Hillsong’s Brian Houston Issues Statement On Australian Same-Sex Marriage Vote

Pastor Houston issued the following statement:

Dear Church,

I urge all Christians to be a part of the upcoming postal plebiscite on same sex marriage. Whatever your view on this issue, it is undeniably one that is important to the fabric of our social structure. Changing the definition of marriage has wide-reaching ramifications and should not be taken lightly by any society. All Australians should be a part of this process, not just a select few.

For Christians, the issue is also a matter of faith and biblical teaching, something that should never be mocked or downplayed by those with opposing views. I believe God’s Word is clear that marriage is between a man and a woman. The writings of the apostle Paul in scripture on the subject of homosexuality are also clear, as I have mentioned in previous public statements.

Throughout this entire debate, some on both sides of the argument have failed to understand and respect the views of others. Some of those advocating for change to the definition of marriage have confused faith convictions with bigotry however they must understand that Christian – and other religious – beliefs are extremely important to those who hold them and in fact are vital to a tolerant and free society.

Sadly some also use Christianity to alienate and even condemn those who are gay and dismiss their desire to pursue happiness. As a Christian pastor, I will always teach and preach according to scripture and to my personal convictions, but I cannot make other people’s choices for them. God created humanity with a free will, and I care about all people including those who believe differently to me.

In less than a month, Australians will receive the ballot papers, which gives us all the ability to cast a vote on the issue of same sex marriage. Hillsong Church already functions well and without impediment in other parts of the world where same sex marriage is legal, and as long as we are not forced through legislation to compromise our biblical convictions, we can quite comfortably continue to function whatever the outcome of this plebiscite.

It must be emphasised however, that for Christians to obtain an outcome consistent with their beliefs, they must vote. I believe that many Australians who are often referred to as the ‘silent majority’ feel strongly on this subject but allow louder and often more aggressive voices to control the public dialogue. This plebiscite provides us all with an equal voice and we should not waste this opportunity.

Love and Blessings,
Brian Houston
Senior Pastor – Hillsong Church

Pastorul Florin Ianovici – Perth, Australia

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E orasul bisericilor pentru ca sunt peste 300 de biserici in Adelaide. Slava Domnului pentru biserica penticostala si cea baptista care colaboreaza asa de frumos. De altfel colaborarea dintre bisericile neo protestante este specifica Australiei.

Am aterizat cu greu deoarece am prins o furtuna. Dar am fost deplin incredintat ca va fi bine pentru ca Dumnezeu mi-a promis ca va fi cu mine in calatorie si va veghea asupra mea. Ce bine e sa te increzi in Domnul!

La aeroport m-a asteptat Danny Ignatescu la care am gazduit. O familie frumoasa cu o inima mare. Multumesc Danny si Persi! Dumnezeu sa va rasplateasca!

Am avut trei slujbe in biserica pastorita de pastorul Ilie Criste. Impreuna cu noi a fost si pastorul din Port Pirie, Aurel Trifu dar si pastorul bisericii baptiste. Asa frumos canta si se roaga biserica. Am vazut lacrimi de bucurie si lacrimi de cercetare sfanta. M-am intalnit cu Florin si Dorina Radulescu care au plecat din Bucuresti de multa vreme. Candva ne vom intalni cu totii acasa, sus la Dumnezeu. 

In Adelaide m-am intalnit cu Daniel, un credincios din biserica. M-a strans in brate si m-a intrebat: ,,ma recunosti?” Doar ochii imi spuneau cate ceva! Candva in Bucuresti am avut partasie sfanta in rugaciune. El nu ma uitase. Ce bine ca avem un Dumnezeu care nu ne uita pe niciunul. 

PERTH

Imediat dupa serviciul de dimineata am zburat spre Perth. Dupa peste 3 ore de zbor am aterizat in conditii foarte bune. Cand am iesit din avion am vazut un grup numeros de oameni. Din randul lor o femeie a strigat:,,Iata-l!” M-am uitat peste umar instinctiv sa vad pe cine asteapta. Spre uimirea mea ma asteptau pe mine. Pastorii bisericii, Dumitru Popa si Beni Fitui impreuna cu multi credinciosi, m-au imbratisat cu atata dragoste ca m-am fastacit cu totul. Am gazduit la fratele pastor Dumitru Popa care s-a purtat tare frumos cu mine. Dumnezeu sa rasplateasca casa lui.

