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16 June 2015
Last week, Tony Campolo, a well-known US evangelical, announced that he now FULLY SUPPORTS homosexual relationships in the church: “I am finally ready to call for the full acceptance of Christian gay couples into the Church”.
Given that he has gradually moved to the ‘progressive’ end of Christianity, and been a supporter of the ‘emerging church’, this is not really surprising – but it is instructive to look at HOW and WHY he changed his mind.
- After examining what he has said, and WHY he changed his mind, I give links to articles by Michael Brown, Albert Mohler and Bill Muehlenberg.
Over the past 20 years, Tony Campolo has maintained that he does NOT support the full acceptance of homosexuality. However, he supported the ‘you can be a homosexual but be celibate’ line – he outlined that position in his book ‘Twenty Hot Potatoes Christians are afraid to touch’ (originally published in 1988) when he said that he employed ‘celibate homosexuals’ in his ministry.
Over the past 15 years or more, Tony Campolo and his wife Peggy have been held up as ‘role models’ by those actively campaigning for homosexuality to be accepted in the church.
Why is that?
Because Peggy has endorsed the FULL acceptance of homosexuality by the church. This interview from 1996 showed Peggy already fully supporting homosexual relationships (posted on Freedom to Be).
Homosexual activists have used this to contend that a husband and a wife (and thus other committed Christians) can hold these two opposing positions. Of course, they would have wanted Peggy to ‘win over’ her husband!
15 June 2015
Last week the federal Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission (HREOC) released a report calling for the removal of all ‘discrimination’ related to “sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex”. In fact, they have introduced another acronym to represent this expression – SOGII…
The report was launched by Attorney-General George Brandis.
This is how the Commission introduces the report on their website…
“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people in Australia continue to face unjust state-sanctioned discrimination, unacceptable levels of violence, harassment and bullying and a lack of visibility of the issues that directly affect them in accessing essential services, according to a new report released today by Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson.
Resilient Individuals: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Intersex Rights National Consultation Report was officially launched by Attorney-General Senator the Hon George Brandis.
The report recommends urgent law reform at all levels of government, and outlines new initiatives of the Australian Human Rights Commission on sexual orientation, gender identity and intersex (SOGII) rights.”
HREOC states that “marriage equality has been a prevailing focus” of the national ‘discussion’ – and the Report recommends that the Marriage Act be changed to allow homosexual ‘marriage’.
The Report also calls for action at state and federal level to address “bullying, harassment or violence on the bases of their gender identity or sexual orientation”.
Regarding gender identity, they are asking for “alternative options to be identified to enable children under the age of 18 to access hormone treatment, rather than requiring a Family Court Order”. [Children can already obtain so-called’ puberty blockers without going to the Family Court, due to a precedent set by a ruling from a Family Court judge – but currently they have to go to the Family Court to access hormones art around age 16.]
Tim Wilson promotes the homosexual agenda
It was disappointing, but perhaps not surprising, to read that the Report was released by Tim Wilson. He was appointed as the ‘Commissioner for Freedom’ by the Abbott government because of his opposition to the racial vilification law, Section 18C of the Racial Hatred Act – and for his supposedly ‘conservative’ credentials…
However, Tim Wilson is openly homosexual with a partner (article here). Although he USED to oppose homosexual ‘marriage’, suggesting in 2008 they could have ‘civil unions’, he now fully supports it! He spoke at the Press Club in March 2015 (info here), and at a ‘Marriage Equality’ rally in Melbourne on 13 June, 2015 (along with Bill Shorten, Penny Wong, Victorian Liberal MP David Davis –and Rev Carolyn Francis from Collins St Baptist Church! [See AME Media Release]
12 June 2015
Catching up on news from the past couple of weeks. We enjoyed a few days break, but the issues seem to be coming thick and fast.
Please continue to read, pray and act …
Before reading this News Update, please vote on this Nine Poll on same-sex ‘marriage’:
The Question – Do you think the legalisation of same-sex marriage is inevitable?
Please vote NO – click here.
Read the News Update...
10 June 2015
When arguing against a particular proposal, we often want to use sophisticated and often convoluted arguments – instead of sticking with the BASICS!
Peter was inspired to write a short article about the BASICS when it comes to homosexuality and same-sex ‘pseudo marriage’ - why societies have not supported the acceptance of homosexuality, and why we should KEEP marriage between a man and a woman… He addresses several false premises and argues that governments shouldn’t be changing our moral rules.
The article is BELOW – but first and update on the Open Letter from 38 religious leaders to the PM, and the need to ‘Take Action’!
An OPEN LETTER has been sent to the Prime Minister – signed by 38 religious leaders, including Archbishops, Bishops of various Orthodox churches, leaders of major denominations as well as Jewish rabbis and leaders of Sunni and Shia Islamic groups. The letter calls on the parliament to NOT change the Marriage Act and to keep marriage between a man and a woman.
Read the letter – click here.
It makes some great points about the importance of marriage only being between a man and a woman.
9 June 2015
“It’s time” to ask the PM to continue to DEFEND marriage between a man and a woman.
Advocates for homosexual ‘marriage’ would have us believe that they have WON the battle – and that it is ‘inevitable’ that same-sex ‘marriage’ will be legalised in Australia (perhaps by the end of the year).
But that is by no means certain… we must NOT give up!
Some MPs in the Liberal Party who oppose homosexual ‘marriage’ are starting to speak up – and they need our support.
We MUST write to the PM, Tony Abbott, asking him to continue to affirm marriage between a man and a woman, to oppose a ‘conscience vote’ and to NOT support a move for Coalition MPs to ‘co-sponsor’ a homosexual marriage’ Bill….
See below for ACTION details… (if you want to write NOW, click here...)
Tomorrow we’ll have a short article on homosexual ‘marriage’ … and the importance of maintaining what is right and true.
Bill Shorten’s same-sex 'marriage' Bill – and Mr Abbott’s response
When Labor Opposition leader Bill Shorten announced that he would introduce a Bill into the federal parliament to legalise homosexual ‘marriage’, Prime Minister Tony Abbott responded by calling on him not to do so, saying that if same–sex ‘marriage’ is to be legalised it should be a parliament bill… (source)