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In1992 former Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Paul A. Volker becomes Chairman of the European banking firm, J. Rothschild, then privatisation begins in Russia
by Alison Ryan
Andrew Carrington Hitchcock wrote The Secret History of the Jewish World Domination the Synagogue of Satan and dedicated it to the millions of men, women, and children who, throughout the centuries, have suffered at the behest of this “synagogue of Satan”. You are not forgotten, he writes, and I quote from his book, so that we might know the truth for those responsible for virtually all wars, revolutions, financial debacles, and social upheavals.
In 1863. Alexander 11 (1855-1881) refused to allow the Rothschilds to set up a central bank in Russia. p68
In 1880 Rothschild agents begin fomenting a series of pogroms predominately in Russia, but also in Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. These pogroms result in the slaughter of thousands of Jews, causing approximately 2 million to flee, mainly to New York, but also to Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, and Los Angeles. However, some are assisted with Rothschild money to begin settling in Palestine.
The reason, writes Mr Hitchcock, these pogroms were initiated was to create a large Jewish base in America, who when they arrived, would be educated to register as Democrat voters. Some 20 years later, this would result in a massive Democratic power base in the USA and be used to elect Rothschild front men such as Woodrow Wilson to the Presidency to carry out the bidding of the Rothschilds.p78
In 1895 Edmond James de Rothschild, the youngest son of Jacob (James) Mayer Rothschild, visits Palestine to see the Jewish colonies he funded as a result of the Rothschild engineered pogroms in Russia, Poland, Bulgaria and Romania. He is impressed and vows to continue to supply funds to these colonies in furtherance of a long-term Rothschild objective of creating a Rothschild owned Jewish state. p82
In 1918 the real purpose of Communism becomes apparent less than a year after the Bolshevik revolution in Russia, the stealing of the wealth of the people (especially the Rothschilds’ favourite – Gold!) for the benefit of the State, the State which is of course now owned by the Rothschild family and administered by Jews. p98
In March 1919, it is reported that the Rothschilds are angry with the Russians because they were not prepared to allow them to form a central bank within their nation. They therefore gathered groups of Jewish spies and sent them to Russia to drum up a revolution for the benefit of the common man, which was actually a takeover of Russia by a Rothschild controlled Jewish elite. Indeed, one of these leading Jewish spies, Leon Trotsky, even used to play chess with Baron Rothschild whilst he was in Vienna.
These Jewish spies were, in age-old deceptive Ashkenazi Crypto-Jew tradition, given Russian names. For example, Trotsky was a leading member of the first group and his original name was Bronstein. These groups were sent to areas throughout Russia to incite riots and rebellion. p102
In 1920…this world wide conspiracy for the overthrow of civilisation and for the reconstitution of society on the basis of arrested development, of envious malevolence, and impossible equality, has been steadily growing. It played… a definitely recognisable part in the tragedy of the French Revolution. It has been the mainspring of every subversive movement during the C.19th; and now at last this band of extraordinary personalities from the underworld of the great cities of Europe and America have gripped the Russian people by the hair of their heads and have become practically the undisputed masters of that enormous empire. p105
In Sep 1920 10th edition of The American Hebrew, it is stated: “The Bolshevist revolution in Russia was the work of Jewish brains, of Jewish dissatisfaction, of Jewish planning, whose goal is to create a new order in the world. What was performed in so excellent a way in Russia, thanks to Jewish brains, and because of Jewish dissatisfaction, and by Jewish planning, shall also, through the same Jewish mental and physical forces, become a reality all over the world.” p106
In 1931 the US State Dept papers come to light of the following – In 1917 during the Russian Revolution, M. Oudendyke, the Netherlands Minister in Russia at the time, informed various governments including Britain, France and the US of the danger of communism which he identified as overtly Jewish. p124
In 1933 President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. A Sephardic Crypto-Jew, real name Rosenfelt, orders the all-seeing eye to be placed upon all new dollar bills along with the motto, “Novus Ordo Seclorum.” This is Latin for “A New Order of the Ages”. Or as more commonly stated today, “New World Order”.
