“Age of Consent”

Back in 2013 Professor John Ashton – The then President of the Faculty of Public Health -urged the government to consider lowering the age of consent for sexual relations to fifteen – saying that society sends “confused” signals about when sex is permitted.

No 10 was swift to pour cold water on the idea. A spokesman said: “We reject the call to lower the age of consent. The current age is in place to protect children and there are no plans to change it.”

Prof Ashton’s intervention comes against a backdrop of official figures which suggest that up to a third of teenagers have sex before the present age of consent of 16.

Recent statistics indicate that over thirty seven million people, or some sixty per cent of the population of the United Kingdom claim to be Christians. Strangely not one of the main religious leaders have expressed their opposition to this suggestion.  The three largest churches, those being the Anglicans, the Roman Catholics and the Methodists, who compose the vast majority of that thirty seven million, have been amazingly silent over this issue.

Jesus, the founder of Christianity, re-iterated Gods given laws, as set out in the Old Testament, that those who seek to follow him should totally abstain from any physical and sexual relationship outside marriage.   Some twenty or so years later the Apostle Peter advised the Christians of the First Century that they should abstain from fleshly immoral lusts.  At the conference at Jerusalem held around 60AD, attended by Peter together with other apostles including Paul, it was resolved that Christians were to be commanded to refrain from fornication, that is the having sexual relations before marriage. 1 Corinthians 7

If the Christian church was to stand up and unequivocally proclaim its belief and adherence to the God given laws relating to sexual relations, many of the problems facing society today would be either abolished or substantially reduced.  The number of one parent families, where the male partner is absent, would be diminished as would the number of abortions and the tragic distress and potential harm to the mental and physical harm of the teenage girl.  Sexually transmitted diseases would be virtually eradicated and the vast expenditure spent on contraceptives could be used in the funding of drugs to combat cancer and other life threatening diseases.

When will the leaders of the mainstream Christian churches stand up and oppose the decline in moral standards, as exemplified by the suggested change in the age of consent. Never!!  Rather they prefer to pander to the humanistic and liberal thinkers rather than upholding the Word of God.

Paul Maplethorpe

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