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SUNDAY OPENING BILL KILLED

Dr. Ian Paisley files the flag unapologetically for Lord's Day Observance in the House of commons

I am glad that the right hon. Member for Western Isles (Mr. Stewart) referred to the main argument, to which I shall also refer. The laws that are summarised in the Ten Commandments cannot be departed from without great detriment to the nation and to the people. A nation that holds to those laws will be stable and solid and will maintain itself. If those laws are detracted from, abrogated or rejected, the nation will be in danger. What is true of "Thou shalt not kill" is also true of:

"Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy".

The best way to keep the quality of Sunday is to keep Sunday as a day apart. I know that that argument will not be accepted by some hon. Members. It will probably be seed that will fall by the wayside, and the devil will see that it is quickly snatched away. It might fall on stony ground or on thorns and be choked, but that is my basic objection.

I am glad that the Father of the House, the hon. Member for Dagenham (Mr. Parker), mentioned the fact that Sabbatarians cannot have a consensus. We have to bow to a law that in our convictions is greater than the law of man -the law of God. We must accept that whether people reject it or not. That is a banner that we must fly. We fly it unapologetically in the House today.

Those who have spoken in favour of the Bill have almost all said that they like a quiet Sunday. They like to have peace and quiet at home. However, are we to consider more those who want to trade on Sunday, who could get the things that they require on another day, or those who want to trade for financial gain? Should we put those considerations before the considerations of those who deserve to have quietness in their home on Sunday? I am thinking of those who work in the stores that it is proposed should be allowed to open. It is no argument to say that they will not be pressured into working on Sunday. When they refuse to work on Sunday, they will be out of step with their fellow workers who will ask why they should have to sacrifice their Sunday when one worker is not prepared to join in and thus enable them to have more Sundays off. There will be such pressures from all parts of the community.

The people who should be considered are those who deserve the same peace and quiet on Sunday as the advocates of the Bill say that they want for themselves. That should be the overriding consideration for the House."

We give thanks to Almighty God for having preserved our nation from committing even further national sin by the passing of legislation which would have legalised greater desecration of the Lord's Day. [3]

POPE JOHN PAUL II, ACTOR AND DEMAGOGUE
By Avro Manhattan

As a youth, Karol Wojtyla, currently Pope John Paul II, had a dream - to be an actor. His ambition became so overwhelming that when finally he decided to become a priest and applied to the Carmelite Order for admission, he was rudely rejected on the grounds that his enthusiasm was not for religion, but for the theatrical profession.

Another dream of his was a Marxist vision - not of a Russian breed, to be sure, but a vision of a Communism tempered by Roman Catholicism. While climbing the ecclesiastical ladder, he never hid such aspiration. In fact, during the last conclave in 1978, from which he emerged as pope, he openly read Marxist literature, to the delight of Third World cardinals - many of them left-wing oriented - who eventually voted for him.

His acting talent and Marxist sympathies were synthesized during his recent tour of Spain in November 1982, where they were magnified by an unprecedented propaganda campaign and a TV saturation second to none. His audiences large by any standard (in Madrid they surpassed a million) listened to his praise, first of the king, and then of the new socialist leader, elected by a landslide only two days before the pope's arrival.

From there he proceeded to visit sundry cities of Spain, where he delivered 49 addresses and celebrated about 20 or so religious ceremonies, all within the space of ten days. In Avila he averred that his favourite saints were St. John of the Cross and St. Theresa of Avila, two local mystics who, the superstitious believe, levitated (that is, rose upwards) when in a trance. Then he told the 3000 nuns of the Carmelite and other orders that contemplative life was fine, and ended by commenting, "What do you know of the consumer society?" The nuns giggled at the papal reference to their ignorance of the reality outside their convents. Some financiers in many parts of the world, however, were not amused, since they had just accused the Banco Ambrosiano with its ties to the Vatican of misplacing, via miscalculation or plain fraud, about 1.4 billion dollars, no less.

In Salamanca, the celebrated medieval university city, he lauded Catholic scholarship but forgot to mention one Christopher Columbus, who was laughed to scorn by the clever Catholic theologians because of his unheard of proposition that he could reach known and unknown lands by navigating westward. He Praised the founder of the Jesuit order but never mentioned that order's sinister historical intrigues, and even less those currently being carried out in Latin America with the Jesuits' mischievous Liberation Theology.

But Pope Wojtyla's main topic, of all things, was-guess what-human rights. His advocacy of them would have been comical had it not been so tragic. His sudden conversion to human rights, now a popular slogan everywhere, is a phenomenon worthy of consideration, in view of the fact that he spoke for the same church that created the Inquisition.

The Inquisition was one of the most anti-"human rights" creations of Catholicism. It terrorised Europe; in [4] particular it paralysed Spain for centuries. Europeans were arrested, imprisoned, tortured, and burned alive during endless autos-da-fe. Men, women, and even children were sent to their deaths for daring to whisper doubts about Catholic dogmas. Spain, where Pope Wojtyla was talking about human rights, was the Inquisition's last bastion. The inquisition, in fact, was abolished there only during the last century.

The popes supported not only the Inquisition of yore, but the Fascist tyrants of our times as well: Franco in Spain, Mussolini in Italy, and Hitler in Germany, not to mention minor dictators in the rest of Europe. When invoking "human rights", therefore, Wojtyla sounded incongruous, if not unconvincing. The pope was appeasing socialistic aims in the hope that the church could maintain her privileges. It has long been the policy of the Roman Catholic Church to adapt itself, when it was in the interest of the church, to whatever form of government might best serve its purposes. After praising "the will of the people," something in which the church has never believed, he indicated to the "pinks" that the church and Spanish socialism could co-operate well, as long as the socialists respected the laws of the church, and education was left to her and not to the state.

