2019 MAR 22 : Show of Support, or Creeping Sharia in NZ.

2019 MAR 22 : Show of Support, or Creeping Sharia in NZ. NZ Blurs lines Church/Mosque & state. Secular left is forever insisting we must never do. Where is the leftist media this clear case of the state jumping into bed with religion." https://billmuehlenberg.com/2019/03/22/show-of-support-or-creeping-sharia-in-new-zealand/ …

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Yes Virginia, There Is A Pro-Death Scrooge. (Robotic Pro-Deather). It most certainly is infanticide, and it is diabolical in the extreme.

2019 FEB 01: YES VIRGINIA, THERE IS A PRO-DEATH SCROOGE. (ROBOTIC PRO-DEATHER) https://4cminews.com/?p=40440  It most certainly is infanticide, and it is diabolical in the extreme. Others have spoken out against this barbaric bill.

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The Bible and Private Property

Biblical Economics

One of the core differences between socialism and the free market is of course the place of private property. Simply put, the former hates it and seeks to eradicate it, while the latter celebrates it and is fully based on it. Thus for the Christian one’s views on these competing economic systems will in good measure depend on how we should view private property.

If you happen to think that private property is manifestly evil, unjust and immoral, then you might opt for socialism. If you think private property is acceptable and useful and even moral, then you will likely run with the free enterprise system.

For the believer the question finally comes down to what Scripture says about the matter. Does the Bible condemn private property, or does it allow for it and/or even affirm it? My short answer is this: private property is everywhere assumed and condoned in the Bible, and nowhere condemned in and of itself.

Like wealth and riches, it all depends what you do with it.

If you greedily hoard it for yourself and make it your god, then of course it become something sinful and idolatrous. But if used the way God designed it, then we see it is fully supported in God’s word.

So let’s look at some of the biblical evidence for the acceptableness and appropriateness of private property. As to the Old Testament it is everywhere assumed and allowed for. When Adam and Eve were made stewards over the Garden, it was theirs to work and improve.

  As the term stewardship implies, we manage and look after that which ultimately belongs to someone else.

So the garden, and the whole earth, actually belong to God. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills (Psalm 50:10). As Psalm 24:1 says “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof”.

economics 1But as with all things God has granted us, we are co-workers, co-owners, and co-labourers with God. He entrusts to us things which we are to take good care of. That includes land and property. That includes material things and rewards for our labours. Thus private property is a right, but not an absolute right, since God is the ultimate owner of all things.

That people own property and can do so morally and justly is seen throughout Genesis and the rest of the OT. Simply think of the land which the Patriarchs owned. Think of the burial plots for the Patriarchs which are mentioned repeatedly. Think of the division of the land once Israel made it into Canaan.

The allotment of the land fully entailed private property. Even the much loved chapter which the religious lefties hold up so often – Leviticus 25 – is fully premised on the reality of private property. The Year of Jubilee was not a socialist event by any means, but a reversion of the land to its original owners!

But I speak to this passage in greater detail here: “Difficult Bible Passages: Leviticus 25

It is important to note that a full one fifth of the Ten Commandments are completely based on the notion of private property. The commandments against theft (Exodus 20:15; Deuteronomy 5:19) and covetousness (Exodus 20:17; Deuteronomy 5:21) of course presuppose and fully rest on the notion of private ownership of possessions.

Plenty of other OT laws speak to the sin of theft which of course presupposes the right to private property and personal ownership (eg, Ex. 21:28-36; 22:1-5, etc.) And consider the warnings about curses for disobedience and blessings for obedience, as found in Deuteronomy 28. It is all about personal ownership! Here are a few of the passages found there.

Consider first the very material blessings:

The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Deut 28:4 

The Lord will send a blessing on your barns and on everything you put your hand to. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you. Deut 28:8 

The Lord will grant you abundant prosperity—in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground—in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you. Deut 28:11 

And then the very material curses:

The fruit of your womb will be cursed, and the crops of your land, and the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks. Deut 28:18 

You will be pledged to be married to a woman, but another will take her and rape her. You will build a house, but you will not live in it. You will plant a vineyard, but you will not even begin to enjoy its fruit. Deut 28:30 

You will sow much seed in the field but you will harvest little, because locusts will devour it. You will plant vineyards and cultivate them but you will not drink the wine or gather the grapes, because worms will eat them. You will have olive trees throughout your country but you will not use the oil, because the olives will drop off. You will have sons and daughters but you will not keep them, because they will go into captivity. Swarms of locusts will take over all your trees and the crops of your land. Deut 28:38-42 

Indeed, the latter are what are known as futility curses, and we find them throughout the OT. When people rebel and disobey the Lord, even good and moral things such as private property become cursed as part of God’s judgment.

Here are a few more of them:

Therefore I will give their wives to other men and their fields to new owners. Jeremiah 8:10 

Therefore, I have begun to destroy you, to ruin you because of your sins. You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. You will store up but save nothing, because what you save I will give to the sword. You will plant but not harvest; you will press olives but not use the oil, you will crush grapes but not drink the wine. Micah 6:13-15 

You have planted much, but harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it. Haggai 1:6 

The wisdom literature also speaks much about private property and related themes.

Here are just a few examples.

But the humble will inherit the land and will delight themselves in abundant prosperity. Psalm 37:11 

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4 

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 

Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. Proverbs 19:14 

God gives some people wealth, possessions and honor, so that they lack nothing their hearts desire. Ecclesiastes 6:2 

Also think of all the times we are warned about moving or removing boundary markers. This again presupposes private property, and it is seen as a serious sin to interfere with this (Proverbs 15:25; 22:28; 23:10, etc.) These go back to laws found in Deuteronomy 19:14; 27:17 and so on which speak about a curse on those who move his neighbour’s boundary marker.

Also recall the strong warning given by Samuel when the Israelites demanded a king like all the other nations. He says such leaders will take their property, their livestock, the fruit of their land, and so on, and turn them into slaves (1 Samuel 8:10-18). We of course find a perfect and tragic example of this when evil King Ahab stole the vineyard of Naboth (1 Kings 21).

Plenty of other lines of evidence could be presented here. A key one is this: often the OT makes much of every man blessed by God sitting under his own vine or of his own fig tree. In 1 Kings 4:25 for example we find this: “During Solomon’s lifetime Judah and Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, lived in safety, everyone under their own vine and under their own fig tree.”

This is obviously a clear example of private property, and God’s approval of it. But this is not just for life in this present, fallen world. Quite importantly, the prophets picture all this as part of what life will be like in the world to come as well!

Consider a few of these verses about the days ahead:

They shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Isaiah 65:21

Everyone will sit under their own vine and under their own fig tree, and no one will make them afraid, for the LORD Almighty has spoken. Micah 4:4

• “In that day each of you will invite your neighbour to sit under your vine and fig tree,” declares the LORD Almighty. Zechariah 3:10

In the New Testament this same attitude to private property is found.

The disciples owned homes, owned boats, had small businesses, and so on. Jesus never condemned such private property, but he did remind those who would follow him that they should be willing to let go of everything for the sake of the Kingdom.

As but one example of praise for hard work, earnings based on productive work, and the place of private property, consider the Parable of the Ten Minas as told by Jesus in Luke 19:11-27. The servants were told to “do business” until the ruler returned. The ten servants were each given ten minas and were to be wise stewards of what was entrusted to them, and earn more from what they had been given. Some dealt wisely and some foolishly with this wealth, and were praised or condemned accordingly.

The epistles affirm the importance of work and reward, and expect people to get recompense for their labours. They also insist – as did Paul – that those who do not provide for their own household are worse than an infidel (1 Timothy 5:8). And of course one of the main gifts found in the NT is the gift of giving. It is pretty hard to give if you don’t own anything.

