Ephesians 6:1-9 Life at Home and Work

INTRODUCTION

On a superficial this section of Ephesians might seem irrelevant to progressive modern life. Such a judgement would be a serious mistake as its 5-fold references to Jesus as Lord and Master place him at the centre of life’s basic relationships and provide the one true remedy to the often destructive patterns of family and work life today.

Tragically the contemporary Church pulled apart what belongs essentially together.

Whilst for reasons both cultural and spiritual Paul’s readers would understand the intimate relationship between their conduct in the home and the Spirit-filled life of their congregation such insights are rare today (Eph 5:18 ESV, Eph 6:1-9 ESV).

If Jesus is not honoured as Lord in the household he will hardly be honoured as Lord of the Church. I was reading a book recently about the 18th century Moravians, and the writer commented, “Can you imagine a church Elder (today) from time to time asking couples whether their marriage was honouring God?” (Wemmer). But this is exactly the sort of transparency God always expects.

Christians often gravitate to conferences which promise great things but rarely produce much fruit, but in a very down to earth way this passage teaches what it means for us to be God’s new society, the “household of God”, to quote Ephesians 2:19 ESV.

The instructions as to how parents and children, slaves and masters are to relate to one another is a call to reflect the final state of all things(Eph 3:10 ESV).  It is not by accident that this passage immediately precedes Ephesians 6 with its teaching about the evil spiritual rulers of this world. The life of believers at home and work is to stand in stark contrast to the demonically controlled social structures which in every society, Paul’s and ours, exploit the weak and powerless.

EXEGESIS

CHILDREN AND PARENTS (6:1 – 4)

Paul consistently begins his teaching by addressing the socially inferior member of a pair. Given the context of the times that children would be addressed at all is extraordinary; but the gospel imparted dignity and a valued position to minors unprecedented in the ancient world.

vs.1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.

Submission for children (not wives) means obedience to parents, not in the interests of social conformity but “in the Lord”. In the New Testament we read how the 12 year old Christ “was submissive” to Mary and Joseph and how for the whole course of his life the Son of God was totally obedient to his Father (Luke 2:51 ESV; Romans 5:19 ESV; Philippians 2:8 ESV).

The declaration such obedience “is right” doesn’t mean “do what you’re told” or “this is the way we do things here” but is a call to conform to God’s righteous ordering of family.

It is not a cue for a child to strive to be a “good boy” or a “good girl” for such self-willed righteousness is disastrous for human flourishing. Obedience is a duty children owe to parents as life-givers but Christian children have the help of the Holy Spirit to do this. 

The New Testament pictures disobedience to parents as a serious sin because it is a sign of God’s wrath and judgement coming on the world in the last days (Rom 1:28-30 ESV; 2 Tim 3:1-2 ESV).

This counsel does not imply unquestioning obedience of children to their parents in everything but the disposition of a prayerful heart unwilling to displease mum and dad except where parental direction contradicts the scriptures.

vs.2 Honour your father and mother is a command for life.

It means younger children obeying instruction in the household and older children who have left home showing respect and care for aged parents. Honouring parents brings with it a special divine “promise” of material prosperity and long life; “(this is the first commandment with a promise)”,

vs.3 that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.

Keeping this command brings God’s blessing because to honour our parents is to honour the Lord who has given our parents to us as the first and most important of his image – bearers in life (cf. Gen 5:3 ESV).

When it comes to honouring parents our society is in deep trouble. Take away God and replace him with nothing and we shouldn’t be surprised at articles like that in last weekend’s Australian newspaper titled, ‘Loved ones’ pose biggest threat to old people’s assets’1)see http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/loved-ones-pose-biggest-threat-to-old-peoples-assets/news-story/966cfe0e6dfdf43044b5049ffd3638a1. “Elder abuse”, including adult children stealing from their aged parents, is no longer rare in our culture. Such is the cost of rebellion against God’s order of creation.

Paul now moves to address fathers who in ancient times were responsible for the education and discipline of their children. Today we would include mothers in these instructions but in the households of ancient times things were to be ordered for the comfort and happiness of the patriarch. In the Roman world fathers were extremely powerful; under law the father of the household (paterfamilias) had oversight of all moral, civil and religious duties. In principle he had the power of life and death over household members.

vs.4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

There is no parallel to this exhortation in ancient literature, where you might expect an exhortation to children not to provoke their fathers to anger. The provocation Paul forbids includes things like reactionary flare-ups, harshness, sarcasm, insults, nagging, unreasonable demands, or inappropriate teasing. At a deep level children experience hurt and anger when their parents frustrate their natural goals and desires e.g. directing or manipulating what sort of job they must enter. Christian fathers should know that all fatherhood derives from “the one God and Father of us all” the cosmic paterfamilias (3:14-15; 4:6).

Angry responses to children always wreak havoc. When we were in Toowoomba we attended a service at The Base Family Church. Its pastor Nat Spary shared how he was terrified of his wrathful alcoholic father and ran away from home to live on the street when he was 15. The usual issues of drugs and broken relationships followed.

He shared how one night the street kids were together and talked about how they all hated their fathers. When Nat became a Christian he quickly accepted Jesus’ love, but he struggled for a long time to know God as Father because his own dad’s misuse of authority had unconsciously taught him to rebel about the authority of God the Father. Sadly this is an extremely common problem2)see http://cross-connect.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Images-and-Intimacy.pdf.

To “bring children up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” will include exhortations and rebukes to keep them from the wrong path; but exercised in the tender nourishment and discipline “of the Lord” (v.4) it should give no grounds for frustration or anxiety. The instruction “of the Lord” doesn’t only mean about the Lord but it “comes from the Lord” himself and so reveals his caring qualities. Paul now moves to household instructions for slaves and masters.

SLAVES AND MASTERS (6:5- 9)

The actual condition of slaves in the first century is a matter of some debate but some things are clear3)see https://readingacts.com/2011/11/20/philemon-and-slavery-in-the-first-century/. Aristotle famously described a slave as a “living tools” but by New Testament times slaves could marry, be educated and hold responsible positions, receive pocket money and pay for freedom. However a former slave would always bear this social stigma . About a quarter of the population of Ephesus at this time were slaves and people lived in fear of slave rebellions. “every slave we own is an enemy we harbour” said one ancient writer (Diodorus Siculus).  A slave could be brutally punished or put to death for a trivial offence because the father of the house had this legal authority. The very fact that Paul addresses this underclass is amazing. Christianity treated slaves as free moral agents of equal worth to anyone. There are divine rather than social reasons why slaves should submit to their masters.

vs.5 Slaves, obey your earthly masters with fear and trembling, with a sincere heart, as you would Christ, vs.6 not by the way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but as slaves of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart, vs.7 rendering service with a good will as to the Lord and not to man,

Few today understand the sort of “fear and trembling” Paul recommends here.

