23/05/2019 at 8:00 am
Izzy right? - Part 3
It may be argued that the church also only wants to employ people who reflect their views. If the church wishes to discriminate against homosexuals by not employing them, then other companies should have the same right. One, however, has to differentiate between those instances where the person's view affects his or her work and those where it does not. One would not expect a political party such as the Greens to employ someone who espouses One Nation's views. The party cannot, however, fire them for their views on rugby which have nothing to do with their job as a politician.
Folau's stand has brought religion back on the agenda. People are talking about the place of Christians and Christian beliefs in society. While there are many who intend to harm the church many Australians who are not believers, have come out to defend the Christians' right to follow their belief and understanding of the Bible. Through our gracious response and caring involvement with the need of the world, this could be turned into a great opportunity for the church to witness to the saving grace of Jesus.
- Andre van Oudtshoorn, Dean of Academics & Research
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22/05/2019 at 10:00 pm
Izzy right? - Part 2
There is no doubt that the reference to homosexuals in Israel Folau’s post is the main reason that there has been such a vehement reaction against him. The charge of people being “homophobic” has been used to great effect to stop people coming out in support of his position. This is not necessarily a bad thing, in the case of the church. The church needs to be careful to ensure that those with whose actions we disagree, first know that we care deeply about them as people and do not see them as a threat which needs to be eliminated. It can too easily appear that God and his band of believers take delight in condemning homosexuals to everlasting damnation. This is, of course, the exact opposite of the gospel. Christians need to come close to homosexual people and show that we, and the God we represent, care deeply for them before we can expect them to listen to us. Confronting people in a way which seems judgemental and condemns them to destruction, reflects badly on the message of the gospel and also on the church.
It is, nevertheless, clear that the Christian church is facing a formidable existential battle through the way Israel Folau is being treated. By tearing up his contract to play rugby, based on something he shared in his private capacity, the right of every believer to express his or her faith is being challenged. Once our employers can dictate to us what we may think or say outside our work context, we have lost one of the cornerstones of Western civilisation and democracy. Once the "thought police" are given the right to bully a recalcitrant thinker into silence, the only way forward is to persecute to those who still refuse to toe the line.
#part3iscoming #izzyfolou #faithinthemarketplace #freedomofspeech #freedomofreligion
22/05/2019 at 4:00 pm
Izzy Right? - Part 1
The reaction of the Australian Rugby Union to the posts shared on Instagram by Israel Folau which indicated that those who engage in various sins, including homosexuality, will go to hell unless they accept Jesus in their lives, has raised the issue of Religious Freedom and the Right to Free Expression to the forefront of public debate. Up to now, the church has been reticent to join the debate.
There are different reasons for this reticence. Many Christians believe that the message of the Bible is firstly directed at the church. The prophetic warnings in the Bible exposed the people of God, rather than the other nations, to the will of God. It is only those who know the heart of God who can correctly interpret his Word. Calling on non-believers to repent from the sins in Izzy's post, may also lose sight of the grace of God, that Jesus came to die for us while we were still sinners. There is, of course, a need for those who have come to trust God, to turn from those things which are against God's will. Obedience, however, has always got to follow faith rather than precede it. Peter's demand in Acts that people should repent from their sins and believe the Gospel, was directed at the Jewish people who already knew a lot about God and for whom the call to repentance made sense.
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17/05/2019 at 12:00 pm
The PBC Student Council are hosting an event for the students and their families on campus next week. If you are studying with us, you don't want to miss this wonderful time of fellowship over food, entertainment and friendly banter.
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17/05/2019 at 9:00 am
Introducing the newest member to our PBC family Debbie. Debbie will be serving the college in the role of as receptionist. Debbie immigrated to Australia from Zimbabwe with her husband Peter and two little boys in May 1992. During those first years of settling into a new country & culture, the friends & fellowship they received from Scarborough Baptist Church was an important part of helping their family adapt to their new environment. Her first job was with a print company in the role of Sales consultant. Her subsequent roles in employment ranged from marketing to admin to running a training department for a large non-profit organisation to Manager of a market research company. For the last two years she has been a home maker, coffee socialiser, avid movie watcher, n walking & had the joy of helping out her daughters in law with her 6 grandchildren. Her husband Peter is a Chaplain at Bethanie, her sons continue to live in Perth. Connor works for Sonshine FM & Richard is Associate Principal for a primary school in the northern suburbs.
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