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Editorial: Revival Necessary for Survival

The outlook for N. Ireland for this New Year of 1981 is humanly speaking very bleak indeed. Economically Ulster is going down into the black depths of mass unemployment. Soon we will be over the 100,000 mark in this dark field and the prospects are too unpleasant to contemplate with a possible 125,000 to 130,000 unemployed before the summer. Mrs. Thatcher's inflexible monetary policies are destroying Ulster's manufacturing base and it seems very unlikely whether it will be possible to salvage anything from the ruins which the pursuit of those policies has left in its wake. Ulster, always a plague spot for unemployment in the United Kingdom is now the worst plague spot in the whole of the EEC. Yet the wages in Ulster are on an average lower, the cost of living is higher and energy costs have become prohibitive. No one can foretell just what Ulster's future will be economically. There are no stars of hope on the horizon as far as we can see.

Politically Ulster's prospect is even bleaker. The violence continues and the Government's policies are not succeeding and have little likelihood of succeeding in the field of restoring law and order.

The two deterrents open to any government faced with the terrorist situation which we have in Ulster are (1) Capital Punishment and (2) Effective Imprisonment. The first deterrent the Government has rejected. The killers can kill at will but the Government has guaranteed to them that they will not be killed. Effective imprisonment is now a thing of the past with the Government's betrayal and practical surrender to the I.R.A. H-Block hunger strikers. A mini-amnesty will [3] in the near future result when with the review of sentence and the removal of time for misconduct scores of I.R.A. men will be released. Having made a dirty deal with the I.R.A. terrorists the Government has proceeded to enter into an underhand mini-Munich with Charles Haughey and the Irish Republic. The totality of N. Ireland's relationships with the South is now under review and a de facto Sunningdale agreement has taken place. Also certain Official Unionists have fallen into the cleverly baited trap and have suggested an Agenda for the North/South on-going talks. Mr. Molyneaux so ready to see his opponents deceived has himself fallen hook, line and sinker for Mrs. Thatcher's ploy even to the extent of blaming faceless civil servants and exonerating her from the Dublin disaster.

Spiritually speaking Ulster's outlook is bleaker still. The so-called main churches, Irish Presbyterian, Church of Ireland, Methodist and Roman Catholic are indissolubly locked in the ecumenical dialogue. In this dialogue Cardinal O'Fee does the running and the other leaders dance to his tune. The so-called week of prayer has been a betrayal of Protestant principles with the Blasphemous Mass quite acceptable as part of the joint set up. Doctrinal considerations are taboo. The main aim is to condition the Protestants of Ulster to an acceptance of the Church of Rome as a true Christian Church and its sacraments as being scriptural. How Rome laughs up her sleeve at the Protestant ecumenical suckers! They do her work for her better than she can do it herself. The Jesuits are thus having a field day.

However those of us who still believe in the Absolute Infallibility of the Bible can turn away from this dark picture of Ulster, economically, politically and religiously and with hope and confidence face the blackest future. God Almighty still reigns and rules. The Sovereign Jehovah is on the Throne. His will shall be done in earth as it is in heaven.

With the Word of God and the Power of Prayer this Province can be delivered "for the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him". 2 Chron. 16:9

To the Work of Prayer and the Task of Evangelism let us give ourselves in 1981. Revival is necessary for Survival.


REV. WM. McCREA

Mr. McCrea has recovered from his illness and has been preaching again. He is grateful to God's people for their prayers and requests continual intercession for his work for the Lord. [4]

"It is appointed unto men once to die but to the believer to die five times"
A sermon preached in the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley (Electrically Recorded)

I want to speak this morning on a subject that I have entitled 'It is appointed unto man once to die but to the believer to die five times'.

One person accused me this week of heresy, for saying that the believer has to die five times. I immediately referred that critic to the Book, and, of course, when we brought the critic to the Book he was silenced.

Could I say, in introducing this subject, that the believer is brought into a death relationship immediately he is born again. I better repeat that. The believer is brought into a death relationship immediately he is born again. He lives to die, and he dies to live.

