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Wentworth and the State of the Nation

Oct 21, 2018

For those not in the know, there was a by-election yesterday in Sydney for the federal seat of Wentworth. This seat just happened to be held by the Liberal Party and their conservative forebears ever since Australian federation 117 years ago. Now it is held by an independent: lesbian activist Kerryn Phelps.

Roughly speaking, the raw numbers look like this:

-There was a 22% swing against the Liberals
-There was a 7% swing against Labor
-There was a 4% swing against the Greens

The primary vote went something like this (as of last night):
Liberals: 40%
Independents 33%
Labor 11%
Greens 9%
Others 8%

The latest result of the two-party preferred vote is 49% for Sharma of the Liberals and 51% for the independent Phelps. Whatever way we slice it, this was a massive slap in the face for the Liberals. Imagine having conservatives holding a seat for over a century and then losing it so spectacularly.

Political fallout

The Liberals have lost their slim majority and we now have a hung parliament. The former Prime Minister Tony Abbott had a handy majority, but was knifed by Turnbull; and when Morrison returned the favour recently on Turnbull, Malcolm decided to turn on his own party, quit, and force this by-election, knowing full well that this chaos would result.

Andrew Bolt offers a summary of the events of Turnbull’s deplorable reign of terror:

Liberals must never forgive Malcolm Turnbull or welcome him to its ceremonies. He undermined and knifed a Liberal Prime Minister. He lost 16 seats at the next election. He lost five by-elections last July. He lost every poll in nearly two years. He robbed the Liberals of identity by dragging it from its conservative roots. Replaced, he forced a needless by-election in his seat, knowing its loss would cripple a government clinging on with just a one-seat majority. He then undermined the Liberals’ bid to defend this seat it can’t afford to lose, refusing to help the Liberal candidate with even a single tweet. He sat by as his son campaigned against the Liberals.

Of course Turnbull originally wanted to be with Labor, so that tells us all we need to know about the guy. And now the country is in big trouble. The latest the government can go – if it lasts that long – until the next federal election is May 2019.

But voices are already calling for an election before then, if not now! Things will simply be chaotic and unstable from here on in. Thanks Malcolm. Some folks are wondering if that was his plan all along! And Turnbull’s son Alex celebrated the result in a tweet: “Incredible result and proud of the people of Wentworth. A hearty congratulations to @drkerrynphelps who fought a great campaign. A great day for Australian democracy.”

What an utter debacle the Liberals have become with people like Turnbull in the party. Taking one of their safest seats and losing it is mind-boggling. And for genuine conservatives and Christians alike, all this is a real worry. Now we have yet another militant lesbian and leftist MP in our parliament.

It seems we are getting more and more homosexuals, atheists, Muslims and radical leftists into parliament, and the devoted Christian can only look on this with great concern. As but one clear example of how this destabilised parliament with even more radicals may play itself out, consider the Christian schools’ issue.

I have written a number of pieces recently about the war declared on Christian education. Plenty of politicians (including the defeated Sharma) have been calling not only for an end to the right of Christian schools to determine what students they have, but what staff they have as well.

It may well be the case now that in just a matter of weeks – or months at most – Christian schools will be fully forced to have homosexual students and staff. One domino after another keeps falling, and all our warnings have fallen on deaf ears.

Spiritual considerations

As a Christian I cannot look at politics alone. I must always seek to see the spiritual implications of all this. And as I have said so often following various elections, we must keep several biblical truths in mind. One, politics is not everything, and politics cannot save.

Yet the Bible speaks plenty about how righteousness exalts a nation, while the opposite tears it down. I have written before about the old saying that a people will get the ruler they deserve. It seems that as Australia becomes increasingly secular and hostile to the things of God, it is getting leaders who will simply make matters worse.

It is getting to be very hard times for Christians indeed in Australia. This election, coupled with other recent events, should send shudders down the spines of every true believer. Just a few days ago Queensland voted to have open slather on abortion.

They now follow Victoria and Tasmania in having some of the most liberalised abortion laws in the world. And the Victorian election is coming soon: November 24. The state has nearly been ruined by the hyper-radical Dan Andrews and Labor.

If they get back in again Victoria really is toast. Then we need to look to become political refugees – and maybe head to Hungary or Poland! All these massive defeats and setbacks may well be indications of God’s just judgment on a wayward and sinful people who have forgotten God and turned their backs on God.

And the church is not exempt from this. The amount of apathy, compromise, and carnality found in our churches today is absolutely heart-breaking to behold. The number of Christians capitulating to the homosexual agenda is staggering for example.

