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UNITY AT LAST

"FOR THE NORMAL UNITED EVENING SERVICE NEXT SUNDAY 13th MAY, 1979 WE HAVE BEEN INVITED WITH CAVEHILL METHODIST, ROSEMARY AND ST. PETER'S TO HOLD OUR UNITED SERVICE IN ST. TERESE, SOMERTON ROAD, IT IS HOPED THAT WE CAN RESPOND TO THIS FIRST SERVICE OF ITS KIND EVER. OUR MINISTER WILL BE PREACHING THE SERMON."

Extract from the Bulletin of Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church 6th May, 1979.

The Ecumenical Movement is gathering speed in Belfast. The above extract from the Church Bulletin of Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church Belfast for the 6th May, 1979 illustrates this tragic fact. Here we have four Protestant Churches closed down for a Sunday evening - Cavehill Methodist Church, Rosemary Presbyterian Church, St. Peter's Church of Ireland and Fortwilliam Park Presbyterian Church

The fact that all these Protestant Churches close down and their congregations are invited to attend the Roman Catholic Mass House illustrates the strength of Rome in the Ecumenical Movement. [2]

Let there be no doubt about it, the Ecumenical Movement is a take-over of the Protestant Churches by the Roman Catholic Church. Its aim is the absorption of the Protestant Churches within the pale of the Roman Catholic Church.

The Ecumenical Movement is spearheaded in the Roman Catholic Church by the Jesuits - the counter-Reformationists, and its strength in Protestantism is of course the infiltrators of pro-Romanists within the ranks of the Protestant communions. Their aim is unity with the Church of Rome and the establishment of the hierarchy of Romanism, and the implementation of Roman Catholic laws in the Protestant Churches.

A few years ago such an announcement in a Presbyterian Church Bulletin would have caused an uproar, but today it has caused little stir, and practically no protest whatsoever from inside the Irish Presbyterian Church. The hour is dark. The day is grave, and all Protestants should be alerted to the seriousness of the situation. The forces of Protestantism must be rallied in the fight to maintain and defend our Protestant way of life and the distinctive principles of Protestantism which is of course Biblical Christianity.

Those Churches committed to the Ecumenical Movement should be forsaken, and only those Churches that stand true to militant Protestantism should be supported. The apostolic command must be obeyed - 'COME OUT FROM AMONG THEM AND BE YE SEPARATE, AND TOUCH NOT THE UNCLEAN THING. [3]

THE WONDER OF MATTHEW'S GOSPEL By Ian R. K. Paisley (Continued from last month)

Let us turn to Matthew chapter sixteen. Did you ever notice that Matthew is the only Gospel in which we read, 'And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven'. It is the only Gospel where we read that concerning 'the keys of the kingdom of heaven'. And could I make it clear to you today that that has nothing to do with the Papal key. The Pope carries around his emblem in the cross keys. It has nothing to do with that at all. It has to do with the great prophecy that in the ushering in of the Gospel dispensation, Peter would be the man that would open the door of that Gospel dispensation to both Jews and Gentiles. This he did on the day of Pentecost when he opened the door to the Jewish believers, and three thousand of them were gloriously converted. Then he was sent for by Cornelius who was a Gentile, and he opened the door of the church to Cornelius, and Cornelius had the very same experience as the apostles had in Acts chapter two, the Holy Spirit fell upon them. So Jew and Gentile were brought together into the one church. And, of course, that is what it means. The Lord was saying, 'Look Peter, I am going to use you to be instrumental in opening the door to the Jews, and opening the door to the Gentiles'. So he got the keys of the kingdom. Of course, every believer today has the keys of the kingdom when he ministers the Gospel and testifies to sinners. He opens the door of the kingdom that all may enter in. Christ, of course, is that Door. The preaching of Christ is the opening of the door.

Then if you turn over to chapter nineteen and verse - twenty-eight, (This is a very interesting one!) 'Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you'. (And, by the way, could I tell you that in John's Gospel there are double 'Verilys'. In Matthew's gospel there are single 'Verilys'. So look for the single 'Verilys'. then ask yourself why they are not double 'Verilys'. It is very interesting. In John's Gospel the Lord Jesus says 'Verily, verily'. Have you ever noticed the repetition that God makes in His book? Have you ever noticed the repetition He makes when He calls people? 'Abraham, Abraham', He said, when He called Abraham. He said the same to Samuel, 'Samuel, Samuel'. There was a repetition, and, of course, there was a reason for that). This is a single 'Verily' in Matthew 19:28, 'Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the generation when the Son of Man shall sit in the throne of His glory'. You do not read that anywhere else in the New Testament, in any of the other Gospels, 'The throne of His glory'.