THREE TYPES OF DEATH

Now, death in the Scripture is never annihilation. There are three types of death in the Word of God. Mark them carefully. There is physical death. What happens at physical death? The spiritual part of man's being and the physical part are separated. Spirit and soul are separated from the body. The body is not annihilated. It is still there. The spirit is not annihilated. It is still there. The soul is not annihilated. It is still there. Separation has taken place.

Then the Bible talks about spiritual death. 'Dead in trespasses and in sin'. That is separation from God. When I was born into the world I was born in sin in a state of separation from God.

Further the Bible talks about eternal death - the second death. What is that? That is the separation of the spirit, soul and body from God in the lake of fire for evermore. So death is never annihilation. It is always separation, and that should be remembered.

TWO GREAT TRUTHS

Now when you stand at the Cross of the Lord Jesus Christ there are two great truths which need to be learned. First of all there is the truth of substitution. What does that mean? That means that Christ died for me. He took my place. He died for me. From that great truth of substitution there flows the wonderful experience [5] of justification. Because Christ died for me, I go perfectly, completely, totally, and bless God, eternally free. That comes from the truth of substitution.

There is another truth. There is a truth of identification. What does that mean? That means that Christ died as me. He was my representative. When He went to the Cross He took me along with Him. I am identified with Christ in His Death. I am identified with Christ in His Burial. I am identified with Christ in His Resurrection. I am identified with Christ in His Ascension. I am identified with Christ in His Enthronement and I will be identified with Christ in His Coming again. From that truth there flows another great experience - the experience of Sanctification. Justification is an act. It is done once and for all. It is never repeated. It cannot be added to or taken away from. God in His Courthouse exonerates me completely. He justifies me by an act of His free grace. Sanctification is an act. Sanctification is a work. It is a work of God's Holy Spirit within the believer's heart. The old Catechism is right when it says 'it enables the believer to die more and more to sin, and to live more and more to God'.

So there are two great truths that we need ever to remember.

Now could I say, today, that we are going to look at these five deaths of the believer, having laid the foundation.

THE FIRST DEATH

Turn over to Romans chapter 7, verses 4 and 6 and you will get the first death of the believer. (Mark it carefully). Romans chapter 7:4: "Wherefore my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ" (Mark it carefully) "Dead to the law by the body of Christ, that ye should be married to another, even to Him Who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God". Look at verse 6, "But now we are delivered from the law, that being dead wherein we were held, that we should serve in newness of spirit and not in oldness of letter".

The first death of the believer, and we are all summoned to attend our own funerals this morning, is the death to the law. Now, of course, when we come to talk about the law, God's people are greatly confused and some people say "Well we are not under law, we are under grace". Yes that is true, but we are still under law in a special way and under grace in a very special way. You see the law says 'Do not steal'. I am not under law, I am under grace. Will I thieve as much as I like? The law days, 'Do not commit adultery' - I am not under law, I am under grace. Will I become an immoral person?

You see you have got the wrong end of the stick completely. The law is a way to life. I have died to it. Let me explain that to you. If you turn to the Old Testament Scriptures you will find the law, it is summarised for us in the 10 commandments. You know the commandments in the twentieth chapter of Exodus. You have them listed for you. The two tables of the law. Do you remember Moses came [6] down the mountain and he had two tables. Why two tables? Because four commandments have to do with my relationship to God. Six commandments have to do with my relationship to men and women. So there is the relationship to God and the relationship to men and women. Those are the commandments. They still stand. They are not changed. They are not abrogated. They are not repealed. They don't state things to make them right. They state things that are already right. The ten commandments.

