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DR. PAISLEY LEADS U.S.A. EVANGELISTIC CAMPAIGN

A team of our ministers are at present on a four-week evangelistic tour in the U.S.A. and Canada. Dr. Paisley led the campaign but because of Parliamentary commitments was in the United States for one week only, preaching in Dr. Carl McIntire's Bible Presbyterian Church in Collingswood, New Jersey. The team comprises Revs. William Beattie, James Beggs, Ivan Foster and S. B. Cooke. The Rev. John Wylie of our Lurgan church was also to fly out but he sustained a slight heart attack and after a spell in hospital he is convalescing at home. Your prayers for his speedy recovery will be appreciated.

Rev. James Beggs will preach in California while the Rev. Cooke evangelises for two weeks

Continued on Page Eleven.

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"PRAY FOR US"

REV. WILLIAM BEATTIE

In his student days Mr. Beattie was placed in charge of Dunmurry Free Presbyterian Church, who later called him as their minister. He was ordained to the ministry in Dunmurry after successfully completing the Theological course and has seen the work grow until the church building is now too small to accommodate the congregation. He was also responsible for the formation of churches at Hillsborough, Lisburn and Kilkeel.

He is the Member of Parliament for South Antrim in the prorogued Northern Ireland Parliament at Stormont.

REV. IVAN FOSTER

As a student minister he spent three months in Crumlin Road Prison with Dr. Paisley and Rev. John Wylie. He then became student minister in Lisbellaw Free Presbyterian Church where he was subsequently ordained by the Presbytery of Ulster, after successfully completing the three-year course in the Theological Hall.

In August this year he opened a beautiful new church building at Chanterhill, Enniskillen. The church is named Bethel Free Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Foster also pioneered the work in the South of Ireland where a church has been established at Coragarry, Co. Monaghan. [3]

REV. JAMES BEGGS

Mr. Beggs qualified as a teacher at Stranmillis Training College, Belfast, and was engaged in teaching for eight years before studying in the Free Presbyterian Church Theological Hall.

After successfully completing his Theological studies he was called to the Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church and ordained to the Gospel ministry. The Ballymena Church has grown rapidly under his ministry and shortly hopes to commence a building project.

Mr. Beggs is Associate minister in the Martyrs Memorial Church, Belfast, and is Dean of Residence in Queen's University, Belfast, for the Free Presbyterian Church. Through ,his ministry two other churches have been established at Randalstown and Portglenone, the Randalstown Church having just opened a beautiful new building.

REV. S. B. COOKE

On successfully completing the course in the Theological Hall he was ordained to the ministry by the Presbytery of Ulster and accepted a call to Mount Merrion Free Presbyterian Church. After some years he accepted a call to Rasharkin Free Presbyterian Church in County Antrim and is now minister of Armagh Free Presbyterian Church. Under his ministry the Armagh church has flourished and is about to commence a building programme.

Mr. Cooke is a Professor of Homiletics and Pastoral Theology in the Theological Hall of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. [4]

REV JOHN WYLIE

Please remember the Rev. John Wylie in prayer. Because of a heart attack he was unable to accompany the forementioned brethren.

CLOSED IN OR CLOSED OUT
A SERMON BY DR. IAN R. K. PAISLEY, M.P.

"And the Lord shut him in." (Genesis 7: 16).

Noah was a man with a difference. He was entirely different from the rest of his age. Spiritually speaking he was unique. Carnally speaking he was an oddity. He was different in heart from the rest of the world.

"Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord." (Genesis 6: 8). Grace had begun its peculiar but precious work within his heart. While sin, gruesome sin, ruled universally in the world, grace, glorious grace, reigned in Noah's heart. Grace electing, grace calling, grace justifying, and grace preserving is demonstrated in Noah's life. But for grace, sovereign grace, separating grace, sanctifying grace, Noah would have perished in the flood.

He was different in standing to the rest of [5] his age. "Noah was a just man." (Genesis 6: 9). The rest of the world stood in a state of condemnation before God, Noah was in a state of justification. How was Noah justified? By his works? Never. Listen to God's Word. "By faith Noah." He was justified by faith. Grace had done her perfect work. How do you stand, condemned or justified?

He was different in character. "Perfect in his generations" (Genesis 6: 9). Grace in the heart will soon be manifest as holiness in the life. Imputed righteousness inwardly is impressive righteousness outwardly.

