Ignorance of what follows upon death breeds ungodly laws and practices

“‭And‭ as‭‭ it is appointed‭‭ unto men‭ once‭ to die‭‭, but‭ after‭ this‭ the judgment‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 9:27.

But‭ after‭ this‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . WHAT ???????

The following headline jumped out at me when I went to look at the latest news headlines on Thursday past.

Could assisted dying be coming to Scotland?

It is a report of a member of the Scottish Parliament, one Liam McArthur, who has tabled a bill whereby, if it becomes law in Scotland, terminally-ill people will be offered assistance to end their lives!

The report continues: “Supporters of the legislation say it would ease suffering.

Opponents worry that some terminally-ill people could feel under pressure to end their lives.

The Assisted Dying Bill is drafted by the Lib Dem MSP, Liam McArthur, who expects it to be debated this autumn.

The bill was published on Thursday and will potentially be voted on next year.

The Scottish government says ministers and SNP backbenchers will not be instructed how to vote, as the matter is an issue of individual conscience.

First Minister Humza Yousaf, who is a Muslim, has indicated that he is likely to vote against the bill, which is also opposed by the Church of Scotland, the Catholic Church in Scotland, and the Scottish Association of Mosques.

Under the proposals, patients could only request medical assistance to end their life if they had a terminal illness and had been ruled mentally fit to make the decision by two doctors.

Mr McArthur says “the terminal illness would need to be advanced and progressive” and the medics would have to ensure there was “no coercion.”

In addition, the patient must be aged 16 or over, a resident of Scotland for at least 12 months, and must administer the life-ending medication themselves.

In Scotland, it is not illegal to attempt suicide but helping someone take his/her own life could lead to prosecution for crimes such as murder, culpable homicide or offences under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.


We are likely to see such a change also sought in the other parts of the United Kingdom. Leader of the Labour Party, Sir Keir Starmer supports assisted dying law change. (See Sir Keir Starmer supports assisted dying law change)

In a vote in Westminster in 2018, MPs voted down the 2015 bill on allowing terminally ill people to end their own life by 330 to 118.

In the Republic of Ireland, Sinn Fein has given its support to such a law being established there. (Sinn Féin to support Right to Die Bill moving to next stage).

Since they are the political ‘Movers and Shakers’ in Stormont, we can easily see that such a law may well be introduced here in Ulster as well. In Northern Ireland, it is an offence to encourage or assist the suicide or attempted suicide of another person, as is set out in the Criminal Justice Act 1966. But then many things have changed in ‘Ecumenical’ Ulster since 1966 and most certainly not for the better!

Just after I had completed this article, the following news article appeared on our local BBC news site. Assisted dying: Sinn Féin and SDLP would consider change to law

Both Nationalist parties are indicating their willingness to support such a change in our law. The report states: “Sinn Féin and the Social Democratic and Labour Party (SDLP) both say they would consider supporting a change to the law to allow assisted dying for people with a terminal illness.”


Growing support for what is euphemistically called ‘assisted dying’ is, in truth, support self-murder. It is one of the fruits of the departure from the Word of God that has taken place in these islands. This departure has been led by the ‘liberal’ clerics who dominated the major denominations.

The Bible makes it very clear that ‘suicide’ is utterly forbidden. Thoughts of such are the result of the despair that sin brings into the mind of the one living in defiance of God and bereft of the comforts and blessing of the gospel of Christ.

