Fear of God: Defining issues. Discerning good and evil. 2019 Implications for Voting.

The Fear-of-God builds up confidence and makes a world safe for your children. Prov 14:26 MSG

Which policies may we put into the category of “unsafe” for our children and what defines this choosing? Which policies show a lack of respect for and “fear” of God? We can generalise from the previous article #4 Fear of God: God’s Creation is a Safe Foundation that rebellion against God inevitably and crucially involves rebellion against his Creation which underpins so much of ethics and morality.

We may also generalise from the lessons of history and the underpinnings of Western Civilisation as shown for instance in the:

UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS 

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INTERNATIONAL COVENANT ON CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS.

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PRINCIPLE 1. There are zero choices other than save or kill. Saving the mother’s life is not a factor in deciding yes/no as labour can be induced without deliberately choosing to kill the baby first. See the Dublin Declaration and many of the submissions by Medicine with Morality.

PRINCIPLE 2. Legal compelling of participation in evil once the evil itself has been legalised – one evil on top of another.

As we have seen with Section 8 of the Victorian Abortion Law Reform Act 2008 doctors can be compelled by law to participate in the abortion process either by performing it or by referral to a doctor who will perform an abortion. In this, permission has become a compulsion.

Another example of this is the proposed law to criminalise so-called “conversion therapy” assisting a person who wants to change sexual orientation. Therapists (no definition yet so it includes doctors who may be involved in counselling) are only permitted to reinforce the person’s present orientation, not assist in variation. Clearly such should be left to the ethics of the various therapist’s organisations and, of course (!) the patient/client’s wishes. How dare a government say it is illegal for someone to seek counselling for change.

A further example of this compelling is the charging of parents who will not affirm their child’s wish to transgender. Also, see what is child abuse?

(By the way, there is no “need” to follow any of these links unless you wish more info.)

PRINCIPLE 3. Crushing by the law of the freedom to discuss and debate the issues concerned by “anti-discrimination”, “religious vilification” and “hate speech” legislation. Labor wants to further expand the limitations on freedom of speech.

PRINCIPLE 4. Educational indoctrination by the state of “gender fluidity”; acceptance of homosexuality as a valid lifestyle with implied experimentation to find out; choices re virginity (at least two); and access to pornographic and sadomasochistic sites with instructions how to hide from parents. Labour policy even includes funding for “gender affirming” treatments including chemical castration and mutilating sex-change surgery such as bilateral mastectomy. As a result of such ideology, we are now seeing a significant rise in the number of children presenting with gender confusion.

PRINCIPLE 5. The further erosion of parental values by the compulsion (yet again!) of private schools – that are chosen for their values – to accept teachers that do not accept those values.

I submit all the above are very clear choices influencing voting, a choice between right and wrong, good and evil, all influencing a world safe for our children.

PRINCIPLE 6. A little less clear as it may involve Parental vs. Government responsibilities are issues where the government could ensure a safe place for our children, for instance, clean-feed internet as a default that needs overriding.

Other issues that will influence voting are those that involve the “how” rather than the “yes/no” (rightness /wrongness) of the issue and include rightly concerning issues and justice

Indigenous health, housing and education

Refugee intake particularly for peoples suffering religious persecution and genocidal threat

The management of asylum seekers entering illegally

World nutrition and poverty.

While the needs may be clear there is disagreement as to their resolution and the quantity of relief. The relief of world poverty can be through non-government aid organisations or government (I prefer the former and its methods of distribution) and there are competing strategies to protect our own industries and future vs development of the nation in poverty. Christian mission and aid agencies have been at the forefront of relief and development.

Less clear however is the issue of “climate change” despite it being made into a critical electioneering issue. Yes, of course, emissions should be reduced and forests conserved. But there is appropriate disagreement as to the severity and impact of the problem and its causes, whether suggested methods of control will be effective, and will they have other negative effects and international implications that affect our future economy and industry. As with other contentious issues, people who wish to debate the current mantra are simply dismissed as “climate deniers”.

I applaud all who work for the marginalised in and out of our country and all who work as stewards of creation. I applaud efforts to have good enshrined in party platforms. These matters however with their varying solutions pale in comparison to the former principles when it comes to the ballot box. They involve the “how” rather than the “yes/no”.

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Remembering, with respect to a world safe for your children, the words of Jesus “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 ESV).

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 MSG

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

Church Leaders to exercise leadership Where was the Christian Vote in the Federal Election of 2010? by Lachlan Dunjey.