There are a whole lot of things about the glory of Christ in the New Testament. When you are reading the New Testament look for them. 'The throne of His glory'. That is a wonderful expression. The glorious throne of Christ. 'Ye also shall sit upon the twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel'. There will be tribes lost at that last great day when the Lord Jesus Christ judges. They will all be there, the twelve tribes of Israel, that is very important. You should have a good look at that. [4]

If you turn over to Matthew twenty-five and verse thirty-one, here is another Scripture that only occurs in this Gospel, 'When the Son of man shall come in His glory'. See that little expression, 'In His glory'. You see, He is not only going to sit on a throne of glory. He is going to be glorious Himself. He is going to come in His glory. You will not find that in any other of the Gospels either.

Then if you turn to verse thirty-four of this twenty-fifth chapter of Matthew, it says, 'Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world', there is another expression, 'The kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world'.

If you come to verse forty it says, 'And the King'. I want you to go down that particular passage and note every time the word 'King' is used.

Then we come back again, retracing our steps, to chapter twenty-one, verses nine to sixteen are verses that you need to read. In verse nine it says, 'And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is He that cometh in the Name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest'. And you will notice carefully that title 'Son of David'. It is used in this expression concerning this particular record of Christ, and this is the passage in Matthew that it is used in. Compare the other passages in the other Gospels concerning the entrance of Christ into the city, and you will find the emphasis is different; but here it is 'The son of David'. It has all to do with His Kingship because He is the son of David the king.

At the chapter twenty-six now, we are coming down to the end of it, you find another one you will not find in any other of the Gospels. Verse fifty-three, 'Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels'? Only the King can command twelve legions of angels. You do not read that in any other of the Gospels. It brings out the Kingship of the Saviour.

The very last one is the wonderful one of His Death in chapter twenty-seven. When He died, the earth did quake, and the rocks rent, and the graves were opened. But the first thing that happened, the veil of the temple was rent. He was crowned King in His temple. His Royalty rent the veil. He was crowned king upon the earth, for 'the earth did quake and the rocks rent'. He was crowned King in the underworld, 'for the graves were opened, and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came out of the graves after His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many' (Matthew 27:51, 52). That is one of the most intriguing Scriptures in the whole Book.

What is that holy city? If you study Matthew's Gospel you will find it is mentioned, I think, three times, 'the holy city'. That was not the earthly city of Jerusalem. that was the holy city of God which, one day, John will see coming down. So there was something happened when the Lord died. How does Matthew's Gospel end?' All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth'. He is the King! I trust today we will crown Him as our King!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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GO FORWARD

Turn with me to the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Exodus, I want to take the last two words of chapter 14 of Exodus at the verse 15, 'Go forward', the command of Jehovah to Moses in a day of difficulty, in a day of testing, in a day of challenge and in a day of confrontation - 'Go forward'.

I believe that God would say that to us today as a people called of God in Ulster to stand outside the camp of ecumenical apostasy and to stand for everything that God is for, and against everything that God Almighty is against.

There are some people in our land who do not want the Free Presbyterian Church to go forward. They would like the Free Presbyterian Church to come down into the arena of arid controversy and fight the children of God and fight their brethren and not fight the Devil's crowd, not fight the challenge of ecumenism and Romanism, and not preach the everlasting gospel of the Son of God.

I am reminded of Nehemiah. He had a job to do. He had a sword in one hand and he had the trowel in another hand; and the enemy said, 'Come down off the wall. Stop the work. Let us have a conference in the valley of Ono, and Nehemiah said, 'O, no' to Ono. He said, 'I am not going down. Why should the work cease while I come down to you? So builded he the wall' Go forward! I believe we need to keep to that example which is given to us in the Scriptures of Truth.

EXTRACTED BY PRAYER

Could I suggest to you today that this command 'Go forward' came from heaven; it was extracted by prayer. Turn over to verse ten of the fourteenth chapter, 'And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the Lord'.

Let me tell you dear believer, the enemy will still be marching after you. The Israelites thought that Egypt was left behind, Pharaoh was a person of the past. His chariots and horsemen, as far as they were concerned, were a confrontation which was past. The confrontation with the Lord's enemies is never over. If you think the Free Presbyterian Church is now going to settle down on its lees and we are just going to sit back and have 'Sunday morning do that', and a 'Sunday night do that', you have another thing coming to you. The battle is going to be fiercer. The battle is going to be harder. The battle is going to be tougher in the coming days as we near the glorious Advent of the Lord Jesus Christ. The forces of Antichrist will be marshalling all their power to stifle the faithful witness of Jesus Christ on this earth. So we will have a more intense battle.

