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Editorial: The General Assembly and the W.C.C.

The General Assembly of the Irish Presbyterian Church will have to decide whether or not to sever their link with the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.) at their June meeting.

Their suspension of W.C.C. membership brought about by a vote at 6 special meeting on November 21st, 1978 by 561 votes to 318 is to be brought to an end, and a final decision made on the matter at this year's meeting.

Once more the Assembly will be under the closest scrutiny as the vital issue is on the floor for discussion.

The passing of the years has seen many changes in the Assembly. The leavening of infidelity of so-called 'Modernism' and 'Higher Criticism' has largely destroyed the belief of the Church in the Infallible Word of God.

In 1926 the Assembly voted for Professor J. E. Davey's apostate views on the Bible and on our Lord Jesus Christ.

Professor Davey wrote or stated the following:-

'The Jewish view was that Jesus was the illegitimate son of Joseph and Mary and I accept that view'

'Jesus had a downward tendency which our forefathers would call original sin, but which we would call the dregs of evolution'. (Modernism and the Sabbath School Committee.)

'We are not as Christians committed to an intellectual infallibility of either Christ or the Bible'.

'Without hesitation I should say that there are literally hundreds of similar discrepancies or direct contradictions in the Old and New Testaments.'

'Our faith as a final and ultimate thing is in God as revealed and known in Christ not in the Galilean Jew who had a certain size and shape and language and education' (Record of Professor Davey's Trial.)

The Imputation of our sins to Christ.

'Imputation is not only an [3] unsuitable word in virtue of its commercial derivation, but it stands for an absurd theory of what actually happens in experience; and it is an almost exact parallel to the Roman Catholic doctrine of Transubstantiation, each of these two branches of Christendom positing the same irrationality at the very centre of its system of salvation. It is surely, then, not for us to sneer at others, till at least our own house has been set in order'. (The Changing Vesture of the Faith by Prof. J. E. Davey.)

From that day the Assembly was on the Downgrade. The results of that Downgrade are seen in the membership of the Church in the Irish Council of Churches which includes the Unitarian Church in membership, their membership in the British Council of Churches some of whose locally affiliated Councils of Churches include Roman Catholic Churches and their membership in the World Council of Churches.

Against this apostasy, the Free Presbyterian Church has lifted up, during the past twenty-nine years, an uncompromising and faithful witness enduring the imprisonment of its Moderator and two of its ministers rather than be silent.

The issue before the Assembly of the World Council of Churches is not merely the W.C.C.'s proved support of terrorism but its utter rejection of the Word of God and the Reformation of the, 16th Century founded on that Word.

The W.C.C.'s declared aim is to undo the Reformation and as such it has worked insidiously to unprotestantise the historic Protestant Churches. Hence the sorry mess these ecumenical churches find themselves in today.

The great error which lies at the heart of Romanism is Rome's appeal to the Church not to the Bible.

Now Donald Gillies, a recent pervert to ecumenism, in his book 'Revolt against the Church' shows that he has swallowed hook line and sinker this ancient error of Roman Babylon. Hence his appeal in his book not to the Bible, the Sole Rule of Faith and Practice for the Christian, but to fallible men and a fallible Church.

The very accusation which Rome made against the Reformers, of revolting against the Church, Gillies makes against the Bible believers and separatists of today.

As far as the Bible is concerned he dismisses its sole authority with such sentences as these:-

'The Bible is not an encyclopaedia or "Enquire within" which provides ready-made answers to questions on all kinds of subjects.'

'We cannot look to the Bible for a specific command or directive on minor matters of faith or for a specific application of the Gospel to many of the situation which confront us today, as the more

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'The Spirit of Indifferentism about Religious Truth' by Dr. Henry Cooke

The doctrines of the gospel are of vital operation, and of paramount importance. To be indifferent about them is the first symptom of an infection which, if not remedied, must terminate in death. While Christians exercise charity towards the prejudices or faults of one another, it by no means follows that, in the exercise of this charity, they are to sacrifice the truth to the errors of a false philosophy or a spurious gospel. The great basis on which this indifferentism is founded is the plausible and imposing proposition, that 'if we be sincere in our profession, it is no matter what we believe.' This dream about sincerity is a sad delusion. It reduces to one common level the religion of Jesus the Saviour of sinners, of Mahomet the Impostor, of the Brahmins of India, the Sophis of Persia, and the cannibals of the South Seas. They are all sincere; therefore, all their religions are alike. It supersedes the necessity of searching the Scriptures for the mind of the Lord, or of praying for the light and guidance of His Spirit. It puts the sinner's sincerity in place of the atonement of Christ, and in place of the Holy Spirit in purifying the heart. The Word of God tells us, with all possible plainness, 'except ye be converted,' 'except a man be born of water and of the Spirit,' 'ye cannot enter into the kingdom of God.' But this specious indifferentism tells us at once, 'Mind none of these declarations; for if a man be sincere, there is no doubt he will be saved.' God forbid I should undervalue real sincerity. It is an essential principle of vital godliness. It was the principle of the disciples, when they left all to follow Christ; it was the principle of Paul, when he said, 'Lord, what wouldst Thou have me to do?' But the pretended sincerity against which I speak is the sincerity which begins in carelessness about religious opinions or practice, and then wishes to beguile others to a similar indifference. I speak of those men who, too much prejudiced to inquire, and too obstinate to be convinced of the truth as it is in Jesus, yet seek, under the plea of sincerity, a shelter for their voluntary errors. The sincerity of the Christian makes him a candid inquirer, and a humble receiver of the truth. His test of truth is not his own sincerity, but an appeal to the Scriptures, the standard of truth. His test of conduct is, not the declared sincerity of his [5] convictions of duty, but conformity to the will of God, with the fruits of the Spirit in knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness. This conformity is true evidence of the life of God in the soul, or in the Church; all other sincerity is pretended, and merely proves the mental disease of those by whom it is pleaded in defence of their aberrations."

A time of Blessing experienced in Clogher Valley

The many prayers of God's people were answered during the Gospel Mission in Clogher Valley Free Presbyterian Church. The guest preacher was the Rev. John Douglas, and truly the Spirit of the Lord God was upon him as he preached good tidings unto the people.

The mission commenced with a series of messages on the Second Coming of Christ and the Lord blessed these messages to his people. The ministry was so appreciated that somewhere in excess of one hundred recordings of the messages were purchased.

