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THIS IS APOSTASY

There is no doubt about it that we are living in the last days. The Scriptures of Truth tell us that these days will be stamped with apostasy - a departure from and a failing away from the revealed Truth of God as set out in the Holy Scriptures.

Bishop Jenkins, the new Bishop of Durham, continues to propagate his vile attack upon the great essentials of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He repudiates the Virgin Birth of the Son of God. He repudiates His Bodily Resurrection from the tomb, and then still continues to pose as a Christian Bishop. What wonder, has not Satan transformed himself into an angel of light?

Then we have his excursion into the realms of politics where he supports the Communist and violence promoter Scargill against Mr. McGregor, the Chairman of the British Coal Board.

It is essential that the Marxist sympathy of many Bishops in the Church of England should be exposed, and we should be grateful that they are exposing themselves. The statement of the Archbishop of Canterbury that Bishop Jenkins' sermon, in which he made these remarks, "was a sermon that set forth the Gospel" shows the bankruptcy of soul and the total apostasy of the theology of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

There is only one command in Scripture to effectively meet and resist apostasy and that is the command of separation. We must obey that command. Christ is not in the camp of ecclesiastical apostasy, He is outside that camp. "Let us therefore go unto Him, without the camp, bearing His reproach". Only a thorough going separatist testimony, totally committed to the Infallibility and Authority of God's Word, and a willingness among His people to obey absolutely the commands of Scripture will effectively resist the apostasy of our day. God is looking for a remnant testimony - a small

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Twelve Forms of Devilry: A Sermon preached by Dr. Paisley in The Martyrs
Memorial
Church on Lord's Day evening, 19th of
August 1984 (Electronically recorded)

Mark's Gospel chapter 9, verses 14 to 29 give us Mark's record of the casting out of the dumb and deaf devil or demon that possessed the boy.

The circumstances and characteristics of this miracle, which the Lord Jesus Christ wrought, are very interesting and very instructive, because this passage of Scripture mirrors the present generation in all its apostasy, in all its declension, and in all its domination by the power of hell.

TWELVE MANIFESTATIONS OF DEVILRY

If we look carefully at this passage we will find that there are twelve manifestations of devilry. In twelve ways the Devil practises his total and absolute control of men for the destruction of their lives and their souls. At the very outset let us make no mistake about it, every unsaved person, every unconverted person, every unregenerate person to a degree is indwelt and controlled by the Devil.

I made that statement on one occasion and after I had finished preaching I was challenged by a person who heard it. They contended, "We don't believe a word of that. We don't believe that every unconverted person, every unregenerate person, every unsaved person is possessed by the Devil". I said, "Well, that is because you have not read the Bible, for if you had read the Bible you would know that that is so".

Turn to Ephesians chapter 2 and we have there a description of the unregenerate days of God's people. "Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air." That is one of the titles of the Devil himself, "the spirit that now worketh in (mark the word "in") the children of disobedience".

In another portion of Scripture Paul makes it perfectly clear that Satan has so worked in the mind and in the heart of the unregenerate that their minds are blinded so that they cannot believe the Gospel, II Corinthians chapter 4 and verse 4, "In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them that believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ should shine unto them".

So every unregenerate man and every unregenerate woman and every [4] unregenerate boy or girl is to a degree possessed, controlled, and dominated by the Devil.

Now when we look at this portion of Scripture we see twelve manifestations of the power of the Devil in his strategy to destroy life and to destroy the most precious thing which you possess, your immortal soul.

I read to you the two Gospel narratives for they complement one another.

Matthew is the Gospel of the Sovereign and we have the Sovereign's viewpoint in the narrative in Matthew.

Mark's Gospel is the Gospel of the servant, and we have the servant's viewpoint in Mark's Gospel. They need to be read together, they need to be compared together. We need to note the things that Matthew alone records and Mark does not record. We need to note the things that Mark records and Matthew doesn't record, and we need to note the things that both of them underline together.

FIRST MANIFESTATION - LUNACY

If you look at Matthew chapter 7 and verse 15 you will find that the first form of devilry in its manifestation is given by the child's father when he says, "Lord have mercy on my son, for he is lunatic". The effect of satanic power leads to mental stress and nervous disorder.

Let me make it perfectly clear. All mental stress and all nervous disorders are not the result of satanic power. They can come from physical strain or they can come from the pressures of circumstances.

I remember hearing a certain preacher saying, "All sickness is sin". That is utter nonsense. There are people who are sick and it is not because of sin, how do I know? Because I have read the Bible. The Lord Jesus was questioned by His disciples, about the man born blind, they said, "Who has sinned Lord? This man or his parents?" The Lord said, "None of them has sinned". So all sickness is not the result of sin.

Some of the most godly of men and women have been sick. Robert Murray McCheyne entered the pulpit every Sunday with a cheek red with fire and the other cheek as pale as death. His body was being eaten out with consumption, but in those brief years from 21 to 29 he did more in St. Peter's Aberdeen than the greatest of preachers have done in a lifetime.

Let us get it straight, all sickness is not because of sin. There are some sicknesses that are the direct cause of sin, "For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep". For what cause? The cause of sin!

