Pope Rebukes Coggan

The Pope has rebuked the Archbishop of Canterbury through his "Doctrinal Congregation" spokesman. Although the Archbishop was not named, yet all were fully aware at whom the trenchant rebuke was aimed:

The following is from the "Irish Catholic", 2-2-78.

Archbishop Jerome Hamer, secretary of the 'Vatican's Doctrinal Congregation, has criticised "ecumenical gunslingers" who embark on ecumenical initiatives not approved by the Church.

Archbishop Hamer, a former official of the Vatican's Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity, especially criticised in a Christian unity week sermon, Catholics who practise intercommunion or identify the Christian message "with a particular political choice".

The "ecumenical gunslingers," he said, substitute their own independent initiatives for the action of the Church.

They are ready to abandon a part of Church teaching to be the first to reach the goal, practising intercommunion, identifying the Christian message with a particular choice, etc."

The Archbishop said that such behaviour has been proven to end without results.

Ecumenism, he said, "is a programme of the Church in which every baptised person has his part, but in which the ultimate responsibility lies in the hands of an apostolic body - the successors of the apostles under the guidance of the successor of Peter."

The Archbishop asked Catholics to remember that the Catholic Church is the only Church to possess all the marks of the Church of Christ.

"While we do recognise with gratitude that there are many elements of holiness and truth in other Christian confessions, we nonetheless know that the only Church of Christ which we profess in the Creed to be one, holy, catholic and apostolic, subsists in, the Catholic Church."

Catholics can contribute to ecumenism by living Christianity well, and by studying what the Second Vatican Council really taught, he said.

"The Council gave us a teaching, but we still need to make it our own," he said.

The Archbishop said that the job of ecumenism to-day is to deepen the dialogue already begun. [2]

Free Presbyterian Missionaries and Students

Margaret Armstrong (Armagh) - On Furlough.

David & Maud Carson ( Martyrs) - Liberia, Africa.

Emily Gilchrist (Castlederg) - Acre, Brazil.

John & Noranna Hanna (B'money) - Spain.

Ross & Clare Harbinson (Martyrs) - South Australia.

Ron & Raema Johnstone (Martyrs) - Papua, New Guinea.

Tom & Doreen Lewis (Dunmurry) - Munich.

Robin Lyttle (Armagh) - Faith Mission, Belfast.

Victor & Audrey Maxwell (Martyrs) - Acre Gospel Mission.

Pearl Morrison (Limavady) - Child Evangelism, Eire.

Dennis & Marie Murphy (Martyrs) - Canary Islands.

Edmund & Marie Norwood (Martyrs) - Belem, Brazil.

Laura Tomkins (Randalstown) - Portuguese Guinea.

Dr. Bill Woods (Martyrs) - Acre, Brazil.

Morris Baxter (Hillsborough) - Faith Mission Bible College.

Sharon Black (Martyrs) - Bible College of Wales.

Richard Dilworth (Dungannon) - Moorlands Bible College.

Fredea & Peter Green (Martyrs) - New Tribes Language Institute.

Hetty Hylands (Martyrs) - Redcliffe Missionary College.

Wesley & Patsy McDowell (Martyrs) - Theological Hall.

Rhonda Paisley (Martyrs) - Bob Jones University.

Diane Quigley (Martyrs) - New Tribes Bible Institute.

Stephen Smith (Portadown) - Bible College of Wales.

Andrew Stewart (Martyrs) - New Tribes Bible Institute.

Robert Streahorn (Magherafelt) - New Tribes Mission.

John & Ann Todd (Martyrs) - Bob Jones University.


"Genesis - The Book of the Beginnings" A Sermon by IAN R. K. PAISLEY

This morning I want to introduce you to the first Book of the Bible, the Book of Genesis, the Book of the Beginnings. In our Bible it is called Genesis. That comes, of course, from the Greek of the Septuagint version, and was the name given by the translators of the original Hebrew text into the Greek.

Now the commencement of any book must be vital and gripping, instructive and interesting. If a book is not interesting and instructive and gripping in its beginning, then of course it will not be read.

