Members who attended the Congregational General Meeting on Thursday 25th July agreed to form a new congregation independent of the UCA. A process has been implemented to establish a new congregation called The Branches New Hope Christian Church.
Israel Folau posted the following on Instagram “WARNING. Drunks, Homosexuals, Adulterers, Liars, Fornicators, Thieves, Atheists, Idolaters, Hell Awaits You. Repent! Only Jesus Saves”. Israel has based his statement on what is written in the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 6:9-10): “Neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.”
The Scriptures tell us that everybody is, or was, in rebellion against God and therefore will not “inherit the kingdom of God”. This is an inclusive and non-discriminatory policy. The groups listed by Israel Folau together form a subset of “everybody”. The only exceptions to “everybody” are those who have called to the Lord God for mercy and entrusted Jesus Christ with their lives, resulting in an alternate destination.
The Branches was privileged and delighted to host a team from the Aboriginal Berean Community Church (Cheltenham), led by Pastor Donald Hayward.
Members of the team testified to the significant change for good that Jesus Christ had on their lives, one stating that after listening and talking to street preachers in Hindley Street, Adelaide, he had asked Jesus to “fix me up” which is exactly what He did.
After two members of the team had sung, Pastor Hayward spoke and reminded us of the importance of Christians telling others what Jesus Christ has done in their lives. People can debate the Bible, he said, but they can’t debate the impact that Jesus Christ has had on a person’s life.
On 14 May 2019, The Branches held a Congregational Meeting to determine what action to take in response to various issues within the UCA.
Several decisions were made which will enable The Branches to continue with integrity before the Lord God with its stated mission “to promote Jesus Christ, His life and influence” and to seek to determine what else it can do to promote the Gospel in the community.
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