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Two of the many faces of Sinn Fein!!

The ‘Irish News’ carried the following headline in today’s (31st May) edition.

Sinn Féin’s John Finucane accused of ‘glorifying terrorists’ over plans to attend republican commemoration event

The advertised event is due to take place next month

The ‘Irish News’ report includes the following statements.

“SINN Féin’s John Finucane has been accused of ‘glorifying terrorists’ by plans to attend a republican commemoration event in Co Armagh next month.

Sinn Fein MP John Finucane is due to speak at the event. Picture by Liam McBurney/PA

He is listed as the main speaker at the South Armagh Volunteers Commemoration, which is due to be held at the Mullaghbawn Community Centre on June 11.

An advert for the event is featured beside a ‘Roll of Honour – South Armagh Brigade’, which lists more than 20 names.

But former DUP leader Arlene Foster, who shared the image of the advert for the event on social media, has criticised Mr Finucane’s plans to attend. ‘For all those fawning over Sinn Fein, here is one of their MPs glorifying terrorists and making it sound like a fun day out for all the family.’ She said the Sinn Féin MP would be ‘glorifying terrorists’ by speaking at the event.”

Part of the Terrorism Act, 2006 says this:

(3) For the purposes of this section, the statements that are likely to be understood by [a reasonable person] as indirectly encouraging the commission or preparation of acts of terrorism or Convention offences include every statement which—

(a) glorifies the commission or preparation (whether in the past, in the future or generally) of such acts or offences;

and

(b) is a statement from which members of the public could reasonably be expected to infer that what is being glorified is being glorified as conduct that should be emulated by them in existing circumstances.

The event which is planned for June 11th in South Armagh and at which the Sinn Fein MP is advertised as the main speaker is most assuredly an event which glorifies the IRA terrorists of the ‘South Armagh Brigade’, whose murderous ’exploits’ they are ‘honouring’! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-31 a 5:21 pm


A very noisy event!

“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words,” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18.

The first epistle of Paul to the church of the Thessalonians is one full of references to the return of Christ to this earth.

Each chapter ends with a reference to that wonderful event.

“And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come,” 1:10.

“For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?” 2:19.

“To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints,” 3:13.

Then we have the verses at the end of chapter 4 which we will consider.

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ,” 5:23.

Such constant referring to the Saviour’s return suggests:

1. Paul’s great interest in this wonderful subject. We owe much of our knowledge of the end times and the second advent of Christ to the writings of Paul. Peter acknowledged this. He refers to the return of Christ and events at the end of this age and goes on to say: “Even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction,” 2 Peter 3:15-16.

2. Paul’s desire to acquaint the saints of God with details of the return of Christ. His frequent references to this blessed event in this letter surely shows that he was most anxious to impart knowledge of the subject. Indeed, Paul’s desire is but a reflection of God’s desire to have His people instructed in events surrounding the glorious return of Christ. The Saviour’s willingness to fully respond to the disciples’ questions: “Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world?” Matthew 24:3, likewise demonstrates this truth. Chapters 24 and 25 of Matthew contain the fullest of details regarding that longed for return of the Saviour.

3. I believe that Paul’s fulsome instruction in this epistle indicates not only the need for such instruction but also the readiness of the Thessalonians to receive instruction! “But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape. . . . Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, 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. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? . . . And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3 and 2 Thessalonians 2:3-5, 8-9. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-29 a 6:10 pm


Letter to the editor: Unionist unity

A letter I submitted to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ on Friday 26th May

and which has been published in today’s edition


Further to Tom Ferguson’s letter: “Unionist unity is not possible without a shared political objective”, may I add a comment in support of what he says.

Unionist unity is attractive but if there is an incorporating of the unscriptural policies that both the DUP and the UUP presently adhere to, what would such unity be in the eyes of God?

Nothing but the old rebellion renamed!

Disunity is not the problem. It is but one of the consequences of the problem. The problem is an offended God!

Until that matter is addressed, no matter what ‘repair jobs’ are carried out, the advance of the enemy will continue!

In truth, I cannot see a return from the apostasy that has been embraced by Ulster and that repeatedly. The DUP voting pattern shows a total disregard for the standards that the party once espoused. It is clear that the DUP is increasingly repudiating the truth of God in its search for votes – all to no avail of course! Even professing Christians have joined in the casting off of ’the old paths’!

This old Bible text holds the answer for us.

“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein,” Jeremiah 6:16.

The DUP and Protestantism generally, echoes the reply of the rebels in the days of Jeremiah.

Sincere regards,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Kilskeery, 26th May 2023.

Posted on 2023-05-29 a 6:04 pm


The myth of C S Lewis's "Christianity"

Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963) was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is extremely popular with many evangelicals today and considered as a foremost Christian thinker and philosopher. Though Lewis died in 1963, sales of his books have risen to two million a year.

In an article commemorating the 100th anniversary of Lewis’s birth, J I Packer (a man who has abandoned orthodoxy for ecumenism) called him “our patron saint.” Leading US publication, Christianity Today said Lewis “has come to be the Aquinas, the Augustine, and the Aesop of contemporary Evangelicalism” (Sept. 7, 1998). In its April 23, 2001 issue, Christianity Today again praised Lewis. It said that he has been called “the 20th century’s greatest Christian apologist.”

It went on to say that he wrote several mythical works, such as The Chronicles of Narnia, which the magazine recommended, saying “Christ came not to put an end to myth but to take all that is most essential in the myth up into himself and make it real.” Such a statement from a so-called Christian magazine is be condemned as arrant nonsense. In his Chronicles, Lewis depicts the Lord Jesus Christ as a lion named Aslan who is slain on a stone table. Of this depiction, Christianity Today says, “In Aslan, Christ is made tangible, knowable, real.”

Can such a claim by this publication be justified? Is there a setting forth of true Biblical Christianity in C S Lewis’s writings?

We say “NO” to both questions and that for the simple reason that C S Lewis was a denier of many cardinal doctrines of the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ and a setter forth of error.

Christianity Today significantly stated of him that he was “a man whose theology had decidedly unevangelical elements”. A Christianity which “in parts” is evangelical, is not evangelical Christianity!

Had he lived a little longer, it is likely that Lewis would have converted to Roman Catholicism. He believed in prayers for the dead and purgatory and confessed his sins regularly to a priest. He received the Roman Catholic sacrament of last rites on July 16, 1963.

Lewis also rejected the doctrine of bodily resurrection and believed there is salvation in pagan religions.

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Posted on 2023-05-25 a 5:41 pm


Lying in the arms of God or in the jaws of the devil — Which??

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness, 1 John 5:19.

The whole world is truly referred to in this text. It refers first of all to the people of God. And we know that we are of God. It then refers to the rest of the world in the remainder of the verse. And the whole world lieth in wickedness. That is all this world consists of — those who are in Christ and those who are not; those who are of God and those who are of the devil.

Let me first of all say a word to Christians.

I. HERE IS A DELIGHTFUL ASSERTION.

This verse speaks of two truths concerning the child Of God.

1. We are of God. What does that mean?

a). It means, first of all, that we are born of God. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him , verse 1. Wherever you find faith in Christ, victorious opposition to the world and holiness (for these three go together and are inseparable) there you have one born of God. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith, 1 John 5:4. We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not , 1 John 5:18. How glorious it is to be a partaker of the divine nature; to be part of the family of God! The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God, Romans 8:16.

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Posted on 2023-05-25 a 5:29 pm


Men make groundless guesses but the Lord reliably reveals

The following headline, one of many of the same ilk, appeared in ‘The Daily Telegraph’ earlier this month: “Scientists witness what the end of the Earth could look like”. These ‘educated ejits’ (to quote the late W P Nicholson) state that “In five billion years it will likely be engulfed by our own Sun”.

Like so many blind and bumptious declarations by ungodly men, this baseless prediction, that the earth will be swallowed up by the sun in 5 billion years, is utter nonsense. They who cannot tell with any degree of accuracy what tomorrow’s weather will be like, rise up on their hind legs to pompously forecast what will happen 5 billion years from now!

These men utterly and blindly reject the record in the rocks of the earth and what is infinitely more clearly recorded in the Word of God, about what happened some 6000 years ago when the earth was brought forth ‘ex nihilo’, out of nothing, And in a further display of their blindness they would dare to pontificate regarding, as far as man is concerned, the utterly unknowable future!

The Bible tells us about all of our ‘tomorrows’, “Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that. But now ye rejoice in your boastings: all such rejoicing is evil,” James 4:13-16.

Tomorrow is utterly hidden from the eyes of men and they have no means of predicting what GOD WILL DO WITH HIS CREATION! For that information we must utilise God’s own revelation on that matter.

I read today what God has to say about the future existence of the earth, “ . . . the earth which he hath established for ever,” Psalm 78:69. The word ‘established’ literally means ‘to found, fix, establish, lay foundation’.

What these foolish self-opinionated men say of the earth’s future is revealed as most foolish and flies in the face of what its CREATOR says of His own divine handiwork.

Let us consider just what the Lord tells us in His Word of His unalterable purpose for the earth. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-25 a 5:02 pm


How can popery hold up its head?

Tom Wall, a 74-year-old County Limerick victim of child sex abuse by Christian Brothers has accused the congregation of having been engaged in the “slave trade”.

The follow BBC news report, one of hundreds such reports over recent years, makes one exclaim in distress of heart:

HOW CAN POPERY HOLD UP ITS HEAD AND WHY DO ITS ADHERENTS CONTINUE IN THEIR SUPPORT AND HOW CAN OTHER CHURCHES, THE MEDIA AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES CONTINUE TO TREAT THIS ABOMINABLE SYSTEM OF THE DEVIL WITH SUCH SUBSERVIENT REGARD?

The report reminds me of what I read in Bible on the Lord’s Day morning past.

“The dark places of the earth are full of the habitations of cruelty,” Psalm 74:20.

But Rome’s blatant and brazen hypocrisy reminds me of the words of those against whom the Psalmist David prayed:

“They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.

The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things: who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us? For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him,” Psalm 12:2-5.

I take comfort in the truth that God has set a day when He will judge Popery and all her evil minions for the corruption and cruelty with which she has inflicted millions.

Pray Christian for your Roman Catholic neighbours that in these latter times there may yet be an awakening of them to the true character of the hateful system which lords it over them.

The purpose for which the Lord Jesus saved Paul and sent him forth to preach the gospel, is one that we might make the basis of our prayerful pleadings for our neighbours.

“To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me,” Acts 26:18.

 

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Christian Brothers accused of engaging in ‘slave trade’

BBC News

A 74-year-old County Limerick victim of child sex abuse by Christian Brothers has accused the congregation of having been engaged in the “slave trade”.

Tom Wall was just three when he was sent by court order to an industrial school in the village of Glin after his unmarried mother left a mother-and-baby home in nearby Newcastle West.

Industrial schools were established in the mid-19th Century and often run by religious orders to care for neglected, orphaned or abandoned children.

The Christian Brothers opened their first school in 1802 to provide education and help the poor.

In 2009, they issued an apology, following a damning public inquiry into child abuse in Catholic-run institutions in the Republic of Ireland. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-22 a 9:23 pm


Satanists tear pages out of the Bible — the ultimate stupidity!

The above picture is taken from a BBC news article entitled: “The Satanic Temple: Think you know about Satanists? Maybe you don’t”.

The article quotes one Satanist, Dex Desjardins, explaining that their “Opening ceremony did have the ripping up of a Bible as a symbol of oppression, especially oppression of LGBTQ folk and women, and also the BIPOC community, and pretty much anybody who’s grown up with religious trauma, which is a tremendous number of our members.”

When I read those words I couldn’t help but recall the incident in Jeremiah 36, when king Jehoiakim was sent a message from the Lord by Jeremiah the prophet and written out by Jeremiah’s friend, Baruch. The king’s reaction was but a precursor of today’s Satanist.

The Lord had instructed Jeremiah to “Take thee a roll of a book, and write therein all the words that I have spoken unto thee against Israel, and against Judah, and against all the nations, from the day I spake unto thee, from the days of Josiah, even unto this day. It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin,” verses 2-3.

Like the Bible in general, it was a message warning of God’s wrath against sin and the offer of mercy and forgiveness to the repentant. That is, in essence, the summary of the Bible’s contents.

Jeremiah, being in prison because of his faithful preaching of God’s Word, said to his fellow-labourer, Baruch, “Therefore go thou, and read in the roll, which thou hast written from my mouth, the words of the LORD in the ears of the people in the LORD’S house upon the fasting day: and also thou shalt read them in the ears of all Judah that come out of their cities. It may be they will present their supplication before the LORD, and will return every one from his evil way: for great is the anger and the fury that the LORD hath pronounced against this people,” verses 6-7.

It is clear that the desire of the prophet was the well-being of his nation by setting before them the warning of wrath and the merciful offer of the Lord.

The reading of God’s Word reaches the ears of the princes, verse 10-15, and eventually it came to the notice of the king, verses 19-22. What the king heard angered him greatly and he reacted to God’s word in a most evil fashion. “And it came to pass, that when Jehudi had read three or four leaves, he cut it with the penknife, and cast it into the fire that was on the hearth, until all the roll was consumed in the fire that was on the hearth,” Jeremiah 36:23.

It is to be noted that he did not listen to all of God’s message. Giving a fair hearing to God’s Word is not the habit of the worldling. Rather, they reject it with only a slight, if any, understanding of what it is they are rejecting! The BBC news story indicates that men and women today would still seek to destroy God’s Word, foolishly thinking that to rend it in pieces and to burn it to ashes, as did king Jehoiakim, effectively silences it and nullifies what God has said! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-20 a 9:09 pm


The witness I must bear as long as I live

“Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed me. Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty,” 2 Peter 1:12-16.

“This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour: knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” 2 Peter 3:1-4.

I read these verses this morning (Friday, May 19th) as part of my Bible reading and they came home to my heart with special power. They remind me of what the essential character of a minister of the gospel is ever to be. He is a ‘remembrancer’ to the people of God.

I. PLEASE NOTE WHAT IT IS HE IS EVER TO REMIND THE CHRISTIAN OF.

“These things”, that is the “exceeding great and precious promises” by which we “might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust,” verse 4. The preacher’s agenda is set down plainly for him to follow and never to deviate from.

