The 82 page book is available at Koorong or Word bookstores for A$7.99.
"The redefinition of marriage would most definitely be about children's rights, the defense of the fatherless and motherless." As Australia debates the radical and unusual proposition to change the legal definition of marriage, this new and timely book by Bill Medley offers helpful insight, to Christians and non-Christians alike, on this seemingly harmless, yet deeply divisive and destructive proposal. Any law which will institutionalize the making of orphans requires courageous opposition from responsible adults. This is a book which will help you to stand boldly and act on behalf of the fatherless and motherless. "It may be critical to the future of our society in the next generation."
The 82 page book is available at Koorong or Word bookstores for A$7.99.
Redefining marriage puts children at grave risk and will remove our freedom to speak, meet and live freely. Will you speak and act while you still can?
"But there are those who oppose these powerful forces, who dedicate their lives to truth, honour and freedom."
"This world is an uncertain realm filled with danger, where honour is undermined by the pursuit of power; freedom is sacrificed; the weak are oppressed by the strong. But there are those who oppose these powerful forces, who dedicate their lives to truth, honour and freedom." - The Three Musketeers!
In the west, a “destructive and irresponsible freedom had been granted boundless space.” Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Alexander Solzhenitsyn, not only argued against the worldview which had enslaved his own country through Communism, but he prophetically assessed a major flaw and deception in the prevailing worldview being embraced by the West. He said that a “destructive and irresponsible freedom had been granted boundless space.”
Are we lost in a world gone mad? A poignant new song from Moby highlighting the depressing direction our culture is heading.
The end of this video reminded me of this great quote from C.S. Lewis: “When the whole world is running towards a cliff, he who is running in the opposite direction appears to have lost his mind.”
"We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God," Abraham Lincoln
As in the days of Nineveh, Australia faces a national crisis. Upon realizing their dire situation, their response was to proclaim a fast and for everyone to urgently call on God." The King decreed the national call for prayer and fasting saying, "Let them (us) give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.”
"On March 30, 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln called for a national day of prayer and fasting, in which he addressed what he called the need for "our national reformation as a whole people."
Our leaders in Australia have not come to that position, but that does not mean we the people cannot urgently call on God in prayer and fasting and ask for His intervention to avert the crisis currently facing Australian society.
"We have grown in numbers, wealth and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God," Lincoln said, adding that it was our duty "to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins and to pray for clemency and forgiveness...."
How can we as Australians in 2016 do any less? Please continue or join churches, organizations, and individuals around Australia in this month October 2016 for a month of prayer and fasting. "It is time that we, as Christians, recognize our need to repent of our own wickedness and cry out to the Lord for forgiveness - and that He might heal our broken land (2 Chronicles 7:14)."
We should heed the voices of the King of Nineveh and President Lincoln. They knew that God was the only one who could save us.
Canberra Declaration - Oct Call for Prayer and Fasting for Marriage
In a chilling article in the Washington Post on the 13th Oct 2016 more was revealed about Hilary Clinton's hatred for God and her agenda to stop people from believing in God and to change their beliefs!
Evoking memories of leaders past who set themselves up against God and tried to change the times and the laws to compete with and oppose God and harm God's people, such as Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, Antiochus IV, Stalin, Hitler, Mao Pol Pot, Enver Hoxha (Albania) and Kim Il-Sung (North Korea), Clinton's desires to purge the world of God become more than concerning given that she is on the verge of becoming the most powerful leader on the planet.
It is a worrying trend, as we have seen closer to home in Victoria, with Premier Andrews spending our money as furiously as he can to promote as many anti-God programs as possible, and introducing as many laws as he can to oppose God and to discriminate against, distress and vilify God's people. The likes of what Andrews is doing in Australia is possibly the worst Australia has ever encountered, and yet there is barely a whisper of protest from the people.
13th Oct 2016
"In a speech not long before she launched her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton made a stunning declaration of war on religious Americans. Speaking to the 2015 Women in the World Summit, Clinton declared that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed.”
Religious beliefs have to be changed? This is perhaps the most radical statement against religious liberty ever uttered by someone seeking the presidency. It is also deeply revealing. Clinton believes that, as president, it is her job not to respect the views of religious conservatives but to force them to change their beliefs and bend to her radical agenda favoring taxpayer-funded abortion on demand.
This is the context in which we must read a recently released trove of emails — which, according to WikiLeaks, come from the accounts of Clinton staff — showing the rampant anti-Catholic bigotry that permeates Clinton World."
