Only total heretics will do – pro-LGBT Church of Ireland clergy squawk as Rev David McClay appointed bishop

2 Chronicles 11:13-16: “And the priests and the Levites that were in all Israel resorted to him out of all their coasts. For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest’s office unto the Lord: And he ordained him priests for the high places, and for the devils, and for the calves which he had made. And after them out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers.”

We at Protestant Revival find ourselves in the rather unusual position of * almost * coming to the defence of an ecumenical Church of Ireland minister.

For we have felt compelled to comment on the elevation of Rev David McClay (pictured, top), rector of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast, to the bishopric of the Church of Ireland Diocese of Down and Dromore.

We have previously been, rightly, in view of Scripture, highly critical of Rev David McClay for his naked ecumenical compromise with the false religion of Romanism through the charismatic New Wine festival, while also inviting in all sorts of other characters who any true evangelical would stay well clear of.

This included, in 2018, Rev David McClay featuring as one of his speakers the Roman Catholic Bishop of the Elphin Diocese, Kevin Doran, as well as a Fodhla McGrane – she is a representative of Clonard Monastery – and Paddy Monaghan of the Evangelical Catholic Initiative (ECI).

Paddy Monaghan, who is a member of the Legion of Mary, was back at the conference once more in 2019.

Also among the guests at Rev David McClay’s New Wine conference have been two of the three lead pastors of the Emmanuel Church in the Craigavon area, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie, whose other lead pastor, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson is one of the most senior figures in the Northern Irish apostasy and is teaching his devotees to follow in the footsteps of the evil founder of the appalling Romanist order of the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola.

So, one would have thought that with such impeccable ecumenical credentials as these that Rev David McClay, who has hitherto served as Archdeacon of the Down and Dromore diocese, would be welcomed with open arms by his denomination, given over as it is to God-defiance.

Not so, however.

For 36 allegedly “senior” (according to the Church Times) Church of Ireland clergy have written a letter, ultimately unsuccessfully, opposing his elevation to the bishopric.

Their reason for doing so? Rev David McClay is, to his credit, not on board with the pro-sodomite lobby insidiously working its way through the Church of Ireland.

The signatories to this letter includes four deans and 12 canons, as well as 24 plain old ‘reverends’ (maybe not quite so “senior”?), although many of the signatories are women and therefore ought not to hold the positions they do. 1 Timothy 2:10-12 gives a very clear steer on this.

Indeed, of the 36 signatories of the letter, 18, or exactly half, are women.

Given that, even yet, a significant majority of Church of Ireland clerics are men, it is instructive that 50% of the God-defiers behind this letter are female.

It should not come as too great a surprise that women ordained as ‘ministers’ should be at the vanguard of the rage against Biblical truth as, to occupy the position they hold, they simply have to be opposed to the Bible’s teachings in the first place, given it prohibits female ministers.

If you can perform a mental leapfrog over those Scriptures, then why not any other passage you personally dislike?

Another interesting aspect of the signatories is that of the 36 people named, just two of them are currently based, as best we can see, in Northern Ireland. The other 34 are over the border in the Republic of Ireland.

This, too, is instructive.

It was primarily southern based Church of Ireland clerics and lay members who voted in favour of affirming same-sex ‘marriages’ in the Church of Ireland a few years ago, though their efforts were, relatively narrowly, defeated.

And it would appear that, once the border is crossed, views on sodomy and other matters get a lot more liberal.

The two Northern Ireland based clergy who added their names to the letter opposing Rev David McClay were Rev Jason Kernohan, rector of All Saints Parish Church, Eglantine, near Lisburn, County Antrim and ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie (pictured, below), ‘minister’ of Kildarton and Lisnadill Parish Churches in County Armagh.

While the former of those we have not previously came across the latter featured in one of the most outrageous articles we have ever had the sad duty of writing.

‘Rev’ Grace Clunie, in addition to the churches for which she has responsibility, also runs the Centre for Celtic Spirituality in Armagh.

As part of this, ‘Rev’ Grace Clunie celebrates pagan rituals such as Beltane and instructs people to “create an outdoor prayer shrine or befriend a tree to pray/meditate outdoors”. You can read all about her dreadful antics by clicking here.

In relation to Rev Jason Kernohan, we have discovered he is a proud and dedicated Romish compromiser.

In an article from the Derry Journal reporting on his then-impending move to Eglantine from his previous charge as curate at Drumachose Parish Church in Limavady, County Londonderry, Rev Jason Kernohan (pictured, below) revealed how he sang each year at Christmas Eve mass in one of that town’s Romanist chapels, Christ the King.

“Fr Eddie Gallagher was one of the first clergy I met,” Rev Jason Kernohan is quoted.

“He loves music and singing at mass, or indeed at any available opportunity really, so on Christmas Eve 2010 I was invited over to sing at Christmas Eve mass at Christ The King. Fr Eddie and I sang a duet. I couldn’t believe the reception we both received and, so, every year I’ve been invited back to Christ the King to sing.

