NCCS Statement On Pink Dot

25 June 2014

LETTER TO MEMBER CHURCHES OF THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF SINGAPORE

Dear Members

The current discourse on LGBT prompted by the intention of the LGBT community to hold a Pink Dot picnic on 28 June 2014 has generated strong reactions among Singaporeans, including Christians.

In the interest of clearing up the matter concerning human sexuality for members of the Christian public who may be confused, the NCCS would like to reiterate the Christian view that homosexual or bi-sexual practices are contrary to the teaching of the Bible. The Council holds that the only sexual relationship sanctioned by God and given as a gift from God is that between a male and a female within the bounds of a monogamous marriage.

The Council also wishes to state that while it does not condone homosexual or bi-sexual practices, it also does not condemn those who are struggling with their gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Council therefore urges members of the Christian community to always act with grace and restraint should they engage with the LGBT community over the coming event.

Issued by

REVD DR WEE BOON HUP                                    LIM K THAM
President                                                                    General Secretary

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Response to the question of Homosexuality

RESPONDING to the Straits Times article on Monday, 16 July 2007, entitled “all for repealing anti-gay law”, the following references from the Methodist Discipline may be helpful to those who are concerned:

Social Principles of The Methodist Church in Singapore
para 84.3, pg 35 God’s Gift of Sex

  • a) We recognize that human sexuality is a gift of God. Sexual intercourse is a sacred experience only when it is accompanied by the love and fidelity of holy matrimony. We believe that sexual intercourse outside the bonds of matrimony is contrary to the will of God.
  • b) We consider the practice of homosexuality to be incompatible with Christian teachings. However, we do recognize that homosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth. They need the ministry and guidance of the Church as well as the spiritual and emotional support of a caring fellowship.
  • c) We believe that individuals who are confused about their sexual identity need the healing and transforming power of God’s grace rather than sex-change operations.
    para 84.5, pg 36
  • d) We are also concerned that assisted methods of human reproduction may be used by homosexual couples to have a child. We believe that this is not God’s divine plan for the family.

The Diaconal Ministry
para 516, pg 166

  • 1. Since the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be accepted as candidates, ordained as diaconal ministers or approved to serve in The Methodist Church in Singapore.
  • 2. Every diaconal minister of The Methodist Church in Singapore shall accept that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teachings.

The Itinerant Ministry
para 535, pg 174

  • 1. Since the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching, self-avowed practicing homosexuals are not to be accepted as candidates, ordained as itinerant ministers or approved to serve in The Methodist Church in Singapore.
  • 2. Every itinerant minister of The Methodist Church in Singapore shall accept that the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teachings.

The Book of Discipline of the Methodist Church in Singapore, 2006