ADVERTISING
 
Saturday, November 18   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 

 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 

POLL
'... Christian'
I would define myself as...





SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Q&A
 

Ashers: “We’ve learned to rely on Christ and his Church more than ever”

An interview Solas Magazine did with Daniel McArthur, general manager of Christian-owned bakery. “The court case has given us many opportunities to speak with friends and colleagues about our personal love of Jesus Christ.”

SOLAS MAGAZINE AUTHOR Solas Magazine BELFAST 23 NOVEMBER 2015 16:01 h GMT+1
ashers bakery, trial, interview, Daniel MacArthur, faith, LGBT, Christians Daniel MacArthur, speaking to the media following the Ashers Bakery trial.

Earlier this year, a Christian-owned business in Northern Ireland drew international headlines after a judge ruled it had discriminated against a customer on the grounds of sexual orientation. Ashers Bakery, run by the McArthur family, found itself in court after it refused to supply a cake that carried a slogan in favour of same-sex marriage. Ashers general manager, Daniel McArthur, agreed to an interview with Solas Magazine



.



Solas Magazine: Let’s start by finding out a little bit about your family and the business. Can you give us a brief overview?



Daniel McArthur: So, we're Daniel and Amy McArthur, both 25, and we have two daughters. I work as general manager at Ashers, our family bakery business, and Amy is a full-time mum but she also does graphic design for the bakery from time to time.



SM: Why did Ashers Bakery end up in the news?



DM: In short, Ashers Baking Company found itself in the news because we were asked to make a cake with the words ‘Support Gay Marriage’ on it for a man from a gay rights group. We refused to fulfil the order, as it was so obviously contradictory to the Bible’s teaching on marriage.



SM: So, do Ashers Bakery shops refuse to serve homosexuals?



DM: Ha! In spite of the publicity and court case we still have many homosexuals coming into our shops on a daily basis and we're more than happy to serve them.



SM: What was the judgment handed down against you?



DM: The judgment against us found that we had discriminated against the customer on the grounds of sexual orientation, on grounds of religious belief and on grounds of political belief. It was news to me that you could simultaneously discriminate against a person in three different ways all at once!



SM: Are you appealing the decision and if so, when?



DM: Well yes, in light of the judgment we have decided to appeal. The current rate of progress means it will most likely be around spring 2016 before it's back before the court of appeal.



SM: What if you’re not successful with the appeal? What do you think will be the consequences?



DM: At a very basic level the consequences are very little; it means we would still have to pay the £500 that was originally awarded for ‘injury to feelings’. But on a religious freedom level, I think the consequences are slightly weightier. There can be no doubt that secularists and the homosexual lobby would love Christians to pipe down a bit and stop going on so much about things like sin and repentance. This fiasco that we’ve found ourselves in is simply a very tactical way of silencing Christians, no matter how ridiculous the means.



SM: You obviously hold strongly to your beliefs. Can you tell us a little about your Christian life?



DM: We grew up in Christian families, went to Christian schools and are very thankful to God for all that he's blessed us with. We worship at Trinity Reformed Presbyterian Church and enjoy fellowship with other Christians there. The court case has brought about a lot of good as we've learned to rely on Christ and his Church more than ever. It's also given us many opportunities to speak with friends and colleagues about our personal love of Jesus Christ.



SM: Is there anything that other Christians can do to support you?



DM: I think the best thing to do would be study the Bible so you know why same-sex marriage makes an absolute farce of God-ordained biblical marriage. It's currently where the battle lines have been drawn across the Western world and many Christians are wavering on it because they’re easily duped by simple, emotionally charged arguments. [The Apostle] Paul tells us to expect this kind of false teaching that appeals to people's own passions rather than living lives of endurance and Christ-like sacrifice [2 Timothy 4]. Outside of that, pray for mercy from God and forgiveness for the sins our nation is hell-bent on committing.



 



This article was first published in Solas magazine. Solas is published quarterly in the U.K. Click here to learn more or subscribe.



 


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - - Ashers: “We’ve learned to rely on Christ and his Church more than ever”
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe Michael Schluter: Relationships are the key to build Europe

The economist summarises the manifesto “Confederal Europe: Strong Nations, Strong Union” and explains why personal relationships should be at the centre of our economy, education and democracy. 

 
Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation Gary Wilkerson: The Bible, the Holy Spirit and the Reformation

Pastor Gary Wilkerson talks about what all evangelical Christians can learn from the Protestant Reformation and underlines the need for more churches with both a sound doctrine and obedience to the Holy Spirit.

