Decriminalizing gay sex and adultery unacceptable: NBCC

Decriminalizing gay sex and  adultery unacceptable: NBCC
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Dimapur, November 2: The Nagaland Baptist Church Council (NBCC) has termed the recent Supreme Court judgement decriminalizing homosexuality between consenting adults and adultery as extremely detestable and unacceptable to the Christians under any circumstances.
The Supreme Court had on September 6 last decriminalized homosexuality between consenting adults by declaring Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code which criminalised gay sex as “manifestly arbitrary”. In another judgment on September 27 last, the Supreme Court decriminalised adultery by declaring Section 497 of IPC which criminalizes adultery as unconstitutional, archaic and manifestly arbitrary by stating “mere adultery can’t be a criminal offence.”
After deliberating threadbare on the Supreme Court judgments, the NBCC in its executive meeting held on October 30-31 has come out with a statement terming the empowering and legalising of such acts as “extremely detestable and unacceptable” to the Christians under any circumstances.
“This interpretation granting of liberty, empowering adulterers and unnatural relationship with the encouragement and support of law is terribly wrong for our society,” it stated.
The Church warned all Christians not to be taken away by such laws as reinterpreting the Bible and the biblical morality and ethics. Making its position loud and clear that marriage is between a man and a woman only, the NBCC said it shall never permit gay sex and the criminalizing of adultery as unconstitutional and archaic by the Supreme Court cannot in any way justify gay sex or adultery.
“Adultery is always adultery, so also it is the same with homosexuality or lesbianism. The Court absolutely cannot change these true facts. The church strongly and severely condemns gay marriage and adultery strictly as the Bible does. There can be no any other interpretations on these issues. It should be absolutely clear to each and everyone that this is not the opinion of the church but it is the biblical teaching upon which the church formulates its uncompromising propriety, morality and ethics.”
Stating that the tension, unfriendliness and distrust between the theo-centric and anthropo-centric institutions have always existed till date since many centuries ago, the NBCC said the tension becomes wider when the Church stands firm unto the biblical teaching and the State continues to be swayed away with its compromising interpretation of modernisation and liberalization in the name of modernity.
“Though we are governed by the law of the land so as to be good citizens, however, when the laws are intentionally introduced and amended to liberalize or compromise morality and ethics of its citizens, we, the church must firmly stand guard against such move at all costs and always,” it stated.
The NBCC maintained that what is considered as immoral and unethical is not the church’s own construction but we are governed by a higher standard than that of the world, which is the Bible.
“Therefore, in such a situation whether be it section 377 of IPC, decriminalising homosexuality or gay marriages or section 497 of IPC which criminalises adultery as unconstitutional, we must turn to the Bible for proper guidance and definition. As much as we try to understand and accommodate in the spirit of truth, love, faith and unselfishness, we must make known to the world by our own actions in obedience that sin is sin and is against the teaching of the Bible.”
The NBCC also made it clear that the church did not criminalize LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender /transsexual and intersex) and adulterers. “It simply proclaims that they are sinful acts and against God’s design for relationship and marriage. And to this end, the church must pursue the path of redemption and restoration,” it said, adding it is the responsibility of the church to reach out in the spirit of Christian love and compassion to redeem the lost souls without making statement of superiority complex or discriminatory judgement.
Stating that it stands on the finality of the Bible for all matters of faith, morality and practices, the NBCC said even if the court decriminalizes gay marriage and adultery it cannot not justify against the biblical teaching on such unnatural relationships and unwarranted human behaviours.
“What is defined as sinful in ‘God’s Word’ is always sinful and wrong, the Court has absolutely no authority to redefine or alter the ‘Word of God’ to its own whims and interpretations under any circumstances,” it added. (Page News Service)