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Protestant Truth Society

January 2014 | by David Patterson

This year, the Protestant Truth Society (PTS) celebrates its 125th anniversary since it was founded by the late John Kensit back in 1889, to take a stand against the growing influence of Romanism within church and nation.

From small beginnings the work began to grow and in 1898 the first band of Wickliffe Preachers was appointed. In 1905, the Kensit Memorial Bible College was established in Finchley, to train Wickliffe Preachers in their work of declaring the gospel and defending the faith.

Today, our world is very different from that of 1889, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and for ever. Political, social and technological change is continual, but the needs of men’s hearts are the same and the gospel of Jesus Christ still the only hope for a weary, sin-sick world.

The mission of the PTS is unchanged. Our aims are to declare the gospel to our nation; encourage Christians and churches not to be ashamed of the gospel of Christ; and to stand for the truth in all its glory and against error in all its forms.


PTS also wants to show that Protestant truth is biblical. The word ‘Protestant’ has many negative connotations in our society, but to be Protestant is to bear witness to the truth of God’s Word and the gospel of his Son, Jesus Christ.

Therefore a Protestant is one who, ‘earnestly contends for the faith once delivered to the saints’ (Jude 3) and every believer should be unashamedly Protestant.

There is also an urgent need today to ‘uphold the truth’ against the backdrop of the moral and spiritual decline in our nation. The PTS seeks to play its part in that battle. We seek to unite and encourage all Bible-believing Christians in their stand for the truth of God, as salt and light in our generation.

Romanism is still at variance with the gospel, but so are liberalism, humanism, Islam and countless other philosophies and ideologies that set themselves against the truth as it is in Jesus and enslave the hearts and minds of men and women. By speaking the truth in love, we earnestly contend for the faith.

To celebrate our 125th anniversary, we are holding a celebration in Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley, North London, on Saturday 24 May 2013, at 2.30pm. Please endeavour to join us as we give thanks to God for his faithfulness to us as a society since our inception.

David Patterson

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