The following is taken from The Hon. John Anderson AC inaugural Tim Fischer Oration in Parliament House in Canberra, Australia on 18th August 2022, where he spoke on the factors behind Australia’s political division, cultural breakdown, and intergenerational inequality.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” Matthew 4:4
“Any critical assessment of the West will be found profoundly inadequate without acknowledgment of the crucial influence of the Lord Jesus Christ.
History reveals the boons of the West – prosperity, democracy, science, mass literacy, modern freedom, commitment to humility, and service of others – emerged from Christianity. Indeed, our longest-serving Prime Minister of Australia in the 50’s and ’60s, said that “democracy is more than a machine; it is a spirit. It is based upon the Christian conception that there is in every human soul a spark of the divine.”
For Menzies, democracy could work only if we remember that “with all their inequalities of mind and body, the souls of men stand equal in the sight of God”.
And so we must ask: Can the best of Western civilization survive without its spiritual nourishment any more than a flower plucked from its soil?
In the case of the West, including Australia in particular, the God that inspired many of our great feats of architecture, the rise of modern human rights, and modern democracy, was no philosopher’s God.
He was the personal, redemptive God of Abraham, who became flesh in Jesus Christ.
Properly understood, the cross is the ultimate act of extraordinary love and service. Christianity demands of us the humility to use power only for the betterment of others, not for ourselves. Much as the demonstration of the cross was in stark contrast to the lust for domination that characterized the Roman Empire in the first century, it still stands in stark contrast to the grasping for power that so marks our modern life.
How many aspirants to our nation’s highest political office would even know that the term “Prime Minister” actually means “first servant”: ‘minister’ – from the Latin meaning ‘inferior’ or ‘servant’?
Tim Fischer rose to one of the highest offices in the land seeking to use power for the benefit of others rather than himself.
It was through millions of people turning to Jesus that Western civilization as we know it was achieved. And yet Jesus did not come to save civilizations, all of which he assured us would ultimately fade away, but to save individuals through faith in Him. May none of us miss this ultimate point.
It was in this Christian milieu that character and service prevailed to give us what we now so enjoy, but tend to take for granted. It was this civilization that blessed us with men of character like Tim Fischer. It is in this context that I stress the need for courage, truth, and engagement if we are to survive, as free people, the challenges of our age.”
This is the question God asked Job. For thirty-five chapters Job seeks answers to why tremendous calamity has overcome him.
“God doesn’t give Job an explanation. He just shows Job who He is. … and then says,
‘I ask the questions and you give the answers. Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?Job 38:4
We know why calamity overtook Job, God allowed Satan to bring it upon him. To most of us, this seems unjust, even offensive. Even though we know that God restored Job’s fortunes, twice as much as he had before, it is only when we read Job’s final response that we get to understand what God had achieved. Moreover, it is obvious who is in control of all that occurred.
“Then Job answered the Lord and said: “I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge?’ Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. ‘Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me.’ I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”Job 42:1-6
As Francis Chan said in a recent sermon, “For any of us who think that we can come into the presence of God and say, ‘God, why did you make me this way? Why did I go through this? This is my body, my choice.’ God says: ‘No, wait a second. No. Nothing is yours. I spoke this world into existence.’ The world is the Lord’s and everything in it. It’s all made by Him.And He doesn’t owe us an explanation for what He does in it.
Chan also referenced Isaiah 66:2, where God says: “This is the one to whom I will look, he who is humble and contrite in spirit andtrembles at My Word.”
“Do you tremble at the Word of God? Do you tremble? Because if you want God to choose you and see you, you need to tremble at His Word. Do you tremble at James 4:6, where it says, ‘God opposes the proud? If there’s ever a verse to tremble at, that might be it,” Chan said.
Chan warned the audience against becoming like those who say they are Christians, but “they are not close to God, not the God of the Bible.” He added that they “can sing … [and] cry, they can talk about their quiet time, but if they are proud, then they’re not very close to that throne.”
“Those who are closest to God are those who are most humble. … Do you understand this God that we pray to? When people were close to God, they were not proud. Chan said, ‘whenever I see pride in my life, the answer to that is not OK, let me try to be more humble.’ No. ‘Let me try to get closer to God.’ Because when I’m in the presence of God, there is not going to be pride there.”