Then if you want to know how they are summarised if you turn in the New Testament to the Gospel according to Matthew you will find in Matthew chapter 22 the summary of them all. The Lord Jesus Christ is the speaker, and He says, 'Here is the whole law'. Matthew chapter 22, verses 36 to 40 (Mark those verses carefully in your Bible. They are very important) "Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, This is the first and great commandment, and the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hand all the law and the prophets". All right, if the law is a way to life you do that and you will live. You say, "What?". You do that and you will live. That is what God said at Sinai. "You Israelites do it and you will live". Well they tried to do it. Have you ever tried to love the Lord your God with all your heart, and all your soul and all your mind? Is there a man or woman in this meeting who would dare to stand up and tell me from the day they were born they have loved God with all their heart, and with all their soul and with all their mind? Would they dare to tell me that they loved their neighbour as themselves? Maybe this morning they didn't even love their wife as themselves. They took the best breakfast and let her have second best! Let me tell you, friend, you cannot do it as a way to life. Thank God, today I am not under law as a way to life. No man is justified by the deeds of the law, but we are under the law as a way of life. That is a different thing. Turn to I Corinthians chapter 9 and verse 21 and there you will have the proof of that. (I haven't time to develop this. This is a great subject, we will come back to it some time. I think it is very important) I Corinthians 9, verse 21, "To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ)". So under the law to Christ I don't steal, I don't commit adultery, I don't covet, I keep holy God's Day, I don't worship graven images, I don't swear, I don't curse, I don't profane, I don't blaspheme. I am under the law to Christ, but it is a way of life. It is not a way to life The way to life, bless God, is the Cross, grace alone without works.

Let me tell you something. You know what the Devil does to God's people? After they are justified when they have found a way to life through Christ alone, then the Devil comes into their lives and he tries to get them to go back to legalism. How many Christians are under bondage today because of legalism! They began in the spirit but they are now trying to be made perfect in the flesh. [7]

I heard abut a man who said to his congregation. 'None of you should have milk delivered on Sunday! It is a sin, a violation of God's Day'.

Well, let us take it a bit further. Should the farmer milk the cow on Sunday? or should he say to the cow, "Now it is the Lord's Day, I'm not milking you". Should he do that? I want to tell you that is a work of mercy and a work of necessity. There are people that would like to bring us under the bondage of the law as a way to life and not as a way of life. Let us get it straight. I'm glad today, (I was just thinking about this as I was in Liverpool yesterday and couldn't get home until this morning. I thought I was not going to get here for British Airways had a breakdown with their machine, and if ever a machine came over on a wing and a prayer that one came over. I was doing the praying as hard as I could this morning) I was just thinking about that and I wrote down on my notes here, 'All the charges of the law, all the curses of the law, all the penalties of the law, all the guilt of the law, all the thunderings of the law, all the strokes of the law, glory to God I am dead to it! A dead man does not hear anything. I don't hear one thunder of the law today.

"What though the accuser roar
Of ills that I have done;
I know them well and thousands more,
Jehovah findeth none"

Is that not wonderful? That is something to shout about. Amen! Let me tell you something. That is dying to the law. That is what it means.

THE SECOND DEATH

Now the second death is in Galations chapter 6 verse 14, (I'll have to hurry!) The second death of the believer, "But God forbid that I should glory save in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world". I am crucified, I am dead by the Cross unto the world. The second death of the believer. Dead to the world. Now the world is our environment. We have to live in it. The Lord Jesus Christ said in John chapter seventeen, "I do not ask you, Father, to take them out of the world". That was the old monastic view, you know. They took the monks and the nuns and the friars out of the world, and they built up big walls around the monasteries. They said they built up the walls to keep the world out, but they actually built the walls to keep the monks in. That is what they really did. Yes, we are to live in the world.

I was thinking about the environment of the world. It is not good for us the worldly environment. Turn to 1 John chapter 2, verse 16. Here is what is in the world. "For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the Just of the eye, and the pride of life". They are all in the world. You know, every temptation [8] comes along the avenue of the world, comes along the avenue of our environment. Did you ever notice that every temptation is the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye and the pride of life. Do you remember the first temptation over in Genesis where the Devil came and the woman saw the tree that it was good for food. There is the lust of the flesh, 'Good for food', 'Pleasant to behold' - the lust of the eye. The pride of life - 'A tree to be desired to make one wise' You have the threefold temptation - the threefold content of the world.

Take the temptation of Christ, It was the same. "Make these stones into bread". There is the lust of the flesh. "I will give you the kingdoms of the world and the glory". There's the lust of the eyes. "Cast yourself down from the pinnacle of the Temple, and everybody will believe on you because your Father will preserve you" - There's the pride of life. So every temptation is along those lines.

