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VATICAN GIVES THE LIE TO THE ECUMENISTS: THE POPE SAYS IT AGAIN "I AM INFALLIBLE"

The Irish Presbyterian, Irish Episcopalian and Irish Methodist Ecumenists have been telling us all that Rome has changed. "Rome," they say, "is different now from the days of the Reformation. The Holy Spirit is at work and there is a real revival in Rome." Some deluded people think because R.C. priests have spoken "with tongues" that this proves their salvation and godliness.

When I met the Archbishop of Canterbury this was his whole theme, "Rome has changed and is changing." I quoted from the documents of Vatican II to expose the fallacy of this claim and I'm glad that the Pope himself agrees with me that, far from it, Rome has not changed (It's about the only thing the Pope would agree with me about)!

On Thursday, 5th July, a new document was issued in Rome by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (a new name for "the Holy Office of the Inquisition"). The document sets out again the Council of Trent's claim that the "Catholic" Church alone possessed the full means of salvation and was indeed the only true Church of Christ. Protestants are in fact not in the Church at all! It also stresses the infallibility of the teaching authority of the "Catholic" Church expressed in doctrinal positions. It points out that theologians "must always be limited by the Word of God as it is faithfully taught and explained by the living magestium of the pastors and especially of THE PASTOR (i.e. the Pope) of the entire people of God."

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AN ATTEMPT TO DESTROY ULSTER
A Sermon by Dr. Paisley, preached in the Martyrs Memorial Church on 2nd June, 1973.

The seventh verse of the eighteenth chapter of Isaiah's prophecy: "A people scattered and peeled", "A people scattered and peeled."

Northern Ireland, as we know it, owes its existence to the great Protestant Reformation of the sixteenth century. Without Protestantism there would be no Ulster. This is the bedrock of the whole Ulster position. Smash the bedrock, corrode the foundation, break up the fundamentals, and Ulster will crumble, decay, perish and die. If the foundations be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?

It would do well for us this evening to remember some things about the Protestant Reformation. I was informed by a Protestant and a prominent evangelical the other day, that he never heard the word reformation used in the church to which he attends, although it is a well-known, gospel preaching church. He says they do not have any sense of history, they do not understand why they have an authorised version of the Bible, and why they have a Protestant faith. That is a good church, a sound church, a fundamentalist church. And if that can be said of such a church, what can be said of those churches that have compromised and apostatised, and handed over their faith and handed away their heritage?

LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

There is a great lack of knowledge among God's people. Some people think that if you mention the Reformation you are political. What utter nonsense! You might say you are political when you mention Pentecost, because the Reformation was indeed a second Pentecost. At Pentecost Judaism collapsed and Christianity took over. At the Reformation Popery collapsed and Protestantism took over. Who did it? Luther? No, Sir! Calvin? No, Sir! John Knox? No, Sir! Thomas Cranmer? No, Sir! Ridley? No, Sir! Latimer? No, Sir! Hooper? No, Sir! Ferrar? No, Sir! Tyndale? No, Sir! It was God the Holy Ghost! God send us another Reformation. God send us a Reformation that will decay and overtopple Ecumenism, and bring Evangelicalism alive again with an evangelistic fervour that will spread the gospel to the ends of the earth.

So the poor, benighted, ignorant, uneducated, illiterate Christians that think you are a politician when you mention the Reformation, I want to enlighten you if you are in the meeting. Although I doubt [3] whether there be such ignorant, unenlightened people in this service tonight. For you could hardly come to this church with its name, and its tradition, and its background, and its preacher without knowing a little about the Reformation.

THE BATTLE OF THE REFORMATION

Now having said that I want you to notice that the Reformation was a battle, not only among the people, but it was a battle at the very highest pinnacle of authority in the land. It was a battle centred around the Monarchy. Around the Monarchy in Scotland with Mary Queen of Scots, an ardent, bigoted papist. Around the Monarchy in England with Henry VIII, who remained a Roman Catholic to the end of his days, but who was a rebel against the Pope, and so he made himself a pope. He said "Do not look to the Vatican, just look to the King." But never you think that Henry VIII was a Protestant. Never you think that he was a Christian. He died with the Mass, with the Confessional, and with all the trimmings of Rome. But one thing he did do, he rebelled against the Vatican. He was followed by a bigoted and blood-thirsty daughter, known in history as Bloody Mary. And the battle continued.

I was lecturing to our students this week on the burning of old Hugh Latimer. And they lit the fire, and he said "Play the man Ridley, for this day, by God's grace, we shall light such a candle in England that shall never be put out." And, thank God, the light of that gospel candle still burns. It is not the Archbishop of Canterbury that is keeping it burning. He would like to put it out. Praise God, the Holy Ghost is keeping it burning, and will by His grace and by His help.

