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THE TRUTH OUT AT LAST

IRISH PRESBYTERIAN, METHODIST AND CHURCH OF IRELAND MINISTERS SECRETIVE MEETINGS FOR NINE YEARS UNDER CHAIRMANSHIP OF A ROMAN CATHOLIC PRIEST.

Some years ago this paper disclosed that secretive meetings between Irish Presbyterian, Methodist and Church of Ireland ministers and Roman Catholic priests were taking place in our Province.

The evangelicals in these churches laughed at such suggestions and told the people of Ulster that there was no Roman trend in their denominations. The facts are slowly but surely coming to light and their protestations of loyalty to the Protestant Faith are being exposed as nothing less than blatant falsehoods.

During the past week of prayer for unity with Rome a Church of Ireland Canon, Rev. Mr. Graham of Rostrevor, preached in a Roman Catholic chapel at Warrenpoint.

During his address he quoted in connection with the unity with Rome movement the statement of Dr. Fisher, "There's need for a period of walking out together before marriage can take place."

He then spoke of the walking out period taking place in the South Down area. We quote from the 'Newry Reporter' 25-1-1973.

"Accordingly we invited the local clergy, Methodist, Presbyterian, Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland to a meeting. The response was excellent and as a group we have stayed together ever since. At our second meeting we elected our first and to date our only chairman, your parish priest Canon Hugh Esler. Our choice has proved to be a most happy one.

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MOUNT SINAI AND MOUNT ZION
Free St. Luke's: Table Service, January 27, 1861 Before distributing the Elements

Jehovah He is the God. He is a wonderful God, He is a wonder-working God. God quickens the dead, God opens the blind eyes, and unstops the deaf ears; and the quickened soul has a voice wherewith to respond to the call - "Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things which thou knowest not," and the opened ear can hear the voice which says "Look"; and the opened eye can look.

I have been lately, and methinks I still am, at the foot of Mount Sinai; and I heard a voice, and the voice spake of wrath; the wrath of God, which is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. God thundered with His voice - Who thundereth with a voice like Him? I heard the sound of a trumpet, and the voice of words, concerning which the Scriptures saith, "So terrible was the sight that Moses said, "I exceedingly fear and quake."'

And the Lord shewed me a biography - a biography written defectively in the memory, which at the best is ever treacherous, but written perfectly in the book of God's remembrance. And the voice said, 'Come and read this biography.' I said, O Lord, how can I read it! 'I have read it,' said God, 'And you must, you must.' And when I had looked, still the voice came, "Turn thee yet again, and I will show thee greater abominations than these."

And not a biography only - He shewed me a heart. "There are seven abominations in a man's heart" - seven being the Scripture number for completeness. And my eye was fixed on that with horror. I speak not now of godly sorrow and repentance, but of horror; and with something that is surely worse, with shame. For it was not simply my eye fixed on the heart, but God shewing me His own eye looking on it. "See thy sin under my eye; see, my eye sees that.' God be merciful to me a sinner!

Now I heard a voice, at first distant and mysterious; but it came nearer, a still, small voice publishing peace, proclaiming salvation; a voice which came from Zion, the city of our solemnities, the city of our God; a voice publishing peace, proclaiming the salvation which came from Zion; a voice proclaiming, as salvation, so also a Saviour: "Behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, for unto you is born in the city of David, a Saviour": and not merely a Saviour, and a Saviour on earth - Immanuel, God with us, God among us, God for us - but a Saviour slain.

Methought then I stood on Calvary, and beard these words, "It is finished." God said, Look into the heart of Christ, and behold Him in His vicarious death. Behold Him, and "know the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, that, though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich." The greatest depth of this poverty being not in His incarnation - though that was a wondrous depth - look at it in His death.

Then methought also that God said, Come by the blood to the mercy-seat. And I beard a voice speak from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubim. And what voice was that? "This is my beloved Son (not merely with whom, but) in whom I am well pleased, hear Him!" said he from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubim. "The Lord is well pleased for His righteousness' sake," said He from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubim. "I, even I, am He that blotteth out thy transgressions, and will not remember thy sins," said He from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubim. "Return unto me, for I have redeemed thee," said He from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubim. Sweet invitation to me, a departer, "Return unto [3] me God assigning to the sinner the saving cause - "for I have redeemed thee."

Then methought the Lord said, "I know heart-secrets." And I said, Lord, shew me a heart Thou knowest. And methought the Lord shewed me a heart. Whose it was He did not say, and I do not know; but a heart which God knows: He shewed me something of it.

It was a heart into which He had put a new song. The soul was making melody, attempting to make melody to the Lord. Where it was I do not know; but I heard it singing about the middle of its song. It had been singing other songs before this. It bad been singing, "What profit is there in my blood when I go down to the pit?" It had been singing the fifty-first Psalm; and Jehovah had put a new song into its mouth; He had done it, and it was trying to sing; and I beard it in the middle of its song. I had been reading Rev. 5, and trying to sing some of its numbers; and now it was at these words, "For thou wast slain." And oh, how it was sobbing and breaking: how it was melting and breaking with a joyous grief, and a grievous joy! It could not get its song sung, though it would have liked it. O how it faltered when it tried to sing "and hast redeemed use to God by Thy blood!"

