How Will You Vote? Recent Media Reports and Calls to Pray for Marriage and Family

How will You Vote? Resources to Share

Please prayerfully reflect on your vote in light of these resources.
You can print out this “No” vote campaign leaflet on the consequences of a “Yes” vote to share with your friends and in your neighbourhood. These were prepared by Coalition for Marriage 

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See Recent Media Articles Below

Let us stand in united prayer, fasting and humbly gracious action, pouring out love for all, to uphold marriage between one man and woman and protect children and freedom of speech and religion:

The team at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting are even more intent on joining with other Christians in calling for a week of prayer for marriage through Marriage Week. The dates for Marriage Week go from Sunday 10 September (Marriage Sunday) to 16 September 2017. Marriage Week has been going since 2007.

Providentially, Ps Wayne Alcorn, President of Australian Christian Churches (ACC) called for a Day of Prayer and Fasting on Tuesday 12 September 2017, in the light of the proposed move to redefine marriage between a man and woman.

The team at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting agreed unanimously to support this initiative and call the wider body of Christ to join this historic National Day of Prayer and Fasting for Marriage. This is the same day that the ballot goes out for the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey on the redefinition of marriage.

You can see this video at

Ps Alcorn wrote, “The ACC National Executive has called for a National Day of Prayer & Fasting among ACC churches as Australia heads towards the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey.

We are calling a National Day of Prayer and Fasting for all our churches, and asking people to join us on Tuesday 12 September 2017 to fast and pray for:

* Our nation, Australia

* Righteous government – at all levels

* Family

* The Church

The ACC supports the Biblical view of marriage as a lifelong, exclusive union between a man and a woman, and recognises the potential consequences for Christians, should the legislation be passed. The ACC is encouraging all Christians to vote ‘NO’.

Let us be prayerful and gracious whilst holding true to our convictions, confident always that Jesus will always keep His promise ‘to build His Church’. Through it all it is important that we are respectful of ALL people; even those who strongly disagree with our views.”

10-16 September 7 Days of Prayer for NO CHANGE to Australia’s Marriage Law

More details can be found at the Christian Federation website.


ACMFC 2017


Recent Media Articles


Paul Kelly 13 September  The Australian, Why YES case is shoddy.

No article better explains how politicians are wilfully misleading voters when it comes to changing the Marriage ActShare this article now so every Australian knows the truth.

[Apologies I have not included articles published while I was overseas in Aug-Sept period]

Paul Kelly 12 August 2017 Clash of Rights Looms in Marriage Debate.

Brendan O’Neill 12 August 2017 Gay Marriage Another Nanny State Safety Net

Janet Albrechtsen 12 August 2017 Same-Sex issue should have gone to the people long ago.

Paul Kelly, 8 July 2017 Blessed Be the Egotistic Individuals

Jennifer Oriel, 3 July 2017 Faithless Australians may lose more than just God

Paul Kelly, 15 April 2017  ‘New Progressive Morality Rapidly Taking Over From Christian Beliefs

What’s Changed in Britain Since SSM?

This is an excellent article describing some of the consequences of SSM.

The Spectator Australia. David Sergeant 
Four years ago, amid much uncertainty, 400 British members of parliament voted to redefine marriage in the United Kingdom.

Then prime minister David Cameron announced that, despite having made no mention of the issue in his party’s pre-election manifesto, it would be MP’s who decided the fate of marriage.

Now, it’s Australia’s turn to choose. There’s one key difference. Unlike in Britain, it will be the people who decide.

Everyone agrees, whether they admit it or not. This is a decision of enormous significance.

Therefore, it seems sensible to analyse the consequences of the potential change, within nations in which redefinition has previously been carried out.

In the United Kingdom, it has become abundantly clear that redefinition has affected many people, across many spheres. At first glance, these spheres appeared distinct from marriage redefinition. However, subsequent changes, have proved that they are entirely intertwined.

