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 194 articles so far, you can find them below.

August 2017

Parties are ‘useful idiots’ on Irish: Jim Allister

One must agree with Mr Allister and think of the ancient proverb: “Whom the gods would destroy they first make mad!”

Paul used similar words of the so-called wise men of this world which admirably suit the Unionists in Stormont for they long ago forsook the counsel of God’s Word for their own folly. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness,” 1 Corinthians 3:19.

Read the Newsletter article here.


Adams stance on Irish language a further pointer to direct rule

Read the Newsletter report here.


Declassified files: Paisley and Molyneaux ‘prepared to make massive concessions

Sadly, the readiness to make concession was not shared with their party faithful!!!!

Read the Newsletter report here.


Please clarify: did native Americans have a say in establishment of America?

An interesting letter in response to typical Irish Republican lies!

Read the letter to the Editor of the Newsletter here.


Judge dismisses Northern Ireland same-sex marriage case

Read the BBC report here.

Judge who dismissed same-sex marriages challenges says courts cannot change law

This is good news indeed. However, we tremble at the thought of this matter being in the hands of the unprincipled politicians at Stormont to whom staying in office ranks above every other consideration!!

Read the Newsletter report here.


WHAT IT WAS CONVINCED ME TO ESPOUSE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

Looking back on life, we become aware that behind the decisions that were made in years past where many interwoven influences and events, all of which served to move one’s mind in a certain direction and bring about a crossroads decision that had a major impact upon our future life.

So it was with me and my wife Ann concerning Christian Education. I am going to employ the letters A, B and C in the three points I wish to set before you.

I. We were ALARMED as parents by what children were being taught in the state school.
My wife trained to be a teacher of French, German and Latin but because of her membership of the Free Presbyterian Church was unable to obtain a post. Her experience in Enniskillen Girls Collegiate School illustrates this well. She was invited to take up a post and even introduced to some staff members as a new appointee. The headmistress then, seeing her engagement ring, discovered that she was to marry me. When she returned to the school a few days later to prepare for teaching she was told that the school committee had not endorsed her appointment. That was the sort of discrimination carried out against Free Presbyterians back in 1967!

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The chief constable is using the term ‘equal marriage,’ which is politically loaded

A very good letter to the Editor of the Newsletter but we can have little expectation of a sensible, truthful reply from the Chief Constable of what is now a seriously compromised and discredited police force.

Read the letter here.


Alex Kane: DUP is preparing to change direction once again

How contemptible to be such a slave of public opinion as to abandon Christian principles loudly and repeatedly professed!!

Read the Irish News column here.


Prince George ‘gay icon’ claim sick and outrageous: MLA

This exposes the true nature of the sodomite. IT IS the source of paedophilia though the sodomite lobby vehemently deny this.

Read the Newsletter report here.

Read a Belfast Telegraph report here.


Pastor John MacArthur Answers: Is It Sinful to Provide Services for a Gay Wedding?

John MacArthur fails to distinguish between business encounters with sodomites unawares and that of knowingly and consciously becoming involved in the promoting and endorsing of sodomy as was the case with the Ashers Bakery.

Paul has a word on this matter: “I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators: Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat,” 1 Corinthians 5:9-11.

Albert Barnes explains these words so: ‘In my direction not “to company” with them, I did not mean that you should refuse all kinds of intercourse with them; that you should not treat them with civility, or be engaged with them in any of the transactions of life, or in the ordinary intercourse of society between man and man, for this would be impossible; but that you should not so associate with them as to be esteemed to belong to them, or so as to be corrupted by their example. You are not to make them companions and friends.’

Read the Christian Post report here.


A poor deceived mother defends her depraved sodomite sons

Comments on a mother of sodomite sons open letter to Jim Wells

Read the newspaper article here

How Jim Wells answers the letter addressed to him by a mother of two sodomite sons is entirely his affair and I do not seek to answer for him. However, the woman makes some very foolish and erroneous claims regarding God’s attitude to sodomy. These must be confronted and refuted for they are very wrong and entirely blasphemous.

