[2]
Destroying Ulster's Defences

The I.R.A. is winning the war against Ulster because Ulster's Defences have been removed not by them but by the treachery of so-called Ulster leaders.

The Stormont Government removed the "B" Specials, disarmed the police and surrendered the rights of Ulster Protestants in order to hold on to their offices and salary.

Now a perfidious British Government are at the same Iscariot treachery. The Ulster Defence Regiment formed to replace (so we are told) the Ulster Special Constabulary is now to be reduced in size and eventually disbanded. That is the plan that is afoot.

Of course it is denied just in the same way that the disbanding of the "B" Specials was denied.

The Roman Catholic Church under the Sinn Fein Cardinal has decided it must go and, ever obedient to Mother Church and her Ecumenical Collaborators, the British Government will bow the knee. The "B" Specials were used, abused and then discarded. The U.D.R. has been used, abused and then discarded.

The time has now come when the Ulster people must face up to the fact that their salvation will not come from London. Like our fathers in 1912 we must look to ourselves.

We commend to our readers the Resolution of Presbytery carried elsewhere in our columns, "For God and Ulster" that must not be a mere slogan but rather an activating WATCHWORD. [3]

THE FOUR E's OF A PREACHER By Thomas Champness

Thomas Champness was a Methodist. He founded the movement which eventually brought into being "Cliff College", the famous Evangelists' Training Centre. His grandfather, John, was a strong Calvinist and a friend of that great strict Baptist Divine, Mr. Kershaw. Writing in his last book to be published, Thomas Champness says: "We can give our descendants something better than gold. There was a certain Anne Champness who was burned at the stake. I should like to believe that her blood flows in my veins. Perhaps it does, and so I hate the word 'priest' as I do the plague!" Champness met his students each week in what was called "The Grindstone", a class for the sharpening of the preachers' tools. The following is from one of those classes.

Today I want to talk about the four E's which are requisite to a preacher's success. I shall be glad if in every church you preach in, you can see one of these E's in each corner.

The first 'E', which I submit is binding upon all Gospel preachers, is:

1. EVANGELICAL

Every service should have the evangelical element. Will you tell me what you mean by an evangelical sermon? What is the difference between an evangelical sermon and an evangelistic one? Briefly defined, an evangelistic sermon is one in which the truths of the Gospel are set forth in such a manner as to urge immediate repentance; whereas an evangelical sermon is one in which, though the main truths of the Gospel are set forth, there is no definite effort to bring the congregation to public decision.

Let us find out some qualifications for an evangelical sermon, which will make it likely to be useful. An evangelical sermon may be made evangelistic, but not on all subjects. For instance, a sermon on 'The Proprieties of Worship' could scarcely be made evangelistic.

In every evangelical sermon there's this thought:

THE GOSPEL TEACHES GOD'S ABHORRENCE OF SIN

Nowhere is this taught as it is at Calvary and Gethsemane. The fact of Christ suffering in place of the guilty, shows, as nothing else does, how God abhors sin. One of the things which people need to be taught is that God still hates sin, however much He loves the sinner. I don't know anything better calculated to produce a sense of guiltiness, than that men should learn how God feels towards sin, and that rather than pass by sin, and leave it unpunished, He bruised His well-beloved Son. So it comes to be true that Jesus Christ bore our sins in His own body on the tree.

Then, to help your sermon to be evangelical, you can show:- [4]

4 The Revivalist

HOW SINNERS MAY INDULGE IN THE HOPE OF SALVATION, AND YET HAVE PROPER VIEWS OF SIN

Many people have false hopes, and say, 'God won't punish me: He won't put me into hell.'

The Gospel which is preached denouncing sin, and telling of God's love in punishing Jesus instead of the sinner, may bring comfort to the believer, because:-

IT WILL SHOW HIM WHAT HE HAS ESCAPED FROM

Those words of St. Paul's show that he may be comforted: "For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by His life" (Rom. v. 10). So that the man who is already a Christian may be comforted by an evangelical sermon.

The second 'E' is:

II. EFFECTIVE

What do I mean by effective? Accomplishing its object. You wouldn't call a man an effective angler because he had fine tackle: a bamboo rod, beautiful jointed, gut lines, and the best flies, if he whipped the water all day and caught nothing, and brought back an empty basket. At the same time, there might be a little lad fishing, with a bit of a stick, thread, and a bent pin, and pulling the fish out fast!

It's not your tackle, not going into the pulpit in a faultless suit of black, with a clerical 'Choker', and altogether got up to look A1 like a parson! The Devil won't care how you're dressed. It's not the clerical dress that does it. Spurgeon was one of the most unclerical of preachers; he looked as much like a pilot as anything, and yet he was a great soul-winner.

There are two things needed in a sermon to give it our second 'E', Effectiveness, and one is point - something which will lay hold of the people. I remember once being out fishing with two friends of mine. One of them had been pulling the fish out well; he then felt another bite, and was playing the fish, and suddenly exclaimed, "Ah! I've lost him!" He pulled his line in, and found that the barb at the point was gone! If any of you have ever had a fish-hook run into your finger, you'll know that at the point there is a barb, which once in, is very difficult to get out; and that had gone from the hook. Now, see that the point is on the hook when you preach.

