Editorial: W.C.C. Money for Murder

The World Council of Churches continues to pour money into the coffers of the terrorist organisations of the world. It has just been announced that $125,000 (68,000) has been granted from the WCC's "Programme to Combat Terrorism" (in reality a programme to kill blacks and whites who support democracy), to the South-West African Peoples Organisation (SWAPO). Two other violent organisations, the National African Congress (NAC) and the Irish so-called Anti-Apartheid movement, have also been given large grants.

Altogether the WCC has handed out since the fund was instituted, 2.6 million. A grant of almost 5,000 has also been made to support the rioting blacks in England, in their publication "Searchlight".

The Church of Ireland and Methodist churches are full members of the WCC. Recently the Salvation Army withdrew, but compromisingly, still maintain some links. The Irish Presbyterian Church also withdrew but retained its links through membership in the apostate British Council of Churches and Irish Council of Churches. The withdrawal of the Irish Presbyterian Church from the World Council of Churches was one of expediency and not one of real conviction and commitment to Biblical separation.

What is the difference between the British Council and the World Council? Absolutely none. Both are committed to unity with the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, in many of the local Councils of Churches in England, Councils affiliated with the British Council of Churches, Rome is in full membership. Moreover, the Irish Council of Churches are at present in dialogue with the Church of Rome. Both Councils are dedicated to promote ecumenism. [3]

Both Councils have within them deniers and blasphemers of the Son of God, for example, Unitarians are in full membership of the Irish Council of Churches.

Both Councils compromise with the so-called "gays" and condone sodomy.

Is it surprising then, that they should support murder and murderers?

The W.C.C. is apostate, as is also the British Council and Irish Council. Their support of murders and murderers does not make them apostate. It simply reveals that they are apostate. "By their fruits ye shall know them."

S.W.A.P.O. is the IRA of South-West Africa. While these ecumenical Churchmen who raise their voices against the IRA are helping to fund a similar Organisation on the African continent. There is no consistency in their conduct. They stand indicted as hypocrites. "Woe unto you, scribes, pharisees, hypocrites." That is the condemnation of the Lord Jesus Christ for these blind leaders of the blind. We say a loud amen to that.

26.7.81 a.m. - Psalm 119 vs. 103.
"How sweet are Thy words unto my taste, yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth".

David, of course, lived in Old Testament times. Paul, in writing his Hebrew letter, said, "God, Who in sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past into the fathers by the prophets". Old Testament times were times of differing vehicles through which the Word of God came. David had recoursed to the Aaronic priesthood. He could go to the old Tabernacle at Shiloh. He could stand at the brasen altar and at the laver. He could watch the priests in their daily sacrifices and in carrying out the whole intricate ritual of the Mosaic economy. He also had recourse and access to those very interesting signs - the Urim and the Thummim, by which God spoke to His people. Also, it was an Age of miracles and visible dispensations of God's moving among His people. But you will notice that David did not say, "How sweet is the administration of the priesthood. How sweet are those miracles and visible signs which I can see, which indicate Thy presence. How sweet is it to go and consult the Urim and the Thummim. How sweet it is to enter into the old tabernacle at Shiloh and partake in the ritual and ceremonial of the Mosaic economy". He didn't say that. He turned from all these passing and transient things to the Everlasting, Ever-abiding, Impregnable Rock of Ages - the Blessed Book of God, and he says of this Book, "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste".

Martin Luther once said, "I have covenanted with the Lord that I would neither ask Him for visions, nor for angels, nor for miracles, but I would be satisfied with His own Word, and if I might but lay hold upon Scripture by faith, that shall be enough for me". That old German reformer was right! God used various vehicles to intimate His will and His Word to His people, but now God has finally and fully spoken to us in His Word, and we need nothing more than the Book itself.

In this Charismatic Age there is a craze abroad for signs and for miracles. The Lord Jesus Christ said, "An evil and an adulterous generation seeketh after a sign, but no sign shall be given unto it". We do not require any visible dispensations of the Lord's presence today. All the types are fulfilled in the glorious anti-type. All the shadows have their substance in our Blessed Lord. We can only find the Lord in the Book, for 'these are they' saith the Lord Jesus Christ, 'that testify of me'.

I trust that in all our hearts there may be born this day a new relish for God's Word, a new greed for the Scriptures of Truth, a new appetite for the Book, for this alone can establish us and strengthen us in our path of Christian testimony. [5]

There are three things in this text I would have you notice. Number one. There is David's estimation of the Word. Secondly, there is David's appropriation of the Word, and finally, there is David's coronation of the Word.


First of all, there is David's estimation of the Word. "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste! yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth!".

What Book had David? David had not all the Old Testament. David hadn't the New Testament. The only Books that he had were the first five books of Moses - the Pentateuch - the law of God. It was a slim volume compared to our Bible, but yet of that Book - the first five books of the Old Testament, David said, "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste!".

You look at the Pentateuch you will find it is characterised by history, the narrative of God's dealings with His people - the great emphasis on the wilderness journey, and all the happenings that happened to the children of Israel during that journey. Yet with that slim volume in his hand, largely made up of history, he said, "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste!"

Have you ever noticed how much evangelical knowledge that David gleaned from the first five books of Moses? To many of God's people today the Old Testament is a closed Book. They have never learned that the New Testament is concealed in the Old Testament, and that the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament. They have never discovered that. Some of the most precious doctrines of God are found in the Old Testament Scriptures.

As you are very well aware, (and I have said it many times from this pulpit) I follow faithfully each year the Bible reading scheme of Robert Murray McCheyne. I would commend it to God's people. Read four chapters of the Bible every day, you will read the whole of the Old Testament once during the year, the whole of the New Testament twice during the year, and the whole of the Book of Psalms twice during the year.

