Newtownbreda Baptist joins ‘intoxicated’ evangelist and the charismania delusion

Joshua 23:16: “When ye have transgressed the covenant of the Lord your God, which he commanded you, and have gone and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them; then shall the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and ye shall perish quickly from off the good land which he hath given unto you.”

It is always sad to see a church engaged in activities which are utterly at odds with the Word of God, but it is especially distressing when it happens in a church which is part of a denomination many expect more from.

It is distressing for two key reasons; the first being simply that it is sad for any church to bring dishonour to the cause of Christ and the second is that denomination’s name offers it protection against automatic suspicion from the average child of God.

This is the case with Newtownbreda Baptist Church, based in east Belfast, as it continues to reject the Biblical command of separation from falsehood.

Indeed, not only that, but Newtownbreda Baptist Church, whose minister is Pastor Trevor Ramsey (pictured, top), is actively engaged in promoting those who teach and themselves engage with falsehood.

In recent months we have highlighted Newtownbreda Baptist Church’s membership of the Evangelical Alliance, headed up by that ecumenical cheerleader Peter Lynas, whom you can read about by clicking here.

Not only is the leader of that grouping in Northern Ireland a fan of liaising with Popery, but many of its members stand proudly in open defiance of God.

Not least among these is the Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area, whose lead pastors, Alain Emerson, Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie are all open Bible rejecters.

Alain Emerson promoted the teachings of Counter Reformation leader Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Romanist Jesuit order, among many other anti-Christian actions, while Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie were guest speakers at the ungodly New Wine Conference and Dave Wylie described a Papist monk as one of the “heroes of church history”.

King’s Church in Bangor is another inappropriate member of any grouping which would claim to be Christian, given its leader, Glen Mitchell, denies the Biblical account of creation.

This was brought to Newtownbreda Baptist Church and Trevor Ramsey’s attention, yet they chose to cover their ears rather than address the sin in the camp.

Indeed, Newtownbreda Baptist Church responded by bringing in Peter Lynas just a few weeks later as a special guest speaker, and he held a meeting where he promoted the document he produced about what he recommends be the church’s response to transgenderism and sodomy. His ill-advised, to put it generously, suggestion was the provision of “trans” accessible toilets in churches.

And since then Newtownbreda Baptist Church has brought in a stand-up comedian to “preach” at another Sunday night service, a concept utterly at odds with the Word of God, which you can read about by clicking here.

Now, Newtownbreda Baptist Church is proudly advertising another God-defying event they have lined up, involving a host of churches, none of which are in any way appropriate to be linking up with.

The event is entitled, ‘Just One’, which is certainly a fine name for an ecumenical venture, and involves Crown Jesus Ministries, Christian Fellowship Church (CFC) Belfast, Willowfield Parish Church, Orangefield Presbyterian Church and UT Belfast, a Pentecostal grouping, as well as, of course, Newtownbreda Baptist Church.

It is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 2 June in CS Lewis Square (another inappropriate spiritual guide) in east Belfast.

And the special speaker at this charismatic nirvana is a man called Canon J John (pictured, below), a celebrity preacher who is an honorary canon in the utterly apostate Church of England.

According to his Wikipedia page, Canon J John has spoken in such churches as Hillsong Australia and Hillsong New York, as well as Holy Trinity Brompton.

Hillsong, of course, preaches a false gospel, which you can read some more of here. Additionally, one of its leading figures, Joel Timothy Houston, posted his endorsement of the Christ-denying Big Bang Theory on Twitter.

Holy Trinity Brompton, meanwhile, is the clerical domain of Alpha Course leader Nicky Gumbel, who back in January we highlighted fawning over a Romanist Cardinal and congratulating him on organising a Papal visit to the Philippines.

Canon J John’s fame really took off when he took it upon himself to rewrite the Ten Commandments, something which he claims was “a God idea”.

So, “Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain”, has become “take God seriously” and “Thou shalt not steal” has been changed to “prosper with a clear conscience”, and so on.

What a disgrace that is. Not only has he changed God’s Word and have the cheek to say God told him to do it, he has taken away from it and created a meaningless, vague mess.

Canon J John and every church which is inviting him to Belfast in June would do well to remember these words.

Revelation 22:18-19: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”

Indeed, Canon J John has previously described himself as being “intoxicated” after attending an event led by arch-heretic Rodney Howard-Browne, who describes himself as the “Holy Ghost bartender”, back in the late 1990s, whom you can read more about by clicking here.

In an article on the ‘Take Heed Ministries’ website (which you can read by clicking here), it is pointed out that a July 1997 edition of a magazine called ‘Charisma’ outlines Canon J John’s involvement in the sham that is known as the ‘Toronto Blessing’.

