Concerns voiced about gay ruling

Two Christian bodies expressed concern on Friday at a Pretoria High Court ruling that the NG Kerk in Moreleta Park had unfairly discriminated against a gay music teacher when it fired him.

“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”
—Isaiah 5:20

“And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.”
—Ecclesiastes 12:5-8

Both the ACDP and the Apostolic Faith Mission said the right to equality should not trump the right to religious freedom. They expressed disappointment and “serious concern” with the court’s decision.

The African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) said the ruling appeared to deny the church’s right to hire and fire teachers on the basis of religious convictions. Party president Reverend Kenneth Meshoe said this was constitutionally protected by the right to religious freedom and freedom of association.

Meshoe said the ACDP believed the right to equality should not trump the right to religious freedom and the right to freedom of association.

“All rights are subject to limitation in terms of Section 36 of the Constitution in certain circumstances,” he said.

Apostolic Faith Mission Church president Dr Isak Burger said the ruling was a “serious threat” to religious freedom in South Africa. It subjected the biblically-based beliefs and values of the majority of Christians to “pure humanism and an extremely secular and liberal Constitution. It places the Constitution above the Bible and man above God”.

The court ruled on Thursday that the Moreleta Park congregation had unfairly discriminated against Johan Strydom when it fired him three years ago, after learning that he was in a homosexual relationship.

Judge Dion Basson ordered the congregation to pay the teacher damages of R87 000 and to apologise unconditionally for its conduct. He said Strydom’s contract was terminated on the basis that he was involved in a homosexual relationship.

The church failed to prove that Strydom’s job entailed religious instruction, or that the discrimination against him had been fair or justified. – Sapa

  1. Jessie, 01 September, 2008

    I live in South Africa and I have watched over the past few weeks, how these types of rulings have been made in other countries. I have wondered how long it would be before it started here… It is becoming more hateful in the eyes of the world, to belong to Jesus Christ. 1 John 3:13 says
    “Do not marvel, my brethren, if the world hates you.” It hated Him when He was here and still hates Him now.

    Things are only going to get worse everywhere as the days go on and the Lord’s plan unfolds regardless of man and his rantings and ravings. Jesus warned us that we were not to be afraid. We can rejoice in this moment too and watch from a distance knowing that this earth is not our home and in Colossians 3:2-4, it says “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” John 14:6 says “I am the Way the Truth and the Life. No-one comes to the Father except through me. Amen!

  2. Linda, 01 September, 2008

    The Whole Armor of God

    Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
    Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
    For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
    Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,
    and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
    And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;
    praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints
    Eph 6:10-18

  3. Jan, 26 September, 2008


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