Lithuanian Christian Leaders Denounce Christian Persecution in Finland

Lithuanian Christian Leaders Denounce Christian Persecution in Finland


The Union of Pentecostal Churches of Lithuania has written an open letter condemning Finland’s prosecution of Christians who hold biblical beliefs concerning marriage and sexuality.

The letter, signed by Bishop Rimantas Kupstys, expresses astonishment and distress that Finnish Prosecutor General Raija Toiviainen has charged Dr. Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Finnish Parliament and former Minister of the Interior, with three counts of ethnic agitation for expressing her biblical views on marriage and sexuality.

The grounds for the charges against Dr. Räsänen — former chairwoman of the Christian Democrats — was authoring a 2004 booklet titled, Male and Female He Created Them: Homosexual Relationships Challenge the Christian Concept of Humanity, in which she argued that homosexual activity should be recognized by the church as sinful based on the teachings of the Bible.

For centuries, Finland “has been considered a country of Christianity and democracy, whose historical foundations, internal

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