One passage which the religious left love to appeal to – and love to mangle – is found in the end of Acts 4 through the beginning of Acts 5. They claim this is socialism at work. It is of course nothing of the kind. Once again, private property is fully affirmed, there is no government forced redistribution of wealth, and the sins of Ananias and Sapphire were lying, not personal ownership of property. See here for more detail on this: “Difficult Bible Passages: Acts 4:32-5:11

A final passage that can be mentioned speaks to the dangers of state ownership versus private ownership. In Revelation 13:17 we read about a frightening day to come in which people “could not buy or sell unless they had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of its name”. This speaks on an evil corporate/state conglomeration which will prevent people from buying, selling or owning. The total socialist state, in other words.

Conclusion

Much more could be said about all this, but let me close by stating the obvious. The Bible nowhere blesses the selfish, greedy and materialistic life. God expects us to be cheerful givers, to be generous with our possessions, and to use what he has blessed us with for Kingdom purposes.

But all that presupposes we have our own property to make use of. Giving in the NT is always about individual believers making wise and loving use of their own wealth and possessions. It is never about the State confiscating wealth and doing the work of the Kingdom.

While there is a God-ordained place for the state and even for some forms of taxation (but that is the stuff of another article), the emphasis is always on the individual giving freely and generously for the sake of the Kingdom. Thus this article in no way is seeking to justify crass greed and consumerism and the selfish desire to get it all in this life.

That is a perversion of the gifts of private property and wealth creation. And those religious lefties who think greed is inherent in the free market but absent in socialism are clearly off on another planet. Anyone who knows how the communist states operated will know that greed was a major part of it, especially among the communist rulers.

So it is time we think clearly and biblically here. Moral and mental clarity is required. Private property is most certainly allowed for and blessed in Scripture. How we use it is another matter of course. As always, getting the biblical balance right is crucial.

One extreme to avoid like the plague is the wretched prosperity gospel which basically equates all wealth with God’s favour. It ends up just being a gospel of greed, as I have written elsewhere, eg.: “The Prosperity Gospel

The other extreme is that of the religious left who tend to despise riches, private property, and wealth creation. They wrongly think that the coercive state should redistribute wealth, foolishly forgetting that wealth has to be first created before it can be distributed.

And under socialism wealth is hardly created – certainly not efficiently and fruitfully. But it is created big time in the free market economy. So even in a discussion about how to best help the poor, equalised poverty as found in socialist countries is certainly not the solution.

The biblical balance is nicely summarised in Proverbs 30:8-9:

Give me neither poverty nor riches,
but give me only my daily bread.
Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you
and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’
Or I may become poor and steal,
and so dishonor the name of my God.

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These Guys Are Utter Moonbeams

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For those who adhere to the Judeo-Christian worldview, we know that one of the earliest creative acts by God was the creation of mankind. And this was a very specified creation. As we read in Genesis 1:26-27: “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

Thus mankind as male and female was and is how God designed us to be. There are not three sexes or ten sexes or a hundred sexes. One does not simply choose whatever sex one wants to be. We are born male or female, and our DNA does not lie about such matters.

Sure, we know that because we now live in a fallen world, one in which everything is tainted by sin, things are not fully as they were meant to be. The image of God still remains in every single one of us, but anomalies can occur. Some might be born missing some fingers, but they are still human beings.

A very, very small number of people might be born with what we call an intersex condition, where there is ambiguous genitalia, chromosomal imbalances, and so on. These can be found in conditions such as Turner Syndrome, Klinefelter’s Syndrome, etc. This is extremely rare however and has nothing whatsoever to do with the radical homosexual and transgender activists seeking to destroy human sexuality.

Even in intersex cases we still have the fundamental reality of a male or female sex. Those with the intersex condition do not constitute another, third sex, but are afflicted with a genetic disability, just as a Down’s syndrome person has a genetic disability.

And note that I am using the word “sex” here, not the questionable term “gender”. For more on this, see the excellent article by Stella Morabito: thefederalist.com/2016/05/31/why-you-should-stop-using-the-word-gender/

I will speak more to her piece shortly, but here I want to say we are in an all-out war with the social activists and the sexual revolutionaries. They want to destroy human sexuality altogether. They want to convince us that being male and female is simply a social construct, and we can be whatever we want to be.

I have reported before about the various lists of what is out there: dozens and dozens of options can be chosen from. If Revlon has 177 different shades of lipstick to choose from, the number of “genders” and “gender identities” and “gender orientations” is right up there.

In a recent article I reported on those claiming there are 112 genders along with 71 orientations: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2016/03/09/gender-moonbattery-off-the-charts/

The war of sex differences is upon us big time. So who is behind all this miserable madness? All the usual suspects can be mentioned: loony Laborites; goofy Greens; secular humanists; cultural Marxists; the PC thought police; the sexual anarchists, the gender benders, and so on. But behind them all is the god of this world: Satan.

morrisonIf God made us male and female, then Satan will do all he can to convince us this is a myth, and human sex is infinite and fluid and totally a matter of choice. That is because everything God favours and endorses, Satan hates and seeks to pervert and ruin. So human beings of one of two sexes, human sexuality, heterosexual marriage and family – all as God designed them to be – are all under horrific attack by Satan and his minions.

So every day now we find this madness being forced down our throats by the zealots and activists. The real worry is just how nutty these guys are getting. And I choose my words carefully here, because we have just been told by the sexperts that we can no longer use the word “guy”. Yep you heard that right.

An ABC TV news report on this last night was quite staggering. They dragged out one “expert” after another telling us how evil and harmful it is to call people “guys”. Typical ABC. The press ran with this story today. One of them puts it this way:

Australian of the Year and former Army chief David Morrison says the term “guys” should no longer be used in workplaces. The retired Lieutenant General on Wednesday launched a new Diversity Council Australia video which aims to crack down on language which excludes minority groups. “Exclusive language, gender-based language or inappropriate language, has as much a deleterious or disadvantaged effect as something where you’re saying something blatantly inappropriate to another human being,” General Morrison told ABC News Breakfast.

ABC TV news report

OK then, let me say this without any hesitancy: these guys are complete fruitcakes.

These guys are whackos. These guys are complete nutters. There, I said it, and I am happy I said it.

So arrest me already. And other more sensible sorts have also pooh-poohed the idea:


Foreign Minister Julie Bishop cautioned against interfering with freedom of speech. Ms Bishop said words such as “guys” were generic enough they should not cause offence. “I don’t think we should try and interfere with the freedom of speech in this country to a point where people are too concerned about day-to-day conversations,” she said.

Julie Bishop

The war on human sexuality is getting more and more mind boggling by the day. So let me return to the Morabito piece “Why You Should Stop Using The Word ‘Gender’.” She begins:

Let’s stop polluting our language with the word “gender.” Corruption of the English language was Point A on the road to President Obama’s directive to de-privatize and de-sex all school restrooms nationwide. The ploy that got us all into the lazy habit of using the empty term “gender” in place of the accurate word “sex” has its roots in gender ideology, which cultural Marxists pushed for many decades. Since cultural Marxism is nothing but nihilism, it shouldn’t surprise us that “gender” can mean whatever you want or don’t want it to mean. In other words, there’s no there there.

She reminds us where the term came from:

Apparently, the substitution of the word “sex” with the vague word “gender” was the hobbyhorse of John Money back in the 1950s. Money was the corrupt sexologist who is most notorious for utterly ruining the life of David Reimer by talking his parents into raising David as a girl after a botched circumcision left him without a penis. Money drooled at the chance to experiment on little David because David happened to have an identical twin brother who could serve as a control for Money’s little inquest. In the 1970s, feminists took off with Money’s new lexicon, and we’ve been sloppily repeating the word “gender” ever since.

