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The Black Pope, and all that!

During the past few days Northern Ireland has witnessed quite a revealing scene. Bishop Cathal Daly, a Roman Catholic prelate has issued a Republican Manifesto and Ultimatum to the British Government and the Protestants of Ulster.

Since his appointment (not election) to the RC hierarchy in Ireland Bishop Daly, aided by the brain-washed media and the ecumenical clergy, has projected himself as the great moderate. Well taught and alert Protestants have not fallen for the bishop's deceptions. They viewed his statements as being well spliced with Jesuitical cunning.

Now the ecumenical cosmetics have been scraped off the face of the doctrine and political philosophy of the Bishop, and once again is seen the unacceptable face of Rome's Irish Republicanism.

The Bishop's proposals can be summarised by the following propositions: -

1 . Mrs. Thatcher's utter rejection of the Irish Forum's plan for a United Ireland played right into the hands of the IRA.

2. No rights and democracy for Roman Catholics in Northern Ireland.

3. All loyalists who rejoiced in Mrs. Thatcher's rejection of a United Ireland have to be bracketed with the IRA as extremists.

4. That Dublin has as much right to exercise jurisdiction over N. Ireland as Britain (thus morally justifying any future invasion of the North by the South).


When at a press conference I labelled Bishop Daly as 'the Black Pope of 'Republicanism' the brain-washed media representatives threw up their hands and accused me of insulting and obscene language. They didn't even know who the Black Pope was. They confessed naively that they had never heard that name used of the head of the Jesuit Order, Then they confessed that they did not know who the Jesuits were. When I told them they were the Gestapo of Rome their hands were once again uplifted in horror.

Perhaps a quotation from "The Secret History of the Jesuits" by Edmond Pavis is most fitting here.

Walter Schelienberg, former chief of the German Counter-espionage stated: "The SS Organisation had been constituted by Himmler, according to

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Roman Catholic Prejudice & Propaganda:
Rome is troubled that some men know - and proclaim - the truth about her
by Dr. Bob Jones, Chancellor, Bob Jones University, Greenville, S. Carolina, U.S.A.
(Reprinted from Faith Magazine with permission.)

The June 1 issue of USA Today gave an entire page to a discussion of anti-Catholicism. More than two-thirds of the page was given to a denunciation of "religious hatred," "bigotry," "smears," and "religious prejudice." Among the quote lines in a box were these two: "(Anti-Catholic) lies are so hard to refute because they are so huge and monstrous." This came from Our Sunday Visitor, a Roman Catholic newspaper. As we read it, we were reminded that any truth may be labelled a lie by those who are offended by the truth and that such a procedure has characterised the Roman Catholic Church through the centuries.

A second quote was from the First Amendment to the Constitution: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion . . . or abridging freedom of speech." I wonder how many of the readers of USA Today will see in the establishment of diplomatic ties with the Vatican an infringement of this amendment, which indeed it is, giving the Roman Catholic Church a special place and preferment by the U.S. government.

Let us look, however, at three important points entirely misrepresented in USA Today: religious hatred, prejudice and bigotry.

All Good Men Hate Evil

Patriotic Americans hate those influences which would destroy our American liberties. One cannot love without hating. A father who loves his child will hate the drug traffic which would destroy his child A man who loves his wife and his home will defend his wife and protect his home by any means necessary, including violent action against a would-be rapist or an invader of his home. Those who love righteousness hate unrighteousness, and those who love darkness hate light.

Many of us hate Communism which we know is anti-liberty and anti-God and which has as its aim the enslavement of the entire world. Any American who does not hate this system is a very poor American, but hatred of the system does not mean a hatred of individual Communists. [4]

One reason that good men hate a vicious system like Communism is because of what it does to the individuals who are tyrannised and destroyed by it. It is love for individual human beings that leads to the hatred of the system which has neither love nor respect for individual human life. I may consider evil the government in power in a nation and may despise its programme. That does not make me an enemy of the country where the government is in power.

Anyone who criticises the government of Israel is immediately accused of being anti-Israel or even anti-Semitic. Can it not be that a man who loves the Jews and wishes Israel well is grieved and appalled when he sees in power there terrorists like Begin and Sharon, who have bloody hands from their terrorist activities with Irgun in the 1940s and under whose government Israel practices some of the same terrorist tactics against the Arabs of the West Bank?

Exposing Rome

Because a man exposes the wickedness, evil, and deceit of the Roman Catholic system over the centuries and seeks to free its victims from its power does not mean that man hates Catholics, however much he may despise the system and feel called to oppose and expose it. Is it bigotry to oppose lies, deceit, misrepresentation, and the effort of any group, political or religious, to assume power and exalt itself over the lives and freedoms of men and women who do not believe in that system and who oppose it on the grounds of its history, its record, and its claims?

When the pope, as he did recently, presumed to dedicate the whole world to the Virgin Mary, he assumes a prerogative to speak for and, indeed, claim authority over the entire world. I would say this is an example of papal prejudice. There are millions of pagans on the earth who know nothing about the Virgin Mary. Does the Roman Catholic Church have any right to claim authority over such people?

The Virgin Mary

There are millions of Protestants who believe the Virgin Mary was a good woman, chosen by God as the instrument through which His Son should come into the world, but who recognise, as Mary herself recognised, that she was a human being and a sinner as all men and women are sinners. Did she not cry, "And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour"? This sweet and humble woman never made claims to be co-redemptrix with Jesus Christ but recognised that her own salvation depended upon the work of God's Son, Whose body she brought into the world.

When the Pope claims to be Christ on earth and to be ruler over all kings and princes and nations, he throws down a challenge to those who deny [5] those claims. For men to accept that challenge and denounce those claims is not prejudice . It is a denouncement of and opposition to prejudice.

The news media is prejudiced against Fundamentalism. So is the liberal World Council of Churches and all those who deny the authority and infallibility of the Bible. The biased news media resort to any tactics of falsehood, misrepresentation, and slander in their opposition to Fundamentalism, even going so far as to label any Organisation or religious system or individual who does not conform to what they consider an "established" system as "Fundamentalist."

