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EXIT THE APOSTATE

The Archbishop of Canterbury has announced that he is giving up his post in September and nominations are being canvassed for the Prime Minister's consideration. Obviously a more ecumenical occupant will have to be sought to advance the link-up with Rome. Michael has already embraced the Pope, the next move will be Anglicanism embracing Popery in an ungodly union. Ramsey's pedigree is worth consideration:

DR. RAMSEY IS A ROMANISER

Although Dr. Ramsey has sworn to uphold the Reformed Protestant Faith, he is busily engaged in de-protestantising the Church of England.

The 'Belfast Telegraph' 2-5-1962, reports: "The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. A. M. Ramsey, said at London airport today before he left on an official visit to Istanbul and Athens that inter-communion between denominations would in some cases occur within the present century.

"In other cases, like ourselves and the Roman Catholics, it must happen because it is God's will, but there is a tremendous amount of matters of truth to be tackled first."' [2]

The 'Northern Whig' 8-5-1962, reported: "Dr. Ramsey 'thanks God' for Pope's friendship.

"The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Michael Ramsey, said in Athens yesterday he 'thanked God' for the 'recent awakenings of charity and friendship fostered by His Holiness the Pope.'

"In a lecture to the theological faculty at the University of Athens, Dr. Ramsey said 'We pray that the forthcoming Vatican Council may serve charity and may serve truth.' "

Dr. Ramsey is simply telling us that the Reformers were not led of God in their stand for truth, and the martyrs were misguided as they counted not their lives dear unto themselves. He is glad of the friendship of the arch-blasphemer of the Vatican, and rejoices to be friendly with the murdering butchers of God's choicest saints of all ages, including the 20th century. ARCHBISHOP CRANMER, THE FIRST PROTESTANT ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY, SAID: "As for the Pope, I refuse him as Christ's enemy and Antichrist with all his false doctrine."

No wonder Rome burned Cranmer but embraces Ramsey!

DR. RAMSEY IS AN IDOLATER

The following is from the 'Northern Whig' 31-7-1962: "From the airport Dr. Ramsey drove into Moscow for a service of welcome at the parish church of Saint Elijah of the One Day, so called because it was originally built of wood in one day.

"The local parish priest, white-haired and white-bearded, wearing a golden cape and golden cap, set with jewels and a miniature of the Virgin, conducted the service. A hidden choir began the twenty-minute service with a litany of welcome. Women in headscarves crowded in, repeatedly crossing themselves.

"The Archbishop, in purple cassock and purple four-cornered hat also crossed himself frequently, and later stood in procession with Orthodox priests to kiss the ikon of Saint Elijah. He took off his hat to kneel before the religious picture and kissed its glass cover twice."

The real nature of the Archbishop's religion is seen as he frequently used the Babylonian pagan rite, the sign of the cross, and then, with uncovered head, knelt before the ikon of "Saint Elijah" and kissed its glass cover twice.

Dr. Ramsey is a Baal worshipper, his knees have bowed to the beast of Baal and his mouth has kissed Baal's lips. Calling Baal "Saint Elijah" does not alter one iota its hellish origin of devilish character. This is but the wile of the serpent to prostitute scriptural names for the furtherance of satanic religion.

The second commandment states: "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me, and showing, mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and [3] keep my commandments" (Exodus 20: 4-6).

DR. RAMSEY IS A BLASPHEMER

The London 'Daily Mail' 2-10-1961, had the first of three interviews with him. Here he is reported as saying: "Heaven is not a place to which we humans go in our present bodily state, nor is it a place for Christians only. Those who have led a good life on earth but found themselves unable to believe in God will not be debarred from Heaven. I expect to meet some present-day atheists there." When asked, "Must one, for instance believe in the virgin birth?" he said, "No, it is possible to believe that Jesus is divine without believing in the virgin birth, though if you do believe Him divine, then the virgin birth becomes congruous. I believe it is quite in order for a person to stand up in church and recite the Creed, even if he has scruples about the virgin birth, provided he believes in the pattern of faith as a whole."

Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth and the life; no man cometh unto the Father but by Me." Yet Dr. Ramsey says, "atheists will be in heaven." He further gives licence for deliberate lying in God's house by saying it is all right to repeat in the Creed that Christ was born of the Virgin and yet not believe it. Dr. Ramsey stands condemned out of his own mouth.

IF HE WANTS TO GO TO ROME, LET HIM, BUT HE HAS NO RIGHT TO EXPLOIT HIS POSITION TO BETRAY THE REFORMATION AND THE CHURCH OF ENGLAND.

