A Christian publishing company, William B.Eerdmans, has removed tweets and issued a response after a wave of criticism over it’s recent posting of a reading list in support of Pride Month.
In one tweet, posted on Tuesday, the publisher said: "Wherever you stand or whatever you think you know, #PrideMonth is an important time to take a step back, listen to real stories, and seek to understand” linking the reading list.
After receiving backlash online, Eerdmans founded in 1911 removed its initial tweet with the Pride Month Reading List.
After doing this, the company tweeted: "For those who thought that cursing and reviling would be an appropriately Christian response to an invitation to try to understand LGBTQ+ Christians, we offer no response.
"Their self-revelation speaks for itself, and it grieves us."
There were several reasons why people were upset with the tweet and one apparent reason was due to some Conservative Christian readers expressing the publishing company cannot "define doctrine for the church."
In response the publishers tweeted: “We do not think it is for us as a publisher to define doctrine for the church.
"We are not the pope, or an ecumenical council, or even a pastor.
“Our role is to publish books, representing both settled and experimental positions, that serve the church in its ongoing deliberations."