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MY LETTER TO PRESIDENT REAGAN

Dear President Reagan,

I am the Protestant Minister to whom you have refused entrance into your country.

You may be interested to know that I received the largest vote ever recorded in British history for any public representative, when I became the first elected Member for Northern Ireland to the European Parliament. I am also a Member of the British House of Commons and of the Northern Ireland Assembly. I served in the Northern Ireland Parliament as Member for the constituency formerly held by Northern Ireland's Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon. Capt. Terence O'Neill, M.P. Following the prorogation of Northern Ireland's Parliament I was elected to both the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Northern Ireland Constitutional Convention.

I enclose a copy of a letter I received from the Prime Minister of the Irish Republic and a copy of my reply. Enclosed also, for your information, is a Report of the debate recently held on this subject in the Northern Ireland Assembly.

No pressure whatsoever from any quarter will subvert the democratically expressed wishes of my people to remain outside the Irish Republic - a Republic which adopted a neutral stance during World War II, officially protesting the landing of the first American troops on the soil of the United Kingdom. Today the Irish Republic stands outside the Western Alliance.

The action of your Government in refusing weaponry to the Royal Ulster Constabulary to help them in their fight against terrorism in Northern Ireland, gives the lie to your loud profession of support for the forces of law and order worldwide.

It may be that it suits your Government in pandering to the Irish Republican vote to put our Police Force at a disadvantage, so that the I.R.A. can carry out their campaign of murder against both Protestants and Roman Catholics.

Ulster Protestants are the successors of the Scots/Irish and your knowledge of the history of your own country will of course indicate the stubborn and determined stuff of which they were and are made. They will never capitulate to the I.R.A., the Dublin Government, or any other interfering power.

Sincerely,
Ian R. K. Paisley.

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TRIBUTE BY REV. FRED BUICK

On Monday 31st of January tragedy struck Port Lincoln Free Presbyterian Church. About 11 o'clock that day Mr. Robert Parker was called to be with the Lord. Robert was a foundation member of the church there in South Australia, after having obeyed the call of God to separate from apostate Methodism some years previously. A pleasant cheerful young man, Robert will be very much missed by all his friends who knew him, and loved him.

Those who have had the privilege of hearing Robert preach God's Word remember him as a solid Fundamentalist preacher with a sincere passion for souls. His faithful presentation of the great truths of the Bible proved that he knew the Lord Jesus Christ in a personal saving way, and desired strongly that others would find the same spiritual joy too. His preaching, which was a blessing to many of his own fellow countrymen, took him as far afield as the North of Ireland, where he spoke in many Free Presbyterian churches. He represented Port Lincoln Free Presbyterian Church at the Easter Convention in Martyrs Memorial Church, Belfast, in 1978, where he and his wife made a wide circle of close friends. [4]

MAN WITH A VISION FOR REVIVAL

Since the inception of the Free Presbyterian work in Port Lincoln, it was Robert's burden to see the hand of God upon the people with Revival power. Many were the times when God's faithful servant cried out to Heaven for a stirring of the Holy Ghost for Australia, reminding the Lord of His promise in Isaiah 55:10, 11.

Robert's desire for the movings of the Holy Spirit of God was accompanied with a practical conviction against modern day ecumenical treachery. He with two other members of the Port Lincoln church protested at the World Council of Churches Assembly, which was held in Melbourne in 1980.

HUSBAND AND FATHER

Robert Parker will be sadly missed by the minister and people of Port Lincoln Free Presbyterian Church. Of him we can say that he "was a good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith" (Ac. 11:24). Most of all he will be sadly missed by his wife Judy and four children - Caroline, Andrew, Michael and Alison. We assure his family of our love and prayers for them all in these sad days.

Thank God we sorrow not as those who have no hope, Robert has now entered into God's immediate presence which is "far better". We say not "Goodbye" but "Good night" - we will see you in the morning. May the Lord raise up another faithful man to take the place of our dear brother in Jesus Christ.

Rev. John Douglas writes:

Robert and his family had been visiting Western Australia on holiday. He and his wife sat on the beach for a time on that Monday morning when he decided to go for a walk along the coast.

When Robert failed to return, extensive searches of the countryside and sea were unsuccessful in finding any trace of him.

Aged 41, Robert was a committee man as well as Sunday School Superintendent in the Church at Port Lincoln and will be undoubtedly missed.

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CHRISTIANS IN THE CLUTCHES OF COMMUNISM by Richard Barry

Imprisoned Russian believers endure cold, hunger, beatings, and even death, enjoying the "religious freedom" in the Soviet Union

At the end of the summer of 1979, 21-year-old Galina Vilchinskaya praised God in her heart as she travelled to her home at Brest in the Soviet Union. She had just spent the summer teaching at a camp for children in another town, and now Galina felt mounting excitement as she neared home and made preparations for her up-coming Wedding. But Galina never reached her home. Her trip was abruptly cut short when members of the KGB arrested and imprisoned her. Galina Vilchinskaya had done the unpardonable - she had taught children the Bible.

The judge at Galina's trial sentenced her to a concentration camp in the extreme eastern section of the U.S.S.R., some 7,000 miles from home. In this primitive camp - filled with criminals, sickness, and unsanitary conditions - Galina struggled to survive. By the time she was released in late August, Galina's skin was covered by boils, her teeth were loose, and her hair had fallen out. Still, despite threats from the camp officials, Galina continued to share the Gospel with her fellow prisoners. "I didn't come here to sit idly with my hands folded on my lap," she said. "I am compelled to speak to these perishing sinners about Christ."

