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The Ulster Protestant and the Williamite wars in Ireland

Carrick Castle

Chapter 5: Enniskillen and the battling rector of Kilskeery

I have to say immediately that the resistance to James II that centred in Enniskillen was by no means mounted by Enniskillen men only.

The Inniskilleners (the old name for Enniskillen) were made up of Protestant men from the counties Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, West Tyrone and Fermanagh. The Protestant community combined into a disciplined and regimented force which not merely withstood the best of James’ military leaders but repeatedly defeated them most decidedly.

The actions of the “Inniskilleners” were sparked off, as was all Protestant resistance, by the actions of Lying Dick Talbot, the Earl of Tyrconnel, James II’s Viceroy in Ireland. Tyrconnel had turned 6,200 Protestants out of the army and had thrust Roman Catholics into positions of public trust, most of whom were totally unfitted for the positions they occupied.

The French Ambassador, Avaux, said of Tyrconnel’s actions in Ireland, “…the man who served the King of France as Tyrconnel served James II … would have lost his head…”. Tyrconnel’s bigoted actions raised the ire of the Protestant people and ultimately cost James II his throne.

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Posted on 2023-12-28 a 8:00 am


Something to be considered Christian, on 25th December . . . .

Why was the world so hostile to the coming of the Son of God? Pt 1



Click here for part 2: Why was the world so hostile to the coming of the Son of God? Pt 2

Posted on 2023-12-23 a 7:53 pm


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Posted on 2023-12-22 a 10:32 pm


Samuel Morrison on the spirit of King Herod at Christmas time in Northern Ireland

Samuel Morrison

Samuel Morrison: Perhaps this Christmas some of us will reflect on how Northern Ireland has been embraced by spirit of King Herod

​On Monday people across the globe will meet with friends and family to celebrate Christmas.

Anti-abortion protesters march to Craigavon Area Hospital in September. They challenged the outrageous overreach of ‘Safe access zones’ outside places where abortions are performed, in which no-one is permitted even to engage in an entirely silent protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Anti-abortion protesters march to Craigavon Area Hospital in September. They challenged the outrageous overreach of ‘Safe access zones’ outside places where abortions are performed, in which no-one is permitted even to engage in an entirely silent protest. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

Many have already attended carol services and nativity plays which, in spite of the increasing secularisation of society, remain an important part of the celebrations they associate with this time of year.

While there are aspects of Christmas which make some Christians uncomfortable – greed, gluttony and covetousness are hardly virtues – there can be no denying that people think more about the birth of a Baby in the final weeks of December than at any other time of the year.

I don’t know if that’s what prompted the BBC to choose this week to run online, radio and TV reports about the effectiveness of misnamed ‘safe access zones’ which have been established outside premises which perform abortions in Northern Ireland but I couldn’t help thinking that their timing was somewhat ironic. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-22 a 5:55 pm


Priest abuse survivor gets £500,000 settlement

Such a report as this, copied from the BBC, Northern Ireland news website, we have seen all too often in recent years.

What is to be noted is: “The priest was accused of a long campaign of child sexual abuse but was never prosecuted or questioned by police about claims made against him.” And also, the priest is not named.

Both of which indicate the ‘hands off’ policy many in ‘high places’ of authority adopted regarding the Roman Catholic Church. Its name and reputation was considered more important than the wellbeing of a youngster!

Praise God for that day when “the Lord . . . will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts,”1 Corinthians 4:5.

It is a day when not only Romanism and its evil ways shall be brought to justice but also all those who have happily linked themselves with it, as will be the case when a joint statement with be issued by the heads of all the churches in the next day or so!!!


Priest abuse survivor gets £500,000 settlement

The hearing centred on alleged sexual and physical abuse over a five-year period in the 1980s.

A man who said he was abused by a priest at a County Down school will receive £500,000 in damages.

The High Court hearing centred on alleged sexual and physical abuse over a five-year period in the 1980s, when the man was a pupil.

According to court papers, the plaintiff was sexually assaulted in a series of locations. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-22 a 5:40 pm


Sowing the wind and reaping the whirlwind

The harvest of terrorism!

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind,” Hosea 8:7.

These words were quoted by the Commander of RAF Bomber Command in 1942.

“Arthur Travers Harris, known as “Bomber”Harris, became commander of RAF Bomber Command in early 1942. Until then, Bomber Command hadn’t done much, but the energetic and controversial Harris soon changed all that. He became the architect and chief proponent of night-time “area bombing” of major German cities. He developed tactics, techniques, and training for the task.

In March he struck Lubeck. In April he bombed Rostock. Then, on the night of May 30-31 1942, he launched a devastating, 1,000-bomber attack on Cologne. A few days later, Harris went before RAF film cameras and delivered a chilling, two-minute message, shown on newsreels nationwide. He was unleashing a whirlwind on Germany, he said. ‘They sowed the wind,’ he warned, ‘and now they are going to reap the whirlwind.’ They did.

The verse in Hosea are words directed at the northern kingdom of Israel by the Lord. He has charged them with idolatry and other sins. The first verses of the chapter explain to us what the actual words of our text mean.

“Set the trumpet to thy mouth. He shall come as an eagle against the house of the LORD, because they have transgressed my covenant, and trespassed against my law. Israel shall cry unto me, My God, we know thee. Israel hath cast off the thing that is good: the enemy shall pursue him. They have set up kings, but not by me: they have made princes, and I knew it not: of their silver and their gold have they made them idols, that they may be cut off. Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them: how long will it be ere they attain to innocency? For from Israel was it also: the workman made it; therefore it is not God: but the calf of Samaria shall be broken in pieces,” Hosea 8:1-6.

The ‘wind’ that Israel sowed consisted of a breaking of God’s Law, acting in defiance of Him, idolatry and a presumptuous assumption of God coming to their aid, all of which kindled God’s anger against them until it was a destroying ‘whirlwind’!

I thought of this verse on a number of occasions of late as I have listened to the reports of Israel’s campaign in Gaza against the murderous terrorism of Hamas. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-20 a 5:25 pm


What is it to be holy in the 21st century? Pt 4

This is our final study in response to a request from one of our readers to set down the Bible’s teaching on HOLINESS.

I will attach to this article a PDF file of a wonderful book on ‘Holiness’, written by JC Ryle. I thoroughly commend it to you all.

Holiness, by J. C. Ryle

I have been using the Shorter Catechism’s definition of SANCTIFICATION or holiness. Let me quote the answer to question 35.

“Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.”

In this our final study, I would like to consider how that:

SANCTIFICATION ENTAILS A ‘DYING’!

1. THAT IS WHAT DETERS MANY CHRISTIANS FROM FULLY YIELDING TO THE MIND AND WILL OF GOD IN THIS MATTER.

I recall that in the days following my conversion, our pulpits seemed to all echo with a call to ‘go through with God’. That was a phrase denoting a total surrender and a total yielding unto the Lord and the entering upon that blessing of the infilling of the Holy Spirit which awaited those who did thus yield.

The widow woman in 1 Kings 4:1-7, was supplied of God in her poverty by obeying the instructions of Elisha, which resulted in her meagre supply of oil being wonderfully made to fill many vessels, so that she was able to sell it off and provide for herself and her two sons. But before that could happen she had to gather ‘empty vessels’ that could be miraculously filled with the oil. There must be an emptying before there can be a filling!

Oh how that was preached back in the 60s! How commonly were the words of the old hymn, written by Ulsterman, Noel Grant,  brokenly sung in prayer meetings! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-19 a 1:12 am


Another milestone on the road to hell

Here is another milestone on the road to hell that the Church of England has chosen to tread!

Blessing for gay priest couple as Church of England starts new chapter

‘Two reverends will be among the first LGBT couples blessed in a church service on Sunday’

This article from ‘The Times’ newspaper, of 9th December, was sent to me by a friend. It includes a photograph of the two perverts, the caption of which reads: ‘The Reverends Jane Pearse, left, and Catherine Bond will be among the first gay couples to have a priest “ask for God’s blessing” on their relationship’.

They ask in vain, instead God’s curse will rest upon them for their blatant act of defiance of God and His Law.

Part of the article reads: ‘They have asked their colleague, the Rev Andrew Dotchin, the priest-in-charge, to ask for God’s blessing upon them as a couple at the start of the Sunday morning Eucharist tomorrow.

Pearse and Bond with the Rev Andrew Dotchin, the priest-in-charge, who will perform the ‘blessing’ during Sunday’s service

“We’re very excited about it. It’s something we’ve wanted to happen for years,” Bond said.

It marks the first time that the Church of England has formally permitted the acknowledgement of gay relationships in church. No priest will be obliged to offer the blessings, with many traditionalist parishes planning not to opt in.

For many gay rights campaigners, the move does not go far enough as gay people remain barred from marrying in church. Gay couples may only request a blessing if it takes place during a regular service of worship, with standalone ceremonies still forbidden.

For many traditionalists, the move goes too far, and some bishops argue it violates the church’s teaching that sex and marriage should be reserved for heterosexual couples.’


That these two deluded and evil women, and the many like them, think that God sanctions and will bless what they do shows the gross ignorance of God and His Word they are in. The Church of England has been running round in circles debating this issue and stoutly refusing to acknowledge what the Bible has to say on this matter.

WHAT THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND ONCE BELIEVED!

Article 6 of ‘The Articles of Religion’, states: “Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.

Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation: so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation. In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-16 a 8:12 pm


‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’ - The only people who can truly take comfort in such a slogan

“When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory,” Colossians 3:4.

‘Tiocfaidh ár lá’, Gaelic phrase, is translated as ‘Our Day Will Come’! It has often fallen from the lips of the likes of Gerry Adams, leader of Sinn Fein for many years and alleged instigator of many of the IRA’s foulest acts of terrorism, murder and intimidation.

The phrase is pronounced in a mocking, supercilious and gloating tone, indicating the Irish Republicans’ confident expectation that they will reap a rich harvest from the sowing of years of Satanic crimes. They proudly expect to enter into a glorious triumph over all things Protestant and British!

In truth, there is only one people that ever have had the right to claim in triumphant expectancy that ‘Our Day Will Come’.

That people have ever been at the centre of Irish Republican hatred and loathing and of all of their ilk throughout the ages.

I am referring to those “that are Christ’s” who “live in the Spirit” and who “also walk in the Spirit,” Galatians 5:24-25.

Our text teaches most plainly that there is a glorious day coming for the true Christian, the one born again of the Holy Spirit and who have given proof of their new birth by obeying the Word of God and keep His commandments.

1. LET ME FIRST OF ALL INDICATE THAT SUCH A HOPE IS NOT ‘PIE IN THE SKY’!

Gerry Adams and his like have been fondly repeating this ‘catch phrase’ for many years. Many of those who repeated it on Irish Republican platforms are dead. They have gone out into eternity to reap the consequences of their engaging in the politics of terror. They may well have been buried in ‘the sure and certain hope’ of heaven by false prophets but that is not where unrepentant murderers go! Why? Because the Bible says so!

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death,” Revelation 21:8.

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie,” Revelation 22:14-15. Here is where murderers go and here is where they do not go! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-15 a 6:53 pm


Yet More Prophecy Being Fulfilled

Photo by Alexander Grey on Unsplash

Below is an article — “Yet More Prophecy Being Fulfilled”. It is a comment from God’s Word on a recent news report which is a revelation of one of the latest developments in man’s depraved departure from God.

