February 2022

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Featured sermon series: Studies in Second Corinthians.

Part 57: Self-commendation condemned;  Part 58: Spiritual Chastity;  Part 59: Paul's record of service, Pt 1;  Part 60: Paul's record of service, Pt 2;  Part 61: Paul's record of suffering;  Part 62: Up to heaven, down to earth;  Part 63: Functions & usefulness of trouble;  Part 64: Duty of the minister

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Recently Preached Sermons

The future for God's people revealed
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Feb 20, 2022

The mystery of God's wise providence
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Feb 20, 2022

A Tribute to Mrs Florence Dane
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Fri Feb 4, 2022

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Catching the soul with the Gospel lure
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Jun 27, 2004

Rejoicing that our names are written down in God's register
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Jun 27, 2004

Perils fueling our prayer life
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Wed Jan 8, 2014

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Sir Jeffrey contradicted by the man who ought to know!

Has not the Lord brought confusion upon the ‘camp’ of Unionism because of its duplicity and denial of the ‘old paths’ that were once followed in Ulster!

It appears that the DUP is led by a man who would wish himself just about anywhere else!

His denials of talks with the Ulster Unionist Party leader, Doug Beattie, with a view to him forsaking the DUP and rejoining the party which he left some years ago, have been challenged by the leader of the UUP, the man with whom he held the talks!!

Here is how the matter is stated in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’.


Doug Beattie insists DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson did meet about switching to Ulster Unionists

“Doug Beattie has said he is in no doubt that talks with the DUP leader were about Sir Jeffrey Donaldson joining the party – and he has evidence to prove it. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-28 a 4:25 pm


Jeffrey Donaldson video does not address claims that he discussed rejoining UUP

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

This morning’s there is a more than interesting article in the “Belfast Newsletter”.

It is headlined:

Jeffrey Donaldson video does not address claims that he discussed rejoining UUP

This supports my comments yesterday on the revelation of Donaldson’s talks with the UUP some time ago regarding him departing, maybe ‘deserting’ is a better word, from the DUP and rejoining the UUP!

Sincerely in the Saviour’s wonderful name,

Ivan Foster.

Posted on 2022-02-25 a 3:53 pm


NZ court throws out mandatory vaccine for police

Here is a link to a most welcome high court ruling in New Zealand which upholds the claim of a number of police officers that the requirement for them to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or lose their jobs, was unlawful.

‘Not demonstrably justified’: High Court upholds challenge to Police and NZDF vaccination mandates, terminations suspended

Basically the ruling stated: “A High Court challenge questioning the legality of Covid-19 vaccination mandates for Police and Defence Force employees has been upheld, with the court determining that the government mandate is an unjustified incursion on the Bill of Rights.”

It also ruled that a person may rightly object to having the vaccination on religious grounds since there was the use of cells from an aborted baby used in the vaccine’s testing process. “Justice Cooke agreed with the claim, saying that ‘an obligation to receive the vaccine which a person objects to because it has been tested on cells derived from a human foetus, potentially an aborted foetus, does involve a limitation on the manifestation of a religious belief.’”

That is double good news for those who have taken just such a stand here. Hopefully the UK will follow this line.

Sincerely in the Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster.

Posted on 2022-02-25 a 3:47 pm


KICS returns after its mid-term break

Yesterday, KICS returned after its mid-term break.

Sadly, because of a small outbreak of Covid—19 in one school family, they had to isolate and that involved two teachers and a pupil. As a result, Thursday and Friday of this week saw classes conducted via the internet. That included my talk with the pupils. It went out as a recording.

By the mercy of the Lord, the period of isolation ends this weekend and normal school classes will recommence on Monday 28th DV.

Sincerely in the Saviour’s wonderful name,
Ivan Foster.



See sermon notes here

Posted on 2022-02-25 a 3:31 pm


Putin - The Tyrant!

Vladimir Putin

We should heed God’s Word when it tells us: “‭Boast‭‭ not thyself of to morrow‭; for thou knowest‭‭ not what a day‭ may bring forth‭‭,” Proverbs 27:1.

This day has brought untold tragedy and suffering to the people of Ukraine.
Here are a few thoughts on the events that are such that we have little idea of what the final outcome may be!

Sincerely in the Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster.


Putin – The Tyrant!

“And ye shall hear of wars and rumours (reports) of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet, ” Matthew 24:6.

Today, the world has proof that the Russian leader, Vladimir Putin, is, above all, a liar. After repeatedly saying that he had no plans to invade Ukraine and that such an idea was a Western invention, he has attacked Ukraine with a rising death rate within minutes of the invasion. The scope of the Russian attack appears to be massive. Ukraine’s interior ministry reported that the country was under attack from cruise and ballistic missiles, with Russia appearing to target infrastructure near major cities such as Kyiv, Kharkiv, Mariupol and Dnipro. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-24 a 8:44 pm


How confident the DUP membership must be in their leader this morning!!

Sir Jeffrey Donaldson

Here is a headline in today’s ‘Belfast telegraph’.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson ‘was in discussions’ to quit the party

 It must fill the membership of the DUP with great confidence in their ‘leader’, Sir Jeffrey. It is obvious that through thick and thin he is a committed DUP man and will stand by his members!!!

Note the denial and then the ‘implicit’ admission! As the old Hollywood Indian reportedly said: ‘Him talk with forked tongue’!!

Ulster, on every side, is in the hands of wicked deceivers!

“And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he sold them into the hands of the Philistines, and into the hands of the children of Ammon,” Judges 10:7. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-24 a 8:32 pm


Is this yet more evidence of Rome's guilt!

This morning’s ‘Irish News’ bears witness to yet more allegations against a Roman Catholic institution with regards the abuse of the young.

This time it is summed up in its headline: PSNI has received five reports of alleged historical sex abuse at Derry’s St Columb’s College”.

The article starts: ‘The PSNI has received five separate reports of alleged historical abuse at a prestigious Catholic grammar school in Derry dating back over four decades.’

I have to honour the ‘Irish News’ in this instance for carrying the article for though the press is supposed  to ever bear witness to the truth without fear or favour, we all know that this most certainly is not the case! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-23 a 5:15 pm


‘The truth will out’

Mr Christopher Stalford

There is a statement in God’s Word that we should all EVER bear in mind. It emphasises that the Lord will not allow hypocrisy to be linked to His name or covered by a profession of faith in Him.

“. . . the Lord . . . . will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the heart,” 1 Corinthians 4:5.

The press has been filled of late with the eulogies paid to Mr Christopher Stalford, who passed away suddenly on the Sabbath Day past, at the age of 39.

Mention was repeatedly made of his profession of faith in Christ.

That did not sit well with all who knew him. Many have said that there was another side to Mr Christopher Stalford. If there was, and there was in truth no real substance to his profession of faith, one thing we can be sure of — the Lord will not permit His name to be linked with hypocrisy. He will bring into the light the truth!

It has been well noted by Shakespeare that, ‘The truth will out’ — (The Merchant of Venice). That such an observation should be a global opinion, indicates that the Lord in His Providence has ever made such a truth abundant evident!

