Rugby Australia versus God…

https://caldronpool.com/rugby-australia-says-the-bible-itself-is-a-problem/?fbclid=IwAR0vWwaa-jxQ2IhDjtsKSCp1CDsKfcmZYf38xO0iZRgdmyv5Pevpe7H3S0I

Finally, the truth has come out…

It’s been a while coming…

We’ve been fed so many lies by the Australian Media…

We’ve heard so many lies from Rugby Australia…

But now we know the truth…

The Chairman. Q. Ms Castle, what if Mr Folau had photocopied passages from the Bible and simply posted that on his social media pages, would that have caused a problem for you?

A. I think it depends on which ones he – which pages he photocopied.

Q. If he photocopied the passages that are referred to in the posts, would that have caused a problem for you?

A. Yes, it would have.

Here’s the scripture passage which Israel’s post was based on…

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB)

Thus, Rugby Australia’s problem was with the scripture, not Israel Folau…

Furthermore, Rugby Australia’s problem is now with God Himself…

God wrote the scripture and this is His warning for anyone who would take away from the words of His Book…

and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book. (Revelation 22:19 NASB)

An incredibly sober and terrifying warning which honestly none of us would ever want to be on the wrong end of, I know for myself that I would never want to be on the wrong end of that warning…

Basically, a warning two verses before the end of the entire Book, that if anyone tries to take away from His word then they will not be spending eternity with Him in the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2 NASB)…

The only remaining option is that they’ll be spending eternity in the lake of fire…

And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:15 NASB)

Thus, if I was Rugby Australia I would be immediately (a) repenting to God for dishonouring His word, (b) apologizing to Israel Folau for discriminating against him on religious grounds by terminating his contract and (c) reinstating and making appropriate restitution to Israel Folau…

If I was Rugby Australia, I would be doing those things right now before it’s too late… 😦

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Who Controls the World?

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: He who is holy, who is true, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens, says this:‘I know your deeds. Behold, I have put before you an open door which no one can shut, because you have a little power, and have kept My word, and have not denied My name. Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—I will make them come and bow down at your feet, and make them know that I have loved you. Because you have kept the word of My perseverance, I also will keep you from the hour of testing, that hour which is about to come upon the whole world, to test those who dwell on the earth. I am coming quickly; hold fast what you have, so that no one will take your crown. He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ (Revelation 3:7-13 NASB, emphasis mine)

Father, in Jesus Name, I give this burden to You regarding those who presently control the world’s wealth, the world’s media and by corollary the world’s governments (with few exceptions)…

Father, in Jesus Name, I come to You and remind You that You have appointed Your Holy Child Jesus as the Ruler of the kings of the earth as Your word says…

I also remind You Father, in the Name of Jesus, that You spoke the above word prophetically that You would cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—that You would make them come and bow down at our feet, and make them know that You have loved us

So, in the spiritual realm, I speak to those who spiritually control those who physically control the world’s wealth, the world’s media and the vast majority of the world’s governments and I say, in Jesus Name, according to His word, take your hands off these ones who have been used as your servants for evil and depart from them…

I command you in Jesus Name to let them go and leave them, come no more…

You have no further place in their lives, you have no further place in the lives of their children or of their relatives, they are free from your control, in Jesus Name…

Go to the place appointed for you by God and come no more until all things are fulfilled according to His word

I speak the fulfilment of His word today…

I speak it in Jesus Name…

I speak today that the tide has turned, that the freedom has begun…

That from today onward we will see those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—that from today onward You would make them come (even one by one) and bow down at our feet, and admit that You have loved us…

That they would surrender themselves (even one by one) to You Jesus and give themselves and all that they are and possess to You and to Your people, Your Church…

I give myself completely to You Lord, I am Yours…

I am not my own, I am Yours…

Do with me whatever You want to do, I put myself in Your Hands…

Speak now to the members of this synagogue and set them free from it, open their eyes to see the truth and come and bow at our feet, offering all they have to Your Church (Your Body) in the service of God…

Let Your Fire be ignited in their hearts individually and let it burn until the entire synagogue is consumed with Your Fire…

I release Your angels, Father, in Jesus Name, to go now to the members of this synagogue and strip from them all demonic entities which control them – to pull back from them all demonic entities which ensnare them – to release them from all demonic interference, in Jesus Name…

Let them see Your angels Father and let Your angels speak messages from Yourself to the members of this synagogue (as Jesus Himself spoke to Saul of Tarsus on the Road to Damascus) telling them of what You have planned for them…

And like Saul of Tarsus Father, let the members of this synagogue be transformed into Your Image, confessing You – Jesus – as Lord, and becoming Your bond-servants…

Speak to them of what they must do and enable them to do it…

Let the power shift today Lord, Amen, let the power shift today…

Visit this synagogue with Your Salvation…

Let no one remain untouched…

Shut it down, let nothing remain, set all free…

Release Your provision for the Harvest, let Truth and Righteousness spring forth on the earth, release all the innovations which have been suppressed, release all the creativity which has been suppressed, release all the truth which has been suppressed, let everything hidden in the darkness come into the light…

