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Warning Against the World Council of Churches

The Independent Loyal Orange Institution of Ireland celebrated the 284th Anniversary of the Battle of the Boyne at Portglenone on 12th July. There was a record turnout of members and the general public to hear Dr. Ian Paisley, MP, preach the sermon. He took for his text, "Remove not the ancient landmark which thy fathers have set." Proverbs 22:28.

The Ulster loyalists were, he said, considered bigots when they stated that they believed in a Protestant Monarchy and to have a Roman Catholic on the throne of England would be the end of Reformed Protestantism officially as far as the United Kingdom was concerned.

"We have nothing against any individual Roman Catholics and pray that they may be led to the truth of the Holy Word.

"Roman Catholics have nothing to fear from Orange processions but they have everything to fear from IRA intimidators in their midst," he said.

"We believe in civil and religious liberty for all men and the Orange Institution has always championed the cause of liberty and continues to do so."

They in Ulster had no desire to leave the United Kingdom and give up their citizenship. [2]

MOVEMENT

"There was, of course, the beckoning hand of the Church of Rome in the Ecumenical movement and certain Dublin politicians also beckoned them and said: 'We really love you,' " he said.

"Look at the South and see how the Protestant population has been pushed out," said Dr. Paisley.

"De Valera had said - 'If the men of Ulster want to remain Unionists let them leave Ireland.' Our reply is that we are here to stay and stay we shall. We will suffer no corroding of the union."

He said he believed there was a conspiracy to force Ulster out of the United Kingdom, but he was not prepared to sell his heritage by going into an Irish Republic and would prefer to go alone with God.

He called on everyone present to close with Christ freely offered to them in the Gospel.

Speaking to the third resolution which read: "We deplore the continued encroachment of the Ecumenical Movement upon our reformed faith in Ulster, in the further weakness and compromise of the denominations in membership of the World Council of Churches. The declared aim of this body, at its inception in 1948, was to reverse the trend which began at the Reformation and this aim is still evident in the courtship of the Church of Rome. During the past year, meetings of the major denominations with the hierarchy of the Church of Rome have been held in Dundalk and joint Statements issued which have greatly endangered and compromised the Biblical doctrines of our reformed faith. We, therefore, as sincere sons of the Reformation, strongly oppose the objectives of the World Council of Churches in seeking union with the Church of Rome," Bro. W. H. Fleming, Deputy Imperial Grand Master, warned against the WCC. He said: "The defence of our Faith is the subject matter of the third resolution. It is now twenty years since Independent Orangemen sounded the clarion call here in this village regarding the World Council of Churches. At that time a Romeward trend was evident and during this era the pace has quickened until now Modernists and so called Evangelicals are careering along together oblivious of the feelings and desires of the man in the street or the man in the pew. That the WCC is seeking unity with Rome; that it regards Christian doctrine as being the product of human opinion rather than of Divine Revelation; that it accepts into membership anti-Christian religions and that it regards the Reformation as having been a great mistake are all undisputable facts. Today as banners fluttered in the breeze we glanced at Ridley and Latimer burning at the stake or Margaret Wilson tied to the stake in the swirling waters of Solway Firth. Martyrs at the hands of the Church of Rome. Why? Because they refused to believe that the bread and wine were the real body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Rome has not changed.

"Yet the WCC persists in courtship with this mother of harlots and abominations. The travesty of it all is the involvement of our major denominations. Our call to them today is to get out. Some say [3] this would cost too much in the surrender of properties etc. Had Luther, Calvin, Zwingli and many others thought like this, there would have been no Reformation. But we make another call today. We call upon all true Protestants, still in membership with denominations participating n the WCC to force their denominations out starve them out by withholding your support in presence and finance. We could learn a lot from the recent Constitutional stoppage when certain workers withdrew their co-operation, thus cutting off the power. Then the country came to a standstill. Cut off the power. Do you realise that part of your financial commitment to a member body goes to the WCC who distribute vast sums to subversive organisations throughout the world. These in turn support the IRA. Yours, a minimal amount perhaps, is the tiny snowflake which joined with others to form the mighty avalanche causing such havoc and leaving heartbreak and disaster in its wake. Perhaps your contribution in some way assisted the bullet on its way to the heart of a British Tommy or Ulster Bobby. Stop. Think. Put on the brake. Call a halt. Let Sanity take over. Some say we must fight from within. Shadrack, Mesheck and Abednego, the three young Hebrew children, were cast into the fiery furnace because they would not bow down. Many are in the WCC because they would not stand up. God delivered the three Hebrew children. Get out before God's judgement falls. Protestants withstand the progress of the WCC. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ has made you free and be riot entangled again in the yoke of bondage.

