December 2021

Audio sermons and bulletins

Click here to listen to all the sermons on this website!

KICS assembly talks. Current series: “KICS Studies – The things said about the Saviour”

Featured sermon series: Studies in Second Corinthians.

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

See all messages in this series here.

Recently Preached Sermons

The Birth of Christ ... When? Pt 2
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Thu Dec 23, 2021

The Birth of Christ ... When? Pt 1
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Tue Dec 21, 2021

What is the Church?
preached by Rev. Jonathan Creane on Sun Dec 12, 2021

View all recently preached sermons

Older Sermons Recently Added

Defense of the Outbreak of Revival in 1859
preached by Rev. Hugh Hanna on Sun Jun 19, 1859

Atheist Stephen Hawking Dies
preached by John Pittman Hey on Sun Mar 25, 2018

Samson -- Shorn, Shackled, Sightless and Subjugated
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Aug 2, 1998

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Watch Kilskeery Free Presbyterian services live online here


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

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

Little, if anything, will come of this folly.

Sincerely in Christ,

Ivan Foster


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

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

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

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

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

The Editor’s reply:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Drugmaker Valneva woos NHS staff with Scottish Covid vaccine

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

Sabah Meddings

December 25 2021, 6.00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The mouthings of two charlatans and rogues

Former PM Tony Blair

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

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

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

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

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

Update on discussion of possible ethical COVID vaccine approval

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

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

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

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

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

By Adam Kula

Friday, 17th December 2021, 8:00 am

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My reply to a wicked and deceitful letter

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

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

“Presbyterian minister faces sanctions over gay couple support” 

Here is Professor Ruth Whelan’s letter.

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

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

The wilful blindness of men!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Presbyterian minister faces sanctions over gay couple support

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 8

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

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

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

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

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

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

Ban on gay conversion therapy could outlaw us, say clerics

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

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

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

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

Letter to the editor: what is a true church?

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

Sincere regards,
Ivan Foster


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

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

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

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

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

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

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 7

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

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

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

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

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

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

Hard times are coming!

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

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

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

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

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

Preparation for the 'Great Financial Genius'!!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 2021

Audio sermons and bulletins

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KICS assembly talks. Current series: “KICS Studies – The things said about the Saviour”

Featured sermon series: Studies in Second Corinthians.

Part 31: Knowing and Showing, Pt 2;  Part 32: Knowing and Showing, Pt 3;  Part 33: Neither Proud nor Mad, Pt 1;  Part 34: Neither Proud nor Mad, Pt 2;  Part 35: Life in the light of the cross, Pt 1;  Part 36: Life in the light of the cross, Pt 2;  Part 37: New creature in Christ, Pt 1;  Part 38: New creature in Christ, Pt 2

See all messages in this series here.

Recently Preached Sermons

The death of Moses - the end of an era
preached by Dr. Paul Ferguson on Sun Nov 28, 2021

KICS tribute to Mr. George McConnell
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Tue Nov 23, 2021

God Is
preached by Rev. David Priestley on Sun Oct 3, 2021 audio and video available

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Older Sermons Recently Added

Defense of the Outbreak of Revival in 1859
preached by Rev. Hugh Hanna on Sun Jun 19, 1859

Atheist Stephen Hawking Dies
preached by John Pittman Hey on Sun Mar 25, 2018

Samson -- Shorn, Shackled, Sightless and Subjugated
preached by Rev. Ivan Foster on Sun Aug 2, 1998

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Mr. Givan may hide but he cannot escape

Mr. Paul Givan

The following is a report from the ‘Belfast Telegraph’, 30th November, 2021.

The “Irish News” and the “BBC” carried similar reports in which there were a number of misleading statements made about myself. The “Irish News” reporter, when notified of them, kindly apologised for the errors and for calling me on the Lord’s Day for an interview. I await the BBC’s response!

This report from the ‘Belfast Telegraph’ serves to verify my condemnation of Mr Girvan’s actions in my statement on his attendance at the ecumenical service, published on 25th November and entitled: “Statement regarding Mr. Paul Givan’s attendance at Armagh service”. In it I said that Paul Givan, who was then a member of the Free Presbyterian Church, was wrong in his attendance at the service  The service was led by the leaders of the Roman Catholic church, the Presbyterian and Methodist churches and the Church of Ireland, deniers of God’s Word one and all! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-30 a 5:09 pm

Dr. Paul Ferguson - The Death of Moses

On November 28, 2021, Kilskeery FPC had a visit from Dr Paul Ferguson, son of Rev Gordon Ferguson. Dr Ferguson is the minister of Cornerstone Church, Singapore. It is a Presbyterian and Reformed and separated Church.

The Ferguson family have long links with the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, dating back to the late 1960s when family members (the family home was some 7 miles away) started attending Lisbellaw FPC.

Dr Ferguson preached two wonderful sermons during his visit to Kilskeery. The morning message was titled ‘The death of Moses - the end of an era’.

It was received with thanksgiving by the flock and was so appropriate in its application to all. 

Unknown to any of us at the start of the service was the sad news of the happy home call of Mrs Ivy Hunter, a beloved sister of our senior elder, Mr Jackie Neville.

Mrs Hunter was saved and unexpectedly she passed away in her sleep in the early hours of the Sabbath. She was 89 years old and was saved many years ago.

How appropriate was the message for a grieving brother!

I know that you will enjoy and benefit from what I consider one of the best sermons I have heard for quite some time.

Rev. Ivan Foster

Posted on 2021-11-29 a 5:38 pm

Portstewart: Seawall scripture 'may breach equality rules’

I cannot forbear drawing this matter, which I have just become aware of, to your attention that you might make it a matter of prayer and protest, if you live in the area mentioned.