Below is a paper of 16 September 2010.

I am saddened and sometimes overwhelmed by the anti-God philosophies of our day and by the failure (still) of many Church “leaders” to give leadership on the issues that really matter, giving essential information and guidance on how not to support the passage of evil into law.

Yes, it is more than just a battle for logic,

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.

Ephesians 6:12

Lord, in Your mercy and grace, may the epitaph of September 2010 not be true of May 2019.

 

Did Church leaders fail to have a voice?

Did Church Pastors fail to give their people the necessary information?


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Lachlan, you were pretty outspoken prior to the election regarding what you saw as Christian issues in voting – do you think you were heard?

The few times I actually had the face-to-face opportunity in speaking at meetings, yes – but there were too few of those opportunities.

Is it a problem for you to be outspoken?

Yes, as a medical practitioner and a senior member of our society I have an obligation to be respectful of others and their opinions. Most importantly I must not bring dishonour to my Lord Jesus Christ.

Do you find yourself at odds with other Christian leaders?

Yes, I find myself at odds with what is said and what is not said.

Can you succinctly define those matters?

Firstly I don’t think the big issues are really understood by many, secondly, they get submerged in a lot of fairy floss or, thirdly, they don’t get said at all – these latter two for fear of offending people or for fear of being perceived as too radical and therefore not heard.

What do you mean by fairy floss?

I don’t mean it to be disparaging but I mean issues on which all Christians should be agreed as matters of concern even though there may be different opinions on how these should be addressed – concern for refugees, our place in international conflicts, third-world poverty, homelessness, overseas aid e.g. should this be provided by government or by private giving through international aid organisations?

Our vote may be split on how to tackle these matters but in my view, they are not the big defining issues. Biological sustainability and climate change are also matters of concern and bring out differences in how they should be addressed but they also are not big defining issues.

If these matters only are discussed and the really big issues are missed out then I consider we have failed.

So how do you define a “defining issue”?

Defining issues are wrongs actually brought into being by government introduced legislation as opposed to matters occurring or happening in our world.

With respect to things that are happening, we may argue about contributory negligence and about what might be required in legislation to rectify that and also to prevent it. But what we cannot argue about is when governments actually legislate to permit wrong.

What we cannot argue about is when governments legislate to permit evil. And especially what we cannot argue about is when governments legislate to compel evil.

Whoa! “Permitting evil” and “compelling evil” – that’s heavy stuff. How can you justify this language?

The law in Victoria regrettably illustrates this. In Victoria we have unrestricted abortion right through to term by any method which for mid-trimester abortion may mean simply pulling the baby apart with forceps – carefully reassembling it later to make sure bits are not missing – and for very late abortion may mean delivering it as a breach and then puncturing the base of the skull and sucking the brain out so as to collapse the skull thus allowing delivery of the head through an incompletely dilated cervix, and all of this without any consideration of anaesthesia for the baby.

As there are no restrictions for reason there is effectively state approval of eugenic selection of anything regarded as less than perfect through to birth, including readily correctable abnormalities such as cleft lip.

And – worse still – in Victoria, we have the legal compulsion of doctors to act against their conscience.

Doctors are compelled to refer to a doctor they know will support a request for an abortion.

Whoa again – that’s too much to take in!

Yes, agreed. It seems that the general public in Victoria have no idea what their government has done or have failed to realise its significance. But tragically it’s real. Do you understand?

But there must be some checks and balances surely?

Up to 24 weeks it only requires the mother’s request and a doctor to do it. Over 24 weeks it only requires one doctor in addition to the abortionist to agree with the mother. And if the doctor does not agree then he or she has to find a doctor who will.

Surely that cannot be?

One would think not but written into the legislation is the Section 8 provision to force doctors – even when such is against their deeply held convictions and conscience – to refer for abortion when asked by a patient. 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. Now it is one thing to pass a law that permits evil but it is something more to pass a law that compels evil.

How come there wasn’t a huge amount of protest – at least from Doctors?

Oh, there was – from the AMA and from many groups. The overruling of conscience provision even flies in the face of Victoria’s own Charter of Rights and Responsibilities – all of this got ignored.

But how could this be?

It is a sad but inescapable fact that many MPs are elected with specific agendas to implement regardless of any logical argument that may be subsequently be mounted against those agendas. Victorian abortion legislation owes much to the influence of Emily’s List.

OK, tell me about Emily’s List.

