(Tea Party 247) – We should not underestimate the significance of how quickly Western culture has begun to demonize Christian thought.
Atheism has been creeping into the Zeitgeist of much of Western thought for decades, even centuries, but all of a sudden, over the last ten years, has it become considered an actual “thought crime,” worthy of investigation and criminal penalty, to express Judeo-Christian beliefs that billions of people have held the world over for two millennia.
A Christian MP in Finland is under investigation by the police for a so-called hate crime after posting Bible verses as well as questioning why the nation’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was supporting LGBT pride events.
Päivi Räsänen is an MP for the Christian Democrats as well as Finland’s former Interior Minister, and recently criticized the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland (ECLF) in a Facebook post over the ECLF having participated in Helsinki’s gay pride week.
“How does the foundation of the church’s teachings, the Bible, fit with elevating sin and shame as reasons for pride?” Räsänen wrote, along with an image of a Bible opened to Romans 1:24-27.
Kirkko, jonka jäsen olen, on ilmoittanut olevansa SETA:n Helsinki Pride 2019 virallinen kumppani. Miten kirkon…
The passage reads (in the English NIV):
24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.
26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error.
She was then hit with an investigation on charges of “incitement against sexual and gender minorities.”
Seriously?! What was she inciting, God to rain down hellfire? Pretty sure if that was what it took to invite down God’s wrath, there would be far more gay pride events burning in brimstone around the world.
Räsänen responded by clarifying, which she shouldn’t even have had to explain, that she was criticizing church leadership, not gay people, and that, rightly so, the investigation would have a “chilling effect” on Finnish society.
“It seems that many Christians in my country are now hiding and going to the closet now that the LGBT-community has come out to the public,” she said.
You could make this exact same statement about Christians in the United States and many other countries today.
In response, the bishop of ECLP Taipo Luoma declared that “same-sex couples are welcome at all church activities” and that it was “only a matter of time” before the church started performing same-sex marriages.”
Well, good way to prove her point that the church has entirely lost its adherence to biblical principles.