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Editorial: 1982

An old year has died and a new year has been born. Its short-lived peace has been quickly shattered by an I.R.A. terrorist killing. Samuel John Pollock whose only crime was loyalty was done to death in Newcastle. His father spoke truly when he said that the British Government were, along With the I.R.A., the co-murderers of his son. The Thatcher administration had it within their power to stop the killings but with a no-win policy and the objective to sell Ulster into a united Ireland they will not take effective steps to crush the I.R.A.

Two members of the U.D.R. have actually been disciplined, one reduced from corporal to the ranks for helping the police at Unity Flats on the night of Constable Coulter's murder.

The refusal of the U.S. State Department to grant me a visa to enter the country to rebut I.R.A. propaganda is closely linked with British foreign policy. The officials of the State Department who met members of the World Congress of Fundamentalists led by Dr. Bob Jones to protest this action discovered that the foreign policy of the Reagan administration was a united Ireland, and were given the impression that the British Government would be taking an initiative soon on Northern Ireland.

1982 is the year when the British Government has planned the sell-out of Ulster. It is essential that Ulster prepares itself for the great battle which lies ahead. Without Divine intervention all is lost. The urgency of prayer could not be over emphasised.

I would commend to all our readers the 14th chapter of 2 Chronicles and especially verses 11, and 12:-


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.

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"THE DECISION OF THE DAY"

Let us turn to the Word of God this morning as I want to deal with the matters that are on all our minds. Many of God's people are untaught and ignorant of God's Word. They have very hazy and crazy ideas about the responsibility of the believer in the affairs of the State. There is a doctrine of other worldliness that has captivated many evangelical believers, and they say you have nothing to do with the affairs of State; that believers should not concern themselves with the spiritual tone, morality or standing of the nation; that they should understand that their citizenship is in Heaven and that they have absolutely no responsibility for the things that are happening around them. That is a commonly put doctrine, and people not taught in the Word swallow it so easily and they say, "Why does Ian Paisley devote himself to these doctrines? Why does he not just stick to (what they glibly say) the preaching of the Gospel?"

I think that we need to know where we stand and where we are going, because when I read Church History I find that the great heroes of the church did devote themselves to the affairs of their generation; that they took active part in the great decisions of the day; that they actually drew the sword and battled against the inroads of the enemies of the State; that they resisted kings and Parliaments and Governments and Magistrates; that they set themselves impossible tasks and they battled and laid down their lives.

We as Presbyterians today rejoice in the Covenanting struggle. We thank God for Richard Cameron the Lion of the Covenant. We bless God for the galaxy of the Covenanting martyrs. What did they do? They opposed the King. They opposed his Parliament. They opposed the Magistrates. They opposed the soldiers in the Army. They opposed the authority - the constituted authority law forces of the Crown.

Oh, I have heard preachers praise Richard Cameron, but if he lived today they would not touch him with a barge pole. I have heard them praise Oliver Cromwell, but if Oliver Cromwell was around today they would be among his detractors. It is most convenient to eulogise men that are dead, because then you will have no reproach, but let some fiery prophet, some Elijah-like preacher come along in your generation and he says the very things that Elijah says, he says. the very things that the Covenanters say and he does more, he exhorts people to do the very things that the Covenanters did, then they hold up their hands in holy horror and they say, "We could have nothing to do with that. That is not the business of the Christian".

Let us find out what the business of the Christian is in regard to civil magistrates.

TWO KINGDOMS

Let me say there are two kingdoms and those kingdoms are separate. There is the kingdom of Jesus Christ of which Jesus Christ is the sole [4] Head and of which Queen Elizabeth is not in authority but is only a member. Could we link to our Gracious Lady the Queen, Margaret Thatcher and all the Ministers of the Crown - they are only subjects and have no place of authority in that Kingdom - that spiritual Kingdom of Jesus Christ. But there is, of course, the earthly kingdom, and the earthly kingdom is under the law of God just as the spiritual kingdom is under the law of God. And our Gracious Sovereign Lady and her Ministers of the Crown, including Margaret Thatcher, are subjected to the laws of God. They have duties to perform, and if they perform not those duties they come under the judgment of God, and it is my duty, just the same way as I would rebuke an apostate preacher who fails to do his job that he took on to do, I would rebuke him in the Name of the Lord for being a usurper - for failing in his duty to do his God-given task, I also have responsibility in this Kingdom to rebuke those who have failed in their responsibility to do their God-appointed task.

THE DUTY OF THE CIVIL MAGISTRATE

Let us look at the duty of the civil magistrate, turning to chapter 13 of Romans. This is a Scripture often quoted, more often misquoted and more often wrongfully interpreted. Romans chapter 13, "Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God".

If the Government directed you to worship God in an idolatrous fashion, do you go and do it? You resist it, as the apostle said, "We ought to obey God rather than men". The word 'powers' here is the word that is dealing with the Office. Offices of power are ordained of God. There is the office of a husband - a father - the head of the home. He has certain responsibilities for the wise counselling of his children and the wise government of his home, but who would say that a drunken, blaspheming, evil father must be absolutely obeyed because the powers that be are ordained of God. No one in their senses would try and establish such a theory or such a doctrine.

Let us continue, "Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist shall receive to them damnation".

Those people unlearned in Scriptural truth say, "Well, if you resist the powers, God says you will be damned".

Let me say, the powers must do the work that God ordained them to do. If they are doing the work that God ordained them to do they must be reverenced and obeyed, but when they cease to do the work that God ordains them to do, then they are to be opposed and exposed. The father in the home has to be obeyed when he carries out the duties of that sacred office. The magistrate has to be obeyed. The King's Ministers or the Queen's Ministers have to be obeyed, and the Queen herself has to be obeyed when she carries out God-appointed ordained duties that are hers to carry out. Let us look at those duties, what are they? Verse 3: "For [5] rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil". The God-appointed power given to the magistrate is for good not for evil, but when a magistrate, when a monarch, when a Queen's Minister takes the power that is given to him for good and instead of using it for good uses it for evil, then there must be resistance to that person that holds that office because that person shows themselves not to be a true holder of office but to be a usurper. "Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same".

