The Fear-of-God: God’s Creation is a Safe Foundation. by Lachlan Dunjey. May 8, 2019

We should have a proper sense of wonder, awe and respect for God’s creation.

The prophet Isaiah said it well in Chapter 40

Rebellion against God inevitably and crucially involves rebellion against his Creation which underpins so much of ethics and morality. It is foundational.

To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:

Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

Isaiah 40:25,26 ESV

God’s Creation Order.

Man created in the Image of God “let us make man in our image”

All human life has intrinsic value in all states of dependence and disability from fertilisation to life’s natural end.

It is attacked through abortion; euthanasia; physician-assisted suicide; destructive embryo research; embryo de-selection and eugenics including sex selection and Down Syndrome genocide; babies accidentally born alive after abortion procedure and left to die; after-birth abortion; cloning, chimeras and cyborgs.

Ultimately to control all reproductive and life processes, to create life and design it according to our own wishes, “cleansing” the human race for the future and in the meantime eliminating all that is deemed less than perfect.

Personal autonomy to the exclusion of any God influence.

Eden and the Tower of Babel revisited.

To be free of the Creator God, to render Him unnecessary and be our own gods. We will be in control of our own lives and will choose how and when to die and choose the same for others.

Terrorism.

Not putting the same value on human life, eliminating whole communities by conquest and genocidal killing with Christians as prime targets.

Further pushed: From within by the atheistic lobby and “God-haters”; atheistic or naïve genetic experimenters; leftist social engineers.

Remember: permission becomes a compulsion. Apart from the destruction of social order also at threat is liberty of conscience and discrimination in employment.

The creation of Masculinity and Femininity (“bone of my bones, flesh of my flesh”)

So much more than having physical intercourse but nevertheless includes the Creation Mandate to “Be fruitful and multiply”.

It is attacked through: Gender fluidity and transgenders; be whatever sex you like – you are in charge of your destiny – you are your own god. The rebellion against God’s design of “natural” intercourse.

Pushed by: The gay lobby, leftist social engineers and the PC brigade

Remember: permission becomes a compulsion.

Apart from the destruction of social order also at threat is liberty of speech, of belief and to teach our children.

Further specific attacks through public education e.g. Safe Schools Coalition Australia, “Respectful Relationships” and now re-badged yet again as “Inclusive Education” encouraging to declare sexual preferences early leading to identity confusion and also experimentation in sexuality.

Loss of liberty to speak about the dangers of these lifestyles and discrimination in employment and business.

Marriage as a specific subset of sexuality and a Creation Mandate; “one flesh”; “for this reason shall a man cleave to his wife”

It is attacked through: The destruction of marriage as an institution, pushing “marriage” and “family” as we choose and then discarding it as a useless concept with complete sexual freedom.

The decline of the West is achieved by intrinsic moral decay and by declining birth rate to demographic winter

Pushed by: the gay lobby, leftist social engineers and PC brigade

Remember: permission becomes a compulsion.

Apart from the destruction of social order also at threat is liberty of speech, of belief and to teach our children, even around the kitchen tableLoss of liberty to speak about the dangers to society and discrimination in employment and business ultimately also threatening parenthood and, in particular, Christian parenthood. The attacks are unprecedented.

Stewards of Creation 

The animal kingdom and the earth – bring order, subdue, care for, work.  Inclusive of a Sabbath rest – and God saw that it was good, and rested.

It is attacked through: Failure and neglect leading to ecological disaster; misdirected economics with chemical or radio-nuclear contamination and de-forestation; deliberate destruction through the war with the possibility of nuclear disaster.

We ignore the principle of a Sabbath rest to our peril.

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling. Psalm 2:10 NIV.

What did Jesus say?  A direct application for today.

Firstly, Jesus affirmed the creation story. Matt 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’?  So, they are no longer two, but one flesh.

The warfare against heteronormativity – male and female – is an unprecedented rebellion against God and His Creation.

We must preach and teach the fundamentals of creation and their application – male and female (no spectrum), its complementarity as the ordinance of marriage and the Imago Dei – to be created in the image of God.

Secondly, Jesus explained and affirmed the command (Luke 10:27) to love our neighbour. Loving our neighbour and our neighbour’s children means not only caring for them in present calamity but also warning against approaching calamity (e.g. a flash flood) or helping to protect their future from encroaching evil – in this instance state mandated sexual indoctrination.

Loving our neighbour is not optional.  “Hate evil and love good, then work it out in the public square” (Amos 5:15 Msg)

Thirdly, Jesus said whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt 18:6).

Jesus’ condemnation re leading children into sin is quite specific as is its judgment. Other evils that concern us do not merit the same specific judgment. May this truth be reflected in our thinking and our living.

If we, as informed Christians, support politicians and educators whose firm commitment is sexual confusion by indoctrination of our children, then we too are guilty of allowing our little ones to be led into sin.

The Fear-of-God

builds up

confidence,

and makes a world

safe for your children.

Proverbs 14:26 The Message

Sometimes you just gently teach

Sometimes you preach with invitation

Sometimes you confront and challenge

Sometimes you have to condemn

Sometimes you have to drive the money-changers out of the temple

Sometimes you have to walk with Christ to Calvary.

by Lachlan Dunjey. May 8, 2019

The Fear-of-God: When shame is a necessary ingredient. by Lachlan Dunjey.

When governments deliberately introduce legislation that permits evil – and even to compel it – shame is appropriate and needful.

The trouble is that the parliamentary members who introduce such legislation – particularly when the issue at stake is the intrinsic value of human life – usually also have no concept of what it means to Fear God.

Even when the issues are crystal clear. Such issues can be the shredding of an unborn baby limb by limb, right through to term, for any reason, when it is capable of feeling pain. Or the compelling of doctors to be part of the process.

