The Nashville Statement affirming belief in traditional Christian sexual ethics is under investigation by prosecutors in the Netherlands after over 250 Dutch Christian leaders signed the statement of faith.
The manifesto was initially unveiled in August 2017 and has been signed by over 22,000 Christian leaders in the United States. The Nashville Statement stresses that marriage is the “covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman.”
The statement, which is spearheaded by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, adds that “it is sinful to approve of homosexual impurity or transgenderism.”
Although the statement was unveiled a year-and-a-half ago, hundreds of Dutch Christian leaders and politicians, including the leader of the fundamentalist Christian party SGP, signed the statement on Jan. 5 after the document was translated into Dutch.
According to the Dutch daily Trouw, the Dutch signatories are all men and come from either the Restored Reformed Church, the Reformed Congregations or the Protestant Church in the Netherlands.
Two of the most notable signatories include SGP leader and parliament member Kees van der Staaij and SGP senator Diederik van Dijk.
As Dutch LGBT activists have spoken out against the Nashville Statement, the Public Prosecution Service is reportedly reviewing the statement to see if it breaks Dutch law in any way.
Additionally, pro-LGBT opera singer Francis van Broekhuizen filed a formal police complaint against van der Staaij, claiming that the Nashville Statement is a “call [for] discriminating against [LGBT] people.”
The Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. But as Dutch News points out, the Netherlands also has a large community of fundamentalist Christians who oppose same-sex marriage.
The pro-LGBT group COC Netherlands called the statement a “damaging document.” The organization claimed that those who signed the statement engaged in a “merciless and insensitive action.”
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Samuel Smith