On 16th Nov 1933 President Roosevelt recognises the Bolshevik regime of Stalin in Russia without consultation with Congress, whilst 8,000 Ukrainians march in Protest in New York. p128
In 1948 in the spring the Rothschilds bribe President Harry S. Truman (33rd President of the USA 1945-1953) to recognise Israel as a sovereign state with $2,000,000 which they give to him on his campaign train. p153
The Flag of Israel is unveiled. The emblem on the flag is a blue colored version of the Rothschild “Red Hexagram’. It has a blue border at the top and the bottom which represents the Nile and Euphrates rivers. This is put there to make the Jewish territorial ambitions very clear, an Israel in accordance with its biblical borders. p154
In 1948,1st Oct., Mao Tse Tsung declares the founding of the People’s Republic of China in Tiananmen Square, Beijing. He is funded by Rothschild created Communism in Russia and handled by the following Rothschild agents: Solomon Adler, a former US Treasury official who was a Soviet Spy; Israel Epstein, the son of a Jewish Bolshevik imprisoned by the Tsar in Russia for trying to foment a revolution there; and Frank Cole, a leading official of the Rothschild owned IMF. p159
In 1952, 23rd April, during a debate on immigration law, Congressman John Rankin makes the following statement to the house on the subject of the Jews, which is recorded to the House on the subject of the Jews, which is recoded in the Congressional Record. “They whine about discrimination. Do you know who is being discriminated against? The white Christian people of America, the ones who created this nation…Communism is racial. A racial minority seized control of Russia and in all her satellite countries, such as Poland, Czechoslovakia, and many other countries I could name. p162
In 1963, 10th January, the 45 goals of the Communist Manifesto are stated in the US Congress by A. S. Herlong Jr. of Florida, and therefore form the congressional Record of the day. Below is that list, which is important to study today to help you understand whether you live in a “democracy”, a “republic”, or under “Communism”, which is, of course, the control of the masses by Jewish interests. Point 5 – Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites. Point 10 – Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N. Point 14 – Continue giving Russia access to the US Patent Office. pp170-171
In 1980 the global phenomenon of privatisation increases dramatically. The Rothschilds are behind this from the very beginning in order to seize control of all state owned assets worldwide. p192
In 1989 many of the satellite states in Eastern Europe through the influence of Glasnost, become more open in their demands of freedom from Communist governance in their Republics. Many revolutions happen, most of them involving the overthrow of their respective Communist governments and replacement of them with Republics. In Russia, Boris Yeltsin (whose wife is the daughter of Joseph Stalin’s marriage to Rosa Kagagovich) and the Republican government take steps to end the power of the Communist party by suspending and banning the party and seizing all their property. This symbolises the fall of communism in Russia, and results in the start of a mass exodus of 700,000 Jews from the former Soviet Union to Israel. pp207-208
In 1992 March, former Federal Reserve Board Chairman, Paul A. Volker becomes Chairman of the European banking firm, J. Rothschild, Wolfensohn and Co. Privatisation begins in earnest in Russia. As a result of this, through corruption, the vast wealth of Russia ends up in the hands of the so-called, “Seven Oligarchs”, all of them new billionaires who backed Boris Yeltsin with money and media support. The seven are, Boris Berezovsky, Vladimir Gusinsky, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Mikhail Friedman, Alexander Smolensky, and Pyotr Aven, all Jewish, and one Russian, Vladimir Potanin. Potanin would be used as the others’ public liaison to the government. What aid Russia receives from the West goes straight to the Jewish banking cabal also. pp219-220
In 1998 The European Central Bank is set up in Frankfurt, the city from which the Rothschilds originate. p244
In 1999 1st October, “The Rome Observer” runs a story of how the Italian police have broken up a paedophile ring which had been kidnapping non-Jewish children aged between 2 and 5 from orphanages, and then raping and murdering them. The Jews struck back. The problem is that this paedophile ring consisted of 11 Jewish gangsters, and the Italian broadcast media had been so bold as to inform their more than 11 million viewers of such, and even go so far as to broadcast footage of these Jewish gangsters’ arrests! One has to wonder whether the Jews most holy book, the “Talmud”, had any influence on these Jewish paedophiles. The Talmud clearly states that sex between a grown man and a girl under 3 years of age is “permissible”, and also that the best among the non Jews “deserve to be killed”. pp246-247
Ministers of many Christian churches are totally ignorant of the contents of the Talmud.
Love him or hate him Barny is talking the talk. What he hasn’t mentioned is that his father-in-law Peter Campion from Tolga on the Atherton Tablelands has been chosen by Clive Palmer and Craig Kelly to run against Bob Katter in his long-held federal seat of Kennedy.
