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Editorial: THE ATTEMPT TO KILL ME

The so-called Irish National Liberation Army (INLA), an Organisation responsible for many murders in N. Ireland and the killing of Mr Airey Neave MP in the House of Commons car park made an attempt on my life on the evening of Friday the 3rd of July at about 5:30 p.m.

I had travelled in my own car to the studios of the B.B.C. to do a radio broadcast. I intended using my own car to return home and then travel by police armoured vehicle to an engagement I had in Co. Londonderry.

However at the last moment there was a change of plan and when I was doing the broadcast the cars were substituted. In the light of what happened afterwards that substitution saved my life, the life of my son Kyle who was with me and my two police escorts.

After I finished the broadcast I travelled homewards via East Bridge Street. A shot rang out and missed the back of the car by mere inches and struck the wall of the old Markets area chipping deeply in the stonework. If I had been travelling in my own car, it being longer and unarmoured the bullet would have struck both petrol tanks possibly causing an immediate explosion and fire from which we could not have escaped.

My police escorts instantly recognised the shot as that from a high velocity rifle. About fifteen minutes after the incident the INLA claimed responsibility and stated that they looked upon me as "a legitimate target." Some time ago the same Organisation claimed that they would make an attempt on my life.

The INLA and the Prov. IRA are closely identified in the current campaign of murder and terrorism throughout the Province. Both terrorist organisations are responsible for the present hunger strike in the Maze Prison. In our last issue we carried a picture of INLA terrorist firing their weapons in the precincts of a Roman Catholic Chapel. While ecumenical clergy and politicians especially those of the Alliance Party are quick to put on the record their condemnation of terrorists attacks they were all strangely silent about this attempt on my life.- I am not (concluded p. 10)

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THE WIT AND HUMOUR OF THE PULPIT
By Ian R. K. Paisley

Sir David Lindsay, the friend of John Knox and described by Knox's biographer Dr McCrea as "one of the first poets of the age" lashed the clergy of his age as dogs which

"Cannocht bark,
That callet ar preistis, and cannocht preche,
Nor Christis law to the pepill teche"

(Cannot bark,
That called are priests and cannot preach,
Nor Christ's law to the pupil teach.)

In sharp contrast we want to listen to those preachers who were not only able to bark in the pulpit but also able to bite.

There are still those numbered amongst the elect who by their attitude teach the falsehood that it is a sin to smile and a crime to be happy. The Almighty however made us all with the ability to laugh and to cry. Those whose faces are set on the long gauge rather than on the broad gauge could do no better than ponder Cowper's lines daily. -

"Is sparkling wit the world's exclusive right?
The fixed fee simple of the vain and light?
Can hopes of heaven, bright prospects of an hour,
That comes to waft us out of sorrow's power.
Obscure or quench a faculty that finds
Its happiest soil in the severest minds?
Religion curbs indeed its wanton play.
And brings the trifler under vigorous sway.
But gives it usefulness unknown before.
And purifies and makes it shine the more.
A CHRISTIAN'S WIT IS INOFFENSIVE LIGHT;
A BEAM THAT AIDS, BUT NEVER GRIEVES THE SIGHT.

THE SAUCIEST DOG

C.H. Spurgeon who as a young man was described as "the sauciest dog which ever barked in the pulpit", when delivering his famous "Lectures to My Students" said, "My lectures are colloquial, familiar, full of anecdote, and often humorous; they are purposely made so, to suit the occasion. At the end of the week I meet the students, and find them weary with sterner duties, and I judge it best to be as lively and interesting in my prelections as I can. They have had their fill of classics, mathematics, and divinity, and are only in a condition to receive something which will attract and secure their attention, and fix their hearts. My work has been compared to the [4] sharpening of the pin; the fashioning of the head, the straitening, the laying on of the metal, and the polishing, have been done during the week, and then the process concludes with an effort to give point and sharpness. To succeed in this the lecturer must not be dull himself, nor demand any great effort from his audience."

Paxton Hood in his monumental work, "The Throne of Eloquence" says "Certainly, it has usually been the case that those sacred orators who have moved multitudes have done so, if not principally, yet frequently, by offences against the canons of good taste."

USE OF HUMOUR

"Against the legitimate use of humour, wit, and satire in the pulpit we have little to say: those who can use them with skill may find those weapons as available, perhaps more available, than any; for they certainly are weapons which lie on the side of the more simply human part of human nature. We gain power over men principally as we remove from the regions of the abstract. Even imagination is most powerful, not when ascends into the heights and heavens of unrealised poetry, but when it rather descends into the household and the shop; and here is its most legitimate realm. No one can doubt that humour may be purified who has heard some of the great pulpit masters of even the present day; and we believe that its judicious use, reined and guided by piety, tenderness, and taste, would do more to bring truth near to the hearts of the multitudes than any other element of speech."

Some preachers by their lullaby tones seem to think that evil can only be taken out of their hearers in the same way as God brought Eve out of the side of Adam, "by a deep sleep" Their only text seems to be, "Sleep on now and take your rest."

That great pulpit master, Robert Hall said that the oneg reat essential to a sermon is that "it must have hooks in it." A hookless sermon is a useless sermon.

BRAINS, BOWELS, BELLOWS

John Angel James put the preacher's three most necessary qualifications pithily when he stated to the students of Spring-Hill College, "To be useful preachers you need three qualifications:-

1. BRAINS, to take in, and receive all the Latin, Greek and Logic your professors can give.

2. BOWELS, for intellectual power without pathos and tenderness in preaching will not succeed.

3. BELLOWS, Get out of doors in the summer months and give free play to your lungs in the open air.Give full exercise to your breathing apparatus by frequent platform and pulpit exercises."

He who does not see the humour of the Bible must be dull indeed. Moreover, the Bible; the timeless book that it is, has a text to fit every occasion and a timely application as well. [5]

Let me give a few examples from the author of "The Twistings and Twinings of Timothy Turnabout" which occur in his volume entitled, "Our Religious Humorists."

A copy of this volume I happened on in a second hand bookshop the other day which I noted was from the library of the late Canon Charlie Maguire sometime rector of St. Simon's Donegal Road, Belfast.