"Last year we had forced upon us an issue known as the Sunningdale Agreement. Towards the end of the year it had become obvious that with Sunningdale to the fore, and a power-sharing Executive bent on implementing its ratification it would only be a matter of time until we'd be in a Council of Ireland and sure submersion in a united Ireland under Papal domination. It was with these thoughts in mind and conscious of the necessity of stirring up lethargic Protestantism to the realisation of the great dangers by which we were being encompassed, that we joined with the Loyal Orange Institution, the Royal Black Institution, the Apprentice Boys of Derry, the Democratic Unionist Party, the Vanguard Unionist Party, and the Ulster Unionist Party. One of the first tasks was to organise the signing of the Petition against Sunningdale. Later on we formed the United Ulster Unionist Council which logged its first major success in February this year when at the General Election we returned eleven Loyalists to Westminster and reduced the West Belfast seat from a safe Republican seat to one of a small majority. This unity of purpose must have caused Westminster, Dublin and all Republicans to think and perhaps even tremble. However it was during the Constitutional stoppage that the world got a glimpse of the powers of union. It was like Londonderry in 1688-89 all over again. As the Executive marched on regardless towards power, (some hoping for promised ministerial

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CHINESE COMMUNISTS COMMEND Bookburning, Torture and Mass Murder

The Chinese Communist approval of torture and mass murder is stated in an article published in the 'Peking Review,' May 3, 1974. The article is entitled "Struggle Between Restoration and Counter-Restoration in the Course of the Founding of the Chin Dynasty."

This article is part of their continuing attack on the person, teachings and disciples of Confucius. Among the disciples they include Lin Piao and Lui Shao-Chi, who were recently regarded as successors to Mao Tse-tung.

The attack on Confucius is based on the Marxist doctrine that history progresses by a series of class struggles. In every era there is a progressive and a reactionary class. The reactionary class previously held power but was overthrown by the progressive class. After its overthrow, the reactionary class always seeks to regain power.

The Chinese Communists represent Confucius as a spokesman for the reactionary class of slave-owning aristocrats who bad been overthrown by the progressive feudal landlord class.

The article states: "To consolidate the newly established dictatorship of the feudal landlord class, Chin Shih Huang suppressed the reactionary Confucian scholars engaged in activities to restore the slave system and 'buried alive' 460 Confucian scholars in Hsienyang." (Page 21).

Far from condemning this cruelty, the Chinese Communists commend it:

"Burning books and burying Confucian scholars alive was a necessary measure of dictatorship adopted by the landlord class to consolidate the new political power that had been established at that time." (Page 21).

The writer explains the motivation of Chin Shih Huang as follows: "After summing up the experience of repeated struggles between restoration and counter-restoration in the course of founding the Chin Dynasty, Chin Shih Huang gradually came to know the reason why 'the new sovereign cannot be held in reverence without burning the six Confucian classics.' Therefore, he put into effect the policy of 'burning books and burying Confucian scholars alive.'

"The above shows that the incident of 'burning books and burying Confucian scholars alive' was not because of Chin Shih Huang's 'cruel' nature, but it was an inevitable development of the class

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"The Living Bible": An Examination by the Rev. T. Brown, Trinitarian Bible Society.

Those who translate the Holy Scriptures need to approach their solemn task with a deep reverence for the majesty and holiness of their Divine Author, saying with the Psalmist, "My heart standeth in awe of Thy Word." The Eternal God, the Lord of Heaven and earth, graciously makes known unto us the mystery of His will, and this revelation is given to us, "not in the words which men's wisdom teacheth, but in the words which the Holy Ghost teacheth." It is therefore of the greatest importance that a translation should be accurate and complete, as well as intelligible, and that it should be expressed in the receptor language in a manner appropriate to the Divine Author, appropriate to the inspired writer, and appropriate to the subject matter. In many respects the "Living Bible" falls far short of these standards, and the statement on the cover that "it makes the Bible read like today's newspaper," although quite true, is hardly a commendation.

