Faith Methodist Church’s stance regarding the repeal of Section 377A of the penal code
At the recent National Day Rally on 21 August 2022, our Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the Singapore Government intends to repeal Section 377A of the penal code. At the same time, he reiterated the Government’s stance to strengthen the current definition of marriage in the constitution.
Below is a 10-point summary which the Pastors of Faith Methodist Church had adapted from A Christian response to this repeal in Methodist Message on the church’s stance regarding the repeal:
- Same sex relationship is not in accordance with God’s character, design, and purpose.
- It is our responsibility as Christians to pursue the common good for the society (Galatians 6:10).
What to expect
- Our vision of the ‘common good’ may clash with the vision of others in the secular society.
What not to expect
- While we recognise the government is divinely appointed, we cannot expect the government to enshrine Christian beliefs and values in secular laws
What not to do
- We are not to, or be mistaken to, be boasting about our moral stance
What to do
- Be welcoming to people who struggle with sexuality issues
- Be willing to listen to opposing views and have constructive conversations on societal well-being
- Be supportive of the safeguard of the definition of family for the common good of the society
- Defend the freedom of practice of religion in Singapore
- Pray for the nation and love our neighbours as ourselves
We also share the official responses from the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS) and the Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS) to this announcement :
- NCCS’s response
- MCS’s response