The Fear-of-God: The Fear-of-God and the Aussie “fair go”.

To be given a “fair crack o’the whip” – to be given a chance; to have a fair go – has been a part of our national identity and heritage and is now, once again, being promoted as a political slogan.

What does it mean and which policies should we regard as being important for a fair go? Which “fair entitlements” are currently under threat.

What do we want and cherish most?

A fair wage for a fair day’s work? Equal opportunity for education?

We tend to take for granted the right to have food in our tummy and clothes and personal safety. Yes, all these things are important and we know that some miss out, even in this “the lucky country”.

Freedom to vote in secret. Perhaps at a more basic level, freedom to barrack loudly for your favourite footy team or player without fear of being labelled.

So yes, freedom to be, freedom to live. Freedom to speak, to believe, to think, to debate, to choose, to express an opinion.

Further, freedom from class distinction, freedom to do well with minimal interference from government intervention or micro-management or taxes crippling enterprise.

In summary, I suggest, the Aussie “fair go” means the freedom to

express our beliefs and values

■ bring up our children in families that facilitate the sharing of these beliefs and values

■ join together with like-minded people who share these beliefs and values in the mutual association

■ set up educational facilities consistent with these beliefs and values and the liberty to exclude influences that are contrary

■ state these liberties without fear of accusation of intolerance or hate-speech

THESE FREEDOMS SHOULD SOUND FAMILIAR TO ALL WITH EVEN THE SLIGHTEST SMATTERING OF NECESSARY HISTORY.

1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

ARTICLE 18. 

Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

ARTICLE 19.

Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

ARTICLE 20.

(1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association


These values, these freedoms are at risk with many of the policies being promoted at this election time – paradoxically by those shouting loudest about the fair go.

The Fear-of-God builds up confidence and makes a world safe for your children.

Proverbs 14:26 The Message

ARTICLE 26.

(1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.

(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.

(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

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/

Jesus cried over Jerusalem by Lachlan Dunjey.

Original Publication Meditation 5 Jan 2006.
Jesus cried over Jerusalem.

Jesus Weeps over Jerusalem

vs.41 And when he drew near and saw the city, he wept over it, vs.42 saying, “Would that you, even you, had known on this day the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. vs.43 For the days will come upon you, when your enemies will set up a barricade around you and surround you and hem you in on every side vs.44 and tear you down to the ground, you and your children within you. And they will not leave one stone upon another in you, because you did not know the time of your visitation.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

vs.45 And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who sold, vs.46 saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a den of robbers.” Luke 19:41-46 ESV.

(As appropriate for 2019 as for 2006)

Lord, there’s just too much going on – all we stand for and believe in is under attack: the pressure to legitimise abortion even more with the move to introduce RU486; the ‘right to die’ push for euthanasia; the destruction of marriage, family and society with the further push for ‘gay marriage’ and gay rights; and the push by scientists for ‘therapeutic’ cloning.

My cry today is ‘Lord, what is my responsibility in all this and how do I do it?”

God’s word is so wonderful it speaks in different ways according to our need but I am aware of the importance to not be reading into it what is not there.  Today’s reading after a time of fruitless mind-wandering encouraged me – it didn’t make me ‘happy’ but gave a sense of peace and renewed purpose.  Thank You, Lord.  I am content.  I’d rather be here with You than anywhere else without You.

Jesus cried over Jerusalem.  So we too weep for our rapidly weakening ‘Christian’ culture, the denial and rejection of God and God’s Natural Law in our society.

Jesus then dealt with the evil matter – in one sense the symbol of the rejection – that was right in front of Him, the immediate matter of driving out those who gained at the expense of others and desecrated the temple.  So we too have a responsibility to say and do today what needs to be said and done to confront and challenge our society.

Then Jesus had to face the hostility and people in authority wanting to kill Him.  So we too must expect hostility and attempts to discredit us and silence us.

