The Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Death

We are living in days when the secular governments of our western nations are trying to rewrite the statute books in order to eliminate the ideas of morality and moral boundaries from every area of society.

A recent paper on Medical Ethics argued that because there is no fundamental difference between the life a baby has inside the womb and the life a new-born baby has outside of the womb, that there is also no fundamental difference between terminating the baby’s life before or after birth. Once this argument has gained acceptance, then the legal barrier to infanticide, if the baby is found after birth to have any obvious birth defects, can be eliminated from the mind of our legislators.

But I also read in our papers this week about a secret under-cover report on a well-known abortion clinic, highlighting the fact that the life of some babies had been terminated (illegally at the present time) simply because they were the ‘wrong sex’. As far as the parents of those babies were concerned, the wrong gender was a birth defect! Gender-cide has reached the shores of our nation.

At the other end of life we have also had to endure increasing pressure from our legislators for adopting the specious arguments for euthanasia. Reasons for the elderly and the infirm to feel distinctly unsafe in their beds are gaining ground.

When a child goes to a boarding school, the parents delegate responsibility for the care of their child to the school authorities. The school then becomes “in loco parentis” (in place of the parents) while the child is in their care. It seems that we are very rapidly moving to a situation, where governments are putting themselves “in loco Dei” (in the place of God) and legalising killing at both ends of life – in direct rebellion against the sixth commandment. Crimes which in earlier centuries would have been labelled as murder, and punished accordingly, are today being legalised in the name of choice!

In the UK we are also in the middle of a major national debate about the government’s intention to introduce something called “gay marriage”. There are obviously many forms of relationship which people can have, but the purpose of the marriage relationship is different from every other sort of relationship that people can ever enter into.

This is expressed most clearly in the Book of Common Prayer which, since 1662, has enshrined the teaching of Scripture in its pages and has stated unequivocally that “marriage is an honourable estate instituted of God . . . and first it was ordained for the procreation of children, to be brought up in the fear and nurture of the Lord, and to the praise of his holy Name.”

The first objective of marriage, therefore, is that it should provide a safe spiritual environment in which to conceive, have and bring up children. There are other objectives, of course, but this is the first objective and unless this first intention is respected, in the knowledge that children are only conceived through normal male-female sexual relations, then whatever you want to call same-sex relationships they cannot ever be referred to as marriage.

Only if it were possible for two men or two women to be stranded on an otherwise uninhabited desert island, and nine months later produce a baby, would I have to reconsider my theology and my opinions! But I don’t think I’m in any danger of ever having to change my understanding of marriage on these grounds!

This week I am thanking God that the Archbishops of the Roman Catholic Church in the UK have come out so clearly and strongly against the government’s objective of authorising ‘gay marriage’. For the reasons stated above this very terminology is a contradiction in terms – the word gay (in its modern meaning) and the word marriage are mutually incompatible. Would that all the other denominations would stand shoulder to shoulder with the stance adopted by the Catholic Archbishops.

There is only one reason why government after government has tampered with the statute books and systematically eliminated the authority of God’s Word and God’s law from legislation – it’s because there is no longer any fear of the Lord in the land. No wonder the Scripture tells us that “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” (Psalm 111:10). The absolute sanctity of life, marriage and death is no longer respected. Wisdom has departed from the corridors of governmental power.

When any nation believes that it can stand in the place of God, and play fast and loose with God’s Word, then it is putting itself on notice to get ready for the consequences, for Scripture also says that “God cannot be mocked – a man reaps what he sows” (Galatians 6:7). When we mock God, His Word and His laws we lose the protection of God and move out from under the covering which is the source of His blessing (Psalm 91).

Never before has our nation faced such head-on attacks on its spiritual foundations. It’s time for our spiritual leaders and all our intercessors to drop to their knees and remind themselves of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and will heal their land.”

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9 Responses to The Sanctity of Life, Marriage and Death

  1. Kim Johnstone says:

    Peter,
    What a tremendous article.
    I could say so much to both echo all I’ve just read….. with testimony from
    My own life too.
    The cry from 2 Chronicles reflects the heart of God
    And is my prayer……
    Deep calls unto deep…..
    God bless you both

    Kim

  2. Winslow Carter says:

    Thanks so much for blog. I appreciate so much your comments. Here in the US we are facing the same battle. In our own state of North Carolina, we are voting on May 8 whether or not to make it an amendment in our constitution to make marriage between a man and a woman. The gay community is trying to make is sound like the majority favors it. That is a lie. May 8 will proof it. Keep the good work going.

  3. RUTH says:

    I thoroughly agree with all that you have said Peter and pray that we will stop being complacent about these very important issues.
    May we cry our to Heaven for our Lord to touch us, both iindividually and collectively. so that our laws will come into line with His commandments.
    Let us give Him all the glory in our nation and beyond…..
    With many blessings
    Ruth

  4. John Knott says:

    Thank you Peter for this article – in our Church we have signed the petition against this redefinition of marriage and I would urge all Christians to do likewise – surely the Government must take note of the vast number that have already signed. God bless

  5. Susan says:

    Dear Peter, All I can say is ‘Amen’ to all you have written!

  6. Jesus is Victor says:

    I’m astounded. I live in the Middle East and what Peter just shared is what the Holy Spirit has been speaking to me about during the last couple of days. Is God raising intercessors world-wide not only nation wide!!! The whole humanity now is in jeopardy of God’s authority over them.

    May God be praised if He is doing so.

    God bless you Peter for sharing.

  7. Peter, thanks so very much for bringing forth total truth from God’s word on these issues. It is so disheartening to read and hear daily the awful things our world is pushing to bring into law for our nations. Your writing was excellent on this subject, as usual! Blessings to you and Ellel Ministries-Betty Walker

  8. Peter J Stewart says:

    Your blog was so timely Peter. Because of a very upsetting disagreement in my family regarding one of the issues in your blog. It was so up-building at this time reminding me that we do need to stand firm on God,s word and that their can be no compromising on God,s law,s. Even if causes alienation in our families such as happened with mine recently. God bless you….

  9. Odeng says:

    I’m so happy to receive the bsnilseg of this blog Peter. As a young man I think it is so important to learn from those more mature in the faith. I particularly appreciate it when a leader like you is willing to share their heart with others and have the guts to speak on the controversial issues of the day. Your statement on Lakeland back in 2008 was such a bsnilseg to me a real beacon in a sea of confusion and I am excited you have this new vehicle to regularly communicate to people with and will always read with interest!

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