The Bushfires: Blame or Judgement?
Until now I had heard it only in whispered conversations - spoken by people who knew what they were saying was not only politically incorrect but probably theologically incorrect too, and yet for whom the logic was so tight as to be convincing. [Update clarification: "convincing" to them, not to the author of this blog.]
Well now Victoria's most "incendiary" preacher, Rev. Danny Nalliah, has said it loud and in public with a press release from the (ironically named) "Catch the Fire" Ministries.
Abortion laws to blame for bush fires?Whatever you make of the theology behind Pastor Danny's statement, it has to be said that to the prophets of the Old Testament 2500 years ago - or even for the preachers of the Christian Church only 200 years ago - the connection between the passing of the abortion laws and the bushfire disaster would have been a no-brainer.
[After condolences to the suffering and offers to help, the press release continues:]...CTFM leader, Pastor Danny Nalliah...said these bushfires have come as a result of the incendiary abortion laws which decimate life in the womb. Besides providing material assistance, CTFM will commence a seven day prayer and fasting campaign for the nation of Australia tomorrow Wednesday the 11th February.
CTFM has called upon all Australian Bible-believing God-fearing Christians to repent and call upon the Lord Jesus Christ for His mercy and protection over Australia once again.
“Yesterday (Monday 9th February 2009), the front page of the Herald Sun newspaper reported “The Darkest hour for Victoria”. A few months ago the news media should have reported “The darkest hour for the unborn” but unfortunately the “Decriminalization of Abortion bill” went through parliament and was passed, thus making many people call Victoria ‘the baby killing state of Australia,’” Mr Nalliah said.
He said on November 7 last year we had sent out an email to our national network...following a dream he had on the 21st of October 2008, which he shared with his team on 22nd October.
...“In my dream I saw fire everywhere with flames burning very high and uncontrollably. With this I woke up from my dream with the interpretation as the following words came to me in a flash from the Spirit of God. That His conditional protection has been removed from the nation of Australia, in particular Victoria, for approving the slaughter of innocent children in the womb.”
...”Australia is based on Judeo-Christian values. How far have we as a nation moved from these principles instilled in our nation’s inception. How much does it take for a nation to return to God? The Bible is very clear, if you walk out of God’s protection and turn your back on Him, you are an open target for the devil to destroy.
“Can we stop the fires? Yes we can! But it will take God’s children to rally together and repent and cry unto Him as in 2 Chronicles 7:14 (The Holy Bible).
...CTFM calls on all Australians to declare the 18th February as a National Day of Prayer, Repentance, and Mourning.
We today, of course, know better. We are confident that God is not like that. Yet what do we really know of God's ways? Did his own prophets not tell us: “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, saith the Lord" (Is 55:8). That, of course, cuts both ways. On the one hand Peter Costello is right when he says that "to link the death and the suffering of bushfire victims to other political events is appalling, heartless and wrong." On the other hand, what do we really know of "God's thoughts"? If we find the call to repentance whispering in our hearts and minds, then "for him with ears to hear", let him heed that call.
Nevertheless, whatever we may say about divine judgement, there is no shortage of those who are ready to cast blame about. Everything from "climate change" to "tree-change" to the "stay or leave" policy has been blamed for the disaster. Pastor Danny just takes the "blame game" a step to far and with a great deal more certainty than he has a right to claim.