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Editorial: MISS VALERIE SHAW'S BIG LIE EXPLODED

The Bible says that "Jealousy is as cruel as the grave", God's servants have to face the bitter jealousy of those who hate to see the work of God prosper under the leadership of those they want to destroy.

Miss Valerie Shaw of Voltaire Gardens, Belfast, resigned from her employment in the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church as a missionary to the Jews. She now states that she resigned in protest because I would not do anything about a Mr. McGrath employed in Kincora Boys Home. McGrath has recently been jailed for homosexual offences in the Kincora Home. Strange to relate, Miss Shaw made absolutely no mention of this in her letter of resignation to the Church:-

1 Voltaire Gardens,
Newtownabbey
Co. Antrim

2/6/75

Dear Mr. Gunning,

I am writing to you as Secretary of the Church Committee to tender my resignation as missionary to the Jews, from the Church, and also to resign my membership of the Church. I was under the impression that I should write to the Clerk of Session regarding the latter, but in a conversation with Dr. Paisley, this morning, he instructed me to write to you on both matters.

This step has not been taken lightly or without much prayer and waiting on God and it is in the assurance that I am in His will that I have taken it. I have not been altogether happy in the Church for some time but only the clear leading of the Lord would induce me to leave after almost twenty-three years in membership. Needless to say after so many years fellowship there is a certain amount of sadness in leaving but I have the peace of God in this matter and I must obey His leading.

Although I was not asked to sign a contract of employment, I am prepared to work four weeks notice as do the other members of the staff, if the committee wish me to do so.

I would thank you, the Session and Committee most sincerely for your prayers and support over the years.

Wishing you God's Richest Blessing,
Yours in Christ,

Valerie Shaw.

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MOTTO TEXT FOR 1982: A Sermon Preached in the Martyrs Memorial Church by Dr. Paisley

2 Chronicles ch. 14, vs. 11: "And Asa cried unto the Lord his God, and said, Lord, it is nothing with Thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O Lord our God; for we rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go against this multitude. O Lord Thou art our God: let not man prevail against Thee. So the Lord smote the Ethiopians before Asa."

The historical setting of my text is absolutely unique, and has no parallel anywhere else in the Scriptures. This Scripture records the defeat of the largest army ever mentioned in the Word of God - an army of some million men. Look at verse 9, "A thousand thousand, and three hundred chariots". The tanks of those days, a well equipped, well marshalled innumerable host, and yet this army was completely and totally and absolutely devastated by King Asa and his men.

Of course the Bible records many valiant deeds done by men whose hearts were inspired by faith - the faith that subdues kingdoms - the faith that works righteousness - the faith that stops the mouths of lions. Remember Abram, the four kings that conquered Sodom took Lot captive and carried away the goods and the riches of Sodom, and Abram took his 400 men, brought up in his house, trained to do battle, overtook the four kings; completely slaughtered them and conquered them, and brought Lot and his wife and his family safely back alive.

Do you remember Gideon's 300, and the slaughter of the host of the Midianites?

Do you remember how Jonathan clambered up the heights with his armourbearer and fought the Philistines and routed them, and God gave a glorious victory?

Do you remember young David, with sling and stone, going out single handed to meet Goliath of Gath - the giant that had blasphemed the armies of Israel. [4]

These were acts of valour indeed, but here we have a special act recorded in God's Word. How God took King Asa and how God took his army, turned King Asa into a valiant leader, made the host of Asa the host of Jehovah, and completely and totally slaughtered and overthrew once and for all the million strong army of Gerar the Ethiopian.

Now there are five lessons to be learned from our text. Five lessons about the power of God.

Look carefully at it and you will see that God's power is undiminished and undiminishable. Look at those words, "It is nothing with Thee to help". Just think about that for a moment. The power of God undiminished and undiminishable. "It is nothing with Thee to help".

The second lesson, God's power is unlimited and unlimitable through human circumstances. Look at the next part of the text, "Whether with many, or with them that have no power". So the human circumstances do not limit the mighty power of God.

The third lesson. God's power is an impregnable foundation. "We rest on Thee". That is where Asa's foothold was. That is where he rested his faith. Not in his own strategy or cleverness, but on the impregnable foundation of God's Sovereign absolute power. "We rest on Thee".

Notice, fourthly, God's power is associated with human activity. "In Thy Name we go". "In Thy Name we go against this multitude, O Lord".

Last of all, notice that God's power is available only by prayer. "Asa cried unto the Lord his God".

We want to look at these five lessons from our text.

GOD'S POWER IS UNDIMINISHED AND UNDIMINISHABLE

First of all God's power is undiminished and undiminishable. "It is nothing with Thee to help". If God withholds His power He is not in any way enriched. If God gives His power He is not in any way impoverished. The muscle of God's Omnipotence, it never wearies, it never weakens and it never ages. Time ploughs no wrinkles on the brow of the Everlasting God. The Ancient of Days is as strong today as ever He was. Long before He made this world, all power rested in Him. Long after He has made this world, all power continues to remain in Him. Long after this old world is destroyed, all power will still be His. His power is undiminished and undiminishable.

One hears the siren cries of contemporary theologians and Church leaders, and you would think that God has changed; that he doesn' twork today the way He worked in the past; that He has ceased to be a God of battles, a God of revivals, a God Mighty in salvation, but I believe that He is the same, and His power is undiminished and undiminishable.

As you go out into this year you are going to face testing days, trying days, and troublesome days and temptation days, and tormenting days, but I want to give you a great text that God blessed to my soul this week, and I trust you will take it with you into this new year. It is found over in the [5] fortieth chapter of Isaiah, and in the verse 28, "Hast thou not known? Hast thou not heard, that the Everlasting God the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength". (Hallelujah, They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength!) "They shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary - and they shall walk, and not faint."

