‘The outcome of this case will affect every church in the UK’, Christian conference organisers begin legal action after venue cancellation

Mar 5, 2020 by

by Marcus Jones, Premier:

Scotland’s Destiny Church has begun fundraising for legal action it’s planning to take against Edinburgh Council.

It’s looking for £150,000 for the case which it says will have big ramifications for the UK church.

It stems from the recent cancellation of a booking that the church made at the city’s Usher Hall for its annual SURGE conference.

Speakers due at the event included the Evangelical Alliance’s Gavin Calver and US preacher Larry Stockstill.

The cancellation came about after the venue said it had received complaints linked to Stockstill and comments he’s previously made which were deemed to be critical of homosexuality.

The Church, which has congregations across Scotland and has recently launched small groups in London, is a thriving Pentecostal network which focuses on evangelism and social action.

While it has seen much growth in recent years, it has been criticised by the Church of Scotland and the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Outlining the legal case, Andrew Owen senior pastor at Destiny Church said: “Larry Stockstill, holds the traditional biblical views on marriage which are commonly held by Christians, (Muslims and Jews).

“The Surge conference was not contacted or called to discuss any of these matters.

“In the event, we are told that there was only one complaint and that from a disingenuous reporter.”

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See also: Why every Christian and church should support Destiny Churchby David Robertson, Christian Today

And: our list of articles on the cancellation of venues for Franklin Graham’s tour can be found here

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