“In his pursuit of God, J John had acquired a yearning for more. Eager to go forward at Toronto-style revival meetings he was disappointed to find that everyone but him – even those praying for him – seemed to be falling over.

“Then evangelical bible-teacher and friend R T Kendall introduced John to Rodney Howard-Browne, one of the pioneers of the renewal movement. Later John was invited to one of Howard Browne’s camp meetings in St Louis. It was the fourth meeting before he saw a breakthrough. After speaking from the platform John suddenly felt ‘intoxicated'”.

So Canon J John actively sought to be filled with the delusions of Toronto, desiring to “fall over” under the influence of some practitioner of deceit like Rodney Howard-Browne.

And he delighted in being “intoxicated”, which surely would send out alarm bells to any true child of God.

So this gives us an idea of the character and message, and indeed the destiny if he doesn’t repent, of the man headlining this charismatic festival.

And what of the churches besides Newtownbreda Baptist Church who are involved?

Well, Orangefield Presbyterian Church is currently running the Alpha Course, which is of course replete with leaven, polluting the purity of the gospel message. UT Belfast is also currently running the ungodly Alpha Course.

Crown Jesus Ministries and Christian Fellowship Church Belfast are typical charismatic fluff preaching churches, with CFC Belfast actually hosting a conference last June headlined by Paul Manwaring of the infamous USA based Bethel Church, practitioners of all manner of distressing exercises, some of which you can read about by clicking here.

And Willowfield Parish Church is one of the terribly modern Church of Ireland fellowships, which has copied the pleasing to the senses style of the charismatics to draw in the punters.

Its minister is Rev David McClay, the man behind the wretched New Wine Conference, to which he invites Papists each year to spread their Romish deceits and make the anti-Christian machinery of the Vatican more palatable to undiscerning so-called Protestants.

These are the churches involved, this is the man involved, so why oh why is a Baptist Church throwing itself headlong into such an ungodly mess?

That is a question for Newtownbreda Baptist Church and its leadership, not least Pastor Trevor Ramsey.

Will they or he answer it?

In our experience with this church and many others, they are not interested in directly addressing the issue, instead choosing to deflect.

Of course, there is coming a day when all ministers who fail to honour God will have to answer for their actions.

Ezekiel 33:6: “But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.”

In the meantime, let us even now turn our attention to warning everyone we know, both by sharing this article and by word of mouth, about this shameful event which is planned by these churches in east Belfast.

Same old tricks as New Wine’s David McClay invites Papists back again

Galatians 5:1: “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”

In late spring and early summer, we highlighted the ungodly nature of the ‘New Wine Conference’, held each year in Sligo on the west coast of Ireland.

As we said at the time, it boasts a veritable who’s who of ecumenists, easy-believists and charismatics among its list of speakers.

Among those who took part in it earlier this year are Canon Mark Harvey, the minister at Shankill Parish Church in Lurgan, County Armagh, the man who proudly brought a priest into his church to lead part of a service back in October, along with Biblical creation denier and supporter of the lighting up of a town hall for sodomite ‘Pride’ and pastor at the charismatic King’s Church in Bangor, Glen Mitchell.

Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s buddies at the Craigavon based Emmanuel Church, fellow lead pastors Philip Emerson and Dave Wylie were also on the august guest list for the Conference along with Fermanagh-based Church of Ireland cleric, Canon Henry Blair, another ardent fan of religious compromise with Rome.

Organising the ecumenical conference was Church of Ireland minister Rev David McClay of Willowfield Parish Church in east Belfast.

And he had no less than three emissaries of Papal deceit taking part in the conference, including a Roman Catholic bishop and a representative of what is called the Evangelical Catholic Initiative, Paddy Monaghan.

This character, Paddy Monaghan, is already listed as one of the speakers for the New Wine 2019 Conference, some of whom have already been confirmed.

Rev David McClay and members of his church were well aware of the articles we wrote earlier this year to highlight the ungodly, ecumenical nature of the conference, yet he is persisting in his fellowshipping with those who teach the blasphemous lies and deceits of the Roman Catholic Church.

The shameful situation is well summed up in the famous words of Amos 3:3, which asks: “Can two walk together, except they be agreed?”

It is a rhetorical question and certainly the answer is obvious and one must question why Rev David McClay determinedly is sharing fellowship with someone who is a self-professed member of the Legion of Mary.

In an article entitled “Adventures in Reconciliation” (a true ecumenical watchword) on the ‘Catholic Ireland’ website, Paddy Monaghan shares some of his life story.