There's a story told of two whale fishermen who had been in a place of worship somewhere, and had heard the sermon. When they came out, one said to the other, "Well, Bill, what did ye think o' that 'ere preacher?" "Oh!" said Bill, "'e wur very nice, but it didn't 'pear to me as if the gent 'ad enough harpoon in it!" - You know when they stick the spear into the whale, it won't come out. When I was laid aside in my last illness, I heard a great many sermons, but I found some preachers were very short of harpoons. See to it, that when you preach there will be something to take hold of your hearers. [5]

Then a sermon, to be effective, should have illustration. What do I mean by illustration? Answer: something to illustrate the subject! Ah, that's very like a man I've heard of, who was asked, "What's your name?" "Same name as my father's." "But what is his name?" "Same as mine." "Yes, but what are you both called?" "We're both called the same." And when you tell me that an illustration is something to illustrate, it's like that man and his name. Who can give me a better meaning? Answer - that which lets light on to the subject! Yes, that's better. An illustration should be like a window to a darkened room. There is a very good example in the Bible of a preacher using an illustration in his sermon, the story of Nathan. Remembering that David had been a shepherd, he told him the story of the little ewe lamb. He had him! Nobody could say that there wasn't a harpoon in it!

There is a great power in illustrations, as some people tell them. In 1860, thirty-seven years ago, I heard a sermon by Thomas Collins. I remember that the sermon was a very interesting and powerful one. The subject was, 'The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life'. I have no remembrance of the detail of the sermon, but just the impression that it was powerful, and

THE ONLY THING I CAN RECALL IS AN ILLUSTRATION

He said, "There are some people who have a superficial experience. Their water is 'top water.' When there's a revival, they're full. The fact is, they're like a pool, and full of top water. But when there's a drought, and poor preachers, they're dry, and there's nothing but the mud. They need a deeper work of grace."

Remember these two things: a sermon that is without point is like a milestone between here and Manchester. It has had a coat of white paint, and looks very nice, but they haven't put any black letters on it and so it tells nothing to the passerby.

Go through your sermon, and took at each page and say, "How much Point has that got?" The same with Illustration.

The third 'E' is:

III. ENRICHING

The sermon out to add to the spiritual wealth of the people. It is useless, unless. There are some preachers that are very eloquent, but their sermons are without an enriching power. I remember a certain popular preacher, who shall be nameless, who drew great crowds of people to hear him. If you asked anybody present, they would say how delighted they had been; what a good time they had had. But ask, "Well, what did he teach you?" People would find it very difficult to tell. They could tell you [6] the text, and how much they had enjoyed the sermon, but they couldn't give you anything like that illustration I have told you of, of Mr. Collins. This great preacher was contemporary with Thomas Collins. He will be remembered for his eloquence, but his ideas have gone!

Some preaching is like some food, and doesn't do anything for you. I am very much struck by the difference in some land. As I ride about this district, I can see which land has had lime on. There is a different kind of herbage. In some places the grass is very tough, and enough to pull the horse's teeth out, and strong enough to make ropes of. Where the land has been limed, however, there are clover and nice things of that sort. I can tell which fields have been limed. I can tell you that, as long as there is grass, the beasts won't go to this rope!

Can we have this enriching in our sermons? As you go through your sermons, put the question, "What is there on this page that will enrich the hearer? What will add to the spiritual wealth of the people?"

The fourth, and last, 'E' is:

IV. EARNEST

Let us think of the value of the people. Not how much money does one congregation represent, but what is the value of each soul here? Think that: 

YOU MAY CHANGE THE DESTINY OF SOME OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE PRESENT

It's all the difference between Heaven and Hell! Therefore it behoves us to be in earnest. The majority of our hearers are thoughtless and careless, and they must be dealt with in a manner that will make them both think and care. You mustn't mind if they call you fanatical. You had better be fanatical than dull, and without earnestness. They won't accuse you of being too fanatical when the Judgment Day comes. Rowland Hill said once, "People call me a fanatic, because I shout in the pulpit. I once saw some men buried alive in a sand-pit. I shouted so that I was heard nearly a mile away. Nobody said I was fanatical then."

Let me impress upon you the necessity f6r earnestness. Think, while going up the pulpit stairs, "I am about to deal with eternity."

When you have done your sermon, and pronounced the Benediction on the congregation, do not pronounce it on yourself unless you are satisfied with your answer to your own question:

"HAVE THE FOUR E'S BEEN IN THAT SERMON?" [7]

FOR BOYS AND GIRLS By Rev. J. P. Struthers, M.A.

Rev. J. P. Struthers, M.A., the minister of Greenock Reformed Presbyterian Church, published for many years one of the best childrens' magazines ever printed. It was called 'THE MORNING WATCH'. The first issue was in the year 1888. We reproduce below one of the articles from Mr. Struthers' fascinating pen and we trust these pages each month will be enjoyed by our juvenile friends.

AFTER THE HOLIDAYS "Creeping like snails unwillingly to school."

First Snail: "Hallo, old man! You look heated!"

Second Snail: "Yes! The sweat is just pouring off me, and no wonder! I've done two and a quarter yards in half-an-hour. It's a record!"

Helix Prima, that is, Snail No. 1, continuing the conversation: "Two and a quarter yards in half an hour! It's terrific! That's the pace that kills. However did you manage it?"

Helix Secunda, that is, Snail No. 2: "I really don't know, but for one thing I had an extra good feed of a particularly good cabbage this morning. But I wish to ask you a question. How many teeth do they say you and I have got? I always forget."

No. 1: "'You are not wishing any more, are you?"

No. 2: "No; but how many have we?"

No. 1: "We have 135 rows, and 105 teeth in every row; 100 times 135 is [8] 13,500, and 5 times 135 is 675; that's 14,175."

No. 2: "Thanks. How I wish I could do mental arithmetic like you!"

No. 1: "But why did you ask?"

No. 2: "I heard three men talking in our garden last night. They are glad the holidays are nearly ended. They are engineers, good men and true, clever, honest men, and fond of their work. They were talking about what they call turbine engines with I can't remember how many blades or how many revolutions in a minute. I was wondering if the inside of a ship is as wonderful as the inside of a snail's mouth. But what have you been doing?"

No. 1: "Oh! I got on to a window-pane by mistake, and I heard some good talk, all the same."

No. 2: "What about?"

