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Pilgrims Covenant Church gospel outreach update report

I come to the final article of this year and may I thank you for the encouragements you have been to me during the last 12 months.

I commend to you this report of the Autumn/Winter outreach activities of Pilgrims Covenant Church, in the state of Wisconsin, USA.

Though small, the church maintains a faithful witness to the gospel of Christ to their fellow citizens in their home state and in neighbouring states, such as Illinois.

We are all seeing, I believe, in these days a re-enactment of the experience of the foolishly rebellious people in the days of Jeremiah, about which I read just this morning.

“And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets, until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy,” 2 Chronicles 36:15-16.

The witness of Pilgrims Covenant Church is an encouragement and an example to us here in Kilskeery and to many other Christian gatherings in these days of decline, declension and spiritual decay.

I would ask you to pray for Pastor Ralph Ovadal and his small band of workers as they maintain a faithful witness to the Word of God and the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-31 a 8:12 pm


Sinn Fein/IRA — Unchanged, Unchanging and Unchangeable!!

Here are a number of reports from the local press which shows the sham of Sinn Fein’s attempt to put on a ‘human’ face.

They are in heart what they were in the days of terror and murder which for some forty years they waged against the people of Northern Ireland.

How true is God’s Word regarding their like!

“Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil,” Jeremiah 13:23.

How utterly foolish were the DUP leaders to enter power-sharing with them in 2007 and how inexplicable is its continuing in that shameful coalition!

This picture can easily be enlarged on you laptop, phone or tablet for easier reading

To see them now sitting in dominance in Stormont while the DUP pursues its ineffectual and pathetic campaign against the ‘NI Protocol’ on the sidelines, is a sure mark of the judgment of God that has overtaken our Province, due to its persistent adherence to ecumenical apostasy and departure from the Word of God. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-27 a 5:19 pm


Biblical Separation - an essential truth for a believer’s wellbeing

These few thoughts arose while reading 2 Chronicles 25:5-11.

The meditation was a blessing to me as I saw afresh the simple truth concerning BIBLICAL SEPARATION and its blessing and cost.

Am I wrong in thinking that a right view of this truth has been largely lost to this generation? I think not.

For that reason I trust that, simple as the study may be, it will prove useful to some.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


BIBLICAL SEPARATION – an essential truth for a believer’s wellbeing

“Moreover Amaziah gathered Judah together, and made them captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, according to the houses of their fathers, throughout all Judah and Benjamin: and he numbered them from twenty years old and above, and found them three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield. He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver.

But there came a man of God to him, saying, O king, let not the army of Israel go with thee; for the LORD is not with Israel, to wit, with all the children of Ephraim. But if thou wilt go, do it, be strong for the battle: God shall make thee fall before the enemy: for God hath power to help, and to cast down.

And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this. Then Amaziah separated them, to wit, the army that was come to him out of Ephraim, to go home again: wherefore their anger was greatly kindled against Judah, and they returned home in great anger. And Amaziah strengthened himself, and led forth his people, and went to the valley of salt, and smote of the children of Seir ten thousand,” 2 Chronicles 25:5-11.

Sadly, what is said of Amaziah in verse 2 of this chapter, is something that can be said of most, if not all,  of us. “And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, but not with a perfect heart.” How flawed we are at our best. We see this sad truth in David, in Solomon, in Jehoshaphat, in Peter and the other disciples, to name but a few of the examples set before us in the Bible.

A truthful survey of our own hearts will produce the confession: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God,” Romans 3:23.

Bearing this mind, let us humbly learn from what is said in the verses at the head of this article regarding Amaziah’s experiences.

I. LET US SEE THE NATURAL THINKING OF THE HEART

“He hired also an hundred thousand mighty men of valour out of Israel for an hundred talents of silver,” verse 6.

He had “three hundred thousand choice men, able to go forth to war, that could handle spear and shield” (verse 5) of his own men but that was not deemed enough. Above this, he had the help of the Lord for such help is ever promised to those who serve and obey Him. “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed,” Deuteronomy 31:8. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-22 a 9:45 pm


Where, why and when was Jesus born?