Galina's story is shocking by western standards, but it is not an unusual one in the Soviet Union. In Russia, many imprisoned soldiers of the cross endure cold, hunger, beatings, malnutrition, forced labor, and possible death - all because of their staunch faith in God. While Christians in the West lead lives of relative comfort and luxury, their brothers and sisters in Christ behind the Iron Curtain continue to live - and die - in persecution.

To understand why the governments of Communist nations persecute Christians, one must consider the origin and nature of Communism. Karl [6] Marx, author of the Communist Manifesto, stated that "Communism begins with atheism" and believed that "the critique of religion is the basis of all critique." It should not be surprising then that the Communist Party's newspaper, Pravda (Truth), has declared, "To overcome religious belief is an important condition to the success of our advance toward Communism . . ." To put it simply, any nation that seriously pursues Communism must oppose Christianity and all religious beliefs in order to achieve its goal. One writer on the subject sums up the discussion by declaring that "Communism is in fact itself a religion that demands man's total commitment. That is why it cannot tolerate another religion, and it is vain to pretend that Communism and Christianity can be compatible."

Christians certainly oppose Communism, but their weapons are love, prayer, and the Word of God. Atheistic Communists, on the other hand, will use any tactics in their attempt to strangle Christianity.


Of course it is true that the Soviet Union permits a number of churches to continue operating, but these are primarily for propaganda purposes. The effectiveness of this ploy was demonstrated during Billy Graham's May 1982 visit to Moscow. At the end of his six-day trip, the evangelist announced that he had encountered no religious persecution and affirmed that it would be wrong to may there is not freedom to worship in the U.S.S.R. Yet in light of the Soviet regime's record of religious oppression, one is forced to think that Graham is either incredibly naive or deliberately deceptive. Even during this same stay, Graham saw a young woman quietly unfurl an English banner reading, "We have more than 150 prisoners for the work of the Gospel," and then roll it up again. The woman was taken into custody. When later asked if he knew her fate, Graham replied that he did not know, saying, "Some people can be detained for all kinds of reasons,." Regardless of all the propaganda and showcase examples, true religious freedom is a myth in the Soviet Union.

In Russia, simple religious activities that are taken for granted in the free world may bring swift punishment. For example, a church cannot legally function without first being "registered" by the state, but because the government refuses to register many churches, they are compelled to worship secretly, without legal sanction. The owner of a house in which such worship services take place may be fined, have his home confiscated, or be sentenced to a labour camp. After several fines and threats, 53-year-old Vladimir Protsenko of Leningrad recently received a three-year sentence for allowing a congregation to gather in his home. Printing Bibles, distributing Christian literature, witnessing - all of these are punishable acts for Soviet citizens.

Russian Christians are also sometimes placed in psychiatric hospitals in an attempt to "cure" them of Christianity. Such was the case of Ivan V. Lasuta, who was hospitalised after a secret trial. While there, he asked his doctors, "What would happen if I renounced my belief in God? If I no longer went to meetings and stopped praying, what would you do with [7] me?" The answer? "If that happened," they replied, "we would release you immediately to go home."

The physical treatment imposed on prisoners of the Communists is often harsh. One young preacher has recounted an experience in which he was locked in a windowless room with other prisoners in the middle of winter. These men saved themselves from freezing to death by lying on each other. Those who were on the bottom had to frequently trade places with those on top because of the extremely cold temperature of the cement floor.

Despite all the hardships, Christians in the U.S.S.R. have not suffered from a weakening of their faith. To the contrary, believers in all Communist countries often grow spiritually to such a degree that a comparison makes Christians in the free world look as if they are merely "playing church." Just as Christ taught believers to love their enemies, these faithful ones love and pray for the persecutors who hate them. A touching illustration of this fact comes from a Rumanian Christian who was exiled after spending 14 years in prison. This man tells, of an incident in which a beaten and bleeding pastor was cast into his cell. After the prisoners had washed the pastor's wounds, some of them began to curse their captors. "Please, don't curse them," the beaten man pleaded. "Keep silent! I wish to pray for them." This spirit of love certainly outshines the attitude exhibited by those free Christians who begin to grumble when the pew is a little hard, or if the preacher takes an extra ten minutes to finish his sermon. Still, by and large, it is not the suffering that these warriors of the faith wish to discuss; their favourite topic seems to center upon Christ's matchless power to sustain in the midst of adversity.

Far too many believers in non-Communist countries are indifferent to the plight of the suffering brethren. Such indifference is disobedience to the Lord's Word. Does not Galatians 6:2 instruct, "Bear ye one another's burdens"? More specifically, Hebrews 13:3 teaches, "Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body." Generally speaking, we Christians in the West are too comfortable. We are so accustomed to having religious liberty that we have become self-centered and have forgotten our responsibility to encourage and pray for God's persecuted children, as well as praying for the authorities over them.

The best way to help oppressed believers is, of course, by diligently praying for them. Another good way to encourage imprisoned Christians overseas is by writing them and their families. This is made possible through the work of good organizations like the International Representation for the Council of Evangelical Baptist Churches of the Soviet Union, Inc. The IRCEBC prints a free quarterly publication with information on recent persecutions and lists the addresses of prisoners and their families. It is not necessary to know Russian to write them because many people in the U.S.S.R. study English. Unfortunately, censorship makes it difficult for them to return letters, but recently [8] released prisoners have joyfully expressed gratitude for the letters they received during their times of testing. For more information, concerned individuals in the United States can write to: Prisoner Bulletin, P.O. Box 1188, Elkhart, IN 46515.