It is sad to read the opinion of Mr Stalford, giving by Suzanne Breen, the well-known columnist in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’, that she includes in an article on him. He was someone she claims to have known very well. Her words may be read in the reproduced report below. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-22 a 5:26 pm


Two notable articles in the news

Two recent news articles are worthy of note and comment.

The first appeared in ‘The Times’ and was sent to me by a friend.

It highlights again the universal guilt of the Roman Catholic Church with regards to the abuse of children. The headline itself is horrific!

A million children abused by Italian priests, and it barely makes the news

It surely must constitute to those here in Ulster, who have sallied forth to the defence of Popery whenever a documented statement criticising Rome for its crimes against children both here at home and in virtually every country in the world is set forth, a most telling rebuke for their sad folly!

Shame, I say, upon those victims of Rome’s perversions, who jump to her defence and demand apologies of society in general when the guilty party is that organisation to which they belong and which betrayed them. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-22 a 5:13 pm


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Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

Sabbath services – February 20th (DV)

11.30 am

“THE MYSTERY OF GOD’S WISE PROVIDENCE”



See sermon notes here  


7.00 pm

“THE FUTURE FOR GOD’S PEOPLE REVEALED”



See sermon notes here

Preacher at both services: Rev Ivan Foster
(Former Minister)

(Prayer Meetings, 10.45 am and 6.30 pm)

All are welcome to the services
or to join in via Facebook

Posted on 2022-02-20 a 1:00 am


Public Statement from the General Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

PUBLIC STATEMENT

The General Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster gives thanks to Almighty God for looking upon our nation in mercy, withdrawing the more extreme symptoms of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have caused death and serious illness. We are grateful for the removal of all statutory restrictions upon our public worship and are authorising our Sessions and Committees to take the necessary steps, transitioning our people back to normality. We continue to pray for all who have been affected by the pandemic through bereavement and illness that they will know grace and comfort.

Posted on 2022-02-19 a 11:10 pm


Some thoughts on prayer by Ivan Foster

SOME THOUGHTS ON PRAYER GIVEN  IN AN INTERVIEW BACK IN 2014 BY REV IVAN FOSTER

Back in 2014, when I was retired some 6 years, Mr Steven Lee, a member of Faith Free Presbyterian Church and with whom I had been friends since meeting him and his parents and sisters in Toronto quite a few years before and with whom my wife and two of our daughters visited the Waldensian and Huguenot regions as their guests in the mid-90s, came to my home in Kilskeery to visit with my wife Ann, and me while he was on a visit to Northern Ireland.

Just a few days ago he asked permission of me to mount on the internet a series of clips from his video recording of an interview that he conducted with me on the subject of prayer during that visit.

I freely confess that if it was to save my life I could not recall that interview or what I said. However, since the video was his property I felt that I could have no objections to him using it as he wished, despite my differences with SermonAudio and some of those preachers using it.

Here are copies of the video, divided up into short statements I made on the topic of prayer.

I can but pray that it may be a benefit to others even though I would struggle to understand how that could be!

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster



Posted on 2022-02-17 a 5:59 pm


Another sickening headline

It appears to me that few pulpits draw attention to the exposures of the abominable activities by Rome which appear occasionally in the secular press as once was the case.

For that reason I feel compelled to highlight these news reports and draw the attention of as many as I can to them.


ANOTHER SICKENING HEADLINE HOLDS UP FOR ALL TO SEE THE HORRIFIC AND DEPRAVED CHARACTER OF POPERY!

VICTIM AWARDED £1.4M DAMAGES OVER ABUSE BY MONKS

The Guilty – Kelly, on the left, and Farrell, abused boys at St Ninian’s while working there in the 70s and 80s


The Falkirk case is but another proof of the correctness of my objections to a ‘State’ apology to the victims of abuse here in Northern Ireland. None but can grieve that they were ever subjected as children to the evil depravities of men and women that make up Rome’s ‘Holy Orders”! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-15 a 7:43 pm


Unionists must return to powersharing

Secretary of State Brandon Lewis says unionists should commit to powersharing

Nothing indicates more clearly than the headline on this ‘Belfast Newsletter’ report, the ’noose’ into which the DUP stuck its head when they committed themselves, and sadly Unionism also, back in 2007 when they entered a despicable ‘power-sharing’ deal with Sinn Fein/IRA!


Northern Ireland Protocol: Unionists must return to powersharing, says Brandon Lewis

Unionist parties should commit to returning to powersharing if Sinn Fein emerges as the largest Northern Ireland party after the Stormont elections, Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has said.

Unionist parties should commit to returning to powersharing if Sinn Fein emerges as the largest Northern Ireland party after the Stormont elections, Secretary of State Brandon Lewis has said.

Mr Lewis said he wanted to see both unionist and nationalist parties nominate for the roles of first and deputy first minister “whatever the result” in May’s election.

Under Stormont’s powersharing arrangements, the first and deputy first ministers are chosen by each of the largest unionist and nationalist parties. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-14 a 7:36 pm


Transgenderism: Christian doctor in battle

Dr David MacKereth

An English doctor, Dr David MacKereth, is to challenge the ruling of a tribunal which dismissed his claim that he was ‘unlawfully discriminated against in a dispute over his stance on transgenderism.’

Dr MacKereth, who worships online with Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church, during the meeting with his boss, said he would refuse to refer to a bearded six-foot tall man as “Mrs”, on both scientific and faith grounds.

We have every sympathy with Dr MacKereth’s opinion and stance. There are all too many bearded six-foot tall men out there who, rejecting the truth of God and the witness of their own bodies, have been persuaded by the utter idiocy of modern thinking to adopt the perverted notion that they are ‘female’ rather than ‘male’ or vice versa!

‘Transgenderism’ is born of the devil’s deception and embraced by those who desire to utterly reject God’s order in creation. That there is ONLY male and female is testified by nature itself and by common sense.

If ‘a bearded six-foot tall man’ claims to be a female, he is, as we would say here in Ulster, no female but a ‘HEADER’!

Surely we are seeing the fulfilling of God’s Word in such madness. “‭This‭ know‭‭ also‭, that‭ in‭ the last‭ days‭ perilous‭ times‭ shall come‭‭,‭” 2 Timothy 3:1, AV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-14 a 7:12 pm


Cressida Dick says she has no intention of quitting

Dame Cressida Dick

Here is a headline on the BBC-UK news site today which cries out for a comment!

Met Police: Dame Cressida Dick says she has no intention of quitting

The opening words of the article read:

She told BBC Radio London she wanted to root out “disgusting behaviour” within the Met and had told officers “enough is enough”.

If she was to truly “root out disgusting behaviour”, the first thing she would do would be to ‘root out’ herself for she has chosen a lifestyle that, according to God’s Word, is utterly disgusting!

In a ‘Wikipedia’ article on her we may read: “She is both the first female and first openly homosexual officer to lead the Metropolitan Police Service.”

Enough said!!!

Sincerely in the Cause of Christ,

Ivan Foster.

UPDATE Thursday evening: Looks like Dame Cressida Dick has changed her mind and agreed to quit her job. Wonder why?