“As an example of suffering and patience, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. Behold, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast. You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.” James 5:10-11
Gone are the days when gun-shy theologians bowed to the god of science. Reliable scientists are now affirming how ingenious God is and how His principles hold up under the piercing light of scientific scrutiny.
Neuroscientist Andrew Newberg, MD, who studies the relationship between spiritual phenomena and the brain, has demonstrated that we were designed physically and mentally to interact with God through prayer and Scripture. It’s a known fact that there are centres in the human brain that respond positively to prayer, reading and meditating on God’s Word, group worship, hymn singing, and empathy for other people. And Dr Newberg believes that practising a personal religious faith is the most powerful way to maintain a healthy brain.
The brain’s frontal lobe is used in focusing attention, rational thinking, and decision-making. It responds to prayer and meditation by helping to reduce stress, strengthen our immune system, enhance memory, and increase our capacity for compassion. It helps us ward off age-related brain deterioration and live longer! Newberg’s research indicates that praying for at least twelve minutes a day slows age-related brain decline. Prayer and reading Scripture also deactivates areas in the brain associated with anger, guilt, anxiety, depression, fear, resentment, and pessimism. It seems that finally, twenty-first-century science has joined ancient Scripture in echoing what the psalmist said: “Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvellous.’”
“For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” Psalms 139:13-14
Can you think of a better reason to ‘let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly’?
“And be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.” Colossians 3:16
Pastor David Jeremiah got it right. Saying Christians are living in a “post-truth world,” last Sunday at Shadow Mountain Community Church in El Cajon, California, he urged believers to be bold stewards of God’s Word even as the culture continually rejects it.
Truth, he said, is “little by little just disappearing from our culture.”
“What happens now is people have an end in mind, and they just take the facts and the information, and they manage it to arrive at the end, which they’ve already perceived, what they’ve already determined,” Jeremiah said before referencing the biblical standard: “Truth is objective. Truth isn’t changeable. If it’s true, it’s true. … There’s no such thing as true, truer and truest.”
“We live in a post-truth world, which means the Word of God is more important than it has ever been,” Jeremiah said. “Post-truth means it used to be truth, but it’s not truth to us now. Post-truth is a word that describes our culture today.”
In a post-truth world, Jeremiah said, it’s essential that Christians are “stewards of the truth” and “stand up” for the Bible.
Jeremiah referenced multiple verses, including 1 Corinthians 4:1, which calls Christians “stewards of the mysteries of God,” and 1 Thessalonians 2:4, which says believers are “entrusted with the gospel.”
“This is how one should regard us, as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” 1 Corinthians 4:1
“For our appeal does not spring from error or impurity or any attempt to deceive, but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts.” 1 Thessalonians 2:3-4
“This is the greatest treasure that we have – apart from our salvation,” Jeremiah said of the Bible. “
The Word of God should be treasured, taught, listened to, and loved. We are stewards of truth.
What was going through Jesus’ mind as He prepared for His crucifixion?
He certainly was not anxious or fearful, look at His actions. He washes the disciples feet. Jesus was teaching His disciples how to serve others and how to be humble all the way until the very end.
“Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him.” John 13:3-5
“The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.” Mathew 20:28.
Then He calmly predicts His betrayal
“I am not speaking of all of you; I know whom I have chosen. But the Scripture will be fulfilled, He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.’ I am telling you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am He.” John 13:18-19
“Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me.“John 13:21b The disciples in disbelief asked who?
“Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I will give this morsel of bread when I have dipped it.” So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.” John 13:26
This is just one of the many Bible prophecies Jesus gave the disciples so that they might believe that He is the Son of God. Look at the powerful message Jesus gave them in the following verses.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, I am going away, and I will come to you.’ If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I am going to the Father, for the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe. I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me, but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go from here.” John 14:27-31
Despite what Jesus told the disciples in advance in these verses, and having lived with Him for three years and seen all the miracles He performed, the Bible tells us that Peter still denied Jesus three times exactly as predicted and only John turned up to be with Jesus at His crucifixion.
The Bible reveals the truth, warts and all, about His followers and is just more evidence for us to believe it is the “Word of God” to be trusted, believed and obeyed.
