12 Mar 2023

Of late there are many discussions about Same Sex Attractions and how the church should respond. There are various positions and they directly contradict each other. So, what should we do? How do we maintain orthodoxy and unity at the same time? This issue became more pronounced in the Diocese of Singapore when the Church of England made a decision to ‘bless’ SSA marriages in their churches. That, of course, is a big NO for DOS. A lot of discussion on breaking up with CoE then ensued.

My personal stand is to maintain a limited fellowship with CoE in the hope that we can win them back to orthodoxy. The limited fellowship does not mean that we condone what they are doing. Totally cutting off and stop communicating with them is a bit of drastic and leave no ground for helping them to repent.

Christians, here in Singapore, must be careful to deal with SSA issues. Merely using ‘love is love’ to justify acceptance of their wrongful act. SSA is an abomination to God. It should be abstained from. We still love the person but not the indulgence in the sin. An attraction not act upon is not a sin. Just like a person tempted to steal but did not do it cannot be called a thief.

Yes, you can call God discriminatory in this. But salvation is discriminatory – you need to repent of your sins and stop before you can be saved. Calling upon Jesus needs you to repent. God set the rules not us. What are we that we think so highly of ourselves to be above Him? Yes, I know Jesus mingled with the tax collectors and prostitutes. But you should know that those people went away changed and not Jesus. Jesus remained pure. It does not mean that the world is such that we should be. We must follow the Word of God.

Remember the words of St. Athanasius of Alexandria: “If the world is against the truth, then I am against the world.” We must stand in the truth of God.

God bless,
In Christ’s service,

Barry Leong







Barry Leong

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