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 256 articles so far, you can find them below.

April 2011

Free Presbyterian ministers denounce attendance at Roman Catholic Mass

TWO senior Free Presbyterian ministers have accused Peter Robinson and Tom Elliott of “idolatry” for attending the funeral mass of Constable Ronan Kerr…more

Minister criticises Mass attendance

(The text of an article published by the Lurgan Mail)

The decision by unionist politicians to attend the funeral mass of murdered police officer Ronan Kerr has been criticized by a Lurgan Minister.

Lurgan Free Presbyterian Minister Rev David Crease said if First Minister Peter Robinson and UUP leader Tom Elliot were true Christians they would come to regret what they had done.

Rev. Creane was outspoken in his criticism of both party leaders when addressing his congregation from the pulpit at the Free Presbyterian Church on Banbridge Road on Sunday. When contacted by the “MAIL” regarding the comments he made Rev. Creane said: “The sight of Protestant Church leaders, politicians and Orangemen standing shoulder to shoulder with IRA/Sinn Fein at the requiem mass in Beragh last week was deeply saddening. Evangelical Protestants should not attend the Roman Catholic mass under any circumstances. It is much more important to be faithful to God and His truth that to court the popularity of fellow human beings. The issues are so serious that evangelicals should never be anywhere near the sacrifice of the mass. To do so is to dishonor God and the sacrifice of Christ at Calvary. Surely it a case of obeying God rather than men. It is claimed by Rome that during the mass the bread and wine are changed by the power of the priest at the moment of consecration into the actual body, blood and soul and divinity of Christ. The doctrine of transubstantiation strikes at the very heart of the gospel.”

He added: “ If we love the Lord Jesus Christ and are trusting alone in His finished work on the cross and looking forward to His coming again, then we must reject the Mass and refuse to be present when it is celebrated. While it is right to reach out to those who grieve, the Bible tells us that true Christian charity ‘rejoice not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth.’ Love for and loyalty to our blessed Saviour must take priority. If Peter Robinson and Tom Elliot were true Christians they will come to regret what they have done.”

 

The true nature of the Mass

No-one who knows the gospel of Christ as revealed in Scripture and also knows what the Roman Catholic Mass is, can countenance the blasphemous claims of the Church of Rome.

Only ignorance of one or the other could permit a professing Christian to attend such an abomination. The professing Christian, who faced with the truth about the Mass, persists in attending it, calls into serious question the reality of their profession of faith.

That professing Christians are again in this day showing alarming tendencies to attend the Mass and justify such attendance, only demonstrates the ignorance that is descending upon the Church of Christ and the unconscionable failure of preachers whose calling it is to expound the true nature of the gospel and warn faithfully against all error.

 

“The Hurt of hearing the Mass”

by John Bradford, English martyr (1510-1555).

Rev Brian McClung has compiled a timely synopsis of one of the last articles written by John Bradford as he awaited his burning at the stake in 1555 for standing up for the truths of the gospel and refusing to bow before Popish terror tactics.

The synopsis complements Rev McClung’s recent article on the attendance at the Mass by Mr Peter Robinson, leader of the Democratic Unionist Party. It also presents a challenge to those who were strangely unwilling to comment on Mr Robinson’s action even though in the past they were noted for their vociferous reactions to the attendance of Protestant leaders, both political and religious, at the Mass.

In addition, it shows the folly of the Orange Order’s decision not to act against those members who breached its rules on attendance at the Mass and the acquiescence of its members in such a decision and also those within its ranks who have called for a removal of such rules.

This synopsis should particularly be studied by those foolish Free Presbyterians who, contrary to God’s Word and the witness and testimony of their own denomination, seek to defend Peter Robinson’s attendance at the Mass.

Dear Christian, please read this warning that comes to us from the condemned cell of one of the greatest of the English Reformers and Martyrs.

Click here to read the article.

 

More important to honour the memory of Jesus Christ than honouring the memory of anyone else.

It is being reported that Peter Robinson is going to attend the funeral of murdered Roman Catholic police officer Ronan Kerr. This means that he is going to attend the Roman Catholic Mass. Back in the month of February this year Peter Robinson indicated that he would do this. Click here to read the full article…

This article was posted by Rev. Brian McClung on his blog site, Sound of an alarm.