Open the eyes of all, let Your Truth be known…

On earth as it is in heaven…

Let Your Reproductive Power flow and let the earth be saved…

Let Salvation come to Your people, those descended from the twelve tribes of Israel and in their salvation let the world be saved…

Israel belongs to the Jews, not to the synagogue of Satan, bring this to reality Lord, give back Israel to the Jews as the indigenous people of the land, Thank You Father, Thank You Father, Thank You Father…

And let them be saved, let all be saved and let Your Freedom reign on earth…

Let Righteousness rain down and spring up all over the earth…

Let freedom flow, let the ribbons of salvation encircle the earth and let the messengers of the gospel gracefully slide along on them…

Let salvation flow, let salvation flow, let salvation flow, in Jesus Name, Amen

Let the Blood of Jesus be over all God’s People…

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Reconciliation?

In a Players Voice article dated 16 Apr 18 Israel Folau wrote the following:

I didn’t agree with Bill Pulver taking a stance on the same-sex marriage vote on behalf of the whole organisation, but I understand the reasons behind why he did.

I believe some context and background to this statement can be garnered from the following article

Bill Pulver was the CEO of Rugby Australia before Raelene Castle…

I’ve been thinking, what would it take for reconciliation to occur between Israel Folau and Rugby Australia?

It is still inconceivable to me that Rugby Australia attends the 2019 Rugby World Cup without their best player…

So what would need to happen for this to become a reality, i.e. for Rugby Australia to field their best team at the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

I was praying about this and the Lord told me that Rugby Australia had ‘over-reached’ with respect to their public endorsement of same-sex marriage…

It was not Rugby Australia’s place to publically endorse same-sex marriage (they did this on 12 Sep 17) on the day that the postal survey vote commenced…

If Bill Pulver had have wanted to publically endorse same-sex marriage then it would have been appropriate for him to do so from his own personal social media platforms…

If Cameron Clyne had have wanted to publically endorse same-sex marriage then it would have been appropriate for him to do so from his own personal social media platforms…

How could Rugby Australia have been speaking for all their constituents when they made the call to publically endorse same-sex marriage on behalf of all their constituents?

How could they possibly have even known what all their constituents believed about this issue?

Did they conduct their own private survey of all their constituents prior to the official survey?

For Rugby Australia to publically endorse same-sex marriage they would have needed to have completed such a survey of their constituents and received a 100% support response, otherwise, they would not be representing their constituents fairly…

There is no evidence to suggest that Rugby Australia ever canvased their constituents in this manner and so they had no legitimate authority to publically endorse same-sex marriage…

The Lord is perfectly happy for anyone who wants to play rugby professionally to play rugby…

The Lord doesn’t discriminate against anyone who wants to play rugby professionally, He is happy for the best team to be chosen – in fact, that’s what He wants…

He wants Rugby Australia to exist to support rugby in Australia (at every level, in every respect) and at the elite level to reward skill and ability by fairly and justly selecting the best players at national level to represent Australia…

This gives all Australians who wish to play rugby something to aim for…

This means that irrespective of your background or beliefs you will be able to reach the highest levels of sporting achievement based on sporting ability without experiencing any discrimination…

Discrimination according to a recent Court of Appeal decision in the UK, is not the expression of a view…

The mere expression of views on theological grounds (e.g. that ‘homosexuality is a sin’) does not necessarily connote that the person expressing such views will discriminate on such grounds.

The Lord wants everyone who is a constituent of Rugby Australia to have the freedom to express their views on their own personal social media platforms without fear of retribution…

The Lord also does not want Rugby Australia to take on a ‘moral arbiter’ role as Rugby Australia has no authority to wield or enforce that role…

Rugby Australia’s role in the Lord’s eyes is to encourage everyone who wants to play Rugby Union in Australia to be able to do so and for those who excel at it to reach the highest levels and represent their country without fear of exclusion should their own personal beliefs differ from the personal beliefs of the Coach, CEO, Chairman of the Board, or sponsors CEO’s…

Basically, to ‘stick to its knitting’, encourage good sport, give the people who decide to play and watch the game the best enjoyment and entertainment that they can and keep morality out of it… 🙂

The Lord gives everyone (not just those who believe in Jesus) passions and abilities and delights in seeing these abilities used to their highest capacity…

Just because someone doesn’t believe in Jesus doesn’t mean that the Lord doesn’t desire them success in their chosen profession, as He gave them those desires and in following them they are more likely to come to know Him…

If there are no sponsors, as Cameron Clyne recently asserted, who agree to support true inclusion and true diversity (all working together on the playing field to achieve the maximum result for the team no matter what they believe personally about moral issues), then the Lord would rather that Rugby Australia ‘die a natural death’ than continue down its present path…

As its present path does not support fairness and justice and nothing built on an unjust foundation will remain…

For I, the LORD, love justice, (Isaiah 61:8a NASB)

