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"There be many that say, Who will shew us any good?" - Ps. 4:6

As we go to press the tragic announcement has just been made of the murder by the Roman Catholic Republican thugs of yet another gallant Ulster Defence Regiment soldier. He leaves a widowed mother.

The old year ended in a trail of blood which included police officers, U.D.R. soldiers, and the murder of the Chairman of Armagh District Council and of Mr. Edgar Graham, a prominent member of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

Then came the Harrod's atrocity with the death toll still mounting.

To add to it all was the attack on a Protestant Church service at Darkley and the butchering of three church elders and the injuring of members of the congregation.

So far we have had, "Words", "Words", "Words" from Mrs. Thatcher but no "Action".

The bombings and burnings continue and now on the 2nd of January, the new year commences with yet another murder. The Irish Republic once again supplied a safe retreat for the blood stained criminals. Retaliatory killings of Roman Catholics have also taken place. These we equally condemn. They are murders just like the others and true Protestants will have no part or lot in them.

As our Province goes further down into the pit of darkness and sorrow, how many are saying what the Psalmist recorded: "Who will shew us any good?" [3]


We will look in vain to man for any help. "Cursed is he that trusteth in man". "Put not your trust in princes". How difficult it is for us to learn these Scriptural instructions. But until we learn their truth experimentally we will continue to grope in the darkness.

We must turn to the God of our fathers. Only Divine Intervention can bring us out of our terrible plight. The arm of flesh has failed and will continue to fail. There must be a turning to God. Old Samuel Chadwick on his death bed cried out to his students, "Marshall the forces of prayer!"

To your knees O Israel of God, for only through the God Who hears prayer will deliverance come.

Let the later part of the text be our continual supplication during 1984: "Lord lift Thou up the light of Thy Countenance upon us." Then and only then will the joy of verses seven and eight of the Psalm be ours. "Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. I will both lay me down in peace and sleep, for Thou Lord only makest me dwell in safety." (Psalm four, verses seven and eight).

May this blessing be both yours and mine in this year 1984 A.D. [4]

THE WIND OF THE SPIRIT BLOWS AGAIN IN COLERAINE

The Coleraine Free Presbyterian Church was beautifully decorated for the first anniversary/harvest service held in the new building. The special meetings commenced on Saturday 15th October, when Rev. G. Whyte presented a review of the work in Coleraine in the form of an illustrated commentary. No doubt many memories were revived as the commencement and continuation of the separatist work was recalled. Some last things were mentioned prior to the congregation vacating the old church building in Hanover Place, but it was pointed out we were not 'moving from' we were 'moving to', although at that particular time an air of uncertainty prevailed and like Abraham 'we went out not knowing whither we went'. However, the LAST things soon gave way to FIRST things and as we saw and heard what the Lord had done we were obliged to raise our Ebenezer to the Lord and say 'Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.'

Sunday, 16th October being the official first anniversary date of the opening of the new church was a day of great blessing and encouragement. The minister preached on the subject 'The practical side of Christianity', and at 3.30 p.m. the Rev. William McCrea was rewarded for his faithfulness in the Gospel when four souls were counselled in the way of salvation.

The Spirit of the Lord continued to move upon the congregation and, as Dr. Paisley preached on Monday night on the 'Reality of Heaven', a further six souls acknowledged their need of a Saviour.

All in all it was a weekend that served in reviving the hearts of the people.

The meetings continued, Tuesday-Friday, under the ministry of Pastor J. Chaney, Ohio, U.S.A., whose unenviable task it was to further prepare the hearts of the people for a Gospel campaign in the Bushmills area. Altogether thirteen souls were counselled in the way of salvation.

Sunday, 30th October, saw the commencement of a three-week Gospel Mission in Bushmills. The preacher was Rev. G. Whyte, ably assisted by Mr. Robert Orr, Ballymena, who led the meetings nightly and ministered in song.

The Mission was very well attended; the main source of encouragement being that many strangers from the area attended faithfully. The Lord blessed in a real way as the Gospel was preached, and eight precious souls found the Saviour. Many people from the Bushmills area commented that they would be sorry when the meetings concluded.

We give the Lord the praise and gratitude of our hearts for these times of refreshing from His Presence. [5]

ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF DROMORE MINISTER

The words spoken by the Lord Jesus Christ at the commencement of his preaching ministry (Luke 4:18, 19) were reiterated to the new Minister of Dromore Free Presbyterian Church, the Rev. David Alexander Priestley, by the Moderator, Dr. Ian R..K. Paisley, at his ordination and installation on Tuesday 29th November 1983.

Dr. Paisley emphasises the importance of preaching, and said that as Jesus was anointed to preach the Gospel, preach deliverance to captives and preach the acceptable year of the Lord, so also must the Rev. Priestley be a preacher if he was going to be a man of God.

