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Editorial
Irish Presbyterian Church's Withdrawal from the WCC: Final Step or First Step?


The uncompromising stand of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster against the World Council of Churches (WCC) down through the years has now been fully vindicated by the withdrawal of the Irish Presbyterian Church from the WCC.

The charges made against the WCC and fully substantiated by the Free Presbyterian Church were decried and denounced as 'lies". Now those so called lies have been proved to be in fact truth. The Free Presbyterian Church deserves an apology from the Irish Presbyterian Church but that apology of course will not be forthcoming!

The question which must now be asked is this; IS THIS STEP A FINAL OR FIRST STEP IN WITHDRAWAL FROM THE ECUMENICAL MOVEMENT?

If it is a final step then it is practically meaningless. If it is a first step then there are many more steps to be taken if the Irish Presbyterian Church is going to be fully disentangled from the ecumenical delusion.

After withdrawing from the WCC the Assembly proceeded to reappoint its delegates to the British Council of Churches and the Irish Council of Churches. This of course was an act which retained the Irish Presbyterian Church in the World Council of Churches though by one step removed. In matter of fact the Church voted to withdraw from the World Council of Churches and thus severed that membership link but then proceeded to remain in the British Council of Churches which itself is in membership of the World Council of Churches and thus retained that membership link. What is more the Church voted to retain its membership in the Irish Council of Churches which is affiliated to the British Council of Churches thus retaining a further membership link with the WCC. 

This matter was highlighted outside the Assembly when the members of the General Presbytery [3] of Ulster picketed the Assembly on the night of its opening. The Belfast Telegraph was quick to seize the point and to proclaim that the Irish Presbyterian Church was still committed by membership in the British and Irish Councils of Churches to the Ecumenical Movement.

The Ecumenical leaders of the Irish Presbyterian Church are now tightening their grip on the Church machinery. The blow which they received by the vote for withdrawal they are now seeking to undo. The continued membership of the Church in the World Council of Churches through the British Council of Churches is to them, their Trojan Horse.

They aim by the use of this continued commitment to the Ecumenical Movement to work the church back into direct membership and betray the stand of the 1980 Assembly vote.

The new Moderator continues in his work of fellowshipping with the Cardinal and priests of Rome. The Clerk continues assiduously to push the ecumenical line. The principal committees of the Assembly are still weighted heavily in favour of rejoining by direct membership, the WCC. In other words they are determined that the Assembly vote will be the final step and not the first step in a series which would lead the Church totally out of the ecumenical net.

Where denial of the Virgin Birth and Deity of our Lord Jesus prevails as it does in the Assembly's College (or Union College) and in the majority of Irish Presbyterian pulpits, there will be no great motivating influence to lead the church out of the Roman Road. As both the Church of Ireland and the Methodist Church have strengthened their membership in the World Council of Churches and as the Irish Presbyterian Church is deeply committed to ecumenical fellowship with them and the Church of Rome in the Ballymascanlon talks, it can be clearly seen that the Ecumenical clerics are destroying the Church's Protestantism and are determined more than ever before to continue on the course of even darker apostasy. No wonder the Bible rings out its message loud and clear, "This is the will of God even your SEPARATION".

 

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Australian Free Presbyterian Church Protests
The World Council of Churches Melbourne Conference 1980


Dear Sirs,

In the name of the above Church, we present this article of protest to you. As redeemed servants of the Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour of men, and sole Head of the Church, we can do no other but take our public stand against your unscriptural system of compromise, hypocrisy and wickedness. We solemnly commit you to the great and wise God of heaven who shall fulfil His Prophetic word - "And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, ACCORDING TO THEIR WORKS". Revelation 20:12.

For Christ and His Church,

Fred J. Buick
R. A. Parker
Lloyd D. Glover

THE FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA

The Free Presbyterian Church of South Australia this day protests against the World Council of Churches for their blatant disregard for the clear commands of the Holy Scriptures - the Word of God.

1. We are totally opposed to the infamous inclusion of the idolatrous Roman Catholic Church in so-called international Christian affairs. As Presbyterian people, we accept the teaching of historic Presbyterianism as set out in the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the Word of God. We believe, "There is no other head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that anti/christ, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God". (Westminster Conf. Ch. 25 section 6).

2. Without hesitation or reservation, we reject the blasphemous idolatry of the mass as practised by the Church of Rome. In the name of the Triune God, we do solemnly declare with our Protestant Forefathers that . . . "The Popish sacrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominably injurious to Christ's one only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect.

"That doctrine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine into the substance of Christ's body and blood (commonly called Transubstantiation) by consecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant not to scripture alone, but even to common sense and reason; overthroweth the nature of the sacrament; and has [5] been and is the cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross idolatries". (Westminster Conf. Ch. 29 sections 2 and 6).

The Roman mass is an INSULT to the finished work of our Lord Jesus Christ.

3. On the authority of the infallible Word of God, we denounce your fellowshipping with those Unitarian and Satanic cults and sects who openly deny the very fundamentals of the historic Christian faith, such as, the eternal Sonship and deity of the Lord Jesus Christ; the Personality of the Holy Spirit, the immortality of the human soul; the eternal damnation and suffering of the lost in Hell, and the eternal blessedness of the saved in Heaven. Holy Scripture calls all those truly belonging to God by the new birth, to, "Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage". Galatians 5:1.

In the light of Exodus 11:7 which teaches that "the Lord doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel" we reiterate the words of the apostle Paul, "And have NO FELLOWSHIP with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them". Ephesians 5:11. We commend these, and other scriptures such as 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 and 1 Timothy 6:3-5 for your perusal and attention.

