We are told in 2 Timothy 3:1-5, “Know this, that in the last days difficult times will come. For men will be lovers of self… lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, holding to a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Keep away from such men as these.”
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden released a statement declaring March 31 the Transgender Day of Visibility. “To everyone celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility,” he said, “I want you to know that your President sees you. The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for who you are—made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support. On this day and every day, we recognize the resilience, strength, and joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming people.”
There’s a lot I want to unpack in the President’s proclamation. Tragically, men, women, and children have suffered at the hands of this administration’s sinister agenda, and the President’s Wednesday address will only make things worse. Sadder still are the many Christians and evangelical leaders who go along with it.
Let me begin by clarifying our terms. The National Center for Transgender Equality defines transgender people as “people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth. Trans is often used as shorthand for transgender.”
Now, it’s only in the past few decades that gender has become synonymous with sexes. It used to be that gender was only in reference to grammatical categories of nouns and pronouns—either masculine, feminine, or neuter. Only words have genders—people have sexes.
But gender has since been redefined to make distinctions between biological sex and “gender roles,” a term coined by sexologist John Money in the mid to late-twentieth century. If you read Money’s writing on “gender identity” (another term he coined), you’d recognize right away how our present culture came into the sexual identity ethics that have become so commonly accepted.
That said, gender is conceptual, not natural. Transgenderism is ideology, not biology. No one is really “transgender.” The term “trans” is a socially acceptable alternative for what we used to call a transvestite, cross-dresser, or a pervert.
When Richard L. Levine put on women’s underwear, clothing, and make-up and changed his name to Rachel, he did not cease to be male. His genes did not magically change from XY to XX. He’s a pervert who is openly acting out his sexual fantasies. President Biden appointed Levine the Assistant Secretary for Health, expecting the world to accept that Levine is actually a woman. USA Today named him “Woman of the Year.” The trans movement is looking down their noses at every woman in America, saying, “Men can be better women than you are.”
Sadly, even many professing Christians are willing to play along. Last year, Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor of Anacostia River Church in Washington D.C., defended Levine’s expertise. “I hold a traditional understanding of biblical sexual ethics,” Anyabwile said. “So I do not support transgender lifestyles as a God-pleasing lifestyle. But that doesn’t mean this person isn’t qualified to be a doctor or one of the nation’s chief doctors. It means they need the gospel.”
Many Christians said a hearty “amen” because Thabiti used the magic word “gospel.” But he’s playing you. Look more closely at his answer. He actually thinks this man who teaches boys they can become girls is qualified to be one of the nation’s chief doctors. That is insane.
Furthermore, even though Thabiti said, “I do not support transgender lifestyles,” he kinda did! He remained neutral with his pronouns. He said, “That doesn’t mean ‘this person’ isn’t qualified… It means they need,” not he needs, “the gospel.” But why should we be convinced Thabiti would have the courage to share the truth with Levine if Thabiti is willing to play along with Levine’s fantasy?
Made in the Image of God
In the opening of President Biden’s address to transgender persons, he said, “The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for you who you are—made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support.”
It is true that mankind was made in the image of God, but we have desecrated that image and blasphemed God with our sin. Genesis 1:27 says that in the image of God He created us “male and female.” Jesus affirmed this in Matthew 19:4. But the trans ideology is in rebellion against God and the natural order He created.
According to a May 2021 article in Women’s Health Magazine, “Gender identity is on a continuum. It’s not just the male/female gender binary—there’s a spectrum of gender identity.” Said Dr. Jackie Golob of the Center for Sexual Wellness, “Gender identity can change over time, and it is not fixed.”
The article was entitled “How Many Genders Are There?” which author Perri Blumberg doesn’t answer. In short, who knows how many genders there are? There might be an infinite number of genders. Said Dr. Tracy Marsh of Walden University, “These concepts and terms will continue to evolve.”
The article attempted to make a distinction between sex and gender, but as concepts, not as biology. Gender is how you feel about yourself, Blumberg said, while sexuality is how you feel about others—namely, whom you are attracted to. In these definitions of sex and gender, male and female are not even relevant. You don’t even need to know what male and female are in order to know sex and gender.
If that sounds to you like a recipe for confusion, you’re thinking straight. But as much as this crooked generation wants you to believe gender is fluid and changing, no one can truly function that way. Notice that this article was in a magazine called “Women’s Health.” How can you know what a woman’s health entails if there’s no such thing as the male/female binary?
The President said, “The First Lady, the Vice President, the Second Gentleman, and my entire Administration see you for you who you are.” How many genders were in that sentence? Only two—male and female, which President Biden confessed and then rebelled against in the same breath, blaspheming the name of God.