I was reading this week, in my personal Bible study, the sixth chapter of Judges, and when I came to that portion where Gideon was told to sacrifice the second bullock on the altar, Judges chapter 6 verse 25, I stopped, I said to myself, 'Why did God not say, 'Sacrifice the first bullock on the altar?" After all the first and the best should be for God", but He did not say that, He said, "Sacrifice the second bullock", and then I remembered that every firstborn of man, and every firstborn of animal was redeemed under the Old Testament economy, and the first bullock was a redeemed bullock and the knife of death could never touch it, because it was already redeemed. Of course if man had written this Book he could have very well written, "Take the first bullock", but if that had been written it would have broken the type - the type of the eternal security of every child of God redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. God never breaks the types. Man tries to break them. Moses broke the type when he struck the rock the second time. The [6] Christ of God was only struck once at Calvary. He never could be struck a second time. And because of Moses breaking of the type he wasn't allowed into the promised land. God has the types absolutely perfect.

Something more about the Pentateuch. If is, of course, a Book of commandments. Some people don't like the commandments of God. People bring to the Bible their theological prejudices, and when they come to a text that doesn't fit their theological scheme, instead - of re-arranging their theological scheme they attempt to re-arrange God's Word.

I heard about a dear lady who was very hyper-Calvinistic in her beliefs, and she went to church on Sabbath morning and the preacher gave out the text, John 3:16: "God so loved the world,". That did not square with her belief, 'that God only loved the elect', so she got up and she said, "You have an Arminian text, and I will not listen to you", and she left the service.

I want to say that every text in God's Book is right. I am not afraid of any chapter in the Bible. I am not afraid of the commandments of God. I believe in them. Some people would like to have the blessing of God without the responsibilities that come with the blessings. We are justified by faith, but without holiness no man shall see the Lord, and if I am justified by faith I will perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. Let us not be afraid of the commandments of God.

Then there was something else. Look at it, What did David say? He said here in this Psalm (and it is a wonderful saying of David!) "How sweet are Thy Words". He didn't say 'Thy Word'. He said, "Thy Words". He did not take one part of the Scripture and say "That is sweet to me", but he said, "Every part is sweet to me. I love the whole Book".

Let me tell you, the hardest chapters in God's Word are the sweetest chapters. Some people tell me that they cannot understand the Book of the Revelation, so they don't read it. How foolish! You say, "Give me a good book on the Book of the Revelation". The best book on the Book of the Revelation is the Book of the Revelation itself. You need to read the Word.

I am reminded of the old coloured preacher who was preaching well, but his brethren in the Presbytery thought he could preach better. So at one Presbytery meeting they presented him with a Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. At the next Presbytery meeting the Moderator said, "Brother, how are you getting on with your commentary on the scriptures?".

The old coloured brother rose and he said, "Mr Moderator and brethren, my Bible throws a lot of light on your Commentary". The old preacher had it right. He wasn't looking for light from the Commentary. He was looking for light from the Word.

The hardest chapters of the Book are the sweetest. How does the Bible open? It opens by reading, and you read, and read and read and re-read and suddenly the door opens, and you say, "Why did I never see it before?" I will tell you why, because you didn't obey the commandment of the apostle, "Give diligence to reading" You have got to read the Book. All God's Words are sweet! [7]

Look at that little word, "How sweet are Thy Words" The Word of God Himself. In fact the Scripture tells us they are God-breathed. In the word is the breath of God. That is why it is a quickening Word. "God breathed into man's nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul". Thank God there is life-giving breath in this Blessed Word of God.


Secondly, Let us look at David's appropriation of the Word of God. Let us look at that word 'taste'. "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste". Oh, he tasted the word!

There was a time, brethren and sisters, when we couldn't taste the Word. We were dead. And when a man is spiritually dead he eats the things that are dead. He lives among the dead. There was a time when we tasted the dead carrion of the world. We feasted in the tomb. Our table was one of death, one of destruction. One of damnation. Then one day God brought us to His Table and He gave us the first morsel of the Bread of Life. It wasn't sweet to our taste, it was bitter to our soul. Do you remember the first time you really tasted the word? It was like wormwood and gall to your soul. It brought about what we call the conviction of the Holy Spirit of God. There is no conversion without conviction. Sin is never repented of until a man is convicted of it by the Holy Spirit.

I remember when I first tasted God's Word it was bitter to my mouth and wormwood in my belly. "The pains of hell got hold upon me, I found trouble and sorrow". I saw my sin, how damnable and black it was. I saw hell before me, and I knew if God plunged me into its darkest cavern and into its hottest flame, I could only say, "I deserve it. O, God, I deserve damnation and wrath and hell forever". But He brought me to a place somewhat ascending, and when I spied that wondrous Cross on which the Prince of Glory died, I saw that He had tasted the gall and the wormwood and the flame for me. Then the Word became sweet to my taste. How sweet it was! How blessed! How glorious! How heavenly that promise, "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest". "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out". How simple it was. How like a cup of cold iced water to a thirsty soul who had been across the hot desert pathway! I tasted the Word. Oh, it was sweet to my taste! That day when I tasted and I saw that the Lord is gracious!