It was far easier for me to be faithful preaching to forty people down the road in our old church as it is to be faithful today leading this great work for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake. It would be very easy for the Free Presbyterian Church to go with the tide.

I go to U.S.A. quite often and I see great churches which were founded by great fighters, but today the fight is out of those churches and they have substituted for simple gospel preaching a whole series of gimmicks. How sad it is. They have substituted for the old-time prayer meeting a whole series of publicity stunts. Men falling from aeroplanes and parachuting down into the church grounds to gather a crowd. An offer that if you bring someone to church you will get a goldfish, and if enough people bring fifty people to church the pastor will swallow the goldfish. Yes, that is what [6] fundamentalism has come to in some of the great churches that were founded by God's men a generation ago.

Then there are other churches and they have got caught up in the most and of controversy, and they are not sure whether a person can really be saved. They are not sure about that. They are not sure whether a gospel preacher has any right to say to sinners 'Come to Christ and He will save you'. They have put on a straight jacket with five buttons, and they are so fastened up in that straight jacket that they know nothing about the simplicity of the gospel. I want to make it clear to you today (I do, not need to make it clear in this pulpit) that as far as the great controversy between Arminianism and Calvinism is concerned this church takes the Calvinistic viewpoint and always has, and always will.

THE CALVINISTIC VIEWPOINT

We hold to the great truths of the Reformation. We hold to those doctrines of grace ably set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith. We hold that the supreme rule of faith and practice is God's Word and there is none other, and we all know that. Let me however tell you this that the theological position which this church takes is the theological position taken by the great evangelists of the past. I am talking about George Whitefield whose Calvinism was unquestioned. I am talking about C. H. Spurgeon whose Calvanism was unquestioned. I am talking about Robert Murray McCheyne whose Calvinism was unquestioned. In fact the greatest revivals which the church of Jesus Christ have ever experienced were led by men who stood for these great doctrines of evangelical truth. With them there was of course the mighty fire of the Holy Ghost; with them was the baptising power of the Spirit of God, and with them was a balanced presentation of the whole divine revelation of this Book.

I had a young man came to me some time ago, and he said to me, 'Dr. Paisley, any man who makes a gospel appeal has added to the gospel, and God's curse is upon him'. I looked at him. I said, 'I have not heard about many people being saved through your ministry'. He said, 'That is not the question. There should be no gospel appeal' I said, 'What about the great men in the past?' 'Oh, none of them ever made a gospel appeal'. Well, of course, he was showing his ignorance. He was not only showing his ignorance, but he was showing his stupidity. I said to this young man, 'Would you say Paul was a Calvinist'? 'Oh, yes, I would admit that Paul was sound'. I said, 'I am glad to know it. It is nice to know that you are prepared to declare that the apostle Paul was sound. Well, now I want to look at his ministry. He went to Ephesus. He was there for three years. Tell me, how did he preach? He warned men, (Listen to it!) Acts Ch. 20 day and night with tears. Are you going around with tears? Have you ever wept over a lost soul? Have you ever cried over a man in the pew that is going to a never ending Hell? Have you ever spent a night on your knees to weep for a soul that is lost'?

C. H. SPURGEON

I want to read you what the great C. H. Spurgeon said, and I make no apology, I believe in the Spurgeon tradition. Although the Baptists do not know it, Spurgeon was a Presbyterian. He was. Eric Hadden makes that clear in his study on Spurgeon that his Church was not governed by Independency but rather on Presbyterian lines. You Baptists take note, and take a step forward, Amen! Page six of the book 'Searchlight on Spurgeon'- Spurgeon's own words, 'I believe most firmly in the doctrines commonly called Calvinistic, and I hold them to be very throught with comfort to God's people, but if any man shall say that the preaching of these is the whole preaching of the gospel I am at issue with him. Brethren, you may preach [7] those doctrines as long as you like, and yet fail to preach the gospel'. (I am glad I did not say that. If I said that, some people would say I was a heretic. I am glad C. H. Spurgeon said that. It is good to find out what these men really believed).

'I will go further and affirm that some who have even denied those truths, to our great grief, have nevertheless been gospel preachers for all that, and God has saved souls by their ministry. The fact is, that while the doctrines of election, final perseverance and so on go to make up a complete ministry and are invaluable in their place, yet the soul and marrow of the gospel is not there, but is to be found in the great fact that God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit and so on. 'Preach Christ, young man if you want to win souls'.

