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“…Due to recent UK Government Legislation, we have a new format to make our terms and conditions as simple as possible, so we have firstly provided a section below of our Quick Terms and Information for those downloading packages and, a second section with more detailed information. This will hopefully make the purchase process quicker so you can enjoy our eBooks. Pastor Steven Birnie…”

Quick Terms and Information for Customers

LAST UPDATED: April 2019

As with all organizations, we are duty bound by Law to provide a reasonable overview of information concerning this website and its use, so please read carefully the following terms and conditions before using our website or contacting us as a visitor, customer or supplier. Nothing in these terms and conditions affect your rights as a consumer.

Payment and Refund Information


Our website uses PayPal as its form of International Online Payment used by over 220 million people worldwide to pay by Debit or Credit Card online. This is to provide as secure a transaction as possible, however, please be aware, no transaction via the internet can be 100% secure.

Packages are priced in Pounds Sterling and are correct at the time shown.  Please refer to the currency of your home country for the current exchange rates.

If you are not the cardholder, please ensure you have the cardholder’s permission when using our website.

All packages are inclusive of VAT (Value Added Tax).  VAT REGISTRATION NUMBER: 150986588.

We reserve the right to change prices at any time without prior warning.


Refund requests should be made and clearly marked to Pastor Steven or Sharon Birnie, stating the reasons via the email address given – admin@thetribulationsoldier.onmicrosoft.com.

If a sender used their PayPal account, refunds will go to their PayPal balance. If a sender used their credit or debit card, refunds will go to their card.  This may take up to 30 days depending on the card used.

All refunds requested are dealt with within 7-10 days and are credited to the sender in the currency of the original payment, using the same conversion rate and exchange rates used for the original payment.

General Terms

This website has previews, excerpts, download and technical information provided on the publications and we recommend that they are read and understood before purchase.

The eBooks have been presented in the PDF Format. Please ensure you have the correct software and hardware to access and use these packages before purchase.

Although the sound quality of our audio sermons is very good, they have been recorded live, un-rehearsed and presented unedited, so some background noise can still be heard due to the sermons being conducted in a public setting. However, it’s hoped that this will be an addition to the experience.

The content of this Website, Blog and Forum is open to all ages, however, please ask your parent/guardian/pastor for permission to use or contact this website if you are under the legal age of your home country.  Please contact us via email however if contacting us by telephone, please be aware of any network charges as well as the time difference if calling out with the UK.

Due to changes in our Website Insurance Policy we are only partially covered at this time within the US and Canada.  We would ask that visitors from these countries use this website at their own risk on a ‘Non Contract Basis’ or download our eBooks on our Amazon, Nook, Kobo and other eBook outlets.  This situation is out of our hands but will be resolved.

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Full Terms and Conditions

1.0  General Terms and Information

2.0  Complaints Procedure

3.0  Privacy and Cookies Information

4.0  Charity and Giving Information

5.0  Copyright and Policy Information

6.0  Blind and Visually Impaired Information

7.0  Advertising Information

8.0  Goods and Services Information

9.0 Social Media Information

10.0 Worship Playlist Information

1.0  General Terms and Information

1.1 General Terms

As with all organizations, we are duty bound by Law to provide a reasonable overview of information concerning this website and its use. So, please read carefully the following terms and conditions which apply to you before using our website or contacting us as a visitor, customer or supplier. We have made every attempt to simplify our terms, conditions and information. Nothing in these terms and conditions affect your statutory rights as a consumer.

By using this site and its material, as well as any other outlets which our packages are distributed, such as Amazon or Nookpress, you are agreeing to be under Scot’s Law and are bound by these terms and conditions which are governed by Scot’s Law. This page from time to time will be updated accordingly and you should check the date of these terms and conditions, which can be found at the top of this document.  If at any time you do not agree with any of these terms then please DO NOT use this website or contact us offering services.

Author and Pastor, Steven and Sharon Birnie are the sole owners or licensees of all intellectual property rights, logos, trademarks, materials published and publications.  Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world.  All such rights are reserved.

This website is open to anyone and has been created to provide people of the Christian faith with Christian teaching.  The views and opinions expressed in its content are not intended to offend, they are views held by the author, widely believed within the Christian faith and may not be the views shared by other denominations or groups. If you find you do not agree with these views, then please do not use this website.

The telephone number given at this point is our own personal telephone number. We would ask you contact us by email and we will return your message as soon as possible. Due to the costs involved, we will not return calls out with the UK, however, emails will be answered as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding on this issue and we will upgrade the system as our website grows.

