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Evangelical Presbyterian

Sep-Oct 2002 50p

Contenders for the Faith

Of whom the world was not worthy... (Heb 11:38)

Evangelical Presbyterian
Convenor of the Editorial Committee:

is published by the Presbytery of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church.


Rev. Stephen Atkinson 1 Lord Wardens Dr Bangor, Co Down BT19 1YF (E-mail: sgt.atkinson@ukonline.co.uk)

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CONTENTS
Editorial Obituaries Long Service recognised (Rev S. Watsons 25 years) EPC Pulpit - Only One Gospel S. Watson John Stott - A Global Ministry (review article) S. Atkinson Regions Beyond - Dumisani Update Come follow me P. Johnston Remembering Former Days . J. Hunter Books etc. Making Progress with Pilgrim (5) - At the Fair S. Atkinson Front Cover 1 4 6 7 12 16 19 21 25 29

Top: WJ Gier, J Hunter; Bottom: JR Gillespie, 1927 Newspaper headlines.

Consistent Churchmanship or Friends with the Enemy?


In this anniversary year, and particularly in this anniversary issue, it is right and appropriate that we give some attention to the reason for our existence as a denomination. We have stated in an earlier magazine that reflection upon the past is vital for the church. Yet, reflection must stimulate action, and it is not sufficient for us to happily see reasons for what happened in 1927, without further understanding the reasons for our present position, and our principles for future practice.
In 1927 a Heresy Trial in the Presbyterian Church displayed wolves in sheeps clothing teaching (devouring?) those who would soon be the churchs teachers. The heresy was easy to see, and even more easy, though distasteful, to read, but the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, saw no error. The heretic was applauded, and those who brought charges - our forefathers - were hounded. But why should we bring up old news of the The 1927 Heresy Trial. It is not very gracious to do witchhunts in the present age. We are informed in the political realm, in these wonderful days of peace, not to drag up the past, and those former things apparently have passed away - although someone is quoted as saying they havent gone away. We could say in a similar way, that the acceptance of heresy, and of those who deny the gospel, hasnt gone away in these denominations. Further, we cannot simply say that the dim and distant past of 75 years has nothing to yet teach and alarm us. We may pose the question as to how relevant is our continued study of Moses reaction over the golden calf, or Elijahs contest with the prophets of Baal? There is a time for godly indignation, and when truth is at stake, that time is now. We are not simply dragging up the past for triumphalism (though from our perspective the Trial was a defeat!). We are not dragging it up because we are a one issue church namely that glorious secession of 27; which if one reads the history, was not all that glorious. We repeat the issues, learn the lessons, and remind ourselves that the Enemy
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is still the same, and there is nothing new under the sun. What caused those few men of spirit and grace to leave, and begin anew, while facing all manner of reproach? Was it arrogance, foolhardiness, or simple consistent ecclesiology?

In this issue of our magazine we have a sermon reminding us of our necessity for preaching the gospel in an uncompromising manner. It contains earthy application concerning 75 years ago, and continuing present realities. We have an extended book review concerning the life of a great The matter of separation from mixed evangelical of this century, who happily churches has been a contentious issue lived within the compromise of throughout the last century. The EPC Anglicanism. The inconsistent broke out of a compromised, heresyecclesiology is startling, as one so permitting, liberalist church. Within a impassioned for souls salvation is seen few years the same thing was sharing platforms with rank heretics. happening across the water in America. The courtesy of Stott seems to outdo Further along the century Europe saw the grace of a reborn Saul of Tarsus. similar things happen within denominations. We also include an article from the 1932 Irish Evangelical magazine ( - this We are not alone in the matter of magazines forerunner), in which Rev leaving a denomination on grounds of Hunter reflects only five years after the principle. Indeed I would wish to Heresy Trial of 1927. suggest that if more people examined their principles, there might be more 75 years on it is right to reflect upon appreciation of those who have left, the continued compromise of so many and a greater consideration of when it churches - and churches which, within is the right time to leave one church, the mixed denomination love to term and cleave to another - for the glory of themselves, evangelical while God. And truly that ought to be the admitting: Well, I know the matter of focus and attention. What is denomination is in a bad shape, but our most glorifying to God? church is evangelical, and our man is sound. We need not simply look back to justify our position. We could take up an Is this a legitimate position to hold? analysis of the present condition of the For many there is no question. It is the mainstream denominations of our only position. The alternative is province, and of these islands, and we unthinkable. How could I leave the would see time and again, compromise church of my birth? (Well, ask that with error, acceptance of heresy, and man of Tarsus again!) no principle or, to be more earthy But we must ask further questions, and about it, no guts, to deal with sin. press the inconsistency. While your
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church may be evangelical how can you countenance courtesy to some moderator, or presbyter who is not? Is he acceptable in your pulpit? Are the decisions taken at Presbytery and Session by such gospel-haters, binding upon you and yours? In short, is there some strange form of Presbyterian Independency here, or Anglican Congregationalism? Why dont we start calling a spade a spade. We complain at the politicians for their ambiguous use of words, yet how we can be masters of ambiguity in ecclesiology. Putting it bluntly, you cannot be friends with the enemy. You cannot give your money to support those with soul-murdering doctrines. Would you give contributions to drug dealers, or pay the wages of somone who would steal from you, and endanger your life?. Yet this is what is

done pervasively in church life today. Fat salaries are paid to those murdering souls! How friendly can you get? Just in case we get charged with being negative, I must finally comment that there is nothing more positive than fleeing from sin, separating from error, and living unashamed of the gospel, in uncompromised evangelical denominations - however small, and insignificant in the worlds eyes. What a positive thing to give your financial support totally to the uncompromised proclamations of the gospel. What a positive thing to meet together in fellowship with the Lords people, and hear without fear or favour, truth unadorned, and unaltered. What a positive thing to respect those with principle. Ultimately we must ask - to whom should the sheep go?