No. 1: "Well, you see there are two boys, brothers, in that house and they were a bit down in the mouth because it was the last day of the play and they were go to back to school today. And their mother was telling them that she didn't blame them for being sorry, but they had had six weeks, and she wished them not only to be at school the first day it reopened, but to be there early and to look as cheery as possible. But Alec, that's the boy next door, they told her, was going to take another week.

No. 2: "And what did she say?"

No. 1: "She said they must get him to go with them, and when they came home, for they would get away soon, they were to bring him with them and they would have a rhubarb dumpling for dinner."

No. 2: "And did they go?"

No. 1: "Yes, the whole three. The two boys played at being horses, and Alec was the driver. And they jibbed and pranced a lot at the start, and then set off at a gallop, and, though their mother was laughing, I could see she was crying too. And, do you know, I heard her say -'They go, creeping like snails unwillingly to school'."

"So ho!" said No. 2. "And is that the meaning of creeping? I always thought it was used to make fools of us poor snails, and that it meant we were lazy and went so slow, whereas you know we go as hard as we can, don't we? And so creeping means galloping? And these boys galloped off unwillingly! They had a sore fight with themselves, but they won the day. No wonder their mother was happy."

"So say I too," said No. 1, "but I'm not so sure as you are that creeping means galloping. I rather fear that interpretation will not meet with general acceptance from commentators!"

"What! what! what!" cried No. 2. "What big words are those? If you use that kind of jaw-breaker you'll soon need a new set of teeth yourself!"

"Oh!" said No. 1, "I was having a bit of fun. If it is right for these nice laddies to pretend to be horses, what's the harm in my using big words once in a while and imagining I am a whale? But I'm going to try to beat your record. I feel it's in me. And it is these boys that have spurred me on!" [9]

NO MAN CARED FORMY SOUL
A
sermon preached in The Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church,
on Lord's Day 15th January 1984, by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley.

Psalm 142, verse 4: "I looked on my right hand, and beheld that there was no man that would know me; refuge failed me, no man cared for my soul." No man cared for my soul! Look just a moment at the title of the Psalm, and it says that this was a Psalm of David, a prayer when he was in the cave.

Poor David, he is beset on every hand. He who had been lauded by the multitude, who had been the object of the women's song when they sang, "Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands", now finds himself persecuted by King Saul, forsaken by the multitude, driven out as an outcast and hunted from pillar to post. He is in the cave of Adullum, and before him are days of distress, days of persecution, so that he had to exclaim to Jonathan his friend, "There is but a step betwixt me and death."

Darkness, depression, disillusionment had settled down upon David's soul, and in the extremity of his need these words are pushed forth from his tongue, welling up from his broken and grieved heart. He cried: "I looked on my right hand, and beheld, and there was no man that would know me. Refuge failed me, no man cared for my soul."

I don't know if there could be any more pathetic confession, any more heart-breaking confession, any more dark confession than this confession of David, "No man cared for my soul."

MANY DAVIDS ALL AROUND US

I want to suggest to you this morning that in this neighbourhood in which this great Church is located, that in this city where we live and work, in this Province in which we have been born and brought up, in this island home of which we form a part, in this United Kingdom to which we are united, aye, and across Europe, and Asia, and Africa and America and Australia there are multitudes of people, millions, tens of millions, hundreds of millions of people, and they are in the same state as David was in. Sorrow, sin, sickness has overcome them. Disillusionment, distress and disappointments lie with a heavy shadow upon their hearts. There is a cry unheard from a million lips, unrecorded from a million hearts, pushed out from under tens of million griefs, "No man cares for my soul. No man cares for my soul."

From the drunkards of this city, men chained under the Boss Alcohol, men with the virus of alcohol coursing in their veins, men with an appetite for nothing but liquor, there comes this cry: "No man cares for my soul."

From the thousands of young people, caught up in drugs, caught up in glue-sniffing, caught up in the pleasure-madness of this Devil - [10] disoriented era and age there goes up a cry, a cry of hearts unsatisfied, a cry of souls who know no rest, a cry of those who are caught up in the power of the Devil and are beginning to feel the torments of the Devil's pains: "No man cares for my soul."

There are those that are spotted with the leprosy of immorality, who have waded into the sea of the scarlet sin until their bodies are stained, and their souls are blackened and their lives are putrid, and from that hideous mass of humanity that has found no satisfaction in the lust of the eye, in the lust of the flesh and the pride of life there goes up to high Heaven this Sabbath morning the cry: "No man cares for my soul."

The tens of thousands of children who have never been reached by a Sabbath School, who have never sat in a Sabbath School class, who have never attended a children's meeting, who have only heard the Name of Jesus in vile blasphemy from a father that knows not God and a mother that knows not Christ, cry out: "No man cares for my soul."

I want to say that that is an indictment upon us all, an indictment upon the preacher, an indictment upon the people, an indictment upon the Church.

THE DEVIL CARES

The Devil cares for the souls of men! He wants to control them. As I was preparing this message I was reminded of old martyred Bishop Latimer, one of the greatest preachers England ever had. I was reminded of his sermon on the plough, and as he was preaching the old preacher said: "And I would ask a strange question, 'Who is the most diligent Bishop and Prelate in all England that passeth all the rest in doing his office?', I can tell for I know who it is, I know him well. But now I think I see you listening and hearkening that I should name him. There is one that passeth all the other and is the most diligent Prelate and Preacher in all England, and that is the Devil. He is the most diligent of all other. He is never out of his Diocese, he is never from his Cure, ye shall never find him unoccupied. He is ever in his carriage. He keepeth residence at all times. Ye shall never find him out of the way. Call for him when ye will, he is ever at home. The most diligent preacher in all the realm, he is ever at the plough. Call upon him and I warrant he will be ready for your beck and call."

