A Statement on behalf Of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster issued by the
Government and Morals Committee of the Church

On behalf of the above Church we wish to express our absolute abhorrence and disgust at the unmitigated filth and blasphemy which is contained in the Christmas publication called "COMIC RELIEF".

We wish particularly to condemn in the strongest possible language the vile and hideous attempt to besmirch the Holy Name and Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. The references to the Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Miracles, His atoning death and resurrection are hellish mockery, the lowest form of blasphemy.

We wish also to underline our total resentment of the vile, explicit and obscene language used throughout the whole book. Furthermore we believe such a publication can only pollute the minds of its readers and encourage violence and immorality.

The Word of God says: "Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death." (James 1:15).

In conclusion we find it inconceivable that such a corrupt publication should be circulated throughout the Nation, under the guise of helping to support charitable organisations such as Save the Children Fund and Oxfam who are the main benefactors of the proceeds from this publication. As a Committee we call on Princess Anne, as President of Save the Children Fund and the leaders of Oxfam to disassociate themselves from this iniquitous publication.

We will be writing to Princess Anne on this matter.

Synod Evangelicals' Firm Stand

The Evangelical Group in the General Synod (EGGS) was urged before the meetings to stand firm against the ARCIC proposals by its Committee.

A letter was sent to all the members; and it appears from the voting figures that the advice was largely followed.

There were some who demurred at this, and thereby indicated their broader stance. They considered that such opposition was "no way to treat an ecumenical document". Their expressions plainly showed that the perils of the ARCIC proposals were not most prominent in their minds.

Dr. G. Carey, Principal of Trinity College, Bristol, which was formed from the old BCMS (Tyndale) College, and Clifton Theological College, and the BCMS Women's College, took this position. So did Canon C. Craston, Vicar of St. Paul's, Bolton, Manchester.

There was a considerable attendance at Central Hall, Westminster on the Saturday prior to the General Synod to pray that the peril the ARCIC proposals present to scriptural religion might be averted.

There were periods of open prayer, followed by the Litany. The Rev. Dr. David Samuel gave an address.

The gathering was called together by the Protestant Reformation Society. [3]

"Prophecy Fulfilled - The Rise of the Beast in Europe" by Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley, M.P
A Sermon preached in Martyrs Memorial Free Presbyterian Church on Lord's Day 12th October 1986

Daniel 2:1-45

Open your Bible at the second chapter of the prophecy of Daniel. Prophecy, in Holy Scripture, is one of the great proofs of the integrity and divinity of the Bible. Prophecy is simply history written beforehand, and the accuracy of prophecy in its exact fulfilment demonstrates that this Book is not written by man but this Book has upon it the authorisation of God Himself.

Man has not the ability or capability of projecting himself into a century or a millennium ahead, and accurately predicting exactly what is going to happen. You see, Bible prophecies are accurate. They are intimate and intricate.

They do not deal in generalities. They deal in particulars, and when the time for fulfilment comes there is a complete and total and absolute fulfilment to the very letter of Bible prophecy.

This King Nebuchadnezzar (there were, of course, kings of Babylon before him), but I want you to notice he was the first king of Babylon to trample down the City of Jerusalem. The first Babylonian king that had dominion over the City of Jerusalem was this Nebuchadnezzar.

He is therefore picked out and his kingdom is picked out at the beginning of the predictive prophecy concerning the kingdoms that shall rule on this earth until our Lord Jesus Christ, King of kings, Lord of lords shall come and set up a Kingdom of which there shall be no end. What a Kingdom that is going to be!


Now you will notice that God in a special way revealed in a dream the unfolding of the world's history. With all due respects to our American friends, they have no part nor lot in this particular matter of these kingdoms. These kingdoms are all geographically located around the Mediterranean area. The two men in Iceland, the US President and the Russian Leader, might as well be snowmen tonight as far as Biblical prophecy is concerned.

It is a wonderful thing to turn to the Bible in times of crisis and discover [4] that God Almighty is on the Throne. It is not the mighty men from the Kremlin or the White House (perhaps we would be better calling it the Whitewashed House), it is not those men that govern this world. God Almighty is on the Throne.

Let me tell you something. Jesus Christ is King now. He is King now. He executeth three Offices for His people, Prophet, Priest and King. He is Prophet now. He is Priest now. He is King now. He is at His Father's Throne, and the Lord has said, "Sit Thou on my right hand 'till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool". And in the unfolding of man's history and man's destiny God Almighty is working everything out to His own plan, to fulfil His own will.

He said to His disciples, "When you pray, pray, Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is done in Heaven".

The will of God will be done upon this earth. There is no doubt about that! Some people would hand the earth over to the Devil and tell you that the Devil is going to have the last word upon this earth. No, sir, God will have the final word upon this earth.

I do not care how many nuclear weapons may be stockpiled in America or in Russia, they will not destroy this world. For when the destruction of the world comes (the material world that we know) God Almighty will do it.

He will destroy it by His power, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat. God has a plan for this present world, and we are going to see that plan carried out and fulfilled before our eyes.


You will notice in this portion of Scripture that there is a setting forth of these kingdoms: - the kingdom of Babylon, it came and it has gone, it has left the gold behind it which will be taken up by the Antichrist.

The silver kingdom of Media Persia, and it has come and gone, and the silver left behind will be taken up by the Antichrist.

The brass kingdom of Greece, and it has come and gone, and the brass will be taken up by the Antichrist.

The kingdom of iron, great Imperial Rome. Of course, it was divided. The two legs of the image speak of the division. The eastern and western empires in the building of Constantinople, and the eventual severing and division of the great kingdom of Imperial Rome, an iron kingdom, and the Antichrist will take up the iron of that kingdom, although that kingdom has come and gone.

Then at the end there is the development, this very interesting development, verse 12, Revelation ch. 17: "And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings which have received no kingdom as yet". Now the interesting thing about this development is the fact that it is going to be fully and finally developed when the stone cut out without hands shall smash it. The stone does not strike the head or the arms or the breast, or the belly or the thighs or the legs. Notice where the stone is aimed at and [5] where it strikes. Daniel chapter 2, verse 34, "Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet". So the manifestation of this kingdom of the beast will be in these ten kingdoms in a confederacy around the Mediterranean and in Europe.


Now, of course, the people who did not believe the Bible said, "That is impossible. How could you get the warring factions of Europe ever to come together in a peaceful confederacy? France and Germany at one another's throats for generations. England and France foes that fought down through the centuries. How could you ever get them together? How could these nations be brought together?"

