May 2022

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God the hearer and answerer of prayer
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Wed May 18, 2022

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A happy prospect for a suffering saint
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Boris Johnston — Unprincipled, Amoral and Utterly Without Scruples!

PM Boris Johnson partying – source: ITV News

“Were they ashamed when they had committed abomination? nay, they were not at all ashamed,  neither could they blush: therefore they shall fall among them that fall:  at the time that I visit them they shall be cast down, saith the LORD, ” Jeremiah 6:15.

At the cost of countless tens of thousands of pounds, there has been a police investigation and a Civil Service enquiry into loutish and drunken events in the Prime Minister’s official residence at 10 Downing Street, London.

He has today, stated afresh that he takes FULL RESPONSIBILITY for all the gatherings that have been deemed contrary to the ‘lockdown rules’, instituted by Mr Johnston’s own government during the Covid pandemic.

Boris Johnston pictured at one of the gatherings which broke the law as published in Sue Grays’ report.

In other words, he takes FULL RESPONSIBILITY for those events that broke the law of the land and for which others who acted in a similar fashion, were brought before the civil courts and punished.

A brief ‘Google’ search of the Internet will bring up the fate of many who broke Covid regulations. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-25 a 7:43 pm

Church of Scotland declares friendship with Roman Catholic Church, approves same-sex "marriages"

Church of Scotland declares “friendship with Rome”

Synod Resolution re The Church of Scotland’s Declaration of Friendship with the Roman Catholic Church

Issued by the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland

The Synod of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland met in Inverness on Wednesday 18th May 2022 desires to place on record its protest against the proposed Declaration of Friendship between the Church of Scotland and the Roman Catholic Church.

The Synod records its deep sorrow, regret and protest at the recent statement issued by the Church of Scotland on unity with the Roman Catholic Church. This Declaration of Friendship marks a new low point in unfaithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ by a professed branch of the Christian Church in Protestant Scotland. For those who profess love to Christ to enter into friendship with His greatest enemies demonstrates the deepest spiritual ignorance, folly and insincerity. For the national church of a land previously liberated from the tyranny of the Papacy at the cost of the martyrdom of many of Christ’s dear saints now to claim friendship with the system which shed their blood is an outrageous betrayal of the Saviour Himself and His slain saints.

The Synod recalls now, as previously in its Resolution on Reformation Attainments and the Church’s Relation Thereto in 1910, that “Scotland had been for centuries sunk in ignorance, superstition, physical degradation, and spiritual slavery (a state of things which always obtains in nations under the baneful yoke of the Papacy), till set free from that galling bondage by the First Reformation. Efforts were made from time to time by one person or another who had become more enlightened than his neighbours, to spread rays of Gospel light among the people, but the Papists, who had supreme power in civil and religious matters, cut off, by the most cruel death, everyone who had the courage to speak a word against the idolatrous faith and worship of the Church of Rome. This absolute power which she possessed was used with a vengeance to keep the light of God’s truth from the people.”

The Synod also reasserts its position that the system of the Roman Catholic Church is the greatest embodiment of the antichrist, and that the office of papacy is that man of sin and son of perdition, “Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God” (2 Thessalonians 2:4). It also reasserts its Biblical opposition to the doctrines and system of antichrist (so grossly injurious to the honour of the Lord Jesus Christ the only Mediator between God and man) including the worship of Mary, the blasphemous sacrifice of the mass, and the claimed headship and infallibility of the Pope.

The Synod calls upon all who profess to love and serve Christ to honour Him by obeying His own command to have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness such as the antichristian system of Roman Catholicism, but rather to reprove them (Ephesians 5:11), and to heed the call to “Come out of her, My people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities” (Revelation 18:4,5).

The Synod also urges the Church of Scotland to refuse this Declaration of Friendship due to be presented at the forthcoming meeting of the General Assembly, and to consider that the very proposal of such a declaration is itself a loud call to repentance since it demonstrates how far the Church of Scotland has departed from the Protestant faith, Reformation attainments, and faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ and His truth.

I endorse and agree with the sentiments of this statement and commend it to our readers but with the gentle proviso that I believe that since the emergence of the Papacy, the ‘pope and the popes’ of Rome have long been the greatest ‘antichrists’ in professing ‘Christendom’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-23 a 5:55 pm

The latest judgment to befall sodomites —MONKEYPOX!!!

“‭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;‭ ‭being filled with‭‭ all‭ unrighteousness‭, fornication‭, wickedness‭, covetousness‭, maliciousness‭; full‭ of envy‭, murder‭, debate‭, deceit‭, malignity‭; whisperers‭,‭ ‭backbiters‭, haters of God‭, despiteful‭, proud‭, boasters‭, inventors‭ of evil things‭, disobedient‭ to parents‭,‭ ‭without understanding‭, covenantbreakers‭, without natural affection‭, implacable‭, unmerciful‭:‭ ‭who‭ knowing‭‭ the judgment‭ of God‭, that‭ they which commit‭‭ such things‭ are‭‭ worthy‭ of death‭, not‭ only‭ do‭‭ the same‭, but‭‭ have pleasure‭‭ in them that do‭‭ them,‭” Romans 1:26-32.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

These headlines highlight the means by which this plague, common in West and Central Africa, has spread in many places.

Pride festival in Gran Canaria – which was attended by 80,000 people – is linked to Spanish monkeypox outbreak as well as two cases in Italy while European total reaches 100

Gay men could be offered monkeypox vaccine in targeted rollout

Its spread is beginning to alarm medical authorities as this headline indicates. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-23 a 2:30 am

Descended from Monkeys — NO!

Now it’s Martians who are our Ancestors!

Professor Brian Cox has reflected on the possibility that humans could be Martians – rather than the suspected life forms on the planet of Mars. The renowned physicist told the BBC’s Sunday Morning programme there were still lots of unknowns and suggested that life on Earth could have originated elsewhere.”

Let me tell you, Professor, IT DID, though not in the place you believe in, since it is stated that you wish to be known as a human being (of Martian origin) with “no personal faith”.

Life on earth actually began in the mind and will of God, who dwells in the heavens beyond the gaze of men. The ‘beginnings’ of life on earth’ was due to the miraculous workings of a Person Whose existence you cannot outrightly deny for you are on record as saying that you “cannot be sure that there is no God.”

Professor, you bring to mind Paul’s words. “‭Professing themselves‭‭ to be‭‭ wise‭, they became fools‭‭,‭” Romans 1:22.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The ‘Prof”!

The Professor is Oh so right when he said: “Science cannot answer every question.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-23 a 2:12 am

Lewis plans are unjust and a continued assault on the preciousness of life

As a follow up to the ‘Burning Bush’ article, sent our yesterday, on the decision to enforce “a fully-funded abortion service” on Ulster (Northern Ireland Secretary plans murder campaign which will quickly outscore the IRA’s terrorist slain) we share with you this article from the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ which reports on the responses of the three Presbyterian denominations in Northern Ireland, including our own Free Presbyterian Church.

The full FPC statement may be read here:


Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

Ivan Foster

NI Secretary of State Brandon Lewis

Lewis plans are unjust and a continued assault on the preciousness of life, say ‘concerned’ Church leaders

Allan Preston

May 19 2022 11:18 PM

Church leaders in Northern Ireland have hit out at “immoral” plans to introduce a fully-funded abortion service within weeks.

