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Treachery and Blasphemy

The Ecumenical Movement is a movement to Rome. No better example could be given of this than the example illustrated in the picture opposite.

The Irish Methodist President expressing his ambition to be a Cardinal of Rome, and the Sinn Fein Cardinal O'Fee presenting him with the papal sash. How far removed from John Wesley the Founder of Methodism is Mr. Newell.

ECUMENICAL GESTURE as Methodist President dons sash, Cardinal Tomis O'Fee and Very Rev. Cecil A. Newell, President of the Methodist Church . n Ireland presented prizes at the recent prize-giving for the National Peace Week Schools Competition. Dr. Newell during his address mentioned that some day he might be wearing the robes of the Cardinal On hearing this, Cardinal O'Fee removed his sash and placed it on the Rev. Newell, much to the joy and amusement of all present (not least Bishop Dermot O'Mahony, Auxiliary in Dublin). The ecumenical gesture is captured in photographs above with Bishop O'Mahony applauding enthusiastically. The National Peace Week Competition is organised by Tr6caire and this year attracted over 3,500 entries.

John Wesley said:

"However, in many respects, the Pope has an indisputable claim to those titles. He is, in an emphatical sense, the man of sin, as he increases all [4] manner of sin above measure. And he is, too, properly styled, the son of perdition, as he has caused the death of numberless multitudes, both of his opposers and followers, destroyed innumerable souls, and will himself perish everlastingly. He it is that opposeth himself to the emperor, once his rightful sovereign; and that exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped. Commanding angels, and putting kings under his feet, both of whom are called gods in scripture; claiming the highest power, the highest honour; suffering himself, not once only, to be styled God or vice-God. Indeed no less is implied in his ordinary title, 'Most Holy Lord', or, 'Most Holy Father', so that he sitteth - Enthroned. In the temple of God. Mentioned Rev. 11:1. Declaring himself that he is God - claiming the prerogatives which belong to God alone."

"The offering of Christ, once made, is that perfect redemption, propitiation, and satisfaction for all the sins of the whole world, both original and actual; and there is none other satisfaction for sin but that alone. Wherefore the sacrifice of masses, in the which it is commonly said that the priest doth offer Christ for the quick and the dead, to have remission of pain or guilt, is a blasphemous fable and a dangerous deceit."

From the treachery of Mr. Newell we turn to the blasphemy of Rome. By orders of the Pope the weekend of March 24th marked one of the most blasphemous ceremonies which Rome has ever engaged in: - THE CONSECRATION OF THE WHOLE WORLD TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY.

Rome announced that as March 25th was the Feast of the Annunciation and as 1984 has already been set aside by "The Holy Father?" as the Jubilee Year of Redemption the celebrations over the weekend would be in order to, "CONSECRATE THE WHOLE WORLD TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY."

"Let us," says Rome, "consecrate ourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary so that we can identify ourselves with Christ."

It was in 1854 that the then Pope published a Bull declaring that the Virgin Mary had been born without sin. This is one of the most daring and palpable innovations of the church. The dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is in total opposition to the Word of God.

Mary had a heart as black as any other sinner's heart with sin. "The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked," applies equally to Mary's heart as to all our hearts.

Mary knew this and rejoiced in "God her Saviour". If she had not been a sinner she would not have needed an experience of Salvation.

To elevate Mary is to dethrone Christ and that is what Rome has done.

March 25th marked yet another of Rome's studied insults of the Lord Jesus and awful blasphemies against Him.

"Neither is there Salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven given among men whereby we must be saved". Acts 4:12. [6]

Answered Prayer

Dear Sir,

On the Lord's Day 26/2/84 the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster held a Day of Prayer and Fasting so that God would intervene and save our beloved Province from murder and bloodshed. We lift our hearts today in praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God, who doth all things well. Prayers were answered in the arrest of Dominic McGlinchy and for protecting the Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, Dr. Paisley, whose life this man had threatened. We also must acknowledge the sovereignty of Almighty God in having McGlinchy brought to heel on the 17th March, the very anniversary date when the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster was formed. Again we must thank God for the very swift extradition of this wanted terrorist from Eire, an incident unprecedented in the Republic's history, only a prayer-hearing God could bring this to pass. Then wonder of wonders McGlinchy was brought to face charges right in the heart of the constituency represented by the servant of God whom he so despised. God's ways are not our ways but we can tell that He it is that doth all things well.

