This week I have attached a copy of a letter which I recently received from the Christian Institute. In the letter they clearly spell out their concerns regarding the push by LGBT activists and their supporters in parliament to ban so called “gay conversion therapy”.The Institute’s concern is not the desire to ban non-consensual, coercive and cruel practices but rather that other things such as biblical teaching, counselling and prayer will also be restricted or even outlawed by the proposed legislation. Such a change in the law should concern us as followers of Jesus Christ. It should concern us because, as we read in Paul’s 1st letter to the Corinthian church, despite what the world’s activists and many politicians say; homosexuality is sinful (1Corinthians 6:9) and this means that the homosexual offender’s only hope of salvation (as it is for every other sinner – for the gossip, the cheat, the greedy & the drunkard…..) is to repent of his sin and to trust in Jesus Christ for salvation (1Corinthians 6:11).
We should praise God that within the church in Corinth there were those who had done just that – there were those who had once pursued a homosexual lifestyle but who had then been washed, sanctified & justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God (1 Corinthians 6:11). Hallelujah, what a Saviour!We should also praise God that Paul and others had clearly had the opportunity to preach the full gospel to the people of Corinth – a gospel which not only pointed people to the redeeming love of God in Jesus Christ, but which also called upon them to repent of their sins. Moreover, we should praise God that having come to Christ in faith and repentance, those same believers were able to be helped to keep on walking faithfully before Christ through the provision of faithful, biblical ministry from within the church.
Do we see how important it is that we are not only able to believe the scriptures but to keep on preaching, teaching and encouraging one another from them?This is why I want to encourage you to respond to the Christian Institute’s letter by writing to the Equalities Minister to ask her (politely and respectfully) to ensure that in any legislation that may be passed, pastors and teachers will still be free to preach and teach what the bible says about this matter and that churches will still be able to support those with an unwanted same-sex attraction through biblical counselling and prayer, in obedience to Christ and without fear of prosecution.I would also urge you to pray about this matter – that MPs will not pass legislation restricting Christian teaching and practice. Please pray that Christians will continue to be able to share the good news that Jesus is able to save ALL those who repent and trust in Him (1Corinthians 6:9-11). Please pray that as the gospel is preached, many who are currently pursuing a homosexual lifestyle will be convicted of their sin and be saved – to the praise of His glory and grace! Please pray that they will in turn find their place within the church body- becoming and doing what God in His mercy has saved them to be and do!Please pray also that we will all know the grace we need to stand up for Jesus in these days. Pray that church leaders (regardless of any laws that are passed) will be willing and enabled to preach and teach what the scriptures say, trusting in God’s Spirit to do His work in all of our sinful hearts.Notices and other points for prayerWe need to thank God for those who worked so hard to ensure that the building was open for our Easter services. Bruce and Dawn worked especially hard and we are grateful to them and to the Lord for their service to Him and His church.
As regards this Sunday morning”s service (April 11th), we would again ask that you confirm that you’ll be attending (by notifying Dawn) at your earliest convenience.
There will be a short Church Members’ meeting after the morning service on April 25th. Those members who are unable to attend will be informed of what is discussed by letter / email as soon after the meeting as we can arrange. To help with prompt distribution of this information, can you please let me know if you have an email address that I am not aware of. Thank you.
As discussed above, I have attached the letter from the Christian Institute.
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