‘In a statement, the DUP said Mrs Foster appreciates the invitation but regretfully will be away with her family at that time.’
Are we to understand that had she not been on holiday, she would have ‘happily’ (the opposite of regretfully) attended?
If this is not the case, why did she ‘regret’ being unable to attend? Why did she not plainly say that she would not attend any gathering honouring the head of the organisation, the chief ordinance of which is spoken of as ‘a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceit’ by her own Church of Ireland historic standards?”
“The DUP has missed an opportunity by not meeting Pope Francis on his Irish visit this weekend.”
So ran the headline of an article in the Belfast Newsletter of Saturday 25th August, the day the pope landed in Dublin. It was written by Ben Lowry, the deputy editor of the newspaper.
In the article he states two reasons for the opinion set forth in the headline.
1. ‘As Christianity in the West slowly but relentlessly declines, some aggressive secular values are prevailing. The speed with which social policies have changed on issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion, and the almost hysterical way in which traditionalists are harangued on those topics, means that Christians at times seem almost to have been browbeaten into not really stating what they think on such important matters. Read more…
The Lessons of the Omagh bomb
I was reminded of this message with the recent publicity surrounding the 20th anniversary of this dastardly act by dissident IRA terrorists.
Shamefully, no one has ever been convicted of the crime even though it appears to be well known who is guilty!
The message was prepared in the morning prayer meeting just before the morning service so you will have to forgive its short-comings!
Click here to listen and to read a statement issued at the time by the Free Presbyterian ministers in the area.
The following article was published in the Burning Bush at the time.
Irish Republicans Murder 28 in Omagh
The full horror of the IRA’s 30 years of murder by bomb and bullet, almost exclusively directed against the Protestant people in Northern Ireland, has been brought home to the Roman Catholic nationalist community by the horrific bombing in Omagh, Co. Tyrone, on Saturday 15th August. Read more…
Groomsport Presbyterian Church celebrates same-sex marriage of former trainee ‘minister’
(Source: Protestant Revival website) …it has recently come to our attention that Groomsport Presbyterian Church, near Bangor in County Down, has offered its support to same-sex ‘marriage’ by cheerily celebrating the recent ‘wedding’ between a former intern ‘minister’ in the congregation and her ‘girlfriend’.
In their church magazine, known as ‘Eagle Wing’, it is proudly boasted of ‘Rev’ Jennifer Barchi’s ‘marriage’ to her ‘girlfriend’. Read more…
Ecumenical charismaniacs looking to Rome for revival at Nutts Corner
(Source: Protestant Revival website) The ongoing charismatic efforts to degrade the spiritual landscape in Ulster continues apace, and they will focus their efforts next month on an ecumenical prayer initiative called ‘Healing The Land’.
Indeed, the event, scheduled for Saturday, 8th September at Nutts Corner, is being marketed as for Protestant, Catholic and those of no denomination – an ecumenist’s dream.
Perhaps Nutts Corner is a very apt venue for an easy-believist event, not just because of its name but for its reputation as a place to purchase something cheaply. Read more…
Presbytery Statement re Presbyterians attending the Papal Visit
Love for the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ and concern for the eternal souls of men will prevent any Bible believer from union or communion with a Roman Catholic Church that remains as contrary to Holy Scripture today as it ever has been.
As long as it proclaims its leader as the supreme head of the church on earth,
denigrates the work that Christ completed on Calvary by the pretentious teachings central to its mass,
refuses the scriptural way of salvation that justification is by faith alone in Christ alone,
fleeces its adherents by means of an imaginary purgatory,
and offers indulgences with as much aplomb as Tetzel managed in Martin Luther’s day,
no true Christian should engage in fellowship with this system, never mind travel to welcome its Pope. Read more…
News review for week ending Friday August 17th.
“The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted,” Psalm 12:8.
“I have often said that, if it were God’s mercy (and it was) that spared the 6 counties of the north east of Ireland from ‘Home Rule’ in June 1921, then it must be God’s judgment that delivers us under the rule of Dublin!”
Given by Rev Ivan Foster at her funeral service in Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church, August 14th, 2018, when some 600 people gathered to sympathise with and support Rev Gordon Ferguson and his family in their bereavement.
I am not a member of Anne Ferguson’s family. However, we were both members of a family God gathered unto Himself in a time of rich blessing in the mid-60s down in Co. Fermanagh.
Anne was saved on 27th April 1969. That Sabbath evening was my first in the Lisbellaw pulpit following a month-long prison term in Crumlin Road jail. Read more…
“There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD,” Proverbs 21:30.
The day following the sodomite “Gay Pride” parade in Belfast, (Saturday, 4th August) I went to God’s house much cast down by the news reports of the support given to that evil demonstration! In a land so blessed by God over the last 500 years and more, to hear of children and babes in arms in their hundreds being brought along to such an event and being used to ‘sanitise’ this defiance of the laws of God and of nature, was most distressing.
It was in such a state of mind I went to God’s house. But it was there that God had a word for my soul! Read more…
News review Friday August 10th
“For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God. Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the flock. Also of your own selves shall men arise, speaking perverse things, to draw away disciples after them,” Acts 20:27-30.
“If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself,” 1 Timothy 6:3-5.
The trade of Antichrist’s commercial kingdom: “And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: the merchandise of . . . . . wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men,” Revelation 18:11, 13.