 

DUP Education Spokesman, Mervyn Storey MLA – a modern “Mr Facing-Both-Ways”

On 1st April Mr Storey was interviewed on the “Nolan Show” on BBC’s Radio Ulster.

He was loyally advocating his party leader’s call for integrated education – that is all children should be educated in one non-religious state system. He is, after all, the DUP Education spokesman!

To listen to a part of Mr. Storey’s interview use the player below.

Mervyn Storey – Nolan show

Read the full article here.

March 2011

Prayer and revival

By Edwin Colley, a pastor in Alabama, U.S.A. This message was given last year at a Baptist Conference in the United States. This article appeared in Watching and Waiting, the quarterly publication of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony and is published here by permission.

Will There Be an End-Time Revival?

By Edwin Colley, a pastor in Alabama, U.S.A. This message was given last year at a Baptist Conference in the United States. This article appeared in Watching and Waiting, the quarterly publication of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony and is published here by permission.

Unity of European states draws nearer

Excerpt: “Just as eurosceptics always feared, monetary union has led to a state of affairs where – in order to “save the euro” as Mrs Merkel puts it – Europe’s ancient states find themselves having to accept a quantum leap towards political union and a degree of subjugation that would not have been tolerated otherwise.”

Click here to read the entire article.

Earthquake in Japan Moves Honshu Island 2.4 Meters

The news article linked below prompts a remembering of the following words that prophesy events that will occur in the days before the Saviour’s return. “And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?” Revelation 6:12-17, KJV.

Click here to read the story.

February 2011

Statement by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster on attendance at the Roman Catholic Mass.

In light of recent criticism the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster wishes to publicly reaffirm its opposition to the Roman Catholic service commonly termed ‘The Mass’…(Read the full statement)

Belfast missionary dies after 57 years of evangelising in Brazil – a story of tragedy and victory!

Fred Orr, originally from the Castlereagh Road, died on January 29, aged 86, and had been working in the Amazon area throughout his long and successful missionary life.

January 2011

Shadow of the AntichristRevelation book re-published online

A revised edition of the The shadow of the Antichrist by Rev. Ivan Foster is now available online. The print edition of the book has been out of print for some years. Now you can read it online, download a copy or print from this e-edition.

To the reader I urge one word of counsel. Read this book with your Bible open at the relevant passage in the book of the Revelation. Follow the example of the Bereans in Acts 17:11.  May you grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Ivan Foster, from the foreword.

I dare call it murder

By Rev. Ivan Foster (Minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church) Being a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday February 29th, 1984.

Sixty years . . . . A cause for remembering.

A few new year thoughts by Rev. Ivan Foster as the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster approaches its 60th anniversary.

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I dare call it murder

By Rev. Ivan

I dare call it murder

 

By Rev. Ivan Foster (Minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church)

Being a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday February 29th, 1984.

 

Foster (Minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church)

Being a speech made in the Northern Ireland Assembly on Wednesday February 29th, 1984.

December 2010

God’s surprise for the Pope and all leaders of false religions.

The BBC headlined a report on the Pope’s “Thought for Today” broadcast on its Radio 4 programme on December 24th, by using some of the Pope’s own words: “God is faithful to his promises but often surprises us by how he fulfils them”. The man rightly described by the Westminster Confession of Faith as “ . . that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called God” never spoke a truer word though the full meaning of his words will have escaped his attention.

Click here for a copy of the Belfast Newsletter’s report of Rev. Foster’s comments on the Pope’s thought for the day.

Christmas: the facts and fiction

‘Christmas’ – a Roman Catholic term referring to a celebratory Mass in honour of Christ – is that section of the year in which pagan activities are freely and unashamedly indulged in and all in honour of the incarnation of the Son of God.

New minister ordained and installed in Kilskeery

On Friday November 26th Dr. Stephen Pollock was ordained and installed as the new minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church. He began his ministry there on the following Sunday. Click here to listen to his first message as minister.

You can listen to the ordination and installation service by clicking on the links below:

Christ’s birth – When and where?

The substance of a sermon preached on Lord’s Day 23rd December 2001, in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church by Rev. Ivan Foster.

The rise and fall of a-millennialism, by James Payne.

This article was published in the October – December, 1983 edition of Watching and Waiting, the magazine of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony.