The Dublin Government must be taught that they cannot invite the Pope to the Republic and then by subtle means, foist him into Northern Ireland by a back door. They certainly are entitled to bring him to their own territory, but not without the invitation of the authorities to another country. To date they have ignored both the Foreign Office and the N.I Office. The present troubles in Northern Ireland stem directly from the 1916 Rebellion.

Ulster Protestants remember that in 1916 the then Pope supported and blessed the Rebellion. Writing in the Irish Press on May 26th 1933 Count Plunkett stated: 'It is denied that I went to Rome immediately before the Rising in 1916 to communicate with His Holiness Pope Benedict XV, but I must disclose certain facts in the interests of truth. I went to Rome according to my instructions.

'There I was received by His Holiness for nigh two hours we discussed the coming struggle for Irish Independence. The Pope was much moved when I disclosed the fact that the date for the rising was fixed, and the reasons for the decision. Then he gave His apostolic Benediction on the men who were facing death for Ireland's liberty. Back in Dublin on Good Friday 1916 I sent my report of the results of my mission to the Provisional Government.

'In the General Post Office when the fight began, I saw again the portion of that paper relating to my audience with His Holiness in 1916.'

They also remember that in 1918 twenty-seven Irish Roman Catholic Bishops signed the Sinn Fein pledge against Britain.

The Roman Catholic church has always been involved with Rebellion against the Crown in Ireland. In the present campaign both active and tacit support for the Provisionals has come from the Church of Rome. Priests have been deeply involved, one of whom is at present serving a prison term and another is in hiding in Dublin. Recently a large cache of IRA weapons was found in a chapel in Lurgan.

The Cardinal himself has supported the H Block protest whilst the activities of Priest Faul of Dungannon against the RUC is well known. [2]

The proposal to bring the Pope to Northern Ireland is a clever scheme of Jack Lynch and Cardinal O'Fee in order to embarrass the United Kingdom government and try to force them to use the security forces against the wishes of the Protestant majority.

The so-called Knights of Columbanus who are sponsoring the visit are none other than the lay organisation of the Jesuits. The time has come for the Ulster Protestants to call a halt to their conspiracy.

I must tell Mr. Fitt that his assertion that the Pope must be permitted to go anywhere in Northern Ireland I accept as a challenge on behalf of the Ulster people. Before the end of the day he will eat his words. His personal abuse of me is typical of his religion and upbringing.

'Act declaring the Rights and Liberties of the Subject'

But Clause 9 is of such vital importance to our present theme that it must be here given in full:- 'And whereas, it has been found by experience that it is inconsistent with the safety and welfare of this Protestant Kingdom to be governed by a Popish Prince, or by any King or Queen marrying a Papist, the said Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons do further pray that it may be enacted that all and every person and persons, that is, are, or shall be reconciled to, or shall hold communion with the SEE or CHURCH of Rome, or shall profess the Popish Religion, or shall marry a Papist, shall be excluded, and be forever incapable to inherit, possess, or enjoy the Crown and Government of this realm and Ireland, and the dominions thereunto belonging, or any part of the same, or to have, use, or exercise any Regal power, authority, or jurisdiction within the same; and in all and every such case or cases the people of these realms shall be and are hereby absolved of their allegiance; and the said Crown and Government shall from time to time descend to and be enjoyed by such person or persons being PROTESTANTS as should have inherited and enjoyed the same, in case the said person or persons so reconciled, holding communion, or professing or marrying as aforesaid, were naturally dead'. [3]


We are reading from the 83rd Psalm and the verse 18, "That men may know that Thou, whose Name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth".

Those of us whose minds have been directed to the unfolding of the prophetic Scriptures will not be taken aback by the resurgence of Roman Catholicism and by the many world tours which the Pope is making on behalf of the Roman Catholic system because the prophetic Scriptures reveal that in the end time there shall be an attempt to build again the Tower of Babel.

Babel's tower was an ecumenical programme. It was a universal temple. It was to be 'a gate to God'. Of course it was not God's programme nor God's gate to God, but rather it was a programme engineered and inspired by the Devil, and a programme that had about it all the ingenuity and wisdom of man - man out of touch with God, man in rebellion to God's throne, man attempting to do the impossible, for man in his own strength can never get to God, man in his own wisdom can never get to God. 'The world by wisdom knew not God'.

The only Gate to God is the Lord Jesus Christ. The only Way to God is the Lord Jesus Christ. "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life, no man cometh unto the Father but by me" (John 14:6). Any other way is the way of the Antichrist. It is the way of the Beast. It is the way of Babylon. It is the way of idolatry.

Rome's Window Dressing

Of course, the Church of Rome has covered over her blood-stained hand with the velvet glove of 'peace', and there is a clever window dressing Organisation presenting the Roman Catholic Church as 'a new system', as a system that has changed and is no longer the old system which our forefathers fought, and under whose tyranny and arbitrary power, were persecuted. That is, or course, what Rome is attempting to do in her great master plan for world deception. One has only to examine the dogmas of the Church of Rome to discover that the dogmas of the Council of Trent which promulgate the real teaching of the system of Roman Catholicism have not altered one iota. In fact, Cardinal Bea, one of the great ecumenical Jesuit workers in Rome's Secretariat on Ecumenism, said, 'We have not changed one iota of our doctrines as propounded by the Council of Trent'. So there is no change in the dogmas of Rome. There may be certain window dressing exercises, but when you walk into the shop and you go down under the counter it is the old dogmas of Rome that are still for sale by that system. We have as a result a great deception, and the ecumenical churches are, of course, through the World Council of Churches, through the British Council of Churches, through the Irish Council of Churches, moving to the fulfilment of Rome's great objective - the inclusivism of all the so-called Christian religions into the one 'true Mother Church'.

If you read Revelation chapter 17 you will find that the Church of Rome, in the chapter, is not only depicted as a woman but she is depicted as a Mother, incorporating within her system all the harlot daughters of idolatrous churches and churches which have departed from the Bible.

Now, of course, in this hazy crazy day in which we live, when a preacher says the things which the Reformers said, he is immediately looked upon as an extremist. He is looked upon as a bigot, and, in Ulster [4] terminology, he is looked upon as a Paisleyite to dare to say such things about the Roman Catholic Church. I think we would do well this morning to have a look at what the Reformers said about the Roman Catholic Church, and what view did they take concerning this great system?