Just under 60% of female Labor MPs nationwide are Emily’s List members. Founded in 1996, Emily’s List aim was to get Labor women into parliament and from its beginning, it was to be pro-choice.

This extremely pro-autonomy (seemingly at the expense of any consequences to society), pro-choice (read pro-abortion), the pro-euthanasia organisation boasts of the great victory of the abortion legislation “free of harassment”. The legislation was introduced by MLC Candy Broad, one of the founders of Emily’s List.

So what’s the connection between all this and the recent federal election?

Our newly elected PM Julia Gillard is also a founder of Emily’s List and wrote its constitution.

Oh! Would you like to enlarge on the significance of that?

The connection is inescapable. She is a believer in all that Emily’s List stands for and presumably in what it has achieved. If not, then she could easily have distanced herself from what it stands for and has achieved. To my knowledge, she has not.

And so, this is a defining issue for you?

Yes. And the majority of Church leaders have failed to get to grips with this as an issue or have been too reticent for fear of being seen as disrespectful.

But there is a time to grapple with the truth and declare it and challenge those who espouse the ideals of such as Emily’s List – a small issue in the eyes of some but immensely significant in terms of what I call straight-out good and evil and if you don’t like those terms then I challenge you to come up with another name for what has taken place in Victoria.

Does that mean that Julia Gillard can’t be a good PM?

No, it doesn’t. Although I would much rather have a PM who believes in traditional marriage as the bedrock of society and who believes there is a God, she has the potential to hold things together to actually work for the good of the nation.

We need to pray for her and all the disparate factions to this end and that the factions that would like to implement some of the bad – mostly social issues – will take a backseat and not make things difficult for her.

I do have some fears once the Greens hold the balance of power in the Senate – and I do not think enough has been said by Christian leaders about the bad side of the Greens.

So you’re still upset by Christian leaders not having said enough before the election?

Yes, I am. There’s a time to pussy-foot around and “be nice” and there’s a time to confront and challenge and tell the truth.

Now I don’t mean to condemn my fellow workers in Family Voice Australia or Saltshakers or Right to Life or the people who put together the Christian Values Check List or other outspoken individuals and bodies – I mean denominational leaders and individual pastors of congregations.

We all have an obligation, to tell the truth. Pastors should all have some prophetic role in telling truth – not telling their parishioners who to vote for but defining evil brought about by the government. I challenge anyone to call what has taken place in Victoria anything else but evil.

Now I know you have been very active in the Christian Democratic Party and have also stood for election four times now. How does this fit with what you have been saying?

I really don’t want to detract from anything I have already said but voting intelligently is a Christian responsibility. It is not optional.

We are not confessing Christ if we vote irresponsibly. I will not tell people who to vote for – although I obviously wish they would trust me and the party I work with – I do want people to use their vote intelligently.

I want them to understand that if they put their minor party of preference first and major party second their vote will flow on at full value if the minor party does not win. It is so simple but people still do not understand – I think out of fear of losing their vote.

I still have people telling me they voted for me yet put me down in second place. In the illustration, I only need to remind you that if just 91 Liberal voters who put me as number two in 2005 had instead put me as number one I would still be in state parliament. 

OK, God was in charge of that process as a lot of things have taken place that would otherwise not have been possible but it’s a good example of the importance of knowing how to vote. Only 91 supporters who understood the system…

And are you saying that church leaders and pastors have a role in this too?

Yes. I consider this to be a part of Christian living, Christian behaviour and confessing Christ – as much as intelligent and ethical behaviour in business or driving responsibly, eating responsibly or whatever.

Such behaviour needs to be taught and I consider it needs to be taught from the pulpit. We have shied away from such teaching over the last few decades.

But pastors will disagree, won’t they?

They won’t like me telling them but when will they inform?

OK, at the moment we have a PM whose party in 2009 removed the definition of marriage as being between male and female from Labor Party policy, who herself has not married but lives in a de-facto relationship, who obviously prefers “counsellors” in schools to chaplains, and who believes in the values of Emily’s List.

Wasn’t this enough to inform? But what if we had been faced with the possibility of a PM who said they would bring in same-sex marriage, compulsory euthanasia for certain conditions and ultimately age, physician-assisted suicide, restrict palliative care drugs and hospice funding as medical insurance bodies have done in Oregon, limit benefits for children of “genetic outlaws” who have refused to abort their babies when significant abnormality has been shown – would pastors then define what is good and what is evil and then teach their people how to vote in a manner befitting Christian responsibility?

