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Anyone wishing to have a free DVD of the service may contact Rev Foster at kilskeery@gmail.com.

 


Two New Publications from Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony

1. Where are we in God’s calendar?’

The summary of two messages preached in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church on January 3rd, 2021, by Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Price 20 p

2. ‘Where is Europe heading’

by Rev David McMillan, minister of Armagh Free Presbyterian Church.

Price £1.50 p

Copies of both may be had from Mr Stephen Toms, 1 Donald Way, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 9JB

Copies of ‘Where are we in God’s calendar?’ may also be had from Rev Ivan Foster.


If you have requested that I send you our BB articles by email but have not been receiving any of late, please let me know so that I can restore your email address to my BB contacts list. There is a problem with the ‘contacts app’ which I am presently trying to correct.

Thank you. Ivan Foster.

January 2021

Audio sermons

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KICS assembly talks. Current series: “Bright and shining lights in the Bible”

  • New KICS talks will be posted when our students return and school resumes.
  • See 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.

Featured sermon series: The unsearchable riches of Christ.
Studies in the Epistle to the Ephesians

Part 101: Spiritual warfare pt 10;  Part 102: Spiritual warfare Pt 11;  Part 103: Spiritual warfare Pt 12.;  Part 104: Spiritual warfare Pt 13;  Part 105: Spiritual warfare pt 14;  Part 106: Spiritual warfare pt 15;  Part 107: Spiritual warfare pt. 16;  Part 108: Spiritual warfare Pt. 17;  Part 109: Spiritual warfare Pt 18;  Part 110: Spiritual Warfare Pt 19.;  Part 111: Spiritual Warfare Pt. 20;  Part 112: Paul's concluding words

See all messages in this series here.


Recently Preached Sermons

The soul, a treasure to be guarded, Pt 3
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Fri Jan 22, 2021

The Testimony of Abraham
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Fri Jan 22, 2021 at the January 22, 2021 meeting of the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony (audio and video)

The soul, a treasure to be guarded, Pt 2
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Thu Jan 21, 2021

View all recently preached sermons


Older Sermons Recently Added

The calamity of rejecting the Bible
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Apr 1, 2002

The power of the living Bible
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Mar 25, 2002

The Bible's teachings apply to all mankind
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Mar 18, 2002

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The betrayal continues

The following article taken from the BBC Northern Ireland news site, highlights the betrayal of Northern Ireland’s Unionists by the deceitful, lying British Government.

The British Army does not now have the freedom to move between Great Britain (England, Scotland and Wales) and Northern Ireland. If anything underscores the treacherous impact of the ‘Brexit’ arrangement our British Government made with the EU, in order to placate the Irish Government, Sinn Fein and the stupidity of the DUP when it called, at the behest of money-grabbing merchants, for a ’soft border’, this is it!

Christians need to recognise the gradual shifting of our Province out of the United Kingdom into a United Ireland.
As such, it is a fulfilment of prophecy. Neither Scotland nor the whole of Ireland were part of the old Roman Empire which will, by God’s decree, form the territory of the future Antichristian empire.

Christian – God is on the throne! “…for every purpose of the LORD shall be performed against Babylon, to make the land of Babylon a desolation without an inhabitant,” Jeremiah 51:29.


Ian Paisley criticised over ‘Catholic IRA’ comment

(UTV news report) A DUP MP has faced criticism from parliamentary counterparts after linking the IRA with Catholicism.

Ian Paisley’s reference to the sectarian murder campaign by the “Catholic IRA” drew critical responses from fellow members of the Northern Ireland Affairs Committee.
Mr Paisley was questioning Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis on legacy issues and was asking him if he was going to push the Irish Government to do more to secure justice for IRA killings in border areas during the Troubles.

“Today is Holocaust Memorial Day where we remember victims of Holocaust and also other genocide around the world and in Northern Ireland of course we remember the border campaign and the genocide of sectarian murder where the IRA, the Catholic IRA, murdered Protestants at the border,” said North Antrim MP Mr Paisley. Read more


Abortion and the new vaccine for Covid-19.