Now what happens to me? I am called upon today to die to the world. Now as I have said, a dead man will not respond. So if I die to the world today there is no response within me . Hallelujah! The world can tempt me. It can offer me the lust of the flesh, but I am dead. It does not appeal to me. It can offer me the lust of the eye, but I can't see, I am a dead man. It can offer me the pride of life, but there is no pride in the corpse, no fashion in the shroud. I tell you, friend, we as believers need to learn this second death. We need to die to this old world. "I am crucified with Christ". "The world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world". May God teach us that!


THE THIRD DEATH

The third death of the believer is to all forms of false religion. You will find that in Colossians chapter 2 and verse 20, "Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, (Touch not; taste not; handle not: Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Which things indeed have a shew of wisdom in will worship and humility, and neglecting of the body: not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh". Here is false religion. It is built upon the commandments and doctrines of men. Here is an exposure of Popery with its will worship and humility and neglect of the body. Here is an indictment of all false religion with their penances and human tortures and the paying of the price for acceptance with their God. What does this Book say? This Book says you have not to touch them; you have not to taste them; you have not to handle them because you are dead.

How many believers today would like this separated church to become like other churches; would like this separated preacher to become like other preachers; would like to get into the religious swim of things? [9]

A fellow said to me the other day, "You're not in the religious pond". I said, "I don't want to be in that pond, because the only things in that pond are fish and they are all cods anyway. I don't want to be among them. I don't want to be in that pond". "Oh, I want to be accepted. I want the other churches to accept me" he said. "I don't" I tell you.

I said, as I was studying this message, "Get me into the coffin, Lord, and put the shroud upon me and bury me in this grave - the grave of a death to all false religion". A 'No', an emphatic 'No' in this ecumenical age!

I was greatly encouraged yesterday as I was talking to a young man. I was talking to him about one of the best churches in Liverpool and I said, "Who is pastor of that Church today?" He mentioned a man's name and he said, "I want to tell you something, that man was almost in the ecumenical movement and he got one of your tapes preached in the Ulster Hall and he listened to it, and after listening to it he said, 'I am going to separate from the ecumenical movement. I am going to get my church out of it and I am going to stay out of it'. And he did just that, and, thank God, God is blessing him ten times over". I lifted my heart to God and I said, 'Thank you Lord for being your messenger to help that man to attend his own funeral and have done with false religion'.

May God help us not to give a place - hearthroom to that which savours of this old ecumenical age.

I see that Archbishop Runcie is coming to Belfast, the man who said he would be happy to take part in the marriage of the Price of Wales to a Papist, and he would be glad to have old Cardinal Hume to help him. Runcie is a traitor to all that the Reformation stood for. That is what he is!

THE FOURTH DEATH

Let us come to the fourth death. The fourth death of the believer is in Romans chapter 6, Death to sin. (We have not time to expound this!) Read Romans chapter 6 and put a circle round every time sin occurs in that chapter. (I did this morning coming over in the plane from London) It occurs seventeen times and it is never in the plural. It is always in the singular this word 'sin', because it is not dealing with sins as fruit, it is dealing with sin as the root. It is the root principle, and if you want to know what it is turn over to the seventh chapter of Romans, Romans 7, verse 24, where Paul says, "O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me (mark it!) from the body of this death?"

When I was born into this world I was born with a sin principle - the old nature. I got it from Adam. Then one day I was born again, Hallelujah! and I got a new nature. I got that from Christ. I still have the old nature today. But let me tell you something, look at Romans chapter 6 and you will find out something about this old nature. You will find out in verse 6 'that the body of sin might be [10] destroyed'. What is this body of death - this body of sin? You see, Paul was using an old torture which the Romans had. They used to say to a person, "We will kill you, but the way we'll kill you we will get a dead body and we will tie that body to you, feet to feet, limbs to limbs, breast to breast, head to head, eye to eye, mouth to mouth, and soon the stench of death will overcome your living body.". Paul said, 'That is just like the body of sin, this old nature'. But he also says 'the body of sin is destroyed.'

Some people foolishly say, "Then it is annihilated". Oh, no sir, that is not reading the right way of it, because that word 'destroy' does not mean to annihilate, because it is the same word which is used of the Devil and I don't think anybody here believes that the Devil is annihilated. Billy Sunday said that he believed in the Devil for he did business with the old rascal every day, and so do I.

