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PERJURY AND BETRAYAL

The week of prayer for so-called "Christian unity" exposes once more the Protestant perjurers and betrayers.

Every Irish Presbyterian minister and elder swears at ordination thatthe Pope is "that Antichrist, that man of sin and son of perdition in the Church" and that the "mass is abominably injurious to Christ" (Westminster Confession of Faith, chapters 25 and 29). Then these men forswear themselves and seek union with the Pope and surrender their Protestant heritage.

One such leading ecumenist is the Rev. Dr. Gordon Gray, Minister of First Lisburn Irish Presbyterian Church.

The following extract from the Lisburn 'Star' will interest all our readers:

A Lisburn Presbyterian minister last night preached from the pulpit of St. Patrick's Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh. The Rev. Dr. Gordon Gray, of First Lisburn, was taking part in the week of prayer for Christian unity. He went to Armagh on the invitation of Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich and with the blessing of his church session.

Dr. Gray was criticised by local Free Presbyterian minister the Rev. William Beattie, who described him as "still an active ecumenist." Dr. Gray retorted: "it is none of his business."

The First Lisburn minister said that he had received the invitation which had been "a gracious open one" at the end of November. The church session, at their meeting on December 6, had concurred in his acceptance.

Dr. Gray said that anytime was an opportune time to preach the Gospel but in the light of the critical situation in our society there had never been a more opportune time than now. The reformers, he said, were quite willing to maintain dialogue with the Catholic Church of their day and any reformed minister who accepted such an invitation today was merely following their example.

Mr. Beattie described his participation as further evidence that Dr. Gray "is still an active ecumenist seeking unity with the Church of Rome."

"His participation in an act of worship with the Roman Catholic Cardinal Tomas O'Fiaich is reprehensible and a further betrayal of the reformed faith," said Mr. Beattie.

"The visit by Dr. Gray to the Roman Catholic cathedral in Armagh was contrary to the Word of God and would be deplored by all those who upheld the principles of the Reformation."

Rev. William Beattie, the minister of Dunmurry, is to be commended for his forthright stand on this issue and also for his faithfulness in the recent 'Sunday Sequence' broadcast.

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"MOTTO TEXT FOR 1983": A sermon preached by Dr. Paisley In Martyrs Memorial Church

Part of two verses of II Chronicles chapter 20, verses 15 and 17: "Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God's. Ye shall not fight in this battle, set yourselves, stand ye still and see the salvation of the Lord."

A day of crisis in the land of Judah. The children of Moab, the children of Ammon and the children of Esau had made a conspiracy, and had come in vast multitudes, in great strength, to rob the men of Judah of their heritage.

What is the origination of Moab? Moab came from that relationship that the daughters of Lot had after the overthrow of Sodom and Gomorrah. So did the children of Ammon. How terrible is the outcome of departing from God! The sin of Lot visited generations after generations of his people, and then Esau the man who sold his birthright for a mess of pottage, his children rose up to curse the children of Jacob for generation after generation. And that war is not yet complete, and the true Israel of God today faces the Moabites, the Ammonites and the Esauites of our day and generation.

A RESPONSE OF THE GREATEST ANXIETY

I want you to notice first of all that in this chapter and in my text you have a response of the greatest anxiety. How burdened, how overcome was Jehoshaphat as he faced that hour of crisis.

The tragedy of our day is this, that while we are in a day of awful crisis there is no response to the great anxiety that should be upon us as a people. I don't see any real concern in our Royal House. I don't see any real concern among the statesmen of this nation. I don't see any real concern among the Church leaders of our land. But the greatest tragedy of all is this, that God's own people, the true separated Church of Christ, is not carrying the burden that it ought to carry. We can hardly expect the worldling to be concerned when the people of God are not responding to this greatest possible anxiety.


What did Jehoshaphat do? He called a national day of prayer. He said to the nation, "Let us humble ourselves, let us get upon our knees, let us cry to Heaven, for if Heaven interveneth not then our cause is lost, our nation is overthrown, and our heritage is gone forever," and there was a response. Look at verse 3 - (would to God we could say this of the Royal House of Windsor! What a day it would be if it could be said of our Queen that she feared and set herself to seek the Lord and proclaimed a fast throughout all the nation) - verse 3, "And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah." This king feared God, and he said, "We must fast. We must pray. We must [4] cry to the Lord," and you have one of the greatest prayers recorded in the Bible. Look at that verse 6: "O Lord God of our fathers," and, thank God, God is the God of our fathers. We have a family relationship with Him, and we can plead that family relationship as we bow before Him in supplication and in prayer. "Art not Thou the God in Heaven? and rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen?" Hallelujah! God Almighty is on the Throne. There is not a nation on earth can stay the hand of the mighty God of Jacob. There is not a power in Hell can paralyse the arm of Divine Omnipotence. There is not a conspiracy on earth that can keep the Lord God Almighty from reigning. "He is the Lord, He reigneth over the kingdoms of the heathen, and Thine hand is there in power and might so that none is able to withstand Thee." Praise God there is no power as powerful as our God; no strength as strong as the Lord; no wisdom that can outmatch Divine Omniscience. Praise God He is Lord in the heavens, and there is none beside Him. "Art not Thou our God, Who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend forever?" Is that not a lovely little word? "Abraham Thy friend." It only occurs three times in the Bible, because three is the number of completion. You will find it recorded in Isaiah chapter 41 and verse 8, and James 2 and verse 23, "Abraham Thy friend," pleading the friendship with Abraham.