A young atheist so professed, commenced before company to ridicule the Holy Scriptures. A grave gentleman belonging to the Quakers was amongst them.

The gay young spark made himself merry over the story of David and Goliath strongly urging the impossibility of a youth like David being able to sling a stone with sufficient force to sink into the giant's forehead.

He challenged the Quaker, with great impertinence on the issue, who had being sitting gravely silent, as became his religious affiliation, during the outburst. "Indeed, friend," replied he, "I do not think it at all improbable if the Philistine's head was as soft as thine."

AS A NAIL IN A SURE PLACE

A curate named Joseph, was appointed, by Dean Swift, to preach before Butler, Duke of Ormond. The Duke had promised this Joseph preferment but had not fulfilled his promise. The curate found the appropriate text for the occasion. "Yet did not the chief Butler remember Joseph, but forgat him" Genesis 40: 23.

Southey, in his "Common-place Book," mentions a case where the adroit choice of a text was eminently successful. It was the custom at Cambridge for the students to express their dislike to a preacher by scraping their feet. On the occasion referred to, Dr. James Scott, being one day saluted thus, signified his intention of preaching against the practice of scraping; and very shortly afterwards took for his text, "Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear than to give the sacrifice of fools, for they consider not that they do evil." On its announcement the galleries became one scene of confusion and uproar; but Dr. Scott called to the proctors to preserve silence; this being effected, he delivered a discourse so eloquent as to extort universal approbation.

But perhaps the most telling selection of a text was that of a Transatlantic divine, who was dreadfully annoyed by the persistency with which a young man insisted upon offering his unwelcome and oft-rebuked attentions to his daughter. Seeing him one Sabbath sit down in the very pew she occupied, with a look of bold defiance upon his face, the injured parent announced with a look at the intruder which it is impossible to describe, the following text: "My daughter is grievously vexed with a devil."

THE POWER OF WIT

"Wit," says Barrow, "is properly employed when it enlightens the intellect by good sense conveyed in jocular expression; when it infringes neither on religion, charity, justice nor peace; when it maintains good [6] humour sweetens conversations, and makes the endearments of society more captivating; when it exposes what is vile and base to contempt; when it reclaims the vicious and laughs them into virtue; when it answers what is below refutation; when it replies to obloquy; when it counterbalances the fashion of error and vice, playing off their own weapons of ridicule upon them; when it adorns truth; when it follows great examples; when it is not used upon subjects improper to it, or in a manner unbecoming, at an undue season, or to a dangerous end."

"Fire low" say the famous Scotch preacher Dr. Thomas Guthrie "the order which generals have often given to their men before fighting began, suits the pulpit not less than the battle field. The mistake common to both soldiers and speakers is to shoot too high, over people's heads, missing by a want of plainness and directness both the persons they preach to and the purposes they preach for."

In Tennyson's "Northern Farmer" the effects of this mistake of missing the mark are hit off with remarkable cleverness, though doubtless with a dash of exaggeration. The farmer is dying, and is turning over his past life in a half-accusing, half-excusing spirit. Naturally he thinks of his relations to the parson and here is his statement of how he improved the preaching of his spiritual guide:-

"And I hallus com'd tis church afoer my Sally was dead,
An heard un a bummm' away like a buzzard Clock over my head,
An I never know'd what a mean'd, but I knowt a'ad summut to say,
An I thowt a said, whet a owt to a said, an comed avaay"

That farmer would have had a different reflection if the preacher had have "preached the Word." (Continued next issue.)


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THE ROYAL WEDDING INVITATION

Dr Ian Paisley MP who had been invited to the Royal Wedding turned down the invitation.

Dr Paisley in a statement said:

"The Queen and the Prince of Wales and their advisors are quite entitled to invite whom they will to the marriage ceremony at St. Paul's Cathedral. If they want to have Cardinal Hume or any other Roman prelate there, that is their prerogative.

"Who takes part in the marriage service is an entirely different matter for that involves the constitution and the Protestant monarchy of the United Kingdom.

"When my wife and I many weeks ago, received an invitation to attend the service in St. Paul's Cathedral I immediately wrote to the Lord Chamberlain and enquired if a Roman Catholic prelate would be taking part in the marriage service. Some time later the Lord Chamberlain confirmed to me that Cardinal Hume would be taking part.

"This is a most serious matter and flies in the face of the whole Williamite Revolution settlement. It is an undermining of the Protestant foundations of our nation.

"The future King of this United Kingdom who will have to swear at his coronation that 'he is a faithful Protestant' is to have the blessing of a Roman Cardinal pronounced upon his marriage. For the first time in 300 years the whole procedure is to be altered and Rome is to have a public position in the marriage of the heir to the throne. If this happens at the marriage ceremony what will happen at the coronation ceremony? Rome has gained a tremendous advantage and chalked up yet another success in her conspiracy to subvert the throne of the realm. As Cardinal Hume has put it on record that he does not recognise in keeping with papal teaching, the validity of the Ministerial orders of the Archbishops, Bishops and Clergy of the Church of England he strikes at the Queen as civil head of the State Church.

"in these circumstances I have informed the Lord Chamberlain that my wife and I cannot accept the gracious invitation from her Majesty the Queen and Prince Philip to attend the service. We do this with very great sorrow and regret but our Protestant faith and heritage and truth for which our forefathers died are more important than any earthly honour. Faithfulness to God and truth must always come first."


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ROMANISING THE ROYAL MARRIAGE CEREMONY

Every true Protestant rejoices that the Prince of Wales has married a Protestant. The plan of Cardinal Hume supported by Archbishop Runcie to marry the Prince to a Roman Catholic Princess came to nought.

However Rome never gives up and the influence of Rome was clearly demonstrated in the wedding service.

Of course those who are ignorant of Rome will like the anonymous 'Orangeman' writing in the Newsletter think that all is well and that Mr Jim Molyneaux MP the Leader of the Official Unionist Party, Deputy Orange Grand Master of Ireland and Imperial Grand Sovereign of the Black Order did well to show his approval of the Romish service by gracing it with his presence.

