Responding to the Issue of Section 377A
How should we respond to the issue of Section 377A? Pastor Eugene shares with us the elders' statement on this matter to help guide us.
Many of us have probably received multiple messages or emails urging us to take a stand for the retention of Section 377A of the Penal Code, which criminalises sex between men. On the other side, some are advocating for the law’s repeal. How should we respond to this issue, which has provoked heated debate in society? The elders have drafted this statement to help guide our thinking on the matter:
We believe the Bible is God's authoritative word. God has, in Scripture, revealed His good design for sexuality and marriage, which is monogamous and between one man and one woman. We believe that all mankind have sinned and fallen short of God's glory. Our rebellion against our Creator is evident in every aspect of our lives, including our sexuality. Homosexuality, along with other sexual sins, opposes God's will.
But God, in His grace, has sent His Son Jesus Christ to save sinners. Only in Christ can we be rescued from the guilt and power of sin. The law has no ability to save. Only the gospel has the power to redeem and transform sinners into the image of Christ. The church, as the redeemed people of God, has been entrusted with a mission to proclaim Christ to the nations. We are to make disciples through the gospel, being unashamed of it because it reveals God's power to save. Therefore, our message and confidence are to remain unchanged, regardless of how the secular laws of the land alter over time.
We also believe that every Christian has a responsibility to live faithfully as a citizen of this nation. Each one of us is to glorify God by how we fulfill our civic duties. God's word and wisdom are to shape how we engage with society. On the specific issue of Section 377A, each Christian has the responsibility and liberty to pursue a course of action as led by their conscience before God. We recognise that individual Christians may have differing approaches to this issue, while still sharing a desire to obey God’s word. Therefore, we would do well to show grace and humility towards one another, and not bind each other’s consciences to any particular course of action that Scripture does not require.
Our collective response as a church must be to continue proclaiming the gospel and holding forth the Word of life. We should show Christ-like love, gentleness and compassion to all. May God help us to be the aroma of Christ to a world in urgent need of knowing the One who is truly good!
- This Sunday, we’ll be hearing from 1 John 3:11-18 concerning the essence of our fellowship. Let’s prepare our hearts to hear and respond to God’s word.
- We will also be celebrating the Lord’s Supper together, as a sign of our fellowship in Christ. Before we come to the table, do consider if we need to put right any of our relationships with others in the body of Christ.
- GBC members are encouraged to attend the quarterly congregational meeting this Sunday from 11am-1230pm in room 310. We will hear encouraging testimonies of how God is working in our midst, as well as pray for the new members who have joined us over the past quarter. The elders will also share about plans to equip more GBCers for the work of ministry, including serving as deacons.