There is an increase in those today who are under such satanic attack. Did you ever read the Press, and not wonder at the madness of men today, when you see what men and women are up to, when you see what they plan and what they scheme and hope to achieve? There is only one thing you can say, they are stark raving mad. This is a crazy Age. Why is it a crazy Age? Because of the power of Hell and because of the Power of [5] darkness. The acts of madness that we see all around us demonstrate this in no uncertain way.

SECOND MANIFESTATION - VEXATION

The second thing the father said, "He is sore vexed" (Matthew 17:15). The Devil vexes the whole man. The Devil is the enemy of true happiness, true joy and true peace. Where Satan is at work there is no true happiness. Oh, yes, he will tell you that he will give you happiness. He will tell you that he will give you joy. He will tell you that he will fill the vacuum of your heart.

He is a liar and the father of it. I tell you, that there are men and women all over the world tonight and even sitting in this house tonight who are a sad testimony to the fact that when the Devil takes over, happiness is gone, joy is gone, peace is gone. The person controlled by the Devil is sore vexed.

That is why so many of these film stars who have tried every sin in the book end their lives in suicide, or drink their way to a drunkard's grave and a drunkard's hell.

I tell you, the Devil when he gets hold of a man he throws a dark cloud of foreboding over him. He puts into his heart that vexation of spirit until life, instead of being a joy, becomes a burden. The person then dreads the morning to come, dreads to face the problems of living, because the Devil has sore vexed that soul with a vexation that is too terrible to describe.


THIRD MANIFESTATION - LOSS OF CONTROL

Look at Mark chapter 9 and verse 18. The father says, "My boy has lost control". He does not control himself. He is not responsible for his actions. There is a power within him propelling him down the road to terrible self-destruction. This young man was the plaything of Hell. This young man was gripped and fettered, chained and imprisoned, bound and incarcerated by the power of the Devil.

I tell you, friend, this is reality. This is what the Devil does when he gets a soul within his grip. Yes, he forges the chains. He turns the key in the lock. He chains the person to the chariot wheel of his destruction, and he purposes in his heart to ruin the life, to blight the mind and to destroy the soul forever. How terrible is the grip of the Devil! "Wheresoever he taketh him". He doesn't go under his own volition. He is controlled by the power of the Devil. [6]

FOURTH MANIFESTATION - BURNING

Then look again at Matthew chapter 17:15 and Mark chapter 9, verse 22, "He is scarred". This poor boy was scarred, the Devil cast him into the fire and the marks of fire were upon him.

I want to tell you tonight, friend, that the Devil will scar you, the Devil will do everything to destroy and to brand-mark you as a lost, ruined, hopeless, darkened, blinded soul. Yes, and when the Devil finishes with you, friend, the marks - the hallmarks of Hell will be upon you.

The father was concerned about his boy of the up and coming generation. I tell you, these are the marks of the up and coming generation today. Don't open your mouth and criticise the young people of this day, for we never had to face the sins that they have to face. You never faced the pressures that they have to face. You and I were brought up in a guarded community. We were brought up hedged about with morality. We were brought up with great safeguards, but today from the earliest years through the mass media the young child's mind is exposed to satanic filth. I tell you, God's people need to get concerned about the up and coming generation. We need really to be concerned about them.

FIFTH MANIFESTATION - DROWNING

The young man here in the Scriptures was not only scarred but he was in danger of drowning. The dark waters were flowing. Many a time the father went to the brink of the river and saw that boy sinking under the current. He dived in and pulled him out time and time again, but he knew in his heart that one day he would go into that dark river for the last time. One day he would pull out his son but his son would be a lifeless corpse. One day he would pull out his son but his son would be dead. He was in danger of drowning.

Ah, the black river is running today, and many a young life is drifting, many a young life is caught in that broad dark stream of the Devil's activity.

We were singing tonight that verse, and we need to sing it, "Throw out the lifeline to danger fraught men, Sinking in anguish where you've never been, Winds of temptation and billows of woe, Will soon hurl them back where the dark waters flow". Oh, I see that dark stream tonight and young people are caught up in its deadly current, in danger of drowning. [7]

SIXTH MANIFESTATION - TEARING

Mark 9, verses 18 and 20. The spirit took this child and tore him, rended him by the power of Satan. The tear marks of demonism are upon this generation. Under satanic pressure young people are feeling the tearing, rending power of Satan. It is a terrible thing to be gripped by the power of the Devil. It is a terrible thing to be chained and bound by the power of the Devil.

I was praying one night in our old Church many years ago. As I prayed a knock came on the window. I went out and there was a man standing there, a very prominent man in the public life of this city. He was drunk. He said, "Can I come in?" I said, "You can". He came in and sat on a little form at the back of the Church, and he wept. He said to me, "Mr. Paisley, my mother prayed like you, she was a praying woman, but I took to drink and evil ways". I said to him, "Man, tonight your mother's God can save you, and your mother's Christ can redeem you". He said, "No, I still want my booze, I still want my sin, I still want my evil ways".

That man went out and the next time I saw him, I saw him helping on another young man and introducing him to booze. Tonight as far as I am aware that man who sat with me and wept at the back of the old Church at the prayer meeting hour, is in a lost Eternity.

