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Editorial: 418,230 Times
'NO'

Ulster has spoken loudly and clearly. The Anglo/Irish act of treachery has been democratically rejected 4: 1. There is absolutely no question about that.

The liars from the Northern Ireland Office in the madness of their spleen have actually said that this decisive vote registered through the machinery of their own democratic set-up really means 'Yes'. King, Scott, Mawhinney, Needham, Boyson and Lyell - an unhappy sextette - have taken to whistling in the dark as their full-time occupation. To them black is white and white is black and they are prepared under a smokescreen of atrocious lying to sell out this part of Her Majesty's territory to Britain's traditional enemy - the Irish Republic.

The Anglo/Irish Agreement, signed by Mrs. Thatcher, betrayed every man, woman and child who have shed their blood that Ulster may be free.

Protestants in the Republic are denied equality and liberty, their basic human rights, and freedom of conscience. After 60 years of Dublin rule, according to 1981 statistics, Church of Ireland members have been reduced to 95,000, Presbyterians to 14,000 and Methodists to a mere 2,000. The total Protestant population which was 10% when the Dublin Government was set up has now been reduced to a little over 2% yet it is that Government from Dublin that has now co-control of Northern Ireland. The British Government's real plan is to put the Protestants of Ulster under Roman Catholic control so that they will either leave the country or capitulate. Northern Ireland people are fighting for their freedom and will use every constitutional weapon available. But as has been said before if the British Government insists in pushing us towards a united Ireland then Ulster will resist to the very death. We will not tolerate this act of high treason nor will we in any way wear it. [3]

"Yet Another Roman Catholic Cardinal in the Pulpit of Belfast Cathedral"
A Sermon preached in Martyrs Memorial by Dr Paisley on Lord's Day 19th January 1966.

Revelation, chapter 17, verses 1 - 18.

Verse 18: 'And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth". (In the time of John the great city that reigned over the kings of the earth was, of course, the city of Rome.)

A Good Minister of Jesus Christ?

There is one question which needs to be asked today, and that is 'What constitutes a good minister of Jesus Christ?'

The religious world has many confusing and conflicting answers to that question. Some would tell us that a good minister is a good mixer. Some would tell us that a good minister is a good master of ceremonies, in the entertainments in the Church Hall during the week; the badminton club; the bowling club; the beetle drive, and so on and so forth. Some would tell us a good minister is a man without enemies, everybody is his friend, and he is the friend of all and the enemy of none. Some evangelicals would tell us, a good minister is a great Gospel preacher or a good minister is a brilliant expositor of the Word of God.

I am very glad that the Spirit of God has told the standard of a good minister, and it is none of the things that I have mentioned.


If you turn to 1 Timothy, chapter 4 you will read there the definition of a good minister, 'Now the Spirit speaketh expressly.' That is plain. It is simple. It is easy to be understood. There is no room for controversy or confusion. It is expressed in the clearest possible language, 'that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils'.

Remember this is not the language of some 'bigoted extremist fundamentalist', this is the language of the Spirit of God. You need to remember that!

I was talking to a Pressman and he was saying, 'You have a very bad image, Mr. Paisley'. I don't believe in images anyway, I believe they should be smashed, that is what should be done with images. I wonder if the television cameras had been around in the days of our Lord would they have reported Christ when He preached His great sermon of Matthew 13, 'Woe unto you scribes, pharisees, hypocrites, whited sepulchres, generation of snakes'. I wonder how they would have reported that? Well, they did report it, they said,

(Continued. on p. 26)

[4-11 MEDITATIONS FOR THE MONTH]

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WILLIAM WARD AYER
NOVEMBER 7, 1892 - NOVEMBER 18, 1985


"I have fought a good fight, have finished my course, have kept the faith." II Timothy 4:7 [13]

William Ward Beecher Ayer was born on November 7, 1892, in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada of American parents, George and Sarah Jane Ayer. His mother, a devout woman, the daughter of a lay preacher, named the youngest of her ten children after his grandfather and that great preacher, Henry Ward Beecher, because it was her prayer that her son might also become a preacher of God's Word. She died when "her little preacher boy" was only five years of age, so she did not live to see her prayers answered.

Dr. Ayer's childhood was rugged and distressful. The older children in the family left home quickly following the mother's death in order to escape the harsh, and often violent and cruel, treatment of the father, but young William remained at home for several years until a school teacher and an older brother plotted to help him run away and board a train for New York City to make his home with his brother Alvie.

For a year he peddled newspapers on the streets of Brooklyn, but for health reasons he was forced to go to another brother's home in Lynn, Massachusetts, to recover. Later a sister took him and helped him complete an 8th grade education, but at fourteen he was forced to earn his own living by becoming a "printer's devil", and after four years, a printer's apprentice. At sixteen he was earning the huge sum of $4.00 per week for 59 hours of work. By 1916 he was doing well in the printing business working for Ginn & Company, the schoolbook publishers.

It was then that Dr. Ayer's sister Abigail persuaded him to attend the Billy Sunday meetings in Boston, and on December 31, 1916, he gave his heart to Christ and immediately felt the call of God to preach the Gospel.

He entered Moody Bible Institute of Chicago for training in April 1917, and was graduated in August, 1919. Later he took a liberal arts course at Lincoln College in Atlanta, Illinois, and also attended for a time the Northern Baptist Seminary of Chicago. He received two honorary degrees, a Doctor of Divinity, from Bob Jones College in February 1937, and a Doctor of Humanities from Hyles-Anderson College in March 1975.

William Ward Ayer preached his first sermon in a church in Mason City, Illinois, in October 1918, and was ordained to the gospel ministry (Baptist) on April 26, 1921. He served pastorates in Mason City, Illinois (1918-1919), in Atlanta, Illinois (1920-1922), in Valparaiso, Indiana (1922-1927), in Gary, [14] Indiana (1927-1932), in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada (1932-1936), and in the famed Calvary Baptist Church of New York City (1936-1950).

He began his first radio broadcast in Gary, Indiana, and for more than 41 years his voice was heard over the airwaves faithfully preaching Christ and the need of mankind to receive Him. Hundreds of young people were saved and have entered the Lord's service through his faithful ministry.

The outstanding quality of Dr. Ayer's ministry began to surface during his pastorate in Hamilton, Ontario, for it was in that ministry that Calvary Baptist Church of New York City extended him a call to become their pastor. He accepted, 41 with fear and trembling", as he would say, but determined to declare the "whole counsel of God". He preached with fervor and dynamic power, and soon became a "controversial" figure, condemning sin in high places and low, but showing fervent love for sinners.

Dr. Ayer's Sunday sermons were summarized each Monday morning in The New York Times and the Herald Tribune. Worshipers crowded into his "sky-scraper church" in the heart of Manhattan for its services. So popular were his three services each Sunday and his challenging radio broadcasts that he became known as "God's Man in Manhattan", the title of a book written about him by the late Mel Larson.

In 1947 a prominent radio commentator, George Carson Putnam, conducted a radio poll for Station WOR, which was designed to determine who was New York City's "most influential citizen". When the results were in, William Ward Ayer was third highest in the survey, preceded only by the late Cardinal Spellman and Eleanor Roosevelt. Other names further down the list included John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Bernard Baruch, Harry Emerson Fosdick, et al.

