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 485 articles so far, you can find them below.

April 2019

Audio sermons


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

Sunday April 7th, 2019.

Securing our borders, Rev. I. Foster. Preached in Kilskeery FPC

Lessons from the instituting of the Lord’s Supper, Rev. I. Foster. Preached at the Communion Service, Kilskeery FPC.


Featured series on the Book of Ruth: Truth for Today

Part 17, Part 18, Part 19
(See all the messages in the series here)
All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

Rev. Foster responds to DUP’s endorsement of a Sodomite candidate for Council election

Alison Bennington

Sir,

It is with sadness and many misgivings that I note that the DUP have endorsed a candidate, one Alison Bennington, who defies the laws of God and nature and openly proclaims herself ‘gay’ or to use the Biblical term, a Sodomite!

It is clear that the DUP has now utterly repudiated its founding principles and that in order to win over a small section of voters, whose support no God-fearing person would wish to have.

In order to obtain such support, the DUP is prepared to abandon abandon God and His obedient people in order to get the support of those abandoned by God!!

Read more


Church of Ireland prayer event in Papist monastery in ‘Relentless’ march to Rome

Canon Jim Carson

A Church of Ireland prayer event has been hosted in Clonard Monastery in west Belfast.

Just take a moment to think about that.

Clonard Monastery, a hub of Romanist worship, in which prayers are offered for the dead and the blasphemous Mass sees Christ sacrificed again and again, was hosting a Church of Ireland prayer event.

The ‘Relentless’ prayer initiative is an event being run throughout Lent.

According to the Diocese of Connor website: “Each day during Lent, a prayer space will be available for people to drop in and spend time in quietness to reflect and pray”. Read more on the Protestant Revival website


‘Grave sucking’ and dead raising – Journey Community Church hosts ‘supernatural’ Bethel movement

John Ashe, Journey Community Church

The Bethel Ministries megachurch, based in Redding, California, is well known for its outrageous antics and Christ defying behaviour.

From promoting extra-biblical revelation to attempting to raise people from the dead, it really doesn’t take much discernment to know this church is filled to the brim with heresy.

Then there is the falling gold dust and feathers which appear at their meetings, apparently sent by God, as He often did that in the Bible. Oh no wait, He didn’t.

A “glory cloud” also apparently appears at meetings, similar to the pillar of cloud that guided Moses and the children of Israel. One would imagine they would deny a smoke machine is in any way utilised at meetings. Read more on the Protestant Revival website.


News review for week ending Friday 12th April 2019

Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. 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. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion, Psalm 2:1-6.

Birmingham Pub bombings: Victims were unlawfully killed

‘A botched IRA warning contributed to or caused 21 deaths in the 1974 Birmingham pub bombings, an inquest has found.’

Irish cult of relics a case of the head vs the heart

This abomination rivals the practices of darkest heathendom!!!!

Bring (IRA) bombers to justice say families

Ex-MP Chris Mullin called ‘scum’ for pub bomb name silence

England is tasting but a small portion of the injustices IRA victims in Ulster have had to suffer!!!

‘Dublin must now come clean on Republic of Ireland support for PIRA’

Expecting truth from Dublin is like expecting it from Sinn Fein – all ‘pigs of the one sow’s litter’!!!

Belfast church protest by LGBT group against ‘conversion therapy’ 

Read more of this week’s news review.


Will Methodist ministers stand up against transgender uniforms at Methody College?

Rev David Campton, Methodist minister and board member of Methody College

Now the battle over sodomy is more or less won by the Christ deniers in the western world, the next battleground they have turned their attention to is transgenderism.

As was the case with sodomy, nothing but total surrender to the transgender cause will do, and all must fall before this sacred sow of secularism. If you don’t believe that’s how such servants of the devil operate, just look at the abuse received by anti-abortion and anti-sodomy sections of Northern Irish society for holding back the tide of depravity attempting to sweep through our land.

The same spirit as that highlighted in Habakkuk 2:5 is evident here. It says: “Yea also, because he transgresseth by wine, he is a proud man, neither keepeth at home, who enlargeth his desire as hell, and is as death, and cannot be satisfied, but gathereth unto him all nations, and heapeth unto him all people”. Read more on the Protestant Revival website.