The View of the Reformers

Let me say from this pulpit, I welcome the statement made by the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church. I am glad that Dr. Craig is going to be faithful to his ordination vows and that he is not going to meet the Pope if he is invited to meet him. How could he because every Presbyterian elder and minister in the Irish Presbyterian Church, and every Presbyterian minister and elder in the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and every minister and elder in the Evangelical Presbyterian Church and in our own Free Presbyterian Church, at ordination and installation, is asked will he sign the Confession of Faith as a confession of his own faith? He cannot be ordained or installed until he answers 'Yes' and subscribes the Confession.

What does the Confession of Faith say about the Pope? I am reading from chapter 25, paragraph 6, 'There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ, nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be Head thereof, but is that Antichrist, that Man of Sin and Son of Perdition that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ and all that is called God'.

Now, I did not write the Confession of Faith. Some people would blame me for writing it. I was not even thought of at the time, but that is the basic stand of historic Presbyterianism; but there is no difference (let me emphasise this) between the historic Confession of Presbyterianism and the historic Confessions of the other historic Protestant denominations.

John Wesley

John Wesley (and shame on the President of Irish Methodism who held out his welcoming hand to the Pope and said the Pope would be most welcome. He certainly knows nothing about the temper of the Ulster Protestant people, and if he wishes to live in the Republic, let him live in the Republic, but he does not speak for many Methodists that I know and who will be upon my committee to oppose this particular visit.) What did John Wesley say? John Wesley said, 'However in many respects the Pope has an indisputable claim to the title 'Man of Sin'. He is in an emphatical sense The Man of Sin, as he increases all manner of sin above men'.

That is not Ian Paisley speaking. That is John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, and he goes on in his notes to say, he went on (I remember reading this in Stormont on one occasion when I was accused of being a bigot, and I wanted them to know what John Wesley said!) to say, 'Every Pope is in Hell, and the present Pope is certainly on the way'. Now, that is not what I said. That is what John Wesley said.

In this ecumenical Age when the poison of ecumenism has rotted the hearts of the body politic of Methodism we find these Jesuits have so distorted the truth that they have turned away from the principles of their founders.

The Church of England

What of the Church of England for which the Queen is the visible head? In the Prayer Book of the Church of England it says, 'The Pope of Rome has no jurisdiction in this Realm', and the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury - (Nothing to do with the present rascal who occupies the Canterbury See!) Archbishop Cranmer said, at his trial, 'And for as much as my hand offendeth writing contrary to my head, my hand shall first be punished therefore, for may I come to the fire it shall be first burned, [5] and as for the Pope I refuse him as Christ's enemy and Antichrist with all his false doctrine'. On uttering this Cranmer was pulled down from the platform from which he spoke, and was led to the fire. When he came to where the faggots were burning he put his hand that had signed the recantation, first into the fire and he held it there until it was burned and said, "Thou false hand perish first for recanting from the truth of God". That was the first Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury, "I refuse the Pope as Christ's enemy and Antichrist"

John Knox

Need I go on and tell you what John Knox thought about the Pope? St. Andrew when he launched the Reformation in Scotland, he took up Daniel chapter 7 and identified the little horn as being identified with the whole system of the Roman Papacy, so much so that the people in the congregation said, 'Other preachers cut off the branches, but this preacher lays the axe at the root of the rotten tree'.

So the combined witness of our Protestant forbears and Reformers bore testimony to the Antichristianity of the whole system of Roman Catholicism and to the identity prophetically of the Pope as the Antichrist in the Church.

The British Throne Excommunicated

We have learned in the course of our history that the Roman Catholic Church has always set itself to aid rebellion against the Crown, and could I say something today, historically, the Crown of England is under excommunication from the Papacy. The excommunication on the British Throne passed on Elizabeth I has never been lifted, and the citizens, the Roman Catholic citizens of the Queen's dominion have the right of their Church to rebel against Her Majesty, and the support of the Church to be in rebellion against the Crown; and Irish Catholicism has always practised that.

I am not going to survey the rebellions which Roman fomented down through the years, but the present crisis in our land stems from the 1916 Rebellion, and it is interesting to note that one of the predecessors of the present Pope was Pope Benedict 15th, and before the Rebellion in Dublin when the rebels occupied the Post Office in O'Connell Street, Count Plunkett was a special emissary to the Vatican on behalf of the rebels, and in the Irish Press (The Irish Press was De Valera's own paper) on May 26th, 1933 we find a statement from Count Plunkett. Let me read it:-

'It is denied that I went to Rome immediately before the rising in 1916 to communicate with His Holiness, Pope Benedict 15th, but I must now disclose certain facts in the interests of truth. I went to Rome according to my instructions. There I was received by His Holiness. For nigh two hours we discussed the coming struggle for Irish independence. The Pope was much moved when I disclosed the fact that the date for the rising was fixed, and the reason for that decision. Then he gave his apostolic benediction on the men who were facing death for Ireland's liberty. Back in Dublin on Good Friday, 1916 1 sent my report of the result of my mission to the Provisional Government. In the General Post Office when the fight began the portion of the paper carrying the apostolic blessing was nailed up on the Post Office to encourage our Rebellion'.

So the Papacy was deeply involved in the 1916 Rebellion, but in 1918 after the Rebellion had been quenched, 27 Irish Roman Catholic bishops joined in signing the Sinn Fein pledge against Britain, and Identified themselves with De Valera's struggle of blood against Britain in Ireland. So we have in history, not so many years ago, the fact that the Roman Church was closely identified with the waging of war against the Crown in this land of ours. [7]

Freedom to Bring the Pope to the South

Let me make this clear to you today, if the Republic's Government, if the people of the Republic want to bring Pa Pa to Dublin they are quite entitled to do so. I have no objection. If they want to bring him to a place where the so-called foot of the Virgin Mary touched Irish soil (and they are fool enough to believe that) they are entitled so to do. I, of course, do not believe in any such thing. I do not know whether the people saw a ghost or whether they had been drinking too much poteen and had some sort of vision that did not actually appear. I do not know, but this I do say, Mary the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ has never appeared on earth since her death. Let me make that clear. All these apparitions so-called of the Virgin Mary are a deception, and, of course, Mary has nothing whatsoever to do with our salvation. She is neither a mediator nor has she any say in our salvation. She needed to be saved herself. She was saved the same way as you and I, by grace, and she said in her great song, 'My spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour'. So she herself was saved in the same way as you and I. If the South of Ireland wants to bring the Pope and wants to eulogise him they are perfectly entitled so to do. I am a democrat! But if they want to use his visit to the Republic to force upon Ulster a visit to Northern Ireland, that is an entirely different matter, and that is something that we as Protestants must resist. You know why? Because this is only the thin edge of the wedge. This is a kite flying exercise to see how it will be received, and if it succeeds then, of - course, the invitation will be made that the Pope should visit London and be received by the Queen.

