“Kill yourself. You old boomer,” one message read. “I hope you and your family are raped and killed.”
Anti-Christian activists have launched an unprecedented online “mob attack” on this Christian ministry.
And sadly, it’s working, as the ministry’s bank account has now been shut down as a result of the attack…
Core Issues Trust (CIT) is a Christian nonprofit that “supports men and women seeking voluntarily to change their sexual preferences and gender expressions.”
The ministry reaches out to LGBTQ-identifying individuals who want help leaving the LGBTQ lifestyle and pursue God-honoring identities.
For this generous and loving service, CIT has received violent attention from the atheist left with potentially devastating consequences.
“A coordinated campaign has resulted in our ministry coming under immense pressure and key service providers canceling their services, action which we consider to be discriminatory,” said CIT executive Mike Davidson.
These blatantly “discriminatory” actions include bank account closures, violent anti-CIT protests, and most recently, shocking death threats.
Davidson was overcome with confusion and hurt when he received several explicit text messages that asserted he was such a “vile” person, he should kill himself.
“Kill yourself. You old boomer,” one message read. “I hope you drop dead. I hope you and your family are raped and killed.”
“Do it. Kill yourself. Just do it.”
Even though Davidson refused to dignify the messages with a response, the anonymous texter continued messaging him.
“Have you killed yourself yet?”
“Mike you need to kill yourself.”
Davidson reported the harassment to authorities, but his testimony wasn’t enough to stop LGBTQ activists from speaking out and accusing CIT of unbelievable crimes.
For instance, Jayne Ozanne, a gay evangelical leader at the forefront of the movement against CIT, accused the organization and Davidson of “[practicing] and [promoting] conversion therapy.”
Ozanne went on to claim that CIT uses harmful and illegal therapy methods to “convert” people into practicing God’s design for sexuality and gender.
Davidson responded that his organization has never hurt questioning individuals and only seeks to help them find clarity through Scriptural wisdom.
“The term [conversion therapy] speaks of talking therapies and counseling as ‘pseudo-science’ in association with these extremes [like electroshock and corrective rape],” Davidson explained.
“To be heard defending talking therapy and counseling for unwanted same-sex attractions is then taken to be a defense of the indefensible ‘conversion therapy’ label,” he continued, reflecting on the accusations from Ozanne.
“We reject this accusatory term.”
But no matter what Davidson has said, anti-Christian activists have continued to attack CIT.
And their accusations have had grim consequences for the ministry. Barclays Bank, a UK financial firm, recently notified CIT that it was closing the ministry’s financial accounts. The bank claimed other companies such as PayPal had already taken action against the nonprofit in light of its “unethical” practices.
It’s clear this is due to the swarms of messages, protests, and complaints directed at CIT from the left.
This “mob rule mentality” as some have called it will have a devastating impact on ministries and churches throughout the UK if it isn’t stopped now.
Andrea Williams, the director of the faith advocacy organization Christian Concern, called on the UK government to “put a halt to this kind of mob rule.”
Describing the targeting of CIT as a “cruel campaign of intimidation and harassment,” she urged authorities “to assert the rights of biblically faithful Christian organizations to be serviced by businesses [such as Barclays Bank] without facing such intolerant discrimination.”
“If it is CIT first, it will be churches next,” Williams said grimly.
“This kind of demonization and refusing of services to a Christian ministry is reminiscent of how Jewish businesses were treated under Nazi rule.”
Williams could be right. If banks can close a ministry’s account without warning, they can certainly do the same to a church if no one speaks up.
And this is only the beginning if LGBTQ activists get their way.
So far, the UK government has not spoken out on behalf of CIT or any other faith-based ministries, releasing only a general statement about different perspectives on “conversion therapy.”
“We are not trying to prevent LGBT people from seeking spiritual support from their faith leader or others in the exploration of their sexual orientation,” the UK Government Equalities Office said.
But it’s certainly no guarantee and Davidson and his organization knows it.
Please pray for CIT and churches across the UK as they struggle to keep their freedoms in the face of blatant discrimination!