The evangelist was encouraged as the interest deepened and he had the joy of counselling a number of souls. The good seed had been sown and watered by the prayers of the Lord's people and there will be a harvest - Isaiah 55:11 - 'So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."

Throughout the mission the Lord's Presence and power was known as He dealt with the souls of men and women. Clogher Valley enjoyed old time preaching, old time power, old time conviction and old time conversion.

Thursday 8th May was an evening of thanksgiving and praise unto the Lord for His blessing upon the congregation. It was evident from that meeting that souls had been refreshed and there was a very real determination to go through with God.

The minister, session, committee and congregation pay tribute to the Rev. Douglas for giving of his valuable time when he came and preached the Word of God without fear or favour. [6] 

Preachers Who Have Influenced Me Most: REV. W. P. NICHOLSON (Part 2)

 

The fifth lesson I learned was as a preacher to speak the language of the people so that your message is easily understood. It was said of Mr. Nicholson that he preached the gospel in the language of the Shipyard worker. Well, of course, in Belfast it was the Shipyard workers who marched to listen to his message. What good would it have been for him to preach in the language of the highfalutin, or the scholastic to such men? His language suited the congregations who thronged to hear him preach. They understood what he was taking about. Here was a man who understood their struggles; who understood their difficulties; who understood their sins. He, himself, remembered the pit from which he had been digged, and the Rock from which he had been hewn, and he laid himself alongside them. He addressed them in the language of the boiler shop, of the engineering works, of the factory, of the textile manufacturing company; of the street, of the Ulster fireside. He addressed them in plainness of speech and in crystal-clear language.

A preacher that cannot be understood will not be successful. He must leave aside all yearnings and longings to be respectable. Nicholson used to say, "I lost my respectability the day God filled me with the Holy Ghost." This was the language that they understood, and no preacher will ever be successful except he preaches his message in the language that the people can understand. Shoot over the heads of your congregation and you will gain no trophies. Shoot right into their hearts and you will gain many for the Master's cause.

The sixth lesson I learned from Mr. Nicholson was this, that a preacher must be absolutely master of the congregation. He must make the pulpit his bridge where he controls the whole ship. No one was more a master of his congregations than W. P. Nicholson. When [7] he got up in the pulpit he was the captain. Everyone was at his command. The whole congregation swayed to his authority. The pulpit was a throne. The Bible was the King's Sceptre. The Word of God was the King's Law, and he preached it as a true ambassador, "As though God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God".

Trouble in the congregations was manifested. People did not like his strong language, and oftimes people shouted out, but he was able to nip all opposition in the bud. He was able to personally deal with situations. One night in Rosemary Street Church a drunk man came into the meeting and sought to upset the congregation. Nicholson had the congregation sing a gospel hymn. He left the pulpit. He caught the drunk man. He propelled him to the door. He put him down the steps of the church and closed the door. As he was walking up again, a lady in the pew was heard to exclaim, "That is not what Jesus would do, That is not a loving, kind thing to do". Nicholson turned on her as only he could, looking her straight in the eyeball said, "Madam, the Lord Jesus Christ would have cast the devil out. I cannot do that, so I have cast the man and the devil out too". The congregation roared. They enjoyed it. It was a home hit. It was a home run for Nicholson that night, and as he preached with unusual power many were converted.

Seventhly, I learned from Nicholson that a preacher should quickly establish a rapport with his congregation so that there is a common bond between them. The first few sentences that the preacher spoke immediately established a rapport - a common bond between him and the majority of the people. He was very good at establishing this common bond. It could be a reference to some local situation. It could be a pun at someone in the meeting. It could be a vivid description of some memory that suddenly came to the preacher's mind, but whatever it was it immediately got the preacher and the congregation into harness, the preacher always being the leader of the team, and from that moment to the end of the meeting the preacher had the congregation in his hand.

Nicholson could touch the deepest strings of hidden emotions buried in the hearts of the people. He used to talk in his sermons about his experiences in South Africa. He said, "I have many a time sat yonder in the Salvation Army Barracks at Mafeking in South Africa with tears running down my cheeks. Though we would not listen to the preaching we used to listen to the singing, and there was one woman who used to sing "Your mother still prays for you Jack. Your mother still prays for you Jack. In that land far away o'er the ocean your mother still prays for you". I have seen 300 of us sitting there sobbing. We had all good [8] mothers."

Eighthly, I learned from Mr. Nicholson not to be afraid to exercise your natural sense of humour if you have it. God help you if you haven't. Nicholson was a wit. His Ulster humour was never far from below the surface, and when it came forth it came forth in such an unusual manner that the whole congregation rocked with laughter. But in the same way as he could rock them with laughter he could jerk the tears from their eyes. He was master of the situation.

Let me give just one illustration. I have already mentioned his great meeting in Lurgan. The Town Clerk of Lurgan was a Christian. He was entirely bald. He had not a hair on his head. He had a bad habit of coming to church late. W. P. Nicholson did not like latecomers. So one night the Presbyterian Church was packed, and here comes in the bald Town Clerk of Lurgan. He walks into the aisle. He looks everywhere for a seat. He cannot find one. Nicholson stopped the meeting, and cried out, "Hi, man, it was not combing your hair that kept you late." You can well imagine what that sort of remark made in that meeting. Nicholson knew what it was to use that keen sense of Ulster humour that God had so graciously gifted to him.

Lastly, I learned, as I sat under the great preacher, that the preacher must be himself. Nicholson never tried to be anybody but himself. He knew his limitations. He knew the task that God had given to him. He knew what he could do and what he could not do, so he stuck to the plain preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The grand Peculiarities of the gospel were ever to the fore in all his preaching. Heaven, Hell, the Cross, the Christ, Redeeming Blood, the necessity of the new birth, them, unpardonable sin, the judgment day, these were the themes which he knew. These were the themes that had burned their way into his heart and he preached them as only Nicholson could. He was absolutely and always himself, and no preacher should try to ape anyone else. He should be the man that God had made him, and exercise the gifts that God undoubtedly has given him.

I thank God for the great privilege of knowing Mr. Nicholson; of hearing him preach; of having him in my pulpit; of having him a member of my congregation when I preached my first sermon after I was ordained. I have read his books. I have studied his life. I have talked to the people that were converted through his ministry, and I thank God that from his lips I was taught these great lessons which have influenced me and made a vital contribution to my ministry and my exercise of the same.

