I was dismayed to see on the Presbyterian Church Irelands website, we have a statement welcoming the news of the possible visit to Northern Ireland by the pope of Rome.
Surely this is a mistake or the website has come under cyber attack. On one page the claim is that the PCI is the largest Protestant denomination in Ireland and on another we have a very un-protestant statement on the Pope were “we will join with our fellow citizens in welcoming the leader of their church to Ireland”. Has compromise and liberalism so permeated the church, that we’ve consigned reformation history and teaching to the dustbin of and embraced ecumenism full on. I pray not.
Part of the who we are section of the PCI website, clearly states in no uncertain terms that the moderator of the PCI is not the head of the church, believing ‘The Lord Jesus Christ is the sole King and Head of the Church…’, which is in the code of the PCI. The code also states that the Westminster Confession of Faith is the subordinate standard of the Church. That confession states the following in Chapter XXV :
“VI. There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of 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.”
My question then, is does this no longer apply? If it does still apply, how can we in any good conscience even stomach his visit to Ireland, let alone welcome it.
The defence I assume will be, we must be more inclusive, it is a shared society etc etc, but that is the language of compromise, and compromise is the language of the devil. I want to love my Catholic neighbours enough to see them released from the bondage of Rome, we cannot do this if we will not take a stand for the sake of the purity of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, we must protest anything and anyone that seeks to steal His glory and usurp His authority. Many will say just ignore the visit, but how can we allow a man who is a member of the counter reformationist Jesuit movement, an order sworn to the destruction of Protestantism, to come in unchallenged to do his work of ecumenical beguilement.
May I urge my fellow Presbyterians not to acquiesce to this visit, the spiritual health of the nation is at stake. Do not betray the work of the reformationists and the price many martyrs paid in the past. 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the reformation, do not let the enemies of the gospel call Luther’s protest over, for the papacy certainly hasn’t changed, and nor should we stand on any other foundation than that of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Rock of our salvation. PCI, please reconsider your statement on the Pope of Romes visit.
Gareth Herron, A very concerned Presbyterian, Annalong