Or would they still be silent, like the church in Germany?

Wow! So what are you going to do now?

I have known for 20 years that I had another task to do that would occupy the rest of my life and that I was marking time so to speak with three very important matters in the ninety’s and 2000-01. 

What I am doing now in speaking publically and challenging, first of all, God’s people, I will be doing until God informs me otherwise.

Author: by Dr Lachlan Dunjey.  Article Title: Where was the Christian Vote in the Federal Election? Original Posting Date: 16 September 2010 Original Source URL: chooselifeaustralia.org.au 

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.

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

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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/

The Church Under Attack – A Church Equipped for The Times

What do we need to do now, this year?

What/who do we need to be?

How to respond to attack?

The question “what’s next, Lord?

exercises my mind frequently as I guess it does yours.

One of our themes in our early morning prayer group is

• Mourning – for the suffering Church

• Grief for our nation

• Excitement for tomorrow

• Joy for today

This theme highlights the tensions between sadness and Joy. All four of these emotions can co-exist and I think should. I discovered quite recently that CS Lewis had the insight that his early books and writings after becoming a Christian were mainly apologetic – the defence of Christianity – and that this was very heavy and he made a deliberate attempt to write about the joy of following Christ and less about the defence of Christianity.

So, there are the tensions between grief and joy, between fighting and resting, between despair and excitement, between exercising the Mind of Christ given to us and Holy Spirit inspiration, and the co-existence of these emotions and activities.

OK, so back to our topic of the Church under attack – equipped for the times

We need then – at the very least – to understand our times. There’s that almost throw-away verse (1 Chron 12:32 esv) when David was fleeing from Saul when the men from Issachar “who understood the times and knew what to do” came on side to David. The text doesn’t say the same thing about the others in the immediate context. Maybe the men of Issachar were better informed of the reality of the situation and what needed to be done more than most.

But there is only so much that you need to know – sometimes it can be too much depending on your own life experiences. See More than we need to know.

So, understanding the times; knowing the need to respond and knowing how to respond.

Well I reckon this church is probably more aware and better able in knowing what to do. So, a pat on the back, a tick, a commendation to Darlington Christian Fellowship.

What are the times? The threats and challenges we are facing as a church body?

Allow me to recap and summarise. Challenges vary with different ages and in different parts of the world. You might well say “what is the point as I can’t do anything” but at least you then know how to pray intelligently and this is anything but “least” – it is probably the greatest, so keep listening – but it does get overwhelming and our prayers can become groans but God understands that and hears our groans. There are times when we have to leave the fighting to Gabriel and Michael.

Small (but eternal) picture: our kids are increasingly exposed to temptations seemingly approved by community and increasingly mandated by bad government – “Safe Schools” and “Respectful Relationships” now rebadged yet again as “Inclusive Education”; increasing control over what we teach in our homes – even “around the kitchen table” which is where Professor Gillian Triggs the previous Chair of the AHRC wanted to get – and schools. Erosion of family values. Transgender “rights” with mutilating surgery. The urgency is now.

Bigger national (also eternal) picture: increasing restriction on freedom of speech; freedom of conscience and expression of conscience; freedom of belief – freedoms mandated in international covenants. We are currently observing the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in which these freedoms are mandated and to which Australia is a signatory. Progressive devaluation of the intrinsic value of human life as created in the Image of God evidenced by the promotion of abortion – even more extreme – and euthanasia, viable babies being “accidentally” born alive after abortion and left to die, embryo selection even for sex of baby (yes, even before “it” has decided what gender it is going to be – so how do the parents know which baby to kill?). Then there’s the surrogacy battle right now and the move to deliberately create the situation for children to be brought up without a biological mother and father by single men – when will it ease? The urgency is now.

International (also eternal) picture: the suffering church; religious/cultural conflicts and persecution of Christian minorities increasing year by year; decay of “western” civilisation and Christian values; the changing roles of the superpowers; the intrinsic enmity between the children of Abraham; the peace of Jerusalem. The urgency is now.

Eternal picture: yes, the great gulf between heaven and hell and the urgency to make known the gift of God in Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin. The urgency is nowWe need to pray that we do not miss an opportunity.

