About Ivan Foster

Ivan Foster is a recently retired minister in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Until November 2009 he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He continues to preach and write as the Lord gives opportunity.
Ivan has written 405 articles so far, you can find them below.

Truth for today, Pt4

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, Pt 4

Scripture: Ruth 1:3-5.

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In last week’s study, we considered how the backsliding of Elimelech and Naomi brought chastening upon their heads. That did not cure them, however, of their backsliding. Backsliding is easier to start than to stop. It brings with it a hardness of heart and conscience, a blindness of mind and soul that renders the backslider stiff-necked and unfeeling and undiscerning of the judgment of God.

The backslider’s heart is epitomised in the parable of the prodigal son, Luke 15:11-32. The worse things became, the further from his father he went. Naomi had been persuaded to leave Judah much easier than she had been to leave Moab!


Let us see that such is true in Naomi’s case. Evidently, Naomi never thought of going back to Judah when her troubles first began. When her husband died, the backsliding continued and deepened.

1. Death entered the home. Her nearest and dearest was taken. He who took her down into Moab is taken from her.

2. Her lot was one of loneliness. “She was left.” She was now on her own and her dreams had turned to ashes.

3. She is left a widow. One whose lot was hardship and want, Deut 24:19-21, Mark 12:42.


“And they took them wives of the women of Moab; the name of the one was Orpah, and the name of the other Ruth: and they dwelled there about ten years,” Ruth 1:4. The most serious of all earthly relationships was entered upon without reference to God and His truth!

1. They married in defiance of God. The Moabites were forbidden entrance to the congregation of Israel. “An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever,” Deuteronomy 23:3. Thus there was a siding with those who had sought to curse Israel, Deut 23:4. This is what happens through backsliding. A wrong view is formed of the world by children through the friendship shown it by their backsliding parents.

News review for week ending Friday 14th December 2018

Nevertheless they were disobedient, and rebelled against thee, and cast thy law behind their backs, and slew thy prophets which testified against them to turn them to thee, and they wrought great provocations. Therefore thou deliveredst them into the hand of their enemies, who vexed them, Nehemiah 9:26-27.

Brexit: Amber Rudd says ‘Norway Plus’ option plausible

The first minister to publicly float an alternative to Mrs May’s plan!

Brexit: SoS pens open letter to people of NI offering assurances over EU withdrawal deal

Assurances from a woman who, when she became Secretary of State for NI acknowledged that she was totally ignorant of the political conflict here – are hardly reassuring!!

PM’s deal is fatally flawed and has to be renegotiated, insists DUP leader

Labour ready to step in and negotiate Brexit deal with EU, Jeremy Corbyn says

That would be worse than ‘out of the frying pan into the fire’ since Corbyn is a long-time supporter of the IRA and its goal of a United Ireland by any means!!!

Brexit debate: SEETHING Leave voter tears into ‘TREASONOUS May’ for ceding control to EU

Theresa May pulls plug on Brexit deal vote, but Leo Varadkar rules out reopening negotiations around backstop

Brexit backstop renegotiation ‘not possible’ – Varadkar

Oh for leaders to clip the wings of this ‘peacock’!!!

Theresa May calls off MPs’ vote on her Brexit deal

May admits her Brexit deal would be defeated

Sammy Wilson: I will have no difficulty ignoring siren voices backing this rotten Brexit agreement

Brexit news – live: Theresa May addresses parliament amid bid to topple government after crucial vote abandoned

Brexit backstop: Irish ‘playing a game’ – Duncan Smith

The ‘game’ is to retain the erosion of a real border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic that has taken place over the last 50 years. It is the ambition of Irish republicans to unite the two. A hard border would undo the treacherous work of ecumenism, the wicked terrorism of the IRA and the deceit and trickery of Dublin and London in their dealings with Northern Ireland. Sadly, the DUP foolishly has also opposed a ‘hard border’, chiefly at the behest of its ‘merchant’ friends and supporters!!

We will never let the Irish down: Dublin and EU officials rule out ‘renegotiation’ of Brexit deal

That says it all! The EU has allied itself with the Irish Republic in an anti-British alliance that dates back to the Reformation and its aftermath!!!

Sinn Fein calls for unity referendum if UK crashes out of EU

Sir John Major: Unionists opposing backstop ‘ignorant’

Little heed will be given to this ‘benighted knight’ who had to run to Ireland for an audience with whom to share his perverted views. Few in the UK will forget that this political betrayer was unfaithful to his wife and committed adultery with fellow Tory, Edwina Curry!!!

