Church of Ireland bishop’s love letter to Romanist excusing republican thugs in Londonderry

Psalm 1:1: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

The Church of Ireland Bishop of Derry and Raphoe has expressed his great admiration for the Roman Catholic Bishop of Derry at a major Church of Ireland youth event.

As part of their attempts to normalise compromise with the papacy with the youth of the Church of Ireland, Bishop Ken Good (Church of Ireland) and Bishop Donal McKeown (Roman Catholic Church) “talked and joked before an audience of Christians about their friendship and ministry”, according to a report on the Church of Ireland Diocese of Derry and Raphoe website.

The report stated that the “close rapport” between the pair “was on display at the Summer Madness festival”, a major gathering for the youth of the Church of Ireland.

Speaking at a seminar entitled ‘Our Journey Together’, Bishop Ken Good, (pictured, right of the image, below) was gushing in his praise for Bishop Donal McKeown (pictured, left of the image).

He said: “I think he has a remarkable way with people. His memory of names, his ability to just relate to people – and I saw this in Rome particularly – he’s a real people person and there’s a warmth about him, there’s a ‘down-to-earthness’ about him.

“I actually think he’s a very good bishop – I’m quite serious about that, it’s true – and he has that warm ability to get on and relate to his people.”

Bishop Donal McKeown continued the adulatory ecumenical exchange.

He said: “We do complement one another as well. I can bring a certain amount of energy but you can bring the focus to it, the structure to it, so together we’re blessed having each other by being different, because we recognise the skills that the other has – which is a wonderful way to have a relationship.

“We’ve been blessed in having each other to complement one another.”

It also appears to be the case that they have each other to compliment one another.

And Bishop Donal McKeown, in recent days, has excused the vicious sectarian actions of republicans in Northern Ireland’s second city, Londonderry, targeting relentlessly for a week a small Protestant area surrounded by republican strongholds.

Referring to the thugs, he said: “Some communities that suffered much in the past are still suffering disadvantage.

“There are young people who feel life is passing them by and looking down on them.”

Therefore, presumably the natural reaction in that circumstance is to, with violent intent, target Protestants simply because they are Protestant. What utter nonsense!

However, this is the type of character that the supposedly Protestant Bishop Ken Good has opted to cosy up with.

Back to their little get together and the Papist bishop then also pointed out that many of their ecumenical ventures were thanks to the determined efforts of the so-called Protestant bishop.

Referring to a number of “Columban pilgrimages” the pair had engaged in together, he said: “I may have my strengths but Ken, all those walks came from you calling meetings in your office; you were the organiser.”

So Bishop Ken Good was the driving force behind the Columban pilgrimages, a Papist practice.

He certainly has not followed the example set by David, as he stressed in Psalm 26.

Verses 4-5 say: “I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers. I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.”

The Roman Catholic system is a wicked one, as it expressly tries to robs its adherents of salvation by denying the precious truth of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone.

Instead it preaches a corrupt system of works, which can never offer salvation.

It does not go well when we make alliances with those who are at odds with God.

One must only look at the sorry example of King Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah who aligned himself with the notoriously wicked king of Israel, Ahab.

The husband of the evil Jezebel, Ahab was that man whom Elijah had boldly told was the one who had troubled Israel with his blasphemous idolatry (1 Kings 18:18).

He had not changed by the time he made an alliance with Jehoshaphat, who, to that point, had pleased God.

However, he very nearly paid for his folly with his life.

First, Ahab made friendly overtures towards him, seeking to win his confidence, which he did.

2 Chronicles 18:2-3: “And after certain years he went down to Ahab to Samaria. And Ahab killed sheep and oxen for him in abundance, and for the people that he had with him, and persuaded him to go up with him to Ramoth-gilead. And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramoth-gilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art , and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war.”

Is that not even the spirit of the ecumenical movement? Do its cheerleaders not say that we’re all really the same, we are all Christians and all serve the same God?

This is a lie and a deceit from the pit, just as it was in the day of Jehoshaphat.

Ahab presided over an evil kingdom and enforced blasphemous worship of Baal in the land, yet Jehoshaphat foolishly sought to team up with this reprobate.