This, notwithstanding the fact that the new Spain, while still the most Catholic country of Europe, is, from the Catholic viewpoint, changing very rapidly for the worse. Whereas it is true that Spain still supplies a large contingent of nuns, it is no less true that nowadays more than two-thirds of the population does not attend mass, that the number of aspirants to the priesthood has dropped dramatically, and that a general cynicism about the social attitude of the church is widespread at all levels of Spanish society.


The opinion that the church is as opportunistic as ever was confirmed by Wojtyla's continuous flattering of Spanish workers. In Seville, the poorest province, for example, he told the campesinos that they were the lowest-paid toilers of the country - as if they did not know it already - advising them to ask for higher wages, reminding them also that if they were very poor, others (their employers) were very rich. The land on which they, the workers, toiled, he said, was in the hands of the 'very few." This was clear incitement to social unrest.

Towards the end of his tour, Pope Wojtyla visited Barcelona, the most populous city of Spain and the former capital of the republican Communist government during the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish proletariat now is as politically active as in the past. The speeches he received and delivered could have been those of commissars robed in clerical garb.

One worker greeted the "Holy Father" with an oration worthy of Trotsky. He recited to Comrade Wojtyla all the troubles of himself and of his other comrades in Barcelona. They had no water, he said, no parking places, no bathrooms, and no work. Could, would Comrade the Pope do something about it?

Comrade the Pope promised. The workers had the right to work, to good wages, to all the things the speaking comrade told them. And so on and so on. The Gospels were never mentioned. During the papal visit, Spain experienced some of the most torrential rainstorms known there in many years. Tragedy struck in the drowning of dozens of people.

Had it not been for the black soutanes and the scarlet skullcaps of the prelates shoulder to shoulder with the comrades, it could have been [5] a typical meeting in any socialist or Communist oriented city in Europe. Each time the pope addressed the crowds he delivered open or veiled political commentaries. The Gospels of Christ, when mentioned at all, were quoted only as mere stop-gaps to socialist orations. His visit thus turned into a veritable political campaign, disguised under the mantle of religions cynical courting of the new socialistic Spain.

The cost was a heavy one, not only in lost support of the lay and ecclesiastical forces, which were aggrieved by his political stance, but also in monetary terms. The expenditure for the papal helicopter and for the receptions, masses, and the like ran into millions of dollars. His Holiness, for all such extravagant spending, had to travel squeezed into a white bullet-proof "Popemobile," like an outlandish curio, surrounded by thousands of security men who sometimes outnumbered the spectators. An ambulance followed all the time, as did top surgeons, who had been ordered to stay on the alert 24 hours a day.

The precautions were justified. In Madrid a top security general was killed near the papal cavalcade; while in the turbulent Basque country the pope's movements were diverted because of a plot to kill him.

The Spanish tour, in short, proved to be not a pastoral visit, but a veritable political exercise directed at influencing the new Spanish proletariats proletariat, incidentally, whose support for the church is slipping very rapidly, not only because of the brassy politicising of the present pope, Karol Wojtyla, however, seemed to have noticed nothing, immersed as he was in the rapturous adulation of his audiences whose multitudes had surpassed al the dreams of his early youth. Following ten days of monumental publicity, he finally left, to the relief of many, starting with the authorities.

After a brief stay in Rome, Pope Wojtyla flew to Sicily, the home of the Mafia. And again, tragedy struck at once. On the very day he arrived, the Mafia killed four people, having already gunned down a top general shortly before his visit.

He had not yet flown back to Italy, however, when Wojtyla, who, after about 20 voyages abroad, seems truly to have caught the proverbial restlessness of the wandering Jew of yore, announced his next visitation, this time to Central America. The visit of the theologically reactionary but socialistically oriented pope to the Central American republics is a dangerous exercise in religious ideological brinkmanship. His presence there will remind the guerrillas that he is the godfather of Solidarity back in Poland, while anti-red administrations will see him only as the messenger of social unrest and therefore as a most dangerous visitor, interfering in a most perilous part of the Western Hemisphere. Wojtyla's words may very well help to sharpen the conflict in El Salvador, where during the last three years more than 34,000 people have died in civil strife. If his visit to Spain is any indication, Karol Wojtyla, the ex-quarry worker and would-be actor, will be unable to resist his urge to preach socialist-inspired restlessness in Central America. But whereas in Spain or Sicily his red homilies could have been weakened by rhetorical innuendoes, in Central America the sponsoring of left-wing ideologies could truly turn into political dynamite. A spark kindled by "the vicar of Christ," as Wojtyla calls himself so often, could set off explosions whose devastating results no one can foresee. The victims, then, would be both the church and the people whom Pope Wojtyla in his [6] customary manner would have encouraged, behind pious clerical aphorisms, to solve their problems via unrest and political violence.

Pope Wojtyla's ceaseless peregrinations far from bringing reconciliation and harmony to disturbed lands, contribute to additional discord, social restlessness, revolution, and more anarchy.

(Reproduced from "Faith for The Family").

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"Watch Out For The Burglar"
A Sermon Preached by Dr. Paisley in The Martyrs Memorial Church

Three texts of Holy Scripture, Nehemiah chapter 4 and verse 9, "Nevertheless, we made our prayer unto our God, and set a watch against them day and night because of them." The Gospel according to Matthew chapter 24 and verse 43, "But know this, that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched and would not have suffered his house to be broken up." The last chapter of 1 Corinthians, chapter 16 and verse 13, "Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong."

