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.
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The Parables #61

The Parable of the two sons – Part 11  

Scripture: Matthew 21:28-32

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THE RESPONSE OF THE SONS.

We will consider a little further the decisions made by these sons.

The second son. He was like the seed in stony ground: “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended,” Matthew 13:20-21.

The decision he made was a not a fixed, settled decision. There was no root to the decision. It did not run down deep into his heart! He was not like David. “O God, my heart is fixed; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory,” Psalm 108:1.

I wonder what made him change his mind – the voice of friends calling him away? Note, “when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word.” ‘Tribulation’, ‘Persecution’. The Word of God brings such troubles as these. “And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles,” Acts 8:1. Only those truly rooted in Christ can withstand such. “That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,” Ephesians 3:17.
The first son. He realised the sinfulness of his decision. Lack of gratitude, offensive and shameful, vexing to God.  Doubtless, as an Israelite he would have been familiar with Deut 21:18-21.  “If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them: Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place; And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard. And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.” He turned in repentance.
Refusing to obey your earthly father is most serious. How much more your Creator!
Defying of the voice of God can only end in death. “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death,” James 1:15. That is the penalty of sin

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8. The second son was a LIAR!
Please take heed to this matter today, boys and girls.

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“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. . . . Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved, . . . Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. . . . Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved,” Psalm 80:1, 3, 7, 19.

The opening verse brings us to the days of Israel marching to the promised land. The placement of the tribes was ordained of God. The three tribes mentioned here followed after the Kohathites who carried the Ark of the Covenant, the very symbol of God’s presence amongst His people.

“And the Kohathites set forward, bearing the sanctuary: and the other did set up the tabernacle against they came. And the standard of the camp of the children of Ephraim set forward according to their armies,” Num 10:21-22.

When the people of God are going forward as God intends them to proceed then their eyes will ever be on the blood-sprinkled Ark. It is there that God meets with us. “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel,” Exodus 25:22.

If we are in communion with God this is where we will be.

Of course this is a symbol of the very place we seek to enter today.

“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water,” Hebrews 10:19-22.

The Psalmist repeatedly asks for a “shining forth.” In Psalm 94:1 the word is translated “shew thyself.” That is what we look for today.We come to “see the Lord”. Not with the physical eye but with the eyes of faith. Hebs 1:1, 27.

I want us to consider the repeated request today.

I. PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS IN THE PLACE OF PRAYER THAT WE WILL SEE OUR NEED AND OWN IT.
“Turn us.” We need turning from backsliding. Word means: ‘recover’!
1. Do we see the evidence of our backsliding? Verses 4-6,12-13, 16.
2. Are we willing to humbly and brokenly acknowledge it.
3. Will we pray for restoration? There is a price to pay!

II. UNDERSTANDING OUR NEED, WE SEE THE MERCY OF GOD MORE CLEARLY.
1. At best our view of God’s mercy is limited. At best, we “see through a glass darkly,” 1 Cor 13:12.
2. In the place of prayer the blessings we have lost sight of come before us again. Verses 8-11. How we have forgotten (occupied with other things) what the Lord has done for us! Jer 2:32, 3:21.
3. Here is where God reveals Himself. Ps 94:1.

III. THE SHOWING OF GOD’S FACE IN THE PRAYER MEETING IS OUR SALVATION
1. In the face of the Lord we see ALL His mercy toward us. “For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ,” 2 Corinthians 4:6.
There is a clarity spoken of here.
2. Seeing it clearly we do not hesitate to claim in faith the blessings. Vague understandings of God’s mercy breeds unbelief!
3. Thus in the prayer meeting the victory is gained. “So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad,” 1 Samuel 1:18.
That is what Jehoshaphat learned. “Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you. And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD,” 2 Chronicles 20:17-8.
Seeing God’s mercy and power let us claim the victory today.

June 2018

New audio sermons

  • KICS talks. These have finished for the school year. They will recommence, DV, in September.
  • All recently added audio sermons can be seen here.

Sunday services, June 10th, 2018. 