I read in my Bible this morning: “Then came Shemaiah the prophet to Rehoboam, and to the princes of Judah, that were gathered together to Jerusalem because of Shishak, and said unto them, Thus saith the LORD, Ye have forsaken me, and therefore have I also left you in the hand of Shishak. Whereupon the princes of Israel and the king humbled themselves; and they said, The LORD is righteous. And when the LORD saw that they humbled themselves, the word of the LORD came to Shemaiah, saying, They have humbled themselves; therefore I will not destroy them, but I will grant them some deliverance; and my wrath shall not be poured out upon Jerusalem by the hand of Shishak. Nevertheless they shall be his servants; that they may know my service, and the service of the kingdoms of the countries,” 2 Chronicles 12:5-8.

I noted how God’s servant was ready to give God’s Word in the midst of a national crisis. Preachers today would need to realise that God expects them to pronounce His mind and will in a day of confusion and calamity. Silent pulpits are not God’s will!

This article is an applying of God’s Word to events of today.

I trust it is a blessing.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Yet More Prophecy Being Fulfilled

“And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all. And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, shall be heard no more at all in thee; and no craftsman, of whatsoever craft he be, shall be found any more in thee; and the sound of a millstone shall be heard no more at all in thee; and the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived. And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth,” Revelation 18:21-24.

The following headline appeared in a newspaper just a few days ago. Little did the reporter, or indeed the people she wrote about, realise that they were fulfilling just what the Bible tells us will be a feature of the final lawless days of this age!

Troubling rise of the ‘silver snorters’: Treatment for over 60s cocaine users has shot up in the last year. Patients as old as 90 have been going to hospital after using the class-A drug.

What the headlines tell us is that drug-taking has become endemic, encroaching even upon the ranks of the elderly!

The general public, certainly the city dwellers, have become used to the miserable sight of the wretched drug-addict, usually lying helpless, under the miserable influence of that taken in pursuit of escaping life’s miseries!

That it should now involve that section of society which one would expect to be above such a destructive indulgence is alarming. It will add to the incidents of crime and to the financial burden on the NHS.

Above all, it denotes the demise of any fear of God and regard for His Word amongst a section of society where it might have been expected! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-12 a 5:36 pm


What is it to be holy in the 21st century? Pt 3

This is our third study in response to a request from one of our readers to set forth the Bible’s teaching on HOLINESS.

Let me quote again the Shorter Catechism’s definition of Sanctification or HOLINESS, for I am using its statement as the basis of this study.

Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.”

In our third study we will concentrate upon the fact that:

SANCTIFICATION ENTAILS OUR BEING RENEWED IN THE WHOLE MAN AFTER THE IMAGE OF GOD

This is a very important TRUTH.

Let me begin by commending to you a sermon I preached many years ago on the subject of ‘Imitating God.’

It is found on the main page of ’The Burning Bush’ and study number 57 of my series of studies entitled: “Unsearchable riches of Christ in Ephesians.” Here is a link to that sermon: “Imitating God, Pt 1”

ALL TOO MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE A CONCEPT OF ‘HOLINESS’ THAT IS NOT THAT OF THE BIBLE! 

Paul said: “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise,” 2 Corinthians 10:12. Dr John Gill said of these words: “They only consulted themselves, and measured and compared themselves with themselves; which was acting just such a foolish part, as if a dwarf was to measure himself not with any kind of measure, or with another person, but with himself; only surveys himself, and his own dimensions, and fancies himself a giant.”

It is easy to set up a rule, born of what we think is right and measuring ourselves by that rule, form a very high but very wrong notion of ourselves.

We are to measure ourselves against the revelation of the Lord, given us in the Bible. He is the rule of perfect holiness. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-11 a 5:09 pm


Some of the Saviour’s words misunderstood by many!

“And when ye shall see Jerusalem compassed with armies, then know that the desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them which are in Judaea flee to the mountains; and let them which are in the midst of it depart out; and let not them that are in the countries enter thereinto. For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled. And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh,” Luke 21:20-28.

On Thursday past (7th), I read Luke chapter 21 as part of my regular daily devotions. It is a portion familiar to me and I know that many seek to use it to deny the position I take in eschatology, namely Historic Pre-Millennialism.

However, that requires those who seek to deny Historic Pre-Millennialism from this passage, to deliberately avoid what it is the Saviour plainly says!

Regrettably, it is not unusual for the Saviour’s words to be misunderstood and misapplied by men. Here is one example. “Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up. Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days? But he spake of the temple of his body,” John 2:19-21.

But it was not only His opponents who misunderstood what the Saviour meant. His disciples likewise formed false opinions of what the Saviour said to them. Here is one example of that: “These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well. Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep,” John 11:11-13.

‘They thought’! Herein lies the problem. Back in the days of Isaiah the Lord had said: “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts,” Isaiah 55:8-9.

We do not naturally think on the same plane as does the Lord. His thoughts are on a very much higher plane! When the Saviour refers to death as a ‘sleep’, that was easy for Him to Whom belongeth all power. However, we, living as we do within our very limited perspective, cannot imagine being awakened from death as something as easy as awakening from sleep! Therefore, a very limited understanding of Christ’s words is arrived at.

1. Sadly, though it is understandable that men make this mistake, it is a mistake which robs them of much! Our earthly minds fail to grasp the wonderful and heavenly import of His words and, in so doing, we deprive ourselves of that which He desires to impart to us by His words. A receiving of Christ’s words, without limiting them, brings great benefits. “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you,” John 15:7. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-09 a 8:00 am


The latter-day universal abandonment of Israel recently hinted at!!

The weeping prophet Jeremiah

“‭For thus saith‭‭ the LORD‭, Thy bruise‭ ‭is‭ incurable‭‭, ‭and‭ thy wound‭ ‭is‭ grievous‭‭.‭ ‭There is‭ none to plead‭‭ thy cause‭, that thou mayest be bound up‭: thou hast no healing‭ medicines‭.‭ ‭All thy lovers‭‭ have forgotten‭‭ thee; they seek‭‭ thee not; for I have wounded‭‭ thee with the wound‭ of an enemy‭‭, with the chastisement‭ of a cruel one‭, for the multitude‭ of thine iniquity‭; ‭because‭ thy sins‭ were increased‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jeremiah 30:12-14.

A BBC news report (Bowen: US sets clearer red lines for Israel as ceasefire ends), which has been mounted on its website for some days, has reported in its comments, warnings given to Israel about the limits of the support the USA will give to it in its battle with Hamas.

Biden’s chief diplomat, Antony Blinken, is referred to at length.

On the evening before the fighting resumed, he repeated America’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself, and once again condemned Hamas. Mr Blinken repeated his insistence ‘that Israel act in accordance with international humanitarian law and the laws of war, even when confronting a terrorist group that respects neither’. Then Mr Blinken made his starkest public statement yet about how Israel should fight the war. Mr Blinken said that it meant ‘taking more effective steps to protect the lives of civilians, including by clearly and precisely designating areas and places in southern and central Gaza where they can be safe and out of the line of fire’. ‘It means avoiding further significant displacement of civilians inside of Gaza. It means avoiding damage to life-critical infrastructure, like hospitals, like power stations, like water facilities.’ ‘And it means giving civilians who’ve been displaced to southern Gaza the choice to return to the north as soon as conditions permit. There must be no enduring internal displacement.’ . . . Antony Blinken, has spoken clearly, in public, about the way the US wants Israel to fight Hamas. If Israel kills anything like as many Palestinian civilians as it did in the north, in defiance of the stated will of Joe Biden, the US president will have to decide whether he can continue to give Israel so much support, not just on the battlefield but also in the United Nations Security Council, where the US has used its veto many times to protect Israel.”

There certainly is a limit to the support Israel may expect from those, who in the past, may have shown sympathy.

In the verses from Jeremiah, I have quoted above, it is clear that a time will come when Israel will be ABANDONED by her former allies to her fate at the hands of her historic enemies and haters!

1. The Bible identifies the enemies who will be in a confederacy against Israel at the close of this age. “‭The tabernacles‭ of Edom‭, and the Ishmaelites‭; of Moab‭, and the Hagarenes‭;‭ ‭Gebal‭, and Ammon‭, and Amalek‭; the Philistines‭ with the inhabitants‭‭ of Tyre‭;‭ ‭Assur‭ also is joined‭‭ with them: they have holpen‭ the children‭ of Lot‭. Selah‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 83:6-8. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-07 a 9:25 pm


The outrageous hypocrisy of the Irish Prime Minister

Irish politician, Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael Leo Varadkar

The sodomite leader of the Irish Republic demonstrates the sanctimonious humbug of Irish republican politics.

A BBC report on a recent spat sparked by a Sinn Fein motion of no confidence in the Irish Justice Minister, had this headline.

Sinn Féin unfit to lead due to IRA past – Varadkar

The report states:

“Mr Varadkar called for a sense of proportion, balance and unity in times of crisis.

“The Sinn Féin motion of no confidence was a political stunt. Unnecessary and counterproductive,” he said.

“Sinn Féin has talked a lot about the horrific events unfolding in the Middle East and rightly so. But they will not acknowledge war crimes that may have happened in this country,” he continued.

“Crimes committed in our name by terrorists the Irish people always rejected. Crimes like the Enniskillen and Warrington bombings in which children were killed.” The taoiseach also noted the IRA murders of Garda Jerry McCabe, Patrick Kelly and Brian Stack.

“That’s why we cannot have a Sinn Féin taoiseach, why we cannot have a Sinn Féin justice minister and why we cannot have a Sinn Féin defence minister in the next government or any government,” he added.”

The old adage is, ‘What is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander’. That is considered fair and proper but that is not so with Irish politics. What is enforced upon Ulster by the London government at the insistence of Dublin, is here utterly rejected by the Irish Republic’s government.

It must be stated that Sinn Fein/IRA is indeed totally unfitted for government but WHY does Dublin then insist that it be given such a position over those it had terrorised for a generation?

It is simply a case of bitter hatred overriding common sense, a refusing to accept what it seeks to enforce on others!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
6th December 2023

Posted on 2023-12-07 a 9:19 pm


Now available . . .

New from Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony . . . .

To mark the 90th birthday of long-time preacher, Dr. John Douglas, at SGAT meetings in which what the BIBLE teaches regarding the end-time prophecies is set forth, being transcripts of messages preached at a week of meetings in Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church.

Watch Facebook video of the book launch meeting here.

Copies may be obtained from the Secretary of SGAT, Mr Stephen Toms,
1 Donald Way, Chelmsford, Essex, ENGLAND, CM29JB.

Email: satoms@hotmail.co.uk

Price £7

Posted on 2023-12-05 a 10:03 pm


The supreme directive to faithful preachers!

“Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins,” Isaiah 58:1.

TO SHEW GOD’S PEOPLE THEIR TRANSGRESSIONS IS A VITAL PART OF THE FAITHFUL MINISTER’S DUTIES!

1. Here is the supreme directive to preachers. It overrules all attempts to suppress the exposure of sin amongst God’s People, be those attempts made by councils, parliaments, presbyteries, synods or any other body that thinks that they can overrule the only King and Head of the Church, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul said to Timothy: “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables,”  2 Timothy 4:1-4.

