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 272 articles so far, you can find them below.

March 2018

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The Church of Christ — an unchanging institution

“I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Matthew 16:18.

A message preached in Penticton Free Presbyterian Church,

March 25th, 2018 by Rev Ivan Foster.

Stream or download The Church – an unchanging institution. Watch this message on video here.

Notes accompanying this message are available here.


Ireland’s abortion referendum to be held on 25 May

That the Irish Government, once so aligned with the Roman Catholic Church, should be seeking to liberalise its abortion laws is a further indication of the widespread disaffection with Roman Catholicism amongst the Irish people as a direct result of the ongoing controversy concerning ‘child abuse’ by priests and the shameful attempts to cover up the wickedness by its hierarchy. Read more

We have given our views on abortion and the attempts to remove present restrictions in a 2014 article on the subject. Click here to read.

World’s CHRISTIANS in turmoil as Pope ‘admits HELL DOES NOT EXIST’

RUBBISH! True Christians are totally unmoved by any of the pontifications of the one described in the Westminster Confession of Faith as “ . . . . that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the Church. against Christ and all that is called God.”

The Bible is the sole rule of faith and practice. The Lord Jesus spoke of hell on many occasions. On one occasion he said this to some scribes and Pharisees: “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Matthew 23:33.

It is a most appropriate verse for the pope to contemplate!! Read the news report.

Former priest expresses ‘disgust’ at appointment of Bishop Boyce in Dromore

A Belfast Telegraph report.

Former priest ‘disgusted’ at Bishop Boyce appointment

Listen the BBC news interview here.

Listening to this old priest and his expressions of doubt and questionings engenders pity for him and his like.

It is time for ALL Roman Catholics to realise that the institution to which they belong is riddled with child-abusers and those who are prepared to constantly conceal, cover-up and engage in chicanery!! Read the BBC News report.

Chieftain’s Walk: Thousands walk to remember McGuinness

What about the ‘thousands’ who were murdered or unable to walk because of the murderous actions of McGuinness and his evil cronies?? Read the BBC news report here.


Rev. Foster’s LTBS messages on Q FM.

Let the Bible Speak radio messages are broadcast on Q FM 101, a local radio in the Omagh/Enniskillen area, each Lord’s Day morning at 9.00 am.

Rev Ivan Foster is the speaker during the month of March. His text for the series of messages is Galatians 1:4.

“Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:”

He has entitled the series: “Paul countering the counterfeiters.” The audio file of each message will be made available here following the weekly radio broadcast.

LTBS message from March 4th

LTBS message from March 11th

LTBS message from March 18th

LTBS message for March 25th


Ex-soldiers to stand trial over the death of Joe McCann

Joe McCann was a ‘celebrated’ terrorist killer. He told me personally when only 18 years old that he would happily kill me were he told to do so. Was he ‘murdered’ or was he duly put to death while engaged in terrorist activity as he lived to terrorise?

“Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man,” Genesis 9:6. Read the BBC News report here.


EU draft deal could radically undermine integrity of UK: Allister

Read the Newsletter report.

DUP attack SF but seek to woo it back to govt

Read the Newsletter report.

Pope “will not” be coming to Northern Ireland

If this is indeed so, then it is an answer to prayer.Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Listen to a sermon preached by Rev Ivan Foster on February 18th, 2018, on the subject: “Why every Christian should pray against a visit by the Pope to Ireland.”

Sinn Féin’s Conor Murphy ‘beaten and groomed’ by paedophile priest

Maybe that helps us to understand the path Murphy chose in life!! Read the BBC news report.

Paedophile priest Finnegan beat and tried to groom me, says Sinn Fein’s Murphy as he calls for answers for cleric’s victims.

Read the report here.

Why Pope’s ‘cordial’ condolences on the death of disgraced cardinal tells you everything you need to know about the Church’s attitude to abuse victims

Yes it does BUT how many Protestants never mind Roman Catholics are listening and noting??!! Read more.

Unionists must wake up to the EU’s support for Irish nationalism

Read the Newsletter report

Provisional IRA had a safe haven in Republic of Ireland

Read the Newsletter report.

McGuinness anniversary: ‘The IRA killed Clive but we kept things to ourselves. Who would listen?’