Posted on 2022-02-10 a 8:32 pm


Under the power of the enemy

Former RUC Special Branch Officer William Matchett

Here are three articles from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’, (9th February 2022). They come in the wake of the iniquitous report by the Police Ombudsman into the terrorist murder of five people in Sean Graham’s bookmaker’s shop on the Ormeau Road, Belfast in 1992.

I find only one fault with these articles. THEY DO NOT GO FAR ENOUGH IN THEIR CONDEMNATION OF THE REPORT.

I consider the report part of the Irish Republican/Nationalist continual attack upon every institution of the Northern Ireland State! Criticism of this conspiracy skirts round the input of Roman Catholicism and its offspring, Irish Republicanism with its hatred of all things Protestant and British. The ‘imprimatur’ of Popery is on all these attacks!

Unionist stupidity, weakness and political greed back in 2007, opened the door to this ongoing and increasing dominance of public life here. The DUP with the full agreement of the duped Protestants who supported the move, entered into a power-sharing agreement with Sinn Fein/IRA. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-09 a 6:58 pm


Six hard questions about how those in GB see NI unionists

Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast Tom Haire, Fr Martin Magill and Archbishop Justin Welby.

‘An honour to call Pope Francis a friend and brother’ Archbishop of Canterbury tells Belfast audience

This morning a letter from Mr Alan Carson appears  in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ which read as follows:

Six hard questions about how those in GB see NI unionists

A letter from Alan Carson:

I have just scanned hundreds of posts by fellow unionists on social media about the Bloody Sunday commemoration walk, questioning why the media is so biased against us.

In which the media was lampooned for not giving equal coverage to Bloody Friday, Enniskillen, La Mon, Darkley, Kingsmill or the Shankill Bomb.

Personally speaking, I would be asking some more challenging questions: 

Why don’t the mainland British people warm to unionist concerns?

Why do they continue to consider unionism, not nationalism, as the cause of the Troubles? Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-07 a 8:19 pm


Moving the goal posts

The news article below indicates that Boris Johnston is the enemy of the Unionist people and that the DUP were utterly wrong to believe his braying, swaggering bluster which was seized upon by them as evidence of his sympathy for the Unionist people.

NI political crisis: Bill to prevent Stormont collapse set to be passed

Westminster will ever simply ‘move the goal posts’ and thwart every effort on the part of the DUP to escape from the mess of which they are the chief architects!

When the issue of a ‘border’ came up, back when the ‘Northern Ireland Protocol’ was first proposed, they sided with those who lobbied from Dublin and also the ‘merchants’ in Northern Ireland who feared that their profits would suffer if the border between the United Kingdom and the EU would be that which is in truth the geographical, international border presently existing between the Irish Republic and the six counties of Northern Ireland.

They are now reaping the harvest of that siding with profiteering greediness and Irish Republican craftiness! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-07 a 8:11 pm


A tribute for Mrs. Florence Dane

Mrs. Florence Dane

“‭I commend‭‭ unto you‭ Phebe‭ our‭ sister‭, which is‭‭ a servant‭ of the church‭ which‭ is at‭ Cenchrea‭:‭ ‭That‭ ye receive‭‭ her‭ in‭ the Lord‭, as becometh‭ saints‭, and‭ that ye assist‭‭ her‭ in‭ whatsoever‭‭ business‭ she hath need‭‭ of you‭: for‭ she‭‭‭ hath been‭‭ a succourer‭ of many‭, and‭ of myself‭‭ also‭,‭” Romans 16:1-2.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

It is customary at funeral services to tell a little of the life of the one who has passed away.

Mrs Dane was aged 84. She was from the Lisnarick area, about 13 miles from us here in Kilskeery. She went to school there and also to the Enniskillen Girls’ Collegiate.

She married Basil when she was 20 years of age. They had met in the ‘Field’ at a 12th of July demonstration in Ballinamallard in which Basil took part as a member of Enniskillen Pipe band, They were married for 64 years.

Mrs Dane worked in Taylor Woods in Enniskillen. When the family came along, she remained at home and cared for the children.



According to Mrs Dane, she was saved following an evening service in Bethel at the beginning of December 1972. When she came home from the sabbath evening service, she told Basil that she had almost stayed behind. That evening Basil slipped off to see me and the next day, I called at her home and spoke to her and led her to the Lord. I always felt that she was saved during the opening mission in Bethel in August, conducted by the late Rev Alan Cairns. How fallible is our memories and what a happy correction for me to have to make. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-07 a 3:13 am


'The Jab' - not quite the miracle that was claimed at first!!

While my refusal of the ‘Covid vaccination’ is based upon the fact that the vaccines available here on the NHS are all manufactured by a procedure which involved the use of foetal material from an aborted baby and because of this, I refused to avail myself of the ‘jab’ because to do so would be tantamount to ‘endorsing’ abortion.

We have never claimed that the vaccine used ‘CONTAINS’ foetal material.

Now, in a court case in France at present, it is being claimed by an Insurance Company, which is refusing to pay out following the death from Covid-19 of one of their clients, that such vaccinations are very much experimental and taking the vaccine is therefore to take part in an experiment at one’s own risk!

You may read the article “Life insurer refuses to cover vaccine death” here. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-04 a 7:58 pm


Bloody Sunday

Here is a statement from Mr Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice party, which is worthy of close scrutiny.

It is likely you will not read anything of it in the media outlets, most of which are given over to republican propaganda on this subject!


TUV leader Jim Allister

Bloody Sunday

Statement by TUV leader Jim Allister:

“There have been many days in our history that bear the adjective Bloody, mostly at the hands of bloodthirsty terrorists in respect of which there have been no public enquiries, political apologies or international recognition.

“That which bears the title ‘Bloody Sunday’ was also indeed a monumental tragedy. I recognise the hurt and anguish of the families of innocent victims down through the years. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-02-02 a 6:47 pm


Christian schools (everywhere) have come under fire from activists for standing up for their values

Click here to sign the petition!

“Christian schools (everywhere) have come under fire from activists for standing up for their values”

Parents across Australia choose to send their children to a Christian school – at significant cost – because they want their children to receive an education where Christian values are wired into that education.Christian schools must be able to maintain their biblical values and hire staff who affirm and model those values.Please sign the petition below to show your support for Christian schools!

Posted on 2022-02-01 a 5:47 pm

January 2022

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Rev Ivan Foster will preach next Lord’s Day morning at 11.30 in

Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

on the subject

“DOUBLE-HANDED LABOURING”



“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.

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“‭And‭ the next‭‭ sabbath day‭ came‭‭ almost‭ the whole‭ city‭ together‭‭ to hear‭‭ the word‭ of God‭.,” Acts 13:44.

Posted on 2022-01-30 a 3:00 pm


The truthfulness of our statements regarding Rome and child abuse

A kind friend has sent the editor a link to an article printed in the ‘Boston Globe’ back in 2002.

That newspaper carried out a most extensive and damning exposure of the wicked behaviour of Roman Catholic priests in that city from its cardinal right down to the lower ranks.