The richest man on earth is the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. He has riches more valuable than all the treasures ever hoarded in the vaults of the Bank of England. He has wealth which far exceeds all the wealth ever mined in the diamond mines at Kimberley. He has a treasure that far exceeds all the treasures ever hoarded in Fort Knox. He is the richest man on earth. He has treasures of mind. He has treasures of heart. He has treasures of conscience and he has treasures of soul. He has treasures that have blessed him yesterday. He has treasures which will bless him today, and he has treasures that will bless him for ever more.

When man has temporal treasure he looks after it. He takes steps to safeguard it; to secure it; to keep it from the burglar and from the thief. He works to keep his treasures secure. He takes time. He spends money, he uses his talent towards that specific end.

Now, the tragedy among God's people is this, that they don't take time, and they don't use their talents, and they don't use their money for the preservation, for the defence of the riches - the great riches that are theirs through the Gospel, in that "the children of this world are wiser than the children of God," as the Lord Jesus Christ said in His parable.

There are forces abroad in our world today and they are ready to blast the riches of the believer, they are ready to break into the mind, the conscience, the heart, the memory and the soul of the believer, and steal from him his great heritage, his great treasure, his great riches in Christ. Let me for a moment say, there are those in the Church who would steal the great riches of our Christian faith. Was there ever a day when more attacks are being made on the Christian faith in the Church than today? The sounding board of unbelief, of infidelity, of atheism is not the Atheistic Club or the secular society, but the pulpit has become the sounding board of a great campaign to destroy the foundations of our Christian heritage.

The Lord Jesus Christ went into the Temple, I would remind you, and what did He say? He said, "Ye have made it a den of thieves." What has happened? Go into the temple of Christendom today and you will find that they have made that temple a den of thieves. They would steal away the Purity of my Saviour's Birth. They would steal away the Deity of my [8] Saviour's Being. They would steal away the Sinless Humanity of my Saviour's Person. They would steal away the reality of His miracles; the Veracity of His speech; the Potency of His Death; the Efficacy of His Blood; the Actuality of His Resurrection; the Majesty of His Ascension and the Mystery of His Coming again. The hand of the thief is seen raised against the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Alas, today, many have lost their Christian faith.

I heard about a young Presbyterian minister who professes to be an evangelical, and he was speaking to one of our ministers in the past few days, and he said to him, "You know, John Calvin was a far better theologian than even Jesus Christ." That is from the lips of an evangelical.

Listen, my friend, Jesus Christ was the Epitome of all theology. He Himself was the Incarnation of Eternal Truth, and no man is fit to tie the ratchet of His shoes either scientifically, theologically or any other way. He is the Godman - the Blessed Son of God!

We are living in a day when there has been thieving in the church of the treasure of the Christian faith. I don't want to labour that this morning, for I have more important things to dwell largely upon.

There are those in the nation who would steal our Christian heritage. The great bulwark of the nation that professes Christianity is its attitude to the Lord's Day. I want to say something. I know how much a man loves the Lord when I measure how much he loves the Lord's Day. If a man or a woman is prepared to appropriate God's Holy Day for a holiday, then I know that man has no real honour or respect or worship in his heart to the Lord of the Day Himself. Of course the great battle today is against the Lord's Day, for if the Lord's Day is destroyed then there will be free course to the tides of secularism and the tides of ungodliness let loose upon this land.

I am glad to say that on Friday the British House of Commons threw out a Bill which proposed that Sunday would become a regular trading day like any other day. And although that Bill's provisions would not have applied immediately to Northern Ireland yet, as I said in my speech in the House, we would have had the knock-on effect and soon they would have been sponsoring similar legislation for Northern Ireland. I had the opportunity of standing up in the House and saying that the greatest argument for keeping Sunday different from any other day was the fourth commandment, and I said the Father of the House, Mr. Parker, who has been known for years as a bitter opponent of God's Day, got it right when he said that Lord's Day observance people wouldn't bow to any consensus, and neither we will because it is not our law it is God's law, and the nation that believes "Thou shalt do not murder" must also believe "Thou shalt keep holy the Lord's Day." I felt a great thrill in my soul on Friday as I stood up. I noticed none of the Press here even carried a line of it. God does miracles, and I was in the Lobby against that Bill with the greatest motley crowd of Members of Parliament - right-wing Tories, Roman Catholic Tories, Roman Catholic Labour men, Wedgie Benn, [9] Trade Unionists, fellow travellers with Communists, and they were all there voting against Sunday opening, and as I sat in the Lobby and watched them pass I said, "The God of miracles is still alive, He is still alive!" And by 205 votes to 106 that Bill was killed. I trust it is buried in a Sadducee's grave never to see a resurrection. We should thank God! As I sat in that House I said, "Thank God, there is hope for this nation."

God Who made Britain great, thank God, can make her great again! I believe in the destiny of this nation. I believe that God has still great things to do for our nation. Let us thank God and take courage.

Yes, there are those who would steal our Christian heritage. We need to watch out for the burglar. We need to watch out for the thief.

Then there are those in the world who would steal away our spiritual life. It is upon this thought that I want to dwell largely this morning.