The absence of fear, the absence of shame, is reflected in the following historical record:

It was the ninth month and the king was sitting in the winter apartment, with a fire burning in the firepot in front of him.  Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire.  The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes.” 

Jeremiah 36:22-24

In just a few verses we get a glimpse of complacency, arrogance, ignorance and contempt for the message of God that so characterises some people of any generation.  There is no humility, no respect, no remorse, no fear, and no shame.

And in our time

“Repugnance, here as elsewhere, revolts against the excesses of human willfulness, warning us not to transgress what is unspeakably profound.

Indeed, in this age in which everything is held to be permissible so long as it is freely done, in which our given human nature no longer commands respect, in which our bodies are regarded as mere instruments of our autonomous rational wills, repugnance may be the only voice left that speaks up to defend the central core of our humanity.

Shallow are the souls that have forgotten how to shudder.”

Leon Kass 1997 The Wisdom of Repugnance

But shame is also appropriate and necessary for the person who understands when evil is promoted and yet remains silent.

“When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin. You must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy with all the fire of your faith.”

Abraham Kuyper

“The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who, in times of great moral crisis, maintain their neutrality.”

Dante.

“If I profess with the loudest voice and clearest exposition every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christ.”

Martin Luther

And shame is also appropriate and necessary for the person who, when presented with a clear choice at the ballot box, votes for the promotion of evil.1)Date-stamped: 2018 Jan 03 | by Lachlan Dunjey | Article Title: Mourning into Dancing, A Year of Shame – a Failure to Protect  | Article Link: chooselifeaustralia.org.au

Shame on all who sin against the weak and powerless.

Shame on all committing sin against children.

Shame on those who in order to maintain “respectability” cover up the sins of others.

Shame on all those who failed to protect.

Shame on all those who failed to warn.

Shame on all those who failed to warn of the consequences of proposed legislation – not only failing to protect but failing to prevent the facilitation of evil to children.

Shame on all those who did not love their neighbour sufficiently to warn that their children were at risk.

Shame on pastors who failed to warn of the danger and thereby failed to protect.

Shame on all those who voted for the party that was determined to bring in same-sex “marriage” and “safe schools programs”.

Shame on all those who voted “yes”.

Shame on all MPs who encouraged and voted for SSM regardless of the consequences.

We need to declare who we are without fear. In our relationships in society may we be unafraid in upholding our liberty to believe, the honour and value of marriage and family as God gave it and the innate value of all human life as created in the Image of God – all of which are expressed so well in the Canberra Declaration.

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate his rule with trembling.

Psalm 2:10 NIV

The Fear-of-God

builds up

confidence,

and makes a world

safe for your children.

Proverbs 14:26 The Message

Date-stamped: 2019 May 05 | By Lachlan Dunjey  | Article Title: The Fear-of-God: when shame is a necessary ingredient | Article Link: chooselifeaustralia.org.au

References   [ + ]

1. Date-stamped: 2018 Jan 03 | by Lachlan Dunjey | Article Title: Mourning into Dancing, A Year of Shame – a Failure to Protect  | Article Link: chooselifeaustralia.org.au

The Fear Of God Builds Up Confidence And Makes A World Safe For Your Children.

There was a time when the fear of God meant something,

“when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honour.”

Jerry Bridges

What does it mean?

“a sovereign respect for God, and makes us dread, above all things, to offend Him.”

Jacques Forget
It is much more than simply being scared and has been described as a mixture of reverence, awe, worship. It should also entail a desire to please Him, to receive His pleasure and to be fearful of no longer receiving His pleasure.

It means a wanting to obey Him and His rules, statutes, laws, principles, precepts, decrees and ways as per Psalm 119.

If only all peoples were to have a healthy Fear-of-God. Then we would have a world safe for our children.

Easter reminds us of the determination of the authorities and the fickleness of the people that resulted in the crucifixion. We see the hate that blinded the eyes and deafened the ears to the miraculous evidence that Jesus was of God, in fact, the Son of God and the promised and longed-for Messiah.

Fear of God did not come into their considerations.

Here in Australia, we are facing what could be the most critical election of our lifetime. Some stated policies are the most anti-God and anti-Christian that we have ever seen – a defiant rejection of doing things God’s way, a seemingly total absence of any “fear-of-God” coupled with a determination to do things “my way” regardless of the consequences to our children and our children’s children.

What do we want to ensure a safe place for our children?

From the Canberra Declaration, we have freedom of expression, freedom of conscience, freedom of belief – even freedom to change belief – and to live in accord with such belief without fear of accusation of intolerance or hate-speech.

Intrinsic to freedom of expression is the freedom to debate. Such Freedom Is Essential For Democracy.

Also enshrined in the Canberra Declaration is the need for a stable family with marriage between a man and a woman guaranteeing children their biological birthright to a mother and a father with its proven track record in protection, education, welfare, support and nurture.

The third important set of values being the intrinsic value of human life in all states of disability and dependency providing sure protection for future generations.

Therefore, you kings, be wise; be warned, you rulers of the earth.  Serve the LORD with fear and celebrate His rule with trembling. Psalm 2:10 NIV.

The Fear-of-God

builds up

confidence,

and makes a world

safe for your children.

Proverbs 14:26
The Message

Lachlan Dungey

original source: https://blog.canberradeclaration.org.au/2019/04/18/the-fear-of-god-builds-up-confidence/

A Perspective on our times to a Christian audience.

Good morning. I bring you good news and bad news and the bad news is very bad but the good news is very good (sounds like a nursery rhyme from my childhood about a little girl with a curl on her forehead).

I trust that by the end of this morning you will be more alert than ever to our times and the need for prayer and sometimes action, and that you will be in tune with a theme that we have in our early morning weekday prayer time 5 days a week – grief for our nation, mourning for our world and the suffering church, excitement for tomorrow and joy for today.

