Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

Memorandum submitted by Robert Williams (MB 44)

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill

1. Introduction – I am an Ordained Free Christian Minister and have carried out, by such authority, Bible preaching, teaching and all the ordinances of the Church. My experience as a Pastor and Counsellor also allows me to feel confident in submitting views for consideration in this very serious issue of marriage. My approach will be from a Scriptural perspective since the Bible, inspired by GOD, is the only true way to formulate LAW.

2. Marriage - or the coming together of Man & Woman, was set out in the "Handbook of Life" (The Bible) which was inspired by the Creator GOD of all flesh.

Genesis 2:24(NKJV) 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh .

This is a fact and whilst there may well be unbelief concerning this, it does not alter or change the truth of GOD. The argument that "society has moved on" and the Bible is seen as outdated (dubious in the extreme), does not alter GOD’S Plan and Purpose for humankind.

Malachi 3:6(KJV) 6 For I am the LORD , I change not ;

Hebrews 13:8(KJV) 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Society does not "move on", they just "move away into chaos"; millenniums and centuries of varying types of government throughout the world has never realised peace, security, compassion, selflessness, or full care for people. Currently the world is at its most dangerous and fragile state – that as a result of society "moving on" from The Masters Divine Knowledge!

Marriage, according to the handbook of life , is between a Man and a Woman and who is mere mortal ‘man’ to change that?

3. The Gay Issue – is not a "gender issue" but one of perverted self- indulgence. We are speaking about less than 1% of the population, but an aggressively challenging cult. With the exception of a few unfortunate people who were born with a physical gender problem , that has require d medical intervention, the remainder are quite capable of natural sexual beh aviour between male and female but they choose to live an un- natural lifestyle.

4. The Bill is not necessary, since those choosing same sex partnerships already have the opportunity to partake in a Civil Marriage. The Church has always had the freedom and the right to refuse a church ceremony to a couple, for example where divorce has been involved. What special rights do the Gay Community have over and above others?

The "quadruple lock" is not an answer; whilst this may be a safeguard in this nation, it will undoubtedly be overridden by the "real power of government in Europe". Already the Commission and the Judiciary of Europe are finalising plans for a similar redefinition of marriage, citing some other Euro nations existing changes and therefore requiring European-wide legislation.

5. Freedom of Speech Those organisations representing ‘gay rights’ have themselves stated they see no reason to have such re-definition; however, as in society generally, there are always the aggressively active minority within who will use all opportunities to "test the system", so no doubt it will be taken outside the United Kingdom into Europe for the final decision. But given this will be the end result, where then do those who oppose the Bill take their case?

The horrendous legal battles raging in Canada over this very issue should make our government, Ministers and politicians recognise the "beast" they are creating. Even before the Bill becomes Law, there have been challenges in the British Courts about our religious beliefs and freedoms, which were shown to be non-existent. Inevitably this Bill will place Churches, the teaching profession and many others in a vulnerable position open to the full force of the Law in Europe for having a different and opposing view.

6. What has changed? Homosexuality, l esbianism, bestiality have been carried out in society for centuries, millenniums even , and has been constantly condemned by the Living GOD and Creator of Humanity. His Inspired Word, the Bible , is not just a Religious Holy Book used by Christianity, but the blueprint of His plan and purpose for human l ife, (believers and unbelievers), p ast , present and f uture.

Leviticus 18:22-24 (KJV) 22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. 23 Neither shalt thou lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith: neither shall any woman stand before a beast to lie down thereto: it is confusion. 24 Defile not ye yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cast out before you:

What Our Sovereign GOD calls "an abomination", the Bill wishes to adopt as a general rule! Just a voc iferous few of that abomination have set the politicians in a frenzy of action, on what will be legal mayhem.

7. The Law in Great Britain, throughout most of history , has been based on the Bible pattern. It is the reason this very small island has been such a power ful force in the world for so long. Because we have followed the Bible Statutes, we have been blessed and taken that blessing throughout th e world. Only since Governments (of all parties) have systematically legislated to remov e the 10 Commandments from Law has this nation deteriorated to a place of spiralling into chaos.

8. Summary I make no apology for approaching a response to this Bill from a Biblical viewpoint, because the whole "re-definition of marriage" is a direct challenge to the Almighty GOD of Creation . For this reason we should approach it in fear and trembling. Many Bible- believing people are being set up for legal punishment, for believing what has been an accepted fact for centuries and millenniums; now for the sake of a very tiny minority, they will have their freedom of speech and even freedom itself denied. GOD’S Law will always be above the Law of mere mortal beings.

Therefore , b ecause of my Biblical belief I have to accept GOD’S Law before and above mere mortal ‘mans’ legal cobbling together of statute.

Earlier legislation on Sunday trading and a bortion, for instance, was unacceptable for a Bible believer and a sad time when it became Law. However, those opposing th at legislation retained the right to protest and express opposing views , and currently still do. I and all my fellow Christians in this country can personally retain a Sunday Sabbath, I can counsel agains t any woman having an abortion - my freedom to do this still remains.

This Bill, as currently drafted , and with the then inevitable interference of Europe, will leave me with no opportunity to oppose a church ceremony for gay couples without suffering major consequences to my freedom. Those who Our GOD considers "an abomination" will have their freedom of right and expression, whereas I will be denied it.

Hebrews 10:30-31 (KJV) 30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. 31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

February 2013

Prepared 27th February 2013