A BAR TO Heaven, a door to Hell, whoever named it named it well! I want to tell you that sin and the Devil tear men.

SEVENTH MANIFESTATION - FOAMING AT THE MOUTH

Mark 9:18 and 20. We have the mark of foaming at the mouth. That is the characteristic of the fever of madness upon this devil-possessed boy. He foamed at the mouth. Did you ever listen to the foaming at the mouth of the Devil's crowd today? This is a day of the vilest of evil of language. You can't walk down the street but your ears are soiled with the darkest and vilest speech. Many young people never mention the name of Christ but in a blasphemy. As one young boy said at Sunday School when he was asked who Christ was, "that is the name of the man my daddy cursed with".

I tell you, friend, we live in a day when we have the foaming at the mouth of this up and coming generation. Blasphemies are uttered today. They are uttered in the Press. They are uttered in the Media. They are uttered on the television. What are they? They are Satanic, foaming at the mouth. The vileness of the Devil. The hatred of Satan. The Satanic antagonism against purity, truth, righteousness and honesty. [8]

EIGHTH MANIFESTATION - GNASHING OF TEETH

Look at Mark 9:18, "He gnashed with his teeth". That is a prelude to Hell. What do they do in Hell? They gnash with their teeth. Hell already begun in the souls of men. When you present Christ, and when you present the Gospel you have the gnashing of teeth. The drug addicts and the alcoholics, and the dropouts and the glue sniffers of this day are chained by the power of the enemy.

Do not criticise them, don't judge them, in God's Name love them and seek to win them for Christ. Thank God you never sat where they sit. Thank God you were never in the position that they are in. Thank God you were never caught up by the power of Hell and the power of darkness in the way that they are caught up. You don't know what it is to slash your wrists and hope you will bleed to death. You don't know what it is to open the packet of pills and swallow them all and hope you'll sleep never to waken again. You don't know what it is to go on a trip to try and escape from the powers of darkness that have brought midnight to your soul. If they die without a sunrise they will gnash with their teeth in Hell.


NINTH MANIFESTATION - PINING AWAY

Then the ninth form of devilry, "He pineth away". He cannot fight any more.

I have met men in the battle of life and they have said to me, "Preacher I can't fight any more. I'm just going to capitulate. I'm just going to go down the river. I'm going to take the easy way, and if it is suicide, if it is drink, if it is booze, if it is drugs, then that is the way I'm going. I've no strength, I've no power. I'm drained of the last little bit of resistance. I'm a lost soul. I'm pining away".

Alas, alas, while we sit at heart's ease in Zion, a generation is pining away under the power of Satan.

TENTH MANIFESTATION - CASTING TO THE GROUND

Mark chapter 9 and verse 20, "And it cast him to the ground".

He could not stand upright. He could not stand on his feet. He was on the ground. The heel of the Devil was upon him. The power of darkness had overcome him. He couldn't even get to Christ. He was so powerless he [9] could not even walk to the Saviour. He couldn't even be dragged by a crying father to Christ. He was on the ground, held, chained, fettered and tied.

ELEVENTH MANIFESTATION - DUMBNESS

He was dumb. He was incoherent. He had no speech. His language was gone. He could not even pray. That is where the Devil brings men, to the place where they cannot pray. If there is one thing the Devil is scared of, sinner, it is for you to pray. For that is the vehicle of salvation. "Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved". The Devil puts within you a dumb spirit. I have knelt with men and they have said, "I cannot pray". Why? Because the Devil has put a dumb spirit into their soul.

TWELFTH MANIFESTATION - DEAFNESS

Then the boy was deaf. Deaf. No communication.

There is one thing the Devil is scared of, it is the power of the Gospel, because this Gospel is God's power unto salvation. This Gospel when it is communicated to the soul dispels the darkness of Satan. Dispels it. Hallelujah!

I came to this Road 38 years ago, I said to my elders (they were good godly men, they loved the Lord), I said to them, "Could you tell me who is the worst sinner on the Ravenhill Road?"

They said, "What do you want to know for?" I said, "Because I want to get him converted". Those men looked at me and they said, "Poor young man, he will learn. He has got zeal but he hasn't knowledge". When pressed they said, "Well, we suppose the worst sinner on the Road is an old drunkard. He is now coming up to 80 years of age. He was first found drunk when he was 12 years of age. You will see him every night kicked out of the pub at 10 o'clock (The pubs closed at 10 o'clock in those days. Would to God they closed at 10 o'clock today!). You will see him crawling up the Ravenhill Road going down a little alleyway and into an old hovel where he lives".

I watched and I saw him. I made contact with him. He came to Church. They were amazed that he came to Church. I was not amazed, I was amazed that it took him so long in coming to Church.

I preached the Gospel to that man. Every Sunday night I filled my Gospel gun and he sat over on my left-hand side and I peppered him with the [10] Gospel, and he never batted an eyelid. I would preach on Hell, and as I was walking out he would shake me by the hand and he would say, "A very eloquent sermon. You are preaching better every Sunday night". I would preach on sin, and he would say to me, "A most wonderful sermon young man, you're really getting better". I would preach on booze, and he would shake me by the hand and he would say, "All you say is perfectly true". I got really downhearted, but I kept preaching.