There are few, if indeed any, Free Presbyterian ministers have been ordained without these words being read to them!

God is on the side of any who, like Elijah of old, “have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts,” and that because, “the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant,” 1 Kings 19:10.

This command was given to Isaiah, and divinely recorded for it is a directive for ALL servants of God who find themselves in the circumstances in which Isaiah found himself.

The day in which Isaiah ministered is described for us from the very beginning of his book.

“The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass his master’s crib: but Israel doth not know, my people doth not consider. Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward. Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment. Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers. And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city. Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah,” Isaiah 1:1-9.

Any who cannot see the parallel to the situation here in Ulster and much further abroad, is suffering from a stupidity that exceeds the mentality of the donkey and bovine stupidity, to quote the Lord as he rebukes those He was angry with back some 2800 years ago!! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-04 a 4:52 pm


Death of a 'pop' star

Shane MacGowan — showing every evidence of his profligate lifestyle!

Here is a most distressing example of the blind folly that grips many regarding what is a true Christian and the requirements of God for entrance to heaven.

I was grieved at the report of the death of a notorious ‘singer’ and the most awful and empty hope entertained by his family as to where he will be throughout eternity. Th person in question is Shane MacGowan, someone I really knew nothing of until his death.

MacGowan was a Roman Catholic, calling himself ‘a free-thinking religious fanatic’ who also prayed to the Buddha. As an adolescent, he considered the priesthood.

Having grown up in an Irish republican family, MacGowan said in 2015 that he regretted not joining the IRA. In a filmed interview he said, ‘I was ashamed I didn’t have the guts to join the IRA . . .’

MacGowan began drinking alcohol at age five, when his family gave him Guinness to help him sleep. His father frequently took him to the local pub while he drank with his friends. He suffered physically from years of binge drinking. He often performed onstage and gave interviews while drunk. In 2004, on the BBC TV political magazine programme This Week, he gave incoherent and slurred answers to questions from Janet Street-Porter about the public smoking ban in Ireland.

With a ‘religious and chaotic pedigree’ as this and given his widely publicised ‘hell-raising’ lifestyle, his foul mouth, his prolific consumption of alcohol, it is illustrative of the dreadful ignorance of God’s truth that dominates the mind of the Irish Roman Catholic, that his wife is widely reported as saying after he died: ‘I don’t know how to say this so I am just going to say it. Shane… has gone to be with Jesus and Mary and his beautiful mother Therese.’

The notion that a life of blatant degeneracy can be instantly followed by an entrance into the presence of ‘Jesus of Nazareth . . . . the Holy One of God,’ (Mark 1:24); the very One whose name was repeatedly used in a most blasphemous manner, is utterly repulsive to a God-fearing, Bible-believer.

How evil is the system that promotes such a perverted notion of what the religion of Jesus Christ entails! That religion blights, among other places, the island of Ireland!

Posted on 2023-12-02 a 10:14 pm


What is it to be holy in the 21st century? Pt 2

This is our second study in response to a request from one of our readers to set down the Bible’s teaching on HOLINESS.

I was requested if I “would consider outlining in a series of email teachings, what it means to live a separated and holy life and what that looks like for the Christian in this day and age?”

This is the second part of my answer. Let me quote again the Shorter Catechism’s definition of Sanctification or HOLINESS.

“Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.”

Our second study will concentrate upon the truth:

SANCTIFICATION IS THE OUTWORKING OF GOD’S FREE GRACE

This takes us a little further than our first study.

1. All that the Lord does for us is something we do not deserve but is of God’s free, unmerited favour. We so often forget this simple truth. That is because ‘self-esteem’ is deeply embedded within us. We were very much opposed to accepting this truth before our regeneration and that reluctance remains within us as part of our ‘old nature’. We have a new nature now of which Peter said: “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust,” 2 Peter 1:4. We have been made partakers of God’s holiness.

We now have two natures, the ‘old’ which is sinful and the ‘new’ which is holy. They are at war with each other. “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” Galatians 5:17. Of this inward, ongoing struggle Paul said of his resulting quandary: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do,” Romans 7:18-19.

We can surely find some comfort in the fact that Paul also struggled to resist the tendency to sin that sprang from his old nature. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-02 a 10:10 pm


The flourishing of false prophets

Pope Francis, a false prophet of today

“But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not,” 2 Peter 2:1-3.

He who “is a liar, and the father of it”, the devil, has always had his lackeys at work in this world, especially mingling amongst the people of God, passing themselves off as servants of the Lord. Peter here tells us that the devil’s pattern of activity as seen in Old Testament times will continue in this New Testament era. Indeed, as Paul and many other of the prophets inform us, his activities will increase as this age draws to a close. “Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils,” 1 Timothy 4:1.

His increased activity will be driven by his knowing “that he hath but a short time,” Revelation 12:12.

I think that we can have no doubt that in recent years we have witnessed this acceleration of Satanic action. Today, the world is awash with falsehoods of every form. When you think that you have just about heard every absurdity, along comes something even more outrageous!

Lies and deceits abound in every sphere of human activity.

There are scientific falsehoods and deceits. Chief amongst them is the ’Theory of Evolution’, which is presented by its disciples, not as a mere notion, but as FACT. School books, lecture halls, television nature programmes all echo to this self-contradicting folly!

There are medical falsehoods. Increasingly chief amongst them is the notion that man is moving toward the defeat of death and the beginning of physical longevity and a man-made Utopia.

There are historical lies, a perverting of the true record of past events. Chief amongst those lies are the denials of the divine creation of all things, of the accuracy of the Bible’s account of the life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ and, more recent denials, the wonderful mercy of God toward mankind in His intervention in the times of the 16th century Protestant Reformation.

But above all, there are THEOLOGICAL FALSEHOODS.

This has always been the chief end of the devil. He would blind mankind to its true state of sinfulness and the terrible fate which awaits those who die in that state and the TRUTH OF GOD, set forth in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby God’s remedy for man’s sinfulness is declared. “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them,” 2 Corinthians 4:4. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-12-01 a 8:00 am

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The following report is taken from GB News. It thoroughly exposes the bitter animosity that abides in the heart of this Irish/American president, born from that inherited from his Irish ancestry!

It has rightly been claimed by some US politicians that the new proposed law will impact upon Christians, though that term is too broad, for there are many ‘Christians’ in modernistic and liberal churches who quite happily embrace the whole plethora of depraved corruptions that go under the label of  — ‘LGBT+’!

Biden, a supposed ‘Christian’ of the Roman Catholic variety, thus demonstrates that he and this ‘religious organisation’ he belongs to, are in total opposition to the Word of God, for his Pope embraces this latter-day manifestation of the increasing apostasy of mankind. See this article:

Pope Francis kicks conservative US Cardinal Raymond Burke out of his Vatican apartment and strips him of his salary after he criticized pontiff’s pro-LGBT stance

The downgrade of ‘Christendom’, gripped as it has been for generations by increasing rebellion against God and His TRUTH, becomes ever more threatening toward the remnant of true believers, who alone have a right to the term ‘Christian’!

Here in the United Kingdom, we have witnessed an increasingly overt plan of opposition to all that is Biblical.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Christians could be BANNED from fostering children under Joe Biden’s new plans

 By Georgina Cutler

Published: 28/11/2023 – 18:11

A group of Republican attorneys general have warned that Joe Biden’s new proposals would drive Christians out of the foster care system – REUTERS

The group claim that the requirements for foster care families violates the Constitution

US President Joe Biden

A group of Republican attorneys general have warned that Joe Biden’s new proposals would drive Christians out of the foster care system.

The new rule will remove faith-based providers from the foster care system if they do not change their religious beliefs on sexual orientation and gender identity.

On Monday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall along with 18 Republican colleagues in other states wrote a letter to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) calling for the Biden administration to change the rule. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-29 a 4:49 pm


The Saviour never pulled any punches!!

The reformer John Knox was an example of a minister of the Gospel who pulled no punches!

I have just read this morning Luke chapter 11. I noticed particularly the section between verses 37 to 54 and it struck me that the Saviour was in no way ‘mealy-mouthed’ when responding to the foolish actions and words of men.

I noticed the blunt language He used in the these verses when speaking to the religious leaders of Israel came after He had been in prayer!

“And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,” Luke 11:1. His prayer was most impressive for it was followed by a request from a disciple that He teach them to so pray.

This He did and we have in verses 2-4 the ‘disciples’ prayer’.

I also noticed that His bluntness of speech in no way contravened good manners. That would be impossible for the One of Whom it is said: “Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth,” 1 Peter 2:22.

He directed these plain words of condemnation at a man and his friends, who were doubtless there alongside Him, as He partook of refreshments in the home of a Pharisee. The Pharisee was ready to find fault with the actions and behaviour of the Lord Jesus, not because He contravened the Law of God, but because He did observe the ‘man-made’ laws of the Pharisees. “And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner,” Luke 11:37-38.

This was an elaborate ‘washing’, invented of men and had nothing to do with common hygiene! Dr John Gill comments on this verse so: “The Pharisees not only washed their hands, by immersing them up to the elbow before eating; but when they had been at market, or among any large number of people, or had reason to think they had, or feared they had touched any unclean person or thing, they immersed themselves all over in water: and which is the sense of the word βαπτιζομαι, (washed or baptised) here used.”

It was this insulting observation that brought forth the frank denunciations of the Saviour for He knew exactly their ways. How unwise to enter a controversy with the One Who is called ‘The Word of God’! Likewise, it is utterly foolish to challenge assertions that are thoroughly based upon the Holy Scriptures. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-27 a 4:51 pm


Another one of many kind and encouraging emails sent to me

Photo by Florian Klauer on Unsplash

I have been greatly encouraged by the emails sent to me in support of my stand on the issue of ‘dancing’.

I could have mounted many more than I have, all of whom were happy to identify themselves, in contrast to the anonymous abuse others sent.

I am mounting this because it is from a younger person and that in itself is an encouraging thing. I have removed some details which may have identified the writer before posting the email, though I am sure that would not have been required. I do so for I do not want the writer to be targeted by those cowardly ‘trolls’ who seem to delight in hurting and vexing others.

I am sure other Free Presbyterians of the ‘old school’ will likewise find encouragement in the words of this email.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Dear Mr Foster

I’m disappointed to see you have received emails criticising your stand, especially when at least one of those emails came from inside Presbytery. It unfortunately is a sign of the times we are living in and shows the “falling away” spoken of in Scriptures is happening all around us.

I’m not a Free Presbyterian by birth or upbringing, I was a member of  . . . . . . . . church, who  . . . . .  married a FP and have attended a FP church since. Contrary to what some of the emails you have shown online seem to suggest, we did not need dancing to have a good wedding day. Our reception finished with a hymn and prayer and guests were on their way home by 8pm. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-27 a 4:35 pm


What is it to be holy in the 21st century? Pt 1

On 20th November I received the following via email.

Dear Rev. Foster,

I’ve read with great interest your recent emails and commend you for your stance. The reason for my correspondence is not to add anything to the current conversation as I am in agreement with you but to ask if you would consider outlining in a series of email teachings, what it means to live a separated and holy life and what that looks like for the Christian in this day and age?

One thing that jumps out from the responses you have received, and indeed from your own email about dancing is that most Christians, and I include myself in this, are quite ignorant of what the Bible teaches. We are not being taught these things from the pulpits. So if you have the time Sir and are led of the Lord to do so, I believe I would not be alone in appreciating good teaching on such matters.

