The Christ Is The Answer Ministries (CITAM) church has reacted to the Supreme Court's ruling that upheld a High Court and Court of Appeal decision which found the NGO Coordination Board violated the right to freedom of association by refusing to register an NGO that championed the rights of the LGBTQ community.
"On Friday 24th of February, the Supreme Court of Kenya ruled in favour of the gay movement’s right of association in Kenya. They stated that “Despite gayism being illegal (in Kenya), they have a right of association”.
This rather contradictory ruling has left many of us wondering whether other illegal practitioners like pedophiles and those involved in incest also have the right to association and if not, how different they are from homosexuals. And perhaps criminal organisations as well," the letter by CITAM read in part.
In the letter undersigned against the name of CITAM's presiding bishop Calisto Odede, the church stated that it is interesting that the apex court delivered the ruling at a time when sections of the Church in the West decided to bless gay unions.
CITAM further commended the section of Supreme Court judges that ruled against the majority decision allowing the creation of associations of homosexuals.
"We note that this comes to us soon after sections of the Church in the West decided to bless gay unions. We truly commend the judges who ruled for God’s creative order and for cultural preservation and dissented from that majority ruling. Similarly, we also appreciate and stand with the sections of the Christian faith communities who have stood their ground on matters biblical in spite of the schism from their umbrella organisations," the letter read further.
The bishop further listed Bible verses that are in support of CITAM's stance on homosexuality.
"The Bible categorizes immoral thoughts in the heart and immoral actions as sinful, including homosexual behaviour. The Bible speaks 7 times about this kind of relationship directly: Gen.19:1-11; Lev.18:22; 20:13; Judge:19:22-25; Roman:1:25-26; 1 Cor.6:9; 1 Tim. 1:9-10. In all these passages, homosexuality is not approved but rather, is viewed as sinful, unnatural and perverted. In the Leviticus passage, it is punishable by death. This kind of lifestyle is incompatible with the new life Christians are supposed to be living in Christ," he noted.
He noted that the Bible considers homosexual behaviours a sin because; It is disobedient to scriptural teachings, It is contrary to God’s created order for the family and human relationships. Human life would become extinct if everyone practiced it, It comes under divine judgment and it is sin but reconciliation and restoration to God are possible.