You know, you have a casket of diamonds in your possession - the diamond of minutes, hours, days, months and years. You know what God says? God says, "Redeem the time because the days are evil," and if there is one thing Satan wants to do, it is to thieve away our time. Don't you discover when you make up your mind, to pray, that you hear the voice saying, "Do this. Do that. Do something else"? And how many times we have heeded that voice? It is none other than the voice of the Devil, and we haven't obeyed the command of God. Thieving our time. Let me ask you a simple question, and let me be very personal. Sit down this week and note down all the times you sit in front of the television set, just make a note of it. Note down all the time you spend reading the paper. Note down all the time you spend washing and sleeping, and don't forget, note that down. Note down all the time you spend with your friends in relaxation, and all the time you spend at work, and then ask yourself the question - Who thieved away your time for God? I happen to know how precious time is, and I happen to hear louder than you ever heard cries in my ears-Do this and do that! But I want to tell you, I couldn't stand in this pulpit today and preach this message to you if I didn't take time for God; to read His Word; to study His Truth and to prepare for my work for the Lord.

People say, "How do you do it?" I tell you how you do it, you redeem the time, that is how you do it. This Church must redeem its time. We need time for these Sabbath Schools. I want to tell you, nothing delights my heart more than to see the young people of this Church getting up early on a Sunday morning and getting out to the early morning prayer meeting, and then going away out there to Finaghy to teach those boys and those girls, And it is nice to see this crowd of children in our service this morning, it delights my heart. My friend, it is not for them to do it, you too must enter into this work. Let this Church start to watch out for the thief that has been stealing away this precious time that can be used in Christian service, time for the reading of God's Word.

You know, if I stood up this morning and said this Book wasn't true and its accuracy I challenged, you would rise up and throw me out of the [10] pulpit, and rightly so, but if you think so much of this Book why - is it that you don't read it? How many Christians here have read through this whole Book? I was talking to a man the other day, he has been thirty years on the road, and he was telling me, "This year is the first year I have started to read my Bible through." And he said, "If I had never become a Free Presbyterian, if I had stayed in the Baptist denomination I belonged to, I never would have read it through, but I hear so much from the pulpit of men that read the Bible from Genesis to Revelation every year, I made up my mind I'm going to read it as well." Why don't you read the Bible? Are you allowing the Devil to steal away from you this priceless heritage? Would it not be terrible when you go to Heaven that you will have to go into Infants' Class, and God will say, "You never read the Bible through, so that is the first thing you are going to do now." Think of it! I wonder how many members of the Martyrs Memorial Church will be in Infants' Class in Heaven, starting to read all the Bible through? When you meet Nehemiah and he says, "Did you read my Book?" "No, I never read your. Book." Well, if it wasn't Heaven Nehemiah would clout you on the ear and he would say, "How dare you not to have read the Book that the Holy Spirit inspired me to write." Is it not about time we became a Bible-reading people? You know why we haven't faith that removes the mountains? You know why we are not doing miracles for God? You know why the church is so slow and awkward in its Christian service? Because the germ of faith is not sown in our hearts. "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God."

I was reading my lesson today, it was over in Genesis in the chapter of Joseph. When I came into the prayer-meeting there was a lady praying and she was saying how God blessed Joseph, and so He did, and if you read that great chapter, the thirty-eighth chapter of Genesis, you will find that Joseph was prosperous, God prospered him. They put him in prison, but he still prospered. They put him in irons, but he still prospered. Listen, my friend, if you read the Bible God will give your soul a prosperity that you never dreamed of. The Blessed Man of Psalm chapter 1, "His delight is in the law of God, and all he doeth shall prosper." How do I know a man is reading the Book? I see the prosperity of his soul, and that prosperity runs out even into his secular life.

Let me give you an illustration. I led a man to the Lord, he is still a member of this Church. He was a drunkard in the early days of my ministry; a fierce and terrible drunkard, and one night in the mission in Crossgar, thank God, God met that man and saved his soul. Now, his business was very bad as a result of his drinking. He had a number of lorries on the road in a transport business, and it was bad. I went to him one day and I said to him, "Friend, I am going to put up my old tent." I had a tent in those days, it was as black as the black hole of Calcutta, it was a khaki tent. If you had not an electric light in it, you would have been in the blackness of darkness for ever. I said, "I want to shift the tent." He ' said, "Where?" I said, "I have forms, I have ropes, I have poles, I have tent seats, I have a pulpit, I want them shifted." He said, "Wherever you like we will [11] shift it." We shifted the tent, and ever since that day and that time he always shifted my tent. Now his business hit a bad spot, and one of his men came to him, an ungodly man, do you know what he said? He said, "I think, boss, you better see the preacher, for every time you shift a tent, God prospers your business, so you better ask him does the tent need shifted, because if it does we will get a bit of prosperity." Even an ungodly man saw the results of God's blessing on that man's business. God prospers those that love His Word. "Oh, how I love Thy Word!" Do you? Would you do without your breakfast to read the Book? Would you do without your supper to read the Book? Would you get out of bed if you hadn't your chapters read, and say, "I'll not sleep, I'll not let sleep come to my eyelids until I have read the portion of the Book." I tell you, friend, we need to love the Book, and I'll tell you something, if you get a love for God's Word you'll not be able to do without it. I cannot do without reading the Book now. I don't care what happens I must read this Book.

My police officer said to me yesterday, "You are always reading that Book." I said, "Yes, I must read it." One of them said, "You mark it, sir." "Yes," I said, "I mark it. I mark those things that bite into my soul." You know, when you are reading the Book, God has a word that bites into your heart, and you go away with a staff in your hand and a light in your soul.

Watch the thief, the burglar that is stealing your time for God's Word. I'll tell you, friend, if you cannot get victory over the television set, put the boot through it, yes! There are some people and they will never get victory over it, they could never turn it off. I go into homes and when you go in they turn it down but they don't turn it off. Thank God there is a switch on it, and, thank God, you can put your foot through it and get liberty. Some Christians would need to do that. Some pious Christians would need to do it. I know people and they are so pious you would think the piety was coming out of their ears, and down their nostrils, but you go into their home and have a look at what they practise. It is not the person who takes a great stand outside that is always right. I have seen people who took a great stand outside and inside their heart and home it was only hypocrisy.