Do you not see the rule coming out? If the magistrate is doing right he will praise that which is right, he will defend that which is right, he will stand for that which is right and the people doing right will have a special praise, his special protection and his special help. Those that do evil will fear, and we shall see in the next verse, verse 4: "For he is the minister of God to thee for good". Notice carefully, "for good". "But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, a revenger".

Mrs. Thatcher says you have not to think about revenge. She denounced the Protestants of Ulster for thinking of revenge, but her God-given task, according to my Bible, is she is to be 'a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil'. That brings us to the very heart of our struggle at the present time.


Mrs. Thatcher and her Ministers in this Province are not executing wrath upon them that do evil. They bear the sword in vain and our Protestant people are being murdered and killed and bombed. Our Security Forces are ill equipped to meet the enemies of this Province. Why? Because Margaret Thatcher has ordained that that should be. I think of Bob Bradford's bodyguard with nothing better than a peashooter to guard a man who, the Chief of Police now tells us, was under threat. How can a Police Officer with a Walther pistol guard a man who is going to be attacked by three men, one carrying a machine gun? Has he any chance? Is it not strange that Margaret Thatcher's bodyguard carries the best possible, highest velocity, highest calibre pistol? Is it not strange that Mr. Prior's guard carries the highest possible, highest velocity, highest calibre pistol? They look after themselves, but they will not look after others. They bear the sword in vain. When one thinks of our U.D.R. men, (and what body of men deserve more of our praise than the Ulster Defence Regiment who give of their time, especially in the Border areas, to do a job of work), they used to be allowed to take their arms home with them, but because of the agitation of John Hume and Seamus Mallon their arms have to be stacked and they go home, and they are given a point two-two pistol. They might as well have a water pistol. That is because Mrs. Thatcher has ordained it. Why? She is not a terror to unrighteousness. She has become a terror to those that do good.

Let me give just one example, Councillor Ethel Smyth and her husband and family, on numerous occasions, the Republicans have come to burn out that family and to kill them. They laid a bomb at her premises. [6] The man who laid the bomb took fright and he ran away and dropped his wallet and in his wallet was his driving license, so he was identified. He awaits trial. He is apprehended awaiting trial. The other night his brother and others came to the home and they stood outside after breaking through a fence and before they attempted to burn that home they poured abuse at Councillor Smyth and her family. They told them that they were going to burn them out. Mrs. Smyth rang the police and the police said, "We cannot come, it could be an ambush to get us. We cannot help you". Her husband took his double-barrelled shotgun, as any man would do, and he fired at them and he hit them, and they ran away the cowards that they are. Where did they go to? They went to the police station and complained that Mr. Smyth had tried to kill them-What happened? Were they put under arrest for trying to burn out a Protestant family? Of course not! The police, who could not come to the aid of the Smyth family under attack, immediately came and took the double barrelled shotgun from Mr. Smyth and said, "You have used it illegally, you cannot have it", and left him naked in the face of his enemies.

I want to tell you, the law of a country that does that and the magistrate that does that, and the Prime Minister that does that, and the enforcement officers who do that, they bear the sword in vain, and they are not a terror to evildoers, they are a terror to those that do good, and they have got to be resisted and rejected and repudiated, and that is the whole basis of the Covenanting struggle. That is why Richard Cameron excommunicated the King, and what he did years before the nation did in the Glorious Revolution Settlement, but the man that had the vision was Richard Cameron the Lion of the Covenant, abused, eventually slaughtered, his head cut off, his hands cut off and put on spikes above the city gate in Edinburgh, but Richard Cameron was obeying the Word of God.

The magistrate who does not carry the sword in keeping with the laws of God ceases and must cease to have the support of those that believe in the Bible. That is the Word of God! There is, of course, confirmation for us in 2 Peter.

KNOWING THE WORD

I really laugh at these reporters you know that come to me occasionally and they have no idea of the Bible nor of Gospel Truth. They are like two young ladies that came to this Church sometime ago and they said to me, "You should read the sermon on the mount, Mr. Paisley, and preach on it". I said, "is that right? Would you please find it for me in my Bible. There is my Bible, find me the sermon on the mount", and they could not find the sermon on the mount, and I said, "Do you know anything about it? What do you think of these words? 'Beware of those that come in sheep's clothing, for they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their works'". They said, "That is very strong language". I said, "That is the sermon on the mount. Before you come back to read lessons to me about the sermon on the mount go and read it for yourself".

What did the Lord Jesus Christ call the King the chief magistrate, [7] what did He call him? He called him a fox. Why? Because he had failed to do the duties that were appointed to him.

My Christianity is the Christianity of this Book. It is not the Christianity of some old perverted professor who believes in abortion; who denounces capital punishment, and who believes in homosexuality, and he sets himself up on radio and television as the person who can tell you what Jesus would be like. I want to tell you, that professor is of his father the Devil, and if you got his birth certificate you could check on him, and you would know what his pedigree was. Let me tell you, the Christianity of this Book is the Christianity that I believe in, and the Christ of this Book is the Christ that I happen to believe in. If I say anything that is not in keeping with this Book, have nothing to do with me, but if what I say is in keeping with this Book, it is God's Word. It does not matter to me whether you accept it or reject it, friend, because I have delivered my soul and that is all that matters.

WHAT THE BIBLE TEACHES

Let us turn to 1 Peter chapter 2, vs. 13, "Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man, for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king as supreme; Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by Him". (Here is the duty of the governor). "That are sent by Him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well". That is the duty of the governor. That is the duty of James Prior. Today in our land evildoers are not punished. They have already broken the wall between the 'H' Blocks so that the prisoners can have free association. Everything that the hunger strike was about has now been yielded. All the prison warders that gave their lives, and all the police that gave their lives, and everything that happened in Northern Ireland and the punishment we took and the burnings we endured, they were all in vain. I had a warder who came out of the prison and gave me what they are working at, the new works and he brought me photostat copies of plans and charts and instructions how to make hand guns. The Maze Prison has become the University of terrorism, and its inmates trained in terrorism will come out, (and they are coming out under the 50% reduction in their prison sentences) come out what to do? To continue their campaign, because the Governor, let me tell you, he is not interested in the punishment of evildoers and in the praise of them that do well, but is interested in the punishment of those that do well and in the praise of evildoers.