She continues:

      DON’T get sucked into the mind game of “cisgender.” Cisgender is a totally weaponized term that forces even more de-sexing in society. It’s also a pejorative term that is supposed to mean that your mind just so happens to allow your “assigned sex” to exist alongside your “gender identity.” In gender ideology, a cisgender person is inferior to a transgender person.

      Politely insist you are the male sex or the female sex, which actually matches up with your chromosomes. Period. Since the prefix “cis” means “on the same side as” (as opposed to “trans,” which means to cross over), perhaps you can cheerfully add that you are “cis-reality.”

      DON’T say “gender neutral.” DO use other more accurate terms, such as “de-sexed” or “de-privatized bathrooms.” “De-sex” is particularly accurate when referring to what the state is doing to every one of us when transgender law insists that the term “gender” is superior to the reality-based term “sex.” Example: “The phrase ‘sex assigned at birth’ de-sexes us.” “Unisex” is far preferable to “gender neutral” in referring to clothing styles or hairstyles or any other material things that uniformly apply to both sexes.

      DON’T say “gender non-conforming.” “Sex-non-conforming” is more accurate. The transgender idea, after all, is not to conform to the verified reality of the male or female sex.

      DON’T get trapped in conflating intersex with “gender identity.” Intersex people are not transgender, though transgender activists use them to promote the agenda of gender ideology. The fact that anomalies exist in nature doesn’t cancel out the realities of nature, but actually accentuates them. Every single human being—male, female, intersex, or transgender—got here the same way: through the union of one male and one female.

I have said it many times now: social engineering is always preceded by verbal engineering.

And we sure have this here big time guys.

www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-01/david-morrison-wants-australians-to-stop-saying-‘guys’/7465824

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Seven Things You Must Know about the Safe Schools Program

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The taxpayer funded Safe Schools Coalition has certainly been in the spotlight recently – and for good reason. It is an absolute shocker of a program, and the more folks learn about it, the less they like it. Pretending to be an anti-bullying program for our schools, it is nothing of the sort of course. And the more we learn about what is in it and who is behind it, the more it stinks to high heaven.

Here are seven things all concerned parents need to know about this radical social engineering program. Use this information to inform others, including politicians, about what a damaging and destructive program this really is. At the very least, all Federal funding (that is, our tax dollars) must be pulled from this revolutionary activist program.

One. The safe Schools Coalition is not about anti-bullying. If it were, it would talk about the main cases of bullying: those who pick on those who are too tall, too short, too fat, too skinny, too ugly, too pretty, too smart, too dumb, etc. But instead it is all about one thing only: the promotion of homosexuality and related sexualities. The site itself says this:

“Safe Schools Coalition Australia is a national coalition of organisations and schools working together to create safe and inclusive school environments for same sex attracted, intersex and gender diverse students, staff and families.” www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/who-we-are

Consider what we find on the SSC “Resources” page:

» Growing up Queer An Australian pilot study that explores how homophobia, transphobia and heteronormativity impact on…

 » OMG I’m Queer Created by young people, OMG I’m Queer talks sexuality and gender identity.

 » Guide to Supporting a Student to Affirm or Transition Gender Identity at School A step by step guide for schools supporting transgender and gender diverse students.

 » Guide to Hosting Inclusive School Formals Use this resource to make sure that your school formal, deb, dance or any event is inclusive for…

 » All Of Us – coming soon Our ground-breaking educational resource that supports gender diversity, sexual diversity &…

On and on it goes: www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/resources

Safe Schools Coalition

Two. The SSC program is about radically transforming our schools, our children, and our society. A major player behind the SSC, Roz Ward (see more on her below) has produced all sorts of material which would shock most parents.

For example, consider the glossy, full-colour 36-page booklet, Stand Out. It is a real eye-opener, and you all should have a careful look at it. Consider just one item, as found on p, 6: The idea that boys and girls should be able to use each other’s toilets is pushed here: “Transphobia can also include specific restrictions on the way that students are allowed to express their gender; things like which uniform you’re allowed to wear or toilets you can use at school.”
www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/uploads/67bcaee23b6cd8036e402aa33e4e4490.pdf

Moreover, the SSC is constantly linking to all sorts of web pages, sites and resources which would also utterly shock all parents. One site regularly referred to is the Minus18 website. Their page on how to bind your chest is a real eye opener. It goes on to link to other sites such as “The Tool Shed,” an international erotic toy store. Because of public pressure, that link has now been removed from the SSC site. It was found here:
minus18.org.au/index.php/resources/sexuality-info/item/441-how-to-bind-your-chest

Three. Then there is all the helpful (not) information on how students can engage in all sorts of questionable activities, such as how to crossdress:

1. Provide students the option of wearing any part of your school uniform regardless of gender.
2. Categorise uniform options by type rather than by gender, i.e. ‘shirts’, ’trousers’, ‘accessories’, rather than ‘boy’s uniform’ and ‘girl’s uniform’.
3. Enforce uniform standards equally, regardless of gender identity (e.g. hair length, make up, jewellery, short and skirt lengths etc).
4. Explicitly acknowledge transgender and gender diverse students in your school uniform policy or dress code….

www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/uploads/5800d52c9ac32c5049ebd234478df846.pdf

how to crossdress

We also have on the SSC site a page devoted to the children’s book, The Gender Fairy. The page begins with these words: “Only you know whether you are a boy or a girl. No one can tell you.” The book is “for young children aged four years+” and the page goes on to say this about it:

The Gender Fairy begins with a story of gender stereotyping: two babies who are born and bought presents in pink or blue. And the gender fairy (who has a non-binary gender identity) answers questions for two young transgender children. Can I use a male toilet? (Yes, you are a boy). Can I wear girl’s clothes? (Yes, wear the clothes that make you feel comfortable).

 
www.safeschoolscoalition.org.au/is-the-gender-fairy-in-your-school-library-5

for young children aged four years+

Four. We also need to look at some of the chief driving forces behind the SSC. One of the major groups undergirding the SSC is the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS). And one of its main figures is La Trobe University sexologist, activist and Marxist, Roz Ward.

She is described as follows on the La Trobe site: “Coordinator, Safe Schools Coalition Victoria, College of Science, Health and Engineering, School of Psychology and Public Health, Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society”.
www.latrobe.edu.au/she/staff/profile?uname=rward

At a conference on Marxism last year in Melbourne she bragged about how she developed the SSC for the express purpose of implementing Marxism in the classroom. She has repeatedly spoken about how she wants to use the school system to agitate for Marxist economic and social policy. Said Ward:

To smooth the operation of capitalism the ruling class has benefited, and continues to benefit, from oppressing our bodies, our relationships, sexuality and gender identities alongside sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Both serve to break the spirits of ordinary people, to consume our thoughts, to make us accept the status quo and for us to keep living or aspiring to live, or feel like we should live, in small social units and families where we must reproduce and take responsibility for those people in those units.