During his 14-year ministry at Calvary Baptist Church the membership increased four-fold, hundreds of young people went into full-time Christian service, the indebtedness of the church was reduced by a million dollars, saving it from foreclosure.

After his resignation from the church he initiated his MARCHING TRUTH Broadcast, which continued for more than eighteen years. Additional outreach ministries conducted by Dr. Ayer through the years included Bible conferences and evangelistic campaigns in America, the British Isles, Central [15] and South America.

Some evangelicals believe that one of his most far-reaching accomplishments was his leadership in organizing the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) at a time when Gospel broadcasts were being thrust off the air and pressure groups, such as the National Council of Churches, were urging radio stations to give free time to speakers of their choice. Dr. Ayer was instrumental in writing a Code of Ethics for NRB that captured the imagination of the radio industry and turned the tide in favor of Gospel broadcasting.

On January 2S, 1978, William Ward Ayer was inducted into the National Religious Broadcasters Religious Broadcasting Hall of Fame at a ceremony during the NRB Convention in Washington, D.C. During his 90th year (May 1, 1983) he was honored at a special rally sponsored by the NRB, and was given a Citation of Honor as founding President of that organization and architect of its Code of Ethics, which remains a part of its Constitution.

In 1967, when Ayer was 75, Lucile, his wife of 48 years, died of cancer. Subsequently, he married Barbara Scofield, his Executive Secretary since 1953, who survives him. Together they formed the Lucile Ayer Memorial Missionary Fund for the purpose of sending Dr. Ayer's taped messages on cassettes to missionaries around the world free of charge, as well as providing financial assistance for needy students preparing for the mission field.

He continued until his death his active writing ministry through his widely read publication MARCHING TRUTH. He authored nine full-length books on practical Christianity and related themes, and wrote hundreds of tracts and pamphlets and brochures. At the time of his death he was a member of the Board of Trustees of Bob )ones University, a position he held for more than 35 years.

William Ward Ayer's voice was heard on the radio for 41 years and from the pulpit for nearly 70 years. He still speaks through his writings, his recorded messages, the lives of his sons-in-the-faith and sons-in-the-ministry, so that it may be said of him, as was said of Abel (Heb. 11:4), "he being dead yet speaketh."

The final sentence of one of his books is: "The world has no light at the end of the tunnel of history,- but the Christian has the Blessed Hope, the glorious appearing of our Lord [16] and Savior, Jesus the Christ." Dr. Ayer has now entered into his rest, awaiting the Return of Christ when He shall descend with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and the trump of God, and we shall be caught Lip to meet the Lord in the air.

His motto for life was Philippians 3:7-14. Verse 14 sums up his life: "I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus."

Church Government - The Case that Protects the Jewel

The form of Church government is not in any way the essence of the truth, but it is the fence around the truth. It is not the jewel, but it is the precious case that encloses the more precious jewel. whatever form of worship is best fitted to effect this purpose is surely the best for our adoption. if people, on the other hand, are led to mistake the case for the jewel then the great design is lost. In Popery and Puseyisrn, and whenever the forms of worship are such as engross the eye and the heart, the truth is lost out of sight.

Our unattractive Presbyterianism is a rough case in the view of many; but it certainly answers the blessed end of preventing any from resting in it as if itself were the jewel. Its very plainness leads the inquirer to go deeper in, and find the glorious view of God manifest in the flesh, which it is intended to fence and guard. - Andrew A. Bonar.

The Heaven of the Bible

Let us but love the righteousness which He loves, and hate the iniquity which He hateth, and this of itself would soften and attune the mechanism of our moral nature, that in all the movements of it there should be joy. It is not sufficiently adverted to, that the happiness of heaven lies simply and essentially in the well-going machinery of a well-conditioned soul; and that, according to its measure, it is the same in kind with the happiness of God, who liveth for ever in bliss ineffable because He is unchangeable in being good, and upright, and holy. There may be audible music in heaven; but its chief delight will be in the music of well-poised affections, and of principles in full and consenting harmony with the laws of eternal rectitude. There may be visions of loveliness there; but it will be the loveliness of virtue, as seen directly in God, and as reflected back again in family likeness from all His children. It will be this that shall give its purest and sweetest transports to the soul. In a word, the main reward of Paradise is spiritual joy; and that, springing at once from the love and the possession of spiritual excellence. It is such a joy as sin extinguishes on the moment of its entering the soul; and such a joy as is again restored to the soul, and that immediately on its being restored to righteousness. - Chalmers. [17]

The Sunday School Teacher's Teacher

Subject: The Life of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Lesson XLIX - In Decapolis
Lord's Day 2nd February 'My God shall supply all your need . . . through Christ Jesus'

Read - Matt. xv. 29-39; (comp. Mark vii. 31-37, vii. 1-9), Learn - Isa. xxxv. 5, 6; Phil. iv. 19.

SKETCH OF LESSON

A great crowd - have you ever been in one? - ever looked down upon one? Cannot distinguish people in it - all mingled together - yet how different really! If could only know each one - his home, family, occupation, etc. - his troubles, sorrows, pleasures, etc. - his thoughts and feelings, good and bad - what strange differences! Some things to make one sad! (Illust. When Xerxes looked on his vast Persian army, he wept to think that none would be alive in 100 years.) Once there was One on earth who looked on many crowds, and did know all about each person in them.

Today see a great crowd come to Him how He felt - what he did.

1. An Infirm Crowd. (Read ver. 29-31.)

Where did we leave Jesus? why in distant Phoenicia? (recapitulate). He is still journeying about with the twelve Apostles - has now come into another part of the country, Decapolis (Mark vii. 31), east of Lake Gennasereth - is there on the mountains. The people here very different from the Jews of Capernaum - various nations mingled, Jews, Greeks, Syrians, etc. - not so many scribes and synagogues - more ignorance etc. Yet had heard of Jesus - some had seen Him (Matt. iv. 25) - and that man Whom we know, the demoniac who once lived in the tombs see what he had done in this country, Mark v. 20.

And now that the great Teacher and Healer is here Himself, what do they do? See the long lines of people toiling up the steep hills - carrying and dragging whom? See them, each eager to be first, throwing down their sick friends before Jesus, ver. 30! Then the wonder - new voices from speechless tongues - cripples leaping from their mats, throwing away their crutches those who used to feel their way now looking joyously at their friends. What prophecy thus fulfilled?

Is wonder the only thing? Praise also and who is praised? - they knew not that Jesus was God, so rightly looked up to God in heaven, ignorant heathen joining with Jews to 'glorify the God of Israel'.

2. A Hungry Crowd. (Read ver. 32-39.)

Not a different crowd - the same people. In wonder and gratitude cannot leave Jesus - hour after hour, day and night, listening to His gracious words - can't have too much of them - (are we like that?). At last, on third day, what does Jesus say? Have [18] the disciples forgotten that great evening when they went round the ranks of the 5,000 with the pieces of bread and fish? surely not - but they never think of Jesus repeating the miracle - so their question (ver. 33) natural - Jesus not angry with them. Yet - what follows! Another little store brought to Him - another solemn thanksgiving - another going round and round the ranks - another 'filling' of the hungry - another gathering of the fragments - perhaps another cry of 'Let Him be king' - certainly another hasty departure, ver. 39.