The sad ignorance that abounds in the ranks of professing Protestants!!

“This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness,” Ephesians 4:17-19.

Just a few days ago, I received an email from a lady who had taken umbrage at my criticism of an Irish Presbyterian minister in an article I wrote back in February 2016.

The brief exchange (2nd – 3rd April) that followed will, I am sure, prove of interest and also helpful to those of God’s people who have faced similar satanic ‘blasts’!

I have no wish to embarrass the lady in question so I have removed everything that may identify her.

Christian, please pray for her and the many like her, deceived by the lies of ecumenical false prophets in the mainline churches. Read more


News review for week ending Friday 5th April 2019

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.

Co Antrim pervert branded evil monk sentenced for abuse of a fourth boy

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Orange Order in Ireland should now get in step with Scottish brethren and end archaic ban

In controversies of this nature, no one ever addresses the unbiblical doctrines of Rome! It is merely an urging of change based upon the changing of religious views and notions of the ‘crowd’. God’s Word has no part in such thinking!!!

Comedian Volodymyr Zelenskiy leads Ukraine presidential election

Who said ‘politics is not a joke!’ 🤔

‘I’ll NEVER get justice in N.Ireland, they call us murderers’ – 77-yr-old Army veteran

Ballymurphy inquest: Bullets ‘flew over paratrooper’s head’

PSNI: ATM raid cash likely going into terrorism

Mary Lou McDonald apology over ‘England get out of Ireland’ banner

It is a drop in the ‘Opinion Polls’ rather than a troubling of her conscience that produced these honeyed words!!!

Read more of this week’s news review.


55th anniversary of my conversion.

Friday 5th of April is the 55th anniversary of my conversion. I found this recording of me giving my testimony in Mountain View Bible Bible Church, Hummelstown, Pennsylvania, USA, on 12th April 1992.

I was asked to give my testimony and also to speak of affairs in Northern Ireland.

What I had to say back then reflects the views and hopes we entertained for Ulster before the sad events that surrounded the tragic political events of the DUP entering power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA in 2007.

I trust the Lord will bless the witness to all who listen to this message which has been played and downloaded 1000s of times when it was available on SermonAudio.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster.


Archeology bears testimony to the accuracy of the Bible!

The Christian does not require the endorsement of archeology in order to believe the Bible! We say with the Psalmist: “Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever,” Psalm 119:160.

Of course we welcome the testimony of the past emerging to declare the truth of God’s Word and trust that the unbeliever will take note. What the Saviour says in the parable of the rich man and Lazarus must however, be noted. “If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead,” Luke 16:31. Read more

Truth for today, #17

Scripture: Ruth 2:4-9.

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We have entered upon the second half of the story of Ruth. Her conversion and journey to Judah was the first part of her story but now, in chapter 2 onward, we come the second part, that of her meeting and marriage to Boaz and the birth of her son, Obed, a forebear of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In the verses 4-9, we have the first meeting between Boaz and Ruth.

I. HERE IS FURTHER EVIDENCE OF THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD TOWARD RUTH
We have noted in verse 3, how that Ruth, by the grace of God, has been led to the field of Boaz. Now we note how that her arrival there coincides with a visit by Boaz, verse 4.
I want us to bear in mind that Boaz is a type of Christ and in his encounters with Ruth we have pictures of Christ’s dealings with His people and the spiritually fruitful union that ought to develop between the Saviour and His people.

1. Note from where Boaz came. Bethlehem. “But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting,” Micah 5:2. Jesus, the “Bread of Life” came from the “House of Bread” to feed His people that they might never die. John 6:48-51.

2. Note the happiness of his household. “And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said unto the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless thee,” verse 4. What a consciousness of Jehovah there was amongst his servants. It was uppermost. If there is one place Christians are tempted to forget God it is in the workplace. It ought not to be. The harvest field ought always to put us in mind of the bountiful goodness of God. Boaz was a gracious man to hold such fellowwship with his workers. He was a mighty man of wealth after all. As such, one might expect of him what was more common amongst such. “The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly,” Proverbs 18:23.