Having said this, history shows God always advances His cause, saves His people and sometimes even surprises with the way He uses seemingly distressing situations to save the most unlikely of people. Nebuchadnezzar is a case in point, as was Saul/Paul, and as is pretty much every soul He has saved throughout human history. In this light, I hereby reveal I have been praying for Daniel Andrews and Hilary Clinton. They are no worse than I was when God supernaturally came into my life, turned the light on, opened my eyes and saved my soul.
The rise of the intolerant shouting and shaking of fists at God and His people, and attempts to remove religion from society, is becoming so rapid that things can probably no longer sustain the pressure. Our society has changed and will change some more very quickly by the look of things.
So, what will we be left with if we have a society without God? Can we get rid of God and still have any values or dignity or respect as human beings?
Atheist Friedrich Nietzsche saw what we would get in a society which tried to banish God, he saw not human freedom, as the anti-religion proponents insist would be the result, but massive oppression, nihilism and the loss of everything, including meaning. We can see it with the attempt to abolish the meaning of marriage and gender at present.
The times they are a changing, and rapidly at that, but thankfully, God is still here and He can not be removed just because the mob think that would be best. For God's people, no matter what tomorrow brings in this life, the very best is always still to come. Onwards and upwards, no matter the rebellion all around us!
SaltShakers News Update - 13 October 2016
1. Victoria gives ‘multicultural funding’ to LGBTIQA+ groups
2. Polls shows Australians concerned about the rise of Islamic ‘extremism’
3. Legal fund established to defend Christians against claims of ‘discrimination’
4. Two teenagers arrested in Sydney on terrorism charges
5. Senator Abetz: Speech at the Hobart launch of David van Gend’s book
6. Domestic violence – Sen Leyonhjelm questions expenditure and focus
7. Bills in Victoria
8. Senate passes CFA legislation
1. Abortion – being exposed to the facts beings revelation
2. USA: Chief Justice Roy Moore suspended for actions on same-sex ‘marriage’
12 Theses on a Christian Understanding of Economics
In this essay, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. considers 12 principles for how Christians should think about economic issues. Mohler writes:
"Regrettably, many American Christians know little about economics. Furthermore, many Christians assume that the Bible has nothing at all to say about economics. But a biblical worldview actually has a great deal to teach us on economic matters. The meaning of work, the value of labor, and other economic issues are all part of the biblical worldview. At the same time we must recognize that the Christian worldview does not demand or promote a particular economic system."
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Four critical conversation starters to help you talk with young people about some of the most divisive issues of our day.
4 Great Questions
In David Kinnaman's book "Good Faith," he describes four critical conversation starters to help you talk with your students about some of the most divisive issues of our day.
What they are: Whether it's politics, gender confusion, video games, racial problems, or dating, ask your students these four questions to help frame every difficult conversation: 1. What is Right? (Celebrate it.) 2. What is Wrong? (Correct it.) 3. What is Missing? (Create it.) 4. What is Confused? (Clarify it.) Use these four questions to help your students develop conviction about their own beliefs, while cultivating compassion and respect for those who may disagree with them.
The Web and Our Humanity - Take Time Away from the Screen
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By JOHN STONESTREET 5th Oct 2016
Who doesn’t love the Internet? News, entertainment, shopping, connecting with friends? But what is it doing to our souls?
Back in the mid-1990s, Andrew Sullivan, the former editor of the New Republic, learned he was HIV-positive. Twenty years later, a series of health issues, including infections that wouldn’t clear up, caused him to shut down his popular and influential blog, “The Dish.”
The ironic, or perhaps telling, thing was that his HIV infection had little, if anything, to do with his health troubles. What was making him sick was the Internet.
Sullivan tells this story in the cover story of the September 19th issue of New York Magazine, entitled “I Used to Be a Human Being.” In it he described his version of what is sometimes called “living in the web”: “For a decade and a half, I’d been a web obsessive, publishing blog posts multiple times a day, seven days a week . . . Each morning began with a full immersion in the stream of internet consciousness and news, jumping from site to site, tweet to tweet, breaking news story to hottest take . . .”
The “reward” for this obsessiveness was being among the first people to make a living and a career out of what has been called “Web 2.0.” He turned being a blogger into a being a “brand.”
The price was a “never-stopping,” “always updating” way of living that was incompatible not only with being healthy, but also, as the article’s title suggests, being truly human: “Vacations,” he wrote, “such as they were, had become mere opportunities for sleep,” and “my friendships had atrophied as my time away from the web dwindled.”
Finally, in January of 2015, he walked away, not only from blogging but to a large extent from the web itself. He even attended a silent retreat as a kind of detox.