Here is a link to an article on the issue of the use of tissue from aborted babies in the process of manufacturing the Covid-19 vaccine by the leading pharmaceutical companies, presently supplying the UK with the vaccine.

It is written by Dr John Piper, pastor of a Baptist Church in the USA. Sadly, while agreeing with what he writes on this matter, I cannot endorse the general stance of him on most issues. He is what is termed a ’New Calvinist’. As such, he is very much NOT a Biblical Calvinist of the old school. His theology is of the modern kind, embracing elements of ecumenism, new-evangelicalism etc.

(Here is a critique of his views, taken from the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland magazine)

I issued a warning regarding the man’s spiritual folly back in 2013. Here is a link to that article.

Having said all that, what he says regarding the Covid-19 vaccine is correct and should be noted by Christians.


Republican defiance and disregard for others!

On the day that it was announced that another 16 people had died from Covid-19, pictures have emerged of an IRA funeral in Londonderry where hundreds defied the pandemic regulations and assembled and marched en mass to the burial of Eamon McCourt, 62, who reportedly died with Covid-19 and was buried yesterday. McCourt is believed to have shot and killed one of his own compatriots.

The BBC, The Belfast Newsletter, Ulster Television News and other news sites carried pictures of the funeral and the comments of those who condemned republicans, including members of Sinn Fein, one of the parties at Stormont which brought in the regulations so blatantly defied!

The police have announced an investigation but since we are still waiting for them to act in the wake of the much more blatant violation of the Covid funeral regulations last August which involved Sinn Fein leaders Mary Lou McDonald and Michele O’Neill, along with other notorious figureheads from the days of IRA terror and murder, we do not hold out much hope of action.

It is one thing to impose heavy fines on ‘party goers’ but a very different thing to bring Sinn Fein members to justice!


No friend of Ulster!

The headline on today’s “BBC Northern Ireland” news site says it all!! Michelle O’Neill: Joe Biden ‘will be a good friend to us’

Biden will be no friend of Ulster. Of that we can be sure. O’Neill’s assertion is proof enough of that fact!This supporter of all things ‘Irish Republican’, who once responded to a

BBC reporter’s request for a quick word by retorting that he was Irish to the BBC’s New York correspondent Nick Bryant. Bryant requested ‘a quick word for the BBC’.  “The BBC?” Biden retorted: “I’m Irish.”

The fact that such a response immediately sprang to his lips is an indication of what lies at the very surface of this man’s feelings toward all things British. Smiles cannot disguise his animosity! Read more


The utter apostasy of the Church of Ireland

The substance of this article was drawn to my attention by an anonymous letter received yesterday. I felt that its contents were worth examining and enlarging upon.
Hence this article. What an unbelievably evil time we live in!

The measure of a person’s spirituality may often be gauged by what it is they tolerate!

Lot, the nephew of Abraham, is deemed a miserable backslider who would not even be deemed that, were it not for what is written of God in 2 Peter 2:7, where it is stated regarding him: “ . . . . just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.” Here he is called ‘just Lot’ or ‘justified’ Lot. A man who, despited his shameful backsliding, was ‘justified by his (Christ’s) blood,’ Romans 5:9. Proof of his regeneration is seen in that he was “vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.” The word means ‘to be afflicted, to suffer’. The word is translated “oppressed” in Acts 7:24. This is the only other place the Greek word kataponeo appears in the New Testament. Read more


“The Testimony of Abraham” – a Study in Prophesy

Rev. Ivan Foster, preacher

The Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony was not be able to hold the January meeting in London and consequently, this month the service was a virtual event, and was broadcast on the internet.

We are thankful to say that friends all over the world were able to listen in.

The theme for our meetings this year continues with the emphasis to the fact that ALL the prophets witnessed to the Second Coming of Christ (Acts 3:21) and the subject for this month is ‘The Testimony of Abraham.’

Click here to view the sermon notes.



Watch a video of this sermon here:

 


No place for dissent

In John 6:15 we read: “When Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him a king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone.”

The Lord Jesus was very much aware of the thoughts of men and acted so as to deter their ill-advised plans. We may learn from Him and, as much as in us is, be acquainted with the thoughts of men and act accordingly.

