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Dear Mr. Salmond

Could I take this opportunity to express my thoughts and concerns regarding the current proposals to legislate for same-sex 'marriage'.

 



'Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord'
Psalm 33:12

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UPDATE: 25/07/12


Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change. 'Gay Marriage to be introduced in Scoltand' - BBC Report

 


"Ah, sinful nation, a people loaded with guilt, a brood of evildoers, children given to corruption! They have forsaken the LORD; they have spurned the Holy One of Israel and turned their backs on him". (Isaiah 1:4)

"Yet your countrymen say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' But it is their way that is not just.

If a righteous man turns from his righteousness and does evil, he will die for it.
And if a wicked man turns away from his wickedness and does what is just and right, he will live by doing so. Yet, O house of Israel, you say, 'The way of the Lord is not just.' But I will judge each of you according to his own ways."  (Ezek 33:17-20)

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The following is a copy of a letter sent to the First Minister on Friday 20/07/12


Salmond LetterRt. Hon. Alex Salmond MSP
First Minister of Scotland
Office of the First Minister
St. Andrew’s House
Regent Road
Edinburgh EH1 3DG


Dear Mr. Salmond

Same-sex 'Marriage'

In the most recent Scottish Parliamentary elections I sensed that the support which you (and your party) attracted was substantially from voters who were looking for good leadership. As we know, with leadership comes great responsibility; and with this in mind I write to you now.

I am a Scot. I was born in Scotland and have lived all my life in Scotland. I would also like to consider myself patriotic. However the path which you and others are following regarding changing the definition of marriage is one of which I am, both as a Scot and as a human being, thoroughly ashamed. If, as has been suggested, Scotland were to become the first nation within the UK to adopt such practices then that sense of shame would be even greater.

Recently, in Glasgow cathedral and before an august assembly which included Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and members of her royal family, you read from the Word of God. In this context I continue.

We learn from the Old Testament that a leader and a nation are blessed when they follow God’s pattern for a healthy society. The latter is based on the foundational element of the nuclear family: a man and a woman joined together in the covenant relationship of marriage; bearing and raising children within this setting. It is very sad that we have failed to encourage and maintain that ideal, but nevertheless it remains the God-given model, and should surely be our continual and unwavering aim and aspiration.

The present arrangements for civil partnerships are available for the very small minority who wish to engage in homosexual relationships, so the question must be asked why the push to introduce same-sex marriage? What is driving this agenda? (The cruel irony of course is that if same-sex marriage were to come into being, it would destroy the essence of the institution and render the word ‘marriage’ devalued to the point of meaningless.)

However, leaving all these questions and issues aside, the fact of the matter is that if the Scottish government goes forward with this proposal it will represent the most fundamental and destructive piece of social engineering in the history of our nation. But of infinitely more importance, it will be flying directly in the face of a creator God.

Regarding His framework we have indeed ‘disobeyed the laws, violated the statutes and broken the everlasting covenant’ (Is 24:5). We can read of the inevitable consequences in our Bibles (Lev 26:14 – 39; Deut 28:15-68).
The Maker of all heaven and earth has said: “[If] I announce that a nation or kingdom is to be built up and planted, and if it does evil in my sight and does not obey me, then I will reconsider the good I had intended to do for it” (Jer 18:9-10).

However God has provided a way out. But it is His way and not ours. We are required to humble ourselves, repent of our actions and change our ways (Lev 26:40; Ezek 33:11). By so doing we can again enjoy God’s favour and blessing. He has said: “if you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments” (Lev 26:3) then as a nation we will prosper (Lev 26:4-11; Deut 28:1-14; Jer 18:7-8).

The present proposals are an offence to God and, if implemented, will most surely have catastrophic consequences for our nation, and for any other nation going down the same road. It will impact negatively and profoundly on generations as yet unborn. It would be an indelible stain; the blackest of marks in our national history.

I pray for the sake of Scotland – both people and nation – that you will follow God’s ways in the position of great responsibility which you and your government occupy.

