August 2022

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Another letter about Collins

This letter has been published today in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

It is most encouraging to read and to have these things said amidst the welter of lies and propaganda from Sinn Fein/IRA and the weaklings in the Unionist political community.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2022-08-31 a 4:27 pm

Support for the IRA has been growing

This ‘NewsLetter’ article is dated 27th August and is worth a read.

I cannot endorse all that is written for there is no mention of the collusion of the Ecumenical Churches and the Church of Rome in the whole process of ‘sanitising’ the IRA’s terror campaign and in the aiding of the Republican terrorists to escape the castigation due for their crimes.

It is because of this that IRA glorifying Michelle O’Neill of Sinn Fein sits in Stormont, dictating as a result of the DUP’s greed for power and readiness to enter a ‘power-sharing’ arrangement with the cover-organisation of the IRA!

I personally witnessed that evil deceit at work in the aftermath of the ‘Poppy-Day Massacre’ in Enniskillen in November 1987 (see The Remembrance Day Massacre at Enniskillen).

At that time the four churches, the police and the British Government conspired to hide the true facts of Rome’s assistance of the bombers by her protests against any searching of property under her control before the ‘Remembrance Day’ parade to Enniskillen Cenotaph.

As a result, the IRA were able to conceal a bomb, timed to go off during the remembrance day wreath-laying, in a Roman Catholic church building right beside the Cenotaph.

All told, 12 Protestants were murdered and over 60 seriously injured in the blast.

That wicked scheming by the churches and agencies of the State has yet to be told.

However, there are valuable facts and figures in this article which should be noted.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

It is no wonder that support for the IRA has been growing

For more than 20 years the republican strategy on legacy should have been clear to anyone who follows politics closely.

By Ben Lowry.

‘The NewsLetter’, Saturday, 27th August 2022.

A poll says 70% of nationalists say IRA was justified. But nationalists who lived through it didn’t

It was in the summer of 2001 in the Weston Park talks that Sinn Fein got two huge strides forwards in its bid to retrospectively legitimise IRA terrorism. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-29 a 5:48 pm

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50th Anniversary Services

4th September at 12.00 noon and 7.00 pm


Rev Ivan Foster (12 noon) and Rev John Gray (7 pm)

Rev Foster’s subject:


“And it shall come to pass, when thou shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?” Jeremiah 16:10.

Posted on 2022-08-29 a 12:55 pm

Lies about Michael Collins rebutted!

The following letter was submitted to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ in the early hours of this morning. It is a rebuttal of the deceitful letter the newspaper printed on Saturday from one, Gerry Cullen.

His letter is all part of the white-washing of Irish Republicanism and an attempt to ‘ennoble’ the murderer, Michael Collins.

Please pray that it will be published in full.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

MIchael Collins, Director of Intelligence of the IRA and a government minister of the self-declared Irish Republic. He was then Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from January 1922 and commander-in-chief of the National Army from July until his death in an ambush in August 1922.


In the ‘NewsLetter’ of Saturday, 27th August, a letter appeared under the heading, ‘Michael Collins would not have backed later IRA murders’. The writer was a Mr Gerry Cullen.

The notion set forth by Mr Cullen would be laughable, were it not seen as part of the ‘sanitising’ of the murderous agenda of Irish Republicanism, both in the early and middle part of the last century. As such his letter is wickedly deceitful!

Michael Collins did not sign the ‘Anglo Irish Treaty’ in December 1921 in order to avoid the “inevitable sectarian slaughter of Catholics and Protestants in Northern Ireland”, as claimed by Mr Cullen.

Rather, he did so because on the night of December 5th, 1921, Lloyd George brandished two letters in front of the Irish delegation and warned them that a train was waiting at Euston Station and a destroyer at Holyhead to take one of the letters to Belfast to the Northern Ireland prime minister James Craig.

One letter stated that agreement had been reached between Great Britain and the Irish Republic; the other stated that the talks had broken down. In the latter case Lloyd George threatened there would be “immediate and terrible war within three days”.

That is what prompted Collins to sign! No one knew better than he that the IRA, enfeebled after years of conflict, would be utterly wiped out under such an unshackled assault by the British Army!