That is what Spurgeon said, and I want to say from this pulpit, the Free Church is going to continue to preach Christ. That is what we are going to do. We are not going to bamboozle people with theological arguments. We are going to preach the simplicity of the gospel, and I want to say to you today from the depths of my heart, that our business is to say 'we preach Christ crucified', for in that gospel there is power to regenerate the utterly depraved heart of man and make him a new creature in Christ Jesus.

GOSPEL INVITATIONS

'Then there are those who have stated categorically that Spurgeon never gave any appeal or invitation of any kind, - that is, for people to come to the front, the equivalent of the American altar call, and would have nothing to do with men such as Moody and Sankey who employed these methods. People who hold such an assumption do so merely on an argument from silence - that is, there is no indication at the end of a printed sermon that Spurgeon made any such invitation. I am more fortunate than these mere academic students of Spurgeon, for my own grandfather and grandmother were members of Spurgeon's Tabernacle, and used to regale me with stories of the great preacher when I was a boy. My grandfather told me that Spurgeon would often request inquirers to go below to one of the basement lecture halls to be counselled by his elders. In the Sword and the Trowel 1865, Spurgeon published a paper which he asked would be written by one of his students. It was in answer to the question, 'How to get at inquirers'. One method suggested was, request the anxious to remain in their seats while the rest leave, as there is often a reluctance to be seen walking up the aisle. This, Spurgeon frequently did, urging his twenty or so elders to be on a watch for souls. There is also an account of Spurgeon himself kneeling and praying with an inquirer in the front of the lecture hall. As to D. L. Moody's ministry and method, let this short outburst of praise by Spurgeon be sufficient commendation. "We hear of God's blessing Mr. Moody right away in America. Glory be to God for it. The success of any Church is our success. It is all in the family. Let us praise God for it"! - 'Searchlight on Spurgeon'.

I want to tell you, I praise God when men and women are saved. I praise God when sinners come to the Cross. I praise God when I see poor lost, guilty, Hell deserving men and women coming down the aisle and saying 'I will take Jesus as my Saviour'. That is the great end of the ministry, and that is the great purpose of this Church. We have come out of apostasy, not as an end in itself but in order that we might do the business of God in the evangelisation of the lost. That is the whole purpose of the Church.

THE US-ITES

Now, there are some brethren, good brethren in Christ, who do not see things as we see them. There has risen today a race of men who say, 'If you don't dot my 'i's' and stroke my 't's' then I will separate from you. I [8] will have no fellowship with you, 'Yes and if anybody fellowships with a person who does not take their own rigid dogmatic stand then they immediately excommunicate them. We have the instance of Jack Glass. He sees through a glass darkly, and when he sees through the glass darkly he excommunicates all who do not see eye to eye with him. If he thinks I am going to waste my time answering the strange allegations hurled at me continually in the Scottish Protestant View, he has another think coming to him. I have these papers. I notice that every evil thing ever said about me by a Sunday Newspaper, he prints in full. He photographs it and prints it in full as an attack on the credibility, integrity, honesty of this preacher. If that what he thinks is contending for the faith he can do so. I will be going on with my gospel ministry. I will be going on with the preaching of the full orbed gospel of Jesus Christ. I shall not be wasting my ammunition upon those petty people who feel it is their job to hinder the work of God. I will be training the gospel gun on the enemies of Christ, on the enemies of truth, on the enemies of unrighteousness and on the enemies of evil, and so will this Church, God being our helper.

FELLOWSHIPPING WITH GOD'S PEOPLE

Of course I can fellowship with an Arminian. I may feel that my position is more scriptural and better than his, but I am not going to excommunicate him if he is washed in the Blood of the Lamb, saved by the grace of God and believes in this Bible from cover to cover, and is separated from apostasy. Thank God I can fellowship with him, and I will fellowship with him.

Spurgeon brought noted Arminians to his own pulpit. This is what the great Spurgeon said, 'Those who hold the eternal verities of salvation and yet do not see all that we believe and embrace are by no means the objects of our opposition as they are to these men that have been raised up today. Our warfare is with men who are giving up the atoning sacrifice, denying the Inspiration of Holy Scripture, casting slurs upon justification by faith. The present struggle is not a debate upon the question of Calvinism or Arminianism but of the truth of God versus the inventions of men. All who believe the gospel should unite against that modern thought which is the deadly enemy of our soul'.