Here was a crowd with all sorts of various bodily needs - then with a great common need. Now for two questions: -

I. HOW WERE THESE NEEDS SUPPLIED?

By the Compassion of Jesus? Yes, partly; see ver. 32 and Mark viii. 2. As those crowds came up the hill, He could see every heart - knew every circumstance. How much for Him to pity - and how deeply He would feel it all! (See Lesson XXIX, under 'Compassion'). And see Mark vii. 34, viii. 12 - Jesus sighing. But then we also feel compassion for the needy and suffering, yet do we always supply the need? why not? have not the means, the power. So Compassion not enough by itself.

By the Power of Jesus? Yes, partly this too; and how blessed to have such power! But we, again, sometimes have power (in our little ways) to help others; yet do we always help them? why not? - are selfish - do not feel compassion. So Power not enough by itself.

Willing, and also able - able, and also willing - what a Friend is the Lord Jesus!

II. WHY WERE THESE NEEDS SUPPLIED?

Was it just because Jesus was willing and able? - because He pitied their infirmities and their hunger, and therefore did the miracles? Well, He was always ready to do good. Yet, another object too - a greater one still. When He looked on that crowd and knew all about them, was His compassion only for their bodily needs? Ah, He saw what was at the bottom of it all sin; His 'sighs' because the people ignorant, living without God (see Eph. ii. 12). Now, these miracles - what might they do?

(a) Tell of God's power and love - that He cared even for these poor, untaught, despised herdsman, shepherds, etc. - that the 'God of Israel' cared for all, Greeks, Syrians, Arabs, as well as Jews. Did the people learn this? whom did they 'glorify'? ver. 31.

(b) Show what Jesus could do spiritually. What would the lame walking be a picture of? (lesson XXXIII.) The blind seeing? 2 Pet. i. 9; 1 John ii. 11; Acts xxvi. 18. Look at one miracle which Mark tells us all about, vii. 31-37. Deaf and Dumb - how sad and helpless (picture). Yet there are deaf and dumb worse than that: deaf to God's voice (Ps. lviii. 4; Matt. xiii. 15; Acts vii. 57; Heb. v. 11), dumb to speak in prayer, praise, etc. And to these Jesus can say 'Ephphatha' can open the mind (Luke xxiv. 45) and heart (Acts xvi. 14), so that they say, 'Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth' (1 Sam. iii. 9; comp. Ps. lxxxv. 8; Hab. ii. 1); can loosen the tongue, so that it shall speak to God (Ps. v. 3, xxx. 12 - marg.), and for God (Acts v. 20). 'O Lord, open Thou my lips, and my mouth shall show forth Thy praise.'

(c) Might be done in particular ways, likely to do the soul good too. See how Jesus treated the deaf man - not like the others: - (1) the man had sight and feeling, but not hearing and speech - so Jesus made signs which he could see and feel, ver. 33 - to make him understand who cured him; (2) the cure not in public 'took him aside', ver. 33; (3) Jesus forbad them to make it known. We know not exactly why all this; but clearly it was to do the man's soul good in some way.

HAVE WE NOT NEEDS LIKEWISE?

Earthly needs: Health, friends, employment, education, enough to live upon, etc.

Spiritual needs: pardon of sin, a new heart, the Holy Spirit, strength to overcome sin, etc.

CHRIST KNOWS OUR NEEDS - all of them. He looks down on many crowds (e.g. on the crowd of scholars in this school), but He knows each one separately (you, and you).

Has He compassion? Ps. lxxxvi. 15; Isa. lxiii. 9; Lam. iii. 22.

Has He Power? Matt. xxviii. 18; John xvii. 2; Heb. vii. 25.

Does He supply our need? Think (reckon up temporal mercies). But these earthly good things ought to make us thankful, loving, obedient - so do good to our souls too; do they? Let not our spiritual needs be unsupplied because we refuse the help. Let Him 'supply all our need'. [19]

Lesson L - Peter's Confession
Lord's Day 9th February 'Thou art Peter.'

Read - Matt. xvi. 13-19; (comp. Mark viii. 27-29; Luke ix. 18-20); Learn - John vi. 45; 1 Pet. ii. 4-6

SKETCH OF LESSON

How strange it must seem to the Apostles to be now wandering about the mountains and distant parts of the country because Jesus has been rejected by the people! When left homes, fishing, etc., expected great success - so it was at first wondrous miracles, great popularity - then opposition from the chief men - then, just when popularity greatest, change of feeling desertion of disciples (Lesson XLVII) now, all seems to look dark. True, grateful crowds in Decapolis (last Lesson), but these only poor country-folk. Since then, been once again into their own neighbourhood (Matt. xv. 39), but set upon by Pharisees and obliged to sail back to east side of Lake (Xvi. 1-5). Now far away again, near Philip's Gentile city.

Why do they still stay with Jesus? We shall see.

I. PETER'S FAITH (ver. 13-16)

As they walk along (Mark), what does Jesus ask them? ver. 13. After all those teachings and miracles, what do the people think of Jesus? They had fancied He was Messiah sometimes (see Matt. xii. 23), but the Pharisees had made them doubt that, and then He would not be the king they wanted. (Lesson XLVII.) Still they could not think badly of Him - perhaps He might be a prophet - Elijah or Jeremiah - or the murdered Baptist risen again (see Matt. xiv. 1, 2).

But the Twelve - what do they think? They might well doubt and hesitate - but no - the answer is ready, ver. 16 - and decisive too, not 'we say', or 'we think', but 'Thou art'. 'Art' what! (a) The Christ. No doubt Peter is perplexed and downcast by the seeming failure, yet sure of one thing 'He is Messiah, it will come right by-and-bye.' (b) Son of the living God. Peter did not then know all we know about this about the Trinity; but would remember Ps. ii. 7 - Jesus had often spoken of 'My Father' - they had been with Him when He prayed (e.g. just now, Luke ix. 18) - they could see He was in some way nearer God than other men.

II. THE SOURCE OF PETER'S FAITH (ver. 17)

Source, where it came from (like river). How did he know that Jesus was Messiah and Son of God? Had the Baptist said so? (John i. 27, 29, 34) - but all the people had heard that too. Was He like what the Scriptures predicted? (John v. 39) - but they too had the Scriptures. Did His miracles settle the point? (John v. 36, x. 37) - but the people had all seen these. Yet they believed not why then (despite all doubts and obstacles) did Peter believe?

See what Jesus says, ver. 17. 'Flesh and blood' (his own ideas about Messiah, and others' opinions) never would have taught Him this. But God did. That was why he had come to Jesus (1st text for rep.; comp. Matt. xi. 25; 1 Cor. xii. 3; 2 Cor. iv. 6; Gal. i. 12, 15, 16). Well might he be called 'blessed'! God had made him feel his sin (Luke v. 8) and wish for eternal life (John vi. 68) - felt no use going to any one but Jesus.

III. WHAT PETER'S FAITH QUALIFIED HIM TO BE (Ver. 18)

Qualified, made fit (illust. - pupil teacher being qualified for mastership, apprentice for trade).

You have watched masons at their building work (name some instance). Stones all carefully cut to right size and shape, so qualified for their places. Those at bottom, how large, strong, firm!