It was the song of a soul known to God; and many such there are. It was the song of one to whom much had been forgiven, and who therefore loved much; and many such there are. But it was the song of the chief of sinners; of the one to whom most had been forgiven, and who loved most.

Yet it faltered and made wrong music; it jarred, and there was discord; and it grated on its own ear, and pained it. And God was listening to it; the omniscient God, who knows all things. But the song was presented through and by the Mediator of the new covenant; and if there was discord, it was removed by grace in atoning blood, by the sweet accents of intercession; for it came up as music in Jehovah's ear, melody to the Lord. It was not discord in heaven.

I would know, O God, what soul that is! O God, let that soul be mine! And tell me of it. Let it be mine! Put a new song into my mouth! teach me to sing it. Teach me to sing it on earth; and to sing it when earth shall be no more.

THE TRUTH OUT AT LAST (Continued)

For the past nine years under his chairmanship we've met regularly once a month for study and discussion. As a consequence we've now come to know each other and to trust one another." It's now all out in the open. The Protestant clergy have been preparing for the Union with Rome for over nine years - under the chairmanship of the Roman Catholic priest. What need we of any further evidence.

God's Word is clear. Those who value their heritage must obey the commands of II Cor. 6: 14-18. To disobey is to sin and partake of God's curse on the great apostasy.

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BOOK REVIEWS by Ian R. K. Paisley

CLOTH COVER

Our cloth-covered book this month is THE LOG COLLEGE, by Archibald Alexander. Banner of Truth publishers.

This book, beautifully printed and bound, tells the story of the famous Tennent family, the family who were mainly responsible for spreading the Great Awakening under Whitefield amongst the Presbyterians in New Jersey.

With interest and intrigue which the best fiction could not outdo, Alexander, taking as his starting place the unpretentious theological school nicknamed by its deriders "Log College," traces the glorious workings of the Holy Ghost in and through the Tennent family. As this family came from the North of Ireland it becomes all the more interesting for Ulster readers. Of all the Tennents, William jnr. was the most unique and fascinating. The story of how he lost his toes proves again that fact is often stranger than fiction. The story also of how he was delivered from a lying accusation in a court of law by a dream which summoned the only witnesses who could save him is equally intriguing. This book is well worth its price and no one could peruse its pages without being both spiritually benefited and challenged. It will also fascinate. So fascinated was this reviewer with the story that the last time he was in the U.S.A. he made a pilgrimage to the Tennent country and visited the famous old Tennent Church where William Tennent jnr. carried on his amazing ministry.

PAPER COVER

Our paper-cover book this month is HOW TO PRAY by R. A. Torrey, publishers Moody Press.

The reading of Dr. Torrey's books on prayer had a tremendous influence on my life as a young boy preacher. They introduced me to the great scriptural principles which have governed my prayer-life and the prayer life of my congregation. I will always be indebted to Torrey for his writings in this field as in the many other fields in which he is an expert.

Order to-day and then read and put into practice what you read and you will become a mighty prayer warrior.

SPURGEON

Our book by Spurgeon this month is THE CHEQUE BOOK OF THE BANK OF FAITH by C. H. Spurgeon, publishers Marshall, Morgan and Scott.

C. H. Spurgeon was a giant in the pulpit and a genius with his pen. Towards the end of his ministry he battled with the apostate Baptist Union of Great Britain and Ireland and seceded from that body. This brought about his head the whole hatred of the ecclesiastical machine. Financial support was withdrawn from his work.

Spurgeon sought the face of his Lord and was sustained in his afflictions. The book which is made up of daily portions was written, he says, "when I was wading in the surf of controversy." "Since then," he continues, "I have been cast into waters to swim in but which for God's upholding hand would have proved waters to drown in."

Get the book. Keep it beside your bed and start each day this year with a precious promise and a practical exhortation. Good reading till next month.

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REPORTS FROM AMERICA

REV. JAMES BEGGS' REPORT.

California, on the western Pacific shore of the United States, was the state to which I travelled to share meetings with several of the Bible Presbyterian Churches. After a ten-hour journey from London I flew into Los Angeles airport with mixed feelings - feelings of anticipation but also of some trepidation. The sun shone brightly and the temperature stood somewhere around 70. There had been no rain for ten months but all thoughts of a luxurious holiday on the California Riviera were soon to be expelled!

Two months later, having in the meantime been rescued from the tangle of Los Angeles airport by Rev. Bob Hodges, I was travelling along one of the famous American highways in a maze of rush-bour traffic. The first week of meetings was to be held in Santa Barbara, a city 100 miles north of Los Angeles. Santa Barbara is a beautiful but very corrupt city. The incidence of drug addition is one of the highest in the U.S.A. My ministry in this church was especially toward be people of God. I was struck with the hunger of the people, not only here but everywhere I went, for the Word of God, and we have cause to believe that many of the congregation were blessed as the Word of God was preached. Pray for Rev. Bob Hodges and his little flock in that great city.