I have never known honest and aggressive Protestants to charge the Roman Catholic system with anything of which she is not guilty. We do not resort to lies. In fact, we despise lies from any source or for any purpose. In dealing with Roman Catholicism, even an evil and deceitful man would have no need to use lies. The record and the facts of history and the claims of the Roman Catholic Church itself are more damaging to it than any lies a man could invent.

Bigotry

Is it bigotry to oppose special privileges and favours being extended to one religious system and denied another? Is it bigotry to oppose Mr. Reagan's appointment of an ambassador to the Vatican? There is no ambassador to the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church, or the Presbyterian Church. There is no ambassador to a Moslem Council or to the Dalai Lama. Is it bigotry to say that the government has no right to let the hand of the Roman Catholic Church reach into the public treasury or use public funds for bussing Catholic youth to parochial schools? Or is it bigotry on the part of the Roman Catholic Church to seek for special privileges at the expense of the non-Catholic taxpayers and citizens of this country?

Those of us who oppose what we consider the evils and falsehood and deceits of Roman Catholicism are quick to recognise the Constitutional rights of Roman Catholics to enjoy the same privileges and freedoms in America as are enjoyed by Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, or anybody else. It is the efforts of the Roman Catholic system to exalt herself above other religious systems and to promote Romanism at the expense of non-Romanists that we oppose.

This writer is an independent Baptist, a member of a local Baptist congregation unaffiliated with any denomination or convention. If the Southern Baptist Convention were trying to do for the Convention what the Roman Catholic Church is trying to do for itself, I should oppose it. I believe, and I think 99 percent of Protestants believe, that under our Constitution every man has certain privileges and freedoms, and we would fight to guarantee all men those freedoms. What we oppose is tyranny, deceit, falsehood, arrogant claims, and presumptions of power over us.

The Roman Catholic Church has an amazingly effective public relations [6] system and no scruples against the use of deceit and falsehood to which honourable men will not resort. We seek to expose those falsehoods and to rise up in opposition to a tyranny that is, indeed, bigotry.

Michael Schwartz, director of public affairs for the Catholic League for Religious Civil Rights, lists what he describes as "myths that keep anti-Catholic prejudice alive". Among them are the following:

1. The Catholic Church possesses vast hidden power and is hungry to grasp more power.

That this is not a myth but a fact is proved by history and the present push by the hierarchy and the Pope.

2. The Catholic Church is against freedom, especially intellectual freedom.

A fair-minded Protestant believes that the Catholic Church has a right to expect its members to comply with its doctrinal requirements and established practices as long as no one is compelled to be a Catholic but is free to leave the church and provided Romanism does not force non-Catholics to conform to its demands and accept its claims, as it has always done where it can control secular governments.

3. Catholics cannot be good citizens as long as they owe a prior allegiance to a "foreign" Pope.

The historic and continuing claim of the Popes is that they are above all kings, princes, and potentates and that any Catholic who does not accept a church dogma is automatically excommunicated. The church has never ceased to inject its bloody and celibate hand into the marital affairs and private lives of its members, nor does it hesitate to pressure Catholics to vote for candidates and positions that benefit the Catholic Church.

4. Catholics cannot, or will not, think for themselves, but blindly believe and do whatever their priests tell them.

This is certainly true wherever the population is kept in ignorance and blinded by the superstitious fear of ecclesiastical curses and threats. The Republic of Ireland and many of the Central American countries have been held in Roman Catholic subjection for centuries, and it is only now that the peasants and common folk are becoming better informed, largely through the efforts of Protestant missionaries, and that educated Catholics are coming more and more to think for themselves and throw off the priestly yoke. This is one of the greatest sources of irritation to the Vatican in our time. [7]

This Catholic propagandist says: "These premises seem to lie beneath virtually every attack on Catholicism, whether it be Bob Jones thundering against the 'scarlet Jezebel', Alexander Cockburn musing wistfully about strangling pontiffs, or David Susskind snorting that 'what you can expect from that kind of people (Catholics) [is] rigidity, hypocrisy and doubledealing"'.

I cannot answer for Alexander Cockburn or David Susskind. I do not think I ever referred to the Vatican and the Roman system as the "scarlet Jezebel". I have frequently called her "the old whore who rides upon the beast", but these words did not originate with me but with the apostle John, writing in the book of Revelation. I suppose these days a man who believes in the Scripture and quotes it to the point must appear prejudiced and bigoted, but, apparently, those who bow before the Pope and call him "Holy Father" and accept the traditions of Roman Catholicism are not bigots and prejudiced. Were those who lit the fires of the auto-de-fe fairminded men of tolerance and lovers of liberty?

The Catholic Church is not worried about the ignorance of her critics. She is disturbed about the fact that some of us know her too well - her history, her claims, her deceitfulness, her cruelty, and her ambitions. They accuse us of lying. What troubles Rome is the truth we proclaim about her, truths which she tries to keep hidden. She naturally hates those who expose matters about which she attempts to deceive.

MP wants me shot dead, claims Paisley: Protestant Leader Visits Chelmsford Church


Ulster's Protestant leader, Dr. Ian Paisley has accused Chelmsford's MP Mr. Norman St. John-Stevas, a Catholic, of wanting him shot dead.

"I suppose this evening, seeing I'm in St. John-Stevas' constituency, I should say that it's no thanks to him that I am here alive," he told a crowded and heavily guarded Chelmsford Baptist chapel on Friday evening.

Mr. Paisley quoted Mr. St. John-Stevas as having said at an Oxford Union debate: "I do not encourage those who want to shoot Dr. Paisley. I do not say shoot and again I do not say do not shoot him, but again I say, if you must shoot, shoot straight."

And Mr. Paisley added: "Well the IRA have tried to shoot straight at me, but they have missed and I'm still continuing to this day witnessing the same witness as I witnessed at the Oxford Union that the only way of salvation [8] is through Jesus Christ.

It doesn't come through Popes or priests or cardinals or monks or friars or nuns or holy water or candle grease. It's not by pastors or preachers, it's by Jesus Christ alone.

"Salvation is not through a Reformed Church or through a Roman Church, it's through Christ alone."

