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 502 articles so far, you can find them below.

May 2012

The International Eucharistic Congress 2012. Is this a Christian event?

By Richard Bennett (Berean Beacon). A major news item across the Catholic world for the summer of 2012 is that the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) is to be held in Dublin, Ireland from June 10th – 17th. The Congress is expected to attract 25,000 people a day, including “12,000 international pilgrims representing 99 different countries.” Read more…

What a critic has to say of our report on Ballymena Ecumenical service

Free Presbyterians attend Ballymena ecumenical service for Queen’s Jubilee

…But what was most heart-breaking for many was the attendance at the service of Dr Ian and Mrs Paisley. The man, who for many Christians, was an instructor in righteousness and a guide on the solemn issues of separation from ecumenical apostasy, sat through a service in which a Romanist priest led the congregation in prayer and the Church of Ireland Bishop of Connor, among other things, prayed for the dead!

Among those political figures who attended were Mr. Ian Paisley Jr., MP and his wife, Mr. Mervyn Storey and his wife. Mr. Storey is an elder in Ballymoney Free Presbyterian Church. The Mayor of Ballymena was also in attendance and participated in the service. He attends Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church. Other DUP councillors from a number of District Councils were also in attendance. Read more…

  •  Report of this ecumenical service on the Diocese of Connor website.

Selected news stories

McGuinness claims unionists open to idea of a united Ireland

Reverend Harold Good says Sinn Fein reconciliation talks ‘open and frank’

Remember IRA victims as Adams lectures you on TV

‘Independent’ policing board member is SF councillor

Orange frustration over Covenant centenary failings

NI leaders to unveil gay rights blueprint

Secret files link ‘Gerry Adams linked to ruthless IRA death squad that murdered mother-of-ten they believed to be British spy’

Sinn Fein men accompany convicted double murderer Martin Corey at funeral

15m euros spent on Archdiocese of Dublin abuse cases

Concern over Republic’s plan to cut Protestant school funding

Robinson slams ‘boycotter Ford’

Unionists question Sinn Féin’s commitment to truth and genuine reconciliation

Irish nun quits Catholic church after claiming abuse at hands of priests

Smithwick Tribunal hears RUC source ‘warned of ‘mole’ in Dundalk station

Cameron rebukes Northern Ireland Secretary over gay marriage

Stephen Carroll sentence referred to Court of Appeal

Concern after IRA bombs van and police base

Priest claims schoolgirl Emanuela Orlandi was kidnapped for Vatican sex parties

Sinn Fein now minders for dissidents

Residents outraged as bombs are found in Derry flats

The secret war games terrorists can never win

David Cameron urged to stand up to Europe over prisoner vote row

Northern Ireland Secretary, Owen Paterson says he cannot support David Cameron’s gay marriage plan

Protestants losing out on jobs – report

Smithwick Tribunal handed extension

Evangelicals hit out at bishop in same-sex row

Ministers spent £36,000 (£1,000 per day on hire cars) on US trade mission

Mother charged with directing terrorism in Northern Ireland

Seven in court after Northern Ireland swoop on alleged dissident republicans

Sinn Fein denies Martin McGuinness wants Cardinal Sean Brady to face court

Four remanded over ‘terror training camp’ near Omagh

Two brothers and a cousin of prominent dissident republican Colin Duffy appeared in court on terrorism offences

Free Presbyterian Church leaders horrified by ‘tacky’ musical

Stormont told to release SF papers

Fresh blow for Cardinal Sean Brady as priests snub rally

The Roman Catholic Church has protected evil for too long

Questions which are too hot for OFMdFM to handle

Why a mother took her teenage son to be shot by vigilante terrorists Republican Action Against Drugs

Kennedy “unsurprised” by Smithwick revelations

100,000 forgotten victims of the Troubles

Sinn Fein’s forked-tongue approach just doesn’t cut it

Thatcher ‘advised not to fuel Garda collusion talk’

Margaret Thatcher ‘played down collusion’

Members of IRA ambush squad named during tribunal sitting

I’m not apologising for my £10,000 Stormont postage bill: Ian Paisley jnr

Peter Robinson in bid to keep Stormont advisers row out of the courts

IRA man was ‘bravest of the brave’ – McGuinness

Setting the Scene to Mark the 1916 Rising at Stormont

Jim Allister Calls for Official Marking of RUC Centenary

McGuinness urges people to help police jail RAAD members

‘Sinn Fein intent on removing British tradition’ – McCrea (Why are you in coalition with them then???)

Sam Smyth: SF’s policy is hypocrisy — on both sides of Border

Real IRA brothers use an axe to hack off victim’s fingers

Fury as Sinn Fein oppose soldier’s name going on town war memorial

Gerry Adams is in no position to lecture anyone on abuse

Under-fire church to break from tradition – (Update on ecumenical shenanigans in Ireland!!

How ecumenical Protestants fare in Roman Catholic Ireland

Differences over “gay marriage” in Conservative Party

Catholic Church is not for respectable people

US election: Mitt Romney leads Republican attack on Barack Obama and gay marriage

Church of Ireland Synod blasted for ‘homophobia’ after vote on marriage

Church of Ireland U-turn on gay row motion

Northern Bank robbery man’s conviction overturned

Man who warned RUC that former Det Sgt Owen Corrigan of Dundalk Garda was an IRA mole, later abducted, tortured and killed by the IRA

Heated exchanges over unmasking of RUC source at Smithwick Tribunal

Cardinal Brady Should Resign

‘No healing until cardinal resigns’, abuse victim Brendan Boland says

Front page of historic Ulster Covenant missing

Police could have stopped Omagh bombers: relatives

Martin McGuinness signals he is ready to meet Queen if Sinn Fein leadership green lights historic U-turn

DUP asleep at the wheel on Higher Education Strategy

Obama touts gay marriage stance at Hollywood fundraiser, as event raises nearly $15M

DUP criticise DPP for dropping Derry Easter rally charge

Catholic Church braced for new child sex abuse scandal in Republic of Ireland

We’re ready to back TUV Bill banning ex-prisoners from adviser roles, reveals SDLP man

Justice Minister Dodges Reporting to Assembly on Police Investigation into Roman Catholic Child Abuse Scandal

A former Garda sergeant was named as a trustworthy IRA informer

Gay backlash ahead of CoI debate on sexuality

Former Christian Brother John McCabe jailed for abusing three boys

Vatican ‘miserably failed’ abuse victims says Martin McGuinness (or the case of the kettle calling the pot black!!!!)