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‘Fairy curse’ behind dips in Irish road – Danny Healy-Rae

Pagan lunacy alive and well in popish Ireland!!! Read the BBC news report here.

There’s nothing wrong with being gay, says DUP councillor

What say the professing Christian fellow DUP councillors?!

We know what God says about this matter:

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them,” Leviticus 20:13.

“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (sodomites), nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11.

If there is nothing wrong with being “gay”, to use the euphemistic term so loved of those who hate the Bible’s description of this wicked lifestyle, why does God declare that they will not enter heaven unless they repent and forsake this wickedness???

Read the Newsletter report here.

Read a Belfast Telegraph article here.


DUP MP’s ‘surprising’ Pride message

The main issue in this article is the support for the sodomite ‘Gay Pride’ parade by DUP ‘new girl’, Emma Little-Pengelly. She defies God’s Word when she says that that sodomites should “be able to live a proud life”. There should be no pride taken in disobeying God and embarking upon a lifestyle so repugnant to God.

Her view is an indication of the DUP’s swing toward supporting the sodomite call for ‘marriage’ rights. She has been prominent since her introduction to the DUP ‘upper echelon’ and her election as a Westminster MP.

As stated in a previous news link, the signs are there that the DUP will soon shift its position.

As a professing Christian, Jim Wells, quoted in the article, will have to do more than express ‘surprise’ at her attitude. Utter condemnation is called for at the very least.

To remain faithful to God, his sojourn in the DUP must end soon. That is the challenge for the Christians within the DUP’s ranks of elected representatives and supporters??

Former DUP councillor, Ruth Patterson is quoted as saying: “At the end of the day, who are we to judge anyone and the way they live their lives?” Christians use the same authority to condemn sodomy as is used when condemning murder and terrorism, something Ruth Patterson has not been slow to do, the Word of God!

Read the Newsletter report here.

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Martin Luther, Catholicism and the Practice of Sodomy

by Ian Brown

Is it true that Martin Luther, in his denunciations of the Roman Catholic Church, claimed that Popes and priests commonly practised sodomy?

Absolutely.

In fact, Luther’s statements on this subject made John the Baptist’s accusation against Herod’s adultery seem trivial compared to the corruption among the Roman clergy. Read more


Letter of protest to Chief Constable

Below is a letter from Rev Ian Brown of Martys Memorial Free Presbyterian Church Protesting to Chief Constable at the presence of serving officers in the sodomite parade in Belfast.

Martyrs Memorial Church
4 August 2017

Dear Chief Constable Hamilton,

Though previous participation by serving officers in your police force in the annual ‘Gay Pride’ parade through Belfast City should have prepared me for this year’s new development of officers parading in the uniform of the PSNI, I am still extremely shocked.

Irrespective of who is the designated target I have no desire to see hate crimes of any nature being committed or defended within my country, however the nature of the police involvement in this event generates serious concern on a number of levels.

Respect for public decency
In any other circumstances, the inappropriate attire and activities of a significant number of those who have comprised this parade on all former occasions would constitute a gross infringement of public decency. The overt and vulgar sexual imagery that has been typical of the previous parades your officers have policed in the past should have alerted you to the fact that this is not an appropriate event with which any of your personnel should identify while in official uniform. To reach a decision that there is justification for some of your officers and vehicles becoming an integral part of a parade that has annually displayed placards containing vicious verbal assaults on true biblical religion and mercilessly castigated political figures in our province is nothing short of an outrage and besmirches the reputation of the PSNI which is meant to behave as a politically neutral organisation.