The intellectual Peter Campion is no slouch when it comes to his pet subjects of climate change and the Covid plandemic. Peter, a former fireman, has been a long time letter writer to all northern newspapers and has a large following, most of whom agree with his cutting analysis of the climate hoax.
Next off the block is George Christensen the renegade federal Liberal Member for Dawson (Mackay) who is retiring from parliament but he has a website under the banner of Nation First.
George fought tenaciously against Covid mandates in federal parliament and Cairnsnews knows he is a committed Christian. He is a good, decent man who should have left the NWO Liberals years ago.
Look out in 2022 it will be a wild election ride in Far North Queensland.
By Maani Truu, ABC
Posted Sat 25 Sep 2021
Since the recent round of stay-at-home orders were introduced in Sydney and Melbourne, religious messages and motifs have been popping up at loosely defined “anti lockdown” protests across Australia.
As one widely photographed sign at a Sydney demonstration in July declared: “The blood of Christ is my vaccine.”
No major religion in Australia has expressly told its followers to forgo vaccination against COVID-19. In fact, many faith leaders have played a key role in combating vaccine misinformation in their communities.
But as the above sign — and others like it — indicate, that doesn’t mean people aren’t being guided by their beliefs when deciding to refuse the jab.
It’s this grey area that Dr Renae Barker, an expert in law and religion at the University of Western Australia, said will make it difficult for the legal system to rule on whether policies that bar unvaccinated people from participating in certain activities — as already in place in Victoria, NSW and some industries — warrant a religious exemption provision.
And the question is already playing out internationally, particularly in the United States, where thousands of people have already sought exemptions from vaccine mandates on religious grounds.
“Do I think we need to have a conversation about [religious] exemptions? Possibly,” Dr Barker said, “I don’t think that conversation will go very far. I think politicians will very quickly say health, in this case, trumps freedom of religion.”
Australia’s history of religious exemptions
Looking back through Australia’s recent history, there’s only been one religion that has successfully lobbied for a vaccine exemption. That is the Christian Scientists, a small sect of Christianity who believes in prayerful healing to manage their health.
According to the 2016 Census, just 974 Australians reported they were Christian Scientist, out of 12 million people identifying as Christian more broadly.
In 1998, the church was granted an exemption to the Federal Government’s new “no jab, no pay” laws that meant children had to be vaccinated to receive childcare and family benefits. They were the only religion to receive such an exemption — which required parents and carers to provide a letter from a church leader — sparking unfounded fears the decision would cause a flood of new converts eager to bypass the laws.
But when it comes to COVID-19, the Christian Scientists are taking a different approach.
“As far as our practice of trusting our problems to God prayerfully, that hasn’t really altered,” said Edwina Aubin, a Christian Scientist practitioner from Brisbane. “We’re not ‘anti-vax’ as such, and neither are we ‘pro-vax’ … if it’s what’s required, then that’s what we’ll do.”
Ms Aubin explains that while the majority of the church’s members feel they don’t require traditional medicine, instead relying on prayer and the support of practitioners in the church, there’s nothing stopping them from seeking it out — whether it’s a legal requirement or not.
But even so, she said the question of whether to get the COVID-19 jab “probably has challenged many Christian Scientists”. In making the decision, she pointed to another core tenet of their beliefs: “Do to another what you want done to yourself.”
“I certainly know those who have chosen to be vaccinated have done so because they feel it’s the more loving thing to do to allay the fears of those around them,” she said.
“We’re conscious that we don’t want to make another fearful because of our stance, and if there’s no fear in our thought to go ahead and be vaccinated then that’s a more loving step to take.”
It’s this approach that led the government to scrap religious exemptions to immunisation completely in 2015, declaring the policy no longer necessary.
But COVID-19 has brought with it fresh debate around religious and conscientious objection to vaccination, particularly as states move towards a system of different rules for the unvaccinated.
Dr Barker said just because a religion doesn’t formally ban or mandate something doesn’t mean all adherents will comply: “Each individual does often have an individual interpretation of their requirements.”
But this is an area where Australian courts have “really struggled” to make a legal distinction, she said. “And it’s a very important distinction”.
Dr Barker said there’s been a handful of cases where Australian courts have been asked to determine whether a person really did something on the basis of their religion, which is protected under anti-discrimination legislation.
