Response to the Dutch Reformed Church Synod's Approval of Same Sex Unions

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The Christian Action Network is deeply saddened by, but not surprised at, the Dutch Reformed Church’s recent Synod approval of homosexual civil unions.

On Thursday (8 October), with a 64 percent majority, the Synod voted in favour of acknowledging same sex unions and allowing gay ministers to be ordained without the need for them to be celibate.

The denomination as a whole seems to have compromised the preaching of Gospel for a long time now. This recent decision is further evidence that that the DRC have failed to fulfil the Great Commission – “to make disciples of all nations, teaching obedience to all things that [the Lord] has commanded.” (Matthew 28:18-20) Their approval of homosexual unions will further undermine their ability to reach people for Christ.

Pressure on Pastors
Further pressure will now be brought to bear on pastors to perform same-sex union services and they may face litigation if they refuse. There will also be further pressure to hire openly homosexual staff at churches, including in children’s ministries.

Picture of the Gospel
The re-definition of marriage is not, and should not be, a side issue for Christians. Radical homosexuals and their supporters’ agenda to destroy marriage and the family is ultimately a war against God Himself. Marriage is meant to be a picture of the Gospel – a husband laying his life down for his wife – just as Christ sacrificially gave up His life for His bride – the Church.”


“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the Church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the Word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious Church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.”
Ephesians 5:25-27

Congregations Still Free to Decide

It must be remembered that the Synod has said that congregations are still free to decide what their stand will be. Our hope and prayer is that many individual congregations will stand firm on the Biblical definition of sin and marriage.

"It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not allow yourselves to be burdened again by a yoke of slavery… you, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather serve one another in love." Galatians 5:1,13.

What really matters is not what the SA Constitution, DRC Synod, or what a pastor may say or believe, the real question is what does the Bible say?

 

Undermining Both Family and Church
The family is the basic building block of society. Marriage is an institution established at Creation by God. Marriage, a life-long partnership of love between a man and a woman, is a Creation ordinance and a sacrament of the Church. No government has the right to interfere in religious freedom and presume to redefine a Creation ordinance.
 
Civilisation Itself is at Stake
“At its heart, the battle to re-define marriage, to incorporate what God in the Bible condemns as perversion and an abomination, is a war against the family. It is not only a battle for the family, but it is a battle for civilisation itself. Of the 26 civilisations that are recorded in history, none have survived the public tolerance of homosexual perversion. The great Roman and Greek civilisations collapsed when sexual morality was subverted. Homosexual perversion represented the terminal stage of the collapse of these civilisations. Similarly, one can see in the collapse of the Aztec, Mayan and Inca civilisations, the role of sexual perversion in fuelling the collapse of those societies.”

"Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie… God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural relations with unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were enflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion… although they knew God's righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continued to do these very things, but also approved of those who practiced them." Romans 1:24-32

Love Your Neighbour
We must love our neighbour and reach out to homosexual neighbours with Christian love and concern, sharing the liberating Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ with them. We cannot submit to this counterfeit marriage movement or stand by while our children are subjected to brainwashing and bullying to declare good and normal what God has condemned as sinful and perverse.
 
"Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!" Isaiah 5:20

See also:

See also:
Gender Mainstreaming – The Attempt to Abolish Male and Female Distinctives

The Rise of the GayGB and Pink Inquisition
The Curse of Cowardice
Does the US Supreme Courts Re-definition of Marriage Really Matter?
Perverted US Agenda Destabilises Nigeria
Marriage Under Attack in South Africa
Bisexuals, Gays, Lesbians and the Bible



Resources to Counter-Act the Homosexual Agenda
Where is South Africa heading?
 
With the extraordinary pressures to re-define marriage and accommodate the demands by gay activists for homosexual unions to be accepted as "marriage", many are asking: Well, what difference does it make?
 
If you think that the homosexual agenda won’t affect you or your family – you are wrong. As The Pink Agenda documents, the sexual revolutionaries want to transform the very fabric of society, they intend to reconstruct the family, and homosexualise the schools - and they want government funding (your taxes) to do it! Freedom of speech and toleration of dissent are a fruit of Christianity, and seldom in history have these freedoms been more at risk. We need an open and intelligent debate on the homosexual agenda:
           
*Does medical science support the claim that people who get involved in homosexuality are born that way and cannot change?
*Are homosexual activists really just wanting the same rights as everyone else or are they after special rights and privileges?
*What would be the economic implications for businesses and taxpayers if homosexual partnerships were entitled to the same benefits as marriages?
*What health risks are involved in homosexual and lesbian activities?
*Why do men involved in homosexuality and sodomy have an average life expectancy of 42 compared to 73 for other men?
*Why are homosexuals 24 times more likely to commit suicide than other people?
*Why are those involved in homosexuality more likely to sexually molest a child?
*Does the international "gay" movement agenda include the lowering of the age of consent for sex with children, especially boys, and the normalisation of paedophilia?
*What is being taught to 10-year-olds in South African schools about homosexuality and bisexuality?
*Have politicians, radio stations, Christian ministers and others been sued, fined and imprisoned in other countries for speaking against homosexuality, and is there a similar agenda for South Africa?
*South Africa is the only country in the world with a constitution that specifically protects "sexual orientation". Legally and politically, what does this mean for our country?
 
All these questions are clearly dealt with and well documented in The Pink Agenda. The homosexual activists own writings make it abundantly clear that, as part of a vast social engineering project, the pink agenda will not settle for the deviant being declared normal. They insist that the normal must be declared deviant.
 
With governments promoting homosexual pseudo-marriage right now, you need to be equipped with the facts, and an understanding of where it will all end - if we don’t stop the tidal wave! This book will equip you with ways to ensure that we do not only resist the homosexualisation of future generations, but that we turn back the tide of sexual revolution in our country.
 
For more info read – The Pink Agenda – available from Christian Liberty Books. Now available for R55 plus Free Audio CD – The Homosexual Agenda in South Africa. (Excluding postage)

Now also available as an e-book here.
 
Other resources available include:
Gay Rights, Special Rights DVD – R85
The Truth About Same-Sex Marriage – Book – R130
 
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