Day 14: Do Not Forbid Them

Jesus is always aware of the most vulnerable, and clearly regards the little children.

But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me,
and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of Heaven.”
~ Matthew 19:14 (NKJV)

Every baby conceived is a gift for humanity to be cherished and loved. In South Australia, one of the few states keeping statistics, around 89 aborted babies die every day.

Our deepest desire must be to love and serve our Lord Jesus and His Kingdom. We have His heart of compassion and mercy, and a zeal to see justice for the vulnerable unborn who are being aborted.

Today we choose to seek the face of Jesus, and we open our hearts before Him. We listen to what He is saying and learn the strategies of the victorious ways of His Kingdom.

We do not do this battle alone, but we are positioned in Christ.

“And He raised us up together with Him [when we believed],
and seated us with Him in the heavenly places,[because we are] in Christ Jesus.”
~ Ephesians 4:6 (AMP)

Prayer

Thank You, Father, for giving us Your Son. Thank You that we are positioned to hear Your voice and gain victory, as we have already been seated in heavenly places ‘in You Christ Jesus’, where we have authority as the Ecclesia.

Lord Jesus, we thank You that You intercede for us, especially now as this battle still rages for the vulnerable unborn Australians. Together with You, we say let the children come to You and do not forbid them the life abundant that You freely give. We forbid the abortion of our generations, because abortion is not in Heaven.

Thank You for strategies to help us find solutions to halt the continuing push for the legalising of more widespread abortion. Lord, we ask for victory in establishing for us the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 and the Statutes Amendment (Loss of Fetus) Amendment Bill 2022. We ask that You release the right people into the right places at the right time, bringing Your truth to cause a shift in the minds of our politicians.

Reveal Your truth and light to those pushing the Inquiry into Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare (abortion) and the Free Abortion agenda in Canberra. We ask for confusion on the enemy and the termination of any future advances in the shedding of the innocent blood of our children in Australia. In the powerful and precious name of Jesus, we pray. Amen.

Prayer Points

  • Ask for the Esthers and Mordecais already positioned in our government to take steps of courage to expose the enemies’ destructive plans, and for God’s holy people to stand with them in prayer and action, so they know they are supported.
  • We pray for every state and territory of Australia to come together to stand for life! For hearts to be awakened and every Christian to rally to rescue the unborn as the church rises up to “Walk for Life Adelaide” on 11 February and “March for Life” Brisbane — date TBA, Mackay “March for the Babies” October, and for other states to join in and hold rallies or walks in their cities.

These three current Pro-Life Issues before Parliaments:

  • Pray that the Human Rights (Children Born Alive Protection) Bill 2022 be passed speedily in 2023. This Bill will protect babies who are currently, in most states of Australia, being left to die after a failed abortion. This protection for such babies is currently law in New South Wales (2019) and South Australia (2021) as amendments to the state Termination of Pregnancy Acts. This Federal Bill, if passed, will make this legislation National. Pray for protection for the three Federal Senators Alex Antic (Liberal Party), Matthew Canavan (National Party) and Ralph Babet (United Australia Party) who presented this Bill on 30 November 2022.
  • On 28 September 2022, the Federal Senate referred an Inquiry into Universal Access to Reproductive Healthcare (abortion) to the Senate Standing Committee on Community Affairs. This enquiry is all about broadening abortion access and entrenching it into federal law, possibly overriding state laws. Pray that the Lord stops this from occurring.
  • The passing in South Australia of the Statutes Amendment (Loss of Fetus) Amendment Bill 2022. Presented by MLC Sarah Game (One Nation). This bill would acknowledge the loss of an in-utero baby due to a criminal act, such as assault of the mother or dangerous driving — offences in their own right. This Bill is about justice and recognition of a life lost. Sadly abortion is not recognised as a criminal offence, but this bill will for the first time recognise the personhood of the unborn child.

Pray that abortion will not increase in Australia. The ACT Government has announced it will provide free abortions from 2023. There are also calls for taxpayers to fund abortions nationwide, and for nurses to be allowed to give out abortion pills.

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Alice Springs Violence: Who Has the Answers?

We are living in an era where social breakdown and moral decay are drawing heavily on the state’s resources and collective wisdom. The elucidative bankruptcy of the state’s ‘wise men’ is being exposed, as surely as it was in the ancient empires of Egypt and Babylon.

The next morning Pharaoh was very disturbed by the dreams. So he called for all the magicians and wise men of Egypt. When Pharaoh told them his dreams, not one of them could tell him what they meant. ~ Genesis 41:8 

The Chaldeans answered the king and said, “There is not a man on earth who can meet the king’s demand, for no great and powerful king has asked such a thing of any magician or enchanter or Chaldean.” ~ Daniel 2:10

Take the very broken town of Alice Springs, for example. Overnight reports of an axe attack on a teenager by three indigenous youth is just one violent incident among countless attacks occurring every day in Alice Springs. Our governments appear at a complete loss as to what to do. The ‘wise men’ have no answers.

Generational Trauma

Years ago, I closely followed the violence that erupted in Aurukun, Queensland when teachers were twice evacuated after children threatened the principal with knives and machetes. Seven years on, Aurukun still resembles a war zone. Recent reports reveal dwindling attendance at the school, the closure of essential services, a council without a CEO, and residents walking the streets with metal fence pickets and crossbows. Many locals are reluctant to leave their homes.

Many of the insights I gained, as I studied Aurukun’s widely discussed demise in 2016, apply to the collapse into chaos of Alice Springs. There is talk of rugby league identities coming to Alice Springs to help in some way. This reminds me of the goodwill demonstrated in 2016 by Australian rugby league player, Johnathan Thurston, when he used a post-State-of-Origin interview to encourage children in the embattled community of Aurukun. “There’s obviously been a lot of trouble up there,” he said, “so to all the students there, I just want you to believe in yourselves and keep turning up to school.” The following day, an Aurukun teacher reported that the children cheered when they heard Thurston reaching out to them.

And yet for all such gestures of goodwill by celebrities like Thurston, and for all the strategising by government agencies, I don’t think all the king’s horses and all the king’s men can put Alice Spring back together again, anymore than they could put Aurukun back together again. A certain wisdom is needed that transcends the most brilliant intellect of fallen men.

Exploitation and Alcoholism

Common to both the demise of Aurukun and the ruin of Alice Springs is the sidelining of the church and the introduction of alcohol. For Aurukun, the decade following the introduction of alcohol was the darkest decade in the history of the community. Herbert Yunkaporta, a pastor born and raised in Aurukun, laments, “I’ll tell you this: the community is asleep. When did they go to sleep? In the mid-eighties. This is a deep crisis. Aurukun needs help.” There must have been a cry of lament in Alice Springs by many Aboriginal elders when alcohol restrictions were removed six months ago.

Insights from the demise of Aurukun can help in understanding the lawlessness on display in Alice Springs. Aurukun’s history is a tragic story that begins with broken promises and broken dreams. It is a story of Goliath-like state and corporate interests outmuscling local and cultural leadership in a greedy grab for Aurukun’s vast bauxite reserves. It was Aurukun’s buried treasure that attracted mining leases and state administrators in the 1970s, followed by the imposition of a wet canteen in the 1980s. In the face of vehement objection by community elders, trucks laden with beer rolled into the town in 1985 and Aurukun took a nosedive.

Faith and Prosperity

It’s hard to imagine that, as recently as 1970, there was no hint of the misery that would engulf Aurukun. Professor Sutton describes his experience of Aurukun in the early 1970s:

Suicide was unknown. People who survived the rigours of infancy and early childhood had a good chance of living to their seventies…

Local men mustered cattle and ran the local butcher shop, logged and sawed the timber for house building, built the housing and other constructions, welded and fixed vehicles in the workshop, and worked in the vegetable gardens, under a minimal set of mission supervisors.

Women not wholly engaged in child-rearing worked in the general store, clothing store, school, hospital and post office.

(The Politics of Suffering, Melbourne University Press, 2010, p. 40)

This somewhat idyllic life, as described by Sutton, was the peaceful and industrious heritage left by the Presbyterian Church and the Archer River Mission Station. Despite being poorly funded, and notwithstanding its shortcomings, the mission station founded in 1904 is remembered for being supportive of Aboriginal rights and self-determination.

Aurukun sawmill circa 1950

Aurukun sawmill, circa 1950. State Library of Queensland.

Natasha Robinson reports that in 1975, the “progressive [Presbyterian] church was advocating land rights, bilingual education and a return to outstation life.” A Queensland Government report describes the mission superintendents from 1924 to 1965, Rev. Bill Mackenzie and his wife, as being “unusually liberal in their support for their continuation of Bora traditions, traditional hunting and the use of Wik languages.”

Without a doubt, the church played an essential role in laying the platform for the 1970s optimism and social cohesion that existed in Aurukun. There was hope and resourcefulness in the community, a healthy work ethic, a trustworthy moral compass, and emerging cultural leadership.

Secularism and Moral Decay

While it’s not popular to say these days, the church led the Aboriginal community well and was the chief supporter of Aurukun’s journey to self-determination. Tragically, the church would be sidelined as the lucre and liquor interests exploited Aurukun and sabotaged its promising future. This tragedy in Aurukun is not dissimilar to that facing Alice Springs.

