Preacher locked up for hate crime after quoting the Bible to gay teenager

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Christian evangelist was accused of a hate crime and locked up in a cell after preaching from the Bible to a gay teenager.

Gordon Larmour, 42, was charged by police after telling the story of Adam and Eve to a 19-year-old who asked him about God’s views on homosexuality.

The street preacher referred to the Book of Genesis and stated that God created Adam and Eve to produce children.

Within minutes he was frogmarched to a police van, accused of threatening or abusive behaviour ‘aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation’ – despite not swearing or using any form of offensive language.

The father-of-one spent a night in custody and faced a six-month ordeal before a sheriff cleared him of any blame.

The incident, which occurred in his home town of Irvine in Ayrshire, has become a rallying point for Christian campaigners who are concerned that freedom of speech is being stifled by political correctness.

Mr Larmour told the Scottish Mail on Sunday: “I can’t see why I was arrested in the first place – it was a massive overreaction and a waste of everyone’s time. The police didn’t listen to me. They took the young homosexual guy’s side straight away and read me my rights.

“I feel they try so hard to appear like they are protecting minorities, they go too far the other way. I want to be able to tell people the good word of the Gospel and think I should be free to do so. I wasn’t speaking my opinions – I was quoting from the Bible.”

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, said: “It is a great relief that the judge ruled in favour of Gordon, because the case simply did not stand up to scrutiny.”

Mr Larmour is a born-again Christian who has been street preaching for seven years. At around 7.30pm on July 17 last year he was handing out leaflets on Irvine’s High Street when a group of young men passed him.

He told them: “Don’t forget Jesus loves you and He died for your sins.” One asked Mr Larmour, “What does your God say about homosexuals?”

The two argued and Mr Larmour claimed he was chased by the young man. However, he was the one arrested when the police arrived.

He said: “I think the police should have handled it differently and listened to what I had to say. They should have calmed the boy down and left it at that.

“In court the boy’s friend told the truth – that I hadn’t assaulted him or called him homophobic names. I had simply answered his question and told him about Adam and Eve and Heaven and Hell. Preaching from the Bible is not a crime.”

At Kilmarnock Sheriff Court last month, Sheriff Alistair Watson ruled there was no case to answer and acquitted Mr Larmour of threatening or abusive behaviour, aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

The sheriff also found him not guilty of a second charge of assault aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation.

 

 

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Preacher from down under fighting a costly legal battle because he was not allowed to share his faith.

  

On November 3, 2015, Rev. Josh Williamson was with a group of fellow Christians sharing the message of the Bible with those who were interested in Woodridge, QLD. Shortly after beginning their ministry, Rev. Williamson was approached by two Police Officers who informed him that he was not allowed to be in the area and that he had to move. The area where the group had gathered was public land, and they had been evangelising in that area weekly for nearly four years with no issues. 
Josh tried in vain to explain to the Police Officers that he was there under the Peaceful Assembly Act 1992, and that all relevant paperwork had been forward to Police and Council. He went onto explain that the notice of intent hadn’t been rejected, so the paticipants had legal right to engage in the activities specified on the notice. 
The Acting Senior Sergeant rejected this, and claimed that he hadn’t personally approved, so he issued Rev. Williamson with a notice to appear in court. This was the beginning of a long and ongoing legal battle. 
Since that time the Police have adjourned the case several times, and delayed the trial. The trial finally took place on November 2, 2016, but we are currently awaiting the judgement from the Magistrate. 

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Evangelist With No Arms or Legs Nick Vujicic Draws Thousands to Christ in Secular Europe

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Famous evangelist Nick Vujicic, who speaks and inspires millions around the world with his story of hope despite being born with no arm and no legs, has shared information about his recent tour of Europe and the thousands who’ve come to Christ during it.

Vujicic has been posting on social media several snippets of his time in Europe, particularly in Ukraine and Slovenia last month, where he had the opportunity to meet national leaders and ministers before thousands of people.

“Hey guys, good morning. Last night was incredible, 60 percent of 5,000 people in the auditorium stood up to receive the Lord Jesus Christ. I am here on national TV to do a recap, and from here we go speak to the Parliament, the national government of Ukraine,” Vujicic says in one of the videos, looking back at his time in Ukraine.

In another video he also talked about meeting Borut Pahor, the president of Slovenia.

“I just finished a meeting with the president of Slovenia, it was a wonderful encouragement and an enriching time. Tomorrow I will be speaking in front of students here in Slovenia, so please pray for us, and thank you for your love, prayers, and support,” the evangelist shared.

Vujicic also appeared on Slovenian talk shows where he ministered about the Gospel, and said on Facebook: “Had the most amazing interview in Slovenia! The most popular talk show host talked to me about how my book Unstoppable changed her life and led her to find Jesus. forty-five minutes later, we prayed for the country and God showed up big time! Thank you, sister!”

Unstoppable: The Incredible Power of Faith in Action, was released in 2012 and shared how the evangelist overcame some of the most difficult periods of his life, and how he was blessed with a joyful married life.

“I actually like this book a little bit better, because it’s deeper and more transparent, I think. I share about the depression I went through in 2010, and share that basically ‘unstoppable’ doesn’t mean bullet proof. When you can’t walk, God’s going to carry you,” Vujicic told The Christian Post in a previous interview in which he also talked about his first book, Life Without Limits.

“With me, in my life, I know that there are people who can get encouraged to see how God can use a man without arms and legs to be his hands and feet, but I wanted people to know that I am not a superhero, it is not about me, or how well I speak or articulate — it is the Spirit of God. It is an active relationship with him,” Vujicic told CP.

 

 

 
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