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 517 articles so far, you can find them below.

The Parables #115

The sheep and the goats, Pt12.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal,” verses 45-46.

These verses bring the parable to a close. What a solemn word we have here!

The Lord will answer the questions posed by sinners! How often the Lord has been challenged and questioned throughout the ages! I read just yesterday where there are those who wish to change the Law so that they can ‘blaspheme’ without fear of prosecution!
God’s Truth has been questioned as have His Justice, His Love, His very Existence!! All will be answered one day.

The very heart of man’s rebellion against God is seen in his attitude toward Christians! Sin against a Christian is deemed a sin against Christ! Please remember that when you feel like hurting or annoying a Christian. Some time ago I mentioned Galatians 5:14. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” If you love your neighbour then you love God and the reverse is true. If you hate and abuse your neighbour you hate God!

The dreadful price of sin and rebellion! “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels,” verse 41. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment,” verse 46.

Please note some words.

1. ‘Depart from me’. No place in Christ’s company or in Heaven.

2. ‘Ye cursed’. They refused the Saviour and remain cursed! “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” Only the Lord Jesus can deliver us from under the curse that our sins bring upon us!

3. ‘Everlasting fire’. Hell is where “The fire . . . never shall be quenched,” Mark 9:43.

4. ‘Prepared for the devil and his angels’.

5. ‘Everlasting punishment’. Or ‘torment’!

Please note the great difference of the eternity of the sheep and the goats. ‘Everlasting punishment’ – ‘life eternal’. Please consider this today! As our study of parable has come to an end so too will life and we will all face eternity!

The Parables #114

The sheep and the goats, Pt11. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels,” verse 41.

The sheep and the goats are separated for the first time. They were part of the flock of the professing or the ‘Visible Church’ but the Lord has now separated His sheep from the goats, those who were not saved.

Part of the judgement of the wicked is their hearing the righteous rewarded and honoured. The wicked have been listening to what the Saviour said to His flock and they must have become aware that what He said to them would be different from what He would say to them, since they were separated from the righteousness.

* If you are not one of Christ’s flock, you cannot expect to be dealt with in the same way as they are dealt with and blessed!

* Hell is made all the worse by a knowledge of the heaven that your unbelief and disobedience robbed you of!
What a dreadful contrast between what the Saviour said to the sheep and that which He says to the goats!
“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

* There is a great difference between the Saved and the Lost but it will be never so plain and obvious as on this day!

* Its is obvious from what the wicked say that they considered there to be no difference between them and the saved! They have never understood the difference that is pointed out in God’s Word. Just like Nicodemus, John 39. “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?”
* Even here they argue and show their IGNORANCE! See what Paul said: “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” That is why they are still puzzled and arguing!
They were sent to hell because they did not love Christ and this was seen in how they treated Christians.

Note how the ungodly dare to challenge Christ. “They answered Him, when . . .” This is not the humble response of the righteous, verse 37. No this is a disputing and arguing with Christ and daring to suggest He is wrong and unjust!.

This how men react to the gospel! Matt 15:8-12. Rejecters of the gospel remain in darkness and ignorance. The purpose of the gospel in bring sinners into the light. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me,” Acts 26:18.

News review for week ending Friday 22nd March, 2019

“Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage,” Galatians 5:1.


Bloody Sunday: PSNI declines to say if it quizzed Martin McGuinness on machine gun

This silence can only mean that McGuinness was NOT interviewed by the police – part of the betrayal of justice and truth of which the police have been a part!!!

PSNI wall of silence surrounds McGuinness’s part in Bloody Sunday, says DUP’s Campbell

IRA aimed ‘heavy and sustained fire’ at soldiers, Ballymurphy Massacre inquest hears

Ballymurphy inquest: IRA ambush on army ‘showed strength’

Ambush on my patrol showed IRA out in force in Ballymurphy, ex-Para captain tells hearing

There is another side to the events that day to the one presented by pro-IRA sympathisers at this inquest!!!!

Police appeal for safe St Patrick’s Day

It really is a ‘holy day’ in Rome’s calendar!!