“‭Therefore I hated‭‭ life‭; because the work‭ that is wrought‭‭ under the sun‭ ‭is‭ grievous‭ unto me: for all ‭is‭ vanity‭ and vexation‭ of spirit‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ecclesiastes 2:17. Life often becomes unbearable for one who is in conflict with God and His truth. Such a lifestyle is utterly opposed to God’s will for mankind. “‭Let us hear‭‭ the conclusion‭ of the whole matter‭: Fear‭‭ God‭, and keep‭‭ his commandments‭: for this ‭is‭ the whole ‭duty‭ of man‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ecclesiastes 12:13. When that duty is embraced life becomes precious and a joy, even amidst the trials that may afflict the obedient! “‭These things‭ I have spoken‭‭ unto you‭, that‭ in‭ me‭ ye might have‭‭ peace‭. In‭ the world‭ ye shall have‭‭‭‭‭ tribulation‭: but‭ be of good cheer‭‭; I‭ have overcome‭‭ the world‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 16:33. The Christian’s hope of eventual victory and glory, wrought by Christ for him over all his enemies, sustains him amidst the greatest of trials. “‭Fear‭‭ none‭ of those things which‭ thou shalt‭‭ suffer‭‭: behold‭‭, the devil‭ shall‭‭ cast‭‭ ‭some‭ of‭ you‭ into‭ prison‭, that‭ ye may be tried‭‭; and‭ ye shall have‭‭ tribulation‭ ten‭ days‭: be thou‭‭ faithful‭ unto‭ death‭, and‭ I will give‭‭ thee‭ a crown‭ of life‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 2:10.

Amidst life’s trials, and they will increase for the child of God as this age nears its conclusion, we are sustained by the grace of the Holy Spirit and enabled to hasten to our Heavenly Father for His help and blessing, available to us through Christ.

Heed these words carefully.

“‭Paul‭, an apostle‭ of Jesus‭ Christ‭ by‭ the will‭ of God‭, to the saints‭ which are‭‭ at‭ Ephesus‭, and‭ to the faithful‭ in‭ Christ‭ Jesus‭:‭ ‭grace‭ ‭be‭ to you‭, and‭ peace‭, from‭ God‭ our‭ Father‭, and‭ ‭from‭ the Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭.‭ ‭Blessed‭ ‭be‭ the God‭ and‭ Father‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭, who‭ hath blessed‭‭ us‭ with‭ all‭ spiritual‭ blessings‭ in‭ heavenly‭ ‭places‭ in‭ Christ‭:‭ ‭according as‭ he hath chosen‭‭ us‭ in‭ him‭ before‭ the foundation‭ of the world‭, that we‭ should be‭‭ holy‭ and‭ without blame‭ before‭ him‭ in‭ love‭:‭ ‭having predestinated‭‭ us‭ unto‭ the adoption of children‭ by‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭ to‭ himself‭, according‭ to the good pleasure‭ of his‭ will‭,‭ ‭to‭ the praise‭ of the glory‭ of his‭ grace‭, wherein‭‭ he hath made‭‭ us‭ accepted‭‭ in‭ the beloved‭‭.‭ ‭In‭ whom‭ we have‭‭ redemption‭ through‭ his‭ blood‭, the forgiveness‭ of sins‭, according‭ to the riches‭ of his‭ grace‭;‭ ‭wherein‭ he hath abounded‭‭ toward‭ us‭ in‭ all‭ wisdom‭ and‭ prudence‭;‭ ‭having made known‭‭ unto us‭ the mystery‭ of his‭ will‭, according to‭ his‭ good pleasure‭ which‭ he hath purposed‭‭ in‭ himself‭:‭ ‭that in‭ the dispensation‭ of the fulness‭ of times‭ he might gather together in one‭‭ all things‭ in‭ Christ‭, both‭ which‭ are in‭ heaven‭, and‭ which‭ are on‭ earth‭; ‭even‭ in‭ him‭:‭ ‭in‭ whom‭‭ also‭ we have obtained an inheritance‭‭, being predestinated‭‭ according to‭ the purpose‭ of him who worketh‭‭ all things‭ after‭ the counsel‭ of his own‭ will‭:‭ ‭that‭ we‭ should be‭‭ to‭ the praise‭ of his‭ glory‭, who‭ first trusted‭‭ in‭ Christ‭.‭ ‭In‭ whom‭ ye‭ also‭ ‭trusted‭, after that ye heard‭‭ the word‭ of truth‭, the gospel‭ of your‭ salvation‭: in‭ whom‭ also‭ after that ye believed‭‭, ye were sealed with‭‭ that holy‭ Spirit‭ of promise‭,‭ ‭which‭ is‭‭ the earnest‭ of our‭ inheritance‭ until‭ the redemption‭ of the purchased possession‭, unto‭ the praise‭ of his‭ glory‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ephesians 1:1-14.

