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“In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins,” Colossians 1:14.
A house divided cannot stand
“And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand,” Matthew 12:25.
The above verse, containing that very well known and wise adage declared by the Lord Jesus, was referred to recently by a friend from up the country, when discussing with me the situation that prevails within the Free Presbyterian Church.
There has undoubtedly been a division within the denomination since the days when Dr Paisley went into power-sharing with Sinn Fein. That decision entailed a going back from and an abandoning of long-standing principles.
THIS IS WHAT STORMONT HAS BEEN ‘SAVED’ TO CONTINUE – THE FINANCING OF WICKEDNESS!!
TUV’s Jim Allister questions the use of money to finance immorality and blasphemy, the very matter the Free Presbyterian Church Government and Morals Committee has protested against! (See article – ‘Protest at blasphemous play’)
Subject: Written Answer AQW 50864/11-16 – Outburst Queer Arts Festival
“To ask the Minister for Social Development for his assessment of use of his Department’s funds to support the Outburst Queer Arts Festival in Belfast in staging The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven.”
The Minister’s answer to the question is given below.
“The Outburst Arts Festival made an application for funding from the Belfast City Centre Event Grant Scheme for a festival that is running from the 13 – 21 November 2015 with events taking place in various venues across the City. The application was assessed by Departmental officials against set criteria and an offer of funding was made. The grant was not specific to any particular event within the festival programme.”
Here is an admission by the Minster that his Department did fund the ‘Festival’ which included the blasphemous ‘Gospel according to Jesus Queen of Heaven’!!!
The Minister for Social Development is Mervyn Storey MLA, a Free Presbyterian elder!!!
Thus we have the tragic situation of the Free Presbyterian Government and Morals Committee condemning this wickedness while a member of that Presbytery heads a Department in Stormont that is helping to finance that very wickedness!
This is the situation that compromise, silence, fear and a ‘stick your head in the sand’ attitude toward the sin of power-sharing with the IRA has brought us.
It is time for ordinary Free Presbyterian members to make their views known to Presbytery on this shameful situation.
“Howbeit I sent unto you all my servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, Oh, do not this abominable thing that I hate,” Jeremiah 44:4.
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtr)
18th November, 2015.
Below is a response to a further question asked by Jim Allister MLA of the Minister for Social Development, Mr Mervyn Storey.
Subject: Written Answer AQW 50866/11-16 – Outburst Queer Arts Festival
To ask the Minister for Social Development (i) what funding his Department and its arm’s-length bodies have provided to Outburst Queer Arts Festival; (ii) to outline the purpose of such funding; and (iii) what funding went towards the staging of The Gospel According to Jesus Queen of Heaven.
In response to the three questions you raised in relation to the Outburst Queer Arts Festival I would advise as follows: My Department has provided grant funding of £3.5k towards the cost of the 2015 festival. This grant was a contribution towards the overall costs for venue hire and artists fees for the festival. This grant was not offered for any specific event within the festival programme.
So, £3500 of public money was paid by Mr Storey’s department to aid a festival which included the wicked depiction of the Lord Jesus Christ as a “transexual”!!! It is beyond belief that a professing Christian can be guilty of such a betrayal of the Lord Jesus by aiding to any degree this vile, unspeakable blasphemy.
“Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty,” 2 Corinthians 6:14-18.
The letter below is from the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster Government and Morals Committee protesting against a blasphemous play in Belfast.
The newspapers to which it was sent did not print it!!
Your paper on Monday contained the details of a theatre production. This production is a blatant blasphemous attack on the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ and deeply offensive to the Christian community.
Blasphemy is defined as the act of insulting or showing contempt or lack of reverence for God.
The Bible declares in Revelation 17:14 that Jesus Christ is “Lord of lords and King of kings” but the title of this play links the name of Jesus with the phrase “queen of heaven”. This deliberate inaccuracy is irreverent and, as such, blasphemous.
The content of the play displays the Lord Jesus Christ as being transgender while the teaching of the Bible leaves no doubt that this view is false.
The Lord Jesus Christ is eternally named the “Son of God”, we think of the well known text of Scripture in John 3:16 and we read of the “only begotten Son”.
In regard to the incarnation of Christ, words are often quoted from Luke 1:35 when Mary is told “that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God”.
At the time of the crucifixion, we read that the title “King of the Jews” was displayed by Pontus Pilate.
To invent another Jesus is an attempt to present another god and another way of salvation. Christ clearly stated in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
In an interview with “The Scotsman” in 2009 the writer of this play stated that the production was “about rescuing Jesus from the fundamentalists”. The Lord Jesus Christ does not need to be rescued. He came to “seek and to save” those who are ensnared in a life of sin. This is a universal condition but the same means of salvation is available to all, for we read in Romans 10:13 “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Festival director Ruth McCarthy states, “the christian values of love, tolerance and understanding are at the forefront of this piece.” However, she is deeply mistaken in that view.
