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The new morality

July 2015 | by Kevin Bidwell

Recent days have seen the citizens of Ireland decide by popular vote to accept ‘same-sex marriage’. The BBC revelled in the outcome and reported it as yet another endorsement of the West’s new social position.

What are the implications for our society? Does this new morality undermine the Bible and its revealed position concerning marriage?

The West historically has used the Bible as its baseline for morality, but, on a national, political level, in the UK at least, this is no longer the case. Huge issues arise as to what is morally right today, but the UK’s new phase of subjective moralism is open to serious question. While the UK (and Ireland) actively promotes ‘same-sex marriage’, along with the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) agenda, it now also actively intimidates and takes to court those who disagree with its morality. It is looking ever more like the rule of undemocratic dictat than free democracy.

Moral confusion

Confusion abounds in British society. Just look at the recent Ashers Baking Company ruling in Northern Ireland!

While forces within the UK government and British society rejoice in pushing back boundaries so that all sexual restraints are removed, the same groups are strangely silent on abortion, IVF morality and such ethical issues.

In the UK every year, around 200,000 babies are murdered either by the surgical removal or chemically induced death of the infant. This is surely the result of a sexually promiscuous society that wants the pleasures of sex without its responsibilities, and prefers to murder the resulting offspring instead of care for them.

But the Bible’s message is unchanging. It is God’s unique revelation about the one true God, humanity’s sinful state and salvation through Christ. It is contemporary and absolutely up to date.

The problem is not with the Bible’s view of marriage, which is perfectly clear and right; the problem is sinful man, who is determined to get his own way and suppress the knowledge of God in order to legitimise his own immoral actions.

Romans 1:18 teaches that: ‘The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth’. People in the West increasingly silence the Bible’s teaching, because they cannot tolerate its disagreement. Paul the apostle labels LGBT-type actions as originating in ‘dishonourable passions’. ‘Their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error’ (Romans 1:26-27).

Moral accountability

Is the Bible wrong regarding same-sex marriage? No, it is totally right.

Does this mean God is unloving? Absolutely not! God is love, and human beings can never understand true love until they meet their Creator, as the one who ‘so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son’. Love is not a subjective worldly ideal; it is based on truth. Moreover, the God of the Bible is the Creator of all humanity. Every human being will one day give an account to him — the glorified Lord Jesus Christ is to be the judge of the whole world.

The question then for all of us to consider is, ‘Will I be ready, after I have died, to give an account of the deeds which I have done in the body?’

Will God deliver to you a verdict of everlasting punishment or a promise of entering into eternal life? That promise is based on repentance from sin and belief in the gospel. It means trust in and obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ, as the one who died for your sins and was raised from the dead.

The author is minister of Sheffield Presbyterian Church. Other articles also on

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