Rom 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
Today is St. Patrick’s Day. How different is the true history behind this day than what is commonly believed today!
I inherited many books and booklets from my elderly friend, Uncle Frank, after his death in 1975. One of those booklets is titled The Real Saint Patrick, by H. A. Ironside. I quote from the final two pages, pages 15 and 16, of this booklet:
His closing years were spent in Ulster, between Armagh and Sane in County Down, where he died as he had lived, in lowly dependence on the Lord alone for his salvation, on the 17th of March, A.D. 465. This day which has been observed as a papal holiday for many centuries, is really a memorial of the value of the great doctrine of justification by faith alone, which was the foundation of the Protestant Reformation twelve centuries later.
His letters to Coroticus are as thoroughly evangelical and free from later papal errors as any that an enlightened Christian preacher and teacher might write today, and give added proof that this one-time swineherd, who was the greatest missionary of his day, knew and loved the gospel of Christ which alone is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth. In this faith Patrick lived and died, leaving behind him a great host to be his “crown of rejoicing” in that day.