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Editorial: ON THE ROME EXPRESS

The Ecumenical Movement is Rome inspired and Romeward bound. While the Church of Rome refuses to join the World Council of Churches (W.C.C.) it has no objection to joining local Councils of Churches affiliated to and supporting the W.C.C. The following article from The Melbourne Age (Australia, 26/8/82) is a revelation. A Roman Catholic nun is now the spokesman for the so-called Protestant churches of that Council. How are the mighty fallen!

NUN SPEAKS FOR PROTESTANTS

Sister Mary Leonora Moorhead had not intended to cause so many raised eyebrows and broad smiles in Melbourne's ecclesiastical circles in a day. But it was inevitable, when the news got around that the Victorian Council of Churches had appointed a Catholic nun to its top ecumenical post.

Even Sister Mary Lou, (she asks to be called this), looked as if she did not know how much she ought to be smiling. She was honoured and pleased, but she knew that people would have to get over a double shock. A Catholic appointment was extraordinary enough. That the Catholic was a woman was a surprise that seemed for most a great delight.

The new secretary of the Victorian Council of Churches belongs to the Order of the Society of the Sacred Heart. She holds a theology degree, has almost finished an arts degree, and before joining the order qualified as a nurse and teacher.

She has been teaching in Brisbane, and will take up her position early next year. The job has brought her back to live at Sacre Coeur, the school where she spent her childhood. Even the gardener and some of the nuns who knew her as a child are still there.

Sister Mary Lou is 45. She did not mind being asked whether she thinks that her appointment is a case of tokenism. "I think they'd be impoverished without a woman," she said, and smiled. She is refreshingly candid, and never gives expedient answers. She hoped that having a position of authority might help to change attitudes about the role of women in her own church.

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THE TRUE CHRIST - NO NEW CHRIST
A Sermon preached In the Martyrs Memorial Church by Dr. Ian Paisley (Electrically Recorded)

Hebrews ch. 13, verse 8: "For many shall come in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many."

Matthew chapter 24, verse 5, a most interesting text. You have read it many times, but I want you to notice the unity between this long dynasty of false christs. Notice it carefully, "For many shall come in my Name, saying, I am Christ". It doesn't say, "Many shall come in my Name, saying, We are Christ". No, there is a unity here. This is the long dynasty of antichrists. "Many shall come in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many". Verse 23, "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there: believe it not".

Then turning to Hebrews chapter 13, verse 8, (a great text), "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today and forever". My subject tonight is a simple one, yet a sublime one, "The true Christ - No new Christ".

As you are aware, the Pope of Rome is visiting Spain, and I was reading, on Tuesday, in the London Times a report of his visit to the centre made infamous or famous, whatever way you want to put it, by Saint Teresa, and at that place he was welcomed by a crowd of 3000 cloistered nuns. Three thousand of them! The headline in the London Times was "Pope has nuns shrieking and cheering". So he had a wonderful effect on these nuns, and it says this, "At times the nuns sounded almost delirious, cheering, clapping and even shrieking. The mother superior after opening words in Polish described the Pope as 'Our sweet Christ on earth' - Our sweet Christ on earth".

"OUR SWEET CHRIST ON EARTH"

Of course, those that are aware of the claims of the Papacy will know that that is one of the claims which the Popes of Rome have made and continue to make. In fact, Pope Pius IX said, "Alone I am the successor of the apostles. The Vicar of Christ. I am the Way, the Truth and the Life". "Our sweet Christ on earth".

"Many shall come in my Name, saying, I am Christ, and shall deceive many" (Matt. 24:5). Many have come, from the "Supreme Bishop over all the earth", down through that long line of Antichrists, some of them having the worst of characters. Some of them committing the worst of crimes. Some of them illegitimates, born through the immoral practices of high prelates in the Roman Catholic Church. One of them a woman Pope Joan, and so on and so forth, and they have come and they have said, unitedly, "I am Christ", and they have deceived many.

Look at verse 23, Matthew 24, "Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there: believe him not". The Word of God with its authority, with its unction, with its potency and with its power says, "Don't believe it. He who says it is a liar. He who claims it is a liar, and the [4] man who takes that place of my Son is an impostor and an antichrist". Pope John Paul, Antichrist! That is the proper title to give him.

Of course, today, you are not supposed to say such things. It is not done in this ecumenical age. You are not supposed to speak the truth today about Romanism and Roman idolatry and Roman practices. Thank God the Reformers were made of sterner stuff. Thank God the Reformers were prepared to speak the truth about this system. If they hadn't spoken the truth you wouldn't be sitting in a Protestant House tonight with God's Word in your hand and the freedom of the Gospel and the knowledge of the Gospel in your heart.

NOT LIKE THE REFORMERS

We have a race of men today who tell us that they believe in the Reformed doctrines and the Reformers, but when it comes to taking a bold militant uncompromising stand against the Papacy they hold up their hands. As one man said to me, "It is easy to contend against Rome in the safety of your pulpit, but when it comes to meeting the Antichrist head on, when it comes to the picket line, to the confrontation, then I draw the line there, I don't want to take my stand openly and publicly against this system". Thank God there are always a few who are prepared to take their stand publicly and openly against the great apostasy.