As he signed, he was heard to say, ‘I am signing my death warrant’. Collins was not prepared to sign his death warrant for the sake of the Protestants or Roman Catholics of Northern Ireland! He was thinking of others, himself included, facing the threatened British Army assault.

Michael Collins was deeply involved in the terrorism unleashed on the Protestants of Northern Ireland following the signing of the ‘Treaty’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-29 a 3:36 am

The beginning of sorrows, final part

A model of the Jewish temple that is yet to be rebuilt

I will start this final study by thanking those who contacted me to thank me for the previous studies in Matthew 24 under the title of ‘The Beginning of Sorrows.’

These studies arose out my own consideration of the verse 8 and the fact that the Saviour indicated that the ‘Christian Era’ would be one of sorrow for the believer. It is not that the gospel brings grief to those who embrace it, for nothing could be further from the truth. What was said of Samaria upon the entrance of the gospel, may be said of individuals, communities and nations which embrace God’s truth as did Samaria. “And there was great joy in that city,” Acts 8:8.

But not all cities acted so. Things were different on at least one occasion in Ephesus. “And the whole city was filled with confusion,”Acts 19:29. That word ‘confusion’ refers to a riotous situation, not brought on by the gospel but brought about by the enemies of the gospel who sought by riot to stop it being preached.

So it has been over the last 2000 years.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


“All these are the beginning of sorrows,” Matthew 24:8.

Thoughts arising from my reading of this chapter as part of my daily reading and which form the final section of a brief study of Mathew 24:1-31.

There have been very few periods over the last 2000 years when sorrow did not feature darkly amongst the ranks of the godly. Even in times of revival blessing, those who served the Lord and preached His Word were treated shamefully. The histories of men such as the Waldenses, the Protestant Reformers, the Covenanters, George Whitefield and John Wesley testify to this fact.

This world has never had the wit to realise the greatness of the eternal good that it could enjoy if only it were to receive the message of Christ. Instead, it has treated the messengers with the ‘good news’ of salvation most abominably. In all too many instances they “had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: they were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth,” Hebrews 11:36-38.

Yes, sorrow has followed the gospel like a dark shadow but Christian, remember the words of Paul.

“For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body,” Romans 8:18-23.

I ended our last study by indicating that we will consider the final and glorious sequence of events that will signal the return of the Saviour and our gathering unto Him. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-23 a 7:49 pm

48th Anniversary of the opening of Kilskeery FP Hall,  17th August 1974

Today, Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church marked its 48th anniversary since the opening of the hall which now forms the auditorium of the church building.

I was asked to preach at the special season of prayer in the afternoon, a feature of every anniversary over the last 48 years.

I am including two pictures of  the opening of the hall back on August 17th, 1974.

Click here to read the sermon notes


View a video of this sermon here:

The crowd that attended the opening service

The men involved in the start of the witness.
(L to R) Mr George Somerville, the late Mr Robert Edwards, who gifted the site, the late Mr Hugh Gallagher, Mr Ivan Morrison [holding a book], Mr Jackie Neville, the late Mr George Morrison. [The man with glasses is unknown]

I did not refer to all the verses I have in my notes so perhaps you could look them up for your edification.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2022-08-21 a 7:30 pm

Australia’s breakaway Anglican church

I received from a family member in Australia this morning the link to this article in ‘The Guardian’ newspaper of Wednesday 17th August.

I know that you will be interested in the news and rejoice that there are those who seek to oppose the dreadful apostasy of the Anglican Churches.

I think it fair to comment that while it is most welcome to see the stand against this sin that is taken by these folk, there seems to be no evidence of any real understanding of the Bible’s teaching on the latter-day apostasy.

Here are two examples of what the Bible says of the last days.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained,” 1 Timothy 4:1-6.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

Was this truth understood and the departure of mainstream Anglicanism seen in this context, then there would be no question of it ever repenting and returning back to the truth of God, as Rev Peter Palmer would seemingly hold out some hope of. He is reported as saying: “If the leadership would repent and turn back to the teachings of the bible, we wouldn’t need the Diocese of Southern Cross. I’d shut it down and come back.”

There is no repentance or reformation for apostasy; it is ‘given up of God’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-18 a 6:45 pm

Beginning of sorrows, Part 4

Here is my fourth study in Matthew 24.

