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.
Ivan has written 293 articles so far, you can find them below.

June 2011

Looking back…recalling the battles of youth

An article written by a Burning Bush reader remembering struggles with worldliness and sin in earlier years. This testimony was prompted by the sermon, What is happening in Ulster?

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DUP junior minister acknowledges First Minister’s office administered sodomite funding.

The official report of Stormont proceedings, Hansard, has this record dated 6th June 2011. You can view the official record here. The one line at the bottom of the record (highlighted) has once again made it clear that the DUP were involved in the administering of funds allocated to sodomite organisations. More…


What is happening in Ulster?

This is a transcript of a sermon preached by Rev Ivan Foster in Ahoghill Orange Hall on Wednesday 25th May 2011.

…I am sure that question has been asked by most of us here and asked on many, many an occasion. “What do you think is happening?” And we have asked one another and perhaps after we have discussed it together we have gone away as puzzled as ever. There is only one source of information where we can hope to get a satisfactory answer to a question like “What is happening in Ulster?” and that is the Word of God. God is on the throne you know. No matter what changes we may have seen in our land over the last five years, and no matter how, as we would see it, earth-shattering those changes appear to have been, God is still upon the throne. He hasn’t lost control of things. And we can seek of Him an answer to our needs….

You can listen to the audio of the sermon here.

May 2011

A common but costly mistake

A look at the recent election results and its aftermath, by Rev Ivan Foster

The mistake I wish to highlight is that referred to by the Lord in verse 21 of Psalm 50. “Thou thoughtest that I was altogether such an one as thyself.”

The Democratic Unionist Party is awash with self-congratulations and jubilation in the wake of the recent elections. An example of that jubilation may be seen in the reported victory speech by Mr. Paul Frew, MLA for North Antrim. Mr. Frew said: “I would like to dedicate this victory to the real power, that being God for he (sic) has the glory. Many of our opponents and the media highlighted the fact that we were praying for victory, that is very true.” “The DUP works hard but we pray harder and we have a strong Christian ethos in the party which is needed because when people lean on us we lean on the Lord.” Ballymena Times, 10th May 2011. More…


Reasons why the Great Tribulation and the revelation of the Antichrist must precede the rapture of the Church.

(An address given by the late Pastor James Kyle Paisley at an Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony Conference at Highgate Road Chapel, London, in April, 1947.)

Foreword by Rev Ivan Foster

The recent folly of Dr Harold Camping in predicting that the “secret rapture” of the Redeemed would take place on Saturday 21st May 2011 has highlighted the most important event for which the people of God are required to watch and wait.

The failure of Dr Camping’s prediction has given the unregenerate opportunity to laugh and mock. Doubtless, it has confirmed many in their unbelief.

However, let all recognise that poor Dr Camping, a very elderly man, acted very foolishly and in complete defiance of God‘s Word.

“But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is,” Mark 13:32, 33, KJV. The day of the return of Christ cannot be calculated or predicted by man. Dr Camping should have known this for he made a similar foolish prediction back in 1994…More

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.”

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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.

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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.