It is not a foreboding terror and dread before God or of human masters. When the apostle describes his own “fear and trembling” in coming to preach to the Corinthians (1 Cor 2:3 ESV) and counsels the Philippians to “work out your own salvation in fear and trembling” (Phil 2:13 ESV) he is surely speaking about sharing in the holy trepidation Christ experienced in obeying the Father in the Garden of Gethsemane (Heb 5:7-8 ESV).

This is a powerful and healthy emotion we all need.  Slaves are people in the sight of God of such significance that they will have to answer to God for their attitudes and actions at the Last Judgement (2 Cor 5:10 ESV).

Anyone who has this sort of fear will certainly not fear man (1 Pet 1:17 ESV; 1 Pet 3:4 ESV). Obeying masters, ungodly as they may be, is part of the Christian slaves vocation in obeying Christ “from the heart”.

Jesus did the will of God from the heart even when it was very painful to do so, and so must we.   

Such heart obedience is free from scheming, guile or deceit for its one intention is to please God (cf. 1 Chron 29:17 ESV).

The caution against “eye-service” is a warning against “serving to be seen” in order to impress others and be well thought of. A people pleasing mentality undermines a person’s spiritual and moral authority.

We can all have problems in these areas. From a slightly different angle I sometimes need to be careful not to do too much not because I want people to like me but because I don’t want others to think I am lazy.

Heart service is what do you do when no one is looking and as “slaves of Christ” Christians have a higher motivation to serve than gaining any earthly advantage (Rom 1:1 ESV; 1 Cor 7:22 ESV; Gal 1:10 ESV; Phil 1:1 ESV; Titus 1:1 ESV). As usual, Paul backs up his exhortation with an ultimate consideration.

vs.8 knowing that whatever good anyone does, this he will receive back from the Lord, whether he is a slave or is free.

Every good deed done in this life will be taken into account by the Lord at the final judgement (2 Cor 5:10 ESV).  We know this not because it suits our sense of justice  but because God raised the one true servant, Jesus, from the dead (Acts 17:31 ESV).

vs.9 Masters, do the same to them, and stop your threatening, knowing that he who is both their Master and yours is in heaven

Christian masters should treat their slaves as they desire the slaves to honour them. As slaves of Jesus masters must not threaten or bully their slaves, for slaves and masters alike have a heavenly Master, Christ, and he is never controls or manipulates through threats. Jesus gave plenty of stern warnings but he never coerced obedience through terror (e.g. Matt 23).  When Christians bully or harass this is a sign that in their hearts, whatever they profess to believe, they think God in Christ is a harsh Master (cf. Matt 25:24-25 ESV).

Our problem today, both inside and outside of the Church, is that we have no clear insight into the true nature of authority. Even yesterday I was talking to someone about a bullying pastor and surveys show that about half of Australians experience bullying n the workplace4)see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-09/half-all-australians-experience-workplace-bullying-survey-finds/7916230

If you think that in the End you are answerable to no-one you will use whatever means you can to make people answerable to you. This is why Paul adds, and that there is no partiality with him.

When it comes to the Last Judgement God won’t preference anyone, slave or master, boss or employee. That God shows no partiality is conveyed by the fact that the gospel is to offered freely to all (Rom 2:11 ESV; Gal 2:6 ESV; Col 3:25 ESV). Masters should treat their slaves the way God treats them.

Sometimes people complain that the New Testament doesn’t directly condemn slavery.

However it does encourage salves to gain freedom where possible, in one case expects their masters to release them (1 Cor 7:21 ESV; Philemon 1:16 ESV) and treats slaves as people with dignity and worth in such a way as to eventually undermine the institution of slavery.

More foundationally, unlike marriage, to which Paul gives the deepest theological justification of Christ as Groom and Church as Bride, there is no theological basis given for slavery in the New Testament.

CONCLUSION

This passage is as revolutionary today as when it was first penned.

The self-disciplined sacrificial manner of living it directs for everyday human relationships is only possible if we are filled with the Spirit under the Lordship of Christ.

But such seemingly unspectacular obedience, honour and service manifests the triumph of Christ over all the powers of evil in household and society which set up hierarchies and enable the powerful to exploit the poor.

A community which lives according to the precepts of this passage resisting the social norms of the day, ancient or modern, is a prophetic image of a new and eternal society which will replace the distorted social systems of this world.

Paul’s counsel to children, and slaves, can easily be applied to employees, soldiers, prisoners, and all under authority structures.

The attitude, manner of service and motivation of believers in these situations must be Christ-centred and God pleasing. With eyes are on the reward that will be ours in Christ in the End can serve and respect others in a way that honours God free from any personal ambition.

Looked at from the other side, employers, supervisors, managers and the like can exercise authority for the Lord’s sake, not for career advancement. They are, like Christ, able to hold workers accountable without showing favouritism. Altogether this paints a picture of Christians as light, salt and leaven in a society that has lost its way. One in which self interest usually dominates at the expense of the interests of others.

Whether it is the family, the church or the workplace Paul’s teaching imparts a vision of order where Christ dwells as Lord and Master of all relationships.

This is pleasing to God and it is harder to imagine a higher goal than this.

MESSAGE DELIVERED: 24th September, 2017 | St Mark’s

Author: Dr. John Yates


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1. see http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/inquirer/loved-ones-pose-biggest-threat-to-old-peoples-assets/news-story/966cfe0e6dfdf43044b5049ffd3638a1
2. see http://cross-connect.net.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Images-and-Intimacy.pdf
3. see https://readingacts.com/2011/11/20/philemon-and-slavery-in-the-first-century/
4. see http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-09/half-all-australians-experience-workplace-bullying-survey-finds/7916230

Reformation 2: Grace gives Freedom

Biblical Readings: Jer 17:1-13 ESV | Ps 51:1-19 ESV | Rom 8:1-11 ESV | John 6:35-44 ESV 

INTRODUCTION  

Salvation by grace alone (sola gratia) or grace plus free will; this was one of the sharpest controversies of the Reformation. But before delving into this subject let me share a personal story that is very foundational to my convictions in this debate.