He was different in his walk. "Noah walked with God." (Genesis 6:9). While the whole mass of humanity walked in sin Noah walked with the thrice holy God. Talk of minorities. Noah was in a minority all right. He was completely out of step with the political world, the social world, the business world and the religious world of his day. He was walking the right way, however, for he moved forward to his preservation while the whole world moved forward to its ruination.

He had a different vision. "Things not seen as yet." (Hebrews 11: 7). The antediluvian world had only a material vision. "They bought, they sold, they planted, they builded, they ate, they drank, they married and were given in marriage." Their vision was limited to the present, Noah's reached out to the future. Are you living for time or for eternity?

Noah possessed a different motive. "Moved with fear." (Hebrews 11: 7). How aptly does this Holy Book describe the ungodly not only of the pre-flood age but of every generation. "There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; There is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips; whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known; There is no fear of God before their eyes." (Romans 3: 11-18). What influence has the wholesome fear of judgment and of the God of judgment upon your thinking, your planning and your living? Remember, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Noah was different in his conversation. He was a "preacher of righteousness." (2 Peter 2: 5). As the whole world conversed about plenty and pleasure, lust and licentiousness, wealth and wine, and money and murder, Noah conversed about holiness and heaven, justice and judgment, purity and pardon and righteousness and redemption. The motto of the ungodly is "jubilation in the present." The motto of the godly is "preparation for the future." What preparation have you made for the future?

Noah had a different occupation. "Prepared an ark to the saving of his house." (Hebrews 11: 7). What was his occupation? To build a mansion to house his family? No sir, but to build an ark to save his family. While the ungodly worked for the damnation of their sons Noah worked for the salvation of his sons. What is your occupation, father? Are you working for the [6] education and elevation of your family or are you working, praying and labouring for their salvation? Be not deceived, education and elevation without regeneration will only bring you and them domination. Noah accomplished the greatest possible feat a man, by the grace of God, can accomplish. He got his wife, his sons and their wives, all saved. No other occupation is worthy of the employment of God's people. Happy, thrice happy is the parent who in that great day shall be able to say, "Here am I and the children which Thou hast given me." God grant it may be so with me.

Noah was different in his inheritance. He was "heir to the righteousness which is by faith." (Hebrews 11 : 7). The unregenerates strove for a worldly inheritance and longed to be heirs to vast possessions. Noah looked for a new heaven and a new earth and became heir to everlasting possessions. His name was not found on the perishable parchments of men, but on the imperishable records of God. His heirship was to the Creator and not to the creature. His were the title deeds of glory.

Yes, and because Noah was different in his heart, in his standing, in his character, in his vision, in his walk, in his motive, in his conversation, in his occupation and in his inheritance he became different in his home. Not only was Noah a man with a difference but his home was a home with a differance. What a division, what a gulf, what a difference between Noah's home and all the other homes in the world. They were characterised by levity, lewdness and blasphemy. Noah's was characterised by sincerity, purity and godliness. Christian, is there a marked difference between your home and that of the ungodly? Is the conversation, the fellowship, the pleasures of your home the same as that of the worldling's and the reprobate's? What does God see in thy house? During the immense darkness which plagued Egypt we read the children of Israel had light in their homes. Amidst the prevailing darkness of this present evil world is there light in your home? Is it in deed and in truth a home with a difference?

Now of Noah and his family, the man and family with a difference, we read "The Lord shut him in." Two things immediately call for our attention and meditation. One: the closing in. Two: the closing out.

1. THE CLOSING IN

One hundred and twenty years of labour have been completed. The great ark is finished. Constructed to divine measurements and plans that ark is destined to float while the whole world sinks and drowns in the tremendous deluge. See her lower, second and third stories already receiving her strange passengers. Two by two they come, male and female, of fowls of every kind, of cattle of every kind, of creeping things of every kind, two by two of every sort.