Next month George Whitefield. [9]

NOTES FROM MY BIBLE By Ian R. K. Paisley

READ THE BIBLE

Sir Walter Scott in his book "Monastery" says:

"Within that awful Volume lies,
The mystery of mysteries;
And happiest they of human race,
To whom the Lord has granted grace
To read, to fear, to hope, to pray,
To lift the latch and force the way;
And better had they ne'er been born,
Who read to doubt, or read to scorn".

Here are two sets of four rules for the reading of the Scriptures:

Rule 1 -

(a) Read it through
(b) Pray it in
(c) Live it out
(d) Pass it on. 

Rule 2 -

(a) Read to know
(b) Read to grow
(c) Read to glow
(d) Read to go.

CHAPTER 8

Verse 1

First mention of remembered. Great study, things which God remembers and does not remember.

Verse 2

God sovereign in both judgment and mercy.

Verse 4

God rested, Gen. 2:3.

The ark floated on the second month, the seventeenth day and rested exactly five months afterwards, seventh month, seventeenth day.

5, the number of Grace.

Verse 7

An unclean bird, male, circling the ark, for sin must be encountered again when they left the ark.

Verse 8

A clean bird, female.

Verse 9

Three puttings forth of the Spirit, 1, under law. [10]

CHAPTER 8 Verse 18:

Verse 10, 11

Second putting forth of Spirit, the Gospel age.

Verse 12

Third putting forth of Spirit, the Golden age.

Verse 14

Noah in ark from the 600th year of his life - the second month, the seventeenth day, to the 601st year of his life - the second month, the twenty-seventh day - One year and ten days.

Verse 15

Verse 1 the "Come" of salvation verse 16 the "Go" of service. Compare Matthew 11:28 and 28:19!

Verse 20

Noah built an altar for God before he built himself a house. God first.

Verse 20

Blood shedding, the first on earth, for the earth was only washed, it was not remade.

Verse 21

First uncovering of God's heart. What is seen? The Cross. Compare with chapter 6:6.

Verse 21

Man still the same.

Verse 22

How faithfully God has kept that promise.

CHAPTER 9

Verse 1

God's blessing to Adam renewed to Noah, with the addition in verse 2 of fear. See chapter 1:28.

Verse 1

Restocking, as in Gen. 1:28.

Verse 2

Order different from Gen. 1:28, Beast through which man fell comes first.

Verse 3

Change in man's diet, now meat added.

Verse 4

Blood forbidden here, forbidden under law, forbidden under gospel. Acts 15:29.

Verse 6

Life for Life, Capital Punishment, God's unchangeable law.

Verse 9

Covenant of Grace, Covenant of hope.

Verse 11

Covenant of peace.

Verse 13

The token to Adam was the cherubim, Gen. 3:24.
The token to Noah was the bow.
The token to Abraham was the circumcision Gen. 17:11.

Verse 14

No rain before the flood, Gen. 2:5, 6.
Now the rainbow after rain. [11]

Verse 18

Ham's sons specially referred to because of coming curse, verse 25.

Verse 21

Noah saved the race from the flood of waters but cursed the race with the flood of booze.

Verse 24

Ham committed an act of sodomy on his drunken father. Drunkenness begets the most damnable of sins. Flee the bottle.

Verse 25

God had blessed Ham, verse 1. What God has blessed cannot be cursed. The gifts and calling of God are without repentance, hence Noah cursed Ham's son, see verse 18.

Verse 26

The chosen seed through which Christ should come.

Verse 27

The Gentiles through Christ shall come into the Temple of God, the tents of Shem. See chapter 10:5.

Verse 29

Ninth mention of the Universal Epitaph. See other 8 in chapter S.

CHAPTER 10

Verse 2

The sons of Japheth, seven in number.

Verse 3

Only two sons of Japheth mentioned, and these to do with the isles.

Verse 4/5

Cush the firstborn of the accursed Ham. The first anti-Christ. 'Before' means against, taking priority and blotting out God.

Verse 10

Babel, Erech, Accad, Calneh - 4, moved number. First mention of a Kingdom, a Kingdom in rebellion against God.

Verse 11

Who was Asshur? We are not told, but he probably was Cush's son.

Verse 11/12

Asshur built 6 cities. 6 is the number of man. Eleven tribes of Canaan.

Verse 20

Families, tongues, countries, nations. 4 world number.

Verse 21

Shem, though put first, was the second son of Noah. Ham was the youngest son. God's choice always in second birth. God chooses the second and gives him the blessing of the first-born - Abel before Cain, Shem before Japheth, Isaac before Ishmael, and Jacob before Esau.

Verse 25

Evidently the whole continents were tied together by land. Joints were severed and water divided earth's land mass.


Verse 26/29

13 sons - 13 number of apostasy.

[12-17 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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The New King James Bible New Testament
Reviewed by Gordon Ferguson

Since the appearance of the N.T. of the Revised Version in 1881, English-speaking people have been confronted with scores of new versions of the Bible. This situation has caused much confusion in evangelical circles and has led to deep division regarding the merits or otherwise of present-day translations. On this question the writer is decidedly of the opinion that the modern translations have failed to give a faithful rendering of the inspired words of Holy Scripture.

ANOTHER NEW VERSION

The publication of the New Testament of the New King James Bible gives another twist to the long-running saga, for this Bible claims to be a revision of the Authorised Version and, according to the Publishers, "makes the King James even better".

In the course of this brief review I want to set before you the merits and demerits of the New King James (N.K.J.), to ask whether an improvement on the Authorised Version (A.V.) has really been effected and, if not, what lessons the attempt at a modern translation, sticking closely to the A.V., has for us today.

TEXTUAL BASIS OF THE N.K.J.

The N.K.J. claims to adhere to the same text as that adopted by the A.V. but a note of caution is necessary here. A few variations from this text have been noted by the Trinitarian Bible Society, some of these resting on the slenderest of evidence. Because of this one may question the loyalty of the translators to the A.V. text. It is disappointing that the Publishers have concealed the textual changes in their Preface and have given the impression that no alterations were made. In addition they have stated that there are not massive differences between the two textual foundations of the N.T. This statement is misleading and could give the impression that in refuting the Westcott and Hart theory, which is responsible for so many of the changes in the modern versions, we are squabbling over minor points, while the number of words involved is comparatively small the overall change of emphasis is quite drastic. The Westcott and Hart text involves obliterations of the testimony to the deity of Christ in such passages as 1 Tim. 3:16 and Matt. 19:17, calls Joseph the father of Christ in Luke [19] 2:33, omits many verses and is burdened by numerous other mistakes. The text of the A.V. is essentially the text of the vast majority of extant Greek manuscripts, being witnessed to in approximately 85% of these. The remaining 15% give contradictory evidence and have been shown by Dean Burgon and his successors to be inaccurate and corrupt witnesses to the state of the original text.