Turn to Hebrews, and what a sweet verse this is, Hebrews chapter 13, verse 8: "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever". Those other verses bring us into the darkness of hell. This verse brings us into the light of heaven. Those other verses reveal to us the falseness, reveal to us the plan and the purpose of Satan, but this verse reveals to us the glorious plan and the glorious purpose of God the Father. How He sent His well Beloved Son, His only Son, the Darling of His bosom, the One in whom His soul delighted; the One in whom He set His love from all Eternity. Before the hills in order stood or earth received her frame, before angels' wings disturbed the ether of the heaven of heavens, before one created thing was thought upon, from the bosom of the Father went the Blessed Son of God and God the Son, co-equal, co-Eternal with the Father, the Blessed Son of God. There came a day when this world was made, and it was made by the Word of the Son, "Without Him was not anything made that was made", and man was made in the likeness of God, and to man was made an helpmate. In that Garden, that we call Eden and Paradise, man was given the task to tend and keep the Garden. Privilege after privilege was showered upon him. Wonder after wonder met his investigating gaze, and best of all in the cool of the day he walked with his Maker in the deepest of all possible fellowship. But to that Garden there came the serpent, and to the woman there came the serpent's temptation, and to the woman there came the decision to sin and she put forth her hand. Tremble, O earth! Tremble, O angels! Tremble, O heavens! Tremble all future generations, for once she takes that fruit and eats thereof, and once Adam eats of that fruit, there shall [5] come the greatest of all catastrophes to this world, the fall of man. Perfection was soiled with imperfection. Purity was soiled with impurity.

THE FALL

The sinless man became a totally depraved sinner, and a wave of sin, iniquity, and grief and sorrow, and fast on their footsteps came death itself, for sin when it is finished bringeth forth death. When God met man in the cool of the day, a fallen man, a naked man, a man who couldn't cover his iniquity by the manufactured apron that he had made, a lost man, what had God to say? God gave the promise of the Saviour. The seed of the woman shall bruise the serpent's head, and God sounded a trumpet in the ear of Hell and the Devil, and God sounded a sweet silver trumpet in the ear of fallen Adam and in the ear of fallen Eve, and that moment when Adam heard that trumpet he believed to the saving of his soul. How do I know? Because Eve should have been the mother of the dying, and He called her Eve, the mother of the living, for in God's Word there is life, and immediately he believed and called Eve the mother of all living, God did something, He shed the blood, He made the coats of skins, and He covered our fallen parents, and although driven forth from that Garden, thank God, they were covered in a type of the Blood of the Lamb, and with the covering of the sacrificial animal.

From that moment in man's history men look for that Coming Redeemer. Poor Eve, when she bore her first son, she thought that the promised Seed had arrived. She called him Cain, and says, "I have gotten a man-Jehovah". The word 'from' if you look at your Authorised Version is in italics, there is no word in the original for that word. "I have gotten a man-Jehovah". She thought He had come. How disappointed she must have been, for Cain was not the Christ but was of that wicked one, an Antichrist, and slew his brother. Down through the four millenniums of the Old Testament they looked, and impostors came and false christs came, and false leaders came, and they looked and men said, "Here is Christ and there is Christ", but a disappointed nation and a disappointed world discovered that they were not the true Christs. Then one day angels burst the bonds of their invisibility, were seen of shepherds on the hillsides round David's city, Bethlehem, and they said, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth good will toward men, for unto you is Born this day in the city of David, a Saviour which is Christ the Lord".

"One day when heaven was filled with His praises,
One day when sin was as black as could be,
Jesus came forth to be Born of a Virgin,
Born among men, my Redeemer is He".

THE SECOND MAN

He walked this world, Pure, Spotless, Stainless, Flawless and Crimeless, and in His thirty-third year He walked up that hillcrag called Calvary, stripped stark naked and nailed to the old tree of the Cross He [6] shed His Blood for rebel sinners. He gave His Life a ransom for the many, and by One offering forever He atoned for the sins of those who put their trust in Him. Redemption was accomplished. The prophecies were fulfilled. All that was foretold found its finality in the Blessed Son of God. Laid in a tomb, on the third day He tore the bars away, Jesus my Lord! Up from the grave He arose, and He left this world, and two shining witnesses said, "This same Jesus will come again". "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever". The world has been waiting for His Coming, just as the old world waited for His first Coming, and the same thing has happened. False Christs have arisen, and over the whole religious history of the world there is the dark shadow of the dynasty of the false christs of Rome, the Antichrist, one great system, they didn't say, "We are the Christ". They said, "I am the Christ". There is a satanic unity in all their claims, and as one dies another is elected. As one was poisoned another was elected. As one was murdered, another was elected. As one was excommunicated, (and remember there was a time when there were three Popes, all cursing one another; they cursed themselves, and cursed their system, and cursed their people, and many have been deceived), another was elected.

To the children of God the true Christ is no new Christ. He is the same yesterday, and today, and forever.

I have on my shoes, I am standing like Israel on the night of the Passover, I am waiting for His Coming. The sound of the trumpet will soon summon me from an old rotten world, and an old sinful world, from an old evil world, it will summons me to the clouds where I shall meet Him. Then He shall come, back with His people and He shall reign, and our Sweet Christ shall once again be upon this earth, and the kingdoms of this world shall become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign. "Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever". What does He mean to you?

THE PAPAL CLAIMS REJECTED

Oh, there are people here tonight and they reject the claims of the Pope and rightly so. They say, "We recognise him. We see his falsehood. We behold his error. We will not associate with his idolatry. We will have nothing to do with his system of priests and priestcraft". Let me ask you, "What is your relationship to the true Christ; to the One Who is the same yesterday, the One Who is the same today, and to the One Who is the same forever?" Have you met Him? Do you know Him? Is He yours? Have you received Him? Have you acknowledged Him? Have you confessed Him? "if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in thine heart that God has raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved" (Romans 10:9). That is the Word of God.

Tell me, my friend, what is your relationship to the Lord Jesus Christ?

I remember that blessed day, that wonderful day, that never-to-be-forgotten day, that second birthday, that day of days when I was born again, and I met Him. His glory broke upon me: [7]

When I saw Him from afar,
He's fairer than the morning,
He's brighter than the morning star.
He's a// my fancy pictured
In its fairest dreams and more,
And each day He grows still sweeter
Than He was the day before.

I confess willingly that I love Him because He first loved me!