The Bloody Mary came to an end. Elizabeth I, the first Elizabeth came to the throne. Protestantism in England got its head, and there was a real revival of true Protestantism. And then the Pope blessed Phillip of Spain, the Armada sailed, the greatest naval force ever got together in Europe to smash this nation and smash Protestantism. Thank God, God blew His winds and they were scattered. And Drake and the men of Devon and Cornwall went out in their little boats and they fired their guns into the Armada's hulks, and they showed that the British people, steeled with the courage of the freedom of Protestantism, were a match any day for those that were serfs of the Pope, and were under the power of the Vatican.

ROME DOES NOT GIVE UP EASY

So England was delivered, but Rome does not give up easy. James came from Scotland. He was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots. His mother's bad blood was in his veins. James was aided with the Episcopalian church in England, and with a system known in church history as Erastianism, which was indeed only popery come over across the Protestant wall. A system of authoritarianism, a diocese of bishops with tremendous power to make everyone conform, bow the knee. And if you did not conform you were excommunicated, your church was closed, your pastorate was shut down, and you were hounded to the mountain side.

James I died and Charles I came to the throne. He was everything that a papist could be, but in name. He married a daughter of the Queen of France, and she herself was a bigoted, full blooded Romanist. Parliament refused to bow to the [4] tyranny of the King. The parliamentary civil war broke out. The King had the advantage. His men were gentlemen. The parliamentarian army were men that were old criminals, enlisted from the streets. They were useless. But then there arose that great figure in English history, Oliver Cromwell. He said "Get me Godly men and Godly men will follow them." And Godly men came and Oliver Cromwell formed his Ironsides. We would need a few regiments of Ironsides in Ulster tonight! Yes, Sir! And the armies of Charles were defeated, overthrown. The king was held prisoner, and Charles, man of blood, was brought to judgment.

THE TRIAL OF CHARLES I

I stood the other day in Westminster Hall where old Charles stood facing the parliamentarians of his day. I wish there was some parliamentarians today like the Oliver Cromwells of that day.

And the king was found guilty of being a man of blood, and for the first time the English people cut off the head of the king. The Commonwealth was declared. A great era in England's history. An era when England became the champion of the siege. An era when England's name made the European nations tremble. An era in England when the Dukes of Savoy had to stop persecuting the Waldensian churches, because Cromwell sent them a letter and be said "If you go on butchering the Protestants in Italy, I will come to Italy and I will deal with you as I dealt with the Irish." And I am telling you if Oliver Cromwell was about tonight there would not be many I.R.A. men left, after a week, I can assure you of that. They still say in the South "The curse of Cromwell be on you." They remember him after all these years. I hope I will be remembered after a few hundred years!

But Rome does not give up. The restoration of the Monarchy was the coming in of the tide. Charles II came to the throne, a secret papist. He led the way for the accession of his brother James, Duke of York. James II came to the throne, a man surrounded with Jesuits. Then you know the trouble that was in England and in Scotland. The Covenanters shed their blood. They battled against priestcraft and Romanism. They battled against the usurper.

THE LION OF THE COVENANT

I stood at that town centre in Scotland, where Richard Cameron, the lion of the Covenant made his famous declaration and excommunicated Charles II and James Duke of York, and branded them as traitors. Men like Cameron were men of steel and men of power. They fell in the battle! I stood at Airdes Moss, at the monument erected to Richard Cameron, and as I stood there with my family, we engaged in prayer and I prayed that the spirit of the covenant may still burn in our hearts, that we may not surrender our heritage, that we may not give in to the enemies of the true historic Christian faith.

The Monarchy of England became papist. James tried to subvert the whole nation. The men of the parliament and the men of the hierarchy of England rebelled and they sent for William, Prince of Orange, of pious, glorious and immortal memory. And he came. Yes! And what did he say? "The liberties of England and the Protestant religion I will defend." And he defeated James. James fled like a coward, as he was, and William landed here at Carrickfergus, and went on to the Battle of the Boyne. And at that battle, civil and religious liberty was established in this land, and in the United Kingdom. [5]

The people of Britain were determined that it was to the subversion of the nation to have a Roman Catholic Monarchy, and so they passed the Act of Settlement. And when a king ascended the throne or was declared to be the successor to the deceased monarch before him, he had to take the following oath, and I want to read it to you:

THE OATH OF ACCESSION

"I............do solemnly and sincerely in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I do believe (1) That in the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper there is not any transubstantiation of the elements of the bread and wine into the body and blood of Christ, at or after the consecration thereof by any person whatsoever, and that the invocation or adoration of the Virgin Mary or any other saint, and the sacrifice of the Mass as they are now used in the Church of Rome are superstitious and idolatrous. And I do solemnly, in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I do make this declaration and every part thereof in the plain and ordinary sense of the words read unto me as they are commonly understood by English Protestants without any evasion, equivocation or mental reservation whatsoever. And without any dispensation already granted me for this purpose by the Pope or any other authority or person whatsoever, or without any hope of any such dispensation from any person or authority whatsoever, or without thinking that I am or can be acquitted before God or man, or absolved of this declaration or any part thereof, although the Pope or any other person or persons or power whatsoever should dispense with or annul the same or declare that it was null or void from the beginning."

