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Thank you Prime Minister for defending marriage between a man and a woman.

In June 2015 a Galaxy poll found that 76% of Australians agree, that as a society, we should try to ensure that children are raised by their own mother and father and promote this.

In the last national census some 61% of Australians identified themselves as Christian and Jesus teaching on marriage is crystal clear for the highest good of society:

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” (Matt 19:4-5 NIV).

While some 2.5% of the population are homosexual only about half of these are activist for same sex marriage. So why should around 1% of the population have the right to socially re-engineer the whole foundation of man-woman marriage that 76% of the population want retained as the best way to raise children?

FlowersThanking the PM with flowers on Monday 10 June came from grassroots Aussies who don't want to see a new generation growing up apart from their biological parents. With civil unions there is no discrimination in Australia against Gay couples - but they cannot reproduce. Marriage is about raising kids in the home of their biological parents whenever possible.

Click here for a 1:15 min clip on saying thanks with flowers.


Justice and Freedom

We have different names for different types of relationships in Australia:

  • Marriage is between a man and a woman exclusively for life
  • De facto is the recognised relationship of a couple living together
  • Civil Union is the recognised relationship of a same-sex couple.

In Australia discrimination is not practiced against any of these relationships. However where Same-Sex marriages have been legalised, freedom of speech and religious freedom to advocate against SSM concepts have been restricted with fines and penalties on a scale from mild to severe. Of the 196 countries in the world only around 24 have legalised SSM - mainly in Europe and the Americas. In Australia we need to learn from the experience of other countries before we redefine man-woman marriage that has served every society so well from the beginning of time.

Care and Reconciliation

From a Christian perspective there are two separate situations we need to consider separately - national policy and pastoral care. National policy should be developed in alignment with the will of God: "your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matt 6:10). The will of God in marriage is a covenantal relationship between a man and a woman for life. Pastorally we care for all people with compassion and understanding no matter their colour or gender. Where there is any separation between people and God Jesus has provided reconciliation through his substitionary death on the Cross on our behalf (John 3:16-18).

Therefore Australians must be very well informed of the dire consequences SSM will have on the structure of society if the husband and wife foundation of the family unit is destabilised. Here are some key links for personal leaning and action:

Why we stand for the Sanctity of Marriage between a Man and a Woman

Wisdom and Insight

  • Click here for an ACL article of why Australia needs to retain marriage as is.
  • Click here for the Catholic Bishops article, 'Don't mess with Marriage'
  • Click here for concerns for children at the Australian Marriage Forum.

Warnings from what's Already Happened Overseas with SSM

Opinion Pieces

  • Click here for Paul Kelly article, the Australian 11 July 15, on SSM and religious belief
  • Click here for article: Gay Atheist Speaks a Timely Word fo the Church

Call to Action

  • Visit your local Member to courteously advise your deep concerns
  • Click here to email parliamentarians to defend traditional marriage
  • Click here to sign the petition on marriage to the Senate.

Jesus Owns the Future

Vision:

Mission:

Re-formation:

We see the body of Christ working in united formation to bring glory to Jesus in every domain of the nation. To facilitate Church and Marketplace re-formation according to the plans and purposes of God’s heart in the 21st Century and beyond. Re-formation is about recognition that Jesus is just as much King of the marketplace as he is High Priest of the Church.
Psalm 96
John 17:1-2

Psalm 32:8-11
Psalm 33:11-12
Matt 6:10

Matt 13
Matt 22:36-40
Matt 28:18-20

Mandate
The mandate of the Word of God in Genesis 1:28, Psalm 110, Daniel 2:31-45, Acts 2:34, Romans 9:30-33, 1 Cor 15:24, Ephesians 1:22, Colossians 1:15-20, Hebrews 2:8, 1 Peter 2:4-9, Revelation 11:15 and 19:11-16 is for the Body of Christ to bring forth the divine order and blessing of the Kingdom of God in an otherwise disorderly world.

In Psalm 110 the scriptures are clear that the enemies of Jesus will become a footstool for his feet. Jesus will rule in the midst of his enemies and his troops will be willing in the day of his battle.

