QUESTIONS FOR THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH REGARDING THE ECUMENICAL CENTENARY SERVICE IN ARMAGH CHURCH OF IRELAND CATHEDRAL
Thursday 21st October, 2021.
One of the biggest ecumenical gatherings in Ireland will take place in Armagh on 21st October, less than a week away. As is the case with all ecumenical gatherings, it is a fraud and a deceit. Organised by the “Church Leaders Group”, it is a hi-jacking of the centenary of an event that was the rejection by Ulster’s Protestant men and women of all things that characterise today’s ecumenical movement.
The ‘patron’ of ecumenism is the devil who “was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it,” John 8:44. The ecumenical movement is representative of all that is ungodly and antichristian in this world today. Within its ranks are churches which promote sodomy, ordaining men and women who are sodomites, to serve in their pulpits. It embraces every false and blasphemous heresy known to man and of course is utterly pro-Romanist!
One of its leading members has just resigned from the Church of England and joined the Church of Rome. As one headline puts it: ‘Anglican bishop of Ebbsfleet resigns to join Roman Catholic church.’ (https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/03/anglican-bishop-of-ebbsfleet-resigns-to-join-roman-catholic-church)
His action foreshadows just where Ecumenism is going!
In 1951, the Free Presbyterian Church was brought into existence by the Lord in order to protest against the wickedness of the ecumenical movement. Most certainly for the first 50+ years it was faithful and fervent to that calling. However, its opposition to the modernism and the liberalism and the pro-popish direction taken by the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Ireland since the late 1940s, has most decidedly waned over the last couple of decades.
One question that must be asked is WILL THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH BE THERE TO PROTEST?
So far, requests for information on the question of a protest have been met by somewhat bewildered silence!
Northern Ireland was born out of the determined stand by our Protestant forefathers’ rejection of the religious and spiritual implications of the ‘Home Rule’ plan of London! The slogan of our fathers summarises their notion of the significance of what was entailed in the ‘Home Rule’ proposal. Their slogan was ‘Home Rule is Rome Rule’!
Given that that was undoubtedly the motivation that drove our forefathers to arm themselves and fight, if necessary, in order to reject Home Rule, any force sent by London to enforce it.
Unionists, and most certainly Free Presbyterians, who would be true to their founding principles, will avoid such an ecumenical celebration, which in truth is a mockery of the founding of Northern Ireland.One of the chief reasons for the failure and departure by the Free Presbyterian Church from its foundational calling and fundamental duty has been its links to the Democratic Unionist Party. That party, which began with strong support from Free Presbyterian church members, turned its back upon God’s truth and entered into an alliance with Sinn Fein/IRA, a party stained with the blood of the hundreds of innocent people it murdered.
Sadly, out of a loyalty to the DUP, all too many Christians put that loyalty before obedience to God and maintained their support for the DUP, even when it sank down into the mire of ignoring Sinn Fein’s murderous character and, then even further, with its present pro-sodomy and pro-LGBT policies!
From its public statements so far concerning this ‘Centenary Service’, it may be assumed that the DUP will be there in all its ‘glory’! They complained that ‘President’ Higgins, of the Irish Republic, refused to attend, so it unlikely, having done so, they themselves would then be absent!
THIS BEGS THE QUESTION ‘WHO WILL BE THERE REPRESENTING THE DUP’?
Certainly Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, as a loyal member of the ecumenical Presbyterian Church will be there, BUT will he be joined by Mr Paul Given, who is a professing Christian and is commonly reported to be a member of the Free Presbyterian Church. Should he be in attendance that action would, in the past, have warranted church discipline for supporting ecumenism by attending a service which glorified this embodiment of the latter-day apostasy. Such attendance would be tantamount to an utter repudiation of the whole stand and witness of the Free Presbyterian Church and, much more importantly, a repudiation of the Word of God and its condemnation of all that ecumenism stands for!
I understand that there are Christians who plan to use the opportunity to challenge the main churches in attendance regarding their attitude to the enforcing by London of ‘Universal Abortion’ upon Northern Ireland. That is a most welcome prospect and they are to be congratulated.
However, if the Free Presbyterian Church is not there to protest strongly against this ecumenical mockery of the stand taken by our Protestant forefathers, then I feel it will signal that the time to write the obituary of the Free Presbyterian Church draws near!
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
15th October 2021.