Editorial: Ecumenical Parrot and Ecclesiastical Somersaulter

The new Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh is not only an ecumenical parrot but is now become an ecclesiastical somersaulter.

First of all, as we highlighted last month in our editorial, he parroted the same United Ireland political philosophy as Cardinal O'Fee. Then, of course, the pressures came upon the Archbishop, various resolutions from his own Select Vestries; a wide-reaching outcry from the Protestant community, highlighted in our own comments upon the Prelate.

The first thing the Archbishop did was to say that he had been misquoted in the Press, but no amount of misrepresentation in the Press could have changed altogether what the Archbishop said. It was quite clear that his statement was the profession of faith of a United Irishman. The Archbishop's ecumenism is well known. The Archbishop's love for the Church of Rome is well known. The Archbishop's Romanising tactics are well known. The Archbishop's dialogue with the I.R.A. is well known. He has, however, been forced to clarify his position. The strong pressures of the community in the North of Ireland have forced him to make what can only be called a withdrawal. Of course the ecumenical clergy are religious gymnasts and they are all good at practising an ecclesiastical somersault. Now the Archbishop has somersaulted and he is trying to tell us that he does not really believe in a United Ireland, but with all his explanation and exposition, no hallucination, his exposition, no right-thinking Protestant will be satisfied. It is clear that the new Church of Ireland Archbishop is an ecumenist, a Romaniser and a United Ireland man, and that the Church under his leadership will be more and more an appendix to the [3] Church of The Cardinal and the Church of the Pope in Ireland. It behoves the Protestant people to realise just what is happening through ecumenism. Ecumenism is an attack on Protestant principles. Ecumenism is an attack on the 39 Articles which form the strong Protestant foundation of the Episcopal Church. Ecumenism is an attempt to jettison distinctive Articles of the Protestant Faith, and having jettisoned those Articles to run up the flag of surrender and to bring the Protestant craft into the flotilla that rides out its course in the See of Rome.

The Protestants of Ulster will have none of it. They reject religious and political ecumenism. Their faith won for them at great sacrifice in this Island is neither to be surrendered nor bartered, and as our Covenanting forefathers resisted the prelacy of the Episcopal Church and fought to the death against Archbishop Laud and his persecuting policy, so the Protestants of Northern Ireland will resist the policies of this modern Laud and will refuse to give up their stand for the defence, protection and development of Protestantism in this part of Ireland. The battle lines are being drawn clearer every day. There are those that stand for Protestant principles. There are those that are the great protagonists of Romanism, and then there are those who while they fly the flag of Protestantism, are prepared to continually surrender Protestant principles and go more and more over into the camp of the Church of Rome.

1980 was to be the year of unity when the World Church was to be seen in all its splendour and in all its glory. The strong firm opposition from Biblical Protestantism across the world has put the brakes on the Ecumenical Movement and nowhere in all the world have the brakes been put on the Ecumenical Movement more than in Northern Ireland. The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster has been in the van of this movement presenting the Biblical faith and standing for its defence, preaching the glorious Gospel of free, sovereign, saving and sanctifying grace, seeing sinners converted by the power of the redeeming Blood of Jesus Christ; establishing churches founded and grounded upon the Infallible Word of God; reaching out to the uttermost parts of the earth in obedience to the great commission. The greatest protest against the Ecumenical Movement, the greatest protest against the policy that has been and will be pursued on the new Archbishop of Armagh, the most effectual witness against the World Council of Churches is the founding of true Biblical Churches which become bastions of Protestant truth, cradles for new converts to true Christianity and a sounding board for the proclamation of the full orbed Gospel of Jesus Christ preached without apology. This is the task to [4] which God has called this Church a Church hated, despised, ridiculed, attacked, counted the offscouring of all things, but a Church that God is pleased to take up and use in this evil day. When this Church becomes respectable, when to become a member of it is a respectable thing to do, then the Church will have lost its driving power and its force for God in this land.

Let us rejoice when men speak evil against us falsely for the Lord's sake. Let us glory in infirmities. Let us realise that this is the pathway of the apostles, that this is the pathway of the prophets, that this is the pathway which the great King and Head of the Church trod. Let us see to it that we stick to this pathway, for the way to the crown is the way of the Cross and the way up is first of all the way down, and humiliation must always be the prelude to exaltation.

There is no discharge in this war!

The Enquiry of All Enquiries

A Sermon preached by Dr. Paisley at the Easter Convention in the Martyrs Memorial Church on Monday, 7th April, 1980 (Electrically Recorded)

The third chapter of the Song of Songs, verses 1-3, "By night on my bed I sought him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. I will rise now, and go about the city in the streets, and in the broad ways I will seek him whom my soul loveth: I sought him, but I found him not. The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw ye him whom my soul loveth"? "Saw ye him whom my soul loveth"?

The Bible's Seven O.T. Songs

Origen said that there are six great songs in the Bible. The first one you will find in Exodus chapter 15, it is the song of victory at the Red Sea. The second one is recorded in Numbers 21, it is the song of the Springing Well. The third one is in Deuteronomy 32, it is the swan-song of the Man of God Moses. The fourth one is in Judges chapter 5, the song of Deborah and of Barak. The fifth one is the song of David in 2 Samuel chapter 22, and the sixth one is the song of the vineyard in Isaiah chapter 5. Those six songs trace the whole of the Christian's pilgrimage, starting in victory over the world at the Red Sea of Redemption and [5] bringing the believer on to his position in the Church - the Vineyard of God. Origen said, "When we have processed through the experience of those six songs then we must mount higher still to sing the heavenly Bridegroom's Song of Songs".

The Book of Ecclesiastes deals with the vanity of life. The Book of Proverbs gives instructions to those who are youthful starting out in life's pathway, but what a contrast is this Book of Solomon's Song. In the Book there is revealed in mystery; there is revealed in the language of the Spirit, the Everlasting Love of the Heavenly Bridegroom for His spouse, and the return of that love best expressed in the words of Paul, "I love Him because He first loved me".