What does Jesus tell Peter He is doing? ver. 18 - building His Church. Not a church of stones from the quarry; a Church of souls - men, women, and children are the stones' in it - 'living stones', built up into a 'spiritual house'. Who are the foundation-stones, the great ones laid first? see Eph. ii. 20 (comp. Rev. xxi. 14). [20]

Now, was Peter fit to be a great foundation-stone in the Church? Not naturally was ardent and affectionate, but unsteady. But what had Jesus said to him when they first met? John I. 42 (see Lesson xv) 'thou shalt be called Cephas' i.e., a stone, firm and strong. His own name, Simon but should be called Peter (Greek, same as Cephas, Heb.) by-and-bye. See now what Jesus calls him, ver. 17, 18: first, 'Simon Barjona' (son of Jonas), his own name; then, 'Thou art Peter', the promised new name. What made Simon now worthy to be called Peter? It was his faith about Jesus. Because he believed in 'the Christ, the Son of God', he would be firm and strong, fit to be a great foundation-stone in the Church.

In the Church - 'well, but (Peter might think) is the Church being built? - it looks more like being pulled down just now every one failing away from us'. Still - 'I will build'. It is on a rock, on the safe and sure foundation. Jesus Himself (so firm, never changing, Heb. xiii. 8) underneath all, Isa. xxviii. 16 (comp. 1 Peter ii. 6); 1 Cor. iii. 11. The Apostles built in next, so that Peter himself, joined on to Christ, becomes like the rock (the petra) too - becomes, as it were, part of the rock. Darker days to come yet - death should come on them (they little thought how soon on Jesus Himself) - but the grave should not conquer its 'gates' not shut them in for ever the Church triumphant at last - not one 'stone' missing.

IV. THE SPECIAL REWARD OF PETER'S FAITH (ver. 19)

Peter not only to be in the Church himself, but to have a special work to do.

Keys - Jesus now speaks of the Church in another way, as like a city or a palace men to be invited to come in. Who could open the gates? (illus. - who opens door of church or school? he who has the key.) Who has the key of God's palace, God's heavenly city? see Rev. iii. 7 ( as prophesied, Is. xxii. 22). The gates shut against sinners, but Jesus taking away sin, opened them (Eph. ii. 13, 18) - 'Thou didst open the kingdom of heaven to all believers' (Te Deum).

To Peter Jesus gives the key - what for?

Not to do what the Pharisees did, Matt. xxiii. 13. No, but to throw open the gates wide to Jews and Gentiles. What meant? His preaching - was not Peter the first to proclaim the glad news to Jews (Acts. ii.) and Gentiles (acts x., see xv. 7)? And something else - 'bind' and 'loose' should make laws, say what to be done and what not to be done, in the Church; see how he did afterwards, Acts v. 9, xv. 7, 22. But not Peter alone; the same authority to the other Apostles, see Matt. xviii. 18.

Why these privileges and honours given to Peter? Not for anything of his own, not as Simon; but for the faith God gave him, as Peter. He and the others could have no fitness, except by God's grace in them, see 1 Cor. iv. 6, 7, xv. 10; 2 Cor. iii. 5; Eph. iii. 7.

We cannot have Peter's office, nor his privilege in being a foundation-stone. But 'stones' we may be - 'living stones' in the Church.

HOW CAN WE BECOME STONES IN CHRIST'S CHURCH?

Not naturally. No more fit for it than 'Simon son of Jonas'. Like rough, shapeless stones in the quarry - want to be cut, polished, prepared. There must be a change in us, as in Peter.

Only by having Peter's faith. What was his faith? (a) In Jesus as 'the Christ', the Deliverer from sin. Do we trust in Him as our Saviour? (b) In Jesus as 'the Son of God'. Do we adore and obey Him as our Lord and our God?

How may we get this faith? God alone can give it - ask Him.

You say you believe all that. You can say the Creed, and accept it. Yes, but Peter's faith made him - (a) cleave to Christ when others turned away (see John vi. 66-69); (b) confess Christ openly (comp. Rom. x. 9, 10). Is our faith like that?

Lesson LI - The New Revelation to the Disciples

Lord's Day 16th February 'God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.' [21]

Read - Matt. xvi. 20-28; (comp. Mark viii. 30, ix. 1; Luke ix. 21-27); Learn - Gal. vi. 14; Luke xiv. 27

SKETCH OF LESSON

What do people do who hear good news? - keep it to themselves? If something good happened to your family (suppose a case suitable to local circumstances - e.g., 'if your father were made a foreman'), whom would you tell?

What good news have the disciples got now? (last Lesson - recapitulate). To whom would they want to tell such great things? Would they not want to go about proclaiming, "We were quite right - He is Messiah - says so plainly - the 'kingdom' going to be set up now - nothing shall 'prevail against it' - we to be His chief men - To Jerusalem! - rally round Him - turn out the Romans!"

Now see what Jesus says, ver. 20 - 'Tell no man' - how strange! - why not? Because they are all wrong - not wrong to be sure He is Messiah, Son of God, but wrong about the kingdom being set up wrong about what is going to happen to Him and to them. He will tell them why they are wrong. To do so, must tell them a new thing, something they have never thought of, something that would seem very sad and painful.

I. CHRIST'S CROSS BEFORE CHRIST'S CROWN

What does He say? ver. 21 (comp. Mark viii. 31). (a) Yes, he is going to Jerusalem. But what for? - to be received with joy! to be set on David's throne? no - (b) To be 'rejected', just as before, by the rulers, (c) Worse than that, to 'suffer many things' of them. Ah! but He will overcome them, be king in spite of them, as prophesied, Ps. ii. ! No - (d) To be killed! Can we not see Peter's indignation, John's silent amazement, Thomas's despair, Judas's selfish dismay? Stay, something else - (a) To rise again; but this they understand not - scarcely hear it for horror.

Look at Peter, seizing hold of Jesus what does he say? ver. 22 - 'shall not' - he is quite sure - why? has the Father again taught Him (see ver. 17), that he should rebuke his Master because he knows better than He? See the reply - is it 'Blessed art thou' again? Why does Jesus call Peter 'Satan'? It is the same temptation that came once before (Matt. iv. 8-10) (Lesson X1117, to take the kingdom without suffering, the crown without the cross. Jesus knows who is at the bottom of that - not even 'flesh and blood', ver. 17 (comp. Eph. vi. 12), but - ! And He knows why Satan suggests it - to make Him fall if possible; so what is Peter now? not a 'foundation-stone' but a 'stumbling-stone', put right in the path of Jesus for Him to fall over.

But why was it such a temptation? why so dangerous? Think - what did Jesus come for? Matt. I. 21; John I. 29. How save from sin, how take it away, unless bear the penalty, unless die? This is why Jesus said must' (ver. 21) - no salvation without it. And no crown, no glory, either: if He died not, He failed in His work - and the glory only to be His when it was finished, John xvii. 4, 5; Phil. II. 8, 9; Heb. xii. 2. But Peter knew not this - thought death would be ruin (comp. Luke xxiv. 20, 21).

This not all. Jesus has spoken of Himself - now speaks of them.

