Church of Ireland Bishops Back Sodomy

The Church of Ireland has officially backed Roy Mason's proposal to legalise Sodomy. This is the logical step in the apostasy of that Church.

When a Church goes forward to Roman idolatry it will always go forward to immorality. Idolatry the Bible states is spiritual fornication and spiritual fornication begats physical fornication.

Ecumenism is the father of many evils. The World Council of Churches has already in its membership not only homosexual clergy but homosexual Churches called "Gay" Churches. The Church of Ireland is in membership of the WCC and it is not surprising that as goes the WCC, so goes the Church of Ireland.

Speaking some time ago Dr. Coggan, the Archbishop of Canterbury admitted that there were a sizeable number of homosexual clergy in the Anglican Church. Now evidently these will have freedom to practice their hellish iniquities with the cognisance of the Church if not with its full blessing.

Sin begets more sin and these homosexual clergy will beget more homosexuals. The Church in this way becomes a breeding ground for sodomy.

When any Church condones such a vile sin then there is no knowing how for that Church will go in the exercising of iniquity.

The clear command of God to His people is to "Touch not the unclean thing" and to "withdraw from such apostasy." [2]

Books which have Greatly Influenced my Life and Ministry

"THE SCRIPTURES OF TRUTH" by Sidney Collett.

Many years ago my beloved father put into my hands a copy of Sidney Collett's classic, "The Scriptures of Truth." Sidney Collett attended services my father had conducted in London and so there was a personal interest for me in the book. Of all books written on the Inspiration, Integrity and Accuracy of Holy Scripture I know of none better to place in the hands of the preacher and for him to pass on to his people.

Collett handles the alleged inaccuracies of Scripture in an exceptionally brilliant and most convincing manner.

The cavels about Joshua's long day (Joshua 10: 1 2-1 4) for example he completely demolishes. He points out that Prof. Totten has researched this matter from an astronomical view and has published in an elaborate mathematic calculation the conclusion that a whole day has been inserted into the world's history. While Mr. E. W. Maunder, FRAS, of the Royal Observatory, Greenwick, traces not only the spot on which Joshua must have been standing but the date and time of the day when this remarkable phenomenon took place.

Moreover the statement of Joshua 10:13, "So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven and hastened not to go down about a whole day." has been fully vindicated.

Now Professor Totten shows in his calculations that this long day of Joshua's did not consist of the addition of a full day of twenty four hours, but only twenty three and one-third hours - in remarkable accord with the words, "about a whole day." While the full day which astronomy demands should be accounted for, is exactly by the fact that, in Hezekiah's time, the shadow on the dial of Ahaz was made to go back ten degrees, or forty minutes (II Kings 20:11) - the balance to a minute of two-thirds of an hour wanted to make up the 24 hours!

Then after a long and elaborate astronomical calculation, he says: "It is patent that the human race never lost the septenary sequence of week days, and that the Sabbath of these latter times comes down to us from Adam, through the flood, past Joshua's long day, by the dial of Ahaz, and out of the sepulchre of the Saviour, without a single lapse! No day is missing; no cycle calls for less; all call for the same, and all unite in a concert of testimony not to be shaken by any ingenuity of man or devil!" "Our Race" by Prof. Totten.

It is facts like these which literally team in the pages of Collett. C. H. Spurgeon's son and successor at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Thomas, said, when the book was first published, "This is the book we have been looking for." Sir Robert Danston, the scientist, commented: "There is none written on these lines, none so full of information set forth in a clear and useable form."

The book has been published over and over again and is always available. It is a wealth of information and an invaluable storehouse. No preacher can afford to be without it. [3]

