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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Ivan has written 517 articles so far, you can find them below.

June 2019

Audio sermons


Kilskeery Independent Christian School assembly talks. See all the KICS assembly talks listed here.

Sunday services

What is sin? June 2nd, 2019. Preacher: Rev. I. Foster, Tyndale Memorial FPC. 

Converted at the cross. June 2nd, 2019. Preacher: Rev. I. Foster, Tyndale Memorial FPC.


Featured series on the Book of Ruth: Truth for Today

Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24Part 25
(See all the messages in the series here)
All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

A further reply to a sodomite

Another letter from Colin Nevin appeared in the Belfast Newsletter of June 11th. Rev. Foster submitted the following reply, outlining the view God holds of the practices Mr. Nevin advocates.

Sir,

Mr Nevin is exceedingly expert in producing obscurity!

If I am not mistaken, he is now telling us that the word translated ‘men’ in Genesis 19:4 is correctly translated in the Authorised Version though he did say in an earlier letter it should be ‘people’!!

It is difficult, if not nigh on impossible to hold a sensible, never mind profitable, exchange with someone who changes horses mid-stream!

The real core of Mr Nevin’s letter-writing objective is to blind everyone to that which he has blinded himself – namely, that sodomy is abominable thing, hated of God. Read more


Protest at annual pilgrimage to shrine of Mary in Walsingham

This video shows something of a protest at the annual idolatrous honouring of “Mary” in Walsingham, Norfolk, England. Rev Daniel Henderson of Moneyslane FPC is heard preaching the gospel to the foolish popish pilgrims. The protest is organised annually by English Protestant friends of the gospel to protest against the awful idolatry of the event. We salute their faithfulness in a day of declining readiness to stand up for the Lord Jesus.’


How was it David knew instinctively what had to be done when he encountered Goliath???

I have just written this little article as a result of a brief email exchange with one of our younger ministers.


I would like to think it will prompt prayer, amongst Free Presbyterians in particular, for the rising generation of ministers who face the task of fighting with the Goliaths of today.
Let me encourage you to share this article with friends. Read more


Statement by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and response from Rev. Ivan Foster

Reaffirmation of this Presbytery’s position on marriage in the light of the increasing abandonment of Biblical teaching on the matter

As apostasy from God and His Word deepens in our nation, all kinds of immorality abound throughout society. The consequence of every aspect of this increasing immorality is that God’s institution of marriage is constantly treated with scorn as a sinful people give vent to their corrupt lusts. Sadly, in a relatively short period of time, there has been an alarming abandonment of the teaching of Scripture on marriage as ordained by God. Read more


“Restating my case on Sodom’s sins”.

This was the title of a letter that appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of May 31st from one, ‘Colin Nevin’, in response to Rev. Foster’s response to his previous letter. Read it here.

Rev. Foster has responded again. 

Sir,
I wish to reply to the rather garbled response of Mr Colin Nevin which appears in yesterday’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

The reference in my last letter to the codicil referring to Mr Nevin’s knowledge of Hebrew, was an innocent assumption that the information came from him. I was unaware that the Editor knew him well enough to give the Newsletter readership such a titbit of information!
Mr Nevin’s point about the meaning of the Hebrew word used in Genesis 19 depends upon HIS translation of the Hebrew. It is not how conservative Protestant Hebrew scholars translate the word!!

The Hebrew of the Authorised Version renders Genesis 19:4 as “The men (‘enowsh en–oshe’) of the city, even the men (‘enowsh en–oshe’) of Sodom. . . .” The word (‘enowsh en–oshe’) carries the meaning of ‘man, mortal man, person, mankind’ and is translated ‘man’ some 520 times in the Old Testament!

Mr Nevin would contend that the word translated as “men” is actually “people.” He is wrong! Read more


The Christian, Ecumenism and the Bible

(An article written by Rev Ivan Foster in the late 1980s while he was minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. Its message is valid still despite the passage of time!!)

The word Ecumenism is derived from a Greek word, EIKOUMENE, which means ‘the inhabited earth’.

We find this word in the following verses. “And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed,” Luke 2:1. “Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken,” Luke 21:26.

The word Ecumenism is used today to designate that movement, the aim and objective of which is a united world-wide religious body, ever enlarging to include many religions and not merely those that profess allegiance to Jesus Christ.