II. THE CHRISTIAN'S CROSS BEFORE THE CHRISTIAN'S CROWN

The people have gathered together now (see Mark viii. 34) - doubtless at the news that Jesus is come. What an opportunity for Peter! would he not like to use his 'keys' and tell them about Messiah? - but this, this strange and fearful announcement cannot tell this to any one. See what Jesus does - calls them to Him; speaks before all - will have no one deceived - all shall know what 'following Him' means. What does He say?

1. That following Him shall be shameful and painful, ver. 24.

What do people think the greatest disgrace to any one? Is it not to be hung as a criminal? Among the Romans, several ways of putting to death: one, the most painful and disgraceful of all, kept for rebellious slaves, robbers, and all low and despised people - nailing alive to a wooden cross. This thought of as a horrible and shameful thing;. if met a man carrying a cross (as the criminal was made to do) and being led to execution, would know he was some bad and worthless fellow. Now see what Jesus says - Every follower of His to 'take up his cross'! (comp. Matt. x. 38; Mark x. 21; Luke xiv. 27). What could this [22] mean?

(a) If to do this was to follow Him, then He, too, must have to carry a cross; and what did that mean? It told how He should die - as a common felon! What must Peter think now!

(b) But why should they, His followers, carry crosses? Was that what they were coming to - instead of the glory and power they were expecting, to die a lingering death, scorned and pointed at as the vilest of men? Well, every one must be ready to face that (see Luke xxii. 33; Acts xxi. 13), and on some it should really come.

(c) Another strange word - 'daily' (Luke). How could they be crucified daily? No, but every day they must be content to bear shame and contempt; every day cheerfully bear painful and wearisome trials (little ones sometimes, but not pleasanter for that); every day struggle against, conquer, crucify, their sins. See Gal. v. 24; Col. iii. 5; 1 Pet. iv. 1, 2, 12-16.

2. And yet, that following Him is the only wise and safe course, ver. 25, 26.

Why wise, when scorn certain? why safe, when death likely? But suppose the worst a cruel death - what then? What is lost? life and property? Well, these may, perhaps, be saved by not following Christ, but what is lost then? You may have the 'whole world' - be richer and more thought of than the greatest person you know (illust. locally - e.g., 'may be owner of this estate' or that 'factory', 'have servants, carriages, etc.') - but if soul lost, what 'profit'? see Luke xii. 20, xvi. 25. Profit - all look after that - (illust. - tradesmen, or even boys exchanging marbles) 'What shall I make by it? And when the soul gone, things, what is the price to redeem it again? 'What give in exchange for soul?' (comp. Ps. xlix. 6-8).

3. Because He will Himself most surely be the Judge of men, ver. 27, 28.

The Apostles might well be struck down with disappointment; but now Jesus tells of brighter things - He is to conquer yet there shall be another Coming - and how? - in Humiliation? - to suffer? 'in glory', 'with His angels' (comp. Matt. xiii. 41, xxiv. 30, xxv. 31, xxvi. 64). And then - what? Whose will be the 'profit' and the 'loss' then? Those who have borne the cross shall wear the crown!

But how to be sure of this? ver. 28 even in this life they shall see the proof of it. Some shall see the real glory of the Son of Man (next Lesson); some shall see the 'kingdom coming in power' - the Church spreading everywhere, the impenitent judged; thus have a taste of the triumph to come.

IS THE CROSS FOR US ALSO?

Christ's Cross. We know about it and admire it; some put the figure of it on churches, books, ornaments; we sing 'When I survey the wondrous cross', etc. But are we trusting in what Jesus did on the cross? is that what we care for and think about? or are we hoping to be saved for our prayers, church-going, good conduct? Look at Acts iv. 12; Gal. vi. 14.

The Christian's Cross. Are we carrying ours 'daily'? (above). Think of just that little thing which is hard to bear, and which you must bear if you are faithful. That is your 'cross' - carry it. Must you give up something you like if you do? Think of the 'profit': what kind of boy is he who drops a sovereign to pick up a stone?

Would you 'follow Christ'? It is he,

'Who patient bears his cross below
He follows in his train.'

Lesson LII - The Transfiguration

Lord's Day 23rd February 'Eye-witnesses of His majesty.'

Read - Luke ix. 28-36; (comp. Matt. xvii. 1-13; Mark ix. 2-13); Learn - 1 Pet. i. 16-18; Col. iii. 4.

SKETCH OF LESSON

How perplexed and downcast the Apostles must have been after what Jesus told them (last Lesson). True, He spoke of glory by-and-bye - but the cross - that must mean shame and death. See today how Jesus encouraged three of them, Peter, James and John.


Evening - tiring journey up steep [23] mountain. Night - on the top. Lonely place - far away from houses and men (Mark). If daylight, could see splendid view, but now all dark and still. What is Jesus doing? ver. 28; and the three? ver. 32. When besides did those three sleep while Jesus prayed? Mark xiv. 32-40.

Suddenly they wake up - a blaze of dazzling light - what can it be? They are startled and amazed - see what at.

I. AT WHAT THEY SAW

(a) The glory of Jesus. 'Transfigured' (Matt. and Mark) - what is that? see ver. 29. See what is said (Matt.) of His face, and (Mark) of His dress. Comp. Acts xxvi. 13; Rev. i. 14-16; also Ps. civ. 2; 1 Tim. vi. 16. What must they have feltl Their Master, the plain carpenter from Nazareth, with whom they walk, talk, lodge, eat, etc., every day now like - like what! - they know not such glory never on earth before! But what then? Why, 'He is all, more than all, that we thought - whatever the cross may mean, the glory is real.' And such glory! heavenly, not earthly - not of the king of the Jews, but of the King of heaven.

(b) The companions of Jesus. Two other figures there, glorious too (ver. 31) - the great Lawgiver and the great Prophet - the two greatest men the disciples have read of in the Scriptures. Both fasted miraculously (as Jesus had done), Deut. ix. 9; 1 Kings xix. 8; both had wondrous visions of God, Exod. xxxiii. 18-23; 1 Kings xix. 11-13; both passed away mysteriously, Deut. xxxiv. 5, 6; 2 Kings ii. 11; both now come from heaven to talk with Jesus. Again, what must Peter and the others have felt! what new ideas of their Master's greatness! and, no more perplexity because Jesus seemed to break the Law and not fulfil the Prophets (as the scribes made out) - here are Moses and Elijah themselves with Him!

II. AT WHAT THEY HEARD

(a) The conversation. What about? ver. 31 - 'His decease' - the very thing that had so shocked Peter! To be 'accomplished' - a thing planned out, designed by God! 'At Jerusalem' - the city where they thought He should reign! That death which they could not bear to think of, known about in heaven - looked forward to by glorified saints!

But now Moses and Elijah are moving away. What does Peter say? ver. 33 'Why should they go? - it is so glorious so happy - let us get boughs of trees, and make three booths.' Ah! but that would not do - cannot have this always - there is the sinful world down below - that is where the Apostles should be, working for Christ - the glory not yet - only a glimpse of it. (illust. - How unwilling we are to end a day of pleasure! yet it cannot last - days of work to follow.) But see - a glorious shining cloud covering them - Jesus, Moses, Elijah, fading into it; then upon the ears of the trembling Apostles falls something more wondrous yet -

(b) The Father's Voice. What does it say? 'My beloved Son' - God Himself telling them Who that humble and despised Galilean is. 'Well pleased' - whoever may hate and scorn Him, the Father is satisfied, comp. Isa. xiii. 1; John viii. 29. (How blessed, even to Jesus Himself, to hear this, just when the time of suffering fast coming on! comp. Isa. iii. 10.) 'Hear Him' - quite right to hear Moses, and keep his law - to hear the Prophets and obey their voice but these only pointed to Messiah, prepared His way - now He is here.

