November 2019

Audio sermons


KICS assembly talks. New series of KICS studies: “They were Bright and Shining Lights.”
  • Bright and shining lights in the Bible: Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12See all the talks in this series here.
  • Download a zip file of all the recent studies in the Parables here.
  • See all the KICS assembly talks listed here

Audio sermons
Bringing the King back: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Featured sermon series: The unsearchable riches of Christ. Studies in the Epistle to the Ephesians
Part 3: Christ – God’s treasure chest
Part 4: Chosen in Christ – the first blessing.
Part 5: Redemption by the blood
Part 6: Effectual calling
Part 7: Effectual calling, Pt2
All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

William Matchett: ‘Collusion – probably the best fake news story in the world’

On Brexit, facts and claims that are checked by the media expose chancers and charlatans to highlight lies, smears and misrepresentation. This healthy scepticism is spectacularly missing in the legacy of Northern Ireland’s past.

For the 50th anniversary of the start of the Troubles 12 hours by the national broadcaster. Although the top security experts were chief constables like Sir Ken Newman and Sir John Hermon, their strategic view was not transmitted.

What aired excluded the security element of a government strategy led by police and steered by police intelligence for nearly all of the Troubles. Read more


My response to a reply to my letter run by the Irish News

The recent letter I sent to the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ about same-sex marriage billboards erected in Belfast, and also to the ‘Irish News’ in Belfast, a Nationalist newspaper, has had a response printed in the ‘Irish News’.

Here is that response along with my answer to the folly and ignorance of the writer, Nick Canning. Read more


The unravelling of society!

“We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long,” Psalm 74:9.

I have just turned away from the lunchtime news with a heavy heart and a fresh awareness of the immeasurable mess our nation is in!

In truth, in recent times, every news broadcast and media outlet has borne testimony to the same dire diagnosis. There is no longer any good news and what is deemed such by the media is but further evidence of the utter corruption at the heart of society. Read more


Doing things God’s way

Good ideas are often spoiled by ignorance. It was a most admirable idea on David’s part that the Ark of the Covenant be brought to its proper place. “And let us bring again the ark of our God to us.” The Protestant religion is one ‘ever reforming’! There is a Latin phrase, dating back to the Reformation. ‘Ecclesia reformata, semper reformanda’ – the church reformed, always reforming. It refers to the conviction of certain Reformed Protestant theologians that the church must continually re-examine itself in order to maintain its purity of doctrine and practice.
The Lord often describes His people as ‘sheep’. Sheep ever go astray. That is their nature! “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way,” Isaiah 53:6. That being so, we are ever in need of being brought back to the right paths and to that ordered by the Lord for our good. Read more


How long before the whole Bible is banned????

An article appeared in the media over the weekend which supplies Christians with yet another reason to recognise the advance of darkness and rebellion in our nation.

The report centres upon the police requiring a Christian to take down a text with the words  ‘The blood of Jesus Christ’! 
It was not a statement of a man’s making but the very words of God, words that lie at the very centre of the Gospel of Christ.
John the apostle wrote:  “The blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin,” 1 John 1:7.

The police and those behind them responsible for this action have progressed from removing signs displaying legitimate conclusions and assertions, based upon God’s Word about the false religions and perverted views that men promote.

Now it is even an offence to display the words of God. Read more


Promised you a miracle

Below is an article from the Belfast Telegraph of 16th November that highlights the blindness, superstition, hypocrisy and folly that have dominated the minds of Irish men and women who have followed devotedly the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church!

Where there was a rejection of the ‘apparitions’ and so-called ‘miracles’ referred to in the article, it was born out of a rejection of God altogether and not out of a love of the truth of God, set forth in the Holy Scriptures.

All one can say is, “Poor Ireland. How we need to pray for her people”! 

The 100 years since these incidents have seen the Roman Catholic Church inflict even more horrors upon those who have followed faithfully the teachings of the monstrous deception of popery! Countless thousands in Ireland have now forsaken all belief in God because of the wicked and devilish abuse that the ‘Church’ they trusted with their souls and their children, betrayed them so utterly! 

The result of that is that their “latter end is worse with them than the beginning”! Read more


The Church of England’s governing body has voted to look into special services for transgender people.

“Supporters of the services said the Church should offer a welcome to people to mark their transition. Others have suggested the services would be counter to parts of the Bible that state that humans are created as either male or female.”