Jehoshaphat equivocated for a time, but eventually gave in to this ecumenical alliance with the idolater, Ahab, and went into battle with him.

However, Ahab sought to protect himself and expose Jehoshaphat to the most danger in their battle with the Assyrians.

2 Chronicles 18:29,31: “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, I will disguise myself, and will go to the battle; but put thou on thy robes. So the king of Israel disguised himself; and they went to the battle. And it came to pass, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they compassed about him to fight: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and the Lord helped him; and God moved them to depart from him.”

Were it not for God’s mercy, Jehoshaphat would have been killed by those assuming he was in fact Ahab.

This is typical of the ecumenical process, whereby it is the Protestant who must compromise themselves to align with the Roman Catholic. It was the same for Jehoshaphat, whose kingdom was much closer to God, as he put himself literally in the firing line to aid the God rejecter, Ahab.

However, God made the plans of men to come to nothing when he caused Ahab to die in the battle, regardless of his efforts to disguise himself.

2 Chronicles 18:33-34: “And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: therefore he said to his chariot man, Turn thine hand, that thou mayest carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. And the battle increased that day: howbeit the king of Israel stayed himself up in his chariot against the Syrians until the even: and about the time of the sun going down he died.”

While God intervened on behalf of Jehoshaphat and spared him, He was displeased by his actions, as he told Jehoshaphat through Jehu the prophet in the next chapter.

2 Chronicles 19:2: “And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the Lord? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the Lord.”

Jehoshaphat lost out through an unholy alliance with someone who was at variance with God.

We ought to take heed to such a warning, rather than supporting the ecumenical efforts of the likes of Bishop Ken Good.

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

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Have a glorious Twelfth – and remember the full meaning of Protestantism

2 Thessalonians 2:14-15: “Whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle.”

One of our main concerns at ‘Protestant Revival’ is what appears to be the emergence of what has become known as ‘cultural Protestantism’ in Northern Ireland.

These are people loyal to the British Crown, steadfastly opposed to the incremental progression of Irish republicanism and resolutely unionist in their outlook.

However, sadly all too many are not mindful of the true meaning of Protestantism and while they remember, rightly, the Glorious Revolution, the Battle of the Boyne and King William III, they have forgotten that these events were acts of God to protect those loyal to Him, the King of Kings.

Today is a day of celebration of tradition, a colourful exhibition of pageantry and appreciation of our Protestant heritage.

But an absolutely indispensable aspect of our Protestant heritage is the precious doctrine of salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone (Ephesians 2:8-9).

As Protestants, we ought to be utterly opposed to the corrupt system of salvation by works blasphemously espoused by the Roman Catholic Church.

This is what prompted our forefathers to take their stand for Christ and it was that message which was gloriously blessed by God in the Protestant Reformation 500 years ago and in numerous revivals in the centuries since.

Not least in Ulster can we remember with fondness the stories of revival God has chosen to bless our land with.

In 1859, there was a revival started which saw an estimated 100,000 souls swept in to the Kingdom of God.

Again in the 1920s, God blessed the newly formed Northern Ireland with revival under the preaching of WP Nicholson and many others.

And in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, God saw fit, even through the darkest days of the IRA’s murder campaign, to bring thousands to Christ through the preaching of Rev Ian Paisley and others.

This is a land gloriously blessed by God but we have allowed the wretchedness and wickedness of this world to gain a great deal of traction in Ulster.

We are calling on all true Protestants, those bought by the blood of Christ, to reaffirm this message loud and clear.

And if you are a ‘cultural Protestant’, please remember that what we celebrate today is our civil and religious liberty and the glorious good news of the gospel, which can be summed up so beautifully in one verse of God’s inspired, inerrant Word.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

We all find ourselves in the same position as Pontius Pilate did when faced with Jesus Christ.

Matthew 27:22: “Pilate saith unto them, What shall I do then with Jesus which is called Christ?”

What will you do with Jesus? Will you reject Him and spend all eternity in the pit of hell? Or will you make the step our forefathers gave their lives for and confess your sins and put your faith and trust in Him for salvation?

