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News: UK

Wed 22 Jun, 2011
By Sam Bristowe


We regard mere expressions of concern as wholly inadequate as a Christian reaction to this development

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The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland signed of an anti-gay statement to be sent to the Church of Scotland condemning their decision to lift the ban on allowing gay ministers.

The following statement from the church was sent and signed off by th e Synod read:

To the members of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland

“The Synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland deplores the recent action of the general assembly of the Church of Scotland facilitating homosexual sin among its office-bearers by allowing ‘the induction into pastoral charges ministers and deacons ordained before May 2009 who are in a same-sex relationship’.

“The Synod declares that it regards this as an act of direct rebellion against the church’s King and Head, the Lord Jesus Christ. The decision is a blatant rejection of the basic Biblical teaching that ‘God created man…male and female he created them’ (Genesis 1:27) and the prohibition, ‘You shall not lie with a male, as with a woman; it is an abomination’ (Leviticus 18:22; see also Romans 1:26-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-11).

The Scottish Assembly’s decision is the outworking of the rejection of Biblical authority.

“We regard mere expressions of concern as wholly inadequate as a Christian reaction to this development. Also we do not regard it as a genuine expression of Christian compassion to fail to declare all homosexual practice, however regulated, to be sinful before God. Rather, we must lovingly call all our fellow-sinners, including those guilty of homosexual sin, to repentance and faith in Christ in whom alone forgiveness is to be found.

“Our society is being vigorously indoctrinated with the lie that a homosexual lifestyle is merely an acceptable alternative to what the Bible teaches, namely that marriage is between one man and one woman. Government has legislated in favour of this falsehood.

“We consider it our duty and privilege to uphold the truth in the face of this onslaught, out of desire to honour Christ and seek the good of others. We encourage those who love Christ to separate themselves from church fellowship with those who, in the name of Christianity, support that which God, in the Bible, declares that He detests.

“God’s standards are not altered by any human consensus. His people rejoice in this unchanging God who nonetheless sends an unchanging gospel to sinful people.”

Yours in the service of the Lord Jesus Christ King and Head of the Church.

Rev Peter Jemphrey, Moderator Rev Edward McCollum, Clerk

 

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