Saturday, 30th of December, marked an historic day for the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, with the opening of a new work in the Ancient Borough of Carrickfergus.

For some time the opening of a Free Presbyterian witness in that town has been contemplated. Recently the Baptist Church and Church Hall came onto the market and Dr. Paisley was given the assurance that this was the opening which God had for the church in the town.

Although there were other bidders for the property, the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster became the purchaser in fulfilment of the assurance from the Lord which Dr. Paisley had received.

Immediate possession of the Church Hall was the condition of purchase and then possession of the church immediately the Baptists take possession of their new building in March, 1979.

The Church Hall was beautifully re-decorated by Geo. Johnson and Sons and made ready for the commencement of the work.

The actual opening service was held in the church. It was packed to capacity with seats down the aisles and around the front of the pulpit. An overflow congregation watched the opening service by closed circuit television in the Church Hall.

The Mayor of the Borough, Councillor Sam Murphy was unable to attend being in Whiteabbey Hospital because of illness but he was represented by his wife the Mayoress of the Borough.

The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Charlie Brown was also in attendance accompanied by some of his Council colleagues. Greetings were received from two veteran missionaries of the church, the Misses Emma and Janet Munn who were unable to attend because of illness. The local minister of the Church of the Nazarene was also in attendance. [2]

Rev. Wm. McCrea the minister of Magherafelt brought special messages in song which were a real blessing while Mr. Ian McDowell presided at the organ.

In his sermon Dr. Paisley said: "We meet today in the historic Borough of Carrickfergus which is the cradle of Presbyterianism in Ireland. Those interested in the study of the history of Presbyterianism in Ulster are greatly indebted to the work of its historian Dr. John Seaton Reid who was for a time the Presbyterian minister of the Borough. So Carrickfergus not only had the honour of making Presbyterian history but also having a minister who become the faithful chronicler of that history.

"The persecution of the saints in Scotland in the overruling providence of God boded good for Ulster. Echlin the bishop of these parts was at first, no arrogant prelate. Himself a Scot, he was prepared to receive godly ministers already ordained in a Presbyterian manner without requiring them to submit to episcopal ordination. He subsequently changed in this respect and sought to implement strict conformity to the English church.

"So at the beginning, the founding fathers of Presbyterianism in Ulster served in the National Church in Ireland. These founding fathers were gentlemen of the highest lineage and scholars second to none in the three kingdoms.

"Blair, the minister of Bangor was six years a professor in the college of Glasgow before coming to Ireland. He was a gentleman by descent. Welsh was the grandson of John Knox and the great-grandson of Lord Ochiltree. Livingston was that pious young man who at the Kirk of Shotts on a communion Monday, 21st June, 1630, preached a sermon on Ezekiel 36:25, 26, which resulted in the conversion on the spot of 500 souls. He was also one of the most able linguists of his day. Bruce was of the highest descent, for his lineal ancestor John de Bruce was uncle to King Robert the Bruce. Ridge, a native of England, was the friend of Lord Chichester and was described by a contemporary as a 'judicious and gracious minister.' Cunningham had been chaplain to the Earl of Buccleugh's regiment in Holland. His likeness to his master was so remarkable that a contemporary said of him, 'he was so far reverenced by all, even by the wicked that he was oft troubled by that Scripture, Woe to you when all men speak well of you!' Hamilton, a man of learning, was a nephew of Lord Clandeboye.

"Upon the ministry of such men the blessing of God could have been expected to descend as the dew upon the mown gross.

"In the inscrutable ways of the Almighty, the one chosen as the original channel of the great revival of those early days was the least worthy and competent of all the preachers of Ulster. James Glendinning of Oldstone. Our eye-witness bears the following testimony: 'Mr. Glendinning, a man who never would have been chosen by a wise assembly of ministers, nor sent to begin a reformation in this land, for he was little better than distracted - yea, afterward did actually distract - yet this was the Lord's choice to begin the admirable work of God, which I mention on purpose, that all men may see how the glory is only the Lord's in making a holy nation in this profane land, and that it was not by might nor by power, nor by man's wisdom, but by my [3] Spirit says the Lord. This man, seeing the great lewdness and ungodly sinfulness of the people, preached to them nothing but law, wrath, and the terrors of God for sin; and in very deed for this only was he fitted, for hardly could he preach any other thing; but behold the success! for his hearers, finding themselves condemned by the mouth of God speaking in the Word, fell into such anxiety and terror of conscience, that they looked on themselves as altogether lost and damned, as those of old who said Men and brethren, what shall we do to be saved? and this work appeared not in one single person only, or two, but multitudes were brought to understand their way, and to cry out What shall we do?