Let me tell you, God's Word is true and it does not matter what the human obstacle may be, if God says they will come together, together they will come. The fiercest of foes will be in confederacy together. If God says it in the Book, it will happen.


There are two things to notice in the final unfolding of Revelation chapter 17. There is a religious as well as a political confederacy. There is this sordid Mother of Harlots, the Babylonian manifestation of religious idolatry and apostasy. There are two confederations - a confederation religious - the woman rides upon the beast, and the confederation political. That is happening before our very eyes.

Away back at the first European election I preached a series of messages which caused some stir among people, on the European Common Market. One of my opponents Mr John Taylor said I was using my pulpit as an electioneering platform every Sunday evening. Well, I was just telling the people what was in the Bible. The Bible has it all set. Those that believe the Bible is for the E.E.C., have not read it. I am totally and absolutely against it. I am there to bear witness against it, just the same way as Daniel was at Babylon to bear witness against Babylon, so God has given to me the privilege to bear witness against this great Babylon the E.E.C.

You would need to pray for your preacher, that God would give him grace and strength, because you see, when it comes to these matters few will stand.


Now things are happening very quickly in the religious world. This great amalgam of false religions headed up in the Church of Rome, headed up in the World Council of Churches, headed up in the British Council of [6] Churches, headed up in the Irish Council of Churches, this great religious apostasy is gaining momentum. That is why "Protestantism" is now a dirty word. Evangelical preachers are now distancing themselves from the word Protestant. "Oh, yes, I am a Christian but I am not a Protestant. I am a Bible believer but I am not a Protestant. I am an evangelical (emphasis on the jelly) but I am not a Protestant". I want to tell you a man who says he is not a Protestant cannot take the Christian name, because the word "Protestant" is "A witness for", and if I am a Christian I am a witness for the Truth. If you are not a witness for the truth then you cannot be a Christian, for Christ is the Truth. Men are prepared in this Ecumenical Age to sell their heritage. What a terrible and sad thing this is!

We have a Church at Oulton Broad. I was talking to the minister of that Church yesterday, our brother David Park. He said, "I want to give you a cutting from the newspaper". The cutting says "All denominations" (That was not true, for, thank God, the Free Presbyterian Church was not there. It was the only one that wasn't there). "All denominations were represented at Our Lady's Star of the Sea Catholic Church, Gordon Road, Lowestoft at the induction of the Kesingland and Gillingham Rector, the Rev Leslie Harris, as the new Chairman of the Lowestoft District Council of Churches". Is that not interesting? They met in the Roman Catholic Mass House to install the Chairman of the Council of Churches. "The first part of the ceremony was conducted by (the unmarried) Father Anthony Sketch" (I put in the 'unmarried' part) 'And the induction by Miss Mary Sykes, retiring Chairman. Also taking part (If you are a Baptist in this meeting, waken up) was the Rev Trevor Edworthy of London Road Baptist Church, who gave the address in the Roman Catholic Church. After the Service he said (listen to this Baptist apostate), 'I hope that this Service will be a focus of the renewal and rededication that is now taking place in our Christian Churches'."

That is only a very small part of what is happening The religious amalgamation is going full steam ahead. The Babylon in Revelation chapter 17 is a Mother, and all the harlot daughters will one day join up with the great Mother Whore herself

God send us men like Latimer and Ridley to cry out against this resurgence of Popery in our land! We do not have many of them. We need more of them. The martyred Bishops gave their lives in protest against this evil thing.

My blood boils when I think of what the Church of Rome really believes, and how men can greet her as part of the Christian Church. The Church of Rome has no part in Christianity whatsoever The Church of Rome is baptised paganism, that is what it is. Her idolatries all come from the old idolatrous system of Nimrod. It is Nimrodism not Christianity at all


We were told, when we went into the Common Market, that all was well.

In the Council of Ministers Britain had a veto, and all Britain had to say was [7] 'No'. When the Referendum was put to the people, Ted Heath and the Conservative Party (and the Conservative Party has done more to destroy our British heritage than any other Party, and it is time that people wakened up to that fact), told us all was well.

In the last few weeks there has been passing, in a sinister way, into Law what is called "The Single European Act", which probably you never heard about. It went quietly through the Commons, there were over 50 Amendments to it, and Margaret Thatcher would not allow any of them to be voted on. She guillotined every one of them. It was pushed through the House of Commons by the guillotine procedure. No debate. Why? Because you cannot openly debate this subject without alarming people to what is happening. So, "stifle Parliament, no debate".

Just like the Tory Party Conference, they could not debate the Anglo-Irish Agreement, because Mr. King said, "Everybody was for it. There is no use debating it".

Where does Mr. King live? He must shut himself up in Hillsborough House in the back attic. He must not see anybody or hear anybody or listen to anybody. I wish he would come to Ballymacarrett and I could show him how many people are against him.


They do not want any debate. Then this week in the House of Lords this Act went through just as quickly, and one man, a very highly respected man, Lord Denning, the former Master of the Rolls and a Law Lord, had something to say. (I have this printed in the Protestant Blu-Print available this evening).

"Lord Denning with other Peers, concerned about the far-reaching effects of the legislation has tabled a series of amendments to the Bill. He said, he accepted there were problems over obstruction and delays in the community procedure, but his main concern was the sovereignty of the Queen, and the sovereignty of Parliament were not diminished by the proposed changes in community structure. The single European Act would be interpreted solely by the European Court in Luxembourg comprising of dedicated Europeans who were devoted to the task of giving community laws, as supremacy over the national law of member states. The purpose of the Act was to transform Europe into a single nation with its own Parliament, its own legislation, making its own laws called community laws. In the long run Parliament would be nothing more than a subordinate Body whose laws would be invalid if they were in conflict with or inconsistent with community law. If Parliament was to remain, Lord Denning said, the sovereign law-making Body in the United kingdom, it was important that the Bill should contain some provision that any laws promulgated by community institutions should be of no force in the United Kingdom unless and until they were approved by the affirmative Resolutions of both Houses of Parliament. Lord Denning claimed that the effect of the single European [8] Act allowed decisions to be made by qualified majority voting, and it meant that the United Kingdom could be easily outvoted by any group of States. Lord Edmund Davies, a retired Law Lord, said it was high time the public was alerted to the tremendous importance of the Bill".


This week in the House of Lords, Lord Denning's Amendments were swept away. What happened? Peers that had never been seen in the House of Lords for many years were drummed up by Margaret Thatcher's Government. All appeared, and Lord Denning's stand was swept away like chaff before the wind, and now that Single European Act goes for signature by Her Majesty the Queen. It has never been debated, citizens of this country do not know what has happened.