Many years ago I had a gospel mission in Ballymena. God was pleased to move graciously and powerfully upon the neighbourhood - It was probably one of the greatest campaigns I had ever witnessed. It was characterised by deep conviction of sin. One night one of the converts of the mission was going home on his bicycle and he was passing through Cullybackey and turned right at the old Methodist Church, and up the road that runs alongside the river. A man caught up on him on another bicycle, that he knew, and he said to this man, he said, "Have you been to the mission?", and as he said that word that man was struck off his bicycle and fell to the ground. The man jumped off and he went to him [8] and said, "What is wrong with you?" "What is wrong with me?". He said, "I have been in a state of misery for weeks. That is what is wrong with me". He said, "I have been completely and totally disorientated, I cannot do anything.". He said, "There is bitterness on my heart and soul - a bitterness of sin". That young convert knelt beside that man on the road and - said, "There is an answer. The answer is Christ", and then and there he led him to the Cross, and that man got wonderfully converted to God.

I want to tell you, friend, before the sweetness there is the bitterness, and the measure of the sweetness is the measure of the bitterness, for he that is forgiven much loveth much. Do you know anything of the depths of Divine forgiveness? Then you will know something of the depths of the Divine sweetness. When I read this Book, why is it sweet to me? Because it brings me into the presence of God. This Book is God's Book, and I meet God in His Book. A preaching meeting is a real meeting when a congregation meet God. If they don't meet God it is all in vain.

Secondly, In this Book I meet the blest and Wonderful Lord Jesus. I meet Him in the Book. I see His face in the Book. I see His hands in the Book. I see His wounded side in the Book. I see His tender eyes in the Book. I see His sweet lips in the Book. I hear His voice in the Book.

"More about Jesus Let me learn,"
Where will I learn it? I will learn it in the Book.

Thirdly, I meet the Blessed Holy Spirit in the Book. You know if you study the Word of God you will find that being filled with the Spirit and being filled with the Word are synonymous terms, for this is the Spirit's Book. "Speaking into one another in psalms, and hymns and spiritual songs, and making melody in your hearts unto the Lord" Why? Because you are filled with the Holy Ghost. Filled with the Word. Filled with the Blessed Holy Spirit. I meet the Blessed Trinity in the Book. The Book is God's bath tub for His people. That is where they are cleaned, in the Book. "Now are ye clean through the Word that I have spoken unto you".

You never appreciate a bath until you have to do without it. I had to do without a bath when I was in prison because certain people blew up the water supply, and we were allowed to bath once a month. It was the worst experience I ever had. When I came out of prison, the first thing I did was fill the bath tub and sit in it for hours, and rejoice that there was soap and water and time to bath.

There are a lot of God's people and it is time they had a bath; it is time they had a good scrubbing in the Word. Oh, but we are not enjoying the Word you know. God's people enjoy the Television. They enjoy the pleasures. They enjoy the company. They enjoy everything but the Word. "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste, yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth".


Last of all we have David's coronation of the Word. He says "It is sweeter than honey". [9]

Honey is the sweetest of all earthly things, but there is something sweeter than honey, what is it? It is the Word of God. There is not a bit of sorrow that the honey of God's Word cannot cure. Do you know that?

I have been in my experience of life down very dark and terrible valleys. When I was a boy I thought life was all sunshine, I thought life was all joy. The only thing I didn't like was school, and I said, "Once I leave school all will be well". What a fool I was! I learned that life had dark nights where the stars never came out. I learned that life had rugged pathways with bitter thorns and thistles that cut into the naked feet. I learned that life had disappointments and depressions and tragedies. I learned that life was hard and bitter and stamped with sorrow, but I learned something - that God had a salve and an ointment for every wound; that God had a cup of sweetness for every dark bit of sorrow; that God had a remedy for all the bitterness of life in the Blessed Word of God. This Book is so sweet that it sweetens every bit of sorrow.

I used to love honey but my mother taught me something, that when you ate too much honey you lost the taste for it. Thank God this Book is entirely different. This Book, when you devour it you get a greater appetite for it. It becomes sweeter as one devours the Word. Where is honey first applied? It is applied to the mouth. A Christian is known by his tongue. If the tongue is right the heart is right. "As a man thinketh in his heart so is he". The first proof that I am a child of God is from the mouth. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness, With the mouth confession is made unto salvation".

Thank God this Book works upon the mouth first of all.

Something more about the sweetness of this Word. It is an abiding sweetness. That great text of Scripture which was like a raft in a dark storm-tossed ocean, and I remember the day when I threw my soul upon that little raft and it was all I had: John 6:37 "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out", and I threw myself upon it. Thank God it has brought me right into the Harbour, but it is just as sweet to me this morning in this pulpit as it was when a boy kneeling at a pew in the old Baptist Church in Hill Street Ballymena, I put my soul upon it for salvation. It is as sweet today as ever it was to my soul.

Medical experts tell us no bacteria can live on honey, no disease can go forward where honey is present. Thank God this Book kills the germs of sin in the believer's life. Thank God it purifies the believer's soul. No wonder David said, "How sweet are Thy Words unto my taste, yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth".

We all have regrets and rightly so. The man that never regretted anything, he must have been perfect. I have one regret that I have not read more and studied more of this Blessed Book. I regret that I have not concentrated more upon its pages, and dwelt more often in the wonderful rooms of God's Word. I trust that more and more we will love the Book, more and more we will read the Book, more and more we will study the [10] Book, and more and more we will obey the Book, and how sweet will the Word of God be to our soul!

May God give us a relish, may God give us an appetite, may God give us a greed for the Book!


The Australian Free Presbyterian Church

Small beginnings

The words of Job 8.7 have been a great source of encouragement to us in Australia since the inception of the Free Presbyterian Church there. "Though thy beginning was small, yet thy latter end should greatly increase." The beginning of the work was certainly small with only ten people making up the entire congregation, but nevertheless, the Lord has begun to fulfil His promise to us. The early days were times of trial and testing in many ways, but as in the days of Nehemiah, the Free Presbyterians in South Australia "had a mind to work" and the Lord has been and still is, rewarding their efforts. Some have come and gone over the past four years, others have come and been blessed and have stayed with us in the work.