Have you met Him? You can meet Him tonight. There in the pew others sitting around you don't know what is happening within your breast. God has been probing your conscience and your heart, putting His finger into the quick of your soul. "Behold, I stand at the door and knock". Jesus Christ, with nail-pierced hand knocking at the heart's door. "if any man hear my voice". I tell you, how sweet is the hearing of the Saviour's voice!


THE EFFECTUAL GOSPEL CALL

The spouse in the Canticle said, "Draw me and I will run after thee". We need the drawing of that voice. There is the general call of the Gospel tonight in this meeting, every one that hears the preacher hears the general call of the Gospel, but, bless God, there is a special call that is winged effectively to the heart by the Blessed Holy Ghost, and for the first time a sinner down in the sepulchre of his sin, he hears. The dead hear. That is a miracle, that is the miracle of regeneration. When they hear, thank God they live. "All that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and shall come forth". A reference, of course, to the resurrection, but also in the same chapter, that now there will be those that shall hear and shall live. The stone was rolled away, there was a general call that day in the graveyard, but there was the effectual call, "Lazarus, come forth". The Lord named him. Someone has said, "If Jesus had shouted 'Come forth', the whole dead would have arisen", but they didn't, it was the special call of the Gospel. He is calling you tonight. God is calling men and women to seek the Lord while He may be found, and to call upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake His way, the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto the Lord, and He shall have mercy upon him; and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon". Dear lost sinner, cry out to Jesus, just as you are you cannot make yourself better. No sacrament, no church connection, no creed, no effort, no human merit can bring you to Jesus. He must lift you out of the miry pit, out of the tomb, out of the bog hill, out of the depravity, and, praise God, He can do it. "He is able to save to the uttermost, all that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for us". Will you call now? Sweet Word, simple Word, Blessed Word, "Whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord, shall be saved".

The Antichrist demands the gold, demands the silver, demands the payment, but there stands one tonight Who says, "Come, buy wine and milk, without money and without price". The grand calling of redemption [8] minted in the sufferings of Jesus has been paid over, and every debt is settled and every bill is paid, and, tonight, the Blessed Receipt - God's salvation - is offered freely to whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord. It is not a possibility, it is not a probability, bless God it is an Everlasting certainty, "Shall be saved". You are saying, "Preacher, do you believe if I call now on the Name of the Lord, the Lord will save me?" Exactly, you have got the message, the message of the Book. God forbid that we should be carried away from that simplicity of Gospel Truth.

Let me end this sermon, as I have ended many sermons, with the word of old John Bunyan the tinker. (He wasn't tinkering with the Gospel when he made that great invitation), "Come and welcome to Jesus".

May you come, and, bless God, you will get a right Royal Welcome by the Blessed Son of God.

AMEN AND AMEN!

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ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF MR. GORDON FERGUSON B.A. AT KILKEEL

Friday the 12th November marked a further milestone in the history of Mourne Free Presbyterian Church. On that occasion a packed church witnessed the ordination of the Rev. Gordon Ferguson and his installation as the third minister of the congregation.

Mr. Ferguson, who comes from Co. Fermanagh, worked as a bank official prior to commencement of his training for the ministry of the Free Presbyterian Church. For the past four years Mr. Ferguson, who is married and has three children, has lived in England. There he studied classics at London University and worked for a year as National Organiser of the British Council of Protestant Christian Churches.

The meeting on Friday night was led by the Rev. Michael Patrick, from Moneyslane, who acted as minister in charge in Kilkeel during the vacancy. Mr. Patrick welcomed the large congregation which included members of other Free Presbyterian churches from as far away as Omagh and Portglenone. Many of Mr. Ferguson's ministerial colleagues were present to wish him well in his work in Kilkeel, as well as several relatives and friends of the family.

The opening prayer was taken by the Rev. Alex Chambers from Mullaglass and he was followed by the Rev. Harry Cairns of Omagh who preached the ordination sermon from 1 Samuel 2, v. 30. The theme of Mr. Cairns' address was "honouring the Lord" and he encouraged his audience to honour the Lord by their stand, by the sayings of their lips and by their sacrifices.

ACT OF ORDINATION

After Mr. Cairns had spoken, the prescribed questions to the minister elect were put by the Acting Clerk of Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, the Rev. Cecil Menary of Crossgar. Mr. Ferguson then subscribed the Westminster Confession of Faith and was ordained to the ministry by the laying on of hands of the Presbytery, Dr. Ian Paisley, Moderator, leading in the ordination prayer. [10]

The charges to the congregation and newly ordained minister were delivered by Dr. Paisley who based his remarks on Hosea chapter 10, verse 12. Dr. Paisley emphasised the need for fervent evangelism backed up by earnest prayer. During the course of his address he referred to some of the varied experiences he had during the thirty-six years of his ministry on the Ravenhill Road in Belfast.

Following Dr. Paisley's address Mr. Ferguson related the story of his conversion to Christ and outlined the leading of the Lord in his life, mentioning in particular how he felt convicted that he should accept the call of the Mourne congregation to be their minister. Mr. Ferguson and his wife and family were welcomed to the Mourne area by the Clerk of Session of the church, Mr. George McConnell.

Mr. McConnell paid tribute to the Rev. Michael Patrick who had served as minister in charge during the vacancy and called on Mr. Wesley Chambers, a fellow elder from Mourne, to make a presentation to Mr. Patrick on behalf of the congregation.

Replying to Mr. Chambers' remarks Mr. Patrick spoke of his pleasure at having been associated with the work in Kilkeel. He related some of the incidents connected with the Mourne congregation over the past two and a half years since he had taken charge of the work, and spoke with appreciation of the Mourne sense of humour.

The concluding prayer was led by the Rev. John Morrow of Ballynahinch, following which a delicious supper was served by the ladies of the congregation.