1. God’s Word largely comprises ‘promises’. Among the very first words God spoke to Adam was the ‘implied promise of life’. “And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die,” Genesis 2:15-17. It is clearly implied in these words that life was promised to Adam as long as he was obedient and did not eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

The Lord again speaks in the gracious terms of a promise to fallen Adam. The promise is found in the words spoken directly to the devil but doubtlessly heard by Adam. “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” Genesis 3:15. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-20 a 5:54 am


Shameful incident in Newtownabbey

Here is a report from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ that will shame every Christian who recognises just where our politicians, even those who profess to be Christians, are leading our land.

Councillor Alison Bennington is, as this reports states, an ‘openly-gay politician’, though I prefer the more accurate statement that she belongs to that section of today’s society which flies in the face of God and His Word and who, as the Bible says are given up of God “unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature,” Romans 1:26.

Councillor Alison Bennington identifies with the citizens of Sodom whose fate is recorded as a dire warning to those who would follow in their perverted footsteps. “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.

Paul Girvan, in an act of blatant denial of his Christian testimony, happily (he was smiling broadly) happily rejoices in this abandoning of public righteousness and endorses all that this woman stands for by embracing her as he does.

I can only say utter shame on Paul Girvan and all who support him and vote for him and the party he represents.

The DUP is leading Ulster down the path of destruction by their sanctioning of that which God abominates above all of man’s wickedness. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-19 a 8:01 pm


Tory donor's link to massive money laundering probe

Javad Marandi, a top businessman whose foreign companies were part of a global money laundering investigation, is a major donor to the Conservative Party, having donated more than £633,800.

The following news story will likely attract only the interest of some in the political and business world. Its details of ‘money laundering’, the machinations of which are so complex that it leaves even the ‘experts’ baffled and will leave the average reader unable to follow the meandering path of the money involved. The ramifications of such a crime is lost on the most of us.

This story will however generate an interest above the normal because of the involvement of the Conservative Party. It does serve to highlight the increasing link between the ‘political world’ and the ‘criminal/business world’!

What will not be recognised by many is that here we have a reminder of that matter of which the Bible makes much! The Lord has given us extensive information on the moral atmosphere which will develop and reach a fulness in the last days of this age. Like a cancer which has been held in ‘remission’ by various medical treatments but which makes many attempts at a comeback only to be curbed, but which finally overwhelms the medication and brings the life of the victim to an end, so the Word of God tells us of the workings of what is called ‘the mystery of iniquity’ (2 Thessalonians 2:7) which will follow just such a path.

The term, ‘mystery of iniquity’, may be explained as meaning ‘the hidden wicked spirit engaged in an ongoing defiance of God’s Law’. Paul says it was at work in his day and it has been at work really since the fall of man. Furthermore the apostle tells us that it has been held in check by the Lord throughout ages. “‭O‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭nly‭ he who now‭ letteth‭‭ ‭will let‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ (hold back, detain)‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭, until‭ he be taken‭‭ out of‭ the way‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

This latter phrase may be explained as meaning ‘that the spirit of rebellion is held in check by God, but the restraint will one day be taken out of the way and the spirit of rebellion will be allow to have its way’. That will happen in the day God has appointed. “‭And‭ now‭ ye know‭‭ what withholdeth‭‭ that‭ he‭ might be revealed‭‭ in‭ his‭ time‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 2 Thessalonians 2:6.

The identity of the agency used to restrain this evil thing is much debated, but I will suggest to you that as James and Peter tell us, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭God‭ resisteth‭‭ the proud‭, but‭ giveth‭‭ grace‭ unto the humble‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ James 4:6; 1 Peter 5:5, so it is God Himself Who restrains this spirit of apostasy. After all, it is a direct attack upon Him, His Word and His Kingdom, so it is not surprising that He directly interposes in the matter. We are reminded of this fact in Romans 13:1-2. “‭Let every‭ soul‭ be subject‭‭ unto the higher‭‭ powers‭. For‭ there is‭‭ no‭ power‭ but‭ of‭ God‭:‭ the powers‭ that be‭‭ are‭‭ ordained‭‭ of‭ God‭.‭ ‭Whosoever therefore‭ resisteth‭‭ the power‭, resisteth‭‭ the ordinance‭ of God‭: and‭ they that resist‭‭ shall receive‭‭ to themselves‭ damnation‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ There we are taught that resistance of the ordinance of God will bring down God’s damnation.

This a solemn truth to be pondered in these lawless days! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-17 a 5:38 pm


A visitor to our garden

I would like to share a picture of a visitor to our garden on Friday 12th.

Here she is!

 

The ‘lady’ in question is a female ‘great spotted woodpecker’. I have been told that this is the furthest west in Northern Ireland one has been spotted.

Apparently, Ireland had an introduction of woodpeckers after the birds multiplied in Wales to a degree that fresh territory was needed and thus the short  flight across from Wales to southern Ireland took place.

Ornithologists inform us that such a migration took place not that long ago after these beautiful birds became extinct here in the 17th and 18th century.

We are looking forward to her returning in the near future (she was there this morning at 8.20am) and perhaps bringing some fledglings along with her.

Sincerely,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2023-05-15 a 4:45 pm


The devil's music - my reply to the sacrilegious article by John Coulter

This letter has been published in today’s (16/5/23) edition of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’

I just had to respond to the sacrilegious article by John Coulter published yesterday in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’!

I deem it to be blasphemous because of the stupid and irreverent title given by him to his article.

It is reprehensible of Coulter, a promoter of unwholesome and fraudulent so-called ‘gospel music, to seek to encourage others to embrace this aping of the world.

Well did John the apostle write:  “For many deceivers are entered into the world,” 2 John 1:7.

May the article be seen as a work of deception!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Sir,

I have not read the article “Sir Cliff Richard is right, why should the devil have all the good music? by John Coulter.

The title tells me enough about the nonsense that it will contain.

The title is an endorsement by Mr Coulter of the puerile statement by Cliff Richard and that tells where the article is heading!

One question immediately occurs to me. Just when did the devil ever do anything or endorse anything that was truly ‘good’?

The Lord said of him: “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 is further stated of the devil in the Bible that, “He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil,” 1 John 3:8.

That makes it obvious that the ‘devil’s music’ is not admired by the Lord. I go with the Lord’s opinion of the devil and utterly reject the folly of Cliff Richard and John Coulter.

The devil is obviously not the source of anything good, musical or otherwise and to say that he is, flies in the face of God’s Word!

Regards,

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

Kilskeery, Co. Tyrone

Posted on 2023-05-13 a 5:00 am


Biden puts his foot in his mouth again!

I am embarrassed for my many friends in America who have to bear with the innumerable foolish, embarrassing, and tactless utterances of their President, the so-called leader of the ‘Free World’! The man was always a fool but now his folly is compounded by the failings that come with ‘old age’!

Biden has English ancestors. The surname Biden was first found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Wikipedia says of him: “Biden’s family is mostly descended of the British Isles, with most of their ancestors coming from Ireland and England, whilst also claiming descent from the French.”

However, ‘Oul Joe’ likes to make much of his links with Ireland and displays, whenever he can, his inherited Irish prejudices and hatred of all things British. He is a pseudo Roman Catholic, loudly proclaiming his adherence to that false religion while promoting policies such as abortion which is supposedly rejected by Roman Catholicism.

On his recent visit to Northern Ireland, it was noticed that his official car did not fly the flag of our country, the ‘Union Jack’. This despising of our national flag is in keeping with the practice of his Sinn Fein/IRA friends and associates.

He is pictured above with Gerry Adams and IRA fugitive, the late Rita O’Hare, wanted for the attempted murder of British Army Warrant Officer Frazer Paton in Belfast in October 1971.

As soon as Biden was across the border into the Irish Republic, the Irish ‘tricolour’ was immediately hoisted on his car.

The failure to fly the ‘Union Jack’ was contrary to ‘diplomatic protocol’ but then that would mean nothing to this antiquated imbecile who cannot open his mouth without attempting to put both feet into it. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-11 a 5:22 pm


The BBC - the self-appointed champion of modern day sodomy!

There is something grossly wrong when a publicly funded organisation, the main function and responsibility of which is to provide impartial public service broadcasting in the UK and the world, takes upon itself the role of the ‘standard-bearer’ for that ubiquitous movement, promoting the perverted activities of that commonly, called the ‘lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender’— a tiny section of society.

I am referring to “The British Broadcasting Corporation”.

One of the articles on BBC Northern Ireland’s website illustrates its taking up this self-appointed role.

The headlines read: ‘Blood on the Dancefloor: The gay police officer murder which shocked NI’.

The article is all the more offensive in that it uses the immoral activities of a policeman murdered in a’ sodomite establishment’ back in 1997.

The murder was carried out by Irish Republicans. To take the man’s life was wrong and it is to be condemned.

But also to be condemned is this specious and feignedly ‘compassionate’ decrying of the crime.

The tears are ‘crocodile’ and the motive is utterly ulterior. Under the guise of sorrowing at the murder is the promotion of the abominable wickedness of sodomy and its allied perversions.

It is wrong that the BBC should engage in this and surely is contrary to the role it is funded to perform. The BBC ought not to be a platform for the cursed wretchedness of a re-emergence of that shame which damned Sodom and Gomorrah!

The citizen is utterly powerless to do anything about such abuse of the BBC’s role and it would appear that few in the realm of the governance of the State, appear in the least interested in using their power to do something!

Perhaps that is because they depend upon the BBC for a promoting of their interests amongst the electorate. There will therefore be no ‘biting of the hand’ that holds a microphone up for their efforts in self-promotion!

Posted on 2023-05-09 a 4:44 pm


Did He or did He not know??

“‭But‭ of‭ that‭ day‭ and‭ hour‭ knoweth‭‭ no‭ ‭man‭, no, not‭ the angels‭ of heaven‭, but‭ my‭ Father‭ only‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:36.

Do these words mean that the Lord Jesus was unaware of the time of His return? Many would say that is so and because of that it is futile to speak of the revelation in Holy Scripture by Christ of signs that foretell the approach of that day since He did not know the ‘‭‭‭‭day‭ and‭ hour‭’. Therefore He could not speak of that which indicates the approach of the ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‘‭‭‭‭day‭ and‭ hour‭’.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

But is that what this verse is saying. I think not!

The context indicates that the Saviour DID know the ‘‭‭‭‭day‭ and‭ hour‬‬‬‬‬‬’‭‭‭‭‭‭‭.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Please remember in this chapter we have Christ answering two questions, one of which is, “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭What‭ ‭shall be‭ the sign‭ of thy‭ coming‭, and‭ of the end‭ of the world‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 3.

I put it to you that the Saviour could not reveal what the ‘sign’ of His coming was if He did not know ‘‭‭‭‭day‭ and‭ hour‭’ when His return would take place!‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

If it is true that the Saviour was ignorant of the ‘‭‭‭‭day‭ and‭ hour‭’ then He would have told His disciples that He could not answer their question. But He did not respond ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬with a declaration of ignorance but rather began to answer their question in great detail.

His answer is most explicit indeed. The word ‘shall’ is ever linked to the expression of a strong determination to do something. It is most assertive. That word appears many times in this chapter. If my counting is correct it appears some 53 times in the chapter in our Authorised Version.

That would tell us Christ was speaking very authoritatively and forcefully. There was nothing tentative or hesitating about the Saviour’s response that might suggest a lack of a full knowledge of the answer to the question, ‘when shall you return’!

The detailed information imparted by the Lord indicates He HAD full knowledge of that day. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-08 a 4:50 pm


Three headlines on Sabbath observance: a renewed controversy

Football for all… but not if you’re an evangelical Christian says former Irish league player and coach — (Belfast Newsletter, 3rd May 2023)

The Sunday marathon is a sober reminder that we live in days of increasing spiritual weakness and confusion — (Belfast Newsletter, 5th May 2023)

Irish Cup final: Former IFA boss says ‘Christians can still go to Sunday matches – it won’t matter in the afterlife’ — (Belfast Newsletter, 5th May 2023)


The first two headlines relate to concerns about the increasing desecration of the Lord’s Day and the third provides an explanation for the increase!

The third headline is taken from the comments of an attender at Greenisland Methodist Church. For him to go public in this manner surely indicates that his church minister and oversight are happy with his views and behaviour. If they are not then doubtless a public statement will be made disowning his behaviour!

The assertion of Jim Boyce is quite contrary to the traditional teaching of Methodism and more importantly, the Word of God.

We quote:

“The General Rules of the Methodist Church requires ‘attending upon all the ordinances of God’ including ‘the public worship of God’ , (he Oxford Handbook of Methodist Studies).

The founder of Methodism, John Wesley, stated ‘This ‘handwriting of ordinances’ our Lord did blot out, take away, and nail to His cross (Col. 2:14). But the moral law contained in the Ten Commandments, and enforced by the prophets, He did not take away …. The moral law stands on an entirely different foundation from the ceremonial or ritual law …. Every part of this law must remain in force upon all mankind and in all ages.’ (‘Sermons on Several Occasions,’ 2-Vol. Edition, Vol. I, pages 221, 222). Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-06 a 7:00 pm


Report Whistle-Blowing Exposures . . . In the UK higher education sector

My attention was drawn to this article by Mr Jim Allister, KC, the leader of the Tradition Unionist Voice political party, 29th April.

I made it my business to contact the author of it, Dr Edward Cooke, Doctor of Philosophy, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics at Queens University, Belfast.

In his initial reply to my email Dr Cooke said:

Dear Rev Foster

I have been trying for over a year to bring this matter to the attention of different political parties and media outlets within NI and the UK and in 2023 I have approached the mainstream UK churches who also appear ‘disinterested’ in these issues. I would be most grateful if you used any social media platform to bring these matters to the attention of your congregation and the wider public. I enclose for you two reports on how the university sector within NI and the UK has evolved and how Unionists within NI and Christians within the UK have been marginalised in a key employment sector.

Many thanks

Edward Cooke

Accordingly, I am publishing the article as a pdf file because of its size.However, please take the time to download the article and read carefully this document exposé of what I would call the the attempt to ‘secularise’ UK universities, to the exclusion of all religious influence, especially that of Bible Christianity.

Recent Demographic Changes in the NI university sector – Feb 2022

The sad fact is that Dr Cooke says that he has “ . . been trying for over a year to bring this matter to the attention of different political parties and media outlets within NI and the UK and in 2023 I have approached the mainstream UK churches who also appear ‘disinterested’ in these issues.”

