Gay militant Jean Wyllys at Brazilian Presbyterian University
Has Mackenzie Presbyterian University given in to politically correct trends?
By Julio Severo
In its debate entitled “Sexual Diversity and Religious Freedom: A Possible Marriage?” on February 28, 2013, Mackenzie Presbyterian University in Brazil, in partnership with its chancellery, invited congressman Jean Wyllys, a gay supremacist, to address sexual diversity.
In its presentation featuring Wyllys, the university said of him: “A militant for civil freedoms, he worked in the base ecclesial communities in the Catholic Church. Partner in LGBT, black and women movements. He is involved in activism to fight homophobia, intolerance and religious fundamentalisms.”
To avoid a 100% homosexualist debate, Chancellor Augustus Nicodemus Lopes also invited Dr. Guilherme Zanina Schelb, member of the Advisory Council of ANAJURE, of which Lopes himself is the president of the Council.
In the presentation featuring Schelb as a federal prosecutor, Mackenzie stressed that this member of ANAJURE became internationally famous as a coordinator of some major investigations, including one designated “Araguaia Guerrilla.” This investigation, according to the Brazilian Senate, was to answer the requests of relatives of the 68 communist guerrilla combatants who died in battles against Brazilian soldiers in Araguaia, in the North of Brazil in the early 1970s. Those criminals fought against the Brazilian government to establish a communist dictatorship in Brazil.
As if this were not sufficiently sinister, Schelb has been accused of trying to enrich himself with his research, an attitude conflicting with Christian ethics, particularly when profits are obtained in whitewashing outright communist criminals.
Despite all this, he is known as “moderate,” whatever this means.
Until now, Mackenzie had not made available the contents of the speeches of Wyllys or Schelb, but a student of the Presbyterian university, who attended the debate, expressed openly that she loved the speech of the gay supremacist, saying:
(Twitter) From a Mackenzie student to Jean Wyllys: “I am of Mackenzie e I just came from the debate! I am IMPRESSED by your ability to debate and your intelligence.”
One cannot say, however, that Mackenzie was the first Protestant institution in Brazil to invite a gay activist for a debate on sexual diversity. That dubious “honor” belongs to the Higher School of Theology (HST), which held an event in 2006 where the most famous participant was Luiz Mott, leader of the Brazilian gay movement accused of defending pedophilia. HST belongs to the Evangelical Church of the Lutheran Confession in Brazil.
What we can expect next after Luiz Mott in HST and Jean Wyllys in Mackenzie? Toni Reis, president of a large gay group in Brazil, at the blatantly leftist Methodist University of São Paulo?
While struggling to understand how Wyllys’ participation could provide some benefit for Brazilian Christianity or for the Presbyterian university itself, I read in the Twitter account of Wyllys his message recommending Ricardo Gondim, a famous progressive minister in Brazil, who has been corrupted by the Liberation Theology ideas:
(Twitter) From Wyllys to Ricardo Gondim: Beautiful text by the minister (a real minister, refined, sensitive, progressive).
Another message of Wyllys shamelessly recommends Paulo Ghiraldelli, a Brazilian philosopher known for his explicit defense of homosexuality and pedophilia:
(Twitter) By Jean Wyllys: Interesting contribution for the debate. Have you read this article by Ghiraldelli?
How could a Protestant university invite a homosexual activist who recommends an advocate of pedophilia? Besides, how could a Presbyterian university present him as an individual actively involved in the “fight against homophobia, intolerance and religious fundamentalisms?” Are they not ashamed of this?
Could they invite him at least for evangelization purposes? Of course. All institutions carrying the Christian name have an obligation to evangelize promoters of abominations, not to promote them.
In the case of Wyllys, who was trained in the base ecclesiastic communities, well-known hotbeds of Marxist Liberation Theology, it was a duty of the Mackenzie chancellery to veto and reject the granting of free ideological publicity for a well-known gay supremacist.
In 2010, the same chancellery, under pressure from such supremacists, removed from the Presbyterian university website a manifesto opposing PLC 122, a federal anti-homophobia bill sponsored by the ruling socialist Workers’ Party. This manifesto had been there since 2007. It led supremacists to notice and condemn the manifesto (which presented a watered-down opposition to the gay agenda), that the Mackenzie chancellor bowed to the threats of hardcore homosexual activists.
