This particular story deals with the Church of Sweden, but it is applicable to most of what passes for “mainstream” Christian churches today. That would certainly include the Church of England and several denominations in the US.
Just to be clear, if you’re wondering if I’m saying the Bishop of the Church of Stockholm is a non-believer in Jesus Christ the Messiah, that’s exactly what I’m saying. And the people who appointed her are heathens as well.
The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers.
Eva Brunne, who was made the world’s first openly lesbian bishop by the church of Sweden in 2009, and has a young son with her wife and fellow lesbian priest Gunilla Linden, made the suggestion to make those of other faiths more welcome.
Hmm. A lesbian who wants to make Muslims feel at home so they can practice Islam inside what used to be a Christian church. Don’t even try to convince me she is a believer in and follower of, as Paul noted, “Christ crucified.”
She’s trying to pass this move off by comparing a Christian church to a prayer – or more likely “meditation” – room in a hospital or airport that is designed to cater to people of all – or no – religions. And she’s being called out on her hypocrisy by one of her local priests.
Father Patrik Pettersson, one of the priests in her diocese and active in the same parish as the Seaman’s Mission Church has hit back in a blog of his own, complaining there is no way you could equate a consecrated church with a prayer room, remarking “I should have thought a bishop would be able to tell the difference”.
Calling the bishop’s words “theologically unthinking”, he asked what was to be done with crucifixes screwed to the walls, and heavy items such as baptismal fonts.
“Ignoring the rhetorical murmuring”, Pettersson wrote: “The only argument bishop Eva really put forward in support of her view is ‘hospitality’… How do you respond to that? Not much of a basis for discussion, as one colleague put it. The theological, ecclesiological, pastoral and working issues are left untouched”.
The priest who oversees the Seaman’s mission had no comment. Count me in for a snort.
I have no problem welcoming unbelievers of any stripe into my church, I’m an Evangelical. Where I have the problem is converting the Church into the unbeliever’s house instead of having it represent God’s house.
Just who are the people “Bishop Eva” is converting God’s house for? Primarily Muslims who have virtually taken over parts of Sweden.
Describing the ‘no-go’ zones that have sprung up around the city and calling for greater border controls to get criminal migration under control, Chief Superintendent Torsten Elofsson said:
“Years ago you could go with two officers, no problem. Now you have to send four officers and two cars – if the fire brigade want to go, they have to take a police escort. They throw stones and try to stop the fireman from putting out fires.
“They sabotage the police cars. You can’t leave them unguarded – when you come back to it you find the windows smashed and the tyres deflated. It isn’t quite a no-go zone, but we have had to develop special routines to go there”.
It’s time to quit making these “people” comfortable and time to stop welcoming them. Here in the US it’s time to tell Barack Obama and his Democrats, “Hell no we’re not taking 200,000 more Muslims.”
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