A Christian In The Mist of Singapore General Election 2015

Singapore’s 17th parliamentary general election will be held on 11 September 2015.  Back in 2011 General Election, the People’s Action Party (PAP) won 80 out of 87 seats but only managed to gather 60% of the popular votes.  So how did a political party that win only 60 percent of the vote could get 80 out of 87 seats (92%)?

According to The Online Citizen (TOC), in a recent event, “SG50+ Conference” held on 2 July , Dr Fareed Zakaria asked Prime Minister of Singapore and Secretary General of People’s Action Party (PAP) how is it possible and whether such an unfair electorate system will change.

His answer was “That depends on how the electorate votes and how the votes are distributed.  You might ask in the western countries how a party which wins 30 percent of the vote can form the government.  It happens, In America not quite so extreme, but in Britain it just happened, it’s an electoral system; it’s a system which is meant to give the country a stable and effective government. It’s not meant to give a country a proportional representation Parliament. The purest proportional representation Parliament, I think it’s in Israel, and I am not sure whether they are totally happy with the system.”

So is it alright, since it is a common practice, to have a tweaked electoral system to ensure that a ruling political party can stay in power even if it does not reflect the public choice?

As a Christian, how should we respond?

“A false balance is an abomination to the LORD, But a just weight is His delight.” Proverbs 11:1

“Differing weights and differing measures, Both of them are abominable to the LORD.” Proverbs 20:10

“He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,And to walk humbly with your God?”
Micah 6:8

Should we just turn our eyes away and chuck it as “favor of the Lord” or “God’s will”, or should we make a stand against such unfairness and call it a “false balance”?

Does God need to resort to unjust methods to do His will? Is this the way God raise up kings and rulers in the Bible? That sound more like the devil!

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According to TOC (http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2015/07/singapore-election-just-23-8-percent-of-votes-needed-to-form-government/):

Based on the electoral divisions in the 2011 general elections, even if People’s Action Party (PAP) received just 23.8% of the popular vote, the party can still retain a simple majority in parliament to form government (44 out of 87 contestable seats). This figure changes to 27.2% (49 out of 99 seats) if we include all Non-Constituency Members of Parliament (NCMPs) and Nominated Members of Parliament (NMPs).

With 27.2% of the popular vote, or support from a little over a quarter of Singaporeans, the PAP can pass any law it wants, even if the law affects everyone in Singapore.

Moreover, the PAP only needed 31.5% (66 out of 87 seats) of the popular vote to have the two-thirds parliamentary supermajority needed to make constitutional amendments. NCMPs and NMPs cannot vote on such issues.

Based on information from the Elections Department the number of electors in GE 2011 was 2,460,484. So, the minimum for 44 seats would be 584,644 (23.8%) votes and the minimum for 58 seats would be 774,323 (31.5%) votes.

Under the current electoral system and constituencies similar to those seen in GE 2011, a situation where the PAP loses power, what PAP politicians sometimes call a “freak election result” or even its two-third majority, is highly improbable. Singapore is more likely to see a PAP government that has lost the popular vote (less than 50% of total votes cast) but retains a parliamentary majority or even a two-thirds supermajority.

Talking about unfairness, this has to be top of the line.

So, how should we, as Christian, vote during the coming 2015 General Election? Should we be loyal and submit under PAP since they were the ruling party (Parliament was dissolved).  As a Christian should we even consider the opposition parties since they do not have track records like the ruling party?

As a Christian, we do not have to support any political party, be it ruling or oppositions.  We should support Singapore, a Singapore-under-God. 51,000 Christians came together to pray for Singapore on the 5 July 2015 during the Jubilee Day Of Prayer (JDOP).

jdopresized_KEN_2538Our Prime Minister also came to stand with us in prayer although he is not a Christian.  I felt we should submit under the government as instructed by God through His Word in the Bible.

Hebrew 13:17
“Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you.

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“Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; …”

However, I do not believe the “governing authority” here meant the “ruling political party”.  PAP cannot pass any law and implement it unless it already went through the Parliament even though they may have more than 90% of the seats.  They still have to bring it to the Parliament and both their fellow party members and the opposition parties will debate on it before it is fine tuned and pass out as a law.

So in this case, shouldn’t our “governing authority” be the Parliament instead?  If so, then our governing authority consist of both the ruling party and the opposition party with all the NCMPs and NMPs.