An Address delivered in Mr. Spurgeon's Metropolitan Tabernacle, London, in 1874

It is not a new-vival, but a re-vival we want. A quicker flow of the life current already existing, on a higher value placed on such old stocks as the Word of God, the preaching of the gospel, and the gatherings at the prayer meetings. Let a revival come, and these old stocks which are so often at a discount, will stand a long way above par. Everything spiritual will be at a premium. I willingly grant that in many revivals there have been faults which have proved causes for shame and sorrow; but they were not the revival, they were the fungi which grew out of some rottenness or other connected with it. They were excrescences which the revival itself would fling off if long enough maintained. Like the leprosy thrown out upon the skin instead of lurking in the system, though impure in themselves, these evils prove the returning health of the entire body. A scab on the skin, but health in the bones, is better for than a clean face and inward rottenness. Judge not a revival by that which the truly revived condemn and deplore. A bride must not be denounced because a stupid fellow with a hob-nailed dirty boot treads on her bridal dress and soils it. Kick him if you like, but pity her, for she feels the injury more than you do. There can be no great movement in the waters of the Church without the sediment being stirred up, and for a time discolouring the whole, and God knows there is sediment enough in all our Churches: but let us remember there would be none the less if it had been left undisturbed. The cloud of dust and withered leaves following in the wake of an express train may half choke you, but they are not the train's making, they only rise as the witness to its speed; beside which, it is only those who are not in the train but critics of its pace who are inconvenienced. The occupants of the carriages leave the dust behind them while they glide along like the wind.


Let me here say I distinguish between revival and revivalism. The revival is divine, the "ism" is a human addition. The revival is the man himself "in native worth and loveliness," the ism is the gaudy sash, the tin stars and sarcenet ribbons which a foolish love of display puts on him. These things, however, generally belong to a revival's commencement: let it live long enough, and it will put away these childish things. Any way, a decked out man, though he may give birth to a smile of pity, is infinitely better than a corpse in its spotlessly neat winding sheet. The foam on the crest of the green billow does not destroy its might or hinder its rolling, roaring course; it will be flung on the shore in time, and only children will care to play with it. It is worth while to run the risk of the "ism" to enjoy the mighty power of the revival.

Doubtless the revival spirit will introduce many things into our Churches which some may term innovations. This [4] is a gloriously big word to frighten children with, or alarm conservative religionists. Only whisper concerning some contemplated action for God, "It is an innovation," and you create in the hearts of some as great a terror as if you had declared it to be a live ichthyosourus. An innovation? It is to some as full of terror as the announcement would be, if made to a group of old ladies In the Zoological Gardens, that the lion had escaped from his cage, and was coming at full speed in their direction. Up goes every one of their parasols. So act many when the Lion of Judah breaks through the iron cage of dull propriety.


An innovation? Oh, it is a wonderful word to conjure with. It may mean so much, or so little, or nothing; then it sounds, properly accented, so full of terrors, and, above all, numbers don't know what it means and therefore they are sure to warn everybody against it. But, after all, what is an innovation? Is it anything so necessarily bad that a revival likely to introduce it must not be desired? Looked at calmly, it is often found to be a most gentle and inoffensive creature. Its name is the worst thing about it. I have no doubt that were the winter a clerical brother he would consider the spring with its buttercups an innovation on his regime of ice and snow, No doubt the owl and bat have similar feelings towards the sunbeams which will force their way through the darkness. Perhaps they screech an owlish, battish synonym for "What an innovation!" If they do, their discordant notes are soon drowned in the chorus of praise which rises from all the forest dwellers who are children of the light. So with the innovations of a truly God sent revival.

None need fear them. They may at first be counted rather singular, but they will soon be reckoned singular improvements, They will startle, but captivate, like the first field of wild flowers seen after a long winter spent in London streets. There will doubtless be some innovations in the prayer meetings. From being the sole property of some half-dozen most respectable but rather humdrum patriarchs, they will become "Mutuals," in which all members will participate in the profits. Young converts as well as experienced saints will take part in them. Likely enough the prayers will be cut down to half their former length, and twice the number will engage in prayer. "A great innovation," growls one crusty old brother, and he stays away. "A blessed improvement," say a hundred, and they come.


The singing, too, will very probably be innovated. It will be more frequent, more lively, and more general; in fact, it will be reformed from a musical performance into melodious worship. The innovation, too, will find their way into the church meetings; for instead of an hour and a half being spent in warm debate whether the chapel keeper shall have two or three brooms in the course of the year, the whole time will be given up to hearing the testimony of saved ones coming before the church for fellowship, until at last it is decided that the chapel keeper can get all the brooms the deacons consider needful without a direct vote of the church. [5]

It leaves him, if not to look after, yet to sweep under the tables, whilst it gives itself to prayer. Oh! what blessed things church meetings are in a revival, when hour after hour the beautiful variety of the Spirit's work in converting men is illustrated in scores of different instances; but, on the other hand, what meeting can be more devoid of interest, or more devoutly dreaded that the church meeting, which is held for no other earthly reason (there are no heavenly ones) than that it happens to be the first or second Tuesday in the month? There being no spiritual business before the meeting, all the little brethren vent their big crochets, and plans, and the pastor goes home, sick at heart, dizzy in brain, with all his energies for sermon preparation numbed. Oh, for more revival innovations! Call them what you like, only let us have their realities.


