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Leading Roman Catholic Priest Says "I Would Give Money to IRA"

The Roman Catholic Church tacitly supports the IRA. Every Ulster Protestant is well aware of that. Of course that is only the outward public image of the Italian system. The real truth is that in every way possible the Church, of. Rome is helping forward the IRA for its aims are absolutely identical with the terrorists - an united Ireland "Gaelic and Free" so-called.

From time to time the real face of Rome is exposed. The following from the "Catholic Herald," 20/9/77, demonstrates what the true face of the church really is like.

"An Irish American priest has publicly stated that he supports the IRA and that he would give them money to buy arms if he could find a way to do it.

"In a letter to the American Catholic magazine Commonweal, Mgr. Charles Rice, who is visiting relatives in Ireland this week, says: 'I favour the IRA. I would give them money for arms if I could find a way to do it because such arms are defensive.'

"When asked why he took this view Mgr. Rice reiterated his support for the IRA and said that they were defenders of an oppressed people.'

"Mgr. Rice spent most of his childhood in Dundalk, although he hasn't been to Northern Ireland for 12 years.

"The last time he met members of the IRA was five years ago, though he said that he had contact with the problems of Northern Ireland.

"Mgr. Rice says that he is not a pacifist and sees the violence of the IRA as having 'made the fight more even-handed,' in the wake of Protestant 'intransigence.'

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New Church Building for Newtownards

Another page in the history of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster was written when a new church hall was opened at Beverley Park, Bangor Road, Newtownards. The opening address was delivered by the Moderator, Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley.

Senior Minister, the Rev. Fred Greenfield, officiated at the service which began with an opening hymn and then prayer led by the Rev. Stanley Barnes of Hillsborough.

Mr. Greenfield then welcomed everyone and introduced May Gibson who sang two messages in song. The Scripture reading was by the Rev. David McIlveen of Sandown Free Presbyterian Church

Mr. Trevor Baxter, Student Minister of the Church referred to the previous six years when the Church had had to meet in the Orange Hall in Mary Street. He expressed his gratitude towards the Committee of the Hall for allowing the Free Presbyterians to use it for that time. He went on to say, "We own a considerable piece of this property, it was originally purchased for 5,000, we are told that this land is now valued somewhere in the region of 40,000."


Thanks were extended to Mr. Eddie Burns who made it possible for the land to be purchased at such a low price.

Comment was then made on various donations from other Free Presbyterian Churches which amounted to 700-800 already this month which was some way towards reaching the 2,000 mark.

The Moderator began his address by saying, "I would like to say first of all how delighted I am to be here this afternoon to take this opportunity of delivering God's Word to you."

Referring to the new Hall the Rev. Paisley said that it was always a thrill personally to see the progress of God's work. He also expressed trust that one day they would erect a building on the site in keeping with the houses around it.

The Moderator based his sermon on Isaiah 59:19, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against them."

Talking about the "infiltration" of the "enemy" he said that the Spirit is against something. "I want to tell you today, I am against the Prime Minister's visit to the Pope."

In I John 2:16 was listed what the Moderator said were the three Avenues of Evil, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.

Dr. Paisley was critical in his address of other Churches including the Methodists and the Church of Ireland, a Dean of which he criticised for attending a Gaelic Football match in Dublin on Sunday. He pronounced his opposition to the World Council of Churches which he claimed existed only because the Churches were not doing so well.


The Moderator then went on to allege that the planning office had tried to keep a Free Presbyterian Hall from being erected in Hillsborough and now [3] this one in Newtownards.

Nearing the end of his address Dr. Paisley said, "I want to say something very strong. Abraham the friend of God lied, David the man after God's own heart committed adultery and murder, Lot of righteous soul corrupted his family in Sodom, Peter the apostle blasphemed. A backslidden Christian can do anything but go to hell. He that standeth take heed lest he fall."

After the termination of the Moderator's sermon it was announced that the collection that afternoon had amounted to over 600. The closing Prayer was then said by Rev. Greenfield.

Following the service, tea was served by the ladies of the Newtownards congregation.

Books which have Greatly Influenced my Life and Ministry
By IAN PAISLEY

"RISE AND PROGRESS OF RELIGION IN THE SOUL" by Philip Doddridge

There is another little choice volume which I must mention, for to it I owe an immense debt of gratitude. It is Philip Doddridge's "Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul."