The Dean of St. Paul's, however, on the BBC Radio on Tues 28th July revealed just how Romish the service would be. He stated that it would be both pre Reformation and also be taken from the 1928 Prayer Book, the Book made illegal by Parliament because of its popery. He also welcomed the fact that the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster would be taking part, showing that the differences of past were now to be forgotten.

This of course is a constitutional breach of 300 years of procedure and has set a precedence which will bring grave problems in the future.

Those who followed the service will have noted how the ceremony had a very distinctive Romish flavour, the wording of the Reformation Prayer Book being seriously departed from.

The Roman Catholic form of the Lord's Prayer was used, the words, "For thine is the Kingdom the power and the glory forever and ever Amen" being deleted.

The ring was blessed by making the Romish sign of the cross. The Archbishop Runcie took his priestly stole, a mass vestment garment, and covered the hands of the couple as he concluded the ritual part of the ceremony . He also used the sign of the Cross in blessing them.

Then the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Basil Hume led in prayer. This was most significant. The only other clergy to take part were from the two State Churches of the United Kingdom, the Church of England and the Church of Scotland. By inviting the Cardinal to take part, the Church of Rome was put on par with the two Protestant State Churches of our land. Rome was thus given a place which neither numerically nor constitutionally she was entitled to. On the other hand the entire Non-Conformists of the United Kingdom were snubbed. All the dissenting [9] bodies, United Reformed, Baptist, Methodist, Congregationalist, Quakers etc, were not even represented by the Moderator of their Federal Church Council. The final prayer was offered by a priest of one of the most notorious Anglo Catholic Orders in England.

Then on the news there came word of the blessing of the Pope in a special telegram. The only question we ask is, "Did the Protestant martyrs die in vain?".

THE MORNING WATCH
By T. S. HENDERSON


The Morning Watch is a definite period of time given at the beginning of each day to devotional Bible study, meditation and prayer. Its length may be varied; it ought not to be less than fifteen minutes; five minutes for Bible study, five minutes for meditation on what you have read, and five minutes for definite prayer. If you say, "I have not time," I reply, "you must take time," It takes time to make a student, a merchant, a lawyer; it takes time to make a Christian. 'The man that does not make time for private devotion in the early morning cannot walk with God all day." You ought to take the best time to educate your spiritual life; the best time is the early morning hour, when the heart is most responsive to God, most free from defilement and best fitted to prepare for the day's battles. The Morning Watch is not a time for day dreaming, but a time for direct personal dealing with God. Austin Phelps, in his "Still Hour," says that we must come to the hour of prayer with this burning conviction: "I come to my devotions this morning on an errand of real life. This is no romance, and no farce. I do not come here to go through a form of words; I have no hopeless desires to express. I have an object to gain, I have an end to accomplish." The busiest men have been the best Christians; they lived like Christ in public because they prayed like Christ in private. Never begin the day without meeting God; cultivate the habit of the Morning Watch; cost what it may of sleep, of self-denial, of ceaseless vigilance, of persistent purpose, it cannot cost too much. Enter the Morning Watch with some general plan, or it will degenerate into a sort of pious mind-wandering. For your Bible study in the Morning Watch use a portion of one of the Chapters of Blessings outlined in the following pages, follow out the suggestions offered, and test the observations made, by personal obedience to the truth. Read a few verses thoroughly; meditate on and appropriate their truth; then pray that God will help you live them out during the day. Will you enrol as a Member of the Morning Watch Circle?


See Chapters of Blessing ps. 26-30


EDITORIAL continued

unaware however that in their hearts they would have been delighted if it had succeeded. Similarly when our Banbridge Church was destroyed by the I.R.A. and more recently our Antrim Meeting Place partly destroyed these same figures were also silent.

Since the attempt on my life the same INLA marksman has seriously wounded a police officer on duty outside the Royal Courts of Justice. It is with deep gratitude to Almighty God that I record this editorial knowing that my work is not yet completed and that His protection will see me through to His divinely planned finish.

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"CONTENDING EARNESTLY FOR THE FAITH
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A Sermon preached by Dr Paisley on Lord's Day morning 12th July 1981 in the Martyrs Memorial Church Belfast. (Electronically Recorded)

Gen 15:11 "And when the fowls came down upon the carcases, Abram drove them away."

In this great fifteenth chapter of Genesis we have, in type, the battle for the Truths of the Gospel, and the path that God's people have to walk as they contend earnestly for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints.


Look with me at verse 6 and you will find a key to the whole spiritual pilgrimage and life of Abraham. "And he believed in the LORD, and He counted it to him for righteousness." Here we have the emphasis on faith and, of course, today it is -the faith that is under attack, and those attacked are those that believe in the Lord.

The previous chapter notes the refusal of Abraham to have anything to do whatsoever with the rewards of Sodom and Gomorrah. Now when we come to this chapter we are given in pictorial form,(although this chapter is an accurate account of a real piece of history) a setting forth of the great battle that saints of all Ages must engage in.

There are three things I would like you to note, and around them I will build this message.

(1) First of all there is Abraham's sacrifice. Look at verse 9.
(2) Then there is Abraham's stand. Look at verse 11,
(3) Then there is Abraham's sleep. Look at verse 12.

Abraham's sacrifice. Abraham's stand, and Abraham's sleep.

I. ABRAM'S SACRIFICE

Now, of course the centre of the battle which rages between the Gospel of Christ and the false gospel of Antichrist is around the sacrifice of Calvary. It is here that we have the great divide. All religions can be tested by their attitude to the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ. If they depart one iota from Biblical revelation at that Cross, then they depart down the slippery slope of apostacy, confusion, blasphemy and idolatry.

The centre of the Christian religion - the key to the whole Gospel temple edifice - is the Crosswork of the Lord Jesus Christ. That is where the battle rages, that is where the Devil launches his fiercest attack, upon the Substitutionary Death - "the instead of me" sacrifice - the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. [12]

Look at verse 9 and you will notice something, the relationship of the sacrifice to God, because the Cross of Christ has a Godward reach. There is a Godward aspect about the Cross, and what does it say in verse 9? 'Take me". God is the speaker, and He says, 'Take me". So the sacrifice has a Godward relationship.