When this call to prayer was made there were many who raised their voices in opposition but God has confounded these critics and has truly vindicated all those that did call on Him during that day of prayer and fasting. How true are the words of the Blessed Son of God in Matt. 17 v. 21, "Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting." Can we simply not draw the conclusion that God has all the answers to the problems of our troubled land and can we not see from these tokens of answered prayer that, "When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against hirn.11 (Isaiah 59, v. 19). "Oh that men would praise the Lord for His goodness and for His wonderful works to the children of men." (Psalm 107, v. 8).

Yours etc,
M. COTTON. Hebrews 13, v. 6.
"The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what men shall do unto me." [7]

THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY BY REV. R. P. BLAKENEY D.D.

Cardinal Cajetan, who is well known as a staunch supporter of the Papacy, wrote a treatise on the subject of the Immaculate Conception, in which he argues that the doctrine that the Virgin was conceived in sin is the most probable, since it has been taught by so many Fathers. He quotes Augustine, Ambrose, Chrysostom, Eusebius, Anselm, and many others, in support of his statement. The following are examples: -

Augustine says -

"He alone being made man, but remaining God, never had any sin, nor did he take on him a flesh of sin, though from the flesh of sin of his mother. For what of flesh he thence took, he either, when taken, immediately purified, or purified in the act of taking it." - P. 61, tom. x. Benedict Ed. Paris, 1630.

Again he says -

" Mary, springing from Adam, died because of sin; and the flesh of our Lord, derived from Mary, died to take away sin." - P. 1334, tom. X. ut supra.

Ambrose says -

"Of all that are born of woman, the holy Lord Jesus was the only one who experienced not the contagion of earthly corruption, by reason of the novelty of his immaculate birth." - P. 1300, tom. i. Bened. Ed. Paris, 1686.

Antonius, Archbishop of Florence, in the 15th century, who was afterwards canonised, collected authorities on the subject, and says -

"If the Scripture be duly considered, and the sayings of the doctors, ancient and modern, who have been most devoted to the glorious Virgin, it is plain from their words that she was conceived in sin." Part i. chap. ii. Lugd., 1542.

POPES AGAINST THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

Gregory the Great says -

"For he (Christ) alone was truly born holy." - P. 598, tom. i. Bened. Ed. Paris, 1705.

Innocent III says -

"Eve was produced without sin, but she brought forth in sin; Mary was produced in sin, but she brought forth without sin." - Sermo. II. De festo Assum Maria. Colon. 1552.

The Fathers of the Christian Church, and many of the most eminent

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"LIVING ROOM": A page for women, presented by Eileen Paisley

Of all the seven days of the week, Sunday is the busiest in our household. My husband is either at the early morning Prayer Meeting or at a prison service, and three of my family teach at morning Sunday School. After the 8 a.m. Prayer Meeting, it's breakfast and back to the Study for the preacher. My task is, firstly, to restore the kitchen to order and then complete the preparations for lunch. This is the one day in the week when everyone is able to sit down together and enjoy a real family meal. Monday 'till Friday everyone's timetable is different, so Sunday is indeed a special day for us.

The pre-church Prayer Meeting is at 10.30, so by 10.20 my husband is off again. I dash around getting the thousand-and-one little jobs done before leaving for Morning Worship. Afternoons bring for my family Sunday School and Bible Class, and a preaching engagement somewhere in the country for my husband. After that, there's just time for a quick 'cuppa' and then off again to Prayer Meeting and the evening service.

One very cold Sunday my twin sons and I arrived home to find the house decidedly chilly. It didn't take long to discover that the boiler wasn't working! I sent one son to the boiler house to investigate the problem and the other son I sent to the dining room to switch on the electric fire, so we could at least sit in a warm room to enjoy our lunch.

In a short time the boiler was roaring merrily, and soon the house was its usual warm self. The trouble wasn't serious, just a little bit of dirt, but it was enough to clog the boiler and render it unfit to heat the house.

The incident reminded me that Christians are just like my boiler. If we are to be of service to the Lord, we mustn't allow any little bits of dirt to clog our lives. We need to be kept clean. This is something we cannot do in our own strength. How we praise God for the precious Blood of the [9] Lord Jesus Christ which keeps on cleansing us from all sin. In I John 1:7 we read: "If we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the Blood of Jesus Christ, God's Son, cleanseth us from all sin." We need its cleansing applied to our hearts every day and every hour.

"We cannot be channels of blessing
If our hearts are not cleansed from a// sin,
We will barriers be, and a hindrance
To those we are trying to win.
"

Something else we have in common with my boiler is the need for regular fuelling. Mine is an oil-fired boiler, so it must be supplied with oil. If the oil in the tank runs out then the boiler cannot work. God's Word tells us to "desire the sincere milk of the Word that we may grow thereby" (I Peter 2:2). As believers we must have a continual supply of spiritual fuel to keep us burning brightly and keep our "house" warm, so that those at home and others whom we are in contact with will see Christ in us and be drawn to Him. Regular reading of God's Word and prayer will keep our hearts and lives fuelled.