" 'I have seen them myself stricken, and swoon with the Word - yea, a dozen in one day carried out of doors as dead, so marvellous was the power of God smiting their hearts for sin, condemning and killing; and some of those were none of the weaker sex or spirit, but indeed some of the boldest spirits, who formerly feared not with their sword to put a whole market town in a fray; yea, in defence of their stubbornness, cared not to lie in prison and in the stocks, and, being incorrigible, were as ready to do the like the next day. Yea, I have heard one of them, then a mighty strong man (now a mighty Christian), say that his end in coming to Church was to consult with his companions how to work some mischief, and yet at one of those sermons was he so catched, that he was fully subdued. But why do I speak of him? We knew, and yet know multitudes of such men who had no power to resist the word of God; but the heart, being pricked and smitten with the power of God, the stubborn, who sinned and gloried in it, because they feared not man, are now patterns of sobriety, fearing to sin because they fear God; and this spread through the country to admiration, so that, in a manner, as many as come to hear the word of God, went away slain with the words of his mouth, especially at that river (commonly called the Six-Mile Water) - for there this work began at first - thereafter at Larne by Mr. Dunbar. For a short time this work lasted as a sort of disease for which there was no cure, the poor people lying under the spirit of bondage; and the poor man who was the instrument of it, not being sent, it seems, to preach Gospel so much as low, they lay for a time in a most deplorable condition, slain for their sin, and knew of no remedy. The Word they could not want, and yet the more they heard it, the more they could not abide it, as Paul says.'

"Adair, the first minister of Belfast and the first historian of the Irish Presbyterian Church, takes up the story. 'There was at Antrim, Mr. John Ridge, a judicious and gracious minister, who, perceiving many people on both sides of the Six-Mile Water awakened out of their security, and willing to take pains for their salvation, made an overture that a monthly lecture might be set up at Antrim, and invited to bear burden therein, Mr. Cunningham and Mr. Hamilton with Mr. Blair; who were all glad at the motion, and complied at the first and come prepared to preach. In the summer day four did preach, and when the day was shorter, three. This monthly meeting, thus beginning, continued many years, and was a great help to spread religion through the whole country. Sir Hugh Clotworthy was very hospitable to the ministers that came there [4] to preach. His worthy son, now Lord Viscount Massareene, together with his mother and lady, being both of them very religious and virtuous women, did greatly countenance this work.'

"Glendinning subsequently became deluded, but the other ministers were enabled by the word of God to so expose his fallacies that only his wife was led astray by them and the gracious work of revival continued and spread to their several parishes. Each minister became the leader of the movement in his own particular parish. Competent witnesses spoke of this revival as 'a bright and hot sunblink of the gospel and one of the largest manifestations of the Spirit that almost since the days of the apostles hath not been seen.'

"Perception easily sees the parallel between this early revival and the latter revival of 1859 and faith can readily trace the connection between the two. Both revivals were preceded by periods of spiritual declension and moral depravity. Both commenced in districts of Co. Antrim, adjacent to Antrim town. Both were characterised by severe apprehension of the terrors of the low, resulting in the bodily prostrations of many. Both witnessed counterfeit workings of Satan. Both led to the salvation of multitudes and a marvellous reformation of society. Both were characterised by fervent prayers and faithful preaching of the word. Both spread rapidly throughout the whole Province. Both reached their zenith in the parishes of evangelical ministers. Both were opposed by certain religious leaders.