The first place where signs of increase began to show was in the ranks of our little Sunday School. As we went from door to door visiting the houses of Port Lincoln, we were greeted in various ways, from friendship and interest to downright apathy and unconcern. We kept at it from week to week, and gradually the Sunday School began to grow in numbers. At present, we have attendances most weeks in the region of thirty children with six teachers involved. For this we thank the Lord, and of course, all those who take our work upon their hearts in prayer. We have clearly proved-prayer does work, and will work as the Lord's people engage in it.

Increase has been experienced too among the adult attendances to the services. The little flock of ten has been slowly growing and now we have twenty to twenty five when all are present. Certainly, it must be admitted that the work is small, but [11] nonetheless, to us, the Lord has doubled our ranks in four years, and we are grateful to Him for that. The latter end will be "greatly increased" as God's people prove faithful to Him. If we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us. That principle is right through the Word of God. Precious souls have been saved at the meetings as the gospel was preached. People have departed from the ecumenical apostasy as the issues of the day were dealt with, and we believe that God will work in the days ahead. Attacks from without and within the professing church have only encouraged our people to stand closer together for the testimony of the Lord Jesus Christ in our area. We thank God for a close-knit band of Christian men and women whose number one desire is for the glory of God alone. In our Sunday School, young peoples work, and Lord's Day services, our burden is to see lost sinners redeemed by the precious blood of the Lamb, and new converts guided in the Christian life. God will continue with His people, there is no doubt about that.

New fields for service

Since the work of the Free Presbyterian Church began in Port Lincoln, we have been able, with the help and gifts of God's people in Ulster, to open a little Christian bookroom. This bookroom is open to the public three afternoons a week. And we are much encouraged in the way the Lord has used the witness of good sound Christian literature. His promise, "My word which goeth forth out of my mouth, shall not return unto me void: but it shall accomplish that which I please; and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it" is our source of strength and encouragement in this field.

Now the work is spreading to other parts of Australia. In June this year, at the request of some Christian people in Queensland, Mr. Buick paid a visit to that state resulting in the salvation of three precious souls, and the formation of a new work there. We do seriously appeal to all our churches to pray for us, that the Lord will give us a pastor for the flock there, and that a great work will be done for His glory. Our grateful thanks is offered to all our churches for their valued interest in the Australian work. May God grant Ulster a mighty deliverance from all her enemies in these dark days, and may He be pleased to send revival to His people as we all join in prayer to that end. To His name be all praise and glory.

Romanism and the Charismatic Movement by Bob Jones

Baptists generally do not like to be characterized as Protestants because many Baptists are convinced that the church began with John the Baptist and that the term "Protestant" applies only to that segment of the Christian church which developed out of the Reformation in the 16th century. We sometimes doubt, however, if very many (Baptists or not) are worthy of the term "Protestant" today since there has been very little protest in organized "evangelical" Christianity in the last 50 years against anything except the so-called "social ills." In fact, I am convinced that, if the Lord tarries, when future historians come to evaluate the successes and failures of non-Romanist Christianity in the 20th century, perhaps its greatest failure will have been the failure to instruct its people on the Roman Catholic Church - its doctrines, its policies, and its history. Had the Baptist and the Reformed churches acquainted their people with what Romanism really is, the modern charismatic movement would not be so flourishing and Catholic charismatics would not be recognized so gushingly as Christian brethren. A Catholic may be saved in spite of his church. He will never be saved because of it.

Romanism is a pagan counterfeit of the Christian religion, ancient paganism and idolatry, claiming to be the church which Christ founded. While the other groups and denominations have differed historically on questions of scriptural interpretation, their common origin is biblical. Romanism is a religion of works. Protestantism is a religion of free grace. The Roman Church is not another Christian denomination. It is a satanic counterfeit, an ecclesiastic tyranny over the souls of men, not to bring them to salvation but to hold them bound in sin and to hurl them into eternal damnation. It is the old harlot of the book of the Revelation - "the Mother of Harlots."

As Protestant denominations and Baptist associations go into apostasy, they become like her in somewhat the same way as daughters become like their mothers; and they will eventually join with her in the final apostasy, the "Great Apostasy." [13]

But the Roman Church has been, since the time of Constantine, the scarlet Jezebel, the woman of sin. She is apostate in both the historic and the theological sense, turning away from the simplicity of the gospel to forge chains of theological dogma. She is drunk with the blood of the saints of God whom she has harassed and persecuted, imprisoned, massacred, and destroyed. The monstrous abomination which is Rome has, like a vampire, fattened upon the lifeblood of men and nations. Over and over again we see her practices forbidden, her doctrines abhorred, and her claims repudiated throughout the New Testament. Constantly changing her masks but never her nature, she has infiltrated where she could not command and adapted when she could not enforce. Threats and fear have been her weapons. Her wealth has dazzled, her ceremonies blinded the eyes of her devotees to the blackness of her purpose and the rottenness of her heart. Today she has seized upon the follies of the charismatic movement to give a semblance of spirituality to the dead form which is her worship and is using this deceit of Satan to increase her hold over the hearts of men by promoting new devotion to the Virgin Mary and new ecstasies at the Mass. Ever ready to employ any witchcraft which could charm her victims, beguile the sinner in his sin, and entrance the simpleminded and the untaught, she has, of course seized upon this magic charm of tongues, visions, and ecstasies. Baptists and Protestants, untaught from their pulpits about either the evils of Rome or the heresy of charismatism, are being gathered into her net.

