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Editorial: Into the '80's with God

The past decade has been one of immense difficulty and battle in Northern Ireland. Terrorism has escalated. Successive British Governments have compromised and surrendered. The whole Province has been thrown into the melting pot when there was absolutely no need for it. The spineless leadership of O'Neill, Chichester-Clark and Faulkner brought about the terrible situation politically. Religiously, ecumenism and its Romeward race has sapped the moral power of the Ulster people. The British Council of Churches has recently demonstrated its utter apostasy. One of its members, the new Archbishop elect of Canterbury, is held by the homosexuals of Great Britain as sympathetic to their cause. They claim he has knowingly ordained practising homosexuals to the Church of England ministry. In the literature sent out by the Council for their week of prayer for Unity with Rome wrongly called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity they request that a Thursday candle be lit as part of the devotions of that week. This is nothing less than a return to black popery.

The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, during the decade has maintained its strong fundamentalist reformed and evangelistic stand. Attempts were made to take the church away from its first principles and to oppose the evangelist, fire which has always characterised its ministry and message. The church refused to put on the straight-jacket of hyper-Calvinism, repudiated those who would deny the free offer of the gospel, and faithful to the great evangelical succession, the Reformers, the Puritans, the Covenanters and the Calvinistic leaders of the second evangelical awakening, Whitefield and others, went forward preaching Christ and Him crucified, and refusing to be led astray from the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The Church, rid of those who seemed more intent on attacking their brethren than attacking the devil and all his works, has strengthened itself and made great progress for Christ's Crown and Covenant. New churches have been opened, beautiful buildings erected, evangelistic services conducted, and many hundreds of precious souls gloriously saved.

The 1980's come to us with a greater challenge for in the 70's the church expanded to be world-wide with congregations in America, Canada, Australia and the Republic of Ireland. The challenge of these new overseas [3] works for men and spiritual oversight, tax the full powers of the church. The Macedonian cry continues to be heard from other fields and the church must be ready to answer those cries.

The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster knows what it believes and in the strength of that belief is going forward. Its advice is now sought by the separatist movements across the world and its leadership in the fundamentalist cause is well established. Distinctive doctrine must be the order of the 80's. The 'great and grand peculiarities of the gospel', to use Chalmers' great phrase, must ever be to the fore. Emphasis must be placed on the doctrine of the Trinity the full deity and impeccable humanity of the Lord Jesus, the personality and work of the Holy Spirit, the virgin birth, atoning death, bodily resurrection, ascension and second coming of Christ, repentance and faith, justification, sanctification, and the supremacy of God's law and the infallibility of God's Word.

The words of the late Bishop J. C. Ryle who was created Bishop of Liverpool exactly one hundred, years ago, are worthy of consideration:

'The victories of Christianity, wherever they have been won, have been won by distinct doctrinal theology; by telling men of Christ's vicarious death and sacrifice; by showing them Christ's substitution on the cross and His precious blood; by teaching them justification by faith, and bidding them believes on a crucified Saviour; by preaching ruin by sin, redemption by Christ, regeneration by the Spirit; by lifting up the brazen serpent; by telling men to look and live - to believe, repent, and be converted. This, this is the only teaching which for eighteen centuries God has honoured with success, and is honouring at the present day both home and abroad.

'There is no getting over facts. The good that is done in the earth is comparatively small. Evil may abound and ignorant impatience may murmur and cry out that Christianity has failed. But, we may depend on it, if we want to do good and shake the world, we must fight with the old apostolic weapons, and stick to 'distinct doctrine'. No dogma, no fruits! No positive doctrine, no evangelisation!' [4]

"THE TALE OF THE APE - CHRIST VERSUS DARWIN"
A sermon preached by Dr. Paisley in the Martyrs Memorial Church on 2nd December 1979

Genesis chapter one verse one "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth"

I want to speak this evening on a subject which I have entitled 'The Tale of the Ape or Darwin versus Christ'.

History has a strange habit of repeating itself, and as the circle makes its way towards completion, so history witnesses the complete turning of the wheel.

The Ballymena Borough Council has requested the Education Board to ban the teaching of evolution as a fact in the schools of that area. A similar situation arose in the United States of America many years ago, when the Fundamentalists of that day, led by a very prominent Statesman, William Jennings Bryan who was Secretary of State at one time in the American Government, challenged the teaching of evolution as a fact in the schools of one of the States of the American Republic.

Now you may have noticed that the 'News Letter' had an editorial on this matter, which stated that the Council was trying to deny the right of the children to be taught scientific facts. A strange statement revealing the abysmal ignorance of the writer of the News Letter's leading article.

The Irish Times took up the cudgels in their usual smearing manner against anyone who stands for God's Word, while the Alliance Party also joined in and wrote down anybody who believed in the Bible and stood for the Bible and opposed evolution, as ignorant and obscurantist, believing in the things that are now outmoded and rejected by the scholars, whoever they might be.

So we have a most unholy trinity - the News Letter, the Irish Times and the Alliance Party.

CHALLENGE

Let me say from this pulpit, that I am prepared publicly to take on in debate any prominent evolution scholar on this issue. Evolution is not a fact, it is not a scientific fact, it has never been demonstrated as a fact. Evolution is actually a [5] theory. It is a teaching. It is a philosophy that has never been proved, and what is more never will be proved, and never can be proved.

What is evolution? Well, the evolutionist tells us that 'everything we see today came about by a process known as organic evolution; that millions, and billions, and trillions of years ago (the mind boggles with the billions of years) there existed somewhere, somehow a virus, and that virus has developed in a strange manner, and from its development there has come all that we see around us the plant life, the animal life and human life.

The testimony of the evolutionist is simple:-

Once I was a tadpole,
Beginning to begin;
Then I became a frog with my tail tucked in,
Then a monkey up a banyan tree
And now a Professor with a Ph.D.
A tadpole, a slimy toad, a monkey then a man
All glory be to nothing for the planless plan.

