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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Separation

Scripture: Leviticus 20:1-8.
  • Separation is no new doctrine. It is not the invention of the Free Presbyterian Church.
  • We are not necessarily living a separated life just because we attend a separated church.
  • Biblical separation is not limited to denominational affiliations. We cannot be separated unto God amidst apostasy. It is a doctrine which impacts upon the whole man, the whole of our life and behaviour.
  • Here in this chapter we have clear teaching on separation.
Separation is, in essence, God’s purpose for all of His people.
I. SEPARATION IS THE WORK OF GOD IN THE LIFE OF HIS PEOPLE
“And ye shall not walk in the manners of the nation, which I cast out before you: for they committed all these things, and therefore I abhorred them. But I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, a land that floweth with milk and honey: I am the LORD your God, which have separated you from other people. . . And ye_shall  be holy  unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine,” Lev 20:23-24, 26.
The purpose of God for His people is one of SEPARATION!
1. In eternity, God in love, separated a people unto Himself. “According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love,” Eph 1:4.
2. In time, God, by the convicting power of His Spirit begins to separate His elect through convicting them of sin.“And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment,” John 16:8. Acts 2:37.
3. Regeneration is an imparting life to a sinner and a separating him from their former deadness. “And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth. And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go,” John 11:43-44.
4. By the grace of God the believer is daily separated from sin.“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life,” Romans 6:22. “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God,” Romans 12:2; Galatians 1:4; 5:22-25.
5. The final act of separation is our glorification. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is,” 1 John 3:2. “When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” Colossians 3:4. “As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness,” Psalm 17:15. “Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself,” Philippians 3:21.
II. SANCTIFICATION IS ADVANCED IN THE BELIEVER BY THE HOLY SPIRIT THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD
“Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. . . And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth,” John 17:17, 19. “And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified,” Acts 20:32.
1. It is the Word of God that enables us to identify sin and thus avoid it. “And ye shall keep my statutes, and do them. I am the LORD which sanctify you,” Leviticus 20:8. Isaiah 59:13, John 4:23, Ps 119:54.
2. We must read and apply God’s Word daily. Psa 1:1-2
3. It is a spiritual washing. “That he might-sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,” Ephesians 5:26. A daily, indeed, a moment by moment experience. “Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit,”1 Pet 1:22.
III. THE SEPARATED LIFE BRINGS US REPROACH
1. It identifies us with the Lord. He is the object of men’s reproach. “For wherein shall it be known here that I and thy people have found grace in thy sight? is it not in that thou goest with us? so shall we be separated, I and thy people, from all the people that are upon the face of the earth,” Exodus 33:16. “As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter,” Romans 8:36.
2. Everything that is the Lord’s men despise. “But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself,” Psalm 4:3.
3. The nearer we get to the cross the greater will be our reproach. “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach,” Hebrews 13:13. “Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used,” Hebrews 10:33. The world ridicules and sneers at those who are different, none mores than the Christian.
In order to avoid that reproach, many avoid association with Christ!
IV. HOWEVER, OUR COMFORT AND JOY DEPENDS UPON OUR SEPARATION
1. Holiness is the secret of joy. “Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful,” Psalm 1:1. “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in  thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore,” Psalm 16:11. “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile,” 1 Peter 3:10. Fulness of joy is found only in God’s presence, Ps 16:11.
2. Sin offends God and brings His judgment. “Ye shall therefore keep all my statutes, and all my judgments, and do them: that the land, whither I bring you to dwell therein, spue you not out,” Leviticus 20:22. (18:25, 28). “The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth,” Psalm 34:16.
3. Sin wounds. “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul,” 1 Peter 2:11. “But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition,” 1 Timothy 6:9.
V. THE WHOLE PURPOSE OF THIS SEPARATION IS THAT WE MIGHT BE THE LORD’S
“And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the LORD am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine,” Lev 20:26.
Separation is a surrendering unto the Lord to live according to His Word.
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God,” Romans 12:1-2. (Rom 6:13, 16, 19.)

News review for week ending Friday 15th March 2019

“And the land shall tremble and sorrow: for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant,” Jeremiah 51:29.

Brexit secretary accuses EU of trying to ‘rerun old arguments’

BREXIT SHOCK: Two thirds of Northern Ireland voters REJECT DUP’s stance on EU exit

The lies and propaganda have been victorious over the mixed signals of the DUP!!!!

EU makes final offer to May – if you want a deal NI must remain in the customs union

Britain throws out Michel Barnier’s bid to end Brexit deadlock – ‘it’s a non-starter’

Back Theresa May’s deal or risk losing Brexit, Jeremy Hunt tells Tory MPs

Northern Ireland businesses voice fear at no-deal Brexit as DUP says it won’t be ‘railroaded’ on vote

May’s Brexit deal still risks UK being trapped in backstop, warns Attorney General

So much for PM’s assurances!!!!