But could the disciples take in all this then? See - flat on their faces, stricken with terror (Matt.); comp. Exod. xx. 19; Hab. iii. 2. And then another voice, one they well know, the voice of a man like themselves, of a gentle friend; and with it a touch (comp. Dan. x. 10; Rev. i. 17). They look up - the light vanished - dark again - 'Jesus only'.

Now consider again - what would this great event teach Peter, James and John? Three things (work these out by questioning back): -

1. What the real glory of Jesus was (above, I. (a)).

2. What He had to do with the Law and the Prophets. They were with Him, not against Him (above, I. (b)). He was superior to them (above, II. (b)).

3. The necessity of His death, just that which they could not reconcile with His glory and supremacy (above, II. (a)).

Did they understand it all then? Did not even think about it - began to puzzle about other things of less consequence (like some people who reject the Gospel because of some petty Bible difficulty): see what they discussed as they came down next day (Mark ix. 10), and what they asked Jesus (11). How did Jesus answer them? (12, 13) - yes, it was true the Scriptures told of Elijah's coming (Mal. iv.), but so they did of His sufferings (Isa. liii.); well, the one had been fulfilled (see Luke i. 17) - why would they not believe the other would be? But no wonder, while they are so dull, they are not [24] to talk about it (Mark ix. 9) - not till all has come to pass and is clear to them.

Yet, could they ever forget that night? But they did once - think of Peter saying he 'knew not the man' whose divine glory he had seen! How weak we all are! Still, he did remember. In his old age, after years of toil and persecution, he could look back to the night when he was an 'eye-witness of Christ's majesty,' and with his own ears heard the Father's voice; - thus knew in Whom he had believed - it was no 'fable'; and that, though his 'decease' near, glory awaited him beyond; see 2 Pet. i. 13-18.

Eye-witnesses! Should we not have liked to see Jesus as He used to be in Galilee to see His works - to hear His words? That we never can see. But -

We shall see Him in His glory, as He was that night on the mount. Everybody will, see Matt. xxv. 31, 32, xxvi. 64; Rev. i. 7. What will happen then?

His people will be in glory too, just as Moses and Elijah were (Dan. xii. 3; Matt. xiii. 43; Rom. viii. 18). What kind of glory? Like Him (John xvii. 22-24; 2 Cor. iii. 18; Phil. iii. 21; 1 John iii. 1).

Shall we have it! How can we! - so unfit - think of our evil thoughts, words, acts how unlike Christ! Yet we may - why? Because of that very Death, which Peter could not understand, of which Moses and Elijah talked. Because He died, we can 'lay our sins on Jesus'. Because He died, the Spirit comes to make us holy.

Every day think, 'He laid aside His glory that I might share it - then how can I sin against Him?' [25]

A Tribute to the late S. J. Logan by the Rev. J. Long

On 27 September 1985 Samuel John Logan, a great and good man and a foundation elder of our church, went home to be with the Lord after a short period of illness. On the last day that I was talking to him in hospital before he fell into a coma he was rejoicing in spirit. The doctors, who had just left his bedside, had asked him whether he smoked. "I told them," he said, "that I smoked from I was twelve until I was twenty-one; then the Lord saved me and in the sixty-four years since that day I never needed a cigarette." This was characteristic of the man - always speaking a word of testimony and telling others what the Lord meant to him.

An only child, Brother Samuel John, as he was affectionately known in the church, was born on 7 March, 1900. Shortly after his conversion, while still in early life, he was ordained as an elder in Rasharkin Presbyterian Church. There he served the Lord for many years, being especially used of God as a counsellor during W. P. Nicholson's 1946 Gospel Mission.

In 1951, when evidence of apostasy began to manifest itself in the Presbyterian Church, Brother Logan along with several others knew that the only Biblical course of action was to 'come out' and take a separated stand for truth and righteousness. Throughout times of storm as well as calm his faith never faltered. He was 'steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,' and so radiated the beauty of Christ that even his enemies had to speak well of him. Taught of the Spirit, he knew how to pour oil on troubled waters; often he would put his hand upon the shoulder of a person in trouble [24] and speak that word of wisdom or comfort appropriate to the occasion.

In the work of the church he was a quiet leader of men, diligent in his attendance of the Lord's house and faithful in the place of prayer. He had a special affection for the children of the church, and until last year also took an active part in the Sabbath School of Maboy Mission Hall. I speak for all the ministers who have been associated with the congregation in counting it a privilege to have known and worked with such a saint of God.

On the Lord's Day, 29 September, a large crowd gathered to pay its last respects to our brother. Dr. Paisley, Revs. C. Menary, G. Cooke, L. Curran, J. Beggs and, I shared the funeral service. At Samuel John's own request the hymn 'A trembling soul I sought the Lord' was sung in the home. As Rev. G. Cooke led the mourners in singing the chorus:

No other hope, no other plea
He took my place and died for me
O precious lamb of Calvary
He took my place and died for me.

 grief gave way to triumph and the Lord's blessing and power were felt in a peculiar way.

Our brother has now joined the great company of the redeemed in the heavenly city. His passing is a great loss to our church, but we are left with happy memories of one who fought a good fight and was 'faithful unto death'.

On 17 November Rasharkin Free Presbyterian Church was filled to overflowing for a service of thanksgiving for the triumph of grace in the life of our departed brother. Revs. G. Whyte, J. Wylie and L. Curran took part in the service, and the principal address was delivered by Dr. Paisley, who enjoyed much liberty in the exposition of Rev. 22:1 -6. [26]

"Yet Another Roman Catholic Cardinal in the Pulpit of Belfast Cathedral" (contd. from p. 3)

He was a madman. They said He was a rabblerouser. They said He was a sedition monger. They said He rallied people against lawful authority. So if they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub, what will they not call His servants?

Description of Popery

Let us continue, 'Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron'.

Well, if you did not know that that was a description of Popery, when you come to the next verse, if there is any scent in your nostrils, and you take a sniff you will find out that there is Popery in the next verse. 'Forbidding to marry' - The Celibacy of the clergy! 'and commanding to abstain from meats' - Fish on Fridays! 'which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth'. Now mark verse 6, mark it carefully, 'If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ'. That is the Divine standard.

I read that as a young preacher many years ago, and I knelt down at my bedside with the Book opened, and I said, 'Oh, God, make me a good minister of Jesus Christ'. Insofar as I have not deviated from that standard, I have been a good minister. Insofar as I have deviated from that standard, I have ceased to be a good minister.

There will be very few Churches making any references to this subject that I am going to discuss with you this evening, because Protestantism has forsaken the old paths. Protestant preachers have lost the protest of Truth against error, and the state of this land mirrors the results of the Churches and results of the preaching which comes from the pulpit. 'if the trumpet make an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself for the battle?'

