“And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived,” Revelation 18:23.
This article, based upon a sermon preached at the evening service in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church some 20 years ago on 28th March, 1993, was prompted by a recent spate of newspaper reports on drug-related deaths in Northern Ireland of which this news report is an example.
The Bible tells us just what is the source of drug-abuse and who it is promotes it and to what end it is promoted. The finger is pointed straight at the Devil! Read more…
Use the player below to listen to the original message.
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots
by Bishop J C Ryle, (1816 – 1900)
This is the fourth chapter from JC Ryle’s book on Holiness and is worthy of our consideration. It highlights the the struggle, the battle that is involved in living for God in a wicked world.
The attitude of all too many believers toward the holy commandments of God is that of Saul and the Israelites toward the command given the king of God, regarding the slaying of the Amalekites and all that was theirs. Where they were in agreement with the commands of God they obeyed, but where their carnal appetites and desires differed from God they defied Him and yielded to their own cravings. So it is oftentimes with God’s people. Where they disagree with God’s law they find reasons to defy it and indulge their fleshly desires. There are some things they see “no harm” in and so refuse to obey. Such picking and choosing angers God and brings down His judgment on the disobedient. “It repenteth me that I have set up Saul to be king: for he is turned back from following me, and hath not performed my commandments,” 1 Samuel 15:11.
Bishop Ryle shows the battle that is involved in yielding full obedience to God and following the path of holiness. May we be given the grace enjoyed by Joshua and Caleb and “wholly” follow the LORD, Numbers 32:12. Read more…
An example from Australia of the dreadful suffering endured by Roman Catholic families at the hands of pervert priests and the deceitful, lying hierarchy
Nothing could be further removed from the merciful dealings of the God of Heaven with sinful men than the ‘Roman Catholic Church’.
In recent times, the most horrific revelations have been disclosed of what takes place behind the walls of her institutions and chapels worldwide. The cesspool of iniquity thus uncovered is nothing compared to the final revelation of her satanic activities and corruptions when God shall remove the veil of her pretended ‘holiness’!
She is the foremost element in that dreadful Antichristian amalgam portrayed in Revelation 17:4-6. “And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication: and upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.”
John Gill comments on the final statement in those verses – i.e. the writer John’s ‘admiration’ or ‘amazement, astonishment, wonderment’ : “it was astonishing to him that one bearing the name of a Christian church should rise to such grandeur; and he wondered at the name upon her forehead, what the whole of that inscription should mean; but, above all, at her drunkenness with the blood of the saints; at her inhumanity and cruelty, being as savage as the beast she rode on; and also at God’s forbearance of her, that He, Who is a pure and holy Being, a lover of His saints, an avenger of His elect, should suffer such a brutish, barbarous, and bloodthirsty creature, to live upon earth.”
There are few who see Romanism as such today but a day is coming when all the world will see her for what she is.
The following document is the personal testimony of a father and mother who have encountered firsthand the bitterness of life under Popery. Read more…
Is it ever right to do what former generations considered improper?
or, “A plea for the old paths”.
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein,” Jeremiah 6:16.
The drift that takes place amongst the professing people of God from generation to generation is a matter of Biblical record. Who, as a serious student of God’s Word, has not read with trembling the words found in Judges chapter 2? Read more…
written by Lt. Colonel John Lewis Cook, USA (ret.)
Just when you think the Obama administration cannot possibly engage in any more stupid, embarrassing episodes, you suddenly discover that you are wrong. This administration’s capacity for insanity appears to be limitless. The latest example of this occurred on Tuesday when the Pentagon hosted something called the Second Annual Gay Appreciation Day. Read more…
Pope Francis shows his true colours
By Richard Bennet.
Pope Francis’s performances and writings give a picture of a man that is two-faced. To build a public image for himself, Bergoglio, once elected, chose the name Pope Francis in honor of St Francis of Assisi. St Francis was known to be a softhearted lover of nature; thus, Pope Francis adroitly implied that he would be similarly unassuming, kind, and harmless. Then following his election, he paid his own hotel bill for his stay during the enclave. He then took up residence, not in the usual papal apartments, but rather in a smaller more humble suite. On the other hand, from his first speech and subsequent presentations, he has shown himself as a totalitarian dictator. Thus, as the media and many ecumenical Evangelicals fawn over Pope Francis, it is necessary to biblically analyze his speeches and performances. The mind boggling conclusions are documented in the attached article. Read more…
Will we never learn?
