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We will not be silent!

AN EXCELLENT WORD FOR TODAY WHICH EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD HEED!

“We will not be silent!”

 “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?  Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence,” Psalm 94:16-17.

 Preacher: Rev Daniel Henderson

(Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church)

The message may be heard here:

The sermon begins 31 minutes into the recording.

Posted on 2023-01-30 a 6:53 pm


Demons speaking like Christians

BT Journalist Gareth Hanna

It is said of God’s servants in the days of Nehemiah that: “They which builded on the wall, and they that bare burdens, with those that laded, every one with one of his hands wrought in the work, and with the other hand held a weapon,”Nehemiah 4:17.

Today, the ‘sword’ cannot be laid aside for the enemy is on every side and ever increasing in number and aggressiveness.

It is for this reason I have written this article, even though it comes hard on the heels of my last one.

I never wish to overburden my readers, but I am compelled to publicly answer those who attack the Saviour and His truth and also share with you this article.

I must say that the words of Malachi provided guidance on what to do.

“Ye have said, It is vain to serve God: and what profit is it that we have kept his ordinance, and that we have walked mournfully before the LORD of hosts? And now we call the proud happy; yea, they that work wickedness are set up; yea, they that tempt God are even delivered. Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another: and the LORD hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name,” Malachi 3:14-16.

May the article be found helpful by you all.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Demons speaking like Christians

“I’ve ditched Church beliefs, but this is why I’ve decided still to follow Jesus”

Journalist Gareth Hanna talks about his spiritual journey and why he wants to do more to follow in Christ’s footsteps”

When I saw this headline in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’, I thought of the encounter between Paul the apostle and the demon-possessed young woman in Acts 16. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-28 a 10:31 pm


John Coulter's 'piffle' answered!

John Coulter
the son of a Preacher man who believes that a path to the “Saviour” can be found in heavy metal music

I just had to send off this letter to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ in answer to the total folly written today in an article by John Coulter.


UPDATE 28 Jan 2023: More of John Coulter’s blasphemous folly
The news paper published my letter this morning.


What I do not say is that this man’s late father was, for a short time, a student in the Free Presbyterian Church, before he left and joined the ministry of the apostate Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

Please be sure to share this article with friends.
Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Sir,

Your contributor, Mr John Coulter, presents a sadly disappointing article in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’, which is entitled: ‘Gay policy for churches is tricky enough, handling trans issues will be even more so’.

I say disappointing, since Mr Coulter comes from a background where, I believe,  the Bible and its teachings would have been honoured, yet never once in his article does he quote from God’s Word.

His late father, being a Presbyterian minister, would have signed the Westminster Standards as a statement of his faith. The Shorter Catechism asks in question 2: ‘What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?’

The answer given is gloriously succinct!

‘The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.’ Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-27 a 4:42 pm


Further opposition to 'trans conversion therapy ban’

UK PM Rishi Sunak

Christians risk being ‘criminalised’ by trans conversion therapy ban

Church leaders tell Rishi Sunak legislation will also see parents and teachers fall foul of the law

By Nick Gutteridge, Political Correspondent

26 January 2023 • 8:30pm

Christians are at risk of being “criminalised” by a proposed new ban on trans conversion therapy, 1,400 church leaders have warned Rishi Sunak.

In a letter to the Prime Minister, they said the legislation would also see parents and teachers fall foul of the law. They have called for a meeting with Mr Sunak in Downing Street and urged him to drop the “confused” and “unnecessary” proposal.

The Government has said the new law, which will ban all forms of conversion therapy in England and Wales, will cover trans people.

Mr Sunak is facing a Tory revolt over the plans, with dozens of MPs from different wings of the party set to oppose it in Parliament.

Church leaders from different denominations have said the teachings of their faiths are “at grave risk of being outlawed by the proposed legislation”. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-27 a 4:34 pm


Men whose religion is nothing but an act!

It is a great joy to read your Bible and find it speaking to you on the issues of today.

Our school has printed the following text on the presentation label inside every Bible given to school leavers: “When thou goest, it shall lead thee; when thou sleepest, it shall keep thee; and when thou awakest, it shall talk with thee,” Proverbs 6:20-22.