Look at chapter 2 of Hebrews. (This is very important) Verse 14: "That through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is to say the devil". Is the Devil destroyed - annihilated? No, sir! What does that word 'destroy' mean? It means to rob him of the power and authority to rule. I hope you have got that! So this old nature that I got from Adam, thank God is robbed of the power to rule. Why? Because it is put on the Cross. It is nailed to the Cross.

There are three words in Romans chapter 6 I would like you to mark. They are very very important. The first one is in verse 6, "Knowing this". There is something I have got to know if I am going to die to sin. "Knowing this that our old man is crucified with Him". Our old man has been dealt with at the Cross. Thank God his power to rule, to control, to dominate, to direct, to motivate, has been broken. "Knowing this". 'Men look down the chapter, verse 11, "Reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin". Some people stop there, but you have not only to reckon you are dead but, praise God, you are to reckon you are alive unto God.

A man said to me once, "I find it hard to reckon I am dead". I said, "Well maybe you'll get the second part of the text, Reckon you are alive unto God living unto God".

The third word is the word 'Yield' Verse 13, "Yield yourselves unto God". There is consecration. So I know that God has dealt with the old man, Hallelujah! I know that I can take a stand at Calvary for victory, and, praise God, I can yield my body to the Lord.

A man came into this church a few Sunday nights back with a terrible problem. He was crying bitterly. He was a believer. He says "I am not getting the victory". I sat down with him, I took him to Romans chapter 6, I pointed out these three words. he said, "Preacher, I see it. It is simple. I have got to go now and take a stand". The man came back the other Sunday night, his face was [11] beaming. He said to me, "Preacher, I have got the victory". He said, "I know that God has done it at the Cross, I am taking my stand at Calvary and, praise God, I have yielded my life to God". That is the way you die to sin. Friend, we need to die daily to sin and we need to live daily unto God. That is the fourth death.

THE FIFTH DEATH

The last death is death to self. Galatians chapter 2 verse 20: "I am crucified with Christ" I am dead by the Cross with Christ - "Nevertheless I live, yet not I but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God Who loved me and gave Himself for me". Let me tell you something. Self has its choices, its preferences, its ambitions, and its affections and I can be motivated by the flesh, and I can be so motivated that I prefer my preferences, choose my choices and struggle for my ambitions. I am motivated by what I want, but God has called me to die. God does not want me to be motivated by my choices. God wants me to be motivated by His choice, His preference, His will, His faith. The life of the Son of God. What does the Son of God do? What was His life? He left the Father's Throne on High, So free, so Infinite His grace, Emptied Himself of all but love, And bled for Adam's guilty race. That is the Life of the Son of God. He left it all to go the way of the Cross.

From prayer that asks that I might be,
Sheltered from storms that beat on me;
From fearing when I would aspire
From faltering when I would climb higher;
From all that dims Thy Calvary
O, Lamb of God, deliver me.

Give me the love which leads the way,
The faith that nothing can dismay;
The hope no disappointments tire,
The passion that will burn like fire.
Let me not sink to be a clod,
Make me Thy fuel Flame of God!

May God do that in our lives! May we attend our five funerals today and be buried in order to rise to walk in newness of life. For the Lord's sake. Amen and Amen! [12]

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

GENESIS CHAPTER 25

Verse 9

"His sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him" - How sad it is that many families only meet at funerals - cp. Gen. 36:29.

Verse 11

"After the death of Abraham that God blessed Isaac" - The blessing of the living God unaltered by the death of the godly.

Verse 12

"Now these are the generations of Ishmael" - Result of Abraham's prayer in Gen. 17:18.

Verse 17

"Ishmael - an hundred thirty and seven years was gathered unto his people". Cp. with verse 8. Ishmael must have been saved. He not only had the covenant mark, circumcision - but covenant grace. He was gathered to faithful Abraham.

Verse 18

"He died in the presence of all his brethren" - a wonderful death bed scene. Isaac must have been there.

Verse 19

"These are the generations of Isaac" First the fleshly seed then the heavenly.

Verse 20

"And Isaac was forty years old when he took Rebekah to wife" - 40 the number of probation.

Verse 21

"She was barren" - Isaac tested in the same way as his father Abraham.

Verse 22

"Why am I thus" - an appropriate question. "She went to enquire of the Lord" - an appropriate quest.