When Airey Neave was murdered, the House of Commons immediately paid tributes to him after the announcement of his death. When Robert Bradford was murdered, the Prime Minister issued a statement to say that she would be paying no tribute to Robert Bradford because it would only help the terrorists. That is what she said, "It would only encourage the terrorists". Not the praise of them that do well, not the punishment of evildoers. I rose up in the House on Monday, and by the way could I just say to you, is it not very interesting that all that I was supposed to do, the great crime I was supposed to commit and how I was to be summoned to the House of Commons, and the Speaker of the [8] House was really going to deal with me for what I said about Mrs. Thatcher, is it not wonderful that what happens in the House of Commons can be completely altered by circumstances outside the House. That was only an excuse to get off a hook, because the Speaker of the House of Commons, with every respect to George Thomas, has neither the power, under Standing Orders nor under any precedence in Erskine May to command any member of the House of Commons to come to the House of Commons. I can only be brought to the House of Commons the way you can be brought, by order of the House and by a warrant executed by the Sergeant at Arms. When I went into the House of Commons on Monday I said to the Clerk at the table, "Show me the Standing Order. Show me the reference in Erskine May", and he smiled and he said, "You know, Dr. Paisley, there is no such thing". I said, "I do know there is no such thing". So the Speaker got up and tried to make a half rebuke of me and then says he is forgetting all about it. He could not do anything else! I rose up in the Commons and I said to the Speaker, "Why when Airey Neave was killed the Prime Minister and the Leader of the Opposition paid immediate tribute?" and I got a ruling from the Speaker, "There will be a statement from Mr. Prior and if you want to pay a tribute when that statement is made you can do it".

WHAT HAPPENED IN PARLIAMENT

A Minister's statement can only be commented on by asking questions, so they were trying to limit the tribute to Mr. Bradford. I drew the attention to the Speaker that the Government Front Bench had made this decision, so I walked out of the House and then Mr. Speaker had second thoughts and he sent me a little note to say, "We will allow tributes to be paid to Mr. Bradford. Not when Mr. Prior makes his statement but immediately after questions". I might point out it was not the Official Unionists that asked for tributes to be paid, it was I who asked for them to be paid, and only I had raised that on a point of order there would have been no tributes as such paid to Mr. Bradford, and Mrs. Thatcher had not even a prepared script. She just wanted to brush the murder of a Member of Parliament for this very area under the carpet. Why? Because she does not practise her responsibility to be in the praise of those that are good, and for the punishment of evildoers. That is why.

We have a responsibility, and I have a responsibility as a Christian to resist, to say to the magistrate, "Here is your responsibility. You better do it".

You hear all sorts of talk about Housing. "Why can people not be housed?"

I was in Strabane on Friday. I was talking to one of the Local Authorities and he said, "You know what they are doing in Strabane now with the houses?" I said, "Nothing would surprise me". He said, "They are putting members of the Republic's Army into Housing Executive houses in Strabane. There are 14 members of the Irish Republic's Army - the Army of the South of Ireland, and they come over the Border at night and they [9] live in Northern Ireland and they have all been allocated Housing Executive houses".

It is a most interesting situation. You talk about the praise of them that do well. There is no praise for them that do well from this Government, and there is no punishment of evildoers.

I sat in the home in Donemana with a widow and her orphans as they shed their tears, and that woman took me by the hand, she said, "Why doesn't David Steele come over here and sit beside me in my sorrow, then he would shut his mouth about his disgraceful attacks on you and the Protestant people of Northern Ireland". They bear the sword in vain. They have departed from their high and holy calling, and it is my duty and your duty, and it is your duty more so if you are a believer in this Book to obey God rather than men, and to see to it legitimately, with dignity yet with firmness that this Government is going to be taught that they cannot depart from their responsibilities, and if they do depart from their responsibilities then the united people of Ulster will resist them. That is the basis for this whole stoppage and protest. Let us tear away the cobwebs. Let us get down to the real heart of the matter. The British Government would like to make it some petty party political struggle between Ian Paisley and everybody else. Why should I launch myself into turmoil? Why should I choose a path that I know is going to bring to me personal abuse and probably the loss of my life? Why should I do it? It is because I believe this Book, and it is because I am called of God to obey this Book, and I am called of God to be a voice for His law in this land of lawlessness, and God will defend the right and God will prosper those that know their God, for they that know God shall be strong and they shall do exploits.

AMEN AND AMEN!

A Sermon Preached in the Martyrs Memorial Church by Dr. Paisley

 

[10-16 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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WHY THE VISIT OF THE POPE MUST BE RESISTED

Many Evangelical Christians have been dismayed by the announcement of the proposed visit of Pope John Paul II to Britain. While the vast majority see the visit as a positive evil, not all are agreed as to the best way to react in order that a testimony may be raised and the cause of the Gospel advanced.

The British Council of Protestant Christian Churches is calling on all Christians to pray earnestly that the Lord will keep the Pope out of this land, and is seeking to carry out a campaign of resistance within the law in order that the nation may be alerted to the danger of the hour. In doing so our aim is not to antagonise individual Roman Catholics but to win them from the Church of Rome to the Lord Jesus Christ.

May we remind the reader of some pertinent facts relating to the Roman Catholic Church.

1. THE CLAIMS OF THE POPE

The Pope claims to be:-

(a) "The vicar of Christ"

(b) "The supreme judge on earth and director of the consciences of men - of the peasant that tills the field and the prince that sits on the throne . . . the supreme judge on earth of what is right and wrong." (Cardinal Manning).