Is there any reason, brethren, why the joyous experience I have tried to picture should not be ours? It seems to me (I may be mistaken, but I think I am not) that but little is required to bring it about. Already there are found in different parts of the metropolis scattered patches of fire. It needs but a strong breeze to carry the sparks on its wings, and drop them on the intervening spaces, and isolated fires shall merge into a general conflagration. Long has a furnace seven times heated blazed away in this noble sanctuary. In the south-east our brother Wigner finds his supply of baptising dresses unequal to the demand, and has to call to his brother in the east to help.

In the west our brother Lewis of Boyswater, tells of a new and most gracious work which has recently broken out among the young, and in the east there was only on Saturday evening last a united prayer meeting, of nearly 3,000 persons, in our Tabernacle, prior to a very general exchange of pulpits, which took place on Sunday, when every ministering brother devoted both morning and evening sermons to pleading with the unsaved. Cannot these fires be linked together? Cannot there be on one Lord's Day be an universal exchange of pulpits aming Baptist ministers throughout the whole of London - a magnificent general campaign for Christ heralded by three or four monster prayer meetings? Surely God is now, if ever, saying, "Prove Me now."


The windows of heaven are already unlatched, one united push of prayer and they shall rattle back in their sashes, and no place alone or all united shall be able to hold the blessing. The Father, with a smile of sweet encouragement, says, "Try it." The Son, our blessed Jesus, telling us of His fulness and reminding us of His promises, says, "Try it." The Holy Ghost, with all His love of revealing Christ, and by all His saving power, says, "Try it." The Church, by her languishing and sorrow, sighs, "Try it;"' and a guilty, miserable, perishing world shrieks with despairing voice, "Try it;" while a busy, restless, ever working superstition challenges, "Try it." Shall we turn a deaf ear to this sixfold appeal, or, moved by the cries and roused to holy daring by the challenge, shall we hurl ourselves into

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An Exposition of Psalm 119 By IAN R. K. PAISLEY
(As broadcast over Radio Station WMUU, Greenville, S. Carolina)


These beatitudes give the positive of what is put in the negative in the beatitude of Psalm 1.

Let us compare the two. PSALM 1 PUTS 3 NEGATIVES:

1. "walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly."

2. "nor standeth in the way of sinners"

3. "nor s'tteth in the seat of the scornful"


1. "walk in the law of the Lord"

2. "keep His testimonies"

3. "seek Him with the whole heart."

The progress of the ungodly is marked in a walking, a standing and a sitting. The ungodly come to a stand still. The progress of the godly's marked with a walking, a keeping and a seeking. The godly go on to perfection. What a contrast! (1) Walking in the counsel of the ungodly - walking in the low of God. (2) Standing in the way of sinners - keeping God's testimonies. (3) Sitting in the seat of the scornful - seeking God with a whole heart.


There are three beatitudes in the Psalms which have to do with the Christian's walk.

(1) Ps. 1: 1 & 2. " Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly - his delight is in the low of the LORD." Prov. 4: 14 & 15.

(2) Ps. 119: 1. "Blessed are the undefiled in the way who WALK in the law of the Lord."

(3) Ps. 128:1. "Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD that WALKETH in His ways."


Note carefully that the name used for God is Jehovah in each passage, LORD, that is God in covenant with His people and that covenant is the covenant of Redemption by Blood. It was in order to redeem Israel from Egypt by blood that God revealed Himself to Moses as the great Jehovah the ETERNAL I AM THAT I AM. Exodus 3:14, and 6:2 & 3.


It should be noted that the three signs given to Moses at the Revelation of the name Jehovah in Exodus 4 demonstrates the whole scope of Redemption.

(1) Exodus 4:2-5. The Conquering of the serpent. Illustrated by the taking [7] of the serpent by the tail and its complete control and conquering by Moses. The rod, if we have eyes to see, is a type of the Cross.