4. In the strongest possible manner we protest against your iniquitous PCR fund, through which you have openly helped to finance terrorist organisations across the world. Such actions prove to all those in every nation who have the decency and honesty to distinguish between right and wrong, between good and evil, that the World Council of Churches is in truth a Communist controlled Organisation which in no conceivable way can be recognised as any part of the true Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. "By their fruits ye shall know them". Matthew 7:20.

To those within her ranks who have been deceived by her sanctimonious utterances, and notorious scandals, we finally appeal to God's Holy Word, "Who will rise up for me against evil doers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity"? Psalm 94:16 "And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities". Revelation 18:4, 5 COMPLETE SEPARATION ALONE FROM SUCH ABOMINABLE APOSTASY WILL SATISFY THE DEMANDS OF GOD.

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The 1980 World Council of Churches Conference on World Mission and Evangelism drew many people from different countries of the world to Melbourne, Australia during the month of May. The Free Presbyterian Church of South Australia was drawn by the hand of God to that same city to voice their protest against the Ecumenists. What a privilege it was to stand up for the Lord against the workers of iniquity.

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A GREAT CHALLENGE

After much prayer and looking to God alone, three members of the Port Lincoln church, Mr. Robert Parker, Mr. Lloyd Glover and the minister, Mr. Buick set off to meet the enemy. Before going to the protest we were told that it would be completely impossible for us to meet personally with Dr. Philip Potter, the General Secretary of the WCC, but obviously God had other plans in store for us. Mr. Potter took ill and had to go to hospital, consequently he had to see us. On Sunday morning at 9.30 the three man delegation of Free Presbyterians went to his bedside, informed him of their reason for visiting, read from Psalm 55 pausing at verse 23 which speaks of bloody and deceitful men, and committed to God in prayer that He would deal with him as He pleased.

A GREAT VICTORY

We made our public protest at the Sunday evening meeting which was held in the great Festival Hall in Melbourne. Thank God for the support of some of the Lord's people who joined us from the Protestant Forum where our afternoon meeting was held. It was truly a David/Goliath situation with only a handful of separatists against literally thousands of Ecumenists.

Those who poured into the Festival Hall were welcomed inside by a beat group which could be heard a few streets away - hardly the kind of music conducive to a good spiritual meeting! Outside the doors they had to pass by the protesters who were displaying placards with such things as, "WCC 'gospel'-Blasphemy, Bloodshed, Butchery"; "Your hands are full of blood" (Isa. 1:15); "I have not sent these prophets" (Jer. 23:21); "Have NO FELLOWSHIP with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them" (Eph. 5:11) written on them. Ecumenical "love" was most evident through the proceedings as we were greeted by some of the "clergy" with such things as, "You are revolting", "Disgusting", "You ought to be ashamed of yourselves" etc. etc. Mind you, for the most part the feelings were mutual - the only things we had in common! One thing that really encouraged us was that Dr. Potter had knowledge of the presence of the Port Lincoln Free Presbyterian Church, in Australia.

Monday evening brought a good climax to the weekend's activities when Mr. Buick travelled north of Melbourne to address a group of people who are in sympathy with the separatist stand of the Free Presbyterian Church. After the preaching of the Word, a very profitable time of questions and discussion developed concerning the unchristian practices of the WCC. As we look back to the occasion, the words of 2 Chronicles 15:7 come readily to mind, "Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded". And again, "For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints and do minister". (Heb. 6:10). Praise God, the end is not yet - the best is still to come.

 

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Puplit Masterpieces

Dr. Alexander N. Somerville's classic on THE BIBLE


THE BOOK

"The Bible is a book for the world. It is the educator of the race. Oriental in original character though it be, it is suited for all lands and for all ages. Oriental! Yes; but let us remember that more than half of the globe is Oriental, and the Orientals are waiting to receive their own book. The Bible is adapted to all periods of human life. In Paul's last Epistle, written shortly before martyrdom, the Second Epistle to Timothy, we have two pleasant photographs. The one represents a cottage amid the Cilician hills. An educated lady is sitting outside, with a little boy of delicate frame at her knee, and who has not yet learned to read. On her lap are spread some parchments. To these she is pointing, while her motherly eyes are looking down into those of the little child. In the background stands an old lady, gazing benignantly at the pretty boy as he is receiving his lesson. What photograph is this? It is a scene in Lycaonia. The woman seated with the parchment before her is the Jewess Eunice; the little boy is Timothy, her son; the old lady behind is the grandmother. The mother is telling the child the story of Cain and Abel, or of Moses in the ark of bulrushes; of Samson and the jawbone of the ass; of David and Goliath; of Elijah and the chariot of fire; of Jonah and the whale; or of Daniel and the den of lions. By such methods it was that Timothy 'knew the Holy Scriptures as a very little child'.

"The other photograph represents a dismal prison. An old man is sitting in chains; all is miserable around him. Another man, of fine countenance, is in the cell with him, who, with parchment on his knee, is writing to the old man's dictation. The martyr's crown is glittering over the venerable speaker's head, and he is in the act of sending his last instructions to an eminent minister of God, left in onerous charge in a great city far away. The prison-house is a common gaol at Rome. The old man in chains is the great Apostle of the Gentiles, soon to die for Christ on the scaffold. The amanuensis is beloved Luke, the faithful physician. The letter is being addressed to Timothy, now in the maturity of his years and usefulness the apostle's much-trusted evangelist. And what are the words Luke has penned at the moment when the photograph is being taken? They are the commendation to Timothy of the study of those very holy Scriptures which his mother taught him when a little child. 'Continue thou in the things which thou has learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them; and that from a child thou hast known the holy [8] scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works'. Of what book under the sun save the Bible can it be said that its utterances are alike available for man from the earliest to the latest period of his life?