Expectation of true equality
It is not at all reassuring to Bible-believing Christians to note that responses to earlier letters of complaint appear to invoke the actions of other police forces in the United Kingdom which have explained participation in similar events as being based on a policing purpose – especially since a significant number of those police forces have been to the forefront in recently attempting to prosecute Christian preachers on the basis of alleged hate crimes when they have merely mentioned the verdict of Holy Scripture on the practice of homosexuality. The resources invested in these vacuous cases and the almost invariable rejection of them by the judiciary simply serve to emphasise the incredible bias inherent in many of our police forces in addressing this issue. The policy being pursued by the PSNI at this event has the effect, not of equalising our society, but of elevating a miniscule percentage of it into a special category that is afforded privileges and protections not available to others. By so explicitly tying your uniform and badge to this special interest grouping will undoubtedly further ostracise those who mount a legitimate protest against what the Bible teaches is a promotion of moral decadence.

I send this letter with little expectation that the practice which you have adopted with respect to this parade will be altered. However you should be reminded that the Word of God is the ultimate unalterable authority and, no matter how you express your identification with a practice that He so consistently condemns, His sovereign purpose will inevitably hold sway in the affairs of men; Jeremiah 14:10: “Thus saith the LORD unto this people, Thus have they loved to wander, they have not refrained their feet, therefore the LORD doth not accept them; He will now remember their iniquity, and visit their sins.”

Yours sincerely,

Ian Brown.

Minister, Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, Belfast.


Leo Varadkar: (Dublin Prime Minister) NI same-sex marriage ‘only a matter of time’

The ground is being prepared for a total political sell-out on this issue. All the major political parties in NI are in favour of this wickedness with the exception of the DUP, which at best can be seen by its present silence, as becoming ever more equivocal!

The Traditional Unionist Party has raised its voice of opposition.

There is nothing equivocal about God’s Word on this matter and it ALONE is our rule of faith and practice.

Sadly, there is no real organised, concerted opposition by Christians to the sodomite campaign.

Read the BBC news report here.

Photos of Free Presbyterian protest at sodomite parade in Belfast, 5th August 2017.


Letter to Belfast Newsletter in response to former senior police officer’s support for sodomite marriage and participation of policemen in “gay parade”!! (which he seems to have ignored!)

Sir,

Former Assistant Chief Constable Alan McQuillan, speaking in favour of PSNI members participating in this year’s sodomite “Gay Pride” march and also in support of sodomite marriage, says: “people should have the right to live as they want” (Belfast Newsletter, 4th August 2017).

That is a strange sentiment for an ex-senior police officer! Read more


A Message from 31 years ago which is still relevant today: Christian Schools and the Future of Free Presbyterianism

A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster at the 2nd Seminar on Christian Education, held in Martyrs’ Memorial Church, Belfast, as part of the annual Easter Convention, March 29th, 1986.

“If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore,” Psalm 132:12.

In 1978 the Presbytery of Ulster of the Free Presbyterian Church heard a request from Rev. Ivan Foster to consider the need for Christian schools. Following a discussion a delegation of ministers and elders met officials of the Department of Education.
The outcome of the meeting was a recommendation to Presbytery that permission be granted to any church that wished to start a school. The Presbytery agreed in principle and appointed a Presbytery Education Board, chaired by Rev. Foster, to supervise the new missionary enterprise.

In September of the next year, Kilskeery Church started the first Free Presbyterian school.

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PSNI chief ‘should step in’ over uniformed officers in Gay Pride parade says Jim Allister.

It is distressing to note the silence of professing Christian politicians on this matter and we are thankful for the stand taken by Mr. Allister. Read the Newsletter report here.

PSNI chief: Uniformed officers should march in Gay Pride parade

Society’s anti-christian, pro-sodomite bias epitomised in Deputy Chief Constable Drew Harris’s comment regarding policemen in uniform taking part in an anti-sodomite march!!!!

“However, he said the PSNI was “unlikely” to allow uniformed officers to take part in a Christian march that expressed a view that homosexuality was a sin.”

Where is the voice of the Christian Police association??? Read the Newsletter report here.

Jesus shall reign

“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession,” Psalm 2:8.

In verses 1-3 we may listen to the plotting and scheming of men against the Lord and His Christ.

Verses 4-6 bring us into the Council Chamber of the Almighty and we may listen to His response to man’s plotting. He ‘laughs’! He mocks man’s folly! He then will “speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.”

