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 225 articles so far, you can find them below.

November 2017

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“Are we nearing the end of the age and how close is Christ’s return?”

By Rev Ivan Foster

When considering such a question as this, we must carefully bear in mind the words of the Lord Jesus Christ in Matthew 24:42: “Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.”

Setting a date upon the Lord’s return is utter folly in the light of these words and even more so in the light of Mark 13:32. “But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.”

There are those who use this verse in Mark 13 as an argument against the study of prophecy since, they claim, even the Lord Jesus does not know the day of His return. Therefore it is useless for us to search the Scriptures for indications of when He will return, since He would not have been able to give us such information!

To me, such a notion that the verse is teaching that Christ is in ignorance of the day of His return is quite ludicrous and contrary to, indeed it is nothing short of a denial of, the truth regarding the deity and the Godhead of Christ. Read more…

You can also listen to a message on this subject here.

John Cushnahan: Gerry Adams never condemned the divisive terrorism of the IRA

John Cushnahan is a former Alliance Party leader and Fine Gael MEP. Read the Newsletter article

Adams may be stepping down, but the boys in the back room have not gone away, you know

Read the Belfast Telegraph article

(Roman Catholic) Church informed on bomb memorial ‘a year in advance’

The deceitfulness of Rome is again highlighted but she is unaffected by shame or disgrace. Read more…

Enniskillen families’ fears ‘not allayed’ by Catholic Diocese statement over memorial

Rome’s jesuitical sophistry continues!! Read more…

Enniskillen bomb: Poppy on memorial ‘stopping Catholic church’ allowing it on its land

ROME – as anti-British as ever!!!! Read more…

Jim Allister: It is telling that no-one was brought to justice for Enniskillen IRA bomb

Read the Newsletter article

Enniskillen memorial uncertainty ‘hurtful’ says victim’s son

Read the BBC news article

As both reports above indicate, nothing highlights the intransigence of Popery and the utter folly of Ecumenism than the “Poppy Day Massacre” and its aftermath

Enniskillen: ‘I am still in shock about the lauding of Martin McGuinness’

Read the BBC news report.

Two more articles which must be read!

Enniskillen: 30 years of pain and heartache…but still no closer to justice

Read the Newsletter report.

Enniskillen: How a murderous act of desecration sent shockwaves around the world

Read more here.

An event that must never be forgotten though all attempts by the police to catch the murderers has ceased long ago!!

As the 30th anniversary of the “Poppy Day Massacre” approaches let us remember the victims and their shameful betrayal by the cover-up of the dreadful crime by the British Government, Sinn Fein, the Ecumenical Churches and the Royal Ulster Constabulary. Read more…

Lurgan priest Monsignor Hamill resigns after ‘historical complaint’ probe

“A Dromore diocese spokesman said the complaint was “upheld”, but they were unable to give further details.” Read the Irish News report

Sinn Fein ‘glorification of terrorism’ an obstacle to deal, says Arlene Foster

It should not merely be an ‘obstacle’ but the fact Sinn Fein members carried on a terrorist campaign for 30 years, the very insurgents now being glorified, should forever rule out any power-sharing alliance with them!!! Read the Newsletter report

Evangelical quits Church of England leadership over ‘heretical’ stance on sexuality

While we commend this lady for her actions, we must say that the command of Holy Scripture is not “move toward the gate of the camp” but rather: “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach,” Hebrews 13:13. Separating from a committee of the apostate Church of England does not fulfil this commend. There must be an utter separating from all fellowship with it. “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,” 2 Corinthians 6:17. Read the Daily Telegraph article

Adams ‘inverting history’ of peace process: ex-SDLP leader

How many lives has he not turned upside down never mind the ‘inverting’ of history??? Read the Newsletter article

Francie Molloy: I won’t quit Sinn Féin over abortion

It has been rightly noted that the party which rose to power through murder will not baulk at the murder of the unborn! Read the Irish News report

Northern Ireland to leave EU on same terms as rest of UK – DUP’s Arlene Foster

Read the Belfast Telegraph article

Gerry Adams to stand down as Sinn Féin leader next year

Read the BBC News report

I have a particular affinity with IRA victims: Gerry Adams

This is the most bewildering and baffling statement from a man given to obfuscation, a man who most see as the direct cause of the murder of many hundreds of innocent people, Protestant and Roman Catholic, British and Irish!

