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9 September 2015
Last week I received a compelling article about the crisis facing Germany, with around 800,000 immigrants expected to arrive during 2015.
Soeren Kern of Gatestone Institute points out, “The surge in Germany's Muslim population — propelled by a wave of migration unprecedented since the Second World War — represents a demographic shift of epic proportions, one that critics of the country's open-door immigration policy warn will change the face of Germany forever.”
He noted that the “German Interior Minister said that, although many of the migrants are from the Middle East and North Africa, a large number (40%) are from countries in the Balkans, including Albania and Kosovo.” He observed, “This implies that nearly half of those arriving in Germany are economic migrants, not refugees fleeing war zones.”
Recent reports show that some of the refugees are trying to look like they are ‘Syrian refugees’, by dumping identity papers that show they come from other nations such as Pakistan or Iraq – “Documents scattered only metres from Serbia's border with Hungary provide evidence that many of the migrants flooding Europe to escape war or poverty are scrapping their true nationalities and likely assuming new ones, just as they enter the European Union.” (SMH)
For the first time, Kern notes, the Muslim population of Germany will be nearly 6 million, and he goes on to write about the consequences of this shift in demographics (link to article BELOW)
In the past week, we have been flooded with media reports and TV images of people drowning in boats in the Mediterranean and thousands of refugees surging through Europe to Germany. Why Germany? Because Germany has ‘open borders’ to accept refugees of any kind.
Then we had calls on the Abbott government to accept more of these refugees in Australia…. He is expected to make a statement today...
8 Sept 2015
A rally to support marriage – can you spare time on SUNDAY 20 September to express your support for marriage and for it continuing to be between a man and a woman?
Join with others AT 2 PM for an hour in a united show of strength.
In Paris and Rome, similar rallies attracted hundreds of thousands of people… people who were concerned about the threat to marriage…
UNITY AUSTRALIA has been set up to provide a UNITED forum for all groups, Christians and people of goodwill who support the traditional nature of marriage – and don’t want it re-defined or ‘expanded’ to include any two people of the same sex.
List of events – click here.
Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/UnityAustralia
Marriage Information Sheet
PLUS – Unity Australia has prepared a comprehensive INFORMATION SHEET about the issue of homosexual ‘marriage’.
Includes statements from adults who grew up as children with homosexual parents – Katy Faust, Dawn Stefanowicz, and so on.
IN particular PLEASE READ the statements by Masha Gessen and Dennis Altman – two homosexuals who do not support the current push for ‘marriage equality’!
Unity state, “Do homosexuals want marriage as we understand it? Or do they want to transform and destroy it? It is critical that Christians speak up and urge the government not to tamper with marriage.”
UNITY Australia have a POLL on their about page:
“I believe that marriage should remain between 1 man and 1 woman”
The OPPONENTS have been BUSY – with 80% current DISAGREEING with the statement!
PLEASE VOTE and AGREE – click here.
See you on Sunday 20th September!
It never ceases to amaze us how many concerning things are happening…
Our next News Update will be on Friday 18 September!
Enjoy reading the News Update…
An update on our report last Friday when we reported that Kim Davis had been sent to jail…
Includes some background, rallies, an appeal lodged, the law of Kentucky and the USA, and some significant developments.
Finally, a section on what YOU can do – PRAY and SIGN some petitions calling for Kim to be released from jail.
Of course Kim isn’t the only person confronted by this situation – Liberty Counsel reported in July that an elected Texas clerk has refused to hand out ‘marriage’ licences to homosexual couples. And Kim won’t be the last…
Bill Muehlenberg writes about the criminalising of Christianity and resisting unjust laws, in his latest article. He also writes about Kim and the laws of Kentucky in his article Perversion Versus Purity: The Homosexual War Against God. Read them when you’ve read the Update!
Kim Davis, an elected County clerk in Kentucky, USA, who issues marriage licences as part of her job, refused to hand out licences for homosexual ‘marriages’ because of her Christian faith (and the LAW of Kentucky). This has been a targeted campaign by homosexuals. Watch the video at the ABC (USA) link below – where she is confronted by homosexuals PLUS the media…
With Australia considering the question of homosexual ‘marriage’ and the recent US Supreme Court decision legalising homosexual ‘marriage’ it is vital that we understand the issue from a number of perspectives.
Today, I want to share with you an Open Letter from John MacArthur, Pastor of Grace Community Church and President of The Mastor’s Seminary (TMS) – which he wrote to TMS pastors, alumni and friends AFTER the US Supreme Court ruling on homosexual ‘marriage’. He exhorts the church to stand firm and preach the truth of the gospel.
It has been reprinted in the latest issue of Evangelical Action in Australia, with a note, “As this issue continues to be debated here in Australia, perhaps ultimately having a similar decision, I hope you find his words both challenging and encouraging.”