And if anyone here does not know Jesus as Lord and Saviour, my prayer is that by the end of this morning you will come to that place of commitment.

My serious side is always mixed with fun which sometimes gets me into trouble. I have to be careful in the surgery consulting room to keep my sense of humour in check – but not always. I enjoy camping and it was around a camp fire about 5 yrs ago that I talked about some of the challenges facing us as Christians and threats to our world and one person who had been listening asked me the next morning “how can we prepare?” And so I talked about that the next evening and it became a paper on “A Safe Place for our Children” which you will find on the Choose Life Australia website and we will mention this briefly later.

And so, what are these threats?

There are so many books that we should read. Yeah, I know, people keep telling us don’t they? Elizabeth Kendal is an Australian writer who publishes the Religious Liberty Prayer Bulletin. Last year she published “After Saturday Comes Sunday” that highlights Islamic aggression “first the Jews, then the Christians”, an Arabic war cry – as sure as Saturday (the day of Jewish worship) is followed by Sunday (the day of Christian worship), first we’ll kill the Jews, then we’ll kill the Christians.

I don’t know whether any of you listen or watch Dr Michael Youssef on Sunday morning – I was amazed to hear him say one time that he grew up in Egypt with this taunt from other children.

We probably all realise the threat of Islamic extremism bathed in the resentment of many centuries. To understand the Middle East and the threat to the “Nations of the Cross” inscribed in blood from the 21 Coptic Christians beheaded on the beach in Libya, you need to read this book. And so, Islam, the first threat.

And we need to add in here the unpredictable threat of North Korea and nuclear holocaust!

The next threat is internal and is from the aggressive atheistic lobby with the leftists onside in wanting to erase anything Christian, re-writing our Christian heritage, stopping children from talking about Jesus in recess, replacing Happy Christmas with happy holiday, and with the militant evolutionists wanting to deny any uncomfortable evidences or logic in Intelligent Design and barring scientists who do accept ID – or, even worse, flood geology or Creation Science – promotions in their university or other fields.

And this of course leads to the threat to our freedom – control of belief and to speak of that which we believe, and beyond that, control of our thoughts and minds – if necessary with correctional re-education classes. This threat is spearheaded by the push for same-sex marriage, the “nice” name for homosexual “marriage”. But even that nice name is now not acceptable. As doctors in the response to the AMA statement supporting “marriage equality” we were accused of using the term same-sex marriage instead of marriage equality with a counter-response saying “which shows what we are up against”. So even using the nice term of same-sex marriage is regarded as hurtful.

But the marriage equality push is, as I said, only the head of the spear to control our freedom – Marxist philosophy in its “long march through the institutions” as Tony Abbott said in an editorial The West Australian just three days ago.

But this in turn is only indicative of the war in heaven and the satanic push to counter God’s creation plan and to wage war on God’s people.

So, how is this war in heaven played out at our level? By a direct attack on Creation and Creation order. By attacking that mankind is created in the Image of God and then by attacking the creation of male and female – first demonstrated by the attack on sexual behaviour, then the attack on marriage and now – with the transgender issues so much before us – with the attack on masculinity and femininity, what it means for God to have created male and female and make it of no essence.

John Yates puts it so well “the oppositional but complementary nature of heterosexual gender identity is written into the very framework of the order of the universe and the peak of the Creator’s genius. The challenge is far more profound than most Christians realise. This is a claim (for same-sex marriage) that God did not create His Image as male plus female, it is an attack on the very existence and nature of God. The spiritual warfare around this issue is very intense.”

This is direct rebellion against God in an intensity as we have not seen in our lifetime – and against His people, the Bride of Christ, the Church – to silence it, to divide it, and to destroy our freedom to teach our children about our Christian faith. Yes, we’ve been here before with Communism and German fascism but not in our time and not in the “free” West.

It reminds me of that scene in Revelation 12 where Satan declares war against “those who keep God’s commands and hold fast their testimony about Jesus”.

Yes, the real issue for humanity, for us – and it always has been – is what we do with our God.  Terrorism and war may then be what God does with us – or at least permits.

Are we in the Last Days? Who knows but if we are then remember the words of Jesus on the Calvary Road to “lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh”.

And the other day I was reading Hezekiah’s prayer (2 Kings 19:16) when Jerusalem was surrounded by the army of Sennacharib and Hezekiah responded to Sennacharib’s challenge against God by praying “give ear, Lord, and hear; open your eyes Lord and see; listen to the words Sennacharib has sent to ridicule the living God. Now, Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that you alone, Lord, are God”.

And what is our way forward? More than anything else it is to engage in prayer as did Hezekiah. Remember as never before that our war is more than just against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and against spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

We are quite fortunate here in Australia in that we realise the agenda has become more transparent in moving from same-sex marriage to definitions of male and female and transgenders and gender fluidity with state driven indoctrination with its many broad aspects in our schools and even in our pre-schools. The push to wipe out “heteronormativity” is so extreme that in some early childhood education programs children are not supposed to ask whether a new-born baby is a boy or a girl.

The agenda of Ros Ward has become obvious in what she has said “Safe Schools Coalition is about supporting gender and sexual diversity… Not about stopping bullying. About gender and sexual diversity. About same-sex attractive. About being transgender. About being lesbian, gay, bisexual – say the words – transgender, intersex”. And her Marxist agenda slipped in a tweet about the rainbow flag flying over the Victorian parliament when she said “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of the state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.”

And so, this plebiscite is more than just giving gays permission to marry and marriage equality. Equality was achieved by the law changes of 2008. There is no inequality. Gays too are free to marry but marriage is for male and female as a complementary biological pair.

