No government can offer eternal forgiveness and pardon

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On Monday, the issue of pardons for those convicted of homosexual offences was brought before the Northern Ireland Assembly.

While the Justice Minister Claire Sugden may view this as “an opportunity for the criminal justice system to try and right the wrongs of the past”, the Bible makes it very clear that homosexuality and all sexual relationships outside the pattern of Biblical marriage of one man and one woman are forbidden by the Law of God.

This policy has been introduced to appease the LGBT community, but we fear they will never be satisfied until they have everything their own way.

The truth is that while some may be happy with a pardon from a government, the question of eternal forgiveness and pardon still needs to be dealt with.

This is something no government can offer no matter how powerful they deem themselves to be. Our sin is an offence before God and as such can only be pardoned by Him.

We are told in 1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Free Presbyterian Church of Ulster Government and Morals Committee