At that time, some Brazilian Calvinists connected to Mackenzie told me that the manifesto had been removed because Mackenzie’s prime concern was “evangelization.” But I did not see its professors and students going to the streets to evangelize among demonstrators. And the “fighter against ‘homophobia,’ intolerance and religious fundamentalisms” evidently was not invited to be exposed to detailed knowledge of the Gospel of salvation by the Mackenzie Calvinist theologians — an invitation he would have quickly rejected.
I suffer the same pressure by gay supremacists to remove from my blog my articles and manifestos denouncing PLC 122 and the gay agenda. Because I don’t give in, I am subject to all kinds of actions seeking to censor, block and eliminate my blogs entirely. Other attacks come from leftist Protestants who proclaim themselves to be defenders of faith or Calvinists. But neither my stance nor the constants attacks and threats that I receive hinder the evangelization of young homosexuals, many of whom have contacted me asking for help.
In the same way, I am sure that if Mackenzie had not removed its anti-PLC 122 manifesto, they would not lack evangelization opportunities, including among homosexuals and gay activists who study and work in the Presbyterian university.
However, if Mackenzie had changed mind and, instead of evangelization, just wanted a “debate,” why bring Wyllys? Why let him use the Protestant university as a “pulpit” to preach his perversions?
Would it not have been better to bring in a more qualified individual?
For a genuinely Christian debate on the threats of gay activism in the Brazilian society, Mackenzie could have invited Silas Malafaia, whose Christian view on homosexuality are worth much more than millions of speeches by Wyllys.
However, the belief of Malafaia in supernatural gifts of the Holy Spirit as prophecy, healings, miracles and tongues for today could disqualify him from such an invitation. Besides, he doesn’t bear the Presbyterian or Calvinist seal of approval. But does Wyllys have such approval? All that he has done so far in this regard was to say that “Calvinists are allies of the homosexual movement.”
Was Wyllys referring to America, where the largest Presbyterian denomination ordains gay ministers and promotes a liberalism and leftism that would make Karl Marx’s rotten bones to tingle with joy in his grave?
If he was talking about Brazil, certainly he was referring to Genizahand other Calvinist tabloid clones of its liberal sensationalism. Can Mackenzie be included in this? In a direct way, I don’t think so. But indirectly, it is possible. The chancellor is not liberal, but his lack of belief in the power of the Holy Spirit among Christians today makes him vulnerable to politically correct pitfalls and pressures.
When describing the chancellor, the Babylon Dictionary in Portuguese (as accessed on March 2, 2013) says: Augustus Nicodemus Lopes “believes that the divine revelation through spiritual gifts and prophecy has ended, and does not believe in manifestation of tongues as a sign of the Holy Spirit’s activities in modern days. For this reason, he is considered by Pentecostal writers as a cessationist and elitist in his interpretation of the Scriptures.”
Maybe there was a lack of divine orientation to know when not to give in to the aggressive gay activism and when to behave evangelistically. “Where there is no prophetic vision,” Proverbs 29:18 says, “the people of God stumble.” Other versions say that the people of God perish. All of this because, as the Updated King James Version in Portuguese says, “A people that do not accept revelation from the Lord” stumbles, and some are making that unhappy choice because they believe a theology that determines that prophetic visions for ministerial and personal guidance are not possible beyond Bible times.
However it may be, with or without vision, it is obvious that the Mackenzie University didn’t invite Wyllys for evangelistic purposes.
Maybe they just wanted to use his famous presence so that the big leftist media, which so much pampers Wyllys with spotlights and propaganda, noticed that ANAJURE, a new Brazilian group of Christian lawyers, exists.
Such a tactics, if it was really used, is a strange way of achieving visibility and spotlight, especially for Christians, who should believe that God honors those that honor Him, and He gives visibility to those who openly — in the university, television or other places — acknowledges His name, as Jesus Christ, the living Word, has taught,
“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God.” (Luke 12:8-9 ESV)
“The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts.” (1 Samuel 2:7 ESV)
At one time, Wyllys might have been invited only to hear about the Son of Man who frees men from homosexual sin.