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Two homosexual men

have bravely publicly opposed homosexual marriage and told their powerful story for Australia. Please share these three short videos on both Facebook and YouTube through social media.

  1. Mark & Ben – Consequences of Redefining Marriage:
  2. Mark & Ben – Consequences of Redefining Marriage FACEBOOK LINK 6,600 Views:
  3. Mark & Ben – Our Story:                                          
  4. Mark & Ben – Our Story FACEBOOK LINK 273 views:
  5. Mark & Ben – Part of The Community – Youtube:                        
  6. Mark & Ben – Part of The Community – FACEBOOK LINK 6,500 Views:

Safe Schools:

Our response to these articles: 

One Thing We Can Do

Jesus’ Called Us to Love God and Our Neighbours Well.

Join us to pray that we, the church of Jesus Christ, will see what the Bible says to us about how to love the world around us.1

Christians are divided in the way we see critical social issues. How can this be if we have the mind of Christ? The truth is – we all see only in part. God holds righteousness (wholeness; holiness) in perfect balance justice (mercy and grace) whereas we tend to see only one side of an issue. We can take one position if we see it  from a righteousness perspective and another if we see it from a justice perspective.

It is fascinating to find God’s extensive understanding of our earth’s species and environment and how clearly he knows us and speaks to us. When we surrender our life and opinions to him and let God change my mind on lots of issues, we will become compelled by God’s perspective. The more we draw close to him the more our limited opinions have to be relinquished. With time we sense his heart, glimpse his deep insight and see the painful pervasive and long term consequences if a person or a society tolerates “a little evil” in its midst. Over time we will God get it right so many times that we can trust that what he says is true – even when we don’t understand it. Trust him. He is good and good to us. God loves well.

Let’s submit to be one with God and align with what our Father is saying and doing:

  • So we can be one so the world will see God’s love for them.
  • So our witness and our response to the world arises in the leading and power of His Spirit from that place of rest – where we are in Christ and we have Christ in us
  • So we speak in His holiness, His love, in His timing, His words, by His impulse
  • So we speak convicting truth in love and shine hope in darkness
  • So Christ in us enables us to be love, the way, the truth and the life to all.

A Call to the Australian People to Love Each Other Well.

There are many ways to see the challenges we are facing globally and in our nation. We are in a season of human existence when the core beliefs and values of our society are being overturned. Life in contemporary Australia may seem comfortable for most and “life-style” is highly valued.

But we are at the point where we no longer preserve our most essential agreement – which is to respect, cherish and protect life. Our laws in Victoria now permit the destruction of the lives of full term babies. There are threats to legalise the murder of vulnerable people. Doing whatever we want is creating social confusion, chaos and destruction. Freedom of speech and freedom of religion are being deeply eroded. Many have been persuaded by an agenda that irrationally denies the most fundamental truths of basic biological science and human existence – gender and family. We have disturbing examples of Christian children in ‘safe’ schools who have been publicly bullied by teachers.*  All over the world, and in Australia, innocent people are being killed and maimed by individuals and groups who intentionally seek to destroy our way of life.

Even this brief review of Australian statistics2 shows a steady breakdown in healthy social relationships evidenced by:

  • Increasing child neglect and abuse – including sexual abuse by children.
  • Increasing child/teen sexual activity, diseases and crime – at younger ages.
  • Increasing sexual crime against women.
  • Increasing depression and suicide rates.
  • Increasing sexualisation and sexual pressure on girls and women.3.
  • Increasing use of pornography and violence in pornography – clearly associated with violence against girls and women.3.

An Invitation to Know God’s Love and to let Him Love Us Well.

The people who built the western world were committed to valuing each human life, freedom from slavery and persecution, freedom of speech, conscience and religion, democratic election, justice under law, education for all. Many of the people who established the values and the rationality of our culture’s base in science, order and creativity were directly inspired by their relationship with God.