As a brand new Christian I joined a university Bible study led by a very Reformed pastor expounding John 17. When he came to Jesus’ words ““I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me”” (v.9) he began to teach God chooses us before we choose him (cf. John 15:16 ESV). A few of us were so worked up about this teaching that we resolved to go to our Bibles come back and publicly prove this fellow wrong. However every time I went to the Bible over the next week it seemed to be saying we are saved solely by God’s sovereign grace and I came under a huge inner conviction that I had been wrong.

One of the most famous debates of the Reformation broke out in the 1520’s between the Dutch Catholic scholar Erasmus and the Protestant pioneer Martin Luther. Disturbed by Luther’s teaching on the comprehensive role of God’s grace in salvation Erasmus wrote the Freedom of the Will contending that grace merely helped people to know Christ and supported them as they used their free will to choose between good and evil. God graciously throws you a rope to save you from drowning in sin but you have to cooperate by grasping it and keep holding on if you are to be saved. Luther forcefully insisted it is only by God’s grace we have the will and power to grasp the gospel.

In writing On the Bondage of the Will he took a consistent Christ centred approach to this subject;  “since Christ is said to be “the way, the truth, and the life” (John 14:6 ESV)  …outside of Christ there is nothing but Satan, outside of grace nothing but wrath, apart from light only darkness…”.  He contended that the human will is like a beast of burden, “If God rides it, it wills and goes where God wills… If Satan rides it, it wills and goes where Satan wills; nor can it choose to run to either of the two riders…but the riders themselves contend for the possession and control of it”. Ego-crushing as this idea sounds the Bible plainly teaches that apart from God’s saving grace we are under the control of evil powers.

In John 8:44 ESV Jesus said to his opponents, “You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires” (John 8:44 ESV), Paul spoke of those who needed toescape from the snare of the devil, after being captured by him to do his will.” (2 Tim 2:26 ESV) and John commented that “the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” (1 John 5:19 ESV). But God never intended for humanity to be in this terrible situation.

TO SIN OR NOT TO SIN, THAT WAS THE QUESTION

We all know how in the temptation story in Eden God warned Adam, ““of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”” (Gen 2:16-17 ESV). When Adam and Eve sinned they didn’t instantly die physically but they immediately lost the glory of God and died relationally/spiritually (Rom 3:23; 6:23). Intoxicated by Satan’s promise of immortality, or in language I will explain later, “rapt by Satan”, they lost their God-given freedom to obey the Lord (Gen 3:1 ESV ff; Luke 3:38 ESV).

Paul speaks bluntly to Ephesians of their state before coming to Christ, vs.1Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. vs.2 You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil—the commander of the powers in the unseen world” (Eph 2:1-2 ESV).

Jesus made it clear that sin is never an act of freedom but of spiritual slavery, “everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin” (John 8:34 ESV cf. Rom 6:16-17 ESV). God speaks about the condition of dreadful people of fallen human nature; ““The heart (in the Bible, the place where thoughts and intentions are formed) is deceitful above all things, and incurable; who can understand it?”” (Jer 17:9 ESV cf. Prov 4:23 ESV; Heb 4:12 ESV).

A fallen heart leaves sinful people totally unwilling and unable to please God.

AN IMPOTENT WILL

Jesus described the utter spiritual inability of the fallen human condition; “vs.5unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. vs.6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.” (John 3:5-6 ESV).

Without the help of the Holy Spirit the things of God are incomprehensible, in Paul’s words, “The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Cor 2:14 ESV)….“For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will…those who are still under the control of their sinful nature can never please God.” (Rom 8:7-8 ESV).

In Romans 7 Paul makes this personal. Crushed under the power of his depraved spiritual condition he confesses, “For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out…” (Rom 7:18 ESV), then he cries out, “Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?” then enraptured by the Spirit of God [which he will expound in ch.8] he cries out, “Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!” (Rom 7:24-25 ESV).

Grace saves us and grace is all about Jesus Christ.

SAVIOUR OF THE WILL

The grace of God appeared (Tit 2:11, 3:5 ESV) in its final and full form in the coming of Jesus; “from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.” (John 1:16 ESV). In his life death and resurrection the grace of Christ (2 Cor 8:9 ESV) has taken away the power of sin, Satan and death to rule over us.

The scriptures proclaim, “by sending his Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin God condemned sin in the flesh” (Rom 8:3); “through death he (Jesus) might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil,” (Heb 2:14 ESV cf. 1 Cor 15:54-56 ESV). Christ has broken the power of evil to ensnare our wills, not by being more powerful than they are in an energetic sense, but by choosing to go in the exact opposite direction that we have?

Adam and Eve lost the power to obey God by believing in Satan’s promise that they could become immortal without God (Gen 3:4-5 ESV). In reversing this evil disposition Jesus chose to leave behind the power and glory of immortality in heaven to take on mortal flesh and die powerless in our place on the cross (Phil 2:6-9 ESV).

Fallen human beings refuse to trust God without evidence, but Jesus never stopped trusting his Father even when there was no evidence in his sufferings that God loved him (Mark 15:34 ESV). ““come down from the cross!”” his opponents taunted and tempted, but if he had chosen to save himself we could never be saved (Mark 15:30 ESV).

The sacrifice of Christ is the full and final revelation that freedom is not an ability to make any choice we desire but the strength of love to obey God whatever the cost (Heb 2:11 ESV; Heb 10:7 ESV).

The faithfulness of Jesus is answered by the faithfulness of the Father in raising him from the dead.

God’s grace now saves us “through the appearing of our Saviour Christ Jesus, who abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel” (2 Tim 1:9-10 ESV).

LIBERATION OF THE WILL

Our wills are liberated from slavery to sin and empowered to obey God only as we confess our powerlessness to be saved. After spelling out the humiliation of Christ in crucifixion and his exaltation to God’s glory through resurrection (Philippians 2:6-11)

Paul exhorts his hearers, vs.12work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, vs.13 for it is God who works in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” (Phil 2: 12-13 ESV [this is the opposite to Rom 8:8]). As God works in our wills as he worked in the will of Jesus our wills are freed to follow him. This happens through the revelation of Christ in the gospel.

The gospel is an invitation to depend on the Spirit to allow our rebellious wills to be put to death through the cross and raised by resurrection power to obey Christ; “if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Rom 8:13). God works a change in our wills not by coercion or cooperation but by revelation. When the Spirit reveals God’s unconditional love for us in the death and resurrection of Christ our hearts are moved to freely obey him.