Since 1910, when the modern church unity movement began to take its present form, the goal of the movement has become increasingly clear. For the ecumenist it is ONE UNITED CHURCH. The Bible makes plain, however, that the final destiny of the unity movement is the HARLOT CHURCH of Revelation 17. None of those involved with the efforts toward unity is acquainted with the final destination. Christ’s comments on the religious leaders of His day are applicable to today’s ecumenical leaders. “If the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch,” Matthew 15:14. The spiritually sightless pilgrims had not planned to end up in the ditch but they did! Paul referred to the religious developments of these last days in II Timothy 3:13. “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” The false prophets are blind to the error into which they lead the gullible. No doubt, they are aware that it is incumbent upon them to depart from the doctrines formerly taught in their respective churches in order to be actively involved in the ecumenical movement. But I do not believe they can have any conception of the final error to which they are travelling. Read more


 

Converted at the cross

Evening message at Tyndale FPC  – Lord’s Day  2nd June 2019.

CONVERTED AT THE CROSS

Scripture: Matt 27:54. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

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The history of our Saviour’s crucifixion at Calvary is very full of incident. We consider ourselves to have a full grasp of the whole matter when we are acquainted with His sayings upon the cross, the incident with the dying thief and the evil mockery of those hard-hearted Jews who gathered to delight in His sufferings.

There was much happening there that does not, at first, appear. There were secret happenings taking place within the hearts of some at Calvary.

Take the person at the centre of our text, for example. What happened to him must be counted amongst the other miraculous events of that day of days. He had been at the centre of the day’s activities from the beginning. In verse 26, the record of the Saviour’s treatment at the hands of the soldiers begins. When they had nailed the Saviour to the tree, they sat down and watched Him as their duty required lest some came and took Him down from the cross. He was present throughout the hours of the crucifixion. Our text speaks of the centurion at the moment of the Saviour’s death. He makes a tremendous statement as a result of what he saw. Truly this was the Son of God.

I. IN AN INSTANT THIS MAN WAS ENLIGHTENED IN THE CENTRAL TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL

1. This was the truth rejected by the leaders/Jews. Matt 26:63-66, John 19:7.

2. It was the truth apparently denied by the crucifixion. 39-44.

3. It is the truth that the Father alone can communicate. Matt 16:17. It speaks of an internal revelation to the soul.

4. It is the truth that blesses. Matt 16:17.

 

II. HIS CONVERSION CAME AFTER A TIME OF INSTRUCTIVE OBSERVATION

Though the circumstances of this man’s conversion are unique, the means God used are the same as He employs in every conversion. This soldier was brought into contact with the Lord Jesus Christ. In the hours in which he watched Christ he gained a knowledge of Him that was the seed which blossomed into his regeneration. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever, I Peter 1:23. He gained a knowledge of Christ the Word of God as he watched Him. He saw:—

1. His dignity during  His trial. While others were like wild animals Christ was quiet, 24 – 25.

2. He saw His meekness as He was mocked. 29 – 31.

3. His calmness as he crucified Him. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth, Isaiah 53:7.

4. His tender mercy as He suffered. The thief, His mother, His persecutors.

5. His victory as He died. 50 – 53.

It was these truths that brought forth the cry of out text.

III. HIS CONVERSION WAS ACCOMPANIED BY A GREAT FEAR AND A GLORIFYING OF GOD

In this cry there is first of all —

1. An evidence of a great consciousness of God. Here is why he feared. He became aware that he was in the presence of God, the God that he had mocked and crucified.

2. The man owned his guilt and sinfulness. Certainly this was a righteous man, Luke 23:47. His words remind us of the dying thief’s words, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss, 40-41. Perhaps he was influenced by his testimony. What a thought! His companion was unimpressed but who overheard was smitten to the heart. Furthermore, he would have heard Pilates wife call him a ‘just’ man, the same word as translated ‘righteous in Luke 23:47) (Matt 27:19). He would have Pilate speak of Him as a ’just person’, (Matt 27:24). Again this is the same word as ‘righteous’!

3. He opened His mouth in praise to God. These words were words of thanksgiving and honour to God. Matt 15:30-31.

Please remember:

* You have had more opportunity to watch Christ than this man. before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? Gal 3:1.

* You have as much cause to fear as he had.

* You have seen others come to Christ.

* You have less to fear by such a confession than he did.

