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Bible Lecturer Sacked and Threatened with Counter-Terrorism Referral

23 March 2023

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The Bible brings Methodist Bible College into disrepute. Awkward.

A Christian Bible college in the UK didn’t just sack a theology lecturer for tweeting that homosexuality was a sin, it threatened to report him to counter-terrorism authorities!

That’s right. Expressing a Biblical view of sexuality is now on par with making a bomb in your basement.

And that’s what the so-called Christians think.

Meanwhile, if you threaten to cut off a school teacher’s head because he showed students a picture of Mohammad, nothing happens. But I digress.

Dr Aaron Edwards, 37, was sacked from Methodist Cliff College, Derbyshire, after he was found to have brought it “into disrepute”.

Question: How do you bring a Methodist college into disrepute?

Answer: You espouse Biblical theology.

That wasn’t a joke. That’s the literal truth.

The Methodist Church decided last year to agree with homosexual marriage. So if you state a Biblical view on sexuality you are bringing the Methodists into disrepute!

Here’s the offending tweet from Dr Edwards. A tweet that ended his 7-year tenure at Cliff College…

 

The tweet went viral and sparked a widespread debate.

As if to prove that homosexuality had indeed invaded the church, church leaders sacked Dr Edwards and threatened to report him to Prevent, the UK’s counter-terrorism program.

Prevent deals with people who express extremist views and seeks to walk them away from the hate that may lead to acts of terror.

If that’s what the college did to Dr Edwards, imagine what they would have done to the Apostle Paul!

What becomes of a Christian denomination that sacks Bible college lecturers for holding to Biblical truth?

They end up with 164,000 members in a population of 67 million, that’s what.

When church leaders say precisely what society wants them to say, they should not be surprised to find society no longer has a need of their church.

In June last year, the Methodist Church become the biggest religious group in Britain to say yes to same-sex marriages.

The move — which followed debates at a Methodist Conference — was hailed by campaigners as a “momentous step on the road to inclusion”.

Some Christians believe the greatest step on the road to inclusion was God’s decision to take on human flesh and to die as one of us for our sins. Or the church could just bless gay marriages. Whatever.

The Methodist Bible college has no use for Dr Edwards since he insists on teaching students the Bible. It’s awkward.

Martin Luther famously stood for Biblical truth and declared, “Here I stand, I can do no other”.

Many churches today are far more comfortable with “Here I lay down, I can do no other”.

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Originally published at The James Macpherson Report. Photo: Aaron Edwards.

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3 Comments

  1. John Ziraj 23 March 2023 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    All I can say in disdain is “where to from here Methdist Church?” & may we include any other church or religious group that take the same or a similar stance!

  2. Karen Faulkner 28 March 2023 at 8:14 am - Reply

    You quote Martin Luther who, late in his life, also called for vile and terrible things to be done to the Jews. He was not standing for Biblical truth then. And you may not be standing for Biblical truth when you say same-sex monogomous loving marriages are sinful.

    • Samuel Hartwich 28 March 2023 at 11:15 am - Reply

      Indeed, Martin Luther’s writings against the Jews are abhorrent. This is a grave warning for how inconsistent a person (indeed anyone) can be: standing on biblical authority in one instance and being so blindly, blatantly and tragically going against it on the other. When Luther stands before the Jewish King of Kings at his judgement seat (2 Cor 5:10), he will be accountable for this: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may be repaid for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.” As will every believer be held accountable for our works. As Paul wrote in the immediately preceding verse, in light of the judgement seat of Christ, “Therefore we make it our aim to be pleasing to him.” (2 Cor 5:9) Wise and sobering words indeed.

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