Travelling south at the end of the week I entered the great Los Angeles basin with a population of about eight million people. The Los Angeles basin is a vast built-up mission field and the Bible Presbyterian Churches are struggling against great odds to maintain a faithful separatist testimony in the midst of the corruption. The minister of the Long Beach congregation is Rev. Clyde Fields. We enjoyed fellowship with him and his congregation and some confessed to a deepening of heir spiritual life during the meetings. We also had the privilege of sharing some meetings during that week with the Brea congregation where Rev. J. Kane is the part-time pastor.

The third week brought us to Hollywood Bible Presbyterian Church and the centre of the world film industry, but I'm afraid they didn't even ask me to make a film! Rev. Wesley Brice is the pastor here and also a lecturer at the John Knox College - a Christian school and seminary which is doing a faithful work for God in training young people for wider service in the work of God. Here we met Mr. Ronald Cooke, a brother of the Rev. Bert Cooke. Ronald is the dean of residence at John Knox College and it was a blessing to meet someone from Northern Ireland who knew our churches and people so well. Rev. Brice and his people had been faithfully preparing the ground for the meetings with fervent prayer. The impact of this sprint of prayer was felt in the services nightly. The climax of the meetings was reached in the Sunday morning service when the Holy

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

The Sermon on the Mount has always been recognised as our Lord's public declaration at the opening of His ministry, of the great laws of the kingdom which He had come to proclaim. We should expect, therefore, to find, as we do, in the very forefront of that proclamation some statement as to the relation of these laws to those which had already been given to His nation, and, as they believed, by Jehovah Himself. In doing this Jesus Christ maintained the principle of continuity.

So far from rejecting the Mosaic code as obsolete, still less regarding it as invented by cunning priests and casual prophets of later days, He accepts the ancient laws, and takes them as the ground of His own legislation. He repudiates the suggestion that He had come to destroy the law or the prophets. He had come for an opposite purpose. And He adds, with characteristic emphasis, "Verily, I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one title shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled." (1) So far from failure, the law had a far-reaching future, which they of old time had never foreseen, and which remained for Him to reveal.

This He illustrates by six instances, all taken from the Pentateuch (2). He shows that the principles embodied in the law had not been set aside, but were expanded: they would be seen in clearer light by the revelation of their spiritual purposes; and His own life and doctrine would be the exponents of their ideal accomplishment, and therefore also of their divine origin. There is no trace in such an appeal by the living Word to the written word that He was relying on a composite structure like that of Daniel's mysterious image, "iron mixed with miry clay, partly strong and partly broken," as modern criticism would have us believe.

This attitude of our Lord towards the Old Testament is all the more striking when compared with His treatment of other writings which had obscured the older Scriptures with their elaborate accretions and interpretations. Charged with the violation of these "traditions of the elders," (3) He retorts, "Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?" By the very act of stripping off the false He confirms the true. Or were the limitations of our Lord's knowledge themselves so limited that, while we are to suppose that He shared the ignorance of His day as to the frauds of the past, we may allow that He was equal to the much harder task of detecting and exposing the clever imposters of His own time? Was He able to read the hearts and search the guilty motives of living priests and scribes, and yet unable to discover the blunders and fictions which are so plain to our modern critics?

(1) St. Matt. v. 17, 18.
(2) St. Matt. v. 21, 27, 31, 33, 38, 43.
(3) St. Matt. xv. 2, 3.

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THE PREACHER AND BIBLE TEACHER
THE MEANING OF SCRIPTURE NUMBERS

THE BIBLE: ITS PENTATEUCHAL DIVISION

PENTATEUCH is derived from the Greek, and signifies a work consisting of five books. It is the name given to the first five books of the Bible. Pentateuchal means five-fold.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NUMBER OF O.T. BOOKS

We have 39 O.T. books in our English versions. In the Hebrew Bible originally I and II Samuel made one book and similarly I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles, thus making 36 books. This surely has a deep spiritual significance, for 36=3 x 12. Three, we have already noticed (Lesson 2), is the number of the fulness of the Godhead (I John 5 : 7. I Cor. 13 : 13). There are three persons in the Godhead. Twelve is the number of the tribes of Israel. So the O.T. number is 36 - three the Godhead, twelve Israel. This is exactly what the O.T. sets out to do, for it is a narration of God's dealings with the twelve tribes. Hence there is not a book too many or a book too few, the number 36 being the right number with the appropriate unique spiritual significance, a number which conclusively seals the O.T. Canon.

THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THE NUMBER OF N.T. BOOKS

In the N.T. we have 27 books. We have already noticed in Lesson 2 that a capacity can only be calculated by three numbers - length, breadth, and height. Cubic measure is solid measure. Three therefore speaks of fulness. Notice 27 is the fulness of fulness number for 27 = 3 x 3 x 3. The N.T. gives the full and final revelation of God. God in government as seen in the O.T. is graciously veiled. God in grace as seen in the N.T. is gloriously visible. How? Twenty-seven consists of numbers 2 and 7. The number two immediately suggests the second Person of the Adorable Trinity and seven is the [8] perfect number. Hence God in grace is perfectly revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ, which the 27 books of the N.T. set forth to the believing eye. In deep gratitude we exclaim with the Baptist, "And of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16).

FIVE THE KEY NUMBER OF THE BIBLE'S STRUCTURE

In the structure of the Bible, five is the key number. It is the number of grace (Lesson 2). This fits in exactly with the Bible's content, for the Bible is a revelation of the sovereign, saving, sanctifying grace of Almighty God. The whole Bible is Pentateuchal in both structure and character. A study of its structure unveils the stupendous fact that it is in reality five Pentateuchs, and moreover, each section of each pentateuchal division is stamped with the special seal of its place in the Divine order of structure. How unsearchable is the wisdom of God!

We notice that the Bible is

I. PENTATEUCHAL IN ITS FOUNDATION -THE PENTATEUCH BOOKS

The Pentateuch consists of five books. The first five books of Moses - the foundation of the Scriptures of Truth.

1. Genesis.
2. Exodus.
3. Leviticus.
4. Numbers.
5. Deuteronomy.

When David went to meet Goliath of Gath he took five stones out of the brook. He only used one stone in the slaying of the giant. When King David's greater Son, of which David was a type, went to meet the giant of Hell that old serpent the devil He took the Law of God, the five books of Moses, but He only used one book to slay the great adversary. All our Lord's quotations in the temptation were from one book of Moses, the book of Deuteronomy. Some one has said David was more than a conqueror for he brought back all his ammunition having won the battle. He had four stones left in the scrip, and he brought back the giant's head with the other stone in it. Thank God Our Lord Jesus Christ was more than conqueror over the Devil, Death and Hell.

N.B. - The Book of Psalms was divided into five books and was called by the Jews "the Pentateuch of David".

II. PENTATEUCHAL IN ITS CONTINUATION - THE PATRIOTIC BOOKS

Building upon the foundation well and truly laid in the Pentateuch, the Bible's continuation is also five-fold in structure, unfolding the history of the people of Israel.

1. Joshua.
2. Judges, with which the little book of Ruth joins as a natural supplement. It is a story of the same times.
3. Samuel and Kings which give us the Kingdom in Israel from first to last.
4. The Books of the Captivity - Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther,
5. Chronicles, résumé of the history of the kingdom with a special moral purpose.

III. PENTATEUCHAL IN ITS CONTEMPLATION - THE POETICAL BOOKS

1. Job.
2. Psalms.
3. Song of Songs.
4. Ecclesiastes.
5. Proverbs.

IV. PENTATEUCHAL IN ITS ANTICIPATION - THE PROPHETICAL BOOKS

1. Isaiah.
2. Jeremiah with its supplement Lamentations.
3. Ezekiel.
4. Daniel.
5. The Minor Prophets (12 books), Hosea - Malachi. [9]

V. PENTATEUCHAL IN ITS CONSUMMATION - THE PORTRAYAL BOOKS.

The whole New Testament portraying Christ in a five-fold manner - (I) Virgin Birth, (2) Virtuous Life, (3) Vicarious Death, (4) Victorious Resurrection, (5) Visible Appearing.

1. The Gospels.
2. The Acts.
3. The Pauline Epistles.
4. The Other Epistles.
5. The Revelation.

So we find that the Bible is Pentateuchal in its (1) Foundation, (2) Continuation, (3) Contemplation, (4) Anticipation and (5) Consummation.

OUTLINE

THE SPOTLIGHT OF HOLY WRIT.

1. Spotlight of the Past - Unimpeachable Histories.
2. Spotlight on the Present - Indisputable Realities.
3. Spotlight on the Future - Impregnable Prophecies.
4. Spotlight on the Inevitable - Invulnerable Certainties.
5. Spotlight on the Truth - Unassailable Verities.

Books recommended for further study "The Structural Principles of the Bible," F. E. Marsh; "The Numerical Structure of Scripture", F. W. Grant ; "Spiritual Arithmetic", R. T. Naish ; "Heavenly Arithmetic", S. A. Blackwood "Number in Scripture", E. W. Bullinger.

A STUDY OF THE TYPES

RULES TO EXPLAIN THE TYPES

VII. Now we shall proceed in that way with safety.

1. When we accurately consider the original, even the Lord Jesus, who is now presented to our view without a veil, and from thence turn the eye of our mind to the type ; then the greater, the fuller, and the more especial agreement we observe and discover between both, the greater glory we ascribe to the wisdom and truth of God, who made the type so exactly to correspond with him who is figured by it. For when we read the Scriptures we are to judge beforehand, that then only we understand them, when we discover in them a wisdom unsearchable and worthy of God.