May God bless you Rev. Foster as you continue to stand for His truth.

I look forward to your teachings and thank you again that you are there standing in the gap.”

I am more than happy to try and answer this request as the Lord helps me.

Today, I read 1st Peter chapter 1, as part of my Bible reading devotions. I have often stated that I use Robert Murray M‘Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar, and I commend it to all once more. It can be freely downloaded from the internet.

Well today, I sat as it were, at the feet of Peter.

In this first chapter he deals with the subject of ‘SANCTIFICATION’ at some length. Sanctification is a term used of holy living. The Shorter Catechism teaches us what sanctification is.

Answer to question 35. “Sanctification is the work of God’s free grace, whereby we are renewed in the whole man after the image of God, and are enabled more and more to die unto sin, and live unto righteousness.”

I recall Dr Paisley stating of the Shorter Catechism, soon after I was saved, that it was a ‘wonderful compendium of Christian doctrine’! I must confess that I did not understand at the first that delightful description of this wonderful catechism, written for children I must add, but which has been the ‘educator’ of many, many adults in the sacred knowledge of Bible doctrine.

That answer 35, with wonderful simplicity and clarity tells us, in a nutshell, just what holy living is and how it is to be accomplished.

Let me start with that simple truth: Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-24 a 5:08 pm


An appeal to the members of the Free Presbyterian Church and especially to the Presbytery members

By Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

I believe that there is an evil undercurrent flowing and growing within the Free Presbyterian Church.

It remains to be seen if it will be rebuked and repudiated or if it will be ignored or, worse still, endorsed by the members, ministers and elders, especially those who make up the membership of our General Presbytery.

I am referring to the case of Rev David Wilson dancing publicly but a few weeks after he took an oath before the Lord and those gathered at his ordination back in mid-September, to “expose and oppose the IMMORALITY AND SOCIAL VICES of this present evil world such as DRINKING, DANCING and GAMBLING”, and the support given him in abusive emails by those who claim to be Free Presbyterians!

There can be NO EXCUSE offered for such a display. The ordination oath clearly states DANCING, that is every form of dancing. As there can be no exceptions to prohibition of Drinking and Gambling, under any circumstances, the same goes for dancing.

We are under a divine injunction to, “Abstain from all appearance of evil,” 1 Thessalonians 5:22. No matter how innocent an act of dancing may be claimed to be, it has the ‘appearance’, the form and fashion of that which is the world’s activity and we must therefore ‘hold one’s self off from’, as the original Greek may be explained!

If David Wilson ‘dancing’ is excused, then Free Presbyterian properties will soon be dance halls!

Those who have sought to defend this ‘wedding dance’ have done so by saying that it was an expression of ‘holy joy before the Lord’. If that is so, why, as I am led to believe, did no one else join in this dance? Did the new groom not feel such joy? Did the bride’s mother not feel happy before the Lord? It would appear that no one else felt that dancing in this fashion was a proper manner of expressing a rejoicing in the Lord that day!

Whatever decision the Presbytery will make will undoubtedly decide the future direction and destination of a church which was called into existence by the Lord, as was described in the 1988 Covenant, signed throughout the congregations, wherein each signatory before God solemnly covenanted, “by His Grace, to stand with Christ in this evil day, for all that He is for, and against all that He is against.” That covenant was solemnly undertaken on February 28th, just 25 years ago! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-23 a 8:00 am


Yet another who sees no sin in oath breaking!

Here is yet another ‘unsigned’ example of the ‘Christianity’ of one who sees no sin in the breaking of an oath made to the Lord and who unhesitatingly hurls abuse at one who dares to expose such a sin.

My article contained nothing of  the ‘hatefulness’ of which I am accused, but simply consisted of questions regarding the behaviour of David Wilson in the light of his oath and the standards of the Free Presbyterian Church.

Just what has been bred in the pews of ‘modern’ Free Presbyterianism?

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Mr. Foster,

Regarding your treatment of David Wilson recently which frankly reminded me of something a 13 year old girl might post on the Internet to shame someone she’d fell out with, I see absolutely nothing in your behaviour which resembles brotherly love or even godliness of any description. Your hateful public attack on David, his daughter and all involved is an embarrassment to your denomination and your own witness. You have showed no consideration or discretion. No love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance. Indeed one might find more similarities with your behaviour in Galatians 5.20 – hatred, wrath, strife.

You refer to the new generation of Free Presbyterians as lesser Christians than yourself. I personally think the further we can get from your particular brand of egotistic legalism the better state the church will be in.

It’s cowardly to hide behind your keyboard and launch attacks on those you hold grudges against. Surely a more proper response would have been to meet the man face to face and discuss your differences of opinion in a constructive manner. I fail to see what you hoped to achieve. I find it horrific that a so called Christian can act as you have and feel no remorse.

I acknowledge a level of ironic hypocrisy in what I’ve said here but I find myself utterly disgusted with what I’ve read and hope you will consider the harmful effect you have on Christian brothers and sisters and leave the adjudicating to the proper establishment.


My reply

Being conscious of your ‘ironic hypocrisy’ on your part does not in the least deter you from writing as you do. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-22 a 9:17 pm


More encouraging words

I thought that I might share with you these two encouraging emails, just so that you might know that not everyone takes the very antagonistic attitude of those whose emails I have already shared with you.

One is local and one comes from the Czechia (the Czech Republic).

I know from the response of many of our readers that much prayer is going up to heaven for the success of our protest.

Please continue to pray!

“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much,” James 5:16.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Dear Rev Foster

Like your previous correspondent, you are unlikely to know me. Unlike him, I have no desire to upbraid you; far from it, in fact.

I am under 40 and an unprofitable servant of the Lord Jesus Christ but I have long had concerns about dancing. For the last 15 years or so, it seems to have exploded in popularity at FP weddings. While I confess that I do not fully understand the all the minute details behind its prohibition, I have seen enough to know that most modern forms of dance exhibit a sensuality unbecoming of a believer. Therefore, I am saddened that it seems now to be considered socially acceptable even for saved people to engage in this activity.

The reason for this email is that I want to commend you for your courage and faithfulness to the Saviour in the stand you are taking. I realise that you are unfairly being characterised as unloving for calling out Rev Wilson in public but you make a good point of comparison with Paul and Peter. Further, I have seen enough of your previous service to Christ and His church to know that your actions are those of a man who loves the FPC enough to risk unpopularity in the cause of purity. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-22 a 9:12 pm


Another who sees no sin in oathbreaking!!

This is an email I received this morning early. A nice start to the week!

My answer follows immediately and then the email itself. I have omitted the name of the writer.

It highlights the departure from the TRUTH of God that is sadly found in the ranks of the next generation of young Free presbyterians.

I cannot but blame the failure of our pulpits for such ignorance of God’s Word and the God-honoured stand of the Free Presbyterian Church in years past!

Here is cause for faithful believers to pray that the Lord will, in mercy, turn the tide!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


My reply to the email below

And a very good morning to you, XXXXX  XXXXXX.

You say I don’t know you but I do now, as your name is given in your email address even though you leave it off your email letter.

You say you are a ‘Free Presbyterian’. I would correct you and inform you that you are of the ‘new breed’ of Free Presbyterians!

The purpose God brought the Free Presbyterian Church into existence back in 1951 was to EXPOSE AND PROTEST AGAINST the oath-breaking of the ministers and elders of the mainline churches.

Your write a lengthy diatribe against me is in DEFENCE of an incident which centred upon the breaking of a solemn oath taken by a FP minister but a few weeks before. That makes you anything but a Free Presbyterian!

You accuse me of using the internet to attack Mr Wilson. I merely used the same medium that he used when he, or a family member, posted a picture of him dancing on November 5th in complete defiance and breach of the oath he had taken before God on September 18th. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-20 a 5:09 pm


FP minister's dancing defended by another FP minister

I received the following email on Saturday evening past, from a Free Presbyterian minister, criticising me for my article on Rev David Wilson dancing at his daughter’s wedding in breach of the vow he had taken before the Lord and His people just a few weeks earlier. See the original article here.

It is to be noticed that the writer did not in the least condemn the breaching by David Wilson of his ordination vow. It is also to be noted that this minister did not quote one verse of Scripture to support his view of the incident or his attack upon me.

His views I find almost as alarming as the actions of David Wilson. For that reason I am going to publish his letter without revealing his identity. I am challenging him to defend his defence of the wedding day incident and also his criticism of my article.

I am just hoping that he now thinks better of his folly. Sadly, I fear that there are others who think like him but they desire to remain hidden!

If ‘dancing’ is acceptable Christian behaviour, then Presbytery will have to change the vows used at the ordinations of ministers and elders and also its BOOK OF ORDER!

It will also have to apologise to the people of God generally for our Church imposing an unscriptural oath upon men for the last seventy two years and repent for misrepresenting the mind and will of God on this matter!

There is a verse in Proverbs which would need to be sincerely considered in this context.

“Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set,” Proverbs 22:28. The vow denouncing ‘dancing’ has been a landmark set by our ‘fathers’ as they felt guided by the Lord and we would need to be most careful in removing it!

There can be no defending of the casting aside of a vow taken by a minister or an elder before the Lord. If the vow was wrong, he should not have submitted to it. If it is right, then he should have kept his vow. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-19 a 9:42 pm


Is this the shameful state the Free Presbyterian Church has descended into!!!

There is a video of Rev David Wilson’s ordination service in the Martyrs Memorial Church and his answering the questions put to him on September 18th of this year, on the Martyrs Memorial FaceBook website. At 26 minutes and 30 seconds into that video, Mr Wilson may be heard answering the following question put to him by Rev John Greer, Clerk of Presbytery.

The question was:

Will you publicly expose and oppose the IMMORALITY AND SOCIAL VICES of this present evil world such as DRINKING, DANCING and GAMBLING and by example live righteously, soberly and godly before all men?

Mr Wilson is heard on the video swearing before the Lord that HE WILL ‘publicly expose and oppose the IMMORALITY AND SOCIAL VICES of this present evil world such as DRINKING, DANCING and GAMBLING’.

The BOOK of ORDER states this as one of the DISTINCTIVES OF THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ULSTER

“Sanctified in Behaviour, requiring its members to lead godly lives in obedience to the Scriptures which call on God’s people to live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world. Testimonies of holiness and righteousness are vital to the life and witness of Christ’s Church in a world increasingly plagued by the pleasure crazes of this generation, such as drinking (as defined in 5.6c), DANCING and gambling.”

THIS IS THE SAME REV DAVID WILSON, SOME 50 DAYS LATER, WHO IS PICTURED DANCING AT THE WEDDING OF HIS DAUGHTER.

Is this publicly exposing and opposing ‘the IMMORALITY AND SOCIAL VICES of this present evil world such as DANCING’?

Are we witnessing the abandoning of the BOOK OF ORDER, so recently complied by Presbytery?

AM I WRONG IN BELIEVING THAT THIS IS A VIOLATION OF THE SOLEMN OATH MR WILSON SWORE BEFORE GOD AND HIS BRETHREN AT HIS ORDINATION ON THE 18TH SEPTEMBER 2023?

