“One day we will all see him again because we will all see him in heaven” – his son Timothy
Long-serving Free Presbyterian minister from Northern Ireland has died in an accident on the M6 in the north of England. The Rev Robert Ormerod, minister of Cloughmills Free Presbyterian Church, was driving between visits to family members in Birmingham and Coventry yesterday when he suddenly took ill.
Speaking on behalf of his devastated family, the Rev Ormerod’s son Timothy last night said they were all in complete shock. “He had a heart attack and died at the wheel while driving,” he said. “The biggest thing we can hold to is that he is in heaven, he’s a saved man, we can rest assured that whatever pain and suffering he had, there is none now because he is in heaven with Jesus. “And one day we will all see him again because we will all see him in heaven.”
The Rev Ormerod served as minister of Cloughmills Free Presbyterian Church for more than 30 years. He also served as the Convenor of Government and Morals Committee within the Free Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife Julie, their sons Jonathan and Timothy, and daughters Naomi, Hannah and Danielle. All who knew and appreciated his labours as a minister and as the Convenor of Government and Morals Committee will miss his witness in the Presbytery and the wider church.
Rev. Foster’s radio broadcasts on Q101.2 FM Omagh during May.
The Let the Bible Speak broadcast on this station goes out at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday morning. Tune in this Sunday!
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Sunday May 5th: What is salvation?
Sunday May 12th: What is sin?
Sunday May 19th: What is repentance?
Sunday May 26th: What is heaven?
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The Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster reaffirms its position on Biblical separation
Calls for separation from apostasy and from those “brethren who maintain fellowship with those who deny the faith”.
Believers are promised special strength for those days (known as the ‘Great Tribulation’ and also as ‘The Time of Jacob’s Trouble’, for Israel will suffer too). In fact, I believe it is when Israel’s suffering is at its height and Jerusalem is at the point of final destruction that the Lord will appear to deliver her and bring peace to the earth. This is not the ‘end of the world’ but the time when the Lord Jesus takes His place as King of the Jews and all nations for one thousand years. This is known as the Millennium. After this age the Judgment of the Great White Throne will take place and then the world as we know it will be destroyed.
A study in Psalm 45. A message preached by Rev Ivan Foster at the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony evening meeting in London, 23rd April, 2010. There is a natural sequence from the close of the previous Psalm 44 (see previous article) to the opening of this Psalm 45. Psalm 44 ends with Israel crying upon the Lord to arise to the aid of His people as they face destruction under Antichrist. “Arise for our help, and redeem us for thy mercies’ sake,” Psalm 44:26. This Psalm 45 carries us even further into the future than did the previous. In this psalm the Saviour has come and it is no longer Antichrist who is reigning. Christ has taken unto Himself His great power and rules and reigns amongst the kingdoms of this world.
A study in Psalm 44. This is a familiar psalm, the contents of which have provided much support and comfort to the people of God in this New Testament era as the Church of Christ has appropriated this psalm to itself. What truth there is in verses 1-8.
Ralph Ovadal and Ivan Foster hold a conversation to mark the 150 anniversary of the Ulster Revival of 1859
Use the player below to listen.
Rick Warren’s ideal strategy for the Church
He expresses his view on this subject in an interview with Christianity Today.
Christianity Today – What is the ideal strategy for the church?
Rick Warren – Working with moderate Muslims.
Click here to read article on Standstillawhile.net
49 years ago this month. . .
On 27th March 1964, I along with a good friend, was travelling from Belfast by train to Portrush, Co Antrim, to join with the many other young people in a weekend of worldly activities. I was 20 years old and unconverted and as dark as hell’s midnight!
On that train journey, we encountered a young lady, Hazel, and her friends. They were Christians travelling to a Christian convention in Portrush. During the 1-hour non-stop journey they witnessed to us of the Saviour and our need of His saving mercy.
I did not listen. Rather I argued and verbally abused the girls with rather uncouth language. So much so that when I providentially met Hazel in downtown Belfast, some two weeks later, she ran into the C & A department store to avoid another meeting when she spotted me approaching her in Donegal Square! I followed and when I caught up with her and told her that I had been converted 10 days after she and her friends had witnessed to me – on April 4th – she almost fainted with astonishment!