That is the great aim and object of the ecumenists and the Jesuits; and the Knights of St. Columbanus, remember, are the lay arm of the Jesuit order. Never forget that! Their oath is similar to the oath of the Jesuits, and they are the people that are sponsoring this particular visit.

Archbishop O'Fee

We now have Archbishop O'Fee, and one has only to look at his record to know that tacitly he is well on the side of the I.R.A. His remarks about the dirty protest in Long Kesh give evidence of that. Bishop Daly who has been very busy in his propaganda exercise saying that 'All Protestants look upon the Pope as a Christian gentleman'. Well, I happen to be a Protestant, Bishop Daly, and I do not look upon him as a Christian gentleman, and I speak for a few Protestants as well and they do not look on the Pope as a Christian gentleman. I look upon the Pope as a religious impostor. He takes to himself the title 'Holy Father', but the Lord Jesus Christ said, 'Call no man Father, for One is your Father even God in Heaven', and the only Person ever entitled to be called Holy Father, in Scripture is God the Father, addressed by that title in John chapter 17 by our Blessed Lord Himself when He addressed Him as Holy Father.

'No' to Pope's Visit

The battle of the Reformation is going to be fought again in this land. I am just wondering how many of the great Protestants are going to line up in this struggle. I am wondering how many people who are prepared to fight the Papacy when the Pope is in Rome, will they be prepared to fight the Papacy when the Pope comes to the shores of this Island. This will be a dividing and a divisive issue I am sure, and we as Protestants have a responsibility. 'The men of Issachar had understanding of the times, they knew what Israel ought to do'. I say, 'No' to' the Pope's visit on the basis of God's Word, on the basis of the historic Confessions of our Protestant heritage, and on the basis of the implication of the Papacy in the present struggles in our land.

There is a Roman Catholic priest doing time for I.R.A. offences in a prison in England. He has not been ex-communicated or censured by the Vatican. There is another [8] priest in hiding in Dublin for I.R.A. activities in the city of Glasgow. He is still carrying out his priestly duties, sits in a confessional box in a Church and pretends to forgive people their sins while he is wanted for a diabolical crime in the rest of the United Kingdom. Recently in the town of Lurgan a cover-up took place in which a large cache of I.R.A. arms was discovered, including ten mortar bombs and a mortar launcher, over 400 rounds of ammunition, rifles and pistols, all found in a Roman Catholic place of worship. The priest is not arrested. The caretaker of the Church is not arrested. No one is arrested. If they found such a cache of arms in this Church then you would be arrested. All of you would be under grave suspicion. I indict the Roman Catholic Church from this pulpit as I did on the Twelfth of July, and I see that none of them took up the challenge that they are deeply involved in the present struggle in this land.

We have a job to do. We must do it as spiritual men. Our weapons are not carnal but spiritual and mighty through God to the pulling down of the strongholds of the Devil. I welcome with all my heart this challenge. I am glad that the first place that the battle is to be fought is in Ulster. I am glad we have the choosing of the battleground. I would rather fight the Pope coming to Ulster than the Pope coming to London. I think we have an advantageous battleground and I believe in the goodness of God and the providence of God, God has arranged it so. Let us not fail.

All Cowards at Heart

Every man and woman is a coward at heart. Some of you men are dead scared of your wives, and you know it, and some of you wives are dead scared of your husband, not so many of you, but you know it. I am basically, at heart, a coward. Some people think that I thrive on controversy. I would like to run away from every battle I have ever engaged in. I am glad that that is so, for if I was engaging in these battles in the strength and confidence of the flesh, then it would be a fleshly carnal struggle and would bring no honour to God. But there are things, my friend, we must do, and God arranges it so. He arranged that they hung up the flag upside down. In fact, I was accused by one member of Parliament of bribing the man who hung it upside down. God arranged it so. He arranged it so that on the first formal day of the E.E.C. Parliament who should be the principal speaker but Jack Lynch. The Irish Times reported in one of its columns, it was the first time that they ever witnessed the embarrassment of Jack Lynch under the Television lights. I am glad I had the opportunity, in the name of Ulster's dead, to accuse him of their blood which is upon his garments at the present time. I am utterly ashamed of John Taylor who said he walked out because Lynch spoke in Irish. I want to tell you, I am not interested in what language Jack Lynch speaks in. I am interested in the blood of the people of Northern Ireland, the people that have suffered, and any man who would play a little political game and say he left the Assembly because Jack Lynch spoke in Irish and then to say to the Guardian if he had to make a choice Ian Paisley was just as bad as Jack Lynch. I want to tell you that has been the curse of our country. So-called Loyalist leaders prepared to sell the people of this Province. Why? I will tell you why. For their own selfish gain. They did not want to bear reproach. I am not in Europe to be popular. I am in Europe to speak for Ulster. That is what I am there for.

I Meet the President

I was sent for on the last day by the President herself. An official came to my desk and said, 'The President would like to speak with you. Will you come?' I said, 'Certainly I will come'. So I went and saw Madame Veil, the President of the Assembly, and after an informal chat we sat down for a formal discussion, and I told her some things about [9] Northern Ireland she never heard in her life, and then she said, 'Well, we want to discuss the Committees' I was rather amazed, for John Hume and John Taylor had announced on Television I would not be on any Committee. She offered me a seat on one of the most influential of all the Committees, the Energy Committee. I laughed to myself as she offered it, and I pointed out that Northern Ireland needed a voice on the Agricultural Committee, and she said, 'I make you a solemn promise that after September you will be first in line also for that Committee'.

