I'm Irish and a street preacher. Although I disagree with their methods and the accuracy of their content I do agree with their stance. The previous laws in Ireland did not classify anything but anti-christian speech as blasphemy. This new law would prohibit the preaching of the gospel as it would be "blasphemy" against Islam to claim that Jesus is the only way to heaven.
B Newman wrote: Please understand that I have attended churches (and know of folks that have attended churches) where doing such things as driving a four wheeler resulted in excommunication; ..... Now having said that, I would also warn that the other extreme of antinomianism has its own dangers lurking about as well.
Dear B, I am saddened that you equate legalism to my Christian liberty to obey the Holy Spirit as my conscience and the Word of God dictate. To do so is, in fact, poor judgement.. I understand that you have seen fallible men do things in error but you are then turning around and projecting that valid and bad experience in attempting to condem me for obeying my lord Jesus and preaching the truth. I have lived in Ireland for 33 years of my life and my family have been here for over 800 years. I can tell you that Halloween is a druidic rite which used to involve human sacrifice, not unlike molech worship. Do you think it is ok for our children to imitate molech worship if we remove the human sacrifice from it? I can tell you that animal and possibly even human sacrifice is still performed to this day in the high places in Ireland on this night. If you would like an accurate and truthful account of halloween please go to my website
Settle down lads! No need to have a go at each other over this. Neil: Do you honestly think the BBC will accurately report all of this pastors words or just choose the ones they want? Alan: You are partly right, "light and bright" parties or harvest parties held on 31 Oct by any assembly of believers teaches children to compromise. Complete abstinenance is the answer, in fact our family make a point of using the opportunity to go on the streets to preach. We also hand out bags of candy with tracts at the door - the gift makes way for the giver. We even brought tract & candy bags to the local police station and shared them out with the policemen and they took some into the cells too!
If Christians want to celebrate a harvest festival, celebrate the Jewish one - known as Succoth or The Feast of Tabernacles - Jesus celebrated this one. This one never falls on 31 Oct and so cannot be mistaken for compromise.
I for one applaud this pastor. If you know how embedded halloween and witch craft is in the Irish culture you would realise what a BIG step he has taken in going to the media about this.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (Php 4:8)
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. (Gal 5:19-25)