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Letter of the day: homosexuality debate

Among the St Patrick's Day parades around the world, some homosexual groups are marching. But what does Patrick say about homosexuality?

In his autobiography, after being kidnapped and forced into slavery as a shepherd, Patrick relates his escape from Ireland. He boarded a ship without complying with the request of the (male) sailors: "I refused to suck their breasts for fear of God, but rather hoped they would come to the faith of Jesus Christ, because they were pagans" (Confession 18).

In fifth-century pagan Ireland, sucking a man's nipple was a sign of friendship, or of the reception of protection. Patrick "refused" to engage in it to avoid any homosexual connotations.

Patrick preached, rebuked sin and called to repentance and faith in Christ crucified in the confidence that Scripture consists of the words "of God and the apostles and prophets, who have never lied. He that believeth shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be condemned. God hath spoken" (Letter to Coroticus 20).

This includes God's beautiful creation of marriage between one man and one woman (Gen. 1:27; 2:24; Matt. 19:4-6), as a picture of the union of Christ and His bride the Church (Eph. 5:22-33) and, therefore, the prophetic and apostolic opposition to sodomy and lesbianism (Gen. 19:1-29; Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Isa. 3:9; Eze. 16:49-50; Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor. 6:9-11; I Tim. 1:10; Jude 7).

REV ANGUS STEWART

Covenant Protestant Reformed Church Ballymena, Co Antrim

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