Man will give an account of his evil words against the Saviour. “And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him,” Jude 14-15.

Note finally that the Father says: “Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.” He uses the past tense for something that has not yet taken place. Only God can so speak. “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that,” James 4:13-15. See also Rom 8:30 where our glorification, yet future, is spoken of in the past tense.
When we come to verses 7-9, we are listening to the Lord Jesus speaking.

I. THE SUM OF GOD’S PURPOSE AMONGST MEN IS TO SET CHRIST UP AS KING
“Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.”

II. LOOK AT THE TERRITORY OVER WHICH CHRIST SHALL REIGN
“Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession,” verse 8.

III. THERE IS A DAY WHEN CHRIST SHALL ASK FOR THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE EARTH. 
“Ask of me . . .” He shall claim His inheritance.


Stream or download Jesus shall reign

Anarchy and confusion in the UK

Confusion and anarchy in the UK . . . . . .What saith the Scriptures?

Psalm 2:1-3

Ever since the entrance of sin, man has been in rebellion against God. Man has been determined to go his own way and defy God’s commands. That is seen in the life of the very first man born into this world. Cain was not submissive to God but “was of that wicked one,” 1 John 3:12.

That rebelliousness has increased ever since the days of Eden. There has been a struggle to be free of God’s authority and rule and were it not for the power of God it would have reached its zenith long ago. God has restrained man’s wickedness in order to accomplish His own purpose of gathering in His elect for whom Christ died.

This struggle will one day reach its zenith! Though the time has been long it will come. The words of James are more relevant today than ever. “Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh,” James 5:8.

We will consider:

I. I BELIEVE THAT WE ARE SEEING THE FINAL DEVELOPMENT OF THE REBELLION SPOKEN OF HERE.

The character of the rebellion set forth is more true of today than of any other age that has gone past.

II. WE ARE TOLD THE REACTION OF THE LORD TO THIS AGITATION.

This rebellion will not be tolerated for ever. You cannot challenge God without Him answering. “He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure,” verses 4-5. God will accomplish His purpose, verse 6, despite all that men may try to do.

III. WE MAY CONCLUDE THAT WHEN THE REBELLION REACHES THE PITCH HERE DESCRIBED WE WILL KNOW THAT GOD’S RESPONSE IS NEAR.

Today, our ears are bombarded with the vilest taunts against God. It cannot be long until the Lord rises to silence by His wrath these defiers of God and His Son, the Lord Jesus.

Oh Christian know the times in which we live and prepare yourself for the dark days that will soon come.


Stream or download, Anarchy and confusion in the UK, Pt1

July 2017

Orangemen warned to ‘reject Rome’ and not use RIP on social media

Such advice, which is very good, must also mean that Orangemen are not to attend the Mass, something many Orange leaders were seeking to have approved!!!

Read the report here.

SHOCK CLAIM: Christians were WRONG to brand Satan evil as scientist insists devil is good

The idiot is saying that the Lord got it all wrong, since true Christians base their view of Satan on what the Lord has said of him in the Bible.

“Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels,” Matthew 25:41.
“And supper being ended, the devil having now put into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to betray him,” John 13:2.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour,” 1 Peter 5:8.
“And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever,” Revelation 20:10.

Read the report here.

Remembering the ‘Moses of the Scots-Irish’

Read the Newsletter report here.


A passage from the “The Scattered Nation”

the ‘occasional record of the London-based Hebrew Christian Testimony to Israel’, edited by David Baron, a converted Jew, October 1894.

‘WHAT are you doing to reach the better class Jews?’ has been asked by several friends. Mr. Schönberger partly answers the question at the end of his paper. We are carrying on a vigorous postal mission to those of the richer Jews in all the different suburbs of London who cannot otherwise be reached. For this purpose we have issued an Open Letter, a portion of which I reproduce here, to give our friends an idea how we have to address our unbelieving brethren.

