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Editorial: AFERMATH

The election is over. The people of Ulster had an opportunity to make their choice and the results indicate what the choice is.

In 1970 Rev. Wm. Beattie and myself entered the old Stormont Parliament after a fierce battle against the treachery of the Official Unionist Party. I won the Prime Minister Terence O'Neill's seat in the Bann Side and Wm. Beattie won South Antrim. Now after twelve years Mr. Beattie and myself return with nineteen other colleagues. This is a phenomenal success as far as Ulster politics go and it would not have been possible without the blessing and help of Almighty God.

The campaign was of the fiercest, the media lining up in a well-ordered and well-planned conspiracy to destroy us. The B.B.C. spent a very large sum of public money in an opinion poll which concluded that the D.U.P. would go down in defeat with only 15% of the poll. The agency which produced this opinion poll is Dublin based and financed by liquor interests. So, we have Rome, the media, the ecumenical churches and the liquor interests, with the dirty tricks department of the Westminster overlords, all aligned against us. Instead of defeat God Almighty intervened on our behalf and gave us a great victory.

The real battle now commences to make the Assembly work in such a way that our Ulster heritage can be saved, and the long hard slog back to security, progress and peace, commences.

The fact that five I.R.A. front men were elected proves what we have always maintained, that a sizeable section of the Roman Catholic population, inspired by the teachings and practices of their church, support the terrorist murderers. In the last few days terrible deeds of blood have been committed and many more are in the offing. Those who claim to be Protestant must not allow themselves to be goaded into dark and awful deeds of criminal retaliation. Such deeds do not advance the Protestant cause but rather sink it into the same hellish level as the I.R.A. What is more, this is what the enemies of Ulster want in order to achieve a state of civil war from which they conclude they will harvest a united Ireland.

Every believer must now seek God's face in prayer for a further divine intervention which alone can secure peace. "Let us not be weary in well doing, for in due season we shall reap if we faint not."

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THE NEW REVISED AUTHORISED VERSION

I have a very timely and a very important message to deliver this evening - The Battle of the Versions - The New Revised Authorised Version - The R.A.V. Is it yet another faithless perversion of the Scriptures, or is it a faithful version of the Word of God?

As you know during the past days this New Revision of the Authorised Version of the Holy Bible has been published, and I am grateful to the publishers for sending me a pre-publication copy. They also sent to me some extracts from the same, some weeks ago, and I have been giving this matter my serious study and careful attention.

THE THREE GREAT SENTINELS

By way of introduction could I say that God has set three great sentinels in His Word. Open your Bible and turn to the fourth chapter of Deuteronomy, and in that fourth chapter at the verse 2 you will find the first great sentinel guarding the Word of God, "Ye shall not add unto the Word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you". So at the beginning of the Book there stands this sentinel.

Then in the centre of the Book there stands another sentinel. Turn to the Book of Proverbs at the chapter 30, verse 6, "Add thou not unto His Words, lest He reprove thee, and thou be found a liar". The second sentinel stands in the centre of God's Word.

Then turn to the twenty-second chapter of the Book of the Revelation - the last Book of the Bible, verse 19, the third sentinel, "And if any man shall take away from the Words of the Book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this Book". So we have guarding the Word of God, at its commencement, in its centre and at its conclusion, these three great sentinels, the red burning lamp of warming, warning men to keep their sacrilegious hands off the Precious Word of God.

TWO CONTRASTING CONTRASTS

Now let me say to you there are two contrasting conflicts in the Bible between the Devil and between mankind. The first took place in the third chapter of the Book of Genesis. Turn to that chapter and you will find the first recorded words of the Devil, "Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field, which the Lord God had made, and he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden. And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees [4] of the garden, but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden God has said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die". The first utterance of the Devil recorded in the Scripture is his challenge to the absolute authority and finality and infallibility of God's Precious Word, "Yea, hath God said". This is a direct challenge of Satan to God's Precious Word.

Now Eve made a threefold reply. Notice it very carefully, it is of utmost importance. First of all, she made an omission from God's Word. Attacks on the Word of God are made by omitting passages of Scripture. Notice, she omitted the words, "every" and "freely" - Genesis 2:16, "Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat". Eve said, "We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden". Note the omission of the vital words, "every" and "freely", omitting the Word of God.

Secondly, she added to the Word of God. Not only omission from God's Word, but addition to God's Word. The second line of attack is to add to the Scriptures. Look at it, Genesis chapter 3, verse 3, Eve added the words, "Neither shall ye touch it". Compare this with Genesis 2:17, "Thou shall not eat of it".

Then, thirdly, the alteration of God's Word. The third line of attack is to alter the Word of God. Omit some passage, add to some passage or alter the Word of God. Eve altered the certainty, "Thou shalt surely die", God said in Genesis 2:17. Eve said in Genesis 3:3, "Lest ye die". What happened? Eve fell, she gave the fruit to Adam and he fell, and every one of the human race has been cursed with original sin and iniquity ever since.

When I come to the New Testament I see the last Adam. He is approached by the same Devil, and what weapons does He use? Turn to Matthew chapter 4, and in Matthew chapter 4 you have the battle between the second Man, the Lord from Heaven, and Satan, and you will notice in verse 4 He says, "It is written". In verse 7 He says, "It is written", and in verse 10 He says, "It is written".

Changing, altering, adding to God's Word brought the fall. The Lord Jesus Christ by standing on the Word of God brought about Satan's defeat, and eventually our redemption. Hence the importance of God's Precious and Holy Word!

THE FIRST PREREQUISITE - A BELIEF IN THE FULL PLENARY
INSPIRATION OF THE WORD OF GOD

Now there are some necessary prerequisites to a faithful translation or revision of the Holy Scriptures. One, those that translate must believe the Bible to be God's Infallible Word. If they don't believe it is God's Word then they will handle it as if it was a writing by human beings - a writing stamped with the fallibility and inaccuracies that are common to mankind. But if they are totally and absolutely and altogether committed [5] to the Verbal Inspiration, the plenary full Inspiration of the Bible, then they will handle it with the reverence that it deserves and calls for.