Then look at verse 1 0, "And he took unto him". So the cross has a manward relationship.

We hear today a lot of talk about reconciliation, and the whole emphasis of the ecumenical false gospeller is the reconciliation of man to man. That is not the teaching of the New Testament whatsoever. The teaching of the New Testament concerning reconciliation is the reconciliation of the sinner to god. God has given to us this ministry of reconciliation. God was in Christ reconciling man to man. No sir! Reconciling the world unto God. Of course if men are reconciled to God they will be reconciled one to another in the family of the King. So reconciliation, as the old catechism puts it so well, the Cross of Christ "satisfied Divine Justice and reconciled us unto God".

Now if you look with me at verse 9 you will not only find the Godward aspect of this great sacrifice, and the manward aspect, but you will find the number of grace stamped on this sacrifice. 'Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old, and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon". Count the number. The number is the number 5. It is a fivefold sacrifice.

Would you also notice carefully that this sacrifice has three beasts from the earth and two fowls from the air. It has the heifer, the goat and the ram. It has the turtledove and the young pigeon.

THE RAM IN ABRAM'S PILGRIMAGE

Could I just suggest to you that you should study the ram in relationship to the pilgrimage of Abraham. You will remember when he was on the Mount Moriah, he turned round and saw a ram caught in a thicket.(I haven't time to develop that this morning, but I want you to specially notice the ram in sacrifice in the pilgrimage of Abraham).

We have a heifer, a she goat and a ram. And you will notice that their age is specially mentioned. Three years old! Three in Scripture is the number of completion. It is a complete Sacrifice. It is stamped by grace and it is stamped by completion.

We have a beautiful picture here of the Sacrifice but we have something else, we have a relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ, because when the Lord Jesus Christ was presented in the Temple, Joseph and Mary brought the sacrifice of young pigeons. When the Lord Jesus Christ was baptised a dove descended upon Him, the symbol of the Blessed Spirit of God. So when the Holy Ghost drew this picture many centuries, yes over a millennium and a half, possibly [13] before the Cross of Christ, He drew it carefully and well, because this sacrifice is a picture of the Sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ.

II. ABRAM'S STAND

The sacrifice was laid. Immediately the separation took place and the blood was shed there was an immediate opposition to the sacrifice. The buzzards, the vultures filled the heavens, filled the air.

Where is Satan's seat? Satan is the prince of the power of the air. This text of Scripture portrays Satanic opposition to the Sacrifice of Christ, and immediately Abraham made the sacrifice, immediately the blood was shed, immediately the animals and the birds were laid upon the altar, there was opposition, and the birds of prey swooped down to pick at the sacrifice. Our Lord in the parable of the sower makes the fowls of the air to typify the devil. Matt 1 3:4 & 19.

Today we can see the modernists and the ecumenists and the Romanists, and they are all picking at the Sacrifice. The air is filled with the noise of the vultures, and buzzards of apostacy attacking the Sacrifice of Christ. If ever there was a day that the old Blood theology was under attack it is today. People say to me, "We don't know why you are so strong against the Mass" When a person says that to me I pray that God will enlighten them, because the Mass is the greatest blasphemy that Hell ever invented to insult the all-sufficient, once offered Sacrifice of Christ upon the Cross.

This week when in Strasbourg I went to see the famous Strasbourg Cathedral. It is dedicated, of course, to Mary, because the most important object of worship in the Roman Catholic system is Mary. The Cathedral of Mary. I noticed that every picture on one of the altars was about, Mary. Nothing about Christ, but all about Mary, and then they had the little red light burning. My boys said to me, "Dad, what is the red light for?" I said, "That is to signify that the consecrated wafer is locked away each Sunday. It would be a better thing if the priest was locked in and Jesus Christ was let out. That would be a lot better". Yes! And you have to walk quietly, it supposed to be the 'real presence' - the sacrifice!

ROME'S GREAT BLASPHEMY

Let me tell you, friend, my saviour is not in the form of a pancake on any Roman altar today. My Saviour lives at God's right hand! This is an attack on the Sacrifice of Christ. And the Protestant Churches shot through with the poison of ecumenism are getting more and more like the Roman Church. They push the pulpit to the side. They erect a high altar. They get nearer and nearer to Popery every step of the way.

What did the Reformers do? The Reformers said, "The preacher is a teacher. Give him a pulpit and a Book and let him preach. Destroy the altar, and put the pulpit in the middle. Elevate the Book". When this [14] Book is elevated, thank God we are pointed to the One All-Sufficient Sacrifice of Christ.

The fowls of the air are coming down. You know what the church is doing? The Church today is taking them in - The fowls of the air are being taken into the Church. The Church has become a cage, (Read the Book of the Revelation) A cage of what? "A cage of every unclean and deceitful bird". Yes!

I wrote a little book some years ago on the World Council of Churches. I was reminded of it today. No better description could be given of the WCC than that of the Bible. "The cage of every unclean and hateful bird" (Revelation 18:2) The bat of agnosticism. The cuckoo of Anglo-Catholicism, The vulture of Romanism. The kite of modernism. The raven of infidelity. The hawk of hypocrisy. The owl of apostasy, and the lapwing of perjury. These unclean birds all find a convenient cage in the World Council of Churches. It is a cage of every unclean and deceitful bird.

What did Abraham do? Did he cage the birds? No, he drove them away.

It is the duty of God's people to drive away those that would attack the Sacrifice of Jesus Christ. That is our duty, and we must do it in season and out of season.

A dear lady came to me one day and she said, with a frightful frown upon her face, "Could you not stop being controversial for a little time?". I said, "No, it cannot be done, because as long as we are in this world there is no discharge in this war"


I DONT LIKE A FIGHT

People don't believe this, but I don't like a fight. I must confess that many times I would like to run away. It would have been very easy for me this past week to have accepted the invitation to the Royal Wedding, and to have gone there. That would have been very easy to do, but if I had done that I would have insulted the blessed Son of God whom I love. And as long as I am in this life I will put the honour of Jesus Christ before any earthly honour. I hear the B.B.C. were round the people asking "What do you think? Should Dr. Paisley go to the Royal Wedding?" I want to tell you, my conscience is not in the hands of my constituents. My conscience is in the hands of God to do His will.

