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Thursday, August 24, 2017
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The Irresistible Weapon of our Warfare in the Battle for Souls Chained by Rome

Lecture at a Seminar of the European Institute of Protestant Studies
President of the Institute, Dr. Ian R.K. Paisley, M.P., M.E.P.

The greatest work to which a human being can possibly be called is the winning of a precious soul to the Lord Jesus Christ. It is the highest summit to which human wisdom can ascend, and it is a work which ensures the eternal shining in the never-ending eternity of God. He that winneth souls is wise and he that turneth many to righteousness shall shine as the stars for ever and ever. To win a soul out of the darkness of the great apostasy of Rome and from the perverted Satanic false gospel of the Roman Antichrist is indeed a mighty and glorious deed - a deed that is accomplished, not by might nor by power, but only "by my Spirit", saith the Lord.

When we come to consider this supremist of subjects, let us crave for the help of the Holy Spirit of God. we need the power of Pentecost.

I want, very briefly, to lay down five guiding principles which must be slavishly adhered to when we engage in such a humanly impossible task. Any departure from these five principles will spell failure to all our best efforts in this field.

The first principle is: Authority, not argument.

...there is a great difference between winning an argument with a Roman Catholic and winning that Roman Catholic for Jesus Christ. We must remember that there is a great difference between winning an argument with a Roman Catholic and winning that Roman Catholic for Jesus Christ. Armed with argument you may be able to demolish all the defences that that Roman Catholic may put up, but not in any way demolish the refuge of lies in which he is hiding. Some people think that it is only those who have an absolute and perfect knowledge of Roman Catholicism who are fit to engage in this work. While it is necessary for us to learn as much about the chains that bind the soul and it is right for us to be able to diagnose the disease, we will never see that disease healed except we have Divine authority.

Christ taught them as one having authority and not as the scribes. The scribes may have the argument, but they did not have the authority. Our authority is the mighty Word of God alone, the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God, quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, mighty through God to the pulling down of the strongholds of Satan.

Hammond's Hundred Texts Now there are texts of Scripture which every soul-winner of Roman Catholics needs to be aware of, and I would recommend to you Hammond's Hundred Texts. Those hundred texts were the texts of the Irish Church Missions, used for years in revivals among Roman Catholics in the whole of Ireland. In fact, at the end of the last century, through the preaching of those texts, a great gospel work was done in Dundalk where there was a gathering of converted Roman Catholics from 200 who had withdrawn through the preaching of those texts in Dundalk.

Hammond's book, the Hundred Texts, is easily available and should be possessed by anyone who wants to know the controversy with Rome and the types of Scriptures that, with authority, demolish the refuge of lies and show to the soul that there is no hope, no refuge, no assurance, no joy, no pardon but outside the rotten diabolical system of Popery.

The second principle is: Christ, not the Church.

Your duty in winning Roman Catholics to Christ is to present Jesus Christ Your duty in winning Roman Catholics to Christ is to present Jesus Christ, a solitary Christ, an alone Christ, a Christ without sacrament, a Christ without Church, a Christ without anything added or taken away. Christ alone is the only Saviour. It is that message that Roman Catholics need to hear because they have been taught it is 'Christ plus baptism', so in early days they have their baptism. Never confound Christian baptism of any mode with the baptism of Rome. At the heart of Rome's baptism is that pernicious and evil eye, baptismal regeneration. Of course, when the priest baptises the child he does all sorts of wonderful things. They have to open the windows to let the devil out as he casts out the devil. They have to put a wee bit of salt on his tongue, for the devil evidently does not like salt. If you get a tip of salt in your tongue it will help you to get rid of the devil. We had better send for bags of salt and scatter them over the Garvaghy Road and then we would have mass conversions and freedom to exercise our civil and religious liberty. Baptismal regeneration has crept into the Protestant churches, and there are many Protestants today as blind as Romanism trusting in their baptism. Baptism of any mode will make you wetter but no better as regard to your soul's salvation. Therefore you must present Christ alone.

