It’s Time to Terminate ‘Pro-Choice’ MPs

To use an old Labor slogan, ‘It’s Time’. It’s time that all of the MPs in NSW who claim to be religious, but support the killing of unborn children, should be asked to leave the church they claim membership in.

They’re obviously not going to go of their own accord, so it’s especially beholden upon the likes of Anthony Fisher, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, to excommunicate them. Yes, it really is that serious.

The My Community Partnership grants will be released this week. And there will be dozens of photo opportunities for proud MPs to have their pictures taken outside many a gothic sandstone church building. However, if religious leaders—of all persuasions—are serious about the sanctity of human life, then they need to disinvite them. But sadly, they almost definitely won’t. Because, as Karl Marx (of all people) is reported to have said:

The Established Church will more readily pardon an attack on thirty-eight of its thirty-nine articles than on one-thirty-ninth of its income.

Just in case you’re still unsure as to where I might be coming from, let me be even clearer. You cannot be a follower of Jesus Christ and also legislate the ongoing practice of murder. It just cannot be done.

Especially when it involves babies still in their mother’s womb before the day of their birth. For this is precisely what the bill currently before the NSW parliament does.

Every Christian denomination down throughout church history has affirmed this basic moral truth. Indeed, you don’t even have to be religious to realise that abortion is ethically wrong. Don’t believe me? Then check out the following link here.

Unfortunately, when it comes to holding people to account, the Roman Catholic Church in particular has failed miserably. Just think of how they responded to clergy who had sexually abused children. But sadly, they are not alone.

For example, Gladys Berejiklian, also claims to be a woman of faith and is a member of the socially conservative Armenian Church. I actually heard her Archbishop speak the other week in Martin Place, and he was excellent. But it’s time for him to explain to the Premier of NSW what the ecclesiastical consequences will be if she continues to support this so-called, ‘reproductive rights’ bill. An Orwellian phrase if ever there was one.

Maybe the reason why religious communities are so reluctant to hold their congregants—who deny the teaching of the Bible—to account, is because they fear that this will only exacerbate their declining ‘market share’.

After all, each successive census confirms that in Australia the Christian religion is, for the most part, on the wane. Although, significantly, it also demonstrates that the more conservative denominations are actually growing. But that’s an article for another day…

But this is one of the main reasons why Christianity is often received with so much derision and contempt. For its failure to uphold its core values and doctrines.

I mean, is there anything more pathetic than someone who claims to believe one thing privately, but then acts another way in public? Psychologists call that kind of mental condition schizophrenia. Whereas Jesus simply labelled it: spiritual hypocrisy. (See Matthew 23 and Mark 7:6-8)

However, whatever illness or label you want to attach to it, what is crystal-clear is that it is completely inconsistent with being a Christian. And as such, the leaders of the various churches—Armenian, Catholic and yes, even Protestant—need to hold these schizophrenic religious politicians to account.

What has become clear is they’re no longer listening to the quiet (conservatively religious) Australians who voted for them. And so, we’re at the point where the leaders of our respective churches need to step in and act.

There’s no place for hypocrisy in politics or  — especially — the church. And so, if they’re not willing to repent and act consistently with the religious faith they profess, then they need to be lovingly shown the door.

It’s time.

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Photo: AAP Image/Joel Carrett

By |2019-09-04T17:12:53+11:00September 4th, 2019|Australia, Authors, Fairness & Justice, Faith, Leadership, Life|6 Comments

About the Author:

Mark Powell has six children and he is a Presbyterian minister at Cornerstone Church in Strathfield, Sydney. Mark writes for the Spectator and is a passionate advocate for faith and family; he has been on radio and TV advocating for Freedom, Faith, Family and Life.

6 Comments

  1. Virginia September 4, 2019 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    This is all good and well, but you’ve forgotten to mention the teachers and principals over the decades that belong to Christian Churches that have failed to teach their children the TRUTH because their own faith is so informed. And don’t forget the parents who left their childrens education to those schools. Its called ignorance. Or lack of formation. Now we have generations of teens taught lies, not to mention university students.

    • Mark Powell September 5, 2019 at 9:11 am - Reply

      I agree with you Virginia. As parents we have to be responsible for teaching our children and also encouraging them to have courage is standing up for those who are unable to speak for themselves.

    • Monica Bennett-Ryan September 14, 2019 at 12:09 pm - Reply

      Absolutely right, Mark. We have to vote them out!

  2. Maree Martin September 5, 2019 at 1:42 am - Reply

    Yes. The Armenians are either Catholics or Orthodox I believe. At the rally I thought to myself that the Armenian Priests would have to refuse Communion to Gladys Berejyklian until she publicly denounces abortion and this diabolical bill…for her own good and the good of all NSW and future babies that she is responsible for.

    A Catholic who publicly supports abortion would be considered anathema until they renounced their evil position.

    We must pray for Gladys, that, as a Christian, she denounces this bill, and as the premier, that she use her God- given earthly power to ditch the bill!
    Pray for her. There but for the grace of God go we.

    This diabolical bill has now brought together people of all Christian Faiths & other religions, and also many non- religious organisations & people to fight it!

    I hope & pray that this will be the starting point for all to seek the real Truth behind this crucial fight for the most defenceless human beings.

    To unite in the one Truth, under the one true God, the one true Faith, the one true Church-, no matter how maligned… Christ Himself was maligned.
    Great article, but dig deeper good sir.
    God bless.

    • Mark Powell September 5, 2019 at 1:46 pm - Reply

      Amen. Maree.

  3. Alistair October 4, 2019 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    Somewhere I came across this quote from an Anglican Bishop who seems to have noted with some sadness the future of his church:

    “It is sometimes joked that the only moral principle upon which all members of the C of E can agree is that a failure to separate one’s recyclable rubbish from the food scraps bin is gravely anti-social behaviour”

    He then added:

    “If the only thing uniting a community is the desire for the community to hold together regardless of the actual beliefs and values of those in the community, then that community may well hold together as a mutual social welfare support service for the weaker members who rely on social welfare, but it will lose its character as a church, as an ecclesial body, and it will hold no attraction for the stronger members of the community who don’t go to Church for the free cup of tea and opportunity to pick over the goods on offer at the second-hand clothes stall. If the provision of social welfare, kindness, care and concern, rather than a common creed, becomes the glue that holds a group together, then the sacramental participation in the life of the Trinity will be very much occluded and ecclesial communities will become hard to distinguish from gatherings of secular humanists and political moralists.”

    I hold grave fears for the future of Christianity. It has accepted Dhimmitude under Left-wing Governments. Perhaps its time to abandon the infrastructure return to the Catacombs.

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