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.

Victoria’s EUTHANASIA Bill – Its just a matter of time! “LEGAL MURDER”

Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill
aka: (Euthanasia Bill) (Death Bill) (Legal Murder Bill)

CURRENT LAW:

The criminal law prohibits physician-assisted suicide

A doctor who complies with a patient’s request in this way is exposed to criminal liability. The relevant offence is assisting suicide.

Although the criminal law in Australia no longer proscribes suicide or attempted suicide, assisting suicide is a crime in all Australian jurisdictions. In New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, Victoria and South Australia, it is an offence for a person to ‘incite, counsel, aid or abet’ another person to commit suicide or attempt to commit suicide.(48) In Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, it is an offence to ‘procure’ or ‘counsel’ another person to kill himself or ‘aid’ another in killing himself.(49) In Tasmania, it is an offence to ‘instigate or aid another to kill himself’.(50) The penalties for assisted suicide vary between jurisdictions. see aph.gov.au

The law is not enforced against doctors

Prosecutions for assisting suicide are rare in Australia. The few cases that have come before the courts have tended to involve provision of assistance by family members or friends of the victim, where the accused has been motivated by compassionate motives. These cases are sometimes referred to as involving ‘mercy-assisted suicide’.(51) The law clearly states that a person who has assisted another’s suicide cannot escape liability by virtue of compassionate motive or other extenuating circumstances. The Australian criminal justice system nonetheless treats an accused person who was motivated by compassion with relative leniency, even where that person has clearly violated the criminal law. In particular, Australian judges have imposed very lenient sentences on people convicted of assisting suicide in this context.(52)

There have been no prosecutions of doctors in Australia for assisting the suicide of their patients. Should such a case arise, however, it is likely that a court would display the same leniency it has shown in other ‘mercy-assisted suicide’ cases if the doctor’s motive was compassionate. see aph.gov.au

The criminal law prohibits active voluntary euthanasia

A doctor who complies with a patient’s request in this way is exposed to criminal liability. The relevant offence is murder. In all Australian jurisdictions, murder is committed if a person dies as the result of an act deliberately undertaken to bring about that death.(53)

Life imprisonment remains the mandatory sentence for a murder conviction in the Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania and Western Australia. The sentence for murder is now discretionary, with a maximum sentence of life imprisonment, in New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory and Victoria.(54) see aph.gov.au

Physician-assisted suicide is now permitted in the Northern Territory

Physician-assisted suicide, however, is legal in some circumstances in the Northern Territory due to the enactment of the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT). The Northern Territory legislation is discussed further below.

Situation Three – The patient wants to die and asks the doctor for assistance; the doctor assists by performing the lethal act (eg by administering a lethal injection).

Situation Three is sometimes described as ‘physician-aid-in-dying’. It is more frequently described as ‘active voluntary euthanasia’, however, and shall be referred to as such in this paper. see aph.gov.au

THE GANG OF SEVEN The Ministerial Advisory Panel:1)https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/health-strategies/voluntary-assisted-dying-bill appointed to develop a safe and compassionate framework for voluntary assisted dying in Victoria. Chaired by Professor Brian Owler, the Panel is made up of clinical, legal, consumer, health administrator and palliative care experts.

Professor Brian K Owler
Professor Margaret O’Connor AM
Ms Mary Draper
Mr Julian Gardner AM
Dr Roger Hunt
Emeritus Professor Ian Maddocks AM
Ms Tricia Malowney

ALL ROADS LEAD BACK TO OUR PRIME MINISTERS DESK!

The Commonwealth Parliament has the power to override the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT)

Regardless of the final outcome of the challenge to the validity of the Northern Territory legislation, it is possible that the Commonwealth Parliament will enact its own legislation to override the Rights of the Terminally Ill Act 1995 (NT).

The Commonwealth Parliament has the power to do so under section 122 of the Australian Constitution. That power is a plenary power which enables the Commonwealth Parliament to pass legislation to override any Northern Territory law.