I was made to think along these lines when I noticed the headline I quote in the following article. I sincerely trust you find these few thoughts helpful.

“And he (the False Prophet) causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name,” Revelation 13:16-17. Read more


Martin McGuinness a ruthless torturer who personally shot victims

There was nothing ‘new’ about McGuinness in his latter days, despite the efforts of the DUP to whitewash him in order to justify their entering into a ‘power-sharing’ arrangement with the terrorist organisation, Sinn Fein/IRA, that he led.

To the end of his days he was an unapologetic IRA terrorist and was buried as such!

The ‘Irish’ wording declares him to have been buried as an IRA ‘volunteer’! The word Oglach is Irish for ‘volunteer’ while Oglaigh na hEireaan means ‘Volunteers of Ireland’, the name the IRA called itself. Read more


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.

I sent this verse to some friends earlier today as we were recalling former times.

Later I found my heart pondering just what the verse said and decided to share with you the following few thoughts. I trust that you find them helpful.

These words were uttered by Jeremiah when the populace, under the guidance of false prophets, were suffering the consequences of their folly. These evil prophets offered what appeared to be a good way but it brought nothing but a terrible harvest.

“They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace,” Verse 14. Read more


His hand is not removed from off the nations

I am pressed in my spirit to send out this article.

The nation is astir again as an even more severe lockdown is imposed in England, Scotland and Wales, and here in Northern Ireland we await similar restrictions to be imposed. Yet in truth, there is no real understanding of what is taking place. There is no seeing that the Lord is at work.
As long as that pertains, there CAN be no easing of the present distress.

Please consider the few thoughts we have put together.

“ . . . His hand is not removed from you,” 1 Samuel 6:3.

The Covid-19 virus is proving to be more than merely similar to the ‘common ‘flu’ as some, even Christians, would have us all to believe! Read more


Runaways, Rebels, Redemption and Revival blessing

This recently published book by Mrs. Ann Foster is now available for download as a PDF.

Why is it that men are so prone to run away from God? One has only to read the Bible to see the great and continual hostility of man to God and His Word.

We need look no further than our own hearts to discover a natural hostility to Christ and the Gospel. Believers must acknowledge to a man that we all held out, some for longer than others, against the strivings of the Holy Spirit until at last He overcame and won our hearts.

What is the reason for man’s deep inborn hostility to God, to His Word and to His Son that fills the hearts and imbues the actions of every human being, born of natural generation into this world? We must trace it to its source, the sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve. There we find the wellspring, the fountainhead of the iniquity of man and his aggressive antagonism to ‘all that is called God, or that is worshipped’ (2 Thess. 2:4). That antagonism will, of course, reach its fulness and climax in the person of the Antichrist. (Excerpt from the Introduction).


Northern Ireland – effectively dispelled from the UK!

Here is a most important article, based upon a speech in the Stormont Assembly by Mr. Jim Allister, TUV leader, on Wednesday 30th December, 2020.

It brings out the betrayal of our heritage of which the DUP are guilty by their nefarious kowtowing to Boris Johnston and their surrender of a proper establishing of the border between Northern Ireland and the EU along the legal and historic border separating Northern Ireland from the Irish Republic.

They joined with republicans in not wanting a ‘hard border’ and this at the behest of greedy businessmen who baulked at the possibility of increased expenses which the establishing of the legitimate border might mean. Added to this, the DUP supported the cries of the Irish republicans against an establishing of the traditional border as the line of demarkation because it would set back their plans to remove that border and thus further their aim of a United Ireland. Read more


This is the Finger of God

An article from the pen of J C Ryle, the first Protestant Bishop of Liverpool, at the time of an outbreak of a cattle plague in England in 1865. It makes timely and interesting reading in the light of the Coronavirus plague and provides us with much godly counsel.

Look at the words which form the title of this article, and consider them well. They were spoken by heathen men more than three thousand years ago. They fell from the lips of Egyptian magicians when one of the famous plagues came on the land of Egypt. Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said, Exodus 8:19.