The service was conducted by the Rev. Fred Greenfield, senior Minister of the congregation, and the Church was filled to capacity as visitors and well wishers rejoiced with the congregation.

After the singing of the Psalm "O Thou my soul, bless God the Lord", the Rev. John Morrow, Ballynahinch, led in the opening prayer. The Scripture reading was by the Rev. Stanley Barnes, Hillsborough, and was taken from Daniel 12:1-13.

GLORIOUS OCCUPATION


The Rev. William McDermott, who preached the sermon, took as his text Daniel 12:3. Daniel's exhortation to his people, he said, was to prepare for that great day of the resurrection. Verse 3 referred to that "Glorious occupation" of turning many to righteousness, he added. Mr. McDermott continued that there was a "simple qualification" for this work - "they that be wise" - those mature enough and capable enough to instruct others. The wise man, he said, always thinks of eternal issues. The third point which the Rev. McDermott drew from his text was a "wondrous transformation". Those who are faithful to the work God gives them, he said, would be rewarded accordingly.

The congregation joined in singing the Hymn "For all the Lord has done for me" before the act of ordination. The Rev. Alex Chambers, Mullaglass, posed the prescribed questions to the Minister elect, and the Rev. Priestley made the subscription to the Westminster Confession of Faith. This was followed by the ordination prayer, led by the Moderator, and the laying on of hands by the Presbytery of Ulster.

During the hymn "And can it be", the offering was taken up.

"PREACH"

In his charge to the Minister and congregation, Dr. Paisley first read from Isaiah 61:1-3 and Luke 4:16-22a, passages describing the prophecy and fulfilment of Jesus' ministry. Our Lord's ordination and the [6] commencement of His preaching ministry, said Dr. Paisley, were recorded in Luke 4:18 and 19, where the emphasis was very much on preaching. The word "preach" occurred 3 times, and Jesus was exhorted to preach doctrine, deliverance and destiny.

"Our brother's first and premier task is to preach," Dr. Paisley said. "Of course, he will visit his flock and fulfil all his other pastoral duties, but that is not his premier task. If this man is going to be God's man, then he is going to be a preacher."

The Moderator went on to outline three points which were underscored in our Lord's ordination - His anointing, commissioning and motivation - and applied them to the preaching of the Word. He urged the Rev. Priestley to "get a relish for revival."

To the congregation he said, "Pray for your preacher, pay him well and enjoy working for the Lord."

TESTIMONY

The new Minister then delivered his testimony: "It is with a deep sense of gratitude and praise to God that I stand before you," he told the congregation. "This milestone has been reached, in my life because of the day of my conversion, 6th October, 1969." The Rev. Priestley recalled how he had listened to Dr. Bob Jones speaking in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church, and how his words had brought deep conviction to his heart. Mr. Priestley said he had come to Christ on that day and received Him as his Lord and Saviour.

"If someone had said to me shortly after my conversion that I would be ordained to preach the Gospel, I would have said it would never come, because by nature I am a quiet lad and bashful," he told the congregation. "But as I progressed in my Christian experience, the will of God for my life was constantly before me. I prayed and pondered over it, and although my initial reaction was that of Moses when God commissioned him to lead the Children of Israel out of Egypt - 'Who am I, that I should go?' - I realised in the words of Paul, 'Woe is me if I preach not the Gospel'."

Mr. Priestley related how, in November 1979, he had applied for the Free Presbyterian Ministry. The new Minister expressed his thanks to the congregation of Dromore for their understanding in his student days and for placing their trust in him by extending a unanimous call.

TRIBUTE

He paid tribute to his mother and father for his fine upbringing and for their encouragement and help. His wife's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton, were also thanked for their support.

Mr. Priestley said that, before he came into the work of God in a full-time way, he had been a member of the Martyrs Memorial congregation. He thanked God for the work of Dr. Paisley and for the benefit of his [7] wisdom, support and encouragement. The Senior Minister of the Dromore congregation, the Rev. Fred Greenfield, of Banbridge, was also thanked.

The Rev. Priestley spoke appreciatively of the lecturers in the Theological Hall at the Whitefield College of the Bible, under whom he had studied for 4 years. During his four years as a student, he added, his wife had been a tower of strength.

"Humanly speaking without her dedication, willingness and faithfulness, my training would not have been possible," he said.

Mr. Priestley added that he realised a great door had opened to him. "Pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have free course and be glorified," he concluded.

Mr. Robert Skelton, Church elder, extended a warm welcome to the newly ordained Minister and his family and spoke highly of his ministry to the congregation over the past 3 1/2 years.


PRESENTATION

He then made a presentation on behalf of the session and committee to the Rev. Fred Greenfield, in appreciation of his services. Mr. Greenfield suitably replied. Miss Audrey Malcolmson, younger daughter of Church elder Mr. Aubrey Malcolmson, presented a gift to Mrs. Greenfield.

