Writings contrary to rational thinking
WITH each passing week, the scale of Alf McCreary's "double-thinking" as a serving Presbyterian elder becomes breathtakingly painful to witness.
WITH each passing week, the scale of Alf McCreary's "double-thinking" as a serving Presbyterian elder becomes breathtakingly painful to witness. When ordained as an elder he would have publicly affirmed the Bible and the Westminster Confession of Faith to be his Supreme and Subordinate Standards for Faith and Practice.
Over recent weeks in his writings in the Belfast Telegraph he has claimed that Allah and the Triune God of the Bible are "The One God" and that everyone is a child of that "One God".
He has welcomed the presence of the Bahai faith in the province, a faith whose founder's name, Baha'u'llah, means "The Glory of God" (contrary to Isaiah 42:8 and Galatians 6:14), a faith that rejects both the inherent divinity in the impeccable life of Jesus Christ and the redeeming value in the atoning death of Jesus Christ.
These writings by Mr McCreary contradict the Divine truths found and expounded in Mr McCreary's publicly declared "Standards".
In his article headed What's Wrong With Shared Communion (Belfast Telegraph, May 31) he bemoans the fact that he couldn't partake of the supposedly transubstantiated, sacrificial elements at the recent re-dedication of the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh.
The Roman Catholic Catechism states concerning The Eucharist that in it "the sacrifice of the Cross is perpetuated" (Para: 1382) and that "As sacrifice the Eucharist is also offered in reparation for the sins of the living and the dead and to obtain spiritual or temporal benefits from God" (Para: 1414].
The Westminster Confession of Faith states concerning the Lord's Supper "In this sacrament Christ is not offered up to His Father, nor any real sacrifice made at all for remission of sins of the quick or dead but only a commemoration of that one offering up of Himself by Himself upon the cross...the...sacrifice of the Mass (as it is called) is most abominably injurious to Christ's one, only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of His elect' (Ch:29-2).
How and why Mr McCreary would want to participate in a ritual that his own "Standards" reject and declare to be "contrary to the nature of this sacrament and to the institution of Christ" (Ch: 29-4) goes against all honest and rational thinking.
CECIL ANDREWS, Take Heed Ministries, Ballynahinch, Co Down.