2. VIII. In every thing we are to proceed with caution, "fear and trembling", lest we devise mysteries out of our own imagination, and obstinately pervert to one purpose what belongs to another. We do injury to God and his Word, when we would have it owing to our fanciful inventions, that God seems to have spoke or done any thing wisely. However, though there is a measure in all things, I should think the mistake of him more tolerable who imagines he sees Christ, where perhaps he does not reveal himself, than of another who refuses to see him, where he presents himself with sufficient evidence. For the one is an indication of a soul that loves Christ, and is very much taken up with the thoughts of him, when the very least, or perhaps no occasion is given him; the other argues an indolent soul, and slow to believe - such as discovers itself in the Socinians and in Grotius, in other respects a great man, who generally [10] so pervert very many passages, that they make them appear to have no manner of regard to Christ.

3. IX. Whenever it is evident that any person or thing is a type of Christ, we are not to imagine that every circumstance in that person or thing is typical. For it may be that, in the same context, some things are peculiar only to the type, others only to the antitype, and others common to both; for instance, 2 Sam. vii, Solomon is proposed as a type of Christ. But it agrees to Solomon and not to Christ, "if he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men," ver. 14. To Christ, and not to Solomon in its full signification, "I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever" 1, ver. 13. For the kingdom of Israel became extinct in the posterity of Solomon by the Babylonish captivity. And it is applicable to both, "he shall build an house for my name," ib. We may consider other instances in the same manner.

4. X. Sometimes it is sufficient that there be a very faint resemblance in the type of something most excellent, in a most eminent manner, in the antitype. Nay, the more noble and divine the thing signified is, the resemblance of it must of necessity be the more slender ; because of the immense distance there is between Christ and the poor creature. For example : there being no mention in Scripture either of the beginning of the days or the end of Melchizedec's life, that was sufficient to prefigure the eternity of Christ. Heb. vii. 3. And this, once for all, should be a fixed principle in our minds, that, when the same things are asserted both of the type and the antitype, they are, in more excellent manner, true in the latter than in the former, so that the truth of the thing, in its full import, is only to be found in the antitype. Thus we are to explain that of the apostle, Heb. i. 5 : "To which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son - I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son;" when it is evident the same was said concerning Solomon, but in such a diminutive sense with respect to Solomon, that when his whole dignity, honour, and grandeur are compared with Christ, it is plainly of no avail; but it is true in Christ in such a large and extensive sense, that his dignity and honour exceeds that of all the angels, and cannot be communicated to any creature.

XI. Finally, the learned have likewise observed, that a certain variation sometimes takes place with regard to the signification of the type, insomuch that in some respects it may be applied to Christ, and in others to the church, which is his mystical body. Let Abraham's offering up his son be an instance of this. Isaac, in carrying the wood, in being bound by his father, and ready to suffer death in obedience to his father and to God, was a type of Christ, in his carrying his cross, being bound, and in obeying his Father even unto death. But when the ram was offered in the room of Isaac, the figure was changed, and that ram represented Christ, and Isaac the church, which is delivered from death by the death of Christ. These things I thought proper to premise in general, because they cast light on the whole of typical divinity, and will be of use to us in the subsequent observations.

XII. Moreover, the types are not all of one kind, but may very properly be divided into three classes : so that some are natural, some historical, and others legal. We shall, out of a great number, give a few instances of each of these, according to the three periods of time formerly mentioned.

XIII. By a natural type, I understand the creation of this visible world, as Moses has given us the history of it, which was a type of the new creation of believers and of the constitution of the church. Hence the new man is said to be after God created. Eph. iv, 24, and believers are said to be God's workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works, Eph. ii. 10. And the whole mystical body of Christ is called a new creature or creation, 2 Cor. V. 17. Nay the whole method of our restoration is expressed in phrases and similitudes, for the most part, taken from the first creation. Though Adam in his innocent state could have no thoughts of that, nothing having been made known to him, either concerning his fall or his recovery ; yet God so wisely ordered his works in the first creation, that they might be, as it were, an exemplar of the second : and it is manifest to any attentive person, that they are so, which will evidently appear, by particularly comparing the one with the other. [11]

