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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Court orders church to apologise to homosexual

A Pretoria High Court judge has ruled in favour of a homosexual man, Johan Strydom, for so-called 'unfair' dismissal based on his sexual orientation.

In this watershed, unrighteous--and indeed, evil--ruling, the judge ordered the NG (Dutch Reformed) Church of Moreleta Park here in Pretoria, to apologise to Strydom for its conduct against him, and also to pay him R87 000 in damages.

At the time of his dismissal 3 years ago, Strydom was living in a homosexual relationship.

The ruling by Judge Dion Basson will have dire consequences for churches, and indeed for Christianity in this nation. Based on his ruling, it probably will not be long before anyone who speaks out against the evil and despicable lifestyles of homosexuals will either have to pay up, or worse, go to jail.

I do not believe for a moment that Strydom did not know about the church's stand on homosexuality. That makes Strydom the fraud in this case. He is the one who misrepresented himself in this situation. Further, I am sure that if the church fired someone for being in an adulterous affair, nothing would have come of it!

Strydom is living in sin, and his continuation in this sinful lifestyle demanded that the church fire him. The fact that there was no "shred of evidence that Strydom had to teach Christian doctrine as a music teacher," has nothing to do with the issue here. Any unrepentant sinning member in the church is to be excommunicated, whether he teaches doctrine at the church or not. Further, rendering excellent services at a church has nothing to do with a person's way of life. Even the devil can render good service, but that will not make a church employ him! Also, holding to the right "religious beliefs" cannot make up for a life of sin.

"(16) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. (17) For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, "The righteous shall live by faith." (18) For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (19) For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. (20) For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (21) For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (22) Claiming to be wise, they became fools, (23) and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. (24) Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, (25) because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen. (26) For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; (27) and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. (28) And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. (29) They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, (30) slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, (31) foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. (32) Though they know God's decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them."
Rom 1:16-32 ESV

In my opinion, the Moreleta Church has absolutely nothing to apologise for. They stood for what they believed the Bible says about homosexual deviancy, and should be congratulated that they were willing to stand up against this evil.

The judge in this case should be ashamed for the ruling he made. Here in this Romans passage even those that approve of such heinous lifestyles such as homosexuality, are deserving of death (not inflicted by any human being, but God in the last day). Men like Judge Basson and Strydom can, however, escape this eternal death, typified by the eternal flames of hell, if they turn from their wicked ways, and follow Jesus Christ.

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