Then comes Jehovah's command to Noah, the effectual call of Noah's salvation, "Come, thou and all thy house into the ark." So Noah takes a last look at the old surroundings, the old homestead, the faces of his old hearers and with his wife and family says "Goodby" to the old world and enters into [7] the only safe refuge in the day of the storm of God's fierce judgment. Every fowl to be preserved is in; every animal to be delivered is in; every insect to be kept from destruction is in; and every man and every woman to be saved is in. But if the flood came now those inside the ark would perish just the same as those without. The great door, of immense size and weight is still open. It reaches from the top to the bottom of the side of the ark giving entrance to all the decks or stories. Who's to close this massive structure? Who will caulk its seams and make it absolutely waterproof and stormproof? See, after seven days of patient waiting the massive structure begins to move. Slowly but surely it moves into its prepared place. What joy to Noah and his family! What a confusion to those who refused to enter! "The Lord" (note it is printed in small capitals, the word is Jehovah) "shut him in." The God of the Covenant of Grace; the God who showed Noah what was going to take place and planned for him a way of escape from the wrath to come, that same Jehovah who planned his redemption also perfected it for him. Now the hand of omnipotence pulls up the sluice gates of the oceans, and tides which know no ebb come sweeping in. Now is heard the voice of God in thundering judgment commanding the oceans to release their torrents and pour them out unrelentingly and unceasingly upon the ruined earth. "In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened." Behold cities, houses, lands, forests, fowls, cattle, creepng things, and above all, accursed mankind, swept to swift destruction by this tidal wave of God's righteous retribution. Soon the houses are buried in watery graves. Soon the shrieks of drowning men and women and children are heard no more as the mighty waters overwhelm them. Soon the mountains are reduced to small islands rising here and there in the great watery expanse. Soon they too are swallowed up in the ocean of universal judgment. Soon the world is one great tremendous sea without a shore, an ocean whose waves know no headland to hurl their crests against. Oh! The totality of this judgment. Oh! The immensity of God's wrath. Oh! The loneliness of the aftermath of judgment!

Ah! what is yonder speck away out in this shoreless sea, this boundless ocean! A strange sight this indeed. One great structure has outridden the storm of God's tremendous wrath. Yes, the ark is still afloat. Every attempt to submerge her in the universal deluge has failed. She sails triumphantly, gloriously and perfectly towards the dawning of a better day. Her structure holds, her stays are impregnable, her ballast perfect, her seaworthy character flawless and her precious cargo wonderfully preserved. All outside her walls have perished. All inside her walls are safe. Outside is complete damnation, inside is complete salvation, outboard all ruination, inboard all Preservation. Let us learn three great lessons from God's gracious act of closing Noah in.

Firstly, the saving act is God's Salvation is of the Lord. God commences, [8] God continues, God must consummate man's salvation. The Lord Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the ending, the author and the finisher of our salvation. Free grace planned the ark for Noah. Free grace gifteth faith to Noah's heart. Free grace made Noah willing to heed the warning and obey the instructions of God. Free grace nerved his arm to the accomplishing of his gigantic talk. Free grace made provision for his every need. Free grace transformed his wife and family into willing and able assistants. Free grace constrained the ungodly to help him in his purpose. Free grace strengthened him through good report and evil report to witness a faithful confession as the preacher of righteousness. Free grace compelled the fowls and animals to come in their appointed numbers at their appointed times into their appointed places in the ark. Free grace enabled Noah and his wife, his sons and their wives to respond to God's call to come into the ark. Free grace shut them in to perfect safety. Free grace kept the ark afloat amidst the worst storm this world has ever yet known. Free grace preserved the ark on the great deep. Free grace piloted that ark to the desired haven. Free grace, free grace alone wrought for Noah a wonderful salvation.

So with you, sinner, only grace, free grace, and grace alone can save you from the baptism of fire to which this world with increasing velocity is fast approaching. No act of yours can save. No effort on your part can merit salvation. No amount of labour can free you from the bondage of your sin. You stand not merely indicted but found guilty of such crimes you can, never pay your discharge from.

Could your zeal no respite know,
Could your tears for ever flow,
All for sin could not atone;
Christ must save and Christ alone.

