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Criminalizing Teachings about Sex - Friday April 24th, 2020

Police in Finland are investigating the leader of an entire denomination for publishing a booklet that disapproves of homosexuality.  The author of that booklet, which sets forth the Biblical teachings about sexuality, is also under investigation for the crime of “agitation against an ethnic group,” a statute which added “sexual orientation” to the list of protected classes.  The maximum punishment is two years in prison.

I have blogged about Christianity in Scandinavia and Finland in particular, based on what I learned during my speaking engagements in those regions.  See my posts on the subject, for example, Confessional Lutheranism in Finland, Scandinavia’s Two Tracks of Christianity, and Challenges for Conservative Churches in Scandinavia.

The police came for the Rev. Dr. Juhana Pohjola, Dean of the Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese of Finland.  This is a church body that broke away from the established state church.  It was started by members of independent mission organizations, which have become the home of evangelical, conservative Christianity in the nordic countries.  The Evangelical Lutheran Mission Diocese is committed to confessional Lutheranism and is a member, along with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, of the International Lutheran Council.

The church published a 24-page booklet entitled in English Male and Female Created He Them.  (The link will take you to the English translation.)  There is nothing hateful in the booklet.  It simply lays out what the Bible says about sexuality, including the teaching that homosexuality is against God’s design.

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Dr. Gene Veith is the author of some 25 books, a retired literature professor, provost emeritus at Patrick Henry College, and director of the Cranach Institute at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Ind.

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