GOD'S POWER IS UNLIMITED AND UNLIMITABLE THROUGH HUMAN CIRCUMSTANCES

Second lesson, God's power is unlimited and unlimitable through human circumstances. "Whether with many, or with them that hath no power".

Herein is a great truth. God is absolutely Sovereign. It doesn't matter what the circumstances are. Nothing can limit God's power.

I had a letter from a dear lady, who attends this church, this week and she got very bad news about her physical condition just before Christmas. She got before God in prayer and committed the whole matter to the Lord, and God gave her perfect peace and she committed herself to the Lord. She wrote to me to tell me that a miracle had happened; when she went to the doctor for further tests it was discovered that she was perfectly well. Why? Because God is not limited in His power in circumstances. So it doesn't matter what the circumstances are, God's power is unlimited.

I was reading about Jonathan last night, and he clambered up the mountain to attack the Philistines, and you know what he said to his armourbearer? He said, "There is no restraint to the Lord to save by many or by few". So it doesn't matter whether we be few in number. It doesn't matter how ridiculed and sneered at we may be. I rather like the ridicules of the world. I rather enjoy the sneers of the Devil, for it is a good sign that you are doing something.

Archbishop Armstrong said on the radio this week, "Paisley is only an agitator". I said, "Hallelujah! I'm in good company, for that is what they said about the Lord Jesus; the same old ecclesiastical establishment said, "He's a stirrer-up of the people, a raiser of sedition". Thank God to be in good company! A prophet ceases to be a prophet when they stop throwing stones at him. I'm glad I'm still a prophet to this generation. I'm glad they're still throwing stones at me. When I was a boy I was taught a little rhyme, "Sticks and stones may break your bones but names will never hurt you". How very true it is! God is not limited to the many. God can save by the many or by the few.

Elijah's servant got up, rubbed his eyes, got dressed (we did not read that he took any breakfast, maybe he was on a diet!) and he went out and stood on the wall, and he saw a great host around the city, and he came [6] down to Elijah and he said, "Master, it is all over", and Elijah went up unto the wall and he prayed a prayer, he said, "Lord, open the young man's eyes", and when his eyes were opened he saw the chariots of the Lord and the horsemen thereof. Greater is He that is with us than he who is with the enemy. "Whether with many, or with them that have no power", God's power is unlimited in human circumstances.

GOD'S POWER IS AN IMPREGNABLE FOUNDATION

Thirdly, God's power is an impregnable foundation. Look at this word "We rest on Thee". You know, some Christians rest on their experiences: and then when their experiences grow stale they grow stale with their experience. Some people live in the past. Of course it is a great thing to thank God for the past and to rejoice in all that God has done in the past, but if we are living in the past, then we have lost the blessing of the present, and the anticipation of the future.

Where shall I rest? Shall I rest on joys; on victories; on service for Christ? No, because in the day of darkness those will not secure and help my soul. I shall rest upon the Lord. In times like these you need a Saviour. In times like these we need an Anchor. Be very sure your Anchor holds and grips the solid rock, and thank God here is Rock granite that I can rest on in 1982. "We rest on Thee". Don't you rest upon experience or you will be disappointed. Don't you rest on preachers, for not even the Pope is infallible, and no preacher is infallible. As Michael Foote said in the House of Commons when the Pope was shot it proved he wasn't infallible. He didn't duck at the right time. He wasn't infallible. There is no infallibility in the Vatican, but, thank God, I have got an Infallible God today.

Let me give you another text that you can keep before you in this year. It is the last verse of that old prophet Habakkuk. My dad gave me this verse many many years ago, and it has been a real blessing to my soul. Verse 17 of the third chapter of Habakkuk, "Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines: the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flocks shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls". There is not much room for a song in that situation, is there? That is misery. That is disappointment. That is distress. "I will sit down and I'll cry". Is that what the old prophet said? No, he said, "Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation". (Habakkuk chapter 3, verses 17 & 18).

Where did he rest his anchor? In the Lord.

Do you remember the apostles? They came back and they had a great revival. They cast out devils, they healed the sick, touched the blinded eyes and they were made to see, and they came back and they said, "Lord, the very devils in Hell are subject to us", and the Lord said, "The basis of your rejoicing is wrong. Don't rejoice because devils are subject to you. Don't rejoice in successful Christian service, but, rather, rejoice because your names are written in Heaven". [7]

There are some Churches, and when there are good times and refreshing times everybody rejoices, but when it is hard going they lose their joy. Why? Their joy is misplaced. It is a false joy. It is not a real lasting joy.

"All my lasting joys
Are found in Thee;
Jesus, Thou art everything to me"

GOD'S POWER IS ASSOCIATED WITH HUMAN ACTIVITY

The next lesson, God's power is associated with human activity. There is no place in God's work for sloth or inactivity. God has no time for loafers. God is looking for labourers. God never blesses sleepers. God blesses soldiers. God does not bless an inactive church. There is a false concept of God's Sovereignty that says, "God is Sovereign, therefore I will do nothing". That is folly and a falsehood from the Devil. God expects us to be active in His work.

Notice what Asa did? He got ready for the battle; he built the walls; he armed the people. In those ten years of quiet he made the necessary preparation to do battle. Activity is not for self but for God. You know what he says here? He says, "In Thy Name we go against this multitude". "I n the Name of our God", said David, "we will set up our banners". Notice the twofold responsibility - "God's Name" - "Our banners". We are responsible for putting up the banner but we put it up in the strength of the Spirit and not in the arm of the flesh. Those that depend on God will never be let down. Do you know that? If you depend on the Lord He will never let you down. I can gladly testify to that. If I depended on myself; when I have depended upon people I have been let down, and I believe God wanted to teach me a lesson, not to depend on myself, not to depend on people but to depend solely on the Lord. There is a little verse in Psalm 34 and verse 22, (I was looking at it last night. It was a blessing to my heart). "The Lord redeemeth the soul of His servants, and none of them that trust in Him shall be desolate". If you trust in the Lord there will be no desolation. You can't lose if you trust in the Lord. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord.