To highlight the distinction she provides this example: If someone chooses to be vegan because they believe it is good for their health and their workplace refuses to provide vegan options at a lunch event, it is not discrimination. But, if someone abstains from eating animal products because it is part of their religion and the workplace fails to accommodate this, it is.
This becomes more complicated when someone’s religious belief does not align with the commonly held practices of their organisation.
“The courts struggled with this idea that even different groups within the one larger religion might have different views and I suspect the courts will struggle even more with the idea that individuals within a religion will have a different view,” Dr Barker said.
“Religious practice and religious belief are very nuanced, and it’s very diverse, and even if we don’t think people are getting their religion ‘right’ they sincerely believe they are.
“And it’s a very challenging thing to do for a secular lawmaker, be that a legislature or a court, to say to that person ‘we think you’ve interpreted your religion wrong’.”
This means that, in the absence of religious leaders telling their followers they shouldn’t be vaccinated, any push for religious exemptions would depend on the individual being able to demonstrate why they believe their decision is tied to their religious beliefs.
This video is 1hr 30 min long ………..
‘Stalin said if I could control Hollywood I could bring down the world’ – former Whitehouse economist Jim Simpson
This would be one of the best documentaries we have published and is compulsory viewing for those who are seeking the truth about how the world has ended up in such a mess – deliberately.
Communism is the root cause of our woes which has been created by the financial oligarchy who want to control us. The entire communist strategy of how to break down a Christian, homogeneous society is so well explained it defies belief Australians have not been able to see the forest for the trees. Unfortunately for decades, main stream churches have purposely avoided teaching this covert agenda.
Every destructive step the communists have taken since the 1930’s in America and Australia unfolds before our eyes, move by move like a chess game. Subservient politicians, bureaucrats and most importantly the controlled main stream media have been surreptitiously involved in the take-down of Christian, family society.
It is easy to recognise each move for those aged 50 and over and you will say. “I remember that happening when I was a kid.”
Unfortunately our younger generation will never know the real freedoms this age group and older experienced. Decades of media conditioning and devious advertising have removed any semblance of a free society.
The most recent propaganda of political elites is exemplified by the notorious Premier of Victoria Dan Andrews where he has developed, with the help of a socialist Australian Broadcasting Corporation and MSM with its interpretative reporting, a masochistic appeal to Melbournites by keeping them locked up for 245 days in isolation under the ruse of a virus.
When he let them free he was declared a hero.
Andrews has been taking pages from Stalin’s and Hitler’s stratagem. This documentary delves into all these corners although it was made well before the Covid scamdemic was unleashed.
The Fabian Socialist Society gets many mentions and it is of interest that former Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam was known among the party faithful as ‘Fabius Maximus’ himself. Every Labor PM since Whitlam has been a member.
Hope you enjoy the movie and perhaps the un-vaccinated and oppressed, as a collective(nice word) might use this information to advantage. There will be no short term political solution to this madness. Australian people will have to take any perceived recovery into their own hands. That is those who survive the vaccines.
Letter to the Editor
Today the NSW State Government has announced its unintentionally ironic ‘Roadmap to Freedom’ which includes specific details as to what will be re-opening and for whom.
Among many other items of concern, there was a particular section that is alarming to me:
Weddings, funerals and places of worship (for fully vaccinated only):
– Up to 50 guests can attend weddings, with dancing permitted and eating and drinking only while seated.
– Up to 50 guests can attend funerals, with eating and drinking while seated.
– Churches and places of worship to open subject to one person per 4sqm rule, with no singing.
There will also be new rules for weddings and funerals, with up to 50 people permitted provided they are vaccinated. Churches can resume services, without singing, but must also enforce the the vaccination requirements and the 4 sq m rules”
We are opposed to the prohibition of singing which is a form of worship. We are also opposed to mandatory vaccination. The Bible teaches us that the Church and Christ’s love, extends to all races, all sexes, all identities and yes even the unvaccinated (modern lepers). Modern secularists have often refer to American Philosopher Thomas Jefferson for the ‘separation of Church and State’ without realising that the intention of Jefferson’s phrase was to separate Church FROM State.
In August Prime Minister Scott Morrison said “The vaccination service is free and it is not mandatory. That’s an important principle. We are not going to seek to impose a mandatory vaccination program by the government by stealth”. Was this a core promise or a non-core promise?