SAVED AT LAST

Then one day I got a message from his daughter, and she said, "Mr. Paisley, my father is ill, he wants to see you". I went down to see him. They had a bed erected in the room downstairs, just through the hallway in the front of the house. I walked in, he was covered up in the bed. All I could see were his eyes. He had the blankets right up over his nose.

He looked at me and he said, "Shut the door, I don't want her to hear". So I shut the door. I sat over by the side of the bed and he started to sob. He said, "I need to get saved". I said, "Why?". He said, "I need to get saved". I said, "I thought you were sick". He said, "I'm not sick, I'm sick of sin, that is what is wrong with me".

So I started to praise the Lord. He put his hand out over the clothes, and cried, "Get me saved. Don't be praising the Lord". I said, "You would need to pickle in conviction of sin for a long time my friend. You have been a long time running to Hell, and I'm glad God has put you on your road back now, and I'm glad God has convicted you". He says, "Oh, Mr. Paisley, lead me to Jesus".

I led him to Jesus. He wasn't a Paisley convert, if he had been he would have been back at the pub on Saturday night. He was the Lord's convert. He never went back to booze. He was changed. Fellows on the Road said, "Did you hear about the old man? He is converted. He went to Paisley's and got saved". They started to come too and, thank God, some of the worst drunkards on this Road were converted in that old Church as Sunday night after Sunday night the power of God fell upon us as we preached the Word.

A LAZARUS RAISED

Samuel Chadwick said, "Raise a Lazarus and you will not need to advertise your meetings".

That old man on this Road was the Lazarus that God gave us, and it was the start of blessing.

I want to tell you, friend, Jesus Christ can save you tonight. I don't care how far down you are. I don't care what sins you have committed, what drugs you are on, what drink you take, what life you live, what evil you revel in, or how dark, perverted, and corrupt your body may be. Praise God Jesus [11] can save you.

I'm not talking about a Church, I'm talking about a Living Person. I'm not talking about a sacrament, I'm talking about a Living Saviour. He is able to save to the very uttermost, and He can save you tonight.

Whether you walk the clean road to Hell or the dark road to Hell, it is Jesus Christ you need tonight. The Devil has planned, the Devil has purposed, the Devil has schemed to damn you, but, thank God, there is a Cross, there is flowing Blood, and there is a Saviour for all who will come to Him, and "Him that cometh unto me", said the Lord Jesus, "I will in no wise cast out". Just come as you are!

"Just as I am,
And waiting not,
To rid my soul of one dark blot,
To Thee Whose Blood can cleanse each spot,
O, Lamb of God, I come, I come."

May God help you to come, in Jesus' Name!

AMEN AND AMEN!

FOR BOYS AND GIRLS: Spiders and Stars
By Rev. J. P. Struthers M.A.

"I was nearly killed again this morning," said a spider to her mother; "Indeed I don't know how I escaped. The new maid is far neater and tidier and kinder-looking than the last one, and I thought I would please her by ornamenting the kitchen a bit. So I sat up all night, and wove your favourite pattern, and finished it just before [12] she rose, and I waited to see what she would say. And the moment she saw the web she went for her besom, and swept it away, and I thought I was killed. And I am not going to spin any more. It's of no use; one gets no thanks for it."

"Don't cry, like a good spider," said her mother. "I am very sorry for you. I have spun thousands of webs in my day too, long before you were born, and there is not one of them left standing unless in places where there is nobody to admire them. But I am sure it is our duty to spin for all that. We spiders have done a great deal of good in the world. "For example -" "Oh, I know, Mother, please don't tell me again about King Robert the Bruce." "Don't be naughty, child, I wasn't going to speak about him, though it was a great story with my mother. But I was going to tell you what I found out the other day. The wisest men in a country are astronomers, for they can tell what will happen thousands of years after this, and they can measure and weigh stars that other men can't see, and yet they can't get on without our webs! There was a very great one called Herschel who said he was much hindered in his work because he could not get wires as thin as he would like. But now astronomers use our webs, and, if they can find a spider who can spin very beautiful threads, they take her with them and hold her in great honour, and send her webs to other astronomers in all parts of the world." "Really, Mother?" "Yes, my dear, spinning is all that we can do, and we must just spin our very best. I am too old now, though I think I could weave a great deal better than many of the young spiders I see, though they talk about their education. But I have taught you well, and, if you do your best, it may be some astronomer will get his eye on you some day, and you may become a great and famous spider when your poor mother is lying in her grave."

I confess I was much struck when I overheard this conversation, and I wondered if the old spider was really speaking the truth. I have since read several books, and have found, to my delight, that every word she said is true.

When an astronomer looks at the heavens through his telescope, he sees a great many objects at once, just as we do when we look through a window. But, as he wishes to watch one particularly, he has to try some plan whereby that object may be specially marked out. A circular case is put inside the telescope and two wires are fixed on it at right angles to one another. He tries to get the star in behind the point where the lines cross. But the stars being so far away are so small that the wires hide them. The very thinnest silver wires that could be drawn, the finest hairs or silk threads, are all much too thick, and astronomers were in great difficulty till Professor Fontana, of Florence, suggested the use of the threads of spiders' webs in 1755, and these have been used ever since, having been found every way superior to every other thread that has been tried, superior in thinness, in elasticity, and in perfection of shape.


