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Guest Service at Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church

The Da Vinci Code Exposed - The Truth about the Gospels


Pictured at a Guest Service in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church, Ballymacash on Sunday evening 4th June is L to R:  (front row) Minister and elders - Marcus McCollum, David Currie, Rev. Professor Robert McCollum, John Somerville and Mervyn Green. (back row) Guests from San Jose, California and Lynden, Washington - Donald Jamieson, Karen Jamieson, Rachel Alderliesten, Martha Bons, Joyce Jamieson, Jeannie Warner and Ed Warner.

A guest service was held in Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church on Sabbath evening 4th June.  The minister, the Rev. Professor Robert McCollum, took as his theme �The Truth of the Gospels�.  In his sermon he interacted with the contents of the Da Vinci Code written by Dan Brown.  He informed the congregation of some of the allegations that Dan Brown makes in his book.   For example, Brown says that the Gospel accounts (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are not authentic.  He alleges that they were 4th Century concoctions authorized by the new emperor Constantine.

Mr McCollum explained that aspects of the Da Vinci Code are completely contrary to historical fact.  Constantine, when he came to power in the Roman Empire, was a friend of Christianity.  After the intense persecution under Diocletian that preceded Constantine�s reign, Bibles were in short supply.  He ordered and financed, not the productions of new gospels, but copies of Bibles which had been in circulation for generations.

Mr McCollum concluded his sermon by pointing out the present relevance of the gospel as recorded in John chapter 20 verse 31.  �� these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.

He informed the congregation that the Jesus of the Da Vinci Code was a pathetic figure who could save no one.  In contrast, Jesus Christ revealed in Scripture lived and died for his people.  As their representative he secured salvation for them and, �is able to save completely those who come to God through him�.

After the service many of the visitors remained for further discussion and fellowship over a cup of tea.