INSPIRATION

"The fact that the Scripture is inspired in its language is one thing, the manner in which the inspiration was effected is quite another, and that - the manner - has not been revealed to us. The Lord knew it to be indispensable that Scripture should have variety in its utterances, corresponding with the differences in constitution, feeling, and circumstances existing among men. Therefore has He taken a multitude of individuals drawn from all positions in human life, and has employed them in conveying the revelation of His will to mankind; but, in doing so, He not only employed their lips and fingers, but the whole man. He made use of them by pouring His inspiration through the medium of their constitutional characteristics, their intellect, memory, imagination, affections, and emotions, their education, experiences, sensibilities, history, associations, relationships, and methods of thought. In other words, God, in preparing His written word for us, made use of all these things in the human instruments He employed. He has condescended to speak to us, exactly after the manner in which each of the men He employed was accustomed to speak in ordinary life, and hence it is that no book is more intensely human than the Bible, while, at the same time, all its words are Divine. Every verse of Scripture is therefore to be received as the Word of God, is to be prayerfully studied and pondered, and to be regarded as a well of unknown depth, from which pure and living water is to be drawn.

"It will be observed that, in advocating this view, it is only to the Oracles of God as originally delivered that reference is made . . . Suppose an assortment of wind instruments of music to be on some occasion brought in, such as the flute, the flageolet, the cornet, the clarionet, the ophicleide, the trumpet, bugle, and bassoon, and that a skilful musician were present competent to play with equal facility on them all. We request this master of music to let us hear some favourite air, as, for example, the Queen's Anthem, and to repeat it on each instrument on the same key, in the same time, and with the same expression, modulation, and accent. While listening, we cannot fail to recognise the perfect identity of the melody in each case, and yet the musical effect is unquestionably different. Why? Not because the performer on each instrument is different, nor his proficiency in the use of some of them is greater, nor that the breath that produced the sound, nor that the melody, the key, the time, the accent, nor anything [9] about the playing, is different, but simply because the form or configuration and the material of several of the instruments are different. All the sounds are produced by the same breath, the variety of tone is wholly due to the shape and character of the particular instrument employed. We readily exclaim, 'That is the sound of the flute, that of the cornet', etc., and yet each sound is unquestionably the product of the same breath and of the same musician. Now apply the illustration to the case of the writers of Scripture. God has selected a variety of men as his instruments to convey certain divinely originated sounds or words to the ear of the Church and of the world: such men as Moses, David, Solomon, Isaiah, Amos, Matthew, Paul, Peter, James and John. Through each of these He has poured His divine breath. There is not a sound nor a word that reaches the listener's ear, that proceeds from any of them, but is produced by the breath of God; yet all these sounds or words take a characteristic individuality of utterance according to the constitution and peculiarities of the human writer employed at the time. The grand theme of Redemption is divinely treated by all God's instruments, yet the expression given to the music is different in each case. And why? Not because there is a divine musician who plays at one time, and a human musician at another, but because while the musician is in all cases the same, and ever divine, the mental configuration and special circumstances of the human instruments made use of are purposely dissimilar. God in employing them took advantage of every peculiarity they possessed. Hence we say of Scripture, its language as regards the instruments is all human, and yet as regards its Author, every utterance is divine.

THE CIRCULATION OF THE BIBLE

"Having received for ourselves the word of God, let us see that we be alive to our responsibilities to send it forth, and that we give to the world that Book which alone is able to make wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. Immediately before His return to heaven, the Lord Jesus left it as His last command, 'Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world'. When we hold the Bible in our hand, we grasp the volume that contains absolutely all the things which Christ has commanded to be observed and to be taught, and when we put the book into the hands of the human race, we are executing effectively, in one most important sense, the Lord's grand parting commission.

"Christ's people are set down in a wilderness of vast extent. They are entrusted with the only means by which that wilderness can be reclaimed. Let us, then, arise, and in the name of the Lord take possession. Let us be like those [10] plants that yield winged seeds, which, blown by the winds, fall on the soil and spring up to yield winged seeds again and again, till all the region teems with specimens of the plant. The word of God germinates in the individual bosom, and thence diffuses itself abroad, till from heart to heart, from family to family, from city to city, from kingdom to kingdom, from continent to continent, from one quarter of the globe to all the rest, the imperishable seed is scattered everywhere, and the name of the Lord Jesus becomes great in the earth.

"One of the most thrilling passages in the pages of classic Greek is that in which the detail is given of the transmission to one city of the tidings of the fall of another, with which it was at war. The poet describes the kindling of successive watchfires onwards from the Mysian heights, so that from 'woody Ida' to Lemnos in the sea and thence to Mount Athos on the coast of the northern Aegean, the intelligence spread through Thessaly, and lighting, on lofty Cithaeron, crossed the Saronic gulf and shone from Mount Arachne to green Argolis. He tells us that, as each blazing pile flamed in the evening sky, the glad news, with gold-gleaming splendour, leaped from hill to isle, from isle to promontory, from crag to cliff, from tower to mountain steep, till the loud shout that rose in the streets of Argos announced that her people knew their king had been victorious, and that great Troy had fallen at last.

"Would that in the great darkness of this world's night we were all awake! The Lord Jesus expects that His people shall form a chain of watchers, extending from Jerusalem, the scene of His triumphs, to the very ends of the earth. He would have them kindle their responsive signal fires amid the gloom, till tidings

"Of that renowned and glorious conquest,

Once achieved on Calvary",

shall have reached the savage Ethiop, the Matabele, and red Kafir on the south; the Laplander and the native of frozen Siberia on the north; till, on the west, the glad tidings shall have coursed through the kingdoms of Europe, shall have bounded across the ocean and swept over the three Americas, from Greenland's icy mountains to the flaming Andes, and onwards to Fuegia's inhospitable shore; and till, on the east, the song of liberty shall have burst from the lips of emancipated India, shall have been caught up by the millions of awakening China, shall have been echoed back in strains of gratitude from the isles of the wide Pacific; and till tiny Norfolk Isle with its pines and tree-ferns, and vast Australia with all her gold, and beautiful Zealandia with her graceful cities and vanding shores, shall consecrate their service to the Lord.