When I take up one of these Versions, the first thing I say, "Are the translators committed to believe in the Infallability and Inerrancy of Holy Scripture? Remember the men that gave us the Authorised Version were totally committed to the Infallibility and finality of God's Word! I am glad to say that the translators and the revisers of this New Revised Authorised Version were all committed to the plenary and verbal Inspiration of the Bible.

Could I just quote you something that George Bernard Shaw said (he was no Fundamentalist, he was an infidel). He said of the Authorised Version, "The translation was extraordinarily well done, because to the translators what they were translating was not merely a curious collection of ancient books written by different authors in different stages of culture, but the Word of God Divinely revealed through His chosen and expressly inspired scribes. In this conviction they carried out their work with boundless reverence and care, and achieved a beautifully artistic result." So even the infidel George Bernard Shaw pointed out that the grand prerequisite to the wonder of the Authorised Version was the fact that its translators and revisers were dedicated to a belief in the full Inspiration of Scripture.

This revision meets the first prerequisite that those who took part in its production were bound and sealed to a belief in the full plenary and verbal Inspiration of the Word of God, and, of course, I welcome that.

THE SECOND PREREQUISITE IS THAT THE MANUSCRIPT USED MUST BE THOSE THAT ARE NOT CORRUPTED

The second prerequisite is that the manuscripts used must be those that are not corrupted. Anything that comes from Rome is suspect. Anything that comes out of a monastery I put a question mark at it. That is why as a Fundamentalist I do not accept the Vaticanis or Sanaticus manuscripts. Many hundreds of copies of the uncorrupted texts of the New Testament are available. These are commonly called "the received text". The special blessing of Almighty God on those English Versions written and grounded on this "received text" from Tyndale's translation culminating in our own Authorised Version of 1611 has been a God given testimony to the unchallengable truth that his foundation is solid rock.

The Reformation, the second Reformation under the Puritans, the Evangelical Awakening under Whitefield and Wesley, the second Evangelical Awakening under the great preachers of the nineteenth century, those great movements of the Holy Spirit owed their origination to and their continued power and progress to those Versions of Holy Scripture, founded and grounded in its New Testament part on the received texts. God has set His seal that this foundation is truth.

Now I am glad to say that the Revised Authorised Version takes the 'received texts' for its basis in translating the New Testament. There is not [6] the same controversy over the Hebrew text. The Hebrew text is generally accepted to be one and the same, and there is not the controversy over it as there is over the New Testament text. So on the second prerequisite the Revised Authorised Version meets that prerequisite.


THE THIRD PREREQUISITE IS THE USE OF ITALIC PRINT

Thirdly, any faithful translation, in order to be absolutely accurate and yet to meet the criteria of intelligence, must make the use of italic print. If you look at your Authorised Version, let us just turn to one text of Scripture, perhaps a ready reference would be a Psalm. Let us look at Psalm 128, verse 2, "For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee". Now if you look carefully at that Psalm 128, verse 2, you will find the word shall and the work be, and the words it shall be are in italics. That means there is no word in the original Hebrew that those words are a translation of, but they are put in there as an accurate translation, bringing out intelligently the meaning of the passage, but in reverence and in holy awe they are printed in italic that you can know there is no word in the Hebrew that is equivalent to them. So through your whole Authorised Version there is the use of the italic type in this way.

I am glad and pleased that the Revised Authorised Version follows that proper and reverent procedure, so that we can see by the use of italics just exactly what words are placed there by the English translators or revisers to bring out the full sense and meaning of the text alone. There are no words in the original that they are the translated equivalent of. So that also is very important.

HOW TO TEST A TRANSLATION

Now it is quite easy to test any translation of God's Word. Let me lay at once this lie, of the modernists, "Except you are a competent Greek or Hebrew scholar you cannot stand in judgment upon these modern translations of Scripture". Jude verse 3, "The faith which was once delivered unto the scholars?" You never read that in the Bible. "The faith which was once delivered to the saints". The modernist says, "You ignorant fundamentalist people, how dare you stand in judgment upon our scholarship!" I say, thank God, God did not give the faith to the scholars, He gave it to the saints. The woman tomorrow morning (I was going to say, at the washtub) operating the washing machine, if she is born again knows more about real divinity than the greatest scholar who is still a natural man and cannot understand the things of the Blessed Spirit of God.

TEXT NO. 1

There are eight texts of Scripture, and any translation of the Word of God must be tested by these eight texts of Scripture. The first text is Genesis chapter 3, verse 15, (and these texts have all to do with the [7] Person of the Lord Jesus. "What think ye of Christ, Whose Son is He?" That is the test question, and if this Book answers these questions, then it fulfils another prerequisite of being a faithful translation of God's Word).

Genesis chapter 3, verse 15, I will read this to you in this Version. (Could I just say before I do that, there is another matter which I will come to, and it is the dropping of "Thee" and "Thou" in this New Version. I think that that is an act of folly, and I will come to that in a moment or two).

Let us look at these Scriptures, Genesis chapter 3, verse 15 (in the New Revised Authorised Version). "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed, He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel". So you will notice that in the Revised Authorised Version this translation is faithful to the meaning of the text, and it brings out the fact that Christ shall bruise the head of the Devil and the Devil shall bruise the heel of Christ.

TEXT NO. 2

The second great test text of Scripture is in Psalm 45, at the verse 6. (By the way, every believer should learn off these texts. They should have them at their fingertips, because these are the cardinal texts of God's Precious Word on the Deity of the Blessed Son of God). "Your throne, O God, is every and ever". Keep your finger in that passage, and look at the cross reference passage in Hebrews chapter 1 and verse 8, and you will see the significance of that passage in reference to Christ. Hebrews 1:8, "But to the Son he says (and I am still reading out of the Revised Authorised Version), Your throne, O God, is for ever and ever". So it is clear that the Revised Authorised Version in this text stands up to full scrutiny, because in the modern versions this text is manipulated and altered, so it reads entirely different and takes away the Deity of the Lord Jesus Christ.