The service concluded with the Hymn "Thou hast snapped my fetters", and the Rev. Michael Patrick, Moneyslane, closed in prayer. [8]

ORDINATION AND INSTALLATION OF MR. PHILLIP MILLEN AT RANDALSTOWN

The Randalstown Free Presbyterian Church reached a further milestone in its history on Wednesday, the 30th November when the Rev. Phillip Millen was ordained and installed as the new minister.

To accommodate the large congregation extra chairs had to be borrowed from the neighbouring churches of Antrim and Ballymena. The congregation included many visiting ministers from other Free Presbyterian Churches as well as many of Mr. Millen's family and friends.

Mr. Millen, who is married, has been serving as student minister in Randalstown for the previous three and a half years.

The service was presided over by the Rev. L. Curran who led the congregation in praise by the singing of Psalm 100. The Rev. D. Linden of Portglenone opened in prayer followed by the Rev. J. Hartin of Portavogie, who read the Scriptures. The recently ordained minister of Dromore Free Presbyterian Church, the Rev. D. Priestley, then preached the ordination sermon, choosing as his text Isaiah 49:16.

The Prescribed Questions were then put to the minister elect by the Rev. J. Beggs, minister of Ballymena Free Presbyterian Church. Mr. Millen subscribed then to the Westminster Confession of Faith and the Articles of Faith of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. This was followed by the laying on of hands and the ordination prayer led by Dr. Paisley, Moderator of the Church.

Dr. Paisley then brought the charge to the minister and congregation. The Moderator emphasised that the primary work of the minister of Christ was to preach the Gospel. Using as his text 1 Cor. 1:17, he read, "For Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel", and this, stressed Dr. Paisley was the calling of preaching. He also commented that in this ecumenical age there was a returning in apostate Protestantism to the sacramentalism of popery, where the sacraments were taking the place of preaching the Word. This was also seen in the architecture of the Church of Rome, where the altar was in the centre and [9] the pulpit was placed to one side. But Christ did not send Paul "to baptise", but to be engaged in forthtelling the Gospel. The Gospel had to be in the centre of our churches went on Dr. Paisley, and he charged Mr. Millen to make full-proof of his ministry by centring on preaching. The Moderator added that there was the contempt of preaching, that the worldly church preferred a minister who was a good entertainer, a wonderful master of ceremonies, instead of a hard-hitting preacher. The amazing thing was, however, that where there was preaching the pews filled.

Dr. Paisley charged Mr. Millen to have as the content of his preaching a full Christ. The minister was not to preach a creed but "Christ Crucified". Right in the centre of every message there must be the Cross, for the preaching of the Cross was "the power of God unto salvation". The newly ordained minister was then advised to have a character of preaching that was plain. He was to preach with the simplicity of the "Book of God". The preacher was to see men and women "saved" and this was the climax of preaching.

Dr. Paisley then concluded with a charge to the congregation to pray for the Rev. Millen and to encourage him by their support and presence at every service.

Following the Moderator's address, the Rev. Curran called the newly ordained minister to address the meeting. Mr. Millen recalled Christmas Eve, 1970, as the day he turned to Christ and was gloriously saved. He went on to thank all for attending, especially those of his family circle, some of whom had flown from England.

Mr. Millen expressed appreciation for the financial and prayerful support of the Coleraine Church of which he was a former member. Paying tribute to the Randalstown Church, Mr. Millen expressed how he had enjoyed his three and a half years there as student minister. He also thanked the congregation for placing their confidence in him by choosing him as their new minister. Rev. Millen added that the Rev. Curran, his senior minister during his student ministry, had been a strong pillar of support and a constant source of advice.

He also thanked the Moderator, Dr. Paisley, describing him as a great source of inspiration to his soul.

Lastly the Rev. Millen thanked his wife and family for their support and for the sacrifices which they made during his studies in the Theological Hall.

The congregation's welcome was led by committee member Mr. Archie Ross, who described the Rev. Millen as a "man of faith".

Mr. Ross then presented both the Rev. Millen and the Rev. Curran with gifts. The ministers wives also received gifts from Mrs. Blair on behalf of the congregation.

The Rev. J. Morrow of Ballynahinch closed the service in prayer and benediction.

Afterwards a sumptuous supper was provided by the ladies of the congregation. [10]

FIRST MINISTER FOR BANGOR FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

The first minister of the W. P. Nicholson Memorial Free Presbyterian Church in Bangor was ordained and installed on Tuesday, 1st November, 1983. A very large crowd attended the historic meeting which marked another milestone in the history of the congregation.

Rev. William McDermott, a native of Lisburn, had been a student minister in Bangor since February, 1982. On successfully completing the four year training course in the Theological Hall, Mr. McDermott received a unanimous call from the Bangor congregation.

