16 Christian ministers in Donegal call for a “No” vote in referendum

Rev. Mark Loughridge
Rev. Mark Loughridge

A group of 15 ministers and workers from a variety of Christian churches in Donegal have issued a statement calling for a no vote in the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage.

They say they believe they have a moral and biblical duty to uphold God's standards and God's definitions, and as leaders in our churches to lead by example in calling others to do likewise.

The signatories say God has already defined marriage. He has done so because he knows what is best for individuals, for communities, for society and for nations. To alter what He has defined cannot be good for society.

They conclude this is not simply a referendum about marriage. This is a vote for or against God and his ways, and it will have consequences for generations to come.

One of the signatories of the statement is Rev Mark Loughridge of the MIlford Reformed Presbyterian Church. He's been outlining how this statement came about............

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The statement in full -

As a group of leaders and church workers from a variety of Christian churches in Donegal we recognize that the upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is a major issue of discussion in our county. We believe that we have a moral and biblical duty to uphold God’s standards and God’s definitions, and as leaders in our churches to lead by example in calling others to do likewise.

As such we wish to affirm that, according to the teaching of Jesus Christ, marriage is the permanent and life–long union, of one man with one woman, to the exclusion of all others.

We celebrate marriage as set out in the Bible; therefore we are opposed to any redefinition of marriage or dilution of its terms.

We believe that God has already defined marriage. He has done so because he knows what is best for individuals, for communities, for society and for nations. To alter what He has defined cannot be good for society.

We believe too that the opening preamble of the Constitution commits us as a nation to legislation which is in accordance with God’s word. To redefine marriage is not simply to redefine marriage but to break with our constitution and to redefine Ireland.

We stand on the brink—this is not simply a referendum about marriage. This is a vote for or against God and his ways, and it will have consequences for generations to come.

‘Jesus said, “Haven’t you read that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”’ Matthew 19:4,5

Rev. Mark Loughridge – Milford Reformed Presbyterian Church

Rev. Jonny McCollum – New Life Fellowship, Letterkenny

Rev. Christopher Pierce – Rector, Parish of Clondehorkey with Cashel & Mevagh

Pastor Emmanuel Bruce – Kingdom Praise Fellowship, Letterkenny

Mr. David Harding

Pastor Tom Stewart – Donegal Living Hope Church, Donegal Town

Rev. Tommy Bruce – Letterkenny & Trentagh Presbyterian Churches

Rev. Stephen Wright – Convoy Covenanter Church

Ven. David Huss – Rector of Donegal Group of Parishes (Church of Ireland)

Rev. Nigel Craig – Ray & Newtowncunningham Presbyterian Churches

Pastor Stephen Wilson – Letterkenny Baptist Church

Rev. Stephen Richmond – Donegal Town & Stranorlar Presbyterian Churches

Rev. Mervyn Carter – Raphoe Congregational Church

Mr. Eugen Peters

Rev. Stewart Glendinning – Carndonagh, Malin, Moville & Greenbank Presbyterian Churches

Rev. Knox Jones – Fahan Presbyterian Church