What has just been said about Robert Mugabe can truly be applied to Adams – “He is mad”!!!! Read the Newsletter report

Victim’s sister wants answers from Adams

“The thought of Gerry Adams “walking off into the sunset” to enjoy retirement after a career defending the IRA is “outrageous” said the sister of a Birmingham bomb victim.” Read the Newsletter report

Sammy Wilson: The welcome demise of Mugabe and Adams

“This weekend has been a bad one for presidents and a good one for those who are sick and tired of suffering under their destructive leadership.” Read the Newsletter article


DUP outrage over abortion changes

The DUP continues to enter political alliances with the enemies of the Bible and then complains when they act out their wickedness!! Read more

Michelle O’Neill (Sinn Fein leader in NI): I support liberalising Sinn Féin’s abortion policy

These are the people the DUP go into league with!! Read more

Shock at offer of free abortions for NI minors

Read the Newsletter article

Alliance Party to oppose Easter lily move

Read the Newsletter article

Dublin has to face down British and DUP if it wants Executive back: Sinn Fein’s Gerry Adams

No longer ‘power-sharing’ but ‘Dublin take-over’ is Sinn Fein/IRA’s objective. This has ever been its long-term objective!! Read the Belfast Telegraph article

Protestant cleric praises James McClean over poppy stance in Remembrance Sunday sermon
Comment.

The cleric is no more a ‘Protestant’ than is Gerry Adams!!!! Read the Belfast Telegraph report

Almost £6k in pension contributions paid for former MLA Caitríona Ruane while still speaker

The lid lifted just a little on the ethics of Irish republicanism!!!! Read the Irish News story.

Australians vote in favour of legalising same-sex marriage

While we feel shame at Australia’s decision and for the actions and attitudes of all who think likewise here in the UK,  it is not so with those who vote “Yes” to this evil thing!
“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed, neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall: at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD,” Jeremiah 6:15.

There will be a visitation for this, more terrible than men can conceive. “They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed,” Luke 17:27-30. Read the ITV news article.

‘Are we saying that Christians cannot do social work in NI?’

That is just what the Northern Ireland Social Care Council is saying and it is in line what Church and  State agencies have been saying for some time! The age of Antichristianity draws nearer!! Read more

Annual Remembrance Day service in Omagh disrupted by IRA bomb left near the cenotaph

Read more

Westminster sex scandal: Theresa May calls for ‘culture of respect’

This is the Prime Minister who seeks to promote sodomy and the various perversions allied to it and said that the Toriy party has been wrong on gay rights in the past (See here)!!!

Such sowing must bring a bitter harvest – Galatians 6:7-8.


The web of lies that entangles Ulster

“No lie is of the truth,” I John 2:21.

The synopsis of a sermon preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on Sabbath evening, September 11th, 1994, By Rev Ivan Foster

(A warning issued 23 years ago of the deceit and lies at work on the subject of ‘peace’ in Ulster!!)

There are times when the finger must be pointed and the lie exposed. The cause of truth in a time of deception demands that a most vigorous witness be maintained. When there is a babble of voices proclaiming the lie the servant of God must be all the more strident in order to ensure that his voice rises above the lie. We live in just such a day. The fabric of national life is riddled with the woodworm of deception and falsehood. Politics, religion, business, every strata of the nation’s affairs is corrupted by untruths. A great deception is being wrought especially upon the Ulster people in the realm of religion and the constitutional future of our province. Read more…or click here to listen.


SF fails to set out alternative to prevent public sector implosion

Their objective is the downfall of Northern Ireland and that has always been known, even in 2007 when the DUP most perversely entered a power-sharing agreement with them!! Read more

Dodds calls for direct rule ministers to be appointed in weeks if deal isn’t agreed

Back where we started after 10 wasted and detrimental years, the effect of which likely can never be undone!! Read more

New Stormont battle as DUP calls for imminent move to direct rule

Sinn Fein’s present strategy is not the re-establishing of power-sharing at Stormont but the introducing of some form of ‘joint rule’ by London and Dublin.

