General Assembly Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

The General Assembly of the Associated Churches of Scotland and Canada, convened this 26th day of May 2015 at Inverness, Scotland, hereby utterly deplores the place being given in the nation to the legalisation of marriage between same-sex couples.

Not only have the Scots and Westminster civil governments passed legislation in its favour but now, and with possibly even more serious consequences for the nation, the National Church has on Saturday, the 16th May 2015, and in terms of Barrier Act procedures, opened the door for congregations to call ministers in homosexual marriages to hold pastoral charge in congregations of the Church.

The Seventh Commandment –“Thou shalt not commit adultery” – is an integral part of the Moral Law as written by the finger of God on tables of stone and given to Moses in the wilderness.  Rightly it has been observed that this law is a transcript of the nature of God Himself, declaring His eternal and unchanging purity.

A main argument has been the claim of equality. It is true that we have all sinned and we are equal in that regard. The Gospel of Jesus Christ shows, however, a way whereby  man may be forgiven; but only if we both believe and repent. Therefore, we wish for all people to accept Jesus Christ. He is a gracious saviour.

A response of faith and repentance, such that we find in 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, is what we need for ourselves individually and corporately in church and government:

"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God."