Welcome to the Homepage of Open Arms Fellowship Australia
We are an independent Charismatic/Pentecostal church that is a part of the growing Welcoming & Affirming Movement Worldwide.
We are currently located in Perth, Western Australia. Providing a beacon of Hope and Love for those who have been rejected by other organisations; either blatantly removing the welcome mat, or subtly through a lack of communication, outright rejection, or a complete disengagement.
Sadly, the message of John 3:17 hasn’t been given as much attention as 3:16.Out of ignorance, a lack of quality scholarship, or simply following the doctrinal line of their denomination the message has been Whosoever comes (has to clean up their act; the way they dress/wash, the things they say, the associations they keep) is welcome, to the loungeroom, as an honoured guest.
Sadly, they have missed the whole point of Jesus’ teaching to the Scribes and the Pharisees who condemned him for sitting down to dinner with the Tax Collectors, mixing with the drunkards, and those women who made their living selling their bodies. His response to their criticism (through his disciples) was “Is it not the sick who have need of a physician? Their religiosity had been exposed for what it was; empty.
In John 3:17 Jesus said: “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)
God, the Creator and Maker of all that is “The same yesterday, today and forever!” Hebrews 13:8; “I am The Lord I change Not!” Malachi 3:6 and “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes].” James 1:17 (AMP)
We opened our doors on Sunday, June 9 2013. Over the years we have had hundreds of people come through our doors. Some have sought us out as they have travelled here from overseas. Some have come to seek help in situations where they have been rejected by Family, those they once counted as Friends and fellow churchgoers; blaming themselves, only to come to a realisation of the truth of God’s Love for them, Just as they are. Seeing them as beautiful and welcome in his presence.
Many of them have found the strength and the courage (with great success) to return to their families and friends and for them to come to the realisation that with the knowledge they now have, they can command* the respect once denied them.
If it hasn’t quite clicked yet, Open Arms Fellowship that Welcomes and Affirms all those who wish to come to know God. As a Christian Church, we welcome ALL who will come, including the GLBTI community who have been treated abysmally over the centuries; but with the rise of a Neo-Christian Nationalist movement around the world, have found those targeted the most (at this time) are the Transgender Community as well as the Intersex community.
Anyone attending church should be aware that both Trans and Intersex people have a home here.