats for prayer being offered to anyone else.

This Romish practice is a blasphemy, pure and simple, but Rev David McClay is happy to allow such a character to propagate his views.

Other Roman Catholic doctrines which Paddy Monaghan will believe includes the adoration of relics and idols, again something expressly forbidden in the Bible. The Second Commandment, outlined in Exodus 20:4-6, says: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Of course, Rome has carefully removed the Second Commandment from their version of the Bible, so as not to have it contradict their pagan practices.

Notice that the Second Commandment concludes with the promise that he will show mercy unto those who keep his commandments. Rome can’t keep them as they chucked one of them into the bin, but here we have Rev David McClay, a supposedly Protestant minister, repeatedly inviting along a man who believes such blasphemies.

There are various other false teachings of Rome, such as prayers for the dead, the blasphemous titles ascribed to the Pope, the fictitious creation of purgatory and the worst of all, the denial of salvation by faith alone.

This is what the official Roman Catholic teaching on justification says, from Canon 30 of the Council of Trent: “If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”

“Let him be anathema” is the belief of the Roman Catholic Church regarding any who say that Jesus’ shed blood is enough to atone for sin.

But Rev David McClay is happy to endorse and encourage the likes of Paddy Monaghan, a member of the Legion of Mary who upholds the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, as a suitable speaker and influence on attendees at the New Wine Conference.

That is a disgraceful situation.

There can be no fellowshipping with error and no true blessing can come from it.

We are forthrightly instructed in God’s Word to have nothing to do with such unrighteousness as the Roman Catholic Church.

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

We had a rhetorical question in Amos earlier in the article, and here is a series more of them from 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, which 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?”

Romanism is darkness, it is unrighteousness, its proponents are as sons of Belial and it is rebellion against God.

Why would any true Christian want to have fellowship with it?

Let’s hear some more of Paddy Monaghan’s testimony.

“As an Evangelical Catholic, I am concerned to see a Christ centred, Biblically based renewal in the Catholic Church, to foster reconciliation among Christians and to build up Jewish-Christian relations.

“We see reconciliation between the Christian Churches and renewal within the Christian Churches as being two sides of the same coin.”

Exemplary ecumenical talk, isn’t it?

And that ecumenical enthusiasm is what is being fostered and encouraged at the New Wine Conference.

Dear reader, please do not be deceived and sucked in by the lies of the ecumenical and charismatic movements which are joining forces in an act of rebellion against God.

2 Timothy 3:13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

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King’s Church leader Glen Mitchell rejects Biblical account of creation

Exodus 20:11: “For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.”

Exodus 31:17: “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.”

Genesis 2:1-2: “Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.”

A very popular method the world chooses to use to attack God’s Word is to reject the Biblical account of creation.

They come up with increasingly fantastic stories to explain the origin of the universe and tell us objects they find are millions and billions of years old, despite having no objective way of ever being able to back up what they are claiming.

Praise God we, if we are saved, have His inspired and inerrant Word to explain to us how our wonderful world came into being.

However, there sadly seems to be creeping into many so-called churches and many so-called Christians a rejection of God’s Word when it comes to creation.

And it would appear that one such ‘church’ leader in Bangor, County Down, has endorsed such blasphemous rejection of the manifestation of God’s greatness through his creation of the universe in just six days.

Glen Mitchell (pictured, top), who leads a charismatic group in the seaside town of Bangor called King’s Church, seems to have endorsed the anti-Biblical nonsense that God used the so-called ‘Big Bang’ and evolution to create the world we see today.

He has certainly seen fit to give this blasphemy his support on his Twitter page.

Glen Mitchell shared a comment on his Twitter page from a Joel Timothy Houston, who, according to his Wikipedia page, is an “Australian musician, songwriter, pastor and leader in the Sydney-based band Hillsong United, a worship band of Hillsong Church.” He is also co-pastor of Hillsong NYC (New York City).

