On Human Sexuality

We live in a world where morals and values are relative. Human attitudes on sexuality is no exception. Changing times and cultures have resulted in a shift in what society perceives as acceptable or repugnant. However, as Christians, we believe that there is always one moral absolute standard, which is ever unchanging. That is the Word of God - the Bible. We believe in the supremacy of Scripture, that the Bible is the Word of God in toto. We compare everything which the world espouses against the plumbline of the Word, and discard anything which does not meet up to the standards of the Holy Scriptures.

Recent events and trends in various churches worldwide, especially within the Anglican Communion, have again brought the question of human sexuality to the forefront. To address what we as Christians believe in, and to make our stand concerning the issues that concern human sexuality, the gathering of evangelical Anglicans at the 2nd Anglican Encounter in the South on 10 to 15 February 1997 issued a 12-point Statement on Human Sexuality. This Statement was adopted and endorsed by the standing committee of the Province of South East Asia, then meeting in Kuala Lumpur, as our stand concerning human sexuality. This resolution has since then been called the "Kuala Lumpur Declaration".

Reproduced below is the Statement on Human Sexuality by the 2nd Anglican Encounter in the South, followed by the Kuala Lumpur Declaration.



STATEMENT ON HUMAN SEXUALITY

(2nd Anglican Encounter in the South, 10 to 15 February 1997)


1.   God's glory and loving purposes have been revealed in the creation of humankind. (Rom 1:18; Gen 1:26,27). Among the multiplicity of His gifts we are blessed with our sexuality.

2.   Since the Fall (Gen 3), life has been impaired and God's purposes spoilt. Our fallen state has affected every sphere of our being, which includes our sexuality. Sexual deviation has existed in every time and in most cultures. Jesus' teaching about lust in the Sermon on the Mount (Matt 5:27-30) makes it clear that sexual sin is a real dander and temptation to us all.

3.   It is, therefore, with an awareness of our own vulnerability to sexual sin that we express our profound concern about recent developments relating to Church discipline and moral teaching in some provinces in the North - specifically, the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the blessing of same sex unions.

4.   While acknowledging the complexities of our sexual nature and the strong drives it places within us, we are quite clear about God's will in this area which is expressed in the Bible.

5.   The Scripture bears witness to God's will regarding human sexuality which is to be expressed only within the life long union of a man and a woman in (holy) matrimony.

6.   The Holy Scriptures are clear in teaching that all sexual promiscuity is sin. We are convinced that this includes homosexual practices between men or women, as well as heterosexual relationships outside marriage.

7.   We believe that the clear and unambiguous teaching of the Holy Scriptures about human sexuality is of great help to Christians as it provides clear boundaries.

8.   We find no conflict between clear biblical teaching and sensitive pastoral care. Repentance precedes forgiveness and is part of the healing process. To heal spiritual wounds in God's Name we need His wisdom and truth. We see this in the ministry of Jesus, for example His response to the adulterous woman, "...neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more" (John 8:11).

9.   We encourage the Church to care for all those who are trapped in their sexual brokenness and to become the channel of Christ's compassion and love towards them. We wish to stand alongside and welcome them into a process of being whole and restored within our communities of faith. We would also affirm and resource those who exercise a pastoral ministry in this area.

10. We are deeply concerned that the setting aside of biblical teaching in such actions as the ordination of practicing homosexuals and the blessing of same-sex unions, calls into question the authority of the Holy Scriptures. This is totally unacceptable to us.

11. This leads us to express concern about mutual accountability and interdependance within our Anglican Communion. As provinces and dioceses we need to learn how to seek each other's counsel and wisdom in a spirit of true unity, and to reach a common mind before embarking on radical changes to Church discipline and moral teaching.

12. We live in a global village and must be more aware that the way we act in one part of the world can radically affect the mission and witness of the Church in another.






RESOLUTION OF THE STANDING COMMITTEE OF THE PROVINCE OF SOUTH EAST ASIA PASSED AT THE MEETING HELD ON 19 AND 20 FEBRUARY 1997 IN KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

The KUALA LUMPUR DECLARATION



The Standing Committee of the Province of South East Asia do hereby unanimously resolve:

i)   To adopt and endorse the "Statement on Human Sexuality" unanimously passed by the 2nd Anglican Encounter in the South held in Kuala Lumpur from 10 to 15 February 1997 and appended hereto.

ii)   That this Province supports and be in communion with that part of the Anglican Communion which accepts and endorses the principles aforesaid and not otherwise.


Proposer       :           Datuk Robert J Ridu

Seconder       :           Rt Rev Datuk Yong Ping Chung


Motion carried without any objections.






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