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.”