Psalm 33:11-12
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord.

 

Who We Are
Christian Federation is a coalition of Kingdom Partners comprising individuals, local Churches, Christian Organisations and Marketplace Groups who are of the same heart to glorify Jesus in every domain of our nation. Through “netweaving” different nodes of the Kingdom are linked together to function collaboratively in the will and ways of God (Matt 13:47, Matt 18:20, Psalm 103:7).

Guiding Principles
Priority of Love - the Great Commandment
Priority in Purpose - the Great Commission
Priority in Doctrine - the Nicene Creed.

What is the Kingdom of God on Earth?
The Lord’s Prayer in action (Matt 6:9-13) in the context of Jesus’ word’s that the Kingdom of God is in your midst (Luke 17:21 NIV).

Understanding Re-formation
Re-formation comes out of re-discovery of what Jesus meant by the “ecclesia” he will build (Matt 16:18). Whereas revival or renewal touches an individual or a local church, re-formation changes a nation. The essential distinctive of re-formation is alignment with the truth that Jesus Christ is King of kings and Lord of lords over every aspect of the nation. There is no sacred/secular divide but the welcoming of the fullness of the Kingdom of God everywhere (Psalm 33:6-12, Psalm 110, Col 1:15-20, Hebrews 1:8-13, Revelation 11:15).

Our Leadership
Our leadership comprises God called Eph 4:11 leaders who operate in the love, unity, honour and purpose of the Kingdom of God through the guiding and enabling of the Holy Spirit. We share the same heart to connect, catalyse, collaborate and communicate the principles of re-formation of church and marketplace. Our leadership comprises:

  • Governance Board
  • Operations Group
  • Prayer Team
  • Advisory Council

 Margaret Court

Pastor Margaret Court
Chair, Christian Federation

Margaret Court is Australia's most successful and celebrated tennis player of all time. No player in tennis history has ever surpassed her incredible record of 62 grand slam titles, in both singles and doubles. Margaret became a Christian while she was still the world's best, and when she finally retired from the game in 1976, she settled down to a life as a wife and mother, but could not resist the call of God that was on her life.

In 1991 Margaret was officially ordained to ministry and a year later established her own outreach ministry Margaret Court Ministries Inc. Her vision was to see the lost, lonely, sick and defeated triumph in life by receiving Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, and to teach them how to implement the faith principles by which they too could live a successful life.

Facing the challenge of God once again in her life, in June 1995 Victory Life Centre Inc was established. Margaret's desire for Victory Life Church is to train an army of strong believers, knowing who they are in Christ and the Christ within, to go and take the nation and the nations for Christ.

 Peter Kentley

Peter Kentley
Executive Director

Peter flew as an airline pilot with Ansett in Australia and overseas with Air Mauritius and Singapore Airlines. Peter served as an air safety development specialist with the International Federation of Airline Pilots and the International Civil Aviation Organisation. Since the early 1980's Peter pioneered and developed Christian fellowship groups in the airlines both in Australia and overseas.  Peter was recently the CEO of Australian Marketplace Connections incorporating Integrated Leadership Groups which provides facilitated peer mentoring for business leaders. Peter is married to Robin and they have three children and five grand children.

  

Board of Directors

Margaret Court
Chair
Pastor Victory Life Centre
Sean Morris Vice Chair Pastor Grow Church
Peter Kentley Convenor Former Airline Captain and CEO
Paul De Mare Sec/Treasurer CFO Access Ministries
Hart Gary Major, Salvation Army
Hirsch Lawrence Director, Celberate Messiah
Willason Lenyce Director, Catholic Charismatice Renewal
Ojelabi Funso Pastor, Redeeemed Christian Church of God
Associate Members    
Grieve Tony Principal, Kidmans Partners
Haastrup Abraham Director, Redeemed Christian Church of God

 

Peter Kentley
Executive Director

Christian Federation
A Division of River of Life Conference Inc.
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Ringwood  Vic  3101

Office:  0416 223-096
Mobile:  0414 622-633
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