Remade in the Image of Biden
This is not a new turn for Biden—we have known this from before he was voted into office. On October 15, 2020, under 3 weeks before the election, Biden was interviewed during a town hall on ABC. A physical therapist named Mieki Haeck introduced herself to Biden as “the proud mom of two girls, 8 and 10. My youngest daughter is transgender,” meaning that her youngest “daughter” was actually her son. This perverse mother was lying to her 8 year-old son, making him believe he was a girl.
She went on to ask Biden how he planned to protect the rights of trans-persons. Biden replied, “I will just flat-out change the law.” He went on to say, “The idea that an 8 year-old or a 10 year-old child decides, you know, ‘I decided I want to be transgender, that’s what I think I’d like to be, it’d make my life a lot easier,’ there should be zero discrimination.”
So Biden fully acknowledged it’s a choice, and he said it’s a choice 8 year-old kids should be free to make. But boys of that age do not just naturally choose to be girls. An 8 year-old boy thinks he’s a girl through conditioning because his parents or someone at school or unfettered access to Tik Tok videos convinced him that he could be.
Laws are being proposed in some states, like my state of Texas, which would criminalize parents who attempt to change the sex of their child. The Parental Rights in Education Law was recently passed in Florida (derisively dubbed the “Don’t Say Gay Bill” by left-wing activists), which bans schools from teaching children in kindergarten through third grade about transgenderism or other sexual perversions.
President Biden has called such measures “hateful.” He wants to legally protect parents who sexually abuse their children via trans ideologies.
“In the past year, hundreds of anti-transgender bills in States were proposed across America,” he said, “most of them targeting transgender kids. The onslaught has continued this year.” The onslaught? “These bills are wrong,” he said. “Efforts to criminalize supportive medical care for transgender kids, to ban transgender children from playing sports, and to outlaw discussing LGBTQI+ people in schools, undermine their humanity and corrode our Nations’ values.”
There was some sly language in that last sentence. Biden doesn’t ever reference “sex reassignment surgery” or “therapy.” He doesn’t reference puberty blockers for boys or mastectomies for 13 year-old girls. Rather, he softened these mad-scientist-level procedures by calling them “supportive medical care for transgender kids.” If Joe Biden thinks “trans kids” are “made in the image of God and deserving of dignity, respect, and support,” then why does he want to cut the penises off little boys or the breasts off teenage girls?
In the history of America, it has always been a crime to sexually groom and molest children (if attempting to change a child’s sex doesn’t qualify as sexual molestation, then what does?). The common-sense person knows these things are sinister evils.
But like like a serial abuser gaslighting his victim and making her feel like the crazy one, President Biden wants you to think the people trying to protect children are actually the bad guys. “Studies have shown that these political attacks are damaging to the mental health and well-being of transgender youth,” he said. What a satanic lie.
There is no such thing as biologically “transgender children.” If a parent has made their son believe he’s a girl or their daughter believe she’s a boy, they’re child abusers. If a parent has attempted to physically or surgically alter their child’s sex, that’s tantamount to rape. If you believe a father who beats and sexually molests his children is a monster, why are you not equally appalled by parents who want to mutilate their child’s genitalia or altar their hormones?
The “Christians” Who Go Along With It
On April 1, in a not-April-Fools-Day post, editor Joel Berry said, “The President just endorsed sex-change surgery for minor children. If this doesn’t cause a deafening roar of defiance from the American church, we don’t deserve to be called the Church.”
Unfortunately, there are many professing Christians, even working in ministry, who are fully supportive of Biden’s words and his administration in this area. I don’t mean that they merely turn a deaf ear. These professing Christians hear what he has said, and they support it.
On February 23, “Christian” author D.L. Mayfield shared a post on Twitter condemning the laws in Texas that would protect children from parents who want to change their child’s sex. Now, I put “Christian” in quotes because Mayfield is not actually a Christian. She affirms all of Sodom’s sins in the LGBTQIA2S+++ spectrum. Such a person is not of Christ.
“This is horrific. Absolutely horrific,” Mayfield said of Texas laws that would prosecute parents of “trans kids” as child abusers. “Christians, I am begging for you to repent. What we want is alive, safe, and flourishing kids.” She went on to say, “This policy is the direct result of white Christian nationalist identity politics, and it will terrorize trans kids and their families. On purpose. Hunt them down.”
That’s right—if you want to protect children from the lies of trans-identity ideology and the sexual abuse that inevitably results, then you’re a white Christian nationalist who wants to terrorize kids and families, and you should be hunted down. Like Biden, Mayfield sounds like an abuser attempting to deny, attack, and reverse victims and offender (as summarized in the acronym DARVO).