I came downstairs. John Hume was sitting drinking, I went over to him and I said, 'I have news for you'. He said, 'What is the news?'. I said, 'I have just been with the President'. He says, 'I don't believe it'. I said, 'I will tell you something more. I am on the Energy Committee'. He says, 'I don't believe it'. I said, 'I will tell you what is more, I am going to get on the Agricultural Committee.' Yes! Let me say, if you honour God, God will honour you. I have proved that in my ministry, and will continue to prove it.

Let Us Not Fail

The greatest battle we have ever entered into as a Church and as a people is upon us. Let us not fail. Let us not fail our God. Let us not fail our Christ. Let us not fail our children. Let us not fail our country, and please God, little Ulster will be that part of the United Kingdom which God will use to deliver the whole of our nation and bring the whole of our nation back to God. God did it in 1688, 1689. The resistance of Londonderry sparked the fire that led the whole nation to liberty. May we spark a fire in Ulster at this time that will lead our whole nation back to the glorious liberty of Gospel Truth. May it please God so to order it for Jesus' sake!


Archbishops' plea for unity

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster, told Methodists yesterday that the Unity Movement had reached a dangerous stage.

They were speaking at the annual ecumenical service of the Methodist Conference held for the first time in Westminster Abbey.

Dr. Coggan called for a divine discontent, a refusal to rest until all are one at the Eucharist. Cardinal Hume said that the ecumenical movement may enter something like the dark night of the soul, requiring harder work towards unity.

At the serviCe Methodist Conference and Rhodesian Methodism presidents laid a wreath on the memorial to John and Charles Wesley.

In its debate on the World Council of Churches programme to combat racism, conference rejected a move by Dr. Peter Stephens, of Bristol, to limit support to specially-earmarked church contributions. There was a decisive vote for direct financial support by the Methodist Church.

There is to be a request for a new edition of the Methodist hymn book to replace the 46-year-old volume. Dr. Greet Kenneth, next year's president, says that in the revision some of Charles Wesley's hymns may be ousted by modern hymns.

- Guardian


I will mention a few of these foundation things which we know cannot be removed, but we will ask the question, if they should be removed, what then?

First we will take the foundation-book. This Word of God, this revelation of himself which he has made to us by prophets and by seers, by apostles and by evangelists, and by his own dear Son, - this book we believe to be true even in its jots and tittles. Whatever form of thought we may adopt as to the method of inspiration, we believe this book to be inspired throughout, and we accept all its utterances as the teaching of the Most High. From the first word of it to the last we give our "unfeigned assent and consent" to it, as being nothing less and nothing more than the word of Jehovah, the Lord our God, to us. But if it should not be so, what can the righteous do then? If after all, the attacks of modern sceptics should have some force in them; if they can dislodge part of the Word of God from its sure resting place; if first one stone shall topple from the summit of the battlements, and then another shall be loosened from the parapet, and by-and-by its enemies should come to work with their great bars upon the very lowest and most valuable stones in the wall, - what then? What if the Book should be a delusion; what if it should be false? Ah! then, my brethren, what can the righteous do? Oh! better had it been for us that we had never been born, than that the Bible should not be true, for here is the only balm that heals the wounds that sin has made, here is the only bread that satisfies the hungering of our spirits. If that be not true, O God, why didist thou create us and wherefore didst thou suffer such a book as that to come across our path to mock us, supplying as it does all that hope can desire, and all that our deepest interests can crave after? Oh, cruel God, to permit so sweet a dream to charm us even for a while, if it be not true! But oh, beloved, we come back with a sacred recoil to this - it is true; it must be true, and if for no other reason, because it so suits the craving of our inward consciousness, because it so uplifts us out of the natural beggary and meanness of our condition, puts us on such a heavenly footing, makes us commune with the Most High, and fills us with such rapt and heavenly thoughts! It must be true, or else what could we do? Cling, then, to the divine authority of the Scriptures with a death grip! Let those give up the inspiration of the Bible who can afford to do so, but you and I cannot. Let those cast away the sure promise of God who have got something else to comfort them, who can go to their philosophy or turn to their self-conceit. But as for you and for me, it is a desperate matter for us if this Book be not true, and therefore let us be ready to defend it at all hazards, and if need be to die for it, for oh! brethren, it were better to die, that Book being true, than to live, that Book being false. It were better for us that all the miseries of this life should fall upon us, that Book being an unmoved foundation, than for all the joys of life to be ours if that Book be once taken away. Clasp it to your heart; enfold it in your bosoms; hold it as the very core of your life's comfort, and the very strength of your existence, remembering that if that be removed there is nothing for the righteous to [12] do but despair and die. I hope we shall ever sing,

"Should all the forms which men devise
Assault my soul with treacherous art,
I'll call them vanity and lies,
And bind this Bible to my heart".

But now we turn from the foundation-Book to the foundation-doctrine. What is the foundation-doctrine? I shall not shock any one of you if I say that it is admitted by all evangelical Christians that the standing or failing in the church is that of justification by faith. The church which holds that doctrine is in the body; the church which is tampering with that doctrine is not in the body. I will not merely say the church that is not holding it, but the church that is not holding it in the most distinct form is not to be acknowledged as a part of the body of Christ; for this is such a truth that it must not be hidden, and to obscure those words, legible in their own light - "Believe and live" - is to commit high treason against the majesty of God, and to make one's self an outlaw from God and from mercy.