EPC 75th Anniversary Celebrations


Looking Back - Looking Forwards
(Lisburn Rd EPC) Lecture 1 The Atonement (Stranmillis EPC) Youth Extra Saturday 26 October 3.30 pm 4.00 pm 5.00 pm 6.30 pm 27th Oct. 28th Oct. Trumper Family Day in Stranmillis College, Belfast Worship A Historical Power Point Presentation Thanksgiving Meal and Greetings Lecture 2 The Person of Christ Tim Trumper Thanksgiving Sunday (Lisburn Rd EPC) Lecture 3 Pulpit Exchanges 21 Oct. 25 Oct Derek Thomas Tim Trumper

Principled Secession Tim


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OBITUARIES
Mrs Joyce Nicholson Richhill Joyce Nicholson died at home on the morning of Sunday, 14th July 2002. Joyce had a long connection with the Richhill Congregation although it was only earlier this year that we were so pleased to receive her into full membership of the Church on profession of her personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ; an event that thrilled her family and the members of the Church. Joyce was a very generous, caring and special person whose abounding qualities of courage, fortitude, and determination were so clearly manifested in the way that she fought such a courageous battle with cancer over the past number of years. Joyce had a real zest for life but when the end drew nigh and her earthly race came to a close it was a great comfort to know that she was trusting fully in Christ alone for eternal salvation and so had assurance of glory. Many of Joyces large number of friends and family will miss her so greatly. She meant so much to so many, but none more than to her husband Trevor and children, Keith and Angela, to whom we extend our sincere sympathy, praying that they will know the ongoing help, comfort and support of the Lord as they endeavour to come to terms with their great loss. May they know the truth of 2 Corinthians 12:9:My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. W. L. Elliott

Mrs Margaret Brown

Stranmillis

Mrs Margaret Brown entered the immediate presence of God in the early hours of Sunday, 21th July 2002 at Silver Birch Nursing Home, Saintfield, where she had been a resident since April 2000. She experienced the rigours and burden of declining years but until almost the very last day of her life she was responsive to the Word of God, prayer, and the Psalms for which she had a particular love. Her funeral service took place in the Stranmillis church on 23 July 2002. She grew up in the lower Ormeau Road area of Belfast and with many of her family had a close association with McClure Street City Mission Hall where the missionary was William Lynas. It was under his ministry that she came to the Saviour in her childhood and she served Him with unfaltering assurance throughout her life.
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She married Campbell Brown in August 1939 and became a member of Botanic Avenue on 1 March 1940. She was unshakeably committed to the cause of the Irish Evangelical Church from when she came to know it, and whilst with the family she maintained an association with McClure Street on Sunday evenings and the weekly Bible Class in the 1940s, she urged a complete family move to the services of Botanic Avenue. She worked in the capacity of housewife since her marriage. She encouraged high standards of Christian living and loved the old paths of Jer 6:16, often quoting that text. She keenly supported missionary causes and did a great deal of knitting for children overseas. We extend our sympathy to Ernest and Shona, Nan and Norman, Margaret and Ivan, to her six grandchildren, to her only surviving sister, to Mrs May Jaggers, and to the wider family. Her husband, Campbell Brown died on 15 May 1992. G. N. Burke

Mrs Ellen Craig

Knock

Mrs Nell Craig died on 26th July 2002 aged ninety two, at Mount. Lens Nursing Home, Kings Road, Knock.. Her husband pre-deceased her by 17 years, and she felt that loss deeply, considering her loneliness as a widow the cost of a happy marriage. She had managed in her own home until she was 80, and enjoyed a further eleven years of independant, though sheltered, living in Cabinhill Court.. She loved life, loved her family, but most importantly she loved the Lord. She would often write things down in her little black book. One such extract spoke of death as something to be fought. She faced the last enemy with much human strength, yet truly we all must utter our last breath in weakness. Still, when we are weak, He is strong, and we rejoice in her victory over sin and death, through her Lord Jesus Christ. We extend sympathy to Anna and Stanley Corbett of Willowvale, Dundonald, and the wider family circle in Belfast, and extending to Scotland, and Canada. S. G. T. Atkinson

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Rev Samuel Watson 25 years of ministry


Photo: S Watson

At a recent Prebytery meeting Rev Watsons long service to the Evangelical Presbyterian Church was recognised by a presentation gift. Here we give a little cameo of those 25 years.

Samuel Watson grew up in the Ballyclare congregation. He was born into a Christian home and was converted at an early age, and throughout the years of his childhood and youth at Ballyclare he profited from the expository, evangelical ministry of Rev William J McDowell. He was ordained and installed to the Diaconate in Ballyclare on 27 September 1969. On 1 August 1970 he succeeded Mr S G Shanks as Manager of The Evangelical Book Shop, and he served in this position until 1974 when he resigned to begin training for the ministry of EPC. On Friday 1 July 1977 he was ordained and installed to the ministry of the Crumlin congregation when fittingly, Rev W J McDowell, gave the charge to the Minister, basing his exhortations on the qualities of the office drawn from 2 Timothy. Apart from the closing years of the ministry of his predecessor, Rev C H Garland, Mr Watson was the first Minister of Crumlin not to have two concurrent charges. He served the Crumlin church until 1987. Mr Watson accepted a call from Finaghy and was installed to this work on 29 November 1987. It is his current charge. He has followed an expository approach in his ministry, and among his several series has spent some years on Pauls epistle to the Romans. He has involved himself faithfully to the whole life of the congregation contributing practically to the day-to-day work, teaching in Sunday School and leading the Youth Club. Mr Watson was Clerk of Presbytery from September 1983 to June 1994 and Moderator on two occasions, 1982-83, 1993-94. He has served on most of the main Presbytery Committees, most notably Training for the Ministry and EPC Code. The development of the Code to its present form was chiefly his work. In addition to his training for the ministry he qualified as an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Secretaries. Samuel and his wife Valerie have four children, Ruth, Helen, Jonathan and Judith.

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EPC Pulpit
Only One Gospel Galatians 1:6-10 b
(v6) I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, (v7) which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (v8) But if even we, or an angel from heaven, should preach any gospel to you other than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (v9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any gospel to you other than what you have received, let him be accursed. (v10) For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ.

The Church of Jesus Christ has always had to contend with serious opposition from without; even, at times, to the extent of martyrdom. But many of her greatest challenges, and most dangerous, have involved insidious attacks from within. So it was with the Church in Galatia. While the Christians there were, for the most part, converts from heathenism there was a Jewish element, of which some had apparently

taken advantage of Pauls absence to undermine his character as an Apostle and also the faith of the Gentile converts. In the latter case they insisted that such could not experience the fullness of salvation unless, in addition to their belief in Christ, they submitted to the rite of circumcision and other requirements of the Jewish religion. In other words, salvation was not of sheer grace, nor did it come by faith alone.
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They did not deny the need for faith in Christ but added to that the necessity of obedience to the Mosaic ceremonial law. In reply Paul provides a personal explanation of his apostolic authority (chapters 1,2), a doctrinal exposition of the Christian gospel (chapters 3,4) and a practical application of saving faith (chapters 5,6). But before all that in Galatians 1v6-10 he identifies the issue at stake most starkly there is only one gospel for Jew or Gentile. He expresses astonishment at the fickleness of the Galatians, points out that the Judaizers were perverting the gospel, shows how serious that was by pronouncing a solemn and fearful anathema on those who would dare change the gospel and defends his personal integrity in regard to the truth he taught.

