Christian Institute ‘shocked’ over award given to gay singer
Earlier this month Vicky Beeching, pictured above with the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, was handed the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship – much to the annoyance of Colin Hart, Director of the Christian Institute.
Hart, according to this report, said this week he was “shocked” that the singer had been given the award for her “outstanding service to the church” because she was an outspoken promoter of homosexual marriage.
Vicky Beeching rejects Christian teaching on sexual ethics by advocating for same-sex marriage. I’m shocked that the archbishop should choose to honour someone so out of step with the biblical understanding of marriage and sexual morality.
After receiving the award, Beeching told PinkNews that the ceremony was a “very positive step”, adding that she wants the church to affirm LGBT people.
I hope that including someone like me in this year’s Lambeth Palace Awards is a positive sign that inclusivity is on the horizon.
In 2014, Beeching announced that she was a lesbian and had come to celebrate it, after years of resisting her same-sex attraction.
The news shocked many Christians who idolised her as a Christian worship singer and songwriter.
Beeching’s best well-known songs include “The Wonder of the Cross” and “Yesterday, Today and Forever”.
Since her announcement, Beeching has pursued a PhD in theology and claims that the Bible can be interpreted in a way which affirms homosexuality.
After Beeching announced she was a lesbian in 2014, Messianic Jewish author, radio host, and biblical scholar, Dr Michael Brown, above, commented:
If 10,000 pastors declared they were gay tomorrow, it would not change the truth of the Bible one iota. If 10,000 worship leaders declared that God had made them gay, it would not change a single scriptural truth.
As I have emphasized repeatedly, despite the increasing number of professing ‘gay Christians’ – by which I mean those who claim that you can follow Jesus and practice homosexuality at the same time – there are no new textual, archeological, sociological, anthropological, or philological discoveries [that] have been made in the last fifty years that would cause us to read any of these biblical texts differently.
Robert A J Gagnon, associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, added that Beeching’s:
Same-sex attractions have features that are common to the human condition generally and can be dealt with accordingly. The point is to examine and expose the inauthenticity of desires that contradict the intentional handiwork of our Creator. Not even Ms. Beeching is exempt from that, however many kudos she receives from a Western culture that has become skillful in suppressing the truth about the way God made us (Romans 1:18-27).
The Christian Institute has also expressed fury over yesterday’s announcement by Theresa May’s Equalities Office that it would pay for abortions for women from Northern Ireland.
The Christian Institute’s Head of Communications, Ciarán Kelly, said:
The Equalities Office clearly doesn’t believe in equal treatment for unborn children. The UK Government is seeking to blatantly undermine Northern Ireland’s legal protection for the unborn. London-based politicians have no right to defy Northern Ireland’s elected representatives, who continue to reject the liberal abortion agenda.
Indeed, our political leaders in Westminster should follow Northern Ireland’s lead and protect the most vulnerable people in society.