Section 377 verdict: Legality not equal to moral acceptability, says CBCC

DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): The Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) today issued a statement saying that “homosexual acts/behaviour between consenting adults is morally unacceptable because it violates the aim of human sexuality which is the procreation and the union of love, which is accomplished in the union between men and women in marriage.”


This was one of the resolutions adopted during the council’s executive meeting held on October 18 and 19. The meeting was held in view of the Supreme Court’s recent landmark verdict striking down section 377 of the Indian Penal Code and thereby decriminalising homosexual acts.


A press note from the CBCC Executive Secretary, Rev Dr Vezopa Tetseo informed that the meeting further resolved that the “Church as a body and as individual believers of Jesus Christ have a scriptural obligation to speak to the world on moral issues and not give our silent consent to evil.”


“That the explicit and overt homosexual practices/behaviours are in complete contravention to the Biblical sanctions on human sexuality (Leviticus 18 & 20; Roman 1:18-32; I Cor 6:9-10),” it added.


The CBCC went on to add that “even if the homosexual acts are now legalised, it is not morally acceptable or justified. What is legal is not equal to moral acceptability.”


Viewing that the decriminalization of homosexual acts is likely to induce the legalisation of homosexual union, the CBCC said that the Church “will continue to uphold the Biblical teachings that recognise, promote and protect marriage between men and women as the basis of the family and the primary cell of society.”


It further stated that “homosexual practices are incompatible with obedience to the will of God as are all other sinful practices.”


It, however, said that the Church, “by recognizing that Our Creator God loves the sinner yet hate the sins, will continue to witness the love of Christ to all people regardless of different sexual orientations with utmost understanding, compassion, sensitivity and dignity.”