Colin Flinn, a former Presbyterian and now a homosexual member of the Equality Consultative Forum of Belfast City Council and Queerspace Collective, is planning to set up a support group for those who identify as LGBT within the Presbyterian Church of Ireland. The group is to be called ‘LGBT Irish Presbyterian’.
Colin Flinn said the following to the Belfast Telegraph:
“Of all the Churches, the Presbyterian Church in Ireland has failed to support its LGBT members by obstructing any opportunity for dialogue.
“The purpose of my initiative is to find a way through this for LGBT Presbyterians, and to support them in their spiritual lives by seeing that the three pillars of welcome, safety and inclusion are implanted in the Church.
“These issues are complicated. Churches find the matter toxic and are, just like political parties, afraid of splits. Other Churches here have networks supporting LGBT members and these have been successful to the degree that these Churches are no longer talking ‘into themselves’, but tentatively finding ways to dialogue with LGBT members.”
This is really tragic as this man is not seeking God’s will in this matter. The Bible is crystal clear that anyone who identifies or practises this abominable lifestyle should be called to repent of their sin. Anyone who practises this sin, habitually, does not have a credible profession of faith, and therefore should not be admitted into the membership of any church that claims to love and serve Jesus Christ. If they are already members of the visible church they should be faced with church discipline.
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
-1 Corinthians 6:9-11
[Note: ‘abusers of themselves with mankind‘ in the verse above can be rendered as ‘homosexual‘ in modern English.]
“Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature: And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.”
Indeed, we can see that to say that you are an LGBT Christian is akin to saying you are a Christian thief, a Christian fornicator or a Christian drunk. If we are in Christ, we will be new creatures in Him. If we are new creatures in Christ, we will love the light and hate darkness.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
-2 Corinthians 5:17
“If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
-1 John 1:6-7
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