Let us walk for a moment the apostolic road. Turn to Acts 4:12. As we walk down this road briefly, you will see the emphasis that was on the apostolic church and upon its apostles and preachers. The Church of Rome says Peter was the first Pope. How different is his preaching from the preaching of popery! Neither is there salvation in any other: It is not in Lourdes; it is not in the flashing lights of the hosts in Londonderry; it is not found at the blessed Lady of Fatima; it is not found anywhere but in Christ. Neither is there salvation in any other. Papa, you are redundant. You are not in the salvation business. Priests of Rome, you are all on the unemployment exchange; you are not in the business of salvation. Saints and saintesses, cast clouts and rotten rags and all the machinery of Rome's superstition. When I was in Rome they had a piece of the virgin's green petticoat. It was the right colour, of course, a green petticoat, which they adored.

Poor blinded souls, to kneel before a piece of a petticoat. It never belonged to the virgin, it was not even made in the virgin's days. It is like the shroud of Turin - nothing to do even with the very century. Kneeling, praying, weeping and kissing!

If you ever go to Rome go to the so-called Peter's statue, which is not Peter at all. It is one of the old gods of Rome set up as Peter, and you will find that his foot has been kissed away. Kissed away! Of course, the very devout Romanist kisses the toe believing that no matter what disease may be upon it from someone else's saliva it will be all right, but people without faith take their handkerchief and they rub it before they kiss it. If a toe can save you from hell it should be able to save you from any disease. Oh, the blindness of Rome!

It is the Name of Christ alone whereby we must be saved. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under Heaven. That puts out all the names. The blessed Joseph, the blessed Alphonsus Luguori, the blessed this and the blessed that, and the blessed other thing! This puts them all out. It is the Name of Christ alone whereby we must be saved.

Let's come a little farther on the apostolic road. Acts 8:5: "Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria" - and preached popery unto them? No. He "preached Christ unto them".

Come to Acts 10:36. When Peter went to the home of the first Gentiles to get the Gospel, the home of Cornelius, Peter says: "The word which God sent unto the children of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ: (he is Lord of all:)"… Do you know what that means? No popery! For that is what Rome claims: it claims to be Lord God the Pope on earth. That is one of the Pope's titles.

Then come down to verse 43: "To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins." Yes: Christ, not the church.

We find that when the apostle Paul is speaking he tells us what God did for him. Open Acts 13 and you will find there about the apostle Paul - and what did Paul do after he was converted to the Lord? He went on the great missionary journey. He came to Antioch. What did he preach to them? He preached in Acts 13:33: "God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again; as it is also written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee." The very centre of his message was a risen Christ. Of course, it had to be a risen Christ - a risen Christ because God appeared to him on the Damascus road and said he would be a witness unto Him. Let me say then: It is authority, not argument. It is Christ, not the church.

The third principle is: Disputation, not diplomacy.

I know people who say that when they witness to a Roman Catholic they never mention the mass... I know people who say that when they witness to a Roman Catholic they never mention the mass; they never mention Rome's idolatries; they preach a positive Gospel. Well, I want to tell you that that is not the way they preach in the New Testament. I was preaching last Sunday night in my own pulpit here in the Martyrs' Memorial Church, and those of you here will know it was a very strong sermon and I said some very strong things against Popery. Little did I know there was a Roman Catholic sitting in front of me. A young man from New Haven, Connecticut. When the service was over he came to see me to get saved, because his eyes had been opened, and the very things I had been saying he had thought them for a very long time, but he got them confirmed. Now if I had only been preaching what they call a positive Gospel, he would have left the meeting. He heard the truth, the disputation.

A young woman entered the Ulster Hall when we were there having our services. She was a poor Roman Catholic under strain. She had found out things about priests, she had found out things about Rome and she was greatly troubled. Everything I said in the Ulster Hall that night confirmed it. She said there were more people besides her thinking these things about Rome. She got saved and became a missionary to Roman Catholics. You don't save Roman Catholics by diplomacy; you save them by disputations.

God has a controversy with sin, men and women, and God has a controversy with the Roman Antichrist. You must come to grips with the very heart of God's great controversy with Rome. There must be no shadow-boxing, no skirmishing; the jugular must be seized and opened so that in haemorrhaging away the Roman Catholic's faith in falsehood there may be a place where true faith can be discovered in the heart. That is the way the apostles preached.

