Departing Donegal Church of Ireland minister gets blessing of local priest

Amos 3:3: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

The rector at a grouped Church of Ireland parish in County Donegal has moved on to pastures new, but not without getting the blessing of the local Papist priest first.

Rev David MacDonnell (pictured, top) was moving from the parishes of Dunfanaghy, Raymunterdoney and Tullaghobegley (no wonder he’s moving with a mouthful like that!) having been promoted to the position of Dean of Ossorry and rector of St Canice’s Cathedral in Letterkenny.

And his farewell service, which was held about a month ago, was attended by ‘Father’ Martin Doohan of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Church in Dunfanaghy, who was full of praise for the departing Rev David MacDonnell.

The emissary of Papal deceit took the floor at a point and spoke about the “great bond of friendship” that exists between all three clergy in the town of Dunfanaghy.

He also presented him with a Celtic cross on behalf of the parishioners at Holy Cross Church. What a lovely memento to remind him of his ecumenical days in Donegal!

‘Father’ Martin Doohan then “thanked Rev MacDonnell for his friendship and wished him well in Kilkenny”.

All very cosy, isn’t it?

You will notice that it was mentioned about the great bond of friendship between “all three clergy in the town”.

Who was the other you may (or may not) be asking?

It was none other than Rev Andrew Watson (pictured, below), who our more long-standing readers may remember is the minister of Dunfanaghy Presbyterian Church and whose book is printed and recommended by a Roman Catholic Church publishing house. You can read our article from then by clicking here.

‘Finding Our Way Home: Prayers And Reflections For Our Journey In Christ’ is Rev Andrew Watson’s compendium of ramblings and it is published by Veritas, a publishing house owned by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference.

It was on the recommended reading list for the Roman Catholic Church’s World Meeting of Families event, which was held in Dublin last week and was the reason for the visit of the Pope to Ireland.

So the writings of this so-called Protestant minister were considered by the Roman Catholic Church to be a suitable accompaniment for the visit of the Pope.

And there he was betraying his Protestant heritage showing his unity with Rome once more.

But back to Rev David MacDonnell, and he showed his absolute agreement with the sentiments expressed by the Romanist, ‘Father’ Martin Doohan, concurring with his remarks “about the great community spirit in the area”.

Rev David MacDonnell also said he “had intended to stay longer in the area; but the post in Kilkenny had come up and he had decided to take it”, with no mention made of the Lord’s will for him.

The service was hosted by Churchwarden Patrick Knowles who paid tribute to his “truly inspirational ministry”, drawing particular attention to the repointing of the church’s exterior and installation of a new tiled floor inside the church.

Inspirational indeed.

There was no mention of his preaching of the Word of God, no mention of his desire to see souls saved and no mention of his public witness for Christ.

Paul’s charge to Timothy as a minister of the gospel was this: “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:2).

That’s the primary focus of any minister, or it ought to be, not establishing friendly relations with Rome or leading the redecoration.

Patrick Knowles also drew attention to how Rev David MacDonnell’s penchant for interior design had led to “an increase in available space at the front of the church”, which was apparently “extremely innovative and brings our church forward in time”.

What goes on in this extra innovative space is anybody’s guess.

He concluded that “our loss is Kilkenny’s gain”.

Perhaps they need new curtains picked out for the church hall.

This service is an example of what one could call everyday ecumenism, just part of the constant stream of compromise and consorting with Popery.

Many may not like it to be highlighted, but we must if we are to be serious in our efforts to be faithful to God.

Isaiah 58:1: “Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.”

Let us be serious in our devotion to God, and let us fail not to speak out against the agents of error in our land.

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Presbyterian Church quitters like Lord Alderdice no loss to anyone

There has been much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth by hardened ecumenists and outright apostates over a few rather soft measures by the Presbyterian Church to limit the involvement of sodomites in the church, withdraw from the World Council of Churches and lessen ties with the Church of Scotland.

In truth, the Presbyterian Church has ambled about a yard down the road away from the depths it has reached when it needs to run a marathon.

But any move away from downright apostasy will always be greeted with howls of outrage from the world, especially when it involves the great cause of our day – sodomy.

