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Standing up for marriage

A joint meeting of CARE, EA and CI to bring an update on the Scotland for Marriage campaign in respect of the Scottish Government's proposal to introduce same-sex marriage.


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Smithton-Culloden Free Church
Murray Road, Smithton, Inverness IV2 7YU
Friday, 30 March, 2012

The Christian Institute, CARE for Scotland and the Evangelical Alliance are holding a joint meeting near Inverness to encourage supporters to get behind the Scotland for Marriage campaign. Representatives from all three organisations will speak at the meeting.

Scotland for Marriage aims to mobilise concerned citizens throughout Scotland to oppose redefining marriage.

The Scottish Government's consultation on redefining marriage to introduce same-sex marriage closed on 9th December 2011, but we know that groups wanting to redefine marriage are now lobbying MSPs behind the scenes.


Redefining marriage is a profoundly important issue affecting generations to come. The new definition would become the standard one promoted by public bodies, including schools.


The meeting offers an opportunity to hear what practical steps supporters might take to help the campaign and defend marriage as the union of one man and one woman.

CARE/EA/CI, 26/03/2012

John Miller 13/03/2012 10:56
I complained to the Dundee Courier about there biased reports and comments on this issue. I was invited to submit an article giving the Christian view of Marrisge and I have done so. The original draft has had to be shortened and the shortened version is threatened with further truncation. I wait the decision to publish or not. Please pray that it will still reflect the truth. If it does not I will make sure that the Letters column re-adjusts the reflection of my determination to point to the word of God.
John Miller 13/03/2012 10:57
In due course I may publish the full article here if it is desired.
Editor 13/03/2012 12:26
Well done John. Your engagement with your local press is a good example of bringing the Christian view to bear through the local and national media.
John Miller 14/03/2012 10:11
Just noticed the spelling blunder in my first line. Utterly inexcusable!
John Miller 19/03/2012 06:52
My article was published in a shoertned form on Friday March 16. Thankfully the main thrust and content survived.
Editor 19/03/2012 21:43
John, If you want to send it I will consider it for publication.
John Miller 13/04/2012 20:48
Here is the article, published in the Courier. Admittedly the text was slightly shortened because of the demands of space but the main thrust was preserved intact.

Ancient Words, Apposite Today!

The universally accepted definition of marriage as the legal union of a man and a woman, recognised by God and man from time immemorial is under threat of re-definition. A militant minority refuses to accept that this understanding safeguards and strengthens society and morally as well as guaranteeing mankind’s continuance.

Prominent political commentators opine that a liberal elite with notions of their own intellectual superiority fuels this movement. What right have such chatterati to push the perverse demands of a tiny minority? Which major political manifesto promised it? Could two men or two women living together in a sexual partnership be correctly described as married?

In this country the right to protest against the foolishness of powerful cabals is not yet dead. We can still cry out against perversity and immorality. There is one powerful weapon that is available to all!

I write this article as a Christian whose faith is in God and the authority of His Word. It cuts through the murk of uncertainty and evil. Its light exposes the darkness of wrongdoing and guides those who seek God’s direction. This land abounds with reminders of those whose use of it enabled them to defy attempts to stifle Christian conscience. Westminster and Holyrood are re-inventing that oppression.

“We will consult”, they cry, but their minds are made up.

Mr Cameron calls for a return to Christian values, then advocates homosexual marriage. Sheer hypocrisy! If he understood Christianity and its truth such banal rhetoric would not cross his lips. Mr Salmond, desperate for votes to sweep him along the independence highway, directs us down the biological cul-de-sac of homosexual marriage, a description given by his erstwhile colleague and leader, Gordon Wilson. The wee demagogue should beware of the fate of Herod Agrippa when the masses cried out, “The voice of a god and not of a man.”

The Bible, held by all true believers in Jesus Christ to be the sole authority for matters spiritual and moral, was once revered in our land. Scotland was known as the Land of The Book. The Kirk’s declaration of opposition to homosexual marriage is weakened because the General Assembly refused to unequivocally condemn the practise in its ordained brethren. “We must consult”, was the cry!

Excellent! Consult the Bible!

Even men of the cloth, employed and retired excuse such behaviour. “This is the twenty-first century”, they mutter, turning their backs on the Book whose truth they promised to uphold. Is it a handbook needing periodic updates? They share a platform with atheists, humanists, and secularists. Strange bedfellows!

Christians must protest against the imposition of laws contrary to the word of God. They are responsible to speak out against apostasy in His church. Apostolic doctrine is clear. Christians must not practise homosexuality. God’s word teaches that marriage is between a man and a woman. It clearly follows that anything else is outside His will.

I am not a Roman Catholic but I applaud Cardinal O’Brien’s stand in defence of traditional marriage.

Many laws that deny freedom of conscience are applied primarily to those of the Christian faith. Can we believe the promises of politicians whose stock in trade is obfuscation and deception, about their future intent? Let all true Christian men and women who believe in Jesus Christ and follow the teaching of God’s word protest against this evil proposition. Such protest could be a catalyst for Christian revival in this country.

Whether Cardinal O’Brien is right in saying that such re-definition would shame this country in the eyes of the world, I know not. I do know that it would shame this once Christian land in the eyes of the High and Holy One who inhabits Eternity.

Politicians of most parties paid lip service to the four hundredth anniversary of the King James Bible. Let them heed its words, “He who rules over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.” May our people take note of Solomon’s wisdom, “Righteousness exalts a nation but sin is a reproach to any people.” Ancient words, apposite today!

John E. Miller

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