Yours most sincerely,

Colin Wilson


Footnotes:
1. The above is a copy of a letter sent to the Office of the First Minister.

2. The following is an extract of a message posted by a visitor to the Christians Together website in relation to another article on the subject:

Redefinition of Morality

The campaign for the legalisation of same-sex ‘marriage’ is not an equality or inclusiveness issue. It is also not a matter of political correctness. Neither is it primarily about the redefinition of marriage, it is about the redefinition of morality. A legalised redefinition of marriage will be used to stealthily compel society (particularly through the education system) to embrace disordered values and practices.

If the number of persons availing themselves of the recognition of civil partnership is anything to go by, then it is likely, that relatively speaking not many people will avail themselves of same-sex ‘marriage’. If same-sex ‘marriage’ is legalised it will dramatically advance the desensitisation of the nation with regard to what is right and what is wrong.

It will in particular provide an insidious vehicle for the corruption of our children when it is introduced into the education system including nursery and primary school levels. Older children will be taught how to engage in immoral sexual activity under the guise of sexual health education. Education authorities will have to employ and approve only those teachers who agree to a binding assurance that their teaching will be in harmony with the new legislation.

The Christian Institute web site provides clear evidence of how the Scottish Parliament was issuing homosexual education packs to children even before their same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation proposals have been made law. This is surely an indication of how vigorously they (and the English government) will apply themselves to the task when they have the law to back them, and then the indoctrination will commence in earnest.

We mustn’t be deceived into believing any assurances that there will be exceptions granted to parents, teachers, churches or any other interested persons or parties who object, on religious, conscience or any other relevant grounds, even if such exceptions are included in the legislation.

Once on the statute book, other existing (including European) legislation will be brought into play to sweep away those ‘concessions’ in the same-sex ‘marriage’ legislation, and where that fails in its objective, amendments of the new legislation will easily follow.

After that, any opposition will be swiftly dealt with under the charge that to even civilly say anything in opposition to that which has become law in this regard will be interpreted as encouraging adverse discrimination and engendering hate, or incitement to breaking the law. This will also apply to parents and others who attempt to counter what is being taught in school.

The toleration of immorality is something far different from the legalising of immorality, and the exposing of the young to legitimised immorality is heinous.

 

In conclusion and by way of reassurance, I would advise you that I am aligned with the teaching of the church in that "every human person is a unique and irreplaceable gift created by our loving God," and therefore must be treated with love, respect and dignity.


Colin Wilson, 20/07/2012

Feedback:
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Dr John N Sutherland (Guest) 23/07/2012 19:39
The issue, writ large, is not about sexuality. The Grand Narrative is that the minority who control our politics and media - especially the BBC - wish to drive Scotland down an atheists, amoral, liberal, secularist pathway. They are using the gays; after all there are only 2-3 civil partnerships legalised in Scotland per day; 'marriage' gives gays no more rights than they currently have. But it does push Christians (and Muslims, etc.) off-frame into illegality.

We must not fight the gays - they aren't really the topic - we must fight for Scotland against this series assaults of The Enemy.
Philip (Guest) 23/07/2012 19:59
"We must not fight the gays - they aren't really the topic - we must fight for Scotland against this series assaults of The Enemy."

And how do you propose that we do this? What are we not doing that we should be?
Grumpyoldman 23/07/2012 21:13
That's a very good summary from Dr Sutherland.

It is a real concern to me that various groups and especially the BBC are determined to "get rid of God"
Grumpyoldman 23/07/2012 21:23
cont'd

I have taken the opportunity to write to Mr Salmond and inform him that his apparent goal of Scotland being the first part of the UK to recognise same sex marriage will probably make a dent in the SNP vote.
As Christians we must continue to pray for our leaders so that they will take off the blinkers and see that they are leading us into a cesspit of immorality.

This also applies to the liberal minded ministers in congregations throughout the land who are preaching a gospel that is adapted to suit their view of how life ought to be.


John Parker (Guest) 23/07/2012 22:20
Dr. Sutherland said - "We must not fight the gays - they aren't really the topic - we must fight for Scotland against this series assaults of The Enemy."