Verse 23

"The elder shall serve the younger" The Divine Order.

Verse 26

"Isaac was three score years old when she bare them" - He had to wait 20 long years for his family - His faith like Abraham's was put to the test. "His hand took hold on Esau's heel". The heel, the Achille's heel.

Verse 27

"Cunning". Esau a cunning hunter, Jacob a cunning schemer.

Verse 28

"Loved because of his venison". Isaac's love had a motivation. Rebekah's had none but God's word to her in answer to prayer - see v.23.

Verse 31

"Sell thy birthright". Jacob had the right estimation of the birthright but took the wrong initiation to get it.

Verse 33

"He sold his birthright" - A bad bargain.

Verse 34

Esau despised his birthright Despising, a step to destruction.

CHAPTER 26

Verse 1

"There was a famine" - The pilgrimage of faith is never easy.

Verse 2

"Go not down to Egypt" - The warning of God. Don't quit the promised land. Stay put. Stand!

Verse 3 and 4

"I wills" - 3 pairs in these two verses.

Verse 5

"Abraham obeyed my voice" Obedience always brings unceasing blessing which spans the generation gap "My voice - my charge - my commandments - my statutes - My laws". The make up of the book, note the 5 things of God. 5 number of grace The Bible - the book of grace.

Verse 7

"She is my sister" - Like father like son. see ch. 12:12 and 20:2.

Verse 12

"Isaac sowed and received an hundred fold" - Keeping out of Egypt and sowing will always pay in the long run.

Verse 13

"Went forward" - Forward still is the practice of the dedicated child of God.

Verse 14

"The Philistines envied him" - The uncircumcised always envy the children of God.

Verse 15

"Thou art mightier than we" - "Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world".

Verse 18

"Isaac digged again the wells"- in eye y generation the work of God of the previous generation must be redone. "The names by which his father had called them" - Biblical Fundamentalism never jettisons the old truths or terminology - "the form of sound words". 2 Tim. 1:13. [13]

Verse 19

"A well of springing water" - God has always a blessing for those who do not forsake the work of their fathers.

Verse 25

"He builded an altar there" - Isaac one and only altar - the Cross is always the climax. Note the three "theres" in the verse. 1. The "there" of the altar "builded". 2. The "there" of the tent "pitched". 3. The "there" of the well "digged".

Verse 31

"They departed from him in peace" When a man's ways please the Lord then his enemies are at peace with him.

Verse 32

"We have found water" - Labour for the Lord never goes unrewarded. We must go on digging until we strike water. Let us not be weary in well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.

Verse 33

"A grief of mind" - Mixed marriages always a curse and polygamy a double curse.

CHAPTER 27

Verse 1

"I am old I know not the day of my death" - Isaac, like many mistaken old people, thought he was going to die immediately. However he lived at least twenty years or even more after this. Jacob was seven years serving for Rachel and then got Leah and then served a further seven years for Rachel again. Then he served for his wages. Then he made the slow journey with many stops to Bethel. Then he came again to Isaac. Then and only then did Isaac die. Gen. 36:27,28.

Verse 4

"That I may eat that my soul, may bless thee" - Isaac here was flying in the face of God's command ch. 25:23. No wonder he took a fleshly way to do what was a spiritual work. Stuffing the body to stir up the soul.

Verse 6

"Rebekah" - The scheming mother - like her brother Laban a schemer.

Verse 7

"Jacob" - Like mother like son a schemer as well.

Verse 12

"A curse upon me" - Yes a curse did come upon him but the blessing prevailed.

Verse 19

"Jacob said . . . I am Esau" - How did Jacob feel when he said that to his blinded old father.

Verse 20

"The Lord thy God brought it to me" How readily sinners take the name of the Lord God upon their lips in vain. Violated 3rd commandment. Here Jacob tried to make God a party to his deception. What hellish an iniquity!

Verse 22

"The voice . . . Jacob's, the hands . . . Esau" - We should discern the voice and not trust the hands.

Verse 26

"Kiss me my son" - The first mention of a kiss in the Bible. The "Kisses" of scripture well worth studying.

