Thursday, March 30, 2017
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Paisley At Bristol
New Years Resolutions
The Gift Of Scripture
Two Church Protests
Yea, Altogether Lovely
Signs of the Times - 2
Signs of the Times - 1
Law of God - Part 4
Law of God - Part 3
Law of God - Part 2
Law of God - Part 1
The New C.E.V Bible
The Appalling Night
Lot by Name & Nature
Locke Chapter 1
Changes of Unchanging
The God-Exalted Christ
50th Anniversary Msg
King Solomon and Rome
Roman Antichrist Idols
Romanism As It Is
God's Message for UK
Raising The Standard
Debate With Atheist
The Present Crisis
Set A Church On Fire
The Holy Trinity
Circulate God's Word
Protestant Heritage 5
Protestant Heritage 4
Protestant Heritage 3
Protestant Heritage 2
Protestant Heritage 1
Part I - Its Foundation
Are We To Lose Our Protestant Heritage?
"But that which ye have already hold fast till I come." Rev. 2:25
Dr. Ian R. K. Paisley MP, MEP
(Original version preached on the Lord's Day, 23rd June, 1963, after the murderous attack on Rev. John Wylie by a mob of Roman Catholics at Dunloy, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland.)
We have a great, grand and glorious heritage - the heritage of Bible Protestantism. Its greatness can be seen in what it has delivered us from: the tyranny of priestcraft and the chains of popery. Its grandeur is manifested in what we have been delivered to: the liberty of the Gospel and the freedom of the firstborn sons of God. Its glory is displayed in the fact that all its blessings, privileges and benefits become ours by grace, free grace alone. "For by grace are ye saved through faith, and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.
We are now going to survey this heritage, looking upon it as a rich estate, a great dominion, a bounteous principality, or as a vast kingdom to which we have become heirs. As we traverse its length and breadth, and, like the Israelitish spies of old, study its riches and partake of its bounty, may the fact that it is ours, ours by God's free gift, ours to appropriate, ours to enjoy, yes, and ours to preserve, captivate our minds. May our sin never be that of Esau, to barter our heritage for a morsel of meat, and then to find no place for repentance though we seek it earnestly with tears.
True Protestantism - Bible Christianity
At the outset, let it be said with great plainness and straightforwardness of speech that true Protestantism is Bible Christianity, the Christianity of the Bible. Protestantism is Christianity, the Christianity of Christ. Protestantism is Christianity, the Christianity of the Apostles. Protestantism is Christianity, the Christianity of the Early Church. Protestantism is nothing less and nothing more than that Holy Religion revealed supernaturally to mankind in the pages of the Inspired Word and centred and circumscribed in the glorious adorable Person of the Incarnate Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.
How easily many professed evangelicals have swallowed the sugar-coated pill of Rome's propaganda, and, adopting a superior manner with arrogant airs, assure the world: 'We are just Christians; we are not Protestants.' Poor fools! They know not what they say nor what they affirm. They are the joy of the Pope and the sorrow of Heaven. The root meaning of the word Protestant is 'a witness for', and any who claim to be Christians and affirm that they are not witnesses for Christ only indict their own souls. Away with such talk: 'I am a Christian but not a Protestant.' It is an outgrowth of conditioning by Romish propaganda. As a Christian I must be a Protestant, and if I am not a Protestant - that is, a witness for Christ - then, let it be said, I cannot be a Christian. Just as it is impossible to be a Christian Antichristian, so too it is impossible to be a Christian and not a Protestant.
As for those who claim to be Protestants but freely confess that they are not born again Christians, you also are in grave error. You have a form of godliness but by such a confession you deny the power thereof. You cannot be a real, true and faithful Protestant until the Holy Spirit indwells in you. The Holy Spirit alone can make effectual protest in this world against the powers of sin and popery. You must come to the Cross and there receive eternal pardon from the Great High Priest before you can be numbered in the ranks of the true protesters. Hosts of professing Christians, unregenerate and uncleansed, are as nothing to the power of the Roman Antichrist. Gideon's band of real Spirit-indwelling protesters are a terror to the Papacy. It was from such that Cromwell's Ironsides were recruited. No wonder, as they celebrated victory after victory, they could say of their fallen and stricken enemies: "God made them as stubble to our swords." May God enlist recruits like these for His great crusade against the Papal Man of Sin!