"Weighing up these facts we can conclude that this early revival was but the precursor of that of 1859 and in many ways its originator. The latter revival was reaped from the same field in answer to the prayers of the former poured out before the Lord.

"Truly, 'The Lord is not slack concerning His promise!' "

"After the terrible massacre of 1641, when an attempt was made by the Roman Catholic Church to wipe out the entire Protestant population the bishops of the Episcopal Church fled the country but out of the ruins of organised Protestantism God brought into being the simple and scriptural church policy of Presbyterianism. To quote from Seaton Reid:-

" 'The opportune arrival of the Scottish forces was happily instrumental in promoting this desired reformation. According to the salutary practice of the Church and notion of Scotland at this period, most of the regiments were accompanied by chaplains, who were ordained ministers, and firmly attached to the doctrine, worship and government of their national church. By these prudent and zealous men, the foundations of the Presbyterian Church were once more laid in Ulster, in exact conformity with the parent establishment in Scotland. The effects of their labours remain to this day. By their agency, the Scottish Church in Ulster assumed that regular and organised form which she still retains; and, from this period, the history of her ministers, her congregations, and her ecclesiastical courts. as they now exist, can be traced in uninterrupted succession. The doctrines taught by these brethren she still zealously inculcates and upholds, the forms of worship they introduced continue to be strictly observed, and the government and discipline they founded remain, in all essential points, unaltered at the present time. The benefits conferred by these venerable ministers on [5] the Church and Province of Ulster entitle them to especial notice.

"The Rev. Hugh Cunningham was chaplain to the Earl of Glencairn's regiment, and having received a call from a congregation here, he remained in the country after the return of his regiment to Scotland. He was installed, about the year 1646, in the charge at the parish and congregation of Ray, near Letterkenny, in The County of Donegal. The Rev. Thomas Peebles was chaplain to the Earl of Eglinton's regiment, which was quartered at Newtownards, in the County of Down. He preached not only at the head-quarters of the regiment, out in all the neighbouring towns, as he had opportunity; and two years afterwards he received a call to become the minister of the two united parishes of Dundonald and Holywood, situated between Newtownards and Belfast. In this charge he was installed in the year 1645 and continued in it, through all the subsequent vicissitudes of those unsettled times, till his death in the year 1670. The Rev. John Baird was chaplain to the Earl of Argyle's regiment. In the year 1646, he was installed in the charge of a congregation, probably Dervock, in the Route, a district of country in the north of the county of Antrim. It is uncertain how long he continued in Ulster, or what afterwards became of him. The Rev. James Simpson was chaplain of the Lord Sinclair's regiment. He appears to have settled in the charge of a congregation in Ulster, perhaps at Newry, which was the headquarters of his regiment for several years. The Rev. John Scott was chaplain to Major-General Monro's regiment. No record remains of his settlement in Ireland, and it is probable he returned with his regiment to Scotland. He was afterwards settled as minister of Oxnam, in the Presbytery of Jedburgh. The Rev. John Aird was chaplain either to Lord Lindsay's or to Home's regiment. Of him likewise nothing further is known. The only other ministers who accompanied the army, of whom any record remains, is one whose life and character is already familiar - the Rev. John Livingstone. He has left the following notices of his proceedings, and of the religious state of Ulster at this period:-

" 'In April, 1642, I was sent, by order of the council of Scotland, to Ireland to wait on the Scottish army, that went over with Major-General Monro; and staid for six weeks, part in Carrickfergus, where the headquarters were; and for other six weeks most part at Antrim with Sir John Clotworthy and his regiment, who had obtained an order from the council for me so to do. I preached for the most part in these two places; but sometimes in other perishes of the coast-side about; and before I left Antrim, we had the communion celebrated there, where sundry that had taken the (block) oath did willingly, and with great expressions of grief, publicly contess the same. I found a great alteration in Ireland, many of those who had been civil before, were become many ways exceeding loose; yea, sundry who, as could be conceived, had true grace, were declined much in tenderness; so as it would seem the sword opens a gap, and makes everybody worse than before, an inward plague coming with the outward yet some few were in a very lively condition.'