As Paul says, vs.14For Christ’s love leaves us no choice, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; vs.15 and he died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.” (2 Cor 5:14-15 IVP).

Some modern interpreters of Luther have put this notion of being moved by love in a particularly attractive form. Anyone who has a revelation of who Jesus is and what he has done for us is rapt into freedom by the “Spirit of  grace” (Gal 1:15-16 ESV; Heb 10:29 ESV); won over by the love of God we freely want to love and serve him, whatever it might cost.

It’s a bit like a story told by an old mentor. He was in America and had been away from his wife for an extended period. After he preached somewhere a lady approached him with a very serious look on her face, “Mr Bingham she said, I believe you are in moral danger.” (She believed he lacked the will to resist sexual temptation.) Telling this story Geoff Bingham said he quietly laughed in himself because he knew how much he was loved by his wife; not how much he loved his wife, but how much she loved him! His heart had been captured/rapt into a state of true freedom. The more God rapts us through revealing Christ to us the more freedom we enjoy i.e. the more willing is our will to do what God wills and what God wills is that we love and follow Jesus (John 6:29 ESV).

CONCLUSION

As a young Christian listening to “faith” preachers I kept thinking, “But how do I get faith?”

There is nothing crueller than a teaching that throws human beings back on relying on themselves for faith.

Never turn in on yourself to see how much faith you have. [incurvitas in se Augustine; Luther]. Freedom is experiencing the Spirit turning us away from ourselves to Christ in order to serve God and others in loving service (Acts 20:22 ESV).

It is humbling to depend on the grace of God alone but in practice it is wonderfully liberating.

When we accept Paul’s words in Romans, “So then it depends not on human will or exertion, but on God, who has mercy.” (Rom 9:16 ESV), a great burden lifts off us.

It doesn’t depend on us at all; it depends totally on the grace of God in Christ.

Christian freedom, true freedom (John 8:36 ESV), is a Spirit imparted share in the death and resurrection of Christ (2 Cor 3:17 ESV; Phil 3:7-10 ESV), it is a paradoxical mix of rapture and suffering.

If God has spoken to you today you will want to grow in the freedom of Christ, so together we can make this benediction from the end of Hebrews our prayer; vs.20Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, vs.21 equip us with everything good that we may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” (Heb 13:20-21 ESV).

Appendix 1

Anglican Article X. Of Free-Will.

The condition of Man after the fall of Adam is such, that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith; and calling upon God. Wherefore we have no power to do good works pleasant and acceptable to God, without the grace of God by Christ preventing (to act ahead of) us, that we may have a good will, and working with us, when we have that good will.

Appendix 2

The States of the Human Will

Pre-Fall Man Post-Fall Man Reborn Man Glorified Man
able to sin able to sin able to sin able to not sin
able to not sin able to not sin able to not sin unable to sin

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FACT CONFIRM: SSM postal survey envelopes reveal same-sex marriage responses under torch light, prompting privacy concerns

SSM postal survey form

The ABC tested the torch light theory and found it worked.1)see abc.net.au

Some Australians have expressed their concerns about the privacy of the same-sex marriage postal survey, after photos shared widely on social media appeared to expose a trick that could reveal the responses inside sealed envelopes.

A photo that was initially shared on Facebook showed how shining a torch light over the reply-paid envelope included with the survey could reveal the marked Yes or No box on the form inside.

“So we have wasted $122 million on a survey where a torch can reveal the answer through the reply envelope it came with,” the user wrote.

“So any postal worker with a vendetta against the opposing side can go through and remove votes as they see fit. (Or workmate if you post from work). Bravo government.”

The ABC conducted a test and found the torch light did indeed reveal a clear mark in the Yes or No box. (see Above)

The Facebook post was later shared on reddit, where users discussed their concerns about the privacy of the survey.

“This feels inexcusable. If someone feels strongly enough about it and has the resources (say they work for Aus Post) they could filter letters with Yes or No votes depending on their own feelings on it,”

one person wrote.
 

“This absolutely does not feel like an OK thing for the Government to not have ensured.”

Date-stamped: 2017, September, 14. - Time-stamped: Updated 2:22 pm - By: ABC News  - Article Title: SSM postal survey envelopes reveal same-sex marriage responses under torch light, prompting privacy concerns  - Article Link: abc.net.au

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1. see abc.net.au

Our Serve: “Shame” on “YOU” “Cottesloe Tennis Club Members and Committee”

TENNIS LEGEND SAYS SHE WON’T BE SILENCED ON GAY MARRIAGE

“Despite being dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club”

7News Clip: Play Here

For those who do not know!

TENNIS legend Margaret Court has returned serve to a Perth tennis club that turfed her out as a patron this week, saying she is being silenced for her views on same-sex marriage.

Despite being dumped by Cottesloe Tennis Club, Mrs Court remained defiant, accusing the LGBTQI community of wanting to “destroy marriage”.

Mrs Court said she was disappointed the tennis club had dumped her as vice-patron, saying the move was “politically motivated”.

“I think it’s sad. You don’t have the freedom of speech today to really defend yourself,” she said.

“It’s a sad day for our nation when it comes to that.

“Ian Thorpe can stand for the other side and there’s no criticism but when we stand for our Christian beliefs or God’s side I feel sporting people are very intimidated, they’re put down.”

Club president Ian Hutton said management had decided to expand the number of vice-patrons at the club, but when Mrs Court’s re-election was put to members, they voted against it.

Mr Hutton said while Mrs Court’s views on same-sex marriage were mentioned during the debate, the issue for some was her availability to attend club events.

Tennis West chief executive Michael Roberts said given Mrs Court’s views were so polarising, she needed to accept what came her way and that he did not think the decision was a mistake.

Margaret Court says she won’t abandon her Christian beliefs. Picture: Sharon Smith.

“If you’ve got an opinion that’s very polarising, when you’re so firmly supportive or against something, then it’s going to have an impact on how you’re perceived in the community,” he said.

“Obviously, her opinions had played a part in it, there’s no doubt about that. Cottesloe Tennis Club, whether they meant to or not, have made a bit of a social stand by making the decision.”

Mrs Court continued to argue against same-sex marriage yesterday, speaking at a Perth Rotary Club series on the issue, saying the debate was surrounded by a “sense of intimidation”.

“I sense at the moment you can put a Yes sign in the window, everything’s all right, but if you put a No sign you get a brick through your window,” she said.

“We already have 36,000 gay couples in this nation, that’s not a lot of people when you think about the 25 million. They already have civil union.

“They want marriage because they want to destroy it.”