We have but a further demonstration that the political ‘watch men’ and ‘watchdogs’ representing us in the two main Unionist parties are as those of whom Isaiah the prophet complained long ago: “His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark; sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber,” Isaiah 56:10.

We trust that by this effort to highlight Dr Cooke’s research we may do something to stir up those who are paid handsomely to represent the interests of the Unionist and Protestant people here in Ulster.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

2nd May, 2023

Posted on 2023-05-03 a 4:00 am


Celebrate the coronation of an adulterer and adulteress?? . . . I think not!

The depth to which our nation is sinking is acutely set forth in the forthcoming coronation of ‘Charles and Camilla’ in Westminster Abbey, a place linked to the translation of the incomparable Authorised Version of the Holy Scriptures and the compilation of the Westminster Confession of Faith.

Of course the Abbey has long been the scene of desecration at the hand of the Romanising clerics of the Church of England.

Saturday, 6th May will see that desecration reach new depths.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


CELEBRATE THE CORONATION OF AN ADULTERER AND AN ADULTERESS??  . . . . . I THINK NOT!

 “And all the king’s servants, that were in the king’s gate, bowed, and reverenced Haman: for the king had so commanded concerning him. But Mordecai bowed not, nor did him reverence,” Esther 3:2.

There is an honour that is due to “kings, and for all that are in authority”, (1 Timothy 2:2) but it does not entail such an honouring of sin by showing endorsement of their immorality.

Paul the apostle in speaking to Felix, showed due deference. “Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself,”  Acts 24:10.

Nevertheless, when opportunity was given him later to witness to Felix, Paul did not hesitate to deal with the very matters about which the wicked Felix needed to hear. “And after certain days, when Felix came with his wife Drusilla, which was a Jewess, he sent for Paul, and heard him concerning the faith in Christ. And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee,”  Acts 24:24-25. “Righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come” were the very subjects that Felix need to consider. He was in an adulterous marriage with a woman notorious for her libidinous ways.

Due honour does not mean turning a ‘blind eye’ to sin.

1. Mordecai would not bow and reverence Haman for he was a hater of the Jews and a Gentile who came from a very evil ancestry, being of the lineage of Agag, an Amalekite. “After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him,” Esther 3:1. He was of that nation which God had obliged the Israelites to abhor and oppose from generation to generation; and therefore he did not show outward respect to a man whom he did and ought inwardly to contemn. “Because the LORD hath sworn that the LORD will have war with Amalek from generation to generation,” Exodus 17:16.

There has come to the throne in our nation a couple who are united in an unholy marriage. The details of the adulterous lifestyle of Charles and Camilla have been publicly disclosed in the national press for years past for all who wished to read it! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-05-01 a 5:06 pm

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Patrick Speight answered

There is an article in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’ that repeats many of the old lies and deceits against Dr Paisley and the 1966 Free Presbyterian protest against the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland.

I have written the following letter and submitted it to the Editor for publication.

Please pray that it will be published.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster.


Sir,

It is quite amazing that a man, writing an article to counter what he says are falsehoods linked to the early witness of Ian Paisley, should go about employing the most blatant falsehoods himself! Mr Patrick Speight is a former BBC Radio presenter so perhaps we ought not to be surprised at such a tactic.

I was part of that Free Presbyterian protest procession in June 1966 he fulminates against, so I know first hand what took place.

Patrick Speight was a ‘cub’ of some 12 years of age at the time, so he is relying on hearsay, news reports and ecumenical propaganda for his information!

I will highlight some of his deceits regarding the parade which Mr Speight is keen to blacken. I will let whoever will answer his challenging of other elements of the BBC documentary he is so offended by.

I must say that it is always amusing to witness the ‘kettle calling the pot black’! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-28 a 6:06 pm


No room to talk

Individuals from the political echelons of the United States of America have continually offered condemnation of the lot of Irish republicans at the hands of the British Government and criticised the Protestant and Unionist people of Northern Ireland as being guilty of this wrong-doing.

I believe that it may honestly be said that of all the nations that have directed their anti-British ire toward us, the USA has less room to talk than any!

This article was prompted by the playing of a very stirring ‘Negro Spiritual’ a few minutes ago on a US Christian radio station that I tune into constantly. It was the very well known and much loved, ‘Deep River’. Such is the pathos aroused in my heart by the words and the tune that I have never listened to it without thinking of the dreadful treatment many black people suffered during the centuries of slavery enforced upon them within the USA.

We may learn from various sources that ‘Deep River’ is a traditional African American spiritual which Henry Burleigh arranged along with many others in his collection of Jubilee Songs of the USA of 1916.

Deep River,
My home is over Jordan.
Deep River, Lord.
I want to cross over into campground.
Deep River,
my home is over Jordan.
River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.
Oh, don’t you want to go,
To the Gospel feast;
That Promised Land,
Where all is peace?
Oh, deep River, Lord,
I want to cross over into campground.

As I listened to the song, I envisaged the longing of the converted slave for the rest and peace of heaven over on the other side of the deep river of death. Heaven was symbolised I believe by the campground of a revival gospel gathering which often times the slaves were allowed to attend. The rest from the forced labour, that was their life, must have been ‘heaven like’ for those that were allowed to join in the singing and worship. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-27 a 5:20 pm


Isaac Newton’s eerie 1704 doomsday prophecy

Sir Isaac Newton

I am copying an article from the ‘Daily Mirror’ dated 21st April, which centres on the subject of the ‘end of this age’ as predicted by Sir Isaac Newton (4 January 1643 – 31 March 1727).

One would naturally be slow to contradict anything that the man, considered to be ‘one of the most renowned scientists in history’ and more importantly, a true christian has said. However, as Paul contradicted Peter when he acted wrongly (Galatians 2:11-14) so we, on the authority of God’s Word, dare to contradict any man’s false predictions regarding the date of the Saviour’s return and the end of this age.

The Lord Jesus said: “‭Watch‭‭ therefore‭: for‭ ye know‭‭ not‭ what‭ hour‭ your‭ Lord‭ doth come‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 24:42. “‭Watch‭‭ therefore‭, for‭ ye know‭‭ neither‭ the day‭ nor‭ the hour‭ wherein‭‭ the Son‭ of man‭ cometh‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 25:13. “‭When‭ they therefore‭ were come together‭‭, they asked‭‭ of him‭, saying‭‭, Lord‭,‭ wilt thou‭‭ at‭ this‭ time‭ restore again‭‭ the kingdom‭ to Israel‭?‭ ‭And‭ he said‭‭ unto‭ them‭, It is‭‭ not‭ for you‭ to know‭‭ the times‭ or‭ the seasons‭, which‭ the Father‭ hath put‭‭ in‭ his own‭ power‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 1:6-7.

The article contains much silliness, from various sources, about the return of the Lord but Sir Isaac Newton’s theory is not in agreement with what the Bible teaches.

While we CANNOT KNOW ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‘the day‭ nor‭ the hour‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬’ of the Saviour’s return, we DO HAVE CLEAR INFORMATION on the events that will indicate that the day is drawing very near.

1. A general and increasing apostasy from the truth of God revealed to us in the Bible‭‭‭‭‭ will tak‬‬‬‬‬e‭‭‭‭‭ place ‬‬‬‬‬near to the Saviour’s return. The Saviour likened it unto the return of the moral conditions that characterised the earth before the judgment of the flood in Noah’s day and the fiery judgment that befell Sodom and Gomorrah in the days of Lot. “‭And‭ as‭ it was‭‭ in‭ the days‭ of Noe‭, so‭ shall it be‭‭ also‭ in‭ the days‭ of the Son‭ of man‭.‭ ‭They did eat‭‭, they drank‭‭, they married wives‭‭, they were given in marriage‭‭, until‭ the day‭ that‭ Noe‭ entered‭‭ into‭ the ark‭, and‭ the flood‭ came‭‭, and‭ destroyed‭‭ them all‭.‭ ‭Likewise‭ also‭ as‭ it was‭‭ in‭ the days‭ of Lot‭; they did eat‭‭, they drank‭‭, they bought‭‭, they sold‭‭, they planted‭‭, they builded‭‭;‭ ‭but‭‭ the same day‭ that Lot‭ went‭‭ out of‭ Sodom‭ it rained‭‭ fire‭ and‭ brimstone‭ from‭ heaven‭, and‭ destroyed‭‭ ‭them‭ all‭.‭ ‭Even‭ thus‭ shall it be‭‭ in the day‭‭ when the Son‭ of man‭ is revealed‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 17:26-30. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-22 a 7:47 pm


Continuing On

“‭Having‭‭ therefore‭ obtained‭‭ help‭ of‭ God‭, I continue‭‭ unto‭ this‭ day‭, witnessing‭‭ both‭ to small‭ and‭ great‭, ‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭saying‭‭ none other things‭ than‭ those which‭‭ the prophets‭ and‭ Moses‭ did say‭‭ should‭‭ come‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Acts 26:22.

Today, I look back to this date in 1968. It was a Saturday and I was ordained to the Christian ministry by the Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and installed as minister of Lisbellaw Free Presbyterian Church (later to become Bethel FPC) in the tin hut in Lisbellaw which had served the fledgling congregation as a meeting house since February 1967.

The hall in its last days before being demolished

The congregation had been constituted in March 1967, a little over a month after the first meeting in the hall.

By August 1972, a site had been purchased in the the county town, Enniskillen, just four miles away, and a new church building opened.

By that date, a congregation has been formed in the Clogher Valley, just east of Fivemiletown and another across the border in the Republic of Ireland, in Coragarry, Co Monaghan. The beginnings of the witness in Kilskeery, County Tyrone, some ten miles from Enniskillen.

They were busy times for there was an ear for the gospel and souls were being saved.

I can but humbly thank the Lord for being allowed to have a small part in those blessed days.



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A report on the Ordination of Rev. Ivan Foster, published May 1968 in The Revivalist


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Posted on 2023-04-20 a 4:46 pm


If Biden's for it I'm AGIN it!!

US President Joe Biden

“‭Draw me not away‭‭ with the wicked‭, and with the workers‭‭ of iniquity‭, which speak‭‭ peace‭ to their neighbours‭, ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭but mischief‭ ‭is‭ in their hearts‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 28:3.

Nothing informs better us of the character of an enterprise or an individual than the persona of those who support them and press the claims of either upon the public.

On that basis the character of the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ is most corrupt indeed. Consider those who are its chief ‘cheer leaders’!

We will start with Joe Biden, the most unfitted President that the United States of America has ever had! The apostle Paul said: “‭Some‭ men’s‭ sins‭ are‭‭ open beforehand‭, going before‭‭ to‭ judgment‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Timothy 5:24. John Gill says of these words: “Some men are such open and notorious sinners, that there is no need of any inquiry about them, or any examination of them; or any witnesses to be called to their character, in order to pass judgment concerning them.”

Is that not the case with Joe Biden. There are millions in the USA who would shout out, ‘Amen’ to that summary of the character of their President.

He is a supporter of abortion, sodomy, transgenderism and all its affiliated perversions and a professing ‘faithful’ Roman Catholic! He openly rejoices in the company of IRA terrorists who have been part of a murderous plague on Protestants and Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland and in the Irish Republic, which is the effective base of its operations.


A man, who if ‘halos’ could be awarded by men, would have been given one by the besotted devotees of the ‘GFA’, is former US Senator, George J. Mitchell. He was, amongst other things, the chairman of The Walt Disney Company from March 2004 until January 2007. However, being an expert on ‘Mickey Mouse’ and ‘Goofy’ was not his only claim to fame, though I feel he has made ‘goofs’ of quite a few Unionists here!

Virginia Roberts Giuffre, the accuser of Prince Andrew, is a woman who has long claimed that disgraced financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein forced her to have sexual relations with powerful men, and named Mitchell as one of them in documents unsealed on August 9, 2019 (a day before Epstein’s death) by a Federal court in the Southern District of New York. The papers included affidavits and depositions of key witnesses in a 2015 lawsuit that Giuffre filed against Epstein and his associate Ghislaine Maxwell. Giuffre accused the two individuals of sex-trafficking her to high-profile individuals, including George Mitchell, in the early 2000s while she was underage. Mitchell denied ever having met or spoken with Giuffre, and stated that he became aware of Epstein’s criminal prosecution only through the media. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-19 a 4:43 pm


Article in local newspaper on ‘the good Friday agreement’

On the 11th April, I received an email from a reporter working for ‘The Impartial Reporter’, a newspaper which circulates in Fermanagh and South Tyrone. Part of the email reads: “We are doing a series in the paper regarding the Belfast Agreement and wondered if you would be interested in contributing a short comment piece.”

Since I had received a similar request 25 years ago when the ‘the Belfast Agreement’, also known as ‘the good Friday agreement’, was first signed, I was happy to give my opinion on this ‘sham peace’ agreement, much lauded by the deceitful politicians and ecumenical ‘wolves in sheep’s clothing’ over the last twenty-five years .

Here is the article.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


The ‘Good Friday Agreement’

(Rev Ivan Foster)

In the summer of 1998, I along with fellow Free Presbyterian ministers in Co. Tyrone, issued a statement in the wake of the Omagh bomb, which resulted in 28 men, women and children brutally murdered as well as many more seriously injured, commiserating with the families so wickedly bereaved.

Part of that statement read: “We accuse our Government and in particular the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and the Northern Ireland Secretary of State, Mo Mowlam, of pursuing a policy in Northern Ireland that has encouraged this atrocity and the many others that have gone before, by seeking to placate terrorism through immoral concessions such as the present early release of convicted terrorists. Yesterday’s murderous monsters have become today’s ministers-in-waiting! We have already heard words of condemnation from the lips of those politicians, who favour the release of convicted murderers and bombers, that are but an echo of the words employed to condemn the actions of those terrorists they are now determined to release. . . .  The politicians who have supported the present policy of appeasement that underwrites the “Peace Agreement” cannot escape having blood on their hands after today’s evil. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-15 a 10:45 pm


Sermon from 30 years ago . . .

A dear brother in Romania sent me an email this morning which encouraged this old preacher’s heart.

He said: “This message was a great comfort for my soul yesterday and today, while I listened to it.” 

That prompted me to have a listen and I hope you understand me when I say that I could listen to what I said 30 years ago as someone simply listening to a preacher. 

I was humbly blessed and so very thankful at the honour bestowed upon me to speak so of Christ.

