Special Support Needed for Young Evangelicals at King’s College Cambridge

Nov 25, 2017 by

by Julian Mann, Virtueonline:

Young evangelicals at King’s College Cambridge are faced with a chaplain who is personally hostile to orthodox Christianity. In this situation, these Christians need particular pastoral support from Bible-believing local churches in Cambridge as well as from the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF).

The Revd Andrew Hammond, who in this Michaelmas term has introduced special celebratory services for homosexual and transgender practices in King’s College Chapel, told the Cambridge University student newspaper, Varsity: ‘I finally decided to nail my colours to the mast at the beginning of this term…In the end, for me, it’s the quality of the love that matters between people, not the gender of the lovers’.

He said the services had received a ‘quite extraordinary’ response from most students although some members of the Christian Union had raised concerns. Whilst describing these individual students as ‘nice as pie’, he said they had views that ‘can give you the heeby-jeebies’.

He complained: ‘There is the particular kind of theology and ethics that they have, which, are actually, for all that they look terribly numerous, are a minority position in the Church of England. The other thing, which is what really gets me, is the effect that it can all have on people who don’t feel like they fit this mould of a certain kind of human being.’

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