And every King and Queen of England from the day of William III until the day of George V, took that Oath. And George V refused to take it, and it was changed. That was the undermining of the Protestant Throne, and George V took the Oath in this form:

"I do solemnly, in the presence of God, profess, testify and declare that I am a faithful Protestant and that I will, according to the true intent of the enactments which secure Protestant succession to the Throne of my Realm, uphold and maintain the said enactments to the best of my powers according to the law."

Transubtantiation, idolatry, the blasphemy of it was left out of the accession Oath. That was the first victory of the Jesuits to undermine the Protestant Throne. How many Protestants realise that? Edward VII was the last King of England to take the same oath as William III took when he ascended the Throne of England.


ATTEMPT TO REPUBLICANISE ULSTER

Now let us come a little bit further. This week is a most important week, because this week the Northern Ireland Constitution Bill which abolishes Ulster's Constitution, the 1920 Act, will be debated in the British House of Commons. It will get its second reading. That Bill is the blueprint, no matter what Mr. Faulkner said, no matter what the Alliance Party tells you, no matter what every other politician may tell you, is the blueprint to Republicanize Ulster. And when we finish with that Bill, all that Ulster will be is a republic annexed to the United Kingdom, but getting ready to be taken over by the Republic of Ireland. That is a strong statement, but I am going to prove it, and I am going to prove it to you now. [6]

Let me say that Republicanism in this land had a force to be reckoned with for almost fifty years. What was that? That Force was a well-armed and well-trained Police Force. It was the Royal Ulster Constabulary that gave teeth to Stormont's Parliament. It was the strong right arm of parliamentary government in Ulster. And the Police was closely associated with a great body of men known as the Ulster Special Constabulary. And these two Forces stood between us and those that would destroy us, and bring us into an all Ireland Republic. And so the enemy decided that they would destroy the defences that we had and you know what happened.

A campaign, a wicked, vicious, diabolical campaign was started against the Police. If there is one man that needs to be blamed in this land it is the man who is now Sir Robert Porter. For if ever a man was guilty, he is guilty, for he was the Minister of Home Affairs that forwarded the work of the destruction of the R.U.C. and "B" Specials. But you will remember an historic visit in '69 to Westminster. Chichester Clark, Sir Robert Porter, Senator Andrews and Brian Faulkner (do not forget it) they went to Westminster and they handed the heads of the R.U.C. and the "B" Specials on a plate to Harold Wilson. And I want to tell you something Harold Wilson says in his Diary, he says "Jim Callaghan and I were surprised when we heard these four Unionists-saying 'We will hand you over the "B" Specials and the Police.' " He said "We were so surprised we had to ask them to leave the room so that Jim Callaghan and I could have a little conversation at this surprise happening."

THE FOUR MEN

And when these four men came back, the same little man who is lying to the people of Ulster, said that the "B" Specials shall not be disbanded. I said "He is a liar." And I was right. Yes, I was right! I want to tell you something tonight, that was the beginning of the end. The beginning of the end! For a Stormont without an armed Police was a Stormont without teeth. So they had begun well. They had discarded the outer defences.

These Unionists are responsible for this trouble. They sold us! We put our faith in them and they sold us. And I want to tell you, the Unionists decided "we will still hold power, we will placate the Republicans, we will ban the 12th of July, that will please them." So Mr. Faulkner banned the Twelfth of July. In fact, he create and he twisted, and he somersaulted and tie distorted and contorted, and did everything to get power, but the power was gone. And I told them that Stormont would fall, and it fell. It fell the day when its teeth were drawn, 1969, and the teeth were drawn willingly by those four traitors who sold this country down the river.

And having done away with our Parliament, if the Protestants of this country (and I must say this) had stood together and united, and demanded total integration with Britain, we would have got it at that time. But they did not. They were so keen to hold on to petty power, they refused to go the way that would have been a way of success. And I, myself, regret that the loyalists did not walk the path that could have been to their safety. And time will tell.

But this is not a time for loyalists to dwell in the past. Because if we dwelt in the past now we would only divide ourselves in the face of the enemy. And this

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THE PREACHER AND BIBLE TEACHER
THE PENTATEUCH - PART II

This study has to do with the content of the Pentateuch keeping in mind from our previous lesson, The Appellation of the Pentateuch and The Origination of the Pentateuch, we turn to the message of this five-volumed work under the subject heading.

THE PROCLAMATION OF THE PENTATEUCH

We want to take a birds-eye view of the whole, and so have fastened in our minds and hearts the great message of each book. The Pentateuch proclaims the Gospel and can be rightly called "The Gospel According to Moses." Our Lord Jesus Christ in His Great Redemptive Work is the glorious theme of this the first Gospel penned. The Gospel unfolded in the New Testament is all unfolded here. In the New Testament it is revealed, here it is concealed. No wonder the Blessed Saviour Himself left on record this divine comment on the writings of Moses, the man of God, "He wrote of me" (John 5: 45-47).