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. (Psalm 89:14 NASB)

Thus, Rugby Australia needs a recalibration, to step back from its ‘moralizing role’, to admit that it had no authority to take on that role, to admit that it had no authority to publically endorse same-sex marriage on the day voting commenced on that issue and to step back from any other ‘moralizing roles’ which they have taken on…

This is what the Lord wants for Rugby Australia, only this will ensure that Rugby Australia chooses the best team to represent their nation in the 2019 Rugby World Cup…

If this means that they lose all their present corporate sponsors so be it…

If no other corporate sponsors can be found by Rugby Australia to replace the ones who decide to withdraw their support then Rugby Australia should approach the newly elected Australian Government (as the adapted Australian Coat of Arms is on the Wallabies jersey) to fund them in the spirit of true inclusion and true diversity (until such a time as other corporate sponsors become available)…

If Rugby Australia were to have this change of heart and the appropriate follow-up conversations with sponsors (seeing what the fallout may be), the newly elected Australian Government (if necessary) and then go back to their constituents publically apologizing for publically supporting same-sex marriage and specifically go back to Israel Folau publically apologizing for the discrimination they have exhibited towards him (by the course of action they have pursued, based on his own personal beliefs expressed on his own personal social media platform, with the direct intent to end his professional career and make it impossible for him to practice his profession in his native land), reinstating him on his previous salary with an appropriate bonus to cover the hardship they have caused him, then I believe (in the Lord’s eyes) Israel would be free to return to play for the Wallabies in the 2019 Rugby World Cup (no court case required)…

What of Israel’s Wallabies teammates however?  Will they discriminate against him (realizing that discrimination is about the way we actually treat real people who we may not agree with)?  I believe that no one should be able to discriminate, i.e. not to throw that pass which would mean Israel would score the try, or to ignore Israel at training and have nothing to do with him, or to give him the ‘cold shoulder’ letting him know in no uncertain terms that he’s actually not welcome back, as this goes against the fabric of what it means to be a team (the same is true for all people)…

The reality is that people (being people) have all sorts of personal beliefs, but in a team setting, we need to ‘get over it’, work together as a team, be polite and use the various team members’ strengths to the best advantage to maximize team performance…

It is a choice to be offended not an offence if something you believe offends someone…

When Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the whole world He chose not to be offended at the way He was unjustly treated and by taking on everyone’s sin for all time He has made it possible for everyone to come to experience His forgiveness…

From God’s perspective, all the sin of the whole world is now paid for meaning that God now waits for people to make use of this opportunity to be forgiven…

God desires everyone to repent, but if people don’t want to repent then they won’t be forced to but equally, they won’t experience the forgiveness He bought for them…

Back to our original topic, I believe there is forgiveness for Rugby Australia but the onus is fairly and squarely on Rugby Australia’s shoulders (as discussed above) to publically apologise to their constituents (restoring faith in a fair and just selection process) and specifically to Israel Folau and to work through the mechanics of making the ‘money side’ work by whatever legal means are at its disposal (this responsibility ultimately sits with Cameron Clyne as Chairman of the Board)…

Sadly, from the Lord’s perspective, there is no future (no moving forward) for Rugby Australia until this occurs…

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Not Being Drawn…

The New Zealand Herald ran an article yesterday entitled, “National MP won’t be drawn on Israel Folau debate”…

This came after the above-embedded interview of Alfred Ngaro by TVNZ’s Jack Tame on Q & A…

Scott Morrison, Australian Prime Minister and also Martin Iles, General Manager of the Australian Christian Lobby were also ‘put on the spot’ by Australian journalists asking the same ‘pointed’ question which Jack Tame was endeavouring to ‘draw’ Alfred Ngaro on…

What is the etymology of the word ‘drawn’?

Hanged, drawn & quartered

Quoting from the Wikipedia entry at the above link,

To be hanged, drawn and quartered was from 1352 a statutory penalty in England for men convicted of high treason, although the ritual was first recorded during the reign of King Henry III (1216–1272). A convicted traitor was fastened to a hurdle, or wooden panel, and drawn by horse to the place of execution, where he was then hanged (almost to the point of death), emasculateddisembowelledbeheaded, and quartered(chopped into four pieces). The traitor’s remains were often displayed in prominent places across the country, such as London Bridge. For reasons of public decency, women convicted of high treason were instead burned at the stake.

That is the underlying purpose of the journalists who have asked Scott Morrison, Martin Iles & Alfred Ngaro ‘that’ question…

What journalists who ask questions like that don’t understand is that in so doing they are weaponising their noble profession – which is meant to be to bring the truth to light in the public square – to incite the above-mentioned behaviour against those who hold differing views to their own in the public square – lynching in the court of public opinion…

How many journalists who behave this way believe that God created them (thus being their Designer who knows what’s best for them)?

How many journalists who behave this way believe that the scripture is the word of God (thus being God’s statement of authoritative, absolute and objective truth)?