Remember Stephen's ministry? The apostolic way, Acts 6. How did he preach? Was Stephen a mealy-mouthed preacher, was he? No. It says in Acts 6:9: "Then there arose certain of the synagogue, which is called the synagogue of the Libertines, and Cyrenians, and Alexandrians, and them of Cilicia and of Asia, disputing with Stephen. And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake." We need that wisdom, we need that spirit.

Turn to Acts 9:29 and we read there of this man Paul in Damascus: "And he spake boldly in the name of the Lord Jesus, and disputed against the Grecians." This man has just got saved. He had not gone to theological school and taken one of these diplomacy degrees in preaching. Oh no, he had got the disputation of the Holy Ghost against evil in his heart, and he was just saved "and disputed against the Grecians: but they went about to slay him." The more threats Rome throws against you the more effectual your preaching is. Always remember that. There will be opposition to such preaching.

Acts 17:17 - we have it there again in the apostle Paul, and we read about him: "Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews." Now Paul went right into the synagogue. Maybe we should go right into the chapels and start this apostolic practice. "Therefore disputed he in the synagogue with the Jews, and with the devout persons." Even with devout persons he disputed - it did not matter what their standing was, "and in the market daily with them that met with him". He disputed with them. He was in the controversy with them. Chapter 19:8 - "And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God."

God send us some John Knoxes with sharp axes in their hands to lay them to the root of the tree. How did the Reformation start in Scotland? There were a lot of pussyfooting preachers - Reformers - and they made no effort and made no headway against Rome. Then John Knox took up the theme - the little horn of Daniel - and he preached a great sermon on Rome as the Antichrist. The people said this man does not tare off the leaves and the branches, he does not tare off the branches: he puts his axe to the root of the tree, for the whole tree is rotten. There started there great revival in Scotland and Scotland threw off the chains and shackles of Popery and became a great nation. God send us some John Knoxes with sharp axes in their hands to lay them to the root of the tree.

Let me emphasise: Christ, not the church; authority, not argument; disputation, not diplomacy.

Then, fourthly, something else: Experience, not explanation.

Now if you have a big long face and you are trying to tell people what a happy thing it is to be a Christian, you have not a chance. The real secret of successful soul-winning is the fact that the soul-winner is, above all things, an up-to-date witness of the pardon and power of the Gospel. He is not posing as the possessor of the philosophy of salvation. He is showing the person he is witnessing to that he is enjoying the experience of salvation. Now if you have a big long face and you are trying to tell people what a happy thing it is to be a Christian, you have not a chance.

I am often told the story of a man who got converted through Moody, and Moody told him to witness, and the man was a barber. He said he would have to witness to the first man who came into his barber's shop the next day and wanted a shave, so this man wanted to witness to him and he was afraid, he had not the liberty, so he put the boy back in the chair and pulled the handle, and the chair went back and he got the wobbling brush and put a good bit of soap on the man's face, and when he got that done he took the leather strap and he pulled the cut-throat razor over the leather strap and then he approached the man. Do you know what he said to him? "Are you prepared to die?" The man jumped out of the chair and ran down the street and said he was a murderer! That is not the way to witness. Never go out to witness if your heart is cold: it is no use. Never got out to witness if you are not enjoying the Lord or if there is some sin between you.

Witnesses… ye shall be witnesses unto me. What is a witness? He may be a clodhopper, he may never have taken the eleven plus examination, but if he was there and saw it happen he is an effectual witness. He is better than a professor - with all due respects to my friend! - who was not there and did not see it happen. A witness is a eyewitness. We are eyewitnesses. God has saved us.

A rejoicing Christian overflowing with a renewed experience of Christ is a weapon that no man can resist. If he is filled with the Word of God. Now when our brother Larry was preaching today there was a thing he said. Maybe you did not catch it, but I did. I was not thinking about other sermons the way he does when he listens to me, and it was this: he said we should be thankful for the work of the Spirit in our hearts. Is it not wonderful that in our witness you woke this morning a child of God. The first thing you wanted to do was pray - is that right? You wanted to get the Bible and see what was in it for your soul. Oh! friend, that is the work of the Spirit and you should be delighted about that; you have got the work of the Spirit. The first thing the church had to do before Pentecost could come was to put a witness in the place of Judas. Judas fell, and they said we must elect another witness to fill up the apostolic boy. All through Acts - 1:20, 2:32, 3:15, 5:32, 10:39 and 26:16 - they all talk about witnessing. That experience must be right up-to-date. A rejoicing Christian overflowing with a renewed experience of Christ is a weapon that no man can resist. If he is filled with the Word of God.

