On Saturday 1st September, members of Soldiers of Christ attended the ‘gay pride’ event in Brighton to hold a witness and outreach for the people of Brighton and the homosexual community. We started at Madeira Drive where the parade began at 11am.
There was the usual display of depravity seen at gay pride events. Many men were dressed up as women, and there were others wearing very revealing or sexual clothing.
As we started giving out tracts to people along the parade route, we were met with mixed reactions. By far the most common reaction was from people telling us that Christians shouldn’t judge others, and that we were sinning by telling others homosexuality is a sin. This stance seems to be being taken by more and more people.
The Bible is clear that homosexuality is a sin. All sexual activity except that between a man and a woman in the confines of the marriage bed is sinful. (Please see the article on homosexuality for more information)
In Matthew 7:1-2 Jesus said, ‘Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.’ When Jesus spoke these words, he was not commanding us not to judge. He was telling us that we should judge things by the Word of God. For it says in 1 Corinthians 6:2-3, ‘Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?’
Most people didn’t seem willing to listen to anyone explain what the Bible says about homosexuality or judging others. Many of the reactions to us being there were from people who had already made up their own minds about God and his word. There seemed to be a large number of people who were anti-Christian. The ’homosexual community’ always try and promote ‘tolerance’. However, what they call ‘tolerance’ means full acceptance of the homosexual lifestyle. Anyone who dissents even slightly is branded ‘hateful’, ‘bigoted’ or ‘homophobic’. Homosexual ‘tolerance’ also includes strong anti-Christian sentiments. A number of people shouted insults and others spoke about God in a very vitriolic way.
However, God was in our midst. We also had a number of conversations with people who were genuinely interested in why we were there and what the Bible had to say. We were asked a range of questions about our faith, evolution, the authority of the Bible and homosexuality. In answering people’s questions we strived to follow Peter’s lead where he said in 1 Peter 3:15, ‘But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:’ We shared the message of hope and salvation that we have found in and through Jesus. Peter Greensmith, Youth Worker for Christian Voice also had the opportunity to share his testimony of freedom from homosexuality.
We thank the Lord for the opportunity to share the gospel with the people in Brighton. Please pray that the seeds sown that day in people’s hearts will come to fruition, and as a result of this many will come to salvation through Jesus Christ.
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