Verse 8, 11 Chronicles 20: "And they dwelt therein, and have built thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying, If when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence, (for Thy name is in this house) and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help."

Thank God there was a response of the greatest anxiety. God grant there will be a response in our heart this year, to carry the burden of national crisis, before God in prayer.

A WORD OF THE GREATEST AUTHORITY

Secondly, I want you to notice we have in our text a word of the greatest authority.

What did the prophet say to Hazael? He said, "Thus saith the LORD unto you." You will notice the word Lord is spelt in small capitals, that means in the Hebrew text, it is 'Jehovah'- the Great I Am - the Ever-present now - the One Who was - the One Who is - and the One Who is to come the Unchanging, Unfailing, Unlimited, Unfearing God, and that is who I believe in, a God Who doesn't change. He doesn't change because it is the 20th century. He hasn't changed because Communism dominates one part of this earth, and accursed Popery and Ecumenism the other part of the earth. He hasn't changed. He is still the same - the Unchanging God. "Where shall we go but to the Lord?"

How do you recognise a Christian? You recognise a Christian in the hour of crisis. When a crisis comes what does the worldling do? The [5] worldling loses heart, the worldling seeks help from Egypt, strength from worldly companions. But the man of God turns invariably, just as the pointer of the compass goes invariably to the north, so the man of God turns to God. When I am in trouble I will not consult my friends, I will consult the Lord. I will turn to Him. A man is known by what he does in the hour of crisis. Thank God we have a word of the greatest authority here, "Thus saith the Lord." Generations can come and go, dynasties can rise and fall, empires can evaporate, and other tyrants can come and take their place and wield their sceptre, but, thank God, God's Word changes not. "His Promises hold, Hallelujah! His Promises hold, praise His Name! His Promises hold, Hallelujah, and Christ is forever the same!"

THE BATTLE OF THE GREATEST SOVEREIGNTY

Notice, thirdly, we have in our text the battle of the greatest sovereignty.

Whose is the battle? Listen, "The battle is not yours but God's." It is God's battle. So often the people of God are taken up with battle that one would think that it was a denominational battle, one would think it was the battle of one combatant against another.

I heard a prominent preacher once say, "Well, if Paisley wants to fight with Popery, let him, but I'm taking no part in the struggle. If he wants to fight the World Council of Churches, let him, but I'm taking no part in the struggle." I'm glad this battle is not my battle. I'm glad this battle is not the battle of the Free Presbyterian Church. I'm glad this is the Lord's battle. Who is in the battle? The battle is not yours but God's. Those of you who are protesting against evil, the battle is not yours but the Lord's. Those of you who are trying to save the coming generation in the extension Sunday Schools that this Church is pushing forward with, the battle is not yours but the Lord's. Those of us who are standing against the corruptions and idolatries of Romanism, the battle is not ours but the Lord's.

I was reading in the Catholic Herald that St. John Stevas says that he stood with Mr. Heath in Canterbury Cathedral, and when the Pope passed by Mr. Heath whispered to him and said, "I hope he will not issue a writ on us for stealing his property." That is an interesting comment, is it not? An ex-Prime Minister of our land should say that the Reformation was an act of thievery, and that the Pope was entitled to Canterbury Cathedral. I tell you, that shows you how far this nation has gone, but, thank God, the battle is not ours but God's. Whose is this battle? Let me go further and say, there may be those here and you are fighting a battle of temptation. Old habits that you thought long since were dead and buried have been resurrected and great pressure has come upon your soul. Let me tell you, dear struggling saint of God, the battle is not yours but God's. Maybe there are circumstances, afflictions, thank God the battle is not yours but God's. [6]

A battle of the greatest Sovereignty! The God of battle holds His rod over the battlefield. He knows when His church should advance and when it should retreat. He knows when the scourge of our enemies should be felt in the very quick of our souls. "All things work together for good to them that love the Lord."

How many Christians are afraid of things that will never happen to them! Oh, that is a ploy of the Devil. He tells you, "This next week you are going to face an Everest that you cannot climb. You are going to face a river you can't get over. You are going to be faced with a problem that will not be carried." It is a lie from the Devil.

"Got any rivers you think are uncrossable?
Got any mountains you can't tunnel through?
God specialises in things thought impossible,
He can do just what no other can do
!"

Get this into your mind and into your heart, that here is a promise of the greatest consolation, "Be not afraid."

Notice also it is a promise of blessed assurance, "The Lord is with thee."

Now if the Lord is with you, you have nothing to worry about, because He is able for every situation. Look down upon the untrodden path of 1983, and if you examine it carefully you will see the footprints of the Son of God have gone before you. He never asks His child to walk a way that He has not walked; to carry a cross that He has not carried; to experience a pain that He has not endured; to be weighed under a burden that He Himself has not laid upon His own shoulders. Blessed be His Holy Name, the Lord will be with us!