(2) Exodus 4: 6 & 7. The cleansing of sin. Illustrated in the cleansing of the leprosy.

(3) Exodus 4:9. The climax of the blood. Illustrated in the water turned to blood.


. . . Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses because they were the Devil's agents in resisting the accomplishment of redemption, II Timothy 3:8. They have many successors today and if we follow apostolic practice we will both name and denounce these successors. Those who say that the agents of hell against the gospel should not be named but only condemned in a general manner have been deceived by the devil themselves and are advocating an unscriptural, yea an antiscriptural policy. It should also be marked that Jannes and Jambres counterfeited the first and the second signs. See Exodus 7: 11 & 12 and 22. Their successors in our day counterfeit the power of God over Satan and they also counterfeit the power of the Blood. They have a blood which not the Blood of the Lamb. Theirs is a manmade production. The Blood of the Lamb is God-created Blood. Theirs is the result of human manufacture. The other of divine miracle. The Lord Himself gives us a most illuminating view of the present successors of Jannes and Jambres in these lost days. See Matthew 7:21-23.


What stronger condemnation could we have of the Charismatic Movement. They profess to prophecy in tongues in the Lord's name, The say they cast out devils in the Lord's name and they claim to do many wonderful works in the Lord's name yet they both practice and advocate works of iniquity with their claim that the idolatrous and blasphemous Mass of Rome becomes sweeter to the Charismatic Roman Catholic and the Virgin more and more an object of worship. This is our end time delusion and is the work of the false prophet (the Anti-Holy Spirit) who leads people to worship the Beast, the Anti-Christ.

FIRE FROM HEAVEN - NOT ALWAYS OF GOD Revelation 13:13 and Job 1:1 6.

It should be carefully noted that all fire which seemingly comes from heaven is not either from God or of God. The fire which the Devil sent to destroy Job's sheep and servants was from heaven and was thought to be the fire of God.

So the way is the way of redemption - redemption accomplished and applied by God in Covenant with His people. [8]

Digest of Protestant History By IAN R. K. PAISLEY (Three)


The Papacy in an amazing way bridged that seemingly impassable gulf - the chasm dividing the humble pastor from the mitred sovereign Pope-king.

As the Church, a called out assembly of "born again" believers, deteriorated, the Church as a politico-ecclesiastical machine gathered momentum. The Church ceased to be concerned with "the things that are not seen" and gave her whole strength to "the things which are seen." Temporalities become her top priorities.

Jewish ceremonial, Greek philosophy and Pagan ritual were all welded together by the alchemy of evil genius and as a consequence the teaching ministry was replaced by a sacrificing priesthood. This priesthood become a caste and soon its associates claimed to be the only mediators between the souls of men and their Maker. From this developed an hierarchy which eventually evolved into the papacy.

When Constantine became the Roman emperor and declared for Christianity the religious hierarchy received a tremendous boost especially when it moulded itself in the Imperial mould.

The primacy of Rome, now accepted by the Anglican Churches of the World (1) was of course even then a thing unheard of.

When the Council of Nicaea assembled in AD 325 its 300 members never heard of such an outrageous claim. They recognised all other Churches such as Antioch and Jerusalem, etc, as equals.

In 440-461 AD under Pope Leo the Great a further step was taken. The Church of Rome was by an imperial manifesto of the emperor Valentinian III raised to an ecclesiastical principality and the Bishop of Rome exalted as supreme over the Western Church. The pastor of the Tiber, soon became a rallying centre in an age of division and strife and gradually he was looked upon as a fit arbiter to adjudicate in all disputes.

With the departure of the Emperor to Constaninople the papacy received another tremendous boost. The Emperor having gone there was now but one sovereign in the ancient imperial city. For a time the battle for ecclesiastical supremacy between Constantinople and Rome raged but in 606 AD by the edict of the Emperor Phocas, the Bishop of Rome, was declared pre-eminent. So before the old Western Empire fell the Pope had ascended the throne of the ecclesiastical supremacy.

Mysteriously, although the power which elevated the Papacy was destroyed, the Papacy itself fell not, but rather increased in strength emerging from the crash of the Empire trumpeting the even more fantastic claim that the Bishop of Rome was the successor of Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, and the Vicar of Christ.