Mrs Court, a Christian minister based in Osborne Park, said the consequences of a Yes vote would be severe.

“It’s not about marriage. It will affect Christian schools, it will affect freedom of speech,” she said.

“There will be no Mother’s Day, there will be no Father’s Day, there will be no Easter, there will be no Christmas.”

She also defended her committed religious adherence.

“Some say Christianity should not come into politics but we’re human beings. If we believe that marriage is between a man and a woman and it’s in this Bible, we should be able to say that,” she said.

“It’s who we are. It’s a life-style. It’s not something you turn on or off.”

Date-stamped: 2017,  September, 15. – Time-stamped: 5:57 pm – By: Dylan Caporn  – Original Article Title: Tennis legend says she won’t be silenced on gay marriage  – Article Link: PerthNow

Tony Abbott on why same sex marriage would fundamentally change society

Tony Abbott

Like most, I have tried to be there for friends and family who are gay. They are good people who deserve our love, respect and inclusion but that doesn’t mean that we can’t continue to reserve the term “marriage” for the relationship of one man with one woman, ideally for life and usually dedicated to children.

Like you, I want a country where everyone gets a fair go and where no one is discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, religion, political opinion or sexuality. We all want people to be appreciated for their achievements and for the quality of their character; not pigeon-holed and dismissed on the basis of prejudice.


The Federal Government and Labor have agreed on new temporary laws to safeguard against hate speech during the same-sex marriage postal survey.

Same-sex marriage: Government and Labor agree on laws to protect against ‘vilification’

Article Link: abc.net.au | By political reporter Caitlyn Gribbin | Published: Updated Tue at 10:09 pm


That, in fact, is the Australia we’ve had for years. It’s a long time, thank God, since gay people have been discriminated against and just about everyone old enough to remember that time is invariably embarrassed at the intolerance that was once common. Already, indeed, same sex couples in a settled domestic relationship have exactly the same rights as people who are married.

To demand “marriage equality”, therefore, is quite misleading. Same sex couples already have that. This debate is about changing marriage, not extending it. And if you change marriage, you change society; because marriage is the basis of family; and family is the foundation of community.

Supporters of same sex marriage say they are concerned about the bigotry and intolerance that will be whipped up by the plebiscite now going ahead. So far, it’s the supporters of change, not the opponents, who’ve been responsible for bullying and hate speech.

The Archbishop of Hobart has been dragged before a tribunal for defending Christian teaching. Coopers Brewery was bullied into withdrawing support for the Bible Society after sponsoring a debate about marriage. A Father’s Day ad was banned for being “political”. There’s been fake news about non-existent homophobic posters and a homophobic ram raid that never happened.

“Love might be love” but it’s striking how little love the supporters of same sex marriage are showing for anyone who disagrees with them. It’s paradoxical how respect has flown out the window in the fight for yet more respect. It’s hard to see, at least from the tenor of the campaign to bring it in, how we would be a more decent society with same sex marriage than without it.

At one level, the same sex marriage debate is of vastly less relevance than most people’s daily struggle to pay their bills, to improve their lives and that of their families, and to try to get on with their neighbours and workmates. But at another level, almost nothing is more important than the values that we cherish and the principles on which our society is based.

We shouldn’t lightly change what’s been the foundation of our society for generations; and, if we do, it should only be after the most careful weighing of all the consequences. Yet if the polls are to be believed, we are about to discard the concept of marriage that has stood since time immemorial in favour of a new concept that would have been scornfully rejected even by gay people just a generation ago.

This week, an anti-same sex marriage gay activist posed the question: “How are women going to recognise lesbianism as an alternative to heterosexuality if they don’t see us protesting against institutions that have been harmful to us: like marriage, prostitution and the nuclear family?

I’m sure that some gay activists really believe that they are trying to promote stable, long-term relationships by extending marriage to same sex couples; but others clearly want to subvert marriage. And the gay people demanding to be married don’t want their relationships to change; they just want them to be accorded a new status.

It’s said that there should be absolutely no difference, even in terminology, between relationships because “love is love”. Yet there are many different types of love. No one is saying that one type of loving relationship is better than another, just that they can be different. By all means, let’s find a way to solemnise what is intended to be a sacrificial love between two people of the same sex; but it remains a different love even though it’s not a lesser one.

At one level, insisting upon any particular definition of marriage may seem like pedantry. At another level, though, it’s important to maintain cultural and intellectual integrity. A man is not a woman just because he wants to be, and a same sex relationship should not be able to become a marriage just because activists demand it.

All the overseas evidence shows that allowing “any two persons” to marry brings many other changes in its wake. In Britain, Catholic adoption agencies have been forced to close down and an orthodox Jewish school threatened with defunding. In America, a baker has been prosecuted for refusing to put a slogan on a wedding cake.

This week in Quarterly Essay, a “safe schools” supporter, Benjamin Law, said that “it might be stating the obvious but same sex marriage is far from the final frontier in the battle against homophobia” – prompting the equally obvious question: how can parents keep gender fluidity programmes out of schools here in Australia when gender fluidity has entered the Marriage Act?

If the advocates for same sex marriage can’t demonstrate how freedom of speech, freedom of religion and parental choice will be protected in their brave new world, they’re asking voters to sign a blank cheque.

Tony Abbott

Australians have never liked being pushed around or hoodwinked. When big businesses from Uber, to Subway, to the makers of Magnum ice cream are virtue signalling on same sex marriage, it’s time to say that political correctness has got completely out of hand and to vote “no” to stop it in its tracks.

Tony Abbott is the federal member for Warringah and a former Australian prime minister.

An earlier version of this story said a  doctor who went public with her concerns about the consequences of same sex marriage copped a GetUp! petition to have her struck off. This is incorrect.  GetUp! did not support the petition, endorse or organise it.


Published: 2017 September 13. | Article Link: smh.com.au | Article Title: 'Tony Abbott on why same sex marriage would fundamentally change society'. and Published: 2017 September 13. | Source: watoday.com.au | Tony Abbott on why same sex marriage would fundamentally change society.

John Howard Speak About Marriage

On Tuesday 12 Sept. , survey forms will begin to be posted to homes around Australia.

This survey is a referendum on whether we want radical LGBTIQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex and Questioning) sex and gender education programs in our schools, it is about free speech, and – importantly – freedom of religion.

On the video below watch former Prime Minister John Howard speak about the direct threat to the Christian presence in the public sphere.