This point is of paramount importance. If a corrupt text is chosen for a translation a good translation of such a text will merely reproduce the errors inherent in the text. This is where the New International Version has gone astray. It merely -gives a more dignified (more A.V.-like) tone to the many errors common to such versions as the N.E.B., Living Bible and other modern translations. For further help on the matter please read the excellent books edited by David Ottis Fuller, "True or False?" and "Which Bible?"


POINTS IN FAVOUR OF N.K.J.

Commendable features of the N.K.J. are its retention of the theological terms of the A.V., its remarkable similarity to the A.V. and the fact that the translators have given us a fairly literal translation of the text, avoiding the temptation to paraphrase. It has made a better translation in such places as Eph. 6:11, "see with what large letters (not "how large a letter," which is incorrect) I have written to you with my own hand," Mark 8:27, "who (not "whom") do men say that I am?" and Acts 12:4, where the word "Passover" is correct. Archaic verb endings "eth" and "est" have been removed to conform with 20th century usage.

SERIOUS SHORTCOMINGS IN N.K.J.

On the debit side some serious blunders have been made. Phil. 2:6 reads, "Who, being in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped." The translators may argue that they do not believe their translation is a denial of the deity of Christ but that is not how it seems to the ordinary Christian. The excellent A.V. rendering of this verse should not have been discarded for something so evidently inferior.

Another blunder is the decision to print the word "LORD" in capital letters in passages quoted in the N.T. where the O.T. original had the name "JEHOVAH". No doubt this was done innocently. However, it tends to lend weight to the theory of the Jehovah's Witnesses that the original N.T. manuscripts contained the name "JEHOVAH" in these places. The practice of the A.V. was to translate "JEHOVAH" as "LORD" (capitals) in the O.T. They did not recognise the name "JEHOVAH" as being in the N.T. manuscripts as it is not found in any [20] of them. The Jehovah's Witnesses use their theory to make a distinction between Christ and Jehovah but such a distinction is entirely without foundation.

In 2 Thess. 2:7 the N.K.J. reads, "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only He who now restrains will do so until He is taken out of the way." The capital 'H' is given to indicate the translators' opinion that a Divine Person is here referred to, although a footnote concedes that this is not necessarily the case. However, in stating their preference the translators have betrayed bias for a specific escatological dispensational interpretation. In fact, this is one place where they could have amended the reading of the A.V. A correct translation of the verse should read, "For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains will do so until he arise out of the midst." It is the opinion of some scholars that two persons are spoken of in the text, the first being the Holy Spirit and the second the Antichrist who will arise in the midst of the lawlessness. Certain dispensationalists, on the other hand, teach that only one person is spoken of in the text, i.e. the Holy Spirit, and that one day He is going to be taken out of the world. The N.K.J. lends weight to this theory.

The decision to commence pronouns referring to the Divine Persons with capital letters is very questionable. While the Christian today used these to show his respect for the Lord no such respect was shown to Christ by the devil and his followers. Yet we read in Matt. 4:9, "all these things will I give You if You will fall down and worship me." These are the words of the devil. According to the N.K.J. he addresses Christ with respect but shows no such respect for himself (witness "me" not "Me"), and yet he is asking the Saviour to worship him.

The failure to indicate by italics words not in the original, as in the A.V., is a mistake. By such a failure the words supplied by the translators have been placed on a par with words inspired by God. In addition, the translation of the Greek verb seleniazomai ("to be a lunatic") by the term "epileptic" is most unfortunate. According to Matt. 17:15-18 a demon is cast out of an epileptic. This is insulting to those who suffer from epilepsy and it is difficult to know why the N.K.J. made such an error.

MINOR CRITICISMS

There are many minor criticisms which could be added, e.g. Americanised spelling, "dumb" changed to "mute". "Penny" is changed to "denarius", "farthing" to "quadrans", "he refuted" to "he regretted it", "the Comforter" to "the Helper", and failure to correct e.g. "into your kingdom" (Luke 23:42) to "in your kingdom". Also the play on the word "comfort" by the [21] Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 1 which is minimised in the A. V. by the introduction of the word "consolation".

I have made a list of points for and against the N.K.J. up to the end of John's Gospel and, while most of my criticisms are detailed rather than serious, the balance comes out firmly on the debit side. In fact its most praiseworthy points are those it mostly has in common with the A.V.

COMPARISON WITH A.V.

The N.K.J. can not be said to be an improvement on the A.V. It is however far ahead of other modern versions but noticeably poorer than the A.V.

LESSONS FROM THE NEW TRANSLATION

A study of the N.K.J. gives force to the following points:

(1) The number of obsolete words in the A.V. is very small indeed. These could be dealt with, as Dr. Paisley suggests, by an extension to the margin of the A.V. where contemporary meanings or archaic words could be indicated. May I make an additional suggestion that an extended margin could also be used to give a literal translation in places where the A.V. is not so clear as it might be. I am fully aware of the dangers inherent in such a procedure. Great care would have to be exercised. [21]

(2) The faithfulness and erudition of the translators of the A.V. have been borne witness to by the conservative 20th century scholars who have attempted to achieve an improvement through the N.K.J. Let us therefore go forward with renewed confidence in the old version.

N.B. - Rev. Gordon Ferguson is a licenced minister of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and is at present completing his degree work in Classical Greek at London University.

Editorial (Continued from page 3)

extreme Puritans made the mistake of doing.'

Those who would 'Contend for the Faith' in Irish Presbyterianism today would do well to ponder the words of Dr. Henry Cooke the Churches' greatest orthodox leader, 'If you can convince me from Scripture that Trinitarians, Arians, and Socinians can form a Scriptural Church and cordially unite in licensing and ordaining one another, I shall resign my present views and unite with you in preserving our present Constitution.'