 

Weekly Review of News from Northern Ireland for week ending Friday 15th June, 2018.
By Rev Ivan Foster

Sinn Féin vote to change abortion policy

The abortion of a twelve-week old unborn baby is very definitely murder.

But that is nothing new for the party that supported and still supports the murder of thousands of innocent adults in its recent terrorist war!

God’s judgment most assuredly will fall in His time on these evil people! Read the BBC report.

A reminder of the shameful Pastor McConnell saga

Worth a read! Read the Newsletter article.

Irish (Roman) Catholic hospitals ‘will have to perform abortions’

This dreadful decision by the people of Ireland will create many a conflict of conscience!! Read the BBC news story.

DUP ‘fines politicians for media interviews’

“The DUP has declined to comment on claims it fines its politicians if they talk to the media without permission.” Read the BBC news report.

Former DUP Spad acts as ‘judge, jury and executioner’ on discipline matters

Read the Newsletter report.

Northern Ireland parties slam DUP’s fines system

If this is true, and the lack of denial suggests it is, what ‘wussies’ and ‘wimps’ the modern DUP members are who submit to such procedure and what draconian measures the DUP is prepared to take in an attempt to suppress free speech!!! Read the Belfast Telegrap article.

Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly urges unionists to ‘reciprocate’ after shaking Prince Charles’ hand

Kelly’s demand illustrates the true nature of the ‘handshake’ – political propaganda whereby pressure can be exerted on the Unionist people to concede to Sinn Fein/IRA what their terrorist campaign of 30-odd years could  not achieve.

It also shows what a fool Prince Charles is when he was prepared to participate in such a dishonourable sham. Kelly was a leading member of the IRA terrorist campaign at the time Prince Charles’ great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in 1979. Read the Newsletter report.

We all have right to remember our dead – I won’t stop doing so, says Sinn Fein’s O’Neill (SF Vice-President)

Celebrating the murder of her opponents by her terrorist compatriots is seen as quite compatible with ‘reconciliation with Unionists’. Is it any wonder Ulster Protestants reject Sinn Fein’s ‘overtures’ as utter sham! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Lord Alderdice resigns from Presbyterian Church.

Read the BBC news article.

Lord Alderdice resigns from Presbyterian Church following ban on same-sex relationships

‘Gasp’! How sad for that church! The Presbyterian Church rarely take a step forward, rather it has been sinking downward ever since it exonerated J E Davey of blasphemy in the 1920s and then elevated him to the moderatorship of the General Assembly in 1954.

But the resignation of Alderdice is good news for them indeed, though I am sure that some will see it as a sad loss.

The article highlights the theological loyalties of those who have objected to the PCI’s stand on sodomites, weak and all as it has been! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Lisburn fun run bomb: Survivor tells how IRA has caused her 30 years of suffering

Read the Newsletter report.

30 years on, RUC duo recall horror of Provos’ Lisburn Fun Run blast that left six soldiers dead in the street

How could the DUP enter power-sharing with those who supported such actions and which they claimed made them worthy of hanging! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Arlene Foster to attend Ramadan celebration event

No matter how her attendance is viewed it amounts to an endorsement of a heathen event! Tolerance does not require us to engage in or approve of the religion of Islam! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Irish laypeople lead funerals as Catholic priest numbers reach crisis point

Read the report.

Irish adoption authorities confirm many of 15,000 illegal adoptions sent to USA

Read more

UK Supreme Court states Northern Ireland abortion laws ‘incompatible with human rights’

All part of the ‘world-wide anti-God campaign’. The USA will not prosper while it embraces such wickedness! Read the article.


Pope Francis will not be coming to Northern Ireland

Praise the Lord for answered prayer. Read the Newsletter report.

Former Catholic school head Paul Dunleavy in court over child abuse claims

Read the Irish News report.

Jeffrey Donaldson’s daughter a leading campaigner for abortion reform

Jeffrey Donaldson says: ‘I brought my children up to develop their own opinions on life.’ That is not how he should have brought them up. Such are his daughter’s views that it appears she would see no wrong in aborting, murdering, a grandchild of his!
Is this not most dreadful for him to contemplate?

