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Every week seems to be full of news… much of it concerning!
is a selection from the past week: the Sydney mardi gras is starting, Labor has ‘won’ the Queensland election, a woman loses ‘polyamory’ court case, a Muslim man is being sentenced in Sydney after ‘marrying’ a 12 year old (who became pregnant), the case regarding halal certification goes to court…
Next week we will send out our monthly Prayer Focus, so the next News Update will be on 6 March. In the next week or so, there will be several posts (on the front page) relating to recent developments regarding some of the issues we deal with…
Read the News Update...
19 Feb 2015
We often get into discussions with Christians about grace and law. Of course, we are saved by God’s amazing grace – but many Christians today contend that that the LAW has been abolished and they don’t have to follow any of the precepts of the law in their lives (not even the Ten Commandments).
The ideas of obedience, discipleship, righteousness and holiness don’t get much of a mention in many Christian circles today – let alone the notion of sin!
This article, by Bill Muehlenberg, highlights the problem of antinomianism – of ‘lawlessness’ or ‘cheap grace’, or as a commentator wrote, “cheap law”…
Bill explains the issue well, and then uses the example of Christians watching the pornographic movie ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ ….
Bill Muehlenberg, Culture Watch, 15/2/2015.
One of the biggest problems in the Christian church in the West today is that of antinomianism. The Greek word for law is nomos, and most folks know what the prefix anti means, so this term basically means “against the law” or just plain “lawlessness”.
The term can have various meanings, but theologically speaking it has to do with the belief that the Christian has no real obligation to, or involvement with, God’s law and righteousness. Because we are saved by grace alone, we are no longer under the law in any form, and we need not worry about the law and its demands.
Of course Paul had to deal with this error long ago. In Romans 6:1-2 he wrote: “What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?”
But in an age of so much shallow preaching, so many selfish and self-centred gospels being proclaimed, and so much dangerous hyper grace teaching being heard, it seems we now have an epidemic of antinomianism in our churches today.
Obligation-free Christian living is all the rage, where believers think that they can do whatever they like, even live like the devil, because everything is covered by God’s love and grace. The very concepts of sin, holiness, the wrath of God, and judgment to come, are almost never heard from so many pulpits today.
It is all about how God loves us unconditionally, his grace is all we need, and we should just enjoy life and have our best self now. That is the mush that is being preached more often than not, and as a result, standards of Christian behaviour seem to be at an all time low.
Christians are so blasé about their walk with the Lord, thinking God just looks down upon them and smiles a lot, that the very basic biblical notions of obedience, sanctification, holiness, and the crucified life are rapidly disappearing. Once again we see here a perfect example of lousy teaching leading to lousy living. . .
17 Feb 2015
We ALL oppose bullying for any reason – we need to continually remind children (and adults) that bullying is NOT acceptable.
Federally, the Australian Government Department of Education and Training has set up the ‘Safe Schools’ program – with a Safe Schools Hub, National Safe Schools Framework, Safe Schools Toolkit and a Bullying No Way! Website.
They have a ‘National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence’ on Friday 20 March 2015.
We support all of these measures! We want SAFE schools - we want NO bullying!
‘Safe Schools Coalition’ - We need YOUR HELP!
That’s why the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ program is so misleading…
The ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ uses the same words ‘SAFE SCHOOLS’ and tells everyone that they are opposed to BULLYING – however, they ONLY focused on bullying related to homosexuality, transgenderism and so on.
The program promotes the ACCEPTANCE of homosexuality – it includes posters, homosexual/straight groups, curriculum, training, encourages attendance at homosexual pride marches and more… [see Open Letter (below) and Vickie Jansen’s article on the 2014 SSC National Symposium for more info.]
The previous federal Labor government promised $8 million in funding over four years to SPREAD the program ACROSS Australia! (SSCA website)
We need YOUR help to urge the federal government to CEASE funding this organisation/program and support general anti-bullying programs INSTEAD!
SEE BELOW for the Open Letter to sign…
About the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’
The Safe Schools Coalition started in Victoria, as a project of Gay and Lesbian Health Victoria and the Foundation for Young Australians.
They say they “work in partnership with the Victorian Department of Education and the Department of Health” – and say, “Safe Schools Coalition Victoria (SSCV) is a ground breaking program that aims to make all schools safe and supportive places for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse (SSAIGD) students, teachers and families.”
It was bad enough when it was a VOLUNTARY program in Victoria – so far 165 secondary schools in Victoria are ‘members’ of the Coalition.
BUT the new Labor Premier of Victoria, Daniel Andrews, has now announced that it will be COMPULSORY for all state secondary schools to participate in the program!
Then, in August 2013, the previous federal Labor government announced an $8 million grant over 4 years to spread the ‘Safe Schools Coalition’ program across Australia. Just before leaving office, Penny Wong, as Minister for Finance, signed the funding agreement!
The first $2 million has ALREADY been paid….
WHAT YOU CAN DO!
FamilyVoice is conducting a campaign to oppose the further provision of federal funding for this pro-homosexual program across Australia.
The OPEN LETTER to the Prime Minister outlines the nature of the program, highlights that the main ‘reasons’ for bullying (not sexuality!), asks him NOT to provide further funds and, instead, “support programs that address school bullying more generally.”
FamilyVoice already have 10,000 signed letters to the Prime Minister – but want MORE!
Please read the Open Letter and send your response to them as outlined in the letter...below.
Peter Stevens, the FamilyVoice Victorian State Director, asks you to
1) Download the open letter to the PM – add your name and post (or email) it back to FamilyVoice by 27 February 2015.
2) Have all your church friends fill one out too.
Thanks for ACTING!
16 Feb 2015
In December 2014, Joshua Alcorn, a boy who thought he was a girl, walked onto a freeway in the USA and killed himself…
This article, by Carlos Flores, looks at Joshua’s story and analyses the issue of ‘transgenderism’ – he concludes that we are born male and female and we cannot change who we are…
The article was published on The Public Discourse just after the article by Jean Lloyd, with her inspiring story, which we sent out this week…
Read Carlos’ thoughtful and insightful article – published on The Public Discourse…
by Carlos D. Flores, The Public Discourse, Witherspoon Institute, February 6th, 2015.
We should make public policy and encourage social norms that reflect the truth about the human person and sexuality, not obfuscate the truth about such matters and sow the seeds of sexual confusion in future generations for years to come.
By now we are all undoubtedly familiar with the tragic suicide of Joshua Alcorn, the transgender teenage boy who, in late December, walked onto a freeway with the intention of ending his life. In an apparent suicide note, Joshua cites a host of reasons for why he was led to end his life, most prominent of which were his parents’ attempts to discourage his identifying as a girl and his being sent to therapists in an attempt to relieve these feelings. All of the problems that ultimately culminated in his suicide, writes Joshua, stem from the fact that, from the time he was a small child, he felt like a “girl trapped in a boy’s body.”
No sooner had Joshua’s heart stopped beating than the story of his suicide was seized by LGBT activists and pruned to advance a familiar narrative of a sexual minority fighting cultural oppression. Joshua’s parents immediately began to be chided as “repressive” and “bigoted” and even began to receive various threats from LGBT internet crusader-activists. . .
They say a week is a long time in politics!
Politics, leadership challenges, euthanasia, Islamic 'beheading plot' uncovered, FGM, same-sex 'marriage' in the USA....
Some news from the week, and catching up on a few interesting – and concerning - items in the overseas news!
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