“Changing the definition of marriage…is not an exercise in human rights and equality, it is an exercise in de-authorising the Judaeo-Christian influence in our society”

Please take the time to watch this important video and consider showing it to your church.

The consequences of redefining marriage are real.  For more information on the impact a change in marriage law will have on every Australian family, please visit 3 Reason to Vote NO.

The ACL encourages you and your church to keep praying, know the consequences, and volunteer for the campaign today.

Is Brandis pushing for transgender marriage?

See a copy of the press release below:

NEW SITE SHOWS BRANDIS AND SHORTEN SSM BILLS CREATE GENDER-FLUID MARRIAGE

MEDIA RELEASE

It’s really: “Transgender Marriage”

Patrick Byrne - Australian Family Association.
Are the concerns expressed by ‘No’ campaigners, like Mr Abbott and Mr Latham, valid?

The Australian Family Association has launched a new site that shows they are valid, and explains how with brief (and extended) Q and A sections.

Launched today in the wake of the High Court decision, TransgenderMarriageVote.com.au explains why there is a mismatch between the postal survey question and the bills put forward in parliament.

Attorney General George Brandis is wrong to claim the postal survey is only about ‘allowing same sex couples to marry’. His own department has confirmed that non-binary gender identities are included if marriage is redefined as the union of any 2 people,” said Patrick Byrne researcher for the Australian Family Association.

“Our new site claims upfront that, ‘It’s really transgender marriage, no matter what the postal ballot says’ and then explains how this is possible,” said Mr Byrne.

“What this means is schools would have to teach kids that your gender can be fluid, that marriage can be gender-fluid, (e.g. Pangender married to Astralgender) and boys who identify more as a girl can use the girls’ facilities,” said Mr Byrne.

See all the claims and references at www.TransgenderMarriageVote.com.au.

END

We invite you to visit the new website and if you see a particular piece of information that you like, share it, including the website link, on Facebook.

Sincerely, 

Paul Monagle

ACT President
Australian Family Association.

 

12 Sep – 07 Nov: Day’s of ‘Prayer’ / ‘Fasting’

Subject: Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey

Open Invitation from Australian Council of Churches

We are living in very interesting times. There are forces that seek to nullify the voice of the Church and radically change the fabric of our society. Being aware that we are heading to the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey, the National Executive discussed in depth the potential consequences for Christians, should the suggested legislation be passed. We feel there are two things that are very important for us to do right now:

1) Ensure our position is clearly expressed through this poll. I have sent a previous email encouraging you to speak to your people, ensuring that they are properly enrolled through the Electoral Commission.
2) Lift the intensity of prayer throughout the ACC churches in our nation.

For that reason, we are calling a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for all our churches, and I am asking you and your people to join us on Tuesday 12 September 2017 to fast and pray for:

• Our nation, Australia
• Righteous government – at all levels
• Family
• The Church

Perhaps you could promote this during your Sunday services on September 10. If Tuesday 12th doesn’t suit you, please choose a date that does around that time.

The postal survey, which rolls out on September 12, is not simply about the redefinition of marriage. As already witnessed in other countries, there are serious consequences that can result if the Marriage Act is changed.


C.I.P. insert
TIMELINE: * September 12: Start of mail-out.

October 11:

October 27:

November 07:

November 15:

Requests for replacement surveys closes.

The date voters are strongly encouraged to post their form back by.

Responses received after this date won’t be processed.

Result released.


The ACC supports the Biblical view of marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between a man and a woman, and we are encouraging all Christians to vote ‘No’.  Many have been asking for more resources concerning the subject. In the next few days, you will receive a variety of material from different sources that supports the position of the ‘No’ vote.

Sadly, it has been almost impossible to have considerate discussions about this issue; such is the force and strength behind the ideology that seeks to not only change the definition of marriage, but introduce other factors such as Safe Schools, gender redefinition and the like. The speed at which this is happening is alarming. The long term consequences for our nation are disturbing. There is a significant silent majority that feels bullied into silence by sections of the media and corporate Australia. These are good people who have genuine concerns about the generations to follow.  It is therefore imperative that we the Church find our voice in prayer and use our democratic right to stand up for the people God has given us responsibility for.

Through it all it is important that we are respectful of ALL people; even those who strongly disagree with our views.

Please be prayerful and gracious whilst holding true to our convictions, confident always that Jesus will always keep His promise ‘to build His Church’.

We greatly appreciate your prayer and support.

Regards,

WAYNE ALCORN
ACC NATIONAL PRESIDENT

SOURCE:

Article Title: Call to Pray 12 September 2017 | Article Link: partnersinprayer.org.au | Posted on: August 23, 2017 | By: Sue Tinworth

What’s changed in Britain since same-sex marriage?

by David Sergeant

UK’S IMPACTED ZONES  
Gender:
Freedom of religion:
Freedom of speech:
Children:

Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom.

Then prime minister David Cameron announced that, despite having made no mention of the issue in his party’s pre-election manifesto, it would be MP’s who decided the fate of marriage.

Now, it’s Australia’s turn to choose. There’s one key difference. Unlike in Britain, it will be the people who decide.

Everyone agrees, whether they admit it or not. This is a decision of enormous significance.

Therefore, it seems sensible to analyse the consequences of the potential change, within nations in which redefinition has previously been carried out.

In the United Kingdom, it has become abundantly clear that redefinition has affected many people, across many spheres. At first glance, these spheres appeared distinct from marriage redefinition. However, subsequent changes, have proved that they are entirely intertwined.

GENDER:

Current Conservative Prime Minister, Theresa May, has revealed proposals to abolish the need for any medical consultation before gender reassignment.1)see Article Title: Theresa May: Law must be changed to help trans people change their gender without medical checks. | By: Mayer Nissim  | Published: 18th May 2017, 12:52 PM | Article Link: pinknews.co.uk Simply filling out an official form will be sufficient. A ‘Ministry of Equalities’ press release, explicitly announced, that the proposals were designed to: ‘build on the progress’ of same-sex marriage.2)see Article Title: Updated: gov.uk Guardian journalist Roz Kaveney boasted that changing your gender is now: ‘Almost as simple as changing your name by statutory declaration’.3)see Article Title: Theresa May wants to do something positive for trans people – it’s about time Published: Tuesday 25 July 2017 17.00 AEST | Article Link: theguardian.com

Manifestations of the ‘British gender revolution’ are not difficult to find. Transport for London, have prohibited the use of the ‘heteronormative’ words, such as ladies and gentlemen. Meanwhile, universities across the nation are threatening to ‘mark down’ students, who continue to use the words ‘he’ and ‘she’. Instead, ‘gender neutral pronouns’ such as ‘ze’, must be uniformly applied.