The ordination and installation service was presided over by Rev. Harry Cairns, from Omagh, who had been senior minister of the congregation since its inception in 1976. Rev. Jim Hartin, from Portavogie, led in the opening prayer and Rev. Alan Dunlop, from Newtownards, read the Scriptures. It is the practice in the Free Church that the last installed minister preaches the installation sermon. This was the duty of Rev. William Whiteside, from Ballygowan.

Mr. Hartin, the acting clerk of Presbytery, in the absence of Rev. John Douglas, put the prescribed questions to Mr. McDermott, who then proceeded to sign The Westminster Confession of Faith. Ministers and elders then came forward for the laying on of hands by the Presbytery of Ulster and the ordination prayer, which was offered by the Moderator, Dr. Paisley. The joint charge to the minister and congregation was given by the Moderator. In a powerful address, Dr. Paisley exhorted the new minister to take heed how he prayed, preached, performed, pleaded and proceeded, and told him to follow the principles of Martin Luther in his preaching. He also charged the congregation to faithfully support their minister both in a prayerful and practical manner.

Mr. McDermott then gave his testimony, as to how the Lord saved him and called him into the ministry. He also thanked all those who helped him during his years of study, making special mention of his family and home congregation in Lisburn.

During his welcoming speech the Clerk of Session, Mr. Cecil Magrath, presented the new minister with a carriage clock on behalf of the congregation. He also made a presentation to Mr. Cairns and thanked him for his help in Bangor during the past seven years.

Miss Amanda Hanson presented bouquets to Mrs. McDermott and Mrs. Cairns. The service concluded with prayer and the benediction and supper was provided afterwards by the ladies of the congregation.

[11-18 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

[18]
NAIL THAT BILLY GRAHAM LIE

"No lie is of the Truth" - 1 John 2:21

23 August 1983

27 Camden Road, London NW1 9LN

"Dear . . .

Thank you for your letter of 10 August. I can categorically say that we do not advise Roman Catholics who profess conversion to remain in their own Catholic church. It is our practice to send the names of those who respond to Dr. Graham's invitation to participating churches wherever possible and as the Vatican has itself said that no Roman Catholic churches may participate in the crusade, you will see that we are not in a position to be able to send the names of enquirers to the Roman Catholic Church.

Dr. Billy Graham himself does not describe himself as a 'conservative liberal'. He is most certainly still a fundamentalist - although, over the years, that description itself has changed considerable from what it originally implied. As far as Dr. Graham is concerned, he remains an evangelist who is convinced of the authority and inerrancy of scripture and stands firmly and squarely on the same grounds that he stood in 1954.

Yours sincerely
Signed
Maurice L. Rowlandson, Director"

We print above a letter sent out by the Billy Graham Organisation in England in preparation for Graham's forthcoming evangelistic crusade. This letter proves that Dr. Graham actually pays people to tell lies for him! [19[

Dr. Graham does advise Roman Catholics who profess conversion to remain in their own Roman Catholic Church, to say otherwise is to lie. Mr. Maurice Rowlandson knows that, yet, like the Jesuit friends of Dr. Graham, he lies and continues to lie because with him as with them THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS.

Here are some of the facts:-

As far as Dr. Graham is concerned the Reformation might never have taken place, the Reformers and martyrs might never have given their testimony sealed with blood, and the great creeds and confessions of historic Protestantism might never have been penned.

First by gradual stages and now by leaps and bounds, the evangelist has come closer and closer to the system of the Harlot Church of Rome.

FIRST STEPS

He recognised Rome as a great Christian communion and the 'influence of Pope John XXIII The Second as a vital spiritual force for revival.

Given a standing ovation by 2,000 priests and nuns in his first address to a Roman College, Dr. Graham said,

'I don't know when it began. Perhaps during World War II . . . I think the emphasis that the late Pope John brought, the Ecumenical Council of the Bishops of Rome itself - a council that has the prayers of all Christendom - herald the present Christian revolution . . . The emphasis of our time may be on the Holy Spirit. Everywhere people are gathering - Protestants, Catholics, and yes, Jews - to pray together. I know of 114 such groups in Long Island itself. Is the Holy Spirit in our time doing something that is beyond any of us?"


To call the Second Vatican Council a work of the Holy Spirit is nothing short of blasphemy and a very serious blasphemy indeed. In the dark pagan dogmas and Councils of Rome the Holy Spirit of God has no part whatsoever. The Spirit of God never works contrary to the Word of God.

At the beginning Dr. Graham sought to conceal this growing alignment with the Papal Church.

Dr. Bob Jones, President, Bob Jones University, Greenville, South Carolina, called attention to the methods of the Billy Graham Organization in attempting to conceal the activities of their master in this field.