I would like to re-echo that from this pulpit. I say to all men who believe in the Infallibility of the Book, all men who believe in the Virgin Birth and the full Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; all men who believe in the Vicarious Death and the Substitutionary Atonement of the Saviour and His Bodily Resurrection, and His Coming again in power and great glory; all men that believe that men depraved by sin need to be born again by the Holy Spirit if they would get to Heaven; all men that believe in what Thomas Chalmers said were the grand peculiarities of the gospel, the great fundamental principles of Christianity, all such men should unite today; and if I see another regiment in God's Army giving the Devil a hot time I have time to cheer them on as I go into the battle. I am not going to turn my guns on them.

You know, we have a race risen up in our land, you call them Usites. Who are they? You remember there was a fellow casting out devils, and Peter and John rebuked them 'because he followed not us' - the Usites. Now, we are not to rebuke them. The Lord says, 'Rebuke him not', and I am not going to rebuke my brethren who are fighting the same battle as I am fighting. I am going to strengthen their hands in the faith.

May the Lord save us from a narrow sectarianism. May the Lord deliver us from thinking that we only are doing God's work. God help the world if these men are the only men that are doing God's work. There will [9] not be many saved, for some of them do not even believe you can be saved. They are not sure. One of them said to me, 'I am not sure even if I am saved myself'. If you are not sure you are saved yourself you better not preach. You better not take any stand. Thank God I am saved, and glory to God I will be in Heaven to prove it, so you better get there to see. Make sure you are saved yourself.

'Certain antagonists', Spurgeon said, 'have tried to represent the downgrade controversy as a revival of the old feud between Calvinists and Arminians. It is nothing of the kind. Many evangelical Arminians are as earnestly on our side as men can be. We do not conceal our own Calvinism in the least, but this conflict is for truths which are common to all believers. There is no battle, but this is no battle over words. It deals with the eternal verities, those foundation truths which belong, not exclusively to this party or to that. It is of no use attempting to drag this red herring across our path. We can argue other points and maintain Christian harmony at the same time. But with those who treat the Bible as wastepaper and regard the death of Christ as no substitution, we can have no fellowship'. And those words of Spurgeon I would adopt as the motto of our own Church. This is where we stand brethren in this issue. God is saying to us to go forward.

SEPARATION OR SURRENDER?

What, of course, amazes me about these brethren is their tendency to weaken in the great cause of separation. Where do I find those who associate with them preaching. I find them preaching in Churches in the World Council of Churches. That is where I find them. They say, 'We are here to return to the Reformed Faith'. Well, a man who has returned to the Reformed Faith will not be in an apostate Church. He will be outside the camp, and I want to make that clear. What is more, some of them who are hailed as spokesmen for this movement were actually in an apostate cathedral recently on the invitation from an ecumenical preacher who also invited a Roman Catholic cardinal. Think of it the leader of the Reformed Faith, one of their spokesmen, sitting with a Roman Catholic cardinal at a special ecumenical service. Glory to God, I will not be in that company! It will not be the company I'll be in!

People will be soft in the issues, and they will run off to major or minors. Brethren, we have a task to do.

Some people, you know, some young people think they know all about the Free Church. I just want to tell them that I was there when it happened and I ought to know. So was brother Harvey. He almost lost his suspenders. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster was founded to contend for the fundamentals of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to preach a white hot gospel. In fact the language of those days, we used to ask 'How many sinners hit the aisle'? That was the language we used. John Douglas was studying Greek at a certain College in this city at the time, and an Irish Presbyterian student said to him, 'What does hitting the aisle mean'? He says, 'Do they literally get down and bump their heads off the aisle'? He did not know that hitting the aisle was the evangelistic expression of walking down the aisle to come to the Lord Jesus Christ and receive the Saviour. This church has been built on the fire of evangelism, and there are those who have brought in the Devil's hosepipes and they think that they are going to hose us down and put the fire out. But, glory to God, there is a Man on the other side of the wall, and the more water they pour on the more oil the Lord will pour on, and the fires will burn brighter and stronger and fiercer as we advance to meet the foe.

A SOUL WINNING CHURCH

Brethren and sisters in Christ, we are a gospel preaching soul-saving Church. How [10] do you build churches? By arguing on more points of doctrine? by arguing whether you are a supralapsarian or an infralapsarian. If you ask me what that is dear, come and see me afterwards, and my answer will be 'Don't worry your pretty little head about it. It does not matter'. It will not alter your eternal whereabouts, nor will it give you a passion for souls, nor help you to give out a gospel tract. Whether you can define if you are an infralapsarian or not. Let me tell you, the big issue is loyalty to Jesus Christ the Everlasting Son of the Everlasting God, and to preach His gospel.