(Reproduced from Faith for the Family).

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500th ANNIVERSARY OF LUTHER'S BIRTH: MARTIN LUTHER'S TEXT

Every born again believer has a special text - the text upon which like a life raft they cast their soul and so are brought to Jesus.

Martin Luther's text was Roman chapter 1, verse 17, "The just shall live by faith."

Martin Luther in many senses was the greatest of all the Reformers. No soul among the galaxy of the great Reformation fathers was loftier, brighter, braver and yet more tender than the German Reformer.

In these meditations we will consider his predestination by grace, his generation according to the flesh, his preservation by Providence, his domination by Rome, his justification by faith, his proclamation against indulgences, his separation from Rome, his translation of the Bible, his jubilation in song, and his glorification at death. "The just shall live by faith."

LUTHER'S PREDESTINATION BY GRACE

God chooses the weak things but God never chooses weaklings. God's Sovereignty in the choice of Luther as His instrument in the great work of Reformation is a demonstration of free grace indeed. One hundred years before Luther commenced his great crusade against the Papacy John Huss the Bohemian martyr prophesied of one who would come and call Rome to give an account of the way they had treated him. His dying testimony was that after a hundred years had come and gone they would give account to God and him. Now counting from the year this testimony was given, 1415, to the year 1517 when Luther wrote his famous Thesis against Indulgences we find that one hundred years had expired.

In his massive and monumental work "The Acts and Monuments of these latter and perilous times" touching matters of the Church, John Foxe the martyrologist, has a most interesting section on prophesies going before Martin Luther. These reveal that Luther was most certainly a special instrument chosen by God's free unmerited grace. "The just shall live by faith."

LUTHER'S GENERATION ACCORDING TO THE FLESH

On November 10th, 1483, at Eisleben in the Duchy of Mansfield in Germany, Luther was born. His birth was on the eve of the Festival of the so-called Saint Martin of Tours, hence his christian name. His surname is derived from Lother, meaning poor. Immediately after his birth his father, [10] Hans Luther, knelt beside him and prayed this remarkable prayer:

"God make my son as poor as his name."

This prayer was abundantly answered. Philip Melanchthon, Luther's greatest colleague in the Reformation conflict, had this to say of Luther's mother: "She was endowed with many virtues which befitted an honest woman, and was especially well known in prayer and religious duties so that she was regarded as an example of virtue and fidelity."

Martin Luther had a God-fearing father and mother, although they were steeped in all the superstitions of Rome, yet they longed after the salvation which their son so ably proclaimed in latter days, and were known as praying parents.

This should be a great encouragement to every praying father and mother. The prayers of a father and the prayers of a mother will not go and cannot go unanswered. "The just shall live by faith."

LUTHER'S PRESERVATION BY PROVIDENCE

Martin Luther was preserved in Jesus when his feet made haste to Hell. He had wonderful escapes from death. When as a student at Erfurt University he was seriously ill, a sickness which showed every symptom of being fatal laid him low at the very jaws of death. God graciously raised him from what seemed to be his deathbed. Upon recovery Luther set out for home to see his parents. On the way he fell and the sword which he carried cut one of his arteries. He started to bleed to death. As his companions were seeking help Luther held the end of the artery and so staunched the wound and saved his own life. One of his companions was assassinated but Luther escaped a similar fate. One evening coming home with his gay companions from entertainment of which he was a leading spirit, a great thunderstorm broke forth, a great flash of lightning struck Luther to the ground. His companions thought he was dead but he rose up as if from the grave itself. "The just shall live by faith."

LUTHER'S DOMINATION BY ROME

On the seventeenth day of July, 1505, in his twenty-second year Luther left the University and entered the Augustinian monastery at Erfurt. Luther's time in the monastery was a very sad one. Here is what he himself said, "I entered the monastery and left the world despairing of myself. I thought that God would not take my part and if I meant to get to Heaven and be saved it must be by my own efforts. For this reason I became a monk and laboured hard." Of all his vain efforts as a monk to possess eternal life the great Reformer says, "Verily I was a devout monk, and followed the rules of my Order so strictly, and I cannot tell you all. If ever a monk entered into Heaven by his monkish merits, certainly I should have obtained an entrance there. The doctors and theologians told me to do good works and thus to satisfy Divine justice, but what good [11] works can proceed out of a heart like mine - a heart full of evil thoughts and desires?" "The just shall live by faith alone."

LUTHER'S JUSTIFICATION BY FAITH

Forgiveness of his own sins! This is exactly what Luther wanted, so back he went to the Word of God. Here is a Word which fastened upon his inmost soul, "The righteousness of God." Luther could not escape from this tremendous theme. In Romans chapter 1, verses 16 & 17, he read: "For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth. To the Jew first and also to the Greek, for therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith. As it is written, The just shall live by faith." Yes, and the righteousness of God staggered him. "Oh God," he cried, "how can I measure up to Thy standard? Oh God, how can I make myself fit and holy in Thy presence?"

He noticed, however, that the righteousness of God was linked with the statement, "The just shall live by faith." The Holy Light of God's Way of justification by faith alone shone into his darkened and stricken soul.