Speaking to the students and faculty at the University on February 8th 1965, he said:

'Dr. Graham has said he would go anywhere under any [20] sponsorship. This is a pretty broad statement. That means that if a Buddhist priest invited him to go to preach in a Buddhist pagoda under Buddhist sponsorship, he would go. That statement is as broad a statement as one can conceive. He did not say, 'I would go to any Bible-believing church.' He said, 'I will go anywhere under any sponsorship.' But wait, Dr. Graham's public relations department states that he does not go under modernistic sponsorship - that he does not 'sponsor' them and they do not 'sponsor' him. I say this, and I say it bluntly; and I have said it in print - the public relations department of the Graham Organization and the people who answer the letters addressed to Dr. Graham do not seem to care whether they tell the truth or not. They are completely unscrupulous when it comes to misrepresenting the facts. They try by misdirection, deceit, and false statements to persuade the public they are not doing what they are doing. You cannot depend upon any statement that comes out officially from the Graham Organization as to what they are doing and as to what their stand is. They will tell you one thing one time, and they will tell you something else another. I suggest, therefore, that those who have not seen it read a letter written by a member of the Graham staff who passed away about six months after this letter was written. The letter attempts to deceive and misdirect and-give a false impression. I have paragraph by paragraph shown the fallacy of what he said and have pointed out how inconsistent and deceitful this letter is. Now, this is a perfect example of the tactics of the Graham Organization. I can quote others but this is all you need to show how their public relations organization works.'

Dr. Edstrom, in the letter referred to, sought, with a cunning which would do credit to the Jesuits, to conceal Dr. Graham's intention of alignment with Romanism. Dr. Graham's first steps to popery were taken with great care and carefully covered over by his faithful employees.

DIRECTING CONVERTS TO ROME

Dr. Graham's original method as an evangelist was to have the cooperation only of Bible believing Churches and ministers and to direct the converts to such churches and ministers. His Organization still seeks to allay the questions of born-again believers by maintaining that this is still done. A letter with the Billy Graham heading to this effect has helped to stifle much criticism on this vital matter. Unthinking people, not realising that 'the same Organization must be tried and proved,' accept such letters and assurances as ex-cathreda.

The hard facts of this crucial matter have now been well exposed. [21]

The paid agents of the Billy Graham Organization, however, continue to deceive those evangelical Protestants who enquire into this matter.

Dr. G. Archer Weniger of San Francisco exposed the duplicity of one of these agents in a letter to the same on December 20th, 1957.

WHAT HAPPENED IN NEW YORK

Dr. Weniger listened to Dr. Graham's Director at a meeting before the Conservative Baptist ministers of the Bay Area in November at the Calvary Baptist Church. He listed in his letter six glaring errors in Mr. Smyth's presentation of the Graham plan of campaign.

Number Three read as follows:

'You stated clearly, 'Billy Graham has never at any time in history given any cards to Catholics.' The San Francisco News of September 21st, 1957, carried an interview with you in which it was stated, 'Even if the penitents are non-Protestants they are referred to the church of their choice.' You stated that this was false. We checked with the Church Editor who said the paper considers it a correct statement. We suggested that this be a question to put to Graham. Accordingly, the San Francisco News reported on November 11, 1957, evidently from a private interview, quoting Dr. Graham as follows on page 3: 'Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic or Jewish.'

'You will recall that 'the Executive Secretary of the Graham Appearance Committee for his visit two years ago reported that eleven cards indicated the Catholic Church as their choice. A check with the Committee in charge showed that it was Dr. Graham's wish that these be turned over to the Catholic Churches. Rather than to send these converts back to the Roman Catholic Church, he tore up the cards.

'The distinguished New York attorney, Mr. James E. Bennett, has an address entitled, 'Final Analysis - a Ministry of Disobedience', in which he sums up the New York Crusade. In this address he says, 'Furthermore a friend of mine (a minister of a church on Long Island) went to the Crusade. Then he went in the enquiry room as an enquirer, and when the counsellor asked him what church, he said, 'to be saved must I have a church?' The counsellor answered, 'Yes, you must have a church.' 'Can I have a Catholic church?' 'Certainly, if you want to ' said the counsellor. So he gave the name of a Catholic Church in his own locality. Two days later, the priest of that church called him up; said he had the card, and would be glad to interview him as a prospective member of that church. I could cite many instances which have come to my [22] personal notice. It was one of the most sinful acts of the whole Crusade and caused, and will continue to cause, inestimable damage. There is no doubt that thousands of people have been assigned to Roman Catholic Churches, synagogues, modernistic, liberal, and other forms of unbelieving churches.'

GRAHAM AT HARVARD

The Billy Graham Mission at Harvard in February of 1964 again revealed the way Dr. Graham and his Organization and crusades work.

The Harvard Christian Fellowship which sponsored Graham's mission had sought the co-operation of all those groups at Harvard and Radcliffe claiming to be Christians.