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ORDINATION OF MR. ALAN EDGAR AT TULLYVALLEN

Monday 15th November was an historic occasion for Tullyvallen Free Presbyterian Church. A capacity congregation packed the building for the ordination and installation of Rev. Alan Edgar. Mr. Edgar has been serving as student-in-charge for the previous three years and was now to be ordained as the first minister of the church.

The chairman was Rev. S. B. Cooke of Armagh Free Presbyterian Church who has been the senior minister of Tullyvallen since it was opened. The service began with the singing of Psalm l24 and was opened in prayer by Rev. Alex Chambers from Mullaglass. This was followed by the Scripture reading and ordination sermon by Rev. Gordon Ferguson, recently installed as minister of Kilkeel Free Presbyterian Church.

The Chairman then made some remarks on the history of the work in Tullyvallen; the church was opened in 1976 as an extension of the Armagh Congregation. In 1979 Mr. Edgar was placed by the Presbytery as student-in-charge, and in December 1980 the work was formally constituted as a congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Now, almost two years later, the first minister of the church was being ordained and installed. Rev. Cooke spoke of the faithfulness of the Tullyvallen people, many of whom had been members of his own church in Armagh.

ACT OF ORDINATION

The Ordination and Installation ceremony then took place. The prescribed questions to the minister-elect were put by Rev. Ian Goligher from Garvagh, following which Mr. Edgar subscribed to the Westminster Confession of Faith. This was followed by the laying on of hands and the Ordination prayer which was led by Dr. I. R. K. Paisley, Moderator of Presbytery. [12]

Dr. Paisley brought the charge to minister and congregation. Taking 11 Timothy 4, vs. 1-15 as his text, he brought a stirring message relating to the minister's duties and responsibilities. He must be a man who laboured with a view to Christ's appearing and the day when he would be judged for his service. His supreme task was to "preach the Word". The faithful minister would encounter much opposition but he must "watch in all things" and prove himself an able servant of Jesus Christ.

The Moderator closed with an exhortation to the congregation to faithfully support their minister and the work of God in Tullyvallen.

Greetings from Presbytery were brought by Rev. John Greer from Sixmilecross who is a brother-in-law of Rev. Edgar. Mr. Jim Purdy, Church Secretary, paid tribute to the work of Rev. Cooke in laying the foundations of the work in Tullyvallen and, on behalf of the church, he presented a monetary gift to Mr. Cooke as a token of appreciation for his labours in the area. Mr. Purdy also welcomed Rev. Edgar as their first ordained minister and spoke of his expectations of God's blessing upon the church in future days.

PERSONAL TESTIMONY

The Chairman then called on Mr. Edgar to address the meeting. The latter began with a word of personal testimony, relating how he had been saved at the age of eleven. When the Free Presbyterian Church had been established at Omagh in 1968, he had joined and through the witness of that church he had been established and enabled to grow in grace. Mr. Edgar spoke of receiving God's call to the ministry and commencing studies in the Theological Hall in 1978. He referred with appreciation to his time already spent as a student in Tullyvallen and paid tribute to the kindness and support of the members. He also requested God's people to pray for the Gospel witness in Tullyvallen; only with God's help could they go forward in the future.

The meeting concluded with Rev. Trevor Baxter from Dungannon leading in prayer; Mr. Baxter was the evangelist at a recent Gospel Mission in the church. Tea was served afterwards by the ladies of the congregation.

SHARP CONTRAST

The Christian philosophy is a philosophy of:
Self-denial
Self control
Self-restraint.
Satanic philosophy is a philosophy of:
Live as you please
Have what you want
Don't let anybody tell you what to do
It is your life; you have a right to live it as you please.

- Bob Jones, Sr.

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REPORT ON PRESBYTERY VISIT TO KENYA by REV. DAVID McILVEEN

Travelling into the city of Nairobi from the International Airport one would be forgiven if they thought that Kenya was like any European country and its capital like any other country's capital.

The skyline is chequered with buildings of the highest architectural value. Businesses and hotels form the heart of this small but exceedingly impressive city. There, however, all comparison must come to an end, for, even before a person straddles the suburbs of the city, the reality of African life becomes very apparent. The tumbledown buildings, crowded with people, provide the shelter and accommodation for those whose luxuries are non-existent and whose necessities are hard to come by. But a step from this picture of deprivation there comes the Kenya that many visualise and might be disturbed if it was to change. The many mud huts and houses take over as the main centre for living and while some are clustered together the great majority are individually dotted over the magnificent terrain of their homeland.

AFRICA

Africa, and particularly Kenya, has changed little over the years, and perhaps in a measure they can be thankful, for family life and the closeness of communities are still maintained and jealously guarded. Electricity with its various avenues of evil has not intruded into the circular homes of many people, thus the nights are spent together around the fire whose smoke penetrates through the straw clad roofs. While the living standards of the people have altered little, sin never fails to exert its influence and creative power. Sin does not need the television screen to motivate its force of magnetism to attract and to trap the souls of men. Drunkenness is a great problem as men entangled in its web are brought down to the gutter of despair and to the depths of human and moral depravity. But God never leaves Himself without a witness, and thankfully in Kenya this is undoubtedly true.

It was in 1932 that God in His Infinite Grace and Wisdom was pleased to save a young man by the name of George Kendagor. The work of grace was deep and the continual spiritual development in his life proved that God had made him a chosen vessel. Faithfully and fearlessly he witnessed to his own people about their spiritual need of Christ, encouraged in those early days and for quite a number of years after by the people of the African Inland Mission whose name changed in recent years to the African Inland Church. Many churches were opened and schools commenced as brother Kendagor laboured faithfully and often at great personal sacrifice to see that men and women should hear the Gospel and be saved. However, even in Kenya where the need to preach the Gospel is so great, organisations can depart from their first principles, and this became tragically true of the African Inland Church. [14]


ECUMENISM

Identifying itself with the Associated Christian Churches of Kenya it stained its testimony by giving spiritual recognition to such groups as the 'Churches of Christ'. The Kendagor family knew that there was something wrong, but for a little time could not clearly ascertain the problem. However through the faithful witness of the late Miss Margaret Armstrong, George Kendagor could see the issue of separation very clearly, and subsequently left the Organisation which threatened the spread of the Gospel in the land that he himself loved as one of its children. His action was decisive and determined, attracting the misunderstandings of some and the spirit of bewilderment from others. Left without any material assistance from a missionary group, brother Kendagor laboured on, knowing that the churches he had founded in this remote area of Kenya under the A.I.C., were now cut off from him.