Before you read the Open Letter, things are already moving fast in the USA…
In the USA, Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky who usually hands out marriage licences, has refused to hand out ‘marriage’ licences to homosexual couples on the grounds of conscience and her religious beliefs.
Today she was sent to PRISON as she was held to be in ‘contempt of court’!
How long will she be in jail for?
As her lawyer said, “until she agrees to issue licenses for same-sex marriage bearing her name”!
Her lawyer, Mat Staver of Liberty Counsel, said “Today, Federal Judge Bunning ordered Rowan County, Kentucky, Clerk Kim Davis to be taken into custody by federal marshalls and to remain in jail until she agrees to issue licenses for same-sex marriage bearing her name. The plaintiffs did not even request incarceration, but Judge Bunning said that financial fines were not enough and ordered her to jail.
“Kim Davis is being treated as a criminal because she cannot violate her conscience. While she may be behind bars for now, Kim Davis is a free woman. Her conscience remains unshackled.”
Meanwhile, Kim’s deputy clerks are ‘expected’ to hand out the licences – if they don’t they could ALSO be sent to prison!
Now for the Open Letter from John MacArthur
John MacArthur | June 27, 2015
Dear Master’s Man [and Pastors and Christians],
The highest court in the land has passed its judgment. The headlines proclaim that a slim majority of Supreme Court justices considers freedom of sexual orientation a right for all Americans. This exchange of one set of values in favor of another does not come as a surprise to us who already know that the god of this world has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe (2 Cor. 4:4). June 26th, 2015 stands as a significant milestone in the American demonstration of this ancient reality.
In the coming days, you will be expected as a shepherd to provide commentary and comfort to your flock. This is a critical hour for pastors, and stands as another reminder of why proper training is crucial.
I’m writing this short message as one pastor to another. Media outlets are bustling with updates, and I don’t need to add my voice to the general fray. Instead, I want to help you shepherd your church through this confusing time. In addition to the helpful articles on the Preaching and Preachers Blog, I also want to communicate the below thoughts that I trust will help you frame the issue in a biblical way.
No human court has the authority to redefine marriage, and the verdict yesterday does not change the God ordained reality of marriage. God was not defeated in this ruling, and every marriage will be judged according to biblical grounds on the last day. Nothing will prevail against Him (Proverbs 21:30) and nothing will thwart the advance of His Kingdom (Dan 4:35).
The Word of God has pronounced judgment on any nation that would reclassify evil as good, darkness as light, and bitter as sweet (Isaiah 5:20). As a nation, America continues to put herself in the crosshairs of judgment. As a proclaimer of truth, you are responsible for never compromising on these issues. In every way you must stand firm.
No human court has the authority to redefine marriage, and the verdict yesterday does not change the God ordained reality of marriage.
This ruling proves that we are clearly in the minority, and a people set apart (1 Peter 2:9-11; Titus 2:14). As I wrote in the book Why Government Can’t Save You, the standards that shaped Western culture and American society have given way to practical atheism and moral relativism. This decision has simply accelerated the rate of decline. A country will not rise above the morality of its citizens, and the majority of Americans don’t have a biblical worldview.
Religious liberty is not promised in the Bible. In America, the church of Jesus Christ has enjoyed unprecedented freedom. This is changing, and the new normal may include persecution that is new to us. There has never been a more important time for gifted men to help lead the church by capably handling the sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:17).
Marriage is not the ultimate battleground, and our enemies are not the men and women who seek to destroy it (2 Corinthians 10:4). The battleground is the Gospel. Be careful not to replace patience, love, and prayer with bitterness, hatred, and politics. As you carefully guide your flock around the dangerous pitfalls ahead, remind them of the indomitable power of forgiveness through the cross of Christ.
Romans 1 clearly identifies the evidence for the wrath of God on a nation: sexual immorality followed by homosexual immorality culminating in a reprobate mind. This most recent step reminds us that God’s wrath has come in full. We now see reprobate minds at every level of leadership – in the Supreme Court, the presidency, cabinet, legislature, press and culture. If our diagnosis is in line with Romans 1 then we must also follow the prescription found in Romans 1 – we are not ashamed of the gospel for it is the power of God unto salvation! In this day it is our divine duty and calling to strengthen the church, families, and gospel testimony by shedding the pragmatic nonsense that distracts the church from its mission given by God. Homosexuals—like all other sinners—need to be warned of impending eternal judgment and lovingly offered the forgiveness, grace and new life through repentance and faith in the lord Jesus Christ
In the final analysis, your greatest contribution to your people will be to show patience and a steady confidence in the sovereignty of God, the Lordship of Jesus Christ, and the authority of Scripture. Turn their eyes toward the Savior, and remind them that when He returns, all will be made right.
We are praying for your steadfast proclamation of truth, and your uncompromising stand for Christ.