Dr. Ramsey, the leading cuckoo of Anglo-Catholicism, is just one of the unclean birds in the ecumenical cage. [4]

Battling For God By C. H. SPURGEON
"Fight the Lord's battles." - I Samuel 18: 17.

The sacramental host of God's elect is warring still on earth, Jesus Christ being the Captain of their salvation. He has said, "Lo! I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world." Hark to the shouts of war! Now let the people of God stand fast in their ranks, and let no man's heart fail him. It is true that just now in England the battle is turned against us, and unless the Lord Jesus shall lift His sword, we know not what may become of the Church of God in this land; but let us be of good courage and play the man. There never was a day when Protestantism seemed to tremble more in the scales than now that a fierce effort is making to restore the Roman antichrist to his ancient seat.

We greatly want a bold voice and a strong hand to preach and publish the old gospel for which martyrs bled and confessors died. The Saviour is, by His Spirit, still on earth; let this cheer us. He is ever in the midst of the fight, and therefore the battle is not doubtful. And as the conflict rages, what a sweet satisfaction it is to know that the Lord Jesus, in His office as our great Intercessor, is prevalently pleading for His people!

O anxious gazer, look not so much at the battle below, for there thou shalt be enshrouded in smoke, and amazed with garments rolled in blood; but lift thine eyes yonder where the Saviour lives and pleads, for while He intercedes, the cause of God is safe. Let us fight as if it all depended upon us, but let us look up and know that all depends upon Him.

Now, by the lilies of Christian purity, and by the roses of the Saviour's atonement, by the roes and by the hinds of the field, we charge you who are lovers of Jesus, to do valiantly in the Holy War, for truth and righteousness, for the kingdom and crown jewels of your Master. Onward! "for the battle is not yours, but God's." [5]

The Christian's Perils - A Sermon by the famous Ulster Evangelist REV. W. P. NICHOLSON

When you got converted, received Jesus Christ, the devil did not die. Sin has not been put into hell, where it will be put one of these days. You are in an alien country here, with an alien nature and an alien body; and you have, as such inherited what will keep you busy for the rest of your days. Some people think they will never be tempted while they are Christians. You will not be long till you get an eye-opener. There are perils without and perils within, perils around, perils above and perils beneath. The reason why a good many people fail is their ignorance of these things; or, if not ignorant altogether, they fail because they understand their peril and under-rate the subtlety of the enemy.

If you are a nominal sort of Christian, a sham and a make-believe, whether a Methodist, Presbyterian or Church of Ireland Christian, you have a name to live while you are as dead as Henry VIII. The devil will not bother you if you are unconverted. In shooting ducks, it is the wounded ones you run after: the dead ones can be gathered all in good time. If you are dead in sin, there are no perils, except the peril you will meet at the end. But for genuinely born-again Christians there are real perils. Let us look at some of them.

THE PERIL OF UNHEEDED SELF DISCOVERY

1. There is first of all the peril of unheeded self-discovery, in which we fail to follow God's revelation about something in us.

Seven times the Lord tried to reveal to Judas what he was. You could not tell the difference between him and the rest of the disciples until it came to the end. Not one [6] of them knew the difference. When the Lord said "One of you shall betray Me," consternation filled each of them. "Lord, is it I?" they all said. Seven times you have the Lord distinctly seeking to reveal to Judas the awful possibility of peril in his life; yet he shut his eyes to it, and rushed on to his doom and damnation. If the Lord has given you a revelation of anything wrong in yourself - in your nature, in your temper, in your tendency, in any way or manner, shape or form - it is a terrible peril to shut your eyes to it. Whatever weakness He may have revealed to you, whatever tendency, it is because the Lord sees it that He seeks to reveal it to you. It is a tremendous peril to refuse to see it.

You remember how in the Old Testament, in II Chronicles, 26, a young fellow became king; and then, when he became lifted up, he sought to take the very position of the High Priest, although the Lord tried to show him the peril and to safeguard him against it. The danger lies with us today just as much as with those in olden time. The Lord sought to discover Peter to himself. "You are going to deny Me." "Deny You? I will die for You!" "Satan has desired to have you, that he may sift you." But, in spite of it all, poor Peter rushed on to ruin and sorrow. If the Lord shows us ourselves, it is a terrible thing not to pay heed to it. When you are at a railway junction, and the lines separate one from another, you know that at the beginning of their separation it is as sharp as the blade of a knife, but what a difference at the end! Beginnings may be very little in the matter of sin, but look at what they are at the end. If you are getting away from the main lines of truth, if you are getting wrong on any moral question, as you value your own soul, I beseech you to heed the Word.