I remember once going to a home in a certain town and this man was a very pious man, and he came to the door and he had an apron in his hand, he had been working for the wife, a very good thing to do, something that I never indulge in, and he ran before me into the house and he threw the apron over a beautiful new television set. I just went in and lifted it off, and I said, "I wouldn't hide that, it is a beautiful piece of furniture," and he was all embarrassed. If there is anything in your house embarrasses you, you shouldn't have it there. You get that, anything in your house that embarrasses you, you ought not to have it there, you remember that.

I must take time to read the Book. Don't let the burglar get in and steal that time away. I will tell you something else, I must take time to do service for Christ. I must do some work. Every member of this Church [12] should have a job in the Church to do, and they can all do it. Friend, you are never happier than when you're working. You know, work is a great thing. I know, at home, when I can get my boys working I have perfect peace. But when they have nothing to do, then they fight as all boys do. Don't look pious young man, you fight too. Many a fight I had with my brother Harold, and many a time I put him on the floor and hammered his head off, and many a time he did the same with me. People say to me, "Our families are angels." I say, "You're a liar, because every family has total depravity in the heart, we all know that." And you know, I will tell you something else, in the time of sorrow and difficulty the best thing is to work harder for God. Do you know that God is a worker. "My Father worketh hitherto, and I work." I want to tell you, the curse of this day is this disease that people don't want to work. I know, of course, there are people who cannot get work, it is the cancer of unemployment and it has to be resisted and fought, but there are people who could work and they don't want to work, they have no idea of what work is about. There have been inroads of that. We don't serve the Lord with relish. We don't serve Him with zeal. We wake up on a Sunday morning, we don't jump out of bed and say, "Hallelujah! this is God's way. I'm glad I'm not going to do secular work today, I'm glad I'm going to get to God's House, I hope that fellow has a good sermon and I hope Ian plays the organ loud and well, and I hope that we have a good time, and I hope there is no retiring offering." Maybe you say that!

Let me say to you today, we need to start and enjoy God's service. Are you happy in the service of God today? I'm the happiest preacher across this world. I couldn't be more happy. Thinking of coming to God's House today my soul was filled with the thrill of it. Thank God this day is Your day. Help me to preach the Word! Help me to encourage the people! Help me to pray for souls! That is the desire of my heart. May God revive us again that His people may rejoice in Him!

AMEN AND AMEN!

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A Tribute to Rev. D. R. Hill: A MR. VALIANT FOR TRUTH

"So he passed over and all the trumpets sounded for him on the other side" - John Bunyan

The Rev. Donald Hill, the Hon. Secretary of the English Churchman Trust died suddenly on November 15th, 1982, at Twickenham Preparatory School, where he had been headmaster for the past 12 years.

Mr. Hill, who was nearly 61, was born at High Roding Rectory, Dunmow, Essex. His boyhood years were spent at Leamington Spa where his father, the late Rev. H. R. H. Hill was incumbent of St. Luke's (1923-1940); and later Rector of Stoke Ash, Suffolk.

Donald Hill graduated at Cambridge (Fitzwilliam House), and was ordained by Christopher Maude Chavasse, Bishop of Rochester to the curacy of St. Stephen's, Tonbridge in 1945, during the incumbency of the late W. J. Graham Hobson. Thereafter Mr. Hill devoted himself to teaching, and was for some years at Eversfield Preparatory School, Solihull with the late Rev. Hewlett J. Peacock. Subsequently he moved to Pinner, and then to Twickenham. He was ever ready to assist in parish ministry, particularly in, but by no means only, in school holidays. He was ever ready to proclaim the everlasting Gospel, and staunchly to uphold the principles of the Protestant Reformation. Devoted personal concern both for the elderly as well as for the young was a marked feature of his ministry.

He supported wholeheartedly a number of Protestant and evangelical societies and trusts, and was a valued member of their councils. These included the Trinitarian Bible Society; the Society for Irish Church Missions; the Bible League Quarterly, and others. He gave himself unsparingly for the Word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ.

AN IRREPARABLE LOSS

This article is being written under a dark shadow. For news has just come in of the sudden and unexpected homecall of the Rev. D. R. Hill, M.A., for many years a trustee of the English Churchman.

Donald Rupert Hill was a son of a Protestant Evangelical stalwart, the late Rev. H. R. H. Hill, who did so much for the old Church Association in its fight against ritualism in the Church of England. With his brother Gordon H. Hill, our assistant editor, Donald undertook the major part of the work in producing this paper each fortnight.

A schoolmaster by profession, D. R. Hill was at his death Headmaster of the Twickenham Preparatory School. All through his adult life he had worked for and with boys in schools and camps. He was a very gifted teacher, able to make difficult things both easy and interesting. This gift he carried over into his writing and his pulpit and platform ministry. His [14] simple, happy style blended with a deep knowledge of the Scriptures and of the Gospel of grace to make him a powerful minister. And although he was concerned in many controversial matters this charming forthright manner endeared him even to his opponents.

Although it would be an exaggeration to speak of him as young, Donald was always in the forefront of the "younger" Protestants - in a sense a second generation warrior. The old Truth and Faith Committee did its work well - and successfully - fighting with vigour against the errors in the proposed Prayer Books of 1927-28. When the so-called "Canon Law of the Church of England" reared its head and sought doctrinal and liturgical changes by what he saw as back door methods, Donald Hill revived the committee. Its earlier victories will not be repeated - for many reasons - but T. & F. was responsible for many concessions to the evangelical conscience.