DUP-Sinn Fein tension over advisers

Questions about McGuinness haven’t gone away, you know

Victim says church hasn’t changed and demands Cardinal Brady resign

Dissident republicans ‘have remote detonation capability’

SF advisor’s pay held over ‘security checks’

Salary row over Sinn Fein aide

Association of Catholic Priests discuss Church’s future

Scientists Admit IVF Has High Rate of Abnormalities

Finance department will not pay for McArdle replacement

Dublin archbishop in Brendan Smyth inquiry call

Republican Action Against Drugs admits shooting two men and says it will shoot more

RAAD’s campaign of terror must be brought to an end

Can Good Friday Agreement compare to the Easter Rising?

Cardinal Sean Brady: McGuinness and Gilmore critical

RC Theologian calls on Cardinal Sean Brady to resign

Poots voices concern at Cardinal’s actions – (What about your Department’s killing of embryos, Mr Poots??)

Pope donates $250,000 for disaffected Anglicans

Police urged to probe abuse claims

Cardinal Brady will not resign over ‘abuse failure’

Cardinal Sean Brady vows to remain as former RUC officer says failures let abuse go on

Victim, Brendan Boland calls on Cardinal Sean Brady to resign

Another man abused by Brendan Smyth blasts Cardinal Seán Brady and calls on him to resign

Pressure mounting North and South on Brady amid calls for police to step in

Convicted IRA bomber opened a “harrowing” exhibition about 9/11 victims in Belfast

Martin McGuinness denies contact with Smithwick Tribunal

Allister Hits Out at Anti-Unionist Higher Education Strategy – While DUP are Absent

Cardinal Brady ‘failed to act on sex abuse claims’

Victim of pervert priest says cardinal Brady took notes as he told of vile assaults

Cardinal Brady ‘failed to warn parents of abuse claims’

Vatican adds voice to support for Cardinal Brady

Brady ‘betrayed’ by officials over abuse

Time for Police involvement in Brady Affair

McGuinness is really in charge (Letter to the Editor)

Donegal shooting was paramilitary-style attack

Police patrol may have spooked terrorist team with 600lbs van bomb

PSNI says republicans have lied to tribunal

Smithwick Tribunal told IRA ‘believes evidence deliberately false’

Collusion probe ‘is a significant issue for top republicans’

Stormont accused over pro-Irish student plan

€10 Million of Euro Money to Terrorists

McGuinness calls for end to UK link

Jim Allister slams Sinn Féin over terrorism

Allister Pays Tribute to Army During Newry Bomb Matter of the Day debate – and raises MPs “personal experience”

Unionists pan ‘leprechauns and donkeys’ all-Ireland tourism drive

A Mecca for Terror Tourists

UUP MLA hits out over Robinson speech

Not a ‘City of Culture‘ but ‘A city of murderers’

April 2012

The Slaughter of the Innocent taking place today in Ulster

Rev. Foster writes in response to the news that Mr. Jim Allister MLA has exposed the dreadful and terrible truth that since 2006, over 4000 embryos have been destroyed by the Department of Health.

“I am John Harper’s last convert”

A story from the Titanic’s sinking not commonly reported.

The Antichrist – His Image and Prophet

by Stephen A. Toms

Mr B W Newton used to say that when we study the Scriptures we should pay attention to detail. This is true for every aspect of Biblical teaching, but it is particularly true of prophecy. We find that people very often deal with prophetic statements in a very careless way. It is exceedingly important that, when we read God’s Holy Word, we look carefully to see what is actually said. Let us see what the Scripture teaches about Antichrist’s image and prophet. Read more…

Ignoring sin…no basis for blessing

It has been felt by some, I fear, that the divisive events of recent years are best dealt with by ignoring them and simply acting as if the tragic series of events that began in 2006 and which saw men turn their former views and commitments on their heads, never took place. Such are the foolish notions of those who wish for peace and unity and feel that it may be obtained at the expense of truth. Furthermore, such folly, it is believed, will lead on to revival and blessing. Whatever God in His sovereign mercy may bestow upon His beloved people in Ulster, it will not be because of such actions. Rather it will be despite such stupidity. God does not ignore sin even though we may do so. The events in 2 Samuel 21:1-14 are recorded to teach us this lesson. Read more…

The Christian Sabbath

The following is the text of a letter sent to the “Belfast Telegraph” in reply to a letter which appeared in its columns written by one, Colin Nevin, of Bangor, Co. Down. My reply was sent on March 29th and has not yet appeared in the BT. It may well never appear! Mr Nevin is a denier of the Lord’s Day being the Christian Sabbath and we would like his arguments answered so we are publishing our brief reply here. Read more…

A clear indication to where the Church of Ireland is blindly walking!!

The Church of Ireland congregation of Rossorry Parish Church, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, is again joining with the Roman Catholic congregation which meets in the Graan Monastery, just outside Enniskillen, for an ecumenical event. Read more…

“ . . . . . the earth was filled with violence.”

Our blessed Saviour, in response to questions by the Pharisees about “when the kingdom of God should come”, replied, “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.” Luke 17:20-27. More

The Lord Jesus very specifically says: “And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.” I believe that the Lord Jesus is here clearly telling us that there will be a parallel between the days just before the flood in Noah’s day and the days immediately preceding His return.