The Lord Jesus gave to His disciples a picture of the state of Christianity in the days just prior to His return.

There has been a very obvious decline and, as is always the case, error and the lies of the devil have enlarged.

In mercy to those believer who will be found in Jerusalem in those dark times, He issues a warning regarding the Antichrist and also directions regarding their response to that which will signal the start of the “great tribulation.”

I trust the opinion I give on verse 28 will prove to be helpful and edifying for you all, though I emphasise it is only my attempt at explaining a difficult verse.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


“All these are the beginning of sorrows,” Matthew 24:8.

Thoughts arising from my reading of this chapter as part of my daily reading and which form the third section of a brief study of Mathew 24:1-31.

I hope to continue the study on a weekly basis.

In our last study, we considered how that the Saviour indicated to us all that in the midst of the darkness of the final years of this age, just before His return in glory and great power, there would be a faithful remnant upheld in the very heart of the ‘fire’ of tribulation, in the Antichrist’s dominion.

1. I repeat, while many will “wax cold”, others will “endure” and bear witness to Christ and His gospel. They will ‘bear patiently’ the trial that will beset God’s people. By their endurance the light of the gospel witness will be maintained.

So it has ever been. Paul said to Timothy: “But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry,” 2 Timothy 4:5. Enduring affliction and doing the work of the evangelist have always gone hand in hand! Even in the best of times it has been so. The record of the labours of men such as George Whitefield and John and Charles Wesley testify to that.

Just before the end of this age, the “gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come,” Matthew 24:14. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-15 a 9:00 pm

God never gets a mention!

Picture of the extent of the effects of drought in England. Note the contrast with the nearby island of Ireland.

“And I also have given you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and want of bread in all your places: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. And also I have withholden the rain from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: and I caused it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereupon it rained not withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. I have sent among you the pestilence after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up unto your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD.  I have overthrown some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and ye were as a firebrand plucked out of the burning: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the LORD. Therefore thus will I do unto thee, O Israel: and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God, O Israel,”  Amos 4:6-12.

We have all seen and heard the daily broadcasts by the news media, when commentators vie with each other as to who will sound the most dramatic and sensational in their reports of the extent of the natural disasters that are hitting many countries, not least the United Kingdom, especially the south of England and Wales.

There are reports from all over the world of drought, vanishing water supplies, uncontrollable forest fires, harvests lost through lack of water, fields of grain destroyed by fire, animals in distress because of thirst, likewise fish and other aquatic creatures suffering because of low river levels and a consequent drop in oxygen content. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-12 a 6:50 pm

What convinced me of the need for Christian education

This week the 35th Annual Summer Seminar for Trainees & Probationary Teachers is taking place in Newtownabbey Independent Christian School.

Today, I was invited to speak on the subject: “What convinced me of the need for Christian Education”.

When I was finished speaking, I supplied the trainees with notes of my message and also of the original submission to Presbytery back in 1978, requesting permission to pursue the opening of Christian Schools.

The first school opened in September of the next year.

Here is a a recording of the message and also the notes of the message for your perusal.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster.

Click here to read the sermon notes

Posted on 2022-08-09 a 10:03 pm

Parental psychosis

I make these comments on an article which appeared in a national daily newspaper two days ago.

Its subject matter would cause one to hold one’s head in one’s hands in utter despair for our nation!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


An article appeared in the London newspaper: ‘The Telegraph’ dated 6th August.  It had the headline:

‘I will not put my girls in that organisation’:  How a trans crisis engulfed Girlguiding

The crisis centres upon the claim “recent developments have left some parents fearing the needs of boys who feel they are female are being put above those of their daughters.”

“In its current summer newsletter, Girlguiding – the organisation formerly known as the Girl Guides – shares the real-life story of a recent recruit welcomed warmly into Rainbows, the organisation’s youngest tier for four-to-seven-year-old girls. The child in question – a lover of dolls and scarves and dresses, we are told, who wants to be called “Rainbow” – is biologically male, though his mother says in the article that his “true gender” is female.”

