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