TEXT NO. 3

The third test text is Isaiah 7:14. The great text of the Virgin Birth of the Lord Jesus Christ, "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel". Again the text is a faithful rendering of the Word of God, and it stands up in that text too.

TEXT NO. 4

The fourth test text is Romans chapter 9 and verse 5: (this is the text that smashes to smithereens Unitarianism), "Of whom are the fathers, and from whom according to the flesh Christ came, Who is over all, the eternally blessed God". Once again a faithful rendering of the text in this Revised Authorised Version. [8]

TEXT NO. 5

The fifth text is I Timothy chapter 3 and verse 16, "And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness, God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, Seen by angels, Preached among the Gentiles, Believed on the world, Received up in glory". Again this text stands forth displaying the full orb Deity of Jesus Christ.

TEXT NO. 6

The sixth test text is Ephesians 1:7, "In Him we have redemption through His Blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace". Once again this text gives forth a faithful rendering of God's Holy Word.

TEXT NO. 7

Acts chapter 20, (the seventh test text), verse 28: "Therefore take heed to yourselves, and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit had made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God, which He has purchased with his own blood". Once again this test text stands up and gives a faithful declaration of the Deity of Christ; that the Blood of Christ is the Blood of God. "Purchased with His own Blood".

TEXT NO. 8

The eighth test text is one we are all familiar with, the Gospel in a nutshell, Martin Luther's little Bible, John's Gospel chapter 3 and verse 16, "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life".

Now in these eight vital test texts this Revised Authorised Version comes out with a full plus mark.

I wish that I could now stop and say to you: 'Well, if you do want a Bible in modern English I advise you to get a copy of the Revised Version', but, alas, with all these pluses which are very important, and I would not want to minimize one of them, (I have sought to set them out with great clarity to you this evening), alas, this Version of Scripture, this New Revised Authorised Version of Scripture, gives away all its pluses by the most dangerous, deceptive and damaging system of footnotes, and it is to be regretted that the footnotes of this book are just the New English Bible repeated completely.

REGRETFUL DROPPING OF "THEE" AND "THOU"

Let me say, just by the way, that I regret the dropping of 'Thou' for God in the Bible. I think that when we address God and use the Word 'Thou' it [9] has a dignity and a reverence. When we stoop to the colloquialism and use 'You' to God, I think we lose part of that devotional reverence that we ought to have for Deity. Let me just illustrate it. Turn to Psalm 102; those great verses, verses 24 to 27. Let me read them to you, they are beautiful in rhythm; they are majestic in speech; they are devotional in reverence: "I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days; Thy years are throughout all generations. Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands. They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment: as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed: But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end". There is a beauty, there is a rhythm, there is an inspiration, there is a devotion about that language that is unsurpassed and unsurpassable!

Now let us turn to the Revised Authorised Version, and let me read you that in this book: "I said, O my God, do not take me away in the midst of my days; your years are throughout all generations. Of old you laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you shall endure: yea, all of them shall grow old like a garment: like a cloak you will change them, and they will be changed. And you are the same, and your years will have no end".


You wouldn't compare the two passages in language and in devotion.

So by doing that and omitting the 'Thees' and the 'Thous', especially in reference to God, I think that this Revised Authorised Version has lost and jettisoned a great deal. Of course that could be a matter of argument, but not so the footnotes, these damaging, these divisive, these deceptive and dangerous footnotes. (Let me say something more. When they undermine the Word of God they become diabolical, because it is the Devil's aim to cast doubts and aspersions on the veracity and integrity of Holy Scripture).

POISON IN THE FOOTNOTES

Alas, those who made this revision saw fit to insert in footnotes the poison which appears in the texts of the many modern perversions of God's Word. The footnotes of the Revised Authorised Version are all the more damaging, for, as we have seen, the main texts are faithful and true, so people will say, "This is a good text. This is an acceptable text. This meets the prerequisites". Then in the footnotes you have the poison, the very same poison that is in the main texts of the New English Bible, the Revised Standard Version, The Common Bible, Good News for Modern Man, and to a lesser extent in the New International Version. The poison is there.

Let me show you some very important things. Turn to John chapter 4, and in that fourth chapter of John's Gospel you have the conversion of the woman at the well, and it is a great passage of God's Precious Word - a passage that is important because it bears testimony to Christ. [10] Look with me at the verse 29, and in our Authorised Version she says, "Come, see a man which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?" She is convinced He is the Christ, and she says, "Come, see a man which told me all things that ever I did: is not this the Christ?"


The Revised Authorised Version reads, "Come, see a man who told me all things that I ever did; could this be the Christ?" The reason for that weakening comes out in verse 42, "And said unto the woman, Now we believe, not because of thy saying: for we have heard Him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world". (A.V.) The Revised Authorised Version reads, "Then they said to the woman, Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we have heard for ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ", and the footnote adds, "The text omits 'The Christ'," and when I turn to the New English Bible, what is omitted in the footnote of the R.A.V. is in the text of this New English Bible. So what they have done, they have simply removed it from the text and put it in a footnote. I could give you many many scriptures where this takes place. Take, for instance, that controverted passage of Mark chapter 16. The great battle is 'that from verse 9 to verse 20 is not Scripture'. The modernists reject it and they say, 'this is not part of the Word of God'.

In the R.A.V. we read these words, "verses 9 to 20 are bracketed in the text as not original. They are lacking in codex, senratic and codex Vaticanis, although nearly all other manuscripts of Mark contains them".

So instead of standing solidly for the Received Text they put in this deceptive and dangerous footnote intimating a double that this is not part of the Scriptures at all.

Then when we come to that other controverted passage, John chapter 8, the story of the Lord and the woman taken in adultery, the R.A.V. in its footnote states that verses 1-11 are bracketed as not original insertions. So again there is the highlighting of this by the adversaries of the Scripture which originates in the Devil's aspersion of the Scriptures.