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
15th November, 2023

Posted on 2023-11-15 a 9:19 pm


The world's division coming into focus

Here are two articles I have copied from the media in order to highlight who are the friends and who are the enemies of Israel.

It would be right to generalise and say that the Bible divides these two opinions! Those who believe the Bible look with compassion upon the nation of Israel, the nation from which our blessed Saviour came and to which God has made great promises — which He will most surely keep.

The rejecters of the Bible, again speaking generally, are those arrayed against Israel.

I read this morning these words by Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist.

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, and hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; as he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: that we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; to perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; the oath which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life,” Luke 1:68-75.

Zacharias Writes Down the Name of his Son
Fresco by Deomenico Ghirlandaio, Florence, between 1486 and 1490

The birth of John the Baptist was recognised by his father Zacharias, as another step forward in the great plan of God for His people Israel and for those of His elect amongst the Gentiles, and God’s eventual purpose which will enter upon its finalisation at the return of Christ.

Those who believe the Bible recognise the place in God’s purpose that the despised and hated nation of Israel has and they will ever look with sympathy upon that people, despite their present rejection of their True Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ.

These two articles contain errors and, in the case of the first one, misunderstandings of Holy Scripture. Even so, they serve to set forth the division of mankind in these last times. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-15 a 5:04 pm


Heathenism On Display

Rishi Sunak is joined by his wife Akshata and daughters as they light candles in Downing Street to mark Diwali

“The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works,” Psalm 145:8-9.

So read the headline in ‘The Daily Mail’. ‘Diwali’ is a a pagan celebration, chiefly marked by Hindus, though other pagan religions have a similar celebrations. Wikipedia says of this event: “Diwali is connected to various religious events, deities and personalities, such as being the day Rama returned to his kingdom in Ayodhya with his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana after defeating the demon king Ravana. It is also widely associated with Lakshmi, the goddess of prosperity, and Ganesha, the god of wisdom and the remover of obstacles. Other regional traditions connect the holiday to Vishnu, Krishna, Durga, Shiva, Kali, Hanuman, Kubera, Yama, Yami, Dhanvantari, or Vishvakarman.”

The Prime Minister and his family enjoy the freedom to celebrate ‘Diwali’

Many ungodly men have been pictured on the doorstep of  ‘10 Downing Street’ over the years, but I believe that this is the first time it has been the site of the marking of a heathen event!

I read this morning from Psalm 145. Verse 9 says: “The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.” In a land where God’s Word, in past generations, has framed to a very large degree, the laws giving men ‘civil and religious liberty’, this goodness and tender mercy that David the Psalmist speaks of, is very much manifested.

It is through the liberties that the Lord has bestowed upon our nation that the Prime Minister and his family and others of their religion, can ‘celebrate’ and display their ‘faith’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-13 a 5:45 pm


1922 massacre of Protestants

This scan, sent to me by a friend, is taken from the Belfast Telegraph of today (11/11/23) and gives details of a horrific massacre some 101 years ago. It is a long forgotten massacre because the victims were Protestants. Had it been republicans, the world would have been repeatedly reminded of it for ‘forever and a day’!

I feel that is something that we should remember and gives consideration to. Romanism has not changed. We here in Ulster, have experimental knowledge of how atrocities by the IRA have been explained away and justified by the glib tongues of Sinn Fein and its lie-spouting propagandists!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

 

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Posted on 2023-11-11 a 8:08 pm


Are we nearing the end of the age and how close is Christ’s return?

On Thursday past, I was checking the ‘hits’ on my website and I saw that a reader from Singapore had downloaded this sermon. I had forgotten that I had preached it in Larne, Co, Antrim, almost 6 years ago.

I was unable to really complete all I wanted to say in the pulpit back then and so I attached a fuller text article to the recording when it was mounted on the BB site in November 2017.

Its subject is so relevant that I am having the recording and the article remounted and also sending it out to our email readers.

I trust it is found profitable.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster



Posted on 2023-11-11 a 8:00 am


More 'unclean birds' gathered into the cage of evil!

“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,” Revelation 18:2.

Pope confirms trans people can be baptised as Catholics

So reads the headline in a report on the new site of ‘Raidió Teilifís Éireann’, the Irish Republic’s national television and radio broadcaster, on November 9th, 2023.

Romanism is an ‘evolutionary’ religion! Like the Covid virus it is ever mutating!

God’s description of the final development of ‘Antichristianity’ or ‘Babylonianism’ is given us in Revelation 18:1-8.

“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. And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.”

Please note the descriptive phrase: “The habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird”. Gathered in under the auspices of that which God calls the “the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication”; the final manifestation of that which is the ultimate in ungodliness, “MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH”, Revelation 17:5; there is every form and fashion of man’s rejection of God’s TRUTH and rebellion against God’s SON!

We see in Roman Catholicism, while it is NOT the final manifestation of Antichristianity, rather it is that which is a transitional form of the final apostasy of man. It is seen as a movement which gathers to itself “every unclean and hateful bird” of immorality and evil. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-10 a 8:00 am


How wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?

The Jordan River

“If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?” Jeremiah 12:5.

These are the words of God to his complaining servant Jeremiah, who was feeling “the burden and heat of the day.”

Every harvest time in Israel of old, the Jordan overflowed its banks and caused severe flooding, which naturally endangered man and beast.

This annual event is here used to ask the question if the more common difficulties encountered on life’s journey were more than could be coped with, how will the swelling, surging floods of coming judgment be faced?

Sin brings upon men many and diverse difficulties and miseries. “Fools because of their transgression, and because of their iniquities, are afflicted,”  Psalm 107:17. The truth of this statement is played out before our eyes every day!

BUT there is worse ahead for the sinner and rejector of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I. I THOUGHT OF THE ABOVE VERSE WHEN I READ THE MANY COMMENTS CONDEMNING ISRAEL FOR ITS RETALIATORY ATTACKS UPON GAZA.

Without in the least seeking to justify any illegal or inhumane act by the forces of Israel upon the supporters of the terrorism of Hamas in Gaza, it cannot be denied that the terrorists there, like the IRA here, use the civilian crowd and civilian property such as hospitals, as cover  from which they launch their murderous attacks. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-08 a 5:08 pm


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Posted on 2023-11-07 a 11:50 pm


A miraculous escape from a terrorist bullet!

This report, taken from the Belfast Telegraph,  has brought back many memories of dark days long ago. The terrorist attack on Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Church in Co. Armagh took place on my 40th birthday, 8th November 1983.

The Kenny family lived a mere couple of hundred yards from us, on Garvary Hill, on the Tempo Road out of Enniskillen, when I was minister of Bethel FPC. I was familiar withMr and Mrs Kenny as part of the Christian community in Enniskillen.

The miraculous escape of Mrs Edith Kenny and her daughter and many others that night was a wonderful example of the mercy of God experienced by a multitude during those years of Irish Republican’s murderous terrorism.

It does not take too much insight to see the same spirit of murder at work in the recent Hamas attacks on the Jewish civilians in Israel on October 7th past.

(L to R) Son Ronald, Mrs Ronnie Kenny, Mrs Edith Kenny, with the plaster cover the wound left b y the bullet which struck her face, daughter Edith and her hymnbook whit the bullet hole.

Terrorism worldwide, irrespective of what name it goes under, is everywhere the spawn of the one who was a “murderer from the beginning,” John 8:44, the devil!

Here is that picture in the article of the Kenny family back then.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

 

Posted on 2023-11-06 a 11:13 pm


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

The enemies of Israel should bear in mind the divinely inspired prayer which will, without a shadow of a doubt, be answered wonderfully by Heaven in God’s appointed time.

“Let them all be confounded‭‭ and turned‭‭ back‭ that hate‭‭ Zion‭.‭

‭”Let them be as the grass‭ ‭upon‭ the housetops‭, which withereth‭‭ afore‭ it groweth up‭‭:‭ ‭

“wherewith the mower‭‭ filleth‭‭ not his hand‭; nor he that bindeth sheaves‭‭ his bosom‭,” Psalm 129:5-7.

The Editor

Posted on 2023-11-04 a 6:32 pm


The Bible or ecumenical modernism - which?

This article touches upon the age-old satanic onslaught upon mankind by which the devil attempts to turn men from the truth of the gospel. Paul encountered that fact as soon as he began his missionary labours.

“And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Barjesus: which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, and said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord,” Acts 13:6-12.

It is to be noted that Paul dealt FIRST with the agent of the devil BEFORE Sergius Paulus was won to Christ!

I will be emphasising this element of God’s truth in this article.

The Lord bless you all richly,

Ivan Foster


THE CHRISTIANITY OF THE BIBLE OR THE ‘CHRISTIANITY’ OF ECUMENICAL MODERNISM — WHICH?

From the very beginning there has always been a counterfeit ‘faith’ and counterfeit ‘believers’!

Cain is, as it were, the ‘patron saint’ of ‘fake Christians’!

Please learn:

I. THE BIBLE REPEATEDLY WARNS OF DECEIVERS AND THEIR DECEPTION

I have mentioned Cain. It says of him, “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD,” Genesis 4:3.1 Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-03 a 4:57 pm


Tesco's corruption with a sweet taste!

These pictures were sent to me by a horrified granny whose daughter unwittingly bought these sweets in Tesco.

The newspaper link below is what I searched and found on the subject.

There is no end to the depths of corruption in society!

Newspaper article headline:

“NOT SO SWEET Jamie Laing blasted after his firm Candy Kittens sexualises sweets loved by children”

Here are some quotes from the newspaper article.

“Parents were left horrified after buying them for young kids who then read them the saucy description on the back of packets. It claims sweets and sex “go hand in hand”, celebrates “downright dirty times” and shows a “stay curious” Medical practice receptionist Carol complained to the gourmet sweets firm and was offered free normal packets as an apology.

“Medical practice receptionist Carol complained to the gourmet sweets firm and was offered free normal packets as an apology. The grandmother of five added: They didn’t seem to get my point. It’s dangerous in the world we live in.

“Have they not thought about the potential impact these words may have on vulnerable children?

“These should be withdrawn from shelves immediately.

“They’re sold in supermarkets next to Haribo. I’m baffled how anyone approved this as a good idea.”

 We are watching society sink like the Titanic for our nation has been struck by the devil’s iceberg!

Let every reader of this email do what they can to send out a warning and a protest about this abominable product on the shelves of ’Tesco’.

I feel that it is time to return to small neighbourhood shops where our moral views are shared and cease shopping at such a place as Tesco, irrespective of the ‘bargains’ missed by doing so!!

Sincere regards,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2023-11-03 a 4:43 pm


The sins of the fathers visited upon the children

There is no Kilskeery Christian school assembly talk this week. The pupils are off on their mid-term break.

I want to think of children in a very different context in the light of God Word. I am referring to the little ones caught up in the terrorism and its aftermath in Gaza.

Irrespective of our inherent love of the nation from which our Lord Jesus Christ sprang and our abhorrence of the tactics and objectives of the Hamas terrorist group, we look with aching hearts at the many photos of the distress and fear etched on the faces of the children of Gaza, caused by the terror and suffering they are passing through.

I trust what I offer is a help to your understanding of the event in Israel, at least to some degree.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


THE SINS OF THE FATHERS VISITED UPON THE CHILDREN

“The LORD is longsuffering, and of great mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation,” Numbers 14:18.