Read the Newsletter article.

Eileen Paisley: McGuinness and I the same in eyes of God

For anyone to say that God sees them as He does a man guilty of numerous terrorist murders and bombings is a most serious self-condemnation!!! Read the Newsletter article

The following letter was submitted to the “Belfast Newsletter”  at their request on the day it published the article entitled: “Eileen Paisley: McGuinness and I the same in eyes of God!!!”

We print the letter here for to our knowledge the letter has not been published on the newspaper’s website.

Sir,

I could not take in the headline: Eileen Paisley: McGuinness and I the same in eyes of God!!!

“For anyone to say that God sees them as He does a man guilty of numerous terrorist murders and bombings is a most serious self-condemnation!!!” 

I really cannot believe that Mrs Paisley said such a thing! I cannot understand how a professing Christian could ever equate themselves with such an iniquitous man. 
As it was with Israel on the night of the Passover: “And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel,” (Exodus 11:6-7) so there is ever a difference, an eternal difference between those redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and those who are not!

When Mrs Paisley made this observation she was a professing Christian of many years standing whereas McGuinness was a terrorist with a record of blood-shedding and terror. While all have a common sinful birth, faith in Christ puts an immeasurable difference between the believer and the unbeliever! 
As the Saviour said: “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John 3:36.
Martin McGuinness lived to trample underfoot the law of Christ and was celebrated by millions for his ‘exploits’.  
Christ commanded: “Thou shalt do no murder,” Matthew 19:18. McGuinness has a record of repeatedly implicating himself in the defying of that command!

Mrs Paisley’s observation either exonerates McGuinness or, sadly, calls in question her own standing before God. 

Rev Ivan Foster. (Rtd)
21st March 2018.


GAA event honouring Gibraltar Three angers DUP – club got £1.5m lottery cash

A further example of popery’s two-facedness! It trumpets ‘equality’ in order to obtain money and then, having received it, shows its true colours by celebrating terrorism!!!! Read more


EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier: We have agreed ‘back stop position’ over Irish border

Read more

Brexit: Border could move to Irish Sea as EU backstop plan that angered May remains in place

‘The pigeons coming home to roost’!!! Years of compromise and placating of Dublin and republican demands by London has brought us to the place where the Dublin government believes and speaks as if it had a place in the British Government!!! Read more

Billy Kennedy: Mainstream Protestants left alienated by Hibernian politicisation of St Patrick’s Day

Newsletter article.

Read the full story of Patrick as recorded in his own testimony here.

Please listen to the message: “Patrick – a case of stolen identity” preached by Rev Ivan Foster in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on March 20th, 2005.

New York Mayor slammed by IRA victim after declaring ‘Gerry Adams Day’

What a short memory this mayor has! Was not his city bombed by those of the ilk of Gerry Adams, those who were part of the worldwide terrorist brotherhood??

Sinn Fein/IRA leader Gerry Adams headed an organisation that aligns itself constantly with the PLO and was trained and armed by Muslim terrorist organisations.

One might be forgiven for believing that American politicians must be amongst the most ignorant and ill-informed in the world!!!! Newsletter article

‘Only God will judge her killers’

One of the many!! Newsletter article

The incredible story of Edward and Dorothy Jones and their 102 descendants

Mr Jones was a senior officer in Crumlin Road Prison during the 1966 imprisonment of the late Dr Ian Paisley, Rev John Wylie and me and also during the further spell in prison of Dr Paisley and me in 1969. My memories of the man are that he was a very decent person and a gentleman. Newsletter article

Silence from policitcal leaders over calls for public inquiry into clerical abuse is `deafening’ – Amnesty

“The SDLP said it “believes there should be a full and transparent public inquiry into clerical abuse”.

Alliance did not commit itself to supporting an inquiry.

There was no response by 6pm yesterday from Sinn Féin, the DUP and UUP.”

Such ‘silence’, akin to that found in Mafia-controlled communities, is an indication of the diabolical control exercised by Popery and the fear that grips some of its adherence and the perverse loyalty of others.

That Unionist parties should be silent is utterly shameful and a disgrace!!