The Church of Rome has always taken the place that she is above criticism, and those that criticise her, arguing against her doctrines and refuting her blasphemies have to be silenced. In pre-Reformation times those that dared to raise their voice against 'Holy Mother Church' were put to silence. They were put to death. Millions were slaughtered, put to the torture and the flame.

You do not need to believe me to accept that. Just go into the Library tomorrow and get any good Encyclopaedia. Pull it out and look the reference to the Inquisition and see exactly what Rome did with those that opposed her opinions and her doctrines, her theories and her Popes.

In order to regain her former power Rome launched through the agency of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, the great Counter-Reformation. Protestants are strangely ignorant of the Counter-Reformation of the Church of Rome. It is well planned, well organised, and well spearheaded. Its intention is to recover the ground that Rome lost at the Reformation. Today where Rome cannot silence by persecution, she tries to silence by misrepresentation. It is the lot of every Protestant preacher to be lampooned, discredited, attacked, [27] falsified, hated, lied about and so on. Of course, those things are part of the prophets' cross that he has to bear.

Jesus said, 'Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and speak all manner of evil against you falsely for my sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad, for great is your reward in Heaven. For so persecuted they the prophets that were before you'.

This week I understand there is going to be a book issued in Belfast that portrays me as 'the modern Hitler'. I have been portrayed by that title before, it is nothing new. It is wonderful how things happen, but one of my friends across the water was in a printing firm, and the printer said, 'I have to rush these books to Belfast tonight, because they are wanted for next week. It is an attack on Ian Paisley'.

I have a strange idea that the persons sponsoring it are the Northern Ireland Office. I have a strange idea that that is what it is about. Of course, they will be so far removed from those that publish it that we will not see their hand, but I believe that is where it happens. It will be nothing new, and I have news for the Northern Ireland Office, I shall survive! I have news for them, I shall survive! Because, 'No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise up in judgment, thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord'.

The Church of Rome, we are told, has changed. That is the message of the Ecumenical Movement. 'Do you not understand, Mr. Paisley, there has been Vatican Council Number Two. Did you never hear about that? All is changed.' What these Ecumenists do not realise, either because of their folly or because of their hypocrisy, is that the nature of Rome never changes and never will change, but her methods will change from time to time.

It is said that Lord Macauley, that great Englishman of letters said, 'When Rome is in a minority she is a lamb, tender and gentle. When Rome is in the equality she is a fox, ruthless and cunning. When she is in a majority she is a lion, ferocious and deadly'. How true is that description of the Roman Catholic system!

Domination of Rome - The Take-over

In fairness to the Church of Rome, the Church of Rome has never hidden that the Ecumenical Movement is something that she is going to use and plans to use and declares that she uses to bring all Protestantism back under her embrace.

Mr. David Bleakley of the Irish Council of Churches is a puppet of the Roman Catholic Church, and if he does not know it that is what he is. His work is to bring the Irish Churches under the fold of Rome and under allegiance to the Pope. The same is true of the British Council and the World Council of Churches.

The Roman Catholic apostolic delegate, after Vatican Two, Archbishop [28] Cardinale, was asked to preach in a Methodist Church, and when he stood up in the pulpit he said, 'The Church of Rome is the one true Church and only can we have unity when we recognise that that unity must be within the framework of our Church'. So there is no unity with Rome outside the framework of the Church of Rome.

Cardinal Heenan was then, after Vatican Two, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, and what did he say. He said, 'Ecumenism does not mean pretending that all denominations are equally true. It does not mean that the Catholic Church has nothing more than other Churches. The ultimate object of ecumenism is to unite all Christians under the Vicar of Christ - the Pope of Rome'. That is pretty clear. You do not need a Dictionary to understand that language, that is spelt out vividly and clearly.

Cardinal Bea who was the Vatican's Secretariat for Christian Unity's Director, said, 'No Catholic of education will believe that the Vatican Council can or even change a single dogma of the Church. The supreme Pontiff and the Council have a duty inherent to their ecclesiastical authority to preserve whole and entire the doctrine passed to them by tradition, and no love for the separated brethren can induce us to lay even the lightest hand on the sacred deposit of the faith'. And Pope Paul VI himself, after the Vatican Council, said, 'Ecumenism cannot take place at the integrity of the Catholic faith and of our Church discipline. Ecumenism is the way to bring all separated brethren (as they please to call them) into the fold of the Holy true Catholic and apostolic Church'.

The So-called Week of Prayer for Unity

This week the Churches are having the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is a good thing to look at the history of this Week of Prayer.

Two Anglo/Catholic priests, members of the Church of England, decided that the Church of England should be reconciled to Rome, and they started 'Prayer for Christian Unity'. They made clear their objectives, 'Recognition by all Christians of the Chair of St. Peter as a divinely constituted centre of unity'. Now, a French Roman Catholic priest, Paul Courturier realised that that was a bit much for Protestants to swallow. He said, 'I think we should sugar the pill a little and we should say that the aim of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is that all Christians should pray for unity one with another, and when they start coming to our Churches and praying with us, we will have them on the way to final recognition of the Pope as the sole and only Head of the true Christian Church on earth'. So that is the origin of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

When one lifts the Belfast Telegraph last night, one sees the progress of that Week of Prayer.

The Belmont and District Council of Churches. (I never heard of them before, although I live in East Belfast, but I understand, after enquiries, it includes all the Methodist Churches, all the Church of Ireland Churches and all [29] the Presbyterian Churches - whether they all co-operate or not, I do not know - but that is who it includes on paper.) They had a special prayer meeting today in the Ballyhackamore Roman Catholic Chapel at 3 o'clock. So they are on the way, they are on the way! I wonder how many Presbyterian clergymen were there. I wonder how many Methodist clergymen were there. I wonder how many Church of Ireland clergymen were there.

Down in Coleraine they are having a special meeting in the New University of Ulster, sponsored by the Council of Churches, Methodists, Presbyterians and Church of Ireland, and the special preacher to lecture them on Christian Unity is Cahal Daly. He is an excellent man to lecture them on that.

I have not much time for the priest calling himself 'Father' Buckley, but he always pronounces that name very interestingly, he always calls him Cackle Daly. I think that that is a good way to pronounce that name. I have noted that carefully when I have heard him speaking.

Then we have the Rev. Professor James Torrens, a well known Liberal in the Church of Scotland, and he is preaching in the Clonard Church on Wednesday night.

The highlight of this Week of Prayer is a meeting in St. Anne's Cathedral on Tuesday at 7.45. Then the following night in the Roman Catholic Cathedral in Armagh. The speaker is Cardinal Leon Joseph Suenens, a former Primate of Belgium. So yet another Roman Catholic Cardinal in the pulpit of the Belfast Cathedral.

We should have a look at this Cardinal and see what sort of man he is. He is now an aged man, I understand he is over 80 years of age. He is known in the Roman Catholic Church as the Charismatic Primate Cardinal, because he is deeply involved in the Charismatic Movement inside the Roman Catholic Church.

I read to you tonight in Revelation, that the woman had a cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication. Let me say, what I am going to say tonight reveals how true the Book is. Written in the first century this Scripture is now fulfilled before our eyes.