Given the paganism of this time of the year, I always like to bring a word of instruction to the boys and girls regarding what the Bible says about the birth of Christ.

It is a word that today all too many believers would need to heed since the ‘celebration of Christmas’ has infiltrated their ranks!

No good can come of this conforming to the world’s ways and practices and the adopting of the follies of unregenerate man.



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Posted on 2022-12-20 a 4:39 pm


Joe Kennedy III confirmed as US special envoy to Northern Ireland

Joe Kennedy III served as the US representative for Massachusetts’s 4th congressional district from 2013 to 2021

Good news is hard to find, outside of the Word of God.

The latest political announcement to hit Northern Ireland cannot, by any stretch of the imagination, be considered ‘good news’!

Doubtless, Sinn Fein/IRA will be clapping hands and slapping backs but that being so, it will tell us the character of this report.

This is the headline in today’s BBC Northern Ireland news website.

Joe Kennedy III confirmed as US special envoy to Northern Ireland

It is a deliberate ‘poke in the eye’ for the Unionist people of Ulster from that ‘arch-hater’ of all that is Protestant and British, President Joe Biden.

He has acknowledged the influence his mother has had over him and the forming of his political views. She was a bitter emigrant Irish Papist who brought with her to the USA all the bitterness toward all things British and Protestant, that only an Irish Papist heart can contain.

The Kennedy clan is stained with the grossest of immorality. Old Joe Kennedy was a well known philanderer, supportive of Hitler and the Nazis and an opponent of the United Kingdom’s war effort at the first. It is commonly believed that he made much of his great fortune through the sale of alcohol! It was this fortune which bought him his way into politics. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-19 a 9:09 pm


Belfast Trust apologises for ‘excessive delays’ at ‘Gender Identity’ clinic

At the risk of wearying you, I just have to draw attention to this wicked and evil deception, this satanic delusion which is funded by government and perpetuated by medical deceivers on poor duped fools.

IT IS THE FRUIT OF APOSTASY! It must be seen as the product of the false modernistic and liberal doctrines taught for years in so-called Protestant pulpits!

SHAME ON ALL THOSE WHO PROFESS THE NAME OF CHRIST AND WHO ATTEND AND SUPPORT SUCH RELIGIOUS CHARLATANS!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Gender identity: Belfast Trust apologises for ‘excessive delays’ at clinic

By Robbie Meredith and Jayne McCormack BBC News NI

The Belfast Health Trust has apologised for “excessive delays” experienced by patients waiting to be seen by Northern Ireland’s gender identity clinic.

BBC News NI has learned 698 people are on the adult waiting list.

The trust said that the longest waiting time is five years and three months.

Forty-seven young people are on a waiting list for the gender identity service for those aged 18 and under, with the longest wait currently 50 weeks.

The trust said it wanted to “sincerely apologise” to everyone affected by delays. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-17 a 1:10 am


Samuel Morrison: Troubling conclusions over how ‘up the Ra’ became acceptable

The Republic of Ireland women’s team sang the pro-IRA chant after their World Cup play-off win over Scotland in October

This letter by Samuel Morrison, Press officer of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, appeared in yesterday’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ (15th Dec 2022).

I commend it to you for it very concisely illustrates just how ‘glorifying and praising the IRA’ has become publicly acceptable to the nationalists of Ireland, North and South, despite the atrocities, carried out by that terrorist organisation, fronted by Sinn Fein, against Protestants and Roman Catholics.

How quickly murderers and terrorists become ‘paladins’ worthy of praise.

It is but Irish history repeating itself. Murderers from within the ranks of the ‘anti-treaty’ rebels of the 1922/3 Irish Civil War were soon elevated to ministerial status in the early years of the Dublin government.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Samuel Morrison: Troubling conclusions over how ‘up the Ra’ became acceptable

UEFA’s decision to fine the Football Association of Ireland €20,000 after their women’s team celebrated victory over Scotland by singing “up the Ra” should cause many to reflect.

