THE ORANGE BANNER
"The Protestant Religion and Liberties of England I will maintain"
- William III, Prince of Orange
"Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee,
that it may be displayed because of the truth" - Psalm 60:4
Issue No.135 May/June 2006
80th Birthday for
Queen Elizabeth II
April 21st was the 80th birthday of Queen Elizabeth II and the 54th year of her reign. During this time there
have been ten prime ministers with whom she has dealt with, and of course she is the head of the
Commonwealth that still comprises of fifty-three nations. Our Queen has reigned for the fourth longest in
the past 1000 years and she has now spent two thirds of her life as our Monarch.
It was good to see that media coverage was widespread with some newspapers even having souvenir
supplements. It was both a time for public celebration and private celebration with the Royal Family and
The Orange Institution is a supporter of constitutional monarchy and the benefits of it to our country. The
Queen has represented this country well over the years and is rightly popular with the common people. We
trust that Her Majesty enjoyed her 80th Birthday!
Remembering Thomas Cranmer in Oxford
On Saturday 18th March 2006 members of the Oxford Martyrs Memorial LOL 213 attended the
commemoration in Oxford to mark the 450th anniversary of Archbishop Cranmer’s martyrdom. The
commemoration was organised by the Protestant Truth Society and was supported by a number of
The Rev. Dr. Roger Beckwith opened the occasion with an historical introduction to Cranmer and the
major contribution he made to the Reformed faith. He also described the events leading up to Cranmer’s
trial and execution in Oxford. This was followed by an open air service in Broad Street at the martyrdom
site. The address at the service was given by Rt. Rev. Dr. David Samuel, President of the Protestant Truth
Society. The commemoration concluded with a wreath laying at the Martyrs Memorial in St. Giles where
Worshipful Brother Paul Anderson, Master of the Oxford lodge, laid a wreath on behalf of LOL 213.
Contributed by W. Bro. Ian Mackey, Secretary, LOL 213.
Silver Jubilee in Scarborough
Lord Louis Mountbatten LOL 781 is twenty-five years old this year and to celebrate this landmark a Silver
Jubilee Parade was held in Scarborough on Saturday March 25th. The attendance was larger than for its
normal annual parade.
Corby Minibus Crash
Members of the Orange Order in Corby were involved in a minibus crash on Saturday April 1st. According
to the BBC website a tyre blow-out resulted in the minibus colliding with the rear of a lorry before going
down a grass bank and landing on its side. Fifteen people were injured with two being kept in hospital
overnight. The BBC report stated that a police helicopter, fire and rescue services, and ten ambulances
were in attendance at the crash site.
We give thanks to the Lord that there was no serious injuries, and we trust (DV) that the injured will
Following lobbying from the Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland the postal authority in the Republic of Ireland
is issuing a special stamp to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme in 1916. Men
from all parts of Ireland fought and died in this battle, even though this is forgotten by many who now live
in the Irish Republic.
The Royal Mail declined to mark the occasion as they only issue such stamps if the anniversary is in
multiples of fifty.
Star of Halewood LOL 66 Meetings
The Star of Halewood, Bishop J C Ryle Memorial, LOL 66 organised two events in April. On April 19th
the annual J C Ryle Memorial Service at the Bishop’s graveside at All Saints Church and on April 21st Bro
David Bryce, Past Grand Secretary of the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland, was giving a lecture on the
“Scottish Covenanter Movement and its Christian Basis”.
George Marsh Commemoration in Bolton
The annual George Marsh Thanksgiving Service was held at Deane Parish Church in Bolton on Sunday
April 23rd. George Marsh was from Deane and he was burnt at the stake in Chester on April 24th 1555.
The service was arranged and conducted by Victoria’s Pride LOL 788, and the sermon was preached by the
Revd Brother P J Rimmer HDGC. Nearly fifty people were in attendance, of which about half were not
members of the Orange Institution. The service was given good support by members of No 13 District.
At the conclusion of the service a wreath was laid on behalf of the lodge at the George Marsh Monument in
the church yard by the Revd Stephen Holland, a Wycliffe Preacher of the Protestant Truth Society. Mr
Chris Richards of the Protestant Alliance closed the commemoration in prayer.
A booklet on the life of George Marsh published by Victoria’s Pride LOL 788 is available at a cost of
£1.50 including postage and packaging.
Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland Book of Remembrance
The Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland plans to mark the deaths of members of the Institution during the
Troubles with a Book of Remembrance and a memorial at Schomberg House in Belfast.