Just as it would be a useless exercise to try and keep my boiler fuelled on coal, so it is a useless exercise to fill our minds on unsuitable reading material. Philippians 4:8 leaves us in no doubt as to the fuel we need: "Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, think on these things."

One other essential part of my boiler is the chimney. If it is not attended to and inspected it can easily become blocked with soot. How easy it is to let our witness become blocked with the soot and grime of this world, its pleasures and cares, its desires and ambitions. We must never forget that our lives can be a help or a hindrance to others, we can either be a blight or a blessing. Therefore, let us keep a careful watch that nothing chokes the power of the Holy Spirit in our lives.

"Search me O God, my actions try
And let my life appear
As seen by Thine all-searching eye,
To mine my way make clear.
Search all my thoughts, the secret springs
The motives that control,
The chambers where polluted things
Hold empire oer my soul.

Search, 'till Thy fiery glance
has cast
Its Holy light through all,
And I by grace am brought at last
Before Thy face to fall.
Thus prostrate
shall learn of Thee
What now
feebly prove,
That God alone in Christ can be
Unutterable Love.
"

[10-15 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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THE GOSPEL CALL REACHES TO THOSE WHOM MEN MAY EXCLUDE

They who are excluded by men, yea whom ministers are ready to exclude, are yet reached by the Gospel call. Men are ready to exclude from the Gospel call such as refuse and pour contempt upon it, such as mockers and scorners; yet we find such as these called. Prov. i, "How long ye simple ones will ye love simplicity, and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn ye at my reproof: behold I will pour out my Spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you."

Men are ready to exclude from the call of the Gospel, or the invitation to come and gather into Shiloh, such as are not sensible of the want of him, and think themselves happy enough without him. Men exclude insensible sinners, that, have no thirsty desire after Christ, but are satisfying themselves with other things; yet these are particularly called, as you may see, Isa. iv, "Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy and eat, yea come buy wine and milk, without money and without price. Wherefore do ye spend your money for that which is not bread, and your labour for that which satisfieth not? Hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness." Now you may know that the thirsting here is no desirable quality; it was a thirsting for that which did not satisfy, and a labouring for that which is not bread: and yet they are invited to come to him as one that hath a variety of supply; water to refresh, wine to cherish, milk to nourish, and all offered freely without money and without price. So that here even those thirsting after their lusts, and after the world, and unsatisfying vanities, are called. See also Rev. 3:8: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed; and eye-salve, that Thou mayest see." But who are they that are thus called? Even those who in the preceding verse, said they were rich and increased with goods and stood in need of nothing; even those who had no sense of their need of Christ. It is true, those who see not their need of Christ will not come; but whether they see it or not they are called, and laid under the highest obligation to come.

Now men are ready to exclude from the call of the Gospel those who are unhumbled and insensible of their sin and misery: but because God's free and gracious call can effectually work upon insensible, stupid, [17] brutish sinners, as well as upon the objects whom we reckon Most prepared, therefore sinners' want of sense and due conviction is brought in as a reason why they are called to come to Christ. I counsel thee to buy of me tried gold, white raiment, eye-salve; why? Because thou sayest, I am rich and increased with goods, and stand in need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked. Let none think then, because they do not see their wretched and undone state without Christ, therefore they are not concerned with His call; nay upon that very account you are concerned, says the Spirit of God; and you may object what you will, but you will not get the call put by you. Shift this call as you will, it will rise up in judgment against you if you do not answer it. If you are an insensible sinner, not knowing that you are poor and miserable, thinking that you are rich enough already, and do not see that you are wretched, blind, and naked, you have the more need to come to Christ, that He may give you eye-salve that you may see your misery without Him, and your remedy in Him.

Thus we are warranted to spread the Gospel net: and I hope by this time you may see that you are all concerned with the Gospel call. And what do you think we intend by this universal call? Why, there is one of two things will follow; either, to the glory of God's justice, we get you all left inexcusable; or, to the glory of His mercy, we get you all gathered into Christ: and if there be some of both sorts, then both these ends are obtained. But, O, to see the latter especially. *

The command is universal to all that hear it. This saith the Gospel to all under the sound of it, 'Come to the throne of grace'. God commands all men to come: I John 2:23: "This is His commandment, That we should believe on the Name of His Son Jesus Christ." "Are you afraid to come? Have not I commanded you?", Joshua 1:9, as God spake to the captain of Israel. Will men own God's authority in the law, and deny it in the Gospel? Is He not the same God in both? He that commands you to have no other god besides Him, doth command you to believe on His Son Jesus, Who is the true God and Eternal Life. If coming to the throne of grace were not commanded, not coming to it were no sin; and who dare say so? Not believing on Jesus Christ is the great Gospels in, because believing on Him is the great Gospel duty and work.