the Galatian believers allowed themselves to be led astray. They had listened and given credence to teaching that was clearly at variance with that they had heard from the Apostle. The result, Paul states, was that they were deserting the God Who had called them to salvation ye are so quickly deserting Him Who called you

To turn from the gospel of the Bible is to turn from God Himself! You cant change from believing scriptural truth and still hold on to God! You cant forsake the gospel without forsaking God! It is not true that irrespective of what people believe they can still get to God in their own way. That is why men like James Hunter and W Jim Grier took the stand they did in 1926/27. They could not stand by in silence while the gospel was denied. They could not be complicit with, or He Marvels at their Defection complacent about, false doctrine from the Gospel. because false doctrine inevitably involves deviation, both from truth v6,7a and from God. Paul says the Galatians I marvel that you are turning away so soon from him who called you in the grace of Christ, were turning to another gospel which is not another. For in adding conformity to the to a different gospel, which is not another... ceremonial law as also necessary they Paul was appalled and alarmed at the were saying , in effect, that salvation situation in Galatia when he heard that required them to add their works to the they were abandoning his apostolic work of Christ; that they had to finish teaching. The converts were in the Christs unfinished work! The result process of defecting from God and the was that they were promoting another grace of God in Christ to another gospel, a different kind of gospel which gospel. Part of his shock was because was most certainly not another of the same they had so easily and quickly kind as that of the grace of Christ. succumbed to heresy and had offered little or no resistance to it. Yes, the false Our forefathers had the discernment to see that the rationalism pervading teachers had corrupted the truth, but Assemblys College was not relatively
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insignificant and harmless, but the lethal poison of another gospel and they therefore had to rise up in protest and in defense of the faith.

a good churchman is to be a good gospel-man. The best way to serve the church is to believe and to preach the gospel.

He Warns them of Perversion of The tragedy is that that was either not the Gospel. understood or deliberately ignored in 1927 so that it was those who truly v7b were good churchmen who were but there are some who trouble you and want regarded as the agitators and to pervert the gospel of Christ. troublemakers rather than those who were tampering with the Word of God. What lay behind the defection in Galatia was the fact that there was a Unfortunately the same attitude group of teachers creating turmoil by prevails remarkably widely today. Those their distortion of the truth and so of us who believe in the gospel, that throwing the believers into a state of our Lord Jesus Christ gave Himself for intellectual confusion. By adding works our sins, that he might deliver us from this to grace they utterly reversed and present evil world, according to the will of God perverted the gospel. Some may have and our Father (v4) are looked upon as thought that since what they were bigots when we present this as the teaching wasnt denying the doctrine of biblically-exclusive message of salvation the Person of Christ or vicarious in a multi-ethnic and multi-faith society. atonement, that it could do no harm. Similarly, there is a trend in But as Stott says you cannot modify or evangelical circles today to water supplement the gospel without radically down the biblical doctrine of hell and changing its character. And he the eternal, conscious, punishment of continues, the two chief characteristics unbelieving, unrepentant sinners; and of the false teachers are that they were those who refuse to allow a troubling the church and changing the conditionalist interpretation of hell gospel. These two go together. To are regarded as ultra hard-line!! The fact tamper with the gospel is always to of the matter is, however, that those trouble the church. You cannot touch who are prepared to deviate from the the gospel and leave the church clear teaching of scripture in these untouched, because the church is matters actually distort and pervert the created and lives by the gospel. Indeed, gospel and must be withstood to the the churchs greatest troublemakers face, if necessary. (now as then) are not those outside who oppose, ridicule and persecute it, He Repeats an Imprecation of but those inside who try to change the the Gospel gospel. It is they who trouble the church. Conversely, the only way to be v8,9
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But if even we, or an angel from heaven, should preach any gospel to you other than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any gospel to you other than what you have received, let him be accursed.

any other, then sinners must be made clearly aware of this and they must not be left in confusion about it.

Therefore any person who preaches another gospel is under the wrath of God and we ought to turn away from them in horror. And this applies irrespective Paul indicates just how serious the of who may be involved. Paul declares matter is by pronouncing a divine curse though we, or an angel from heaven, preach upon those guilty of perverting the any other gospel unto you than that which we gospel. Anathema was used in the Greek have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Old Testament in relation to the curse The apostle was reaching for the most of God resting on someone. So Paul, fanciful possibilities imaginable to make writing under the inspiration of the his point that absolutely no messenger, Holy Spirit of God, says that anyone no matter how seemingly godly and who perverts the gospel should incur the wrath, the curse, of God. Now that good, should be believed or followed if is strong language; and there are those his teaching does not square with Godwho are very shocked that Paul should revealed apostolic doctrine. The truth outranks anyones credentials, and say such a thing. (Such a venomous every teacher or preacher must be attack; such a spiteful, unloving and evaluated on the basis of what he says, unchristian man and attitude!!) not who he is (MacArthur). But Paul is in dead earnest here; he is This was part of the problem with Rev not lashing out in a rash fit of intemperate anger or spite. Indeed, he Prof J E Davey. He was both intellectually gifted and a real repeats it to show the Galatians that gentleman that, despite his writings this was no excessive, exaggerated and teaching, members of the General statement, into which passion had hurried him, but his calmly formed and Assembly could not bring themselves to regard such a nice and able man as unalterable opinion (Brown). As a guilty of heresy. And the times havent servant of Christ he is intolerant of error with regard to the gospel. And the changed much in this regard either! As long as a man is charming and reason is simple. The authority of the God who, in Christ, has spoken his last courteous, funny and friendly, interesting and informed (educated), word on salvation is at stake. warm and wide (tolerant), hell do, even Furthermore, the eternal destiny of if what he says doesnt square with the sinners is at stake. If, as the Bible gospel!! Paul says let him be accursed. teaches, no man cometh unto the Father To sit under the ministry of such a one except by me that is: the Lord Jesus Christ and that neither is there salvation in ought to be inconceivable to any true
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believer.