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you' 2 Corinthians 6:17 [22]

The Supreme Argument for the Divine Inspiration of the Bible
A lecture delivered by Dr. Ian Paisley M..P. at the Bedford Auxiliary of the
Trinitarian Bible Society in Providence Strict Baptist Chapel, Bedford on Friday May 16th, 1980

Frederick, King of Prussia, one day in his court turned to his chaplain and looking the minister of God straight in the face, barked out, 'prove the inspiration of the Bible in one word,' 'that is easily done your majesty, the word is the Jews, they prove the inspiration of the Bible.' That chaplain got his feet upon the granite of the impregnable rock of fulfilled prophecy, for the impregnable rock of fulfilled prophecy is the great unbeatable, yea unchallengeable argument for the inspiration of the Bible. The chaplain said 'your majesty the Jews.' You have the whole history of the Jewish race in Deuteronomy chapter 28. This prophecy came from the pen of Moses, it was penned long before the Jewish people had a king and yet it anticipated the day when they would have a king, look at verse 36, 'the Lord shall bring thee and they king which thou shalt set over thee, unto a nation which neither have known; and there shalt thou serve other thou nor thy fathers gods, wood and stone.' We all know how the Jews, when taken by king Nebuchadnezzar were carried away from their own land and brought under the heel and domination of idolatry, only four of their number - Daniel, Shedrach, Meshack and Abednego stood firm against perverted worship.

Look at verse 37, here we have a picture of the Jewish nation. 'And thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, and a byword, among all nations whether the Lord shall lead thee.' The Jewish nation has been scattered abroad across the earth, but it has never been assimilated into the other nations of the, world. For years a Jewish family can live in a nation, for generations they can live in a nation, but they never take on the character of that nation. Their Jewish character cannot be rubbed out and they have become an astonishment, a proverb and a byword.

Then you will notice something else; verse 49, 'the Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, as swift as an eagle flieth - a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand.' Away back just before Moses died God showed him the panorama of the Jewish history; showed him the marching of the army with the eagle at its head - the [23] Roman army speaking the latin language which was unknown to the Jewish people.

Look at verse 52, 'and he shall besiege thee.' In AD70 Jerusalem was besieged and there was terrible tribulation. Read verses 53, 54 and 55. Look at verse 68, 'the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships.'

The Roman general Titus shipped the Jewish people back into Egypt, as secular history records, after the fall of Jerusalem, and there were so many Jews in the slave-markets of Egypt that no one would buy them, what does it say in the 64th verse, 'ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwoman and no man shall buy you.' So the old chaplain was right, he more than proved his point.

Now the critics of the Bible come along and say to me, 'but there are other bibles in the world, the Mohammedans they have their Koran, their bible; the Confuscians they have their bible - the Buddhists they have their sacred writings. Their writings are just as good as your Bible. That is the argument which is put, my answer to that argument is very simple and totally devastating, show me one prophecy in any of these other bibles which has been absolutely fulfilled to the last letter, and only then will I consider if they have a God-given origin. No other book in the world has recorded prophesies which have been so wonderfully, so supernaturally, so miraculously fulfilled to the last letter. This book stands unchallenged in the field of fulfilled prophecy. Hallelujah.

Now in testing any prophecy for its veracity and infallibility there are five rules, five simple rules which must be kept, five rules by which the inspiration and supernaturalness of any prophecy can be demonstrated. Here are the five rules.

Every prophecy must have anticipation. The prophecy must declare something concerning future events. It must be of such a nature that not only a lapse of time must take place between the giving of the prophecy and its fulfilment but also it must be fulfilled in such a way which precludes any possibility of the prophet himself effecting it. There must be the ingredient of anticipation. That is the first thing. Secondly there must be the ingredient of revelation. That which is predicted must be such an unveiling that no human foresight could have guessed it. It must be of such a kind that it could not possibly have been deduced from known facts and principles. It must have the ingredient of revelation. 1st anticipation, 2nd revelation.

Thirdly, specification. The prophecy must be precise and definite to its last detail. General statements may often give a remarkable forecast of events, but exact and precise predictions which forecast accurately even the smallest details preclude the utter impossibility of anything else but supernatural revelation. [24]

Fourthly, it must have the ingredient of inspiration. It must claim to be divine. It must make its claim that it comes from God. The last rule is realisation. The prophecy must be fulfilled at the exact time when it would be said to be fulfilled. It must be fulfilled in every precise detail of its language, and it must be fulfilled in such a manner that its fulfilment is complete and unassailably realised. So those are the five ingredients by which we can. test any prophecy which claims to be God given.

I want to limit our study tonight to the prophecies concerning Christ, there are two types of prophecy concerning Christ. There is explicit prophecy clear statements of what is going to take place. Then there is implicit prophecy - the prophecy of type, symbol, shadow, prefigurations in characters, in men, of what is going to happen. We are going to deal with explicit prophecy and explicit prophecies in this book have a threefold division. There are those prophecies which we call messianic prophecies - the prophecies concerning Christ. That is what I am going to deal with tonight. Then there are the prophecies which relate to the Jew. We looked briefly at one of them in those great portions of scripture in Deuteronomy chapter 28.

Then thirdly there are the prophecies concerning the Gentiles. Because of limitation of time I am going to deal only with the prophecies concerning Christ.

Turn to Genesis chapter 3, verse 15. In that verse we have the first great messianic prophecy. Let me say about this prophecy, humanly speaking on the face of it it is absurd, reckoned by human standards it is an absurdity. What does it say, it says that there is going to be a fight between the seed of the woman and the serpent and the serpent's head is going to be smashed, but the woman's heel is going to be wounded. Now biologically there is no such thing as the seed of the woman. The seed is related to the man. The seed of Abraham. Yes sir! The seed of David. The seed of Isaac, and the seed of Jacob, but the seed of the woman, that to human minds is an absurdity.

When I read anything in the Bible which to the human mind is an absurdity I know I am at the holiest of all as far as the Bible is concerned. The Bible dares to state things that to the human mind are an absurdity but in reality are the essence of the very wisdom of God Almighty Himself. Only the Holy Spirit of God would dare to write this sentence. 1 Cor. 1:25. Listen to it.'The foolishness of God is wiser than men and the weakness of God is stronger than men. That, from any other person but God the Holy Ghost would be blasphemous. As if God could ever be foolish. As if God could ever be weak. What does it mean? It means that those things which are attributed to God in the Book that man thinks are foolish are wiser than all the wisdom of God. Those things in the Bible that puny man thinks are weak, the weakness of God, they are stronger than all the combined strength of all humanity concentrated together. [25]

Look at this text. To the human mind it is an absurdity. In the very dawn of man's history there is a promise. It is the promise of a coming Christ, and if it means anything it means that some person that is going to be born of woman, a human person, is going to be absolutely unique as far as mankind is concerned because he is called the seed of the woman.