The Word of God does indeed speak with those who come to its pages with earnest faith. May we be given the grace to say with the child Samuel: “Speak; for thy servant heareth,” 1 Samuel 3:10.

May the following thoughts be instructive and of a benefit and blessing to you all.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


The Pharisee and the Publican
water color by John Everett Millais (c. 1860)

MEN WHOSE RELIGION IS NOTHING BUT AN ACT!

“But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in,” Matthew 23:13.

I recall, as if it were but yesterday, the first time I heard Dr Paisley preach on this chapter, in my early days attending his church in 1964. He was defending himself yet again against the railing accusations of ecumenists and modernist ministers, who had accused him of being ‘unChrist-like’ whenever he condemned in strong Biblical terms those guilty of denying the truth of the Bible!

I was thrilled to thus see that the enemies of God could be answered directly, unsparingly and powerfully from the recorded words of the Lord Jesus Himself.

I believe I learned a lesson back then that has lasted a lifetime!

1. The word ‘hypocrite’ is particularly applicable.

The Greek word from which the English word ‘hypocrite’ comes is hupokrites. It carries the meaning of an actor, stage player.  It refers to someone who is merely pretending to be someone he is not in reality.

How wonderfully precise and accurate is such a word in describing men who daily masquerade as being men that in truth they are very far from being! The term ‘Pharisee’ has entered the English language and it is used in a derogative manner when speaking of one noted for his religious falsity.

Most Protestant ministers begin their ministry by publicly swearing to believe creeds and confessions that essentially date back to the days of the Protestant Reformation. Despite years of modernism and ecumenism, most professedly Protestant churches have at least some of the basic elements of Biblical religion laid down in their foundational doctrines.

By confessing such doctrines as theirs, the men who then go on to deny and undermine these truths are indeed hypocrites, merely actors playing out a role and that for money! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-26 a 6:13 pm


Opponent of 'gay conversion therapy' charged with promoting it

Here is further evidence of the dominant position into which the practisers and promoters of the perverted lifestyle of the sodomites and their evil associates have come.

The charge against this man is made despite it being reported that, “he has protested that all he did was share his experience as a former homosexual who “left homosexuality”.

Mr Grech said he does not agree with the term ‘conversion therapy’ and that he left his homosexual identity after becoming a Christian – without any type of therapy.

“I understood that in the Bible, homosexuality is not an identity as we make it nowadays. And neither is it a feeling, but a practice…” he said.

This sounds very like the confession of one who has truly experienced God’s deliverance from this evil lifestyle.

He is being supported by UK campaign group, Christian Concern/The Christian Legal Centre, which insists at no point during the programme did Mr Grech invite any listener to attend therapy.

It will be interesting to see the reaction of the The Stormont Department of Communities which it is stated is ‘working with LGBT groups and colleagues in other jurisdictions on legislation “to ban conversion practices in Northern Ireland’.

The full report may be read on the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ website.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Matthew Grech Malta: Trustee of Co Down ex-gay charity Core Issues Trust to be ‘first in world’ charged with promoting ‘gay conversion therapy’

The first person in the world to be prosecuted for promoting ‘gay conversion therapy’ is a trustee of Co Down ex-gay charity Core Issues, according to the campaign group defending him.

Matthew Grech, 33, is a trustee of the Co Down ex-gay charity Core Issues Trust. He lives on the Mediterranean island state of Malta, which is also an EU member. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-25 a 4:48 pm


KICS 43rd Annual Service and Prize-Giving

KILSKEERY INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

43rd Annual Praise Service and Prize-Giving

(Friday 20th January 2023)

(View the recording of the service on Facebook)

The pupils led the praise, the Principal, Mrs Pamela Foster gave her report and guest preacher, Rev Jonathan Creane preached and presented the prizes.Rev James Porter, Minister in Charge of the Congregation, led the service.

(Click image to enlarge)

Posted on 2023-01-21 a 8:14 pm


New Zealand - from bad to worse!

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has resigned

See Update Below.

New Zealand is in the midst of a political crisis, of the making of its present Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, who has suddenly announced that she is stepping down as a result of being no longer able physically and mentally to carry the burden of leadership. She says she has no regrets over her decision to step down.