Examples include Martin Luther who began modern university education from 1520; John Calvin (1509 – 1564) was one of the fathers of modern democracy; Francis Bacon (1561-1626) and Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) who are said to have co-founded scientific method; Blaise Pascal (1623-1662); Isaac Newton (1642-1727); Gregor Mendel (1822-1884); Albert Einstein (1879-1955); and William Wilberforce (1759-1833) who made slavery illegal. 4

The reality is that liberal, Western democracies like Australia owe as much to Christianity as they do to historical movements like the Enlightenment and British institutions like the Westminster system of government and the common law.

That’s why parliaments around Australia begin with the Lord’s Prayer and the Australian Constitution’s preamble includes the words ‘Humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God’.

Australia’s legal system and institutions, while being secular in nature, also draw heavily on Christian ethics and morality, best illustrated by the ten commandments and the fact that, for years, it was customary for those involved in trials to swear on the Bible.

Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion, in addition to being an essential part of Australian democracy, are also embodied in international rights and conventions.”5

God is a good Father who has reached out to our race to assure us that we each are profoundly loved. When we let Jesus rule in us, he gives us freedoms from addiction and compulsions, and in mercy and kindness, complete and miraculous solutions to our dilemmas and circumstances. God’s Spirit in us brings peace to our inner world, joy in knowing our identity, clarity to all confusion. Because he loves, he warns us that some things we do, over time, will lead to certain destruction – of our lives, of those around us and across generations. When we close our heart to him we cut ourselves off from sensitivity to the Spirit’s leading, from relationship with God as Father, and from eternal life. God has provided free choice but we live with the consequences of our choices. Ultimately God is not inclusive because, in his love, he will only sustain eternally what is harmonious in the next life.

Jesus has made a way for us to live an abundant life and eternal life. I pray that you know the joy, peace, meaning, wholeness and connection made possible by surrendering your life to enjoy intimacy with Jesus through His Spirit. He says, “Come to me all who are heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-29)

Sue Tinworth


Footnote 1. What the Bible says to us about this:

 John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

John 10:10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

2 Corinthians 4:4 “The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ.”

Acts 26:17-18 “I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God.”

 2 Thessalonians 2:esp 9-17 “The coming of the lawless one is by the activity of Satan with all power and false signs and wonders, 10 and with all wicked deception for those who are perishing, because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. 11 Therefore God sends them a strong delusion, so that they may believe what is false, 12 in order that all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. 13 But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth. 14 To this he called you through our gospel, so that you may obtain the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 15 So then, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions that you were taught by us, either by our spoken word or by our letter. 16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.”

 John 14:10 “Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority, but the Father who dwells in me does his works.”

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”

John 16:7-8,13-15 … I will send him (the Helper)  to you. And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you.”

Proverbs 3:5-7 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.”

1 Corinthians 2:12-14 12 “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us.13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit.” NIV

Hebrews 13:5-7 … “for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”

Ephesians 6:19 Pray “that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel…”

 John 5:24 “Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life.”

Luke 21:13-19 ” And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish.19 Stand firm, and you will win life.” NIV

2 Timothy 1:12-14 “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that day what has been entrusted to me. 13 Follow the pattern of the sound words that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 By the Holy Spirit who dwells within us, guard the good deposit entrusted to you.” NIV

1 Peter 3:13-17  “Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good? 14 But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. “Do not fear their threats[b]; do not be frightened.”] 15 But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, 16 keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. 17 For it is better, if it is God’s will, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil.”

Colossians 4:2-6 Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”

 2 Corinthians 4:5-7 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.”


Footnote 2.
Brief review of articles on increasing breakdown in life in Australia

 Suicide rates for young Australians highest in 10 years, researchers ……/8076780Nov 29, 2016 – Suicide rates among young Australians are at their highest level in 10 years, despite a range of prevention strategies and investment from government, according to new research. The report, carried out by youth mental health service Orygen, has found the system is not working and …

Australia’s Suicide Crisis Has Peaked To A Terrifying New Height…/australias-suicide-crisis-has-peaked-to-a-terrifying-ne…Sep 28, 2016 – Australia’s suicide rate is the highest it has been for at least ten years.