I would not like to go into this year without trust in the Lord. I wouldn't like to be minister of this church without trust in the Lord. I wouldn't like to carry on my political activities without trust in the Lord, "in Thy Name we go against this multitude".

I have no fears for the incoming year, God will take care of His people, and God will take care of His church, and God is going to take care of our little Province, praise the Blessed Name of the Lord! I am confident about that.


GOD'S POWER AVAILABLE ONLY BY PRAYER

Last of all, God's power only available by prayer, and this is the secret of it all. [8]

How can I get God's power? My wife said to me yesterday, "What would you most like in 1982?", and I said, "I would like more power with God", and we were just discussing the fact that you can get more power from God by prayer. It is so simple, Yes! What did Asa do? He cried unto the Lord. That is all he did. He just had a prayer meeting.

The worldly Church says, "What nonsense to have a prayer meeting. Let us organise. Let us get money in. Let us have discos in the Church Hall, and bowls in the Church Hall, and ping pong and pool, and everything else in the Church Hall and get all the young people and have a jollification". Utter nonsense! It is not the policy of the Church to entertain the goats. It is the policy of the Church to feed the sheep. That is the policy of the Church. I want to say from this pulpit that the only way to power is prayer.

Notice, Asa had a proper relationship. Look at it. Who did he pray to? "He cried unto the Lord his God". He had a proper relationship with the Lord. Are you in proper relationship with the Lord? If you are not saved God will not hear your prayer, because you are not in a proper relationship with the Lord. I am glad I am saved today, and the Lord is my God. When I kneel down I address Him as my Heavenly Father, I am in the family, Hallelujah! He is my God. A proper relationship!

Secondly, Asa had proper confidence. He said, "The Lord his God". You will notice in your Bible the word 'LORD' all through this text is spelt in small capitals. Did you notice that in his prayer there are three 'LORDS' mentioned? And I have been struck with the Old Testament Scriptures with how many texts we have when the LORD is mentioned three times, for He is a Triune God - "THE LORD". That is JEHOVAH - the I AM-the Unchanging One - God in covenant with His people. God has made a covenant with us, that is ordered in all things and sure, and He has said in that covenant, "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do". Hallelujah! Let us start praying prayers that will bring God's power down upon the Church.

Look, thirdly, he had a proper intensity, he cried. It wasn't a dry old prayer that he offered. Man, it was wet with tears, he cried out unto the Lord; he meant business. Some people don't like loud prayer meetings. Well, I like loud prayer meetings, if you don't like them just bring a wad of cotton wool with you and stick it in your ears.

There was a dear man used to pray in this Church and he prayed very loud. In fact it was said that when he prayed in the prayer meeting, in the old Church, they heard him at the Albert Bridge. There was a dear lady came to me and she said, "Couldn't you get him to tone down?" I said, "No, Madam, it is my job to get people to pray, and once I get them started I'm not going to stop them. It takes a long time to get them started. I will buy you cotton wool and you can put in two ear plugs, and then you will enjoy the prayer meeting". Oh she was very angry. She said, "I'm leaving the Church". Says I, "Run along", and she ran along, never came back! My friend let me tell you we need to cry unto the Lord. [9]

I was reading the story of Finney's great revival and he had an old man went with him called father Nash and he did the prayer meeting, and Finney said that it was dangerous to give him a chair to pray at for every chair that he prayed at he smashed it before the end of his prayer. People criticised him but God answered the prayers. Yes! I wouldn't mind a few pews broken up in this house if God saved a hundred souls as a result. We need to cry unto the Lord; really mean business.

Notice, it was a proper petition. What did he say? He said, "Lord, help us".

If God doesn't help this Province; if God does not help this preacher; if God doesn't help this Church; if God doesn't help the believing people of God then we are finished. The Ethiopians will overthrow us. The hosts of Zerah will conquer and trample us to the ground and there will be nothing left of us. Lord, help us! Would to God that prayer would go up from tens of thousands of redeemed hearts today! "Lord, help us". "Lord, come to our aid".

Then you will notice the proper end of the prayer. It was not that he might be glorified, but that the world might see (look at the last sentence). "Let not man prevail against thee". Lord, it is your honour that is at stake. It is your cause I'm interested in. "O, God, let not men prevail against Thee". Honour Thy Name, for Thy great glory's sake!

Dr. Parker said, "Having risen from their knees Asa and his men launched themselves against the Ethiopians, and were mighty as men who answer straw with steel. They fought in God's Name and for God's cause, and the thousand thousands of the Ethiopians were as nothing before the terrible stroke of men who had studied war in the school of Almighty God".

May God help us to study war - spiritual warfare in the school of Almighty God, and rising from our knees this day go forward into 1982 more than conquerors through Him Who loved us and gave Himself for us. May we learn these great truths and may they be practised in all our lives in the incoming year!

AMEN AND AMEN!