It is my pleasure to share with you, on this day of happy and grateful memories, the story of God’s mercy to me in this recording made in Lewes Free Presbyterian Church just one year ago. Use the player below to listen!
“Christian Rapper” uses explicit language which causes some controversy
You may well need an interpreter to understand the mutilated syntax that purports to be English grammar in one of the articles we have listed here but it seems to be a defence of the uncouth and totally unchristian and unscriptural language employed by this so-called “Christian Rapper”, one of those so beloved of the modern “New Calvinists” of the John Piper camp. Read the Christian Post report…
The following two videos will help the concerned Christian to understand the depths of the departure from the “old paths” along which many prominent so-called Fundamentalists such as John Piper and John MacArthur are leading the flock of God by promoting these gibberish-spouting “hip-hoppers” as servants of Christ.
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Video #1: Lecrae says he’s not a gospel rapper but a Hip Hop artist
Video #2: John MacArthur’s Master’s College Facebook page features ‘gospel rap’ artists.
Joel Beeke has also been guilty of promoting this satanic delusion as this quote from his blog illustrates.
“October 25, 2012 By Joel Beeke
A new rap song by Propaganda has caught the attention of a number of Christians in the blogosphere (lyrics here). It styles itself as a series of questions to a pastor who loves to quote the Puritans, criticizing them for their culpability in the slavery of African-Americans. The rap repeatedly uses the phrase “your precious puritans” in a way that is ironic, to say the least. It is sad that “precious” becomes a piece of sarcasm, for the Lord Himself said to His people that we are “precious in my sight” and “I have loved thee” (Isa. 43:4). To his credit, Propaganda promotes the gospel of Christ in other raps, and says that he has learned a lot from reading the Puritans. But his rap song forcefully portrays them as deeply flawed men, profoundly guilty for their participation in the Atlantic slave trade and slave economy. (http://www.joelbeeke.org/2012/10/propaganda-giving-the-puritans-a-bad-rap/)
Below is a video of Propaganda ‘promoting the ‘gospel of Christ’.
This is not a setting forth of the gospel. For Dr Joel Beeke to say that this man is a gospel witness is a shameful and deceiving statement. What a contrast is the clear, succinct, easily comprehended, Spirit-inspired statement: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life,” John 3:16, KJV; or Paul’s response to the jailer’s anxious enquiry: “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house,” Acts 16:30-32, KJV.
Is this endorsement of Jason Petty (the rapper’s real name) by Dr Beeke an acting out of the philosophy of “infiltration” which I understand he favours rather than the Bible’s truth of the believer separating from all that is contrary to true holiness?
Does Dr Beeke believe that it is “hip” or “cool” or ”with it” to speak well of the modern phenomenon of “hip-hoppers”? Is this his keeping in with the religious “in crowd” as he did with John Piper etc., when “New Calvinism” was emerging?
To give his approval to such coarse and uncouth mouthings as this man manufactures and call it the gospel is wrong, deceitful and degrading to the Son of God, His work of redemption and the Word of God.
Is this not a repeat of Jehoshaphat’s mistake? “And Ahab king of Israel said unto Jehoshaphat king of Judah, Wilt thou go with me to Ramothgilead? And he answered him, I am as thou art, and my people as thy people; and we will be with thee in the war,” 2 Chronicles 18:3, KJV. How wrong to mingle ourselves with the forces of Ahab and affiliate ourselves with his cause. That is made very clear in the message the Lord sent to Jehoshaphat after his allying himself with Ahab. “And Jehoshaphat the king of Judah returned to his house in peace to Jerusalem. And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD,” 2 Chronicles 19:1-2, KJV.
This is what Dr Beeke has done in promoting this “rapper” and calling his incoherent nonsense the gospel. At best Jason Perry’s outpourings are a parody of the gospel. Dr Beeke has allied himself with that which is not of God.
