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Church must stand firm against gay marriage

Fionola Meredith (Comment, March 14) doesn't seem to realise why gay marriage is such a big issue for 'the Christian Church, in its widest sense'.

The short answer is that the Church works to God's agenda, not to the changing tastes of a flawed, secular society.

If that means being out of step with public opinion (which, in fact, seems not to be the case), then the task of the Church is to call public opinion back into line.

Finola may want the Church to leave this issue alone, but since people are being bombarded with a misguided PR campaign intended to normalise homosexual relationships, Christians who contend for the truth of God's word are compelled to refute that view.

True, some wish to avoid fuss and would simply try to accommodate what the world expects. But the Christian Church is duty-bound to teach what the Bible clearly says: that God instituted marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Anything outside of that is immoral and messes with the stability of society. And the God who loves us knows better than people - even newspaper columnists.

The most loving thing Christians can do, therefore, is to lead people away from sinful lifestyles.

Any other approach deprives them of the opportunity of forgiveness and new life, which God's son paid for on the cross.

God does, indeed, love sinners as we are, but He loves us too much to leave any of us as we are.

REV PHILIP CAMPBELL

Coleraine, Co Londonderry

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