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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.

Beware of the Errors in The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible! 
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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Reformation Quotable Quote


Every week I preach justification by faith to my people, because every week they forget it. Martin Luther

Thursday, 19 October 2017

Reformation Quotable Quote


Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason-I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other-my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen. Martin Luther at the Diet of worms 1521.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Luther at the Diet of Worms

In April 1521 Martin Luther appeared at the Diet of Worms and confessed his allegiance to the teachings of Scripture before the Emperor and Church hierarchy. It was here he made his famous statement: Here I stand, I cannot do otherwise. God help me. Amen.

Some years ago I had the privilege of being in the city of Worms. There is a large monument to Luther and other Reformers in the centre of the city. This monument was erected to honour Luther and his fellow Reformers in Worms in 1868.

The monument bears witness to Luther determination to stand for Bible truth.

Reformation Quotable Quote

From the beginning of my Reformation I have asked God to send me neither dreams, nor visions, nor angels, but to give me the right understanding of His Word, the Holy Scriptures; for as long as I have God's Word, I know that I am walking in His way and that I shall not fall into any error or delusion. Had I followed the enthusiasts and their many dreams and visions, I would have had to change my doctrine more than thirty or forty times. Martin Luther, Commentary on Genesis.

Unsuitability of CCEA's new GCSE English Literature Specification

CCEA, the examination body in Northern Ireland, has recently brought out a new specification for GCSE English Literature to come into effect from September 2017. The Presbytery Education Board has been raising objections to the changes and new content. So unacceptable are the proposed changes that it would be impossible to offer CCEA GCSE English Literature to any of the pupils within our Christian Schools.

The new specification purports to offer a range of texts, but in reality they are dreadfully similar in their portrayal of the seamy, sordid and base side of life and their use of unacceptable language. It also purports to give a choice but in reality there is no real choice for those with Christian beliefs and convictions.

Concerns exist around different sections:

Quotable Quote

The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of the heavenly grace. C. H. Spurgeon

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

The Watchword of the Reformers - Jehovah Tsidkenu, The Lord our Righteousness

This is one of Robert Murray McCheyne well known hymns. In McCheyne's writings it is entitled "The Watchword of the Reformers".  The word "watchword" appears in the last verse and was placed in quotation marks in McCheyne's writings.

There are two more verse in the original poem that McCheyne penned than appears in the Free Presbyterian hymnal, see verse two and verse six. In his writings this poem was dated November 18 1834.

1. I once was a stranger to grace and to God,
I knew not my danger, and felt not my load;
Though friends spoke in rapture of Christ on the tree,
Jehovah Tsidkenu was nothing to me.

2. I oft read with pleasure, to sooth or engage,
Isaiah’s wild measure and John’s simple page;
But e’en when they pictured the blood-sprinkled tree
Jehovah Tsidkenu seem'd nothing to me.

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Thursday, 10 August 2017

Police Service of Northern Ireland abandons all semblance of impartiality by joining the sodomite parade in Belfast, thereby loses respect

For the first time uniformed officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland [PSNI] took part in Belfast's sodomite pride parade last Saturday. Garda Siochana officers also took part in the Belfast parade.

In total around forty uniformed officers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and other UK police forces joined the march through the centre of Belfast.

Criticism
The PSNI has rightly come under criticism for allowing its officers to join the parade. This is especially so when the the organisers of this pride parade are seeking to overturn the laws against gay marriage in Northern Ireland. The PSNI are seen to be taking sides and refusing to remain neutral on this contentious issue. 

A poor deceived mother defends her depraved sodomite sons

Rev Ivan Foster answers woman who wrote to the Newsletter defending her sodomite sons. Click on the graphic above to link to the article.

Sodomite Politicians use their positions to advance their personal views

Just imagine if this was a professing, evangelical, born-again Christian who openly stated that they would use their political position to promote and advance their personal, biblical views on sodomy and gay marriage.

There would be an outcry from the liberal media. Reporters and commentators would be indulging in outrage that such a thing was allowable in this permissive age. News bulletins would be leading on the story. Radio phones-ins would be running the story ad nauseam. Grieved and outraged members of the sodomite community would be wheeled out to tell all and sundry how offended and deeply hurt they are by such an outrageous abuse of position being allowed to take place. Social media would be aghast that such a thing was countenanced. All would be demanding that something be done about it.

There would be high pitched demands that such a person, who would use their political position to promote their personal, biblical views, should be sacked and removed immediately from their position.

Hypocritical silence
No such outcry, however, follows such an announcement from pro-sodomy and pro-gay marriage politicians. Hypocritically there is silence. Not a squeak is heard from any media outlet about this abuse of position.  Even worst, tacit approval and support is given to those who openly state that they will use their political positions to promote and advance their personal views on these moral issues such as sodomy and gay marriage.

Two glaring examples of this two-faced hypocrisy have been evident over the summer so far.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Further pandering to the Sodomites

It has been reported that PSNI officers will take part in the Belfast Pride Parade. This is supposedly to stamp out hate crime against members of the LGBT community in the Province.

This is simply an exercise in pandering to a vociferous lobby group. 

The Chief Constable of the PSNI has been urged to ‘step in’ over uniformed officers taking part in Gay Pride parade by Mr Jim Allister. 

Click here to see the report in the Belfast Newsletter

Abortion - 100,000 children alive in Northern Ireland today due to restrictions on abortion.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has endorsed a billboard campaign claiming Northern Ireland's abortion laws have saved 100,000 lives. See here

Fourteen complaints had been made against the claim alleging that it could not be substantiated. However, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has dismissed the complaints stating that the assertion was not misleading and there was a "reasonable probability" it was largely accurate.