The attached article highlights how that Romanism stands out amongst all religious groups, guilty of similar wickedness, as being the one with the greatest number of offences and the persistent tendency to deny and cover-up the offences. This has been true of Rome here in Ireland, north and south, again and again.

Some of the ‘Boston Globe’ articles are mounted on the Burning Bush and can be seen here.

The attached ‘Boston Globe’ pdf article shows that what I said in my article was absolutely accurate, and that despite the attack upon it by Claire Simpson of ‘The Irish News’, representatives of the abused victims’ organisation and a letter from the ‘Commissioner for survivors of institutional child abuse’, Fiona Ryan. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-29 a 9:11 pm


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Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony

Monthly Video Broadcast

Friday 28th January at 7.00 pm

“How are we to watch for the Lord’s coming?”

Speaker: Rev Ivan Foster

(This message is part of the monthly series on the subject— ‘Where are we in God’s calendar?)



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Posted on 2022-01-29 a 12:01 am


A further revelation of the utter DUP sell-out

former ACC Alan McQuillan

A FURTHER REVELATION OF THE UTTER SELL-OUT THAT THE DUP EMBRACED IN ORDER TO GRASP SOME SEMBLANCE OF POLITICAL POWER

“Policing Board don’t see intelligence on IRA‘due to Sinn Fein plea’ says former top PSNI officer”

The following report appeared in yesterday’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’. It serves to show just how horrendous was the surrender to the Sinn Fein/IRA by the DUP in order to gain power back in 2007. It also exposed the readiness of the Ulster Unionist party, the Alliance Party and the Social Democratic and Labour Party, to go along with this shameful accommodation of those who engaged in terrorism and who came to political power by that means, despite the loud pronouncements of their adherence to the principles of democracy and law and order.

But when will the Ulster Protestant face-up to the fact that we were deceived back in 2007 and our hard-won heritage cast aside for a ‘morsel’ (Hebrews 12:16-17) of political ‘meat’ by those greedy for self-advancement.

In truth, as it was with Esau, there can be no recovery of our birthright and a return to the Ulster we once knew.

That is the price peoples and nations have ever paid for their refusal to heed the repeated warnings of treachery and betrayal for they were blinded for a time by the lies which painted the duplicity as a great gain!

Esau was satisfied with his ‘morsel’ for a time but soon became aware of the bad bargain he had made. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-28 a 7:39 pm


Reply to News letter attack

The following was printed in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

 

I replied, just a few minutes ago, to this very biased nonsense as follows.

Sir,

I think that I can claim that my observations on the scandal of institutional child abuse, condemned as they are by Commissioner Fiona Ryan in your newspaper today, were perfectly in keeping with what others saw and said! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-28 a 7:32 pm


Doug Beattie will ask party to decide on leadership

Doug Beattie will ask party to decide on leadership

Mr Beattie is quoted as saying that the controversial tweets at the centre of this row were “pretty horrific” and he was “deeply ashamed” of them.

Nothing he says can explain why it was that he thought it acceptable to make such despicable comments about a Christian mother. Nor can he possible explain why his first efforts at ‘apologising’ we so facile and shallow and very obviously insincere.It was only when his ‘barrack-room coarseness and boorishness’ was seen by him to have political repercussions, that he became humble and contrite!

His whole defence begs the question as how he ever thought that such comments could in any way be considered acceptable.He is of Boris Johnston’s ilk.  Failing to see what was so blatantly obvious to everyone else.

He is not fit to be an elected representative and most certain not fitted to be a party leader, even when that party is one given over to such a betrayal of morality and decency as the Ulster Unionist Party!

His present actions of asking his party what he should do is but another example of his moral barrenness!

Sincerely,
Ivan Foster

Posted on 2022-01-25 a 7:05 pm


My replies to criticism of my article

There have been two responses to a letter of mine which appeared yesterday in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’. The letter was a synopsis of my article,  “Child abuse: Stormont ministers set March date for apology”.

One response is an article in today’s ‘Irish News’, written by one of its correspondents, Claire Simpson.

The other is a letter which appears in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’. It is from Margaret McGuckin, Denise Burke, Ron Graham and Alan Philips.

I have reproduced screenshots of both responses, sent by a kind friend, below.

In anticipation of just such a response, I had already penned an article and mounted it upon my ‘Burning Bush’ web page. The article is entitled, “A DEFENCE IN THE FACE OF AN EXPECTED ATTACK!”

I will briefly reply to both articles, beginning first of all with the following “Irish News” article. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-25 a 6:58 pm


A nurse goes on the attack!!

Amy Gallagher

“Christian nurse to sue mental health clinic over course that dubbed Bible ‘racist’” so read the headlines in today’s ‘Daily Express’. 

The article states: “A NHS mental health clinic is facing legal action after running a course which branded the Bible and all white people ‘racist’.

Amy Gallagher is planning to sue the Portman Clinic in North London, part of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, after she felt some of its courses contained religious and racial discrimination. Ms Gallagher – a Christian nurse – undertook the course during clinical training in psychotherapy.

The Christian nurse is currently trying to crowdfund £50,000 to pay for the legal action against the clinic.

“On what I’ve experienced, what they describe as anti-racism is racism. What they describe as tolerance is intolerance.

She began the Portman Clinic’s Forensic Psychodynamic Psychotherapy course in September 2020 with the aim of finishing clinical training that would qualify her to set up a psychotherapy practice.”


Any Christian who dares to term the presently accepted evil practices linked to the LGBT community, as morally perverted and sin is immediately termed as someone given over to prejudice and hatred of those guilty of this wicked practice. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-25 a 6:38 pm


A defence in the face of an expected attack!

I can well believe that my article, on the main page of the current “Burning Bush” — “Child abuse: Stormont ministers set March date for apology” — will arouse bitter opposition, especially since an slightly edited version has appeared as a letter in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ today, January 24th, even though the Editor of that newspaper saw fit to remove the last, very telling, sentence in my letter.

That sentence read: “They (the clerics and nuns of the Church of Rome) and they alone are to be publicly shamed for the vast majority of the wickedness of this deplorable episode that is but a repeat of what is recognised by historians as the ongoing dark practices of Rome!

My letter has been published on the same day as the local BBC news site carried the headline, quoting the words of former Chief Constable, Sir George Hamilton: Martin McGuinness acted ‘with integrity’ says former PSNI chief constable. Martin McGuinness was a self-confessed leader of the murdering terrorist organisation, the IRA. Just how one could classify a notorious terrorist as a person of ‘integrity’ defies logic and common gumption!

Yet this is the mind-set of so many people. They live in a world of sentimentality, engendered by the utterly deceitful modern philosophy emanating from the pulpits of the land. The prevailing notion is that to ignore the truth concerning the dreadful acts perpetrated by prominent public figures and embrace saccharine views of their persona, is a wholesome and ‘Christian’ thing to do! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-25 a 6:33 pm


Ignorance has bred folly and shame!!

“Thou through thy commandments hast made me wiser than mine enemies: for they [are] ever with me.

I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies [are] my meditation.

I understand more than the ancients, because I keep thy precepts.

I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.

I have not departed from thy judgments: for thou hast taught me.,” Psalm 119:98-102.

