A member of parliament in Australia says she plans to talk to authorities as she took to social media on Tuesday to accuse a local church of distributing “hate flyers” as members conducted their weekly distribution of gospel tracts
Sonia Hornery, who represents the Wallsend area, takes issue with the tracts that Grace Baptist Church in Fletcher offered to the public while residents “celebrated diversity” during the event.
“Unfortunately, members of a local church thought it appropriate to put out hate flyers targeting people attending the festival,” she wrote to Facebook.
“These flyers were handed out to people attending the festival and placed all over cars parked nearby.” “I understand everyone has different beliefs, views and ideas but we also don’t have the right to force these on other people,” Hornery continued. “I will be following this matter up further with a number of authorities.”
However, Charlie Haddad, pastor of Grace Baptist Church, told the outlet Pellow Talk that the church regularly distributes tracts every weekend no matter who is on the streets as they simply wish to reach people with the gospel. “If you look at this gospel tract, you will notice that there was no one specifically targeted. It was a message for everybody, including ourselves. As a matter of fact, it says here, ‘We are all guilty before God,” Haddad noted. “We weren’t out there targeting a specific people. We were just out there ‘targeting’ anyone we can came across and telling them the good news that they could be saved, they could be forgiven, and … they could take it or leave it.” He explained that the church conducts outreach at a number of events throughout the city because they are opportunities to share the gospel with large numbers of people — and the Pride Festival is no different. “[I]t’s a message of love. It’s not in any way, shape or form a message of hate. God is inviting men to come to Him,” Haddad explained. “God said in 2 Peter 3 [that] God is not willing that any should perish, but that all would come to repentance. God wants to see people forgiven and saved and come to Him.” “This is our message and this is what we share. But because people don’t agree with our message, therefore they label it as ‘hate speech’ and they want to shut us up.” Read on…
There is no mistaking why mankind hates God. We are enemies of God.
‘Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. ‘
Prior to coming to a person believing the gospel of grace (1 Corinthians 15:1-4) they are enemies of God, totally separated from God and all things spiritual. We are all born sinners and in the Satan’s domain, in complete rebellion against God and His gospel of grace, slaves to sin.
‘Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: ‘
‘For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.’
‘But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. ‘
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
Christians should not be surprised at all to see the world hating us, and wanting to prevent Christians from sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. Regardless of the overt attacks against the truth of the gospel… OUR TOP PRIORITY IS TO SHARE THE GOSPEL AT ALL COST.
‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. ‘
Because it is the gospel and the gospel alone that is the power unto salvation.
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Salvation is a FREE GIFT from God. SALVATION IS BY FAITH ALONE & FAITH IS BELIEVING WHAT GOD SAYS.
- God declares all mankind sinners and we all fall short of Glory of God. Romans 3:23
- The payment for our sin is death. Romans 6:23
- But God...because he loved you so much sent His own Son, Jesus Christ, to die in your place, for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead three days later. 1 Cor 15:1-4; 2cor 5:21
All God asks is that you believe by faith alone in 1, 2, & 3. That you're a sinner, separated from God but God sent his Son to die for your sins, was buried & rose again 3 days later.
'that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. '
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