Marriage (Same Sex Couples)

Memorandum submitted by Michael Hobbis (MB 89)

The Chairman the Public Bill Committee for Marriage (same sex couples)

My organisation

Honourable Sir, I am the National Coordinator and a member of the committee of Christian Watch, a protestant organisation with many members nationwide. We exist primarily to stand as a witness in this land to the foundational truths of Holy Scripture, and in opposition to the current tide of ungodliness which is sweeping across this nation. Our position on religious faith would I am sure be very similar - if not identical - to that of David Burroughs the honourable member for Enfield -Southgate and a member of your committee.

The submission

I wish to raise several submissions for your consideration. If, as I anticipate, you feel unable to entertain some of these on the grounds that because of their religious reasoning they are not to be considered as properly part of the bill; then I submit that in the course of your deliberations many references have been made to the Bible, the Church of England, and religion generally, by the Honourable members David Burroughs,Chris Bryant, Stephen Williams and others.

In truth the very foundations upon which parliament rests – including the Queen’s Coronation Oath – are the protestant religion and the Holy Oracles of God Almighty

Therefore the concerns that I would express in regard to your consideration of the details of the Bill before you are as follows:

1. Since the bill obviously does re-define marriage, then any discussion of amendments on the basis of the historical argument against same sex marriage, must take into account the Biblical authority for marriage being solely between one man and one woman; even though the bill has passed its first two stages. Historically, the institution of marriage is as old as time itself. I quote the words of the Lord Jesus Christ who said:

"Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female,

Mat 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh?

Mat 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."

Jesus - who the gospel of John tells us made the worlds - said‘ at the beginning’, there can be no greater final authority for the historical foundation of heterosexual marriage than this from the mouth of God incarnate– not even the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

2. There has it seems been ridicule expressed in committee by the references to homosexuality in the book of Leviticus, particularly by Chris Bryant M.P. in his reference to the website of another parliamentary member. However, it should be noted that the moral law of God is universally regarded as being for all men for all time. Indeed Christ Himself refers to Moses and many other Old Testament Scriptures when referring to the binding authority of the Ten Commandments. I will not mention other Scripture references in the New Testament which condemn same sex relationships, for they are well known to all men. Suffice it to say that every nation and empire which fell into oblivion, practiced unclean acts in an unrestrained way immediately prior to their demise and destruction; whether Rome, Athens, Babylon or Sodom and Gommorah.

3. It is of particular concern that after this bill has passed through its various stages that Her Majesty the Queen must give her royal assent by way of subscribing to it. This she cannot do unless by so doing she repudiates her coronation oath, which is as follows:

The Archbishop of Canterbury.   "Will you to the utmost of your power maintain the Laws of God and the true profession of the Gospel? Will you to the utmost of your power maintain in the United Kingdom the Protestant Reformed Religion established by law? Will you maintain and preserve inviolably the settlement of the Church of England, and the doctrine, worship, discipline, and government thereof, as by law established in England? And will you preserve unto the Bishops and Clergy of England, and to the Churches there committed to their charge, all such rights and privileges, as by law do or shall appertain to them or any of them?"

Queen.   "All this I promise to do".

Since neither the Church of England’s 39 articles have changed, or the protestant reformed religion, Then this bill in its present form presents our Queen with Hobson’s choice: refuse to sign and bring down a constitutional crisis; or condemn her soul by breaking her solemn vow made in the presence of Almighty God and with her hand upon His Book; the One from Whom she receives her authority and power. These are not matters of opinion, but irrefutable truth witnessed in the sight of the people.

The doctrine of the Church of England and that of the Protestant reformed religion of evangelical dissenters which the Queen has sworn to uphold, both concur that same sex liaisons are an abomination and contrary to Holy Scripture. No true Christian man of this realm (and I may add Moslem) will ever countenance such a thing whatever Parliament may say. To call evil good and good evil is shown in Isaiah Chapter 5 verse 20; to be a mark of a corrupt and degenerate society.

4. To scrutinise this bill without reference to the Bible and its statutes is to despise the God who gave it, and an affront to the One Who has so graciously blessed this land in times past.

Every blessing in this nation can be traced to the fear of God and respect for His laws. While every departure from His ways has been accompanied by great distress and trouble. God is not mocked for he asks in Psalm 94:20; Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?

In summary

To summarise the bill itself cannot pass through all its stages without each stage bringing those who have had a hand in these matters under the displeasure of God. Each stage is but another hedge broken through against conscience. However, what should concern all is that the Queen by the passing of this bill is put into a position where she must either concur and sign it to the detriment of her own soul and that of her realm – or refuse to give her  royal assent and provoke a constitutional crisis.

March 2013

Prepared 6th March 2013