1 John 4:2-3: “Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
Former Alliance Party leader and Presbyterian Church elder Lord John Alderdice (pictured, top) has revealed he has joined a Unitarian church which just a few months ago played host to a festival celebrating the utterly godless notion of transgenderism.
Lord Alderdice left the Presbyterian Church in response to the church barring openly practising sodomites full communicant membership and prohibiting the baptising of children in the care of same-sex couples.
Given the Presbyterian Church, by its own supposedly governing principles, the Westminster Confession of Faith, believes in the union of one man and one woman, it is hard to fathom how such a character as Lord Alderdice came to be an elder in the church, and indeed for some 30 years.
Speaking in the latest in the series of interviews in the Belfast Telegraph with veteran ecumenist Alf McCreary, Lord Alderdice revealed he had joined First Belfast Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church after leaving the Presbyterian Church.
He said: “For many years I had been unhappy about the direction of travel of the denomination and the decisions of the General Assembly in June 2018 were a ‘rubicon’ for me.
“I joined First Belfast Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church and attended there until we moved to England, though I still maintain my membership of First Belfast and attend from time to time when I am back in Belfast.”
This is the same church which hosted the ‘Trans Pride NI’ festival back in May, something which we highlighted and you can read about by clicking here.
Such an action really constitutes a shocking level of apostasy.
The Bible clearly outlines that the foundational principle of this world is that of male and female.
Genesis 1:27 says: “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.”
Deuteronomy 22:5 says: “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.”
To go against that is to go against God and to say He made a mistake when He created us.
And we can say assuredly and with joy in our hearts that “God is not the author of confusion” (1 Corinthians 14:33).
The ‘Trans Pride NI’ festival which this church hosted featured several talks on “trans themes” while there was also a “Trans Information Exchange, featuring stands staffed by the PSNI (Police Service of Northern Ireland), Unite the Union, Queerspace, Trans Pride NI, the civil service and the Department for Communities.”
There was also a “discussion on ‘Transphobia and Religion’” which featured speakers from the Humanist Association of Northern Ireland and a David Kerr, who is apparently a lay preacher at First Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.
This is no surprise, however, as the Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church, by its very nature of being Unitarian, is in fact not a Christian church.
It is not a Christian church because it outright denies the deity of Jesus Christ, saying he is not the Son of God, despite the fact the Bible repeatedly says He is.
Matthew 17:4-5 says: “Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.”
Mark 1:9-11: “And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”
On two separate occasions, God spoke from heaven and called Jesus Christ His Son.
Indeed, the most famous verse in all of Scripture clearly proves Jesus was the Son of God.
John 3:16 says: “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.”
How anyone can form any type of ministry by ignoring this clear, crucial doctrine, is hard to fathom.
And the same can be said of how Lord Alderdice can possibly think it appropriate to join a church which denies Jesus is the Son of God.
To deny he is the Son of God is to deny the very essence of the gospel and this is what Lord Alderdice has done by formally joining First Belfast Non-Subscribing Presbyterian Church.
We will remind Lord Alderdice of the Westminster Confession of Faith, which he vowed he believed and promised to uphold at his installation as an elder.
It says in Chapter 2, Paragraph 3: “In the unity of the Godhead there be three Persons of one substance, power and eternity: God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.”
To join as a member of a church that denies this fundamental tenet of Christianity is a shameful act.
And doing so certainly causes it to appear that Lord Alderdice cares more for his own notions and ideas than the doctrines clearly laid down by God in His Word.
In the same interview with Alf McCreary, Lord Alderdice stated he was glad that his late father, who was a Presbyterian minister, “had not lived to see what had become of the church that he had loved and to which he had devoted his life”.
Certainly any minister should be grieved to see the condition in which the Presbyterian Church is today, but that ought to be because of its apostasy.
This can be seen in its acceptance of female ministers (prohibited clearly in 1 Timothy 2:12), its toleration of characters such as the crowd-surfer and “LGBT Christian” endorser Rev John Dickinson (pictured, above), Novena Mass preacher ‘Rev’ Cheryl Meban (pictured, below, preaching at the Romanist Mass) and many others and indeed the very fact there is even a dispute over whether full communicant membership should be available to openly practising sodomites.
However, the church voting to bar communicant membership to openly practising sodomites, a lifestyle choice clearly and unequivocally condemned in the Bible, is certainly not something over which to be grieved.
Whether Lord Alderdice’s late father truly would have been distressed to see membership being barred to openly practising sodomites is a moot point as he is not here to outline his position.
But certainly what is clear is that Lord Alderdice has utterly overthrown the Word of God, refusing to be bound by its precepts.
And, as such, we will repeat what we said last year when Lord Alderdice announced his resignation from the Presbyterian Church – he will be no loss to it and indeed the Presbyterian Church can only benefit from having characters such as him firmly out of any position of responsibility.
Let’s hope and pray that all those like him will similarly be dispensed of by the Presbyterian Church.
2 Corinthians 6:14-18: “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”