Mr. Paisley, the outspoken MP and leader of the Ulster Democratic Unionist Party, preached for much of his 90 minute sermon on the life of Baptist minister Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the most famous preacher of Victorian times, who was born at Kelvedon, Essex, 150 years ago this year.

Mr. Stephen Toms of the Essex Protestant Council who had invited him to preach, told a congregation of just over 200 at the Ebenezer Strict Baptist Church, New London Road: "It has been reported in the media that Mr. St. John-Stevas tried to invite the Pope to come to Chelmsford during his visit to England. The Pope never came. We invited Dr. Paisley to come and he did. We've had the best."

Mr. Paisley's personal bodyguard of armed, plain-clothes detectives watched from pews as he launched a scathing attack upon the Pope, the Roman Catholic Church and the Protestant 'Wets'.

He claimed the Pope was the anti-Christ as described in the Bible's Book of Revelations and he went on to denounce those Protestants whom he said were compromising the faith of the early martyrs by seeking unity with Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.

"God help us to preach Spurgeon's message in this day of false doctrines and apostasy, in this day when we have blind leaders of the blind, when men in high places blaspheme the fair and lovely name of Christ.

"May God help us to stand up and preach the old Reformation faith, this is the faith that made this nation and please God can make it again."

"The Bishop of Durham may say the resurrection is a conjuring trick but I brand that as blasphemy. I say tonight Jesus Christ physically arose on the third day from the tomb. Why? Because he had accomplished our salvation."

Mr. Paisley said that if a Protestant today said anything against the Church of Rome he was immediately "lampooned".

"People call him a bigot, an extremist and in my country they call you a Paisleyite. I want to tell you today that in the old days all the Protestant preachers were preaching this same message," he hit out.

Dr. Paisley spoke at length about Charles Spurgeon, saying he was a great anti-Papist.

"He wouldn't be very popular with Mr. St. John-Stevas," he commented.

After his sermon, Dr. Paisley remained in the chapel for some 20 minutes chatting to well-wishers of all age groups, many asking him to autograph their personal Bibles.

Then he left, as he had arrived, in a heavily guarded limousine with police escort car.

(Reprinted from the 'Essex Chronicle' 16.11.1964)

[9-15 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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INSIDE INSIGHT: a page of inspirational poetry presented each month by Rhonda Paisley

My Song

Thou whom seraphs joy in praising,
Thou whom heavenly hosts adore,
Can my stammering tongue be silent
When I owe Thee so much more?

Ever have they known Thy beauty,
Ever stood before Thy throne;
But I wandered from Thy presence, Separated and alone.

All undone by sin and evil
Child of condemnation, I.
Yet Thou laid aside Thy glory
And for me came down to die.

Heir of heaven Thou has made me,
Bought me with Thy precious blood;
Took the form of man upon Thee
That I might be child of God.

So, my song must swell the chorus
While the angels' praises ring;
I, poor sinner, saved and pardoned,
Have more cause than they to sing.

Bob Jones [16]

The Fairest Things

The fairest things are those that silent come;
You may not hear the first approach of morn,
And though you listen as the golden sun
Of hours fade into dust, no sound is born.

When the stars dance on high no bugles glow;
The footsteps of the flowers fall silently,
As softly come the blossoms of the snow;
And clouds float by in pale tranquillity

No voices herald moonlight on a lake;
The silvery dew is still; These gifts are given
As quietly as Christ, who for our sake
Was sent to us, the greatest gift of heaven
Tenderly now, as in the yesterday,
He leads earth-weary children in His way.

E. Scollard

The Wise Men to Thy Cradle-Throne

The wise men to Thy cradle-throne,
O infant Saviour, brought of old
The incense meet for God alone,
Sharp myrrh and shining gold.

Shine on us too, sweet Eastern Star,
Thine own baptized Gentile band,
Till we have found our Lord from far
An offering in our hand!

Till we have brought the fine gold rare,
Of zeal that giveth all for love;
Till we have prayed the glowing prayer,
Like incense borne above.

Till bitter tears our eyes have wet,
Because our wilful hearts would err;
Worship and love and sorrow met,
Gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

All meet for Thee, our own Adored,
Our suffering Saviour, God, and King;
Accept the gold and incense, Lord;
Accept the myrrh we bring!

C. F. Alexander [17]

FOR BOYS AND GIRLS: The Stepmother Hen
By Rev. J. P. Struthers M.A.

A portrait of the old hen and seven of her chickens was taken when they were very young, when she was sitting under the shelter of a haystack one day. There were fourteen of them altogether, but five of them were under her wings, and two on the other side of her, and so you could not see them. She herself had been hatched by a patent incubator, which did all for her that an incubator can do. But, of course, it couldn't supply a mother's love and a mother's care. The hen, therefore, never learned any arithmetic, and was not even able to count her own chickens. She knew them by sight, and she knew each one's step - for all women-folk are wonderfully clever that way - and even the different noises they each made as they pecked their food from the plate. They had all their own names, too, Black Bars, and Yellow Nab, and Round Shoulders, and so on. But, if you had asked her how many there were, she would have said, "I'm no scholar; I never was at school, and the only mother I had was a patent American gas-stove."

Five only of the chickens were her own, but her love to all the little ones soon made her forget that. She could have told after a little thought, I have no doubt, which were her own, but the question was never put to her, and she never put it to herself. She was good, and equally good, to them all. For three weeks she sat on the eggs, so anxious, so diligent, that she seemed almost to live without food, and certainly she never slept for more than forty winks at a time. When they were hatched, oh, the trouble and the worry she had with them! They were always hungry, always straying where they had no right to go, climbing into impossible places where they lost their heads and then cried "Murder!" [18]

And then there were rats and cats and dogs and bad boys and clumsy men, and brooms and sieves and other things always tumbling on the top of them. I tell you she had a sore time of it. In two months she lost 19 1/2 oz. in weight, and grew so thin that she said herself, "I expect some morning when I wake to find I have turned into a pillow-slip!" But she loved her little ones, and they loved her, and that was all she needed.