There is more idolatry and superstition in Rome than there is in apostate Protestantism, but there is little difference in degree between the "form of godliness without the power thereof" in dead Romanism and in wildfire charismatism. The basic difference is this: Many a Roman Catholic has no confidence in the rituals and claims of Romanism, but he clings to it as people used to cling to a St. Christopher medal out of either a feeling that there "might possibly be something in it" or as a matter of family heritage and tradition,

Thank God, at the same time, of Rome's poor, deluded victims have had their eyes opened by the Spirit of God through the preaching of the gospel and are fleeing from her idolatrous embrace. We have yet to hear, however, that any charismatic preachers (male or female) are warning men and women to separate themselves from the Romish apostasy.

Any man - be he a papist, a charismatic, or that worst of all dupes, a man (or more likely a woman) who is both a charismatic and a Romanist - is a servant of Satan when piously urging Christians to do that which the Word of God forbids. God's command is not "get together." God's command is "Come out of her, my people." [14]

The charismatic movement of today Is made up of "unfilled, unsatisfied, uncertain, insecure, and fearful people" (the man who made this statement, a prominent psychiatrist, is one of the few men in that profession with whom we have found ourselves in agreement). As the poor Roman Catholic substitutes form, ceremony, superstition, Mariolatry, worship of the saints, and infant baptism for a personal experience with Jesus Christ in saving faith based on Him alone, the charismatics (some of whom have never met Christ as a personal Saviour or known the regenerating work of the Holy Spirit in their lives and some of whom have had some sort of shallow experience) substitute worked-up ecstasy and emotional spasms for the firm discipline of a life taught by the Word of God.

To charismatics, feeling is the evidence of faith. They ignore the fact that in the New Testament "feeling" is mentioned only three times and never in connection with faith. Feelings change, but Christ is "the same yesterday, and today, and for ever." Emotions swing from high to low, but "the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his."

Because they ignore the Word of God, both papists and charismatics are doing the work of the devil, seeking to build "One Church" that embraces anybody who claims the name "Christian" whether he be an idolatrous Romanist, a World Council unitarian, or an unbridled charismaric.

One of the surest marks of a real Christian understanding and a leading of the Holy Spirit is the discernment which can distinguish that which is of God from that which is of the devil, that can separate truth from error, in other words, that evidences "the gift of the discerning of spirits." Neither historic Romanism nor the frenzied, modern charismatic heresy emphasizes the gift of the discerning of spirits, but how much they have to say about glossolalia, or making of epileptic noises and demonic croaks!

The Bible describes these people - Romanists and charismatics alike - as "deceiving and being deceived." The more often a man attempts to deceive others, the. more he is deceived himself. [15] Men can develop antibodies against truth; and those who dose themselves with falsehood will soon be unable to recognize truth, respond to it, or believe it. Such people begin to wrest Scripture out of context, Ignore anything they wish, and misapply anything that will serve their evil purpose. How well the first epistle of Timothy describes them in the sixth chapter, verses three to five: "If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings Of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness." The passage concludes with a clear command "from such withdraw thyself." We are not to associate with them; we are not to remain in church fellowship with them. Any born-again Christian today who remains in Romanism or any of the great Protestant denominations is abiding in apostasy, and those who embrace the charismatic movement and continue to remain there disobey God's command to separate from apostasy.

Bishop J.C. Ryle still speaks to those deluded people deceived by the pious mask of Rome and the follies of the Pentecostalists into believing that ecumenicity is a good thing. He writes, "Unity in the abstract is no doubt an excellent thing: but unity without truth is useless. Peace and uniformity are beautiful an valuable: but peace without the gospel - peace based on a common Episcopacy and not on a common faith - is a worthless peace, not deserving of the name. When Rome has repealed the decrees of Trent, and her additions to the Creed - when Rome has formally renounced image-worship, Mary-worship, and transubstantiation - then, and not till then, will it be time to talk of reunion with her. Till then there is a gulf between us which cannot be honestly bridged. Till then I call on all Christians to resist to the death this idea of reunion with Rome."

Obituary: Miss Margaret Armstrong

The Memory of the just is blessed. Proverbs ch. 10. v. 7. On the 22nd August, the Lord was pleased to call home our very beloved sister Miss Margaret Armstrong. Margaret, who was a member of our Armagh congregation served the Lord on the foreign mission field. Her labours in the land of Kenya were undoubtedly blessed of the Lord as she sought faithfully to do the Master's will. For those of us who had the privilege of knowing Margaret there were many characteristics in her life that can be recalled with thankfulness to the Lord. We can recall her salvation. This was the great foundation of her life: The fact that she was saved was the motivating power in all that she did. Gladly she recalled that day when as a guilty hell deserving sinner she passed from death unto life, and because she knew the joy of sins forgiven she desired to tell others of their need. In her relating of the Gospel to others her sincerity was very apparent. There was a depth in Margaret's witnessing for the Lord which clearly revealed that she believed in what she was stating. It was neither superficial or artificial and one who listened to her testimony could not but be impressed by the feeling of love that she had for her blessed Lord Jesus Christ. As Paul the Apostle was constrained by God's love to serve Him even was Margaret moved in like manner. This led to her sacrifice for the master. Our sister was willing to leave family and friends that she might fulfil the great commission in her life to bring the Gospel to those who were in spiritual need. Margaret could have stayed in her own home environment and in some measure sought to serve the Lord, but she was not a person of half measures she wanted to serve the Lord with all of her life, and although her health was failing yet she never lost this unquenchable desire to go where her master sent. Many would have used bodily weakness as an avenue of escape from the hard life of missionary service but to God's child she rejoiced in her infirmities believing that God could still use her as she left her life on the altar of sacrifice. In her service for the Lord, Margaret displayed a steadfastness that can only live on to be an example and inspiration to every Christian. Her meek spirit could in no way be mistaken for weakness for in her longing to be faithful to God's Word she acted resolutely on the issues of the day. Under God she was able to open the eyes of many in the land of Kenya to the un-biblical position of the World Council of Churches and the Charismatic Movement and with a steadfast [17] spirit call God's people to come outside the camp. Many hearkening to her timely exhortation and as she herself withdrew from her involvement in a compromising work others followed believing that obedience to God's word was the ultimate in the Christians earthly life. Well did the wise man Solomon state that the memory of the Just is blessed. At her funeral service in Southampton the Church was represented by Dr. Paisley, Rev. S.B. Cooke; Rev. David Mcilveen and Mr. George McConnell. During the service Dr. Paisley brought a very comforting exhortation on the subject, 'who from earth shall be in heaven?" Basing his remarks on Revelation Ch. 7. Dr. Paisley mentioned briefly five things about the multitude in heaven. He underlined the fact that it was a mighty multitude. Then he went on to state that it was a miscellaneous multitude - coming from all nations and kindreds, and people and tongues. From this point he went on to emphasise that it was a musical multitude and then that it was a monumental multitude. His final point was that gathered in heaven would be a miraculous multitude. When considering what they do there, God's servant suggested four things:

1. They celebrate the victory.
2. They are contemplating the deity.
3. They are communicating the glory.
4. They consummate the history.

This message coupled with the words from the local Pastor proved a great blessing to everyone who heard.

To Margaret's family we express as a Church our deepest sympathy and assure them of our prayers and continual interest for we know that the memory of the Just is Blessed.


The second in a series compiled by Ian R.K. Paisley

If we would hear Richard Cameron preach we must forsake the ecclesiastical edifices of Scotland and seek the Conventicle Cathedral of the Moss Hags.

Let us make our way then to the place that is called the Moat of Duchrae Bank. It is a very lonely place but most beautiful, situated on the edge of that placid water called the Lake of Grenoch. In the middle of that water there is an island called Hollan Isle. That Isle is an ideal place for concealment for it is a veritable maze of coverts of hazel bushes which grow there in thick matted copses. Beyond the water lies some thirty miles of moors and mountains. The whole country is marshy and boggy, making it an unfit place for horsemen to pursue. To the east but concealed behind the towering shoulder of a hill lie Kells and Carsphairn.

As we approach we observe a preaching tent erected on a little eminence in the middle of the round bare top of the moat. A large number of people have gathered and those who have come late have to be content to sit on the opposite side of the ditch. We note that every man is fully armed. The blood-thirsty oppressors Claverhouse and Greer have been most active in the area hence the necessary military preparations and precautions.

When we take up our position we see that watchers or rather armed sentinels are posted on all the crags around the area. So many there are that not a muir fowl could cry or a crow carry a stick to its nest, without a true man taking note of it. [26]

We will hear afterwards that a certain informer crouching in the heather to watch what was going on, was soon discovered. He was chased over a distance of some three miles and severely clodded with chunks of peat and sod and thus taught a very necessary lesson. Such a sound chastisement does such a person very much good.

Rev. Richard Cameron, the Lion of the Covenant now enters the preaching tent and gives out a psalm. The congregation stands to take part in the offering up of praise to the Covenant God of Israel.

As we sing we notice that the sentinels on the crags turn about to listen to the singing and we can see the sun glint off their swords and the barrels of their muskets upon which they lean.

The sound of the psalm is unspeakably solemn and touching, out here in the Conventicle Cathedral. As we sing of the God who is the refuge and strength of His people and look about us at the waters we are reminded of the Old Testament text, "There the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars neither shall gallant ship pass thereby. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King: He will save us." Isaiah 33:21 &22.

Now there seems to come a gale of the Divine Spirit upon the meeting and we begin to learn why these men and women, youths and maidens love not their lives unto the death.

The youthful minister stands forth to preach and all else is forgotten. He is a strong John the Baptist-like voice crying in the wilderness and there is a gripping, magnetic authority about his speech.

"We are here in a kindred place", he cries, "and there be many witnesses about us. Today the bitter is taken out of the cup, if it be only for a moment. Yea and a sweet cup, we have it now. We, who have been much on the wild mountains, know what it is to be made glad by thy works - the works of the Lord's hands. When we look up to the moon and stars, lo! the hand of the Lord is in them, and we are glad. See ye the corn-ricks up ayont us there, on the Duchrae Hill - the hand of God is in the sweet springing of them, when the sun shines upon them after rain. And it is He who sends forth every pile of the grass that springs so sweetly in the meadows by the waterside.

"We are hurled over moss and moor, over crags and rocks and headlong after us the devil drives. Be not crabbit with us, O Lord! It is true we have gotten many calls and have not answered. We in the West and South have been like David, cockered and pampered over much. Not even the wild Highlands have sitten through so many calls as we have done here in Galloway and the South.

"For I bear testimony that it is not easy to bring folk to Christ. I, that am a man weak as other men, bear testimony that it is not easy - not easy even to come to Him for oneself. And are there none such here?"

At this the whole congregation began to yearn towards the preacher and soon both preacher and people become gripped with what can only [27] be described as a rapture of calm weeping which at length forces the preacher to break off short.

When he has regained composure to continue, he calls the congregation to prayer. So all the congregation stands and the youthful weeping Minister of God offers up for and on their behalf and on his own behalf a supplication of great passion and urgency.

He prays for the Almighty Spirit to come upon these poor hill folk, that are soon to be scattered again over the moors and hags as sheep that wanted a shepherd and suddenly the wind of the Lord begins blowing afresh with quickened power upon us all.