Irish News article


Belfast City Council Sunday opening consultation

Belfast City Council is again consulting on plans to overturn restrictions on Sunday trading hours. It is less than a year since the last proposal was overwhelmingly rejected.

If approved this will increase pressure on people to work on Sundays, harming family life and undermining Sunday as a day of rest. More Christians will be forced to choose between their faith and their job.

The deadline for the consultation is Easter Monday, 2 April.

Christian, you can leave your comments and thoughts on this attempt to violate God’s Law online here.

“Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them,” Ezekiel 22:26.


Redeployed staff have cost Assembly more than £150,000

This has to be an unparalleled lunacy!!! Newsletter report

(Scottish Roman Catholic) Priest guilty of child sex abuse

The litany of unmasking these evil ecclesiastics continues!! BBC News report

Varadkar Comments Dangerous and Irresponsible – Jim Allister

Read the TUV statement here.

Foster slams taoiseach over Stormont talks intervention

The Irish Republic has overstepped the line to a very great degree in the matter of interference in Northern Ireland affairs and its seems that Westminster is not in the least inclined to push back! The whole ‘Brexit’ confusion is being used by Dublin to push its claim upon Northern Ireland.  Newsletter report


Catholic Church ‘an empire of misogyny’ – Mary McAleese

“Mary, I think we would need to add a few more adjectives, such as ‘blasphemous’, ‘vainly inventive’, ‘repugnant to the Word of God’ and ‘dangerously deceitful’ (see Traditional 39 Articles of the Church of Ireland) to adequately describe Popery!” Read the BBC news report here.

…We must further say to Mrs McAleese: If, as you claim, the Roman Catholic Church is ‘an empire of misogyny’ then it cannot be the Church of Jesus Christ! If that is the case then why does she and tens of thousands intelligent people continue to revere it and submit to its dogmas and trust its teachings for the bringing of them safely to heaven??

We will not quarrel with Mrs McAleese’s definition of the Roman Catholic Church. What we would wish to stress is that her description does not in the least depict the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. Read the rest of Rev. Foster’s article

Related news…

Mary McAleese brother physically abused (by paedophile priest Malachy Finnegan) at Newry school

This but give Mrs McAleese but further cause to examine the church to which she belongs and of which she has been critical!

The Roman Catholic Church is not the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ! Read the BBC news report here.


Academic finds evidence rogue US servicemen tried to assist IRA

An uncovering of more of the tangled web of lies and deceit woven by the IRA and its supporters. Read more

New search for body of Disappeared monk who joined the IRA

Read the Newsletter report here.

New search in Co Meath for Disappeared victim Joe Lynskey shot dead by IRA in 1972

The IRA is a cruel taskmaster!! Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.


Dublin-funded Protestant Londonderry migration report ‘ignores facts’

Read the Newsletter article here.

Church (of England) may have ‘conspired to enable child sex abuse’

Read the BBC news report here.

DUP leader ‘handed over draft Stormont deal in person’

Read the BBC news report here.

No draft deal was handed to Sinn Fein: Foster

Read the Newsletter story here.

Arlene Foster denies giving powersharing draft deal to Michelle O’Neill

Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.

Sinn Féin ‘meeting of minds’ with EU chief

It says something about EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier, that he should be of the same mind as Sinn Fein given that it is a party that has come to power on account of the murderous activities of its terrorist wing, the IRA, and it has within its ranks, even amongst its elected representatives, those who were convicted of terrorist activities!!!

You are among your own crowd Mr Barnier!

As my old Granny used to say: “Show me your company and I will tell you who you are!” Read the BBC news report here.

Shadow chancellor’s hunger strike plaque ‘a betrayal of Labour traditions’

Those you admire are often those you desire to be like! It says something about the British Labour party when such a senior member admires some of the most notorious murderers amongst the terrorists of the IRA!!! Read the Newsletter report here.

Sinn Fein’s Anderson hails ‘inspiring’ Provo Mairead Farrell, shot in Gibraltar

Unchanging, unchanged, unchangeable Sinn Fein!

All that it was and continues to be is embodied in the savage barbarism of those who planned and sought the death of the innocent.

It is before the shrine of such that Sinn Fein, from its leader downwards, bow in constant homage!! Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.

