Is there a Christian gay community in Singapore?

The local gay Christian community started out as Safehaven and registered itself in July 2004 as Free Community Church (FCC). It comprises an impressive leadership from different denominational backgrounds and professional expertise ranging from theology to law and counselling. The most notable is their Pastoral Advisor, Rev Yap Kim Hao, who was the first Asian Bishop of The Methodist Church in Malaysia and Singapore, and continued to serve till 2012 on the Council of the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) in Singapore for the promotion of inter-faith dialogue and understanding. The current Executive Pastor of FCC is Rev. Miak Siew, who is also an ordained minister of the Metropolitan Community Churches (MCC), a US-based network of “inclusive churches” which lobby for “marriage equality”. The MCC is not a member of the US National Council of Churches. Similarly, FCC is not a member of the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

Just like other Christians, FCC believes that all individuals, “including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) persons”, are created in God’s image and of sacred worth. Their vision is to be “an inclusive community that celebrates diversity in living out God’s love and promise of abundant life for all”. From this position, they speak against “discrimination based on negative judgment of others, fear of difference and homophobia”.[1]

However, FCC claims that same-sex and transgendered relationships are consistent with the Christian faith and teachings when lived out in accordance with the love commandments of Jesus.

There are Christians confronted with same-sex attractions who differ from the stance of FCC.They include those who struggle in silence (termed as “in the closet”), those seeking a way out or a better way through their current situation, those who have found God’s grace to journey out of their LGBT lifestyle, and those who have successfully “come out” and may even have developed heterosexual attractions.

Endnotes
1. http://www.freecomchurch.org