“Doctors offered to terminate the pregnancy on three occasions.” If the medical experts had had their way this little one would have been murdered in her mother’s womb! Are they not guilty of incitement to murder?
The “Independent” newspaper reported on 8th July 2018, that, “Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte says he will quit if someone can prove God exists.” The proof the President required was “a selfie”, the modern term for “a photograph that is taken of oneself, typically with a smartphone or webcam.”
It is now more than two weeks since that news report appeared. When I read it my mental response was somewhat immediate for some of the texts I have listed in this article sprang into my mind, especially John 20:31. “But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.” The Bible is written to give documentary proof of the truth of the gospel in a style and manner acceptable in the 1st century and still employed in our courts today.
While I did not write an article right away, the matter came before me many times until I had to put pen to paper or rather, fingers to keyboard.
Here is the result. I am sending a copy to the Press Office of President Rodrigo Duterte with a request that it be passed to him.
Pray that it might be indeed brought to his attention and that God’s Word, as He wills, “shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it,” Isaiah 55:11. Read more…
News review for week ending Friday 20th July 2018.
“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he (the Lord) doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” Daniel 4:35.
The Distress of Preaching God’s Word in a Day of Apostasy – A sad lament by a preacher to his mother!
“Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention to the whole earth! I have neither lent on usury, nor men have lent to me on usury; yet every one of them doth curse me,” Jeremiah 15:10.
This morning (July 19th) I read Jeremiah chapter 15 along with Judges 2, two of the chapters appointed for reading today for those who follow the Robert Murray McCheyne Bible Reading Calendar. Both these chapters highlight the tendency of God’s people to depart from the ways of the Lord as He sets forth in His Word and to eagerly enter the paths dictated by their own depravity. Read more…
Christian Schools And The Future Of Free Presbyterianism
Recently, a visiting preacher said in a sermon in the pulpit of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church, that the Free Presbyterian Church had “lost a generation of children”!
I believe that was most sadly true and the reason for it has been the failure to remove our children from under the tutelage of the state system of education. It has become the main instrument of the devil and his agents for the spreading of the rejection of everything God’s Word sets forth. Sodomy, transgenderism and every form of modern, depraved philosophy has found its way into the state’s curriculum and is imposed upon the minds of the young in the classroom.
This was warned of 40 years ago when the plans for first Independent Christian School was initiated but to a very large degree the Free Presbyterian Church chose to ignore the warning and what the visiting preacher stated is the result.
Here is a message, preached 32 years ago and widely circulated repeatedly within the Free Presbyterian congregations and much further abroad. Please read it here.
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Christian regards to all,
Ivan Foster. 13th July 2018.
News review for week ending Friday 13th July 2018.
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– Rev Ivan Foster.
News review for week ending Friday 6th July 2018.
Malachi O’Doherty: So, Mary Lou, the RUC was disbanded? the Provos have gone away? and Gerry was never in the IRA?
Ex-Moderator reveals anguish over Presbyterian’s same-sex row
“Asked if he saw a parallel with the way in which Christian Churches eventually had to revise their long-held – but ultimately false – position on the issue of slavery, the distinguished clergyman said: ‘I struggle with precisely that question.’ ”
This learned ‘doctor’ seems to forget that the change in the Christian view referred to was a getting into step with the Bible not, as he would wish, a defying of the Scriptures!!! Read the Belfast Telegraph article.
THE PERVERTED THINKING OF THE REJECTER OF THE BIBLE
“Ex-Moderator reveals anguish over Presbyterian’s (sic) same-sex row.” So ran the headline in the Belfast Telegraph of July 2nd 2018.
Last month, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland’s General Assembly decided that same-sex partners could not receive communion and their children could not be baptised in the Church. Former Presbyterian Moderator Dr John Dunlop, has spoken of his personal struggle with the issues of same-sex relationships in the Church in the wake of recent controversial decisions by its ruling body.
“There are many people in the Presbyterian Church who are happy with the decisions which have been made – but then there are other people who are LGBT, or their family and friends, who have found this very unsettling,” he said. Read more…
The latest evidence of Dr Joel Beeke’s links with the dreadful apostasy of today.
The President of the Martin Bucer Seminary in cosy fellowship with the Pope!
I have recently been sent some web links that serve to show further evidence of how Joel Beeke is closely allied with the “Balaams” and “Elymases” of today.
Joel Beeke, once considered a ‘fundamentalist’, cosied-up to and defended by those within the ranks of Free Presbyterianism both in the UK and USA and by English and American Baptists, is openly in fellowship with rank apostates and Romanisers such as Bishop Prof. Thomas Schirrmacher, PhD, ThD, DD.
…The German newspaper ‘Die Welt’ calls Bishop Schirrmacher one of the three leading experts on religious freedom globally and “Pope Francis’ most loved Protestant”. Read more…
News review for week ending Friday 29th June 2018.
Irrevocable Anglican split on sexuality fears
You would like to think that there would be at least some who would NOT follow the lead of the apostate Welby!! Read the Newsletter report.
Flying union flag at courthouses in Northern Ireland unfair to nationalists, court told
The article presents a sample of the perverted logic of Irish Republicans. They are determined to remove every vestige of our ‘Britishness’ here in this part of the United Kingdom! Sadly, London aids and abets this slow political strangulation of the British citizens of Northern Ireland. Irish Republicans hate every symbol of Britishness except the £££££ on their benefits and allowance payments! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.