Buildings and schools became but a memory to this servant of the Lord: but it is people who provide the main reason for the church, so to George Kendagor the challenge was still the same and the need even greater. Holding on to the Gospel plough he endeavoured to work on believing that God would still honour the faithful preaching of His Word. At times the ground was hard, other times it was mercifully softened by the prayers of God's people, but in good times and bad the work went on, under the banner of the Bible Christian Faith Churches. At present there are some 18 churches in this north-west part of Kenya, which can claim without envy some of the most backward people that I have ever witnessed. But then the Gospel's power is dynamic power with a light so strong that even the dense blackness of paganism and superstition must flee at its solemn confrontation. [15]

HEARTS MOVED

As Mr. George McConnell and I travelled from church to church and from school to school our hearts were moved to beyond the point of description. A school, with only half a roof, filled with children gathered to sing choruses and greet their visitors from the other side of the world! Children ill attired to contend with the climatic conditions that would test the endurance of the strongest! A man, after giving his heart to the Lord in one of our meetings, asked George if he could send him a pair of trousers! We saw a little Pokot baby with its chest strapped in an attempt to contain the volume of its cough, brought about by whooping cough! And our hearts were moved in compassion towards these people.

But where do we as a church fit into the situation in Kenya? I believe that to our church, although despised and often treated with contempt by men, God is calling to go forward in response to the cry, "Come over and help us". It is clear that an ecumenically minded spirit will be totally inadequate to meet the need. The testimony to those who help must be based firmly on the authority of God's Word. God, I believe, has both blessed and tried our church at home, in a measure we have delivered the lamb from the lion's mouth, but now we must face the Goliath of the world. Let us not be like the faint-hearted Saul but let us be like David facing this challenge in the Name of the Lord.

In the not too distant future our church will be sending out missionaries to Kenya, and through the pages of the Revivalist we will keep you informed of further developments. May I also take this opportunity to thank all who prayed for us as we travelled to the land of Kenya.

"CHRIST DELIVERS THE MAN OF THE GADARENES, POSSESSED WITH THE LEGION OF DEVILS"
A sermon preached by Dr. Jones In the Martyrs Memorial Church (continued from last month)

My wife and I had a week this summer. We had not had any kind of vacation for I think four or five years together, and we had an opportunity to get a special price for a little cruise up the coast of Alaska. We went, and the first night as we were sitting in the lounge after dinner trying to visit and witness, suddenly a group of practically naked women danced in as the orchestra chimed up, and there were these women putting on a performance on a cruise ship that would have made the gamblers in some of our western cities like Las Vegas blush for shame. We got up and left the room. [16]

LITTLE SENSE OF MODESTY TODAY

Strange is it not, how little sense of modesty there is. You know, when women lose their sense of modesty womanhood has lost its glory. There is nothing more beautiful than a woman in the pride of her womanhood and the glory of her virtue. There is nothing more debased than a Jezebel, a woman who has no modesty at all, but sin does that! We hear conversations today that were not even discussed when I was a boy. Sin does that. More and more as we go into apostasy, and the Holy Spirit is grieved in our lands across the world, more and more modesty is lost and immodesty begins to prevail.

Poor lost man, unclean, unclothed. My friend, sin always produces immodesty. I think one of the signs of the times is the lack of modesty that is so generally seen in America, and I think to a lesser degree in your Province, but certainly in Great Britain and in other places. Women who wear such immodest clothes, the pictures on the front of magazines, and the filth on television and all the nudity that is shown.

Here is this poor man clothed only in the dirt and grime that he has accumulated. Unclean, unclothed and unrestrained. They try to bind him with chains but he broke them. Over and over again he plucks the fetters asunder. You know, sin takes control of a man and there comes a time when there is no longer any restraint. You begin with a small sin, and a small sin becomes a bigger sin, and men try this drug and this drug is not sufficient, and they take another drug, there is no restraint, there is no limit where sin prevails in a life. A man starts out to be honest and he begins to trim a little here and there, and finally he will wind up in penitentiary somewhere a criminal, a thief, a man who steals the property of other men. Sin knows no restraint. Anything goes when a man is under the control of the Devil. Thank God there is one chain that binds and that is the Chain of the Lord Jesus Christ, and that Chain is love, that which can restrain. No man was able to tame the poor demon-possessed soul. He was completely untamed, this man, like a wild man rushing here and there. We are told in the other Gospel that these two men were so fierce that nobody could even pass through the area where they were. You can tame a wild beast. Although I think it is a very uncertain thing, but you can see tigers in a circus, a man will thrust his head into the mouth of the tiger and the tiger is tamed in not closing his mouth on that man's neck. You see wild beasts trained to do tricks, and the wild horse can be tamed as a man puts a bridle in his mouth and somehow he responds, but the hardest thing in the world is to tame the rebellious soul of man. You have to deal with people to realise how untamed human nature is. You think you have it tamed, and the resolutions are made and you think, "Well we have got this fellow over his troubles now", but it doesn't last, and the moment you least expect it, that untamed nature will assert itself and all will be as bad as it has been before, and worse, because when a man falls back into that which he thought he was cured of, the fall is greater and the last state more iniquitous than the first. [17]

SIN UNSETTLES

There the poor man is and how unsettled he is. He is always day and night in the tombs and in the mountains crying out. Now the voice echoed from up on one mountain peak, and then a little while it will be from the depths of a cavern over somewhere else where dead men's bones lie amid the dust of what was once human flesh, and there in the lair of a wild beast, and yonder in that hill a cry goes out, mournful and sad, never in rest, never in peace, snatching only a moment's sleep here and a moment's sleep there, always on the move. My, how sin drags men here and there. Unrest, unhappiness, crying out, groaning and screaming, and wailing, possessed of demons that give him no peace.