“Faith, Fraternity and Fighting: The Orange Order and Irish Migrants in Northern England 1850-
1920” by Donald M MacRaild and published by Liverpool University Press (hardback, £50)
This academic book looks at the history of the Orange Order in the North-East of England and Cumbria
from 1850 to 1920. The book was made possible by the author’s access to the records of the lodges held in
the Hebburn-upon-Tyne Orange Hall.
Early chapters in the book describe the development of Orangeism in mainland Britain. They concentrate
on the early centres of Lancashire and Scotland and use the Select Committee Report of 1835. They also
examine the growth of Orangeism in the 1850’s when there were two rival organisations, The Loyal
Orange Institution of Great Britain and the Grand Protestant Association of Orangemen. The author looks
at the impact of William Murphy’s campaigns and Fenianism on the growth of the movement. Chapters
look at the activities of the Orangemen in their lodge meetings, the social background of the members of
the lodges, and the public face of Orangeism in the marching tradition.
Before the creation of the welfare state, the lodges were friendly societies with members paying monthly
contributions into insurance schemes, which paid benefits in case of sickness or death, and this side of the
order is examined in a chapter of the book. The support of Orangeism for unionism is examined, which
explains that although the lodge members were interested in politics and especially in the opposition to
Irish Home Rule, politics was not central to Orangeism. The final chapter looks at how migration from
Ireland saw Orangeism become a worldwide movement and examines the strengths and weaknesses of the
order in the different countries that it existed in.
This is a valuable addition to the unfortunately small number of studies of the history of the Orange Order
in England and should be read by anyone with an interest in Orange history. The only thing that may put
anyone off, as with many hardback academic books, is the high price.
Contributed by Brother Jack Greenald.
Footnote by Brother Tony Pearson H.D.G.M.
Some ten years ago after I had been appointed Historian of the Northern Provincial Grand Lodge I spent a
day in the Orange Halls of Hebburn cataloguing the records that were preserved there. I took copies of
some of the documents and sent these to Dr Donald MacRaild of the University of Sunderland who
recently had a book published which included a number of chapters on Orangeism in Cumbria. He said that
he would like to write a book based on these records and I made the necessary arrangements and gave
assistance in a series of correspondence. This book is the result of that research.
Rather than following the events at Grand Lodge level and associated national politics, it studies the lodge
business from the minute books of the private lodges within the old Northern Province in the period 1850
to 1920. Of particular interest is the history of the old Consett lodge - Albert the Good LOL 572, for which
a complete set of minute books exist over some 150 years.
I know a number of members who have bought copies, but at £50 each they may be too expensive for
many. However, lodges may consider purchasing one and then circulating it between members.
“They Wore the Colours” by David Bryce, available from the Grand Orange Lodge of Scotland.
This is an excellent 56 page booklet on over twenty interesting Orangemen who were well known in the
past. The booklet gives an insight in the lives and the interest in the Orange Order that these men had.
You might be surprised at the fact that a king, a prime minister, a famous soldier, a famous politician and a
famous scientist were all members of a lodge. The booklet visits over five countries where the Orange is
still strong, from Great Britain to Canada and to New Zealand and Australia.
This booklet by David Bryce is an exceedingly good read in lots of short and easy to read sections covering
many well known figures in the past.
“God, the Bible and Terrorism” by Simon J Robinson
This is a fifteen page booklet published by Day One Publications. Its starting point is the London bombings
in July 2005 and then it turns to terrorism in general. It turns its relevance to God and the teaching of
scripture to help us to understand why God allows terrorism to continue. A very interesting read and well
worth buying, giving plenty of points to think about relating to scripture.
Contributed by Brother Jonathan Rimmer
LORD CARSON MEMORIAL LOL 20 meets at the Ash Centre, Ash Hill Road, Ash, Surrey, at 2.30pm
on the third Saturday of each month (DV). New members and visitors are most welcome. For further details
contact the Lodge Secretary Rory Mackay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NORTH ESSEX MARTYRS MEMORIAL L.O.L. 45 meets on the third Saturday each month in Harlow.
Membership enquiries and visiting Brethren warmly welcomed.
STAR OF HALEWOOD BISHOP J.C. RYLE MEMORIAL L.O.L. 66 meets the first Thursday of every
month at 8pm from February to December at the Orange Hall, Heald Street, Garston, Liverpool. Further
details can be obtained via e-mail: -
THE IVY L.O.L. 783 meets at 6:30pm on the second Saturday in each month at the Provincial
Headquarters, Everton Road, Liverpool. New members welcome.