When the controversy first broke the song from which the chant is derived, Celtic Symphony by the Wolfe Tones, rocketed to the top of the Irish charts. Before that, the chant was familiar to people well outside the confines of republican bars. The prominence of the song at the publicly-funded concert which rounds off the West Belfast Festival has angered those who suffered at the hands of the Provisional movement for years.

When the video of the Republic’s team singing the song emerged, Michelle O’Neill refused to offer an opinion saying that the FAI had issued a statement and “we should leave it at that”.

Recent polling suggests most of our nationalist neighbours share her nonchalant attitude to the offence caused. Seven out of 10 nationalists agree with Ms O’Neill’s contention that there was “no alternative” to the IRA’s 30-year campaign of terror. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-16 a 6:15 pm


CPS disowns statement - re Bible

This is welcome news though we believe that it does not indicate that such sentiments will not emerge again in the future when it is deemed by ‘the powers that be’ that the time for such a move against the Bible is apposite!

The Lord Jesus indicates clearly to us that the worldling has an undying hatred of His Word and will, when it is thought the time is right, ever seek to silence it.

He said to the  Pharisees: “I know that ye are Abraham’s seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you,” John 8:37. They hated the Living Word, the Lord Jesus and put Him to death and they and all of their ilk, would seek to silence the Written Word. “Did not we straitly command you that ye should not teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and intend to bring this man’s blood upon us,” Acts 5:28.

It is the Christian’s duty to ever defy such interdicts by the enemies of the gospel, though it is only by the Lord’s grace that this can be done.

This latest development in this controversy is most welcome and we say in response to it: “This is the LORD’S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes,” Psalm 118:23.

I sincerely thank Baroness Hoey, an Ulster women who has sought to uphold the cause of Ulster time and again, for obtaining this response.

I am including a copy of an email I sent to Baroness Hoey, thanking her for her efforts. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-13 a 9:29 pm


The DUP’s shameful support for the evil perversions of today!!

It grieves me to pass on this picture which was just sent to me.

I understand the two DUP councillors referred to  are on the left in this picture. The picture is part of the publicity surrounding the announcement of the plans the sodomites have made for their 2023 ‘Festival’ in Belfast.

If these two men are not sodomites, they at least show ‘pride’ in the perverted behaviour of those engaged in this abominable lifestyle.

Their action blasts the notion that the party which once campaigned to “Save Ulster from Sodom” back in 1977, is still occupying that moral position!

The DUP has sold out on this issue as well as on many other matters. Some of the issues it has abandoned its former position upon had great constitutional and political importance.

However, none will carry the consequences that this betrayal of truth and righteousness will have.

This picture and the silence of the DUP leadership, indicates that the party has embraced and openly supports that which God abominates!

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” Leviticus 18:22.

Such defiance will bring repercussions on the party and ALL WHO CONTINUE TO SUPPORT IT OR VOTE FOR IT!

Christians, particularly in the Free Presbyterian Church, who have continued to support and ally themselves with these (I use a good old Ulster term) Lundies, need to heed the words of the Lord Jesus Christ.

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon,” Matthew 6:24.

“He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad,” Matthew 12:30.

Free Presbyterians who continue to support the DUP must realise that they are thus designating themselves as ‘despisers’ of God and being ‘against the Saviour’ and His cause!

Who is it that truly fears the Lord can for a moment contemplate continuing on such a course amongst company?

“For Jerusalem is ruined, and Judah is fallen: because their tongue and their doings are against the LORD, to provoke the eyes of his glory,” Isaiah 3:8.

The DUP once had the motto: — “The truth shall set you free”.

Henceforth it must be: —  “And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter,” Isaiah 59:14.

 

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2022-12-10 a 8:20 pm


The snare gripping the nations today

“And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man,” Luke 21:34-36.

There is always something fresh in God’s Word, something not particularly noted before!

Yesterday morning I read Luke 21 as part of my daily Bible reading. I don’t believe I ever before noted the words of verse 35.

“For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth.”

This chapter deals with events about which the Saviour was warning His disciples to watch out for. He did so in response to what they were seeking to show Him. “And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,” verse 5. This is the parallel of Matthew 24:1. “And Jesus went out, and departed from the temple: and his disciples came to him for to shew him the buildings of the temple.”