The Devil cares for the souls of men! He wants to control them.

THE WORLD CARES

The world cares for the souls of men. The world wants to cheat them. The world is always inventing new pleasures. Why? Because the world cares for the souls of men. The world is inventing new companionships. Why? Because the world cares for the souls of men. The world is inventing new music. Why? Because the world cares for the souls of men. [11] As this Age goes on and nears the climax of our Lord's Second Return, we are going to see more inventions of the world to lure men to the net of their destruction and to cheat them out of a happy death and a happy eternity. The world cares!

THE FLESH CARES

Yes, and the flesh cares for the souls of men. It offers them the thrill of lust for a moment. It invents new ways to corrupt their minds, to corrupt their souls, to corrupt their thoughts and to corrupt their bodies.

The Devil, the world and the flesh cares for the souls of men.

GOD THE FATHER CARES

Could I say something more, God the Father cares for the souls of men.

Away back in Eternity, before the hills in order stood or earth received her frame, before there was a created thing, before this world was ever dreamed of or thought of, in the heart of God the Father, in the Eternal throb of the heartbeat of God, there was love for the souls of men.

THE LORD JESUS CARES

What shall I say of the Blessed Lord Jesus? He cared for the souls of men. From the ivory palaces in glory to the dark shameful place on earth, to be despised and rejected, to become the song of the drunkard, to be hated of all men and turned on by His friends, and forsaken by His disciples, Jesus cares.

To the shame and the striking and the spitting of Caiaphas's judgment and Annas' judgment, to the buffeting of Herod's judgment hall, back to Pilate's pavement and all its ignominy and shame, to the scourging of His back until it ran rivers of rich crimson Blood, to the dark walk outside the old City wall to the place of a skull, to the nakedness and shame of Calvary, to the crowning with thorns and the piercing with nails, to the covering with the spittles of men, to the tearing of the hairs from off His face, to the place when He could say, "Behold, and see if there is any sorrow like unto my sorrow", Jesus came.

Why did He do it? Because He cared for the souls of men. The message from Calvary this morning is, "I care for the souls of men".

THE HOLY SPIRIT CARES

The Blessed Holy Ghost cares for the souls of men.

When Jesus ascended, the Blessed Holy Ghost descended. What did He descend to do? He descended to go into the quagmire of sin. He descended to go into the miry pit of our depravity, to the place of our debauchery and shame, there to start to enlighten the hearts of sinners, [12] to start to do a purifying work in the vilest places that you could imagine, the heart that is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked who can know it.

Yes into that heart came the pure, the tender and dove-like Holy Ghost. What to do? To save men, for the Holy Ghost cares for the souls of men.

THE ANGELS OF GOD CARE

The angels of God care for the souls of men. They wait with bated breath whenever a Gospel sermon is preached, waiting to carry to Heaven the story of ransomed souls redeemed, waiting to join in the praises of Christ around the rainbow circled Throne. For there is not an angel in Heaven, not a bright shining cherubim or a seraphim, not a dazzling creature among the angelic hosts that doesn't care for the souls of men.

The Psalmist said, "No man cared for my soul". It is among the sons of men that there is no love, no sympathy, no care, no burden, no fiery passion, no broken heart for the souls of men.

If I saw a building on fire, and I knew within that building there was a father and mother, little ones in their cots and in their beds, and if I passed by and raised not the alarm and did nothing to save those in danger of burning, I would be guilty of a criminal act. Yet here am I a child of God and I know that Hell fire burns for the lost, and every soul unbloodmarked, unredeemed, and unsaved will meet their eternal damnation in that furnace of flame, and I pass them by, and as I pass them by, there goes up black indictment to Heaven's Throne, "No man cared for my soul."


TREMENDOUS CONVICTION ABOUT THE VALUE OF A SOUL

You will never care for the souls of men until you get a tremendous conviction of the value of the soul.

I was just thinking that our sense of values is tied to the conditioning of the world. We measure everything by world values. You want to know the value of a house, you tell it by world values. You want to know the value of a business, you tell it by world values.

The Blessed Lord Jesus Christ said, "What shall it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"

You can bring the whole world today, you can bring the diamonds from the bowels of the earth, unknown diamond gems that man has not yet uncovered and you can pile them up into mighty heaps as high as Everest. You can find all the gold veins that man has not discovered in this earth, and you can refine that gold and pile it up in heaps. You can mine those silver mines yet untouched and unknown by human hands, and you can bring all that wealth together. You can put it in a balance and put [13] the value of a soul in the other balance, and all that wealth wouldn't even tip the tray, it wouldn't even tremble.

The value of a human soul! Tell me, why is this soul so valuable? Because it is the only thing on earth made in the image of God. That is why! "Let us make man in our image after our likeness." That is why the soul is so valuable. A replica of God. A production and reproduction of the Holy One. It was His hand that made it. It was His Omniscient mind that designed it to produce Himself in men. That is why it is valuable. That is why the Devil hates it. That is why the Devil defaced it. That is why the Devil defiled it. That is why the Devil sought to destroy it. In the heart of God there is a passion to restore it to its former image. "So the Potter made it again" - the broken earthenware, made again! The value of a soul!

When you see that drunkard pass you by chained with his booze. When you see the scarlet sinner hastening to the place of ill fame and to the red light district. When you see the drug addict, the glue sniffer, don't look upon them as a mere bit of flesh and blood, but remember that man was made in the image of his Maker. Remember that Jesus Christ cares for their souls. God put no limit to His love, God so loved the world - the world of drunkards, the world of drug addicts, the world of sinners, the world of vileness, the world of shame! "No man cared for my soul." The tremendous conviction of the value of the soul.

TENDER COMPASSION FOR THE WELFARE OF SOULS

You need a tender compassion about the welfare of the soul. A compassion!