Lastly, of course, a book must end well. It must have an accumulative effect as it brings its narrative to an end.

There is a gripping power in the beginning of God's Book, "In the beginning God." What a commencement.

Then if you look at the last verse of the Bible, what an end, "Even so, come, Lord Jesus."

God's Book has a great beginning, and, Bless His Name, it has a great ending. For it has a beginning that never ceases to begin, and, praise God, it has an ending that will never end. It is the Book of God itself.

If you examine your Authorised Version you will find Genesis is called the first book of Moses, Exodus is the second book of Moses, Leviticus the third, Numbers the fourth and Deuteronomy the fifth, and they are called together the Pentateuch. That word Pentateuch comes from two Greek words - "pente," five and "teuchos," an instrument or chest, referring to the chest in which the rolls of the law were kept. And it is interesting to note, if you check up Deuteronomy 31:26, that the first place where the law of God was kept was the ark of the covenant. So remember the first five books are called the Pentateuch, or are called the Torah - the law of Moses.

Let us look at the beginning of this Book of beginnings. What does it say? "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." This is a short beginning. In the original Hebrew there are just seven words, because seven is the number of perfection. And the first sentence God spoke in all the Bible was a perfect sentence with seven words. In fact it was Dr. Bollinger who said that "Genesis is the seed plot of the whole Bible, and it is essential to the true understanding of its every part. It is the foundation on which the divine revelation rests and on which it is built up. It is not only the foundation of all truth, but it enters into and forms part of all subsequent inspiration. It is at once the warp and woof of Holy Writ." And so it is! And in a short, simple, sublime statement, the beginning of [4] the Book of beginnings. We will come back to that sentence later on in our studies.

Then examine with me all the beginnings in this Book of beginnings. In chapter one you have the beginning of creation, culminating in the creation of man on the sixth day.

In chapter two you have the beginning of the law, the beginning of marriage, the beginning of cultivation of the earth, the planting of the garden.

In chapter three you have the beginning of three things, Sin, Sacrifice, Salvation. Never forget them! It was John Calvin who said, "There are three great chapters in the Bible, and every one of them is a third chapter. The third chapter of Genesis 'Ruined by the Fall.' The third chapter of Romans, 'Redemption by the Blood.' The third chapter of John's Gospel, 'Regeneration by the Spirit of God.' And you have 'Ruined by the Fall', 'Redemption by the Blood,' 'Regeneration by the Holy Spirit' all in the third chapter of Genesis, 'Sin, Sacrifice and Salvation.' (We will be coming back to that as well).

The fourth chapter, you have the beginning of the family, you have the beginning of division; you have the beginning of apostasy, you have the beginning of murder. You have the beginning of civilisation, so-called, city building and you have the beginning of prayer.

Then, of course, in the fifth chapter you have the beginning of the end of this world before it was deluged in the Flood.

In the sixth chapter we come to the Flood and all that that Flood meant.

Go through the Book of Genesis and mark carefully all the beginnings. But I want you to notice the beginning and end of this Book. How does this Book begin? It begins with darkness and it begins with the coming of light. Look at it, "And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep" (We will have to come back to that second verse. There is a lot to be said about that second verse. We have a mystery here. Look carefully at it). Mark the word "darkness."

Turn then to verse three, "Let there be light." So Genesis starts with darkness and the beginning of light.

Come to the last verse of Genesis. Turn over to the end of the Book. What do you find at the end of the Book? You find the reverse. You find light ending in darkness, "So Joseph died, being an hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt." So Genesis begins with darkness and light. It ends with the light going out and the darkness of the coffin. Between creation and the coffin something has come in between. What is it? It s this thing sin. "When sin is finished t bringeth forth death." We have darkness and light in Genesis one, and we have light and darkness in Genesis fifty as the Book has its end.

We have in Genesis the beginning of three great epochs, and mark them well. Three men come walking out of the Book of Genesis; Adam, Noah and Abraham. They are remarkable men. Because in each of their biographies [5] here is a great epoch, and with that epoch there comes a promise and with that promise there comes a sign.