The Key Words and the Five Divisions

Now when you come to study this Book you will find it has a fivefold division. Let me give you two little key words which will help you in the division of the Book. The first one is "I charge you", and the second one is the question "Who is this"? or "Who is she"?

The first division runs from chapter 1 to chapter 2, verse 7, and it ends with the words, "I charge you". That brings this section to a conclusion.

The second division is chapter 2, verse 8 to chapter 3, verse 5, again ending with the words, "I charge you".

The third division, chapter 3, verse 6 begins with the words, "Who is this"?, the great interrogation - the great question, and ends in chapter 6, verse 9.

The fourth division begins at chapter 6, verse 10, commencing again with the interrogation or question, "Who is she"?, and ending in chapter 8, verse 4 when you have the last, "I charge you".

The fifth division commences in chapter 8, verse 5, "Who is this"?, and ending in verse 14 - the last verse of the Book. Remember those little words, "I charge you", and "Who is this"?

The first division deals with the Meeting of the Bride.

The second division deals with the Musings of the Bride.

The third division deals with the Marriage of the Bride.

The fourth division deals with the Majesty of the Bride.

The fifth division deals with the Motivation of the Bride.

Five views of the Bride in Her blessed eternal relationship with the Heavenly Bridegroom.

The Twofold Invitation

You will never understand this Book until you mark out its twofold invitation. The first invitation is found in chapter 4, verse 8. It is the invitation of the Prince the Kingly Lover - the great Heavenly Bridegroom when He invites His Bride to leave Her father's house - to leave those things that have occupied her attention [6] until the day that He set His tender eye upon her, of love - to come with Him to the great Jerusalem, the City of the great King. In that invitation is seen all the wonderful obedience of the Bride, having heard His voice she forsakes all and follows Him.

The second invitation is the invitation of the Bride to the Bridegroom, chapter 7, verse 11 to chapter 8, verse 2, and here the Bride invites Him to come where she is; to leave the palace; to leave the setting of the city; to come out to the rural district, to the fields; to the places of the trees; to come into her own mother's house - the place where she was brought up.

If in the first we find the obedience of the Bride, in the second we find the condescension and humiliation of the Bridegroom, Who is prepared to share all the humiliation of the Church in order that He might work out in her His good, perfect and blessed will.

I trust that that brief introduction will lead you to a study of this unique unparalleled Book which unveils as it does the Heavenly Bridegroom and His bride.

Let me come to my text now. chapter 3, verse 3, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"? Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth?

Back to the Great Eternity of the Past

I want to take you back in a flight of swift imagination to the great Eternity that is past. We see the two millenniums of the Christian era rush swiftly past us in a moment. We cross the 400 years which divide the New Testament from the Old Testament in a second of time. We pass quickly by the four millenniums of time which brings us to time's birthday. We stand at the first day of time. Then we break the Eternity barrier and launch ourselves into that great past Eternity which baffles all human definition, which staggers all human descriptions.

We pierce out into the depths of the immensity of the immeasurable Eternity and at last we reach the habitation of the Triune Jehovah. There is no angelic sentinel at the door of the City of Deity, for we are talking about a time before angels were made; before seraphim and cherubim were formed, when God dwelt alone; when there was only God and God was alone; the Triune, Infinite, Eternal, Unchangeable, All Wise, All Good, All Just Jehovah.

As we stand at the door of God's habitation we dare to whisper into the depths of Deity's mystery, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"? We hear a still small voice coming out of the depths of the habitation of Deity, it is the voice of God the Father. Now what is the answer of God the Father to our question? "Yes, I have seen Him. He is my Son. He is my only Son. He is my only begotten Son. He is my only well-beloved Son. I have laid my hand upon Him. I have anointed Him. I have appointed Him to be the Saviour of men yet not made and of a world not yet created". The answer of Eternity and of Eternity's God to my [7] question, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?, is "Yes, He is in the Father's bosom in the Eternity of the past".

Back Now into Time

I return from the depths of that Eternity. I navigate that great void of Infinite Mystery and Immeasurable Space, and as I come near to creation's morning there falls upon my ears celestial singings and angelic shootings. For the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy at creation.

I approach the Sentinel of all ages, the Watchman of all of time and I say to him, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"? That Great Angelic Being of dazzling and sparkling splendour says, "Yes, I have seen Him in all the splendour, all the majesty, all the glory of His creative power. His voice is like the sound of many waters, and I heard that voice thunder and as it thundered it called forth the universes from the womb of nothingness. Behold, as He spake it was done and as He commanded it stood fast.

I saw and heard Him call for light in the midst of darkness, and light came fast-footed on the heels of His command. I saw Him start the furnace of the sun and set it blazing in the firmament of the sky. I saw Him make the moon and set it as the appointed ruler of the night season. I saw Him take His hand and from its palm He threw millions of stars out into the milky way. Like diamonds they came forth from His Omnipotent fingers and by His power He set them in their courses and guided them in their celestial pathway.

Yes, I saw Him stoop down and take red dust from the earth and as a Master Potter form and mould the body of man. I have seen Him kneel down and apply Divine respiration to that model of clay, and as He breathed into its nostrils it became a living soul".

"You ask me, 'Saw I Him whom your soul loveth'? I must reply, 'In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God, the same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him, and without Him was not anything made that was made and in Him was life and the life was the light of men"'.

Yes, the Watchman of creation's morning has seen Him whom my soul loveth.

And what of Providence?

This world goes on and has been going on from the day it was made. So I must go and talk to the Watchman of Providence and I must say to Him, "This is an ordered universe. This is a planned universe. This is a predestined universe. Saw ye Him, Oh watchman of Providence, whom my soul loveth"?