VICTORIA'S PRIDE L.O.L. 788 meets the third Thursday of each month in the centre of Bolton. New
members and visitors most welcome.
CITY OF CHESTER L.O.L. 375 meets second Monday of each month in the centre of Chester. Visiting
Brethren always welcome. Membership enquires from Cheshire and North Wales please phone Dave
Reynolds on 0151 3563358.
BLACKPOOL FAITH DEFENDERS L.O.L. 2001 meets the first Tuesday of every month in Blackpool.
Telephone 07787858614 for further details.
QUEEN ELIZABETH L.L.O.L. 2001 meet on the third Saturday of the month in Corby. Visitors are
always welcome. Any new member enquiries please contact by phone 01536 205450 or by e-mail to
Wm ALEXANDER MEMORIAL L.O.L. 1689 London meet on the second Saturday in central London.
New members and visitors welcome. For more details contact T. Parkinson on 078 1581 0763 or
BLACKPOOL FIRST FLUTE BAND – for further details see www.freewebs.com/blackpoolfirstflute.
LONDON PROTESTANT FLUTE BAND requires new and experienced musicians. Practice regularly in
central London. For more details contact T. Parkinson on 078 1581 0763 or email@example.com.
For further details of membership and the Biblical principles of Orangeism please contact the editor of The
Northern Ireland News
New Political Initiative
The Northern Ireland Assembly is to be recalled on May 15th to enter discussions for up to six weeks on
forming a new Executive. If there is no progress talks will resume in the autumn with a deadline of
November 24th having been set by the government.
Devolved government seems unlikely because Provisional IRA/Sinn Fein criminal activity has not ceased.
No doubt the British and Irish governments will attempt to sweep this activity under the carpet, so to speak,
and to coerce unionists into an Executive, but it is highly unlikely that the Democratic Unionist Party will
allow itself to be hoodwinked in this manner. It has also been intimated that if the talks fail it will result in
more north-south initiatives. Unionists need to be on their guard in the coming months.
The Orange Banner will follow closely the events in future editions as they unfold.
Ian Paisley Birthday
Congratulations to Revd Dr Ian Paisley on celebrating his 80th birthday on April 6th. Still more than active
in the Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster and politics with the Democratic Unionist Party the “Big Man” of
Northern Ireland shows no signs of retiring!
New Ulster Life Peers
Four new life peers from Northern Ireland have been appointed to the House of Lords. One of them is the
former Ulster Unionist Party leader, Mr David Trimble, and the other three are from the Democratic
It is the first time that members of the DUP have been given life peers, and one of them is Eileen Paisley
the wife of Ian Paisley. It is, perhaps, not widely known on the mainland that Eileen Paisley was and still is
an active politician and that she first became a Belfast City Councillor in 1967. The other two life peers
were Wallace Browne and Maurice Morrow.
The Northern Ireland Branch of the Sprinkbok Club
We have received a copy of a new journal called “The Empire Magazine” published by the Northern
Ireland Springbok Club. If the words – Patriotic, Conservative, Empire, Unionist, Imperial, Monarchist,
and Traditionalist – represent your political views then you can check out the journal website at
Alternatively you can visit their main website at www.nispringbokclub.com. The Springbok Club was
founded in 1996 to organise events with guest speakers addressing a range of world topics. It describes
itself as a “politically conservative organisation”.
The Union Flag
In April we celebrated the four hundredth anniversary of the Union Flag or the Union Jack as many people
refer to it. The original Union Flag dates back to a royal proclamation on April 12th 1606, and it was a flag
that was initially only meant to be flown at sea by the Royal Navy. It is still an offence for the Union Flag
to be flown from a normal boat or ship. It is thought that the origin of the term “jack” is probably a
maritime phrase for a national flag being flown by a warship, but other alternatives have been suggested.
This early Union Flag was one of several proposed designs, but in the end it was simply a merging of the
cross of St George of England and the saltire of St Andrew of Scotland. It was King James I who chose the
design, and, of course, he was the King James VI of Scotland before he became the King of England.
Interestingly the Act of Union between England and Scotland was not established until 1707, but King
James I had created a flag for a country that didn’t exist at that moment in time!
With it being a royal flag the Union Flag was abolished under the Protectorate of Oliver Cromwell, but
then it was restored eleven years later with the restoration of the monarchy under King Charles II.
The Union Flag of today goes back to the Act of Union between Great Britain and Ireland in 1801; when
the red diagonal cross of St Patrick was added.