A number of the students who came forward were 'of the Roman Catholic tradition.'

The 'follow up' cards for these students were given to Roman Catholics.

This took place with the knowledge and approval of Dr. Graham.

This step was taken in the conviction that Roman Catholics who made decisions for Jesus Christ could 'grow in grace' in the Roman Church as well as in the Protestant Church.

AS FAR BACK AS 1954

In the U.S. NEWS AND WORLD REPORT, August 27th, 1954, an interview with Dr. Graham is reported:

'Question: What are these people with you?

Answer: (by Dr. Graham) Well, we have a team of specialists in running the organization. All I am is the preacher. We have a song leader because before I get up to speak, we have some community singing of hymns. Then we have to arrange for a soloist to sing. We have a secretarial service and a vast follow-up system.

For example: If a person in one of these campaigns makes a commitment to Christ, we do not drop him. He is followed up. The ministers all do that. His name and address and a lot of information about him is taken and within 24 hours that is sent to a minister of the church of his choice regardless of denomination.'

'THE CATHOLIC QUESTION IN A CATHOLIC CITY'

The San Francisco News of September 21st, 1957 reported an interview with Walter Smyth which said concerning the follow-up [23] system:

'Even if the penitents are non-protestant, they are referred to the church of their choice.'

'San Francisco is a heavily concentrated Roman Catholic City.

The same paper in its November 11 th issue of the same year quoted Dr. Graham, 'Anyone who makes a decision at our meetings is seen later and referred to a local clergyman, Protestant, Catholic or Jewish'.

'Protestant Church Life' reported Dr. Graham on September 29th 1956 as saying, 'We're coming to New York, not to clean it up, but to get people to dedicate themselves to God and then send them back to their own churches - Catholic, Protestant or Jewish.'

AT THE MASS

In the Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph, September 6, 1952, Dr. Graham stressed that his crusade in Pittsburgh would be 'interdenominational'. He said that he hoped to hear Bishop Fulton J. Sheen at one of the masses at St. Paul's Cathedral tomorrow. He added, 'Many of the people who reach a decision on Christ at our meetings have joined the Catholic Church and we have received commendations from Catholic publications for the revived interest in their Church following our campaigns. This happened both in Boston and Washington. After all, one of our prime purposes is to help the churches in a community. If after we move on, the local churches do not feel the effects of these meetings in increased membership and attendance, then our crusade would have to be considered a failure.'

When an evangelist declares he intends going to mass in the morning, his loyalty to the one, once and for all never to be repeated, sacrifice of Christ is, to say the least, questionable.

The martyrs died because 'they would not go a massing.' Were they wrong?

Did they die in vain?

CONTROVERSY

There are some who are impatient with this controversy. Some say that instead of engaging in controversy in the Church, we ought to pray to God for a revival; instead of polemics, we ought to have evangelism. 'Well,' asks Dr. Machen, speaking to the Bible League of London on 'The Importance of Christian Scholarship', 'what kind of revival do [24] you think that will be. What sort of evangelism is it that is indifferent to the question what evangel it is to be preached? Not a revival in the New Testament sense,' he replied, 'not the evangelism that Paul meant when he said, 'Woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel.' No, my friends, there can be no true evangelism which makes common cause with the enemies of the Cross of Christ. Souls will hardly be saved unless the evangelists can say with Paul: 'If we or an angel from heaven preach any other Gospel than that which we preached unto you, let him be accursed!' Every true revival is born in controversy and leads to more controversy. That has been true ever since our Lord said that He came not to bring peace upon the earth but a sword. And do you know what I think will happen when God sends a new Reformation upon the Church? We cannot tell when that blessed day will come. But when the blessed day does come, I think we can say at least one result that it will bring. We shall hear nothing on that day about the evils of controversy in the Church. All that will be swept away as with a mighty flood. A man who is on fire with a message never talks in that wretched, feeble way, but proclaims the truth joyously and fearlessly in the presence of every high thing that is lifted up against the Gospel of Christ.'

GRAHAM'S REVELATION

A startling revelation came out in the editorial of the Daily Journal at International Falls, Minnesota, October 29th, 1963, which stated:

'If Pope Paul asked me to go out and preach the gospel as I see it, I would do it,' Billy Graham told 750 Protestant ministers in New York recently. The evangelist recalled that at a recent crusade in San Paulo, Brazil, the Roman Catholic bishop stood beside him and blessed the converts as they came forward. These incidents illustrate Graham's declaration that 'something tremendous, an awakening of reform and revival within Christianity,' was happening to both Protestant and Roman Catholic.

