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.”

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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.

 

[2] < http://www.onenewsnow.com/perspectives/bryan-fischer/2014/06/17/the-latest-in-scientific-research-there-is-no-gay-gene>. And http://www.christianvoice.org.uk/index.php/homosexuality-genetic-not-again/.

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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(!)?

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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!.

 

If you want more of this writing go to www.whyonearthhomeschool.com

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.

I Didn’t Get Healed

Yesterday I went to a Healing Service to get healed of my fibromyalgia. John Mellor was the healer on hand, and the service was set in a Pentecostal church.

We arrived there about ten minutes late. Someone greeted us and showed us to our seats. We sang for about twenty minutes (just to get us into the feel of things). Then the pastor of the church introduced John Mellor and his wife and his wife, saying what an utter privilege it was to have John.

Then John Mellor’s wife introduced John Mellor, again. She reiterated what a great man he was aechinacea-633294_1280nd gave her testimony. After this, the church was really in the mood, and we began to feel we were really in the presence of one of the apostles.

After this, he began to speak. He said he was only and ordinary man, and God used him as a vessel through which to heal and then gave us his testimony. My Presbyterian brain was okay with his message so far…that is until he said that healing was dependent on one’s faith.

On the one hand, I believe, Jesus (and the power of Jesus) is able to heal because a man believes (take the centurions faith in Matthew 8 or the woman with a flow of blood in Mark 5). But, this faith is a faith in Jesus…not a faith that you will necessarily get better. That is, everyone who has a real faith in Jesus (such as myself) will be healed, even if they can’t see how it will happen.

This is seen in the parable of the mustard seed.  Here, the disciples had faith, BUT they didn’t have the faith of a mustard seed. In other words, they had a very, very small amount of faith. Otherwise, if they had more faith, they would be able to move mountains (or heal themselves through Jesus).

Anyhow, on with my story. After a very painful session sitting in the chair (I have a lot of back pain) and listening to John talk about how many people had been healed, I had to go lie down in the crèche area, as I was very sore. John soon started healing people.clock-239268_1280

I’m not a sceptic of healing…I KNOW Jesus healed people – but, the people being healed seemed to have to always have repeat treatments. That is, the lady sitting up the front had Chrone’s disease. After being ‘healed’ on the previous day (she fell down after John ‘schoo’d her, into the arms of  the healers assistant – this was a common occurrence – women were falling over everywhere) needed a repeat treatment. They said it was because Satan was putting a messenger in their flesh. What they had to do was lay hands on themselves and say, ‘By the power of Jesus, you have no home here!’ and the pain would go again (it might need repeat treatments though…and if that doesn’t work, it might be a faith issue).

Soon a woman was being ‘schoo’ed again, and her pain was slowly going. He gave her a treatment. And then another (and another, and another). Eventually, she was all healed and she was walking without a walker again (albeit with a terrible swagger). We saw her walking with her walker after again though.

A few people were healed of Coeliac’s disease. That was a strange one. One lady said she had two hot cross buns this morning, and her tummy didn’t swell like it usually did. Another ‘blind’ lady wasn’t able to read fine print. But after being healed she was able to read fine print.

But, we never saw an open wound healed. Nothing was healed that was visible. Jesus healed visible things. From a man born blind to the lepers, to the dead people (Lazarus and the centurion’s daughter).

Also, it strikes me that Jesus didn’t need to use repeat treatments.person-371015_1280

I went up for healing after the service. John said he didn’t want anyone to go home un-healed. When my turn came, John asked me what was wrong with me. I said I had fibromyalgia. Then he asked where it hurt, and I said all over, but mainly in the back.  Quick as lightening, John put his hand on my forehead and ‘schoo’ed me. I didn’t know what hit me. It threw my balance off, just slightly. After I had managed to close my mouth, he asked me if I felt better. I apologetically looked at him and said, ‘No, I’m really sorry.’

Then he asked when it started. I said about three years ago. Again, just before I had finished my sentence, John ‘schoo’ed me again.

‘Does it feel better?’ He asked?

‘No, I’m afraid not.’ I said.

‘Not even a little bit?’

I began grasping at straw’s, ‘Maybe, perhaps a little bit in my thigh’s,’ I replied, not wanting to be a party pooper.

‘Excuse me’ he said as he stepped to the side. A lady was trying to get up after lying down for ten minutes after being ‘schoo’ed. He quickly raised his hand and violently ‘schoo’ed in her direction. She fell down like a sack of potatoes. One of Johns assistants ran up to her and placed a black cloth over her middle section, to protect her dignity.alien-41610_1280

‘What were you doing when you hurt your back?’

‘I was nursing, doing a trainee…’

Before I finished, I was ‘schoo’ed again.

‘How does that feel?’

I apologetically looked at him again and said, ‘The same. I’m terribly sorry.’

He looked at the line of people waiting to be healed (it was about 50 meters long) and said, ‘Sometimes there is a reason you can’t be healed. Go see my wife.’ Then he waved his hand in her direction, and my healing session was over.

My husband was sitting nearby, watching the whole process. I chatted with him for a couple of minutes as we watched the lady with Chrone’s disease fall back into the arms of an assistant after John ‘schoo’ed her (because the previous treatments hadn’t worked too well).

I felt a bit bad. I was the only one who hadn’t been healed. I went to see his wife, but it was a bit more of the same. We prayed a ‘healing’ and ‘releasing’ prayer and then went home.

So, I’m not healed. But, I’ve had a fantastic experience. I would like more time to think about this. I think I would especially like to know what you think?

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