Aaron Edwards, a 37-year-old theology lecturer, has taken legal action against Cliff College, U.K., following his dismissal over a tweet about Biblical views on sexuality.
In his tweet, Edwards expressed concern over the influence of homosexuality within the Church, challenging the evangelical community for what he saw as a retreat from traditional teachings. 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.”
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.
— Aaron Edwards (@aaron_p_edwards) February 19, 2023
This bold statement led to Edwards’ termination on grounds of bringing the college into disrepute. However, Edwards stands firm in his conviction. Backed by the Christian Legal Centre, he is now suing the college for harassment, discrimination, and unfair dismissal, asserting his rights under the European Convention of Human Rights.
Despite facing intense backlash and a challenging time for his family, Edwards remains steadfast. “I stand by the language. I think it’s biblical to speak strongly and sternly, even, about holiness issues and Gospel issues when they really hit the foundations of our faith,” he said, affirming his commitment to what he believes is a pivotal matter of faith.
His case highlights a broader issue within the Methodist Church in Britain, especially following its 2021 decision to sanction same-sex marriages in its worship places.
This decision was supported by Cliff College Principal Rev. Ashley Cooper, who led Edwards’ disciplinary hearing.
His tribunal hearing is scheduled for next year, where he will challenge the actions taken against him for expressing his religious beliefs.
As Edwards prepares for his hearing, his unwavering stance on this issue serves as a focal point for discussions on faith, freedom, and the right to express religious beliefs in the public sphere.