I send it out with the hope that you too will benefit from the message, preached in Faith FPC, Greenville, SC, USA in October 1993.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,
Ivan Foster



Posted on 2023-04-14 a 6:37 pm


Christian — who you keep company with matters to the Lord!

The phrase ‘keep company with’ refers to marriage, religious affiliations, social associations and business partnerships.

It is important to the Lord just what impression the Christian’s ‘crowd’ sets forth.

I recall my maternal grandmother being quoted as having said on this matter: “Show me your company and I will tell you who you are!’

I suppose that very well known adage: ‘Birds of a feather flock together’ states the same basic truth. Who you are drawn to and with whose company you are content and happy to be in, tells an observer what your views and affections are.

It is for this reason that the Lord, like any father, shows concern about the crowd we identify with and the Holy Scriptures contain many directives on this matter.

MARRIAGE.

Whom a Christian marries is not a matter of indifference to the Lord, any more than it is to caring earthly parents. Thus we find Paul, under the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, urging this maxim upon Corinthian Christians. “‭The wife‭ is bound‭‭ by the law‭‭ as long‭ as‭ her‭ husband‭ liveth‭‭; but‭ if‭ her‭ husband‭ be dead‭‭, she is‭‭ at liberty‭ to be married‭‭ to whom‭ she will‭‭; only‭ in‭ the Lord‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ 1 Corinthians 7:39. The choice of the woman as to who it is she marries is limited by this rule. She is at entire liberty to marry, or not to marry, and to marry whom she pleases. That is not forbidden by the laws of God. But she is limited by the ‘spiritual’ character of the man she would marry. The marriage union must be ‘in the Lord’!

The word ‘only’ clearly indicates that she is limited to one category of men from which she would choose her husband. He ‘must’ be a Christian, he must be one of the Lord’s people.

My fifty plus years of pastoral labours have brought me into contact with many households, both within my own flock and outside it. I have noted on many occasions the unhappy price paid by a man or a woman who ignored this injunction and instead allowed their own feelings and emotions to overrule God! I saw that it invariably brought unhappiness to the disobedient Christian, to the one they married and to the children born of the union. Irrespective of the circumstance of how the unscriptural union was formed — often as a result of an unsaved person making a false profession of faith in Christ in order to find acceptance with the Christian whose hand in marriage they desired — without exception it had a grievous impact upon the family unit thus formed. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-13 a 5:01 pm


Visit of a morally degenerate US President

US President Joe Biden is visiting Ireland this week

“When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked beareth rule, the people mourn,” Proverbs 29:2.

Today, Joe Biden arrives in Northern Ireland for what is thankfully a very short visit before moving on to the Irish Republic.

Joe Biden is very much pro-abortion, (to the embarrassment of many of his fellow Roman Catholics in the USA and Ireland, north and south) pro-sodomite, pro-transgenderism, pro-Sinn Fein/IRA and utterly anti-Protestant and anti-British!

We pity those who love righteousness in the United States who have had to suffer his presidency and the embarrassment that this aged ‘ejit’ (he will doubtless rejoice in having such an Irish disparagement directed at him) has brought to his nation.

Sadly, their distress will have been heightened of late with his announcement that he is to run again for the presidency!!

It would be an exercise in blatant and abject humiliation for any Unionist to be present at any function he will engage in during his brief stay. David shaking hands with Goliath and embracing him would not adequately illustrate the ignominy of a representative of the Unionist people welcoming this political nincompoop to Ulster.

He comes to join with those who are celebrating the signing of the treacherous ‘Good Friday Agreement’ 25 years ago. It is one of the greatest and most bare-faced dissimulations since Judas kissed the cheek of the Saviour!

As Jim Allister, TUV leader said recently:

“In swimming against the tide of hysteria about Joe Biden’s visit, let me be clear that this President is an avowed nationalist partisan who in his past, when the IRA’s murder campaign was in full swing, joined with other meddling US politicians to seek to prevent extradition of wanted IRA terrorists (eg IRA escapee Joe Doherty), who more recently (Feb 2022) likened the struggle of the Palestinian people to Britain’s treatment of Irish Catholics for over 400 years, and who has championed the Union-dismantling Protocol.

“Little wonder he wants to celebrate the terrorism-rewarding Belfast Agreement and try further pressure on unionists to operate the Protocol’s dismantling of the Union and partitioning of the United Kingdom.

“I find nothing to celebrate in the mass release of murderers, the ushering of terrorists into government and the imposition of an unworkable system at Stormont – all the handiwork of the Belfast Agreement. But from the perspective of an avid all-Irelander like Biden a milestone of achievement.”

Ulster is caught up in a hysterical storm of lies and deceit and blatant propaganda regarding the ‘GFA’. The newspaper columns and pulpits of the ecumenical advocates have vainly sought to have the people of Ulster swallow that which is all too obviously a deceit. The ‘GFA’ did not bring peace. It saw hundreds of murderers released early from jail, the perpetrators of a terror campaign elevated and politically ‘fumigated’ and foisted upon those in Ulster they had sought to eradicate by murder. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-11 a 10:44 pm


That which draws the risen Saviour into our midst

“‭And‭ as they‭ thus‭ spake‭‭, Jesus‭ himself‭ stood‭‭ in‭ the midst‭ of them‭, and‭ saith‭‭ unto them‭, Peace‭ ‭be‭ unto you‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 24:36.

Yesterday morning, in the morning meeting of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church, Rev Paul Hanna preached a very profitable and stirring message from the verse 6 of Luke 24. “‭He is‭‭ not‭ here‭, but‭ is risen‭‭: remember‭‭ how‭ he spake‭‭ unto you‭ when he was‭‭ yet‭ in‭ Galilee‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ I would commend the message to all. The service may be watched at here. I trust you will view the message.

While Rev Hanna read from Luke 24, my eyes were drawn to verse 36, which heads this article. The words are familiar to me yet they came with freshness to my soul and I determined that after the meeting I would look more closely at them.

I particularly noticed the opening words of the verse. “‭And‭ as they‭ thus‭ spake‭‭, Jesus‭ himself‭ stood‭‭ in‭ the midst‭ of them‬‬‬‬‬‬”. ‬‬‬‬As I contemplated this statement it occurred to me that here we have: ‬‬

I. WHAT IT IS THAT DRAWS THE SAVIOUR INTO THE MIDST OF HIS PEOPLE

The giving witness to His resurrection drew the Saviour into the midst of the little gathering.

1. The smallness of the gathering of disciples does not deter the Saviour coming amongst His people. There were only “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭eleven‭ gathered together‭‭, and‭ them that were with‭ them‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 33, when they were joined by the two who had seen the Saviour. Many throughout the world can empathise with such numbers!

This is a comfort to us in Kilskeery and to many, many like gatherings across the world in these evil times when the cause of Christ is despised and ridiculed as it has not been in living memory.

Smallness is always a cause of concern for the believer who wishes ever that more of their neighbours and friends, indeed enemies, would come in under the sounds of the Word of God. However that distresses the Christian, it is clear from the text that it does not in the least deter the Saviour from coming amongst such a small gathering. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-10 a 6:11 pm


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Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church

Special Week of Meetings

On the theme of:

RECONSECRATION

April Lord’s Day 16th – Friday 21st


Lord’s Day 11.30 am – Rev James Porter

(Interim Moderator)

7.00 pm – Rev Gordon Ferguson

(Former member of Lisbellaw FPC)


Monday 8.00 pm – Rev John Woods

(Former member of Kilskeery FPC)


Tuesday 8.00 pm – Rev Brian McClung

(Minister of Newtownabbey FPC)


Wednesday 8.00 pm – Rev Gordon Dane

(Former member of Lisbellaw FPC)


Thursday 8.00 pm – Rev Ivan Foster

(Founding minister of Kilskeery FPC)

At this service he will mark the 55th anniversary of his ordination and installation in Lisbellaw FPC, Saturday April 20th, 1968. He had pioneered that work from February 1967.


Friday 8.00 pm – Rev John Armstrong

(Minister of Dungannon FPC and Moderator of the Presbytery)


“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:1.

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

Posted on 2023-04-09 a 12:01 am


A part of the high price Ulster is paying . . . .

The Destruction of Sodom And Gomorrah, by John Martin, 1852

Here are some thoughts which arose from the reading my Psalm for today, Psalm 12.

May you find profit for your soul in the article.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


A PART OF THE HIGH PRICE ULSTER IS PAYING FOR THE DUP’S POWER-SHARING AGREEMENT WITH SINN FEIN/IRA

“‭The wicked‭ walk‭‭ on every side‭, when the vilest‭ men‭‭ are exalted‭‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Psalm 12:8.

Christians look on the violating of our streets by those who flaunt and rejoice in their perverted iniquity with grief and heartache. The vexing of Lot was slight in comparison to that which a lover of God and Truth experience as they view the parading of the evils of Sodom throughout the world in these latter days.

As we have often said, the Lord Jesus indicated that that which precipitated the fiery destruction of the cities of Sodom‭ and Gomorrah‬ (Genesis 19:28-2; Jude 1:7), would mark the final days of this age as mankind in its rebellion against the Lord would repudiate all that is revealed in God’s Word and plunge back into the swamp of immorality, from which nations were wondrously delivered to a great measure during the gospel era.

“‭Likewise‭ also‭ as‭ it was‭‭ in‭ the days‭ of Lot‭; they did eat‭‭, they drank‭‭, they bought‭‭, they sold‭‭, they planted‭‭, they builded‭‭;‭ ‭but‭‭ the same day‭ that Lot‭ went‭‭ out of‭ Sodom‭ it rained‭‭ fire‭ and‭ brimstone‭ from‭ heaven‭, and‭ destroyed‭‭ ‭them‭ all‭.‭ ‭Even‭ thus‭ shall it be‭‭ in the day‭‭ when the Son‭ of man‭ is revealed‭‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Luke 17:28-30. That evil night has begun to descend upon the nations, our own being no exception. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-07 a 5:15 pm


Ivan Foster - My Testimony

April is always a special month for me.

I was converted on 5th April, 1964 and on 20th April 1968 I was ordained as a gospel minister and installed as pastor of the congregation where I had been preaching as a student from the beginnings of the witness in February 1967 — Lisbellaw Free Presbyterian Church.

The congregation moved to its newly opened church building in Enniskillen in August 1972 and changed its name to Bethel Free Presbyterian Church.

I moved to Kilskeery as pastor in February 1978. That congregation was one of four which sprang from the Lisbellaw witness.

I retired as a pastor in November 2008. I was asked that month to give a word of testimony in Mullaglass Free Presbyterian Church in South Armagh.

Here is a recording of that testimony.

Ivan Foster



Posted on 2023-04-05 a 12:01 am


Letter to the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ re the BBC programme, ’The House of Paisley’

My original letter was a comment on the first of the three BBC episodes. The Editor of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ wished to hold it back from publication until after the last episode was aired. That will take place this evening but I have already viewed it online and have added a line or two to my original letter to deal more comprehensible with the contents of the whole programme.

The length of my letter is a bit more than is suitable for publishing in the ‘Letters Page’ in the printed edition of the Belfast Newsletter so I have submitted a abbreviated copy with the understanding that the full letter will appear on their web page.

Here is a copy of the full length letter published on-line by the ‘Belfast Newsletter’.

 

Dear Sir,

Although I was reminded by the BBC only days ago that the first of their programmes entitled: “The House of Paisley”, to which I was invited to partake some months ago, was to be broadcast last night, I entirely forgot to watch it. It was only when I was reminded yet again that it had been aired last night (Monday 3rd April) that I sought out a copy of it on the BBC site and then also watched the two other programmes in the series.

Having watched them with very mixed feelings indeed, I have to liken the ‘documentary’ to the publishing of an assessment of the Lord Jesus Christ by the devil!

It was lacking in an honest evaluation of the man in his earlier years of prominence and it was given over to the opinions of those who hate all that he stood for and desire only the dishonouring of his witness in the 1960s and 1970s.

I knew the man personally and was closely associated with him in many of those tumultuous days. My views are not those of someone who relies on videos, news reports and garbled accounts. I was with the man in pulpits, prayer meetings, protests and prison. Those were days which cannot properly be understood via television documentaries, no matter what objectivity they may claim, which is something these broadcasts lacked entirely. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-04 a 10:36 pm


A letter to Mr Fletcher MP, whose video is mounted here on our webpage

Nick Fletcher MP

I sent this email to Mr Fletcher whose video is mounted on the BB webpage.

Dear Sir,

My name is Ivan Foster. I am a retired minister of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, having completed some 43 years as a pastor and being still engaged in a little preaching, though retired now some 15 years.

The video of your speech was shared with me and I have mounted it upon my website, mentioned below.

I sincerely want to thank you for the witness you bore to Christ and His Word and the benefits that this nation of ours has enjoyed for many generations.

It was sad to observe so few in attendance at the debate and I am saddened that those from Ulster, who would profess faith in Christ, do not seem to be in attendance.

Having thanked you, I did mention in my introduction to the video on my website, the anomaly of you, a member of the Conservative Party, criticising practices which your party has been chief in promoting, even legitimising that which God condemns such as abortion, sodomy and the ludicrous notion of transgenderism.

You surely cannot be happy in such an environment! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-04-04 a 10:32 pm


Gospel witness given before British Parliamentarians

The speaker in this video of a parliamentary debate is Nick Fletcher, MP for the Don Valley in Yorkshire.

He is a professing Christian. He resides in Bawtry and is married to Gail. They have two children, James and Lucy.

In this video he shares his faith in Jesus Christ with fellow MPs in a debate about the importance of Christianity to society.

Such a witness amongst members of the UK Parliament is welcome. I know very little about the man. I do not know which church he attends and, with no desire to be ungracious, would I necessarily endorse all he says. He is a member of the Conservative Party and thus he is part of a very corrupt and treacherous political organisation, the policies of which have done much harm here in Ulster and in the rest of the UK. Indeed, it is a chief participant in the evils Mr Fletcher condemns in his speech.

However, I do thank him for his witness in ‘Caesar’s Court’, and I sincerely trust that it will encourage other believers to speak out in the midst of this evil Christ blaspheming age!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster

Posted on 2023-04-03 a 5:03 pm

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The Big Lie

“Rainbow Warrior” Dr. Kirsten Kearney

It was that consummate and polished Nazi liar, Joseph Goebbels, who said:

If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

That is the strategy of the devil. The Lord Jesus said of him: “‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭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.

