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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The Parables #41

The parable of the Prodigal son, Pt 3 

Luke 15:11-32

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

THE SON’S DISCONTENTMENT  continued:

3. The discontentment stemmed from his desire for that which was not to be found in his father’s house. That which took man out of Paradise takes the sinner away from God and His house and His word. His lust, his sinful appetites. Natural man would live far from God. The further the better. When we see men turn their backs upon God and His house it bodes ill and shows they are controlled by sin.

II. THE SON’S DEMAND

1. He calls him father but does not act as a son. A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? Malachi 1:6. He is seeking to be free of his father’s rule and company. He sees no good nor any hope of good in his father’s household.
He thought that he could manage his affairs better than his father. He felt more wise than his father.

2. His desire is born of his carnal nature. Sinners would part with Heaven in order to gain the world  and gratify their sinful lusts. “Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled. Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you,” John 6:26-27.

3. His demand testifies to his blindness. “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider,” Isa 1:2-3.

Poor foolish boy, he did not know the value of that which he cast away nor did he realise the danger he embraced. This spirit of resistance to the blessings of the gospel is what made Christ weep over Jerusalem. “And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes,” Luke 19:41-42. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” Matthew 23:37.

The Parables #40

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt2 

Luke 15:11-32

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I. THE SON’S DISCONTENTMENT

Discontentment is of the devil, who is a most discontent spirit, Job 1:7, 2:2; 1 Pet 5:8.

It is plain that the subject of the parable was discontent in his father’s household.

1. He has no real grounds for complaining. He voices no formal complaint. Indeed, later he acknowledges that he had been well off in his father’s house, verse 17.

He was able to approach his father and ask for a portion.  He was not a tyrant. He was able to return home after shaming his father. These things indicate that his home was a good place.

Such is illustrative of the kindness and love of God. “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?” Romans 8:32.

2.  Despite this he was discontent. How groundless is sinner’s discontentment with God. “Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?” Jeremiah 2:5. “O my people, what have I done unto thee? and wherein have I wearied thee? testify against me,” Micah 6:3.

This is an ongoing wickedness amongst men. No kindness by God is ever received with any gratitude or acknowledged. Man chafes under the rule of God, having a heart that desires sin!

The Parables #39

The parable of the prodigal son, Pt1 

Luke 15:11-32

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

* This parable was uttered by the Saviour in response to the charge laid against Him by His enemies. “And the Pharisees and scribes murmured, saying, This man receiveth sinners, and eateth with them,” Luke 15:2. It is the last of three parables spoken by Christ at this time all of which have the same theme —THE LOST FOUND.

* What a thing that the Saviour’s mingling with sinners was deemed a sin on His part!! Please remember that the Saviour mingled but did not condone any sin of which they were guilty any more than a doctor is complicit in the sickness of those he treats!

* This is perhaps the best known and best loved of all the parables. It is right up to date. Every generation has found it to be so. Despite what men may think nothing really changes!! “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way? by taking heed thereto according to thy word,” Psa 119:9. God’s Word worked for the young people who believe since the beginning of time!

* Young people, please note that the desires and notions of young people have existed for a long time. This generation is experiencing nothing that former generations did not, in essence, encounter.

* Above all, note that the Saviour is fully acquainted with the heart of the young. Here is a timeless picture of the youth and the workings of their heart.
This has been but an introduction to this wonderful parable but we will continue our study the next time I am with you.

February 2018

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Council unable to refute disadvantage towards Protestants.

Read the TUV statement here.

 

Her Majesty’s Government’s metal will be tested by EU sophistry

Some light on the on the bewildering tangle of arguments surrounding the ‘Brexit and Northern Ireland’ debate!!!

“Tying NI into the EU so that it is effectively treated as part of Ireland, rather than part of a UK that has departed the EU, is the Brussels plan. Constitutional sabotage is its aim.” Read more

DUP fury over EU plan for Northern Ireland to stay in customs union

Read the Belfast Telegraph article.

Fr Malachy Finnegan abuse victims to complain to Police Ombudsman

Guess which community and church leaders would have protested loudly against any such investigation????!!!!! Read more

Orangeman defies Order for gay daughter’s wedding

Read the BBC news story here.

No comment from Orange Order as county grand master walks lesbian daughter down aisle

Such action is the norm today and displays a total lack of any sense of shame!
Oaths and biblical principles may casually be cast aside in favour of the utterly ungodly views and practices of those who have chosen a path of defiance of God and His holy law. Failure by the Orange Order to act in this case provides Christians in it with yet another reason to separate from it.

