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Family Love beats Culture Wars

Over the last century our family has been through the worst global upheavals of history, including two world wars. On my Father’s side all his family, with the exception of one survivor, were murdered in the ovens at Auschwitz. This was the result of extreme Right Nazi politics.

Post World War 2 our family was split by the extreme Left politics of Stalin, communism and the resulting cold war.

In Ireland, our family survived the “troubles” that split a nation with the politics of violence and anarchy.

And now we see anger and hatred dividing the world in a social revolution of “identity politics”. This has fallen to the level of people saying: ‘if you don’t agree with me I don’t want to know you’. Even splitting families!

Take the riots at Berkeley University where windows have been smashed and fires lit in riots AGAINST freedom of speech. 50 years ago there were riots FOR freedom of speech at the same university. The world has gone crazy.

So what can we learn from history that can help us today?

Through the global upheavals of the last century our family has seen the overcoming triumph of family love. This love has won out over Nazism, Communism, Anti-Semitism, anarchy, murder, violence and global war.

Family love has its source in the love between Father God and his beloved son Jesus. It is the glue that holds the world together and delivers hope for the future.

The Apostle Peter concluded his life with these words: “Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins.” (1 Peter 4:8).

So let us treasure family love as the greatest redeeming force for good in the universe and let it guide us through life as undivided overcomers.

Rapacious Attack on Israel’s Right to Exist this Weekend

This Sunday 15 January 2017, Seventy nations will meet in Paris to try and enforce the establishment of a Palestinian State on Israeli land. Here is a brief summary and a call to action.

Israel is accused of occupying Palestinian land – but is this true?

The title deeds to the land are written in the Bible and were endorsed by the UN in 1948. These deeds are part of an everlasting covenant initiated by God with his chosen people and affirmed over and over again in the Word of God.

You can click on the following links to read in Gen 17:1-8 the first covenant declaration over the land initiated by God with Abraham. This was re-affirmed in Gen 35:9-13 and Exodus 23:31-33. The highest authority of the land rests with God, not the United Nations. It is written in Acts 17:24-28.

Those who do not accept the sovereignty of God and do not understand the permanency of his promises will bring great pain upon themselves and their nations. Please take the most serious attention to the following prophecy in Zech 12:1-3:

“A prophecy: The word of the Lord concerning Israel.
The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person, declares: “I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.”

In modern times the so called “Occupied Territories” were never “owned” by the Palestinians. In 1948 the West bank and East Jerusalem passed from a British mandate to Jordon. In 1967 Israel warned Jordon not to attack, but they did and Jordon lost these Territories to Israel in the Six Day War. As a result of the Yom Kippur war Jerusalem was re-unified according to its Biblical covenant.

Now, next weekend on the 15th January 2017 in the Jewish year 5777, seventy nations of the world will meet in Paris to try and take land from Israel again – including the Western Wall and the Garden of Gethsemane. There are some 800,000 Israelis who live in these territories and Israel is not going to give this land up.

Click here to watch the speech of Prime Minister Netanyahu on this situation

Jewish Rabbis define 70 nations as the nations of the world. This comes from the 70 nations listed in Genesis 10. It is also significant that 70 nations were represented in Israel at the funeral of Shimon Peres on 30 September 2016.

Now cast the immediacy of this coming historical event in 2017 with the above prophecy from Zechariah 12.

Recently on the 8th January the Lord impressed upon me that this gathering of nations on Sunday 15 January would be a “RAPACIOUS” attack on Israel’s right to exist. I didn’t know the meaning of the word when it was given to me in the early hours of the morning – which is confirmation that it was from the Lord and not just out of my own head. Please look up the dictionary definition of the word for yourself to gain important insight into the significance of what is happening. While God will take care of Israel according to biblical prophecy, it is the responsibility of the Body of Christ to be awake, vibrantly aware and obedient to God at such a time as this.

Finally we note that in a 2015 poll conducted by the Palestinian Centre for Public Opinion, Arab residents in East Jerusalem would rather live as democratic citizens in Israel than in a Palestinian State under Fatah rules and terrorist organisations like Hamas.

Critical Timing

  • Friday 23 Dec (2016)
    Click here for comment on UN resolution 2334
  • Sunday 15 Jan – meeting of 70 nations in Paris
  • Tuesday 17 Jan – UN Security Council Meeting
  • Friday 20 Jan – Inauguration of President-elect Trump
  • Trump will veto actions against Israel after his inauguration.

