Dated 7th August 2008 22.00 hrs
As homosexuality and the church's attitude to it comes into the news again, the leader of a Christian prayer and lobby group has taken a rather anatomical look.
Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:
'The injunctions against homosexual activity in scripture are not to do with promiscuity, although that it an inevitable part of both male and female homosexuality.
'No, 'thou shalt not lie with mankind as with womankind' is as clear as 'thou shalt not lie carnally with thy neighbour's wife,' and 'neither shalt thou lie with any beast' which are the neighbouring verses in Leviticus 18. It is as crazy to say that faithful homosexuality is allowed as faithful adultery or faithful bestiality.
'Again, when the Apostle Paul describes homosexual desires as 'vile affections' in Romans 1, he makes no exceptions for those who really sincerely think that is 'how they were born'.
'It is impossible for anyone with a scrap of common sense to equate the sexual dead-end of homosexuality with the life-giving God-given institution of marriage.
'Civil Partnerships, or any homosexual pairings, are a grotesque parody of marriage. The Lord Jesus repeated the words of Genesis when He said 'a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and the twain shall be one flesh.' Becoming one flesh is something a pair of homosexuals can never do. They are simply not physically and emotionally complementary like a man and a woman are.
'Even the parts of the body argue against any view that homosexuality is on a par. Frustrated by their inability to enjoy sexual intercourse, homosexuals either press into perverted use a part of the anatomy perfectly designed for the extraction of water from solid bodily waste, or they engage in mutual masturbation. Neither is in any way endorsed or sanctioned by Almighty God or commons sense.
'Homosexuals need our pity and the saving and healing power of Jesus Christ; they don't need well-meaning but error-strewn attempts to make them feel that something which God describes as an abomination is in any way acceptable. The loving way to deal with their problem is tough, but then the path to life was ever narrow.''