The Papacy depended no longer on the mandate of emperors but on the decree of heaven. No wonder the finger [9] of the Spirit of God discloses the brand on the forehead of the Scarlet Harlot of Revelation chapter 17, "MYSTERY BABYLON THE GREAT" and no wonder the apostle John wondered with great admiration."

It was not, however, until the days of Gregory VII that the full idea and potency of the papal vicarship was finally developed. By it the Pope, elevated above all spiritual and temporal rulers, usurps the two swords of spiritual and temporal sovereignty, and presses to his own brow the triple crown, prince of heaven, earth and hell.

On the day when this happened Popedom was truly begotten. That day was the birthday of the Papacy.

No longer did the Bishop of Rome claim to sit in Caesar's seat, he rather claimed to sit in the very seat of God Almighty.

It is not surprising that when C. H. Spurgeon read II Thessalonians 2:3, 4: "Let no man deceive you by any means; for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed the son of perdition; who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God," he declared, "ARREST THE POPE ON SUSPICION."

The pagan Goths who overthrew the Empire soon transferred their allegiance to Rome. In the Pope they found a more majestic form of their chief Druid. One of their princes, Clovis, King of Franks, was baptised in the Cathedral of Rheims in 1496 AD, along with 3,000 of his warriors. He thus obtained the honour of being called "the eldest son of the Church, a papal title which the Kings of France used until their final overthrow some 1,400 years later.

Soon the rest of Europe followed suit, Spain, Portugal, Britain and eventually Germany all entered the pale of Rome.

In the eighth century the Church of Rome was faced with what seemed eminent destruction. The saracens had triumphed in Spain, overrun the South of France and were about to descend into Italy to replace "the Cross" with "the Crescent." The Lombards who controlled Central Italy were also brandishing their swords at the very gates of Rome.

Charles Martel of France threw back the Saracens in France and Pepin his son vanquished the Lombards, placing the keys of their towns upon the altar of St. Peter's in the presence of Pope Stephen II. Thus commenced the Pope's unhappy temporal jurisdiction in Italy. The son of Pepin the famous Charlemagne subdued the Lombards a second time and eventually conceded their territories to the Pope.

Not content with being the Bishop of bishops, the Pope decided he must also be King of kings. To that lofty perch the Pope now started to ascend.

First he had to produce a title to this vast heritage which he claimed. This title was produced in the famous or rather infamous "Donation" or Testament of the Emperor Constantine.

This document which first saw the light in 776 AD had, it was audaciously claimed, been drawn up 400 years before.

Why the Popes kept it hidden for four centuries was never explained. The document stated that the Emperor Constantine had donated to Pope Sylvester the whole imperial sovereignty and [10] majesty along with the city of Rome and all the western cities of Italy.

For 600 years this blatant forgery was the foundation on which Rome rested her claim. The document was inserted in her code and those who dared to question its authenticity were burned to death or run through with the sword. When the Reformation dawned this colossal cheat was uncovered and exposed. (2)

In the century after the production of Constantine's "Donation" another extraordinary document was presented to the world. It was called the "Decretals of Isidore." This was supposed to be the "letters," "rescripts" and "bulls" of the early pastors of Rome (men who by the way knew nothing of "bulls" and "rescripts") all establishing papal supremacy and affirming that it existed from the first century.

It was put forward authoritatively by Pope Nicholas I although it abounded in absurdities, contradictions and anachronisms. It became the foundation of canon low and continues to be so although even papal writers have been forced to concede that it is a most blatant piece of imposture. One priest, "Father de Rignon" in the "Etudes Religious," Nov. 1866, stated - "Never has there been a forgery so audacious, so extensive, so solemn, so persevering."

Running parallel with her intrusion into the realm of Caesar the Church of Rome was slowly but surely loosening herself from the cords of constitutional democracy.

In the primitive Church the pastor and bishops were elected by the people. Soon the bishops come to be elected by the pastors only. Then the pastors ceased to be elected by the people and were appointed by the bishops. Hereafter the bishops ceased to be elected by the pastors but were appointed by the Bishop of Rome.