When the Lord Jesus Christ spoke of love, He said “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.” You cannot love God if you blaspheme His name and person. Rather, we should live in obedience to His commands.
To display such a production is grievous in the sight of a holy God and shows no regard for the many Bible-believing Christians in this land. Therefore we call upon the organisers to stop this event.
Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster Government and Morals Committee
“Prophetic Truth maintained from the Apostles until now”
Synopsis of a message preached at Kilskeery Annual Conference on Saturday 31st October, 2015,
by Rev Brian McClung (Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church)
“Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus…But continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them.” 2 Timothy 1:13, 3:14
There were ‘things’ which Paul taught Timothy which he wanted this young man to ‘hold fast’ and to ‘continue…in’.
Among these ‘sound words’ or doctrines, that Paul preached and taught, are references to the second coming of Jesus Christ to this earth. “This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come,” 2 Timothy 3:1. See also 2 Timothy 4:1,8. “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom, . . . . . . Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”
“No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” Isaiah 54:17
This day is notable in English history for two great deliverances wrought by God for us. On this day the plot of the Papists to destroy our Houses of Parliament was discovered, 1605.
“While for our princes they prepare
In caverns deep a burning snare,
He shot from heaven a piercing ray,
And the dark treachery brought to day.”
And secondly-to-day is the anniversary of the landing of King William III, at Torbay, by which the hope of Popish ascendancy was quashed, and religious liberty was secured, 1688.
This day ought to be celebrated, not by the saturnalia of striplings, but by the songs of saints. Our Puritan forefathers most devoutly made it a special time of thanksgiving. There is extant a record of the annual sermons preached by Matthew Henry on this day. Our Protestant feeling, and our love of liberty, should make us regard its anniversary with holy gratitude. Let our hearts and lips exclaim, “We have heard with our ears, and our fathers have told us the wondrous things which thou didst in their day, and in the old time before them.” Thou hast made this nation the home of the gospel; and when the foe has risen against her, thou hast shielded her. Help us to offer repeated songs for repeated deliverances. Grant us more and more a hatred of Antichrist, and hasten on the day of her entire extinction. Till then and ever, we believe the promise, “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.” Should it not be laid upon the heart of every lover of the gospel of Jesus on this day to plead for the overturning of false doctrines and the extension of divine truth? Would it not be well to search our own hearts, and turn out any of the Popish lumber of self-righteousness which may lie concealed therein?
Statement from the Government and Morals Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster on the Northern Ireland Assembly debate on “Same-Sex Marriage.”
(As it appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of November 2nd, 2015)
“For the fifth time in the space of three years the redefinition of marriage is to be debated in the Northern Ireland assembly, under the guise of it being a matter of equality.
It is very interesting to note the comment made by the NIHRC in their submission to the Legislative Consent Motion in 2013. They said:
“The jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights (ECt.HR) and the United Nations Human Rights Committee (HRC) has confirmed that the restriction of the institution of marriage to opposite sex couples is not in violation of international human rights standards.”
So here are two international bodies mentioned and they say it is NOT an issue of equality, it is NOT a right!
Some would also say that we are falling behind the rest of the world and are dinosaurs but according to the statistics less than 10% of the member states in the UN have redefined marriage.
What we are witnessing is part of a liberal agenda to force Northern Ireland into redefining marriage despite the view of its people. Gerry Adams described equality as the “Trojan horse” and the Labour’s Ivan Lewis, the Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary said, “my party believes the government should give serious consideration to introduce legislation at Westminster to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland”, in other words it should be forced upon Northern Ireland.
These views have little to do with rights or equality, rather it is one group wanting to ride rough-shod over everyone else with a differing opinion, regardless of the impact that it may have on children, families or society.
When we consider the treatment of Ashers Baking Company and any who challenge the LGBT agenda, Bible believing Christians are left feeling that they dare not express their dearly held opinions or they will be accused of hate crimes or will become the subject of a media witch hunt.
As a Denomination we hold to the Scriptural definition of marriage as that of one man and one woman for as long as they both shall live (Genesis 2:24, Mark 10:6-9). We believe that this is God’s pattern for the well-being of family life, in the bringing up of children and for the good of society at large. A deviation from this godly pattern has no benefits but rather will be the forerunner of more broken homes and broken lives.
Any sexual relationship outside of the marriage bond is contrary to the law of God and is sinful. This is not to be construed as hatred against the individual rather it is love that warns them of the consequences of such conduct for by the words of Paul we learn that there were those in his congregation who had been saved and changed from such lifestyles. (1 Cor 6:9-11).”
Government and Morals Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster
Rev. Foster is engaged in a series of studies in Kilskeery Independent Christian School morning assemblies in which he deals with the theme, “Pictures of Christ in the Bible”, the descriptions and types of Christ given in the Scriptures.
You can listen to these studies using the player below. Each new study will be added as it becomes available.