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Price We Pay for Negligence by Dr Francis A. Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer

"If the majority of Christians persist in their complacency, we will increasingly lose our freedoms. "

As I state in A Christian Manifesto, America was greatly influenced by Reformation ideals. This is not to say that all the founders were Christian. Nor that the Christians were totally consistent in their political theories. However there was a Christian underpinning which distinguished America's birth from the French and Russian Revolutions. Even the non-Christians recognised a Creator who gave the "Inalienable rights" in contrast to man or the state being the giver of those rights.

Today, however, we are a nation "under man"- centred around man's self-appointed autonomy, governed by man's fluctuating opinions and chiefly existing, it seems, to give man personal peace and affluence. In other words, the Judeo-Christian ethos, based on God's absolutes, has been supplanted by a secularistic, humanistic, arrogantly arbitrary philosophy.

This wordview is spreading rapidly, and our legal system is a prominent perpetrator of it. Law in this country has become situational law, controlled by a small but dangerously powerful elite. The courts are dangerous because they pontificate arbitrarily what they personally consider to be "good" for society, yet they demand - and aggressively enforce - absolute allegiance to their arbitrary decrees.

But what did we expect?

The humanistic, secularistic thinkers have merely carried their philosophy to its logical end. They have remained true to their woridview in both words and actions while, unfortunately, Christians have equivocated. They simply have not taken the Lordship of Christ seriously.

Instead, Christians have largely shut up their spirituality into a small corner of life Sunday church or their Bible studies instead of realising that the Lordship of Christ is to permeate the whole spectrum of life. They have coasted along complacently, often serving up such dogmas as "you can't mix religion and politics," or "you can't legislate morality," or "we just need to pray and witness to people" - when what they really meant was we just don't want to be disturbed." They were content in their "comfort zone."

But Christians are paying for their negligence. We have permitted the dominance of a philosophy that sanctions the killing of an unborn child for the mother's convenience. A philosophy that deems it acceptable for parents to allow a "less than perfect" newborn child to die -again, because it is convenient. A philosophy that can talk of euthanasia of the aged and a general devaluation of all human life. A philosophy that has euphernized a wrong and self-destructive sexuality into "alternative life styles." A philosophy that drives its proponents to unashamedly seek the banishment of all religious influence from the stream of public life, leaving a totally relativistic value system and law.

This secularistic worldview has engulfed every area of society which Christians have chosen to ignore - the government, the courts, education, the media. And it is now threatening the areas which Christians naively took for granted as being beyond its reach: the family, the Christian school and the church. More and more the state is opening the door to restrict the free exercise of our faith through increased regulation. And if the majority of Christians persist in their complacency, we will increasingly lose our freedoms. Christians largely sleep on, as step after step is taken.

It is not too late to change this destructive situation, but it is too late for mere words. It is time for Christians to fight this materialistic, humanistic tide and provide Christian alternatives. It is time that we came out of our cloistered, compartmentalized existence and took our place in the political and legal arenas.

We must continue to pray and witness to people of salvation in Christ. But we must also fight for the sanctity of human life, fight for the protection of the family, fight for the proper education of our children, fight for our right to speak and worship freely, and fight for a church that is bound to the tenets of God and not the state as though it were an autonomous authority.

We must protest. We must resist. Yet we must not move with zeal without also moving in wisdom and scriptural authority. We must understand how God's Word applies to the whole spectrum of society, and we must know how to use our constitutional channels to work toward change.

We must use the law effectively in the coming years if we are to see any positive change. Our system of law has veered so far from its original mooring that it is going to take aggressive challenges in the courts to thwart the destructive trends. We cannot afford to sit back and allow humanism to increasingly roll over us.

That is why I am glad to see organizations such as the Rutherford Institute come into being. If there is any hope, it is in doing the faith. And by doing the faith, we can be the witnesses Christ desires.

© 1983 The Rutherford Institute.

 
Australian National Curriculum: Final Report

The final report on the Australian National Curriculum has been released

Download the full report and / or view a compilation of extracts by following this link

 
Liberal Churches and Christians and their Morality

Liberal Churches and Christians and their Morality

The Witherspoon Institute
Churchgoing Christians who support same-sex marriage are more likely to think pornography, cohabitation, hook-ups, adultery, polyamory, and abortion are acceptable.And it’s reasonable to expect continued change in more permissive directions.
 
Bible Reading and Morality

Bible Reading and Morality

Studies in the USA of  70,000 people suggest those who have intimacy with God, reading the Bible at LEAST four times a week are the ONLY ones protected from worldliness!