XIV. The first creation of the world was out of nothing ; so nothing was prepared for the second, no good, no virtue, no previous dispositions in the subject : yea, something indeed was in being, which had no place in the old, but that was only rebellion and enmity making vehement opposition to the almighty grace of God. The first was performed at the command and will of God, the second in like manner. "Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures," James i. 18. The rudiments of the first was an undigested mass. "The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep," Gen. i. 2. In like manner, all things lie in base confusion to the soul, when it is to be adorned by the new creation ; and depraved lusts are violently agitated everywhere, without any order. Those things, which should possess the upper place, are depressed to the lowest. There is also a surprising emptiness of every thing that is good, Rom. vii. 18. Neither are all things only surrounded with the gross darkness of ignorance, but the whole soul is nothing but darkness itself, Eph. v. 8. When God was pleased to adorn the world he had created, he begun with the production of light, and he takes the same method in this other creation. "God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ," 2 Cor. iv. 6. After the light, God made the expanse or firmament, to divide the waters from the waters, or the waters under the firmament from those above it He divided also the waters from the dry land. So also he brings every thing, by degrees, into order in our souls. He places reason, which was formerly depressed by the affections, on the chief throne, and commands the affections to stand at the footstool of reason ; but then in such a manner, that the same Spirit which of old moved on the face of the waters, has the management of all here likewise. When the dry land discovered itself from the waters, immediately flowers, herbs, and trees with their fruit, were produced : so after every thing is properly arranged in the new man, fruits meet for faith and repentance appear, and the church of God is "a paradise of pomegranates," Cant. iv. 13. When the "rain is over and gone, the flowers appear on the earth, the fig-tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell," Cant. ii. 11-13. But as God was pleased to divide the huge mass of light into unequal parcels, in order to distinguish years and days in their seasons, and the more commodiously to cherish all things, by a certain proportion of light and heat : so he likewise dispenses his light in the church in different degrees. She has the stars of the prophecies twinkling in the midst of darkness ; also the brighter day-star of the Gospel, the joyful harbinger of the perfect day, 2 Pet. i. 19 : she is as the moon in the heavens of this universe, and the more abundant rays she receives from Jesus, who is her sun, the brighter she is, Cant. vi. 10. Lastly, in proportion to the approach or removal of her sun, she enjoys the mystical revolutions of day and night, of summer and winter, Cant. iv. 6 and ii. 11. While the heavens are spangled with so many stars, the inferior parts of the creation are replete with various creatures, the air with birds, the waters with fish, the earth with animals, as well reptiles as those with feet. In the same manner, the grace of the Spirit of God quickens the soul by his holy emotions ; some souls seem to live, as it were, in the waters of pious tears ; others again, suiting themselves to meaner attainments, creep on the ground ; others, like lions, hold on a steady pace ; while others, in fine, like eagles, soar aloft, and waft themselves on nimble pinions above all heavens.

Next month The Historical Types.

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REPORTS FROM AMERICA
(Contiued)

Spirit came in with great power, a brokeness was evidenced in the congregation, and many indicated they were coming back to a closer relationship with the Lord.

Each morning I ministered to the students of John Knox College on the subject of Prayer. The challenge of the Word was taken up by the students and we had the joy of seeing spontaneous prayer meetings springing up among them during the week. Pray for the college where we believe a fine work is being done among the students.

The final week was spent in Glendale with Rev. Robert Vandermay and his congregation. Many were eager to hear about the Ulster situation and I had the doubtful privilege of appearing on Television to tell something of the troubles and the truth concerning Ulster. I also spoke at a Christian Businessmen's lunch regarding the province and at two of the larger Bible colleges in the area - the Los Angeles Baptist College, where I spoke to three different groups, and Biola College, where I had opportunity to speak to the student body of 1,500.

The meetings at Glendale were encouraging. During visitation Mr. Vandermay and I had the privilege of counselling a young R.C. man and his wife concerning salvation. In the meeting that night we lad the joy of seeing them coming out boldly and confessing Christ as Saviour - this couple need your prayers. Two others came out in the meetings as the Word was preached nightly.

I left California on their traditional Thanksgiving Day. It was Thanksgiving Day indeed for me as I looked back over the month and remembered God's goodness to me. I would like to thank all who prayed for us during the American campaign and ask you to continue to pray that God may preserve and prosper the separatist churches in that needy land.

REV. WILLIAM BEATTIE

Rev. William Beattie, Minister of Dunmurry Free Presbyterian Church, had very successful meetings throughout the four weeks in U.S.A. Altogether forty-eight souls professed faith in Christ and a number of God's people came out publicly for spiritual advice.


The first week of meetings were conducted in the Bible Presbyterian Church, Grand Island, New York. This was the best week in the series with twenty souls coming to Christ.

The next week was divided between two Bible Presbyterian Churches at Concord and Charlotte, North Carolina. At Charlotte Mr. Beattie had an opportunity to speak, each morning, to the pupils in the school that is sponsored by the Bible Presbyterian Church. In both Concord and Charlotte a number of souls were saved.

From North Carolina he then travelled to Greenville, South Carolina to preach for one week in the Bible Presbyterian Church. The meetings at Greenville were blessed of the Lord in a different way compared with the other centres, in that although there were a few decisions for Christ the greatest evidence of blessing was that a number of Christians made application to join the church as a result of the meetings.

Mr. Beattie also spoke three times at Bob Jones University. Once at chapel and twice to the young preachers in training.

During the final week he preached at the Knoxville Bible Presbyterian Clhurch, Tennessee. The Lord worked mainly amongst his own people and many publicly came forward to deal with sin in their lives. The closing meetings saw a number of decisions for salvation. [13]

To God be the glory for the blessing that attended Mr. Beattie's ministry during these weeks.

Mr. Beattie seized every opportunity possible to speak on T V. and Radio about the situation in Ulster. The problems of our country are misrepresented across the Atlantic. He had many openings everywhere he travelled to refute the lying propaganda of the I.R.A. and their fellow travellers.