Joshua 24:14-15: “Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord. And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

If you are as yet unsaved, make this truly the most glorious Twelfth of July and put your faith and trust in Christ.

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.”

Ballintoy Church of Ireland’s Rev Patrick Barton making peace with Rome

Colossians 1:18-20: “And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.”

Peace and reconciliation are two of the key buzzwords for ecumenists and apostates in our land.

After all, how could anyone be opposed to peace and reconciliation?

Of course, everyone wants to live in harmony with those around them.

However, these ecumenists who preach of peace and reconciliation do not preach of peace through Jesus Christ’s precious atoning blood, but rather a ‘peace’ of mean compromise with the pagan Church of Rome.

And such misappropriation of the term peace was prevalent in Ballintoy Parish Church last weekend.

That church, based on the north coast of Northern Ireland, played host to a meeting of the ‘Causeway Coast Peace Group’, and the preacher was the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh, Eamon Martin.

Rome refuses to teach the simple, precious gospel message of “peace through the blood of his cross”, but rather theirs is a message of works.

With Rome, salvation is all doing, but with Jesus, salvation is all done.

And this is the central, principal tenet of the Bible, that Christ died on the cross a perfect atoning death that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life”.

Ephesians 2:8-9 tells us that salvation is not achieved by any good in us.

It 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.”

However, despite the fact that Rome steadfastly refuses to preach the way to salvation, instead condemning its followers to the damnation of hell – and as Paul, under the inspiration of God, says in Galatians 1:9: “If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed” – so many so-called Protestant ministers cuddle up with the deceit of Rome, thereby giving credence to its lies.

And this was very evidently the case last weekend in Ballintoy Church of Ireland, whose minister is Rev Patrick Barton (pictured, below), who also holds the charge in Dunseverick and Rathlin Parish Churches (allowing him to do triple the damage!).

This individual is no stranger to ecumenical compromise, as a ‘Coleraine Times’ report online refers to him, along with a Romanist priest, a ‘Father’ Brian Daly, leading prayers at the ‘Blessing of the Boats’ service in nearby Ballycastle.

Given that Rome blasphemously teaches of prayer to Mary and saints, it is once more appropriate for us to ask to whom these prayers were addressed?

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

The Causeway Coast Peace Group, according to its entry on the Charity Commission website, is “largely church based”, and among its stated goals is the “promotion of religious harmony”, making it an overtly ecumenical grouping.

It has regularly held meetings in the Roman Catholic chapel in Ballycastle, St Patrick’s and St Brigid’s, with the 2015 edition of its thanksgiving service having a retiring collection in aid of the Corrymeela Community, based in Ballycastle and the home of ecumenism in Ulster.

The 2017 thanksgiving service was also held in that Romish domain and Rev Patrick Barton was, of course, front and centre in this disgraceful sell-out to Rome.

He jointly held the service with his ecumenical chum, ‘Father’ Brian Daly, while the former Presbyterian Church moderator, Dr Frank Sellar (more like Sell-out) was also in attendance.

Attendees, following the conclusion of the service, were then shamefully invited to light a candle and place it on the pagan altar of Rome, all in the name of peace.

However, there can be no peace with Rome until Rome makes peace with God.

Anyone who says or acts contrary to this is as guilty as the prophets condemned by God in the days of Jeremiah.

It says in Jeremiah 6:13-15: “…and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD.”

As we so often see in the Bible, when God pronounces his judgment, he also shows his mercy, but there is a fearful consequence for those who shun this offer of mercy.

That chapter goes on to say in verses 16-20: “Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Also I set watchmen over you, saying, Hearken to the sound of the trumpet. But they said, We will not hearken. Therefore hear, ye nations, and know, O congregation, what is among them. Hear, O earth: behold, I will bring evil upon this people, even the fruit of their thoughts, because they have not hearkened unto my words, nor to my law, but rejected it. To what purpose cometh there to me incense from Sheba, and the sweet cane from a far country? your burnt offerings are not acceptable, nor your sacrifices sweet unto me.”