It would be well if Englishmen were as wise as these Egyptians. There is an evil amongst us that demands our serious attention. It forces itself on our notice, whether we like it or not. It has seized the nation by the throat, and will have a hearing. That evil is the cattle plague. Read more


Covid-19 vaccination

I am re-issuing the two articles below, first mounted at the beginning of December, highlighting the use of foetal tissue in the development and testing of the vaccines being issued by our Government at present.This surely must be of particular concern to Christians.

The second article,“Some facts about Covid-19 vaccines and foetal tissue” is very helpful in the present controversy. The short article is produced by a ‘Pro-Life, anti-abortion’ organisation called: NI Voiceless. They say of themselves: ‘we are people of all religious convictions and none.’ I share it with you for I know that Christians are most anxious to obtain facts about the manufacture and make-up of the ‘vaccines’ that will soon be offered to them.  I think that this article may be a help. I found one particular paragraph of great interest:

“Foetal cell lines can be used in two ways in bringing vaccines to market. They can be used in the production of the vaccine or it can be produced in a different kind of cell line but then tested on foetal cell lines after production. Of the eight vaccines ordered by the EU and UK, five were either developed in foetal cell lines or tested using them, including the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine that has been approved by the UK. The table that follows, based on data collected by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, summarises the facts about foetal cell line use for these eight vaccines. It also demonstrates that it is possible to make vaccinations against this awful virus without using cell lines. That is what CureVac, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur, and Valneva have done. We congratulate their approach.”

I am gratified that it appears that there are companies which do not use foetal tissue in the manufacture of a vaccine.  On the basis of this information, a Christian may insist that they will only accept a vaccine from one of the above named companies which do not use foetal tissue in the manufacture of their vaccine.  I trust that the whole article is a benefit and guide to you all.


The above scene reminds me of the words of an old hymn:

The mercies of God What a theme for my song
Oh I never could number them o’er
They’re more than the stars in the heavenly dome
Or the sands of the wavebeaten shore

Chorus

For mercies so great, What return can I make
For mercies so constant and sure
I’ll love him, I’ll serve Him with all that I have
As long as my life shall endure.

The year that is drawing to a close bears testimony to the Lord’s great mercy to us amidst the trials and sorrows that many encountered. May the new year which is opening before us bring to yet further manifestations of His love and may we say as the hymn writer puts it: I’ll Love him and serve Him with all that I have, As long as my life shall endure.

December 2020

Audio sermons

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KICS assembly talks. Current series: “Bright and shining lights in the Bible”

  • Part 40, Part 41, Part 42
  • See 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.

Featured sermon series: The unsearchable riches of Christ.
Studies in the Epistle to the Ephesians

Part 89: Soldiering in the Spirit #1;  Part 90: Soldiering in the Spirit #2;  Part 91: Soldiering in the Spirit #3;  Part 92: Spiritual warfare Pt1;  Part 93: Spiritual warfare Pt2;  Part 94: Spiritual warfare Pt3;  Part 95: Spiritual warfare, pt 4;  Part 96: Spiritual warfare pt 5;  Part 97: Spiritual warfare pt 6;  Part 98: Spiritual warfare pt 7;  Part 99: Spiritual warfare Pt 8;  Part 100: Spiritual warfare Pt 9

See all messages in this series here.


Recently Preached Sermons

Mary rejoices in God her Savior
preached by Colin Maxwell on Sun Dec 20, 2020

Jesus made poor for us
preached by Colin Maxwell on Sun Dec 20, 2020

CHRISTMAS Pt 2 - why we should distance ourselves from the celebrations
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Thu Dec 17, 2020

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Older Sermons Recently Added

The closing words of John's Gospel
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Feb 27, 2006

A question for Peter, a command, and some solemn information
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Feb 20, 2006

A miraculous catch of fish
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Mon Feb 13, 2006

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KILSKEERY FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Sabbath Day January 3rd, 2021 (DV)

Service times: 11.30 am & 7.00 pm

Preacher: Rev Ivan Foster.

Subject: “Where are we in God’s Calendar?”

Part 1 – Morning Service.

Part 2 – Evening Service

All are welcome to attend or visit via video here


Nuns in German children’s home rented boys to abusers

We have ever felt it to be our duty to highlight the utter corruption and wickedness of the ‘Church of Rome’!