In my early Christian experience my beloved father placed this precious volume in my hand. In reading it I was caused to solemnly reflect on my spiritual state and to make my calling and election sure. I was especially chastened with chapter twenty, "The sad case of a relapse into known and deliberate sin, after solemn acts of dedication to God, and some progress made in religion."

How blessed are Doddridge's words. He says, "Blessed be God, your case is not quite hopeless. Your wounds are corrupted, because of your foolishness; but the gangrene is not incurable. There is a balm in Gilead: there is a physician there. Do not therefore render your condition indeed hopeless, by now saying there is no hope, and drawing a fatal argument from that false supposition for going after the idols you have loved. Escape, and fly as for thy life, before the dart strike through thy liver. Give not sleep to thine eyes, nor slumber to thine eyelids, lie not down upon thy bed under unpardoned guilt, lest evil overtake thee, lest the sword of divine justice should smite thee, and, whilst thou purposest to return tomorrow, thou shouldest this night go and take possession of hell."

The little volume is a heartsearcher. Doddridge knew how to put in the dagger for the purging out of the dirt. He also knew however the way to apply the disinfectant and antiseptic of the Precious Blood of Christ and the precious ointment of the Saviour's name. How tenderly he bound up the soul smitten by the rod of conviction.

The next book that I would like to recommend is that devotional volume unparalleled in all Scottish literature:

"THE LETTERS OF SAMUEL RUTHERFORD"

Samuel Rutherford was born in the year 1600 in the village of Nisbet in the County of Roxborough in Scotland. He entered as a student the University of Edinburgh in 1617. He took his degree of Master of Arts in 1621 and was elected because of his eminent abilities of mind and virtuous disposition as Professor of Humanity in 1623. And he settled in 1627 as pastor of the parish of Anwoth, the stewardry of Kircuprite near the Solway.

He was brought before the High Commission Court of the Diocese of the See of Galloway in 1636 charged with preaching against Arminianism and also the recently ordained ceremonies of public worship. Being convicted of the charge he was deprived of his pastoral office, prohibited from speaking in public and sentenced strictly to [5] confine himself before the 20th August of that year, as a State visitor during the King's pleasure within the town of Aberdeen. With the fall of Charles and Laud, Rutherford quietly and without any molestation returned to his parish in Anwoth.

He became an important delegate to the memorable General Assembly which met in Glasgow and consummated ecclesiastical revolution under the presidency of the celebrated Alexander Henderson. In 1643 he was deputed by the General Assembly as one of its commissioners to the famous Westminster Assembly. He returned to St. Andrew's University in 1647 and resumed his former duties as Professor of Divinity there in 1647. In 1649 he was appointed its Principal. At the restoration of 1660 he again come under persecution by the authorities. Having been long suffering from ill health when the summons came for him to appear and stand trial he said to the messenger "Tell them I have got a summons already before a superior Court and Judiciary, and I behove to answer my first summons. And ere your day arrive I shall be where few kings and great folk come." What he said was a true prophecy, for so it happened that before the tribunal could meet, the soul of Samuel Rutherford had stood in the Tribunal of the God of all flesh. Doubtless, if he had been spared to be tried he would have been destined to die the martyr's cruel death. But instead, on 20th March, 1661, in the 61st year of his age he gently, sweetly, peacefully fell asleep in Jesus with the seraphic utterance on his lips, "Glory, Glory dwelleth in Emmanuel's land."

Samuel Rutherford lives in his letters. It was Richard Baxter, who, although he did not see eye to eye with Rutherford in his theology, yet ungrudgingly in his assessment of the value of Rutherford's Letters said, "Hold off the Bible, such a book as Mr. Rutherford's Letters the world never saw the like." The strain of rich and wonderful fellowship with the Saviour comes out in wonderful splendour in all these Letters. Here we have the Holiest of All, and the soul immersed in the Shekinah Glory', and entering into the deepest possible fellowship with the Beloved. The language can only be understood by those souls who have some way with Rutherford tasted of the riches of this personal fellowship with Christ.