Hillsong, of course, are no example for any Christian to follow but they are sadly extremely popular and much beloved of the type of charismatic, easy-believist ‘churches’ the likes of Glen Mitchell are in charge of. To get a flavour of the truly shocking reality of Hillsong, we would advise everyone reading this to click here and read this article on this dreadful organisation.

Back to the comment from Joel Timothy Houston on Twitter (pictured, below). When asked for his views by another Twitter user, he said: “Evolution is undeniable – created by God as a reflective means of displaying nature’s pattern of renewal in pursuance of God’s Word – an ode to the nature of the creative God it reflects – and only ever in part – not the SOURCE! Science and faith aren’t at odds. God created the Big Bang.”

Those comments are utterly opposed to the Bible and, of course, Joel Timothy Houston didn’t use any Bible verses to support his man-made theory. The very good and clear reason for that is because there are none.

The natural response of any minister or church leader, or indeed any Christian worth their salt, would be to express disgust that a professing Christian could make such an unbiblical claim.

However, in his response to the comment from Joel Timothy Houston, Glen Mitchell left a single ’emoji’ of an explosion, thus clearly demonstrating his endorsement of the ‘Big Bang Theory’. Glen Mitchell’s tweet is pictured, below.

It is a very flippant response to a heretical comment and to demonstrate support for such is highly offensive to God.

This statement Glen Mitchell has given his backing to tries to claim that plants and animals evolve in their own tribute act to God, which is frankly ludicrous.

It is clear from the Bible that God simply created the world and didn’t rely on making the ‘big bang’ or creating animals to evolve.

The very notion is a nonsense.

John 1:3: “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.”

Colossians 1:16: “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:”

Isaiah 45:12: “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.”

Genesis 2:19: “And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.”

We are not told that God created animals out of other animals over what even evolutionists would say is a very slow process, we are told simply that “out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast”.

This is typical of large swathes of modern professing Christianity, a desire to have their cake and eat it, having a little bit of Jesus in the hope it’ll get them to heaven but denying Him by trying to be on friendly terms with the world.

Matthew 6:24: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”

Interestingly, Glen Mitchell was part of the august list of ecumenists and easy-believists who took part in the God-defying ‘New Wine’ Conference in Sligo last week.

Given the remarkable level of Biblical illiteracy he has demonstrated by rejecting God’s own account of His creation, it is somewhat ironic that Glen Mitchell was lecturing on ‘Competency in Biblical Literacy’ at that ecumenical conference.

And who was he lecturing with at the ‘New Wine’ Conference? Another character we have highlighted previously, Dave Wylie of the Emmanuel Church.

This also poses questions for the Emmanuel Church.

What is its view on creation? Do they believe the account given in God’s Word? Or do they reject God and His Word and embrace the blasphemy of theistic evolution?

We would ask readers of this post to ensure they share this post with Glen Mitchell and also with Dave Wylie and the Emmanuel Church to see what they have to say on this matter.

1 John 4:1: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

Vineyard Church and Hope Community Church – more easy-believists back ecumenical ‘New Wine’ Conference

We have previously featured on ‘Protestant Revival’ numerous characters taking part in the ecumenical ‘New Wine’ Conference, which kicked off yesterday (Sunday) and runs through to this Friday, 13 July.

These have included Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie, two of the lead pastors of the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area and confirmed Church of Ireland ecumenists, Canons Henry Blair and Mark Harvey.

On the Conference’s website, they have listed literally dozens of speakers, and while we cannot focus on them all, for obvious reasons, there are some more individuals taking part of note.

These include several representatives of the Vineyard Church, including two who are or were heavily involved with the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church in Coleraine, County Londonderry.

This is of course the church whose former leader is Alan Scott, a man who, during a message he delivered at the Causeway Coast Vineyard, said he was “all in” with the Pope.

