Apparently last week Archbishop Justin Welby had difficulty giving a definitive view on this question. Here is one report on his encounter with Alistair Campbell. Here are three observations.
1) The experience of Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrat leader earlier in the year surely gives a salutary warning here. In equivocating and adopting a “ducking and weaving” approach to this question regarding gay sex, you always are set for a “lose, lose” outcome. Those of a morally liberal bent do not respect you because of your lack of conviction. Those with conservative biblical convictions despair because they can’t understand how you can equivocate on an issue where the bible is unequivocal.
2) The Bible is very straight on this matter. Sex outside marriage is wrong whether that be sex with another person whilst married, sex before marriage, sex with a person of the same-sex or sex with animals. Any sex outside the marriage is wrong, damaging to human beings and, above all, an offence to God. Marriage should be honoured by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral (Heb. 13:4) seems pretty clear.
3) In taking the line Justin Welby does, he does much service to Islam. There are many in the West who are despondent about the state of our society, with its moral chaos, infidelity and general moral madness. This is particularly the case with women. When they hear the Anglican church regurgitating such stuff like Mr Welby does here they feel that Christianity provides no solid moral framework. As a result they look elsewhere. They see Islam with all of its strictures as a safe place to go where they can seek moral purity. This is the reason why so many, particularly women in the West, turn to Islam.
So why do it Archbishop? You achieve nothing and you deny the faith you profess. Lives are harmed by your the lack of direction which you give. Please think about what you are doing.
Colonialism is back! This colonialism is not in the form of the political subjugation, economic exploitation or military conquering of another country. Rather, it is back in the form of the imposition of ideological dogmas on other “inferior” countries. I use the word “inferior” deliberately to indicate how pride is at the heart of this process. Here is one article reflecting on this how this happens.
So what am I specifically referring to? The ongoing adoption of the LGBT agenda into law in this country is all assumed to be part of progress; in doing this it is assumed that we are moving to a higher level of civilization. That being the case it is assumed that all other nations will similarly ascend to a higher level of civilization if they follow the lead of the UK. David Cameron, the former Prime Minister whilst in office was determined to support same-sex marriage around the world. Here is a report of his speech on 2013.
I am not going to be a defender of the original colonial thrust back in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, but I do want to say there is something that does not seem right here. It seems all based on a great delusion. The delusion focuses on how progress is understood. As we have moved on from where we were in to this great new age of “equality for all” it is assumed this is great progress.
I am left musing that there seems to be not some sniff of the impact of evolutionary dogma here. Inherent in evolutionary teaching is the thought that through natural selection and then survival of the fittest things are getting better. And the West being at the vanguard of the LGBT movement means that we must be ahead of those who have not yet become as enlightened as us.
The implicit agenda that prevails, particularly as regards to Africa, is that they need to be enlightened. “We must pass on our views to these poor benighted souls and they will be so much better” is the thinking undergirding this. Here is a fascinating interaction which shows Africa fighting back against this patronizing attitude and it is good to see.
This attitude of cultural superiority is discerned in the Western version of Anglicanism as they deal with the “lesser” version thereof in Africa. I make big generalizations of course, but the resistance of the African church to embrace the LGBT agenda is seen as indicative of their lack of progress. “Of course they are only lesser because they have not come as far of us” is the unstated inference.
In fact they are far more wise and advanced because they have cleaved to the Lord and His Word. We are always on the right side of history when we do that.
May we, as Christians in the West, stand with our brothers and sisters worldwide and not countenance this ideological imperialism.
I am left wondering if it was in the Andrew Marr interview on 30th April where everything started to change for Mrs May. Up until taht date her position was unassailable. She was to all intents and purposes the queen awaiting her re-coronation. The June election was anticipated as a day of unmistakable triumph. And then she said this in the Andrew Marr interview (see here). Professing Christ she completely denied the truth that is in Jesus.
It just seemed from that point on things gradually changed. The wheels came off her campaign. There were the embarrassments surrounding the manifesto and finally the unexpected election results. This all is quite interesting to me.
