Leading homosexual activist Peter Tatchell appeared at the Greenbelt festival on 28 August to speak about “the struggle for queer freedom in Africa,” reports Christian Concern for our Nation.
Greenbelt, a controversial ‘Christian’ festival, drew over 21,000 visitors this year. The festival is sponsored by Christian Aid, CMS, the Church Times, the Church Urban Fund and the Mothers Union.
Prior to the weekend, Mr. Tatchell had told Ekklesia that he was “looking forward” to the weekend and that, while not a Christian himself, “we have more in common than divides us”. In his talk he spoke about homosexual rights and the church, and accused the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, of “colluding” with the persecution of homosexuals in Africa.
Anglican Mainstream encouraged people to boycott Greenbelt because of Mr. Tatchell’s presence on the programme. Spokesman Lisa Nolland said that “Greenbelt, ‘the UK’s largest Christian festival’, is sending out a sub-text that is totally at odds with a Christian understanding of sexuality by including Peter Tatchell on its programme.”
“Young people who attend Greenbelt and hear Peter Tatchell are given false assurance that Peter Tatchell is the sort of person they should be listening to. Greenbelt has enough respect for Peter Tatchell as a public figure to place him on the platform …….thus, there is a de facto legitimisation of the plausibility of his views across the board.”
Mr. Tatchell is well known for his view that the age of consent should be lowered to 14 for homosexuals. On his website he states that if children under 14 have consensual sex, and if there is no greater than a three year age differential, there should not be a prosecution.
Mr. Tatchell is also a strong advocate of pornography which he believes is good for people. In his book “Safer Sexy: The Guide to Gay Sex Safely” he writes approvingly of sadomasochism, bondage, infidelity, orgies and public cruising for sex.
On 12 April 1998 Mr. Tatchell was prosecuted for leading an OutRage! protest which disrupted the Easter sermon by the then Archbishop of Canterbury, George Carey, with Mr. Tatchell forcing his way onto the pulpit to denounce what he claimed was George Carey’s opposition to legal equality for homosexuals.
Andrea Minichiello Williams of Christian Concern for our Nation said: "We wholeheartedly support the statements of Lisa Nolland and the brave stand that Anglican Mainstream has taken. We are living in a time when the church at large has been deeply compromised by a failure to stand for the truth of the gospel and has allowed itself to be strongly influenced by current fashionable political trends."
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fellow believer, how can physicalities of gender pairing and choices of errogenous zones to express sexual intimacy come against the godlove(love one another as i have loved you) of the 2nd commandment(love neighbor), which according to romans and galatians is the summation of ALL new covenant law. scripture also says we cannot love god unless we are loving our brother also.
surely you are not saying that the love of christ is trumped by your interpretation of scripture. scripture says christ’s love transcends all knowledge. i attend a gay and a conservative straight church and have hundreds of testimonies of the life giving spirit of christ being in the lives and marriages of those who are gay in the same way as it is in those who are heterosexual. i have not heard of one testimony(“that which we have heard, which we have looked, which we have seen with our eyes and our hands have touched…..1john1) about one gay believer being filled with a spirit of deceit, delusion, or denial because he was being gay. if you have one please share it with me. i would be interested in hearing it.
if your concern is about health issues concerning their sexual intimacy, there is nothing in their sexual intimacy that cannot be dealt with thru safe sex practices, surely those who love each other would not engage in something that would in any way harm each other.(heterosexuals engage in anal sex with no difficulty)
if your concern is about scripture, under the new covenant, we no longer have a relationship to god thru regulation as in deut 28, but instead directly to the spirit of the one who lives in each believer. christ’s love is our regulation. under the new covenant anything that is a sin is that which comes against the 2nd commandment(love neighbor) and the fruit of the holy spirit of galatians……love(christ’s love), joy, peace, kindness, goodness, self-control(homosexuals bond in the same way as heterosexuals, out of mutual love, devotion, affection, respect, trust for a shared commited life together), faithfulness, gentleness and patience.
being homosexual doesnt come against these.
“that which is not against us is for us”mark
bottom line: scripture has never said that being homosexual was a sin(making it a prohibition in the old does not automatically make it a sin of itself or a sin in the new. there were many prohibitions in the old covenant that of themselves were not sins. romans is about SHAMEFUL THINGS OF LUST. there is not shame in beng homosexual. and homosexuals do not bond out of lust. as i said before, we dont have a relationship to god thru regulation. using legalities in 1tim and 1cor to make it one comes against ones faith in christ. and there is no word “only” in gen and matt19.
there also appears to be a holiness issue around being homosexual and interpretation of scripture. under the new covenant our holiness comes solely from the spirit of christ living within us. we ourselves can do nothing to make ourselves holy.
your brother in christ
if anything i have written comes against the principles of the new covenant please in form me.