What was the epoch in the life of Adam? The Fall. What was the promise? Genesis 3:15. "The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head." What was the sign? The cherubim with flaming sword guarding the way to the tree of life.

In Noah's day, what was the epoch? It was the Flood. What was the promise? That God would never destroy this world again with a flood of water. What was the sign? The rainbow in the cloud.

What was the epoch in Abraham's life? It was his call in Genesis 12. He was called to be a separatist man.

Adam was the father of the race. Noah was the father of the new world. Abraham was the father of the faithful. Three fatherly figures. What was the promise to Abraham? It was a covenant. Turn over to Genesis 12, and you will find the covenant there. It was a sevenfold covenant, the perfect covenant. It gives seven blessings. "I will make of thee a great nation, I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed." That is the covenant with Abraham. It was a covenant of grace. It had nothing to do with Abraham working. He did not say, "Abraham if you do this I will do that." No sir, He said, "I will." That is how God saves people. It is not by our works but by His sovereign will. It is a seven-fold promise. And what, of course, was the sign of Abraham? Circumcision, the mark upon his flesh, that he was a chosen and separated of God.

You can study those three epochs more fully if you get my little book on Christian Foundations. I have dealt with them more fully in that little publication. I would commend it to you!

Then I want you to look at the beginning of generation in this Book. You know, this Book is a book of generations. It is what is known as the toledoth the generations of the Book. Mark them carefully and then go back and study them on your own. You get the first one in Genesis 2:4, "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth." That is the first one.

Then in chapter 5:1, "This is the book of the generation of Adam." - "The generations of the heavens and of the earth, - the generations of Adam."

In chapter 6:9, you have, "These are the generations of Noah."

I want you to notice, 'the heavens and of the earth.' Then 'Adam.' Then 'Noah.'

Chapter 10: 1, "Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah." So we come to the sons of Noah.

In chapter 11:10, "These are the generations of Shem." Then verse 27, "Now these are the generations of Terah."

In chapter 25:12, you have, "Now these are the generations of Ishmael, Abraham's son." And at verse 19, "And [6] these are the generations of Isaac."

Then over to chapter 36:1, "Now these are the generations of Esau."

Chapter 37:2, "These are the generations of Jacob."

We have ten of these here. They are all the toledoth in the Hebrew, the generations. They have all a very special meaning. Let me give you a key to their meaning, very simply and briefly. It is selection. God is selecting people. It starts with the heavens and the earth. Then with Adam, covering the whole race. Then with Noah. Then with the sons of Noah. Then to one particular son. Then to the family of Terah, the father of Abraham. You notice in the Book there is no generations of Abraham, because Abraham's generation goes into the generation of Christ. "We who are of faith are of the Abrahamic seed," according to the Galatian epistle. So there are no generations of Abraham.

Then we come to the generation of Ishmael, the generation of Isaac, God chooses Isaac and He rejects Ishmael. And there is still a fight going on between Isaac's seed today and the Ishmaelites. They are still fighting. You know, it is said that Ishmael made faces across the table at Isaac. And Sarah said, "Cast the son of this bondwoman out." And that casting out has been going on down through the years.

Then we have the choice between Esau and Jacob. The final generation is the generation of Jacob. And, thank God, Christ is the Star from the seed of Jacob.

It is important. It is a programme of selection. Is it selection by the good works of the people who are selected? No. It is selection according to the election of grace. It is not of him that runneth, it is not of him that willeth. It is of God that showeth mercy. (We will come back and look at those perhaps on another occasion).

I want to give you one last point very briefly, and then I must conclude.

We have in the Book the beginning of the Gospel, and there are seven things about the Gospel in this Book, seven wonderful things. I never noticed them before until I started to study this Book afresh.

Number one: You have the Cross in a sevenfold aspect. The Cross is the conquest of Satan. Put that down! Mark it - The first Gospel promise, "The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head."

Then the Cross is the covering of shame. "He made coats of skins and He clothed them, and shed the blood in Eden."

The Cross is the cleansing from sin. Abel knew the blood of sprinkling as lie stood at the altar and was cleansed from his sin.