I lifted an old book this week and I read a poem written by William Blake the Puritan away back in early 1757, and the poet said:

"Can I see another's woe,
And not be in sorrow too?
Can I see another's grief,
And not seek for kind relief?
Can I see a falling tear,
And not feel my sorrow share?
Can a father see his child weep,
Nor be with sorrow filled?
Can a mother sit and hear an infant groan,
An infant fear?
No, no, never can it be
Never can it be!

And can He Who smiles on all
Hear the wren with sorrow small
Hear the small bird's grief and care,
Hear the woes that infants bear,
[14]
And not sit beside the nest,
Pouring pity in its breast,
And not sit the cradle near,
Weeping tear on infant's tear?
And not sit both night and day,
Wiping all our tears away?
O, no, never can it be,
Never, never can it be!

He doth give His joy to all,
He becomes an infant small,
He becomes a Man of woe,
He doth feel the sorrow too.
Think not thou canst sigh a sigh,
And thy Maker is not nigh,
Think not thou canst weep a tear,
And thy Maker is not near.

O, He gives to us His joy,
That our grief He may destroy,
'Till our grief is fled and gone,
He doth sit by us and moan.

There's not a pain that rends the human heart, but the Man of Sorrow hat a part! Tender compassion on the welfare of souls! Do you sit at a table in your home and there are lost ones round that table? How many bottles of tears has God put away from the tears that you have shed for those souls? God says He bottles the tears of His people.

Come on now, let us be honest about this matter. "No man cared for my soul." Do you really care? Does it bother you? If you have some trouble, you cannot sleep. Do you sleep well? God's people sleep too well. God's people do too well. God's people have not a tender compassion for the souls of men.

TERRIBLE CONCERN FOR THEIR ETERNITY

Not only will I care for souls if I have a tremendous conviction of their value, if I have a tender compassion for their welfare, but I need a terrible concern about their eternity. Eternity! O, that God would write that upon our hearts! Eternity! O, that God would stamp that word upon our souls! Eternity! O, that that word would blaze out in fiery letters before us every day we rise. We are all headed for Eternity. "Eternity! Eternity! Where will they be in Eternity?"

They will not be in Heaven, friend, except they are saved. There is no [15] way you can weaken the blow, friend. I have gone in and I have stood at the coffins of dear men and women that I knew, that I respected, that I loved, but as a prophet, as a man of God I couldn't offer one crumb of comfort to their loved ones, for I knew that they died without Christ and they died without hope.

If this Book be true and God be true, and if the Cross means anything, and the Blood of Christ means anything, they are lost and they will never be recovered.

No wonder David climbed the turret stairs, no wonder he entered the turret chamber, no wonder he put his head between his knees, no wonder he sobbed and cried: "Absalom, my son, my son, would God I had died for thee, Absalom, my son, my son." Why did he cry? Because Absalom was damned, that is why, and David knew in his heart he had been a bad example. He knew 'like father like son', as he had become an adulterer so Absalom had become an adulterer, he had become a murderer so Absalom had become a murderer. David had a broken heart for he knew that he was partly responsible for the damnation of his son and it broke his heart. "No man cared for my soul."

TERRIFIC CAMPAIGN TO WIN SOULS

Do you care? A terrible concern about Eternity? If you have got those three things you will join me today in a terrific campaign to win the souls of men. You will say, "Preacher, I'm going to do something about this. I'm not going to sit around in this Church any more. If my place in an old bus on a Friday night will bring young people to the Children's Meeting, I'll be in that bus.

"If I can knock a door on Monday or Tuesday, I'll knock that door preacher. I might with stumbling words present Christ, but with His help I'll do it. Preacher, I'll not be an absentee any more at Prayer meetings, I'll be there. I'll not be a Sunday morning only attender, I'll be at every service in the Church. I'll mean business. No one will say I don't care for their souls." A terrific campaign to win the souls of men!

Oh, that we would organise ourselves into a great salvation army that we might go out and win these men for Christ. A hundred thousand souls a day are passing one by one away in Christless guilt and gloom!

"Who, Who will go
The Gospel Story telling?
Looking to Jesus, counting not the cost.
"

May God help us to rid ourselves of this black indictment that sinners would put upon us that no man cares for their souls!

AMEN AND AMEN!

[16]
COMPROMISE AT CHRISTMAS
By Rev. Wesley McDowell
(Minister, Limavady Free Presbyterian Church)

"Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather, REPROVE THEM" - Ephesians 5:11


On Christmas Day last, another chapter was written in the compromising ministry of Limavady Prebyterian Church, Rev. David Armstrong. The local press proclaimed "History was made in Limavady" because, as the title of the front page article boldly stated - "CHURCH LEADERS CROSS THE ROAD AND THE DIVIDE!"

Local priest, Kevin Mullan was invited by Mr. Armstrong into First Limavady Presbyterian Church to speak to the congregation and extend to them seasonal greetings. He did so and members of the congregation applauded. Mr. Armstrong then went to the mass house after his own service was over, and did likewise. He received a standing ovation from the mass of mass lovers (Woe unto the man when popery applauds).

Rev. Wesley McDowell, minister of our Limavady Church, was quick to expose this ecumenical exercise and sought to advertise in, and express opposition through, the local press. He was refused the facility of doing so, the editor himself being a Presbyterian Elder.

This shows that ecumenism is a great danger to civil and religious libery. It seeks to stifle and ignore any opposing view - i.e. the truth. Mr McDowell insisted that he be given the right to advertise, threatening the editor with a protest and a complaint to the Press Council. He succeeded in getting an alternative ad inserted, but was refused the facility of commenting on this issue. The subject was announced for Sunday evening, 15th January. It was entitled: "DAVID IS DELUDED, OR COMMENTS ON THE COMPROMISE OF A LOCAL CLERGYMAN"

Mr. McDowell pointed out that this Christmas caper was another step in the decline of a compromiser who went to mass at the opening of the "adulterous shrine" in Limavady. He also quoted Armstrong's own words: "It has been mainly due to the Ministry of the Rev. David Watson of York that I have had to re-examine my attitudes." Watson is the leader of the Charismatic Movement in Britain.