WE NEED A NEW GENERATION WITH

• A new sense of urgency

• A new sense of grief for our nation

• A new sense of reality and the challenges facing us

• A new sense of perspective – for us, between earth and heaven; for others between heaven and hell

• A new sense of the Glory of God and of the glory that awaits us in eternity

And so, we need a new sense of determination (and privilege) to commit ourselves and our nation to God, every hour, every day and including special days when we can join in spirit with each other in this dedication. There are many times for special reasons e.g. before elections!

The Men of Issachar understood the times. Remind yourselves and others of these things and watch tomorrow morning’s paper.

NOW, KNOWING WHAT TO DO

• Sow, Determination, Commitment, hard work in the church, running the race, perseverance, enduring hardship, fearing not

• Jeremiah 12:4-5 (poor Jeremiah) If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan?

• Not growing faint or weary and recovering when we do

• Gal 6:9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap

• Isaiah 40:31 …but they that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength, they will…

• Encouraging each other

• Supporting and praying for others on the frontline of the battleprayer warriors; leaders in our mountains of influence and government; those who write submissions and front up to Legislative Committees

• A welcoming church

• Not tolerating evil or false teachers or teaching; solid underpinning of who we are 1 Pet 2:9 and of the Creation Mandate (even hating the Nicolaitans…)

• Christian responsibility in community; speaking truth; with boldness (Acts 3)

• Loving your neighbour – protecting him and his children from the encroaching evil by identifying that evil

• Preparing for the future; memorising scripture; for when the walls have ears, personal and family “around the kitchen table”.

How do we rate? Not bad. Not fantastic, but pretty good nevertheless. Equipped for the future knowing the times and what needs to be done. Feeling good?

Feeling exhausted…

Well, let’s look at a NT church that was doing well.

I know your deeds,
your hard work and
your perseverance. I know that you
cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have
tested those who claim to be apostles but are not,
and have found them false. You
have persevered and have
endured hardships for my name, and
have not grown weary.

And I think you know what’s next

Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Rev 1:17-18

And so, of course, the context is Jesus walking among the lampstands of the seven churches in Asia. 

When I (John) saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: ‘Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Rev 2:1-7

vs.1To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. vs.I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. vs.You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.

vs.4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. vs.Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place. vs.But you have this in your favor: You hate the practices of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate

vs.7 Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Rev 2:1-7

(The Nicolaitans attempted to establish a compromise with the pagan society of the Graeco-Roman world that surrounded them using Christian liberty as an occasion for the flesh).

BUT. LOST YOUR FIRST LOVE.

What is / was “your first love”? Can you remember?

What does it mean as God’s children individually and together as a family – as the Bride of Christ?

Remembering that this letter is to the Church at Ephesus.

Different for different people. For me aged 13 it was Jesus death on the cross for me that made me commit my life to Him and, by His Grace, I have never reneged on that commitment. Sadly, I have been distracted. By His grace, not for too long. I didn’t have the sense of immediate joy and freedom that others have when burdens and guilt have been lifted. For me it was a surrender of myself knowing the price that he paid for my sin – so, sense of forgiveness, surrender, dedication to this great love, “I am your servant”, even Your son, Jesus is my brother, a great sense of belonging.

So, what was your first love?

Was it purely intellectual – like CS Lewis “the most reluctant convert in all England” pursued by the Hound of Heaven until persuaded (the joy came later) – or was it something more “wonderful” in terms of relief from guilt, freedom from bondage.

Many hymns might come to mind including Charles Wesley

Amazing love! how can it be
That Thou, my God, should’st die for me

Two weeks ago at the Franklin Graham meeting in Perth the song group sang “what can wash away my sin?” and the people in the pit sang back “nothing but the blood of Jesus” to all the questions. So, a sense of wonder and amazement “tis mystery all” to the God who sent His Son to die on our behalf.

So, do you know what it was? Maybe you have never lost it – I hope so – or maybe you’ve recently regained it – I hope that too. What might it have meant for the Church?

But if we have lost our first love individually and as a family, how did it happen?

Well for the “keen” Christian sometimes it is just being too busy in Kingdom work when the need is just so great dividing it between

• Workplace; including people at work we need to develop relationships with

• Family – nurturing relationships with spouse and children and seeking to bring kids up in God’s way, teaching them memory verses, encouraging in sports

• Community – schools, parent involvements, developing relationships, loving your neighbour in the full sense of responsibility to warn of dangers

• Church – even prayer meetings that we should support including the people who sacrifice time to arrange and run the prayer meetings

All of these demands being good and right and proper but are competitive for time. Sometimes our prayer might be “Dear God, let me off the wheel.” (Poor Jeremiah.)

