Talking about the Gay Lobby

On Friday I wrote about the controversy surrounding the Northern Men’s convention’s publicity. In particular these words:

“The leadership from those in authority in the denominations who should be the guardians of biblical truth has been muted to say the least and even in Bible teaching churches many appear to be wavering under the onslaught of the gay lobby. Add to this scenario the increasing problems associated with immigration, and Islam in particular and indeed many other things which push Christians further and further to the margins, there is for many a feeling of despair and even fear about standing up and speaking out.”

It is thought to be this statement that led to former Liberal Democrat Leader, Tim Farron to pull out from the conference.  Continue reading

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The Ashers #gaycake case – and why the argument (sadly) doesn’t work

You are probably familiar with the Ashers’ Bakery #gaycake case. The Ashers refused to decorate a cake for a customer with a pro-gay marriage message. They were found to be discriminating against him. It is important to remember again that the issue was not a refusal to bake a cake or even to decorate a wedding cake but rather to decorate it with a message they fundamentally disagreed with. The Ashers were in effect being compelled to join in with a political campaign that they disagreed with. Continue reading

Tim Farron, that question again and worldviews

Remember during the General Election when Tim Farron (at the time the Liberal Democrat’s leader) was asked whether he thought gay sex was a sin or not? Well, you probably have noticed that he has been asked about it again, this time by Premier Radio. He now says that he regrets not sticking to his guns on what is and isn’t sin.   Continue reading

The media’s test question gets flunked again

So after Tim Farron and Jacob Rees-Mogg, it was Justin Welby’s turn.  Alistair Campbell asked him if he thought gay sex was a sin for an interview with GQ magazine.

Welby responds

“I don’t do blanket condemnation and I haven’t got a good answer to the question. I’ll be really honest about that. I know I haven’t got a good answer to the question. Inherently, within myself, the things that seem to me to be absolutely central are around faithfulness, stability of relationships and loving relationships.” Continue reading

The killing of friendship

In his lament for Saul and Jonathan, David says of his friend:

“How I weep for you, my brother Jonathan!  Oh, how much I loved you! And your love for me was deep, deeper than the love of women!”[1]

Some people have picked up on this verse and the other accounts of David and Jonathan to argue that this is an example of and a Biblical argument for homosexuality.

I want to make two points about this. Continue reading

The Nashville Statement – what do Evangelicals believe about same-sex attraction and transgenderism?

Recently the Council for Biblical Manhood and Womanhood have put together a declaration on human gender and sexuality.  You can read it here. A significant number of Evangelical leaders have signed it. Continue reading

Here we go again

After the General Election witch hunt against Tim Farron, the media (including social media) are off again. This time the target firmly in their sights is back-bench Tory MP, Jacob Rees-Mogg.  Asked on GMB for his views he answered clearly and unambiguously (which is more than can be said for the average politician) that he was against abortion under any circumstances and that he did not believe in same-sex marriage. Continue reading