There is a direct correlation between social breakdown and moral decay and the sidelining of the church. This is evident in Aurukun, Alice Springs, and indeed in towns and cities across Australia. The church is irreplaceable as both preserving agent and physician. Where the church is maligned and neutralised (as in the case of Joseph in Egypt and Daniel in Babylon), the state finds itself ill-equipped to halt moral decay or heal society’s wounds.

Both ancient and modern history teach us that the silencing and imprisoning of the church is never in the interest of society. Hitler scorched Germany’s soul with his murderous agenda — something he could only achieve with the church rendered dormant. With the exception of lone prophetic voices, like Lutheran pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, there was little moral resistance to Hitler. The removal of the church and its prophetic voice left Germany in great darkness.

Greg Sheridan describes the rise of a “new religion of aggressive secularism” that is filling a void in Australia that used to be occupied by the church. While this aggressive secularism is “more self-confident and fundamentalist than ever,” he astutely observes that the western church is nowhere to be seen or heard because, “widespread, prolonged affluence has been more effective than oppression ever was in killing religious belief and practice.”

I know where Sheridan is coming from. While we have not really known tribulation and persecution, the cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches have been effective in choking out the potent Word of God and rendering the western church unfruitful.

Losing Our Savour

Jesus warned about the church losing relevance. He warned that if the salt loses its saltiness, and its preservation qualities are squandered; it is good for nothing except road base (Matthew 5:13). He taught that lamps that no longer provide light must be removed (Revelation 2:5). The western church would do well to heed these warnings and strengthen the things that remain.

In many ways, we have failed in our responsibility to be salt and light in the world. Many young people in the western church have been short-changed. Rather than energising them and capturing their hearts with a truly noble cause to die for, church leaders have fed them entertainment and the merits of upward social mobility.

The church always thrives when it believes and embraces its true mission statement, as taught by Christ himself. “If any man would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me.” Self-denial, humility, and servanthood may have never been attractive, worldly ideals but these qualities underpin a satisfying and meaningful life and they give the church relevance.

The church, when true to form, has the power to provide young people with vision and intrinsic motivation for living a purposeful and selfless life. This is what Aurukun had, I believe. And this is what Aurukun and Alice Springs and Australia need today. This is what worked for David Wilkerson, founder of Teen Challenge, when he spent himself for New York’s bloodthirsty gangs in the late 1950s.

The church is the remedy to society’s ills. It is the preserving agent against moral decay and social breakdown. It is the steward of the Balm of Gilead that alone can heal the most broken lives. I remain a believer in the power of the Gospel message and what it can achieve when lived out. However, the western church has dropped the ball and we have work to do. And it is in our current, seemingly ‘irrelevant’ condition that we must once again prove our worth.

Ironically, the church is facing a fight for its existence at a time when our nation needs us the most. As a pastor and man of God, Herbert Yunkaporta knows the answer for Aurukun and troubled communities like Alice Springs.

“Aurukun needs to be awakened. When we throw a rock in the water, where does the ripple effect begin? From the inside out. We want to make a ripple effect in each and every individual man and young man, by helping them to restore what was lost.”

The hope for mankind and for our communities truly is a change in the human heart; a transformation of the human condition. And only the living organism, that is the church, can offer that miraculous remedy.

It is through the power of the Gospel that broken men and women receive true cleansing, a new heart, and the energising presence of the Creator Himself. It is in the God-breathed Scriptures that we find the blueprint for peaceful and productive societies. Australia boasts natural resources and underground treasure that are the envy of the world.

And yet it will be the rediscovery of the treasure in our people that will lead to the freedom and triumph of troubled towns like Aurukun and Alice Springs. Exploration companies and mining interests cannot help here. The state must ask for the church’s help. The church alone is the steward of the Gospel, wherein is the power to transform men and women “from the inside out.”

Reginald Arthur, Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dream (1893-1894)

Reginald Arthur, Joseph interpreting Pharaoh’s dream (1893-1894)

And Pharaoh said to his servants,
“Can we find a man like this, in whom is the Spirit of God?”
Then Pharaoh said to Joseph,
“Since God has shown you all this,
there is none so discerning and wise as you are.”
~ Genesis 41:38-39

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Photo by Ketut Subiyanto.

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Some Days You Just Have To Cry

If you’re anything like me, there are news items that just blow your mind; you think, ‘How could this be?’

I’ve had a few of these days recently. Many of you can relate, I’m sure.

Do you, like me, shake your head in disbelief when you mention the abhorrent practice of abortion to a group of Christians online, perhaps on your Facebook page, and are confronted with almost deafening silence?

It’s very discouraging, to say the least.

After all, if Christians don’t stand up for the unborn, who will?

The Canberra Declaration proudly supports all pro-life organisations, including Cherish Life and the Walk For Life. In the video below, you can hear from Senators Matt Canavan, Ralph Babet, and past member of parliament George Christensen. George was instrumental in proposing the ‘Babies Born Alive’ bill. They are men of compassion and love.

Questions

Next time you see a politician on TV, ask yourself this question: will this person protect the unborn baby, the victims of paedophilia, or the right to refuse a medical concoction you don’t want? Will they call out the madness of LGBTQ+ agendas, or the support of racial discrimination under the guise of ‘inclusivity’?

Will they stand against grooming our children to think that the colour of our skin is the defining factor of our character? Or do they support genital mutilation of children due to the influence of the evil agendas of gender change activists?

Upping the Ante

Just when you think you might have seen or heard it all… wait! There’s more!

This afternoon, hubby and I watched an episode of The Ingraham Angle on Fox News. What we saw just broke our hearts and spurred the need to write this article.

According to the news site Townhall, there’s a story that’s pretty much been glossed over, if not suppressed by the mainstream media. It’s a story that a mere five years ago would have had the country exploding in righteous outrage and disbelief; instead, it’s a by-line in tomorrow’s fish-and-chip paper.

The headline reads: “TAPES: We investigate a Suburban Paedophile Ring. Here’s What We Found“. This is a four-part series that contains a ‘Content Warning’. This article contains graphic descriptions of child sexual abuse. Reader discretion is advised. Let me reinforce this warning now.

Here’s the outline of Part One, and a quick summary of each part of the investigation will follow. Kudos to brave and intrepid reporter Mia Cathell:

A months-long Townhall investigation reveals disturbing new details about the affluent LGBTQ activist couple accused of sodomizing their young adopted sons-now ages 9 and 11-and distributing ” homemade” child pornography of the sexual abuse.

Half a year after the shocking story made national news, Townhall is the only outlet following up on the criminal case in Georgia that has seen zero headlines written about it. We’ve found that is far, far worse than what was first reported.

Not only did the married men allegedly rape the two boys who were adopted through a Christian ‘special needs’ adoption agency, but they were pimping out their children to nearby paedophiles in Atlanta suburbs, Townhall’s follow-up investigation discovered.

Recorded jailhouse calls reveal a trove of never-before-seen court documents, and testimony from a family member who spoke exclusively with Townhall uncovered the extent of the physical and emotional trauma that two elementary school-aged brothers endured, as well as the red flags that the state overlooked during the same-sex couple’s “faster than expected” adoption process.

As reported in August, the suspects were darlings of the LGBTQ media. They were part of an anti-gay hate campaign promoting “NOH8”, and Out magazine, which holds the nation’s highest circulation among LGBTQ monthly publications, repeatedly asked them if its website’s Pride page could feature their photos taken at the Atlanta pride parade.

Charges

The adoptive fathers, 33-year-old government worker William Dale Zulock Jr. and 35-year-old banker Zachary Jacoby Zulock (who was previously accused of raping a child) from Oxford, Georgia, have been indicted by a grand jury on charges of incest, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, felony sexual exploitation of children, and felony prostitution of a minor.

William and Zachary are each facing over nine life sentences. They’ve pleaded not guilty.

“Records indicate that the child sexual abuse stretches back to as early as late 2019 and intensified in January 21 March 21 and December 21 as the offence dates are listed.

… an updated criminal affidavit says the child sexual abuse was filmed by William’s husband Zachary, with whom he “routinely engaged in sexually abusive acts” on the boy. Zachary, the household breadwinner, confessed to being the cameraman, and authorities allegedly found folder in his cell phone labeled “us”-that contain videos of William sexually abusing the child.

The indictment also charges Zulock co-defendants with soliciting two other men, through the use of popular social media platforms, in the greater Atlanta metropolitan region to “perform an act of prostitution” with their child, who suffered physical injuries from being brutally raped. Townhall is the first to publicly identify these two alleged members of a paedophile ring in the heart of the Peach state. 27-year-old Hunter Clay Lawless and 25-year-old Louis Armando Vicaro-Sanchez, both of Loganville.

The accusations are horrendous, heartbreaking and sadly more common than we could ever imagine.

Zachary, who lists his Snapchat name in his Instagram bio, where the self-described activist brags about being “Papa to our two wonderful boys”, admitted to sending such material “to less than a dozen people”.

