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Foundations Bible College Congress â€śThe Present Crisis inÂ Northern Irelandâ€ť
I have been asked to speak on recent events in Northern Ireland which caused dismay amongst fundamentalists worldwide. After prayer, I have consented to do so. Before I come to recent events in Northern Ireland, with their disappointments and distresses, I would wish to speak a little of times of blessing and revival in which one man, Ian Paisley, played a central and vital role. Just over 45 years ago, I joined the ranks of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster. I attended the evening service of Ravenhill FPC on 12th April 1964. I had called upon the Lord just one week previously but was uncertain of my spiritual standing but in response to an invitation from my mother and father, I went with them to hear Dr Paisley. That night, I found assurance of salvation in Christ and I also found a spiritual home. Shortly after I joined the congregation and within 9 months I had applied and was accepted as a student for the gospel ministry. Those were days of blessing and revival. From 1964 until 1974, hundreds of people were converted, largely under the ministry of Dr Paisley and some twenty new Free Presbyterian congregations were formed. There were some 25 ministers in the FPC at that time and they laboured alongside Dr Paisley in the battle for souls and the Crown Rights of King Jesus. To a large degree the harvest gathered in then was the fruit of the previous 20 years of Dr Paisley's province-wide crusade against the apostasy of the the Presbyterian, Church of Ireland and Methodist denominations.
Need for repentance. Clear presentation of the situation in Ulster and the compromise in which some evangelicals fell, being ensnared by the devil. It is true, the call to repentance from 2 Chronicles 7:14 is applicable here.
A Challenging & Poignant Sermon In this heartfelt sermon, Ivan Foster examines the commission Christ expressly assigned to His Church of preaching the gospel (Mark 16:15) in the context of the Free Pres.Church's emerging role in the politics of N.I.& the inherent conflict of interest it represents & the bitter harvest of both division & strife it produced in its aftermath within the body of Christ.
The heaviness of heart with which this man of God solemnly recounts the tragic events that culminated in the present power-sharing government of N.I. is very much reminiscent of the prophet Jeremiah, whose burden it was to denounce the sin of Judah accompanied by weeping & lamentations over them.
An instructive message of significance & relevance that crosses denominational lines to those within the professing church of Jesus Christ, who have embraced the leaven of wordliness and forsaken the â€śold pathsâ€ť (Jer. 6:16)& are reposing their trust in the arm of flesh and not in the â€śarm of the Lord.â€ť (II Chron. 32:7-8)
Ivan Foster poignantly reproves those who have undermined the cause of Christ in so doing, by prayerfully exhorting them to repent and return unto their first love. (Rev. 1-3)
"He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches."
Ivan Foster retired from the pastorate in November 2008. He has laboured chiefly in Fermanagh and Tyrone as an Evangelist and Pastor since 1967. Under his ministry, souls have been saved and new churches founded. Mr. Foster, a former member of Omagh District Council and the Northern...