(This is the text of Rev Julian Mann’s 60-second sermon delivered today on BBC Radio Sheffield)

In this general election campaign, it is absolutely not my role as a Church of England minister to engage in party politics and I am not about to make a party political point.

But it is important in the light of the recent controversy around the traditional Christian ethic on sex to say this: the Anglican Book of Common Prayer is clear that the expression of sexual love should be kept for heterosexual marriage.

The Prayer Book says that one of the purposes for which God made one man-one woman marriage was ‘for a remedy against sin and to avoid fornication; that such persons as have not the gift of continency might marry, and keep themselves undefiled members of Christ’s body’ – i.e. the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ.

In this affirmation, the Prayer Book is reflecting the teaching of the Bible as understood by the large majority of Christians down the centuries and around the world today.

Surely in a free society Christians should not be inhibited from expressing their biblical convictions?

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