She has been one whose policies have been exceedingly ‘liberal’, with her giving support to many of the modern perversions. It was reported in ‘The Spectator’ of  14th July 2021, that “Jacinda Ardern’s Labour government has been busy prioritising a bill that would effectively allow anyone to become a woman just because they wanted to.”

In eternity Mrs Ardern may have many deep regrets about that course of action!

She has set a trend in motion in her land as is seen in recent news report that one of the ‘potential candidates (for replacing Mrs Ardern) include Minister of Justice Kiri Allan, 39. If successful she would become the country’s first prime minister of Maori descent, as well as the first openly gay leader.’

Once sin gets in, it soon establishes itself and takes root!

UPDATE: 23 January 2023

Here is an update on the political situation in New Zealand from a pro-family values organisation in that land. The newsletter was shared with me by a friend.

Update on situation in New Zealand

 

This trend of those given over to a lifestyle in complete defiance of God and His Law, is a trend developing everywhere in western ‘democracies’. On our island, our neighbours in the Roman Catholic, Republic of Ireland, are presently led for the second time by Leo Varadkar, who openly flaunts his perverted sodomite lifestyle. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-20 a 5:08 pm


Back to paganism

The following was circulated in a ‘news letter’ sent out by “CitizenGO”.

The subject it raises is most serious but it fails to highlight the full implications of the incident. A petition to the Home Secretary may help in the short-term but such a response betrays a failure to grasp the full implications of this incident.

In brief, here is what the ‘newsletter’ stated.

His offence? Praying for his son, who died as a result of abortion 22 years ago, near an abortion facility in Bournemouth.

I replied to a good friend and supporter who sent me the report early this morning, in the following way:

“It is chiefly sad that this man was deceived into praying for his dead son, especially since the little one seems to have been deliberately killed by an abortionist.

The fact that he was issued with a fine for doing so ought not to surprise us. The nation at every level has departed from God and has returned to the only alternative to the true source of knowledge, which is the Word of God, to that of man’s own depraved heart and mind.

Such a source of instruction will result in utter folly and error as to what is right and what is wrong.

On this occasion there is a protest about a man being penalised for what he was mentally engaged in.

That reminds me of the court of Artaxerxes the Persian king. We read in Nehemiah 2, that God’s servant was sad of heart and distressed by his thoughts regarding the state of Jerusalem for he had just been informed of its ruined state, 1:2-3.

“Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire.”

This set him to praying brokenly for the people and the city. his sadness showed on his face and his sorrowful countenance was noticed by the king since he was a chief attendant upon the king.

“Wherefore the king said unto me, Why is thy countenance sad, seeing thou art not sick? this is nothing else but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid,” Nehemiah 2:2.

Such a facial expression was not permitted in the presence of the king and could result in death!

This was man’s reasoning at its worst. The sad expression of Nehemiah could upset the king and ‘ruin’ his day! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-20 a 4:56 pm


Mary Lou supports another wicked practice!

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

The following article from today’s “Belfast Telegraph”, highlights the thinking that prevails amongst the political ranks of most nations. It is even to be found in what was considered, until recently, ‘morally conservative’ Ireland.

Of course, in truth, Ireland was never ‘morally conservative’! The large majority of its population once toed the Roman Catholic line on morals. Many mistakenly considered that line to be ‘conservative’. The term means ‘adverse to change or innovation and holding traditional values’. Romanism has ever been seen as ‘unchanging’, which in truth she most certainly is not. The 20th and the 21st centuries have witnessed it changing its views substantially, while maintaining the lie that it ‘never changes’!

It tolerates abortion when once it opposed it. It supports sodomy and ‘same-sex marriage’. Its supposed commitment to decency and morality is utterly false, as false as the promise of ‘celibacy’ taken by its priests and nuns!

Romanism may be seen by many as ‘conservative’ but since the word is derived from the word ‘conserve’, to preserve and protect, history clearly evidences that Rome has done all she could to destroy the Truth of God and the true morality that it gives rise to!

