Sadness at views of ministers on homosexuality
In light of comments by the Rev Christine Bradley in support of homosexual relationships and the Yes vote in the Irish referendum, and remarks by Dr John Dunlop, a former moderator of the Presbyterian Church, we of the Kirk Session of Bethany Free Presbyterian Church feel compelled to respond.
Scripture describes homosexual activity as a most serious and wicked sin. (Romans 1: 26-27: "For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.").
Furthermore it will end in the judgement of God upon those who engage in it, if it is not repented of and truly forsaken. (Jude v 7: "Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.").
The good news is that the gospel of Jesus Christ can deliver homosexuals from their sin as was the case in the church at Corinth in New Testament times. (1st Corinthians 6: 9-11: "Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind … shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.").
That these Christian ministers, should hold, let alone give public utterance to unchristian views, causes us astonishment and sadness.
REV DARRYL ABERNETHY, DR KENNETH ELLIOTT and RONALD WHITESIDE (Clerk of Session) Bethany Free Presbyterian Church, Portadown