This BBC headline is most shameful and indicates how ‘politically correctness’ has taken the place of the commands of God as the rule of life and behaviour.

Portstewart: Seawall scripture ‘may breach equality rules’

As you read this report you will see that in truth, God is not allowed to speak in this land! His voice and Word is not to be tolerated. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-27 a 5:42 pm

New facts about the vaccine

Here is a link to a very disturbing article in “Christian Watch”. The introduction to the article states:

“Disturbing data from the Office for National Statistics reveal that deaths from all causes of those vaccinated in the 10-59 age group are running at around twice those among their unvaccinated age-mates. At the same time, unexplained excess deaths are higher than normal. What is going on? Are the vaccines themselves killing previously healthy people? You won’t find this story in the mainstream media.”

Here is the link to that article.

It is but further evidence of God’s hand of judgment upon the land and is NOT evidence of some man-made conspiracy, so fondly promoted by some foolish people who care nothing for what the Bible says on such matters!

Sincerely in our Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2021-11-27 a 5:37 pm

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 6

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

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

Here is Part 6, which covers pages 169-174.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

In recognising this, they recognised the principle on which Christ had ever acted. The parable speaks of  “treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.” The outward professing body was not “the treasure” for which Christ resigned all in order to buy both it and the spot in which it was hidden-that is, this earth. “The treasure” which He valued were His elect — His own believing people to whom alone the holy name and standing of the Church properly pertained. This was the principle of Christ; and the real strength of the Protestant Reformation was in cleaving to this principle, and practically giving it effect. It was the true power of its earlier testimony; and whenever in later times the distinction between the elect Church and the corrupt professing body has been faithfully recognised, there has seldom been wanting a measure of the Divine blessing.* Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-27 a 5:33 pm

A heart-breaking report

little Arthur Labinjo-Hughes

“Nobody loves me” — the heart-rending cry of a little boy!

One of the most tragic reports, of which there are ever so many in these wicked days, appeared in a number of news reports in very recent days. Accompanying the report was a video taken from the babycam in the little one’s bedroom which shows the poor wee child crying and lamenting that ‘no one loves me’.

Harrowing baby-cam footage at trial

When I watched the video and every time I think of it since, my heart has ached and melted for that poor little boy, wee Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 6.

The video is actually of him but hours before he was murdered. Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, are accused of killing the young boy at their home in Solihull, West Mids.

When I related the story to the children in Kilskeery Christian School yesterday, as an illustration of what happens in a nation that turns its back on the gospel, unsurprisingly there were tears amongst the children!

My heart grieves for the sufferings this child endured. How good it would have been to be able to tell him, ‘Yes there is someone Who loves you. The Lord Jesus loves you.’ Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-26 a 8:10 pm

A most persistent plague? Heaven's continuing frown!

Despite the many repeated, boastful pronouncements by government ministers, the ‘demise’ of Covid-19 is NOT about to happen.

Instead, if we carefully read ‘between the lines’ we will find there that there is something very ‘supernatural about this plague!

I believe, with many other Christians, that it is a judgment sent of God upon nations that have openly defied and departed from His truth. As such, no measure taken by men will overcome it!

The Egyptians may have found some measure of comfort by the ‘power’ displayed by the magicians during the first judgment God sent upon Egypt (Exodus 7:22) but that comfort was short lived as God’s judgment intensified.

There has been no addressing or acknowledging of the anger of God toward our land because of its sin. Therefore the plague must inevitably continue. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-26 a 8:04 pm

A case of misquoting the Lord and of misdirecting men

“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. But shun profane [and] vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness,” 2 Timothy 2:15-16.

The phrase ‘rightly dividing the word of truth’ simply means ‘to make straight and smooth, to handle aright, to teach the truth directly and correctly’. Paul refers to a ‘workman’ and it is reasonable to think that when he is directed of the Spirit of God to use a phrase that carries the meaning embodied in the Greek term, that a workman such as a carpenter or stone mason is in the mind of the apostle. My father, who was a carpenter, so often told me when I was but a lad and attempting to help him in some task: ‘measure twice and cut once!’. No one needs to heed such counsel more than one who opens his mouth to pronounce the Word of God and apply it to the hearts and minds of men.

It is easy to misapply God’s Word and thereby misrepresent the meaning of it and thus mislead and misdirect men!

I am saddened to note that such was the outcome of the words spoken by Mr Paul Givan, the First Minister in a speech he made recently in the Stormont Assembly.

A video of part of that speech has been mounted on Facebook and a copy has been circulating. It was sent to me by two friends who were asking my opinion of the words of Mr Givan for they felt that his actions did not ring true.

They are correct. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-25 a 7:57 pm

KICS - Tribute to Mr George McConnell, Kilkeel

Mr. George McConnell

Today, we left aside our usual Bible study with the children in order to pay tribute to a friend of mine and also of Kilskeery Independent Christian School, Mr George McConnell of Kilkeel.

Locally and throughout the Free Church he was known as ‘Mountain Road George’ to distinguish him from a fellow elder Mr ‘Book’ George McConnell.

George McConnell went to be with the Lord in the early hours of the Sabbath past.

He has entered into his eternal rest, having laid aside life’s labours.

Click here to read the tribute


His funeral takes place in Mourne FPC at 2.00 pm today. I am sure you will be able to view the service if you go to Mourne FPC’s page on SermonAudio and also on FaceBook.

Click here to see the funeral services.

The Lord bless you all,
Ivan Foster.

Posted on 2021-11-23 a 5:09 pm

Artificial intelligence - the beginning of Antichrist??

