Reformation anniversary statement by NEAB at 31 October press conference, Remar, Belize City.
Today, the 31st of October 2017, marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, which affirmed “Scripture Only” (“Sola Scriptura”) as the supreme authority in our lives. The Belize Constitution reflects the influence of the Reformation when it begins by declaring “the Nation of Belize shall be founded upon principles which acknowledge the supremacy of God” (see Col. 1:17-18). Our Constitution also follows scriptural principles in asserting “the position of family in a society of free men and free institutions” (John 8:35-36; 1 Cor. 6:12-7:14) and the equal rights “endowed by their Creator” (Gen. 2:16; Rom. 13:7-10).
Because of this, we strongly uphold family values and our God-endowed rights in the issues that Belize faces:
- 1. Sex (and gender) as male and female only, as God created them in His image, vs. artificial LGBT identities (Gen. 1:26-27).
- 2. The God-designed natural family of a married man and woman, faithful to each other and to their children, vs. LGBT sex, LGBT unions, LGBT marriages, or LGBT adoption (Heb. 13:4; Prov. 22:6). Sodomy violates God’s design for sex, causing physical damage, and as such is not a form of love nor a right endowed by our Creator (Lev. 18:22; Rom. 1:26-27).
- 3. The right to life at conception of the fetus, who in ultrasounds shows unmistakable signs of life in its earliest stages, and is worthy of full protection as a human being (Psalm 139:13-16; Belize Const. Preamble (e))
- 4. The right of church schools to teach according to Scripture and religious convictions, and to rule out teachings contrary to Scripture (2 John 1:8-11; Belize Const. 10(3)).
- 5. The need for laws against practices that are harmful to public health, according to the Constitution—including homosexual practices and narcotic practices (Rom. 1:26-27; 2 Kings 4:38-41).
- 6. The promotion of counseling which frees people from such harmful practices and habits (1 Cor. 6:9-11).
Evangelicals and Catholics—who together make up 68 percent of Belize’s population—have spoken to the government on all these issues. Yet we have received inadequate responses or no response at all. Now we are speaking out in public for all to hear. We publicly call on the government to publicly answer our positions on these issues which we have presented to them.
We also plan to rally together on the National Assembly Steps soon to speak to the nation at greater length on these crucial family and social issues. As the nation’s conscience we must say like Luther—the Reformation’s founder—“Here we stand. We can do no other. So help us God.” Whoever stands on God’s word will never fall. We call on the people of Belize to stand with us.
DailyInsight. We are to grow in Holy Spirit servanthood to learn authority, and in Sonship to learn Fatherhood (see John 16:12-15).
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