(c) "The King of Kings and Lord of Lords"

(d) "The Holy Father"

(e) "Infallible" - "We teach and define that it is a dogma divinely revealed that the Roman Pontiff when he speaks ex cathedra . . . is possessed of that infallibility with which the divine Redeemer willed that His Church should be endowed for defining doctrines regarding faith and morals." "But if anyone - which may God forbid! - shall presume to contradict this our definition; let him be Anathema." (1870 Vatican Council).

2. ROMAN CATHOLIC DOCTRINES

(a) Salvation. Rome teaches salvation by works and rejects the Bible teaching of justification by faith - "If anyone saith that justifying faith is nothing else but confidence in the divine mercy which remits sin for Christ's sake alone . . . let him be Anathema." (Council of Trent).

(b) The Mass - "The sacrifice (in the mass) is identical with the sacrifice of the cross, inasmuch as Jesus Christ is a priest and victim both. The only difference lies in the manner of offering, which is bloody upon the cross and bloodless on our altars." (Council of Trent). [18]

(c) Infallibility of the Pope - see (e) above.

(d) Re Mary. Rome teaches that the Virgin Mary was immaculately conceived, a virgin and sinless all her life, raised bodily to Heaven after her death and enjoys a particularly powerful role in Heaven. Following the recent attempt on his life Pope John Paul II said, "United with Christ, priest and victim, I offer my sufferings for the Church and for the world. For you, Mary, I repeat: I belong entirely to you."

(e) Purgatory.

(f) The Forgiveness of Sins after confession to a priest.

(g) Celibacy of the Priesthood.

3. ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND ENGLAND

(a) Pope Plus V in his Bull of 1570 against Queen Elizabeth I, which he entitled "The Damnation and Excommunication of Elizabeth, Queen of England, a slave of impiety, being a heretic and a favourer of heretics, and her adherents . . . to have incurred the sentence of Anathema, and to be cut off from the unity of the body of Christ."

The Bull further stated, "And we do command and interdict all and every, the noblemen, subjects, people, and others aforesaid that they presume not to obey her or her monitions, mandates and laws: and those which shall do the contrary we do involve with the like, sentence of Anathema."

(b) Cardinal Manning said in 1859, "if ever there was a land in which work is to be done, and perhaps much to suffer, it is here. I shall not say too much, if I say that we have to subjugate and subdue, to conquer and rule, an imperial race; we have to do with a will which reigns throughout the world, as the will of old Rome reigned once; we have to bend or break that will which nations and kingdoms have found invincible and inflexible. Were heresy conquered in England, it would be conquered throughout the world. All its lines meet here, and therefore in England the Church of God" (i.e., The Roman Catholic Church) "must be gathered in its strength."

(c) Clifford Longley, the Roman Catholic Religious Affairs correspondent of The Times, heralded the Queen's visit to the Vatican last October as ending four hundred years of division between the Crown and the Papacy.

(d) The editor of the Clergy Review last year declared that England is now a Roman Catholic country. This fits in well with the Pope's description of England by the Roman Catholic name of "Mary's Dowry."

4. ROMAN CATHOLICISM AND TERRORISM

(a) It is calculated by historians that not less than 50,000,000 persons, including women and children, have been put to death for denying or resisting the claims of the Papacy. [19]

(b) The Roman Catholic Church actively supported the rise of Fascism and Nazism in the 1930's. Cardinal Hinsley of Westminster said, "if Fascism goes under, God's cause goes under with it." (Catholic Times 18/10/1935).

(c) It is estimated that tens of thousands of non-Catholics were massacred by the Roman Catholic Croatian regime between 1941 and 1944. Many victims were locked in their churches and these were then set alight. About 250,000 forcible conversions to Roman Catholicism were effected by threats or at the point of a bayonet. "As commandant of the Jasenovac concentration camp Father Filipovic (a Franciscan Monk), aided by Father Zvonko Brekalo, Father Z. Lipovac, and Father Culina, caused the death of 40,000 men, women, and children during the period of his administration." Quotation - Avro Manhattan.

(d) The I.R.A. leader in the Maze prison in Northern Ireland, Bobby Sands, died clutching a crucifix given to him by Pope John Paul II's special envoy, Father John Magee. The I.R.A is a Roman Catholic army and the Pope refuses to excommunicate I.R.A. members.

In view of the foregoing facts, and bearing in mind that an Official Visit by the Pope (the Vatican head of State) would be contrary to the Constitution of our Nation, we ask you to support our campaign to keep the Pope out of Britain.

For further details contact - The National Organiser, The British Council of Protestant Christian Churches, Zoar Baptist Church, Staines Road, Hounslow, Middlesex, England.

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THE ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF REV. JOHN MORROW

Ballynahinch Free Presbyterian Church was packed to capacity on Saturday evening for the ordination and installation of Mr. John Morrow as minister. -

The Rev. Morrow, a married man with two children, Clive, aged 8 1/2 and Louise 3 1/2, is a native of Dungannon. He arrived in Ballynahinch just after the opening of the new Free Presbyterian Church in the town three and a half years ago and since then has been assisting the Rev. Stanley Barnes (Hillsborough) who had charge of the Church.

Extra seating had to be provided for Saturday evening's service which was attended by the Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church, Dr. I. R. K. Paisley.

The Rev. Barnes presided and after the singing of Psalm 124 the Rev. Michael Patrick (Moneyslane) led in prayer.

The Rev. Ian Goligher (Garvagh) read from John 4 commencing verse 13 and took the text for his message verses 23 and 24.

The prescribed questions to the minister elect were put by the Rev. R. Cranston (Newtownabbey) and this was followed by the subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith, the ordination prayer and the laying on of hands by the Presbytery of Ulster.

The charge to the minister and congregation was by Dr. Paisley. He referred to the tragic events of Saturday when the Rev. Robert Bardford, M.P. and Mr. Ken Campbell, community worker, were shot dead by the I.R.A., saying "only intervention from God can save us from ultimate disaster. The hour is dark and the situation grave but it is good to know that the sovereign God is on the throne. It is God who gives us courage, strength and help to go forward."