But you may say, I am afraid He commands not me; others He may command, but not such a vile dead creature as I am. We answer to this: are you worse than some He hath commanded? Jer. 3: "Thou hast played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me, saith the Lord." Are you worse than poor, and blind, and miserable, and wretched, and naked? Yet the King on the throne of grace commands such to come to Him.

But some will object again: Christ calls them that are weary and heavy laden, Matt. 11:28, and the thirsty, Isa. 15:1, and I am not such, and therefore He commands not me. I answer:

1. Do you expect any grace but at the throne of grace? Think you to work it out in yourselves, and come to Him for more? Or to get the beginning somewhere else, and then come to Christ for the rest? This betrays your pride and ignorance of the entire corruption of your nature, and of your impotency to any good. This [18] frame discovers your ignorance of the nature of the grace of God, that consists in its freedom, as its glory is in its being the original cause of all good done for us, and wrought in us or by us.

2. Christ never bid any man be or do anything without Him, and then come to Him and He would do more for Him. Christ calls men as He finds them, and then makes them what He would have them. He begins the good work in them and performs it, Phil. 1:6.

3. These and many such like calls and invitations do not limit and restrain the universality of the Gospel command, but do graciously apply it to such cases wherein they that are, are apt to think that they are specially excepted. What is more common than such arguings of unbelief: I have a vast load of sin lying upon me: I have spent my time, and strength, and money, on sin and vanity: I have been wearied in the greatness of my way of departing from the Lord, and therefore the Lord will not receive me? Therefore such are named particularly by the Lord, and specially called. Therefore let no man, whatsoever he hath been, or is, think that he is not commanded to come to this throne of grace. Take the command, lay it on your conscience, give obedience to it; take the command for your warrant, and never fear but you shall be welcome. - Trail's Sermons. [19]

THEY SAID 'GOODBYE'

The twenty-fourth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, verses 37, 38 and 39: "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days that were before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark. And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away."

"And they knew not until the flood came, and took them all away."

They said, "Goodbye".

Tonight I am going to call on Noah to come to this platform and to give his personal testimony to what happened in the days of the flood, when they said 'Goodbye'.

If Noah stood at this desk, what would he say? I believe he would say something like this:-

"My name is Noah, I come of a godly race. My progenitors were mighty men of God, in an evil, corrupt, degenerate and filthy Age. My great grandfather was called Enoch, he walked with God. The earth was as black as the midnight of Hell, but my great grandfather's life was as bright as the midday of God. People wondered at him. His holiness was unique. His honesty was unique. His uprightness was unique, and he kept company with the true God, the Creator of the world, the Triune Jehovah. There were temples, there were religious palaces, there were places of religious worship frequented by the multitudes. My great grandfather entered none of them, he bowed at no shrine, he worshipped no idol, he conformed to no worldly religion, he was God's man in a filthy, evil world. One day he had a son, and he called that son Methuselah, that was my grandfather. 'Strange name' you say. Yes, it means, 'After he is dead it shall be sent'. When my grandfather, Methuselah, grew up he asked his father Enoch, 'Why did they call me such a name, it is a topic for laughter and scorn among my mates'; and Enoch, my great grandfather, said: 'Methuselah, after you die there is something going to happen in this world that has never happened before, the great Triune God has revealed to me that He is going to destroy the whole earth." My grandfather wondered at what his father told him, and then one day my great grandfather went out for his usual walk in the fields where he communed with God, and he never returned. He told my grandfather that one day he would go walking with God, and God would take him to be with Himself. 'We got the search parties out', my grandfather told me. 'We looked for Enoch but he was not found, for God took him.'