Legislation has consequences – changing marriage law is no exception

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To include any “two people” as per law changes already suggested also includes different genders i.e. transgender marriage would be legal

Legislative approval of sexual indoctrination of our children to accept such a genderless society (gender is fluid), to explore their sexual orientation and their gender identity, being encouraged at a young age to declare their sexuality, that there are two virginities (with a chick and a dude), that homosexual behaviour is “normal” and without risk, and to groom for early sex

In giving such legislative approval of a homosexual lifestyle with reinforcement through our schools we are exposing them to all the medical risks of that lifestyle (but we’re not allowed to talk about that like we are able to talk about smoking and alcohol and drugs)

Legislative approval of a new “stolen generation” of children being raised in same-sex/transgender families without the solid foundation of mothers and fathers – particularly biological mothers and fathers

The attacks on freedom of speech and belief – at risk now as has already been demonstrated during this campaign – will be “weaponised” through anti-discrimination laws

On freedom to bring up our children with our own values and not be subject to “diversity/sensitivity re-training”. Ultimately, as we have seen overseas, home schooling will have to incorporate such instruction and children will be tested to ensure that they have “learned”.

The push to transgender, to change our sex when we feel like it and to approve of such to our kids is an extraordinary issue that has come out of this revolution and moved with lightning speed. On the one hand in Toronto parents are considered to be abusive unless they agree to their transgender child having medical or surgical therapy to help them transgender, and are threatened with having the child taken away from them. On the other hand we have very prominent paediatricians including our own Dr John Whitelaw considering it abuse if treatment is given.

The elephant in the room is biology (some elementary one-liners)

The biological design and purpose of male and female sexual anatomy and function is the creation of progeny and the formation of family

Sexual activity outside of biological parameters is not the same – it is different..

Sexual activity outside of biological parameters is associated with significantly increased rates of disease.

Legislative approval of “marriage” outside of these biological parameters is therefore a public health disaster

State indoctrination of our children through school curriculums that endorse and encourage sexual activity outside biological parameters is likewise also a disaster

Children have a right to know and be brought up by their biological Mothers and Fathers

None of these can be classified as hate-speech.

What is our responsibility to be? What did Jesus say that is applicable to this battle?

1.0 Firstly, Jesus affirmed the creation story. Matt 19:4-6 “Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female, and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’b? So they are no longer two, but one flesh.” As we have said, this warfare is an unprecedented rebellion against God and His Creation – we must preach and teach the fundamentals of creation and their application – male and female created He them, the ordinance of marriage and the Imago Dei – to be created in the image of God

2.0 Secondly Jesus explained and affirmed the command (Luke 10:27) to love our neighbor. Loving our neighbour and our neighbour’s children means warning against approaching calamity (e.g. a flash flood) or helping to protect their future from encroaching evil – in this instance against state mandated sexual indoctrination. It is not optional (oh, I don’t get into anything political, I just concentrate on evangelism). “Hate evil and love good, then work it out in the public square” (Amos 5:15 Msg)

3.0 Thirdly, Jesus saidwhoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the depth of the sea” (Matt 18:6). If we, as informed Christians, support SSM and support and vote for politicians whose firm commitment is the sexual indoctrination of our children through legislative mandate, then we too are guilty of allowing our little ones to be led into sin.

ACTION

Realise above all that this is a battle in the heavenlies and pray

Realise at the earthly level this is now a political exercise and for the sake of our country and our future

Talk about it. Know how to communicate with different age groups

Vote! And encourage others to vote. (No, of course!)

Do the Zoom program via the com.au website

Teach and learn scripture. Learn it and by your example teach your kids and grandkids to learn it. Teach them as we walk along the road, as they go to bed and as they get up. What they learn now will stand them in good stead as they face these battles in the times to come. This is Deuteronomy 6 of course – the Shema: “These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” 

For the same reasons learn and teach songs – the tunes stay in our head and we can sing along to the tune (even in times of trouble like Paul and Silas did in the jail at Philippi).

Good news. Bad news. I don’t think the bad news gets any worse than this. I come back to the saying of our early morning prayer meetings – grief for our nation; mourning for our world and the suffering church; excitement for tomorrow because God is ultimately in charge; and JOY for today. Every day.

Are we in the Last Days? Who knows but if we are then remember the words of Jesus on the Calvary Road to “lift up your heads for your redemption draws nigh”.

Lachlan Dunjey. Westminster Presbyterian Church, Maida Vale WA, Saturday breakfast 30 Sept 2017.


Liberty of Conscience in Medicine – a Declaration

Conscience in Medicine Declaration

To all nurses and allied health workers out there (and maybe some doctors not covered by other lists) concerned about the issue of conscience in health care.

Please see (and sign in to) www.conscienceinmedicine.net.au

As a result of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Section 8 (2008) and the worldwide attack on conscience rights it has become necessary to establish a Declaration that many or most health workers would be prepared to sign regardless of their faith belief.

Please note there is a separate declaration for nurses and allied health workers. November 3, 2010

extract from :1)conscienceinmedicine.net.au 

The exercise of conscience is foundational to good medicine. It underlies every aspect of good medical practice, to make good patient care our first concern and to practice medicine safely and effectively.

Liberty of conscience is critical for individual doctors as it lies at the very heart of our integrity and self-identity.  It is conscience that must compel doctors to refuse to participate in treatments they believe to be un-ethical or that they consider not to be in the best interests of patients.

It is not enough for doctors to simply be providers of medical services on demand from consumers or third parties, providing all that is legal whether or not it is consistent with their ethical base. To sacrifice conscience and be concerned only with service provision is to destroy the heart and soul of medicine.

Governments may legislate to permit certain practices or procedures but governments must never force doctors to violate their conscience by compulsory engagement in such practices or procedures.

Infringement of conscience is a serious challenge facing modern medicine.  Medical codes of conduct must never be subject to degradation by government.