So is our utter disregard for the slaughter of innocent life. Just a little over a week ago we had our annual march for the babies. With at least 100,000 Christians in Melbourne, we should have had 10 to 20,000 Christians marching for life. Yet only a fraction of this turned up.

God hates the shedding of innocent blood, and his plans for human sexuality are clearly stated in Scripture. Yet most Christians do not seem to give a rip about any of this. So if what we see all around us is indeed the judgment of God, it is well deserved, and Christians have by and large brought it upon themselves.

The only way out of this spiritual, moral and political morass is for God’s people to get on their knees and repent. That is our only way forward. Getting a different candidate in for the next election just will not cut it. Our problems are ultimately moral and spiritual, and so only moral and spiritual solutions will suffice.

Afterward

Of interest, as some of us were watching the election results last night, another television station ran with an old movie classic: Battle of Britain (1969). It tells the story of how a handful of brave British pilots stopped the Nazi bombings on England in 1940.

It was about their heroism and resolve that Churchill famously said on August 20, 1940: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.” Absolutely. My wife pointed out some spiritual lessons from all this.

The RAF had far fewer planes and pilots than the Luftwaffe. The latter were better trained and had more combat experience. They should have won handily. But the fighting spirit of the Brits, stirred on by inspirational speeches by Churchill, helped to save the day.

We seem to be in the same place today in Australia and the West. Everywhere we look we see the other side outgunning us. They have all the money, all the activists, all the media support, and often most of the political support. They seem invincible.

Our side is just a motley crew of individuals – mothers and fathers and others who are trying the best they can to raise their families and serve their God in a toxic culture. The odds are all against us. We are out-flanked, out-gunned, and out-numbered. So we should all be defeated by now.

But there are always some brave Christian soldiers who not only know all about the battles we face and how important they are, but are willing to personally sacrifice everything and get involved. And many have paid dearly for this. Many have been maligned and abused and vilified and bullied.

Some have lost their jobs or been fined. Some have even been jailed. But they care about their faith and they care about their families and they care about their country, and they are willing to stand and fight. Of course even though they are a minority with no visible means of victory, they are actually a majority, knowing that God is with them.

We are in a war folks. It is ultimately a spiritual war, but it has social, political and cultural ramifications. When a war is on, no one has the luxury of sitting on the fence. Everyone must get involved. From a political point of view last night seemed disastrous.

But God is still on the throne, and he has not finished with us yet. It is now time that all Christians stir themselves out of their slumber and get involved in the battles of the day. The consequences of this are huge. And as we get involved, perhaps one day our ultimate commander in chief will say of us, “this was their finest hour”.

Or, “Well done, good and faithful servants”.

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33 Responses to Wentworth and the State of the Nation

  • Pyne, Brandis, Frydenberg need to go.

  • Well said Bill but remember, – God, at times like this sees those who remain faithful and those who fall by the wayside.
    The martyrs were tested beyond reason but their sacrifice turned Rome from the sword to the Bible; from paganism to Christianity; from legions to churches.
    Never ever lose faith for that is what God looks for.
    John Abbott

  • In her celebratory speech Phelps referred to to her ‘wife’ and thanked and kissed her.
    What is the term which describes Phelps’ wife’s, wife?

  • What a great assessment of our situation. Our hope is only in the Lord Jesus, remember we have proclaimed believers in our parliament, yet we see them remain silent, and caving in to the hardcore activist, some even abstained from casting their vote in parliament on moral issues.

    Hold on we are going to be on the ride of our life, as more immoral people enter parliament, preversion reigns, and more to come. Just remember Jesus is Lord, trust in him. Fear not for God is with us, greater is he who is in you, than he who is in the world. Satan has been defeated at the cross.

  • I’m kinda glad I don’t live in Wentworth. With the ballot being a complete litany of evil I would have been forced to do an informal vote. I wonder if the number of people in Wentworth who feel like me would possibly have made a difference had there been a moral candidate on the ballot.

  • Bill, further to your comparison with Battle of Britain – While groups of soldiers, pilots etc may have at times had their differences, when it came to the battle, one of the things that allowed them to win was the discipline to fight together as a united team. Too many times, when there is a discussion about some of the challenges we face, it devolves into “Catholics aren’t Christian”, “Mormons aren’t Christian”, “Hillsong aren’t Christian” etc, and instead of addressing the problems faced, it just turns into infighting about who are the real Christians.

    We are all Christian. Yes we have theological differences, and there are times when it is appropriate to discuss those differences. But when we are in a battle against the left, we need to be united in that battle, and stand shoulder to shoulder with others, whether they be other Christians with whom we have theological disagreements, or whether they be non-Christians. We don’t have to agree on every point, but if they are people with good intent, and standing for the right things, we need to embrace them as brothers and sisters in the battle against evil, not shun them.