Arlene Foster attending LGBT event ‘important step towards dialogue’
The whole moral decline within the DUP becomes ever more evident. According to the DUP leader there may even be sodomite councillors and MLAs and those concerned about such developments don’t protest publicly but hide behind the party press office!
The Bible says: “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin,” James 4:17.
Mrs Foster is quoted as saying: “Just because we disagree on marriage does not mean that I can’t say that we value those who are LGBT in our society.”
Just what did the perverted citizens of Sodom and Gomorrah contribute to the well being of those cities – apart from provoking the wrath of God and bringing about their eternal damnation????
Mrs Foster will find that there is a price to pay for such an ‘about turn’!
Ruth Dudley Edwards: The protest over Peter Robinson’s professorship at Queen’s was ludicrous
McDonald calls for reality check to overcome abortion objections
The Sinn Fein president will have to one day face the reality that when she promotes abortion she is advocating a brazen defiance of God’s law which states, “Thou shalt not kill,” Exodus 20:13. There is a severe and eternal penalty for such!! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.
‘We believe in right to life – but IRA killings and abortion are different’
“Comments by the Sinn Fein leader in Northern Ireland . . . . . underscore the reality that the Republican movement has not and will not change. O’Neill puts dead IRA men in the same category as the innocents they went out to slaughter when she says “We all have a right to remember our dead.” – Jim Alister, TUV leader. Read more.
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, (retired Roman Catholic archbishop of Washington, D.C,) alleged to have sexually abused minor
If this is true, and the lack of denial suggests it is, what ‘wussies’ and ‘wimps’ the modern DUP members are who submit to such procedure and what draconian measures the DUP is prepared to take in an attempt to suppress free speech!!! Read the Belfast Telegrap article.
Sinn Fein’s Gerry Kelly urges unionists to ‘reciprocate’ after shaking Prince Charles’ hand
Kelly’s demand illustrates the true nature of the ‘handshake’ – political propaganda whereby pressure can be exerted on the Unionist people to concede to Sinn Fein/IRA what their terrorist campaign of 30-odd years could not achieve.
It also shows what a fool Prince Charles is when he was prepared to participate in such a dishonourable sham. Kelly was a leading member of the IRA terrorist campaign at the time Prince Charles’ great-uncle, Lord Mountbatten, was murdered by the IRA in 1979. Read the Newsletter report.
We all have right to remember our dead – I won’t stop doing so, says Sinn Fein’s O’Neill (SF Vice-President)
Celebrating the murder of her opponents by her terrorist compatriots is seen as quite compatible with ‘reconciliation with Unionists’. Is it any wonder Ulster Protestants reject Sinn Fein’s ‘overtures’ as utter sham! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.
Lord Alderdice resigns from Presbyterian Church following ban on same-sex relationships
‘Gasp’! How sad for that church! The Presbyterian Church rarely take a step forward, rather it has been sinking downward ever since it exonerated J E Davey of blasphemy in the 1920s and then elevated him to the moderatorship of the General Assembly in 1954.
But the resignation of Alderdice is good news for them indeed, though I am sure that some will see it as a sad loss.
The article highlights the theological loyalties of those who have objected to the PCI’s stand on sodomites, weak and all as it has been! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.
Lisburn fun run bomb: Survivor tells how IRA has caused her 30 years of suffering
No matter how her attendance is viewed it amounts to an endorsement of a heathen event! Tolerance does not require us to engage in or approve of the religion of Islam! Read the Belfast Telegraph report.
Irish laypeople lead funerals as Catholic priest numbers reach crisis point
Jeffrey Donaldson’s daughter a leading campaigner for abortion reform
Jeffrey Donaldson says: ‘I brought my children up to develop their own opinions on life.’ That is not how he should have brought them up. Such are his daughter’s views that it appears she would see no wrong in aborting, murdering, a grandchild of his!
Is this not most dreadful for him to contemplate?
“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD: And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: and thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up,” Deuteronomy 6:4-7.
Our own opinions are ever wrong and are to be rejected and the truth of God embraced. Our heart is a fountain of sin and iniquity said the Saviour.
“But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man,” Matthew 15:18-20.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.
“Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God,” Romans 8:7-8. Read the Belfast Telegraph article.
Couple resign from Presbyterian Church as same-sex ruling row escalates
This article aptly displays the corruption that long has resided in the heart of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. The most abominable views and conduct have been tolerated and condoned.
Those who attack the recent decision on same-sex relationships have resorted to lies. One of the biggest lies is that put forth by ‘Lord’ Alderdice. He suggested the Presbyterian Church in Ireland was moving closer to Free Presbyterianism. Nothing could be further from the truth!!! The PCI, with its women ministers and elders, endorsement of modern versions, strong links to Roman Catholicism and liberal theology is far, far removed from the position and stand of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster.
God’s Word says: “no lie is of the truth,” 1 John 2:21. “ . . . in which it was impossible for God to lie,” Hebrews 6:18. “God is not a man, that he should lie,” Numbers 23:19.
Same-sex couples welcome in Presbyterian Church – but cannot be full members
This is far from right!
Should a person regularly coming to church drunk be welcomed? Should a burglar regularly coming to church with his pockets full of stolen property be welcomed? Should a man whose wife continually shows the bruising his brutal treatment has left be welcomed in church? Of course not.