"The first duty of these ministers, when the army returned to Carrickfergus after the taking of Newry, and were in some measure settled in quarters, was to erect sessions or elderships in [6] each of the regiments of which they had the charge. These elderships were erected with the concurrence of the general and of the several colonels, and are composed of such of the officers as were pious and godly men, many of whom were at this period, to be found in the Scottish army. Having constituted sessions in four of the regiments Then at headquarters - viz., in Argyle's, Eglinton's, Glencairn's and Home's the ministers found themselves in a capacity to hold a meeting of Presbytery, in accordance with the discipline of the Church of Scotland.

" 'This meeting, memorable as the first regularly constituted Presbytery held in Ireland took place at Carrickfergus, on Friday, the 10th of June, 1642. It was attended by five ministers, viz., the Rev. Messrs. Cunningham, Baird, Peebles, Scott, and Aird. Mr. Simpson being at Newry with his regiment, and Mr. Livingstone at Antrim, and by our ruling elders from the four sessions already erected. The Rev. Mr. Baird, by previous appointment, preached on the latter part of the 51st Psalm - 'Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem, etc.' A moderator was appointed, and the Rev. Mr. Peebles was chosen clerk of the Presbytery - an office which he held through every vicissitude till his death, a period of near 30 years.'

"What more appropriate text could we take today as we unfurl in this historic Borough the blue banner of the Free Presbyterian witness, a faithful witness in the 20th century to the some great fundamental truths for which the first Presbytery of Ulster contended. Ps. 51:18, 'Do good in Thy good pleasure unto Zion build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.'

"In this text we have three great matters for consideration:

2. THE BUSINESS OF GOD 'In Thy good pleasure unto, Zion'
3. THE BUILDING OF GOD "Build Thou the walls of Jerusalem'

"1. 'The Blessing of God - 'Do good.' Nothing can succeed but that which has upon it the blessing of God. Without God's blessing there can be no fruitfulness nor permanent results. How we need to cry for this town, this people, this place and this new witness, Do good O Lord -

"It is the blessing of God alone which can make rich and add no sorrow thereto - All is but vanity and vexation of spirit if the dew of heavenly blessing does not come upon it.

"2. The Business of God - 'In Thy good pleasure unto Zion.' The business of God is the pleasure of God. They are both one and the same thing. The will of God is the pleasure of God. That is why the Lord Jesus said, 'I delight to do Thy will. O my God.' What were His first recorded words in the gospels? 'Wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?' The business of God. The pleasure of God. What was the greatest business God ever took in hand.. It was the doing of the Cross. How is that described? 'it pleased the Lord to bruise Him.' How is its outcome defined? 'The pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.'

"What is the pleasure of the Lord for this church today? Hear this sweet and encouraging word from the blessed lips of the Son of God, 'Fear not little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to [7] give you the Kingdom' Luke 12:32.

"3. The Building of God - 'Build Thou the walls of Jerusalem.' The building must be of the Lord or its structure will topple and fall. 'Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it.' Ps. 127:1. The previous verses show our responsibility and what God expects, nay verily demands of us. 'They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing his sheaves with him.' Ps. 126:5 & 6.

"Let us then rejoice in the Business of God, let us work in the Building of God and let us pray for the Blessing of God.

An offering towards the building fund amounted to almost 1,800.

On Lord's Day, the 31st of December. 1978, Dr. Paisley commenced an Old Time Gospel Campaign in the Church Hall. About 200 were in attendance in spite of the snow and ice. The presence of the Lord was felt; Rev. William McCrea brought messages in song which were a great blessing. On Monday, 1st Janary, 1979, the Campaign continued about 100 were present and the first soul of the mission, a young man, came to Christ. Hallelujah!

Mr. Noel Stevenson the Evangelist to Youth of the Martyrs Church is conducting a Children's Mission with meetings before each gospel service. Thirty children were present on the first night of these services.

Mr. John Todd who has completed his studies in the Theological Hall of the Church is Visiting in the Carrickfergus area and helping with the work there. Mr. Eric Smith from the John Knox Church is also assisting in the work. Pray for all these workers and most of all pray for a REAL REVIVAL. Christ for Ulster and Christ for Carrickfergus! [8]


At the commencement of last year we launched our Devotional Cassette Ministry "Begin the Day . . . with God and His Word" to be followed a few months later by "End the Day with God and His Word."

