The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: A Christian Response to FUSE’s ‘Editors Rant’ on the Safe Schools Program


The following is something I would say to my little brother or sister if they were a homosexual. And like you, Alex, I’m going to try to stay level-headed, or as I like to call it, objective.

If you’re a homosexual or a Christian, you’ve probably been interested in the recent controversy about the Safe Schools Program, a program that is supposed to protect all bullied students in schools. To hear more about the program from a LGBTI, queer perspective, I picked up a free copy of the FUSE magazine, distributed from my local café, Tilly’s. (I found an ad for Tilly’s in the back of the FUSE magazine that read, ‘Three Decades, The Safe Place, Socialise Fabulously’).

As the program has been implemented, it has shown a significant bias towards protecting bullied LGBTI students over other students. This bias has led the current Liberal Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, to lead an investigation into the SSP.

Turnbull’s actions, haven’t been popular with everyone, especially the editor of FUSE magazine, who verbalized his disappointment in the FUSE magazine’s editorial rant, saying, “I’m deeply troubled that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull caved in to ordering an investigation into the Safe Schools Program under pressure from a minority of zealots.”[sic]  (Personally, I was disappointed too as SSP was giving me so much to write about.)

Following Alex’s letter, I’d like to walk you through three things I’ll call, ‘the Good, the Bad and the Ugly’.

The Good: Things Alex Got Right

As a Christian, a lot of the time, when you get under a liberal, gay-affirming atheist’s skin, you must have done something right. And those who oppose the SSP have definitely done that by the look of the editor, Alex, opening statement:

“This was a tough editorial to write. I do try to stay level-headed when it comes to ultra-conservative Christian voices, but I have to admit it has been difficult over the past few weeks. I need to constantly remind myself that no matter how loud they are, they’re a very small minority within the broader Christian population.” – Alex

Alex is angry, and that’s right where we, as true Christian zealots, want him to be. True Christians want all sinners to be convicted of their sin. We want Alex to be convicted of his sin and so repent and be saved, just as we have repented and are saved from our sins.

He is also right about the Catholic Church when he says,

When it comes to claims that the program is ‘grooming’, ‘indoctrinating’ or ‘harming’ young people, I really don’t think people in any kind of glass structure should be throwing stones. We considered calling Cardinal George Pell to get his thoughts on the subject, but apparently he’s way too busy to come to the phone.

As far as sexual promiscuity goes, the Catholic Church, namely the popes (who are supposed to be infallible vice-God’s on earth), have done many worse deeds, such as in the Banquet of Chestnuts in which Pope Alexander VI reigned:

On the evening of the last day of October, 1501, Cesare Borgia [the Pope’s illegitimate son] arranged a banquet in his chambers in the Vatican with “fifty honest prostitutes”, called courtesans, who danced after dinner with the attendants and others who were present, at first in their garments, then naked. After dinner, the candelabra with the burning candles were taken from the tables and placed on the floor, and chestnuts were strewn around, which the naked courtesans picked up, creeping on hands and knees between the chandeliers, while the Pope, Cesare, and his sister Lucretia looked on. Finally, prizes were announced for those who could perform the act most often with the courtesans, such as tunics of silk, shoes, barrets, and other things.

Arguably, the two greatest theologians of all time, have been Calvin and Luther. They both believed those in the office of the pope were the Antichrist. Luther came out of the Catholic Church after being a monk. When Luther attended Rome, the seat of the Pope, and hoped to find greater Christianity there. Instead, he found rank sinfulness:

The city, which he had greeted as holy, was a sink of iniquity; its very priests were openly infidel, and scoffed at the services they performed; the papal courtiers were men of the most shameless lives; he was accustomed to repeat the Italian proverb, “If there is a hell, Rome is built over it.”[1]

Luther saw Pope Alexander VI as the antichrist. Alexander VI saw himself as Christ’s representative on earth here to shepherd Catholic Christians.

But, the Catholic Church do not act like Christians and, therefore, are Christians only in name (for that matter, many in our apostate protestant churches do not either). As Alex says, they live in a glass house and throw stones at those who are queer but have plenty of queer members themselves.