EXTRACT from our Open Letter to the Jews

“Brethren, it is an undeniable fact, that at the very time when our people expected the Messiah, a pure and holy man appeared among them of the the name of Jesus, who declared Himself to be the promised Redeemer, spoken of by the Prophets, and proved Himself such by His marvellous life, doctrine and works.

Brethren, it is an undeniable fact, that in consequence of the death of Jesus of Nazareth, and on the ground of His resurrection from the dead, a community was formed at Jerusalem, who, recognising Jesus as the Messiah prophesied by the Prophets, commenced to meet on the first day of the week in memory of His resurrection ; which company has grown from that day until this, and now embraces a multitude which cannot be numbered, from among all the nations of the earth.

Brethren, it is an undeniable fact, that soon after the death of Jesus and the founding and spread of His Church, there came to pass a terrible destruction of Jerusalem, and the expulsion of our people from Palestine, which He had foretold, and while from that time the synagogue, which would none of Him, was, stricken with impotence and barrenness, His Church on the other hand has grown ever more and more, the triumphal march of His Gospel unceasingly advancing from nation to nation, until to-day the name of Christ is proclaimed in the whole world.

Are not these facts sufficient to excite your interest and consideration?

Does it offend you, that we, as Hebrew Christians,” wish to speak with you? Perhaps you are prepared to meet us, if not with stones, with that which is far worse, with words of insult and reproach. Kôfer! Meshummed! (Both terms referring to one who is deemed an apostate by the Jews – IF)

Have done with these senseless thoughtless word-blows! Jews were the living stones of which the Church of the Apostles was built. Jews were the first to confess the Gospel, and to preach it throughout the world.

From Jews have come down to us the writings of the New Testament, and everything belonging to Christianity, and though confessors of Christ are of nearly all races of the earth, yet there is no doubt that Christianity, in its origins, as in its essence and doctrine, genuinely Jewish. So now we, as Jews are believers in Jesus, who has appeared, and in His Salvation, and are, therefore, Hebrew Christians.

For us, the times of the Messiah commenced with the appearance of Jesus, and woe to us if we remained silent to you of this matter, We believe, therefore, we speak,
Brethren, hearken! We hold such to be true Jews who hold to the true Jewish teaching,
We believe in Moses and the prophets. We believe prophecy and its fulfilment, All that is spoken in the Old Testament is, and will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ, and a true Israelite is not he who says, “God is one,” but he who is one with God.”


Theresa May wants same-sex marriage allowed in Northern Ireland

What now for ‘DUP/Conservative Westminster alliance???? Will the DUP own the Bible as their basis for rejecting such a demand from Theresa May? We sincerely hope they will.

The marriage relationship ordained of God, that between a man and a woman, has been perverted by sodomites and is no more a right than is any other breach of God’s commandments. We might as well demand the right to murder, to steal as the ‘right’ to defy God’s law and have a man marry a man or a woman a woman.
“For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife (Greek, gune, ‘female’) and they two shall be one flesh,” Ephesians 5:31. (See Genesis 2:24; Matthew 19:5; Mark 10:7.)

Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.

See also this report May ‘understands’ DUP deal concerns … and backs gay marriage in NI


ABORTIONIST’S REJOICING REVEALS THE WICKEDNESS THAT PERVADES THE NATION

by Rev Ivan Foster

A pro-abortion campaigner, Ann Furedi, could not stop from rejoicing publicly over the decision by The British Medical Association’s call to decriminalise completely terminations. She has declared that since the decision she “can’t stop humming the 1970s disco classic ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’.”

Amongst the words of this ‘song’ are these very significant lines.

“There’ve been so many things that have held us down
But now it looks like things are finally comin’ around, yeah
I know we’ve got a long long way to go, yeah
And where we’ll end up I don’t know
But we won’t let nothing hold us back.”

“And if you’ve ever been held down before
I know that you refuse to be held down any more, yeah yeah
Don’t you let nothing, nothing
Nothing stand in your way.”

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Ex IRA bomber: O’Neill had chance to write a new chapter but instead chose to commemorate IRA terror

This is what the DUP are attempting to go into power-sharing with once more and willing to compromise in order to do it!!