That is the sum and substance of what the Alliance Party, the News Letter and the Irish Times tell us is a scientific fact which must be taught to the children in the Ulster schools.

WARTS AND ALL

William Jennings Bryan in his book 'In His Image' sets out the evolutionary theory thus: He says "But how does the evolutionist explain the eye when he leaves God out? Here is the only guess that I have seen - if you find any others I shall be glad to know of them, as I am collecting the guesses of the evolutionists. The evolutionist guesses that there was a time when eyes were unknown - that is a necessary part of the hypothesis. And since the eye is a universal possession among living things the evolutionist guesses that it came into being - not by design or by act of God - but just happened, and how did it happen? I will give you the guess - a piece of pigment, or, as some say, a freckle appeared upon the skin of an animal that had no eyes. This piece of pigment or freckle converged the rays of the sun upon that spot and when the little animal felt the heat on that spot it turned the spot to the sun to get more heat. The increased heat irritated the skin - so the evolutionists guess, and a nerve came there and out of the nerve came the eye! Can you beat it? But this only accounts for one eye; there must have been another piece of pigment or freckle soon afterward and just in the right place in order to give the animal two eyes.

"And, according to the evolutionist, there was a time when animals had no [6] legs, and so the leg came by accident. How? Well, the guess is that a little animal without legs was wiggling along on its belly one day when it discovered a wart - it just happened so - and it was in the right place to be used to aid it in locomotion; so, it came to depend upon the wart, and use finally developed into a leg. And then another wart and another leg, at the proper time - by accident - and accidentally in the proper place."

What if it were a centipede? What about all those other legs? Where and how were they going to develop? Yet we are told we are ignorant obcurantists if we do not believe these things to be scientific facts.

THE ALTERNATIVE

Let me say to you, if evolution is true, then the Bible is a gigantic fraud, Christ is an unparalleled impostor; sin is a colossal myth; the Cross is a stupendous swindle; salvation is a tremendous deceit and God Himself is a baseless superstition.

You say to me, 'Preacher, are you not putting the case too high?'. No, I am not, because the advocates of evolution, and they ought to know what they believe, confirm what I am saying.

H. G. Wells a prominent evolutionist said, in writing in defence of evolution, 'I put it to you if all animals and man evolved, then there are no first parents, no Eden, no Fall; and if there had been no Fall then the entire historic fabric of Christianity, the story of the first sin and the reason for an atonement collapsed like a pack or cards'.

Professor Huxley said, 'The doctrine of evolution is directly antagonistic to that of creation. Evolution consistently accepted makes it impossible to believe the Bible.'

So here are two prominent evolutionists and they make it abundantly and crystal clear that you cannot have the doctrine of evolution and have the Bible. You cannot have the doctrine of evolution and have the Christ of the Bible. You cannot have the doctrine of evolution and have the Cross of the Bible. You cannot have the doctrine of evolution and have the salvation of the Bible.

Now these evolutionists are given to the greatest arrogance, and when they stand up in a class at school they do not teach evolution as a hypothesis, a theory, a philosophy, an ideology, they have the cheek to say, 'This is right and everybody else is wrong.'

I do not say 'I am right', but I say, "God Almighty is right'.

ARROGANCE

To hear the News-Letter editorial castigating my colleagues in the Ballymena Town Council, and in substance saying, 'They won't let the children be taught [7] scientific facts about warts, and pigments, and irritation, and sunshine, and the growing of eyes and the development of legs is arrogance indeed. That the Irish Times would write up those that have sense enough to believe the Bible rather than to believe man's follies as head-cases is a further illustration of this arrogance.

No wonder God's Book says, 'The fool hath said in his heart there is no God'.

One would think when one hears them speak that there are no scholars, no scientists, no biologists, no eminent men of learning on the side of the Bible and that the whole galaxy of scholars is on the side of evolution. Now the Bible does not need the help of any man, nor does it require the strength of human argument to establish its own infallibility, but let me say the greatest of thinkers, the greatest of scholars, the greatest of scientists, the greatest of biologists and the greatest of men of learning, many of them, have been humble believers in the precious, priceless, infallible Word of the Living God.

What of Professor E. H. Andrews, B.Sc., Ph.D., D.Sc., F.Inst.P., F.I.M. the eminent Professor of Materials at the University of London? His book 'From Nothing to Nature' is one of the most powerful pleas ever published in defence of the direct Creation of God.

What of Professor H. Enoch, a Professor of Zoology in the University of Madras, whose book 'Evolution or Creation' refutes the whole Darwinian theory Now who wrote the Preface to that book? None other than Sir Cecil Wakeley. Who is Sir Cecil Wakeley? He is a K.B.E., a C.B., an LL.D., an M.Ch., a D.Sc. and a former Principal of the Royal College of Surgeons. Here is his preface.

'The time has come for all thoughtful people to make up their minds about the creation of the world. Scripture is quite definite that God created the world, and I for one believe that to be a fact not fiction. There is no evidence, scientific or otherwise, to support the theory of evolution'.

(I would suggest to you that Sir Cecil Wakeley is a more prominent scholar than the writer of the editorial in the News-Letter, or the skit writer in the Irish Times, or the nonentity of the Alliance Party barking up some banyan tree and looking for his monkey ancestor).

'The scientific world and our universities and schools still teach evolution. I sincerely trust that this book will play its part all over the world in exposing the unproved theory of evolution and establishing the proved Biblical fact of the creation of mankind. Evolution is a man-made theory. Creation came by the hand of Almighty God'.