LUTHER'S PROCLAMATION AGAINST INDULGENCES

The counterfeit gospel of the Roman Antichrist announced to the German people that there was a man sent from the Pope whose name was John. The John of the false gospel was a child of Hell - John Tetzel of Ripzig was an unscrupulous scoundrel, the Pope's knave in one of the vilest money-making rackets ever sponsored by the synagogue of Satan.

On the 30th October, 1517, on the door of the old castle church at Wittenburg, Luther with hammer and nails, fastened up his famous 95 Theses against Popish Indulgences. Each one is important. Each one strikes a fatal blow at the system of Popery and priestcraft. One of these Theses maintained, "To hope to be saved by Indulgences is a lying and an empty hope, although even the commissary of Indulgences - nay, further the Pope himself - should pledge their souls to guarantee it."

This act of Luther, although he himself knew it not, was the beginning of the great separation from the Roman Antichrist.

LUTHER'S SEPARATION FROM ROME

On the 10th December, 1520, the Pope issued his famous Bull excommunicating Luther from the Church of Rome.

The famous Assembly known as the Diet of Worms was convened to try Luther. The newly elected Emperor Charles V presided and summoned Luther to appear. Although many warned Luther not to go, because they viewed the Assembly as a trap of the Pope to ensnare and murder him, he courageously determined to attend. As he stood before that great Assembly he gave his testimony in the following words: "I cannot submit [12] my faith either to the Pope or to the Council because it is clear as noonday that they have often fallen into error, and even into glaring inconsistency with themselves. If then I am not convinced by proof from Holy Scripture or by cogent reasons; if I am not satisfied by the very texts I have cited, and if my judgment is not in this way brought into subjection to God's Word, I neither can nor will retract anything for it cannot be right for a Christian to speak against his conscience. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise, God help me. Amen!"

LUTHER'S TRANSLATION OF THE BIBLE

When Luther left Worms the Emperor prepared an Edict against him. Luther's friends, to prevent his assassination, kidnapped him and hid him in the old castle of Wortberg. There dressed as a knight and called Sir George he was kept in concealment for his own safety.

After much prayer Luther was led to use this period of exile in the greatest of all tasks which he ever undertook, the translation of the Bible into the German tongue. Thus he was enabled to give his nation its greatest treasure, the Word of God.

The Pope fought to silence him but God made him mightier than ever he had been before. So when Luther could not go and his voice could not be heard, God caused His own Precious Word to go through Luther's translation work.

LUTHER'S JUBILATION IN SONG

Luther was the great songster of the reformation. He was the author of the first Protestant Hymn Book. In it he said, "After the example of the prophets and the ancient fathers of the Church to compose German Psalms for the people. I mean, sacred hymns so that the Word of God may dwell among the people also by means of song."

His greatest hymn is, of course, "A Mighty Fortress is our God", which has been called, because of its constant use by the Huguenots of France in the Killing Times, "The Marshallais of the Reformation." These verses of one of Luther's hymns set forth very simply but sublimely the way of salvation:

"My good works could avail me not,
For they with sin were stained,
Free will against God's judgment fought,
And dead to good remain.

Grief drove me to despair
And I had nothing left me but to die,

To hell I fast was sinking,
God saw in His Eternal grace,
My sorrow out of measure,
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He thought upon His tenderness
To save was His good pleasure.

He turned to me a Father's heart,
Not small the cost to heal my smart
He gave His best and dearest
He spake to His Beloved Son
'Tis time to take compassion,
Then go bright jewel of my crown,

And bring to man salvation;
From sin and sorrow set him free

Slay bitter death for him
That he may live with Thee forever
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LUTHER'S GLORIFICATION AT DEATH

How did Luther die? He died in quiet confidence in his God.

Here is a prayer which he offered in the twilight of death just before the dawn of Heaven's Day: "Oh, my Heavenly Father, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Thou God of all consolation, I thank thee that Thou hast revealed to me Thy dear Son Jesus Christ in Whom I believe, and Whom I have loved and preached and confessed, and Whom the pernicious Pope and all wicked men dishonour, persecute and blaspheme. I pray Thee my Lord Jesus Christ, receive my soul into Thy care. Oh, Heavenly Father, although I leave this body, betaken away from this life, I nevertheless know assuredly that I shall be with Thee for ever, and no one can pluck me out of Thy hands."

He was glorified on the 18th February, 1546, at the age of sixty-three.

"The just shall live by faith."


[14-21 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

BEATING INFLATION - THE RIGHT TYPE OF BUDGET, BUYING WITHOUT MONEY
A Sermon preached in the Martyrs Memorial Church by Dr. Paisley, electrically recorded

Isaiah chapter 55, verse 1: ". . . He that hath no money: come ye, buy, and eat: come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."

Those last words, as the Spirit of God would help me, are the words that I want to impress upon you this evening: "without money and without price." All that poor, impoverished, sinful man needs is found in the glorious Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Notice the three metaphors that are used in the text concerning the Gospel. Man needs cleansing and refreshment. The Gospel is likened unto waters - waters for cleansing and waters for refreshment.

Secondly, man needs healing, man needs comforting and man needs joy. The Gospel is likened unto wine - the wine that heals, the wine that maketh glad the heart of man and the wine that comforteth the troubled soul.