[13-19 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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Rector Warns of Popery in The Church of Ireland

Rev. W. T. Hoey has warned of popery in the Church of Ireland. The following extract is from St. Simon's Parish News. He is the Rector of St. Simon's Church of Ireland Parish Church.

My Dear Friends,

As I write to you I am saddened by the state of affairs in the Anglican [20] Comniunion, especially in the Church of England and in our own beloved Church of Ireland.

It is unbelievable that some Bishops of the Church of England have doubts about the Virgin Birth of Christ and also His Bodily Resurrection from the dead. One man is to be consecrated Bishop soon who has these doubts. One wonders how a man can hold such a high office in the Church and yet doubt or deny these things. Paul said, "If Christ be not raised, we are of all men most to be pitied." I believe that if these men have these doubts or deny these historical facts of the Christian Faith, then they should resign their office. They are supposed to be shepherds of the flock in the Church of God, But how can they lead others to Christ if they don't believe these things themselves. Why, the Resurrection of Christ is the very foundation of the Faith, if Christ had not come alive again then we would have no faith and the whole thing would be a great lie.

Then we come to our own Church of Ireland and what do we find? We find that there are those, both among the Clergy and the Laity who would drag us back to pre-Reformation times. We find that there is an increasing number of clergy resorting to what can only be called "Mass Vestments". I refer mainly to the wearing of "Stones" rather than the traditional black "Scarf" worn by Anglican Clergy. The Scarf is broad and black in colour and pink't at the end, whereas the Stone is narrow with a fringe at the end and comes in various colours. The Stone is worn by the Roman Priests, especially at the Sacrifice of the Mass. Then we find at the General Synod held in Dublin a few weeks ago, a Bill was passed allowing candles to be lit on the Communion Table, No doubt, this is another Novelty by the Ritualists in our Church to prepare us against the day when, as they think, we shall be joined to Rome again. Then we find only this week at the Connor Diocesan Synod that words like Evangelism and Evangelical are dirty words. The same crowd won't vote to have a passage removed from a report at the Synod because it stated that Evangelism was more important than Ecumenism.

Now, as I see it, unless the ordinary members of the Church of Ireland waken up and get back to Church and to Reformation Principles, the Church we love will slowly but surely drift again into a "dark age".

I am unashamedly Protestant, Reformed and Evangelical and there is no other message worth proclaiming than Salvation through the Blood of Christ. I will not try to stop the Roman Catholic worshipping according to the dictates of his conscience; he is quite entitled to do so, but I do object to those in our own Church who would compromise the Truth and who by subtle and devious means would try to destroy the doctrine and teaching of the Church of Ireland.

I would appeal to the people who claim to belong to St. Simon's; you who are able-bodied and who claim, if not to be 'Orange' then at least to be Protestant! What of your Protestantism? The Church of Ireland is in its present state of decline because many of its adherents who claim to belong and to be Protestant, don't know what it means to be Protestant, for if they did, then they would be at their Church on the Lord's Day. [21]


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

The Bible is indeed the Book of all books. It is beyond compare, and no matter how often we read it, we always discover something new in its pages.

Small wonder the Psalmist prays "Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law". This prayer, hundreds of years afterwards, was re-echoed by the great Apostle Paul in his prayer for the Saints at Ephesus, that God would "open the eyes of their understanding".

Last month we were looking at the coat which Hannah made for Samuel, and the love and care and time she put into the making of it. We see in her the virtuous woman of Proverbs 31, she worked willingly with her hands, she looked well to the ways of her household, her children called her blessed, and her husband praised her. If every Christian mother emulated Hannah what a change we would see in our homes, our churches, our neighbourhoods and our nation.

The story of Joseph's coat is one we learned at our mother's knee, and early in our Sunday school days. We have told it to our children too, but have we ever looked closely at this coat arid its meaning? I can only touch briefly on some of the "wondrous things" to be seen in this beautiful coat.

It will help us to understand the meaning of the coat when we remember that Joseph was a type of the Lord Jesus Christ. Joseph was a shepherds The Lord Jesus said of Himself, "I am the good shepherd". Joseph was the [22] son of his father's love. Jesus was the only begotten son of God the Father.

Gen. 37:3 tells us that "Israel loved Joseph more than all his children . . . and he made him a coat of many colours". In the book of Judges we read of "garments of divers colours of needlework", given to the victors of war, and in 2 Samuel we read of the "garments of divers colours" worn by the King's daughters.

We see from these scriptures that these garments were worn as a mark of distinction and honour. They singled out the wearer for special attention; so Jacob's gift to Joseph bore testimony of the love his father had for him.

It is very easy to see the parallel here. Jesus too was distinguished from his earthly brethren by a symbolic coat of many colours. For no other birth did the heavenly choir sing a welcome, for no other birth did the angel of the Lord appear to the shepherds as they watched over their flocks. For what other child did "His Star" appear to the wise men? Again at the Jordan we get another glimpse of the many-coloured coat of the Saviour, when after his baptism the Spirit of God descended upon Him, distinguishing Him from all the others John was baptising.