THE TRANSLATOR

In an interview with Mr. J. L. Fear published in "Evangelism Today" in December 1972, the translator, Mr. K. N. Taylor, introduces his work as "a Paraphrase - a thought for thought translation," in which "we take the original thought and convert it into the language of today." In his way, he said, "we can be much more accurate than the verbal translation . . . Once you get the real meaning of the Scriptures they are life-transforming . . . I felt such a thrill at my own privilege of stripping away some of the verbiage . . . being a co-worker with God in that respect . . . I flipped open my Bible and began to experiment with this new method of translation." In the course of the interview Mr. Taylor mentioned that Dr. Billy Graham was giving away the entire "Living Bible" on television, and had printed six million copies for this purpose. The reviewer does not question the motives or the sincerity of the translator, and the following paragraphs are concerned only with the character and quality of his work, which is now being thrust upon English readers and hearers in many parts of the world.

INAPPROPRIATE LANGUAGE

In Isaiah 55, the LORD declares, "My thoughts are not your thoughts . . . for as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Particular care must therefore be exercised by one who attempts to take the original thought and convert it into the language of today. How does the "Living Bible" express the original thought of the LORD of Hosts in Isaiah 5: 14? "Hell is licking [6] its chops in anticipation of this delicious morsel, Jerusalem." In the eleventh verse of the same chapter there is an expression of such coarse vulgarity that it would be unbecoming to quote it here, and there are several similar instances scattered throughout the translation. In many passages "the language of today" seems to be synonymous with the lowest forms of colloquial speech. The examples which follow are self-condemned and need no comment: -

Matthew 9: 2 - Cheer up son! Matt. 9: 5 - Talk is cheap. Matt. 11 : 19 - You complain that I hang around with the worst sort of sinners. Matt. 24: 4 - Don't let anyone fool you. Mark 2: 16 - How can He stand it, to eat with such scum. Mk. 10: 50 - Bartimaeus yanked off his old coat. Mk. 12: 17 - They scratched their heads in bafflement. Luke 10: 40 - Martha was the jittery type. John 11 : 49 - You stupid idiots. Philippians 1: 12 - A great boost in getting out the Good News. II Thes. 3: 7 - You never saw us loafing. James 1: 4 - Don't try to squirm out of your problems. (The "original thought" here is the translator's. There is no authority for these words in the Greek). I John 1: 8 - We are only fooling ourselves. Jude 16 - These men are constant gripers . . . Loud-mouthed show-offs.

The Old Testament fares no better:- Gen. 13: 17 - God tells Abraham to "hike in all directions." Judges 7: 20 - All yelling "For the Lord and for Gideon." Ezek. 36: 5 - Edom grabbing my land with relish. Ezek. 22: 12 - Loan racketeers. Isaiah 30: 5 - He won't help one little bit. Isa. 41: 24 - Anyone who chooses you needs to have his head examined. lsa. 55: 2 - Why pay for groceries that don't do you any good? Jonah 1: 2 - Your wickedness smells to highest heaven. Nahum 1: 14 - How you stink with sin. In Zechariah 8: 9 the LORD of Hosts says - Get on with the job and finish it; and in 9: 7 - I will yank her idolatry out of her mouth.

Throughout the translation there are many expressions which are not offensive, but are too colloquial. Examples are found in Gen. 29: 5 - Do you know a fellow here named Laban? We sure do. Gen. 37: 8 - His cocky attitude. Exodus 5: 14 - The Israeli workcrew bosses. Song of Solomon 1: 9 - "What a lovely filly you are ! " Matt. 15 : 23 - Tell her to get going. Matt 26: 18 - Mr. So-and-So. Mark 10: 49 - You lucky fellow. (Tyndale used this expression in Genesis - God was with Joseph, and he was a lucky fellow. The word was then used in a different sense). Acts 13: 2 - The Spirit said, Dedicate Barnabas and Saul for a special job I have for them. I Thess. 2: 9 - Night and day we toiled and sweated. (Not in the Greek). Titus3: 15 - Please say "Hello" to all the Christian friends there.