There are other potential co-defendants under investigation that are “out there circulating videos of the Zulock boys”.

According to District Attorney Randy McGinley, “They just viewed underage boys as sex objects.”

More than Meets the Eye

Since their arrest, the married men’s assets have been seized, their vehicles have been forfeited, and their home is now the property of the state, with a lien filed against it. In jailhouse recordings in May, they are heard complaining about the raid that took place upon their home, and “how unfair it is that their assets were seized.” William said, describing the custom-built home he designed:

“I think they took our house because they think there was extra money coming in from somewhere, and we are, like, in our 30s and have this big, giant house. And they didn’t think we could afford it.”

The couple’s dream home sits on a two-acre secluded cul-de-sac in a private prestigious upscale neighbourhood, where pre-existing houses are selling for as much as US $900,000. Construction of the mansion from the ground up took only half a year in 2020. They said:

“The kids loved the forest behind us and the playroom for all their toys.”

Before, the Zulocks lived out of a small house in Snellville, which neighbours Loganville, at the time the boys were adopted. The couple’s lavish lifestyle began to materialise about a year after the Zulock men obtained the boys, the family insider told Townhall.

In addition to the mansion, the Zulocks considered purchasing the adjacent property, Zachary told friends, and they were looking to buy a condominium over the next few years somewhere in Gulf Shores or Orange Beach along the southern tip of Alabama’s white sand coastline.

It appears the funds for this massive mansion nestled within a suburban paradise were probably funded by wealthy outside influence. It was a house of horrors, with surveillance cameras installed on every square foot of the property. There was a secret windowless room the size of a closet without any doors, hidden behind a movable bookcase in the home office that the cops left open, which felt like something out of a horror movie, a relative said. Another creepy interior room devoid of windows was purportedly used as a “home theatre”. LGBTQ Pride paraphernalia littered the family’s extravagantly furnished four-bedroom, five-bathroom house, plus a packed three-car garage. A neon sign, “love is love”, adorned the kitchen’s granite countertop.

Doormats proclaimed: ‘Gayest place in town” and ‘it’s basically a zoo in here’.

“Our business is our business. What happens in our home, stays in our home,” the gay couple allegedly told their abused sons.

Beyond the sexual abuse, as punishment during after-school hours, the Zulock boys were forced to stand in a corner for eight hours straight over back-to-back days, only being allowed to move either to eat or to use the bathroom. William was also witnessed slapping their younger son hard in the face. “They were just abused every possible way,” the relative told Townhall. “The boys were just another commodity to them.”

The family is questioning, in hindsight, how a low-level civil servant and a small-town bank teller could indulge in such niceties openly on display in their home. After an application was submitted for representation by the public defender, a letter addressed to William shows that the county’s indigent defence program found them to be ineligible, citing equity ownership and his spouse’s whopping $7500-a-week income. A similar denial memo was also sent to Zachary, who handles their money, pointing to his supposed well-to-do weekly earnings.

Part 2: Just How Big Was the Operation Led by the LGBTQ Couple Who Abused Their Adopted Sons?

Covering the crimes of the co-defendants Lawless and Vicario- Sanchez could be the tip of the iceberg. People are still under investigation and out there distributing videos.

Could the Zulock couple face federal charges? How far-reaching is the paedophile ring, and will other members be unmasked?

“We decline to comment,” a public affairs officer in the US attorney’s office replied when Townhall inquired if the US Justice Department had any interest in investigating and prosecuting a federal case against these co-defendants.

Last year Georgia’s DOJ office pursued a handful of child sex crimes-related cases in this jurisdiction. Now as Townhall previously reported, the Biden administration’s Department of Justice is preoccupied with targeting peaceful pro-life leaders and rounding up elderly Christian preachers who stand up for innocent unborn life. One father, who protested outside an abortion clinic in Georgia’s northwest neighbourhood of Tennessee, was arrested at home by a swarm of armed FBI agents in front of his children.

Townhall goes on to explain the intricacies of the American judicial system, where child pornography is illegal contraband under federal laws of child exploitation and the obscenity section. Child sex trafficking is prohibited by 18 USC 1591. They talk of the Rico Act, which is basically racketeering.

For the Zulocks, living outside of their visible means was certainly a matter of boasting on social media, where their pages were full of gay pride family trips. They enjoyed lengthy AirBnB stays in Chicago, Ohio, Indianapolis, Indiana, and the Gulf Shore’s Alabama, listed as a go-to vacation spot for gay tourists.

In May 2018, they attended a Gulf Shores pizza place, where Zachary had drawn a rainbow circle around a portion of the children’s menu for kids aged 12 and under that jokingly quipped, “Children unattended will be sold as slaves!”

Other destinations over the years included New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a cabin in Pigeon Forge, TN. The nationwide road trip also took the Zulocks to the national capital in September 2019, in addition to a White House tour where the family took a selfie in front of the Human Rights Campaign headquarters in Washington DC.

Part 3: How Did An Accused Child Rapist Adopt Two Children?

This instalment exposes everything they learned about the faith-based special needs adoption agency that the same-sex couple used to adopt the two boys; the role that Georgia’s child-welfare system played in placing the children in an abusive home, and the lack of accountability across the board.

Red Flags

Seven years prior to the adoption, Zachary was accused of being a child rapist, but never charged. The 2011 probe into paedophilic behaviour covered the accusation of luring a 14-year-old boy to a residence and having sexual intercourse. The probe was closed without a full investigation. Townhall was denied a copy of the incident report.

The boys could have been rescued as early as June 2020.

Zachary affectionately calls his husband, “My #partnerincrime for life.”

How was this previously accused child rapist allowed to adopt two children with his new husband? Apparently with ease!

In 2018, the Zulock co-defendants adopted the two brothers through All God’s Children, Inc., a now-defunct private special needs agency. They specialised in matching more difficult-to-place children. As well as undergoing police background checks, the men were required to attend mandatory pre-adoption classes called “Parents as Tender Healers”. A case worker completed the assessment, and the children were in the hands of these monsters 8-12 weeks later.

The usual jargon of how the process was managed came forth from Georgia’s DFCS.

“Everything seemed fine, I actually thought DFCS would scrutinize them more, being a same-sex couple, but it seems they passed with flying colours. The process moved faster than expected,” a family source told the reporter.

The agency closed in October 2022, and not a moment too soon; the couple were considering applying to adopt a daughter! Zachary asked the executive director for further references to other agencies. Ms Bailey cited two agencies ‘open to same-sex families.’

Fast forward to last summer, the county’s DFCS office was notified about the need for emergency protective placement for the two children and joined Athens-Clarke County Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program advocates, who provided forensic medical attention to the abused boys during the midnight July rescue operation at the family’s mansion.

The narcissistic nature of the paedophiles continues unabated, when William complained: “They made us sign over our parental rights, I really don’t want them back in foster care; they really don’t deserve that.” He criticised the former foster parents, saying, “They were only in it for the money.”

Part 4: What it’s Like In Jail For Two Accused Child Rapists

Frankly, who cares?

Evil rises all around us; the destruction of the family unit is a top priority for the communist/Marxist system that the world seems to heartily embrace.

I have included some links for your perusal.  It’s becoming patently obvious that some VERY powerful people are behind promoting paedophilia as a ‘new normal’ as society evolves. Scotland Police are calling the perpetrators Minor Attracted People (MAP). These are the folks we used to call upon to protect our kids! What the heck is going on?

Thank God that some journalists still have a backbone and righteous anger! Here’s Sky NewsRowan Dean’s take on it.

Perhaps you might think, oh well, there are always some bad apples. True. However, it becomes apparent with some research that the foster care system is broken in the USA, and the rot doesn’t stop there.

German authorities reported on an ‘experiment’ that placed foster care children with paedophiles! Are you kidding me? When you read the article, you soon realise that the man at the centre of this diabolical practice was himself a paedophile. Cosy.

Sin as Old as Time

When we search ‘sexual immorality’ in the Bible, 69 verses come up with the phrase. People perpetrating these acts and seeking to ‘normalise’ them are the same ones pushing abortion, LGBTQI+ and the genital mutilation of our children.

Make no mistake — this enemy, this anti-Christ, anti-human agenda is from the pit of hell.

Let’s recognise it for what it is and treat it as such. Anything less is unbecoming a follower of Jesus Christ. After all, He told us plainly how He loved and cared for the children brought to Him (Mark 10:13-16).

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Photo: The Trumpet

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The Hand of God — A Testimony of Faith

When I was looking in the wrong place for enlightenment and peace, God gently guided me to Himself and granted me the gift of faith.

I was born in Melbourne, the only sister to my three brothers. My father was a farmer from Cowra, New South Wales, and later moved to Shepparton after being a reconnaissance pilot in World War II. My mother was born in Durban; they met and married in Rhodesia. She came to Australia as a war bride.

Non-Christian Family

No one ever mentioned God in our family, though there was nothing said against Him either. Since I was the only daughter, I was sent to an Anglican church, St Hilary’s, when I was 9 years old and continued attending until I was 15 years old.

