Photo of advertisement in Belfast News against Sodomy

Protest at one, but not at all? Doesn’t seem fair to me, Mr McIlveen

This year sees the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the version of the Bible called variously, the ‘Authorized Bible’, the ‘King James Version’, the ‘King James Bible‘ – and even by one teacher of mine the ‘St James Bible’ (I never got to the bottom of that one!)

In today’s edition of Belfast News, a local Free Presbyterian Church has taken out an advertisement.

Photo of advertisement in Belfast News against Sodomy

It is interesting that this congregation is terribly concerned about Sodomy and so as a thanksgiving is having a service at 1.00pm on Saturday on the corner of Waring Street and North Street in Belfast which is rather close to the route of the Belfast Pride Parade later in the afternoon.

I do trust that from January 15th each year, the members of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church eat unleavened bread for seven days, for

In the fourteenth day of the first month at even is the Lord’s passover. And on the fifteenth day of the same month is the feast of unleavened bread unto the Lord: seven days ye must eat unleavened bread.

Lev. 23: 5–6

Like Stephen Glenn I wonder if there will be a mass stoning of adulterers and adultresses as ordered by Lev. 20: 10 on Saturday outside St Anne’s, Belfast.

I trust that those protesting will be keeping the other laws that are present in Leviticus, after all why single out one set?

Therefore, I expect that Mr McIlveen (the “Minister” of Sandown FP Church) along with his flock will have a full beard, seeing as

Ye shall not round the corners of your heads, neither shalt thou mar the corners of thy beard.

Lev. 19: 27

If this is so deadly, when are we going to have the service of thanksgiving for the KJV outside all barber shops. After all, I have been told that my own hairdresser has cut the hair of Mr McIlveen himself.

Don’t forget that a protest should be necessary outside most shops in Belfast as they sell clothes that are made of mixed fibres (cf Lev. 19: 19).

It does seem rather strange to me that Sandown Free Presbyterian Church is spending so much money – for it must be to take out those advertisements – on one issue. Especially when Mr McIlveen is not seen to be protesting outside any of the Churches of the city (St Peter’s Cathedral, St Mary’s Chapel Lane, St Malachy’s, St Patrick’s Donegall Street). Surely as Chapter 25: 6 of the Westminster Confession of Faith to which they profess to hold, says

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 exalteth himself, in the Church. against Christ and all that is called God.

Belfast Pride happens once a year, for a few days, Mass is celebrated every day in the Churches of the city. I fail to see why one gets raised above the other. If those in the Free Presbyterian Church are going to uphold all that they profess to believe, then they really ought to start showing it.

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