Mrs. Cousins, in the last words of Samuel Rutherford, "'The sands of time are sinking" has been enabled to string together the choicest expressions that dropped automatically from the pen of Rutherford as it glowed With the presence of Christ his Lord.

No wonder Rutherford could preach Christ with unction, for he had gazed, and gazed and gazed again at the wonderful Person of his wonderful Lord.

"The bride eyes not her garment
But her dear Bridegroom's face;
I will not gaze at glory
But on the King of Grace,
Not at the crown He gifteth,
But on the pierced hand;
The Lamb is all the glory
In Immanuel's Land.

O! I am my Beloved's
My Beloved's mine!
He brings a poor vile sinner,
Into His "house of wine:"
I stand upon His merit,
I know no safer stand,
Not e'en where glory dwelleth
In Immanuel's Land."

In one of his Letters Rutherford laments upon the apostasy of, the Church in his day. This, is what he said, [6] "This apostate Kirk hath played the harlot with many lovers. They are spitting in the face of my lovely King and mocking Him, and I cannot mend it. And they are running away from Christ in troops, and I cannot mourn and be grieved for it. I think Christ lieth like an old abandoned castle, forsaken of the inhabitants, all men run away now from Him. Truth, innocent Truth goeth mourning and ringing her hands in sackcloth and ashes. Woe, woe, woe is me for the virgin daughter of Scotland. Woe, woe, woe to the inhabitants of this land for they are gone back with a perpetual backsliding."

In another Letter he speaks of Christ, "We can, with the greatest assurance assert that we do not come nigh by twenty degrees to the due love and estimation of that Fairest among the sons of men. For if it were possible that Heaven, yea, ten Heavens were laid in the balance with Christ, I would think the smell of His breath above them all, sure I am that He is the best half of Heaven. Yea, He is all Heaven and more than all Heaven. And my testimony of Him is that ten lives of black sorrow, ten deaths, ten hells of pain, ten furnaces of brimstone and all exquisite torments were all too little for Christ if our suffering could be a hire to buy Him. And, therefore, faint not in your sufferings and hazards for Him. I proclaim and cry Hell, sorrow and shame upon all us, upon all by-lovers that would take Christ's room over His head, in this little inch of love of these narrow souls of ours that is due to sweetest Jesus, O Fairest, O, dearest Lord Jesus, take Thine own from all bastard lovers. O, that we could wait. O, that we could mortgage and sell all our part of time's glory and time's good things for a lease and tact of Christ for all Eternity. Where can we find a match to Christ, or an equal or a better than He among created things? O, that I could sell my laughter, joy, ease and all for Him, and be content of a straw bed, and bread by weight and water by measure in the camp of our weeping Christ. I know that His sackcloth and ashes are better than the fool's laughter which is like the cracking of thorns under a pot."

ROBERT MURRAY McCHEYNE

If Dr. Andrew Bonar had done nothing more in all his ministry than write the memoir of Robert Murray McCheyne the whole Christian Church would still have been in his debt. Bonar's writings and ministry are outstanding in the vineyard of Scotland. But his greatest work was his memoir and the editing of the remains of Robert Murray McCheyne.

McCheyne was born in Edinburgh on the 21st May, 1813. He was educated at high school and university there. He gained distinction in his classes and Professor Wilson awarded him the poetry prize. He studied theology under Dr. Thomas Chalmers who was later to become the founding father of the Free Church of Scotland and the leader of the disruption. He was licensed by the Presbytery of Anon In 1835 and he preached his first sermon in Rothwell Church. He was assistant for ten months to the Rev. John Bonar at Larbert, the father of the famous Bonar brothers, Andrew and Horatius. He was ordained in St. Peter's Church, Dundee, on the 24th November, 1816. He was appointed in 1839, one of the Church of Scotland deputation to visit Palestine for the purpose of promoting a Mission to the Jews. On his return to Dundee he threw himself heart and soul into the revival work in that town, which had [7] commenced through the ministry of William Chalmers Burns during his absence. He visited the North of Ireland twice and was present at the first meeting of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland. He went on an evangelistic tour of the North-East of Scotland from which he returned much fatigued to his work in Dundee. He was seized a few days after his return with typhus fever. He died on the 25th March, 1843.