“Ye shall know them by their fruits.” – Matt 7:16fruits-82524_640

The Bad: Things Alex Got Wrong

Alex told us he wanted to set the record straight, saying,

“Straight off the bat I want to put a few things right. There is no such thing as a ‘rainbow agenda’, it’s called equal rights people.” – Alex

(I’ll zip through his comments and add my thoughts as we go.)

Biblically, there is no such thing as equal rights because the Bible is right, and sinners are wrong (yes, this includes Christians who don’t read their Bible and get their subjective morality wrong). God’s law is final, and God’s law says those who are wrong should do right.

In addition, we as a society, pragmatically reject those things which hurt us, physically and morally. Physically, homosexuality brings AIDS. This is very apparent reading the Fuse magazine. The whole magazine is only 50 pages long, yet around half the magazine features things on sexual health, physical health or domestic violence help:

  • pg 6 of FUSE 48 magazine is an ad for the Canberra Walk-in Health Centre’s
  • pg 9 has statistics on mental health bullying at the top of the page
  • pg 10 is an ad for the Northside Community Service for homelessness, youth engagement, wellbeing services and so on
  • 11 also gives us the crazy statistic, ‘half of black gay men in the U.S. will be diagnosed with HIV.
  • 13 is an ad for sexual health by the Sexual Health and Family Planning ACT
  • 16 is a mental health counselling ad
  • 17-20 is an article on counselling
  • 21 is a suicide prevention ad
  • 22 is an ad for women’s health
  • 26 is how to ‘have some fun at Mardi Gras’ by accessing the Strip Clinic which will test your sexual health
  • 28 is an ad for after-hours HIV/STI checkinghiv-218541_640
  • 29 tells you to take the little blue ‘Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis’ pill before having sex to stop HIV transmission
  • 34 has two ads; domestic violence crisis service and a lesbian cervical screening ad
  • 40 is an ad for PAP smears
  • 42 is an ad by the AIDS Action Council to do with mental health treatment and HIV prevention

Therefore, for our wider society, SSP should be rejected on pragmatic grounds for it’s inherently overwhelming sexual and mental health problems.

“You can’t be made gay — or straight for that matter — we’re simply as we are.” – Alex

Despite a lot of research into the ‘homosexual gene’, none has been found. There is no homosexual gene:

The gene or genes in the Xq28 region that influence sexual orientation have a limited and variable impact. Not all of the gay men in Bailey’s study inherited the same Xq28 region. The genes were neither sufficient nor necessary, to make any of the men gay.[2]

“As for claims that Safe Schools promotes queer sexuality, encourages cross-dressing and teaches students ‘gay techniques’ (whatever they are) — it’s not only absolute rubbish, it’s all about creating a culture of fear and confusion about the real facts.” – Alex

What is the truth? The SSP teaches:

  • Teach girls to bind their chests so their breasts won’t develop
  • Encourages students cross-dressing
  • Teach kids gay and lesbian sexual techniques
  • Encourage kids to use either boys’ or girls’ toilets
  • Integrate gender theory and sexual themes across all subjects

Under pressure from the government, the SSP website has ‘occluded facts’ themselves and have taken down a lot of the above information (although it’s still in the curriculum). Their website is now more ‘parent-friendly’. It has removed the pictures of teenage lesbians holding hands and high school homosexuals in bright suits staring lovingly into each other’s eyes.

Therefore, I wouldn’t call all of this ‘lies’.

The Ugly: Things Alex Got Right

“I need to constantly remind myself that no matter how loud they are, they’re a very small minority within the broader Christian population.” – Alex

Yes, the broader ‘Christian’ population, such as the Uniting church, the wider Anglican churches and many in other apostate Christian churches, are pandering to every non-Christian’s morality in a bid to show non-Christians how ‘loving’ they really are. “They do this because, love the praise of men more than the praise of God” (Jn:12:43).