William Matchett: SAS Gibraltar operation against IRA looks increasingly justified in post-9/11 terrorism era

“The Provos were better at terrorism than loyalists and far better at propaganda. They were inveterate liars; (Popery is the great system of lies. It is not surprising therefore that its adherents resort to lies and excel at lying! – Editor) otherwise what they really did would be exposed. Rarely did the mask slip so spectacularly than at the funeral of one of Stone’s victims.Two soldiers in civilian clothes in a car, unfamiliar with Belfast, took a fateful wrong turn. By the time they realised the mistake it was too late. A hate-filled republican horde like a hungry pack of wolves set upon them. Although armed, neither shot at their assailants. It was remarkable restraint.” Read more


Bishop who said Mass at sex abuser’s funeral resigning with ‘heavy heart’

When are Roman Catholics going to realise that it is not just individuals within the system that are guilty of the dreadful offences that take place and then the cover-up that inevitably follows, but the system itself that is to blame for the unstoppable flow of iniquity?

Bible religion produces purity not impurity, deceit and chicanery. Here is what the Bible says:

  • “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word,” Psalm 119:9.
  • The prayer of Christ to His Father for His people. “Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth,” John 17:17.
  • “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works,” 2 Timothy 3:16-17.
  • “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.” James 1:27, KJV.
  • “Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh,” James 3:11-12.

Read the Irish Times  report here.

See also Australia’s highest-ranking Catholic in court to face sex charges


Bible Separation

by Dr. Charles Woodbridge

This is a copy of a booklet reprinted in its entirety, with permission, in March-April 1995 issue of FOUNDATION Magazine, published by the Fundamental Evangelistic Association in Los Osos, California.

The following article was written by Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge in 1970. We are printing it for several reasons.

First, it forthrightly deals with vitally important issues such as: How important is Bible separation? Are there different degrees of separation, i.e., first degree, second degree, etc. which must be applied only in certain situations ? Is it unloving or unwise to mention the names of men and institutions which refuse to practice Bible separation?

Second, with the passage of time, it is obvious that continuing compromises on the part of major evangelical leaders have left most believers today at the mercy of the “wolves in sheeps’ clothing” which are welcomed into the flock. Instead of warnings concerning these false teachers, most believers are hearing only words of praise.

Third, the failure to practice and teach Bible separation has robbed most believers of the spiritual discernment which is essential for spiritual growth.

Fourth, those leaders who are willing to obey God’s command to “reprove, rebuke and exhort with all long-suffering and doctrine” are few and far between. Read more


(RC) Bishop McAreavey resigns after paedophile priest outrage

Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.

Birmingham Pub bomb families denied legal aid again angry at funds award to rapist Worboys

“We were refused legal aid twice (but) John Worboys, the convicted criminal rapist, gets legal aid. It has been reported he has assets worth £1million – but he didn’t have to fight for legal aid, while they keep refusing us. All we are looking for is truth, justice and accountability, but they are fighting us tooth and nail.” Read more

EU’s attempt to annex Northern Ireland needs actions, not words, from PM

Read the TUV statement here.

The Parables #44

The parable of the prodigal son, Part  6 

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

Stream or download The Parables #44


The Prodigal’s Riotousness and Ruin, 13-16.

I. HIS RIOTOUS LIVING
We have considered the restlessness and rebellion of the prodigal and how it lead to him leaving his father’s house for the far country. We continue our study with a look at how things fared for him in the land of his prefers before his father’s house.

1. In the far country, things did not go as expected. He became what he himself most likely never planned to be. “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin,” Hebrews 3:13. He
desired to sin but not to spend all and decline into poverty and utter destitution. “For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose (destroy) his life for my sake shall find it,” Matt 16:25.

2. But he was not his own master! And neither are you, Christ rejecter. If, instead of seeking Christ, you heed the call of sin then sin will have its way with you. It will control you and not you sin. “But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you,” Romans 6:17.

3. Notice that his father let him go. We have commented on this before but it is worth mentioning again. God lets those who would be free of Him have their way.
“So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust: and they walked in their own counsels,” Ps 81:12. Sin is presently restrained by God in you sinner! But if you seek after sin and God gives you up you will discover its power and your helplessness. How powerful it is that it can allure us away from God! Few have felt its full power for God in mercy shelters us.