The Northern Ireland Secretary Brandon Lewis has said the Department of Health must start setting up the service “within days to weeks”.

While abortion remains a devolved matter, introducing the service has been delayed by the latest impasse at Stormont.

Mr Lewis said that he had a “legal and moral duty” to intervene because of the lack of progress. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-20 a 4:57 pm

Northern Ireland Secretary plans murder campaign which will quickly outscore the IRA's terrorist slain

I was compelled to respond to the sad and tragic news that the Westminster Government is about to enforce unlimited abortion on Ulster.

May we by prayer and protest indicate to all, especially the Lord, that we are innocent of this evil.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


“And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood,” Psalm 106:38.

“So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do that which is right in the sight of the LORD,” Deuteronomy 21:9.

 “Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men,”  Matthew 2:16.

The plan by the British Government, through its agents in the Northern Ireland Office, led by Brandon Lewis, is to have a fully funded abortion service for Northern Ireland “within days to weeks”.

That means that the machinery for the slaughter of the unborn, funded by the British taxpayers, will be up and running in Northern Ireland and engaged in the dastardly and cruel procedure.

The verses I have mounted above:

1. Show the environment which promotes the slaughter of innocent children, including the unborn —APOSTASY FROM GOD AND HIS TRUTH.

2. The only means of avoiding the terrible guilt that will be reaped by Ulster by this decision to make abortion freely available A RETURN TO OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S LAW.

3. The evil mind behind this shameful decision is the author of murder, the mover of Herod, the enemy of mankind, the hater of Christ — THE DEVIL

Abortion is the modern day equivalent of the actions of ancient pagans when they sacrificed their sons and daughters unto their idol gods. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-19 a 8:04 pm

Boris, the promoter of child-murder

Ulster is to be visited today by one of the greatest deceivers and prevaricators that has ever filled the office of Prime Minister in London, Boris Johnston!

The deceit and chicanery surrounding the breaching of the Covid regulations by the Prime Minister and his staff is utterly shameful. It is but one of many examples of the unscrupulous behaviour of this man.

He is utterly amoral and unprincipled.

The ‘Belfast ‘Telegraph’ has published a lengthy statement this morning from him. As is to be expected, it is a lot of  mendacious ‘bletherings’, designed to distract and deceive. He lauds Sinn Fein, the armed wing of which, the IRA, murdered hundreds of English, Scots and Welsh soldiers and many mainland civilians.

We know the deaths of innocent Ulster citizens at the hands of the IRA mean little if anything to Westminster, but one would imagine that the murder of mainland citizens might mean something to Boris Johnston.

Such a notion is vain!

He has arrived here under the pretence of aiding Unionism resolve the ‘Protocol’ issue. BUT IN TRUTH, he is here to help destroy Ulster by pushing forward the agenda of Sinn Fein/IRA, the Alliance Party and the other gaggle of politicians who hate the Union with Great Britain. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-16 a 9:09 pm

Michelle O'Neill’s duplicitous and lying words

I have just sent off this letter to the “Belfast Newsletter” in response to tonight’s news reports of Michelle O’Neill’s duplicitous and lying words following her failure to get the Assembly off and running today

.Sincere regards,

Ivan Foster


A report in your newspaper states that: “Sinn Fein Stormont leader Michelle O’Neill has accused the DUP of ‘disgracefully holding the public to ransom’, after the DUP said it would block the election of an Assembly speaker.”

In a further statement, reported by various news sites, the same Sinn Fein leader accused the DUP of “denying democracy”.

Whatever inconvenience is caused to the public by a refusing to work the present Stormont Assembly system, it will be seen by all as utterly inconsequential in comparison to Sinn Fein/IRA’s decades of murder and terror in its efforts to obtain its own way. They punished the public with the bomb and the bullet in pursuit of their own self interest! They are where they are by ‘virtue’ of their terrorist campaign and the murder of many hundreds of innocent people!

I am saddened that someone from the DUP did not immediately make this point in an effort to contradict the weasel words of Sinn Fein!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Kilskeery, Co Tyrone

13th May 2022.

Posted on 2022-05-13 a 6:45 pm

Bandon Valley Massacre: Many in Republic of Ireland still loyal to GB but must keep their heads down, says man whose grandfather survived IRA atrocity

This article is taken from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ and is a follow-up a recent article the newspaper published and which we mounted on our ‘Burning Bush’ website.

Bandon Valley Massacre: Irish state must recognise sectarian slaughter of 13 boys and men, says NI man whose great grandfather found ‘safe haven’ in Belfast.

I especially commend it to non-residents of Northern Ireland. It will help you understand why Protestants, who have not been brain-washed by ‘Ecumenism’, still resist every move to bring us under a Roman Catholic ‘United Ireland’!!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Bandon Valley Massacre: Many in Republic of Ireland still loyal to GB but must keep their heads down, says man whose grandfather survived IRA atrocity

A Co Cork man whose grandfather narrowly escaped a notorious massacre by the IRA says many people in the republic are still quietly loyal to the UK but are unable to speak openly about it.

‘Belfast Newsletter’ 10th May 2022.

Ian Beamish from Co Cork says his grandfather narrowly escaped being shot by the IRA in the Bandon Valley Massacre.

Ian Beamish contacted the News Letter after reading the story of Neale Jagoe, who now lives in Ballycastle.

In last week’s News Letter Mr Jagoe called on the Irish government to give official recognition to the IRA’s sectarian massacre of 13 Protestant boys and men in the Bandon Valley Massacre of 1922 – and the subsequent exodus of hundreds of terrified others.

Neale Jagoe’s great grandfather William and great grandmother Elizabeth Jagoe were among those who fled the area after he was tipped off he was to be shot. They later found safe refuge in Belfast. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-12 a 4:52 pm

Out of sight, out of mind!!

This article on the BBC Northern Ireland website, just could not go by without comment.

I don’t think I have ever seen such appalling, shameful and duplicitous views expressed by a woman!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster.


Kellie Armstrong: Assembly member left physically sick by abusive images

The following are extracts from the BBC article.

“A Northern Ireland politician said she was left physically sick after receiving images of aborted foetuses moments after being elected.

Police said they were investigating the messages received by Kellie Armstrong.

The Alliance politician, who has spoken about suffering 13 miscarriages, had to leave the count centre to compose herself after receiving the images.

Kellie Armstrong, seen here celebrating with Alliance Party leader Naomi Long, was the first MLA elected in Thursday’s historic election

She said she had been checking her emails and social media messages shortly after her election was announced. ‘I opened what I thought was just another message, making sure I was covering off anything constituents were in contact about,’ she said.

‘There were a lot of congratulatory messages coming through, and then I saw the images.’

‘I don’t need taken back to a time when I was seeing my own children who had died in that sort of state.’” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-10 a 7:10 pm

Now that the dust has settled!!!

Here are a few of my thoughts on the outcome of the recent election.

We cannot consider such events without seeing the sovereign hand of the Lord at work in our land.

That being so, let us give due and reverent consideration to what has happened in the last few days,

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Now that the dust has settled!!!

Smiles on the faces of those who plan the demise of all that Ulster’s Bible Protestants hold dear!

“Thus saith the LORD; Deceive not yourselves, saying, The Chaldeans shall surely depart from us: for they shall not depart,” Jeremiah 37:9.