During the biblical days of the Roman empire when the above scriptures were written, Rome has already changed from a more democratic government to a one-man ruling emperor.  Therefore when Apostle Paul wrote about submitting to the authority, it is an authority dominated by a one-man monarchy system.

Since Singapore is a democratic country, we now have the privilege and responsibility of choosing the authority we wish to submit under.  As such we can choose one that is honest. righteous, fair, kind and serve it’s people.  However, there is no one political party in Singapore who are not self-seeking and are more party-minded than Singaporean-minded. Hence the reason why we as Christian should not line ourselves up with any political party in Singapore, at least not this time round.  Not only are they all party-minded, some even advocate changes that will harm the society or families contrary to the Biblical standards that God instituted.

Although Singapore is a circular country, there is freedom to believe and to worship God here.  The Singapore constitution allow us, to exercise freedom to believe in whatever religion we want to.  We have freedom to go to any church we wish and even evangelize when the opportunity arises to win souls for the Lord. The truth is, unless God intervene, Singapore will never become a Christian nation and the it’s law will not be based strictly on the biblical laws.  The best we can do, at this juncture, is to pray that Singapore will continue to be a free circular country so that there are freedom on the ground for others to come to know Christ.  We just have to do all the hard work and not rely on being spoon fed!

Another fact that we as Christian have to accept is that Singapore will always flow along with the western world policies trends , at least partial policy, whether we like it or not.  We are a more reserved society, therefore we are slower in following policies trends with more ground work to prepare for and a longer time for society acceptance. Meaning our human rights and freedom of speech will become better as time goes by.  We may not be like the United States or Europe countries but we are getting there at our own pace.

There goes the same for the gay rights and marriage in Singapore.  The repealing of Penal Code Section 377A will eventually be successful although we hope it will be delayed as far back as possible.  Like what Bishop T.D. Jake told his congregation on the Sunday after the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling,

“I’m not really as concerned about this as a lot of people are. I’m really not as concerned about it. I think that we should not lose our mind about the world being the world and the Church being the Church. This is not a news flash.”

Is it so hard to believe that the world is never going to become more moral or biblical based?  All we can do as Christian is to stand for what we believe even if it means persecution from the world and hope that our faith can somehow bring the revelation of the truth to the unbelieving public.

Truly, the best thing we can pray for is freedom.  Because even in the worst situation, if we have the freedom to speak God’s Word, we can still be used by God to influence individual mind.  Without freedom it will be a lot harder and riskier.

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How then should we Christian vote to ensure a fair play in the Parliament?

  • Vote with the consideration of the benefits of Singaporeans.  Vote for Singapore.  Consider what kind of Singapore we want in the future.  What type of Authority (Parliament) we want to submit to? A just, honorable and dedicated one or one that is one-sided, unchecked and not in touch with the common public.
  • Do not aligned ourselves with any political party.  They are all party-minded and will not think twice to lie, to hide the truth, bad-mouthing opponent or manipulate us to get our vote.  Aligning ourselves with them means we are alright and agreeable with their actions.  Rather we should aligned ourselves with God, the Almighty.
  • Do believe everything you hear. Ask God for discernment. A lot of promises and claims can be made for the sake of the election and after that it will be conveniently forgotten or ignored.  Mud throwing is also very common tactics too, but remember, he who throw mud may miss but his hand is already soiled.
  • Do not vote in fear.  Do not be afraid of changes.  In the world there are many countries whose ruling party changes often and yet their economy did not collapse, they are not bankrupted and there were no political unrest. Singapore is unique but we are not that unique. Our late Mr Lee Kuan Yew has put in place measures that ensure foreign and local policies cannot be altered by individual minister even if a different Government may emerge.  And as mentioned above, even if the ruling party only received 27.2% of favorable votes, they will still be able to form the Government.
  • Vote for future freedom.  Consider what type of parliament mixture will ensure more inclusive representations in Singapore.  Don’t forget that one day we may fall into the cracks of society in certain policies. During those time, we will wish that our voice can be heard and exceptions can be made for us.  There are many who are constantly falling into these cracks and if no one will speak out for them, there is no hope of any help.  Freedom of speech allow future God’s work to be done freely in a changing and degrading world.
  • God is in control.  So vote with your heart.  Do not vote for someone because that candidate is a Christian.  Many Christians are genuine but not capable enough to serve as an MP.  Do not vote because of their social standing in society.  We have a lot of examples of good profession MPs but of little use for the last 2 elections.