He replies, "Yes, I have been in the chart house of the ages. I have seen Him plan all things by the counsel of His own immutable will. I have seen Him trace [8] the race of the sun and the path of the moon, and the pilgrim's progress of all the stars. I have seen Him plan the rulership of all ages, planning the setting up of one dynasty and the casting down of another, the setting up one prince and the casting down of another and the setting up one dictator and the casting down another".

"I have seen Him write the calendar of men, appointing to every man the day of his birth and appointing to every man the day of his death".

"Yes", says the Watchman of Providence, "I have been in the operation chamber of Divine fulfilment. I have seen Him take His great hands and pull the levers that set all things in motion, and as He pulled those levers wars began and wars ended. As He pulled those levers nations rose and fell on the billows of His Infinite planning and purpose. As He pulled those levers churches were formed, missionaries were sent forth, men were born again, for all those that are ordained unto Everlasting Life believe".

"You ask me, 'Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"'?

"I must reply, 'He is before all things, and by Him all things consist'. He is the consistency, the cement, the holder-together, the grand adhesive which keeps all things together until His purposes are fulfilled and His plans reach their completion".

Aye and what of Redemption?

I must turn now from the works of Creation and Providence to the far grander work of man's Redemption. I must go and look for the Watchman who stands at the Birthplace of the Son of God. Standing there in the cattle cave of Bethlehem I see that Watchman, and I say to him, "Watchman, saw ye Him whom my soul loveth". That Watchman replies, "Yes, I have seen Him born supernaturally, of a pure Virgin. I have seen Him brought forth among the cattle, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in the manger of Bethlehem. I have seen Him in humiliation, He Who was rich for your sakes became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich. I have seen the Invisible made Visible. I have seen God made flesh. I have seen the Prince of Glory made a pauper of shame. You ask me, Saw I Him whom your soul loveth, and I say unto you, He is born in the City of David a Saviour which is Christ the Lord".

The Watchman of Christ's Life

I come from the place of His Birth to the Watchman of His Life, and I say, "Watchman of Christ's Life, 'Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth'?"

He says, "Yes, I have seen Him as wise sages of the East, led by a supernatural star in the heavens, come to His Birthplace, I have seen them fall before Him and worship the Christ Child and offer their gifts of gold, and frankincense and myrrh. I have seen Mary His mother wrap His little child body in a few clothes [9] and hasten out of the place of her abode and get astride the ass. I have seen Joseph guide it down into Egypt lest the murderous hands of Herod should do murder upon the body of Christ. I have seen Him baptised at thirty years of age in Jordan's stream. I have seen Him in the wilderness an hungered after forty days and tempted of the Devil. The first Adam in a paradise fell but the last Adam in a wilderness triumphed".

"Yes, I have seen Him preach to the great crowds that thronged to hear Him for never man spake like this Man. He made the lily of the field a mighty pulpiteer and touched its lips with sublime eloquence and oratory until it preached the greatest sermon that human ears ever heard, Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these".

"I have seen Him take the little sparrow and turn that sparrow into a prophetic preacher of Divine Providence so that every time I set my eyes upon a sparrow I remember that God knows every little bird that falls to the ground, and if the sparrows are so known and honoured of God in the Omnipotent mind and Omniscient mind of Everlasting Wisdom, how much more does that mind think upon the sons of men whom He loves.

"I have seen Him tread down the billows of Galilee's Lake until the Lake was like smooth marble under His feet. I have seen Him stand at the grave of Lazarus and call the stinking corpse of Lazarus back from the bowels of corruption and his soul back from the underworld of the spirits. I have seen the living Lazarus stand forth pure and uncorrupted in body and his spirit remarried to His body in wonderful reunion".

Yes, the Watchman of His life has seen the One whom my soul loveth.

The Watchman of Christ's Betrayal

Let me come to the Watchman of His betrayal. Let us enter the upper room and at its door I see the watchman of Christ's betrayal, and I say, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?

He says, "Yes, I have seen Him sit in agony surrounded by the twelve apostles. I have seen Him as His spirit groaned within Him, and He utters those sad words of dark indictment, 'One of you shall betray me"'.

"I have seen Him take the sop and dip it in the dish and give it to the Iscariot. I have seen Iscariot red with anger and wholly ashamed of his act of contemplated infamy leave the room and it was night".

" I have seen him as He bowed the knee under the olive grove of Gethsemane when Peter, James and John went to sleep. I watched that scene, and being in an agony He prayed more earnestly and sweat, as it were, great drops of Blood falling down to the ground".

"In the darkness of that satanic midnight of Hell, in the place where He cried to God with strong cryings and tears, - to Him who could save Him from death [10] and was heard, as Paul tells us in his Hebrew letter, because He feared".

But I must hurry on to Pilate's judgment hall and I must say to the Watchman that standeth there, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?

The watchman in Pilate's judgment hall says, "Yes, I have seen Him whom thy soul loveth. I have seen Him stripped stark naked before the ribald soldiery of the centurion's band. I have seen the great lash lifted. I have heard it fall upon His quivering, sensitive flesh until His back was ploughed and from it flowed rivers of crimson blood. I have seen His face and the hairs torn from off it, by the cruel hands of those blaspheming soldiers of Caesar Augustus's band".

"I have seen them march past, a hundred of them and from a hundred lips there has come the filthy spittle upon His precious face. His face was the object of that spittle".

"I have seen Him with His head crowned not with a circlet of gold but a circlet of thorns, and each thorn pierced His temple and entered His brain until His whole head was one blazing furnace of intolerable agony. Yes, I have seen Him whom thy soul loveth in Pilate's judgment hall'.

The Watchman of Calvary

But I must hasten out through the gates of the city. I must stand at that place called Calvary. I must climb the Hill Crag of Golgotha. "Sentinel of the Cross, Watchman of the ages, Angel of God, has thou seen Him whom my Soul loveth"?