"I commenced this lecture by comparing the Bible to a tower. Let me conclude with another analogy. the Bible may be compared to a magnificent edifice that took sixteen centuries to rear. Its architect and builder is God. Like this beautiful world, the work of the same Author, it bears upon it everywhere the impress of a hand Divine. This [11] majestic temple contains sixty-six chambers, capacious, yet in size unequal - the sixty-six books of the Old and New Testaments. Each of its 31,173 verses is a stone, a beam, a panel of the building, which is a temple more glorious far than those of Solomon and of Zerubbabel, with their hewn stones from Lebanon, their pillars of cedar, their doors of olive, their floors, walls and ceiling overlaid with the fine gold of Parvaim, their holy places, their courts, their porticoes, and gates. No portion of this wonderful structure will the Lord suffer to be mutilated or defiled. Within the sacred enclosure dwells the whole family of God on earth. The Bible is the home of the redeemed below. When the Lord Jesus was departing from this world, He said, 'In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you'. That home is the temple in heaven above, whence the entrant shall go no more out, and where Christ's friends abide as priests to God for evermore. But the Bible is the house of many mansions prepared for Jesus' disciples on earth. Here they have their residence; here they are fed; here they are strengthened, comforted, and blessed; here they are nurtured for immortality. The Bible is not merely the dwelling-place of God's people; it is the chosen abode of God Himself. Would you have fellowship with the Father? You will be sure to find Him within the precincts of this holy house.

"Shall we take advantage of the King's permission, and step inside? We approach by the beautiful [11] Garden of Eden, with its innocent flowers, its groves and lucid streams. The first part of the building, that of highest antiquity, bears the name of the Chambers of Law and Justice. There are five in number - the Books of Moses. One of these is a sort of vestibule to the others, and resembles a long gallery hung with portraits and pictorial scenes of surpassing interest, mementos of persons and events that had place before a stone of the building was laid - such figures as those of Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Hagar, Sarah, Jacob, Esau and Joseph; and such scenes as Paradise and the Flood, the departure from Ur of the Chaldees, the tent-door at Mamre, the flaming cities of the plain, the offering of Isaac, Rebecca at the well, the ladder at Bethel, and the Governor of Egypt weeping on the neck of his brethren.

"Thence we pass through an extensive range of imposing apartments - the Chambers of Historic Record. These comprise the Library of the edifice, and in them are laid up the Church's archives for more than a thousand years. These rooms are twelve in number, and stretch from 'Joshua to Esther'. Then we come to a wide and unroofed space called the Gymnasium of the building, or the Saints' exercising ground - the Book of Job. Entering right off this, we find ourselves in the Music Gallery of the Psalms, the Orchestra of the house, where dwell all the sons and daughters of song, with cymbal, trumpet, psaltery, and harp. Issuing thence, we pass at once into the Chamber of Commerce the Book of Proverbs, wherein are [12] set forth regulations from kings, merchants, and householders; not far from which is the sombre Penitentiary, where sorrowful bankrupts and other defaulters may remain for a time with profit - the Book of Ecclesiastes. A little farther on we open into a tiny parlour in the midst of larger rooms, the Chamber of Sympathy with Mourners - the Book of Lamentations. Interspersed among all these, the eye is regaled with such delightful Conservatories of flowers as the Books of Ruth and of the Song of Solomon. And next we come to a noble suite of lofty apartments, some of which are of great capacity, and are laid out with extraordinary splendour. They are sixteen in number. These are the Halls of Ancient Prophecy, which follow in grand succession from 'Isaiah to Malachi'.

"Thence we pass to the portion of the edifice of more modern construction, and enter four spacious chambers of peculiar beauty. These are of marble fairer than e'er was taken from the quarries of Paros, Pentelicus, or Carrara - chambers of which one does not know whether to admire more the simplicity or the exquisite finish. At once the walls arrest our attention. On them we see, not golden reliefs of palm-trees, lilies, pomegranates, and cherubim, but four full-length portraits of the Lord of the building Himself, drawn by the Holy Spirit's inimitable hand. These are the Books of the Four Evangelists. Stepping onwards, our ears are saluted by the loud sound of machinery in motion; and entering a long apartment, we find ourselves face to face with wheels and shafts, and cranks and pinions, whose motive power is above and out of sight, and which will bring on changes all the world over. This is the Chamber of Celestial Mechanics, the great work-room of the building - the Book of Acts. Leaving it, we are conducted into the stately Halls of the Apostolic Epistles, no fewer than twenty-one in number. The golden doors of fourteen of these are inscribed with the honoured name of the Apostle to the Gentiles; those of the seven others with the names of James and Peter and John and Jude. Within these halls the choicest treasures of the Lord are stored.

"And, last of all, we arrive at that mysterious Gallery whose brilliant lights and dark shadows so curiously intermingle, and where in sublime emblems the history of the Church of Jesus is unveiled till the Bridegroom come - the grand Apocalypse.

"And now we have reached the utmost extremity of the building. Let us step out on the projecting balcony, and look abroad. Yonder, beneath us, is a fair meadow, through which the pure River of the Water of Life is winding its way, on either side of which stands the Tree of Life, with its twelve manner of fruits, and its beautiful leaves for the healing of the nations; and in the distance, high on the summit of the everlasting hills, the City all of gold, bathed in light and quivering with glory - the New Jerusalem, its walls of jasper, its foundation of precious stones, its angel-guarded gates of pearl - the City that needs no sun, [13] no moon, 'for the glory of the Lord doth lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof'.