Lifeless churches without a protest against the Papacy have bread a race like the reprobates who polluted the Temple and service of God in the days of Nehemiah.
The fact that such words as these are necessary by way of introduction is a sad indication of the alarming state into which our glorious heritage has come. Lifeless churches without a protest against the Papacy have bread a race like the reprobates who polluted the Temple and service of God in the days of Nehemiah. Half their speech is that of popery and the other half the language of defunct Protestantism. No wonder Nehemiah contended with such and cursed them, and smote them, yes, and plucked off their hair. (The boneless, nerveless, spineless preachers of today wouldn't approve of his methods, I'm sure.) I would call your attention to this portion of Holy Writ as it has an important message for our own day:
"In those days also saw I Jews that had married wives of Ashdod, of Ammon, and of Moab: And their children spake half in the speech of Ashdod, and could not speak in the Jews' language, but according to the language of each people. I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of them, and plucked off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons, or for yourselves. Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was beloved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless even him did outlandish women cause to sin. Shall we then hearken unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against God in marrying strange wives? And one of the sons of Joiada, the son of Eliashib the high priest, was the son in law to Sanballat the Hornite: therefore I chased him from me. Remember them, O my God, because they have defiled the priesthood, and the covenant of the priesthood, and of the Levites. Thus cleansed I them from all strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every one in his business; And for the wood offering, at times appointed, and for the firstfruits. Remember me, O my God, for good."
Turning now to the heart of our subject, I want to speak on the foundation, the emancipation the elevation, the preservation and the appropriation of our Protestant heritage.
I. Its Foundation
The charter foundation of our Protestant heritage is the Bible, the impregnable, imperishable Word of the living God.
The charter foundation of our Protestant heritage is the Bible, the impregnable, imperishable Word of the living God. There is a period in European history which has been rightly name the Dark Ages. That period was noted for ignorance of the Book of God. Ignorance of God's law inevitably brings darkness. The nation which is ignorant of God's law will be a dark nation. The church which is ignorant of God's law will be a dark church. The soul that is ignorant of God's law will be a dark soul. Hence, ignorance of God's Word brought the Dark Ages.
The entrance of God's Word gives light; hence knowledge of the Book ushered in the Great Reformation. The darkness of popery which had shrouded Europe for centuries had to give place to the inextinguishable light of God's eternal truth. The black midnight fled before the bright noonday of the Sun of Righteousness Who arose upon the nations with healing in His wings.
Opposition to God's Word satanic
Opposition to God's Word has its base origin in Hell. Its genius is that of Satan. In Eden's Garden the serpent first mocked the Word of God, and, having unsettled the faith of Eve, then blatantly contradicted the Word. Since the dawn of history Satan has employed his diabolical arts towards the same objective. Failing to seize Jehovah's Throne in Heaven, he ever seeks to overthrow Jehovah's Law on earth. He is the implacable enemy of the Word of God.
As I study her [the Papacy] exploits to destroy the Word of God and murderously trample out all who would distribute it, I recognise of what seed she comes.
It is surely not difficult to trace the lineage of the Papacy and to know from where this system has come. What system has more of an anti-Bible history than the Papacy? As I study her exploits to destroy the Word of God and murderously trample out all who would distribute it, I recognise of what seed she comes. She is the seed of the serpent, the offspring of Belial, and the progeny of Hell. Her eye gleams with the serpent's light. Her clothes reek of the brimstone of the pit. Her words and opinions label her the parrot of Beelzebub. Unhesitatingly I recognise as of her father the Devil, and the works of her father she will do.
Ignorance of the Word of God and hatred of its teachings are her distinguishable characteristics. The light of God's Word at the Reformation dispelled the black midnight of Popery, and millions of souls thus escaped from the dungeons of papal priestcraft. In order to regain her vice-like grip on Europe, Rome launched her great Counter-Reformation. The main object was to undermine the belief of the Reformed Churches in the very Bible upon which they had been so successfully and gloriously founded.