In wearing his coat of many colours Joseph drew the hatred of his brethren down upon him. We read in Acts that his brethren, "moved with envy", sold Joseph. Solomon poses the question, "Who can stand before envy?" Thank God, it doesn't end there, for we have these lovely words, "But God was with him". When Christ came to the earth he was "despised and rejected of men". He could say, "They hated me without a cause".

After his cruel brethren had taken the bloodstained coat of Joseph to their father we see the heart-rending grief of Jacob, and many long years afterwards when he is an old man and learns that his beloved son is still alive, we see his love further manifested in his long and arduous journey down to Egypt in order to look on the face of his favourite son.

Christ's beautiful spotless garment of honour and love was rent by the evil beast of sin. At Calvary we again see His coat of many colours dipped in His own precious blood. Was ever there any sorrow like unto the sorrow of the sinless Saviour when He was afflicted for our sins?

Joseph was humiliated, roughly handled, stripped of his coat, cast into a pit and then sold for twenty pieces of silver. After his brethren had done all this cruelty to him, we read that they "sat down to eat bread". In this we also see Calvary portrayed, for our blessed Saviour was humiliated, buffeted, stripped, sold, and then we read of the callousness of His persecutors, "And sitting down, they watched Him there".

Joseph said to his brethren, "Ye thought evil against me, but God meant it for good . . . to save much people alive." The men who crucified Jesus meant it for evil, but He meant it for good, for He gave His life "a ransom for the many".

God gives to us a beautiful coat, when we come to Him for salvation and are washed in His precious Blood. It is the garment of His Righteousness, and when God sees us thus clothed, our sins are covered, our transgressions are forgiven and we have peace with God. [23]

Things I have learned from the Bible by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley

Judges ch. 5 vs. 2, 9: "Praise ye the Lord for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves. My heart is toward the governors of Israel that offered themselves willingly among the people. Bless ye the Lord". Both the leaders and people were prepared for the sacrifice.

Judges ch. 5 vs. 16, 17, 23: "Why abodest thou among the sheepfolds, to hear the bleatings of the flocks? For the divisions of Reuben there were great searchings of heart. Gilead abode beyond Jordan: and why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches. Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord, curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty". Notice the five that were picked out and named for their compromise and inactivity, Reuben, Gilead, Dan, Asher and Meroz. God catalogues and takes note of those who compromise and are inactive in the day of opportunity and in the day of challenge and in the day of Apostasy.

Judges ch. 5 v. 18: "Zebulon and Naphtali were a people that jeoparded their lives unto the death in the high places of the field". Not only does God catalogue the cowards but he also notes carefully the courageous. The courage given by God to His people was not only for Old Testament times but for New Testament times, and in Acts chapter 15 verse 26 we have a parallel passage, "Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ" God make us such men today.

Acts ch. 9 v. 2: "And desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem". Letters to Damascus. Letters in scripture form a very important study. There are at least fifty references to a letter, or letters, in the word of God. They are all worthy of careful consideration. This particular text of scripture prompted a famous Irish preacher, called Billy Spence, to name this chapter "The chapter of how the devil's postman got saved".

Acts ch. 9 v. 3: "And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from Heaven". A light from Heaven.

Acts ch. 22 v. 6: "And it came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh unto Damascus about noon, [24] suddenly there shone from heaven a great light round about me". A great light round about me, that's the ordering of the light.

Acts ch. 26 v. 13: "At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me." Above the brightness of the sun, that's the originality of the light.

Acts ch. 9 v. 7: "And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man". These unbelievers saw no man, but in another place, believers, Peter, James and John, saw no man but Jesus only.

Acts ch. 9 v. 10: "And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias, and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord". Ananias, not to be confounded with a liar of the same name in Acts chapter 5.

Acts ch. 9 vs. 40, 41: "But Peter put them all forth, and kneeled down, and prayed, and turning him to the body said, Tabitha, arise. And she opened her eyes: and when she saw Peter, she sat up. And he gave her his hand, and lifted her up, and when he had called the saints and widows, presented her alive". Peter had learned his lesson well in the school of Christ. Compare these verses with Mark chapter 5 verse 40, "But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entering in where the damsel was lying" Verse 41, "And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talithacumi ,- which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And straightway the damsel arose, and walked".

Acts ch. 9 v. 43: "And it came to pass, that he tarried many days in Joppa with one Simon a tanner". Two Simons dwelling together, both tanners, one tanned leather and the other tanned the devil.


Jeremiah ch. 18 v. 6: "O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel". Jeremiah learned three things in the potter's house, one that life is a sovereign wrought work, two, that life is a sin distraught work, and three, that life is a sacred sought work. How we need to learn these three lessons concerning life.