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up,”  Deuteronomy 6:4-7.

Our own opinions are ever wrong and are to be rejected and the truth of God embraced. Our heart is a fountain of sin and iniquity said the Saviour.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man,” Matthew 15:18-20.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” Romans 8:7-8. Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Couple resign from Presbyterian Church as same-sex ruling row escalates

This article aptly displays the corruption that long has resided in the heart of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The most abominable views and conduct have been tolerated and condoned.

Those who attack the recent decision on same-sex relationships have resorted to lies. One of the biggest lies is that put forth by ‘Lord’ Alderdice. He suggested the Presbyterian Church in Ireland was moving closer to Free Presbyterianism. Nothing could be further from the truth!!! The PCI, with its women ministers and elders, endorsement of modern versions, strong links to Roman Catholicism and liberal theology is far, far removed from the position and stand of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster.

God’s Word says: “no lie is of the truth,” 1 John 2:21. “ . . . in which it was impossible for God to lie,” Hebrews 6:18. “God is not a man, that he should lie,” Numbers 23:19.

The liars have but displayed the wickedness that lies at the core of the PCI!! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Same-sex couples welcome in Presbyterian Church – but cannot be full members

This is  far from right!

Should a person regularly coming to church drunk be welcomed? Should a burglar regularly coming to church with his pockets full of stolen property be welcomed? Should a man whose wife continually shows the bruising his brutal treatment has left be welcomed in church? Of course not.

David, in Psalm 101 verse 7 says: “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” No welcome here for the habitual sinner!

Daniel’s counsel to Nebuchadnezzar is also relevant here. “Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity,” Daniel 4:27.

Those who are openly engaged in what God calls an abominable relationship should  not be welcomed at church. Such a welcome endorses their continued brazen defiance of God and His Law and sends a signal that there is little wrong with their wicked lifestyle.

Christians must reject the ‘wishy-washy’ sentimentality of ‘liberal and modernistic’ neo-evangelicanism with its ‘open arms’ stance toward all. The repentant mercy-seeking sinner, whatever his/her lifestyle has been should be welcomed but not those who are merely campaigning for an acceptance of their wickedness by the professing Church of Christ!

Should those whom God has given up be welcomed in His house? “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” Romans 1:26-28.

It is quite obvious that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has taken little notice of God’s view on this matter and has acted in defiance of His Word in order to placate the liberal element in the denomination!

“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds,” 2 John 1:9-11.

Read the Newsletter report.

Billy Kennedy: Scots to blame for Presybyterian split over same-sex marriage

Mr Kennedy is a staunch member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and therefore defends his church’s stance in this article. He makes some good points but is wrong to defend the present stance of his church as being “Bible-led” for it falls short of that! Read the Newsletter article.

Peter Robinson’s old DUP colleagues dismiss his call over border poll

Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Presbyterian Church in Ireland votes against gay membership

Read the BBC news report.

‘It’s a CONSPIRACY!’ Portillo has SHOCK warning as May is SURROUNDED by Remainers

Read the Daily Express report.

‘It’s not even soft Brexit – we’re not coming out!’ Peter Bone LASHES Brexit backstop deal

Read the Daily Express article.


Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland Southern Presbytery Protest to Dr J R Beeke

The protests centre upon the desecration of the Sabbath by unnecessary recreational travel in connection with Dr Beeke’s  “Rhine River Reformation Cruise”. As is in keeping with our experience of Dr Beeke, no reply to the letter of protest has been received. Read the protest here.

Here is an article I wrote on the matter last September, entitled  “Dr Beeke’s ‘Boozy’ Reformation Tour!!”, when the cruise was first advertised By Dr Beeke.

Supreme Court Abortion Judgment

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:-

“While it is good that the Supreme Court rejected the Human Rights Commission’s appeal, I disagree with majority view that denying abortion is a breach of human rights.