Am I not glad today that Jesus did not say, 'Go ye into all the world and preach the gospel to the elect, and, lo, I am with you always'. Man, I am glad the Lord did not say that.

Now, I know the Lord will save the elect, every one of them, but my job is to preach. Someone said to Spurgeon, 'Preach only to the elect'. He said, 'Put a chalk mark on them, and I will preach to them'. It was said of Spurgeon that he prayed once in his evangelistic fire, 'God save the elect and then elect some more'. I do not know whether that is an apocrypha or not, but this I am going to say, I am called to preach the gospel to every creature. When I come into this pulpit, brethren, I believe every time I preach the gospel that there are men sitting there who can and will be saved. I am preaching for their souls, and I am preaching for their souls as if everything depended upon me, but before I come to this pulpit God knows I pray knowing that everything depends on God, I have a responsibility. I have got to be clear of the blood of all men. What a task! So let us not be defected.

NOT LET UP

People come to me and say, 'Should you not answer this person? Should you not answer the other person? Should you not go down and clean up that person, and clean up the other person'? No, sir, we are going to go on preaching the gospel. I am not coming off the wall, I am building a new Church in Carrickfergus. I have not time to come down. If King William lands again I might take a day off to see him landing! Let me say this to you. We are not coming down, as a Church. We are going to go on preaching the gospel, winning souls for Christ, calling people out of apostasy, fighting the Pope, fighting the Devil, fighting the ecumenical movement and fighting the apostates. When you hear no trumpet sound from this pulpit you will know that my wife has lifted the death grant and I am in my grave. When you do not hear any sound of protest from this pulpit I'll no longer be around.

I never thought, when the Free Church started, it would ever grow the way it has grown. I was quite prepared to stand in a little tin hall up Killyleagh Street. (I see my brother Hugh James Adams here, and brother Cecil Harvey, they are two of the foundation members of Crossgar). Brother Hugh James lost his suspenders. The Down Presbytery suspended him because he said Ian Paisley should preach the gospel in Crossgar, and brother Hugh James not only lost his suspenders but the Lord gave him an open mouth. From that day he was able to testify. Cecil was the captain of the Boys Brigade, and because he brought the Boys Brigade out to parade round Crossgar with me, he was suspended, and they suspended the whole Boys Brigade. He became a captain in a man's brigade after that. Let me tell you friend, that is the way the Free Church started. It started, and the day we opened in that little tin hall the people spat on us as we walked up the road. I saw one man coming in and his coat was covered with spittles; and I tell you we were not arguing on moot points of doctrine then. We were standing for Jesus. We made it our business to preach Christ with fire in our bellies. I tell you this Church needs another baptism of the Holy Ghost. I [11] am praying that God will fire up the young preachers of this Church, and when they go out into the district they will make every apostate mad, they will make every priest of Rome mad, and they will make every evil worker mad. I pray they will preach Christ in all His fulness and get hoarse in speech inviting men to Jesus, or like John Wesley, be out of breath chasing sinners to bring them to Christ. That is the job we have got to do. Let us not be sidetracked by anyone.

JOY UNSPEAKABLE

Let me tell you, there is joy in the Lord's work. Is it not good? Some people who have adopted these attitudes are miserable. One woman said to me, 'You know, that fellow, I never saw him smiling in my life'. No wonder. How miserable you would be if you were wrecking your brain today whether supralapsarianism or some other sort of lapsarianism was right. Sure it would drive you scatty in the brain. Thank God you can say 'Glory to God I am saved. I am on my way to Heaven. I am washed in the Blood of the Lamb. I believe the Book'. There is enough in the Book you can understand. I am glad of that. You know, the Reformers preached the sufficiency of God's Word. There are things in that Book I do not understand. There are some fellows here today, and they think they understand. I want to tell you, I am not so sure whether they really do understand them, but let me tell you this, there is enough in that Book that I can understand. I can understand I am a sinner. I can understand that Christ died for me. I can understand that if I come as a sinner to Jesus He will save me, and I can understand that God's Word cannot be broken. Friend, I want to tell you if you have got that you have got the elements of divine theology, you have got the pith and marrow of the gospel, you have the cream and essence of the whole gospel text, 'God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever (That is a great word, is it not?) believeth on Him, should not perish but have everlasting life'. I know when God saved me I was one of the whosoevers. I have learned since that day I was chosen in Christ from before the foundation of the world. As Seth Joshua said to a young unbeliever who came to him and said, 'I don't understand this doctrine of election in the Book of Romans', and Seth Joshua said, 'That letter was not written to you. That letter was written to a believer. How dare you open letters which were not written to you. When you are a believer you can open that letter and read it. It is then for you . I wish people would understand that. I-et us go on preaching Christ. When the Sopers of this land come and say Christ was not virgin Born let us fight them, let us shout against them; let us curse them in the Name of the Lord; let them know that there are fundamentalists around.