How we bless God for sustaining and expanding this into a world-wide ministry. Every month Begin and End the Day cassettes are mailed to homes throughout the United Kingdom and many other lands including USA, Canada, Australia, Israel, Finland, Austria and France.

It is evident from the mail which we receive that many have enjoyed rich blessing through the daily exposition from God's Word and the messages in song.

Here are a few extracts from the many letters which we receive:

"When I was on holiday I met an old gentleman who played 'Begin the Day' after breakfast each day, I would like to have these cassettes in order to play them to the handicapped people in the home in which live, I enclose 1, is it enough? It seems so little!" - G.M.S., Essex

"We played your tape yesterday to some friends from our assembly, and we all prayed together and rejoiced in what we heard" - N.H., Clwyd.

"I'm afraid I can't restrict myself to the particular day's meditation, but play on and on" - F.H., Combs.

"Your devotional ministry has blessed my soul" - J.B.J., Ballymena.

"Please send next month's cassette, I want to help others to find the Saviour by means of these messages"- R.J., Sussex.

"I played 'Begin the Day' when I was in the garden and my neighbour heard it, afterward she told me how she enjoyed it" - D F.. Swansea.

"Thank you for 'End the Day' I pray that at the end of a weary day many will be refreshed through it" - G.C., Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

"We placed your cassettes in our assembly library and they are well used" - V.S., Jerusalem.

"'Begin the Day' gives me a lot of wholesome words to think upon each day" - B.D., Birmingham. [9]

"Your cassettes are a real encouragement to me" - M.N., Marseille.

"I am a 'shut in' and thoroughly enjoy 'Begin the Day' " - J.H., Belfast.

Perhaps our devotional cassettes have been of help to you, why not write and share it with us, it will encourage oil who are involved in this ministry.

We do appreciate your prayer support on behalf of Dr. Paisley who in addition to his many responsibilities must prepare these meditations and record them, or Mr. McCrea who sings with great sincerity and conviction, for the organist Mr. Ian McDowell, recording, production and office staff, that the blessing of God may be their portion, as together we pray for you that God may speak through these messages and meet the need of each individual heart.

It would be our desire that in 1979 (D.V.) we might see a further expansion of this ministry. You can help us by obtaining these cassettes, introducing them to your friends and praying that the Lord will "pour out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it!" [10]


Turn over to the fifth chapter of the Gospel and verse 33. Mark 5:33, "But the woman fearing and trembling, knowing what was done in her, come and fell down before Him, and told Him all the truth." What had she done? She had touched His clothes. She was immediately made whole. Why? Because she had seen the power of His hand and she longed to use her hand in order to touch Him.

You can go on right through that chapter and find as you go through the whole of Mark's Gospel that we read about the hand of Jesus. Let me repeat there is more about the hand of Jesus in Mark's Gospel than in any other of the Gospels. Why? He is the Servant. He is using His hand.

Look carefully, when you are reading Mark, at the last reference to the Lord's hand. Look carefully at it. It has a special meaning, a mystical meaning of Christ the Servant.


Let us turn then to the key verse in Luke's Gospel and you will find that in chapter 15:2, "This man receiveth sinners" (He is a Saviour) "and eateth with them." I wonder why the Lord Jesus is such a loving Receiver of sinners? I will tell you why. Because Luke's Gospel is not the Gospel of Christ's hand as Mark's is, it is the Gospel of Christ's prayer. "He is able to save to the uttermost all that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us."

Ten times in Luke's Gospel you read about a praying Christ.

If you turn over to chapter three of Luke's Gospel you have the start of the Saviour's prayers. At His baptism Christ was praying. Verse 21 of Luke's Gospel, chapter three: 'Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and PRAYING." Now the record of the Lord's baptism is recorded in all the Gospels. But only in Luke's Gospel we read, He was praying when He was baptized.