Some expressions are neither offensive nor colloquial, but are nevertheless inappropriate. Luke I : 28 - Congratulations favoured lady. I Thess. 2: 12 - That your daily lives should not embarrass God. I Thess. 3: 10 - To fill up any little cracks.


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The Preacher and Bible Teacher

ABRAHAM'S CALL (Genesis 12)

In Genesis we have three representative men - Adam the Father of the Race, Noah the Father of the New World and Abraham the Father of the Faithful. Each of these men stood at the threshold of an incoming age. Adam introduced the AGE OF CONFLICT, Noah introduced the second age, the AGE OF CONFUSION, and Abraham introduced the AGE OF THE COVENANT or the patriarchal age.

A great crisis marked the life of each of these representative men. The crisis in Adam's life was the Fall of Genesis 3; the crisis in Noah's life was the Flood of Genesis 7; and the crisis in Abraham's life was the Call of Genesis 12. Separation was the result of each of these crises. The Fall separated Adam FROM God. The Flood separated Noah TO God, and the Call separated Abraham FOR God.

A God-given sign was the portion of Adam, Noah and Abraham. Adam had a sign on earth, the cherubim with flaming sword. This was THE SIGN OF PUNISHMENT, for by the Fall he was separated FROM God. Noah had a sign in heaven, the rainbow in the cloud. This was THE SIGN OF PEACE, for by the Flood Noah was separated TO God. Abraham had a sign in his body - the seal of circumcision. This was THE SIGN OF POSSESSION, for by the Call Abraham was separated FOR God.

The Call to Abraham took the form of a Covenant, a covenant of grace, and as five is the number of grace in scripture so the covenant had a fivefold emphasis.

1. THE GOD OF THE COVENANT

"And I appeared unto Abraham unto Isaac and unto Jacob by the name of God Almighty but by my name Jehovah was I not known to them. And I have also established my covenant with them to give them the land of Canaan wherein they were strangers" (Exodus 6: 3-4).

The God of the Covenant was the Almighty One, able to fulfil all His purposes, [8] promises and covenant; the Deity with whom nothing is impossible; the Elshaddai, the God all sufficient. See Genesis 17: 1-2. The God of the Covenant is all-sufficient in and of Himself and stands in no need of any person or any other THING from another and has a sufficiency for others both in providence and grace.

On the sentence "But by my name Jehovah was I not known to them the able Dr. Gill comments "This is not to be understood ABSOLUTELY, for it is certain that He had made Himself known by this name and this name was known to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Genesis 15: 6-8; 26: 2, 24 and 28:13, but COMPARATIVELY that is He was not so much made known to them by the one name as the other."

NOTE: In verse one of chapter twelve it is JEHOVAH spoke to Abraham.

The God of Abraham praise
Whose all-sufficient grace
Shall guide me all my happy days
In all His ways.

He calls a worm His friend;
He calls Himself my God,
And He shall save me to the end,
Through Jesus' Blood.

He by Himself hath sworn
I on His oath depend -
I shall, on eagles wings up borne,
To heaven ascend.

I shall behold His face,
I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace
For evermore!

2. THE GRACE OF THE COVENANT

In Genesis 12 we have REVELATION of the Covenant, and in Genesis 13: 1417; 15: 1-7; 17: 1-8, we have its CONFIRMATION. It is an unconditional covenant in distinct contrast with the covenant made to Israel (Exodus 19: 5-8). In this covenant the conditional "if" is underlined. The covenant blessings depend on man keeping God's Word and the whole 'character of the relationship is "works."

In the Abrahamic covenant however the "I wills" of Jehovah are underlined. The covenant blessings here depend on God keeping His own Word and the whole character of the relationship is "grace." Knowing man's nature, the covenant of works cannot stand, but knowing God's nature the covenant of grace will stand forever. That of works must collapse upon its foundation of sinking sand, while that of grace must continue upon its foundation of impregnable rock. The Covenant of Grace depends on WHAT GOD IS, not on what we are, and on WHAT GOD HAS DONE, not on what we do. This is grace, sovereign saving grace. This is the everlasting covenant ordered in all things and sure.