Paul the apostle say of such perverts as these women:
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves . . . . . And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient (fit and proper),” Romans 1:24, 28.

Read the Newsletter report here.


“Billy Graham is dead”

Billy Graham was a figure of controversy amongst believers who were anxious to remain faithful to God and His Word in the midst of the betrayals of Ecumenists and Liberals. Billy Graham was consumed with a desire to maximise his audience and to do that he lowered the standards which govern just who it is that God’s people may fellowship with.

Consequently, he cosied up to Roman Catholicism unashamedly to the consternation of earnest Christians.

Some information on his sad departure from Biblical Christianity is detailed here.

President of Bob Jones University reacts to the death of Billy Graham

Steve Pettit, president of Bob Jones University, speaks on the late Rev. Billy Graham and, in saying what he did, utterly repudiated all that Dr Bob Jones Senior and Dr Bob Junior ever stood for and contended against!!

This a prime example of the spirit of betrayal that is spreading through the professing Church of Christ in these last days.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron,” 1 Timothy 4:1-2.

Watch the video of Dr. Pettit speaking here.

Missionary in Liberia Stands Up for Truth in Context of Billy Graham Passing

MONROVIA—Rev. David DiCanio, a missionary under the Free Presbyterian Church of North America, produced and aired, on Liberia’s largest Christian radio station, a special program shortly after the death of Evangelist Billy Graham on Wednesday, hoping to inform people about concerns many have had with Graham’s ministry.

“When I heard that Dr. Graham died, and saw online all the positive comments about his ministry, I felt that I had to put something together to show people in Liberia the truth about his compromise,” Mr. DiCanio said. “On numerous occasions, Billy Graham clearly stated that people could be saved without the Bible or Christ.”

Mr. DiCanio used his already purchased time slot on ELWA, the largest Christian radio station in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, to air the 15-minute special program which contained audio clips of Graham’s statements to both Larry King during a CNN interview, and the late Dr. Robert Schuller, pastor of the Crystal Cathedral in California, who interviewed Graham on his international television program.

Mr. DiCanio also included an interview that he did with Dr. Schuller in 2004 for a documentary, where Schuller stated that he agreed with Graham’s view that God might have other ways of salvation beside Christ. Read more….

Listen to Rev. DiCanio’s 15 minute broadcast here, or use the player below.

Statement on the Death of Billy Graham by the American Council of Christian Churches

…the American Council of Christian Churches, while joining in expressing sympathy to Dr. Graham’s family on the occasion of his death, must remain steadfast in defense of the faith by urging the rejection of Billy Graham’s compromising strategy and the repudiation of his legacy of vacillation that has provided encouragement to those who despise the truth of the gospel as we find it in the Scriptures. We resolve to remain true to the position to which our Lord has called us—to come out from among those who refuse the truth and to be separated unto Jesus Christ.

Read the full statement on the ACCC website here.


Parents don’t want bishop confirming kids after he said funeral Mass for pervert priest

Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.

Former Sussex (Anglican) priest jailed for sex abuse against boy

Read the BBC News report here.

£190m spent on Irish language in just seven years

Further proof of the baseless campaign waged by Republicans against ‘discrimination’!!! Read more

Allister: draft text could impose Irish road signs and staff quotas

Read the Belfast Newsletter report here.

Sinn Fein ‘respect’ agenda queried with MP’s office named after IRA pair

Sinn Fein will ever glory in the deeds of the terrorist murderers of the IRA for it owes its political success to them!!!

The use of the ‘Armalite’ put votes in the ‘ballot box’!!!

How wrong it is to reward these miscreants for their murder campaign by entering a power-sharing alliance with them??!! Read the Newsletter report.


DUP must now come clean over draft accord, says TUV’s Allister

Read the Belfast Telegraph article here.

Don’t curry the yoghurt… learn the Irish language and beat cultural sectarianism

The information on the abilities, or lack thereof, of Sinn Fein’s leadership to speak ‘Irish’ makes this article a worthwhile read! Read more


Does man have a soul and is there a hell?

Blasphemous denials by the Archbishop of York Dr John Habgood, answered by the Bible.

The synopsis of a sermon preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on 13th November, 1994, by Rev. Ivan Foster, minister.