"My grandfather outlived everybody of his own generation. He lived longer than any other man has ever lived on earth, and he had a son, my father, Lamech. After a while my father married and I was born, and I was [20] called Noah, and oftentimes my father told me about my great grandfather, and oftentimes I walked with Methuselah, my grandfather, who was the oldest man on earth, and he told me from his own lips, 'Son, when I die, something is going to happen.' I grew up, I passed four hundred and eighty long years upon this earth, and then one day the Triune God that spoke to Enoch spoke to me, and out in the forest as I walked He said: 'I am going to shew you things that no one else can see.' He gave to me a telescope, as it were, and as I put it to my eye I saw things not seen as yet. What did I see? I saw a world drowned with a tremendous flood, and so great were the waters that they reached above the highest mountain. I understand that the highest mountain is over six miles high, but these waters topped them all, and everybody drowned, and the beasts of the field all perished. Then out on that great ocean that had no boundary, that had no shore, I saw a vessel, and amidst the storms and amidst the tempest that vessel sailed proudly forward. It had no tiller, it had no rudder, it had no sail, but a hand more powerful than the storm guided it upon its course, and God said to me: 'Noah, you shall build that boat. Noah, you shall sail that ocean. Noah, you have one hundred and twenty years to build the vessel.' And I was told its length and its breadth, and its height. I was told how to construct it and how to build it. I was told I would be joined supernaturally by seven of all clean fowls and seven of all clean beasts. I was told I would be joined by a pair of unclean fowls and unclean beasts, that they would come, and one day I would go into that ark and that great flood of waters would come, and only myself, my wife, and Shem, Ham and Japheth my sons and their wives, would be saved. I fell down upon my face to earth. I cried to God: 'It is too terrible, my brothers and sisters, will they perish? My cousins and friends and relations, will they perish? My neighbours, my towns, my cities, will they perish?' God said: 'They have corrupted themselves upon the face of the earth; the thoughts of their hearts are evil continually, I see no repentance, but, Noah, while you build your ark, start preaching to them. "I hastened home. I brought my sons into the room and I told them, 'Shem, Ham, Japheth, we have a God-given task to do, we are to build an ark'. I brought in their wives and I told them what they were going to do. I told my beloved wife what our task was, and we knelt down and asked God for grace and for help to put our hand to this long task - one hundred and twenty years of labour.

"Every morning I rose early. I had my prayers and then I went with my sons to the forest, and we started to fell the timbers in the forest, and we took down the mighty giants of the forest and we sawed them into lengths and planed them into the required measurements that God had given us. I went and sought assistance from skilled men who helped me - they thought I was a fool, but because of the money I paid them, they were glad to labour with me. Soon the keel of the great vessel was laid. I had become the laughing stock of my family, I had become the pun of the jokers of the day. The newspapers and the media said I was a crackpot, [21] they said: 'He is a fool'. But every day I stood and preached, and every tree I felled, and every plank I planed, I preached to my neighbours, and I preached to my family, I preached to my friends that they needed to turn and repent and seek God.

"Soon the ark started to be built. Soon its great sides were constructed. After fifty years one could see what a massive vessel it was going to be. Then when I had its sides constructed we started on the interior. The place for the clean beasts and the unclean beasts; the cages for the fowls that were clean, and the fowls that were unclean; and I fitted up that great vessel, but I still preached, I still pleaded, I still prayed. God said, 'My Spirit shall not always strive with man', and I felt the striving of the Holy Ghost upon my neighbours and my friends' hearts. I saw them moved with consternation and I saw them terrified with fright and fear, but none of them would join me in the enterprise or say with me, 'We believe that God has spoken and the flood will come'.

"My generation got worse, it got more sinful, it went down into the abyss of corruption. They bought, they sold, they planted and they builded, they married and were given in marriage, and darker and darker and deeper became their crimes, more hellish and heinous became their passions; more blasphemous became their opposition, but one day the ark was completed. As I drove in the last nail, my family gathered around me and we thanked God that the task was accomplished. Then a voice spoke from inside that great vessel that we had made, 'Come thou and all thy house into the ark', and suddenly from the skies the birds started to come, seven clean ones and a pair of unclean ones, seven pairs of clean birds and one pair of unclean birds, and they flew through the door of that great vessel and they went into the very cages we had prepared for them. Then from the forest there came the beasts of the field; the mighty lion, the elephant, the leopard, and all the other animals came. I can see them now, I hear the crashing of their footsteps through the forest glades. What a multitude! There they come and soon the world heard that the beasts were moving towards the ark; that fowls were flying towards the ark; that birds were making the ark their home, and instead of fear I heard nothing but laughter and scorn - how my neighbours taunted me! My own brothers and sisters laughed me to scorn. I pleaded with them with tears in my eyes, I put my arms around them and said, 'Come with me into the ark. Judgment is ahead, judgment is ahead. Come into the ark'. But they laughed me to scorn. Then I made my last farewell to them, I took them by the hand and I said, 'Come', but they wouldn't come. They cursed me to my face. Some of them even spat upon me as I pleaded. Then I said to my wife, 'You had better go', and I see her now leaving the old home that we had lived in for six hundred years, and she had to say 'Goodbye' to that old home. My boys and their wives, they went, and I was the last man on earth that was going to be saved. I cannot describe to you how I felt. I cannot tell you what emotions tore my inmost soul and my inmost heart. I would rather perish in the flood and have my family and [22] my brothers and sisters saved. But, no, they wouldn't enter the ark, and so I had to say 'Goodbye', and I turned my back and I went up the steps into that ark that I and my family had constructed. When I entered the door a strange and terrible thing happened; suddenly that great door swung to and God shut the door. When God shut that door it was goodbye forever. Suddenly I heard the pitter patterof water against the Walls of the ark, and suddenly the whole place lit up with lightning that I had never experienced before. Soon the ark re-echoed from end to end with thunder that I had never heard before. It seemed as if the whole world was being torn asunder. It seemed as if the sky had fallen to this earth and rebounded again to the heavens, and soon that ark shook and soon it was lifted up. I think I heard outside the screaming of my friends as they hammered on the door, and said, 'Noah, let me in. Let me in. Let me in'. But I couldn't open a door that God had shut. I couldn't pull back a bolt that God has fastened. The day and the night came, and another day and another night, and we tossed on the bosom of the storm, and forty days and forty nights came and the rain then ceased, but what a terrible turmoil there was outside that ark. As I tried to look through the window all I could see was floating bodies. All I could see was broken trees. All I could see was the debris of an old sinful, sin-stained earth, and there was I and my family with all the beasts of the field and fowls of the air awaiting for the day of emancipation.