The words of this text are a rebuke from the Lord to a people, who despite their sins and the warnings of the God of judgment falling on them because of their sins, continue in pride, deceiving themselves that somehow or other the Babylonians, sent of God as His instrument of judgment, would never take Jerusalem, but would break off their siege and return home.

There is every evidence that many Protestants look on the recent election results in a similar self-deceived, misguided manner as did the Jews on events surrounding their city. These words are therefore so applicable to us here in Ulster! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-09 a 5:55 pm

Bandon Valley Massacre: Irish state must recognise sectarian slaughter of 13 boys and men, says NI man whose great grandfather found ‘safe haven’ in Belfast.

Many of you will possibly have seen this article because you purchase the Belfast Newsletter, the paper which published it, but there are many who would not see this report other than by our highlighting of it.

The article highlights a long-buried truth regarding the attitude of the ‘Irish Republic’ toward Protestants and is an attitude which has been encapsulated in the mindset of Sinn Fein/IRA as its murder campaigns have shown.

It contains historic facts long forgotten and deliberately buried by the defenders of Popery.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

The Irish state must give official recognition to the sectarian massacre of 13 Protestant boys and men in the Bandon Valley Massacre and the subsequent exodus of hundreds of terrified others, says the descendant of one of those who narrowly escaped.

By Philip Bradfield

Belfast Newsletter, Thursday, 5th May 2022, 6:08 pm.

Neale Jagoe’s great grandfather William and great grandmother Elizabeth Jagoe were among those who fled the area after the atrocity, which took place 100 years ago last week.

“The key fact was that these civilians were killed nine months into an IRA truce and four months after the treaty was signed with the British by Michael Collins,” Neale said.

The IRA launched the killing spree after IRA Acting Commandant Michael O’Neill was shot – apparently in self defence – while leading an armed raid on a Protestant home. The subsequent IRA murder spree saw 13 boys and men – two aged 16 and the rest up to to 82 – shot across the Bandon Valley over three days between 26 and 28 April 1922.

Neale Jagoe pictured with a photo of his great grandparents William and Elizabeth Jagoe from Co Cork and the wreath he laid in memory of the 13 boys and men murdered in the Bandon Valley Massacre they escaped. (Picture By: Arthur Allison/Pacemaker Press._

“Another 19 Protestants in the Bandon Valley who were also intended targets escaped before they could be killed,” he said. Some 100 Protestant families then fled west Cork as they no longer felt safe. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-06 a 5:54 pm

How more morally wrong can you be?

How dare they tell a woman what she can do with her own body

“US Vice President, Kamala Harris attacks Republicans and calls overturning Roe v. Wade a ‘direct assault on our freedom’ and the rights of all Americans are ‘under attack’.”

This highly publicised comment by the US Vice President, which has appeared on news sites of late, illustrates the blind ignorance that engulfs the hearts and minds of ‘liberals’ everywhere. All pro-abortionists would agree most vehemently with the Vice president’s outburst. Loud and full-throated support by a great number of people and nations for a view does not make it right. The US VP’s declaration but shows the utter falsehood upon which the pro-abortion case rests!

Consider what this woman Harris says. “How dare they tell a woman what she can do with her own body”. In truth, as far as I am concerned, a woman may do whatever she wishes with her body as long as it is not in violation of the law of God. No woman has the right to take her own life or murder her own offspring!

It is clear that world-wide, woman have abused their bodies for a very long time in pursuit of that which they think enhances their physical appearances. I was always amazed at the suffering which some African women put themselves through when they lengthened their necks by systematically adding metal rings around their necks or those who inserted wooden discs in their lower lips so as to extend their lips in a grotesque fashion, or the Chinese women who endured crippling themselves by crushing their feet within shoes that restrained the growth of their feet from an early age! Mothers would fold the toes of their 2-year-old toddlers under their feet and tie them as tightly as possible. The process was extremely painful, and permanently crippled the wearer. Then there was the practice of tooth blackening or ‘Ohaguro’ which was the custom of dyeing your teeth black. It was practiced in Japan as an aristocratic sign of beauty for hundreds of years. The process was long and arduous, took around a week, and required multiple applications of dangerous chemicals to a child’s teeth every day. Those subjected to this process would often suffer very painful allergic reactions to the chemicals, leading to the banning of the practice in 1870 by the Japanese government. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-05 a 5:58 pm

Swaggering, bumptious Russian loud mouths

This article is spurred by the repeated and ridicules threats made by various Russian propagandists which have appeared on our news sites!

What they threaten is so defiant of God and His Word that I just had to respond.

I’m reminded of the wise word of a king of old. “Let not him that girdeth on his harness boast himself as he that putteth it off,” 1 Kings 20:11.

The Lord bless you richly,

Ivan Foster


There have been many headlines on our news sites, of late, stating the ridiculous and arrogant claims by Russian political and media characters, whose names rarely mean anything to western readers. Their pronouncements are such that we are induced to use such truthful terminology regarding them!

They have urged the utter destruction of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland by means of the use of nuclear weapons, as the article below highlights.

“Russia’s chief propagandist urges Putin to ‘plunge Britain into the depths of the sea’ with underwater Poseidon nuke that would trigger a 1, 600ft radioactive TIDAL WAVE and wipe the UK off the map”

Such loud-mouthed oft-repeated calls as above draw attention to the insanity, endemic in the court of Communistic Tsarism!

Such stupid genocidal demands seem to forget that what is ‘sauce for the goose is also sauce for the gander’! Such an attack (if indeed it is possible) would certainly bring retaliation most terrible upon Russia. As one somewhat wiser Russian commentator said, ‘Whatever else he may be, Putin is NOT suicidal.’ It would be suicide of a monumental scale to carry out such an attack.

However, we can never really depend ON how such men as Putin will respond to the utter contempt he has brought upon himself and his armed forces on the international stage by the drubbing they have received at the hands of the very much smaller Ukrainian armed forces!

In response to the unknown possibilities of what the madman in charge of Russia may do in the face of the daily humiliation he has encountered since his highhanded invasion of his much smaller neighbour, I turn to the Bible for enlightenment and comfort. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-02 a 6:55 pm

Precious and profitable ponderings for the aged!!

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread,” Psalm 37:25.

Yesterday morning, just before we walked down to the morning meeting, my wife and I shared a few words regarding the above text. We were conscious of our advancing years and the toll of a recent bout of Covid, but were comforting ourselves in these words of David.

It is a theme which David often pondered.

“For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off,” Psalm 37:28.

“Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth,” Psalm 71:9.

“Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come,” Psalm 71:18.

“For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance,” Psalm 94:14.

There are many things which desert you as you grow older: strength, mobility, eyesight and hearing fails, as does our memory, all of which betoken the decline of our mortal frame! We find that the aged are often forgotten and forsaken by their families for it is easier to live with an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset than it is to take on the burdens of caring for the enfeebled, with all that such care demands regarding time and effort. In these days of ‘state welfare facilities’ such an attitude appears to be very common.

How thankful Ann and I are for the care we receive from those members of our family who live in Ulster, especially those who live ‘round the road’ here in Kilskeery as well as those who live further away and can only assist us by their prayers. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-05-02 a 6:45 pm

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Bookies' Sunday opening marks a complete transformation of social change 

Silent film depiction of a bookie with his odds board and clients

This is a headline which appeared in this morning’s ‘Irish News’.