Robert Murray McCheyne in the short span of his ministry, actually passing over to be with his Lord before he attained the age of thirty, did more for the Gospel of Christ than the majority of great preachers who had a full span for their life's work.

No preacher can afford not to read McCheyne's memoir. It is a spiritual biography of the highest class. It touches on the preacher's own spiritual condition and cannot be read without heart searching and heart blessing. The letters of McCheyne and the sermons in that portion called "His Remains" are of the highest spiritual order and their study will lead to great spiritual enrichment in the preacher's pulpit ministrations.

I felt a strange thrill when I visited St. Peter's, Dundee, and stood in the pulpit of the godly McCheyne. What a thrill it was to handle his Bible and to read some of the wonderful marginal comments written so neatly in the Holy Volume.

Those preachers who make a study of McCheyne will want more of his writings. There is a companion volume to "The Memoir and Remains" called "The Additional Remains" which contains 64 sermons, four lectures on the ten virgins, seven lectures on the family of Bethany and four other lectures. There is also a little volume known as "McCheyne's Basket of Fragments." It contains 37 sermon outlines, and is well worth careful perusal.

There is also a volume printed in New York in 1847 which contains 90 sermons of McCheyne, and claims that these discourses were delivered in all the years of the author's ministry.

In the year 1858 James Taylor of 31 Castle Street, Edinburgh, published a little volume entitled "McCheyne's Seven Gems." Previous to this time these pieces had never been published, and they were re-published under the some title in 1903.

The final and seventh gem is an unique sermon on "The Cry for Revival" and is one of the most characteristic of all McCheyne's pulpit utterances. There is also an unique little volume called "McCheyne from the Pew." This is extracts from the diary of one William Lambe, who was one of McCheyne's congregation in St. Peter's. It is ably edited by the Rev. Kirkwood Hewhat. And no student of McCheyne can afford not to be acquainted with this volume.

J. C. Smith in the year 1910 published a biography of McCheyne. This biography is also well worth studying as a supplement to the classic memoirs.

Dr. Dinsdale Young, one of the lost great evangelical and evangelistic Methodists said, "My dear father, a devoted Christian physician, taught me to love McCheyne. And my debt to him is continuous and increasing. His sanctity, his prayerfulness, his love of the Word of God, his passion for souls, his felicity of phrase, his rich spiritual insight make him a prince in Israel. Honour to his great memory."

I would fully echo those sentiments. Gentlemen, do not fail to become acquainted with McCheyne. [8]

Fundamentalist Nurses Fellowship: BELFAST CITY HOSPITAL
The Work - The
Witness - The prayer needs of the Fellowship.

  1. The Work

(A) Area of labour

The Fellowship labour for the Lord in one of the largest hospitals in the United Kingdom. Some figures will help clothe this statement with reality. The Belfast City Hospital complex is staffed by over 1,100 nurses, and countless other ancillary staff. The hospital has 1,300 beds, and treats all types of sickness and disease.

(B) The nature of the work.

The Fellowship's members seek by God's power to witness daily on the hospital wards, and to take every opportunity to spread the good news of the gospel among their unsaved nursing colleagues. A weekly gospel meeting is held in Erskine House Nurses' Home each Monday night at 9 pm.

The Fellowship is actively engaged in the distribution of Bibles and gospel literature among both patients and nurses. As well as this, members of the Fe1lowship engage in door to door evangelisation around the Various Nurses' Homes.

2. The Witness

The Fellowship takes a strong Protestant and separatist stand. It does this unapologetically believing that God's Word teaches clearly and without equivocation that born-again believers should keep themselves separate from the world and from religious apostasy. With that great soul winner and battler of truth of another age, C. H. Spurgeon, the Fellowship believes "that separation from evil is not only our privilege, but our duty."

The Fellowship takes every available opportunity to voice its opposition to Romanism, religious apostasy ecumenism; the charismatic movement, and the popular, soft centred "new evangelicalism" that holds many of God's children in its grip today.

Special meetings are held from time to time to deal with these errors in the light of God's revealed truth. By doing this God's people are better equipped to do battle with these insidious doctrines of the Devil.

3. The prayer needs of the Fellowship

(A) Pray for a sanctifying and strengthening of all the Fellowship members. Pray that God's Spirit will fill them, firing them with zeal for the Salvation of the lost in the new year's work that is just about to begin.

