UK pastor Josh Williamson is accustomed to persecution.
And he’s used to offending the LGBTQ movement with his strong biblical stance.
But now, things are coming to a head—and Williamson’s church is in grave danger.
Pastor Williamson has been engaging with homosexual activists on social media in an attempt to point them toward God’s truth.
For example, when this year’s Cornwall Pride event was canceled (due to the coronavirus pandemic), Williamson replied on the Facebook update with, “Wonderful news!”
Naturally, this caused an uproar in the liberal community.
Other commenters quickly questioned Williamson’s comment, asking him why he could possibly be glad that a gay “pride” parade was cancelled.
“Because I don’t think sin should be celebrated,” Williamson responded.
He went on to quote God’s stance on homosexuality from the books of John and James, as well as 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, which states, “Or do you not know that wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God?”
Williamson peacefully shared his convictions on the public post and engaged respectfully with others, but the homosexual activists in his area were already full of vitriol.
It only got worse when Pastor Williamson posted about the cancelled event on his personal Facebook page.
“Hallelujah!” he wrote. “We prayed at our prayer meeting on Tuesday night that this event would be canceled.”
“We also prayed that the Lord would save the organizers. One prayer answered, now we wait for the second prayer to be answered.”
Williamson was in no way attacking the LGBTQ advocates in his area, but they sprang at the chance to discredit and malign him.
Cornwall Pride organizers took a screenshot of the post on Williamson’s personal page, then combined it with other anti-LGBTQ comments to make it appear as if he had targeted homosexuals in a hateful way.
Williamson, of course, had not, but the damage was done.
Before long, LGBTQ advocates were demanding that the pastor be arrested for “hate speech” or a “hate crime.”
Williamson’s wife received online threats from anonymous liberal activists, and the pastor himself soon saw an image of his head photoshopped onto homosexual pornography.
It was a disgusting display of how the left handles conflict!
Williamson later attended a meeting with two of the Cornwall Pride organizers, hoping to explain his point of view and point them toward the Bible.
But the meeting backfired when he shared a leaflet with them that explained the biblical stance on homosexuality.
Calling the leaflet a “hate crime,” the activists claimed that Pastor Williamson was distributing the leaflets and forcing his beliefs on others.
Once this claim circulated among the other LGBTQ activists in the area, liberal instigators started calling for violence against Pastor Williamson and his church.
“LETS BURN A CHURCH! LETS BURN A CHURCH!” one advocate wrote on Facebook.
Some activists called to hold a sexual orgy at Williamson’s church and to assault anyone who was seen passing out the pastor’s leaflets.
Although Williamson reported these graphic threats to local law enforcement, the police refused to extend any aid or protection.
The situation was “complex,” the police asserted, and the only action they took was to urge Pastor Williamson not to “offend” anyone in the local LGBTQ movement.
Williamson was taken aback by the lack of concern demonstrated by the police.
“My family and I, and our church community, have been very concerned by the level of anti-Christian abuse and threats of violence that we have been targeted with over the past few weeks,” Williamson said.
“The police have not formally spoken to me about any hate crime or sought a witness statement to look at various online comments which have included threats to burn down our church.”
Despite the threats, however, Pastor Williamson and his church community are standing strong against the tide of deception and violence.
“As Christians, we week to speak the truth in love…The Bible…proclaims a message of repentance which calls on all people to turn from their sin and to trust in Christ,” Williamson said.
“We, therefore, must proclaim the truth that homosexuality is a sin, but that God loves sinners and Jesus can forgive all our sins.”
Please pray for Pastor Williamson’s safety and strong witness amid these turbulent times!
May God move mightily against those who seek to destroy His church.