Tim Farron I regret saying gay sex is not a sin

first_imgTim Farron has said he regrets saying that gay sex is not a sin during interviews last year. The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, an evangelical Christian, was put under pressure during interviews to clarify his position on homosexuality in the run-up to last year’s General Election. After initially failing to clearly answer questions about his stance he told the BBC’s Eleanor Garnier in April last year that he did not believe gay sex was a sin. But he has now said this answer was “not right” and he only gave it because he wanted to end heavy focus on his Christian beliefs. Speaking to Premier Christian Radio Mr Farron, who quit as leader of the party after the election, said he felt under pressure to say it was not a sin. “Of course I did. And there are things that I said including that that I regret and there was a sense in which I felt I’ve got to get this off my table,” he said. “All they wanted to do was talk about my Christian beliefs and I would say foolishly and wrongly attempted to push it away by giving an answer that frankly was not right.” “In the end the difficulty is if you’re a Christian you’ve got a very clear idea of what sin is, and that is us falling short of the glory of God, and that is something we equally all of us share.”So in one sense to be asked that question is to persecute one group of human beings because sin is something we are all – Jesus excepted – guilty of.”But if you’re not a Christian it’s to be accused of something, it’s to be condemnatory.”In a speech last November he said society considered Christians to be “dangerous” and “offensive”. He resigned leadership of his party in June, saying it was impossible to reconcile his religious beliefs with the role.  He said non-Christians had a different understanding of sin to Christians. center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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