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‘Wise up’: DUP must get act together in new Donaldson era or face political wilderness, warns ex-leader Robinson
So ran the main headline in yesterday’s (25/6/21) ‘Belfast Telegraph. It offers from former DUP leader, Peter Robinson, a solution which within the realm of politics will appear exceedingly wise. In truth however, it is an old well-used sticking plaster that has lost its ‘stickiness’ and is useless in avoiding the future of which he warns – the political wilderness.
As an organisation, the DUP once owed allegiance to God and His Word. Its early rules required all branch meetings to be opened by the reading of the Bible and by prayer! Then, chiefly under the ‘modernising’ influence of Peter Robinson, it steadily though surreptitiously, abandoned its ties to God and His truth in order to become more attractive to those voters who had no desire to see children’s swings locked up and ice-rinks closed on the Sabbath!
His leadership has been repeatedly credited with bringing the DUP to the position of being the largest Unionist party but it was a success built on the sinking sand of worldly wisdom, prudence and political shrewdness.
As such we are witnessing the great fall that was always inevitable!
The modernising trend saw the DUP turn from protesting against the ‘Sunningdale Agreement’ of 1973, ‘The Anglo-Irish Agreement’ of 1985 and the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ of 1998 to embracing in a political coalition, in 2007, those who had openly supported the IRA terrorism, including some who actually took part in the murder campaign. That led on to the funding of sodomite organisations and the abandoning of such practices as refusing news interviews on the Sabbath Day.
Eventually, its endorsement of moral perversion descended to the point of fraternising with sodomite organisations and entertaining them in Stormont buildings and then, ultimately, approving and recommending to the electorate, an openly practising sodomite as a local council candidate who succeeded in winning a council seat in Newtownabbey. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-26 a 9:21 pm
The kettle calling the pot black!
Editor’s note: I have sent this letter to the Editor of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ this morning.
The article headlined : “Sammy Wilson launches broadside at Sinn Fein after MPs support Northern Ireland powersharing legislation” (23rd June 2021) should really have been entitled: “The kettle calling the pot black!”
Surely Sammy hasn’t forgotten that in 2007 his party, the DUP, embraced Sinn Fein with all their lies and deceit, in the infamous ‘power-sharing deal’ which without question lies at the root of today’s disastrous circumstances.
Sadly, there is a stubborn determination on the part of Sammy (a good friend in former times) and the total membership of the DUP, to refuse to acknowledge their grievous error in 2007.
Ulster has been paying for it ever since and, sadly, will continue paying a high price for there is just no sign of any awareness of the follies of the past within the DUP!
So another chapter of tragedy is about to begin!
Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
Kilskeery, Co Tyrone.
Posted on 2021-06-23 a 8:25 pm
God is Still Speaking...
A consideration of an article by Mrs Lindsay Robinson, recently given publicity in a number of media outlets which have given the article a favourable reception.
What a person thinks is not always seen in direct, forthright and bold declarations of their views but it is found in an incidental manner. Such is the case in the article under consideration. Mrs Robinson reveals fortuitously just what it is she believes! I will illustrate that by examining some statements she makes taken from her published article.
I think it is true that Mrs Robinson has in the past gone through a trying time of mental stress. We have sympathy for her in that battle. However, it is no answer to such trials to abandon the Word of God and seek answers from extraneous sources.
1. “I don’t have all the answers as to why (church attendance is falling) and I want to clearly acknowledge that in many areas and on many issues the church does good, hopeful and helpful work – supporting foodbanks, community initiatives, holiday schemes and children/youth activities to name a few.”
That is an interesting summary of what Mrs Robinson considers the ‘good, hopeful and helpful work’ done by churches.
I find it interesting because of what she makes no mention of — the preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-21 a 6:53 pm
Another significant political event yesterday!
With all the ‘hullabaloo’ yesterday surrounding the chaos within the DUP ranks it would have been easy to miss another very significant ‘political’ event.