"The flood came and took them all away."

Men and women, let me tell you, there is a day when God will shut the door again: "When once the Master of the house is risen up and shuts to the door, then they shall knock upon that door and they shall say, Open unto us, and God shall say, I never knew thee, depart from me ye cursed." Some man into whose eyes I look this night, some woman into whose face I look this night from this pulpit - the door will be shut to you forever. Oh, yes, you have heard the Gospel of Grace. You have heard the offer of God's mercy. You have seen the Christ on the Cross in His Atoning Sacrifice with His Bleeding hands and feet. He has knocked with nail-pierced hands upon your heart. His tender Spirit has breathed into your soul. You have seen others come to Christ and friends and neighbours, your wife, your husband, your family have pressed into the kingdom of God, and you yourself outside.

Friend, you will be outside forever. That door, once it was shut in Noah's day, opened not to let one other person in, and when God shuts the door of grace, it will open not to let anyone in.

I have only one final word to say:

"O, come sinner come, O, why do you delay?
The striking invitation is that you should come today.
Tomorrow has no promise that it can give to you,
Tomorrow's God's Eternity just hidden from your view. [23]
O, come sinner, come,
Accept the proffered grace,
For death may soon be calling you
Into her cold embrace.
The harvest will be ended,
The summer will be past;
Your lamentation then will be,
My soul is lost at last."

God forbid that that would be the lamentation of your soul my hearer and my friend!

AMEN AND AMEN!

NOTES, SUGGESTED BY THE FOREGOING DATES

Adam lived contemporary with eight generations of his descendants.
Adam and Enoch would converse with Methuselah for 243 years.
Seth was contemporary with all the Antediluvians except Noah.
Enoch's Translation was 55 years before the death of Seth.
Methuselah would converse with Noah for 600 years.
Noah lived and walked with six generations of his forefathers.
Noah lived contemporary with ten generations of his sons.
Noah would hold converse with Abram for over 56 years.
Terah and his family were linked in their faith with Noah.
Haran, refusing to go forth at Babel, died in the presence of his father.
Peleg was the first to claim possession of earth and rule by the sword.
Abram was 99 years old when God confirmed His promise to him at Ur.
Shem outlived Abraham 35 years, and died the year of Joseph's birth.
Abram's sojourn in Egypt gave him Hagar, the mother of Ishmael.
Isaac died in the first of Egypt's seven years of plenty.
Rachel died and Benjamin was born in the year that Joseph was sold.
Jacob and his sons came into Egypt when Joseph was eighty years old.

Israel's bondage to Pharaoh began in the year of Joseph's death.
Levi to Moses, there were four generations, extending over 430 years.
From Joshua's death to the death of Jair was 301 years (Judges 11:26).
To the 480 years in I Kings 5:1, add 131 years of servitude (I Samuel 8). [24]

The Challenge Cup

And the kine went along the highway, lowing as they went. (1 Sam. Ch. 6 v. 12.)

Tom Halliard, the young tenant of Woodbarns Farm, was in high spirits on the morning of the Cattle Show Day, the 20th of May. A week of rain had been followed by a week of great heat, but on this day the heat was tempered by a gentle breeze. He had won the Twenty-guinea Challenge Cup presented by Admiral Sir Richard Ramshorn, K.C.B., for the best cow in milk, the two previous years. If he won it today, it would become his own property, or rather, it would become hers. Not the cow's! but his sweetheart's, for he was to be married on the 31st. Everyone knew he was sure to win, for the cow he had entered for the competition had all the points in perfection that such a cow should have, and that morning she was looking her very best. I almost think she knew she was the destined winner of a Cup, for she was intelligent above many of her equals, and she could see that her master was both proud and fond of her.