“Abortion is about killing. Before an abortion there is a living baby with a beating heart in the womb; abortion kills and removes that living creation. Thus, how anyone can think of such an act as a ‘human right’ is beyond me.”


Three people bring legal challenges against Ireland’s abortion referendum results

Read the report.

Supreme Court rejects NI abortion law case

It is clear however, that there is little sympathy for Northern Ireland’s position amongst the “Law Lords” as the report below shows!! Read the BBC report.

Top judge: NI abortion law inflicts ‘inhuman’ treatment on women

Read the Newsletter report

Varadkar ‘endorsing’ IRA terrorists by opening west Belfast festival

Read the Newsletter article.

Irish Presbyterians vote to loosen Scottish church ties

Read the BBC report.

Minister explains why he helped in baptism of child of a same-sex couple

This poor fool, long  unorthodox in his views,  is as the those described by Jude: “These . . . . clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever,” Jude 1:12-13. Read more.

DUP MLA Jim Wells compares abortion to Nazi Holocaust

Read the BBC report.

More murders under new abortion laws than in Nazi death camps: DUP’s Wells

Read the Newsletter article.

DUP’s Wells was wrong to compare abortion to Holocaust, says Arlene Foster

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Foster dismisses Nazi abortion comparison

Maybe Arlene Foster could explain why she thinks that what Jim Wells said was “the wrong use of language”.

Has there not been approximately the same number of unborn children murdered by abortionists as Jews murdered by the Nazis?

Or perhaps Mrs Foster does not believe that the unborn child is really a human being and is therefore something less human than the Jews that were slaughtered??

In truth her comments raise questions about the sincerity of Mrs Foster’s anti-abortion stance and that of her Party’s membership as a whole! Read the Newsletter article.

Theresa May repeats claim paramilitaries are not being investigated for Troubles killings

Why does she not do something about such a despicable state of affairs? Read the Irish Times article.

SDLP veteran: leader’s stance on abortion has disappointed grassroots

Read the Newsletter report.

(Christian Brother) Brother Paul Dunleavy charged with sex abuse against boys

Read the BBC report.


It’s OK to play sports on Sundays, but don’t miss Mass, says Vatican

The pope’s declaration indicates that he considers himself greater than the God Who commanded all men to

“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

Only a greater than God can alter His eternal law. Although, a blaspheming reprobate such as the pope may dare to try and raise himself above God and amend His law. Read the Catholic Herald report.

(American) Christian baker victorious in gay couple wedding cake case

Read the Irish Times report.

Trump insists on ‘absolute right’ to pardon himself

Read the Irish Times article.

DUP out of step with public opinion on abortion – Sinn Fein

The moral rule with which all should be in step is the Ten Commandments. Such a rule Sinn Fein cares nothing about since its central policy dogma is based upon murder, the murder of her opponents and now unborn children! Read the Newsletter report.

(Arlene) Foster considers attending Fermanagh’s outing in gaelic football’s Ulster Final

If she does then to please opponents she shows herself ready to offend the Lord. Breaking the Christian Sabbath is no small matter. Here is but one example of the consequences of a people desecrating God’s Holy Day.

“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them,” Ezekiel 20:12-13.

The terrible judgments which overtook Israel at the hands of the Babylonians is clearly recorded in history. The DUP leader would be most foolish indeed to ignore the warnings of history and desecrate the Sabbath for mere political expediency. Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

The failed abortion survivor whose mum thought she was dead

This reveals the heartlessness of the abortionist!!

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. . . . , without natural affection, ” 2 Timothy 3:1, 3. Read the BBC report.

Robert McCartney’s family urge Sein Fein’s new Belfast mayor to tell them what she saw on night of killing

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.


19th century abortion law ‘puts women in same category as rapists’

Abortion law in Ulster is older than the 19th century. It dates back to publication of God’s Law!! Read the Newsletter article.

NI same-sex couples marry in Ireland and Great Britain

The campaign against Ulster continues with this BBC pro-sodomite report. Read the BBC article.