The Broken Cross

Some time ago this book was published - The Broken Cross. It is written by Piers Compton who was for many many years literary editor of the Roman Catholic Weekly, 'The Universe'. This is not a book by some bigoted fundamentalist preacher, this is a book by a man who has been honoured for his work in the literary affairs of the Roman Catholic Church. So do not say, 'Ian Paisley said this'. Let the man speak for himself. The strange thing is, this book is very hard to get, because the Roman Catholic Church has seen to it that it has been bought up and burned and destroyed, because this book is dynamite from beginning to end.

Cardinal Suenens arranged in 1970 a Progressive Theological Congress that was held in the Franciscan Church in Brussels, and this Congress had really for [30] its theme 'Sex in religion', and it had its final meeting in very peculiar circumstances. 'it was rightly anticipated', Mr. Compton says in his book, 'that Cardinal Suenens would be present, apart from which as the Primate of Belgium he was in his home ground. The Congress opened with the entry of girls dressed in white, and as they twisted this way and that, waving cords and bits of broken chain to show they were free. In an interval after the dancing, pieces of bread and glasses of wine were passed around, followed by grapes and cigarettes. Then just as the young Conference members thought all was over their eyes were drawn towards the altar, for something was happening on that altar, (I cannot read to you tonight in this mixed audience, nor would I try to, what happened, but let met tell you that upon that altar was re-enacted the worship of Baal. Baal was the god of virility, and what happened on that altar was that a large plastic representation of the male sex organ appeared, and when it appeared the dancers started to shout, above all things 'Hallelujah' and they danced around that altar in their madness, presided over by the man who will occupy the pulpit of St. Anne's Cathedral on Tuesday night.) And the Belfast Telegraph tells us that Cardinal Suenens 'is a man of principle'. That is what Roy Lilley thinks of him. Roy Lilley has been very quick at attacking preachers of the Gospel, but this man who turns what is supposed to be a Christian religious service into public Baal worship 'is a man of principle'.

My Letter to the Dean

I sat down and wrote to the Dean of Belfast. I pointed out to him that the 39 Articles were very strong in their rejection of Romanism and I said, 'As a Protestant I could not accept that the Church of Rome is a Christian Church, because all standards of the Protestant Churches hold to that view'. When you say that today you are looked at as if you were an oddity. 'Imagine Ian Paisley saying the Church of Rome is not a Christian Church'. There would have been no Protestant Churches if the Reformers had not believed that, that is why they separated from the Church of Rome. Read the 39 Articles of the Anglican Communion. Read the Westminster Confession of Faith where the Pope is called The Man of Sin, the Antichrist, and every Presbyterian minister that was up at the Chapel today swore at his ordination that he believed the Pope was the Antichrist.

Take the Methodist Church, what did John Wesley say in his sermons? That 'the Pope of Rome had a claim to the title Man of Sin, because he excelled in religious sinning more than any other man on the face of the earth'.

I am only saying what historic Protestantism always said and always believed in. Let me say from this pulpit, I am a Protestant and have no apology to make for it. I am not here to apologise for my Protestantism. I am not here to say I am sorry the Reformers left the Roman Catholic Church, I am glad they left the Roman Catholic Church. I am glad that there is still Biblical freedom to preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

I say to you tonight, as I said to the Dean, here is a man who is not only [31] taking his place as a Cardinal but he has debased religion and held out the wine of the fornication of the great whore of Revelation.

Protest

I tell you every Church of Ireland member should be on their feet protesting this visit. Every Presbyterian who is involved, and every Methodist, if there is any Protestantism left in them, should be on their feet protesting this visit. That is why I say to you, If you can, join us at 6.30 on Tuesday night, for we, the Free Presbyterian Church, will be there outside that Cathedral officially to nail our colours to the masthead and to say, 'There is one Church in Northern Ireland, whether it be liked or disliked, whether it be hated or loved, whether it be slandered or praised, it will have no part in this Popery'. I say, it is time we got back to the old paths of our Protestant heritage and our Protestant faith.

I have printed this article, and there are Blu-Prints focusing, A Roman Catholic Cardinal to preach at St. Anne's. To every adult that is here, you can get a copy. They will not be handed out to young people because the description is so appalling. I tell you, that is what is happening today, and it is part of the Ecumenical Movement.

I have been warning the people of this land for many years, and when I first raised my trumpet and blew the blast, they laughed at me, they said I was a madman, they put me in jail because I protested at the General Assembly. They said, 'Ian Paisley is a crackpot and a fool'. I warned this people that you would see Roman Catholic priests in Protestant pulpits, and now we are seeing a Cardinal again in the Cathedral pulpit. It is the great apostasy, brethren, that this Bible forecasts. The Bible issues a warning, and the warning is simple, it says, "Come out from among them and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you'. If you are a born again believer you need to stand up, you need to shout out, you need to get out and you need to stay out. There must be no compromise as far as your loyalty to the Son of God is concerned. How sad it is that we have not the people in the Church of Ireland we used to have. I think tonight of my warm personal friend in the person of the Rev. Tom Horan of the Irish Church Missions. What would Tom have said today if this had happened in his day? What about Canon T. C. Hammond, that great preacher and Protestant protagonist? I tell you, the times are dark, and we must raise our banner and stand firm for the Truths of the old Gospel.

The Way of Salvation

Let me finish by simply telling you tonight, Salvation is not in any Church, Salvation is not in any Creed. Salvation is not in any Sacrament, Salvation is in Christ alone. How glad I am tonight that I do not need to invite you to hear a [32] Cardinal preach. I do not need to invite you to hear Ian Paisley preach. I can invite you to meet the Lord Jesus Christ. You can meet Him! He is the Saviour of the world. He is not hanging on a Crucifix, He is not lying in a tomb. He is a Living Personal Reality. He is in this pulpit with me tonight. He is nearer than hands or feet, nearer than breathing. You can meet Him tonight, and the burden of your heart can be rolled away. Come to Jesus Christ tonight. Listen to this sweet and blessed Word, 'Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest'.

I know there are members of the Roman Catholic Church with us tonight. I had to say what I have said about your system, sir, because I must be faithful to Jesus Christ, but before you leave this House of God get this message into your heart, that Ian Paisley was loud and clear in saying Jesus Christ is the only Saviour of men. Neither Roman Catholic baptism nor Protestant baptism can save the soul; neither Roman membership nor Reformed membership can save the soul. Christ alone is the Saviour of men and you need to meet Jesus Christ tonight. Upon a Cross on the hillcrag of Calvary bearing your sins and mine He died and shed His Blood that we might be redeemed. It was an 'instead of me' Sacrifice, and when it was over He cried 'Finished', and no bachelor priest of the Church of Rome can repeat it in any Mass ceremony. It is done, it is finished. I am not going to Heaven because of what I am, I am going to Heaven because of what He is. I am not going to Heaven because of what I have done, either before or after conversion, I am going to Heaven because of what He has done for me. My earnest prayer and desire, God being my witness, is that men and women in Northern Ireland, Roman Catholics and Protestants, might meet the Saviour, might meet the Lord Jesus, might meet that friend that sticketh closer than a brother, and in meeting Him your soul will be redeemed for all Eternity. May God help you to come and learn to know Him Whom to know is life everlasting!

AMEN AND AMEN!