The great standing or failing doctrine, then, is this - "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God"; "Therefore we are justified by faith, and not by the works of the law". We hold that it is of faith that it might be of grace through Christ Jesus. Holding this truth, that every soul who believes in Christ is thereby made a partaker of the merit of his passion and is saved, what joy and peace are opened up to! Some of us live in a sense of pardon. Oh! brethren, this is a river to swim in, when we can sing -

"Now freed from sin I walk at large,
My Saviour's blood my full discharge;
At his dear feet my soul I lay,
A sinner saved, and homage pay"

Oh! the blessedness - as Ainsworth translates it,- "The heaped-up blessedness of the man whose iniquity is forgiven, and whose sin is covered". Oh! the blessedness of being justified by faith, and of possessing peace with God! But if that be removed, what can the righteous do? My brethren, the righteous can do nothing; they can do nothing, but they must at once give up their peace, give up their joy, give up their hopes, and then give up existence altogether. This one thing I know; though I have preached my Master's gospel with perpetual industry, and have sought to honour him, yet I have no more hope of heaven apart from the merits of Christ than the greatest criminal that is banished from his country for his crimes; and that poor wretch who was till lately under sentence of death for many murders, would have as good a hope of entering into eternal life as the best among you were it not for this precious doctrine that is to say, she would have no hope, and you would have no hope either, for we are all alike shut up under condemnation; good or bad, righteous or unrighteous, we are all alike condemned under the law of God, and there would be no more hope for one than for another if this doctrine of salvation by faith in Christ were not true. We are all in this one boat together - I mean as many of us as have believed; the weakest cannot sink unless the ship goes down, and the strongest cannot float unless the ship should bear them. If this foundation were removed, I will ask you grey-haired saint, hoary with many years of service, what could you do? You bow your head and say, "Alas! my master, what could I do but die in despair"? I would ask the bravest of Christ's apostles, the most earnest and indefatigable of the servants of the living God, what could they do if salvation be not the result of faith in Christ, and they would reply unanimously, "We were of all men the most miserable, if our only hope were gone"! But oh, brethren, we will come back to this, that it is by faith in the blood of Jesus that we are saved. For this doctrine let us be prepared to bear any reproach, and for the spread of this [14] doctrine let us make any exertions. Let us publish it to every wind; let us invoke the help of every wave to bear it abroad! My brethren and sisters, help those of us who are engaged in telling out this precious truth of salvation by faith, and then proclaim it far and wide yourselves. Distribute it in a printed form; speak of it with your warm and loving lips! Tell it, tell it the wide world over, that there is a foundation already laid in Zion, a corner-stone elect and precious, and that "other foundation can no man lay than that which is laid, Jesus Christ the righteous", and "whoever believeth in him is not condemned".

We will now go a step further. We have had the foundation-Book and the foundation-doctrine, and now we come to the foundation-fact. The fact upon which our faith rests is this, that "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them". The great fact on which genuine faith rests is this, that "the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us", and that having taken upon himself the form of a servant, and being made in the likeness of man, he became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, for us. The great truth which makes the gospel worth proclaiming, is the truth that "Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners", that Christ also hath suffered for sin, "the just for the unjust that he might bring us to God"; Who himself bare our sins in his own body on the tree"; "For the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed". In one word, the great fact on which the Christian's hope rests is substitution. The vicarious sacrifice of Christ for the sinner, Christ suffering for the sinner, Christ's being made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in him, Christ offering up a true and proper expiatory and substitutionary sacrifice in the room, place, and stead of as many as the Father gave him, who are recognised by their trusting in him, this is the cardinal fact of the gospel. Now, if this be true, what will we not do? Do? Why, we will sing of Christ in time, and sing of him in eternity. We will sit at the foot of his cross and

"View the flowing
Of the Saviour's precious blood;
With divine assurance knowing
He has made our peace with God".

We will praise him when we get to heaven, and sing, "Unto him that loved us and washed us from our sins in his blood". But - oh! horrible "but"! - if this be not true, if God was never incarnate, if God never did in the person of his Son Jesus bleed and die, if no atonement was ever made for human guilt; then howl because thereof! Let each man put his hands upon his loins as a woman in travail, and let sorrow pierce the heart of every child of Adam, for sin must be punished, and if it was never punished in Christ it must be punished upon each one of us. Wrath, and a certain terrible looking for of judgment and of fiery indignation - these are all that await us. "As when a man wipeth a dish and turneth it saith the prophet, even so will it be with us, wiped out and turned upside down, if it were not true that Christ died. As when the potter with a rod of iron breaks the vessel into shivers, so should we too be broken into shivers, but each particle to be full of pain and covered with grief, if it were not that Jesus died. Oh! if this foundation were removed what could we do? But it cannot be removed! We know it - we rest on it; we trust in it; and our joy is to hold it, to understand and to study it, to be actuated and moved by it in every part of our life and conversation, but if it were removed what could the righteous do? There is just now, and there has been for many years, a direct attack made upon the doctrine of the atonement. Men cannot bear substitution. They gnash their teeth at the thought of the Lamb of God bearing the sin of man. Ah! but we will proclaim it in defiance of them, and hurl it in their teeth; we will neither dilute it, nor change it, nor fritter it away in [15] any shape or fashion. It shall still be Christ a positive substitute, bearing human guilt, and suffering in the stead of men, for if this be not so what could we do? We cannot, dare not give it up, for it is our life.

I have thus given you three matters, and now just a word upon another point, namely, - the foundation-work. The blood of Jesus, brethren must be applied by the Spirit of divine grace, and the foundation of our inward confidence must be in the work of grace in our own souls. Now, the foundation in us was laid in repentance, and in faith in Christ, and we have gone on to build thereon, much I am afraid, of wood, hay, and stubble, but still, something of gold, and silver, and precious stones. Now, if the grace of God could cease work, if the eternal love of Jehovah could be removed, and if the effectual might of the Holy Spirit's arm could be withdrawn, what could you and I do? Would it not be as hard to get to heaven by the gospel as by the law if it were not for the work of grace in us? Brethren, Calvary is no nearer to heaven than Sinai, if the Spirit of grace work not in us. If Christ be not crucified in us, his being crucified for us will be of no avail; we must have Christ formed in us the hope of glory. Now, what say you, brethren? Suppose this foundation-work were all removed, what could you do? Do? Why, the brightest of you would become as smoking flax without light; you who are pure as crystal now in your daily life, would become like a polluted stream; you who now are the delight and joy of the church of God, would be as reprobate silver cast out, or as salt that has lost its savour, and is fit neither for the land nor for the dunghill.

We must ever keep in mind that we are only channels for grace, we are not even pools and reservoirs, we must have a continual supply of Divine gifts. We must have an abiding union with the fountain of all good, or we should soon run dry, and only as fresh streams flow into us are we kept from becoming mere dry beds of sand and mire, but we know that he will never fail us. This spring is high up in heaven near the eternal throne, and it ripples down through the means of grace from the God of all grace, and we receive daily of his fulness grace for grace. Joyful truth for us, that because he lives we must live also. Till Jesus bows his head in death, we, the living members of his mystic body, can never droop or fail. His might is our strength, his resources our never-failing supply. And we, through his Spirit, are daily tended and sustained.