Brexit: PM to hold talks with EU leaders after abandoning Commons vote

She is seeking to change a deal that she has repeatedly told the British people could not be changed and to which there was no alternative. How foolish Mrs May is making herself appear!!!

Brexit: Theresa May gets stuck in car ahead of Angela Merkel meeting

Rather ominously symbolic, is it not!!

Brexit: PM to hold talks with EU leaders after abandoning Commons vote

The writing’s on the wall… May’s refusal to read it is what’s damning

Brexit news – MPs hold emergency debate on Theresa May’s last-minute cancellation, as committee concludes PM should quit if no-confidence vote passed

Brexit: Merkel tells May deal cannot be renegotiated

Confidence in Theresa May ebbing away after deferred Brexit deal vote

Brexit in chaos as Tory MPs trigger vote of no confidence in Theresa May

No confidence vote: What happens now?

Brexit: May cancels Dublin visit over confidence vote

Brexit WARNING: Brexiteer MP claims civil servants working under EU AGENDA in Brexit talks

DUP joins Davis and Raab in push for new Brexit deal – PM may stand down before next election

Brexit border backstop ‘must not fall victim to Tory civil war’, says Sinn Fein

Theresa May survives bid to topple her

Defiant May vows to get on with job and deliver Brexit

Tory no confidence vote solved nothing – just a spectator sport for the DUP

BREXIT BLOW: Raab, Davis and Foster launch ALTERNATIVE PLAN without May’s ‘POISON PILLS’

May must stop spinning truth of backstop

Arlene Foster: ‘Will PM stand up to EU leaders over Brexit deal?’

‘May has promised legal guarantee’ says Foster – Varadkar ‘very satisfied’ with EU position on backstop

BREXIT REVEALED: Donald Tusk REJECTS Theresa May demand for ‘one-year backstop’

Verhofstadt puts FINAL NAIL in May’s coffin ahead of EU summit – ‘Assurances, no more!’

Brexit: EU says no to May on renegotiating deal

They really have the poor foolish woman boxed in!!!

France protests: Footage of students ‘humiliated’ by police

Yellow vest movement: Paris police fire tear gas at protesters

Protesters march through Paris amid fears of new violence

In pictures: More than 50 injured as anti-government protesters face off with French riot police in Paris

Clashes as ‘yellow vest’ protest descends on Paris

Paris riots: VIOLENCE ERUPTS as protesters clash with police – TANKS and TEAR GAS deployed

This makes the Brexit controversy look like a Sunday school picnic!!!

Yellow vest protests ‘economic catastrophe’ for France

MACRON SHOCK: French president faces NO CONFIDENCE vote TOMORROW – France in chaos

God has His own way of humbling proud and boastful politicians! “ . . . . the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will, and setteth up over it the basest of men,” Daniel 4:17

EU FURY: Thousands riot in Hungary over EU’s backing for Orban – ‘We’ll SHOW THEM’

SF adviser admits he got RHI abuse warning before SF delayed closure

Ex-DUP spad Tim Cairns says mystery RHI email was held on DUP server

BBC claims DUP declined chance to see Jonathan Bell’s RHI interview ahead of Arlene Foster’s grilling

Bell was victim of personal attacks and smears by DUP, says his lawyer

Murder tariffs 10 years lower in Northern Ireland

This has been brought about in order to head off Sinn Fein/IRA and the general Roman Catholic community’s protests against lengthy sentences being imposed upon republican terrorists!!

Sinn Fein MEP Anderson tells of chaos as three shot dead in Strasbourg

Given her history as a convicted IRA terrorist, such scenes will be no surprise to her!!

The BBC have dropped me over Gillespie tweet, claims Jude Collins

Sister challenges Sinn Fein ‘hypocrites’ as murdered politician is remembered

Bloody Sunday: ‘Job well done’ says former soldier

Sir Nick Parker: Prosecuting soldiers over NI conflict deaths is unfair

Ballymurphy eyewitness is challenged over claim that soldier laughed after shooting man

Stammer to sermon: A priest’s struggle with words

I don’t hesitate to say that his ’stuttering words’ would have been more profitable to his poor flock than his sermonising on the blasphemous errors of Rome!!!

California nuns embezzled $500,000 for trips to Las Vegas, officials say

Minnesota State prof says Virgin Mary didn’t consent to God: ‘Grossly predatory at worst’

Mary’s answer to this vile blasphemy may be found in Luke 2:46-55. It is well worth reading!