Jeremiah ch. 18 v. 12: "And they said, There is no hope: but we will walk after our own devices, and we will every one do the imagination of his evil heart". Yes, here is the key to no hope in the nation. When the nation walks after its own devices and purposes to do the imagination of their evil heart, then in that terrible day, God will do something, and he describes it in these terrible words in verse 17, "I will shew them the back, and not the face, in the day of their calamity". [25]

Judges ch. 4 v. 24: "And the hand of the children of Israel prospered". That word "Prosper" is very picturesque in the Hebrew. It has the meaning, going, went, and was hard, or in other words, it was irresistible and unstoppable.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 1: "The sin of Judah is written with a pen of iron, and with the point of a diamond: it is graven upon the table of their heart and upon the horns of your altars". The pen in scripture deserves attention. It occurs in seven places. First of all we read in Judges 5:14, about those that handle the pen, then in Job 19:24, we have an expression graven with an iron pen. The Psalmist in 45 verse 11 talks of his tongue, the pen of a ready writer. In Isaiah 8: 1, we are told to write it with a man's pen. Jeremiah 8:8 bemoans the fact that the pen of the scribes is in vain. The same book chapter 17 verse 1, our reference, we read of writing with a pen of iron. Those are six Old Testament references, there is but one in the New John 3:13, when John says he will not with pen and ink write further in this epistle.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 5: "Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord". What a very difficult lesson, and how few of us ever learn it, therefore a curse falls upon us.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 7: "Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is". Verse 8: "For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit". These two verses are Jeremiah's precis of Psalm 1. What a contrast is the blessing of verse 7 to the curse of verse 5.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 9: "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" God's diagnosis of man's heart condition.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 11: "As the partridge sitteth on eggs, and hatcheth them not - so he that getteth riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the midst of his days, and at his end shall be a fool". The text for all gamblers. Let them note their end.

Jeremiah ch. 17 v. 21: "Thus saith the Lord; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath day, nor bring it in by the gates of Jerusalem". These verses, 21 to 27, should be carefully pondered. We should remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy. It is a Holy Day and not a holiday. The characteristic of apostate ages is always the desecration of the Lord's day, desecration of the Lord's word, and the desecration of the Lord's house.

Acts ch. 8 v. 4: "Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word". Where we are forces, providentially, to live, is a God ordained vineyard which we must cultivate. [26]

FIRST DAY OF VANCOUVER SERVICES

The month of July will be the month "Abib" - the month of beginnings - for Vancouver Free Presbyterian Church. Words would fail to express our anxiety as the time for our first service drew near. We had had no direct contact with the listeners of "Let The Bible Speak" broadcast other than sending out letters to inform them of the commencement of our regular meetings in Guilford Park Community Centre, 14577 106th Avenue, Guildford.

We started off, on our first Sabbath morning, with a Sunday School class of 5 boys. For some this was their first introduction to the Shorter Catechism. We are hoping next Sunday to have another boy join in.

With the chairs set out, a make shift pulpit, and a portable organ we counted the moments to 11:00 and we were counting the heads as well. In the last 5 minutes the Lord brought in six more local people and four visitors from Ulster. This brought our total morning attendance to 20 people.

I must bear witness that we felt much of the presence of the Lord in that first meeting. The text the Lord laid on my heart to preach was Acts 18:10, "I have much people in this city." I believe this text is a strong foundation for our work and witness for years to come. May it please the Lord to use our church to win souls in the city of Vancouver.

In the evening service we were rejoicing in the Lord that those visitors from the locality, who were with us in the morning, joined with us again. Many expressed their delight that a Free Presbyterian Church had come to the district and they pledged their prayerful support.

We are now looking forward to our first prayer meeting this Thursday evening in a home, kindly opened to us, in the Surrey district.

May we, as a band of God's people, learn to prevail in prayer knowing that the Church of Jesus Christ goes forward on its knees.

Ian Goligher

VANCOUVER FREE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Meeting in
GUILDFORD PARK COMMUNITY CENTRE 14577 106th A Avenue, Guildford

SUNDAYS 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
WEDNESDAYS 7:30 p.m. Prayer Meeting

MINISTER: REV. IAN GOLIGHER (604) 574-7221

UTTER BLASPHEMY!

One of the most blasphemous statements yet seen concerning the papal visit is contained in the "Catholic Register" (July 21,1984). Speaking of the Second Coming of Christ, 'Father' Thomas R. Harding writes "We are concerned now with AN INTERMEDIATE COMING OF THE LORD. We should prepare for His visit to Canada in 1984 in the person of His vicar." What utter blasphemy that this mere mortal, sinful man should be so compared to the holy harmless undefiled son of God. [27]

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

The Barren Fig Tree

Within a vineyard's sunny bound
An ample fig tree shelter found,
Enjoying sun and showers;
The boughs were graceful to the view,
With spreading leaves of deep-green hue,
And gaily blushing flowers.

When round the vintage season came,
This blooming fig was still the same,
As promising and fair;
But though the leaves were broad and green,
No precious fruit was to be seen,
Because no fruit was there.

"For three long years," the Master cried,
"Fruit on this tree to find I've tried,
But all in vain my toil;
Ungrateful tree! the axe's blow
Shall lay thy leafy honours low;
Why cumbers it the soil?"

"Ah! let it stand just one year more,"
The dresser said, "till all my store
Of rural arts I've shown;
I'll dig about its sluggish roots;
Perhaps 'twill yet bear pleasant fruits; -
If not, then cut it down." [28]

How many years hast thou, my heart,
Acted the barren fig tree's part,
Leafy, and fresh, and fair,
Enjoying heavenly dews of grace,
And sunny smiles from God's own face!
But where the fruit? ah! where?