O sinner, cast yourself, now on the free grace of God. You must be passive recognising your guilty, lost, hopeless, ill-deserving, undeserving and hell-deserving state. The saving act is God's and whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Secondly, the irreversible act is God's

There was absolutely no possibility of Noah falling out of the ark. The Lord shut him in. Noah or the ark could not sink. Noah was secure; Noah was safe; Noah was saved. Salvation is not a weak Arminian thing depending on the puny courage, strength or gripping capacity of depraved man. Salvation is an eternal thing bringing complete safety and absolute security to the believing soul. The translation from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God's dear Son can never be reversed. The passage from death unto life can never be recrossed. The new birth can never be undone. The verdict of justification can never be rescinded. The new nature can never perish. God's child will most certainly reach his Father's house. The devil can never get the better of God. Every sinner justified shall without doubt be glorified. Of course, I'm speaking now of real, believer's heart. Let it be said that such a genuine, God-wrought salvation in the true [9] person will not wallow in sin. Let it be made clear that the true genuine inward work will have a true genuine outworking. Let it be emphasised that such a person will be a praying person, a humble person, a holy person, a righteous person and a loving person. For years, empty professor, you have been a counterfeit Christian. You have made counterfeit prayers; you have manifested counterfeit holiness; you've exercised a counterfeit humility. Sooner or later your hypocrisy will be discovered. The black corruption of your unregenerate heart, unrestrained by sovereign grace, will eventually break forth. Of such as you the scripture speaks. "For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire." (2 Peter 2: 21, 22). There's no security for the whitewashed, there's eternal security for the washed white.

Thirdly, the final act is God's

We have already noticed that it was God's final act in closing the door and sealing it securely which saved Noah and his family. Noah was commanded to "pitch the ark within and without with pitch." (Genesis 6: 14). The word pitch is to be noted for it is the same Hebrew word which is used concerning sacrifices and translated "atonement." Now when God closed the door the final sealing of the seams, the final pitching of the door was His handiwork. This is most suggestive. Noah was saved by the final finishing act of God. Salvation for the sinner is by the final finishing atonement of Christ. On Calvary's cross our Lord Jesus Christ offered a once-for-all, full, final and all atoning sacrifice for sin and through that finished work alone you can be saved.

The law demanded blood for blood,
And out He lets His vital flood
To pay the mortal debt;
He toils thro' life and pants thro' death
And cries, with His expiring breath,
" 'Tis finished and complete."

Having considered the closing in, let us turn briefly to that solemn thought:

2. THE CLOSING OUT

Some characteristics of those closed out call for earnest consideration.

They were a people who had been faithfully warned

Noah was "a preacher of righteousness." (2 Peter 2: 5). He without doubt made full proof of his ministry for through it we read he condemned the world. How was the world condemned? Because they turned a deaf ear to the preaching of Noah and hardened their hearts against the solemn warnings of the Almighty. You are in the same condemnation. How often you have been preached to and how often you have hardened your neck against gospel light and truth. O ye Christ rejecters, an end will come to your days of hearing the gospel. A preached to people [10] will be doubly damned in hell. Better never to have heard, than to have heard and refused the gospel message. Yea, better far that you had never been born.

They were a people who had been interceded for

Aye, out yonder in the forest before he raised his axe to fell the gopher trees for timber for the ark, Noah knelt down and with anguish cried to high heaven for mercy on his hearers. See him upon his knees. Hear his earnestness as he beseeches God on behalf of a perishing world. So great an intercessor was Noah that he is listed by God Himself in Ezekiel along with Daniel and job as one of the first three intercessors of the whole Old Testament period.

What sinner here can say "No one has prayed for me?" How terrible to perish with the prayers of God's people sounding in your ears and in your souls.

They were a pleasure loving people

Noah's era was one of violent sin and licentious pleasure. The antediluvians were indeed lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God. "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." (Luke 17 : 26, 27).

Listen, sinner, the pleasures of sin are but for a short season. Then what of your eternity ? All sinful pleasure lovers will be closed out of God's heaven for ever; closed out for judgment and for woe.

They were mockers of the gospel

What jibes and sneers Noah had to patiently endure. What scornful remarks were made about his person. What curses and blasphemies were called down upon his head. No doubt he was called old mad-man Noah. No doubt he was universally derided and ridiculed. It is the same today. The antediluvians denied the truth of Noah's message. The sinners of our day are busy making mockery of the history of Noah's flood. The same damning unbelief is in their hearts. God has warned us of these very circumstances and given us understanding of the days in which we live. "Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: But the heavens and the earth, which are now by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." (2 Peter 3: 3-7).