Although all constituencies are being contested, the PAP has already won even before the election.  Our PM can start writing his victory speech.  It is a matter of how many seats can they garnered this election.  Will they take back what they have lost to the Worker’s Party or will they lose even more to the oppositions.  It is a fact that even if the oppositions formed a coalition, they will not be able to form the Government.  A freak result is highly impossible.

Should we continue to put PAP on their toes so that they can serve the people better or should we just give them another comfortable 4 or 5 years? It all depends on you.

Pray, ask God for wisdom and do not cross the wrong box.

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Joel Low

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Tebow Opens Children’s ‘Palace of Healing’

DAVAO, Philippines — Former NFL quaterback Tim Tebow’s newest children’s hospital, located in the poverty stricken region of Southern Philippines, has just been formally opened.

Tebow CURE Hospital is the first children’s orthopedic medical facility in Mindanao. It’s called the “palace of healing” because here children are not only healed from physical disabilities, but they are also shared the love of Jesus.

It’s a partnership between the Tim Tebow Foundation and CURE International, which is a medical and non-profit organization devoted to children.

The hospital treats conditions such as clubfoot, bowed legs, and other physical deformities.

“We do our best to treat these children like kings and queens. They’re marginalized, bullied in school. Some can’t go to school because of their disabilities,” Leron Lehman, executive director at CURE International Philippines, said.

“We say often at CURE healing changes everything. And it’s absolutely true in the lives of these children and their families,” he added.

Just a few minutes before a corrective surgery for both her hand and foot, a patient named Erica Pasatiempo expressed how happy she was because God answered her prayers.

“I cried every time my classmates called me names because of my deformities. They don’t accept me as a normal kid. I just prayed to God that they will stop humiliating me,” Pasatiempo explained.

“I am really happy because God is really good. After the surgery, I am excited because I can join the camping trips and also join the dance group in school,” she added.

Cherrlynne Gulada was one of the first patients of the Tebow CURE Hospital. At the age of 11, she broke her leg in a motorcylce accident. Her mother, who was riding with her, died in the accident.

It left Gulada suffering with a severely painful, deformed leg and the emotional trauma brought about by the tragedy.

“Most of the time I didn’t go to school because the pain was too much to endure,” Gulada recalled.

Gulada is grateful to the Tebow CURE Hospital for treating her leg. After five years, she can now walk straight and without pain. She also received emotional and spiritual healing.

“Before, I didn’t really believe or think much about God, but now I know God. Jesus is my Savior and He has given me eternal life. He healed my leg and now I can go back to school and finish college,” Gulada said.

tim-tebow-kids3_originalCURE International CEO and President Dale Brantner said his excitement stems from the hospital’s ability to reach communities historically ignored.

“We’re excited that we are here in Mindanao. Few people come here because of the danger, because of tensions in regards to interfaith dynamics,” Brantner told CBN News.

“So we’re happy to come here to deposit a message that Jesus is for you, He loves you regardless of race, your creed,” he continued. “Regardless of what you believe you’re welcome here in Jesus Name for healing both physically and spiritually.”

Tebow, who was born in the Philippines, was unable to attend the inaugural. But his parents, who served as missionaries in Mindanao for 32 years, attended on his behalf.

“Timmy was born in Manila. We had very good doctors who saved our lives. It was a difficult pregnancy. That’s also one reason why we’re so indebted to the people of the Phils. Timmy has such a heart for the Philippines and that’s what really drove him to be part of the hospital,” Tebow’s mother, Pam, explained.

“We certainly didn’t expect to have a hospital share our name. But we are excited and very glad. Through this hospital, we can show the love of Jesus, show the love of Filipinos and help a lot of children,” Tebow’s father, Bob, said.

(Article from CBN News by Lucille Talusan at http://www.cbn.com)

Second Chance From God – Benny Se Teo


Benny Se Teo considers himself a hardcore addict as he recalls those dark years when he was under the bondage of drugs and sins. He started taking drugs soon after he left school at 17. As a youngster, he was curious and eager to try new things. He always thought that he could quit any time when he got tired of it. His first brush against the law was in 1982 when he was caught for drug consumption at the age of 22. The judge was lenient then and he only had to pay a fine for the offence and to report to Teen Challenge for the rehabilitation programme. At Teen Challenge, he learned about Jesus and what He has done for us. Intending to change, he accepted Jesus as his saviour then.