  • Thanks Graham. I am mostly with you. As to working with other groups that might be of various Christian varieties, or non-Christian, or even cultic, I have done that in the past at times. Temporarily working with such groups for tactical purposes like fighting for life or marriage etc., can be important. It is called co-belligerency, and I have often defended that. See here for example: http://www.billmuehlenberg.com/2010/09/02/on-co-belligerency/

    Or here; http://billmuehlenberg.com/2015/12/12/co-belligerency-again/

    However there most certainly are some groups that are not at all orthodox, but are heterodox, even heretical. I will have no Christian fellowship with them on an ecclesiastical or theological or spiritual level. Given their false beliefs, I cannot. But yes, at times I cooperate with others on limited campaigns to fight some of these key culture war battles.

  • It is definitely time we all put on the entire Armour of God and fight this spiritual battle in the only place it will be won. Jesus Christ has already been victorious against the devil and all his evil cohorts. It is time to take hold of our destiny in Christ and declare that the victory is ours. Cast aside the evil ones and break off the evil spirits from our country, and eventually our planet. Claim our victory and call on God through Jesus Christ, our commander to deliver us and all believers from any work of the devil. Thank you Jesus!

  • Bill,
    I agree with you that genuine Christians can’t fellowship with darkness including people who are Christian in name only. These people use the Christian identity like wolves in sheep’s clothing in order to deceive people away from Christ, and this leads people towards destruction, greed, sexual immorality, abortion, euthanasia, sham marriages and every desire which isn’t the will of God. Genuine Christians understand that everyone is a sinner. However, people need to turn to Christ and humbly repent of their sins, because only Christ can forgive us of our sins in order to set us free and have everlasting life with him. Secular people find it offensive when Christians claim to “love the sinner but hate the sin,” and they claim “hate speech” is the word of God that is offensive to them.

  • When the church leaves people to the wolves, we get unprepared people who are not grounded in biblical truth. Many are left without the wisdom of God’s word, but are into the feely and softly touch, more emotion, but devoid of truth found in God’s word. When the people are not taught and discipled by those who claim they speak for God, then the sheep are ignorant to the truth about marriage, life in the womb. Feminist women in the church lead many other women astray. Feminism is not compatible with God’s word.

  • How strange that almost immediately after we get an evangelical Christian as PM, we get a militant homosexual with the balance of power. Who knows what the LNP are prepared to “compromise” on the retain supply and power. I guarantee every perverted sexual concession design to destroy the family will be tabled by the ALP/GREEN pagans now a homosexual holds the power.
    See what sort of backbone Morrison has.

  • Tongue firmly planted in cheek. Perhaps the Libs should’ve gone with Tony Abbott’s sister. David Sharma didn’t tick too many leftist boxes. White, male, probably heterosexual and Jewish to boot.

  • I liked the gutsy reply of our P.M. when it appeared that Dr Phelps had won. He certainly hasn’t conceded the next election to Labor but will need all our prayers to turn things around. A comment on your article Bill. I was under the impression that both Scott Morrison and Josh Frydenberg remained loyal to Malcolm Turnbull. Malcolm said as much in his closing speech.

  • Hi Bill

    So true.

    I was reminded of a speech by Winston Churchill <a href="http://ww2today.com/16th-june-1941-churchill-addresses-the-u-s-a&quot; title="Churchill addresses the U.S.A.". It seems so apt.

  • I agree with you about going to live in Hungary or Poland. I wish I was younger so that I could. Scott Morrison has not shown any backbone so far. He changes his mind immediately there is any disagreement. I suspected that Wentworth would support Phelps. Wentworth people are apparently great believers of climate warming, thus their like of Malcolm Turnbull, among other distasteful things.

  • Well done Bill,
    One of your finest posts.
    The idea that man can change climatic patterns and cycles shows the complete arrogance and ignorance of the majority of voters in Wentworth. This is the Tower of Babel story repeated.
    Scott Morrison needs our prayers as does Victoria. Victorian labor used state funds to fund public officers to promote the labor party at the last State election yet no one has been charged and this investigation seems to be ongoing. In spite of this the Daniel’s Government looks set to win another term. Are Victorians completely dimwitted? Bill excluded , of course.
    Unbelievable. !
    Turnbull will be remembered as a vicious and unprincipled wrecking ball.
    What a mess we have now on the “Great south land if the Holy Spirit ”
    Yours sincerely, phil

  • Thank you Bill for your recent pieces and this excellent summary of events. On reading it my wife said, “That is our sermon for today!” A much needed wake up call to the slumbering church!

  • Many thanks Bradford – and wife!