Here is how the BBC headlined the event.
Mrs Justice Siobhan Keegan becomes NI’s first female top judge
It would appear that this lady has been ‘fast-tracked’ to the top. She was educated at St. Clare’s Primary School and Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, County Down and then Queen’s University, Belfast.
She recently presided at the inquest into the killing of 10 people in an Army operation in Ballymurphy in west Belfast in 1971. To many her verdict at that inquest was faulty and showed prejudice.
I wrote an article at the time, entitled “A Suspicious Conclusion About Ballymurphy Deaths”.
Here is part of what we wrote concerning Justice Keegan’s conclusions at that inquest.
The central claim of Mrs Justice Keegan in her findings is most astonishing!
What Mrs Justice Keegan, who is a Roman Catholic Judge, said at the conclusion of her Coroner’s Court findings was: “What is very clear, is that all of the deceased in the series of inquests were entirely innocent of any wrongdoing on the day in question.”
Given the circumstances of the events in Ballymurphy on that day, surely those on the street were essentially guilty of being part of a lawless assembly? Anyone who was “entirely innocent of any wrongdoing” would have hastened from the scene of rioting and murderous disorder. Anyone who persisted in being present upon the streets when the Army was defending itself from IRA snipers firing from many positions, often from behind the ranks of the civilians on the streets, cannot be considered as being “entirely innocent”. Rather, at the very least, they were guilty of recklessly endangering their own lives. It must also be considered that they were aiding and abetting a murderous attack upon the lawful custodians of law and order. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-18 a 7:23 pm
A pathetic and deceitful pretense of resisting Ulster's enemies!!
“Crisis averted in NI after late night deal on Irish language”, so read the headlines in one of Northern Ireland’s morning newspapers. Another newspaper, one of a republican bent, said: “Crisis averted at Stormont after late night deal on Irish language”.
The nature of the deal referred to is one that is typical of the DUP in the face of Sinn Fein aggression – SURRENDER!
I am sure that I am not the only one who ironically smiled at the words of defiance by various DUP spokesmen from Edwin Poots downward, pre-this ‘agreement’!
As recently as June 16th (but yesterday) it was reported that: “DUP Economy Minister Paul Frew has warned Secretary of State Brandon Lewis to be ‘very careful’ not to do anything that jeopardises devolution as talks continue over the Irish language. Mr Frew said the situation at Stormont was ‘finely balanced’ and it would not be helpful for the Northern Ireland Secretary to interfere. He was speaking as Stormont teeters on the brink of collapse due to a Sinn Fein-DUP row over the Irish language.” (Belfast Telegraph – 1/6/21). Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-17 a 5:37 pm
I dare call it murder
In the light of the Westminster Parliament’s forcing of new and liberal abortion laws upon Northern Ireland and the enfeebled DUP response to this imposition, it might be timely to consider just where the DUP once stood on this vital moral issue.
In 1984, Rev Ivan Foster, Free Presbyterian minister in Kilskeery and a DUP member (he resigned from the party in the late 1980s) of the Northern Ireland Assembly for Fermanagh & South Tyrone, introduced a motion in the Assembly which read: ‘I propose: That this Assembly opposes the extension of the Abortion Act 1967, or any like legislation, to Northern Ireland.’
Read Rev. Ivan Foster’s 1984 Speech to the Northern Ireland Assembly
The motion was supported by all members of the DUP and passed. Only one member of the Assembly voted against it. He was the Alliance member for East Belfast, the late Mr. Addie Morrow.
What was said by Rev Foster in opposition to abortion in 1984 is still relevant and applicable over 37 years later!
Posted on 2021-06-14 a 8:03 pm
The Lord is a Protestant -- The 'Time' has come (Pt 12)
There is an article in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ of June 11th, entitled:
“I am uncomfortable with the terms Catholic and Protestant… I see myself as a Christian: What I Believe with UTV’s Paul Clark”
The television news presenter thus declares that he rejects the terms ‘Protestant’ and also ‘Catholic’.