SF voters ready to switch to DUP over abortion, claims Arlene Foster

Undoubtedly there is despair amongst many Roman Catholics over both Nationalist parties coming out in support of abortion. Sadly, it is a fact that while SF voters were content to vote for murderers some are upset at their party’s pro-abortion stance. Read more

Paisley to reveal letter from priest urging Catholics to vote for DUP

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Abortion row: Paisley challenged over claims priest is urging people to vote DUP

Read the Irish News report.

Row on papal indulgences offer

After making one or two good scriptural points and responding to the deceits of the priest Patrick McCafferty, sadly the Irish Presbyterian Church then adds: “ . . . we want to join with our fellow Roman Catholic citizens in welcoming Pope Francis” to his visit in Dublin this summer.”

They are happy to welcome a man who is a peddlar of lies just like the Dominican friar Johann Tetzel. This is the confused position that comes from trying to “ride two horses” as the ecumenically-inclined Irish Presbyterian Church does.

Martin Luther would not have issued such a welcome!! Read the Newsletter report.

Bishop of Derry disappointed that pontiff won’t be travelling north

We are most happy at his disappointment on this issue but sadly, those who embrace this faith have a greater disappointment ahead of them!!!! Read the Irish News article.


Special Season of Prayer for our Independent Christian school

“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. . . . Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved, . . . Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. . . . Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved,” Psalm 80:1, 3, 7, 19.

The opening verse brings us to the days of Israel marching to the promised land. The placement of the tribes was ordained of God. The three tribes mentioned here followed after the Kohathites who carried the Ark of the Covenant, the very symbol of God’s presence amongst His people.

When the people of God are going forward as God intends them to proceed then their eyes will ever be on the blood-sprinkled Ark. It is there that God meets with us. “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel,” Exodus 25:22

“New Wine – But the Old Spirit”

An announcement of what is nothing short of an ecumenical get together in Sligo later this year has been drawn to my attention. I just wish that the person who drew it to my notice had made themselves known for I would have liked to have thanked them for sending me the information.

The introductory announcement states:

We are called to live lives that count. Lives that count for the Kingdom and for the King. As we call out to Him together – God’s Kingdom presence breaks into this world. New Wine Ireland exists to enthuse, equip and resource the local church across Ireland for radical mission that will change this nation.

That is straight out of an ecumenical pamphlet of 60-70 years ago. The style and methods of presentation are very different, 21st century rather than 20th century, but the overt aims are the same – a uniting of all ‘churches’. Read more


Vatican ‘supports’ compulsory crosses in Bavarian public buildings, state’s prime minister says

Not surprising given the Vatican’s support for Hitler until it became obvious he was going to lose the war!!!! Read the story from the Independent.

Itinerary suggests Pope will not travel north during August visit

Surely the Roman Catholic ‘Irish News’ would not publish a lie!!!! Read the report.

Theresa May will ‘rue the day’ she calls DUP’s bluff: Nigel Dodds

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Ben Lowry: Simon Coveney gives succour to a dissident terrorist and still the UK stays silent

This is the nation that at the beginning of WW II, stood alone against the might of Nazi Germany!

Now it appears to tremble before a tiny state led by a sodomite and with a majority of citizens who support killing babies in the womb.

‘How are the mighty fallen’! Read the Newsletter article.

‘UN BIASED against Israel’ US vetoes Arab resolution on Gaza which ‘fails to blame’ Hamas

Read the article from the Express.


(Chief Constable) George Hamilton’s assessment of IRA (structures still remain intact) puts heat on Sinn Fein

Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Abortion: London will not risk law change in Northern Ireland, claims DUP’s Jim Wells.

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.


Correspondence about Pope’s claims continued

There has been another round of letters to the Editor of the Newsletter. Below is a second letter from Micheal O’Cathail and a reply from Rev. Foster.

In his response (‘Popes claim to be God,’ May 18) to my letter (‘It is inaccurate to suggest that Popes claim to be God,’ May 16), the Rev Ivan Foster asks regarding his letter of May 7 “… why he (me/mise) made no reference whatsoever to them (ie Pope Boniface)”.