3. THE GOSPEL OF THE COVENANT

"And the scripture farseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, [9] preached before the gospel unto Abraham saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which are of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham" (Gal. 3: 8-9). These verses make it plain that the content of the Covenant was nothing less than the gospel of grace. The Covenant was sevenfold. It had:

i. A NATIONAL CONTENT

"I will make of thee a great nation." What greater nation than the Jewish nation? That nation is Abraham's natural posterity. What greater company than the company of the saints? That is Abraham's spiritual posterity. He is the father of the faithful.

ii. A SPIRITUAL CONTENT

"I will bless thee." Abraham was justified by faith for he believed in the Lord and he counted it to Him for righteousness. Genesis 15 : 6. He also saw Christ. John 8: 56.

iii. A PERSONAL CONTENT

"And make thy name Great." Abraham is one of the universal names of the Word of God. He is universally known in his relationship to God as "the Friend of God" and in his relationship to the Church as "the Father of the Faithful." How often does God describe Himself as the God of Abraham! In this description Abraham's name takes precedence. The idolatrous Laban may speak of the God of Nahor, but God ever calls Himself the God of Abraham. See Genesis 31 : 53.

iv. AN INDIVIDUAL CONTENT

"And thou shalt be a blessing." Individually Abraham was made a blessing. To Lot the backslider he was a blessing. His prayers saved him from the overthrow of Sodom.

To Ishmael he was a blessing, his plea before God made Ishmael great.

To Sarah he was a blessing, for by staggering not at the promise through unbelief he encouraged his wife in the hope of Isaac.

To Isaac he was a blessing, for by providing a wife in the house of Nahor he saved his son from Esau's downfall. NB - His strict injunctions to his servant. Genesis 24: 6.

To God he became a blessing in the great test of offering up Isaac. The travail of Calvary was seen in him.

To the Church he became a blessing as the great example of justification by faith.

v. A RECIPROCAL CONTENT

"I will bless them that bless thee." This is true of both Abraham's natural and spiritual seed.

vi. A JUDICIAL CONTENT

"And curse him that curseth thee." This has been wonderfully fulfilled in the history of the Jewish nation. The same is also true in the history of the Christian Church.

vii. A UNIVERSAL CONTENT

"In thee shall all the families of the earth be blessed."

This great promise is fulfilled in Christ.

4. THE "GO" OF THE COVENANT

"Get out of the country and from thy kindred and from thy father's house." [10]

Abraham was called to go out from his family, nation and country. His call was one of separation, a separation which in Abraham's case was final.

In Joshua 24: 2 we learn that Abraham's family were idolaters. From this idolatry Abraham had to make a clean-cut separation. The writer to the Hebrews says of Abraham and his offspring: "And truly if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he hath prepared for them a city." Heb. II : 15-16. It is also to be noted that Abraham never reached the land of promise until the last link with the past was severed at the death of his father Terah. When the old man died then he entered in. Surely there is a lesson here for all believers. See Gal. 2: 20.

5. THE GLORY OF THE COVENANT

Stephen, in his defence in Acts 7, refers to God in His appearance to Abraham as the God of Glory. The glory of Jehovah is displayed in the covenant of His grace. The object of the covenant is to bring many sons into glory. This glorious objective was made known to Abraham in the revelation of a NEW RELATIONSHIP, "God is not ashamed to be called their God" and a NEW CITIZENSHIP. "He looked for a city which had foundations, whose builder and maker is God."

BOOKBURNING, TORTURE AND MASS MURDER - Continued

rature more than the other rulers' and was not 'bent on slaughtering the literati.'

"However, the Confucian scholars who stubbornly stuck to the stand of the declining slave-owning class were different from the Confucian scholars in general . . . Unless they were severely suppressed, it would be impossible to consolidate the economic position and state power of the new emerging landlord class and the whole of China would have been thrown back to slave society. Therefore, 'burning books and burying Confucian scholars alive' was a self-defence measure which Chin Shih Huang was compelled to take in the face of the attacks by the aristocratic slave-owners, and historically it was a revolutionary action in defence of the new relations of production." (Page 21).