Speaking of his university days, he says: “I joined a Catholic lay organisation called the Legion of Mary, whose members engaged in various forms of charitable work.”

So what is the Legion of Mary, you may ask? Here’s what Wikipedia says: “Membership is open to those who belong to the Catholic Church and believe in its teaching. Its stated mission is for active members to serve God under the banner of Mary by the corporal and spiritual works of Mercy, as mentioned in Chapter 33 of the Legion of Mary Handbook. The main apostolate of the Legion is activities directed towards Catholics and non-Catholics encouraging them in their faith or inviting them to become Catholic. This is usually done by encouraging them in prayer, attending Mass and learning more about the Catholic faith.”

So Paddy Monaghan believes in the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, whose teaching is totally contradictory to the teaching of Protestantism.

Rome teaches the elevation of Mary and the offering of prayer to her, which is clearly something Paddy Monaghan believes in as he is a member of the Legion of Mary.

The Bible knows of no such blasphemy. Absolutely nowhere in the Bible is there found the approval of the offering of prayer to anyone other than God.

John 14:6 says: “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”

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

When Jesus taught the Apostles how to pray, he told them their prayer should begin with the words, “Our father” (Matthew 6:9). The prayer is addressed to God, not to Mary. Jesus made no allowance nor did he insert any caveats for prayer being offered to anyone else.

This Romish practice is a blasphemy, pure and simple, but Rev David McClay is happy to allow such a character to propagate his views.

Other Roman Catholic doctrines which Paddy Monaghan will believe includes the adoration of relics and idols, again something expressly forbidden in the Bible. The Second Commandment, outlined in Exodus 20:4-6, says: “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.”

Of course, Rome has carefully removed the Second Commandment from their version of the Bible, so as not to have it contradict their pagan practices.

Notice that the Second Commandment concludes with the promise that he will show mercy unto those who keep his commandments. Rome can’t keep them as they chucked one of them into the bin, but here we have Rev David McClay, a supposedly Protestant minister, repeatedly inviting along a man who believes such blasphemies.

There are various other false teachings of Rome, such as prayers for the dead, the blasphemous titles ascribed to the Pope, the fictitious creation of purgatory and the worst of all, the denial of salvation by faith alone.

This is what the official Roman Catholic teaching on justification says, from Canon 30 of the Council of Trent: “If any one saith, that, after the grace of Justification has been received, to every penitent sinner the guilt is remitted, and the debt of eternal punishment is blotted out in such wise, that there remains not any debt of temporal punishment to be discharged either in this world, or in the next in Purgatory, before the entrance to the kingdom of heaven can be opened (to him); let him be anathema.”

“Let him be anathema” is the belief of the Roman Catholic Church regarding any who say that Jesus’ shed blood is enough to atone for sin.

But Rev David McClay is happy to endorse and encourage the likes of Paddy Monaghan, a member of the Legion of Mary who upholds the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church, as a suitable speaker and influence on attendees at the New Wine Conference.

That is a disgraceful situation.

There can be no fellowshipping with error and no true blessing can come from it.

We are forthrightly instructed in God’s Word to have nothing to do with such unrighteousness as the Roman Catholic Church.

Ephesians 5:11 says: “And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

We had a rhetorical question in Amos earlier in the article, and here is a series more of them from 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, which says: “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?”

Romanism is darkness, it is unrighteousness, its proponents are as sons of Belial and it is rebellion against God.

Why would any true Christian want to have fellowship with it?

Let’s hear some more of Paddy Monaghan’s testimony.

“As an Evangelical Catholic, I am concerned to see a Christ centred, Biblically based renewal in the Catholic Church, to foster reconciliation among Christians and to build up Jewish-Christian relations.

“We see reconciliation between the Christian Churches and renewal within the Christian Churches as being two sides of the same coin.”

Exemplary ecumenical talk, isn’t it?

And that ecumenical enthusiasm is what is being fostered and encouraged at the New Wine Conference.

Dear reader, please do not be deceived and sucked in by the lies of the ecumenical and charismatic movements which are joining forces in an act of rebellion against God.

2 Timothy 3:13: “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.”

Ecumenical charismaniacs looking to Rome for revival at Nutts Corner

The ongoing charismatic efforts to degrade the spiritual landscape in Ulster continues apace, and they will focus their efforts next month on an ecumenical prayer initiative called ‘Healing The Land’.

Indeed, the event, scheduled for Saturday, 8th September at Nutts Corner, is being marketed as for Protestant, Catholic and those of no denomination – an ecumenist’s dream.

Perhaps Nutts Corner is a very apt venue for an easy-believist event, not just because of its name but for its reputation as a place to purchase something cheaply.

