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By an overwhelming majority of 105 to only 18, the Scottish Parliament has voted for the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill, to allow so-called same-sex marriage in Scotland. In jovial mood, many MSPs seemed well pleased with themselves. Meanwhile Scripture’s explanation and condemnation of the deplorable process could not be clearer:
“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. . . . Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them” (Romans 1:26, 27, 32).
During the debate, John Finnie MSP made scoffing reference to a letter sent to all MSPs by Rev David Campbell, minister of the Edinburgh congregation of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland. That such a faithful warning should go largely unheeded is a telling commentary on the hardness of heart so prevalent in our day. The full text of that letter, sent on 29 January 2014, is reproduced here.
"They know nothing of the life and power of the gospel, nothing of the reality of the grace of God, nor do they believe aright one article of the Christian faith, whose hearts are not sensible [keenly aware] of the love of Christ herein; nor is he sensible of the love of Christ, whose affections are not thereon drawn out unto him. I say, they make a pageant of religion, . . . whose hearts are not really affected with the love of Christ, in the susception [undertaking] and discharge of the work of mediation, so as to have real and spiritually-sensible affections for him."
John Owen, Works Vol. 1, pp. 166-167.
The Authorised Version (AV) is often promoted and defended on the grounds of its accuracy and of the Greek text (the Received Text) underlying its New Testament translation. The Received Text is the ‘Church text’ of the Reformation, adopted by the Reformers and the Churches, whereas most or all modern versions use Greek texts which, it is not unfair to say, have been cobbled together by unbelieving scholars and are heavily dependent on a few grossly erroneous early manuscripts which these scholars insist on referring to as ‘the best’. This in itself should make English-speaking Christians wary of abandoning the AV in favour of modern versions (was Satan inactive in the preparation of these new Greek texts?), but there are a host of other reasons as well.
The Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland is an evangelical, Calvinistic denomination, reformed in doctrine, worship and practice. It was formed in 1893 and is a mainline descendant of the historic Church of Scotland of the Reformation.