Thus, torture and mass murder are revolutionary actions. No higher commendation can be given.

- Christian Anti-Communism Crusade. [11]

"'THE LIVING BIBLE" - Con.

WRONG INTERPRETATION

Instances of mistaken interpretation or exegesis are quite numerous, and the first is in the opening sentence of Genesis "In the beginning, when God began creating." This rendering implies that the events described were not an absolute and primary work of creation. It is not supported by new documentary evidence, but represents the hardening of liberal scholarly opinion in favour of a rendering which has been suggested from time to time over a period of many centuries, but was not considered of sufficient weight to warrant its adoption. It was suggested in a note in the "Variorum Bible" of 1888 by Drs. Cheyne, Driver and Sanday, and was adopted by the "New English Bible" in 1971 and the Roman Catholic "New American Bible" in 1970. It appears also in a slightly different form in Byington's "Bible in Living English," which was completed in 1943 and published by Jehovah's Witnesses in 1972.

In Ephesians 1: 18 the "Living Bible" has - God has been made rich because we who are Christ's have been given to Him - but by "His inheritance" we should understand - the heavenly inheritance given by Him - as in Acts 20: 22 etc. In Eph. 1 23 - The Church which is His body, filled with Himself - does not correctly interpret the Greek, where "the fulness" in verse 23 refers to "Him" in verse 22, and the meaning is - And gave Him (who is the fulness of Him that filleth all in all) to be head over all things to the Church. In Eph. 2: 5 - He gave us back our lives again - suggests that we had life, lost it, and received it again, whereas the Greek - quickened us together with - means precisely "To make us alive together with another," not again.

In I Thess. 3: 5 - I was afraid that perhaps Satan had gotten the best of you - the "Living Bible" overlooks the emphasis in the Greek on temptation, "lest the tempter have tempted you." Titus 1: 2 speaks of "eternal life, which God that cannot lie promised before the world began." It does not say that this promise was made to men, and as it was made before the world began, it could not have been made to men, but was an expression of "the eternal purpose which He purposed in Christ." The "Living Bible" renders it "which God promised them," and a vital truth is lost. In Titus 2 : 11 in the "Living Bible" the tense of the verb is wrong, and the meaning is wrong, and the rendering is not the "dynamic equivalent" of the Greek, which says that "the grace of God which bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men." The "Living Bible" renders this - The free gift of eternal salvation is now being offered to everyone.

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What is Really Implied by Denying the Virgin Birth

If our Lord Jesus Christ were begotten by a natural father; if as the son of such a father His personality was only natural; as a natural person is not infinite; as only an infinite person can atone to an infinite person; as only God can satisfy the law, the government and being of God; and since our Lord (as begotten by a natural father) could not be God, and was no more at any time than a finite person, He could not offer atonement to God. If, therefore, the father of Jesus were a natural man, the death of our Lord on the cross was not an atoning sacrifice.

This is true upon the side of His personality.

It is true upon the side of His humanity.

It is true in this wise:

To be an acceptable victim for sacrifice to fill the function of a substitute, our Lord Jesus Christ must be free from the penalty of sin. To be free from the penalty of sin He must be sinless, not only in deed but in essence and nature. A sinless humanity can be produced only from a sinless father; but if our Lord Jesus Christ were begotten by a natural man, He was begotten by a sinful father. If He were begotten by a sinful father He inherited his father's sinful nature. He would have sin in Him. He would be under the penalty of sin, He could neither be a substitute for sinners, nor yet a sacrifice for sin,

If it could be proven that Jesus had a natural father (and as the son of such a father could die neither as a substitute nor sacrifice) it would be plainly proven that the cross was a bloody, brutal, barbarous, useless and excuseless murder, without the basis of a single principle without profit to man, and without glory to God.