We pass on. The river of prophecy gets deeper but it gets narrower, that is a rule in prophecy. The deeper it gets the narrower it gets until it reaches its highest point, and after its highest point comes its majestic and divine fulfilment. The next promise is the seed of Abraham. Genesis 15:5. What does that mean? That God has picked out a nation - the Jewish nation, to be the nation through which the Christ of God should come, we go on and as we go on we find that that nation has twelve tribes and God picks one of them, Judah. Gen. 49:8-10.'Me river of prophecy is getting deeper but narrower. In Eve we discover Christ will be human. In Abraham we discover that Christ will be a Jew. In the choosing of the tribe of Judah out of all the tribes of Israel we discover the tribe from which Christ is going to come, and then it gets deeper and narrower again and we come to the very household from which Christ is to be born. If you turn to the first verse of the first book of the New Testament, Matthew's Gospel, 'the book of the generation of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham.' Yes, he is to be born of David's household. Abraham tells me he is going to be a Jew. Judah tells me he will be of Judah's tribe. David tells me he will be of his household, and then we discover the very place where he is going to be born. Micah 5:3. He is going to be born in Bethlehem of Judea, but before we are told that He is going to be born in Bethlehem God gives the key to the seed of the woman, and in Isaiah chapter 7:14 we read 'behold a virgin shall conceive and bear a son.' So the prophecy is getting deeper and narrower. It is going to be a virgin birth. To human minds it is an absurdity but not to God. Then it is going to be in Bethlehem of Judea. Alright, that is the prophecy. It is precise is it not. It is exact in its details. It tells the whole history of the coming Messiah. He is going to be man. He is going to be a Jew. He is going to be of the tribe of Judah. He is going to be of David's household. He is going to be born of a virgin. He is going to be born at Bethlehem. A virgin birth - seed of the woman. What about the fulfilment. Alright, a virgin called Mary conceived and was going to bear a son, but there is a great obstacle to the exact fulfilment of the prophecy, for Mary who is coming towards the time of her delivery is miles from Bethlehem. Her home is in Nazareth, far from Bethlehem. How is Mary suddenly going to get up in her state of pregnancy, travel the rough, rocky hard road to Bethlehem of Judea. How is it going to happen, and her in Galilee, the northern province of the Roman settlement in Palestine. You know how it was accomplished. God spoke in the ear of a man who never heard of Bethlehem. He spoke in the ear of a man who never knew anything about Hebrew [26] prophecy. What was the man's name. Caesar Augustus. And God said to Caesar Augustus, 'take a census for tax purposes, of the whole world.' But even if he had done that it would not have brought Mary to Bethlehem, but he said 'when you make the law for the census make every man go back to his own family's city.' And when you turn over to Like's Gospel you will discover these striking words, Luke chapter 2 verse l, 'and it came to pass in those days that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed.' Verse 3, 'and all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. 'The whole world had to move. I tell you they needed to move, for the Christ of God always moves the world. He moved the world at his birth. Before he was born the world moved to the city of each family and when he died the whole world moved and shook on its axis and bless God when he comes again the whole world will move. He is the Lord of the whole earth and we see Him here and He is taken in the womb of his virgin mother and He is transported miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. When he came to Bethlehem there was no room for them in the Inn, and his virgin mother gave birth to Him in the cattle shed at Bethlehem, and the prophecy that was given in the mist of the early days of man's history and so wonderfully opened up and developed and added to and deepened and yet narrowed was absolutely fulfilled, and Jesus was born the way the prophecy said he would be born, many thousands of years before. God said, four thousand years before it happened 'the woman's seed shall bruise the serpent's head.' And all was fulfilled to the last letter. There is not another book in the world that has a record like this book. This book stands while every other book falls. This book remains standing. Oh, they burned it but it has endured the fire. It has come forth like the Hebrew children, there is not a smell of fire upon it. They buried it but has always risen with greater power. They have cut it asunder but bless God it is still one complete whole. It is the living, vital, inerrant, inspired, unbreakable, unshakeable rock of Holy Scripture and when the sun burns itself out in the heavens and the moon bleeds itself to death in the sky, and the stars are put out, as a snuffer snuffs out the candles in the great banqueting hall and leaves all in darkness, when this world is done the Word of the Lord endureth forever, and this Bible shall stand for evermore. I believe it with all my heart. I want to defend it with all my heart. It has won my heart to Christ, this wonderful and blessed and holy book.

Alright, let us look at Matthew's Gospel for a moment or two. Look at Matthew chapter 1 verse 22 and you will get a key there to the whole of Matthew's Gospel, 'now all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet.' Underline those words 'that it might be fulfilled'. Turn to chapter 2 verse 15, 'then was fulfilled'. Turn to verse 17 'that it might be fulfilled'. Turn to verse 23 'that it might be fulfilled'. Four times in two chapters. Turn to chapter 4 verse 14 'that it might [27] be fulfilled'. Leaf over that great book to chapter 8 verse 17 'that it might be fulfilled'. Leaf over now to chapter 12 verse 17 'that it might be fulfilled'. Then leaf over to chapter 13 verse 35 'that it might be fulfilled'. Then chapter 21 verse 4 'that it might be fulfilled'. Then turn to chapter 26 verse 56. 'that the scriptures of the prophets might be fulfilled'. Turn to chapter 27 verse 9 'then was fulfilled which was spoken'. Turn to verse 35 of the same chapter and it says there 'that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet'. There are twelve of them in Matthew's book. Matthew is a book specially written to the twelve tribes of Israel, as well as to the whole church and there are twelve fulfilments in the book, wonderful fulfilments, they are worth your study.

I want to tell you that God spoke these prophecies. Men could never have conceived them. Men could never have thought them, Men could never have speculated them. God spoke them because he was going to bring them to pass. There is a supernaturalness about these prophecies in their fulfilling.

Let us look at a Psalm written a thousand years before the scenes that it prophesied were to take place. Psalm 22. What a Psalm it is. it starts off with a cry, 'My God, my God, what hast thou forsaken me. A millennium must roll away before those words would be cried by Jesus Himself on the cross. Go down that Psalm, verse 8 'He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him - let him deliver him, seeing he delighteth in him.' The very things that the Pharisees shouted at Jesus as he hung upon the cross, a thousand years from the day that David wrote this Psalm, a thousand years rolled past. Men had forgotten but God had not forgotten. Standing round that cross stood those old unbelieving Pharisees with their hearts filled with diabolical hatred to Christ cried out, 'let, God deliver him if he would have him.' Little did they know they were putting an impramatur on the authority, integrity and veracity of God's precious Word.

