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Religious trends in Ulster

Below is the heading and an article in today’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’ by Mr Sam McBride. It was sent to me by a kind friend and I am sending it to you at the risk of burdening you with yet another email, for I believe it reveals the spiritual wilderness our Province has become.

Amongst the causes of this dreadful spiritual decline from what Ulster used to be is the failure of many of God’s ministers to speak out and protest against the defiance of God that is seen clearly amongst the ranks of those who profess allegiance to God or at least once did.

That silence has aided the decline very greatly and has encouraged the enemy and has given the impression that consent is being granted to the ongoing departure from God.

“In the day that thou stoodest on the other side, in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates, and cast lots upon Jerusalem, even thou wast as one of them,” Obadiah 1:11.

It is an analysis of a recent poll on religion in Northern Ireland. What it says is that’Northern Ireland, long long distinguished from the religious trends in the rest of the UK and the world in general, has just about caught up with the departure from God and the rejection of His Word that is the norm in other lands!

This tragic development has been going on for years. It can particularly be traced back to when the three main churches here, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church in Ireland, became founding members of  the World Council of Churches back in 1948.

That organisation became the channel by which every unclean and blasphemous doctrine was streamed in to Ulster via the modernistic and  ecumenical pro-Roman Catholic ministers, who increasingly have taken over the three denominations.

Today, these denominations, to varying degrees, sanction every perversion of the devil, or at least fail to denounce and oppose them as God would have done! The apostasy is not stagnant, though it gives off the stench one associates with that which is, but is ever moving downward and carrying the blinded populace with it. (more…)

The Gospel according to the cookery book!

“‭He causeth the grass‭ to grow‭‭ for the cattle‭, and herb‭ for the service‭ of man‭: that he may bring forth‭‭ food‭ out of the earth‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 104:14.

This morning (26/2/24) I read the words: “‭Consider‭‭ the ravens‭: for‭ they neither‭ sow‭‭ nor‭ reap‭‭; which‭ neither‭ have‭‭ storehouse‭ nor‭ barn‭; and‭ God‭ feedeth‭‭ them‭: how much‭ more‭ are‭‭ ye‭ better than‭‭ the fowls‭?‭ . . . ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Consider‭‭ the lilies‭ how‭ they grow‭‭: they toil‭‭ not‭, they spin‭‭ not‭; and yet‭ I say‭‭ unto you‭, that Solomon‭ in‭ all‭ his‭ glory‭ was‭‭ not‭ arrayed‭‭ like‭ one‭ of these‭,‭”‭ Luke 12:24, 27.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

When I thought upon the word ‘consider’, which is a translation of a Greek word which could also be translated ‘observe and understand’, I saw how that the Lord would have us observe His creation for it, in all its manifested elements, testifies of His merciful providence.

That caused me to think upon the verse above from the Psalms and particularly the words: “that he may bring forth food out of the earth.”

The Bible says: “And . . . ‭‭‭‭‭of making‭‭ many‭‭ books‭ ‭there is‭ no end‭,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ Ecclesiastes 12:12. This is certainly so of cookery books! I never search the internet for news reports of the events of the day without coming upon innumerable recommended meals and recipes that can be prepared. I do not think I am wrong in thinking that such is the variety of food available from the earth for man that the combinations and dishes that are possible are almost infinite.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

I. THE FOOD THAT THE EARTH BRINGS FORTH DECLARES GOD’S KINDNESS.

I wonder have you ever thought of just what it is God provides for our good from the earth? I have often pondered how that man, who was created out of “the dust of‭ the ground‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭” (Genesis 2:7), is daily sustained from that which springs up from the earth.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

1. Everything we eat has its origin in the dust. Whether it be fruit, vegetables or meat, it has all come from the earth. What a miracle is involved in the transforming of grass into a juicy steak! It is most laughable that the ‘learned’ evolutionist thinks that the many ruminants somehow taught themselves to chew their cud and turn grass into that which man find’s delicious! Man cannot digest grass otherwise we would have a very abundant food source produced by our lawn! But God has ordained that many creatures can digest grass and from that produce that which we delight to feast upon and digest! (more…)

RCC’s shocking history in Western Australia

The following headline is taken from the website of a legal organisation dedicated to exposing the immorality of the Roman Catholic Church.  I was sent the link by a friend from Australia about one hour ago.

The following statement may be found on the website: (Church Abuse):

“The prevalence of child abuse throughout Australian religious institutions is truly shocking. Countless children across the country were exposed to physical, psychological and sexual abuse in churches, religious schools, religious children’s homes, and charitable organisations.

The response to this abuse has been just as disgraceful, with church authorities often covering up clerical abuse to protect their own image, exposing further children to abuse and helping offenders to go unpunished. In recent decades, religious institutions have spent millions in legal fees trying to deny compensation to victims and protect their bottom line.

One of the worst offenders is the Catholic Church, where a shocking 7% of all priests were accused of abusing children between 1950-2010. In some Catholic orders, the numbers were as high as 15%, 20% and even 40%.

Other religious institutions such as the Christian Brothers, Anglican Church, Salvation Army and the Uniting Church all have similarly shameful histories.”

Despite such repeated exposés, it is sad to know that people still attend the services of what the Reformers rightly called ‘Babylonianism’!

It is a system of the devil and is energised and upheld by him. I believe that any Protestant denomination which was subjected to a similar exposure would be abandoned by its attenders!

Every Christian should pray for their Roman Catholic neighbours that they might be delivered from the deceptions of Romanism, even as prayer was undoubtedly offered for Saul of Tarsus, resulting in his conversion and transformation from persecutor to Paul the apostle to the Gentiles. (more…)