If Popery preserves anything, it is her own perverted theological notions and views and her wholly hypocritical and fallacious status in this world. At that she has proved to be amazingly successful. Her popes and cardinals are hailed as pillars of decency and uprightness, irrespective of how many times world news headlines have trumpeted out the vile behaviour o myriads of priests and nuns of every rank within her fold. Cruel and obscene abuse of children, the brutal and inhumane treatment oof unmarried mothers, murder of innumerable infants in her institutions have been the means of turning millions of her ‘faithful against her as modern news reporting has exposed something of the true nature of ’the harlot of Rome’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-16 a 5:25 pm


Religious Division: It's cause and consequences

“And it came to pass in Iconium, that they went both together into the synagogue of the Jews, and so spake, that a great multitude both of the Jews and also of the Greeks believed. But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles, and made their minds evil affected against the brethren. Long time therefore abode they speaking boldly in the Lord, which gave testimony unto the word of his grace, and granted signs and wonders to be done by their hands. But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles,” Acts 14:1-4.

Iconium is located in the south of present-day Turkey and is now known as Konya. Paul and Barnabas have arrived in the city on the first missionary journey undertaken by Paul. Having started off in Antioch in Syria, where there was a Gospel church, and where the disciples were first called Christians. They had spent time on Cyprus, where there was that marvellous encounter with Elymas the sorcerer and where Saul became known thenceforth as ‘Paul’ and took the leading role thereafter in the early missionary work.

From Cyprus the apostolic band sailed to “Perga in Pamphylia” which is on mainland Turkey,  north west of Cyprus. From there they travelled through modern-day Turkey and finally returned home to Antioch by ship, sailing out of Perga.

Controversy and conflict were never far from the advancing of the gospel and it has ever been the same right up to this present-day. Aye, and it will be so until the Saviour returns in triumph to put down the enemies of His truth. The final days will see the Antichrist “make war with the saints, and . . . overcome them,” Revelation 13:7. But that triumph will be short-lived.

“And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God,” Revelation 19:11-15.

However, until that day, the events encountered by Paul and Barnabas in Iconium have been repeated in kind, innumerable times throughout the history of gospel preaching. Let us learn some vital truths from this portion.

1. DIVISION AND CONTROVERSY HAVE EVER DOGGED THE HEELS OF GOD’S SERVANTS

“But the multitude of the city was divided: and part held with the Jews, and part with the apostles,” Acts 14:4.

Such cannot be avoided by the faithful gospel preacher no matter how he may seek to avoid it by all legitimate measures. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-14 a 9:47 pm


Benedict XVI – Saint or Scoundrel?

I know that there will be those who will value this printed version of Rev Daniel Henderson’s sermon – Benedict XVI – Saint or Scoundrel?
which he has shared with me.

May the Lord be pleased to bless the message which has already ruffled a few feathers amongst those who would change the truth of God into a lie!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Benedict XVI – Saint or Scoundrel?

(A summary of the sermon preached by Rev. Daniel Henderson from 1 John 2:18 at Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church on Sunday morning, 8th January, 2023.)

Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time.” (1 John 2:18)

On Saturday, 31st December, 2022, Joseph Ratzinger – commonly known as Pope Benedict XVI – died in a monastery in Vatican City. At the moment when his soul left his body, he stood before Almighty God and has already experienced wrath and judgment. Today – sad as it is to say of any soul – he is in a lost sinners Hell. I say that because as Pope he committed the ‘Unpardonable Sin’ of Matthew 12:31-32 – blasphemy against the Holy Ghost – a sin which God will not forgive and will not forget.

In fact, Benedict XVI in his titles blasphemed all three Persons of the Godhead – Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In his title, the “Pope” or “Papa,” he claimed to be the spiritual father of all mankind. Matthew 23:9 tells us that such an action is blasphemy against God the Father. In his title, the “Pontiff” – which means ‘the Bridge’ – he claims to be the Mediator, the go-between or the bridge between God and men. In taking this title of “Pontiff” to himself, he blasphemed God the Son who is the only Mediator between God and man (1 Timothy 2:5). Then in his title, “the Vicar of Christ”, he claimed to be Christ’s representative on earth. There is only One that is the representative of Christ on earth and that is the Holy Spirit (John 14:26). In the titles and offices he claimed, he had the unique audacity of blaspheming God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. Benedict has now stood before the God he sought in his life to usurp and has been condemned to Hell for his heretical crimes. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-11 a 5:03 pm


Protest letter to the Lord Mayor

The following letter was sent by Rev Daniel Henderson of Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church, to Councillor Paul Greenfield, Lord Mayor of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council  and also to some local newspapers.