The other participant we wish to highlight is Rev Craig Cooney, minister at one of the new charismatic Church of Ireland plants springing up in numerous locations, this one called Hope Community Church, based in Craigavon.

Indeed, Rev Craig Cooney, prior to taking up his role in Craigavon, held the position of ‘Teaching Pastor’ for a year at the Causeway Coast Vineyard Church.

Before we go any further, we will demonstrate beyond contention the ecumenical nature of this event.

At the ‘New Wine’ Conference there will be at least three speakers from the Roman Catholic Church. They are Bishop Kevin Doran, the Bishop of the Elphin Diocese; Dr Fodhla McGrane of Clonard Monastery in west Belfast and Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative.

The Roman Catholic Church is an anti-Christian organisation, and teaches numerous falsehoods, not least of which is its blasphemy of salvation by works and sacramental merit.

The Bible, however, teaches of a far simpler, greater salvation – through faith.

Ephesians 2:8-9 says: “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.”

We cannot earn our salvation, which Rome still to this day teaches. One must only look at the Pope’s offer of plenary indulgences to those who attend his planned visit to the Republic of Ireland next month to see Rome has not moved one iota since the Reformation.

The matter of the Romanist deceit regarding salvation is the most grave of its manifold blasphemies, for they attempt to erect a bar between its followers and eternal glory in heaven.

And this is the key reason why so-called Protestant preachers and supposedly God-exalting church leaders should remain separate from perpetrators of such papal deceit.

God’s curse is on the Roman Catholic system, with its false gospel of works. Galatians 1:9 says: “As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.”

We are not to fellowship with or even extend good wishes to those who preach another gospel.

2 John 1:9-11: “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

By associating with such messengers of “that man of sin”, the Pope, Rev Craig Cooney and those representatives of the Vineyard Church are made partaker of their evil deeds.

Most observers of religious affairs in Northern Ireland will have probably heard of the controversy at Knocknamuckley Church of Ireland a few years ago, where the ludicrous conduct of Rev Alan Kilpatrick grabbed headlines in the country’s regional papers.

His highly irreverent style of dress in church, his abandonment of traditional worship, his bringing in of an interpretive dance troop on Easter Sunday 2015 and his links with the extreme Pentecostal movement, Bethel Supernatural Ministry, eventually led to him leaving the church, located between Portadown and Lurgan in County Armagh.

Given his list of transgressions, one would have expected a supposedly God-exalting church to have washed their hands of Rev Alan Kilpatrick.

However, the local diocese of the Church of Ireland instead allowed him to set up a new fellowship, which became Hope Community Church, based in Craigavon.

Rev Alan Kilpatrick left in 2017 and was then replaced by Rev Craig Cooney.

At his installation, a report on the Church of Ireland’s website quoted Rev Craig Cooney as saying he planned to “build on the great foundations laid by my predecessor, Rev Alan Kilpatrick”.

1 Corinthians 3:8-11 outlines the only sure foundation to God’s work.

It says: “Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Can it be said that Rev Alan Kilpatrick laid foundations in Jesus Christ? Based on the activities he supported and those he disregarded, we do not believe it can be said that he did.

Therefore the foundations Rev Craig Cooney is building upon are like the sand the foolish man built his house on.

On a side note, who was it who preached the message at Rev Craig Cooney’s installation in Hope Community Church? Rev David McClay, the leader of the ‘New Wine’ movement in Ireland.

Rev Craig Cooney, in his previous charge in Dublin at St Catherine’s Church of Ireland, also demonstrated his ecumenical desire by helping raise funds for the nearby Roman Catholic church, also called St Catherine’s.

A table quiz called ‘St Catherine’s United’ was held. We are told that, “at the end of the evening, the Rev Craig Cooney, minister of CORE, presented Father Niall Coughlin with a cheque for €2,000”.

We are further told that, speaking after the event, Rev Craig Cooney said: “Not only was a large amount of money raised, but more importantly, friendships have been forged which can be developed in the months and years ahead.”

