Once upon a time, Australia was a nation whose people were united around three principles of nationhood that were expressed as love for God, King and Country. What that meant was that Australia’s citizens shared a common belief in God, an acknowledgement of the Crown as the symbolic embodiment of nationhood and a sense of loyalty to the nation itself, its people and its institutions.
This is no longer so. Since the Menzies era, Australia’s elites have given their energy to deconstructing this view of our country and have, instead, created a national construct that denies these traditional pillars of Australian nationhood.
God has been all but legislated out of existence and secular humanism has replaced Christianity as the true faith of the nation. Self-indulgence – the doctrine of “if it feels good, do it” – has become the national ideology and the notion of service to God has become laughable and redundant. The concept of an absolute God to Whom we are accountable has been rejected in favour of relativism – the theory that human knowledge cannot be absolute. Thus, the moral framework that derived from Christianity has been jettisoned in favour of one that relies upon the primary doctrine of self-indulgence.
This has manifested itself in the law of the land in a number of ways. It began with the intrusion of legislators into the lives of families at the strident demands of anti-family and anti-feminine “feminists”. The removal of legislative constraints on divorce, abortion and homosexual practices were primary targets. There followed widespread promotion of an anti-God social construct throughout our schools and universities – sexual promiscuity was good, chastity was bad – abortion was “freedom”, having babies was a denial of a mother’s rights – careers for women were good, motherhood was bondage – homosexuality was normal, heterosexuality was a sign of inhibition – the elderly were fools and only the young really knew what was best.
This “age of enlightenment” has ushered in an era of suicide that has no comparison in the history of Australia. The self-destructive nature of a philosophy that preaches total freedom of the individual unrestrained by duty or responsibility is also finding expression now in the widespread call for the legalisation of euthanasia – that is, the killing of one person by another.
What this portends for old people in a country where the ageing of the population is going to be a severe economic problem in twenty years, hardly bears thought. All of this is the fruit of secular humanism and its underlying principle that since “there is no God”, man himself is god.
So too is the frenzied effort to deconstruct the Australian monarchy and reconstruct Australia as a republic. Underlying the republican ambitions of humanist elites in Australia is the burning desire to purge the nation of the last remaining vestige of its Christian heritage. The historic basis of law and government in Australia is the Bible. The coronation oath taken by the sovereign is, in effect, a promise to govern lawfully, justly and mercifully, to maintain God’s law and to regard the Bible as the rule for the whole of life and the Government. The Australian Constitution clearly expresses reliance upon God and the only basis for constitutional government in Australia is that the Governor General, the Parliaments and the Courts are all subject to God. Therefore, to sever Australia from the Crown would sever the nation from the coronation oath and the historic Biblical basis of law and government. Thus, the real motive behind the republican “push” is the age-old dream of godless men to acknowledge no master but themselves.
In order to achieve these ambitions – the removal of God and King from their central places in the national psyche – changes in the ethnic makeup of the citizenship was necessary. The Anglo-Celtic heritage of most Australians meant that the Biblical basis for law and government would be hard to change. Even the vast European post-war migration was from countries that had, at least, a Christian tradition. So in the last thirty years we have seen the emergence of a migration programme that has given priority to migrants from non-Christian and non-democratic countries. Thus, the policy of multiculturalism was born, a policy which claims, in effect, that the traditional Australian heritage of Government and law under God no longer has any standing. Multicultural means, literally, many gods – the one true God is now only one of many.
These events, carried out over forty years, beg two questions – firstly, what is the consequence for Australia and, secondly, what has the Church been doing in this time?
As to the first question, the consequence is that Australia is not a nation at all, in the sense of there being an underlying set of values to which the citizens generally subscribe. It is, instead, a deeply divided group of competing and sometimes hostile ethnic groups whose aspirations are frequently opposed to each other. This balkanisation of Australia has resulted in a severely diminished democracy, with government seeking increasing powers to control the outcome of their own policies. Australia now has severe problems in drug abuse, racial conflict, moral devastation, family breakdown, youth suicide, child abuse, usury and increasing divisions between those who have and those who have not, between those who participate and those who do not and, in particular, between ethnic groups. The enemy is within and because man has decided to become his own god, he will have no help in trying to work it all out.
As to the second question, what has the Church been doing all this time, the answer, sadly, must be, following the world. Instead of being a light to the world, it has become a mirror of the world. The Church, variously, operates heroin injecting facilities for drug addicts, ordains women priests, ordains homosexuals, denies the resurrection and the virgin birth, pursues wealth and power and denies the absoluteness of God and His Word. Its ministers seek to be seated in the councils of the mighty and it is substantially funded by government for the provision of many of its services. Given that the Church is meant to be salt to the world, and that salt is meant to make palatable, to savour and to purify, then the conclusion must be drawn, from the state of the nation, that the Church has failed in its responsibility. The Church has not been able to be salt to the world, because it has no salt in itself. It is as Jesus said; “….. it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men” (Matthew 5:13).
It is inevitable therefore, that in twenty years, or thereabouts, Australia will be under the rule of Islam. This is prediction, not prophecy, but it is prediction that takes account of the way God has always dealt with His people. Apostate Israel was taken into captivity, after many warnings to the people and repeated calls by God for the people to repent and return to Him. But the pull of the world and fleshly religion was so strong that there was no other way for God to turn the face of His people back to Him.
Israel was a type and pattern of the Church and, alas, the Church is fated to experience the same outcome to its rebellion as Israel. Inward looking and apostate, the pseudo-christian Church of today has acquiesced in the cultural degeneration and moral devastation of the last forty years. The appeasement of Islamo-fascist terrorists whose stated objective is to destroy Christianity and replace it with Islam, is the policy of weak and cowardly governments of the western world. They have forgotten the lessons of pre-World War 11 when Britain and France appeased Hitler by giving him large chunks of Europe, to no avail. As Churchill said to the appeasers, “You were given a choice between war and dishonour. You have chosen dishonour, but you will nevertheless have war.”
The western Church has paid no price and suffers no hardship in today’s world but will certainly endure the wrath of God as He seeks to find a faithful remnant amongst the people He has called to be His. We know there are many. He knows who they are.
This magazine addresses itself to such as these – the people of God who have come out of the apostate Church and who seek to recover a living relationship with One whom they desire to be not only their Saviour, but their Lord. This is truly the royal priesthood He is seeking.