Now, Mr Cameron begins preaching again and what preaching! The gate of heaven seems so near, as he presses upon us all to make sure we have a saving interest in the blood of the Everlasting Covenant.

The grey of the clouds breaks up as he proceeds and for an hour the sun shines through kindly and strong, and many hearers are able to dispense with their plaids.

I verily believe that spiritually speaking the Sun of Righteousness broke through and in many hearts the old coverings of sin were dispensed with for the imputed righteousness of the only Redeemer of God's elect, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Soon the mountains of Bennar and Cairn Edward become visible though their tops remain embraced by mist caps.

The preacher stops for a moment and pointing to the now visible mountains cries out, (At last we are hearing the roar of the Lion of the Covenant).

"There ayont us are the Bennar and Craig Edward, and the Huckle Craig O'Dee - look over at them - I take them to witness this day that I have preached to you the whole counsel of God. There be some amongst you this day who have no living grace, their sins are open and patent, going before them into judgment. There are some here who will betray our plans to the enemy and carry a report of this meeting to the malignants. To them I say, 'You may blow your bag-pipes till you burst,' we will not bow down and worship your glaiks - no, not though ye gar every heid here weigh its tail and the wind whistle through our bones as we hang on the gallows-tree".

Now the preacher holds up his hand and a silence which can be felt pervades the multitude.

"Hush! I hear the sound of a great host - I see the gate of heaven beset. The throng of them that are to be saved through suffering, are about it. And one like unto the Son of Man stands there to welcome them. What though they set your heads as they shall mine on the Nether bow Port. Know ye that there waiteth for you at the door One with face more marred than that of any man - One with garments red, coming up from Bozrah. And He shall say, as He sees you come through the swellings of Jordan, 'These are they that have come out of great tribulation and have washed [28] their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Lift up your heads, O ye gates and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors, for the redeemed of the Lord shall enter in."

And so he ends, and as we behold him, we see as in a vision not a halo about his head but rather the Martyr's Crown which he will soon claim for his own. Truly we shall never see his like again. -

Adapted from S.R. Crockett's "The Men of the Moss Hags"

(1) A preaching tent. A covered structure not unlike a sentry box from which the preacher addressed his congregation. The covering was to protect him from the elements and also acted as a sounding board
(2) Kenned, known
(3) Ayont, beyond
(4) Hursled, hunted
(5) Crabbit, angry
(6) Cockered, well fed
(7) Gar, compel
(8) Heid, head.

Historical Note: Richard Cameron the Lion of the Covenant

Scotland's National Covenant of 1638 bound the nation together to defend the freedom of the Church and the Presbyterian Religion. The Solemn League and Covenant of 1641 approved by the London Parliament bound Scotland to the Reformed Faith and sought to secure for England and Ireland a reform in doctrine, worship, discipline, and government. Cameron is called the Lion of the Covenant because he became its greatest exponent and defender.

He was born in Falkland in Fifeshire in about 1648. He was converted under the preaching of one of the ousted Covenanter fie/d preachers John Wellwood. An M.A. from St Andrews' University he was licenced to preach by the ministers of the remnant and sent to evangelise in Annadale with the godly Mr. Welsh's words ringing in his ears, "Go your way, Ritchie, set the fire of hell to their tail" (Welsh was a grandson of John Knox).

Unable to obtain ordination at home he made his way to Rotterdam in the Netherlands and there he was ordained in the old Scotch Church by Covenanter Ministers in exile.

Cameron was charged to go back to Scotland and there raise again the Standard with the help of all the preachers he could persuade. Only two joined him, old Donald Cargill and Thomas Douglas.

On the 22nd June 1680 he nailed his National Declaration of war to the mast head at Sanquhar and was "put to the horn" that is declared an outlaw.

On Thursday 22nd July 1680 he earned the Martyr's Crown at Arysmoss when he fell with his brother Michael at the hands of the avowed enemies of Christ, the forces of the Muscovy Beast, Dalzell. His last prayer was, "Lord spare the green and take the ripe!"

"By the black and sweltering swamp,
A small green mound uplifts its brow,
'Twas their altar, 'twas their battleground,
'Tis their martyr spot and deathbed now"
Now let us go and hear Richard Cameron preach.

by Ian R. K. Paisley

Paxton Hood points out that Hiram King of Tyre donated to Solomon the builder of the temple not only lofty cedars for the great religious edifice but also monkeys and peacocks.

Many examples could and will be given of the egotistical peacockism of some preachers but those examples are paralleled by the illustrations of what could at their worst be described as the monkey and the ape.


One of the outstanding examples of pulpit peacockism and false finery of preaching language which I have ever come across is the following description of a spade. (You talk about calling a spade a spade!) "That marvellous illustration of the inventive resources and manipulatory processes of the essential genius of the being we call man, wherewith we penetrate into those dark recesses beneath the mold, and by whose agency we compel copy and reluctant nature to deck herself in her mantle of virgin green."

Another preacher instead of using the simple language of the Psalmist, "All I men are liars" said, "When we take a comprehensive view of this sublunary sphere, it is inconceivably lamentable to discover everywhere among the children of men indubitable evidences of a perverse proclivity to prevarication."

The question which was put in our Lord's day, "Why loose ye the ass?" could well be asked of some preachers. The answer of course is, "The Lord hath need of him".

The Rev. Dr. Barnstone Treacle has his place in the pulpit as well as the Rev. Dr. Honey. Boanerges, Sons of thunder, are just as essential as Barnabases, Sons of consolation.