Bookies’ Sunday opening marks a complete transformation of social change” 

The ’social change’ that this Nationalist newspaper rejoices in is another step in the abandoning of the standards of the Bible and the defying of the commandments of God.

It but highlights the dying of the influence of Bible Christianity in our Province. Such is the fruit of the ecumenical and liberal apostasy that has long gripped the main Protestant denominations and the enfeebled stance of the evangelical witness in Ulster.

We are seeing what Jeremiah and many others in parallel ages saw.

Heed what the Lord said back then and understand its significance in our day!

“‭Behold, ye trust‭‭ in lying‭ words‭, that cannot profit‭‭.‭ ‭Will ye steal‭‭, murder‭‭, and commit adultery‭‭, and swear‭‭ falsely‭, and burn incense‭‭ unto Baal‭, and walk‭‭ after‭ other‭ gods‭ whom ye know‭‭ not;‭ ‭and come‭‭ and stand‭‭ before‭ me in this house‭, which is called‭‭ by my name‭, and say‭‭, We are delivered‭‭ to do‭‭ all these abominations‭?‭ ‭Is this house‭, which is called‭‭ by my name‭, become a den‭ of robbers‭ in your eyes‭? Behold, even I have seen‭‭ ‭it‭, saith‭‭ the LORD‭.‭ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-29 a 4:09 pm

The beguiled and the beguilers!

Vatican: Pope meets Belfast priest and Presbyterian minister

A Presbyterian minister and a Catholic priest from Belfast have met Pope Francis in Rome. Rev Steve Stockman and ‘Fr’ Martin Magill were part of a delegation from Belfast which met the Pope at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

They were invited in their role as organisers of an annual cross-community festival which is this year celebrating its 10th anniversary.

Free Presbyterian Church condemns the visit to the Pope by Presbyterian minister


Presbyterian minister Rev. Steven Stockman is minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church, a church that has for many years been in the forefront of promoting a ‘peace process collaboration’ with Clonard Monastery in West Belfast. Stockman and local priest, Martin Magill, have been organisers of an annual cross-community festival for the past ten years. In January this year the Pope sent a video message praising Magill and Stockman for their ecumenical activity. Subsequently, the two men were part of a delegation from Belfast which travelled to Rome to meet the Pope at the Apostolic Palace at the Vatican.

Concerning the meeting at the Vatican, Stockman wrote, “I have no doubts that many in my denomination and other Protestants will call me a heretic.” He further stated, “From what I have read and heard about Pope Francis, I see him as a fellow follower of Jesus.” This telling statement reveals that Steve Stockman regards the present Pope as a “follower of Jesus”. However, he would do well to ascertain which ‘Jesus’ it is to whom he refers.

Pope Francis is the head of a religious system, which continues to reject the Jesus of the New Testament. In statement 969 of The Catechism of the Catholic Church 1994, Mary is presented as a mediatrix, in direct contradiction of 1 Timothy 2:5 which teaches that there is, “…one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus.” Furthermore, the Pope claims to be the Vicar of Christ and the head of the church, however Scripture declares, that Christ alone is the Head of His Church (Ephesians 5:23, Colossians 1:18).

Thus, in the light of the dogmas of Rome, Pope Francis is a blasphemer of the Lord Jesus Christ and is the promoter of another gospel. Steve Stockman has abandoned the Scriptures and the confessional teaching of his own denomination, which states, “There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ. Nor can the Pope of Rome, in any sense, be head thereof; but is that Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.” (Westminster Confession of Faith 1646, Chapter 25). Therefore, since Steve Stockman openly declares that he and the Pope are fellow followers of Jesus – but not the Jesus of Scripture – he has set up the platform upon which he is to be rightly charged with heresy.

Rev John Armstrong, Moderator of Presbytery, Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster
Rev. Colin Mercer, Deputy Moderator
Rev John Greer, Clerk of Presbytery


Letter to ‘Belfast Newsletter’ regarding visit to pope

Dear Sir,

It is my sincere hope that the Protestant people belonging to the three main Protestant churches here will have carefully considered the recent reports of the visit by the minister of Fitzroy Presbyterian Church one, Rev Steve Stockman, to see the Pope and what it was he said of the head of the Roman Catholic organisation.

The reported incident illustrates clearly what the outworkings of the doctrines of ecumenism within the main Protestant denominations over the last 70 years have been. The PCI is but representative of the trend within all three Protestant denominations.

Rev Stockman is quoted as saying of the Pope that “he has a Christlikeness”. Nothing sets forth more clearly the utter about-face of Irish Presbyterianism than this statement.

Until comparatively recently, the PCI believed for centuries that to the popes of Rome belonged the title: “That Antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalts himself, in the Church, against Christ and all that is called God.” (Westminster Confession of Faith 1646, Chapter 25).

Now we are told that “he has a Christlikeness”. Both definitions cannot be true!

If Rev Stockman is not speaking on behalf of the majority in his denomination then we can expect that he will be tried on a charge of heresy, of which he himself has said some Presbyterians will consider him guilty.

Another lesson to be learned from this incident is that it tells us why Ulster Unionism is in the fragmented state that it is. There has been, as illustrated by Rev Stockman, an utter forsaking of “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭the old‭ paths‭, where ‭is‭ the good‭ way‭,” (‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭Jeremiah 6:16), with the consequential forsaking of Ulster by the Lord.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬27th April 2022.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬


‘Fr’ Martin Magill is a poor ‘beguiled’ Romanist who believes all that the Papacy claims for itself! Therefore we are not surprised at his words. He is the parish priest at St John’s Church on the Falls Road in west Belfast, and he is reported as saying: “Pope Francis did talk about ecumenism, Christians being together, working together, praying together, being friendly together. It was lovely to hear Christians being together in a world that so fractured and at pain at this time,” he added. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-26 a 4:40 pm

The Alliance Party - Venomous Nationalism in Disguise!!

Stephen Farry –  don’t let the smile fool you!!

The ‘Irish News’ has reported that an “Alliance MP has hit out at “nods and winks” to past gunrunning, after a senior Orangeman invoked the 1914 UVF at an anti-protocol rally.”

“Stephen Farry criticised the reference by Grand Secretary of the Orange Order, Rev Mervyn Gibson. Rev Gibson warned at a rally in east Belfast that “apathy” was not an option for unionists in the fight against the protocol – a post-Brexit customs measure which has effectively created a border in the Irish Sea.”

“If left in place the protocol makes you and I subject to the laws and regulations of a foreign power and in time their influence will spread like a cancer,” he told protesters at Bloomfield Roundabout on Friday.

“Apathy was not an option when in 1912 people signed the (Ulster) Covenant. Apathy was not an option when guns were landed at Larne and Donaghadee. Apathy was not an option in 1921 when Northern Ireland was founded. Apathy was not an option during the dark days of the Troubles.”

The report from the ‘Irish News’,  went on: “The Larne gunrunning, organised in April 1914, saw almost 25,000 rifles and between three and five million rounds of ammunition from the German Empire – just months before the beginning of the First World War. The operation aimed to equip the UVF.

Mr Farry, the MP for North Down, criticised Rev Gibson’s gunrunning reference. “There is no place for guns and gunrunning in NI politics and society,” he said. “Nods and winks to past examples are not acceptable. The election candidates and parties sharing platforms should make clear their sole commitment to peaceful and democratic means.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-25 a 5:51 pm

David Attenborough - ‘Champion of the Earth’!!