This year leads us up to the 1688-1690 Revolution Settlement. All that was settled then has now been swept away, and you are no longer controlled by a Sovereign Parliament. Of course, we have learned that in Northern Ireland, learned it bitterly. We are now under European dictatorship.

In the European Parliament we had the same thing happen to us this week. A Resolution before the Parliament to strengthen further the stranglehold of Europe on National Parliaments was debated. I am the only member of the European Parliament that voted against every Clause of that Resolution. I was completely alone. One hand, I waved it, I said to myself, "Thank God, I am a Protestant, and I am going to stand". At the end of the day there was something, I think, like 40 M.Ps voted against it.

I am the only M.P. from Northern Ireland that voted against it. I have the voting figures here. Mr. John Taylor, of all things officially abstained. The voting list is there for anyone to see. I put on the record on the Hansard of the Parliament the following: 'The Single European Act represents a major step forward along the road to the complete erosion of the Sovereignty of the United Kingdom. I am totally opposed to provisions of the Act which strengthen the powers of community institutions at the expense of national legislatures. The restriction in the use of the veto in the Council of Ministers, the clear breach of the terms on which the British people voted in the 1975 Referendum to remain in the EEC. It means that EEC Laws can be made against the wishes of the United Kingdom Government, yet Parliament in the Courts will be bound to implement them. This is a far-reaching and momentous step against which I protest most strongly When the implications of this Single European Act sink in I believe the vast majority of British citizens will agree with the comment of Lord Denning, the former Master of the Rolls, that the Act endangers British Sovereignty and particularly the position of the Queen. For this reason I shall be voting against the Blumenfeld Report which would seek to go even further than the Single Act itself". [9]


We are seeing now the development of the final kingdom of the beast. It is going to gain momentum. There is one thing that every Northern Ireland person better remember, the Anglo-Irish Agreement is tied into this. It is part of it, because in order to placate the South, in order to get the blessing of the European nations and America we in this Province are to be the sacrificial lamb. There is far more in the Anglo-Irish Agreement, than we are even aware of, internationally. We have been sold on the altar of political expediency in the furtherance of the kingdom of the beast. Remember, the only Protestant nation that is left in the E.E.C. of any power is this United Kingdom. We are outnumbered by Roman Catholic States especially with the advent to the market of Portugal and Spain and we now find ourselves in a tiny minority. So what God said in Daniel is taking place before our eyes, and it will continue. What must the people do?


The first thing I want to say to every man and woman in this House, you had better get right with God, because there are momentous events ahead of us, and if you have not got faith in Christ as your Saviour, you had better get that put right tonight. If I were an ungodly man and I had no faith in Christ, and had no faith in the Saviour tonight, I would say, I had better get right with God now, because the end is coming very rapidly, "When ye see these things begin to come to pass, look up for your redemption draweth nigh."

You, my dear unsaved friend, have no hope, I have got a hope. Praise God, I have got a blessed hope, because my Saviour is coming again. The King of kings, the Lord of lords, the One Who defeats the beast. 'He made war with the Lamb, but the Lamb shall overcome him, for He is King of kings and Lord of lords'. Is it not noticeable that the title given to Christ is 'The Lamb'? There is one thing the Devil hates and the Popes of Rome hate, and the whole system of idolatry hates, that is the finished work of Christ. The battle is at the Cross, that is where the battle is. Modernism hates the Cross. Communism hates the Cross. Materialism hates the Cross. Worldliness hates the Cross, but, thank God, we glory in the Cross.

It is our hope, the place of peace and salvation. If you are not saved, I would urge you to run to Calvary. Hide your sinful soul in the wounds of Jesus. Get the Blood on your heart, because momentous days are ahead.


What must the church do? The Church must do what our sister was singing about tonight. We must have our lamps trimmed and burning brightly. If the trumpet gives an uncertain sound, who will prepare himself for the battle? I tell you, we need the certainty of God's Word declared today. This [10] more sure Word of prophecy that God has given us. It is a light that shineth in a dark place until the Day Star appear. It is all in the Book what is going to happen to this old world. There are going to be martyrs again and persecution again, and trouble for the church of Jesus.

The church is going to be purified. She is going to be purified and arrayed like a bride adorned to meet her husband. Then, thank God, the trumpet shall sound, and the dead in Christ shall rise, and we will all be changed, and our Saviour will come Whose right it is to reign.

What a glorious future the true church of Jesus Christ has! Are you part of it? Have you got that faith? Have you got that hope? Have you got that joy in your heart?

Thank God I have that faith. I have got that joy. I have got that hope in my heart.

I trust that the Lord will alert us to see the characteristics of the Age in which we live. I trust He will also alert us to see this wonderful truth that God has a purpose for His people, and that purpose shall be absolutely fulfilled.

The church will not go under. The church is going up, Hallelujah! The church is not going to be defeated. The church is going to be victorious! It may be small. It may be ridiculed. It may be hated. It may be despised, but Jesus said, "Fear not little flock, it is the Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom".

The kingdom is ours, by Blood-bought right, and we shall inherit it and reign with Him in a day when the kingdoms of this world shall become the Kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign.

You had better be part of it, for if you are not He will weed you out of His Kingdom as the husbandman weeds out the tares, of as the shepherd separates the goats from the sheep. He will weed out of His kingdom all things that offend. His will be a Kingdom of purity and peace. Then the lamb and the lion shall lie down together, and there will be a miracle on earth. We will be back to Paradise once again, and Paradise lost will be Paradise regained because Christ will be there, and where Jesus is 'tis Heaven there!

I trust that every man and woman, boy and girl in this House will be part of the Kingdom of our Lord, not part of the kingdom of the beast, and may God make us strong in the Lord.

I'm glad I'm living in this day. This is a great day we are called to live in. The prophets longed to see this day and they did not see it, but, praise God, we see it.

You are going to see strange things happening, because they have got twelve nations in Europe. God is going to cut them down to ten. It is going to happen. There are interesting things going to happen in this battle. You keep your eyes open and your ears towards Heaven, and your eye on the Book and you will find it will all work out perfectly in the day when God makes up His jewels.

May God bless His Word to our hearts!



Over 300,000 Assembly at the City Hall

To mark the first anniversary of the signing of the Anglo/Irish Act of Treachery over 300,000 loyalists met to protest at the City Hall on the 15th of November 1986.

This was 100,000 more than assembled one year ago to protest the Agreement. A small number of some fifty youths attacked property. Amongst those arrested, the courts revealed, were republicans. So the N. Ireland Office's dirty tricks department were at their work.