Every effort has been made to ensure all previews give a reasonable overview of the eBook packages.  Because interpretations vary, we cannot be held liable for any misinterpretation of the content.

The use of any of the information on this website is entirely at your own risk for which we will not be liable.  It shall be the responsibility of the individual to ensure that any products, services or information available, meet their specific requirements.

We cannot be held liable for end-users software and hardware.  It is the responsibility of the end-user to ensure they have the correct functioning software and hardware to access and use these packages.

A PDF converter can be used to access these packages for a range of devices.  Please be aware, we cannot be held liable for this process and is the sole responsibility of the end-user to ensure their device/converter is suitable.

We aim to update our website regularly and may change the content from time to time.  If the needs arise we may suspend access to our website.  Any of the material on our website may be out of date at any given time and we are under no obligation to update such material.

As an organization, we are expected to give priority to paying customers and regular users due to the limits in the level of time and attention we can offer. Therefore, priority will be given to paying customers first in this regard. This is termed as ‘good working practice’ giving paying customers the service they deserve for their custom.

    We strive to produce 8 social media videos each week to give our            readers as many features as possible, however, this may be less at          times if there are circumstances outwith our control

Although our teachings have been the result of many years of hard work, we are still a young Christian organization building this website, its policies and its features and it’s hoped that our Christian friends, visitors and customers would be kind enough to give us all of the understanding and support in this respect.

We reserve the right to refuse service.

1.2  Email and WordPress Correspondence

All reasonable care has been taken to avoid the transmission of viruses, it is the responsibility of the recipient to ensure that the onward transmission, opening or the use of the message and any attachments will not adversely affect its systems or data. No responsibility is accepted by us in this regard and the recipient should carry out such virus and other checks as it considers appropriate.

We will not engage in debates concerning doctrinal issues or opinion on this website due to the limitations of email, article comments or text. We would ask our visitors to respect this term as I’m sure it can be appreciated, debates are better performed in person.

All comments made on the WordPress Blog of this website are subject to our careful ‘comment approval system powered by WordPress. This is to ensure our website is kept as family friendly as possible and to protect our valued friends, visitors and customers. In the event of extremely inappropriate or disrespectful comments, the email and IP address will be logged.

All emails to our organization are logged in accordance with Law.

1.3  Telephone Correspondence

The telephone system used by the website is our own personal telephone line, please be aware of any network charges as well as the time difference if calling out with the UK.

1.4  Our Christian Forum 

Our Christian Forum has its own specific terms and conditions however the terms and conditions of our eBookshop apply. To view our Forum terms and conditions, please click here >>>

1.5  Our liability

The materials provided on this website is provided without any guarantees, conditions or warranties as to its accuracy’s.  To the extent permitted by law we hereby expressly exclude.

1.  All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute, common law, or the law of equity.

2.  Any liability for any direct, indirect or consequential loss or damage incurred by any user in connection with our site or in connection with the use, inability to use, or of the results of the use of our site, any websites linked to it and any materials posted on it, including, without limitation any liability for:

1.  Loss of income

2.  Loss of business

3.  Loss of profits

4.  Loss of contracts

5.  Loss anticipated savings

6.  Loss of data

7.  Loss of goodwill

8.  Wasted management or office time.

And for any other loss or damage of any kind, however arising and whether caused by tort (including negligence), breach of contract or otherwise, even if foreseeable, provided that this condition shall not prevent claims for loss of or damage to you, tangible property or any other claims for the direct financial loss that are not excluded by any of the categories aforementioned.

This does not affect our liability for fraudulent misrepresentation or misrepresentation as to a fundamental matter, nor any other liability which cannot be excluded or limited under applicable law.

The materials contained on this website, publications, features, articles and Blog are provided for general information purposes only and do not constitute any legal or other professional advice and shall not be relied upon as such.

We do not accept responsibility for any loss which may arise from accessing or reliance on the information on this website and to the fullest extent of Scottish Law, we exclude all liability for damages direct or indirect arising from the use of this site. The use of this website and any dispute arising from its use is subject to Scottish Law.

1.6  Viruses, hacking and other offenses

You must not misuse this website by knowingly introducing Viruses, Trojans, Worms, Logic Bombs or any other material which is malicious or technologically harmful.  You must not attempt to gain unauthorized access to our site, the server on which our website is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site.  You must not attack our site via a denial of service attack.

By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offense under the computer misuse act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will cooperate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them.  In the event of a breach, your right to use this website will cease immediately.

We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a distributed denial of service attack, viruses or other technological harmful material that may affect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any material posted on it, or of any website linked to it.

