The Shofar is the ancient trumpet which called the people of God to prayer, repentance, sacrifice and war.


IMMEDIATE 10.00 AM Wednesday 21st December 2005

As the first 'Civil Partnerships' were taking place in England and Wales, a Christian group today described the ceremonies as a sham and an affront to Almighty God and to common decency. Ordinary people would be revolted by the sight of two men or two women kissing in a parody of a marital embrace, and the activities the partnerships legitimise are described in Scripture as an 'abomination' and as 'vile affections'.  The group called for prayer for all involved.

Stephen Green, National Director of Christian Voice, said today:

"Despite all the legislation man can pass, two men or two women will never be 'one flesh' as the Bible speaks of marriage. In sexual intercourse, a couple consummate their marriage, which in God''s ideal is the time each relinquish their virginity.  Homosexuals cannot do sexual intercourse together, and have to resort to mutual masturbation or pressing a part of the human body into a use its gracious Creator never intended.

"Civil Partnerships will do great evil.  They will cement sad, deluded people into a lifestyle characterised by deceit, disease, degradation and death.   They will lead to abuse for immigration or business purposes.  They will be used to thwart the police in legitimate criminal investigations: civil partners may not be compelled to give evidence against one another, mimicking the exemption for married couples, which is itself based on the Biblical 'one-flesh' principle.

"Ordinary people will be revolted by the sight of these couples embracing, and the recognition in our law of what the Bible describes as an abomination (Lev 18:22) and 'vile affection' (Romans 1:26) will bring judgment on our land from the same Almighty God who destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Our national rebellion from God's ways encapsulated in this affront to common decency is made more ironic coming days before we celebrate the time in human history when God Himself became flesh and dwelt among us, ready to die for us on the cross.

"In addition, these disgusting spectacles have given Islamic fundamentalists fresh ammunition in their war of words against this nation.  They can with even greater justification hold this United Kingdom up as an example of moral sickness, depravity and decadence which, they will say, must be destroyed.

"The response of the Christian Church should be to stand against this evil and pray for our leaders to turn from their wickedness and follow the ways of God, given for our good.  We need God-fearing men to call this nation to repentance from top to bottom.  We must reassert the Christian faith of this United Kingdom in the face of both Politically-Correct and Islamic fundamentalism.  We must pray for those who believe themselves to be homosexual or who are living a homosexual lifestyle.  Sham recognition of what God detests is not the answer; they need repentance, forgiveness at the foot of the cross and healing.  Finally, we must pray for all Christian ex-gay ministries and for the whole Church to preach the Gospel of deliverance from sin and the healing power of Jesus Christ.  No-one has to stay gay, and I pray that the Gospel of Jesus Christ brought by the love and grace of God will eventually shed light into this present darkness."