It’s quite simple really. There have been nine Popes named Boniface. There was Pope Boniface 1, who was a contemporary of St Augustine of Hippo, the author of the Confessions and also a discourse on The Trinity etc.; Boniface 1 was Pope from December 418 to September 422; and there was Pope Boniface 1X; he was Pope from November 1389 to October 1404; in between there were seven Popes named Boniface. As you can see, the Papacy has a long history, stretching back 2000 years to its foundation by Jesus Christ, and, in between, there have been hundreds of Popes; the Rev Foster’s first name, Ivan, also called John, is well represented among them (St John XX111 was a much loved Pope in the 20th century); my first name, Micheal, hasn’t yet made the grade to the Papacy; however an Archangel is called Micheal who is defender of the Catholic Church.

A beautiful prayer to St. Micheal was brought into use by Pope Leo X111 in 1886.

 Micheal O’Cathail, Fermanagh

Read it online here.

Rev. Foster’s reply.

Sir,

Mr O’Cathail’s reply in today’s Newsletter, if I might endow it with such a term, is a clear indication of his inability to effectively respond to my assertion that the popes have wickedly claimed to be God on earth!!
His verbal waffle and floundering around but confirms the truth of what I say.

I might also say that his assertion that the papacy was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ is a lie, equal in its abomination as the claim of the popes to be God!
I would be more than happy to discuss with him that matter, starting with the questions: ‘Why did Paul, when writing to the saints at Rome, make no reference to pope nor offer his greetings, if such a personage existed then as Mr O’Cathail claims?’

I might warn him that is only one of many questions I would be asking if Mr. O’Cathail is inclined to take up a new subject.
Silence on his part might be more discreet since he has dismally failed in his attempt to refute the claims I made in my first letter.

Respectfully,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd). 30th May 2018.

Read it online here.


Ireland’s death sentence for the unborn is the inevitable consequence of secularisation

A letter by Rev Ian Brown, Minister, Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, Belfast. Read the letter here.

Pro-choice campaigners take illegal abortion pills in Northern Ireland

Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Pro-choice campaigners take illegal abortion pills during Bus4Choice protest

Read the Irish News report.

Video: Pro-choice campaigners take illegal abortion pills in Belfast

This was a public act in the presence of the police, by which there begins the evil process of ending a human life in the womb. And this was done as a publicity stunt!

This action is an indication of the inhumanity and lawlessness of the pro-abortion lobby!!!

Read the Irish News report.

Nelson McCausland: ‘Yes’ campaign’s dirty little secret is that hard-Left fellow travellers want abortion up to birth legalised

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The Parables #60

The Parable of the two sons – Part 10  

Matthew 21:28-32

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THE RESPONSE OF THE SONS.

We have noted that both of the sons refused to serve their father. It is an underlining of the sinfulness and rebellion of all of humanity.
Now please note the important difference in the attitudes of the two sons.

1. One son sought to conceal his disobedience. “And he answered and said, I go, sir: and went not,” verse 30. He knew what he should do but only pretended to do it! He thought nothing of deceiving his father.
How many there are like that? They have a mere pretended ‘religion’! A sham ‘obedience’ of God commands! Their whole behaviour is a lie!

2. The other son was openly defiant but repented. “He answered and said, I will not: but afterward he repented, and went,” verse 29.
It is possible to change your ways.
First word Christ used as a preacher. “From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand,” Matthew 4:17.
It is not how you start but how you end that counts.

The Parables #59

The Parable of the two sons – Part 9  

Matthew 21:28-32

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THE RESPONSE OF THE SONS.
We must now think of the response of the two sons.

1. Both sons showed a rebellious spirit. Verse 29, “I will not.” Verse 30, “and went not.” Both of them were rebellious in heart.
Cared not about PLEASING  their father nor PARTAKING of the fruit nor in PROMOTING the wellbeing of the vineyard..

So it is with us all. “As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips,” Romans 3:10-13.