"Oh! to grace, how great a debtor,
Daily I'm constrained to be"!

Were that grace once gone what should I do? Hold fast, then, to that which ye have received, that no man take your crown. Cling to the doctrine of the work of the Spirit with a death-grip! Never give it up. Having begun in the Spirit, do not seek to be made perfect in the flesh. Do not look to excitement; do not let your faith stand in the wisdom or the speech of man, but in the power of God, and in the invincible might and majesty of the Holy Ghost; for if you go anywhere else, the foundation will be removed, and then what can you do? O God! thou hast begun the good work, and thou wilt carry it on, and perfect it unto the day of Christ. This foundation shall not be removed.

Once more, there is also a foundation-hope. Something which we may, I think, call a foundation, since our joy and our peace very much depend upon it. You and I possess tonight, dear friends, a hope which is sometimes called "a blessed hope", and at another time "a good hope". It is a hope partly that Christ may come, a hope that when he cometh, "we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is". It is a hope that whether he cometh in our life-time or not, yet, if we fall asleep, we shall sleep in Jesus. We have a hope that sometimes bursts out into a song, and then we tune in in warbling such as this: [16]

"On Jordan's stormy banks I stand,
And cast a wishful eye
To Canaan's fair and happy land,
Where my possessions lie".

Or sometimes it is -

"Jerusalem! my happy home!
Name ever dear to me;
When shall my labours have an end,
In joy, and peace, and thee"?

Or, perhaps it is -

"Jerusalem the golden,
With milk and honey blest;
Beneath thy contemplation
Sink heart and soul opprest;
We know not, oh! we know not,
What joys await us there;
What radiancy of glory,
What bliss beyond compare".

At any rate, whatever notes we may use to warble out the hope, the hope is still the same.

"It is the hope, the blissful hope,
Which Jesu's grace has given;
The hope when days and years are past,
We shall meet in heaven".

Now, if that were removed, what could we do?

"What is there here that I should wait?
My hope's alone in thee;
When wilt thou open glory's gate,
And take me up to thee"?

"Whom have I in heaven but thee? there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee". Take heaven away, and the world to come, and what a desert drear, what blackness and darkness, what a gulf of mad despair it would speedily become! But, oh! brethren, that foundation cannot be removed! Because he lives, we shall live also. "Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory". That hope abideth sure and steadfast; let us think of it more than we do. Let us plume our wings of flight every now and then. Come, ye birds of heaven, ye eaglets of God; how is it that ye keep below upon the earth, as though ye had no wings? Come, plume your callow pinions and begin to fly. The clouds are your atmosphere; beyond there is the blue empyrean, where all is fair and clear. Up with you! Up, nearer to God, nearer to eternity, nearer to your home, nearer to your everlasting mansion. Remember, that you

"Nightly pitch your moving tent
A day's march nearer home",

and let the thought that you shall soon be

"For ever with the Lord".

come over your hearts, and sweep like the touch of some master-harper's hand, as he sweeps the ten-stringed instrument, and wakes it up to thunders of sacred melody. Be glad in the Lord, ye righteous, and shout for joy, ye upright in heart; for this foundation cannot be removed, and ye need not fear. [18]

John Charles Ryle, D.D. -
First Church of England Bishop of Liverpool

This is a question of supreme importance today. Ignorance or want of clear views about the subject is a worm at the root of much religion at the present time. Myriads of professing Christians are like men whose feet are on a quicksand, and whose heads are in a fog. They do not know what they believe about inspiration.

Inspiration rests on a collection of facts which no intelligent, educated and honest minded man can pretend for a moment to disprove.

(i) It is a fact that there is an extraordinary depth, fullness and richness in the contents of the Bible which is supernatural and above man. There is a complete gulf between it and any other book that ever was written. It throws more light on a vast number of most important subjects than all the other books in the world put together. It boldly handles matters which are beyond the reach of man when left to himself. It treats of things which are mysterious and invisible - the soul, the world to come, and eternity, depths which man has no line to fathom.

All who have tried to write of these things, without Bible light, have done little but show their own ignorance. They grope like the blind, they speculate, they guess, they generally make the darkness more visible, and land us in a region of uncertainty and doubt. The Bible alone gives a reasonable account of the beginning and end of the globe on which we live, a true picture of man, and just views of God. The Bible alone shows us-a reasonable and satisfactory remedy for the spiritual wants and necessities of dying men, and meets the universal cravings of conscience by revealing a Saviour. The Bible alone explains the state of things which we see in the world around us. There are many things on earth which a natural man cannot explain. But the Bible makes it all clear. The Bible can tell him that the whole world lieth in wickedness; that the prince of this world, the devil, is active; and that it is vain to look for perfection in the present order of things. The Bible will tell him that neither laws nor education can ever change men's hearts. The Bible will tell him that there is "a good time" certainly coming, a time of perfect knowledge, perfect justice, perfect happiness, and perfect peace; but the Bible will tell him this time shall not be brought in by any power but that of Christ coming again, and for that second advent of Christ the Bible will tell him to prepare. Now all these are things which men could find nowhere except in the Scriptures. We have probably not the least idea how little we should know about these things if we had not the Bible. We hardly know the value of the air we breathe, and the sun which shines on us, because we have never known what it is to be without them. We do not value the truths on which I have been just now dwelling because we do not realise the darkness of men to whom these truths have not been revealed.

(ii) It is another fact that there is an extraordinary unity and harmony in the contents of the Bible which is supernatural and above man. We all know how difficult it is to get a story told by any three persons, not living together, in which there are not some [19] contradictions and discrepancies. But it is not so with the Bible. Here is a long book written by not fewer than thirty persons. The writers were men of every rank and class in society. One was a lawgiver, one a warlike king, one a peaceful king. One had been brought up as a publican, another as a physician, another as a learned Pharisee, two as fishermen, several as priests. They lived at different periods, over a space of fifteen centuries, and the greater part of them never saw each other face to face. And yet there is a perfect harmony among all these writers. They all write as if they were under one dictation. They all tell the same story. They all give one account of man, one account of God, one account of the way of salvation, one account of the human heart. You see truth unfolding and developing as you go through the volume of their writings, but you never detect any real contradiction or contrariety of view.