Rt. Hon. James Molyneaux M.R and Dr. Ian Paisley M.P., M.E.P. addressed the assembly. [18]

ST. THOMAS' PARISH BELFAST - Christianity in the City

The Services will be held on Monday nights at 8.00 pm in the Lecture Room at the Parochial Halls. The meetings are designed to promote understanding of, and where possible co-operation with, the main Christian Churches in the local geographical area.

Each guest speaker will outline comprehensively and concisely the main characteristics of his local Church under four main headings - Faith and Doctrine, Religious Practice, Practical Concern, Ecumenism and Co-operation today.

The guest speaker will be accompanied by four lay members of his congregation who participate fully in the ensuing discussion. 

Meetings will conclude with tea and biscuits at 9.30 pm.


Mondays at 8.00 pm in the Lecture Room


Guest Speaker : Very Rev. Patrick McAlister, Parish Priest, St. Brigid's


Guest Speaker : Rev . David Lapsley, Minister, Fisherwick


Guest Speaker : Dr. Harold Love, Elder, Crescent Church


Guest Speaker : Rev. William Alford, Minister, University Rd


Guest Speaker : Rev. Roy McMullan, Pastor, Windsor Baptist


Guest Speaker : Rev. Ivan Hull, Minister, Ulsterville [19]

So-called Evangelical Churches Join with Rome in an Exercise Which They All
Accept as One of Mutual Understanding and Co-operation

On the opposite page we have reproduced a four-page document issued by St. Thomas' Church of Ireland Parish, Belfast.

The document announces a series of meetings to promote understanding of, and where possible co-operations with, the main Christian Churches in the local geographical area.

It will come as no surprise to see the Presbyterian Church at Fisherwick, the Methodist Church at University Road and St. Thomas' Church of Ireland all walking arm in arm with St. Brigid's Roman Catholic Church.

What will surprise many will be the fact that Ulsterville Presbyterian Church, a Church with an evangelical history, the Crescent Church (Brethren) and Windsor Baptist Church have also united in this ecumenical venture.

Each of these accept that along with them the Roman Catholic Church is a main Christian Church and as such is rightly entitled to join with them in co-operative ecumenism. That is how the meetings are billed.

The excuse made by the Crescent Church leaders that they are going to use the meeting to evangelise is completely anti-scriptural.

Nowhere in the Word of God are we told to employ Satan or exploit Satan in order to further an evangelistic opportunity. Loyalty to Divine Truth is of more importance than any other outward appearance of evangelistic benefit.

To obey is better than sacrifice is God's principle and those who choose deliberately to disobey will receive the same curse as the disobedient Saul. We call on all true believers to raise the standard of truth and separate from all Churches who by their acts of ecumenical co-operation betray the Crown Rights of King Jesus and the Crown Jewels of His glorious Gospel.

The unclean thing has not to be touched let alone fraternised with (II Cor. 6:14-18). [20]

ARE YOU SAVED? A Church of Ireland Statement


The Rev. M. Withers, M.Th., St. Christopher's Parish, Ballymacarrett, Belfast BT4 IEY


"Through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved." Acts 15: 11

God sent Jesus into the world that all men might be saved. Through baptism we are individually saved and brought into God's kingdom. We cannot "deserve" this through what we do, nor because we have enough "faith" of our own.

Salvation is God's gift to unworthy sinners. If we accept the Gospel, and trust, love and serve God, we will be with Him in this world and in the next.


In Titus 3: 5 Paul is saying, in modern English:

"God has made us members of his kingdom and saved us from sin, judgement and eternal death. He did this in the water of baptism in which we were born again, and through the power of the Holy Spirit which makes us new men and women.

So, at Baptism each of us was saved.

But, that was in the past.


In I Corinthians 15, St. Paul tells us that we are being saved now, IF WE HOLD FAST to the Gospel or "GOOD NEWS"

that Christ died for our sins,
that he was buried,
that he was raised, and
that he appeared to the Church.

Paul also says that we have to "abound in the work of the Lord.

So, we were saved and are being saved.

What of the future? [21]

The Popish Lie of Baptismal Regeneration Now Taught by the Church of Ireland

The four page leaflet reproduced opposite and circulated officially by the Church of Ireland shows how that Church has completely forsaken the Bible and gone over totally to the pernicious and lying doctrine of popery.

This is downright popery.

In his classic on "Roman Catholicism" Dr. Boettner states: "Rome has perverted the meaning of baptism so that instead of accepting it as a symbolical ordinance and an outward sign through which Christ and the benefits of the new covenant are represented and conveyed to the believer and received by faith, it is represented as working in a magical way to produce baptismal regeneration and securing automatically the forgiveness of all past sins, and as absolutely necessary to salvation. Rome teaches that it is not possible even for newly born infants to be saved so as to enjoy the delights of heaven unless they are baptised. To that end they have even invented a means of prenatal baptism. In the words of the Trent Catechism: 'Infants, unless regenerated unto God through the grace of baptism, whether their parents be Christian or infidel, are born to eternal misery and perdition . But what a horrible doctrine that was! And what a contrast with the generally accepted Protestant doctrine that all those dying in infancy, whether baptised or unbaptised, are saved!

"The Romish doctrine was so horrible and so unacceptable to the laity that it was found necessary to invent a third realm, the Limbus Infantum, to which unbaptised infants are sent, in which they are excluded from heaven but in which they suffer no positive pain. The ecumenical councils of Lyons and Florence and the canons of the Council of Trent declare positively that unbaptised infants are confined to this realm. The primary purpose of the Church of Rome in excluding unbaptised infants from heaven is to force parents to commit their children to her as soon as possible. The long range design is to bring all people into subjection to her, to put her stamp of ownership on every person possible. And the pressure put on Roman Catholic parents to see to it that their children are baptised early is almost unbelievable - a commitment which once she receives she never relinquishes."

Notice how this doctrine is bolstered up by the author of the document by totally perverting the Word of God in Titus 3:5 and making it to say something which it does not say at all.

Entirely contrary to Mr. Withers assertion Titus 3:5 states: "Not of works of righteousness (baptism ruled out) that we have done but according to His mercy He saved us (not baptism but God's mercy) by the washing of regeneration (not baptism but regeneration) and the renewing of the Holy [22] Ghost" (not by baptism but by the Holy Spirit).

The word baptism does not even occur in the verse. Mr. Withers is found to be adding to God's Word and as such the Bible tells us is a liar.


It is to be regretted that in the Church of Ireland today we have not men like the late Canon T. C. Hammond to proclaim fearlessly the great doctrine of the Reformed Faith.

