‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’

Topping up your oil & trimming your wick!    May 2021

In His Olivet Discourse, Jesus predicted that social wickedness would increase prior to His Return: "Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold" Matthew 24:12, “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one” 1 John 5:19. We see this wickedness [lawlessness] expressed in many ways. We have seen the normalisation of the whole LGBTIQ+ movement, while their supporters have become extremely militant against those who support the traditional, Judeo-Christian values accusing them of hate speech, calling them bigots and are often demonised by the media. Abortion, the killing of innocents is presented as a woman’s right. Countries across the world including Australia are criminalising portions of the Bible resulting in Christians not only being fined but also ending up in gaol. There is the spread of anarchy, violence and lawlessness through groups like the cancel culture movement, BLM, Antifa and others who have little or no respect for those in authority. The evil of deception continues to infiltrate the church through false doctrines like Replacement Theology, the Hyper grace movement, Dominion theology, Ecumenicalism to name a few. The tidal wave of evil continues to grow.  

We are told Christians should be tolerant and capitulate to the anti- God, anti-Bible ways of our culture. But should we? The answer is NO! Jesus did not tolerate sin, evil and wickedness. He was tolerant toward the sinner, but intolerant toward the evil that enslaves the sinner. True tolerance means we treat every person we meet with the dignity and respect due them as those created in the image of God, but true tolerance does not preclude proclaiming the truth. Jesus said to the adulteress, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more” John 8:11. Jesus forgave her because He loved her; but condemned her sin.

One of the most significant hallmarks of a Christian is love. Jesus said, By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another. John 13:35 To truly be loving we must stand against evil, wickedness and lawlessness. As Ephesians 5:11 says; Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them and 1 Cor 13:6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. Our mandate is to speak the truth in love Eph 4:15. To tolerate evil and wickedness leads to the following slippery path: First we overlook evil. Then we permit evil. Then we legalise evil. Then we promote evil. Then we celebrate evil. Then we persecute those who still call it evil.

 As society moves further away from traditional Biblical values, we see a culture that is increasingly hateful of anything resembling the morals and standards of the Bible. Jesus Christ was so intolerant toward sin that He was willingly crucified on the cross to free men and women from the power and consequence of sin. For the wages of sin is death but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Rom 6:23 It is only as we stand for truth and righteousness that people can truly be set free. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free. John 8:32 Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus!

World Happenings: America Remember Colorado baker Jack Phillips who was taken to court for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding in 2012. After years of litigation, he narrowly won a partial victory in his case in 2018. In early March 2021 he went on trial for yet another lawsuit, this one involving a birthday cake for a transgender woman. Autumn Scardina attempted to order the birthday cake on the same day in 2017 that the high court announced it would hear baker, Jack Phillips’ appeal in the wedding cake case. Scardina, an attorney, requested a cake that was blue on the outside and pink on the inside in honour of her gender transition. Her lawsuit is the latest in a series of cases around the U.S. that pit the rights of LGBTIQ people against merchants’ religious objections, an issue that remains unsettled by the nation’s top court. Over the years, Jack and his family have endured hate mail, nasty phone calls, and even death threat. Jack lost a big part of his business and more than half of his employees. - 'Today it's Jack. Tomorrow it could be you!

Canada: A Canadian father is in jail right now for declining to support the gender transition of his 14-year-old daughter. He faces a sentence of up to 5 years for speaking publicly about the way she was encouraged by the health and education systems in her gender transition and for referring to her as “she.” In a January court decision case, the presiding justices wrote that the fathers’ refusal to go along with his child's "gender identity" was "troublesome,” and that it had caused “significant pain” that has “resulted in a rupture of what both parties refer to as an otherwise loving parent-child relationship."

European Union: Governments around the globe are creating legislation to “protect” LGBTIQ+ individuals. Ironically, they are doing so while denying the rights of those with biblical values. Recently, the European parliament passed a resolution overwhelmingly in favour of declaring the 27 member nations of the European Union an LGBTIQ “freedom zone” (Associated Press, March 10, 2021).

Vatican: Pope Francis in a new book titled God and the World to Come claims things will never be the same in a post-pandemic world, calling instead for the establishment of a “new world order.” The pontiff reiterates his case for the Great Reset with a shift away from financial speculation, fossil fuels, and military build-up toward a green economy based on inclusiveness. In the Pope’s vision, humans worship the earth, and all people live in perfect harmony under the banner of ‘human fraternity’, as found in the One World Religion of Chrislam he has been so busy building since launching it in February of 2019. After the coronavirus pandemic, “no one today can afford to rest easy,” the pope declares in an extract from the book published by Vatican News.

Ecumenicalism: The Catholic-Muslim Interfaith Council Created by Pope Francis Announced the establishment of its’ Chrislam Headquarters where the United Arab Emirates will build a new synagogue as part of a Chrislam interfaith compound that will also house a mosque and church and is planned to be opened in 2022. The same sort of compound is also being built in Berlin, Germany called ‘House of One’ for a one world religion worship services. They are calling this a churmosquagogue. On the 4th Feb 2021, the United Nations declared the first annual International Day Of Human Fraternity, a day to celebrate the One World Religion of Chrislam created by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi

Persecution: In April 2021, two Christian women face allegations of blasphemy, a charge that carries a potential death penalty, after Muslim staff at a hospital accused them of removing a sticker carrying a verse from the Quran from a colleague’s locker. A mob at the scene was stirred by Islamist activists calling for the pair to be hanged. It was reported that Maryam Lal, a nurse, was stabbed as she fled.

Greg and Judy’s Update: We have begun making further plans for the remainder of this year trusting that borders will remain open. We plan to be in the Toowoomba region, Dalby and Bundaberg in late April, early May. With a trip to North Eastern Victoria in June, followed by a return trip to Port Macquarie in July and Rockhampton in August. Then prayerfully to portions of South Australia in September. At the same time seeking the Lord for more local opportunities to proclaim His Word.

Prayer Corner:Continue to pray for the nation of Israel who has gone through four parliamentary elections in two years. President Reuven Rivlin has given Benjamin Netanyahu 42 days to form a government. Netanyahu has received the endorsement of 52 lawmakers, more than his rivals, but still short of the 61-seat majority needed to form a government. Pray for this ongoing predicament and that Israel can have stable government.

Continue to pray for open doors and travelling mercies for Judy and I.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16