Title & Purpose

Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble:

for the day of the LORD cometh, for it is nigh at hand, Joel 2:1.

All quotations from the Scriptures will be from the Authorised Version - the best and most accurate English translation of the Scriptures.

Please see sermons down the left hand column of the Blog about why the Authorised Version is the best and most accurate English translation of the Scriptures

and why we reject the many perversions of the Scriptures, including those so beloved of many neo-evangelicals at present such as ESV & NKJV.

Saturday, 28 March 2015

Sunday Football - Sabbath Desecration

Sadly, tomorrow [Lord's day 29th March 2015] will witness a further decline in the acknowledgement and upholding of the law of God respecting the Sabbath day. A new low in departure from God will take place in Northern Ireland. This is the first time that a home international football match will be played on the Lord's day. It is part of the Euro 2016 qualifying competition.

Representatives from The Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster, Government & Morals Committee, met with the Irish Football Association some weeks ago to express our opposition to this football match going ahead, and also to make known the inconvenience it will cause to one of our local Free Presbyterian congregations. Tyndale Memorial congregation, on Donegall Avenue in Belfast, is situated a few hundred yards away from one of the main entrances to Windsor Park, where the football match will be played. 

It seems that it doesn't matter that local churches have been going to their place of worship for years, when along comes the bully boys from FIFA and the IFA who will cause disruption to Sabbath day worship without a thought. The match will finish and the spectators will be leaving the ground at exactly the same time as Lord's day evening worshippers would be making their way to the church service along Donegall and Tates Avenue. 

A. W. Pink on whether Justification brings about a change in man's moral nature

A. W. Pink wrote on the Doctrine of Justification. In chapter two of his work upon this subject he deals with the meaning of Justification. Here is what he says regarding whether a moral change is made in man's nature and explaining the difference between Justification and Sanctification:
Sanctification is moral or experimental, justification is legal or judicial. Sanctification results from the operation of the Spirit in me, justification is based upon what Christ has done for me. The one is gradual and progressive, the other is instantaneous and immutable. The one admits of degrees, and is never perfect in this life; the other is complete and admits of no addition. The one concerns my state, the other has to do with my standing before God. Sanctification produces a moral transformation of character, justification is a change of legal status: it is a change from guilt and condemnation to forgiveness and acceptance, and this solely by a gratuitous act of God, founded upon the imputation of Christ’s righteousness, through the instrument of faith alone. Though justification is quite separate from sanctification, yet sanctification ever accompanies it.

To read the whole chapter use this link - The Meaning of Justification To read the whole book online use this link - A. W. Pink: The Doctrine of Justification

Quotable Quote - John Bunyan on Justification

But if you do not put a difference between justification wrought by the Man Christ without, and sanctification wrought by the Spirit of Christ within, teaching believers their duty to their God for his love in giving Christ, you are not able to divide the word aright; but contrariwise, you corrupt the word of God, and cast stumbling-blocks before the people, and will certainly one day most deeply smart for your folly, except you repent. John Bunyan

Friday, 27 March 2015

Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible wrongly teaches that Justification brings about a "change of man's moral nature"

There is at best a most unfortunate mistake in the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible concerning the vital doctrine of Justification. At worse, it is the incorporation of false teaching, even Roman Catholic teaching, into this Study Bible regarding the important truth of Justification.

Either way it surely needs, and deserves, an immediate, public clarification and correction!

There are a number of Christians, including young believers, who have purchased hard printed copies of this Study Bible, who will be unaware of the erroneous nature of this statement. They will accept the content of this footnote as being accurate, believing it to be indeed the truth about the great doctrine of Justification. After all, it is contained in this Study Bible and no clarification or correction has been publicised, even though the publishers know about the error.

Wednesday, 25 March 2015

Over 3,000 people support the Ashers' Bakery owners

A special meeting had been arranged by the Christian Institute to show support for the owners of the Ashers Bakery. Over 3,000 people attended. There were 2,500 people in the main hall, 300 in an overflow hall and 500 people outside. Typically the BBC said there was only over 2,000. Those within the main auditorium gave Daniel McArthur, the bakery's general manager, a standing ovation before he spoke and again when he had finished speaking.