I was baptised and confirmed there, but didn’t understand what that really meant. However, during those years, I came to sense a peace when I was at church. I also used to gaze at the mural showing the Risen Christ and angels ascending to God.

At school, we were taught scripture once a week; through studying lessons, I came to understand Jesus walked this earth, gathered disciples, healed the sick, and later died on the cross and rose from the dead. I didn’t actually have a personal faith at that time, just a quiet acceptance of Jesus as the Son of God.

And even though the Anglican Church was giving a clear message of salvation, I somehow missed the fact that I could ask Jesus to forgive me personally, or that I could know Him and talk to Him at any time. Overall, I adopted the values of loving and caring for others and knew God wanted me to be unselfish.

Losing Sight of God: The Radical Monash Years

I completed Year 12 and attended Monash University in the radical days of the late ’60s, where I studied literature and Australian, French and Russian history. By the time I left university, I was really drifting into atheism, as I had read so many books on existentialism by post-World War II writers who believed that life had no meaning.

I also read books about Communism and heard speakers who believed the world would be a better place if we shared all possessions and got rid of materialistic values. Two of my lecturers in Australian History taught these values with great passion.

After four years at university, I ceased to think of God as being alive, and instead attended a play by Samuel Beckett, proclaiming Nietzsche‘s ‘God is dead’, and read Camus’ and Satre’s books on nihilism. (Wikipedia: ‘Most commonly, nihilism is presented in the form of existential nihilism, which argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value.)

I didn’t really think of God again until I was 22 years old. Instead, I took up yoga at a St Kilda Ashram and followed Eastern thought, which two of my brothers and my mother followed. This meant we ‘looked within’ for peace and answers to life while ‘emptying our minds.’ No one questioned this technique and none of us knew it could allow dark forces into the vacuum it left.

A life-threatening event made me question, ‘Does God exist?’ (December 1971)

In December 1969 I left university and taught in Melbourne. In 1971, I travelled to the Northern Territory to work with children in a Reform school. I then moved to teach preschool at Yirrkala. The SIL workers and church began to pray for me there as I attended the Aboriginal church meetings, but I continued yoga and meditation as well.

After a year in the NT, I hitched a ride home with another teacher as far as Sydney. She then flew to New Zealand and I hitched a lift to Melbourne with a driver who was a businessman, who said he was on the way to see his wife. An hour after I accepted a lift, the driver gave me some coffee which he said his daughter had made… but I soon realised he had drugged the coffee as I began to lose consciousness and had a very parched throat.

Just before I slipped into unconsciousness, I prayed, ‘If there is a God, please spare me,’ as I knew this man could kill me. My life flashed before me and I blacked out. I woke approximately 16 hours later in a dazed state and was back in Sydney. My first thoughts were: ‘My life has been spared. There must be a God.’

I then travelled home to Melbourne feeling extremely depressed but grateful to be alive. My trust in people had been broken. Since I nearly died, I felt I needed to find peace in life and answers to what lay beyond this life. I thank God I was saved from the hands of a possible murderer, as these were the early days of Ivan Milat and the backpacker murders.

Seeking to Serve God in Calcutta to No Avail

I was so restless and broken inside, I decided to fly to India a month later and offer to work with Mother Teresa so my life would have meaning and I could care for others. I had to read the book Something Beautiful for God about her life starting Homes for the Dying in Calcutta.

I travelled there just before Christmas with high hopes of dedicating my life to God. However, these hopes were dashed as Mother Teresa didn’t have room for another trainee, so I travelled on to the ‘holy’ city of Varanasi to see her other home for the dying, but there was no need for trainees there either, so I went on to find peace and truth as a quest.

I attended a Buddhist temple for ten days with 200 Westerners. We meditated in the belief we could learn the rare method of meditation called ‘Anapana’ taught by Goenkaji, the only Buddhist monk who knew that method. I fasted for a further ten days alone in my cell, hoping to reach enlightenment.

Reading the Bible and a Spiritual Awakening: India (1971)

During the last ten days there, I went out to buy a chai tea and was on my way back to the temple when I met an Indian evangelist, Brother John, who ran an orphanage called Pilgrims Mission. I stopped to ask for directions back to the temple.

He in turn asked, ‘Why have you come to India?’ I replied, ‘To find truth,’ and told him I was reading the Dharma, Gita, the Koran and other Eastern books on yoga, and books by Krishnamurti on mysticism. He asked, ‘Have you read the Bible?’ I replied, ‘No,’  and he gave me a Bible to read.

Brother John shared his own life story of how he was born a Hindu and turned to God after falling 10 floors from the place where he worked, as he leant out of a window to save a 100 rupee note he had dropped. He became injured for life, but knew God had spared his life. He read the verse John 3:3, ‘Unless you are born again, you cannot enter the kingdom of God.’

I went away thinking, “What does he mean?” I understand reincarnation, which can ostensibly take millions of years, but asked myself, “What does it mean to be born again?

The following week, I returned to the Buddhist temple but read the Bible. I had a dream from the book of Revelation. It was a terrifying war scene of horses and men fighting in the battle of Revelation 19, with God as victor. This nightmare was so vivid, I was alarmed. It was a revelation of the chapter I had just read. I realised that if God had a plan to end this world, then I needed to be ready for the next world and to make a choice about what I believed and who I believed in.

Reincarnation or Resurrection?

I realised I simply could not wait hundreds or thousands of years while meditating and seeking peace, for if there was to be a judgement day, I was not ready. I knew I had to decide whether reincarnation existed, or the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I discussed this with the Buddhist priests, but of course, they did not believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection, since Buddha was their ‘saviour’.

In the end, I left the Buddhist temple, as I knew deep in my heart I believed Jesus was the Son of God and He had walked this earth, was crucified and rose from the dead. I left behind the temple sanctuary where 200 other Westerners had taken Buddha as their refuge, as a commitment. (I had refrained from making vows.)

Christ, the Son of God, Knocks at the Door of Our Heart

Before I left Varanasi, I went to see Brother John and his wife to ask him about an Indian doctor who had been a Hindu and then become a Christian. He told me that Dr Sheela Gupta worked at Mukti Mission, south of Bombay.

As a result of reading her inspirational testimony, I travelled for two days by train across India to meet her. I arrived at the mission, nervously wondering if I would be accepted there, since it was an orphanage for disadvantaged Indian children and not a place for Westerners seeking truth.

Dr Sheela Gupta graciously welcomed me and arranged that I stay at the mission. She told me how she had been raised as a Hindu, but trained at Vellore Christian Hospital. She heard about Jesus being the Son of God, but didn’t know what it meant.

Then one night, she heard a loud knock on her door. She went to open it, but no one was there. This happened two more times on the following nights. Dr Sheela realised it was Jesus Himself asking to come into her life, and she knelt down to worship Him and ask him into her heart and life.

As she told me this story, she pointed to the William Holman Hunt painting of Christ, standing with a lantern knocking at the door of a home. Revelation 3:20 — ‘Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hears My voice, I will come in and sup with him and he with Me.’ Dr Sheela said, ‘Jesus is a gentleman. He waits for us to invite Him into our life.’

faith in Jesus - The Light of the World

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness but have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

At that point, I was grappling with the reality of Dr Gupta’s strange encounter with Christ, but I believed her testimony. It was a total surprise for me to hear that Jesus Christ might want to reach out to individuals on earth.

She had received Jesus Christ into her life and left Hinduism. I could see that she had surrendered her life to God and was now serving as a medical doctor in an orphanage for single mothers, babies and orphans.

I continued to read the Bible day and night and spoke to missionaries who shared Bible verses with me. These verses convicted me. I wrestled with the verse ‘I am the way, the truth and the life, none come unto the Father but by me’ and ‘The way is narrow and few find it…’ Above all, it was the love of God in the mission which spoke very loudly, as they ministered to young women, orphans and myself, even though I was a stranger.

The Light of the World Versus Darkness

I knew I had to accept that Jesus was the only way to God as He said (John 14:6)  and let go of the other possible ways to be enlightened. This demanded a radical shift in my thinking. I believed He was a way to God, but now it was a revelation to understand that reincarnation was the opposite of the resurrection.

I realised that the reincarnation belief was founded on man’s false belief of having God within and goodness within, for the Bible said, ‘We all have sinned and come short of the glory of God’ and that only Jesus can cleanse and forgive us and give His peace that passes all understanding.

I realised that true peace was achieved at the cross when Jesus overcome sin and death, but now belief in the cross and resurrection meant God would come into my life from outside of myself. It was just as the Holman Hunt painting revealed, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world’. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of the word.’ (John 8:12)

I was convicted of pride. I suddenly saw myself as needing to trust God implicitly by faith and to let go of the Eastern religious doctrines about Buddha, Hinduism (the Kali goddess), yoga and New Age beliefs suggesting mankind can be enlightened by trying to meditate and find peace within. Once I deduced that Eastern religion was the opposite of Christian beliefs, I suddenly saw that mankind is sinful and had been since the fall of Adam and Eve.