Look down that chapter to verse 16. 'They pierced my hands and my feet.' The Jewish law knew nothing about piercing the hands and feet of a victim. The Jewish law only knew two modes of capital punishment, one by stoning and one by burning with fire, but a thousand years before it happened the Book said they would pierce his hands and his feet. A thousand years afterwards I hear the sound of the hammer swung low, they are nailing my Lord to the tree, turn to verse 18 'they part my garments among them and cast lots upon my vesture.' And as they took the five garments of Christ and four men always crucified a Roman victim - one nailed one hand the other nailed the other hand; one nailed one foot and the other nailed the other foot, under Roman custom and then they pushed up the cross, the four of them together. As I brought out in my sermons on the garments of Christ, Christ had five [28] garments. Each man got one of the garments but the fifth one was the vesture and it was woven from the top throughout. It was the seamless robe and they said 'let us not tear it asunder, let us cast lots for it.' And I hear the rattle of the dice at the foot of the cross as they cast lots for the vesture of the Son of God. Four blaspheming, drunken, sinful sots from Caesar's army.- little did they know that they were fulfilling a prophecy written with the indelible ink of the Holy Spirit's infallibility, written one thousand years before it happened. Yes! Do you believe the Book. It is the blessed Word of God.

Could I jut say to you how accurate is this blessed Word of God, how accurate is this blessed Book of God!

Turn to Psalm 31, written another thousand years before the cross, the last cry of Christ from the cross verse 5, 'into thy hand I commit my spirit'. Turn to Psalm 34 verse 20, 'he keepeth all his bones; not one of them is broken'. It was the custom to break the bones of the crucified victim because crucifixion is the slowest of all deaths. Men have been known to live for five days hanging upon a cross. They wanted to get rid of the bodies before the Sabbath Day so they sent the soldiers to break their legs, and the soldiers came to the first thief and they swung the crowbar between them and smashed it against the legs of the first thief, and the blow brought immediate death to the victim. When they came to Christ (they were hard men, cruel men, wicked men) something stayed their hands. He was dead already, but that would not have kept the cruel soldiers of Caesar Augustus' band from swinging the crowbar. But there was a divine power restraining them and they passed by, but one of those soldiers with a blood-curdling curse took a spear and said 'I will see if he is really dead' and he thrust it into Christ's side, and forthwith there flowed out blood and water, for God said 'I will open in the house of David a fountain for sin and all uncleanness'. Zechariach 13:1. It was fulfilled to the last letter.

Brethren and sisters, this Book is God's Book. No man ever thought it. No mere man ever wrote it. It originated in heaven in the mind of God and was spoken by God to holy men of old who wrote as they were moved by the Spirit of God.

I could go on and on. What about that great Psalm 69. What does it say there. Verse 21. The two drinks that were offered to Christ upon the cross recorded a thousand years before. 'They gave me also gall for my meat, and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.' The first drink they offered Christ was gall. it was a dope, a drug. The victims took it in order to keep them from agony and suffering, but Jesus Christ refused the first drink. Why? Because he had to suffer and bear all agony for you and me. What does it say. 'They gave me also gall for my meat - and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.' And when He cried 'I thirst' they gave him vinegar to drink. I have not time to expound to you Isaiah chapter 53, but is there any chapter that depicts [30]

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News from Philadelphia by Rev. Victor Maxwell

America and Affluence are almost synonymous. However, that material affluence and spiritual apathy go hand in hand. This was greatly evidenced in our new work in Pennsylvania U.S.A.

The Newtown Square Free Presbyterian Church congregated in a converted farmhouse which served as the meeting place and the manse.

The small congregation had aspirations of seeing the work grow and increase.

After the initial settling in period I embarked on a systematic door to door visitation programme in the Newtown Square township. This brought me into contact with Jews, Catholics, (Polish, Italian and Irish in abundance) Muslims, Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Russelites besides many indifferent Protestants. Over all I soon discovered that the area where the church was situated was one of extreme affluence which made it difficult to invite the people to the farm-house. After visiting one thousand homes there was little response although one lady professed faith in Christ and another backslider was restored. However the visitation programme had not increased the congregation.

We began to pray that God would guide us in the matter of acquiring a more suitable building or in the Construction of a church on the existing property.

I toured around looking at various places praying all the while that God would guide us. One area which seemed to present an open door and from which most of our congregation came was certainly more densely populated and some felt this was the sort of area we should be in.

One day an Athletic Hall with two acres of ground was offered to us. The building looked like a country "Orange Hall" and was well finished inside.

We made two separate offers on this property only to have them turned down. All the while some were concerned as to where the minister and family would live should we have to sell our present building to purchase the Athletic Hall.

God had taught me years ago to look to Him to supply all our needs from 2 1/2p postage stamps to houses so we weren't unduly worried. We believed the truth of Matthew 6:33!

In the middle of the negotiations about the Meeting Hall property the real estate agent said she had a "darling of a house" (!!) and asked if we would be interested.

After viewing the house and hearing that the owners were under pressure to sell they reduced it by five thousand dollars and offered an 8% mortgage in the midst of the current l7 1/2% general mortgage rate. [30]

We felt this was the Lord's provision so with the help of some friends Audrey and I decided to trust the Lord and take the house ourselves.

In the middle of these negotiations I got another telephone call from a friend asking me if we would be interested in a church building! Soon I was over to see this property which was right in the heart of the area where we felt was the place we should be. It was an old country church now swallowed up in urban development and presently owned by a group known as the "Odd Fellows"!! - a charitable Organisation.

The church building was seldom used but in good repair and very serviceable. The owners proposed leading it to us at a very low cost the price of heating and electricity.

We commenced the services in the church on Easter Sunday. There still has not been a dramatic increase in attendance. A Gospel Campaign in the church revealed how much we need a stirring amongst the people of God.

Within a short time the Lord provided us with a church and a house. He is able to grant us the visitation we need -

"BRETHREN PRAY FOR US"!