“ . . . and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God,” 2 Thessalonians 2:3-4.

The Lord Jesus was most willing to answer the enquiries of the apostles when they asked: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what [shall be] the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” However, it is to be noted that He began His response with these solemn words: “Take heed that no man deceive you,” Matthew 24:4.

There are few portions of God’s Word which have been more systematically subjected to attempts to distort and twist them than their teaching on the return of Christ. Men’s notions have been widely embraced by Christians with scant regard to what the Bible says. When discussing the matter with them you will be told, ‘Rev. So and So says this’ or ‘Pastor So and So said that’!

There are but a few who follow the example of the Bereans. “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so,” Acts 17:11.

Oh how many have neglected to have ‘searched the scriptures’ to test out thereby what men said about the return of Christ. Paul had to say to the church of Thessalonica: “Now we beseech you, brethren, by the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and [by] our gathering together unto him, that ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand,” 2 Thessalonians 2:1-2. Even mere years after the beginning of the apostolic age, error was emerging about this wonderful subject.

Well, over the two millennia that have followed, the errors have multiplied despite such warning as that of the Saviour. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-22 a 4:43 pm

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 5

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

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

Here is Part 5, which covers pages 165-169.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

The parables of our Lord are addressed chiefly to conscience. If our consciences are perverted we shall either give no heed to the instruction, or else mistake, and probably, reverse the meaning. For example, he who conceives the honour and dignity of this present age to be according to God, and therefore well suited for His Church, will be sure to find in the parable of the “mustard seed” an encouragement to aspire after worldly greatness. He who admires the present condition and influence of professing Christianity, will not be hindered by the mere circumstance of leaven being uniformly used in the Scripture as the type of evil, from interpreting it as the symbol of the diffusiveness and diffusion of good. Parables, if they do not enlighten, blind.* Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-19 a 8:06 pm

Canadian floods invoke thoughts of God’s judgment!

We have heard of the horrendous rain storm that hit the eastern area of British Columbia, Canada, a day or so ago.

It took place in an area some 100 miles east of Penticton where the Editor’s son Andy Foster ministers.

He provided some links to newspaper reports of the devastation wrought be the storm.

It would remind us of the judgments of God on Egypt for it is estimated that thousands of farm animals perished in the floods.Here are the links to the news reports and also today’s school study. Simple copy and paste the links into your web browser. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-18 a 4:56 pm

Putting away the evil of the day

Nehemiah rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem

“Ye that put far away the evil day,” Amos 6:3.

Today, I read Amos chapter three as part of my daily reading. I follow the Robert Murray M‘Cheyne’s Bible Reading Calendar, a wonderful aid to a proper reading and systematic of God’s Word which I recommend to all. It can be easily obtained as a ‘down load’ from the internet.

The chapter begins with those familiar words: “Woe to them [that are] at ease in Zion,” Amos 6:1. As I read them I could not help but think that is what afflicts us all today! There is a spirit of ‘ease’ amongst us when the very opposite ought to be the case. I always think of Nehemiah when I think of these words.

“The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace, that Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and [certain] men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province [are] in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also [is] broken down, and the gates thereof are burned with fire. And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,” Nehemiah 1:1-4.

Without imputing any fault to Nehemiah, it is obvious that he had his state of mind and heart altered due to the report by his brother Hanani of the state of the remnant of the Jews still in Jerusalem and the condition of the city. He later explained his crestfallen state to Artaxerxes the king in the following words: “Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers’ sepulchres, [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?” Nehemiah 2:3. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-17 a 5:11 pm

The abominable state of national religion

“A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means;

and my people love [to have it] so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?”

Jeremiah 5:30-31.

Three items of news press upon the Christian the extent of our nation’s rebellion against God.

The first is the report on the BBC news site with the headline: Gay couple receive landmark Church in Wales blessing”.


Fabiano Da Silva Duarte, left, and ‘Father’ Lee Taylor were blessed by the Bishop of St Asaph, Gregory Cameron.

As may be seen in the above picture, one is a ‘cleric’. He is a former ‘bar man’ who is originally from Bolton and is now the ‘vicar’ at St Collen’s Church in Llangollen, North Wales. He and his ‘partner’, Fabiano Da Silva Duarte, have become what is thought to be the first same-sex couple to be officially blessed by the Church in Wales. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-15 a 3:10 pm

“It hasn’t gone away you know!!”

Infamous words were spoken by Gerry Adams of his fellow IRA terrorists in the IRA, back in March 2011, at a Republican rally in Belfast. He said, “They haven’t gone away you know!!”

Some 10 years on, we can rejoice that his words are no longer true, irrespective of how true they were back then! Martin McGuinness is gone; Bobby Storey is gone, and so too is a myriad of other murderers whose passing took place with little publicity.

‘Where have they gone?’ I believe that if they died as they lived then each one went, as did Judas, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭to‭ his own‭ place‭,‭” Acts 1:25. The Bible teaches that “‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬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. Such a dreadful truth should make you tremble for the follies of men that caused them to reap such a terrible eternity and humbly bow before God and thank Him for His mercy in delivering us from such wickedness!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Having said that, I wish to alter Adams’ statement by replacing two words and apply the amended statement to the Covid-19 virus which abounds in the world today. We can say with alarm: “It hasn’t gone away you know!!”

The statement is true despite the activities of men and manufacturers, propagandists and the ‘human ostriches’ who stick their heads in the sand and refuse to see the obvious. Evidence of that may be seen in the mounting infection rate throughout the United Kingdom and further afield. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-13 a 8:47 pm

Anniversary of Rev Robert Bradford and Kenneth Campbell murders

Rev Robert Bradford


On the 40th anniversary of the brutal IRA murder of an Ulster Unionist MP while he was carrying out constituency business, his party has said the republican terror organisation’s horrific crimes cannot be whitewashed from history.