R Ward

And again: “Apart from social stigma and discrimination, almost every single structure in society is set up to accommodate only two possible genders, male or female. Everything from the toilets we use, the school uniforms, changing rooms, all official documents, passports, the process is that you go through airports, everything is divided into these two limited gender options.”
www.onlineopinion.com.au/view.asp?article=18033
marxismconference.org/index.php/previous-highlights/audio-archives/item/1310-The-role-of-the-left-in-the-struggle-for-LGBTI-rights.html

See also:
quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2016/03/safe-schools-safe-scrutiny/
quadrant.org.au/opinion/qed/2016/03/safe-schools-rainbow-mostly-red/

Five. Watch out for the paedophile connection. As we dig deeper into this nefarious program, we find all sorts of very disturbing connections, including the truth that those advocating for paedophilia have been active in the groups behind the SSC. Consider this from today’s newspapers:

  Nationals MP George Christensen used parliamentary privilege to accuse Gary Dowsett, the deputy director of the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University, where the Safe Schools Coalition project originated, of advocating pedophilia.

  He cited an article by Dr Dowsett, published when he was a school teacher in 1982, in which he recounted having “a friend, a pedophile, who is working very hard on making sense out of his relationships with boys”.

  “These relations consist of, among other things, a large amount of nurture and support for these boys, a real caring for their welfare and growth,” he wrote in journal Gay Information.

  “We have three legal/social questions to win: custody rights for gay men and lesbians; the legal right of pedophiles and their young lovers; and, finally, the sexual rights of children as a whole. Those gains must be won for the kids, too. We need to protect the youthful partners in pedophilia against the legal and social management systems which treat them as delinquents.”
  Dr Dowsett wrote that many mothers and fathers found their children “sexual” and activities such as cuddling, bathing and breastfeeding “generate sexual responses in their parents”.

  “How different, then, is that gentle, tentative sexuality between parent and child from the love of a pedophile and his/her lover?” he wrote. “From all accounts, and from many academic studies — some worse than others — that kind of love, warmth, support and nurture is an important part of the pedophilic relationship.”

www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/irate-coalition-mps-plan-safe-schools-rumble/news-story/fc73368f197f12f01381ea339c783821

MP George Christensen

Six. Let the students in the schools and their parents speak for themselves. Consider what the students are saying. One 15-year-old Victorian school girl said this:

Impacts of “Safe Schools”

 
-Spoken about in almost every subject, especially health subjects. It claims it is an opt-in program but when you are forced to do a health subject where it is integrated into all of them you can’t get out of it.

 
-Becomes a higher priority than other more important world issues. One day the wall was filled with students’ posters about health issues in other countries and morbidity and mortality rates but then the next day the posters were gone and replaced with LGBTI posters.

 
-The posters are plastered all over the school. If you walk down the hallway you find posters. Entering the coordinators you find about 15 stuck in various locations. The posters are everywhere you go and it is impossible to not go by one every day. This means the content is taught as the truth to everyone even if they don’t really want to know about it. It is subconsciously being taught to everyone all day without them even noticing.

 
It makes students who aren’t LGBTI or who don’t agree with it feel inferior and those who do feel superior to others. …

billmuehlenberg.com/2016/03/13/cultural-marxism-in-schools-let-the-children-speak/

MP George Christensen

And parents are also greatly concerned about all this. Here is just one of them:

“I am shocked that my child’s primary school Marrickville West Public School has joined the Safe School Coalition! Our school is full of minority communities. Why should the LGBTI community have an anti-bullying program exclusively aimed at their needs? I am disappointed that I was not informed of this drastic change in my child’s school. I have a right to know what my child is being taught!”
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Seven. We have a number of terrific Coalition MPS really running strong with this issue now, calling for the program to be axed, or at least certainly defunded. Mention has already been made of all the terrific work folks like George Christensen have done to alert the public to this toxic program, and to seek to curtail it.

Also, Tasmanian Liberal Senator Eric Abetz just said this: “My mind is made up: the so-called ‘Safe Schools’ programme is a bad programme based on advancing Marxist ideological interests, according to its own architect. It should be core business for every teacher in every school in Australia to stamp out bullying irrespective of its motivation. The programme should be abolished.”

And, “Barnaby Joyce will personally lobby Simon Birmingham to rein in the contentious Safe Schools Coalition anti-bullying program amid backbench outrage over the Education Minister’s ‘whitewash’ review of the scheme and claims one of its key proponents is a ‘pedophile advocate’.”
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/irate-coalition-mps-plan-safe-schools-rumble/news-story/fc73368f197f12f01381ea339c783821

Sadly, there are hyper-left activists like the opposition leader Bill Shorten and the Victorian Premier who have fully defended this monstrous program. Concerning the latter, he just recently said this: “Anti-bullying program Safe Schools will continue in Victoria even if it loses Federal Government funding, Premier Daniel Andrews has promised. . . . Mr Andrews said if the Federal Government did cut funding for the program, the State Government would make up for the shortfall in Victoria.”
www.abc.net.au/news/2016-03-16/victorian-premier-guarantees-safe-schools-if-federal-funding-cut/7252272

Conclusion

Right now the Federal Government is rightly looking into institutionalised child abuse. By every account, the Safe Schools program amounts to little more than this very thing – the institutional abuse of children in the name of radical minority group activism.

Any program this radical, this dangerous, and this controversial must be carefully examined before being allowed to go any further. Australian taxpayers deserve at least that much. Given the toxic and depraved nature of this program and so many of those radical groups associated with it, it should be immediately suspended, until a full and proper inquiry into it takes place.

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It’s All About Me: Another Christian Celeb Bites the Dust

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One simple way to differentiate Christianity from every other religion is this: In the Christian faith it is all about Christ; in human religions it is all about me, me, me. Christ is supreme in Christianity, while self is supreme in other religions.

Yet increasingly these lines are being blurred by people who claim to be Christian. They insist they are disciples of Christ, but when you get down to brass tacks, it is all about me, me, me. Their entire life is consumed with self, not with Christ. Their entire focus is on self. Everything revolves around them.

This is bad enough, but now we even have mega-preachers who have this as the very heart of their message. How many big cheese preachers like Joel Osteen offer us nothing but me, me, me. It is all about having your best life now, having a good self-image, being successful, wealthy and happy.

When you couple this me-first gospel with the spirit of the age, and what it currently is promoting, you get real bad outcomes. Take for example the various radical sexual agendas which have utterly swamped the West over the past 50 years. Pair this with a selfish man-centred gospel and you’re asking for real trouble. And that is just what we find over and over again.

Consider a major religious story making the rounds right now. Let me quote from it, and you tell me what you think about it:

To my fans and friends:

    Most of us reach at least one pivotal moment in our lives that better defines who we are. These last several months have been the hardest – but have also ended up being the most freeing months – of my life. To make an extremely long story short, I have come to be able to admit to myself, and to my family, that I am attracted to children….

    I am never going to be able to change how I am, and no matter how healthy our relationship becomes, it’s never going to change what I know deep down: that I am attracted to children….

    I know I have a long way to go. But if this honesty with myself about who I am, and who I was made by God to be, doesn’t constitute as the peace that passes all understanding, then I don’t know what does. It is like this weight I have been carrying my whole life has been lifted from me, and I have never felt such freedom.

    In sharing this publicly I’m taking another step into health and wholeness by accepting myself, and every part of me. It’s not only an idea for me that I’m attracted to children; It’s my life. This is me being authentic and real with myself and other people. This is a part of who I am. 

    I hope people will hear my heart, and that I will still be loved. I’m still the same guy, with the same heart, who wants to love God and love people with everything I have. This is a part of me I have come to be able to accept, and now it is a part of me that you know as well. I trust God to help love do the rest.

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PEARSONIf the above story incensed you, you should be incensed. But it is not entirely accurate. The above story is completely true except for one small component. The person who said these very words said it about being attracted to other men, not to children. So does this change anything? Are you still incensed? Or does the fact that homosexuality is being discussed here make you much more sympathetic to the guy?

