NEWS AND COMMENT FROM AULTBEA, ROSS-SHIRE.

by Andrew R Allan

Aultbea


 

Farewell Aultbea

Written by Andrew R Allan on Monday, 28 April 2014. Posted in Still Small Voice

Thanks For The Privilege

I write this a few days before my induction to the Partick congregation. It was difficult to preach my last sermons on 20th April and to pack up and leave our home at Pier Road the following Thursday and Friday. To say goodbye to people you have grown to love and respect is not easy. To realise that I will not see many of them again in this world is a sobering thought. My only consolation is that I have sought to preach Christ to them. 

The congregation of Poolewe and Aultbea is an ideal congregation for a minister's first charge. They are wełcoming, loyal, devoted, undestanding and loving.  I have found that they have shown all of these virtues, and more, towards me and my family during our five and a half years in their midst.

I do hope that what I've learnt from them I may be able to use in my new congregation. 

Farewell brethren it was an honour and privilege to serve you. 

Acts 20:32 "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

 

Letter To MSPs

Written by Andrew R Allan on Monday, 10 February 2014. Posted in The Trumpet

The letter below was sent as an email today to the following Highland & Islands MSPs, Rob Gibson, Mary Scanlon, John Finnie, Rhoda Grant, Mike MacKenzie, David Stewart and Jean Urquhart.

Dear MSPs

Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill.

I note with regret the way that you have voted at Stage 3 of the above Bill and how you voted on key amendments to protect civil liberties.  How men and, especially women, could vote to promote and legalise perversion is beyond my understanding.  How you could equate heterosexual marriage with same-sex marriage, "men with men working that which is unseemly," beggars belief.

What you have done in effect is to say, You know better than God!  God's word is very clear about marriage, but our enlightened, educated and effeminate MSPs have found fault with God's law and decided to replace it with the law of men.

Scottish MSPs (and Westminster MPs) have capitulated to a strong, vocal, articulate and publicly funded homosexual lobby, swallowing hook line and sinker their falsehood.  It is clear that politicians are out of touch with the ordinary man for same-sex marriage was never an issue that captivated the people before it was thrust upon them.  Those persons who took the trouble to respond to the government's consultation were overwhelming in favour of leaving marriage as it had been previously defined.

In one sense it is over and all we can look forward to is to see in the pro homosexual dominated media same-sex 'happy couples' going through sham marriage ceremonies and seeking to parade themselves to the public as normal and happy. 

Well it is not over for you! God has placed you in a position of power and authority and you are accountable to him for your actions for, "the powers that be are ordained of God."

God will visit you for what you have legislated for.  God may choose to visit you in time or,  he may in his inscrutable wisdom, leave you until the day of judgment.  He is sovereign and will do whatever best suits his purposes.  But one thing is certain he will punish for sin.

However, I want to close on a positive note.  You have committed a great sin but it is not unpardonable.  It is not too late to repent and to seek the Lord's mercy while he may be found.  The Lord Jesus Christ prayed for his crucifiers, "Father forgive them; for they no not what they do."  Turn to him now for you will find him forgiving and merciful.

I will continue to pray for you and others in position of authority as God as commanded.

Kind regards

Rev Andrew R Allan
Minister of Poolewe & Aultbea Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)
www.pooleweandaultbeafcc.org/

Glasgow Chaplain Sacked

Written by Andrew R Allan on Monday, 06 January 2014.

I know nothing about the Rev Donald Michael Macinnes, the Glasgow Church of Scotland minister who has been sacked from a school chaplaincy post after he criticised homosexuality on his Facebook page. I suspect I would not agree with him on many theological and church related issues. However, I am somewhat sympathetic to his comments regarding homosexuality as reported in the media and I'm most certainly appalled that he has been sacked from his post at Glasgow Gaelic School.

When the MSPs were debating same-sex marriage in the Scottish Parliament, assurances were given that those who spoke out against homosexuality and same-sex marriage would not be vilified and face discrimination simply because of their views. These assurances and safeguards are not worth the paper they are print on.

When same-sex marriage and same-sex relationships are being discussed the word 'toleration' is always used by the proponents of these relationships, stating that everybody needs to show toleration and understanding for those who practice same-sex relationships. Where is the toleration to be found now? The moment one speaks out against perversion toleration ends. One is only tolerated if one agrees with the homosexual lobby!