[10-16 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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THE TIME HAS COME


Nineteen hundred years ago a prisoner penned the following words: "Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth and shall be turned to fables" (2 Tim. 4:2-4). This was revealed to the Apostle Paul by the Holy Spirit. The men of today who slander the Apostle Paul, the modernist who speaks of him as a religious enthusiast, and pronounces his inspired documents a self-conceived scheme, are witnesses for the divine revelation he received. Modernism is the present day fulfilment of the quoted prediction. The time has come and is here when the masses of Protestantism, so called, will not endure sound doctrine. The ears itch after the unscientific ramblings of pseudo-scientists. They want to hear of human progress, the great achievements of the age, and the still greater things right ahead of our generation. They reject out and out God's revelation. They have no use for the doctrine that man is fallen, a lost and guilty sinner. They teach man is failing upward. Nor do they believe in the Godhead of the Lord Jesus Christ; all doctrines of redemption are no longer endured. The phrases, however, of sound doctrine are still used, rather misused, to cover the abominable denials of the faith once and for all delivered unto the saints. These modernistic leaders are prophetically described as "resisting the truth; men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith" (2 Tim. 3:8).

There is little hope for these enemies of the cross, for it is written "they shall wax worse and worse, deceiving and being deceived." What a cankerous gangrene is in the human body, eating and eating away, and finally attacking the vitals, that is modernism in the body of Christendom. Here is another prophetic picture. "And their word will eat as doth a canker," of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus, who concerning the faith have erred, saying that the resurrection is passed already; and overthrow the faith of some.

Modernism walks arm in arm with a close companion. His name is "moral declension." The two are inseparably united. Sound doctrine is given in all Scripture by inspiration of God for correction, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness. In it is the power of godliness. If sound doctrine is given up and the real gospel of redemption by the Blood of the Son of God is denied, worldliness follows. In the suburban town where the editor lives is a young modernistic preacher, who has the wide reputation of being one of the best of dancers.

Here again Scripture speaks when it foresaw the moral conditions of the last days, and these conditions are the offspring of the denial of sound doctrine. "This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, lovers of money, [18] boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, truce breakers, false accusers, incontinent, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, high-minded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God, having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof; from such turn away." For about 30 years we have pointed out, always basing our remarks upon the infallible statements of the Holy Scriptures, that these things are here and that apostasy is increasing, and that the only remedy is an out and out separation, as demanded by the Spirit of God. The time has come!

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WHAT IS AT STAKE?

BY BISHOP WARREN A. CANDLER OF ATLANTA, GEORGIA, IN "THE CALL TO THE COLORS," ORGAN OF THE METHODIST LEAGUE FOR FAITH AND LIFE

The conflict of historic Christianity with what is loosely termed "Modernism" cannot be evaded, compromised or postponed.

The advocates of that form of rationalism are aggressive and confident, not to say truculent.

A leader among them set forth in a recent article the objectives at which he and his fellow "liberals" are aiming, and concluded his piece by saying, "If that be heresy the orthodox will have to make the most of it. For like a member of the Westminster Assembly long ago, we are praying, 'O God we beseech thee guide us aright, for we are very determined'."

Many there be, not a few even in evangelical churches, who are ready to rally to this liberalistic war cry.

The hour has come for all who love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity to hear anew and heed the strong exhortation of St. Jude to "contend earnestly for the faith once for all delivered unto the saints."

The words of St. Jude call to battle and they appeal to the heroic virtues of fidelity, fortitude, constancy and courage.

One of the noblest of the Bampton lecturers has put well this case of holy war for the faith acknowledged and professed by the holy church throughout the world:

"The need for manly vigor is not diminished by the fact that the sphere of conflict is spiritual, not material. The shock of outward battle calls into play the excitement of the physical spirits and the combativeness natural to man. It has about it a terrible pomp of its own, and an outward display singularly attractive to some minds, and only intensified into a sterner reality by its dreadful accompaniments of suffering and death. The spiritual war taxes constancy and courage the more from the absence of these outward stimulants. To stand firm to principle amid reproach, steadily to separate abiding truth from its temporary counterfeits, to resist ridicule and the strength of language often substituted for strength of argument, to throw on one side accusations of narrowness and ignorance, irritating as they are to a just self-respect, to rise superior to periodic fluctuations of opinion as ceaseless as the ebb and flow of the sea, and amid these various influences to maintain with singleness of heart and undistracted accuracy of eye the truth of God, is the most difficult of all conflicts and the most glorious of all victories."

Comparing the devotion of the martyrs with the fidelity required for the fight of faith the lecturer continues:-

"There can, I think, be no doubt that a conflict of truth against error is more difficult and crucial than a conflict of Christian steadfastness [20] against persecution, in exact 'proportion as it is more subtle and less palpable. The elements entering into the acceptance and maintenance of truth are very complicated. They lie in the' intellectual as well as the moral sphere of human action. They afford room, as the other conflict does not, for honest question and sincere hesitation. The man challenged either to curse the Saviour or to endure for His sake could not possibly doubt the nature of the issue submitted to him. But the man called to discriminate the true teaching of dead apostles and the false glosses of living heresiarchs has a much more difficult problem to solve. The conflict no longer appeals to the obvious claims of duty, but reaching into the inner sphere of conviction shakes faith on its first and lowest foundations. The struggle is not less really a struggle, and does not appeal the less urgently to manly fortitude and courage; but rather it tasks them to a nobler exercise and carries them into a higher sphere."

To such a struggle the faithful are summoned today by every token of providence and conviction of conscience.

The issue does not concern secondary matters or speculative tenets of a non-essential character. It involves the very citadel of the Christian religion, the authority of the Holy Scriptures and the person of Jesus Christ our Lord and His place in the universe.

The issue has been raised before. It appears in the Pauline Epistles to the churches at Corinth, Colossae and Ephesus.

It re-appeared in the days of Celsus, whose teachings Origen refuted.

It was revived in a modified form by the British deists of the eighteenth century, and once more now, in the garb of sceptical criticism and materialistic science, it comes forth afresh in our times.