I would agree with his rejection of ‘Catholic’ for it carries no meaning in theological terms. Now ‘Roman Catholic’ does carry significance. It describes those who adhere to that form of religion which has the Pope of Rome as its head.
It is commonly referred to by most, even those who claim to be true Christians, as ‘Catholic’! That is to miscall it.
The word ‘Catholic’ simply means ‘Universal’. Romanists like to use the term and have all to use it of their religion for they would claim to belong to the ‘one, true and universal church.’
For that reason no one who loves the truth of God should ever refer to Romanism as the ‘Catholic Church’! Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-12 a 8:52 pm
LOVE AND HATE -- Inseparable Partners
“Ye that love the LORD, hate evil,” Psalm 97:10.
The custodians of ‘Political Correctness’ have arrogantly laid down rules of thought and behaviour that really have rewritten the social and moral code of right and wrong. It is now perceived to be utterly wrong to declare oneself against practices and attitudes that not so long ago were considered odious.
On the other hand it is totally unacceptable to a growing number within society, led by the nose by the gurus of correct thinking and opinions, to view and speak of as detestable, those things and views which heretofore were respectable and most fitting for they were based upon the teaching of God’s Word, the Bible.
The text of Holy Scripture at the start of the article teaches what is right in the eyes of God on this whole controversy.
I. WHERE THERE IS TRUE LOVE THERE WILL BE HATRED!
It is impossible to both love the Lord and also to love evil. There are many today who would claim that they do. In that they display either ignorance or hypocrisy or both!
The recent controversy within the ranks of the DUP has brought forth opinions that indicate that it is most wrong to be opposed to that which God’s Word deems ‘abominable’! I speak of the various perversions that are embraced, promoted and defended by the ‘LGBT’ (and whatever other initials that are almost daily added to this acronym) community and its sympathisers.
It has become obvious that the DUP, once the forceful opponent of sodomy in all its forms, is now riddled with proponents of this evil lifestyle and those who are prepared to remain silent before the advance of it being embraced within the body politic of the DUP! Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-08 a 6:30 pm
British towns that are no-go areas for white people
The following article was copied from ‘The Daily Mail’ newspaper. It makes astounding and frightening reading, especially for the people of England and Scotland. It reveals the invasive character of ‘Islam’ as seen in the spirit manifested in those areas where it begins to dominate.
It is not the religion of ‘sweetness and light’ it is proclaimed to be by both its proponents and the ‘politically correct’ media pundits!
Here is a detailed exposé by one who is a Muslim. He can hardly be accused of racism!
We have reproduced only the text of the article. In the newspaper article there are many photographs which, for the sake of space, we have omitted. We have included the ‘link’ to the article so all may be seen there.
British towns that are no-go areas for white people:
Muslim author’s study of mosques reveals children ‘attacked for being white’, parents making families live under Taliban-like rules and women who can’t leave home without permission
Published in ‘The Daily Mail’, 4 June 2021
• Author Ed Husain visited places of worship across UK for Among the Mosques
• Would turn up unannounced to the largest weekly gathering, Friday prayers
• Spoke to taxi drivers, business owners, Imams and worshipers about religion
• Islam in Britain is dominated by ultra-orthodox sect promoted by the Deobandis
• Control over half of Britain’s mosques, and gave birth to Taliban in Afghanistan
• One person described ‘Bolton, Dewsbury and Blackburn’ as ‘different universe’
• Books for sale detail how women should be banned from leaving the house
• Mosque in Didsbury, in converted church, has a sign for the ‘Sharia Department’
• White men revealed ‘no-go areas’ in Blackburn where they would be ‘jumped’
• White woman in Bradford predicts it will become ‘an apartheid city’ in 30 years
An author who visited mosques across Britain to investigate integration has revealed how parts of Blackburn are ‘no-go areas’ for white men, while ultra-orthodox parents in Bradford make children live under Taliban-like rules. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-07 a 12:01 am
Rev. Hugh Hanna's Defense of the Outbreak of Revival in 1859
Here is an extract from a sermon preached on 19th June 1859, during the 1859 revival, by Rev. Hugh Hanna of Berry Street Presbyterian Church in Belfast, some 162 years ago. It is read by Free Presbyterian minister, Rev. Paul Hanna.