I could go on and quote many other eminent scholars, like Lewis, Agassiz, late Professor of Harvard University who said 'the theory of evolution is a scientific mistake.' William Bates an F.R.S. of Cambridge University, Professor R. Goldschmidt of the University of California, Dr. A. H. Clarke of the U.S. Natioial Museum, Washington, Dr. George Gaylord Simpson of the American [8] Museum of Natural History, G. K. Hobbert an eminent British scientist, Professor John M. Coulter of the University of Chicago and Professor W. R. Thompson F.R.S., all who bear similar testimony. So do not let these evolutionists say to you that no scholars are on the side of the Bible, for the true scholars will always be on the side of the Bible for the Bible is Divine Wisdom, Divine Wisdom indeed.

THE DECEITS OF THE EVOLUTIONISTS

Now, let us for a moment examine some of the deceits of the evolutionists.

It was that unique writer Mark Twain who said, "There is something fascinating about science. One gets such wholesale returns of conjectures out of such trifling investment of facts." That is an excellent comment.

There are three men to whom I must introduce you - the Peking man, the Nabraska man and the Piltdown man. Three interesting men! Where did these men come from?

Let me tell you about the Peking man. About twenty-five miles from Peking, China in the 1920's and 30's fragments were found of about thirty skulls. Eleven lower jaws and one hundred and forty-seven teeth. Except for a few and highly fragmentary remains of limb bones nothing else from these creatures were found. One of the initial finds was a single tooth, and without waiting for any further evidence Dr. Davidson Black, Professor of Anatomy at Union Medical College, Peking, declared that this tooth established evidence for the existence of a man-like creature in China all on the basis of a tooth. Of course, interested scientists were stirred up and they called the Peking man by the name Sinanthropus Pekinensis a wonderful name for one tooth. When scientists demanded to see the skulls and to look at the eleven lowerjaws and the hundred and forty-seven odd teeth, they had all disappeared and all that was left was two teeth. So in those teeth the evolutionists decided that they had found the missing link. Of course if they had presented such a case in any reasonable court of law they would have been hounded out as impostors and fools.

The Peking man was soon to be joined by the Nebraska man. Who is he? In 1922 a tooth was discovered in western Nebraska. Henry Fairfield Osborne, one of the most prominent authorities in this field, declared that this tooth had the characteristics of man and chimpanzee, and he gave the imaginary man a special name. He called it Hesperopithecus haroldcooki (that was a good name for it, was it not? Nothing like having a good name for their theory). A large story was carried in the London Illustrated News, but after there was some investigation into this tooth it was discovered that Hesperopitmeus haroldcooki was neither a man-like ape nor an ape-like man, but the tooth was the tooth of a pig. So much for the Nebraska man. [9]

But now we come to the greatest fraud of all, the Piltdown man. This was the missing link at last. In 1912 Arthur Smith Woodward, Director of the British Museum, and Charles Dawson announced the discovery of part of the skull of what was afterwards to be called the Piltdown man. Dawson recovered these specimens from a gravel put near Piltdown, England. The jaw bone and the teeth were recovered, and they looked more like human remains than the remains of apes. Now this also had to be given a fancy name, and it was called Eanthropus dawsoni the Dawn Man. The evolutionists went mad about this discovery, but by 1950 a new method had become available for ascertaining the relative age to fossil bones. When the skull was put under this test it was discovered that it was not five hundred thousand years old, but was perhaps a couple of thousand years old. Then when the bones were put under thorough and critical examination it was discovered that the Piltdown man was a fraud. Someone had taken an ape's jaw and a human skull and doctored them together to make them look like a ape-man, and the evolutionary experts of the world were deceived by a joke played upon them by a student. This was the so-called missing link, and yet the News-Letter and the Irish Times and the Alliance Party would tell us that this is a scientific fact. These imaginary men are proof enough and to spare that such is entirely false.

BY THEIR FRUITS YE SHALL KNOW THEM

The tragic thing is this, that this theory which replaces the Bible denies God, rejects Christ; throws out sin; repudiates the Gospel; leads to the multiplying of evil.

One of the great writers of Communism, Frederick Engel, wrote to Karl Marx on the 12th December, 1859 and said, 'Darwin, whom I am just now reading is splendid'. Karl Marx, in reply, wrote, 'Although it is developed in crude English style, this book which contains the basis in natural history for our views', Karl Marx wanted to dedicate his famous book to Darwin, although Darwin politely rejected the offer.

The biographer of Joseph Stalin says, "At a very early stage, while still a pupil in the ecclesiastical school, Comrade Stalin developed a critical mind and revolutionary sentiments. He began to read Darwin and then through reading Darwin became an atheist'. So Darwinism has led to atheism. Atheism has led to the darkest sin that has ever stained the universe, and those dark sins have led to Hell.

In closing, could I point out to you, that if you accept this theory then you must reject God's perfect finished Creation. Creation, according to evolution, is not finished. It is still in a state of development. The strange thing is this, that when man was developed the evolutionary process suddenly stopped, and there has been nothing beyond man. By this time, after the billions and trillions [10] of years, one would think that man would have proceeded a little farther along the evolutionary highway of progress. But the Bible tells me, 'God finished it'. 'Let us make man in the image of an ape? In the image of a monkey? In the image of a chimpanzee?' No sir! What a blasphemy! 'Let us make man in our image after our likeness'. That is what the Holy Book says, and the Holy Book is true. To accept evolution is to reject the Lord Jesus Christ, for the Lord Jesus Christ bears testimony to this great fact. Matthew chapter 19 and verse 4, (a very important Scripture!) I was surprised that the News-Letter affirmed that you could teach evolution and that was quite consistent with Christianity. What does Jesus say, verse 4, Matthew chapter 19, 'And He answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female. And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder'.

God made them at the beginning - Matthew 19:4-6.

REJECTION OF CHRIST

Now, if you accept the evolutionary theory you must reject the person of Adam, and if you reject the person of Adam you must of necessity reject the Person of Christ. Luke's Gospel chapter 3, verse 38, "Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God" The final word in the genealogy of Christ as recorded in Luke's Gospel. In verse 23 the Lord Jesus starts the line and then it is traced back to Adam. If there is no Adam, there is no Christ. If there is no first Adam, there can be no last Adam.