The Cross is the consolation in the storm. What was Noah called? "Consolation." What did he build? An ark. Where did they hide? They hid in the ark. It was a consolation in the time of storm.

The Cross is the circumcision of the [7] seed. And we will come and look at that great work of circumcision in Abraham's seed. It is the thing that marks the Abrahamic people apart from the rest of the world. It is the Cross that divides the believers from the unbeliever, and the sinner lost from the sinner saved.

Then we have the Cross the climax of the sacrifice, Abraham on the top of Moriah offering Isaac. And then in his place the substitute ram.

Last of all, the last altar that is built in Genesis, the last sacrifice offered by in Genesis was offered by old Jacob when he came back from Bethel at the conclusion of the struggle. He finished at the place called Bethel and he changed the name from "the house of God" to El-Bethel - "The God of the house of God."

May these brief remarks on Genesis give you an interest in this Book. We will have another look at it in the will of the Lord.


Missionary News


"After I resigned from the Africa Inland Mission, my father said, 'You are badly needed at home.' Just at that time my mother's health broke, but during the last year she has put on weight and is well again now.

"I wondered if I should get a secular job, but when I went to look I felt no liberty but felt I should keep myself free for Christian work, spreading the gospel and fighting the apostasy.

"I have been going to Spring Road Evangelical Church. In an after-meeting held in the minister's house, he went through a missionary prayer letter which dealt openly with all the problems I have faced - New Evangelicalism, Dr. Billy Graham, etc. After this he become willing to take copies of Dr. Paisley's booklets on the T.E.V. to sell to his church members. I have felt that if he takes this line then he will need all the support I can give him.

"I have found opportunities of helping in the small bookshop closely connected with the church which sells Puritan books, Banner of Truth, etc., and in their Sunday School. and a little door to door work."

RICHARD DILWORTH (Dungannon) - Moorlands Bible College

"I am just half way through my second term here at college and I am now well settled down to the studying. Moorlands is run by the Greater European Mission, which has over 600 missionaries throughout Europe. The two year course that I am doing will (hopefully) give me a diploma which is accepted by most missionary societies in the British Isles.

While at college we have to join a local church and stay with it for the duration of our college courses. I attend Ferndiwn FIEC (Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches). It is a very small fellowship with only about forty of a membership. They are mostly born-again believers and they have shown me much kindness.

Over Easter I have been asked to take charge of a house party in Oxford for 36 young people from a Brethren chapel in Reading. During the summer I have to do two weeks' outreach with some recognised body of believers, and I am looking forward to that also." [9]

William Huntington S.S. or Parson Sack, By IAN R. K. PAISLEY

"No flesh shall glory in His presence." That is a Divine Principle and God orders His affairs according to that revealed principle of His nature.

Hence from unlikely sources and from (humanly speaking) improductive soil He produces His Plants of Renown. Such plants are no delicate hot-house growths but rather the strong offspring of the seasoning outdoor clime equally able to enjoy the sunshine or to endure the storm.

You will remember what the Lord Jesus said of the greatest born of woman by human generation - John the Baptist. "And when the messengers of John were departed he began to speak unto the people concerning John. What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

"But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.

"But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet." - Luke 7:24-26.

In this age of grace God has raised up in His providence John the Baptist like preachers who in their day have shaken both the powers of hell and the religious and political establishment of a wicked and adulterous generation. These prophets of God are unique yea as the Lord Jesus Christ says. They are more than mere prophets. They are God's threshing instruments with which He threshes the mountains and separates the wheat from the chaff. "For what is the chaff to the wheat, saith the Lord."

One of those great preacher/prophets in England, and in fact, in many respects the greatest of them all, was William Huntington, a brand plucked from the burning and then rekindled with the unquenchable fire of God the Holy Ghost to be like John the Baptist, a burning and a shining light. Although he rose to be the most prominent minister of his day his name is almost forgotten. This is probably because the backslidden Church proud and haughty, doesn't want to acknowledge any indebtedness to a sinner of such low degree. The apostasying church always wants to grasp the cloak of respectability and maintain some degree of standing even in a world which hates the Master.