“Eddie and I did concerts at Christ Church and guest teas, and we always thought we would love to record a CD, but of course it was a matter of finances. We got a grant through PEACE III, and we recorded the CD and raised £10,000 for both parishes.

“It brought people together, and everyone really enjoyed it, and we still keep in contact.”

The article continues:

Rev Jason said the Churches’ Forum in Limavady was really important to him.

“The first major event we had, and it hadn’t been done before, was the very public event; the Good Friday event. People had said to me, ‘are you sure you want to do this?, and I said ‘yes’, and we did it and it was amazing,” said Rev Jason.

“When I came here I wasn’t afraid of letting people know that I felt it was important to work together, and I think we did that successfully. I think people’s mindsets have changed and I was very fortunate to have Fr. Eddie Gallagher as a wonderful friend.”

There you go, Rev Jason Kernohan “wasn’t afraid of letting people know” of his plans to mingle with the paganism of Rome, he was loud and proud about it.

Rev Jason Kernohan has clearly ignored the Biblical command for separation.

2 Corinthians 6:17 commands us to “come out from among them, and be ye separate”, while Ephesians 5:11 instructs us to “have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them”.

Another signatory to this pro-sodomy letter is Rev David MacDonnell (pictured, below), now the Dean of Ossorry and rector of St Canice’s Cathedral in Letterkenny, County Donegal.

He has previously been mentioned on this page when leaving his previous charge at a grouped parish in that same county and getting the blessing of the local Romanist priest in doing so.

As with the female clergy, it should be no surprise when there is one form of disobedience to God to see another hot on its heels.

The letter’s signatories’ flapping seems to centre around Rev David McClay’s involvement with GAFCON (Global Anglican Future Conference), an allegedly conservative, evangelical organisation within the Anglican church.

However, given the “unswerving ecumenist” Bishop Harold Miller, Rev David McClay’s predecessor, was also linked with GAFCON, it would not appear to be especially conservative.

In their letter, they say that GAFCON “is a movement to outlaw same-sex marriages, the ordination of LGBTQ+ people, proclaiming itself as the unique upholder of biblical orthodoxy and systematically undermining the global diversity and unity of Anglicanism”.

We would imagine those involved with GAFCON would deny they claim to be the “unique upholder of biblical orthodoxy”, but the first part of that paragraph gets to the crux of the matter – sodomy.

It is truly the major issue of our time and a battle constantly being fought by apostates and Bible haters, whether they wear clerical garb or not.

“Outlawing same-sex marriage”, as they put it, is surely beyond the remit of the Church of Ireland, as we would imagine they have a rather minimal role in the lawmaking process, but it is but another example of their hysterical rhetoric.

These disgraces to the ministry simply want people in positions of power who promote the gospel according to Sodom.

Rev David McClay is a compromiser, but he is opposed to the sodomite agenda and for that he is worthy of praise.

We previously commented here on his church holding what was described as a “gay cure therapy” session by those in opposition to it.

What it wasn’t was Scriptural, but it shows how Rev David McClay is at odds with these characters who are looking to push the Church of Ireland even further away from God.

And what it all shows is that separation is a critically important matter.

We can have different viewpoints on some issues, but when some clergy holding high office, or indeed any office, are campaigning in favour of what God calls an “abomination”, it means we simply cannot be yoked with such wickedness.

There needs to be a separation from churches where God and His Word is rejected and a living for Him, not for ourselves and certainly not a standing against God in favour of sin.

Even as the verses at the top of this article show, the priests determined to serve God realised they could not do it under the notably evil rule of Jeroboam.

Likewise, in an environment such as that within the Church of Ireland, it is not possible to truly please God when you are bound to such God-deniers.

Let us be determined not to be stained by the sins of those around us, but keep ourselves clean and pure for Christ, as much as in us lies.

Ephesians 5:27: “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Ecumenical charismaniacs looking to Rome for revival at Nutts Corner

The ongoing charismatic efforts to degrade the spiritual landscape in Ulster continues apace, and they will focus their efforts next month on an ecumenical prayer initiative called ‘Healing The Land’.

Indeed, the event, scheduled for Saturday, 8th September at Nutts Corner, is being marketed as for Protestant, Catholic and those of no denomination – an ecumenist’s dream.

Perhaps Nutts Corner is a very apt venue for an easy-believist event, not just because of its name but for its reputation as a place to purchase something cheaply.

All manner of ecumenists have given their backing to the event and indicated their intention to be there.

Among them is David McClay (pictured, below), minister in Willowfield Parish Church in Belfast and leader of the ecumenical New Wine Ireland group whose recent conference featured at least three Papist speakers.

Also joining in is the elder statesman and one of the three lead pastors of Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area, Philip Emerson, who also took part in the New Wine Conference.

And he is joined by another lead pastor at Emmanuel Church, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson (pictured, top), back to his old tricks of consorting with the anti-Christian system of Rome.

We will remind readers of Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s track record for Papal pandering.

