Wearing cross 'un-Christian,' says Church of Sweden official
Leaders of the Church of Sweden, the official government-endorsed religious body, say that wearing a cross necklace is “un-Christian.”
And God has a pro-immigration and open-borders philosophy.
By the way, they insist, homosexuals should be low-key so they don’t “provoke” Muslims.
The stunning positions taken by the Swedish church group were uncovered by Nima Gholam Ali Pour, who warns in a report for the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council that the nation is very close to having a “new religion.”
“In Swedish Christianity, Jesus has been reduced from being the son of God, to an activist fighting for multiculturalism and open borders. According to Archbishop Antje Jackelén of the Church of Sweden, Jesus has clear political positions on both migration and integration policies,” Pour wrote.
“The leadership of the Church of Sweden no longer wants to lead a Christian community; they want to lead a general ethical association for humanistic values,” Ann Heberlein, doctor of theology and lecturer at Lund University, said in the report.
“If Christianity in Sweden begins to embrace a doctrine that has nothing to do with the universal world religion of Christianity, Sweden has then invented a new religion,” Pour reasoned.
The report noted Stefan Sward, an influential pastor, wrote just 24 months ago, “When congregations in Sweden meet in diversity and integration and integrate Africans, Chinese and Latin Americans, they express the very essence of the Christian community’s being.”
The statement came before the massive influx of Syrian and North African immigrants developed over the last year, but that appears not to have changed anything.
A recent book to which Sward contributed contended “there should be no immigration restrictions at all and that rich countries have to open their borders simply because they are rich countries.”
That attitude is not strange in Swedish Christianity these days, Pour wrote.
“Antje Jackelen, the archbishop of Sweden’s largest denomination, the Church of Sweden, said in an interview from January 9, 2016, that Jesus would not approve of the Swedish government’s new restrictive migration policies,” the report said.
Regarding Islam, the message is clear, too.
“After the June 2016 terrorist attack in Orlando, Florida, in which ISIS sympathizer Omar Mateen murdered 49 people at a gay nightclub, another influential Christian pastor in Sweden, Stanley Sjoberg, wrote on his Facebook page that homosexuals should be more low-key, not to provoke Muslims.”
Sjoberg noted the hundreds of thousands of Muslims that have come into Europe.
“We in Europe are forced to step back to show a little more considerate attitude to the environment,” he wrote.
The report continued: “After a French priest, Jacques Hamel, was murdered by ISIS sympathizers in Rouen, France, on July 26, 2016, an initiative started in Sweden where Swedish Christians took ‘selfies’ with a cross to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. The initiative, called ‘Mitt kors’ (‘My cross’), was started by three priests from the Church of Sweden. The Church of Sweden, however, criticized it. Gunnar Sjöberg, Head of Communications for the Church of Sweden, wrote on his Facebook page: ‘I really do not know about that. This thing about Christians suddenly wearing a cross as a sign for or against something. It is actually nothing new, but the call seems seditious and un-Christian in the conflicts that already exist.'”
Pour added, “So now, according to a senior official in the Church of Sweden, the call to wear a cross to show solidarity with persecuted Christians is ‘un-Christian.'”
One of the instigators of the campaign soon quit.
Johanna Andersson wrote: “Church leadership has for several weeks been running a campaign against us who started the group ‘My cross.’ In this campaign, I have been discredited, called ‘questionable,’ ‘unclean,’ ‘agitator,’ un-Christian’ and attributed xenophobic hidden agendas.”
It was Jackelen, Pour wrote, who was found to have co-authored an op-ed in a newspaper with four other Swedish religious leaders, “including Mahmoud Khalfi, chairman of the Swedish Imam Council, who has connections to the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Pour, who is a member of the board of education in Malmo and linked to several think tanks, continued: “This is the state of Swedish Christianity today, and it is not certain that Christians around the world would recognize the religion in Sweden called Christianity. Christian leaders in Sweden have taken Christianity and made it into a religion that serves the political agenda of an establishment whose extreme liberal ideology lacks popular support among the Swedish people.
“If the Swedish establishment wants multiculturalism, then Christian leaders will declare that God says multiculturalism is good. If the Swedish establishment wants a liberal immigration policy, Jesus says that he has always been for a liberal immigration policy, despite the fact that he was born more than 2,000 years ago. Swedish Christianity has become a mixture of madness and deception.”
Finally, a Church of Sweden magazine in Malmo recently stated, “The rainbow in the Pride Flag is also a sign of the promise between God and man.'”
“Really?” questioned Pour. “Not even the most radical gay activists believe that the rainbow in the gay pride flag is a sign of the promise between God and man. For many influential Christian leaders in Sweden, it does not matter what it says in the Bible anymore. In fact, if you take a step back and look at the overall picture, it is clear that many Christian leaders in Sweden do not worship God; they worship the romanticized, multicultural utopia they want Sweden to become.”
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