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 365 articles so far, you can find them below.

News review for week ending Friday 28th September 2018

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8.

Archaeologists to unearth Siege of Derry secrets

“Protestants should do a little digging into their history. Were they to, they would be less inclined to listen to the Ecumenists  and such detractors of what Protestantism has done for our land and reject their singing of the praises of popery!!”


UKIP leader Gerard Batten links sexual grooming of girls to Islam


Michael Portillo warns May must FORGET her plan and accept one of THESE two options

Don’t be bullied by Brussels into a compromise on the border, DUP’s Dodds urges Prime Minister

Theresa May’s FINEST HOUR: Furious PM goes to war with EU for ‘making a mockery’ of UK

‘Steely resolve at the 11th hour’ Rees-Mogg praises PM for standing up to EU BULLIES

Journalist’s tweet that British ‘don’t give a monkey’s’ about Northern Ireland riles MEP Nicholson

PM ‘will never agree’ to NI customs border

Ministers urged to ditch Chequers and embrace ‘Brexit prize’ by think tank

Brexit LATEST: Brexiteers unveil ALTERNATIVE Brexit plan to rival Theresa May – IN FULL 

There is no possible compromise between May and her Brexiter MPs

Pound SOARS as May rallies Cabinet and Trump while German growth PLUMMETS

No-deal Brexit ‘could lead to NI electricity blackouts (across Northern Ireland, government officials have warned)’

No-deal Brexit ‘could cause NI blackouts’

Boris Johnson urges Theresa May to ‘chuck Chequers’ and sets out Brexit plan in scathing article


Sinn Féin to take seats on reconstituted Policing Board

“Nothing epitomises what Isaiah 5:20 means (“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”) than this arrangement!!!


People are sleep walking into a Northern Ireland governed by apologists for terror and murder, says sister of Edgar Graham

(Ulster Unionist MLA and Queen’s University lecturer, shot dead at point blank range by the IRA in December 1983 at the age of 29, near the university.)

Northern Ireland legacy proposals run risk of disappointing victims of the Troubles

Legacy Scandal: ‘There is an urgent need for an inquiry into paramilitary beatings of children,’ says Liam Kennedy

Legacy Scandal: ‘Collusion is a meaningless term used to smear security force actions,’ says Doug Beattie


Ruth Dudley Edwards: Silence over Mairia Cahill from the Left and women’s organisations is deafening


Eighth Amendment repealed as Irish President signs bill into law

Ireland to vote on removing blasphemy as an offence 


Arlene Foster: DUP leader denies there was ‘party narrative’ over RHI

RHI inquiry: Foster challenged on green scheme problems

RHI updates: Martin McGuinness knew of RHI whistleblower concerns, Arlene Foster says

Arlene Foster says she was ‘unaware’ if DUP donors’ benefit from RHI

RHI players whose witness statements have just been divulged – Arlene Foster, Richard Bullick, Conor Murphy, Stephen Harron, David Gordon and Ciaran O’Connor

RHI inquiry live: Ministers are ‘thrown in at the deep end’ 

Cash-for-ash: inquiry chair criticises how advisers appointed

Ex-minister told lies over flawed green scheme, says DUP head of press

RHI Inquiry: DUP’s director of communications starts giving evidence

RHI Inquiry: DUP routinely broke law on lucrative Spad jobs

RHI: DUP communications chief Robinson appointed straight out of uni at age 22 – cannot remember if there was application to complete

Ex-DUP Spad Stephen Brimstone heats home with non-domestic RHI

RHI Inquiry: John Robinson contradicts DUP Spad brother-in-law’s evidence

RHI: DUP advisor Brimstone says civil servants were in the dark over his Stormont role

Top DUP man feared Spad probe will ‘not end well’

Former DUP Spad Stephen Brimstone challenged over RHI shed 

RHI: Spad’s (Stephen Brimstone) answer to BBC’s Nolan highly misleading, says chair

RHI: Top DUP official denies seeking to keep flawed green scheme open

RHI Inquiry: Top DUP man Timothy Johnston feared Spad probe will ‘not end well’

RHI Inquiry: Timothy Johnston denies role at top of DUP special adviser hierarchy

Top Spad (Timothy Johnston) privately asked for Foster’s RHI files before scheme was exposed

RHI: Wilson (Sammy, MP) ‘appalled at Bell’s lack of preparation for Stormont meeting’

“The deceit and chicanery uncovered amongst professing Christians in this ‘Enquiry’ brings no honour to the DUP or Ulster and shames all true Christians!!