One of the features of Noah’s day was “VIOLENCE”! “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth,” Genesis 6:11-13.

The word carries the meaning of “cruelty”, “injustice”, “oppression”.

I think it true to say that Christians, worldwide, have been noticing with alarm and concern the news reports of violence and cruelty committed by individuals from all levels of society in the most unusual and astounding of circumstances. The acts of violence are often perpetrated in an environment that one does not normally associate with lawlessness, cruelty and violence. It is becoming obvious that there is no element of society isolated from this violence.

The cause of the violence is, of course, made plain in God’s Word. In Revelation there is given us a explanation for such behaviour. “Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts,” Revelation 9:21. The verse gives us a picture of society just prior to the return of Christ. The word “sorceries” is a translation of the Greek word “pharmakeia”. The word refers to the use or the administering of drugs and is often linked with witchcraft or idolatry. It clearly will be common in the last days.

Today, alcohol and other drugs such as cocaine and a plethora of other “recreational” drugs have swamped society so that even pre-teen school children have been reported as regularly partaking of drugs. Violence is the spawn of such drug taking.

Is that the “violence” the Saviour says will mark the days just before His return? I believe that it is.

I intend mounting some examples of the “violence” that is pervading the world that Christians might consider for themselves the warning of the Saviour and take heed to the evidence of the approach of His return.

The mum who will never see her children again after raging boyfriend gouged her eyes out

 

Selected news stories

Teen victim shot ‘by appointment’

Mother brings son to appointed place to be shot in legs!!

Unionists too slow on power-sharing – Robinson

Shroud of silence over priest sex images scandal

Martin McGuinness hints he may meet the Queen on diamond jubilee tour

Sinn Féin still finding it hard to shake hand of British monarch

Sinn Fein want to bin British email addresses

Further delay in Denis Donaldson (IRA man assassinated by IRA) inquest

Martin McGuinness should talk to Smithwick Tribunal: Peter Robinson

Dissident IRA opponents say Derry shooting deliberately timed before rally

McGuinness ‘authorised human bombs’

Martin McGuinness ‘ordered human bombs’

Irish Army/Garda were British intelligence sources, says agent

“Celebratory” priest censured by Vatican

Priests must report child abuse confessions or face jail

Unionists call on SF chief to admit his past

McGuinness denies RUC murders link

Joint First Minister Enjoys Protected Status as Speaker Rules out Debate

McGuinness denies RUC murders link

Smithwick Tribunal hears claim Martin McGuinness involved in murder plan

Quit Executive, Alliance’s grassroots signal to David Ford

Ministers unavailable to answer Assembly question

Allister comments on Attorney General row

Priest denies indecently assaulting woman

NI destroys 4,000 human embryos

Alliance leader says DUP and SF are ‘to be feared’

Unprincipled, self-interested… Mike Nesbitt lays into Alliance Party

Investigation into ‘indecent images’ priest ‘not finished’

Funeral row MLA leaves his justice post at Stormont

Belfast’s Sinn Fein mayor Niall O Donnghaile to quit post early to avoid meeting Queen on Jubilee visit

Gay marriage ‘nothing to fear’, say senior Anglicans

Enda Kenny blasted over Finucane comments

Freddie Scappaticci was our most valuable spy in IRA during the Troubles: British Army chief

Labour plummets six points in poll as Sinn Fein surges to second place in Irish Republic

Why Irish priests are being silenced by the vatican

Paedophile former priest pleads guilty to past offences

Sinn Fein representatives in attendance as IRA Gunman fires shots over INLA man’s coffin

PSNI challenged on ‘Provo’ activity in Londonderry

EU grant to reconcile (read that as ‘buy”) Protestants

Five UUP MLAs may quit like me: McNarry

Iraq-style bomb ‘found for first time in NI

 Jim Allister puts it up to Sinn Fein

Anger in my party may make me quit Justice Minister post, warns David Ford

Derry bomb ‘targeted’ family of police officer

Experts: IRA dissidents could crash Olympics party

400 pupils from Republic go to Northern Ireland schoolsSF’s reconciliation call is dismissed as ‘stunt’ – (Pity the DUP don’t see it as such)

ALEX KANE: I won’t be saying sorry to SF

Leaders discuss China’s Christians

Gay blood donor ban ‘brings shame on Northern Ireland’

A scandal… MLA’s verdict on £14m bill for hospitality footed by taxpayer

DUP-Sinn Fein Government squanders £14M on wining and dining

The Labour Party has voted against a motion at its annual conference to reopen the Vatican embassy – (until it cooperates fully with inquiries into the sexual abuse of children)

€16m worth of IRA cigarettes seized by Customs last week

Christian group to sue Mayor of London Boris Johnson over ‘gay cure’ bus ads

Human Rights Abuse in China and Joint First Ministers’ meeting – (Embarrassed silence ??!!)

Reward for information about murder of Joanne Mathers (It happened when Martin McGuinness was top dog in IRA)

Time for McGuinness to answer the Mathers plea

Survey finds Irish Catholics ‘want married priests’

Irish Catholics ‘want married priests’

Former Irish Revenue official blames IRA for alleged scam

Bishops put on alert as Catholics reject key church laws

Australia’s most senior Catholic Archbishop sparks outrage after saying Jews are ‘intellectually and morally inferior’. Click here for video of the Archbishop.