Sir David Attenborough

“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him. For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast,” Psalm 33:6-9.

Sir David Attenborough has recently become the recipient of the ‘Champions of the Earth Lifetime Achievement Award for his dedication to research, documentation, and advocacy for the protection of nature and its restoration.’ So pontificates the the ‘big-wigs’ of the UN!

David Attenborough has spent the most of his 95 years propounding one of the greatest lies that have ever issued forth from the mouth of the devil. He is the modern apostle of the ludicrous theory of ‘Evolution’! His television programmes and documentaries have been viewed worldwide and that for many years. The revelation of wild animals and creatures of all kinds in their native environment that his programmes have presented are ‘par excellence’!

However, the pleasure that such studies bring is more than marred by his constant pushing of his notions on evolution. His explanations of the origins of the unique features and physical endowments of many creatures are most ludicrous for they beg the question of how the creatures survived until they were able to ‘evolve’ the unique physical features without which they cannot live? Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-22 a 7:05 pm

Spirit of change that will end in utter condemnation

We post this article, just completed, with the prayer that you will find it helpful and instructive.

I attach a headline just sent to me this morning by a friend which serves to illustrate the central point of my article – the evil changes that are abroad in the world today, especially within the camp of professing ‘Christianity’!

New Jersey diocese agrees to pay $87.5m settlement to 300 alleged abuse victims

Agreement between diocese of Camden and plaintiffs is one of largest cash settlements involving Catholic church in US

The Lord bless you all,

Ivan Foster.

Adam and Eve cast from the garden


Meddle not with them that are given to change,” Proverbs 24:21.

Something that is much contradicted by the enemies of the Bible is its character. It is a Book of enlightenment and instruction. Far from it being the source of ignorance and superstition and myth, as alleged by its detractors, the Bible was written for our “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭learning‭, that‭ we‭‭ through‭ patience‭ and‭ comfort‭ of the scriptures‭ might have‭‭ hope‭,‭” Romans 15:4. The ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬entrance‭ of God’s words‭ ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭into the heart and mind “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬giveth light‭‭; it giveth understanding‭‭ unto the simple‭,‭” Psalm 119:130.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ignorance amongst His people is no part of God’s purpose. “‭For‭ I would‭‭ not‭, brethren‭, that ye‭ should be ignorant‭‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭” Romans 11:25. “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Moreover‭, brethren‭, I would‭‭ not‭ that ye‭ should be ignorant‭‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭” Corinthians 10:1. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

That sentiment is expressed throughout the Holy Scriptures. It is a feature of the Saviour’s ministry. “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬For‭ he taught‭‭‭‭ them‭ as‭ ‭one‭ having‭‭ authority‭, and‭ not‭ as‭ the scribes‭,‭” Matthew 7:29. Ignorance and myth has ever marked the ministry of the unholy usurpers of the office of the preacher! That is so evident today throughout the so-called ‘Christian’ world. Ignorance and blindness mark the ministry of the sham ‘doctors of the law’ who fill the air with their ungodly notions and imaginings, as they falsely claim to speak for the Lord.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ They bear all the accents of their father, “the devil”, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭for‭ he is‭‭ a liar‭, and‭ the father‭ of it‭,‭” John 8:44.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Amongst the first references to the rebellion led by the devil and into which man was later led by the temptation of Eve in the Garden of Eden, is that found in Jude 1:6. “And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-20 a 6:35 pm

Yet another attack upon the truth of Christ's death!!

The devil is a creature of habit. He is a habitual liar.

“Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it,” John 8:44.

Periodically he issues forth an old lie, dressed up in apparently new garb. A member of one of his chief agencies of deceit in this world today, the Roman Catholic Church, has peddled the latest version of a satanic lie, much to the delight of the ignoramuses in the media.

‘The Daily Mail’ had the headline: “Mystery of Christ’s death solved? Jesus died from fatal bleeding after dislocating his shoulder carrying the cross, claims doctor-turned-priest”.  The author of this regurgitated falsehood is ‘retired neurologist turned Roman Catholic priest, Patrick Pullicino’.

There is no mystery regarding how our Saviour died. God has given us numerous personal witness accounts of His death. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-16 a 10:27 pm

Just how much does the sinner learn upon dying and entering Hell?

My wife and I are both laid aside with the Covid virus, though we are hoping that we are coming near to a measure of recovery. It has been an unpleasant few days and likely this will continue for some time yet.

Because of the infection, I cannot minister in Kilskeery Independent Christian School. Instead, I am sending out this little study which I prepared just a day or so ago.

I trust you find instruction for your soul and that which causes you to rejoice in the kindness of God to you for delivering you from rebellion and sin and bringing you in faith to Christ Jesus.

Yours faithfully,

Ivan Foster.


 “And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth . . .”  Luke 16:23.

 It is quite commonly believed that the rejector of the gospel of Christ will learn of his folly when death comes and he goes out into a Christless eternity.

However, what the Bible teaches on the matter indicates that such a view might be just overstating the truth a little.

In life we are often aware of how those who refuse to take heed to wise counsel are suddenly overtaken by the consequences of their folly and made to see just how wrong was their heedlessness in the past. So it was with the Prodigal Son. He learned that the guidance offered by his father was much wiser than the headstrong views he had formed and upon which he acted to his ruin and grief.

It is easy from the awakenings to the folly many have pursued and their seeing of the blindness of their minds to the wisdom they rejected, to assume that it would be like that for those who tragically end in hell.

I don’t think that there will be such an awakening in hell to a knowledge of the lunacy of the path the damned choose!

I think a little consideration of the Saviour’s Words in Luke 16:19-31 will answer the question which is the title of this article. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-12 a 8:00 pm

Mr Charles Gill's funeral service

Mr Charlie Gill, an elder in Crossgar FPC, went to be with the Lord suddenly last Friday, April 1st.

I have known him as a friend since the early 1970s. His passing was a severe shock to my wife and me though nothing in comparison to the heartbreak suffered by his wife Freda and his children and grandchildren.

To them all, and the congregation in Crossgar, we offer our sincerest sympathy and pray that they will know the Lord’s mercy and grace at this time of sorrow. I know they will.

Here is a good message preached by Rev Gordon Dane. I know that you will be blessed as you listen to it.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster.

Posted on 2022-04-08 a 5:00 pm

The fate of such as Vladimir Putin and his cronies

“The wicked . . . . . hath said in his heart, I shall not be moved: for I shall never be in adversity. His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud: under his tongue is mischief and vanity. He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages: in the secret places doth he murder the innocent: his eyes are privily set against the poor. He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den: he lieth in wait to catch the poor: he doth catch the poor, when he draweth him into his net. He croucheth, and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones. He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it. Arise, O LORD; O God, lift up thine hand: forget not the humble. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn God? he hath said in his heart, Thou wilt not require it. Thou hast seen it; for thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee; thou art the helper of the fatherless. Break thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man: seek out his wickedness till thou find none,” Psalm 10:1, 6-15.

What satanic madness dominates the mind and heart of Vladimir Putin and what darkness enshrouds the collective consciousness of the Russian people!

Police say hundreds of people could be buried under shelled apartment blocks in the town of Borodyanka


The revelation of the atrocities carried out by the Russian invaders upon the civilians of Ukraine have been made evident to the world but blindly and wickedly denied by the Russian political hierarchy!