Papua New Guinea have approved the construction of a Pillar of National Identity and Unity. It will replace the existing Totem Pole in Parliament House. The words on the pillar are God honouring and hopefully will present a challenge to other nations.
THE COVENANT – Covenant with the true God based on the Christian faith.
THE PEOPLE – We pay homage to the God of the Holy Bible who is our God.
THE CONSTITUTION – Mother Law generated and guided by the Eternal Word of God for the peace, order, and welfare of our people.
THE WORD OF GOD – The foundation, the Eternal Source of Wisdom, Principles and Moral Conscience.
PNG is truly a sheep nation and will be judged by God accordingly at the Sheep/Goat Judgement of nations. (Revelation 20)
The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He frustrates the plans of the peoples. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, the plans of his heart to all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! Psalms 33:10-12
In my capacity as the 8th Prime Minister of our Nation, people of Papua New Guinea– today I, JAMES MARAPE stand here before God and his people with an overarching thought which permeates my spirit “THAT A NATION WHO FEARS THE LORD GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, SHALL BE BLESSED”.
In my heart, I know that the event of this day marks, not just a National Occasion in our National Calendar but a GRAND OCCASION. I emphasize – It is a grand occasion, because, today marks a day on which our Nation invokes the Creator of all things, to intervene in our National affairs.
OUR NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND DEPENDENCE SPEAKS OF US ACKNOWLEDGING GOD OF ISRAEL AS OUR STRENGTH AGAINST OUR ENEMIES, SOURCE OF SUSTENANCE AND ORIGIN OF OUR VERY EXISTENCE. Therefore, the value of this occasion is far too greater than every other occasion on our National Calendar.
My brothers and sisters, this day is different in that it is not a National Public Holiday – rather it is a solemn day of our people coming together in unison, to BOW BEFORE GOD IN HUMILITY AND PRAYER, seeking His forgiveness, love and direction in a turbulent time of confusion, fear and panic. As leaders in the public domain, occasions and event are our norms – BUT, I do not take such as event of this VALUE and greatness today, lightly.
Today, the Nation of Papua New Guinea rises in one voice, reaffirming our deepest convictions regarding fundamental issues which matter most to us as a Nation.
As you all know – we have declared our intension to “Take Back our Nation and make it the richest Christian Nation on Earth”. The occasion today is GRAND because I stand here with this vision – seeking God’s wisdom, His strength and direction that He may establish His eternal will and purpose for us as a Nation just as He prayed – THY KINGDOM COME, THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH OR IN PAPUA NEW GUINEA, AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.
Brothers and Sisters, this DAY must not be confused with our TRADITIONAL DAYS OF WORSHIP.This is the NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER AND REPENTANCE – declared and gazetted by the Government of Papua New Guinea, therefore, I, as the Prime Minister of our Nation– stand here today, not as an invited Guest to a Church meeting. Rather, I stand here today as the Chief Executing Officer of the Government of Papua New Guinea, Paying Homage and Tribute to the King of the Universe, the Lord Jesus Christ, invoking His unmerited Favour and Grace upon my Government for the sake of His Name and for the sake of His own People of this blessed nation.
So, I stand to Offer to our KING, the Highest Order of Protocol by leading and officiating this Prayer Occasion with a higher purpose to cause the People of our Land to come with me to stand before our God in Solemn Prayer and declaration of our collective faith without fear, intimidation and shame.
I stand today before our God, to call on our mothers, our fathers, our sisters and our brothers, our girls and our boys including our substances and our possessions, our visitors and friends from other Nations, to pause for a moment with me, to acknowledge THE MOST HIGH GOD OF THE UNIVERSE – the God of Israel, who is now our GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Distinguished worshippers, brothers and sisters,
I take this occasion as a Servant of the Most High God, appointed and mandated by Grace, in His season and timing, to be His Mouth Piece and His Instrument, to unleash a message that is un-quenchably burning and fiercely yearning in the heart of every genuine Citizen of our Land. I must state from the outset, that I have ONE BUSINESS that I must complete, for which I had made it vehemently clear on the day I took Office as the Prime Minister.
For this reason, I was born and raised, and for which I am prepared to sacrifice and forego everything that the World could Offer – And it is the message of our unshakable, inerasable heritage, crafted by the Hand of God, meticulously and miraculously, giving us our NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY, our very IDENTITY and our priceless gift of NATIONAL UNITY.