Elderly nun accused of baby snatching as part of Spanish hospitals trafficking ring

DUP’s Jeffrey Donaldson: I accept the IRA has stood down

TUV slams tricolour proposal

Unionists vow to defeat tricolour proposal

Anger at Sinn Fein plan to glorify IRA murder gang

Walk tribute to IRA gang sparks row

Committee to debate flying Irish tricolour at Stormont

Stormont Tricolour flag to be debated

Northern Ireland police accused of weakness over Real IRA rally

Police release men arrested at Real IRA demonstration in Derry

Orange Order’s go-ahead to commemorate Ulster Covenant at Stormont

Will IRA saying sorry really lead to reconciliation here? (Was IRA wrong? – “Absolutely not” says IRA)

Defused dissident bomb a significant size, police reveal

ASDA denies it removed Union flag products

Strong reaction to Vatican’s silencing of clerics

Roman Catholics and Protestants carry the Cross together in sign of unity

Moyle twins with Gaza

PSNI pfficers suspended over racist texts

Dublin Archbishops unite on first ecumenical walk

Ban on the cane ‘left schools unable to impose discipline and led to deterioration in children’s behaviour’

Allister Welcomes ASDA Store Apology on Union Flag

Explosive Troubles interviews set to surface?

Nesbitt agrees to stay with phone-in caller

Ulster Unionists’ Mr Burns should take a look at Rab C Nesbitt

Will Nesbitt really get insight into estate they’re in?

Rosslea bomb ‘attempt to intimidate Protestants’

Rosslea bomb left by ‘Kerr’s killers’

Bust-up over plan to mark 1912 Home Rule protest

Bomb found in Councillor Harold Andrews’ lane in Rosslea

Smooth-talker (UUP leader, Mike Nesbitt) models himself on Blair

 More Anglicans leave Church of England for Rome

Shock at scale of landslide for Nesbitt

Historic DUP address at Fine Gael conference – cross-border ‘love-in’ grows!!

Motion calling for Vatican embassy restoration pass conference

‘Republic’s interest in Commonwealth grows’

Priest in ‘indecent images’ row at primary school in Pomeroy

March 2012

Ethics of IVF provision for lesbians raised in Stormont debate by Jim Allister MLA.

Click here to read a speech by TUV leader Jim Allister during this morning’s (March 20th) debate on IVF in Stormont.

The footsteps of Patrick

The Gospel of Christ came to Ireland over 1500 years ago. Despite many attempts by Satan and his agents God has been pleased to maintain His truth in this land. Following its first planting the Gospel was carried by men whose hearts the Lord had touched into many neighbouring countries: Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland and further.

God has been pleased, in some measure, to do again in these latter days what He did in those distant days. May the land, now associated with terror and strife, become known again by the title it was then given, “The land of Saints and Scholars.” Read more…

Ireland before the seventeenth century plantation

A knowledge of the history of Ireland is a very beneficial and precious thing and that for a number of reasons.

1. History displays the merciful dealings of God with our forefathers.

2. Such a knowledge will do much to expose the lie of Rome that has bred the spirit of Irish nationalism based upon the myth of a pure Irish race that has ever been fervently Roman Catholic.

3. It will go far toward removing the feeling of insecurity and of guiltiness at being in Ulster that many Ulster Protestants suffer from as a result of Rome’s persistent lie.

Read more…

Spiritual Warfare and Marriage Campaign

There are times when as Christians we look around and wonder. The state of the church and nation is so weak and we ourselves are little better. What can we do but cry out to God? The UK presently faces one of the most serious challenges to our society, the re-definition of marriage to turn it into an abomination. The Government proposes to allow the attempted joining together of two men or two women to be called a marriage. Read more…

Is there a way for terrorist murderers to obtain “forgiveness for their past”?

A recent news story in the Belfast “News Letter” (29th February) carried the headlines: ‘Former IRA men ‘seeking forgiveness for their past’. It featured a report on the work of the ‘Crossfire Trust’ in South Armagh. It is funded by The International Fund for Ireland, an organisation set up by the British and Irish governments in 1986. It would be correct to say that it is an ecumenical organisation which has the objective of combatting sectarianism.

The article also featured a lengthy statement by a man the newspaper termed “a south Armagh peacemaker”, Mr Ian Bothwell. He has been involved in community work in south Armagh since the late 1970s. Mr Bothwell’s “Crossfire Trust” website makes reference to his desire to remind the people of South Armagh of “God and His love for them”.

However, in the “Newsletter” article, Mr Bothwell’s proposal for “a new way forward between paramilitaries and victims in the area” is clearly a social and political solution to the murderers’ anxiety. Read more…

Featured news stories

 

Robinson hopes Catholics join DUP

Jim Allister Responds to Robinson’s Carson Lecture

Danny Kennedy MLA ‘hopeful’ over meeting on Kingsmills

Garda document ended up in hands of the IRA

FORMULA FOR POLITICAL SUCCESS TODAY – UUP leadership hopeful John McCallister says he would back Down in an All-Ireland GAA final and has no problem with gay pride events

Crime gangs ‘a bigger threat than IRA were’

Relations between Vatican and state ‘not very good’

Taoiseach Kenny says no schedule exists for a unified Ireland

Boston College IRA tapes saga: Senator Schumer steps in

Police in Londonderry refuse to confirm or deny if Provisional IRA is linked any criminal activity between 2010 and 2011 (We wonder why????)

Bertie Ahern to resign from Fianna Fail

Two-thirds of benefit claimants fit for work

Cardinal Brady will not resign despite Vatican report on cleric abuse

Church renewal starts with cardinal

Former Methodist minister Macaulay jailed for child images

Pensioner who died after fall at care home ‘lay on the floor bleeding for up to 10 minutes because Muslim nurse was praying’

Stormont trying to kill off Freedom of Information

Fianna Fail moves to expel former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

Party may expel former taoiseach

Taoiseach’s office stained – current Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Ahern denies taking bribes after report

Bishop Patrick Walsh defends handling of sex abuse case

Priest to stand trial for alleged sexual assaults

Vatican’s empty gesture is betrayal of abused children

‘No change’ to gay NI adoption law

Paisley Jnr’s Rio statue move was distressing (Click here for the original story)

Mahon report into corruption in the Irish Republic found that former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern failed to tell the truth

Mahon Tribunal – Key Findings

Ahern evidence about money ‘untrue’

Ahern ‘failed to tell truth about money’

Gay marriage is not a ‘human right’: European ruling torpedoes Coalition stance

Vatican reports on Irish child abuse scandals

Vatican report into clerical sexual abuse advises changes for would-be priests

How many died because of Dublin’s border policy?