There was a time when the devil was required to disguise himself in order to be welcomed amongst God’s people. As Paul says in 2 Corinthians 11:14, “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.” How dark is the day when Satan can send his agents amongst Christians undisguised and they are welcomed and embraced as servants of God? Is this not what Dr Beeke would encourage us to do when he speaks of this man as a gospel witness?
Propaganda, the rap artist complimented by Dr. Beeke for promoting the gospel of Christ.
What a day of confusion has come upon the professing church of Christ. Do we not see with a vengeance that of which Jude and Paul spoke?
“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. . . . . But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit,” Jude 1:4, 17-19, KJV.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth. Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith. But they shall proceed no further: for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was,” 2 Timothy 3:1-9, KJV.
May the Lord Jesus, in mercy to His poor people, open the eyes of our understanding that we may discern the signs of the times and obey His Word and turn from such blasphemous deceits and delusions.
Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) minister converts to Rome
For 8 years Jason Stellman was an ordained minister in the PCA. He converted to Rome in 2012. His experience is a solemn and timely warning about the dangers posed by those evangelicals – even ministers within Reformed churches - who are soft on Rome and co-operate with her in ecumenical organizations of various kinds. Many prominent evangelicals signed the Manhattan Declaration endorsing the ‘christianity’ of Rome. To this day many ministers do not see the need to separate from such men but feel at liberty to preach with them in various conferences or work with them in other ways. Most recently we have highlighted the errors of the deeply ecumenical Refo500 organization which involved co-operation with Rome at every level.
You can read Jason Stellman’s personal account of his conversion to Rome here. There is also an audio link to an MP3 recording of his testimony.
Patrick, Apostle of Ireland
The story of his life as told by himself.
Providence has preserved for us two documents written by Patrick. Both of these documents, Patrick’s Confession and Patrick’s Letter, are accepted as genuine by both Protestant and Roman Catholic historians. Patrick wrote in Latin, the language of the scholar of his day. Read more…
Pope Francis I has opened his pontificate with an idolatrous act
I was most surprised to read the headlines in the “Belfast Telegraph”, once known amongst Protestants as the “Belfast Bellylaugh”, early this morning,Thursday, 14th March. It is a newspaper renowned of old for its support for all things ecumenical and popish. Read more….
John Piper prays that God will appoint next Pope!!!
We are thankful to God for the exposing of the ecumenical wolves in sheep’s clothing which is taking place at this time. First it was Rick Warren and now it is John Piper. It is plain that they are among those who have drunk of “the wine of her (the system of antichristianity) fornication,” Revelation 17:2, KJV. Read more…
Compromise in the Christian life and in the Christian church is simply departure from the clearly revealed demands of God’s word. The demands of God’s word for holiness, separation from the world, separation on a corporate and ecclesiastical level from apostasy and disobedient brethren, etc. are set aside by compromise. Sadly, this process of setting aside is often made-over as a spirit of loving concern to reach out to others. That which is evil and deadly is therefore often masqueraded as good and desirable.
Yet there is a savage cruelty about compromise. Link to article on Standstillawhile.net
An exchange of E-mails with Dr Joel Beeke on the subject of his fellowshipping with those from whom he ought to be separated.
In reaction to Dr Beeke’s response and the ongoing rather dishonest and devious campaign by Dr Beeke’s defenders, I have decided to publish the email exchange that I had with him. I have concealed the names of third parties and a private phone number referred to in these emails. Read more…
Thank you, Dr Murray!!
The article entitled “Jesus the Ecumenical Separatist” was written by Dr David Murray. He is a close colleague and associate of Dr Joel Beeke. The article appears on his blog. Now I feel thankful to Dr Murray for writing this article for the simple reason that in it he sets down the unscriptural philosophy which he and Dr Joel Beeke espouse. Dr Beeke is frequently on platforms with New Calvinists, Ecumenists, Roman Catholic and Orthodox priests, Charismatics etc. Dr Murray has been known to likewise share platforms with those from whom he should be separated.