Upon his completion of the programme in Teen Challenge, he went back to his old friends. Despite believing in Jesus, he still loved the world and refused to surrender his will to God. He was physically cleansed of drugs but mentally, he was still not ready to give it up altogether. Very soon, the temptation was too strong for him and he was on drugs again.

ST_20140414_LJBENNY_228337eIn 1983, Benny was caught again and this time, he was incarcerated. Upon his release, he went to another halfway house to continue his rehabilitation. But his craving for drugs was too strong for him and no sooner, he was hooked again. The vicious cycle continued and he was in and out of prison and drug rehabilitation centres numerous times for the next ten years. Each time he was released, he would go to a halfway house hoping that he could kick the habit. But most of the time, he would give up and run away from the halfway house. The story would then repeat all over again.

God intervened in 1993 when he was incarcerated in Selarang Park Drug Rehabilitation Centre. It seemed that there was a spiritual revival in the prison. His fellow inmates boldly professed and openly displayed their Christian faith. Sunday chapel services conducted by brothers from SANA CCS were well attended. It was something that he had never witnessed in those other times when he was there.

Then came news of other former drug addicts turning over a new leaf and started to lead a drug-free life. They were a great encouragement to all. One of them was Don Wong, whom Benny came to know when they were in prison together. Don had managed to break the bondage of drugs and was working towards being a pastor. Benny was thinking then: “If they can change by the grace of God, I am sure God can help me change too”.

His new resolve was not without challenge. When he was released from prison in 1993, he wondered whether any halfway house would take him in, given his bad recEastpoint12-51ords with all of them. But God opened the way for him. Robert Yeo, from The Helping Hands, not only opened his halfway house to him, he excused him from the mandatory programme for all released prisoners. In fact, he said, “As long as you are free from drugs, you can stay as long as you like.”

This kind act touched Benny. He thought he was a hopeless case and no one would believe him. But Robert’s faith in him showed him that God still loves him and cares about him despite what he had done.

But life was not easy for Benny. He could not find a job initially because of his records. But by God’s grace, he finally landed a job as a dispatch rider. He worked hard and stayed away from drugs, always remembering that others had trusted him and given him a second chance. After six years, he had saved enough to start his own courier service company.images

In 2005, he ventured into the food and beverages industry as cooking is his passion. To learn more about this industry, he got himself an internship at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant in London. When he came back to Singapore in 2007, he started his Eighteen Chefs restaurant. By 2009, he had expanded his business to 4 outlets island-wide.

Remembering how God has given him a chance and his difficulties in getting a job back in 1993, he vowed to help those ex-drug offenders who wanted to change. Whenever his company recruits new staff, he will always give job applicants with criminal records a more favourable consideration than others. In this way, he hopes to pass on to others the grace that he has received -just as Jesus said in Luke: “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Lk 6:31.

May God continue to use Benny’s life and ministry to extend a helping hand to those ensnared by drug addiction.

(Article taken from Christian Counseling Services at http://www.ccslink.org)

Nepal Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs

Nepal Christians Return to Worship after Earthquake Turns Churches into Tombs

Image: Anto Akkara – Catholic leader Paul Simick surveys wreckage of Pentecostal church in Kathmandu.

Maili Tamang clapped and sang along as the remnants of her husband’s Kathmandu church gathered for a noon prayer one week after a massive earthquake collapsed the “roof of the world.”
Injured pastor Jacob Tamang prays with survivors at Vision of Salvation church.

Image: Anto Akkara Injured pastor – Jacob Tamang prays with survivors at Vision of Salvation church.

“In God’s time, anything can happen,” the 55-year-old mother told CT. Tamang lost her husband Maila, her sister, and three other family members when Vision of Salvation church, which rented rooms in a four-story commerical building in the Swayambu area of Nepal’s capital, collapsed with 62 worshipers present. Seventeen members of the Pentecostal church, where Tamang’s husband served as an elder, died, including senior pastor Elia Ghale and his son.

“We cannot decide our future or what happens to us,” she said, surrounded by cracked walls. “Even after the world, we will be with God.”

Family of Maila Tamang mourns Saturday.

Image: Anto Akkara – Family of Maila Tamang mourns Saturday.