that he preached the gospel with no inhibitions arising from its divine He States his Motivation in the content or exclusive message, and no Gospel hesitation in opposing others or standing alone where that was v10 For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I necessary for the sake of the honour of seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, Christ. I would not be a servant of Christ. Our forefathers were pilloried with Pauls opponents knew they could not opprobrium for maintaining the truth successfully undermine his teaching of of the gospel in the face of another. And as we recall their faithful stand it Gods gospel of grace until they undermined his divine authority in the must be with the resolution that, like eyes of the church. So they spread the them (as with Paul), we are set for the defense of the gospel - and are in no idea that Paul was not a legitimate apostle but was self-appointed, and that respect ashamed of the gospel of Christ, still convinced that it (and it alone) is his motivation was to build up a the power of God unto salvation to every one personal following by making his message appealing through the removal that believeth. We must never succumb of the Jewish ceremonial law. So now to the temptation to tone the message he says read what I have just written; down to make it more acceptable to unregenerate sinners. The gospel is that something a man would write contains unpalatable truth for a society who was trying to please men? which has little regard for God or His Quite obviously his outspoken word. condemnation of the false teachers was If the offence of the gospel means that as not the language of a man-pleaser. Rather it was the outcome of his being a church we remain as small and a bond-servant of Christ. A slave had despised in the eyes of men as heretofore, so be it. Our duty is to be no rights to his own will; no absolute faithful to Christ and His gospel so rights to his own property or family. Everything he had was subservient to that He has the pre-eminence and all the glory in our testimony. his Masters wishes. Paul had surrendered his life entirely to the lordship of Jesus Christ and that meant that he could not but defend the gospel of Christ against falsehood. At one time a charge of seeking to win the praise of men would have had validity; but after his conversion Christ had his complete and undivided allegiance. Because of
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Review Article by Stephen Atkinson

John Stott: A Global Ministry


(Authorised Biography Vol. 2)
Timothy Dudley-Smith IVP 538 pages 14.99

Timothy Dudley-Smith has given us a mighty insight into the life of one of the greatest influences upon 20th century church history. Both within controversy and without, John Stott has made an indelible mark particularly upon English evangelical history, but also by means of his wide travel, and the ever widening impact of his writings, world evangelicalism. Useful background material In this second volume of the authorised biography we are brought through the turbulent years of change from the sixties onwards. At the start of the account of each decade we are given interesting, even alarming summaries of the current state of the world. We are informed that the sixties began with Yuri Gagarin and ended with Neil Armstrong. On the
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day Kennedy was assassinated, CS Lewis died, almost unnoticed. Some interesting statistics set some of the context of his life and writings. Between 1960 and 1970 there was a 19% decline in regular church attendance. In 1963 there were 636 men ordained to the Church of England ministry. In 1973 there were 373, and those to be trained dropped by 59%. In 1976 one Anglican church was being demolished every nine days. As you read through his life it is most interesting to find the background, the origins, and surrounding context of certain commentaries and important books. It is as if you have been brought into the manufacturing plant after using the machine for many years.

Unavoidable Controversies

engaging in dialogue with the enemy. We would argue there must be a clear While his character and ministry have distinction between those who have had a tremendous effect upon many erroneous views, and those who are souls, in conversion and challenge, false teachers. There are times when edification and encouragement, it is fair our dialogue must be replaced by to say that the best of men, are still declaration, and debate by clear men at best, and there are a number of denunciation. He was happy to speak things we would take issue with. in debate with all, and in his English Indeed there are also a few statements gentleman style, give courtesy to all. made by the biographer which would Im not sure the Apostle would agree. not meet with wholesale approval. Speaking of Stotts I believe in He attended the World Council of Preaching, Dudley-Smith remarks, It Churches meeting in Nairobi (1975) as provides a more reasoned, thorough, an Advisor, and rightly pointed out systematic and contemporary approach that the World Council uses Scripture than Martyn Lloyd-Jones lectures on as a drunk uses a lamppost, namely for Preaching and Preachers. support rather than illumination. The account of the 1966 controversy with Lloyd-Jones at the Second National Assembly of Evangelicals will be read with interest, though Im not sure there is anything new to report. Stotts anxiety over the possibility multiple resignations from the Church of England after Lloyd-Jones words caused him to speak sharply, I believe that Scripture is against him in that the remnant was within the church and not outside it. Remnant maybe, but are the wolves to be there as well, treated courtesouly, fed, and watered, for the destruction of precious lambs? Surely not. The value and wisdom of such interaction with falsehood is up for as much debate as he himself engaged in. As a courteous gentleman he more often chose the way of dialogue rather than discipline. It was not that he didnt believe in discipline (as his expositions of Scripture show), but he found it hard to be hard. When The Myth of God Incarnate appeared Stott argued for discipline and dismissal. Yet in practice he would hold meetings with Robinson and Jenkins; meetings which respected each others position. Such is the permitted norm in the broad church where evangelicals within the Church of Dialogues, Debates and England are not always Discipline comfortable but they have a place at the table (p. 415). I thought the While not formally countenancing unbiblical ecumenism, we still find him Scripture forbade that hospitality towards the false teacher (2John 9,10)?
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But such was the ludicrous state of affairs that in those early days of evangelical growth, Her Majesty had to have explained to her the (new) term conservative evangelical. One wonders what the explanation given was! In July 1993 there was a major debate before 1,300 people with Bishop Spong, an ardent liberal, homosexual ministries promoter, and one who had suggested that Paul was possibly a gay male. The question must be asked as to whether this achieved anything, and even if it did, was it the right approach. Im reminded of Pauls confrontation of Elymas (Acts 13:9,10). Surely we must be prepared to drop our nice-ness sometimes, or is Thou shalt be nice truly the eleventh commandment? A Man for all Seasons He sought to speak to the times, and even made certain personal adjustments to the times. In 1970 he grew sideburns and wore a flowery tie. He saw this as part of his doublelistening; listening to the Scriptures and to the contemporary world. Having said that, he would not countenance a re-writing of Scripture, because of it being locked inside cultural definitions of the day - to insist that the Word of God speaks to our time does not mean that the Word of God agrees with our time, because it does not. On the contrary, the Word of God speaks most authentically to the world when it subjects the world to a
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rigorous critique While having a high view of Scripture he seems to have a certain aversion to systematising. Thus we find little mention of the 39 Articles, creeds and confessions. We surely must listen to the weight of orthodox church teaching (while not suggesting Tradition to be on a par with Scripture). It is from this we find his drift from orthodoxy particularly on his views on Eternal Punishment. On p350 we are given the example of Luther speaking to Erasmus, (suggesting the evangelicals approach to a liberal), The difference between you and me, Erasmus, is that you sit above Scripture and judge it, while I sit under Scripture and let it judge me. to which we say, Amen. Yet only two pages later on the question of eternal punishment we read him saying, I believe that the ultimate annihilation of the wicked should at least be accepted as a legitimate, biblically founded alternative to their eternal conscious torment. Well, who is sitting above whom? The Anglican evangelical He saw himself as an evangelical reformer who sought to expound the Bible, and influence the local church to think and act biblically, and as such we commend him for this focus. He is quoted (on p101) as calling himself an Anglican evangelical rather than an evangelical Anglican.