David, in Psalm 101 verse 7 says: “He that worketh deceit shall not dwell within my house: he that telleth lies shall not tarry in my sight.” No welcome here for the habitual sinner!
Daniel’s counsel to Nebuchadnezzar is also relevant here. “Wherefore, O king, let my counsel be acceptable unto thee, and break off thy sins by righteousness, and thine iniquities by shewing mercy to the poor; if it may be a lengthening of thy tranquillity,” Daniel 4:27.
Those who are openly engaged in what God calls an abominable relationship should not be welcomed at church. Such a welcome endorses their continued brazen defiance of God and His Law and sends a signal that there is little wrong with their wicked lifestyle.
Christians must reject the ‘wishy-washy’ sentimentality of ‘liberal and modernistic’ neo-evangelicanism with its ‘open arms’ stance toward all. The repentant mercy-seeking sinner, whatever his/her lifestyle has been should be welcomed but not those who are merely campaigning for an acceptance of their wickedness by the professing Church of Christ!
Should those whom God has given up be welcomed in His house? “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient,” Romans 1:26-28.
It is quite obvious that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has taken little notice of God’s view on this matter and has acted in defiance of His Word in order to placate the liberal element in the denomination!
“Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds,” 2 John 1:9-11.
Billy Kennedy: Scots to blame for Presybyterian split over same-sex marriage
Mr Kennedy is a staunch member of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland and therefore defends his church’s stance in this article. He makes some good points but is wrong to defend the present stance of his church as being “Bible-led” for it falls short of that! Read the Newsletter article.
Peter Robinson’s old DUP colleagues dismiss his call over border poll
Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland Southern Presbytery Protest to Dr J R Beeke
The protests centre upon the desecration of the Sabbath by unnecessary recreational travel in connection with Dr Beeke’s “Rhine River Reformation Cruise”. As is in keeping with our experience of Dr Beeke, no reply to the letter of protest has been received. Read the protest here.
“While it is good that the Supreme Court rejected the Human Rights Commission’s appeal, I disagree with majority view that denying abortion is a breach of human rights.
“Abortion is about killing. Before an abortion there is a living baby with a beating heart in the womb; abortion kills and removes that living creation. Thus, how anyone can think of such an act as a ‘human right’ is beyond me.”
Three people bring legal challenges against Ireland’s abortion referendum results
Minister explains why he helped in baptism of child of a same-sex couple
This poor fool, long unorthodox in his views, is as the those described by Jude: “These . . . . clouds they are without water, carried about of winds; trees whose fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked up by the roots; raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever,” Jude 1:12-13. Read more.
DUP MLA Jim Wells compares abortion to Nazi Holocaust
It’s OK to play sports on Sundays, but don’t miss Mass, says Vatican
The pope’s declaration indicates that he considers himself greater than the God Who commanded all men to
“Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.
Only a greater than God can alter His eternal law. Although, a blaspheming reprobate such as the pope may dare to try and raise himself above God and amend His law. Read the Catholic Herald report.
(American) Christian baker victorious in gay couple wedding cake case
DUP out of step with public opinion on abortion – Sinn Fein
The moral rule with which all should be in step is the Ten Commandments. Such a rule Sinn Fein cares nothing about since its central policy dogma is based upon murder, the murder of her opponents and now unborn children! Read the Newsletter report.
(Arlene) Foster considers attending Fermanagh’s outing in gaelic football’s Ulster Final
If she does then to please opponents she shows herself ready to offend the Lord. Breaking the Christian Sabbath is no small matter. Here is but one example of the consequences of a people desecrating God’s Holy Day.
“Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them. But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them; and my sabbaths they greatly polluted: then I said, I would pour out my fury upon them in the wilderness, to consume them,” Ezekiel 20:12-13.
The terrible judgments which overtook Israel at the hands of the Babylonians is clearly recorded in history. The DUP leader would be most foolish indeed to ignore the warnings of history and desecrate the Sabbath for mere political expediency. Read the Belfast Telegraph article.
The failed abortion survivor whose mum thought she was dead
This reveals the heartlessness of the abortionist!!
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. . . . , without natural affection, ” 2 Timothy 3:1, 3. Read the BBC report.
Robert McCartney’s family urge Sein Fein’s new Belfast mayor to tell them what she saw on night of killing
SF voters ready to switch to DUP over abortion, claims Arlene Foster
Undoubtedly there is despair amongst many Roman Catholics over both Nationalist parties coming out in support of abortion. Sadly, it is a fact that while SF voters were content to vote for murderers some are upset at their party’s pro-abortion stance. Read more…
Paisley to reveal letter from priest urging Catholics to vote for DUP
After making one or two good scriptural points and responding to the deceits of the priest Patrick McCafferty, sadly the Irish Presbyterian Church then adds: “ . . . we want to join with our fellow Roman Catholic citizens in welcoming Pope Francis” to his visit in Dublin this summer.”
They are happy to welcome a man who is a peddlar of lies just like the Dominican friar Johann Tetzel. This is the confused position that comes from trying to “ride two horses” as the ecumenically-inclined Irish Presbyterian Church does.
Bishop of Derry disappointed that pontiff won’t be travelling north
We are most happy at his disappointment on this issue but sadly, those who embrace this faith have a greater disappointment ahead of them!!!! Read the Irish News article.