The words of Ulster Unionist Party leader Doug Beattie are quoted large in this article and they are fine sounding. However, they prompt this one question:


Posted on 2021-11-13 a 8:21 pm

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 4

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

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

Here is Part 4, which covers pages 160-165.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

But it may be asked, Why should not the “mustard seed” grow ? Does it not in growing, merely fulfil the law of its nature? Why then may not the Church, which like its Master is well suited to rule, and to rule supremely, why should it not rise into greatness here? The answer is, Because of the character of this present age. So long as it pleases God to permit that Satan should continue the “prince of this world;” “the ruler of the darkness of this present age,” so long must it be true that Christ’s kingdom “is not from hence,” and therefore abasement, not “the reigning as kings,” must now be the characteristics of His servants on the earth. It is a question of time. Accordingly, every principle given to the Church in its present standing below, must necessarily check its growth as to all that could promote its exaltation in the earth. The taking up our cross daily and so losing our lives in this world, the spending and being spent for others, the following Jesus of Nazareth, are principles sufficient to deprive the Church, while it adheres to them, of all governmental influence now. Besides which, the active agency of Satan is against those who really cleave to the Truth of Christ. No wonder, therefore, that they should be blighted; no wonder· that in their measure, they · should be like Him, who, although He was indeed a tender plant, worthy of being cherished under every kindly influence, yet flourished not in the earth, but was “as a root out of a dry ground.” No plant that remains in the spot where God’s Truth would keep it, can flourish here. The nourishment that God gives is for the new creation-heavenly, and not of earth. If therefore it do flourish here, it can only be by having been transplanted into other circumstances, where “the prince of this world” can foster and direct its growth, and use it when grown, for his own purposes of evil. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-13 a 12:36 am

Some comments on a horrifying report!

I have just read (11.00 am) the headlines of an article in the “Belfast Telegraph” entitled: ‘David Tweed’s daughters reveal the ‘monster’ he really was after years of sexual abuse at hands of late rugby star father’.

David Tweed was buried out of Hebron Free Presbyterian Church where he was reported to be a member. He was accepted there as a professing Christian.

It must be stated that a sinner, guilty of the most horrific wickedness may receive forgiveness and mercy from the Lord upon repentance and faith in the atoning work of Christ on the cross.

That is made plain in such portions of God’s Word as 2 Chronicles 33:9-14.

“So Manasseh made Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem to err, [and] to do worse than the heathen, whom the LORD had destroyed before the children of Israel. And the LORD spake to Manasseh, and to his people: but they would not hearken. Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. And when he was in affliction, he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he [was] God. Now after this he built a wall without the city of David, on the west side odidf Gihon, in the valley, even to the entering in at the fish gate, and compassed about Ophel, and raised it up a very great height, and put captains of war in all the fenced cities of Judah.” Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-08 a 5:18 pm

Preservation, Purification & Perdition

Greta Thunberg

A comment on the ongoing ‘Climate Change’ circus!

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men,” 2 Peter 3:7

As ever, we turn to the Word of God for help and enlightenment and guidance on this vexing topic which is creating hysteria amongst rulers and rabble-rousers today!

It is a case of the ‘blind leading the blind’ and the ditch awaits them both! If ever there was an example of the utter folly of man we have it in this present controversy. Those who have their finger on the ’nuclear button’ are prepared to be led on this issue by the emotion-inflaming cries of a foul-mouthed impudent Swedish eighteen-year-old one, Greta Thunberg, spouting out the results of her being indoctrinated by evolutionary notions taught in her school and by those she deems as heroes, such as David Attenborough!

Tens of thousands of her devoted teenage acolytes and others who ought to know better, have taken to the streets on UK cities and elsewhere in raucous, and sometimes riotous, demonstrations of support for this bumptious youngster. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-08 a 5:10 pm

Admission of Irish Republic "defacto amnesty" given to IRA

former Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell

Terror victim describes ‘breathtaking admission’ by ex-Irish Justice Minister of defacto amnesty given to IRA

A man whose Garda father was murdered by republicans says an admission by former Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell that his government gave a de facto amnesty to the IRA was “a breathtaking admission”.

By Philip Bradfield – Belfast Newsletter.

Saturday, 6th November 2021, 6:30 am

Former Irish Justice Minister Michael McDowell said his government granted a de facto amnesty.

Dubliner Dr Finian Fallon was speaking after Mr McDowell wrote in the Irish Times this week that Sinn Fein needs to take a “reality check” on historic prosecutions of British soldiers in light of the immunity the IRA has been given on both sides of the border. Mr Fallon’s Garda father was murdered by republicans in a Dublin bank robbery in 1970. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-06 a 7:14 pm

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 3

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

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

Here is Part 3, which covers end of page 156-160.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

The introduction of false professors greatly, of course, affected the appearance which the Church presented to the world. A field intermingled with tares cannot appear as one in which wheat only grows. The loveliness of its aspect must be gone. Nevertheless, the corporate standing of the Churches was not thereby forfeited. They were still regarded by the Lord as worthy of being represented before Him by their original and proper symbol — “candlesticks of gold.” The steadfastness even of individual saints, although endangered, was not necessarily destroyed by the approximation of evil, however near. Neither was the executive agency of the Churches necessarily perverted ; and· it is by the acts of its executive that the character of every corporate body is determined. Holy discipline might have been exercised. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-05 a 4:36 pm

The real problem of 'Global Warming'

One verse (among many) which highlights the foolishness of the unbelieving ‘climate change lobbyists’ and their claim that the world is in danger of extinction!