How many journalists who behave this way believe that Jesus is the Word of God, God in human flesh, who lived, died and rose again so they could spend eternity with Him in the presence of His Love if they chose to believe in Him rather than eternity apart from Him in the presence of His wrath if they don’t want to give themselves to Him?

How many journalists who behave this way are genuinely interested in finding out more about the reality of the above truths, to search these matters out for themselves according to their noble profession until they find the truth and bring it to the public square?

If the journalists who have asked ‘that question’ (or will subsequently ask it) don’t believe in the above realities and are not seeking (with an open mind) to investigate the authenticity of them then why should we who know these realities and understand them experientially as the truth be beholden to their ‘weaponised’ line of questioning?

They have become a false authority…

Why do they believe they have the ‘upper hand’ and why do they endeavour (as if by right) to put us (who know these truths) ‘on the defensive’?

Shouldn’t it be our aspiration (if we are journalists) to champion freedom of expression and freedom of speech along with freedom of the press?

TVNZ, for example, is owned by the New Zealand Government and funded from the tax collected by the New Zealand Government from all the people of New Zealand – including those of us who know and believe the above truths…

What right do ‘weaponised’ journalists have to ‘sit in judgement’ on those of us who know and understand these truths when it is our tax dollars which are paying their salaries?

That doesn’t appear fair or just…

Father, in Jesus Name, I forgive all journalists everywhere who by their line of questioning and statements expose their bias (i.e. that they don’t report or support the truth but instead endeavour to ‘shut the mouths’ of those who speak the truth and suppress the truth from ‘public exposure’) and I pray that You would lead them to a knowledge of the truth in their own lives which would lead them (in love) to share that truth which they have now experienced ‘first hand’ with all those around them (lead them to repentance Lord)… 🙂

If there are any journalists out there presently who are genuinely curious as to what the answer to ‘that question’ might be, I have endeavoured to provide an answer below from scripture (in my usual long-winded way which wouldn’t fit into a ‘sound bite’ in a live interview)… 🙂

I believe the answer comes in an understanding of what being ‘born again’ really means…

Now there was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.” Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” Nicodemus said to Him, “How can these things be?” Jesus answered and said to him, “Are you the teacher of Israel and do not understand these things? Truly, truly, I say to you, we speak of what we know and testify of what we have seen, and you do not accept our testimony. If I told you earthly things and you do not believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? No one has ascended into heaven, but He who descended from heaven: the Son of Man. As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; so that whoever believes will in Him have eternal life. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God.” (John 3:1-21 NASB)

Adam and Eve were created by God in His image, they were perfect and they had the right to choose whether they would obey God or disobey Him (i.e. decide that they knew better than God what was good for them and that they’d look after themselves)…

God warned them that on the day they decided to go their own way they would surely die (meaning that they would die on the inside and no longer have that choice between doing what was right and what was wrong) – that from then on they would only be able to do wrong…

Thus everyone born from Adam and Eve onwards (after they sinned) has been born ‘in sin’ (unable from their hearts to trust God and submit to Him in their lives, i.e. their hearts are spiritually dead towards God), God visits the sins of the fathers onto the children to the third and fourth generation…

When someone is ‘born again’ God gives them a new heart, a new spirit and a new soul which is made in His image (again like Adam and Eve were originally given) and alive towards God so that they can believe in Him and accept His Righteous Sacrifice of His Life in Jesus on the cross in their place to fully forgive and pardon them for all their sin…

That ‘born again’ person still has a lot of ‘sin within them’ (because it’s been practised for so long and for so many generations through their forebears and through themselves so the ‘born again’ part of the person never sins, it can’t sin and doesn’t want to sin and doesn’t sin – and that is what God views as them – and that is where the Holy Spirit of God lives within them…

On the other hand ‘sin within them’ continues to sin, so for example, a ‘born again’ person may still be committing (although their ‘born again’ real self doesn’t commit it, doesn’t agree with it, doesn’t like it and isn’t involved with it) any number of sins…

For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible man and of birds and four-footed animals and crawling creatures. Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper, being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greed, evil; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malice; they are gossips, slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, without understanding, untrustworthy, unloving, unmerciful; and although they know the ordinance of God, that those who practice such things are worthy of death, they not only do the same, but also give hearty approval to those who practice them. (Romans 1:18-32 NASB)

As the above scripture makes clear, homosexuality is one of those sins…

If someone has decided not to believe in Jesus (noting that scripture tells us that believing in Jesus’ Righteousness inputted to us is what makes us righteous in His sight), not to ask Jesus to save them from their sin, not to believe that they are sinners but instead has decided to live in homosexuality (for example – we could use any sin there) all their lives and they die in that place then scripture clearly tells us that they will not inherit the kingdom of God…

Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. Such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and in the Spirit of our God. (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 NASB)

Which is the scripture Israel Folau paraphrased in his short Instagram post which Rugby Australia subsequently fired him for…

And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 20:10-15 NASB)

So in summary, the sin which separates us from God for eternity in the lake of fire and brimstone is the sin of not believing in Jesus as our Substitute and not giving ourselves to Jesus to be our Lord and offering ourselves to Him to live through us enabling us to more and more and more live His way..