Such gender-theory radicalism has delighted Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT lobby. Their Orwellian tagline: ‘Acceptance without exception’, can be seen plastered on posters and adverts. Politicians, attempt to ‘out-radical’ one another, in the race to be an original champion, in the next emancipatory front of ‘Trans-rights’.

Such gender-theory radicalism has delighted Stonewall, the UK’s largest LGBT lobby. Their Orwellian tagline: ‘Acceptance without exception’, can be seen plastered on posters and adverts. Politicians, attempt to ‘out-radical’ one another, in the race to be an original champion, in the next emancipatory front of ‘Trans-rights’.

FREEDOM OF RELIGION:

THE CHURCH

Much was made in the UK, about supposed exemptions, designed to ensure that believers would always be allowed to stay true to their convictions.

Four years later, the very same people who made ‘heartfelt promises’, now work tirelessly to undermine them.

To the churches: ‘Keep up with modern attitudes

Equalities minister Justine Greening, has insisted that churches must be made to: ‘Keep up with modern attitudes’4)see Article Title: Tory Cabinet minister Justine Greening piles pressure on religious leaders to let gay couples marry in church | By: Ben Glaze | Published: 11:47, 23 JUL 2017 | Article Link: mirror.co.uk.

Likewise, the Speaker of the House of Commons,5)John Bercow a position supposedly defined by its political neutrality, had this to say: I feel we’ll only have proper equal marriage when you can bloody well get married in a church if you want to do so, without having to fight the church for the equality that should be your right’.

UK GENERAL ELECTION 2017.

It became clear, during this year’s general election, just how militant the LGBT lobby have become, following marriage redefinition.

A POLITICIAN & A CHRISTIAN

The primary target was Tim Farron, leader of England’s third largest political party, the Liberal Democrats. High-profile journalists had heard that Farron was a practising Christian.

It”s “impossible” to be a committed Christian and lead the party.

Farron said.

In every single interview thereafter, they demanded to know.

Did he personally believe homosexual sex to be a sin?

He practically begged the commentariat, to allow him to keep his personal faith and legislative convictions separate. For decades, he pointed out, he had out vocally and legislatively supported the LGBT Lobby. Likewise, he had long backed same-sex marriage, voting for it enthusiastically.

This simply was no longer enough.

Shortly after the election campaign, Farron resigned.

He stated that it was now impossible, for a believing Christian to hold a prominent position in British politics.6)see Article Title: Tim Farron’s Resignation and the End of Liberal Christianity | By: Michael Brendan Dougherty | Published: June 15, 2017 4:00 AM | Article Link: nationalreview.com – Also see Article Title: Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader over Christian faith By: Alan McGuinness | Published: Thursday 15 June 2017 Article Link: news.sky.com

ASPIRING FOSTER PARENTS

In a heartbreaking development and in spite of Britain’s ‘foster crisis’, aspiring foster parents who identify as religious, face interrogation. Those who are deemed unlikely to ‘celebrate’ homosexuality, have had their dreams of parenthood scuppered. Britain’s High Court, ruled that a Pentecostal couple were ineligible parents.7)see Article Title: High Court upholds bar on Christian foster carers over homosexuality views. | By: ChristianToday AU | Published:  Article Link: christiantoday.com.au While the court recognised their successful and loving record of adoption, they decreed that above all else: ‘The equality provisions concerning sexual orientation should take precedence’.

How has Great Britain become so twisted?

Practicing Jews, Muslims, Christians and Sikhs, who want to stay true to their religious teachings, can no longer adopt children.

FREEDOM OF SPEECH:

MEMBERS of PARLIAMENT BULLIED

In the lead-up to the Parliamentary vote, we witnessed almost incomprehensible bullying. David Burrows MP, a mild-mannered supporter of the ‘Coalition for Marriage’, had excrement thrown at his house. His children received death threats and their school address was published online.8)see Article Title: Tory MP gets ‘death threats’ over gay marriage opposition | By Rowena Mason | Published: 03 Feb 2013 | Article Link: telegraph.co.uk Similarly, ‘Conservative’ broadcaster Iain Dale promised to, ‘publicly out’ gay MP’s, who did not vote for redefinition.9)see Article Title: ‘Secretly gay MPs are planning to vote against same-sex weddings… and two of them are married’: Extraordinary claim from top Conservative pundit. | By: Tim Shipman and Matt Chorley | Published: 4 February 2013 | Article Link: dailymail.co.uk

Many hardworking Brits have lost their jobs.

HOUSING MANAGER, MAGISTRATE, FAMILY BAKERY

Consider Adrian Smith, sacked by a Manchester Housing Trust,10)see Article Title: Demoted for not backing gay marriage: housing manager’s pay slashed for criticising new law on Facebook. | By: Jonathan Petre for The Mail on Sunday. | Published: 23 October 2011 | Article Link: dailymail.co.uk for suggesting that the state: ‘shouldn’t impose its rules on places of faith and conscience’. Or Richard Page (magistrate),11)Date-stamped: 11 March 2016 – Time-stamped: 02:05 +11:00 – By: Amanda Williams for Mailonline  – Article Title: Christian magistrate is sacked after claiming adopted children were better off with a man and a woman as parents than with a gay couple. – Article Link: dailymail.co.uk fired for gross misconduct after articulating, that children might enjoy better outcomes, were they to be adopted by heterosexual couples.

Simultaneously, contrary to ‘steadfast’ government assurances, small businesses have been consistently targeted. Courts in Northern Ireland ruled that the Asher’s Family bakery had acted unlawfully.12)Date-stamped: 24 October 2016 – Time-stamped: Monday 21.55 AEDT – By: Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent – Article Title: ‘Gay cake’ row: born-again Christian bakers lose court appeal  – Article Link: theguardian.com

What crime committed by this tiny business? Politely declining to decorate a cake with a political message in support of same-sex marriage. The courts maintained that business owners must be compelled to promote the LGBT cause, irrespective of personal convictions.

Even the National Trust, a British institution with over 4.2 million members, has decided to join the bullying LGBT crusade. A message went out. Each of the Trust’s 62,000 volunteers, would be required to wear a compulsory same-sex rainbow badge.13)Date-stamped: 4th August 2017 – Time-stamped: 11:00 pm  – By: Carri-Ann Taylor and Ellie Cambridge  – Article Title: NATIONAL TRUST REVOLT National Trust volunteers quit after being ordered to wear rainbow gay pride badges at work  – Article Link: thesun.co.uk

Those who said they’d rather not were told they would be ‘moved out of sight’until they were prepared to publicly demonstrate inclusive tolerance.