But Jesus kept on preaching.  So we too must not give up.  His authority was challenged.  So will ours be?  Our authority is that of the watchman.  Our authority is to ‘love good, hate evil and see that justice rules’.  Our authority is to love our neighbour and seek his ultimate good and to do this by challenge and confrontation where appropriate.  And where necessary to

Go down to the palace of the king of Judah and proclaim this message there:  ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, you who sit on David’s throne–you, your officials and your people who come through these gates.  This is what the LORD says: Do what is just and right.  Rescue from the hand of his oppressor the one who has been robbed.  Do no wrong or violence to the alien, the fatherless or the widow, and do not shed innocent blood.’Jeremiah 22:1-3 ESV.

So Lord, another day with You.  There is no better place to be.

Lachlan Dunjey.

ETHICS: Sharper and Harder (The warfare against heteronormativity – male and female) Tue 30 Oct

Where is the battle going next? What will be the next front? The intensity of attack seems exponential.

“Have you ever noticed,” said Dimble, “that the universe, and every bit of the universe is always hardening and narrowing and coming to a point?”

His wife waited as those wait who know by long experience the mental processes of the person who is talking to them.

“I mean this,” said Dimble in answer to the question she had not asked. “If you dip into any college, or school, or parish, or family – anything you like – at a given point in its history, you always find that there was a time before that point when there was more elbow room and contrasts weren’t quite so sharp; and that there’s going to be a time after that point when there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous. Good is always getting better and bad is always getting worse: the possibilities of even apparent neutrality are always diminishing. The whole thing is sorting itself out all the time, coming to a point, getting sharper and harder.” ―C.S.Lewis That Hideous Strength

Our presentation of truth, natural law, Biblical truth (Ps 119 law, statutes, principles, ways, precepts, decrees, commands) will be interpreted as hate speech.

How does this relate to the previous post re A Christian Basis re Transgenders?
See Full Article: “A Christian Basis re Transgenders and a safe place for our children.” chooselifeaustralia.org.au

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

THERE IS NO SPECTRUM

Loving our neighbour and our neighbour’s children means also warning against encroaching evil.

As watchmen WE are responsible if we do not sound the alarm.

If we, as informed Christians, support politicians and educators whose firm commitment is sexual confusion and indoctrination of our children, then we too are guilty of allowing our little ones to be led into sin.
 
Will we, in our voting, support an evil that Jesus condemned outright as evil?
 
Yes, the choices for our nation are sharper and harder – where “there is even less room for indecision and choices are even more momentous”. Sharper because the choices are more clear; harder because of the consequences to us if we fail in our watchman duty to love our neighbour, and because of the consequences to our nation if it does not heed the warning.
 
The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem and the heavens are open to wide-eyed shepherds.
Sing, dance, exchange gifts and good wishes. Forgive, be at peace with one another. There is something bigger than ourselves.
The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem.

ETHICS: A Christian Basis re Transgenders and a safe place for our children. (The warfare against heteronormativity – male and female) Oct 2018

What did Jesus say?

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 (Image of God) – 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 and indoctrination of our children, then we too are guilty of allowing our little ones to be led into sin.

Also see:

Full Article: “A Perspective on our times to a Christian audience. Breakfast Talk Sat 30 Sept 2017” chooselifeaustralia.org.au

Full Article: “God’s Creation Order. What is our basis for this battle we are waging?” chooselifeaustralia.org.au

Lachlan Dunjey 25 October 2018


The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem and the heavens are open to wide-eyed shepherds. Sing, dance, exchange gifts and good wishes. Forgive, be at peace with one another. There is something bigger than ourselves. The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem.

ETHICS: The polarisation of medicine and medical defence organisations. (The warfare against heteronormativity – male and female) Oct 2018

What is child abuse? 

The mutually exclusive “affirming” pathways for children wishing to transgender represent a clear ethical divide in which it is essential for medicine, not activists and not governments, to be decisive and authoritative. There is no neutral.