The National Day of Prayer IS THE MOST IMPORTANT EVENT of our National Calendar, which symbolizes this special blend of National Sovereignty, under which 864 known language groups of our Land are gloriously WOVEN into ONE UNITED PEOPLE, ONE NATION. We truly are the Unite Nation on Earth – the United Tribes of Paradisia.
Ladies and Gentlemen – listen to my words attentively and carefully. I came today to discuss without any apology, the very spirit of our Sovereign State, the very being of our Nationhood. We are not just another collection of people aggregated into particular geographical location, demarcated by a political boundary. We are put here by design, not by fluke or by an evolutionary chance.
This is what I have come to announce and discuss with you on this solemn occasion. The message is very simple and clear, yet so deeply profound, that it is impossible to be resisted, stopped or destroyed. The World would desire so much to know “how such a difficult and diverse people, trapped in rugged terrains and scattered atolls, could be brought together as one people.
How could any Leader possibly carve a Nation out of an extremely fragmented tribal People? What really was the undercurrent power that worked day and night to aggregate a greatly diverse people into one Nation? What power indeed colonized our people and created a Modern PNG?
Today, I came to discuss these questions and reaffirm the answer. The Answer that I came to deliver today is coded wonderfully in these few words that I have thoughtfully selected: IT WAS OUR COLONIAL MASTERS THAT GAVE US INDEPENDENCE, (and we thank God for them) BUT – LISTEN TO ME – IT WAS THE WORD OF GOD THAT MADE US, IT WAS THE BIBLE THAT MADE PAPUA NEW GUINEA – IT WAS GOD WHO GAVE US OUR IDENTITY AND ESTABLISHED OUR NATIONAL SOVEREIGNTY AND OUR MODERN HISTORY.
Therefore, today we came together to reaffirm our faith and declare in unison, that our nationhood hangs entirely and safely on our Faith in God as our Creator, Jesus Christ as God’s only Begotten Son and our Saviour and the Bible as the infallible Word of God, which are the fundamentals of our common Christian Faith, that made us who we are. We came today to trumpet this message through out our Land and “shout again for the whole World to hear” who we are. We are here with this intend and purpose.
I am overly delighted today to know that the Preamble to our Constitution acknowledges the “GUIDING HAND OF GOD” who led this Nation of a thousand tribes, 864 known different languages and cultures to be stitched into one independent Sovereign State.
Lest we forget, this Solemn Occasion today tells the story of how a greatly fragmented nation on Earth with a 1000 tribes, was meticulously woven into One Single Nation! Our Nation is one of the last “Wonders of the World” – so greatly divided geographically, culturally and linguistically, yet so miraculously stitched into One People. This is out timeless gift from the Lord through the work of the early Missionaries.
Therefore, LEST WE FORGET, this occasion today also marks a solemn moment to reflect on the selfless sacrifices that the earlier Missionaries and our pioneering converts made – to give us our National Identity and our Unity that is solidly founded on the Word of God.
It was the work of the early missionaries and the early converts with the Word of God in their hands, who made the biggest and profound difference in our modern history. The missionaries and our local pioneering Church Leaders with the Message of Salvation, Love, and Forgiveness, were the frontiers and undercurrent power that worked tirelessly day and night making untold sacrifices.
It was the work of the early Christian Churches that laid the Foundation for our Unification well before we were given Independence in1975. Today, we came together to remind ourselves, that this is an inerasable part of our national history which transcends our diversity and inspires our shared history as one people.
The early political parties such as PANGU Pati undoubtedly rode on the waves that were created by the Power of the Gospel, to unite our Nation. It is therefore fitting also that the PANGU PATI, which led the fragmented Nation into independence, riding on that wave, will yet again, after 40 years, under my leadership, consolidate the true and timeless Foundation of our National Sovereignty, our Identity and our Unity.
Today, we came together to reflect on the Power that made us. Many of us are products of the early Missionaries. If not all, a vast majority of learned Papua New Guineans today were impacted by the Church and the Church-run Schools one way or another. All our founding leaders were trained, coached and mentored by early Missionaries. Many current leaders are sons of either missionaries or Pastors or church workers. One of them is standing before you today to speak to you.