Special Season of Prayer for our Independent Christian school
“Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth. . . . Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved, . . . Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved. . . . Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved,” Psalm 80:1, 3, 7, 19.
The opening verse brings us to the days of Israel marching to the promised land. The placement of the tribes was ordained of God. The three tribes mentioned here followed after the Kohathites who carried the Ark of the Covenant, the very symbol of God’s presence amongst His people.
When the people of God are going forward as God intends them to proceed then their eyes will ever be on the blood-sprinkled Ark. It is there that God meets with us. “And there I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubims which are upon the ark of the testimony, of all things which I will give thee in commandment unto the children of Israel,” Exodus 25:22
“New Wine – But the Old Spirit”
An announcement of what is nothing short of an ecumenical get together in Sligo later this year has been drawn to my attention. I just wish that the person who drew it to my notice had made themselves known for I would have liked to have thanked them for sending me the information.
The introductory announcement states:
“We are called to live lives that count. Lives that count for the Kingdom and for the King. As we call out to Him together – God’s Kingdom presence breaks into this world. New Wine Ireland exists to enthuse, equip and resource the local church across Ireland for radical mission that will change this nation.”
That is straight out of an ecumenical pamphlet of 60-70 years ago. The style and methods of presentation are very different, 21st century rather than 20th century, but the overt aims are the same – a uniting of all ‘churches’. Read more…
Vatican ‘supports’ compulsory crosses in Bavarian public buildings, state’s prime minister says
There has been another round of letters to the Editor of the Newsletter. Below is a second letter from Micheal O’Cathail and a reply from Rev. Foster.
In his response (‘Popes claim to be God,’ May 18) to my letter (‘It is inaccurate to suggest that Popes claim to be God,’ May 16), the Rev Ivan Foster asks regarding his letter of May 7 “… why he (me/mise) made no reference whatsoever to them (ie Pope Boniface)”.
It’s quite simple really. There have been nine Popes named Boniface. There was Pope Boniface 1, who was a contemporary of St Augustine of Hippo, the author of the Confessions and also a discourse on The Trinity etc.; Boniface 1 was Pope from December 418 to September 422; and there was Pope Boniface 1X; he was Pope from November 1389 to October 1404; in between there were seven Popes named Boniface. As you can see, the Papacy has a long history, stretching back 2000 years to its foundation by Jesus Christ, and, in between, there have been hundreds of Popes; the Rev Foster’s first name, Ivan, also called John, is well represented among them (St John XX111 was a much loved Pope in the 20th century); my first name, Micheal, hasn’t yet made the grade to the Papacy; however an Archangel is called Micheal who is defender of the Catholic Church.
A beautiful prayer to St. Micheal was brought into use by Pope Leo X111 in 1886.
Mr O’Cathail’s reply in today’s Newsletter, if I might endow it with such a term, is a clear indication of his inability to effectively respond to my assertion that the popes have wickedly claimed to be God on earth!!
His verbal waffle and floundering around but confirms the truth of what I say.
I might also say that his assertion that the papacy was founded by the Lord Jesus Christ is a lie, equal in its abomination as the claim of the popes to be God!
I would be more than happy to discuss with him that matter, starting with the questions: ‘Why did Paul, when writing to the saints at Rome, make no reference to pope nor offer his greetings, if such a personage existed then as Mr O’Cathail claims?’
I might warn him that is only one of many questions I would be asking if Mr. O’Cathail is inclined to take up a new subject.
Silence on his part might be more discreet since he has dismally failed in his attempt to refute the claims I made in my first letter.
C of I bishop shares view of ‘majority of electorate’ in abortion referendum
This is the voice of ‘Ecumenical Apostasy’ which encouraged the utter rejection of God’s Word on the matter of abortion in the south of Ireland and which would encourage people to engage in the same rebellion here in Northern Ireland. Read the Newsletter report.
Police won’t give same focus to my husband’s murder as that of backpacker Inga, says widow
Political interests have always dominated the activities of the police in Northern Ireland with a blind eye often being turned upon the activities of Sinn Fein/IRA over the many years of their murderous terrorism!!
At Saturday’s Irish referendum results’ announcement in Dublin Castle, Sinn Féin’s Mary-Lou McDonald and Michelle O’Neill held up a sign saying: “The North is next”.
For many of us, there was a stirring of memories of a time when IRA men have muttered those words to their next intended ‘victim’. “You’re next”!
What McDonald and O’Neill, these two highly lacquered and varnished harpies, female exponents of murdering unwanted babies, are indicating is that the position on abortion that is law in Northern Ireland will be targeted by them and their allies in the “killing babies coalition.” Read more…
NI should not be bullied into ‘accepting abortion on demand’, says Ian Paisley MP
The abortion referendum in the republic of Ireland: ‘INFANTICIDE ENDORSED’
A ‘Belfast Newsletter’ editorial on May 26th, the day following the “YES” vote in the referendum on the repeal of the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution which limits the circumstances under which an abortion may take place, contained the following statements.
“We are going to have to give the matter a lot of thought in Northern Ireland too. As with many issues, from hospital rationalisation to public sector reform to social matters, Stormont fears hard choices.
The limited push for abortion reform in the last assembly struck me as one that ducked the point: the emphasis was on victims of rape or families dealing with fatal foetal abnormality. But these tragic cases are a tiny fraction of abortions.