Turn over to Colossians 3:16, and you will find something there that you should keep in your mind continually: "Let the word of Christ dwell richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one anther in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord." Are you a singing Christian? You know, some people don't even have a hymn book at home; they use a hymn book only when they come to church. Do you not sing hymns at home? Do you not sing hymns at your work? My two brethren Kyle and Brian were going out to Chile from Ecuador and they were so happy they were singing, and a woman beside them, a Roman Catholic woman in great trouble, said: "Oh, I wish I could sing." Before the end of the journey she invited Brian to go to her home, and she left the Church of Rome and came through for the Lord, and her whole family became influenced, and the missionary there was delighted that he had got them. To be brought into their home - you never do that. Singing Christians, we need to have a song. The people going out to see eleven men kick a bit of inflated rubber through two goal posts and people sing; they shout and go mad and people say it is all good healthy emotion.

Oh! dear child of God, go with joy in your heart when you go soul-winning, and don't go out soul-winning until that joy is overflowing, because it is the overflow that will reach the person to whom you are witnessing. Here is a man and he has got his soul out of hell and he is a child of God and Heaven is his home and God is his Father and Christ his elder Brother and the Holy Spirit is in his heart, and if he smiles, he must be going Pentecostal! I refuse to allow people who are called Pentecostal to have the joy of the Lord alone. I have the joy of the Lord in my heart. People object to me. A man said it is not very Presbyterian for that man to shout out while people are singing 'I believe it'. Well, I don't care what it is; I will shout 'I believe it' if I do believe it because the Bible says 'I believe; therefore I speak'. I believe I have a right to speak. Oh! dear child of God, go with joy in your heart when you go soul-winning, and don't go out soul-winning until that joy is overflowing, because it is the overflow that will reach the person to whom you are witnessing.

Finally, let me say: It is love, not logic.

II Corinthians 5:14 - what does it say there? Very simply and plainly: "For the love of Christ constraineth us." The love of Christ, not love to Christ. Not love for Christ, but Christ's love in my heart operating in my soul constrains me to go and witness.

There is a lovely verse over in the Song of Solomon, in the last chapter. I was looking at it again today. I have refreshed my mind and memory of this portion of Scripture many times. In 8:6 we read: "Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is strong as death; jealously is cruel as the grave; the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame. Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it: if a man would give all the substance of his house for love, it would be utterly condemned."

You know, there are seven characteristics of love there. Mark them.

It is marked outwardly in the arm, but is sealed inwardly in the heart. The love of Christ constraining you will be seen in your arm, and it will be seen in your heart, and your heart will love the soul that you are after, and your arm will be reaching out to bring that soul to Jesus. It is unchangeable love.

Then it is unconquerable love. It is as strong as death. Death is the great conqueror of queens, clever men, foolish men, well educated men, illiterate men: they all fall before the power of death. It is unconquerable, as strong as death.

Then it is unbreakable. It is like the grave and the word cruel. If you have a marginal reference Bible, it is hard. It is hard, firm, impregnable. The unbreakable love, the unconquerable love, the unchangeable love.

Then, you will notice, it is untamable. It is like a great coal fire and has a most vehement flame. It is untamable.

Then it is unquenchable. Many waters cannot quench love.

Then it is undrownable. Floods cannot drown it.

Lastly it is unpriceable. The whole substance of a man's house cannot buy it.

That is the love that needs to be in my heart when I go out to win anyone to Christ, but especially a poor Roman Catholic. Oh for a baptism of the unchangeable, unconquerable, unbreakable, untamable, unquenchable, undrownable, unpriceable love of God! Man, when we are filled with that we will go like a blaze of winds. Did you ever see winds going up? My! The snorted roar of them on a dry summer day as the winds catch fire! God help us to set the winds of fire with that love for the souls of men.

God bless you and God bless this message to your hearts.

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