This is a vile sin and unnatural, that’s what the Holy Spirit calls it in Romans 1:26. He calls it an “abomination” in Leviticus 18:22.

If you don’t like this, don’t take it up with Rev Stafford Carson, the Principal of Union Theological College, the training ground for Presbyterian ministers, and the man behind much of the doctrinal work which has provoked such apostate outrage – take it up with God.

And if you think shaking your puny fist at the Almighty will avail of anything for you, remember what we are told in Psalm 2:4: “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision.”

As we have said previously, we ought not to despise the day of small things, but that is all the Presbyterian Church has done – small things.

They will still work alongside the apostate Church of Scotland, which has given its blessing to same-sex marriage, in areas of “mutual benefit”, whatever they are.

They are still in various ecumenical bodies, such as the Irish Council of Churches and dozens of local groupings.

They will still welcome sodomites into the church, despite this being a position whereby they are endorsing open sin in the pews.

They will retain women ministers and continue to teach them at their training college, where the supposedly hardline Rev Stafford Carson is the Principal. In fact he said this week the following: “At the present time the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ordains women to the eldership and to the ministry and that is a settled conviction of the church.”

They will still tolerate various corrupt translations of the Word of God.

They will still enthusiastically engage with what their own governing principles (supposedly), the Westminster Confession of Faith, calls “that Antichrist”, the Pope.

They will still allow despicable old apostates like Martin McGuinness’ mate Rev David Latimer, the Mary worship endorsing Rev John Stanbridge and Roman Catholic publishing house backed Rev Andrew Watson to hold their positions.

They are just three of the apostates we have written about in the Presbyterian Church on ‘Protestant Revival’ thus far.

We are sure there are more issues we could identify, but we trust we are highlighting the depths of the issues at large within the Presbyterian Church.

Despite the nonsensical protestations of Lord Alderdice (pictured, below), who has resigned as a Presbyterian elder and member over the matter, there remains a great gulf between the stance of the Presbyterian Church and the Free Presbyterian Church, which he sought to claim.

He, and others, including the previously obscure but suddenly “high profile businesswoman” (according to the Belfast Telegraph) Lesley Macaulay claim this is a matter of liberty, which is an absolute falsehood.

We will remind Lord Alderdice, a former Alliance Party leader (and what a wretched, God defying party it is), of what the Westminster Confession of Faith says.

Let’s not forget he would have vowed his agreement with what it said and promised to uphold it when he was appointed as an elder. This was clearly a lie, as we will demonstrate clearly now.

These words would also be helpful to Lesley Macaulay, whose daughter is a lesbian, who follows the time-honoured tradition of something being a sin until one of your family members does it.

Chapter 24, paragraph 1 says: “Marriage is to be between one man and one woman.”

Chapter 20, paragraph 3 says: “They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty…”

As a Presbyterian elder, Lord Alderdice would have been required to affirm his belief in the Westminster Confession of Faith in its entirety.

Either his view has changed during the years or he was dishonest from the start in order to gain higher position.

Whatever the case may be, he is an utterly inappropriate candidate for the eldership and his church can only benefit from his absence.

We are reminded in John 14:15 that if we love Christ, we will want to do what is pleasing to Him, not ourselves. It says: “If ye love me, keep my commandments.”

This same idea is referred to in Acts 5:29, where it says: “We ought to obey God rather than men.”

God’s Word forbids gay marriage, but the likes of Lord Alderdice and Lesley Macaulay are fine with it. Who ought we to follow? We trust that is self-evident.

The only way to revival and seeing souls saved and our country transformed (and these are issues which appear to not even feature on the priority lists of the likes of Lord Alderdice and the non-entity of Lesley Macaulay) is through total faithfulness to God’s Word and a confession of sins, not wilful indulgence in still graver sin.

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.”

Please pray, dear reader, for a mighty revival in our land, that souls may be saved in their droves and that our churches will eject the deceivers and the apostates and the ecumenists corrupting religious worship up and down this land.