References   [ + ]

1. conscienceinmedicine.net.au

An Open Letter to Victorians

Open letter to the people of God in Victoria. June 2010.

A state election is due in Victoria in November this year.

Will you vote for good or for evil?

Now I know some of you will be bristling already How dare you label our potential voting evil.  Who do you think you are putting our needed decisions into those categories.  Anyway, you must not mix politics with religion.

OK, you can stop reading at this point but I hope you will reason this through with me.  We need to look at which party or individual policies and standards are more honouring to God and which are outright opposed.  I am well aware this is a contentious subject.

This Victorian government has done some extraordinary things in recent years.

It passed the Victorian Charter of Rights1)http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=764&Itemid=515 – a charter or “bill of rights” based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights.2)http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

But even though the latter speaks of the inherent dignity and rights of all human life, reinforced by the 1959 UN Declaration of the Rights of the Child3)http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/k1drc.htm that spells out the rights of the child before and after birth, the Victorian charter has included the end-note that none of it will apply to abortion.

This explicit exclusion from the protection of the charter of that stage of human life that should have our utmost protection – the child before birth – would be like excluding groups based on ethnicity or disability.

But wait, there’s more.

Two years ago Victoria passed the most liberal abortion laws4)http://www.churchinperth.com/articles/ldunjey/pdf/08-58a.pdf in Australia permitting abortion through to 24 weeks for any reason without any approval except finding someone to do it and over 24 weeks it only requires the approval of two doctors for any reason that those doctors may approve.  No counselling is required, nor is there any “cooling-off” period.  There is no restriction as to method of abortion including the horrific partial birth abortion,5)http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/ nor are there any guidelines re abortion for foetal abnormality.

Abortions for minor correctable abnormalities such as cleft lip have crept in under the radar in Victoria and now have legal sanction.

There is now implicit state approval of eugenic selection – for even minor imperfections – in Victoria.

How did we get this far?

Because you, the people of Victoria either did not vote for good candidates or there weren’t enough of them to vote for – and if not, why not?

Did you not realise that Christians need to stand up in our society for that which is right?

Or was it because the issues were so muddied that you could not separate good from evil?

Or was it because you were tired of debate and you thought “I’m just going to vote for that which is significant to me”?

So are there candidates standing for Christian principles and values in this next election in November?

If not, is God calling you??

But wait, there’s more.

In that abortion legislation is the provision to force doctors – even when such is against their deeply held convictions and conscience – to participate in the process of referral for abortion when asked by a patient.

Now it is one thing to pass a law that permits evil but it is something more to pass a law that compels evil. 

Do you see that there are two levels of evil here?  One is to permit killing of the unborn child for no other reason than that the mother-to-be chooses not to be pregnant and for uncontrolled eugenic selection in our society – yes, state approval of this should shock us out of all complacency – but the other, more sinister and greater, evil is to compel medical participation in this process.  Medicine, justly, has the highest level of ethics in the world.  It must.  And yet, here we have a government that has – quite unnecessarily in fact because there is no restriction on a pregnant mother going straight to abortion providers that advertise widely – punitively forcing doctors to act against their conscience and participate in this process.

Why??

As Emily’s List6)http://www.emilyslist.org.au/ website shamelessly proclaims, so that women will be “free from persecution… free from harassment” when they go to a doctor.

Now your reaction to this may be that it cannot be this bad.  I can assure you that it is.  It is the first time in the Western world since Hitler’s Germany that doctors have been forced by government legislation to participate in evil.  If we refuse then we are breaking the law.

Please let that sink in…

For the coming election candidates will be asked whether they will support a move to repeal this part of the Victorian abortion law.  Will you vote for those who say yes?But we mustn’t mix religion with politics you say?  Well, this isn’t just religion.  The Hippocratic Oath, from which the ethical base of medicine comes, is not Christian anyway and your action in voting is a clear choice between good and evil that affect the whole of society’s future.

You cannot escape your individual responsibility in the cultural direction that our society takes.  Can you not see where this takes us?  The votes against euthanasia recently in our parliaments have been very close.  Can you not see that one day in the future palliative care will be limited as it is in societies that have approved of euthanasia and as it is in Oregon where health benefits are restricted for cancer treatment but allowed for the cheaper physician-assisted suicide?  Can you not see that such medical participation may also be made compulsory particularly for the doctor who has been caring for the patient during their last illness?

Can you not see the consequences for medicine?

This is not just an issue for Victoria but an issue for each state and the nation.

Indeed it is a world issueand one of the most significant of our time. Christian institutions in Victoria are also under threat with the recently introduced changes in equal opportunity laws.

The Westminster Declaration 2010 reads7)http://www.westminster2010.org.uk/declaration/ (also see The Manhattan Declaration)8)http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/#0

We will seek to ensure that religious liberty and freedom of conscience are unequivocally protected against interference by the state and other threats… We call upon all those in UK positions of leadership, responsibility and influence to pledge to respect, uphold and protect the right of Christians to hold these beliefs and to act according to Christian conscience.

These issues are extremely serious and the decisions we make now will affect the future of our nation.For the coming state election in Victoria candidates will be asked whether they will support a move to repeal this part – section 89)http://www.repealsection8.net.au/ of the Victorian abortion law and voters will need to decide very clearly whether they regard this matter – the compelling of evil – something that they should support or vote against.

Each person has a clear choice.
Each person must make a decision for good or evil.
It will be very clear cut.

The warning is clear – if doctors can be compelled to participate in the process of abortion through to term for any reason then they can be compelled to participate in other processes against their conscience.

Now, a practical matter:

please remember when voting for a minor party candidate to put that person or party first on your voting slip and your major party of choice second.  Should your minor candidate not win your vote goes on at full value and becomes very significant in who then gets elected.  Major parties know this and will sometimes change policy or select candidates that represent similar values in order to gain these preferences.