The Angel of the Tree, the Sentinel of the Ages, the Guard of Calvary says, "Yes, I have seen Him nailed to that Cross. I have seen Him uplifted on that accursed tree. I have seen Him in the three hours of light utter three great words - The first prayer on the Cross was to His Father, and the last prayer on the Cross was to His Father. The first prayer in the light of the first three hours was 'Father, forgive them they know not what they do'. The last prayer, when the three hours of darkness had fled forever, and the Son of God was again in the light was 'Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit"'.

"I have seen Him hear the cry of the poor blaspheming, dying thief and say to him, 'Today, thou shalt be with me in paradise'. I have heard Him address Hs mother and say, 'Woman, behold thy son' and 'Behold thy mother'. I have seen the darkness fall, and as it got darker and darker and darker I heard that cry, which reverberated round the world and caused the greatest earthquake this world ever knew, the whole planet shaking upon its axis like a drunken man, 'My God, my God, why hast Thou forsaken me"'?

"I have heard Him cry that cry that tore the vail of the temple from the top to the bottom and made a way into the Holiest of All for all men, 'It is finished'. I have heard Him cry that cry that told me He drunk the fire of Hell in His Sacrifice, 'I thirst'. I have heard Him say, 'Father, into Thy hands I commend my [11] spirit'. It was the hands of the Father that struck Him at the Cross, and now the striking is over and the embrace of God with which the Cross commenced thank God is the same embrace with which it is completed".

"Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?

Watchman of the Tomb

I must hasten out to the garden tomb. I must ask the sentinel who stands there, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?

The sentinel says, "Yes, come see the place where the Lord lay. The Roman sentinels were here. Evil priests were here. They sealed the tomb. They sealed the stone. They set a guard at its door, but I was sent from Heaven not to let the Lord out but to let you in to see that He was already out."

Jesus Christ did not come out of the grave when he rolled away the stone. He had already passed through that rocky face triumphantly, gloriously and wonderfully, and as the chariot of Glory was about to take Him to the Father's House, to present His Precious Blood and sprinkle it on the Everlasting Throne, the mighty Christ cried "Stop" to those steeds of fire and stepped off that chariot, what to do? To comfort a weeping Magdalene and say to her "Mary, weep not but do not touch me for I am not yet ascended to my God and thy God, to my father and to your Father".

For forty days after He had presented His Blood He appeared again and again on earth.

Watchman of the Ascension

I say to the watchman of His Ascension, "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?, an he says, "Yes, I walked out and guarded my Saviour as the eleven disciples, the depleted number without the traitor Iscariot, came to Olivet's brow and he stood there and raised His nail-pierced hands and He blessed them. In that act of blessing He rose up into Heaven. He passed the sun. He passed the moon. He passed the stars. He bridged the Eternal barrier. He rose right into the habitation of God. Lift up you heads, O ye gates, and be ye lifted up ye Everlasting Doors that the King of Glory shall come in. Who is this King of Glory? The Lord strong in battle, He is the King of Glory. Yonder on Jehovah's Throne the occupant of Joseph's tomb, glorified, sits at God's right hand a Prince and a Saviour".

My Personal Testimony

"Saw Ye Him whom my soul loveth"?

One day my eyes were opened. I was only a little boy six years of age but I had heard the Gospel from my mother's lips - the Gospel of a Good Shepherd Who gave His life for the sheep. That day I saw for the first time Him whom my soul [12] has been brought to love, and from that day that love was kindled. It has been strengthened more and more and more and more until this day standing in this great church before this great people I can say, "I love Him for wearing the thorns on His brow, If ever I loved Thee my Jesus, 'tis now". "Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?, and I went a little farther and I found Him whom my soul loveth.

"O, I am my Beloved's,
And my Beloved's mine;
He brings a poor vile sinner
Into His house of wine,
I stand upon His merit,
I know no safer stand,
Not e'en where Glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel's Land".

What was said of Mary when she saw Him whom her soul loved? She took the box of precious ointment, all her savings and she broke the box and anointed His feet that were to be bruised and broken for her. Will we not bring our box of spikenard today, very precious. Will we not hear the Christ of God speak to us, speak to us from the lost of Spain as they reach out their hands and say, "Give me God's Word. Give me the Scriptures. I have been brought up in the darkness of Romanism. I know nothing but idols and the Mass and priestcraft. Oh, give me the Holy Word". Shall I not bring a box of precious ointment to lay on the altar for the unevangelised of Spain?

Shall I not bring a box of precious ointment to lay on the altar for the unevangelised of Canada? Shall I not say, There are souls in Calgary and by supporting dear Willie Whiteside I can be a voice to bring them to that Person whom my soul loveth".

What shall I say of Australia, of the people down under in a continent that is blighted with Romanism, Apostasy, Rationalism, and evil? Shall I not help to buy that little house in which the Master can come on the Sabbath morning and show His hands and His feet and make glad His disciples and bring sinners from the place of destruction to the place of Heaven?

Shall I not bring a box of spikenard very precious and present it for the children of Ulster so that instead of being taught the damnable doctrine of evolution and the heresies of this sin-polluted age they shall be taught, not only in Sabbath School but in secular school, the preciousness of the Son of God?

Shall I not bring a box of ointment today very precious and lay it on the altar for the Whitefield College of the Bible so that young men and women might be trained and blaze a trail to the ends of the earth and present to a dying world this One whom my soul loveth?

Let us, this afternoon, give ourselves, firstly, unto the Lord, and then let US, secondly, give of our substance. What is 20,000 to the Son of God? It is nothing. Is He worth it? Is He worth it to you?

What shall I render, Lord, for all Thy benefits to me?

"Saw ye Him whom my soul loveth"?


Ordination of Rev. John Hanna

Spring is the season of new life! In the Spring of 1951 the birth of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster took place and under God has grown in strength and influence not only in Ulster, but around the world. Another new beginning has recently taken place with the ordination of Mr. John Hanna by the Presbytery of Ulster. The ordination took place in Ballymoney Free Presbyterian Church, which is Mr. Hanna's home congregation.