Read the Newsletter report here.

Compulsory Irish has failed in the Republic, at huge cost to taxpayers

No evidence or set of facts will ever have any bearing on the Republicans’ demands by which they feel they can advance their cause for a united Ireland!!!

Read the Newsletter report here.

Paying republicans the Dane-geld means they will come back for more

Read the Newsletter report here.

Sinn Féin MEP must apologise for ‘insulting’ terrorism comments, says Diane Dodds

Sinn Fein has never considered the murder of the innocent as terrorism!!!

Read the  Newsletter report here.


Where was Sinn Fein’s concern for human rights on Bloody Friday, at Claudy, La Mon or Enniskillen?

Read the Belfast Telegraph article here.


Dr. Joel Beeke and sodomites in the church

Dr Joel Beeke – Why does he mingle with, show little disapprobation of and is happy to promote the writings and the witness of sodomites, despite the many warnings of the sinfulness of such a course and exhortations to repent and cease from such actions???? By Rev Ivan Foster

In truth I cannot answer my own question which heads this article!

Dr Joel Beeke has been, in the eyes of many, a man who has walked in the dangerously compromising footsteps of Dr Billy Graham. As with Dr Graham, there are many who idolise Dr Beeke and can see no wrong in his ways, but rather have built a new ‘doctrine’ around his practices. His failure to obey the Word of God and separate from the company of those whose teaching and practices are contrary to the Word of God and in conflict with the standards of historic Bible Christianity, has been termed but an extension of the duty that stems from the Saviour’s declaration that “Ye are the light of the world,” Matthew 5:14. Read more


DUBLIN – Fine Gael’s first openly gay TD congratulated on engagement

Ireland plunges further down into the pit of immorality following its sanctioning of ‘same sex marriage’ and the appointment of a sodomite Prime Minister.

Read the Irish Times report here.

Abortions for Northern Irish women to be funded in Wales

How terrible is the rush to offer the services of the NHS to murder the unborn.
It is noticeable that rumours about the Duchess of Cambridge expecting her third child do not refer to a ‘foetus’ but a child.

The unborn child is only called a ‘foetus’ when the abortionist wishes to dehumanise the unborn and make believe that it is something less than a true human being and thereby its destruction is not murder!

Read the BBC news report here.

Paisley issues warning over abortion in Northern Ireland

“I’m going to make it absolutely clear that the rights of the unborn child, in my view and in the views of people in my party and on this bench, trump any political agreement that had been put in place.

“We’re making that absolutely and abundantly clear, and if anyone thinks that we would take a view where we would trade that issue of life and the sanctity of life on a political deal, they don’t understand me and they don’t understand my party and they need to be aware of that.” – Ian Paisley MP.

Read the Newsletter report here.

DUP Councillor caught drink driving.

A local DUP representative has quit the party after being caught drink-driving last month.

Read the Newsletter report here.


LESSONS FROM THE TRAGEDY OF THE TOWER

A few observations by Rev Ivan Foster

“Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish,” Luke 13:4-5.

It may be seen here that the Lord Jesus not only took note of dreadful events in His day, but He would have others consider them and draw lessons from them.

Many are talking about the lessons to be learned from the tragedy of the fire which destroyed Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London. All of the lessons related to fire-prevention and the overhauling of the management of such towers.

I have yet to hear of any who have spoken as did the Saviour on the occasion here in Luke 13. Read more


Student union president sparks controversy by saying she would like to ‘oppress white people’, everyone should read the Koran and that men and women must not be friends

The following article is taken from the “Daily Mail” of 1st July 2017.
It serves to illustrate the true nature of the Koran as set forth by one of its devotees!! Let all those who proclaim the Islam as a ‘religion of peace’ take note. A cursory study of the campaigns and conquests of Islamic forces in history would tell us clear the character of this heathen religion!

