Church of Sweden to stop clergy calling God ‘he’ or ‘the Lord’ in bid to crack down on gendered language
“We love him, because he first loved us.” 1 John 4:19 (KJV)
EDITOR’S NOTE: In case you haven’t noticed, the Bible is not inclusive. Rather, it is exclusive. God has recorded His thoughts and opinions for all mankind to read, and if you don’t like it, too bad. God has placed salvation in His only begotten Son, Jesus, and if that offends you or your religion, God is not the least bit concerned. God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are revealed as masculine and referred to as ‘He”. To deny that is to do the work of Antichrist and pervert the Scripture. God, who created gender division, is quite specific. He surely is.
The Church of Sweden is urging its clergy to use gender-neutral language when referring to the supreme deity, refraining from using terms like “Lord” and “He” in favor of the less specific “God.”
The move is one of several taken by the national Evangelical Lutheran church in updating a 31-year-old handbook setting out how services should be conducted in terms of language, liturgy, hymns and other aspects.
The decision was taken Thursday at the end of an eight-day meeting of the church’s 251-member decision-making body, and takes effect May 20 on the Christian holiday of Pentecost.
A former state church, headquartered in Uppsala, some 60 kilometers (37 miles) north of the capital, the church has 6.1 million baptized members in a country of 10 million. It is headed by a woman, Archbishop Antje Jackelen.
Jackelen told Sweden’s TT news agency a more inclusive language had already been discussed at the 1986 conference. source