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Christian Former UK Party Leader Admits He Lied About Believing Gay Sex Is Not a Sin

Tim Farron Premier Christian Radio

Tim Farron, an evangelical Christian who led the Liberal Democrats in Britain for two years, admitted this week that he had lied during the election last year when he said he did not believe gay sex to be a sin.

“There was a General Election and all they wanted to do was talk about my Christian beliefs. I foolishly and wrongly attempted to push it away by giving an answer that frankly was not right," Farron told Premier Christian Radio in an interview on Wednesday.

The politician added, "I found myself in a situation, partly because of events beyond my control and partly because of things that were my fault, where I either had to be compromising my faith, frankly, saying things I thought were not true, or be true to my faith and frankly be in a situation where I sucked all the attention that ought to be going to me being the mouthpiece of the party."

In April of last year, Farron told the BBC, "I don't believe gay sex is a sin. I take the view that as a political leader, my job is not to pontificate on theological matters but this has become a talking point, an issue – and in that case, if people have got the wrong opinion of what I think of those issues, it’s right to correct it."

Even at the time, Farron suggested his answer was less theologically correct and more an attempt to switch the conversation back to political issues. “When I get asked theological questions, which I don’t think many other politicians do get asked, I took the view that it would be better for me to say this is a matter of theological nitpicking, and let’s talk about the politics," he said.

Even so, he did point-blank say "I don't believe gay sex is a sin," and this week he revealed that this was a lie.

"If you’re a Christian you’ve got a very clear idea about what sin is — it is us falling short of the glory of God — and that is something we equally — all of us — share," Farron explained. The fact that Christians consider gay sex to be a sin does not mean they view themselves as pure and perfect, better than LGBT people. In fact, St. Paul called himself "the worst of sinners," and Christians are called to think of themselves in that light.