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A bewildered Christian in the Pride lions’ den


WHAT depths of God-rejecting immorality Britain has descended into. Is this the nation once instrumental in taking the gospel of Jesus Christ to the four corners of the earth? 

I refer to the London Pride parade in our capital last weekend. I, and a small band of other preachers and concerned Christians, were present, by arrangement with the Metropolitan Police, to protest and to preach the gospel of salvation to those lost in gross spiritual darkness. There were around 20 of us, and it was necessary for us to be enclosed by protective barriers. We endeavoured to challenge with Biblical truth at least 30,000 parade participants, and more than a million supporters, who seemed to think that the event was worth ecstatically celebrating. 

The Mayor, Sadiq Khan, was present endorsing the proceedings, and he declared: ‘Here in London you are free to be who you want to be and to love who you want to love.’ That statement pretty well sums up the whole ethos of Pride and the attitude of the revellers, but if we stop to analyse it, it could be used to justify, say, adultery as well as homosexuality. No one, however, is free to take another person’s wife or husband. It is relevant to make this point because the word ‘love’ is so abused, and because adultery and homosexuality are listed alongside one another in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10 as both excluding people from entering into the kingdom of God. 

All the posters which we had on display were quotations from the Bible, with particular emphasis on Romans 1:24-27. This was to demonstrate that our Christian witness was not simply on the level of an opposing opinion, but to affirm that the parade was at its heart a distinctly anti-Christian event which was all about the public trashing of the word of God. 

The LGBT agenda is not about certain people wishing to get on quietly with their chosen lifestyle. It is rather an ‘in-your-face’ statement that all must accept certain sexual practices or else be stigmatised as nasty bigots who have no place in a civilised society. Gay rights activism has become a spearhead to destroy the most basic foundations of our Christian civilisation. After all, what could be more fundamental than the God-ordained creation of two immutable genders and of the family unit headed by a mother and a father?

The only exception to our Bible-only rule for the posters was one which quoted Isaiah 5:20 (‘Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil’), but which also added some perceptive words about the stages through which a nation passes as it descends into becoming a God-hating nation. The progression starts off with overlooking sin, then permitting sin, then using the legal system to deny the sinfulness of sin, then actually promoting and celebrating sin, and, finally, persecuting those who dare still to call it sin.

What kind of society have we become that we are meant to celebrate men parading through the street in scanty underwear, men dressing up as women (including fishnet stockings, high heels and bare buttocks), men in leather pretending to be dogs on leads, and men and women deciding to change their gender, the possibility of which has no scientific foundation whatsoever? What kind of society thinks that children should be exposed to all of this and even be told that it is virtuous? 

One of the most shocking aspects of the parade was how thoroughly ‘mainstream’ it all was, with so many national institutions and well-known commercial concerns wishing to display to the world their impeccable woke credentials. This led me to say to the crowds at one point, ‘You are the establishment. You have the politicians and big business on your side, but to follow Jesus Christ you must come apart from the crowd and be separate. Remember how the Lord warned us, Wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat’ (Matthew 7:13). 

Parade participants I noticed included Netflix, Cancer Research UK, the London Ambulance Service, Royal Mail, NHS England, the NHS Blood Transfusion Service, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, Microsoft, M&S, NatWest Bank and Lloyds Bank, to name just a few. On the basis of recent evidence, one wonders if the banks will be desiring to close the accounts of all Bible-believing Christians who refuse to embrace the obligatory LGBT orthodoxy? 

How deeply saddening it was to see all three armed services marching in uniform. The official website of the British Army carries a recent post entitled, ‘Military celebrate diversity at UK Pride’. This post speaks of the need for ‘freedoms that will allow everyone to live their lives without discrimination’. 

One wonders if the Army’s top ranks who permit this tedious virtue-signalling are aware of the fact that Christians are currently being sacked from their jobs, particularly in the public sector, for standing up for Biblical morality? How would an Army chaplain fare, one wonders, if he dared to affirm to soldiers the Bible’s teaching on the sinfulness of homosexuality? Would his fate be similar to that of the school chaplain the Rev Bernard Randall, who was sacked and reported to the government’s terrorist watchdog for very mildly telling pupils that it was legitimate for them to criticise the school’s pro-LGBT stance?

The witnessing Christians at the parade had to endure a stream of abuse and endless vulgar gestures. It appears that as far as LGBT activists are concerned, the necessity to be inclusive does not

apply to anyone who dares to disagree with them, especially Bible-believing Christians. We also had to endure the opposition of pseudo-Christians from compromised, fashion-following mainstream churches, who were quite literally claiming that the Lord Jesus Christ was endorsing all that was happening in the parade.

This of course highlights why we are in the mess we are in. So many churches have not done their job. They have abandoned the authority of Scripture as the inerrant word of God and have substituted it with the foolish fashions of the day. Shame on those churches.

But let me end on a positive note. The witnessing Christians had a number of productive conversations with the parade supporters in which Biblical truth was explained, and literally many thousands of people heard the glorious gospel of salvation for all who turn from sin and trust in Christ for mercy. By God’s grace there will be some who went home thinking seriously about their eternal destiny, and it is for that reason that the presence of the preachers was essential. 

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Peter Simpson
Peter Simpson
Pastor Peter Simpson has been Minister of Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire since 1990, and is a keen open air preacher. He is the author of a book on World War II entitled ‘When a Nation Prays’, which is currently available on Amazon.

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