  • Dr Kerryn Phelps said about abortions on ABC’s The Drum: “There is no reason why hospitals can’t be required to provide the service tomorrow.” https://www.facebook.com/abcthedrum/videos/1894449560629041/

  • Thanks so much for this inspirational piece. I am weak but Jesus sends his Holy Spirit to strengthen me. Peoples’ world views are formed by what happens in their household (family), within the household there is access given to various print and electronic media.
    Then they are delivered into the hands of the educations system for preschool, primary schools, secondary school, and finally post-secondary training, and then on going training known as life long learning. Most of these institutions are temples of secular humanism with their teachers priests of that religion. These institutions and their employees train most of the population, including those who work in the media. So our children and young people become well versed in secular humanism. Its current version is post modernism. They believe the thoughts; they speak the words; they act out the behaviours. When Malcolm Fraser lost that memorable election, on television he lamented, with tears, about why the people of Australia had not voted for his government. The answer was simple: his and previous governments had funded the education institutions of the land. The teachers in those institutions had effectively taught most of their students to vote against him. We are seeing the continual slide as a result of this training.

  • We bought tickets to Poland today, seriously.

  • Hi Bill lets not get too far ahead of the game.
    Tonights news has a result as much as 2 weeks away due to postal votes and the close run nature of the vote.
    Let us continue in prayer until then and beyond whatever the result.

    Thank you for your article.

  • Thanks Julyan. Yes we can all keep praying and hoping, but… Sunday morning Phelps had a 880 vote lead. Sunday night it was up to 1600. With around 3000 postal votes to go over the next few days, chances are very slim that this will be turned around. But we can pray for a miracle.

  • Hi again Bill
    I have read all the comments and your article there is hope that we are awakening albeit late.

    I’m reminded of 2 Cor 1: 8,9. (with apologies to the early saints)
    ‘We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia (Australia). We were under great pressure,far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself.
    And 2 Cor 4:17,18
    For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is unseen is eternal.

    Seems like a good time to sing, “God Moves In A Mysterious Way His Wonders To perform.”
    By William Cowper. One verse goes:

    Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy, and shall break
    In blessings on your head.

    Blessing
    Julyan

  • Great article. I’ve been reminded twice today that God is still on the throne. And I needed that.

  • Yes we all do Kathryn.

  • Thank you Bill. God has set you as a watchman on the walls, not only of Australia but of so much of the world. You are blowing the shofar warning of clear and present danger. May it be that we and all who are in Christ Jesus hear and repent perhaps more sincerely than ever before, and seek God’s face and submit to Him for now and the future. God help us in Jesus’s Name.
    ( I have never written before, )

  • Wow Bill! You don’t mince your words – now do you? Sometimes I find it difficult to reconcile your harsh words with that smiling face on the side. But, don’t ever, ever stop!
    Yes, God is on His throne. And yet there is good news out there evidencing His mighty hand at work.

    See this piece:
    The Alabama Supreme Court has ruled that an unborn baby is a “person” under the law, and, consequently, the death of that person can be punished with execution.
    Further, in a special concurrence, Justice Tom Parker called on the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling that created a “right” to abortion.
    “I write specially to expound upon the principles presented in the main opinion and to note the continued legal anomaly and logical fallacy that is Roe v. Wade,” he said. “I urge the United States Supreme Court to overrule this increasingly isolated exception to the rights of unborn children.”
    Parker affirmed the Alabama court’s rationale that “unborn children are persons entitled to the full and equal protection of the law.”
    He asserted Roe v. Wade is “without historical or constitutional support, carved out an exception to the rights of unborn children and prohibited states from recognizing an unborn child’s inalienable right to life when that right conflicts with a woman’s ‘right’ to abortion.”
    “This judicially created exception of Roe is an aberration to the natural law … and common law (of the states),” Parker said.

    Well that was a bit “left field” now wasn’t it?

    Oh yeah, Satan in our view, is making huge inroads in overturning God’s marvelous works (our doing) everywhere – but remember, God has a vastly different vantage point and is in absolute control of ‘everything’.

    One of our major shortcomings is our inability to grasp even an inkling of “HIS” ‘everything’.

    And so… let us spread the Great News now with even more vigor!

  • Bill,
    On the ball as is usual.
    Pointing to the enemy within.
    Terry.

  • Right on Bill,
    Regards,
    Terry.
    Ps Ciceros Enemy within is fairly apt.

    Quote:
    A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. But the traitor moves amongst those within the gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through all the alleys, heard in the very halls of government itself. For the traitor appears not a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his victims, and he wears their face and their arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear.

    Marcus Tullius Cicero

  • Have circulated point one video to as many as I could on my contacts regarding Safe Schools.

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