ONE VITAL PASSAGE

There is one passage of Scripture that is of the utmost importance, and because of time I cannot give you any more examples, I could go on and on and on, but turn to Luke chapter 23, verse 42, "Then said he to Jesus, Lord, remember me when Thou comest into Thy kingdom", (and here it is) "Then he said to Jesus, Lord, remember me when you come into your kingdom", and there is a footnote, "And he said, Jesus, remember me". The dying thief did not own Him as Lord. No man can all Jesus 'Lord' but by the Holy Ghost. We have the same thing that is in the main text of the New English Bible here in the footnote of this Revised Authorised Version.

This is a very serious matter indeed, because the main texts of this Revised Authorised Version meet the prerequisites, and thinking [11] evangelical people who know these main texts and take up this book and study it, they will say, "Yes, these texts are good", and perhaps they might even recommend it to some new convert, but that new convert is going to have in the footnotes all the poison of all the modern Versions.

One word that I must tell you. That great text that I spoke of in I Timothy chapter 3 and verse 16, "God was manifest in the flesh". They have the pernicious footnote, the text reads, "Who was manifest in the flesh". The Word 'God' is jettisoned, and, of course, that is the modernistic twist on the passage; that He wasn't God, it just refers to Christ as 'Who was manifest in the flesh'.

I regret that those responsible for this Bible have fallen into this satanic trap, and into this trap they have indeed fallen.

ARCHAIC WORDS

I am not so sure either that they have been careful in bringing out the full and proper meaning of words in our Authorised Bible which have a different meaning today in the 20th century as they had in the 17th century. For instance let me give you one example, I Samuel chapter 17 and verse 6, (we all know this passage, the passage about Goliath and David), it says, "And he had greaves of brass upon his legs, and a target of brass between his shoulders". Now in our modern idiom a target is something that you fire at. Did he carry something on his shoulder that was to be fired at? No, the old meaning of 'target' was 'a shield'. The Scottish clans went into battle with a target shield on their hand to protect them. So the meaning of the text is, he had this shield of brass upon his shoulders. One would have thought that in this so-called modernising of the Bible for the readers of the twentieth century, that would have been brought out clearly, but I notice that they depart completely from the meaning of the text and the text reads, "He had bronze greaves upon his legs, and a bronze javelin between his shoulders", which makes the thing absolutely ridiculous. How did he carry a javelin between his shoulders? I am afraid that this Bible which was supposed to update the archaic words, (give them their proper meaning now in our contemporary English), and make the obsolete words meaningful to us today, it has even failed in even that objective.

STICKING TO THE OLD BOOK

As far as this Church is concerned, needless to say we will be sticking to the old Book. Let me just say, "Incomparable in its faithfulness, majestic in its language, and inexhaustible in its fruitfulness, this time honoured Version continues to reveal to millions the, matchless grace of Him Whose Name is the Word of God and Who is crowned with glory and honour."

The Authorised Version is that Version of the Scriptures in the English tongue which bears upon it as no other the signal seal of Heaven's [12] approval in the great revivals of the church since the Reformation. All came to the English speaking peoples of the world through the reading and preaching from this Volume, and what is more, the Authorised Version is not only the fruit but the root of the great Protestant Reformation. This can be established from its literary pedigree. Our present English Version was based on the Bishops' Bible of 1568, and upon Cranmer's of 1539 which was a new edition of Bishop Matthew's Bible of 1573, partly from Coverdale's of 1535, but chiefly from Tyndale himself.

Who was Tyndale? The man who sealed with his life's blood the first translation of the Word of God that ever was printed in the English tongue. Wycliffe's Bible was not printed, it was copied out, printing was not then in existence, but Tyndale gave us the first printed copy of God's Precious Word.

"The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul".

I trust we will receive the engrafted Word, and every one of us will know the Incarnate Word which is revealed in the Inspired Word of God.

May God bless His Truth, for Jesus' Sake!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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PRIMATE TAKEN TO TASK OVER R.C. CATHEDRAL VISIT

The minister of Armagh Free Presbyterian Church, the Rev. S. B. Cooke, has taken the Lord Archbishop of Armagh, Dr. John Armstrong, to task over his recent attendance at an interdenominational service in St. Patrick's R.C. Cathedral.

Mr. Cooke deplores his visit and points to the Church of Ireland's own Articles of Faith to back up his arguments.

In his statement the Free Presbyterian minister says: "During the recent 'Armagh at Home' day, Dr. Armstrong, Primate of the Church of Ireland, is quoted as saying that the real object of the events was to bring both sides of the community together. He specifically referred to the importance of the religious services which he hoped 'would help all of us to move towards the road of reconciliation'.

We were informed that he personally attended the R.C. Cathedral, and that Protestant children were encouraged to do likewise.

While all right-thinking decent-minded people desire to live in peace and civil harmony with their neighbours, and by the way, the total defeat of the Roman Catholic I.R.A. would go a long way to achieve this end, I think it is highly reprehensible for a Protestant Church leader to imply that we can be reconciled to the doctrines and teachings of the R.C. Church.

Dr. Armstrong's own Church in its Articles of Faith denounces in no uncertain terms the beliefs of the Church of Rome.

For example, in Article 31, the mass which is the centre of the worship in the Cathedral that Dr. Armstrong visited is called 'blasphemous fables and dangerous deceits'.

In Article 28 the doctrine of transubstantiation or the change of substance of the bread and wine at Communion into the actual body and blood of Christ which the R.C. Church believes, is called 'repugnant to the plain words of Scripture', and leads to 'many superstitions'.

In Article 22 the worship of saints and veneration of images are utterly denounced.

Most important of all, the Church of Rome rejects God's great plan of salvation whereby a sinner can be justified, pardoned and saved on the grounds of the once-and-for-all, never-to-be-repeated sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ upon the cross at Calvary.

