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26 March 2015
A wide range of challenges are facing us…
As John Anderson, former Deputy PM, said on radio this week, we are in serious trouble in the West. He encouraged us to know, and practise, our Christian worldview! (See item 3)
This week we are reading Ecclesiastes, which reminded us that we are to stand firm in trusting and following God and His Word, despite what the world is doing!
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You’ve heard the phrase ‘Silence is Golden’ … it comes from the song by that name, performed by The Four Seasons. It later became a Number 1 hit by UK group The Tremeloes.
Well, in the federal parliament’s Liberal Party meeting yesterday, silence was indeed golden!
NO-ONE brought up the issue of same-sex ‘marriage’. . .
That’s good news– it means that the federal Liberal Party maintains its position of opposing homosexual ‘marriage’ and supporting the policy of marriage between a man and a woman.
Thank you for contact Liberal MPs and Senators.
Those in the Liberal Party who SUPPORT homosexual ‘marriage’ thought they had the numbers to force a discussion (and vote) on giving Liberal MPs a ‘free vote’.
This article in the Sydney Morning Herald on MONDAY was predicting the Party Room would vote on whether Liberals could have a conscience vote on the issue (of course, Liberals can ALREADY vote according to their conscience without being EXPELLED, which is very different to Labor!)
Whilst it might sound democratic to support a ‘conscience vote’ for all MPs on all issues, the policy of retaining marriage between a man and a woman is a vital foundation stone of our society and is part of God’s plan for society as laid out in the Bible. That’s why we contend the Liberal Party should retain this as a ‘policy position’!
MPs and Senators received THOUSANDS of emails from those who supported traditional marriage.
There was heavy lobbying of Liberal politicians in the lead up to the Party Room meeting. On Monday, both the Australian Marriage Equality homosexual group and the Australian Christian Lobby were claiming that over 1 million emails, from more than 7,000 people, had been sent to politicians from their respective websites (source). That number increased dramatically, with ACL saying that more than 20,00 people sent emails through their online system alone. Many other groups, such as Family Voice, NCC and AFA encouraged their supporters to contact MPs via different means.
The good news, from a source inside the parliament, is that “the emails ratio supporting marriage against those who wanted to redefine it was around 5 – 1.”
As I’ve mentioned above, the result was that those supporting homosexual ‘marriage’ DID NOT bring up the issue for discussion by the Party Room!
The media (and the homosexual lobby) were astounded…
the journalist writes that “Momentum for a Liberal Party free vote on same-sex marriage has stalled, leaving marriage equality advocates scratching their heads.”
Australian Marriage Equality had recently claimed that 11 Liberal MPs had changed their view since the start of the year and now had the numbers in the Senate.
The reporter wrote, “Libertarian senator David Leyonhjelm brought forward debate on his "freedom to marry" bill this week on the understanding that Liberal MPs would raise the issue of a free vote beforehand.”
Some possible reasons were given for the ‘non-discussion’ – including the fact that Nationals were at the meeting, and that other issues were ‘more pressing’.
But the advocates for homosexual ‘marriage’ were confident that the matter would be raised...
Article: Same-sex marriage: free vote for Liberal MPs stalls in party room, SMH, 24/3/2015.
THANK YOU for acting – it’s great when we have a WIN, even if it seems a small one…
Now Senator Leyonhjelm has been left in limbo – please pray that he decides NOT to proceed with his second reading speech on his Bill this Thursday.
Senator Leyonhjelm is continuing to challenge Mr Abbott to allow a Party Room discussion on a conscience vote BEFORE his Bill is voted on – so we cannot rest…
It is important that we continue to contact our OWN federal MP and 12 State Senators and urge them to oppose any change to the Marriage Act – click here for contact details.
25 March 2015
We recently published an overview regarding the NSW election which will be held THIS SATURDAY, 28 March, 2015. The Overview contained the Christian Values Checklist, information on the election, and how the VOTING system works and some advice on how to use your vote well…
This post contains information on several Surveys and Election Guides that provide a great deal of information about the policies of the political parties, and the voting record of MPs, on a range of moral and ethical issues.
Please read them – they will help you vote wisely!
1. Christian Values Checklist
Positions of the major parties on a range of moral and ethical issues.
2. Family Voice Survey
Family Voice conducts a survey of all candidates and political parties for each election. Ten questions on moral/ethical issues are asked and the responses are rated out of 10. Check the responses of YOUR candidates!
If candidates don’t answer, they score the result from ‘party responses’. – the Liberal Party, Labor Party and Greens have provided ‘Party responses’.
Answering ‘Yes, definitely’ scores 10, failing to respond scores 0, responding with ‘Definitely not’ scores 2, ‘Probably’ scores 7, ‘Unsure’ scores 5, ‘Unlikely’ scores 3.
Reading the responses from the Political Parties gives an eye-opening view of what they REALLY believe!
The CDP scored 100, the Liberal Party scored a disappointing 43 points, with Labor close behind at 39 points and the Greens on 26 points (they scored 20 points just for responding and saying ‘NO’!)
- Read the Political Party responses – click here (then click on each question).
- Click here for FAVA’s NSW Election survey page to read the Questionnaire and Responses.
3. Family Life International Election Guides
Family Life International (FLI) has published detailed reports – one for the Legislative Assembly and one for the Legislative Council in NSW.
The Guide shows the VOTING RECORD of current MPs on a range of moral/ethical/life issues over the past few years – including human cloning, embryo destruction, the same-sex relationship register and same-sex adoption.