Now there were in that neighbourhood some other hens that were envious, and they always called her "Steppy". If she punished her children when they did wrong, they would say, "Aye, it's well seen she is not their mother." If she was kind to them, they either said that it was her duty, or else that she was ruining them, and that it was a pity they had no one to care for their highest interests.

"How's Steppy?" they would say to the chickens; "you look hungry, are you sure you get enough meat?" The chickens not knowing any evil suspected none, and loved their mother more and more. The little girls amongst them trimmed her feathers and asked when theirs would be as big. The boys complained about pains in the throat and the breaking of their voices, and told her wonderful stories of monstrous worms yards long that they had fought with and overcome.

But one day the oldest of them, hearing the usual question about Steppy, said, "Why do you call my mother Steppy? I don't know the meaning of that word." Whereupon the other hens all laughed, and said, "Don't you know that she is not your mother? She is not one drop's blood to you, she is only your stepmother!"

That very day he told the other thirteen what he had heard, and then they all went to their mother, and said, "You are not our mother! You have nothing to do with us!"

The poor hen was so greatly put about that she could not speak, and the young ones, thinking that to be a stepmother was surely something very sinful, made up their minds to sleep under a cart that night at the other end of the stack-yard. And such a night they all put in! Their mother slept none, and of the young ones eight had the most horrid nightmares and the rest most unpleasant dreams.

They were all awake before sunrise, and had made up their minds to go home as soon as the day broke. But alas! There was another destiny in store for them. Before they knew it they were squeezed by someone into a hamper, and carried to the railway. Four hours afterwards they found themselves in Edinburgh, and were carried along Princes Street, and up the Mound; but neither Sir Walter Scott's monument nor the grand shops, nor, strange to say, the models in the windows of the Peers' Coronation Robes, interested them in the very least! They were all thinking about their mother.

"And if she was our stepmother," one of them said, "I think that was a reason not for loving her less, but for loving her all the more for what she did for us." [19]

Gems from Samuel Rutherford

How heavenly-mindedness helps us to endure the troubles of life: "Go up beforehand and see your lodging. Look through your Father's rooms in heaven; in your Father's house are many dwelling-places. Men take a sight of lands ere they buy them. I know that Christ hath made the bargain already; but be kind to the house ye are going to, and see it often."

"Oh, thrice fools are we who, like new-born princes weeping in the cradle, know not that there is a kingdom before them."

Our safety does not depend on frames: "Believe Christ's love more than your own feeling. Your Rock doth not ebb and flow, though your sea cloth."

Benefit of intercourse among Christians: As night watchers keep one another waking by speaking one to another."

You have been saved, seek to save others: "Take as many to heaven with you as ye are able to draw. The more ye draw with you, ye will be the welcomer yourself. Be no niggard, or sparing churl of the grace of God."

The saint's refuge: "I creep under my Lord's wings in the great shower, and the water cannot reach me."

On making a gain of godliness. "Woe is me that the holy profession of Christ is made a stage garment by many, to bring home a vain fame!"

Proverbial sayings: "While it is fair weather, mend the sails of the ship." "He who loveth his chains, deserveth chains." "They are not worthy of Jesus, who will not take a blow for their Master's sake." "It becometh not Christ to hold any man's stirrup." "The distance between us and Christ is death." "The worst of Christ, even His chaff, is better than the world's coin." "Dry wells send us to the fountain." "To suffer for Christ is the garland and flower of all crosses." "Losses for Christ are but our goods given out in bank in Christ's hand."

To a mother on the death of her infant daughter: "Ye have lost a child; nay, she is not lost to you who is found to Christ. She is not sent away, but only sent before, like unto a star which, going out of our sight, doth not die and vanish, but shineth in another hemisphere. Ye see her not, but she doth shine in another country."

(There is a beautiful echo of these words in the following lines of James Montgomery, which Tom Moore declared he repeated to himself every day of his life: -

"The dead are like the stars by day,
Unseen by mortal eye,
But not extinct, they hold their way
In glory through the sky.")

Fruit on the tree of affliction: "The thorn is one of the most cursed, and angry, and crabbed weeds that the earth yieldeth; and yet out of it springeth the rose, one of the sweetest smelled flowers, and most delightful to the [20] eye, that the world hath. If ye knew what is before you, ye would rejoice in your tribulations. Think ye it a small honour to stand before the throne of God and the Lamb? and to be clothed in white, and to be called to the marriage supper of the Lamb? and to be led to the fountain of living waters, and to come to the well-head, even God Himself, and to get your fill of the clear, cold, sweet, refreshing water of life - the King's own well? and to put up your own sinful hand to the tree of life, and take down and eat the sweetest apple in all God's heavenly paradise, Jesus Christ, your Life and your Lord? Up your heart! Shout for joy! Your King is coming to fetch you to His Father's house!"

Earnests: "I find that it is possible to find young glory and a young green paradise of joy even here."

More than conquerors: "Our fair morning is at hand; the day-star is near the rising, and we are not many miles from home. What matter then if ill be the entertainment in the smoky rooms of this world! We are not to stay here, and we shall be dearly welcome to Him to whom we are going." "Glad may their souls be, that are over the frith, Christ having paid the fraught. Happy are they who have passed their hard and wearisome time of apprenticeship, and are now freemen and citizens in that joyful high city, the New Jerusalem."

To a mother on the death of her child: "Believe that he is not gone away, but sent before; and that the change of the country should make you think that he is now before you, and that the dead in Christ shall be raised again. A going down star is not annihilated, but shall appear again. If he hath casten his bloom and flower, the bloom is fallen in heaven into Christ's lap. And as he was lent a little while to time, so he is given now to eternity, which will take yourself. The difference of your shipping and his to heaven and Christ's shore, the land of life, is only in some few years which weareth every day shorter, and some short and soon reckoned summers will give you a meeting with him. But what? With him? Nay, but with a better company; with the Chief and Leader of the heavenly troops that are riding on white horses, that are triumphing in glory."