Rev Craig Cooney was avowedly stating his desire to press ahead with ecumenical relationships, and he is certainly fulfilling that most unbiblical vow by speaking at the ‘New Wine’ Conference.

‘New Wine’ would also be a rather appropriate event for the Vineyard Church to be represented at and they are up to their necks in this conference.

Two people with significant links to Causeway Coast Vineyard, Scott McNamara and Colleen McSorley, are to address the conference and two leaders in the ‘Desert Vineyard’, Jonathan Rue, who appears to be a celebrity draw to the event, and Joshua Miller.

The fact all four of these characters are attending this event with Papists seems to be consistent with Alan Scott’s shameful declaration that he is “all in” with the Pope.

Indeed, Colleen McSorley regularly retweets the ramblings of Alan Scott on Twitter, as he follows the time-honoured tradition of the charismatic of sharing something he believes to be profound, but is in fact as deep as your fingernail.

For those looking true meaning and depth, we can look in just one direction, and that is to Christ.

Romans 11:33: “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!”

Church of Ireland Canons Mark Harvey and Henry Blair cosy up with Rome at ‘New Wine’ Conference

There really is what might be called, in footballing terms, a “star-studded line-up” of ecumenists and easy-believist preachers due to descend on Sligo next month for the ‘New Wine’ Conference.

Numerous characters well grounded in compromise with Rome are prominent on the guest list.

Earlier this month we focused on two of the Lead Pastors in the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area who are listed as speakers at the event, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie. They are following in the well-trodden ecumenical footsteps of Alain Emerson, the other Lead Pastor in that church.

Of course, at least three Romanists are on the speaker list, including a Roman Catholic bishop and a representative of Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

And among the other figures taking part in this shameful ecumenical compromise are two Canons in the Church of Ireland.

One of these is Canon Henry Blair of Magheraculmoney Parish Church in County Fermanagh.

Canon Henry Blair took part in an ecumenical Easter service this year, and he was recently promoted by his Diocese of Clogher to the Chapter of Clogher Cathedral, where a woman (1 Timothy 2:12), ‘Reverend’ Olivia Downey, was last month installed as Rector (or should that be Wrecker?!).

The other is Canon Mark Harvey, Rector of Shankill Parish Church in Lurgan.

Canon Mark Harvey is also no stranger to ecumenical compromise, having invited the former British Ambassador to the Pope himself, Roman Catholic layman Francis Campbell to speak at a meeting to celebrate the God-defying Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

And now they will further entwine themselves with Rome at this ‘New Wine’ Conference, which will run from 8-13 July.

These men are brazenly defying God’s Word, and doing so repeatedly, as we have already demonstrated.

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

Rather than speaking alongside Rome at this ‘New Wine’ Conference, Canon Henry Blair and Canon Mark Harvey should be speaking out against Rome.

What a dreadful betrayal of their Protestant heritage!

Indeed, Canon Mark Harvey’s betrayal of Biblical Protestantism, which is true Christianity, goes much deeper.

He is a Canon at Down Cathedral and was installed at the same time as two ecumenical canons, one of them a Methodist minister, a Rev John Alderdice (that name seems to be a byword for God-defiance – see here) and the other, most disgracefully, a Romanist Benedictine monk called ‘Brother’ Eric Loisel, based at Holy Cross Monastery in Rostrevor, County Down.

Our photograph at the top of this article shows a smiling Canon Mark Harvey pictured between ‘Brother’ Loisel and Rev John Alderdice at their installation as canons.

This service took place on 23 April, 2015 and, according to the Down Cathedral’s website report, saw ‘Holy Communion’ take place, though it was a service clearly much polluted, even just by the presence of a Romanist who can not eat justly of the Lord’s Supper.

