Christian churches are using some New South Wales schools to preach homophobic
messages, SBS can reveal.
of sermons obtained by SBS include teachings that the punishment for gay sex is
death, marriage and sex is between a man and a woman only, and that the gay
"lifestyle" is "unhappy".
are being delivered by members of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical
Churches. Many of the churches are housed on public school grounds in NSW,
where they conduct weekly services by arrangement with the individual schools.
recording of a sermon on homosexuality and the Bible's book of Leviticus from
the Lakes Christian Church, based inside the Berkeley Vale Public school on the
NSW Central Coast, includes references to the "death penalty" as a
punishment for the "sin" of homosexuality.
Chapter 20, He [God] states the death penalty for those who disobey. And notice
throughout...if it is not the death penalty, it’s being cut off from the people
of God, which is still death, not just instant death and so God is serious
about sexual purity,” the pastor claims in the recording, which has since been
removed from the church's website.
goes on to preach that: "God’s good design for sex within marriage"
is between "one man and a woman".
though books have been written and studies have been conducted to show that the
gay lifestyle is not a happy one, people persist in the rejection of God. Let
me encourage you that if you are in any doubt about how destructive that sexual
sin is...have a look at the research and I can, I can point it out to you.”
for the NSW Department of Education said it was forbidden to use school
facilities to spread homophobia.
Department of Education does not allow any group or church to use school
grounds to preach homophobic messages," he told SBS, referring to the NSW
Department of Education’s policy on the use of school facilities.
Vale Public School, Lambton Public School and the Lakes Christian and Maitland
Evangelical Churches did not respond to requests for comment by SBS.
Grossman High School said it did not wish to comment.
Morgan, from the lobby group Human Rights Advocacy Australia (HRAA), said he
complained to both the Department of Education and Berkeley Vale Public High
School in April this year but said other than asking the church not to preach
homophobic messages; no further action had been taken.
believes that NSW public school facilities should not be used to promote
beliefs which marginalise members of both the school and wider community,” he
to a complaint from HRAA to Berkeley Vale Public High School, the acting
principal confirmed the school was aware of the sermon and that it was not
have determined that the sermon described in your complaint was not consistent
with the expectations of the community use agreement between Tuggerah Lakes
Secondary College Berkeley Vale Campus and The Lakes Church," she wrote in
response to HRAA's complaint.
church continues to operate from the school.
said religious groups with these views should not be accessing school
is simply asking the minister for education and the Department of Education to
implement the department’s own policies and procedures in an objective and
neutral manner. This requires such organisations to be deemed 'inappropriate
organisations' and therefore must be denied use of public school
facilities," he said.
reveal at least two other churches from the Fellowship of Independent
Evangelical Churches based in NSW public schools have made anti-gay sermons.
recordings posted online by the Hunter Bible Church, based at Lambton High
School in Newcastle, a pastor states that homosexuality is a sin and wrong.
is one of the things that send people to hell," the pastor states.
outside of that, whether it is homosexuality, or adultery or pornography or sex
before marriage; anything that doesn't conform with what God created us into,
for the Hunter Bible Church denied anti-gay sermons had been preached on the
message that fits what you’ve described has been given on school grounds,"
he told SBS.
drew his attention to the recordings about homosexuality on the church's
website, the spokesman did not respond further.
recording from the Maitland Evangelical Church discusses the evils of incest,
homosexuality and adultery in the same sermon.
does not want us sinking in a sea of shame," the Pastor says.
man commits adultery with another man’s wife, with the wife of his neighbour;
both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death. Now that sounds
drastic doesn't it and it is - God will judge sexual sin - the Israelites
didn’t get away with it back then, and we will not get away with it