Thirdly, man needs sustenance. He needs to be sustained. We are told that everything necessary to man's physical sustenance is in milk. Everything that man requires is in milk. The Gospel here is likened unto milk that sustains, strengthens, reinvigorates and refreshes man. So the Gospel is water for cleansing, it is wine for sustaining and healing, and it is milk for sustenance. Everything that poor, impoverished man needs is in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

There is a law that runs through the Bible, it is called the law of repetition. When God wants to speak, He speaks once, yea, twice, and so my text is repetition: "without money and without price." Why does God repeat that blessed Truth? Because God wants man to know that this is the Truth of the Gospel, it is indeed without money and it is without price.

ONE: THIS TRUTH IS AGAINST ALL MAN'S IDEAS

The announcement in my text runs completely against the ideas of man. They are surprised when they are told that salvation is free. They [22] simply do not believe it, and they will not receive it. They want a salvation that is a mystery. They want a salvation that is filled with difficulties. They want a salvation that is filled with problems.

I was preaching in an evangelistic campaign some time ago, and a critic in the area said, "Ian Paisley makes the way of salvation far too simple. You couldn't be saved like that. He tells the people that if they come Jesus will save them, if they call, Jesus will save them, if they look they shall be saved." This critic said, "That is far far too simple. Salvation, it is sublime; it is mysterious. No preacher should make it so simple."

When I heard that criticism I thanked God for it, it was the best eulogy ever paid to my preaching. It was the best recommendation ever made to my evangelism.

Yes, friend, salvation is simple. I did not say it, but Jesus said, "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out." I did not say it, but God said it, "Look unto me, and be ye saved." I did not say it, but the Holy Ghost said it, "Whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be saved." Man wants a salvation that is mysterious; that is filled with problems; a salvation that is hard and difficult to understand. Why? Because man has made a wrong and biased judgment about God, that is why.


GOD IS NOT AN AUSTERE PERSON

The man who had one talent, wrapped it in a napkin, dug a hole in the ground and buried it. You remember when the Lord came back from His journey that steward dug up the napkin, unfolded the talent and brought it to the Lord his Master and said: "I know that Thou art an austere man gathering where Thou has not strewn." That is what men think about God, "an austere person Who gathers where He has not strewn." Oh, my friend, let me tell you tonight, that is not God at all. The God of this Book, the God of the Gospel, the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ is a God with a mighty heart that throbs in Infinite love and Everlasting compassion for the souls of men. He is a God Who is so interested in man that He lifts up His hand to the Highest Heaven and He swears, "As I live, saith the Lord, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked should turn from his way."

Let me say tonight that fallen man must learn that if he is going to be saved it will be by the free grace of God alone, without money and without price.

MAN HAS A FALSE SENSE OF VALUES

Man has a false sense of values, and man tells you, "only what is costly is worthwhile. You can know the value of a thing by paying for it. What is its price and I'll set the standard of its value." What utter nonsense is that particular theory! What is the most precious thing that your possess? It is life. How much did you pay for it? What coinage did you hand over the [23] counter for it? It cost you nothing, you received it as a free gift of God. You will have taken at the end of this day 17,000 breaths of air, how much did you pay for it? How much did you pay for the oxygen that fills your lungs? It is a free gift of God, without money and without price. Air is priceless. Life is priceless, and yet you would tell me today that Everlasting Life must be bought. No, sir, if you couldn't pay for natural life how could you pay for Everlasting Life?

"If it cost nothing it must be worth nothing," that is what man says. What utter folly! What a deception! The greatest things I was ever given, I never paid for them. What did you pay for a mother's love? What did you pay for a father's affections? What did you pay for home, for love, for friends? You never paid a penny, they are the greatest and most priceless treasures that you, humanly speaking, could possess.

MAN IS FILLED WITH PRIDE

Then man says, "How could it be without money and without price?" Because man is filled with accursed pride. That is what dug Hell and damned the Devil, and that is what is damning souls in the Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church tonight, their pride.

"I will not confess myself to be a sinner. I never did anybody any harm. I have paid my way. I have been honest. I have been decent. I have been upright." Let me tell you, friend, that is the language of a black-hearted, devil-deceived hypocrite, that is what it is the language of.

Do you know what God says in His Book? God says there are two great commandments. One: "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy mind." Would you stand up in this meeting, would you dare to say from the day that you first drew breath, or the day that you first understood and came to the years of accountability, that you have loved the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind? There is not a man in this meeting would dare to say that. Not a woman in this meeting would dare to say that. The greatest sin is the violation of that commandment, and you have violated it times without number. You haven't loved the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.

Here is the second commandment, "And thy neighbour as thyself." You haven't loved your neighbour as yourself every hour of every day of every week of every month of every year of every decade that you have lived, you haven't done it. So you have broken the two greatest commandments; the darkest sin that could stain the human heart stains your heart tonight. Then because of pride you say, "It could not be without money and without price."

MAN IS CONDITIONED BY THE DECEPTIONS OF FALSE RELIGION

Men reject this without money and without price salvation and Gospel [24] because they have been conditioned by the deceptions of false religion. Every false religion tells men that there is something to pay for salvation. That is at the heart of every false religion. Take the great contemporary religions of this age; Mohammedism, Confuscism, Hinduism, Buddhism, they call men to work: "Work, sacrifice, do penance, steel your heart, make every sacrifice possible, perhaps salvation will be yours."