In view of the plain teaching of the Word of God it is hard to understand how a Protestant Churchman can call Protestant people to reconcile themselves to such apostasy. May I remind Dr. Armstrong that the official teaching of the R.C. Church regarding reconciliation is clearly stated in the Pope's 'Decree of Ecumenism'.

In this encyclical it openly asserts that the involvement of its clergy in the ecumenical movement has but one aim in view, namely, the gradual [14] yet complete capitulation of Protestantism to the claims of the so-called 'one and only true church'.

Therefore in the light of these facts, how can truth and error be reconciled together? The Bible has the answer. It is not reconciliation but separation.

'Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty'. (II Cor. 6:14-18).

This has been the position of every reformed church that believes the Bible to be the final authority of faith and practice regarding its attitude concerning spiritual fellowship with the Church of Rome.

If Dr. Armstrong wants to become a Roman Catholic, that is his own business. As a Protestant leader he has no right to advance such a policy upon the Protestants of this Province.

One of the resolutions proposed at the '12th' demonstration complimented the Northern Bishops of the Church of Ireland upon their stand regarding the report of the Anglican/Roman Catholic International Commission which advocated the Pope as the Head of a United Church and made the comment that the Church of Ireland must not include any departure from its reformed and Protestant character.

It seems to me that the words and actions of Dr. Armstrong cast a shadow over their hopes", concluded Mr. Cooke.

[15-20 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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REPORT FROM SPAIN By Rev. John Hanna (Missionary to Spain)

I am delighted to be here this evening and to have the opportunity to share with you in this evening of fellowship, especially when the emphasis is on the mission field, and it is a joy to be here. Dr. Paisley asked me at the Presbytery meeting on Friday night if I would come along this evening, I told him I was on holiday but I might as well have said nothing, because he said I would be here anyway, so here I am. It is a joy to be here, and also to be able to share with you something of what the Lord has been doing for us in the land of Spain.

There are two verses of Scripture I think that sum up very well everything that I would want to report. You will find them in the first Epistle of Thessalonians chapter 5, verses 24 and 25 of that chapter: "Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it". Verse 25 says, "Brethren, pray for us". "Faithful is He that calleth you - Brethren, pray for us".

As I look over the past 51/2 years that we have been serving the Lord there in the land of Spain, very specially looking back over the past 2 years, because 2 years ago we were here doing deputation meetings, and we had a meeting with you here in the Church at that time. But looking back over those years we can say, "Faithful is He that calleth you". The Lord has been very faithful to us. I think they have been two of the most difficult years in my ministry for the Lord until this moment in time. We have known the darts of Hell against us. We have known the attacks of the enemy - the Devil, he has been opposed to us in every step we have sought to take for the Lord. I am not going to go into all the details of that, but it has been two very difficult years for us, and yet looking back we can say that the Lord has been faithful. The Lord has always stood with us. There have been the times when we have been downcast; times when we have been very discouraged and depressed, and yet the Lord has always been faithful, and has always caused us to triumph in the Lord Jesus Christ.

We went back with the aim and purpose of trying to commence a work in a town called Fuenlabrada. I am sure you have seen that name written down in some of your prayer letters. You may not have known how to pronounce it, but it is FUENLABRADA. It is a town of just over one hundred thousand people, and during the past two years we have been seeking to labour in one particular part of that town. We tried different means of reaching the people. First of all we made up a Correspondence Bible Course, and we made up literature to present this Bible Course. The idea was to go around with the literature and put it into all the letter-boxes of that area. We distributed something like 10,000 pieces of propaganda offering this Bible Correspondence Course, and from that we hadn't one reply. Of course we were discouraged, but we knew that if first you don't [22] succeed try, try again, and so we decided to go personally round the doors, because the first time we just put the literature into the letterboxes, so we decided we would go from door to door and as a means of introduction we used a questionnaire, a very simple questionnaire asking questions, for example, "Do you believe in God?", "Do you believe that God can forgive you for your sins?", "Do you believe the priest can forgive you for your sins?", questions like this. This was only a means of opening up conversation, and we also used the Bible Correspondence Course that we had prepared. We took a copy of this with us on the doors. We showed it to the people, and encouraged them to accept this, it was free of charge, and to do this study in their own homes, and the ideas was that we went with just the first chapter. The Bible study contains some thirteen chapters in all, and the ideas was that every week or every two weeks you could go back with another chapter of the study and so have an opportunity to get to know the person better; to build up a friendship; to build up the confidence, and eventually to be able to get into the home and study the Scriptures personally with the people.

At present we have something like fourteen people who are doing that Correspondence Course in their homes, and every two weeks I go back with another chapter of the study, and there are also some questions at the end of each chapter. People who do the questions give us an opportunity to discuss the questions and therefore opens up the possibility of witnessing further to them of the Lord Jesus Christ.

About two months ago I was calling at one home with another chapter of the study, and the lady said to me, (it is usually the womenfolk that are there, for the menfolk are out at work), she said to me, would it be possible to call in the evening time as her husband would like to speak with me, and we arranged a day and a time, and I called and the man more or less wanted to know what this was all about. For an hour and a half we had the opportunity just to sit and talk to him about the Scriptures and talk to him about the Lord, and the man showed quite a bit of interest. We discussed a number of things from the Word of God, and he had particular difficulties with the Authority and the Inspiration of Scripture. Of course that is normal with the Roman Catholic mentality, but this was even more so with this man, because there was a time when he had been brought up in the Roman Catholic Church, and when he came into his teens he more or less rejected the teachings of Rome, and for a time says that he was an atheist. He had also some contact with the Mormons. So you can appreciate that he is fairly confused.