It has been impossible to get Dr Beeke to commit himself to giving an explanation in writing of the position he takes. Though his activities have been challenged on a number of occasions, Dr Beeke has not stated why he believes he can act so. He has declined to commit to writing any response to the challenges mounted.
Now, thanks to Dr Murray, we have their position expounded. I am thankful to Rev Stephen Hamilton for his examination of Dr Murray’s article and that examination follows. Read more…
Standing With Christ in the Day of Battle
“Fight the good fight of faith,” 1 Timothy 6:12. “Then the spirit came upon Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Thine are we, David, and on thy side, thou son of Jesse: peace, peace be unto thee, and peace be to thine helpers; for thy God helpeth thee. Then David received them, and made them captains of the band,” 1 Chronicles 12:18.
The child of God is a warrior. He takes after His Heavenly Father Who is a man of war. “The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea,” Exodus 15:3-4. “Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle,” Psalm 24:8. Read more…
Matthew 18:15-17 and the public rebuke of sin
Very often the first response to any public witness against sin, or the public censure of a Christian who has sinned publicly, is an accusation that to make such a public denunciation is contrary to the Saviour’s teaching in this passage. Usually it is asserted that there cannot be a public censure of sin until private overtures have been made to the offender. This has the effect of diverting attention from the original error and focuses attention on the one trying to protest against it. But what does this passage teach? Is it addressing the matter of public sin at all? Link to article on Standstillawhile.net
“Platform fellowship’ is a phrase coined to describe the artificial distinction some see in the relationship, or fellowship, experienced among participants in a conference situation. Sometimes this conference scenario primarily involves preaching, while in others it is primarily academic in nature. However, when a conference is theological or involves handling the truth of God in any form, it cannot simply be regarded as academic, whether it involves preachers or seminarians. Link to article of Standstillawhile.net
Southern Baptists praise the Pope!
“[Benedict XVI] has offered a brave and intelligent defense of truth against a relativist tide, and he has been a stalwart friend of life.”- R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Link to article on Standstillawhile.net
The blasphemous charade of the false “Christianity” of some so-called fundamentalists
RC Sproul’s endorsement of the “Christianity” of rock ‘star’ Alice Cooper in an interview with Mark Driscoll has to be seen to be believed.
A step forward or a leap backward
House of commons’ vote on sodomite marriage
‘ . . . this is an important step forward for our country.’ – David Cameron, Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative Party.
‘We will look back on today as a landmark for equality in Britain.’ – Nick Clegg, Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Liberal Democrats.
‘ . . this Bill is about one thing—fairness.’ – Maria Miller, the Minister for Women and Equalities who moved the motion for the government.
The debate last night in the House of Commons demonstrates clearly the character of the leadership this nation endures. What fools dominate the Westminster Parliament! The decision made last night does not take England and Wales forward but backward. Backward to the days of darkness out of which the Word of God, defied and discarded last night, delivered us in times past. This is a not a step toward justice and fairness. Rather it is a trampling of truth and righteousness underfoot. The just and fair views of those who perceive sodomy as it is characterised by God in His Word are today classified at best as archaic and at the worst as unlawful. Click here to read the article
Can We Take the Prophecies Literally?
This article by Mr Thomas Houghton appeared in the April/May 2006, edition of the Watching and Waiting magazine, published by the Sovereign Grace Advent Testimony, though the article was penned well over 60 years ago. Time has not diminished the relevancy of it’s message. If there ever was a need for God’s people to take heed to the prophecies of God Word it is now.
For too long, an interpretation has been placed upon such Scriptures that makes what God says to be so general and unspecific, so vague and unfocused, as to be almost meaningless as far as their usefulness in our understanding of the times is concerned. Such prophecies were intended as signs (warnings, portents). If they are not understood literally of what use are they? What purpose can they serve in the future?
Mr Houghton shows how prophecy served God’s people in the past and therefore how we may expect them to serve us today and in the future. Here is a timely word for God’s people today. Click here to read the article.
