A parish from the Church of Sweden, which has routinely promoted teen climate change alarmist Greta Thunberg, announced the young girl a “successor” to Jesus Christ last December.
“Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg”, the Church of Limhamn tweeted on December 1, 2018.
Kungörelse! Jesus från Nasaret har nu utsett en av sina efterträdare, nämligen Greta Thunberg.🌟
— Limhamns kyrka (@Limhamnskyrka) December 1, 2018
The announcement resurfaced online on Monday, likely due to the church’s most recent support of Thunberg’s activism.
Last week, for example, The Church of Sweden Malmö announced that they would ring their church bells in conjunction with the Global Climate Strike, of which Thunberg is the face.
“In conjunction with the Global Climate Strike, church bells ring and we gather for prayer for the future of the earth,” the church announced. “We pray that we believe that man is responsible for nurturing and managing Creation so that children are given the opportunity for a future. We pray that we know that climate change affects the most vulnerable — poor, children and women. We pray that we believe in man’s ability to change and change.”
“When the Amazon burns, we gather to fight for Mother Earth together,” the site reads, adding, “WELCOME!”
The church account retweeted folks supporting and praising their “humorous” tweet about Thunberg being a successor to Jesus Christ while also defending the tweet by posting a link to the “nuances” of the word “success” soon following the post.
“Here you can read more about the word ‘success’ and its different meanings / nuances,” the Church of Limhamn posted.
Här kan du läsa mer om ordet ’efterträda’ o dess olika betydelser/ nyanser.
— Limhamns kyrka (@Limhamnskyrka) December 3, 2018
The account was abandoned just days later, signing off with both a defense of the message and an apology for any hurt they’ve caused.
“Dear twitter, If we have hurt someone we apologize,” the post, which was published on December 6, 2018, starts.
“Our sense has been to talk about Jesus Christ in our own way,” it continues. “Now we leave the arena. Thank you for your commitment, joy and debate. God bless you! Jonas Persson, ward pastor.”
Har vi sårat någon ber vi om ursäkt, det har aldrig varit vår mening. Vår mening har varit att på vårt sätt tala om Jesus Kristus. Nu lämnar vi arenan. Tack för engagemang, glädje och debatt.
Gud välsigne er!
Jonas Persson, församlingsherde
— Limhamns kyrka (@Limhamnskyrka) December 6, 2018
Thunberg gave a radical speech at the United Nations, last week.
“My message is that we’ll be watching you,” the teenager warned. “This is all wrong, I shouldn’t be up here, I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet, you all come to us young people for hope, how dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words and yet I’m one of the lucky ones.”
“People are suffering, people are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing,” Thunberg claimed. “We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you.”
Today, the Church of Sweden, or Svenska kyrkan, is a national Evangelical Lutheran church. According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, the church stopped being supported by the state in January 2000. Lutheranism stopped being Sweden’s official religion at that time as well.
“The country is divided into 13 dioceses, each headed by a bishop. The archbishop of Uppsala is bishop in his diocese and presiding bishop of the Church of Sweden,” the encyclopedia explains. “Bishops are elected by priests of the diocese and by lay delegates. The Church Assembly is the decision-making body. It has 251 elected members and meets two times a year.”
This post and headline has been updated to reflect that a parish from the Church of Sweden announced Thunberg as Christ’s successor in December