"Oh, let us make this beloved house our home! Who shall say that its gateway is not open to us? Who shall presume to interdict the homeless wanderer from seeking a refuge within? Let us make haste, with our little children in either hand, and with all our kindred at our back, to enter its portal. But of one thing make sure. See that you ask and obtain the Great Interpreter, that August and Loving One who waits at the gate, Himself to lead you in and take you all over the building. Say reverently and with faith to Him, whose name is the Comforter, the Spirit of Truth, and without whose aid our knowledge will be imperfect and obscure, "Lord, open Thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of Thy law". And oh, let it be yours also to seek that the inhabitants of these British Isles, that the millions of India, China, Japan, dark Africa, all America, and of the isles of the distant sea and the forlorn Israelites who are without a country and without a home, parents and little children alike, may enjoy the advantages that you possess; that they may have their home with you in this house of many mansions provided for the faint and weary here, till they have a place with you hereafter in the Father's house above, where now our great Lord Jesus stands, and from whence He is, with loving eyes, at this moment looking down on us".

[13-18 & 22 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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NOTES FROM MY BIBLE By Ian R. K. Paisley

 

GENESIS 11

Verse 2

Should read towards the east. Those coming from the east are blessed, those going to the east are cursed. See Genesis 10:10.

Verse 3

Man, the great imitator. Antichrist, the master imitator.

Verse 4

The tower was a religious temple, a gate to God. If they wanted to literally reach heaven they would have started on a mountain and not on a plain. See v. 2.

Verse 5

The scrutiny of the Lord.

Verse 6

The speech of the Lord.

Verse 8

The scattering of the Lord.

Verse 9

Babel - Babylon in Greek. Antichrist church confounded by change of tongues, Christ's church established by gift of tongues. Acts 2. The words "And He died" not mentioned for this is the seed of life. Genesis 5:5.

Verse 16

Whence the more Hebrew, see Genesis 14:13. Means those who came across the Euphrates, see Joshua 24.

Verse 17

Eber the longest lived of post-flood patriarchs.

Verse 25

The years of men declining.

Verse 26

Abram, the father of the faithful. He climaxes the genealogy.

Verse 30

The test of Abram's faith.

Verse 31

God told Abram to leave his father but the father went with him and no progress was made until the old man died! Note past tense "had said" chapt. 12:1. Also compare Acts 7:2-4.

GENESIS 12

Verse 1

3-fold separation demanded (1) country, (2) kindred, (3) father's house.

Verse 2-3

Covenant of grace. Three "I wills" of God. Seven-fold blessing, number of perfection.

Verse 4

Lot no initiative of his own, hangers on usually backslid.

Verse 5

Godly determinative always manifest at the end.

Verse 6

The land was Abram's by promise but the cananites by possession.

Verse 7

Abraham's first alter and Christ's first Mission. John 4.

Verse 8

Abram journey from the east. Ai rearing heap, typical of sin. Bethel, House of God. Between then the alter, the only way to God's House. [20]

Verse 10

Famine, a satanic attempt to destroy Sarai and hence her seed. Thirteen such attempts. (1) Gen. 12:10, (2) Gen. 26:1. (3) Gen. 41:54. (4) Ruth 1: 1. (5) H Samuel 21:11. (6) 1 Kings 18:2. (7) 11 Kings 4:38. (8) II Kings 7:4. (9) Neh. 5:3. (10) Jer 14:1. (11) Luke 15:4. (12) Acts 1:28. (13) II Kings 25:4. Egypt always down-type of the world. Famine should not drive us to the world but to God. Isaiah 30:2.

Verse 11

Acknowledgement that God's law did not rule there.

Verse 12

Self preservation is dangerous.

Verse 13

Duplicity common to the old nature.

Verse 16

Wealth by pretence.

Verse 18

When the world rebukes God's people for their sins how sad it is.

Verse 20

When the world forces the believer to separate then the believer has no joy. When the believer separates himself then he has joy.

GENESIS 13

Verse 1

Forsaking Egypt is always a spiritual ascent.

Verse 2

3 is completion. (1) cattle. (2) silver. (3) gold.

Verse 3

The backslider must always return to where he began his backsliding . The Backslider must always return to the Cross.

Verse 4

The backslider must return to prayer.

Verse 6

Riches always bring strife. Six downward steps of Lot. (1) strife v. 7. (2) beheld v 12. (3) chose v. 11. (4) pitched toward v. 12. (5) dwelt in v. 12. (6) sat in the gate ch. 19 v. 1.


Verse 7

Bad testimony, believes fighting while the heathen occupy the land.

Verse 9 Separation the only remedy.

Verse 10

Lot out of Egypt but Egypt not out of Lot.

Verse 11

Eastward journeying is always evil.

Verse 14

The four books of Abraham. Death 13:14. (2) the heaven 15:5. (3) Jehovah 18:2. (4) the substitute 22:13. Blessings come to the believer in the path of separation v. 17. We are to occupy until Jesus comes. Note the 'I wills' of God v. 15, v. 16, v. 17.

Verse 18

Abraham's 3rd alter.

GENESIS 14

Verse 1

And it come to pass occurs 6 times. 1 Ruth 1: 1, 2/ls. 7:1, 3/Jer. 1:3! 4/Esther 1:7, 5/11 Sam. 21:1, 6/Gen. 14.1.

Verse 1

Unique scripture phrase signifying a time of trouble ending in blessing.

Verse 3

When Moses wrote it was the Dead Sea.

Verse 4

Twelve, the number of government. 13, number of rebellion and apostacy. [21]

Verse 9

Nine kings, nine, number of judgment.

Verse 10

The only place of safety. See ch. 19:17.

Verse 11

The enemy takes all.

Verse 13

Three, number of completion, 3 confederates of Abram. First mention "Hebrew" the man from beyond the flood - one who had crossed the Euphrates. Josh. 24:2.

Verse 14

318 a multiple of 3. Abraham prepared for the day of battle. His motto, Be prepared. God's boy scout.