God is His own interpreter: "We see not presently the after-birth of God's decree, namely, His blessed end, and the good that He bringeth out of the womb of His holy and spotless counsel. We see His working and we sorrow; the end of His counsel and working lieth hidden and underneath the ground, and therefore we cannot believe. Even amongst men we see hewn stones, timber, and an hundred scattered parcels and pieces of houses all under-tools, hammers, and axes, and saws, yet the house, the beauty and the use of so many lodgings and ease-rooms, we neither see nor understand for the present; these are but in the mind and head of the builder as yet. We see red earth, unbroken clods, furrows, and stones; but we see not summer-lilies and roses, the beauty of a garden."

Pray on: "I shall rather spill (spoil) twenty prayers than not pray at all. Let my broken words go up to heaven; when they come into the great Angel's golden censer, that compassionate Advocate will put together my broken [21] prayers and perfume them."

How to mortify sin: "I recommend to you the mending of a hole and reforming of a failing, one or other, every week; and put off a sin, or a piece of it, as anger, wrath, lust, intemperance, every day, that ye more easily master the remnant of your corruption."

The Church of God immortal: "The bush hath been burning these 5,000 years, and we never yet saw the ashes of this fire."

The Word and the way: "The book of holy providence is good marginal notes in His revealed will in His Word, and speaks much to us, could we read and understand what He writes, both in the one and the other."

"It is the art and the skill of faith to read what the Lord writeth upon the cross, and to spell and construe rightly His sense."

Death not the bar, but the bridge to glory: "O happy and blessed death, that golden bridge laid over by Christ, my Lord, between time's clay banks and heaven's shore."

Attractions of heaven: "Travelling to heaven is a well-spent journey, though seven deaths lay between." "Oh, but heaven casteth a sweet smell afar off to those that have spiritual smelling. God hath made many flowers, but the fairest of them all is heaven, and the flower of all flowers is Christ."

"O how sweet to be wholly Christ's, and to be wholly in Christ; to dwell in Immanuel's high and blessed land, and live in the sweetest air where no wind bloweth but the breathings of the Holy Ghost, no sea nor floods flow but the pure water of life that floweth from under the throne and from the Lamb; no planting but the tree of life that yieldeth twelve manner of fruits every month. What do we here but sin and suffer? O when shall the night be gone, the shadows flee away, and the morning of the long, long day, without cloud or night, dawn! The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! O when shall the Lamb's wife be ready and the Bridegroom say, Come!"

It will be well if this little basketful of apples, which we have gathered from Rutherford's letters, send our readers to the laden tree. That Richard Cecil was often regaled by its fruit is evident from his own words: "Rutherford is one of my classics; he is a real original. There are in his letters some inexpressibly forcible and arresting remonstrances with unconverted men." Baxter, rising above all the prejudices that might be supposed to have been awakened by controversy, speaks yet more strongly: "Hold off the Bible; such a book the world never saw." Dr. Hill Burton in his "History of Scotland" calls him "the popular favourite, the luxuriant Rutherford." And the great missionary, Dr. Duff, who had much of the Oriental fancy which we find in Rutherford, writes of him with fervent admiration: He seemed to breathe a spirit of such devotion as if he had been an angel incarnate, and filled with such joyous transport as if he had been caught up into the third heaven, and his heart yet throbbed with the unearthly sensation. [22]

Free Presbyterian Church Protests Canadian Papal Visit

The Free Presbyterian Church of Canada, through its congregations in Toronto, Calgary and Vancouver, raised an effective voice of protest against the much-heralded visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada. Extensive press, television and radio coverage was given to the Free Pres. Church as it enunciated its objections to the papal visit on religious, financial, moral and political grounds.

The city of Metropolitan Toronto was one of the focal points of the 12 day papal visit and it naturally followed that Toronto Free Presbyterian Church would carry a considerable responsibility in defending Protestantism in that vast city. In the months prior to the arrival of John Paul II, considerable media exposure was given - the most notable being the opportunity of Rev. Frank McClelland to appear on a 2 1/2 hour long radio talk shown when phone-in calls from listeners were answered. He also met 'Father' Gordon Davies of the R.C. Church on national T.V. on the subject of the $50 million cost of the papal extravaganza. Rev Tom Tice in Calgary had similar opportunities to get the message out in that area.

"SPEAKING OUT"

One of the most effective doors of opportunity to open was on T.V. Ontario's "Speaking Out" program. It is an hour and a half current affairs broadcast uninterrupted by commercials. Rev. Frank McClelland was asked to appear with Dr. Eugene Fairweather, Dean of Divinity of the Anglican College, Margaret O'Gara, professor of Theology at the Roman Catholic St. Michael's College and Jewish Rabbi, Stuart Rosenbloom. The subject for discussion was "The meaning and the future of the papacy" and the live program was aired the night before the pope arrived in Toronto. The Lord gave great grace and help to exalt His Name and to focus attention on the errors of Rome and the compromise of the Anglican Church. Our church was inundated with phone calls and letters supporting the stand taken. One of the first calls was from an Anglican minister who commended the exposure of the apostasy in the Anglican church!


ECUMENICAL COMPROMISE

One of the main features of the pope's Toronto visit was an ecumenical service held in St. Paul's Anglican Church, Bloor Street, Toronto. The meeting was attended by representatives of the major so-called Protestant Churches, with Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic, etc. as well as representatives from several non-Christian religions. They all met to hear Pope John Paul address them. How sad to see Anglicans, Presbyterians and members of the United Church and Salvation Army compromise their Christian heritage to take part in such a meeting. This apostasy of the major denominations is well known [23] but how tragic to see the Salvation Army represented (when the Pope 'blessed' the Newfoundland trawlers, the music was supplied by the Salvation Army band. One of the pieces they played was a hymn to the virgin Mary - "Hail, Holy Queen, Star of the Ocean.").

Members of Toronto, and Calgary Free Presbyterian Churches distributed pamphlets outside St. Paul's Anglican. calling attention to the compromise and also carrying a Gospel message.