Take, for example, the mighty prophetic revelation of Gen. 3: 15, a bright star of hope amidst the dark calamity of the Fall, a star that shone more and more unto the perfection of salvation's day. The three great fundamentals of the Gospel are here displayed in all the wonder of redeeming grace.

1. THE PROMISE OF THE SAVIOUR

Fallen man with back towards "Paradise Lost" had through this Promise his face towards "Paradise Regained." The Old Testament's saints had the Promise of Christ's First Advent. It served them for the conflict and cheered them in dark sorrow's night. So fervently did they cling to the great pledge of God that the apostolic writer intimates they put their arms of faith around it and hugged it to their bosoms.

"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were Persuaded of them and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" (Heb. 11 : 13).

The New Testament saints have the Promise of the Second Advent.

"We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed as unto a light that shineth in a dark place until the day dawn and the day star arise in your hearts" (II Peter 1 : 19). [8]

Notice not the seed of the man, but of the woman. The Saviour's glorious person is here revealed. He is to be a Virgin-born Saviour. God manifest in the flesh.

2. THE PERSON OF THE SAVIOUR. "The Seed of the Woman."

3. THE PASSION OF THE SAVIOUR. "He shall bruise thy head, thou shalt bruise His heel." Here we have a preview of the Cross as both a Conflict, "thou shalt bruise His heel," and a Conquest, "He shall bruise thy head."

The Promise, the Person, and the Passion of Christ are the great pillars by which the Gospel Temple is supported.

Turning to the five books we can sum up their contents as follows:

I. GENESIS THE GREAT EXPLANATION

Key verse: Gen. 1: 1, "In the beginning."

Thinking humanity has always asked the question about the origin of those things everywhere displayed around us. Genesis gives the Great Explanation. "In the beginning God." The origin of man, woman, marriage, sin, murder, sacrifice, prayer, judgment, family, famine, etc., are all explained here. Huxley's Huxters go back 10,000,000,000 years, we as Bible believers go back to "the beginning."

In Genesis we have -

1. The Formation of the World by Creation.
2. The De-Formation of the World by Sin.
3. The Re-Formation of the World by Judgment.
4. The Trans-Formation of the World by Grace.

II. EXODUS: THE GREAT EXTRADITION


Key verse: "Let my people go" (Exod. 5: 1).

In Exodus we have:

1. The Treachery Described. Pharaoh's plan to kill the male children.
2. The Task Designated. Moses appointed to deliver the people.
3. The Toil Doubled. Making bricks without straw.
4. The Triumph Declared. Through the plagues and by the Blood of the Passover Lamb.
5. The Tribes Delivered. The Exodus from Egypt.
6. The Tide Decreased. The Red Sea crossing.
7. The Tyrant Devastated. Pharaoh and his hosts drowned in the sea.

III. LEVITICUS: THE GREAT EXPIATION

Key verse: "For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" (Lev. 17: 11).

The Blood of the Cross is here previewed and reviewed in beautiful type and symbol as the great expiation from sin.

In Leviticus we have:

1. The Way of Expiation. The Offerings.
2. The Work of Expiation. The Duties of People and Priests.
3. The Walk of Expiation. Holiness the objective of cleansing. The word occurs 87 times in the book.
4. The Warning of Expiation. Danger in Rejecting God's Way - Nadab and Abihu punished.
5. The Wealth of Expiation. The feasts of Jehovah.

IV. NUMBERS: THE GREAT EXPEDITION

Key verses: "Take the sum of all . . . able to go to war in Israel" (Numbers 1:2 and 3; 26: 2).

This book deals with the two enumerations of Israel. The numbering before failure and the re-numbering after the forty years judgment in the wilderness.

In Numbers we have:

1. The Expedition Modelled. The tribes numbered.
2. The Expedition Marching. From Sinai to Kadesh-Barnea.
3. The Expedition Murmuring. The failure of Kadesh-Barnea.
4. The Expedition Mutilated. Forty years of death in the wilderness (Heb. 3: 17).
5. The Expedition Marshalled. The new generation numbered and Joshua appointed leader.

V. DEUTERONOMY: THE GREAT EXHORTATION

Key verse: "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live" (Deut. 30: 19).

The book can be summarised as follows: -

The Great Exhortation.

1. Recalls the Work of God.
2. Reiterates the Word of God.
3. Reimposes the Law of God.
4. Records the Promise of God.
5. Reasons about the Wrath of God.
6. Re-introduces the Blessing of God.
7. Re-establishes the Covenant of God.

A STUDY OF THE TYPES
by HERMAN WITSIUS, D.D.