What shall I say of the great Harlot system of Popery? What shall I say this night of that system that poses as Christianity as the one true church, but is as false as Hell itself? What does Rome say? Rome says, "Pay, pay, pay, give me your money, I'll give you my Masses. Give me your money, I'll give you my pardons. Give me your money, I'll give you the Sacraments. Give me your money, and I'll release your friends from the terrors of Purgatory." So the poor, benighted Romanist pays, he pays with his money, he pays with his penances, he pays in his mind. He pays in his heart. He pays in his soul. He pays in his body, and the priest puts his fingers and hands beyond the curtain of death and reaches out to the soul beyond death and Eternity and lays an embargo upon the souls of the loved ones who are gone and says, "still pay, still pay."

False religion has got that lie of Hell embedded in Protestants as well as in poor benighted Romanists, and we have a Protestant Papistry today that tells men: "Come to church. Get baptised. Attend the Lord's Table. Sing in the choir. Teach in the Sabbath School. Attend the means of grace. Learn the Catechism. Repeat the commandments. Read the Bible. Pay for salvation." It cannot be done friend. It is without money, it is without price.

TWO: FREE GRACE A NECESSITY

Oh, my friend, let me say, this announcement runs against the ideas of man, but this announcement is a necessity to a pure Gospel. There is no Gospel that is pure that demands a price of man. I'll tell you why, because God is the Donor of Everlasting Life. It is a gift. You don't pay for a gift, you receive it. You don't tell your friend, "I am giving you a gift but it cost so much, please pay up and then I'll give it to you." What an insult to God that puny little man would say to God, "I'll pay for your gift." The God of Heaven is so High, so Holy, so Majestic, so Pure, so transcending all our thoughts: "My thoughts are not your thoughts. My ways are not your ways. As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways, and my thoughts above your thoughts." The Great Omnipotent All-seeing, All-powerful, Eternal, Everlasting God gives man salvation. He donates it to them, it is without money and it is without price. Any other salvation would insult the Majesty of Heaven and insult the God Who reigns there in Everlasting Light unapproachable.[25]

Then without money and without price it must be because it is above price. They gave thirty pieces of silver for the Son of God. I always wondered why it was thirty pieces of silver, and then I was reading in the Old Testament this week and I discovered that half a shekel, ten geras of silver, was the redemption money for a man of Israel. Three times ten is thirty, because Christ is the complete Man, He is the Perfect Man. Three in Scriptures is the number of completion. Thirty pieces of silver, the price of the Godman identified with sinners, but what is the price of the Godman in the terms of the value of His Life's Blood? What Life throbs within that Human bosom? It is the Life of God Himself. What strength lies in the muscle of that Human arm? It is the Strength of Divine Omnipotence. This is not man, this is God enthroned in Humanity, this is the Godman, "The Word became flesh and dwelt among us."

Who can value God? Will you value God in the things that He created? Is not the Creator Greater than the creature? Who made the gold? God made it. Who laid the silver veins within this earth's crust? It was God. Who put the copper in the mines? It was God. All the copper and all the silver, and all the gold and all the diamonds that God made, would that pay for God? What utter folly!

Salvation is priceless. Salvation could not be bought. No man is rich enough. All men are not rich enough. No bank is rich enough. All banks are not rich enough to bring a treasure together that would even pay for one drop of my Saviour's Blood. But one drop of Christ's Blood could not save anybody; it took His whole Blood, every drop of Blood must be shed, the whole Life must be given. A Life for a life, Substitution, stroke for stroke, blow for blow, Life for life. Without money and without price, why? Because it is Priceless.

Last of all, it must be without money and without price because men are destitute, they have nothing to pay with. If you could see yourself as God sees you, you would not be bargaining, you would not be in the market tonight, you would not be saying, "I'll pay for God's salvation".

You are destitute. You are in rags. From the sole of the foot to the crown of the head there is no soundness in you. I care not what your religion is. I care not how holy and good and righteous you may be in the sight of your fellowman. God says you are a wretched, blind, filthy sinner; that your very righteousnesses are as filthy rags, stinking cloths in the nostrils of God. You have nothing to pay with.

Here I am a sinner in rags. Here I am a sinner torn with sin, polluted with iniquity, with a cancer of sin in my body, the virus of sin in my veins, the fever of sin in my breast. How could I a poor, penniless, destitute sinner pay for God's salvation?

How can a lost soul find himself? How can a poor soul pay a ransom? How can a pauper give to the King a chest of treasure? It cannot be done. If it be not of grace I am damned. If it be not free I am lost. If it be not a gift then I shall go to Hell. But, praise God, it is free, it is as free as the air that you breathe, as free as the natural life that you enjoy, as free as the [26] sunshine that you never paid for that comes down and brightens this old life and gives this earth its light and sweetness and its health. Thank God, God's salvation is free, without money and without price.

THREE: THE WHOLE GOSPEL FOR THE WHOLE WORLD

I can preach this Gospel anywhere and I can go and preach it to every creature. I don't need to call for a select congregation. I don't need to say, "Bring the good people. Bring the rich people. Bring the respectable people. Bring the clever people. Bring the well educated people." No! I can go anywhere under God's sun; anywhere in God's earth and I can stand up and, praise God, I have got a message suitable to everyone. I've got a message that makes a universal appeal for it is about a Universal Saviour, and it is about a Universal Salvation.

Who did God love? God loved the world. Who did He give? He gave His only begotten Son. Who does He save? Whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish, but have everlasting Life. They say, "The preacher makes salvation too easy." They say, "The preacher makes his offer too wide." The Bible says, "Whosoever will, let him take of the water of Life freely." The Bible says, "Come, without money and without price." Buy wine and milk, there is nothing to pay. The Fountain is flowing for your cleansing. The Christ of God stands ready to forgive you and pardon you freely. Oh, this excludes all man's pride. He feels in his pocket and in his pocket there is nothing he cannot pay for it. I'll tell you what is more, I felt in my heart one day and I found nothing there to pay for God's salvation. All I found was sin and misery, and darkness, and blasphemy and despair.