Verse 27/28/29

"Blessed him" - What a blessing! It made him the - Head of Operations "people serve thee". Head of Nations "nations bow down to thee". Head of the Family - "loved over thy brethren". He was blessed indeed and those who opposed him were cursed indeed. He had the refreshment of heaven in its dew the revenue of the earth in its fulness and the reward of harvest in plenty of corn and wine.

Verse 33

"Yea and he shall be blessed" - At long last the truth of God's word had captured Isaac's soul.

Verse 34

"A great and exceeding bitter cry" - The cry of a lost soul.

Verse 36

"The birthright - my blessing" - No not his any more.

Verse 38

"Esau lifted up his voice and wept" Weeping can come too late. Tears too late are the liquid of damnation not the liquid of salvation.

Verse 41

"Esau hated Jacob and said I will slay my brother Jacob" - He that hateth his brother is a murderer.

Verse 44

"Tarry with him a few days" - Poor Rebekah she proposed but God disposed. The few days became over a score of years. She never saw her son again. When Jacob returned his mother was gone. A sad home coming indeed! Don't ever boast about tomorrow let alone a few days for Thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.

Verse 46

"I am weary of my life because of the daughters of Heth". The torments of a bad daughter-in-law, what mother-in-law can bear them? Poor Rebekah had a double grief, two such daughters-in-law.  [14]

THE PRESIDENT'S APPEAL
Whitefield College of the Bible - Purchase of New Premises at 170,000

The General Presbytery of Ulster has approved the purchase of magnificent new premises for the Whitefield College of the Bible in Laurencetown, Banbridge, Co. Down.

The setting and suitability of this property which stands in thirty acres of ground can be easily seen from the pictures which we have reproduced for the benefit of our readers and supporters. [15]

The property which was a real bargain cost 170,000 not the 200,000 as was reported in the Province's morning paper. It is of course worth 200,000 or even more.

The Theological Hall and the Whitefield College of the Bible deserve the support of every member and friend of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. The Theological Hall has almost since the inception of the Church, trained our ministers. The type of preachers it has produced can be seen in the strong congregations dotted over our land and now farther afield in Canada, U.S.A. and Australia.

The Whitefield College of the Bible although just a little over one year in existence is an extension of the training programme of our Church, seeking to train evangelists, missionaries and Christian workers. We believe it has come to the Kingdom for such at time as this.

The need for proper premises for the work of College and Theological Hall has been the burden of our prayers for some time. Now we firmly believe God has answered prayer in this magnificent property. Our present premises in Cyprus Avenue will be sold and should bring us in about 40,000.

It is urgent that we raise the remaining 130,000 immediately. I am therefore launching this President's Appeal for the College Buildings. All gifts will be personally acknowledged and duly receipted.

Already two of our churches have given 1000 each. I would appeal to one and all to view this matter in the light of eternity. The harvest is plentiful, the labourers are few. They must be trained and equipped for Christian service and the battle of the 20th Century Reformation. How better to invest your money than in this field of Christian work.

Send your gift today or write me for details of the Monthly Covenant Scheme.

Ian R. K. Paisley

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What I Said to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher
Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, M.P.

As the press did not report fully what I said to the Prime Minister, by request, I am reproducing the whole statement

The last time I met you in this very room I told you that I represented the most wronged, the most maligned, the most tried and the most betrayed people in all the United Kingdom - namely the Ulster Protestants. They have given voluntarily their sons and daughters to the R.U.C., their young manhood to the Army and U.D.R. They have been bombed and burned, murdered and mutilated and yet it seems to them that no British Government of recent years either appreciates their position or would really stand up and support their rights and liberties under the Constitution.

The Unionists of Northern Ireland are citizens of the United Kingdom by right, a right they intend to defend to the end.


They refuse to be treated any longer as second class citizens to be disposed of by any British Government of whatever hue. They are no longer going to tolerate the genocide which is being inflicted upon them by the I.R.A.

It is very clear from your letter that you are not aware of what really makes the Ulster Protestant tick, else you could not express surprise at misapprehension in Ulster over your Dublin Summit.