I'm glad as I stand on the threshold of this year I know the Lord will be with me.

I remember when I commenced my battle, many years ago, with apostasy, people said to me, "We are right behind you brother, go right forward," and then I got into a really tough corner, and the pressures were behind me but they were not there, they had all gone, but, thank God, the Lord hadn't gone. He was always there. In prison, in temptation, in the Lord hadn't gone. He was always there. In prison, in temptation, in Parliament, in battles, in television studios, in election campaigns, in controversies, in the Oxford Union, anywhere, praise God, the Lord is there. Man, you can go anywhere when you have the Lord present. You don't need to fear Pope, priest or holy water when you have the Lord's presence with you. Yes, the Lord will be with you. Get that into your heart, the Lord is going to accompany you. A promise of the greatest consolation!

A DIRECTION OF THE GREATEST SIMPLICITY

Notice something else - a direction of the greatest simplicity! He says, "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle. "You don't need to do any fighting [7] at all. "Set yourselves, stand up still and see the salvation of the Lord." When was that word first spoken to the children of Israel? It was spoken on the lip of the Red Sea, and God said to Moses, "Stand still and see the salvation of God."

The trouble with the church is we don't give God room to work miracles, that is our trouble. We try with our little puny strength to do the impossible and what a mess we make of it! I can't evangelise the world. I can't bring one soul to Christ. I can't move an inattentive ear to hear the truth, but God Almighty can. Give Him room to work on your life. Remember this, it is only the blessed baptism of power from high; the infilling of the Holy Spirit; the coming of the wind of God; the celestial fire upon the altar; it is only that tremendous motivation that can move the world to God. It has happened in the past. This year is the 500th anniversary of the birth of Martin Luther. Would to God we could have another converted monk that shall shake the world this year. God has not changed. The passing of five centuries has ploughed no furrows on the brow of Deity. It has not weakened the muscle of the arm of Omnipotence. God is still the same. Please God, this ear, God will shake Europe again with this great truth, "Justification by faith alone in Christ." I tell you what we need. We need to see that God's direction is the direction of the greatest simplicity.

How did they fight this battle? They just sang the praises of God. That is a funny way to battle, is it not? They went out and they set the singers, and you will notice where they set them. They set them not behind the army but in front of the army. That is where they sat, and they said, "We will put the choirs out in the front." If you had been a member of that choir would you have said, "That is not fair Jehoshaphat, I have no sword, I have no bow, I have no arrows, I have no spear, all I have got is a hymnbook." Jehoshaphat said, "You just take the hymn-book and go on singing," and as they sung the praises of God, God poured confusion upon the enemy. Oh, that I might praise the Lord! Oh, that I might trust wholly and completely in Him!

You know where they came to? Notice it carefully. They came to "the watchtower," verse 24. That is where the Lord wants to put us. He wants to put us on the watchtower that we might look and see the reviving work of His power. Is that not what Elijah did? He said to that servant of his, "Go up the hill and look for a cloud. Get on to the watchtower." As I lift my eyes across the horizon of this world I see nothing but confusion. I see wars and rumours of wars. I see disappointments and distresses and persecutions. I see a great multitude, and no power of mine can make one inch of headway against them. But I lift my eyes to Heaven and I see the Glorified Christ upon the Throne - the One Who sits on the white horse, Whose vesture is stained with Blood, Who has a sword going out of His mouth that can slaughter the millions of His enemies; and I praise God that He is going forth conquering and to conquer. [8]

Let me say to you today that we have in this text a direction of the greatest simplicity. Let us obey God. Let us get to the watchtower. Let us start singing the praises of God. Let us have confidence in His Word, and faith in His Truth.

AN OUTCOME OF THE GREATEST MAGNITUDE

Last of all you have an outcome of the greatest magnitude. God set the swords of the Ammonites, and the Moabites and the children of Esau, against one another, and they destroyed themselves. Hallelujah! God can cause our enemies to fall into the pit that they have digged for us. That is what God does. He did a miracle. The God of miracles still lives. Of course the church today does not expect miracles and that is why they don't have miracles. "He could do no mighty work there because of their unbelief."

Many times in my ministry when I set out to do things, people came to me in the spirit of unbelief and they said, "It can't be done." I remember one minister coming to me and he said, "Paisley, you are a fool. Do you think that you can plant churches throughout Northern Ireland? That you can have a separatist church that will influence anybody or do anything? You are a nobody. You have neither scholarship nor talents nor money. You are a nobody. Be content, you will preach to a small congregation all your days. Go home and stop it!" I remember looking at that man and I said to him, "You know, you are dead right, I've got nothing, but my God has everything." That man left a separatist church; he went into apostasy; he joined the World Council of Churches; his ministry was blighted and he has long since been called home.

My friend, even our enemies admit that we have an influence. Even the old Catholic Herald this week said, "Paisley was there calling the Pope an Antichrist." Man, when I read that I said, "Hallelujah! you have got the message!" God has made this church not just a provincial church but an international church for the glory of His Name, and the best has yet to be, and the end is not yet, praise the Lord!