It is the Sadduceeism of the present age, erring much as it was blundering when Jesus rebuked its ancient exponents, saying, "Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God" (Matt. 22:29).

Now, as always, it stumbles at and rejects the supernatural, whether it be as inspired writings or as miraculous deeds of the ever-living God. Hence, it discards the virgin birth of the Redeemer as unnecessary, if not incredible; and in like manner it rejects His resurrection. It reduces revelation to a mere record of past experiences and rests its authority in the present upon the intentions of each man's inner seriousness. One cannot easily ascertain if it worships a deaf and dumb God, or adores an equivocating deity, or reverences no God at all that is higher than self.

Some thirty years ago that learned and devout scholar, Bishop C. J. Ellicott, foresaw the ultimate goal to which rationalistic criticism was hastening and foretold the direful consequences of its culmination. He said, "The same spirit that has formed irreconcilable difficulties in the supernatural element of the Old Testament will ultimately challenge the evidence on which the incarnation rests. And the more so as all the age-long testimonies of the Old Testament, all the foreshadowings of all the promises that were greeted from afar, all the sure words of prophecy, will have been explained; and there will remain nothing save two narratives, [21] which, it will be said, bear so potently the traces of illusion, or, at least, of an idealism expressing itself under the guise of alleged facts, that the doctrine of the Word became flesh, the doctrine which is the hope, light and life of the universe, will be surrendered to the last demands of what will have now become not a distressed, but a ruined faith. When that blessed doctrine is surrendered, the total eclipse of faith will have commenced and the shadows of the great darkness will be fast sweeping over the forlorn and desolate soul."

With many, faith has been brought already to this dreadful pass.

Against the policy of cowardly compromise with liberalism and supine surrender to rationalism a firm and resolute stand must be made, if a shred of historic Christianity is to be left for transmission to future generations, or, even if the faith of the present generation is to be maintained.

This precious deposit of truth is what is at stake in the present hour. Surely we must fight if we would have Christianity reign over and redeem a world of darkness and sin.

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THE APOSTLE OF THE WALDENSES

Felix Neff was born in Geneva in the year 1798. His early advantages were not distinguished; but he possessed good natural talents, undaunted courage, and a great desire to live for others. His first employment was that of a nursery gardener. But he soon left this occupation, and in the year 1815 entered the army, and speedily attained the rank of sergeant.

Before long his companions and superior officers informed him that he was more fit for a clergyman than a soldier, and Neff resolved to consecrate himself to the work of a missionary of the Cross. According to the custom of the churches around him, he became a kind of probationer, undertaking many sacred duties, among which were preaching and the visitation of the sick, and labouring under the superintendence of more experienced pastors. His work lay in the cantons of Neufchatel, Berne, and the Pays de Vaud.

After labouring for two years in the Swiss Cantons, Neff was invited to give aid to a pastor of Grenoble, in the adjacent districts of France. Neff found religion here at a low ebb, and, whilst the spirit of controversy was active, vital piety was almost extinct, and the coldness of religious indifference pierced his very soul.

INCESSANT ACTIVITY

From Grenoble he went to Mens, in the department of the lsère, and in the neighbourhood of the High Alps, where he spent his subsequent life. Here his activity was incessant. No considerations of distance or inconvenience prohibited him from work. He went from village to village, carrying the gospel with him, and often spending his evenings in teaching sacred music, whilst he availed himself of the opportunity to instil into their minds religious instruction. He was a constant visitor of the sick; and remarkable for the patience and gentleness with which he instructed the ignorant.

As to opposition in the cause of God, he took it as a part of his lot. "You seem to be still ignorant," he wrote to a friend who complained of similar trials, "that thorns will prick, that fire will burn, and that the disciples of Jesus are hated by the world. You would fain, by means of human prudence, pass through the drops of rain without being wet. Look unto Jesus! Be not a man of little faith!"

His exertions in the neighbourhood of Grenoble and Mens were attended by wonderful results, and left a powerful impression among the inhabitants.

ORDAINED IN ENGLAND

To avoid difficulties in his own country, Neff went to England for ordination. He arrived in London in 1823, alone, and only knowing a few words of English; part of his stock of knowledge being the address of the Rev. Matthew Wilks, to whom he had an introduction.

On presenting himself at the house of that gentleman, who was to tell the young foreigner where he could find lodgings where French was spoken, poor Felix was with difficulty made to understand that the master of the house was away from home.

Driven thus into the street, Felix Neff wandered for miles, in utter ignorance of what he was next to do. At length he saw a door which bore upon it, amongst other terms, the word France. He was just going to knock when he saw a well-dressed man passing, and to him he [23] mentioned his wish to be led to a French hotel.

The stranger led him to a church, and thence into the vestry, where he was furnished with a paper, entreating any passer-by to conduct him to the nearest French sanctuary.

By this means he reached at length the French Church in Bishopsgate, and was cared for and accommodated by its pastor. He soon found himself in the midst of friends, and became an object of interest and kindness to many. Immediately after his ordination he returned to Paris. But his connection with England gave rise to the suspicion that he was an emissary of this country, intent upon political objects. It was necessary for him after all to become naturalised in order to rebut the calumny. Soon after his return to France he made his way to the High Alps, the future scene of his extraordinary labours.

HIS FIELD OF LABOUR

The spot amidst which Neff laboured was full of striking scenery. It was high up among the most imposing and elevated mountains of Europe; amid valleys, the sides of which almost met each other, whilst the foaming torrent or the glittering glacier wound their way from the eminences above; passes cut at incredible expense of time and labour through the living rock; mountain-tops covered with snow; districts whose fertility was confined to a few well-watered hollows; a temperature for the most part exceedingly low, where piercing winds carried with them the intensest cold, whilst upon some of the localities the sun never shone during eight months in the year. Such were some of the chief features of Neff's pastoral charge.