Biserica din Perth a fost arhiplina. Am avut seri ceresti. Prabusiti la altar am chemat indurarea Domnului care a vindecat trupuri si inimi apasate. Am sarbatorit dragostea lui Dumnezeu in fiecare seara prin Cuvant si inchinare. Corul bisericii ne-a purtat spre cer. Am intalnit tineri cu o inima plina de pasiune pentru Dumnezeu. Dumnezu sa ii tina in mana Sa. Asa de bine e sa vezi pastori care se respecta si lucreaza ca o echipa. 

In fiecare zi dragostea frateasca m-a purtat prin frumoasele locuri din Perth: multumesc Beni Fitui, multumesc Ilie si Magda, multumsc Aurel Sangeorzan si Vasile Onicas. M-am bucurat sa il strang in brate pe Vasile care s-a predat lui Dumnezeu la o predica tinuta la Maieru pe stadion. Toata casa lui e acum casa lui Dumnezeu. Mare este Domnul Isus. M-am bucurat sa ma reintalnesc cu pastorul bisericii baptiste Ionica Busan. El a fost pastorul bisericii Gologota din Arad unde am slujit candva impreuna. Multa binecuvantare frate Ionica!

Am plecat din Perth inconjurat de o multime de credinciosi desi era 4 dimineata. Inca zambesc gandindu-ma la biserica din Perth.

Ultima parte a misinii va fi la Melbourne. Sper sa pot sta in picioare cu ajutorul Domnului. Dupa 25 de mesaje ma simt ostenit dar tare bucuros.

Iubitii Domnului! Puneti Australia pe harta inimii pentru ca aici sunt copii de Dumnezeu cu o inima mare.

Conventia Bisericilor Penticostale din Australia si Noua Zeelanda — 30 Ianuarie-2 Februarie 2014

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Now in Australia….When in USA?

After legislation was rushed through parliament, the government will from May 31 be able to transfer all money from accounts that have not been used for three years into their own revenues.

Legislation amended late last year means any account that has not seen activity within three years can be transferred into the Commonwealth’s hands – previously the rule was seven years.

This will mean that accounts with anything from $1 upwards that have not had any deposit or withdrawals in the past three years will be transferred to the Australian Securities and Investment Commission and thus hundreds of millions of dollars in inactive bank deposits are likely to flow to the Federal Government from May.

The money can be reclaimed from ASIC but the process can take months.

As the new law comes into effect at the end of May 2013 banks are advising customers to make transactions as small as a dollar to ensure they are not transferred to ASIC.

Experts warn this will have a negative impact on people that may have put money away in a special account for their children’s education or decided to put an inheritance in a separate account for a rainy day.

The banking industry believes the Government’s changes to inactive bank accounts legislation is just revenue raising.

Mr Munchenburg says the legislation was rushed through at the end of last year.

“A lot of suspicion at the time that the Government is rushing this through because they were more concerned about their own financial bottom line than they were about reuniting consumers with their accounts,” he said.

“It was never clear to us why it had to be rushed through if it was only focused on reuniting consumers with accounts.”

Mr Munchenburg says three years seems an arbitrary time limit as the Government failed to consult the industry on the change.

“I don’t know why three years has been chosen over seven,” he said.

“Certainly, if the Government believed that seven years was too long, we would have expected them to talk to us about what is an appropriate timeline or how to deal with accounts where people have deliberately left them alone, and then we’d avoid some of the problems that we are concerned will affect customers.”

This cash grab comes as economists warn the government is on track to hand down a $15 billion budget deficit in May as company tax receipts collapse.

Before Christmas, Treasurer Wayne Swan junked the government’s previously “rock solid” promise to produce a surplus in 2012-13. The government had also been committed to surpluses in future financial years, too.

In the UK this practice also exists and has for quite a number of years, with the exception that in Britain the dormancy period is a far greater one before assets are seized from such, supposedly, dead accounts.

While, it would appear, in Australia the money seized from such “dormant” accounts will be gobbled up by the treasury in the UK, at least, the money goes for so-called “good causes”, though decided upon and administered by the government.

The act of the Australian government, as the banking expert said, appears to be aimed at bolstering the country’s finances and nothing more.

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