Tom's sweetheart, who was the eldest daughter of a neighbouring farmer, had come with her mother to spend the day at the farm, for there were two rooms to be papered and some other things to be attended to. She went with him to the turn of the road, 400 yards away, and, playfully telling the cow that she carried Caesar and his fortunes, warned Tom not to come home without the Cup; and then, rebuking herself, added, "or something better than the Cup."

Tom wasn't quite sure what she meant, and ruminated over that saying a good deal as he went slowly on his way. Nor do I think she knew herself exactly what she meant, only she had felt ashamed at seeming to speak as if the Cup were everything.

Along with Tom there went, I should have told you, his byreman Alec. When they were round the bend, and had come to Alec's cottage, they found Alec's wife and her five children waiting to wish them good-speed. "And see and behave yourself," she said to her goodman. It is a common farewell salutation that, one that some of us have heard at railway stations, and elsewhere, a hundred times, and generally spoken with a laugh, but it is a phrase with a tremendous depth of meaning in it, how tremendous only God and some hearts that have been broken know.

The beginning of this story goes a long way back, and is indeed the foundation on which the whole story rests.

Tom Halliard was one of whom we may say that he prayed always, but on Cattle Show Day he came unusually close to God.

It was eight years now since his father had died, and fifteen since his mother had entered into her rest. The Show Day had been the terror of her life for many a weary year. It [25] meant, on her husband's part, the beginning, as a rule, of a long drinking bout. And the last one she lived to see was the saddest and most shameful. Almost her last words to her son were, "You'll be as kind to your father as you can, and maybe our prayers will be answered yet. "

But her husband was not at her funeral.

Whether God ever answered her prayers or not I cannot say, but this I know that Tom had many a sad heart. There were parts of the road to the farm that had such awful memories for him that he never passed them without standing still a moment to pray to God. There were three or four common stones on the roadside, too, that were Bethels, places where he had made vows.

The loving concern he had felt for his father he transferred to all the workers on his farm, and they knew it.

On the day of our story, as he went on his way, a cloud somehow seemed to fall upon his spirits. He felt a strange uneasiness, a foreboding of impending evil, a foreboding that grew and grew, till at last he could stand it no longer. He had come at that instant to a part of the road where his father had once used cruel words to him, and the scene rose up before his memory with fearful vividness.

"Alec," he said to his man at last, "I don't know why it is, but I am somehow greatly put about, and the two of us will just pray a moment together."

So the two prayed, and went on their way again -

The publican who leased the refreshment tent was himself a teetotaller - and that is far and away the worst kind of publican - but he hated all teetotallers bitterly, and specially the young farmer of Woodbarns, through whose long-continued efforts the right to run a Temperance Tent had at last been won from the Cattle Show directors. It was one of the publican's great ambitions to make some of Mr. Halliard's workers the worse of drink. "I'll pay him off for the money he has lost me these two years, I don't care what it costs me."

The judges had gone over the cows' section once, and were not going over it the second time, not in any doubt as to the first prize; it was the awarding of the second that was their difficulty. Suddenly Mr. Halliard heard a great burst of laughter from the publican's tent. Looking round he saw his man Alec in the centre of a little group, and, oh, how his heart grew cold and heavy within him!

There was but one thing to do. And he did it.

He went forward to the tent, and into the group, paid the 6d Alec had spent, and then took him by the arm.

"We are going home at once, Alec. Fetch Buttercup."

"But we'll lose the Cup, sir."

"The Cup's nothing."

"But they'll object."

"It doesn't matter whether they object or not - "

There was a great scene amongst the onlookers when Alec loosed Buttercup, and some of them tried to prevent him. And there was another scene when the judges [26] heard what had been done, and still another when they reported it to a hastily summoned meeting of directors. But it would take half an hour to tell it all.

They were two miles on their way before Mr. Halliard spoke. "I don't know, Alec," he said at last, "that I acted quite wisely. But God will forgive me, and I hope you will, too, if I did wrong. But I was striving for your soul. Oh, man, I have seen so many young fellows ruined at these shows! A man that is once drunk is never the same man all his days."

When they came to the third milestone where the spring is, Mr. Halliard gave Alec some sandwiches and fruit that he had bought at the Temperance Tent; and then they sat and talked for two hours as men rarely do to one another. And they set up on the hillside another Bethel that afternoon, a stone apiece, for to both of them, and specially to Alec, that place became the very gate of Heaven.