(B) Pray that God will bring the lost into the Monday night gospel meeting, and break them down in repentance at the feet of the Saviour. Pray especially for Mary, a devout and bigoted Roman Catholic Ward Sister, who as an active Legion of Mary worker seeks to keep young Roman Catholic nurses away from the gospel-meetings. Pray that God will open Mary's blinded eyes, and turn her like Paul from being an enemy of God's truth and God's people to a mighty soul

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Digest of Protestant History By IAN PAISLEY

PROTESTANTISM - WHAT IS IT?

Protestantism! What is it? That is the question we propose to answer as we introduce this Digest of Protestant History.

WHAT IT IS NOT

Protestantism is not a religious denomination or a number of such denominations. Protestantism is larger than any denomination or any number of such denominations. Protestantism is not a section of Christendom although that is the most popular way in which it is defined. It is not sectarian in any way but is far greater than any mere section of so-called organised Christianity. Protestantism is not a policy or a political philosophy although it has inspired many policies and numerous political philosophies. It is not a world empire nor is its genius that of temporal might.

THE NAME

The name itself carries no hoary pedigree of antiquity. It is of comparative recent origin. It has not reached as yet its 450th year. It was born out of THE PROTEST of the Lutheran princes and leaders of Germany, made on 10th April, 1529, at the Diet of Spires. THE PROTEST affirmed among other things: "We are resolved, with the grace of God, to maintain the pure and exclusive preaching of His Holy Word, such as it is contained in the Biblical Books of the Old and New Testament, without adding anything thereto that may be contrary to it. This Word is the only truth; it is the sure rule of all doctrine and of all life, and can never fail or deceive us. He who builds on this foundation shall stand against all the powers of hell, whilst all the human vanities that are set up against it shall fall before the face of God."'

Herein, however, we have a principle which long predates 1529.

WHAT IT IS

That principle is the Divine Authority and Absolute Infallibility of THE WORD OF GOD and the KNOWLEDGE of that WORD brings to the birth the greatest of all blessings - LIBERTY.

This fundamental principle is both the genesis and genius of Protestantism. It is not a principle inherent to the human race but a Divine graft introduced into the wild olive tree of humanity which imparts a spiritual impetus completely foreign to all man's energies. It is a heavenly revelation come down to earth to lift earth up to heaven.

PROTESTANTISM IS BIBLICAL CHRISTIANITY REVIVED AND REFRESHED BY THE SUPERNATURAL ENERGY OF GOD THE HOLY GHOST. It cannot be understood otherwise. In a word it is PRIMITIVE CHRISTIANITY. (Continued next issue)

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Are Some Roman Catholics Saved?
By Converted Monk and Priest,
Evangelist Henry Gregory Adams

"Do you believe that there are some Roman Catholics that are saved?" is a question often asked us. "Surely, there should be some Roman Catholics that are saved. They are so sincere!"

Indeed, they must be saved if they want to reach heaven, but are they? And so there is a tendency for even Bible-believing Christians to think the Roman Catholics are saved due to sincerity or to their good works.

But what does the Bible say?

"Except a man be born again, he CANNOT see the kingdom of God" John 3:3.

Are Roman Catholics born again by the Spirit of the living God? Have they had a personal experience with Christ and have Him alone as Saviour, Lord and Master?


"The Truth hurts," and so this might hurt some readers who have relatives and friends among Roman Catholics. But we must tell the truth as it is.

Indeed there are many Roman Catholics who, in spite of their beliefs, look past it all and reach out by faith to the living Saviour. O yes, such accept Christ as their personal Saviour, are born again and leave the old life behind. Such we call "converted former Roman Catholics."

But the question here is: Are there any saved Roman Catholics? That is being a saved person and remaining in Roman Catholicism. Just as you cannot mix fire and water neither can one be a saved person and remain a faithful Roman Catholic. What is more, this would be directly against the official teaching of Rome: One who would dare to consider himself, or herself, saved (that is, certain of heaven), being a devout Roman Catholic commits one of the gravest sins - the sin of presumption.

But again the argument that many Roman Catholics "are so sincere," "so kind," etc., etc.