William Huntington was a great sinner whom a great Savour saved through great grace with a great salvation and because he was forgiven he loved much. The ninety and nine "just" persons detested him as they have detested like persons in every generation. [10]

William Huntington or William Hunt as he was then, was born on the 2nd of February, 1745, in Cranbrook in Kent.

His mother was Elizabeth wife of William Hunt, a farm labourer, but not his father. William was begotten by the Hunt's employer, one Barnabas Russell, a sturdy, self-reliant, tyrannical and lecherous farmer. Russell shut William Hunt senior out of his bed for years compelling Elizabeth Hunt to be the unwilling victim of his licentiousness and brutality. Elizabeth bore in all 10 children but William was the only boy to survive.

His upbringing was one of intense poverty and because of this his schooling was neglected and he was set to work on a level no better that slavery. Later his mother prevailed on Russell to send him to Dencen Free Grammar School in Cranbrook and there he learnt to read and write and got some idea of Christianity.

At the tender age of eight he left home to fend for himself. He drifted from being a page boy to being a "Jack of all Trades." In 1759 Russell's sins caught up with him and he died a terrible death sinking without hope into a lost sinners' hell. There was much of Russell in Huntington's make-up but that was in the mercy of God transformed and softened by sovereign grace. His tenderheartedness no doubt , he took from his mother.

In 1762 he became a servant of the Reverend Henry Friend, Rector of Frittenden.

Here he fell madly in love with Susannah Fever the little black-eyed daughter of the local tailor. Huntington wanted her to be his wife and so decided to learn the trade of gun making. His master took to drink and he was forced to take employment as a coachman.

Meanwhile although Huntington and Susan Fever had been tenderly attached for three years her parents, stirred up by his enemies, forbad him the house. Susan however clung to her lover and Huntington, the son of the lustful Russell, threw restraint to the winds and soon Susan was about to become the mother of his child.

The parents sued him for maintenance and although he eagerly offered to marry Susan this was rejected and he was saddled with quarterly payments. All through his life his traducers and vilifiers never let him forget this sin of his unregenerate days. The result of this traumatic experience and bitter disappointment left Huntington in a state of illness. His life was despaired of but eventually he recovered. As he lay between life and death he began to pray. Like the prodigal he was coming to himself at the swine trough in the far country.

Being unable to keep up the payments Huntington, in order to get out of the reach of the magistrates, tramped his way to London and then to Essex. He had continual sickness and on three occasions was at death's door.

At last he got a job as a gardener at Greenhithe and in order to avoid detection changed his name from Hunt to Huntington. He there heard of the [11] marriage of Susan Fever and not long afterwards of her death. When Huntington was regenerate he honourably, although the money was not recoverable by law, paid to the parish of Frittenden the sum of 30. He also continually helped his John Fever and remembered him along with his other children in his will.

Huntington never excused what he always called "the crime of his youth." He truly repented in sack cloth and ashes and bore the bitter scar all his days.

Preserved me when my feet made haste to hell
And there I would have gone but Thou hast done all things well.
Thy love was great, Thy grace was free
That from hell's pit delivered me.

Huntington in the sketch of his unregenerate life in his classic "The Kingdom of Heaven Taken by Prayer" or "An Account of the Author's Translation from the Kingdom of Satan in the Kingdom of God" states:-

"This crime of mine was blotted out of God's book of remembrance when the Saviour entered the Holy of Holies, with His own blood: it was blotted out of the book of my conscience almost 12 years ago, by the application of the Saviour's atonement and the receipt that I have in my study shows that it is blotted out of the parish books of Frittenden in Kent."

Huntington came under fierce attack because he had changed his name. He pointed out that his critics relished in their attacks upon him for his crimes in his ungodly days but none of them magnified God's grace for what he became in his regenerate state. For as a believer his life, even with every critic's eye upon him, was beyond reproach.