The Bishop of Rome like the other bishops was of course first appointed by the people. Soon the consent of the Emperor was needed to validate the popular election. Then the cardinals claimed that they only could elect the Pope and present their choice to the Emperor. Hereafter the Emperor was excluded altogether and the cardinals took the whole business into their own hands.

Slowly but surely the Papacy evolved to the absolute supremacy and sovereignty of Popedom - the unpassable gulf dividing the humble pastor from the mitred Pope-king was bridged.

Footnote 1 In the agreed statement of the Anglican and Roman Catholic International Commission published from Venice in 1973, para 23 states: "The only See which makes any claim to universal primacy and which has exercised and still exercises such episcope is the See of Rome, the city where Peter and Paul died. It seems appropriate that in any future union a universal primacy such as has been described should be held by that See."

The Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin is the Anglican Chairman of the Commission.

Footnote 2 I would point out that it is not only Protestant historians Who have indicted Rome with this fraud. Lord Acton, a Roman Catholic, and sometime Regius Professor of Modern History at Cambridge, writing in the "Northern British Review" in October, 1869, page 103, stated: "The passage from the Catholicism of the Fathers to that of the modern Popes was accomplished by wilful falsehood; and the whole structure of traditions, laws and doctrines that support the theory of infallibility and the practical despotism of the Popes stands on a basis of a fraud." [11]

Robert Lewis Dabney: The Andrew Melville of American Presbyterianism in the South.

The Banner of Truth are to be congratulated on their recent republication of Thomas Cary Johnson's "Life and Letters of Robert Lewis Dabney." What John Knox was to Scotland, James H. Thornwell was to the Presbyterians of the Southern States of the USA, and what Andrew Melville was to Scotland after Knox, so was Robert Lewis Dabney to the South.

Reading Dabney's life is a real exhilarating experience.

By any standard Dabney was a remarkable man. As a son, a husband, a father, a Christian, a minister, a preacher, a professor, a soldier and a patriot, he was as his biographer states always a man, sincere, earnest, intense and strong - NO SHAM MAN.

R. L. Dabney, born and reared in Virginia, served the Scots-Irish congregation at Tinkling Spring from 1847 to 1853 when he went to Union Theological Seminary, Hampton-Sydney. There, except for service in the Civil War, he pastored the College Church till 1874 and prepared students for the gospel ministry until 1883. At the age of 64, in broken health, he moved to Texas to teach in the new University and to be the cofounder and Professor in the Austin School of Theology.


By any standard Dabney was a remarkable man. At the age of 22 he was offered the editorship of a newspaper - "no man of your age in the Union is superior as a writer" - and when he was 40 Charles Hodge pleaded for his help at Princeton Seminary (A. A. Hodge was to call him "the best teacher of theology in the United States, if not in the world"). Neither of these invitations was accepted. But in 1862 he did answer a call from General T. J. Jackson to serve as Adjutant-General of the "Stonewall" Brigode, and in this capacity Jackson later referred to him as "the most efficient officer he knew."


In spiritual matters he remained a soldier until death, "at war," says his biographer, "with much in his age." It is here that his life takes on the genuinely heroic aspect. There were some things Dabney could quietly bear - even the death of three sons and his own total blindness in later years but the retreat of the Christian Church from the doctrine commitment to which God had led her at the Reformation he could not endure. With his luminous mind, likened to Calvin, Owen and Edwards - and his burning zeal, his godliness - in which he has he resisted what so many heralded as a sign of progress. [12]


Thomas Cary Johnson was both successor to Dabney at Union Seminary, Virginia (until 1930), and a personal friend. He was finely suited to write this volume which first appeared in 1903. From correspondence and other sources he allows Dabney, where possibly, to speak for himself, and yet Johnson's own contribution is of great value in its insight into Dabney's character and times.

This is the kind of book which makes a powerful impression. It is unquestionably one of the major biographies of the 19th Century. Johnson had good reason to conclude these pages with the words: "Dr. Dabney was a great man. We cannot tell just how great yet. One cannot see how great Mt. Blanc is while standing at its foot. One hundred years from now men will be able to see him better."


Dr. Dabney since Dr. Thornwell's death has been the most conspicuous figure and the leading theological guide of the Southern Presbyterian Church, the most prolific theological writer that Church has as yet produced, and for a period of over 40 years one of the most distinguished and probably the most impressive teacher of its candidates for the ministry.