THE PERIL OF PRESUMPTUOUS SIN

2. The next peril is presumptuous sin.

There is more backsliding from this than from any other cause, especially amongst ministers and other workers. They argue, "The Lord used me in the past, and He is bound to use me again." "The Lord blessed me in my Sunday School class last Sunday and He is bound to bless me again." "I was all right with God yesterday and therefore I am all right with Him today." "Lord, save me from presumptions sins I " cries the Psalmist. A lot of the hymns back this idea up, such as the one saying "Each victory will help you some other to win."

That is a sentiment greatly open to abuse. I have only victory at this moment by this moment's faith in Christ. I have no victory today because I had victory yesterday. I have no triumph because I had triumph last week. There is nobody loves you like God, and He will keep you hanging in abject dependence on Him. "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." The weakest man or woman who has faith is as strong as all the forces of hell combined. It is not a question of your will or determination, or

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The Preacher and Bible Teacher: GENESIS
PART SIX

Having discovered the source of sin in Genesis, chapter three, we trace here its increase and torrent until in chapter six it reaches the full fury of ripe apostasy. Then this flood of iniquity brings the flood of judgment.

Notice the contaminating power of sin. Sin in the wife leads to sin of the husband. Sin in the husband and wife leads to sin in the family. Sin in the family leads to sin in the society. Sin in society leads to sin throughout the world. Truly a little of this accursed leaven soon leavens the whole lump.

In this chapter we are introduced to:

I. THE TWO SONS OF ADAM

"And Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain and said, 'I have gotten a man from the Lord'.

"And she again bare his brother Abel.

"And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground."

Eve thought at the birth of Cain the Promised Seed had come. She exclaimed I have gotten a man from the Lord. She thought she had begotten Christ, but instead she had begotten an Antichrist. For saith the Scripture, "Cain was of that wicked one" (I John 3: 12).

"Cain the author of the city of the world," said Augustine, "is born first and called Cain, that is, 'a possession,' because he buildeth a city, and is given to the cares and pomp of the world, and persecutes his brother, who was chosen out of the world. But Abel, the author of the city of God, is born second, called 'Vanity' because he saw the world's vanity and is therefore driven out of the world by an untimely death." - John Trapp.

The things written aforetime were written for our learning. "Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3: 3).

II. THE TWO SACRIFICES AT EDEN'S GATE

"And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord." "And Abel he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to [8] his offering, but unto Cain and his offering He had not respect" (Genesis 4: 3-5).

1. THE SACRIFICE OF CAIN

Cain was the federal head of all the bloodless cults. He was the first Unitarian. He repudiated the Gospel of Blood as taught him by his parents and persisted in presenting his unbloody offering. By so doing he acknowledged as Creator, but repudiated Him as Sovereign and Saviour. "He ignored the fact that there was a moral penal distance between himself and God. He ignored the fact that he was an exile from the presence of God and under sentence of death. He ignored God's demand for expiation by and through the sacrifice of blood. "He offered to God the fruit of that ground which God had judged and cursed. He offered to God that which God had distinctly repudiated. He refused to accept God's estimate. He positively denied God's Word. He set up his own word instead of the Word of Jehovah. He exalted self instead of God." - Dr. I. M. Haldeman.

Herein lay Cain's sin and herein has the sin all who "have gone in the way of Cain" (Jude .II).

2. THE SACRIFICE OF ABEL

"By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and by the being dead yet speaketh." - Heb. II: 4.

Abel's offering being the offering appointed by God was therefore the offering acceptable and accepted by God. It was a beautiful type of the offering of the "Blood of sprinkling which speaketh better things than that of Abel."

Note the comparison.

Abel's offering was offered "in the process of time" (Gen. 4: 3. Christ was offered in "the fullness of time" (Gal. 4: 4).

Abel's offering was of the firstlings of his flock" (Gen. 4: 4). Christ was the "first begotten" (Heb. 1 : 6).

Abel's offering was of "the sheep and goats" (Gen. 4: 4, margin reference). Christ was the "Lamb of God" and our "Sin-bearing Scapegoat."

"The Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering" (Gen. 4: 4). Christ in death was "a sweet smelling saviour" (Eph. 5: 2).

"Abel's blood cried" (Gen. 4: 10). Christ's blood "speaketh better things" (Heb. 12: 24).

"In the twilight of the world Abel saw the Sun of Righteousness." - Henry Law.