The person in question is Trey Pearson, a Christian rocker. His story is even being told – and celebrated – in various secular American newspapers. One begins this way:

   As Trey Pearson toured all 50 states as a Christian rock star, he shared some of his truth – his faith in the Gospel – but not all of it. Pearson never told anyone – his fans, his conservative Christian family, his wife – that he was gay. Until now. “I never wanted to be gay. I was scared of what God would think and what all of these people I loved would think about me,” the 35-year-old singer wrote in a letter to his fans that was first published by Religion News Service on Tuesday…
   As the lead singer for the Christian rock group Everyday Sunday, Pearson is taking a risk by coming out. The band that he started has released several successful albums, including 2009’s “Best Night of Our Lives,” which not only did well on the Christian charts but also broke onto the Billboard Top 200.

And what I quoted above are the very words of Trey, except I changed the bit about his attraction to other men to an attraction for children. No, I am not saying that homosexuality and paedophilia are identical. What I am saying is that we are told that in both cases this is something you are born with, it is not a choice, and you must just accept it and embrace it. Yes they are saying this about paedophilia as well.

In both versions of the story I offer above, one key point stands out: this is all about self. Trey is saying look at me, at me, at me. It is all about him. There is nothing here in his letter to his fans about the liberating Christ, the clear teachings of Scripture, a holy God, and why Christ came: to set people free and transform their lives.

All that is completely absent here. Instead it is entirely focused on Trey. And he assures us that he absolutely cannot change and this is who he is. No, what he really is saying is he does not want to change. Sure, he may have tried to change, and he may have paid lip service to the gospel, but the moment you insist that you cannot change and you must remain in a condition which Scripture everywhere declares to be sinful, then you are shaking your fist at God.

You are saying God is wrong, the Bible is full of errors, and I, Trey, am totally right here. He has taken his own fallible and finite personal experience and feelings and elevated them above everything else, including Christ and the Word of God. This is a very dangerous place to be in.

While plenty of clueless, gullible and biblically illiterate believers will fall for this, everything about his letter is wrong – and from the pit of hell: God made me this way; this is who I am; I cannot change, etc. No God did not make you that way; no that is not who you are; and yes you can change.

But as I said, we live in an age in which it is all about me. And we live in an age which has bought holus bolus the entire diabolical deception of the homosexual agenda. So guys like Trey have fallen for it hook, line and sinker. Of course he is not alone in this – not by any means.

The gospel of self has enslaved millions. And the dead end and high risk homosexual lifestyle has seduced many. As to Christian singers, celebrities and personalities, there have been a whole bunch of these folks who have caved in and bought the ‘I am homosexual and cannot change’ lie. And they have publicly championed this rebellion. See here for more of these folks: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2014/08/17/a-great-way-to-destroy-the-faith-of-millions/

As for Trey, we can and should pray for him. We should pray that he returns to truth, to Scripture, to God. We should pray that he realises this basic truth: our identity is not and never will be in our sexual attractions and feelings. Our identity is who we are as image bearers of God, and if we are believers, our complete identity is Christ, and Christ alone.

What he has done certainly should not be endorsed or praised or celebrated. His false testimony which tells us that God in fact is NOT in the change business will simply harm countless others who will be led to believe that homosexuality is innate, set in concrete, and unalterable. They will be abandoned to hell on earth and hell in the next life if they buy that lie.

The many who have left the homosexual lifestyle know that this is indeed a cruel lie. And anyone who believes the Word of God and not the counsel of despair of mere men knows this is a lie as well.

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Good News on Safe Schools

Gays and Safe School

A lot can happen in a week in the culture wars. The fight over the very unsafe Safe Schools program has certainly heated up, with a number of new developments. Just hours ago La Trobe University in Melbourne announced that it had suspended the radical activist behind the program, Roz Ward.

Now that is good news indeed. But let me provide some background as to how things led up to this point. Ward was the chief architect of the wretched Safe Schools program and had been going from strength to strength. He/she has been working at La Trobe’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society.

Although the program was reviewed and found to be wanting by the Federal Government, the modifications made to it were rejected by Dan Andrews, Victorian Premier. He not only said he will keep the program just as is, but said it will be mandatory for all secondary schools from 2018 onwards.

ssc wardWorse yet, the Victorian government appointed him/her to a further role as an advisor to the Education Department as announced in the press on May 23. But four days later he/she was forced to resign after getting a bit too open and cocky about his/her radical Marxism and hatred of Australia:

Controversial Safe Schools Coalition co-ordinator Roz Ward has resigned from a Victorian government advisory role after The Australian discovered a Facebook post where she labelled the national flag “racist”. Ms Ward made a Facebook post on Tuesday after Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews apologised to the gay community for past discrimination. The government hoisted a gay-pride rainbow flag on parliament house as part of the event. Ms Ward posted a photo of the rainbow flag on Facebook with the comment: ‘Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done’.

Others started to get quite antsy about Ward as well. Jeff Kennett, chairman of BeyondBlue, for example, threatened to pull their funding of the department. And La Trobe said it would investigate his/her radical public remarks. As to the former, one news report states:

One of the most influential backers of the Safe Schools program has threatened to withdraw future financial support, unless the founder of the program, hard-line Marxist Roz Ward, steps down over her comments denigrating the Australian flag.
Beyondblue chairman Jeff Kennett yesterday called for Ms Ward to resign from the role, saying her “extreme political views” rendered her “ineligible to be involved in any program …. in schools”. Mr Kennett, whose charity has provided almost $600,000 over the past two years to La Trobe University’s Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society, which administers the Safe Schools program in Victoria, added: “You don’t want extremists in there. Her behaviour and her statement clearly indicate a belief which goes well beyond the conditions of which I am prepared to have this subject taught in schools.”

As to the latter, we have just had the terrific news I mentioned above. The leftist magazine New Matilda began its story on this as follows:

Criticising the Australian flag will get you suspended from LaTrobe University. Chris Graham reports. Roz Ward – a respected Melbourne academic and one of the co-founders of the Safe Schools program – has been suspended from her job at La Trobe University this afternoon, over a private Facebook post which criticised the Australian flag as “racist”. Ms Ward, who has been at the centre of a News Corporation engineered media storm this week, was notified in writing this afternoon of her immediate suspension (with pay) from the university.
Fiona Reed, the Executive Director of Human Resources at LaTrobe accuses Ms Ward of breaching her employment conditions by embarrassing the university, causing the Victorian Government – a major funder of LaTrobe – to divert resources to defending Safe Schools, and of putting her colleagues at risk by creating an ‘unsafe’ environment.
Last week, under a photograph of the gay and lesbian flag flying above Victorian parliament, Ms Ward joked with a friend on Facebook: “Now we just need to get rid of the racist Australian flag on top of state parliament and get a red one up there and my work is done.” The ‘red’ is a reference to the Marxist flag – in addition to her work with Safe Schools, Ms Ward is a prominent figure in Melbourne’s Marxist political movement….
This afternoon, Ms Ward was handed a letter by LaTrobe University, immediately suspending her from her job. Specifically, La Trobe claims Ms Ward’s conduct:
“a. … Undermined public confidence in the Safe Schools program by undermining public confidence in you as a researcher and as a person associated with the Safe Schools program.”
“b. … Damages the reputation of the Safe Schools program and aligns the Safe Schools program with views which have nothing to do with the program and its message and content.”
“c. … Has required members of the Victorian Government to take up their time in defending the Safe Schools program, rather than be positive advocates for the Safe Schools program.”
“d. … Has required senior staff at the University to take up their time in defending the Safe Schools program, rather than be positive advocates for the Safe Schools program or undertake other duties they have.”
“e. … drawn (your colleagues) into the negative publicity around Safe Schools and this has impacted on their ability to continue with their research in a safe environment.”