Three teens die in crush at St Patrick’s disco in Cookstown hotel – Northern Ireland left stunned by tragedy

Hotel owner arrested over St Patrick’s Day disco deaths

Cookstown disco deaths: Arrested hotel owner released on police bail

Cookstown tragedy hotel owner released – slams police who ‘blackened’ name in drug arrest farce

GAA club hit by triple deaths of Martin Patterson, Shane McAnallen and Ruth Maguire

Triple tragedy strikes Co Down GAA club after road deaths and body find

This pro-IRA organisation has been hit hard recently!!!

Sinn Féin criticised for ‘England get out of Ireland’ banner

Mary Lou McDonald defended by Irish American over parade banner

Is it not wonderful to behold the change in the mindset of Sinn Fein????!!!!

Ruth Dudley Edwards tells TUV conference that ‘cancer of Sinn Féin’ is a threat

DUP councillor Tom Smith resigns from party

Boxer Conlan criticised after pro-IRA chants

Anger at ‘Up the IRA’ song as Michael Conlan enters boxing ring

We must learn again what our forefathers learned by bitter experience and which ‘Ecumenical Liars’ have caused Protestants to forget, that Rome is as deceitful as the devil, putting on the face of friendship and talk up the ‘breaking down of barriers’ but behind the facade of friendliness lies the unchanged and unchangeable bitter hatred that lit the martyr fires!!!!

Eilis O’Hanlon: Michael Conlan’s trainer once said ‘he knows he has a lot to learn’… never were truer words spoken

‘Get over it…Troubles are over’: Michael Conlan’s promoter says ‘up the Ra’ ringwalk not meant to cause offence

So now it is quite in order for those so-minded to glorify the ‘exploits’ of the UVF and the UDA in songs and chants without fear of prosecution??!!

Reported On This Day 280 years ago (March 17 1739): Boat set to sail for America from Belfast in May

Utrecht shooting: Turkish-born suspect, 37, on run after three killed in ‘possible terror attack’

Dutch shooting: Utrecht police arrest suspect after three killed

Presbytery calls for ‘respect’ over Sunday sport worries

The statement, limited as it is, is to be welcomed though the Irish Presbyterian Church has many serious offences against God’s Law within its own court which should be addressed!!

Brother of soldier killed in Hyde Park bomb hits out at Corbyn

Corbyn’s position is not surprising since he has been a long-time supporter of the IRA and their terrorist campaign of murder!!!

Nigel Dodds: Karen Bradley has been a failure as NI secretary of state

Potent cannabis increases risk of serious mental illness, says study

Without a doubt, it, alcohol and the many other drugs in common use, account for much of the fiendish violence and cruelty abounding today!!

Gruesome horror story based on death of a clergyman who loved the Giant’s Causeway

Irish Republican terrorism and murder has been around for a long time!!!

Alleged IRA man accused of abusing boys at safe house

Catholic mother ‘who used wrong pronoun’ to describe transgender girl in police probe

Whatever happened to: ‘Calling a spade a spade’!!!

Bishops FURIOUS as transgender demands to change church baptism approved

It is hard to conceive that the C of E can sink any lower!!!

Presbyterian minister fired from college over ‘gross misconduct’

The Presbyterian Church has rid itself of the ‘Professor’ but his influence and teachings live on!!!

Jim Donegan ‘murdered by INLA’ – new footage of gunman outside Belfast school days before shooting

Many parts of Ulster are suffering the curse of paramilitary ‘drug gangsterism’!!!!

Head of IRA ‘gives permission for four men responsible for Birmingham pub bombings to be named’

Please note the headline!!!

Birmingham pub bombings: ‘Four men responsible’

Please note the phrase: ‘the current head of the IRA in Dublin’ early in this report. We have been told by Sinn Fein that the IRA has ceased to exist years ago!!!

IRA bomber names ‘four men behind Birmingham pub bombings’ at inquest

The IRA man can gloat in court: ‘There is nobody going to be charged with this atrocity.’ ‘The British Government have signed an agreement with the IRA.’ The British government has betrayed the victims of terrorism and the men they sent to fight it!!!

Woman challenges ruling on flying Union flags in Northern Ireland

This is where the Anglo/Irish Agreement, the St Andrews Agreement, the Power-sharing Agreement and the years of Unionist compromise, urged on by Ecumenists, have brought us!!!

