Thursday, 14 June 2007

14 June 2007 - Family Integrity #263 -- School Newsletter

Dear Friends,

The writer of the attached (below) school newsletter gave me permission to send it further afield -- to you all. I reckon his analysis and recommendations of the situation (before the Bill to Criminalise Parental Authority was passed) is very insigtful and helpful.


Craig Smith
National Director
Family Integrity
PO Box 9064
Palmerston North
New Zealand
Ph: (06) 357-4399
Fax: (06) 357-4389
Our Home....Our Castle

if Section59 is repealed - or replaced...

Tyndale Park Christian School
206 Murphys Road, Flat Bush, Manukau 2016. Phone 274 9771, Fax 274 9772

27 April 2007

Dear Parents, Staff, Pupils and Friends,

If we are not of this world, we will be hated by this world. If we believe what the Lord Jesus Christ says in John 15:19 “I have chosen you out of the world” then we should not only be aware but even experience that the world hates us!

“If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19.

“Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.” 1 John 3:13.

Why are Christians - jailed in Eritrea, murdered in India, missing in Sri Lanka, facing trial in Uzbekistan, buried alive in Sudan, have their houses burned down in Pakistan, executed in Indonesia, beheaded in Sulawesi, tortured in Vietnam, martyred in Iran, stoned to death in Nigeria, imprisoned in Belarus, or starved to death in North Korea? Because:
1. They no longer have freedom and are persecuted for their faith in these countries and in many other countries.
2. They love their Saviour and are “not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ” (see Romans 1:16).
3. They are persuaded that they “ought to obey God rather than men” (see Acts 5:29).
4. They realise that the world hated their Lord before it hated them (see John 15:18).
5. They are not willing to compromise in their testimony.

We indeed have reason to be very thankful that we do not live under persecution in New Zealand such as that mentioned in the countries listed above. However, are you aware that since the 1980’s there has been a systematic effort, through social manipulation, in our own country, to destroy God’s first institution, the family and the home?

A dictionary from the 1980’s gives the following definition of a family: “people connected to one another by marriage and close blood relation and actually living together in one household, composed of a father, a mother (called parents) and a child or children.” You will not find such a definition in today’s dictionaries.

In Genesis 1:27&28 and in Matthew 19:4-6 we find God’s plan for marriage and the family is clearly stated. The destruction of the Biblical family started officially in 1994, the “International Year of the Family”. The NZ Government of the day released the following definition of the family: “a group of people which may include the very young and the elderly, who live in close association, which produces interdependence and a moral obligation to support one another.” The definition is not only anti-family, but unbiblical.

I believe it is a description of how people were living in the days before the flood (see Genesis 6:5-7) and in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah (see Genesis 18:20&21 and 19:24&25) and in many “cultures” today.

Under the present government “much progress has been made” to further the destruction of the Biblical home/family. Allow me to quote from “The Politics of Family” by the Maxim Instute:
1. The Hon Steve Maharey stated that “the government’s decision to focus on families and parenting is not driven by concern in the decline in families with two married parents and children. Better support for parenting must and will apply equally to all family types.”
2. The Hon Phil Goff: stated at the United Nations in 2004 “that the NZ Government is pro-family having even set up the Commission for the Family.” Note that NZ has a Families Commission. I trust you recognise the difference.
3. The NZ government refused to sign the United Nations Doha Declaration, which specifically addresses the importance of government support for the family. The NZ Ambassador to the United Nations said the following about the Declaration “that it was being used to attack long-standing consensus agreement on diversity of the family structure in NZ.”
4. The present government committee charged with implementing the Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) frequently labels motherhood as “an unfortunate stereotype”. This committee is aggressively pro-childcare etc.
5. In November 2003 the NZ Government led a group of 17 nations opposing a pro-parent draft resolution in the United Nations titled: “Importance of the role of parents in the care, development and well-being of their children.”
6. NZ now leads 31, mostly European, countries in the push for sexual orientation as a human right.
7. NZ has recently increased funding for the United Nations Population Fund (UNFA) which objects to strengthening the unique role of parents.

All of the above actions were taken by the present government!

These same Social Engineers presently want to repeal Section 59 of the Crimes Act which means that the use of any form of force on a child will constitute an assault under Section 194(a) of the Crimes Act.

Why do the majority of the Members of Parliament seem to support or go along with the repeal of the Bill by List MP Sue Bradford? Why are our “elected representatives” so concerned about Corporal Correction in a functional home consisting of a father, a mother and children without these children needing hospital treatment or burial? Why are Parliament, Government and its agencies (especially the Ministry of Social Development) either unwilling or unable, or both, to stem the serious abuse, murder and the shocking neglect of children in dysfunctional homes?

For answers to that we need to turn to the Scriptures! The attitude of the authorities in NZ presently is vividly described in Isaiah 47:10 and in other places.
1. “For thou hast trusted in thy wickedness: thou hast said, “None seeth me.” Thy wisdom and thy knowledge, it hath perverted thee; And thou hast said in thine heart, I am, and none else beside me.” Isaiah 47:10.
2. The humanist’s “heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked: who can know it?” Jeremiah 17:9.
3. “The fool hath said in his heart, “There is no God”.” Psalm 14:1.
4. They “call evil good and good evil”; they “put darkness for light and light for darkness”; they “put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.” Isaiah 5:20.
5. They have “become vain in their imaginations … professing themselves to be wise … and changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible … changed the truth of God into a lie and worship(ped) and serve(d) the creature more than the Creator.”
6. They have dethroned the God of Creation and enthroned themselves following Satan’s advice that “ye shall be as gods” (Genesis 3:5) and consequently become dictators.
7. “… the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live …”. (Ecclesiastes (9:3)

What to do? Again the Scriptures give us answers.
1. That we “are of God … and have overcome them (spirit of anti-christ which is even now already in the world): because greater is He that is in you than he (Satan) that is in the world.” John 4:4.
2. That the Lord Jesus said “I will build My church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.” Matthew 16:18.
3. That we may boldly say “The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:7.
4. That we continue “building up yourselves on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost, keep(ing) yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Jude 20&21.
5. That we “be ready always to give an answer to every man (including politicians) that asketh you a reason of the hope, that is in you with meekness and fear.” 1 Peter 3:15.
6. That we are to be “watchmen, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.” Isaiah 62:6.
7. However, it must always be done with “sound speech (and writing) that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.” Titus 2:8.

If we are given the legal opportunity to make submissions to Parliament and have the legal right to write to or ring members of Parliament, let us blow the trumpet.

In conclusion, seeing that the Lord Jesus Christ “has chosen us out of the world” (John 15:19), let us therefore “be not conformed to this world” (Romans 12:2) but “live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world; looking for that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.” Titus 2:12.

J H Brinkman
School Manager

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