All manner of ecumenists have given their backing to the event and indicated their intention to be there.

Among them is David McClay (pictured, below), minister in Willowfield Parish Church in Belfast and leader of the ecumenical New Wine Ireland group whose recent conference featured at least three Papist speakers.

Also joining in is the elder statesman and one of the three lead pastors of Emmanuel Church, based in the Craigavon area, Philip Emerson, who also took part in the New Wine Conference.

And he is joined by another lead pastor at Emmanuel Church, Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson (pictured, top), back to his old tricks of consorting with the anti-Christian system of Rome.

We will remind readers of Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson’s track record for Papal pandering.

In February, he spoke in St Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church in Belfast as part of the ecumenical ‘Four Corners’ Festival, at which he endorsed the ecumenical, ritualistic, anti-Christian form of praise called Taizé. He is pictured below next to the altar where the blasphemous Mass is offered by the priest.

He then addressed a meeting of the ecumenical Ballymena Church Members Forum, which includes the Roman Catholic Church, before hosting another ecumenical prayer meeting with the blessing of the Pope himself, called ‘Thy Kingdom Come’.

And Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson and David McClay have appeared in videos uploaded to the event’s facebook page imploring more people to join in their linking arms with Rome.

Indeed, on the same page there is a video featuring an agent of Rome, Patrick McCrystal of Human Life International, a Roman Catholic pro-life group, endorsing this prayer event.

In his brief video, he quickly gets across the ecumenical nature of the event. He says: “We the people of God in Northern Ireland, Catholic, Protestant and all non-denominational, we have to turn back to God…”

Now of course any who have rejected or forsaken God must turn back to Him, but Patrick McCrystal is describing Roman Catholic adherents as the “people of God”.

While it is possible that in some simple way, some individual Roman Catholics may have come to faith in Christ, Patrick McCrystal is speaking in general of Roman Catholics and that is quite simply wrong.

Romanism doesn’t teach true salvation, therefore its followers cannot be described corporately as the people of God.

That is a tragedy of great magnitude, but Rome teaches a salvation of merit through good works.

However, Ephesians 2:8-9 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.”

Isaiah 64:6 reminds us that “all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags”, so Rome and, distressingly, an increasing number of so-called Protestant churches, teach that presenting our good works, or “filthy rags” to God will be enough to secure a spot in heaven.

And here we have supposedly Christian leaders giving credence to this false notion that the Roman Catholic Church is of God.

What utter blasphemy!

Rome denies salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, as we have already stressed, it teaches of a fictitious holding cell between heaven and hell called Purgatory (you’ll not find that anywhere in Scripture), it teaches of prayer to Mary and saints (1 Timothy 2:5 directly contradicts that) and teaches the utter blasphemy of the Mass, whereby they sacrifice Christ repeatedly, this despite Hebrews 10:11-12: “And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God”.

These circles simply cannot be squared, indeed Rome pronounces its anathema, or curses, on any who teaches of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

That being the case, and Papists being comfortable with this prayer event, one must draw the conclusion that Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson, David McClay and others must not believe in salvation by faith alone in Christ alone.

And if they do, then they are guilty of the most dreadful of compromise, to deliberately permit the propagators of what they believe to be error into their midst to draw people away into sin and confusion.

The character of such individuals as Alain ‘Ecumenical’ Emerson, Philip Emerson and David McClay as compromisers and consorters with Rome is well established.

However, there is another character who has given this anti-Christian event his seal of approval, and in the most emphatic way as he is to be the speaker at it, and that is David Legge (pictured, below).

A man raised in the truth of the gospel by his own testimony on his website, who attended and then ministered at a sound fellowship such as the Iron Hall in Belfast, concerns have been springing up about his associations and comments in the past few years.

From citing the teachings of a Carmelite monk (a Papist of course) to claiming that our pride, rather than sin, is what chiefly separates us from God, to now speaking at this overtly ecumenical event, David Legge, now working as an itinerant preacher, certainly appears to be deteriorating in his stand.

This very gracious article (now kindly updated by the author to include a link back to this article) on the Take Heed Ministries website articulates a great deal of the concerns surrounding his downgrade, which you can read by clicking here.

By associating with this event, David Legge can only bring further questions upon himself.

Indeed, given the brazen nature of this ecumenical gathering, David hasn’t got a ‘Legge’ to stand on if he claims he was unaware of the utterly inappropriate company he is keeping at this event.

We would certainly encourage readers to share and spread this article widely so that he can have the nature of the other endorsers of this event brought clearly into his focus.

The prayers offered up at this event are highly unlikely to be received in heaven as error is mixed right through this gathering.