1 Corinthians 11:27,29 says: “Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.”

These men, so highly lifted up within their church, yet so much at odds with God’s precepts, are as those senior figures within the children of Israel who approached Ezekiel, claiming they wished to hear God’s Word.

Ezekiel 14:1-6: “Then came certain of the elders of Israel unto me, and sat before me. And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their face: should I be enquired of at all by them? Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God ; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from me through their idols. Therefore say unto the house of Israel, Thus saith the Lord God; Repent, and turn yourselves from your idols; and turn away your faces from all your abominations.”

God will not be “enquired of” by them because they have put the stumblingblock of their iniquitous collusion with Rome before themselves.

However, there is hope for all those who reject God through their ecumenical compromise.

When God pronounces His judgements, He very often shews forth His mercy too, and this passage in Ezekiel is no different.

Verse 11 of the chapter sees God showing why He will act against the polluters of true worship in the land – it is so He can bring the children of Israel closer to Himself.

It says: “That the house of Israel may go no more astray from me, neither be polluted any more with all their transgressions; but that they may be my people, and I may be their God, saith the Lord God.”

If you are involved with a church involved in ecumenical compromise or perhaps take part in it yourself, we would urge you to follow the Scriptural command to withdraw yourself from among it and “touch not the unclean thing” (1 Corinthians 6:17).

And if you are as yet unsaved, it is our hope and prayer that you will turn in faith to Christ, and call upon Him for forgiveness of your sins.

God is not willing that any should perish (2 Peter 3:9).

He says in Ezekiel 18:23: “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Therefore, won’t you listen to His urging and take His promise to the penitent?

Isaiah 1:18: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

‘New Wine’, any wine will do – attendees at ‘Christian’ conference encouraged to have a booze up

Proverbs 23:29-35: “Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine; they that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder. Thine eyes shall behold strange women, and thine heart shall utter perverse things. Yea, thou shalt be as he that lieth down in the midst of the sea, or as he that lieth upon the top of a mast. They have stricken me, shalt thou say, and I was not sick; they have beaten me, and I felt it not: when shall I awake? I will seek it yet again.”

1 John 2:15-16: “Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”

Indulgence in alcohol is quite clearly a favoured pursuit of the world and a precursor to many of the vilest and most shameful sins committed by men, (and women!).

However, the ‘New Wine’ Conference, the ungodly ecumenical nature of which we began to expose last week, is actively encouraging those in attendance to go for a boozy lunch during the conference!

Indeed, on the New Wine Conference’s own website they have said a “typical day” at the conference includes a trip to the pub!

Under that heading of ‘A Typical Day’, on their website it reads: “With the two morning sessions over, you can pick up lunch in one of the cafes on site, or head into Sligo and try one of the many cafes, restaurants or pubs.”

What a dreadful witness for these so-called Christians to be giving to the world at large. Indeed, what a dreadful witness for the leaders of this conference, which include lead organiser Rev David McClay (pictured, below) to be encouraging their followers and supporters to engage in such activity.

As our first Bible passage shows, the consequences of such self-indulgence are grave – there is woe, sorrow, contentions, babbling, wounds without cause and redness of eyes.

Alcohol causes misery, folly, arguments and injury, leaving an individual insensitive to the world around them and lowering their inhibitions.

Yet the ‘New Wine’ Conference is encouraging attendees to make their way to the pub in the middle of the day at a conference where they are supposed to be exalting Christ.

Instead they are encouraging attendees to go into the world to fulfil the lust of the flesh and of the eyes, which is “not of the father, but of the world”.

This conduct is at complete variance with the orders laid down by God to “be not conformed to this world”, which loves and glamorises alcohol, an addictive drug. Instead, if we are Christians, we ought to be “transformed by the renewing of your mind” which comes from Christ.

Romans 12:1-3 says: “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.”

Note that our bodies are to be a living sacrifice, not tanked up with a poisonous drug which corrodes our organs, debauches our behaviour and, if you are a Christian, ultimately ruins our testimony.

