The Church of Ireland enters the New Millennium to unite with Rome under the Pope
The visit of Dr. Carey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, to the Church of Ireland's Seminar "Into the New Millennium" on 18th March, 2000, clearly identifies the Church of Ireland with the continuing apostasy with the Roman Catholic Church. This apostasy will enter a further stage in Toronto on 14th May, when all the Primates of the Anglican Communion worldwide, including Archbishop Eames representing the Church of Ireland, will meet with Vatican Presidents for a full week to take forward the recent Anglican/Roman Catholic Commission's (ARCIC) agreement that the Pope should "exercise" the role of "Universal Primate". [The Gift of Authority, para. 60-62]
No turning back
The ARCIC document, an Agreed Statement entitled The Gift of Authority, states: "There is no turning back in our journey towards full ecclesiastical communion." [para. 58] In preparation for "the exercise of Universal Primacy by the Bishop of Rome", the Anglican Provinces, including the Church of Ireland, were asked by the Lambeth Conference in 1988 to study the issue of the role of the Papacy as a "universal ministry in the service of Christian unity." [para. 53] The same document also reveals that the Lambeth Conference of 1988 resolved "to strengthen the role of the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Primates' Meeting". This was done in order to enforce their apostasy with the Church of Rome.
With this mandate in place, Drs. Carey and Eames are now leading the Anglican Communion and the Church of Ireland, contrary to the Holy Scriptures, into a new Millennium of "visible and organic" union with the Church of Rome.
Union with Rome at all levels
Since Vatican II, the Church of Rome has restructured its organisation of authority to facilitate union with Rome at international, regional and local level [para. 54]. The Explanatory Note accompanying the Pope's apostolic letter Ad Tuendam Fidem (a document published on 28th May, 1998, to protect the Roman Catholic faith) reveals that this restructuring reaffirms the ultimate authority of the Pope over the College of Bishops on all matters of faith and morals.
They cannot exercise their "supreme and full power over all the Church without the consent of the Roman Pontiff" [Ad Tuendam Fidem, para. 4]. In the same apostolic letter, the required Profession of Faith states: "I also firmly accept and hold each and everything definitely proposed by the Church regarding faith and morals."
No concessions from Rome
Rome has not conceded anything relating to doctrine or authority. The authority of the Pope is confirmed on all matters of faith and morals. Furthermore, the same Explanatory Note states: "All those doctrines of divine and Catholic faith, which the Church proposes as divinely and formally revealed, as such are irreformable." [Ad Tuendam Fidem, para. 5] The same document (Ad Tuendam Fidem) includes an oath of fidelity, which requires an oath from all those representing the Roman Catholic Church as follows: "In fulfilling the charge entrusted to me in the name of the Church, I shall hold fast to the deposit of faith in its entirety. With Christian obedience I shall follow what the Bishops, as authentic doctors and teachers of the Faith, declare, or what they, as those who govern the Church, establish."
Reformation liberties surrendered
Drs. Carey and Eames are involved irrevocably, according to the Agreement [Gift of Authority, para. 58] in a servile submission of the Anglicans to the Pope. Protestants cannot embrace union with Rome on these authoritarian and unscriptural terms. The religious liberty established at great cost by the Protestant Reformers is being surrendered in the name of a false and unscriptural ecumenism, which is a blatant misrepresentation of the prayer of our Lord Jesus Christ: "That they all may be one." [John 17:21]
The conclusion in the present ARCIC document "that Anglicans be open to and desire a recovery and re-reception" [para. 62] of a universal primacy of the Bishop of Rome, who enunciates such blatant authoritarianism, is for Protestants a shocking and unacceptable departure from the position of the Reformers. The clear objective of the agreement is to re-instate the Pope as Head of the Universal Church, and thus puts in jeopardy the guarantee of a Protestant Monarchy, Her Majesty the Queen being the Titular Head of the Church of England. The ramifications of this horrific apostasy will shake the Throne and subvert the Protestant religion by law established.
A clear responsibility
The Church of Ireland must now resolve (1) to abandon the policy of "union with Rome by stages" and (2) to destroy the satanic structures it has fabricated in collusion with Canterbury and Rome to forward the reversal of the Reformation.
We, the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, call upon the Anglican Communion, including the Church of Ireland, to turn back. The Episcopalian Churches are on the brink of perpetrating the greatest betrayal ever of (1) our Lord Jesus Christ as the One Head and Sole King of the Church, (2) the Word of God as the Sole Rule of Faith and Practice, (3) the Protestant Reformed Faith, and (4) the Protestant Monarchy.
This apostate Ecumenism must be resisted in the Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and for His sake we must protest at all cost. His we are, and Him alone we serve.