Then this great Truth caught my heart and thrilled my soul and I have been filled and thrilled with it ever since. "Without money, without price." Come, come freely. Come often. Come believing. Come receiving, but in God's Name only come. That is all you have to do, you have just to come. "All things are now ready." The Gospel Feast is prepared. Taste and see that the Lord is gracious. Put away your prejudices. Put away your religion. Put away your pride. Put away your philosophies. Put away your own ideas. Put away the deception of the Devil. Put away false religion and false trust in false gods and come and welcome to Jesus.

What does the text say? "Ho, every one that thirsteth." Is there a thirsty soul in the meeting tonight? This Gospel is for you. "Come ye to the waters," not to the 'water' but to the waters. There is a plentiful supply. Enough water to cleanse you and sustain you for now and forever. "He that hath no money."

I have showed you tonight you have no money, your purse is rent, your money is gone, your righteousness is non-existent, "Come ye, buy and eat, yea, come buy wine and milk, without money and without price."

Did you count the 'comes' in the text? There are three of them, for it is a complete Gospel, it is absolutely complete. Come, come, come now to Jesus. May God help you so to do, for Jesus' Sake!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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TIMES OF REVIVAL IN ULSTER ONE HUNDRED YEARS AGO

Evangelist David Rea was wonderfully converted to God and became a great Gospel preacher. His ministry was accompanied by great bursts of revival power.

We list some of the places he preached and the experiences he had, as told by himself.

BARKLEY, 1875-1876.

I held my first meeting here on a Sunday night. The hall was empty when I entered, but before long my audience began to arrive. They did not, however, recognise me as the preacher.

I sat for some time, while they laughed and jested, and shouted out: "The preacher is not coming to-night." I believe God wished me to see the class of people to whom I had to preach. When I ascended the platform a wonderful change took place. Every head was bowed in shame, and none could look up.

I took for my subject Jonah i. verse 6,"What meanest thou, O Sleeper? Arise, call upon thy God, if so be that God will think upon us, that we perish not."

I was much helped of the Lord in warning the sinner to "flee from the wrath to come." A deep solemnity pervaded the meeting, and one young woman was brought to Christ that night. A remarkable work of God commenced, and in a few nights the cries of the anxious were heard above the singing, and soon the place was too small to hold the people.

I received a message from the Roman Catholics, of whom there were several hundred in that place, requesting me to preach outside, before going into the hall, as they desired to hear, but dared not go in. This I gladly consented to do, and about three hundred listened with rapt attention every night, until the priest came to know of it, and ordered every door to be closed. Yet they sent me word to continue to preach, as they could hear me inside their houses. I had a good voice, thank God, and went on preaching, though I did not see one of my audience. [28]

On one occasion, just as I had commenced speaking a Roman Catholic boy, who was lying very ill, on hearing me, asked his mother the cause of the noise. She replied, "It's the preacher." He requested her to lift him up to the window, and he died ere I had concluded. I trust that he accepted Christ as his Saviour, and, through the Precious Blood, passed to be forever with the Lord.

Nine of one family were brought to Christ here during this mission.

The blessing spread throughout the country for miles around, and it was not unusual to hear hymns of praise to God being sung at midnight in the open air.

A brother named James Bothwell, a native of this place, and his wife helped me all through the work. He became a real shepherd to the young converts. We endeavoured, as far as we were able, to establish them in the Word of God, and commenced a Sunday morning meeting at an early hour for that purpose. This was a great benefit to the babes in Christ, and many unconverted were brought to know the Lord in these gatherings. On one occasion I had to walk all night in order to attend this meeting. I became very hungry and sleepy, and had to rest twice by the way.

I often tried to preach on the streets of Keady (which is a short distance from Darkley) on market and fair days, but on every occasion I was so violently treated by the opponents of the Gospel that I had eventually to desist from any further effort to preach in the open air in this town.

BESSBROOK (First Visit), 1876.

This was another place of much blessing. I had been invited to preach in a certain meeting-house there, but was afterwards informed that the Committee, on reconsidering the matter, had decided not to proceed with the mission, and I was advised not to come. I replied that I was determined to go, and that I could preach in the open air.

On coming into Newry, on my way to Bessbrook, I was told of a gentleman named Egan, a true Christian, who would be glad to accompany me. I called upon him, and he and another young man came with me. When we arrived at Bessbrook, we marched through the streets singing. The inhabitants seemed impressed, and listened very attentively while we conducted a most solemn meeting in the centre of the town.

One young woman, belonging to the Society of Friends, stood at a distance, as she afterwards said, ashamed to come near. Yet God spoke to her where she stood, and she was led to Christ. She became an active Christian worker, and all Evangelists visiting here were heartily welcomed at her mother's house.

The Friends (known as "the Quakers") proposed lending us their Tabernacle in which to conduct our services, but the attendance was so large that we were obliged to continue the meetings in a field close by, and have frequently seen almost one thousand people remain at these until ten o'clock at night. [29]

On one occasion I was interrupted while speaking by four persons shouting out that they had just been saved.

The Spirit of God moved on the hearts of the people throughout the whole country for miles around, but some religious leaders raised a lot of opposition.

