Christian church opposition to the current push to legalise gay marriage was not `discrimination’ but rather based on an adherence to the Biblical meaning and purpose of the word `marriage’, Presbyterian Church of Australia (PCA) Moderator General, Rt Rev David Jones said today.
Mr Jones, who works as a Presbyterian minister in Hobart, Tasmania, was commenting on some of the “end of discrimination at last” responses to media reports on the Tasmanian State Premier Lara Giddings’ recent announcement that she would move to legislate marriage equality by the end of the year. “We continually are told that the legalisation of same sex marriage would end perceived discrimination against same sex couples who are currently not able to marry under Federal Government law,” Mr Jones said.
“But at least from the Church perspective, opposition to such legalisation has nothing to do with discrimination. Plain and simply, Christians oppose same sex marriage because the Bible, the Word of the God who created male and female and also created marriage, clearly and distinctly says that marriage is between one man and one woman – which means not between two men or two women.”
Mr Jones pointed to the first book of the Bible – Genesis, where in chapter two, God gives the definition of marriage as being between one man and one woman. The same definition was referred to repeatedly, he said, throughout the Bible, right through to the last of the New Testament books (2 Timothy).
“1 Corinthians 7:2-3 says, `Since there is so much immorality each man should have his own wife and each woman her own husband. The husband should fulfill his marital duty to his wife and likewise’,” he said. “The Bible only speaks of marriage being good and wholesome when it is speaking about a marriage between a man and a woman, therefore Christians cannot support any moves to legalise same sex marriage.”
Commenting on a quote by Greens leader Christine Milne, who said it was `so important to get rid of discrimination and it will be great for Tasmania to take a leadership role’, Mr Jones said it was imperative that marriage was preserved as an ideal model of a natural relationship between a man and a women, not weakened as the mimicking of it, in a way legalisation of same sex unions inevitably did. Mr Jones said he opposed the Tasmanian Premier’s moves. Meanwhile, the Presbyterian Church’s NSW and Victorian State Assemblies have also opposed the proposed Federal Government bill.
At its General Assembly in July, PCNSW restated the clear Biblical teaching that homosexual unions were condemned in Scripture and subsequently, any attempt to introduce same sex marriage was contrary to God’s decreed order for marriage as between only a man and a woman. The motion recognised that Christians worshipped a loving God who was merciful to save all who repented and believed the gospel of Christ.