I cannot understand the cruelty of demons like that, but sometimes I meet people who seem to be worse than demons that possess their souls, and the cruelty of humanity to humanity speaks of the power of Satan to destroy and add stress to human life. Ours is a generation that lives largely on tranquillisers and medication. My friend, when you rest in Jesus you can be at peace. Unhappy, miserable, unsettled and unsafe. A danger to all who pass by. So it is where sin has its sway.

The time has come now for release, and they (the demons) say, "Will you let us go into the swine. We don't want to be cast out of the country". That is a strange expression there. I think, literally, it means, "We don't want to be cast out of the company of men. We don't want to be cast out into the deep". These demons seem to dread being unclothed, they must be clothed upon human flesh, and I think sometimes when beasts go amuck, and an elephant goes suddenly wild and that which has been tamed turns on its master, as dogs sometimes do, it maybe that a demon has come in, for if they cannot find a human body they will take the body of a beast. They dread being unclothed, these strange and pitiful spirits, wandering and condemned and forever lost. It must be awful to be a demon with no hope of salvation.

YET THERE IS HOPE

My friend, even the worst sinner can find hope, for the door is open and whosoever will can come, but there is no hope for a poor demon spirit. Evil and vile as they are I cannot help feeling a touch of pity for these poor lost wandering spirits who rejected their day of opportunity, and who kept not their first estate and have given themselves up to destruction and rebellion against the Kingdom of God, and who deserve all that they should get, but who forever wander until fire shall one day take hold of them. A terrible, terrible sense of loss, but they rejoice in their iniquity and they love their bitterness and the hatred of their hearts rises up in fresh anguish against the God of Heaven every day.

The Lord said, "All right, go into the swine", and they go, and the swine, a great herd, will not tolerate what a man has endured for all these years, and they rush down the cliff and throw themselves into the sea, and they [18] drown. A hog will not tolerate the indwelling that has inhabited a man. You know, sometimes hogs are nicer than people, and sometimes ordinary beasts have about them some quality that you have to admire. There are faithful dogs and affectionate cats and loving pets, but a hog, that is thought of as bestial. There was a herd of hogs - a herd of swine feeding, what they usually do, stuffing themselves, there in the grassy field eating whatever they can find, digging up whatever has been buried beneath the surface, filthy, dirty creatures, they cannot tolerate the demons. They rush into the sea, and it is told in the towns and in the fields, and in the neighbourhood, and people come out and what do they see? They see a man who has had every need met. He is clothed now, no longer feeling the chill of the wind and the beat of the rain, no longer being scratched by the briars and the thorns as he passes. He is clothed now. The body has its covering.

THE POWER OF THE BLOOD

My friend, thank God, when the Blood of Jesus Christ covers a man, it covers everything. I don't mean a man doesn't have to buy a suit of clothes, but I mean this, the body shall be redeemed one day. It is covered by the redemptive power of God, and when a man is saved he is saved in his body for one day this body shall be like His Glorious Body, and God's Holy Spirit has come into dwell where formerly demons abode. This man is seated, resting, the spirit at peace. Thank God the tumult of the storm within is quiet as the sea had been quiet when Christ stood in the bow of the boat the night before. He is sane now, in his right mind.

I think much that passes for insanity today maybe demon possession. I don't mean all of it, there are sick people, but I mean much that the psychologists and psychiatrists and the doctors say is insanity is demon possession. He is in his right mind now. Listen, the only men who can think clearly and correctly are the men whose thoughts have been brought into captivity to the Lord Jesus. Do you find in your land among your politicians oftentimes the silliest theories and the most unworkable ideas and the greatest inanities spoken on as if they were wise and wonderful? I'm convinced that only a Christian politician can have much sense. You will find in your colleges and in your universities that your professors, unsaved, bring forth theories that are untenable, and they teach Socialism and Communism.

THE DOWNGRADE

I heard on television the other day some of that session down at Blackpool, the Labour Party, and I thought I never saw as many idiots gathered together anywhere, unless it was in a Liberal Church Convention. I never heard as many strange accents either. I couldn't understand half of them, and I wondered if they were speaking English at all or if they were talking Russian. They sang the Red Flag, and I thought [19] can this be Great Britain? How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished! Oh, the follies of these men who think they can solve the problems! We need some sane men that sit at the feet of Jesus.

This man from the tombs, in body, mind and spirit now he has been brought into the captivity of Christ, and he has a yoke that is easy now, and a burden that is light, and he is bound by his love for the Lord. "I want to go with you, take me away. Let me follow after you".

I tell you one thing, a man who has met Jesus and has been freed from the power of sin, that man does not want to desert Jesus, he wants to follow after Him. You cannot get near enough to the Lord. You crave every moment of fellowship, and you desire every Word of grace that falls from His lips.

MORE CONCERNED ABOUT PIGS THAN PARADISE

"Let me go". "No", the Lord says, "You have to stay here. I have to go".

They sought Him to depart from out their country. They did not want their hog business interrupted any more. They were more concerned about pigs than Paradise; about swine than salvation. They were more concerned about ham and sausage than they were about the souls of their people. Is that not like the world, loving money, like Lot who looked upon Sodom and saw it was a wonderful place to keep his cattle and to make money, but he never saw what a poor place it was to raise a family. Imagine having the opportunity of Jesus for a while, and saying "Get away, we don't want you here. You are interfering with our business". Is there some heart here tonight who is saying that very thing to the Lord Jesus. "I cannot let you in now, I have some plans and I don't want anything to interfere with those plans, and I have schemes and I have sins and I have things I love, I would rather have them than have Jesus".