A Muslim student union leader has claimed she would like to ‘oppress white people’ and has suggested there would be an Islamic takeover if more people read the Koran. Read more


Pro-life groups shocked by Tory abortion pledge

“The DUP last night issued a statement to the News Letter which, whilst declaring that it had opposed Labour’s amendment calling for free abortions for Northern Irish women, contained no criticism of the government for deciding to essentially adopt that same measure.”

Read the Newsletter report here.

High handed abortion extension wrong

Read the statement by Jim Allister MLA here.


If doctors vote today to scrap abortion limits they’ll betray everything our profession stands for

writes PROFESSOR JOHN CAMPBELL. Published in the Daily Mail – 27 June 2017.

Public trust in British doctors faces a fundamental threat today that could undermine our entire profession.

At the annual conference of the British Medical Association in Bournemouth, around 500 members will vote to lobby the Government to scrap the law that bans abortions after 24 weeks.

If that happens, the lives of an untold number of unborn babies will be threatened. And the regard that society has for modern medicine, with its infinite potential for doing good, will be gravely damaged, not least because this BMA ballot is completely at odds with what the great majority of people in this country want.

At the annual conference of the BMA, around 500 members will vote to lobby the Government to scrap the law that bans abortions after 24 weeks. Read more


Doctors call for abortion on demand as BMA votes to decriminalise terminations for first time ever

Read of the decision taken by doctors here.

Studies in Ezekiel Chapters 25-28

The Visions of the Judgment of the Nations around Israel (Ammon, Moab, Edom, Philistia, Tyrus)

Preached at a meeting of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony in London, June 23 2017, By Rev Ivan Foster


To stream or download, click SGAT – Ezekiel 25-28


These 4 chapters detail the judgments of God which befell the nations around Israel at the hand of Babylon back some 2600 years ago.

Three of the chapters deal with Tyrus. I believe that what is here read is a picture, a foreshadowing of the future judgments of God against the Antichrist and his allies.

The Bible says that: “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun,” Ecclesiastes 1:9.
Such a statement is entirely logical.

Man is unchanging in his spiritual disposition and constitution.

Contrary to the Evolutionist’s silly notion that man is on an upward moral path, in truth man is ever on the sinful, depraved downward path. It is only by God’s constraining providence that mankind has not long ago plunged into unspeakable depths of universal darkness and the damnation that will follow.

No, man being the same he ever seeks out the same sinful paths as did his forefathers.
God being the same, and He is, “For I am the LORD, I change not,” Malachi 3:6, His response to sin has ever been the same.

When nations sin as nations have before, then the judgments that will follow such sin will again be as the judgments of the past.

The chapter 25 deals with the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Edomites and the Philistines. I do not intend examining each declaration of judgment against these nations for that would require more time than is available to us tonight.

I wish to highlight important features in these chapters.

I. FOR ISRAEL, THE MOUTH THAT UTTERED JUDGMENT ALSO SPOKE OF DELIVERANCE AND RETRIBUTION AGAINST THEIR ENEMIES.

Doubtless, there was comfort for poor distressed Israel in these words of judgment against those who had rejoiced in their distresses which followed their apostasy.
They had received God’s word of judgment, 21:1-17 and what a terrible word it was. Note that the word ‘sword’ appears many times. It is the sword of God’s judgment. When will men learn that it is a terrible and fearful thing to sin and to “fall into the hands of the living God,” Hebrews 10:31.

But now it was the turn of the enemy to be condemned.

