Magazine of the Reformed Presbyterian Churches of Scotland and Ireland

(October 1999 Issue)


“Recently two publications from different sources have come to our attention, both dealing with subjects on which the Reformed Presbyterian Church hold distinctive positions. Both will repay study.”

Book 1 ‘The Worship of God’ by Malcolm H. Watts and David Silverside

Book 2 ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by W.P. Malcomson.

Behind Closed Doors by W.P. Malcomson

“This book provides an evangelical assessment of what the author terms “the hidden structure within the Orange camp”, namely the Royal Arch Purple Order. Although separate from the Orange Order in Ireland, (but not in other countries, nor from the Independent Orange institution), it is reckoned that around 95% of Orangemen also take the RAP degree. The RAP is an oath-bound secret society which claims to support the Protestant faith. As Malcomson shows in great detail, however, much of its ritual and practices are derived from Freemasonry and ultimately from paganism. In many respects it presents a counterfeit gospel and all through the book the author is careful to set out the truths of Scripture which the RAP so blatantly contradicts. The examination is thoroughly carried out and Malcomson’s concern is both that believers would come out of the RAPO and that the unsaved would turn to Christ for salvation. Only one question remains : why would any true Christian want to be a member of such a body?”

Editor – Rev. Prof. W.D.J. McKay, B.A.,B.D.,M.Th.,Ph.D.

For more information, please William Schnoebelen’s enlightening book Masonry Beyond the Light

Protestant/Evangelical opposition to the Loyal Orders

United Protestant Council initial report into the Royal Black Institution application
United Protestant Council exhaustive report into the Royal Black Institution application
The Association of Baptist Churches in Ireland report on Loyal Orders
A Theological Report by the Church of Ireland – on the RBI
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.
Baptist Magazine
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
Ulster Christian
Omega Times – Newspaper of New Zealand Evangelist, Barry Smith
Take Heed Ministries (Cecil Andrew)
British Churchman (Johnny Larner)

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 County Tyrone Orange Chaplain and Orange/Small Purple Lecturer Paul Stewart (also former Red Cross Blackman)

Lodges Examined by the Bible by John R. Rice