We thank him for his stand for the Truth of God.


Dear Lord Mayor,

I am writing to you as a Protestant constituent, very concerned at the recent apathy and compromise that has been displayed by you as Lord Mayor of the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council.

To say that I was flabbergasted that a DUP Mayor and further to that, a born again believer, would show such a demonstration of sympathy and condolence for one that has been responsible for the delusion of many a soul in our community and ultimately seen others then damned to eternal destruction due to the heresies of Popish Romanism was an understatement. I could not believe that someone of your standing in evangelical circles and with a personal heritage of Free Presbyterian upbringing could do such a thing.

Benedict XVI’s death may have been “deeply felt” – your words, not mine – in our community, but eulogising such a character will only cause eternal harm to the souls of men and women still in their sin. I know that you will be well aware that the Pope of Rome is an Antichrist in the sight of God; I trust that before the Lord and in the public domain you will be willing to repent and apologise in order to make this matter right before God and men.

A very concerned Protestant,

Rev. Daniel I. Henderson.

(Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church)

Video of Rev Henderson preaching on the subject this Sabbath morning, January 8th.

 

Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church website 

Posted on 2023-01-09 a 2:09 am


Why God blessed the FPC in the 60s and 70s as He is not doing today!

This article was prompted by what I read at the beginning of this week but subsequent events overtook me and I had to set  this topic aside to deal with other pressing articles.

May the Lord bless what I have written here to all your hearts.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Why God blessed the Free Presbyterian Church in the 60s and 70s as He is not doing today!

 

“But Peter, standing up with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my words: for these are not drunken, as ye suppose, seeing it is but the third hour of the day. But this is that which was spoken by the prophet Joel,” Acts 2:14-16.

On the second day of the New Year, I read from Acts chapter 2. What a chapter this is! It is ever thrilling to read of the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the assembled believers, gathered in the upper room. How appropriate for that to be the venue for the gathering. It was there that the Last Supper had been celebrated. “And he sendeth forth two of his disciples, and saith unto them, Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water: follow him. And wheresoever he shall go in, say ye to the goodman of the house, The Master saith, Where is the guestchamber, where I shall eat the passover with my disciples? And he will shew you a large upper room furnished and prepared: there make ready for us. And his disciples went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them: and they made ready the passover. And in the evening he cometh with the twelve,” Mark 14:13-17.

But the Upper Room that evening became a place of grief and sorrow. That occasion was marked not just by joy but also by great sorrow for there they learned that one of their number would betray the Saviour.“And as they sat and did eat, Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, One of you which eateth with me shall betray me. And they began to be sorrowful, and to say unto him one by one, Is it I? and another said, Is it I?” Mark 14:18-19.

The Saviour and His band of disciples went from the Upper Room to the Garden of Gethsemane and to further sorrow for both the Saviour and His disciples. Within a short time, He was to taken out of Gethsemane, from their midst, handed to the Roman authorities and cruelly crucified.

But now, fifty days have past. They were days when there was a lifting of the dark cloud that had weighed heavily upon them until the Saviour’s resurrection. It was followed by seasons indescribably precious as the Saviour manifested Himself to His believing band. Forty days after His resurrection, the Saviour ascended to His Father’s right hand, there to intercede for His elect people. His final words to His disciples are noteworthy. Luke records them for us in his account in ‘The Acts of the apostles’. “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight,” Acts 1:8-9.

That promise was duly fulfilled some ten days later and we have the account of that in the chapter I read a few days ago. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-06 a 4:56 pm


Encouraging and facilitating sympathy for a dead pope is not the act of one who fears God!

Councillor Paul Greenfield

The new year is but days old and already we see sad evidence of the ongoing defiance of God amongst the ranks of those from whom we could expect better.

Here is the latest illustration of the spirit that will destroy the Protestant cause in Ulster.

Sincere regards,

Ivan Foister


Encouraging and facilitating sympathy for a dead pope is not the act of one who fears God!

It was with profound shock and disappointment that I read the following statement, sent to me by an equally distressed Free Presbyterian, from the official FaceBook page of Armagh City, Banbridge, Craigavon Borough Council.