It seems that La Trobe is in damage control here big time. They know they are on big do do, but they don’t have the courage to fire him/her, which is what should have happened. So we have no idea how long this suspension will last before it is back to business as usual.

Indeed, it is not just Ward who should be dumped, but the entire lousy Safe Schools program as well. Columnist Miranda Devine has just written a piece on this very matter and is worth quoting from:

Jeff Kennett has to be kidding. The BeyondBlue chairman has called for the resignation of Roz Ward, the co-founder of the Safe Schools sexual indoctrination program. . . . Instead of trying to deflect anger onto an easy scapegoat, Kennett needs to explain to donors what due diligence was done on this donation. Not much, clearly. A brief Google search of the people and publications involved should have set off alarm bells for Kennett and fellow board members, including former prime minister Julia Gillard.
Kennett’s due diligence on behalf of vulnerable youth is put to shame by a group of mothers from inner-western Sydney’s Greek community. They are on the warpath against Safe Schools and similar radical sex education programs, and have set up a Facebook page and website titled: You’re Teaching our Children What? Sophie, one of 10 mothers involved, says they want to remain anonymous for fear of reprisals but they have had an “overwhelmingly positive response” from parents. “I found out my son’s school was part of Safe Schools and I hadn’t been informed so we started looking at the program and all the gender theory behind it,” she said yesterday.
“None of it sat well with us. When you speak to (other mothers) they’re horrified, upset and feel they have no control … “It’s not an anti-bullying program … This program is about sexualisation of children and it’s not what our families believe in, and I don’t believe it is what most Australians believe in.”
Emails to the website have flooded in from parents anxious about Safe Schools and other sex programs taught without their knowledge. They say their children are being bullied and stigmatised by teachers for not conforming on issues such as same-sex marriage and gender and sexual fluidity.
One girl wrote to complain about her geography teacher’s advocacy of same-sex marriage: “I dreaded going to my geography lessons. If someone tries to say anything we get shut down and are labelled as bigots or haters … It makes me feel scared and uncomfortable”. One mother wrote that her children were shown a video during assembly before Wear It Purple Day: “My children … felt as if the video was promoting homosexual and transsexual lifestyles as desirable.”

Devine concludes:

State-sponsored sexualisation of children, in the form of Safe Schools, Building Respectful Relationships (BRR), and Start Early for preschoolers is not occurring by accident. It is a deliberate and systematic program of sexual indoctrination designed by university gender studies academics, and based on the anti-family theories of the architects of communism, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, and their later mutations.
It is being administered without parental consent, and is designed to revolutionise family relationships and transform the way children think about gender and heterosexual sex. But the sleeping giant of parental concern is beginning to stir.
In churches and schools in the inner west the Greek community has begun the backlash, and they’re making it an election issue. Vote Labor and you get Safe Schools, they say. The problem is that both major parties have allowed these sexualisation programs to infiltrate schools.
The Andrews government in Victoria is the most extreme proponent, but Safe Schools was launched by the Gillard government, funded and defended by the Abbott government, and continues with modifications under the Turnbull government.
And the Prime Minister’s wife Lucy Turnbull has become an ambassador for Our Watch, the organisation that is pushing the introduction of BRR in Victorian schools, in the guise of preventing domestic violence. No one has done the due diligence and our children are the losers.

Exactly right. Even former Labor leader Mark Latham has attacked the despicable program: “The more I research the BRR and Safe Schools programs, the more bewildered I am as to how Labor leaders like Bill Shorten and Daniel Andrews endorsed this rubbish.”

Ward has lost two positions now, at least temporarily. But the entire crumbling edifice of the cultural Marxist war on our children needs to come down. The sexualisation of our children is reprehensible, and those political leaders who have allowed this depravity to go on for so long have a lot to answer for.

newmatilda.com/2016/06/01/latrobe-suspends-safe-schools-co-founder-and-academic-roz-ward-for-criticising-racist-australian-flag/
www.theaustralian.com.au/national-affairs/education/jeff-kennett-safe-schools-funding-lost-if-roz-ward-stays/news-story/0aef42a2d0c918d5dc7450683b581f33
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Christians Dishonouring Christ

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Non-Christians are trashing Christ and the gospel all the time – that is fully to be expected. What should not be expected – and what is far worse – is when Christians end up doing exactly the same thing. Far too often believers are giving Christianity a really bad name.

And what is even more of a concern is that this damage to the cause of Christ often ends up becoming front page news. The whole world learns about just how poorly some churches and pastors are when it comes to representing Christ. Plenty of scandals make the church a laughing stock to the world as its sins and crimes are exposed for all to see.

Sexual sins are plentiful of course, and how many high-flying Christian leaders have been caught out big time because of them? Nothing like dragging the name of our pure and holy Jesus Christ through the mud because some leaders just cannot keep their pants on.

Of course sexual scandals, as bad as they are, are not the only sorts of scandals so many churches and church leaders get taken down by. Financial scandals are probably just as common, and just as damaging to the reputation of Christianity, and more importantly, to the reputation of Christ.

We far too often read about how churches and leaders are getting away with murder on the financial side of things. And some go so far off the rails that eventually they are caught and punished, not just for sinful behaviour but for unethical and illegal behaviour as well.

There would be many examples of this. Let me just highlight two of them. When I was recently in Singapore, one day the front page headlines spoke about the criminal sentences handed down to six pastors for financial wrongdoing. Some of the church leaders seem to have been living the good life, while the flock was being fleeced.

When I was there I was actually taken to the head pastor’s mega-mansion by the seaside. It was so big he could have held church services there! But all this wealth and opulence means nothing now as he languishes in a jail cell. I briefly wrote up the story at the time: www.billmuehlenberg.com/2015/11/25/may-your-money-perish-with-you/

richesConsider another ministry which is also known for its wealth and grandeur. It happens to be in the news at the moment because a co-founder of it has just sadly passed away. Jan Crouch died in the US at age 78. She and her husband Paul founded the Trinity Broadcasting Network back in 1973. Paul passed away in 2013.

TBN was often looked at critically by believers and non-believers alike for various reasons, including its lavish, mega-bucks approach to the gospel. The prosperity gospel was alive and well at TBN, and everywhere one looked there was abundant evidence of this: the opulence, the extravagance, and the ostentatious displays of wealth.

The secular media often took an interest in this couple and their ministry – usually for all the wrong reasons. The media rightly wondered whether they could have easily been featured on the TV show The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, in stark contrast to the lifestyle of Jesus.

Plenty of media exposes of the couple and TBN were done over the years. I realise that the secular media is not exactly trustworthy when it comes to reporting on matters of faith. Often there is a built-in bias against anything that has to do with Christianity. So we must always be careful with what we find in the MSM.

But consider just one startling news story written a few years ago. If even half of this report is true, it is a shocker indeed. Let me quote from part of it:

Two former employees of the world’s largest Christian television channel Trinity Broadcasting Network are accusing the non-profit of spending $50 million of its funding on extravagant personal expenses. Among purchases, the network founded by Televangelists Paul and Jan Crouch, is accused of misappropriating its ‘charitable assets’ toward a $50 million jet, 13 mansions and a $100,000-mobile home for Mrs Crouch’s dogs. Their granddaughter, Brittany Koper, 26, recently filed her allegations in court after a brief appointment as the network’s chief finance director in July.
She claims she was fired in September after discovering the ‘illegal financial schemes’ according to the lawsuit obtained by the Los Angeles Times, and consequently reporting them to Mr Crouch. Her lawsuit follows a second by another former employee and Koper in-law, Joseph McVeigh, the uncle of Mrs Koper’s husband, Michael Koper, who detailed the opulent spending by the Christian network. According to Mr McVeigh’s accounts filed in his lawsuit, the network used their collections for side-by-side mansions in Florida, as well as in Texas, Tennessee and California.
The network’s $50 million luxury jet was purchased through a sham loan while Mrs Crouch’s personal jet, a Hawker, totalled $8 million, according to his suit. The 13 properties listed in the suit were also referred to as ‘guest homes’ or ‘church parsonages’ while their directors also received $300,000 to $500,000 in meal expenses, as well as the use of chauffeurs. The suit also accuses the network of using funds to cover up sex scandals according to the Times’ review of the suit.

