Gary McFarlane, a former counsellor with Relate, lost his case for unfair dismissal at the European Court last week.
His case has intrigued us, because we cannot understand why a Christian would ever want to work for an organisation like Relate, which “counsels” unmarried heterosexuals as well as “gay” couples, and offers “sex therapy” to both!
It appears that the only “crisis of conscience” experienced by Mr.McFarlane was the possibility that existed that he might have to provide “sex therapy” to homosexuals and this was the reason for his dismissal.
Why would any Christian want to work in such an ungodly, amoral, non-judgemental organisation?
Mr.McFarlane had no difficulty providing therapy and counselling to heterosexuals living in sin and he had no difficulty giving “emotional therapy” to homosexuals!
He claims to be a Christian, therefore he had no business working with, and implementing the policies of, a vile, God-defying organisation.
The European Court upheld Relate’s decision to dismiss Mr.McFarlane. He obviously wanted to continue working with Relate on condition they make some accommodation for his “Christian” faith and the conflict he would face if forced to give sex therapy to gays.
We cannot understand Mr.McFarlane and his claim that he is a Christian, as a true Bible-believing Christian would and should find organisations like Relate abhorrent and shun such as an example of the Bible description of “an unclean thing.” We are warned in Scripture to “touch not the unclean thing” and Mr.McFarlane should be rebuked for disobeying this (and many other) Bible admonitions!