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A Plea to Reject the Anti-Parenting Bill

Posted by watchingcyfswatchnewzealand on March 17, 2007

Source: Reformation Testimony

The Bradford Anti-Parenting Bill Is An Attack Upon New Zealanders’ Freedom Of Religion And A Trojan Horse of Persecution

Garnet Milne

Radical feminist leftist Green MP Sue Bradford aided and abetted by Prime Minister Mrs Helen Clark and much of our neo-pagan parliament is hell-bent on undermining biblical Christianity and marginalising faithful Christians and biblical ethics. These assorted atheists want to use their power to ensure that the Christian voice will not be heard in the public square. I have documented how Helen Clark in particular and the Labour Party have sought to promote a public religion where all religions are allegedly given equal space and tolerance except for biblical Christianity. The government sponsored shenanigans behind an impending Christ-denying “interfaith” statement of tolerance and the elevation of Presbyterian heretic Lloyd Geering to New Zealand’s highest honour in the New Year’s honours’ list are just two examples of this fact.

It is in the interests of atheism to try and marginalise Christianity by claiming that religion is something which is a merely personal dimension of life and should not impact social policy; government decisions or social ethics. It is in the interests of the atheist and of Satan to suppress and persecute biblical Christians and biblical Christianity.

But our Christian religion cannot be arbitrarily sidelined by atheist politicians and media without denying us the right to practice our religion. Christianity is not just about personal salvation and finding a way to heaven. It is about these things, but it is about so much more. Indeed the concept of salvation in Christianity is so comprehensive that it covers all of life. This is precisely why Western Christian countries like New Zealand developed the jurisprudence (undeniably based on the Ten Commandments) and adopted a Westminster-style democratic government which self-consciously expressed a reliance upon the Creator and Redeemer, our Lord Jesus Christ. This latter point is proved by the continued use of the prayer in the name of the Lord Jesus before each sitting day of the New Zealand parliament. I am sure that Sue Bradford and Helen Clark would love to do away with this prayer just as Clark cancelled the practice of having grace recited before official state meals.

The move to remove this practice of prayer before each sitting of parliament is precisely because the prayer is an overt commitment to submit the workings of parliament to the will of King Jesus:

Almighty God, humbly acknowledging our need for Thy guidance in all things, and laying aside all private and personal interests, we beseech Thee to grant that we may conduct the affairs of this House and of our country to the glory of Thy holy name, the maintenance of true religion and justice, the honour of the Queen, and the public welfare, peace, and tranquillity of New Zealand, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Parliament itself recognises that it has a responsibility to maintain “true religion” which in the context of the prayer can only be that which brings glory to the name of the Christian God; since that prayer is offered through the Mediator, “Jesus Christ our Lord”.

Glory is brought to God’s name when individuals and a nation function according to His will in all of life. This Christians seek to do. Christians are those who put God before anyone else (Ac 5:29). As Paul put it:  “Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God” (1Cor. 10:31).

It is also a truth that God is only glorified when His will is followed. That will is contained fully in the Bible, the Word of God. Salvation in its full-orbed sense of both personal and holistic redemption can only be achieved through the application of and obedience to holy Scripture (2 Tim 3:16).

It has, therefore, always been the case that Christians have striven to organise their family life according to God’s will, according to the teaching of Scripture. This is part of our religion. Therefore when the Scripture gives the option of corporal punishment to correct children, Christians embrace that option where it is needed:

  • Pr 22:15  “Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him”.
  • Pr 23:13  “Withhold not correction from the child: for if thou beatest him with the rod, he shall not die”.
  • Pr 23:14  “Thou shalt beat him with the rod, and shalt deliver his soul from hell”.

 

However offensive the atheists among our parliamentarians find these truths, it is part of our religious belief that corporal punishment is a right and responsibility God grants and permits, and cannot be taken from us.

If our parliament criminalises parents who use corporal punishment, it will be fighting against God; and persecuting Christians. The passing of the Bradford anti-parenting bill will mark a concerted and unlawful effort by an evil government to persecute genuine believers who are seeking to bring up their covenant children to be godly citizens of two kingdoms.

A vote for this pernicious bill will be a vote for persecution and a vote to destroy freedom of religion and religious expression in New Zealand. May God intervene and bring sanity to our politicians before they go down this track. The facts are that while there are those who physically abuse children; genuine Christians never do. It would be an eye-opener if the government had the courage to sponsor a study tracing the lives of children brought up in Bible-believing homes which use smacking and then to contrast the academic achievement and criminal activity of those children. They would find that the vast majority of these children were a credit to their families and their nation. If this government continues to remove the protections of discipline from society, the violence and crime we have become used to in New Zealand will wax worse and worse. The parliament that brings this to pass will forever be notorious as it will have abdicated its responsibility to pass legislation which is in accord with the will of God. The answer to hypocrisy is not to remove the prayer before parliament, but to begin to honour the sentiments expressed in that prayer.

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