I am utterly opposed to any endeavours to make Covid-19 vaccination a mandatory requirement for Church attendance. I would question the legality of such a measure. To this effect, I am proud to support Sydney Solicitor Tony Nikolic who is challenging the legality of mandatory vaccines for NSW healthcare workers, our prayers are with him.
Please sign and share our petition to get the State out of our Churches.
Rev Hon Fred Nile MLC
CDP Parliamentary Leader
Letter to the Editor
At ACL, Aust Christian Lobby I believe that the boss Martyn Iles is a good man, unlike his predecessor Lyle Shelton (whom I met and knew well and I had doubts about him).
But it is a good trick of Satan or the KGB or the CIA or ‘whoever’ to stack around good people staff who are of a different mindset and loyalty than their bosses, including MPs. And I could give many examples, where I have evidence, not merely conjecture.
I note that this reply is not from Martyn Iles, who is THE boss.
But it is from a “communications officer”, who claims to make a dogmatic pronouncement of policy on behalf of Martyn Iles and the whole organisation!!
She quotes the distractionary furphy that vaccine issues should not divide the church
— therefore in the name of UNITY we are then meant, according to Niciole Goldup, to suppress truth. She even misquotes Romans 14
And so I decided to search the ACL website — there is NO mention of any policy re vaccination/coronavirus on it.
A chat dialogue box popped up asking if I had any query, so I typed in “Does ACL have a policy or view about coronavirus vaccines: dangers vs benefits? I am not upset if ACL does not have one, but if there is one, I would like to know about it.”
I got a reply, “we do not have any sort of literature about vaccine dangers adn benefits.
We encourage everyone to think for themselves, and to do their own research.
Our position is that the choice to take the vaccine or not is a conscience issue.” i.e. in other words ACL has NO position.
It is therefore a serious breach of ethics that the ‘communications officer’ has written a claim for an ACL policy position that s.
She has made a definitive POLICY pronouncement “We (i.e. ACL) support the vaccine rollout“
i.e. in other words, she claims that ACL is all in favour of the vaccines and can see no problems or hazards!!
Also by decrying debate or questions on this issue because it is “dividing the church” she is in effect putting on a guilt trip to stifle discussion and to get people to NOT think for themselves.
– in other words ‘dont argue’ — the quote in Romans 14 obviouslymeans verse 22 “keep it to yourself” i.e. do not ask questions.
And so she is participating in this bullying by Govts by repressing the asking of questions lest it “cause such division” in the church.
I have worked for six MPs (3 Canberra, 3 NSW) and 1990-97 was Community Relations Manager for the western region of the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority.
In those jobs I would not DARE to make a POLICY pronouncement
The honourable response from her to my having sent vaccine information should have been “ACL has no position on the issues you raise FULL STOP”
With friends like Nicole Goldup acting in this manner, ACL and Martyn Iles do not need enemies!! or perhaps she is one?
regards, Lex Stewart
from the Editor
Isaiah 6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;
the whole earth is full of his glory.”
4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.
5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”
8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”
And I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
9 He said, “Go and tell this people:
“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.”
11 Then I said, “For how long, Lord?”
And he answered:
“Until the cities lie ruined
and without inhabitant,
until the houses are left deserted
and the fields ruined and ravaged,
12 until the Lord has sent everyone far away
and the land is utterly forsaken.
13 And though a tenth remains in the land,
it will again be laid waste.
But as the terebinth and oak
leave stumps when they are cut down,
so the holy seed will be the stump in the land.”
- Isaiah 6:10 Hebrew; Septuagint ‘You will be ever hearing, but never understanding; / you will be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’ / 10 This people’s heart has become calloused; / they hardly hear with their ears, / and they have closed their eyes
I repost this 2005 article to show that Satanists have been cancelling Christmas for a long time. The #scamdemic has just given them a pretext.
Amendments to states’ criminal codes allowing convictions by one witness cut no ice with the High Court in the George Pell case. Common law can decide proving that corporate policies of each state should be repealed and replaced with natural law. Editor
DE JURE SANGUINIS CORONAE
KAP Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter has warned the Australian people that the persecution of Christianity is on the rise as Israel Folau again makes front page headlines for delivering a sermon in his church on Sunday which suggested the bushfires were a Divine repercussion of legalising same-sex marriage and abortions.
