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Bible college sacks theology lecturer over sexuality tweet

Dr. Aaron Edwards, a Christian theology lecturer at Cliff College in Derbyshire, has been sacked by the institution for his tweet on the evangelical perspective of human sexuality. Dr. Edwards was fired for misconduct by the Methodist Bible college following a series of tweets that he posted on February 19. One of the tweets included the statement, “Homosexuality is invading the Church.” The tweets are Dr. Edwards’ reaction to the Church of England’s General Synod vote last month that introduced and approved same-sex blessings. After receiving backlash for his posts, he further tweeted that his posts are meant for evangelicals and not aimed at attacking individuals. Dr. Edwards is considering taking legal action against Cliff College for his dismissal.

Christian Today reports:

A Christian theology lecturer is considering legal action following his dismissal by a Methodist Bible college after tweeting an evangelical perspective of human sexuality.

Dr Aaron Edwards was sacked for misconduct by Cliff College, in Derbyshire, over a series of tweets shared on 19 February, in which he stated: “Homosexuality is invading the Church. Evangelicals no longer see the severity of this b/c they’re busy apologising for their apparently barbaric homophobia, whether or not it’s true.

“This *is* a ‘Gospel issue’, by the way. If sin is no longer sin, we no longer need a Saviour.”

In another post, he said, “That *is* the conservative view. The acceptance of homosexuality as ‘not sinful’ *is* an invasion upon the Church, doctrinally. This is not controversial. The acceptance is controversial. Most of the global Church would agree. It is not homophobic to declare homosexuality sinful.”

After some backlash over his comments, he wrote in another post that his tweets were “addressed to evangelicals” and not intended as an attack on individuals.

“I expressed the conservative view as a doctrinal issue, re. the implications for sin/the Gospel … It seems that holding the view that homosexuality is sinful is only welcome if it remains ‘unexpressed’,” he said.

Dr Edwards’ tweets were a response to the Church of England’s vote in General Synod last month to move forward with introducing same-sex blessings.

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