Surrendering to God

I surrendered my life to God in prayer, saying, “God, if You are there and if Jesus did die on the cross for me, then I want to be forgiven and cleansed and to  become Your child.’ I read Genesis and suddenly understood that He had made the universe, created the earth and Heaven, as well as marriage between man and woman, and that He longed to save us like a Shepherd longs to find every sheep He owns.

I knew at that point I was forgiven, and I was ‘born again’ as the Holy Spirit entered my life and I was cleansed by His blood shed on the cross. I received the ‘peace that passeth understanding’ and the gift of eternal life. I felt as though Jesus had taken away the heavy weight of my sin, even though I didn’t know the word ‘sin’ — I knew I was in need of God’s forgiveness.

He also took away any sense of confusion and touched my mind, which was infiltrated by the darkness and Eastern beliefs that led to more darkness. I renounced yoga, Buddhism and the mysticism I had practised, and destroyed any books to do with these beliefs, as I realised they belonged to darkness and evil.

I was overjoyed to have found this answer of truth and peace. I wrote to friends in Australia and my family to tell them, and was surprised no one really wanted to know about the gift of eternal life and to learn God was really there in Heaven and yet reaching out to us. I could not believe it when they showed no excitement or interest, but I now know that the ‘god of this world has blinded their eyes.

I thank God my younger brother received the Lord Jesus into His life soon after. He followed Christ for four years, but then went back to Buddhism and yoga, and sadly forsook the way of truth. I pray one day he comes back to God.

I travelled with a missionary around Delhi and Kashmir for two months, and for the rest of the year, I attended Bible school in Bangalore, South India, and visited people in the villages during our outreach time.

It was only several months after my conversion that I realised there was a devil and a spirit world. That came to light when I met several demon-possessed Westerners in India who seemingly had lost their mind and were out of touch with reality. I realised it could have been my story. Thankfully, both those young men later came to Christ and were able to return home to the West. Meanwhile, I was so thirsty for the word of God that I could not stop reading it.

I returned to Australia in April 1973 with the hope of preparing to go to India as a missionary. I attended the Melbourne Bible Institute for two years. I wrestled with the implications of my new life in Christ and asked that He would help me stay faithful even though the devil would tempt me more in my home country.

I lost contact with most friends as they knew I was no longer the same, and my family did not understand the change in me. I  had to bear the cost of being different and having most friends show no interest in God or the Bible. It made me sad, but I knew it was part of what Jesus warned: ‘You will be hated as I was hated.’ (For me, the reaction was to silence the mention of God in any way in my family.)

I withstood that hurt of being rejected by some of my family, as I knew my name was written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and I now belonged to Jesus and not to this world. I was safe in His hands. God gave me many new friends at Bible college and at church, and over the years softened the hearts of some in our family. I was comforted knowing that I was part of the wider family of Christ, but I also understood the pain of the persecuted saints.

Uganda (1979)

In 1979, I went to Uganda to work in a school with Africa Inland Mission. I had only been there for four weeks when we were taken out to be shot by rebel soldiers. I prayed, ‘Lord, let it be quick or deliver us.’ By God’s grace and a miracle, the soldiers didn’t shoot us.

I escaped along with two elderly missionaries who had translated the Bible into Idi Amin’s language  — Lugbara. We found out later others were praying for us knowing we were in danger. I tried to return to Uganda, but we were evacuated a second time the following year.

I returned to Australia and spent the next five years nursing and reaching out to patients and staff. I visited refugees from Vietnam and many cultures to share my faith, and attended any prayer meetings I could for outreach, and to support the persecuted church and missionaries.

Zimbabwe (1983-1984)

I went to Africa again by faith, and spent a year in Zimbabwe teaching Luke and the Book of Acts to high school students in an all-African village school. Many came to know Christ, but I found out the witch doctors wanted me to leave.

I went home for the holidays but developed Hepatitis A, and then my father died suddenly. I thank God my father came to Christ before he died, and I could see the hand of God in bringing me home in time to see him. I was weakened by Hepatitis A and didn’t recover for some years. I then moved to Darwin.

A Missionary at Home: Darwin (1985-2014)

Instead of being an overseas missionary, I became an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher in the Northern Territory after 1986, teaching in primary and secondary government schools. I always remembered my Heavenly Employer was God and that He was the One Who watched over me.

I worked amongst multicultural children for 15 years and later taught for 12 years in Distance Education, visiting remote communities and teenagers who dropped out of school. So instead of being an overseas missionary, I learnt to understand many cultures and our own indigenous people. I prayed for them and witnessed when I could.

God always gave opportunities and more so if I prayed for His leading in the day-to-day work. My greatest challenge was to work for and with God in a way that would win others to Him and to love the staff and students.

I also sought God as to how I could best use my time in His vineyard outside of school, and He showed me that distributing the Challenge Christian newspaper was one of the relevant ways to reach people in Darwin with life stories. These went to cafes, prisons and shopping centres. One main pastor, Peter Ezzy, made sure he covered every opening in Darwin with them.

Prayer Meetings: Darwin Intercessors

I was privileged to lead three prayer groups in Darwin for ten years from 2002 onwards, and to experience wonderful friendship with other faithful and loving intercessors as we prayed for the persecuted church (those suffering in jail for their faith), Darwin and Nation and a Darwin prayer group for Israel.

However, in 2008, I was struck down with Lyme disease and by 2012, I could no longer be a leader as I was far too weak and was losing my memory and speech capacity. I prayed God would help me find a doctor, and I thank Him I did find a doctor in Melbourne who was on the leading edge of treating Lyme. After 4.5 years of herbal treatment and antibiotics, I recovered enough to be functional again, but I knew I could not work full-time and my life would have to change pace.

At that time, my husband was needing me at home more often due to his PTSD (post RAAF years of service), and so I learnt to take on a  quieter role as a Christian wife who could work behind the scenes, and yet still find ways to be spread the word and pray in our community. The verse, ‘In my weakness, His strength is made perfect’ was claimed as God helped mould me during my new phase in life.

Seven Years’ Chaplaincy at Townsville Hospital (2014-2021)

My husband and I moved from Darwin to Townsville in 2014. After praying for some years about a desire to do hospital pastoral care, I trained as a chaplain and took up voluntary chaplaincy work during 2014–2021.

I found that ministry a wonderful way to show God’s love and care to others, to pray for them and to share in the sufferings of those who suffer, but also to rejoice with those who are healed or saved or brought back into a relationship with God.

It was a great privilege to share in the journey of life with others, and I consider that a very sacred role. The senior chaplain who trained me said, ‘You’ll only last the distance in chaplaincy if you sense this is a call of God for you.’ How true those words became.

The Canberra Declaration (2021)

Towards the end of 2021, when seeking God’s will for the next phase of my life, I discovered the Canberra Declaration prayer ministry with Warwick Marsh and his team.

I thank God I could join in the nights of prayer three times a week on Zoom and during special months of prayer for our nation, government, schools, hospitals, families, churches and outreach in these years of chaos and change.

This has been a wonderful discovery, a vital way to join with other intercessors, pastors, brothers and sisters and to hear speakers who stand for righteousness, truth and the infallible word of God across our nation.

He who seeks me shall find Me. We are saved by grace and not by works.

Looking back on my life, I can testify that God found me at a time when I was seeking truth, though I was unaware He truly existed. It was clearly God’s hand that guided me all the way through India and then home to Australia safely, and guided me into work and ministries that I would not have ventured into earlier. Instead, I would have been meditating and waiting for enlightenment, in India — a lost soul.

May God use this story to encourage others to pray for those lost in New Age practices, and to help them find Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour. To God be the glory for sending His Son to die in our place on the cross and for raising Him from the dead.

As John wrote in Revelation, we can look forward to Jesus’ second return to earth and the rapture. One day, we will be united with all who believe in Christ’s sacrifice for us, and be singing His praises in heaven around the Throne of grace: ‘Even so, come Lord Jesus. Come.’ Amen.

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Photo by Oleksandr Pidvalnyi.

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Urgent Cry from the Heart Amid Impasse in Alice Springs

The Northern Territory’s Labor Chief Minister says she will not back any “race-based” intervention in besieged Alice Springs, despite the town’s two Aboriginal MPs demanding alcohol bans to curb out-of-control violence and calling the crisis a bigger priority than the Voice referendum.

After weeks of rising crime and children wandering the town’s streets at night, the Albanese government stood firm on its refusal to intervene, and Chief Minister Natasha Fyles visited Alice Springs to consult with locals.

Voice Not a Priority

The crime wave in Alice Springs is threatening to derail the national campaign for a Voice to parliament, with two federal MPs making heartfelt pleas for action and a pause in the constitutional debate. Labor MP for Lingiari Marion Scrymgour broke from her party to say discussion of the Voice referendum in her seat, which has the nation’s largest Indigenous population, was challenging for people who were frustrated and felt unsafe in their beds.

“Absolutely I support the Voice, but I think that we can’t have these conversations if there are all these issues that are impacting on communities like Alice Springs,” Ms Scrymgour said on 3AW. “How do we get Aboriginal people to have faith and to vote in this referendum if they don’t believe government’s listening to them?”

