Christians should prayerfully consider the material outlined
Behind Closed Doors by P. Malcolmson
Published by Evangelical Truth, 160 pages.
This publication examines in some detail what the author describes as ‘the hidden structure within the Orange camp’. That is the Royal Arch Purple Order. Although itself, not part of the Orange Order in Ireland, the writer suggests that some 95% of Orangemen also take this degree. The Order is an integral part of the Independent Orange Order and of the Orange Order in other countries.
After a brief and helpful historical introduction, the author spends the bulk of his book examining the initiation ceremony of the Order. His constant comparison of the degrees rituals with Freemasonry, his frequent quotes from evangelical authors, and above all, his testing of all things by the Scripture, mean that the arguments he presents cannot be easily dismissed.
For those for whom secret societies have remained an unintelligible mystery, this book will certainly enlighten them on this particular Order, and through it, the practice of many other such similar societies must inevitably be brought under the spotlight of Scripture.
Mr Malcomson’s concern throughout the book is that those who are presently within the Order and who profess to be Christians should prayerfully consider the material outlined and their membership in the light of it.
Indeed, such is the evidence arrayed in this book and the wholly unbiblical practices that it describes, that members who profess to be Christian must either deny the content of the ritual, refused the writer’s arguments or withdraw from the order.
Rev. Norman W McAuley
Protestant/Evangelical opposition to the Loyal Orders
The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland report on Loyal Orders
A Theological Report by the Church of Ireland – on the RBI
United Protestant Council reject Royal Black Institution
Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Orange Order
The Burning Bush – A Publication by Rev Ivan Foster, a Free Presbyterian minister.
Rev. Norman W McAuley (Presbyterian Church in Ireland)
Independent Methodist Pastor Paul Johnston
The English Churchman (Rev Dr Paul Ferguson)
Church of Ireland General Synod Sub Committee
Take Heed Ministries (Cecil Andrew)
British Churchman (Johnny Larner)
Bible-believing former members renouncing the Loyal Orders
Former Royal Black Deputy Grand Chaplain (Rev. Canon Brian T. Blacoe)
Former Royal Black Lecturer, Orange Worshipful Master and Royal Arch Purple Worshipful Master (Malcolm McClughan)
United Protestant Council Chairman (David Carson)
Former County Down Orange Treasurer, Worshipful Master, Deputy Master, and Chaplain – Jackson Blakely
Former County Londonderry Orange and Royal Arch Purpleman Andrew Evans
Former County Armagh Orange, Royal Arch Purple and (Red Cross) Blackman Alex Newell
Former Independent Grand Orange Lodge Chaplain Rev. Dr. Ray Pulman (also former Red Cross Blackman)
Former County Tyrone Orange Chaplain and Orange/Small Purple Lecturer Paul Stewart (also former Red Cross Blackman)