They seek to create a crisis by ever stymieing the ‘Stormont talks’ with the DUP and from the sidelines, calling  for Dublin and London to intervene in concert and replace Stormont Rule.

Sinn Fein has ever sought to undermine Northern Ireland’s Union with Great Britain and this was the reason behind their push for ‘power-sharing’ in 2006 at which the DUP, in its greed for power, jumped. Now power-sharing has run its course so Sinn Fein is presently pushing for a further step in its long term plan to destroy Northern Ireland but now by creating a further crisis.  Because their 30-years of terrorist tactics failed and ‘power-sharing’ did not produce the fruits that Republicans hoped it would, the latest objective is joint Dublin-London rule, a short step from a Dublin take-over. Read more


 

The harvest

“The harvest is the end of the world,” Matt 13:39.

Kilskeery Evening Service on Harvest Thanksgiving Sabbath

Preacher: Rev. Ivan Foster (Rtr)

At this time of the year, perhaps more than any other, we are presented with the glorious fact that nature is God’s book of illustrations.

I have often stressed to the children in our school that the gospel is first of all presented to us in the Bible but it is also presented in picture form in the fields around us and in the skies above us and the seas about us.

The Lord Jesus delighted to teach the truth of God by illustrating its truth from what was happening around Him.

Here in this passage He is doing just that verses 37-43.

Our text is the words: “The harvest is the end of the world.”

Three things will occupies our thoughts tonight.
1. Just what is meant by the end of the ‘world’?
2. We are here reminded that as we have lived here on earth so will be our eternity.
3. How inexcusable is man!

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The Parables #16

THE GOOD SEED PICTURES CHRISTIANS.

“The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom,” verse 38.

1. Christian, you are the Lord’s planting. “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever,” 1 Peter 1:23. “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen,” 2 Peter 3:18.

Within us has been planted a new nature which will manifest itself and which will require us to reject the world and its ways and rather obey God and His law.

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you,” Matthew 6:33. This will bring us into conflict with the world when the world demands that we disobey God and submit to its commands.

This is what happened Peter and John. They put God’s kingdom first!

The enemies of the gospel in their day said: “Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men,” Acts 5:28-29.

That choice has had to be made by God’s people throughout the ages and it has brought suffering, persecution and death to countless multitudes of the saints of God. The time of such conflict draws near again! Have you the seed of God planted within you? Is there a new nature springing up in you? Give thought to this today.

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The Parables #15

God’s activities are beneficial to the earth. “Sowed good seed.”

The influence of this seed is good, morally good and helpful.

Isaiah 61:1-3 sets the standard for the Saviour’s ministry and points to the work He continues to carry on through the preaching of the gospel and His works of Province.

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”

These verses form the text of the Saviour’s first recorded sermon, Luke 4:16-21.

Many verses are found in the New Testament which enforce this truth.

“And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them,” Matthew 4:23-24.

See also Matthew 9:35, Acts 2:22, 4:27, 10;38.

All these indicate the character of the Saviour’s ministry and of the work of God amongst men.

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The Christian’s duty in a day of national crisis

(Preached in Kilskeery FPC by Rev Ivan Foster, 22nd October 2017 in the evening meeting)

Scripture: “And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD,” 2 Chronicles 20:3-4.

There are few today who recognise the crisis that is upon the nation. Not even, indeed, least of all, the leaders of our nation.

It is a wonderfully easy thing to denounce government leaders for their faults and failures but let every Christian, who is a citizen, be aware that we all must bear some responsibility for what has taken place within our nation. Who can say, “I did all that was possible, my hands are clean”! Very few if any can make that claim.

It is only when we recognise our duty and seek to do all in our power to stand for the “crown rights of King Jesus and the crown jewels of His Gospel” that we are brought to the place where we say with Paul: “Wherefore I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men,” Acts 20:26. Have we been as faithful as this?

I wish to set before us all our duty in this day of national crisis. No clearer demonstration of our primary duty can be had than in this chapter. Here Jehoshaphat acted wisely and courageously and we must learn from him for are these things not written for our learning, Rom 15:4?

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