The Saviour tells us in the‭se‬ words that the devil does not abide in the truth. The first use of the Greek word translated ‘abode’ (histemi) is found in Matthew 2:9. “‭When‭ they had heard‭‭ the king‭, they departed‭‭; and‭, lo‭‭, the star‭, which‭ they saw‭‭ in‭ the east‭, went before‭‭ them‭, till‭ it came‭‭ and stood‭‭ over‭ where‭ the young child‭ was‭‭‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬, ‘stood over’ is our word. The devil does not stand near or over the truth. Furthermore, the Saviour tells us that the devil is the ‘father’, the ‘ancestor, the generator’ of lies.

Every lie may be traced back to him!

Joseph Goebbels definition of the ‘big lie’ aptly describes the tactic employed by the advocates of the variety of perversions which are lumped together under the acronym LGBT+. Such a term is ‘an abbreviation consisting of initial letters pronounced separately’. That is the umbrella term for the immoral perversities which, while always present amongst the inhabitants of the world, has emerged as a blighting flood upon nations in very recent times!

That ‘LGBT+ism’ is old may be seen in God prohibition of such behaviour as it is set down in His Law “‭Thou shalt not lie‭‭ with mankind‭, as with‭ womankind‭: it ‭is‭ abomination‭,‭”‬ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Leviticus 18:22. “‭The woman‭ shall not wear that which pertaineth‭ unto a man‭, neither shall a man‭ put‭‭ on a woman’s‭ garment‭: for all that do‭‭ so‭ ‭are‭ abomination‭ unto the LORD‭ thy God‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Deuteronomy 22:5.

Of course, God’s denunciations of such practices made no difference to those given over to such perversions. It means nothing to them to defy the Lord and ignore and scorn His warnings of the eternal consequences of such wickedness. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-30 a 7:29 pm


The political standards of Kate Forbes

This article was prompted by an email from a friend which highlighted the high opinions of Kate Forbes (or Mrs McLennan to use her married name) expressed in the press.

Such opinions underscore the ignorance of God’s Word that is to be found amongst professing Christians.

We wish to challenge these foolish views.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


THE POLITICAL STANDARDS OF KATE FORBES EULOGISED AND THE BIBLE IGNORED

Kate Forbes, SNP member of the Scottish Parliament

Headlines such as those which have appeared in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of late, such as ‘Kate Forbes stood by her Christianity with courage and dignity’ and ‘No glass ceiling for Christians in politics’, all seem to praise the actions of Mrs Forbes of the Scottish Nationalist Party.

Such praise is offered in ignorance and contradiction of the Word of God. The path Kate Forbes pursued of late may have caused many to feel she had acted courageously but what she did was not endorsed by the Word of God.

The SNP is a most morally corrupt party, One of its main political planks is that of sanctioning and promoting the ridiculous and evil notion of ‘transgenderism’! Kate Forbes is reported as being opposed to such but then Lot was somewhat opposed to sodomy, Peter tells us it ‘vexed’ him (2 Peter 2:7-8), but that does not exonerate him being in Sodom!

Furthermore, many of, if not all of the policies of this party, which nurtures strong anti-British and anti-Protestant sentiments, are unbiblical. It is pro-abortion and pro-same-sex marriage.

Again, this not the company of the child of God.

I noticed that during the leadership election campaign, Kate Forbes was highly critical of the man who eventually became the leader, the Muslim, Humza Yousaf. But it was pointed out in a newspaper article that she had voted for all his polices in the past!

That is hardly being principled! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-29 a 4:26 pm


Free Presbyterian ‘Anti-Abortion’ Protest in Belfast

I am sharing these photographs, sent to me by my one of my granddaughters, of Saturday’s Free Presbyterian protest (March 25th) at Belfast’s City Hall, against the imposition on Ulster of evil abortion laws by the Westminster Parliament.

Here is a video of the protest:

We are thankful for such a witness and trust that the Lord will bless the word preached and the literature distributed.

Rev John Armstrong, one of the preachers taking part in the protest. Rev Armstrong is minister of Dungannon Free Presbyterian Church and Moderator of the Presbytery of the Church. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-27 a 4:42 pm


If there was a united Ireland tomorrow (Pt 2)

I wish to thank all who contacted me and offered very kind words of encouragement following the publication of the first part of my dealing with this subject.

My Bible tells me of the rearranging of the political borders in Europe in the latter days and I believe we see signs of that happening.

The Lord has not left us without a ‘prophetic map’, if only God’s people would attentively consult it.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


IF THERE WAS A UNITED IRELAND TOMORROW — WHAT SHOULD CHRISTIANS DO??

Part Two

Since posting the first article on this subject, it has occurred to me that there are matters I did not touch upon which I would like to do now.

A ‘United Ireland’ is no happy prospect for an Ulster Protestant. As the people of Ukraine have witnessed the animosity and bitterness of Vladimir Putin and his Russian military in the form of artillery bombardments, missiles and drones and invading soldiers across their border, so we in Ulster have had very clear and graphic evidence of the enmity that nestles in the heart of the southern Irish Romanists in the form of harassing verbal missiles since the birth of our state and ‘invaders’ crossing our border to plant bombs and mount ambushments and assassinations. Of course, there have been those from within our territory, citizens, who hate the existence of Northern ireland and who have laboured by a wide variety of means, many illegal and immoral, to bring about its downfall.

The Ukrainian people have been supported and sympathised with by many, many nations, and rightly so. But that is not the case with the Protestant in Ulster. The government of the United Kingdom, our Government, has shown every sympathy with the cause of the IRA and their bomb and bullet campaign. So much so that political restraints were placed upon the security forces so that they did not do what they could have done in a very short time, wiped out the IRA terrorists. Even though it meant the murder and maiming of many hundreds of civilians, the destruction of many properties and businesses worth £billions and the loss of a great numbers of their own security force members, such was the treacherous connivance of the ‘powers that be’ to undermine the well being of the Protestant people and their place within the United Kingdom, that it was considered that such was a price worth paying!

We have seen all too many United States Presidents cosying up to representatives of the IRA terrorists over the years for us not to learn that the USA would gladly see the demise of Protestant Ulster.

Why is this so? Well it all comes back to the Bible!

A long time ago the Lord said to the devil: “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel,” Genesis 3:15. There was to be a spirit of ‘enmity, hatred’ placed between the devil and Christ and also His ‘seed’ or ‘spiritual offspring’. The Christian is told by the Word of God and by the indwelling Spirit of God that “We are the children of God,” Romans 8:16. As such, we share in the animosity directed toward Christ by the devil and his allies. That hatred is most widespread for “The whole world lieth in wickedness,” 1 John 5:19.

Protestantism in Ulster is not what once it was! Nevertheless, there remains within it elements of old-fashioned Bible Christianity, the remnants of of the glorious Protestant Reformation. Sadly, much of the old truths have been forgotten by nominal Protestant church-goers, thanks chiefly to the death-dealing plague of modernistic and ecumenical lies from the pulpits of the main churches. However, there remains in this Province a remnant of the old religion of the Bible and it exercises an influence still, to some degree, on the thinking of our society. It is for this reason that our enemies speak of Ulster being ‘dragged kicking and screaming into the twenty-first century’! Ulster has not ‘moved with the times’ because of the roots that have gone down deep into our ethnic persona.

The mere ‘whiff’ of that old Protestant perfume’ is enough to still send our enemies into convulsions of hatred and bigotry. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-25 a 8:15 pm


If there was a united Ireland tomorrow (Pt 1) -- What should Christians do?

Ulster Protestants, especially those of previous generations, feared a united Ireland! Their fears were well based and succinctly expressed in the slogan of our forefathers in the early years of the last century when they mustered together to resist by every legitimate means the imposition of a Dublin-led 32-county Irish state, with Protestant Ulster being thus forced out of the United Kingdom and deprived of their British citizenship.

That slogan was ‘FOR GOD AND ULSTER’.

The place given to the Roman Catholic Church in the 1937 Constitution’ of the 26-county ‘Irish Free State’, which became the Republic of Ireland in 1937, illustrates that the prominence given to Popery was exactly that which our forefathers recognised would be so.

For them, the issue was essentially a religious one. Again they adopted a slogan to give expression to opposition. ‘HOME RULE IS ROME RULE’. What they feared became a central feature of the Dublin-ruled 26 counties.

At the partition of Ireland in 1922, 92.6% of the south’s population were Roman Catholic while 7.4% were Protestant. By the 1960s, the Protestant population had fallen by half, mostly due to the enforced emigration of those Protestants terrorised out of their homes and properties by the IRA in the early years of Irish independence. Most, if not all, moved into Northern Ireland.

Roman Catholicism was given an undefined “special position” on the basis of being the church of the majority. As an act of ‘window dressing’ in the 1970s, that “special position” provision was removed from the Constitution. The decision was ratified by a referendum which had a %50 turn out with 721,033 saying YES and 133,430 saying NO.

During the 1950s the Catholic Integrist group Maria Duce, led by Irish Catholic priest Denis Fahey, launched a campaign to amend the original “special position”of the Constitution of Ireland.

Fahey argued that the status given to the Roman Catholic Church was insufficient and that the Constitution should recognise the Catholic Church as being divinely ordained and separate from ‘man-made’ religions. The campaign succeeded in securing some support but made little progress. It did show the position that Rome thought should be hers.

The decision to amend the Constitution and remove the “special position” of Rome, was mere window dressing promoted by the ’spirit’ of Ecumenism then rampant in the mainline churches. That ‘spirit’ being pro-Romanism, was very much pro-united Ireland!

It is still very much so!! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-23 a 4:45 pm


The moral morass

It is the duty of God’s ‘watchmen’ to sound the alarm loud and clear and repeatedly in these wicked days!

We can get used to the sounds and sights of sin around us. Just as a people adjust to the mayhem of war, and adapt and continue on with life as best they can, as was seen during the ‘Blitz’ in London and many other cities during the Second World War. So there is a very real danger of Christians, living amidst the ‘Satanic Blitz’ now talking place world wide, becoming impervious to current developments.

Today’s local news provides us with a number of examples of the changing face of our land. The following headline is but one example of the increasing emergence of the sinful community of ‘Sodom’ in our midst and it being embraced by the blinded populace of today.

Northern Ireland Census 2021 results: Number of LGB+ adults included for first time

It is imperative for God’s servants to keep sounding an alarm lest we become indifferent to the evil all around.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


THE MORAL MORASS INTO WHICH APOSTATE PROTESTANTISM AND POPERY

HAVE BROUGHT THE UNITED KINGDOM

The daily news highlights this harrowing truth every day! Here are but three of the last examples of the disintegration of the moral, ethical and social fabric of the United Kingdom.

1. LIES, FABRICATION AND UTTER CONDEMNATION

Such is what faced the Unionist people over the issue of the ‘Windsor Framework’!

The shameful ‘sham and fraud’ that is the ‘Windsor Framework’, is blatantly obvious to all. Better if it were called the ‘Windsor Fabrication’ for it is a deceit from beginning to end. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-21 a 8:07 pm


Christian lecturer sacked over tweet

Saturday’s edition of ‘The Telegraph’ carried an article headlined: “Christian lecturer sacked over ‘homosexuality is invading the church’ tweet.

The sacking took place in ‘Cliff College’, a Methodist institution. It is not surprising that the College ‘big wigs’ should object to a ‘tweet’ which said: ‘homosexuality is invading the church’.

Cliff College, belonging as it does to the Methodist denomination in England, has been a centre of theological liberalism and ecumenism for a very long time. I can recall Dr Ian Paisley denouncing its theological views back in the 1960s!

This latest incident shows that there is no recovery from apostasy, it can only grow worse!

Methodism in these islands has been involved in and committed to ‘Ecumenism’ since the formation of ‘The World Council of Churches’, of which it was a foundation member in 1948.

That infamous and nefarious religious organisation has, as its objective, the ‘reversing of the Reformation’ as one Lutheran delegate declared at its inauguration.

For nearly a century, there have been evidences of Methodism seeking to ‘reverse’ the teaching of the Bible, never mind attacking the work of God wrought during the Protestant Reformation.

I have to ask what any professing Christian is doing in a college which furiously reacts to the very obvious truth that sodomy is invading the professing ‘Christian’ churches? It is daily reported that there has been an endorsement of, a sanctioning of, indeed a ‘sanctifying’ of sodomy within the churches. Most of them allow such wickedness within their ranks and claim it to be approved of by God. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-20 a 2:51 am


The truth about Patrick

THE FOOTSTEPS OF PATRICK

A brief account of the work of God in Ireland over the last 1500 years by Rev. Ivan Foster.

The Gospel of Christ came to Ireland over 1500 years ago. Despite many attempts by Satan and his agents, God has been pleased to maintain His truth in this land. Following its first planting, the Gospel was carried by men whose hearts the Lord had touched into many neighbouring countries: Scotland, England, Wales, France, Germany, Switzerland and further. God has been pleased, in some measure, to do again in these latter days what He did in those distant days. May the land, now associated with terror and strife, become known again by the title it was then given, “The land of Saints and Scholars.”


Ireland before the 17th century plantation

The text of a lecture given at Bangor Free Presbyterian Young People’s meeting by Rev.Ivan Foster

A knowledge of the history of Ireland is a very beneficial and precious thing and that for a number of reasons.

1. History displays the merciful dealings of God with our forefathers.

2. Such a knowledge will do much to expose the lie of Rome that has bred the spirit of Irish nationalism based upon the myth of a pure Irish race that has ever been fervently Roman Catholic.

3. It will go far toward removing the feeling of insecurity and of guiltiness at being in Ulster that many Ulster Protestants suffer from as a result of Rome’s persistent lie.


PATRICK, THE APOSTLE OF IRELAND

The story of his life as told by himself

Providence has preserved for us two documents written by Patrick. Both of these documents, Patrick’s Confession and Patrick’s Letter, are accepted as genuine by both Protestant and Roman Catholic historians. Patrick wrote in Latin, the language of the scholar of his day.

Patrick’s testimony was reprinted in a series of articles in the monthly magazine of Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church,“THE BURNING BUSH”.

Posted on 2023-03-17 a 2:22 am


Joe Biden to visit Northern Ireland!!??

Gerry Adams, IRA fugitive Rita O’Hare, and Joe Biden, 2017

The BBC Northern Ireland news website carries the following headline today:

Good Friday Agreement: PM to invite Joe Biden to NI for 25th anniversary

If you don’t already know about the blinkered, biased opinion of Joe Biden of all things British, here are a few helpful hints about which I was reminded by a reader of ‘The Burning Bush’.


