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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 & Articles further down 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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Monday, 30 January 2012

Studies in the Westminster Confession of Faith - Introduction

Once a month since September 2010 at our midweek prayer meeting & Bible study we have been studying the Westminster Confession of Faith.

This and subsequent posts DV overtime on the blog will contain the notes which were handed out on each occasion.

An audio recording of this study can be listened to on the Church's SermonAudio page - click here

Introduction to the Westminster Confession of Faith
The Westminster Confession of Faith is classed as one of the subordinate standards of our denomination. 

The primary standard by which we judge all things has to be the Word of God. We stand for the old principle rediscovered at the time of the Protestant Reformation: Sola Scripture - the Scriptures alone. Believing the Bible to be the verbally inspired and infallible Word of God, we hold it to be the final authority for all our belief and practice. To use the language of the Shorter Catechism answer to Qu 2: The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him. Therefore the Word of God must be classed as our primary standard.

The WCF along with the Articles of Faith of the FPC are classed as our subordinate standards. We adhere to the exposition of Scripture doctrine that is set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith [hereafter called W.C.F.] and the Articles of Faith of the Free Presbyterian Church. The W.C.F. & Articles of Faith derive their authority from the Scriptures. 

Sunday, 29 January 2012

'Never be bettered' - What C H Spurgeon thought of the Authorised Version

In a sermon on the last words of Christ on the cross preached at the Metropolitan Tabernacle on Lord's day evening 25th June 1882 and found in Volume 45 of his sermons number 1644 C H Spurgeon makes a telling comment about the Authorised Version:
I would quote John Bunyan as an instance of what I mean. Ideal anything of his, and you will see that it is almost like reading the Bible itself. He had studied our Authorized Version, which will never be bettered, as I judge, till Christ shall come; he had read it till his very soul was saturated with Scripture; and, though his writings are charmingly full of poetry, yet he cannot give us his Pilgrim’s Progress — that sweetest of all prose poems — without continually making us feel and say, “Why, this man is a living Bible!”

The quotation can be read in its immediate context below:

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Sermons preached in Newtownabbey FPC

Recent sermons preached on the subject of Worship:

1. Its Commission

2. Its Character [Primarily by our words]

3. Its Character Pt 2 [In spirit]

4. Its Character Pt 3 [In truth]

5. Its Components [Reading of the Scriptures]

6. Its Components Pt 2 [Adoration & Confession in Prayer]

7. Its Components Pt 3 [Thanksgiving in Prayer]

8. Its Components Pt 4 [Supplication in Prayer]

Recent sermons preached on the subject of Hell and Heaven:

1. The miseries of God's everlasting Hell

2. The miseries of God's everlasting Hell Pt 2

3. The glories of God's everlasting Heaven

4. The glories of God's everlasting Heaven Pt 2

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Flattery, deception & bullying!!!

Peter Hain, a previous Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, has written a memoir. Extracts are being published in a number of newspapers.

The Belfast Newsletter has carried extracts concerning his time spent in Northern Ireland as Secretary of State. Peter Hain openly acknowledges the tactics he employed to bring about a political agreement. In shorthand he used flattery, deception and bullying.

Here is a flavour of what has been reported:

Monday, 23 January 2012

Third anniversary

This month marks the third anniversary of this blog. It was commenced in January 2009.

In that time 185 posts have been made and numerous comments and responses. Here are some details:

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Irish Presbyterian Moderator a Bible denier!

Rev Ivan Patterson, moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, speaking on the Sunday Sequence programme yesterday [22nd Jan] in response to being asked if homosexual people would be condemned to hell by God, replied: No I don’t believe that ... I have no reason to believe that this is the case.

A report can also be read in today's Belfast Newsletter. Click here

It is hard to comprehend how any man who claims to be a minister of the gospel can with such a cavalier attitude deny the plain teaching of the Word of God and argue that those who practice these sins must have a place within the church.