If the whole of Northern Ireland said to me, "You will go to the wedding" I would say, "No, I will not be there".

I don't run my life on the consensus of opinion of the. British Broadcasting Company. My father told me the Devil ran the B.B.C. anyway! I think he was pretty near the mark when he said that! Let me say to you today, I will run my life according to this Book, and God's Word. [15]

What a tragedy that immediately the future king of England is married a prayer of blessing is going to be said by the representative of the Pope. I tell you, no good could come to this nation through this act.

Of course, people will be opposed to me, but people have been opposing me for thirty-five years, and I feel very well and I had a good breakfast this morning and I am going to have a good lunch by the mercy of God before I go to Kilkeel. And if I get my tea and supper and another supper after that I will eat it well and sleep well, and nothing will affect me!

Abraham drove away the vultures. May God help us to drive away these vultures. We are not going to cage the birds, we are going to drive them away.

III. ABRAM'S SLEEP

How long did Abraham do it? He did it until the sun set and the great sleep came.

I want to tell you, when I was reading this chapter I was greatly impressed with the fact that he did not give up, he didn't get tired, he didn't get weary, he kept on until the end of the day.

Many a man has started well. His ministry has been strong. I look back on almost thirty-five years of ministry on this city and when I started my ministry there were five or six eminent preachers of God's word in the pulpits of all the denominations of this city. I can't find one of them today! I can't find one of them! They sold out, Oh, yes, I remember men that shook the platform in the Wellington Hall in their stand against ecumenism and the World Council of Churches and Popery, and today they are caught up in the very thing that they condemned. Sold out. They didn't keep on keeping on. They sold out. God help us not to sell out in this battle! God help us to keep going on, and by the grace of God we shall do that!

When the sun went down then the fire of God came, and God made His covenant with Abraham -"a smoking furnace and a burning lamp that passed between the pieces." God always blesses His truth with His baptismal fire, and to His Name all the glory shall be!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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NEW INDEPENDENT CHRISTIAN SCHOOL FOR NEWTOWNABBEY

At a Committee Meeting of Newtownabbey F.P.C. an important & historic decision was taken to open an Independent Christian School. The School will be facilitated in the Sabbath School complex connected to the New Church Building at Ballyclare Road, Glengormley.

A letter of application has been forwarded to the Presbytery Education Committee, who will discuss the matter at their autumn meeting. If the application is accepted, it is hoped that the school will open September 1983, or sooner as the Lord would lead.

Rev. Reginald Cranston, minister of the Newtownabbey Congregation, would request the prayers of God's people for this venture, that the Lord would send the right teachers & that every need would be met, to open a Christian School to God's Glory.

[17-22 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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LET'S GO AND HEAR GEORGE WHITEFIELD PREACH: Historical note on the preacher

Rev. George Whitefield M.A., was rightly called by C. H.Spurgeon, "the Chiefest of Preachers."

He sprang into the pulpit at the age of twenty two. He was a lightning flash in the shape of a preacher. He was a voice but what a VOICE! Yea Verily, A CRYING VOICE. When one reads his printed sermons one wonders, "Whence his power?" But those very sermons set both the British Isles and the American colonies aflame, shattering and then saving men and women in all walks of life. He is a mystery. The only adequate answer which can explain his phenomenal ministry is the answer Dr. Joseph Parker gave to a similar enquiry about Spurgeon's ministry - "GOD!"

In labours more abundant, that sums up Whitefield's life's work. The highlights of his biography illustrate this.

Born at Gloucester Dec. 16th 1714.
Entered as a servitor Pembroke College Oxford, 1732.
Ordained deacon 1736.
First visit to America 1738.
Ordained Presbyter, 1739.
First Open - Air Sermon Moorfields, April 29th 1739.
Second visit to America 1739 to 1741.
Third visit to America 1744 to 1748.
Fourth visit to America 1754 to 1752.
Fifth visit to America 1754 to 1755.
Sixth visit to America 1763 to 1765.
Last sermon in England prior to last embarkation for America Sept. 16th 1769.
Last sermon in America Sept. 29th 1770.
Died at Newbury Port, Massachusetts, Sept 30th 1770.

Fain he would repeat again and again:-

"Would I spend and be spent for the good of souls? It is my meat and drink. Had I a thousand lives, the Lord Jesus would have them all. Oh, that I might die and drop in my blessed Master's work." [24]

Whitefield preached a total of 18000 sermons in 34 years. His labours took him across England, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, the West Indies and the American colonies.

In London he gathered two great congregations of approximately 4000 each, one at the Tabernacle Moorfields and the other at Tottenham Court Road Chapel.

The final words of his last sermon on the night before his death were these:-

"I go to my Everlasting Rest. My Sun has risen, shone and is setting. Nay, it is about to rise and shine forever. I have not lived in vain and although I could live to preach Christ a thousand years I die to be with Him which is far better."

Now let's go and hear George Whitefield Preach.