Believers are also instructed “to think soberly”. How can we think soberly if we are not sober?

A great many evil things are recounted in the Bible by individuals who have allowed their blood to get up as a result of alcohol consumption.

King Ahasuerus allowed himself to be carried away with booze and tried to make a show of his beautiful wife, Vashti, in front of the many dignitaries present at his grand feast.

Esther 1:10-12 says: “On the seventh day, when the heart of the king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king, To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to shew the people and the princes her beauty: for she was fair to look on. But the queen Vashti refused to come at the king’s commandment by his chamberlains: therefore was the king very wroth, and his anger burned in him.”

The heart of the king was “merry with wine” and he wanted to make an exhibition of his wife. She refused, not impressed with the drunken exhibition her husband wanted to make of her which would have caused other men to lust after her. At this point, the man who was “merry with wine” suddenly changed his mood to anger, such is the inconstancy of the person filling themselves with alcohol.

The consumption of alcohol corrupts and, as we have said before, leaves people insensitive. Look at the vile behaviour of the two daughters of Lot, who plied their father with alcohol and then committed grave sin with him.

Genesis 19:31-38: “And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth: Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father. And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose. Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father. And the firstborn bare a son, and called his name Moab: the same is the father of the Moabites unto this day. And the younger, she also bare a son, and called his name Ben-ammi: the same is the father of the children of Ammon unto this day.”

Not only was the corruption in the action itself bad enough, but this was compounded by such evil actions, made possible by alcohol, leading to the creation of two nations who would be at enmity with God’s people in the centuries to come.

The consequences of such drunken depravity lasted so much longer than one night, or two nights, in this instance, God’s people were suffering as a result for centuries afterwards.

However, such warnings from Scripture appear to matter little to the organisers of this New Wine Conference as they encourage their followers to be part of the world.

Hosea 4:11: “Whoredom and wine and new wine take away the heart.”

Proverbs 21:17: “He that loveth pleasure shall be a poor man: he that loveth wine and oil shall not be rich.”

Jude 1:23: “…hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.”

Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie: More Emmanuel leaders cosy up with Rome

At ‘Protestant Revival’, we have on several occasions written about the ecumenical conduct of one of the leaders of the Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area.

So frequent are his demonstrations of ecumenical compromise we have given him the name Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.

From speaking in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast to endorsing the ritualistic, anti-Christian, ecumenical worship style of Taizé to organising a prayer event with Rome’s blessing at which at least one Jesuit priest was present (readers can check back through the Twitter page of ‘Father’ Martin Magill), Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson has most emphatically earned his ignoble title.

However, we have made a most distressing discovery in the past few days that more of the senior leadership of that supposedly God-exalting church are to be among the speakers at an ecumenical conference in the Republic of Ireland over the summer.

The ‘New Wine’ Conference will be held in Sligo, in the west of the country, and features a veritable who’s who of ecumenists and apostates, particularly in the charismatic, easy-believism movement in Ireland, north and south.

It will also, shamefully, include a Roman Catholic bishop, a representative from Clonard Monastery in the Irish republican Falls Road in west Belfast and a leading figure in what is called the ‘Evangelical Catholic Initiative’.

And in the midst of all this are two more of the main leaders in Emmanuel Church – Philip Emerson, (pictured, top), whom we assume is a relative of Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, and Dave Wylie (pictured, below).

They both feature on the ‘New Wine’ Conference’s website’s list of speakers for the week long conference, which runs from 8-13 July. You can see the list by clicking here.

According to the Emmanuel Church’s own website, these two individuals, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie, are two of the three lead pastors in the church. The third, of course, is Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson.

Of course, when Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is so entrenched in ecumenical activity and therefore in the betrayal of the gospel of Christ, then it should not really be a big surprise when his fellow head honchos in this licentious organisation are also indulging in such ecumenical departure.

We will remind Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie that they are directly contradicting the Word of God.