 
Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe Lindsay Brown: Islam and the Gospel in Europe

Is the arrival of thousands of Muslims to Europe a threat to Christianity? What is the growth of evangelical churches in Eastern and Southern Europe? An interview with theologian and Lausanne Movement representative Lindsay Brown.

 
Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues Efraim Tendero: Relationship with Roman Catholicism and other current issues

The World Evangelical Alliance Secretary General participated in the Italian Evangelical Alliance assembly (Rome, 8-9 April). In this interview with Evangelical Focus, Bp Tendero talks about the need to listen to local churches and to face challenges like the refugee crisis and climate change. 

 
Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission Evi Rodemann: Youth and mission

“We want to see the youth not just being equipped, but also being multipliers”, Evi Rodemann director of Mission-Net. The European Congress took place in Germany from December 28 to January 2.

 
Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum Greg Pritchard: European Leadership Forum

Pritchard explains the vision of ELF, comments on the 2015 event in Poland and reflects on what it means to have an "evangelical identity".

 
Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch Pablo Martinez comments on Evangelical Focus’ launch

Author and international speaker Dr Pablo Martínez discusses the main challenges in Europe nowadays and hopes Evangelical Focus will be a useful tool to help build bridges between churches and society.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest Lausanne younger leaders gathering in Budapest

About 70 people from European countries met at the Younger Leaders Gen gathering in Hungary (19-22 October) to discuss the challenges of the church in the continent and build partnerships. Photos: Evi Rodemann and Jari Sippola.

 
I am not on sale I am not on sale

Young Christians gathered at Madrid’s central square Sol to denounce human trafficking. A flashmob highlighted the work of three evangelical NGOs which support women who escape sexual slavery in Spain.

 
Stamps to commemorate the Reformation Stamps to commemorate the Reformation

Poland, Lithuania, Namibia and Brazil are some of the countries that have issued special stamps on the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses.

 
‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country ‘Reconciliation’ in the Basque Country

Bilbao hosted the Spanish Evangelical Alliance's annual meeting (assembly). Politicians, professors and evangelical representatives shared views on social reconciliation. The theme was also analysed from a theological perspective and in workshops. 

 
The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible The Progress of Europe, deeply connected to Bible

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi spoke about how the biblical worldview shaped the West. 300 professionals attended annual GBG meeting on faith and work in Cullera (Spain). Photos: J.P. Serrano, S. Vera.

 
Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016 Impressions of Lausanne's #ylg2016

Around 1,000 young Christian leaders from 150 countries are participating in the 2016 Lausanne Younger Leaders Gathering, to reflect on global mission.

 
VIDEO Video
 
Creation Care and the Gospel, in France Creation Care and the Gospel, in France

The conference drew about 90 delegates from across Europe. Scientists, theologians, activists reflected together on the theme “God’s Word and God’s World”.

 
“It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation” “It is inconsistent to say we love the Creator while we destroy His creation”

In creation care, “we need more people who lead by example”, says well-known Brazilian politician and activist Marina Silva. 

 
Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online Human traffickers recruit girls and boys online

The new video of the European Freedom Network addresses the dangers of social media. 

 
“Remember you are dust” “Remember you are dust”

Vaughan Roberts speaks from 25 years of ministry experience to share four lessons on staying the course as a Christian, despite ongoing battles with the world, the flesh, and the devil.

 
Walk Walk

A two-minute video on the meaning of Jude 24.

 
Playmobil animation on Luther’s life Playmobil animation on Luther’s life

British video platform GoChatter uses 4,000 individual photos to create stop motion video on Martin Luther's life.

 
Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism Individualism: from the Protestant Reformation to 21st century capitalism

Indian author Vishal Mangalwadi on how the Protestant Reformation underlined individualism as a means to please God, and how secular Europe corrupted it.

 
Students in Europe: “We are present” Students in Europe: “We are present”

A summary video of the IFES Europe conference which brought together 1,700 students from many countries in Aschaffenburg (Germany) to reflect on God's mission in society.

 
Philip Yancey interview Philip Yancey interview

An 8-minute interview with Philip Yancey on the role of Christians in a secularised society. Recorded in Madrid, September 2016.

 
An interview with Prof. John Lennox An interview with Prof. John Lennox

New atheism, the definition of "faith", Christianity in Europe, the role of the Bible in mission, and the need to listen more. An exclusive interview recorded at "Forum Apologética" (Tarragona, Spain) in May 2016.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.