Armstrong also claims that the Pope is a Christian. It was pointed out by Mr. McDowell how un-Presbyterian and un-Biblical Armstrong's attitudes and activities are. During the course of the sermon based on I Sam. 21:10-22:2, the preacher said: "We have run up against a stone wall, as it were, for the local press has refused to publish our criticisms, but the Lord will open a door and we will get the truth out." Little did he realise then what would happen. [17]

That Republican rag, "The Sunday World", carried a scurrilous attack on the Limavady minister and implied that his opposition to Armstrong had forced 1st Limavady session, by 5 votes to 4, to ask their minister to leave the Church. Newspapers all over the country and even on the mainland carried the story and for some days Mr. McDowell had the opportunity of exposing the ecumenism of Armstrong. As usual, the press sought to misrepresent Rev. McDowell, but those who read between the lines knew what was happening.

Mr. McDowell states: "It is very obvious that Church House put the screws on the Limavady session. A B.B.C. newscaster told me that he could get nothing from anybody in 1st Limavady and had to give up in the end, the only information coming from the Presbyterian press officer in Belfast, Rev. Cobain. The reputedly unanimous vote in favour of Armstrong was a cover up, for I know for a fact that there is disquiet in the Church over the ecumenical activities of its minister - this having been expressed to me on one occasion from inside that Church. I told that person that the only honest and God honouring thing left for him to do was to, 'Come out from among them'.

"Subsequent events have proved this to be the only action that God's people can take. 'Come out of her my people," Rev. 18:4. Church House has stifled the voice of opposition to ecumenicity and has refused to let members of the 1st Limavady session publicly express opposition to the compromise of Armstrong. It must be remembered that the Presbyterian Church allows its ministers to publicly take part in ecumenical services, but any public opposition to the likes of Armstrong is forbidden.

"The rule of Popery in this issue must not be overlooked. Over the past few years R.C. Bishop Edward Daly, from Londonderry, has sent devious priests to Limavady. In a local R.C. publication Armstrong is seen in a photograph with Daly and Donnelly (a local priest). They have got this gullible Presbyterian in their grasp and yet, in this whole Christmas caper, which they initiated, they refused to make any public comment. They stood on the sidelines and reaped the benefits. Indeed a local Presbyterian minister told me that he, 'felt that the R.C. priest, Mullan, set Armstrong up'.

"The 'unanimous' vote for Armstrong is tantamount to saying: 'Carry on - invite the colleagues and admirers of the Sinn Fein Cardinal O'Fee into the Church. Applaud those whose colleagues applauded the hunger strikers and those who fired the volleys over their graves'. The Word of God says: 'Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them'." [18]

THANK YOU MR. CARDINAL

For several years a small band of people have faithfully protested against the visits of Cardinal O'Fiaich to St. Anne's Cathedral. Their protest at times has been viewed with distaste and contempt by many people, but now the full purpose of such action has been fully justified. The Cardinal's open support for the activities of Provisional Sinn Fein has long been simmering under the surface of hypocritical pronouncements about violence. At last Mr. O'Fiaich has displayed an honest heart, revealing his true position and identifying his personal aspirations as that paralleled with Sinn Fein's desires. In light of such revelations it is now time for the Protestant clergy to stop deceiving and confusing their people, by withdrawing their support from the ecumenical movement, which has only given a spirit of credibility to men like the Cardinal, who by his double tongued statements is clearly a wolf in sheep's clothing. The Scriptures teach, From such withdraw thyself.

The people of this Province have suffered much in the wake of I.R.A. terrorism. Many bear the indescribable anguish of the bomber's bomb and the assassin's bullets. In the midst of such suffering they understandably turn to their faith. But when they see the very foundations of that faith being given away it weakens their confidence in the only instruction that can provide comfort, consolation and above all salvation.

As protestors against this Ecumenical Service we earnestly appeal to all men everywhere to repent for there can be no reconciliation between men until first of all there is reconciliation with God. Let us reject those who support the activities of Sinn Fein and at the same time thank the Cardinal for making his position so clear, and fulfilling the Scriptures, As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

[19-24 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

[25]
DAVID IS DELUDED: Comments on the compromise of a local clergyman (I Samuel 21:10 - 22:2)

A sermon preached by Rev. Wesley McDowell in Limavady Free Presbyterian Church, Sunday evening, 15th January, 1984 at 7.30 p.m.

A wonderful thing happened in Limavady on Christmas Day. Certain clergymen were so overwhelmed by the spirit of "love" that they felt compelled to visit each others church and give expression to this "love". Applause and standing ovations were the order of the day as the congregations showed their appreciation.

What a wonderful, wonderful thing - "electrifying", to use the language of Presbyterian minister, Rev. David Armstrong. (This term is apt enough to describe this incident, for the power, if there was any power at all, did not come from God). But was this incident a wonderful thing? This, "love" that was manifested, is a strange sort of love, for it included only First Limavady Presbyterian (Rev. Armstrong's church) and the Roman Catholic Mass House on the other side of the road. A liberal helping of Christmas fare was dished out in First Limavady by "Father" Mullan, the town's newest priest and likewise "Father" Armstrong (for so he is called) doled out a liberal helping in the Mass House. The rest of us in the town were left to starve during the festive season. The spirit that overwhelmed the gentlemen in question was certainly not a liberal spirit, for they tucked into this Christmas love feast and left the rest of us fainting from hunger - especially ourselves in Limavady Free Church - and we are just across the hedge from these two banqueting houses.