Lord Carson the great founding father of Unionism, spelt out the real antagonism and hatred of United Irishmen to the Irish Protestants in general and the Ulster Protestants in particular. It is only when that is understood that the true position of the Ulster Protestant can be understood. Prime Minister I would like you to know that, United Irishmen or Republicans, call them what you may, have looked, still look and will forever look on the Ulster Protestants as but a British garrison in an enemy's territory. They argue "If then we can make the parent state forsake them they [24] will be forced to surrender at discretion." (The Republic had 10% Protestants when the State was set up now it has a little more than 2%).

Race, Religion, Circumstance and Allegiance all united together is the flame which ever burns in the breasts of those who seek a United Ireland including Mr. Haughey.

From time to time the fire may subside into a glow within the ashes but it NEVER DIES.

It is against that conflagration that Ulster men have had in all generations to steel themselves.

They have lived and paid a very high price to maintain their British Heritage. All generations of them have had to bury many of their dead in the most tragic circumstances.

Let me say to you Prime Minister in their name they have no intention of now surrendering their hard won heritage. With Lord Carson we say "If an act of Government wishes to create a situation that it is impossible for men in Ulster to bear, then the responsibility of the consequences was not upon Ulster but on the Government which sought such confrontation."

Ulster Unionists are of the conviction that the Dublin Summit created such a situation, because paragraph 6 of the Communique makes it clear that everything, yes everything, concerning Northern Ireland is on the negotiating table. There can be no other interpretation of the words "the totality of the relationships within these Islands." The use of the word "totality" puts it beyond doubt that every conceivable relationship, which must include the Constitutional relationship, is on the table. I note in this regard that when Mr. Haughey addressed the Dublin Parliament he said that "The Words 'totality of the relationships within these Islands . . . does not exclude anything."

Furthermore the fact that it is the totality of the relationships "within these Islands" rather than between the two countries of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland which is to be discussed indicates that all relationships within Northern Ireland, then within Ireland as a whole and then within the British Isles are to be studied and developed with Dublin through joint studies. Given that one of these studies will examine possible new institutional structures for the purpose of developing the relationships referred to, it follows inevitably that one of the institutional structures which could emerge is a constitutional institution. Assurances to the contrary simply do not measure up to the content and import of the communique.

Of course all of this giving to Dublin a free say in Northern Ireland's future flies in the face of your oft repeated pledge that the affairs of Northern Ireland are the concern solely of the United [25] Kingdom Government, Parliament and the people of Northern Ireland. The Dublin Communique sets all those assurances at nought for it bestows on Dublin not just an interest in our affairs but direct involvement, without limitation. It is therefore little wonder that to Ulster Unionists the Dublin Communique is a document of betrayal, specially as it reflects with alarming accuracy the SDLP/Haughey strategy for the development of an All Ireland process.

There is one matter in your letter, of 10th December which gravely disturbs me and which I feel has very serious significance for the people of Ulster.

The 1973 Constitution Act states that there will be no change in the Position of Northern Ireland except by the wish of the majority of its people. To that you have added Parliament. It is that which seriously disturbs me. Traditionally Ulster Unionists have always held that the Union is a matter for all the people of the United Kingdom. The Union is partnership between Northern Ireland and the rest of the United Kingdom. If yours or any Government and Parliament Proposed to make changes in the Constitutional position of Northern Ireland as part of the Kingdom that would be looked upon in Northern Ireland as a very grave betrayal. In such circumstances I believe that the people of England, Scotland and Wales, being British subjects, and Northern Ireland must have the right to express themselves on such a change. That expression must be done by way of referendum.

As your own White Paper indicated Direct Rule is not an acceptable way to govern Northern Ireland and as the people of Northern Ireland have democratically expressed their desire to have a devolved Parliament and government founded on democratic principles, strictly within the Union, I am convinced that it is your duty to show your allegiance to the ballot box by ceasing to have it debased in Northern Ireland but rather to have its decision implemented. Meaningful democratic devolved government wholly within the United Kingdom is the only way forward for Northern Ireland.

[26-31 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

Pastor Willie Mullan

Our beloved brother Pastor Willie Mullan is gone from us. The whole church mourns his tragic passing. Dr. Paisley officiated at the funeral in keeping with a promise made to Brother Mullan many years ago.

The Presbytery of Ulster officially sent the sympathy of the whole Church to the Mullan family. Full reports of the funeral and memorial services in our next issue.