The Saviour is quick to inform His disciples that that which they so admired would soon be utterly destroyed. That destruction took place in AD 70, when the Roman armies destroyed  the city of Jerusalem and the temple. Luke 21:2-24 deals with this period. Then the Saviour moves from AD 70 to the yet future times surrounding His second coming.

Many mistakenly believe that all the verses 2-28 relate to AD 70. However, we should carefully note the words of verse 24. “And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-08 a 10:48 pm


News from 'Abolish Abortion NI'

Department of Health planning for 6500 children to be aborted every year – 1 in 4 Northern Ireland births.

On Friday the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Chris Heaton-Harris MP, instructed the Northern Ireland Department for Health to fully commission abortion services in Northern Ireland, effectively signing a death warrant for tens of thousands of children.

Early commissioning documents obtained by Abolish Abortion NI showed that the Department of Health were planning to create an abortion regime capable of murdering up to 6500 children every year. This will mean 1 in every 4 children will be murdered before birth.

Mr Heatton-Harris’ intervention, as well as the enormous pot of money he announced in last week’s budget, now provides the Department of Health with the means and motive to make their abortion holocaust a reality in Northern Ireland.

Below are some of the events we have planned for this week as we continue to fight back.

Episode 3  of our series streams Monday

As part of their 2021 General Assembly the Presbyterian Church in Ireland adopted a report that rejected the abortion abolitionist position. In doing so, however, the church has now adopted a theological position that is at odds with much of church history and the Westminster Confession of Faith.

The relevant section of the Public Affairs report, which has implications far beyond the abortion issue, was titled ‘The Theology of Exile’ and can be seen on page twelve of this document.

Last week we examined the document’s claim that Christians should be pragmatic in the public sphere by asking ‘Should Christians compromise with evil?’. This week we will be discussing how the church should engage with the world.

Episode 3 steams live at 8:30pm on Monday the 5th of December on Facebook and Youtube. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-03 a 8:49 pm


Street preacher was charged with hate crime for quoting Bible

Street preacher John Dunn

There are elements of this report which appeared in today’s “Times” newspaper (again, sent to me by a friend) that must be noted.

I. It is clear that perverts will decide who is guilty of a hate crime!

Guidance from the Crown Prosecution Service “any crime can be prosecuted as a hate crime” if it meets specific criteria. The bar is reached, according to an agreement between prosecutors and police, if an offence “is perceived by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by hostility or prejudice, based on a person’s disability or perceived disability; race or perceived race; or religion or perceived religion; or sexual orientation or perceived sexual orientation or transgender identity or perceived transgender identity”.

Note the words : “is perceived by the victim or any other person,”

That means that the matter is decided by those who hate the truth of God and claim that they are offended by it and therefore a victim of a hate crime! Someone who has thrown over God’s natural order cannot be considered ‘rational’ and therefore their opinion is a very poor basis for initiating criminal proceedings!

II. Prosecutors have taken up the role once occupied by the persecutors of John Wycliffe and all those who suffered to give us the Bible in our native tongue! Some 800 years ago they too changed the law to outlaw the Bible.

 The Anti-Wycliffite Statute of 1401 extended persecution to Wycliffe’s remaining followers. The “Constitutions of Oxford” of 1408 aimed to reclaim authority in all ecclesiastical matters, and specifically named John Wycliffe as it banned certain writings, and noted that translation of Scripture into English by unlicensed laity was a crime punishable by charges of heresy.

Burning Wycliffe’s bones, from Foxe’s Book of Martyrs (1563)

The Council of Constance declared Wycliffe a heretic on 4 May 1415, and banned his writings, effectively both excommunicating him retroactively and making him an early forerunner of Protestantism. The Council decreed that Wycliffe’s works should be burned and his bodily remains removed from consecrated ground. This order, confirmed by Pope Martin V, was carried out in 1428. Wycliffe’s corpse was exhumed and burned and the ashes cast into the River Swift, which flows through Lutterworth. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-12-02 a 9:35 pm