Click here for a summary of Dr Arnie Cole's Research Co author of Unstuck

Fifty facts about God Faith and Spiritual Growth



 
Stop Internet Porn

We Can Stop Internet Porn Invading Our Homes

All Australian homes are invaded by Internet pornography.  You can help us stop this atrocity.  The UK has legislated that porn-users must opt-in for Internet porn.  China does not allow Internet porn to be sent into their country.  Don’t let the Australian PM say it can’t be done.

Go to www.pm.gov.au and ask Prime Minister Tony Abbott to please respect the rights of millions of Australian families who want to protect their children and stop the extremely dangerous and totally unwanted invasion of their homes via offensive, hard core and grossly obscene Internet pornography.  His mailing address is Parliament House, Canberra ACT 2600.  Australia Post knows who he is.

It is now well known that pornography is extremely addictive - actually changes the shape of the human brain - causes sexual atrocities to be committed, destroys marriages and is teaching all its viewers, especially our children, that women are instantly available for sex and do not deserve respect or kindness in their sexual encounters. See http://www.ausfamily.org/ for scientific studies.

Why is it that the millions of us who don’t want Internet porn are forced to deal with it?  Will the PM respect the rights of millions of Australians who don’t wish to be bombarded with grossly pornographic imagery by simply legislating so that those who want it have to apply for it.  Simple solution to a HUGE problem (as most solutions are).

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How protestant missionaries developed democratic societies

The Surprising Discovery About Those Colonialist, Proselytizing Missionaries

They didn’t set out to change history. But one modern scholar’s research shows they did just that.

Andrea Palpant Dilley 
8.1.2014 Christianity Today Cover Story

...Fourteen years ago, Robert Woodberry was a graduate student in sociology at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill (UNC). The son of J. Dudley Woodberry, a professor of Islamic studies and now a dean emeritus at Fuller Theological Seminary, started studying in UNC's respected PhD program with one of its most influential figures, Christian Smith (now at the University of Notre Dame). But as Woodberry cast about for a fruitful line of research of his own, he grew discontented.

"Most of the research I studied was about American religion," he says of early graduate school. "It wasn't [my] passion, and it didn't feel like a calling, something I could pour my life into."

One afternoon he attended a required lecture that brought his vocational drift to a sudden end. The lecture was by Kenneth A. Bollen, a UNC–Chapel Hill professor and one of the leading experts on measuring and tracking the spread of global democracy. Bollen remarked that he kept finding a significant statistical link between democracy and Protestantism. Someone needed to study the reason for the link, he said.

Woodberry sat forward in his seat and thought, That's me. I'm the one...

"[Woodberry] presents a grand and quite ambitious theory of how 'conversionary Protestants' contributed to building democratic societies," says Philip Jenkins, distinguished professor of history at Baylor University. "Try as I might to pick holes in it, the theory holds up. [It has] major implications for the global study of Christianity."

"Why did some countries become democratic, while others went the route of theocracy or dictatorship?" asks Daniel Philpott, who teaches political science and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame. "For [Woodberry] to show through devastatingly thorough analysis that conversionary Protestants are crucial to what makes the country democratic today [is] remarkable in many ways. Not only is it another factor—it turns out to be the most important factor. It can't be anything but startling for scholars of democracy."

"I think it's the best work out there on religion and economic development," says Robin Grier, professor of economics and international and area studies at the University of Oklahoma. "It's incredibly sophisticated and well grounded. I haven't seen anything quite like it."

When Woodberry talks about his work, he sounds like a careful academic who doesn't want to overstate his case. But you also pick up on his passion for setting the record straight.

"We don't have to deny that there were and are racist missionaries," says Woodberry. "We don't have to deny there were and are missionaries who do self-centered things. But if that were the average effect, we would expect the places where missionaries had influence to be worse than places where missionaries weren't allowed or were restricted in action. We find exactly the opposite on all kinds of outcomes. Even in places where few people converted, [missionaries] had a profound economic and political impact."

The Nations' Educators

There is one important nuance to all this: The positive effect of missionaries on democracy applies only to "conversionary Protestants." Protestant clergy financed by the state, as well as Catholic missionaries prior to the 1960s, had no comparable effect in the areas where they worked.

Independence from state control made a big difference. "One of the main stereotypes about missions is that they were closely connected to colonialism," says Woodberry. "But Protestant missionaries not funded by the state were regularly very critical of colonialism."

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Speech on the Rev Richard Johnson

Dr Graham McLennan's Speech on the Rev Richard Johnson

Read the full speech given by Dr Graham McLennan 3rd February 2014

 

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