As I say, we must always take secular media stories with a grain of salt, especially when it comes to reporting on religious matters. But as mentioned, even if just some of this news account is true, it is scandalous indeed, and another wretched testimony about Christianity.

Believers are to be above reproach. We are to live lives of integrity and holiness, seeking to honour Christ in all that we do and say. And we should not be slavishly following the world, especially as we seek to present the gospel. Living like kings when so much of the world is still struggling to get adequate food and clean water is really just not on.

And we have so many strong warnings about the snares of riches and wealth in Scripture. Don’t Christians read these passages? Don’t they take seriously what Jesus and the others said about all this? Just consider one passage given by Jesus. In the parable of the sower he specifically warns about the dangers of wealth:

“The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful” (Matthew 13:22). There would be heaps of other such warnings.

But it is as if they are not there, or they are simply to be ignored if we wish to. We take such things as mere advice instead of clear commands. And as a result, we end up bringing great shame onto our Lord and our faith. We dishonour Christ and bring condemnation on Christianity when we cannot deal with wealth as it should be dealt with.

Again the biblical balance is crucial here. Just a few days ago I wrote about personal possessions and private property in Scripture. All this is OK, as is wealth creation, if used unselfishly for Christ and the Kingdom. Wealth can be a great blessing if we hang on to it loosely and let Christ be fully Lord over it.

But a lifestyle of greed, consumerism, materialism and rampant avarice is everywhere condemned in Scripture. And if we keep seeking to amass great wealth for ourselves, to consume it upon our lusts, it will destroy us in the end. All of us may not end up as a sad newspaper headline, but we will still all pay the price.

It is time to honour Christ with our money and our possessions as well as everything else. To seek to keep this area free of the control of Christ only proves that we are really none of his. So make your choice. As Jesus clearly said, “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24).

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The Cult of Cluelessness and Worldliness

Oprah Winfrey

Cluelessness may not be the right word here. That we have all sorts of Christian leaders who do not have a clue about all sorts of things, even though they should, is beyond dispute. But what scares me even more is the fact that many of these leaders do have a clue, but for various reasons still will not do the right thing.

That is, because of the desire to be men-pleasers, to keep people happy, to not rock the boat, to have everything safe, and to ensure the weekly offering keeps rolling in, they will not speak out on the things that matter. Or worse yet, they will promote and endorse that which is clearly unbiblical, dangerous and counter to the gospel.

Examples of this are legion. One recent case in point involves two individuals I have written about previously. One is a big cheese Hillsong pastor and the other is the world’s greatest promoter of diabolical New Age mumbo jumbo. New York pastor Carl Lentz and Oprah Winfrey are whooping it up together, and sadly this is what we expect from both individuals.

They really belong with each other. Just as Rob Bell kept on pushing the boundaries of Christian orthodoxy, rejecting one core biblical teaching after another, until he was well and truly on the road of apostasy, eventually dumping his church and joining up with Oprah, so too we have the same thing happening here it seems.

The ongoing heresy of Bell, including his final acts of apostasy, I have documented elsewhere. See here for the most recent piece on this sad saga: billmuehlenberg.com/2015/02/19/the-appalling-apostasy-of-rob-bell/

oprah 3So what are Lentz and Oprah now up to? A recent article spills the beans on their tragic spiritual tryst:

Hipster Hillsong NYC leader Carl Lentz has drawn concerns over the past week after he posted a photograph on social media announcing his upcoming appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s “Super Soul Sunday” television broadcast. “I really enjoyed my time with @oprah filming for her Super Soul Sunday show,” he wrote on May 18. “She is truly a special woman and a culture changer. To come from absolute poverty in Mississippi and reach the point where she became the first African American multi-billionaire takes a passion and drive that is exceptional and tireless.”
He continued to praise the talk show host, and said that others should emulate Oprah’s practice of thanking Jesus with each new day. “What struck me most about her, was her ease and kindness,” Lentz remarked. “She told me her key was ‘waking up each day and thanking Jesus for loving me and thanking Him for all he has done.’ That practice, in that order, is one to be copied.”

The article goes on to note that many Christians were deeply upset by this. It featured three such individuals and their comments:

-“Oprah is a pagan with New Age beliefs. For many years she has stated that there are ‘many paths to God.’ She denies that Jesus said the way is narrow.”
-“This is very disturbing. I actually am not surprised by Carl Lenz. I am disturbed about the lack of discernment in the Church. … Please Church wake up. Stop following men. Stop looking to be entertained.”
-“Lol c’mon man, do you need us watch-people to talk to you about Oprah, or can you figure out yourself? She openly denies John 14:6 is true, yet you’re claiming she wakes up every day and thanks Jesus, the Jesus of John 14:6 she denied. This is the fruit we’re talking about man. Right here.”

Yet Lentz fully defended himself in a most worrying fashion:

Lentz replied to the comments on Instagram, remarking that he doesn’t like followers arguing about the Bible on his page. “I don’t check these comments often, and the further I read on this thread, I’m reminded to do it less and less!” he said. “I will say that I can no longer allow people to use my comment section as their own personal theology blog! Can’t do it. Wrecks my picture and becomes almost embarrassing. To all those leaving encouraging messages, it is good to read.”

Good grief. He does not like the Word of God to be discussed on his page? Really? He refuses to take correction from concerned believers? He only wants the yes-men to pat him on the back and affirm him in his deception? This is scary as all get out – this is the stuff of cults in fact.

This is just appalling behaviour and utter cluelessness. It is not just men-pleasing, but it is rank compromise, carnality and religious syncretism of the worst sort. In order to get a clearer picture of just how bad this act of surrender and capitulation is, just imagine a few related scenarios:

-Can you imagine Elijah appearing on a Baalist show, praising the Baalists, taking selfies with their big cheeses, and saying what a neat time it was and how much he learned from them?

-Can you imagine John the Baptist appearing on a show with King Herod, praising him, taking selfies with him, and saying what a neat time it was and how much he learned from him?

-Can you imagine Paul appearing on a Judaiser show, praising the Judaisers, taking selfies with their big cheeses, and saying what a neat time it was and how much he learned from them?

But none of this should surprise us. Both have well-earned reputations of dishonour by now. As to Lentz, he has been on this popularity bandwagon for quite some time now, refusing to speak up about some of the most pressing moral challenges of our day, such as the war on God’s intentions for human sexuality, marriage and family, and the like. I have documented this elsewhere:

Keeping the Masses Happy (While Keeping God Unhappy)

As to Oprah, she is the queen of mass deception, and her anti-Christian beliefs and practices are sending millions of people to a lost eternity. That is a very serious matter indeed. I have written often about this, eg.:

The Gospel According to Oprah

Not only is she leading millions astray, but a number of big cheese Christian leaders have been quite happy to jump in the spiritual bed with her and partake of her adulteries and idolatry. Not only Bell and Lentz, but folks like Joel Osteen have also gone all soft and mushy when around her.