Later, Ms Scrymgour said the national discussion on the Voice should continue, but it was not currently a focus in her region. Country Liberal senator Jacinta Price, an Alice Springs local, said a Voice to parliament wouldn’t “change anything on the ground”, and will this year seek to introduce a bill to reinstate a federal alcohol ban. “The point is that the constitutional Voice is not a priority for those who have an immediate crisis,” she said. Opposition leader Peter Dutton said “there would be outrage” if a similar crisis were occurring in one of Australia’s capital cities.

Public Policy

Alice Springs’ crime rate has soared in recent months, with more than a 40 per cent increase in assaults over the past year and more than 300 arrests in the past seven weeks alone. Sources close to the Chief Minister said Ms Fyles would not be making any concrete announcements during her visit but would speak to town leaders and investigate the situation.

Ms Fyles said she would never back a wider “race-based” intervention with the kind of alcohol bans that lapsed in the NT last year after being in place for more than a decade. “The federal intervention was tried in 2007, it did not work then, and it will not work now,” Ms Fyles said. “It targeted and disempowered Aboriginal Territorians and entrenched disadvantage, rather than improve it. “Peter Dutton was part of the Coalition government which chose not to extend the race-based Stronger Futures legislation and chose to let the restrictions lapse.”

The Stronger Futures legislation was put in place by Labor in 2012 to replace the “national emergency response act” legislated by the Howard government in 2007 to address alcohol-related harm. Under the Stronger Futures laws, part of a broader 10-year package to improve the lives of people in the NT, the commonwealth enforced alcohol restrictions that included penalties for the sale and possession of alcohol.

The Opposition Leader said such laws were needed, which was in line with “the advice from the women and the grandparents I’ve met with on the ground”. “If the level of violence, of crime, of sexual assault and domestic and family violence was occurring in Brisbane or in Melbourne or in Hobart, there would be outrage,” Mr Dutton said. “It was clear to me when we went up to Alice Springs, that this issue was beyond the resources of the Northern Territory government.”

One of the architects of the Voice, Tom Calma, said constitutional recognition and addressing the crisis in Alice Springs could “run together”. “There will always be natural disasters and other issues around that are going to take our attention, but we should stay committed to the Voice,” Professor Calma said.

Professor Calma compared the situation in Alice Springs to that of Bourke, New South Wales, which in 2013 was considered one of the most dangerous places in the country, but has since reduced its crime rate significantly. “A bipartisan approach to addressing the issues in Alice Springs is something we should call for,” he said.

Wunan Foundation executive chair Ian Trust said the situation in communities such as Alice Springs showed why the Voice was needed. “I see the Voice as being part of the solution to this. If the Voice is set up in the right way, it can give priority to places like Alice Springs and do something about it, along with Kununurra, Broome, Derby and so on.”

The Prime Minister said the Voice was “the means” to making a practical difference in the lives of Indigenous people across the country. “We have tried a lot of things, people in Canberra or the state capitals deciding what was best for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people — how can we actually give them voice?” Mr Albanese said on Seven’s Sunrise.

The comments followed Alice Springs mayor Matt Paterson meeting Ms Scrymgour, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus and Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney to ask for immediate commonwealth intervention in the crisis and the deployment of federal police into the town. Mr Dreyfus continued to stare down such pleas and referred back to his previous comments that stressed policing was strictly a Northern Territory matter.

Greens First Nations spokeswoman Lidia Thorpe, who has previously been critical of the Voice, said the situation in Alice Springs was “a humanitarian crisis” and called for the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in custody to be adopted to improve justice outcomes. “Implementing the recommendations will save people’s lives before any referendum,” Senator Thorpe said.

The Greens will formally decide on their position on the Voice in coming weeks at a party room meeting where the Blak Greens, who oppose a Voice coming before truth and treaty processes, will also be present. While stressing he was not against a Voice to parliament, Mr Paterson said he “endorsed” Ms Scrymgour’s comments that addressing the immediate crisis in Alice Springs needed to take priority. “We really need to have a conversation with the kids herein about if it’s safer being on the streets than it is being at home, that’s a key piece we need to get to,” Mr Paterson said.

Turn to Prayer

Meanwhile, an Intercessor on the ground in Alice Springs has written to give prayer points to encourage others to pray for the situation in Alice Springs. She wrote:

“Dear Praying Friends, Alice Springs has hit the headlines this last week due to escalating crime rates. Many of you are wondering if it is really true and just what is happening. There has been a dramatic spike in crime in the town in the past six months. There have been house break-ins and vandalism, vehicles stolen and used for ram raids and chasing police vehicles.

Most of these crimes have been committed by Indigenous children, many of primary school age. A couple of weeks ago they broke into the town library and caused $20,000 worth of damage. The police were so overworked, they took seven hours to attend. Many people are leaving town, businesses are closing, and some people are frightened to go out at night.

There are many reasons for what is happening: family violence in the home (often fuelled by alcohol), boredom, lack of longer-term funding for NGOs attempting to tackle the problem, and recently a tendency to film exploits and post them on Tiktok. The situation has been exacerbated by the greater access to alcohol in the last six months.

However, as has been said, it is not an issue just about alcohol, it is about overcrowded housing, lack of access to services, and lack of opportunity for young people. This situation is not restricted to Alice Springs. It is happening all over regional Australia: Katherine, Darwin, Halls Creek, Kununurra, the Pilbara, Mt Isa, Townsville and other places in Queensland and NSW. Very severe alcohol restrictions (to act as a circuit breaker) have been introduced in Alice Springs which are set to last for three months. Please pray for Alice Springs. Here are some possible prayer points you can use to guide you.

  • For God to give the young people a purpose in life.
  • For wisdom for all those making decisions.
  • For consultations to include Indigenous People and Organisations.
  • That what has been happening will not result in the hardening of racist attitudes, especially within the police force.
  • For long-term funding for NGOs that operate diversionary Programs
  • For Christians to commit to long-term praying.
  • For Christians to be sensitive to the prompting of the Spirit as to what He wants them to do.
  • For Government commitment to provide more housing.
  • For organisations to provide learning opportunities for people who have missed out on school.
  • For a spirit of peace to reign in the towns at night.”

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Originally published by the Australian Prayer Network. Photo by Natalia Olivera.

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No One is Calling Out NASA on Artemis Extravaganza

There is no rational explanation for this extravagant waste of public money, particularly when there are so many issues that need to be dealt with in the US, including crumbling infrastructure and a poor national health system, and, more generally, throughout the developing world where billions of people still live in extreme poverty.

It is hardly surprising that the Greens and their allies, so insistent on stopping the use of fossil fuels such as coal, oil and gas, are completely silent on the extraordinary waste of energy and other scarce resources involved in the Artemis mission.

It is perhaps more surprising that centres of knowledge including the universities, and centres of moral authority such as the churches, should remain totally silent in the face of this obscene and scandalously wasteful project.

There is a very practical reason why it has been 50 years since the US last sent astronauts to the moon: the cost was unsustainable, the risks were high, and the benefits were non-existent.

We will hear much more about the Artemis mission as billions of dollars are spent on this wasteful and extravagant project. But the sooner it comes to an end, the better.

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Originally published in News Weekly. Photo by Pixabay.

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Keeping, or Losing, Our Faith in Climate Change

Does climate change? If so, why? Is there really a climate crisis? If there isn’t, then why do so many believe there is? Is climate change a religion?

In drafting this essay, I have drawn heavily on my own training and experience as a teacher of meteorology and my own research in the 1960s and 1970s, when the scientific community was seen to seek the truth without the bias of pushing specific agendas. With my background in these things, I offer you what I believe to be a balanced and factual argument that the concept of climate change, previously known as global warming, has become a religion.

Today, there is so much commentary on climate change, so much so that I think that the majority of us accept that climate change is an inconvenient truth, and trust that those in power are getting on with fixing it. Is that it? Surely, if that’s true, we don’t need another essay!

But I think we do! In this essay, I would like to shine a light on some corners of the subject usually glossed over.

Does climate change? If so, why?

I believe that climate does change over time. (Remember, we are talking about climate now, not weather.) Climate is a description of the average atmospheric conditions in a specific region, taken over at least 30 years. Weather simply changes every day. In the case of Melbourne, Australia, it is said that you can experience all four seasons in one day!

A century ago, Serbian scientist Milutin Milankovitch hypothesised that the long-term, collective effects of changes in Earth’s position relative to the Sun are a strong driver of Earth’s long-term climate, and are responsible for triggering the beginning and ending of ice ages. Let me discuss his three cycles.

  1. Eccentricity of the Earth’s Orbit

Earth’s orbit around the Sun isn’t a perfect circle. Over time, the gravitational pull from the two largest planets, Jupiter and Saturn, cause the shape of Earth’s orbit to vary from nearly circular to slightly elliptical. Currently, Earth’s eccentricity is near its least elliptical (most circular) and is very slowly decreasing, in a cycle that spans about 100,000 years.

The total change in global annual insolation (energy received from the sun) due to the eccentricity cycle is very small and some will argue, insignificant; but before I go on, consider this.

The Earth’s atmospheric system is extremely complex and extraordinarily difficult to model. There are so many variables to consider. Let’s just consider one here.