Unfortunately, this type of Christian love’ towards non-Christians, doesn’t extend itself to love for their brethren, as so-called Christians who give into outside pressure end up persecuting their brethren for being unloving. AW Tozer preached on this saying, “I have preached myself out of nearly every pulpit in North America.”


Is it love at all?

The Christians road is, indeed, narrow, lonely and often devoid of encouragement. Telling others that they’re sinners isn’t fun. Personally, I am afraid of persecution. Only I’m afraid of God more. That’s why I can’t stop saying what I say (I’m so glad I’ve got that miserable fellow, Jeremiah the prophet, as my example).

Things Alex Needs to Work on

Why do zealots go on about homosexuals so much when the Bible talks about other sins? Because homosexuality is the loudest and most flagrant sin in the Western world today. Therefore, it gets the most coverage from Christian zealots.

If a Christian doesn’t hold homosexuality to be a sin, they won’t call for the sinner’s repentance. And failing to warn others of their imminent peril, due to a lack of true love, means unrepentant sinners will be going to hell, thanks in part to ‘loving’ so-called Christians who are too lazy or unloving to warn them about hell.

When people are too lazy or unloving to stop their children touching a hotplate, we call that callous and condemn their actions. But, when someone’s soul is to perish in the far hotter flames of hell for eternity, these apostate Christians say, ‘Go, and may God be with you!’

So dear Alex, I was saved, by the grace of Jesus Christ, through His great mercy. You need to repent and be saved. God is gracious and opens the door to all sinners, of whom I am the greatest. I hope to see you in Heaven.

  1. George Wolfgang Forell, TheLuther Legacy (Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, 1983), pp. 44.


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How to Evangelise to Someone with Dementia.

I work on a dementia ward. I love telling people about the gospel. But, I’ve often wondered how God wants me to approach demented people. After all, they need the gospel too. But, how does God want to do this through me?

Starting from today, we’re going to learn how to evangelise to a demented person. We’ll start with some general rules, and then go into a specific evangelism topic.

Some do’s and do not’s when talking to people with dementia are:

  • DO use body language. With most of our communication being non-verbal, demented people read our body language more than verbal language.
  • DO genuinely listen. Demented people are often used to feeling ignored. Many will calm down when you take their hand in yours or give them a light touch on their back and make direct eye contact with them as you listen.
  • DO ask them what they think.
  • DO make sure your tone is friendly and reassuring.
  • DON’T ask why. This is often a confusing question for demented people, and it can sometimes derail their train of thought.
  • DON’T get offended. Dementia people may not mean what they say, or may have said it because of an irrational reason. Being offended makes it hard to forgive a person and want to tell them about Jesus.
  • DON’T get discouraged when they don’t understand. Be constant, and know that you are giving God glory
  • DON’T keep telling them that their husband/wife, father, mother etc are dead, when they ask you where they’ve gone. Dementia people relive their bereavement over and over every time their told their loved one has passed away. This will definitely derail the conversation again, as well as causing the person to feel extreme anguish. It’s better to steer the conversation away.

REMEMBER it takes time to form a friendship as it does with non-demented people. For example, one lady in my nursing home was upset when I lightly touched her on the back of the shoulder as I slipped into the nurses’ station on my first day. After two months of looking after her, she now loves a hug, and will pat me on the shoulder when I write the nurses notes at the end of the night.

Okay, so this should give us the best possible communication we can have with someone who has dementia. But, where do we start the conversation about salvation? If you are feeling lost, a great place to start is in prayer (!). Asking for God to be glorified before any evangelism is a good way to feel calmed and encouraged.

Start with showing your Christian love by being kind, gentle and patient. In dementia homes, many nurses ignore or fail to be as gentle as they could be, especially when family goes home. By showing your kindness and gentleness, you will show something different to them.

Keep the gospel simple. No debating about predestination, freewill, Calvinism, Arminian debating.

When they ask, ‘Why are you being so nice to me.’ Tell them of God’s love, and how he loved you and so you can then love others.’ Depending on how with-it they are, they can understand this.

Observe to see what time of the day they are thinking the most clearly, or the most relaxed. Try  talking to them then.

