NEWSPAPER OF NEW ZEALAND EVANGELIST, BARRY SMITH
Ireland’s Orange Order Under Attack!
During my latest trip to Ireland, in the month of October, I saw again that these men were marching with their bowler hats and sashes clearly displayed, and as a visitor from New Zealand, wondered what it was all about.
And now an article in the New Zealand Herald, 6 November 1999, tells us much of what goes on in that particular group – Orange Order ‘pagan’ rites under attack.
“A born-again Christian Loyalist now poses a bigger threat to the Protestant Orange Order than the fiercest nationalist residents’ groups.
The crusade of Paul Malcomson, a former Orangeman, to convince thousands of fundamentalist Christians to throw away their sashes and bowler hats is gaining momentum and makes him a greater danger than the various leaders of republican communities opposed to Orange marches.
Malcomson’s book, Behind Closed Doors, claims to lift the lid on the “satanic and pagan rituals” in the largest Ulster Loyalist cultural body. He plans to take the campaign to Scotland where the Order claims to have 80,000 members. After that he wants to reach Orangemen in North America, Australasia and Africa.
Malcomson hopes the book will have a similar effect on the reputation of the Orange Order as The Brotherhood did on the Masons.
The 33-year-old author also launched a website – www.evangelicaltruth.com to warn Christians about the dangers of Orangeism…
“…I became a born again Christian and started to question my views, and in particular why I was an Orangeman…”
Malcomson’s main concern focused on the rituals of the Royal Arch Purple, an elite branch of Orangeism of which he was once a member. He noticed a similarity between the rites of the Royal Arch Purple and Freemasonry, including several bizarre practices he later revealed in his book. These included:
Blindfolding a new recruit and making him kneel on a mock coffin while vowing to destroy his own life if he divulges the teachings of the order…
As in Freemasonry, has most of his clothes and one shoe taken from him and has a purple ribbon fastened to his shirt;
Riding the goat – a ritual in which the blindfolded initiate is wrapped in a canvas sheet and then kicked and tossed about by the assembled members of the Order;
Harsh beatings – members beat the candidate across the legs with brambles and, in some cases, holly to the accompaniment of laughter and even goat-like bleatings. He believes these rituals, such as immitating goats, find their roots in witchcraft rather than Protestantism.
‘The Orange Order says it is the defender of the Protestant faith but these secret oaths and strange rituals are more to do with paganism and are ultimately satanic. I want to inform Evangelical Christians that their faith is incompatible with membership of an order that tolerates organisations
like the Arch Purple.”
Malcomson claims that hundreds of born-again Christians have left the Order…” END QUOTE
The author rejoices in this information as he has spent many years himself writing seven books revealing the pagan origins of freemasonry and as a result has seen thousands of men set free through the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and His precious blood.
Let it be known to all who read our paper that we stand right behind Mr Malcomson and trust his efforts will bring about much blessing as men leave this disgusting organisation and get fully involved in the born-again Christian life, in a right relationship with God through the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Editor – Barry Smith
Protestant/Evangelical opposition to the Loyal Orders
United Protestant Council exhaustive examination into the Royal Black Institution -new!
The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland report on Loyal Orders
A Theological Report by the Church of Ireland – on the RBI -new!
The United Protestant Council short statement rejecting the “Royal” Black Institution
Reformed Presbyterian Church and the Orange Order
The Covenanter Witness (Reformed Presbyterian)
The Burning Bush – A Publication by Rev Ivan Foster, a Free Presbyterian minister.
Rev. Norman W McAuley (Presbyterian Church in Ireland) -new!
New Zealand evangelist Barry Smith
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)