A Derry clergyman believes God is calling the UK out of the EU because of its paganism like he called Israel out of Egypt.
Rev. Jonathan Campbell, of Newbuildings Independent Methodist Church, cited the Book of Revelation as a Brexit endorsement.
“Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues,” reads Revelation 18:4.
In a sermon published on the evangelical Sermon Audio site, Rev. Campbell argued: “This verse can be applied to Brexit. I firmly believe that God is calling the UK out of the EU and not just calling her out, bringing her out, just as he brought Israel out of Egypt.”
The Derry pastor said God wanted Brexit because the EU was a ‘pagan’ institution.
Rev. Campbell claimed statues of the Greek God Zeus and his abductee Europa outside the EU parliament buildings in both Belgium and France provided proof of this.
“Located outside the parliament buildings in both Brussels and Strasbourg are statues of two pagan deities, Europa and Zeus. These statues are a blatant violation of the second commandment,” he stated.
He said the designers of the Louise Weiss building, the EU’s parliamentary seat in Strasbourg, were also inspired by a pagan and anti-Christian heritage.
“The architects of the building were inspired by the amphitheatres of pagan Rome. The most famous amphitheatre of all is the colosseum in Rome,” he said.
Rev. Campbell added: “Think about the colosseum. The colosseum was the site of numerous Christian martyrdoms in the early church. Men, women and children were literally thrown to the lions.”
He said Christian martyrs were told they would be released from captivity if they pledged allegiance to Caesar.
“But, you see, God’s word reminds us that there is only one lord and his name is not Caesar or Zeus or Europa,” he said.
Prior to the Brexit vote in 2016 Rev. Campbell called for a Leave vote due to what he described as the EU’s Romanist’ leanings. He had referred then to the origins of the EU flag, designed by the devout Catholic artist Arsène Heitz.
“If you think about the European flag, the flag of the EU, it’s got the 12 stars, the 12 yellow stars/golden stars on the blue background. Do you know that those 12 stars are for Mary?” he had asked, pointing out that, by coincidence or design, European ministers officially adopted the banner on December 8, 1955, the Catholic feast of the Immaculate Conception.
The Louise Weiss building, seat of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg, was inspired by the pagan colosseum in Rome, says Rev. Jonathan Campbell.