Manchester Pride 2018 – Report on our Christian Witness


Pastor David Carson earnestly calling sinners to repentance as the breaking of God’s commandments is publicly celebrated

The Manchester Evening News describes tonight this year’s Pride parade in the city as “the greatest show on earth”. Oh dear. Is that really an apt description of men walking down the public highway in scanty underwear gyrating to heavy beat music? Is it an apt description of a parade, the whole ethos of which is to rejoice in the public repudiation of God’s moral law? Is it an apt description of the corporate brainwashing of a vast cross section of the population?

Do the many Mancunians supporting the parade and rejoicing in their progressive, tuned in and oh so liberal attitudes realise that the city of Corinth 2000 years ago was likewise given over to God-rejecting immorality, that there is nothing new under the sun, and that they are just reverting to the behaviour of ancient pagan nations before the purifying influence of the Christian gospel took hold?

Nevertheless, the small band of believers at the parade set forth the word of God with clarity. Believing in the primacy of preaching, a succession of able speakers using amplification declared the necessity of heartfelt repentance from sin. The gross departure from God on a national level was tragically brought home to us by all that was taking place.

The period before and after the main parade came through in particular afforded excellent opportunities for the preaching, there being less noise and more attention from the many bystanders during these times. Also many Scripture texts were on display, including relevant verses from Romans 1, “Be sure your sin will find you out”, and, “Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”.

As with the London Pride parade in July, particularly distressing was the large number of teenage girls caught up in the revelry, some looking no more than 12 or 13.

Parade participants included 02, the Co-op, the Police and Fire Brigade, Manchester City Council, BBC Radio Manchester and Tesco’s, whose float told us that they were “bursting with pride”. Re the BBC, one might ask, How can they report impartially on an event such as this with political ramifications, if they are participating in the event themselves?

Stars from the TV soap Coronation Street enjoyed a high profile in the day’s proceedings, but come the Day of Judgement the fame and fortune of this world will not matter one jot.

We rejoice that the precious name of Christ and the reality of God’s wrath upon sin were proclaimed today, despite the much jeering and scorn which came our way.

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