Reformation wall vandalized yet again

The spiritual thermometer of our culture’s departure from the foundation of Genesis

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Published: 27 August 2019 (GMT+10)
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The vandalized statues of Calvin, Farel, Bèze and Knox in Geneva Switzerland, 15 July 2019
Credit: LemanBleu.ch

On 15 July 2019, passers-by discovered that rainbow-colored paint adorned the heads of the statues of four figures of the Protestant Reformation. These statues represent John Calvin, Guillaume Farel, Théodore de Bèze (aka Beza), and John Knox (figure 1) on the Reformation Wall in Geneva, Switzerland. Most likely, an LGBT group had vandalized the statues because of the rainbow coloring of the paint, but no-one yet has come forth to claim responsibility for the act. This is not the first time that the monument has been defaced. For example, in March 2019, a feminist group sprayed graffiti across the monument, saying “Where are the women?”1 But this act of vandalization is not an isolated event—it is yet another case of a Christian monument being defaced as a symbolic token of the rejection of Christianity in modern culture.

Vandalization by itself might not be such a big issue, but this is part of the bigger picture of the worldwide rejection of Christianity. This is often manifested for example in persecution against Christians in countries in the Middle East, Nigeria, India, China and North Korea. According to an ex-FBI special agent, persecution against Christians is on the increase.2 The international Christian organization, Release International, forecasted that persecution of Christians will rise worldwide in 2019.3 According to a Pew Research poll, Christians face significant levels of persecution in 144 countries. Every month, 345 Christians are murdered for their faith and 105 churches, and monuments or buildings are also violated.4

The vandalization of the statues of the Reformers are a thermometer of the spiritual condition of our wider society. It is obvious that the LGBT group in question rejects the biblical concept of marriage between one man and one woman. This stems from the rejection of the Christian worldview, which is based on the book of Genesis. Therefore, this LGBT group expresses their rejection of God’s creation ordinances by defacing the monuments of some of those men who fought so hard to establish the ultimate authority of the Bible. Today’s society has so departed from biblical authority that it is now considered normal to be ‘gay’ or ‘transgender’. Many young people don’t even think that homosexuality is wrong.

The rainbow's association with the LGBT movement rather than God's covenant with Noah is evidence of the waning influence of Christianity. There are Christians who are calling for us to reclaim the rainbow from the LGBT community as a sign of God’s grace. This is well overdue. However, we must also stress that God gave mankind the rainbow as a covenant after He had judged the world by the Flood, as we read in 2 Peter 2:5.

“ … if he did not spare the ancient world, but preserved Noah, a herald of righteousness, with seven others, when he brought a flood upon the world of the ungodly.” [emphasis added]

But God’s judgment was not only on the pre-flood world. 2 Peter 2 likened God’s watery judgment during Noah’s day with His fiery judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jude 1:7 tells us:

“ … as Sodom and Gomorrah and the towns around them indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire in the same way as these, are exhibited as an example by undergoing the punishment of eternal fire.” [emphasis added]

Therefore, it is quite possible that atheists and the LGBT community might want to erase all traces of the memory of the worldwide Flood, which stands as a memorial condemning their unrighteous acts. They understand that the Bible warns of another future global judgment on all who refuse to repent from their sins. In 1 Corinthians 6:9–11 (Lexham English Bible), we are warned,

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” [emphasis added]

This passage calls for repentance and a turning away from these sins. Some English Bibles combine the Greek word arsenokoitēs (ἀρσενοκοίτης) with a second word in this verse malakos (μαλακός), to get the word, ‘homosexuality’. But the Greek actually use two words, not one—arsenokoitēs and malakos, and both words have specific meaning. The first word is arsenokoitēs, a compound word describing “a man who has sexual relations with another man”.5 This same word also appears in 1 Timothy 1:10.6 In addition, this is the same word is also used in Leviticus 18:22 and 20:11–15 in the Septuagint (Greek Old Testament), meaning that both the Old and New Testament condemn homosexuality. The second word, malakos, with the primary meaning of ‘soft‘, refers to the passive partner in a same-sex relationship, one who is effeminate or soft.7

