By an overwhelming majority of 105 to only 18, the Scottish Parliament has voted for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, to allow so-called same-sex marriage in Scotland. In jovial mood, many MSPs seemed well pleased with themselves. Meanwhile Scripture’s explanation and condemnation of the deplorable process could not be clearer: “For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: and likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet. . . . Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:26, 27, 32).
[100 years ago, back in 1914, the Editor of the Free Presbyterian Magazine wrote an article for the new year that could have been written today for its timely appropriateness. Within months of its original publication divine wrath broke forth in the devastations of the First World War. It was based on Habakkuk’s prayer for [Read more…]
“They know nothing of the life and power of the gospel, nothing of the reality of the grace of God, nor do they believe aright one article of the Christian faith, whose hearts are not sensible [keenly aware] of the love of Christ herein; nor is he sensible of the love of Christ, whose affections are not [Read more…]
Let us now hear and consider what pious men and women had to say about Christ at the hour of death. Stephen, the first martyr, with his dying breath said “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” Polycarp, when the wicked Roman pro-consul was urging him to deny Christ, said “I have served him eighty-six years, and [Read more…]
The disciples were sad; Jesus recognised that sorrow had filled their hearts. “Nevertheless”, He told them, “I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away” (Jn 16:7). There was a necessity about His departure; it would be profitable for them. He was going to die for them, to suffer the [Read more…]
This may seem obvious to many readers, but fallen human beings have always sought to avoid the authority of the Word of God. One of their preferred strategies today is to claim that religion, and scriptural Christianity in particular, is not relevant. If people care to go further, they may say that it does not [Read more…]
PDF version Epub version Online reading, section by section The use of catechisms for teaching doctrine is well established in the history of the Reformed Churches. The Scottish Church has preserved in use the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechisms as constitutional documents of primary importance in disseminating her teaching. Catechisms explaining historical and constitutional principles [Read more…]
The Free Presbyterian Church’s Outer Isles Presbytery has issued a statement condemning false evangelism, urging parents not to send their children to the Challenger Bus when it next visits the islands for evangelistic purposes. The Presbytery views the theology and worship of the Perth based charismatic organisation as “highly dangerous to the souls of the [Read more…]