As an Anglican evangelical he lives in that inclusiveness many of us find difficulty with. Dr Lloyd-Jones once asked him if he would ever leave the Church of England, to which the reply was, Yes, if the church itself compromised officially the central doctrines of the faith. Im not committed to the C of E irrevocably. But surely when wholesale abandonment of those doctrines, and rank moral perversion by priests is permitted, yea promoted, without any discipline or dismissal, those central doctrines must have little value. Formerly those central doctrines were guarded, fought for, and even died for. We must ask the question - How precious is truth, when it is so shamefully allowed to be trampled upon by denominational bed-fellows? So, we add, however much the evangelicals have their place at the table, the dinner talk must cause revulsion, indigestion, and even vomiting. Worldwide Pastor That said, we cannot deny that the world became his pastorate, and Scripture remained his passion and proclamation. In the judicial work of God there are things that shall be burned up, but much also which shall last, for which we are grateful to God. He would regularly comment when faced with heated argument that the truth lay somewhere in between. With regard to the enigmas of his life we should probably say the same.

He once told a Christian Booksellers Convention, We should be unashamed in declaring that Christian reading is a neglected means of grace. This is most certainly true. May we all return to investing time and energy into this tremendously rich provision of God for our souls, good literature. While we are to call no man master, there is much of Stott which has been, and still further can be, a means of grace to the soul. Putting the above disagreements aside, this volume was one which challenged, warmed, instructed, and even at times delighted my soul. As to Stotts importance, there can be no doubt, and this second volume of the biography is a necessary addition to the shelves of those interested in twentieth century church life. Important historical photographs enhance the books appearance and its lasting worth, while extensive notes, bibliography and index make it a valuable resource tool. Though I cannot endorse all things within I must heartily recommend it. Its a pity the summer is over (last May was it?), as it would make a good holiday read. Stephen Atkinson

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The Beyond Regions Beyond The Regions - Dumisani Update Dumisani Theological Institute and Bible School 15 Leopold Street, P.O. Box 68, 1King Williams Town, 5600 South Africa dumisani@iafrica.com Greetings to you all from us all here in Dumisani. There have been so many comings and goings and other changes recently that we are issuing this slightly earlier than we normally do. Remember David and Meg and the boys in their move to Scotland, and in the process of finding a sphere of service.

The MacPhersons: A week after farewelling the Millers, we were at the East London Airport again, this time to Comings and Goings welcome John and Catherine The Millers: On 20th June, we held a MacPherson. John will be giving one farewell for David Miller and family, semesters service in Dumisani. John marking their thirteen-years service in started his missionary life in the Colegio South Africa, both in the pastoral work San Andrs in Lima, Peru. Later, he in the Ngcingwane/Centane Districts in studied for the ministry and served in a the Transkei and then in Dumisani. pastorate in Dornoch, as well as in There was a moderately good attendance London, and also gave further time in and quite a happy-sad time. the Colegio in Lima and in the Lima Subsequently, the Millers left on 25th Evangelical Seminary. He therefore June for Scotland, via Australia. We paid comes with wide experience of teaching tribute to Davids work in our last and of ministry in different cultures Update and we again note with gratitude which, we are sure, will enable him to fit his years of commitment to and in quickly in Dumisani and perform a endeavour in the work here. brief but useful ministry with us here.
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Remember the MacPhersons as they settle down in King Williams Town. Pray for John as he settles into teaching (Missiology, Christian Life Studies, English and a wee bit of Scottish Church History) and Catherine as she finds different things to do in a new setting.

The Semesters Work

Workload: With four full-time (and two part-time) teachers in the academic programme we are better placed than we have been for a long time to develop the work. On the other hand, though we always did share the administrative work amongst us, the Millers departure leaves Thys Lourens: With the cooperation of us with extra tasks. Norman will take on the Gereformeerde Kerk (GK) of East the purchasing responsibilities and London (a partner with us in the work in Ronnie will oversee the printing work. Dumisani), a replacement for David These latter duties are quite time Miller from within South Africa has consuming. Many of our publications been found. We are delighted to have have been put on computer disk. Now Thys as our new member of staff. we have to see to the proof-reading, revision, re-formatting and publishing of He comes from a (GK) background; studied at Potchefstroom University and these materials in English and in Xhosa. served in two GK pastorates before leaving the pastoral ministry in favour of Remember us as we all settle down to new patterns of work. other work. This included seven years teaching in Soweto and amongst the Development: We would like to use Lozis in the Caprivi strip of Namibia, as our (temporary?) increase in man-power well as in the Religious Studies to develop different aspects of the work. Department of Vista University. He too We cherish the hope that the longtherefore comes to us with wide awaited revision of the Correspondence experience of different types of ministry Course work will, before the end of the in various cultural settings. He will be a year, become a reality and that it will permanent member of staff, with a prove useful. At the same time, there are contract running in the first instance for a number of different ideas for the three years. reorganisation or development of the Courses which are up for discussion. Remember the Lourens family in this There is also the other longstanding big move for them. Thys has found matter our relationship with the accommodation near King. When his Department of Education and with wife Emily finds employment in this other similar government bodies. At the area, they will both move to this area, same time, our Agreement with leaving their grown up family behind Potchefstroom University for Christian them in the Gauteng area (about 1000 Higher Education is being revised kilometres from here). because they are phasing out the BA
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(Theology) degree and replacing it with a BTh Degree. But it does require a lot of thought and a bit of effort to get a form of Agreement that suits our circumstances well. We need wisdom and a gracious overruling providence to be felt in all these matters. Students: We have been a bit disappointed that there has been a bigger drop-out of students than is normal mainly because of pressures on part-time students, who have heavy work responsibility on top of their studies. We now have only 50 students 29 full-time and 21 part-time.

We must pray for perseverance for our students and a sense of responsibility in Again remember Norman as he has responsibility for overseeing this work. their studies and other activities. On the other hand, the teaching by our students in the local prison has also encountered fluctuating attendances the prisoners who started a few months ago are slowly getting released! No doubt, we are glad of that but it interrupts the pattern of teaching. But this is developing into a key work. Who knows what our students will be motivated and trained to do in prisons in the future? And already there are clear evidences of spiritual experience resulting in changed lifestyles by some of the prisoners. Helping us out

was the first time on which we used the old workshop as our new Lecture Hall. It was looking very nice and easily accommodated the 90 or so who attended. We look forward to using it for classes from the second semester which begins on 16th July. This means that we now have a large area available as a students leisure area. We have table tennis equipment available and the students are wanting us to supply a snooker table and chess, draughts, etc. There is still a lot of work to be done on adapting these premises which we bought at the beginning of the year. The main project is the installation of a new kitchen. Plans have been drawn up and are ready to be put into effect.