Sincerity is good. And if sincerity alone could save a person, the monks and nuns would be first to reach heaven. But sincerity is not good enough. God says: "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." And again, "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of ourselves; it is the gift of God: NOT OF WORKS, lest any man should boast." And no Roman Catholic is a born-again believer in Christ. They know about Christ, but do not know Him personally, therefore trying to work their way to Him.

Roman Catholicism is essentially a religion of works and not of grace as taught in the Scriptures. Merits are earned, or even purchased with money, yet the assurance and joy of salvation are ever absent no matter how much satisfaction may be derived from sincere worship, conscientious living, or laudable good works.

Though the cross and the death of Christ are emphasised, the saving truths of Redemption are not taught. Or they are so mixed with Mary, penance, purgatory, ritual mass, and with idol and saint worship, that faith unto salvation is completely obscure. [11]

Truly, many Roman Catholics, in spite of it all, have accepted Christ into their hearts, their lives - but can they then, being saved, still continue to be Roman Catholics?

If they did, they would still have to attend mass. Mass is "the unbloody sacrifice of the body and blood of Christ under the appearance of bread and wine." And how can they repeat Calvary when the Bible says: "For this He did once" Hebrews 7:27. "He entered in once" Hebrews 9:11-15. "Christ was once offered" Hebrews 9:28. "The offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all" Hebrews 10:10. "For by one offering" Hebrews 10:14.

They would have to continue going to confession to a priest when the Bible says: "Who can forgive sins but God only?" Mark 2:7. "Without shedding of blood there is no remission" Hebrews 9:22. "And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous" I John 2:1, 2.

They would have to continue praying to Mary and the saints when the Bible definitely states: "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" I Timothy 2:5.

Then remaining in Roman Catholicism, they must believe that after death there is a place called "purgatory." How could this tally with the fact of being saved? The Bible says: 'The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin" I John 1:7.

Some tell us that they have met some pretty good Roman Catholics who talked all about Jesus and seemed to trust Him. But then again, if they trust Jesus alone for salvation (and there is no other way) then why mass, confession, beads, statues, crucifixes, etc.? Either one knows he is saved, or does not. We do not get gradually saved. What Roman Catholics really are talking about is the wafer being their "Christ." (See Matthew 24:23).

The Roman Catholics are as lost as the poor African or Hindu. The only difference is that the Roman Catholics are right about us and we do not see the need of evangelising them. 'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view. May we also quote Carlyle when he said, "To the vulgar eye few things are wonderful that are not distant."

We urge you to pray for the Roman Catholics and to witness to them as never before. They are lost and need a living Saviour, not one dead on the cross.

Those who insist that there are saved Roman Catholics either do not know the Bible or do not know Roman Catholicism.

FUNDAMENTALIST NURSES' FELLOWSHIP (Co ntinued)

winner. God is able. Please pray earnestly to this end.

(C) Pray that God will increase the membership of the Fellowship. There are many separated believers in the City Hospital, but to date, many are as yet, not prepared, to openly associate with the Fellowship. We believe that this is because of the "fear of man." Pray that God will lead them into our ranks. With an increase in membership, more ground could be claimed for the Lord in this corner of the vineyard.

(D) Pray that our hon. secretary may be endued with wisdom and discernment in selecting speakers to preach the gospel at our Monday night gospel meetings. [12]

New Church Building for Clogher Valley

Many hundreds of people travelled to Kiltermon, near Fivemiletown, for the official opening of the new Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church.

The ceremony was performed by Dr. Paisley, MP, Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church.

The new building stands beside the old - a small, pre-fab hut - and during his address to the congregation Dr. Paisley urged the Clogher Valley people not to lose the "Spirit of the wooden hut."

The church, built on a site given free of charge by Mr. Jim Irwin, a local farmer, was designed by Rev. Frank McClelland, formerly of Tandragee Free Church.

It is finished outside with marble chippings and brickwork, and surrounded by a park for 400 cars, with work going on to extend it.

During the ceremony, the minister of the Clogher Valley Free, Presbyterian Church, Rev. Michael Patrick, presented a watch to Mr. Wilfred Alexander, the contractor and a clock to Mr. Irwin.

The church with seating for approximately 300 was filled to overflowing.