It is no wonder that Christianity is under so much attack today, because of its emphasis on the necessity of repentance (Acts 17:30–31). However, another factor is that there is no other time in history than the present when we have so much evidence for the truthfulness and the historical accuracy of the Bible. The ungodly know that they are sinners, and they also know that God exists, but instead of glorifying Him, they repress God’s truth, including any reminder of God’s judgment. Romans 1:18–19 says “Therefore, ‘For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them.’”

After 40 years of scientific creation research, our website has more than 11,000 articles which attest to this. We would like to encourage our readers to take heart and stand firm on God’s Word in the midst of a hostile culture. Truth is on our side. Trust in God, and trust in His Word.

References and notes

  1. Evangelical Focus, Reformation Wall in Geneva vandalised, http://evangelicalfocus.com/cities/4602/Vandalism_against_the_wall_of_the_Reformers_in_Geneva, accessed 16 July, 2019. Return to text.
  2. Parke, C., Terrorist attacks on Christians ‘happening more and more’: ex-FBI special agent, https://www.foxnews.com/world/sri-lanka-church-attacks-christians, accessed 16 July, 2019. Return to text.
  3. Parke, C. Christian persecution set to rise ‘sharply’ in 2019, group warns, https://www.foxnews.com/world/christian-group-warns-of-sharply-rising-persecution-in-these-countries-in-2019, accessed 16 July, 2019. Return to text.
  4. Candy, T., Meet the Christian lawyers and leaders fighting forty years of PC bigotry, https://www.spectator.com.au/2019/07/meet-the-christian-lawyers-and-leader-fighting-forty-years-of-pc-bigotry/, accessed 16 July, 2019. Return to text.
  5. Contrary to the claims of some in the LGBT movement, ἀρσενοκοῖται is not merely someone who has sexual relations with temple prostitutes, nor is it about pedophilia. The word specifically describes a man who has sex with another man. As the Greek Lexicon (BDAG) explains: “Paul’s strictures against same-sex activity cannot be satisfactorily explained on the basis of alleged temple prostitution … , [n]or limited to contract w. boys for homoerotic service.” See: Bauer, Walter (ed. Frederick, Danker), A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG), 3rd ed, 2000, p.135 Return to text.
  6. c.f. Romans 1:26–27. In extra-biblical sources: Polycarp’s letter to the Philippians 5:3 (μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται) Return to text.
  7. Some Bibles combine μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται as one word, but as BDAG states, the “rendering of μαλακοὶ οὔτε ἀρσενοκοῖται with the single term ‘sexual pervert’ is lexically unacceptable”. See: Bauer, Walter (ed. Frederick, Danker), A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (BDAG), 3rd ed, 2000, p.135. These are two different words that explicitly refer to both the dominant and passive participant in the homosexual act. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