If man is in a state of advancement then man is not a sinner. Therefore the doctrine of sin is totally rejected. If evolution is true, there is no such thing as sin, and where evolutionary beliefs reign, wickedness multiplies, morality is forgotten and sin and licentiousness and libertinism is the order of the day.

If there be no sin there be no necessity of redemption, and if there be no redemption there be no Cross and if there be no Cross, there is no Heaven to be saved to or Hell to be saved from. So we have the alternative, either we accept the plain truth of the Impregnable Book or turn aside to the follies and fallacies of deceivers who are themselves deceived.

Thank God for the Precious Word of God which liveth and abideth for ever, and I trust that we will all put our faith in the Word of the Gospel, and kneeling at the old Cross of Calvary see the Glory of God's Redemption and feel the power of the redeeming Blood of the Lamb. 'In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth'. 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt amongst us, we [11] beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father full of grace and truth'.

May God save the boys and girls of Ulster from this poison of Hell Evolution and may they be led to receive and believe the pardon of Heaven! For Jesus' Sake! AMEN AND AMEN!

To be continued



MARTYRS BOOK OF FOXES

Some time ago I had urgent requests from many people to set down in writing some of my battles for Christ and His Gospel Truth.

A very famous book of Church History is Foxe's Book of Martyrs. Rev. Frank McClelland, the minister of our Toronto Church, Canada, suggested to me the title 'Martyrs Book of Foxes' as a most appropriate title for my writing on the subject of my contending for the Faith and personal experiences with the Devil's foxes.

The Language of the Lord Jesus

The Bible has a lot to say about foxes. It is most Scriptural to call the Devil's agents foxes. In the Gospel according to Luke at the chapter 13 and the verse 31 we read, 'The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto Him, Get thee out, and depart hence: For Herod will kill thee. And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures today, and the third day I shall be perfected'. The Lord Jesus Christ called King Herod a fox. King Herod was an agent of the Devil. So we have the highest possible authority for calling the Devil's crowd foxes.

The prophet Ezekiel labelled all false prophets as foxes Ezekiel chapter 13, verse 1, 'And the word of the Lord came unto me saying, Verse 2, - Son of man, prophecy against the prophets of Israel that prophecy, and say thou unto them that prophecy out of their own hearts, Hear ye the word of the Lord; Verse 3, Thus saith the Lord God: Woe unto the foolish prophets, that follow their own spirit, and have seen nothing! - Verse 4, O Israel, thy prophets are like the foxes in the deserts. - Verse 5, Ye have not gone up into the gaps, neither made up the [12] hedge for the house of Israel to stand in the battle in the day of the Lord Verse 6, They have seen vanity and lying divination, saying, The Lord saith; and the Lord hath not sent them: and they have made others to hope that they would confirm the word. - Verse 7, Have ye not seen a vain vision, and have ye not spoken a lying divination, whereas ye say, the Lord saith it; albeit I have not spoken? - Verse 8, Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold ye have spoken vanity, and seen lies, therefore, behold, I am against you, saith the Lord God - verse 9, And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies, they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord God'.

Prophetic Exposure of Foxes

In these verses we have a Prophetic exposure of all false prophets whom God Almighty calls foxes of the deserts. Notice their characteristics. - Their vision is a vision of vanity and their words are words of lying. There is a three-fold curse put upon them. Verse 9,'They shall not be in the assembly of my people'. They are excluded from the church of God. 'Neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel' They shall be excluded from the Book of God. 'Neither shall they enter into the land of Israel'. They shall be excluded from the inheritance of the Lord. God's dealings with them will be both judicial and public, and when judgment overtakes them, men and women will know that God is the Lord and their punishment comes only from His Omnipotent hand.

In Psalm 63, verse 10, - The lot of those that refuse the good Word of the Lord and who resist His people is set forth in the words: "They shall be portion for foxes". So God will hand them over to the deceivers and to be deceived with the deceptions of the arch deceiver himself.

In Solomon's Song chapter 2 and verse 15 we have a commandment concerning the foxes, and what the people of God ought to do about them. Solomon's Song chapter 2, verse 15, 'Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the vines: for our vines have tender grapes'.

An Old Volume About Foxes

I came across an old volume the other day called 'The Shepherd of Israel, and His care over His flock' by Henry Fowler the minister of the Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel, Gower Street, London. This volume was published in the year 1825 and in it there is an unique sermon called 'The Foxes and their Hunters' It is upon the text in Song 2, verse 15'. Let me give you a few extracts: 'Foxes fitly represent false ministers. Foxes are crafty, subtle creatures. So are false ministers. They walk in craftiness and handle the word of God deceitfully. It may be profitable to point out a few of the foxes who [13] have plagued the church of God and also show the reader how they were taken and who their hunters were'. He goes on to say, that, 'Time would fail me to speak of Scotch foxes but their able hunters are worthy of notice such as great John Knox, blessed Samuel Rutherford, Wishart the Broad axe man; David Dickson whose sweet notes on the Psalms will revive the dropping Christian's heart, also that precious servant of God, Ralph Erskine, whose Gospel sonnets have charmed many an aching heart. 'Oh Scotland how art thou fallen from all sweet simplicity and gospel purity! Lord, arise, and let not ten thousand prayers of Thy faithful servants fall to the ground'.

The servants of God must be plain, honest, upright, sincere. He that deals in human policy for the sake of gain or fleshly ease imitates the fox, and it is lawful for Zion to resist such, to pray against them and for them too, if they can, if peradventure God may give them repentance to the acknowledgement of the truth'.

'It is well known that foxes are most busy in the night. Alas in this night of the church what heaps of foxes are prowling about in every part of this kingdom. Arian foxes, Socinian foxes, Sabellian foxes, Arminian foxes, yea, Evangelical foxes, falsely so-called, in the establishment and out to the great confusion of Zion'.