Tamang was worshiping at a nearby Pentecostal church when the quake struck.

“I was standing in a row near to the wall and praying when the trembling started. The pastor continued the prayer and suddenly, everything collapsed,” she told CT. “I was half conscious and could heard people screaming. After one hour I was pulled out. While lying there, I knew God would save me.”

Meanwhile, pledging to spread God’s love “even though earthquakes come,” a small evangelical church in Nepal completed on Saturday its worship song interrupted by last week’s natural disaster in the Himalayan Mountains.

Maili Tamang lost her husband Maila, her sister, and three other family members when Vision of Salvation church collapsed.

Image: Anto Akkara – Maili Tamang lost her husband Maila, her sister, and three other family members when Vision of Salvation church collapsed.

The first-hand account from the International Mission Board is one of many reports surfacing of how Nepal’s Christian minority is regrouping after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake collapsed many churches during their main weekly worship services.

Reporting by CT in Kathmandu reveals that an accurate tally of churches destroyed and Christians killed remains hard to come by, since anecdotal reports can be duplicated or exaggerated. But it is clear that many Christians died in their churches during weekly prayers. (The Baptist World Alliance reports about 150 Christian deaths have been confirmed.)

“I am getting reports of entire Christian families being wiped out in Kathmandu and outside,” Simon Pandey, chairman of the National Christian Fellowship of Nepal, told CT in an interview from his home in a Lalitpur suburb.

If the quake had occurred half an hour earlier, he noted, the casualties in churches would have been much higher. (Many Hindus died during worship services also.)

The wreckage of Elssadai church in Kathmandu.

Image: Global Mission Nepal – The wreckage of Elssadai church in Kathmandu.

“The evangelical churches have suffered terrible tragedies,” Kala Bahadur Rokaya, general secretary of the National Council of Churches of Nepal, told CT. “It will take time to count the deaths among Christians across Nepal. Many areas are still cut off.” He feared more bad news was yet to come from mountainous and remote districts such as Gorkha, Sindhupalchok, and Nuwakot, which have many evangelical churches.

Of Nepal’s Christians—which comprise between one and three percent of the country’s 30-million population—Protestants were disproportionately affected by the disaster, a Catholic leader told CT.

A destroyed Nepalese church.

Image: Thir K.C. – A destroyed Nepalese church.

The earthquake, which killed more than 6,000 people, damaged dozens of churches in and around Kathmandu, Nepal’s largest city. A partner of Wycliffe Associates filmed the aftermath.“The Catholics were lucky as we don’t have church prayers at noon,” Bishop Paul Simick told CT as he observed the wreckage of Vision of Salvation church. (CBN News also reports on the tragedy.)

(Article from Christianity Today by Morgan Lee at http://www.christianitytoday.com/)

Cuban Churches Thriving Despite Incredible Poverty

As relations between the United States and Cuba begin to thaw a surprising spiritual reality is emerging, the Cuban Church is thriving.

In the midst of opposition and incredible poverty, Cuban Baptists, Assemblies of God, and other denominations are reporting amazing growth in their churches throughout the country.

In the past 20 years, Baptist churches have grown from several hundred to more than 7,000. Assemblies of God churches that once numbered less than 100 members now have more than 10,000 church comers proclaiming the Gospel.

“The Church not only survived, but in the midst of those pressures and difficulties it grew. It grew solid,” Cuban Pastor Moises De Prado said.

At the core of Cuba’s church growth are house churches springing up across the island.

Back in the 1990s, the Cuban government told churches they could not build any new buildings. Consequently, church growth became very, very easy, as Christians simply began meeting in homes.

Surprisingly, many also believe that Cuba’s poverty has fueled its church growth.  With many Cubans existing on less than $30 a month, there’s simply not the money to pursue entertainment, hobbies or other pursuits that would pull them from the Gospel.

“One church leader told me, ‘That is one of the reasons that church members spend so much time in church activities.  They can spend more time evangelizing their neighbors because they’re not distracted by a lot of material goods,” CBN News Producer Stan Jeter said.

Church leaders say one fruit of all this growth is an emerging missions movement in Cuba.

Hundreds of believers are considering or planning to head overseas as missionaries. Given their single-minded focus and long-term experience with hardship, they may be uniquely qualified to travel to new lands to spread the Gospel.