HOW DO WE REFRESH?

Individually and collectively as God’s people, as His Church, as His Bride! So that the lampstand of the Church will not be removed.

Remember – “consider how you have fallen”. Do you/we as a wider Church family need to consider this further, where we have fallen? In what areas?  Ponder that this week…

Repent – of our lukewarmness, of all the things that distract us “let us fix our eyes upon Jesus who, for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame” Heb 12:1,2

Tell Jesus you’ve grown cold (quoting from somewhere). Tell Him you’ve entertained other loves. Repent for not loving Him as He deserves. He stands ready to forgive and restore.

Too often we are happy, too content, making mud pies – enjoying the pleasures of this earth – instead of experiencing and knowing the wealth of glory. As CS Lewis wrote “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”

Reading His Word gives a right sense of reverence, perspective, privilege and joy. We listen to Him by reading His word. Learn the passages that are most significant to you and if you can’t learn them at least keep on reading them off your phone or on a piece of paper kept in your pocket.

And just as we need special times together with our spouse to nourish our relationship so also we need special times with Jesus. In the middle of everyday activities there might just be a sense of presence and safety. Then there may be work-times when we are dependent on Him and walking with Him and then there are the concentrated times when we seek – as with Paul – “to know Him”.

The men of Issachar knew what to do – they came onside to David but for us there is an extra level, we may have already committed ourselves to be on side the battle but Jesus calls us to a higher plane to a relationship with Him and to refresh and Renew that relationship on a regular basis, Restore and Re-dedicate. Remember Phil 3:10 “that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings”. To know Him and to make Him known.

• Encouraging each other (another “task”), looking after each other, today

• With glimpses of Glory to keep us focussed and keep us worshipping

• SING! Singing praise songs together.

And then that theme we mentioned to start with, co-existing responses with appropriate emotions of

• We mourn – for the suffering Church, for our brothers and sisters

• We feel grief for our nation – Jesus cried over Jerusalem; remember Ezekiel 9 where the angel strikes dead everyone who did not have the mark on the forehead signifying their grief for the city

• We have excitement for tomorrow – “and when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your headsfor your redemption draweth nigh” Lk 21:28

• And we have joy for today

Be Awestruck Every Day…
Jesus, who calls us “brothers”, is our High Priest,
sitting in power and majesty at the right hand of
the throne of God, making intercession for us!!

Incredible!
Every day, remember.  Be awestruck.  Be
grateful.  Be humble.  And persevere in the
knowledge of this amazing fact

Darlington Christian Fellowship 24 Feb 2019.

Original Source: http://www.chooselifeaustralia.org.au/life/the-church-under-attack-a-church-equipped-for-the-times/

A timely reassurance for 2019

A timely reassurance for 2019 (written to a “prayer warrior” with 247 embedded in email).

Yes, I love your email address. Obviously, 247 must refer to Psalm 24:7 St George’s Edinburgh sung in the grand style

vs.7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.

vs.8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!

But then there’s also!


vs.7 Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.

.
WE ARE WARNED


vs.7 But they cried to the Lord for help, and he put darkness between you and the Egyptians;

Joshua 24:7 NIV

.
WE ARE DIVINELY PROTECTED


vs.7 Then he took the Book of the Covenant and read it to the people. They responded, “We will do everything the Lord has said; we will obey.”

Exodus 24:7 NIV

.
RE-DEDICATION FOR NEW YEAR


vs.7 With these words David sharply rebuked his men and did not allow them to attack Saul. And Saul left the cave and went his way.

Samuel 24:7 NIV

.
HONOUR IN THE BATTLE


vs.7 The Lord, the God of heaven, who brought me out of my father’s household and my native land and who spoke to me and promised me on oath, saying, ‘To your offspring I will give this land’—he will send his angel before you

Genesis 24:7 NIV

.
VICTORY IS CERTAIN


vs.7 I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart.

Jeremiah 24:7 NIV

THE LORD IS OUR GOD


vs.7 The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.

Luke 24:7 NIV

.
JESUS IS OUR SAVIOUR


And then – although it’s not 247:

vs.28 Now when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.”

When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.


So:

vs.7 Lift up your heads, O gates!
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
vs.8 Who is this King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
the Lord, mighty in battle!

So, it’s a yes to 247 all day long! Pray, Praise, Celebrate!

Blessings to all, Lachlan. chooselifeaustralia.org.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.

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.