We got him some literature dealing with this subject in the Scriptures, and I went back a few times to the home and we talked at great length and he kept bringing up all the problems and difficulties that he could see and find in the Word of God. The Lord really undertook for us, especially one evening when we had a great opportunity to witness at length, and after dealing with the problem they just sat and listened as we talked to them [23] about the Gospel and about Christ. Then I suggested to him that it might be profitable if we were to commence a Bible study in their home, and each week give one evening to the study of the Scriptures, and he was very keen to do this. I gave him my testimony. I spoke of others in our Church there in Alcorcon who had been saved and changed by God's grace. He said to me, "That is what I am looking for. That is what I want. I would like to have the faith that you have, and to believe as you believe, but I cannot". I said to him, "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God, and therefore we should get to the Word of God and we should study it". He said, "But I don't believe the Bible". So we started off again and I said to him, "The best thing to do for the moment, let us accept that the Bible is the Word of God. Let us just accept that and leave it at that, and on that basis let us study and see what the Word of God has to say about some great subjects like sin, about salvation and so forth". He accepted that, and about a month ago we decided to meet on a Friday evening. We met at 10 o'clock at night. That is not the hours you are used to here for a Bible study, but he works until after 9 o'clock, so we decided to commence the Bible study at 10 o'clock.

We have had four studies with him so far, I usually conduct the study for about an hour, and we had finished our study about 11 o'clock or 11.05 which I thought was reasonable enough, because he had to rise the next day to go to work, and I didn't want to be keeping him out of bed. Then he began to talk and again we began the discussions from various things from the Word of God, and we sat until a quarter to one. I have never been able to leave that home any night before a quarter to one. Such is his interest and desire, and yet it seems from the outward appearance that he is so full of problems, and he has so many difficulties and so many problems that he keeps bringing up, but I believe the Lord is working in that man's heart. We are really trusting and praying. I want you to pray for this man, his name is Emilio Lopez. Pray for him and his wife. They have two little boys. Pray that the Lord will really work in this man's heart. This would be a tremendous break and a tremendous opening for us if God was to save this man and save his family. If we could see this family won for the Lord it would be an opportunity maybe even to get a service going on the Lord's Day, and that is what we are really striving to do. We trust that you will pray especially for this family. There are others. One other woman especially has even spoken to me about the possibility of having a service at home. Of course I explained to her, (she being a Roman Catholic), what we believed and what we stood for. She had studied quite a bit of the study at this time. She said, "Well, of what I know of the Roman Catholic Church and what I have read in your Study, I am more in agreement with you than I am with the Roman Catholic Church". So the Lord is working in the hearts of these people, and it is good to see it.

The progress is very slow, but we believe that the Lord is working, and we trust that as these seeds have been sown in the hearts of these people [24] that you will pray fervently that the Lord will very soon give us the fruit.

As well as that, from October last year, we have had the responsibility of preaching in all the services in the Church at Alcorcon. The reason is that just at that time the minister of that Church had an illness. The doctor recommended that he should have a complete break from study and from preaching, and so up until recently he has been unable to preach. That meant that we had to commence preaching on the Lord's Day and in the Mid-Week Service there as well. The Lord very definitely undertook for us. Of course there is always the difficulty with the language, but the Lord has been helping us, and I have been very glad of that opportunity, it has helped me a lot personally with regards to the language.

So as we look back we can say that Faithful is the Lord. "Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it". That is the promise that we hang unto.

Then it says, "Brethren, pray for us". I am convinced tonight in my heart that the success of the Free Presbyterian work in Spain will be as the result of the prayers of God's people. God answers prayer, and we need to continue to hold unto the Lord in the place of prayer. We trust that you will continue to hold us up at the Throne of Grace. We do appreciate the prayers of God's people. We know that many have been praying for us, and our names have been mentioned here from time to time, and we appreciate that, and we trust that you will be encouraged to pray on for that work there. I was here one Lord's Day, about two weeks ago, in the evening, and a number of people caught me by the hand and said that they prayed for us every day, and that is a great encouragement. We trust that you will continue to pray for us in that work.

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OFFICIAL OPENING OF COLERAINE NEW FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Saturday, 16th October, 1982 was a day that will be long remembered in Coleraine, as it marked a great step forward in the work and witness of the Free Presbyterian Church.

A total of 900 people gathered to see the Coleraine congregation's new Church at Bushmills Road officially opened by the Moderator, Rev. I. R. K. Paisley. Rev. G. Whyte, minister of the congregation, called upon Rev. John Wylie, founding minister, to hand over the key of the new building to Dr. Paisley, who then declared the building open for the preaching of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The occasion was highlighted by the fact that it was the silver jubilee of the work and witness of the Church.

Psalm 100 was the theme of praise and the congregation was led in prayer by Mr. P. Millen (student minister). Rev. William McCrea excelled in song.

The pulpit text, 'My defence is of God', Psalm 7 verse 10, was instrumental in the selection of Psalm 62 for it spoke of the defence, preservation and protection of God over the past 25 years.

The Chairman conveyed words of thanks and appreciation to all who had assisted in the building of the Church, and especially to all the members of the congregation, whose names were not publicly [26] mentioned, but whose team-work was essential in 'this work of faith'.

Special thanks were extended to the congregation for their sacrificial financial giving over the past 18 months and to other friends of the congregation, also to all those who donated items of church furnishings.

Greetings were brought from other churches by Rev. J. Hartin (Portavogie).

Dr. Paisley presented Rev. Wylie with a beautiful clock to mark the occasion. Presentations were made to Rev. Whyte by Mr. Albert McIntyre (Clerk of Session) and Mr. Melville Smyth (Church Secretary) on behalf of the congregation and members of session and committee in appreciation of his labours on the site. Mrs. Mary Henry presented Rev. Whyte with a cake in the form of the Church, superbly finished in every detail.

A letter of congratulations was read from Mrs. McIlreavy who, as a foundation member of the work, rejoiced in its advancement over the years.

The offering hymn was then sung and Dr. Paisley read from 2nd Chronicles, chapter 7, verse 1-4, introducing his subject by emphasising the necessity of the Glory of God in the House. He then went on to his text which was lst Kings 5, verse 17, and preached on the subject, 'A good foundation', referring to the Lord Jesus Christ as the only true foundation, 'The hewed stone, the costly stone, and the great stone'. It was his delight, he said, not to be opening a house for 'entertaining the goats but for feeding the sheep'. [27]

Dr. Paisley solemnly charged the minister and reminded him of his great responsibility in proclaiming the message of 'justification by faith alone'.