DAY OF PRAYER

On the day the papal mass was held at Downsview Airport, Toronto Free Pres. Church held a Dav of Prayer. This was announced for 2 consecutive weeks in half-page advertisements in the 'Toronto Star', reproduced one-third size below,

Thrilling and soul-warming messages were brought by Rev. John Greer, (Newtown Square Free Pres. Church, Philadelphia), Rev. Tom Tice (Calgary F.P,C.) and Rev. Alan Cairns (Faith F.P,C,, Greenville. S. Carolina). The church was well filled throughout the day and the spirit of believing prayer was evident. Pastors. ministers and members of other local evangelical churches came and gave their prayerful support. One of the most encouraging features of the whole protest against the papal visit has been the heartening revelation that there are still "seven thousand" (and many more, we believe) which have not bowed unto Baal." May the Lord strengthen and encourage His people and send Canada a spiritual awakening.

"When the enemy shall come in like a
flood, The Spirit of the Lord shall
lift tip a standard against him."

(From The Canadian Revivalist)

No Fraternising With God's Enemies by C. H. Spurgeon

Why, sirs, to me the ability of a man who preaches error is my sorrow rather than my admiration. I cannot endure false doctrine, however neatly it may be put before me. Would you have me eat poisoned meat because the dish is of the choicest ware? It makes me indignant when I hear another gospel put before the people with enticing words, by men who would fain make merchandise of souls; and I marvel at those who have soft words for such deceivers. "That is your bigotry," says one. Call it so if you like, but it is the bigotry of the loving John who wrote - "if there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house neither bid him God [24] speed: for he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." I would to God we had all more of such decision, for the lack of it is depriving our religious life of its backbone and substituting for honest manliness a mass of the tremulous jelly of mutual flattery. He who does not hate the false does not love the true; and he to whom it is all the same whether it be God's word or man's, is himself unrenewed at heart. Oh, if some of you were like your fathers you would not have tolerated in this age the wagon loads of trash under which the gospel has been of late buried by ministers of your own choosing. You would have hurled out of your pulpits the men who are enemies to the fundamental doctrines of your churches, and yet are crafty enough to become your pastors and undermine the faith of a fickle and superficial generation. These men steal the pulpits of once orthodox churches, because otherwise they would have none at all. Their powerless theology cannot of itself arouse sufficient enthusiasm to enable them to build a mousetrap at the expense of their admirers, and therefore they profane the houses which your sires have built for the preaching of the gospel, and turn aside the organisations of once orthodox communities to help their infidelity: I call it by that name in plain English, for "modern thought" is not one whit better, and of the two evils I give infidelity the palm, for it is less deceptive. I beg the Lord to give back to the churches such a love to his truth that they may discern the spirits, and cast out those which are not of God. I feel sometimes like John, of whom it is said that, though the most loving of all spirits, yet he was the most decided of all men for the truth; and when he went to the bath and found that the heretic, Cerinthus, was there, he hurried out of the building, and would not tarry in the same place with him. There are some with whom we should have no fellowship, nay, not so much as to eat bread; for though this conduct looks stern and hard, it is after the mind of Christ, for the apostle spake by inspiration when he said, "if we or an angel from heaven preach to you any other gospel than that ye have received, let him be accursed." According to modern effeminacy he ought to have said, "Let him be kindly spoken with in private, but pray make no stir. No doubt the good brother has his own original modes of thought, and we must not question his liberty. Doubtless, he believes the same as we do, only there is some little difference as to terms." This is treason to Christ, treachery to truth, and cruelty to souls. If we love our Lord we shall keep his words, and stand fast in the faith, coming out from among the false teachers; nor is this inconsistent with charity, for the truest love to those who err is not to fraternise with them in their error, but to be faithful to Jesus in all things.

The love of Jesus Christ creates in men a deep attachment to the gospel, especially to the doctrines which cluster around the person of our Lord; and I think more especially to that doctrine which is the corner stone of all, namely, that Christ died in the stead of men. He who toucheth the doctrine of substitution toucheth the apple of our eye: he who denies it robs our soul of her only hope, for thence we gather all our consolation for the present and our expectation for days to come. [25]

B. C. "GRAHAM CRUSADE" ANOTHER STEP FOR CHURCH UNITY by Rev. Ian Goligher

Surprising things have been said in Vancouver during the recent Billy Graham Crusade, The Vancouver Sun newspaper of Friday October 5 carried the heading "Catholics urged to pray for Vancouver crusade". On the day of his arrival in British Columbia, Dr. Billy Graham told news reporters that his message would be very similar to that of the Pope, who had just visited Canada.

Speaking of the pope, on the first day of his crusade in the 60,000 seater B.C. Place auditorium, Dr. Graham said "The difference between me and the pope is that he (the pope) is the head of a great church, while I am not even in office in any church". Dr. Graham left his audience to draw their own conclusions but to many such an ambiguous statement could only add to their confusion in the ecumenical climate prevailing in British Columbia.

New Evangelicalism is the order of the day here with 430 Churches sponsoring the campaign, many of which have long since departed from the essentials of the Christian faith. A Roman Catholic priest interviewed on local radio commended Dr. Graham for bringing Churches together during the Crusade. This unity in the name of evangelism entices Bible believers to work alongside infidels, supposedly to further the Kingdom of God, but it is in open disobedience to the commands of God's Word. "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned, and avoid them". Romans 16:17,

The Graham crusade policy is now New Evangelicalism in fruition. Its main premise is toleration rather than Biblical separation. Dr. Harold Ockenga, Boston pastor who coined the title 'New Evangelicalism' has put the matter boldly and bluntly. He declared "The 'New evangelicalism' has changed its strategy from one of separation to one of infiltration". What are 'New evangelicals' saying? They are saying that the separation of the Bible is outdated; that a higher principle of Christian conduct has been discovered. Separation, commanded in the Word of God from Genesis to Revelation, is now to be on the scrapheap and the new evangelicals inform us that infiltration is the order of the day.

Dr. Billy Graham and his crusade team have followed the new evangelicals against the counsel of God's Word. He has changed his position from 30 years ago, when he wrote to Dr. Bob Jones. In that letter, dated June 3,1952, he wrote, [26] ". . . the modernists do not support us anywhere. We have never had a man on our Committee that denied the Virgin Birth, the vicarious atonement or the bodily resurrection". He was then a separatist and guarded his fellowship and sponsorship.

The principle of New Evangelicalism has changed Dr. Graham. The principle is toleration which leads to co-operation and finally to contamination.