Joint Commemoration of Centenaries with Sinn Fein – But no time to debate return of portrait of HM the Queen

Jeremy Clarkson’s blasphemy is just ‘everyday language’, says BBC

GAA and Gay Pride? ‘I did both years ago’ – Mike Nesbitt

Gay marriage: UK Government to introduce law change

Former Irish justice minister has rejected claim that Jack Lynch ordered gardai not to cooperate with the RUC

I was named after Ian Paisley, but hurling is part of my heritage, says DUP mayor

DUP Mayor cheers on Loughgiel Shamrocks’ hurler

Sinn Fein: Mary McArdle’s departure isn’t linked to Provo murder – TUV challenges that assertion!!

Loyalist spokesman – “We respect your rights, you respect ours”

Smithwick Tribunal: Taoiseach called bombing a ‘political crime’ – therefore no help was to be given to RUC

Gardai ‘told not to aid bombings case’

Dublin ‘must reveal IRA collusion’

Allister challenges Mervyn Storey and North Antrim DUP on GAA and standing for “The Soldier’s Song”

Jack Lynch ‘told gardaí not to assist RUC’

Revealed: how the SF culture minister Caral Ni Chuilin aims to exert an iron grip on what key bodies say

IRA men were about to shoot at us, soldiers will tell inquest

CoI rector: bishops are failing us over gay row

‘Rifles found’ close to the bodies of IRA pair

Victims remembered in Stormont silent tribute

Catholic monarch could put Church of England in peril, bishop warns

Watching fate of the southern Protestant

Embrace gay marriage, says new dean of St Paul’s

Archbishop of Canterbury in fresh push to dissuade Anglicans from defecting to Roman Catholic Church as he stresses moves to bring the two churches together !!!

Abuse survivors to meet Cardinal Brady

Church hails ‘relaxed’ talks on homosexuality (Relaxed over what God calls an “abomination”!!)

NASA man ‘sacked for his beliefs’ (He promoted his views on intelligent design)

Ulster Unionists look for new leader after Tom Elliott’s resignation

EXCLUSIVE: Tom Elliott QUITS as UUP leader – First Interview

Jim Shannon uses parliamentary privilege to name Letterkenny mayor he believes was responsible for the murder of a part-time UDR member in 1982.

How a king’s judges were hunted down – a little bit of history!

Stormont has 161 press officers, more than Belfast has journalists – (Maintaining the “lie” is costly!)

Too late for IRA to rewrite history (See: Is there a way for murderers to obtain forgiveness….)

Stepping back in time on the Covenant trail

Unionists sceptical on SF’s ‘sorry’ call (merely part of SF’s political game, especially since terrorism is still defended by them!)

No bitterness over Abercorn bombers 40 years on

No amount of excuses can justify murder

Statistics on rate of homosexuality

Church in Ireland at a breaking point says RC Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on “60 Minutes”

Two arrested over Belfast city centre murder – now believed there was no para-military involvement

Sinn Fein chairman: IRA should say sorry for hurt caused (but not for the ‘war’)

Man shot dead in Belfast in republican assassination

DUP simply bowing down to terrorist shrine

February 2012

Many Christians lose homes in Brazilian floods

Veteran Free Presbyterian missionary, Dr Bill Woods, reports great distress amongst many Christian families as a result of the worst flooding in decades in Acre state in Brazil which has affected 12000 in the regional capitol, Rio Branco. Many of the Lord’s people are affected. Dr Woods himself is feeding 37 families who are living in a church building. This is widespread across the city. Another city near the Bolivian border is 95% under water. The photos below were taken several days ago and the water has been rising every day since then. The pictures show the devastation the flooding has caused. The flood waters are expected to continue rising until Tuesday.

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If you would like to help in the appeal that has been launched please contact:

Acre Gospel Mission

c/o Pastor Keith Lindsay, 30 Carnglave Manor, The Spa, Ballynahinch, BT24 8XE.

Phone: (44) 028 9756 3200 or (44) 07710 506939

 

The things which will announce, accompany and follow after the return of Christ

NEW! Part ten: “The End of the Old, the Beginning of the New”

This is the final chapter in this brief study of some aspects of the events that will take place at the end of this age and usher in the everlasting state of joy and bliss for the blood-washed children of God.

It is our privilege, as believers, to possess a knowledge of how all things pertaining to this present world will end. It is a most desirable knowledge as is indicated by man’s interest in every form of sooth-saying and prediction of the future. However, men refuse God’s revelation of the future. This is because it reveals the doom of the wicked and the triumph of God and His people. The spirit that was in Ahab keeps men from the prophecies of the Bible. “And the king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat, There is yet one man, Micaiah the son of Imlah, by whom we may enquire of the LORD: but I hate him; for he doth not prophesy good concerning me, but evil,”1 Kings 22:8. How men hate the truth of God and those who proclaim it and own it as true!

Such a knowledge is revealed for our encouragement and comfort —VICTORY IS ASSURED TO THOSE WHO TRUST IN CHRIST AS THEIR SAVIOUR. Read more…

Previously published sections in this study

  • Part one: Why we should watch for Christ’s return.
  • Part two: What the Christian waiting for Christ’s return should look out for.
  • Part three: Why the Saviour warned of deception in the last days.
  • Part four: Events in Israel which will herald the return of Christ.
  • Part five: Signs in the heavens.
  • Part six: The rising again of the city of Babylon.
  • Part seven: Jerusalem besieged by Antichrist.
  • Part eight: The firstfruits of Christ’s reign on earth
  • Part nine: The Conclusion of the Reign of Christ.