Here is but another example of that, the report of which has just been sent to me. I just do not understand how Roman Catholics can ignore such crimes and continue within this system!

What a mercy to be a redeemed Protestant, delivered from the darkness of this Satanic organisation.

This report was sent to me and I wish to distribute it out to our BB readers. Read more


An article worth considering

I hardly need say that I am not a ‘fan’ of the general run of Mr Alex Kane’s articles. Mr Kane is an atheist. Nevertheless there is an awful lot of common sense in what he says in the article which follows. It is from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

I am not a ‘fan’ of Balaam the false prophet but I wholehearted agree with him when he is reported by the Holy Ghost as saying:

“How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations. Who can count the dust of Jacob, and the number of the fourth part of Israel? Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” Numbers 23:8-10.

I am surely not wrong in finding common ground on this matter with Balaam. Read more


Answer to letter in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ (Dec 21, 2020)

The week has got underway with another attack upon us.
This letter appears in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of today. A friend sent me the screenshot of it. Here is my reply.

Dear Editor,

I thank Mr Maxwell of Bleary for his kind words regarding my former witness. I wish to assure him that I strive to maintain that ‘faithfulness’ of which he speaks. Read more


Christ takes precautions!

I read my prescribed chapters this morning (I follow Murray McCheyne’s Bible reading calendar which I commend to you) and I noticed the first verse of John chapter 7.

I could not but share with you a few thoughts on this verse. “After these things Jesus walked in Galilee: for he would not walk in Jewry, because the Jews sought to kill him.” Read more

My response to a deluded detractor

Below is my response to a detractor’s attempted rebuttal to my earlier comments on John 7:1.

The following is the substance of what I had to send to one who, upon receiving my email containing my comments on John 7:1, sent out this morning, replied in a most vexing manner. That person indicated what they thought of me and my attempts to serve the Lord. The email opened with the words: “Rev Foster, you are not applying the Scripture correctly…again!”

I replied as follows to the writer:

“You are the perfect example of the little axiom: ‘There is none so blind as he who will not see!’ Read more


Letter in reply to L Barker

I want to share this hasty response to the rather lengthy rebuke, just discovered, addressed to me by Mr Luke Barker in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

Dear Editor,

Mr Luke Barker’s letter in today’s ‘News letter’ is long in verbiage but not correspondingly overflowing with logic or indeed with Biblical exegesis!

In the past I have supported him in protests he has mounted but now I find that I am the target of his vociferous rebukes!

His is too long a letter to answer line by line but perhaps I could blow a hole or two in this apparently formidable edifice and thus show it is not quite as impressive as it might at first appear but rather is somewhat ‘full of sound and fury’ and to a large degree, ‘signifying nothing’ other than a few ‘woof, woofs! Read more


An important truth to be considered by those hoping for revival

“The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah. I will utterly consume all things from off the land, saith the LORD. I will consume man and beast; I will consume the fowls of the heaven, and the fishes of the sea, and the stumblingblocks with the wicked; and I will cut off man from off the land, saith the LORD. I will also stretch out mine hand upon Judah, and upon all the inhabitants of Jerusalem,” Zephaniah 1:1-4.

As the year progresses from season to season we may inform ourselves as to the weather we are likely to encounter by simply looking back to what the same season brought in former years. There is a vital lesson there for the Christian. It is a truth found in the Bible. “The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun,” Ecclesiastes 1:9. Read more


Letter to Belfast Newsletter

Dear Sir,

I really should not be amazed at the failure of people to read what one writes before taking up their pen to ‘profoundly disagree’ with what they imagine your views to be.

Mr Stephen Richards of Ballymena says in a letter printed today: “Mr Foster is entitled to believe that video link church services are an adequate substitute for physical gatherings, but most of us know that he’s wrong about this. As for meeting in the open air, I don’t think that would have been such a good idea on that freezing day.”

I don’t think that is what I said but I would certainly believe that video links or standing in the freezing cold may well be a ’substitute’ for gathering in a building when the medical guides to whose directives we submit  for our general health from day to day, inform us that such a gathering is likely to spread infections that could very well kill many, and indeed, have.