These words were spoken by Moses as he interceded for rebellious Israel who were intent on further defying God in their bid to return to Egypt. The chapter begins with these words.

“And all the congregation lifted up their voice, and cried; and the people wept that night. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, Would God that we had died in the land of Egypt! or would God we had died in this wilderness! And wherefore hath the LORD brought us unto this land, to fall by the sword, that our wives and our children should be a prey? were it not better for us to return into Egypt? And they said one to another, Let us make a captain, and let us return into Egypt,” 1-4.

These words show the perverted ‘logic’ that springs from ignorance and unbelief. The rebellion and defiance sprang up amongst the people as the ‘spies’ returned from surveying the ‘promised land’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-11-01 a 12:01 am

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Causeway Coast Vineyard - a 'citadel of confusion'!

Causeway Coast Vineyard

When I read the following report from the ‘BBC News,Northern Ireland’ website, I could not help but contrast what Paul tells us of his life and experiences and the lifestyle of those leading this pentecostal ‘superstore/social club’ in Coleraine!

Paul outlines his lifestyle in 2 Corinthians 11:23-28.

“Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft. Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one. Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; In journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; In weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness. Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.”

Paul’s record of his life is far removed from that of the ‘Coleraine’ apostles whose carry-on brings the gospel into disrepute !!! What a wearing of sheep’s clothing’ goes on in the name of our Saviour!

The BBC report tells us that a report into the conduct of the former ‘pastor’, Alan Scott, identified his behaviour as being marked by “manipulation, inappropriate comments, narcissistic behaviour, and certain occurrences of public shaming and spiritual abuse”.

It is to be noted in what might be called ‘this citadel of confusion’ that the former ‘pastor’, Alan Scott, was charged with that which Paul refers to as a most serious sin.  “Narcissistic behaviour” is listed by Paul as the FIRST of the features of the end-time apostasy.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy . . . . ,” 2 Timothy 3:1-2. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-30 a 3:42 pm


Ireland - the most anti-Israel country in Europe

This article is taken from the ‘Jewish Chronicle’. It was written by an Irish man and contains the usual ‘anti-British’ bias but please note its highlighting of the changing attitudes and increased ‘antisemitism’ amongst Irish republicans, north and south, as the street protests here in Ulster shows!

Demonstrators gathered at Writers Square before marching along Royal Avenue to Belfast City Hall – BBC News 15/10/23

Speakers included a number of politicians, Rev Bill Shaw and Dr Hani Mandhi who has family in Gaza – BBC News today, 28/10/23

Sinn Fein/IRA, were to the fore at these protests. That is not surprising since they have been long time allies of Hamas and employed the tactics of the Palestinian terrorists during the many years of the ‘Ulster Troubles’, kidnapping, torturing, murdering men, women and children in their pursuits of their evil cause, were to the fore at these protests! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-28 a 7:35 pm


Evil ‘social media postings’ by Muslim medics

The following national headlines of recent days tell much about the true character of ‘Islam’!

Revealed: NHS worker celebrates Hamas terror attacks on Israel and advocates ‘flogging’ of journalists in series of disturbing online posts

NHS doctor mocks Israeli festival-goers fleeing Hamas gunmen in social media post saying: ‘If it was your home, you would stay and fight. You wouldn’t just run away’

NHS Medic Under Fire for Social Media Posts Supporting Hamas Attacks

The religion of the Muslim, commonly called ‘Islam’, began in the 7th century and has many millions of followers. It was advanced through the slaughter of its enemies and critics and opponents.

Muhammad, the founder of Islam, launched raids against many non-Muslims. Muslim sources have revealed that he launched dozens of military raids against various groups, including polytheists, Jews, and Christians. Through these raids, Muhammad became so powerful as an Arab tribal leader that many tribes submitted to him and thus declared their conversion to Islam. The word ‘Islam’ itself means “submission” and “surrender.”

It is impossible that the teaching of Islam will produce true holiness for the life-style of its founder, a model for all Muslims, was profligate and debauched. Muhammad had many wives. The exact number is disputed, but he had somewhere between 9 and 12. He also had many concubines and female slaves.

Muslims say he married these women to take care of them after they lost their husbands. Others believe these marriages were for economic and political reasons.

He was an immoral monster and a paedophile, a molester of children. Aisha was his youngest ‘wife’. He married her when she was six and consummated the marriage when she was nine. Zaynab was his adopted son’s wife, but the adoption was later revoked by ‘Allah’, the name given to the Islamist ‘god’, thus allowing Muhammad to marry her.

Despite these evil truths regarding the beginning of this latter-day heathen deception, Governments and police forces and the press are most loath to label Islam for what it is. That is because Islam, if it is deemed to have been offended or worse still, if ‘Allah’ was ‘blasphemed’, then its people will launch a terrorist ‘jihad’, a ruthless campaign of terror against the offender. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-28 a 7:10 pm


The scriptures crying out to be preached!

But the people‭ that do know‭‭ their God‭ shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploits‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬,‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Daniel 11:32.

I recall reading that Charles Haddon Spurgeon once said, regarding his selecting of texts to preach on, that when he read his Bible, verses jumped out at him crying out,’PREACH ME’!

Now I am by no means a CHS! But his Bible is my Bible and acts it in a very similar fashion. I cannot read the chapters allocated in my Bible-reading calendar without a similar experience. My days of pulpit preaching appear to be over, but I still can tap with two fingers on my laptop and there are verses every day that demand that I begin tapping!

Today, I read the eleventh chapter of Daniel. I then went on to read 1 Timothy 4. As I read verse 6, “‭If thou put‭‭ the brethren‭ in remembrance‭‭ of these things‭, thou shalt be‭‭ a good‭ minister‭ of Jesus‭ Christ‭, nourished up‭‭ in the words‭ of faith‭ and‭ of good‭ doctrine‭, whereunto‭ thou hast attained‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I was reminded of what I had read in Daniel 11 and heard again the cry to seek to expound what Daniel had recorded of his vision.

Paul, in his exhortation to Timothy was referring to his opening words in chapter 4, when he said: “‭If thou put‭‭ the brethren‭ in remembrance‭‭ of these things‬‬‬‬‬‬ . . . .” The ‘these things’ was the Holy Spirit’s ‘express’ warning of a departure from the faith in the “the latter‭ times‬’. How often the inspired writers were directed of God to disclose events in ‘the latter‭ times‬”!

Preacher — how often do you expound what the Lord would have His people know about these ‘latter‭ times‬’ in which we live?

Could I turn your attention to Daniel 11 and deal with the subject — ‘The character of a faithful remnant in the very last days.’

The verse 32 and the words found there will serve as the basis of this study. “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭But the people‭ that do know‭‭ their God‭ shall be strong‭‭, and do‭‭ ‭exploits‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The word ‘but’ is a word which introduces a contrast. The people here referred to are indeed a contrast to others referred to in this portion of God’s Word. Let me establish first of all that : Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-27 a 4:55 pm


Palestine and Queens University, Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast

The following email has been received by me from Dr Edward Cooke, of Queen’s University, Belfast, Doctor of Philosophy, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics.

It highlights, among other things, what I will call: “The unprincipled actions of some foreign student who are here enjoying freedom and benefits they would not have in their home lands. They avail of these benefits and liberties to seek to undermine the very society into which they have been welcomed.”

I say ‘some foreign students’ in order to offset the anticipated cries of ‘xenophobia’ from those loudmouthed ‘educated ejits’ who abound within the world of professed academia.

While it may be only ‘some’, we ought to remember the warning of God’s Word: “Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour,”Ecclesiastes 10:1.

And again: “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump,” Galatians 5:9.

A ‘few’ can do much harm, aided by a left-wing press, which shares their destructive hatred of Bible-based morality.

This is the trend about which God warns us in His Word. I have often quoted Paul’s inspired words of warning regarding these days.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away,” 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

The warning of Dr Cooke has been shared with many public representatives. I wonder just what they do with such important information?

Sincerely in Christ’s name

Ivan Foster

I should state Dr Cooke’s email was sent also to many Unionist politicians, not one of whom made any reply!

They are a bunch of gutless beings, enslaved by popular opinion, irrespective of truth and righteousness!


Palestine and QUB

Without the same independent oversight auditing and regulating bodies that exist within England and Wales, the NI university sector has for decades directly and indirectly discriminated against the under-represented and marginalised Protestant, unionist, traditional-conservative, and other Christian student, research and academic communities.  The award of DfE and UKRI PhD scholarships by philosophically orientated, left-of-centre, secular academics is one way in which this marginalisation is perpetrated.  Another way, is in the increasing number of postgraduate students at QUB and UU who are funded by their governments.  Within QUB, Chinese, Iranian and other overseas students are increasingly dominating social science, technology and engineering courses.  The increase in Chinese post-graduate students in the UK is already causing alarm to UK (and American) security organisations. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-26 a 5:23 pm


My first step in understanding the apostasy of today

“So they poured out for the men to eat. And it came to pass, as they were eating of the pottage, that they cried out, and said, O thou man of God, there is death in the pot. And they could not eat thereof,”  2 Kings 4:40.

Shortly after I was converted, back in 1964, Dr Ian Paisley preached a sermon: ‘Death in the pot’. It was the means of opening my understanding to the character, source and consequences of the great apostasy which the Bible says is to corrupt and poison the worldwide body of professing Christians in the latter days!

It was my privilege to sit under Dr Paisley in those days, for he was carrying out the task given him of God — WARNING ULSTER OF THE INROADS OF ECUMENICAL APOSTASY WHICH WAS INVADING THE MAINLINE PROTESTANT DENOMINATIONS!

An elementary understanding of the prophetic significance of the scene in 2 Kings 4, led on to the opening up of such verses as 1 Timothy 4:1-5.

“Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer.”

And also 2 Timothy 3:1-5.

“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.”

Dr Paisley frequently referred to these Bible passages and others akin to them in his preaching back then and I drank in his expositions! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-25 a 2:07 pm


Hamas fugitive living the high life in London

In its accommodating and ingratiating attitude toward Sinn Fein/IRA, the London government has initiated a disposition toward terrorism that hamstrings it and hinders it in its dealing with pro-Hamas protests.

It cannot call the native terrorist, ‘fish’ and its foreign equivalent, ‘fowl’!

The following article, which appeared over the weekend in the ‘Jerusalem Post’, highlights the London government’s compromise.

GB News also carried the story — Horror as it emerges Hamas chief lives in a London council house

A protester holds a flag as he sits on a traffic light post during a pro-Palestine demonstration outside Downing Street in London, Britain, June 12, 2021.

The Prime Minister may speak out boldly when visiting Jerusalem but how pathetic he and his government are at home!