In Western Australia the distribution of preferences from Christian parties resulted in the election of five new MPs with values supporting the intrinsic value of all human life and has changed the direction of government.So in this coming election you have the opportunity and responsibility to elect candidates with values that espouse good and not evil – and who will support the overthrow of section 8 of the abortion law reform legislation that compels evil in medicine.

There is no higher responsibility.

WWWPDF | Apart from this very specific choice the most helpful decision-making aid is the Christian Values Checklist. Use this for both state and federal elections.

WWWPDF | Also see previous lists and watch as we come up to election time for a new list.10)christianvalues.org.au

WWWPDF | For the federal election watch Australia Votes with Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott answering questions from church leaders.11)This is a web-feed on June 21 from Old Parliament House in Canberra. [Dr] Lachlan Dunjey.  May 2010.

WWWPDF | Convenor Medicine With Morality: defending human life; defending liberty of conscience12)medicinewithmorality.org.au

CLIPSPDFConscience Laws and HealthcareThe Coercion of Doctors Melbourne Conference July 2009

WWWPDFThe Ethical Crisis in our Parliaments13)chooselifeaustralia.org.au

WWWPDF | Human rights protected by the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

WWWPDF | Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Charter responsibilities explained

WWWPDF | Universal Declaration of Human Rights

WWWPDF | The UN General Assembly Declaration of the Rights of the Child November 20, 195914)Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth

WWWPDF | Abortion Law Reform Act 2008

WWWPDF | Partial Birth Abortion (warning: disturbing)

WWWPDF | Emily’s List editorial

WWWPDFThe Manhattan Declaration: A Call of Christian Conscience 2009

WWWPDFWestminster Declaration 2010

WWWPDF | Repeal Section 8

WWWPDF | Christian Values 2007 Checklist

WWWPDF | Christian Values 2010 Checklist

References   [ + ]

1. http://www.humanrightscommission.vic.gov.au/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&layout=item&id=764&Itemid=515
2. http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/
3. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/instree/k1drc.htm
4. http://www.churchinperth.com/articles/ldunjey/pdf/08-58a.pdf
5. http://www.nrlc.org/abortion/pba/
6. http://www.emilyslist.org.au/
7. http://www.westminster2010.org.uk/declaration/
8. http://www.manhattandeclaration.org/#0
9. http://www.repealsection8.net.au/
10. christianvalues.org.au
11. This is a web-feed on June 21 from Old Parliament House in Canberra. [Dr] Lachlan Dunjey.  May 2010.
12. medicinewithmorality.org.au
13. chooselifeaustralia.org.au
14. Whereas the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth

The Ethical Crisis in our Parliaments

Recent atrocious laws about abortion and embryonic stem cell research only passed by one or two votes.

Will the same happen with euthanasia, assisted suicide and cloning? 

Why wouldn’t it? 

If we do not encourage people with strong Christian values about life, marriage and family to enter parliament, nothing will change.

The church cannot be involved in politics but it can encourage Catholics and other Christian people to enter parliament, bringing with them their own personal convictions formed by the church upbringing.

Is anyone listening? — I sincerely hope so. [Archbishop Barry Hickey 8 Nov 2009 reported in The Record 25 Nov 2009.]

We can be very grateful that a prominent church leader makes this kind of call. Is he right? Absolutely!

How can it be that just over one year ago one of our parliaments, in the name of freedom of choice, trampled on the medical profession’s freedom of choice and liberty of conscience not to be involved in something they might consider evil?

The Victorian State parliament in allowing abortion for any reason at any stage of pregnancy – Right through to term – Overruled doctor’s freedom of choice and liberty of conscience not to be involved in this process.

MUST SEE VIDEO

The issues regarding the Victorian Abortion law were well explored at the Conscience Laws and Healthcare Conference held in Melbourne July 25, 2009. 

For proceedings of this see | video |

For written speech see | www

Please consider:How can it be that in November 2009 the euthanasia bill was defeated in the South Australian Legislative Council by only two votes (11 votes to 9)? What is really scary is that this bill had significant flaws and yet was defeated by such a narrow margin.

The Victorian battle re exclusion of conscience was lost despite strong representation by the medical profession and an appeal based on the Victorian Charter of Rights.

Ironically the law was passed by MP’s exercising a conscience vote!

There were many other arguments made against the legislation which allows brutal methods of terminating the baby’s life through to term without any anesthetic given to the baby. That these arguments should been over-ruled demonstrates the single-mindedness and power of the pro-abortion lobby and the failure of MP’s to consider and allow rational argument. It is sobering to consider the part that Emily’s List has played in this “historic moment for the recognition of women’s rights…” Their website boasts that of 152 Labor women in parliaments 113 are Emily’s List members.

Warning:  detail is disturbing.

We would never allow the brutality to animals that we permit in the name of choice to unborn babies. Our animal activist friends get really upset when they see a dolphin or whale fetus cut from its mother and rightly so. Yet these are frequently intact and have not been shredded or pulled apart. How can it be that our society is so schizoid that we get upset about dolphin slaughter yet rabidly defend our right to kill our unborn babies?

How can this be?

The partial birth abortion procedure entails delivering the baby as a breech and then before the head is delivered pushing a sucker into the base of the skull through the upper neck and sucking out the brain so the skull can collapse and delivery take place through an incompletely dilated cervix. No anesthetic is given to the baby.
Some babies are born alive then allowed to die because they should have been born dead.

Some like Gianna Jessen1)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NosdFph2JgI are born alive and refuse to die and are eventually rescued. Gianna’s story is inspirational – just Google her and then also add the word Colorado to find a great story.