The article goes on:

“The circulation of ‘Rainbow’s story’ to the 290,000 girls between four and 18 who are members of Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers has caused a storm of protest among parents. “I found it horrific reading,” says Catherine, a former nursery teacher and mother of three from north London, whose eight-year-old daughter is currently a Brownie. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-08 a 8:34 pm

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O'Neill said she believed there had been no alternative to IRA violence during the Troubles

Nothing highlights the dreadful pit into which Ulster has stumbled under the leadership of false prophets and hireling politicians than the arrogant and shamefull claims of Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill and her defence of IRA terrorism.

What a betrayal the DUP are guilty of when they entered ‘power-sharing’ with murderers, back in 2007 and which they blindly persist in still!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Michelle O’Neill: When asked about IRA violence, O’Neill replied: “I think at the time there was no alternative.”

Sinn Fein’s Michelle O’Neill said she believed there had been no alternative to IRA violence during the Troubles

Victims of terrorism have challenged Michelle O’Neill’s claim that there was “no alternative” to Provisional IRA violence during the Troubles.

What this evil woman is saying is that the murder of hundreds of innocent men, women and children, Protestant and Roman Catholic who died at the hands of Michelle O’Neill’s compatriots, had to die, there was no other alternative as far as Sinn Fein is concerned.

Holding the office of Vice President of Sinn Fein and coming from a family which is steeped in IRA terrorism — her father, Brendan Doris, was a Sinn Féin councillor and IRA member who served time in prison — it is not surprising that she upholds and seeks to justify the decades of IRA terrorism, the murder of hundreds of innocent victims, the bombing and the destruction of £millions of public property, kidnapping and innumerable robberies and other acts of terrorism too numerous to mention!

What is more, as one whose whole career is one of setting forth lies of falsehoods, it is nothing new for her and her ilk to talk out of the side of their mouth in order to try and justify the unjustifiable! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-04 a 11:26 pm

The woman who left her waterpot and took home the well

“But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life . . . . . . The woman then left her waterpot, and went her way into the city,” John 4:14, 28.

Preached by Rev Ivan Foster when minister of  Bethel Free Presbyterian Church, May 6th, 1973.

True conversion is never a matter of chance, no matter how it may appear so to men! It is no mere ‘fluke’ that brings about an encounter between the SINNER and the SAVIOUR. The Lord Jesus was ever SEEKING the lost. He, in His search, deliberately planned confrontations with sinners. This is plainly seen in the passage we read, (John 4:1-26, 39-42).

The Lord Jesus selected the PERSON. The Lord Jesus selected the SITUATION. The Lord Jesus selected the TIME. The Lord Jesus selected the CONVERSATION. The Lord Jesus chose to REVEAL HIMSELF. “Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he,” verse 26. FIRST and LAST salvation is of the Lord!

In His conversation with this woman, Christ pinpoints the two great areas of ignorance in mankind, verse 10. “Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.” Mankind is IGNORANT of the GIFT and GIVER.

Tonight I wish to show what the Bible teaches us about the GIFT and GIVER.

God’s gift of salvation is likened unto a WELL OF WATER. “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life,” verse 14. By setting our thoughts upon such a familiar object as a well of water we can learn much about God’s salvation. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-02 a 5:45 pm

Popular priest behind atrocity that even IRA was ashamed of

Popular priest behind atrocity that even IRA was ashamed of

RUC believed Fr James Chesney played major part in 1972 Claudy bomb massacre that left nine dead

So read the headline in a ‘Belfast Telegraph article marking the 50th anniversary of the infamous ‘Claudy Bombing’ by an IRA gang, led, it is commonly believed, by a Roman Catholic priest, one James Chesney.

Claudy bombing aftermath

Had this been an incident in which a loyalist terror group, led by a Protestant minister, set off three car bombs which resulted in the murder of 9 people and the injuring of 30, then the headlines and the general reaction would have been very different indeed.

The Pope would have appeared on his balcony to conduct the chorus of hatred and propaganda against Ulster Protestants. The Roman Catholic Church in Ireland in company with the ecumenical churches, would have most diligently joined in this world-wide cry. The Westminster Government would have been on its knees in commiseration and a weeping prime minister would have offered his deepest sympathies along with £millions in compensation.

Most importantly, to a man, God-fearing Ulster Protestants would have outrightly condemned such an act for it has no place in Bible Protestantism!

As it was, things turned out very differently. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-08-01 a 12:10 am