The real debate is over abortion on demand, which has barely been discussed at Stormont. Read more…
Irish Referendum decision is a grave threat to the unborn child in Northern Ireland.
Statement from Jim Wells MLA.
‘The outcome of the referendum on the 8th Amendment in the Irish Republic is an extremely worrying development for the protection of the unborn child in Northern Ireland’.
‘Not only has the Republic voted to allow what will be effectively abortion on demand, the size of the Yes majority will give TDs and Senators a mandate to introduce wide ranging, liberal legislation’.
‘It is inevitable that the abortion industry based in Great Britain will set up clinics in border towns and promote their services to Northern Ireland women. It will be much easier to terminate a child’s life if this can be done at a clinic in Dundalk or Letterkenny rather than flying to London or Manchester’.
‘Verified research has shown that the impediment of the Irish Sea has encouraged pregnant women to think again and as a result 100,000 lives have been saved in Northern Ireland’.
‘The referendum decision will mean that Northern Ireland and Malta will remain the only parts of Europe where the unborn child will have a high level of protection’.
‘The ray of hope is that our neighbours in County Donegal voted to protect the unborn child’.
‘Whilst deeply disappointed by yesterday’s vote the Pro Life movement must now redouble its efforts to prevent any change in law in Northern Ireland. I remain totally pledged to all that I can to help them achieve this’.
Changed beyond recognition: Ireland witnesses a second uprising after abortion vote
SDLP leader’s backing for abortion Yes vote ‘is political suicide’
More than that, it is above all rebellion against God and His Law and the endorsing of the murder of the unborn child! Read more.
Claims of ‘illegal’ adoption at former Marianvale home in Newry
Eternity will will disclose the full panoply of Rome’s crimes. “For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double,” Revelation 18:5-6. Read more.
Pope Francis praised for telling gay man ‘God made you like this’
There is no praise from God for this abominable liar and this his latest monumental lie! “And he (the Lord Jesus) answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,” Matthew 19:4. “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” Leviticus 18:22.
To make God the author of such wickedness is the ultimate blasphemy! Read more.
Australian archbishop faces prison over sex abuse cover up
He faces something much more terrible than prison!!! Read more.
PROTEST AGAINST THE DESECRATION OF THE LORD’S DAY,
Report from Rev Paul Hanna
We had a mighty open-air service today at the Mt Merrion entrance of the Kingspan Ulster Rugby stadium.
We were joined by over 30 willing participants from many of our churches from near and far including Revs P. Foster, B. McClung, D. McLaughlin and myself from the Belfast Churches.
We assembled directly opposite the main entrance where we’d a great opportunity to present Christ to the multitudes of people as they passed by.
The couple of thousand special tracts (commissioned by the Government and morals committee for the occasion) were almost entirely used up, and it has to be said afterwards that not one was seen (by this preacher) discarded on the ground.
All four ministers took part, each bringing a short word in the Gospel with much bright singing as well (musical accompaniment provided by one of our very capable College students).
Many thanks to those who supported us in any way.
Some pictures from the protest are below.
Diocese of Dromore confirms PSNI investigate priest
The Rev Foster writes: “…Ben Lowry believes we should all welcome to Northern Ireland (is) one who exceeds all other deceivers. He (Pope Francis) claims to be God on earth!” and “Mr Lowry’s stance is an indication of the gross ignorance that exists on the historic position of the Reformed Church on the teachings of Rome.”
Read more, including Rev. Foster’s follow up letter.
Daughter of top republican waives anonymity in abuse compensation bid
Former Conservative Party chairman Lord Tebbit snubs Sunday services conducted by a gay dean the Tory peer has branded a ‘sodomite’
Lord Tebbit is boycotting the cathedral near him in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
His comments were condemned, with calls for him to be expelled from the party
The 87-year-old Tory grandee is adamant that the canon of St Edmundsbury Cathedral is a ‘sodomite’
Lord Tebbit has provoked outrage by vowing to boycott services conducted by a gay dean the Tory peer has branded a ‘sodomite’.
The former Conservative Party chairman has been attending the cathedral near his home in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, for nine years but has told The Mail on Sunday he will no longer go there when the recently appointed Rev Canon Joe Hawes is officiating. Read more…
In this article, an opponent of Lord Tebbit has said that his Christianity was ‘skin deep’. If that is so, it is still a lot deeper than the ‘Christianity’ of the sodomites who now seem to dominate politics and the main denominations!!
Vineyard Church leader Alan Scott says Mary worship is fine and that he’s ‘all in’ with the Pope
The lead pastor of the Causeway Coast Vineyard church in Coleraine has declared his solidarity with the Pope, saying he is “all in” with that man of sin, and son of perdition.
LOUGHGALL: How the SAS wiped out ‘invincible’ IRA unit in just 10 minutes
London’s treachery toward Ulster’s Unionist people stopped this sort of effective action being taken early in the IRA campaign when hundreds of lives, the injuries of thousands and the sorrow and grief the terrorists caused could have been greatly avoided.
1966 Imprisonment of three ministers – Its Cause, Circumstances and Consequences
(Lurgan Young People’s Fellowship, 4th May 2018)
Thank you for your invitation to speak on the events surrounding the 1966 jailing of three Free Presbyterian minsters. This is the first invitation to speak specifically on this topic that I have received in recent years.
Please note the words of Jeremiah 11:7.