Philip asked - "And how do you propose that we do this?"

My Bible tells me that we need to be salt and light - engaging with the world and preaching the Gospel.


Philip (Guest) 24/07/2012 05:56
The problem John is that the world is no longer listening (at least not this part of the world). I was standing in Falcon Sq on Saturday watching an evangelist with a microphone and large sandwich boards. He was singing and talking about Jesus, and was being steadily ignored.

Granted, the Gospel message was being faithfull proclaimed and may find its way into human hearts, but the outward signs didn't look good.
John Parker (Guest) 24/07/2012 08:25
"The problem John is that the world is no longer listening"

That mey generally be the case Philip. But that gives us no licence whatsoever to stop preaching the Gospel "in season and out of season".

You may have heard the story (and it doesn't really matter if its fact or myth) about the evangelist who felt downcast after a lifetime of outreach that he had seen very few reached for Christ. But the evangelist was was the one used by God to convert Billy Graham.
Annie (Guest) 24/07/2012 09:41
Perhaps Mr. Salmond should be reminded of another first minister who flew in the face of God, namely Donald Dewar. In 2000, I watched him on TV, standing on the steps of some auspicious building, waving fists in the air and boastfully shouting "Section 28 IS NO MORE" (again, Scotland being the first to abolish it - how proud we must be!)Within days, he died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage at age 63.(Oct.2000)God will not be mocked. I can give you other instances of people in the public eye who have openly denied God - Marylin Monroe, after listening to Billy Graham, told him politely "Mr Graham, I don't need your Jesus." She died at an early age. John Lennon said "We are more famous than Jesus!" We all know what happened to him. There are many more well known public figures who have come to a sticky end because they blasphemed and ridiculed. Letter writing is easy and anonymous - the spoken word is Powerful and that power is ours, Pentacostal or Puritan. By that token, someone must tell Mr Salmond just what his actons could lead to.....are there any Christians bold enough in his Parliament to tell him, face to face? or are they busy writing letters that he won't read? Did Jesus write letters? Nah! He spoke the word and it came to pass.

Phillip - I really hope you encouraged Kenny(the evangelist)on Saturday in Falcon Square - did you speak to him? Did you tell him to keep on keeping on? Now he really COULD get through to Mr Salmond.
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Ed note: For response to last paragraph above see -
http://www.christianstogether.net/Articles/187759/Christians_Together_in/Christian_Life/Reaching_Out/Evangelism_whats_needed.aspx
Penny Lee 24/07/2012 10:02
I agree that we should try not to be discouraged when people appear to not be listening. Our country is crying out for something, they know not what, but it is of course a deep spiritual need which is not being met. We only need to read the story of Mr. Genor elsewhere on this site to see how it can appear nothing is getting through.

Keep speaking to people about their need of God (kindly where at all possible) and eternity will reveal what effect it had. Let's not allow the evil one to discourage us and convince us that we might as well give up - this is a classic tactic of his and I take heart that it probably means there is blessing to come which he is trying to prevent.
Editor 25/07/2012 13:10
Gay Marriage to be introduced in Scotland

Scotland is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce gay marriage after the SNP government announced plans to make the change.

Scottish ministers confirmed they would bring forward a bill on the issue.

Political leaders, equality groups welcomed the move, but it has been strongly opposed by the Catholic Church and Church of Scotland.

The announcement was made in the wake of a government consultation which produced a record 77,508 responses.

Same-sex couples in Scotland currently have the option to enter into civil partnerships and the Holyrood government has insisted no part of the religious community would be forced to hold same-sex weddings in churches.

See - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-politics-18981287

The leaders of all the Scottish political parties have indicated their support for the introduction of same-sex marriage.

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The UK is already a nation under God's judgement. This will have tragic consequences. As Billy Graham's wife once remarked to her husband: "If God doesn't judge America He will have to apologise to Sodom and Gomorrah." The same can now be said of Scotland; a nation that was once known as the Land of the Book.

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