King T.
Jesus sums it very well in Matthew 10:22-23: You will be hated by everyone on account of My name, but the one who perseveres to the end will be saved. When they persecute you in one town, flee to the next. Truly I tell you, you will not reach all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes.… I have already experienced the "defense of the gay" by being given a warning to be "sensitive" when talking about this issue. Ironically the person about whom the issue was raised ( I did not talk about that person but just in general ) attends church and has in fact made a comment previously that the person has a problem with what the bible has to say....
Andrew A.
"It is no wonder that Christianity is under so much attack today, because of its emphasis on the necessity of repentance." Let us no forget the emphasis of love though: 1 John 4:7-8, Romans 13:8-10, Galatians 5:13-15 and Matthew 22:39-40. Furthermore, Matthew 7:1-6 in conjunction with 1 Corinthians 5:12-13. I don't disagree with you that many practices that have become normalized in our culture are against God's commandments; however, ultimately it is our purpose as followers of Jesus to spread the good new about the Kingdom of God to those who are outside the church. Adherence to God's commandments is something that is required of those who are within the church; however, expecting those who are outside of the church to follow God's commandments doesn't make much sense. First win a brother or sister for Christ, then work on lovingly encouraging them to follow God's commandments. If you try to condemn the actions of someone who does not even believe in God, then you accomplish very little. You are truly casting your pearls before those who do not know or care about God. We should be focused on loving those who don't know God and reject his commandment, not condemning their sinful acts. Instead our judgement should be aimed at those within the church who claim to know God but do not follow his commandments. Not only are they in need of correction, but they present a terrible witness to the world.
Matthew Cserhati
Hello Andrew,
Thanks for your comment. Just as there is the Good News, there is also bad news. We only come to understand God's love and mercy by knowing how sinful we are. This is why Paul exhorts the Greeks to repent in Acts 17:29-31: "Being then God's offspring, we ought not to think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and imagination of man. The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead." Note that Paul is speaking to non-believing pagans, not Jews, and he is even accusing them of idolatry, and telling them to repent. We must preach the Gospel in and out of season (2Tim. 4:2). "but just as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, not to please man, but to please God who tests our hearts." (1Thess. 2:4)
Chuck R.
@ Andrew A. Romans 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? Certainly not! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law. For I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, "You shall not covet." If you don't know you are sinning, why would you think you need a Savior?
Dennis M.
The hypocritical LGBT groups once again showing their intolerance toward Christians.
Mark Z.
I have seen artists use the rainbow together with different races of people. When I see this I see oneness. In faith, I see it is the way, the truth, the life. John 18:38 has written “What is truth”. Restoring the eternal life will reveal the lie and give light to the truth. For example, God created the human body as good, therefore the lie is the work that deceives one to believe otherwise. Belief that the middle finger is offensive. Speaking words to give understanding is a work. This work at its highest branch has people practicing turning against one another. Christianity may be under attack, but who is not? God chose to create every race as good. The lie can be witnessed branching to all. History or your lives can testify to these words. All that came from the works of Evolution that CMI has shared. Works of a master race where judgement can judge against anyone. Race wars, countries against countries, gang wars, marriage with fighting and divorce, children with school fights, and everyone who turns against the other for any reason they believe in for defending self. As God is for all therefore evils works are against all. When people see the works of evil rampant they want Christ to come and restore what is good. If Christ dies from among the people, he will rise, he will always rise. Because those slave to sin will understand through trial that life will never come by the way of evil. And when they finally see the truth, they will turn to him. John 10:10.
Matthew Cserhati
Hello Mark,
I just want to make a few comments: 1. According to Romans 1:18-21, all people are in rebellion against God, so their attacks are directed against Him and His Son (also see Psalm 2). 2. God created only one race, from two parents, Adam and Eve. 3. "All that came from the works of Evolution that CMI has shared" We at CMI do not endorse evolution, we critique it.
Dan M.
It is exactly because we are commanded to be loving and tolerant of others teaching the truth in such an unloving and intolerant world, (they are the intolerant ones, not us) that these things are perpetrated against us. The truth can set you free but it can also hurt feelings through conviction and anger people. Ultimately they are mad at God and we represent God so they take it out on us. Do you think they, (the LGBT community) would do these things to a Muslim monument? No, they would be hunted down and dealt with, (killed) because the Muslims don't tolerate them. Mat 10:28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. I fear God way more than I fear them. But I also trust God at His word and I know He loves me! This is an unpleasant world with all it's turmoil and hate but we don't belong here anyway. We belong with Him in heaven on the day we repented and decided to follow Him, (Luk 23:42-43). Our job is simply to teach the gospel message to a sick and dying world. It is the Spirit that convicts and causes repentance. Pity those who reject Gods word because this world is the best it will ever get for them. How sad!
Ricardo M.
Sometimes it is claimed that the Lord Jesus Christ never spoke against sodomy but it's not so, for instance in Luke 17: 28-29 "Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all", this is an implicit condemnation of the sin of sodomy, moreover He was who poured down fire and brimstone on Sodom and Gomorrah.
Mara D.
Why do they never attack a mosque? Their attitude against women and homosexuals is far worse!
Egil W.
I hope it is room for a humorous comment here: They should have had a statue of Noah there. After all he reformed his time and age. And perhaps, just perhaps, the LGBTQ-people, would have - after spray-painting Noah in the colours of the rainbow - looked up.., and started thinking... what could possibly be called meaningful and coherent. If X = X, and Y = Y then X =/= Y
Egil W.
A serious thing for the LGBTQ-proponents to consider, is the possibility of God changing sexual emotions gone astray (on the background of what in reality makes reproduction possible for humans, and what relationship-type will give children the necessary input of male and female gender-role-models, and thus emotional stability and a gender-identity in line with undeniable physical reality), either to heal fully, partly (enough to gain a necessary level of opposite-sex-attraction for one legitimate spouse), or to be given the gift to live happily as single or celibate. If God is almighty, perhaps the only true obstacle is human unwillingness... or impatience... What if it would take 10 years of repair to undo the colossal damage a neo-hellenistic cultural setting have caused? Or in other (non-western) cultures; what if it would take 10 years of active effort to repair the damage spiritually caused by creatures worshiping other creatures (because spiritually, the God-Image bearing creatures are supposed to be a Bride for the spiritual Bridegroom that The Uncaused Self-Existing Creator - God, would be to them); be these creatures falsely worshiped, false prophets or demonic influences (which the Fallen World often calls ‘gods’ or even ‘God’): would they repent and invest in ten years of counselling, putting the blame right: on Satan, Sin and Fallen World?