The old paths were called the good way, yet today new ecumenical paths are being forged on a regular basis and they are dishonouring to God and the offerings being sent up by such as are involved in this departure from God’s Word “are not acceptable” unto God.

These old paths they refuse to tread or even countenance, instead, they go down crooked paths, which cannot bring peace.

Isaiah 59:8 says: “The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

Isaiah 48:22 says: “There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.”

Dear reader, do not seek after the “peace” of this world, but rather the peace that comes through the blood of the cross. Christ offered Himself as a sacrifice for sin that we might be forgiven.

If you are as yet unsaved, would you ask yourself this question: How will you escape if you neglect so great salvation?

God’s offer of salvation is there for all to enjoy, but first you must confess your sins. If you do that, God is faithful and just to forgive you your sins (1 John 1:9).

That is the route to true peace.

Philippians 4:7: “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Muslim festivals and sodomite celebrations – Arlene Foster’s diary for June

Proverbs 13:20: “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

The leader of the largest political party in Northern Ireland, the DUP, which was founded by Free Presbyterian minister Rev Ian Paisley, a man used mightily of God, has had a very unChristian schedule for the second half of June.

Arlene Foster began her companionship with fools on Saturday past by endorsing the pagan religion of Islam when she attended the Eid celebration, held by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, during which adherents fast between sunrise and sunset.

Islam is a religion which outright denies the divinity of Christ. Instead, they claim he is just another prophet, like Mohammed, pointing the way to Allah, their name for God.

Of course, there are many other criticisms which could be made of Islam, including the worryingly large number of believers who think killing non Muslims is legitimate, nay, commendable.

However, it is sufficient to highlight Islam’s blasphemous view of Jesus in order to condemn it as a false religion and, therefore, one which Arlene Foster should steer clear of.

Rather than that, she attended the big Muslim celebration in south Belfast on Saturday past and even allowed herself to receive a henna ‘tattoo’ (it is a non-permanent marking), a marking with its roots in the polytheistic Hindu faith, but which has been adopted by some Muslims in more recent times. The application of this tattoo is pictured at the top of this article.

Readers from outside Northern Ireland may not be entirely familiar with the current political situation here, but Arlene Foster’s party, a Protestant party, is involved in a power-sharing government in Belfast with the murderers and murderer apologists of Sinn Fein, a Roman Catholic party inextricably linked with the barbarous terrorist organisation, the IRA.

The wisdom of such a venture has been dramatically undermined in particular in the past 18 months as that government collapsed, amid Sinn Fein calls, among others, that gay marriage should be legalised in Northern Ireland. The DUP, which still has a strong Christian influence (though even its staunchest supporters would surely admit it is a far cry from what it once was in its faithfulness to God’s Word), is the only political barrier to the legalising of gay marriage in this country.

In that context, the next diary entry of Arlene Foster’s of grave concern is her acquiescence to the sodomy lobby by attending an event promoting “the contribution of the LGBT community n Northern Ireland”.

It is a strange event for the “LGBT community” to be having, given that their squawks are always for “equality”, yet they are happy to have an event singling out the achievements of people who happen to be a sodomite over those involved in heterosexual relationships.

But it is stranger still that a professing Christian such as Arlene Foster (she attends the Church of Ireland) sees fit to attend an event celebrating people whose lifestyle is in direct opposition to God’s ordained natural order.

The issue of homosexuality is one we have visited on a number of occasions lately and it is not one we wish to dwell on at length, but it must be clearly stated that homosexuality is an “abomination” (Leviticus 18:22).

It must also be clearly stated that it is “against nature” and “unseemly” (Romans 1:26,27).

It has been surmised in the Northern Irish daily papers that these efforts at outreach to Muslims and sodomites are an attempt to soften her party’s image.

However, all they are softening is the DUP’s stand for Christ.

We acknowledge there are many who think that ship has already sailed, but these are new departures for the DUP and we are saying to Arlene Foster and the DUP to stop in their tracks and turn back to Christ.

It is argued by the worldly that the route to securing a better lot for the Protestant people in Ulster is to embrace sodomy, gay marriage, abortion and various other reprehensible policies.