In more recent days he had been a wise and scholarly opponent of that false unity evidenced by the ecumenical movement, and of changes in doctrine and worship in the Alternative Service Book. Donald was a Bible man, a Prayer Book man, a man of prayer, purpose and perseverance.

A schoolmaster and an academic, Donald was not out of touch with things. His ordination was postponed until 1945, after he had taken his degree at Cambridge, because of his National Service. For him that meant a spell down the mines as a "Bevin Boy" and he knew and understood both the working man and the ordinary boy and longed to bring them to know the Saviour.

To the English Churchman Donald's death is an irreparable loss. As a trustee he succeeded Mr. J. P. D. R. Ormiston, son of the trust's founder. For him it was never a formality, and in recent years it is true to say that without his industry the paper would have foundered. He collected and sub-edited news, wrote articles, did the paste-up, went to the printers, helped in the office and led the work of the Trust. Nor were his Interests limited to this paper, as many Protestant, Evangelical and Bible organisations well know. Like his great friend, the late Rev. Hewlett Peacock, from whom he learned so much, Donald was unmarried. Every moment 6f his spare time was spent in Gospel work, as indeed was his whole life.


As we remember D.R.H. with thanksgiving, we thank God and take courage. We can only pray that this newspaper will find it true that "God carries off His workmen, but carries on His work." At this sad moment we cannot see how that can be.

(Reproduced from "The English Churchman")

The Rev. Dr. Hill was a firm friend of the Free Presbyterian Church - Editor. [15]

1483 * 1983 500th ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER'S BIRTH

This year marks the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther's Birth. We hope to carry special articles each month this year on the great Reformer, his life and ministry.

At the 400th Anniversary of Luther's Birth, in 1883, C. H. Spurgeon preached at a Special Service in the Exeter Hall on the 11th of November. The following is part of that commemoration sermon on Luther. 

THE LUTHER SERMON By C. H. Spurgeon

You have heard a great deal about Luther's preaching salvation by faith alone. Now, let us turn to Luther's life, and see what Luther himself meant by it. What kind of faith did Luther himself exhibit by which he was justified?

First, in Luther's case, faith led him to an open avowal of what he believed. Luther did not mean to go up to heaven by the back stairs, as many young men hope to do. You wish to be Christians on the sly, so as to escape the offence of the cross. Luther did not refuse to confess Christ and take up His cross and follow Him. He knew that he who with his heart believeth, must also with his mouth make confession, and he did so right nobly. He began teaching and preaching the truth which had enlightened his own soul. One OT his sermons displeased Duke George of Saxony; but as it saved a lady of high rank Luther did not fret. He was not the man to conceal truth because it was dangerous to avow it. Tetzel came with his precious indulgences, and his releases for souls in purgatory. Thousands of good Catholics were indignant; but no one would bell the cat. Luther called Tetzel "servant of Pope and of the devil," and declared, "As he came among practising on the credulity of the people I could not refrain from protesting against it, and opposing his odious career." Without mincing words, or attempting to speak politely, Luther went at him fearless of consequences. He believed in the blessings of grace "without money and without price," and he did not conceal his convictions. He nailed his theses to the church door where all might read them. When astronomers require a new constellation in the heavens let it be "the hammer and nails." O you who make no profession, let this man's outspoken faith rebuke you! [16]

His dauntless valour for truth caused him to be greatly hated in his own day with a ferocity which has not yet died out. Luther is still the best hated man in certain quarters. Witness the vile tracts which have been produced during the last fortnight, to the disgrace of the press which they defile. I can say no worse nor better of them than that they are worthy of the cause in whose interest they are issued. Mention the name of Luther and the bond-slaves of Rome gnash their teeth. This intense ill-feeling proves Luther's power. Young men, I do not know what your ambition may be; but I hope you do not wish to be in this world mere chips in the porridge, giving forth no flavour whatever. My ambition does not run in that line. I know that if I have no intense haters, I can have no intense lovers; and I am prepared to have both. When right-hearted men see honest love of truth in a man, they cry, "He is our brother. Let him be our champion." When the wrong-hearted reply, "Down with him!" we thank them for the unconscious homage which they thus pay to decision of character. No child of God should court the world's approbation. Certainly Luther did not. He pleased God, and that was enough for him.

His faith was of this kind also - that it moved him to a hearty reverence for what he believed to be Holy Scripture. I am sorry that he was not always wise in his judgment of what the Bible contains; but yet to him Scripture was the last court of appeal. If any had convinced Luther of error out of that Book, he would gladly have retracted; but that was not their plan, they simply said, "He is a heretic; condemn him or make him retract." To this he never yielded for an instant. Alas, in this age numbers of men are setting up to be their own inspired writers. I have been told that every man who is his own lawyer has a fool for his client; and I am inclined to think that, when any man sets up to be his own Saviour and his own revelation, much the same thing occurs. That conceited idea is in the air at this present: every man is excogitating his own Bible. Not so Luther. He loved the sacred Book! He fought by its help. It was his battle-axe and his weapon of war, A text if scripture fired his soul; but the words of tradition he rejected. He would not yield to Melancthon, or Zwingle, or Calvin, or whoever it might be, however learned or pious; he took his own personal faith to the Scripture, and according to his light he followed the Word of the Lord. May many a Luther be in this place!