That such a vote should be passed, apparently with little opposition and with euphoria on the part of the supporters of this wickedness, indicates the utter abandonment of God’s Word that has taken place within the Church of England. It should be noted that even those opposed to the decision are reported as suggesting that the new ‘transgender services’ “would be counter to parts of the Bible that state that humans are created as either male or female.”
Note that the opponents merely ‘suggest’ that the new series would be counter to the Bible when in fact they are utterly and diametrically opposed to God’s Holy Word.

The proposer of this perverse motion said, after it was passed, “Synod has changed – we have turned a corner.” 

This decision indicates the depths of the apostasy of the State Church. God’s Word is rejected and the evil lie of the devil embraced, and that with only the merest ‘whimper’ from the so-called ‘evangelicals’ within the Church.

That being so, we can be assured that God’s judgment is not far away. Read the BBC report.


Christ reviving His church right up to the end of the age

“Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will bring evil upon this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof, even all the curses that are written in the book which they have read before the king of Judah: . . . Behold, I will gather thee to thy fathers, and thou shalt be gathered to thy grave in peace, neither shall thine eyes see all the evil that I will bring upon this place, and upon the inhabitants of the same. So they brought the king word again,” 2 Chronicles 34:24, 28.

In this age, there will be a final generation who will witness the return of Christ in power and great glory to the earth. Paul said: “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (go before) them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord,” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17. Read more….


Attempt to blacken the witness of the gospel

An article has appeared in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ of Novemeber 11th which contains, I believe, a wicked attempt to link the Free Presbyterian Church with the sins of a man recently convicted as a paedophile.

While giving details of the convicted man’s connections to the Orange Order and the Democratic Unionist Party, and their distancing themselves from him, the writer of the article simply states that the Free Presbyterian Church in north Armagh at one time considered “the shamed 65-year-old a valued member.” It is further said that the man, Ivan Russell, was “a regular attendee at Sunday services in Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church with his wife Muriel.” 

It is to be noted that in the article his attendance at Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church is referred to in the ‘past tense’! In this at least the writer speaks the truth. In fact he ceased attendance at the church quite a few years ago, some twelve years to be exact. Mr Russell was never a member of the Free Presbyterian Church, though such a detail is of scant importance to a newspaper man!

I am reminded of Judas! He ‘at one time’ was considered ‘a valued member’ of the apostolic band but then he was expelled as a traitor. (“Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor,” Luke 6:16.) Read more


The wounds and madness that Ecumenism inflicts

The following three articles from the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ website (Nov 7) highlights the terrible deceitfulness of Sinn Fein/IRA and its ungoing and unchanged murderous attitude toward the innocent whom it deems is worthy of slaughter.

It was engaged in a campaign of ‘genocide’ against the Protestant people in the border areas and elsewhere and honours still all those who engaged in that campaign of terror. The man guilty of the ‘Shankill Road Bombing’, in which ten people were killed, two of whom were children and one was an IRA bomber, was Sean Kelly. He will be canvassing for the Sinn Fein candidate in the forthcoming Westminster election. The SDLP will be supporting Sinn Fein’s candidate. Read more


Irish Presbyterian apostasy

The article below appeared in today’s (Nov. 6th, 2019) “Belfast Telegraph”. It clearly indicates the shameful departure that there is within the Presbyterian Church in Ireland when there are those who are prepared to side publicly with a sodomite ‘elder’ who was disciplined for being in a ‘sodomite marriage’!!!!

It is to be noted that the objection of the sodomite and in which he was supported by these protesters, was against the ‘policy’ of his denomination.
There is no recognition that it is God’s Word that denounces sodomy and declares it to be an ‘abomination’. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” Leviticus 18:22. Read more


Report of a visit to Canada and the USA by Rev. Ivan Foster just 47 years ago.

He was part of a delegation of FP ministers who visited North America in October/November 1972. Rev James Beggs, Rev William Beattie and Rev S B Cooke were also part of the delegation.

Taken from “The Revivalist” report of the visit.

The invitation to join the deputation from the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster in a visit to America and Canada was certainly a privilege. Nevertheless, because of the recent opening of our new church in Enniskillen I was loth to be absent from my pulpit when our congregation was making every effort to fill our new building. However, as I prayed about the matter I was reminded of some advice given by Jordan Khan, a faithful servant of the Lord, who preached some time ago in our churches. He had said that if ever we received an invitation to preach in Europe or U.S.A. we should accept it, for God had surely given the Free Presbyterian Church a message for the world. The more I thought about this, the more I felt convinced that I should go, even if it were not for the full four weeks. I was supported in this by my elders, so I gladly agreed to go for three weeks. Read more


Letter submitted to Belfast Telegraph about same-sex marriage billboards erected in Belfast

See the November 7th news report here.