I can well imagine that countless thousands of persecuted believers throughout the past centuries or even those today in many lands would be glad if they were able to gather so and count such a gathering as adequate.
How welcome would have been a video link to our Covenanting forefathers in Scotland! They would have welcomed such ‘inadequacies’ at times!

My reason for replying to Pastor Patterson’s article was that I and the majority of Bible-believing Christians in Northern Ireland, including the majority of Baptists it would appear, were being accused of cowardly submission to an ungodly decree issued by the Stormont executive.
Pastor Patterson said in his defence of his actions: “Church leaders were quick to close the doors of the meeting house, without any Scriptural warrant, and thereby preventing God’s people from gathering to worship Him as He has commanded.”
Such an accusation had to be replied to, especially in the light that it would appear Tandragee Baptists readily and to my knowledge, uncomplainingly, complied with the restrictions placed upon church building opening earlier this year!

I would direct readers to my webpage (ivanfoster.org) where they will see all that I have said on the issue as I do not intend replying to any more misrepresentations of my views.

Sincerely, Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), Kilskeery.


My answer to Pastor Patterson’s rather pathetic response to my public comments on his defying of the anti-covidvirus regulations and his opening of his church for worship

Below is my answer to Pastor Patterson’s response to my comments on his stance on the Covid -19 virus which were published in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ some days ago.

He mounted his response on his own church webpage without ever informing me – a strange way indeed to ‘earnestly contend for the faith’!

The whole thrust of the pastor and his supporters’ argument seems to be that the virus is of no real significance and that those who take precautions are a lot of fools and weaklings!

I cannot imagine that this attitude engenders much comfort to the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to the virus. I just hope that he does not have to explain just where his notions were wrong, should there be an outbreak of infections in Tandragee! Read more


Wise words from 100 years ago

Rev Stephen Hamiliton sent me the link and the quote from the sermon reproduced below. I am most grateful to brother Stephen for finding this ‘treasure’!

I am not familiar with all that Rev Grimke may have said or written so I cannot endorse him without reservation but on this topic he spoke the truth and it is good to have his witness from over 100 years ago.

Please read the sermon and see that things have not changed to any great degree, especially the foolish ‘grumblings’ of some!

Another thing that has impressed me, in connection with this epidemic, is the fact that conditions may arise in a community which justify the extraordinary exercise of powers that would not be tolerated under ordinary circumstances. This extraordinary exercise of power was resorted to by the Commissioners in closing up the theaters, schools, and churches, in forbidding all gatherings of any considerable number of people indoors and outdoors, and in restricting the numbers who should be present even at funerals. The ground of the exercise of this extraordinary power was found in the imperative duty of the officials to safeguard, as far as possible, the health of the community by preventing the spread of the disease from which we were suffering. There has been considerable grumbling, I know, on the part of some, particularly in regard to the closing of the churches. It seems to me, however, in a matter like this it is always wise to submit to such restrictions for the time being. If, as a matter of fact, it was dangerous to meet in theaters and in the schools, it certainly was no less dangerous to meet in churches…” Read more


Were Tandragee Baptists right to defy the anti-virus regulations and assemble together on the Sabbath Day past?

Much has been made by a few evangelicals of the issue of closing churches in an effort to avoid further spreading the covid virus. They would say that to do so is a contravention of God’s command to worship Him.

Tandragee Baptists have featured in that protest by refusing to obey the directive and opened their premises for worship on the Lord’s Day past. I do not know if they have maintained that position throughout the earlier periods of lockdown that began back in March or whether this is a newly discovered ‘conviction’!

However, I believe that they are wrong and this article sets forth my reasons.

I write this because I know there are Christians troubled about the matter and I am anxious to set forth what I believe is the Word of God. I trust that all find the article helpful. Read more


Some facts about Covid-19 vaccines and foetal tissue

A dear member of our family sent me the following article having found it very helpful in the present controversy

The short article is produced by a ‘Pro-Life, anti-abortion’ organisation called: NI Voiceless. They say of themselves: ‘we are people of all religious convictions and none.’