While there are those who because of their deadly earnestness send forth a profusion of sparks of wit and humour as they hammer away at their pulpit anvil (these we count worthy of double honour) there are those who are simply counterfeits, pulpit cheapjacks and platform clowns (these we count unworthy of the pulpit altogether). We heartily agree with the Archbishop who [30] accompanied by one of his Deans was passing a large church building in which the notoriety of the preacher drew massive crowds. The Dean said to his ecclesiastical superior, "There now, we have no such preacher who can gather the crowd like this man. I wish we had such a person to reach the ears of the thousands of plain folks". The Archbishop retorted, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's ass".

Perhaps this would be as good a time as any to define terms in our study.


The original meaning of the word was moisture - an animal fluid. In medieval times the humors consisted of blood, phlegm, yellow bile and black bile which were supposed to give rise to sanguine, phlegmatic, choleric, and melancholic temperaments respectively. Eventually its meaning became that of the disposition of mind, feeling, caprice, freak and whim. Now it stands for the capacity to appreciate or express that which is funny, amusing, incongruous or ludicrous.


Humour then is that turn of mind, that mood, that caprice, that whim, that quality which gives to ideas a ludicrous or fantastic turn of mind which tends to inspire mirth and laughter. However that definition is not perhaps sly enough. There is a subtlety about the real genuine humour which is most difficult to define.

In his fine volume "Clerical Humour of Olden Time" Frederick Douglas How emphasises the quiet slyness of humour thus, "Humour is a sense of fun without fun's frolic: it is a liability to laughter without its loudness; it is a tickling of the imagination by means of contrasts; it is a gentle, kindly mood, as different from mere wit as the moon is from the sky rocket. It is a quiet perception of the ludicrous or incongruous of the absurdities and inconsistencies of human life".

This perhaps could be best illustrated in the sermon preached before the Prince of Orange by a young preacher whom the Prince was anxious to hear. The Royal hearer provided him with his text, Acts 8: 26-40, the story of Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch, "of great authority under Queen Candace". [31]

The young preacher in rising to address the prince and his court simply said that in the text there were four wonders.

"Head the First; Wonder the First. A courtier reads!" Here he deplored the sad neglect in the education of great men in modern times, their general ignorance, and the little attention paid by them to books in general.

"Head the Second; Wonder the Second. A courtier reads the Bible!" Here he dwelt upon and deplored the melancholy want of religious sentiments and feelings in the minds of the great, and how impoverished and destitute such minds must be.

"Head the Third; Wonder the Third. A courtier owns himself ignorant of his subject!" And here he dwelt at length, while he exposed the conceit and presumption of ignorance in high places, which fancied itself to be in possession of real knowledge ashamed to confess its want of information. And then came

"Head the Fourth; Wonder the Fourth. A courtier applies to a minister of Christ for information, listens to his instruction, and follows his counsel!" It was said that the prince usually slept through the whole sermon, but he neither winked nor nodded once while this sermon was going on. It is also said that this young preacher was never put into that pulpit again. The "legate" was too faithful!

This was true humour. Subtle and sly a nail fastened in a sure place by a master of assemblies. Its language simple but its application sharp. The prince picked the text but the preacher pricked the prince. The arrow piercing the joints of the armour and yet for all that from a bow drawn at a venture.


It should be pointed out that humour is different from wit. The difference between the two is perhaps best brought out by contrasting the works of Thackeray and Dickens. Thackeray's writings sparkle with wit but Dickens' writings on the other hand are saturated with humour.

The true humour is different from the wit in that the wit laughs at his friends sometimes even with satire and malice while the humourist laughs with his friend. The wit sets himself against his fellows while the humourist sets himself alongside his fellows. There is a pathos about humour in which wit can have no part. Frederick Douglas How has pointed out, that there must of necessity be a fund of humour in the pulpit, for the pulpit is both the midwife and nursemaid of the church. [32]

He lists the following four reasons why humour must rise to the surface continually in the pulpit.

One. The great life-work of the preacher is to deal with the souls of men. In dealing with the flock the true pastor will learn to know its every member. Their eccentricities and failings will not pass him unnoticed. In dealing faithfully with them from the pulpit, he being human himself, is bound from time to time, to express himself in a humorous manner.

For example Oliver Maillard was a faithful preacher in the reign of Louis XI of France. The king was coarse, vulgar and immoral and the preacher preached before him as Paul before Felix reasoning of righteousness, temperance and judgment. Now the king had been the first to establish post-horses and posting on the roads of France. After an unusual severe sermon by Maillard the king threatened to throw him into the river. The preacher quickly retorted, "I shall sooner go to heaven by water than he will by his post-horses."

Two. Study of Biblical Theology prepares the ground for humour. Faced with the eternal truths of the Everlasting Gospel who better than the preacher can see the laughable absurdities and incongruities of humanity from which humour is spawned. The solemn death bed and sofa of a cantankerous woman in their contrast will cause a preacher to smile at the follies of his flock, not the smile of judgment but of sympathy knowing the weakness of his own self.

In this regard an anecdote of an old Yorkshire clergyman is not out of place.

A friend asked him if he had studied the Fathers before he began to write his sermon. "No," was the reply, "I rather study the Mothers for they have greater need of comfort and encouragement."

Three. The preacher who has the right sense of preparation cannot but have not only a sense of humour but the sentences of humour as well. Old Berridge was summonsed before his bishop. The bishop who hated the Methodist preacher said: "What is this I hear, you are always at the preaching". "No," said the preacher, "Your Grace, I only preach twice a year." "Ah," said the bishop with pleasure, "but only on that two occasions do you preach?"

"In season and out of season," came the quick retort.

Fourthly. Faith is the seed ground for humour. Faith caused Sarah to laugh and because she believed she brought forth Isaac which means laughter. (To be continued.)