It all foreshadows the drifting toward that moral climate which will end in “‭ . . . ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭all‭ the world‭ wondered‭‭‭‭‭ after‭‭ the beast‭.‭ ‭And‭ they worshipped‭‭ the dragon‭ which‭ gave‭‭ power‭ unto the beast‭: and‭ they worshipped‭‭ the beast‭, saying‭‭, Who‭ ‭is‭ like‭ unto the beast‭? who‭ is able‭‭ to make war‭‭ with‭ him‭?‭ ‭And‭ there was given‭‭ unto him‭ a mouth‭ speaking‭‭ great things‭ and‭ blasphemies‭; and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ unto him‭ to continue‭‭ forty‭ ‭and‭ two‭ months‭.‭ ‭And‭ he opened‭‭ his‭ mouth‭ in‭ blasphemy‭ against‭ God‭, to blaspheme‭‭ his‭ name‭, and‭ his‭ tabernacle‭, and‭ them that dwell‭‭ in‭ heaven‭.‭ ‭And‭ it was given‭‭ unto him‭ to make‭‭ war‭ with‭ the saints‭, and‭ to overcome‭‭ them‭: and‭ power‭ was given‭‭ him‭ over‭ all‭ kindreds‭, and‭ tongues‭, and‭ nations‭.‭ ‭And‭ all‭ that dwell‭‭ upon‭ the earth‭ shall worship‭‭ him‭, whose‭ names‭ are‭‭ not‭ written‭‭ in‭ the book‭ of life‭ of the Lamb‭ slain‭‭ from‭ the foundation‭ of the world‭.‭ ‭If any man‭ have‭‭ an ear‭, let him hear‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Revelation 13:3-9.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


The UK’s ambiguity on the subject of terrorism

Hamas fugitive living the high life in UK-funded London home

The two-story property comes with a garden and a garage, and is located only a 10 minute drive from the nearest synagogue.

(Report in Jerusalem Post — copied from The Times)

Muhammad Qassem Sawalha, a Hamas terrorist who ran operations in the West Bank, has been enjoying life in a British, state-funded home in the London borough of Barnet, The Sunday Times has reported. Barnet also houses one-fifth of all British Jews. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-23 a 4:21 pm


A most marvellous "memory loss"!

“I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins,” Isaiah 43:25.

“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee,” Isaiah 44:22.

“In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve,” Jeremiah 50:20.

“Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea,” Micah 7:18-19.

“For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more,” Hebrews 8:12.

Memory loss and old age go hand in hand! It is both vexing and inconvenient to suffer memory loss and many a mental struggle takes place as efforts are made to call to mind that which has ‘mysteriously’ disappeared from our memory bank.

Now, the Lord does not suffer from such an effect of ‘old age’ but we may use the term ‘memory loss’ regarding His memory of the sins of His elect. Micah says of their sins that God will “cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.” That which sinks into the depths, of the seas is termed ‘lost’ in the language of the mariner. The bed of the world’s oceans and seas are littered with vessels long lost and never seen by human eyes again.

Even so it is with the sins of God’s people!

The verses at the head of our article  are but some of the verses from the Bible which set forth God’s most merciful ‘putting away’ of even the memory of the sins of His pardoned people.

I am sure I am not alone in having a horror of my sins being revealed before mankind at the judgment! How blessedly sweet and comforting it is to read words like those of the texts above, when tortured by such thoughts. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-22 a 11:11 pm


Why we should love the Jewish people

As the introduction to this article states, it is the substance of two school assembly talks, in Kilskeery Independent Christian School, I gave to the children back in 2016 to mark ‘Holocaust Memorial Day’, January 27th.

It states some truths that are very relevant in the light of the upsurge of hatred toward the Jewish people, not just on the borders of Israel but reports of anti-semitism are coming in from many lands where there is an ignorance of what modern society owes to the Jewish race.

I trust that it is a blessing to you.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Why we should love the Jewish people
(Holocaust Memorial Day 2016.)

The substance of two school morning assembly messages given in Kilskeery Independent Christian School, by retired minister and school administrator, Rev Ivan Foster, on 27th and 28th January.

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed,” Genesis 12:1-3.

It is clear from the first words spoken to Abraham, from whom sprang the Jewish people, that he and his descendants would be those about whom there would a division of opinions. There would be those that would “bless” them and there would be those who would “curse” them!

Those that “bless” them would be blessed of God and those that “cursed” them would be cursed of God. They were, in heaven’s eyes, a very special people.

On this day in 1945, there took place the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp. With that event the world was given irrefutable evidence of the cruel and satanic attack upon the Jewish people by Nazi Germany. It has been set as a day to remember that dreadful wickedness.

Today I want to tell you why we should and must love the Jewish people.

1. OUR BLESSED SAVIOUR, THE LORD JESUS CHRIST, WAS A JEW.

We are given the Saviour’s ancestry repeatedly in the Holy Scriptures.

“The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham,” Matthew 1:1.

“Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh,” Romans 1:3. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-20 a 4:15 pm


The time of Jacob's trouble

Here is an article on a topic about which many have only the vaguest notions. We are commanded to ‘search the Scriptures’, especially where they deal with the ‘last days’, in order that we might ‘discern‭ the signs‭ of the times‭’, Matthew 16:3.‬‬‬

Events in Israel are very much as a clock which indicates to us that that tells us that we are drawing nearer to the end of this age and the return of the Saviour in glory.

I trust that this study is a help to all in understanding what lies ahead for the ancient people of God in their homeland.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭THE TIME OF JACOB’S TROUBLE‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“‭Alas‭! for that day‭ ‭is‭ great‭, so that‭ none ‭is‭ like it: it ‭is‭ even the time‭ of Jacob’s‭ trouble‭; but he shall be saved‭‭ out of it,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jeremiah 30:7.

The student of the Bible cannot hear and see reports of the recent horrific scenes in Israel, wrought by those who are the ‘spiritual’ descendants of the Philistines of old, if not the actual progeny of that race of haters of the ancient people of God, without thinking of our text.

Hamas terrorists on parade in Gaza!

Ezekiel the prophet of old refers to the Philistines, the former occupants of that area today known as ‘the Gaza strip’, in this manner. “‭Thus saith‭‭ the Lord‭ GOD‭; Because the Philistines‭ have dealt‭‭ by revenge‭, and have taken‭‭ vengeance‭ with a despiteful‭ heart‭, to destroy‭ ‭it‭ for the old‭ hatred‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Ezekiel 25:15.

Note the term, ‘the old hatred’! That is what lies behind the terror attacks of late and the many like acts of savagery of which the present-day Palestinians have been guilty. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-18 a 8:47 pm


Funeral of Mrs. Evelyn Nesbitt

Mrs. Evelyn Nesbitt

Today it was my privilege to take part in the funeral today of Mrs Evelyn Nesbitt, a long-time member of Bethel Free Presbyterian Church.

She went to be with the Lord following a road traffic accident involving her car on Wednesday, October 11th.

Here is a recording of the simple tribute I paid to a godly Christian mother who was a friend for many, many years and a supporter of our witness.

 



 

Posted on 2023-10-16 a 8:44 pm


Sammy's sufferings!!

Sinn Fein’s views on Hamas makes it harder to sit down with them, says Sammy Wilson

Sinn Fein’s response to the murderous Hamas attack on Israeli civilians makes it hard to sit down with them, Sammy Wilson said.

So declares the headlines in the ‘Belfast News Letter’ article of 16th October, 2023.

Now I find that hard to swallow for the simple reason that the DUP was able to sit down with Sinn Fein in 2007 AFTER they had manifested every form of support for the murder of many of the DUP’s own kith and kin by the the terrorists of the IRA, some of whom were prominent members of Sinn Fein, such as Martin McGuinness.

Mr Sammy Wilson, MP

That terror campaign had gone on for decades, had cost thousands of lives and injuries of men, women and children. Sinn Fein still gathers at the graves of dead IRA murderers to celebrate and honour their ‘heroic’ depravities and never once have offered any form of regret for the campaign, but rather have insisted that they had no option but to engage in terror — an opinion not shared by even the Government parties of the Irish Republic!

This being so, since in 2007 the DUP went back on the most solemn and oft-repeated vows never to join Sinn Fein/IRA in government and boasted of their most happy working relationship with Sinn Fein/IRA, why should Sammy and Co now find it hard to go back to Stormont and sit with them after they have shown support for foreign terrorists — the same terrorists they were supporting in 2007?

I suggest that the time has come that the circumstances surrounding such a return now does not include the ‘cushion’ of the hope of an end to terrorism here that made their decision in 2007 somewhat palatable and acceptable to all too many Unionists. That ‘cushion’ being absent, the raw political greed and ambition and the absence of any political principle is being felt most uncomfortable by many of the DUP’s supporters.

Sammy Wilson is conscious of the fact that they may well cut their own throat, politically speaking, by throwing over yet again many avowed promises to remain out of Stormont until the outrageous ‘de facto’ expulsion of Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom under the terms of the ‘Windsor Agreement’ is ended by the London government.

That has not happened, no matter what ‘Sir’ Donaldson may claim. He and his party know that, but they also know that their ‘withdrawal protest’ is rapidly running out of steam.

All that remains for them is to generate the impression that they have achieved something by their actions and ‘whitewash’ the stark facts of their failure, eat humble pie and crawl back to Stormont.

That is what is hurting Sammy Wilson!

Posted on 2023-10-16 a 5:46 pm


‘Belfast Newsletter’ - Today's Editorial

Here is the ‘Editorial’ from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

I believe it is worth a read!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Ben Lowry: Sinn Fein ambivalence about Hamas and its refusal to condemn the terror group does not make the return of Stormont any easier

People round the world who have been troubled by the Hamas mass assault on Israel will have had their own most upsetting moments.

By Ben Lowry

Published 14th Oct 2023, 04:42 BST
Updated 14th Oct 2023, 11:55 BST

SF could have said it had sympathy for the circumstances that gave rise to Hamas but contempt for what it did

It might have been the news about slaughtered Jewish babies. It might have been the young Israeli woman, bundled out of the back of a Hamas vehicle on her arrival in Gaza, then being pulled by her hair into the front of the vehicle, her trousers soiled with apparent blood, seemingly dazed by an unfolding nightmare.It might have been the glimpse of other kidnapped women, briefly seen inside a car surrounded by screaming Islamic fanatics, also looking delirious with fear. Those going to Gaza face probable torture and/or death.

It might have been the young Israeli woman screaming in fear, being held down on a motorbike towards captivity in Gaza, as a her desolate boyfriend is led off on foot by young men.

Dancers at Nova music festival, above left, at dawn in Israel on October 7 2023, at around 645am, just as gliders with Hamas terrorists were gliding in, barely visible behind as dots in the sky. The man on the right was captured on a car dashboard hunting for more victims to kill hours later, around 930am.

Or it might have been one of the more subtle moments of horror, when you see tense Israelis drained in fear in their homes as they are carefully grilled by Hamas about the whereabouts of their family.

Perhaps the moment that has had most impact on me is the Nova music festival, where almost 300 bodies of murdered young people have been found. It encapsulates so much of the horror of that day, which Jews are calling their worst since the end of the Nazi terror in 1945.

You can see above stills from videos of the festival, held in southern Israel, within about four miles of the border with Gaza. The person who took the footage on the left ranged around the young people dancing, at dawn at around 640am, as the ‘party for peace’ was ending. The video maker then seemed to notice moving dots in the sky. It was Hamas killers coming in on gliders.

Shortly after that clip there is another piece of film which shows police urgently trying to move the dancers, realising that something is badly wrong. They can’t easily get the young folk to move, and you can see a happy young woman, languidly waving to her friends to follow.

Within minutes the Hamas killers were shooting at the festival goers, sending them fleeing across the desert. There is footage of burnt out cars of festival goers, as the escapees were attacked, and reports of people hiding in the woods.