Let us step into the famous old Tabernacle in Tottenham Court Road in London, one of those vast, plain, square buildings our Puritan forefathers loved to erect. See, who are garnered here this evening? What a mass! what an audience! Behind, yonder, in the gallery, see that face, on which philosophic calm seems to struggle with imaginative sensuousness, the sceptic lip, fastidious and cold; that is David Hume, master of English diction, apostle of atheism and fatalistic necessity, the historian of England, who has also a whole webwork of tentative theologic enigmas and impossibilities in his brain. Yonder, elegantly lounging, is the epicurean sneerer Horace Walpole, the Earl of Orford, novelist and virtuoso, who, somewhat rudely, affects indifference to the preacher, and especially disgust at the place. And see, - ah! there is our old friend burly Samuel Johnston in yonder aisle; he arrives somewhat late, and has to pay the penalty. The leviathan of literature, the monarch and dictator now to the whole world of letters, attracted hither by the fame of his fellow-student; and do our eyes deceive us? no, by his side his companion Sir Joshua Reynolds, with his immortal ear trumpet, and dear old Goldsmith; they are here to snatch lessons which may serve them in a very different world. See, there, intensely interested, are two whom you ought to know; that short man, straining forward through the press, is the English Roscius, the greatest master of mingled tragic and comic emotion the stage has ever known, Garrick, and by his side Shuter, the prince of melodramatic comedy, who has confessed to something more than curiosity, and has acknowledged affectingly the power of the preacher in striking light through his being, but who cannot cast the world behind his back and say, "Thou art an offence unto me." Did you ask if bishops ever came? Yes, there is Warburton yonder, who has left his wig and apron behind him, impelled by irresistible curiosity, advised to come by his friend Philip Doddridge; but not a little savage is that most surly and bad tempered of prelates to find a work done which throws all the pomp of his truly vast scholarship into the shadow. You should notice that old lady in the plain and quite unfashionable but neat head-dress beneath the [25] unpretentious bonnet, and in her invariable black silk gown. Who? Oh, that is the Countess of Huntingdon, who has compelled a large party this evening to listen to her chaplain. The old gentleman, in the corner opposite to her, is at every service here; this chapel is his constant place of worship, but he has a name in history; he is the loved and valued friend of George the Third; it is Pulteny, the celebrated Earl of Bath, once Robert Walpole's great antagonist; and by his side the Earl of Dartmouth, to whom dear John Newton owes his episcopal ordination, and, by-and-by, his rectory of Olney. And there is a brilliant cluster of court ladies, Lady Fanny Shirley, and Lady Chesterfield, and, for this time, that arch old plotter Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough, wondering if the preacher may have anything to say to her proud hungry heart. But is it not wonderful that the man, who has brought together all these strangely incongruous elements of literature and fashion, should also have brought William Romaine, Augustus Toplady, John Fletcher, and William Cowper? And what can have brought Chesterfield, Lord Chesterfield, here? - the high-priest of artifice and politeness, the cold and courtly author of those letters which, if we be not depraved when we begin to read, will effectually give to us so much forbidden fruit that depraved we certainly shall be ere we close the volumes.

The singing is over, and there is Whitefield! And does that slender, middle-sized, unimposing man know the audience to whom he speaks? Does he know that he speaks in the parliament of letters, of theology, of fashion, of statesmanship? Does he know that before him are hundreds of men and women whose words are law on all the matters pertaining to their own worlds? Yes, he knows it; he is amazed at their presence, but he cares not for it. The masters of taste find that this man obeys none of their laws or canons; his lightnings leap over their narrow boundaries, and the masters of fashion are compelled to own that the innkeeper's son has somewhere learnt a grace and harmony not to be acquired from the schools of Paris. "I would give a twelvemonth's income," whispers Garrick, "to be able to lift my handkerchief like that." "It is worth going foray miles to hear him pronounce the word Mesopotamia!"

Hush! no need to say that; the whole audience is hushed, is breathless; of what is he talking? The madness, the folly, the blind depravity of the sinner; that then is the subject. And he is describing the wanderings of a poor blind beggar - not a very attractive subject for the Humes and Walpoles and Chesterfields - a poor blind beggar, led by a dog, the image of the merely natural reason without the light of revelation; a poor blind beggar, wandering in a dark, wild night through cold and rain and tempest. The poor wanderer wends his way till at last he reaches the edge of a fearful cliff and precipice; he does not know the dread and danger beneath; he does not know that death is there, - that abyss! His dog is not faithless, but he has lost his way; he does not know, the night is very dark, and the dog has taken the fatal step; he is over the cliff, but still the [26] poor blind man holds on; another step, another step - "GOOD HEAVENS! HE'S GONE! SAVE HIM, WHITEFIELD!"

From whence did that come? - those words that thrilled and rang through the chapel, and broke the peroration of the description. Whence? From a rustic, and all those scholars and peers smile contemptuously? Not so; from Chesterfield's pew! from Chesterfield himself! - that cold and heartless follower of fashion, whose motto for all society was Nil admirari, whose prime article of creed it was to school and discipline all the passions and the feelings so that they should never be observed; he it was; he was quite oblivious, he knew not where he was, but, carried away and carried along by the pathos of the speaker, he too was in the dark and lonely night, near the blind beggar on the cliff, and is it not sad that he did not see himself in the blind beggar, his proud reason at best a faithful but benighted dog, pity that he did not cry to Whitefield's Master to save the wandering and worldly peer? But surely we shall not doubt that this plain old pulpit, in that plain chapel, in the dim light of candles struggling through the gloom, was truly a throne of eloquence.

The above adapted from Paxton Hood's, "The Lamps of the Temple" first published in 1856.

Next issue - "Let's go and hear Richard Cameron, the Lion of the Covenant preach" - The Editor.


CHAPTERS OF BLESSING


BIBLE CHAPTER -
Psalm. cxix.

Open the Morning Watch with prayer in v. 18.

(1) Blessing Promised. vs. 1-3. To whom? To those that are (a) Undefiled in the way. v. 1. (b) Walk in the law of the Lord. v. 1. (c) Keep His testimonies. v. 2. (d) Seek Him with the whole heart. v. 2. (e) Walk in His ways. v. 3. Are you ready so to do?

(2) Searching for the Secret: A Clean Life. vs. 9-1 1. (a) The question of questions. v. 9. (b) The divine answer. "By taking heed". v. 9. The word of God is the heartsearcher and cleanser. (c) The search must be whole-hearted. v. 10. (d) Positive prayer for help. "Let me not wander". v. 10. (e) The determined purpose of life. v. 11. Impurity cannot flow from the heart in which the pure Word of God is hid. What are you searching for?

(3) Personal Prayers for Personal Needs, vs. 25-32. (a) Quicken me. v. 25. (b) Teach me. v. 26. (c) Give me genuine testimony. v. 27. (d) Strengthen me. v. 28. (c) Remove sin from me. V. 29. (f) Grant me grace for living. v. 29. (g) Put me not to shame. v. 31. How often do you thus pray?

(4) My Pledge to God. vs. 44-[27]48. (a) I will continually obey Thy law. v. 44. (b) I will walk at liberty. v. 45. (c) I will speak of Thy testimonies. v. 46. (d) I will delight myself in Thy commandments. v. 47. (f) I will meditate in Thy statutes. v. 48. Will you so covenant with God?