We have listed what is the purpose and will that God has ordained for His people; what God has done for us and will yet do for us; what we have at present and what we will have forever in glory.

These glorious truths will sustain the believer through the greatest of trials. It will give to the believing saint, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭songs‭ in the night‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Job 35:10. Such was the experience of Paul and Silas in jail in Philippi. “‭And‭ at‭ midnight‭ Paul‭ and‭ Silas‭ prayed‭‭, and sang praises‭‭ unto God‭: and‭ the prisoners‭ heard‭‭ them‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 16:25.

The Psalmist had this confident hope and shared it with us. “‭Yet‭ the LORD‭ will command‭‭ his lovingkindness‭ in the daytime‭, and in the night‭ his song‭ ‭shall be‭ with me, ‭and‭ my prayer‭ unto the God‭ of my life‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 42:8.

The Christian thus ‘comforted’ is enabled to comfort others in their trials. So said Paul. “‭Blessed‭ ‭be‭ God‭, even‭ the Father‭ of our‭ Lord‭ Jesus‭ Christ‭, the Father‭ of mercies‭, and‭ the God‭ of all‭ comfort‭;‭ ‭Who‭ comforteth‭‭ us‭ in‭ all‭ our‭ tribulation‭, that‭ we‭ may be able‭‭ to comfort‭‭ them which are in‭ any‭ trouble‭, by‭ the comfort‭ wherewith‭ we‭‭ ourselves‭ are comforted‭‭ of‭ God‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Corinthians 1:3-4.

The Old Testament saints enjoyed these comforts also. “‭For he said‭‭, Surely they ‭are‭ my people‭, children‭ ‭that‭ will not lie‭‭: so he was their Saviour‭‭.‭ ‭In all their affliction‭ he was afflicted‭, and the angel‭ of his presence‭ saved‭‭ them: in his love‭ and in his pity‭ he redeemed‭‭ them; and he bare‭‭ them, and carried‭‭ them all the days‭ of old‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Isaiah 63:8-9.

We can go ‘with boldness’ to this loving Saviour Who ‘knows all about our troubles’!

“‭Seeing‭‭ then‭ that we have‭‭ a great‭ high priest‭, that is passed into‭‭ the heavens‭, Jesus‭ the Son‭ of God‭, let us hold fast‭‭ ‭our‭ profession‭.‭ ‭For‭ we have‭‭ not‭ an high priest‭ which cannot‭‭‭ be touched with the feeling‭‭ of our‭ infirmities‭; but‭ was‭‭ in‭ all points‭ tempted‭‭‭‭‭ like‭ as‭ ‭we are, yet‭ without‭ sin‭.‭ ‭Let us‭‭ therefore‭ come‭‭ boldly‭‭ unto the throne‭ of grace‭, that‭ we may obtain‭‭ mercy‭, and‭ find‭‭ grace‭ to help‭ in‭ time of need‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Hebrews 4:14-16.


As I have read reports of those planning to end their lives in those foreign clinics which offer such a death and that legally, I have, with sorrow of heart, thought of what is revealed to those who thus end their lives the very instant that ending takes place! They do not find the deliverance they most foolishly hoped for and which they were encouraged to believe would be theirs by relatives and friends and likely also clerics. No, instead they were instantly made aware that the BIBLE IS TRUE in what it says regarding that which awaits those who depart this world as unconverted, Christ-rejecting sinners. They discover that which awaited the unbelieving ‘rich man’ of whom the Saviour spoke.