3. Boaz was a man concerned about the wellbeing of his servants. “The LORD be with you.” This was an expression of the highest concern. He had a concern for their souls as well as their bodies. Such a greeting was common in NT times as is seen from the commencement and close of the epistles. It is the last word in the Bible, Rev 22:21.

4. What a privilege to have believing workmates. The greeting of the workers was an echo of His gracious greeting. There was unity amongst them. There was no murmuring amongst them. Though different in rank they were one with Boaz in spirit.

II. BOAZ IMMEDIATELY NOTICES RUTH IN THE FIELD

1. Boaz knew all his servants. Likely he could call them by name. “He calleth his own sheep by name,” John 10:3.

2. The answer his chief servant gives. Here are lessons for us to note. He spoke kindly and courteously of Ruth. This ought to be expected of the leaders of God’s house. Please note that Ruth was invited to share in the refreshments by the workers. — “ . . . she tarried a little in the house,” verse 7. This was likely a tent to give shade to the workers when they took a break. How welcome we ought to make strangers in our midst!

3. The chief servant showed the same spirit as Boaz manifested. His attitude and actions had anticipated the kindness of Boaz. Ruth had not been chased but, in a field where the Law of God pertained, (Lev 19:9-10) she was allowed to glean. Indeed, all of the workers acted graciously toward the “stranger” within their midst.
In all our dealings with others may we show the grace of our Lord Jesus.
III. THE INSTRUCTIONS BOAZ GAVE TO RUTH
It should be noted that the term Boaz employs when speaking of Ruth changes from “damsel” in verse 4 to “daughter” in verse 8. The term daughter was an affectionate term. “Their heart cried unto the Lord, O wall of the daughter of Zion, let tears run down like a river day and night: give thyself no rest; let not the apple of thine eye cease,” Lam 2:18.

1. In his affection, Boaz tells Ruth to stay in his field. Dear Christian, there are fields in which we may find all our souls desire and from which we must not stray. There was danger for Ruth outside of his fields. Note how he requests her careful attention to his words. “Hearest thou not, my daughter?” This is an important matter, John 17:14-16. Note “abide here fast.”

2. There was good company for her in his fields. “ . . . abide here fast by my maidens,” verse 8. Ruth was not even to look at another field. “Let thine eyes be on the field that they do reap, and go thou after them,” V. 9.

3. There was plentiful provision for her in the fields of Boaz. “Have I not charged the young men that they shall not touch thee? and when thou art athirst, go unto the vessels, and drink of that which the young men have drawn,” verse 9. The water was there to drink and that without any labour on her part. It was there just whenever she desired it.
Christian, listen to our heavenly Boaz today and heed His instructions and you shall find all your soul desires.

News review for week ending Friday 29th March 2019

 “…. but so did not I, because of the fear of God,” Nehemiah 5:15.

 

The Home Office’s shameful treatment of a Christian asylum-seeker

Nine charged after loyalist paramilitary raids

IRA bomber names ‘four men behind Birmingham pub bombings’ at inquest

Police must take action over Birmingham inquest ‘IRA leader’ claims

What are you doing about the “current head” of IRA still operating in your jurisdiction, Mr Varadkar?

Northern Ireland teachers assaulted and abused in classrooms, union boss tells conference

Abandon the ultimate rule of law and order, the BIBLE, and this is the result!!!

Alex Kane: After saying unionist identity would be protected in ‘New Ireland’ Mary Lou McDonald walks behind banner calling for citizens like me to be kicked out of the country

Republican overtures of ‘friendliness and peace’ are as false as a rope of sand!!!

The Great Escape remembered 75 years on

Great Escape 75th anniversary: Orangeman played key role in German POW camp break out

Isis plot to direct new terror attacks in Europe uncovered after group loses last Syrian stronghold

New York’s mayor silent for year over Gerry Adams honour protest letter

Anger as Parachute Regiment flags flown in Belfast

The SDLP have not objected to the flying of the flags of terrorist organisations and that of a foreign state, the Irish Republic, in many parts of Northern Ireland which vexes many who have lost loved one at the hands of these terrorists which use the Irish Republic as a haven!!