God will not regard such prayers from the unconverted, of which there will be many gathered at Nutts Corner, not least (but not just) the avowed Papists who will be in attendance.

Proverbs 15:29: “The Lord is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous.”

Unfortunately a lot of this will be about show and about doing something considered to be popular and worthy, rather than about living genuinely Christian, sanctified lives.

It is like the criticism God had of the insincere penitence of the children of Israel in the days of Hosea.

It says in Hosea 7:14: “And they have not cried unto me with their heart, when they howled upon their beds: they assemble themselves for corn and wine, and they rebel against me.”

While they made much noise to God, there was no great sincerity in what they had said, but rather a desire to restore former comforts they had lost in their rebellion against God.

The verse they use to promote the event is a most wonderful verse and one we have used on numerous occasions here.

It says in 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.”

However, when the organisers of this event say that Romanists are part of God’s people and when the organisers themselves are noted ecumenists, they then distort this passage to suit their own ungodly ends.

Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, warned that “a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (1 Corinthians 5:6) and this is what is being done here.

Truth is being mixed with error, indeed a character such as David Legge, with a previously sound reputation and whose apparent downgrade would be unknown to many, may well be being used to help bring credibility to the event beyond traditional charismatic circles.

Please pray that David Legge will pull back from such compromise and please pray for a genuine revival in our land.

It will not come from the ‘Healing The Land’ prayer initiative, but only from prayer from those sold out to God, not those who are sold out to Rome.

1 John 4:1: “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.”

The Bible alone – the only ‘gay conversion therapy’ required

The politically correct brigade have been getting awfully worked up over an event held in a Belfast Church of Ireland fellowship dealing with so-called ‘gay Christians’.

Of course, LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) rights are all the rage at the moment, so any voice of dissent from the accepted wisdom, no matter how low or squeaky, will be howled down instantly by a chorus of intolerant ‘liberals’.

Willowfield Parish Church ran an event yesterday called ‘Is Your Church Biblically Inclusive?’ It is part of what is called the Living Out Course and is “designed for those who are, or want to be, a committed Christian but identify as homosexual”. It is operated with the support of the Evangelical Alliance, which took a rather foolish viewpoint on Billy Graham two weeks ago.

The church’s minister, Rev David McClay (pictured), said this was not tantamount to a ‘gay cure therapy’ session, and claimed that his congregation contains homosexuals every week.

It is good that Rev McClay is at least acknowledging that the homosexual lifestyle is far from desirable and is incompatible with God’s Word.

However, it is most odd that any professing Christian should consider it appropriate for other Christians to identify themselves as a ‘gay Christian’. And it is stranger still that anyone should consider themselves a ‘gay Christian’.

When a person is saved, they publicly reject and repudiate sin in all its forms and strive each day to become more Christ like. They don’t continue to identify themselves with a vile sin such as homosexuality. Would anyone identify themselves as an ‘adulterer Christian’ or a ‘thieving Christian’? We would think not.

The most important comments to be made on the matter are, as always, to be found in the Bible.

Leviticus 18:22: “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”

Romans 1:22-27: “Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”

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

These verses clearly establish the natural order set by God and leaves no room for same-sex relationships, never mind same-sex marriage.

Why would a professing Christian want to associate themselves with something so profoundly contrary to God’s will? God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah because of the sin of homosexuality and God is “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8), so why should anyone think God actually doesn’t mind it now?

There is a cure for homosexual urges, just like there is a cure for any other sinful desire, and that is the Word of God, where God’s great Salvation is revealed to us.

In the Corinthian church, we are told that some of the Christians there had previously practiced homosexuality, but had been gloriously converted.

It says in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11: “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Some of the Corinthians had been “effeminate” and “abusers of themselves with mankind” but they had been wonderfully saved through the atoning work of our Lord Jesus Christ, who shed His blood on Calvary to wash away our sins.

This clearly states such as those listed, including the homosexuals, shall not inherit the Kingdom of God. Why, again, would professing Christians then want to associate themselves with this practice?

We are told in the Bible of God’s transformative power, how when we are saved then we become a new person. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

If this should happen to be read by any who are experiencing issues over sexuality and Christianity and are afraid to get saved as they are unsure whether they can remain faithful to God, the Bible reminds us it is He who, once He transforms us, then preserves us. It is our natural disposition to sin in so many different ways since the Fall of Man in the Garden of Eden, but, if we are saved, God will strengthen us.

1 Peter 1:3-5 says: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

Perhaps Rev McClay and the Evangelical Alliance would do well to stress these things with any homosexuals professing to be Christians they encounter from here on.