This land of the chamois and the wolf was Neff's scene of labour, and when the choice of it was offered to him, he did not hesitate to prefer it to the laughing fields and genial sun of Languedoc. But his difficulties were enormous. The inhabitants of the valley were in a condition little removed from savage life-existing in squalid misery with their cattle, exhaling an offensive odour, and strangers to cleanliness. Yet these beings were the descendants of the ancient Christians of Gaul.

CHALLENGE

In these mountain vastnesses the persecuted Albigenses and Waldenses sought retirement from the storm of fury which burst around them, and the dark caverns and bloodstained rocks still remain to attest the severity of their trials. In many of the districts around, the inhabitants were ignorant of medicine - the women were in the lowest degradation, and great moral corruption reigned.

Many seemed sunk so low as to be incapable of receiving the truths of the gospel; and gambling, drinking, quarrelling, and profanity were in some quarters very common.

Neff's district included seventeen or eighteen villages, separated widely, and by barriers which would to many have appeared impassable. Between some of them were dangerous mountain passes - passes to cross which the tourist remembers as an event in his life. The length of Neff's "parish" from east to west was sixty miles as the crow, or rather the eagle flies; but practically eighty miles, following the windings of the road. The district had seldom known the services of a regular pastor. The following description may be taken as a specimen of some of the difficulties amidst which Neff's work was carried on:- [24]

HIS JOURNAL

"Early one morning I had intended crossing the Col, but before daybreak a thunderstorm arose. The weather continued bad till eleven o'clock, and the mountain was already nearly covered with snow. Towards noon the weather cleared, and I was anxious to set off, but was advised not to do so, the snow being a foot deep upon the mountain. I could not believe this; besides, I was anxious to preach the next day at Dormilleuse, where I was expected; I therefore took a guide, and a bottle of Provence wine, and, each of us armed with a large stick, we proceeded towards the mountain.

"At first the road was tolerable, but by degrees we got into the snow, which deepened as we ascended. The sky again clouded over, the snow fell thickly, and we were in a moment enveloped in a dense cloud. The air being calm, I opened my umbrella, and though there was no track, we knew the road so well that there was no fear of our losing the way.

"Arrived at the foot of the mountain, the road was a little better. We sat down under a rock to drink a little of our wine; and then set forward upon the steep and rocky ascent. It requires the pen of a poet to describe this awful and magnificent scenery. We were knee-deep in snow; a storm of hail, driven by a sharp wind, accompanied the repeated claps of thunder and the rolling of the avalanches failing from the highest rocks; the lightning flashed above and below us; while drifts of snow threatened to overwhelm us."

DELIVERANCE

"At last we reached the Col, where we found the snow three feet deep, and the high wind very keen. I then dismissed my guide and pursued my way. I continued rapidly to descend, still up to my knees in snow. A fog arose, and I could just see the points of the rocks gilded with the rays of the sun. I then sang a few verses of the Te Deum, and quickening my pace, I discovered the tracks of some sheep, which I followed, until I reached a better path."

Thus, pursuing his path of duty over high and snow-covered peaks, or through dark defiles, where enormous fragments are continually rolling down from the heights above - now crossing a bridge of pines loosely laid over a tremendous chasm - now forcing his way through passes where lives are constantly lost, and where the piercing wind scattered the snowflakes before his eyes - sometimes residing for a season in districts at the utmost possible remove from civilised life - always destitute of family endearments and a permanent home - Neff prosecuted his apostolic labours.

STRANGE ENVIRONMENTS

Not unfrequently the roar of avalanches disturbed the devotions of his congregations, The worshippers who had come to listen to his instructions journeyed home amidst ice and snow, lighted only by pine-torches, or by wisps of straw, while sometimes their path was by means of steps cut in the ice of some frozen torrent. But what Neff felt more than all the external dangers by which he was surrounded, was the cold-heartedness of the people.

"Your coming among us," said one of the inhabitants, "is like a woman trying to light a fire with green wood. She fans the flames with her breath till she is nearly exhausted; but as soon as she goes away the sparks die out." Neff realised the striking [25] picture. "Oh," the good man would say, "God is my witness that could I but see only here and there some grains of the good seed springing up, I should rejoice; and these dreary mountains would be to be as Lebabon and Carmel."

Neff's great effort was to civilise the people; he taught them to build aqueducts, that they might have a more regular supply of water. He showed them many improvements in their way of cultivating the potato, which was with many the principal article of food. He encouraged them to build schools and churches, and stooped to give instructions in the humblest form -all this, too, at the same time that he was carrying on the most unwearied pastoral labour.

After much seed-sowing and long waiting, Neff beheld the fruit he had hoped for, and some of the illustrations of the power of his teaching are very affecting.

A PASSION FOR SOULS

One day when Neff was walking in Lausanne, he saw at a little distance a man whom he thought he knew. Running to overtake him, he tapped him on the shoulder and said, before seeing his face:-

"What is the state of your soul, my friend?"

The stranger turned; Neff saw he had made a mistake, apologised, and passed on. Three or four years afterwards a man came to Neff, and said he could not thank him enough for his kindness. Not recognising the speaker, Neff asked him to explain.

The stranger replied, "Have you forgotten tapping someone on the shoulder in the street in Lausanne and asking the state of his soul? I was the man; your question led me to serious thought, and now I find it is well with my soul."

The faithful pastor had hardly begun to see the results of his exhausting labours when the hand of death touched him. In the year 1828, when he was only thirty years old, his strength began to fail. To make matters worse, a sprain incurred by crossing the path of an immense avalanche made all walking difficult.