For as the article mentions, after Paul have mentioned a long list of sins in 1.Cor.6, he says that the now-Christian Corinthians were such once (including arsenokoites and malakos), but they were washed, sanctified and justified.
But many seems to have the preconceived notion that sanctification takes 5 seconds.
But no! Its the lifelong process, the battle, in which the Christian stands.
Matthew Cserhati
Hello Egil,
I would only add that the blame also falls on the homosexual person as well, since that sin is a choice. Gay genes don't get passed on.
Frank G.
I just wanted to throw this in as a side note: I couldn’t find a single news story about this act of vandalism at any non-Christian news outlet. Hmmm...
Matthew Cserhati
Hello Frank,
This is not true. GOP Briefing Room and Free Republic both have it on their website. But then again there are so many church shootings and nobody cares about that, so why should the Reformation Wall also be covered?
Andrew T.
"...bigger picture of the worldwide rejection of Christianity" This is overly defensive and simply not true. Christianity continues to grow globally, praise the Lord. I grieve over this and other multitudinous rejections of Christ ... but there is a yet bigger picture again. He continues to reign, and the gates of hades are not prevailing, and shall not. So let's be on our guard not to give the enemy credit by overstating his work.
Jean P.
I've been told that in Bible numerology, 6 is the number of Man without God. Their rainbow has 6 colours. Says it all really.
Herman J.
It is interesting to note that the anti-Christian groups all claim that one must not discriminate. People must be accepting and open minded. UNTIL you say something that they do not like. Then their true colours appear. Then one can see that they are all but inclusive and definitely not accepting other ideas (far from open minded) We need to pray for them and support people who witness to them.
Jenny Y.
I think it is highly significant that the LGBTQ+ flag has only SIX colours in it. The real rainbow - the one God put in the sky - has SEVEN colours. Biblically, seven is symbolic of perfection; six falls short of that. It is symbolic of humans because they were created on day six of creation week, so the LGBTQ+ flag is really proclaiming humanism: 'We are god!'

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