In his monumental work "The One Hundred Texts" Hammond states: "A man being by natural birth so far from God, it is necessary that he be born again'. This 'regeneration' is described in the Bible by many terms, e.g., John iii. 3, 7; Eph. ii. 10; iv. 24; 1 Peter ii. 9.

"(a) Pelagius taught that regeneration is a mere change of habits, of reformation of life, and this by man's own unaided choice.

"'(b) The 'High Church Party' in the Anglican Communion teaches that the Holy Ghost, through baptism, implants a germ of spiritual life in the soul, which may lie long latent, and be subsequently developed or destroyed.

"(c) Rome teaches that the only means of regeneration is by baptism, in which (1) sins are forgiven; (2) the moral nature of man is renewed; and (3) the man is made an heir of God by the rite.

"Regeneration is a real change of heart; a change of moral disposition that determines the volitions and actions. It is the work of God alone, and as far beyond the power of a man to perform as is his first birth.

"Regeneration is God's work; conversion is man's part in his turning to God. God first draws, then man follows.

"Regeneration is the implanting a gracious principle in the soul; a very real change of nature (11 Pet. i. 1).

"Conversion is the first act of the newly implanted nature.

"Regeneration is a single act, complete in itself, and never repeated.

"Conversion is the beginning of a holy life; the commencement of a series of holy acts - constant, endless, progressive."

The great C. H. Spurgeon in his famous Baptismal Regeneration Sermon states:

"We have never met with one believer, however instructed in divine things, who could trace his regeneration to his baptism; and on the other hand, we confess it with sorrow, but still with no surprise, that we have seen those whom we have ourselves baptised, according to apostolic precedent, go back into the world and wander into the foulest sin, and their baptism has scarcely been so much as a restraint to them, because they have not believed in the Lord Jesus Christ. Facts all show that whatever good there may be in baptism, it certainly does not make a man 'a member of Christ, the child of God, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven', or else many thieves, whoremongers, drunkards, fornicators, and murderers, are members of Christ, the children of God, and inheritors of the kingdom of heaven. Facts, brethren, are dead against this Popish doctrine; and facts are stubborn things." [23]

The Sunday School Teacher's Teacher

Subject: The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lesson LXXIV - The Conspirators
Lord's Day 7th December 1986 "They that lay wait for my soul take counsel together"

Read - John xi. 47-53, xii. 1-11; Luke xxii. 1-6: Learn - Ps. ii. 1-3; 1 Tim. vi. 10.



1. Their old designs. We have seen for a long time how the priests and Pharisees wanted to kill Jesus. See John v. 16, 18.

2. Their recent resolution. See John xi. 47 - 53. It is after the raising of Lazarus. The miracle has startled all Jerusalem - 'It must be Messiah!'

3. Their perplexity this week. 'From that day forth' (v. 53) constant plots. Think now what had happened during the first three days: Entry, cleansing of the Temple etc. etc. - 'the world gone after Jesus, as it seemed (John xii. 19). His enemies completely foiled (Luke xix. 47, 48) - their puzzling questions no use (Matt. xxii.) and now they call another council, Matt. xxvi. 3 - 5, but still don't know what to do. At last, to their great joy, a way open - see it presently.


There had been many false friends at one time,

1. Judas the Apostle.

How came such a man to join Jesus? No doubt, like the others, thought Jesus the Messiah, expected Him to be King; then would look forward to riches and honour at court. What had Jesus said that would offend him? True, they were all perplexed and alarmed at the idea of the Master's capture and death; but their love still kept them true. But what dismay to him, caring only for what he might get through Jesus. Would fancy himself deceived, cherish bitter thoughts.

2. Judas the Murmurer.

See John xxi. 1-8. That night before the Entry, all together at supper - where? What led Mary to anoint Jesus so? ver. 7: (a) she loved Him more than herself; (b) she thought nothing too good for Him; (c) so she could give up her best to honour Him. Judas just the reverse - loved self more than Jesus - what is his complaint? and who else agrees with him?

3. Judas the Traitor.

That rebuke at Bethany has 'put him out'. Then all the attacks on Jesus during the next three days - what would he think of them? would feel he is on the losing side - his dreams of power and wealth all vanishing bitter resentment in his heart. Then those last startling words on Olivet - Jesus to die in two days - then all hope at an end.

Money - he can't resist that. How many crimes done for money. How many souls lost through love of it. Remember Achan, Gehazi, Ananias; see I Tim. vi. 10.

What a spectacle of wickedness. First hatred and malice, then selfishness, avarice, meanness, treachery. GOD OVERRULED ALL THIS WICKEDNESS FOR GOOD.

Think - was the death of Jesus a defeat or a victory for Him? did it frustrate God's purposes, or fulfil them? But for that death, what had become of us? So God brought salvation out of all this sin - 'turned the curse into a blessing' (Neh. xii. 2).

Lesson LXXXV - The Last Supper I
Lord's Day 14th December 1986 "I am among you as he that serveth."

Read -
John xii. (comp. Matt. xxvi. 17-29; Mark xiv. 12-25; Luke xxii. 7-38); Learn John xiii. 1; Matt. xx. 26-28.


This the 'Last Supper, Christ's last meal before His death. See how St. John begins his account - it is 'the hour' at last - the 'time' to which Jesus had looked forward. See His love shining at that supper-table, perhaps more brightly than ever before. In two ways:


Jesus takes His place at table. What are the twelve about? Luke xxii. 24 - disputing even there, even then, why? no doubt all wanted best seats.

Another reason: here is the basin etc. but which will take the servant's place to wash his comrades' feet? But look, Jesus rises; and then see ver. 4, 5 - He, their Lord and master 'come from God and going to God' (ver. 3) doing a slave's duty for His own creatures. Here is condescension. Stooping could he stoop lower than this?

Peter's feet washed by Peter's Lord? never! never!" And yet a minute later, he is asking to be washed all over, ver. 9 - how is this? ah, he sees now what Jesus means - this washing to remind them of a greater washing of souls from sin - he feels he can't have too much of that washing. But does Jesus mean this? see ver. 10 - He says, "Ye are clean" - had cleansed them from sin long ago. Why then a further cleansing needed? Because still got stains of sin every day - just as feet soiled in walking even after a bath.

Three things taught by this washing:

1. That Christ must cleanse us from sin. If not -! see ver. 8. How does He cleanse us? see Rev. i. 5: 1 Cor. vi. 11. 'There is a fountain' Zech. xii. 1) -

"And sinners plunged beneath that flood, Lose all their guilty stains."

