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Dutch Reformative Youth Rejects Practising Homosexuality

by our Editors in Lifestyle & Fashion , 08 mei 2016

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Young Orthodox Christians in the Netherlands almost unanimously think that homosexuality should not be ‘put in practise’. This can be concluded from the survey ‘De nieuwe refo’ conducted by Dutch newspaper Reformatorisch Dagblad. They survey was held under 1,100 pietistic Calvinists in the age group 26-40.

The survey shows that lesbian women, homosexual men and bisexuals in those circles are tolerated, but on the condition that they abstain from sex. A large majority of 93 percent thinks that ‘practising homosexuality’ is not allowed, as it contrary to the Word of God.

“We have to love sinners, but hate sin, as Jesus did,” the newspaper quotes from one of the respondents. The respondent is also worried about too much openness in the conversation about homosexuality, as ‘it will slowly set the switch from acceptance to sin in motion’.

A participant who experienced it in her own family is more cautious in her response: ‘people are struggling with gay feelings’. She acknowledges the fact that ‘cut-and-dried answers cannot be given immediately’.

In our country, there are somewhat over half a million pietistic Calvinist Christians. They do not belong to one church, but to many different denominations caused, among other factors, by branching off and schisms, for example the Gereformeerde Bond (part of the PKN), the Hersteld Hervormde Kerk, Oud Gereformeerde Gemeenten, Christelijk Gereformeerde Kerken, and the Gereformeerde Gemeenten.

They mostly live in the so-called Bible belt (from Walcheren in the South-West to Staphorst in the province of Overijssel), predominantly vote SGP, and are the last socio-political denominational group in the Netherlands. This means that they have their own media and social organisations at their disposal, mostly in education, care, and recreation.

About 1,100 people from 26 to 40 years of age participated in this online survey by the Reformatorisch Dagblad. 55 percent was female, 45 percent male, 46 percent younger than 30, and 54 percent in the age group 31-40. Over 60 percent received higher (vocational or university) education. This is a high percentage, but according to many researchers, this is common in online surveys.

The results of this survey confirm the results of the 2009 survey ‘Recht op Verschil’ by Barbara Oomen et al for the Roosevelt Academy. This survey, which questioned the entire group of pietistic Calvinists (including those older than 40) shows that only a few percent accepts homosexual feelings and activities.



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