“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men,”
2 Peter 3:7

Posted on 2021-11-04 a 4:19 pm

Christian challenge to the leaders gathered at COP26 in Glasgow

This is a letter from the Public Questions, Religion & Morals Committee of the FREE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND (CONTINUING) to the leaders of the COP26 gathering in Glasgow.

Read the letter here.

In the letter our brethren challenge the propriety of the invitation given to the Pope to attend the conference  They supply multiple reasons why this invitation  should not have been issued.

It is likely that the Bible-based arguments will be dismissed by those to whom the letter was sent, but we commend the contents of the letter to our readers for the true character of popery needs ever to be borne in mind by God’s people.

Earlier today I penned these words to a friend regarding the Glasgow gathering. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-02 a 6:49 pm

A tribute paid to Mr Basil Dane

A TRIBUTE TO MR BASIL DANE by Rev Ivan Foster, his former minister before his retirement

Tributes were paid to two long time members of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church who recently went to be with the Lord.

This service, at which Rev Jonathan Creane preached, may be viewed here.


At his funeral service in Kilskeery FPC,  30th October, 2021.

“ His lord said unto him, Well done, [thou] good and faithful servant,” Matthew 25:21.

Faithfulness is a virtue we all here in Kilskeery would attribute to our brother Basil, now gone to be with the Lord on Wednesday evening past.

I first met Basil in 1968 when he started attending the meetings in Lisbellaw Free Presbyterian Church where I had been ordained and installed as minister back in April of that year. He had been to the Ulster Hall to hear Dr Paisley and then decided to check out the Lisbellaw meetings. He was not saved at that time but he later testified of the kindness shown to him as a stranger by my uncle, William Foster, who did ‘door duty’ in those days.

He attended for a short time and then in mid-September 1968, he sought the Lord and was saved. There are some of us who can still remember him, his boys and his little blond-haired daughter attending the meetings. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-01 a 7:14 pm

A tribute paid to Mrs Meta Thompson

A TRIBUTE TO MRS META THOMPSON by Rev Ivan Foster, her former minister before his retirement

Tributes were paid to two long time members of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church who recently went to be with the Lord.

This service, at which Rev Jonathan Creane preached, may be viewed here.

Kilskeery FPC, Lord’s Day evening, 31st October, 2021.

She went to be with the Lord 28th August 2021.

“She hath done what she could,” Mark 14:8.

Very few funeral services may truly be called ‘A Thanksgiving Service’! The Bible clearly says that the majority depart this scene of time having lived a life, which before God, is not one for which to praise the Lord since it was lived in defiance and disobedience of God’s Word. In this dark age there seems to be no understanding whatever of what Bible Christianity is. The most wicked are commonly deemed to have gone to heaven, irrespective of how they lived or what they believed. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-11-01 a 6:57 pm

October 2021

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Featured sermon series: Studies in Second Corinthians.

Part 21: Mercy and Motivation, Pt 2;  Part 22: Mercy and Motivation, Pt 3;  Part 23: Consequences & Cause of hidden gospel;  Part 24: Secret of self-sacrifice Pt 1;  Part 25: Secret of self-sacrifice Pt 2;  Part 26: Earthen Treasure Chests;  Part 27: Blind to the visible - Beholding the invisible;  Part 28: Certainty of Heaven, Pt 1;  Part 29: Certainty of Heaven, Pt 2;  Part 30: Knowing and Showing, Pt 1

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DUP somersaults on the plan to limit open-air preaching in Belfast

Alderman Kingston hypocritically makes no mention of his support at the first for the plan in his latest statement

DUP Councillors on Belfast City Council have called for a reconsideration of proposed new bye-laws which would affect buskers, street preachers, protestors and information stalls in the city centre area.

DUP Group Leader, Alderman Brian Kingston, said that the DUP would be proposing at the Council meeting on Monday, 1st November, that the matter be referred back to Committee rather than progressing on to consultation with statutory bodies. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-30 a 9:14 pm

Christians opposed to Belfast City Council plan to limit open-air prepare a briefing on the subject

Following on the news about the Belfast City Council’s plan to limit open-air preaching, concerned Christians have prepared a briefing on the subject.

Briefing Note: Belfast City Council

City Centre Speech Permits – October 2021

The proposal involves two key issues within city centre.

1. Permits for amplification.
2. Permits for stalls, literature, and other display materials.

Some have felt this necessary because of some complaints involving Christian and LGBT activists, pro-life groups, and buskers.

This briefing note lays out several reasons why permits are not the correct way to handle this problem. It also demonstrates some further problems speech permits will create.

Free speech as a principle

The British tradition, especially, after the Glorious Revolution has valued freedom of conscience, civil and religious liberty. This is enshrined in law and practice.

You do have a right not to be threatened by speech. However, you do not have a right to be comfortable or not offended by speech. If offence was an offence – no one would be able to speak freely. The right to offend is not just a moral right but a legal one.

The very use of the word “permit” suggests that the Council has the authority to determine free expression in the public square. No public body has the moral authority to deny rights to citizens or organisations and there is no doubt this will be tried in court.

Read the entire Speech Permits Briefing Note

Posted on 2021-10-30 a 9:05 pm

David Attenborough - wrong from beginning to end!


A headline of a report of David Attenborough’s latest climate change prediction reads: “End of the world: David Attenborough sends ‘catastrophic’ warning: ‘Not false alarm!’”

Mr Attenborough is well known for his nature programmes on television, all of which are enjoyable as long as you do not listen to his comments on the origins of the various creatures featured in them!