We are here today, also to remind ourselves of work of our Founding Fathers who, under the guiding Hand of God thoughtfully constructed our Constitution, directed the citizens of this Nation to “GUARD AND PASS ON TO THOSE WHO COME AFTER US OUR “NOBLE TRADITIONS” AND THE “CHRISTIAN PRINCIPLES” THAT ARE OURS”.
Drawing from, and giving effect to, the Moral Foundation laid in the Preamble of our Constitution, the Founder Father of our Nation, Grand Chief Sir Michael Somare, officially dedicated our Nation to God on this Day, in 2007, and declared it a “National Day of Prayer. On this occasion, as the 8th Prime Minister of PNG, I want to pay special tribute to our Founding Father for laying the Foundation correct, for the succeeding generations to build on.
On this note, I must also acknowledge the significant event which took place on 31st of July 2015. On that day, our leaders on the Floor of Parliament, unanimously passed a Motion to place the Antique 400 King James Bible in the Chamber of our National Parliament. My predecessor, Hon. Peter O’Neil declared the BIBLE the “NATIONAL TREASURE” of Papua New Guinea.
Honourable Peter O’Neill, willingly accepted the Antique Bible before a sea of People at Jackson Airport on 27th April 2015 and further directed the Bible to be placed in Parliament by a motion, introduced by the Governor of Southern Highlands, Honourable William Powi, representing the Prime Minster, for which, I pay tribute, on behalf of the People of Papua New Guinea.
This action is of historical significant, reaffirming our collective and undeniable resolve as a full-pledged Christian Nation on Earth. It is a symbolic act which recognizes PNG as a Bible believing nation. It is a symbolic act which acknowledges the great work of missionaries in uniting the country into one Nation through the preaching of the Bible.
It is a significant symbolic act that will go down in history and long remembered for many generations to come because the Bible stand above all development models and belief systems as the source of our Nation Identity and our National Unity. It signifies our resolve that the Principles of the Bible must influence policies for long term development of our Nation as reflected in Strategic Pillar 6 of our Vision 2050.
If there is ONE task yet to be executed on our National Journey: that is to formalize our resolve by an Act of Parliament to DECLARE PNG A CHRISTIAN NATION and protect the Bible as a symbol of our Christian faith and our National Treasure. It is my commitment today to work with the Church and our People to ensure that we achieve this goal.
To this end, today, I announce to the Nation that my Cabinet has approved a Law to go before Parliament to OFFICIALLY DECLARE “PNG A CHRISTIAN NATION”.
God’s People of Papua New Guinea, I request you today to join me in acknowledging God’s Grace and his faithfulness upon our Nation, by ensuring that this Law is passed on the Floor of Parliament.
Drawing from the strength of the Christian Church and the declarations of the former Prime Ministers, I stand today, to commit myself to this one cause – to introduce this Law on the Floor of Parliament to capture and protect the historical heritage of our Faith, and to declare that we shall always seek God’s guidance for our development and direction. I represent our collective view that Papua New Guinea is made up of a thousand nations within a nation.
We are culturally and linguistically diverse. The natural divisions are obvious. The risk of disintegration is real. Unless we, as a nation, can quickly identify and embrace a common ideology as the basis of our National Unity for our common good, we are threatened by dangerous external forces and competing ideas that are detrimental to our Christian heritage which is the source of our democratic strength.
PNG as a member of the global community, is open to competing ideas that have the potential to destroy our unity, our identity, our Christian values and Constitutional democracy. How can we craft a thousand tribes into a single nation? What will be the basis to unite this nation – the common ideal? I have a moral duty to protect that which is near and dear to the very fabric our people’s survival as a Nation. You and I are presented with a moral responsibility to build this nation on the sure Principles of the Word of God as the historical roots of our National Unity as it provides the only common ideals.
Therefore, let us all as a united and peaceful Papua New Guinea, as one people, take heed to God’s Word and act accordingly as leaders and citizens to keep proclaiming our well founded motto: “One Nation and One People” founded solidly on the sure Word of God. This is the undeniable truth about us and our proud and the lasting legacy to pass on to the next generation.