1.7 Amazon, NOOK, KOBO and other EBook Outlets

As a company, we have made available our publication through various EBook outlets and although we would work quickly to remedy any issues, we cannot be held liable for issues outwith our control. At times, these outlets can present our publications with faulty formatting and again, we would work hard to remedy these issues as soon as possible. Please be aware of this aspect of our terms and read the terms and conditions of these outlets.

2.0  Complaints Procedure

As a Christian organisation we have taken every reasonable measure possible to ensure this website complies with its legal and moral obligations. It’s our commitment to make a visitor’s experience as trouble-free as possible, however, if a visitor finds an issue, that issue should be clearly marked and put in writing or emailed via the information given. Issues will be responded to as soon as reasonably possible. Thank you.

3.0  Privacy Information

Please click on Cookies to view our full Cookies Information. This page contains our Privacy Policy as well as our Website Cookies Information.  Please contact us via admin@thetribulationsoldier.onmicrosoft.com if you have any further queries.

4.0  Charity and Giving Information

As an organisation, we frequently receive communications from individuals, churches and organizations requesting financial gifts and funds and although we’d like to help as many as we can, we already have several projects, charities and donations to Children’s Hospital Charities in the UK. In light of this, we are not in the position to offer financial aid to any individual or organization at this time.

5.0  Copyright Information

5.1  Copyright Policy 

Excluding the Worship Playlist, this website and its content are the copyright of Steven and Sharon Birnie. All playlist artists copyright belong to the respective artists and their own music. All Rights Reserved.  Any redistribution or reproduction or commercial use of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited other than the following.

1.  You may print or download our eBooks to a hard disk or download to a hard drive.
2.  You may download our Audios to hard disk, download to hard drive or transfer to a disk.
3  You may use our website content (not eBooks or Audio Sermons) to pass on to third parties as long as Steven and Sharon Birnie Christian Ministries are stated as its original work.

5.2  Copyright Information

The Christian Back to Basics Online Bookshop (Copyright 2010). The Christian Back to Basics Ministry was conceived in 2005 and the Online Bookshop designed in 2010 by the Author and Pastor, Rev. Steven Birnie. It was constructed and made live on the World Wide Internet by Poppy Design Website Designers and Web Hosts on the 30th of October 2010. A Blog Page was created as an addition to the main Online Bookshop and launched in 2010 along with the Christian Back to Basics Website. As of 2016, the Christian Back to Basics eBookshop was changed to The Tribulation Soldier Series as its new face-lift for 2017.

The Free ESword Electronic Bible was made available as a free study aid for the valued friends and customers of our Online Bookshop and permission to create this link was obtained in 2011 from the creator and operator of the ESword, Mr Rick Myres.

5.3  Our Publications

The original study of the main packages of ‘The First Principles and Oracles of God and Growing in Grace’ and ‘The Principles of the Gathering’ EBook and Audio Packages began in 2005 and were studied for five years. In 2010 both teachings were preached and recorded before Pastors, Elders and Christians of all ages in a public church setting. In 2010 both teachings were written as EBooks, the Audios were edited and then made available via our Online Bookshop.

The Seen and Heard Republication was originally written by the dearly departed Reverend James M’Kendrick and published by Pickering and Ingles Glasgow. Permission was obtained in 2011 by Pastor Steven and given by Mr Nicholas Gray to republish the publication and present it as an EBook on our Online Bookshop.

The Twelve Part ‘Tribulation Soldier Series’ of Futuristic, Fictional EBooks on The End Times were written, edited and presented as EBooks on the internet by Author and Pastor, Reverend Steven Birnie and are a Trademark and Copyright of Steven and Sharon Birnie.

The Tribulation Soldier Series available on Amazon has been edited as a smaller version of the original to comply with Amazon’s requirements, therefore, The Tribulation Soldier EBooks are priced lower than our full PDF’s available on our Online eBookshop.

All hard copy copyright evidence and permissions for these publications and links are stored and filed in the offices of Steven and Sharon Birnie. Electronic evidence for these publications is stored on our email system, computer files and displayed in various articles dating back to October 2010.

5.4 Website Connections

Although we are committed to our local assembly and Pastor work in the Elgin area, our website, Blog and Forum are not affiliated in any way with any denomination or organisation.

WordPress Blog , Facebook, Anoox, Google+Twitter, Christian Forum Site, Christianity Board, Freeforums.net and Christian Forums are the Blog/Social sites we use to help raise awareness for the website.

Poppy-Design – Our Website Designers.

Paypal – Our secure international payment and banking system.

PDFMATE.Com – The Website for Free PDF Converter Apps’ and format information.

Constant Contact – Our customer communications.