Call to Action

  1. Pray that this meeting of nations on Sunday will be subject to divine confusion and that the pathway against Israel will be blocked according to the will of God.
  2. Pray that New Zealand and the UK will rise up to their ANZAC call to defend Israel on 15 Jan and veto any action against Israel on 17 Jan – Please note that Britain, Australia and NZ were the liberating forces at Beersheba on 31 October 1917.
  3. Pray for the protection of the life of President Donald Trump and the gift of wisdom.
  4. Write to the Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and your local member asking that our Embassy be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem – as with with the United States move under President-elect Trump.

For those who are in, or can be in Melbourne this coming Sunday 15 January, you are invited to join the Global Prayer Watch for Israel from 15:00 to 21:00 Melbourne time.

Location: the Prayer Tower at: Arrow on Swanston, Level 10, 488 Swanston St, Melbourne – Phone: 0458 759-797.

In other locations you are invited to focus prayers for Israel, especially between 08:00 to 20:00 Paris time on Sunday 15 January.

Revolution or Re-Formation?

In 2008, 85 Australian laws were changed to remove discrimination against LGBTIQ people. They were also given civil registers in five states. However, we are now in a revolution where the battle over the understanding of marriage is a tipping point.

This revolution is not good. It’s releasing a spirit of fear, intimidation and false accusations across the nation. What we are experiencing is an outcome of a 20-year homosexual strategy that his five major steps: 1) Request for tolerance, 2) Demand acceptance, 3) Celebrate homosexuality, 4) Force participation, and finally 5) Punish anyone who disagrees.

This is why some 90% of nations have rejected the homosexual revolution. This is why there are marches in the streets of France and Mexico where hundreds of thousands have stood up for true marriage as between a man and a woman. This is why people of faith across our nation are resolving to stand together in agreement with God and Jesus’ definition of marriage as found in Matthew 19:4-5.

Same Sex Marriage is not a simple issue. It is a key part of an overall homosexual agenda that has very serious consequences that include attacking Freedom of speech and Freedom of association – as occurred at the Mercure Hotel in Sydney a week ago. Overseas experience in the UK, Canada, the US and now our own Victoria are providing ample forewarning that we must be fully aware of very serious consequences that come with a fundamental change to the family as the basis of society.

Australian people, not lobbied politicians, should decide on marriage.

We in turn must do all we can to help churches, believers and the general public understand the seriousness of the consequences including: children having a mum and a dad whenever possible, the indoctrination of children with fluid gender ideology, loss of freedoms that we went to war to defend, risks to job security, court appearances, fines and even jail for dissenters from LGBTIQ politically correct agenda. The warnings are before us.

  • Click here for free download: 21 Reasons Why Marriage Matters.
  • Click here for free download: 16 Reasons Why Sexual Integrity Matters.

Please sign and share this petition to protect religious freedom in Victorian schools

Last week the Daniel Andrews Government launched an extraordinary attack on religious freedom in Victorian Christian Schools and churches.

The State government has introduced a Billthe Equal Opportunity (Religious Exceptions) Bill 2016 –  to restrict the ability of religious bodies, charities, schools and educational institutions to employ staff according to their faith and ethos.

The stakes couldn’t be higher, reports Dan Flynn, the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby.

In fact, Christian schools and churches could be forced to hire people who are fundamentally opposed to what their community stands for.

If this were to happen it would be a terrible blow to religious freedom.

The Age has described this as a crackdown on our schools.

Christian Schools Australia chief executive Stephen O’Doherty said the proposed laws were a “draconian attack on religious freedom principles”.

“We feel that the Andrews government is the most anti-religious government we have seen in a long time,” he said.

Catholic Education Melbourne executive director Stephen Elder said it was important that Catholic schools had the freedom to employ staff who supported the Catholic faith.

“Those organisations want the staff to contribute to the faith ethos of the school, and to be a role model for those beliefs,” he said. “Certain expressions of sexuality could be in conflict with the ethos of a church or school.”

Parents send their children to Christian schools because they want their children growing up and learning in a Christian community.

The Andrews Government seems determined to undermine parents’ choices and the distinctly Christian character and ethos of these schools.

The religious inherent requirement test applies to all religions including schools, churches and organisations – but not to political parties.

Political parties and organisations have  similar freedom to discriminate against a job applicant or employee on the basis of their political belief or activity. For example, the ALP does not have to employ a card-carrying Liberal and vice versa and the Greens could sack someone who was a climate change denier. But the Bill does not limit that freedom of  political employers or make them justify such actions to a human rights commission.

Likewise clubs for minority cultures have a freedom to refuse membership to people who don’t share attributes of the minority culture (e.g. the Fijian club can choose to exclude non-Fijians, and gay men’s clubs can choose to exclude straight men). Again the Bill does not limit that freedom of  minority clubs  or make them justify such actions to a human rights commission. Only religious bodies are targeted in this Bill.