REV. IVAN FOSTER

The invitation to join the deputation from the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster in a visit to America and Canada was certainly a privilege. Nevertheless, because of the recent opening of our new church in Enniskillen I was loth to be absent from my pulpit when our congregation was making every effort to fill our new building. However, as I prayed about the matter I was reminded of some advice given by Jordan Khan, a faithful servant of the Lord, who preached some time ago in our churches. He had said that if ever we received an invitation to preach in Europe or U.S.A. we should accept it, for God had surely given the Free Presbyterian Church a message for the world. The more I thought about this, the more I felt convinced that I should go, even if it were not for the full four weeks. I was supported in this by my elders, so I gladly agreed to go for three weeks.

My first week was spent in the Bible Presbyterian Church of Toronto. The minister, Rev. H. McEwen, met Rev. Beattie, who bad travelled with me from London at Toronto airport. I had a meeting that evening (Thursday, 26th October) at 8 p.m. From my experience of Toronto gained during the few days I spent there in 1969, I felt inclined to speak to God's people on the theme of preparing our hearts for God's blessing. As our meetings were attended mostly by Christians, this proved to be the right course of action. It was the testimony of the Christians in the meetings that the Lord through His Word had shown them more clearly the need for personal holiness before we can expect His power. The numbers were not large, averaging fifty on the week-nights and a full church on Sunday evenings I had innumerable opportunities of speaking personally to members an exhorting them to press onward. It is most depressing for Christian on the American continent when they consider their few members and the vast number of indifferent sinners around them.

It was planned that I should take them in two television programmes in which I was to be questioned by a panel. But, lo and behold, the T.V. equipment broke down and we were told that I could not now appear. It seemed strange, to say the least.

I also spoke at a luncheon in Jarvis Street Baptist Church, given by the Canadian Council of Evangelical Protestant Churches. There was a prolonged question time afterwards, with questions coming from many Ulster people now living in Canada.

Our largest meeting was the final rally held in a school auditorium. There were approximately 300 in attendance.

One of the highlights of my visit to Canada was meeting members of the Menteith family from Omagh, whose brother Mr. Ernie Monteith is a committee man in our Omaghb church, and a young member of our own congregation Mr. George Robinson, whose father is an elder in Bethel Free Presbyterian Church. Because [14] the members of the Bible Presbyterian Church discovered that my birthday would be celebrated away from home they gave me a party. So on the last night after the service there was a gathering in the basement of the church and I was asked to cut the first slice of a specially-iced cake. The kindness of God's people is universal. It was with sorrow that the next day I boarded the plane for New York and then on to Nashville, Tennessee.

I was met at Nashville airport by Rev. Melvin Perry, pastor of Grace Bible Presbyterian Church. Angela Davies, a noted Black Militant Communist, also arrived that day to speak in the local negro university. Rev. Perry had already announced that our first meeting would be a protest meeting against Communism. This received some attention from the Press and I was interviewed as soon as I landed. The questions asked denoted a complete lack of knowledge of the Ulster situation. During my stay in Nashville I appeared on television and took part in programmes in which listeners could phone in questions. It became quite like Ulster at times.

I was booked to preach four times in Rev. Perry's church and four times in Rev. Clyde Smithson's Church, which was also in Nashville. I again felt compelled to address God's people as they hold the key to revival. I experienced great help from the Lord in these meetings and there were many Christians who came to me privately to tell of restorations wrought by the Holy Spirit. The standard of Christianity in America is very much lower than here at home and this was something the people lamented over as God's Word was preached.

During my stay in Nashville the American Presidential election took place. In fact it was my birthday. The fellowship tea which was given the night before I left Nashville also became a birthday party. Two in one month is good going.

A small group of Bible Presbyterians left me to the airport where I was to fly to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and then to York, Pennsylvania.

I left Nashville with an invitation to return in August, 1973, an invitation I desire to know God's will upon, before Rev. Darrell Hagler met us in Pennsylvania and we went straight to his church for our first meeting. I told him of the messages I had preached and he felt I should dot he same in his church. I think that the meetings in York were our best, although the attendance was not good, just the members of the church plus a few strangers being present. However, as the message was for God's people I was content with the attendance. God was speaking to His own and what had to be said was for them alone. The numbers increased considerably for our final meeting in which I dealt with the ecumenical movement. At the end of the meeting a member of the Lutheran Church stood up and publicly declared that he and his family were getting out. I hope many others will follow suit.

During the final and third week I travelled for one meeting to the neighbouring state of Maryland, to the city of Baltimore, "the murder capital of the world," as it is called. There I spoke on the radio and preached with some liberty a, "The Church of the Open Door" and to a Christian Business Breakfast meeting. While in Baltimore I was able to contact Rev. Bert Cooke by phone. This was my first contact with any of my brethren.