Initially the Union Flag was not considered as a national flag because the separate kingdoms of the United
Kingdom were far more important. It was in the early 19th century and the building of the British Empire
that the significance of the Union Flag became greater. It became the symbol of this country throughout the
entire world. In effect it evolved into being the national flag without an act of Parliament.
In more recent years the Union Flag has been high jacked by many far right wing organizations and to such
an extent that some people even feel uncomfortable about it. We need to remember that the Union Flag is
part of our British heritage and that we should all feel pride in seeing it flown. It is a flag of a striking
design of red, white and blue that is easily recognised and it is one that has become a symbol of what made
this country the world power that it still is today.
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The Necessity of the New Birth
(The substance of the sermon preached at the George Marsh Thanksgiving Service on April 23rd 2006)
The Protestant Reformation was without doubt a rediscovering of biblical doctrine and theology, and one
of the most important of these doctrines was the necessity of the new birth in the salvation of an individual.
Sadly it is a biblical doctrine that is not understood by many people who would profess themselves to be a
In John chapter three we find the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ on this vitally important subject as he
talked to a Pharisee called Nicodemus. The conversation took place in Jerusalem at the time of the
Passover and Nicodemus would have probably seen some of the miracles that our Lord and Saviour had
just performed there. These had compelled him to seek out the Lord and to speak to him in person. It also
seems that Nicodemus was either afraid or ashamed to visit the Lord during the day when he could be seen
by other Pharisees, and so he came to him by night.
So Nicodemus was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Jews. He was not a political ruler for the Jews at that time
were under the government of Rome, but he was a religious leader of the Jews. Now in general the
Pharisees were bitterly opposed to the Lord Jesus Christ and the doctrines that he taught. They were what
we could call formalists in religion who sought salvation by the outward works of religion and not by faith
There are many people today who still seek salvation by a form of works religion. It may be a reliance on
baptism or church membership, it may be a reliance on living a good life, or it may be a reliance of being a
member of the Orange Order. Whilst there is nothing wrong in any of these, none of them will earn you
favour with God for salvation.
Like Nicodemus you may be aware that the Lord Jesus Christ was a remarkable person because of all the
miracles that he performed. You may well accept that he indeed came from God, but you need to know
much more than that. So listen very carefully to what the Saviour said to Nicodemus,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Now no question had been asked by Nicodemus, but it appears that the Lord Jesus Christ answered
according to what he saw in his heart. Like all Jews he would have been expecting the appearance of the
promised Messiah, and perhaps he even suspected that he had found him. He was looking for a temporal
kingdom to be established and not a spiritual kingdom. It wasn’t a kingdom for all the people who were of
the seed of Abraham by natural birth, but rather a spiritual kingdom in which grace, and not blood, was the
condition of admission.
The phrase “born again” may also be translated as “born from above”; that is born from heaven or born
from God, and without this new birth nobody can ever be saved.
It doesn’t mean an outward reformation of your life to follow, for example, a new set of rules of life, or that
you have been admitted into the church by baptism. To be born again means that there has been a complete
change of heart and character produced in a person by the Holy Spirit when they have repented and
believed on the Lord Jesus Christ.
This is a truth that is taught in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. For example,
“A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony
heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are
become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
“Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the
washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;” (Titus 3:5)
These are all pictures of the same biblical truth from different perspectives. They all mean that the great
inward change of the heart is the new birth. You must be born again of the Spirit of God. Human nature
was ruined by the fall of man in Adam, it is corrupt and diseased, and all who would be saved must be born
Without this new birth you cannot see or enter the kingdom of God. This is the spiritual kingdom which the
Messiah came into the world to set up and of which all true believers are its subjects. It is a kingdom that
may be small and despised by many, but it is one that will be glorious and victorious, and you cannot be a
subject of this kingdom without the new birth, without a new heart.
The response of Nicodemus was typical of the natural ignorance of man when it comes to spiritual reality.
Unconverted people cannot understand the work of the Holy Spirit in the heart of a person. In his confusion
Nicodemus tried to equate spiritual birth to a second physical birth, and to this the Lord Jesus Christ replied
in greater detail,
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest
the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of
the Spirit.” (John 3:5-8)
Unless a person is born of water and of the Spirit they cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Here we have
two pictures of the same thing, the regeneration of the heart. The heart must be as thoroughly cleansed by
the Holy Spirit as the outward body is washed and cleansed by water. You must have a clean heart to
belong to the spiritual kingdom of the Messiah.