In a burst of native eloquence so common to the man, he says, "But when we come to sit down in glory together, Rev. Mr. Huntington and base Mr. Hunt will be in sweet harmony with the holy Mr. Information, the diligent Mr. Circulation, Dr. Bigot, Parson Narrow, and that good old Catholic Mr. Jealous and they will all gloriously unite and harmonise together in celebrating the eternal praises of the triune Jehovah, and that forever and ever

"Despicable Leah will appear without her tender eyes, Paul without his weak speech or contemptible person, David the adulterer shall appear among them that, 'were not defiled with women' and Abraham the idolater an admirer of the true God, when Charity's mantle shall be a sufficient and eternal covering for all, and Morality, with all her train of infirmities, shall vanish, and not leave so much as a spot or wrinkle behind her." - The Kingdom of Heaven.

With a dry wit, and unanswerable logic he turns on his traducers and states:-

God declares that some of His elect shall alter their names, yea, both surnames and Christian; as it is written: "One shall say, I am the Lord's; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord, and surname himself by the name of Israel" [12] (Isa. xliv. 5). Thus my reader sees that I have leave from God to go by the name of Jacob, if I please, and Israel may be my surname if I like to take it: but as I have not supplanted anybody I do not like to be called Jacob, but an Israelite, through grace, I believe I am. As I do not wish to adopt the name of Jacob, I choose to stick by my present name, which is expressive both of my state and calling. For instance, William signifies defence, and "I am set for a defence of the gospel" (Phil. i. 17). Hunt signifies a chase, and as a preacher I am called "a hunter" (Jei-. xvi. 16), and my business is to hunt subtle foxes (Ezek. xiii. 4, Cant. ii. 15) out of their refuge of lies (Isa. xxviii. 15), and out of the holes of the rocks of error (Jer. xvi. 16). Ing, the second syllable of my surname, ends many words expressive of bad actions - such as fornicating, lying, swearing - and it shows that, through rich grace, I have been brought to an end of these things: and I wish my dear friends would adopt this syllable also, and leave off the trade of railing. Ton, the last syllable of my surname, hath a twofold meaning, and signifies first a weight of twenty hundred pounds, and is expressive of the number of poor souls that are loading my name and reputation. with reproach, in hopes of adding affliction to my bonds." Ton, in the second sense, signifies a lark cask, And is expressive of my being "a vessel of mercy," and of my need of much grace to make me so. Thus my name being so suitable to my present state and calling, and expressive of so many things that suit it - as, first, defence; secondly, chasing hypocrites; thirdly, the end of a wicked course; and fourthly, of a vessel of mercy - then who but a hypocrite would wish me to alter it? and if I did, who could furnish me with a better?

Huntington goes on to say that other people while condemning him for adding to his original surname "Hunt" yet themselves added many additions to his name.

"Some have called me Parson Sack (a reference to the fact that he was sometime employed as a coal heaver) and it became so common that a stranger could not find me out by any other. In London some professors have called me a mystic, others an Autinomian, others a fool and some a mad man. Thus I go by various names, which are conferred on me without leave, though some will not allow me to add to my own." Huntington also added the letters S.S. to his name. Herein lies another story.

The other day when I was flying to London I was reading Wright's "Life of Huntington" which I had read 20 years ago but which I re-read in order to glean some material for this article. A Roman Catholic businessman was beside me and he became intrigued with the letters S.S. He knew what S.J. (Society of Jesus) meant but not S.S. He asked me and I was able to tell him that S.S. stood for Sinner Saved.

But permit me to let Huntington answer in his own words:-

Some have been enquiring what I mean by S.S. at the end of my name; and various constructions have been put upon it. I now choose to inform my reader of my meaning. You know we clergy are very fond of titles of honour [13] some are called Lords Spiritual, though we have no such lords but in the Persons of the ever-blessed Trinity; others are named Doctors of Divinity, and Prebends, though God gives no such titles therefore I cannot conscientiously add D.D. to my function, though some hundreds have been healed under my ministry; nor have I fourteen pounds to spare to buy the dissenting title of D.D. Being thus circumstanced, I cannot call myself a Lord Spiritual, because Peter, the pope's enemy, condemns it; nor can I call myself Lord High Primate, because supremacy, in the Scriptures, is applied only to kings, and never to ministers of the gospel. As I cannot get a D.D. for the want of cash, neither can I get an M.A. for the want of learning; therefore I am compelled to fly for refuge to S.S. by which I mean Sinner Saved, or, that I am made wise to salvation; or, as Luke expresses it, "I have had the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of my sins." This is true wisdom; all wisdom short of this is of no use to the soul: and to walk in the happy enjoyment of pardon and peace is to walk in wisdom's pleasant way.