Why, why, why…????

There has been a spirit of nostalgia amongst Free Presbyterians of late. Doubtless, the retirement from the pastorate of Martyrs Memorial congregation by Dr Ian Paisley has aroused this. Many have been caused to remember the days of blessing and glory by this event.

It is but good and proper to recall such days and to give thanks unto God for the great mercy with which He visited our little Province, through His servant Dr Paisley and others in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, irrespective of our views and opinions of events in more recent days.

But in the midst of our thinking upon those times of mercy and blessing and a desiring of them to return again amongst us there is a vital place for the right use of the little word ‘why’! Read more…

News stories

British Tribunal rules – “Sunday as a day of rest was not a ‘core component’ of Christianity”

Ian Paisley returns home after illness

Allister Expresses Regret at Decision to Shut Out TUV Voice on Centenaries

No history re-write, pledges Robinson – (Have you heard the one about Snow White and the 7 dwarfs??!!)

No point in a truth commission because former paramilitaries would not tell the truth says First Minister Peter Robinson (But truthful enough to form a coalition with !!!!)

Allister Rounds on IRA for Gallagher Death – Raises Issue with First Ministers

TUV tells Secretary of State that it had little expectation that Stormont or Westminster – will ever permit justice for innocent victims, because of the threat that it would pose to the perverse political arrangements whereby the victim makers rule over us

‘Will IRA now admit to Claudy’ – survivor

“Government has a right to change the definition of marriage” – Government minister

Why Catholic unionists still won’t vote for DUP

Hardline unionist George Graham dies at 64

Lack of Vatican co-operation over child sex abuse led to closure of embassy

Richard Dawkins: I can’t be sure God does not exist

Kingsmills families delay walk

Unionist unity in bid to restore Royal portrait

McGuinness faces new truth call over atrocity

Allister Challenges SF minister Cullen on Appointment of Convicted Terrorist

Parents of boy killed by IRA bomb in 1973 believe Martin McGuinness knows who was involved

McGuinness pressed over bomb death

Totally unacceptable for taxpayer to fund IRA memorial – Robinson

‘Catholics need not fear being unionist’ (Is that because the UK is rapidly turning to popery???)

SF minister’s Jubilee stance ‘bigoted’

Ian Paisley: There’s life in the old dog yet, says Junior

SF minister approves IRA statue funds

IRA memorial funding dispute

Jim Allister challenges DARD on IRA monument

Disgraced cardinal was guest at Republic of Ireland’s Vatican embassy (Nothing really changes despite all the bowing and scraping !!!)

Border debate is irrelevant – RC priest

A5 road project part of a “united Ireland by road” strategy from Martin McGuinness – UUP councillor

Sinn Fein MLA wants campaign to tackle carjackings (Quite a ‘change of tune’ now that it is dissidents involved rather than provos!!)

Watchdog’s ‘pressure’ on Kingsmills relatives says UUP minister (-DUP silent!)

Abortion is a legalised evil

Abortion rant showed up your own hysteria

Dr Paisley ‘out of intensive care’

Narrow Water bomb evidence ‘interfered with’, Smithwick Tribunal told

Progress on TUV bid to ban ‘killer’ advisers

Stormont ‘sanitised’ of Union emblems (Fruit of DUP sell-out)

My soft parenting has made monsters of my children

Parades Commission places restrictions on Kingsmills march

Pastor faces death threat over Kingsmills march

Inquiry call into La Mon bombing

Relatives’ anger at La Mon report

La Mon bomb massacre files ‘lost’ to protect IRA men now involved in peace process, say relatives

Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Rt Hon Owen Paterson holds talks with Pope at Vatican

Fury at Kingsmills march opposition by nationalists

I AM MAYOR FOR ALL (The erosion of the Protestant ethos continues under DUP leadership)

Terror amnesty ‘a reward for murder’

Man in Gallagher President bid row received nearly €3,000 from McGuinness

Man who foiled Gallagher Irish President bid ‘fuelled’ McGuinness’s run

Not everyone in the DUP is happy about A5 road plans

Row over call for Troubles amnesty

UK ministers visit Pope in Rome (Is a visit to Ulster on the agenda??)

What SF Wants, SF Gets

Paisley family’s silent decorum a return to a bygone era

Dissident republican killer Brian Shivers to serve 25 years in jail

Massereene murders: soldiers’ killers still at large

Lord Carey warns ‘Christianity marginalised’

Outrage as formal council prayers are outlawed

Government tells councils to carry on praying despite High Court ban

SF Minister Cullen “not aware” of GAA Grounds or Trophies Named After Terrorists – and Reveals £14 Million in DCAL Funding

Gay ban couple lose court appeal

Farewell to a martyr to political correctness: Bradford headmaster Ray Honeyford – hounded for warning of the perils of multiculturalism – dies a saddened but vindicated man

Trimble criticises Robinson’s liberalism

Empey calls for public release of FAIR report

Concern over ‘alarming drop’ in Gaeltacht’s native speakers

Family at Ian Paisley’s hospital bedside

Dublin premier under pressure over victims meeting

Jim Allister Challenges Arlene Foster on Exclusion of 12th and Ulster Covenant from Showcase

Haunted by the ghosts from our bloody history

MPs in row over IRA ‘genocide’ – the blind ignorance of what happened in Ulster amongst those seduced by the IRA/Sinn Sinn

Anger erupts over EU Maze cash – it will be, as Sinn Fein desired, a ‘shrine to terrorists’

Shameful Maze Shrine a step closer

Stormont spends £5m on spin, figures show

Jim Allister exposes Stormont’s waste of money on “spin doctors”!