If running people ragged was all that “living in the web” did to us, that would be bad enough. But Sullivan, like my BreakPoint colleague Shane Morris, is even more concerned about what it does to our souls. It has, in Sullivan’s words, caused “our oldest human skills to atrophy.”
Within two decades, we’ve gone from phone calls to emails, to texts, to emojis. As Sullivan writes “We remove or drastically filter all the information we might get by being with another person. We reduce them to some outlines—a Facebook “friend,” an Instagram photo, a text message—in a controlled and sequestered world that exists largely free of the sudden eruptions or encumbrances of actual human interaction.”
And that’s when we aren’t being nasty to one another. In his two-part BreakPoint article (which I encourage you to read at BreakPoint.org), Shane documents how the Web’s “dis-inhibitory effect” has brought out the worst in so many people: It’s altered our concept of sexuality and human intimacy; it has virtually destroyed journalism; and—as you can see if you dare to read comments online—it has made us meaner, crazier, and more paranoid.
But most of all the noise of “living in the web” keeps us from seeing and hearing what’s good for our souls. Christians, more than anyone else, should know this. Consider Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 4: “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things.” Does the time spent on line help us consider these things?
Jesus lived in a time that was, compared to ours, a still-life painting. And yet even then, he felt the need to regularly withdraw from the noise and distractions of his times. I doubt that any of us, starting with me, could last five minutes in the quietness of first-century Palestine.
What Sullivan and Morris help us understand is that modern telecommunications technology is not “morally neutral.” It comes with a definition of what it means to be human that’s at root inhumane.
The question is: how badly do we want to be human? And will we unplug to pursue It?
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The Web and Our Humanity: Take Time Away from the Screen
Read Shane Morris's 2-part article, "The Case Against the Internet," linked below. Then why not take John's challenge--consider time away from the ubiquitous screens that take up so much of our time. That small step might prove extremely beneficial for your soul.
The Case Against the Internet, Part 1
Shane Morris | BreakPoint.org | August 22, 2016
The Case Against the Internet, Part 2
Shane Morris | BreakPoint.org | August 24, 2016
I Used to Be a Human Being
Andrew Sullivan | New York Magazine | September 18, 2016
Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other
Sherry Turkle | Basic Books Publisher | October 2012
“Faithful defence of marriage and gender is an act of Christian witness – indeed one of the boldest acts of Christian witness in this secular age.” Albert Mohler, Jr.
Following is a few snippets from a book review by Bill Muehlenberg of Dr. David van Gend's new book, "Stealing from a Child" just to encourage you to read the whole review at least, if not the book:
"The push by adults to redefine the institution of marriage shows a callous disregard for the rights of children, especially their fundamental right to have their own biological mother and father.
“We are guilty of stealing a child’s birthright when we institute motherless families and fatherless homes as an ideal in our law.” David van Gend
Consider the issue of homosexual households and the impact this has on children who are raised in such homes.
Consider just one such story from a young woman raised in this fashion: “Gay marriage doesn’t just redefine marriage, but also parenting. It promotes and normalizes a family structure that necessarily denies us something precious and foundational. It denies us something we need and long for, while at the same time tells us that we don’t need what we naturally crave. That we will be okay. But we’re not. We’re hurting.”
And the redefinition of parenting becomes utterly Orwellian as the state is forced to enter in and enforce a socially engineered genderless world.
an ideologically-driven state has declared war on reality and biology.
All this is part of the radical left’s long war against marriage, family, and morality. As van Gend documents, this has been the longstanding political goal of the Marxists, from Marx and Engels to Marcuse and Millet. The Marxist vision to abolish the family is now well under way in much of the West, with all things homosexual leading the charge.
Speaking of Marxists, van Gend also discusses the radical Marxist social engineer behind the so-called Safe Schools Coalition, Roz Ward. Said Ward: “Programs like the Safe Schools Coalition
Think about "the enormous amount of damage done to our children who have been the guinea pigs in the hands of the radical adult social experimenters."
And all this sexual and social upheaval unleashed upon us by the activists has been very costly to democracy as a whole, as various freedoms such as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, etc, are now coming under horrific and sustained attack.
All this anti-Christian bigotry and suppression of freedom is getting worse by the day. Says van Gend:
“Any law normalising homosexual marriage will be a truncheon in the fist of the thought police, enforcing approved opinion on sexuality in schools, churches and businesses via the ‘Human Rights’ Commissions.”
Make no mistake about it: this is a war: a war on marriage and family, a war on biology and reality, a war on faith and freedom, but above all, a war on our vulnerable children. No civilised society can just sit back as we feed our helpless children to the devouring jaws of the militants.
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