(iii) It is another fact that there is an extraordinary wisdom, sublimity and majesty in the style of the Bible which is above man. Strange and unlikely though it be, the writers of Scripture have produced a book which even at this day is utterly unrivalled. With all our boasted attainments in science and art and learning, we can produce nothing in literature that can be compared with the Bible. There is a strain and a style and a tone of thought about it which separate it from all other writings. There are no weak points, and motes, and flaws, and blemishes. There is no mixture of infirmity and feebleness such as you will find in the works of even the best Christians. "Holy, holy, holy", seems written on every page.

To talk of comparing the Bible with other "sacred books", so-called, such as the Koran, the Vedas, or the book of Mormon, is positively absurd. You might as well compare the sun with a rushlight, or St. Paul's with a shanty. God seems to have allowed the existence of pretended revelations in order to prove the immeasurable superiority of His own Word. To talk of the inspiration of the Bible as only differing in degree from that of such writings as the works of Homer, Plato, Shakespeare, Dante and Milton, is simply foolish. Every well-educated, honest and unprejudiced reader must see that there is a gulf between the Bible and any other book which no man can fathom. You feel at turning from the Scriptures to other works that you have entered a new atmosphere. You are like one who has exchanged gold for base metal, and heaven for earth.

(iv) It is another fact that there is an extraordinary accuracy in the facts and statements of the Bible which is supernatural and above man. Here is a book which has been finished and before the world for eighteen centuries, and those the busiest and most changeful centuries the world has ever seen. During this period the greatest discoveries have been made in science, the greatest alterations in the ways and customs of society, the greatest improvements in the habits and usages of life. Hundreds of things might be named that satisfied and pleased our ancestors which we have laid aside long ago as obsolete, useless, and old-fashioned. The laws, the books, the houses, etc., of each succeeding century that went before. There is hardly a thing in which faults and weak points have not been discovered. But all this time men have never discovered a weak point or a defect in the Bible. Infidels have assailed it in vain. There it stands, perfect, and fresh and complete, as it did eighteen centuries ago. The march of intellect never overtakes it. The wisdom of wise men never gets beyond it. The science of philosophers never proves it wrong. The discoveries of travellers never convict it of mistakes. Are the distant isles of the Pacific laid open? Nothing is found that in the slightest degree contradicts the Bible account of man's heart. Are the ruins of Nineveh and Egypt ransacked and explored? Nothing is found that overturns one jot or tittle of the Bible's historical statements. How shall we account for these facts? Who could have thought it possible that so large a book, [20] handling such a vast variety of subjects, should at the end of eighteen centuries be found so free from erroneous statements? There is only one account to be given of the fact: the Bible was written by inspiration of God.

(v) It is another fact that there is in the Bible an extraordinary suitability to the spiritual wants of all mankind. It exactly meets the heart of man in every rank or class, in every country and climate, in every age and period of life. It is the only book in existence which is never out of place and out of date. Other books after a time become obsolete and old-fashioned. The Bible never does. Other books suit one country or people and not another. The Bible suits all. It is the book of the poor and unlearned no less than of the rich and the philosopher. It feeds the mind of the labourer in his cottage, and it satisfies the gigantic intellects of Newton, Chalmers, Brewster and Faraday.

It is the only book, moreover, which seems always fresh, and evergreen, and new. For eighteen centuries it has been studied and prayed over by millions of private Christians, and expounded, and explained, and preached upon by thousands of ministers. It is a well never dry and a field which is never barren. It is still the first book which fits the child's mind when he begins to learn religion, and the last to which the old man clings as he leaves the world. In fine, it suits all ages, ranks, climates, minds, conditions. It is the one book which suits the world.

(vi) Last, but not least, it is a great fact that the Bible has had a most extraordinary effect on the condition of those nations in which it has been known, taught and read. I invite my honest-minded reader to look at a map of the world, and see what a story that map tells. Which are the countries on the face of the globe at this moment where there is the greatest amount of idolatry, or cruelty, or tyranny, or impurity, or misgovernment, or disregard of life and liberty and truth? Precisely those countries where the Bible is not known. Which are the Christian countries, so-called, where the greatest quantity of ignorance, superstition and corruption is to be found at this very moment? The countries in which the Bible is a forbidden or neglected book. Which are the countries where liberty and public and private morality have attained the highest pitch? The countries where the Bible is free to all. Yes, when you know how a nation deals with the Bible you may generally know what a nation is. But this is not all. Let us look nearer home. Which are the cities on earth where the fewest soldiers and police are required to keep order? Cities where Bibles abound. Which are the churches and religious bodies on earth which are producing the greatest results by spreading light and dispelling darkness? Those which make much of the Bible and teach and preach it as God's Word.

Take, then, these six facts together, treat them fairly, and look at them honestly. Upon any other principle than that of supernatural and divine inspiration, these six facts appear to me inexplicable and unaccountable. Of course, deists, agnostics, and infidels may see nothing in them. Such unhappy persons always appear blind to the enormous difficulties of their own position. We have a just right to ask them how they can possibly explain the origin and nature of the Bible, if they will not allow that it is of divine authority. We have a right to say: "Here is a book which not only courts enquiry, but demands investigation. We challenge you to tell us how that book was written if you deny its inspiration". How can they account for this book standing so entirely alone, and for nothing having ever been written equal to it, like it, near it, or fit to be compared with it for a minute? To tell us that man's unassisted mind could have written the Bible is worse than ridiculous; it is the height of credulity. In short, the difficulties of unbelief are far greater than the difficulties of faith. No doubt there are things "hard to be understood" if we receive the Scriptures as God's word; but [21] after all, they are nothing compared to the hard things which rise up in our way and demand solution if we once deny inspiration. There is no alternative. Men must either believe things which are grossly improbable, or else they must accept the great general truth that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.

WHITEFIELD COLLEGE OF THE BIBLE: Introducing our new Missionary Training College

For the past number of years the Presbytery of our Church has been deeply concerned about the very low spiritual standards in many of the Missionary Training Colleges throughout the United Kingdom. The introduction of new versions of the Scriptures and the identification with the Unscriptural Charismatic Movement highlights the reason for this concern. Although very perturbed about these matters the Presbytery had to face up to the challenge that no alternative to such colleges was being provided for our young people, many of whom had to seek out colleges that came nearest to the stand of the Free Presbyterian Church, even in such places problems were encountered.