How callous and how selfish they were! (You know, of course, I am only using a little bit of sarcasm here - we in the Free Church don't need and are not looking for ecumenical husks to feed upon. We have the infest of the wheat). Now, not only was this spirit illiberal, but it was a deceiving spirit, as I shall show you from the Scriptures this evening. What happened in Limavady on Christmas Day was an ecumenical exercise and was certainly not of the Lord. Let us proceed then to examine this incident and in doing so I will show you that David is Deluded. I want therefore, to make some comments on the compromise of this local clergyman. Let us then, note some things from our Scripture reading. [26]

DAVID'S RESORT

1 Samuel 21:20 tells us that David resorted to the camp of the enemy for help. He fled to king Achish in Gath. He resorted to a Philistine town and a Philistine king for help. Now, note from this verse that this was:-

(a) A time of opposition. "David fled for fear of Saul." Saul, the first king of Israel, was rejected by the Lord for his disobedience. David was God's man, God's choice and was anointed by the prophet Samuel to be king in place of Saul. Saul was now aware of this and there arose in him an unrelenting hatred and jealousy toward David. Here he sought opportunity to slay him. Saul hounded and persecuted David. As it was then, so it is today, God's faithful people are hated by the Sauls of this world. Especially are separatists hated by the ecumenical Sauls of our day. The "love" that we saw in Limavady on Christmas is a strange love, for it only loves those who tow the ecumenical line. Dare to disagree and be a separatist, then that love is turned into venom and bitterness.

Note that this was also:-

(b) A time of delusion. "David fled to Achish". It seems that David is deluded into thinking he will receive help from the Philistines, the ancient enemies of God and of Israel. You will note in 1 Samuel 17 that David slew the champion of the Philistines. Goliath of Gath. The Philistines then defied the armies of the living God, and no doubt, they would yet be of the same spirit. Yet, we find that the very name David that God wonderfully blessed and used to defeat Goliath and those whom he championed, resorts to these same people for help; he goes to the very hometown of Goliath. He must surely have been deceived into thinking he could find succour there. And so it is today. The Protestant Churches that once opposed and defeated Popery have resorted to the camp of the Antichrist. David Armstrong has done that. His Romanistic inclinations are plain for all to see. He has betrayed his ordination vows in eulogising popery.

This man has stated that there is more Christianity in the finger of the Pope than there is in the whole body of Ian Paisley. This man has come under the deceptive influence of David Watson of York, the leader of Britain's charismatics. This man, in a booklet downgrades the Puritans, calls the leadership of Dr. Ronald Craig (Past Moderator of the Presbyterian Church who ran the length and breadth of Ireland with Cardinal O'Fee) "excellent" and eulogises Roman Catholic author, Francis McNutt (certainly not a Shankill Road man). As David in our Scripture reading was deluded, so this David is deluded. Deluded into thinking that Rome has changed or will change, deluded into thinking that the antics that he and his ilk get up to will result in converting popery. Let us beware and expose such delusion and compromise as this. Let me say that Rev. Armstrong has not only been involved in this Christmas caper, but has been at Mass. The Westminster Confession of Faith [27] certainly exposes the Mass for what it is. Indeed it states that the Mass is, "most injurious", and yet this man Armstrong, by his attendance at the opening of the Mass House in Limavady, countenanced and condoned it, and tragically, further established the Romanists in their error. Far from bringing light to them, he has been instrumental in keeping them in darkness, in encouraging them to retain their error.

Note, secondly, we have:-

DAVID'S REALISATION

David soon realised that he had gotten himself into a dangerous situation. This is seen because of:-

(a) Identity. The servants of Achish asked, "is not this David, the king of the land?" 1 Samuel 21:11. They recognised him. They recalled his exploits of old and the ancient enmity and hatred began to surface. And so it is today. The Romanist recognises the identity of true Gospellers and their opposition and antagonism to them is evident. Rome embraces the likes of David Armstrong because it sees in him and his ilk no faithfulness to historic Protestant and Biblical truth. Unlike the David of our Scripture reading, the ecumenical Davids of today are blinded to the true nature of the enemy.

You will also observe:-

(b) Anxiety. "David was sore afraid" v. 12. Far from bringing help and comfort and peace, this resorting into the camp of the enemies only plunged David into more fear. He fled to Gath, "for fear of Saul", v. 10, but when he realised he was among God's enemies, his own enemies, he was, "sore afraid" So today, compromise and ecumenism can bring no peace or comfort to those who are involved therein or indeed others. The Scripture is certainly fulfilled in the ecumenical movement of our day, for the say, "Peace, peace when there is no peace." The critics of Armstrong and his ilk only throws many ordinary people into confusion - for many people see the Roman Church as giving succour to terrorists, and for so-called "Protestant" clergymen to eulogise and embrace the papacy is confusing to many ordinary people. Note that we have in our Scripture reading also:-

(c) Hypocrisy. 1 Samuel 21:13 says that David, "changed". In order for him to avoid the wrath of the enemy, "he changed". Many are doing that today, because they haven't got the guts or the backbone to face up to and expose popery. They lower their standards, they "change". You will note in our Scripture reading that it was not the enemy that changed, but [28] it was David. Rome is the ancient and modern enemy of God and His people. She will never "change". The "change" is on the part of others. If there is to be unity, then it must on the terms of popery, everyone else must "change" to suit her. How hypocritical of David and how hypocritical of many clergy today. They get their living as "Protestant" ministers and yet run here and there after Rome. They deny their own creeds and embrace the errors of popery, they have "changed". The ecumenists of today pretend to be what they certainly are not, "Protestant ministers of the Gospel".