If we have done this, i.e. believed in Jesus, then we have been washed, sanctified and justified in Jesus’ name and God doesn’t see the ‘sin within us’ (which it might take a long time for Him to completely remove from us) but instead views us as perfect, accepted and blameless in His sight…

People’s lives who have never given themselves to Jesus will resemble 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 in their hearts all the time (from God’s perspective – who knows the heart), people’s lives who have given themselves to Jesus will resemble 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 less and less and less in their hearts from God’s perspective as they more and more and more live from their hearts the life of Jesus full of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, meekness and self-control…

This is why Israel Folau was compelled to warn us and he did so in love… 🙂

“Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.” (Acts 17:30-31 NASB)

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For such a time as this – An open letter to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison…

Hi Scott,

I write this open letter to you (based on this article from a few years back where you identified yourself as “an Evangelical Protestant”) as a fellow believer in Jesus (i.e. as my brother in Christ).

As “an Evangelical Protestant” you would have had (as I did) at some point in your life that ‘born again’ experience where you realized that you were a sinner, that there was nothing you could do to save yourself from your sin and the eternal consequences of your sin and where you asked Jesus based on His Blood shed for you on the cross to forgive you for all your sins and take over your life, giving your life to Him, as Lord, to do whatever He wanted with your life for the rest of your life.

You, like me, would also have had that moment where you realised that the scriptures were your rule for what God has expressed as objective truth for our lives as believers in Jesus.

Esther in scripture was chosen to be the new wife of Persian king Ahasuerus (the then most powerful man in the world) because of her beauty (even though she chose not to make known to Ahasuerus her Jewish ethnicity before he made this choice) but shortly after being made queen when a plot was revealed by Haman to endeavour to obliterate the Jewish people (who were living dispersed in Persia at the time) she bravely risked her life to go before the king by way of appeal, to plead for the life of her people.

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NASB)

Upon your recent election victory, you said, “I have always believed in miracles”. I believe that God’s purpose for you in being appointed as the Prime Minister of Australia is, “for such a time as this”.

You have been given the opportunity to establish freedom of speech and freedom of worship in Australia. I have spoken about what that might look like in this article and also this article.

You are Esther, Israel Folau is Mordecai, each and every one of your brothers and sisters in Christ are the Jewish people, those who oppose freedom of speech and freedom of worship in Australia are Haman and the Australian Government is Ahasuerus.

When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage. (Esther 3:5 NASB)

You have been given your platform by God to protect the freedom of speech and freedom of worship of all Australians, to give to the Jewish people the right to defend themselves against the attack of Haman who received from Ahasuerus before Esther intervened a legal extermination order on their entire race, as is manifest in Australia today.

“Go, assemble all the Jews who are found in Susa, and fast for me; do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. I and my maidens also will fast in the same way. And thus I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.” (Esther 4:16 NASB)

This is your call, this is why you have been placed in office. Fulfil your call, protect the freedom of speech and freedom of worship of all Australians. Towards this end, the Lord will be with you.

Love,

Andrew

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Corporate Virtue Signalling…

As I’ve been following what is going on in Australia with respect to the way Israel & Maria Folau are being treated presently it has become apparent to me that it is not just Rugby Australia and elements of the Australian Media who appear to be treating Israel & Maria in an unfair and unjust manner but also some of the corporations which sponsor the sports (Rugby Union & Netball respectively) they have been involved with have been sending strong ‘virtue signalling’ messages towards this talented sporting couple…

Qantas, ASICS, ANZ, Mazda & Health Insurance Company HCF are the five that I’m presently aware of…

As I’ve shared in previous posts on this blog I’m all for freedom of speech and freedom of worship…

I’m not out there physically trying to shut any of us up about what we believe in or trying to stop any of us worshipping whatever it is that we are worshipping as I believe that is our God-given right of free choice…

That is our dignity given to us by God – to ignore Him and His ways if that is what we so choose to do in this life…

Or to seek Him and His ways if that is what we so choose to do in this life…

And whatever we decide, to be treated respectfully (as taught and enabled by the Lord) by those of us who have already been brought to know the Lord and are being made more like Him in our actions by His Holy Spirit…

Even if the companies which I own (or will own) were to ever be in a strong financial position – which I believe will occur one day Lord willing – I do not believe (before the Lord) that it would be right for me to use my then position of financial power to threaten those who work for the companies which I own (or those who work for other companies or organisations which I sponsor)  to believe what I believe or worship the way I worship ‘or else’…

I believe that would be wrong (I believe sponsorship should be freely given if given at all with ‘no strings attached’)…