I think nobody will be offended at my styling myself a sinner saved; nay, I have the testimony of some divines that hear me incog. for this truth; for not long ago there came one who owned he could not contradict what I said; but added, that I was an illiterate or unlearned man. Give me leave to try his confession by the touchstone of truth, and see if it be not a contradiction in terms. "Even as our beloved brother Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you; as also in all his epistles speaking of these things: in which are some things hard to understand, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction" (2 Peter iii. 15, 16). Now this divine owned that I did not wrest the scriptures, for he could not contradict what I said; and the text said he is unlearned who does not wrest the scriptures. Weigh me in that balance, and I am a scholar by his own confession. However, the Holy Ghost has put a question to every letter-learned man in the world, who is ignorant of the power of God's word; nor has it ever been answered, as you will find in Jer. viii. 7, 8: "How do ye say, We are wise, and the law of the Lord is with us? Lo, certainly in vain made he it, the pen of the scribes is vain. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken: lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord; and that wisdom is in them?" At the most, their wisdom is but a snare to their souls; for 'God taketh the wise in their own craftiness."

I do not blame any man that fears God for quoting any sound author, but I blame some for condemning what they cannot overthrow; and yet, at the same time, both write and preach from it, as if it were their own. This is building again what they have by words laboured to pull down, and such thereby make themselves transgressors.

Reader, fare thee well; everlasting love be with thee, while I subscribe myself, in the face of every adversary, the honest coalheaver, and thy willing servant at command in all godliness.


Next Issue "The Triumph of Grace in the life of William Huntington." [13]


Dear Dr. Paisley,

Greetings in Jesus' name

Just a few lines to tell you how the work is going out here in Australia. At long last we have got settled down in our new manse, and the meetings are going well each week - thank God. Two weeks ago we had our first break when a young farmer in his 30's came to the Lord for salvation, and then last week we bad a young married woman saved after the morning service. It has been a time of great rejoicing for us all. The people are greatly encouraged and certainly we feel the same way. Would you please ask your people to pray for the husband of the girl who was saved last week? His name is Les Dennis and is greatly bound by the devil through drink. He has two wee boys aged about 8 and 6, so as you can imagine, his home really needs the Lord.

At present we are making arrangements to hold a Separatist Easter Convention here in Port Lincoln. As far as I am informed, it will be the only one of its kind in this country, so we look to the Lord to put His seal of blessing upon it. Everyone here is much in prayer for it, and we are praying for you all over there that the Lord will richly bless the Easter season at Martyrs. Brother Robert Parker and his wife will be over there with you this year (DV) so they look forward with great anticipation to their visit.

We are also seeking the Lord much in prayer about a building for the work here.

At the moment we are seeking to find out where we should build, and at this moment we are not sure, but we know that He will lead us to the right place. Two centres present themselves to us - Edillilie, which is about 35 miles up country, and here in Port Lincoln. We have had souls saved in both places for which we thank God.

Everything on the McKensie/Channing front is quiet at present, but no doubt we'll be hearing of them in due course! I have managed to-day to get into a Primary school up country once a week to speak to the boys and girls - that's certainly the Lord's doing in a place like this. Praise God.

Well brother I must finish now. May the Lord richly bless you in the days ahead. We're still looking forward to having you out our way!! I hope we'll have a building put up so you can come and open it and do a mission for us. Will write later anyway.

God bless you again.

Yours in Christ,

Fred J. Buick

P.S.- We are very happy here brother in spite of the darkness.

I forgot to say that we have had two weeks of prayer since we came here. The people really pray well. We hope to hold more of the kind soon and then have a tent mission after Easter. Pray for us please!

Thank you. God bless.