(5) What the Word of God will do. (a) Drives out sin. v. 11. (b) Gives counsel. v. 24. (c) Brings hope. - v. 49. (d) Comforts in affliction. v. 50. (e) Restores the wandering. vs. 67, 71. (f) Protects against enemies. vs. 85-88. (g) Imparts wisdom. vs. 98, 99. (h) Assures guidance; lamp and light. v. 105. (i) Makes me not ashamed. v. 116. (j) Gives security and confidence in persecution. vs. 157-160.(k) Brings great peace. v. 165.

(6) Love for the Word of God. (a) Rejoices in it more than in riches. v. 14. (b) Not to be forgotten. v. 16. (c) The soul's longing. v. 20. (d) Whole-hearted obedience. v. 34. (e) Source of delight. v. 35. (f) Inspires unceasing praises. vs. 62, 164. (g) Better than gold. vs. 72, 127. (h) A daily meditation. v. 97. (i) Sweeter than honey. v. 103. (j) A precious heritage. v. 111. (k) Better than great spoil. v. 162.

(7) Quicken Me! personal, pointed, practical. (a) According to Thy Word. v. 25. (b) In Thy Way. v. 37. (c) In Thy righteousness. v. 40. (d) After Thy loving kindness. v. 88. (e) According to thy judgment. v. 149. Pray this five-fold prayer for yourself, your minister, your Church, your community, My daily prayer. vs. 169-176.

Daily Scripture Reading

Sunday, Psalm 119: 1-24; Monday, vs. 25-48; Tuesday, vs. 49-72; Wednesday, vs. 73-96; Thursday, vs. 97-120; Friday, vs. 121-144; Saturday, vs. 145-168.

SIN CHAPTER - Romans III

Take time to read Romans, chapters 1 and 2, in connection with chapter 3. These chapters give a true picture of sin. Sin is not only in the act, but in the actor. Sin is deadly and damnable; it has touched and tainted every heart; without Christ sin is victor over every life. "The wages of sin is death." Rom. 6:23. The wages have never been cut down, and never will be.

Study not only the outward show of sin in chapter l. vs. 28-32, but study the CAUSES which led to this fearful catalogue of sins. SIN in the heart produces these SINS in the life. What are the principles which make for such results? Notice the operating forces. (1). They held down the truth in unrighteousness. Rom. 1:18. They knew what the truth was, but they choked it; they would not let it speak out; they throttled it as the highwayman throttles his victim. Throttling God's truth is sin. (2) They did not glorify God as God, neither did they give thanks. Rom. 1:21. Ingratitude is sin; it perverts the mind, it hardens the heart, it blinds [28] men's vision of God. (3) They served the creature rather than the Creator. Rom. 1:25. Idolatry is putting anything as an object of devotion between man and his God. Wherever God is not first in the life, there is idolatry. (4) They refused to have God in their knowledge. Rom. 1: 28, i.e., they refused to make God their study. Whenever things prevent us making God the supreme study of life, there is sin. (5) Misuse of Special Privileges. Rom. 2: 17-20 and Rom. 3:2 They knew God, but did not use their knowledge for others. Privilege is the measure of responsibility; capability is accountability. To misuse privilege, or not to use our capability, is sin. (6) Inconsistency of Life. Rom. 2: 21-24. The result: the name of God was "blasphemed." Inconsistency in our lives always misrepresents God to others. (7) Ritual put above reality. Rom. 2: 25-29. Outward observance substituted for inward life.

In the light of this seven-fold indictment you see the justice of the verdict in Rom 3: 19. You are GUILTY before God. You need to be more than sorry for a neglected and unworthy past record; you are guilty. You are included in Rom. 3: 23. Behold the way of deliverance in Romans 3:24-26. Christ came to give a new life to those "who have a blighted record behind them, and an old and lower life within them." Here is forgiveness for the past, strength for the present, hope for the future. Christ is not only God's love proclamation to a guilty world, but also the expression of God's holy hatred against sin which makes the world guilty. Deliverance from sin is promised in Christ. It is freely given; do you freely receive what God freely gives? NO SIN: NO SAVIOUR.

Daily Scripture Reading

Sunday, Rom. 1: 1-17; Monday, Rom. 1: 18-32; Tuesday, Rom. 2: 1-16; Wednesday, Rom. 2: 17-29; Thursday, Rom. 3: 1-18; Friday, Rom. 3: 19-31; Saturday, Rom. 6: 8-23.

ATONEMENT CHAPTER - Isaiah III

There are three great atonement chapters in the Bible: Lev. 16, Isa. 53, Heb. 9. The hunger of the heart is to be AT ONE WITH GOD. These chapters reveal the secret of how to have that hunger satisfied. Read this chapter aloud every night on your knees, substituting "my," "me," and "I" for "our," "him," and "we," making it a personal message.

(1) The Man of Beauty. v. 2. In Christ we see the beauty of (a) Sincerity. John 18:37. (b) Serenity. John 14:27. (c) Spiritually. John 8:23, 29. (d) Submission. Matt. 26:39. (e) Simplicity. John 14:2. (f) Sympathy. Luke 7:11-15. (g) Strength. John 10: 18. (h) Sacrifice. John 10: 15. (i) Service. [29] John 13: 1-17. (i) Symmetry. John 18:38. In the light of such beauty of character, can you say: "When I shall see Him there is NO BEAUTY in Him that I desire Him"?

(2) The Man of Sorrows. vs. 3, 4. (a) He sorrowed for the needy. Matt. 9:36. (b) Sorrowed because of being misunderstood. John 8:52-59. (c) Sorrowed because He brought suffering to his disciples. John 15: 18-25. (d) Sorrowed with those who sorrowed. John 11:35. (e) Sorrowed over the sinning. Luke 19:41; Can you say: "I reject Him?"