Apart from the decision which I have made before God that I (as the owner of these companies) will only approach and (if they’re keen) appoint people to our companies Board of Directors to serve as Directors who I believe (a) are believers in Jesus, (b) are surrendered to Jesus and scripture (as per my recent blog posts on this site), (c) are willing to allow Him to do whatever He wants through them as Directors and (d) resonate with our vision and values, we don’t have any stipulation and won’t have any stipulation on any of our employees (from ‘cleaner to CEO’) as to what we can or cannot believe – there is (and will be) full career progression available in our companies (again) from ‘cleaner to CEO’ no matter what we believe or how (and whom) we do or do not choose to worship…

We (again from ‘cleaner to CEO’) will all come to work (as described above), fulfil our unique responsibilities (hopefully having a happy time doing it), be accepted for who we are personally (whatever that might be), have all our work-related ideas listened to, valued and considered (and relayed to the Board of Directors and owner accordingly by the CEO) and go home again and do whatever we want to outside of work time and then come back the next working day and do it all again…

I believe there is a separation between work and personal life…

Between work – where we all come together to further the stated vision and values of our respective companies – and our private lives (or beliefs)…

Why should any of our personal or private lives (apart from being genuinely arrested and truly found guilty of some real wrongdoing which results in any of us going to prison so we can’t come into work) have anything to do with our ability to perform our job?

Obviously, if one of us was hit by a bus and killed or had all our bones broken and ended up in a traction machine at the hospital this would also stop us completing our job…

But why would any of our personal Instagram posting, for example, done under our own name and not under the name of our employer (as is the case with the Folaus) have anything to do with our employment?

It should not…

I always believed (maybe naively) that it was fair and just for the best players in a nation to be selected for the national sports teams of that nation (and I genuinely believed that was what happened)…

I always thought that sport was the great equalizer where the upper, middle and lower classes would all be represented on a level playing field based on sporting ability and that for team sports no matter what the individual personal backgrounds or beliefs of the team members we all had to ‘buckle down’ and get on with each other – accept each other and work together in training and on the field – for the sake of the team…

This would involve a zero tolerance for bullying in the team, meaning that if any of us as a team member spoke personally against another one of our team members putting our team members’ playing ability down and stating that we were not willing to play with our team member any more for reasons relating to our team members’ personal beliefs that we would of necessity need to be removed from the team environment (until we sorted through our attitude problem) as that activity and behaviour goes against team bonding and the development of team culture…

I believe it’s exactly the same (and should be exactly the same) in the companies that I own (or will own)…

We should (aspirationally) all be working together towards a common vision using our common values for the good of the company (with no condemnation as per our values) no matter if we believe different things in our personal lives and irrespective of how we share these beliefs publically in our personal lives…

This has not happened in the Wallabies…

It appears that the Wallabies – barring a miracle – will be going to the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan without their best player…

This choice has not been made because their best player isn’t a team player or that he has personally spoken against any other team members’ ability to fulfil their position in the team or because he is a ‘diva’ who refuses to play with any other team member because of some personal view that they hold and have expressed publically in their own private time…

Rugby Australia has chosen not to pick the Australian Rugby Team based on sporting ability but instead based on a willingness for the players chosen not to share their own personal beliefs publically when they differ from those ‘personal beliefs’ which Rugby Australia have chosen to share publically on behalf of all those players (whether those players share those views or not)…

So the selection process for the Wallabies is no longer fair or just…

It is no longer based on rugby playing ability…

It is based on toeing the party line…

Conformity to the party position…

Conform, or no paycheque…

Conform, or no selection…

Having seen the ease with which Rugby Australia (with the ‘support’ of Qantas and ASICS) completed the removal of Israel Folau from the Wallabies, Netball South Australia, Netball Australia (and even Netball New Zealand) have now been ‘approached’ by ANZ, Mazda and HCF and told their views of Maria Folau in no uncertain terms…

Why would they do this?

Surely their ‘virtue signalling’ views are available on their websites for everyone to see?

Surely they didn’t need to tell Netball South Australia, Netball Australia (and Netball New Zealand) of their ‘virtue signalling’ views with specific reference to Maria Folau?  Surely Netball South Australia, Netball Australia (and Netball New Zealand) would have completed ‘due diligence’ on ANZ, Mazda and HCF before agreeing to receive their sponsorship so they would be fully aware of their ‘virtue signalling’ views?

So why ‘remind them’ so pointedly when Maria Folau reshared a post her husband made on Instagram with no comment?

Was that a threat from ANZ, Mazda and HCF?  What did they hope to achieve by that action?  It appears obvious to me that just like Qantas and ASICS, ANZ, Mazda and HCF were using their ‘virtue signalling’ clout to let every athlete employed by Rugby Australia, Netball South Australia and Netball Australia respectively know that they (as the sponsors) ‘call the shots’ (not Rugby Australia, not Netball South Australia and not Netball Australia), that they believe their sponsorship dollar has given them ‘leverage’ over Rugby Australia, Netball South Australia and Netball Australia and that they now believe (on this basis) that they ‘own’ Rugby Australia, Netball South Australia and Netball Australia (i.e. ‘there’s no such thing as a free lunch’)…