Ruth Dudley Edwards: Shared future a long way off if republicans refer to a great man of peace as ‘the likes of you’

This story illustrates the futility and folly of seeking to pursue peace with those who are solely bent on the destruction of Northern Ireland and its British subjects. Maybe other deleted ‘do-gooders’ will take note!!!

Smacking ban legislation announced in Wales

Corporal punishment is advised by the Bible, Proverbs 12:34, 22:15. It is employed by the Lord when dealing with His erring children, Psalm 89:32. The abandoning of this means of discipline is one of the causes of today’s lawlessness in the nation!!!

Cookstown disco crush: Police response investigated

Initial police response to fatal hotel disco crush in Cookstown investigated

Just why the police had to withdraw is likely never to be fully told for it would not be ‘politically correct’ to let the public know that they may have been facing a hostile Republican mob at this ‘party’!!!!

Calls for senior police officer Raymond Murray to step aside from Greenvale Hotel probe

And so the republican ‘anti-police’ campaign begins!!!!

Cookstown disco crush: Police identify 619 people outside

It is little wonder people died in the crush!!!

Is apathy putting the Sunday service at risk

The question which forms the title of this silly, ill-informed article, can be answered very simply: ‘It is the abandoning of the Bible by the churches which has turned people away’!!”

Sinn Fein leader to civic unionist: ‘As a new and united Ireland emerges, we need to work together and be truthful’

Truthful is impossible for anyone from Sinn Fein. Lies are their stock and trade and always have been!!!

Scottish Orangemen scrap rule stopping members from entering Catholic churches

Poll: Should Orange Order lift ban on members entering Catholic churches as the Scottish has done?

Ex-unionist MP open to review of Orange Order rules on Catholic services

The Scottish OO decision shows the dominance of ‘Ecumenical’ thinking within its ranks. It is likely Ulster will follow suit for there are many like Tom Elliott within its ranks. When that decision is taken then we will see where the loyalty of professing Christians truly lies !!!!

Gangs fly in and out of Northern Ireland on ‘street begging shifts’ – judge issues warning as woman jailed

To think we would lose such a benefit if we left the EU!!!!

Transgender: Methodist College launches review of uniform rules

What an abominable decision for any college bearing the name ‘Methodist’!!!! For more Information see here.

Top Belfast’s school’s transgender uniform review, welcomed by campaigner

Parent protests against relationship lessons in primary schools spread across the country

Sadly, it appears to be non-Christians who are leading the objections. Further evidence of England’s rejection of its Christian heritage!!

Coveney’s legacy vow stirs anger

Alleged IRA man found guilty of raping two teenage boys

There are few atrocities the IRA has not been guilty of!!!

Campaign to repeal Northern Ireland ‘archaic’ blasphemy laws

Campaign to get rid of NI blasphemy laws

Only ‘blasphemers’ want such laws removed! Eternity will reveal that they are not ‘archaic’! This is more of the Republic of Ireland’s views being imposed upon Northern Ireland!!

Ex-DUP Lord Mayor is hoping to win Belfast council seat for TUV

NIO ‘absolutely ready’ for direct rule, says Karen Bradley

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George Clooney calls for hotel boycott over Brunei LGBT laws

What an evil blight upon society these so-called ‘stars’ have been!! They are like the ‘stars’ Jude mentions. ‘Wandering stars, – by which no one can set a course- to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever,’ Jude 13

Concerns over NI Police Ombudsman’s Office raised at Westminster


Brexit: Vote on Theresa May’s deal may not happen next week

Tusk: ‘Hell is still empty’

Papist Tusk and his spiritual guru, the Pope, are both wrong. Hell is not empty (Luke 16:22-23, 2 Peter 2:4) and the last laugh will be on them and the millions who share their folly!!!

PM coup plot speculation reaches fever pitch amid ‘all over’ tweet

DUP fails to back May as party tries to silence talk of Tory coup

Theresa May battles for premiership as MPs seek to seize control of Commons business

No-deal Brexit increasingly likely, says Brussels

Theresa May dismays the DUP as she blames Northern Ireland for Brexit delay

Was the DUP really so naive to expect honesty and honourableness from Theresa May!!!

