REPEAL OF SECTION 377A
Dear WEFC family,
At the National Day Rally on 21 August 2022, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the government would repeal Section 377A of the Penal Code, thus decriminalising sex between men. He also stated that the Constitution would be amended to protect the existing definition of marriage, being between a man and a woman, from being challenged in the courts.
Woodlands EFC believes that same-sex attraction is not sinful in itself. However, engaging in gay and lesbian sex is sin that displeases God. Similarly, adultery, pre-marital sex, greed and addictions are sins that we should strive to gain victory over. We must welcome all who seek God as they struggle with sin, while opposing society’s increasing acceptance of homosexuality as a healthy alternative.
We believe that the repeal of 377A is a first step in a series of legal and social shifts that seek freedom for portions of our population but will be harmful to wider society. We recognise that our Christian beliefs are not shared by all Singaporeans, yet we are convicted that we must stand by the godly values that bring God’s blessings for the nation. Therefore, we regret the Government’s decision to repeal 377A before safeguards for marriage, family, and religious freedoms have been implemented.
We are concerned that the current definition of marriage in Singapore will be questioned in the near future. Our children’s formative minds are being shaped by what is perceived as sexually normative in society, schools, and the media. Our freedom to teach and act according to our Christians convictions will be challenged. Already, we have seen social and legal shifts that have resulted in discrimination against those who have taken the stand that marriage should be between one man and one woman.
We welcome the Government’s commitment to amend the Constitution to empower Parliament to uphold the current definition of marriage. However, the effectiveness of these measures are unknown as yet, and the experience of other nations warn us that these concerns are not easily addressed.
How will we live out our discipleship faithfully in our changing society? We must love our LGBTQ friends and welcome those struggling with same-sex attraction to our church community. At the same time, we should be prepared to share and stand by our convictions with others, even in the face of “cancel culture”.
Above all, let us be Spirit-led in living out our faith with wisdom and love, and recognize His sovereignty over our nation in every situation.
Senior Pastor Lim Kee Oon
2022 年 8 月 27 日
在 2022 年 8 月 21 日的国庆群众大会上，李显龙总理宣布政府将废除《刑事法典》第 377A节条文，男性之间的性行为将不再视为刑事罪行。他还表示政府将修改宪法，以保护现有婚姻的定义是属于一男一女之间；以免在法庭上受到挑战。
我们认为废除 377A 是一系列法律和社会转变的第一步，这些转变为部分人群寻求的自由，但将对更广泛的社会有损害。虽然我们承认我们不应该将我们的基督教信仰强加于整个新加坡社会，但我们坚持认为，我们应该坚持我们认为对我们国家最有利的信仰。为此，我们对政府在保障婚姻、家庭和宗教自由实施之前就废除 377A 的决定深表遗憾。
在不断变化的社会中，我们将如何忠实地实践作主的门徒？我们必须爱我们的 LGBTQ 朋友，并欢迎那些因同性吸引而苦苦挣扎的人来到我们的教会群体。同时，即使面对“取消文化”，我们也应该准备好与他人分享并坚持我们的信念。