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“But if the watchman see the sword come, and blow not the trumpet, and the people be not warned; if the sword come, and take any person from among them, he is taken away in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at the watchman’s hand.” [Ezekiel 33:6]

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“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” [Ephesians 6:12]

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Presbyterians Week Headlines

[1] In Light of Possible Country-Wide Enshrinement of Homosexual Marriage, Presbyterian Church in Australia Moderator-General Asks: “Will We Still Be Free to Have Our Own Opinions of Same-Sex Marriage?”

[2] Righting a Terrible Wrong: D. James Kennedy Ministries Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

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[1] In Light of Possible Country-Wide Enshrinement of Homosexual Marriage, Presbyterian Church in Australia Moderator-General Asks: “Will We Still Be Free to Have Our Own Opinions of Same-Sex Marriage?”

In a 22 August 2017 The Australian article by Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCoA) Moderator-General John P. Wilson titled “Will We Still Be Free to Have Our Own Opinions of Same-Sex Marriage?”, Pastor Wilson addresses proposed changes to the Marriage Act that legalize homosexual marriage.

Pastor Wilson begins:

“Marriage, as defined today between a man and a woman, is the best way for Australian society to flourish. It has been the foundation of stable societies since time immemorial and is central to the raising of the next generation.”

Wilson, referring to Marriage Act change proponents’ promises that “clergy will be afforded legal protections for counselling, officiating and speaking with respect to weddings,” asks:

“However, would this prevent ministers and evangelists such as Campbell Markham and David Gee from being hauled before the Tasmanian Anti-Discrimination Commissioner when one referred to same-sex marriage in a blog and the other in a street meeting in Hobart?”

Wilson expresses similar concerns about government school teachers that conscientiously object to teaching the validity of homosexual marriage, for PCoA affiliated schools, for chaplains, and for ordinary Australian citizens.

Wilson concludes:

“I urge all Australians to recognise marriage as the fundamental institution of society, which is not ours to change on a whim. Even if all Australians cannot do so for explicitly religious reasons, at least let us recognise that this is a divisive issue for non-churchgoers as well, many of whom do not want to be silenced on such a socially significant matter.”

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+ The Australian, 2 Holt Street, Surry Hills, New South Wales 2010, Australia, 02-9288-3000, Fax: 02-9288-2250, letters@theaustralian.com.au

+ Presbyterian Church of Australia, 168 Chalmers Street, Surry HillsNew South Wales, 2010, Australia, 02-9690-9333, Fax: 02-9310-2148, Contact Page

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[2] Righting a Terrible Wrong: D. James Kennedy Ministries Files Defamation Lawsuit Against Southern Poverty Law Center

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Aug. 23, 2017 /Christian Newswire/ — Dr. Frank Wright, President & Chief Executive Officer at D. James Kennedy Ministries (DJKM), announced that DJKM filed suit today in the United States District Court against the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).

The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that the SPLC illegally trafficked in false and misleading descriptions of the services offered by DJKM and committed defamation against DJKM arising from the publication and distribution of false information that libels the ministry’s reputation and subjects the ministry to disgrace, ridicule, odium, and contempt in the estimation of the public.

In a statement released today, Dr. Wright said: “We embarked today on a journey to right a terrible wrong. Those who knowingly label Christian ministries as ‘hate’ groups, solely for subscribing to the historic Christian faith, are either woefully uninformed or willfully deceitful. In the case of the Southern Poverty Law Center, our lawsuit alleges the latter.”

Wright went on to say: “These false and illegal characterizations have a chilling effect on the free exercise of religion and on religious free speech for all people of faith. After having given the SPLC an opportunity to retract, we have undertaken this legal action, seeking a trial by a jury of our peers, to preserve our own rights under the law and to defend the religious free speech rights of all Americans.”

About DJKM: D. James Kennedy Ministries is a Christian media ministry that seeks to communicate the Gospel of Jesus Christ through every available electronic medium. Its four-fold mission is: 1) to proclaim the good news of the Gospel throughout the Earth; 2) to teach and nurture Christ’s followers; 3) to equip and encourage believers to live out their faith; and 4) to defend religious liberty, encouraging believers to lovingly engage the culture with the heart and mind of Jesus Christ.

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+ Christian News Wire, 2020 Pennsylvania Avenue Northwest, Washington DC 20006, 202-546-0054, newsdesk@christiannewswire.com

+ D. James Kennedy Ministries, Post Office Box 11184, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida  33339, 866-534-1294, letters@djameskennedy.org

+ Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Avenue, Montgomery, Alabama 36104, 334-956-8200, Contact Page

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