If our Lord Jesus Christ were begotten by a human father; if as a natural son, with a natural personality and a nature of sin, He could not offer an atoning sacrifice nor act as a substitute, it would be evident since God alone can raise the dead, in failing to be true and actual God, He could not fulfil His own promise that after laying down His life He could take it up again; it would be evident He could not of Himself raise Himself from the dead. And further, as God the Father is said to have raised Him, and the Holy Spirit is said to have raised Him, and it is said He should rise Himself; and the Father and the Spirit are represented as co-operating with the personal power of the Son to raise Himself, since He was a natural man and not God, He could not co-operate with the Father and the Spirit in a supernatural act; and as His failure to so co-operate would break down the Scripture doctrine of the invaluable co-ordination of the Trinity - resurrection could not take [13] place - He never was raised from the dead.

If Jesus our Lord had only a natural father the Trinity, as already shown, does not exist. All therefore that is predicted of the Trinity as such utterly fails, and there is no honest evidential warrant for believing in the ordained, consummative work of the Trinity; that is to say, the resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth as the thus declared Son of God.

If Jesus had only a natural father, the logical consequence of His natural sonship vitiates any pretended evidence that He is alive today. Immortality has not been brought to light, and we stand on the edge of the grave with only night and silence.

It makes a great difference who was the father of Jesus.

If God the Father did not stoop down from heaven, and in prime accord with the Son as His verbal and eternal expression, and through the co-ordinate and covenant operation of the Holy Spirit take hold on a cell or seed of the Virgin Mary, creating a new and distinct human nature which the Son of God took into union with Himself, becoming a unique being with two natures - human and divine - in one body and with one personality forever, then the whole foundation and fabric of Christianity as set forth in the new Testament is completely overthrown.

The men who deny the Virgin Birth; who do so that they may the more easily be delivered from carrying the baggage of the miraculous; who shift the fatherhood of Jesus from the eternal God to the act of some unknown and sinful man are paying a dear price for the jaunty endeavour to accommodate the supernaturalism of Christianity to the poverty-smitten weakness of their own faith, and the noisy clamour of an unbelieving spiritually ignorant and scoffing world.

The Irish Presbyterian, Irish Methodist and Church of Ireland churches all accent ministers and members who deny the Virgin Birth. - Editor.


WARNING AGAINST WCC - Continued

positions in an enlarged Republic while others hoped for possible peerages) the Apprentice Boys in the citadels of power (the power stations) closed the gates and the Loyalists rallied to the war cry No Surrender. As the Executive tried to march on it was as if one cried out, "Bring a slurry spreader this way," and the loyal farming community turned out in force. Indeed had the Executive not toppled when it did, all of Harold Wilson's sponges would have been insufficient to clean up the mess. Britain and Dublin got the message but let us spell it out once more. Like Gideon's chosen army who won freedom and liberty for their land, we the Loyal Sons of Ulster intend to remain banded together to defeat the treacherous blots of Popery against the civil, religious and political liberties of our land." [14]

"No Fellowship"

EPH. v. 11, "AND HAVE NO FELLOW. SHIP WITH THE UNFRUITFUL WORKS OF DARKNESS, BUT RATHER REPROVE THEM."

Directions how to live while here below are very needful.

We constantly come into contact with ungodly men : this is unavoidable; but here we are taught to avoid such communion with them as would make us partakers in their evil deeds.

Three truths are incidentally mentioned: evil works are sterile, they are works of darkness, and they deserve reproof.

We must have no fellowship with them neither at any time, nor in any manner, nor in any degree.


I. WHAT IS FORBIDDEN? "Fellowship with works of darkness."

This fellowship may be produced in several ways:

1. By personally committing the sins so described, or by joining with others in bringing them about.

2. By teaching wrong doing, either by plain word or by just inference.

3. By constraining, commanding, or tempting : by threat, request, persuasion, inducement, compulsion, bribery, or influence.

4. By provoking, through exciting anger, emulation, or discouragement.

5. By neglecting to rebuke : especially by parents and masters misusing their office and allowing known evils in the family.

6. By counselling, and advising, or by guiding by example.

7. By consenting, agreeing, and co-operating. By smiling at an evil attempt, and, in the end, partaking in the spoil. Those who join with churches in error come under this heading.

8. By conniving at sin: tolerating, concealing, and making light of it.

9. By commending, countenancing, defending, and excusing the wrong already done ; and contending against those who would expose, denounce, and punish it.