If you turn farther over in Luke's Gospel you will discover that the Lord continues to pray, and ten times you find this recorded. And could I say the last reference, the closing prayer of Christ was on the old Cross of shame. There the Saviour prayed, and Luke records two of His prayers upon the Cross. You will find them in chapter 23 of Luke's Gospel, and at the verse 34, "Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." Then, of course, you will find the last prayer, verse 46, "Father, into Thy hands I cornmend my Spirit." You will notice that they are both prefaced with the name "Father." He offered another prayer upon the Cross. It was the prayer of agony. But He did not call God "Father" in that prayer. He said, "My God, my God, why host Thou forsaken me?" Luke is the Gospel of a praying Saviour Who receiveth sinners and [11] eateth with them. And that is going to happen, the final Feast of God in the great Marriage Supper of the Lamb, when that great multitude which no man can number, out of all kindreds and tongues and nations, are going to sit down at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. And it shall be said, "This Man receiveth and eateth with them." Then shall the choirs of Heaven break forth into the everlasting anthems of the everlasting song of ages, and we shall sing "Salvation unto our God forever and forever."

Luke is the Gospel of a praying Christ Who saves to the very uttermost!


The key verse in John's Gospel is in chapter 16:28. And this verse sums up the entire contents of John's Gospel. John 16:28, "I came forth from the Father." That is the first statement. "And am come into the world." That is the second statement. "Again, I leave the world." That is the third statement. "And go to the Father."

If you look at John's Gospel you will find that the first 18 verses you can write over them, "I come forth from the Father." The first 18 verses of the first chapter.

Then in verse 19 of chapter one of John's Gospel to the end of chapter 11 you can write over those verses, "Am come into the world." Those chapters and verses deal with Christ in the world. Then from chapter 12 to chapter 19 you can write over those chapters, "Again I leave the world." For the Lord is talking in chapter 12, 13, 14, and 15, 16, 17, 1 8, and 19 that He is leaving the world. Then the last chapters you can write over them, "I go unto my Father." So you have the full Gospel summed up in that verse.

Let me give you a final thought. I was greatly struck with this thought when I was reading the Gospel and studying it. Seven times the Lord Jesus Christ says in John's Gospel, "I am," "I am the Vine, ye are the branches," "I am the Good Shepherd," "I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." He says it seven times. And in John's Gospel John RECORDS SEVEN MIRACLES, and every one of the miracles he records, you can write over them one of the I Am's. Let me illustrate it.

What was the first miracle that the Lord did in John's Gospel? He turned the water into wine. You can write over that miracle, "I am the Vine."

Take another miracle, the man born blind. The Lord anointed him with the clay, sent him to the pool of Siloam, and he came seeing. You can write over that miracle, "I am the Light of the world."

Take that poor man who lay in the porches and could not find a way into the disturbed pool where there was healing water. The Lord come along and he took up his bed and he walked away. He had found the Door. Jesus says, "I am the Door."

I am not going to give you any more references. If I did you would not read John's Gospel. You would not study it for yourself. I leave them with you. Every one of the seven great I Am's have a miracle. But let me tell you something. In our Authorised Version that word is translated "miracle." It is also translated "sign." But in the Greek text only one word is titled "sign." These are signs. That is the word that John chooses to describe the miracles. What are the signs of? They are signs that He is God. They are signs of His Deity. Seven of them! [12]

Let me tell you something else. Five of the miracles that John records are re corded in no other Gospel. They are peculiar to John's Gospel, for five is the number of grace. And John's Gospel starts with the fact that Christ is full of grace and truth, the Blessed, Incarnate, God the Son. May we worship Him and say like Thomas, "My Lord and my God."



"Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." So wrote Paul of the victory which believers experience when fully trusting in Christ.

It is with deep gratitude to God that this editorial can record the triumph the Lord has given to us. A few weeks ago we moved into our own church home. On the surface that may seem a very ordinary event, but those connected with the work of the Toronto Free Presbyterian Church know that the Lord has done something for us that is nothing short of miraculous.