Sinn Féin sues DUP over whistleblower note claim 


Protestant boxer who believes he missed out on Commonwealth Games because of his religion awarded £8,500


DUP’s Ian Paisley asked council to pay for £1,500 table at dinner – council chief ’embarrassed’ over attendance


DUP man breaks party lines but council votes against lighting up town hall for Pride

Rebel DUP man slams ‘bigotry and intolerance’ faced by LGBT people

Free Presbyterians hit out at proposal to light up town hall for Pride

Letter of the day: Councillors urged to reject discriminatory proposal to light town hall with rainbow colours on Pride Day

“We are thankful for the stand taken by the Free Presbyterian ministers in the Ards and North Down Borough Council area which doubtless helped to see this hideous proposal rejected. The stance of DUP man, Tom Smith, is unbiblical and indeed, antiGod!!!”


€253m still outstanding on (Irish Roman) Catholic Church abuse compensation promise

German (R C) bishop apologises to survivors of clerical abuse 

“Apologies ONLY because they were found out!!!


Girlguiding says girls not at risk from trans inclusion

“This perversion is invading every corner of society, promoted by a determined few”


Protestantism still wielding a big influence on global education: Report

“  ‘ . . . contemporary Protestantism, in contrast to historical Protestantism, does not affect schooling.’ That is a statement every gospel minister and every Christian parent should note and consider!!!”


How British prisons became a breeding ground for Islamist extremism


Fall in strength and fitness of 10-year-olds, study shows

“Evolution at work no doubt!!!!”


Skripal suspect ‘was made Hero of Russia’ by President Putin

Theresa May: Russia ‘flagrantly’ violating international norms

“No lie like a Russian lie!!!”


Legislation providing for abortion goes before (Irish) Cabinet


Gregory Campbell: ‘Compensation system not fair to terror victims’


Tory MPs who back abortion reform visiting Belfast

The Parables #71

Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Pt 8.

Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14 & Revelation 19:1-9.

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“And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few are chosen,” Matthew 22:11-14.

1. There are those who will dare to seek entrance to heaven while despising the King’s kindness.
“He saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment.” He would have been easy to spot in his old filthy clothes, coming in as he did from the highway. (“And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled,” Luke 14:23.)

2. There was a garment for him provided by the king
which he had rejected.
“Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?” It was the custom at such feast for the host to provide rich robes for the guests, usually white. He would have been all the more easily spotted amongst the white robes of the other guests. Notice the King speaks the language of kindness!

3. Sinners who reject the gospel will be speechless!
They have previously spoken only to the King’s servants and that is a bold,defiant and brasen fashion. But now they face the King. Oh how different that will be!! Mark 1:24, 4:39 – How silent and speechless they will be!

4. A most dreadful fate awaits the rejectors of the King’s garment.
“Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 22:13.
This is the fate of those who refuse the mercy of God set forth in the gospel.
Bound. Hell is a place of bondage.
Taken away. Hell is a place far away from heaven. There is a great gulf between the two!
Cast. How unwilling is the sinner to go to hell. They willingly ran down the road to hell but when they realise where it is they are going they would stop if they could BUT cannot!
Outer darkness, weeping and gnashing of teeth. Nothing can be seen but plenty will be heard!! No light to comfort at all (little children often like a little light lit at night). No sound but the groans of your own misery!
How sad this is and it all could have been avoided!

The Parables #70

Invitation to a Royal Wedding, Pt 7.

Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14

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“Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests,” Matthew 22:8-10.
This parable has a prophetic message. We saw last week how the Saviour was warning the leaders of Israel, to whom this parable is addressed for the ‘them’ of verse 1 is the “chief priests and Pharisees” of the previous chapter, vvs 45-46.

In verse 7, we have a forewarning of the consequences for Israel of the rejecting of the gospel. That came to pass in AD 70 when the Roman army destroyed Jerusalem and scattered the nation of Israel.

Now, in verses 8-10, we have what followed that event.

I. THE GOSPEL INVITATION WAS TO BE GIVEN TO THOSE WHO  BEFORE WERE NOT BIDDEN.
Remember what we noted in verse 3? “Call them that were bidden.” This referred to the Jewish people. The “children of the kingdom.” Christ said: “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel,” Matthew 15:24. But they rejected the gospel and so: “many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom (privileged people) shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” Matthew 8:11-12. (See also Matt 10:5-6.)

1. This then is a reference to God turning to the Gentiles after the Jews rejected Christ. “Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage,” vvs 8-9.

2. Notice how the Gentiles were described. “So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests,” verse 10. “Bad and good”, that is, those obviously evil and those who on the outside appear to be good, such as the Ethiopian Eunuch and Nicodemus, but are still in need of salvation from sin. “There is none that doeth good, no, not one,” Psa 14:3.

3. The wedding was furnished with guests. Verse 10. The word ‘furnished’ means ‘filled’. Acts 2:4, 4:8, 13:9. Every seat in Heaven will taken despite man’s wickedness and the devil’s scheming. God’s purpose in mercy will be accomplished. Every sheep of the Saviour’s flock He will bring safely home.
Will you be there?