Verse 16

A 5-fold recovery. (1) all. (2) Lot. (3) goods. (4) woven. (5) people.

Verse 18

First priest in Scripture. First occurrence of the expression "Most High God" compare Luke 1:76, first occurrence in New Testament. 4 occurrences, v. 18, v. 19, v. 20, v. 22, v. 18 Melchizedek possibly Shem. In History Gen. 14. In Prophecy Ps. 1 10. In Fulfilment Heb. 7.

Verse 20

How much more should we pay Christ our tithes.

Verse 21

Satan always wants the persons. How different Abram's testimony to Lot's.

Verse 23

No part with the world. The blessing of God, all sufficient.

GENESIS 15

Verse 1

Vision - only 4 times here and Num. 24:4, Num. 24:16 and Ezek. 13:7. Fear not in the new testament is all about the birth of Christ - Luke 1:13. First occurrence corrected with birth of Isaac.

Verse 4

Behold - still a word of vision. the dust earthly seed Gen. 13:16. The stars (v. 5). Heavenly Heb. 3:1.

Verse 5

The stars, second mention, see Gen. 1:16.

Verse 6

Believed - reckoned. A definite faith in Christ, the gospel preached to Abraham. He had righteousness imputed to him as a result. Gal. 3:8, Roms. 4.

Verse 7

Note tip of the Chaldees not Mesopatania where he should never have stopped.

Verse 9

First mention of all these animals and birds in the Bible. A 5-fold sacrifice.

Verse 10

See Jer. 34:18-20. This is how a covenant is made thence the words on our tithe deed "this indenture".

Verse 11

Satan typed in the fowls hates the Cross see Matt. 13:4 & 19.

Verse 12

First time the greater light is called the sun. "A deep sleep" compare with the sleep of Adam 2:21.

Verse 13

"Know of a surety". The covenant is ordered in all things and sure. "Shall afflict them four hundred years" - in Egypt.

Verse 14

The judgment of the plagues. the Victorious Exodus.

Verse 15

"a good old age" - a blessed expression. (continued on page 26)

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The Protestant Reformation Society Spells Out Ten Reasons Why The Pope
Should Not Be Invited To Make A State Visit To Britain


In stating our reasons why the Pope should not visit Britain, as has been suggested in some quarters, we wish to make it clear that we bear no ill-will towards Roman Catholics. We believe, however, that it is our duty to speak plainly of the religious and moral system that the Pope represents. For four hundred years our country has shown that this is not a system we wish to embrace. We have our national Protestant and Reformed Church of England, whose teaching are distinct from those of Rome on many basic questions. The distinctive character of the faith we believe and the way of life we follow should not be compromised by moral pressure to unite with the Roman Catholic Church, or submerged under a wave of sentimentality generated by the media. A visit by the Pope would undoubtedly be used in these ways as a lever for change. We, therefore, call upon the Queen and her Government and the Archbishop of Canterbury not to extend an invitation to the Pope to visit this country.

First, the Pope is a controversial figure

He is the head of the Roman Catholic Church. But he also claims to be the Vicar of Christ and the head of all Christians, not just Roman Catholics. As [23] Protestants, we reject both these claims. The Bible teaches that the Holy Spirit is the Vicar of Christ, and we do not accept the authority of the Pope, but that of Scripture, as the sixth Article of the Church of England teaches. An official visit by the Pope would mean that he would be granted an audience with the Queen and accorded an importance which would misrepresent the true position in relation to the Church and faith of this nation. This would be quite unacceptable and wholly misleading for it would appear that he was being accorded general acclaim by the British people as a whole.

Secondly, the denial of human rights by the Vatican

The Holy Office, formerly the Inquisition, is responsible for discipline in the Roman Catholic Church. At present it has arraigned Professor Hans Kung of Tubingen University for teaching heresy. Professor Kung refused to appear before the Holy Office in Rome because, he said, its procedures are unjust. The same body is both judge and prosecution. The defendant is not told beforehand the charges to be brought against him. The files are kept secret. 'A common criminal has more rights that a Catholic theologian', he says. 'How can the Church ask for human rights in the world when there are not the most elementary human rights in the Church'? He considers that his case is a striking parallel to that of Andrei Sakharov, the leading Soviet dissident (The Times, January 28th, 1980).

We are not concerned here with the question of whether Professor Kung teaches heresy or not. We are concerned, however, that elementary justice should be practised by those who call themselves followers of Christ. In the past Rome had a short and easy method with 'heretics'. It would appear that in principle the approach to the problem has not changed. We cannot welcome to this country the chief representative of a church in which the principles of natural justice are thus set aside.

Thirdly, the Roman Catholic Church's refusal to excommunicate the LR.A.

The Pope's visit to Eire last year was widely covered on television and in the press, and many people set much store by it in the hope that it would influence events there in the direction of peace. Despite the Pope's general condemnation of violence no noticeable change in the incidence of violence has taken place. It is business as usual for the I.R.A. When the Pope was asked about the excommunication of members of the I.R.A. as a contribution of the Roman Church to peace, he answered, 'No, No, No'! We must judge for ourselves the reason for this refusal to take what appears to be an obvious step towards bringing some measure of tranquillity to the people of Northern Ireland. In a sermon in march 1980 in Westminster Roman Catholic Cathedral Cardinal Archbishop Tomas O'Fiaich appealed to Roman Catholics on the mainland of Britain to exert their influence upon their fellow countrymen to accept the goal of a united Ireland (The Times, March, 17th, 1980). He reminded the [24] congregation of the words of 'the Holy Father' (the Pope) at Drogheda in September 1979: 'Every human being has inalienable rights that must be respected [sic] . . . As long as injustices exist ... true peace will not exist'. Mr. Enoch Powell described these and other remarks of the Pope at the time as a charter for terrorists.