The great apostasy edges closer to its final and ultimate denial. That denial is given us in II Thess 2:3-4: Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. The same truth is found in Peter’s writings. But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction, II Peter 2:1.

The present apostasy will culminate in man’s outright denial of the Lord Himself and the Antichrist setting himself up as God.

The Christ-rejecting ecclesiastical world took a step nearer to that final apostasy recently with the denials voiced by Dr. John Habgood, the Archbishop of York, on 7th November, 1994. He is reported in The Times newspaper as saying that there was nothing in the human body that departs when we die. He claimed that the individual’s identity was “held in the mind of God”. He also said that hell was not regarded as a serious option these days.  Read more


A new internet witness of interest to Ulster protestants

Visit “Protestant Revival” here or on Facebook.


Sinn Fein reveals details of ‘draft agreement’ with DUP to dispel ‘mistruths’

“It is a sad fact of political life in Ulster that while we instinctively disbelieve what Sinn Fein says, we now must hesitate to accept what the DUP says because its dishonesty and deceit at the time of the setting up of its power-sharing alliance with Sinn Fein.

The DUP’s word cannot be trusted any more!!” Read the Belfast Telegraph report.

Calls grow for direct rule as Stormont talks end in tatters

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No deal and Mrs Arlene Foster says: we will not be held to ransom

 

“But Mrs Foster, you will always be ‘held to ransom’ if you persist in having dealings with those who are long-skilled in kidnapping, robbery, murder and terrorism.
The whole process of seeking a partnership with Sin Fein/IRA was utterly wrong from the beginning. Nothing can be built in partnership with those intent only on demolition and destruction!”

Let us all learn from Ezra 4:1-5:

“Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity builded the temple unto the LORD God of Israel; then they came to Zerubbabel, and to the chief of the fathers, and said unto them, Let us build with you: for we seek your God, as ye do; and we do sacrifice unto him since the days of Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither. But Zerubbabel, and Jeshua, and the rest of the chief of the fathers of Israel, said unto them, Ye have nothing to do with us to build an house unto our God; but we ourselves together will build unto the LORD God of Israel, as king Cyrus the king of Persia hath commanded us. Then the people of the land weakened the hands of the people of Judah, and troubled them in building, and hired counsellors against them, to frustrate their purpose, all the days of Cyrus king of Persia, even until the reign of Darius king of Persia.”

The underlying principle is the same. Read more


Arlene Foster: ‘No stand-alone Irish language act’

Read the BBC news article

Grassroots Pressure Telling but Still Dodging Key Questions on Irish

In the light of Jim Allister’s questions, Mrs Arlene Foster’s assurances, intended to pacify her troubled DUP members, do not appear so reassuring!! Read more

Séamus Mallon: Adams legitimised killing of members of other community

This may well be the first time I have agreed with Seamus Mallon!!!! Read the Irish Times article


Sinn Fein’s new president ‘off on wrong foot’ with unionists as Mary Lou ends speech with IRA slogan

When Mary Lou McDonald ended her Sinn Fein leadership acceptance speech with “Up the rebels” and “Tiocfaidh ar la”, (Our day will come), she was clearly signalling a camaraderie and affinity with the bloody terrorism of the IRA. Her gloating in the activities of the IRA should signal the end to any “power-sharing” talks between Sinn Fein and the DUP. Sinn Fein is the unchanged and unchangeable fount of murder and terror that it has always been!

How can Unionists ignore this unveiling of the true face of this monstrous organisation with which they are seeking a political coalition at Stormont?

Read the Belfast Telegraph report here.


A WITNESS FROM 20 YEARS AGO THAT EXPOSES THE IRA LIE YET AGAIN!!

An article which appeared in The Burning Bush, February 1998.

IRA planning terrorism before civil rights marches.

It is part of the myth accepted by the world regarding the present troubles in Ulster that they arose from the demands of equality by the minority.  Read more

Presbyterian Moderator wants to meet Pope during Ireland visit

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has indeed abandoned the Westminster Confession of Faith article which deems the pope that “Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the Church. against Christ and all that is called God,” Chapter 25:6. Read more

Free Presbyterian minister: ‘Presbyterian Moderator designate is wrong to relish papal meeting’

This is an excellent response to the utterly repugnant comment by the Irish Presbyterian Moderator designate who stated that he would relish “the opportunity of meeting the pope.” Read more

Unionists have warned the DUP against signing up to a mooted culture act in a bid to appease Sinn Fein, amid suggestions that a breakthrough in the Stormont talks could be imminent.

