Christian message at odds with life of Christ in Bible

SIR, — It was with disappointment, thought not without surprise, that I read last week’s front page headline of the condemnation by Free Presbyterian ministers of the Good Friday walk held in Castlewellan.

The sectarian and inflammatory language contained in the letter from Christian ministers who proclaim a faith of love and peace, was truly at odds with the life and ministry of Christ as presented in ure. 

I know that I can speak on behalf of the normally silent majority in our local community — those of all faiths and none — who believe the Castlewellan walk represents a small step towards a different kind of Northern Ireland. Sadly, these clergy represent the past with all its toxic bitterness and division. 

I wish to convey my heartfelt support for all those who walked in peace last week. It is not an act of so-called “ecumenical apostasy” but, rather, a simple act of faith in our shared life together.

May I remind the Free Presbyterian clergy that to “pursue peace with all men” (Hebrews 12.14) is but an attempt to live out the Gospel command to “love our neighbour”. 

Yours etc,


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