Illustrations abound—drugs and alcohol. (Sheltered bay in Lough Erne—no wind until bay is left and open lough is reached) Beware sinner of crossing that line.

The Parables #43

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt 5

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

Stream or download The Parables #43


 

III. THE SON’S DEPARTURE, continued

2. It is a venture into the unknown. He did not know what lay over the horizon! Here is the irrational attitude that sin produces! The boozer, the drug-taker all indulge in that which is very evidently harmful and dangerous. Who knows what a day will have for us? “Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow,” James 4:14.
Not so with the obedient child of God. While we may not know what a day will bring forth we have this assurance: “For he performeth the thing that is appointed for me,” Job 23:14. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose,” Romans 8:28. “For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ,” 1 Thess 5:9. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way,” Ps 37:23. “Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not,” Ps 17:5.
“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens,” 2 Corinthians 5:1. We “know” where we are going! “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day,” 2 Timothy 1:12. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2.

3. He has no intention of returning. He gathers all together. He will not leave anything behind that might cause his return. What a mind-set the sinner has. He is determined to have nothing to do with God. “But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me,” Psa 81:11 “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit . . . .  For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water,” Jeremiah 2:11, 13 “They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof,” Pro 1:30.

4. He puts as much distance between himself and his father as he can. He went to a ‘far’ country. He wishes him out of his sight and out of his mind.
Beware that this is not the spirit that is at work in you.
May God open your eyes and cause you to see and understand the consequences of departing from the Lord.

The Parables #42

The prodigal son, Part 4

The Prodigal’s Restlessness and Rebellion, v11-13.

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III. THE SON’S DEPARTURE

Having considered the Prodigal’s ‘Discontentment’ we move on to consider his ‘Departure’! Where there is discontentment and it is not dealt with and conquered then it will lead to departure. Paul said this: “But godliness with contentment is great gain,” 1 Timothy 6:6. Only godliness can produce contentment. I mentioned at the beginning of this study that the devil was a discontent spirit and that is because of his ungodliness! There is no discontentment with God. “Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure,” Isaiah 46:10. God has no reason for discontentment! All His plans and purposes will come to pass.  His perfect will shall be perfectly accomplished. It is as we are conformed to God, become more godly, short for ‘godlike’, that we enter into God’s contentment and peace and tranquillity!

The discontent son was not in harmony with his father – hence his discontentment! “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls,” Matthew 11:29.

1. The son departs as soon as he can. “And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country,” verse 13.
As soon as he receives the means of departing and makes the arrangements he goes. What a testimony of his distaste for his father his haste is. This is the spirit of fallen man at work.

“And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden,” Genesis 3:8.

Why every Christian should pray against a visit by the Pope to Ireland

Scripture:  Acts 17:22-23 “Then Paul stood in the midst of Mars’ hill, and said, Ye men of Athens, I perceive that in all things ye are too superstitious. For as I passed by, and beheld your devotions, I found an altar with this inscription, TO THE UNKNOWN GOD. Whom therefore ye ignorantly worship, him declare I unto you,”.

Sermon preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church,
Lord’s Day evening, 18th February 2018, by Rev Ivan Foster (Rtr)

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Our sermon title will be considered by many as blasphemous and intolerant and worthy of criminal proceedings!

Whatever else it may be, I hope to show that it is biblical and right!

It will be seen from our text that when dealing with error the Christian minister must not tip-toe around the matter. A spade is to be called a spade and in this case, superstition and ignorance, are to be called just that.

Paul pulled no punches in his denunciation of error.

That is how the Lord Jesus preached against and dealt with the folly and ignorance of His day. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God,” Matt 22:29. Chapter 23 of Matthew is filled with the Saviour’s blunt and forthright confrontation with His enemies. What plainness of speech He used!
Let me commence tonight by saying:

I. IT WOULD BE A KINDNESS TO IRELAND WERE THE POPE NOT TO COME.

1. Ireland, South and North, has been made to see something of the corruption of that organisation the pope leads. One of the many blessings Christ bestowed was the REMOVAL of devils from the lives of those enslaved by him. “He cast out the spirits with his word,” Matt 8:16. Christ did not ignore the devil or his agents!