Pray (!) after your encounter. Remember, you can do nothing except for God’s help.

Dementia people often love being talked to as they don’t get a lot of one-on-one attention, especially when they’re living in a home. They will appreciate your kind attention.

And don’t give up!

Remember, even if you don’t ‘save them’ God has been glorified through your efforts because, ‘The chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.’ – Westminster Confession.

PS: Did I mention prayer(!)?


If you need encouragement in this read Salvation in a Dementia Ward. Believe me, this article will give you hope when you have no hope. It’s about a man with a mother who had mental problems being saved, despite no apparent action on his behalf. The work of God is truly amazing and he can do everything without our help. Praise be to the Father and God of Jesus Christ, the Father of Mercies and the God of all comfort!.


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Published 9/3/2016.

Am I Saved? Q & A Session

Let’s do a Q & A. Let me know where you think God withdraws his offer of salvation (if you think he does).

  1. Am I saved? I have loved God, since my birth in Christ as a new believer. I still love him now and can take you to the book of Hebrews in the Bible and show you how. I am saved by grace and not by works.
  2. Am I saved? I was born a Christian. I never said the sinners prayer, but I love reading the Bible and praying. I am an active church member and I love God and my fellow believers. We even go out street preaching (I don’t love this, but I want others to know my joy. LOVE BIBLE ROSE
  3.  Am I saved? I became a Christian after having a mediocre life. I didn’t do anything much wrong. Then I became a Christian.
  4. Am I saved? I did awful things in my past life. I was burdened by sin so much. Then I found Christ who relieved me of that burden and saved me by grace. I now go to church and worship with the believers. 
  5. Am I saved? I was baptized when I was 9, because I realized I should probably do this as someone told me I was a sinner. I go to Church on Sundays. I love hanging out with my non-Christian friends (Christians annoy me – they’re such hypocrites at times). I like to be a witness. While I’ve never actually had a conversation about Jesus or salvation with them, I figure they can see my life and so they don’t need to be told. 
  6. Am I saved? I live in an Amazonian community that has never heard of God. I regard myself to be a bit of alright. MONK
  7. Am I saved? I’m a nominal Christian. I believe we’re reincarnated when we die. So I’ve gotta be a good person. I think I am. Because I think I’m a good person I call myself a Christian.
  8. Am I saved? I live in India and believe in Jesus. I also believe in 100 other gods. If another god comes along and I like it, I’ll add it to my pantheon. I think I’m a pretty good person. 
  9. Am I saved? I’m not actually a Christian, but I think I act like one. I’m actually a Muslim (or  Budhist, Hindu, Humanist, Socialist…) When I look at a lot of Christians, I know I’m saved because I’m so much better than so many of them…especially those who drink and smoke. 
  10. Am I saved? I am a Christian. I can’t say I’m a great person. I CATHOLIC IDOLuse prostitutes. That’s probably my main vice, along with alcoholism and theft. But, I’ve never actually hurt anyone. And I reckon I’m saved because a good God won’t be mean and send me to hell. Actually, I don’t think hell really exists. That’s just a dark ages thing…isn’t it?
  11. Am I saved? I am a Muslim (or  Budhist, Hindu, Humanist, Socialist…)…not a particularly good one, but, I believe in God.
  12. Am I saved? I’m a Christian Catholic. I’m in the Mafia. I just did a hit for my boss this morning. I figured I’d have to do quite a few ‘hail Mary’s’ to cover that sin. But, I’ve confessed, and this morning I gave half my hit money to the church. The priest said I was forgiven in confession.
  13. Am I saved? I work for a Thai drug company. I’m not a Christian or affiliated with any religion. I killed my wife yesterday because she was having an affair. I’m not sorWOLF in sheeps clothingry. She deserved it.
  14. Am I saved? I don’t believe in anything. I live to make myself happy. I lie, cheat, steal…whatever makes me happy.
  15. Am I saved? I have blasphemed the Holy Spirit and I hate God. It’s fun to blaspheme God, because I’m a devil worshipper.