AND IN HIS OFFICES, AS DELIVERER

Moses sustained a three-fold office. I That of a Deliverer. II Of a Mediator. III Of a Prophet. In each he was a type of Christ. He is called a deliverer (redeemer) Acts 7:35. For, by the power of God, he delivered the people from Egyptian bondage, by destroying the first-born of Egypt by preserving the Israelites by the blood of the paschal lamb, by enriching them with the spoils of their enemies, and, by drowning the Pharaoh and all his host. In like manner, Christ redeems (delivers) his elect from the tyranny of the devil, overthrows all the power which opposes the liberty of his brethren, taking such a vengeance on his enemies as contains an express charge of guilt: with his own blood he sprinkles the hearts of the elect, and screens them from the destroying angel, brings into the church the glory and [10] honour of the nations, Rev. 21:26; and in a word, having spoiled principalities and powers, he makes a show of them openly, triumphing over them, Col. 2:15.

AS A MEDIATOR

Moses himself declares that he was a mediator. Deut. v. 5: "I stood between Jehovah and you at that time;" and he acted as a mediator in a two-fold respect. I As the messenger of the covenant, proposing the commandments and promises of God to the people, and bringing the words of the people back to God, Exod. 19:7, 8, and in a solemn manner ratifying the covenant in the name of both parties, Exod. 24:8. II As interceding for the people with God, praying, that if divine justice could not otherwise be satisfied, himself might rather be blotted out of the book of God, and the people spared, Exod. 32:32. In all these things, he represents Christ, who in a far more excellent manner is the mediator between God and man: not only the angel of the covenant, and the messenger of the everlasting testament, but also the sponsor and surety of a better covenant than that of Moses, Heb. 7:22; not only in the name of God undertaking with men for their salvation, and all things appertaining thereto, but also in our name undertaking with God to cancel, by his death, all our debts, to the utmost farthing and being admitted by God to the discharge of that office, he, by his death and intercession, became the procurer of an everlasting peace.

AS PROPHET

Lastly, As Moses was the greatest Prophet of God's people, whose equal no age produced, Deut. 39:10; so Christ in this also was like to Moses, Deut. 28:28; nay, so much greater than Moses, as a Son is greater than a servant, and "he who hath builded the house than the house," Heb. 3: 5, 6. More especially, First, Whereas God made Himself known unto the other prophets in a vision or a dream, with Moses "he spoke mouth to mouth," and gave him to behold "the similitude of the Lord," Numb. 12:6, 7, 8. But who did ever more clearly see God than his only-begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, and was therefore only qualified to declare the Father unto us? John 1 :18. Secondly, None of the prophets was so famous for miracles and wonders as was Moses. And yet Christ, by His miracles, struck everyone with astonishment, and obliged even the most refractory Jews to confess, that nothing like or even equal to them was ever seen in Israel, Matt. 9: 33. Thirdly, Moses made great alterations in the external polity or form of worship, and, at God's command, made many additions to it. Christ again, by the same will of God, having abrogated the former institutions, made the church appear in a more excellent form, and delivered those words which God had reserved to be spoken in the last days. Fourthly, "Moses was faithful in all the house of God, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after," Heb. 3:5, proposing all these things briefly and obscurely, which were to be spoken and taught through the whole house of God in every period of time. But Christ, with His apostles, spoke those things clearly, to which Moses bore witness as to things afterwards to be spoken, John 5:46, Acts 26:22.

HOW AARON PREFIGURED CHRIST

To Moses, let us join Aaron, whose typical relation we cannot here however explain without intermixing some things from the legal types. First, He being born before Moses, was sanctified, at God's [11] command, to be the high priest of the people in things pertaining to God, Exod. 28:1 ; Heb. v. 1. In like manner Christ, the first-born among many brethren, and the only begotten Son of God, is the "high priest of our profession (Heb. 3:1), who glorified not himself to be made an high priest ; but he that said unto him, thou art my Son, today have I begotten thee," Heb. v. 5. Secondly, When Aaron was to be installed in his office, he was anointed with the most fragrant oil, even with that which was appointed for the most sacred uses, Exod. 29:7 and 30:31, 32. This was so plentifully poured on his head that it ran down upon his beard, and to the skirts of his garments, Ps. 133:2. In like manner God anointed Christ "with the Holy Ghost and with power," Acts 10: 38; "not by measure," John 3:34; and his gifts descend plentifully upon all his chosen people, I John 2:20. Whence "his name is as ointment poured forth," Cant. 1 :3 ; but the elect only partake of it ; for the profane world "receiveth not this Spirit," John 14:17.