The Smell of the Fox

'What are the keepers of the vineyards about? Why, quarrelling about words more than about things of vital importance. There are many more foxes that I cannot pitch upon at present, but I may hunt after them at some future period unless some able hunter should volunteer and push forward and earnestly contend for the faith, once delivered to the saints. I fancy I smell the fox not many miles from my vineyard. I suspect he has been nibbling at the Eternal Sonship of Christ and so degrading His Person. I hope to keep a sharp look out and with the assistance of that old able hunter the editor of the Gospel Magazine and a few more I trust we shall for Zion's sake take one or more of the foxes that they may no longer spoil the vines, nor rob the poor children of God of that which should be dearer to them than life'.

"Turn us again O Lord God of our salvation, Cause Thy face to shine, and we shall be saved".

The Bible makes it clear that these foxes leave behind them a trail of desolation, and in Lamentations chapter 5, verse 18 we read, 'Because of the mountain of Zion, which is desolate, the foxes walk upon it'. Where the trail of the fox is, in the Christian church, there is death, darkness, deceit and desolation.

The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians chapter 11, verses 13-15 exposes these foxes for what they are. He says, "For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of [14] Christ. And no marvel: for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers be also transformed as the ministers of righteousness: whose end shall be according to their works'. It is therefore most profitable for us to have a good look at some of the foxes who have plagued the church of God, and especially to have a personal look at some of those foxes that have plagued that particular part of the vineyard over which the Lord has made me an overseer.

How I Started to Hunt Foxes

After completing the full three year course of theological study at the Theological Hall of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, I was called and ordained by the secession congregation which met on the Ravenhill Road. This congregation seceded from the Ravenhill Presbyterian Church, led by the majority of the Kirk Session of that church, the majority of the Committee and Sabbath School teachers.

The date of my ordination was the lst August, 1946. For three years I carried on a nominal ministry, absolutely faithful to the great doctrines of the Gospel, but without seeing any great results; although during that time I conducted one very successful Gospel campaign in the Keswick Street Mission Hall when something like 60 precious souls professed faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. One of these became an eminent missionary in the land of Brazil.

However, in September, 1949, along with three other brethren John Douglas, now the Rev. John Douglas, who was the first person I led to the Lord on the first Sabbath of my ministry in the church, a Mr. Robert Scott, now living in the United States, who has served for some years as a missionary in India; and Mr. Welsh who is still a member of my church, decided to have a time of prayer. We met about 10.30 on that Friday evening, but little did we know what God was going to do that night and the following day to our souls. We prayed earnestly and effectively, and God broke our hearts and subdued us to tears with the Holy Awe of His blessed and wonderful presence. The wrestling continued during the whole night and during the whole of the following day. When the shadows of the Saturday night started to gather God came down and endued us with power from on High. There was no charismatic experience, there was no emotional exuberance, but the still small voice of God spoke the word of liberty and our souls felt the gracious infilling of the Spirit of God, and the place was shaken where we were assembled together.

As a result of that time of prayer I became a fox hunter, I became a seeker after those foxes that destroy the church of Jesus Christ, and that play havoc on the vines of the Lord's planting and of the grapes that come from those vines. [15]

The power of God always leads the believer to battle against the enemy, and so the beginning of my fox hunting commenced as the result of prayer.

Known in Hell

It has been said when one is saved by grace, one's name is marked down in heaven. God takes a note of that believer. When however, that believer is filled with the Holy Ghost his name is marked down in Hell, the Devil must take note of that believer. That is the meaning of the cry of the Devil from the lips of the demon-possessed man whom the sons of Sceva tried to exorcise 'Jesus I know and Paul I know, but who are you'?

Their names had not been known in hell. They were not believers let alone Spirit filled believers.

In the next instalment we will take a detailed view of some of the little foxes which attempted to spoil the tender grapes in that part of the vineyard over which the Lord hath made me an overseer. Then we will continue to expose not only the little foxes but the great foxes which sought to spoil and make desolate our Zion.

EDITOR

Preachers who have influenced me: C. H. SPURGEON

One of my earliest recollections was a large beautiful framed portrait of Charles Haddon Spurgeon as a young minister preaching the Gospel. That portrait which now hangs over my own study desk at home is a unique one. It was one of a limited number of portraits of the great preacher which were given to those who subscribed large sums of money at the building of the Metropolitan Tabernacle.


A dear friend of C. H. Spurgeon, a Miss Coots, subscribed a large sum of money for the building of the great preacher's preaching place. She was one of the few people, if not the only person in Ireland to be presented with this portrait. In later years she became a great friend of my late father and he on his death bequeathed that portrait to me. It is a treasured possession.

Another recollection of my introduction to Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the prince of preachers, was in my father's small vestry in his church where there was a framed copy of one of Spurgeon's original sermon notes. In later years I had the [16] pleasure of gifting those original sermon notes to the Library of Bob Jones University so that the many students at that University could have the pleasure and privilege of looking at Spurgeon's own sermon notes.

C. H. Spurgeon - that is a name to be conjured with. The greatest English speaking preacher that the world has ever known; the young boy from the Fenlands of England who became England's mightiest apostle in the 19th Century. His great preaching meeting-house, the Metropolitan Tabernacle, was opened on March 18th, 1861. He declared that it was truly called a Metropolitan Tabernacle because more than a million people had contributed to its building. The original Tabernacle was outside the walls, 174 feet in length, the auditorium being 146 feet long, 81 feet broad and 62 feet high. There were 3,600 seats, but by side seats and flat seats in the aisles there was accommodation for about 1,000 more. Times without number another 1,000 somehow found some sort of accommodation within the walls. For example, on the evening of Mr. Spurgeon's Jubilee when Lord Shaftesbury presided, one of the deacons who had charge of the building and who always personified it said, "We counted 8,000 out of her. I don't know where she put them but we did".

