Irish Presbyterian minister commends Free Presbyterian Church Christian school movement

This is a picture taken by one in attendance at a conference on Christian Education in Richhill Presbyterian Church on February 3rd and forwarded on to me.

It has been reported that a Presbyterian minister in attendance at the conference stated to all that “he thinks the Free Presbyterian Church is doing a significant and vital job in creating Christian schools that needs to be replicated in the UK, as the state is really changing the schooling system.”

Now I welcome such sentiments though I have little hope of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, with its close alliance with the Government on educational matters and its involvement in setting the ecumenical religious curriculum in State schools, ever supporting such a proposal.

What is disconcertingly sad, is that such should be said publicly by an Irish Presbyterian minister in an Irish Presbyterian sponsored conference while so many Free Presbyterian ministers are silent, indeed some even opposing Christian Education!

May the Lord mercifully stir our ministers, elders and parents to see the the evil tactics of the devil at work in the State school system, as dastardly a scheme in its objective as that of Pharaoh’s — “‭And the king‭ of Egypt‭ spake‭‭ to the Hebrew‭ midwives‭‭, of which the name‭ of the one‭ ‭was‭ Shiphrah‭, and the name‭ of the other‭ Puah‭:‭ ‭and he said‭‭, When ye do the office of a midwife‭‭ to the Hebrew women‭, and see‭‭ ‭them‭ upon the stools‭; if it ‭be‭ a son‭, then ye shall kill‭‭ him: but if it ‭be‭ a daughter‭, then she shall live‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Exodus 1:15-16.

Sadly, all too many Christian parents are as were many of the Hebrews back in that dark time. Stephen, the first martyr, said, “But‭ when‭ the time‭ of the promise‭ drew nigh‭‭, which‭ God‭ had sworn‭‭ to Abraham‭, the people‭ grew‭‭ and‭ multiplied‭‭ in‭ Egypt‭,‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ ‭till‭‭ another‭ king‭ arose‭‭, which‭ knew‭‭ not‭ Joseph‭.‭ ‭The same‭ dealt subtilly‭‭ with our‭ kindred‭, and evil entreated‭‭ our‭ fathers‭, so that‭‭ they cast out‭ their‭ young children‭, to the end‭ they might‭‭ not‭ live‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 7:18-19.

It is hard to believe that there were parents who cooperated with Pharaoh and yielded to his murderous purpose and yet what do we see today??

Is it not the same spirit at work within Ulster, even within the Free Presbyterian Church, which is causing Christian parents to submissively send their children to be educated under a system which will poison their minds and souls to the truth of God with unspeakable eternal consequences?

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)