Ian Paisley facing new questions over luxury Maldives holiday

Ian Paisley luxury Maldives holiday paid for by ‘mystery friend’

Sinn Fein and UUP want Paisley Maldives holiday claims probed by watchdog

DUP MP Paisley should have declared Maldives trip, says ex-public standards watchdog

‘I feel cheated’ – right to die campaigner

Tragically, that is not how he will feel seconds after he dies!!!

Abortion is not simply a women’s rights issue

Virginia teacher reportedly fired for refusing to use pronoun for transgender student

The teacher, a professing Christian, would not use male pronouns when addressing a female student who claimed to be now a ‘boy’! The student revealed that the situation left ‘him’ feeling ostracized!! Might not the exclusion experienced stem from the daft and wicked claim to have ‘changed’ gender??

Church of England to offer baptism-style services to transgender people to celebrate their new identity for first time

A bogus ritual to celebrate a bogus ‘identity’ in a bogus church!!!

Sex abuse allegations multiply at Scouting Ireland

Pope removes two cardinals from cabinet after sex abuse scandal

This highlights just how far ‘up the ladder’ the corruption goes!!!

Roman Catholic cardinal denies covering up actions of sex abuse claim priest

Witch hunts against those former police officers who are accused of the sorcery known as collusion

Province may never get a Catholic majority at all

The Parables #90

Scripture: Luke 15:1-7.

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We are considering the question:

Just who are the 99, verse 5?

The flock spoken of here could not be an ‘earthly’ body of people for a number of reasons. Here is another reason as well as that given last time which was that it could not be  ‘a band of human beings because of the their description. “ . . . . ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance,” verse 7.
The new reason is:
Because the Saviour has promised never to ‘leave’
His people.
The 99 were ‘left behind’.
Here is a promise given to His people. “ . . . he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5.

* Those who are left “in the wilderness” in this parable could not be those to whom this promise was given!
The word ‘leave’ means ‘forsake’, which makes it even more unlikely that it is the saved that is referred to.
We must ever remember that the Lord Jesus does not have to LEAVE you while He comes to me to help and look after me! He is OMNIPRESENT! He is everywhere present at all times! “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, . . . lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen,” Matt 28:18, 20. Acts 18;10. He was with Paul & all the apostles. He was with EACH ONE of them.Even so He is ever with all of His people. Jesus’ divine nature makes Him always with us.  “Am I a God at hand, saith the LORD, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the LORD. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the LORD,” Jer 23:23-24.

* This truth Nathaniel learned. “Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel,” John 1:47-49.

The Parables #89

Scripture: Luke 15:1-7.

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When I was last with you I asked the question:

Just who are the 99?

We started to answer it by pointing out that when the Saviour came to earth some 2000 years ago, He left behind His father, His glory and the glorious company of Heaven in order to save His people.
I believe ‘that leaving’ is what is referred to here!
The flock spoken of here could not be an ‘earthly’ body of people for a number of reasons.

Because of their description. “ . . . . ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance,” verse 7. This cannot refer to any group of human beings, not even the saved!
“. . . . there is no man that sinneth not,” 1 Kings 8:46
“ . . . for all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.
Saved and converted sinners are ever in need of repentance. Rev 2:5, 16; 3:3, 19. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us,” 1 John 1:8.
“All of a Christian’s life is one of repentance.” Martin Luther.

Truth for Today, Pt3

Truth for Today — Studies in Ruth, Pt3
The Prologue, 1:1-2.

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I think that may be seen in the action taken by Elimelech. He went to Moab to escape the judgment of God. He was hardened beneath the chastening of God. The purpose of chastening is set before in Hebrews 12:5-11.

A name study provides us with interesting details.
Elimelech = “My God is king.”  He typifies the measure or state of true religion there is in such days as the days of the Judges. He had a name to live. Notice he left Bethlehem, “The house of Bread.” In time of famine we should come to Bethlehem, not leave it! See 2 Chronicles 28:19-23.
Naomi. = “My delight.” It is a good name but she did not live up to it. Bitterness was her lot in Moab, verse 20. Obedience and return brought joy, 4:14-15. She possibly married an unsaved man, who professed but was not really saved!
Mahlon and Chilion. “Sick” “Pining or Consumptive.” Such were the offspring born to these two backsliders. Both perished in Moab with their father.
Sickly religion is the offspring of disobedience and backsliding and a looking to Moab for deliverance. Moab was a nation born out of a most wicked union, Gen 19:37.
It is to the modern Moab, the offspring of the union between the church and the world that many look for deliverance in these days.