In an effort to bridge this great gap the Presbytery decided to incorporate the Missionary Training into the Ministerial Course of the Theological Hall. Following through this course of study we had the joy of seeing two young people successfully complete this part of their missionary preparation. However it soon became clear to the Mission Board (a committee set up to give leadership in the missionary work) that some essential aspects of missionary training could not be included in the Theological Hall Studies. It was therefore after prayerfully considering the matter that the Mission Board recommended to Presbytery the need for a Residential Missionary training College. After giving its consent the Presbytery gave instruction to the Board to proceed with the purchasing of suitable property. This resulted in the purchase of 33 Cyprus Avenue, Belfast for 25,000. At the moment these premises are being prepared for the opening in the month of October.

Already an encouraging number of students have been interviewed and accepted for training. We trust that each one will know God's blessing upon all that they seek to do for Him.


One of the essential positions in any Bible College is that of Principal, around which much of the college life evolves. We are very thankful to the Lord that the Rev. John Douglas the Minister of Lisburn Free Presbyterian Church has accepted this responsibility. The Presbytery believe that Mr. Douglas is God's man for the task and commend him to you for your prayers as he gives leadership through this two-year training course. As Principal he also carries the solemn duty of appointing suitably qualified lecturers and in this matter prayer would be requested.

For the day by day management of the Home Miss M. Dennison a member of our Sandown Road congregation has been appointed. As a former matron she is most suitably qualified for the responsibilities of this position.


Already we have underlined the need for prayer which is one of the most important contributions of help that can be received, [22] but there are some other practical ways which we trust you will take advantage of.

1. Increase in Monthly Offerings through the Missionary council. The financial commitment is great so please help in this matter.

2. Provide items for the Home. One of our Churches is furnishing a complete room while another has purchased all the crockery. If any Church or individual would like to help please contact Rev. John Douglas, Lisburn 74664 or Rev. David McIlveen, Belfast 657757.

3. Another way of helping the College would be to provide some of the food requirements. To do this it would be necessary to contact the matron.


Very shortly we hope to announce the official opening date of the college which we trust you will be able to keep free. We believe that God is going to do a great work through this new avenue of service for Him and we trust that every person throughout our church will have their part in this the Lord's Work,


Tom has recently been appointed Field Leader of the Eastern Europe section of the work. This will mean a major move for us as a family and having to adjust in a new country.

We need your special prayers for wisdom and spiritual understanding as we take up the leadership of this big and important section of our work. Paul's prayer of Col. 1:9-18 would be very appropriate in your praying for us, at this time.


Each week encouraging letters from Albanian listeners still come in. Some testify that they have trusted the Lord others offer to come and help in the work. The translation of the New Testament under Sali's direction goes on. Luke's Gospel is ready for printing and Matthew is halfway to completion. John's Gospel we are already using.


One of our biggest outreaches ever is being planned this year. We expect approximately 30 young people to join us from Yugoslavia, Britain and N. America. Much prayer is needed for the outreach. A vehicle for transportation is desperately needed. Literature stocks need to be replenished.

Our programme commences in Vienna, 5th July, with several days of preparation. On Tuesday 10th the team will be divided into three groups as follows:

Greece - One group of 10 will go this year to Greece. There are great opportunities on the beaches to reach the thousands of Yugoslav tourists to that land.

Vienna - A team will stay in Vienna, reaching out through the Yugoslav Church to the 80,000 Yugoslavs of that city.

Munich - The third team will travel to Munich and from there reach out to Munich, W. Australia and Switzerland.

Outreach ends in Vienna 20th August. [23]


The experiences of the Free Presbyterians in the southern hemisphere can only be summed up in one word - paradoxical. At the time of writing, there is disappointment because the old Lutheran church building we were expecting to purchase has been sold to the Aboriginal Association of Port Lincoln for a recreation centre. This news came to us last week leaving our people downcast, not only because we didn't get the building, but because it grieved our hearts to see a house of God given over to be used for worldly entertainments. That same week as I was waiting upon the Lord in a prolonged season of prayer and fasting, God brought a wonderful word of promise to me. "Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth: shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert." (Isa. 43:19). We know that He will be as good as His word, so we look to Him for the next step.

Discouragement and disappointment are with us from time to time, but thank God He never fails to pour out His blessing upon His people. Our recent and first public protest at an ecumenical service has proved most uplifting and interesting. A young mother of two was gloriously saved at the Sunday morning service, a Roman priest and an ecumenical Uniting church minister were made mad on the same evening! When challenged from the Word of God, they could only hurl the old accusation at us which has been their cry for ages - "You have no love." Of course, when asked to show where the love of the W.C.C. was to be seen, especially with regard to the notorious PCR Organisation, they were speechless. The two of them made a speedy getaway into their meeting to escape from God's truth. It almost seemed as if the devil was on their heels he probably was! How good it is to prove the reality of Proverbs 28:1 - "The wicked flee when no man pursueth: but the righteous are bold as a lion."

The week that followed the protest brought inquiries from some who had never heard of a religious meeting being opposed before. Not one of the inquirers had even heard anything about the murderous, blasphemous and Satanic nature of the World Council of Churches, and so it was a pleasure indeed to inform them of the facts. On the following Lord's Day morning, an Austrian fisherman, who was brought up in the Roman Catholic church, came to the Lord Jesus Christ and was wonderfully saved. Please pray for this man. His teenage son came to the Lord in one of our meetings some months ago, so this completes the family circle, praise God.

Please pray for us as we seek to take a Biblical stand for the Lord. The typical ecumenical lies and distortions are ever circulating about us, but we look to our great God and press on in the pathway of soul-winning nevertheless. On behalf of our congregation here in Port Lincoln, I send greetings and thanks to you all. May the Lord richly bless you for your kind support of this work in various ways, and may you prove His goodness in your own life in the forthcoming days. We are praying daily for our beloved Ulster, and from what we have heard about the EEC elections results, God has done "exceeding abundantly above" all we have asked or thought. Well done Dr. Paisley - to God be the glory. HALLELUJAH.

Fred Buick