Posted on 2021-06-06 a 8:21 pm
The protest that many Free Presbyterians today would wish to forget!
A report of the run up to, the protest at the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland back on 6th June 1966, the court case and imprisonment that followed and the blessed aftermath of it all.
A feature article commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events that led up to and which followed after the 1966 imprisonment of Rev Ian Paisley, Rev John Wylie and Rev Ivan Foster for a term of 3 months in Crumlin Road Jail, Belfast.This account is compiled from reports in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster’s magazine, “The Revivalist” and some reports from the “Belfast Newsletter” and the “Belfast Telegraph”.
I have put together this collection of articles which appeared in the Revivalist in 1966 and 1967, and one from 1968, as well as some newspaper accounts of the June 6th protest, led by the late Dr. Paisley. The parade consisted of some 200 Free Presbyterian men, woman and children. It processed from Ravenhill Church to the building where the annual General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church was taking place. The aim of the event was to honour God, contend for the faith and highlight the ecumenical apostasy of that denomination.
Such were the consequences of that night’s protest that the small Free Presbyterian church, hardly known outside of the six counties of Northern Ireland, became the subject of discussion, mostly derogatory, throughout Christendom! But much more important was the moving of the Spirit of God that became evident within the ranks of the Free Presbyterian church from that time.
God was pleased to work mightily amongst us, adding to our numbers many new congregations and hundreds of new converts.
A recent news report about the shooting of an IRA man, Joe McCann, brought back to my mind an article I wrote some five years ago about being imprisoned with Mr. McCann.
Read the full article here: Joe McCann, IRA gunman, and his three months under the gospel
Posted on 2021-06-06 a 12:01 am
Statement on Homosexuality issued by the Free Presbyterian Church
The following statement was issued by the Free Presbyterian Church today.
Government and Morals Committee
Rev Gordon Dane: Convenor
Rev David McLaughlin: Secretary
STATEMENT ON HOMOSEXUALITY
The Free Presbyterian Church as a Church that believes and preaches what the Bible has to say without fear or favour wishes to reiterate the Bible’s teaching that homosexuality is sin (Leviticus 18:22, 20:13, Romans 1:18, 26-27,1 Corinthians 6:9-10, Jude: 6-7). We do not do that out of any spite or hatred for anyone. We do it out of love so that people will know the standard by which they will be judged when they stand before God. We do this for all sin and proclaim the Biblical message that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.’ (Romans 3:23) and we all need to be warned to “flee from wrath to come.’ (Luke3:7)
The contention of many in the LGBT community that they are “born this way” is one that has recently been highlighted in interviews with politicians. If those who claim this are saying that they are born sinners and that they are born with a sinful nature we would agree with them. We are all “born that way”. The claim that is being made however is that homosexuality is in the DNA. That contention is one that does not have any firm scientific basis. The latest scientific literature, does not strongly support the conclusion that there is any genetic causation. The official language from the leading psychiatric or psychological associations will say that we don’t yet know of a definitive causation. So, the reports of a so-called “gay gene” are greatly exaggerated.
The Bible’s emphasis is that because there is something wrong with how we are all born we need to be born again. The Lord Jesus said, “Ye must be born again.” (John3:7). He said that because we all have a nature that is defective and sinful, we need to be converted. We call on people to recognise that we can have a new identity in Christ. We can become new creatures or new creations in Christ by His grace. We would call on all to seek the radical transformation that is found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
“…for the word of God, and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Revelation 1 verse 9.