STANDING WITH GOD

Dr. Paisley took Second Timothy, Chapter 4, as his text. He told Mr. Morrow that his first concern was to have standing with God and trust in the Lord alone.

Mr. Morrow quoted First Timothy I verse 12: "And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that He counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry." He thanked the congregation for putting their trust in him and expressed gratitude to all who had helped him during his preparation for the ministry.

Extending a welcome on behalf of the Ballynahinch congregation, Mr. T. Poole, secretary, said they knew Mr. Morrow to be a faithful preacher of the gospel. He thanked him for his work during his student ministry and prayed that the Lord will continue to be with him and his family.

Mr. Poole then presented a gift to Mr. Barnes in appreciation of his [21] work in the congregation. Mr. Barnes suitably replied.

The benediction was pronounced by Rev. John Long after which supper was provided by the ladies of the congregation.


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THE LOVELINESS OF CHRIST:
Selections from the Letters of Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661)

The great Master Gardener, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, in a wonderful providence, with His own hand, planted me here, where by His grace, in this part of His vineyard, I grow; and here I will abide till the great Master of the vineyard think fit to transplant me.

If your Lord call you to suffering, be not dismayed; there shall be a new allowance of the King for you when ye come to it. One of the softest pillows Christ hath is laid under His witnesses' head, though often they must set down their bare feet among thorns.

God hath called you to Christ's side, and the wind is now in Christ's face in this land; and seeing ye are with Him, ye cannot expect the leeside or the sunny side of the brae.

He delighteth to take up fallen bairns and to mend broken brows: binding up of wounds is His office.

Wants are my best riches, for I have these supplied by Christ.

I hope to over-hope and over-believe my troubles.

I think the sense of our wants, when withal we have a restlessness and a sort of spiritual impatience under them, and can make a din, because we want Him whom our soul loveth, is that which maketh an open door to Christ: and when we think we are going backward, because we feel deadness, we are going forward; for the more sense the more life, and no sense argueth no life.

There is no sweeter fellowship with Christ than to bring our wounds and our sores to Him.

There is as much in our Lord's pantry as will satisfy all His bairns, and as much wine in His cellar as will quench all their thirst. Hunger on; for there is meat in hunger for Christ: go never from Him, but fash Him (who yet is pleased with the importunity of hungry souls) with a dishful of hungry desires [REST OF SENTENCE FADED]. He delay yet come not ye away, albeit ye should fall a-swoon at His feet.

I find it most true, that the greatest temptation out of hell, is to live without temptations; if my waters should stand, they would rot. Faith is the better of the free air, and of the sharp winter storm in its face. Grace withereth without adversity. The devil is but God's master fencer, to teach us to handle our weapons.

O, pity for evermore that there should be such an one as Christ Jesus, so boundless, so bottomless, and so incomparable in infinite excellency, and sweetness, and so few to take Him! O, ye poor dry and dead souls, why will ye not come hither with your toom vessels and your empty souls to this huge, and fair, and deep, and sweet well of life, and fill all your toom vessels?

O, that Christ should be so large in sweetness and worth, and we so narrow, pinched, so ebb, and so void [23] of all happiness, and yet men will not take Him! they lose their love miserably, who will not bestow it upon this lovely One.

I know all created power should sink under me if I should lean down upon it, and therefore it is better to rest on God than sink or fall; and we weak souls must have a bottom and being-place, for we cannot stand out alone. Let us then be wise in our choice and choose and wail our own blessedness, which is to trust in the Lord.

They are not lost to you that are laid up in Christ's treasury in heaven.

At the resurrection ye shall meet with them: there they are, sent before but not sent away. Your Lord loveth you, who is homely to take and give, borrow and lend.

Ye will not get leave to steal quietly to heaven, in Christ's company, without a conflict and a cross.

I find crosses Christ's carved work that He marketh out for us, and that with crosses He figureth and portrayeth us to His own image, cutting away pieces of our ill and corruption. Lord cut, Lord carve, Lord wound, Lord do anything that may perfect Thy Father's image in us, and make us meet for glory.

It is the Lord's kindness that He will take the scum off us in the fire. Who knoweth how needful winnowing is to us, and what dross we must want ere we enter into the kingdom of God? So narrow is the entry to heaven, that our knots, our bunches and lumps of pride, and self-love, and idol-love, and world-love must be hammered off us, that we may thong in, stooping low, and creeping through that narrow and thorny entry.

O, what owe I to the file, to the hammer, to the furnace of my Lord Jesus!

Why should I start at the plough of my Lord, that maketh deep furrows on my soul? I know He is no idle husbandman, He purposeth a crop.

Crosses are proclaimed as common accidents to all the saints, and in them standeth a part of our communion with Christ.

How sweet a thing were it for us to learn to make our burdens light by framing our hearts to the burden, and making our Lord's will a law.

It is not the sunny side of Christ that we must look to, and we must not forsake Him for want of that; but must set our face against what may befall us, in following on, till He and we be through the briers and bushes on the dry ground. Our soft nature would be borne through the troubles of this miserable life in Christ's arms. And it is His wisdom, who knoweth our mould, that His bairns go wet-shod and cold-footed to heaven.

There is nothing but perfect garden-flowers in heaven, and the best plenishing that is there is Christ.

It is not a smooth and easy way neither will your weather be fair and pleasant; but whosoever saw the invisible God and the fair city, makes no reckoning of losses or crosses. In ye must be, cost you what it will; stand not for a price, and for all that ye have, to win the castle; the rights of it are won to you, and it is disposed to you, in your Lord Jesus's Testament; and see what a fair legacy your dying Friend, Christ, hath left you: and there wanteth nothing but possession.

O! men's souls have no wings, and therefore night and day they keep their nest and are not acquaint with Christ.

What can I say of Him?
Let us go and see.

I have little, little of Him; yet I long for more.

Scar not at suffering for Christ: for Christ hath a chair, and a cushion, and sweet peace for a sufferer.