The congregation in Toronto was formed n 1968 as a Bible Presbyterian Church under the faithful labour and ministry of Rev. Horace MacEwen. During that time the services were held firstly in the YMCA buildings on Coxwell Avenue and later in a rented church on Cosburn Avenue just east of Coxwell. In 1976 the congregation voted to come under the auspices of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and issued a call to the writer to become its minister.


The congregation's new relationship with the Free Presbyterian Church and its Moderator, Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, M.P., did not go unnoticed in the Press. Several inflammatory articles led a host of readers to express their opinions. The Attorney-General of Ontario jumped on the bandwagon and called for the banning of Dr. Paisley and myself from entry into Canada. Radio and television joined the hunt and for several weeks a veritable floodtide of opposition flowed against the small congregation.

The outcome of this was the demolishing of the rented church on Cosburn Avenue, ostensibly to provide a much needed tennis court but in reality to prevent Dr. Paisley and the congregation from meeting there. Strange is it not that two and a half years later East York School Board has not even started [13] the tennis court and the church site is just as the demolition team left it in August of 1976.


Before leaving Northern Ireland to take up the ministry of Toronto Free Presbyterian Church, the writer was told on a transatlantic phone call by the Religion Editor of a Toronto paper that, "the ecumenical leaders here do not want the Free Presbyterian Church to get a foothold in Canada." It was this opposition that led indirectly to the destruction of the church. But a Church is not a building, it is a body of believers. The destruction of the church building tempered the sprit of the people as fire hardens steel. They vowed that, by the grace and help of God, they world continue.


Scarborough Board of Education, showing a much more reasonable and responsible attitude, permitted the congregation to rent accommodation in Wexford Public School on Pharmacy Avenue, for its weekly services. From August, 1967, to December, 1978, the people met there, rejoiced in the Lord's goodness, and saw the congregation gradually develop strength, spiritually and numerically.

A permanent church home had to be sought but the great problem was finance. How could a small congregation raise sufficient funds to purchase a church, especially with the inflated property values in the Toronto area? One site looked at would have cost 45 times more than a comparable site purchased recently in Northern Ireland!

In early 1977 an attempt was made to purchase a small church in East York and when everything appeared hopeful, the deal fell through. But the exercise proved useful as 50,000 dollars was raised by mid-summer. The collapse of this opportunity was a great blow and it would have been easy to become discouraged, but for one thing - the Lord gave a precious promise, "The Lord is able to give thee much more than this" (II Chron. 25:9).

For four months this was all the people had to rest on but, my, what a foundation for faith! In October we heard of the sale of Wesley Chapel Free Methodist Church, an excellent building. An offer to purchase was made and accepted and the closing date was eventually set at December 15, 1978, to allow the Free Methodists time to complete their new building. This time lapse gave the congregation time to set about raising the necessary finance.

A Financial target of 150,000 dollars was set to provide a sizeable downpayment and cover legal expenses. Starting in January, 1978, with 60,000 dollars, a further 90,000 dollars had to be raised exclusive of the regular church expenses. The Building Fund alone needed almost 8,000 dollars per month and that from a congregation whose total monthly income at the time was a mere 3,000 dollars.

"Thanks be unto God" for, never once did the Building Fund fall behind target. God said "I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it." God said, "The Lord is able to give thee much more than this." The Lord is abundantly fulfilling His promise and we gratefully say, "Thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ." [14]


It is with great joy that I have to report of another sweet and gracious breath of God's Holy Spirit in the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church.

On the last Sabbath of November at the Communion Table the congregation experienced a wonderful case of the Lord's healing power.

One of our members had, for a number of months, completely lost her voice. She had hospitalization and medical treatment without betterment. When I gave out that lovely old hymn "My Jesus I love Thee," there came a great longing in her heart to join with the congregation in worship and praise. At that moment the Lord laid His healing hand upon her and she was immediately healed with complete restoration of voice. The Medical Authorities admit that her recovery is most unusual; one of them saying, "It must certainly have been the Lord for no one else could do it."

This dear sister's testimony put a thrill through the whole congregation. The evening in question, the Rev. Dudley Long from New York had been preaching on that great text "There was not a feeble one among them."