On one occasion some of his people came to see him, as he was unable to get to them. Then they realised what their pastor had so long undergone for their sakes. They had to pass through snow ten feet deep; and many had their feet so frozen that they were in a good deal of danger.

LABOURING TO THE END

Although he had a presentiment of his coming end, nothing would induce Neff to relax his exertions so long as they were possible. At length he felt his need of medical aid - a thing not to be gained in the High Alps - and found it necessary to remove to Geneva. During his descent he preached and visited, and received everywhere delightful tokens that in giving himself up to God's service he had fulfilled no useless errand.

Neff's love for his poor mountaineers was unimpaired by absence. "In spirit," he wrote, "I often revisit your valleys, and long to be able again to endure cold and fatigue; to sleep in a stable on a bed of straw, in order to proclaim the word of God. But in all things may His will be done!"

Although he suffered great pain he was cheerful to the end, and his faith and humility shone brighter as his strength decayed. "Christ is all loveliness," he said once. "If you are employed in preaching the gospel, beware of labouring to be seen of men. Oh, how much I have to reproach myself with in this respect! My life, which others thought so well employed, has not been a quarter of what it might."

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THE FIRST VERSE OF THE BIBLE
EXPOSITION OF GENESIS 1:1 BY DR. MAXWERTHEIMER, FORMERLY A JEWISH RABBI, NOW THE
WELL-KNOWN BIBLE CONFERENCE TEACHER (FROM "THE CHRISTIAN TRIBUNE")


The first verse of the Old Testament has ten words in the English, but in the Hebrew text seven words only. Seven is the perfect number. Thus we see the opening verse of the entire Scripture begins with a perfect revelation. That is to say, what it states was not arrived at by inductive or deductive reasoning or by a process of contrasted syllogisms - but what man could not find out. God, in great condescension, love and mercy revealed to Moses. No wonder in Psalm 119:160 we read, "The beginning of thy Word is truth." In Hebrew the word for truth is Emeth, and consists of three letters, alepa, mem and tao. Aleph is the first letter, mem the middle letter, and tav the last letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Thus the Lord is the Alpha and Omega of all truth. These seven Hebrew words refute seven heresies which are bewildering many people today.


ONE

The first heresy the seven words contradict is atheism which claims there is no God. But our Bible assumes the existence of God. "In the beginning God."

TWO

The second heresy which the seven Hebrew words refute to polytheism, or the existence of many gods, many lords, and many conflicting minds. But these seven Hebrew words show, "Elchim," the name for God, plural form, having the verb in the third person singular, which is bara, so while there is a plurality of persons, in the Godhead, there is only one God acting in the executive capacity and without any conflict, in perfect harmony.

THREE

The third heresy those first seven words refute and upset is materialism. There is a line of defective teaching out that claims that matter existed from all eternity, but we are taught that "in the beginning God created the earth," which is matter. [27]

FOUR

The fourth heresy refuted by the opening words of the Hebrew Bible is pantheism which asserts that God is within all nature and natural objects, that He is immanent, or is locked up within nature; but the God of the Scripture is over and above all created things. They manifest law, order and design. The designer exists before and apart from the design, law presumes a lawmaker and order an orderer. The clockmaker is not in the clock, but apart from and before the clock.

FIVE

The fifth heresy refuted by the first seven Hebrew words of the Old Testament is fatalism. There are some unthinking people, cocksure that everything exists by a law of necessity or compulsion. Everything is fated to be, without any will of its own. We are told that God created by His own free will and pleasure the heavens and the earth. No one compelled Him to create, nor does He compel His creatures, for they are moral and responsible human beings.

SIX

The sixth heresy refuted by the first seven Hebrew words of the Old Testament is evolution. There are many contradictory theories on evolution and processes by which this universe is said to have come into its present state, mostly all of them claiming that it took millions of ages to evolve an original fire mist into protoplasmic mud, and then in the course of many ages merging into spermatoza, then into tadpoles, then into a monkey and then into man and his present planet.

But aside from all the bewildering and contradicting theories let us ask Herbert Spencer, the father of modern evolutionary teaching, to tell us. Listen to his definition of evolution. He asserts:

Evolution is an integration of matter and a concomitant dissipation of motion during which the matter passes from one indefinite, incoherent homogeneity to a definite coherent heterogeneity and during which the retained motion undergoes a parallel transformation.

This is about as clear as mud. Suppose the Bible were written in that style; what chance would there be for an ignorant washerwoman to understand it? Thank God for the clear seven words of Genesis, chapter one, verse one! He spake and it was done. He said, "Let there be light" and there was light.

I would ask an ordinary question or two that everybody can understand. Which was first, the hen or the egg? If the hen, who formed it? If the egg, who laid it? Which was first, the acorn or the oak tree? If the oak tree was first, who organized and planted it? If the acorn, who [28] energized it? And we are face to face with Elohim, or God, as the First Cause.

SEVEN

The seventh heresy that is refuted by the first verse of Genesis is Christian Science. Notice that Christian Science claims that "there is no life, truth nor intelligence in matter. All is God is Infinite Mind and God is Good, therefore God or Good must be in all, arid if this be so, then there is no room for sin, sickness, disease, death, judgment and hell. If mind is all in all, then there is no room or place for matter."

This Satanic teaching captivates the carnal minded and wilful perverts. But we are told that matter, earth, mud is as much a reality and a creation of God as the atmospheric and sidereal heavens. Nor is matter evil, according to chapter one, verse one of Genesis!

THE ETERNAL WORD

Who this God is that created the heavens and the earth we are informed in the gospel of John, chapter one, verses one to three. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made."