THE HOLY GARMENTS

Thirdly, Aaron was likewise clothed with holy garments. 1. He had a mitre of the finest linen upon his head, to which was fastened on a blue lace a plate of pure gold, having engraven upon it "Holiness to Jehovah," Exod. 28: 36, 37: and by this was signified the most unspotted holiness of Christ, both as to his divine and human nature, Heb. 7:29, and likewise that Christ was the person who "bears the iniquity of the holy things," ver. 38, that is expiates the sins with which our most holy actions are otherwise polluted. 2. He was also clothed with a blue robe, upon the hem of which were pomegranates and golden bells interchangeably, quite round, Exod. 28:31, 33. That represented the robe of righteousness with which Christ was Himself clothed, and with which He clothes His people, Isa. 61 :10, as also the most acceptable sound of the gospel, to be preached by Him, whithersoever he should come, together with the most sweet and fragrant fruits thereof. 3. He also had on the ephod* or short cloak of most curious workmanship, on the shoulders of which were joined two onyx stones with the names of the children of Israel, Exod. 28: 6, 9. By which was signified that his chosen people would be very dear to Christ our high priest; he was to carry them, as it were, on his shoulders into the heavenly sanctuary, Isa. 40:11 ; nay, and to carry them with care, as a precious stone, a peculiar treasure, and as his own inheritance. 4. There was likewise the holy breastplate of judgment, with twelve precious stones set therein, on each of which was a name of a tribe of Israel, Exod. 28:15, 17. Many are pleased to call this the "Urim and Thummim," Lev. 8:8. This signified that Christ is he, whose is the judgment," Ezek. 21 :27, o whom "the father bath given authority to execute judgment," John v. 27, with whom is the light of the most perfect wisdom, and the perfections of the most consummate holiness, and who bears his chosen people on his heart, and presents them by name, by his intercession with his Father. Nor has it without reason been observed by the learned, that, when under the New Testament we likewise read of twelve precious stones; the jasper, which had the last place in the Old, has the first in the New, Rev. 21 :19, as if it were the band or connexion of both Testaments, intimating to us that both have the same scope; namely, Christ, whose cherishing never-failing grace is elegantly represented by the greenness of the jasper. 5. and lastly, To omit other particulars, Aaron's ephod which otherwise hung loose, was bound [12] close with a girdle of gold, blue, etc., interwove with fine linen, in a most curious manner, ver. 8. Which signified with what alacrity and readiness, together with the most considerable prudence, Jesus undertook his office.

THE BUDDING AND BLOSSOMING ROD

Fourthly. The authority of Aaron's priesthood was ratified by the miraculous buds, blossoms and fruits of the rod which was cut from the almond tree, which was the only one of all the other rods that suddenly budded, Numb. 17. That rod signifies Christ, Who not only came forth out of the cut stem of Jesse, Isa. 11:1, but was also "cut off out of the land of the living," Isa. 53:8, yet budded again immediately after His death, and became a tree of life, having at the same time buds, blossoms, and fruit, yielding new fruit every month, Rev. 22:2. It also represents the perpetual fresh and flourishing efficacy of Christ's priesthood, Who is a priest "after the power of an endless life," Heb. 7:16.

THE SACRIFICES AND INTERCESSION OF AARON

Fifthly, Aaron, by the legal sacrifices expiated the sins of the people, and by his prayers interceded for them, Numb. 16: 43, especially on the solemn day of expiation, when, with the blood of the slain sacrifice, he entered into the holy of holies. So Christ in like manner "through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, entered not into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true, but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us; nor with the blood of others, but with his own, he obtained eternal redemption," Heb . 9:14, 24, 25.

* There was a common ephod, which was not peculiar to the high priests, but to other priests also. We read that Doeg the Edomite slew eighty-five persons who did wear a linen ephod, I Sam. 22:i8; but our author here speaks of the sacred ephod, which none but the high priest was to wear, and none were to make any like it.

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ATTEMPT TO DESTROY ULSTER
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is a day for all right thinking loyalists to come together and be united. And I have not altered my political convictions, but I say this for months and for these past years I have been saying loyalists must stand together or lose. And so, while we hold these convictions with great strength and with great courage, we must look at the future. We have now no parliament, and do not believe what Mr. Faulkner tells you when he says "this is a good parliament, in many ways better than Stormont." Do not believe it!

A PROPER PARLIAMENT

A parliament is a place where acts of law are passed. Number one. Acts of a parliament can not be acts of law until they have the Queen's consent. The Queen's consent in Northern Ireland is given by the Governor of Northern Ireland, acting on behalf of Her Majesty. Now I know the present Governor is a very decent man and a very nice man. But do not let us be taken up with just the present Governor. Let me say this to you tonight, the Governor's office is vital to parliamentary government. You can not have true parliamentary government without the Governor. He signs the laws after they have been passed by Parliament.

But the Governor is no more. Why? Because you are not going to have a parliament, therefore you do not have a Governor. And the Unionists would tell you "Oh, if we got somebody in Hillsborough House, even if he was called Her Majesty's Representative, it would be all right." Nonsense! It is the end of the parliamentary era in Northern Ireland, if the British Government has its way. We are going to have an Assembly, so having rid ourselves of the representative of Her Majesty.