The service was conducted by Rev. Leslie Curran, the recently installed minister of Ballymoney Free Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Fred Buick, minister of the Free Presbyterian Church in Port Lincoln, South Australia, led in prayer.

Rev. Roy Stewart from Cookstown read the Scripture and Rev. John Long from Rasharkin, a member of the Mission Board preached the sermon. Mr. Curran Put the necessary questions to Mr. Hanna, after which the ordinand subscribed the Westminster Confession of Faith. He was then ordained by the Presbytery of Ulster, with Rev. Cranston, Newtownabbey, leading in the ordination Prayer.

The charge to the newly-ordained minister was brought by the Rev. David McIlveen, minister of Sandown Road and chairman of the Mission Board, after which Mr. Hanna read part of Psalm 34 and spoke concerning his Salvation and call into full-time service.

He then introduced two members of the church at Alcorcon in Spain, Mr. and Mrs. Pradas, and asked Mr. Pradas to address the congregation. Mr. Pradas does not speak English, so as he spoke, Mr. Hanna interpreted. This brought an interesting feature into the service. Mr. Pradas referred to their love for Mr. and Mrs. Hanna and brought greetings from the people of Alcorcon.

The Rev. James McClelland, minister of the Londonderry church, closed the service with prayer.

Supper was served by the ladies of the congregation.

Rev. John Hanna and his wife Noranna have been working for the Lord in Spain since April 1977 and now return to forward the witness of Christ in that needy land. Rev. & Mrs. Hanna would covet your prayer support. [14]

1980 Soul Winners Convention

Mossley Orange Hall was the venue for a Soul Winners Convention, organised by the Young Peoples Fellowship from Newtownabbey Free Presbyterian Church.

As the name suggests, the theme of the Convention was soul winning, with God's people being challenged to go and seek the lost for Christ. The Convention meetings got under way on Friday 11th April, with the Hall being packed to capacity. A feature of the Convention meetings were testimonies from those whom God had called to do some personal evangelism. At the Friday night meeting, Mr. George McConnell told how the Lord had called him to colporteur work, and how the Lord had blessed this witness to the salvation of souls. Mr. Sam Houston, who is a student in the Whitefield College of the Bible, ministered in song. The Rev. Fred Buick was the guest preacher for the evening. He preached from John 1:40-42, and showed how God blessed the soul winning efforts of Andrew. He pointed out that Andrew in his soul winning labours began at home first, when he won his brother Peter to Christ, who was later used by God to lead thousands to the Lord. Mr. Buick preached with great power, and at the end of the service, a young man was saved by the grace of God. An offering of 160 was taken up, for the work of the Ebenezer Christian Home.

The Convention continued on Saturday night, and again the Hall was filled with people who had come to hear Dr. Paisley preach the Word of God. The power of the Spirit was again evident in the meeting, as Dr. Paisley preached about the need of revival in the heart and life of the believer. He said this was most important if God's people were going to be successful in winning souls for the Master. Taking his text from Isa. 44:3-4, he spoke about the Character, Consequences and Concern for the blessing of God.

Mr. Albert McAuley, told how the Lord had blessed him, as he sought to visit the homes of people around Ballymoney, to tell them about the, Lord Jesus Christ, Who is mighty to save. Since the Lord called him 3 years ago, to give two days per week to door-to-door visitation, 50 precious souls have been won for the Saviour, and over 70 children have been added to the Sabbath School in the Ballymoney Church.

The Ballymoney Y.P.F. Choir ministered in song, and again an offering of 160 was taken up, this time for the Whitefield College of the Bible. The ladies from Newtownabbey Congregation provided tea for all at the Friday and Saturday Meetings. [15]

For the Lord's Day Convention Services, Rev. William McCrea preached and sang at the morning meeting, and Rev. Ivan Foster preached the Word in the evening, with the musical team of Peter and Raymond also taking part. Those who packed the Hall to hear Rev. McCrea preach, were blessed through God's Word and exhorted to be faithful soul winners like Peter in Acts 2. The Rev. Foster preached to a large congregation, and took his text from Acts 3:26 exhorting the unsaved to turn from their sin and accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Saviour.

All who attended the Convention received rich blessings from the Lord and many testified that their souls' had fed upon "the finest of the wheat" as God's Word was preached faithfully, by God's servants.


"Though the beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase". (Job 8:7). After being just over two years in existence, the Free Presbyterian Church of Port Lincoln, South Australia can be fitly summed up in the above words from the book of Job. Small beginnings.

On January 1st, 1978 the first official Lord's Day services were held in a private house in Port Lincoln. Ten people and a few children attended the two meetings that day, and right from the start we knew that the Lord was going to do a work of grace amongst us. Exactly one month later we had the joy of seeing the first break. A young man sought the Lord for salvation and found peace with God. Praise God, we have had the privilege of seeing many more saved, some young and some old. May every one of them go through with God.

Progress is something which people in every walk of life desire, and thank God the work in Port Lincoln is progressing slowly but surely. At this stage the communicant membership stands at 25. For us that means more than 100% increase in two years, and we give all glory to the Lord for His faithfulness in our midst. In February of this year we commenced a second Sunday School in the area. Sunday School attendance has grown considerably, and boys and girls have found the Saviour through the faithful labours of our teachers.

The year 1980 has already brought new blessings our way. Just a few weeks ago we have obtained a building for the work of God in Port Lincoln. Work is in progress at the moment: we are getting the place ready for the opening day. It is hoped [16] that official opening day will be some time towards the end of May. The Presbytery of our Church has appointed the Rev. John Douglas to perform the opening ceremony. How we look forward to that day! My prayer is that the new premises will soon prove to be too small for us. God give us revival in that dark and sinful land. Pray on for us, the Lord is answering, and will yet "greatly increase" His work. Thank you for all your prayers and help in the past God bless you all in the days ahead.