MARCHING AGAINST APOSTASY

I am glad when I was absent that four and a half thousand people marched to Stranmillis to protest to the British Council of Churches. I got word from the police that that was the official report, four and a half thousand walked. You know what old Archbishop Coggan said? 'I never thought there was such opposition to ecumenism until I came to Belfast'. Thank God he learned a lesson. There are still seven thousand that have not bowed the knee to Baal and never will. We are going up the hill with Elijah. Elijah's God still lives today to take the guilt of sin away, and when I cry in Jesus' Name He answers still by fire!

My brethren, I do not know how long God will give me to lead this work. I do not know how many years are ahead of me. I believe there are a lot of years ahead of me, for the Lord gave me a text one day, 'With long life will I satisfy you, and show you my salvation', and I believe it. Every time the plane wobbles when I am up 30,000 feet, I remind the Lord of [12] that text. I say, 'Lord, you have got to fulfil it'. Yes, you are laughing, but I tell you if you are up 30,000 feet, madam, and the plane starts wobbling, you would wobble too. Yes!

I am going to tell you something today, that as long as I am leading this Church, as long as my brethren have confidence in me and put me in this place of leadership, we are going to go right down the line. Not changing one iota from the 17th day of March, 1951, but standing right out and out for Jesus Christ and for His Truth.

AN INVITATION AND CHALLENGE

I invite you as Free Presbyterians today and friends of this Church, give your life afresh to God. Let us give ourselves today to God and say, 'You preachers, we are going to stand with you. We are going to take up the cudgels. We are not going to be carried away with petty gossip and petty criticism and carping opposition. Praise God we are going to hold up the Infallible Word. We are going to go forward. What is before us? A Sea? God rolled the seas away! Thank God He will roll all the seas away before us, and He will bring us across into a good land, a land flowing with milk and honey'.

God bless our Churches in America! God bless our church in Canada! God bless our Church, our outpost there in South Australia! God bless our Church in Coragarry in the Republic! God bless our Churches around Londonderry and Antrim, and Down, and Armagh, and Tyrone and Fermanagh! God bless them in this city!

When Jesus Christ calls us Home to answer how we have discharged this ministry may we be able to look the Lord in the eye and say, 'Lord, we have sought above all things to be faithful to yourself'.

The best has yet to be and the end is not yet, praise the Lord!

Take warning Pope, we are only starting. Take warning apostates, we are only starting. Take warning, enemies of the gospel, we are only starting. We are just ready for the march. 'Say unto the children of Israel that they go forward'.

Then forward still 'tis Jehovah's will, Though the billows dash and spray; With a conquering tread we'll push ahead, He rolls the sea away.

God Bless You!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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NEW REPORT MAKES RC MEMBERSHIP OF BCC "PRACTICAL POSSIBILITY"

London (EPS) - Roman Catholic membership of the British Council of Churches has become a practical possibility once again with the publication today (Thursday, 29 March) of a report by the liaison committee of the BCC and the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales on public statements on moral issues - one of the two factors which in 1974 led the Catholic Bishops to decide not to seek membership of the BCC at that time. (The other factor was the financial contribution that would be required). What worried the Bishops then was that membership of the BCC would commit the Catholic Church to joint moral statements which either it could not wholeheartedly agree with or which would cause confusion among ordinary Catholics.

The report analyses the various ways in which the Church of England, the free churches, the BCC and the Catholic Church go about making statements on moral and ethical issues. In the light of this analysis the members of the liaison committee "do not believe that differences on the question of authority constitute a serious obstacle to co-operation between the churches on moral issues".

There was an area of agreement on the method of moral theology sufficiently large to make co-operation both possible and fruitful, the report stated. The authority claimed for BCC statements was not such as would conflict with the authority Catholics attached to the various statements made in their own church, while because the organs and procedures used by the BCC already found parallels in the Catholic Church in England and Wales co-operation between them might be expected to raise comparatively few difficulties of procedure.