The next thing I note was the Intense activity of his faith. Luther did not believe in God doing his own work, so as to lie by in idleness himself. Not a bit of it. A disciple once said to Mahomet, "I am going to turn my camel loose, and trust in providence . . . No," said Mahomet, "trust in providence, but tie up your camel carefully." This resembled Oliver Cromwell's Puritan precept, "Trust in God, but keep your powder dry." Luther believed above most men in keeping his powder dry. How he worked! By pen, by mouth, by hand; he was energetic almost beyond belief. He seemed a many-handed man. He did works which would have taxed the strength of hundreds of smaller men. He worked as if everything depended upon his own activity, and-then he fell back in holy trust upon [17] God as though he had done nothing. This is the kind of faith which saves a man both in this life and in that which is to come.

Again, Luther's faith abounded In prayer. What supplications they were! Those who heard them tell us of his tears, his wrestlings, his holy arguments. He would go into his closet heavy at heart, and remain there an hour or two, and then come forth singing, "I have conquered, I have conquered." "Ah," said he one day, "I have so much to do today that I cannot get through it with less than three hours' prayer." I thought he was going to say, "I cannot afford to give even a quarter of an hour to prayer"; but he increased his prayer as he increased his labour. This is the faith that saves - a faith that lays hold on God and prevails with Him in private supplication.

His was a faith that delivered him entirely from the fear of man. Duke George is going to stop him. "Is he?" said Luther. "If it were to rain Duke Georges I would go." He is exhorted not to go to Worms, for he will be in danger. If there were as many devils in Worms as there were tiles on the housetops he would be there. And he was there, as you all know, playing the man for the Gospel and for his God. He committed himself to no man, but kept his faith in God pure and unmingled. Popes, emperors, doctors, electors were all as nothing to Luther when they stood against the Lord. Be it so with us also.

His was a faith that made him risk all for the truth. There seemed no hope of his ever coming back from Worms alive. He was pretty sure to be burned like John Huss; and the wonder is that he escaped. His very daring brought him safety from peril. He expressed his regret that the crown of martyrdom would, in all probability, be missed by him; but the faith which is prepared to die for Jesus was within him. He who in such a case saves his life shall lose it, but he that loses his life for Christ's sake shall find it unto life eternal.

This was the faith that made Luther a man among men, and saved him from priestly affections. I do not know whether you admire what is thought to be very superior religion: it is a thing of beauty, but not of use; it ought always to be kept in a glass case; it is made up for drawing-rooms and religious meetings, but would be out of place in a shop or on a farm. Now, Luther's religion was with him at home, at the table as well as in the pulpit. His religion was part and parcel of his common life, and that life was free, open, bold, and unrestrained. It is easy to find fault with him from the superfine standpoint, for he lived in an honest unguardedness. My admiration kindles as I think of the hearty openness of the man. I do not wonder that even ungodly Germans revere him, for he is all a German, and all a man. When he speaks he does not take his words out of his mouth to look at them, and to ask Melancthon whether they will do; but he hits hard, and he has spoken a dozen sentences before he has thought whether they are polished or not. Indeed, he is utterly indifferent to criticism, and speaks what he thinks and feels. He is at his ease, for he [18] feels at home: is he not everywhere in his great Father's House? Has he not a pure and simple intent to speak the truth and to the right?

I like Luther with a wife and children. I like to see him with his family and a Christmas-tree, making music with little Johnny Luther on his knee. I love to hear him sing a little hymn with the children, and tell his pretty boy about the horses in heaven with golden bridles and silver saddles. Faith had not taken away his manhood, but sanctified it to noblest uses. Luther did not live and move as if he were a mere cleric, but as a brother to our common humanity. After all, brethren, you must know that the greatest divines have to cut bread and butter like other people. They shut their eyes before they sleep, and they open them in the morning, just like other folks. This is matter of fact, though some stilted gentleman might like us to doubt it. They feel and think like other men. Why should they seem as if they did not? Is it not a good thing to eat and drink to the glory of God, and show people that common things can be sanctified by the Word of God and prayer? What if we do not wear canonicals, and so on? The best canonicals in the world are thorough devotion to the Lord's work; and if a man lives aright, he makes every garment a vestment, every meal a sacrament, and every house a temple. All our hours are canonical, all our days holy days, every breath is incense, every pulse music for the Most High.

They tell us that Luther ignored good works. It is true he would not allow good works to be spoken of as the means of salvation; but of those who professed faith in Jesus he demanded holy lives. Luther abounded in prayer and charity. What an almsgiver Luther was! I fear he did not at all times duly regard the principles of the Charity Organisation Society. As he goes along, if there are beggars he empties his pockets for them. Two hundred crowns have just come in, and, though he has a family about him, he cries, "Two hundred crowns! God is giving me my portion in this life." "Here," says he to a poor brother minister, "take half. And where are the poor? Fetch them in. I must be rid of this!" I am afraid-that his Catherine was forced at times to shake her head at him; for, in truth, he was not always the most economical husband that might be. In almsgiving he was second to none, and in all the duties of life he rose far beyond the level of his age. Like all other men he had his faults; but as his enemies harp on that string, and go far beyond the truth, I need not dwell upon his failings. I wish that the detractors of Luther were half as good as he. All the glory of his grand career be unto the Lord alone.

Lastly, Luther's faith was a faith that helped him under struggles that are seldom spoken of. I suppose that never man had greater soul-conflict than Luther. He was a man of heights and depths. Sometimes he went up to Heaven and he sang his hallelujahs; and then he went down again into the abyss with his "misereres." I am afraid that, great, vigorous man that he was, he had a bad liver. He was grievously afflicted in body in ways which I need not mention; and he was sometimes laid aside for months together, being so racked and tortured that he longed to die. His pains [19] were extreme, and we wonder how he endured them so well. But ever between the attacks of illness Luther was up again preaching the word of God. Those desperate struggles with the devil would have crushed him but for his faith. The devil seems to have been constantly assailing him, and he was constantly assailing the devil. In that tremendous duel he fell back upon his Lord, and, trusting in Omnipotence, he put Satan to rout.