Indeed, as I have shared before, the sad truth is their messages are often hardly distinguishable from one another. Both are leading folks away from the biblical gospel and both are doing this unapologetically: billmuehlenberg.com/2014/06/08/osteen-once-more/

Christian leaders are meant to be standing strong on truth and the clear teachings of the Word of God. They are never to seek to be high up in the popularity grandstand, cosying up to known frauds, deceivers and false prophets. This kind of diabolical syncretism is always condemned in the strongest of terms in Scripture.

Elijah would never have stood for it. John the Baptist would never have stood for it. Paul would never have stood for it. And neither would have Jesus. He was uncompromising with truth and did not coddle false teachers and false prophets. Instead he challenged them forcefully and firmly.

But here we have the logical conclusion to a “gospel” that has been stripped of all its solid biblical elements, replaced with worldly entertainment, celebrity worship, feel good sermons, men-pleasing advice, a never-ending desire to be “relevant’ and liked, and a refusal to say any hard words or step on anyone’s toes.

This is a religion by and for men-pleasers, but it is one that reeks to the high heavens. Millions of Christians have and still are giving their very lives for the cause of the gospel, while all these charlatans can do is make friends with the world, idolise its false shepherds, and ramble on about being nice and positive and acceptable.

They will one day stand before their Lord and deal with their abandonment of the gospel and their embrace of the world.

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The Diabolical Assault on our Children

Introducing Teddy

Here is a truth you can bank on: Satan absolutely hates children and is doing all he can to destroy them. He hates all of mankind of course, but he knows that if he can get to us while still young – or better yet, while still in the womb – he can be much more successful in his war against every good thing God has made.

Thus abortion is an obvious specialty of his. As are all the nefarious sexual attacks on our children. Thus he fully fuels the porn industry, turning men into sex addicts, many of whom will go on to sexually assault women, and sometimes even children.

Child abuse is about as far away as you can get from the will of God. Jesus offered very strong warnings for those who would harm children, and today we live in a society that routinely and proudly harms children. Despicable sex ed programs targeting even toddlers is also part of this demonic war on children.

So too is the radical homosexual agenda, and now the raging transgender agenda. As always, the activists know who to target: our vulnerable and innocent children. To get everyone fully into their diabolical agenda, they know that attacking our children is the best way to go about this.

And don’t just take my word on these matters. Many from the other side have admitted to all this. In my book The Challenge of Homosexuality I quote a number of these folks. Let me offer just two paragraphs from that book:

One quite well known homosexual blog site openly admits to just how intent the activists are in targeting young children in our schools. He says in an article entitled, “Can We Please Just Start Admitting That We Do Actually Want To Indoctrinate Kids?”: “‘NOOO! We’re not gonna make kids learn about homosexuality, we swear! It’s not like we’re trying to recruit your children or anything.’ But let’s face it – that’s a lie. We want educators to teach future generations of children to accept queer sexuality. In fact, our very future depends on it.”

He continues, (and pardon his crude language): “I for one certainly want tons of school children to learn that it’s OK to be gay, that people of the same sex should be allowed to legally marry each other, and that anyone can kiss a person of the same sex without feeling like a freak. And I would very much like for many of these young boys to grow up and start f**king men. I want lots of young ladies to develop into young women who voraciously munch box. I want this just as badly as many parents want their own kids to grow up and rub urinary tracts together to trade proteins and forcefully excrete a baby. I and a lot of other people want to indoctrinate, recruit, teach, and expose children to queer sexuality AND THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH THAT.”

Consider also the words of American feminist and lesbian Tammy Bruce who penned an important volume back in 2003 called The Death of Right and Wrong. In it she said this:

The radicals in control of the gay establishment want children in their world of moral decay, lack of self-restraint, and moral relativism. Why? How better to truly belong to the majority (when you’re really on the fringe) than by taking possession of the next generation? By targeting children, you can start indoctrinating the next generation with the false construct that gay people deserve special treatment and special laws. How else can the gay establishment actually get society to believe, borrowing from George Orwell, that gay people are indeed more equal than others? Of course, the only way to get that idea accepted is to condition people into accepting nihilism that forbids morality and judgment.

My review of this important book can be found here: billmuehlenberg.com/2005/09/29/a-review-of-the-death-of-right-and-wrong-by-tammy-bruce/

trans 41And as mentioned, right now the gender benders are especially doing Satan’s dark bidding. They are deliberately, actively and defiantly going after our children, and they make no apologies for it. Indeed, they are loud and proud about it and openly celebrate it.

Consider the latest outrage as found in today’s press. The headline is frightening enough: “Jess Walton’s book Introducing Teddy teaches kids about transgender issues”. The article begins:

She’s the world’s first transgender teddy bear and she’s about to achieve worldwide domination. If only life was as beautifully simple and unprejudiced as a children’s book. Thomas-now-Tilly the teddy’s journey began five years ago when Jess Walton’s father came out to her as transgender in a parked car in Fairfield. Three years later, after having a child of her own, the ex-teacher was searching desperately for kids books which showed a positive message about gender diversity but could find nothing. So she wrote her own: a Teddy called Thomas knows in his heart he’s a girl who wants to be called Tilly, and her friends accept her that way. Self-published last year as a “passion project”, Introducing Teddy will be published globally through Bloomsbury next week after making worldwide waves. “It’s been a real whirlwind, sometimes I cant really believe that it’s all happened,” said the Pakenham mum who is expecting another baby soon with her wife.

Yep, let’s work overtime to convince innocent little children that there is no such thing as male and female, and that they can be whatever they want. Let’s indoctrinate them from the youngest age to ignore everything about biology and reality. Let’s just treat them as guinea pigs in the adult culture wars.

And never mind all the harm this does to children. Never mind what experts like Paul McHugh are saying about all this. I have quoted him a number of times before. His qualifications here are second to none. As he writes:

For forty years as the University Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Medical School—twenty-six of which were also spent as Psychiatrist in Chief of Johns Hopkins Hospital—I’ve been studying people who claim to be transgender. Over that time, I’ve watched the phenomenon change and expand in remarkable ways.

He looks at the issue carefully and concludes his important article this way:

The most thorough follow-up of sex-reassigned people—extending over thirty years and conducted in Sweden, where the culture is strongly supportive of the transgendered—documents their lifelong mental unrest. Ten to fifteen years after surgical reassignment, the suicide rate of those who had undergone sex-reassignment surgery rose to twenty times that of comparable peers.
In fact, gender dysphoria—the official psychiatric term for feeling oneself to be of the opposite sex—belongs in the family of similarly disordered assumptions about the body, such as anorexia nervosa and body dysmorphic disorder. Its treatment should not be directed at the body as with surgery and hormones any more than one treats obesity-fearing anorexic patients with liposuction. The treatment should strive to correct the false, problematic nature of the assumption and to resolve the psychosocial conflicts provoking it. With youngsters, this is best done in family therapy.
The larger issue is the meme itself. The idea that one’s sex is fluid and a matter open to choice runs unquestioned through our culture and is reflected everywhere in the media, the theater, the classroom, and in many medical clinics. It has taken on cult-like features: its own special lingo, internet chat rooms providing slick answers to new recruits, and clubs for easy access to dresses and styles supporting the sex change. It is doing much damage to families, adolescents, and children and should be confronted as an opinion without biological foundation wherever it emerges.

And yet here we have adults actively pushing our poor children into this disordered and dangerous path. Shame on them. Jesus said it would be better if such people had large millstones hung on their necks and they were cast into the sea. That is how strongly Jesus felt about the diabolical attacks on our children.

And we should feel exactly the same way.

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Transgenderism: A Pathogenic Meme

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