Scottish Pastor Who Challenged Lesbian Christian Music Artist Vicky Beeching Says Intimidation Is Overtaking Church on Sexuality Issues

A Scottish pastor who wrote an open letter to Christian music artist Vicky Beeching about her new book promoting LGBT theology is warning the church about the kinds of hostile intimidation at work in the culture over sexuality issues.

In a lengthy article last week on his blog, TheWeeFlea, David Robertson, who is the pastor at St. Peters Free Church in Dundee, Scotland, described what happened when Beeching — who came out as a lesbian in 2014 — commented on his and another pastor’s review of her book, Undivided, in which they addressed her arguments and commented on the experiences she had that informed her conclusions.

Robertson wrote to Beeching privately after reviewing her book last month to say that he wished her no harm and had no ill feelings toward her personally, but said he never heard from her.

“I have nothing against her personally and would love to meet her. My concern is to defend the teaching of the Bible and to protect the church from the harmful teaching that she is now espousing. It doesn’t matter whether the poison is administered by a lovely or a hateful person – it’s still poison,” he stressed.

Yet in mid-July Beeching shared on social media how upset she was when she saw the book reviews, particularly Robertson’s, saying that he had misleadingly spun her book’s message and that he had accused her of being a liar, among other things.

Robertson responded that Beeching’s comments “were at best disingenuous” and that his words had been distorted. He noted that as a result of what she said he received a torrent of social media abuse, much of it unrepeatable.

“In her FB comments Vicky claimed that I called her a liar (I didn’t), that I said she wasn’t a decent human being (I didn’t – what I actually said was “you come across as a lovely person who has had a horrible time”); that I said the only heros were those who submitted to forced celibacy (I didn’t) and that this was aimed at the whole LGBT community (it wasn’t),” he said.

He went on to explain how hard it can be to know how to respond, lamenting that the only options seem to be to push back aggressively, be “nice,” or give in, none of which are adequate. Robertson said he decided not to respond yet urged Christians to stand fast and hold to God’s Word.

“And we must not give into hate and despair. Instead we pray and love,” he said.

Yet the comments on social media revealed a particularly troubling animus, Robertson observed: “hard and soft” intimidation.

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Source: Christian Post