As a preacher, as a teacher, and as a writer equally he achieved greatness, and in the counsels of the State and of the Church alike he was a factor of importance. In the wider theological history of the country and of the epoch he finds a worthy place as one of the youngest members of a remarkable company of theologians to whose lot it fell to reassert and reorganise the historical faith of the Reformed Churches in the face of the theological ferment which marked the earlier years of the 19th Century.

This company included, especially, such men as Charles Hodge (1797-1878), Robert J. Breckinridge (1800-1871), James H. Thornwell (1812-1862) of the older generation, with Henry B. Smith (1815-1877) making the transition to W. G. T. Shedd (1820-1894), Robert L. Dabney (1820 1898) and Archibald A. Hodge (1823-1886).

The good plan has been adopted by Dr. Johnson of letting; Dr. Dabney himself occupy many of the pages with his letters,. We would not have missed these letters for a great deal. They give us Dr. Dabney as he really was, unveiled for the intimate inspection of those who stood closest to him; and it speaks volumes as to his essential qualities when they compel us to say they give us Dr Dabney at his best.

As we lay down the book, they enable us to say to ourselves with conviction that Dr. Dabney was not only an influential statesman and a powerful ecclesiastical [13] force, not only an acute philosophiser and a profound theologian, but also a devoted Christian which is best of all. May not only his memory remain green, but his influence be increased through the coming years!

The book sells at 4 and is a real bargain. Obtainable from The Bethel in York Street. An ideal Christmas Gift.

REVIVAL - Continued

the breach, and carry heaven itself by storm?

Not only is there much land to be possessed, but we are well able to go up and take it. Shall we strike tents and be off, and in the name of our God proclaim a crusade? Surely "Yes," for the Captain calls, the silver trumpets blow, the breeze expands the drooping folds of our ancient banner, and vaunting Goliath is only waiting for the sling and the stone to measure his length on the ground. Then "up," Christians, "up," for God demands it of you. "Up," Christians, "up," for Christ pioneers the march. "Up," Christians, "up," and the Holy Ghost in the pillar of cloud is lifting Himself from the tabernacle, and moving on with majestic speed. Now, if ever, is the time to catch the words which leaped from Moses' lips when the ark of God moved onwards, and shout them till the notion echoes - "Rise up, Lord, and let thine enemies be scattered; and let them that hate Thee flee before Thee." [14]

Presbytery Finding on the Rev. George Hutton

The attention of the General Presbytery of Ulster to the situation in the Larne Congregation was brought about by a letter which it received from a member of the congregation appealing against his suspension from Communicant membership of the Church imposed on him by the Session of the Larne congregation.

A Commission of Presbytery consisting of the Rev. S. B. Cooke (Deputy Moderator), the Revs. James Beggs, Ivan Foster, A. Cairns, John Douglas and Fred Buick and Messrs. D. S. Herron, A. McAuley, N. Corson, S. Lennox, G. McKnight and Bobby Wilson was appointed to investigate the matter.

The Commission met in Larne on Tuesday, 27th September, and the parties to the dispute were in attendance. The commission took great pains to probe the matter carefully and prayerfully, and sat from 8 o'clock until 4.30 am, the following morning.

The recommendations of the Commission were not taken lightly or unadvisably but only after the most careful investigation of the evidence brought before them.

During the hearing, certain alarming facts emerged which caused the Commission to make very sad and serious recommendations to the Presbytery of Ulster. The Commission was unanimous in making these recommendations.

At a subsequent meeting of Presbytery held in Limavady on Friday, 7th October, the recommendations of the Commission were gone into thoroughly and certain points clarified with both Mr. Hutton and the members of the Larne Session. At that Presbytery meeting Mr. Hutton declared that he had been given a fair hearing at the Commission. The Commission were deeply distressed at his leadership in Larne and felt total dissatisfaction at the answers he gave to vital questions, and also his conduct of some of the Session meetings in the Larne Church. Indeed after hearing Mr. Hutton the Commission come to the conclusion that he was acting dishonestly, and indeed in a way to mislead the Commission, Mr. Hutton's subsequent questioning at Presbytery confirmed that he was guilty of uttering grove falsehoods. The Commission also discovered that Mr. Hutton, when he was under the jurisdiction of the Interim Session, proceeded to change the regulations of the Church in regard to Communicant membership, and this was done without consultation. The result was that former Communicant members were deprived of their rights as members and that without due reason or charge. In order to strengthen his own position the Commission also found that Mr. Hutton was given to a harshness of attitude in the conduct of the affairs of the Church and a reprehensible misapplication of Scripture.