He taketh the bairns in His arms [24] when they come to a deep water; at least, when they lose ground, and are put to swim, then His hand is under their chin.

My shallow and ebb thoughts are not the compass Christ saileth by. I leave His ways to Himself, for they are far, far above me There are windings and to's and fro's in His ways, which blind bodies like us cannot see.

I see grace growth best in winter.

I know, we may say, that Christ is kindest in His love when we are at our weakest; and that if Christ had not been to the fore, in our sad days, the waters had gone over our soul.


LET'S GO AND HEAR WILLIAM HUNTINGTON PREACH!

In order to form an idea of a service at Providence Chapel, let us suppose that an honest fellow, Farmer George Blunt from Buckinghamshire, is visiting one of Huntington's hearers - say good John Keyt, on 9th February, 1812. In the morning Keyt attends Providence Chapel alone, and on his return he is full of the sermon, which was entitled, "Naphtali, or, Holy Wrestling." "The subject is to be continued this evening," say Keyt; "come with me, and you will hear what you will never forget." After some demur, George, who has what in Buckinghamshire they call "the seventh-day ague," finally consents. He surveys himself in a glass; he notes with satisfaction the setting of his neckcloth and the immaculate appearance of his flapped waistcoat, breeches, and buckled shoes; he replenishes his snuff-box; he puts on a chocolate overcoat and a sleek brand-new beaver; and he is ready.

BY TICKET ONLY

As they walk along Keyt slips into his hand a green ticket. "What's that for?" enquires George. "They'll be no getting a seat without it," replies Keyt. When they arrive in Grays Inn Lane, George notices, to his surprise, that although they are full early the whole of the street in the neighbourhood of the chapel is blocked with chariots, hackney coaches, curricles, gigs, and other vehicles, while more are streaming towards them, and there is a queue of persons at each entrance, as if it might be a theatre. Presently the door at which they present themselves opens, and they pass in with the crowd. In a minute or two, though there is a quarter of an hour to wait, the whole of the building is full, area, gallery - everywhere. The pew into which Keyt and George enter is a small one, there being room for only one more person. Presently a young lady, neatly dressed in a poke bonnet tied under her chin with drab ribbons and a sober-coloured cloak, from the opening of which peeps a reticule, takes the vacant seat. George stares about him. "Who's that in [25] the big wig?" he whispers. "Oh, that's Sir Ludlow Harvey." - "Who's that over there in the puce-coloured coat?" "That's Lord Liverpool, but please don't whisper," says Keyt, and he tucks into George's hands a well-thumbed copy of Hart's Hymns. George however, still continues to look about him. Though there are people of importance present - some of them, as he afterwards hears, members of the royal household - nevertheless the congregation consists for the most part of respectable tradesmen and their wives, plain decorous people, who eschew "ear bobs" and other meretricious ornaments. There was neither cottish man nor hermaphroditical woman among them. Huntington is in the vestry. Often, he tells us, for a few minutes before going into his pulpit the Bible was "a sealed book" to him, his understanding is worse than Egyptian darkness - "some thousands coming to hear, and I with a blind mind, a lifeless form, and like a dumb man without a message or even a heavenly thought - then all on a sudden a text has flown into my mind . . . has come with all its own native rays, in its own power and meaning, opened up, branched out in its admirable harmony, and text upon text to support the sense, and conform the meaning; and in one minute have I got enough to last me two hours. Then the blessed Spirit preaches; the outgoings of the King and the fair beauty of the Lord appear in the sanctuary - life and love fly round about, while every healthy conscience and cheerful countenance proclaims the condescending visits of the Lord of hosts; there Parson Sack (like Manoah and his wife) only looks on, while the angel of the Lord does wondrously."

THE MINISTER APPEARS

The vestry door opens, and all eyes are directed to the minister as, portly in form, with broad shoulders and solemn face, he slowly, and, it is judged, painfully, ascends the toilsome steep leading to the pulpit, which finally swallows him. The clerk gives out hymn No. 100:

"Come, ye sinners, poor and wretched,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore."


George stands to sing, but, to his surprise, finds that, following custom, all the others remain seated. So he sinks down in some confusion. The hymn concluded, the minister rises from his pulpit, and George is struck with his massive face, and his solemn, earnest, and statuesque appearance. When he commences to pray, the whole congregation rises and remains standing. He prays with eyes couched, as if an illuminated seer - every sentence in his prayer being a verse of Scripture or part of one, for it was a maxim with him that in prayer we should strive to encompass the Almighty with His own promises. Then there is another hymn, and when it is concluded he gives out his text, Luke xiii. 24: "Strive to enter in at the strait gate." "I showed you this morning," he begins, "that there was a gate or door into the sheepfold . . . ."

Iin a moment every eye is strained towards him, necks are craned hands placed to ears, while some persons in their anxiety not to miss [26] even a syllable rise from their seats.

George, who had expected to see what he had so often seen in the old parish church at Little Slumberly - a snuffy old gentleman prosing and droning over a sleeping congregation - can scarcely believe his senses. The preacher uses no action except crumpling a white handkerchief in his hand, though he marks by a significant nod any observation which he desires to be particularly noticed. He avoids levity and everything that even verges on the histrionic. He never exerts his voice, which is clear and agreeable. He lays great emphasis upon the concluding words of his sentences. He speaks from the heart to the heart - not, however, as a dying man to dying men, but as a man who will never die to men who also will never die.

After some general remarks on the strait gate, he says that "at this gate we always find a pulling two different ways," and he dwells on the cruelty of men to each other. "You often hear of hundreds of men quarrelling and fighting and cursing each other, but you never heard of two devils disagreeing." He quotes the passage from Paradise Lost, Book 2, beginning,

"Oh shame to men! Devil with devil damn'd
Firm control holds."

