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By Charles Newington
Many Christian people across Australia are very happy that crowds decided to follow Christ at the Franklin Graham events. They are not alone. Jesus said the angels rejoice whenever a person turns to God (Luke 15:10).
But not everyone is happy. A clergy friend of mine commented that some in his contact group were not happy because Franklin Graham is openly in agreement with the Bible’s position on sexual behaviour and heterosexual marriage. This was reason enough for them not to attend.
Franklin has for many years actively engaged in charitable work among the poor through charities like Samaritan’s Purse – providing practical care for people in real need. He is a good example of someone who understands the Christian message is not only the transforming experience of personal faith in Jesus. It is many things including the practical care and help of people in need, and the respectful but direct public commentary on social and political issues. 
Franklin Graham raised questions about right and wrong – not to judge people but to give them an opportunity for reflection about just how far they may have wandered from the straight and narrow road that leads to eternal life.
Franklin made it clear when he invited people to respond – that they were not coming to him, but to Jesus who alone can rescue us from what controls us and alienates us from God and each other. He helped people to see they were responding to Jesus himself and not just accepting a religious idea.
Often people assume that what’s happening is some form of psychological persuasion because people are very vulnerable to feelings of guilt, shame, loneliness and fragility. Christ does address these feelings but goes deeper to the core issue – reconciling us to God. Once we know that Christ has reconciled us to God once for all, the weights and worries fall off. We feel at peace because we are at peace with God - through Jesus.
Thank you Franklin Graham.

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By Darryl Budge, WA Director

There is a Bill being debated in the WA Parliament upper house that will allow male same-sex couples and single men access to surrogacy to become parents. 

This Bill, called the Human Reproductive Technology and Surrogacy Legislation Amendment Bill 2018, has already been passed the Legislative Assembly and is now in the Legislative Council.

The bill was briefly debated and adjourned on February 14 and debate may resume on Tuesday, the 18th.

Now is the time to act! Please write and encourage others to write to your 6 MLC’s (Members of the Legislative Council) to let them know that children deserve a mother.

Our action website is down for maintenance, so I have provided a link to a helpful email list of every upper house member. Click on each name for their office phone number.

If you live in the country, we urge you to contact your National party member in the Legislative Council. Please ask them to vote against Bill because it is against the best interests of children to allow single men to access surrogacy.

Here are some further points you can share about this unsafe Bill:

  • There are no safeguards requiring criminal record and child protection checks at the time of application.
  • Surrogacy heralds the “choice” of the donor mother, but the baby has no choice except to be separated from their birth mother.
  • Surrogacy constitutes a human rights violation of the women and children involved. It commodifies children and exploits women.
  • Government data shows no single female has applied for surrogacy in WA since legalised in 2008.  Instead of allowing surrogacy for single men, surrogacy for single people should be removed.
  • Western Australia has 5000 children in state care and an desperate shortage of foster carers. The government should urgently resolve this desperate situation instead of wasting resources on these social experiments.

How to pray

  • We ask for prayer that the HRT Bill is defeated.
  • But if not, we can pray that the Bill will be at least amended to require all applicants for surrogacy to submit to a criminal record and child protection order check, as is the case in Victoria.

If you would like more information on this issue, see our earlier article: https://familyvoice.org.au/news/facts-about-surrogacy

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The athletic superstar has had his freedom of religion and speech restricted in a new four year rugby deal.

Israel Folau – who has played AFL, Rugby League and Rugby Union – has come under attack from cultural Marxists in recent years for his refusal to bow to LGBT ideology, instead using his huge public profile to promote a Christian view of human sexuality and family.

With great love i wanted to share this video in the hope that people watch it and think about it. Jesus is coming back soon and he wants us to turn to him through repentance and baptism in the name of Jesus Christ (Acts 2:38) please don't harden your heart https://t.co/PtDoPCQDco

— Israel Folau (@IzzyFolau) 7 May 2018

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that tougher restrictions have been placed on what Folau can and can’t say as part of his new four year deal with Rugby Australia:

A private donor who funded a portion of his previous deal is no longer on board, there are social media clauses in his new contract, and he will pop up more than ever before at junior rugby camps and fan days, as RA learns to maximise his exposure among children and teenagers and minimise it among the game's largely secular, progressive and older fan base.

Commenting on his past year, Folau said it has been a “roller-coaster” off the field:

But, to be quite honest, it might sound a bit crazy, but I kind of really enjoyed what was happening off the field. Not that it happened on purpose, but my identity is based around my faith in God. And I truly believe that from deep down inside, what was happening off the field, even though it was challenging and it was hard, it was actually moulding me into the person [I am] ... and taught me a lot of things that I needed to learn, and I’m still learning now.

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The first person in the US to be legally recognised as non-binary has disowned his fake gender.

Writing on his blog about the announcement, retired US Army soldier Jamie Shupe said:

I believe that gender identity is a fraud perpetrated by psychiatry, the likes of something the United States and other nations hasn’t experienced since the lobotomy era. As a result, I have returned to my male birth sex.

On January 25, 2019, in the State of Florida, the Marion County Department of Motor Vehicles in Ocala, Florida issued me a male driver’s license. Ocala, Florida has been my home since July 2018.

In the days ahead, I will be taking further steps to restore my birth sex to male more formally.

In my thirty plus year marriage, I am the husband. To my daughter, I am her Father. I no longer identify as a transgender or non-binary person and renounce all ties to transgenderism.

I will not be a party to advancing harmful gender ideologies that are ruining lives, causing deaths and contributing to the sterilization and mutilation of gender-confused children.

In 2016, an Oregon court ruling took the extraordinary step of recognising Shupe as “non-binary”.  The decision was a first in the US.

Shupe had previously “changed” his sex from male to female in 2013, but subsequently wanted to be recognized as “non-binary.”

While the mainstream media trumpeted Shupe’s landmark ruling to become the first person to be legally recogninsed as non-binary, it has been silent about his reversal.

This is not that surprising as the media routinely censors transgender regret because it conflicts with its LGBT narrative. 

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FamilyVoice team members in Adelaide connected with MPs, civic authorities and Christian leaders this week, during a service at St Peter’s Cathedral that highlighted the start of proceedings within the South Australian Parliament.

Officiating at the service held on 12 February, former Premier Lyn Arnold (in his new role within the Anglican ministry) commended interactions between the churches and the Parliament.

Sixteen State MPs attended the service and received prayerful support from Christian leaders who presented each MP with a book of Christian devotions.

The presentation followed a stirring sermon by Rev Peter Zwaans who emphasised the dangers of self-centred politics as he described King David’s sinful purpose of holding a census to assess his own power and capacity.

“Only the fighting men were counted,” said Peter Zwaans. Women, children and the marginalised did not figure - but the disastrous consequence affected everyone, he noted.

The value of a census should be to meet the needs of the community, especially its most vulnerable, he said, “including those in the womb”.

His advocacy on behalf of unborn had special relevance at the opening of parliamentary deliberations, since MPs at some point this year are expected to debate a bill that would legalise abortion throughout the entire term of pregnancy and prevent prayerful ministry outside abortion facilities.

FamilyVoice hopes to alert the Christian community concerning how best to respond in defence of the unborn, when debate on that issue draws closer - so the concern of God’s people is timed for maximum influence.