I do not believe that any corporation should ‘wield’ that kind of power (albeit second hand or indirect power – as none of the athletes who work for Rugby Australia, Netball South Australia or Netball Australia signed up to Qantas’ or ASICS’ or ANZ’s or Mazda’s or HCF’s vision or values) over their employees…

This kind of abuse of power is exactly the same kind of power which Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Lenin and Mao Tse Tung exercised over the people of their nations as government leaders – conform or suffer and perish…

This is a very Anti-Christ perspective…

As I have said before – Jesus is not a controlling person…

He is a realist…

He speaks the truth in love…

He tells us what we need to hear not what we want to hear (even when it offends us)…

He tells us what He knows is best for us (even if He knows we won’t like it and will reject it)…

And then after we reject what He tells us ultimately, He honours our ultimate rejection of Him in this life (He gives us over to what we really want to do)…

He is saddened by our decision but He honours it and He never forces us to do anything that we don’t want to do…

He never forces us to do anything against the desires of our own heart…

He has the ultimate authority to be ‘virtue signalling’ – He controls whether we breathe or whether we don’t – whether our hearts beat or whether they don’t – He owns everything – He keeps the world spinning on its axis and in its orbit around the sun at just the right distance for our little planet not to burn to a crisp…

And yet – as I’ve said before – He doesn’t use that right to force obedience to His vision and values, instead, He lets us (His subjects) do whatever we like in this life ‘under the sun’ hoping that we will see His goodness and repent and turn to Him so we can get to know Him now (in this life) and live with Him forever…

He warns us that the lake of fire and brimstone await all of us who choose not to believe in Jesus to forgive us from our sin – because sin is not trusting God and instead deciding to be the boss of our own lives – thinking we know better than God what is good for us and deciding to ‘go after’ or ‘grab’ that for ourselves…

He doesn’t threaten us with this – He just tells us – it is a reality…

He doesn’t want us to end up there but we will if we don’t turn to Him in repentance…

He doesn’t expect us to ‘try harder’ or ‘try to improve ourselves’ or ‘try to repress our desires or urges’ – He just asks us to admit that we turned away from trusting Him to look after us (in Adam and Eve) and decided instead that we knew better than Him how to look after ourselves and we’d sort out our own happiness from now on ‘thank you very much’…

So, if I compare Qantas, ASICS, ANZ, Mazda and HCF with Jesus I see that Jesus has an infinite amount more authority than any of these corporations and also an infinite amount more credibility to be ‘morally indignant’ than they do – and yet He doesn’t use it…

He, Jesus, is our example in all things…

When the companies I own are blessed (Lord willing) by the Lord to ‘increase’ and have financial ‘clout’ and ‘power’ I pray (Lord make this the reality) that my decision will be to continue to give these companies back to You Lord – as You are the Owner (with a capital O) of them and let You do whatever You want with them (they are Yours)…

Those of us who choose to work for those companies at all levels (barring Board of Director and owner level) can do so believing exactly what we want to and expressing this however we want to in our private time publically on social media and worship whoever and whatever we so desire in our private time publically and on social media if we so choose…

Father, in Jesus Name, I pray that Your Character would be replicated in our region (the Great Southland of the Holy Spirit and the Pacific Ring of Fire) and that all of us who know You will give to all of us who don’t the freedom in our region to speak and worship in our own private time however we would so desire – I pray Father that none of us who know You who own companies would use our companies as weapons of control to try and ‘moralize’ or ‘conform’ any of us as employees in these areas…

Father, in Jesus Name, I forgive Qantas, ASICS, ANZ, Mazda & HCF for bullying Israel & Maria Folau, I choose on behalf of those of us who know (and are coming to know) You to hold no malice towards Qantas, ASICS, ANZ, Mazda & HCF in our hearts but to listen to You (personally and individually) as to how You would want us to relate to these corporations (following the peace You give us) and all like them who use this ‘virtue signalling’ approach, we forgive them Lord and ask that You would bless all the employees, Directors and owners of Qantas, ASICS, ANZ, Mazda & HCF with a knowledge of Your will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, that they would come to know You and hand their corporations over to You as the Owner (with a capital O) of their corporations so that their corporations could be used in our region for Your Glory, in Jesus Name I pray…

I pray Father, that none of us who know You and work in government of any sort would try and ‘moralize’ and create laws which force us as the people of our nations to do or not do anything – as forcing us as the people of our nations to do things against our will (i.e. to speak or not to speak, stipulating what we can and cannot say and how we can or cannot say it or to worship or not to worship, again stipulating how we can or cannot worship) doesn’t bring us closer to You (because its not in Your Character)…

I pray Father that we who believe in You would honour what You said Jesus that Your Holy Spirit will convict the world concerning sin, righteousness and judgement…

Not ‘virtue signalling’ (by corporations) or ‘laws’ (by government at whatever level) which try to force an outward ‘morality’, but Your Holy Spirit personally speaking to the heart (either directly or through those of us who know You who find ourselves submitted to Your Holy Spirit at any point in time and Him speaking through us), so that the world, i.e. all of us who don’t know You as our Redeemer, our Saviour, our Lord, would come to know You in our region and that our whole region would be saved in freedom, in freedom of choice, in Jesus Name, that we might speak of You boldly, publically and lovingly and worship You freely – all without fear and persecution – in our region under an open heaven…