He then touches on the subject of false teachers, and tells the story of Ahab, Jehoshaphat, and Micaiah. "But the false prophets prophesy smooth things. So do the Socinians and the Deists of the present day. They gallop into God's presence like the unthinking horse into battle, and thus rush upon the thick bosses of God's buckler. Christ is the way to the Father, and if we embrace Him we shall find favour with the Father. We may see men who are fellow-soldiers and yet not of one heart with each other; we may see in noblemen's families fellow-servants, but you cannot say of them, as John saith of the saints, 'He dwelleth in God, and God dwelleth in him. 'This is higher than any fellowship that is found among men, for there is something of God lodged in us, and something of us lodged in God." After other remarks on human frailty, the preacher pauses to take breath, and a hum of approval circulates round the chapel. The young woman at George's side is deeply moved. "All my sins are before me!" she mutters.

Then the preacher goes on. "What is that lodged in us? It certainly is His most Holy Spirit, for He hath given unto us His Spirit as an earnest of our inheritance; and we in return give unto Him the greatest thing that we have; but what is that? Why, it is what the Lord Himself asks for: 'My son, give Me thine heart'."

Here the preacher's eyes fix themselves in the neighbourhood of Mr. Keyt's pew, and he exclaims, "Take care of your pockets!"

George promptly slips one hand on the fob containing his fat pinchbeck watch and the other on the pocket where his fatter purse should be; and the fact occurring to him that there are female pick-pockets as well as male, he glances sideways at his fair companion, who, [27] noticing his actions and reading his thoughts, blushes to the brow-locks. But his watch and his purse are safe. The pick-pocket is evidently some pews behind him.

The preacher having given the warning goes on as if nothing extraordinary had happened. "Christ says, 'I am the door; no man can come to the Father, but by Me'." After some remarks on the subject of grace, he says, "Come, I will ask you a question. 'Do not you with all your heart believe that you shall, sooner or later, find grace and favour with God, through Jesus Christ?' 'Yes,' say you, 'sometimes I do really believe I shall.' Well, then, hear what Christ says, 'He that believeth hath everlasting life.' And do you find the saints the objects of your sincere regard and love? if so, then John says, 'We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren.' Do you see these things? If you do, I will despatch this part of my text."

Here George, supposing that the sermon, which by his computation must have lasted over an hour, is finished, takes out his pinchbeck and turns his head to compare it with the clock in the gallery. But while he is in the act a voice comes from the pulpit, "We do not preach by the hour, sir."

It suddenly dawns on George that the words are addressed to him, and that upon him two thousand pairs of eyes are for the instant focused. Now it is his turn to redden; but the preacher then goes on to speak of those who seek to enter in at the gate and yet are not able. "The reason is because they were never enlightened to see the glory, the beauty, the excellencies, and the preciousness of the heavenly Saviour; nor were ever drawn by the Spirit of love to experience the spirituality of things above. And if they are not enlightened to see the preciousness of the Saviour, nor quickened by the influence of the Holy Ghost to know the unutterable joy, the influence of love, the heavenly glory, the sweet enlargement and liberty of soul, the glory and beauty of Christ's righteousness, of the spiritual fullness of grace that there is in Him" - I say, "if they are not influenced by these things, then there is nothing under the sun so charming to them as sin, or else there is something of earthly treasure to outshine in their view the glories of heaven." Then he tells the story of the young man in the gospel; and urges upon his hearers the importance of caring for the poor and needy. "It will be impossible for you," he adds, "to enter th egate with the love of money and the love of the world in your hearts. I know what it is to enter in at this gate, and to enjoy my God, as much as any man in this world; and I tell you that you cannot dwell in God and enjoy Him while you hoard up in your affections anything of this world, for that will keep Him out. God bless the hints I have dropped. I add no more."

After a hymn and the benediction the chapel empties itself, and many of the people wait outside to get a glimpse of the minister as he walks through the courtyard to his carriage, George and John Keyt among them. While waiting, the people discuss the sermon. "He was on it tonight," says one, referring to the doctrine of election. "How sweetly he [28] put those thoughts about the bit of God in us, and the bit of us in God," says another. Here the principal doors of the chapel open, and Huntington, accompanied by Lady Sanderson, Mr. Goulding, and Mr. Bensley, walks through the crowd to his carriage, followed by a hundred God-bless-you,-sirs. The coachman gives his horses the whip, and the night swallows them up. By this time a little crowd has gathered round John Keyt. One notices William Stevens, John Eedes, the Rev. Thomas Burgess, Christopher Goulding, Cornelius Tozer, and other godly men. Tozer, who has taken down the sermon in short-hand, displays his manuscript. "The Doctor was as forcible as ever to-night," says Eedes, "but he ages fast." "Believe me, we shall not long have him with us," says Goulding; "he has never been himself since that last fit." Stevens links his arm with Keyt's, and the two, accompanied by George, walk home together, conversing on the influences of the Holy Spirit.

"And what," asks Keyt of George, "most struck you in the sermon?"

"The preacher's method of explaining scripture with scripture," replies George. "Then, too, he seemed to know my thoughts. It was like holding up a glass to my face."

"He never omits disagreeable truths," observes Keyt, "nor tries to soften anything down."

George is not sure that he likes that comment, but Keyt, good man, intended nothing personal. Then, too, George had not relished the remark made by the Preacher when he looked at his watch; however, he soon recovers, and here solves that when he gets back to Little Slumberly he will read his Bible attentively, and compare the preacher's words with the contents of the sacred page. He has been set thinking; but matters will not rest there: he will go to hear Huntington again.

In the preceding Passage I have attempted to picture an evening at Providence Chapel, nothing more, however, than a feeble idea has been given. The intense earnestness Of the preacher, the inflections of his voice, the atmosphere of the place - alive as it were with electricity - all these I was unable to convey. Both minister and people at Providence Chapel. indeed, were terribly in earnest.

William Huntington was a unique preacher of the 18th century. A special instrument for God, a prophet to his generation.

Extracted from Wright's, "Life of Huntington".