What does this whole issue say about the parents who complained? What kind of parents are they who would object to a gospel minister expressing the truth as found in the Word of God? I feel sorry for the children who have parents like this.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-25621301

http://www.hebrides-news.com/school_chaplain_sacked_over_gay_comments_6114.html

..The Worlds Were Framed By The Word Of God.." Hebrews 11:3

Written by Andrew R Allan on Friday, 08 November 2013.

According to news reports Typhoon Haiyan is battering the central Philippines with sustained winds of up to 320 km/h (199mph). At a time like this our first thoughts and prayers are with the people caught up in this storm, that could be the most powerful storm ever to make landfall

However the storm does makes us think about atheists and evolutionists who claim that the Universe came about because of some 'Big Bang' that happened many millions of years ago. It beggars belief that highly educated and well informed people could believe that our Universe, which is characterised by order, beauty, design and purpose, could result from some random unplanned catastrophe millions of years ago.

We know that a 'Big Bang' or explosion is not the same as a storm yet the effects of both are similar – utter destruction, chaos, damage and death.

We therefore will believe the biblical account of Creation which teaches that God made the Heaven and earth, the seas and all that in them is in the space of six days and all very good.

Synagogue Of Satan

on Friday, 16 August 2013.

The Sins Of The Roman Catholic Church

Synagogue Of Satan

Yet again the vile and heinous sins of the Roman Catholic church have been publicly exposed. God in His all wise wisdom has providentially exposed the sins of some monks at the former Fort Augustus boarding school in the Highlands.

People are calling for action to be taken against the church and the monks. Some are calling for the church to investigate and to act accordingly, others are demanding a full independent inquiry. Some want Fr Chrysostom, the last monk alive accused of sexual abuse, to be extradited back to the UK. Others are calling for the Government to act.

However, a more fundamental and basic question needs to be addressed; Why do a large amount of Roman Catholic clerics engage in physical and sexual abuse of children? The answer is clear; because of Rome's insistence on celibacy. To impose celibacy upon their clerics is against the clear teachings of the Bible and is in fact a mark of an apostate church (1 Timothy 4:3).

The behaviour of the Roman Catholic clergy should lead all right thinking persons to ask another question; Why do people continue to remain in the church and therefore indirectly support such lewd behaviour? Is it not clear that the Roman Catholic Church cannot be regarded as an authentic church, but is, as the Westminster Confession of Faith says, a “synagogue of Satan”.

After all the revelations that have come to light in recent days and years along with an extended catalogue of similar offences down through the centuries, it is clear that those who remain in the church must prefer it to any alternative.

The Protestant church is not perfect, but it is not subject to the same extent to the sins of the Romish church. When and if a Protestant cleric sins it is generally true that the matter is exposed and dealt with in a biblical manner.

Unless there is genuine wholesale repentance in the Roman Catholic Church we can expect a significant amount of their clergy to continue to engage in detestable practices.

Never the less the whole saga of sins being exposed years and decades after they were committed reminds us all, Catholic and Protestant, that God will bring all things to light on the Day of Judgement. On that Day there will be no hiding or evading, no denying or appealing to a higher court, no inquiry, just pure Divine justice.

How will you fare on that Day? The true hearted genuine Christian will be declared righteous only because of Christ. Only because Christ has paid the price for his sins and provided him with a perfect and spotless righteousness will he be saved. You can know this experience for yourself only by turing from your sins (repentance) and believing upon the Lord Jesus Christ.

Trip To Zambia

Written by Andrew R Allan on Thursday, 16 May 2013. Posted in The Trumpet

I have been appointed by our denomination's Home & Foreign Mission Committee as a Trustee on Covenant College Zambia Trust. It is a three-year appointment and after I have completed my term another minister will be appointed in my place.

Covenant College Zambia Trust operates three main ministries: a College to train pastors in the reformed faith; a ministry to support Christian schools and teachers; and a College Farm operated on sound Biblical principles to help support the College and to train men to make the most of what God has given to them.

My principal duty as a trustee is to attend the AGM of Covenant College Zambia Trust and to represent the interests of our denomination on the Board of Trustees. The AGM is held around late March early April.

Recently I attended my first AGM and gave a series of lectures entitled “Preaching Christ From The Old Testament” to around a dozen Diploma level students. The lectures were not my own rather they were the lectures I received from my Old Testament lecturer at the Free Church Seminary Dr David P Murray.

I have produced a 20 minute DVD giving an audio visual account of my first trip to Zambia. If you would like a copy of the DVD please make contact with me and I'll arrange for you to get a copy.