What happened? Riches increased, and God gave them the riches of their enemies to further the work of God to the majesty of His Glorious Name.

My earnest prayer is that this year this church will move forward. I trust that there will be born in your heart as there has been born in my heart, in these past hours, a desire to see God doing something mighty in this city, and mighty in this Road, and mighty in this place, to the glory of His Name. You can help to do it. You can bring souls into this Church, don't come on your own. Work all week to get some soul out of Christ into the pew, and then when you get them into the pew pray for them, and I shall come prepared of God with God's message, and as the congregation and the preacher work in blessed harness, glory to God, multitudes can be saved. God can put a breath upon us. Let us pack out the prayer meeting [9] tonight. Let us call upon the Lord's Name. Let us say, "Oh, God, revive Thy work." Let us hear the goings of God in the mulberry trees. Let us take fresh hope in our God, for if we fail our people then how dreadful will be the coming generation. If we do not fail them, then how blessed will this year be in the harvesting of a great multitude of precious souls.

May God bless His Word! May God fire our souls! May we make up our minds that we are going through with God, and nothing shall keep us from doing the Blessed will of God. May it be so, for Jesus' Sake!

AMEN AND AMEN!


Paul saith, The afflictions of this life are not to be compared to the
glory which shall be revealed unto us. The judgment of the Word thou must follow, and not thine own sense, which so judgeth of the cross and afflictions, that of a mole-hill, or rather of a mote, it maketh a great mountain. So blind is reason, and so unable to judge in matters of faith. - Luther.

[10-15 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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THE READER'S DIGEST CONDENSED BIBLE: - Another attack upon the Word of God

The Free Presbyterian Church of Canada is a Bible believing, Bible teaching, Fundamentalist witness. We acknowledge that the Bible is the infallible, inspired, and inerrant Word of God and we rejoice when people become interested in it. We encourage such interest and it is our constant desire in our Church services, our Sunday Schools, our Radio Ministry, our Youth Fellowship and magazine and book ministries, to "Let The Bible Speak." The Bible is our handbook. We have no other.

We are not so foolish, however, to accept every offering of man that claims to be Biblical. A rash of Bible translations now floods the market, many of which are interpretations more than translations, and thus become perversions. Others shamelessly devalue the currency of God's Holy Word. In such a climate a special watch is required and no Christian should be "ignorant of the Devil's devices."

Satan has always detested the pure Word and with the mounting Satanic attack it is to be feared that a new dark age is coming upon us. There used to be MANY CHURCHES and ONE BIBLE. Now the trend in this ecumenical age is towards ONE CHURCH and MANY BIBLES - to the detriment of both Church and Bible.

The latest English "Bible" to hit the market place is the Reader's Digest Condensed "Bible" which is but a new Satanic attack upon the ancient Word of God. The Free Presbyterian Church of Canada rejects this "Bible" because of:-

  1. THE MOTIVE FOR ITS PRODUCTION

The obvious motive for the production of this "Bible" is money and profits. Any Reader's Digest subscriber knows that a never-ending succession of high-pressure begging letters arrives from Reader's Digest extolling the virtues of this or that publication. Most are accompanied by enticements to win 1000's of dollars in a continuous steam of sweepstake ventures.

The Condensed "Bible" publicity handout acknowledges that the Bible is the "biggest seller of them all." So Reader's Digest would love to have a piece of this very lucrative pie - smaller Bible - bigger profits! But what an insult to the pure Word of God to send out this version as part of a $105,000 Sweepstake "Cash Bonanza." In other words - buy a Condensed Bible and you may win $50,000. What audacity to use such a marketing device when the Bible itself condemns such 'get rich quick' philosophy.

(b) THE MISREPRESENTATION IN ITS CLAIM

Reader's Digest goes to great pains to point out that their "Bible" is not an ABRIDGEMENT but a CONDENSATION of the Scriptures. "Abridgement" it says "means reduction of length by elimination of entire [18] sections of text and, in the case of the Bible, often whole books as well. Condensation achieves reduction principally through line by line, word by word diminution, as well as through deletion of selected blocks of text."

Remove certain books and sections of books, close up the gaps and you've got an abridgement. But condensation is like condensed milk - all the good remains in concentrated form and only the extraneous water is boiled off!

Nothing could be further from the truth! Large sections of the Bible are omitted in Reader's Digest Condensed version. Of 150 Psalms, 70 are totally removed - some "word by word" diminution indeed! The admittedly difficult, but vitally important book of Leviticus has been reduced to about 25% of its original length. This in spite of the fact that Leviticus contains more of the direct Words of God than any other. Daniel's historical chapters are given in condensed form but the crucial prophetical chapters 9-12 lie on Reader's Digest cutting room floor. Just a few examples of the many important omissions.

The misrepresentation is obvious in the Editor's preface where the astounding claim is made - "Nothing has been changed, nothing added to, or removed from the text that in any way diminishes its spirit, or teachings." Furthermore they state that General Editor, Rev. Bruce Metzger "certifies that the work has been thoroughly objective, without bias toward or against any particular set of beliefs." (emphasis ours).

Any Bible-believing Christian could disprove both claims in a matter of minutes.

