U.K. seminaries, Sunday schools must adopt ‘queer theology.’
Sunday, July 23, 2017
The British government is demanding that seminaries in the United Kingdom include a “queer theology” in their courses – a directive confirming that Sunday schools must also incorporate “teaching of LGBTI beliefs” for children.
The report, titled “Opportunities and Challenges: The Intersection of Faith and Human Rights of LGBTI+ Persons,” contains a shocking order that will have a great impact on the already post-Christian nation – and continents to the south.
The Barnabas Fund – a Christian group serving persecuted Christians globally – examined the report and provided its own analysis, titled “Christianophobia and State-sponsored Advocacy of the Imposition of LGBTI Ideology on Evangelical Christians in the Global South.”
“[The] report by Wilton Park – an executive agency of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office – … urges the reinterpretation of [S]cripture to make it compatible with LGBTI ideology and the teaching of LGBTI beliefs in Sunday schools and Queer Theology in theological seminaries,” the Christian organization warned.
The U.K. government alleges that evangelical Christians’ language is highly prejudicial and goes on to call for a redefinition of “intolerant” so that biblical teachings are considered hateful.
“[The government is] requiring people to agree with the ethical beliefs and ideological agenda of LGBTI activists, with anyone who does not do so branded as ‘intolerant’ and even disseminators of ‘hate,” the Barnabus Fund warns in its analysis report.
U.K. officials have declared an outright war against practicing evangelical Christians and missionaries.
“[Evangelical Christians have] ‘intensified hatred, disseminating it in parts of the world which had previously exercised greater tolerance,” the Wilton Park report reads. “[Missionaries are] ‘spreading prejudiced views,’ contributing ‘to the context in which these attitudes and behavior have flourished,’ [and they are people] ‘who bought the trust of the people’ [and] entrenched hateful attitudes toward homosexuality, transgender and intersexulity.”
It is also looking to tear apart churches and biblical Christian theology.
“It is also suggested that churches who take a different view of homosexual acts from LGBTI ideology are acting immorally – and it is implied that the state should discriminate against them, [as follows]: ‘In situations when the state abdicates responsibility to provide services such as education or health, it also diminishes the ability to exercise moral authority against churches which are providing them,” the Barnabas Fund informed. “Biblical Christians are described as reflecting ‘the heteropatriarchy of Christianity brought by western missionaries.”
Wake up, England!
The Barnabas Fund expressed more concern over what British officials intend to do, as described in the report.
“The recommendations, if implemented, would massively reverse freedom of religion across the globe,” the organization stated, according to WND. “Once it is accepted that any ideology can be imposed on those who hold conscientious disagreement with it, a very significant backward step has been taken both in relation to i) Freedom of Religion or Belief and ii) human rights generally.”
The Barnabas Fund insists that “the fact that Wilton Park is an executive agency of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office” is nothing less than frightening, and the organization took the opportunity to alert British Christians and make sure something is done – soon.
“As such, unless disowned by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the publication of these recommendations by Wilton Park are in effect state-sponsored advocacy of imposing serious restrictions on freedom of religion around the world,” the Barnabas Fund stated. “The Wilton Park report therefore represents a significant attack on the human rights of Christians around the world.”
Even though the disclosure applies to seminaries and Sunday schools in the U.K., a major focus is on de-Christianizing Africa and South America via LGBT indoctrination.
“The Wilton Report, which appears to be directed mainly to the community of people across Africa and South America, blames the ‘heteropatriarchy of Christianity brought by Western missionaries’ for the problems that now exist,” WND’s Bob Unruh reported. “The solution it recommends isn’t complicated: ‘Improve’ how people think about the Bible.”
In the government report, LGBTI ideology – as spread by the Soulforce homosexual advocacy organization – is promoted, so that Old Testament Scripture, such as the burning of Sodom and Gomorrah, where God destroys the cities for not giving up their sin of homosexuality, is condemned … and re-taught.
“Understanding of key religious texts which appear to perpetuate discrimination should be improved by using well reputed scholarly texts to challenge accepted versions e.g.: the story of Sodom and Gomorrah from Genesis Chapter 19,” the government report urged. “A good example of a thoughtful scholarly based discussion of this story is ‘Breaking Open: Sodom and Gomorrah’ a 2016 booklet by Soulforce, Inc.”
The British government has a new way of teaching about homosexuality.
“The promotion of more creative ways to reread religious texts would do much to encourage a change of viewpoint,” the government document added. “Queer theology, feminist theology and a theology of inclusion need wider currency, particularly in seminaries … [and] religious people – e.g.: teachers and pastors – should have generic human rights training so that they can understand LGBTI+ issues in the wider context of protection for all people.”
It then addressed marriage and called British attorneys to “challenge hate speech” – also known as biblical teaching.
“Marriage is part of heteronormative society; there are other types of relationships: polyamorous relationships, bisexual relationships,” the Wilton Report continues. “Sacralising things excludes people, and can create demons in others. It is important to go beyond Christianity … In some cases, direct [legal] action is more effective than dialogue – in order to challenge hateful religious teachings.”
Stop the state seizure of Christianity
In response to the Wilton Report, the Barnabas Fund is making its own demand – for the British government to retract the problematic document.
“The … office should immediately withdraw the Wilton Park report,” the Barnabas report urged. “The Foreign and Commonwealth Office should immediately issue a statement stating that this report does not represent U.K. government policy. The promotion of Freedom of Religion or Belief around the world should be included as a major aim of U.K. foreign policy… [and] the Foreign and Commonwealth office should institute an inquiry into the operation of Wilton Park. It is a matter of profound concern that an organization which is an executive agency of the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office has published a report recommending measures to enforce an ideology on religious believers, such as evangelical Christians.”
According to the Christian group serving the persecuted Church, the Wilton Park report is a slap in the face to all practicing Christians worldwide, and it contends that those drafting the document should be held accountable.
“The suggestion that evangelical Christians in the global south have simply imbibed incorrect interpretations of Scripture from Western missionaries and need to be challenged to reinterpret them will be deeply offensive to a great many Christians,” the Barnabas Group argued. “[The Wilton Park report] contains extensive and significant levels of Christianophobia, both in the sense of intolerance toward Christians, including negative stereotyping and advocacy of discrimination, and even direct action against Christians … The Foreign and Commonwealth Office should institute an inquiry into the operation of Wilton Park.”