During the Sinn Fein/IRA terrorist campaign, which has been replaced by a more subtle scheme whereby, having obtained their goal of political power, they now use that power to pursue the objectives they formerly sought by terror and murder, the term OTR referred to IRA killers “on the run” from the law and the just desserts it would mete out to them. Since the commencement of the power-sharing deal between the DUP and Sinn Fein/IRA, the term has fallen out of use, since part of that deal included a virtual amnesty for all republican terrorists. However, there is another use for it that has arisen within the confines of the Church of Christ – ministers “on the run” from their duty before God in this evil day. Read more…
What a Difference Six Months Does Not Make!
Attention readers! – The programme above has been removed from the SermonAudio site because of its criticism of Dr Joel Beeke’s compromise and of his disobedience of the Word of God regarding his fellowship and associations with men who teach error. SermonAudio states that the programme has been removed because it is contrary to its unwritten policy forbidding broadcasters to criticise other broadcasters. However, it is plain that this policy has not been consistently applied since there are quite a number of sermons on the site which contain critical comment of other broadcasters.
Such a policy is in conflict with the duties of a faithful man of God who is required to “earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints,” Jude 1:3, KJV. This duty must be fulfilled, irrespective of the cost. We would urge readers to courteously contact SermonAudio regarding this matter at firstname.lastname@example.org
We believe that there is something more behind this removal of the HOM programme. It seems to have touched a particular nerve! Time will doubtless tell! You may listen to the broadcast which has been removed by using the audio player link below.
Ivan Foster (Editor)
Joel Beeke’s Involvement with Refo500, ETS, and WRF by Ralph Ovadal, pastor of Pilgrims Covenant Church, Monroe, Wisconsin
As I take pen in hand to write this article, I do it with the fervent hope that it will be the last time I address the issue which is the subject of this report. I write now only because circumstances dictate that to not write would be to leave a duty partially undone, given certain developments of the last six months. What follows is anything but a “hit piece.” Rather, it is a simple setting forth of very public information which is of very great importance to the spiritual welfare of the Lord’s own people. The facts shared in this report are as they were meticulously documented at the time this article was written.
On the May 20, 2011 edition of the Heart of the Matter program, my guest Rev. Ivan Foster and I voiced our concerns about the very influential Dr. Joel Beeke yoking in preaching fellowship with the charismatic, deeply compromised John Piper as a guest speaker at Piper’s 2011 “Conference for Pastors.” Then on the June 15, 2012 edition of HOM, I did a report on a Roman Catholic-Protestant ecumenical consortium called Refo500. And when I say “Protestant,” I am using the term in the broadest way imaginable! For instance, as I reported in the course of that HOM program, Refo500 partner organizations which are apostate Protestant include, among others, Fuller Theological Seminary (Richard Mouw, president), Beeson Divinity School (Timothy George, dean), and the Remonstrant Church which openly denies essential doctrines of the true faith and just as openly boasts of being “the first church in the world to open marriage for same-sex couples” and “one of the first churches in the Netherlands to ordain women as ministers.” During the course of that June 15, 2012 HOM report, I documented the deep involvement of two Reformed ministers, Dr. Albert Mohler and Dr. Joel Beeke, in Refo500. Read more…
Use the player below to listen to the Heart of the matter broadcast dealing with this matter featuring Pastor Ovadal and Rev. Ivan Foster.
The program is approximately 75 minutes long.
Click herefor a transcript of Rev. Foster’s contribution to the broadcast.
The DUP’s Pathway of Departure and Decline
From the defying of the fourth commandment to the disregarding of the Sixth Commandment. Read more…
The rise and fall of amillennialism
For the first two and a half centuries Pre-Millennialism was the universal doctrine of the Church as it had been of the Apostles. No other doctrine was so much as known, far less received. A-Millennialism was not heard of in the Church during this period. In the third century, however, Origen promulgated his false teaching. He contended that practically all Scripture; historic as well as prophetic, was allegorical and should be understood in a figurative sense with an underlying esoteric meaning, seen only by the initiated. He not only regarded the Revelation as mythical but also the records of Creation in the first two chapters of Genesis. He taught that the fires of hell were purgatorial and that the whole human race would eventually be saved and brought to glory. Read more…