As one who has vivid memories of the Terence O’Neill campaign against Bible Protestantism in the early and mid-60s, I see much that is reminiscent of that time of betrayal, which was seeded by the foolish notions of the ecumenical church leaders back then. Read more…
When lightning flashes this is not what you want to see!
This is a picture that someone took who works on an oil rig. He was going to take a picture of the lightning and was unaware of the tornado until the lightning illuminated it.
This picture, sent to me by my friend Ralph Ovadal, is a wonderful illustration of the great mercy of God to careless unthinking sinners.
This lightning flash is so like that flash of divine light which shows the sinner the danger he faces, the danger he was utterly unaware of until that light from heaven shone down and in a moment informed him of that which the witness of friends had been unable to get across.
Refo500 to celebrate ‘The Catholic Reformation and its Lustre’!!
Joel Beeke is still linked with Refo500 and participating in events it organises. On His church page there is a promotion for: “THE LEGACY OF THE REFORMATION TOUR”, JULY 11 – 19, 2013. This is your invitation to be part of a truly transformational travel experience led by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and Dr. Jason P. Van Vliet!
That same tour is advertised here on the same site as the announcement of ‘The Catholic Reformation and its Lustre’. See it here.
The Transcript of a Heart of the Matter Documentary on Refo500. Read it here.
What a difference 25 years make!!!
“How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!” 2 Samuel 1:27.
The following article – “Stealing away our children” – was produced by the Presbytery Education Board and circulated amongst Free Presbyterians some 25 years ago. The government proposals it exposed were greatly stymied and resisted so that they never truly got off the ground as it was hoped, chiefly because they were opposed in the educational and political arena by Free Presbyterians loyal to the teaching of the Word of God. However, those very proposals form the bedrock of what it is that the Democratic Unionist Party has now embraced and which it would have Ulster Protestant parents adopt with open arms. Read more…
“Elias Truly Shall First Come” (Matthew 17:11). Thus spake Immanuel, the Greatest of all the Prophets, reminding us of the certainty that Elijah shall come again to the earth before the Lord returns in glory. Few realise the wondrous fact that Elijah is coming in the weakness of the flesh, though with super-natural powers, to testify to the truth of thee Scriptures in the last days. The coming of Elijah is mentioned several times in the Scriptures. In Malachi we find the plain and clear statement that Elijah shall come before the Lord Jesus is revealed in judgment (Malachi 4:5). The disciples believed, though they did not then fully understand this Scripture. Therefore they were perplexed, and asked the Lord, in effect, “As Thou art the Christ, why has not Elijah first come?” They were not then able to distinguish clearly between the first and second comings of the Lord. Read more…
Public School Teacher Unions Back Supreme Court Rulings on Gay Marriage
The nation’s two top public school teachers unions expressed their support for the dual U.S. Supreme Court decisions on Wednesday advancing recognition of homosexual “marriage.” Read rest of article…
Separation or Integration – Which is God’s plan?
The Democratic Unionist Party, in its ongoing mutation from orthodox unionist party to the vanguard of the ecumenical thrust in Ulster, has become the champion of Integrated Education
…Sadly, indeed, tragically, the whole mish-mash of ecumenical deception has been embraced and endorsed by some Free Presbyterians, who, in utterly blind and stupid devotion to the DUP, have abandoned the Biblical principles undergirding Free Presbyterianism. Read more…
LOOKING FAIRLY SICK!!
…or the cost of being in coalition with those you loathe !!
A picture Sammy Wilson of the DUP most likely would rather forget – Gerry Adams grabs his arm as they take part in a ‘Mexican wave’ while waiting for US President Barack Obama during his visit to the Waterfront Hall, Belfast ahead of the G8 Summit in County Fermanagh.
Jerry Falwell’s college had practicing sodomite student on campus!!
Liberty University is coming under fire following a recent essay released by a former student who shared his story of being a practicing homosexual on campus. Read more…
“Popish Octopus with a Very Long Reach”
A brand new, thoroughly researched, fact-packed documentary on Refo500 by Pastor Ralph Ovadal with a short closing commentary by Rev. Ivan Foster.
To read the text of Rev. Foster’s closing comments in this broadcast, click here.
“Impartial Reporter”, Enniskillen runs story with outrageous headline.
The “Impartial Reporter”, based in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh and dating back to 1825, is deemed a family newspaper. It breached that status in its 5th June 2013 edition when it used the words of a foul-mouthed drunken lout as its headline for an article on the incident in which the lout was being questioned by the police regarding drunken driving.