Preachers who have influenced me most: REV. W. P. NICHOLSON

I remember in the early 30's when I was just a lad, all round Ulster there went out this message, "Nicholson is coming back! Nicholson is coming back", then the message changed to "Nicholson is back! Nicholson is back!" The reference was to that unique man of God, the special instrument of God for Ulster in the early '20's, the Rev. W. P. Nicholson.

Those who remembered at that time his tremendous meetings could talk about May, 1921 when in Portadown 900 persons publicly professed faith in Christ; of Lurgan in September of that year when up to 1,000 people professed faith in Christ, November of that year in Newtownards when hundreds were converted, and the local publican got saved and poured his liquor down the grating of the street, closing his public house, Lisburn 1,950 souls professed faith in Christ, the great mission on the Shankill Road in the Albert Hall where 2,260 souls passed through the inquiry room; of the great meetings in Newington Presbyterian Church where 1,100 souls were dealt with, his great meeting in St. Enoch's where 1,500 souls were dealt with. His great campaign in the town of Ballymena when 2,530 souls were dealt with

These memories stirred up a longing desire to hear the great preacher again, and especially witness again scenes of blessing and of power, so Ulster was glad to hear that message, "Nicholson is back".

During that visit to Northern Ireland Mr. Nicholson paid a visit to what was called 'The Cathedral' at Ahoghill. It was an old disused factory bought by the Christian Workers Union, an Organisation that had been organised as a result of Mr. Nicholson's previous campaigns. This Cathedral became the scene a great Nicholson Campaign. As a boy of some ten or eleven years of age it was my privilege to sit under [17] Mr. Nicholson in that campaign. I literally did sit under him. Because of the exceeding crush he got, all the children to sit at his feet on the platform, so every night that I was there I had a platform seat, sitting on the floor and watching the great preacher in the exercise of his unique and unparalleled ministry; to see the crowd packed to capacity into that disused factory; to listen to the singing of the hymns out of Alexander Number Three Hymn Book; to hear the Word read as only Nicholson could read it and then to hear the preaching of that Word with the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon it.

That campaign wrote indelible lines into my youthful soul which I will never forget and which, of course, have had a tremendous influence upon my own Christian experience and upon my own ministry of the Word of God. The lessons that I learned and the influence that came to me from Mr. Nicholson I would list under the following:-

First of all, Nicholson's message to the preacher was "Magnify your office and recognise you are a God-called preacher".

As Mr. Nicholson stood at the pulpit to magnify his office as a preacher of the Word of God, it dawned upon my youthful soul as I saw the great evangelist that the greatest of all offices and the greatest of al Positions was to be a minister of Jesus Christ. Here was an office that was not in the gift of man. Here was an office that no one could achieve to or attain to. Here was an office that could only be filled on the call of God and on the appointment of Heaven. Mr. Nicholson magnified his office in the apostolic manner and also showed clearly by his attitude that he was God's man - God's man with God's message - God's man with God's call - God's man with God's appointment - God's man with God's credentials and God's man with God's authority.

Secondly, Mr. Nicholson had this other rule for the preachers, "Have one great aim, the glorification of Christ in the salvation of precious souls"

It was quite evident from the preacher's attitude and from the preacher's preaching that there was a motive, a goal, a great aim behind all his preaching, and that was to bring souls to the Lord Jesus Christ, and that could only be accomplished when those souls were brought to a living, loving Saviour. Here is a passage from one of his sermons:-

"A mutilated Saviour can never save or bring peace. If He is not God of Very God He is merely a fraud and a liar. In fact, the biggest fraud and liar the world has ever known, for He claimed to be God and lived and acted as God. No mere man however perfect or great could save our soul and atone for our sin. These are days when many Preachers preach a Christ Who was Born a bastard and lived a life of fraud and [18] lies, and died a coward's death and never rose again, and then they expect us to believe in Him, and if we do they wonder we can never find ease to our conscience and power to overcome sin. Why should they wonder? I grant you they do not express themselves in such clear and unthinkable terms. They are too learned for that. But any man or minister who doubts or denies the Virgin Birth is calling Mary a Jewish prostitute and Jesus a bastard. Any man or minister who tells us Jesus makes mistakes owning to His ignorance is only calling Him a fraud and a liar. If He said God created man and we are told by them he was never created, he was evolved; if He tells us Moses was the author of the first five books of the Old Testament, and Jonah was swallowed by a great fish, and David wrote the 110th Psalm, just because He did not know any better owing to ignorance, the He lied and we would be foolish to believe Him. 'If I have told you earthly things, such as above, says Jesus 'and ye believe not, How shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly things. If ye had believed Moses ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?'. We cannot believe in Him if He lied about earthly things, such as the above. It is impossible no matter what unbloody Unitarianism and Modernism says."

So it is clear that Mr. Nicholson was an exalter of the Godman; a preacher of Christ - Very God of Very God and Very Man of Very Man. He preached Christ because he knew that Christ was the only Saviour, the only One who could deliver souls from the burnings of Hell and the torments of the damned.

Thirdly, I learned from Mr. Nicholson that a preacher must realise that only the power of the Holy Ghost can give you success in your ministry.

Nicholson majored on the infilling of the Spirit of God. He called Christians to realise that except they were endued with power from on High, except they had that power which the apostles had; the early church had; the Reformers had; the great evangelists of the church, Whitefield and Wesley had; the great Reformers of Scotland, Knox and the Covenanters had, they could never do the work of God. He showed clearly that no scholarship, that no ecclesiastical standing, that no degrees of learning were any substitute to the blessed power of God the Holy Ghost. If the work of God was going to be really done; if the church of Christ was really going to be built, if Christians were going to stand holy men in a sinful world, if sinners hardened, coarsened, drunken, scarlet-stained sinners were going to be changed, it only could be done in the power and demonstration of the Holy Spirit. It was from his lips I learned those great words of A. B. Simpson, "I take the promised Holy Ghost; the [19] blessed power of Pentecost to fill me to the uttermost, I take, He undertakes for me".

Fourthly, I learned from Mr. Nicholson to be absolutely fearless as a preacher in denunciation of sins.