Some internet researchers have pieced together bits of film of the Nova massacre from sources including phones, drones and the dashboard cameras in abandoned cars. It transpires that Hamas were roaming around the site looking for people to kill, or taking money and personal possessions off corpses, six hours after the attack began. The image above right shows a gunman at 930am, hunting for more prey. And dashcam films show they were still there three hours after that.

We know from reports of Nazi and other mass shootings in history that some people escape being killed by falling down and playing dead. Imagine lying at Nova still amidst dead bodies (there were piles of them in parts of the site), no doubt hoping that the killers would move on, and that the Israeli forces would be there soon, in a country normally so adept in its security. Anyone who did that would have had to lie still for six or more hours, presumably turning over in their head every eventuality and hoping that the killers would not set fire to the music festival tents or move between bodies shooting them to be sure. When I first heard of the Hamas raids on Saturday I assumed they would have been brought under control within a couple of hours. In fact it was Monday before order was restored in all locations.

This weekend was an outworking of the stated Hamas to wipe Israel off the map and remove Jews from the region, if need be by genocide. It is one of the worst moments in European history in decades. Everything has changed for Israel and its sense of its own vulnerability.

As it happens I don’t like the Irish republican view of the Middle East is ugly and they don’t like the views of supporters of Israel such as me. There is no space in this column to debate the merits of de-merits of Israel, which I think a state that is a living manifestation of the Jewish genius, surrounded by semi failed states which have medieval attitudes to social issues.

Sinn Fein, indeed most of nationalist Ireland, has a pro Palestinian view of the region. The Republic of Ireland is one of the most unfriendly states towards Israel in the EU. But SF has gone further, and some of its leaders have met Hamas.

It is what happened since Saturday that has been telling. Some intelligence experts have said they badly misread Hamas, that for all its fiery rhetoric it had merely seemed happy to consolidate its control of Gaza, which Israel evacuated in 2005. SF could have said that it had sympathy for the circumstances that gave rise to Hamas but contempt for what it did. Instead it has barely mentioned the terrorist group since the slaughter, but SF politicians have pointed to the Palestinian flag which, at this time, seems a subtle endorsement of the Hamas attack.

On Sunday Gerry Adams, as the scale of the massacre of Jews was becoming clear, posted on X (formerly Twitter) an image of the Palestinian flag in West Belfast and wrote: “The Mountain Speaks! Free Palestine.”

When it turned out an Irish-Israeli woman was murdered at Nova, Mary Lou McDonald wrote: “Thoughts and prayers with the family and friends of Kim Damti as they endure the heartbreak of the loss of her young precious life. A trauma that should not be inflicted on any family”

No mention of Hamas. The same form of wording could have been applied if she had died in a flood. Ms McDonald later said of an Israeli action: “Barbaric. Act of criminal aggression.” Her specific criticisms are of Israel.

The X timeline of Michelle O’Neil, who proclaims herself first minister for all, nowhere condemns Hamas.

This could not have happened at a worse time amid bids to restore Stormont. It is an almost perfect illustration of how political opposites have to share power in NI at all times – unless the rules are changed to exclude unionists (they would certainly never be changed to exclude nationalists).

And while UK ministers are showing the world their full support for Israel and contempt for Hamas, they are piling pressure on the DUP – amid an Irish Sea border – to return to power with a party that has reacted as Sinn Fein has done to this immense Jewish trauma.

Ben Lowry is News Letter editor.

Posted on 2023-10-14 a 10:16 pm


O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth

“O LORD God, to whom vengeance belongeth; O God, to whom vengeance belongeth, shew thyself,” Psalm 94:1.

I read this Psalm this morning as part of my daily Bible reading. It was scheduled for reading today in ‘Robert Murray M‘Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar’.

I could not but notice how appropriate the Psalm is, given the news from Israel over the last couple of days. I would like to take note of some lessons we should learn from recent events in the Holy Land in the light of God’s eternal Word.

This Psalm has not the author’s name attached to it but it is commonly believed to be David. If that is so, it is some 3000 years old and yet its words indicate an application to today’s circumstances which but emphasise the everlasting relevance of the Word of God.

I. THE TITLE GIVEN TO GOD IN THE OPENING WORDS IS ONE THAT EVERY MAN SHOULD NOTE!

He is the God to Whom ‘vengeance belongeth’. He is One Who will demand an account of all men for their actions.

1. This is something every individual should note. That well-known verse in Romans 6, underscores a truth men wish to ignore: “For the wages of sin is death,” Romans 6:23. Sin is followed by judgment, something sin has worked for and which will, in due time, be paid by the God of Justice. The verse goes on to say. “But the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” The ONLY alternative to man’s sin and the eternal judgment that it will bring upon the head of the perpetrator is “eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” That is what is offered FREELY in the gospel. Man has but to believe and receive the message set for in Holy Scripture to be delivered from that judgment which his sin will inevitably bring upon him at death. This we are taught by Paul the apostles “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment,” Hebrews 9:27. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-09 a 5:51 pm


Pray for the peace of Jerusalem

Christian, in the light of the terrorist activities in Israel, please heed the divinely inspired prayer request.

“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.” Psalm  122:6-8.

The Editor

Posted on 2023-10-08 a 9:56 pm


Dublin case against preacher dismissed

Posted on 2023-10-07 a 9:29 pm


Statement by TUV

A full page advert which has appeared in the ‘Belfast News Letter’ and the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ which should be read by all Unionists!

Statement by TUV

TUV launches full page newspaper adverts this weekend against any unionist acceptance of the Windsor Framework

Under the banner ‘A time to be vigilant and strong’, the advert pointedly proclaims the Protocol succeeded where the IRA failed – it pushed the border to the Irish Sea! It then sets out seven reasons why Stormont can’t return, including the warning that to operate Stormont under the Protocol is to accept that never again will Northern Ireland be a full part of the U.K., but part of an evolving all-Ireland.

Referencing recent remarks by Leo Varadkar, it declares ‘The Protocol is Varadkar’s path to Irish unity’.

Before reminding readers of the DUP’s seven tests and urging strict adherence to them, the advert warns against false promises, identifying laws merely protecting NI to GB trade or Westminster, rather than Stormont, leading on Protocol implementation, as things which will do nothing “to rectify our annexation into the EU or rid us of the Irish Sea Border or colonial rule.”

Explaining the timing and purpose of the adverts TUV leader Jim Allister said, “After a week of relentless spin to try and force unionists to accept the Irish Sea Border, TUV has taken out these full page adverts in weekend papers to spell out the realities of the Windsor Framework and set out the reasons why Unionists can’t return to Stormont.

“This is a seminal moment for Unionism and therefore we want to be clarion clear on the irretrievable folly of succumbing to the pressure to restart the engine of Stormont under the Protocol and with Sinn Fein at the wheel. Boxed in by a one directional Protocol, Stormont will only ever help, not hinder, the insidious process of our detachment from the U.K.”

Posted on 2023-10-07 a 8:35 pm


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Posted on 2023-10-06 a 11:04 pm


The amazing grace of our God


Princess Kate talking to the little Ukrainian girl

“The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them,” Isaiah 11:6.

I was made to think of this verse this morning when I saw the headline on a newspaper website. This verse refers to a future time of blessing when the Lord Jesus shall take up the throne and government of this earth as is recorded in Revelation 11:15.

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”

That event will usher in the time of blessedness, peace and holy knowledge as prophesied by the Psalmist. “All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worship before thee, O Lord; and shall glorify thy name,” Psalms 86:9.

It is a time when every facet of life on this earth will be gloriously changed. Even the animal kingdom will know the benefits of Christ’s reign as our text at the head of this article indicates. A great ‘tameness’ will come upon them to the degree that even “a little child shall lead them”. The words “shall lead’”carries the meaning of ‘carry, guide’. It speaks of animals such as the wolf, the leopard and the young lion submissively yielding to the hand of a mere youngster. When we think of the recent news reports of so-called domestic dogs killing infants within the homes in which they are kept, this verses truly speaks of a great change indeed.

The phrase, ‘a little child shall lead them’, is often applied to the influence of the young upon their elders with regards the things of the gospel. One of the elders in Kilskeery FPC, many years ago, was first made to think of eternal matters when his little daughter, who was a pupil at Lisbellaw FPC Sabbath School, spoke to him in words akin to, Daddy, you will go to hell if you don’t get saved!’.

It is this application of the words that sprang to my mind when I read a headline in one of yesterday’s news’ websites. Kate Middleton reveals how listening to her daughter Princess Charlotte sing a hymn made her ‘very happy’ as she meets young refugees from Ukraine.

That same topic appeared again in today’s press and as I saw it I was reminded of the verse above and the application commonly given it.

One ‘hymn’ that Princess Charlotte sings and which makes her mother, ‘Catherine, Princess of Wales’, to give her her proper title, happy, is entitled ‘Shine Jesus Shine. This is disclosed in a recorded conversation between the Princess and a little Ukrainian girl in the article. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-10-05 a 5:55 pm


Pope tries again to overturn the Bible

Not for the first time, the Pope of Rome has suggested a way round the clear teaching of God’s Word!

This Pope is following in the footsteps of his antichristian predecessors and is seeking to overthrow what God says and supplant His Word with his own perverted reasoning.

Pope Francis

The mass, the confessional, the nunneries and the monkeries are all the fruit of the perverting thinking of minds deceived and deluded by sin and the devil. Romanism is the predominant charlatan group within ‘Christendom’!

When the Saviour said to the Pharisees, “‭Ye‭ are‭‭ of‭ ‭your‭ father‭ the devil‭, and‭ the lusts‭ of your‭ father‭ ye will‭‭ do‭‭. He‭ was‭‭ a murderer‭ from‭ the beginning‭, and‭ abode‭‭‭ not‭ in‭ the truth‭, because‭ there is‭‭ no‭ truth‭ in‭ him‭. When‭ he speaketh‭‭ a lie‭, he speaketh‭‭ of‭ his own‭: for‭ he is‭‭ a liar‭, and‭ the father‭ of it‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 8:44, it was in response to their continued opposition to Him and His Word. The whole chapter 8 records their hatred and ends significantly with the words: “‭Then‭ took they up‭‭ stones‭ to‭ cast‭‭ at‭ him‭: but‭ Jesus‭ hid himself‭‭, and‭ went‭‭ out of‭ the temple‭, going‭‭ through‭ the midst‭ of them‭, and‭ so‭ passed by‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ John 8:59.

With regards so-called ’sodomite marriages’, God has repeated uttered the most clear denunciations. In the last but one reference to ’sodomy’, in the Bible we read: “‭Even as‭ Sodom‭ and‭ Gomorrha‭, and‭ the cities‭ about‭ them‭ in like‭‭ manner‭, giving themselves over to fornication‭‭, and‭ going‭‭ after‭ strange‭ flesh‭, are set forth for‭‭ an example‭, suffering‭‭ the vengeance‭ of eternal‭ fire‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Jude 1:7. Let me repeat the clear statement made by Jude, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, which signifies the attitude of the God of Heaven toward sodomy and sodomites. “Giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.” There is the ‘eternal’ consequences of this wickedness and no amount of sophistry and subterfuge by the pope and popery can alter that eternal truth!

It is no thanks to Popery that there is still a Bible in existence and the true gospel is still proclaimed in this world by a remnant. Popery has burned the Bible whenever it could and when that is beyond its power it, as the Pope is doing, seeks to corrupt and distort and by-pass its true teaching. Click to read more…

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