The late Robert Boyer of the Altoona Mirror wrote back in 1985 of Biden’s attempts to shield terrorists:

“The four men for whom the Senators (all Roman Catholics) seek safety here are charged abroad with planting bombs in public places, killing and taking hostages. The U.S. courts now protect them because their heinous acts were ‘political’, so they claim.

If Kerr and Dodd and Biden and their friends succeed, then we would have no legal recourse at all if, for instance, the killers of Robert Stethem, the U S sailor murdered in June by hijackers, were to seek sanctuary in a foreign country, claiming safety because Stethem was a member of the military service, and thus the killers’ crime was ‘political’.

Altoona Mirror , December 2 1985 p.4A,

Quoted in Paisley’s Struggle For Ulster by Dr Ronald Cooke.


 Joe Biden’s anti-British Comments in Jerusalem – reported in the Daily Express, July 2022.

“THE 46TH US PRESIDENT WAS LEFT RED-FACED AFTER HE COMPARED ISRAEL’S CONTEMPORARY TREATMENT TOWARDS PALESTINE WITH THAT OF BRITAIN’S HISTORIC ATTITUDE TOWARDS CATHOLICS IN IRELAND.”

He said: “The background of my family is Irish American. And we have a long history not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain and their attitude toward Irish Catholics over the years for 400 years.”

Daily Express, 13 Feb 2022. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-13 a 6:37 pm


A time for looking up

This study is an enlarging of a message preached at a special season of prayer, held this morning in Kilskeery Free Presbyterian Church.

In the light of the approaching anniversary of the new and wicked abortion laws, imposed upon us by Westminster, the Presbytery has called for a special season of prayer to seek the Lord for His blessing upon His people and a spirit of repentance to be granted across our land. A protest against the evil abortion laws is planned for later on March 25th.

I wish to emphasise that the liberalising of the abortion laws and the imposing of them upon us here in Ulster is but part of the increasing spread of the defiance of God and His law which we are told by Scripture will engulf the peoples of the world as the return of Christ draws near.

We must therefore constantly pray in the light of what God’s Word tells us is taking place today. Ill-informed prayer is prayer robbed of much of its power. It may be likened unto shooting in the dark. There is little hope of hitting the target!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster



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Posted on 2023-03-11 a 6:56 pm


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Posted on 2023-03-10 a 10:44 pm


Two letters on the 'Windsor Framework’

I am reproducing two letters which appear in the columns of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ today.

I would suggest they highlight the utter chicanery of the British Prime Minister and those involved in the portrayal of the so-called ‘Windsor Framework’ as a resolving of the constitutional treachery of the ‘Protocol’. That deceitful arrangement with the EC effectively detached us constitutionally and commercially from the rest of the United Kingdom and lumped us in under EEC regulations with the Irish Republic. The ‘Windsor Framework’ in no way alters that, despite the vociferous assertions of Rishi Sunak, the British Prime Minister.

Furthermore, the ‘political maneuvering’ by the DUP leader, Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, and his like-minded cronies within the party, is but another example of the deceitful mind-set of that party. From a party that once had as its slogan, ‘The Truth Will Set You Free’, they have become a bunch of double-dealers who speak nothing but treachery out of both sides of their mouth.

The BBC News NI political editor, Enda McClafferty, in an article entitled: Brexit: Peter Robinson returns as DUP faces crossroads draws a parallel between the present political dilemma for the DUP and ‘the moment when the party signed the St Andrews Agreement to join Sinn Féin and other parties in a power-sharing executive.’

That was the moment that set the DUP on the final leg of its journey of self-destruction and the betrayal of its pro-union supporters.

I believe that it is about to take the final step, under Donaldson’s leadership, on that path of the sell-out of the Unionists and Protestants in Ulster.

Please also see this article just published:

Protocol / Windsor Framework latest: Citizens in Great Britain would not accept what is being demanded of Northern Ireland says Lord Frost

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Jim Allister: Ruth Dudley Edwards has ignored two points of vital importance in her column in support of the Windsor Framework

A letter from Jim Allister KC: Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-08 a 4:46 pm


Dagon falls upon his face!

The late Polish pope John Paul II (pictured in 1982) knew about child abuse in Poland’s Catholic church years before becoming pontiff and helped cover it up, a new report has claimed

This report from today’s ‘Daily Mail’ brought to mind the words of David at the death of king Saul and his son Jonathan. “How are the mighty fallen!” (2 Samuel 1:19) but then I thought that such words were too flattering for this papal reprobate!

Instead, there came to my mind the account in the Bible of the fate of the Philistine idol, the fish-god, Dagon, as it fell down broken when the Philistines put the Ark of the Covenant, which they had stolen from the Israelites, in the temple of Dagon.

“When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon. And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon was fallen upon his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD; and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off upon the threshold; only the stump of Dagon was left to him.”  1 Samuel 5:2-4.

Pope John Paul II, pope from 1978 until 2005, is spoken of in hushed tones by Roman Catholic devotees. Wikipedia states of him that:

“John Paul II’s cause for canonisation commenced one month after his death with the traditional five-year waiting period waived. On 19 December 2009, John Paul II was proclaimed venerable by his successor, Benedict XVI, and was beatified on 1 May 2011 (Divine Mercy Sunday) after the Congregation for the Causes of Saints attributed one miracle to his intercession, the healing of a French nun called Marie Simon Pierre from Parkinson’s disease.

A second miracle was approved on 2 July 2013, and confirmed by Pope Francis two days later. John Paul II was canonised on 27 April 2014 (again Divine Mercy Sunday), together with John XXIII. On 11 September 2014, Pope Francis added these two feast days to the worldwide General Roman Calendar of saints. While saints’ feast days are traditionally celebrated on the anniversary of their deaths, that of John Paul II (22 October) is celebrated on the anniversary of his papal inauguration. Posthumously, he has been referred to by some Catholics as “Pope St. John Paul the Great”, although the title has no official recognition.”

In truth, these bestowals of unctuous and flattering ‘honours’, posthumously conferred upon him, have made not a tittle of difference to his eternal abode. Like all who claimed to be popes before him, he died a lost sinner, trusting in the unbiblical rituals and ceremonies of the counterfeit ‘church’ which he headed and is therefore in hell. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-06 a 11:14 pm


“Protestants are now hounded out of politics, as Kate Forbes has shown”

Kate Forbes

The headline of a recent ‘Daily Telegraph’, which was drawn to my attention, ran as follows:

“Protestants are now hounded out of politics, as Kate Forbes has shown”.

The headline itself is most unusual and demands a reading of the article. For that reason we are circulating it amongst our readership.

I would wish however to make a few comments on it.

It can never be right for a Christian to ally themselves with an organisation or political party so blatantly anti-Bible as is the Scottish Nationalist Party. (SNP).


Signing The Deed of Demission, 1843

One cannot be in such a group without canvassing for people to support its views and that is very, very wrong for any Christian. In that Kate Forbes is wrong and in disobedience to God’s Word  and very much out of step with the godly founders in the 18th century of her ‘Free Church of Scotland’: men such as  Thomas Chalmers, Robert Candlish,  John ‘Rabbi’ Duncan and the Bonar brothers, Andrew and Horatio.

However well Kate Forbes may have spoken out against the core policies of the SNP, she cannot justify her membership of that party. There comes a time when a protest only becomes effective AFTER a person has separated from that protested against. There is little point in shouting ‘FIRE’ and remaining within the conflagration!

She is quoted as saying she would have ‘respected and defended the democratic choice that was made’, that is, the SNP’s decision to support ‘same-sex’ marriage. That is the equivalent of saying that she would have defended the decision, made by the majority of Jews, to crucify Christ. What is right morally is not decided by the vote of a majority but by the Word of God. It alone, as the Shorter Catechism her church still teaches, states in its answer to its second question. “Q 2: What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?

A: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.”

Kate Forbes is very wrong and so is the writer of this article who seems to consider her position on this issue very commendable. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-03 a 2:56 am


‘PURIM’ -- Not just a day for Jewish remembrance and rejoicing!

“‭And ‭that‭ these days‭ ‭should be‭ remembered‭‭ and kept‭‭ throughout‭ every generation‭, every‭ family‭, every‭ province‭, and every‭ city‭; ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬and ‭that‭ these days‭ of Purim‭ should not fail‭‭ from among‭ the Jews‭, nor the memorial‭ of them perish‭‭ from their seed‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Esther 9:28.

The true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ has, in truth, more reason to remember this day of thanksgiving than does the average Jew today. The events remembered and celebrated took place in the year BC 510, according to the trustworthy calculations of the godly and strongly Protestant Archbishop of Armagh, James Ussher (4 January 1581 – 21 March 1656). This holy man, who aided our persecuted Presbyterian forefathers and favoured Presbyterian church polity, compiled a history of the world, “The Annals of the World”. His learning was widely admired and to this day great store is laid upon his chronology of the events of history since the creation.

Esther Denouncing Haman (1888) by Ernest Normand

Accepting Ussher’s date, the first’ Purim’ took place over two and a half millennia ago! This year ‘Purim’ will be celebrated by the Jewish people on 6th March. The celebration has become, in character, something like the so-called ‘Christmas’ celebrations amongst those who have but a ‘nodding acquaintance’ with the things of God.

Since the Lord Jesus Christ is rejected amongst most Jews, there is no true recognition of the One Who wrought the wonderful deliverance of the Jewish nation all those years ago.

One of the strange features of the Book of Esther is the absence of any mention of ‘God’ in the book, though the hand and providence of God may be most clearly seen in it! I take that absence as a providential foreshadowing of the absence of any mention of the true God in today’s celebrations of Purim.

The Lord Jesus Christ is indeed THE KING OF ISRAEL! It was His Kingly intervention all those years ago that preserved the Jewish people from the attempt by their enemies, led by Haman‭ the son‭ of Hammedatha‭ the Agagite‬‬‬ (Esther 9:24). It was He Who had watched over Abraham and all his descendants and is watching still, though now, in this time of retribution for their rejection and crucifixion of the Saviour, He watches to preserve them from utter destruction and will keep them until that day, in the near future, when He will reveal Himself unto them in saving mercy and grace, at His second coming. Zechariah, amongst many prophets, writes of that wonderful event.

“‭And it shall come to pass in that day‭, ‭that‭ I will seek‭‭ to destroy‭‭ all the nations‭ that come‭‭ against Jerusalem‭.‭ ‭And I will pour‭‭ upon the house‭ of David‭, and upon the inhabitants‭‭ of Jerusalem‭, the spirit‭ of grace‭ and of supplications‭: and they shall look‭‭ upon me whom they have pierced‭‭, and they shall mourn‭ for him, as one mourneth‭‭ for ‭his‭ only‭ ‭son‭, and shall be in bitterness‭‭ for him, as one that is in bitterness‭‭ for ‭his‭ firstborn‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Zechariah 12:9-10.

In truth ‘Purim’ celebrates what was in fact a portent of that glorious day for which every believer awaits with joyful anticipation. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-03-01 a 4:43 pm

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THE PASSING OF MRS OLIVE ORR

(4th April 1936 – 24th February 2023)

Mrs Olive Orr (nee Foster), late of the Loopland Fold, Belfast, went to be with Christ, on Friday 24th February in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast, aged 86 years.

Deeply regretted and lovingly remembered by the wider Foster family circle, Kilskeery, Lisburn, Maghaberry, Canada, Crumlin, Belfast, Ballymena.

We extend our sympathies to her daughter Sharon Adamson and husband Malcolm and their family (Lurgan).

Olive was converted to Christ shortly after her brother Ivan in April 1964 and has been a faithful, fervent Christian over the years, standing with the Free Presbyterian Church in its witness against the modernism and  ecumenical apostasy of this age.

She was pre-deceased by her husband, Hamilton, on November 6th, 2010.

Funeral service in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, Ravenhill Road, Belfast, Tuesday 28th February at 1.00 pm DV.

 “For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth,” Job 19:25.

Posted on 2023-02-26 a 4:03 pm


Letter — Glaring hypocrisy of Sinn Fein over murder bid

TUV: Sinn Fein ‘hypocritical’ to condemn Omagh shooting but defend many others

The following letter appeared in today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter’. It states a truth which many will understand and share.

It is stomach-turning to have to listen to the glaringly deceitful ‘sympathy’ of the Sinn Fein/IRA leader, a constant attender at gatherings glorifying the IRA murderers of policemen.

Of course, being in political consort with O’Neill makes such a joint statement a minor affair as far as ‘Sir Jeff’ and his followers are concerned.

Earlier this week, Mr Jim Allister stated his revulsion at the same ‘cosy’ photo-opportunity which makes ready headlines for newspapers!


Letter: Glaring hypocrisy of Sinn Fein over murder bid on DCI John Caldwell

A letter from Cliff Cardwell:

Many unionists will be disappointed in Sir Jeffrey Donaldson’s decision to co-sign a letter condemning Wednesday’s murderous attack in Omagh along with Michelle O’Neill.

Ms O’Neill still believes that countless similar acts of terror were “unavoidable”.

The Sinn Fein hypocrisy is glaring.

Cliff Cardwell

Posted on 2023-02-25 a 9:34 pm


What doest thou here, Elijah?

Much has been written about Mrs Kate Forbes and her bid to become the leader of the Scottish National Party. Her views of many of the moral issues of today have brought her much criticism because she is a professing Christian.

Just how she came to be a member of the ungodly SNP is a mystery to me. I cannot understand how any believer in the Lord Jesus Christ could campaign under the banner, let alone seek to lead, a party which has strongly advocated abortion, ’same-sex marriage’ and the utter lunacy of ‘transgenderism’.

However, this lady has desired to head up such an evil political amalgam and apparently is supported in that ambition by her church, the ‘Free Church of Scotland’, a church that has strayed from the path of faithful allegiance to the Word of God and has adopted some of the views and notions of ‘Contemporary Christianity’!

She has been widely attacked in the press by members of her own party and her stance repudiated.

Maybe today she is wondering: ‘Why has this happened to me now? After all I have been widely seen as a successful  Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Economy for over two years?’ Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-24 a 1:01 am


What about the Church of Ireland?

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

Where does it stand on the issue of Welby’s rejection by many??

For the believer of the Bible and the follower of the Lord Jesus Christ, the news that many Anglicans have cast over the leadership of Archbishop Welby, that man so deprived of wit and wisdom, grace and godliness, is a most heartening item of news.

