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Politics – ‘Remember me’

August 2016 | by Iain Shaw

David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK, has asked the UK to remember him as the man who brought in gay marriage.

Mr Cameron, who claims to be a regular church-goer, told the press during his resignation speech outside 10 Downing Street that same-sex marriage was one of the ‘great steps’ this country had made in recent years.

As he announced his resignation following the vote to leave the European Union, Mr Cameron said he was ‘very proud and very honoured to have been prime minister of this country for six years’.

His move to introduce same-sex marriage in 2013 was highly controversial, with two-thirds of a million people signing a petition against the plan.

Humphrey Dobson, the Christian Institute’s deputy director, said: ‘Whatever your view of David Cameron’s premiership, it is saddening that he has chosen to highlight this deeply controversial issue as his legacy.

‘We believe, if same-sex marriage had been put to a referendum, it would have been defeated. But he chose not to give the British people a say on the redefinition of marriage’.

Following this, a senior Church of England (CofE) bishop, Rt Rev. Paul Bayes, Bishop of Liverpool, claimed Genesis’ teaching on marriage needed to be ‘reconsidered’. Bishop Bayes is one of a number of Anglicans who have contributed to a book on ‘Revisiting Scripture and sexuality’.

But Ciarán Kelly, head of communications at the Christian Institute, said: ‘The Bible is clear marriage is between one man and one woman. Any attempt to “reconsider” this is profoundly misguided.

‘Genesis speaks about one man and one woman being brought together by God in marriage. Jesus and the apostle Paul both refer back to Genesis as the foundation of our understanding about marriage. The different natures of men and women complement each other. Being opposite sexes is integral to the design of marriage’.

An increase in our understanding of the infinite value of Christ and his humiliation results in an increase in personal piety. Continuing this theme, Dr Roger dealt with the importance of knowing the seriousness of sin, and the confession of sin to God. Turning to 1 John 1, he reminded us that only when we own our sins before God will they be forgiven.

We can be certain of this forgiveness as we trust in Christ’s work of redemption, because of God’s character — he is faithful and just. As the hymn says, ‘The vilest offender who truly believes, that moment, from Jesus a pardon receives’.

Dr Roger finished by saying, ‘If you don’t see yourself as a sinner, then you will never confess and that will keep you from the presence of God’.

Iain Shaw

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