Microsoft and Googlemail is our choice of email service for our website due to their high quality and security services.

6.0  Blind and Visually Impaired User Information

As a website, we are aware that many individuals who use the internet are blind or have visual impairments, such partial blindness and colour blindness, requiring software and hardware to navigate the web’.  It is our policy to ensure our website is as reasonably clear and as simple as possible so those individuals can benefit from our features and navigate our pages.

We will continue research and updates as part of our business activities. To aid us in continuing our efforts to keep our website up-to-date, we would welcome comments or suggestions as to how to improve our website for the visually impaired, however, comments/suggestions/ideas are accepted by the sole discretion of our organisation.

Please be aware, we cannot be responsible for end-user hardware/software and it is the responsibility of the end-user to ensure their systems are suitable.

The term ‘Blind Friendly’ has been shown to be the most appropriate term for websites on the internet and for search engines to find websites. However, if any find this term offensive, we will remove it immediately.

7.0  Advertising Information

One of our main goals as a website is to provide teachings which are not only firmly centered on God’s Word but as accurate as they can possibly be and that goal is hopefully reflected in our advertisements on this website and on external sites. There is a balance to be struck with all adverts and ideas and we hope these articles reflect our website in the correct fashion.  If a reader does have a query regarding any of our adverts then please contact us on the email addresses provided.

All adverts are correct at the date shown.
All adverts are subject to regular amendments as part of our reviews.

We make use of the Blog Page of this website to create short ‘Advert Articles’ for search engines to find our website. Every reasonable measure has been taken to ensure those adverts represent this website and its content as accurately as possible.

8.0 Goods and Services Information

Any organisation who contacts us by any method of communication to offer any goods or services will be subject to Scots and UK Laws in regards to any contracts or agreements. If an organisation contacts us by any method of communication, they are hereby agreeing to the terms and conditions of our organisation and bound by such Terms.

These procedures have been put in place to safeguard our organisation from events such as unauthorised purchases by unauthorised or non-members of staff, inadvertently signing/authorising of poorly worded or unclear contracts and attempts by individuals or companies to make fraudulent financial gains from our organisation.

As an organisation, we require a full quotation of the goods or services being offered. The quotation should be displayed on a headed document/email including the names, full address, full contact details and trading registration number. Quotations should display full costs including tax with any additional, hidden or future costs.

Without a signed and authorised quotation bearing all of the requirements, any invoices will be delayed in payment or refused.

Any purchase made to a supplier requires an invoice to be issued and received by us within three days. We should be notified by email with any delays.

Any invoice will be refused payment which has no signed/authorised quotation or a valid Purchase Order Number supplied by a member of our staff regardless of any signed, verbal or written authorisation. Any invoices which do not follow our Purchasing Procedure may be delayed in payment or refused.

As a Christian Organisation we can have no dealings or agreements with companies who are under investigation or who have been convicted of crimes. If any of our goods or service providers come under investigation for crimes or who are convicted of crimes, existing contracts and agreements will be terminated immediately.

9.0 Social Media Information

We aim to provide a broad cross section of features and content throughout our social media which include posts, images, videos and articles for our readers to enjoy.

  • 9.1 The Tribulation Soldier Coms Facebook Page is our weekday online magazine containing prayers, teachings and sermons. Performed by Pastor Steven also on the ‘Just Sermons’ Youtube Channel, this contains material widely believed throughout the Christian Faith. It is not our intention to offend, so if one disagrees with the content, we would ask that they refrain from using our website and it’s material.
  • 9.2 Although great care has been taken to share quality content by 3rd parties there may be, from time to time, material which may not be in keeping with good Christian resources. We accept no responsibility for the 3rd party content and users are encouraged to test these materials for themselves.
  • 9.3 We aim to share eight original videos as part of our social media schedule. Periods with less will be holidays, instances of illness or issues outwith our control.
  • 9.4 We reserve the right to change, alter or cease features at any time.
  • 9.5 Our full website terms and conditions apply to all of our online platforms and features.

10.0 Worship Playlist Information

Our website contains an exclusive worship playlist of featured Christian Artists from around the globe as an add-on to our eBook series for our readers to enjoy. All copyrights belong to those respective artists and their music. The Tribulation Soldier Series owns no rights, sharing these up and coming artists, to give them exposure through our ministry.

All express permission was obtained through these respective artists by the Tribulation Soldier Series to share their music.

If a Christian Worship Artist wishes to be considered to join this list, please contact us, providing a link to your music via Youtube/Facebook or others, and any other relevent information such as copyright.

God bless and thank you for reading our terms and conditions

Author and Pastor, Steven and Sharon Birnie

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