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 293 articles so far, you can find them below.

October 2017

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Sunday October 29th, 2017

Archbishop’s fears as more Catholic children shun Catholic schools

The price of the betrayal of their people by wicked, abusive priests!!!!! Read more

Time has to be called on Stormont soap opera: Former Secretary of State Peter Hain

Wisest thing the man has ever uttered!! Read more

Where is the money, Caitriona? Answers sought over ex-SF MLA’s £55k salary

Answers will be as forthcoming as the response to requests for information put by the families of the ‘Disappeared”!!! Read more

‘Stormont is no longer fit for purpose’: Wilson

From ‘day one’ Sam, it was unfitted for the government of Northern Ireland  for it was an alien, undemocratic form of administration!!! Read more

Judge rules against student who said homosexuality is sin

This is a foretaste of the anti-christian injustice which is to increasingly come! Read more


March of Witness & Open Air in Belfast to commemorate the Reformation

Today in commemoration of Luther’s stand for truth and to mark the 500th anniversary of the commencement of the Reformation, despite the inclement weather, a march of witness left John Knox Memorial Free Presbyterian Church and walked down into Belfast City centre and held an open-air outside the gates of the City Hall. Rev Gordon Dane, Deputy Moderator of the Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church, was the preacher at the Open-air.

Photographs and a short video have been posted here.


Leo Varadkar (Dublin premier) in dock over Nazi neutrality comments

Worth a read as it reminds us of the pro-Nazi stance of the Irish Republic during WW2. Read the report here.

DUP’s Donaldson appears to welcome possible Pope visit to Northern Ireland: I don’t think the Protestant community reaction would be negative

The DUP is setting out the ‘Welcome Mat’ for the pope. Changed days indeed and not for the better!

Mr Donaldson’s Church Confession states: “There is no other head of the Church, but the Lord Jesus Christ; nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the Church. against Christ and all that is called God.” (WCF chapter 25:Paragraph 6.)

How can he welcome one such as is described here. Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.


NI abortion law ‘degrades women,’ Supreme Court is told

If these evil people call measures to safeguard the unborn, “degrading”, just what do they call the murder of the unborn???

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!” Isaiah 5:20.

Read BBC news report here.

A barrister has claimed that Northern Ireland’s abortion legislation has “saved 100,000 lives”.

Read the BBC news report here.

‘Big questions’ hover over how republican spent five-figure sum of public cash

There are many questions about Sinn Fein’s ‘finances’! Where there funds came from and what they were spent on???? Read more

SF disowns issue of ex-MLA’s £55,500 salary as she finally quits post

Sinn Feiner Catriona Ruane came to the conclusion that “now is the time to tender my resignation” just a day after Jim Allister exposed her shameful claiming of Speaker’s wages while not even a member of the Assembly!!!! Read more

Paul Quinn murder: ‘There was nothing left of Paul to fix after IRA beating’

Sinn Fein has covered up for these murderers. Read more


The Reformation – A Blessing sent from God and no Tragedy

All this week, the Belfast Telegraph will be carrying a series of articles to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation.

Today, Mr Alban Maginness, a former barrister, MLA and Lord Mayor of Belfast, writes that the Reformation was “a tragedy that still divides us”

A sermon preached by Rev Brian McClung, minister of Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church. More


The Vision of the Sins of the Rulers of Jerusalem

(Ezekiel 11 – 14)

A message preached by Dr John Douglas at the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony afternoon meeting of its Spring Conference, April 28th, 2017.

The chapters chosen for our subject are plainly instructive and carry words particularly pertinent to the age in which we live. Yet Ezekiel is a prophecy avoided by all too many of God’s people who feel these visions and these prophecies are beyond them. We do well to remember Romans 15:4, ‘Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning… ’ Here are words we ought to keep in mind because the Lord says them. While the verse is in the New Testament, the reference is primarily to that which is written in the Old Testament. We are talking about things written specifically for our learning. When you think of that instruction in terms of Ezekiel, it is amazing. The Lord had us in mind in the writing of these chapters in Ezekiel. We can each look at chapters 11 and 12 etc. and say, Here are chapters of the Word of God given for my own edification. Read more


‘Priests should be allowed to marry’ says Derry clergyman

His reasoning is utterly devoid of any conviction that the doctrine of celibacy, like every other aspect of his church’s teaching, is unscriptural!!!! Read more

Jim Allister: SF wants Irish language legislation that opens the way to endless legal challenges

Mr Allister emphasises a very important point regarding the Sinn Fein’s demand for an ‘Irish Language Act’.