Young men, I pray that a Luther may spring up from your ranks. How gladly would the faithful welcome him! I, who am more a follower of Calvin than of Luther, and much more a follower of Jesus than of either of them, would be charmed to see another Luther upon this earth.

God bless you, brethren, for Christ's sake. Amen. [20]

SPECIAL MISSIONARY REPORT
by Rev. David McIlveen (Chairman of Mission Board)

In September, 1982, the Mission Board of the Free Presbyterian Church recommended to Presbytery the acceptance of a number of graduates from the Whitefield College of the Bible as candidates for missionary work. The decision was unique in the history of our denomination for it was the first time that students had the opportunity to train specifically for missionary work in a Free Presbyterian College. However, mingled with our joy there is the awareness of our responsibility as a Mission Board to give leadership in what canonry be described as one of the most difficult departments in God's work. Missionary work has always been the target of the Devil's opposition as he seeks to restrict the Christian church to a self-centred position thus robbing it of a vision 'To go into all the world and preach the Gospel.' As a church we are deeply indebted to the Lord for opening Churches in America, Canada and Australia, and this gives us great encouragement to enter through the other open doors of opportunity which God in His Providence may be pleased to grant us.

OPPORTUNITIES

Most of the graduates who have recently been accepted by the Presbytery are prayerfully engaged in getting ready for their missionary work, while some have already been engaged in active service for the Lord.

SAM HOUSTON

Mr. Houston has been a source of great encouragement to many of the congregations throughout Ulster. His God-given gift of door to door evangelistic work has undoubtedly been used by the Lord to reach many souls with the Gospel of Christ. We thank God for this opportunity of bringing His Word to the needy people of Ulster.

MR. EDWIN BEATTIE AND MR. LYLE BOYD

Mr. Beattie and Mr. Boyd are presently labouring for the Lord in the city of Dublin. Their task, as one might readily appreciate, is one of extreme difficulty as they work among a people whose hearts are not open to Gospel Truth. Already the Lord has been pleased to provide a suitable place to live, and our brethren are looking forward to seeing the Lord work in the capital of the Republic of Ireland. [21]

MISS RHONDA ARMSTRONG AND MISS PAT MILLS

Soon Miss Armstrong and Miss Mills will be leaving their respective congregations of Dungannon and Ballymoney to set up 'home' in the city of Cork. Moving to the extreme south of the island presents its obvious problems. For as a Church we are moving into unknown territory, but we believe that the Lord will bless our sisters as they seek to gain the confidence of the people and present to them the Gospel of redeeming grace which is the unsearchable riches of Christ. Please join with us in prayer as we seek God for His guidance in the securing of suitable accommodation in the city of Cork.

MR. HUGH BROWNLOW AND MR. DESMOND McCOMB

Mr. Brownlow and Mr. McComb have been actively engaged in evangelistic work over the past number of months. Believing that the Lord has called them to be evangelists in our Church they have conducted some Gospel campaigns in the Province. It is the intention of the Mission Board to provide a portacabin so as our brethren can move from place to place conducting missions without the problem of seeking the use of a public meeting place.

MR. NOEL STEVENSON

Mr. Stevenson is working on a full-time basis with boys and girls. His gift for such a work is deeply appreciated and recognised throughout many of our congregations. In his special ministry there is presented the need of seeking to reach a whole generation who tragically have little upbringing on the fundamentals of the faith.

MR. ROBERT WALSH

Mr. Walsh is waiting for the opportune time to go to Canada. So far this opportunity has not come the way of the Mission Board: but we believe that the Lord will perfect that which concerneth us.

MISS MARGARET RUSSELL

Miss Russell has been accepted as a worker in the land of Kenya, and it is hoped that in the not too distant future she will be engaged in the Lord's work in that needy part of the world.

As a Mission Board we are thankful for these openings through which we can channel our young people who the Lord has directly called to His work. We constantly pray that many more opportunities for service will be made possible as we seek in the Lord's Name to embrace the world with the pure message of God's Divine and Sovereign grace. [22]


OBLIGATIONS

In most missionary societies the missionary is expected to get 100% of their financial support, but as a Church we are seeking to follow a financial structure which gives encouragement to the missionary but at the same time provides opportunity for the individual to prove the Lord's faithfulness in meeting the day by day need.

Subsequently the following financial rules are being adopted:

(1) The Mission Board of the Church will be responsible for 30% of the graduate's support. The exact amount of this support will be dependent on the cost of living in the country in which the graduate is working.

(2) The other 70% of the support must come from the covenants which either congregations or individuals may enter into with the graduate concerned. All such Covenants are to be sent to Rev. C. Menary, 27 Kilmore Road, Crossgar, Co. Down.

(3) Personal gifts must be sent to Rev. C. Menary whose responsibility it will be to see that specific gifts are used for the work that they have been sent for.

At the moment the Mission Board meets the need for 1,000 per month with the acceptance that this will increase substantially year by year. It is hoped that Covenant support will meet the required amount of 2,600 per month. The Mission Board is not unmindful of the many commitments that people have in all our Churches, but I trust on behalf of the Board that all of our graduates will receive the necessary support to enable them to go to the mission field, and there to establish a Free Presbyterian witness for the honour of the Lord's Name.

If you feel that you can give any help, no matter how small it might seem to be, please contact the Rev. C. Menary at the above address given. Your help will be deeply appreciated for we are labourers together with Him.

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