‘Modern Church’ Category Archives

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Dec

PRINCE HARRY AND MEAGHAN: have they got a problem?

by Arnold Jago in Celebrities, Family, Jesus, Modern Church, Sacraments

The other day it was officially announced that Prince Harry intends to marry Meaghan Markle next May in St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle.
Meaghan Markle, who identifies as Protestant, is also going to be baptised as an Anglican.
The fly in the ointment here is that Ms. Markle is divorced and therefore not eligible for Christian marriage.
Such is the teaching of Jesus Christ himself — as recorded in the Bible (Gospel according to Saint Matthew, chapter 19).
The situation seems like a lose-lose state of affairs (spiritually) for all concerned.
To convert it to a win, would not step one be to cancel the wedding?

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24
Nov

RELGIOUS FREEDOM IN AUSTRALIA: Turnbull-style, Brennan-style — when, if ever…?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, Family, Justice, Modern Church

Legislation protecting religious freedom in Australia….
Will it ever happen?
Mr. Turnbull says it won’t be happening at least until into the new year.
Then an “expert panel”, chaired by Mr. Philip Ruddock, will come up with a report – but not before March 2018.
The panel’s token-alleged-Catholic-spokesperson, is to be Father Frank Brennan.
Yes, Fr. Brennan, who publicly distanced himself from Catholic and Judaeo-Christian teaching on marriage, saying how he voted Yes for same-sex marriage, because…wait for it….
Because, he says, in view of the numbers of children already being raised in households headed by homosexual couples “we’ve got to factor that into the common-good argument….”
I suppose he must have said it.
I’ve heard no evidence of him denying having said it.

21
Nov

TRADITIONAL MARRIAGE NOW VOTED OFF MAP: what price “religious freedom”?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Modern Church, Politics

Now that the marriage plebiscite has resulted in a Yes vote, will people committed to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be legislated religious “freedoms” and “exemptions”?
The question is hardly relevant.
Jesus told the first 12 disciples that they must “take up their cross daily”.
Jesus himself having been crucified for his teachings and life, current Church leaders demanding that the government permit them “free speech” etc., would appear to have missed the point.
God has given us – and demands of us — free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else chooses to give or not give.
Serious Judaeo-Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage tolerating society.

14
Sep

PLEBISCITE NOW UNDER-WAY: hold onto your hat.

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Family, Justice, Lifestyle, Modern Church

Yes, this plebiscite is a waste of time and effort.
Its result will make no difference to anybody.
Regardless of the result, both sides of the debate will continue doing what they are already doing.
Supporters of the transgender “marriage” idea will keep seeking more and better legalistic strategies for destroying the Christian religion and the community which identifies with it.
The churches will probably keep seeking “exemptions” and other strategies to hopefully preserve their rights to legally express and live by their beliefs.
The church might as well forget about exemptions.
They will be meaningless.
They will rapidly be withdrawn.
Better to start preparing believers in how to deal with and how to survive intimidation, bullying and persecution.

7
Sep

MARRIAGE PLEBISCITE: what will the repercussions be?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Common Sense, Faith, Family, God, Modern Church, Persecution, Politics

What about this “plebiscite” over changing Australia’s marriage laws to permit any couple to be “married” regardless of “gender”?
If the Yes vote wins, will Christians thinking and acting according to an opposite belief be sacked, taken to court etc?
Or will there be “exemptions”?
That question is scarcely relevant.
Jesus told his first 12 disciples they must “take up their cross daily” – i.e. be willing to be persecuted or killed any time.
Jesus himself died, nailed to a cross by those hating his teachings and life.
His modern-day followers can hardly go looking for “exemptions”.
Church leaders clamouring to the government to allow them “free speech” etc., aren’t really on the right track, are they?
God gives us free speech.
It makes no difference what anybody else alleges to give or not give.
One thing is certain, Christians will not and cannot “integrate” into a same-sex-marriage-tolerating society.

13
Jul

AUSTRALIAN SEX PARTY AND THE CHURCHES: not on each others’ Christmas card list?

by Arnold Jago in Australia, Faith, God, Modern Church, Money

The Australian Sex Party is calling for churches to lose their tax-exempt status.
An article headed: “Time to end unfair privilege of religion at tipping point” is currently on its website and has appeared in various newspapers.
Millions of dollars would be saved, they say – dollars spendable on government-run hospitals, schools, welfare etc.
But by knocking out volunteer-supported agencies, won’t we end up needing squillions more bureaucrats?
Anyway, it’s a thought-provoking proposal.
The article makes another suggestion: “It’s time to take religion out of politics….”
Yes, why not stop religious people expressing opinions?
Isn’t real politics about opportunity-grabbing, back-stabbing, power-mongering, poll-watching and looking after one’s mates?
Who wants to hear about God, virtue and absolute values?
All that is, for some at least, an unwelcome intrusion.