In retrospect, the silent majority in Britain remained silent for too long. Reflecting on redefinition, Ben Harris-Quinney, Chairman of the Bow Group think tank pondered that:‘Same-sex marriage was promoted in the UK, as an issue of supposed tolerance and equality. What we have seen, is the most unequal and intolerant outcomes of any political issue in recent history’.

CHILDREN:

SEX EDUCATION

Across the UK, ‘sex education’ has been transformed and disfigured. TV programmes, aimed at children as young as three, promote ‘gender fluidity’, as an enabler of thoughtfulness and individuality.

At the same time, Ministers have denied worried parents the right to withdraw their children from primary school classes. Meanwhile, ‘outside educators’ teach children about sex positions, ‘satisfying’ pornography consumption and how to masturbate. Concerns regarding STI’s and Promiscuity, are derided as ‘old-fashioned’.

Independent religious schools are under intense scrutiny. Dame Louise Casey, a senior government advisor, recently insisted that it is now: ‘Not Ok for Catholic schools to be homophobic and anti-gay marriage’.14)Date-stamped: 11 Jan 2017 – Time-stamped: Wednesday – By: Madeleine Teahan – Article Title: Government integration advisor: ‘Catholic schools cannot oppose gay marriage’ – Article Link: catholicherald.co.uk

Ofsted, the body responsible for school-assessment, has been wildly politicised. In 2013, Prior to the redefinition of marriage, Ofsted visited Vishnitz Jewish Girls School. They passed the school with flying colours. In fact, they went out of their way to highlight the committed and attentive approach to student welfare and development. Four years later, Ofsted returned. This time, they failed the school on one issue alone. While again, noting that students were ‘confident in thinking for themselves‘, their report, pointed to the inadequate promotion of homosexuality and gender reassignment.15)Date-stamped: 26 June 2017 – Time-stamped: 15:44 BST – By: Rachael Pells – Article Title: Private Jewish school fails third Ofsted inspection for not teaching LGBT issues  – Article Link: independent.co.uk

As such, it was failing to ensure: ‘a full understanding of fundamental British values’. It is one of an initial seven faith schools that face closure.

I mentioned that I was writing this article to a good friend in the Conservative Party, back at home. He expressed his genuine concern. Had I not considered the consequences? Did I not realise that what I said in Australia could be found when I returned to the UK? ‘LGBT progress is an unstoppable tide’. He assured me, that it was OK for me to ‘privately’ believe that marriage was between one man and one woman. He even privately agreed, that the stuff being taught in primary schools was too much.

But to say it out loud? To actually have it in print? It would blight my career and my personal relationships.

Good God. How much more important the institution of marriage and freedom of thought, religion and speech. How much more important the future of our children, than any naïve career ambitions I might harbour.

I urge every Aussie to examine the evidence, analysis the results and be clear about what you’re voting for.

If it was solely marriage, it would worth preserving. 
 

IT’S INFINITELY MORE.

Source: https://www.spectator.com.au/2017/09/whats-changed-in-britain-since-same-sex-marriage/

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1. see Article Title: Theresa May: Law must be changed to help trans people change their gender without medical checks. | By: Mayer Nissim  | Published: 18th May 2017, 12:52 PM | Article Link: pinknews.co.uk
2. see Article Title: Updated: gov.uk
3. see Article Title: Theresa May wants to do something positive for trans people – it’s about time Published: Tuesday 25 July 2017 17.00 AEST | Article Link: theguardian.com
4. see Article Title: Tory Cabinet minister Justine Greening piles pressure on religious leaders to let gay couples marry in church | By: Ben Glaze | Published: 11:47, 23 JUL 2017 | Article Link: mirror.co.uk
5. John Bercow
6. see Article Title: Tim Farron’s Resignation and the End of Liberal Christianity | By: Michael Brendan Dougherty | Published: June 15, 2017 4:00 AM | Article Link: nationalreview.com – Also see Article Title: Tim Farron quits as Liberal Democrat leader over Christian faith By: Alan McGuinness | Published: Thursday 15 June 2017 Article Link: news.sky.com
7. see Article Title: High Court upholds bar on Christian foster carers over homosexuality views. | By: ChristianToday AU | Published:  Article Link: christiantoday.com.au
8. see Article Title: Tory MP gets ‘death threats’ over gay marriage opposition | By Rowena Mason | Published: 03 Feb 2013 | Article Link: telegraph.co.uk
9. see Article Title: ‘Secretly gay MPs are planning to vote against same-sex weddings… and two of them are married’: Extraordinary claim from top Conservative pundit. | By: Tim Shipman and Matt Chorley | Published: 4 February 2013 | Article Link: dailymail.co.uk
10. see Article Title: Demoted for not backing gay marriage: housing manager’s pay slashed for criticising new law on Facebook. | By: Jonathan Petre for The Mail on Sunday. | Published: 23 October 2011 | Article Link: dailymail.co.uk
11. Date-stamped: 11 March 2016 – Time-stamped: 02:05 +11:00 – By: Amanda Williams for Mailonline  – Article Title: Christian magistrate is sacked after claiming adopted children were better off with a man and a woman as parents than with a gay couple. – Article Link: dailymail.co.uk
12. Date-stamped: 24 October 2016 – Time-stamped: Monday 21.55 AEDT – By: Henry McDonald Ireland correspondent – Article Title: ‘Gay cake’ row: born-again Christian bakers lose court appeal  – Article Link: theguardian.com
13. Date-stamped: 4th August 2017 – Time-stamped: 11:00 pm  – By: Carri-Ann Taylor and Ellie Cambridge  – Article Title: NATIONAL TRUST REVOLT National Trust volunteers quit after being ordered to wear rainbow gay pride badges at work  – Article Link: thesun.co.uk
14. Date-stamped: 11 Jan 2017 – Time-stamped: Wednesday – By: Madeleine Teahan – Article Title: Government integration advisor: ‘Catholic schools cannot oppose gay marriage’ – Article Link: catholicherald.co.uk
15. Date-stamped: 26 June 2017 – Time-stamped: 15:44 BST – By: Rachael Pells – Article Title: Private Jewish school fails third Ofsted inspection for not teaching LGBT issues  – Article Link: independent.co.uk