Our nation has been led to the brink of ruin by Welby and his apostate predecessors and if it turns out that he has been rejected by Anglicanism, then good will come of it.

Would that the stand taken by Samuel against wicked king Saul was taken today against those equally rebellious and wicked.

“And Samuel said unto Saul, I will not return with thee: for thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, and the LORD hath rejected thee from being king over Israel,” 1 Samuel 15:26.

But amongst the Anglicans who have acted so, where do those members of the Church of Ireland, who would claim to be believers in Christ, stand?

That is the question for many in our land.

Reader, if you profess faith in Christ and belong to the Church of Ireland, please consider this ‘mealy-mouthed’ response of the Church of Ireland spokesman, reported in the article below,  to the question of just where it stands regarding Welby.

“Asked where the Church of Ireland stands on the motion to allow the blessing of same-sex couples in civil partnerships, a spokesperson said: “The Church of Ireland is a synodical Church and matters such as these are considered by its members at our General Synod. No such item has appeared on the General Synod agenda but if it were to do so, it would be discussed by its members.”

 

Rev Ivan Foster (Rtd)

22nd February 2023


Group of global Anglican church leaders ousts Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby over gay blessing reform

(‘Belfast Newsletter’)

A group of Anglican church leaders from around the world have ousted the Archbishop of Canterbury as their head following the decision to allow the blessing of same-sex couples in England. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-24 a 12:54 am


Rising with the fleas!

There is a political ‘conundrum’ surfacing in Scotland amongst the SNP supporters which is reminiscent of the situation here amongst the DUP.

Kates Forbes is a professing Christian who has found her rather hesitant stand for what the Bible teaches regarding marriage and gender, being criticised for even what cannot be said to be a forthright witness for the truth of God.

The report below, from today’s ‘Belfast Newsletter,  is indicative of the worldly view of her position.

Of course, such tentative comments as she has made on these very present-day topics, is easily understood for one cannot be in the company of such as make up the Scottish National Party, Romanists, Atheists and expat Irish Republicans, without being robbed of the power to give a strong forthright witness for Christ.

I am reminded of the situation in Sodom and the weak and compromising, less than clear witness of Lot. His response to the sodomites attacking the door of his home and their shameful and outrageous demands, was most wrong and on a par with the sinful desires of the sodomites. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-24 a 12:46 am


A tribute to Mrs Mollie Monteith

As a tribute to a dear Christian lady who faithfully served the Lord and unashamedly stood for Him amidst the ecumenical apostasy here in Ulster for over 56 years I am having a link to the video of her funeral service, held yesterday, in Omagh Free Presbyterian Church mounted.

The lady was Mrs Mollie Monteith.

My wife Ann and I along with our family owe a great debt of gratitude to Mollie and her husband Ernie for the loving and generous kindness they showed to us in the early days of the Free Presbyterian witness in the west of Ulster. That we will never forget.

To Ernie and to the family, Anne, Marion, Christie, Edgar, Marty, Darrell and Helen and their respective spouses and families, we offer our sincere and prayerful sympathy.

“‭The memory‭ of the just‭ ‭is‭ blessed‭,‭” Proverbs 10:7.

 

Posted on 2023-02-21 a 6:36 pm


Judge tells defendants: 'It has been a pleasure dealing with you.'

‘Just Stop Oil’ protesters told by judge they should feel ‘PROUD’ as he refuses to send them to prison and that ‘It has been a pleasure dealing with you.’

The judge went on to say that these creators of havoc and inconvenience for thousand of people attempting to travel to work or leave their children to school, were ‘good people with admirable aims’

So it is now ‘official’ — lawlessness and anti-social behaviour is to be encouraged as something good and the lawless are to be proud of their actions!

Surely, ‘the lunatics have taken over the asylum’, as the old saying goes !!!

The judge at Wolverhampton Magistrates Court, said to ‘Just Stop Oil’ activists, who have been a source of  exasperation and rage for thousands of motorists in parts of England in recent months with their blocking of roads, that they should feel “proud” and that they should “feel guilty for nothing”. He further said:‘You are intelligent and articulate, and you have been a pleasure throughout to deal with.’  The protesters avoided jail time for blocking the Esso Fuel Terminal in Birmingham last April.

The comments of the judge, one Judge Graham Wilkinson, have sparked fury for being a “soft-touch” on the seven protesters who caused widespread chaos as petrol stations were forced to close due to supply issues. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-18 a 8:14 pm


La Mon House bombing 45th anniversary

The article I have reproduced from the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of 17th February 2023, will prove to be poignant reminder of a most horrific atrocity carried out by the IRA back in 1978. I knew the owners of the hotel for I was living with my parents in a rented house belonging to them, the late Mr and Mrs Wesley Huddleston, in the mid-60s, a mere 100 yards away from the building destroyed.

The reported hypocritical, dissembling responses of Gerry Adams at the time, along with the quotations from prominent southern politicians, register afresh the ongoing bitter animosity seated deep within the psyche of the Irish Roman Catholic republican!

That being so, it is utterly galling to see the prominence given to those two political harpies, Sinn Fein leaders, McDonald and O’Neill, by the BBC yesterday when reporting on the latest ‘Protocol’ developments even though it is chiefly the concern of Unionists.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


La Mon House bombing 45th anniversary

Belfast Newsletter- 17th February 2023.

By Henry Patterson

‘You build up resistance, but these injuries were horrific – the worst ever’. ​Norman Hughes was Northern Ireland’s senior plastic surgeon when the La Mon House bombing occurred, 45 years ago today. He treated eight of the most severely burned survivors, five men and three women.

Firemen tackle the fire at La Mon House restaurant near Belfast 45 years ago on February 17 1978 when at 12 people died and 23 were injured in a bomb blast.

He told the Belfast Telegraph, ‘It would depress anyone to see them. What is it supposed to achieve?’.

In the same report a nurse, Jane McCall from Holywood, spoke of her experience , ‘The injuries are dreadful. I had one student nurse who was sick and then asked me if it was normal to be sick looking at people in such a condition. You build up a certain amount of resistance but these injuries were horrific, the worst ever.’ Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-18 a 7:59 pm


A good question with a sadly familiar answer!

Statue of UDR Soldier and ‘Greenfinch’ in Lisburn city centre.

A call has been made for all local councils in Northern Ireland to ‘honour’ the 50th anniversary of the female UDR soldiers, or Greenfinches, but Sinn Fein/IRA has vetoed the call.

DUP leader Sir Jeffrey Donaldson, who is also President of the Ulster Defence Regiment Association, has challenged Sinn Fein to justify how it can veto a public honour for them at Armagh Craigavon and Craigavon (ABC) Borough Council when republicans “glorify and eulogise those who set out to murder women”.

197 members of the regiment were killed both on and off duty, including four women (Greenfinches), as well as over 60 killed after leaving the Regiment. Over 400 were seriously wounded and many still continue to suffer both psychologically and physically as a result of their service.

In 2006, when Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, came to Belfast to present the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross to The Ulster Defence Regiment, she said that the contribution of the Regiment to peace and stability within Northern Ireland had been unique and had required ‘uncommon courage and conviction’.

The cap badge of the regiment

Her Majesty reflected that no challenge faced by The Ulster Defence Regiment went unmet, whatever the personal cost.

The Victoria Cross is the only higher combat gallantry award presented by the United Kingdom

Sir Jeffrey was speaking after Sinn Fein blocked a motion from UUP Alderman Glenn Barr to honour the female UDR soldiers at the local authority last month.

The formation of the female UDR soldiers, or Greenfinches, in 1973 was the first case of complete integration of men and women in a British military unit and it proved to be a very successful model. The initial recruitment drive attracted over 530 applications from women.

Once again the unremitting and relentless hatred of all things British is seen on the part of Sinn Fein/IRA. Its members glory in the cowardly deeds of those who waited in ambush to shoot down and murder those dedicated to offering protection to civilians. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-17 a 5:31 pm


Popery exposed - again!

Here is yet another shameful exposure of the iniquities of Roman Catholicism.

It is a report from ‘The Guardian’ newspaper, dated yesterday, Monday 13th February 2023 and sent to me by a watchful friend.

I cannot help but be amazed that this evil system of falsehood and lies and blasphemy retains its standing amongst men despite the repeated laying bare of its true character. Were this any other organisation, it would be condemned, ostracised and repudiated by all. The old saying is yet again proved true! “The devil takes care of his own!”

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


“Pope Francis”

Portugal: Catholic clergy abused nearly 5,000 children since 1950, inquiry finds

Independent commission reaches conclusion after hearing evidence from over 500 survivors last year

Catholic clergy in Portugal have abused nearly 5,000 children since 1950, an independent commission said on Monday after hearing hundreds of survivors’ accounts.

Thousands of reports of paedophilia within the church have surfaced around the world, and Pope Francis is under pressure to tackle the scandal.

The Portuguese inquiry, commissioned by the church in the staunchly Catholic country, published its findings after hearing from more than 500 survivors last year.

“This testimony allows us to establish a much larger network of victims, at least 4,815,” the commission head, Pedro Strecht, told a press conference in Lisbon that was attended by several senior church officials. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-14 a 4:21 pm


Challenge Facing PCI Moderator Elect

Rev. Sam Mawhinney

The Challenge Facing PCI Moderator Elect, Rev Sam Mawhinney!

Although the next leader of the church, the Rev Sam Mawhinney, is not in favour of female ordination, the church said it remains its ‘settled’ policy. The general secretary of his church, Rev Trevor Gribben, has stated that the clear, longstanding and settled position of its General Assembly is “that the Presbyterian Church in Ireland ordains men and women on an equal basis”.

That means that Sam Mawhinney belongs to a denomination that stoutly defies the Word of God, as the above statement from its general secretary indicates. It also means, should he become the new moderator in June of this year, he will lead a church in its determined defiance of God and His Truth!

Dr Mawhinney has said he recognised ‘there are people who disagree with me’ on the issue of women ministers. ‘I don’t want to make it a primary issue, but it is something that I hold,’ he added.

Dr Mawhinney is based at Adelaide Road Presbyterian Church in Dublin city centre and is the first moderator from the Republic of Ireland to be elected in almost a quarter of a century.

Standing up for what the Bible teaches on any subject ought to be a ‘primary issue’ for any who profess faith in Christ. However, in this ecumenical age, flexibility of conscience and pliancy of heart and mind when it comes to principles and obedience to God, are essential qualifications for a moderator of the PCI!!

The ‘settled’ doctrinal position of the PCI is anti-Bible on more issues than the ordination of women as elders and ministers. It long ago ceased to be faithful to the cardinal doctrines of the gospel. Back in the 1920s, almost one hundred years ago, it exonerated a man, a man of heresy, a professor in its theological hall, Professor J E Davey, when he denied the deity of Christ and atonement for sin by His blood.

Professor J E Davey was a graduate of a number of universities, including that of Heidelberg, from which he brought back to Belfast the false and destructive notions of ‘German Rationalism’. In June 1917, he became the youngest person ever appointed to a chair at Assembly’s College, the Presbyterian College in Belfast. It is now called ‘Union College’. He would subsequently hold chairs of Biblical Literature, Hebrew and Old Testament, and New Testament Language, Literature and Theology. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-13 a 5:30 pm


True repentance

This is a brief article on a subject which I have been pondering of late.

I trust that it will be a blessing and help to you all.

Our heart is deceitful, even as Jeremiah stated (Jeremiah 17:9) and we must ever guard against its deceptions.

How we need to be on guard against deception of every form!

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


TRUE REPENTANCE – ‬A ‭DEEP GRIEF AT THE OFFENCE TO GOD THAT OUR SIN CAUSES

“‭H‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭‭ow then can I do‭‭ this great‭ wickedness‭, and sin‭‭ against God‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬  Genesis 39:9.

Joseph and Potiphar’s Wife
Bartolome Esteban Perez Murillo
1640–1645

Oftentimes I fear that our repentance is more a case of being vexed at the grief that sin brings to us — our loss of a quiet conscience and our sense of God’s presence — but such feelings fall far short of true repentance. Sin injures us but that ought not to be our chief concern when we have sadly yielded to temptation.

The words of Joseph on this occasion serve to show us what our attitude to sin and our response when faced by it, ought to be.

1. Joseph considered ‭that ‬what faced him in this wicked temptation was chiefly to act against the Lord.

Had he responded to this woman’s demands, he would have sinned against her and he would have sinned against her husband. As he says: “‭But he refused‭‭, and said‭‭ unto his master’s‭ wife‭, Behold, my master‭ wotteth‭‭ not what ‭is‭ with me in the house‭, and he hath committed‭‭ all that he hath‭ to my hand‭;‭ ‭There is‭ none greater‭ in this house‭ than I; neither‭ hath he kept back‭‭ any thing‭ from me but thee, because‭ thou‭ ‭art‭ his wife‭: how then can I do‭‭ this great‭ wickedness‭‭‭‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Yes, what she was demanding entailed injury to herself and her husband by Joseph should he have yielded to her.

He knew also that it would injure himself. He does not mention himself here because he is chiefly occupied by thoughts of others who would be hurt by his wrong-doing. But let us ever be aware that sin is a great self-inflicted wound, oftentimes, so great we never really get over it!

Be that as it may, it is clear that Joseph realised that his yielding to this temptation would be CHIEFLY a sin against God!

When we sin we strike against the heart of God. He loves His people with an immeasurable love. Sin requires us forgetting that love and treating God as if He doesn’t care about us. Please remember what we read in Genesis 6. “‭And GOD‭ saw‭‭ that the wickedness‭ of man‭ ‭was‭ great‭ in the earth‭, and ‭that‭ every imagination‭ of the thoughts‭ of his heart‭ ‭was‭ only‭ evil‭ continually‭.‭ ‭And it repented‭‭ the LORD‭ that he had made‭‭ man‭ on the earth‭, and it grieved‭‭ him at‭ his heart‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verses 5-6.

The actions of the population of the earth back then was to forget that God was their Creator and they owed allegiance to Him alone. Failure to do so struck against the affection He had for His own creatures.

When we sin we strike against the knowledge of God. To act in defiance and disobedience is to act as if God cannot see us and does not know what we do! That is a great insult directed against Him. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-10 a 5:14 pm


A timely warning about Francis Chan's visit

A timely warning from brother Cecil Andrews’ “Take Heed Ministries website” regarding the recent visit to Coleraine of one of today’s modern ‘religious charlatans’!