Today, I am privileged to also announce that, after this program, we will proceed to the Boulevard in front of the National Parliament to Launched a Monument called National Identify and Unity Pillar, that symbolically captures the history of our journey to sovereignty and nationhood, which I have just explained.
The fundament truth that I have echoed today, must be inscribed on every monument and tablet, lest we forget. It must be written in every book and institutionalized in every school curriculum. This truth, our heritage, must be preached, taught and passed on from one generation to another. It must be heralded from the Mountain to the sea….it must be trumpeted again and again for the whole to hear, lest we forget the power that made our Modern Papua New Guinea.
Therefore, the UNITY PILLAR, which I will officiate the LAUNCHING CEREMONY shortly after this program, is a physical embodiment of our sacred and precious national history, which must be practically represented and declared, for ourselves and for the whole world to know that we are a Christian Nation. I am compelled by our short but yet a profound history, to begin the process of rebuilding and restoring our nation founded on CHRIST the Solid Rock. The Foundation Stone of the Unity Pillar has been cut out of a precious gem Stone known as Jasper, which is described in the Book of Revelation Chapter 21 and Verse 19, as First Foundation Stone of the walls of the City of New Jerusalem.
Ladies and Gentlemen, on this precious germ stone, symbolically representing our National Foundation, shall be written the timeless Words from the First Book of Corinthians Chapter 3 Verse 11 which shall read: “FOR OTHER FOUNDATIONS CAN NO MAN LAY THAN THAT IS LAID, WHICH IS CHRIST JESUS”. This is the sum total – the consummation of our short historical journey and direction that we must take into the future.
Brothers and sisters, as we leave this place, with this message of our National Identity and Unity, which provides the justification for declaring PNG a Christian Nation, May the Lord bless and keep us. May His Face shine on us and give us His Peace. May the Lord of the Bible, who united us and gave us our National Identity as a Christian Nation, strengthen our Faith against all forces of darkness. May our heart continue to glow and radiate the SPIRIT OF UNITY though the love of God, His life, His Vision and His Direction for PNG — and that the World may know that God has given no other Name under heaven, by who humanity shall be saved EXCEPT CHRIST and HIM ALONE. This this End, I vow to commit myself. Amen.
Biblical love involves reproving that which is contrary to God’s law. Love speaks the truth even when it is unpalatable. Love corrects and rebukes; and the willingness to rebuke false doctrine is even listed as one of the qualifications required for eldership! (cf. Titus 1:9) Love hates all that is contrary to good. And since love itself is defined as an attribute of God Himself (cf. 1 John 4:8: God is love), anything that contradicts His teachings and commandments is unloving. Consistent with this definition of biblical love, those who promote homosexuality and transgenderism in the name of ‘love’ are actually unloving. Likewise, one of the most loving things a Christian can do is to warn others of God’s coming wrath (Romans 1:18, 24–27) and to call them to repentance.
“Better is open rebuke than hidden love. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; profuse are the kisses of an enemy.” Proverbs 27:5-6
Forgiveness of sins and eternal life are available to every person who repents of sin and trusts in Christ alone as Saviour, Lord, and supreme treasure. We deny that the Lord’s arm is too short to save or that any sinner is beyond his reach”.6 Or as the Apostle Paul taught:
“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, … nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, …will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9–11)
Paul includes homosexual behaviour as a serious sin. But Christians—including those who were guilty of that—are transformed. They are no longer slaves to sin, but have been forgiven, made a new creation by the indwelling Holy Spirit. He is our counsellor, our comforter and teacher. As we submit to the will of God, He will renew our mind, and give us a mind that seeks after the things of God. We are not to be conformed to this world but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. We are no longer to walk as unbelievers do, in the futility of their minds, and who are darkened in their understanding due to their hardness of hearts, and who have given themselves over to sensuality (cf. Ephesians 4:17–19). Instead, we are called to conform our values and our thoughts to the Word of God—to put off our old self, and to be renewed in the spirit of our minds in true righteousness and holiness (cf. Ephesians 4:22-24); being renewed in knowledge after the image of our Creator (cf. Colossians 3:10). We are not to engage in hermeneutical gymnastics, twisting the Word of God to fit our agenda. Instead, we are to approach Scripture with humility, submitting our entire lives, mind, and even moral values to God’s word.