Nicholson barred no barrels from his ministry. He went after sin with all the strength and power that Hod could give him. He painted sin in its most ugly, hideous, heinous and hellish hue. He called a spade a spade. His congregations understood what he was getting at. There was no chance of misinterpretation of his speech, plain, striking language; picturesque, perhaps even coarse; to some even vulgar, but it was indeed the painting of sin as it really was, and that painting of sin, that denunciation of sin; that holy anointing which painted sin in its most ugliest hue was what brought about the great conviction of sin under his ministry.

It was the Rev. T. C. Hammond, M.A. the great Protestant Protagonist who said, "Nicholson has achieved fame. Moody, Spurgeon and now Nicholson have been pilloried in the public Press. The unco good have gnashed their teeth, and Boreas has come out with a snorting north-eastern. 'He is coarse, He is vulgar. He is awful.' Most of his critics have never heard him. None of them know him. Nicholson has power. Watch his audience when he gets into the stride of a great subject. See the rapid alteration as the flitting emotions find expression in their faces. Now the laugh that so jars the funerally respectable. Now the strained expectancy as he leads them step by step in thought to a fitting denouncement. Amid the soft sigh of released tension when a period of dramatic vividness comes to a close. This is no idle buffoonery. Here at all events is a man who out of the well of human experience draws deep draughts."

To be concluded next issue with portrait of the great preacher. [20]



Verse 1

Compare with Matthew 1:1 - "The book of the generation of Jesus Christ" - singular, not plural. See also Isaiah 53:8 "who shall declare His generation?"

Verse 2

Eve took Adam's name, as all married women do.

Verse 3

Adam fell and lost God's likeness. His sons got Adam's likeness, a fallen nature.

Verse 5

Adam did not reach the millennium 1000, but died 70 years short of it.

"And he died" 8 times in this chapter, vs. 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31.

"And he died" - our universal epitaph in Adam. "And he lived" - our experience in Christ.

Verse 8

Man declining, 18 years less than Adam.

Verse 11

Man still declining, 7 years less than Seth and 23 years less than Adam.

Verse 17

Man still declining. He now does not reach 900 years.

Verse 21

Something happened to Enoch. He had a divine vision. Methuselah means "After he dies it shall be sent". It refers to the Flood.

Verse 23

Enoch lived a year of years, 365.

Verse 24

"And he was not" - contrast with "and he died". The sky, not the grave, is the Christian's hope. 7th from Adam had perfect end to life on earth.

Verse 27

961 years, Methuselah was the oldest man that ever lived, but did not make the millennium. [21]

Verse 29

Third time in Bible reason for name given at birth - see chap 4:1 and 4:25.

Verse 31

Man really in decline. Lamech's life, the shortest of all the pre flood patriarchs, yet in decline a note of coming perfection, his life was 777 years.

Verse 32

Noah 500 years old - 5 the number of grace; begat 3 sons - 3 the number of completion.


Verse 1

"And it came to pass" - First reference in the Bible.

Verse 2

Women have been a ploy of the devil to seduce men ever since Eve's deception, but they have, also been the instrument of God for man's salvation. Christ our Saviour was made of a woman. Compare Galations 4:4 with 1 Timothy 2:15 and 5:15.

Verse 4

"giants"-fallen ones. See Numbers 13:32,33.

"sons of God"-occurs but four times in the books of the Bible. in Job 1:6; 2:1 38:7; Luke 3:18, Daniel 3:25, It clearly refers to beings created directly by God and not born of other beings of the same order. Compare John 1: 12. It therefore refers to angels who went after strange flesh. Jude 1:6 7.

Verse 5

"every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually"-Total depravity.

Verse 6

God does not change but man changing brought himself under wrath.

Verse 7

"man, beast, creeping thing, fowls of the air"-Four, number of the world. Note fish left out because of God's blessing, Gen. 1:22.

Verse 8

First mention of grace. It is found, and what a finding, in Christ. John 1:17.

Verse 9

"Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God." Three, number of completion, 1, just 2, perfect, 3, walked with God.

Verse 11

"earth was filled with violence". Sin always begets strife. [22]

Verse 12

"all flesh" - universal corruption.

Verse 13

The violence of man can only be dealt with by the violence of God. No other remedy.

Verse 14

The first ark of scripture. 2. One in which Moses floated to safety, Exodus 2:3. 3. Ark of the Covenant, Exodus 25:10. A type of Christ who brings us all to safety.

Verse 14

"pitch", the word from which we get atonement. Noah saw the pitch from the inside and God saw it from the outside. So with the Blood.

Verse 15

Note the numbers, 3, completion and 5, grace.

Verse 16

"lower, second and third stories", note again 3, number of completion.

Verse 18

First mention of covenant.

Household salvation, compare Acts 16:31.

Verse 19

"two of every sort . . . male and female", 2 number of witness.

Verse 20

"fowls, cattle, creeping thing" 3 again.

Verse 21

Gathering food the task of men. See Exodus 16:16.


Verse 1

The first "come" in the Bible. Compare with last "Come" Revelation 22:17. God did not say "Go" but "Come" for God was already in the ark.

Verse 2

First mention of "clean" and "unclean". Seven the number of perfection.

Verse 4

The perfect length of the day of grace, seven days.

Forty days of scripture: Gen. 8:6; 50:3; Exodus 24:18; 34:28; Numbers 3:25; 14:34; 1 Samuel 17:16; 1 Kings 19:8; Jonah 3:4; Ezekiel 4:6; Deut. 9:9; 9:25; 10: 10; Matthew 4:2; Mark 1: 13; Luke 4:2; Acts 1:3.

Verse 6

Six, number of man, hence of judgment. Compare Revelation 13:18.

Verse 7

"Noah, his sons, his wife, his son's wives"- 4 is world number.

Verse 8

4 again, world number.

Verse 12

See verse 4.