(Click on image below to access the full pdf article.)(Click on image above to access the full pdf article.)

Posted on 2023-02-10 a 10:56 am


Church of England backs plans to bless gay couples

This BBC news report below tells of the Church of England engaging in further wicked ‘semantics’!

It says that “its position on gay marriage will not change and same-sex couples will still be unable to marry in church” but it will bless couples who enter into a union with someone of the same gender!

That is a ludicrous position to adopt. To bless indicates an ‘agreement with and support for’ such a union and also implies deviously that God is pleased with it, since His ‘so-called servants’ pronounce His blessing upon it!

It is to be noted that it states at the end of this news report, that the ‘new prayers’ of blessing have their origins with man and not of God!

It is the Church of England, under the leadership of that ‘arch apostate’, Justin Welby, descending further toward eternal perdition!

To him, he says, disagreement with this plan is ‘painful’!

Believe me, the pain has not yet begun for him and his fellow rebels who reject the teaching of God’s Word!

This decision embraces the Royal Family since the King is the figurative head of the Church of England. Thus we are seeing a repeat of history, especially the history in the years before the fall of Jerusalem, under God’s judgment, at the hands of the Babylonians in BC 588. (Jeremiah 52)

The wrath of God, provoked by the wickedness of the people who would not heed the warnings of Jeremiah and other prophets, is today in like fashion being provoked by the rebellion of the nations, encouraged on this path by today’s ecumenical false prophets,  and it will result in a world-wide visitation of God’s judgment. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-09 a 5:34 pm


Former Irish Presbyterian moderator answered

It is my reaction to the scandalous statement by a former Irish Presbyterian Moderator who claims to be an ‘evangelical’. His words have no place in the vocabulary of a true follower of the Lord Jesus Christ!

This article is an addendum to my recent article: “Pope and Protestant leaders denounce God as ‘unjust’”.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Former NI Presbyterian chief: ‘Yes – God loves gay and straight alike… but He also sets out a demanding lifestyle’

A former Presbyterian moderator has stressed that the Bible sets out “a pretty demanding lifestyle” for its followers, as a trio of major church leaders joined together to voice God’s love for gay people.

‘Belfast Newsletter’

Dr Norman Hamilton, former Irish Presbyterian moderator

The following is the response of Dr Norman Hamilton, former Irish Presbyterian moderator, to the recent statements by the Pope and Archbishop Welby and Scottish moderator, Greenshields,  as reported in the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ of February 6th.

I have deemed his response an ungodly endorsement of sodomy.


Rev Norman Hamilton was reacting to comments from current Scottish moderator Rev Iain Greenshields and Archbishop Justin Welby, in which they sought to echo recent remarks from the Pope about homosexuality.

But as the Moderator knows well, being loved by God is not the same as being a follower of Christ. If that were so, everyone in the world would automatically be a Christian. The fact Christ loves and died for President Putin doesn’t make him a follower of Jesus.

“Christ in fact demands that our money, our time, our gifts, our whole being (including our sexuality) is offered to Him unconditionally. He calls us to a pretty demanding lifestyle – but also promises his enabling for it.’

The Presbyterian Church in Ireland, and the Evangelical Alliance, were both asked to comment; neither did.”


These words are words of compromise and appeasement. Norman Hamilton, because his church has adopted an ambiguous position on the whole issue of the perversion that is rampant in the world, even as the Saviour said would be the case, Luke 17:28-30. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-07 a 5:31 pm


Pope and protestant leaders denounce God as ‘unjust’!

I have to highlight these most recent wicked pronouncements of the leaders of ‘Antichristian apostasy’ in the world today, as reported on the BBC news website and also in the ‘Belfast Telegraph’. The articles were drawn to my attention by a friend who keeps watch for such things. I do not think I have ever encountered such blatant and audacious defiance of God than the words uttered by this triumvirate of wickedness!

I am compelled to seek to refute their deceit and lies.

The Pope and two of his ecumenical ‘lapdogs’, the leader of the Church of England and the moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Archbishop Justin Welby and Dr Iain Greenshields respectively, have declared God to have sinfully. unlovingly  and unjustly criminalised sodomy!

A BBC news report states: ‘Speaking to reporters after visiting South Sudan, the Pope said such laws were a sin and “an injustice”.’ This blasphemous statement was enthusiastically endorsed by the two puppets, Welby and Greenshields. The men were on a mission to Sudan but they came not as God’s servants but rather as latter-day ‘incarnations’ of “Elymas the sorcerer”, encountered by Paul and Barnabus on the isle of Cyprus and who sought to “turn away the deputy (Sergius Paulus) from the faith,” Acts 13:8. What Paul said of him may well be said of this wicked ‘trinity’. “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?” Acts 13:9-10.

No member of this trio seem to realise that it was the God of Heaven in His eternally just law, Who declared ‘sodomy’ as a sin and a crime worthy of death.

“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination,” Leviticus 18:22.

“If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them,” Leviticus 20:13.

This second verse indicates the penalty that is to be carried out against those guilty of this crime under the Mosaic administration. Furthermore, it indicates who it is to blame for their death — “their blood shall be upon them”.

The ‘death sentence’ was what Israel was to inflict upon those guilty. However, I would remind my readers that the sentence that God imposes is eternally and infinitely more severe. It is not a term in jail but it is eternity in the fires of damnation. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-06 a 6:23 pm


More DUP 'double talk'!

In a sermon, preached by Rev Daniel Henderson of Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church and entitled: ‘We will not be silent’ His text was Psalm 94:16-17: “Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? Unless the LORD had been my help, my soul had almost dwelt in silence”.

Rev Henderson highlighted the failure of professed believers on Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon Council, to raise any objections to the floodlighting of Banbridge town hall to celebrate ‘Pride Day’, the sodomite day of vaunting their wickedness. (Watch the sermon here).

A report on Rev Henderson’s letter of protest appeared in the local newspaper, ‘The County Down Outlook’.


“A MONEYSLANE clergyman’s claims the DUP raised no objection to lighting up Banbridge Town Hall to celebrate Pride Day have been rejected by the party’s group leader on the ABC (Armagh Banbridge and Craigavon) Council.

Rev Daniel Henderson wrote to The Outlook in response to an article in last week’s edition detailing the 56 occasions this year on which council buildings will be lit up to show support for various charities and causes.

One such event is to celebrate Pride on 29 July, when Banbridge Town Hall will be lit up in the colours of the Rainbow Flag adopted by the LGBT+ movement.

And Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church minister Rev Henderson said “many of the Christians in political office in my local ABC Borough Council have let the cause of Christ down” as he said “no objection was raised”.

Click here to see an extract of the council committee meeting minutes.

The list of occasions on which civic buildings were to be lit up was approved at the council’s Governance, Resources and Strategy Committee meeting on 12 January, with the matter not requiring to be put to a vote and Rev Henderson said this meant “no objection was raised”. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-06 a 5:55 pm


Sammy Morrison: Scandalous health statistics conceal real scale of abortion in Northern Ireland

This letter by Samuel Morrison on the concealing of the truth by our public health authorities, about abortion numbers, appears on the website of the ‘Belfast Newsletter’ and is worthy of note.

For this reason I am sending out this copy of it.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Sammy Morrison: Scandalous health statistics conceal real scale of abortion in Northern Ireland

The Department statement saying there were 53 abortions in Health and Social Care hospitals in Northern Ireland in 2021/22 is seriously misleading. From March 2020 until September last year 4,136 abortions were performed in the province

William Wilberforce, the famous 18th century abolitionist, once famously warned the British public: ‘You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.’

He did that after a highly successful campaign to highlight the evils of the slave trade. Characters such as Olaudah Equiano, an ex-slave, toured the British Isles in order to bring the reality of its evils home to people.

In 1791 Equiano visited Belfast to promote his autobiography and build opposition to the slave trade here.

Personal stories such as Equiano’s were an important aspect of the campaign against slavery but so were statistics.

The infamous drawing illustrating how slaves were packed onto ships is one famous example of how the abolitions used data as well as personal stories to fight their cause.

One cannot appreciate the scale of anything without statistic.

That is why the current practice of the Department of Health to release figures on abortion which hide the true scale of the issue is so scandalous. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-02 a 6:17 pm


Devout born-again Christian mother sues school

God’s Judgment of Sodom and Gommorah

This mother’s fears are fully justified. We see the ‘LGBT’ and its confederate, ever enlarging groups, dominating public life in the United Kingdom by demanding acceptance and respect for its perverted agenda.

It would turn our land into modern day Sodoms and Gomorrahs!

Recently the Scottish Government and  Prison Service has been exposed as complying with the utterly ludicrous demands of men masquerading as women. One depraved and demented being, serving a  life sentence for murder, is demanding that he be considered a woman and not content with this lunacy, he has now gone on to identify as a ‘baby’ and demands nappies, a dummy, have meals blended like baby food and for prison staff to take by the hand when he leaves is cell. The headlines in ‘The Daily Record’ of 9th April, 2022, reads: Trans Scots killer now identifying as infant demands nappies and baby food in jail. It goes on to say. “Sophie Eastwood, formerly Daniel, is demanding nappies to wear and food to be blended like a baby’s and has already been supplied with a dummy at Polmont prison.”

He obviously will not be short of dummies since it is understood that prison bosses are treating the demands seriously and considering which protocols might be established in dealing with the prisoner!!

The United Kingdom has become one great kingdom of LOONIES!! It is stupefying to think that such outrageously absurd demands are acceded to! And yet day and daily there are those ‘experts’ and government representatives, who are ready to enter television studios to defend such insanity.

The report which follows is of a court case in which a professing ‘born again’ mother, Mrs Izzy Montague, is suing a school for refusing to allow her request to have her son excluded from taking part in an LGBT pride parade in which the school was participating.

As is stated, it is the ‘first case of its kind in UK’.

Does that tell us just where society is being led and that the vast majority are indifferent to being thus led asininely, ‘by the nose’! Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-02 a 5:59 pm


Mocked by the disciples but memorialised by the Saviour

Mary seated at the feet of Jesus
Jan Vermeer, ca 1653

A memorial instituted 2000-years ago but observed worldwide still

“‭Verily‭ I say‭‭ unto you‭, Wheresoever‭‭ this‭ gospel‭ shall be preached‭‭ in‭ the whole‭ world‭, ‭there‭ shall also‭ this, that‭ this woman‭‭‭ hath done‭‭, be told‭‭ for‭ a memorial‭ of her‭,‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ Matthew 26:13.

What a contrast were this woman’s thoughts to those abroad in that day. In verses 3 and 4 of this chapter we read: “‭Then‭ assembled together‭‭ the chief priests‭, and‭ the scribes‭, and‭ the elders‭ of the people‭, unto‭ the palace‭ of the high priest‭, who‭ was called‭‭ Caiaphas‭,‭ ‭And‭ consulted‭‭ that‭ they might take‭‭ Jesus‭ by subtilty‭, and‭ kill‭‭ ‭him‭.‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

What a disparity there was in the feelings of this dear woman and those of these evil men!

1. Her thoughts prompted actions which were very much disapproved of by the disciples.

“‭But‭ when his‭ disciples‭ saw‭‭ ‭it‭, they had indignation‭‭, saying‭‭, To‭ what purpose‭ ‭is‭ this‭ waste‭?‭”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬ verse 8. The word ‘waste’ means something very strong and dismissive of what the woman had done. It is used by divine inspiration as the destination of those who follow the broad path through life, Matthew 7:13. The word ‘destruction’ is the same Greek word as ‘waste’. It is also applied to Judas, ‘the son of perdition’ John 17:12. Here it is the word translated ‘perdition’.

Such usage of the word by the disciples shows how far removed were their thoughts from those of the woman. Out of a heart of deepest love and devotion she poured the very expensive ointment on the head of the Saviour. Click to read more…

Posted on 2023-02-01 a 3:19 am

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We will not be silent!

AN EXCELLENT WORD FOR TODAY WHICH EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD HEED!

“We will not be silent!”

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

 Preacher: Rev Daniel Henderson

(Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church)

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The sermon begins 31 minutes into the recording.

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


Demons speaking like Christians

BT Journalist Gareth Hanna

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

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

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

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

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

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

May the article be found helpful by you all.

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Demons speaking like Christians

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

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

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

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


John Coulter's 'piffle' answered!

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

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


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


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

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

Ivan Foster


Sir,

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

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

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

The answer given is gloriously succinct!

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

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


Further opposition to 'trans conversion therapy ban’

UK PM Rishi Sunak

Christians risk being ‘criminalised’ by trans conversion therapy ban

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

By Nick Gutteridge, Political Correspondent

26 January 2023 • 8:30pm

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

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

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

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

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

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


Men whose religion is nothing but an act!

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

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

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

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

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


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

MEN WHOSE RELIGION IS NOTHING BUT AN ACT!

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

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

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

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

1. The word ‘hypocrite’ is particularly applicable.

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

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

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

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

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


Opponent of 'gay conversion therapy' charged with promoting it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


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

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

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

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


KICS 43rd Annual Service and Prize-Giving

KILSKEERY INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL

43rd Annual Praise Service and Prize-Giving

(Friday 20th January 2023)

(View the recording of the service on Facebook)

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

(Click image to enlarge)

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


New Zealand - from bad to worse!

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern has resigned

See Update Below.

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: 23 January 2023

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

Update on situation in New Zealand

 

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

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


Back to paganism

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Mary Lou supports another wicked practice!

Sinn Féin leader Mary Lou McDonald.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Religious Division: It's cause and consequences

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Benedict XVI – Saint or Scoundrel?

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

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

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Benedict XVI – Saint or Scoundrel?

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

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

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

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

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


Protest letter to the Lord Mayor

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

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


Dear Lord Mayor,

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

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

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

A very concerned Protestant,

Rev. Daniel I. Henderson.

(Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church)

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

 

Moneyslane Free Presbyterian Church website 

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


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

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

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

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Councillor Paul Greenfield

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

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

Sincere regards,

Ivan Foister


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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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


When you reject Christ, you endanger your children!

Guido Reni — Massacre of the Innocents

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Sincerely in Christ’s name,

Ivan Foster


Pope Benedict XVI. Pic: Kirsty Wigglesworth/PA Wire

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

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

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

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

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

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


A very happy 2023

Dear Friends,

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

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

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

Sincerest love to all,

Ann & Ivan

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