What is sin?

Morning message at Tyndale FPC  – Lord’s Day  2nd June 2019.

What is sin?

Scripture: 1John 3:4 sin is the transgression of the law

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Among men there is a great divergence of opinion on this matter.  There are as many opinions on what sin is as there are ungodly men. Every man would count himself to be the only authority worth considering. It is a very broad disagreement, touching all matters of life.
Nations differ also. Some permit what others severely punish. That which one society would blush to name another holds aloft as a token of their advancement.
That being so, how are we to decide what sin is?
I. ONLY GOD CAN TELL US WHAT SIN IS?
It is God who decides what sin is. As the Creator and Ruler of all things, He it is which decrees what sin is. He has said that  sin is the transgression of the law.
1. Sin is every breach of God’s law. The summary of God’s law is found in the Ten Commandments, Exodus 20:3-17. Everything contrary to these is sin.  for by the law is the knowledge of sin. Romans 3:20.
2. Every sin then is a defying of God. Sin is rebelling against God’s authority, a refusing to submit to God’s law. It becomes a rival law. But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my member,. Romans 7:23.
3. Defiance of God is rooted in self-love. God is refused because self is to be served. It is the rival to God’s throne. Culminates in Man of Sin — II Thess 2:3-4.
Here then is what sin  is.
II. SIN IS THAT OF WHICH WE ARE ALL GUILTY
Five verses will provide us with evidence of this.
* for there is no man that sinneth not, I Kings 8:46.
* For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not, Eccles 7:20.
* For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God, Rom 3:23.
* If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us, I John 1:8.
 * If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us, I John 1:10.
Add to these words the experience of all men and it will be seen that all sin.
III. SIN IS THE CAUSE OF ALL MAN’S MISERIES
1. It has made us enemies of God. He who made us in His likeness that we might enjoy Him forever, we treat as an enemy. What was said to Saul may be said to us all.  Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the LORD is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?  1 Sam. 28:16. We love the world and so become God’s enemies. whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James 4:4.
2. It has robbed us of paradise.  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Rev 21:27.
3. It has made us subject to death. in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Gen 2:17. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: Rom 5:12.
4. It has made us liable to eternal damnation. Rev 20:11-15.
IV. SIN IS THAT FOR WHICH THERE IS NO EARTHLY ANSWER
Man has tried to cease from sin whenever he begins to taste the  bitterness of its fruits. But he cannot. Many generations have believed themselves to have found the means of establishing again the paradise they lost through sin, but they had not. Communism, socialism etc. Man dreams and speaks of yet establishing such a kingdom, but he shall not. The Bible gives us a picture of the future of man and it is one that is worse rather than better. But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. II Tim 3:13.
While man has no answer God has. For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Rom 6:23. I John 3:5.
Jesus has accomplished the work He came to do.
1. He took away sin by the sacrifice of Himself. John 1:29, Gal 1:4, Tit 2:14, Hebs 10:12.
2. He gives victory over sin while we live on this earth. V. 6, 9-10.
3. He will gloriously deliver us from all trace of sin when He brings us to Heaven. verse 2.

The Parables #129

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt6. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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We are considering the ‘time’ to which this parable related. ‘Then’ is how it begins and that points us back to the time that the Lord is speaking of in chapter 24.

In that chapter He is answering His disciples. “The disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matt 24:3. (the word is ‘age’ – Eph 2:7, Col 1:26)”

The end of this age/His coming again are the topics.

Note the warning of deception that the Saviour gives! Verse 4 – first words of the Saviour. They were going to face deception about the time of His coming, verse 11.

The Parables #128

The wise and foolish virgins, Pt5.

Scripture: Matthew 25:1-13.

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I want to look at some more verses which shows us how ‘watchful’ the early church was.
1 Thess 1:9-10. “For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come.”

Their waiting was very obvious!

Titus 2:13. “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

James 5:7. “Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.”

The word ‘patient’ reminds us that the early church was aware that the Saviour would be away a long time, Matthew 25:19.

I want to show you boys and girls that it is simple enough for you to understand and follow the prophecies regarding the return of Christ! You just have to take note of what is said in the Bible!

THIS PARABLE RELATES TO A SPECIFIC TIME

It is that time referred to by the disciples. “The disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3.

The topic under consideration. “The disciples came unto him privately, saying, Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?