II. WHAT IS COMMANDED? "Reprove them."

"Reprove" in the original is a word of large meaning.

1. Rebuke. Declare the wrong of it, and show your hatred thereof.

2. Convict. As the Holy Spirit reproves the world of sin, so aim at proving the world guilty by your holy life and bold witness.

3. Convert. This is to be your continual aim with those about you. You are so to reprove as to win men from ways of evil.

Oh that we had more of honest and loving reproof of evil.

III. WHY IT IS COMMANDED TO ME?

It is specially my duty to be clear of other men's sins.

1. As an imitator of God and a dear child. Verse 1.

2. As one who is an inheritor of the kingdom of God. Verses 5, 6.

3. As one who has come out of darkness into marvellous light in the Lord. Verse 8.

4. As one who bears fruit, even the fruit of the Spirit, which is in all goodness, righteousness and truth. Verse 9.

5. As one who would not be associated with that which is either shameful or foolish. Verses 12, 15.

If our fellowship is with God, we must quit the ways of darkness.

IV. WHAT MAY COME OF OBEDIENCE [15] TO THE COMMAND?

Even if we could see no good result, yet our duty would be plain enough ; but much benefit may result.

1. We shall be clear of complicity with deeds of darkness.

2. We shall be honoured in the consciences of the ungodly.

3. We may thus win them to repentance and eternal life.

4. We shall glorify God by our separated walk and by the godly perseverance with which we adhere to it.

5. We may thus establish others in holy non-conformity to the world.

Let us use the text as a warning to worldly professors.

Let us take it as a directory in our conversation with the ungodly.

EXAMPLES

A member of his congregation was in the habit of going to the theatre. Mr. Hill went to him and said, "This will never do - a member of my church in the habit of attending the theatre". Mr. So-and-so replied that it surely must be a mistake, as he was not in the habit of going there, although it was true he did go now and then 'for a treat'. "Oh!" said Rowland Hill, "then you are a worse hypocrite than ever, sir. Suppose anyone spread the report that I ate carrion, and I answered, 'Well, there is no wrong in that; I don't eat carrion every day in the week, but I have a dish now and then 'for a treat!' Why, you would say, 'What a nasty, foul, and filthy appetite Rowland Hill has, to have to go eat carrion for a treat!' Religion is the Christian's truest treat, Christ is his enjoyment . . ." - "Charlesworth's Life of Rowland Hill".

On one occasion, travelling in the Portsmouth mail, Andrew Fuller was much annoyed by the profane conversation of two young men who sat opposite. After a time, one of them, observing his gravity, accosted him with an air of impertinence, inquiring, in rude and indelicate language, whether on his arrival at Portsmouth he should not indulge himself in a manner evidently corresponding with their own intentions. Mr. Fuller, lowering his ample brows, and looking the inquirer full in the face, replied in measured tones: "Sir, I am a man that fears God". Scarcely a word was uttered during the remainder of the journey. - "Memoir of Andrew Fuller".

Matthew Wilks once rode by coach with a young nobleman and a female passenger. The nobleman entered upon an improper conversation with the coachman and the woman. At a favourable opportunity Mr. Wilks attracted his attention, and said, "My lord, maintain your rank !" The reproof was felt and acted upon. Let the Christian ever maintain his rank.

A distinguished Christian lady was recently spending a few weeks in a hotel at Long Branch, and an attempt was made to induce her to attend a dance, in order that the affair might have the prestige bestowed by her presence, as she stood high in society. She declined all the importunities of her friends, and finally an honourable senator tried to persuade to attend, saying, "Miss B., this is quite a harmless affair, and we want to have the exceptional honour of your presence". "Senator", said the lady, "I cannot do it, I am a Christian. I never do anything in my summer vacation, or wherever I go, that will injure the influence I have over the girls of my Sunday School class". The senator bowed, and said, "I honour you ; if there were more Christians like you, more men like myself would become Christians". - "Dr. Pentecost".

Rebukes should always be dealt in love: never wash a man's face in vitriol. Some persons would burn a house down to get rid of a mouse, the smallest fault is denounced as a great crime, and a good brother is cut off from fellowship, and bad feeling is raised, when a gentle hint would have done the work much more effectually. - "C.H.S."