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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


You are Invited ...

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


Rev. Andy Foster Wednesday prayer meeting message



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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