It does not pay to mock at the distress of God’s people. “And say unto the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou saidst, Aha, against my sanctuary, when it was profaned; and against the land of Israel, when it was desolate; and against the house of Judah, when they went into captivity . . . . For thus saith the Lord GOD; Because thou hast clapped thine hands, and stamped with the feet, and rejoiced in heart with all thy despite against the land of Israel; Behold, therefore I will stretch out mine hand upon thee, and will deliver thee for a spoil to the heathen; and I will cut thee off from the people, and I will cause thee to perish out of the countries: I will destroy thee; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD. . . And I will execute judgments upon Moab; and they shall know that I am the LORD. . . . . Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also stretch out mine hand upon Edom, and will cut off man and beast from it; and I will make it desolate from Teman; and they of Dedan shall fall by the sword. And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD.  . . . . Thus saith the Lord GOD; Because the Philistines have dealt by revenge, and have taken vengeance with a despiteful heart, to destroy it for the old hatred; Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will stretch out mine hand upon the Philistines, and I will cut off the Cherethims, and destroy the remnant of the sea coast,” Ezekiel 25:3, 6-7, 11, 13-16. “Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste: Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, O Tyrus, and will cause many nations to come up against thee, as the sea causeth his waves to come up. And they shall destroy the walls of Tyrus, and break down her towers: I will also scrape her dust from her, and make her like the top of a rock,” Ezekiel 26:2-4.

We can learn from these words.

1. Such truths preserve us from despair in the midst of tribulation. “And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day,” 2 Thessalonians 1:7-10.

2. They keep us back from seeking revenge against our tormentors. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord,” Romans 12:19. Hear the words of the Pslamist. “For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.” God preserves His people from seeking vengeance.

3. Being aware of God’s judgments serves to keep us in the fear of God. “And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?” 1 Chronicles 13:12. “And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things,” Acts 5:5.
Is there not a great absence of such a fear today?

II. NOTE THE DISPOSITION OF THE PROPHET.

“Son of man, set thy face against the Ammonites, and prophesy against them,” Ezekiel 25:2.

It is no light thing to pronounce God’s judgments against sin. This rather cuts across the light and frivolous spirit so often seen in pulpits today!

1. In this he displayed God’s disposition. His countenance was to be appropriate to the solemn words he was to utter. When God’s truth is in our hearts our countenances will reflect it. So it was with Elisha as he spoke God’s terrible word to Hazel. “And he settled his countenance stedfastly, until he was ashamed: and the man of God wept,” 2 Kings 8:11.

2. Such a disposition will draw the world’s hatred. “Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus,” Acts 4:13. It was what they ‘saw’ that caught their attention as was also the case with Stephen. “And all that sat in the council, looking stedfastly on him, saw his face as it had been the face of an angel,” Acts 6:15. Despite that they stoned him to death!

3. It is a terrible thing to have God’s face against you. In truth, it seals your eternal doom. “And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name,” Leviticus 20:3, 26:14-17.

III. THE REASONS FOR THE JUDGMENT

We have already noted the words of 25:3, 6, 8, 12, 13-15. Note “because”!

1. God has a record of the sins against His people. 27:27-36; Rev 18:4-5.

2. It is a record even of the words spoken against His people. 26:2. “Son of man, because that Tyrus hath said against Jerusalem, Aha, she is broken that was the gates of the people: she is turned unto me: I shall be replenished, now she is laid waste,” Ezekiel 25:3, 8, 26:2. Remember the words of the Saviour. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment,” Matthew 12:36.

3. All linked with the enemies will suffer. 27:27. The importance of ‘separation’ will then be known. “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,” Revelation 18:4.

It is a doctrine much despised today and indeed it is called sinful and unchristian. That will be seen as a grave error one day.

IV. GOD’S JUDGMENTS ARE MOST DREADFUL

25:10-11, 13, 15-17; 26:3-6, 21.

1. The strongest of terms are employed by the Lord. There is no exaggeration with the Lord (unlike North Korea). 25:10, 13, 14 (anger, fury), 16 (cut off etc.)

2. Israel will be God’s instrument of judgment. “And I will lay my vengeance upon Edom by the hand of my people Israel: and they shall do in Edom according to mine anger and according to my fury; and they shall know my vengeance, saith the Lord GOD,” Ezekiel 25:14.

Isaiah 11:14, 41:14-16;  Jeremiah 51:19-24; Micah 4:8-13; Zechariah 9:13-17.

3. Then shall the divine order be established. Deut 28:1-14. From verse 15 we are told why it is with Israel as it is today!

May the Lord be pleased to bless these words to our hearts.