John Wesley’s original chapel hosts service celebrating Gay Pride

Jul 13, 2018 by

from Christian Concern:

Tomorrow morning, a group called Christians At Bristol Pride will hold a ‘Service of Celebration’ with the sole intention of affirming LGBT+ lifestyles for Christians and then attending Pride Bristol.

The LGBT+ group has secured the use of The New Room in John Wesley’s original chapel, the oldest Methodist building in the world. This is despite Wesley’s own views on homosexuality, and the stated position of the Methodist Church on human sexuality.

The pro-LGBT+ ‘service’, taking place on Saturday 14th July at 10am, has been advertised using flyers inviting members of the public to join “an affirming service with songs, prayers and symbolic actions”, with an additional note calling for attendees to join the Pride march in Bristol town centre afterwards. From the publicity, the exact nature of the proposed ‘symbolic actions’ is not clear.

The group behind the ‘service’ has printed material saying ‘God affirms you’ to those celebrating Bristol Pride. It’s true that all people, made in God’s image, have inherent dignity – and that all who turn to Jesus are welcomed – but the message ‘God affirms you’ leaves out the need to turn away from what is wrong in God’s eyes, and is incompatible with being a disciple of Jesus. It seems loving, but actually leaves people abandoned to “the ways of the flesh”.

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