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.”
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.
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”.