Franklin Graham criticizes UK Methodist Church over use of non-gender based terms

(Franklin Graham. Image source: X)

Popular American evangelist Franklin Graham has criticized the United Kingdom-based Methodist Church for advising against the use of gender based terms in its Inclusive Language Guide.

He made his opinion known in a social media post on Tuesday saying, “Shame on the Methodist Church. These are Biblical terms — and marriage between a man and a woman is biblical truth. The word ‘wife’ is used in some 360 verses in 38 books of the Bible. They are in essence trying to edit what the word of God says and teaches to be more appealing to the changing whims of culture.

“We are warned against that in scripture. As Christians, we aren’t called to avoid what might offend people — we are called to share the truth of God’s word that can guide and direct us through every step of life.”

Recall that in December 2023, Christianity Nigeria earlier reported that the church released a guide stating different patterns for addressing certain persons. 

The guide read: “As Christians, we need to have the courage for conversations that can sometimes be difficult, to recognize that we sometimes exclude people, to listen with humility, to repent of any hurtful language and to take care with how we listen and what we say or write, in the spirit of Christ which will be updated every six months.

“There is infinite variety in the way that God’s creation is expressed in human life and ‘husband’ and ‘wife’ are examples of terminology that may sound inoffensive but it makes assumptions about a family or personal life that is not the reality for many people.”

In the place of ‘husband’ and ‘wife’, the guidance offered suitable alternatives of words such as parent, partner, child, and carer as suitable alternatives. It also listed comprehensive group of people with whom Methodists are advised to use sensitive and inclusive language when addressing.

The guide frowns at using ageism terms like ‘old people’, and embrace anti-racist language by encouraging use of ‘ethnicity’ instead of ‘race.’ They should also avoid language that negatively emphasizes a person's immigration status or English skills.

Methodists are advised to tread carefully with their terminology when addressing ‘disabled and neurodiverse people’ and those with mental illness. Antisemitic and Islamophobic rhetoric are also discouraged.

The guide emphasized that the U.K.-based Methodist Church makes use of the language that is inclusive of LGBT+ people. It also advised using the language an individual prefers, including the pronouns by which they choose to identify.

The guidance added, "Using the language that individuals use for themselves shows that we care as a Church and that we affirm them as a child of God.”

0/Post a Comment/Comments

Previous Post Next Post