THE OATH ABOLISHED

We all know there is another thing that the Republicans hated and that was the Oath of Allegiance to the Queen. How many times did they attack the Oath of Allegiance? Well, you could not have a Privy Council, because a Privy Council are the Queen's ministers. And you could not have the Queen's ministers without them taking the Privy Council Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty. So this Bill proposes there shall be no Privy Council. Why? Because it would offend the Republicans to take an Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty. So out goes the Privy Council. It is all right when you are elected to Parliament, you take an oath. I took an oath when I was elected to Stormont. I took an oath when I was elected to Westminster. An Oath of Allegiance to Her Majesty and her successors by law established. They must be Protestant. By law established! That, the Republicans do not like. So the new assembly will have no oath, they will not take any oath. And the executive of the assembly will not take an oath of allegiance to the Queen. But if you are going to be part of the Government of Northern Ireland you shall swear by Almighty God or affirm that you will uphold the laws of Northern Ireland, and conscientiously fulfil, as a member of the Northern Ireland Executive, your duties under the Northern Ireland Constitution of 1973 (That is this Act) in the interests of Northern Ireland and its people. Quite acceptable to any Republican! The Queen has gone! But what is more, this Act makes it illegal to take an oath of allegiance to the Queen, for any office under the Executive. [14]

THE OATH ILLEGAL

Clause 21: It shall be unlawful for any authority or body, to which this section applies, (And this section deals with the bodies that will govern Northern Ireland, and the boards that will be set up, and the functions of government) to require any person to take an oath, make an undertaking in lieu of an oath or make a declaration.

At present in Northern Ireland, if you are appointed to a Government position, you must take an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty. Now this Act makes it illegal for you to take an oath of allegiance to Her Majesty. So we are almost there are we not? This is the blueprint to republicanize Northern Ireland. To make it acceptable to the Republicans and infiltrate the Government. Northern Ireland was able to remain as it was, because the Republicans could not get into the Government. Now they are going to get in! They are going to have a say without any oath, and of course Clause 12, tells us something more. It tells us that we are going to have relations with the Republic of Ireland. Never before written into any Northern Ireland Act.

"The Northern Ireland Executive Authority may consult, on any matter, with any authority of the Republic of Ireland. Enter into any agreements or arrangements with any authority of the Republic of Ireland, in respect of any transferred matter [that is any matter that they have power over] And they can transfer [listen to this] into any authority designated by, or constituted under, an agreement with the Republic of Ireland, powers that are only exercisable by Northern Ireland."

What does that mean? That means they can hand over the powers of this assembly. They hand them over, by agreement, to the Republic of Ireland. That is the beginning of a new Government in Ireland, with one Parliament. No Parliament in the North. One Parliament in the South. And that Assembly in Northern Ireland now having powers to hand over (and notice the initiative. It does not rest with the Assembly itself, but with the Executive. And who picks the Executive? The Assembly? No, Sir! The British Government picks the Executive.

TRIPARTITE TALKS

And immediately the elections take place, let me tell you this, there is going to be a tripartite meeting between Dublin, Belfast and London, and arrangements are going to be made for the setting up of a Council of Ireland. And you have heard from the Dail this week, and the proposal is that the police will be handed over to a Council of Ireland. And when we are policed by a police force from the Council of Ireland, then the last shred of our liberties will have gone. That is why, let me tell you something, that is why it is of the utmost importance that Northern Ireland returns a majority of loyalists to the Assembly. You will have one opportunity the 28th June is our destiny day. And I tell you if you do not see that a majority are returned to that Assembly, pledged to have nothing to do with this Bill. I tell you that Bill is going to wreck Ulster. They call us wreckers! They are the wreckers. And those that resist it are the people that have Ulster's best interests at heart. It must be resisted. And I tell you what is more, it must be rejected. It must be thrown out. And the British Government must learn that we Protestants will not be bought or bribed, nor begged, nor borrowed. And if you cannot budge us, you will not burn us either! Yes! They need to be taught that. [15]

Well, you say "Preacher, the outlook is grim." Yes, Sir! But I want to tell you something. I happen to believe in God Almighty. I happen to have more confidence in God Almighty than in Loyalist Coalition or in any political parties, or in politics generally. I got a text of scripture when I went to Westminster, "Go in this thy power and thou shalt deliver Israel." It was the Word of God to Gideon. Gideon had three hundred men. Three hundred! But I would rather have Gideon's three hundred men than all the grasshoppers of the Midianites. Yes! They were greater than the sands of the sea.

POPULARITY

They tell us, the fortnightly magazine tells us, the people are very fond of Faulkner and very fond of this man Cooper, wherever he came from, I do not know! They are all popular. And the poor loyalists are not popular. Well, I hope I am still popular with the Lord. I want to tell you that what we need is the blessing of Almighty God. And I have something to say to every Christian here. There are Christians that wash their hands of these things, but they will be the first people to cry when the persecution comes. A very prominent church worker in this city came to me when my wife stood for election in Sandy Row, and he said to me "I am surprised you would allow your wife to go into politics." I said "Well, if you knew my wife you would know I could not allow her to do anything to start off with" I said "It is a pity you did not know that." "But," I said "when the issues come up in the City Council, you are the first person to cry." My wife was hardly elected to her seat when this man had a problem, he was on our doorstep and he said "Mr. Paisley, do you think your wife could help me? I said "I know she could not help you." He said "Why? " I said "You do not believe in politics, you do not believe in them."

