The British politician who regrets saying ‘gay sex isn’t a sin’
The Christian Institute

The Christian Institute

Tim Farron, the former Liberal Democrat leader, says he was foolish to say homosexual sex is not a sin.

Farron said he tried to ‘push away’ the controversy over his views during the last General Election by “giving an answer that, frankly, was not right”.

In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, he criticised current society which is “tolerant of everything, apart from the things that we don’t like”.

During the election campaign, Farron faced repeated questioning over his beliefs on homosexual sex.

After side-stepping the subject, in April last year he eventually told the BBC that it was not sinful.

After the election he resigned, saying he had found it “impossible” to hold to the Bible’s teaching while leading the Lib Dems.

…tolerant of everything, apart from the things that we don’t like.

Tim Farron on scoiety

However, an opinion poll for The Christian Institute showed the general public support the right of politicians with traditional views to express them, and Farron received support after his resignation.

Speaking this week, he said he regretted denying his beliefs, saying it was foolish and wrong.

He said Christians and others seemed to be “talking different languages” when discussing sin in the media.

The “absence of faith is considered to be neutral”, Farron commented, adding that believers in politics are only tolerated if their faith does not affect their life.

However, he said such Christians should not be afraid of speaking about their faith, noting that the message of the Bible – obedience, sin, grace and forgiveness – is “utterly radical”.

In conclusion, and responding to questions about giving up the leadership of his party, he quoted the Christian missionary Jim Elliot who said: “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”

Article link: http://www.christian.org.uk/news/tim-farron-i-regret-saying-gay-sex-isnt-sin/

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