During all the years of his ministry C. H. Spurgeon preached to a packed house both night and morning. Usually 1,500 people met in the Tabernacle on a Monday evening for his prayer meeting, and at his Thursday evening service coming up to 2 1/2 to 3,000 people. The secret of Spurgeon's ministry perhaps could be best illustrated in his first words at the Tabernacle and in his last words at the Tabernacle. Spurgeon's first words at the Tabernacle were these:

"I would propose that the subject of the ministry in this house as long as this platform shall stand, and as long as this house shall be frequented by worshippers, shall be the person of Jesus Christ. I am never ashamed to avow myself a Calvinist. I do not hesitate to take the name of Baptist, but if I am asked what is my Creed I reply, 'It is Jesus Christ'. My venerated predecessor Dr. Gill has left a body of divinity admirable and excellent in its way, but the body of Divinity to which I would pin and bind myself forever, God helping me, is not his system or any other human treaties but Jesus Christ Who is the sum and substance of the Gospel, Who is in Himself all theology, the Incarnation of every precious Truth, the all glorious person al embodiment of the Way, the Truth and the Life".

Spurgeon's last words at the Tabernacle were these:

"If you wear the livery of Christ you will find Him so meek and lowly of heart that you will find rest unto your souls. He is the most magnanimous of Captains. There [18] never was His like among the choicest of princes. He is always to be found in the thickest of the battle. When the wind blows cold He always takes the bleak side of the hill; the heaviest end of the Cross lies ever on His shoulders. If He bids us carry a burden, He carries it also. If there is anything that is gracious, generous, kind and tender, yea, lavish and super abundant in love you will always find it in Him. His service is life, peace, joy. Oh, that you would enter on it at once. God help you to enlist under the banner of Jesus Christ".

The last words of Spurgeon from the Metropolitan Tabernacle were uttered on Lord's Day morning, June 7th 1891. So between his first words in the Tabernacle and his last words was a period of thirty years. As his first words were an exaltation of Christ, and his last words were an exaltation of Christ, so those thirty years of preaching and faithful service were all dedicated to an uplifting of the Lord Jesus Christ. No wonder he choose for the special sign of his sermon volumes, Moses lifting up the serpent in the wilderness, for his great goal and his continual desire which give us the secret of his ministry was the lifting up of Jesus Christ, and no man proved more than Spurgeon that if the Son of Man be lifted up He will draw all men unto Himself.

Spurgeon had a unique ministry, and during his pastorate he had the joy of receiving into membership 14,692 members. The average number he received each year of his ministry was 387.

Spurgeon was above all things a preacher. He tells himself how he preached his first sermon:

"We entered the low pitched room of the thatched cottage where a few simple minded farm labourers and their wives were gathered together. We sang and prayed and read the Scriptures, and then came my first sermon". (His text was, "Unto you therefore which believe He is precious"). "How long or how short it was I cannot now remember. It was not half such a task as I had feared it would be, but I was glad to see my way to a fair conclusion, and to the giving out of the last hymn. To my own delight I had not broken down nor stopped short in the middle, nor been destitute of ideas, and the desired haven was in view. I made a finish and took up the hymnbook, but to my astonishment an aged voice cried out, 'Bless your dear heart, how old are you'? My very solemn reply was 'You must wait till the service is over before making any such enquiries'. Let us now sing".

But why was Spurgeon able to deliver this message on the Preciousness of Jesus? He himself relates how he became a Christian. "I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now had it not been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning while I was going to [19] a certain place of worship. When I could go no farther I turned down a side street and came to a little Primitive Methodist Church. In that Chapel there may have been a dozen or fourteen people. The minister did not come that morning, he was snowed up I suppose. At last a very thin looking man, a shoemaker or tailor or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach. His text was, "Look unto me and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth". When he had managed to spin out ten minutes or so he was at the end of his tether. When he looked at me under the gallery, and I dare say with so few present he knew me to be a stranger, just fixing his eyes on me as if he knew all my heart, he said, "Young man, you look miserable". Well I did, but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my personal appearance before. However it was a good blow struck right home! Then lifting up his hand he shouted, "Young man, look to Jesus Christ, look, look, look, you have nothing to do but to look and live". I saw at once the way of salvation. I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away. My spirit saw its chains broken to pieces. I felt that I was an emancipated soul, an heir of heaven, a forgiven one accepted in Christ Jesus. I had passed from darkness into marvellous light, from death to life, simply by looking to Jesus I had been delivered from despair, and I was brought into such a joyous state of mind that when they saw me at home they said to me, 'Something wonderful has happened to you', and I was eager to tell them all about it".

The date was January 6th, 1850. The great preacher was born on June 19th 1834, so he was just 16 years of age when he was gloriously saved by the sovereign grace of God.

Above all things Spurgeon was a preacher and the greatest of all preachers. He had a fervent admiration and love for the preachers of all the great Protestant denominations. Of John Calvin, the Presbyterian, Spurgeon said, "Of all the commentators I believe John Calvin to be the most candid. In his expositions he is not always what moderns would call Calvinistic, that is to say where scripture maintains the doctrine of predestination and grace, he flinches in no degree but inasmuch as some scriptures bear the impress of human free action and responsibility he does not shun to expound their meaning in all fairness and integrity. He was no trimmer and pruner of texts. He gave their meaning as far as he knew it".

"The great preacher himself visited Geneva in the year 1860 and preached in Calvin's pulpit wearing Calvin's own pulpit gown. As he entered the pulpit he remarked, "I shall feel like running in a sack".

He had great admiration for John Knox, and on one occasion said "John Knox's gospel is my gospel. That which thundered through Scotland must thunder through England again. We want John Knox back again. Do not talk to me of mild [20] and gentle men, of soft manners and squeamish words. We want the fiery Knox, and even though his vehements shall ding our pulpit into blades, it were well if he did but rouse our hearts to action".