(c) THE MISTRANSLATION AT ITS BASIS

The basic text used for the Reader's Digest Condensed Bible is the Revised Standard Version. I suppose we should be thankful that they did not set about butchering the King James Version. The R.S.V. is also the text of the 'Common Bible' - known as the Ecumenical Bible and it is one of the most subtle and sinister of the modern versions.

"Without bias" Reader's Digest says, but a look at some of the members of the R.S.V. translation committee is enough to refute that. Chairman Dean Wigle says he agrees with W. N. Clarke in his statement, "It was a day of mingled good and ill when Christianity adopted the Old Testament as its original sacred Scripture." Dr. Millar Burrows (Yale) is convinced that verbal infallibility must be definitely abandoned. Of Dr. C. T. Craig it is said, "He does not believe in the pre-existence of Christ. This is a mythological presentation."

Regarding verbal inspiration C. H. Spurgeon saw the issue clearly when he said, "The turning point of the battle between those who hold the faith once delivered to the saints and their opponents lies in the true and real inspiration of the Holy Scriptures. This is the Thermopylae of Christendom." [19]

Now it is our contention that a translating committee made up of liberal and modernistic churchmen could not possibly produce a translation "without bias" especially in the area of the deity of Christ. With such scholarship an attack upon the divinity of Christ is invariably the result and this is seen in the R.S.V. and its Reader's Digest condensation.

"THEE and THOU" - In his Introduction to the R.S.V. (a separate publication) Luther Weigle, the chairman of the translators stated, "After 2 years of debate and experience it was decided to abandon these forms ('thee and thou') EXCEPT IN LANGUAGE ADDRESSED TO GOD." (emphasis ours).

So in Gen. 3:12-"The woman THOU gavest me..." - the reference is to God. The Reader's Digest left Psalm 23 intact and it contains the words, "Thou preparest a table . . ." Here again we see the usage of "Thou" with regard to God. Now in the New Testament, Peter states in Matt. 16:16, "YOU are the Christ, the Son of the living God." And again in Acts 1:16, "Lord, will YOU at this time restore the Kingdom to Israel?"

The clear inference is that the translators do not regard Jesus Christ as God.

Leviticus, a key book in understanding the sacrifice made by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, is butchered beyond recognition by the Reader's Digest editors. It is cut and flayed like the burnt offering. Chapter 17 is the great chapter on the Blood and, predictably, it is omitted. The modernist cannot abide the blood-stained Gospel of Christ!

In the R.S.V., Revelation 22:19 reads:

"And if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophesy, God will take away his share of the tree of life, and in the holy city, which are described in this book."

The Reader's Digest editors have omitted this verse. We wonder why!

"Controversy in religion is a hateful thing. It is hard enough to fight the Devil, the world, and the flesh, without private differences in our own camp, but there is one thing which is even worse than controversy, and that is false doctrine tolerated, allowed, and permitted without protest or molestation ... There are three things which men never ought to trifle with - a little poison, a little false doctrine, and a little sin." J. C. Ryle

(Reproduced from the 'Canadian Revivalist')

Once, sir, I went to Jesus like a coxcomb, and gave myself fine airs, fancying if He was something, so was I; if He had merit, so had I. And, sir, I used Him as a healthy man will use a walking staff, lean an ounce upon it, or vapour with it in the air. But now He is my whole crutch; not foot can stir a step without Him. He is my a//, as He ought to be, if He will become my Saviour, and bids me cast, (not some) but all my care upon Him, 1 Peter v. 7

- Berridge.

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THE POPE'S VISIT TO CANADA by Rev. Frank McClelland

It was announced recently that Pope John Paul II plans to visit Canada in 1984. A spokesman for the Roman Catholic Institution in Toronto, Rev. Brad Massman, welcomed the visit and said that Roman Catholics and non-Roman Catholics would be delighted.

Well, some of us who are not just passive "non-Roman Catholics", but active Protestants are far from delighted at the prospect of a papal visit to Canada and there are many reasons why we shall oppose it. In this magazine from time to time we have dealt with our objections to the religious errors of Rome. For this editorial, I shall confine my remarks to the political and moral reasons why I believe Pope John Paul's visit to Canada should be strenuously opposed.

POLITICAL INVOLVEMENT

If the Pope were to come to Canada purely as a religious leader to visit adherents of his religion that is one thing. But the Pope is not only the leader of a religious institution, he is also the head of the Vatican State. The tiny Vatican state has mammoth ambitions - to see the Pope acknowledged to be what Rome has always claimed him to be - the arbiter of the world.

The Pope . . . THE UNIVERSAL RULER OF TRUTH, THE ARBITER OF THE WORLD, THE SUPREME JUDGE OF HEAVEN AND EARTH, THE JUDGE OF ALL, BEING JUDGED BY NO ONE, GOD HIMSELF ON EARTH. (emphasis ours) New York Catechism

Such a statement is blasphemous but it not only highlights the religious error of the Papacy, but the political aspirations of the Roman Pontiff as well. Rome always trims its sails to catch what it considers to be the dominant political wind. Under Pius XII, at the end of World War II, the Vatican looked to the West but since the pink Pope John XXIII, through Paul 6, John Paul I & 11, the Vatican is working on the establishment of what can only be described as Catholic Communism.