The amount of ice on the Earth, on land or on oceans, correlates with the amount of insolation reflected back to space, known as the Earth’s albedo.

During ice ages, much of the Earth’s surface was covered with ice. This large coverage of white meant that the Earth’s albedo was high, with much of the incoming solar radiation received by Earth being reflected back into space without appreciably warming the atmosphere.

But if a change in the Earth’s orbit brings about a minute change in the insolation received — for example, just a little bit more heat, barely enough to measure — it could be enough to melt an ice cap or two just a little bit, barely enough to measure. The Earth’s albedo decreases, just a little bit. Then, more of the incoming insolation is retained as heating, melting a bit more ice, and before you know it, a positive feedback loop is set up and the ice age melts away.

As a result, a steady increase of real measurable temperatures; sea level rises from the melting ice; and plants and animals once again begin to colonise what had been the frozen rocky waste that underlay the ice.

  1. Obliquity of the Earth’s Spin

The angle of the Earth’s axis of rotation is tilted as it orbits around the Sun is known as obliquity and thus explains our seasons. Each hemisphere facing the sun has its summer and the hemisphere tilted away has its winter. As the year progresses, when the sun is directly over the equator, each hemisphere has its autumn and spring respectively.

Obliquity varies between 22.1 and 24.5 degrees with respect to Earth’s orbit. The greater the obliquity, the more extreme our seasons, as the hemisphere facing the sun receives more insolation during its summer, and less during winter when it is tilted away. It is believed that periods of greater obliquity can trigger deglaciation after an ice age, as the Earth’s albedo is reduced.

Obliquity is currently tilted at 23.4 degrees, or about halfway between its extremes, with a cycle that spans about 41,000 years. It was last at its maximum tilt about 10,700 years ago and will reach its minimum tilt about 9,800 years from now.

  1. Precession of the Earth’s axial wobble

As Earth rotates about its axis, it wobbles slightly, much like an off-centred spinning top before it falls over. This wobble is believed to be due to tidal forces caused by the gravitational influences of the Sun and Moon that cause Earth to bulge at the equator, affecting its rotation. The cycle of precession spans about 25,770 years.

The passage of precession makes the seasons more extreme in one hemisphere and less extreme in the other. Currently, this makes Southern Hemisphere summers hotter and moderates Northern Hemisphere seasons. But in about 13,000 years, precession will cause these conditions to flip.

Other climate change drivers

So far in this essay, I have not mentioned the effects of volcanic ash from eruptions, that can be carried right around the globe by high-level jet streams. These clouds of ash reflect insolation and can have a cooling effect on our climates for many years.

[A word of caution here. If you are not aware, or perhaps have forgotten, the internet is far from ‘balanced’ in the articles and websites fed to you on a search. I have noticed (and it getting worse and worse in my view) that generally government websites (whatever the country), NASA, Wikipedia and National Geographic, to name but a few, all point their readers to the doctrine that climate change is an inconvenient truth. They have no room for discussion of alternative views.]

Another contributor to climate change is the sunspot cycle of 11 years. The comings and goings of sunspots have been shown to parallel changes in the Earth’s climates, and the occurrence of the Little Ice Age, which lasted from about 1450 to 1820.

Then there is the theory that the burning of fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas is creating climate change. Usually, this is described as anthropogenic warming, as it is a direct effect of man’s activity. It is focussed on the extra production of carbon dioxide (CO2), which is one of the greenhouse gases that trap insolation in our atmosphere as the radiation bounces off these molecules on their way back out to space, but as a result, are returned to Earth, creating the heating effect.

One thing to remember about the theory of anthropogenic warming due to CO2 is that CO2 only makes up an extremely small proportion of our atmosphere and this is not changing significantly due to our anthropogenic activity. Our atmosphere is 78 per cent nitrogen, 21 per cent oxygen, 0.9 per cent argon, and 0.1 per cent other gases (including CO2).

However, CO2 is the most important gas for plant growth, being the only source of carbon available to them. As Jordan B. Peterson has eloquently pointed out, the globe’s food production from plants has increased thanks to the extra CO2 produced by man and the deserts have begun to shrink! Great news for mankind!

There are still more climate change drivers. For example, the distribution of continental masses around the globe resulting from plate tectonics. Their distribution influences the Earth’s albedo, as land and oceans have different coefficients of reflectivity with respect to insolation.

Other examples are gaseous and particulate pollution, cutting insolation and stimulating rainfall, to say nothing of poisoning our environment. Deforestation has a devastating impact on soil quality, to say nothing of the reduction in water vapour in the atmosphere (a great contribution to the greenhouse effect). And the impact of commercial agriculture on the atmosphere.

Our atmosphere, the weather and the climate we experience are influenced by arguably the most complex, interconnected array of variables known to man. To simplify it to anthropogenic warming and to the excess of CO2, does a gross injustice to the science.

Is there really a climate crisis?

Most media commentary, most governments’ policies and most corporations, particularly the global ones, believe that there is. Anyone who is not a believer is ridiculed, sidelined, or ignored. But does that mean that there really is a climate crisis? Or does it demonstrate something completely different?

In the second half of this essay, I am leaning heavily on a one-and-a-quarter-hour-long discussion between Amir Tsarfati and Professor Yonatan Dubi published in November 2022 — Climate Change: A New World Religion? Amir is a Jew converted to Christianity, and Yonatan describes himself as a Jew by birth but now part atheist, part agnostic.

Yonatan is a physicist who specialises in mathematical modelling. He points out that the world’s average temperature has risen by 1.1o C over the last 100 years and that sea levels have risen by 30 cm in the last 100 years. This is an interesting observation, as we would expect sea levels to rise following the Little Ice Age of 1450 to 1820, and they have. Nothing unusual here!

Globally, sea level rise is extremely variable depending on local tectonic forces. For example, the sea level on Israel’s coastline has risen 7 cm over the last 100 years. Do these rates constitute a crisis? I don’t think so.

As Yonatan points out, rates like these will give man ample time to adjust to make any necessary changes to save himself and his livelihood. For Yonatan, this is not a crisis. He also points out that the IPCC’s (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) own data shows that there has been no rise in catastrophic weather events over the last 100 years either. As we know, the mainstream media love to use each hurricane, flood, fire, or drought as evidence of climate change. They are simply stoking the fire of alarmism and fuelling the fears of climate change believers.

Is climate change a religion?

What is a religion? Extremely hard to define, I am sure you will agree, but for me, there are some core components. Belief is central, a belief in something that requires faith, without the evidence of fact. The second element for me is that the belief engenders, or creates, a unity within a community of believers. Those who don’t believe are outcasts, excluded from the community.

According to a classical sociologist, religion is a “unified system of beliefs and practices relative to sacred things, that is to say things set apart and forbidden — beliefs and practices which unite into one single moral community called a Church, all those who adhere to them.” (Durkheim, 1915)

Amir and Yonatan build their argument that climate change is a religion. They recognise the emergence of the ‘environmental movement’ in the 1960s with the publication of the classic work Silent Spring (Rachel Carson, 1962). The core of this book targeted the use of DDT against the curse of malaria in Africa. Afterward, the banning of DDT led to the excess deaths of millions from malaria, until the Africans started using DDT again!

Amir identified the Club of Rome’s Limits to Growth, 1972, as planting the seeds of the current preoccupation with limiting economic growth as a worthy environmental response to the climate crisis. Yonatan also identified the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 as the moment that saw increasing numbers flocking to the Greenpeace movement.

At the heart of all these initiatives was the underlying belief in the planet and in the fact that the planet needed saving. The enemy that needed to be fought against was mankind. Man was no longer the pinnacle of God’s creation, but rather a curse, responsible for so much pain, misery and degradation of the planet.

So, parallel with the demise of the Judeo-Christian heritage, starting in the liberated 1960s and continuing with the destruction of Communism, culminating in the breakup of the USSR and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the people needed a new cause around which to unite. The environment, the planet, became their new god.

So, God said, in effect, “If that’s what you want, that’s what you get.” It wasn’t long before they were living in a pigpen, smeared with filth, filthy inside and out. And all this because they traded the true God for a fake god, and worshiped the god they made instead of the God who made them — the God we bless, the God who blesses us. Oh, yes!
~ Romans 1:25 (MSG)

It seems to me that climate change has all the hallmarks of a religion. For me, the most concerning aspect of this is that their adherents have ‘set aside’ their rational, enquiring, eager-to-learn minds, that naturally question and debate; for blind belief, faith, in what their leaders tell them. Their singular target is simply our individual carbon footprint, that is, the amount of CO2 that can be attributed to each one of us. So, believers simply must make the sacrifices necessary to bring this impact down. The more we save, individually, the more pious we are and the higher up the religious hierarchy we go!

Do not be deceived!

The climate change religion is very deceiving. It is so easy to become unwitting converts, as so much of it is obviously sensible. Let’s consider a few examples. Overfishing the oceans will swell our profits for today, but deplete the harvest for future generations — our children and grandchildren.

Clear-felling and burning our native forests send precious resources up in smoke, destroying the natural habitat for innumerable species of plants, animals and birds, to say nothing of the potential for cooling the planet due to increased smoke cover in the upper atmosphere.