I share it with you for I know that Christians are most anxious to obtain facts about the manufacture and make-up of the ‘vaccines’ that will soon be offered to them.  I think that this article may be a help. I found one particular paragraph of great interest:

“Foetal cell lines can be used in two ways in bringing vaccines to market. They can be used in the production of the vaccine or it can be produced in a different kind of cell line but then tested on foetal cell lines after production. Of the eight vaccines ordered by the EU and UK, five were either developed in foetal cell lines or tested using them, including the BioNTech/Pfizer vaccine that has been approved by the UK. The table that follows, based on data collected by the Charlotte Lozier Institute, summarises the facts about foetal cell line use for these eight vaccines. It also demonstrates that it is possible to make vaccinations against this awful virus without using cell lines. That is what CureVac, GlaxoSmithKline and Sanofi Pasteur, and Valneva have done. We congratulate their approach.”

I am gratified that it appears that there are companies which do not use foetal tissue in the manufacture of a vaccine.  On the basis of this information, a Christian may insist that they will only accept a vaccine from one of the above named companies which do not use foetal tissue in the manufacture of their vaccine.  I trust that the whole article is a benefit and guide to you all. Read more


IRA still armed and active!

If there was one ounce, indeed a fraction of an ounce, of decency and integrity within the ranks of the DUP it would immediately break all links with Sinn Fein and bring the unutterably shameful Stormont Executive down in ignominy.

The following report, taken from the Belfast Newsletter of 2nd December 2020, gives cause enough to DUP members to act so!

Of course, we have been here before! Decency and integrity were mutilated and cast aside in 2007 by the DUP when it went into partnership with Sinn Fein/IRA and that for mere party and personal political and monetary gain. Read more


The covid vaccine – To have or not to have??

“Thou shalt not kill,” Exodus 20:13.

“Coronavirus: First NI vaccinations ‘to happen next week’ ” – so ran the headline on a news site this morning. But in the light of this, what is the Christian’s attitude to the vaccine to be?

The word ‘kill’ in the 6th Commandment is equivalent to ‘murder’. The Hebrew word is translated in Numbers 35:16 as ‘murderer’ twice. There are instances when it is quite proper and legitimate to kill but it is never right to murder. Cain was a murderer and suffers even now as a result (1 John 3:12) whereas Samuel killed Agag the Amalekite king quite properly, 1 Samuel 15:33.

I believe it must be seen as an especially heinous crime to kill a child and how much more to slaughter an unborn child in the womb! Read more


Pat Finucane was in the IRA

Yesterday, Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Brandon Lewis, told the House of Commons that there would not be at this time, a public inquiry into the murder of Pat Finucane, the Belfast Republican lawyer shot by Loyalist paramilitaries back in 1989.

Immediately after yesterday’s announcement, Pat Finucane’s son John, the Sinn Féin MP for North Belfast, said he and his family would continue to campaign for an inquiry and that he may look for support from United States President-elect Joe Biden. “When he was then Senator Biden, as chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, he supported our calls for an inquiry,” Mr Finucane said on the BBC’s Good Morning Ulster programme. “But President-elect Biden has already shown a clear interest in Irish affairs, he has history in supporting our campaign and I think that America has always had a significant role to play in our peace process, certainly in our campaign.”

Irish Americans like Biden have ever shown sympathy for the cause of Irish Republicanism while turning a blind eye to the murderous campaign of the IRA. The year Finucane was murdered, twenty-six soldiers and nine policemen were murdered by the IRA. There has been no public inquiry for them or their families!!!

Here, republicans and their bedfellows gave vent to the usual howls at the announcement by the Secretary of State. The BBC reported: “Sinn Féin, the SDLP, Alliance and the Green Party have shown their support for the family’s calls for a public inquiry in a letter to Mr Lewis. In the letter, sent to the NI secretary on Tuesday evening, party representatives described Mr Lewis’ position as ‘neither credible nor tenable’, and said it was an “insult” to the Finucane family.”

I am republishing an article from “The Burning Bush“ of May 2003 which contains statements from a former prominent IRA man, Sean O’Callaghan, who has publicly stated that Pat Finucane was a prominent IRA member and not the ‘peace campaigner’ he is made out to be!

I for one fervently look forward to that day when “ . . . . all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8. Read more