Canada already has enough problems with its own pink politicians without giving further impetus to papal aspirations. Canadians should demand that NO STATE FUNCTIONS be held in the Pope's honour. Canada desperately needs to return to the pure Word of God which will ensure Divine blessing. But to further encourage the political ambitions of Roman idolatry will bring the curse of God as surely as God judged His ancient people when they turned from Him to serve idols. [21]

MORAL INDIFFERENCE

The political and religious tenets of Canadians may cause them to reject the preceding viewpoints. But can anyone deny the moral laxity of the man who uses the titles "Holy Father" or "His Holiness"? Holiness, in the Bible sense, has never been a strong point with Roman Pontiffs. Their history is a sorry tale of human depravity. The present Pope, despite his benign and grandfatherly look, is no exception.

The Scriptures teach that "Righteousness exalteth a nation but sin is a reproach to any people," Proverbs 14:34. The Pope's action and decisions speak louder than his words and his visit will not add anything positive to Canada. Indeed his behaviour and beliefs will bring reproach upon the land. Write to your Member of Parliament and tell him you oppose the Pope's visit on religious, political and moral grounds.

(Reproduced from the 'Canadian Revivalist')

A GLEANING - 'O THE DEPTH!'

You must know that, of all the epistles, that of the Romans is a system of divinity methodically laid down; and the apostle having in the latter chapters uttered those great and glorious things of the Gospel, and fetched them all out from the very bottom of God's breast - He having handled election and reprobation just before, and the calling of the Jews, and how that God had shut up all under sin, that at last He might have mercy upon all - when he had waded now so far into all these depths, that he felt himself as it were over head and ears, he breaks off abruptly that whole discourse, and cries out, 'O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!' Like one that is wading into the sea, when he is gone so far that he begins to be up to the neck, to the chin, he then cries out, 'O the depth!' and comes back again; so doth Paul here. It is as if he had said, 'O ye Romans, I have gone as far as I can, and now I am even swallowed up, I can go no farther. O the depth! 'The things of the Gospel are depths (for that is the thing I quote this place for). It is a deep knowledge, because it is that knowledge which God appropriates unto himself as his invention. - DR. GOODWIN.

The first object of solicitude to an awakened soul, is safety. - The law speaks, the sinner hears and fears; a holy God is revealed, the sinner sees and trembles; every false hope is swept away; and an earnest enquiry takes place, 'What must I do to be saved?' In proportion as faith is given, Jesus is discovered as the only Saviour, and the question is answered; and as faith increases, fear subsides, and a comfortable hope of life and immortality succeeds. - JOHN NEWTON.

Keep at sea, for there is no haven in these climates commodious to winter in. - HUNTINGTON.

How sweet are the humiliations of penitential love! I desire no greater bliss, than to lie at my heavenly Master's footstool, dissolved in wonder, gratitude, and self-abasement. - Toplady.

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A WORD ABOUT MARRIAGE by DR. JOSEPH PARKER

Much of the happiness of human life depends upon the marriage unions which are formed. It is one thing to view the subject of marriage in the light of passion or convenience, and another to regard it as an institution by which human life may be developed and trained to the highest uses and enjoyments. I do not hesitate to lay down the broad principle that where there is incongruity of religious conviction between man and woman, happiness of the deepest and purest kind is entirely out of the question. This principle is impartial in its application, having equal reference to the woman as to the man, and to the man as to the woman.

I would impress upon the young who have yet to form their social relationships the necessity of their being at one with each other upon all vitally important questions, if they would really be, not outwardly, but inwardly, sincerely, enduringly happy. You are not to look at physical beauty, at social position, or at personal charms, strictly in themselves considered; all these have their place, and an important place it undoubtedly is; but under all these considerations there lies the great question - What about the heart?

If the heart is not right, if the supreme affection be not divine, the whole life will be one continuously downward course, ending in mortification, disgust, and ruin. We know the ordinary excuse that is made when the Christian marries one who has no devotional sympathies: the generous, hopeful, self-sacrificing woman openly avows her belief that in a very little time she will be able to bring her intended husband to a right decision; she knows (poor creature!) that there is something good in him; she has heard (O mocking ear!) him say the words which she construed into a noble intention on his part; she is sure all will be right by-and-by; a little patience, a little humouring, and a little instruction-then all will be right! This is the dream of her love, the inspiration of her ill-directed hope.

Do not account me cruel when I denounce it as an impositions deceit - a lie! Granted that in one case out of a thousand, events do prove better than expected; we have not to be governed by exceptions, but by principles; we must get away from the accidental to the essential: and so long as right is right, we are bound to stand by it, how painful soever, how tormenting or destructive soever, the consequences. "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?" "Because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience."