Suspect package found in Republic linked to IRA letter bombings in UK

Ben Lowry: Michael Gove was once a strong unionist, now he has given succour to Dublin at this critical moment

Jim Allister: Northern Ireland not the ‘plaything’ of EU

Nigel Dodds appears to call for Karen Bradley to be replaced over ‘glaring failure’ of leadership at NIO

Chaotic scenes as Nigel Farage leads 270-mile Brexit protest march – but only some of the way

EU BOMBSHELL: How Brussels and Labour ‘planned to MERGE England and France in new region’

Shades of the not too distant future!!

Brexit BOMBSHELL: Theresa May admits the UK may ‘NEVER’ leave the EU in SHOCK comments

Brexit: No new vote on May’s deal without DUP support – chancellor

Speaker thwarts third vote on May’s Brexit deal without ‘substantial’ changes

Government’s Brexit deal needs ‘substantial changes’ before MPs can vote on it again

Brexiteers believe no deal WILL happen as May faces DEFEAT – ‘incandescent with rage’

Brexit: Theresa May to discuss next steps after Bercow ruling

Downing Street admits UK ‘in crisis’ over Brexit

There is a price to be paid for abandoning God’s Word and defying God’s Law!!

‘Then Jeremiah said unto all the people, to the men, and to the women, and to all the people which had given him that answer, saying, The incense that ye burned in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, ye, and your fathers, your kings, and your princes, and the people of the land, did not the LORD remember them, and came it not into his mind? So that the LORD could no longer bear, because of the evil of your doings, and because of the abominations which ye have committed; therefore is your land a desolation, and an astonishment, and a curse, without an inhabitant, as at this day,’ Jeremiah 44:20-22.

BREXIT LIVE: Fury as May asks EU for delay ‘up to TWO YEARS’ – ‘Now a REMAIN Cabinet!’

Was it ever really anything else???

Dodds: DUP ‘haven’t softened’ on Brexit deal

Brexit: Theresa May will not ask EU for long extension

BREXIT ULTIMATUM: Furious Merkel demands UK pass May’s deal or GET OUT of bloc NEXT WEEK

The ‘Kaiser’ still lives!!!!

‘A modern-day GUY FAWKES’ – Former Downing Street aide SAVAGES May on BBC Newsnight

Brexit news – live: Theresa May faces furious backlash after blaming MPs for crisis, as Jeremy Corbyn travels to Brussels to meet EU leaders

Brexit: Departure date pushed back by at least two weeks

The Parables #113

The sheep and the goats, Pt 10.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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Just a final remark on the command: “Bear ye one another’s burdens”. I read on Wednesday in my daily reading these words: “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith,” Galatians 6:10.
While Christians should bear one another’s burdens, they are not to ignore or forget the unsaved!

“For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous. Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you. We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death,” 1 John 3:11-14.

Even though the world hate us we are to seek to ‘do good unto all men’!

Note the term used by the Saviour of His people. “Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. “My brethren”. This is what Christians are to the King of Kings!

We are part of his family of God. We are related to the Lord Jesus Christ. Man recently said to Prince Charles that they were related! No great honour given his many sins and wicked opinions and notions!

But what an honour to be related to Christ!

It is a close relationship. The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is our Father also. “When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name,” Luke 11:2.

Listen to these words! “And the multitude sat about him, and they said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren without seek for thee. And he answered them, saying, Who is my mother, or my brethren? And he looked round about on them which sat about him, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of God, the same is my brother, and my sister, and mother,” Mark 3:32-35.

Truth for today, Pt 16


“And she went, and came, and gleaned in the field after the reapers: and her hap was to light on a part of the field belonging unto Boaz, who was of the kindred of Elimelech,” Ruth 2:3. She did not know Boaz, 19-20.

1. Ruth felt her need. There was no means of eating other than by gleaning so she went looking for a supply.

2. Ruth felt her duty. The blessing of the gospel is for them that hunger and them that seek. John 6:35.  We must place ourselves in the fields of grace, under the sound of God’s word.

3. Unwittingly, she came to the field of the redeemer. She was like the woman at the well, John 4 and like  Zacchaeus, Luke 19:1.

Who is there that loves the Lord but can look back and see how He guided them to the gospel field in which they were fully supplied?

The Bible indicates that the mind and hand of God is upon His people from all eternity.

Before the world was formed – Rev 17:8

Before the time of conception – Jer 1:15, Ps 139:13-16.

During our time of darkness – Gal 1:15.

Throughout our life – Ps 73:23-24, 32:8, 48:14.