A Pro-life lobby group called Both Lives Matter (BLM) had run the billboard campaign. BLM, while acknowledging that it was not possible to calculate an exact figure, claimed that 100,000 represented a credible and conservative estimate. This calculation was based on a comparison with Scotland's abortion ratio.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Protest Against Belfast Pride Parade


Free Presbyterian Open Air Gospel Witness at the Belfast Pride Parade
Date - Saturday 5th August 2017
Place - Waring Street, Belfast (at its junction with North St/ Donegal Street)

Time - 11:15 am
Leader - Rev David McLaughlin
Preacher - Rev Brian McClung

Headcovering for women

This is the summary of a sermon preached some years ago in Newtownabbey FPC as part of a series on Free Presbyterian distinctives. 

The marks of a Scriptural Church - Wearing a Head Covering 
To be a Scriptural Church there is a need for all females to wear a headcovering. Paul in writing to young Timothy exhorted him to hold fast the form of sound words given to him. Timothy was charged to be faithful to the precepts of the Word of God in a day when it was difficult to do so. Paul warned him that the time would come when many would not endure sound doctrine and that many would turn away from the truth, deceiving and being deceived. If anything marks the age in which we live it is these features with respect to the issue of Headcovering.

There has been a serious turning away from the Word of God on the issue of females wearing a head covering in public worship. There is most certainly a failure to hold fast to the form of sound words on this vital matter as taught in the holy Scriptures.

Churches that believe it is right that women cover their heads in public worship are laughed at and ridiculed. We are denounced as being petty and narrow minded. There are those who argue that this precept only applied to Corinth and was a local custom in order to excuse their non-observance of this practice.

There are those abroad today who once held to this but who do not do so any longer. They argue that it hinders people coming into the services. There have been churches which once kept 'hats' to give people who arrived at church without them but have now changed and are preaching against the wearing of a head covering.

What Do The Times Require?

This article is by J C Ryle. It is an extract from the chapter “Wants of the times” in his book entitled ‘Holiness'. It is worth reading keeping in mind that this is the 500th anniversary year for the Protestant Reformation

The times require of us an awakened and livelier sense of the unscriptural and soul-ruining character of Romanism.

This is a painful subject: but it imperatively demands some plain speaking.

The FACTS of the case are very simple. No intelligent observer can fail to see that the tone of public feeling in England about Romanism has undergone a great change in the last forty years. Father Oakley, the well-known pervert, an ally of Cardinal Newman, asserts this triumphantly in the last number of the Contemporary Review. And I am sorry to say that, in my judgment, he speaks the truth. There is no longer that general dislike, dread, and aversion to Popery, which was once almost universal in this realm. The edge of the old British feeling about Protestantism seems blunted and dull. Some profess to be tired of all religious controversy, and are ready to sacrifice God's truth for the sake of peace.—Some look on Romanism as simply one among many English forms of religion, and neither worse nor better than others.—Some try to persuade us that Romanism is changed, and not nearly so bad as it used to be.—Some boldly point to the faults of Protestants, and loudly cry that Romanists are quite as good as ourselves.—Some think it fine and liberal to maintain that we have no right to think any one wrong who is in earnest about his creed. —And yet the two great historical facts, (a) that ignorance, immorality, and superstition reigned supreme in England four hundred years ago under Popery, (b) that the Reformation was the greatest blessing God ever gave to this land,—both these are facts which no one but a Papist ever thought of disputing fifty years ago! In the present day, alas, it is convenient and fashionable to forget them! In short, at the rate we are going, I shall not be surprised if it is soon proposed to repeal the Act of Settlement, and to allow the Crown of England to be worn by a Papist.

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Friday, 7 July 2017

Quotable Quote - Martin Luther

When charged with heresy at the Diet of Worms Martin Luther had this to say in his defence:
Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason - I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other - my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Quotable Quote - Adolph Saphir

The literal fulfilment of many prophecies has already taken place. It belongs to history. But the Christian has no more difficulty in believing the future fulfilment of prophecy than in crediting the record of history. He believes because God has spoken, because it is written. To believe that the Jews are scattered among all nations, that Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans, that of the Temple not one stone was left upon another, requires no spiritual faith—it requires only common information. 

But to believe that Israel will be restored, Jerusalem rebuilt, and that all nations shall come up against the beloved city and besiege it, and that the Lord Jehovah shall appear and stand on the Mount of Olives, requires faith, for it is as yet only written in the Bible. But what difference does it make to the child of God whether the prophecy is fulfilled or not? Can he for a moment doubt it?

Thursday, 15 June 2017

Answer to Addiction - Ryan Smyth's Testimony

Click on the graphic to be taken to Answer to Addiction Facebook page to hear Ryan's Testimony.

Drug Awareness Meeting In Monkstown Community Centre

Mr Chris Killen speaking at the meeting in Monkstown Community Centre

Mrs Susan Semple spoke from a health professional viewpoint

A Good Day for the Unborn in Northern Ireland

Click on graphic above to read article on BBC website

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Answer To Addiction - THE FUNCTIONING ADDICT

After getting caught up in drugs, Nicky thought he could still live a normal life while feeding his addiction. It wasn't long before the drugs took over and his life began to fall apart.

Click on the link below and watch as Nicky shares how his life was transformed. Nicky will be at the Answer to Addiction event in Monkstown on Tuesday 13th June giving his full story!