See the following reports:
Belfast Newsletter - Waterfront overflows with ‘gay cake’ bakery supporters

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Ashers Bakery owners in Court this week

The owners of Ashers Baking Company are due in court this week, in Belfast, accused of discrimination against sodomites.

The Ashers Baking Company refused to make a cake with the pro-gay marriage slogan ‘Support gay marriage’ emblazoned upon it, along with pictures of two characters from Sesame Street and the name of the group, Queerspace. Interestingly, Gay/sodomite marriage is presently illegal in Northern Ireland. The impression created in many minds is that the Bakery was targeted by those who knew the Christian beliefs of the owners.

The Bakery owners are being taken to court by the Stormont funded Equality Commission. This unelected quango wrote to the Bakery last July threatening legal action if it did not apologise and pay compensation for refusing service. The owners rightly refused and in November the Equality Commission decided to press ahead with the case.

The Christian Institute's Legal Defence Fund are funding the Bakery's case. A leading QC, AIDAN O’NEILL, has given his legal opinion about the case. He was  asked to advise The Christian Institute on the general implications for freedom of conscience and for the protection of freedom of expression arising from the litigation Gareth Lee v. Ashers Baking Company Limited. That legal opinion can be accessed below:

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Dr Paisley on who was the 'rock' upon which the Church was built

This quote is taken from Dr Paisley's Concise Guide to Bible Christianity and Romanism. It was in the form of questions and answers:

Question 27: What text in Matthew's Gospel does the Church of Rome use to support her claims for St. Peter being the first Pope?

Answer - Matthew chapter 16 and verse 18: 'And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.' The meaning of this text is obvious. Jesus having heard from the disciples the various notions which were entertained of Him, asked them: 'But whom say ye that I am?' and Peter, always more forward than the rest, replied: 'Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.' 

Jesus, having pronounced him blessed, as every believer is (Psalm 32:1), said: 'Thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.' Christ in addressing Peter said: 'Thou art Peter,' using the word 'petros', which signifies a stone, but in referring to the rock He used the word 'petra', which means properly 'an immovable rock'. He does not say: 'Thou art Peter, and upon thee I will build my church', but 'upon this Rock.' The Rock he had confessed was Christ the Son of the living God, as though He said: 'Thou art Peter, a living stone in this spiritual edifice, but upon this immovable foundation I will build my church.'

The Church Fathers didn't all believe that Peter was the 'rock'

The Church of Rome has a major problem with the claim that the words of Matthew 16:18, teach Peter to be the rock upon which the Church is built: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

It is a fundamental tenet of Roman Catholic Bible interpretation that you cannot interpret any passage of Scripture but by the "unanimous consent of the Church Fathers". That Roman Catholic principle of Bible interpretation immediately creates a dilemma for Romanism and leaves Romanism totally unable to substantiate her own interpretation of this passage of Scripture. 

As someone once said: the only thing that the Church Fathers were unanimous about, was that they continually disagreed. The "unanimous consent of the Church Fathers" is a myth. It is impossible to find any difficult passage to explain where they were in complete agreement with one another. It is most certainly a myth in respect to Peter being the rock upon which the church is built.

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kenrick, USA, who attended Vatican I, in 1869, openly acknowledged that this division existed among the Church Fathers. He stated that eight Church Fathers believed that the rock referred to the twelve apostles as a collective body; sixteen Church Fathers said that it referred to Jesus Christ Himself; a further seventeen believed it referred to Peter and a further forty-four stated that it meant the faith which Peter professed*. 

By no stretch of the imagination could it be argued by Romanism's standards that this added up to the "unanimous consent of the Church Fathers"! Rome's own teaching on this passage falls down!

How incredible that the "Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible" should teach that Peter is the rock upon which the Church is built! 

* These details about what the Church Fathers taught on Peter being the rock can be found in The Irish Presbyterian Handbook on Evangelical Christianity and Romanism

Peter is the Rock upon which the Church is built. So teaches The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible!