‘Father’ and ‘Son’ Ousted from the Trinity in New Bible Translations – “Offensive to Muslims”

North in ‘united Ireland vote by 2016’

Anger over ‘hidden away’ royal pictures

Release IRA tapes says Jean McConville’s daughter

Warm welcome as smiling Robinson gets to grips with Gaelic football

TUV comments on Robinson’s GAA visit

Troubles’ legacy blamed for Protestant migration from south Armagh

Pope unlikely to visit Republic but trip to North may be on the cards

January 2012

‘Peace and Safety’ – then sudden destruction

Rev Brian McClung, on his blog, “The Sound of an Alarm” has mounted an interesting article as a follow up to the article on “The woman and the ephah” he posted in December and which we have on our site also. Rev McClung highlights yet another exercise in EU propaganda with prophetic overtones. We commend the article to our readers.

In a follow up to the article on the woman and the ephah I have come across reference to a video on a number of blogs this past week. It is also on YouTube. It is another exercise in EU propaganda.

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The video is a production by the European Young Socialists, who are extolling the virtues of European integration. I am not really interested in the ins and outs of the video and I haven’t watched it through. That is why there are no links to it in this post. I am however very interested in the lyrics of the song that can be found here. Here are those lyrics:

Verse 1

They say that we’ve got nothing in common

No cultural ties to build on

The project just can’t work

They say that nationalism will break us

Conservatives will fight us

But trust we really do care

 

Chorus

And we shout what about Europe United?

Peace and safety for all of the people

Democracy, freedom, subsidiarity

Federalism, the solution we’ve got

 

Verse 2

They say we’ll never work together

To make our union stronger

Let us say no!

We’ll build a Europe bold and new

A democracy that’s true Europe

United as one!

 

Verse 3

We say the EU’s a confusion

Lacking a Constitution

But we know what to do

Reform now, we want to see enlargement

Accept our major statement

Europe united as one!

I was particularly taken with the line: ‘Peace and safety for all the people’ in the chorus. These are the very words which the Apostle Paul by divine inspiration states will be the thinking and utterance of those who have followed Antichrist and who will defy the God of heaven and His Christ prior to His second coming.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 Paul writes: But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.

 

I have underlined the words in this passage of Scripture that are worth noticing in connection with this song. The Scripture states that ‘Peace and safety’ will be the deluded spirit that imbibes these followers of Antichrist and the words that are spoken by those who are shortly heading for sudden destruction.

The coming of the Lord will overcome them as a thief in the night. They will not be expecting it. They will have denied the Lord and the truth of His Word. By this time the false prophet will have set up the image of Antichrist and those spoken of in these verses will be worshipping him as God.

Then Suddenly Christ will appear in His glory and consume Antichrist with the brightness of His coming. There will be no escape. Sudden destruction will come upon them.

Some points worth emphasising:

1. I am not saying that this is the fulfillment of this passage of Scripture. Like the use of the woman in the Greek urn in the earlier post by those involved or supportive of the EU, it simply demonstrates that the spirit of Antichrist is developing further in these days. That spirit was present in New Testatment times, 1 John 4:3: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.

2. Let us never doubt what God says in His Word with respect to the future. He knows all things which shall come to pass.

3. Let us not be afraid of employing a literal principle of interpretation of Scripture. The Scriptures don’t need to be ‘spiritualised’ away. We can safely interpret prophecy regarding the future by the same interpretive rules as have been used with regard to fulfilled prophecy. There is indeed symbolic language in the Bible and in the prophecies, but this symbolism does not negate the literal nature of these events. We should reject any interpretation that spiritualises these prophetic passages.

4. The European Union will be part of the kingdom of Antichrist that will be in existence prior to the coming again of Jesus Christ. There are further upheavals that must and will take place. The present troubles in the Euro with respect to Germany and other European mainland countries, and the agitation in Scotland for independence, may well play a part in the developing of the final kingdom of Antichrist.

 

Comments from Free Presbyterian ministers on decriminalising sodomy in Northern Ireland 30 years ago.

Rev. Ivan Foster’s submission to the Newsletter for the article above:

NL – 1. Thirty years on, what do you think of that change in the law?

IF – The decision was a retrograde step with immeasurable moral harm to the whole nation, especially the rising generations and their moral perceptions. I believe the increase in the abuse of children stems from the changing public attitude toward sexual perversion that the change of the law in 1982 brought about. The dangers that resulted from the changing of the law are greater by far than those that were anticipated.

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NL – 2. Do you have any more sympathy for the case Jeffrey Dudgeon took to the European court now than you did then?

IF – Today, in the light of the consequences of legalising sodomy, I would denounce that change more vigorously, if possible, than I did then. Our fears of what would be the consequences of change have been more than realised. There is no profit or benefits emanating from sin.

NL – 3. How important was that judgement?

IF – I view it as an important event which impacted upon the morality of society in a most detrimental fashion. It was one of the major steps away from the moral standards of God’s Word in post-war UK, akin to the abolishing of the death penalty for murder. In Ulster for the last 5 years we have had the public funding of sodomy through the auspices of the Office of the First and Deputy First Minister. Such a tolerating of this wicked misuse of public funding by the unionist political leadership, some of whom campaigned against the changing of the law 30 years ago, is a stark illustration of the changed attitudes in Ulster that stem from the decision to change the law on sodomy. It is no coincidence that alongside the tolerance of sodomy is found a new attitude toward robbery, violence, terrorism and murder as is epitomised in the make-up of the present Stormont Executive.

NL – 4. Did the publicity which the Free Presbyterians got from that help the church in its early growth?

IF – Whatever publicity emerged from the campaign would not have highlighted anything new about the stand and witness of the Free Presbyterian Church for the teaching of the Bible. The Church of Christ does not advance as a result of publicity campaigns but rather under the blessing of God. It is the Lord Who advances His cause as He promised in His Word. “I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it,” Matthew 16:18. Publicity, adverse or otherwise, is not the means of growth for the work of God.