However, we can only truly prosper when we turn to Christ and follow Him.

A fine example of a leader turning to his natural enemies in his time of trouble, rather than to God, and suffering dire consequences, can be found in the case of King Ahaz.

It says n 2 Chronicles 28:16-23: “At that time did king Ahaz send unto the kings of Assyria to help him. For again the Edomites had come and smitten Judah, and carried away captives. The Philistines also had invaded the cities of the low country, and of the south of Judah, and had taken Beth-shemesh, and Ajalon, and Gederoth, and Shocho with the villages thereof, and Timnah with the villages thereof, Gimzo also and the villages thereof: and they dwelt there. For the Lord brought Judah low because of Ahaz king of Israel; for he made Judah naked, and transgressed sore against the Lord. And Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria came unto him, and distressed him, but strengthened him not. For Ahaz took away a portion out of the house of the Lord , and out of the house of the king, and of the princes, and gave it unto the king of Assyria: but he helped him not. And in the time of his distress did he trespass yet more against the Lord: this is that king Ahaz. For he sacrificed unto the gods of Damascus, which smote him: and he said, Because the gods of the kings of Syria help them, therefore will I sacrifice to them, that they may help me. But they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel.”

Arlene Foster has been the subject of incredible levels of abuse over the past 18 months, and, like Ahaz, is at a low ebb and trying desperately to reclaim her former glory, as it were.

Ahaz turned to the king of Assyria, a nation which repeatedly attacked the children of Israel and hated God’s people, to try to save his kingdom.

Arlene Foster is turning to sodomites and Muslims, groups of people who are resolutely opposed to God’s people, to try to save her political supremacy.

Ahaz found that the Assyrian king “distressed him, but strengthened him not”.

Arlene Foster will find the same thing, her cowering before the enemies of God will get her nowhere.

She will find, like Ahaz, that “they were the ruin of him, and of all Israel”.

This was the warning given to the children of Israel just as they were about to enter Canaan and Arlene Foster needs to have these words in her head as she plots the course ahead.

They are found in Joshua 23:6-13: “Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside therefrom to the right hand or to the left; That ye come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods, nor cause to swear by them, neither serve them, nor bow yourselves unto them: But cleave unto the Lord your God, as ye have done unto this day. For the Lord hath driven out from before you great nations and strong: but as for you, no man hath been able to stand before you unto this day. One man of you shall chase a thousand: for the Lord your God, he it is that fighteth for you, as he hath promised you. Take good heed therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the Lord your God. Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: Know for a certainty that the Lord your God will no more drive out any of these nations from before you; but they shall be snares and traps unto you, and scourges in your sides, and thorns in your eyes, until ye perish from off this good land which the Lord your God hath given you.”

Ulster is under threat from Irish republicanism, Romanism, apostate Protestantism and secularism.

The only safe passage through this storm is with Christ at the helm and His Word as our map.

It is not yet too late for Arlene Foster to pull out of this meeting, it is not yet too late for Arlene Foster to turn to Christ as her Guide.

Please, dear reader, pray that she and our leaders will consult God rather than think tanks or opinion polls, and put their faith and trust in Christ to guide us through.

Romanists, sodomites and murderers: the friends of Presbyterian minister Rev David Latimer

2 Corinthians 11:13-15: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.”

There are some ministers who seem to be trying their very best to offend God as often as possible and in as many ways as possible, yet portray themselves to be his servant at the same time.

One such man is Rev David Latimer, minister of First Derry Presbyterian Church, who has still further deepened his apostasy by giving his blessing to the baptism of a child in the care of a homosexual couple in a Roman Catholic Church.

This is the man who cosied up with one of the most notorious unrepentant murderers in the history of Northern Ireland, the former IRA commander Martin McGuinness.

Such actions were lauded by the media, for whom the promotion of godliness and decency is often far from the top of their priority lists, but associating wilfully with unrepentant murderers is not pleasing to God.

The Sixth Commandment reminds us “Thou shalt not kill”, yet Martin McGuinness, whether he pulled the trigger or not, headed up a brutal gang of killers which took the lives of around 2,000 people over a 30 year period in Northern Ireland, with the victims being killed largely simply because they were Protestant.