Strange to observe that the "Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible" teaches in its footnotes that Peter is the Rock upon which the church is built, in Matthew 16:18: And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

The "Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible" notes at the foot of the page against this verse read:
Peter. Jesus makes a play on Peter's name, which literally means "rock." The rock that Jesus builds His Church upon is most naturally understood as Peter, together with the other apostles in their Spirit-given testimony of Him (Eph. 2:20; Rev 21:14).

This cannot be true on two grounds and it is certainly not the normal position that Protestants have taken over the years. It is wrong, firstly, in that Peter's name does not mean 'rock' but 'stone' [pebble]. Secondly, it is wrong in that the Scriptures clearly teach that Christ is the rock upon which the Church is built. 

Monday, 9 March 2015

The Cruel Mercies of the Wicked

Richard Dawkins has been in the news again in recent days. This time being challenged about comments he made last year [August 2014] about children with Down Syndrome.

Dawkins became embroiled in Twitter row, when responding to another user who said she would be faced with "a real ethical dilemma" if she became pregnant and learned that the baby would be born with Down Syndrome.

Dawkins tweeted in response: "Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice." A strange sense of morality indeed!

The father of a child with Down’s Syndrome recently challenged Dawkins over these comments on the BBC Radio Ulster’s Talkback programme. Click on link to read article.

Belfast Newsletter - Father of Down’s Syndrome child challenges Richard Dawkins on air

Dawkins orginal comments are a reminder of the truth found in Proverbs 12;10 …the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel

Dawkins' rationale for aborting children with Down Syndrome is supposedly to lessen suffering. Yet how cruel a thing to end the life of a child just because it will be born with a disability. How hypocritical, and grotesquely cruel, for society to promote the rights of the disabled while at the same time permitting their death in the womb! 

Yet this is the outcome of atheistic, evolutionary thinking. 

Mistaken and Misguided Priorities

Two stories on the BBC illustrate the mistaken and misguided priorities of the days in which we live

BBC - Science 'squeezed out of primary schools'

BBC - Government plans sex consent lessons for 11-year-olds

No more hardly needs to be said about the present day lunacy that is abroad among those who are responsible for raising the next generation.

Friday, 20 February 2015

Filthy Dreamers!!!

The subject of sex education for children, even in primary school has resurfaced again in recent days.

A committee of MPs have called for compulsory teaching of the subject in all primary and secondary schools, with sufficient curriculum time devoted to the subject and specialist training for teachers. The Westminster Education Committee chairman Mr Graham Stuart MP said: young people have a right to information that will keep them safe. As if this is all that is entailed in this subject.

A former school principal in Northern Ireland has called on the Stormont Executive to consider introducing sex and relationship education as a compulsory subject, for those even in primary schools.

The Bible has an apt description for those who would seek to foist such folly upon children, even young children in primary school. The Book of Jude v8 speaks of 'filthy dreamers'. They want to corrupt the minds of children by encouraging an inordinate interest in that which is best left alone altogether or to older years and primarily to parents. It is another example of the liberal mindset that is abroad seeking to foist their immoral ideological standards upon the rest of society, even children. 

There is a simple Bible principle to live by, namely obedience to the moral law of God. Sexual intercourse should not take place outside of marriage. Marriage is the union of one man and one woman until death, excepts in very exceptional cases, where the Bible permits divorce. 

Sadly, we live in a world obsessed with lust and sexual activity. As if life can only have meaning and fulfillment when these are encouraged and given vent to, even in children. As a result society has been on a steady moral decline for years.

As one commentator on this latest act of madness said: The UK has had school sex education of an increasingly aggressive kind for the past forty years. Despite that, our teenage pregnancy rate remains the highest in western Europe, while STDs, sexual coercion and also depression have soared. If sex education was the answer, it would have answered by now.

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Protest Against Jesus Christ Superstar

Last night [Monday 16th February 2015] a Free Presbyterian protest was held against Jesus Christ Superstar, which opened at the Grand Opera House, Belfast. A specially prepared F.P.C. leaflet [click here for an online version] highlighting the slanderous attack upon the person and work of Jesus Christ, contained in this 'rock opera', was distributed to people attending the first performance.