DUP prefers one-year delay over May’s ‘toxic Brexit deal’, says Wilson as Rees-Mogg signals shift

The DUP’s Brexit spokesman backs a long delay to Brexit – but does the DUP?

Brexit: DUP backs two motions ahead of vote

May faces 20 ministerial resignations if they are not allowed free vote on solving Brexit mess

Brexit SHOCK: Kate Hoey forces Bercow to admit EU law still OVERRULES British Parliament

EU CIVIL WAR: Austria IGNORES EU demands to increase benefits paid to immigrants

Brexit: DUP confirms it will not back withdrawal deal

Brexit deadlock: Will the DUP hold out on PM’s deal?

Brexit: DUP not backing deal ‘disappointing’ says Lidington

I love to see ‘wimps’ disappointed!!!

Brexit: MPs reject May’s EU withdrawal agreement

‘Should have left WITHOUT a deal’ Rees-Mogg FURIOUS at ‘great failure’ to deliver Brexit

Why did he not say this earlier!!!

The Parables #115

The sheep and the goats, Pt12.

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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“Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me. And these shall go away into everlasting punishment:  but the righteous into life eternal,” verses 45-46.

These verses bring the parable to a close. What a solemn word we have here!

The Lord will answer the questions posed by sinners! How often the Lord has been challenged and questioned throughout the ages! I read just yesterday where there are those who wish to change the Law so that they can ‘blaspheme’ without fear of prosecution!
God’s Truth has been questioned as have His Justice, His Love, His very Existence!! All will be answered one day.

The very heart of man’s rebellion against God is seen in his attitude toward Christians! Sin against a Christian is deemed a sin against Christ! Please remember that when you feel like hurting or annoying a Christian. Some time ago I mentioned Galatians 5:14. “For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” If you love your neighbour then you love God and the reverse is true. If you hate and abuse your neighbour you hate God!

The dreadful price of sin and rebellion! “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,” verse 41. “And these shall go away into everlasting punishment,” verse 46.

Please note some words.

1. ‘Depart from me’. No place in Christ’s company or in Heaven.

2. ‘Ye cursed’. They refused the Saviour and remain cursed! “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us.” Only the Lord Jesus can deliver us from under the curse that our sins bring upon us!

3. ‘Everlasting fire’. Hell is where “The fire . . . never shall be quenched,” Mark 9:43.

4. ‘Prepared for the devil and his angels’.

5. ‘Everlasting punishment’. Or ‘torment’!

Please note the great difference of the eternity of the sheep and the goats. ‘Everlasting punishment’ – ‘life eternal’. Please consider this today! As our study of parable has come to an end so too will life and we will all face eternity!

The Parables #114

The sheep and the goats, Pt11. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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“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,” verse 41.

The sheep and the goats are separated for the first time. They were part of the flock of the professing or the ‘Visible Church’ but the Lord has now separated His sheep from the goats, those who were not saved.

Part of the judgement of the wicked is their hearing the righteous rewarded and honoured. The wicked have been listening to what the Saviour said to His flock and they must have become aware that what He said to them would be different from what He would say to them, since they were separated from the righteousness.

* If you are not one of Christ’s flock, you cannot expect to be dealt with in the same way as they are dealt with and blessed!

* Hell is made all the worse by a knowledge of the heaven that your unbelief and disobedience robbed you of!
What a dreadful contrast between what the Saviour said to the sheep and that which He says to the goats!
“Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels.”

* There is a great difference between the Saved and the Lost but it will be never so plain and obvious as on this day!

* Its is obvious from what the wicked say that they considered there to be no difference between them and the saved! They have never understood the difference that is pointed out in God’s Word. Just like Nicodemus, John 39. “Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?”
* Even here they argue and show their IGNORANCE! See what Paul said: “Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart.” That is why they are still puzzled and arguing!
They were sent to hell because they did not love Christ and this was seen in how they treated Christians.

Note how the ungodly dare to challenge Christ. “They answered Him, when . . .” This is not the humble response of the righteous, verse 37. No this is a disputing and arguing with Christ and daring to suggest He is wrong and unjust!.

This how men react to the gospel! Matt 15:8-12. Rejecters of the gospel remain in darkness and ignorance. The purpose of the gospel in bring sinners into the light. “To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me,” Acts 26:18.