DUP’s Foster says ‘huge decisions’ to be made as Sammy Wilson claims May’s Brexit deal ‘falls short of promises’

Attorney general rules legal risk unchanged after Theresa May’s backstop renegotiation ahead of key Brexit vote

Brexit vote today: Geoffrey Cox SAVAGES May’s deal – Read Geoffrey Cox letter IN FULL here

Taoiseach says latest Brexit deal does not undermine backstop

DUP’s Nigel Dodds: ‘We now need to study closely these new documents on the Brexit backstop’

The Attorney General and Varadkar have done their homework for them and given them their answers!!!

Theresa May fails to keep promise that UK won’t be in the backstop indefinitely

Brexit: EU warns risk of disorderly exit ‘has never been higher’

All 10 DUP MPs join the massive Commons majority against Theresa May’s Brexit deal

UK plans zero tariffs on EU goods entering Northern Ireland – but will impose duty if they are moving to GB

A sop to ‘united Irelanders’ which effectively divides NI from the rest of the UK!!

Brexit: DUP says taking no deal off table not sensible

No-deal Brexit is not off the table

Why no-deal is NOT off the table, yet

Would you kindly make up your minds PLEASE!!!!!

Brexit no deal POLL: Express.co.uk readers SUPPORT no deal despite Commons vote

Brexit: PM to bring third Brexit deal vote to Commons

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try etc, etc, etc, !!!!

Brexit: Ireland fears ‘catastrophic’ impact of UK no-deal plan

A case of ‘reaping what you sow’, Galatians 6:7!!

Brexit: Ian Paisley warns over no-deal direct rule comments

It is open and unadulterated blackmail and indicates the treachery of the ‘Conservative and Unionist Party’!!!!

DUP talk to government about Brexit deal

DUP holding ‘significant talks’ with government over Brexit

Delaying Brexit for prolonged period ‘disaster,’ says DUP MP Robinson

He should have dropped the words ‘for prolonged period’!!!!


Shamima Begum’s son dies in Syrian hospital

Shamima Begum: Diane Abbott blames Sajid Javid for baby’s death – ‘callous and inhumane’

Shamima Begum: Home Secretary criticised as baby dies

Only a party as sick, blinded and bigoted as the Labour Party could lay the blame anywhere but where it belongs – the mother who acted as she did!!!

Sam McBride: The last fig leaf of scrutiny of NI civil servants is illusory; it is they who rule

Ben Lowry: Far from being too soft on the security forces, Karen Bradley has failed to defend them

David Burnside: We need to be told what progress there has been in solving Derry Brigade IRA murders (in the year of the ‘Bloody Sunday’ incident)!!!!

Jim Allister: The sentiment of what Karen Bradley said is valid even though her choice of words was clumsy

Garda ‘still stonewalling’ over Kingsmills Massacre files after five years

So much for the ‘promises’ of Dublin’s premiers!!!

Priest statue removed over abuse claims

That is hardly the ‘removal’ that needs to take place in the light of Rome’s incurable corruptions!!!

Bishop warns number of priests under 75 will halve in next ten years

Something is moving in the right direction!!!

British ISIS fighters join ‘Jihadi union’ as they DEMAND right to return to UK

Give them the RIGHT to 50 years in jail, the rope not being an option. What madness grips the British Establishment!!!

Anger at US award for Martin McGuinness’s ‘military service’

San Francisco honour for Martin McGuinness’s ‘courageous military service’ angers IRA victims

Martin McGuinness honoured for ‘courageous military service’ by city of San Francisco

He will hardly wear it with ‘pride’ where he is !!!!

San Francisco’s mayor ‘sorry’ over Martin McGuinness award

Sinn Fein accuse Jim Wells of ‘shouting down’ election rally – Event ‘an insult to IRA victims’ says MLA

DUP MLA criticised over ‘hidden faces’ demo

Wise to cover your face when objecting to the presence of supporters of terror and murder!!!!

Priest charged with indecent assault of two females

Alex Kane: Karen Bradley is now so damaged she serves no purpose here

Where would she serve a purpose????!!!!

Leo Varadkar ‘ignorant and insensitive’ with Kingsmills remarks

Councillor quits DUP ‘because of leadership’

Review by Henry Patterson: ‘This book about the border has a startling failure to deal with the role of the frontier in IRA terror’

The ‘patron saint’ of liars is the devil (John 8:44) and Republicans particularly pay homage to him!!!!