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A GLEANING - MARTIN BUCER

In that scarce and most valuable work of Martin Bucer's, entitled An Interpretation of the Four Gospels, he says, 'They who are at any time able to fall away quite from Christ, did never really belong to Him. Consequently, they never truly believed, nor were indeed pious, nor had the Holy Spirit of adoption. On the contrary, all their performances were nothing but hypocrisy, how sanctified and ready soever unto good works they, for a time, pretended to be. They whom Christ loves, are loved by Him even unto the end. And He doth not cast away those whom the Father giveth Him; neither can any pluck them from His hand. Therefore, admitting that these may fall, yet they cannot fall utterly; for they are elect unto life; and God's election cannot be made void by any creature whatsoever. Seeing, then, that the purpose of God, according to election, must stand, not of works, but of him that calleth (Rom . 9:11); He not only elected his own people before they were born, and had done neither good nor evil (Rom. 9:11), but even before the very foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Hence, our Lord said, concerning His apostles, "I pray not for the world, but for them whom thou hast given me; for they are thine;" that is, they were chosen by Thee unto eternal life.

'As, therefore, on the one hand, Christ never knew (i.e. never loved) the reprobate, whatever deceitful appearance of virtue they might have; so, on the other, He always knew (i.e. always loved) the elect, how ungodly soever they might seem for a time. Consequently, as these are predestinated and called, they shall, sooner or later, be formed anew, according to the likeness of Christ, while those shall be stripped of that artificial mask, under which they passed for children of God, and be made to appear in their own proper colours.'

The Lord hath neither scant nor want. - Robert Rollock, 1580.

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THE PREACHING OF JONAH

Jonah was but one man, and he preached but one sermon, and it was but a short sermon either, as touching the number of words, and yet he turned the whole city, great and small, rich and poor, king and all. We are many preachers here in England, and we preach many long sermons, and yet the people will not repent and convert. This was the fruit, the effect, and the good that his sermon did, that the whole city, at his preaching, converted, and mended their evil living, and did penance in sackcloth. And yet here, in this sermon of Jonah, is no great curiousness, no great clerkliness, no great affection of words, nor of painted eloquence; it was none other but "Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be destroyed!" It was no more. This was no great, curious sermon, but this was a nipping sermon, a pinching sermon, a biting sermon; it had a full bite; it was a rough sermon, and a sharp biting sermon. Do you not here marvel that these Ninevites cast not Jonah into prison; that they did not revile and rebuke him? They did not revile him, nor rebuke him; but God gave them grace to hear him, and to convert and amend at his preaching. A strange matter, so noble a city to give place to one man's sermon

- Bishop Latimer, 1530.

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AN EXTRACT - DR. GILL

His last labours among the people of his care, were from that part of the song of Zacharias, Luke, the first chapter, and latter part of the 77th verse, and former part of the78th verse: 'By the remission of their sins - through the tender mercy of our God.' That was the last text he preached from. He could have wished to finish the song of Zacharias, and also the dying song of good old Simeon, in which, he thought, there was something similar to his own case, and especially he longed to be Nunc dimittis; Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, with what follows. This was much upon his mind, and he thought, should he live to go through that, it might be, God would then give him his dismission, and let him also 'depart in peace'; but he was rendered incapable of appearing in public, so that he could not proceed in his delightful work, yet continued employed in his study till within two or three weeks of his death. His faith was steady, and his hope firm to the last. To a relation he thus expressed himself: 'I depend wholly and alone upon the free, sovereign, eternal, unchangeable, and everlasting love of God; the firm and everlasting covenant of grace, and my interest in the persons of the Trinity for my whole salvation; and not upon any righteousness of my own, nor anything in me, or done by me under the influence of the Holy Spirit; nor upon any services of mine, which I have been assisted to perform for the good of the church; but upon my interest in the Persons of the Trinity, the Person, blood and righteousness of Christ, the free grace of God, and the blessings of grace streaming to me through the blood and righteousness of Christ, as the ground of my hope. These are no new things with me; but what I have long been acquainted with; what I can live and die by. And this you may tell to any of my friends. I apprehend I shall not be long here.' He expressed himself nearly in the same manner to other friends. To one that visited him, he said, 'I have nothing to make me uneasy'; and repeated the following lines from Dr. Watts:

'He raised me from the deeps of sin,
The gates of gaping Hell,
And fix'd my standing more secure
Than 'twas before I fell.
'

This tranquillity of soul, and inward joy and peace of mind, never left him. The last word she was heard to speak were, 'O my Father! my Father'; and then gently he fell asleep in tears, without a sigh or groan, on the l4th day of October, 1771, in the seventy-fourth year of his age.

Though all future things do happen necessarily, yet God wills that good things happen to his servants in answer to prayer. - JOHN WICKLIFFE.


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FREE JUSTIFICATION THROUGH CHRIST'S OBEDIENCE AND SATISFACTION

No creature ever could or will
For sin yield satisfaction full;
Yet justice from the creature's hand
Both sought, and got its full demand.
Hence though I am, as well I know,
A debtor, yet I nothing owe:
My creditor has nought to say,
Yet never had I ought to pay.
He freely pardoned every mite,
Yet would no single farthing quit.
Hence every bliss that falls to me
Is dearly bought, yet wholly free;
All pardon that I need I have,
Yet daily pardon need to crave.
The law's arrest keeps me in awe,
But yet 'gainst me there is no law.
Though truth my just damnation crave,
Yet truth's engaged my soul to save.
My whole salvation comes by this,
Fair truth and mercy's mutual kiss.
Though works of righteousness I store,
Yet righteousness of works abhor.
For righteousness without a flaw
Is righteousness without the law.
In duty's ways I'm bound to lie,
Yet out of duties bound to fly;
Hence merit I renounce with shame,
Yet right to life by merit claim.
Merit of perfect righteousness
I never had, yet never miss.