This provides a GREAT way of seeing how your current Members in both Houses have voted.
EMILY’s LIST -The Guides ALSO provide a list of all the sitting Labor women who are members of EMILY’S LIST (pro-abortion Labor women’s group) and the new Labor candidates who are members of EMILY’s LIST as well.
Please check this before you vote.
4. ACL ‘Policy Questionnaire’
ACL asked the political parties 18 questions across a broader range of areas covering ‘Public Christianity, Justice and Law, Poverty, Life, Youth and Education and Health’.
Whilst there is one question on freedom of conscience/anti-discrimination law, there is no specific question on homosexuality!
The CDP, Liberals, Labor and the Outdoor Recreation Party (associated with Sen David Leyonhjelm’s Liberal Democratic Party) responded to the questionnaire.
A final word… or two
Murray McLeod Boyle, of Reformation Ministries has written an insightful article – Equality and Coercion: The Antipodes of Humanism - calling us to be aware of the doctrines and demands of humanism and to take action whilst we can. He notes that Christians are increasingly being persecuted in the West as a result of humanistic demands.
Murray highlights the story of Baronelle Stutzman, a florist in the state of Washington, USA, and uses her story to illustrate the demands of Humanism…
More on Baronelle’s story …
Baronelle is a Christian who is opposed to homosexual ‘marriage’. She declined to provide flowers for a homosexual wedding, on the grounds of her religious beliefs and her conscience, as she believed that providing the flowers would imply her support of the homosexual ‘marriage’. She had provided the couple with information about other florists who could provide flowers – but the homosexual couple SUED – and she LOST her case. A judge has ruled that she ‘violated state consumer protection laws’. Her lawyers, Alliance Defending Freedom, says she faces losing her business if she refuses to provide flowers for homosexual ‘weddings’.
One very concerning aspect of the decision – the Judge ruled that ‘the First Amendment protects Ms. Stutzman’s religious faith but not actions stemming from those beliefs that conflict with state anti-discrimination law’.
Baronelle has REFUSED to pay a $2,000 fine to ‘settle the case’ and risks everything as a result.
Article: Wash. florist who refused gay wedding over Christian beliefs violated law, judge rules, Washington Times, 18/2/2015.
Article: Florist Barronelle Stutzman refuses to pay fine for refusing to provide flowers for a gay marriage on religious grounds, News.com.au, 24/2/2015.
Despite the protestations by homosexual advocates that legalising homosexual ‘marriage’ WON’T affect Christians, it certainly does have an adverse impact.
If it was to be legalised in Australia, we can EXPECT the same sort of thing to happen here. They don’t just want the ‘right’ to ‘marry’ – they want the ENDORSEMENT of everyone!
Here is Murray’s article (click title to read it online on Murray’s website)…
“You will know them by their fruits”, so says Jesus. This is a wonderful piece of advice and one which every Christian should learn to put into practice. In essence, Jesus is telling us that if you want to understand what makes a man tick, look at the fruit of his ideas. If someone comes to you selling “sweetness and light”, but behind him there is a trail of stench and darkness, then you would rightly question the intrinsic nature of the salesman’s product. In such a scenario, the terms ‘witchdoctor’ and ‘snake oil’ would readily spring to mind.
As Christians in the year 2015, we have many witchdoctors peddling much snake oil, but it all comes packaged as “sweetness and light” or, more specifically, Religious Freedom and Equality. Yes, the packaging sells the product well. It is bright and shiny. It makes some wonderful claims that just warm the cockles of your heart. It’s calorie free. It can be consumed at any time. It will add volume to your hair and … you get the picture. Yes, it seems laudable and the racketeers, oh, sorry, marketers, do a fine job in pushing their product. However, have you stopped to look at the fruit of their wares? When you look at our culture, are people healthy, thin, and sporting voluminous bouffants or are they ailing, squidgy around the middle, and balding?
Brethren, what fruit do you see about you today?
This challenge is necessary precisely because the common place mantra in the Church today is “Do not judge; do not judge!” Consequently, when we as Christians are confronted with fruit that is rancid or which looks highly questionable, we tend to be duped or coerced into believing the packaging and its claims. Thus, we quote the mantra, breathe deeply, and take a bite, rather than dispose of it.
Two such pieces of ugly fruit, being mass marketed as we speak, are Religious Freedom and Equality. Yet, both are rotten to the core. They are so because they are anti-God and as such contravene explicit commands that God has given. As such, one would think that the average Christian would give these products wide birth. However, it still seems that Christians are willing to believe the promises of the racketeers, rather than the Word of God.
Reformation Ministries, Salt Shakers, and other Christian organisations, expend much energy on warning people, Christians in particular, about the dangers of Humanism and electing governments whose explicit agendas run contrary to God’s Word. Today, placed upon your table, will be the fruit of Humanism’s hollow promises, garnished with a real life example of Humanism’s hypocrisy.
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Some of the items this week need a commentary and explanation… perhaps I’m having recollections about the sort of article I used to write for the Journal!
Just a sample…
- An update on reactions to the ‘marriage ad’,
- More Muslim boys going to fight with ISIS/Islamic State
- The federal government gives $500,000 to the Islamic Museum for ‘online education’,
- A homosexual man in the UK has a son using his MOTHER as a surrogate!
Next week there won’t be a News Update – just a couple of information emails…
If you live in NSW, the election is on 28 March - check out our Election Overview (and the Christian Values Checklist).
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