(3) The Man of Suffering. vs. 3-6. (a) Despised. v. 3. (b) Rejected. v. 3. (c) Stricken. v. 4. (d) Smitten of God v. 4. (c) Afflicted. v. 4. (f) Wounded. v. 5. (g) Bruised v. 5. (h) Chastised. v. 5. (i) Beaten with stripes. v. 5. (j) Bore our iniquity. v. 6. Can you say: "I esteem Him not?"

(4) The Man of Silence. vs. 7,8. (a) Silent in the presence of His enemies. Matt. 27:12. (b) Silent in the presence of royal power. Matt. 27: 13, 14. (c) Silent in the presence of falsehood. Matt. 26: 59-63. (d) Silent in the presence of ridicule. Matt. 27: 39. (e) Silent in the presence of brutal reviling. What did He do? - When He was reviled, he reviled not again. lst. Pet. 2:23. He was mocked, derided, subjected to excessive vulgarity, spat upon, brutality ran mad in His crucifixion, yet He was the man of silence. Christ suffered for you, leaving you an EXAMPLE that you should walk in His steps. lst Peter 2:21.

(5) The Man of Triumph. vs. 10;12. The bruising, v. 10; the grief, v. 10; the offering for sin, v. 10; the travail of soul, v. 11; the bearing of iniquity, v. 11; the pouring out of his soul unto death, v. 12; the being numbered with transgressors v. 12; the bearing of sin, v. 12; the result of all this was triumph. The pleasure of the Lord prospered in His hands, v. 10; His soul was satisfied, v. 11. triumph comes through suffering. Look at the "if" and "also" in 2nd Tim. 2: 12, and learn the secret of triumph.

Remember to say it often, "He was wounded for MY transgressions, He was bruised for MY iniquity, the chastisement of MY peace was upon Him; and with His stripes I am healed."

Daily Scripture Reading

Sunday, Isa. 53; Monday, Lev. 16: 1-19; Tuesday, Lev. 16: 20-34; Wednesday, Heb. 9: 1-14 Thursday, Heb. 9: 15-28; Friday, 1st Peter: 1; Saturday, 1st Peter 2.

NEW BIRTH CHAPTER - John III

What a splendid specimen of clean manhood Nicodemus was! But Christ taught him that he must be BORN AGAIN!

(1) Nicodemus must be Born Again. v. 7. (a) His religious creed was not sufficient: he needed to be BORN AGAIN. (b) His membership in the Sanhedrin [30] was not sufficient; he needed to be BORN AGAIN. Membership in a club, secret society, benefit association, or even in the Christian Church will not save you. (c) Performance of religious duties was not sufficient. He was a good PHARISEE (Luke 18: 11, 12), but he needed to be BORN AGAIN. (d) His high moral character was not sufficient. Christ insisted that this clean, upright, honest, moral man MUST BE BORN AGAIN. (e) His acknowledgement of Christ as a great teacher was not Sufficient. v. 2. Christ is more than a superior intellectual genius, or faultless literary artist; He is a Saviour dealing with sinners that need to be BORN AGAIN.

 

(2) The Necessity of a New Birth. "man MUST, absolutely and imperatively MUST, be BORN AGAIN." Why? Christ's answer is in v. 6. Note the results of the operation of that law (a) No. spiritual discernment (lst Cor. 2:14.). (b) A rebellious spirit (Rom. 8: 7,8.) (c) A heart filled with earthly affections (Rom. 8:5). (d) The spiritual nature dead (Rom. 8:6). (e) The whole life in bondage (Rom. 7:5) Because these facts are true of every man by nature, ALL MUST BE BORN AGAIN.

(3) The Nature of the New Birth. The new birth is birth "from above," or birth "anew." It is new life coming into the soul through Christ. John 10: 10. It is absolutely NEW (2nd Cor. 5: 17); it is from God and not from men (John 1: 13); and therefore the life is divine. Man is dead in trespasses and sins. (Eph. 2: 1); the new birth is the coming in of a new life principle which makes the dead live. You are born again when Christ takes possession of your soul.

(4) The Method of the New Birth. WHEN you were born again, and HOW you were born again are of comparatively little concern. The FACT IS ALL ESSENTIAL. You MUST be born again, and you ought to KNOW IT. You need not know the time, and place, and method, but do you KNOW that you have been born again? Settle this question decisively. You ask, How may I know it? Test it by John 3:14,15. You know whether you have received Him; that decides the question of the new birth.

(5) The Gospel In Miniature. John 3: 16. Commit this verse to memory. Put your name in place of the "world," and "I" in place of "whosoever," Try to fathom the depth of "so." Rejoice in the possession of eternal life. You "have" now eternal life on condition of believing (i.e. receiving) Christ. See John 5: 24.

(6) Condemnation of Those not Born Again. vs. 18-21. There is a moral reason why men are not born again. An evil heart and life is the principal cause of rejecting Christ. V. 19.

Daily Scripture Reading

Sunday, John 3:1-17; Monday, John 3:18-36; Tuesday, Eph. 2: 1 10; Wednesday, Eph. 2: 11-22; Thursday, lst Cor. 2; Friday, Gal. 5: 13-26; Saturday, lst John 1.

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ARSON ATTACK ON ANTRIM CHURCH: REPORT BY Rev. W. BEATTIE

By the mercy of God an attempt to burn down the temporary building erected by the Antrim Congregation failed completely. The attack took place in the early hours of Friday Morning 24th July. The fire was spotted by a milk delivery man who immediately raised the alarm and the Fire Service were quickly on the scene.

The total damage to the structure amounts to over 500.

The building which was opened for the preaching of the Gospel on Saturday 3lst January 1981, and seats up to 100 people, is now too small for the congregation. In spite of the fire attack the congregation is pressing ahead with plans to extend the building. It is hoped that the congregation, which is now meeting in the local Protestant Hall, will be back worshipping in the extended building within a few weeks.

The fire attack which was clearly sectarian has increased the determination of the Congregation to go forward in the Lord's name to establish a solid Free Presbyterian testimony in Antrim. The Lord has richly blessed the local witness in the past months. Souls have been saved and new members added to the Church. Pray for the Antrim congregation that every attack of Satan might be brought to nought and that they might triumph over all the opposition. They must surely face as they challenge in the Lord's great name the forces of evil and sin in the area.