2 Chronicle 7: 14. [15]

Digest of Protestant History (Six) THE WALDENSES AND THEIR MISSION

With the decease of Cladius, the opposition to Rome gradually dwindled. His mantle lay unlifted by any successor. Eventually in 1059, under Pope Nicholas II, the then Bishop of Milan accepted the episcopal poll, the badge of vassalage to the Pope.

Even on the day of their submission the clergy of Milan still reiterated their independence although forced to bow before that mighty power which at that time was causing strong nations to tremble.

The papal legate Domainus himself records that in his very presence the clergy insisted "That the Ambrosion Church, according to the ancient institutions of the Fathers, was always free, without being subject to the laws of Rome and that the Pope of Rome had no jurisdiction over their Church as to the government or constitution of it."

Although the cities and towns in the plains were conquered the mountain regions resisted strongly and the Piedmontese Alps become the sanctuary of those maintaining their scriptural faith and ancient independence.

As doctrine is the true life of the churches so the apostolic doctrine of those Waldensian churches established their true apostlicity. To them Rome was the real schismatic for she not they had abandoned the Apostolic Faith. They and not Rome had the valid claim to the title, "The True Church."

As a matter of fact, the Waldensian Church was not founded by Peter Waldo of Lyons (1160) as is so often claimed, but was in existence before 1100 A.D. as is proven by the Nobla Leycon, a poetical confession of the faith of the Weldensians dating from the beginning of the 12th century.

Even Rome herself, in her battle to exterminate the Waldensian Church admits through her spokesmen that it is "the most dangerous of all heretics because the MOST ancient."

In fact, Rome has admitted that they date back to the ministry of Claudius in the 9th century.

The Waldensian mountains and valleys were an ideal natural sanctuary. The valleys are seven in number, The valley of Light, The valley of Dews and the valley of crowns form the outer valley fortress leading into the four inner valleys. Each valley is itself a mountain fortress having its own gate or entrance with many caves and rocks as its places of shelter and retreat.

No fortress in all Europe could compete with the mountain dwellings of the Vaudois as a citadel so enormously strong and so dazzlingly magnificent.

It should be said of course that the cliffs of these mountains were used as a slaughter place by Rome's men of blood. Thousands of faithful Waldensians were hurled over the edges and their bodies dashed to death upon the rugged rocks below.

These cruel scenes are best recorded in John Milton's important sonnet.

Avenge, O Lord, Thy slaughtered saints, whose bones lie scattered on the Alpine mountains cold.
In Thy Book record their groans Who were Thy sheep and in their ancient fold
Slain by the bloody Piedmontese, that rolled Mother with infant down the rocks. Their moans.
The vales redoubled to the hills and then to heaven.

How much one would give to be able to look in upon one of these classes of theology in the Citadel College of the ancient Waldesian Church.

The Nobla Leycon is the only document however extant which can give us an inkling into the Cardinal doctrines believed and practised.

The principal doctrines insisted on were:

1. The Doctrine of the Trinity.

2. The Fall of Man.

3. The Incarnation of the Son.

4. The Perpetual Authority of the Ten Commandments (Decalogue).

[In one passage the Nobla Leycon states. "If there be an honest man, who desires to love God and fear Jesus Christ, who will neither slander or sware nor he commit adultery, nor kill nor steal nor avenge himself of his enemies, they presently say of such an a one he is a Vaude's and worthy of death. This passage entirety disproves the charge of Manicnesism, brought against them by Rome.]

5. The Necessity of Divine Grace in Salvation.

6. The Necessity of Holiness.

7. The Institution of the Ministry.

8. The Resurrection of the Body.

9. The Eternal Bliss of Heaven.

They rejected the Pope, that temporal offices and dignities become not the gospel preachers, that Papal pardons were a fraud, purgatory was a priestly cheat, relics were simply rotten bones, belonging to someone who was unknown, that pilgrimages served no end but to rob the pilgrim, that flesh could be eaten every day, that holy water was no different from rain water and that prayer offered anywhere was just as effectual as offered in a church.

They pronounced the Church of Rome to be the Harlot of Revelation ch. 17 and named as blasphemy the doctrine of Transubstantiation.

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