We need to act fast and with urgency to influence our MPs on this important issue.

Please sign and share this PETITION TO PROTECT RELIGIOUS FREEDOM IN VICTORIAN SCHOOLS, CHURCHES AND ORGANISATIONS

Australians must demand to be respected by politicians for a plebiscite on marriage

Australians must demand to be respected by politicians for a plebiscite on marriage

By Paul Monagle
National President of the Australian Family Association
August 30th 2016

The Turnbull government has a mandate for a plebiscite on marriage. Those opposing the plebiscite are engaging in hypocrisy.

A Fairfax-Ipsos poll found that “A thumping 69 per cent majority of voters backed the idea of having their say on the issue, rather than a parliamentary vote,” reported the Sydney Morning Herald on July 1, 2016, just before the Federal election.

A plebiscite costing $160 million is just 0.04% of the Federal government’s $400 billion budget, while the ABC gets around $1.1 billion annually of taxpayer funds from the Federal government; that’s over seven times the cost of a plebiscite, and it is paid to the ABC each year!

There will be no resolution of the issue until Australian’s vote on the issue after a full public debate.

A parliamentary vote won’t provide a lasting solution. There have already been 16 bills before Federal parliament. Each time one is unsuccessful another one is moved. Regardless of what decision the parliament makes, this is such a deep and important issue, that if the people do not have a say there will be festering dissent and disaffection, with even more marriage bills in the future, costing more time and more money.

Labor leader Bill Shorten says that a plebiscite would be “a taxpayer-funded platform for homophobia”.

Bill Shorten is flip flopping. Just before the Federal election Mr Shorten told a forum in his own seat of Maribyrnong that he was “completely relaxed about having some form of plebiscite… I would rather that the people of Australia could make their view clear on this, than leaving this issue to 150 people,” he said.

The plebiscite is not binding – “It’s just an opinion poll”
The vast majority of parliamentarians would respect the will of the people and it is the only practical democratic tool to resolve the issue in the current environment.

“A plebiscite would ‘unleash hate’ and lead to suicide”
This is a desperate, very irresponsible argument sending a dangerous message to young people that opponents of same-sex marriage hate gays and lesbians; and that in such a climate of hatred the suicide of some people is inevitable.

GLBT people have a higher suicide rate than the rest of the community.
So do indigenous people. Since the Federal Department of Health warns that “the suicide rate among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples [is] twice that of non-Indigenous people”, should we cancel the planned referendum for recognising indigenous people in the preamble of the Australian constitution for fear that the debate could be a platform for racists?

Turnbull has broken his promise of a plebiscite this year.
Those claiming Turnbull has broken his promise are the same people campaigning against a same-sex marriage plebiscite. Isn’t that hypocrisy?

Many of the same-sex marriage activists making this claim are the same people who praised Ireland for having a referendum on marriage.

Rodney Croome, from Just.Equality and former Australian Marriage Equality convener, praised last year’s Irish referendum saying it “will inspire marriage equality supporters … and quash the myth that Catholics and other people of faith oppose marriage equality.”

Grainne Healy, from Australian Marriage Equality and formerly of the Irish Yes Equality Campaign, didn’t regard the Irish referendum as a platform for homophobia and division. Rather, just after the Irish referendum: “Today we woke up, smiling, in a changed Ireland. A kinder, gentler, more accepting Ireland.”

Tiernan Brady and Grainne Healty, both from Australian Marriage Equality and both formerly of the Irish Yes Equality campaign, said the Irish referendum was an affirmation of the Irish people that was critical in reshaping Irish culture: “This touching — this uplifting — outcome belongs to the Irish people… The Irish people have shown their compassion … The majority said one simple word; for a minority, that word means everything.”

Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young said of the Irish referendum, it was “very exciting to see Ireland embrace equality,” yet the Greens party says an Australian plebiscite would just “unleash bigots”.

ACTION:

Hand written letters to your Senators are best or try to visit them. If not, can you make a call to their electoral offices?

Focus on Labor, Xenophon Team and other crossbench Senators from your state/territory.

Also include an email to the Leader of the Opposition, Mr Shorten. Bill.Shorten.mp@aph.gov.au

Please write to your papers several times over next 2-3 weeks:

Herald Sun here

Sydney Morning Herald letters@smh.com.au

Daily Telegraph (NSW) here

The Age here

The Australian letters@theaustralian.com.au

The Adelaide Advertiser here

The Courier Mail here

Hobart Mercury here

Canberra Times letters.editor@canberratimes.com.au

The West Australian letters@wanews.com.au

Sincerely,

Paul Monagle
National President
Australian Family Association