Two Peoples, Two Heads
Two Peoples, Two Heads

Echuca Community Church • July 17, 2020

 As I scan over the current events in the world, the posting on Facebook, Parley and Twitter – others of which I have no time to even check – I’m confronted with a very broken world that is very divided. The hopes and aspirations of mankind’s progression going back to the turn of the 20th century are truly in disarray, if not completely dashed.

Division ought to be expected because, thanks to postmodernism, there is no longer any fixed truth. There is little to no agreement in one standard. All you have is relativism. You don’t have to think too hard about what the result of that is going to be. If there is no one standard, then you will have people competing to have their “truth” established either as the norm or on an equal level with everyone else. But that cannot happen because some of these different “truths” are diametrically opposed to one other.

Black lives matter as opposed to all lives matter; gay rights versus the right of a child to a biological mother and father; black versus white versus red versus who knows what else – so the conflict goes on ad infinitum. There is not a lot of hope out there in the world at the moment and there won’t be while you have different “truths” vying for top billing.

The Bible is always relevant and speaks to this very thing.

The apostle Paul in the Book of Romans chapter 5 says that mankind is under a “head”. That head is Adam. The point of this is that as is Adam so is his progeny. As he defies God, so do his descendants. Adam is representative of current humanity. He is a terrible template but history shows that his nature is very much with us. There is hatred, wars and some terrible things done in the name of one’s ideology/religion. There is corruption, lies, cheating, stealing and the list goes on. Forgiveness is not something this world practises nor receives. Likewise, death is received by those who are born into “Adam”.

In contrast to this, Paul speaks of another “head” appearing. That head is Christ. God has seen the mess mankind has put himself in and has done something about it. He has created a new order open for all and this order appeared 2000 years ago. At the head of this new humanity is Christ.

The first thing we find is that being part of this new order means recognising that we have turned away from God. We defied him for our own agendas.

Secondly, this new order allows us access to the grace and forgiveness of God. He freely forgives us as we come to Him through our new head, Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, in coming to Christ, we accept what God decrees. We accept our head’s values and “truth”. In coming to this head, we find that race and biology are not bases for judgement and power struggles.

Finally, joy of joys, in coming to this new head, we inherit his legacy of a bodily resurrection. In weighing up the two “heads”, I know to which I would rather be joined!


Pastor David McAllan

Echuca Community Church

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A World of Worry
A World of Worry

Pastor David • July 14, 2020

As I scan over the current events in the world, the posting on Facebook, Parley and Twitter – others of which I have no time to even check – I’m confronted with a very broken world that is very divided. The hopes and aspirations of mankind’s progression going back to the turn of the 20th century are truly in disarray, if not completely dashed.

Division ought to be expected because, thanks to postmodernism, there is no longer any fixed truth. There is little to no agreement in one standard. All you have is relativism. You don’t have to think too hard about what the result of that is going to be. If there is no one standard, then you will have people competing to have their “truth” established either as the norm or on an equal level with everyone else. But that cannot happen because some of these different “truths” are diametrically opposed to one other.

Black lives matter as opposed to all lives matter; gay rights versus the right of a child to a biological mother and father; black versus white versus red versus who knows what else – so the conflict goes on ad infinitum. There is not a lot of hope out there in the world at the moment and there won’t be while you have different “truths” vying for top billing.

The Bible is always relevant and speaks to this very thing.

The apostle Paul in the Book of Romans chapter 5 says that mankind is under a “head”. That head is Adam. The point of this is that as is Adam so is his progeny. As he defies God, so do his descendants. Adam is representative of current humanity. He is a terrible template but history shows that his nature is very much with us. There is hatred, wars and some terrible things done in the name of one’s ideology/religion. There is corruption, lies, cheating, stealing and the list goes on. Forgiveness is not something this world practises nor receives. Likewise, death is received by those who are born into “Adam”.

In contrast to this, Paul speaks of another “head” appearing. That head is Christ. God has seen the mess mankind has put himself in and has done something about it. He has created a new order open for all and this order appeared 2000 years ago. At the head of this new humanity is Christ.

The first thing we find is that being part of this new order means recognising that we have turned away from God. We defied him for our own agendas.

Secondly, this new order allows us access to the grace and forgiveness of God. He freely forgives us as we come to Him through our new head, Jesus Christ.

Thirdly, in coming to Christ, we accept what God decrees. We accept our head’s values and “truth”. In coming to this head, we find that race and biology are not bases for judgement and power struggles.

Finally, joy of joys, in coming to this new head, we inherit his legacy of a bodily resurrection. In weighing up the two “heads”, I know to which I would rather be joined!


Pastor David McAllan

Echuca Community Church

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A Greater Fear Than Covid-19
A Greater Fear Than Covid-19

Pastor David • July 07, 2020

We have just ticked over the 75th anniversary of VE day. What a terrible loss of life to achieve the freedom we all enjoy.