The service was brought to a close in prayer by the Rev. John Long (Rasharkin).

Tea was served to all in attendance by the ladies of the congregation, to whom, it was stated, a great debt of gratitude was owed for every effort rendered in the preparation of the Church and in the provision of the food.

A three-week mission, which commenced in the Church on Sunday afternoon, 17th October, not only saw the House packed to capacity, but also the excellence of the preaching of the Moderator when twelve souls acknowledged their need of salvation. Monday-Friday under the preaching of God's Word by Rev. John Morrow (Ballynahinch) resulted in six souls being saved.

Approximately 600 people gathered on Sunday afternoon, 23rd October, to hear Dr. Paisley preach and six souls came through for the Lord.

As the mission continues nightly we look to God for even greater things, knowing that none but Christ can satisfy.

G. Whyte (Minister).

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SOD CUTTING CEREMONY AT NEWTOWNARDS

Saturday the 25th of September was a day of rejoicing for the congregation of Newtownards Free Presbyterian Church, not only was it their anniversary but was also the day the first sod was cut for their new Church building.

The Service, which began at 3.30, was attended by many from neighbouring congregations, including some from as far as Clogher Valley. It was planned to have an open air meeting, but due to heavy showers the crowd of just over 200 were accommodated inside the present Church building.

The former minister in charge, Rev. J. Hartin, opened the meeting in prayer and the Rev. P. Greenfield ministered in song. Other visiting ministers included, Rev. R. Stewart, Rev. T. Baxter and Rev. D. Creane.

The minister of Newtownards, Rev. T. A. Dunlop, in welcoming the Moderator and the visitors made reference to the need for a strong separated witness in Newtownards.

Mr. Dunlop said that although he was conscious that he had entered into the labours of others, in Newtownards, still it was a special day for him in that it marked his first anniversary there as the first ordained minister to the congregation. The Free Presbyterian Church, he said, depended not on frills or thrills in its evangelism and he rejoiced that at the end of his first year the plain preaching of God's Word had brought its own results. The congregation had almost doubled in numbers and many souls had been saved, with the communicant membership also being increased.

The highlight of the occasion, however, was the sermon preached by Dr. Paisley. Taking as his theme the first mention of the word 'dig' in Scripture, Dr. Paisley preached from Gen. 21-22 and ch. 26.

He said that the wells which Abraham had dug and which Isaac reopened had lessons for the Church of Christ. There were fine things connected with the wells that had a direct relationship to the Church. In Gen. 21 there was the well itself, the seven ewe lambs, and a tree planted, and in Gen. ch. 26 an altar and a tent completed the list.

Looking at these fine things in relation to the Church we see that the tree is the centre of witness to the Church. Dr. Paisley said that the Church goes from strength to strength as it preaches the Cross. May we never look for the spectacular or the entertaining of the world but continue to preach the Cross of Christ.

The well itself, he said, was only a receptacle, it contained the water, a channel only. Salvation is not in the Church, but the Gospel well can be brought to men through the Church and it can supply the needs of all.

The ewe lambs were not for sacrifice but for witness, and the witness of the Church is the witness of new born lambs into the fold. Souls saved were the witness to the uncircumcised Philistines round about. [29]

The altar spoke to us of prayer and dedication. The Church of Christ never prospered except when the altar of prayer was in good repair. We must be constant in prayer and dedicated to the work at hand. Finally, there was the tent. It was a temporary dwelling, signifying that we are moving forward, forward in progress, forward in battle, forward until the day when the world meets the Lord in Glory.

The congregation was very attentive as the Moderator elaborated on these things with great liberty and freedom, and a blessing was felt by all who heard.

The truth was expressed in lighter vein when at the actual cutting of the sod, as Mr. Paisley handed back the spade to Mr. Dunlop, he said, "I trust that you will not only dig a well here, but a grave for apostasy and all false doctrine, and may it be a Sadducees grave, from which there is no Resurrection."

The offering that day came to eleven hundred and forty-five pounds, with a promise of another two hundred, and, just at the time of writing, another dear lady has given a gift of 1,000 pounds. With the steel structure being gifted and the tiles also as a present, our hearts give thanks to God for His goodness, through all His servants, and we look forward to times of refreshing in Newtownards.

STOP PRESS

We thank the Lord for answered prayer in connection with the court case arising out of the Pope's visit to Britain last May.

Fourteen members of the Free Presbyterian Church, arrested after a protest during the Pope's visit to London agreed to be bound over to keep the peace for a year.

Charges of using abusive and insulting words and behaviour likely to cause a breach of the peace were withdrawn at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court, London, after they agreed to be bound over.

The men, including six clergymen and three missionaries, took part in a demonstration, on May 28, near Victoria Station, said Mr. Christopher Coghlan, prosecuting.

"The language they used was such that members of the public retaliated", he said.

He asked for the defendants to be bound over, and Mr. Howard Shaw, defending, said the men would all agree to this.

Magistrate E. McDermott bound them over in the sum of 500 to keep the peace and be of good behaviour for a year.

After the hearing Mr. Paisley denied that swear words and foul language had been used.

"My ministers believe you do not take the Lord's name in vain. As for the Pope being an anti-Christ, that is the Presbyterian faith", he said.

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HOME CALL OF MRS. EMMA WYLIE

"Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies" (Proverbs 31:10).

"Her children arise up, and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her" (Proverbs 31:28).

We were saddened to learn of the Home-call of the wife of our beloved brother the Rev. John Wylie. Mrs. Wylie passed to be with her Lord and Saviour on 24th October.

The high esteem in which Mrs. Wylie and the family were held was manifested in a large congregation attending the funeral in Coleraine Church. The Rev. George White, Minister of the Church, conducted the service, and the sermon was preached by the Moderator, Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley.