Please consider: it has been shown there is no safe way of introducing a law allowing euthanasia that won’t result in risking the lives of others not wishing to be killed.  Five government-sponsored inquiries in England, Canada, USA and Australia into the consequences of legalising euthanasia have been published and all reached the same conclusion that such law would always be unsafe (see box).  This information was given to each of the South Australian MP’s and yet the bill was only defeated by 2 votes. Other cogent arguments were presented and were brushed aside. How can it be that MPs can be presented with such information and yet still push for legalisation?

Why a law permitting euthanasia can never be introduced that won’t result in a slippery slope.

Dr. Brian Pollard of NSW writes:

The reports of five government-sponsored inquiries in England, Canada, USA and Australia into the consequences of legalising euthanasia have been published, where oral and written evidence had been taken from a wide range of community and professional sources.

While debates on euthanasia seldom achieve anything approaching a conclusion, all these inquiries reached the same conclusion. This was that such law would always be unsafe, because it could never be made free of the possibility that the lives of some others who did not wish to die would be endangered.

In other words, the promise of control is an illusion. More astonishing still, this was decided unanimously by three of those committees, each of which included members, who in Tasmania were a majority, who supported the concept of euthanasia.

These inquiries and their published reports are:

» U K Select Committee on Medical Ethics, House of Lords, January 1994. (Unanimous)

» New York State Task Force on Life and the Law, titled Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide in the Medical Context, May, 1994. (Unanimous)

» Senate of Canada, June, 1995, titled Of Life and Death.

» Community Development Committee, Parliament of Tasmania, titled The Need for Legislation on Voluntary Euthanasia, 1998. (Unanimous)

» Social Development Committee, Parliament of South Australia, Report of the Inquiry into the Voluntary Euthanasia Bill 1996, October 1999. 

How serious these battles are for the future of medicine and for medical care in our society and for conscience and integrity in our world. The risk for medicine is that government demands will overrule conscience and integrity in medicine. But medical care must never be subject to degradation by governments in this age or any age to come.  

Liberty of conscience is also consistent with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights Article 18: 

I want you to understand

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom… to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
Imagine a society where integrity and conscience are slowly destroyed.  The end results are terrifying.

sq btnFortunately we know where the euthanasia lobby is heading as we have it from the primary protagonists.

Ludwig Minelli head of Dignitas International2)http://dignitasinternational.org/ claims that suicide and assisted suicide are human rights and then argues:

If the Right to Suicide is a Human Right… we must accept that, in order to make use of this right, there must be no legal requirements other than that the person has the mental capacity needed to decide to end his or her own life.3)Assisted Suicide Backers Mislead the Public by Wesley J. Smith August 11, 2008, Life News.com

sq btnDr. Philip Nitschke also argues that anyone, even – get this – troubled teens, should have the right to kill themselves: all people qualify, not just those with the training, knowledge, or resources to find out how to “give away” their life. And someone needs to provide this knowledge, training, or recourse necessary to anyone who wants it, including the depressed, the elderly bereaved, and the troubled teen.4)National Review Online, 5 June 2001

He and others talk about “existential distress” – the stress of simply being alive with however one chooses to define that stress or unhappiness.

The challenge to conscience is also in a very real sense a challenge for our nation, our people. It has been said that requiring men to violate and disregard their conscience results in the loss of virtue and undermines the basis for self-government. Surely we realise it was ethical failure that has caused our global financial crisis. Do we expect an ethical conscience in our governments?

Why am I involved in all this? Why should it concern you? Why am I writing this?

sq btnFirst of all to alert to the enormity of what is actually happening with the culture of death and like the men of Issachar “to understand the times” and know “what to do”

sq btnThen to equip to think clearly about such issues; we need to have answers to challenges like “where is your compassion?”

sq btnAnd what is our response when we realise the gravity of the situation, when we realise we have leaders in our country who fail to stand for what is right and who perhaps don’t even understand what is right – or will not. Our responses will be mixed – anger, bewilderment, fear, grief. Because we are created in the Image of God there must be an appropriate degree of grief – otherwise we do not understand. Remember – blessed are those who mourn.

sq btnThe challenge then is to waken God’s people and slowly overcome a similar inability to comprehend. I hear their acquiescence but I see in their eyes that they have not understood the inevitable consequences of the anti-family, anti-Christian, culture-of-death agendas that have found their way into political party policy and the reality of shifting boundaries. I am reminded of the protective denial of some of the German people when told what was happening in the concentration camps “no, no – that is not possible, we would never do that”.

So what must we do?

Yes, we need to change people’s hearts and minds by bringing them into the Kingdom of God.

Educating and informing the public is a slow and arduous task particularly when the wrong questions are asked in community surveys.

Members of Parliaments have an absolute obligation to be informed and consider issues in depth. But it is clear that many do not do this and probably have no inclination. I have experienced this when I have received replies to letters from Medicine with Morality which has said that the letters have been forwarded on to the appropriate minister – and this has been with issues requiring a conscience vote from the MP himself or herself. It is so clear that many MP’s come into parliament with fixed ideas and is resistant to reason.

So! A hopeless task?  Well maybe, but even if we can only change the minds of 1 or 2 that might be enough. Foster a relationship with a MP. Adopt an MP. Pray for them.

But if indeed it is hopeless to change the minds of existing MP’s then we must throw them out – like we did in WA in the last state election. The preferences of the CDP in WA were instrumental in the last state election of 5 new MP’s favorable to a culture of life. 

So we need to know who to vote for and we need to know how to vote and use the preferential voting system to the advantage of the CDP – i.e. if you put CDP  [1] and your major party  [2] You DO NOT LOSE YOUR VOTE (unless CDP wins!).

Enter politics.