“Thy word [is] a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path,” Psalm 119:105.

“The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple,” Psalm 119:130.


YOUNG UNIONISTS HAVE BEEN EXPLAINING TO THE ‘BELFAST NEWSLETTER’ WHY THEY THINK THEIR PEERS ARE SO RELUCTANT TO ENGAGE WITH THE MEDIA,

AFTER BROADCASTER STEPHEN NOLAN DISCUSSED THE ISSUE ON AIR.

The article is there to be read by anyone interested but one contribution came closest to the real reason for the malaise! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-22 a 8:51 pm


Child abuse: Stormont ministers set March date for apology

Here is the BBC’s article

If Paul Given does indeed offer an apology to those who suffered shameful treatment as children within homes supposedly established to look after them, he is linking the Unionist and Protestant people with horrific crimes carried out chiefly by Roman Catholic clerics and nuns within Roman Catholic institutions!

That is a step too far in the campaign of ‘mutuality’ pursued by Sinn Fein/IRA and the other pro-republican, anti-British parties that make up the majority in Stormont, and in which evil parade Unionists lamely limp along at the rear!

Let every condemnation be heaped on every wicked and guilty person and establishment, irrespective of their religious profession, but let not any Unionist representative give the impression that the Protestant people share in the guilt and shame of these terrible events.

Bible Protestantism has consistently protested against the evil system of Romanism and the inevitable corruption that the false and evilly pretended ‘celibacy’ of its clerics and nuns will breed.

They and they alone are to be publicly shamed for the vast majority of the wickedness of this deplorable episode that is but a repeat of what is recognised by historians as the ongoing dark practices of Rome!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
20th January 2022.

Posted on 2022-01-21 a 1:10 am


Shameless and brazen hypocrisy of Michelle O'Neill

Under the commendatory headline:

Powerful moment Michelle O’Neill reads list of names of 23 murdered women

Sinn Feiner, Michelle O’Neill, was praised by the Belfast Telegraph when it posted the above headline in a report of her reading out the names of women murdered in Northern Ireland.

I am absolutely sure she did not read out, during her ‘powerful moment’, the names of the many women her compatriots in the IRA murdered, such as Mrs Bullock, shot alongside her UDR husband in their home in 1972 and the Faith Mission Pilgrim, Miss Sylvia Crowe, murdered by a bomb aimed at a UDR patrol, as she stood at a bus stop near Rosslea in 1979, to name but two of the very many female victims of Michelle O’Neill’s friends in the IRA!!

Sadly, I did not hear of any attention being drawn to her shameless and brazen hypocrisy by the Unionist members listening!

Ivan Foster.

Mrs Bullock

Miss Sylvie Crow in her
Faith Mission uniform.

Posted on 2022-01-18 a 9:48 pm


Burning a candle for the dead - a pagan practice!!

The following report has appeared in ‘The Belfast Telegraph’ today. The scan below was sent to me this morning by a friend.

The headlines tell us that DUP First Minister, Paul Given, has not joined the Presbyterian Church but the picture tells us that he has adopted the Popish practice of lighting a candle for the dead!

Let me state here that we consider the murder of the young school teacher in Co Offaly, in the Republic of Ireland, as a most dreadful crime. We have every sympathy with her mother and father and the whole family circle in their unspeakable grief at the loss of a beautiful daughter just beginning her life, as it were. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-18 a 9:33 pm


30th Anniversary of Teebane Massacre

It is important never to forget the wickedness of those now in power in Stormont who achieve that ‘elevation’ via murder and terror and the sad and sickening betrayal by the DUP of every democratic principle when they entered a power-sharing arrangement with Sinn Fein/IRA back in 2007.

It seems very likely that as a result of that treachery by the DUP, Sinn Fein/IRA may become the largest party at Stormont following the next Assembly election and thus claim the position of ‘First Minister’!

One of the atrocities that brought Sinn Fein/IRA to power was the massacre of eight workmen at Teebane Cross on the Omagh/Cookstown Road, as they journey home in 1992. The reason for their murder? They were carrying out repair work in Lisanelly British Army base in Omagh!

For that they were slaughtered by the murdering fiends of the IRA. Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-17 a 4:44 pm


UUP leader, Doug Beattie, attacks Jim Allister for asking a sensible question!!??

Doug Beattie

Doug Beattie, the Ulster Unionist Party leader, is so devoted to the silly notion of adding to his party by ‘slabbering on the green slippers of Irish Nationalism’ that he made the utterly bizarre attack upon Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice as was reported in today’s “Belfast telegraph”. 

Beattie claimed that the perfectly rational request from Mr Allister of the health Minister: “What precautions are in place to prevent citizens of the Republic of Ireland from availing of free Covid-19 testing kits and facilities in Northern Ireland” was “unfortunately divisive”, adding that he “simply cannot understand this nonsense”.

He tweeted: “I’d happily share with my neighbour, the same neighbour who sent ambulances & crews to help us fight Covid … or put up helicopters to help us fight bushfires.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-11 a 7:55 pm


Poignant service to remember Kingsmills massacre victims

A roadside service to remember the victims of the Kingmills massacre has taken place in south Armagh.

(See full report here –Poignant service to remember Kingsmills massacre victims)

Ten Protestant workmen were gunned down after being forced off their minibus by an IRA gang on January 5, 1976.

The only Catholic in the vehicle was ordered to flee the area before the gunmen shot the workers with an array of automatic weapons.

One man survived the attack despite being shot 18 times.

Rev Graham Middleton, Tullyvallen Free Presbyterian Church, speaking at the commemoration service

in memory of those murdered in the Kingsmills Massacre on the 5th January 1976. Pacemaker Belfast Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-06 a 5:40 pm


Mr feels “unworthy” and a “lesser person” loses his court case. I wonder how he feels now??

Ashers ‘gay cake’ case: European court rules case inadmissible”.

Ashers ‘gay cake’ case: European court rules case inadmissible

By Eimear Flanagan
BBC News NI

Gareth Lee sued Christian-run Ashers bakery for refusing to make a cake decorated with the slogan “Support Gay Marriage” Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-06 a 5:13 pm


Pardons extended to all abolished same-sex crimes

Read the BBC  article here

Once again the news is focused on the rejection of God’s Law and the instigating of man’s immorality as the standard by which humans should live. Perversion is legalised and every effort made to remove all ignominy and opprobrium from those given over to all related depraved deviancy!

The above heading is taken from the BBC news item. In it is reported that “More people will be eligible for a pardon for historical criminal convictions relating to homosexual activity, the government has said. It means anyone convicted or cautioned for consensual homosexual activity, under now-abolished laws, can apply to have them ‘disregarded’. The convictions would be wiped from record and an automatic pardon given.”

We ask: “Pardoned by whom?” “Wiped out from what record?”

Most certainly not from Heaven’s record of man’s wickedness and again, no pardon is forthcoming from the God of Heaven! Click to read more…

Posted on 2022-01-04 a 11:31 pm


You are Invited ...

Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

New Year services – January 2nd (DV)

11.30 am

“A NEW YEAR WARNING”

(Luke 19:41-42)




7.00 pm

“HIDING FROM GOD’S INDIGNATION”

(Isaiah 26:20-21)



Preacher: Rev Ivan Foster
(Former Minister)

All are welcome to the services
or to join in via Facebook

“‭Thou crownest‭‭ the year‭ with thy goodness‭; and thy paths‭ drop‭‭ fatness‭,” Psalm 65:11.

Posted on 2022-01-01 a 12:01 am


New Year Greeting!

Please accept this as a token of our loving regard for you all, our gratitude for your support and kind encouragement during the last year and our prayerful best wishes for you and your family and loved ones for the incoming year.

Sincerely in Christ’s peerless name,
Ivan & Ann Foster

Posted on 2022-01-01 a 12:01 am

December 2021

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Featured sermon series: Studies in Second Corinthians.

Part 39: Reconciliation explained & amplified, Pt 1;  Part 40: Reconciliation explained & amplified, Pt 2;  Part 41: Receiving the grace of God in vain;  Part 42: Characteristics of the Christian Minister Pt 1;  Part 43: Characteristics of the Christian Minister Pt 2;  Part 44: The liberty into which love brings us;  Part 45: Separation from the world, Pt 1;  Part 46: Separation from the world, Pt 2

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preached by Rev. Jonathan Creane on Sun Dec 12, 2021

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The money men spend in their mad desire to disprove the Bible!!

This article was prompted by reports of the latest folly of so-called intelligent and educated men as they pursue their latest escapade in their rejection of revealed truth in the Word of God. At enormous cost a ‘telescope’, supposedly capable of seeing into the depths of space to a greater degree than ever before, has been launched.

Little, if anything, will come of this folly.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster




THE MONEY MEN SPEND IN THEIR MAD DESIRE TO DISPROVE THE BIBLE!!

“World’s most powerful telescope launches into space on Christmas Day”

So read the headline on the ITV news site. The article so headed informs us that the telescope is designed “to answer unsolved questions about the universe, it will look further back in time than ever before to 400 million years after the Big Bang, the UK Space Agency says.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-30 a 10:42 pm


Reply to pro-vaccine letter in today's Belfast Newsletter

The editor replies to a letter which was published in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.


The Editor’s reply:

In today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ (Declining a jab cannot return to life any child aborted in the 1970s), one ‘Dr Hardy’, ordained as an ‘evangelist’ in the Church of Ireland, argues that refusing the present Covid -19 vaccines on offer by the NHS, cannot restore life to any child aborted in the 1970s.

That is true, as true as the fact that punishing one who murdered a person or refusing to support the Sinn Fein Party, who politically benefitted from the murder of hundreds of innocent people, Roman Catholic and Protestant in recent times, will not bring back those slain, but yet the moral force behind such retaliatory views, based upon God’s Law (Genesis 9:6, Matthew 19:18) persuades thousands of people, Roman Catholic and Protestant, to embrace them as morally correct. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-28 a 8:16 pm


Valneva claims its shot may tempt workers who are wary of vaccines

Right now the Covid-19 Valneva vaccine, which I understand was not produced or tested using foetal material from an aborted baby, is not available in the UK.

For some reason the UK government cancelled its order of this vaccine earlier this year.

This article reveals, I believe, the wonderful workings of God’s providence in this matter, with the possibility of an ethical vaccine becoming available to those who desire such.


Drugmaker Valneva woos NHS staff with Scottish Covid vaccine

Valneva claims its shot may tempt workers who are wary of vaccines

Sabah Meddings

December 25 2021, 6.00pm

David Lawrence, finance director of French vaccine producer Valneva, said that the firm would make its jab available to frontline workers ahead of an April deadline for all NHS employees to be vaccinated. “We believe, because we get messages every day, that there are people who would take a Covid vaccine when one like ours is available,” Lawrence said.

The Valneva jab, which uses an inactivated Covid virus, is based on traditional technology used in vaccines such as measles, and yellow fever. In Germany, a poll found that vaccine willingness would rise if vaccines were based on so-called “classical methods”. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-27 a 9:10 pm


Lawyer who won "Roe v Wade" that legalized abortion in the USA has died

Here is an article about this morning’s news of the death of US Lawyer Sarah Weddington, who fought and won the infamous “Roe V Wade” court case whereby abortion was legalised in the USA in 1973.

Since that case, Fox News reports that some 62 million abortions have taken place in the US.

Sarah Weddington died on the Sabbath past, (December 26th) aged 76.

She has now faced the ‘Judge of all the earth’ to answer for her part in the murder of all those unborn children!

Lawyer Sarah Weddington, who successfully argued landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights case in 1972, dies aged 76

Posted on 2021-12-27 a 9:01 pm


Majority of NI health staff off sick with Covid jabbed and boosted, chief says

Would not the article below, taken from yesterday’s ‘Belfast Telegraph’, suggest that the present vaccines are anything but as effective as was at first claimed by the ‘experts’ and that anyone who thinks that being vaccinated is both a waste of money and of time, would have some grounds for thinking so??


Majority of NI health staff off sick with Covid jabbed and boosted, chief says

The vast majority of staff in one Northern Ireland health trust who are on sick leave with Covid have had both their vaccinations and a booster dose, a chief executive has said.

Posted on 2021-12-26 a 7:42 pm


News reports about the meeting with medical chiefs calling for ethical vaccines

These reports appeared in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ and the ‘Irish News’. They were sent to me by a friend.

It is good to get something of the issue of the nature of the vaccines on offer by the NHS into the public domain.

The headline in the ‘Irish News’ report – Department says any vaccine link to abortions ‘remote’  requires a comment.

Firstly, here is an acknowledgement that foetal tissue from an aborted baby was used in the manufacture of the three vaccines on offer by the NHS. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-24 a 5:09 pm


The mouthings of two charlatans and rogues

Former PM Tony Blair

Today there appeared on the ‘Daily Mail’ news site two reported attacks upon those who were unvaccinated. Here are the headlines and the links to the articles.

Tony Blair labels anti-vaxxers ‘IDIOTS’: Ex-PM accuses people refusing jab of being beyond ‘irresponsible’ and says ‘blunt instrument’ of lockdown will not work again because ‘public has been through too much’

Jesus would get a vaccine, Archbishop of Canterbury suggests as he says getting the jab is ‘not about me and my rights to choose – it’s about how I love my neighbour’

As one of those who has refused the vaccinations presently administered by the NHS because they have been produced or tested on the foetal material of a baby aborted, murdered in order to conduct such tests and experimentation, I believe it immoral to murder the unborn and even more immoral to seek to safeguard my health at the cost of the murder of an innocent baby. On that basis I utterly reject both of these two criticisms. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-22 a 9:42 pm


Update on discussion of possible ethical COVID vaccine approval

I would like to remind you of what was written in the report of the meeting with Sir Michael McBride and senior members of his staff on Thursday16th on the subject of an ‘ethical vaccine’ for those who sincerely object to the use of foetal material from an aborted baby in the production/testing of the three vaccines presently offered by the NHS and which for this reason we refuse these vaccines.