BARBED ARROWS FROM THE NAKED BOW OF WILLIAM TIPTAFT

William Tiptaft a graduate of Cambridge University was ordained in the Cathedral at Wells in March 1826. In January 1817 his soul was quickened by the Holy Spirit and consequently his ministry became a power for God in the land. He [29] was led to clear views of the doctrines of free and sovereign grace and adorned those doctrines by a life of perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. He was successively curate of Treborough and Stogumber in Somersetshire before being appointed in 1829 to vicar of Sutton Courtney near Abingdon. He resigned from the Church of England ministry in 1831 and built an independent Chapel in Abington which he largely financed by his own self sacrifice. He eventually became a Particular and Strict Baptist. Above all he was a faithful preacher of the Holy Word and God gave him very many seals to his ministry. Recently his memoir by his friend J. C. Philpot came into my hands. I read it with great profit and collected the following arrows from its bow-Editor.

"In the baptismal service we thank God in the Surplice for regenerating children, and then put on the black gown, go into the pulpit and tell them in plain terms that they were not born again. Our Liturgy makes every baptised person a member of the true Church, and we have to address them as such when we know to the contrary their fruits. And the catechism is so full of errors that I am sure no one with a glimmering of light will teach children it."

"If they turn us out of the Church of England, we shall see our way clear: for we both think that if a mother ever had a daughter our Established Church is one of Rome's."

"Blessed be God for the little I do trust that I do know of myself as a vile sinner, and of Jesus Christ as a precious Saviour."

"The clergyman who preached against me is a wine-bibber a great card player and a fox-hunter."

"It is not coming near to the truth, it is not the letter of the gospel that will convert men but the Spirit."

"When I talk of the holiness of Satan as an angel of light, and his ministers as ministers of righteousness, they look upon me as they did upon my great Master with hatred and contempt, and cry out like the very sins in His day of humiliation, 'He hath a devil and is mad; why hear ye him'?"

"Very few preach the gospel and a blind guide ought not to be followed for we know what the consequences will be."

"The dead have no ears, but when the gospel is preached, ears are given by the Spirit to the vessels of mercy lying burned in the ruins of the fall, that they may hear the sound and be taught of God."

"In a few words this is the gospel: Christ lived and died for us; all He did was for us, and all we do ought to be for Him. This is the gospel, this is the glad-tidings."

"If what I preach is not foolishness to the natural man, know assuredly that I preach not the gospel."

"Remember, when you are bold for the religion of Jesus Christ, you will not be considered a pious or good man, but a very bad man, nay very wicked, a blasphemer and a deceiver."

"The learned and great find the doctrines of grace great foolishness, and they are constrained to bear a testimony to the truth by saying so."

"It is not receiving the gospel in word only but in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance which saves."

"Having an interest in Christ and knowing it, you are rich indeed; you are a son of God; you have a glorious mansion prepared for you; and you are sure to have it for Christ can no more do without you, than you can without Christ."

"It is an inestimable blessing to be taught the value of God's Word, so as to prize it, and to give much time to reading and meditating upon it."

"You will meet with many professing to love the true doctrines [30] of the gospel; but alas! they at the same time love their sins, and too evidently show themselves to be boasters, proud, covetous, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God."

"You must not infer from what I have said that I am against the blessed doctrines of grace: I only would not have you prize that knowledge which puffed up."

"All knowledge, without the knowledge of Jesus, will avail nothing."

"The true Christian has a single eye. Have you one?"

"It is the life which condemns the professing world."

"Happy and blessed are they who have not the spirit of the world ruling in their hearts, but the Spirit of God, so that they may understand the things freely given them, such as justification by the Blood of Christ, pardon of our every sin, promises of help, support, and strength to overcome the world, the flesh and the devil, and a certainty of our being more than conquerors through Him who died that we might live, who was made sin for us that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him."

"Satan does not care how much knowledge you have in your head, so long as he can keep possession of the citadel of your heart. Consequently he will change his position thousand times, before he will surrender his hold. But God's grace must and will dethrone him."

"My vicarage is freehold, and I know not what authority the bishop has over me. He could not turn me out if I went to Meltan to hunt and gamble. But preaching the gospel in dark villages is a dire and heinous offence, being 'so very contrary' to the Word of God. Such a change that even the very apostles never heard of, and whosoever commits it is worthy of bonds and imprisonment, or even death itself."

"It is only the grace of God in the heart that makes men manifestly new creatures in Christ Jesus."

"He is not a Christian who differs in sentiment only from the world, but in practice."

"If I love money more than Christ, woe is me."

"If there be no root to a man's religion it soon withers and dies."

"Every Christian must know the plague of his own heart."

"True religion is the life of God in the soul."

"The heap of professing Christians would be very small if the chaff were sifted out."

"it is a great mercy that God's children are dangled on the knee and put into the bosom a little at first; for if they had a view of their difficulties, they would fault."

"But the more the Lord's Spirit operates upon our spirit, the more unintelligible will our language be to those who know not God."

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Biographical Notes On Dr. Bob Jones, III

A third generation preacher, Dr. Jones attended Bob Jones Academy and Bob Jones University, having received the Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. He has taken additional graduate work at North-western University and New York University. He holds honorary Doctor's degrees from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College, Owatonna, Minn.; San Francisco Baptist Theological Seminary, San Francisco, Calif.; and Maranatha Baptist Bible College, Watertown, Wisc.

Dr. Jones has served in numerous capacities at Bob Jones University including speech teacher, assistant Dean of Men, assistant to the President, and Vice President. He also serves on the university's executive committee of the Board of Trustees.

The young fundamentalist minister is unable to fill all the requests he receives for evangelistic campaigns, youth rallies, and other religious gatherings. His speaking engagements have taken him to all parts of the world, and frequently he is conductor of tours to the Holy Land and Europe.

Dr. Jones is an accomplished actor. His dramatic roles in Christian films produced by the University's motion-picture unit, Unusual Films, have been widely acclaimed.

He, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Gospel Fellowship Association, a worldwide Christian organization with numerous missionaries in five continents, and serves that organization in the capacity of Vice President of the Board.

Few young preachers have ever been so widely known and greatly used of the Lord in Christian education or in the pulpit ministry as has Dr. Bob Jones, III.