Sir,

It has been reported in your newspaper today that there are “Same-sex marriage billboards put up in Belfast.” 
In the article, Northern Ireland Humanists coordinator Boyd Sleator is quoted as saying: “LGBT people in Northern Ireland have suffered for too long under archaic laws influenced by religious groups which have prevented same-sex couples from being able to legally marry.”

His statement caused me to think that if he, as a Humanist is wrong in his rejection of Bible Christianity (and he is) then he will discover that eternity will bring even more immeasurable suffering under even more “archaic laws”, even the law of God, to those who reject God’s truth!

The Bible says of all who reject God’s Law and His order and purpose for humanity, that they shall suffer as did their ideological forebears in Sodom and Gomorrha! Jude verse 7 states: “Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.”

The message of the Lord Jesus Christ is clear. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him,” John 3:36. 

Time will declare which philosophy, the Christian’s or Mr Sleator’s,  is true. The putting up of any amount of billboards will not alter truth or annul God’s divine decree!

Sincerely,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtr)
Kilskeery, Co. Tyrone.


I dare call it murder

In 1984, there was an attempt to introduce the 1967 Abortion Act, then currently law in the rest of the UK, to Northern Ireland.

I introduced a motion in the Northern Ireland Assembly in Stormont, opposing its introduction.

What I said was valid then and valid still today. Indeed, given the recently imposed abortion legislation that Westminster has forced upon Northern Ireland whereby abortion right up until ‘the point of birth’ is now legal, it is even more relevant!

We wrote about the imposition of this abortion legislation in the article: The cruel and obscene wickedness about to be imposed upon Northern Ireland

We commend to you the 1984 article and encourage you to circulate it amongst friends.

October 2019

Audio sermons


KICS assembly talks. New series of KICS studies: “They were Bright and Shining Lights.”
  • Bright and shining lights: Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8
  • Download a zip file of all the recent studies in the Parables here.
  • See all the KICS assembly talks listed here

Audio sermons
The corruption at work in the heart of the FPC!, Hosea 13:9. Preacher: Rev. Ivan Foster, Cookstown FPC October 6th 2019. 
Bringing the King back: Part 1 

Featured sermon series: The unsearchable riches of Christ. Studies in the Epistle to the Ephesians
Part 1: The author and addressees.
Part 2: A summary of the blessings of the gospel
Part 3: Christ – God’s treaure chest
All audio sermons can be seen here.

 

The bully and the coward

The following news items highlight what I believe is the increasing ‘bully-boy’ tactics of the ‘pro-everything that is against the teaching of the Bible’ brigade and the shameful cowardice of some professing Christians!

  • BBC news report: Dalriada Teacher apologises for ‘Darkest Day’ abortion reference
  • Belfast Newsletter report: Northern Ireland abortion: Dalriada School launches ‘critical incident’ probe into pro-life display

In this case a school teacher mounted a ‘hastag’ which is associated with those who are aggrieved at the recent imposing of ‘unregulated’ abortion legislation upon Northern Ireland, coupled with legislation that permits ’same-sex marriage’.

Both of these changes in the law are absolutely contrary to the fundamental teaching of the Bible, which is the very foundation and fabric of a true Christian’s faith.

The ‘hashtag’ in question is the made up of two words. They are ‘#Darkest Day’. This is a reference to the recent dark day when the imposed legislation came into power here in Ulster, October 22nd. The actual is ‘display’ measures a mere couple of inches and is almost unreadable in the picture of it mounted on the BBC website. Read more….


The cruel and obscene wickedness about to be imposed upon Northern Ireland.

Here is a brief quote from an article in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ of 19th October 2019.

“Northern Ireland will be forced to scrap its Victorian-era abortion laws and legalise same sex marriage unless its two main political parties set aside their differences within the next 24 hours.