Attenborough is an ardent believer in ‘Evolution’, that is, the world that now is and all that is in it evolved out of a ‘beginning’ which neither he nor any of his deluded compatriots can agree on! Consequently, his programmes are filled with gratuitous misinformation and downright fairy tales.

He ‘explains’ away the wonders of God’s creation and substitutes his daft notions of the creature altering itself over countless millions of years to meet the challenges it faced. Just how, when it took so long for the creature to change in order to survive, it did not succumb to the threat long before it was able to ‘evolve’ to cope with the threat that it faced, he and his ilk never explain!

The Christian believes the Bible’s record of how things began. Genesis 1 and 2 give us full details of the supernatural origins of the physical creation and of the human race. Supportive evidence of that account is everywhere to be found. An abundance of the gatherings of that evidence may be found on hundreds, if not thousands of websites. Some are much more worthy than others it is freely acknowledged. But convincing and conclusive rebuttals of the falsehoods of ‘evolution’ may easily be found in book or website form. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-27 a 1:18 am

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 2

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

Here is Part 2, which covers pages 151 to 156.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

They are as a house swept and garnished, but empty. The truth and Spirit of Christ are not there. It is a mansion unoccupied; open therefore to be entered, as it soon will be entered, by that unclean spirit, which, after long wandering up and down, and finding no other people so suited for his designs, will, with seven other spirits more wicked than himself, again make that people his peculiar habitation. Then will be developed the full iniquity of the closing hours of our dispensation. These words have almost entirely failed to arrest the attention of real Christians. Many appear not to know that the Lord has spoken them. Else they could not as they do, “cleave to Israel with flatteries,” and tell them that they are advancing into their millennial rest, when in truth, they are fast approaching the great hour of their anti-Christian evil and final visitation from the hand of God. The chapter, however, which thus records the doom of unbelieving Israel, does not conclude without referring to another family which the Lord Jesus could, and did own as His, at the very moment when He was thus rejecting Israel. “He stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said: Behold my mother and my brethren! For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother and sister, and mother.” All, therefore, in whom the spiritual characteristics of Abraham shall be found-all who shall believe and obey, shall be owned as the family of God, whilst Israel nationally are rejected. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-27 a 12:32 am

Samuel Morrison -- "I thank God for Northern Ireland. It’s just a shame no one on Thursday could manage to say that."

This is a very good letter which was published today in ‘The Belfast Newsletter’ and is worthy to be read and circulated by all who remember with joy what the Lord did through and for our forefathers in the time of the ‘Home Rule Crisis’!

I am sorry the Queen is unwell but do not regret the fact she missed the Armagh service, which barely acknowledged Northern Ireland or its losses.

The most striking thing about the service in Armagh was the total avoidance of any suggestion by any of the church leaders that the creation of Northern Ireland was something which should be celebrated. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-25 a 2:44 pm

Belfast City Council to limit open-air preaching in city centre

This is an edited version of a report in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’, Saturday 23rd October, 2021.


Belfast City Council is set to give powers to the PSNI to fine street preachers £500 if they use amplification systems without a council permit in the wider city centre.

All parties (this included the DUP – BB Editor) on the council’s Strategic Policy and Resource Committee agreed yesterday morning to approve draft bye laws that would require preachers, protestors, buskers and anyone else using amplification systems in the wider city centre to apply for a permit or be fined £500 by the PSNI or council officers. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-25 a 2:25 pm

Our Reply to Gregory Campbell

Letter sent to the Belfast Newsletter, 5.35 pm, Saturday 23rd October 2021, by Rev Ivan Foster.


In a letter to your newspaper, dated Thursday 21st October, Mr Gregory Campbell penned these words:

“Again there are those who want to abandon those values while there are others who demand that previous ways of upholding those values are the only way to proceed. The former is wrong and the latter is unsustainable.”

The ‘values’ he is referring to he identifies a few lines earlier in his letter as “a moral value system that is being attacked on a regular basis. It needs defending within the changing times we all live in.”

I assume that he is referring to the morals proclaimed by the gospel since Mr Campbell is a professing evangelical Christian. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-23 a 8:17 pm

Free Presbyterian Church -- Take Heed!

A very good friend in the USA sent me the link mounted below. It is a report of the compromise and the departure from God’s Word by the Presbyterian Church in America which is not yet 50 years old! It is a report to which we all should take heed.

Here is a plain warning to the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster with regards the inevitable fruit of compromise and failure to judge breaches in the standards of God’s Word by members because of a sheltering of them by compatriots due to their prominence!

SJC Rules on Complaint Against Missouri Presbytery

The Presbyterian Church of America was considered a theologically conservative U.S. evangelical Presbyterian denomination when founded in 1973. The PCA has its roots in theological controversies over liberalism in Christianity and neo-orthodoxy that had been a point of contention in the Presbyterian Church in the U. S. In December 1973, delegates, representing some 260 congregations with a combined communicant membership of over 41,000 that had left the PCUS, gathered at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, and organised the National Presbyterian Church, which later became the Presbyterian Church in America.

However, despite being only 50 years old, it has succumbed to evil within its ranks with its latest decision to endorse the ordination of one who confesses to be ‘homosexual’. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-23 a 8:10 pm

Pictures of the October 21st protest at Armagh

Here are pictures of Christians protesting at the Centenary Service in Armagh yesterday (Thursday 21st).  We honour their stand taken in full view of those attending the service.

This will also refute the excuse, used by some Free Presbyterians, for not protesting against the ecumenical event and the sad betrayal of God’s truth by the First Minister, Mr Paul Givan, that such would be the security in Armagh that no protest would be possible.