Mr Katter said, “I just toured with Pauline Hanson and we have some very fundamental differences but we work together for the good of the nation. I may disagree with Folau on some elements of theology and fundamentalism, but the intense persecution that he has been suffering to me is just continuation of the religious persecution that is taking place against Christianity almost everywhere in Australia.
“Is this any different to blaming the greenies for the fires? And is there any logic in the greenies blaming the people for the fires?
“They listen to the scientists with a different point of view, the scientists can argue, but theologists can’t. Clearly this man is a preacher and I don’t feel that a nation that kills little children before they are born is a good thing.”
“From where I sit, I’ve always voted for freedom in a society that is overly restrictive and there is no doubt that religious freedom is under attack here. And whether you agree with his comment or you don’t, rest assured they will come after you.
“They managed to take out Pell and Hollingsworth, and now they are going after the most prominent spokesperson for the Evangelic church.”
Mr Katter said that the history books tell of thousands of examples where the groups of people rose up against the persecution of their freedoms.
“Most of the world thought communism was good, even though Mao Tse Tung was responsible for 47,000 deaths and Stalin for 28,000 deaths. But we that belong to the English speaking tribe have prided ourselves on freedom of thought and expression and whilst we may attribute this to the German Martin Luther, and the Medici (who were also the Popes for nearly 70 years) Florentine family, both these people were characterised by Freedom of Thought. Tolerating and protecting even fanatics like Savonarola.
“Unfortunately for our enemies, history records that we Christians thrive on persecution. But even the most cursory reading of history will find that evil people don’t like being criticised for their evil – again, Stalin and Mae Tse Tung, McCarthyism, Salem witch burning, the Spanish Inquisition.
“People do not tolerate criticism or even people being different and not towing the conventional wisdom of the day.
“The great Thomas Jefferson said, ‘I do not agree often with what you are saying, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it”.
“Someone that puts moral convictions over his personal income, I find inspirational whether I agree with what he is saying or whether I don’t.”
Do not abuse ‘grace’
from Pastor Mel
A few years back this term “greasy grace” was frequently thrown about in the Christian community.
It referred to the idea of God’s grace being abused like the bloke who goes out willfully sinning during the week, gets forgiveness from the priest at confession and then he’s off again.
Abuse of grace is certainly warned against in the Bible e.g. “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves,” says 1Peter 2:16.
Similarly, Paul in Galatians 5:13 warns: “You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.”
The fact of the matter is we all fail as believers somewhere along the way, and we struggle to overcome bad habits, thoughts and actions, so we certainly need grace, which is central to Christian living.
Learning to live in that grace is a profound, ongoing spiritual experience, usually found when our focus is off ourselves and doing things to serve others, or when we are honest and open before God with our brokenness and seeking His help.
Until next time …
by Pastor Mel
Biblical freedom = true freedom
We don’t need to lecture people who read Cairns News about the importance of freedom in Australia.
The Bible’s major themes are centred on the ideas of “freedom” and “liberty”, but diverge from popular ideas of freedom.
Many of us will know the story of Moses bringing the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt or the famous words of the prophet Isaiah (61:1): “The Spirit of the Lord Jehovah is on Me; because Jehovah has anointed Me to preach the Gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to bind up the broken-hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound…”
Isaiah’s prophecy looks ahead to the ministry of Jesus, in physically and spiritually setting free the people of his time on earth and in the future.
Jesus confirmed this in John 8:35-36 in a heated confrontation with some unbelieving Israelites: “A slave is not a permanent member of the family, but a son belongs to it forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. I know you are Abraham’s descendants, but you are trying to kill Me because My word has no place within you.…”
As we know, Jesus went on to suffer a cruel death at the hands of his countrymen and their Roman rulers, but rose again from death to life to reveal his power and confirm himself as the Son of God.
St Paul, the main persecutor of the early church who turned key witness for it, made the profound, big-picture statement in Romans 8:20-21 that the entire creation is destined for freedom: “The creation waits in eager expectation for the revelation of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not by its own will, but because of the One who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.”
The same St Paul also had much to say about freedom to the Galatian church that had come under the sway of Judaizers i.e. those Jews who wanted to impose legalistic, Pharisee-like practices on the church.
In Galatians 5:1 Paul states: “For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.”
But most importantly, Paul underlines that freedom in Christ is not simply being free “to do what you like”. “For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” (5:13)
True freedom puts aside selfishness and takes a higher path where reward is neither sought nor expected but where love is exercised for the benefit of others.