Former Archbishop of Canterbury compares Greta Thunberg to biblical prophets

By Robert
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The former Archbishop of Canterbury, the highest ecclesiastical office in the Anglican Church, recently compared Greta Thunberg, the Swedish teenage climate activist who condemned world leaders for “stealing her childhood and dreams”, to biblical prophets.

While taking part in a discussion on the topic of living prophetically at the ecumenical Korsvei festival in Sljord, Norway, Sir Rowan Williams compared the far-left activist to the Old Testament prophet Jeremiah, who among other things, spoke out against the day’s ruling powers and pronounced God’s judgment upon the people for their wickedness, Norwegian newspaper Vårt Land reports.

“God has raised up a prophet in Greta Thunberg in a way that no one could predict,” Williams said. “She has said things that no one else could have said. Thank God for her!”

Williams, after expressing his deep admiration for Thunberg, went on to describe the 18-year-old climate activist as “a very good example of a prophetic voice”, asserting that – like the prophet Jeremiah – she had arrived as a force to speak to the nations. 

Although Thunberg’s brand of rhetoric is fully endorsed and amplified by the globe’s most powerful and influential individuals and institutions, Simon Korsmoe, another one of the event’s participants, claimed that the former archbishop’s comparison was accurate since “Jeremiah was not accepted because he spoke clearly from the Lord against the powers that be. Earthly power and spiritual purity are often in conflict.”

It just so happens that this isn’t the first time that major figures in Protestant churches in Western Europe have attempted to elevate Thunberg to the level of a principal figure in the Bible. 

In 2019, Antje Jackelén – the Archbishop of the ultra-liberal Protestant Church of Sweden – compared Thunberg to Old Testament prophets, saying: “I believe she is actually prophetic in the same way that the Old Testament prophets were persistent with their message.”

Jackelén claimed that Thunberg’s tendency to engage in “symbolic deeds” like the “school strike” and “her journey across the Atlantic” was similar to that of various biblical prophets. 

The Archbishop’s words – regarded by many as irreverent and arguably blasphemous – weren’t the first of their kind to come out of the mouths of authority figures inside of the Swedish church. In 2018, the Church of Sweden caused widespread outrage after Limhamn Church in Skåne County hailed Thunberg as the “successor” to Jesus Christ and said that she was a “great model for all of us”.

Days before the birth of Jesus Christ was celebrated across the globe, Limhamn Church in Skåne County tweeted: “Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed a successor, namely Greta Thunberg.”

Anna Ardin, the woman who accused Julian Assange of sexual assault and a deacon in the Uniting Church of Sweden (UCS) – a new church that was created when the Mission Covenant Church of Sweden, the Baptist Union of Sweden, and the Methodist Church unified – has also asserted that Thunberg is a prophet of our time, like the biblical figures Ezekiel, Isaiah, Elijah, and Jeremiah once were.

“We want to claim that Sweden has a prophet who is active – right now. Her name is Greta Thunberg and she is fully comparable to the prophets of the Bible,” Ardin wrote in an opinion piece for the Christian newspaper Kyrkans Tidning.

“The point is that we must listen to the message because the message comes from God. It requires a radical conversion to a life and society free of fossil fuels,” the deacon added.

Thunberg initially rose to national prominence in 2018 at the age of 15, when she began skipping school each Friday in what she and her political allies described as a strike against climate change. The protests, which were named “Fridays for the Future”, later spread to places like the UK, Australia, and Germany. 

In the fall of 2019, the Swedish teenager became the symbol of the global movement against climate change after she traveled to New York by boat and delivered an address to the United Nation’s Climate Action Summit. 

“This is all wrong,” she began. “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. We are at the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

Since then, Thunberg has been the object of unending adoration and praise from the globalist left-wing elite and has received a slew of awards, accolades, and prizes. Today, the 18-year-old activist routinely rubs shoulders with high-level globalist politicians and ultra-liberal celebrities. 

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