The facts about depression and anxiety – Beyondblue In any one year, around 1 million Australian adults have depression, and over 2 … Anxiety is the most common mental health condition in Australia and there are …

Anxiety and depression is rising among teenagers, Australian study ……/Anxiety-depression-rising-teenagers-Australian-study-shows…. Jul 11, 2014 – Older adolescent girls across the world are increasingly experiencing severe anxiety and depression, a new Australian study has found.

Teenagers more anxious and depressed – The Sydney Morning Herald › News › NSW NewsJul 11, 2014 – The research, published in the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, also found an increase in anxiety and depression among …

Children and young people’s exposure to pornography – Australian ……/children-and-young-peoples-exposure-pornograph… May 4, 2016 – Research indicates that children and young people are accessing pornography at increasing rates (link is external), with boys aged 14-17 …

Internet Pornography by the Numbers; a Significant Threat to Society ……/internet-pornography-by-the-numbers Internet pornography continues to be a vast and underreported threat to children, .. Pornography useincreases the marital infidelity rate by more than 300%xiii …

Pornography, Violence and Sexual Entitlement: An Unspeakable Truth … May 29, 2015 – In Australia, most violent crimes have been in decline, but the rates of domestic … between pornography and domestic violence, with increasing …

Child abuse and neglect statistics | Child Family Community Australia A snapshot of child protection activity in Australia during 2014-15. … The total number of notifications represents an increase of 5.3% from the 304,097 …. Sexual abuse was the least common form of substantiated harm (or risk of harm) from …

In focus: Child sexual abuse – Australian Institute of Criminology Sep 11, 2015 – Institutional Child Sexual Abuse in Australia … to protect children, and make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices …

Child abuse reports increase but less than half investigated: report › News › National Jul 25, 2014 – The number of child abuse reports increased by 15 per cent over the past … ”The royal commission [into child sexual abuse] is just one of the many … Australia: 2012–13 report showing that 42 per cent of abuse victims were …

Rates of abused and neglected children on the rise in Australia: report ……/4968066 Sep 18, 2013 – Sexual abuse was more common among girls. Across Australia, almost 41,000 children were on a care and protection order at 30 June 2012.

Child neglect cases across Australia increase; services failing to … –…australia/6526260 Jun 5, 2015 – Rates of child neglect and emotional abuse are on the rise across … As authorities grapple with serious cases of physical and sexual abuse, …

Sharp rise in children committing sex crimes in Kimberley – ABC News ……sex-crimes-in…/8282762 Feb 18, 2017 – Police in Western Australia’s north are concerned about an increase in children committing … Sexual abuse by children on rise in Australia.

Understanding Child Sexual Abuse and Responding – Department of … › … › Reporting Child Abuse › What is child abuse? Aug 30, 2013 – Increased recognition of child sexual abuse has led to a dramatic increase in the number of children who have experienced sexual abuse …[PDF]

Child protection Australia 2011-12 – Australian Institute of Health and … Feb 25, 2013 – Please check the online version at <> for any amendments. …… Substantiated child abuse and neglect has increased ….. allegations of child sexual abuse in Australia (Royal Commission into Institutional.[PDF]

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children – Department of ……/childsafety/child…/national-framework.pdf Supporting outcome 6: Child sexual abuse and exploitation is prevented … increases in family support may be effective at preventing child abuse and neglect.[PDF]

Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation ……/Historical-review-of-sexual-offenc…sexual offence legislation in Australia, particularly as it ….. was increasing in Australia and overseas. … Awareness of child sexual abuse was also increasing.