NL – 5. Were you actively involved in the Save Ulster From Sodomy campaign and have you memories of that?

I, like all Free Presbyterian ministers, under the leadership of Dr Ian Paisley, would have preached against the undermining of God’s Law by the Government and those sympathetic to wickedness. It was a simple emphasising of what was ever the witness of Biblical Protestantism.

NL – 6. Was this a fight which you ever believed you could win?

IF – There are matters which the Christian opposes for which he is well aware he will not win the sympathy or support of the world. The Bible makes it very clear that this world is progressively sliding down into gross wickedness. Indeed, the Saviour tells us that “Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed,” Luke 17:28-30.

It is the Christian’s duty to oppose and protest against all departures from God’s Truth even as it was Noah’s duty to preach to a world sinking down into wickedness with the full knowledge that his efforts would not stop the decline but rather, when God’s judgment did fall, humanity would be without excuse, having been warned of its wickedness and the judgment that would follow.

Nurses “are losing their sense of compassion”

Click here to read the Daily Telegraph report.

Comment: This report on nursing care in British hospitals serves to highlight one of the consequences of the loss of gospel light in the nation. Nursing care was born of the gospel. God’s grace promotes a care for our neighbour and the history of the gospel illustrates this. The decline in gospel light in mainland Great Britain and the rise of false religions has had its impact everywhere in society, none more so than on the nursing profession. Cases of inhuman cruelty toward patients have been exposed in the press of late. This can only be traced to a decline of common grace within society.

Louis Berkhof has written: Common grace “curbs the destructive power of sin, maintains in a measure the moral order of the universe, thus making an orderly life possible, distributes in varying degrees gifts and talents among men, promotes the development of science and art, and showers untold blessings upon the children of men, ” (Page 434 ‘Systematic Theology’). I believe that hospital care in Northern Ireland still retains much of the old-fashioned Biblical nursing philosophy and many Christian girls still see it as a calling from the Lord to enter nursing. Sadly, the impact of apostasy and the departure from the Bible on the part of the mainline Protestant denominations has had its effect in Ulster.

What a loss a nations suffers when it turns its back on God’s truth!

“And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel, prophesy, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD unto the shepherds; Woe be to the shepherds of Israel that do feed themselves! should not the shepherds feed the flocks? Ye eat the fat, and ye clothe you with the wool, ye kill them that are fed: but ye feed not the flock. The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them, ” Ezekiel 34:1-4.

The things which will announce, accompany and follow after the return of Christ

NEW! The firstfruits of Christ’s reign on earth. “The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in the light of the LORD,” Isaiah 2:1-5. Read more…

Previously published:

  • Part one: Why we should watch for Christ’s return.
  • Part two: What the Christian waiting for Christ’s return should look out for.
  • Part three: Why the Saviour warned of deception in the last days.
  • Part four: Events in Israel which will herald the return of Christ.
  • Part five: Signs in the heavens.
  • Part six: The rising again of the city of Babylon.
  • Part seven: Jerusalem besieged by Antichrist.

The woman and the ephah!

(First published on Sound of an alarm)

The euro currency celebrates 10 years since its introduction on 1st January 2012. To mark the 10th anniversary of its inception the European Central Bank has released a video. This six minute exercise in propaganda commences with a computer generated image of a woman emerging from a Greek urn before turning into a real life woman. Read more…

News stories

Archbishop of York tells David Cameron not to overrule the Bible and allow gay marriage

Irish minister admits for first time that neutrality policy during WW2 was ‘morally bankrupt’

Vatican is shaken by corruption scandal

Hain reveals his tactics at the heart of peace process

Peter Hain’s memoirs – insights into haggling that led to Northern Ireland power-sharing deal

DUP councillor would ‘rather die’ than be snapped with SF – (Is yoked in power-sharing less obnoxious than sharing a picture????)

US judge finds no basis to stop release of IRA interviews

Jean McConville death secrets in Boston archive

Boston College defends role in fighting tapes action

Four patients die thirsty or starving EVERY DAY on our hospital wards show damning new statistics

St Paul’s protesters invited into schools to lecture teenagers on campaigning.

Private clinics allowed to advertise abortions on television“What this is actually going to do is desensitise what abortion is and the seriousness of it, and making it sounds like it’s as easy as having your lunch”

Church’s ‘offensive’ anti-atheist billboard is banned by advertising watchdog

Church of Ireland should accept it has gay clergy – sodomite activist

Teebane massacre inquiry demands could grow: minister

Old Bailey bomber Marian Price to stand trial

Stormont Speaker refused Jim Allister request to raise 20th commemoration of Teebane massacre of 8 Protestant workmen by the IRA

Service to mark 20th anniversary of Teebane massacre – no-one has been convicted of the attack

Twenty years on, Teebane families voice frustration

Boston tapes ‘give hope to victims’

Workers protest after military charity snub – an example of the artificial ‘peace’ power-sharing gained

Unionist MP’s anger as US drops ‘Scots-Irish’ term from census list

Alliance may quit Executive over loss of ministry

David Ford in threat to resign over row

Ford angered by proposal to cut Alliance ministry

Plea for Dublin to be frank about the past

No more ‘storytelling’: It’s time for the truth about Northern Ireland’s Disappeared

Court to rule over Boston College tapes handover on January 24

British government awaiting verdict from the U.S. over the release of IRA tapes ‘linking Gerry Adams to ruthless death squad’

Date is set for IRA tapes hearing

Former IRA member ‘fears for life’ over history project

Bomb find ‘a major setback’

Former priest Pat Buckley is in court over alleged sham marriages

Catholic priests asked to pay 60 euros into abuse fund

Fresh prosecution hope over McConville killing

SF in bid to prevent Irish Remembrance invite

Sinn Fein backs pardons for Irish who joined British Army

First Minister refuses to refute slur on Northern Ireland cultural history and heritage