But providence has provided what might rightly be called, an independent witness — the eye of the satellite in the sky!

It is a clear likeness of the ever watchful eye of the One Who has said: “The LORD is in his holy temple, the LORD’S throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men. The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth,” Psalm 11:4-5.

The satellite images appear to give incontrovertible evidence of the horrific atrocities carried out upon helpless civilians by Russian soldiers in area where they were in control. Both the evidence of the presence of the soldiers and the bodies of the slain are presented in the satellite images so that it is vain for the Russians to mendaciously claim that the whole crime scene has been staged by the Ukrainians. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-06 a 8:36 pm

58 years ago, I called upon the Lord for His mercy

The house in Lowwood Park, Belfast in which I called upon the Lord. The window, top right, if I remember correctly, is that of the room in which I was saved.

On Tuesday, 5th April, it will be fifty-eight years since I called upon the Lord for His mercy and salvation. I cried out of darkness and much spiritual ignorance, hardly knowing what it was I needed or sought but moved to seek the Lord by the returning to my mind of words spoken to me by a young lassie, Hazel, while I was travelling by a train with a companion, Albert, from Belfast to Portrush in Co. Antrim on ‘Good Friday’, March 27th 1964.

What the young lassie had said to me as we emerged from the train in Portrush station, following a very acrimonious (on my part) discussion in which she and her companions sought to witness of our need of Christ to Albert and me, was to quote Genesis 6:3. “And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.”

I was totally unaware of where the quotation came from and I was utterly dismissive of the words of Hazel and truly never gave them another thought until the evening of April 5th in Albert’s home in Lowwood Park, Belfast. But in an instance, the Lord made known to me something of the meaning of those words and I was driven to call upon Him for mercy.

Here is my testimony as it was given five years ago in a gospel mission in Ballinamallard, just two miles away from Kilskeery. The mission was conducted by retired preachers, Rev Larry Power, a Free Presbyterian minister and Pastor Alvin Mullan, a retired Baptist pastor. Unknown to them, the date they asked me to testify on was the 53rd anniversary of my first time in Ravenhill Free Presbyterian Church, just one week after I called upon the Lord. The 5th and 12th April will forever live in my memory.

I trust you are blessed by my telling of the Lord’s great mercy to this sinner.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster.

Posted on 2022-04-02 a 4:01 pm

Gay conversion therapy u-turn

This news report serves to highlight the dominance of evil at the heart of our nation.

It has to be conceded that the nation is under the control of what I believe is still a minority and which embraces a lifestyle that is obnoxious to a majority of people yet, because of the threat that this minority poses to  the political parties, they bow in fear before it!

This is illustrated in this article. The Conservative government hastily performs an ‘about face’ because of the outcry the ‘pro-sodomy lobby’ at the announcement that Prime Minister, Boris Johnston,  was going to abandon plans to introduce a ban on ‘conversion therapy’!

I am no fan of ‘conversion therapy’, being convinced that only the grace of God can deliver a person from the practice of any sin, and the wickedness of sodomy and its related perversions in particular.

Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 teach us that.

“ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

The reported comments by some MPs, indicates the darkness that has descended upon the nation that by God’s grace, gave the world the Authorised Version of the Holy Scriptures! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-04-02 a 1:48 pm

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How we need to recognise our unbelief!

“For as yet they knew not the scripture, that he must rise again from the dead.

Then the disciples went away again unto their own home,” John 20:9-10.

I read those verses this morning as part of my daily Bible reading. As ever, I discovered out of its “treasure things new and old,” Matthew 13:52.

It is always comes as a rebuke to my soul when I see something that I never saw before for I should have seen it were not my eyes so blind!

How when we read our Bibles we need to pray as did David: “Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law,” Psalm 119:18. We may have such a text as this framed and hung on our wall but how we need to continually pray these words when we read God’s Word, for our eyes are by nature shut tight and blind to the wonders of God’s Word.

Returning to John 20, verses 9 and 10,


That John and Peter should not understand the significance of the empty tomb is most amazing, considering their times of instruction under the Lord’s tutelage. Yet let us learn the lesson that even the greatest of God’s servants, no matter how well instructed they may be, oftentimes fail to grasp the truth of God. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-30 a 5:35 pm

Recognizing and reacting to the evil of the times

Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem — Rembrandt

The words of Jeremiah the son of Hilkiah, of the priests that were in Anathoth in the land of Benjamin: to whom the word of the LORD came in the days of Josiah the son of Amon king of Judah, in the thirteenth year of his reign. It came also in the days of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the end of the eleventh year of Zedekiah the son of Josiah king of Judah, unto the carrying away of Jerusalem captive in the fifth month,”

Jeremiah 1:1-3.

Yesterday, after the morning service, I felt moved to write this article, based upon a sermon I preached some years ago.

Earlier in the morning, in my Bible reading, I read from Philippians 1:17 the words of Paul:  “I am set for the defence of the gospel.” It is a very long time ago I adopted those words as my own motto text.

I think I may correctly illustrate the word ’set’ by reminding you all that it is a word which was, and likely is still used, of plates and cups being ‘set’ on a table in preparation for a meal.

It is the same word as is used in Luke 2:16. “And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.” There it is translated by the English word ‘lying’. The Lord Jesus was ’set’ by the Father there in manger to begin His work as Redeemer and Deliverer of His elect.

Likewise Paul was appointed of the Lord to take up this defensive role as a preacher. I believe that it is the duty of all preachers to likewise see themselves as being ’set’ by the Lord in preparation for just such a function.

May you find the article beneficial and instructive.

Sincerely in Christ Jesus,

Ivan Foster.

I have heard it taught that the people of God can never know of the approach of Christ or the circumstances that will prevail at the end of this age. That is an unscriptural statement that flies in the face of God’s Word. “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand,” Revelation 1:1-3. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-28 a 4:05 am

Report from Northern Ireland missionaries in Ukraine

NI missionaries Timothy and Rhoda Sloan

This report of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland’s witness in Odessa, Ukraine, was shared with me by a friend of the ‘Burning Bush’ and I thought that I would share it with you all as it may help you get a perspective of the gospel witness in that troubled land and aid you as you remember the saints of God there in prayer.

Odessa is particularly under great pressure from the Russian invaders so keep the believers in that city particularly in your prayers. Remember too, Mr and Mrs Timothy Sloan who are Brethren Missionaries serving the Lord in Lutsk since 2004.

NI missionaries in Ukrainian city report panic as explosions threaten Gospel hall

“Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power: that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ,” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12.

Sincerely in the Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster.


Rev D Levytskyi

(Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, Odessa witness)

ANOTHER year has come to an end and it is time to give a summary of the mission work done in the past year. The situation in Ukraine for any unprejudiced observer would seem to be better since the previous year.

However, there are things that have not changed for the better, but in the good providence of the Most High the Eastern Europe Mission of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is still present on Ukrainian soil and works from its Mission here in Odessa. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-24 a 3:57 pm

News Letter marks 50th anniversary of attack on its office building that claimed seven lives

The article below appeared in this morning’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

It evoked sad memories for me and moved me to send the following letter to the newspaper.


Your leading article today (21.3.22), recalling the IRA bomb which murdered seven people, including two policemen, outside the offices of your newspaper back in March 1972, brings back many sad memories of those horrific times.