Fourthly, Rome's unjust treatment of minorities

Little is heard of the plight of the Protestant minority in Eire. They engage in no terrorist activities, no violent protests against their unjust treatment. Yet it is a fact that they have suffered considerably as a result of the harsh limitations imposed by the Roman Catholic Church upon the Protestant partner in a mixed marriage. The rule of the Roman Church requires that the children of such a marriage be brought up as Roman Catholics. This has led to the inevitable decline of the Protestant population of southern Ireland and must eventually cause its eclipse. It is impossible to reconcile this state of affairs with the Pope's words about human rights and the dignity of the individual which cannot be set aside 'whether in the political, social, cultural . . . or religious sphere'. Such words sound hollow in this context, and suggest that their interpretation must be always and only in the direction that favours the Roman Catholic Church.

Fifthly, the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church

The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church contains many things both superstitious and incredible, such as, that the priest performs a miracle at the mass by making the bread and wine into the actual body and blood of Christ, and that the Pope can utter infallible pronouncements. These things are not only unsupported by the teaching of Scripture but are also contrary to reason. There is no reason why the head of a body which teaches such things should be given special recognition and official welcome in this country, any more than the head of the Church of the Divine Light should, who also claims to be infallible. There is no basis at all for the Pope's being officially received by the Queen and representatives of the Government, but rather such a reception would have an element of the bizarre about it.

Our Queen, as the representative of her people, has solemnly pledged herself, and therefore the nation, to uphold the Protestant Reformed Religion, as by law established, to maintain the laws of God and the true Gospel. If the Coronation oath is to mean anything at all, it must surely preclude a state welcome for the Pope, who embodies in his person claims which are the negation of these solemn pledges.

Sixthly, the British constitution

There is little that is written into the constitution of this country, but that which is declared plainly that we shall be ruled by a Protestant Monarch, and that the heir to the throne shall not marry a Roman Catholic. This constitution has served us well and preserved the peace over many centuries. The Sovereign must be the [25] Supreme Governor of the Church of England. The law as it stands is, therefore, proper and reasonable, but in recent years there has been considerable pressure from Roman Catholic sources for change. Much of it has been carried on behind the scenes. We do not like such back-door diplomacy. There are rumours at the present time of a secret deal between the British Government and the Vatican, viz., the granting of full diplomatic status to the Pope's representative in London, in exchange for a dispensation from the Pope for Prince Charles to marry a Roman Catholic without the commitment to bring up the children of the marriage as Roman Catholics. We hope that these rumours are unfounded for such secret manoeuvring would reflect little credit upon our Government. We hope that Prince Charles does not entertain any plans to marry a Roman Catholic, since the law does not permit it. It is unthinkable that the law should be changed to enable the heir to the throne to become, or to marry, a Roman Catholic, for then the monarch would cease to be a non-controversial figure. The bearing of all this on any proposed visit to this country by the Pope must be very clear. We cannot welcome the head of the Roman Catholic Church when that Church seeks such radical change in our constitution.

Seventhly, the illiberalism of Rome

Few thoughtful Christians would deny that the too great freedom in morality, or 'permissiveness', that has been brought about in our society in recent years has been harmful. On the other hand, few would wish to live in a Roman Catholic dominated state like the Republic of Ireland where contraception and abortion are illegal under any circumstances whatsoever. We must not evade the issue. There is a fundamental cleavage between the Protestant and Roman Catholic ethic on these questions. The Protestant, while he does not condone the excesses of permissiveness, does not condemn contraception within marriage or desire that abortion to save a mother's life should be illegal. The Roman Catholic Church sets its face adamantly against both. Where the Roman Catholic Church is in control it seeks to remove both. Few people in this country, including many Roman Catholics, would welcome such a system.

Eighthly, consider all those who have suffered as a result of the persecutions conducted by the Roman Catholic Church

As the Jews can never forget those of their race who suffered in Germany, nor the Poles their fellow countrymen who were massacred at Katyn, so we can never forget the thousands of Protestants who were put to death by the Roman Catholic Church. The memory of their suffering and sacrifice must be kept alive, not to ferment hostility between Catholic and Protestant, but to prevent such a thing happening again; to preserve us from the creation of a single totalitarian world Church, which was the source and origin of such persecution; to teach us to value our religion and our freedom; and because to forget those who suffered would be unworthy. It is doubtful whether the Roman Catholic Church has ever [26] fully appreciated the enormity of some of its persecutions in view of its continued practice of canonizing men and women who took an active part in the subversive plotting and political intrigue of the counter-Reformation in this country, which was directed against its legitimate sovereign and parliament.

Ninthly, recent pretentious claims made on behalf of Roman Catholicism

On several occasions recently it has been claimed that the Roman Church is now the leading church in this country and even that England is really a Roman Catholic country. Calls have been made for the disestablishment of the Church of England, the most recent in The Times by an Irish Roman Catholic priest writing from Dublin! We realize that not all Roman Catholics are responsible for, or share in, these claims, but we have little doubt that the hierarchy itself does not exactly disapprove of them. England, it is said, is Mary's dowry. Such strident claims, however, are premature. Britain is not a Roman Catholic country. Those who assert this overreach themselves. No opportunity should be given by a state visit of the Pope, and its attendant public ceremonies, to feed this illusion.

Lastly, we do not know what the Pope is really like

There may be those who would agree very largely with what we have said, but may still insist that we should welcome the man not his office. He is a good man, they say, with personal charm and winning ways and we should welcome him for that alone. But very few people know the man. The image we have is that projected by the public relations men and the media. Most of us know nothing at first hand at all. Nowadays it is so easy for a particular image to be created of a man that people imagine they know what he is like, when in fact they know nothing. The facts revealed about the late President Kennedy, after his death, belie the image created of him when he was alive. Public relations techniques are very much the same everywhere. We do not know Pope John Paul II, or what he is really like. We do, however, know his office, and the system religious, ethical, and political for which he stands. These latter are sufficient for us to say in answer to the question, Shall the Pope be invited to pay a state visit to Britain? - 'No, No, No'!