Become an MP. Remember what Archbishop Barry Hickey said.

sq btn Have a look at ManhattanDeclaration.org.info this is a declaration upholding and defending a culture of life, the sanctity of marriage, liberty of conscience and freedom of speech. It is a momentous and historic document put together and signed by Orthodox, Catholic and Evangelical leaders. It is a fighting document: we will not comply… nor will we bend… or refrain from proclaiming the truth…

sq btn What is the Culture of Death?  See the Culture of Death – A Lament and a Resolution at chooselifeaustralia.org.au info or write to me at Box 68 Morley 6943

sq btn Why is euthanasia wrong?  See Nov 09 submission to the SA Parliament at medicinewithoutmorality.info or write to me at Box 68 Morley 6943.

Lachlan Dunjey 9 Feb 2010.

References   [ + ]

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NosdFph2JgI
2. http://dignitasinternational.org/
3. Assisted Suicide Backers Mislead the Public by Wesley J. Smith August 11, 2008, Life News.com
4. National Review Online, 5 June 2001

The future of medicine is at stake

Conflict in Medicine – Reflections on the Abortion Bill

That such a bill could be approved by MPs in Australia really stretches credibility e.g. a doctor must perform an emergency abortion when the mother’s life is in danger. As has been said by others, this situation is a “clinical fiction” but why not just induce labour? Why does the baby have to be killed first?

Well-presented arguments were made by doctors in Victoria1)www.doctorsconscience.org and across Australia, yet the medical voice was ignored.

The single-mindedness and power of the pro-abortion lobby and the role of Emily’s List2)http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMILY%27s_List is now more apparent “women in all areas of Victoria will be able to access safe, legal terminations free from persecution; and medical practitioners provide vital reproductive health services to women free from harassment”.

Hippocrates has been dug up, drawn and quartered and the remains burnt but the echoes remain:

I will give no deadly medicine to any one if asked, nor suggest any such counsel; and in like manner I will not give to a woman a pessary to produce abortion.

Until it is reversed, the refusal of doctor’s right of conscience has paved the way for compulsory participation in other processes e.g. euthanasia.

The belief statement of Medicine with Morality includes:

We assert our right and obligation to practice medicine according to our conscience. We will not engage in or facilitate procedures or practices that we believe are inconsistent with the above manifesto. This is now head-to-head conflict. It is only a matter of time before doctors are charged under this law. Will Medical Boards forced to uphold the law exclude them from practice? Will they be denied medical insurance because of the risk to funds? The future of medicine is at stake as was highlighted in the letter sent from Medicine with Morality to MPs in Victoria.

Lachlan Dunjey. October 2008.

Two must-reads re conscientious objection:

» Forcing Compliance by Michael Cook3)http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/forcing_compliance/

» Respect for Conscience must be a Social Value by Margaret Somerville4)http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/respect_for_conscience_must_be_a_social_value

References   [ + ]

1. www.doctorsconscience.org
2. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMILY%27s_List
3. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/forcing_compliance/
4. http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/respect_for_conscience_must_be_a_social_value

Loss of Innocence.

LOSS OF INNOCENCE 

Yes I know we live in a “crooked and depraved generation” (Phil 2:15) but it is still hard to grasp the reality and pervasiveness of evil. And when I am reminded of the consequences of the downhill road we are on – as I teach on this very fact – I am once again shocked and horrified at how serious this is. I begin to understand Daniel’s response to the visions outlining the future (troubled; exhausted; ill; mourned for 3 weeks; Daniel 7:15, 28; Daniel 8:27; Daniel 10:2, 7, 8). Sometimes it is just too much.

I have been firmly committed to education on matters related to the intrinsic value of human life for almost two decades now with the view that education would help change people’s minds. Yes, this is of value – particularly to a new generation (hence the value of Christian schools and Sunday school) – but has little or no effect on those committed to a certain course of action.

Consider that some 20% of letters sent on behalf of Medicine With Morality to MPs who will be casting a personal conscience vote on ethical issues are simply forwarded “to the appropriate minister” – a total abrogation of personal responsibility.

Consider Emily’s List1)http://www.emilyslist.org.au/ a national organisation aimed at getting more progressive Labor women elected to Parliament – their website makes this startling admission: “At February 1996 there were 4 women ALP members of the House of Representatives. Today, there are 152 Labor women in parliaments of which 113 are Emily’s List members.” And in this federal election 65 per cent of female Labor candidates are in Emily’s list and actively pro-abortion.

» CultureWatch Bill Muehlenberg How to Vote in this Election  2007/11/10

» EMILY’s List Australia

This week the bill on Advance Care Directives [Acts Amendment (Consent to Medical Treatment) Bill 2006] has passed both houses of WA state parliament having been pushed through regardless of problems with this. Similarly the Legislative Assembly has passed the prostitution bill – despite proven failure elsewhere – and Jim McGinty is upset because the upper house will not pass it straight away.

Education is important but it is not enough. If we are to change things at the government level we need numbers. We need committed Christians in parliament.

We live in a society that is fast-tracking the moral and ethical decline. We have ignored the lessons of history. We have ignored the lessons of Nuremberg and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights that included the rights of the unborn child. We have not learnt that killing is not a solution for misery.

What can we do? What is our Christian response?

Allow me to crystallise…

1.] To be passionate in our own commitment to know Him (Phil 3:10)

2.] Prayer that God will be honoured in our land

3.] Evangelise

4.] Teach

5.] Be – or support – a strong moral voice. They all make a difference (ACL; FOL; Saltshakers; CDHL; RTL etc)

6.] Commitment to excellence in your vocation and so reach high levels in society or government where your Christian influence is going to be more significant

7.] Support Christians in parliament and help them get elected. Support a Christian party. Most importantly we need people in Senate and holding a responsible balance of power. But also teach people how to vote – a [2] vote for a minor party is a wasted vote – put CDP [1]. Ultimately we need numbers!

May God be glorified in our lives and in our nation!
Lachlan Dunjey. 17 Nov 2007.


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References   [ + ]

1. http://www.emilyslist.org.au/