A Methodist Bible school within the U.Okay. fired a Christian theologian and threatened to report him as a terrorist due to his tweets in opposition to homosexuality, his attorneys claimed.
Dr. Aaron Edwards, who taught theology at Cliff College in Derbyshire, England, was dismissed from the varsity after being accused of “bringing the faculty into disrepute” on social media final month.
“Homosexuality is invading the church,” Edwards tweeted on Feb. 19. “Evangelicals not see the severity of this [because] they’re busy apologizing for his or her apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not or not it is true.
“This *is* a ‘Gospel challenge,’ by the way in which. If sin is not sin, we not want a Savior,” Edwards added.
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Edwards’ tweet went viral and prompted blowback, to which Edwards responded: “That *is* the conservative view. The acceptance of homosexuality as ‘not sinful’ *is* an invasion upon the Church, doctrinally. This will not be controversial. The acceptance is controversial. Most of the worldwide Church would agree. It will not be homophobic to declare homosexuality sinful.”
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“I expressed the conservative view as a doctrinal challenge, re. the implications for sin/the Gospel. It was not an assault on people, it was addressed to evangelicals. It appears that holding the view that homosexuality is sinful is simply welcome if it stays ‘unexpressed,'” he added.
Edwards’ tweets reportedly induced “misery” amongst members of the Methodist Church in Britain, with one senior workers member saying they “could possibly be extraordinarily damaging” and “impression the faculty’s core work” and “marketing strategy,” in accordance with Edwards’ authorized counsel on the London-based Christian Legal Centre.
Edwards was suspended from the varsity pending an investigation and the faculty revealed throughout a disciplinary listening to on March 8 that it was contemplating referring him to Prevent, which polices allegations of terrorism within the U.Okay.
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Edwards was reportedly requested in the course of the listening to what he would do if he had been requested to wish with a pupil about their same-sex attraction, which he believes was an try to entice him into affirming “conversion remedy,” which the U.Okay. Parliament has debated criminalizing.
“The response to my tweet and the unjust remedy I’ve skilled by Cliff College and the Methodist Church in Britain utterly illustrates the issue my tweet addressed,” Edwards mentioned in a press release supplied to Fox News Digital.
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“The tweet was not defamatory; it was not an assault on any colleague or particular person; it was not abusive; and it was not an extremist non secular view. It was addressed to evangelicals as some extent of doctrine, and it has been misunderstood by many who want to trigger private and institutional hassle for many who categorical that view,” he continued.
Edwards added that conventional Christian beliefs about sexuality are being “silenced and stamped out” within the Methodist Church.
With the help of the Christian Legal Centre, Edwards is weighing his authorized choices towards Cliff College for potential discrimination underneath the Equality Act 2010. He is claiming that the disciplinary process lacked “requisite equity” and that the investigation was prejudiced and full of an “astonishing” imbalance, exaggeration and misrepresentation.
Cliff College didn’t reply to Fox News Digital’s request for remark by time of publication.
Edwards’ case comes amid a rising rift amongst Methodists globally over the problem of same-sex marriage and gender. The United Methodist Church within the U.S. has been hemorrhaging congregations in recent times, with a lot of them becoming a member of the brand new conservative Global Methodist Church.
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