This was an historic case, the first finding of RELIGIOUS VILIFICATION in Australia under new Victorian legislation.
Pastor Daniel Scot spoke at a seminar concerning Islam, sponsored by Catch the Fire Ministries. The seminar was also attended by three Australian Muslims; they had been asked to attend by an executive member of the Islamic Council of Victoria (ICV) and their members and the Equal Opportunities Commission. That alone speaks of a set up.
After years of court cases and many thousands of dollars on lawyers the charges were eventually quashed.
Matthew 10:18 says "But this will be your opportunity to tell the rulers and other unbelievers about Me." I am not here to FIT IN and ACCOMMODATE EVERYBODY’S opinions with a WATERED DOWN version of the Gospel. The message the Bible brings is CONFRONTING. I was talking to a Jewish person yesterday who said that the claims about Jesus being the Saviour were very CONFRONTING. I agree.
The Bible speaks of REPENTANCE and that’s not exactly a popular subject. The Bible is confrontational concerning sin, and may well cause OFFENCE. But if I am only being CHALLENGED about my sin I will have no hope. The aim of the Bible is to show me my need for a SAVIOUR. Jesus died for my sin so that I could be forgiven and brought into a personal relationship with Him.
In John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." Acts 4:12 (NLT) makes it clear that "There is salvation in no one else! God has given no other name under heaven by which we must be saved." Not a whole lot of room for compromise here!
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