Councillor Paul Greenfield is a Democratic Unionist Party member of that Council. I do not know what his present church connections are and I am not anxious in the least to find out. I find the matter painful enough with learning of even greater cause for grief. I do know that he had strong Free Presbyterian links in his youth.

As a result, he would know that all ministers and elders of the Free Presbyterian Church swear an oath at their ordination and again at any later installation service with which they may be involved when called to another congregation.

So many have publicly sworn this oath on a number of occasions.

 

Part of that oath is a declaration that they sincerely believe and receive the Articles of Faith of the Free Presbyterian Church and the Westminster Standards as containing the system of doctrine taught in the Holy Scriptures. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-05 a 5:23 pm


When you reject Christ, you endanger your children!

Guido Reni — Massacre of the Innocents

“Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men,” Matthew 2:16.

When I read this passage this morning (Monday 2nd January), I began to think of why such a thing should happen. I started out from the truth that the “LORD is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him,” Psalm 92:15. The wise man stated the case well: “As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come,” Proverbs 26:2. As the swallow, with its homing instincts, follows the course set for it of God, so God’s judgments follow a path set by Him. Nothing is by chance nor happens without divine overruling!

We think of the cruel and wicked actions of Herod but has thought been given to why such a horrific thing should have overtaken the babes of Bethlehem!

The narrative refers to the prophecy of Jeremiah and states that this slaughter was the subject of that prophecy.

“Then was fulfilled that which was spoken by Jeremy the prophet, saying, In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-04 a 8:42 pm


Pope Benedict a wiser man now BUT LOST!!!!

As we ended 2022 so we begin 2023 — attacking the devil and his agents and seeking to refute their lies and warn sinners of their need of Christ.

This article on the late Pope Benedict centres upon his wicked attack on the gospel and the allying ecumenical church leaders here in Ulster with him and his perverted notions of God and His Truth.

The many news link I have included were sent to me by a friend who keeps a watch out for such items that may be of interest to me and you, the readers of “The Burning Bush”.

May it please the Lord to bless the article to many hearts.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Pope Benedict XVI. Pic: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

Pope Benedict a wiser man now BUT LOST!!!!

Ex-Pope Benedict, like all his predecessors who have entered upon death, has crossed a threshold to a realm of knowledge of a degree he never experienced while alive!

He was one who, during his time on earth, descended to the utter depths of pagan darkness to an extent few others did, with the exception of his fellow popes.

Under the guise of his self-proclaimed role as ‘God’s chief representative on earth’, he propagated the most vile perversion of Christianity. I believe that it can be proved that the ‘institution’ of which he was head, distorted, corrupted and degenerated every truth of the Bible. In the place of plain gospel doctrine as set forth in God’s Word, he and his ilk set forth nothing better than the corruptions of ‘Babylonianism’. Indeed, it was ‘Babylonianism’!

He is now paying the price in hell of his life-long embracing of popish nonsense and rejecting the truth of God. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-01-02 a 6:33 pm


A very happy 2023

Dear Friends,

We share this picture of the scene we look out on from our home, and have done so now for some 14 years, since we retired in 2008.

With it, we wish you all a very happy and prosperous 2023, trusting in the midst of all the failures of men’s hopes and ambitions, you will know the joy and peace of these words.

“‭The eternal‭ God‭ ‭is thy‭ refuge‭, and underneath ‭are‭ the everlasting‭ arms‭: and he shall thrust out‭‭ the enemy‭‭ from before‭ thee; and shall say‭‭, Destroy‭‭ ‭them‭.‭ ‭Israel‭ then shall dwell‭‭ in safety‭ alone‭: the fountain‭ of Jacob‭ ‭shall be‭ upon a land‭ of corn‭ and wine‭; also his heavens‭ shall drop down‭‭ dew‭.‭ ‭Happy‭ ‭art‭ thou, O Israel‭: who ‭is‭ like unto thee, O people‭ saved‭‭ by the LORD‭, the shield‭ of thy help‭, and who ‭is‭ the sword‭ of thy excellency‭! and thine enemies‭‭ shall be found liars‭‭ unto thee; and thou shalt tread‭‭ upon their high places‭,” Deuteronomy 33:27-29.

Sincerest love to all,

Ann & Ivan

Posted on 2023-01-01 a 12:01 am