Thank God He left the man there with a witness, and as long as that man walked through the cities of Decapolis they knew that Jesus had been there, and a legion of demons cast out by the Word, and the poor wreck of humanity made a child of God and a citizen of Heaven, and a courtier of the King of Glory.

AMEN AND AMEN!

There is no escaping God's avenging eye, no going out of the reach of His hand.
There are no reserved sections at the foot of Christ's cross; the ground is level.

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[20-26 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

12 WAYS TO BE PERFECTLY MISERABLE

1. Think about yourself.
2. Talk about yourself.
3. Listen greedily to what people say about you.
4. Expect to be appreciated.
5. Be sensitive to slights.
6. Never forgive any criticism.
7. Trust nobody but yourself.
8. Demand agreement with your own views on everything.
9. Sulk if people are not grateful to you for favours shown them.
10. Be on the lookout for a good time for yourself.
11. Shirk your duties if possible.
12. Do as little as possible for others.

- Australian Beacon

[27]
BLIND LEADERS OF THE BLIND By G. Archer Weniger

Historically, compromising religious leaders have been reluctant to be identified with Fundamentalists. Therefore, it is very strange that, for the first time in the history of Fundamentalism in America, certain leaders in the religious realm want to be known as Fundamentalists and Separatists, when in fact they are strangers to both the history and philosophy of Fundamentalism. To find religious leaders gradually trying to change their image is nothing new. But this desire to be identified as something which they are not is hard to analyze. Perhaps they hope that wealthy, elderly, Fundamentalist laymen making their wills will be impressed by a profession of Fundamentalism when they are approached by clever financial agents who are now fanning across the country to exploit the compassion in the hearts of some of God's people.

LACK OF DISCERNMENT

Those who pursue this course lack the discernment needed in this day of religious deception. They are deliberately blind to the truths of separation as found in God's Word. We are regretfully reminded of Jesus' words in Luke 6:39, "Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?"

If pastors and people accept untrustworthy leaders, Fundamentalism stands in peril. These "blind leaders" have an attractive format to offer. Their dream is captivating, their methods are impressive, their outlay of funds is lavish, their objectives are exciting, their programs are sensational, and their numbers are spectacular. To the unwary, such phenomena must seem miraculous. In reality, the possibility of disaster is incalculable.

Those who are blinded by self-Interest are in no condition to lead others. A ministry characterized by frantic fund-raising and financial promotion does not qualify a man to lead a doctrinal movement.

BISHOP RYLE

If people in God's work allow themselves to be led by blind leaders, then they deserve to fall into the pit. A great writer of another day, Bishop J. C. Ryle, commented, "The blindness of ministers is no excuse for the darkness of the people. The man who from indolence, or superstition, or affected humility, refuses to distrust the teaching of the minister whom he finds set over him, however unsound it may be, will at length share his minister's portion. If people will trust [28] a blind guide, they must not be surprised if they are led to the pit."

One of the most essential qualifications of a spiritual leader is that he be able to see the spiritual "ditches" into which multitudes are stumbling. He must be able to distinguish (Philippians 1:10) between the real and the phoney, the clean and the unclean, the right and the wrong, the holy and the profane (Ezekiel 22:26), the righteous and the wicked, and those who serve God and those who do not (Malachi 3:18). Yet some Fundamentalist leaders seem to lack this spiritual discernment - they invite compromisers to be part of their programs, to appear as guests, or to be honored by them in other ways. These leaders apparently cannot distinguish between those who are serving the Lord and those who are making common cause with the enemy.

DAYS OF CONFUSION

These are days of confusion in the theological world. There was never a greater need for spiritual discernment than now. Indeed, Scripture commands discernment. The Apostle Paul wrote, "Prove all things" (I Thessalonians 5:21). John wrote, "Try the spirits whether they are of God" (I John 4:1). Jesus said, "Beware of false prophets" (Matthew 7:15), and commanded, "Judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24). To another group Jesus asked this question: "Why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right?" (Luke 12:57). The Apostle Paul declared: "He that is spiritual judgeth all things" (I Corinthians 2:15.).

FAITHFULNESS

Fundamentalism cannot afford to turn its leadership over to compromisers, or to people who habitually honor leaders whose ministries are disobedient to the clear separatist commands of the Word of God. It is possible to make mistakes in judgment, but it is another thing to make a career of joining hands with those who walk "not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel" Galatians 2:11-14), or who have erred concerning the faith" (I Timothy 6:20, 21). The contemporary practice of promoting those who are unlearned and unstable" (11 Peter 3:16) as well as the "brother that walketh disorderly" (II Thessalonians 3:6) must be rejected by those who claim doctrinal fidelity to the Word of God. We cannot obey Christ and be true to His Spirit without being true and loyal to Christ and His Word in all that we undertake for Him. This, after all, is the essence of biblical separation.

From "FAITH FOR THE FAMILY"

"OUTSIDE THE CAMP"

"Let us go forth therefore UNTO HIM without (outside) the Camp, bearing His reproach." (Hebrews 13:13).

"This is the day! This is the hour!
To prove our God's almighty power;
To follow Him whate'er befall,
And answer gladly to His call -
To go 'Without the Camp!'

Apart from those who doubt His Word,
From those who have denied your Lord!
Oh, Christian, hasten to His side,
Who for your sin was crucified -
And go 'Without the Camp!'

'Tis only now that we can bear
In His reproach, our little share,
He did not stop to count the cost
When going forth to save the lost -
He went 'Without the Camp!'

And though you here may stand alone -
At that Great Day, upon His Throne,
In robes of righteousness arrayed -
What joy to know the choice you made -
To go 'Without the Camp!"