If you profess to know God, but deny that sin is truly sin you put yourself against the God you profess. A cautionary tale I feel.
Iniquity has been accepted by our culture and one of the ways that is demonstrated is through the way certain concepts are now spoken of. So we start to hear and read about “his husband” and “her wife”, and as those terms start to get used regularly we can tend to get used to them and accept. But, wait-on everybody; this is an outrage! Marriage is between a man and a woman. So you can’t have “his husband” and “her wife”. Fellow believers in the Lord we need to be continually outraged about these developments and never accept them as the “norm”.
Another way in which the pollution of our culture is exhibited is in referring to a so-called trans-gendered man as a woman. We start to accept these things. James is now Julie and “he” is a “she”. But wait-on he is still a biological “he” no matter how much tampering has gone on with the genitalia.
Oh what a time we live in. And there is much pressure upon us to conform. Amidst these pressures there are no doubt many intricacies. But I feel, as much as lies within us, we should not bow to the prevailing culture, but rather should seek to honour the Lord by refusing to adopt these new ways of speaking.
There is a growing number of teenagers who are experiencing mental health problems. Here is one article on the matter. This may, to a degree, be because we are more aware of the issue now. It may also be because youngsters are more willing to talk about these things now. However, I want to present two key issues which are generating increased mental turmoil for youngsters:
1. Seeking Identity.
In previous times we used to have to work out our identity within quite fixed boundaries. Our sex was defined, our sexuality was defined and our virginity was maintained until marriage. So children could grow up with that framework and find their identity therein. There were cases where this caused distress, but this was quite limited. Now all three of these are up for grabs. You have to decide when and with whom you will lose you virginity and you have to pick and choose about your sexuality and sex. It is moral mayhem and it is leaving many casualties in its wake.
2. Social Media.
The whole matter of mental trauma is intensified by the fact that youngsters are living their lives in an online culture. They are not even allowed to explore their identity in their own private space. Everything is now out there on social media and the exploration of identity is done in front of others. So all know whether or not I am having sex, and all know about my struggles in gender defining and sexual orientation.
No wonder our youngsters feel confused. As parents we need to respond wisely to all this. Obviously we create and implement a biblical frame for these things. And we need to help them handle social media. I don’t begin to be able to give definitive advice on the social media issue. But I do know that it is a whole lot easier when a biblical frame for sexuality and identity is in place.
Well it is the men’s 10m platform competition in the diving at the Olympics starting today, so prepare yourself for another bout of Tom Daley Fever. What is it that seems to send the media circus into something of a swoon when it comes to Tom Daley?
He won the bronze in the 10m synchronized platform competition on 9th August with Dan Goodfellow. Whereupon certain parts of the press just produced photos of Mr Daley on his own as commented upon here. And remember he had not won! He had only finished third and yet it seemed that we were all being cajoled into believing this was a magnificent achievement. Well, of course it must be because Tom Daley did it. If he belly-flopped into the pool I reckon it would be portrayed as a triumph for British ingenuity.
So why is it that he is treated as such a hero? I reckon it is the longing to find role-models for the brave new world where everything has changed and is changing in respect of sexuality and gender. This is where Tom fits the bill. The news has it that Tom is due to be marrying his fiance Dustin Lance Black after the Olympics. And in so many ways it seems that Tom is your perfect role model to persuade us that such activity is normal. After all he:
- is young
- is good-looking
- is photogenic
- is courteous
- has a residual prominence as a result of starting his career so young
- is successful; having reached teh upper echelons of his chosen profession
- has suffered and overcome tragedy with the loss of his father
- has a mother who approves of his relationship.
- gives the impression that everything is great as regards to him being with Dustin
And so he is lauded and fawned upon. So there it is Tom is the hero to be emulated. Tom may be a fine man, his achievements are significant and I do not want to underestimate the suffering he had with the loss of his father. However, there is something distasteful about all this. I fear he is being used by the media to persuade us that all is well in this brave new world. Alas I believe it is all a lie and the harvest from overturning God’s order will be grievous to behold in our society.