Hosea 8:7: “For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it hath no stalk: the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield, the strangers shall swallow it up.”
“Sowing the wind” could easily be the description of a sad event which took place at the end of September in a rural townland just over the border in County Monaghan.
An ecumenical harvest service was held in a Romanist chapel on Friday, 27 September in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Glennan, a small townland between Emyvale and Glaslough, just across the border into the Republic of Ireland.
The preacher for the occasion was a Church of Ireland ‘minister’, a Rev Lorraine Capper.
She is presently the ‘minister’ of a grouped parish in the area, being appointed to lead at St Salvator Parish Church, Donagh in County Fermanagh, St Sillian Parish Church, Tyholland and St Muadhan Parish Church, Errigal Truagh, both in County Monaghan.
Apart from the obvious fact that she ought not to be a ‘minister’, as 1 Timothy 2:12 clearly outlines, ‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper ought not to have been there at all.
To be in St Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Glennan, or indeed to be in any house of Papist worship, is to reject the Bible.
We are told in 2 Corinthians 6:17 that we are to “come out from among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing”.
Rome is undoubtedly an unclean thing, in fact it strives to make a virtue of its uncleanness and encourages its adherents to lay up piles of filthy rags to produce to Christ when it comes to the day of judgement.
Isaiah 64:6 tells us that all of our own works and our own efforts to be righteous in of ourselves are nothing but “filthy rags” in the eyes of Christ.
It says: “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.”
Despite the fact that “our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”, Rome teaches its followers to keep piling them up, telling them they can earn a place in heaven.
The Catholic Catechism states that all manner of things other than faith alone in Christ alone gets us to heaven.
It says that “baptism is the first and chief sacrament of forgiveness of sins” (paragraph 977) and that “baptism is necessary for salvation for those to whom the Gospel has been proclaimed”.
So Rome teaches that baptism is something we can do to attain salvation.
Not only that, they say our good works through observance of the Ten Commandments merits us a place in heaven.
The Roman Catholic Catechism says that “all men may attain salvation through faith, Baptism and the observance of the Commandments”.
We cannot observe the Ten Commandments properly, it is impossible to meet the requirements of the Commandments, that is why we need the Grace and mercy of Christ for salvation.
Romans 3:23 reminds us that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”.
Not only does Rome say all these extra things are necessary for salvation, it also pronounces its curse on those who believe faith alone is sufficient for salvation.
The Council of Trent, still the authoritative document of Roman Catholic Church teaching, says in Canon 14: “If any one saith, that man is truly absolved from his sins and justified, because he assuredly believed himself absolved and justified; or, that no one is truly justified but he who believes himself justified; and that, by this faith alone, absolution and justification are effected; let him be anathema”.
“Faith alone” is “anathema” to the Roman Catholic Church.
Yet the Bible teaches we are saved by faith alone and not by our good works, so-called.
Galatians 2:16 says: “Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.”
There is no salvation through the works of the law, we are told here.
But what does Rome say? It says you “may attain salvation through the observance of the Commandments”.
Yet there was ‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper leading an ecumenical harvest service, as it was described on the Church of Ireland Diocese of Clogher’s website, in a church set up specifically to teach a false gospel and deny the all-sufficient death of Christ on Calvary.
‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper serves only to do spiritual damage to all those who attended that service.
Not only is ‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper endorsing the false teachings of Romanism by being there, which means the Roman Catholic faithful in attendance go unwarned about the false teachings of their church, but she is also causing so-called Protestants who attended that service to think there is nothing wrong with mixing with false religion.
Furthermore, while any person bearing the title of minister ought to be not only preaching the true gospel, they ought also to condemn the false gospel others are teaching.
A Romanist priest is teaching a false gospel of salvation by good works and sacramental merit, and ‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper is offending God by encouraging that Romanist priest on in his false teaching.
What a shameful situation that is.
‘Rev’ Lorraine Capper was most assuredly “sowing the wind” and she, too, will “reap the whirlwind”, as will all those who follow her compromising ways.
No good fruit will come of it, but rather this service attempts to make a mockery of God and His Word.
However, we have a wonderful assurance in Galatians 6:7 that “God is not mocked”.
The verse continues, though, and says that “whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap”.
As we are in the harvest season, what seed are you sowing in your life? Are you mocking God, as it were, by defying Him and His offer of salvation by His free grace?
Have you came to Christ for forgiveness, for salvation?
To be saved, you do not need to be a fully paid-up member of a church, you do not have to follow a set of man-made rules, you need only to repent of your sins and call on Chirist for salvation.
Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
1 John 1:8-9: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”