It is inevitable that at some point there will be consumer legal action for either affirming OR failing to affirm.

Who will decide? Will it be doctors, psychologists or the lawmakers? If doctors, then will it be the psychiatrists or paediatricians who tend to have opposing views? Associations of paediatricians hold very definite opposing views.

Which side of the polarity regarding child abuse will Medical Defence Organisations defend? If they defend surgeons who do transgender mastectomy for a 25 yr-old on the grounds that fully informed consent was given, will they also defend surgeons who have done the same procedure for a 13 yr-old who decides to sue when an adult?

Further, will MDOs defend the surgeon who refuses to do a mastectomy for a 13 yr-old?

And how will MDOs decide? Will different MDOs have different approaches to these matters because their boards have been taken over by people with set ideologies?

Will MDOs simply side with what is legal – if governments declare that affirmation of birth sex or reversal counselling is child abuse and punishable by law?

For the sake of our MDO insurance premiums we need decisions now, rather than a decade from now. It is to be hoped that MDOs will continue their honourable, professional status and be much more than just another insurance company.

This is a clear ethical divide in which it is essential for medicine, not activists and not governments, to be decisive and authoritative. There is no neutral.

A note re affirmation of feelings unsupported by evidence.

“Yes, you must affirm the feelings – progress is not possible unless you do.”

“The evidence doesn’t have to support the feeling – it doesn’t have to be totally true.”

Déjà vu1)Déjà vu is the feeling that the situation currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past.?

Consider “recovered memories syndrome”. After attending a seminar in 1995 on Memories of Abuse, I wrote inter alia (Among other things) the following

If we have not ultimately questioned historical accuracy by using intervention strategies at some point and 20 people are imprisoned as a result of subsequent criminal charges, and it is then found that the memories were not factual, then – despite the existence of disclaimers and contracts – we may be accused of having failed in this wider responsibility.  This is equally true even if only 1 person is unjustly imprisoned, and it is also true even if only 1 person is unjustly accused.

And, re transgenders, if we have not even queried whether there are possible contributing factors or stressors in children wishing to transgender – such querying itself labelled as abuse by those who insist on affirming the wish – then we have failed our ethical and professional responsibilities as doctors, and our duty as community leaders and parents.

We have failed the child and we have failed the community. We have failed medicine.

Lachlan Dunjey 28 Oct, 2018.
Full Article:
“What is child abuse? the polarisation of medicine and medical defence organisations.” chooselifeaustralia.org.au

A note on the doctor/patient relationship “Why this Declaration?” conscienceinmedicine.net.au

The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem and the heavens are open to wide-eyed shepherds.
Sing, dance, exchange gifts and good wishes. Forgive, be at peace with one another. There is something bigger than ourselves.
The King of Kings is born in Bethlehem.

References   [ + ]

1. Déjà vu is the feeling that the situation currently being experienced has already been experienced in the past.

ETHICS: Counteracting the Trans Culture. Christian Parenting “ (The warfare against heteronormativity – male and female) 1 Nov

How To Respond To Your 7-Year-Old Boy Who Thinks He Might Be A Girl. Is the situation different from that of the second half of the 20th century in terms of the sexual culture? Yes, primarily then the culture was accepting of heteronormativity with “normal” sexual desires between “normal” male and female but seeking to make this a “free sex” culture, to hook-up with anyone you like free of consequences.

The contraceptive pill aided the illusion of free consequences. Abortion became a battleground of women’s rights and the baby was relegated to a piece of tissue that wasn’t – by any stretch of the imagination – really human (yes, stated openly in our national parliaments as recently as a decade ago).

At least masculinity and femininity were accepted and even (perversely) celebrated, and pornography became and continues to be a huge industry and battleground. Then came the flagrantly homosexual Mardi-Gras and families with children shared in the showtime.