Of course he was also a friend of the great Martin Luther. In fact he made it his task to collect as many pictures of Luther as he could find and hang them on the walls of his various institutions. On the flyleaf of Luther's Commentary on Galatians, he wrote, "This volume is one of my earliest friends, needs no letter of commendation".

He regarded John Wesley as one of the greatest of evangelists. Of him he said, "Most atrocious things have been spoken about the character and spiritual condition of John Wesley the modern prince of Arminians. I can only say concerning him that while I detest many of the doctrines which he preached, yet for the man himself I have a reverence second to no Wesleyan, and if there were wanted two apostles to be added to the number of the twelve I do not believe that there could be found two men more fit to be so added than George Whitefield and John Wesley". However, the preacher for which he had the greatest of all admiration was George Whitefield himself. He spoke of Whitefield as "one combining the theology of Calvin, the zeal of Wesley, and the boldness of Luther". He said, "There is no end to the interest that attaches to such a man as George Whitefield. Often as I have read his life I am conscious of a distinct quickening whenever I turn to it. He lived, other men seem only to be half alive, but Whitefield was all life, fire, wing, force. My own model, if I may have such a thing, in due subordination to my Lord, is George Whitefield, but with unequal footsteps must I follow in his work".

Whitefield died at fifty-six; Spurgeon at fifty-eight.

In the year 1855 his weekly printed sermons commenced and they continued each week without a break right on to May 3rd, 1917 when war conditions and the scarcity of paper and the cost of printing brought them to an end.

I remember, as a boy, those thick, black-bound volumes had a strange fascination for me on the shelves in my father's library. Sixty-three volumes in all. The first printed sermon was on the text, Malachi 3, verse 6, "I am the Lord, I change not, therefore ye sons of Jacob ate not consumed", and his last -printed sermon for the 3rd May, 1917 was on Matthew 14, verse 28-31. "And Peter answered Him and said, Lord if it be Thou, bid me come unto Thee in the water. And He said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me".

Of his sermons Spurgeon had this to say: "Jesus Christ is the Truth. We believe in Him, not merely in His Words, He Himself is Doctor and [21] Doctrine; Revealer and Revelation; the Illuminator and the Light of men. He is exalted in every word of Truth because He is its sum and substance. He sits above the Gospel like a Prince on His own Throne. Doctrine is most precious for we see it distilling from His lips and embodied in His Person. Sermons are valuable in proportion as they speak of him and point to Him. A Christless gospel is no gospel and a Christless discourse is the cause of merriment to devils. The Holy Ghost who has ever been our sole instructor will, we trust, teach us more of Jesus until we comprehend with all saints what are the height and depth, and know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, only have we laboured to extol. May the Lord Himself succeed our endeavours".

He went on to say that there were expressions in his sermons which may provoke a smile, but let it be remembered that every man has his moments when his lighter feelings indulge themselves and the preacher must be allowed to have the same passions as his fellow men, and since he lives in the pulpit more than anywhere else, it is but natural that his whole man should be there developed. Besides, he is not quite sure about a smile being a sin and at any rate he thinks it less a crime to cause a momentary laughter than half an hour's profound slumber.

With those sentiments we could not more heartily agree!

For many years the reading of Spurgeon's great sermons has been my constant occupation, but the sermon that made the deepest impression upon my life and ministry is number 1,399 in Spurgeon's volume of 1878. On that great text in Genesis 4:9 "Am I my brother's keeper"? I know no sermon that entered more into my inmost soul than this great exposition and exhortation of Spurgeon.

It is said that David Livingstone carried a copy of this sermon through all his travels and missionary work in Africa.

No sermon could reveal more deeply the burden and the passion for the souls of his fellows.

Many tributes have been paid to Spurgeon's sermons, but perhaps the best tribute was that paid by Sir William Robertson Nicholl who said, "Spurgeon himself said, The best preacher is the man who charges his gun with all he knows and then before he fires puts himself in".

No better tribute has ever been paid to Spurgeon than that paid to him at the graveside service by his student and dearly beloved colleague in the work of Christ, Archibald G. Brown.

Brown said, "Beloved President, faithful Pastor, Prince of preachers, brother beloved, dear Spurgeon we bid thee but farewell but only for a little while goodnight. Thou shalt rise soon at the first dawn of the resurrection day of the redeemed. It is not the goodnight ours to bid but thine. 'Tis we who linger in the darkness, thou art in God's own [22] light. Our nights too shall soon be past and with it our weeping, then with thine our songs shall greet the morning of a day that knows no cloud nor close, for there is no night there. Hard worker in the field thy toil is ended. Straight has been the furrow thou has ploughed. No looking back has marred thy course. Harvests have followed thy patient sowing, and Heaven is already rich with thine ingathered sheaves and shall be still enriched through years yet lying in eternity. Champion of God thy battle, long and nobly fought, is over, the sword which claved to thine hand has dropped at last; palm branch takes its place. No longer does the helmet press thy brow, oft weary with its surging thoughts of battle. The victor's wreath from the Great Commander's hand has already proved thy full reward. Here for a little while shall rest thy precious dust, then shall the Well-Beloved come, and at His voice thou shalt spring from thy couch of earth, fashioned like unto His glorious body. Thy spirit, soul and body shall magnify thy Lord's redemption. Until then beloved, sleep. We praise God for thee, and by the Blood of the everlasting covenant we hope and expect to praise God with thee"

Amen!

[22-27 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

APOLOGY

We apologise that due to the change in format there was no issue of The Revivalist in the month of December. [28]

Notes from my Bible by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

Ian R. K. Paisley - Eph. 6:19 & 20

The Holy Bible

CONTAINING THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED, BY HIS MAJESTY'S SPECIAL COMMAND

"The book though sealed with seven seals opens to the once slain Lamb" - Andrew Jakes

"He that readeth the Old Testament aright to him it will ever become a new testament and similarly the New Testament a newer testament" - Dean Burgon

"When I am deaf this Book will be dumb" - I.R.KP.

