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November 18, 2005

Swedish pastor uses trial to preach the Gospel!

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Swedish Pastor Ake Green, appearing before the Swedish Supreme Court Wednesday to answer to a “hate crimes” charge for preaching a sermon on homosexuality in 2003, capitalized on the occasion to evangelize the nation.

Focus on the Family’s representative to the United Nations, Thomas Jacobson, reported that the trial was providentially aired on national television thus providing Green the opportunity to have not only his original sermon but also his defence of it aired nationally. “This was unprecedented in Swedish history,” Jacobson said, “that a Supreme Court hearing would be aired nationwide in its entirety.”

“Everybody heard his original sermon first, then they heard him speak for 45 minutes later,” Jacobson said. “Just like with the Apostle Paul, when he was arrested and sometimes imprisoned, (Pastor Green) had the opportunity to declare truth and declare the Gospel of Jesus Christ — and the compassion and forgiveness that are available — in unprecedented ways.”

The country is in dire need of evangelization on the matter. Jared N. Leland, Spokesman and Legal Counsel for The Becket Fund - an international, interfaith, public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the free expression of all religious traditions – wrote an article in defence of the pastor which was widely published in Sweden last year. The Chalcedon Report quoted Leland on the reaction he received. “It got a very hostile response from Swedish newspaper columnists,” he said. “They all say, ‘You don’t understand our culture. This man should go to jail for two years — not six months!’”

One thing Id like to point out is that that part of Europe used to be the source of many missionaries and strong Christian outreach. Northern Europe is a bit ahead of the rest of Europe in their race away from traditional values and absolutes. But America is not all that far behind Europe. The filth, bigotry and just plain stupidity retching out of Sweden, the Netherlands and other European socialist states are a sign of what we have to expect if we don't get our act together.

Posted by Danny Carlton at November 18, 2005 07:19 AM

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