A selection of articles and statements from 2008 

BIBLE QUOTE CAUSED "SERIOUS OFFENCE"

The advertising industry regulator, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), has ruled that an advertisement by Sandown Free Presbyterian Church, Belfast, which appeared in the News Letter on 1 August 2008,breached advertising codes. The ad appeared on the day before the "Gay Pride" parade throughBelfast. Entitled, "THE WORD OF GOD AGAINST SODOMY", the ad stated, "The act of sodomy is a grave offence to every Bible believer who, in accepting the pure message of God's precious Word, express the mind of God by declaring it to be an abomination.  (Leviticus, ch18 v22, Thou shalt not lie down with mankind, as with womankind; it is an abomination.)". On the basis of only seven complaints, the ASA stated that the ad had "caused serious offence to some readers". The ASA ruling sets a dangerous and alarming precedent, and it is a further illustration of the sinister and anti-Christian nature of the so-called "human rights agenda". Big Brother is watching - and he is very intolerant of the Word of God and those who believe and proclaim it.  If we cannot quote freely from the Word of God in a press advert, what guarantee is there that we can quote it in our own literature or read and preach it in our churches? Rev David McIlveen of Sandown church said "We've no apology for the statement that we made and we believe that it was necessary for us as a church to make a statement on what the Bible teaches about sodomy. We cannot apologise for the teaching of the Bible - it is a statement of faith, it was not done to deliberately inflame people but we recognise by the very nature of the Bible's message it does bring offence for certain people".  We commend our brother David and his congregation for the faithful stand they have taken, and would assure them of our ongoing support and prayers.

The ASA's ruling contrasts sharply with an apparent lack of action by the authorities against the organisers of the 2007 "Gay Pride" parade for allowing a grossly offensive placard, which stated "Jesus is a fag", to be carried and waved in the faces of Christian protestors. In modern day Northern Ireland, it seems you can promote whatever views you like - as long as they are not evangelical, fundamentalist or Protestant.  So much for "equality" and "parity of esteem".