Intensive commercial farming is over-reliant on artificial fertiliser. It degrades the soil, depleting the carbon content, and increases the risk of soil erosion by wind and or flood, not to mention the dangers of salinisation, as salt may be brought to the surface by evaporation, rendering the land unusable by future generations.

3 As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives,
the disciples came to Him privately.
“Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen,
and what will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?”

Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you.
For many will come in My name,
claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many.
You will hear of wars and rumours of wars,
but see to it that you are not alarmed.
Such things must happen, but the end is still to come.
Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pains.”
~ Matthew 24:3-8 (my underlining).

I believe that the climate change religion can easily deceive us. Stage one, we believe the rhetoric, because we can’t see any alternative narrative as censorship has effectively outlawed alternative perspectives.

Stage two, we subconsciously accommodate the new religion into our current faith and moral practices. Finally, stage three, we can no longer recognise the new religion that has taken up residence within us and makes it normal for us to outcast any, including our family or community, who don’t share our beliefs. We take on the mores that preach the moral virtue of ‘for the greater good’, even though it flies in the face of the fact that each one of us, has been individually, fearfully and wonderfully made by God (Psalm 139:14).

More and more layers of red paint!

Yonatan described a wonderful analogy of more and more layers of red paint. He compares the impact of increasing the parts per million of CO2 in our atmosphere due to the burning of fossil fuels to adding layers of paint to a fence.

When we paint a fence with red paint, the first layer will look pretty anaemic as the original material or colour will be bound to show through. So, we put on another coat of paint, then another and perhaps a fourth.

By now each additional layer simply makes the paint layer thicker; it does not change the colour. Yonatan is saying that reducing the parts per million of CO2, as the climate change religion desires, will have as negligible an effect as taking off one layer of red paint from our fence. The fence will still look red!

So, imagine the destruction of all the economies right across the globe. Imagine the impact on the poorest people. Imagine the wealth gap widening even more as the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. And all for what? An immeasurable impact on the planet’s climates!

I can only see one benefit from all this. The rich elite, who have designed this new religion, do very well, thank you! The rest of us become the new feudal society of serfs, serving our new masters for their every pleasure.

Be nice to your neighbours

Let me conclude on a positive note.

15  Your hands are full of blood!

16 Wash and make yourselves clean.
Take your evil deeds out of My sight;
stop doing wrong.
17 Learn to do right; seek justice.
Defend the oppressed.
Take up the cause of the fatherless;
plead the case of the widow.

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.”
~ Isaiah 1:15b-18

I commend the whole of this chapter to you, but what does the writer say here? To recognise that we might have been deceived into thinking and doing wrong. Then to do right, to seek justice, defend the oppressed, and take up the cause of the fatherless and plead the cause of the widow (v17).

I can think of no better analogy than that we should be:

… the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.
~ Matthew 5:13

Let’s be nice to our neighbours. Let’s be responsible to the environment, while remembering that it is our decisions, our responsibility as citizens that counts, not the edicts and demands of external authorities. If there is no clearly argued good reason for doing something, there is no clearly argued good reason for doing something!

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Photo by Markus Spiske.

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Breaking the Silence: Do mRNA Vaccine Harms Outweigh Benefits?

As someone who has always questioned the safety and efficacy of the Covid ‘injectables’, I’ve thought long and hard about why more doctors haven’t voiced concerns, why so many seem unaware of the documented side effects, and why so few are sounding the alarm.

To help me answer this question, I spoke with renowned UK cardiologist and heart-health campaigner Dr Aseem Malhotra, who has been breaking the silence.

‘Double-jabbed’ Malhotra originally supported the program, until a series of events sent him digging into the evidence. What he discovered alarmed him and resulted in the publication of two evidence-based, peer-reviewed papers along with a call for the immediate suspension of the Covid mRNA roll-out. He tells his story:

‘Despite being one of pharma’s biggest critics, I could not have expected or conceived of the possibility that these vaccines, these new vaccines, could cause harm. So very early on I was one of the first to have two doses of the Pfizer vaccine, and I helped out at a vaccine centre in January 2021.

About a month later I had a conversation with a friend of mine, film director Gurinder Chadha (who was) vaccine hesitant. I said to her, “Listen, traditional vaccines are still one of the safest pharmacological interventions in the history of medicine. That doesn’t mean that all vaccines are completely safe. No drug is completely safe. But when you compare them to other pharmacological interventions I’ve talked about and campaigned on, for example diabetes drugs, blood pressure pills or statins, they are far, far safer.”’

Personal Loss

Malhotra further explains his view during a Good Morning Britain interview.

‘I said, “There are rational concerns for vaccine hesitancy and irrational concerns. The rational concerns are when looking at what the pharmaceutical industry has done for years — they’ve been found guilty of fraud on many occasions — and prescribed medications are the third most common cause of death after heart disease and cancer.” So, I was being open, and I felt compassion for people who were vaccine-hesitant. And I said, “In my opinion, as it stands at the moment, traditional vaccines are the safest.”

‘Six months later my father suffered an unexplained… cardiac arrest. The post-mortem didn’t make sense, he was a very fit guy, yet he had very severe narrowings of two of his coronary arteries. I had known his cardiac history inside out, we had done imaging on him a few years earlier. I found myself thinking “hold on a minute, he’s got a rapid progression of coronary artery disease when he’s doing really well during lockdown, walking 10,000 steps a day and eating well. This doesn’t make sense.“ And I could only attribute it at the time to stress, I couldn’t think of any other reason.’

Over the following months, emerging data led Malhotra to question whether the vaccine was linked to his father’s death. The first was an abstract published in Circulation (November 8, 2021) by US cardiothoracic surgeon, Dr Steven Gundry, who followed several hundred of his patients after the mRNA (Moderna/Pfizer) jabs. Gundry found that inflammatory markers correlated with heart disease risk went through the roof. On average, that change increased the risk of those people having a heart attack or stroke within the next five years, from 11 per cent up to 25 per cent. This increase in risk is massive.

Cover-Up

The next event raised more alarm bells for Malhotra.

‘Within two weeks of that abstract, a whistle-blower contacted me from a prestigious institution in the country, and said that a group of researchers had accidentally found through imaging studies that mRNA vaccines were increasing heart attack risk through inflammation, but the lead researcher said they were not going to publish these findings because it may affect funding from pharma.

‘I then felt a duty and contacted GB News saying, “There is a Circulation abstract but also something else I’ve heard,” and I spoke about it on GB News. That interview went viral … with me raising questions and saying, “We need to investigate this.”’

The pushback was strong.

‘One very prestigious medical body that I am affiliated with received a number of anonymous complaints from doctors that I was bringing the medical profession into disrepute, and that as I was in an association with them, I was bringing them into disrepute. I was then asked to formally respond,’ he relates. Malhotra responded and let off with a warning.

Assessment

This experience made him realise how difficult it would be to publicly expose things, so he decided to critically appraise the evidence himself.

‘When I broke the data down, it became very clear, the harms of the mRNA vaccine massively outweigh the benefits. It was not even close! And that’s based on the highest level of quality of data we will ever have.’

The evidence comes from the original double-blind, randomised control trials, that led to the approval of both Pfizer and Moderna by regulators worldwide. Malhotra explains,

‘In a reanalysis of the original trials with the Wuhan strain, eminent scientists essentially found you were more likely to suffer a serious adverse event — for example hospitalisation, disability, or a life-changing event – than you were to be hospitalised with Covid. That means, in essence, the mRNA vaccine should likely never, ever have been approved for anybody in the first place.’

He continues:

‘The randomised control trial data showed a risk of serious adverse events of at least 1 in 800 within two months. It’s probably much higher than that as you go forward because one of the mechanisms is accelerated heart disease. My dad died six months after the second dose of the vaccine; many people are going to be dropping dead and having heart attacks months after having the vaccine because it accelerates coronary artery disease.

But other vaccines have been pulled for far less: the swine flu vaccine was withdrawn in 1976 following episodes of Guillain Barre syndrome at a rate of 1/100,000; rotavirus vaccine was withdrawn in 1999 for causing a form of bowel obstruction (intussusception) in 1/10,000; this is 1/800 at least. So, it’s a no-brainer. The question is: why have they not pulled it? Some say, “It was an emergency use authorisation.” Well, it’s no longer an emergency.’

This begs the question: if the evidence is now so clear, why does the silence continue? Well, I’m glad you asked. In a follow-up article, I will explore the factors contributing to the great silence — hint, it’s not just AHPRA — and how we can move from here.

Encouragingly, if recent events are anything to go by, the silence is (slowly) breaking. The past few weeks have seen appearances by doctors on mainstream media voicing jab safety concerns, including Australia’s Dr Kerryn Phelps, and Malhotra’s recent truth bomb drop on a live BBC broadcast receiving millions of views on Twitter. Thanks Elon.

They are joined by other eminent professors and clinicians sounding the alarm and calling for governments to ‘Stop the Shots’.

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Originally published in Spectator Australia. Photo by Maksim Goncharenok.

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