St. Patrick Versus Homosexuality
Rev. Angus Stewart
(published in the Belfast News Letter on 16 March, 2017,
Belfast Telegraph on St.
Patrick's Day, 17 March, 2017)
Among the St. Patrick's Day parades in various places
around the world, some homosexual groups are marching.
But what does Patrick himself—the man who is
supposed to be honoured by such parades—have to say
In his autobiography, after being kidnapped and
forced into slavery as a shepherd, Patrick relates
his escape from Ireland. He boarded a ship without
complying with the request of the (male) sailors: "I
refused to suck their breasts for fear of God, but
rather hoped they would come to the faith of Jesus
Christ, because they were pagans" (Confession
In fifth-century pagan Ireland, sucking a man's
nipple was a sign of friendship or of the reception
of protection. Patrick "refused" to engage in it out
of the "fear of God" to avoid any homosexual
connotations. Instead, this faithful Christian,
whose two writings are saturated with the Word of
God, and who would later return to Ireland as a
missionary and be known as its patron saint, "rather
hoped they would come to the faith of Jesus Christ."
Patrick preached, rebuked sin, and called to
repentance and faith in Christ crucified in the
confidence that Scripture consists of the words "of
God and the apostles and prophets, who have never
lied. He that believeth shall be saved; but he that
believeth not shall be condemned. God hath spoken" (Letter
to Coroticus 20).
This includes God's beautiful creation of marriage
between one man and one woman (Gen. 1:27; 2:24;
Matt. 19:4-6), as a picture of the union of Christ
and His bride the church (Eph. 5:22-33), and,
therefore, the prophetic and apostolic opposition to
sodomy and lesbianism (Gen. 19:1-29; Lev. 18:22;
20:13; Isa. 3:9; Eze. 16:49-50; Rom. 1:26-27; I Cor.
6:9-11; I Tim. 1:10; Jude 7).