“For I earnestly protested unto your fathers in the day that I brought them up out of the land of Egypt, even unto this day, rising early and protesting, saying, Obey my voice,” Jeremiah 11:7.
The Lord, through His servants, exercises a ministry of protest. Read more…
Ben Lowry, Deputy Editor of the Belfast Newsletter, could not be more wrong when he argues that the so-called ‘Protestant’ church leaders are right in saying that the pope should come to Northern Ireland. (Newsletter, Saturday 5th May.)
How can such men be right when they deny the Bible and the historic doctrines of their respective denominations?
Mr Lowry further argues that because “almost everybody of note ultimately comes to Northern Ireland at some point in their life, from Chinese or American or European leaders, to sports and music stars and business and religious leaders, including the Dalai Lama.” Read more…
Protestant church leaders urge Pope Francis to come north
Such urgings by these men show just how far these three denominations have moved from the Bible and from the fundamentals of their own creeds. Just how do they explain this shift in their theological position in the light of the revelation of God’s immutability in such verses as: “But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end,” Psalm 102:27. “For I am the LORD, I change not,” Malachi 3:6. “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever,” Hebrews 13:8. “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning,” James 1:17.
Modern, mainline denominations have removed themselves far from the unchanging and unchangeable TRUTH of God and are part of the end-time apostasy foretold in God’s Word.
“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils,” 1 Timothy 4:1.
Such behaviour is in keeping with the arrogant claim of the Irish Republic of ‘owning’ Northern Ireland, a claim they supposedly relinquished back in 1999 in an effort to appease Unionists longstanding anger at such political arrogance.
The DUP may complain but what can they expect when they have surrendered all in order to enter power-sharing with Sinn Fein/IRA back in 2007 and, despite all that has happened since, would renew that coalition with the supporters of murder tomorrow if they could!!! Read more…
Lord Kilclooney accused of racism after calling Taoiseach (Leo Varadkar) ‘typical Indian’
The article not only highlighted the folly of Rome and her “saint-making’, but it revealed the Bible-denying apostasy of the Episcopalian Church of Ireland!
The article begins by stating: “The late Jesuit priest Fr John Sullivan, who was raised a Protestant, is to be declared “blessed” at a ceremony which will be attended by both the Church of Ireland and Catholic Archbishops of Dublin. In a year which also marks the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, it is the first ever beatification in Ireland – a major step on the path to sainthood – and will also involve Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The event will take place on May 13th at the Jesuit’s St Francis Xavier Church on Dublin’s Gardiner Street, a short distance from Eccles Street where Fr Sullivan was born in 1861.” Read more…
Two wanted men beaten with iron bars by a gang in south Armagh before being covered in paint
‘Up to 100’ witnessed Mullaghbawn vigilante attack
Those attacked were paedophiles! Those involved in the attack were most likely Sinn Feiners for there are few else living in south Armagh! They were therefore supporters of same sex-marriage and the ongoing plan by the Irish Republic’s government to bring in much more liberal ‘abortion’ laws.
How two-faced are Ireland’s popish political and religious systems! They can put on the false face of so-called liberal socialism and call for an embracing of the community of the sodomite and then beat two of that community to a pulp when they fall into their hands.
They are just like the lawless men of Sodom long ago!
“And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door,” Genesis 19:9.
As evangelical Protestants, we have been campaigning for No in Republic’s 8th referendum
Here in our text is the origin of the title which all true believers wear with honour. It can be seen immediately that the name Christian is that used of those who before were referred to as disciples. A disciple is one under instruction, a learner. A disciple of Christ is one who, having met with and obeyed Christ is now under His direction and tutelage.
While that may explain the meaning of the terms what we want to discover is what is a Christian? There is no title more abused and misused today. I believe that it is likely that 99% of those in this world who claim to be Christians are very sadly mistaken! Read more…
Could be more Catholics than Protestants in NI by 2021
Rather a telling argument against the ongoing lie of Republicans that Roman Catholics suffered persecution and discrimination in Northern Ireland.
The Protestant population in the south of Ireland has dwindled from some 10% prior to partition to 4% today!!!! Read more…
The benefits of having the Bible
“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple,” Psalm 119:130.
As a people we revere the Bible. It is given a prominent place in our services and in our lives. We preach its doctrines and contend for its truths. We seek to live by its precepts.
The word BIBLE comes from a Greek word BIBLOS = The BOOK. This is the BOOK for us.
My text is one suited to this subject. Please consider its teaching. Read more…
“Fermanagh cleric moves up the ladder that is leading down!!”
Read the report on the Protestant Revival website here.
Vigilantes ‘planning roadblock’ to stop Hither Green burglar’s funeral procession from passing victim’s house
This was bound to happen as a result of the spineless police reaction to the shameless arrogance of the dead criminal’s family and supporters! Read more…
Jim Wells speaks about DUP betrayal
Below is a recording of a radio interview on BBC Ulster Radio on 9th April in which Jim Wells explains why he feels betrayed by the DUP over the matter of a promise to reinstate him as Minister of Health after he was forced to resign from that office, following a false allegation made against him by a person who was later convicted of falsehood.
He alleges that the DUP leadership has refused to honour the promise he was given. He believes that he has been treated in this manner because he holds to the moral standards once professed by the DUP.
TUV has published a leaflet to mark the 20th anniversary of the Belfast Agreement.