We then find the reason as to why the new birth is of necessity and why a slight moral change in the life is
not sufficient for a person to enter into heaven. Nicodemus had spoken of entering his mother for a second
time, but even if that had been possible it would not have made him fit for the kingdom of God.
The child of human parents will always have the nature of its parents, for that which is born of the flesh is
indeed flesh. Every man and woman is by nature corrupt and sinful and alienated from God.
“So then they that are in the flesh cannot please God.” (Romans 8:8).
To bring something clean out of something unclean is totally impossible. A natural man or woman will
never become a godly man or woman without the work of the Holy Spirit. In order to become spiritual and
ready for the kingdom of God a new power from outside a person must enter into their nature; that which is
born of the Spirit is spirit.
Human nature is so fallen and corrupt that nothing can come from it by natural generation, but a fallen and
corrupt offspring. There is simply no power within a person to be born again. To become spiritual and
ready for communion with God nothing less is required than the entrance of the spirit of God into the heart.
In other words you must have the new birth of the Spirit of which the Lord Jesus Christ twice described to
The offspring of the children of Adam is fleshly; the offspring of the Spirit is spiritual. Nothing of the
parents will prevent a child from having a corrupt heart if it is naturally born of the flesh. Nothing will
make any person spiritual, but by being born again of the Spirit.
The concept of being born again is difficult for many and Nicodemus didn’t understand what the new birth
was. And so he was told not to marvel at the doctrine, and then the Lord explained further will a practical
illustration. It is interesting to note that there has always been such a reaction and opposition to the doctrine
of the new birth when they are ignorant of the work of the Holy Spirit.
In the example of the wind we find an explanation of the work of the Holy Spirit. There is a great mystery
about the wind and the same is true about the work of the Holy Spirit. In general we do not know where the
wind comes from and where it goes to, but when we hear the sound of the wind we know that it is blowing.
The Lord and Saviour tells Nicodemus it is the same with the work of the Holy Spirit. Yes, it is mysterious
and beyond much of our limited human understanding, but when we see the fruit of salvation in the life of
somebody, that there has been a change of heart and a change of way of life, then we have no reason to
doubt the reality of the Holy Spirit’s work.
So what are the marks of having received the new birth? In simple terms believing in Jesus Christ alone as
your Saviour, having a hatred of sin, having a hunger and a thirsting after the things of God. Where these
fruits are to be seen in a person there we find the evidence of the new birth. If you lack these evidences you
are basically still dead in your trespasses and sins.
Have you been born again?
Can any of the marks of the new birth been seen in your life?
Is your daily conversation and life characterised by the work of the Holy Spirit?
Have you been born again?
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
“Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the
kingdom of God.” Amen.
Daily Bible Readings
May 2006 June 2006
1. Ch.16:1-22 1. Ch.1:1-14
2. Ch.17:1-20 2. Ch.2:1-18
3. Ch.18:1-22 3. Ch.3:1-19
4. Ch.19:1-21 4. Ch.4:1-16
5. Ch.20:1-20 5. Ch.5:1-14
6. Ch.21:1-23 6. Ch.6:1-20
7. Ch.22:1-12 7. Ch.7:1-28
8. Ch.22:13-30 8. Ch.8:1-13
9. Ch.23:1-25 9. Ch.9:1-28
10. Ch.24:1-22 10. Ch.10:1-18
11. Ch.25:1-19 11. Ch.10:19-31
12. Ch.26:1-19 12. Ch.11:1-19
13. Ch.27:1-26 13. Ch.11:20-40
14. Ch.28:1-14 14. Ch.12:1-29
15. Ch.28:15-44 15. Ch.13:1-25
16. Ch.28:45-68 James
17. Ch.29:1-29 16. Ch.1:1-27
18. Ch.30:1-20 17. Ch.2:1-26
19. Ch.31:1-13 18. Ch.3:1-18
20. Ch.31:14-30 19. Ch.4:1-17
21. Ch.32:1-25 20. Ch.5:1-20
22. Ch.32:26-52 Revelation
23. Ch.33:1-29 21. Ch.1:1-20
24. Ch.34:1-12 22. Ch.2:1-29
Joshua 23. Ch.3:1-22
25. Ch.1:1-18 24. Ch.4:1-11
26. Ch.2:1-24 25. Ch.5:1-14
27. Ch.3:1-17 26. Ch.6:1-17
28. Ch.4:1-24 27. Ch.7:1-17
29. Ch.5:1-15 28. Ch.8:1-13
30. Ch.6:1-27 29. Ch.9:1-21
31. Ch.7:1-26 30. Ch.10:1-10