It is hardly necessary to say that Alec's wife, at first, was greatly put about, but, as her husband told the story of all that had happened on the road, her heaviness was turned to a joy that never passed away.

I should have told you that poor Buttercup seemed to feel as keenly as any the change in the fortunes of that day. She had had hosts of visitors from the moment she was placed in her pen, and every visitor had left her an admirer, and she knew it. And then it all ended in a moment, and she had to take the road! No wonder she lowed the whole way home.

It was her lowing that brought Tom's sweetheart to the door.

"Have you not brought the Cup?" she asked, for she saw by his face that something strange had happened.

"No," he said, "but I've brought back something better. I've brought Alec home sober." And then he told her all that he had done, and why; because, of course, she had a right to know, and how he and Alec on the hillside had made a covenant with God.

"And you did well, Tom," she said "in letting the Cup go." Then, after a little, she added, "And, do you know, I think Buttercup is just like the kine that went lowing along the road to Bethshemesh; she was carrying the Ark of God, though she didn't know it. And yet maybe she did! Who knows?"

When the old admiral Sir Richard heard what Mr. Halliard had done, he was perfectly furious, for, you see, he took it into his head that the young farmer didn't wish to put him to the expense of offering a new Cup, and no sailor can bear to be thought capable of being mean. And he wouldn't rest, and couldn't, till he had found out all that was at the bottom of Tom Halliard's action, and then he said that for a landlubber it was well meant; though a sailor, he thought, could have done it better!

On Tom's wedding-day the assembled guests and the bride and bridegroom saw to their amazement the Admiral's wagonette drive up to the door.

"My wife and I both wished to come, and our three girls wouldn't stay away. But don't be afraid, we shall only wait for a little and then leave you to your friends. And we'll [27] take the minister away with us, and that will make you still happier! Don't deny it! And Lady Ramshorn has brought you a little gift, and we both hope you'll get many a cup out of it for the one you lost by breaking the rules at the Cattle Show; only they will be cups that cheer but not inebriate! You see, old sailor though I am, I haven't forgotten all my book-learning yet!"

Robert Murray McCheyne's Plan for Reading The Bible Year by Year,

I have used this plan for many years. By it one reads the whole Bible through each year, the New Testament through twice and the Book of Psalms through twice - Dr. Paisley.

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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
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doctors and saints of the Church of Rome, were opposed to the notion of the Immaculate Conception; and yet, the doctrine having grown into favour in the Rornish Church, Pius IX published a bull in December 1854, solemnly declaring that the Virgin had been born without sin: -

"Wherefore, after we had unceasingly, in humility and fasting, offered our own prayers and the public prayers of the Church to God the Father through His Son, that He would deign to direct and conform our mind by the power of the Holy Ghost, and having implored the aid of the entire heavenly host, and invoked the Paraclete with sighs, and He thus inspiring to the honour of the holy and undivided Trinity, to, the glory and ornament of the Virgin mother of God, to the exaltation of the Catholic faith and the increase of the Catholic religion, by the authority of Jesus Christ our Lord of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, we declare, pronounce and define, that the doctrine which holds that the blessed Virgin Mary, at the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace of the omnipotent God, in virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of mankind, was preserved immaculate from all stain of original sin, has been revealed by God, and therefore should firmly and constantly be believed by, all the faithful. Wherefore, if any shall dare - which God avert - to think otherwise than as it has been defined by us, they should know and understand that they are condemned by their own judgment, that they have suffered shipwreck of the faith, and have revolted from the unity of the Church; and besides, by their own act, they subject themselves to the penalties justly established if what they think they should dare to signify by word, writing, or any outward means." - Excerpted from The Tablet of 27th Jan. 1855.

A new article is hereby added to the faith. A few years ago, Milner, in his "End of Controversy," said -

"The Church sees nothing absolutely clear and certain concerning it, either in the written or unwritten word, and, therefore leaves her children to form their own opinions concerning it." - Part i. Letter 12.

What Rome could not see for eighteen hundred years, she how sees, and therein contradicts the express teaching of Scripture.

SCRIPTURE AGAINST THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION

St. Paul says -

Rom. 3:23. For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

Rom. 5:12. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

Gal. 3:22. But the scripture hath concluded all Under sin.

Moreover, the Church of Rome is placed in a dilemma. Councils are either necessary, or not necessary. If they are necessary in decrees of faith, the bull of the Pope, setting up the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception without a General Council, is invalid. If they are not necessary, either the Pope must be regarded as infallible, or the Protestant doctrine, in reference thereto, must be accepted.