The Word that became flesh was the second person of the Godhead. The same became incarnate in Jesus of Nazareth. He was and is the Creator. This truth comes out forcibly in Col. 1:15-17: "The Lord Jesus Christ, who is the image of the invisible God the firstborn of every creature: For by Him were all things created, that are in, heaven and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things and by Him all things hold together." "And in Him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." And He holds the heavens and the earth together and therefore He alone can shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and all the nations (Hag. 2:6, 7). He alone can create a new heaven and a new earth. He is the sacrificial Lamb of God who died for us, to deliver us from this present evil age and to take away the sin of the world. He, the Almighty God and Creator, is our dear Saviour, to save us from the guilt and penalty of our sins and to deliver us from the awful mesmeric grip of sin. He is the One who can heal your broken heart, for it was God in Christ on the sameful cross reconciling us to God and beseeching us to be reconciled to Him. (Phil 2:5-11; 2 Cor. 5:18-21; John 1:29). Thus God authenticates intrinsically His own Word.

THE INSPIRED WORD

So much hangs on the opening verse of the Old Testament. Can it be (Continued on Page 30.)

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Notice there is no mention whatsoever of Kincora or McGrath. Not the faintest @iint of a protest! Now to the facts.


Some years ago the Free Presbyterian Church purchased Cliftonville Irish Presbyterian Church in Cliftonpark Avenue. That Church is now the Jolhn Knox Memorial Free Presbyterian Church. Ireland's Heritage Lodge asked for the use of the Church for an Orange Service. I was in charge of the Church at the time and I gave permission. Mr. McGrath was very active in this Lodge and took a leading part in this Service. Miss Shaw approached me and said she had evidence that McGrath was a homosexual. She produced a letter written to Mr. X. (I will not name this man. Miss Shaw is aware of his name and if she wants to name him that is her business. The man is now happily married and I do not wish him or his family to suffer, as I believe that this man has been completely delivered and knows the pardon of God). She produced a letter written to Mr. X from McGrath which had undertones of homosexuality in it. I said I would like to meet Mr. X, which I did. He said he had been corrupted by McGrath. I asked him would he face McGrath and he said, 'No'. As the Lodge had appointed McGrith to preside at the next annual service, I was naturally disturbed. I was, however, put in a very serious position of disadvantage as the accuser was not prepared to face the accused. I, however, decided to face McGrath which I did in the presence of my General Secretary, Mr. James Heyburn. McGrath denied everything and asked why Mr. X would not face him if his accusations were true. However, as the case was so serious I told McGrath that under the circumstances he would not be permitted to take any part in the Service. I also informed the Lodge accordingly. Certain friends of Mr. McGrath in the Lodge protected vigorously and talked about cancelling the Service and picketing the Church. I, however, remained adamant and the Service went on, McGrath taking no part therein. There the matter ended as far as I was concerned. As Mr. X was not prepared to stand over his allegations I was not in a position to go to the police as I had no evidence whatsoever to present to them. Nor did he or Miss Shaw ever request that I should go to the police. It now transpires that she did not request Mr. Smyth to go to the police either.

I understand that Miss Shaw visited other ministers of various denominations as well as ministers of my own Church, for when the police made investigations about the Kincora case after my Parliamentary colleague raised it in the House of Commons, with my support, the police called with them as they did with me. As I stated at the Press Conference, no minister of religion ever raised the matter of Kincora with me, and I am glad to say that on Wednesday the 27th January on the 1 o'clock Downtown News the Rev. Martin Smyth affirmed that he had not spoken to me about McGrath's alleged activities in Kincora, nor had he discussed the Kincora Home with me. Both in the Belfast Telegraph and the Newsletter Mr. Smyth corrected a false report carried in the Irish Times. The contention of Miss Shaw evidently is that I [30] refused to do anything about the activities of Mr. McGrath in the Kincora Home, when in fact Miss Shaw never discussed the Kincora Home with me nor with the other ministers of the Free Presbyterian Church whom she approached, nor did she discuss it with Rev. Martin Smyth either. Mr. Smyth, of course, was one of the other ministers of various denominations that I had mentioned in the Press Conference that Miss Shaw had been with.

After all Miss Shaw's allegations it is interesting to note what she says, "I am not bitter about all this. I only want the truth to be known. I don't believe that Mr. Paisley was part of any larger cover-up". It is just a pity that Miss Shaw did not speak the truth and tell the real facts of the situation. Miss Shaw had doctrinal disagreements with the Free Presbyterian Church on the Charismatic Movement, and towards the end of her period at the Martyrs Memorial Church her missionary work was far from satisfactory. Her services, if she had not resigned, would have been terminated by the Church Officers. Her attacks upon me personally and upon the Free Presbyterian Church, like the other lying attacks that have been made upon us down through the years, will come to nought, because truth can be trampled down but it shall never be trampled out. We will leave Miss Shaw in the hands of the God of Truth Who in the great Day of Judgment will make her and everyone else answerable for every idle word that they may speak.

I have nothing whatsoever to hide in this matter. I acted as any other Christian minister would have done under very difficult circumstances, and I close with repeating again my call for a full public sworn judicial enquiry into the Kincora scandal. This matter is far too serious to be investigated behind closed doors. Those making accusations must have their accusations tested under Oath by cross-examination, and all witnesses must also be cross-examined, and the public must know the truth of the matter.

I have tabled an early day Motion in the House of Commons calling for such an enquiry, and I will continue to press the Secretary of State on this matter.

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less than verbally and divinely inspired? But if it be so inspired, then Jesus Christ is the only Lord and Saviour and Judge of the World; whom we are to obey. And woe to those who obey not his gospel or trifle with his authority. (1 Pet. 4:17,- 2 Thes. 1:7-10)! He is coming back to earth again. Shall we then be glad or sad?