To think that the political ‘heirs’ of the perpetrators of that crime and hundreds like it, now sit as dictators in Stormont as the result of the despicable and treacherous political deal agreed to between the DUP and Sinn Fein/IRA back in 2007, still vexes and grieves me and is very hard to bear when such memories are evoked!

What a betrayal of the many, many innocent victims of IRA terrorism that ‘power-sharing’ deal was. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-21 a 5:20 pm

The final settlement of the middle-east controversy

On Lord’s Day 20th March, 2022, Mr Matthew Eccles, a licentiate minister of the Free Presbyterian Church, was the preacher at the services in Kilskeery church. In the morning service, he took as his text Genesis 15:8. “‭And he said‭‭, Lord‭ GOD‭, whereby‭ shall I know‭‭ that I shall inherit it‭‭?‭” This was the request of Abram of God following the giving of a most wonderful promise to him.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Mr Eccles preached a very encouraging and instructive message from his text on how we need confirmation of God’s covenant and where such confirmations and endorsements are to be found.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

When he turned the congregation to his text in Genesis 15, I noted that I had the numbers 4, 5, 6 written in the margin of chapter 15 and encircled. They were beside the verses 5, 7 and 18.

Following the service, when I returned home I traced the other numbers, one through to four and also number seven, which was in the margin of chapter 17, and saw that all the verses are linked to the clear promise of God to Abram, later called Abraham, and to his descendants.

I am going to list the verses I had so marked for your consideration.

1. “‭Now the LORD‭ had said‭‭ unto Abram‭, Get thee out‭‭ of thy country‭, and from thy kindred‭, and from thy father’s‭ house‭, unto a land‭ that I will shew‭‭ thee,‭” Genesis 12:1.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-21 a 3:03 am

Perversity at its highest

From today’s (18.3.22) ‘Belfast Telegraph’

Would not the world think it utter madness were the people of Ukraine to begin to agitate for union with Russia in the wake of the horrendous campaign of slaughter that Putin’s Russia has carried out for the last three weeks against that country, resulting in the slaughter of innumerable men, women and children in their homes and as they sought to flee the butchery?

Yes it undoubtedly would, asking the question ‘Why are they seeking union with those who are bent on their destruction?’

Well, may it not be asked with equally justifiable incredulity why Ulster Protestantism is seeking union with Rome, as its three main denominations daily are doing with little or no protest from their members, while from our newspapers the voice of Rome’s latest victims cry out in distress and tell of what they suffered at the hands of this vile system of corruption?

That is the enigma created by the ‘Ecumenical Movement’ and its drive to reunite the ‘Churches of the Reformation’ with that religious organisation which was uniformly seen by the Reformers and those who followed in their footsteps as an Antichristian religion!

Here is the latest of hundreds of reports which have appeared in our press of late, all of which testified to the corruption found within Rome and which corruption was denied and concealed by it until forced to offer what can only be seen as false and counterfeit apologies! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-18 a 5:01 pm

Lessons in TRUTH from the mire of LIES that is the Russian/Ukrainian conflict!

Vladimir Putin

The harrowing reports emerging of the conflict in Ukraine prompted this article. I believe it contains a truth that ever so many need to consider and that urgently.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster.

Lessons in TRUTH from the mire of LIES that is the Russian/Ukrainian conflict!

“‭ . . . ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭no‭‭ lie‭ is‭‭ of‭ the truth‭,‭” 1 John 2:21.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Daily our newspapers and television news broadcasts set before us abundant and graphic evidence of man’s unchanging depravity. Men have piously and pompously proclaimed the ‘death’ of war and despotism. Invariably, it has followed the end of great conflicts. It happened after WWI and also WWII.

However, evidence of the foolishness of such notions was soon forthcoming with the advent of the Korean and the Vietnam wars, not to mention the many forgotten conflicts that have plagued nations in subsequent years.

The religions of mankind have this one common theme, whatever other superficial differences may be evident. It is this: man is an evolving creature, ever improving and growing better!

The lie to which such a notion is largely due, is found in the writings and theories of Charles Darwin, though many, many others share in the ignominy that one day will be seen as being attached to this rejection of God’s truth. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-18 a 1:59 am

The footsteps of Patrick

A stained glass depiction of Patrick

The Gospel of Christ came to Ireland over 1500 years ago. Despite many attempts by Satan and his agents God has been pleased to maintain His truth in this land. Following its first planting the Gospel was carried by men whose hearts the Lord had touched into many neighbouring countries: Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland and further.

God has been pleased, in some measure, to do again in these latter days what He did in those distant days. May the land, now associated with terror and strife, become known again by the title it was then given, “The land of Saints and Scholars.”

The history of the Gospel in Ireland begins, to a very real degree, with the story of Patrick.

There is much written about Patrick that is entirely fictitious. We can, however, be reasonably sure concerning his faith in Christ and the doctrines that he preached.

There exist today two of his writings accepted by all scholars. One is his Confession. From his Confession we learn that his father was a deacon, the son of Potitus, a gospel minister. Where Patrick was actually born is something of a mystery. England, Scotland, Wales and even France all claim to be the place of his birth. In his Confession he tells us that he came from a village called Bonavem Taberniae. Where that village was is difficult now to say. It would appear that the most likely place was somewhere in Roman Britain. Very possibly he came from a place now called Kilpatrick, that is, the ‘Church of Patrick’, near Dumbarten in the Firth of Clyde, in Scotland.

Read more … The Footsteps of Patrick

See also:

Patrick the Apostle of Ireland

Ireland before the seventeenth century plantation


Posted on 2022-03-16 a 12:01 am

Prosecution of open air preacher

Open air preacher Ryan Williamson being arrested last year

This is an article which we copied from the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of today. It should concern every lover of truth and freedom of speech!

I fear that the police have acted upon a complaint which has no basis in law, and they are now determined to prosecute this preacher on the grounds of the evidence of police witnesses alone.

I recall a policeman who gave false evidence against me in such a blatant manner that the magistrate trying the case intervened and told him to leave the witness stand in terms which made it evident what he thought of the policeman’s testimony. Close cross-questioning by Mr Jim Allister QC, my defence barrister that day, exposed the duplicity and stupidity of the policeman!

I do not know the preacher that is facing prosecution nor his theology, but I believe that he does have a right in this land to speak in an unabusive manner what it is he believes.

That right has been hard-won by our brave forefathers and mothers.

Undoubtedly, there are those amongst the LGBT lobby, who hate what the Bible has to say about their perverted lifestyle and equally hate any who proclaim that truth. They are all too ready to claim that the ‘truth of God’ is offensive to them and that it abuses them! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-15 a 10:06 pm

PATRICK -- a true servant of Christ

We moved from our planned subject this morning and turned our attention to the upcoming ‘St Patrick’s Day’, as it is termed.

It has always vexed me that a man sent of God to this land to preach the gospel has been wickedly misrepresented in the message he preached and the witness he established. Patrick tell us in his ‘Confession’ that he placed ‘elders’ or ‘bishops’, terms that are interchangeable in the Bible, in every congregation that was formed under his preaching. This practice is utterly contrary to ‘Episcopalianism’ with its ‘diocesan bishops’, one bishop per diocese, made up of a number of congregations.

Rather, his was the simple practice of Biblical Presbyterianism which, in turn, followed the New Testament model.