“What was chiefly learned by the delegation was that the making available of ethical vaccines, presently in use in many European countries and endorsed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), simply put, depended upon the manufacturers of these vaccines applying for registration with the British authorities, and that being obtained, the vaccines would then be available throughout the UK. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-18 a 11:26 pm


Ex-Provo contrasts ‘hooded men’ case with IRA brutality

A former IRA man has contrasted the legal saga of the ‘hooded men’ with the many unsolved extra-judicial slayings carried out by the Provos.

By Adam Kula

Friday, 17th December 2021, 8:00 am

Shane Paul O’Doherty, a republican bomber who went on to repent and embrace Christianity, was commenting in the wake of a decision by the Supreme Court on Wednesday, which effectively ordered the PSNI to further investigate the ill-treatment meted out to the ‘hooded men’ half a century ago.

The ‘hooded men’ refers to a 14-strong group who were detained by the security forces in 1971 after the introduction of internment and subjected to extremely harsh interrogations, including sleep deprivation and mock-executions.

This latest installment of their campaign has its roots in 2014, when RTE broadcast a documentary about their case that included reference to something called the ‘Rees Memo’ – a government communique that was said to refer to UK ministers sanctioning torture. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-17 a 9:50 pm


Report of meeting with Chief Medical Officer regarding the Covid-19 vaccine

Report of meeting with Sir Michael McBride, Chief Medical Officer for Northern Ireland , and senior members of his staff, via ‘ZOOM’ on Thursday, 16th December 2021.

A meeting had been requested with Health Department officials by some evangelical Christians some time ago, though the good auspices of Mr Jim Wells, MLA and former Health Minister in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

In attendance from the Department of Health were: Sir Michael McBride (Chief Medical Officer), Professor Ian Young (Chief Scientific Officer), Mr. Chris Garland (Chief Pharmaceutical Officer), Mr. Martin Coleman (Deputy Chief Pharmaceutical Officer), Mr. David Gordon (Chief Press Officer)

The members of the Christian delegation were Rev Brian McClung, minister of Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church, Rev Daniel Henderson of Moneyslane FPC, Mr Peter Johnston, an elder in Portadown Independent Methodist Church and Rev Ivan Foster, retired FPC minister.

I think it right to record that the delegation was received courteously and were encouraged by the fact that Sir Michael himself took part in the meeting even though we had expected to meet the Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Chada. It seemed to indicate that there was a measure of recognition that the views of the Christian delegation were worthy of being noted. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-17 a 9:36 pm


My reply to a wicked and deceitful letter

Today there appeared in the columns of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ a letter berating the disciplinary actions taken against those in the Sandymount congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland who were involved in the electing and ordaining an openly sodomite man as an elder. The writer is Professor Ruth Whelan.

Here is a link to my comments on a report which appeared in the press earlier this month.

“Presbyterian minister faces sanctions over gay couple support” 

Here is Professor Ruth Whelan’s letter.

I was most anxious to answer this wicked and deceitful letter. Here is my reply, submitted a few minutes ago to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’. Pray that it will be published and that good will come of it. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-16 a 5:19 pm


The wilful blindness of men!

“And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also,” Exodus 7:23.

As it was in Egypt at the time when God’s judgments began to fall upon that land as the run-up to the ‘Exodus’, the Lord’s delivering of His people and a bringing them on their way to the land promised of old to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, even so will it be again when the time comes for the Lord to fulfil His great promise to His elect people to return again to reign on the earth.

What happened in Egypt some 3500 years ago is instructive for us today for “all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come,” 1 Corinthians 10:11.

Of course, ungodly men do not see this to be so, but God’s people should ever see the Bible as a map upon which is wonderfully outlined not only God’s dealings with men and nations in the past but, foreshadowed in such dealings, a pattern for the future. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-15 a 5:18 pm


What is the Church? A message by Rev. Jonathan Creane

Yesterday morning in Kilskeery, Rev Jonathan Creane, minister of Convoy Free Presbyterian Church in Co. Donegal in the Irish Republic and minister in charge of Kilskeery congregation during its vacancy, preached a message entitled, “What is the Church?”.



It was a most edifying and encouraging message and I would like to share it with our readers. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-13 a 6:56 pm


Presbyterian minister faces sanctions over gay couple support

Here is a report from the BBC which serves to underscore just where the ‘professing Church’ is today! The state of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland is illustrative of the state of all those professing Christian churches who are part and parcel of the theologically liberal and ecumenical ‘empire’ scattered throughout the world.

I will state first of all that this report brings me some measure of comfort, as I am sure it will with all who love the Lord. It is good that there appears to be some within the ranks of the PCI who are ready to stand against the abominably wicked practice of sodomy.

However, I see that this happened in a congregation with a ‘female minister’! Where there is a departure from the ordinances of God, you will find a plunging downward into further odious pursuits! Here we have the abandoning of God’s order for the pulpit, as set forth in 1 Timothy 3. “‭This [is] a true‭ saying‭, If a man‭ desire‭‭ the office of a bishop‭, he desireth‭‭ a good‭ work‭.‭ ‭A bishop‭ then‭ must‭‭ be‭‭ blameless‭, the husband‭ of one‭ wife‭ . . .” verses 1-2.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-10 a 9:27 pm


Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 8

We come to the final extract from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 6 — THOUGHTS ON THE HISTORY OF PROFESSING CHRISTIANITY, AS GIVEN IN THE PARABLES OF MATTHEW XIII.

I sincerely trust that you found his writings instructive and helpful. One dear reader has told me how that she reads the extracts over a number of times in order to grasp the full meaning of what is written. That is a wise course of action and one in which I engage also!

Here is Part 8, which covers pages 179-185.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.


If at the Reformation a few, by recognising that the elect Church was the “treasure” for which Christ died, and acting on that recognition gave thereby a new phase to Christianity and marked a fresh era in its history, would not a similar recognition of these further truths, even within a comparatively narrow circle, produce a similar result? Would it not give a new aspect to Christianity in the earth? The mere fact of this parable respecting “the pearl” forming one of the links in this evidently connected chain, would lead us to expect that, before “the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven” conclude, there would be yet once more an interference of God on behalf of His neglected Truth, resulting in some of His people being caused to teach and to act according to the principles illustrated by “the pearl.” This, indeed, is what other parts of Scripture would lead us to expect. We read in the Book of Revelation of some who are said to “keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus,” at the very moment of the Church’s last trial; and their faithfulness is such that it is made the subject of thanksgiving, even in heaven. “They overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives even unto death.” In Daniel also, some are mentioned who are expressly designated “the wise or understanding ones” at that same hour. “The wicked shall do wickedly, and none of the wicked shall understand, but the understanding ones shall understand.” Even then, as at the close of a day of tempest and gloom the sun sometimes struggles for a moment through the resisting clouds, and darts one parting ray of brightness over the troubled scene, so may we believe that it will be in this our dark dispensation of sorrow and of failure. A testimony will for a short moment be given, raged against by Satan, crushed by the governments of the Roman earth,* Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-10 a 9:16 pm


Ban on gay conversion therapy could outlaw us, say clerics

The following report is from “The Times” newspaper of December 3rd, 2021. A copy of the article was shared with me by a Christian friend.