Highlighting the failures of the Agreement it pulls no punches in contrasting what it promised with what it delivered.
The promise versus the reality
Anyone in 1998 who dared to question the hype and promise of the Belfast Agreement was treated as a pariah. This new dawn, we were told, would bring stability and normality to Northern Ireland. So, how has it worked out? Badly: Northern Ireland is more divided than ever, and as for political normality, the parties can’t even form a government. The fact that the Belfast Agreement itself is the cause and source of such failure is an uncomfortable reality many try to avoid. Facing up to the need for radical change to the core institutional structures of the 1998 Agreement is the path to progress. Read the full document here.
The deceptions of Anglican cleric, Sam Allberry and the dupes who believe his lie
By Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
A certain Anglican ‘cleric’, named Sam Allbery, introduced himself to the 2017 Anglican Church’s Synod as one who is “same-sex attracted” and further stated that he had been so all his life. He then declared just what that meant. “I have sexual, romantic and deep emotional attractions to people of the same sex”!!
Please note that he uses the plural, ‘people’ rather than ‘a person’, singular. Sodomy is the essence of base promiscuity and debauchery!!!
He betrays his heart and unveils his sinfulness in his words of introduction. Read more…
Josiah’s reaction to the reading of the Law: A lesson for today
“And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the law, that he rent his clothes. And the king commanded Hilkiah, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Abdon the son of Micah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king’s, saying, Go, enquire of the LORD for me, and for them that are left in Israel and in Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is poured out upon us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the LORD, to do after all that is written in this book,”
2 Chronicles 34:19-21.
The events of this chapter took place just a few years after the beginning of Jeremiah’s ministry. I have no doubt that what Josiah initiated by way of reforms was a direct result of the early preaching of Jeremiah. “For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began to seek after the God of David his father: and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem from the high places, and the groves, and the carved images, and the molten images,” 2 Chronicles 34:3.
It was the influence of Jeremiah’s early preaching that prompted this desire to launch a programme of reforms. Read more…
DUP reneged on an agreement to bring me back as Health Minister, says Wells
Underhand and deceitful scheming: this is the reality regarding loyalty and honour in politics. Maybe Free Presbyterian members will yet waken up to what the DUP has become!
We profoundly disagree with Mr Well’s views on sodomy, which appear at the end of the Belfast Telegraph interview, when he says: “There’s nothing wrong with being gay.” We have communicated our opinion to him on this matter. Read more…
Sinn Fein must be called out at all times for its breathtaking double standards
Such articles have no effect upon Sinn Fein since it is a party utterly without a conscience! Read more…
When (Irish) ministers and the State bowed to the Church
The Irish Republic has begun to throw off the yoke of the Roman Catholic Church but sadly it is binding itself to ungodly ‘secularism’! Read more…
Gerry Adams: Violence still legitimate way to achieve aims
Nothing new there! Adams and his ilk have long sought to justified murder and terror by spurious claims of discrimination against a community that had benefits, as an appeasement, which the majority were denied!! Read more…
Michelle O’Neill: Kingsmill tweet row won’t affect Sinn Fein vote in by-election
Of course it won’t for all the supposed sorrow at the deliberate attempt to offend and insult the victims of the IRA Kingsmill massacre were but mere crocodile tears, totally insincere. Sinn Fein voters have always supported and rejoiced in the murderous actions of the IRA. Read more…
Brave little Co Fermanagh group punching above its weight in the fight for victims’ rights
Saturday 20th April (1968) was an important day for the Free Presbyterian Church and for County Fermanagh. On that day, Rev. Ivan Foster was ordained as the first minister of the first Free Presbyterian Church in the county.
For many years apostates, fearful of the effects of a strong Gospel preaching church upon their iniquitous intrigues, sought to keep us out of Fermanagh. However the Lord opened up the way, and what God opens no man can shut. As a result Lisbellaw Free Presbyterian Church was opened. Since this work commenced the devil and his agents have been busy, but their desires to bring to nought this gospel witness have miserably failed. Read more…
The Preacher with an admirable reputation
“All things that John spake of this man were true,” John 10:41.
Based upon a sermon preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on Lord’s Day evening, March 12th, 2000 by Rev. Ivan Foster
It was some three years since the death of John but the people of the area still remember his preaching. The presence of Christ in their midst brings back to their minds the words and ministry of John, and of his ministry they utter the words of our text: All things that John spake of this man were true. John wrought no miracle but he told the truth about Christ. Here is a reputation to be more desired than the working of miracles. In today’s religious world, the working of miracles would be deemed a most marvellous sign of a preacher’s divine calling. But in truth it would be no such thing. Miracles are no evidence of a man’s godliness. The magicians of Egypt worked miracles. That is recorded for us in Exodus 7:11. Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. (See also 7:22, 8:7.) The Antichrist’s companion, the false Prophet, will also work miracles. “And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, and deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live”, Revelation 13:13-14.
The true test of a preacher’s genuineness is whether he speaks well of Christ or not. “To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them,” Isaiah 8:20. Read more…
Lying in the arms of God or in the jaws of the devil — Which??
“And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness,” 1 John 5:19.
The whole world is truly referred to in this text. It refers first of all to the people of God. And we know that we are of God. It then refers to the rest of the world in the remainder of the verse. And the whole world lieth in wickedness. That is all this world consists of –those who are in Christ and those who are not; those who are of God and those who are of the devil. Read more…