God Hasn’t Changed His Laws to Suit Men: B&B Owners Defend Denial of Room to Homosexuals

Bulls ytIn an interview this week on British television, a Christian couple defended their decision to deny a room to two homosexual men—even though it ended up costing them their livelihood.

As previously reported, Peter and Hazelmary Bull of Cornwall, England are selling their business, which also served as their home, after legal costs and harassment from homosexual advocates drove them to close their doors.

The situation at issue occurred in 2008, when Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy reserved a double room, but was turned away by the manager when he discovered they were homosexuals. Chymorvah Hotel does not allow unmarried couples–homosexual or heterosexual–to share a room.

“Please note that as Christians we have a deep regard for marriage (being the union of one man to one woman for life to the exclusion of all others),”  the business website states. “Therefore, although we extend to all a warm welcome to our home, our double bedded accommodation is not available to unmarried couples.”

However, after Hall and Preddy were turned away, the Bulls found themselves having to face a legal battle in court. They were ordered by the Bristol County Court to pay restitution to the men in the amount of $2,900 each, and also racked up a considerable bill in legal fees.

The Bulls state that they have also been the targets of vandalism and even death threats since the incident went public. They told reporters that a dead rabbit was once nailed to their fence, the bolts were removed out of the wheels of their car, and they were infected with pornography on their computer.

In addition to the harassment they have experienced, the Bulls state that financial woes have forced them to close their doors and sell the property as business has slowed down significantly due to opposition.

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This week, the Bulls appeared on ITV Daybreak, where they explained their Christian convictions and their beliefs that God should not be shut out of the way His people operate their businesses.

“As a Christian, surely the God you worship is a loving God, is a tolerant God. And if people are in a civil partnership, they are obviously in love, so what is wrong with them sharing a bed?” host Aled Jones asked.

“I think it’s a myth to believe that entirely,” Hazelmary Bull replied. “He is a loving God, that’s true. He’s a forgiving God, but there is…”

“And a tolerant one?” Jones interrupted.

“He is a longsuffering God; He’s not entirely tolerant because the Bible is full of cases when He does finally bring judgment about,” she replied. “We felt that we wanted to, as far as possible, live according to His instructions, and the Bible is very clear about marriage.”

“It’s 2013,” co-host Lorraine Kelly noted. “It’s 2013.”

“God hasn’t changed; Jesus says He’s the same yesterday, today and forever,” Bull replied. “He hasn’t changed, the Bible hasn’t changed, and we are wrong—we are living in a dream—if we think that He has changed His laws to suit us, because that’s not the case at all.”

Later, when Bull explained that the way they run their business is not exempt from the Lordship of Christ, Kelly emphasized that the Bull’s were only referring to their God and not the god that others envision.

“God demands that our faith doesn’t end at the kitchen door. He means for your faith to run in every corner of your life,” Bull replied. “You can’t just section Him off like that. So one would think that dealing with Christians, we would be fair and honest and upright and honorable and live according to the Bible, because the Bible is the Christian’s textbook.”

The Bull’s have appealed their case to the UK Supreme Court even though they have put their bed and breakfast up for sale.

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  • becky

    Bless you for remaining faithful while the world says what is right is wrong and what is right is wrong.

  • Akpan

    Glory! My mum and dad, I am strengthen by your faith.

  • Sylvia Brown

    Stand fast, and hold onto your courage. Our King is coming!

  • Another sad excuse for Christians, I pray that you all follow the true Christ and his loving message for homosexuals and all who have been blessed to be homosexual, as this is a blessing from your god, fear not these lost souls who call themselves Christians, there end is coming soon. Look for the Son as he will give a great sign in your sky in the next few months, the all you who read this will fear, as the day of judgement draws near and those who judged, will be the judged….

    Sister Gloria

    “Not everyone can accept this teaching, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by others, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let anyone accept this who can.” (Matthew 19:11-12)

    • m saeger

      May I ask: what do eunuchs have to do with homosexuals?
      You need to do research re: same-sex relationships in the Bible.
      Most of the post here are not in judgment, but in defense of the couples’ Christian beliefs in the Word of God.

  • Dave Neil

    The Lord Jesus declared that “if you love me keep my commandments” (John 14:15). It is the hardness of hearts and the desire for personal pleasure that so many change the natural affection for the un-natural desire that sends them pleasure seeking.

    Marriage was purely designed for reproduction and those involved MUST be the male and female God instructs to do so like Elizabeth and Zachariah or Joseph and Mary.

    How can a male who slept with a female, got her pregnant, fathered a son with a pronounced gender turn around and declare to another male like himself that this son is now the mans wife? And the same for the female….SICK PEOPLE!

    • m saeger

      Excellent post, DAVE NEIL.

  • At first, I didn’t have a lot of sympathy. I thought to myself that hotels rent rooms to unmarried heterosexuals all of the time, so what’s the big deal? The big deal is that this couple was treating everybody fairly in regards to not renting out to unmarried couples and this gay couple felt they were entitled to special treatment. There may be some disagreement as to what God’s rules are, whether scripture has been misinterpreted. However, God doesn’t change his rules. Trust me. I’ve had my own heterosexual based arguments with him on this and he wins. That’s because they’re his rules made for our own good. I’m not currently sure how I feel about homosexuality, but I applaud this couple for standing up for their convictions. I also think it’s lame that these activists talking about tolerance would threaten them.

  • i applaud your decision to reject those kinds,,this political correct crap is going berserk,an to think ,it was our POTUS that started all this,,at least Russia ;despite there way of life ,reject homosexually,,actually ,i would have not rented the room either,,an get those throat cutting devils out while your at it go Russia go

    • tlgeer

      “an to think ,it was our POTUS that started all this”

      What in the heck are you talking about? How, exactly, did our POTUS start anything like this?

  • Ed Butterfield

    Seriously? You are all seriously okay with this? Everyone is okay with discrimination in the 21st century? Jeez…

    My experience of Christians growing up was on the whole largely positive. Loving, caring, welcoming and, most importantly, accepting. I was told by every Christian that God loves everyone equally, and I recall Mark 12:31 specifically: “Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater.”

    So why then is it acceptable to discriminate against homosexual people? Please, somebody explain to me how and why that is acceptable for a religion that is supposed to be accepting of everyone.

    Anyone recall Luke 6:31 at all? “Do unto others as you would have them do to you.” What about if a couple were refused service because of their Christian beliefs? What about if someone discriminated against a couple and wouldn’t let them share a double room simply because they were Christian?

    To anyone who says being gay is ‘unnatural’ ‘wrong’ or a ‘disease’, what if someone told you that being Christian was a disease?

    I understand that they have claimed they have a rule for all unmarried couples. I can kind of understand that. But, in the Bull’s case, they don’t have a rule for all unmarried couples, as this article clearly states. http://www.secularism.org.uk/christian-hotel-owners-claimed-i.html

    Anyone who can clear up any of my questions or answer any of my points please do reply because I am at a loss. Because currently all I can see is that the views of Mr and Mrs Bull are quite literally that; a load of bull.

    Thank you in advance to anyone who can help and doesn’t simply try to attack me for trying to understand.