I trust that you find the message helpful.

Sincerely in the Saviour’s name,
Ivan Foster.

Read sermon notes here

Posted on 2022-03-15 a 9:38 pm

Compensation sought by victims of abuse

I have sought to respond to the spectacle of yesterday’s bogus apologies to the victims of abuse.

Apologies were required but they had to be linked to an outright condemnation of that organisation to blame for the majority of instances of abuse — Romanism!

I found it vexing that no such condemnation was heard but rather the whole exercise was a deception with the clear suggestion that such events were aberrations and not, as history shows, the norm for Popery!

I trust that the following may be a help to those who would know what the Lord has to say about these dreadful events!

Sincerely in our Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster.


Here are the opening words from an article in yesterday’s ‘Guardian’ newspaper. The article was sent to me by a friend. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-12 a 6:44 pm

Former Russian minister . . . 'Don't be afraid of Putin'

This article appeared on the ‘Fox News’ website.

I thought I would share it with you since it supports the view that I expressed in a recent article – a letter we sent to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

Sadly, this Russian former government minister will not be heeded because this is a day in which there is no knowledge of God or the support that He gives to those who, like David of old, respond courageously to the defiance of the bully.

Sincerely in Christ’s worthy name,

Ivan Foster.

Former Russian minister says Putin is ‘rational,’ West shouldn’t ‘limit Ukraine support over nuclear fear’

Russian Foreign Minister Andrei Kozyrev speaks at a news conference in front of a portrait of the Emir Sheikh Jaber al-Ahmed al-Sabah

October 14. Andrei Kozyrev served as Russia’s foreign minister between 1991 and 1996.

A former Russian foreign minister insisted that Vladimir Putin would not use nuclear weapons and the West should not limit its actions or support for Ukraine over fear he would do so. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-09 a 7:59 pm

Ukraine crisis

I am sharing this letter which I submitted yesterday to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ and the ‘Belfast Telegraph’  with you. It has appeared in this morning’s ’Newsletter’.


Ivan Foster


What amazes me in the ongoing Ukraine crisis is that some ‘strong’ NATO leader has not responded to Putin’s threats of nuclear war against any who break his ‘rules of war’ and aid Ukraine, by telling him that we have ‘nuclear weapons’ also!

Such a reminder would prove more productive than the present patchy, selective sanctions.

I think I did see that the French said something to that effect but it was not repeated.

If it is thought that such a reminder would only provoke Putin to launch a nuclear attack, I believe that there are in Russia those in positions of power that would recognise the vulnerability of their own land to a retaliatory attack and who would act so as to prevent Putin moving in such a self-destructive direction.

Is this not what President John Kennedy did during the ‘Cuban Missile Crisis’ of 1962? Did he not threaten to act against Russia’s aggression back then and forced Russia to back down? Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-08 a 6:30 pm

How should we refer to the Saviour?

“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father,” Philippians 2:9-11.

I feel at times that the Saviour is referred to, spoken of, even in some pulpits, in a fashion that is too careless and casual. Indeed, there is even an adopting of the unbecoming style of address that is frequently heard from the ‘tele-evangelists’ and those that would wish to sound like them!

Yes, “Thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins,” Matthew 1:21, but we must never forget He is the Lord of glory and not to address Him or refer to Him as make it appear He is a mere man!

I believe that in an attempt to display the Saviour as very ‘approachable and accessible’ and not some person ‘shrouded in mystery’ we are in great danger of robbing Him of His honour and majesty in an attempt at unwise ‘congeniality’!

That must never be! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-07 a 10:35 pm

Anti-abortion Comment

This an ‘Editorial Comment’ in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

It is well worth reading and endorsing.

Sincerely in the cause of TRUTH,  Ivan Foster.

Protests should be allowed outside abortion clinics in Northern Ireland

News Letter editorial of Thursday March 3th 2022.

It is only a small number of years ago that there was a push to legalise abortion in Northern Ireland in cases of what was called ‘fatal foetal abnormalities’.

Supporters of that plan almost invariably presented it as a limited and necessary compassionate reform.

Barely any Stormont politicians admitted to support for abortion on demand.

Yet now, after hysterical claims in London and Belfast about local political resistance to liberalising of the law around terminations in the Province, including bogus legal and moral claims that protecting the right of the foetus was an attack on the rights of women, we do indeed have abortion on demand. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-03 a 6:00 pm

The TRUTH INDEED will out!

The following is taken from the official Stormont Assembly Hansard report of Monday 21st February 2022.

Various Assembly members spoke on the subject of the sudden death of Mr Christopher Stalford. MLA.

Scroll down to almost the end of this report for the comments I refer to.

I was interested in the statement made by Mr Easton, who was a DUP member until last year and now sits as an Independent Unionist. The link to his statement was sent to me by a friend.

Here is what Mr Easton said. I will highlight those parts that I would like Christians to particularly note.

“I wish to pass on my deepest condolences to Laura and the four children and to the Democratic Unionist Party. Christopher was born to be a politician. All of us knew how passionate he was about South Belfast and the people whom he represented. He was a wonderful individual. He had a mischievous side to him as well, which I will touch on in a wee second. He was articulate, intelligent, humorous and loyal to the DUP, his friends, the Orange Order and Ulster. He was a loyal Ulsterman. He also had his faith, which was very important to him.

I knew Christopher for over 20 years. When Peter Weir joined the DUP, I came to know Christopher, because he worked for Peter in the office. One side to Christopher that you maybe did not see was his mischievous side. One day when we were out canvassing for Peter for the 2003 Assembly election, it was pouring with rain, and Christopher and I had been left to cover an area on our own. Christopher turned round to me and said, ‘Stuff this. Let’s go and get a pint of Guinness’, so we went and got a pint of Guinness and put the world to rights. Unfortunately, Peter, that happened a few times, so I apologise to you. [Laughter.] Christopher was a wonderful character and an eccentric. He was somebody who, if you were walking past his room, would have called you in, sat you down and chatted away to you. He was a wonderful man, and we will all really miss him. For me, the most important thing to remember about Christopher is that he had his Christian faith. That is why I know, with some comfort, that one day I will meet him again.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-01 a 4:16 pm

PUTIN - a portrait of the Antichrist!

“And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God:


Exodus 10:7.

I thought of the above text as I contemplated what, I believe, will be the final outcome of Vladimir Putin’s wicked and cruel attack upon Ukraine. Pride, obstinacy and greed blind men to the inevitable consequences of their folly. So it was with Pharaoh in the days before his destruction under God’s judgment at the Red Sea. His foolish heart still anticipated a destroying of Israel as he pursued God’s people into the miraculously open Red Sea. But the way of escape for the Hebrews was the way of destruction for the Egyptians!

“And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them,” Exodus 14:27-28.

The latest estimates of Putin’s mental processes go so far as to suggest he is paranoid! It is reported that he has put Russian nuclear deterrent forces on high alert as the furious leader hits out at the West. As one headline puts it: “Fears ‘paranoid’ Putin has lost his mind as leader limits contact to inner circle”. Anyone with a knowledge of the history of the close of WW II, will know that is how Hitler ended his days — in his bunker in Berlin! Things are just not going as the tyrant planned. He has even entered ‘peace talks’ with Ukraine. That is not a sign that he is any longer confident of victory! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-03-01 a 12:01 pm