Among the other ministers present were Rev. James Beggs, Ballymena; Rev. Austin Allen, Coragarry, Co. Monaghan; Rev S. B. Cooke, Armagh, deputy Moderator, and Rev. Ivan Foster, Enniskillen.

A welcome was extended to the visitors by Mr. Patrick on behalf of the Clogher Valley congregation.

SMIRK

In his address Mr. Foster said that the church signified that they were not to despise the day of "small things."

"I remember when there were certain residents in this valley who despised the beginnings of this work; who had somewhat of a smirk upon their faces when they saw the small handful of people seeking to do something for the Lord.

"Well I haven't seen their faces today, but I'd say the smirk has gone,"' he went on.

"Indeed there were those among this very congregation who had doubts and fears of their own, and there was the question, would we ever get anywhere? Would we ever make anything of it? Well brethren and sisters, see what the Lord has done for you today!"

OPENING CHURCHES

Mr. Patrick thanked the congregation for their support and went on to refer to the history of the church:

"It was in September, 1970, this congregation was constituted as a Free Presbyterian Church, and I became minister in December," he explained. "Some 13 months ago we began work on this site, which today stands as a testimony to the Word of God."

'The opening of this church today is typical of the Free Presbyterian Church throughout the world. We are a growing Church. We are a Church which is opening churches instead of closing them down."

He went on: "I want to bring to your attention today the texts inscribed on the main doors. On one is the inscription [13] 'Worship the Lord with Holiness.' This building has been erected for the worship of God, for prayer and for praises.

"On the second door is inscribed 'We preach not ourselves but Christ Jesus the Lord.' We felt that that was a most appropriate text because the chief business in this building is preaching. That is why the pulpit is here, not a communion table, or altar."

"We are a reformed church. We believe solely in the preaching of the Word of the Lord."

OVERJOYED

Dr. Paisley began his 2 1/2 hour sermon by passing on the "good wishes" of the congregation of South Carolina Free Presbyterians to the people in the Clogher Valley.

"I have just returned from the USA. In fact I returned especially to be here today to officially open this fine new building. And when the people in South Carolina knew I was coming here to this beautiful part of Tyrone, they were overjoyed."

"You know, I can remember even before the erecting of our small hut outside, we started under a tree in a layby. And, of course all around the neighbourhood there went up a great howl of derision. And last year when we decided to build a church here, the planners, of course, were not happy about the site.

"You know I think the planning authorities hate and detest the Free Presbyterian Church, they always say it hurts the amenities. What amenities?" he asked.

"CHICKEN FEED"

The 38,000 church which seats 350 people still has 18,000 outstanding on it. "But," said Dr. Paisley, "That is mere chicken-feed for the Lord. This church will be paid without jumble sales domino dinners, pea-soup suppers, pyjama picnics or any of those things. The Lord will provide for His own."

It was later disclosed the debt had been reduced by nearly 2,000 - the 400 people present contributing l,300 to add to the 500 given from various quarters.

Dr. Paisley went on to preach on the testimony of the Lord.

"The word testimony is synonymous with the Word and Low of the Lord. If you look at Revelation in your Bible, you will see this word intimately rested with Christ. But it is not enough to treasure and to keep the testimony of Christ. It's not enough to say I love the Bible and to study it and to draw near to Jesus Christ with your heart for from you. You must practise it."


HOT PULPIT

"That is why this church stands here today. To preach the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. And let's make this pulpit as hot as possible for those who don't keep and observe, and treasure the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let's put the pressure on the apostates in this neighbourhood. May we sound out the Word of God."

Dr. Paisley attacked the World Council of Churches for letting apostasy creep into religion.

He said, "Let me tell you, today, my friends, this church stands uncompromising outside the Council of Churches. We wouldn't touch it with a 40-foot pole or a 100 foot pole, or a 1,000 foot pole!"

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Church of Ireland, Irish Presbyterian, Irish Methodist Leaders Grovel to Rome

The following from the Roman Catholic "Universe" of 30/9/1977, speaks for itself. It is in reference to the Ordination of the new Roman Catholic Primate of Ireland:

"Seated in front of the sanctuary the three leaders of the main Protestant Churches in Ireland, who are members of the Inter-Church Relations Committee, which the late Cardinal Conway did so much to foster.