Anyone who has read the newspaper will know the article in question.
Rev Ivan Foster emailed Mr Denzil McDaniels, the Editor to complain about the offensive headline and has also lodged a complaint with the Press Complaints Commission. Here is the email he sent with the link to the article removed for the sake of decency. Read more…
The Renewal of the Near East
A Lecture given at Mildmay Conference Centre By B. W Newton, dating back to the mid-1850s (Reproduced from “Watching and Waiting” magazine, August 1937)
My object is to show that both these chapters (Isaiah 13 and 14) in their completeness have not yet been fulfilled! It is generally assumed that they have been; therefore, it is important to know the grounds for the assertion that they are unfulfilled. You will observe that in chapter 13, A City — Babylon — is chiefly considered. In chapter 14, A Person — Antichrist — the king of that City. Read more…
A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster at a Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony meeting, London, May 24th, 2013.
“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: All these evil things come from within, and defile the man,” Mark 7:20-23.
“One day we will all see him again because we will all see him in heaven” – his son Timothy
Long-serving Free Presbyterian minister from Northern Ireland has died in an accident on the M6 in the north of England. The Rev Robert Ormerod, minister of Cloughmills Free Presbyterian Church, was driving between visits to family members in Birmingham and Coventry yesterday when he suddenly took ill.
Speaking on behalf of his devastated family, the Rev Ormerod’s son Timothy last night said they were all in complete shock. “He had a heart attack and died at the wheel while driving,” he said. “The biggest thing we can hold to is that he is in heaven, he’s a saved man, we can rest assured that whatever pain and suffering he had, there is none now because he is in heaven with Jesus. “And one day we will all see him again because we will all see him in heaven.”
The Rev Ormerod served as minister of Cloughmills Free Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years. He also served as the Convenor of Government and Morals Committee within the Free Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife Julie, their sons Jonathan and Timothy, and daughters Naomi, Hannah and Danielle. All who knew and appreciated his labours as a minister and as the Convenor of Government and Morals Committee will miss his witness in the Presbytery and the wider church.
Rev. Foster’s radio broadcasts on Q101.2 FM Omagh during May.
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Believers are promised special strength for those days (known as the ‘Great Tribulation’ and also as ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’, for Israel will suffer too). In fact, I believe it is when Israel’s suffering is at its height and Jerusalem is at the point of final destruction that the Lord will appear to deliver her and bring peace to the earth. This is not the ‘end of the world’ but the time when the Lord Jesus takes His place as King of the Jews and all nations for one thousand years. This is known as the Millennium. After this age the Judgment of the Great White Throne will take place and then the world as we know it will be destroyed.
A study in Psalm 45. A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster at the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony evening meeting in London, 23rd April, 2010. There is a natural sequence from the close of the previous Psalm 44 (see previous article) to the opening of this Psalm 45. Psalm 44 ends with Israel crying upon the Lord to arise to the aid of His people as they face destruction under Antichrist. “Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake,” Psalm 44:26. This Psalm 45 carries us even further into the future than did the previous. In this psalm the Saviour has come and it is no longer Antichrist who is reigning. Christ has taken unto Himself His great power and rules and reigns amongst the kingdoms of this world.
A study in Psalm 44. This is a familiar psalm, the contents of which have provided much support and comfort to the people of God in this New Testament era as the Church of Christ has appropriated this psalm to itself. What truth there is in verses 1-8.
Ralph Ovadal and Ivan Foster hold a conversation to mark the 150 anniversary of the Ulster Revival of 1859
Use the player below to listen.
Rick Warren’s ideal strategy for the Church
He expresses his view on this subject in an interview with Christianity Today.
Christianity Today – What is the ideal strategy for the church?
Rick Warren – Working with moderate Muslims.
Click here to read article on Standstillawhile.net
49 years ago this month. . .
On 27th March 1964, I along with a good friend, was travelling from Belfast by train to Portrush, Co Antrim, to join with the many other young people in a weekend of worldly activities. I was 20 years old and unconverted and as dark as hell’s midnight!
On that train journey, we encountered a young lady, Hazel, and her friends. They were Christians travelling to a Christian convention in Portrush. During the 1-hour non-stop journey they witnessed to us of the Saviour and our need of His saving mercy.
I did not listen. Rather I argued and verbally abused the girls with rather uncouth language. So much so that when I providentially met Hazel in downtown Belfast, some two weeks later, she ran into the C & A department store to avoid another meeting when she spotted me approaching her in Donegal Square! I followed and when I caught up with her and told her that I had been converted 10 days after she and her friends had witnessed to me – on April 4th – she almost fainted with astonishment!