This one error is the mainspring for the compromises in Billy Graham evangelism today. Changing the doctrine of separation to toleration thus bringing the woe of God's warning upon his ministry, "Woe to the rebellious children saith the Lord that take counsel but not of me . . . That walk to go down into Egypt and have not asked of my mouth . . .". Is. 30:1,2. Whether for the cause of evangelism or any other motive, "We ought to obey God rather than men".

A tape recording of the message preached by Rev. Ian Goligher in Vancouver Free Presbyterian Church on October 7th, 1984, "5 Reasons why we cannot support the Graham Crusade" is available on request. Price inc. postage & packaging $3.00 (within Canada).

Write to: I. Goligher, 6114 171A Street, Surrey, British Columbia V3S 3Z2 or phone (604) 574-7221.

OPPOSITION IN VANCOUVER

We have just learned from Rev. Ian Goligher that KARI Radio in the Vancouver area has moved our broadcast, "Let The Bible Speak", from Sunday nights at 9:30 p.m. to Wednesday nights at 10:00 p.m. Apparently, this was done because of opposition to Rev. Goligher's position on the Billy Graham Vancouver Crusade and also the Free Presbyterian Church stand on the recent Papal visit. KARI professes to be a Christian Radio Station but it seems to have some difficulty in allowing the faithful preaching of the Word of God especially in areas of controversy.

Mr. Goligher has also informed us that the Vancouver Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church in Canada found it necessary to issue a statement through its representative, Rev. Plomp, to the effect that the Pres. Church has no association whatsoever with the new Free Presbyterian Church in Vancouver. We are glad that they took this action because:

1. It announced to everybody in Vancouver that there is a Free Presbyterian Church there.

2. It emphasizes the separatist position chosen by the Free Presbyterian Church. As long as the Presbyterian Church in Canada is a member of the World Council of Churches, sends money to the World Council of Churches' special fund that supports terrorism, and works in cooperation with the Roman Catholic Church etc. etc., the Free Presbyterian Church shall remain "FREE" from any association with the Presbyterian Church in Canada.

(From The Canadian Revivalist.)

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

At this time of year, our thoughts are turned towards the buying of gifts for family and friends. We see people rushing around, laden with parcels, struggling onto buses and into cars, no doubt anticipating the happiness their presents will give to their recipients. In all the hustle and bustle of the "Christmas Rush" it is sad to think that many people have forgotten the real meaning of the giving and receiving of gifts, and more sad still, they have forgotten the One who humbled Himself and was "born in a manger to sorrow and shame".

I was in the city centre a few days ago, and coming out of one of the large stores was a seemingly endless stream of mothers and fathers, each of them carrying toys and games and loading them into their cars. I was thinking about the children who would soon be excitedly opening their gifts, how they would never know all the planning and discussion and love and the cost that lay behind their presents. We, as God's children, are just like that too, and until we get to Heaven we will never know all the discussion and planning, all the infinite love and untold cost, that went on in the splendour of the Father's Home, when our salvation was designed.

The Bible has quite a lot to say about gifts and giving. This year, when we give and receive gifts, let our minds be filled with thoughts of Him who so loved us that He gave Himself for us. Love is expressed by giving. How often we have proved the truth of Acts 20:35: "It is more blessed to give than to receive". God's ultimate gift to us was His only begotten Son.

Isaiah's prophecy tells us, "He gave His back to the smiters", He gave His cheeks to them that plucked off the hairs". He gave His face to shame and spitting. He gave His brow to the thorns, He gave His hands and feet to the nails. He gave His side to the spear. He gave His garments to the gamblers. He gave Himself a ransom for all. He gave Himself for me.

To those of us who know Him as Saviour, He gives to us Forgiveness, Faith, Peace - "My peace I give unto you", He gives us Strength, Joy, Grace, Wisdom and Love, to name but a few. James tells us His gifts are liberal, and Paul exhorts us to "Desire spiritual gifts".

I recall an incident in my own home some years ago when my children were [28] little. They had all exchanged Christmas presents, then next day two of them had a disagreement, and one said, "I'm sorry I gave you that present yesterday!" Only for Dad's timely intervention, that day would have been a literal "Boxing Day". How glad I am that God's gifts to us are "without repentance" (Romans 11 :29). We can say truthfully, "He has given us richly all things to enjoy".

Also, His gifts are described in James 1 - 17 as "good gifts" and "perfect gifts". They are given by an ever-loving Saviour who never changes, and whose gifts both temporal and Spiritual are "new every morning".

Paul puts it very well when he says, "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift" (2 Cor. 9-15). If the great Apostle failed to find words adequate enough to describe the greatest gift of all, there's no hope of me finding language suitable to express the thoughts that fill my heart.

Such indescribably infinite love that compelled such an unspeakable gift demands something in return. What can you and 1, unworthy benefactors, give to Him who "daily loads us with benefits?" How can we thank Him? By praising Him, by talking about Him. Perhaps some of us aren't good at talking, then try actions, because they speak louder than words. Let our thankfulness know no bounds. May each of us know what it is to "present our bodies, a living sacrifice", and give ourselves to Him who gave Himself for us.

The Black Pope, and all that! (continued from page 2)

the principles of the Jesuits Order. Their regulations and the Spiritual exercises prescribed by Ignatius of Layola were the model Himmler tried to copy exactly. 'The Reichsfuhrer SS', Himmler's title as Supreme Chief of the SS was to be the equivalent of the Jesuit's 'General' and the whole structure of the direction was a close imitation of the Catholic Churches hierarchical order'. (P. 166 Ptsed 1975)

One is quite surprised that the Bishop's friends resented him being honoured by the name of one of the most powerful figures in the Roman Catholic system.

How quick the faithful were to hasten to defence of the Mother Church. From one end of the political divide John Cushnahan stood forth to defend the Bishop and whitewash the Jesuits and from the other end stood forth the Godfather of Republican murder Gerry Adams to castigate and threaten those who dared to raise their voice against their holy Bishop. All the inbetweens of the SD LP also joined in to prove their papist fidelity.

If I had any doubts about what I had said I had no doubts when I saw the motley crew of the Bishop's defenders.