May the Lord bless those who for His honour stood in protest at the ecumenism of it all and who called for a rejection of abortion.

Sincerely in Christ,
Ivan Foster
Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-22 a 6:23 pm

Belfast Telegraph: "Givan slammed by reverend for taking part in ‘unbiblical’ service"

The Belfast Telegraph reported yesterday about the controversy regarding Free Presbyterian and First Minister Paul Givan’s attendance of an ecumenical celebration in Armagh.  The article may be viewed here: Givan slammed by reverend for taking part in ‘unbiblical’ service

To read our comments about this disgraceful meeting, see:

Are the days of protest over?

Statement by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

Statement regarding Mr. Paul Givan’s attendance at Armagh service



Posted on 2021-10-22 a 6:09 pm

Statement regarding Mr. Paul Givan's attendance at Armagh service

Statement from Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd), former minister of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church, on the attendance of Mr Paul Givan, a Free Presbyterian, at the centenary service in Armagh, held under the auspices of the combined apostate denominations here in Ulster.

Poor, foolish Paul Givan had little to smile about as he enters the apostate Armagh service and thus betrays the gospel and turns his back upon the truth of God that has been the foundation of the separatist stand of the Free Presbyterian Church since it beginnings in 1951!

By attending this service Mr Givan has put personal and political considerations before his professed allegiance to the Lord. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-21 a 8:15 pm

Statement by the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

STATEMENT FROM THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF ULSTER on the Ecumenical Centenary Service in Armagh, Thursday 21st October, 2021.

I wish to make a comment on the fact that our Presbytery Officers have decided that there will be no protest at the above ungodly ecumenical gathering, which has ostentatiously expropriated the centenary of the stand taken by our Protestant forefathers against the political sell-out of our heritage attempted by the British government, and that into the hands of a Roman Catholic dominated ‘United “Ireland’.

All that this ecumenical ‘celebration’ entails would have been anathema to our forbears of 1912 and 1921.

In 1951, the Free Presbyterian Church was brought into existence by the Lord in order to PROTEST against the wickedness of the ecumenical movement. Most certainly for the first 50+ years it was faithful and fervent in that calling. However, its opposition to the modernism and the liberalism and the pro-popish direction taken by the Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist churches in Ireland since the late 1940s, has most decidedly waned over the last couple of decades. (see Questions for the Free Presbyterian Church)

Much has been made of the security measures that undoubtedly will be in place for this ecumenical service and the difficulties they would present to any who wish to get into Armagh and anywhere near the cathedral to protest. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-19 a 11:21 pm

Are the days of protest over?

Of late, I have been given to understand that there are those ministers in the Free Presbyterian Church who would seek to impress upon younger ministers and students that such is the case.

I would suggest that for those who say this, the days of protest never existed! To protest exposed one to reproach and shame, even the shame of the cross and that is not for the modern ‘evangelical’! Furthermore, someone might challenge them about their protest and claim it was ‘unchristian’ and ‘lacking in love’ and since they didn’t really believe that they should be protesting, how would they put up a defence?

Better to stay at home and hide under the bed in such circumstances!

Well, Holy Scripture teaches us that ‘the days of protest’ are not over and will continue for the true and faithful believer until the return of the Saviour Himself. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-16 a 9:08 pm

Thoughts on the history of professing Christianity, Part 1

Following our recent series of extracts from chapter 14 of Benjamin Wills Newton’s book, ‘Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms’, which we concluded last week, and the good reception they received, I felt that I would like to feature extracts from the 6th chapter of the book which deals with a matter facing us all today — that of the corruption and apostasy of ‘PROFESSING CHRISTIANITY’ as set forth by the Saviour in His parables in Matthew 13. I am sure that you will find the extracts informative.

Sincerely, Ivan Foster

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

Here is Part 1, which covers pages 148-151.

Click here to see the other articles about this book.

THE subject of the book of Daniel is the secular history of the Gentile Empires in their relation to Jerusalem, and not the history of Christianity. In considering, therefore, the history of Christianity, we deviate from the strict course of this prophecy. But it is a deviation that may be permitted. Not only is the subject in itself unspeakably important, but it is closely connected also with all we have been considering. The full character of evil that attaches to the Roman Empire cannot be understood unless its false relations to Christianity be in some degree appreciated. Moreover, although the ripened evil of Judaism, and of the nations governmentally, will largely contribute towards the final development of Antichristianism, yet it will be aided no less by an apostasy from among professing Christians. Thus also we answer an objection often urged, viz., that by our interpreting the Old Testament prophecies so exclusively of Israel and of the Gentiles, we leave nothing in Scripture that bears directly on Christianity. We show that the Scripture does speak prophetically of Christianity, and of its corruptions. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-16 a 8:51 pm

Letter to the Belfast Newsletter

The following letter was submitted today to the Belfast Newsletter.


It is more than ironic that the ecumenical leaders of the main churches here have hi-jacked the centenary of the founding of Northern Ireland. The refusal by Ulster Protestants to accede to the campaign for ‘Home Rule’ which led to the formation of Northern Ireland, was based upon their perception that such would mean ‘Rome Rule’!

I wonder will any mention of that be made during the service? I doubt it very much!

Of course, what ‘Home Rule’ failed to do 100 years ago, the deception and hypocrisy of ‘Ecumenism’ have accomplished today, and nothing proves this more clearly than next Thursday’s service in Armagh!

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)
Kilskeery, Co.Tyrone.

Posted on 2021-10-15 a 10:00 pm

Questions for the Free Presbyterian Church


Thursday 21st October, 2021.