The report also pointed to "a change in the popular attitude" to the Catholic Church. "Although a certain residual suspicion remains", it said, "there is widespread interest in the activities of the Catholic Church and its leaders". The late Cardinal Heenan had come to be generally regarded as one of the spiritual leaders of the nation, and Cardinal Hume's presence in the midst of a race riot in Notting Hill "was widely welcomed as an expression of the concern of all the Christian Churches".

Enlarging on this point at a press conference called to launch the report on Monday, the Rev. Edward Rogers, the former general secretary of the Methodist Division for Social Responsibility who was co-chairman of the liaison committee, said that Cardinal Heenan and Cardinal Hume were seen as more than just the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster. "They are regarded as men who speak for and to the whole nation", he said.

In welcoming the liaison committee's report the Catholic Bishops' Conference considered that it "substantially meets the difficulties it raised in 1974 concerning Roman Catholic participation in BCC statements on moral issues". The BCC's executive committee for its part noted that "one major obstacle to Roman Catholic membership of the BCC had now been faced and the way ahead cleared" and hoped that while other questions remained "it would soon be possible for the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales to come into membership of the BCC". [14]

At Monday's Press Conference Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia said he expected that any decision by the Bishops whether or not to seek BCC membership would need to await a further sounding of Catholic opinion. In preparation for the Bishops' decision in 1974 Catholic opinion was sounded and was strongly in favour of membership. In the new situation Bishop Clark thought the national pastoral conference to be held in Liverpool in 1980 was the setting in which the question of membership would be discussed. This would ensure that any decision to apply for membership would have, and would be seen to have, the endorsement of the church as a whole.

The general secretary of the BCC, the Rev. Harry Morton, said Catholic membership would be "an enormous strengthening" of the life of the BCC and he very much hoped Catholics would join. He looked forward to the day when English and Welsh Catholics saw the BCC's General Secretary as "our general secretary" and he would like to see a Catholic coming into the BCC's leadership at a very senior level.

The British Council of Churches links non-Catholic Churches of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The question of Catholic membership, however, affects only the Catholic church of England and Wales and does not include the Catholic church in either Scotland or Ireland.

EPS

Letter of thanks from Rev. A. G. Ashdown, secretary of The Protestant Alliance

Dear Friends,

In November last I was privileged to spend a few days with you in the province. I am deeply grateful to God for that opportunity. Your stand against Romanism, Ecumenism and general departure from the Word of God was a great encouragement to me. Here in England there are very few who are willing to stand definitely for the Truth. Those of us that do are not in anyway popular or accepted especially in the large denominations. Your kindness, expressed by your Moderator, Minister, Presbyters and people in so many ways, your hospitality and support were just wonderful. Please accept my very grateful thanks to you all.

As you continue to pass through times of great difficulty and peril we are remembering you in our prayers and looking to the Lord to sustain you.

With sincerest Christian Greeting.

Yours in the cause of God's Truth,

A. G. ASHDOWN
General Secretary

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We welcome this letter from the Reformed Presbyterian Church

Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland

Clerk: REV. C. K. HYNDMAN, B.A. TELEPHONE 2344

R.P. MANSE 88 BALLYEASTON ROAD BALLYCLARE BT39 9BS Co. ANTRIM

23rd April

Dear Editor,

I read with interest the recent article in the " Revivalist " magazine re the Reformed Ecumenical Synod. I know it will be of interest to you and to the readers of your magazine to know our present position.

The R.E.S. is comprised of those churches which adhere to the historic Reformed confessions of the Christian faith and its purpose is to present a united witness to the Reformed Faith in the world.

As a member church however we have been seriously concerned by some recent developments within the R.E.S. In particular we are concerned by the fact that one of the member churches of the R.E.S. holds a dual membership in the W.C.C. We registered a protest regarding this situation by official letter to the meeting of the R.E.S. in Cape Town in 1976. Our representative to that meeting also spoke strongly on this issue. The Synod at Cape Town reaffirmed that membership in the W.C.C. is incompatible with membership in the R.E.S. and has given an assurance that the matter will be put right before Synod in 1980.

In addition we are also concerned by the fact that in 1975, officials of the R.E.S. met with representatives of the W.C.C.

Our Church is to review its membership of the R.E.S. in the light of the decisions reached in 1980.

It is my personal opinion that if these issues are not dealt with firmly and honestly and in accordance with the foundational principles of the R.E.S. we, as a Church will withdraw membership.

Yours sincerely

Knox Hyndman (Clerk)