At the end of the train of Daly Defenders came those despicable creatures called in Holy Scripture, 'creepers' - the ecumenical Protestant clergy. They also had their white wash brushes ready for the vain task of turning a Black Pope into a White one and the Jesuits into honest men.

But 'NO LIE IS OF THE TRUTH' (1 John) and the light of God's word exposes and expels the darkness of man's falsehood.

Firm as a Rock God's Truth shall stand,
When rolling years have ceased to move. [29]

Historic Occasion in Life of Newtownards Free Presbyterian Church

Grace Free Presbyterian Church at Beverley Park, Newtownards was officially opened on Saturday by the Moderator, Rev. Dr. I. R. K. Paisley. The Newtownards Free Presbyterian Church first began holding services in November 1971 in the Orange Hall in Mary Street, and in 1977 the congregation moved to temporary premises at Beverley Park, while the permanent building was in progress. The new church was filled to capacity for this historic occasion in the life of the Free Presbyterian Church in Newtownards.

At the opening ceremony, the minister of Grace Free Presbyterian Church asked Rev. David Gordon from Larne to open the proceedings with a prayer, after which Mr. Dunlop then asked the builder, Mr. John Dickson of Ballyward, Banbridge to hand the key over to Mr. Paisley.

Before opening the church, Mr. Paisley said, "I might say it gives me very great pleasure that we have come to this very historic day when this new building is opened for the defence of the Faith". Dr. Paisley then declared the building officially open, "for the preaching of the glorious gospel of the Lord Jesus".

The service began with the singing of Psalm 126 following which Rev. W. Whiteside opened in prayer and Rev. T. Baxter brought greetings from the Presbytery. Soloists were Mrs. Craig and Mr. Joe Peden. Rev. J. Hartin read the scriptures.

Rev. T. A. Dunlop, Minister of the church, brought greetings to the congregation, which numbered approximately 750, and the minister told those in attendance that it was indeed an occasion for praise and thanksgiving to God, who had made it all possible. Mr. Dunlop also made mention of his call to the ministry which could be summed up in the words of the text written on the foundation stone in the front hall: "For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel" (Corinthians 9:16). Mr. Dunlop stated that first and foremost, Grace Free Presbyterian Church was built for the preaching of the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Rev. Dunlop thanked all those friends and members of the congregation who donated various furnishings for the church. He affirmed that money for the building had been, and will be, raised solely by free-will offerings from the people.

Presentations were then made by the committee to Rev. and Mrs. Paisley, Mr. J. D. Dickson (builder), Mr. M. Morrison (architect) and Rev. T. A. Dunlop. A presentation was also made to members of committee and to the organist by Mr. Dunlop as a token of his gratitude for their labour of love.

The sermon was brought by the Church Moderator, Rev. Dr. I. K. Paisley [30] who spoke on 1 Chronicles chapter 12, challenging the people by the words of Amasai in verse 18: "Thine are we, David, and on thy side," to put their trust in a Greater than David.

Rev. W. McDermott closed in prayer. Tea was served by ladies of the congregation. Offerings on the day amounted to f2,600.

(Reprinted courtesy of the Newtownards Chronicle, 15-11-84)

Dr. Paisley Speaks Out in Parliament on "The Warnock Report" (Friday 23rd November 1984)

Rev. Ian Paisley (Antrim North). The conception of human life, the formation of the body and, eventually, birth are both mysterious and miraculous. The hon. Members for Castle Point (Sir B. Braine) and for Torfaen (Mr. Abse) quoted from the Old Testament scriptures, and I suppose that I shall be in order in quoting from the same scripture. King David said: "I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.

"My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

"Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them."

I was interested to hear the hon. Member for Torfean say that he believed the Old Testament in respect of his own lineage and then question the lineage of Jesus Christ. I remind him that the Old Testament scripture makes it clear that Christ would be virgin born, in the prophecy of Isaiah. I am sorry that I have not more time to deal with that now. However, I do not believe that the Christian religion is a myth. I believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ.

My first criticism of the Warnock report is that nowhere in it is there provided a reasoned exposition of what has been called the scientific status of the embryo. The committee states the view of those who say that a human embryo cannot be thought of us as a person or even as a potential person. I can only draw the conclusion that the committee accepted the non-personhood theory of the embryo by the fact that it recommended its use as a guinea pig.

I hold that the right to life is more important than any other right - even the right of the family. I believe that the embryo has human life and therefore is a human person. If we tamper with that embryo we tamper with a human being.

Mr. Thurnham: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

Rev. Ian Paisley: I cannot give way to the hon. Gentleman. I have only 10 minutes, and I have already had to use five of them to deal with the comments of the hon. Member for Torfaen. [31]

The committee also holds that the embryo should have some status in law, yet it maintains that the human embryo may be sold. I thought that the House had repudiated slavery long ago. To buy and sell the living body of a human being is slavery and is barbaric. For Warnock to say that the embryo should have a special status and then to say that it is a saleable commodity is at best contradictory and at worst hypocritical.

The embryo may be frozen. For the first time it is suggested that we should make legal a medical procedure which is not to aid the person concerned. Who can say what will happen when the embryo is frozen? We are told that the current ignorance of the possible effects of storage is accepted by all even by those who produced this report.

It is to be experimented upon up to the 14th day after fertilisation. Yet it has been recognised even in this debate that there is a great difference of opinion about whether it should be 14 days, 30 days or even more. I say that from its conception it is a human being and must not be tampered with.

Then we have the suggestion of drugs and what should happen when they are used. Even Dame Mary herself, during a BBC television programme on 18 July said: "Of course, the 14-day rule may be changed." We all know that it will be changed. Once scientists have 14 days, they will agitate for more and the matter will escalate.

Interspecies fertilisation is an abominable thought. We have been asked whether we have the moral right to say anything about this. We have the moral right, the legal right and the duty to defend human life. That is what this debate is about.

I am glad that the recommendation of the committee is to ban surrogate parenthood. I do not see why a rich couple should be able to hire the womb of a poor person and pay for what they want. That is totally immoral, and the House needs to reject it out of hand.