In Wake and Gondarra v. Northern Territory and Asche, Martin CJ and Mildren J referred to this power and made the following comment:

To the extent that there is any force in the argument that the Territory Parliament or Territory Ministers are somehow not to be trusted with the full extent of legislative or executive power which the wording of section 6 or reg 4 would plainly permit, either because of the novelty of the proposed new law or because they, as in this case, provide a limited power to do that which no other legislature in the world has so far found fit to permit, or because it abrogates some fundamental human right, the existence of the powers retained by the Commonwealth suggest that these are matters which are to be determined by political and not legal resolution. The same may be said in respect of laws which adversely affect Australia’s image as a nation or the interests of Australians resident in the States which the Commonwealth feels an obligation to protect.(123)

Mr Kevin Andrews MP (Liberal Party, Victoria) has indicated his intention to introduce a Private Member’s Bill into the Commonwealth Parliament to override the Northern Territory legislation. He has also indicated that such a Bill might have retrospective effect. see aph.gov.au


Σ ASSISTED DYING = MURDER


THE VICTORIAN GOVERNMENT

the state was “one final step away” from legalising assisted dying

VICTORIAN GOVERNMENTS PARLIAMENTARY HANSARD RECORDS

Hansard: 3 NOV 2017 see pages 1-21 & 30-47 for The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

RELATED VICTORIAN GOVERNMENTS: Hansard

Click for Victorian Legislative Council 2 November 2017 see pages 7-25, 35-75 & 108-134 for  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Click for Second Reading Speech in the Victorian Legislative Council 31 October 2017 by Gavin Jennings MP

Click for Statement of Compatability in the Victorian Legislative Council 31 October 2017 by Ms Jenny Mikakos, MP

Click for Victorian Legislative Assembly 19 October 2017 see pages 3293-3300 & 3309-3468 for  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Click for Victorian Legislative Assembly 18 October 2017 see pages 3164-3166, 3178-3188 & 3209-3267 for  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Click for Victorian Legislative Assembly 17 October 2017 see pages 3050-3136 for  The Voluntary Assisted Dying Bill

Click for Hansard of Jill Hennessy’s Speech on 21 September 2017 Hansard Victorian Assembly VAD Hennessy 21 September 2017

Hansard for Victorian Legislative Council Committee Stage from 14 to 22 November 2017 will be added when available.

……..“DEATH BILL” FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott 

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his disappointment at a controversial “death Bill2)http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/victorias-assisted-dying-bill-passes-key-upper-house-vote/news-story/100607256f8c13e33841830a339a7350 that has passed in Victoria.

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott has expressed his “shock” over the news that the state of Victoria is set to become the first Australian state to legalise voluntary euthanasia after a historic vote in parliament.

The law will make it legal for doctors to assist in the death of the terminally ill.

In what is no doubt a controversial decision, the bill passed Victoria’s Upper House with 22 votes to 18.

But speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham this afternoon, Mr Abbott, who was speaking by his father’s bedside in a NSW hospital after a “serious stroke” on Monday morning, said “people who are gravely ill should have their pain relieved, not their lives ended”.

“I very much regret the fact the same-sex marriage debate has very much distracted us from this bid to legalise a doctor assisted dying.

“People’s lives have to be respected and this idea that we should end the lives of people who have failed our test of usefulness or have failed our test of what constitutes a decent quality of life is absolutely dead wrong and I hope that a future Victorian Parliament might reverse this.

“Doctors should be healers, they should never be required to be killers.” 3)Date-stamped: 2017, November, 2017.  – Time-stamped: 8:21 am – By: Matt Young  – Article Title: Victoria’s assisted dying Bill passes key upper house vote  – Article Link: news.com.au

Australia’s Slippery Slope:

a: Voluntary Assisted Dying

b: Involuntary Assisted Dying

c: Mandated Statutory Dying

References   [ + ]

1. https://www2.health.vic.gov.au/about/health-strategies/voluntary-assisted-dying-bill
2. http://www.news.com.au/national/victoria/courts-law/victorias-assisted-dying-bill-passes-key-upper-house-vote/news-story/100607256f8c13e33841830a339a7350
3. Date-stamped: 2017, November, 2017.  – Time-stamped: 8:21 am – By: Matt Young  – Article Title: Victoria’s assisted dying Bill passes key upper house vote  – Article Link: news.com.au