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[29]
ROMAN CATHOLICS FIND CHARISMATIC MOVEMENT IS "VERY CATHOLIC"

Millions of Roman Catholics throughout the world have been joining the charismatic movement. Many of them profess to have the ability to speak in tongues and the gift of healing. Charismatics often refer to the "gift of tongues" as some sort of heavenly language. Critics say it is some kind of "irrational gibberish" which even some Mormons, Hindus and other non-Christians, who also claim to have the "gift of tongues", utter during an emotional jag.

ROME'S STAND

Kevin Ranaghan, executive director of the National Service of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal, writes in the June Charisma that "perhaps more than any other church, the Catholic church has accepted the charismatic renewal."

Orthodox Lutherans have said there is considerable similarity between the theology of the Roman Catholic Church, the Charismatic Movement, and liberal Protestants. These Lutherans contend that all three are subjectivistic and reject the sola scriptura (only Scripture) principle of the Reformation and the doctrine that men are justified only through faith in the merits of Jesus Christ.

The article in the charismatic publication says that "Many Protestants, we discovered, hoped this new renewal emphasis could lead us out of the Catholic church into Protestant congregations. But what we were experiencing was very Catholic. In addition to all the new elements, we were also awakened to the richness of the Mass, the worshipping God. A flurry of meetings, testimonies, prayer sessions, prophecies, and Scripture study filled the following weeks.

"One month later, mid-April 1967, we held the first Catholic charismatic conference at Notre Dame. There were 87 participants coming from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, and Pennsylvania. It seemed to be a small beginning, but at the end of that weekend the national Catholic Pentecostal movement was underway."

ROMAN PENTECOSTALS

"In the United States alone there are, according to the Gallup poll, between six and seven million Catholics who consider themselves charismatics or pentecostals. The National Service Committee of the Catholic charismatic renewal knows of about 5,000 prayer groups in the country and has reason to believe that there are at least that many more who are not in direct contact with us. [30]

"There is every reason to believe that the size and strength of the Catholic charismatic renewal in North America is dwarfed by the same movement in predominantly Catholic Latin America. In many South American countries, it is not unusual for regular prayer rallies to attract 20,000 or more people. In Colombia and Brazil the renewal is booming. This is even more amazing since the Latin American climate is basically anti-Catholic pentecostalism and anti-pentecostal Catholicism."

SPREAD IN EUROPE 

"The Catholic charismatic renewal has spread to Europe and Asia also. In western Europe, communist block countries, all of sub-Saharan Africa, India, Southeast Asia, Australia, Korea, and the Philippines there is a great wave of charismatic renewal in the Catholic church. Well over 100 nations are involved.

"In 1975 an estimated 10,000 delegates from more than 80 countries came to the international conference in Rome. In 1981, more than 500 delegates from more than 90 countries came to the Fourth International Leaders Conference in Rome. In 1973 and again in 1975, Pope John VI acknowledged and encouraged the Catholic charismatic renewal.

"In December 1979 Pope John Paul II began a series of meetings with Catholic charismatic renewal leaders. He gave the movement significant direction and encouragement by speaking to the 1981 Leaders Conference delegates just a week before he was shot. At the end of this conference, the International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Office, which had been located first in the United States and then in Belgium, set up shop on a permanent basis in Rome."

VATICAN LEAD  

"The acceptance of the renewal at the level of the Vatican has generally been matched by acceptance by national bishops, conferences, and local dioceses. Although the U.S. Catholic bishops have issued several general statements pointing out their concern over "indiscriminate ecumenism", on the whole they have welcomed the renewal and its results as a positive contribution to the church.

AUTHORITY 

"It is the Catholic position that the Pope is the supreme teacher and pastor of the church. While he could exercise these roles by himself, he is at the head of all the bishops who as successors of the apostles also exercise these teaching and pastoring gifts. Catholics, then, normally expect to hear the voice of God through the Pope and the bishops." [31]

"However, when the leaders came together in the Second Vatican Council, they came expecting to hear the Holy Spirit speaking through them. Thus, faithful Catholics see the Council as a work of the Holy Spirit for today. We do not put the Council documents on a par with Scripture, but we do see the Council documents and their authentic interpretation as applications of Scripture and tradition for today.

"The Vatican Council brought about a number of profound changes which enabled the Catholic charismatic renewal to happen. These were not changes in doctrine, but they were changes in emphasis, in procedure, in style, in practice, and in strategy.

"The Second Vatican Council and the charismatic renewal complement each other in the church today. They are both works of the Holy Spirit, coordinated by the Lord to further the building of His Kingdom."

(Australian Beacon)

ON THE ROME EXPRESS (Continued from page 2)

The Catholic Church joined the Victorian Council of Churches in 1977. It was an enormous step towards co-operation between the churches. Sister Mary Lou said the move also indicated the church's desire to change some of its attitudes. "in the past, it could have been described as isolationist. It tended to run its own show.

"The Catholic Church has something to offer other churches. It is an institution rich in traditions. But it has a lot to learn from other denominations.

"I do think that the Catholic Church has, shall I say, problems with discrimination on the basis of sex. It's about time that the church faced this question, otherwise it will lose articulate, capable women."

Fewer women were joining religious orders, she said. She knew that many of the girls at Sacre Coeur, though inspired by the same altruism that she had felt, would make commitments to other vocations. "The church influences society, but society also influences the church.

"I don't think that the theological reasons for not allowing women into the priesthood hold water." She could not agree with Pope John Paul II's traditional view about the place of women in the Catholic Church.

"The Pope was brought up in Poland. It's a pretty patriarchal set-up. I can't imagine what it would have been like to have his background. But looking at his statements, it seems that he is very fond of the Virgin Mary and his mother. He's very fond of putting women into a maternal role, and that's a bit limiting. It's a damn pity if women's potential is not used."

Beware! What happens in Australia today will happen in Ulster tomorrow.