Presbyterian minister Rev Andrew Watson’s ramblings find favour with Romanist publisher

Featured in an edition last week of the Irish News, a Roman Catholic newspaper based in Belfast, was an article by a Rev Andrew Watson, minister of the Presbyterian churches in Dunfanaghy and Carrigart, County Donegal.

His article, headed ‘Why am I a Christian?’, is full of the typical woolly rigmarole which goes hand in hand with ecumenism. That is entirely necessary if one is to avoid offending anyone. Except Jesus, of course.

For so many ecumenists, a better question they may well be posing than ‘Why am I a Christian?’ is ‘Am I a Christian?’

Rev Watson is careful not to mention the means of salvation in his article, and certainly not hell, and makes sure not to use the Authorised King James Version of the Bible in his scripture quotations.

However, what Rev Andrew Watson is able to mention is the Pope, and in most approving terms.

Having previously quoted the Apostle Paul when he said in 1 Timothy 1:15: “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief,” Andrew Watson then places “that man of sin, and son of perdition”, the Pope, on the same standing as God’s chosen servant.

Andrew Watson says: “Paul’s words are echoed in this 21st century quote from Pope Francis: ‘I am a sinner, but I trust in the infinite mercy and patience of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

How despicable to equate the two!

This implies that the Pope is a servant of God, when he is in fact a servant of the devil.

The Roman Catholic system, of which the Pope is the head, denies the gospel of Christ, that the blood He shed on the cross is sufficient for salvation. Instead the Papacy tries to exert power over its adherents with its corrupt gospel of works and teaches prayer to Mary and Saints, thus blaspheming against God and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to Whom we are to pray and Him alone.

1 John 2:22-26 says: “Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrist, that denieth the Father and the Son. Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: (but) he that acknowledgeth the Son hath the Father also. Let that therefore abide in you, which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father. And this is the promise that he hath promised us, even eternal life. These things have I written unto you concerning them that seduce you.”

If anyone reading this should be aware of Rev Andrew Watson or know him, could they perhaps ask him if he wants to resign his position as a Presbyterian minister as he clearly doesn’t believe the Westminster Confession of Faith which he signed in order to become a minister.

Let us remind him what he signed when he was licensed as a Presbyterian minister.

In paragraph 25, chapter 6. It states: “There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the church, against Christ and all that is called God.”

What does he think of this passage now? What did he think of it when he signed it? It would be interesting to hear Rev Andrew Watson’s thoughts.

This is entirely unsurprising when one looks a little bit deeper at this character, Rev Andrew Watson.

At the bottom of his article we are told that Andrew Watson is the author of ‘Finding Our Way Home: Prayers And Reflections For Our Journey In Christ’.

Not especially interesting you may say, and no doubt his book is far from enthralling or enlightening, but the intriguing bit is its publisher and who recommends that we ought to read it.

It is published by Veritas, a company owned by the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, making it a Roman Catholic publishing house.

More intriguingly still, we are told that his book is on Veritas’ recommended reading list of the World Meeting of Families, a massive Roman Catholic gathering, which this year will be held in the Republic of Ireland this August.

If Rev Andrew Watson’s book is being recommended by Romanists, then you can be sure it is not to be recommended to true Christians.

The Roman Catholic Church wouldn’t be interested in propagating Rev Andrew Watson’s ramblings were they to contain the true way to salvation.

If the fruits of something are evil, and they must be if Rome would recommend it, then the root must be corrupt too as Matthew 7:17-19 tells us. It says: “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

How many will be cast into the fires of hell by preachers who fail to shepherd their flock, and indeed, lead their sheep headfirst into a pack of wolves?

Pray that God would take a mighty dealing with apostate ministers in this country and let us see a day as we did in Acts when the majority of the priests were faithful. Sadly, this is far from the case with Protestant ministers today.

Acts 6:7: “And the word of God increased; and the number of the disciples multiplied in Jerusalem greatly; and a great company of the priests were obedient to the faith.”

Isaiah 3:10 tells us the reward of the true child of God for their obedience, but verses 9 and 11 have a fearsome warning for those who are disobedient.

They say: “The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves. Say ye to the righteous, that it shall be well with him : for they shall eat the fruit of their doings. Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.”