LAWRENCE KHONG: IT’S THE GAYS WHO ARE CONFRONTATIONAL, NOT US

Dear Fellow Pastors,

1. On Friday (June 20), I posted this on my Facebook Page:

“I’m so happy that Singapore’s Muslim community is making a vocal and visual stand for morality and Family. I fully support the ‘wear white’ campaign. FCBC, together with the LoveSingapore network of churches, will follow suit on the weekend of 28 and 29 June, island-wide. I look forward to celebrating the Family with the Muslim community and I am pleased to partner with them in championing virtue and purity for the good of our nation!

LoveSingapore will also be supporting an online Family campaign called FamFest Singapore (www.facebook.com/FamFestSingapore). This is a unique FaceBook page by TOUCH Family Services. It promotes the right Family values. It celebrates the contributions of the Family in Singapore.

The family unit is the lifeblood of our nation. The time to stand and defend what is right is NOW.

2. In doing so, we—meaning our church FCBC and the LoveSingapore network of churches—are not being confrontational and divisive.

Let me explain.

a. We are merely defending the official position of our government—the substance and tone of declared government policy.

1991: Singapore Government White Paper on Shared Values—“In recent decades, many developed societies have witnessed a trend towards …. more permissive social mores, such as increasing acceptance of “alternative lifestyles”, casual sex relationships and single parenthood. The result has been to weaken the family unit. Singapore should not follow these untested fashions uncritically.”

2007: PM Lee’s Parliamentary Speech—“Homosexuals work in all sectors, all over the economy, in the public sector and in the civil service as well. They are free to lead their lives, free to pursue their social activities. But there are restraints and we do not approve of them actively promoting their lifestyles to others, or setting the tone for mainstream society…. ”

b. We are merely echoing the voice of the conservative majority:

2013: The survey by Our Singapore Conversation found that “society in general did not accept gay lifestyles…The majority of respondents across almost all educational profiles rejected same-sex marriage.”

2014: A recent survey by the Institute of Policy Studies states— “When it came to sexual relations between two adults of the same sex, 78.2 per cent of respondents said it was wrong. And 72.9 per cent did not agree with gay marriage.”

3. So, who is being confrontational and divisive?

Think carefully. It is not us. We are doing the right thing for the good of our nation. It is the gay activists who are confrontational and divisive:

a. They are attempting to take down 377A.

b. They are going against the official position that disallows the public promotion of the homosexual lifestyle.

c. They are blatantly acting contrary to the conservative majority’s stand on morality.

4. Realise this, we—meaning our church FCBC and the LoveSingapore network of churches—do not hate or despise homosexuals. We esteem them as persons of intrinsic worth, deserving love and care. But we cannot and will not endorse homosexuality. We will continue to resist any public promotion of homosexuality as an alternative lifestyle.

5. I believe it is time for the Church to work with like-minded groups (like the Muslims) to register our opposition to the Pink Dot Event before it is too late. Did you know that recently, the Law School of the National University of Singapore hosted the launch of a book entitled Mobilising Gay Singapore by Lynette Chua? Every pastor should read this to find out what our premier university is promoting. It’s clear that the LGBTs in Singapore have been strategising for some 20 years to normalise homosexuality in our nation. They are making headway—on our watch! The Pink Dot Event is an important feature of their gameplan.

6. We must let our government know that, in allowing the Pink Dot Event to continue without restraint, they are more than tolerating the gay agenda. They are bordering on endorsing and emboldening the LGBT claim to gay rights. We must continue writing private letters to our Ministers. But we have come to the point where the Pink Dot Event is getting so unashamedly public and loud with their agenda that we can no longer just rely on private communication.

7. We must let the Multinational Corporations know that they have no business in supporting this Pink Dot Event. They cannot and should not meddle with our national values.

8. We must put a stop to the public promotion of the Pink Dot movement. Ultimately, what gay activists want is to redefine Love, redefine Marriage, and redefine Family.

9. Meanwhile, what can churches do together?

a. As mentioned in two previous communiques to pastors and leaders, please make a stand for Family. Be part of FamFest Singapore on June 28 and June 29. At all our church services, pray for Families and say the Family Pledge together. Mobilise all to join the “Virtual Family Gathering” on the FamFest Singapore Facebook page (www.facebook.com/FamFestSingapore). I have re-attached the powerpoint and suggested announcement script.

b. We have a unique opportunity this coming weekend to stand in solidarity with the Muslim community on this social cause. Let us support their call to “wear white” as a symbol of purity and virtue for the natural Family. So, please encourage all to show up in white for church service on June 28 and June 29.

10. I sincerely would like to hear from you. Drop us a short email to say: We’re IN.

Thank you and may God bless you!

Lawrence Khong
Chairman, LoveSingapore

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