It is my pleasure to share with you, on this day of happy and grateful memories, the story of God’s mercy to me in this recording made in Lewes Free Presbyterian Church just one year ago. Use the player below to listen!
“Christian Rapper” uses explicit language which causes some controversy
You may well need an interpreter to understand the mutilated syntax that purports to be English grammar in one of the articles we have listed here but it seems to be a defence of the uncouth and totally unchristian and unscriptural language employed by this so-called “Christian Rapper”, one of those so beloved of the modern “New Calvinists” of the John Piper camp. Read the Christian Post report…
The following two videos will help the concerned Christian to understand the depths of the departure from the “old paths” along which many prominent so-called Fundamentalists such as John Piper and John MacArthur are leading the flock of God by promoting these gibberish-spouting “hip-hoppers” as servants of Christ.
Read the rest of this story
Video #1: Lecrae says he’s not a gospel rapper but a Hip Hop artist
Video #2: John MacArthur’s Master’s College Facebook page features ‘gospel rap’ artists.
Joel Beeke has also been guilty of promoting this satanic delusion as this quote from his blog illustrates.
“October 25, 2012 By Joel Beeke
A new rap song by Propaganda has caught the attention of a number of Christians in the blogosphere (lyrics here). It styles itself as a series of questions to a pastor who loves to quote the Puritans, criticizing them for their culpability in the slavery of African-Americans. The rap repeatedly uses the phrase “your precious puritans” in a way that is ironic, to say the least. It is sad that “precious” becomes a piece of sarcasm, for the Lord Himself said to His people that we are “precious in my sight” and “I have loved thee” (Isa. 43:4). To his credit, Propaganda promotes the gospel of Christ in other raps, and says that he has learned a lot from reading the Puritans. But his rap song forcefully portrays them as deeply flawed men, profoundly guilty for their participation in the Atlantic slave trade and slave economy. (http://www.joelbeeke.org/2012/10/propaganda-giving-the-puritans-a-bad-rap/)
Below is a video of Propaganda ‘promoting the ‘gospel of Christ’.
This is not a setting forth of the gospel. For Dr Joel Beeke to say that this man is a gospel witness is a shameful and deceiving statement. What a contrast is the clear, succinct, easily comprehended, Spirit-inspired statement: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16, KJV; or Paul’s response to the jailer’s anxious enquiry: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house,” Acts 16:30-32, KJV.
Is this endorsement of Jason Petty (the rapper’s real name) by Dr Beeke an acting out of the philosophy of “infiltration” which I understand he favours rather than the Bible’s truth of the believer separating from all that is contrary to true holiness?
Does Dr Beeke believe that it is “hip” or “cool” or ”with it” to speak well of the modern phenomenon of “hip-hoppers”? Is this his keeping in with the religious “in crowd” as he did with John Piper etc., when “New Calvinism” was emerging?
To give his approval to such coarse and uncouth mouthings as this man manufactures and call it the gospel is wrong, deceitful and degrading to the Son of God, His work of redemption and the Word of God.
Is this not a repeat of Jehoshaphat’s mistake? “And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war,” 2 Chronicles 18:3, KJV. How wrong to mingle ourselves with the forces of Ahab and affiliate ourselves with his cause. That is made very clear in the message the Lord sent to Jehoshaphat after his allying himself with Ahab. “And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD,” 2 Chronicles 19:1-2, KJV.
This is what Dr Beeke has done in promoting this “rapper” and calling his incoherent nonsense the gospel. At best Jason Perry’s outpourings are a parody of the gospel. Dr Beeke has allied himself with that which is not of God.
There was a time when the devil was required to disguise himself in order to be welcomed amongst God’s people. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” How dark is the day when Satan can send his agents amongst Christians undisguised and they are welcomed and embraced as servants of God? Is this not what Dr Beeke would encourage us to do when he speaks of this man as a gospel witness?
Propaganda, the rap artist complimented by Dr. Beeke for promoting the gospel of Christ.
What a day of confusion has come upon the professing church of Christ. Do we not see with a vengeance that of which Jude and Paul spoke?
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . . But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit,” Jude 1:4, 17-19, KJV.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was,” 2 Timothy 3:1-9, KJV.
May the Lord Jesus, in mercy to His poor people, open the eyes of our understanding that we may discern the signs of the times and obey His Word and turn from such blasphemous deceits and delusions.