Dr. Paisley, speaking in the Martyrs Memorial Church a few hours after Mrs. Wylie's Home-call, said:

"Those of us who knew Emma Wylie knew her as a real woman of God, a woman that didn't possess great health but possessed the grace of God to bear her afflictions patiently. I don't think in all my long knowing of the Wylie family that I ever saw Mrs. Wylie being flustered or put out. She took all things as from her Lord's hand, accepting them as part of God's Sovereign will, and rejoicing that, 'He knows, He loves, He cares, Nothing His Truth can dim, He does the very best for those that leave the choice with Him'.

I'm sure she had an abundant entrance into the Lord's Kingdom. Heaven's gain is our loss as a people, and to our brother John we say, 'We are with you brother in our prayers, we are with you in our love, we are with you in our sympathy and we want to weep as you weep and to hold your hand in this time of grief'."

Prayer: "Father in Heaven, we pray for our brother and colleague the Rev. John Wylie today, that God's good hand may be near to him. Oh, God, we pray that you would indeed stand by him in this darkest of dark hours. Help him to cast his care on God, for God cares for him. And we pray that God's peace and God's help and God's blessing may be with him. Bless the members of the family, Jane, George and Trevor, we pray Thy hand upon them, and their loved ones and their families. Give them Thy comfort and Thy help we pray. Oh, God, we pray that Thou wouldst teach us all to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to spiritual things, so that when our time comes we too will be ready. We bless God for Emma Wylie, and one day we will, by Thy grace, bless God with her."

AMEN AND AMEN!

 

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"CHRIST DELIVERS THE MAN OF THE GADARENES, POSSESSED WITH THE LEGION OF DEVILS."
A sermon preached by Dr. Jones in the Martyrs Memorial Church

The story which was read to you from the fifth chapter of Mark is one of my great favourites in the New Testament. A marvellous story it is. The Lord had an appointment with a man who did not know it, and to keep that appointment He set out across the sea - The whole purpose of that voyage to the country of the Gadarenes was to meet this man. It must have been a terribly important appointment, because Satan himself put up a storm to try to prevent the Lord's arrival. The Devil knew he could not destroy the Son of God. The waves were high and the winds were crossways and backwards, and the ship was being hindered in its progress, and the Devil did not wish this appointment to be kept. But the Lord stood in the bow of the boat and spoke, and the waves like little puppies, tucking their tails between their legs, lay down and went to sleep, and the sea was calm and the winds ceased, and He arrived on schedule. Thank God He moves on schedule; never a moment early nor a fraction late. The Lord is always there at the appointed time. It is interesting that the Clock of Eternity moves on schedule. There is never a second's delay, and nothing is ever rushed ahead. I don't know which is the greatest sin amongst Christian people, to drag behind when God says 'Move', or to try to rush ahead of Almighty God. Jesus Christ set His face like flint to go to Jerusalem to die on a Cross, but He did not hurry it, He went on the time appointed. Knowing Lazarus was ill He lingered yet four days before He went to the place where His dear friend was lying. Always on schedule, everything is done and God shall have the glory. Get that straight my friend, God will have the glory. Evil men may wax worse and worse, and seducers may have their moment, but in the light of eternity the glory shall be the Lord's.

He arrived, and there, out of the tombs, a man ran to meet Him. Another Gospel says there are two of these men. One comes to Jesus, there is nothing said about the other, but perhaps he fled back into the tombs again. "Out of the tombs". How appropriate that this demon-possessed man came out of the tombs, for sin always produces death, and men in the power of Satan are in the grip of death and are dead unto righteousness.

Please do not misunderstand me. I do not believe every sinner is demon-possessed, but I tell you one thing is certain, every man who has not been redeemed by the Lord Jesus Christ is demoniac controlled and under the power of Satan. You are a subject of the High God of Heaven or you are in dominion to the prince of the power of the air. There is no middle ground. You may deny the existence of demons. You may say there is no spirit like the spirit of uncleanness, but, my friend, I tell you on the authority of the Word of God, demons are real and their master Satan, terrible creature, evil and wicked and vile, has as his objective the destruction of all life, but nobody can frustrate God in His plans. [32]

Here this demon-possessed man comes all dirty and grimy and naked, unclothed, terribly marked, for his long and broken fingers have torn the skin from his flesh; covered with the bites from the insects, marks of his own teeth in his flesh; dirty and vile and unclean and naked. My friend, that is a perfect picture of the ravages of sin.

If you had as I have had in my years, spent time working in rescue missions and penitentiaries, you would know what sin can do. Unclean, covered with dust that hasn't been washed off in months and weeks, and maybe years. From lack of food and nourishment, terribly nervous.

This man runs to Jesus. There is something in this man's heart that cries out for release and for one moment these spirits that bind him, and control him, and indwell him and rule him, lose their sway just long enough that he runs and cries to Jesus.

It is wonderful to see a sinner come to Jesus! No one ever comes crying to Him but he finds release. Nobody ever asks for salvation in faith, but salvation is given and faith is honoured. No man ever turns to Jesus but has his needs met, and all of his sorrows vanquished and all of his tears washed away.

As this man comes the demons begin to speak. There is one chief demon who seems to be the captain of the group, and the Bible uses a rather strange language here. He speaks but he answers, "We are many", and he seems to be the voice of many, and he comes saying, "What have I to do with thee?" You will notice his term of address. He doesn't call Jesus 'Lord'. He does not call Him 'Lord'. There will be a day when demons shall fall at His feet and cry, 'Lord' and 'Christ' to him, for everything in Heaven in earth and under the earth shall one day acknowledge His Lordship. They recognise the fact that He has a power over them, "What have I to do with thee?" For he said to them, "Come out".

Poor man desiring relief and bound so secure by demoniac power, whose name is Legion for there are so many. There is no time to account all their names, "We are just a legion, that is all". They are as nameless as a regiment in the time of battle. Simply an army of Satan that has possessed the citadel of one man's body, and captured one man's heart.

(This Article will be continued in the December Issue.)