Readers should understand that in Northern Ireland the Irish Language is taught in every Roman Catholic controlled school and that by public funding. In fact teachers’ wages, building costs and all school supplies have been provided out of public funding for over 50 years, something that does not happen for Protestant schools such as our own here in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. We must finance ALL our expenses. As well as this, there are 29 fully funded ‘Irish-medium’ schools in Northern Ireland. Such favourable financial provision is totally beyond the reach of the Protestant population.

Only Rome would have the brass neck to continue whining and bleating about discrimination and demanding more, of what others never had, in such circumstances!

They are indeed like the crocodile – insatiable!!!! Read more….

Number of Catholics living in Ireland falling, Census data reveals

The number of Roman Catholics in the Republic of Ireland has dropped over the last 5 years by 132,220 while the number of those who said that they had no religion rose to 481,388, over twice that recorded in the census 5 years previously.

I have no doubt that this is the harvest of the awful scandals within the Roman Catholic Church. Read more

Bishop resigns after Vatican probe into cash and mistress claims

No comment is needed!! Read more


LTBS for October

During the month of October, 2017, Rev Ivan Foster speaks each Lord’s Day on the 9-00 am ‘Let The Bible Speak’ weekly broadcast on Q101 FM radio, which can be heard online here. The broadcast can be heard in the Omagh/Enniskillen area.

His text is: “And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant,” Jeremiah 51:29.

There is a prophetic and gospel application to each broadcast. Please pray for this witness.

Message for October 1

Message for October 8

Message for October 15

Message for October 22

Message for October 29


Christian Companionship

“I am a companion of all them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts,” Psalm 119:63.

A study based upon a sermon preached at the morning meeting in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church, 2nd September 1990, by Rev Ivan Foster.

This section of the psalm (verses 57-64) is headed by the Hebrew letter ‘Cheth’. It refers to a ‘fence’ or ‘an allotted portion’. Job 1:8-10 illustrates this. “And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land,” Job 1:8-10. The word ‘hedge’ is translated ‘fenced’ in Job 10:11. Read more


Why was ‘celebration of IRA terror’ allowed to go ahead? TUV’s Allister asks police chief

The placatory attitude of our police force under the leadership of Chief Constable George Hamilton, toward murder-glorifing Irish Republicanism, is truly sickening!! Read more


Republican rally at Stormont child exploitation, says Allister

Mr Allister provides information which is rarely highlighted in the ongoing deceitful campaign by Sinn Fein in which it demands more money for the promotion of a language that is already fully funded in every Roman Catholic state-funded school! Read more

Defenders of democracy must now unite against extremes of Sinn Fein

Interesting comments in a Dublin-based newspaper. Read the article here.

First same-sex wedding in a UK church exposes rift within Anglicanism

What it will NOT bring about amongst the complainers is an OBEYING OF GOD and a separating from this vile apostasy! The abandoning of God’s Law will continue!

“ . . . . . all the foundations of the earth are out of course. . . . . Arise, O God, judge the earth: for thou shalt inherit all nations,” Psalm82:5, 8. Read more

Unionists slam EU bid to move border in Ireland – Sinn Fein backs motion

At every turn, republicans, aided by the Dublin government, seek to remove Northern Ireland from the UK. Read more here

Nelson McCausland: Throwing some light on to the long-standing republican connections of Gaelic League

Read the article here.


 

The Parables #8

The Parable of the sower cont’d
Once more, the Saviour uses a very common happening to illustrate the gospel.
Nature has been so created as to set forth divine truth. How important it must be for us to learn the message of the gospel. There is an echo of the Bible in all of creation. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard,” Psalms 19:1-3.
Men would remove the authorship of God from creation. Evolutionists deny that God is Creator. This is in order to stifle Creation’s message in just the same fashion as men seek to tamper with the Bible in order to destroy the message of God.
The Saviour Himself is the chief subject of the parable. He is the Sower, and those who preach the gospel are employed by Him in the same task. He is passing today as the seed is sown here amongst us!

The broken family circle

A message preached in the Lisbellaw Mission September 26th, 2017.
“And the king said unto Cushi, Is the young man Absalom safe?” 2 Samuel 18:32.
50th Anniversary Mission, Lisbellaw, 26th September 2017.
Preacher: Rev Ivan Foster Rtr.
 