And then came the Trojan horse of the Safe Schools Coalition of Australia, born as an anti-bullying program for schools and endorsed in our parliaments, despite the revelation that this was an indoctrination program to prematurely sexualise our children. It is still endorsed by party policies and still supported by people who still (!) vote for the MPs that support these policies.

The principal spokesperson for SSCA is on the public record – visually – as saying the program was not really about bullying but about eliminating heteronormativity.

The evils of the safe-schools program are on the public record but included is the permission and implied encouragement to find out what sexuality you are by allowing more than one virginity with more than one orifice with both male and female, that pregnancy can be avoided by using a different orifice, and that techniques and aids – including for “acceptable” masochistic sex – could be found on online helpfully linked, and we can show you how to avoid your parents discovering any of this.

So sexual experimentation was encouraged. Permission was given to “discover” whether you were heterosexual, homosexual or bisexual. Ultimately you could be whatever “gender” you liked despite your birth sex and physical anatomy (and genetics) along a spectrum of genders and that you could change your gender whenever you liked.

And somehow, when we were asleep, moves came to change our birth certificates to eliminate sex “assigned at birth” from the certificate. Also of course, substitution of mother and father with “Parent 1 and parent 2”. (How was it that such legislation has been passed and is still being pushed? Yes, it is and was by wilfully ignorant MPs who blindly supported the anti-discrimination logic of the LGBTI agenda.)

We warned our MPs and the public of the consequences of legalising same-sex marriage but we were told there were none, that this was a step that needed to be made to counter discrimination against same-sex attracted people and that legal safeguards would be introduced to protect freedom of speech, freedom to believe, freedom to teach and freedom to act and live accordingly in our culture and occupations.

And now we know these freedoms are under threat – despite international treaties that clearly state these rights.

What are the current specific battle fronts?

Premature sexualisation of our children has intensified through our schools, pre-schools and media but the two main fronts that we must now battle in our parliaments, in our schools, and in our homes “around the kitchen table” are

• our freedom to believe, speak, teach and live what we believe

• to be whatever gender you like – with all the lifetime consequences of this – with the accusation of being a child abuser if we do not affirm this process, ultimately with the threat of having children taken from us.

Why “around the kitchen table”? Because the stated sadness of the retiring president of the Australian Human Rights Commission, Professor Gillian Triggs, was that “you can say what you like around the kitchen table”, her regret being that the AHRC did not get this far in eliminating wrong teaching and discrimination. One would hope that she was joking but given the history and the serious responses of many commentators it would seem not.

So, what can we do? Yes, we must be a Voice. Yes, there have been many valiant Australian voices in this battle. We give honour to the many who have been at the forefront of this battle and the books that have been rapidly produced to educate us in this serious conflict of worldviews.

In our connections with the public, with our schools – state and private – we can all be a voice and in terms of informing and teaching in our churches and Sunday Schools and young people’s work it is essential to be involved.

But most of all we must win “around the kitchen table” in our homes, in our parenting.

We can be very grateful to Professor Gillian Triggs for highlighting this fundamental battleground focus against totalitarianism. This is where we must win for the sake of our children.

The rest of this short paper then is about what we model and what we teach “around the kitchen table” with an emphasis on transgenders.

OK, so what is needed – and for some was always there – over and above normal “good” Christian parenting? Over and above seeking for our children to grow in the “nurture and admonition” of the Lord? Over and above loving our children, spending time with them, teaching and memorising Scripture, praying with them, agonising with them in times of rejection or conflict with others?

In a word – Celebrate! Even with joy!

Celebrate creation, not just teach it and point out the magnificence of design and beauty and give thanks for it, but actually celebrate. Jump up and down and get excited about concepts of “irreducible complexity” and how God might have done it and the pleasure He had in doing it.

Celebrate the child, giving praise to God for the gift that He has given to us as well as the gifts He has given to the child and making him/her so special. Loving the child just as they are and who they were created to be, not just for what your child has done although we must give praise for that too – but for who your child is. Yes, jump up and down and get excited with your child giving the praise to God.

