Australia church forced to remove ‘Jesus’ from its Easter signs

Ben Fordham reports for 2GB 873AM, March 15, 2018, that a Pentecostal church in West Gosford, New South Wales, Australia, was forced to change their Easter signs because they contain the word “Jesus”.

To advertise its Easter service, Elim Church had paid for digital signs to be displayed at a local shopping center, with the message:

Jesus is alive

But Lendlease, the property company that owns the shopping center, demanded that the word “Jesus” be dropped and the phrase “Jesus is alive” be changed to “Risen Christ”.

Elim Church’s pastor, Martin Duffy, said:

“The phrase ‘Jesus is alive’ is the core, the central message of the Christian faith and what Easter really is all about. And it’s a good message….

‘Jesus is alive’. The phrase became offensive to the people. I think there’s a minority group out there that constantly distort the message of Jesus Christ. It’s just going on and on.”

Pastor Duffy pointed out that Lendlease has no problem with lingerie displays in the shopping center, but finds Jesus offensive.

After the story broke, Lendlease issued this statement:

“It was an error of judgement to ask the church to change its messaging and we apologize unreservedly. Lendlease values diversity and inclusion and we welcome people of all backgrounds at our shopping centers.”

H/t GiGi


19 responses to “Australia church forced to remove ‘Jesus’ from its Easter signs

  1. Glad to know that not all the “nut jobs” reside here in America . . . I guess Australia has their share also. I do think that people should boycott this mall just on the principle of the thing, and tell them why. That sorry little excuse does not cut it with me, the damage was already done.

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  2. I saw this article this morning and was appalled, so Easter isn’t about the risen Saviour, it’s about bunnies…excuse me but these people need to be informed…they’ll promote that filthy Islam, but Christ our Saviour is not allowed. God help them, they are destined for eternity away from God.

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  3. — Auntie Lulu and Christian Zionist — I agree.

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  4. They’re just worried that Christians will stop shopping there, they got called out about it and backed down.
    Heck, even Paypal is censoring those who dare talk about evils in society and are Christian.
    Communists Purging Conservatives from Online Platforms (March 5)

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  5. I know that I don’t have to say this, but isn’t it “queer” that whatever insulting thing they want to do to Christianity and Western Culture as a whole is “fine”, but any criticism, no matter how appropriate, is considered “racist”?

    This is really laughable and should be responded to in that fashion. Rather than succumb to these attacks, the target should redouble their efforts. I use this statistic a lot, because it helps put it into perspective. <3% in the U.S. .4% worldwide (four-tenths of one percent). Think about it.

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    • So true. Rather than comply by taking it down why don’t the Christians say “No. Now, what are you going to do?” Just call their bluff. Let the atheists back down for a change.

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  6. How long was that church in that shopping center? Who owns the company that is so adamant in taking Jesus out of the church? Too bad the church can’t afford to move and take all the Christian shoppers with them. I am sick to death of Christianity being attacked every single day and no one pushes back. I bet if that church was a mosque and they had allah on their sign you wouldn’t hear a peep.
    I have seen around the country that churches sometimes move into all but deserted shopping centers, bringing life back to them. Seems like an idiotic thing to do, cutting off the hand that feeds you.

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  7. Be Very Careful To What You Are Willing To Bow Down To Now Church!
    * (KJV) Revelation 13:16-18 16 – And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: 17 – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. 18 – Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six.

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    • Equally instructive I think are Jesus’ words to his disciples in these verses from John 15:18-21 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” ESV

      The constant barrage of invective and hatred directed at Jesus and those who believe in, love, and follow Him should not surprise any Christian. This is not a political battle; it is a spiritual battle. This attempt to expunge the holy name of Jesus from a sign in a shopping mall is only one of hundreds of attempts to eradicate His name from public view every single day. And while I rankle at these attempts to vilify my redeemer, I also know that they ultimately will not prevail. After all, there will come a day where every knee in heaven and earth and under earth shall bend, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.

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      • Grif . . . . God Bless you, that was such an eloquent, thoughtful, scripturally based description of exactly what is going on in our world today. Of such significant importance is . . . “there will come a day where every knee in heaven and earth and under earth shall bend, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is LORD.” Of all the thing we do not have to worry about, the above event will surely come to pass, and all the naysayers, and evil doers will bend their knee to acknowledge, Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer and Our Savior!

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  8. Communist heathens permeate the planet, and it has always been that way.

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  9. Reblogged this on kommonsentsjane and commented:

    Reblogged on kommonsentsjane/blogkommonsents.

    This really surprises me that the aussies have bent their spine to accept this? Where did Australia’s democracy go?

    Is all religion off the table – are they now an atheist country?


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    • Generally speaking, those who don’t trouble themselves with manners or appropriateness get what they want because of those that do. The proper answer, of course, is to say “I don’t care what you think”. Then you make your sign twice as big and advertise a pork luncheon.

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  10. I had heard int he past that australia has been a largely satanized country for a while now (about ten years ago, I think it was.) Although consider how the country was founded intially, you had the occult aborigines on one side, and then rotten old england shipping off the worst of their worst to penal colonies who founded that country, not exactly a grand foundation to build off of… not that good people don’t live in australia, of course, but rather it seems to have been compromised quickly, if it wasn’t alreadycompromised at the start.

    Mr. Duffy is right in part, though I suspect he doesn’t quite get the magnitude of the issue, nor where he really should point it, it isn’t a minority, it is a majority who are seeking to defame and corrupt Christianity by gnosticizing/satanizing it, through warping or judaizing doctrines (judaic “mysticism”/”hebrew roots”, zohar, babylonian talmud, etc.) popularizing false visions/prophecies (This is why I tend to ignore the “prophecy pushing” movements like the 2008, 2011, and 2028 things since most of it erupts from the pentecostal denom way back or groups that sprang from it, and was already rotten from the get-go, look up john g. lake, charles fox parham, william branham, etc. links to the klan & white supremacy movement, false doctrines like nephilim & serpent seed, and other general craziness.) and false texts (book of enoch & book of jasher are two popular gnostic texts pushed by the likes of steve quayle, tom horn, and a host of others from various poisitions within any given church, whether they be pastors, or just some random guy who heard about these vile texts on the internet, and sadly they are widely available, and the search engines rank up anything in support of them, it would seem.) and not just in a singular denomination either, but across the board

    Oddly, I have yet to see any church actually dealing with this problem directly and upfront at least around here, and it seems to be incredibly widespread (Most, I note, will parrot what they think is the most acceptible/popular doctrine set, with some variance thrown in, consider how many churches teach nephilim are angel-human spawn, not a Biblical doctrine, but an entirely gnostic/occult/satanic one findign it’s roots in the “mystery schools” and fallen judaic sects of old). If you want to see what they want to turn Christianity into, look no further than the early mormon cult with it’s pedophilia and polygamy, the jehovahs witnesses cult, the seventh day adventist cult, along with “unity” (the oft forgotten fourth corruption springing from the malignancy that was adventism in the 1800’s) and last but certainly not least “christian science”, “new thought”, “urantia”, et al. and the “new apostolic reformation” which is presently rampaging through the nations.

    This is all representative of the warfare going on against God/Christ and mankind, which has been going on apparently for millennia.

    Suffice it to say, these worshipers of evil shall not claim victory, God cannot be erased.

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  11. they didn’t repent. They got caught hating on Christians. The apology is a farce. Once the people make a move to call what is wrong right they’ve revealed their true soul. Target. J.C. Penney, Sonic and others will never ever, ever see me inside their stores. Even if they try to reverse course. Maybe when enough businesses go under other businesses will see the folly of pleasing the fringe.

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  12. “Jesus is Alive” and we are awaiting HIS return -REPENT!

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