The Supreme Argument for the Divine Inspiration of the Bible (Continued from page 28)

the cross more than Isaiah chapter 53. Did you ever notice that the book of Isaish has 66 chapters, a miniature Bible the book of Isaiah. The Bible has 66 books and Isaiah has 66 chapters. The first chapter of Isaiah deals with the heaven and the earth. The first book of the Bible deals with the heaven and the earth. Read it for yourself. 'Me last chapter of Isaiah deals with the new heaven and the new earth, and every chapter in Isaiah parallels the books of the Bible. Where does the Old Testament end. It ends in the 39th book. Where does the first part of Isaiah end. It ends in the 39th chapter. Chapters 40 to 66 is the New Testament part of Isaiah. Tell me, what is the middle chapter of chapter 40-66. It is chapter 53 and what is the central teaching of the New Testament. It is the Cross of Christ. What is the central teaching of Isaiah chapter 53, the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Could I finish this message with these words. 'He was wounded for our transgressions. He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.' Let me tell you that in that cross tonight there is power to save your soul, to make you acceptable to God and to bring you, after years of earthly pilgrimage , through this valley of tears, hardship and sin, safely to the golden shore of heaven, and present you without a spot or wrinkle or any such thing before the majesty of God on high. Tell me, have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power. Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb. Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour. Are you washed in the Blood of the Lamb.

If you have any doubt about the Bible tonight you should not have another [31] doubt now. I have given you the evidence. The Book stands for ever sure. Turn to the God of the Book. Receive the Christ of the Book and He will give you the Person of the Book and you will live with the Life of the Book for evermore.

To use John Bunyan's invitation 'Come and welcome to Jesus'.

Amen and amen.

The Old Testament Saints by Horatius Bonar, D.D.

God's appeal to Israel on behalf of His laws and statutes are not to be evaded by us. They were addressed by a redeeming God to a redeemed people, that "knew the joyful sound" (Ps. lxxxix. 15), and had tested the blessedness of pardon. These appeals were not meant to bring them into bondage. Obedience was liberty to them as to us. Israel stood upon the blood, just as we do. Abraham is Paul's model of a justified man; and David his model of a man enjoying the blessedness of righteousness without works. The freest proclamations of pardon and life, in which we rejoice, are those addressed to Israel. Old Testament believers did not occupy a lower level than we do; nor did they walk in legal bondage because they had not yet seen the cross. They were "saints" as truly as we are (Exodus xix. 6; Lev. xi. 44, xix. 2; Deut. xxxiii. 3; Ps. lxxxix. 5-7); dwelt in, and filled with the Holy Spirit (Exod. xxviii. 3, xxxi. 3, xxxv. 31; Num. xi. 17, 25; 2 Sam. xxiii. 2; Prov. i. 23; Isa. xliv. 3, lxiii. 11; Mic. iii. 8; 2 Peter i. 21); sons of God (Exod. iv. 22, 23; Prov. iii. 1 1; Jer. xxxi. 9-20; Hos. i. 10; Heb. xii. 5); God's royal priesthood (Edox. xix. 6); God's portion and inheritance (Deut. xxxii. 9); heirs of the kingdom of heaven (Matt. viii. 1 1); strangers upon earth (1 Chron. xxix. 15; Ps. xxxix. 12; Heb. xi. 13); partakers of the first resurrection (Heb. xi. 35); members of Christ's body (Isa. xxvi. 19); His spouse and bride (Ps. xlv. 10-14; Cant. iv. 8; Isa. liv. 5; Ixii. 5); partakers of the heavenly calling (Heb. xi. 10, 16). In short, there is nothing affirmed of New Testament saints that is not affirmed of Old Testament ones; and to say that because Israel as a nation had the earthly things, therefore the saints in Israel had not the heavenly, is to overlook some of the clearest declarations of the Word. The mystery or secret which the apostle announces (Eph. iii. 6), was not that a new thing called the church had commenced at Pentecost (there is no hint of such a thing), but that into the old and well-known body, the Church, so often spoken of in the Old Testament, and symbolized in the Song of Solomon as the church without spot or wrinkle (Cant. iv. 7), the Gentiles were to be introduced and set on the same level as the Old Testament members. "That the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs (with the ancient saints), and of the same body" (with them), is the fair interpretation of the apostle's language.

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Richard Cameron

Over two hundred members of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster travelled to Scotland by the Larne ferry on Saturday 31st May 1980 to attend a special tercentenary memorial service to the Rev. Richard Cameron the Lion of the Covenant and the leader of the Covenanters.

The Memorial Service, with 500 in attendance under the auspices of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, was organised by the Rev. Alex Chambers, minister of the Mullaglass Free Presbyterian Church, Newry and author of a booklet on the Covenanters.

The venue of the service was Ardsmoss, the Moorland where Cameron and his followers were murdered by the troops of Stuart King Charles the 2nd.

The Rev. Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, M.P., moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, preaching the memorial service said:

Rev. Richard Cameron and his followers were outlawed and doomed to death in 1680 for those very principles which were called the glorious revolution eight years later. They were men born before their time who had spiritual understanding of the times and knew what the nation ought to do.

The church in Cameron's day had been betrayed by Archbishop Sharp and an attempt made to romanise the nation through the infiltration of the state church. Today ecumenism is doing the same deadly work. The move to deprotestantise the church is seen on every hand while resurgent romanism is becoming more arrogant and intolerant of those who dare to lift up their voices against the false claim that she alone is the true church.

The sole headship of Christ over the church is both opposed and neglected on every hand today. This great truth for which Cameron died must be reaffirmed. We reject the claims of a so-called infallible Pope or any other ecclesiastical leader who dares to usurp the Kingship of the Lord Jesus Christ. We enter our solemn protest against the new Archbishop of Canterbury Runcie who recently led an idolatrous pilgrimage to the Shrine of Mary. Thus taking the church back to the darkness of the pre-reformation times.

Cameron also contended for the Kingship of Christ over the nation, the nation which had entered into solemn covenant with God. The laws of God could not be flaunted or set aside by any authority whatsoever whether it be royal or democratic. Christ is king over the nations and His sceptre cannot be set aside. Cameron cried out against the romanising House of Stuart and was the first man in the nation to see the way James Duke of York (afterwards James 2nd) was seeking to lead the nation back to Rome.

There is a serious romanising influence around the Throne and House of Windsor today. Dr. Paisley said this was illustrated the other day when the Duchess of Kent lent her weight to Archbishop Runcie's roman worship of the Virgin Mary and his celebration of the roman mass.

The battle which Cameron waged must be fought with the same vigour today, not with the sword of steel, but with the Sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God. However, Cameron's drawing of the carnal weapon in self defence was fully justified and if I had been alive in his day I would have stood side by side with him in his battle.