One of the biggest ecumenical gatherings in Ireland will take place in Armagh on 21st October, less than a week away. As is the case with all ecumenical gatherings, it is a fraud and a deceit. Organised by the “Church Leaders Group”, it is a hi-jacking of the centenary of an event that was the rejection by Ulster’s Protestant men and women of all things that characterise today’s ecumenical movement.

The ‘patron’ of ecumenism is the devil who “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. The ecumenical movement is representative of all that is ungodly and antichristian in this world today. Within its ranks are churches which promote sodomy, ordaining men and women who are sodomites, to serve in their pulpits. It embraces every false and blasphemous heresy known to man and of course is utterly pro-Romanist!

One of its leading members has just resigned from the Church of England and joined the Church of Rome. As one headline puts it: ‘Anglican bishop of Ebbsfleet resigns to join Roman Catholic church.’ (

His action foreshadows just where Ecumenism is going! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-15 a 9:52 pm

Seeking for God's intervention!

The Government and Morals Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church has called for a season of prayer for Saturday 30th October. It is to seek God’s intervention in the affairs of our nation.  There have been other such prayer seasons in recent times.

A day of intercession and prayer in our present circumstances is very welcome and very proper. However, when we set out to seek the Lord it must be done with His requirements and commands very much in mind.

There have been prayers offered to the Lord by God’s people which were not heard by Him. “And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. Wash you, make you clean; put away the evil of your doings from before mine eyes; cease to do evil; learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool,” Isaiah 1:15-18.

Maybe it is time to ask: “Has the Lord been answering our prayers?”

Sin in our hearts, in our lives, in our midst will stop our prayers being heard and therefore from receiving an answer. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-11 a 9:20 pm

Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms - Part 14 (final section)

We come to the final section of this chapter copied from Benjamin Wills Newton’s quite wonderful book: “Prospects of the Ten Kingdoms”. I truly hope it has been a great help to you all.

The topic of the ten Kingdoms of the Antichrist will become increasingly important for God’s people to study and understand since any who become entangled with it will pay a dreadful price.

“And all that dwell upon the earth (i.e. the ‘the old Roman Empire’) shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world . . . And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name,” Revelation 13:8, 14:11.

Damnation is the price that will be paid by any deceived into an allegiance with the kingdom of anti-christianity.

Given the blindness that is abroad today regarding the errors of the liberal and modernistic ‘gospel’ eagerly embraced by the main denominations and the zealous pursuit of money and the spirit of the merchants that is everywhere, the vast majority of people are more than ripe for the plucking by the devil and his agents! Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-07 a 6:07 pm

Guildford IRA bomb family demands answers

Guildford IRA bomb wreckage

EVERYWHERE it seems, we read of IRA crimes and government and police stupidity being covered up and every obstacle that the ‘powers that be’ can muster are placed in the path of justice for the victims!

As in days gone by so it is today:

“‭And judgment‭ is turned away‭‭ backward‭, and justice‭ standeth‭‭ afar off‭: for truth‭ is fallen‭‭ in the street‭, and equity‭ cannot‭‭ enter‭‭.,” Isaiah 59:14.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

We would despair were we not sustained by the promise of God:

“‭Behold, the days‭ come‭‭, saith‭‭ the LORD‭, that I will raise‭‭ unto David‭ a righteous‭ Branch‭, and a King‭ shall reign‭‭ and prosper‭‭, and shall execute‭‭ judgment‭ and justice‭ in the earth‭.,” Jeremiah 23:5.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Pity this lady and her friends who seek justice in the case of the murder of their loved ones by the IRA and the cover up that is in place!

Most sincerely in the Saviour’s name,

Ivan Foster

Guildford IRA bomb family demands answers from inquest

By Tanya Gupta/BBC News

The bombs killed five people, injured 65 and led to one of Britain’s biggest miscarriages of justice

A woman fighting for justice after her sister died in the Guildford pub bombs exactly 47 years ago has asked the coroner to widen his investigation. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-05 a 7:18 pm

Moral perversion in London's police

Openly gay Met commissioner Dame Cressida Dick says she’s not stepping down

I send out this article with weariness of soul and a great measure of reluctance.

I feel that I have not the inclination nor the time any more to take up the plethora of reported incidents which press upon us all the indecency which pervades our society today.  Nor do I feel that you, as those who desire to turn away their eyes from evil, have the inclination to have such things pressed upon you.

I believe it is approaching the time to “shake off the dust” of our feet with regards the many denominations and groups to whom innumerable warnings and exhortations have been addressed, and that without any God-honouring response.

Just what is the devout Christian to do in the circumstances which are rapidly developing around us?

I believe that Isaiah 26:20-21 offers us guidance on this matter. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-04 a 7:49 pm

Compromise at Bob Jones University conference

Dr Steven Lawson

Dr Steven Lawson is one of the featured speakers at Steven Lee’s SermonAudio Conference entitled “The Foundations Conference”, to be held at Bob Jones University in December. Other speakers include Dr Joel Beeke. Todd Friel, and most surprisingly, Dr Clarence Sexton , Dr Paul Washer, and Rev Armen Thomassian of Faith Free Presbyterian Church, Greenville SC, USA.

Rev Stephen Hamilton of Allentown Free Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, USA, makes the following comments on one of the leading speakers in this conference.

Dr Steven Lawson is hailed by many evangelicals today. He is a gifted preacher, no question. He has positioned himself as a defender of Biblical Truth, even at times referencing the Protestant Reformation. However, he is also a man who tends to speak out of both sides of his mouth. Click to read more…

Posted on 2021-10-02 a 9:16 pm