In view of the seriousness of these matters and the seeming inability of Mr. Hutton to remember or honestly [15] answer any of the questions put to him by the Commission and Presbytery, the Presbytery looked for some signs of repentance. No evidence of repentance could be discerned and therefore the Presbytery, which included some of Mr. Hutton's closest personal friends, unanimously decided that Mr. Hutton be suspended indefinitely from the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church until such times that he showed evidence of true repentance.

At the Hillsborough Presbytery held on the 4th November at 8 pm, a letter of resignation from the Free Presbyterian Church was received from Mr. Hutton. It was agreed that Mr. Hutton could not resign from the ministry while under discipline of the Presbytery, and that his connection with the Church could only be severed by dismissal. The Presbytery had no other option but to reject Mr. Hutton's resignation and to dismiss him from the ministry of the Church and excommunicate him from its membership. Mr. Hutton was informed, in writing, of the grounds of his dismissal on the charges previously outlined. The Presbytery passed a resolution of dismissal and excommunication unanimously.

It is with sorrow that the above facts are recorded, but as the secular Press has given wide publicity to this matter the Presbytery feels duty bound to state briefly the attitude of the Church and how Mr. Hutton's dismissal came about. We ask for the prayers of our people for the Larne congregation which has increased in strength since Mr. Hutton's dismissal. We also request prayers for Mr. Hutton that he may repent of his grievous behaviour and utterances of falsehood, so that reconciliation and restoration at some future time may be accorded to him.

Resolution of Presbytery

The General Presbytery of Ulster meeting in Crossgar deplores the attempts by our Westminster overlords to undermine the Protestant Heritage of our Ulster Province.

The proposed legislation on divorce, homosexuality and new licensing laws with Sunday drinking, the Presbytery deplores and calls on all those who value the moral standards of Christianity to voice their strongest possible protest. The Presbytery wishes to put on record their gratitude to those local councillors who have fought and are fighting a great battle in defence of the sanctity of the Lord's Day and assures them of their prayers.

"Righteous exalteth a notion Sin is a reproach to any people." [16]

11 Souls in Bangor Mission


Early in 1976 a number of Free Presbyterians living in the Bangor area met for weekly prayer meetings and Bible Study, under the supervision of the Rev. Harry Cairns (then Portavogie, now Tandragee).

After several months of such meetings, it was unanimously decided to commence Sunday afternoon Gospel Services in the local Orange Hall. For one year this continued with a faithful bond of born-again people resolved to see a Free Presbyterian work commenced in the town. During that time four souls publicly indicated their acceptance of the Lord Jesus Christ as their own and personal Saviour.

Further steps forward were taken:

1. A superb site was offered to the fellowship, and on faith - trusting in the Lord - negotiations were entered into for purchase and planning approval (Outline planning has been granted just the other day).

2. The Bangor Outreach commenced two Sunday Services, a Sunday School and Children's Meetings in the Hamilton House.

3. A Gospel campaign was planned and Dr. Paisley arranged to conduct six of the seven meetings planned for November.


Prior to the Mission, much prayer was offered for every aspect of the campaign; what was asked in faith, the Lord abundantly gave. To God be the glory. Attendance increased each night and at the final meeting, every available seat was occupied with over 220 people packed in the Hamilton House. Hardened sinners attended the meetings - heard the Gospel and thank God, many responded to the invitation. On Wednesday, 23rd, three sinners sought and found the Saviour and one backslider come back to the Lord. Lord's Day, 27th - six souls publicly professed faith; a police cadet told Dr. Paisley that he too had responded to the appeal at a previous meeting.

A special meeting was convened at which Dr. Paisley dealt with the World Council of Churches. "Unofficial" representatives of local churches were present, including a Salvation Army Major's wife and also the Rev. Stafford a member of the Bangor Council of Churches.

The prayer meeting and Sunday Meetings following the Mission have increased in attendance and fervency; new faces have been seen, and new voices heard.