There are various ways in which people can help us. Publicity: you can draw the attention of this Update on to others who dont get it but who might be interested (or you can photocopy it for them). Prayer: you can use this Update to pray for us regularly.

Giving: we were very grateful that people gave so spontaneously and generously for the purchase of our new We must keep praying for Norman and building. But we need regular donations the students involved in this as well as simply to cover our regular running costs. for the prisoners themselves. Premises: The farewell for the Millers
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Typing: As mentioned above, we have

been putting our publications on disk with a view to revising and reformatting them. We discover that there are quite a few booklets to be typed up yet especially the Xhosa ones. If there is anyone willing to receive a booklet, type it onto disk and send it to us by e-mail, please get in touch with us.

sample of how we want it formatted. You could then send it back to us for us to check and finalise. This would save us hours of work. It would give you an important part to play in the development of the work here.

One way or another, we look forward to your continuing cooperation in the Formatting: Why should we spend time work. formatting things, if someone else can Ronald and Morag Christie, Thys do it for us? I am sure there are many Lourens, John and Catherine computer addicts reading this, who MacPherson, Norman and Angela could do the work quicker and better Reid than we can. If anyone is willing to do this, get in touch by e-mail. We could send you material by e-mail with a

Come, follow me
In the following article, Pamela Johnston, a member of the Stranmillis congregation tells something of her call to missionary service in Nigeria with Africa Christian Textbooks and of some steps in her preparation to begin service in January 2003. Pamela will be very dependent on our prayers during the coming months. COME, FOLLOW ME Jesus spoke these words to Simon Peter and his brother Andrew, when calling them to be His disciples as He walked beside the Sea of Galilee. Were told that at once they left their nets and followed Him.
Conversion and Early Christian Life

Photo: PamelaJ

I grew up in a Christian home where my parents faithfully presented the Word of God. I knew that the Gospel required a personal response and when I was ten I told my Mum and Dad that I had asked Christ to save me. I lacked assurance at first but it came progressively, and I know I made better progress in this area through participation in Christian work such as
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CEF in 1989. At that time I realised the need for study and prayer and God blessed this to my Christian life. When I came to Belfast in 1991 I helped with childrens work and became involved in other aspects of congregational life and I could see that these things were helping in my development too. Having put my trust in Christ my life was then to be lived in obedience to Him. Proverbs 3:6 became a very precious verse to me, In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. What a blessing it was to know that my path would be directed by the Lord when He was acknowledged in my life!

compulsion to go. Having the words Come, follow me underlined many times from the Lord, particularly over these recent months, I knew that this following would mean leaving my nets, just like Simon Peter and Andrew had done.

During my visit in 2000 I saw Sidney and Jean Garland, and Sidney made me aware of the need for an administrative secretary to work with ACTS [Africa Christian Textbooks], should the work continue to grow. This work was brought to the front of my mind more and more, so I prayed that the Lord would again direct and guide my paths. By February 2002, after seeking the counsel of various people, I had the Missionary Call conviction that God was clearly calling. The desire to serve the Lord overseas I So I started the process of applying to believe has developed and grown over a the Fellowship who accepted me as a candidate at the June 2002 meeting of period of time. I was familiar with Council. missionaries who often visited our home. Then when I came to Belfast I Preparatory Steps had a desire to use my secretarial training in mission work and this led I attended a two-week Orientation me to Qua Iboe Fellowship in 1993. course in England in July 2002, which I My years in the Qua Iboe office (now found very profitable. It addressed Mission Africa) in Belfast, has provided a many issues such as cross-cultural living challenging opportunity for increasing and ministry, the African church, Islam, missions involvement. But it was and health. I know I have much to especially during my four-week visit to learn but the Lord is preparing me for Nigeria in 1995 with the Fellowships the task ahead. Yes, the waters may summer team that I became aware that seem deep but when the Lord says the Lord was planting the seed, seed Come, follow me we must obey. that was to be subsequently watered during another short visit I made alone Thank you for your interest and for in 2000. I have not found the concept your prayers. I will keep you up to date of a call easy to understand, but I have as plans are made for me to travel to come to see it as a growing desire and Nigeria in January 2003.
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Remembering Former Days

In this EPC anniversary year we wish to bring to mind the former days by reprinting some articles from the very first issues of this magazine. The battle for truth remains. This article was first printed in The Irish Evangelical in July 1932.

FIVE YEARS AGO AND TODAY


Rev. James Hunter
It had been known for a long time that things were not right in the Assemblys college. One godly young man gave up attending the classes in revulsion from the teaching, and emigrated to America. Another whom I knew continued to attend under compulsion from his father. A young minister intimated to his congregation that he intended to go to the Mission Field, but not in connection with the Presbyterian Church. A leading minister went by train and endeavoured to persuade him to alter his mind, and to go out in connection with the Presbyterian church; but he was immovable, and gave as his reason the teaching that was countenanced in the College. When I heard this I wrote asking for information, remarking that unless evidence were forthcoming the evil could not be corrected. He answered with samples of the false doctrine of several of the professors. I saw that corroborative evidence was necessary if the matter were to be pursued, but my efforts to procure this were fruitless. Somehow it had got out that this minister had been in communication with me, and when he was leaving a certain Presbyterian establishment one day, the head of it called out after him, You low, mean fellow. This shewed the spirit of Modernism. After the lapse of a number of years a student waited to see me at the end of a meeting which I was conducting. He told me that in one of the classes the professor had said that the Lord Jesus on the cross thought He had let God down. The blasphemy was so shocking that I resolved to do what I could to expose this infidelity. I succeeded in getting the notes of a second student which confirmed the
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statements of the others. Soon, however, I received a letter from this second student refusing to allow me to make use of his notes. I replied that soul-murder was worse than bodymurder, and that I would make use of any true evidence I could procure. When the trial did come on, the Presbytery drew this distinction between these two witnesses: the one who wished to withdraw his evidence they rewarded by never examining him at all; the other who volunteered to come forward they cross-examined with the severity that Judge Jeffreys employed. There is not a court in civilised Christendom where this distinction would have been drawn. Before bringing the matter to a regular trial I gave all the publicity I could to the evidence by issuing sheets which I called S.O.S. circulars. The College Committee grew irate over this, and ordered me to go before them with the charges. As the Committee had no authority over me, and I knew they were out-and-out Modernist I did not choose to do this. They then proceeded to examine into the evidence against one of the professors, and issued a long report which they sent to the newspapers, declaring my charges to be baseless, and that the professor taught the infallibility of the Bible. As a matter of fact I held in my hands the type-written sheet given by this professor to all his students in which he gave a series of reasons against believing the Bible to be infallible.
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The Belfast Presbytery then passed a vote of censure on me because I had not gone before the Committee with the charges, and against this censure I appealed to the Assembly. The Assembly confirmed the censure passed by the Presbytery and ordered me not to circulate any more S.O.S. sheets. Like a dutiful son, I then went before the College Committee with charges against another of the professors, and the Committee handed them back to me with the statement that they had no jurisdiction in a matter of that kind! Then I went to the Presbytery in the beginning of December 1926, and after two months delay the trial began. After fourteen sederunts the five charges were dismissed, and the professor found not guilty. The professor was charged on evidence taken from his published writings and from notes of students, the substantial accuracy of which he himself admitted, with denying the doctrine of imputation, the moral finality of our Lord's character, the infallibility of the Scriptures, the Scriptural authority for the doctrine of the Trinity, and with pantheistic teaching concerning Gods responsibility for sin. To put a fair face on the trial, the Presbytery paid a lawyer to act as assessor to the Moderator. When the lawyers decision did not suit then, however, they refused to be guided by him. The first charge was entered into at length, but the other four charges