There will be evangelicals who will cry when the cause is lost. They will not do very much to help it. They will not stand with us. They will condemn this preacher and they will say all manner of hard things against us. And they say we would be better just preaching the gospel. I want to tell you I have preached the gospel more times than half the pastors in this city. I have been at it when they have been putting up their feet at the fire. Yes, But I want to tell you my country is at stake. The land of my fathers, God's heritage is at stake. And you Christians, if you do not pray and dedicate yourselves to God, the blood of the whole land will be upon you and you will be judged for it. I am telling you, God's people need to waken up and see that it is the end of the road, and if God does not avert the calamity, that calamity will be terrible. It will be terrible!

YOU NEED TO BE SAVED

And what shall I say to the men and women in this house to night who are not saved. I say to you Sir, your loyalty for Ulster is unavailing. Your love for your country is unavailing. Your love for Protestant principles is unavailing, because you have a rebel heart. You need to be saved by the Grace of God. You need to be born again. Pick out Godly men and Godly men will follow them. May God raise up Godly men in Ulster's dark hour, and this is Ulster's dark hour tonight.

May God bring sinners to Himself, and may the Lord God of heaven not only bring sinners to Himself but rouse up God's people. And may we stand steadfastly and fearlessly and courageously, and may we stand with such fire in our souls that our enemies will be like the [16] whirlwind and the dust of this earth. God can do it! I have great confidence in the Lord. I have very little confidence in people. I am getting less confidence in people every day and I am getting more confidence in God every day. People are fickle. People are temperamental. They are like the weather vane, they blow with every wind that blows, but God does not change. He is the unchanging God.

I am standing in this pulpit and I have had a very stormy career. I have been twice behind prison bars. I am not a loyalist for any self-interest. It would suit me well to be out of politics. It would suit me well to shed all my responsibility and just run this church, but I would be a traitor to God if I did it. There is no discharge from this war. You cannot be discharged. I said to my wife "Would it not be great Eileen, just to come home and say I have no responsibility." I can not do it. He that putteth his hand to the plough and looks back is not fit for the kingdom of heaven. And I want to say from this pulpit, with my Bible in my hand, God helping me, I have put my hand to the plough and I will not be looking back.


AMEN and AMEN

VATICAN GIVES THE LIE TO THE ECUMENISTS (Continued)

Irish R.C. Bishop Daly welcomed the document and stated that it was "a fair and honest re-statement of Catholic belief". Ecumenists take note! What I have been saying about the doctrines of Rome similar to the terms of the document the Bishop admits is honest and fair. How long are these ecumenists going to continue to lie and deceive the people?

Rome has not changed and will not change but these Ecumenists have changed and are changing.

The Protestants of Ulster should note that the leaders of the Irish Presbyterian, Church of Ireland and Methodist Churches are going on pilgrimage to Dundalk in September to discuss with Rome how they can all preach "the gospel" together.

The sell-out of these Protestant leaders is now evident. They are prepared to barter the heritage of the martyrs for their own personal advantage and advancement. They are determined to join up with Rome. The Protestants of Ulster are equally determined that this shall not be.

I welcome this clear statement from the Vatican. We shall now await to see what side certain self-appointed leaders will take.

Commenting from Rome, George Armstrong in the 'Guardian' writes:

"There is no mystery about the inspiration for the document. It is Father Hans Keung, the noted Swiss theologian, whose 1970 book, 'Infallible' sought to demolish the dogma with commonsense as well as theological arguments. The old Holy Office is fighting back.

"Its weapons are not from the Scriptures. The citations are mostly from the documents of the 1870 Vatican Council (which accepted the infallibility dogma by a vote of 533 to two, with about 150 bishops abstaining) and from the subsequent council of the past decade. In other words, there is nothing new in today's document, which is intended to set Roman Catholics on the alert for errors, and on the alert for Professor Keung. should he cross their mental paths. It also was said today during the presentation of the document, that the Swiss theologian would be forgiven if be accepted the document and that the Holy Office's case against him would be closed.

"The document reiterates that Christ has only one Church, which is the Catholic Church, though it is agreed that 'there are other elements of holiness and truth outside the Church, which are moving towards Catholic unity.' The bishops when meeting in a council with the Pope, are infallible in their judgment, as is the Pope alone, when speaking of matters of faith or morals, and speaking from the throne. Though some dogmas are more important than others, all must be obeyed if one is to remain within the Church and to find salvation.

"In 'Infallible?' Father Keung wrote: 'To err is human, to err also is ecclesiastic, to err also is papal, so long as the Church and the Pope are, and remain, on the human level. It is a fact, rather, that the New Testament does not acknowledge systems based on one single person. The Church is not identical with those who govern it.' "