This 'togetherness' was also manifested on the Finance Committee for the Graham Easter Sunday (Birmingham, Alabama, 1964) when the following diverse religions were represented by Mr. Hodo, a Presbyterian; Mr. Pless, an Episcopalian; Mr. Friend, a Jew; and Col. Prichard, a Roman Catholic. (Sword of the Lord, 7/8/64)

INVESTIGATION

The Graham Organization and the co-operating churches in the [25] San Francisco Crusade appointed Dr. Farrah to follow up the 'converts' and report on the same.

He reported that of over 1,300 'Catholics' who came forward, practically all remained 'Catholic', continued to pray to Mary, went to Mass and confessed to the priest.' (Sword of the Lord, 7/2/64)

PROCEDURE

George Burnham in 'Billy Graham: A Mission Accomplished', 1955, a book which carries Dr. Graham's preface, states that the press were told prior to the crusade in Paris that those converts 'requesting reaffirmation in the Catholic faith would be turned over to the Catholic Church.'

GRAHAM AND THE CARDINAL

During the Boston Crusade, Cardinal R. Cushing, R.C. Archbishop of Boston declared himself one hundred percent for Graham. Dr. Graham's own paper, The Christian, fully reported a meeting between the evangelist and the cardinal. The meeting took place at the evangelist's request. We reproduce it in full:

'More than 40,000 people attended the first four meetings of the last week of the crusade, bringing the total for four weeks to near the quarter million mark.

'The Boston paper gave long reports each day of Dr. Graham's sermons, so that each issue of the paper contained what amounted to a clearly stated gospel message. The Boston Herald announced at the end of the crusade that it would be publishing Dr. Graham's daily syndicated column in which he answers questions sent in by readers.

'The biggest headlines, however, went to the forty-five minute meeting with Cardinal Cushing - the first occasion on which Dr. Graham has had a meeting with a Roman Catholic Cardinal. There were 35 newspapers present at the meeting and that is its own intimation of the importance of what one newspaper called 'a meeting between two giants of different religious faiths'.

Dr. Graham told the Cardinal that he felt there was a great need in the world for the proclamation of the Gospel. 'We defended it so long it is time to proclaim it. And I feel that the new spirit in the world was the result of what happened in Rome.' 'Well it comes a few hundred years late,' said the Cardinal. 'it will take a long time before they feel the full impact of it.' [28]

Again Dr. Graham confesses that the gospel that built a Roman Catholic Abbey is the same gospel that he preaches and that it is still the way of salvation. What a confession! What a revelation! What a tragedy! The gospel of Jesus Christ as revealed in the New Testament has no common ground whatsoever with the false gospel of the Roman anti-Christ. The gospel that Rome teaches comes under the condemnation of the apostolic writer Paul when he says, 'Those that preach another gospel,' (and Rome's gospel is most certainly another gospel) have to receive the anathema, the eternal curse of God Himself.

To claim that Billy Graham is a fundamentalist is yet another lie. Billy has long since renounced his fundamentalism. On one occasion he stated he was not a liberal, that he was not a fundamentalist but he was a constructor. Dr. T. T. Shields commented: "Liberals I know and fundamentalists I know, but who are constructors?"

Dr. Graham no longer emphasises the BLOOD OF CHRIST. We reproduce the following letter which speaks for itself:-

THE Billy Graham EVANGELISTIC ASSOCIATION
1300 Harmon Place, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403 U.S.A. 332-8081, area code 612

February 29, 1968

Dear

Your letter to Mr. Graham has come to me for reply. Mr. Graham is pleased with all the mail that comes to him but regrets that, because of his many commitments, he cannot answer your letter personally.

There are many aspects of the Christian life that Mr. Graham does not touch upon because he does not believe that they are the duty and responsibility of the evangelist. Mr. Graham believes that we are saved through the blood of Christ, however, this aspect of Christian doctrine he does not emphasize in his messages. This is the duty and prerogative of the pastors.

Every effort is made to see that the inquirers are oriented in a Bible preaching church. This may be done through the counselors, through the Follow-Up Course, and very definitely by the leading guidance of the Holy Spirit. He has ways of accomplishing things that are absolutely astounding. [29]

As you suggest, Dr. Rice wrote according to "the facts as Dr. Rice knows them." Mr. Graham, under no conditions, suggests affiliating with those who are, in their doctrines, contrary to the Scriptures. There are times when we must come in contact with these people, that they might hear the Word . This is our responsibility; see Ezekiel 33 and Acts 20:25-27.

Mr. Graham speaks to many organizations. Unfortunately, people believe immediately that he is affiliating with them.

This is the furthest from his mind or the desires of the Association. The moment we affiliated with them, we would alienate many others. Mr. Graham is constantly preaching, "the Bible says . . .," believes it, and to the best of his ability acts upon it.

May the Lord bless you richly.

Your prayers will be greatly appreciated for Mr. Graham and the Team as they continue to press the claims of Christ throughout the nation and the world.