were not entered into. The professor claimed in these to enter a plea of justification. The lawyer gave it as his decision that the circumstances did not allow for such a plea, but the Moderator and the Presbytery ignored this decision ; fear drove them to this injustice. A Record of the Trial was published, but this record was seriously defective. Of the four last charges all that is published is the four long addresses of Professor Davey. When the first of these addresses was finished the Moderator turned to me and said that I could reply if I chose, and when I answered that I thought it very unfair to call upon me at a moments notice to answer the long statement that had been made, he simply said that there was no need to speak if I did not like. Not wishing the matter to go by default I took the opportunity that was offered and four addresses of mine were given in reply to those of Professor Davey. Not a single word of these addresses was printed, nor one word of the statements of the Professor in reply to those given by me. When all was over in the Presbytery an inhibition was imposed on the accusers not to speak one word on the subject, not even in public prayer till after the Assembly. I answered in the first public opportunity, that I would speak before the Assembly and after the Assembly, and as long as I had strength to do so.

The course of the trial before the higher court was of the same unfair character. The only individual who rose to criticise the heresies of the professor was my own brother, since deceased and they howled him down. The Rev. Wm Corkey speaking on behalf of the professor charged me with going about the country and telling what was untrue, that Professor Davey taught his students that Jesus let God down on the cross. The falsehood was Mr Corkeys and not mine. I told, and tell what was admitted to be true, that the students were taught that Jesus thought on the cross that He had let God down. And the professor did go so far as to admit that had he known that publicity would have been given to the lecture he would not have used the expression let God down. Mr Corkey evidently sees nothing wrong in all this, but to me it is blasphemous infidelity. Six weeks after that Assembly I wrote to the clerk of Presbytery sending my resignation as minister and member of the Presbyterian Church. In due course this came before the Presbytery, but I received from them no acknowledgement, good, bad, or indifferent. Some time afterwards however, this paragraph appeared in a prominent place in the papers: At the meeting of the Belfast Presbytery held on 4th October, the following communication was submitted: At the meeting of the Commission of the
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Assembly held on 3rd October, 1927 the following resolution was unanimously adopted: That as the Rev. Jas. Hunter has, by his own action, severed his connection with this Church, his name be now removed from every roll of the General Assembly, that the Presbytery of Belfast be directed to remove his name from its roll, and that the session of the congregation with which he was in connection be directed to remove his name from its roll of membership.

College, on Conversion, Professor Davey instanced four men as genuinely converted Christians, and men of God. Who were these four? They were antagonists of the Christian faith, two of them not even believing in a life after death.

I have been asked why I did not stay in the Presbyterian Church and try to reform it from inside. I answer that our forefathers left the Church of Rome when many urged them to remain and try to purify it. The My brother asked me what I thought superstitions of Rome are not worse was the meaning of this strangely than the unbelief that is harboured in worded resolution, and I said I believed the Presbyterian Church. When a they wished the public to think that I theological professor is permitted to had been guilty of some grave teach his students that the doctrine of immorality. He replied that that was the Trinity is not found in the New his opinion also. When the Rev. Testament that is quite enough for Thomas Connellan quitted the Roman me. Catholic Church, he left his clothes beside a lake, and so, thinking that the Be ye not unequally yoked together with poor man was drowned the Romanist unbelievers. What part hath he that believeth with an infidel? Wherefore come Church gave him a really good testimonial. If I had acted similarly the out from among them, and be ye separate, Belfast Presbytery might have shewn a saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, and will be a little heathen courtesy. Father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and One consequence of the trial was that daughters, saith the Lord Almighty. rationalism got fresh courage. At an opening lecture of the Assemblys

Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it... When will Christians learn that separation from evil is not only our privilege, but our duty? CH Spurgeon
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Books etc.
Standing in Grace Jonathan Edwards Soli Deo Gloria 70 pages 3.60 Reviewer: Stephen Atkinson Edwards Treatise on Grace was first published in Edinburgh in 1865 as part of Selections from the Unpublished Writings of Jonathan Edwards. This single selection now published by Soli Deo Gloria has been edited by Don Kistler. In three short chapters we are shown what it means to be a Christian, in the particular matter of gifted character and graces, or more correctly grace. In the opening chapter Edwards clearly and correctly defines and distinguishes common grace and saving grace as not simply a matter of degree, but of nature and kind (p2). Scriptural argument is thorough, as expected. Chapter two brings out an important corrective in that while we speak of graces, it is necessary to realise that these come from one principle in the heart (p21). Similar scriptural weight backs up his statements. The final chapter declares this principle of grace as something not from within, but from the Spirit of God, and primarily the grace of love, which God has shed abroad in our hearts. In present days of loose logic and preferred ambiguity, Edwards and others remain a necessary antidote. The Saint and His Saviour (Spurgeon) Tony Capoccia Evangelical Press 334 pages 10.95 Reviewer: Harold Gibson This volume forms part of the Living Classics for Today series and has been unabridged and lightly edited for todays reader by Tony Capoccia. This would probably be a good beginners guide to Spurgeon as it includes a biographical introduction by Michael Haykin to the Life and Legacy of this great preacher followed by some twelve sermons which take us through the working of the Spirit in the life of a believer. As with all of Spurgeons writings this is a book that both challenges and warms the heart as he directs us to a greater appreciation and love for Christ. Take a good look at his hands that firmly hold you; they too have their scars; and weep at the reminder that these were made for you. While the book will be of help to believers, Spurgeon was also an evangelist and he never misses an opportunity to present the gospel to the unsaved. Writing to the unconverted he says, My friend, although this book was written chiefly for the Lords family, yet it may please the gracious Spirit to bless it to your own soul.
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You will find this book full of practical help and instruction as you seek to live for the Saviour day by day. Read some of the advice that he gives: Waste no opportunity of attending the Word: Thomas doubted because he was not there when Jesus came. Let sermons and prayers be your delight, because they are the roads on which the Saviour walks. Keep constant company with the righteous, for they always bring Him when they come. Highly recommended. The Church is Mine (What the Bible Teaches about The Redemption of the Church) Csar Malan Evangelical Press 142 pages 7.95 Reviewer: Brian Magee A great service has been perfomed by A. Benjamin R. Clark in translating this excellent little book. It is not a new work, being first published in French in 1851, yet it has a freshness and warmth making it a very attractive read. The basic question which the book seeks to address is For whom did Christ die? Was it for the church, for the elect, that Christ died, or did his redemptive work include all mankind without discrimination? This is the issue which Malan seeks to resolve and as Clark states in his Preface This is a question of the greatest importance for it will impact upon every facet of our lives, both individually and as a church.
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The answer we give to this question will affect our attitude and approach to God, our worship, our personal assurance of salvation, our approach to prayer and to evangelism. Malan logically sets forth the biblical evidence and seeks to show that the view so popular today that Christ died indiscriminately for every man must lead to universalism. He then goes on to demonstrate that universalism, in whatever form it may take (and he is more concerned to deal with those who hold to a universal atonement), is incompatible with the Christian faith and the Word of God. One of the most attractive traits of this book is the way that Malan can be so clear and precise in his exposing of error and yet at the same time show a loving concern for those who hold a different viewpoint. He is an example to us all in how to converse with those whose theology may differ from our own and a perfect example of what a true pastoral heart should be. The author also looks at biblical texts quoted in support of a universal atonement. In this he looks at issues such as - Did Christ, by his death, remove sin from the world? Indeed, was Jesus sacrified for the world? Malan looks honestly at the biblical material and concludes that no support can be found for a universal atonement rather quite the opposite is found to be the case. Christs sacrifice may have been for all nations in general, yet the Scriptures clearly show that it was also specific in that the atonement was

made for all those who really constitute the people of God. Malan covers a great deal of ground in such a small book which includes considering whether there is a parallel between the death of Christ and the death of Adam and whether it is possible for those whom Christ has redeemed finally to perish. There is also a chapter on human responsibility and finally a sermon of Malans based on John 5:40 entitled The unbeliever perishes only because he chooses to. This is a timely and heart-warming book which I highly recommend - a good gift for your Arminian friends?

one of those survived her. We further gain some insight into the difficulties and pain parents endure when their children rebel against the gospel. The strength of character she exhibited when faced with each new trial, was a testimony to me.

Secondly, there is the fervour and drive she brought to the cause of furthering the Gospel. She worked tirelessly, (often while experiencing considerable periods of illness), to establish a college for theological training. She was often constrained in her efforts due to finance and even as a wealthy woman, she gave her all. She was associated with many of the greats of her day, such as Selina - Countess of Huntingdon the Wesleys, Whitefield and Romaine, and was often a great source of (Her pivotal role in the 18th Century encouragement to them. Evangelical Awakening) It should be noted, however, that Faith Faith Cook Cook portrays this lady warts and all. Banner of Truth We see aspects of her personality which 478 pages 19.95 we would frown upon today; attributes Reviewer: Wendy Atkinson that a godly lady should repress. In her defence though, she is a lady of her In discovering the life of this lady, who time and culture, and some of the was one of the socially elite of her day, I power she occasionally wielded have been personally challenged by her ruthlessly, was due to her position in commitment and drive to further the society. cause of the Gospel. A book well worth reading, giving a Two aspects of her life particularly wonderful insight into how people lived made a deep impression on me. Firstly, at that time, personal insights into although privileged in many ways, she church life, and providing a continuing suffered many hardships in her life. She challenge as to how much of our time, endured the breakdown of her parents money and effort we contribute to the marriage, and the subsequent virtual work of God. abandonment by her own mother. Also, having borne seven children, only
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making progress with pilgrim


(for pilgrims of all ages)

- (5) AT THE FAIR (John Bunyan presented the world with a wonderful picture of Christian experience in The Pilgrims Progress. We continue to retell some of the main parts of the story.)

Whether you live in a town, or in a country village, everyone likes a fair. Such spectacular fun, and such sticky food, well, these things are not found everyday! The sights and sounds call you over. The objects to buy or win entice your eyes, and empty your pockets. But soon the day is over, the money gone, and the stomach feeling the effects of over-eating. In the story of Pilgrims Progress Christian and Faithful arrive at a fair, in a town called Vanity. They had been warned by Evangelist about this town, and his words were true. Anything could be bought here. Pleasure and fame was sold at a price. You could even sell your soul. There was a great broad road running down the middle that brought a lot of travellers. The town and its fair were full of lying, cheating, gambling and drinking. Now there were churches in this town, but they were churches with all sorts of bad things permitted, and pretend Christians. Our two friends were immediately spotted as being different. They spoke differently, and their dress certainly didnt live up to the fashion of Vanity Fair. But the thing that most annoyed the people was that Christian and Faithful were not interested in anything in the town. They wished to buy the truth, but it was not for sale in this town. In fact they looked as if they belonged to another country. The people finally couldnt abide this difference, so they were arrested, whipped, and sentenced to death. Christian is eventually released, but Faithful is put to death. Christian now must go on alone, but not for long. You and I must live in this world, and it may seem like a great fair, but it is all empty, and if we are following Jesus we must live as strangers and pilgrims here, even if we are persecuted. The Bible tells us of a broad road that leads to destruction, and how we need to turn off that road to Jesus, and walk the narrow way, making further progress as a pilgrim. Are you making progress with Pilgrim?

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These addresses include some which clearly show why the Gospel is different from modern substitutes and why it is impossible to be a true soldier of Jesus Christ and not fight for the Truth .

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