I must state immediately that I have no sympathy for the process known as ‘Conversion Therapy’. From all reports it is anything but Biblical!

Rather, it is something that has emerged from that world of ‘humanistic philosophy’! One definition of it is given thus: “Conversion therapy is the pseudoscientific practice of attempting to change an individual’s sexual orientation from homosexual or bisexual to heterosexual using psychological, physical, or spiritual interventions.” I believe it correct to state that it had its origins quite some time ago when Albert von Schrenck-Notzing, a man fascinated by hypnotism and mysticism who also had links with Sigmund Freud. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-08 a 9:06 pm


Letter to the editor: what is a true church?

This letter appeared in today’s “Irish News” and the screenshot of it was sent to me early this morning by a friend. I replied as followed and submitted my reply to that newspaper. Hopefully, they will print it.

Sincere regards,
Ivan Foster


Sir,

I wonder has your correspondent, Mr Brian O’Hare of Newry, (Letter – Catholic Church not a Christian Church) ever read the words of the Lord Jesus when He said:
“‭Enter ye in‭‭ at‭ the strait‭ gate‭: for‭ wide‭ [is] the gate‭, and‭ broad‭ [is] the way‭, that leadeth‭‭ to‭ destruction‭, and‭ many‭ there be‭‭ which‭ go in‭‭ thereat‭‭:‭ ‭because‭ strait‭ [is] the gate‭, and‭ narrow‭‭ [is] the way‭, which‭ leadeth‭‭ unto‭ life‭, and‭ few‭ there be‭‭ that find‭‭ it‭,‭” Matthew 7:13-14.

It is not popularity amongst mankind but conformity to the Word of God which identifies the true and false within Christendom.After all, Christ had very few to stand with Him at the cross!

It must never be forgotten that the Roman Catholic Church for centuries strictly forbade  the possession of a Bible and pronounced an anathema against any who violated this decree. (Council of Valencia, 1229 and repeated in the Council of Trent, 1545-63 and in other authoritative later pronouncements.) The banning of the Bible was part of Rome’s response to the Protestant Reformation and the Reformers’ urging of the people to read the Word of God in their mother tongue.

What a contrast such a decree is to what the Lord COMMANDED Israel!

“‭Hear‭‭, O Israel‭: The LORD‭ our God‭ [is] one‭ LORD‭:‭ ‭And thou shalt love‭‭ the LORD‭ thy God‭ with all thine heart‭, and with all thy soul‭, and with all thy might‭.‭ ‭And these words‭, which I command‭‭ thee this day‭, shall be in thine heart‭:‭ ‭and thou shalt teach them diligently‭‭ unto thy children‭, and shalt talk‭‭ of them when thou sittest‭‭ in thine house‭, and when thou walkest‭‭ by the way‭, and when thou liest down‭‭, and when thou risest up‭‭.‭ ‭And thou shalt bind‭‭ them for a sign‭ upon thine hand‭, and they shall be as frontlets‭ between thine eyes‭.‭ ‭And thou shalt write‭‭ them upon the posts‭ of thy house‭, and on thy gates‭,‭” Deuteronomy 6:4-9. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-06 a 8:36 pm


Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 7

We continue with extracts from Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms, the chapter 6 — THOUGHTS ON THE HISTORY OF PROFESSING CHRISTIANITY, AS GIVEN IN THE PARABLES OF MATTHEW XIII.

I would commend a close reading of these extracts for they deal with the very issue of ‘decay within Christendom’ that we see all around.

Here is Part 7, which covers pages 174-179.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.


It is plain from every sign around us, that we are living at a period of crisis, not only in the world’s but in the Church’s history. What then is to be done by those who fear God? Shall we forsake those blessed principles of Truth which Protestantism, under God’s own power, restored: or shall we rather cleave to them with ten-fold tenacity? Only, we must separate the precious from the vile. “If,” as was said to Jeremiah, who himself lived at a period when all things were out of course, “if thou wilt take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.” If Protestantism at the Reformation failed to judge the primeval corruptions of Christianity — if, thinking only of the Woman and her evil, it forgot the sin of the Church in forsaking her lowliness, and becoming like the fair-spreading Tree — if it neglected to search into the prophetic word, and consequently remained in ignorance of all that Israel is to be, and of all that the nations are, then have we to avoid these quicksands. We have to carry our thoughts back over the long train of corruptions, until we reach the Apostles of our Lord and Saviour. We have to remember that the kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship, but not we-that neither the condition of Israel under the Law, nor of Israel in millennial rest, is to be the condition of Christianity now; and that the nations, symbolised by evil monsters, are in God’s sight, contrasted in. every possible sense with her who is the Bride of Christ, and who once occupied in the earth a position worthy of being represented by “candlesticks of gold.” Attention to those things would not only materially affect our practical position, but would lead us also to a right ” division” of the Scriptures, without which they can neither be interpreted nor applied aright. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-04 a 10:05 pm


Hard times are coming!

This is a headline on today’s BBC news site: “Covid: Greece to fine over-60s who refuse Covid-19 vaccine”.

I was sent the link late (for me) last evening by a dear brother who is alive to these issues. His comment accompanying the link was: “Morally wrong. It is like the return of the Nazi regime trying to force experimental medicine on people.”

The three versions of the vaccine are indeed ‘experimental’. That is all too obvious in the ongoing updating of the ‘experts’ expectations of the effectiveness of the ‘jab’ and the ever increasing dosage required for it to work!

All pharmaceutical companies in the past have been vigorously regulated in order to ensure that only drugs that have  been thoroughly tested were issued for public use. The Covid-19 ‘jabs’ however, have been marketed after a very short period of verification and I believe that the increasingly reported deaths and physical and mental repercussions that have followed vaccination, in the experience of some, suggest very clearly that the vaccines are indeed ‘experimental’! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-01 a 9:06 pm


Preparation for the 'Great Financial Genius'!!

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies,” Revelation 18:1-3.

The following is the introduction to an article I read in a newspaper just the other day.

“The China Evergrande Group is the second largest property developer in China by sales. It is ranked 122nd on the Fortune Global 500. It faces £221billion of debt, and one expert has claimed the company’s collapse could spark the fall of the financial system.

Speaking to the Daily Express, Dr Marco Metzler from Deutsche Marktscreening Agentur (DMSA), claimed the collapse of the Evergrande is the first domino of the eventual destruction of the world financial system. Due to the size of the property market, estimated at $55trillion (£40trillion), he claimed the collapse of China’s property market, will create a worse financial meltdown than what was seen in 2008.”

If what this man says turns out to be true and takes place, then I believe that we have a possible opportunity for a ‘rescue’ to be mounted by the one called the ‘Antichrist.

I have quoted the verses from Revelation 18 in order to show that Antichrist will, among other things, be an economic ‘whizz kid’, to use a modern idiom. The financial success that will take in those areas, over which one day he will rule, is seen in the lamentations of the merchants within his empire who howl at the destruction by God of the capital of that commercial and religious empire. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-12-01 a 1:00 am