Posted on 2021-06-05 a 12:43 am
It is 'make up your mind time' for those Free Presbyterians in the DUP
As the old saying goes: ‘The ‘chickens are coming home to roost’ as far as the DUP is concerned. For quite a few years now they have been compromising on their former position on abortion and also on sodomy.
In 2016 the DUP supported the following motion. “That this Assembly endorses the principle of the extension to Northern Ireland of a number of provisions within the Policing and Crime Bill, by amendment at Lords Committee and Lords Report stage, in so far as they related to UK maritime enforcement powers; UK cross-jurisdictional arrest powers; anonymity for victims of forced marriage and pardons for convictions of certain abolished offences.”
Hidden behind these ‘weasel words’ was a posthumous pardon for all those convicted of violations of the law in the past by their sodomite activity.
Thus the DUP said loud and clear that SODOMY WAS A GUILTLESS LIFESTYLE WHICH MUST BE SEEN AS PERFECTLY NORMAL AND ACCEPTABLE!
And still Free Presbyterians supported this party which was bent on selling out our Biblical heritage.
Shame on those who still, five years later, are in membership of this party of perfidy and those who give support to it.
When a people step onto the slippery path of backsliding and disobedience to God they can only slide further down that path. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-04 a 5:59 pm
Perverting Science Against God - the death of atheist Stephen Hawking
Editor’s note: This message outlines the ways in which modern science has been perverted in rebellion against Christ.
It was delivered by John Pittman Hey on the Lord’s Day, March 25, 2018, shortly after the death of Dr. Stephen Hawking, world-famous astrophysicist and atheist.
Mr. Hey is a graduate of Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina, and earned his Ph.D. in chemistry at the University of Chicago. He preaches every Lord’s Day at Grace Bible Church, a small congregation in Greenwood, Mississippi.
Atheist Stephen Hawking Dies
Perverting Science Against God
Hebrews 11:3; Romans 1:18-22
Professor Stephen Hawking died last week still an atheist. He was famous as a theoretical astrophysicist, working in the areas of general relativity, quantum gravity, and his theories about black holes.
Hawking’s work was directed towards excluding the need for God as the creator of the universe. In the end, Hawking embraced the delusion that the universe created itself out of nothing.
How far has so-called “science” descended from the heights of Newton, Kepler, and others! Newton particularly believed that God is a personal, perfect, all-powerful Creator Who made the world, and indeed, is required to sustain it. Newton’s work was meant to direct all men to understand that a Creator is responsible for all that we see.
But today, much of science has been subverted into vain philosophy, speculation, revisionist history, and mysticism. Click to read more…
Posted on 2021-06-03 a 9:20 pm
Presbyterian Church minister Ian Carton steps down over same-sex marriage policy
Presbyterian Church minister Ian Carton steps down over same-sex marriage policy
So read the headlines in a ‘Belfast Telegraph’ article of June 1st, 2021. A link to the article was sent to me by a friend. I read its contents with no sense of surprise but with a true sense of disgust and shame that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland had come to this.
The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a church of great preachers of God’s Word stretching back to Patrick for his writings clearly suggest that the church he planted was formed along Presbyterian lines. In its pulpits have ministered great men such as Dr henry Cooke, and Rev Hugh Hanna and more recently, the revivalist, W P Nicolson. His preaching in the 1920s in Belfast did much to quell the sectarian riots prompted by the opposition of Irish Republicans to the formation of Northern Ireland.
The Free Presbyterian Church arose as a result of the faithfulness of a number of elders in Crossgar Presbyterian Church, back in 1951. They declared themselves for the Bible and obeyed God and stood up for His truth against the ecumenism and the anti-gospel spirit that had come to dominate the ranks of their denomination. They were led by a youthful Ian Paisley.
The wisdom and the rectitude of their decision has been evidenced many times over the last 70 years. The article we have reproduced below is but yet another proof of the propriety of that decision.
Posted on 2021-06-01 a 6:49 pm