After the leaflets were distributed the group sang the hymn: I am not ashamed to own my Lord or to defend His cause and Rev. Raymond Robinson (Kesh FPC & Convenor of the FPC Government & Morals Committee) led in prayer. 

Thursday, 5 February 2015

The Stupidity of Stephen Fry

The "comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist" Stephen Fry has been much in the news this past week, railing against a 'God' that doesn't exist. A video clip has been released from a Southern Irish Television show, entitled: The Meaning of Life, which will be broadcast on RTE 1 at 10.30pm on Sunday night [8th February 2015].

This video clip shows Stephen Fry delivering a tirade, when asked what he would supposedly say to God at the gates of heaven. Fry, who claims to be an atheist, denounces this God of his own imagination as being "utterly evil, capricious and monstrous". He continues: "How dare you create a world in which there is such misery that is not our fault? It’s not right. …"It’s utterly, utterly evil. Why should I respect a capricious, mean-minded, stupid God who creates a world which is so full of injustice and pain?"

"Because the God who created this universe, if it was created by God, is quite clearly a maniac, utter maniac. Totally selfish. We have to spend our life on our knees thanking him?! What kind of god would do that?"

He concludes his tirade with the words: "It’s perfectly apparent that he is monstrous. Utterly monstrous and deserves no respect whatsoever. The moment you banish him, life becomes simpler, purer, cleaner, more worth living in my opinion."

The Word of God always has an answer, and a description, for people like Stephen Fry. He is not the first, and he will not the last, who would seek to shake their angry fist in the face of the God of heaven. There were the likes of Pharaoh before him who said something similar: And Pharaoh said, Who is the LORD, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the LORD, neither will I let Israel go, Exodus 5:2.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Response to Proposed Abortion Change

The Department of Justice in the Northern Ireland Assembly is proposing to change the abortion law in Northern Ireland. Thankfully at present, the law here is different to that in mainland United Kingdom, where abortion on demand has been the creed since 1967.

There are two areas where changes are being considered that have been put out to consultation in Northern Ireland. The first of these changes is in regard to what the consultation document calls 'Lethal foetal abnormality'. The Department of Justice is proposing the give the right to parents and doctors to terminate a pregnancy where this is believed to be the condition of the unborn child. 

The second of these proposed changes is in regard to children who are conceived as the result of 'Sexual Crime'. The proposal, out for consultation, is that abortion should be available in these circumstances. 

The consultation document sought to exclude any discussion or reference to the wider issues of abortion in what can only be seen as an attempt to limit opposition to the proposed changes. The full consultation document can be access here.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Stats since January 2009

The turn of the year marks the anniversary of the commencement of this Blog. Here are the stats since January 2009. 

Stats for December

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Pope visiting the European Parliament

Pope Francis has today visited the European Parliament. His four hour visit to Strasbourg, the shortest made by any Pope abroad, has displeased some, who accused him of neglecting Europe. Many of Strasbourg's Roman Catholics were also upset that the Pope would not meet them or visit the city's cathedral. See here

Sadly there wasn't an Ian Paisley present today to remind him of his blasphemous claims as happened in 1998. Click on the image to view film footage of that event.

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

The wrongs of Integrated Education for Bible Believers

Adapted from 'The Quiver', the e-newsletter of Newtownabbey Independent Christian School

A number of state schools in Northern Ireland are moving to 'Integrated' status. For some it is purely a mechanism to remain open and it is not that there is a strong conviction about the principles that underpin integrated eduction. A state primary with the Newtownabbey area is planning to move to be an integrated school in September 2015 for the sole reason of remaining open. 

It is worth remembering that there are serious issues with integrated schools for Bible believing Christians:

1. These schools are profoundly ecumenical in character and ethos. They may profess to be 'Christian' in character, however, in reality, they are ecumenical schools.

They profess to treat all beliefs and traditions equally. Yet special sacramental provision will often be put in place to facilitate Roman Catholic children. Herein lies the problem. This is ecumenism at work! Protestants abandon the principles of the Protestant Reformation, which rejected Romanism, for a system of education that refuses to promote or defend true Bible religion, while at the same time special provisions are made for the safeguarding of Roman Catholicism.

The Staying of the Plague