When does God withdraw his offer of salvation?What do you think, let’s engage in the comment section below! Post below. 

What do you think, let’s engage in the comment section below! Post below.

Blessed to be Lucky

Are we blessed to be lucky or lucky to be blessed? Many think these terms are interchangeable. But doesn’t a Christian thank providence, not chance? At the beginning of my book, Why on Earth Homeschool, I used the word luck many times. However, I’ve been convicted while thinking about it and have decided I don’t like the word.

I guess I see it as ungrateful to God. It’s like saying to the person who shouts me coffee, “Wasn’t I lucky to get a coffee. What fortune! What chance!” How much more does this apply to God, who is the Maker and Creator of everything?

Perhaps this word harkens back to Darwin’s Origin of the Species. Here Darwin discounts the idea of a sovereign Creator and instead invokes Chance as his God. Or maybe Darwin becomes his own god (and every man becomes his own god) if a sovereign God exits the scene.

I’ve wondered if I’m just being a bit pedantic. Am I being legalistic in insisting this is the way? Or if I admire the word ‘lucky’, am I being a blind follower of secular culture?

What do you think?

Study: Atheists More Untrustworthy than Rapists

In a study examining 350 Americans and 420 Canadian students, participants were told about a scenario where a fictional character driving a car damaged a parked car and left the scene. Then the fictional character found a wallet and took the cash inside. Participants were then asked whether the character was more likely to be a teacher, a rapist teacher or an atheist teacher.

The participants chose the atheist teacher more often than the rapist teacher. The researcher Shariff said, “People find atheists very suspect. They don’t fear God so we should distrust them; they do not have the same moral obligations of others. This is a common refrain against atheists. People fear them as a group.”

The study found that people didn’t necessarily dislike atheists, it’s simply because atheists have no moral ruler or overseer to make them accountable. Therefore, people have a moral distrust of them. It seems humanism is a dangerous belief after all. But, I guess I want to know what you make of all this. It seems almost unbelievable that someone would pick a rapist over an athiest.

References: Azim Sharrif, Will Gervais & Ara Norenzayan ‘Do You Believe in Atheists? Distrust Is Central to Anti-Atheist Prejudice’ (2011)  Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.


I love American’s. I think they’re just great! When I go home, I usually try to watch some Fox News on the Fox channel. For anyone who doesn’t know, Fox News is an American news channel. I prefer it to our Australian channels (such as the ABC), as the Fox channel isn’t afraid to say what it thinks. It has an opinion to air (as do other American channels are the same, such as CNN).

By contrast, the ABC news 24 channel is blatantly left-wing.  At the same time, it is horrendously politically correct. It’s enough to make you fall asleep. Yet, it claims to be ‘unbiased’ (end quote). Probably because it’s taxpayer funded. I think the closest we get to American reporting is Andrew Bolt.

But, many Aussies bag out Americans. When I say ‘I love the American’s’ people think I should get a hobby (perhaps hiking). They immediately ask me why…something that wouldn’t happen so much if you were to say, ‘I like the French’. People immediately think of croissants or poodles. Americanism doesn’t bring anything to their mind.  

Another thing is spelling. When many Aussies compare American spelling to our spelling, they say, ‘That’s a stupid way to spell it.’ However, here I’ve got to disagree. I love spelling colour without the ‘u’…it’s so much easier…it makes sense and uses less ink!

The old accent is another point of contention. When I say I love the American accent, I get very few people who agree. Their face squishes up, and somehow I think it has more to do with their perception of Americans than it does with phonetics.

Why is this though? After all, they’re our allies. They’re probably the closest country to ours culture-wise, other than the Canadians. smiley-681575_1280

I think its got to do with jealousy. Many Australians are jealous of the success of the American’s. It’s just like the jealousy in America between the Texan state and the others. Texas has succeeded (bigger in everything is the message)- therefore, let’s make fun of them. I believe this is tall poppy syndrome.

Perhaps I am wrong. I would love if anyone out there who has any ideas on the matter, as I can’t see why we would hate America (it’s not like they’re the Islamic State or anything).

What  do you reckon?

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