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

This verse talks about religious fellowship with those who are not saved and who are, as such, enemies of Christ.

Rome by its very foundations, is at enmity with God.

Its leader, the Pope, tries to blasphemously assume the role of God on earth and Rome teaches the Pope is infallible and can do no wrong.

Its central act of worship, the Mass, is a blasphemy as it teaches that Christ is being sacrificed again and again and again each time the Mass is ‘celebrated’ in every chapel throughout the world. This is despite the Word of God clearly stating that Christ’s sacrifice on the cross was once for all and is entirely sufficient to atone for all sins of those who truly seek forgiveness.

Hebrews 7:25-27: “Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”

Rome teaches of prayer to Mary and to saints, yet the Bible is clear that we pray 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”.

This is but scratching the surface of the blasphemies of Rome, yet Emmanuel leaders Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie are choosing to fellowship with such characters, and, by taking part, are endorsing the presence of emissaries of Papal deceit.

The Romanists to which we refer are Roman Catholic Bishop of the Elphin Diocese, Kevin Doran, Fodhla McGrane (a woman, in case the name is an unfamiliar one) of Clonard Monastery and Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative (ECI).

If, like us, you were unaware of the ECI, its website helpfully explains its purpose.

It says: “ECI is focused on the priority of evangelism in the Roman Catholic Church and on joining with Christians in other denominations to fulfil the Great Commission.”

So it is an overtly ecumenical organisation and it is also blasphemously claiming that ecumenism is a means towards fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ to “go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel” (Mark 16:15).

However, these are the characters which Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie see fit to associate with spiritually, thus leading their followers in the Emmanuel Church into the same condemnation of God.

Matthew 15:14 sums up this sad situation. It says: “…they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.”

This dismal duo are far from the only betrayers of Christ on the list for the conference, and we plan, in the will of God, to feature more of the characters involved in this apostasy in the coming weeks.

Indeed, it is a blessing to Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie that we have featured them first on the list of ecumenical speakers at this conference as it gives them the most time to reconsider their decision to speak at this disgraceful event.

In April, we gave Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson eight days to cancel an ecumenical meeting at which he was speaking in Ballymena, we are giving Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie 36 days to pull out of this conference.

That is more than five full weeks’ notice and is surely more than enough time for them to have a read of the Bible and see if God would have them to endorse the teachings of Rome by speaking at the same event as high ranking Papists.

As we said before in relation to Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, if these men pull out of this event as they have realised it is damaging to the gospel, rather than because it is damaging to themselves or the Emmanuel Church, we will be happy to write an article in praise of them for revising their position. They are encouraged to contact us privately if they so wish to confirm they have withdrawn from the meeting.

We would also encourage readers to share this article with them, be it by word of mouth or through sharing this on facebook or sending them a link to the article, to ensure they are aware of it. We anticipate this will come to their attention as we are aware they are monitoring this page, through the various comments we have received from its supporters, many of them too unpleasant to allow to be reproduced on our page.

As God said to the children of Israel after they had returned from the captivity in Babylon and had left off from the work of building the temple, we are advising them to “consider your ways” (Haggai 1:5).

Or as Paul put it, writing under the inspiration of God, in 2 Corinthians 13:5: “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith…”

We would advise everyone reading this, and we are also speaking to ourselves, to continually be examining yourself and considering your ways.

If we are saved, we need to ensure we don’t allow ourselves to drift and we ought to ask God to protect us from backsliding.

If we are as yet unsaved and bound for a lost sinner’s hell, then we must turn from our sin and our rejection of God and His Word, we must confess our sins, and humbly, penitently, ask the Lord Jesus Christ into our hearts and to save us from our sins.

It is our prayer that anyone who is caught up in the apostasy in this land will “come out from among them” and separate themselves unto Christ.

Please bear in mind that fearful statement of God in Genesis 6:3: “My spirit shall not always strive with man.”