"This Book will keep me from sin, but sin will keep me from this Book" - Anon.

"When thou goest, it shall lead thee, when thou steepest, it shall keep thee, and when thou wakest, it shall talk with thee" - Prov. 6:12

Hallelujah! Amen!

Martin Luther's Method of Bible Study

1. Shake the Tree - Study the Bible as a whole.

2. Shake the Limbs - Study the books of the Bible.

3. Shake the Branches - Study the chapters of the Bible.

4. Shake the Twigs - Study the verses of the Bible.

5. Look under the Leaves - Study the words of the Bible.

Andrew Bonar's Rules for the Morning Watch

1. Not to speak to man until I have spoken to God.

2. Not to do anything with my hands until I have been on my knees.

3. Not to read letter or paper until I have read the scriptures.

A FUNDAMENTALIST Defined by Dr. Bob Jones Jr.

A Fundamentalist

1. Believes the Book.
2. Proclaims the Book.
3. Defends the Book.
4. Obeys the Book.

MY BIBLE

Though the cover is worn, And the pages are torn,
And though places bear traces of tears,
Yet more precious than gold
Is the Book worn and old,
That can shatter and scatter my fears.

When I prayerfully look,
In the precious old Book,
Many pleasures and Treasures I see;
Many tokens of love
From the Father above
Who is nearest and dearest to me

This old Book is my guide,
'Tis a friend by my side,
It will lighten and brighten my way;
And each promise I find,
Soothes and gladdens my mind
As I read it and heed it today.


GENESIS THE BOOK OF THE BEGINNINGS

The beginning of any book is vital. It must have gripping power and a culminative effect. What a grip is in the beginning of God's book and what culminative effect.

I. The Beginning of the book of the Beginnings

Short - simple - sublime: "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth" Gen. 1:1.

Dr. Parker's superb comment

"Taken as a mere sentence, can it be exceeded in grandeur. Taken as a conjecture, can any addition be made to its sublimity? Taken as an inspired thought, who can heighten its elevation? Taken as a direct voice from Eternity, who can charge it with apology or incertitude? If this sentence is not the very Word of God, I dare not, I cannot, I will not, say it is the word of man. Let us listen:

"In the beginning - The remotest date that has ever been suggested. Science has its Slow-rising and slow failing centuries, yet 'the beginning' - the dateless date - includes them all and drowns them in a deeper sea. On that ocean millenniums are tufts of foam.

"God - Personality, Will, Thought Purpose: an undefined Definition matching the unbeginning beginning - an impersonal Personality - the shapeless shape God! He enters His own Book instantaneously. He comes not as a spectacle, but in the very glory and supreme purpose of Action.


"Created - A process; slow, quick, deliberate, infinite - before all speech, therefore baffling it; before all form, therefore without comparison - the beginning of Action, therefore without parallel.

"Man never spake that Word on his own motion. He was told to speak it. Eternity delivered the secret to him and whispered it in fit syllables. There is no mark of man upon it. It is a planet he never moulded. It is the Morning Star". - (From the book "None Like It"). [30]

II. All the Beginnings of Genesis

Creation, heaven, earth, seas, sun, moon, stars, plants, trees, herbs, fish, fowl, beasts, man - male and female. Law, marriage, sin, death, salvation, sacrifice, family division, apostasy, language, murder, cities, prayer, choice, the outworking of God's purpose.

III. The Beginnings and the end of Genesis

Light at the beginning, Darkness at the end. The beginning a cosmos - The End a Coffin Gen. 50:26. What turned the light into darkness? - Sin - Sin when it is finished bringeth forth death.

IV. The Beginning of the Great Epochs

1. ADAM, THE FATHER OF THE RACE

1. The great event in his day - The Fall.

2. The great promise in his day - Gen. 3:15.

3. The great sign in his day - The flaming cherubim Gen. 3:24.

2. NOAH, THE FATHER OF THE NEW WORLD

1. The great event in his day - The Flood.

2. The great promise in his day - Gen. 8:21 and 22.

3. The great sign in his day - The Rainbow Gen. 9:13.

3. ABRAHAM, THE FATHER OF THE FAITHFUL

1. The great event in his day -The Call Gen. 12:1.

2. The great promise in his day - The Seed Gen. 12:2 and 3.

3. The great sign in his day - Circumcision Gen. 17.

V. The Beginnings of Generations

Toledoth - selection - election.

"Generations".

Eleven of them in Genesis - thus dividing the book into twelve parts:

Gen. 2:4, 5:1, 6:9, 10:1, 11:10, 11:27, 25:12, 25:19, 36:1, 36:9, and 37:2.

Two more occur in the Old Testament, Num. 3: 1, and Ruth 4:18. The 14th the double perfection number 7 (7 x 2) = 14 is in Matt. 1: 1. Perfection is only found in Him. Only in Gen. 5:1 and Matt. 1:1 is the expression "The Book of the Generations" used, of the first and last Adam only.

VI. The Beginnings of the Gospel

7 Prefigurations of the Cross.

1. The Cross is the Conquest of Satan Gen. 3:15.

2. The Cross is the Covering of Shame Gen. 33:21.

3. The Cross is the Cleansing from Sin Gen. 4:4.

4. The Cross is the Consolation of the Storm Gen. 7:1.

5. The Cross is the Circumcision of the Seed Gen. 17:9. [31]

6. The Cross is the Climax of the Sacrifice Gen. 22:2.

7. The Cross is the Conclusion of the Struggle Gen. 35:7.


"Genesis is the seed plot of the whole Bible. It is essential to the true understanding of every part. It is the foundation on which Divine Revelation rests; and on which it is built up. It is not only the foundation of all truth, but it enters into, and forms part of, all subsequent inspiration, and is at once the warp and weft of Holy Writ" - Bullinger. Genesis is referred to 60 times in the New Testament.

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