(Article from CBN by Heather Sells at http://www.cbn.com)

What Does the Bible Say About Same Sex Marriage?

gay-rights-picWhile the Bible does address homosexuality, it does not explicitly mention gay marriage/same-sex marriage. It is clear, however, that the Bible condemns homosexuality as an immoral and unnatural sin. Leviticus 18:22 identifies homosexual sex as an abomination, a detestable sin. Romans 1:26-27 declares homosexual desires and actions to be shameful, unnatural, lustful, and indecent. First Corinthians 6:9 states that homosexuals are unrighteous and will not inherit the kingdom of God. Since both homosexual desires and actions are condemned in the Bible, it is clear that homosexuals “marrying” is not God’s will, and would be, in fact, sinful.

Whenever the Bible mentions marriage, it is between a male and a female. The first mention of marriage, Genesis 2:24, describes it as a man leaving his parents and being united to his wife. In passages that contain instructions regarding marriage, such as 1 Corinthians 7:2-16 and Ephesians 5:23-33, the Bible clearly identifies marriage as being between a man and a woman. Biblically speaking, marriage is the lifetime union of a man and a woman, primarily for the purpose of building a family and providing a stable environment for that family.

The Bible alone, however, does not have to be used to demonstrate this understanding of marriage. The biblical viewpoint of marriage has been the universal understanding of marriage in every human civilization in world history. History argues against gay marriage. Modern secular psychology recognizes that men and women are psychologically and emotionally designed to complement one another. In regard to the family, psychologists contend that a union between a man and woman in which both spouses serve as good gender role models is the best environment in which to raise well-adjusted children. Psychology argues against gay marriage. In nature/physicality, clearly, men and women were designed to “fit” togetheriowa_marriage_answer_2_xlarge sexually. With the “natural” purpose of sexual intercourse being procreation, clearly only a sexual relationship between a man and a woman can fulfill this purpose. Nature argues against gay marriage.

So, if the Bible, history, psychology, and nature all argue for marriage being between a man and a woman—why is there such a controversy today? Why are those who are opposed to gay marriage/same-sex marriage labeled as hateful, intolerant bigots, no matter how respectfully the opposition is presented? Why is the gay rights movement so aggressively pushing for gay marriage/same-sex marriage when most people, religious and non-religious, are supportive of—or at least far less opposed to—gay couples having all the same legal rights as married couples with some form of civil union?

The answer, according to the Bible, is that everyone inherently knows that homosexuality is immoral and unnatural, and the only way to suppress this inherent knowledge is by normalizing homosexuality and attacking any and all opposition to it. The best way to normalize homosexuality is by placing gay marriage/same-sex marriage on an equal plane with traditional opposite-gender marriage. Romans 1:18-32 illustrates this. The truth is known because God has made it plain. The truth is rejected and replaced with a lie. The lie is then promoted and the truth suppressed and attacked. The vehemence and anger expressed by many in the gay rights movement to any who oppose them is, in fact, an indication that they know their position is indefensible. Trying to overcome a weak position by raising your voice is the oldest trick in the debating book. There is perhaps no more accurate description of the modern gay rights agenda than Romans 1:31, “they are senseless, faithless, heartless, ruthless.”

To give sanction to gay marriage/same-sex marriage would be to give approval to the homosexual lifestyle, which the Bible clearly and consistently condemns as sinful. Christians should stand firmly against the idea of gay marriage/same-sex marriage. Further, there are strong and logical arguments against gay marriage/same-sex marriage from contexts completely separated from the Bible. One does n491770_1_ftcot have to be an evangelical Christian to recognize that marriage is between a man and a woman.

According to the Bible, marriage is ordained by God to be between a man and a woman (Genesis 2:21-24; Matthew 19:4-6). Gay marriage/same-sex marriage is a perversion of the institution of marriage and an offense to the God who created marriage. As Christians, we are not to condone or ignore sin. Rather, we are to share the love of God and the forgiveness of sins that is available to all, including homosexuals, through Jesus Christ. We are to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15) and contend for truth with “gentleness and respect” (1 Peter 3:15). As Christians, when we make a stand for truth and the result is personal attacks, insults, and persecution, we should remember the words of Jesus: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).

Recommended Resources: The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage: 6 Things You Must Know About What’s Really at Stake by Erwin Lutzer and Logos Bible Software.

(Article taken from Gotquestion.org at http://www.gotquestions.org/gay-marriage.html)