Wicked and cruel treatment of children has been revealed in Ireland and across the world as having taken place for many years within Rome’s institutions! It has resulted in 100,000s turning from Rome in Ireland.

We have a wealth of data on this subject on the internet which the interested reader may investigate. Here are some I found in a matter of seconds.

Numbers in Ireland’s Catholic Church continue to drop – stigma attached to attending Mass

‘The Church is in a state of utter collapse’: Irish priests at odds with Vatican speak out

2. The only hope for Ireland is for its people to see the utter sham of Roman Catholicism. It usurps the name of Christ. Who it is the pope claims to be: “The Vicar of Christ”! What a blasphemous claim! It denies the efficiency of the death of Christ. It spreads darkness instead of light wherever if goes.

That is what Protestants discovered through the reading of the Bible at the time of the Reformation.

Here is the testimony of historic Protestantism.

39 Articles of Religion
Here is something of the “anti-popery” of the 39 Articles of Religion which formed the basis of Reformation Anglicanism.

11. Of the Justification of Man.
We are accounted righteous before God, only for the merit of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ by Faith, and not for our own works or deservings. Wherefore, that we are justified by Faith only, is a most wholesome Doctrine, and very full of comfort, as more largely is expressed in the Homily of Justification.

12. Of Good Works.
Albeit that Good Works, which are the fruits of Faith, and follow after Justification, cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God’s judgment; yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively Faith insomuch that by them a lively Faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by the fruit.

15. Of Christ alone without Sin.
Christ in the truth of our nature was made like unto us in all things, sin only except, from which he was clearly void, both in his flesh, and in his spirit. He came to be the Lamb without spot, who, by sacrifice of himself once made, should take away the sins of the world; and sin (as Saint John saith) was not in him. But all we the rest, although baptized and born again in Christ, yet offend in many things; and if we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

22. Of Purgatory.
The Romish Doctrine concerning Purgatory, Pardons, Worshipping and Adoration, as well of Images as of Relics, and also Invocation of Saints, is a fond thing, vainly invented, and grounded upon no warranty of Scripture, but rather repugnant to the Word of God.

28. Of the Lord’s Supper.
The Supper of the Lord is not only a sign of the love that Christians ought to have among themselves one to another, but rather it is a Sacrament of our Redemption by Christ’s death: insomuch that to such as rightly, worthily, and with faith, receive the same, the Bread which we break is a partaking of the Body of Christ; and likewise the Cup of Blessing is a partaking of the Blood of Christ. Transubstantiation (or the change of the substance of Bread and Wine) in the Supper of the Lord, cannot be proved by Holy Writ; but is repugnant to the plain words of Scripture, overthroweth the nature of a Sacrament, and hath given occasion to many superstitions. The Body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten, in the Supper, only after an heavenly and spiritual manner. And the mean whereby the Body of Christ is received and eaten in the Supper, is Faith. The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was not by Christ’s ordinance reserved, carried about, lifted up, or worshipped.

31. Of the one Oblation of Christ finished upon the Cross.
The Offering of Christ once made is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction, for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin, but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifices of Masses, in the which it was commonly said, that the Priest did offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, were blasphemous fables, and dangerous deceits.

37. Of the Power of the Civil Magistrates.
The King’s Majesty hath the chief power in this Realm of England, and other his Dominions, unto whom the chief Government of all Estates of this Realm, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Civil, in all causes doth appertain, and is not, nor ought to be, subject to any foreign Jurisdiction. Where we attribute to the King’s Majesty the chief government, by which Titles we understand the minds of some slanderous folks to be offended; we give not our Princes the ministering either of God’s Word, or of the Sacraments, the which thing the Injunctions also lately set forth by Elizabeth our Queen do most plainly testify; but that only prerogative, which we see to have been given always to all godly Princes in holy Scriptures by God himself; that is, that they should rule all estates and degrees committed to their charge by God, whether they be Ecclesiastical or Temporal, and restrain with the civil sword the stubborn and evil-doers. The Bishop of Rome hath no jurisdiction in this Realm of England. The Laws of the Realm may punish Christian men with death, for heinous and grievous offences. It is lawful for Christian men, at the commandment of the Magistrate, to wear weapons, and serve in the wars.