Affirm and celebrate purpose for your child in reading (and celebrating!) God’s word to us e.g. in Psalm 139.

Extol and celebrate the wonder of design in all of nature pointing all the time to the God who did it. Get excited about male and female and the reproduction – in kind – of the species. Get excited about your child’s boyhood or girlhood and that this was determined too. Celebrate masculinity and femininity

And in all of this and underlying it, Celebrate God, the Giver and Designer. The Beginning and the End. The Father of the Lord Jesus Christ who gave His life that we might live. Get excited – and stay excited – about this too with your child.

Celebrate and Teach Truth.

We should be certain in our own minds as to God’s truth so that we can effectively communicate this in our conversations and teaching and correcting if needed. The Creator genius made male and female. There is no biological spectrum.

Yes, there are spectrum’s of personality and character within these biological poles. Yes, we can celebrate the “tom-boy” freedom of the girl and admire and love her and fall “in love” with her but she will always be gloriously female – even in adulthood and the mother of a family. And we can appreciate and admire the sensitivity and gentleness of the male who can also have huge strength of character in putting wrongs right and leading our world. Thank God for these differences. Celebrate.

But to then classify these differences as being fluid or dynamic “genders” along a spectrum using such terms (believe it or not) as masculine and feminine (how weird is that when they are trying to neuter those terms) and then to reinforce (always, never to give light to the situation) these artificial constructs by “treating” with hormones or the amputation of sexual organs into – wait for it – the newly fixed pseudo-biological polar opposites of male and female is a mind-boggling exercise and an abuse.

When the situation is confused and when your two-year-old boy tells you that he is a girl, what are you going to say? Will you tell him that’s OK and that no one should tell him otherwise, or will you pick him up, love him and tell him he is welcome to like girl things and pretend at times he is a girl but that you love him as “your boy” and he will always be your boy and that you are so proud of him?

And when your six-year-old girl tells you that because she has so much fun with boys that she thinks – like the school teacher told her she could – she is really a boy, what are you going to say? Will you say “of course, that’s OK and you can continue to work that out for yourself” or will you say that you love your tom-boy little girl and you are so pleased she can do boy things and even think like a boy, but “you will always be my precious beautiful, wonderful little girl” and that she may even grow up into a beautiful queen and yet always be adventurous and mischievous in the way she can think.

And, as appropriate, point out the errors and false teaching that are around, that create confusion directly in opposition to God and finally, if needed, to be wary of rebelling against God’s Creation. Continue to pray openly and with your child about all such things

Appendix 1: A Disclaimer

I hope this short paper will be of use in stimulating discussion. Although I have talked in public – and many times in my 50 years in the consulting room – on parenting issues including “ A Safe Place for our Children ”, I do not pretend special authority in this area. We count ourselves fortunate in the family we have and thank God for His grace in helping us in the parenting journey. Our family backgrounds and our friends have been a part of this journey. Thank you, Lord.

I am also painfully aware that sometimes it seems no matter how “good” the loving Christian parenting is that children turn away from family, from Christian values, and from God. Yes, there may be family of origin background factors – even genetic – that we do not and should not pretend to understand (that being too hurtful), but sometimes we must just regard as a “mystery” and continue to pray for their salvation and welcoming into heaven where ultimate healing and restoration takes place. And pray with and support the parents.

Appendix 2: re celebration and feelings

OK, we all have (celebrate this too) different personalities. Some of us find it hard to overtly celebrate, yes, being thankful to God for His goodness and grace and love and expressing this continually – in our weakness – in word and song and in our writing but miss celebration, what I would call a more effusive declaration of praise and deliberate joy and excitation with the ability to transmit this sense to others.

Is this too hard? Is it possible for us of quiet personalities? Is it hypocritical to celebrate when we find it hard to feel it? No, praising our child, praising God, even celebration, are things we must do independent of feelings and as we do this – particularly in concert with others – so the feeling of joy may or may not also be restored.