Mayfield’s tweet was shared by Melissa Moore, daughter of Beth Moore. Melissa works for her mother’s ministry, Living Proof, and has co-authored Bible studies with Beth. I asked Melissa if sharing the tweet was a mistake, or she actually agreed with Mayfield that Christians who regard parents of “trans kids” as child abusers are “absolutely horrific.” Melissa responding by blocking me. As of April 2, the retweet is still there. So yes, Melissa fully agrees with it.
I contacted Beth Moore and Living Proof about it, too. No response—which is what Beth does. A few years ago, she deleted part of one of her books that called homosexuality a “deadly assault of the evil one in our society,” and she has refused to call LGBTQism sin. There’s no reason for us not to believe she is in agreement with Melissa and Mayfield.
The Holy Post podcast, hosted by VeggieTales co-creator Phil Vischer and author Skye Jethani, compared Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law to racism. (Yes, just like Mayfield did. It’s as if all these people are reading from the same script.) As Woke Preacher Clips pointed out, the discussion on The Holy Post was receptive of leftist objections to the law, but they would not acknowledge parents’ actual concerns with leftist radicals teaching their kindergartners about sex.
Said Jethani, “I fear what’s going to happen here is similar to what happened with racial integration many generations ago, back in the 1960s in the south. A bunch of Christians decided we’re not on board with this and they’re going to pull their kids out and create back then it was segregation academies. Now it’s going to be, I don’t know, traditional marriage academies or something.”
Did you hear the back-handed accusation there? If your child’s school hires a kindergarten teacher who wants to talk to your 5 year-old about homosexual perversions, and you pull your child out of public school and decide to put them in a Christian school, Vischer and Jethani say you’re like racist 1960s segregationists. Whatever “The Holy Post” is trying to be, it’s not holy.
By the way, when strange adults obsess about talking to someone else’s kids about sex, we call them pedophiles, not teachers. (Are you listening, Disney?)
For further viewing, I recommend that you watch Megan Basham’s exposé on the number of evangelical leaders who platformed Francis Collins of the National Institute of Health, telling Christians during the COVID pandemic that Collins was a godly man you could trust.
Collins oversaw millions in grants awarded to “experimental transgender research on minors, like giving opposite-sex hormones to children as young as eight, and mastectomies to girls as young as thirteen.” Some of the pastors and organizations who have had nothing but praise for Collins include Tim Keller, Rick Warren, Russell Moore, David French, Ed Stetzer, N.T. Wright, the Billy Graham Center, Christianity Today, the Gospel Coalition, and once again The Holy Post.
Biden’s first appointment to the Supreme Court is Ketanji Brown Jackson, who could not define what a woman is or when life begins. Said Allie Beth Stuckey of the Relatable podcast, “Jackson routinely gave child sex abusers who paid for and distributed videos of the sexual torture of toddlers and infants the lightest sentences allowed by law, and often apologized for doing so. That’s a fact. And there are popular, mainstream Christians praising her.” Some include Jackie Hill Perry, Karen Swallow Prior, Marshall Hatch, Dwight McKissic, and others. And, here are a few more.
Stuckey went on to say, “I don’t think they themselves are pro sex predator or pro abortion. I just think they’re left-wing ideologues and don’t admit it. There’s a reason they’ll parrot every left wing talking point about race and police but won’t dare talk about Biden’s radical trans and abortion policies. They’re Democrats, first and foremost.”
Many of the evangelical influencers who were outspoken against Trump won’t raise even a whisper about Biden. They will neither call out sin nor share the gospel with lost sinners. And that is the deadliest thing of all. Again, these are people who have “a form of godliness, but having denied its power. Keep away from” them (2 Timothy 3:5).
Back to the beginning of President Biden’s Wednesday address, he said that transgender persons are “deserving of dignity, respect, and support.” The way you show dignity and respect toward a man who claims to be a woman is that you respectfully decline to support his lie. He is a man, you tell him, who needs to repent of his sin and turn to Jesus Christ.
The world will surely hate us for telling them the truth. Indeed, the Scriptures say, “All who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted. But evil men and imposters will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived” (2 Timothy 3:12-13).
Dear Christian, we cannot exchange the truth for lies. Eternal souls depend on the church calling out sin and preaching the gospel. The wrath of God is burning against all the ungodliness and unrighteousness of men. Only by faith in Jesus Christ can even the worst of sinners be forgiven, cleansed of all unrighteousness. Repent, for judgment is coming.
The seventh paragraph under “The ‘Christians’ Who Go Along With It” was changed to be less presumptive.
Katie Brohard says
Great job, Pastor Gabe. Thank you.
Well said. Amen
Barb McG. says
In these and all trying days, the only source we can completely trust is God’s written word!