How often must the Lord have prayed
That still my day might be delayed,
Till all due means were tried;
Afflictions, mercies, health, and pain,
How long shall these be all in vain
To teach this heart of pride?

Learn, O my soul, what God demands
Is not a faith like barren sands,
But fruit of heavenly hue;
By this we prove that Christ we know,
If in his holy steps we go -
Faith works by love, if true.

August 14, 1834

An Hour with Thee

Lord, what a change within us one short hour
Spent in Thy presence will avail to make!
What heavy burdens from our bosoms take!
What parched grounds refresh as with a shower!
We kneel, and all around us seem to lower;
We rise, and all, the distant and the near,
Stands forth in sunny outline, brave and clear;
We kneel, how weak; we rise, how full of power!
Why, therefore, should we do ourselves this wrong,
Or others - that we are not always strong -
That we are sometimes overborne with care -
That we should ever weak or heartless be,
Anxious or troubled - when with us is prayer,
And joy and strength and courage are with Thee?

Richard Chenevix Trench

Power for Service

Speak Thou Thy living Word to me,
That I Thy messenger may be,
Indwelt by love and power divine,
To preach that precious truth of Thine.

For Thy strength is in weakness shown,
So, standing in Thy power alone,
Which by Thy grace shall in me dwell,
The story of the cross I'll tell.

I'll put all other pleas aside,
And preach alone Christ crucified,
That sinners may be gathered in
And find eternal life in Him.

I'll glory in infirmity,
That power of Christ may rest on me,
So let my human weakness be
A field of victory for Thee.

Robert R. Pentecost

THIS IS APOSTASY (continued from page 2)

tiny body of people, the little flock, who shall fly at the masthead the standard of Christian and Biblical testimony, who will draw the sword and throw away the scabbard and fight the good fight of faith, resisting to the death the evils of Popery, the evils of Ecumenism and the evils of this present day apostate Age.

The Free Presbyterian Church is in a good position to fly the flag, to draw the sword and to resist unto the death.

We are glad that our Church in Canada was the Church that spearheaded the opposition to the visit of the Pope to the great Dominion. Thank God the Free Presbyterian Church had arrived in Canada for such a time as this. We greet our brethren in their battles, we thank God for their stand, we rejoice in the reproaches that have been hurled and poured upon them, and we say to them, Rejoice and count yourselves worthy to have suffered for the Name of the Lord Jesus.

Let us stand up and be numbered among those who take their stand in this 20th Century for Reformation Truth and Biblical Righteousness. Let the Gospel be preached from our pulpits! Let the Bible be taught in our Sabbath Schools! Let the Word of God be practised in our lives, and then nothing will stand before a God-anointed, God-appointed testimony in our day and generation.

The Cause of God shall finally and Eternally prevail. [30]

MEMORABLE DAY FOR LURGAN'S FREE PRESBYTERIANS
Thousands Attend Church Opening

Four years of patient waiting finally ended on Saturday 8th September when Lurgan's new Free Presbyterian Church and Sunday School complex was opened.

Around 2,000 people turned up for the ceremony and service and to see the Church Moderator, Dr. Ian Paisley open the new building.

For the congregation it was an historic moment as Dr. Paisley opened the doors of the church, built at a cost of 350,000.

Packed

Indeed for many it was a case of 'standing room only' as the entire complex was packed to capacity.

For many years members of the congregation dreamed of leaving their little church in George Street, and moving to a purpose-built complex.

But it was four years ago, that the decision to build a new church was taken and since then they had waited patiently as the new building took shape.

Celebration

So when it opened on Saturday afternoon there was much cause for celebration - reflected in the huge crowd, many of whom had to stay outside.

Some even sat in their cars and buses, listening as the service was relayed outside through loudspeakers. The only drawback was the weather, yet no one seemed to mind too much.

Opening the new church, Dr. Paisley said that his duty was indeed a very pleasant one. He also said that Lurgan had a very special place in his heart as his parents were married in the town.

The key to the door was presented to Dr. Paisley by Mr. Derek Owen on behalf of the builders, Lurgan-based firm Watson and Owen.

Prayer

And, after a short prayer from Rev. John Wylie, the inaugural service in the new church began. Soloists were Mr. Joe Peden of Lenaderg and Mrs. [31] Craig of Donacloney. The sermon was preached by Dr. Paisley.

The church on the Waringstown Road is indeed an impressive building, seating some 700, while the adjoining Minor Hall seats another 300. The Sunday School complex boasts 16 separate classrooms.

Builders

Many items of furnishing were donated to the church by members and friends of the congregation and several stained glass windows were also donated.

Presentations were made to Dr. and Mrs. Paisley and to Rev. and Mrs. David Creane. Clerk of Session, Fred Baird, also presented Bibles to Derek Owen and Billy Watson of the builders.

The minister of Lurgan Free Presbyterian Church, Rev. David Creane, was delighted with both the turnout and the occasion on Saturday.

"It was a very successful opening service", he said. "The attendance exceeded all our expectations and we were very pleased with the offering of 14,000. Everything Went like clockwork.

"It was a memorable day, but now we are concentrating on the old time gospel campaign currently under way. The evangelists are Dr. Paisley and Rev. William McCrea."

(Courtesy of The Lurgan Mail)