Westminster Confession of Faith
Likewise, we quote the Westminster Confession of Faith where it directly denounces popery. Of course the whole of the Confession witnesses against the errors of Rome but we will limit ourselves to two quotations.

WCoF, 24:3 – Of Marriage.
It is lawful for all sorts of people to marry, who are able with judgment to give their consent. Yet is it the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord: and therefore such as profess the true reformed religion should not marry with infidels, papists, or other idolaters: neither should such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies.

WCoF, 25:6 – The Church.
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.

John Wesley

We add to these sentiments those of Methodism’s Founder, John Wesley who expressed his view of the pope and popery in his comments on 2 Thessalonians 2:3.
V. 3. Unless the falling away – From the pure faith of the gospel, come first.  This began even in the apostolic age.

But the man of sin, the son of perdition – Eminently so called, is not come yet.  However, in many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles.  He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all manner of sin above measure.  And he is, too, properly styled, the son of perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers, destroyed innumerable souls, and will himself perish everlastingly.  He it is that opposeth himself to the emperor, once his rightful sovereign; and that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped – Commanding angels, and putting kings under his feet, both of whom are called gods in scripture; claiming the highest power, the highest honour; suffering himself, not once only, to be styled God or vice-god.  Indeed no less is implied in his ordinary title, “Most Holy Lord,” or, “Most Holy Father.”
So that he sitteth – Enthroned.
In the temple of God – Mentioned Re 11:1.
Declaring himself that he is God – Claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone.

To these testimonies we could add more from the creeds of Baptists and Congregationalists and many others. The ranks of historical Protestantism were solidly ‘anti-popery’!

3. Without doubt, a papal visit would re-energise support for popery in the south. That we must pray against! It is a rejection of Romanism, not a return to its evil fold we would see.

II. GOD’S PEOPLE ARE NOT TO SHOW TOLERANCE TOWARD FALSEHOODS SUCH AS ROMANISM

1. I must clearly explain what I mean by this. I do not mean that Christians are to try and physically stop RCs worshipping or in any way hinder them pursuing their religion. Those who do so are wrong.

The Lord is opposed to idolatry and will one day judge it but He presently bears with idolatrous worship all over the world.

2. However, we must not encourage Romanism. While giving others the right to follow its teachings, we must not encourage it.

3. We must bear witness against it. That is what our forefathers did in the creeds etc I have quoted. We must maintain a witness in our day and reject the falsehoods of it and apostate ecumenism! It was for this purpose that the FPC of Ulster came into being. The minister’s ordination oath bears this out!!

4. We must be alive to its deceitfulness! 2 Cor 11:12-15. It is by its deceitfulness that popery has gained such a stranglehold on Ulster today. Its craftiness re the “peace” movement and the IRA ceasefire completely deceived unionist politicians some 11 years ago. They were not too hard to deceive since they had a great hunger for the ‘bait’ set before them – earthly honour and glory!!

Evidence of that hunger continuing was seen in the past week with the disclosures in the press of the treachery of the DUP in its talks with Sinn Fein/IRA regarding the re-establishing of power-sharing at Stormont!

III. THE ANSWER TO POPERY IS THE GOSPEL

In my March LTBS messages I will be dealing with Paul’s words to the Galatians. “Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father,” Galatians 1:4.
I will be pointing out how that in order to counter the deceptions of the devil at work amongst the Galatians, Paul reiterated the message of the gospel.

The TRUTH is ever heaven’s antidote to the lie! 2 Tim 4:1-6;

1. The apostles demonstrated that. The ancient pagan world was wonderfully overcome by the gospel.

2. The reformers demonstrated that. What a toppling of Rome took place at the reformation!

3. Every revival has demonstrated that. Millions of Roman Catholics were delivered from the chains of darkness in those wonderful times of blessing.

Paul declared: “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek,” Romans 1:16.
Declaring the gospel and praying against every advance of popery is our Christian duty!