Psalm 1:1 reminds us it is much more profitable to avoid keeping company with characters such as Martin McGuinness. It says: “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.”

At this point, we will move to address the inevitable chorus of the apostate, which squawks: “But Jesus dined with sinners”.

Yes he did, but did He stoop to their level? Did He walk in the counsel of the ungodly? Did he stand in the way of sinners, ie be in the places where sinners love to be? Of course not.

Jesus did not compromise Himself, nor could He abide sin, yet Rev David Latimer, by his own admission in a recent BBC article, sacrificed 50 members of his congregation in order to get in the limelight next to Martin McGuinness, a man who never, to his dying breath, expressed an ounce of remorse for the despicable atrocities he was responsible for.

Rev David Latimer loves the “praise of men more than the praise of God” (John 12:43).

His form well and truly established, Rev David Latimer has now revealed his latest public rejection of God’s Word.

We can only assume this revelation was made in the light of the Presbyterian Church voting against allowing homosexuals to become members.

We should be grateful of course this vote was lost and not “despise the day of small things” (Zechariah 4:10) but it is a damning indictment of how far the Presbyterian Church has fallen that this was even up for debate and there were those in favour of such a move. Furthermore, their general attitude to the attendance of homosexuals at the church is far from satisfactory as tolerance of such open sin in the pews, whether those in attendance are members or not, is not something which should be encouraged.

Speaking to the BBC, as he no doubt delighted to do, Rev David Latimer revealed he had connived with a Papist priest to purport to give God’s blessing to a child being raised by two homosexuals.

This is despite God ordaining in the Bible that the family unit was to consist of a father and a mother, not two of one or the other.

Genesis 2:24 says: “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.”

Ephesians 5:31: “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.”

This is very clear, yet Rev David Latimer believes he knows better than God what God thinks is proper behaviour.

In the video on the BBC website, he said he had been approached by the mother of one of the women in this abominable relationship.

He continued: “I could have said ‘no, we’ll not, no no way. But the priest and I chatted and we had conversations with that couple and we agreed to baptise that little baby in a Catholic Church and I was there representing the Presbyterian family.”

Rev David Latimer notes he could have said no and thereby pleased God by refusing to endorse such a relationship. But he, of course, acted differently and instead of consulting God’s Word, he consulted a Roman Catholic priest.

Rev David Latimer then confirmed he had been part of the decision making process in choosing to have the child baptised in the Roman Catholic Church. Presumably this means Rev David Latimer believes the Roman Catholic Church is an appropriate place for anyone.

We will remind Rev David Latimer of what the Westminster Confession of Faith, which he signed at his ordination, says regarding the Pope.

“The church is about opening its doors for people, wherever they are coming from, whatever direction they’re approaching the door, I want that door to be open and I want everybody to appreciate that if God so loved the world and I don’t, then I can’t claim to be godly.

Chapter 25, Paragraph 6 says: “There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope if 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.”

Rev David Latimer clearly does not believe this and should not be permitted in the pulpit of any so-called Protestant church.

His comments about the doors being open are a red herring. Anyone can come to a church, but that does not mean the church should endorse sin to make people feel better.

This is like the spirit of those false prophets in the days of Jeremiah.

It says in Jeremiah 5:31: “The prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and my people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”

And Rev David Latimer puts the tin hat on his diatribe of deceit by claiming it would be ungodly to oppose the lifestyle of the two women raising that wee boy.

How blasphemous!

To endorse the ungodly lifestyle of those two women by giving his blessing to the baptism of the child is the ungodly action, made even worse by rolling over to the pagan corruption of Christianity that is Rome by encouraging the child to be baptised into a system which knows only how to damn people to hell.

If you are in any way connected with this church or know someone who is, please share this with them to try to persuade them to abandon such a dreadful compromise as Rev David Latimer.

And please pray that such apostates will be ejected from their pulpits and that the ministers in our land will be faithful to the gospel, for that will be a massive building block on the road to revival.

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 TaizĂ© 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.”