“In this regard, we urge our government to maintain: a) current legislation concerning homosexuality; ” National Council of Churches Singapore
“It is plain, then, that these arguments against decriminalizing homosexual acts wither down to little more than an intuitive disgust for homosexual activity. Should our law-making be governed by this intuitive disgust? I hope not” Decriminalising Homosexual Acts, Singapore Law Review
“Any male person who, in public or private, commits, or abets the commission of, or procures or attempts to procure the commission by any male person of, any act of gross indecency with another male person, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 2 years.” Section 377A (“Outrages on decency”)
“409. Whoever, being in any manner entrusted with property, or with any dominion over property, in his capacity of a public servant, or in the way of his business as a banker, merchant, factor, broker, attorney or agent, commits criminal breach of trust in respect of that property, shall be punished with imprisonment for life, or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to 20 years, and shall also be liable to fine. ” Criminal Breach of Trust as an Agent under section 409 read with section 109 of the Penal Code, Chapter 224.
“Given that section 377A PC criminalises homosexuality whether done private or publicly, we are of the view that a similar prohibition ought to be enacted in respect of lesbianism, considering that lesbianism (like homosexuality) is also abhorrent and deviant, whether consensual or not.'” National Council of Churches Singapore
Mat 7:1 “Judge not, that you be not judged. 2 For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.
In 2007, in Singapore, during the attempt to repeal the 377a law against gays, the National Council of Churches in Singapore urged the Government to maintain the legislation which criminalizes same sex acts, and perhaps not only enforcing it but to extend it to Lesbians.
Therefore gays are to be persecuted to the full extent of the law for something innocent their same sex orientation. For many Christians, there is no need to go to court for trial, but to jail gays and throw the key away.
The mega churches along with their Anglican/Methodist churches are the key instigators of an anti-gay crusade not only in Asia but in the Global South. The “gay aggenda” in the market place must be stopped they cried out with shouts of religious indignation.
In the current court cases in Singapore involving key mega church leaders charged for criminal breaches of trust for financial misappropriations of millions, should the same manner of judgement be morally applied as they have done so against the gay community?
It is a deliberate and carefully planned choice and decision to do elaborate financial breaches of trust over a decade but not a choice to be born gay.
We don’t choose yet we are considered guilty whilst those given a choice are showered the benefit of doubt and show of undying support by the mega masses. They are not guilty until proven and after all the appeals which will drag on for years. We are guilty as charged.
The loud cries of innocense and integrity by the mega churches fills the airways but the facts of the matter knows no religion. We have heard their loud cries before of condemnation and judgement.
Yet, we walk by grace and not the letter of the law.
Since the church has insisted that gays be put into jail for two years having consensual sex for something so innocent, they have set themselves a low bar of judgement for their financial misdeeds.
Since NCCS has judged against gays when we are innocent, and even insisted on the fullest penalty of the law, the bar of judgement is so low that even the best and most expensive advocates need a miracle.
Yet, we found none to advocate for us.
They have spoken out loud judgement against us whilst we are asked to keep quiet because the secular court of the land is handling the case. Can the unrighteous judge the righteous? Yet, perhaps some are less holy than the secular court.
How long shall we keep silent? for we have cried out to Jesus day and night for justice and redemption. How long shall we wait O Lord?
Turn O Lord, every rock and every white washed tomb. Let nothing be hidden for they have taken our clothing O God and have thrown it away. We are naked, abused and condemned by all in the church and in society. We are naked and have no where to hide.
The innocent was judged guilty by the church in Singapore. We have suffered much more than the 2 years sentence under the 377a law. For many, it is 25 years in the closet and denied the freedom to love and be loved.
We have suffered a life sentence many times over and our cry of innocense quenched by the loud chorus of the church and their throngs of mega supporters. But You O Lord surely have heard the cry of the oppressed! and not let the oppressor go free.
Many have lived their life, lonely, hidden in pain and suffering of relationships and love denied because they were gay. It was a life sentence. Why O Lord should our suffering and pain be forgotten? whilst those who persecute us stay in their large Cathedrals of titanium walls!
For many, our lives are over. We lament of what could have been and what was taken from us by those who put on the pedestal their high religious morality against us they deemed abhorrent and deviant sinners of the worst kind.
They are righteous and holy but we the vile sinners. Yet Lord, do have have mercy on us sinners, for your Son bidst us to welcome home.
We are looking forward to the banquet of Your Son Jesus, for there all are welcome and none shall be denied. We are hungry and thirsty Lord, but many of us no longer have strength to walk to Your table.
Why would a just God give grace and mercy for those who have not shown it but who had insisted on the letter of the law without any mitigation such that even the innocent suffers and cries out to God? This is indeed a mystery for judgement belongs to God alone and not even in the courts of men.
The mega churches have been so adamant of the Ten Commandments and the law, and have insisted that those who did not abide by it fully is guilty of cheap grace and causing lawlessness. Why don’t you take them to their word O Lord God of Israel?
Yet God is good and does not see our faults and does not keep an account of our iniquities and hopefully does not remember the things we say nor how we have condemned the innocent to their spiritual deaths.
It doesn’t really matter what the judgement be on the mega church pastors charged – be it 20 years or a large fine or even being let go free. Surely, they are innocent and of integrity because they say so. We are immoral sinners because they say so or so they say.
Yet why do we listen to our oppressors? We are not free until we see ourselves as beautiful and begin to listen to Your love songs to us. We are wonderfully created in Your mighty hands O God!
Lord we know not how to give love, grace and mercy. Jesus You died for us. We have died many times as well. Raise us up with You O Lord that in our emptiness and nothingness, in our naked humility, locked up in cages of the closets built by the people of faith, that we can forgive ourselves as we forgive those who has transgressed against us.
We are buried in the ground, there are no Queen’s Senior Counsel to defend us, we are guilty as charged for being gay. Our bones are dry and our flesh rot in the ground. Our hope is no more. Our eyes are dimmed but surely we can hear the sounds of thunder and rushing wind. For our redemption is near.
Lord God, we don’t urge for the mega churches to face the current legislation or the full measure of the Law, for we have long forgotten what is justice nor expect to see it in the land of the living.
We don’t delight to see even the guilty receive their due reward, for we yearn for your grace and mercy in Christ Jesus.
Yet Lord, we pray that You will remember us, and not passed us by but raise us up O Lord to live in the land of the living.
Lord Jesus, my Saviour, Hear my humble cry.