2. What He did in order to cleanse us from sin. In that supper-room we see a picture of what He did for us all. "Laid aside His garments" - so for us laid aside His glory, II Cor. viii. 9, Did a servant's work so for us 'took on Him the form of a servant' Phil. ii. 7. Washed men who were going to betray, deny, desert Him - so, for whom did He live, suffer and die? Rom. v. 8: comp. Luke v. 32, xv. 2, xix. 10. Was not this a greater stooping'?

3. How we should imitate Him. ver. 13-15. Does He mean that we are to wash each other's feet? yes, if ever necessary. But nothing else? Anything that is a kindness to others, however mean and disagreeable it may seem to us.


1. His long-suffering with the traitor.

The supper goes on. But a strange silence at the table - Jesus 'troubled' - why? ver. 21. Perhaps two feelings - (a) pain at the traitor's ingratitude ver. 18 - he is no open enemy - then 'could have borne it' (Ps. Iv. 12, 13) 'but it was thou'; (b) anguish at the traitor's doom. Matt. xxvi. 24 (comp. John xvii. 12).

At length - can bear it no longer - 'Jesus testified' speaks out ver. 21. Imagine the shocked faces round the table.

Does Jesus tell the terrible secret? Only to two: (a) To John, see ver. 23-26. (b) To the traitor himself - why this, when he knew it only too well? but see how, to avoid detection, he puts the humble question like the rest (Matt.): Then the whispered reply - 'thou has said.'

2. His long-suffering with Peter and the rest.

Is there no more ingratitude now Judas is gone? no more of Satan's mischief in that little band? Jesus has more to bear yet. Even since they sat down to supper, what has He had to rebuke? and what will those eleven do this very night? Mark xiv. 50.

Now see how Jesus shows His love for these weak and faithless ones, Luke xxii. 31-34. (a) a loving warning: Satan is seeking them. lb) A loving assurance given to Peter especially because he to fall most - 'I have prayed for thee'; and so, 'though he fall he shall not be utterly cast down.' Peter die for his Lord? he little thought that was just what his Lord would do next day for him. [25]

Lesson LXXXVI The Last Supper
Lord's Day 21st December 1986 "This do in remembrance of Me."

Read -
Matt. xxvi. 26-29; Mark xiv. 22, 25: Luke xxii. 15-20. Learn - I Cor. xi. 23-26.


The supper which the Lord Jesus took with His disciples and which He had so much 'desired' to take with them (Luke xxii. 15) - what was it called?

And, that same evening, the same Passover feast in every house in Jerusalem; family gathered together - solemn thanksgiving offered - cup of wine passed round; then one of the children stood up and asked what it all meant and father explained.

Year after year for centuries, the Passover kept. Why? When child stood up at supper table and asked why what would father say? Ex. xii. 25-27.


1. A deliverance from what? From Egyptian bondage? yes, but something before that - a deliverance from the destroying angel - a deliverance from God's judgement upon sin.

2. How was this deliverance effected? Destroying angel passed over where blood sprinkled - what blood? So the lamb killed to save their lives. And then what done with lamb? That same lamb whose blood their safety, also to be their food to strengthen them for journey.

3. Why was deliverance commemorated every year? Merely to remember God's mercy to the Israelites who happened to be alive at the Exodus? More than this. To that deliverance every Jew owned his home in Canaan, etc. - So could thank God on his own account.


1. A deliverance from what? From a worse bondage than that of Egypt - the slavery of sin, see John vii. 34, 11 Pet. ii. 19.

2. How was this greater deliverance to be effected? Also by the blood of a Lamb, I Pet. i. 18, 19; Rev. v. 8, 9. Who is this Lamb? John i. 29; Col. i. 13, 14; Heb. ix. 12, 14. But is it enough that the Lamb of God was slain for us? No, something else - (1) blood sprinkled, (2) Lamb eaten. So with us Jesus died for all but: (1) each must come to Him and have heart 'sprinkled'. Heb. v. 19, 22; 1 Pet. i. 2; i.e. each must have his own sin put away; (2) Must 'feed' on Christ i.e. believe in Him, think about Him, trust in Him - so gain strength for journey by 'narrow way' to heavenly Canaan


In the Lord's Supper two things done:

1. We commemorate Christ's Death for us.

Is mere remembering enough? Would we not wish to 'commemorate' such an event?

The Lord's Supper good even as a reminder. If go to it, can feel. 'Bread and wine has thus been distributed for 1900 years - it began that very night when Jesus was betrayed - He commanded it - how true it all is. He did really die for me.' The Bread reminds of His Body 'given for us' the Wine of His Blood 'shed for remission of our sins'.

2. We 'feed upon Him by faith'.

For the Lord's Supper is a sacrament so has two parts. Bread and wine the outward and visible sign, but what 'the inward part or thing signified'? What is the 'feeding'? is it taking the bread in our mouths? no - 'feed on Him in thy heart by faith ' ' - what is that? It is to believe so surely that Jesus did for us as to be able to rejoice at sin forgiven, etc. and, thus rejoicing to be strong to conquer sin and serve Christ. [26]

Lesson LXXXVIII - Christ's Parting Words
Lord's Day 28th December 1986 "Let not your heart be troubled"

- parts of John xiv, xv, xvi; Learn - John xiv. 27, xvi. 33,


All these three chapters occupied with His parting words of comfort to the disciples. What a kind beginning - 'Let not your hearts be troubled'.

How does He comfort them? By showing their fears are groundless? Not at all; (a) They will forsake Him, xvi. 32. (b) He is going away, xiv. 2, xvi, 5, 16; (c) More than this - they are to meet hatred, persecution, tribulation, xv. 19, xvi. 2, 33.

1. He was going to prepare a home for them, xvi. 2. Where? What is 'the Father's house'? - Three things Jesus here tells about heaven (a) A home - 'mansions' not like an inn or hotel but somewhere to stay; see 11 Cor. v. 1; Heb. xi. 10; I Pet. i. 4; Rev. iii. 12. (b) Plenty of room - 'many mansions'. (c) Christ is there - 'Where I am' (ver. 3; comp. xvii. 24; 1 Thes. iv. 17).

2. He would come back again. xiv. 3; see xiv. 18, 28, xvi. 16, 22. Did He? This was Thursday night; by Sunday night He had gone and come back. But He went away again - how soon? Did He then take them with Him? Has He ever come back since? Then will come yet.

3. Even while He was away they should not really be separate from Him. True He should be no more seen in the world, xiv. 19 - but, like Moses they should 'see Him who is invisible'. (Heb. xi. 27). There are many things really existing which we can't see; we sing, 'Angel - guards from Thee surround us'.

We can't see them but if sure they are there is it not as good as seeing? So Jesus will 'manifest' ie. show Himself - the eye not to see Him but the hear to be sure He is there.

