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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.
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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)
3 June 2015
When we speak about the issues, we usually start with God’s ideal of marriage. Of course, that means starting in Genesis, with God making man and woman in His image and telling them to be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 1: 26-28). Jesus affirms this in Matthew 19.
Any departure from that, whether it be pornography, abortion, homosexuality and so on, is a departure from God’s design. We often hear peopple say, 'Jesus never said anything about homosexuality'. However he spoke from the WHOLE of the Scripture - his hearers would ahve known exactly what the Old Testament said about sex - and homosexuality. Then, in Matthew 15:19 Jesus said, "For out of the heart come evil intentions, murder, adultery, fornication, theft, false witness, slander." The word porneia is translated here as fornication, but it includes all forms of sexual activity outside of marriage (this article explains the poiint, including definitions from Greek lexicons).
In Genesis 2, God introduces the concept of marriage between a man and a woman (we were reading Genesis this week, and I was struck by the fact that God, as Father, brought Eve to Adam, and this is the model for marriage of a father bringing his daughter to be married!)
Creation Ministries recently published a very good article by Lita Cosner, about what the Bible really says (from beginning to end) about homosexuality… we encourage you to read it.
by Lita Cosner - Published: 7 May 2015.
Some professing Christians direct hateful statements toward the homosexual community, while others minimize or even reject the Bible’s teachings on this issue. Homosexual activists point to the former group as proof that Christianity is often inherently ‘homophobic’, and point to the latter to demonstrate that Christians can reinterpret the Bible’s foundational teachings on the topic.
Because this is such a politically and emotionally-charged topic, it is essential that we approach this issue by first understanding what Scripture has to say about it, regardless of whether Scripture’s stance is considered politically correct or not. However, this does not mean we have to be gratuitously offensive to those who have unbiblical views and lifestyles (if they must be offended, let it be by the truth, not due to a fundamentally unloving heart!).
This is a ringing endorsement of monogamous, lifelong marriage, and an implicit criticism of any alternative arrangements.
You’ve probably heard of ‘situational ethics’ – which is still being promoted today.
For example, the BBC website says, “In situation ethics, right and wrong depend upon the situation. There are no universal moral rules or rights - each case is unique and deserves a unique solution. Situation ethics rejects 'prefabricated decisions and prescriptive rules'. It teaches that ethical decisions should follow flexible guidelines rather than absolute rules, and be taken on a case by case basis.”
There have even been Christian theologians who’ve promoted ‘situational ethics’, with “love” being the highest goal (see Wikipedia entry).
However, as Christians, we can’t decide our ‘ethics’ by our situation, or what is currently the trendy idea, but, rather, we must decide our ‘ethics’ by using, and referring to, the Word of God!
Murray Adamthwaite, who is a member of Salt Shakers Reference Panel, has a degree in theology and a PhD in ancient history – which means he has an excellent understanding of the impact of such movements.
Murray has written an excellent article for us, titled The New Situationism – dealing with the move to adopting ‘love’ as the measure of ethics and addressing current ‘situations’ in the church, including homosexuality.
Please read his article and understand more…
Article: The New Situationism
by Murray Adamthwaite PhD.
June 2015. Published on Salt Shakers website and E-News.
"When a prominent American pastor was asked in a recent interview what he thought about the homosexual lifestyle his reply was, “We have a stance on love, and we have conversations about everything else.”.
“Love” is now seen as the hallmark of Christianity, and in particular its ethic; the older approach of the Ten Commandments is very much “out”. But where did this idea come from?
The 1960s saw a new approach to ethics in the churches called “Situation ethics” or simply, “Situationism”. Under this scheme there was no “Ten Commandments” type of morality; indeed Law in any form was out. “Nothing prescribed except love”, was the slogan of Situationism’s advocates. There was for them no over-arching law or moral rule which applied to ethical decisions; on the contrary, each one must himself determine what is loving in a particular situation. To illustrate, and to bolster this approach one of Situationism’s prime advocates, Joseph Fletcher, posed a whole series of moral dilemmas where rules failed, simply because they were in conflict..."
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