Correction: The article originally stated the Church of Sweden made this claim about Thunberg. Limhamns Kyrka, which sent out the tweet, is a local church in the Swedish city of Malmö.
A local church in Sweden claimed that Jesus Christ has appointed teen climate activist Greta Thunberg as “one of his successors” in a December 2018 tweet that has resurfaced on social media.
“Announcement! Jesus of Nazareth has now appointed one of his successors, Greta Thunberg,” the local church tweeted Dec. 1, 2018. The account, operated by the Limhamns Kyrka, has shared posts about climate change activism before.
Kungörelse! Jesus från Nasaret har nu utsett en av sina efterträdare, nämligen Greta Thunberg.????
— Limhamns kyrka (@Limhamnskyrka) December 1, 2018
The tweet has been rediscovered as Thunberg left her native Sweden on a climate change odyssey that included stops at the United Nations and a climate strike march in Montreal, where she marched with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (RELATED: Fox News Apologizes After Panelist Calls Greta Thunberg A ‘Mentally Ill Swedish Child’)
Her critics argue that she is being used by the rich and powerful to advance a liberal agenda.
“My message is that we’ll be watching you,” Thunberg warned the room full of world leaders. “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 … We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and all you can talk about is money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you?” (RELATED: Laura Ingraham Compares Greta Thunberg To ‘Children Of The Corn’)
Twitter users reacted to the church’s proclamation with enthusiasm, laughter, or scorn.
“Time and time again I ask myself: when was the Swedish church kidnapped by left-wing extremists?” asked one Twitter user, according to the Washington Examiner.
A local pastor for the church (perhaps formerly) seemed to take responsibility for the post in a tweet that followed up the previous one in question.
“Dear twitter, If we have hurt someone we apologize, it has never been our meaning. Our meaning has been to talk about Jesus Christ in our own way. Now we leave the arena. Thank you for your commitment, joy and debate. God bless you! Jonas Persson, ward pastor.”