4. While He was away they should be able to communicate with Him. How this always makes absence less painful. How communicate with Christ? see xiv. 13, 14 not only liberty to send messages in prayer but the answer promised too.

5. When He had gone, He would send another Comforter. More about this next time.

6. The coming persecutions no cause for alarm. On the contrary, when men hated them, a cause for rejoicing - why? see xv. 19 - would remind them of their happy lot - not 'of the world' not enemies of God, but chosen out' to be Christ's servants.

No wonder with all this He could say 'Let not your heart be troubled' and see His legacy to them xiv. 17 - 'Peace I leave with you'.

HERE IS COMFORT FOR THE SORROWFUL. You are not sorrowful but you might have sorrow, might be glad of comfort.

Would that which made the disciples sad make you sad? Christ's absence some boys and girls if they could get rid of Christ, never hear of Him again. You may turn from Him, shut Him out, compel Him to 'let you alone' but if so, will one day find out that the worst punishment you can have is - see II Thess. i. 9. But once know what it is to have Christ with you, making you really happy then would dread nothing so much as His absence. [27]

Where Our Church Stands

A Declaration by the General Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. Resolved unanimously at a meeting in Coleraine Free Presbyterian Church on Friday 13th June, 1986.

In this grave crisis that confronts Northern Ireland, every Christian should recognise the need for confession, humiliation and rededication to God through One Mediator, the Lord Jesus Christ. Prayer should take on a new and decisive role in all our lives as only Divine intervention can save us from further terrible calamities. We call upon all our people to give themselves as never before to the duties of humiliation and prayer. The God of our fathers must be the God of their succeeding race.

Dissent, and the right to dissent is the inalienable right of the individual and also in certain circumstances, his bounden duty. It is also the right of the Church.

Ecclesiastical dissent has marked the history of Biblical and historic Presbyterianism down through the generations. Covenanters, Seceders, Free Churchmen, have all written glorious pages in the chronicles of religious dissent. They sealed this testimony of dissent with their blood.

The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster dissents from the religious apostasy of this Twentieth Century age of ecumenism, infidelity and resurgent popery. It expresses that dissent in withdrawal from and opposition to all the religious establishment of corrupt Christendom, headed up in the Church of Rome, the World Council of Churches and the Irish Council of Churches. As they have left the Bible, as a consequence we have left them. "To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to the word, it is because there is no light in them."

The Free Presbyterian Church will continue to expose and oppose these false religious systems.

Political dissent is also the inalienable right of the individual, and in certain circumstances his bounden duty. It is also the right of the Church. God is the source of all power and the author of all liberty. A government has certain clearly-defined duties and responsibilities. When it fails to discharge those responsibilities then it forfeits its right to govern. It's sword, given by God, is for the punishment of the evildoer and for the praise of him that does well.

The present Thatcher regime has used the sword to further the evildoer and to punish those who do well. Guilty of lying and treachery, they cannot in conscience claim the rightful submission of the population.

Now violating yet a further promise, they have taken in hand the denial of any election in the near future to decide Ulster's destiny. They have made it clear that the dissolution of the Assembly is to prevent the people exercising their democratic right to express themselves on the Anglo/Irish Act of Treachery. [28]

In view of the conduct of the Thatcher administration in refusing to discharge its God-given responsibilities, we, the Presbytery of Ulster, speaking officially in the name of the Church, do hereby declare ourselves to be political dissenters. We cannot in conscience any longer recognise the Thatcher regime as a proper and legitimate Government of this part of the United Kingdom. We look upon the Prime Minister and her ministers in Ulster as usurpers with no God-given authority, and we in conscience now withdraw all consent to be ruled by her.

It has not been easy for the Church to come to this decision, but we dare not, in view of the Scriptures and the betrayal of our people, do otherwise, lest we find ourselves in disobedience to God's Word and rebellion to His Person.

This in no way corrodes our allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, being Protestant, and her successors under the terms of the Williamite Revolution Settlement. Our first allegiance however, which takes all precedence, is to Jesus Christ the sole King and only Head of the Church, and God's appointed King over all the nations of the earth.

Each and every member of our Church must be bound in conscience by the Word of God, and must decide for him or her self how they should express their dissent. The Word of God alone is the sole rule of faith and practice and the final arbiter in all disputes.

We warn the Government that their denial of our inalienable rights and their flouting of their God-given responsibilities will bring the judgement of God upon them. We also remind ourselves of the action of Richard Cameron and our Covenanting forefathers, who at the High Street in Sanquhar, declared in a similar manner their political dissent, had their act scorned and reviled and for which they paid with their blood, was but the precursor of a similar act done by the whole nation in the Williamite Revolution of 1688.

Clergy Reaffirm Faith

Belief in the Virgin Birth, and the Empty Tomb was reaffirmed by the House of (Lower) Clergy last week at the General Synod.

A motion was proposed by Dr. P. Forster (Durham and Newcastle Universities). The Rev. D. R. J. Holloway (Newcastle) referred to the confusion caused by shifts towards theological liberalism. He quoted the Bishop of Malaysia as stating that "the whole issue of the Virgin Birth of Christ and his resurrection from the dead is fully exploited by Muslim extremists who say the Bishop of Durham has endorsed the teaching of Islam."

The Clergy reviewed the recent Bishop's Report on the Nature of Christian Belief, and passed Dr. Forster's motion. The strength of theological liberalism was nevertheless very evident. The Provost of Southwark (formerly Dean of Norwich), the Very Rev. David Edwards, moved an amendment which would have taken a liberal theological position. It was defeated by a small majority. Voting was 94 for, and 115 against.

- From the English Churchman [29]

Firm Resistance to ARCIC in Synod

The ARCIC proposals were considered separately last week by laity and clergy in their different 'houses'. The House of Laity supported the ARCIC statements in straight votes, but the limited majorities in favour plainly gave warning of the unease felt by many members.

Prof. D. MacLean, chairman of the House of Laity, expressed his shock at the forthright speeches against the ARCIC statements. It was evident that the strength of Protestant feeling, which has been expressed all along, is now being more fully realised.

There were three votes in the House of Laity on the ARCIC statements. On the Eucharist 114 voted in favour, 60 against, with 9 abstaining. On the Ministry statement 108 were in favour, with 96 against, and 11 abstaining.

The motion on Authority said that the ARCIC statements "record sufficient convergence on the nature of authority in the Church for our communions together to explore further the structure of authority and the exercise of collegiality and the primacy in the Church."

