April 2009¬†Journal Summary¬†¬†
Summary of the articles and information in the Journal.¬†
Editorial (full version below)
An Interesting Dilemma
News and Action
The Travail of His Soul
Victoria - Sentencing
Victoria - Exemptions in EO Act
Federal Bill of Rights
Freedom of Religion
Parliament of the World's Religions
Abortion - around the states
Ten Wrongs with a Bill of Rights
Bill of Rights - Submissions/Meetings
TV Programs - what can I do?
AHRC: Sex and Gender
Stem Cells - new developments
April 2009 - Full Editorial
Firstly, we want to say a personal thank you to all those who responded to Barney's letter regarding our financial situation. We give praise and thanks to God for all of you, not just for the finances that have come through but for the encouragement to continue that came with them.
More and more we read, even from Christians, that 'fundamentalist' Christianity is dying or dead, and that evangelicalism needs to move to the middle ground and be more inclusive. Yet we continually hear you saying to us that traditional Christian values are important and that we need to maintain not only the fundamentals of our faith but also of our values.
True evangelicalism is dying in the face of growing 'secularism' in the West. But what we loosely call 'secularism' is, in reality, many other 'worldviews' that Christians are finding it increasingly hard to
One reason for this dilemma would seem to be that older Christians have been seduced by the rhetoric of 'being nice', or "we must not judge others" or the deception that compromise is the way forward - whether that be in the realm of politics or interfaithism, or even how we raise our families and accept alternative lifestyles.
Yet we are exhorted to "hold on to what you have until I come" by Jesus Himself in Rev 2:25. Young Christians are not being trained to "Test everything. Hold on to the good. Avoid every kind of evil", as told to do by Paul in Thess 5, and they are not taught how to, "contend earnestly for the faith" against other worldviews (Jude 1:5).
This is why we became involved in Biblical and other worldview training 5 years ago, both at a local church/city level and at a national level in conjunction with Summit Ministries.
The going has not been easy - there is a reluctance to grasp the idea that most Christians do not have a sound Biblical Christian worldview. We acknowledge we are losing ground and don't think we can compete, but don't really want to ask why.
Yet we also need to understand that it is not enough today to just understand our own worldview - we also need to understand our competition. No football or cricket team goes on the field without studying their opposition, understanding their technique and strategy - their game plan.
Unfortunately most Christians know far too little of the competition. We so easily swallow ideas such as, 'humanism is not a religion', 'Islam is a religion of peace', 'homosexuals are born that way' and 'Buddhists are tolerant'. If you think any of those are true, you need to do some serious study to find out the real truth!
Last year we promoted the Truth Project, produced and distributed by Focus On The Family. We said that every Christian should do this excellent 12 part DVD study on the Christian worldview - have you?
We had around 100 full time and another 100 part time participants at our week long Summit worldview school in Melbourne, but that is a very small proportion of even the Melbourne Christian community.
We are available to run weekend or one day worldview schools, family or youth camps or evening meetings to speak at church services. We are still hoping to run a week long Worldview school again in Melbourne next January.
We want to help you make a difference!
Yours in Christ Jesus
Peter & Jenny Stokes