Sincerely,

 

Rev. W. H. Martindale
Spiritual Counselor

Christians who believe the Bible and have washed their robes in the Blood of the Lamb should avoid the Billy Graham crusades and their anti Blood of Christ, ecumenical, and Roman Catholic foundation as they would a plague. They should stand up and be numbered amongst those who will not barter their Protestant birthright for the mess of ecumenical evangelistic pottage. [29]

NO EASING OF ROME'S CHAINS ON MIXED MARRIAGES
A sermon preached by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley
(Continued from last month)

Thirdly, they claim God's authority. In the Directory they set forth their view, "As God's law also requires." God's law requires nothing of what they are saying, but they would put the imprimatur of Heaven in their teaching, and claim for their directory the authority of God. Further, they are completely inconsistent in the matter of divorce, because they say that they couldn't give general recognition to mixed marriages which take place in other churches because of the difference regarding recognition of divorce. But then they go on to say that they make an [30] exception for the Orthodox Church - the Greek Catholic Church. Why? Because they are in communion with the Greek Catholic Church, and so - "what we approved of you can do when you like; what we disapprove of you are not allowed to do." Then the dominating party in the mixed marriage must be the Roman Catholic partner; and the Roman Catholic party is not alone, a third party enters the marriage - the priest. So instead of husband and wife you have husband, wife and priest, and they say 'this is for pastoral aid, we want to help them'. Of course they do, they want to get the children under the control of the Roman Church. Of course they do! So they say, "for pastoral duties, the priest will not treat them as if they were members of another church but will aid and counsel them." Then they say, "The vow that used to be made we are not going to ask you to do in writing. We might ask you to do it orally, so you will not be asked to sign your name on anything, but you will be asked to do it orally." I don't think there is any difference between an oral vow and signing your name to a vow. It is just the same!

Let me tell you what they don't tell you. They don't tell you who decides whether it will be written or whether it will be oral. The Pope has already decided that, for he says, "The bishop and the priest will make the decision." So if I go to get married and I say, "Well, I will do it orally," the priest will say, "No, you are a slippery customer, you might get out of the net, so I think we had better get you to sign it." So the priest makes the decision and he knows who is the firm committed Romanist, and he knows who is the person who is not so firm in their faith, so he makes the decision. That brings me back to what I omitted to say about that programme today. Bishop Daly admitted that there was an average of seventy mixed marriages per year in Londonderry that he didn't have any trouble with, for they all came over to the Church of Rome. You should think of that, seventy young men going over to the Church of Rome every year, seventy of them, and he had no trouble! He has just trouble with about seven to ten of the mixed marriages in his Diocese. You can see what is happening in the Roman Catholic Church in regard to this particular matter.

It was away back in March 18th, 1966 that the Pope made some changes in the Ne Temere Decree. Those changes are only percolating now into Ireland, in 1983, for these same things were said then in a new Rule issued from the Vatican, a new Rule which was supposed to liberalise the marriage ceremony somewhat. But you will see from what I have said, it is not a liberalisation at all. It is just the same way, for the aim is simple. And what is the aim? The aim is to destroy the Protestant faith of the child. It is completely contrary to the Word of God, and to any elementary principle of liberty that a person before they enter into marriage has to give a vow how the offspring of that marriage is to be brought up. That, my friend, strikes at the very principle, the elementary principle, of liberty. The Church of Rome and their Bishops with honey on their tongues were trying to tell us, "Oh, we are moving forward," and [31] an attempt has been made by sections of the Press, and especially by the B.B.C., to try and tell us "Oh, yes, it is a move forward." I must say that I was very glad to see that Canon Barry, whose theology is an anathema to me, and whose ecumenism is well known, has seen through it, and today he made it clear the attitude he had taken in this matter. If ecumenists in their blindness can see what the Church of Rome is up to, why shouldn't those well taught Protestant people be carrying a banner exposing this thing for what it is?

The whole claims of the Church of Rome are fraudulent from beginning to end, and especially their claim as far as marriage is concerned. As a free people, believing in the Gospel and believing in the power of the Word of God, we must say to Rome, "Hands off something that is not for you to control." Could I say to any young people contemplating marriage in this Church - marry your own! Marry your own! I never say anything good coming of mixed marriage. I never saw anything good coming of a marriage between a believer and an unbeliever, even although both were professed Protestants, for that is also a mixed marriage, and I never saw anything good coming of a marriage of a Protestant to a Roman Catholic or visa versa. Marry your own! Keep company with those who have like precious faith with yourself, because I come back to it, the second most important decision in life is the choosing of a life's partner.

As I come to an end of this sermon tonight, could I press on every one here the claims of the Lord Jesus Christ. That first decision must be made. I trust you will make it tonight by receiving Christ as your Saviour and Lord. "But as many as received Him to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name."

May God bless this testimony to Truth to the hearts of all who have heard it, for Christ's Sake!

AMEN AND AMEN!