Earlier this year, Westminster passed a bill that would bring Northern Ireland into line with the United Nations’ rules on human rights, with the condition that this would only come into effect if the Northern Ireland Executive had not been restored by October 21.” Read more


The graveside joke that had everyone laughing at a funeral

The BBC, Northern Ireland website, among many others, carried a report of a recent funeral in Dublin. The report said:

“A dad’s message from beyond the grave has touched the hearts of thousands online. Shay Bradley, 62, had a dying wish that had his family and friends laughing at his funeral in Dublin. In a video that has received more than 136,000 upvotes on Reddit, the former Irish defence forces veteran pretends to be trapped inside his coffin and is heard knocking frantically, trying to get out. Coming from a speaker on the ground his voice boomed from his grave: “Hello, hello, hello… let me out!” There is then some swearing which sends the mourners into fits of laughter. He goes on to sing: ‘Hello again, hello. I called to say goodbye.’ Shay, who had suffered a long illness, organised the stunt around a year ago over lunch and recorded the message on a phone with the help of son Jonathan. Shay was banging on a coffee table beside him for the full effect.” Read more


An end to pathetic fumblings and blind floundering!

What we see developing before us here in this part of the world is, I believe, just what the Bible declares will take place in the end times.

I was struck in my daily reading recently by the words: “But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days,” Daniel 2:28.

What was impressed upon my heart was the fact that a heathen king with no knowledge of God or His Word was nevertheless able to understand the prophecy that the Lord was about to reveal and yet, so many of God’s people today ignore this Bible topic, believing the devil’s lie, that it is too difficult to understand! Read more


Reading the time on the face of God’s clock Part 5: The utter rejection of God!

Man has ever been pressing toward the utter rejection of God but he has been restricted in his efforts at denial.

Genesis 11:1-9, is an illustration of this fact. Here man is recorded as defying God’s purpose, and that but a short time after the destruction of defiant and rebellious humanity in the days of Noah. Then, as here in this account, God hindered the attempt of ungodly men to initiate their own regime in preference to God and His order.

At the ‘Tower of Babel’ mankind was resolved on rejecting God’s command to repopulate the earth. “Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons’ wives with thee. Bring forth with thee every living thing that is with thee, of all flesh, both of fowl, and of cattle, and of every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth; that they may breed abundantly in the earth, and be fruitful, and multiply upon the earth,” Genesis 8:16-17. Read more


Kilskeery Conference 2019 messages

This year’s conference meetings marked the 70th anniversary 0f the special prolonged season of prayer over four days and nights held in the old Ravenhil church at which the Lord gave assurance that He had heard the prayer for revival. The answers to those prayers saw rich times of God’s blessing in the 1960s and 1970s in the Free Presbyterian Church.

Click on the links below to listen to the conference messages.


The corruption at work in the heart of the FPC!

A message by Rev. Ivan Foster.

O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself; but in me is thine help, Hosea 13:9.

The word ‘destroyed’ in our text appears first in our Bible in Genesis 6:11. “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” The ailment that has ever wrought destruction amongst the people of God is that which was at work in Noah’s day – SIN! We must bear in mind that the Lord Jesus said that the circumstances which brought about the judgment of the world by the flood will return to dominate mankind just before His return! “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be,” Matthew 24:36-37. While no man knows the exact day of the Saviour’s return, we are given to understand the atmosphere which will develop just before that day – Rebellion against the word of God and violence!

I think we see just such an atmosphere developing WORLDWIDE today.

Sadly, it must be noted that within the professing Church of Christ this atmosphere is having its effect! Many Christians are persuaded to compromise with the trends of today in order to avoid confrontation and conflict with society. Read more and listen


The Ulster Protestant and the Williamite wars in Ireland Pt 6: The Protestantism of the Prince of Orange

A man’s faith is not displayed by one word nor is it destroyed by one act. Otherwise we must consider Judas a true believer and David and Peter false and empty professors.

William, Prince of Orange, was not a perfect man. Faults and sins are to be found by those who study his words and actions. Yet I believe it can be truthfully said that the general spirit of William’s words and life is that of a Christian Statesman.

Read more


Sam McBride: It is the DUP, not the EU, which has blinked – but Arlene Foster can’t admit that

Even in the world of politics, known for spinning and massaging the facts to suit, the DUP’s denial of a massive Brexit U-turn this week is audacious.

Three weeks ago, The Times’ front page reported that the DUP had handed Boris Johnson a lifeline by agreeing to “shift its red lines in a move that could help to unlock a Brexit deal”.

It reported that “significantly, the DUP has also said privately that it would drop its objection to regulatory checks in the Irish Sea, a measure that it previously claimed was unacceptable as it would separate Northern Ireland ‘politically and economically’ from the mainland.”
The paper said it had been told that the reciprocal move from Brussels would have to be an acceptance that Northern Ireland would not be remaining in the EU customs union.

The story was immediately met with a response from Arlene Foster which was intended to sound dismissive, but was in fact vacuous. Read more