There is quiet joy and there is effusive joy felt and experienced. Ultimately it may be as with Amy Carmichael “Joy is not jolliness; joy is not gush, but joy is acquiescence to God’s will”.  Or, as a free paraphrase of Psalm 84 vs.10, “I’d rather be here with You, my Lord and my God, in the valley, than anywhere else without You” – and celebrate even that. For further discussion of depression and joy see Understanding Depression – A Christian Perspective

Lachlan Dunjey 1 Nov 2018.

PS also see helpful article:

Fathers, sons, and the sexual revolution we really need” (mercatornet.com) particularly “Fathers, take back your sons.”

“”Counteracting the Trans Culture. Christian Parenting “…around the kitchen table”.” chooselifeaustralia.org.au

Lachlan Dunjey MBBS FRACGP DObstRCOG

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ETHICS: What is child abuse? The transgender issue is polarising medicine as well as community.

WHAT IS CHILD ABUSE?

The transgender issue is polarising medicine as well as community.

There are two mutually exclusive “affirming” pathways of approach to the young child wishing to transgender i.e. affirming and reassuring of birth sex vs affirming of feeling sex, and only one of them can be right and only one can be labelled as child abuse.

This is a clear ethical divide in which it is essential for medicine, not activists and not governments, to be decisive and authoritative. There is no neutral, no opt-out.

Transgender activists accuse parents of abuse if they fail to affirm the child’s “transgendering”. They also accuse doctors if they fail to affirm.

But, with the knowledge that 70-80% of such children will “desist” spontaneously and that 98% will desist with education and counselling, it seems clear that giving hormone treatment to delay development of secondary sex characteristics thus perpetuating feelings of wrong gender, and further, the amputation of normal sexual organs, is medical and surgical abuse.

And so it is that senior respected paediatricians, with good justification, are confirming that to affirm “feelings”, in direct contradiction to anatomical evidence, is abuse.

Normal opposite sex “behaviour” in children is not to be considered evidence of transgender. To label such children as being transgender or “gender diverse” itself creates confusion and is abuse.

And we certainly should not teach gender exploration in our schools as if it was something to explore, to “find out what gender you really are”. Are we already seeing an artificial “collective” of children wishing to transgender?

Thought disorder in childhood can take many forms e.g. that the birth mother is “not my real mother”, or “I am blind, I cannot see”, or “I am deaf, I cannot hear”, or “I am paralysed, I cannot walk” and then acting out the dysphoria as if an actual disability.

We would not contemplate affirming these dysphorias. Nor should we with gender dysphoria. It is no more possible to deny an erect penis that can also ejaculate than it is to deny the presence of eyes that react to light.

It may be possible to say “I don’t want to be the sex I am” but it is not possible to deny the physical actuality.

To share in and reinforce the deceptive thought and be convinced that it is real is an example of folie à deux – a shared delusional state – or even folie en famille when it might involve others in the family.

Despite the physical, medical and genetic illogic (yes, “nonsense”) of the transgender argument it is gaining momentum in the medical community as illustrated by the inclusion in the Medical Journal of Australia 6 August 2018 Volume 209 No 3 of the Consensus Statement by the Australian and New Zealand Professional association for Transgender Health that states “practices attempting to change a person’s gender identity to be more aligned with their sex assigned at birth… lack efficacy, are considered unethical, and may cause lasting damage…”.

This is another threat to the future of Medicine as we have known it to be. Should doctors not come out in outright condemnation of this as we have with other public health issues? Yes, we can and should be civil to adults who have made the transition, but yes, there is a time to condemn destructive coercion of our children.

And our lawmakers certainly should not be legislating in this madness perpetuating child abuse – folie en parlement.

For our children’s sake!

POST NOTES:

  1. Will you vote to approve child abuse? There is no neutral, no opt-out.
  2. There are now reports from the USA of mastectomies in thirteen-year-old girls.

Original Source: chooselifeaustralia.org.au