Sexual assault among young people is on the rise. But why? – ABC ……is…rise…/7810866 Sep 2, 2016 – Photo: Pornography is no doubt a factor, but not the only reason children … AustralianBureau of Statistics data showed the number of young …

Increase in Porn-Addicted Australian Teens – The Edge Oct 14, 2016 – Educators in Australia are reporting high levels of porn addiction in teenagers. Follow this link to learn more about teen porn addiction and its …

Does porn turn teens into sex offenders? | Health+Medicine Nov 11, 2016 – Watching porn can be harmful and the big message for young people … It is true the number of young sex offenders is increasing in Australia, …

Karen Brooks: Easy access to pornography is leading to increased ……/porn…its…/400c0a3b612a7fab9445fa1dd7f14d22 Oct 9, 2016 – According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, over 40 per cent of all sexual assaults in Queensland are perpetrated by school-age children, …

Inquiry into harm being done to Australian children through access to ……/inquiry-harm-being-done-australian-children-thro… Jump to Access to pornography online – Online pornography is diverse, can be very graphic, and a … access to pornography appears to increase with age, …

[PDF]Adolescence, pornography and harm – Australian Institute of Criminology by C Bryant – ‎Related articles people at increased risk of exposure, or of experiencing potentially negative … Though pornography exposure is widespread among Australian adolescents, the …

Teenage sex offences increase, Australian Bureau of Statistics figures ……increase-australian…/787e74808cc07b998ad9…Oct 27, 2012 – Australian Bureau of Statistics figures show that between 2007 and 2011 the number of offences jumped from 430 to 1709 across the nation.

Teenagers and sexual issues – Better Health Channel Unsafe sex practices and unwanted pregnancy are significant health issues for Australian … of the third National Survey of Australian Secondary Students, HIV/AIDS and … Around half of all teenage pregnancies occur within the first six months of …. Active Tab: Young people basics; Growth and development; Communication …

Teenage girls more sexually active than a decade ago › Lifestyle Oct 6, 2010 – Year 12 girls are more likely to have had sex than boys, national survey … of safe sexpractised by adolescents had not increased in Australia …

Teens having sex younger, need better sex ed – The Kids Are All Right › Featured Feb 24, 2012 – The age Australian teens are first having sex is getting younger, prompting a call for increased sexual health education for young people.

Thousands of teens infected by unprotected sex | Australian Medical … Nov 4, 2013 – “It is likely that there are five times more Australians with chlamydia that is undiagnosed, who may be at increased risk of infertility and other …

Australian Institute of Criminology – Assault Jun 22, 2015 – The trend in assaults shows an average growth of five percent each year from … Assault victims in 2007, by age group and sex (per 100,000 of that age … of Criminology – Children’s exposure to domestic violence in Australia

Australian Institute of Criminology – Trend in sexual assault Jun 24, 2015 – Home » Statistics » Violent crime statistics » Trend in sexual assault … Reported sexual assaults have increased by 51 percent since 1995, at an average of four … 22 June 2012; Misperceptions about child sex offenders


Footnote 3. Association between pornography and violence against women.

Melinda Tankard Reist, Pornography and Violence: What is the connection. How pornography fuels violence against women.

Melinda Tankard Reist & Abigail Bray (eds) Big Porn Inc Exposing the harms of the global pornography industry.

Melinda Tankard Reist, Getting Real. Challenging the sexualisation of girls

Melinda Tankard Reist, Too Sexy Too Soon. How hypersexualised messages harm kids and what you can do about it.


Footnote 4. Other Recommended Reading on this Subject: (We welcome your suggestions.)

Vishal Mangalwadi The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization (2011)

Vishal Mangalwadi Truth and Transformation: A Manifesto for Ailing Nations (2009)

See more at

Footnote 5.

* Within days of the publication of this article it has been announced that ‘safe’ schools will no longer continue in NSW & Tasmania.

NSW drops Safe Schools as Federal funding ends

Safe Schools’ anti-bully project to lose Tasmania funding

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