The DUP’s path of “progress” has ever been one of compromise and appeasement of Sinn Fein/IRA!! Read more

Prime Minister May could visit Northern Ireland as power-sharing deal ‘edges closer’

Given her record of surrender to the EU, her arrival would spell disaster for Ulster!!! Read more

Stormont deal imminent: Foster to be First Minister, progress on Irish language, same-sex marriage on cards

‘Arlene Foster as First Minister’ – that’s makes everything ok then!!!!! Read more

Gerry Adams sold defeat as victory in a career based on illusion… he’s no nearer to achieving a united Ireland than he was at the start of his journey

His “illusion” cost 1000s of deaths!!! Read more

A Catholic diocese has settled a claim for sex abuse by a priest accused of abusing pupils at a County Down school, it has emerged.

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Dromore Diocese settles case involving ‘paedophile priest’

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The abuse victim who has protested in the same spot for 20 years

Yet another example of the suffering brought upon Roman Catholics by their own church!!! Read more


Jim Allister: Kelly regrets boltcutters but what about the past?

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Sinn Fein failing utterly to convince critics party can ever change its spots

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Gospel hall damaged in arson attack

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Sinn Féin councillor Reilly quits in bullying row

If that is what they do on their own you can guess what they do on their opponents!!!! Read more

DUP: Gerry Kelly’s car clamp removal ‘another significant test for the Sinn Fein leadership’

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Other parties should quit (Sormont) talks if Kelly is an SF negotiator

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Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly facing calls to quit after cutting off wheel clamp

He who believes that he has the right to take away a person’s life because he does not like their political views will think little of removing a wheel clamp!!!!! Read more

Gerry Adams backs Jeremy Corbyn as next PM

What a revelation of the true character of Jeremy Corbyn!!!!! Read more


IRISH REPUBLIC TO HOLD A REFERENDUM ON REFORMING ITS ABORTION LAW

It has been announced in the Irish Republic that a referendum on abortion reform is to be held by the end of May this year. The Taoiseach, Mr Leo Varadkar confirmed that a national plebiscite will take place on abolishing the eighth amendment and allowing terminations up to 12 weeks which will require a reforming of the country’s strict anti-abortion laws. The Irish cabinet agreed to give voters in the republic the chance to repeal the eighth amendment to the country’s constitution.

Doubtless, a very public debate will take place in which abortion will be justified, rationalised, defended and legitimised.

The eighth amendment was added to the republic’s constitution following a referendum in 1983. It recognises the equal rights to life of a foetus and the mother during pregnancy. Pro-choice campaigners say the amendment creates a “chill factor” in the health system preventing medical teams from carrying out abortions even in cases where a woman’s life may be at risk. They say physicians fear they could be prosecuted and sent to prison if they carry out terminations even in extreme cases such as when women are suicidal or become pregnant through sexual violence. Read more

The Parables #38

The Good Samaritan – Part 8

Luke 10:25-37.

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The Good Samaritan illustrates how that the Lord Jesus, on His return, will reward those who have treated well His beloved.

“Whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee,” verse 35.

I. THE LORD KEEPS ACCOUNT OF HOW HIS PEOPLE ARE TREATED
Matt 25:31-46. Note verses 34-40. “And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me,” verse 40. Kindness toward another Christian is counted as an act of kindness shown to the Lord Himself. See how closely He is identified with His people!
“Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” Acts 9:4.

II. HE WILL RETURN TO REWARD HIS ENEMIES.
The Saviour will also deal with the robbers who have beset His people over the ages.
“For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works,” Matthew 16:27.
“I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings,” Jeremiah 17:10.
“According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies,” Isaiah 59:18.
“Who will render to every man according to his deeds:” Romans 2:6
“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” Rev 20:12.

III. HE WILL RETURN TO BE REUNITED WITH THE ONE HE DID SO MUCH TO HELP
It is the wellbeing of the injured man that brought the Samaritan back. There has been a wonderful union formed between the Saviour and His people so that Christ cannot be separated from them but must be re-united with them again and that for ever.
“And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also,” John 14:3. Heaven would be incomplete without God’s redeemed people.
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me,” John 17:24.
“And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God,” Rev 21:3.
“Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord,” 1 Thess 4:17.