"THEIR GESTURE

"The leaders, Archbishop George Simms, Church of Ireland Primate, a personal friend of Cardinal Conway and the new archbishop, Dr. Jack Weir, Clerk of the Presbyterian Church in Ire land and ex-Moderator, and the Rev. Robert Livingstone, President of the Methodist Church in Ireland, met earlier this week and asked to be allowed to make a special gesture of appreciation in memory of the late cardinal.

"So immediately after the ordination Mass, Archbishop O Fiaich will walk to the seats occupied by the Protestant Church leaders, greet them and invite them to accompany him to Cardinal Conway's grave.

"There they will join in silent prayer in memory of what one Presbyterian minister described to me as 'a great churchman and gentleman whose work for harmony and understanding was not adequately appreciated'."

Mass in Church of Ireland Church

A Roman Catholic priest will celebrate Mass and distribute Holy Communion in a Protestant church in Dublin.

Permission has been granted by the authorities of the Roman Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland on condition that Communion is distributed only to Roman Catholics.

The attendance will include clergy and lay people from the Protestant Churches. The ceremony is part of a conference on Eucharistic agreement, organised by the Christian Study Centre committee based at St. Bartholomew's, Ballsbridge, where the Mass will be celebrated on January 17 next year.

The celebrants will be the well-known Jesuit, "Father" Michael Hurley, who will deliver a Roman Catholic comment on the Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission's document on Eucharistic agreement, which was published in 1971. [15]


First Free Presbyterian Church in USA

Saturday, 27th of August was an historic day in the history of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. On that day a commission of the presbytery consisting of the Moderator, Dr. Paisley, and Rev. David McIlveen constituted the first USA congregation of the Church.

Some time before the congregation of Faith Presbyterian Church, 20 Sharon Drive, Greenville, South Carolina, had petitioned the presbytery to be organised into a congregation.

Their petition was granted and Rev. David McIlveen minister of Sandown Congregation was sent out for a three month period to make the necessary arrangements for the ordination of elders and the constitutional service.

The ministry of Mr. McIlveen was immediately owned of God and the building had to be extended and its seating capacity doubled in order to accommodate the people.

When Dr. Paisley first visited the church earlier this year he prayed on the extensive Church grounds that God would give him, the privilege of preaching the gospel in a tent on the site.

That prayer was answered. A tent was erected seating about 500 people and a two weeks evangelistic campaign was held. These meetings were especially blessed and a real stirring took place in the lives of God's people and sinners professed faith in Christ.

The constitution service was a time of real refreshing and five duly elected elders were ordained and installed in office.


On Lord's Day, 4th September, the Lord's Supper was observed and over 100 partook of the sacrament. .

At a meeting of the new congregation an unanimous call was made out in favour of Rev. David McIlveen. This was duly tabled at the September meeting of the presbytery and presented. Mr. McIlveen requested two months to consider the matter and God's people are requested that he may be led of the Lord and come to know the will of God in the matter.

Rev. Frank McClelland from our Toronto Church supplied the pulpit in Greenville for two Lord's Days after Dr. Paisley's return. His ministry was greatly appreciated. Rev Gordon Cook of our Enniskillen Church is pulpit supply for October and the Deputy Moderator of the Church Rev. S. B. Cooke will be pulpit supply for November. Rev. David Creane will be supply for December through to February.

Earnest prayer is requested for our American brethren! [15]

NEW CHURCH BUILDING FOR CLOGHER VALLEY (Continued)

"TheWorld Council of Churches is heading for Rome, and its leaders have told us. Old Ramsey, when he went down under, said: "We would welcome the Pope."

"They'll all be bowing and scraping to the all-infallible Pope. They'll all be there. But I won't be there," he promised.

In conclusion Dr. Paisley forecast that they were, going to see great things happening in the Clogher Valley,

After the service everyone was entertained to tea, provided by the ladies of the congregation, assisted by friends from other Free Presbyterian Churches.

LEADING ROMANCATHOLIC PRIEST WOULD GIVE MONEY TO IRA (Continued)

"He sees a peace-keeping United Nations presence as the only solution to Northern Ireland. Until that happens, he said, he was quite prepared to contribute money to the IRA if he were to be approached by a genuine member in the United States.

"'I have not yet done so because the Irish, British and American Governments have succeeded in severing the pipelines, he said."