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Published: 17 January 2012(GMT+10)This year, Melbourne will host a Global Atheist Convention for the second time in a row, providing Australian Christians with a great opportunity to advance the gospel of Jesus Christ.
There is little doubt that the media will give full-on coverage as they did last time, with features and interviews sympathetic to the atheists and antagonistic toward God.
That means God will be in the news, and people across Australia will be open to talk about spiritual things.
It’s unlikely the media will give Christians opportunity to balance atheistic misinformation about science and the Christian faith. At the last convention in 2010 the ABC and Melbourne Age effectively acted as a mouthpiece for the godless program.
But that won’t stop the truth getting out and the gospel being proclaimed as Christians across Australia become mobilized.
News of the convention prompted Dennis Prince, publisher, editor and pastor, to create a one-off newspaper to cover the issues and proclaim the greatness of the Creator God. He was concerned that people who are ill-equipped and gullible could be easily swayed by their academic talk.
He has called his paper The Regal Standard.1
“These are not your average atheists”, Dennis said. “These are militants with an agenda—to rid the world of Christianity and the freedoms and benefits it has won over the centuries.”
Dennis explained, “The words ‘in your backyard, on your watch’ came to my mind. I felt sure that was God speaking—not just to me—and that a token response was not what he was seeking.”
To stand against the atheistic propaganda Dennis Prince realised he needed material that dealt with the atheists’ weapon of choice in public debate—‘science’ and evolution. So he has adapted, with our blessing, some of the many articles published on Creation.com.
Dennis said, “The Regal Standard is a twelve-page newspaper, designed to honour God, broadcast his deeds, answer the hard questions and encourage the reader, and God’s children everywhere, to follow him.”
Dennis says the articles in the paper will challenge people at a fundamental level. One is entitled, “I was wrong!” and it details the reversal of the world’s most notorious atheist after 50 years of atheist activism. The new discoveries of science were a key factor.
The paper has several articles by prominent scientists who explain how science and faith go hand in hand. One of the most surprising articles is about an atheist academic who explains why he believes Africa needs God.
‘Did you hear about the atheist Convention in Melbourne?’
Have you seen The Regal Standard?Do you have any spiritual beliefs?Have you seen Creation magazine?What do you think of Jesus Christ?
Dennis believes that Christians want to make a tangible contribution, but often feel ill-equipped. And so Dennis has embarked on this project. “With a bundle of newspapers they can answer the hard questions and make a mark. Just $20 will give them 100 copies and an hour or two will put them in letterboxes or tertiary institutions or shopping centres or whatever.”
The next few months provide an amazing opportunity for Christians in Australia to make a bigger impact for Christ than usual. The Regal Standard is one effective tool that can be used as a conversation starter with friends, to answer questions that people ask, and to distribute through communities, universities and workplaces.
- The Regal Standard is only available in Australia from the publisher. For other countries the recommended resources at the top right of this article are suggested and are available from the CMI store. Return to text.