III. THE TWO SHEDDINGS OF BLOOD

The blood of the sacrifice and the blood of the sacrificer both crimson the ground in this chapter. The enmity of hell to the blood theology of gospel truth is here discovered. The gospel of death must be maintained even unto death. The truth of blood shedding leads to the shedding of blood. The Cross ever gravitates towards the Cross. [9]

He who defends the faith must die for the faith. "Cain talked with Abel his brother" (Gen. 4: 8). His speech like his sacrifice was no doubt an insult to God. Early in the history of the race the two "seeds" clashed, and Abel fell under the wrath and fury of his reprobate brother. The Scriptures comment, "Cain, who was of that wicked one, slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil and his brother's righteous" (I John 2:.12).

Note - Believers are excepted from the sting of death, but are exposed to the stroke of death.

"Cain was the devil's patriarch and Abel the Church's protomartyr." - John Trapp.

IV. THE TWO SPEECHES TO CAIN

1. THE QUESTION OF MERCY

"Why are thou wroth? " (Gen. 4: 6).

God is no respecter of persons. He is not willing that any should perish. Cain is told that his anger is unreasonable and unjust. God speaks in mercy to the sinner and ever discovers to the sinner's heart the way of pardon through the Redeemer's blood. The word that signifies sin also signifies "sin offering." As God Himself taught Adam the first lesson of faith in Gen. 3:15, so now He Himself teaches Cain the first lesson in repentance. For Isaac there was "a ram caught in the thicket," for Cain a sin offering "at the door." Equal provision was made for both. The great difference, however, was Isaac choose the substitute and lived, Cain refused the substitute and lost. When heaven's mercy is set aside then hell's misery must be suffered. We must either embrace the Cross or endure the curse. If we won't have pardon then we must have punishment.

2. THE QUESTION OF JUDGMENT

"What hast thou done." (Gen. 4:,10).

Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. Sinners eventually find themselves at the judgment bar. Cain may wash off the gore of his crime, but he cannot wash away the guilt of his iniquity. Earth may hide the murdered, but earth cannot hide the murderer. Sin always finds its victims out. Despair follows hard on the heels of dark guilt, and staggering out from God's presence wailing "My sin is greater than can be forgiven" (see margin). Cain pursues the downgrade to hell. Having rejected God, God has rejected him.

V. THE TWO SEEDS ON THE EARTH

As we read this chapter we must remember the great space of time which this narrative covers. Adam must have had many sons and daughters in the one hundred and thirty years up to the birth of Seth. There must have been many lines of descent from Adam, but only two are chosen. The line of Cain and the line of

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THE CHRISTIAN'S PERILS - Continued.

the strength of your jaw. It is not a question of the will to win - at least, not when it comes to salvation. When you and I get to the place where we rely on God completely, that is where our victory lies.

THE PERIL OF UNCOUNTED COST

3. The peril of uncounted cost. It is one thing to make a start. The first step is not the hardest, but the last. "Lord, I will follow Thee whithersoever Thou goest," protested one candidate; and you know the reply: "The foxes have holes and the birds have nests, but the Son of Man has not where to lay His head;" and then it was "Good-bye, Jesus."

When the storm occurred on the lake there may have been an inclination to say, "Thank you, I am a fair weather Christian." But "Except a man forsake all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple; except a man deny himself, and take up the cross daily, he cannot be My disciple . . . Which of you, going to build, does not count the cost?" The Christian life is a life of battle and building and the Lord would have us to count the cost. Many a pilgrim has made a good start and a bad ending, because he did not count the cost of the persecution, - of being ostracised, maligned, misrepresented and hated of all men. It is better never to make the move than to make it and make a mess of it.

THE PERIL OF UNJUDGED SIN

4. Unjudged sin. Some of us preachers are awfully sore on other people's sins; but what about our own? Do you judge your sin? or do you treat it like a gouty toe? King Saul was delicate in handling the finest of the sheep, and spared them and Agag; but Samuel said - "In the name of God I will hew down Agag." Whatever sin God puts His hand on, are you as cruel as hell with it? or are you kind and do you pander to it?