In one of our most solemn gatherings, when I announced the after-meeting, the entire congregation remained. We did not know, however, that the Devil had about eighty men, ready to create a disturbance. As soon as I had made the announcement, the ringleader came forward, in a menacing manner, evidently with the intention of assaulting me. Some of my friends withstood him, and in a short time there was fearful panic, and blood was flowing freely. The police were sent for, and obtained the names of my assailants, against whom summonses were afterwards issued. All, however, was for the furtherance of the Gospel.

Mr. Richardson, of Moyallen, kindly invited the young converts to tea at his house, and between eighty and ninety responded to the invitation.

I was requested by Mr. McClelland, of Slatemills, to come and preach in his store. I did so, and the power of God was mightily manifested, and many were led to Christ.

MAGHERAFELT, COUNTY DERRY, 1876.

After leaving Bessbrook I went to Magherafelt, where I commenced in an old Courthouse. I continued for several nights, and, having perceived no visible signs of blessing, I remarked to the brother with whom I lodged that I thought it strange that there was so little interest in the meetings. He replied that he had never seen much interest evinced in any religious movement in that town. I was very anxious, however, to see the hand of God in the awakening and salvation of souls.

One night, after our meeting, I was having tea at a friend's house, when I received a message that someone wished to speak to me at the door. It was a young man, trembling from head to foot, who said that he could not go to bed without knowing his sins forgiven. I went out on to the street with him, and, while I was pointing him to the Saviour, he passed from death unto life. He has long since gone to be with the Lord.

At the same time a woman had called at my lodgings, enquiring for me, as she was in great anxiety about her soul. This encouraged me, and on the following nights we had many more such anxious enquirers.

I asked all who were really anxious, and who would like to be spoken to personally, to attend a meeting on the following Saturday night. About sixty came, and we had a most solemn time.

TOBERMORE, 1876.

Mr. Carson, a Baptist minister, of Tobermore, invited me to hold a series of services in his chapel. I went, and we had a most remarkable time of blessing. [30]

On the first night the house was nearly full, and the power of God was so manifest that both saved and unsaved were in tears. Five of Mr. Carson's children and his servant were under conviction. It was a most affecting sight, and one which I shall not soon forget, when his eldest son professed conversion. His father threw his arms around him, and shouted out with joy before all the meeting, "My son, my son." The people wept aloud.

In a few nights the meeting-house was not large enough to hold the numbers who came, many having to stand outside. Almost one thousand attended nightly, and the meetings frequently continued for about six hours. Often people were to be seen coming in from the country several hours before the appointed time of our meeting, so anxious were they to secure a seat.

I do not know exactly how many professed conversion, but Mr. Carson baptised ninety-six who were converted during this mission.

My soul was often grieved to see the inhabitants of large districts living in spiritual darkness, with no one to tell them the Gospel in its simplicity. At this time I visited all the fairs and markets held in the towns and villages around, generally preaching from a farmer's cart. It was a new thing to many.

MONEYMORE, 1876.

We had a platform erected on Moneymore Fair Hill, from which I preached. On one occasion a man turned away in a great, rage, and referring to me, he said, "He is the Devil'; but while we were singing that beautiful hymn -

"There were ninety and nine that safely lay
In the shelter of the fold,
But one was out on the hills away,
Far off from the gates of gold,
Away on the mountains, wild and bare,
Away from the tender shepherd's care.'

he was drawn back to the meeting, convicted of sin, and brought to Christ. He afterwards became a great friend of mine.

A Mr. Denning united with me for a month for the fairs, markets, and open-air work. He was very active for the Lord, and fearless of men. We preached twice a day, not without a great deal of opposition, as we sometimes went to Roman Catholic districts. [31]

MAHERA, 1876.

We commenced in Maghera on a market-day, marching through the streets singing. The marketing was almost entirely given up, and a large crowd, mostly Roman Catholic, assembled in the market square, where we preached for a long time. Many of our audience were in tears, while others mocked and raged.

We announced a meeting to be held in the same place on the following market-day, which was a week hence.

We were lodging some distance outside Maghera, and on the day appointed for our meeting, as we drew near to the town, we were accosted by two magistrates and an Inspector of police, who informed us that if we were seen in the town we should be torn to pieces. They took us to an hotel and locked us in, but Mr. Denning demanded that we should get free. They thereupon unlocked the door, but said that they had not a sufficient force to protect us from violence, should we persist in our determination to preach in the market-square. We replied that we would accept the responsibility.

We then invited them into the chapel, and in a few minutes it was packed to over-flowing, many Roman Catholics being amongst them. Mr. Denning and I both addressed the audience, after which we went down and spoke to them personally about their souls. We left the town the same evening, no violence whatever having been shown towards us.

By this time a large crown had gathered outside the hotel, and as we came out every eye was upon us. We succeeded, with difficulty, in making our way through the people, and reached the centre of the town unmolested, where we took our stand on the steps of the Methodist Chapel. The people thronged around, and we sang a hymn. Mr. Denning whispered to me to speak where I stood. I did so, and they listened very attentively.

STOP PRESS

On Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Rev. John Greer the former minister of Sixmilecross was installed as minister of our Newtown Square Congregation, Penn., U.S.A. Revs. Alan Cairns, Ivan Foster and Frank McClelland (interim Moderator) took part in the service. Dr. Paisley who was denied his visa to enter U.S.A. sent a recorded message. Full report next month.