Note, thirdly, that we have:-

DAVID'S REMOVAL

(a) Separation. Verse 1, "David departed". He withdrew from Gath, he got away out of the camp of the enemy. The Bible teaches that there must be separation from popery and apostasy. II Cor. 6:17 says, "Come out from among them and be ye separate." Observe also:

(b) Congregation. "Everyone that was discontented gathered themselves unto him," 1 Sam. 22:2. David had a small company of four hundred people. They were hated by the Philistines and hounded by Saul. So those who are separatists today are hated by popery and by apostate Protestants. The Free Presbyterian Church is especially the target for this hatred. Observe also we have here David's -

(c) Exaltation. He was "captain" over this band of people and indeed was soon to become "captain" over Israel. I suggest to you that this was a turning point in David's life, for we see Saul getting worse and worse and David getting nearer and nearer to the throne. Once a person separates from apostasy, he can be sure of God's blessing.

Oh, that we would see such a separation in Limavady. Oh, that we would see such a separation throughout our land. Oh, that God's people would leave the ecumenical movement. Listen to God's call: "Come out of her my people," Rev. 18:4. May it be so and may God's Word find a resting place in your heart. AMEN! [29]

RESOLUTION ON THE ULSTER CRISIS

The Resolution of the General Presbytery of Ulster of the Free Presbyterian Church as read by order of the Presbytery to all the Free Presbyterian Congregations in N. Ireland on Sabbath 26th February 1984. The General Presbytery of Ulster is the Supreme Court of the Church.

Whereas the Bible which we believe is the Word of God, the only infallible rule of Faith and Practice, sets out the duties of rulers as follows:

Romans 13:3,4. "For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil."

Whereas the Westminster Confession of Faith, the subordinate standard of our Church states:

Chapter 23, Sections 1 and 2:

"God, the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under him over the people, for His own glory, and the public good; and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil-doers.

"It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate, when called thereunto: in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth; so, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the New Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions."

Whereas successive Governments of this United Kingdom have failed in their God-given duties to punish the evil-doers and to protect the law-abiding.

Whereas the Roman Catholic Church has refused to excommunicate those members of her communion who both advocate and practise murder, her priests have both eulogised and given the full sacramental honours of the church to known murderers and in one case joined to applaud terrorists as they fired shots over a terrorist's grave.

Whereas Cardinal O'Fiaich refuses unequivocally to condemn those who vote for the I.R.A. and seeks to justify morally those who do so. We note his silence to the challenge put to him by no lesser body than the Dublin Government. [30]

Whereas the representatives of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, the Church of Ireland, and the Methodist Church in Ireland, have recently embraced the Cardinal in ecumenical fellowship at the Belfast Cathedral.

Whereas the Roman Catholic terrorist murderers have attacked on Sunday 20th November 1983 a Protestant congregation assembling in the Mountain Lodge Pentecostal Hall at Darkley, Co. Armagh, murdering three church elders, injuring several members of the congregation and spraying the congregation with bullets.

Whereas Dominic McGlinchy, a prominent Roman Catholic terrorist murderer, a self-confessed killer of some thirty times, has announced to the Press in the Irish Republic that in 1984 he will murder our Moderator, Rev. Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, MP, MEP, and has also acknowledged that he supplied one of the guns used in the Darkley massacre.

Whereas the steps necessary to secure the border and thus to make more difficult attacks on isolated Protestant homesteads and churches have not been taken, and indeed in some areas security manpower - often a mere cosmetic exercise - has been reduced.

Whereas the Bible both in the Old and New Testaments calls for capital punishment for capital crimes:

Genesis 9:6. "Who so sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made He man."

Deuteronomy 13:9. "But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people."

Deuteronomy 17:2. "And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel."

Matthew 26:52. "Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword."

Acts 25: 11. "For if I be an offender, I or have committed anything worthy of death, I refuse not to die: but if there be none of these things whereof these accuse me, no man may deliver me unto them."

Revelation 13:10. ". . . he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword."

The Presbytery therefore resolves that it must most solemnly condemn, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ the sole King and Head of the Church, the failure of the Government to discharge its God-given duties. It has violated its most sacred trust, allowed murderers to stalk the land, permitted the attack on a Protestant congregation, and allowed scores and scores of Protestants to be murdered or driven from their farms and homes. It has refused to recruit the [31] Protestant manpower available to defeat the men of blood, and through the mouth of the Chief Constable has even attempted to take from the Protestant people the right to defend themselves, whereas in England the Lord Chief Justice upholds that inalienable right, even if the defendant uses petrol bombs.

The responsibility of the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State as Chief Magistrates is not to bear the sword in vain. They are to punish evil doers and praise those who do well. Evil doers in our Province are not punished, but instead those who do well have their rights taken from them and are forced to live under the threat and the attacks of the I.R.A.

In their God-given duties the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State have signally failed. We must therefore record that if they repent not of the great sin of allowing our Province to be drenched with the blood of the innocent they shall receive the terrible judgment of Almighty God. Let them not try to shrug their shoulders and treat with contempt the threatenings of Holy Scripture, for He who sitteth in the heavens shall laugh, the Lord shall have them in derision.

They fight not against man but against God.

We counsel all our people and all who look to us for Protestant leadership to give themselves to earnest prayer that God may in wrath remember mercy, and save us from all His and our enemies.

OUR DUTY

Have your faith in Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour. Read the Bible daily for comfort, help and support.

Allow no one to take from you your God-given right to defend your life, your home and your property, and your church. Rather, take the steps necessary for such successful defence by maintaining diligently and at all times a state of preparedness.

The murderer could be on your doorstep today. Organise that preparedness,

Do not be an Esau; barter not your Protestant Birthright for a mess of ecumenical pottage.

Now is the time to stand, therefore STAND.

Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty. Make sure you are rich in that precious coinage.

By Order of Presbytery
Signed: Ian R. K. Paisley, Moderator
John Douglas, Clerk