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Rev Julian Mann: There is no going back for Christians who pander to modish ‘homophobic’ witch-hunts


“Do remember that dishonesty and cowardice always have to be paid for. Don’t imagine that for years on end you make yourself the boot-licking propagandist of the Soviet regime, or any other regime, and then suddenly return to honesty and reason. Once a whore, always a whore” (George Orwell, Tribune, September 1944).

Orwell’s words originally described the Allies’ failure to support the Warsaw Uprising against the Nazis and particularly the then US President Roosevelt’s appeasement of Stalin, who had no desire to see Poland governed by Christian democracy.

But unfortunately, Orwell’s prophetic warning can also apply to us Christians when we try to appease the forces of political correctness currently in power in the Western world.

Witness this extract from a recent interview in Christian Today with the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend Justin Welby, in which he expresses his rage against ‘homophobia’:

“Of course there are parts of the church that have been historically and still are homophobic and that is deeply and profoundly wrong, and the church needs to demonstrate its sorrow over that. I loathe and hate homophobia. I find it incomprehensible that people should feel that way about LGBTI people. And I’m always ashamed when I find it.”

No Christian should condone unloving, Pharisaic attitudes to people who experience same-sex attraction. We are all sinners and we are all sexual sinners. But there is surely no ambiguity about how political correctness defines ‘homophobia’. According to socially Marxist thought, anyone who believes practising homosexuality to be wrong on moral grounds is ‘homophobic’.

Therefore, whenever we Christians parrot the term are we not in danger of selling our souls to the anti-Christian spirit of the age? Are we not in danger of betraying faithful Christians, particularly in the public sector, who are being sacked for the offence of ‘homophobia’, which in their case has simply involved speaking out for the Lord Jesus Christ’s teaching that marriage is intrinsically heterosexual and that the expression of sexual love should be reserved for marriage?

It is, as Orwell observed over the appeasement of Stalinism, very difficult to return to biblical integrity once we Christians start pandering to PC. Surely we need to pray for God’s transforming grace to avoid such disastrous spiritual and moral dishonesty and cowardice from which it is so difficult to recover?

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Julian Mann
Julian Mann
Julian Mann is a former Church of England vicar, now an evangelical journalist based in Heysham, Lancashire.

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