The Master Plan of the Papacy
In order to do this, Rome planted her emissaries in the schools where the leaders and teachers of these denominations were trained. On Germany, the cradle of Protestantism, she especially concentrated. With the blight of rationalism and a system which viewed the Bible as myth and fable, Rome soon had the streams which ran down to the grass roots of Protestantism poisoned at their source. Jesuit-taught professors soon became the acknowledged leaders of the Reformed Churches and the ministers they trained were no better than camouflaged infidels. The blight soon sold in the various congregations, and so Protestantism, robbed of its anchor, compass of chart, became a boneless wreck, the plaything of the Papacy.
Then started the many pilgrimages back to Rome, until today the leaders of the now apostate Reformed Churches are tripping over one another to slabber on the Pope's slippers. The World Council of Churches, the Charismatic Movement, the Evangelicals and Catholics Together Movement and their like have become the vestibule of the Vatican.
C.H. Dodd, the Director of the New English Bible translation of the New Testament, is a typical example of one of these Jesuit-poisoned characters, and his making-out of our Lord to be a liar is a notorious example of his infidelity. No wonder the New English Bible makes Peter our to the rock on which the Church was built. Even the 'Brethren' are not immune from this Jesuitry, for Professor F.F. Bruce, notable 'Brethren' leader, called the blasphemer Dodd a "gracious Christian" and defended the perversion of God's Word which Dodd directed. How Rome rejoices that her Counter-Reformation has accomplished so much!
Pillars of our Reformed Faith
Let us not be ignorant of Rome's devices. She fears the Word of God; hence her determined efforts to destroy its circulation and to discredit its eternal truths. Nevertheless, the foundation of God stands sure. All the pressures of Popery and all the power of Hell cannot shake the three main pillars of our Reformed and Protestant faith:
(a) God's Word
Rome has burned this Book, but it has stood the test of fire.
Rome has burned this Book, but it has stood the test of fire. Like the three Hebrew children, there is not even the smell of fire upon it. It is God's unburnable Book. Rome has overwhelmed this Book in a flood of false doctrine, but it has stood the flood-test. It could not be drowned. It rose above the billows of apostasy and heresy as God's insubmersible Word. Rome has buried this book in a heap of legend of Babylonianism, but it refused to be buried and rose triumphant from what Rome thought was a Saducee's grave. It has stood the grave test. It is God's unconcealable Law. No potency can disintegrate this Rock. It is God's impregnable, imperishable Word. Read it; believe it; obey it; treasure it.
(b) God's Son
The Antichrists of Rome stagger to their graves ... but the Christ of God remains eternally the same.
The fact of the person of God's Son abides forever. No one can explain away Jesus Christ. The only logical answer to the secret of His power over the lives of men and the destinies of the nations is that he is God manifest in the flesh. All He claimed to be He has more than gloriously vindicated. The Antichrists of Rome stagger to their graves polluted carcasses of an accursed race, but the Christ of God remains eternally the same. He lives and reigns for evermore! Hallelujah! To Him alone we look as the Head of the Church, and at His pierced feet alone we bow in willing allegiance and homage. "My Lord and my God" is our testimony, like Thomas', to His person and deity.
(c) God's Salvation
Rome is the great Perverter; the Gospel is the great Converter.
Even in this sin-cursed age God is saving men, drunkards, thieves, vagabonds, criminals, harlots and sinners of the deepest dye are being gloriously ad eternally saved. Rome cannot save a soul. Her confessionals are in reality sin-boxes leading on to greater villainies between confessors and penitents. Rome is the great Perverter; the Gospel is the great Converter. The glory and divinity of the Gospel is manifested in its life-giving power. The fruits of Rome are the apples of Sodom; the fruits of the Gospel are the grapes of the Holy Land. The Gospel can stand up to the results test.
The Bible, then, which is the Word of God and which unveils the Lord Jesus Christ and the way of salvation, is the great foundation of our Protestant heritage.
(Read the remaining parts of this article in the near future: Part II - Its Emancipation; Part III - Its Elevation; Part IV - Its Preservation; Part V - Its Appropriation.)