Some of us will remember the pain of Tim Farron before he resigned as leader of the Liberal Party. He was hounded by the press to say the sentence which the western press insist you say if you are to be regarded as one of the "in crowd", the sentence, which if you refuse to say, makes you roadkill.
Here is the litmus-test sentence, by which everyone is judged today - if you agree with this sentence you are "in", if you disagree, you are clearly and obviously wicked:
"Homosexual practise is not a sin."
Those of us who love Christ and want to be faithful to him are not ashamed to say that homosexual practise is a sin. The Bible calls it a sin both in it's radical affirmation of heterosexuality and in its condemnation of homosexual practise.
The Apostle Paul calls homosexual practise unnatural, indecent and a perversion (Romans 1).
All sin is wrong, so we who love Christ do not put ourselves one wit above anyone else, nor do we condemn practising homosexuals, for the love of God has even reached even us and all who repent of their sin and turn to Christ find hope and new life.
We remember the embarrassment of Tim Farron, as relentlessly hounded by one journalist and then by another, he was forced to say on TV the modern day equivalent of "Caesar is Lord."
Tim Farron has now written a long article which in effect is his retraction, and also a spirited attack on the illiberal society we now live in.
If you think we live in a culture of free speech, think again - and read Farron.
Well done, Tim, well done our brother in Christ.
It's worth reading in full:
Tim Farron's Lecture