According to report Prof. MacLean declared that he could not accept the Authority statement as being "consonant with the faith of the Church of England or of the Roman Catholic Church". He thought however that there was sufficient convergence to justify "further joint exploration of the issues".

Concerning "the exercise of collegiality" the Bishop of London, Dr. Graham Leonard, made some observations in a different connection on Monday of last week. Dr. Leonard was speaking about his recent visit to Tulsa parish, Oklahoma, USA, to give support to those outlawed by the American Episcopal Church (ECUSA). He said he had acted in good conscience, and that "all I have done wrong is to have acted against the club of the Church". (Club and collegiality appear thus to be largely synonymous).

When addressing the General Synod the next day, Dr. Runcie said that the Bishop of London's visit to Tulsa, where he conducted a Confirmation, had done tremendous damage, and that it was an "offence against collegiality". The Archbishop was clearly disturbed that what he called an "offence against collegiality should be represented as offending against the club". Dr. Leonard sat quietly listening to the Primate, Dr. Runcie also spoke of his concern that a woman minister had conducted Holy Communion (at Church House, Westminster) contrary to the ruling of the General Synod. A motion to adjourn the General Synod, until satisfactory explanations were given, was withdrawn following the Archbishop's address.

- From the English Churchman [30]

"Lift Up A Standard"

"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee that it may be displayed because of the truth." Psalm 60:4.

The British Government, as part of its continuing conspiracy to subvert Ulster's Protestant Heritage had launched an attack upon the Lord's Day by announcing plans to bring in legislation to permit the opening of licensed premises on the Lord's Day.

This radical change in licensing laws in Northern Ireland has come about as the result of the lobbying of that small number of greedy individuals the publicans. The whole issue is one of increasing their profits by having more outlets for the sale of alcohol. In contrast to the small number of people seeking Sunday opening the Government acknowledges that a very much larger number of people are opposed to any change in the licensing laws.

The Government is set on over riding the rights and freedoms of the majority yet again in Ulster. This time the attack is directly aimed at our gospel heritage.

As a church we must, like David, answer the challenge and go forth against this Goliath relying upon the Lord God Jehovah for grace, courage and wisdom.

I ask you to study this leaflet which has been prepared by the Morals and Government Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, and make sure you sign the petition - "Leave the Lord's Day Alone" and then most important of all get on your knees before God for the preservation of the Lord's Day and for a mighty revival. "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways,- then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." (II Chronicles 7:14).

As Northern Ireland has had its Government and Parliament destroyed, its elected Assembly broken up by the British Government at Dublin's behest and its councils denuded of any real power we should have the same right as Scotland and Wales to give our verdict on this vital issue by a democratic Vote.

Signed, Ian R K. Paisley, Moderator of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster

THE SABBATH DAY - What the Bible Says:

The Fourth Commandment: "Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work."

Hebrews 4:9,10: "There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His." [31]

Jeremiah 17:27: "But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the Sabbath Day, and not to bear a burden even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the Sabbath Day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched."

Nehemiah 13:15-17: "In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the Sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals. There dwelt men of Tyre also therein, which brought fish, and all manner of ware, and sold on the Sabbath unto the children of Judah, and in Jerusalem. Then, I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbath day?"

What the Westminster Confession of Faith States:

Chapter 21 Section 7:. "As it is of the law of nature that in general, a due proportion for time be set apart for the worship of God; so in His word, by a positive, moral and perpetual commandment, binding all men in all ages. He hath particularly appointed one day in seven for a sabbath, to be kept holy unto Him which, from the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, was the last day of the week, and from the resurrection of Christ, was changed into the first day of the week, which in scripture is called The Lord's Day, and is to be continued to the end of the world as the Christian Sabbath."

Chapter 21 Section 8: "This Sabbath is then kept holy unto the Lord, when men, after a due preparing of their hearts and ordering of their common affairs beforehand, do not only observe a holy rest all the day from their own works, words, and thoughts about their worldly employments and recreations; but also are taken up the whole time in the public and private exercises of his worship and in the duties of necessity and mercy."

What Bishop John Charles Ryle Said:

"The Sabbath is God's merciful appointment for the common benefit of all mankind. It was 'made for man' (Mark 2:27). It was given for the good of all classes, for the laity quite as much as for the clergy. It is not a yoke but a blessing. It is not a burden, but a mercy. It is not a hard wearisome requirement, but a mighty public benefit. It is not an ordinance which man is bid to use in faith, without knowing why he uses it. It is one which carries with it its own reward. It is good for a man's body and mind. It is good for nations. Above all it is good for souls.

"I know well that many say that religion does not consist in keeping days and season - I agree with them. I am quite aware that it needs something more than Sabbath observance to save our souls. But I would like such persons to tell us plainly what kind of religion that is which teaches people to keep no days holy at all." [32]


The Morals and Government Committee of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, having considered the proposal to extend the licensing hours for the sale of intoxicating alcohol on the Lord's Day, strongly oppose such a step for the following reasons:

1. 40,000 men and women over eighteen in Northern Ireland have a drink problem (survey commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Services, quoted by Mr. Ray Carter, Parliamentary Under-Secretary, in a House of Commons written reply).

2. Responsible organisations, magistrates, members of Parliament and members of the medical profession produce incontrovertible evidence to prove that alcohol is a major contributory cause of road accidents (and the consequent enormous expenditure of hospital treatment of those involved).

3. It is also responsible for many acts of violence and vandalism and is often a cause of social and domestic problems e.g. the breakdown of marriages, and broken homes when children have to be taken into care. Many of the devious crimes committed in Ulster were planned in public houses as court records show.

4. The contradiction of a Government - that on the one hand expresses alarm at the problems created by alcohol, and on the other hand proposes to provide further means to obtain it. It is ludicrous that the Government department supposedly caring for the health and social environment of the people and advertising for a reduction in the consumption of alcohol in order to combat the high rate heart attacks in the province is also spear-heading the campaign to extend licensing hours.

5. Any extension to the present drinking hours will only add to the already critical problem of alcoholism and bring about a further decline in morality.

6. God's Word says: "Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging: and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." Proverbs 20:1. "Who hath woe? who hath sorrow? who hath contentions? who hath babbling? who hath wounds without cause? who hath redness of eyes? They that tarry long at the wine: They that go to seek mixed wine. Look not thou upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth his colour in the cup, when it moveth itself aright. At the last it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder." Proverbs 23:29-32. "Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink." Isaiah 5:22. "Woe unto him that giveth his neighbour drink, that puttest thy bottle to him, and makest him drunken also, that thou mayest look on their nakedness!" Habakkuk 2:15. "Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God." I Corinthians 6:10.