1 Corinthians 6:9-11 clearly teaches that the practitioners of certain sins will not inherit the kingdom of God:
Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind
Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God

Thursday, 19 January 2012

A reply to Stafford Carson

Rev Stafford Carson, minister in Edenderry Presbyterian Church and former moderator, recently wrote a platform piece for the Belfast Newsletter on the Authorised Version. It can be read here.

In that article he attacked the Text underlying the New Testament and praised the English Standard Version.

Here is the synopsis of a sermon preached back in May 2011 on the English Standard Version, which he and so many other evangelicals so dearly seem to love.

The sermon can be listened to on Sermonaudio by following this link.

What is wrong with the English Standard Version
The English Standard Version, or the ESV as it is more commonly known, was first published, only ten years ago, in 2001. Since that time it has become quite a favourite among professing evangelicals, particularly among those of a Reformed persuasion who reject the Authorised Version position.

The ESV is promoted as following in a long line of succession to other Bible versions. In this line of succession are: 
[1] The Revised Version (1881–85) 
[2] The American Standard Version (1901) 
[3] The Revised Standard Version (1946–1971) and then 
[4] The ESV (2001). 

The ESV has subsequently undergone a minor revision in 2007. However, the publisher of the ESV has chosen not to identify the updated text as a second or revised edition; it is simply intended to replace the original ESV under the original name. At present, both revisions co-exist on the market.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

James Fisher's explanation of degrees of heinous sins

James Fisher together with his father-in-law Ebenezer Erskine, wrote a very good explanation of the Shorter Catechism. Here is a pdf link to it if someone wants to peruse it.

Question 83 in the Shorter Catechism: Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous?
Answer: Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more heinous in the sight of God than others.

James Fisher's explanation:
Q. 1. What do you understand by some sins being more heinous than others?
A. That they are more abominable, hateful, and offensive to God than others are, Ezek. 8:6,13,15.

Q. 2. Are not all sins hateful, and offensive to God?
A. Yes; but not equally so, Matt. 7:3 Why beholdest thou the MOTE that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the BEAM that is in thine own eye?

Q. 3. How does it appear that all sins are not equally offensive to God?
A. From the different degrees of punishment that shall be inflicted in the other world, Matt. 11:22 But I say unto you, it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. See also Luke 12:47, 48.

Q. 4. In whose sight are some sins more heinous than others?
A. In the sight of God, who is the best judge of the heinousness of sins, Job 36:9.

Q. 5. In what respects are some sins more heinous in the sight of God than others?
A. Some are more heinous in themselves, and some are so by reason of several aggravations.

Q. 6. What is it for sins to be heinous in themselves?
A. It is to be heinous in their own nature, though no other aggravating circumstances should attend them.

Q. 7. How are these sins, that are in their own nature more heinous than others, commonly ranked?
A. Sins committed more immediately against God, or the first table of his law, are more heinous in their own nature, than sins committed more immediately against man, or any precept of the second table. Likewise, some sins against the second table, are more heinous in themselves, than other sins against the said table.

Saturday, 14 January 2012

'Peace and Safety' - then sudden destruction

In a follow up to the article on the woman and the ephah posted in December I have come across reference to a video on a number of blogs this past week. It is also on YouTube. It is another exercise in EU propaganda.

The video is a production by the European Young Socialists, who are extolling the virtues of European integration. I am not really interested in the ins and outs of the video and I haven't watched it through. That is why there are no links to it in this post. I am however very interested in the lyrics of the song that can be found here.

Here are those lyrics:
Verse 1
They say that we've got nothing in common 
No cultural ties to build on 
The project just can't work 
They say that nationalism will break us 
Conservatives will fight us 
But trust we really do care 

And we shout what about Europe United? 
Peace and safety for all of the people 
Democracy, freedom, subsidiarity 
Federalism, the solution we've got 

Verse 2
They say we'll never work together 
To make our union stronger 
Let us say no! 
We'll build a Europe bold and new 
A democracy that's true Europe 
United as one! 


Verse 3
We say the EU's a confusion 
Lacking a Constitution 
But we know what to do 
Reform now, we want to see enlargement 
Accept our major statement 
Europe united as one!