My topic is a solemn one. It is that of a family divided by the gospel. It is a most distressing thing to know that a loved one or loved ones are outside of Christ and on the road to a lost eternity.
It is a grief that the Saviour must have known. “For neither did his brethren believe in him,” John 7:5. For a time, the Saviour’s family was divided.
Our text is one in which a father’s expresses concern for his son. Some may think that given what Absalom had done to his father he was not worthy of concern! The love of a parent for a child is often blind to the child’s failures and sins, especially when their eternal wellbeing is under consideration.
David had good reason to be concerned.
I. ABSALOM WAS IN GREAT DANGER.
1. He was at war with God’s king. David was the Lord’s anointed, the rightful king of Israel. Absalom was in rebellion against him, seeking to remove him from the throne.
This is what every sinner is engaged in! “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree,” Acts 5:30. The reaction of men universally!
2. He was being influenced by a deceitful man. “Ahithophel” 2 Sam 16:23. There is a greater deceiver than Ahithophel! “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked,” Jer 17:9. Worse again: the devil! “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them,” 2 Cor 4:4.
3. He was being followed by a terrible avenger. Joab!
V 15. Ten Avengers. They speak of the 10 commandments of God.
4. His privileges could not spare him. Such was his crime, he could not be spared even though David wished it. “And the king commanded Joab and Abishai and Ittai, saying, Deal gently for my sake with the young man, even with Absalom,” 2 Sam 18:5.
II. THE ANXIETY DAVID EXPRESSED.
1. It was that of a father watching his son heading for destruction. Absalom could not win. This David knew!
2. David knew the end was near for his son. He had watched Absalom travelling toward this dreadful end since his youth. He was vindictive, he was deceitful, he was proud, he was ambitious. Now he had put forth his hand against God’s king and that was fatal!
3. David could do nothing but plead for mercy. Verses 5, 29, 32.
4. David was aware of his own shameful failings. 12:9-12. How important parents, it is to live a holy life for the sake of our children! David had known of the consequences of poor parenting in the lives of Eli and Samuel but had learned nothing!
III. THE SAD ANSWER GIVEN.
Absalom had died in active rebellion, pursuing the ambitions of his proud heart. There could only be one answer to his question. “Is the young man Absalom safe?” NO!
How we should labour to see our offspring saved.
Sinner, flee the battlefield you are now on for you cannot win. Rather, everlasting doom will be your portion.
Seek the mercy of the One you are rebelling against for He is merciful. “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool,” Isaiah 1:18.

The Parables #7

The Parable of the Sower – Mark 4:1-9.
We come to a new parable today. Let us learn some simple truths from the verses we have read.
1. Please note how the Saviour makes use of the power of the water to magnify His voice.
It is a simple fact that sound travels better over water. (Time we lived beside Lough Erne – Drumcrow East). The Saviour wants men, as many as possible, to hear Him. He approves of our use of modern methods of sending out His Word.
2. Note also He begins and ends the parable with a call to listen!
Verses 3, 9. Same word is repeated. ‘Hearken’, ‘Hear’.
3. Once more, the Saviour uses a very common happening 
to illustrate the gospel.
Nature has been so created to set forth divine truth. How important it must be for us to learn the message of the gospel. There is an echo of the Bible in all of creation.

Resurgence of the deceits of Rome

“So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city,” Genesis 11:8.

Roman Catholicism is at heart, a comparatively modern manifestation of a very old pagan religion. That religion is Babylonianism.

As this age draws to a close, we are going too see Babylonianism rise to heights of earthly glory and power again within the territories it dominated of old.
The city of Babylon will re-emerge and so also will the evil philosophy that has been associated with that city.

Today, Romanism is one of the many daughters of Babylon of old. Indeed, as a daughter she bears the clearest resemblance to the looks and ambitions of her evil mother. We are told in Revelation 17:3-6 of the manifestation of Babylonianism in the last days of this age. God terms this “woman”, (a symbol of a system of religion, i.e. Bride of Christ, Song/Solomon 8:5), as “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

I believe this is a picture of Babylonianism when there has been a gathering of all her ‘children’ under her wings, as it were, and she takes on the full appearance of her wickedness.

There are many false religions in the world today. They are the result, I believe, of the confounding of earth’s original language and the scattering that followed as is set forth in our text.

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