(continued from page 21)

Verse 16

Iniquity must be full before a long suffering God punishes.

Verse 17

The Furnace and the lamp. The furnace is awful, the lamp is cheerful. (1) the furnace of conviction - the lamp of pardon. (2) the furnace of trial - the lamp of consolation. (3) the furnace of want - the lamp of consolation. (4) the furnace of death - the lamp of glory.

Verse 18

"I will" changed to "I have". The covenant of the Inheritance of the land. Israel cannot be eyed from it.

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Controversial Irish figure
DR. PAISLEY MAY VISIT PT. LINCOLN


Controversial Irish political and religious identity Dr. Ian Paisley plans to visit Port Lincoln in November.

Here he will address the Free Presbyterian Church of South Australia, currently the only branch of his church in Australia.

Dr. Paisley in 1951 was a cofounder of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and is now Moderator of the Church, described as the most rapidly growing Protestant Church in Northern Ireland.

The church in South Australia was established two and a half years ago when the Eyre Bible Fellowship sought to establish connections with the Free Presbyterian Church and a minister of this denomination, the Rev. Fred J. Buick, was sent from Ireland to establish the Free Presbyterian Church of S.A.

Dr. Paisley's visit is dependent on the political situation in Ireland and Europe being quiet.

He is the Member for North Antrim in the British House of Commons at Westminster and represents Ulster at the Brussels Parliament of the European Economic Community.

SHORT VISIT

His visit to Australia will be of only a few days duration and in addition to his Port Lincoln commitments may include meetings, probably in Sydney, with groups interested in joining his church.

Recently the Rev. Buick visited Victoria and held discussions with members of a community situated on the Victorian-N.S.W. border who wish to join the Free Presbyterian Church.

If a congregation is formed by this group it would become a branch of the Port Lincoln-based church and would be administered from this city.

"There are a lot of people interested in our Church," the Rev. Buick said. "We are receiving a lot of support, particularly in Melbourne."

PROTESTED

The Rev. Buick, accompanied by two of his committeemen, Mr. Lloyd Glover of Yeelanna and Mr. Robert Parker of Wanilia, recently travelled to Melbourne to protest against actions by the world council of Churches conference in Melbourne and during it the Rev. Buick and his [28] committeemen protested at what they described as the increasing financial support being given to terrorist groups throughout the World by the WCC.

"We met with the General Secretary of the Council, Dr. Philip Potter and outlined our protest to him," the Rev. Buick said.

On the final evening of the conference a service was held at the Festival Hall in Melbourne outside which the Rev. Buick and his committeemen conducted a protest, handing pamphlets to those arriving.

Dr. Paisley's visit is expected to be watched with interest by Australia and covered extensively by the media.

"Port Lincoln Times" Wednesday 28 May 1980. (Front Page).


[30]
Winston Churchill's Testimony of the Historicity and Integrity of Moses and His Writings


We must, at this point, examine briefly the whole question of the miracles. Everyone knows that the pollution of rivers, the flies, frogs, lice, sandstorms, and pestilence among men and cattle, are the well-known afflictions of the East. The most sceptical person can readily believe that they occurred with exceptional frequency at this juncture. The strong north wind which is said to have blown back the waters of the Red Sea may well have been assisted by a seismic and volcanic disturbance. Geologists tell us that the same fault in the earth's structure which cleft the depression of the Dead Sea in Palestine runs unbroken to the Rift Valley in what we now call the Kenya province of East Africa. The Sinai Peninsula was once volcanic, and the Bible descriptions of Mount Sinai both by day and by night are directly explicable by an eruption, which would have provided at once the pillar of cloud by daylight and of fire in the darkness. Flocks of quails frequently arrive exhausted in Egypt in their migrations, and some might well have alighted in the nick of time near the encampments of the Israelites. Renan has described the exudation of certain shrubs in the Sinai Peninsula of a white gummy substance which appears from time to time, and is undoubtedly capable of supplying a form of nourishment.

All these purely rationalistic and scientific explanations only prove the truth of the Bible story. It is silly to waste time arguing whether Jehovah broke His own natural laws to save His Chosen People, or whether He merely made them work in a favourable manner. At any rate there is no doubt about one miracle. This wandering tribe, in many respects indistinguishable from numberless nomadic communities, grasped and proclaimed an idea of which all the genius of Greece and all the power of Rome were incapable. There was to be only one God, a universal God, a God of nations, a just God, a God who would punish in another world a wicked man dying rich and prosperous; a God from whose service the good of the humble and of the weak and poor was inseparable.

Books are written in many languages upon the question of how much of this was due to Moses. Devastating, inexorable modern study and criticism have proved that the Pentateuch constitutes a body of narrative and doctrine which came into being over at least the compass of several centuries. We reject, however, with scorn all those learned and laboured myths that Moses was but a legendary figure upon whom the priesthood and the [31] people hung their essential social, moral, and religious ordinances. We believe that the most scientific view, the most up-to-date and rationalistic conception, will find its fullest satisfaction in taking the Bible story literally, and in identifying one of the greatest of human beings with the most decisive leap forward ever discernible in the human story. We remain unmoved by the tomes of Professor Gradgrind and Dr. Dryasdust. We may be sure that all these things happened just as they are set out according to Holy Writ. We may believe that they happened to people not so very different from ourselves, and that the impressions those people received were faithfully recorded and have been transmitted across the centuries with far more accuracy than many of the telegraphed accounts we read of the goings-on of to-day. In the words of a forgotten work of Mr. Gladstone, we rest with assurance upon 'The impregnable rock of Holy Scripture.'