Verse 13

Only 4 men named, again, world number. [23]

Verse 16

Those in the ark shut in, the rest of the world shut out.

Verse 17

Waters of judgment were the means of salvation for Noah, so the Cross.

Verse 22

Note fish preserved. See Gen. 1:22.

Verse 24

3 Jubilees. See Exodus 25:8 and 10.

A LADY SOLD BY AUCTION Or, The Three Bidders
An incident in the . . . Life of Rowland Hill

Will you listen, kind friends, for a moment,
While a story I unfold;
A marvellous tale of a wonderful sale
Of a noble lady of old:
How hand and heart at an auction mart,
And soul and body, she was sold.

'Twas in the broad king's highway,
Near a century ago,
That a preacher stood, though of noble blood,
Telling the fallen and low
Of a Saviour's love and a home above,
And a peace that they all might know.

All crowded round to listen;
And they wept at the wondrous love,
That could wash their sin, and receive them in
His spotless mansions above:
While slow through the crowd, a lady proud,
Her gilded chariot drove.

"Make room," cried the haughty outrider,
"You are closing the king's highway;
My lady is late, and their Majesties wait;
Give way there, good people, I pray."
The preacher heard, and his soul was stirred,
And he cried to the rider, "Nay."

His eyes like the lightning flashes;
His voice like a trumpet rings -
"Your grand fete-days, and your fashions and ways
Are all but perishing things
'Tis the king's highway, but I hold it to-day
In the name of the King of Kings."

Then - bending his gaze on the lady,
And marking her soft eye fall -
"And now in His name, a sale I proclaim,
And bids for this fair lady call.

Who will purchase the whole - her body and soul,
Coronet, jewels, and all?
"I see already three bidders,
The world steps up as the first:
'I will give her my treasures and all the pleasures
For which my votaries thirst;
She shall dance through each day, more joyous and gay
With a quiet grave at the worst.'

"But out speaks the Devil boldly -
'The kingdoms of earth are mine,
Fair lady, they name, with an envied fame,
On their brightest tablets shall shine;
Only give me thy soul, and I'll give thee the whole,
Their glory and wealth, to be thine.' [24]

"And pray, what hast thou to offer,
Thou Man of Sorrows, unknown?
And He entry says, 'My blood I have shed,
To purchase her for mine own.
To conquer the grave, and her soul to save,
I trod the wine-press alone.

'I will give her my cross of suffering,
My cup of sorrow to share;
But with endless love, in my home above
All shall be righted there;
She shall walk in white, in a robe of light,
And a radiant crown shall wear,'

"Thou hast heard the terms, fair lady
That each hath offered for thee,
Which wilt thou choose, and which wilt thou lose,
This life, or the life to be?
The fable was mine, but the choice is Yet thine,
Sweet lady! which of the three?"

Nearer the stand of the Preacher,
The gilded chariot stole,
And each head was bowed as over the crowd,
The thundering accents roll,
And every word, as the lady heard,
Burned in her very soul.

"Pardon, good people," she whispered,
As she rose from her cushioned seat,
Full well, they say, as the crowd made way,
You could hear her pulses beat;
And each head was bare, as the lady fair
Knelt at the preacher's feet.

She took from her hands the jewels,
The coronet from her brow;
'Lord Jesus she said, as she bowed her head,
The highest bidder art Thou;'
Thou gav'st for my sake Thy life, and I take
Thy offer - and take it now.

"I know the world and her pleas ures,
At best they but weary and cloy;
And the tempter is bold, but his honours and gold
Prove ever a fatal decoy;
I long for Thy rest - Thy bid is the best;
Lord, I accept it with joy.

"Give me Thy cup of suffering,
Welcome, earth's sorrow and loss,
Let my portion be to win souls to Thee.
Perish her glittering dross!
I gladly lay down her coveted crown.
Saviour, to take Thy cross."

"Amen!" said the holy preacher,
And the people wept aloud.
Years have rolled on - and they all have gone
Who formed that awe-struck crowd.
Lady and throng have been swept along
On the wind like a morning cloud.

But the Saviour has claimed His Purchase,
And around His radiant seat,
A mightier throng in an endless song,
The wondrous story repeat;
And a form more fair is bending there,
Laying her crown at His feet.

So now in eternal glory!
She rests from her cross and care:
But her spirit above, with a longing love,
Seems calling on you to share
Her endless reward, in the joy of her Lord:
Oh! will you not answer her - there?


Brendan Behan's Brothel Blasted

Ever since the formation of the Free Presbyterian Church there as been constant preaching against the decline in morals that has plagued almost every generation. Our pulpits have been occupied by men who, with deep conviction, have sought to lead the people away from the impurities of the world to the purity that is found by trusting the Lord Jesus Christ. However, in spite of the faithful warnings of God's servants there still arises within our land a spirit that resists the claims of God's Word and embraces the iniquities that excite the depraved nature within fallen man. When such presentations of immorality are portrayed on the Cinema screen or on the theatrical stage the Free Presbyterian Church has always been prepared to confront such unacceptable obscenities by bringing their protest into the streets of the land. Such a confrontation took place at the Arts Theatre in Belfast when the Rev. David McIlveen led some thirty Free Presbyterian protesters to object to the production of Brendan Behan's play 'The Hostage'. This play is set in a Dublin Brothel with all the activities associated with such a place vividly suggested upon the stage. Acts of homosexuality and prostitution coupled with scenes of nudity characterise the production. During the course of the protest Mr. McIlveen accused the management of the Theatre of glamourising sin and of contributing to the fragmentation of wholesome family life within the community. These matters were not only made known to the management, but the cast, who came out to meet the protesters, also were made aware of the Churches' objections. It is hoped that by being alerted to such corrupt and contemptible productions, the public will rise up and show its opposition by not supporting such plays which can only drag our nation closer to the wrath of a Righteous God. And may we who love the Lord, ever be encouraged to be vigilant and to cry out against the moral decline of our generation, for men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil.