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Misha Schubert in Melbourne’s The Age reports on Pastor Danny Nalliah’s (Catch The Fire Christian Ministries)not so recent talk (October 08 2005) at the anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denyingAustralian League of Rights.

Nalliah is quoted as saying:

“I thought maybe it is a good opportunity to go and speak and I can change some of their thinking

And:

“Let me be honest and truthful – if I am invited again, I will go again. I am not going to talk about anti-Jewish and anti-Islam; my message is about Christ and salvation.”

And:

One guy in the crowd put his hand up and said ‘Do you believe in the Holocaust?’ …I said ‘To deny the Holocaust would be like saying there will be no daybreak tomorrow morning’.”

The “guy in the crowd” seems to have been Gerald Fredrick Töben, the founder and director of the holocaust-denialist Adelaide Institute, and last yeara guest at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s Review of the Holocaust: global vision.

From Töben’s Adelaide Institute website:

Fredrick Töben asked Pastor Nalliah one question: ‘Pastor, do you believe in the ‘Holocaust’?

He replied indirectly that Jews had suffered greatly in the past. Töben asked again: ‘Do you believe in the ‘Holocaust’? The good pastor said something about not knowing anything about the topic.

Jeff Sparrow, author of Communism: A Love Story,writing forCrikey.com.au, (subscribers-only link) quotes the above item from the Adelaide Institute and then ponders …

You will note the difference between this coy response and Nalliah’s new claim to haveasserted that the Holocaust was as undeniable as daybreak.

… it’s hard to knowwhich of them is telling the truth.

Nalliah is not making a “new claim”. The”old claim” was not made by Nalliah.

The “old claim” by Töben does not include the “undeniable as daybreak” phrase,but it does refer tohow Nalliah had “replied indirectly …” which could just as well be Töben’s way of referring to the metaphorical “undeniable as daybreak” statement by Nalliah.

I spoke briefly with Danny Nalliah about 12 hours ago and will be recording an interview with him on Thursday afternoon (Nov 01 2007).

I asked him if he supported Israel. He statedhe did – very much so -and that his office displays the flag of Israel in a prominent position.

I asked him if he accepted the Holocaust. He saidhe most certainly did and said a few things about the vastness of the horror.

I asked him about whether, at theLeague of Rights meeting,he’d “said something about not knowing anything about the topic”. He replied that he had said something at that meetingto the effect that he was not an expert or scholar on the subject.

Before phoning Danny Nalliah I phoned the Adelaide Institute and left a message on its answering machine explaining I was wanting to clarify what was actually said at the meeting in question. As yet I’ve received no reply.

From Catch The Fire’s website:

We also oppose the denial of the plain facts of history concerning the suffering of religious or racial groups, including the Holocaust, the treatment of non-Muslims under sharia conditions, or the persecution of religious communities by Communist regimes.

Was it wrong for Pastor Danny Nalliah to attend the League of Rights meeting? Even after he was warned by colleagues that they were anti-Israel and anti-Jew?

I’ll put this to Danny when I speak with him, but it’s hardly any sort of secret that Catch The Fire is an Envangelical group.

As in Mark 16:15 …

Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

And Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,

It’s their job – their “mission” – to go anywhere and everywhere. To spread the Word, to preach, to save, to convert. That’s what Evangelicals do. That’s what Danny Nalliah does. That’s what it seems to me he was doing at the League of Rights meeting.

The Evangelical tradition is, to my knowledge, not a feature of Judaism.

The (not unreasonable) concern that many would have about associating or being seen mixing with unsavoury people or groups doesn’t apply to the Evangelicals when they’re engaging in their Missionary work.

AsCatch The Fire Ministriessays onits website, their job is ….

To take the good news of the gospel from town to town, city to city, state to state, country to country and proclaim the name of Jesus through prayer and action.

[Update: Regarding the section below, I’m replacing the quote I had from this link with verifiable Bible references.]

And, asthe followingstory about Jesus clarifies, Danny Nalliah is not only acting according toChristian principles, he would be going against such principles if he was to place fear of”reputation” above his Mission. [snip]

Luke 5:27-32

[27]And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. [28] And he left all, rose up, and followed him.

[29] And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them. [30] But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? [31] And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. [32] I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Matthew: 9:9-13

[9] And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.

[10] And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.

[11] And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? [12] But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. [13] But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Mark 2:14-17

[14] And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.

[15] And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him. [16] And when the scribes and Pharisees saw him eat with publicans and sinners, they said unto his disciples, How is it that he eateth and drinketh with publicans and sinners? [17] When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Danny Nalliah is a good man. I stand by him.

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  1. I have had the pleasure of meeting Danny on a number of occasions and know him to be a man of absolute conviction and integrity. As someone who isn’t even native to this country (Sri Lankan by birth) he has adopted, loved and cherished this country and its people to the shame of many “natural born” Australians. What a blight much of our media has become that they look for the worst and twist things to suit their own petty, uniformed and biased views when they could be supporting a man who is helping to make this nation truly great. Wake Up Australia! – the mainstream media are not here to help – they have a social engineering agenda that is aimed at having us adopt a very skewed and erroneous worldview. I applaud Danny – he is a great Australian, a man of conviction and a man of discrimination (remember when that used to be a good thing? Discrimination – the ability to discern between that which is right and that which is wrong; good judgement; distinguish accurately – Websters Dictionary). I am certain that one day Danny will stand before God and hear those words – “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

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  2. Thanks for your comments Andrew.

    I just finished recording an interview with Danny Nalliah, which will be available online this afternoon.

    He puts those who malign him to shame. Not by blaming or criticizing them. But simply by his example – by being True and honest and good.

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  3. I am a Christian first and formost. I am also a Pastor. I have come to Australia after serving as a pastor for 10 years in an Arab Country. I love ISRAEL and will always pray for that nation and speak for it.

    God has brought me to Australia and I love this country and God willing will one day become a citizen. This is a great country blessed and loved by God. Australians wake up to the many different religions that has polluted this land with their idol worship and hatred for anything and everything that has to do ith Jesus. Wake up before its too late.

    Go Pastor Danny Nailiah – You have my support

    Pastor Jeffrey

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  4. Thanks for your comment Pastor Jeffrey and for expressing your support for Danny Nalliah! 🙂

    I’m very interested in knowing more about your experiences in the Arab country you refer to.

    If you’d like to contact me directly, please use this form:

    http://join.prodos.org/contactprodos

    Or my email address: prodos “at” prodos “dot” com

    Thanks.

    Best Wishes.

    Your support for Danny Nalliah is well founded and appreciated.

    I wish you well in Australia

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  5. It is with immense Godly pride- that I endorse and pray for Pastor Danny and the Ministry he leads everyday. I have had the privilege of meeting with Pastor Danny, several times,prayed with him and also served Catch The Fire Ministries.The most amazing Attribute and Characteristic about Pastor Danny is this: He is truly a Humble Man of God. I Thank God everyday for this Man of God. The Word of God (the Bible) is full of men and women of God like Pastor Danny.

    Although we are living in the 21st century and we are going into space and back like we are taking the bus, and men are walking in space and on the moon…Yet we cannot walk in Love and peace on planet earth.

    We Need God in our lives. As a matter of fact ” this generation has never needed God more than ever before at any other time in history, as right Now.

    And God has always looked and used a man or woman who was willing to”Stand Alone”.- to Proclaim the Kingdom Of God to a hellbent world. Great Leaders never live by “Opinion Polls or their background or their popularity or even by their Qualifications.

    God does not necessarily calls the Qualified- but He does Qualify those who He had Called and respond to His Call by faith.

    Jeremiah the prophet did it, Ezekiel the prophet did it, Esther did it to the point that she was willing to face death by coming into the Presence of the King- (her own husband) to interceed for her people the Jews from total destruction at the hand of Haman. Humm it seems to me that the Spirit of Haman has been roaming the earth for many centuries- with “One Develish” goal in mind to Destroy the Jews— I wonder Why ? Because the Promised Messiah was to come from the Lineage of King David born of the Tribe of Judah and also the Household from which Jesus was prophesied to be born into. That also happened at the time of Hitler in the last century- to destroy the Jew and is to say that “There is No God” and we all know that only a fool has said in his heart there is no God!

    And even Mary the mother of Jesus Christ suffered and Had to “Stand Alone” amidst the ridicule of the Day and times – These men and women of God Stood Alone- to deliver God’s message that The Kingdom is at hand. Pastor Danny has been willing to “Stand Alone in then Gap” when it seemed there was “No One”…..

    I for one will support Pastor Danny- I recognize that God Has raised up a “Voice” in this nation, a voice that is gaining momentum and it will continue to do so as we get closer to the Return of Jesus. In the meantime there is work to be done and Pastor Danny is not wasting time. He is right on time He is On time in God’s economy….

    He is passionate for this Great nation- a nation- christened with a Might Destiny when it was Pronounced By Captain Pedro de Quirios- 1607 as the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit- NO OTHER NATION ON EARTH HAS BEEN given such a name and a destiny.

    In The short time that I have know Pastor Danny personally (these past eleven months) a man who has been called by God to address Prime Ministers, Presidents and people of great stature in the community on the world stage.. HE HAS TAKEN THE TIME TO LISTEN TO ME AND CALL ME TO SEEK ADVICE IN MY AREA AND SPHERE OF INFLUENCE- (THE ARTS) AND ALSO TO RETURN MY MANY PHONE CALLS, SPEAK TO ME AND PRAY WITH AND FOR ME IN PRIVATE, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN GRACIOUS AND GENTLE NO MATTER WHAT THE TIME WAS AND THE SITUATION…. NOW THAT’S A MAN OF GOD. A BIBLICAL MAN OF GOD. HE HAS DISPLAYED THE SAME COMPASSION, HUMILITY AND CHARACTERISTICS SHOWN IN THE LIFE OF JESUS, WHOM HE SERVES SO VEHEMENTLY.

    I HAVE SEEN HIM WEEP FOR THE LOST (AS JESUS PUTS IT) AND FOR THIS NATION- LIKE NO OTHER MAN OR WOMAN OF GOD IN THIS COUNTRY AND I HAVE TRAVELLED THE LENGTH AND BREADTH OF THIS GREAT NATION FOR THE PAST TWENTY YEARS IN MY WORK IN GOD’S KINGDOM.

    WHAT IS THE “KINGDOM” WE MAY ASK- THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NOT MEAT AND DRINK- THE APOSTLE PAUL TELLS US- NOT PERISHABLE THINGS LIKE- FOOD AND DRINK, THE CLOTHES WE WEAR- THE HOUSES WE BUILD, THE GREAT SUCCESSES WE BRAG ABOUT, NO- NOT EVEN THE MINISTRIES WE ARE MEANT TO DISCHARGE IN THE NAME OF GOD….GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR “SUCCESS” HE IS LOOKING FOR ‘FRUITFULNESS” FRUIT THAT WILL REMAIN-

    THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT OR THE VALUES OF THE (KINGDOM) IS LOVE, JOY PEACE, FAITH, LONG-SUFFERING, (PATINCE) GOODNESS, GENTLENESS, MEEKNESS, TEMPERANCE- JUSTICE RIGHTEOUSNESS, KINDNESS, MERCY TRUTH, IN THE HOLY GHOST—-

    THE KINGDOM THAT JEREMIAH- EZEKIEL,DAVID- GENERAL DEBORAH-ESTHER- MARY-AND JOHN THE BAPTIST AND JESUS AFTER HIM AND PAUL THE APOSTLE PREACHED ABOUT ” WAS SIMPLY THIS ” LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH “ALL YOUR HEART AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND AND ALL YOUR SOULS AND WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH- AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF…. THAT’S WHAT PASTOR DANNY IS ON ABOUT—THE MESSAGE HAS ALWAYS BEEN SIMPLE- NOT SIMPLISTIC MIND YOU- BUT NONE THE LESS SIMPLE- “LOVE GOD AND THEN LOVE PEOPLE” THATS WHY JESUS SPENT TIME WITH THE SINNERS- HE LOVED US SINNERS AND HE HAS COVERED “OUR SINS” WITH HIS ETERNAL UNCONDITIONAL LOVE– AND I WILL END WITH THIS ” I SEE THE CHRIST OF GOD- IN THE LIFE OF AND MINISTRY OF “PASTOR DANNY NALLIAH”. HE IS A HUMBLE MAN AND A MAN OF GOD- A BIBLICAL MAN OF GOD..

    IN THE SHORT TIME I HAVE KNOWN HIM HE HAS DISPLAYED ALL THE ABOVE CHARACTERISTICS. I AM PROUD TO BE CALLED A CHRISTIAN AND A BROTHER OF PASTOR DANNY NALLIAH.

    BEN LOUISE.
    KINGDOM WISE PROMOTIONS-
    PROMOTING GOD’S KINGDOM THROUGH THE ARTS.

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  6. I am appalled at Danny Nalliah’s simplistic naivete at being seduced by a simplistic Coalition strategy to target Evangelicals. So. . . . Danny get’s sucked in and thinks the cruel and mendacious Howard government has anything to do with Jesus.

    The number of Christians sent back by the previous government to forced abortions, torture and even death in Muslim countries is so sick that to see Danny fawn over Howard and then seek to bless Costello with his false prophecy says to me that the ministry needs a good month or two off for prayer and fasting to get reaquainted with the Jesus who loves the poor, downcast and persecuted.

    We now have a Christian PM who understands what “Good news to the poor” actually means. And to seek to suggest that God doesn’t want such a Christian as head of state is sickly and stupid.

    I am keen to hear how CTF deals with these developments.

    Yours in Christ

    Daniel

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  7. Thanks for your comments Daniel

    I disagree with just about everything you’ve written: about Danny, about John Howard, about Kevin Rudd.

    Regarding your claim that Christians were sent back to Muslim countries, could you please point me to a source on this so I can check it out?

    Thanks.

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  8. Terry Foenander.

    May 10, 2008 at 11:31 am

    I would like to get in touch with Jeffrey Misso, who has posted a comment on this blog, please. I believe he may be the very same Jeffrey Ivan Misso with whom I went to St. Patrick’s School in the 1960’s. Jeffrey, please contact me at my e-mail address at [xxxxxxxxxx] please. Would very much like to take about old times, and what is going on in our lives now. Thanks very much.

    [Moderator: Email address blanked out. Message forwarded to JM.]

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