The following Lord's Day God came in with great power when 15 precious souls came to the Saviour.

A new spirit of earnestness and prayer has been manifested and a special three hoours of prayer for the men folk on Friday evenings from 11 p.m. until 2 a.m. on Saturday mornings has been a real source of blessing. Each week souls have been coming to Christ. Coming up to 40 of these have publicly professed faith at the weekend services. Last weekend another five souls publicly professed their faith in Christ.

We long for a mighty increase of the Spirit's moving and we believe that this is most certainly coming.

Some of those who have been saved have been children of many prayers for a great length of time. The tears of joy and gratitude have been mingled with their tears of repentance and confession. The shouts of new born babes have been mingled with the shouts of praying saints. Family circles have been completed and transformed homes have resulted. How wonderful to hear those who have just been saved taking part in prayer.

We believe that the blessing which has come to the Martyrs Memorial Church, has overspilled into the Carrickfergus campaign. In spite of the difficulties of severe snow, and icy weather, and the Province gripped in the crippling vice of the petrol strike God has been [15] blessing, and so far 15 souls have professed faith in Christ.

Let us all give ourselves to real believing prayer, and may this cloud as small as a man's hand develop to the sound of abundance of rain and eventually a tremendous deluge of the Holy Ghost from Heaven.

Upon our knees the victory can be won and revival attained!



I believe that most of the theological confusion of today is spawned by a crowd of muchy sentimentalists, flashing comets, and religious pirates who are willing to prostitute the Word of God and ravish innocent, gullible, unsuspecting saints of their possessions in order to feather their nests, line their pockets and fill their coffers. Grace being presented at cut-rate prices and offered on the easiest of terms so that the shabbiest of characters can claim its benefits without renouncing sin or meeting the demands of the gospel.

These characters like to fly under the banner of fundamentalism because of its appeal to Bible believers since they are the ones most likely to support their conglomeration of ministries. They claim to believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures but we must not only believe in its Inspiration, we must submit to its authority and therein lies the difference.

One who claims to be a fundamentalist but is careless of his fellowship, imprudent of the ends he serves and is willing to compromise integrity and truth in order to gain numbers and fame is not a true fundamentalist regardless of how orthodox the terms he may mouth.

It is an unquestionable fact of history that as movements and institutions get larger and more financially prosperous, and as their money needs increase and their ambitions expand, they are more and more inclined to compromise with the source of their income. These ladder climbers with no depth of conviction and no sense of propriety are attracted by the opportunities of a growing movement and thus they tend to lose touch with God. As their failings multiply, and as the natural cravings of men for popularity and power increase, the process of spiritual deterioration is accelerated. [16]


Friday, 15th December, 1978, was a historic date for Toronto Free Presbyterian Church. On that date the congregation took possession of its own church building for the first time. The Wesley Chapel was purchased from the Free Methodist congregation who are moving into a new church.


The first Free Presbyterian worship services were held on Sunday, 17th December, 1978 Both services on the Lord's Day were well attended with 150 in the morning and even more in the evening. Soloists for the day were the Church Secretary, Gordon Bryant and Elder, Howard Saunders.

The minister, Rev. Frank McClelland, led the congregation in thanksgiving to God for His marvellous provision. He paid tribute to the Free Methodist pastors and officers and commended the fine Christian spirit that prevailed throughout the negotiations. He also thanked them for their labour on leaving the building spotless and ready for occupancy.

Taking as his text Haggai 2:7, "I will fill this house with glory," the minister challenged the congregation to obey the Lord's commands, put God first in their lives, and raise the walls of Biblical separation. If they filled the Lord's house with the glory of the Lord's name and the preaching of the glorious Gospel of Christ, then God certainly would fill the house with the glory of His presence.

In the evening, Rev. McClellnd preached from Ezekiel 34:26 "There shall be showers of blessing." The church had to actively be a blessing in the community and in turn it could expect the Lord's refreshing showers of spiritual rain. God would send a superabundant blessing upon His people. He concluded with a powerful appeal to the people to work and pray for a nationwide revival.