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World Family Declaration PDF
Wednesday, 09 April 2014 11:19

We the people of many lands and cultures reaffirm the truth enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,1 and echoed in international treaties2 and many of our national constitutions,3 that “The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.” Hence the family exists prior to the state and possesses inherent dignity and rights which states are morally bound to respect and protect.

We declare that the family, a universal community based on the marital union of a man and a woman, is the bedrock of society, the strength of our nations, and the hope of humanity. As the ultimate foundation of every civilization known to history,4 the family is the proven bulwark of liberty and the key to development, prosperity, and peace.

The family is also the fountain and cradle of new life, the natural refuge for children, and the first and foremost school to teach the values necessary for the well-being of children and society. The family truly is our link to the past and bridge to the future.5

Children are our future, and we gratefully acknowledge the selfless service rendered by parents, grandparents, guardians, and other caregivers who provide opportunities, as prescribed in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, for children “to develop physically, mentally, morally, spiritually and socially in a healthy and normal manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity.”6

Recognizing that, as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, “motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance,”7 and, as stated in the Declaration of the Rights of the Child, every child should, “wherever possible, grow up in the care and under the responsibility of his [or her] parents,”8 we declare that a functional, nurturing family founded on marriage between a man and a woman provides the surest safeguard of the special care and assistance to which children are entitled.

Gravely concerned by the escalating calamities afflicting children and society due to the rapid decline of marriage and family, we recall the sobering observation that “throughout history, nations have been able to survive a multiplicity of disasters— invasions, famines, earthquakes, epidemics, depressions— but they have never been able to survive the disintegration of the family.”9 We affirm the ancient wisdom that the world cannot be put in order without first putting in order the family.10

We call for a culture that honors and enables faithful, fulfilling, and resilient marriages; that recognizes and protects the uniquely valuable contributions of both mothers and fathers to the lives of their children; and that encourages the values and vision necessary for young people to look forward to and prepare for successful marriage and parenting.

We call upon officials and policymakers, internationally, nationally, and at all levels of government, to immediately establish policies and implement measures to preserve and strengthen marriage and family.

We urge citizens, leaders, and people of influence everywhere to place as their highest priority the protection and strengthening of the family as the irreplaceable foundation of civilization and our only hope for prosperity, peace, and progress.

 
Countering the Porn Plague: Selected Resources PDF
Monday, 04 June 2012 12:43

by  Bill Muehlenberg 2/6/12 Pornography is a social tsunami destroying our societies, ruining our marriages, busting up our families, enslaving our men, and killing our kids. I wish I could say this was just happening outside of the churches. But sadly the Christian world is being just as decimated by this problem as anyone else.


It is vital that all Christians take this challenge seriously, and seek to do all they can to keep free of this addictive smut, and help others to do the same. Fortunately there are many good resources out there to help us with this. There are both Christian and non-Christian books and videos available which we all need to make use of.