I spent my last day and night in Faith Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. We had a time of heart-warming Fellowship with Dr. Arthur Froelich, a Bible Presbyterian minister, who was speaking in the seminary for one week. I renewed fellowship with Dr. Lynn Gray Gordon, whom I had met on a few previous occasions. He invited me to speak at his class in the seminary where he lectures on Pastoral Theology. We spent some time answering students' questions about the spiritual aspect of life in Ulster. There were some eager to come over and wondered if they would be welcomed. I answered them that there would be a warm welcome for them.

On Friday, November 17, I flew out from Philadelphia airport at 9 p.m. and with a six-hour flight and a six-hour time change I arrived in London at 9 a.m. and arrived in Enniskillen at 1.30 p.m., happy to be home and thankful to the Lord for the many spiritual benefits we have in Ulster, benefits which only become apparent after experiencing the spiritual wilderness that others of God's children are no win. I was also determined to pray for the Church of God in America that revival might come. [15]

REV. S.B. COOKE

On Friday, 24th November, I returned from a four-week, 10,000 mile trip, to the U.S.A. It was a demanding yet rewarding experience. In those 28 days I preached 34 times in churches and colleges; spoke on Christian radio stations four times; participated in radio talk-back shows on three occasions and gave four T.V. interviews.

Now and again I was even given time off to sleep! Highlights of the tour included my visit to Maryland Bible Presbyterian Church, near Orlands, in Florida, which enjoys the solid and capable ministry of Dr. Arthur Froehlich. Dr. Froehlich is a seasoned warrior for God. A former minister in the United Presbyterian Church, he stands " boldly and fearlessly "outside the camp, contending earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. It was a personal joy for me to have fellowship with him and God's presence was our portion nightly in the services. During my stay in Florida I had opportunity to visit and to speak to the students and faculty of Shelton College, now situated in the beautiful coastal surroundings near Cape Kennedy.

I have happy memories of my three-day series of meetings in Cub Hill Bible Presbyterian Church, Baltimore. The Rev. John Dakker, who hails originally from Holland, is their minister. Their beautiful new church building was opened five years ago, seating around 300, and the work of God is progressing. Bro. Dakker is an accomplished and skilled radio broadcaster. He operates his own programme from his study in the church and he is on the air every morning Monday-Saturday, 7-30 a.m. - 8. This work is one o the joys of his life and ministry. He approaches his morning broadcast the way a hungry man views a T-bone steak. On my final day there I shared the early morning broadcast with him. In the afternoon both of us were in charge of a marathon 2 1/4 hour talk-back programme from a Christian radio station in Baltimore. Then I preached for an hour on the Ulster situation at the church in the evening. Immediately afterwards I was driven over two hours to a motel in preparation for my journey the next day to my Sunday services in Salisbury and Milford, Delaware. Rumour has it that I was slightly tired by the time I got to bed.

My final week took me to Trenton, outside the great car-manufacturing city of Detroit, Michigan. Due to the Rev. Wylie's Sudden illness my itinerary was changed and instead of going to York, Penn., and Kansas City I was scheduled for Baltimore and Detroit. The minister at Trenton is the Rev. John Mills. Bro. Mills and his wife are both converted Roman Catholics. His wife was born in Scotland and I spent a very happy week of Christian fellowship at their home with their three children. Even Candy the dog accepted me as one of the family before I left! The history of their church is very similar to the formation of many of our own churches. In 1968, after much heart searching, having sat under the ministries of Dr. Paisley and Rev. Beattie at Cape May, he resigned from the United Presbyterian Church, where he was a teacher of the adult Bible class, because of their allegiance to the National Council of Churches. On the first Sunday he held a service in his own home. His congregation numbered four - his wife and three children. His former minister, a professed evangelical, was so incensed at his action that he called a special church meeting. Even members on holiday were urged to return and to attend. The sole objective of the gathering was to denounce John Mills! However, if you give the devil enough rope be will hang himself. The effect upon the congregation was contrary to what the compromising minister intended. Others left to join God's servant outside the camp of [16] apostasy. To-day, five years later, John Mills is an ordained minister of Bible Presbyterian Church; they have their own church building and the congregation is increasing steadily. The interest during my week's meetings was marked and blessed of God.

I had opportunity also to minister in some of the smaller congregations in Lakeland, Florida, which is without a pastor, and in Milford, Delaware, where the witness is maintained by the Rev. John Battle, who is also a Professor at Faith Theological Seminary. Despite the small numbers that attended these services we experienced the presence and blessings of God.

My preaching during the tour was largely directed to believers, presenting the great issues that face God's people everywhere in the light of the ecumenical movement. The situation in Ulster was of interest to many and I usually devoted a night to deal with this theme in depth. Looking back I thank God for the wonderful opportunity to serve Him in U.S. I can only praise Him for His presence, His protection, His guidance. A number of first-time decisions for Christ were recorded and many gave public testimony to a renewal and in some cases, a restoration of Gods presence and power in their lives. To Him alone be the glory!

P.S. - Despite enjoying splendid American hospitality, I arrived home 7 lbs. lighter than I was earlier in the year. I have since regained 4 lbs. . . . no place like home!

 

 

 

 

 

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