UK bank closes Christian ministry’s account, according to Christian Concern 24 July 2020.  Barclays Bank is closing the account Core Issues Trust, a Christian counselling service. The bank has informed them that their account will be closed in September.  Core Issues Trust (CIT) provides “help for people who who want to move away from same-sex attraction or behaviours.”

No reason was given by the bank, but it is the latest in a series of denials of service to CIT, including from PayPal and Mail Chimp, Facebook and Instagram.  CIT have also been targeted by an extensive campaign of abuse on social media, aggressive trolling and hateful text messages and abusive phone calls to staff.  Mike Davidson, CEO of CIT said: “A coordinated campaign has resulted in our ministry coming under immense pressure and key service providers cancelling their services.”  He went on to comment: “This amounts to mob rule. If a social media mob can cause a bank to close the account of a Christian ministry, then there is nowhere for Biblically faithful Christian ministries to go. The UK is now becoming an intensely intolerant country. Key service providers have cancelled their services to a Christian charity because of a social media mob.”

Andrea Williams, chief executive of the Christian Legal Centre, commented, “If it is CIT first, it will be churches next. If banks and other service providers start to placate social media campaigns by unilaterally terminating their accounts then the UK will be a very difficult place for Biblically faithful Christian ministries.”

Link: Christian Concern

Editorial Comment: This is not just a UK phenomenon.  Our most recent email newsletter was blocked by Mail Chimp, with no specific reason given.  It was eventually allowed to be sent after we removed a brief item that included the following comment: “the Bible reports the Creator God does hate homosexuality, along with adultery, gluttony, thievery, etc, all in the same paragraph, (1 Corinthians 6:9).”  Read the item here. Creation Research has also had to deal with denials of service, along with abuse and interference with our websites and electronic media, but this is not just a “woe is us” report.  It is a wake-up call to Christians.  This is what happens when people “exchange the truth about God for a lie”.  See Romans 1:18-32. 

Creation Research News 10 August 2020

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