When you are fighting an enemy, you are usually fighting on multiple fronts. The aim of the Generals is to take into account all battlefronts and establish how best to achieve victory with the minimum loss of life. They never consider that the defeat of the enemy will come with no loss of life.

We are currently fighting a hidden enemy in the Coronavirus.

There have been calls for people to return to work in spite of the Coronavirus still present. Some are accusing these people of being heartless because “every life counts”. The problem with this approach is that these people ignore that Covid-19 is being fought on more than one front.

How compassionate is it to sacrifice 1500 additional suicides per year over the next 5 years as a result of the lock-down of the economy? This could drive deaths up to 10 times more than what the virus itself will do in Australia.

As much as this lock-down is driven by a response to try and save lives, it would be naive to think that fear is not present as a motivating factor. Fear from the people and fear of the people. While I’m not wanting to smear our leaders as they are doing largely what the people are expecting them to do, I can’t help believe that they have great fear in regard to how they will be held accountable if some people deem there are too many deaths. This, in part, explains the overreach we see in many states of Australia.

You only have to look at the vitriol aimed at our prime minister, Scott Morrison, over his handling of the recent bushfires. In the utter hate and disgusting critical rhetoric, he was all but accused of lighting the Bushfires himself! No wonder the leaders are bowing to the fears of the people.

It is amazing what fear can do to people. It does often cause us to make unwise choices.

The Bible has a lot to say about fear. The one most significant, I think, is its criticism of misplaced fear.

Fear, in itself, can be a healthy emotion. When handled rightly, it will motivate us to move back from the edge of a cliff; it will caution us from jumping into a mountain pool from a 10 metre high ledge.

But what do you make of those old cartoon photos of a woman jumping up onto a chair to escape the mouse running through the kitchen? Excepting the satire, that is surely a misplaced fear.

The Bible speaks of a terrible time to come. A time of apocalyptic judgement. It’s called the “day of God’s wrath” when He will pour out His anger on a Christ-rejecting world.

Those who have faith will have a healthy fear of what is to come and will ensure that they are following Christ now. Follow Him now and He will be your Saviour and you will never need fear the judgement to come.

(cf. Acts 10: 39-43; 2 Thessalonians 2: 7-12; Hebrews 2: 14-15)


Pastor David McAllan

https://www.breitbart.com/health/2020/05/07/report-suicide-rise-from-lockdowns-to-kill-more-than-coronavirus-in-australia/

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Looking in All the Wrong Places (Crossroads 20/3/20)

Pastor David • March 20, 2020

People are looking to the government to be their saviour. Communism is the system of government which becomes for the people the “nanny” state. The government is your family and the government is to look after you. 

The western world has taken a different direction. A direction which places family at the heart of society. But as the breakdown of the family unit in the West continues, slowly but surely we, in the West, are moving closer and closer to idealising the Socialist/Communist system of government. There are many reasons for this, but one sure reason is the breakdown of the family unit.

Under the Judeo-Christian worldview, families were strong and society had a fabric of norms which were considered the “rule”. This is before the postmodern narratives kicked in and told us that all truth is relative and that virtually anything now goes. As Aeschliman rightly points out, however, “when you relativise the absolute, you absolutise the relative”. The high divorce rate and fatherless households, despite objections to the contrary, are proving a real problem for society and this is just the tip of the iceberg. It was not so long ago, that society would be horrified to think that “drag queens” could be invited to influence children in public libraries.

Most people want what the Christian worldview offers – grace, mercy, forgiveness, structure, clear differentials between right and wrong. Yet, they want the form but not the content. They want the shell but not the yolk. 

A Christian society can only be Christian when people want the content, not just the shell. Many people long for a coherent society where the majority of people can be trusted and they can live in freedom and safety. Yet, they are happy to jettison the very thing that brought and established the wonderfully free society that we have enjoyed. That kind of society, however, is disappearing as the majority of people abandon the content.

To counteract the unravelling of the social fabric people are looking more and more towards the government to “save” our society. This becomes the natural outcome of societal breakdown. Consider the Coronavirus! It affects all people whether rich or poor. We are depending on the government for help and to an extent they can help but as much as the government can do they also are merely human.

I would argue that our greatest dilemma has to do with our standing before God. The government can’t help you with that one. Neither can being religious (the show without the sincerity). The postmodern paradigm will not and cannot save any society let alone an individual. The mantra of “diversity” has brought us no closer to a unified society and some argue that it has taken us even further from it.

Jesus said “I am the way (to God) the truth (revealer of God) and the life (the giver of quality and quantity of life). He went on: “No one comes to the Father except through Me” (John 14:6). He claims to be the ultimate Saviour of men and women. If you want to see a possible future for yourself, then I would urge you to consider the claims of Jesus. If anyone would be interested in learning about the claims of Christ, please contact Echuca Community Church, 0428 826 174.

Pastor David McAllan

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