The curse amongst us is a superficial sense of sin. We are playing with it, we have entered into a great sympathy with it, and we have all kinds of excuses and apologies to make for the accursed thing. God never condones sin; He forgives sinners, but He condemns and destroys sin. He hates sin with a burning white-heat hatred, and when you and I are as near God as we can get, we shall be inflamed not only with love but with a hatred to sin. Do you make any allowance for it? How do you judge of it? Condemn it, in the name of God, and be done with it! It is a terrible peril, whether it comes in the shape of whisky, women, tobacco, worldliness, or anything else. If there is any sin in your life unjudged, drag it out and destroy it in the name of God. You may get a wound like a pinprick, and before you know where you are you have got lockjaw. President Coolidge's son had a blister on his heel, and in a fortnight he was a corpse. Sin is like that in its deadliness; it is a hellish thing: it will blight and curse but never bless you. [12]

People say - "Oh yes, I lost my temper, but I could not very well help it. Shake hands with me in my weakness."

Brother, judge the thing, unveil it in God's presence.

There is a story told of an old Eastern monarch who was supposed to be beautiful - so much so that he kept a veil over his face lest beholders should be dazzled. But one day the veil was blown aside, and he was seen to be in reality what he was, an ugly rascal. Sin is like that.

THE PERIL OF A COMPROMISING POLICY

5. A compromising policy. Ask yourself - Where will it end? Said a minister one day to me, "I want you to do this and that;" and I said, "Well, sir, will you tell me where it will end? " I was not to preach so much about hell and damnation. I said, "You cannot deny that I preach the Gospel," and that was admitted. I said, "If I make this promise to you, where am I to stop?" That is the question everyone has to face.

You get an invitation to a card party, and of course you do not feel as if you were more holy than they. You have no love for the thing, but it is a delicate situation, and you say, "Well, I will go. I will not dance, I will just sit and look on; I will not play cards, but I will sit there. I want to show friendliness and I will go. I would like to help these friends of mine to Christ."

But you can never get a man out of a bog-hole by going in beside him. A lot of the so-called social work in churches is carried on with the motive, "We have got to keep the young people," and so we have all sorts of questionable things going on.

One minister put it, "After all, it is the same Gospel but it is a re-adaptation."

I asked, "How many are you getting with it?"

"Oh, well, not many yet."

"How many do you get out of that gang for the Prayer Meeting?"

"We have not got a Prayer Meeting."

The story of Abraham and Lot is not out of date. Lot said to Abraham:

"You will never do any good up here; the commonsense thing is to go down and make yourself one of them."

"No," said Abraham, "I will stay by my sheep."

Lot goes down, becomes a fine man in the cities of the plain; but when the day of catastrophe draws near, Abraham has to pray for Lot: "Lord, be easy on them! Lot went down to do some social service work. If there are forty righteous people there will you burn them up?"

You know the whole story, and of how the children of Lot's daughters became the Moabites and Ammonites and were thorns in the sides of Israel ever afterwards.

People say to me, "Now, Mr. Nicholson would not you appeal to the better-class people if you were a little more considerate, if you would say 'condemned' instead of 'damned'?" A lady heard a canon preaching after she heard me, and she declared, "I would rather have the canon's hell than yours."

Oh, let there be a complete and constant abandonment to the Lord. It is not merely [13] an act, but an attitude; not only a crisis, but a process; we should not only be filled with the Holy Ghost, but be in process of being filled. The crisis is when you make the surrender, and by faith receive; and the process is walking in the light as He is in the light and being filled with all the fullness of God day in and day out.

Take advantage of all the means of grace. If you begin to neglect private devotion, these perils will manifest themselves. Read your Bible. If you get into the habit of neglecting the means of grace and the Church, then look out! When a "twicer" at church becomes a "oncer," it is like Lot pitching his tent towards Sodom. People compromise by their Sunday reading, and by the use of tobacco for their infirmities. Get busy winning men and women to Christ, and try to get believers filled with the Holy Spirit. Remember, God has only one business, and that is saving men. For that one thing He gave all He had, and is doing all He can. God's work is a saving work. If you are not engaged in saving work, then do not say you are doing God's work. The only way you can keep a bicycle standing is by keeping it going; and we human beings are like that.

GENESIS - Part Six -Continued

Seth. The line of Cain illustrates the progress of knowledge and demonstrates that the tree of knowledge is not the tree of life Cain's seed progressed but it was progress to hell culminating in the apostasy of the age of the flood.

The line of Seth illustrates the development of religious life. The seed royal from which the Sovereign Redeemer descended is here traced. This seed culminated at this period in Noah and the Ark of Salvation. This is the line of the woman's seed, the other is the line of the serpent's seed.

AT HOME WITH THE LORD

We regret to announce that one of the father figures of our Church, MR. JAMES NICHOL, Clerk of Kirk Session, Martyrs Memorial Church has died.

We extend to his wife and family circle our deepest sympathy.

Full Obituary next issue.