In February, he spoke in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast as part of the ecumenical ‘Four Corners’ Festival, at which he endorsed the ecumenical, ritualistic, anti-Christian form of praise called Taizé. He is pictured below next to the altar where the blasphemous Mass is offered by the priest.

He then addressed a meeting of the ecumenical Ballymena Church Members Forum, which includes the Roman Catholic Church, before hosting another ecumenical prayer meeting with the blessing of the Pope himself, called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

And Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson and David McClay have appeared in videos uploaded to the event’s facebook page imploring more people to join in their linking arms with Rome.

Indeed, on the same page there is a video featuring an agent of Rome, Patrick McCrystal of Human Life International, a Roman Catholic pro-life group, endorsing this prayer event.

In his brief video, he quickly gets across the ecumenical nature of the event. He says: “We the people of God in Northern Ireland, Catholic, Protestant and all non-denominational, we have to turn back to God…”

Now of course any who have rejected or forsaken God must turn back to Him, but Patrick McCrystal is describing Roman Catholic adherents as the “people of God”.

While it is possible that in some simple way, some individual Roman Catholics may have come to faith in Christ, Patrick McCrystal is speaking in general of Roman Catholics and that is quite simply wrong.

Romanism doesn’t teach true salvation, therefore its followers cannot be described corporately as the people of God.

That is a tragedy of great magnitude, but Rome teaches a salvation of merit through good works.

However, 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.”

Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”, so Rome and, distressingly, an increasing number of so-called Protestant churches, teach that presenting our good works, or “filthy rags” to God will be enough to secure a spot in heaven.

And here we have supposedly Christian leaders giving credence to this false notion that the Roman Catholic Church is of God.

What utter blasphemy!

Rome denies salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, as we have already stressed, it teaches of a fictitious holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory (you’ll not find that anywhere in Scripture), it teaches of prayer to Mary and saints (1 Timothy 2:5 directly contradicts that) and teaches the utter blasphemy of the Mass, whereby they sacrifice Christ repeatedly, this despite Hebrews 10:11-12: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”.

These circles simply cannot be squared, indeed Rome pronounces its anathema, or curses, on any who teaches of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

That being the case, and Papists being comfortable with this prayer event, one must draw the conclusion that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson, David McClay and others must not believe in salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

And if they do, then they are guilty of the most dreadful of compromise, to deliberately permit the propagators of what they believe to be error into their midst to draw people away into sin and confusion.

The character of such individuals as Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson and David McClay as compromisers and consorters with Rome is well established.

However, there is another character who has given this anti-Christian event his seal of approval, and in the most emphatic way as he is to be the speaker at it, and that is David Legge (pictured, below).

A man raised in the truth of the gospel by his own testimony on his website, who attended and then ministered at a sound fellowship such as the Iron Hall in Belfast, concerns have been springing up about his associations and comments in the past few years.

From citing the teachings of a Carmelite monk (a Papist of course) to claiming that our pride, rather than sin, is what chiefly separates us from God, to now speaking at this overtly ecumenical event, David Legge, now working as an itinerant preacher, certainly appears to be deteriorating in his stand.

This very gracious article (now kindly updated by the author to include a link back to this article) on the Take Heed Ministries website articulates a great deal of the concerns surrounding his downgrade, which you can read by clicking here.

By associating with this event, David Legge can only bring further questions upon himself.

Indeed, given the brazen nature of this ecumenical gathering, David hasn’t got a ‘Legge’ to stand on if he claims he was unaware of the utterly inappropriate company he is keeping at this event.

We would certainly encourage readers to share and spread this article widely so that he can have the nature of the other endorsers of this event brought clearly into his focus.

The prayers offered up at this event are highly unlikely to be received in heaven as error is mixed right through this gathering.

God will not regard such prayers from the unconverted, of which there will be many gathered at Nutts Corner, not least (but not just) the avowed Papists who will be in attendance.

Proverbs 15:29: “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Unfortunately a lot of this will be about show and about doing something considered to be popular and worthy, rather than about living genuinely Christian, sanctified lives.

It is like the criticism God had of the insincere penitence of the children of Israel in the days of Hosea.

It says in Hosea 7:14: “And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.”

While they made much noise to God, there was no great sincerity in what they had said, but rather a desire to restore former comforts they had lost in their rebellion against God.

The verse they use to promote the event is a most wonderful verse and one we have used on numerous occasions here.

It says in 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”

However, when the organisers of this event say that Romanists are part of God’s people and when the organisers themselves are noted ecumenists, they then distort this passage to suit their own ungodly ends.

Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, warned that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6) and this is what is being done here.

Truth is being mixed with error, indeed a character such as David Legge, with a previously sound reputation and whose apparent downgrade would be unknown to many, may well be being used to help bring credibility to the event beyond traditional charismatic circles.

Please pray that David Legge will pull back from such compromise and please pray for a genuine revival in our land.

It will not come from the ‘Healing The Land’ prayer initiative, but only from prayer from those sold out to God, not those who are sold out to Rome.

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.”