The following are some of the better resources out there which discuss the porn plague, document its nefarious effects, and provide practical help on getting free and staying free.
Christian works
Alcorn, Randy, Christians in the Wake of the Sexual Revolution.  IVP, 1985.
Anderson, Neil, A Way of Escape. Monarch, 1994.
Arterburn, Stephen and Fred Stoeker, Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time. WaterBrook Press, 2009.
Challies, Tim, Sexual Detox: A Guide for Guys Who Are Sick of Porn. CreateSpace, 2010.
Chester, Tim, Closing the Window: Steps to Living Porn Free. IVP, 2010.
Court, John, Law, Light and Liberty.  Adelaide: Lutheran Publishing House, 1975.
Court, John, Pornography: A Christian Critique. IVP, 1980.
Dixon, Patrick, The Rising Price of Love: The True Cost of the Sexual Revolution. Hodder & Stoughton, 1995.
Hall, Laurie, An Affair of the Mind. Focus on the Family, 1996.
Harris, Joshua, Sex Is Not the Problem (Lust Is): Sexual Purity in a Lust-Saturated World. Multnomah, 2005.
Heath, Graham, The Illusory Freedom: The Intellectual Origins and Social Consequences of the Sexual Revolution. William Heinemann, 1978.
Kirk, Randy, A Generation Betrayed: It’s Time To End the Sexual Revolution. Huntington House, 1993.
Laaser, Mark, The Secret Sin: Healing the Wounds of Sexual Addiction. Zondervan, 1992.
Lubben, Shelley, Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn: The Greatest Illusion on Earth. Createspace, 2010.
Marshner, Connie, Decent Exposure: How to Teach Your Children About Sex. Legacy Communications, 1988, 1994.
Minnery, Tom, ed., Pornography: A Human Tragedy. Tyndale House, 1986.
Reisman, Judith, Sexual Sabotage. WND Books, 2010.
Reisman, Judith, “Soft Porn” Plays Hardball. Huntington House Publishers, 1991.
Schaumburg, Harry, False Intimacy: Understanding the Struggle of Sexual Addiction. NavPress, 1992, 1997.
Schlafly, Phyllis, ed.,  Pornography’s Victims. Pere Marquette Press, 1987.
Struthers, William, Wired for Intimacy: How Pornography Hijacks the Male Brain. IVP, 2010.
White, John, Eros Defiled. IVP, 1977.
White, John, Eros Redeemed. IVP, 1993.
Williams, Nigel, False Images: Telling the Truth About Pornography. Kingsway Publications, 1991.
Wilson-Thomas, Claire and Nigel Williams, Laid Bare: A Path Through the Pornography Maze. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1996.
Videos
Dobson, James, Fatal Addiction. Focus on the Family, 1989. 56 minutes.
Dobson, James, Pornography: Addictive, Progressive and Deadly. Focus on the Family, 1994. 47 minutes.
Non-Christian works
Dines, Gail, Pornland: How Porn Has Hijacked our Sexuality. Beacon Press, 2010.
Layden, Mary Anne, The Social Costs of Pornography: A Statement of Findings and Recommendations. The Witherspoon Institute, 2010.
Lederer, Laura, ed., Take Back the Night: Women on Pornography. William Morrow, 1980.
Levy, Ariel, Female Chauvinist Pigs: Women and the Rise of Raunch Culture. Free Press, 2005.
Paul, Pamela, Pornified: How Pornography Is Transforming Our Lives, Our Relationships, and Our Families. Times Books, 2005.
Russell, Diana, Dangerous Relationships: Pornography, Misogyny and Rape. Sage Publishing, 1998.
Shapiro, Ben, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future. Regnery Publishing, 2005.
Tankard Reist, Melinda and Abigail Bray, eds., Big Porn Inc. Spinifex, 2011.
Organisations
Also there are ministries devoted to helping those who want to be set free from this. Consider some of the following organisations and their resources:
www.xxxchurch.com/
www.pureintimacy.org/
just1clickaway.org/
www.covenanteyes.com/
www.dads.org/strugglewithporn.asp
www.purelifeministries.org/
We need each other to overcome this, and other addictions we struggle with. Get into an accountability group now if you have not already done so. And check out this great Promise Keepers site for more info on accountability groups, and the sorts of questions you should be asking each other:
www.promisekeepers.org/about/faqs/faqs-small-group-info
 

 
Forget the Kids, We’re Gonna Save the Planet PDF
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 06:10
We are often told that in order to save the planet, we must have fewer kids. Warnings about overpopulation and resources scarcity are being coupled with exhortations to go childless, or to have as few kids as possible. All sorts of people are making these claims - some more qualified than others.

Childless actress Cameron Diaz recently said that for environmental reasons we should ease up on having children: "We don't need any more kids. We have plenty of people on this planet." Population alarmist Paul Ehrlich recently made it quite clear about how immoral it is to have large families: "Ethically, having five children is the same as robbing a bank".

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Islam and Polygamy PDF
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 05:53

Bill Muehlenberg’s commentary on issues of the day

I have been utterly amazed to discover that a major newspaper recently carried an opinion piece by a Muslim spokesman advocating polygamy in Australia. If a Christian were to write an article suggesting something equally bizarre, it would never see the light of day. Or if it would, the only reason would be for it to be roundly condemned by one and all. But the Melbourne Age evidently thought it was quite alright to actually run with this nonsense, presumably because a Muslim was pushing it.

To be sure, there are all sorts of nutter groups out there promoting polygamy and polyamory at the moment. Simply type the latter term into a search engine, and see the multitude of sites promoting it. There are plenty of groups out there - some seeking to pass themselves off as 'respectable' - calling for the full legalisation and normalisation of polyamory.

Of interest, the very same arguments being used for polyamory (group love and marriage) are the ones being used for same-sex marriage: 'Hey, what's wrong with it if it is consensual, confined to adults, and doesn't hurt anyone?'

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