Police probe ‘IRA’ link to London and Glasgow suspect devices

‘IRA’ claims it was behind parcel bombs

Casement Park cost ‘cannot be allowed to delay project’ says Sinn Féin’s Paul Maskey

The brazenness of republicans as they claim even more cash from the State they do all they can to destroy!!!

Victim finds cold comfort in sentencing of Cardinal George Pell to six years in jail for sexual abuse

George Pell: Cardinal jailed for child sexual abuse in Australia

Worse by far is to come!!!

Ballymurphy soldiers had ‘remarkable’ self-control, says ex-Major

Ballymurphy Inquest: Priest’s shooting was ‘good press’

We have not given coverage to this inquest because we believe that it was but a platform for Republican/IRA slanders against the security forces. While innocents may have been shot, the question has to be asked: ‘If innocent, why were they on the street in the midst of a serious riot with terrorists shooting at soldiers?’ It has ever been standard Republican tactics to bring their supporters on to the street to add confusion to the situation!!!

Ex-GAA official McKenna accused of sex abuse faces further allegations

Sinn Fein leader and PSNI chief set for ‘frank’ discussion in succession row

Definition of ‘FRANK’ – ‘open, honest, and direct’. I cannot believe for one moment that Mary Lou McDonald is capable of such!!!!

Longest serving Church of England bishop faces calls to resign after court hears he knew about paedophile priest

Bloody Sunday: ‘Soldier F’ faces murder charges

No charges against IRA men!!!!

Bloody Sunday: Martin McGuinness linked to RUC murder ‘to militarise civil rights march’

The full truth about what happened on ‘Bloody Sunday’ will never be told! Not that it was ever likely ‘St Martin’ would have been charged with a crime!!!

Bloody Sunday commander Derek Wilford stands by soldiers

Bloody Sunday prosecutions ‘nothing to do with justice’ says Belfast Army Colonel

Bloody Sunday: Veterans plan ‘mass rally’ in Derry against PPS decision

St Patrick’s Day: The celebratory drink goes back a long way

The basis of this ‘article’ is folklore, the basis of everything that popery teaches!! See our articles on Patrick on the ‘Burning Bush’ main page.

David Steel suspended by Lib Dems over Cyril Smith remarks

The man who introduced ‘legalised abortion’ into Britain is now seen as a concealer of child abuse! The two offences are of the same nature!!!!

New Zealand massacre: Northern Ireland understands what you are going through, says sister of woman shot dead by IRA while leaving church

DUP man suspended from council after sexual assault conviction

Truth for today Pt15

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II. THIS BOAZ WAS A NOTABLE MAN

When we glean the information given us here we discover a wonderful type of our Saviour.

1. He was the neglected, rejected redeemer. Boaz could have helped Elimelech in his earlier time of distress (1:1-2) but he was overlooked or rejected.

2. He was a man with a wonderful name. A true meaning for the Hebrew form of his name cannot be given, I understand. It is only when the Greek form of his name (Matt 1:5, Luke 3:32) is considered that a meaning can be offered — “In him is strength.”  There is a mystery about Christ, Judges 13:18. “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory,” 1 Timothy 3:16. It is in the New Testament we are given a full revelation of the Lord. “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14. In Him is strength and deliverance.

3. He was a man of great wealth. So it is with Christ. Famine will not hurt Him or any that look to Him. Psalm 81:13-16; 147:12-14.

The Parables #111

The sheep and the goats, Pt8. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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(Some opening comments on the protest against the blasphemous, “Jesus Christ Superstar”, play in Newry and also the news of the murder of 40 Muslims in New Zealand.)

We are continuing to consider the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.
His rewards are for the care and love they have shown Him through their kindness toward fellow believers.

As has already been said: It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. His name and honour and the well-being of His saints are ever uppermost in the hearts of true believers.

We have examples of such living. “And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance,” Luke 8:2-3. This was what happened in the days of the Saviour here on earth.

Such watchfulness and care continued after His ascension.

“I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: that ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also,” Romans 16:1-2.

“Succourer” comes from a word meaning to ‘rule or set over.’ She felt a burden and responsibility to look after others!

The Parables #110

The sheep and the goats, Pt7. 

Scripture: Matthew 25:31-46

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We are considering the Saviour’s explanation for rewarding His sheep.

“For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me,” verses 35-36.

Note, everything the Christian does is for Christ. “For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat, etc.”

Paul said: “For to me to live is Christ,” Php 1:21. This what ALL Christians should say! Our sole aim in living should be to glorify Christ. He is the supreme End and Purpose of our life.

It indicates a watchfulness regarding the affairs of Christ. Love and concern for the people of God marks the life of the true believer.