Moderator's Comments - Posted 29 June 2015
Darryl Kerrigan loved Bonnie Doon for its serenity,'how's the serenity, so much serenity'.
After a weekend of vile terrorist activity, and the perverse normalisation of same sex marriage in the USA, through the declaration of the Supreme Court there, we need the reminder that these are days of serenity for the believer.
How can the Christian be serene when the world seems to be going mad and the moral order crumbling under our feet?
We are serene (unruffled, placid, tranquil, unperturbed) because we know that Jesus Christ is Lord, and that one day, 'every knee will bow...and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father', (Philippians 2:10-11).
This does not mean that we are to be idle and apathetic, but the foundation of all our persuasive and proclaiming activity, is a theologically driven reality, expressing itself in serenity.
God is in control, 'For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods', ( Psalm 95:3).
Moderator's Comments - Posted 26 June 2015
In the 1970’s or early ‘80’s, the now defunct Bulletin magazine published a lead article on the infiltration by the political left of three major institutions in Australia, the ABC, the environmental movement and the Uniting Church of Australia. With hindsight we can now see how successful the left has been.
On any objective assessment, each of these institutions or movements has been successfully invaded and dominated to the detriment of each institutions’ founding principles.
Moderator's Comments - Posted 16 June 2015
Our exit parish, after Moore College, was Wee Waa, in the North West on the black soil plains of NSW. Wee Waa at that time was the cotton centre of Australia and the local landscape was criss-crossed by irrigation channels. Visiting at night could be precarious if the channels were full of water, the driver had to carefully navigate the narrow lane so as not to slide off into the water-filled ditch.
In Galatians, Paul warns of two destructive ditches for the believer as he or she negotiates the narrow path.
The first is the ditch of legalism in Galatians 5:1 – 12. He says, don’t let yourself be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
He uses three pictures of legalism: it is like cutting in on the athlete as he strives for the finish line (v7 – 8); it is like yeast spreading through the church (v 9); it is a serious matter and the legalist will pay a penalty for it before God (v10).
Moderator's Comments - Posted 28 May 2015
On my recent trip to Malaysia, I was asked to expound Romans 13:1 – 7, the attitude of the Christian to the civil ruler.
The Bible makes it clear that all “superior” authority, like that of Government, is derived from the supreme authority, God Himself, who establishes and institutes such authority.
For the Christian, the State will have a limited jurisdiction, like Moses’ mother, the midwives of Egypt, Daniel, the apostles and the Lord Jesus, we will respectfully submit to the State until it oversteps the boundary set by God. “We must obey God rather than men” Acts 5:29.
There are many issues which may be “disputable” in our relationship with governments, but the proposed change to the Marriage Act is not one of them.