“‭And‭ it came to pass‭‭, that the beggar‭ died‭‭, and‭ was carried‭‭ by‭ the angels‭ into‭ Abraham’s‭ bosom‭: the rich man‭ also‭‭ died‭‭, and‭ was buried‭‭;‭ ‭and‭ in‭ hell‭ he lift up‭‭ his‭ eyes‭, being‭‭ in‭ torments‭,”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 16:22-23.

No matter how men may mock at the teaching of the Bible on the torments of the damned or how such a doctrine is railed against by the false prophets who fill so many pulpits, HELLFIRE AWAITS THE POOR SINNER WHO DIES WITHOUT CHRIST!

That is what the loving Saviour of men taught!

The drive for legalised ‘assisted dying’ is one of the clearest evidences, of which there are many others in this increasingly godless time, that this nation, so blessed of God in former times through the mercies of the gospel of Jesus Christ, has turned its back upon the teaching of the Word of God! Should such a thing become law, then we have reached the stage of which the Psalmist said nations would strive after in Psalm 2.

“‭Why do the heathen‭ rage‭‭, and the people‭ imagine‭‭ a vain thing‭?‭ ‭The kings‭ of the earth‭ set‭‭ themselves, and the rulers‭‭ take counsel‭‭ together‭, against the LORD‭, and against his anointed‭, ‭saying‭,‭ ‭Let us break‭‭ their bands‭ asunder‭‭, and cast away‭‭ their cords‭ from us,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 1-3.

Have we not witnessed this casting away of God’s truth to a distressing and alarming degree in the last 50 years? Every form of moral perversion, springing from the ungodly hearts of depraved sinners, has replaced laws based upon the moral standards of the Bible and instituted in from times when the fear and reverence of God was evidently upon our nation.

We even have those who profess to be Christians intermingled with the administering of such perversity! Have we not witnessed professing Christians in Stormont silently acquiescing to the acceptance of such perversions and professing Christian councillors working silently alongside those who either openly acknowledge their deviance or are loud in their support of those who are perverts!

All this indicates the drift of the nation away from God’s truth. Having legalised the murder of the unborn, we are soon to see the legalising of the murder of the aged and infirm. Both cases of murder are justified on the basis that it is better for all concerned!

In the case of ‘assisted dying’ by the ungodly, that is most certainly not so.

As the text at the beginning of this article states:

“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

Only in a world where God is forgotten, His Word is ignored and His warnings despised can there be an embracing of dying by our own hand as a way to a better experience!

We echo the words of the ‘preacher’:

“‭Rejoice‭‭, O young man‭, in thy youth‭; and let thy heart‭ cheer‭‭ thee in the days‭ of thy youth‭, and walk‭‭ in the ways‭ of thine heart‭, and in the sight‭ of thine eyes‭: but know‭‭ thou, that for all these ‭things‭ God‭ will bring‭‭ thee into judgment‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ecclesiastes 11:9.

There is a day coming when God will call all men before Him, “‭to execute‭‭ judgment‭ upon‭ all‭, and‭ to convince‭‭ all‭ that are ungodly‭ among them‭ of‭ all‭ their‭ ungodly‭ deeds‭ which‭ they have ungodly committed‭‭, and‭ of‭ all‭ their hard‭ ‭speeches‭ which‭ ungodly‭ sinners‭ have spoken‭‭ against‭ him‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jude 1:15.

Dear reader, if you are not saved then heed God’s Word today and repent and believe the gospel that you might be delivered from your sins and the wrath that awaits all who die in an unconverted state.

“‭He that believeth‭‭ on‭ the Son‭ hath‭‭ everlasting‭ life‭: and‭ he that believeth not‭‭ the Son‭ shall‭‭ not‭ see‭‭ life‭; but‭ the wrath‭ of God‭ abideth‭‭ on‭ him‭,” ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬John 3:36.

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
April 1st, 2024