O mocking sinner, take care. Be not deceived. God is not mocked. Whatsoever you sow you shall also reap. [11]

They had ample opportunities

For one hundred and twenty years Noah preached and for one hundred and twenty years they had opportunity to turn to God. When the ark was finished a further seven days were given. During these days they had ample time to seek the refuge of the ark. Part of the eighth day also the door stood ajar, and still they might enter. Then came the final entrance in of Noah and his last warning cry and invitation plea. To that final call they could have responded and have been saved. "And the Lord shut him in." With the shutting of the door their last opportunity perished and the Spirit strove no more.

When I consider the time which God gave them for repentance I understand a little of that tremendous expression of Peter, "When once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah." How long has the long suffering of God waited for you? How many opportunities of Christ have you allowed wilfully to pass? Awaken! Awaken! slumbering soul, lest you sleep the sleep of eternal death. Haste ye, haste ye, to yonder mount Calvary lest the sun of the gospel opportunity sets for ever on your unrepenting heart, and I am forced to bid you an eternal farewell abandoning you to the blackness of darkness for ever.

DR. PAISLEY LEADS U.S.A. CAMPAIGN (Continued)

in Florida moving on to Pennsylvania and Kansas City, Missouri.

Rev. Ivan Foster commences his tour in Toronto, Canada, continuing in Nashville and Memphis, Tennessee. Rev. William Beattie will speak at Grand Island, New York, before moving on to North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Please pray that the Lord may bless His servants as they faithfully preach the oldtime Gospel to the salvation of many souls.

The campaign is being sponsored by the Bible Presbyterian Church of America under the leadership of Dr. Carl McIntire.

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WHAT DID JESUS CHRIST THINK OF THE OLD TESTAMENT?
By the Late Prebendary H. E. FOX, M.A., St. Paul's Cathedral.

For example, the creation of man, and the institution of marriage, and the reservation of a day of rest (the latter, as He points out, long antecedent to the election of the favoured nation, and coeval with creation) were mentioned not as nebulous myths, floating out of prehistoric ages, but as actual and undoubted events, which occurred as they are recorded in the early chapters of Genesis.

The murder of Abel and that of Zechariah many centuries afterwards were coupled together as incidents equally historical.

In the deluge and the destruction of the cities of the guilty plain Jesus Christ saw vivid facts which would have their parallel in days that were to come.

And how would He have bidden His disciples to remember Lot's wife, if the tragedy had not been true ?

The story of the burning bush was not to Him, as it is to a modern divine, the dream of a nomad mystic "who saw the sunlight glistening on the spines of a desert shrub" and dreamed that he heard what were only the echoes of his own imagination. Jesus Christ could not have counted it other than a real incident and a true revelation of Jehovah, or He would not have used it to silence the sceptics of His own day and to give one of the profoundest proofs of the Resurrection.

His frequent references to the Ten Commandments, the Levitical law and the wilderness epoch were made with a manifest sense of authenticity which would have been impossible from one who shared the modern theories of the construction of the Pentateuch.

When He unfolded to a master in Israel the mystery of Redemption He recalled the desert miracle and the stricken crowds that looked and lived. But what would the story of the miracle have been worth to Nicodemus or to the countless souls in all aces who have believed in the Son of Man "lifted up," or how could He have used it to convey so wondrous a truth, had it only sprung from the brain of some tribal poet, or been invented by a clique of designing priests? [13]

The actual existence of Abraham and Moses and David and Solomon was as certain to our Lord as to us is that of Alfred or Columba or Chaucer or Henry VIII. To Him they were real men who really did what the Scriptures reported them as having done. Circumstances recorded in the history of the Hebrew monarchy were recalled by Him with the same kind of belief that we should have in speaking of Magna Charta, the Wars of the Roses, or the Plague of London. Daniel was definitely described solemnity which He did not hesitate to attributed to Daniel language of intense telling one circumstance, at least, which was to be fulfilled before long. He frequently quoted also from the book by our Lord as a "prophet," and as fore-apply to Himself.

Even the miraculous deliverance of Jonah, over which so much needless scorn has been spent, was chosen by the Lord to be the one prophetic "sign" of His Resurrection which He would give to people on the point of rejecting Him. It is hard to understand the state of mind which deems it more credulous to suppose that the world's greatest miracle had its anticipation in an event as real as itself, than to assert that our Redeemer, when speaking of that momentous crisis in the salvation of mankind, could find nothing better with which to compare it than a fable no more sacred than that of Arion.

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