Save the Lord’s Prayer 

Rev David Peterson of Thurrock, often featured in the TV and media as author of ‘My Visits to Heaven’ and formerly the youngest black priest in the Church of England, is spearheading a campaign to save the traditional wording of the Lord’s Prayer. 

Peterson says:

“The recent Church of England announcement that they are discussing a proposal to consider the use of gender-neutral terms for God and Jesus, poses a real threat to the familiar opening words of the most cited and best-known prayer in the world ‘Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name'” 

“For the first time in the 2,000 years since Jesus taught his followers how to pray, these familiar terms addressing God as “Our Father’ are in jeopardy of being changed. I’m calling on all believers to sit up and take notice. Are we truly within our rights to dictate to God how he identifies himself to us?”

There will be a peaceful march through the streets to Save the Lord’s Prayer on Saturday 25th February 2023 starting from Marble Arch station at 11 am.

Notably, believers taking it upon themselves to redefine how God identifies himself is a direct violation of the very principles upon which gender identity is based:

Gender identity is one’s own internal sense of self and their gender (NPR.org)

Gender identity – one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both or neither – how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. (hrc.org)

Are we not to respect God’s own wishes in terms of how he has asked us to refer to Him? Or does He have less rights than every man, woman and child to self-identify?

There are a number of principles in Scripture that bear relevance to this discussion, which include:

“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it ‘Why did you make me like this?’ – Romans 9:20 NIV

Interestingly, a severe warning is given to anyone who changes even one word of the Bible. Something Save the Lord’s Prayer campaigners ask those demanding a change in the wording of ‘Our Father’ to consider carefully before taking such a bold step, as their very salvation could be at stake: 

‘Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away’ – Matthew 24:35

‘I warn everyone who hears the words of prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.’ – Revelation 22:18-19 ESV

Rev. David Peterson is calling on those confessing a Christian faith to carefully consider where they stand and make their wishes known to the Church of England as a matter of urgency. Anyone who wishes to support the petition to Save the Lord’s Prayer can join the discussion with this link: 

Our Father

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