I pray in the Name of the Father, and of the Son – Jesus Christ – and of the Holy Spirit – who is our Counsellor in everything, so let it be, Amen… 🙂

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All Scripture…

All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training which is in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:16-17 NASB)

…and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:17b NASB)

There’s a statement I heard when I was younger, “nailing your colours to the mast”…

What it means (nautical origins of the phrase found here) is to clearly make your intentions known to others around you (so they can respond accordingly) and that you will fight for those intentions to the death…

In this vein, I would like to “nail my colours to the mast” in this post with respect to my un-dying aspiration to be surrendered to scripture under the interpretation of the Holy Spirit for the remainder of my time on earth before Jesus returns to reign…

Jesus is God, Jesus is the Word of God, we are told as believers in Jesus to “let the Word of God dwell in us richly”…

If we as believers are surrendered to Jesus then the proof of this is that we are surrendered to the scriptures which Jesus breathed…

for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God. (2 Peter 1:21 NASB)

…worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10b)

Jesus claimed that He was the Truth, He also stated the below…

“Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth. (John 17:17 NASB)

and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32 NASB)

When the Holy Spirit brings revelation to our new (born again) spirit of the truth of the scripture this is the Holy Spirit carrying the Sword of the Spirit and dividing to the very depths of our beings…

For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are open and laid bare to the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:12-13 NASB)

Jesus Himself is the Word of God, He breathed out the scripture through human writers and when the Holy Spirit wields that Sword and His truth is revealed to a born again spirit, that born again spirit is changed into the likeness of Jesus…

Each time He speaks in this way we are changed and we are never the same again…

I believe the old and new testament scriptures as delivered by the Lord in their original languages of Hebrew and Greek respectively – sixty-six books – constitute ‘All scripture’…

They are the benchmark for truth – if any other source claims to be speaking the truth but is not in agreement with ‘All scripture’ then that ‘other source’ is not speaking from or for Jesus who is the Word of God…

It is impossible to be surrendered to Jesus without also being surrendered to His word…

I am not saying that those of us who are surrendered to Jesus need to be perfectly practising His word before we make the statement that we are surrendered to Jesus – I’ve covered this in the preceding article – but for us to be surrendered to Jesus that will indeed be our stated aspiration – to practise what the word of God says that we as believers in Jesus are to be…

The whole of scripture paints a complete – or as complete as we need in this epoch of human history – picture of who God is, who we are without God, who we are with God and how our lives and our futures are all wrapped up in our decisions as to whether we want to know God or whether we don’t (the decision we make on this issue in the time between when we are born and when we finally die will affect where we spend eternity)…

So, for me, I’m making my public statement, I’m spelling it out…

I have surrendered myself to God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit and also surrendered myself to His word – the scripture – the sixty-six books in their original languages which we have in what is now commonly called the Holy Bible…

I do not presently perfectly practice the truth within the scriptures but I have surrendered myself to the Holy Spirit to guide me into all truth, to place truth in my innermost being and to enable me to practice truth for the remainder of my life…

As He reveals this truth to me, more and more and more, through His scriptures I will be transformed into His image by the renewal of my mind…

in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world. And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power.  (Hebrews 1:2-3 NASB)

God the Father made the world through Jesus, Jesus upholds all things by the word of His power…

So when Jesus speaks, as He does, right throughout scripture from Genesis to Revelation, all the stories He tells, all the descriptions of human history He gives, all the insights, all of it is an expression of the truth…

He is depicting for us reality as viewed through various different eyes so that we can get a picture of what things are (or look like) from His (the world and our Creator’s) perspective, i.e. what is the truth (as He is the Definition of The Truth)…

When God in scripture specifically tells us not to do certain things (even if we do not understand why) we can be sure that He is telling us this because doing these things are not good for us…

They harm us and He invites us to dialogue with Him to find out why…

Trust in Him at all times, O people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us. Selah. (Psalm 62:8 NASB)

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 NASB)

He will speak to us through His Holy Spirit who lives within us as believers in Jesus and His Holy Spirit will guide us into all truth through the scriptures…

If any of us say we believe in Jesus but also say that we do not believe that the scripture is the truth then our confession is incompatible (these two statements can’t coexist together) because we can’t separate Jesus from the scripture…

He wrote the scripture, He wrote it so that – along with His physical life on earth – we could know Him – the whole book is about Jesus – Jesus is hidden in every page of the scripture – He is hidden everywhere and the Holy Spirit reveals Him to us as He leads us into all truth…

So I believe in Jesus and I believe in the scripture, Jesus and the scripture are true because Jesus wrote the book, I don’t understand everything about God but I know that His word is truth and this is what I want to practise for the rest of my life on earth as He enables me in greater and greater and greater measures, come what may…

Amen? 🙂

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