(A letter published in the Bucks Free Press 19th May 2017 from Pastor Peter Simpson of Penn Free Methodist Church)

I note with sadness that High Wycombe plans to have its first ever Pride parade, and that it is being sponsored by the National Union of Teachers in Bucks. This is the same NUT that at its annual conference this year passed a motion calling on its members to teach nursery age children about same-sex relationships and transsexualism. I wonder how many BFP readers want their 4 year old children to be told about being trapped in the wrong body? 

The LGBT lobby, in the pursuit of its agenda, readily brands as homophobic bigots anyone who dares to disagree. ‘Homophobic’, however, is a word invented with the explicit purpose of shutting down reasonable debate and denigrating all opponents.

In modern Britain, if you have the effrontery to uphold God’s moral law and confront political correctness, you will be smeared with this word. A prime example is that of the Christian magistrate and NHS finance director, Richard Page, who has been both struck off from the bench and barred from serving on an NHS Trust, because he believes that children will fare better being brought up by a married man and woman rather than by a same-sex couple.  

The High Wycombe Pride event cannot be welcomed as ‘progressive’, because, as well as in the Old Testament (e.g. Leviticus 18:22), the New Testament plainly speaks of the sinfulness of homosexuality in Romans 1:22-28, 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, 1 Timothy 1:9-10 and Jude v7. It is not progressive to celebrate sin. 

For those who counter that the Bible also condemns the eating of shellfish or the wearing of clothes containing mixed fibres, the answer is that there is a clear distinction between the temporary civil and dietary laws of Old Testament Israel and God’s moral law, confirmed in the New Testament, which is for all time.

As Christians we show our love and concern for our homosexual neighbour by encouraging  repentance from sin and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ for salvation.