From The Believers' Riddle, by RALPH ERSKINE.

Preachers can do no more but call; God is he that must bring it in. God must open the hearts as it is in the Acts of the Apostles. When Paul preached to the women, there was a silk-woman, whose heart God opened. None could open it but God. Paul could but only preach: God must work; God must do the thing inwardly. - BISHOP LATIMER.

Oh, what is it to be in Christ? He who hath Christ hath all, though he were never so weak, he is strong in him. 'My power, says the Lord, 'is perfect in infirmity', and 'therefore,' says Paul, 'I will glory in my infirmity, that the power of God may be seen in me,' 2 Cor. 12:9 Robert Rollock, 1585.


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HOW TO READ THE BIBLE By Dr. Stalker

In learning Greek, boys have to learn a few lines of prose, or of poetry, and to translate it word by word. One day, when I was a schoolboy, I had a new bit given me to learn. It was that grand Apology of Socrates, the speech he delivered to his judges before his death. I found that I could understand the passage, and I read on till I got absorbed in the grand thoughts and ideas. Greek had formerly been drudgery - syntax; now it was literature, a living story. This was through reading a book not in morsels but as a whole.

It would be the same if we read the Bible as a whole. The first time I read a book of the Bible through I was a student abroad. There was no Protestant church, and I had the whole Sunday before me. I lay on the grass and read the Romans right through, till I caught the argument, or it caught me. I saw then the force of the book as a whole, and could read the parts in that light. A verse may be powerful and may give the mind a shock, a chapter will have more power, but a book has the most.

Most of the books of the Bible have one special theme - Ecclesiastes dwells on the highest good, Romans on righteousness, Timothy and Titus on the pastoral office; these are God's great thoughts. As we master them we master the great thoughts of God. This is the first advantage of this method of study; the second is that you read the parts of a book in the light of the whole. There are some disadvantages also in this method. Your favourite text is no longer found to have the same meaning you thought it bore. Many a popular text has not really the popular meaning, but surely the actual meaning of the spirit is the best one.


It is the business of love to open prison doors, to burst our bonds, and to break every yoke; to let the oppressed go free. - Huntington.


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STAY IN THE SUNSHINE By Dr. Guyler

I have somewhere read that the great Swiss writer, Dr. Merle D'Aubigne, was grievously troubled with doubts during his student days. He went to his old, experienced teacher for help. The veteran refused to discuss them, and said: "Were I to rid you of these doubts others would come. There is a shorter way of destroying them. Let Jesus Christ be really to you the Son of God, an Almighty Saviour, and His light will dispel the darkness, and His Spirit will lead you into all truth." The old man was right. He saw that the young student was falling into a sinful habit that would grow worse by tampering with it. To attempt to poke away clouds with your own hand is sheer folly. Your true course is to plant yourself in the clear sunshine of Jesus Christ, and stay there.

"Sun of my soul, Thou Saviour dear," is a line that ought to be said or sung every hour of the Christian's life. Some good people are the prey of naturally despondent temperaments. Such need a double supply of grace and must pray for it. So must they whose digestion is weak and whose nerves are over-sensitive. The worries of business or household cares, the loss of sleep or the derangement of the bodily machinery, put such Christian folk under a cloud pretty often. Today they sing like larks; tomorrow the barometer goes down and they are in the dumps again. Such people should look after their bodily health as a spiritual duty. Moreover, they should keep their Christian faith where it would not be exposed to every east wind or drenched to death by every shower that falls. Keep a good supply of tonic Bible texts within reach, and take them freely the next time that an ague fit comes on.

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THE FATAL MISTAKE OF SOCIALISM By the Rev. Hugh Price Hughes, M.A.

There is no more fatal delusion than to suppose that you can secure social salvation without promoting the salvation of the individual man. This is the dream, the fatal mistake, of socialism today. Many of the fascinating projects of our socialist friends could be carried out if men were angels. Unfortunately they are not. The socialist enthusiast forgets that we have very imperfect material to work with. There can be no more terrible mistake than to suppose that any conceivable legislation or any economic reconstruction of human society can rid the world of sin and misery. The work must go deeper. It must enter the heart. Every man must be converted and cleansed and purified by the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ.

Remember the terrible lesson of the French Revolution. They meant to reconstruct human society on a fraternal basis. But the world has never witnessed a more dismal, failure. It began with the applause of all humane men in every land and amid boundless enthusiasm, in which selfishness itself was paralysed and seemed to die. But, alas! alas! as the leaders of that movement were not Christian men, in a few months the hopes of humanity were drowned in a shower of blood, and all nations are feeling the misery of that failure this very hour. Well did Carlyle say that the reason why the revolution of the last century failed was the fact that its promoters forgot that sin had entered into the world and death by sin.