Saturday, August 18, 2007

Transgender Pastor in the United Methodist Church

"Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors."


This is the slogan for the United Methodist Church. It has really bothered me for some time now. Now that the United Methodist Church has decided it needs to put transgender issues on its Judicial Council's fall docket, I decided it was time to blog about it.

Here is an excerpt from the article about the transgender Pastor.
At this year’s Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference in late May, Bishop John R. Schol reappointed the Rev. Drew Phoenix as pastor of St. John’s United Methodist Church in Baltimore. Phoenix, 48, had been minister at St. John’s for five years as the Rev. Ann Gordon. After surgery and hormone therapy in the past year, the pastor changed his gender to male and adopted a new name.

So why are they even having to "consider" what to do about this situation? This is clearly perversion. Anyway, back to the "Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors." According to the Bible we are not called to have open minds, but rather to have "the mind of Christ".

“But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

“Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

“But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.
“For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.” 1 COR 2:9-16


If we have the mind of Christ we do not have to be tolerant to the things of this world. God gave us a standard, and that standard is the Bible. If anything goes against that standard, we do not have to "like" or be tolerable of it. Yes, God loves the sinner, but He does not love the sin. It is His will that sinners come to the saving knowledge of Christ and repent and turn away from their sins. EVERYONE WILL BE JUDGED ACCORDING TO THE STANDARDS GOD SET. I urge anyone involved with the United Methodist Church to get away from such perversion, and to not be a part of it.

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2 comments:

Ally said...

Hi from another homeschooling parent, Becky!

I wonder if you could say a few words about how you read Scripture as saying gender transition is a perversion...

Becky said...

Ally,

Psalm 139:14 reads "I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are your works, and my soul knows very well."

In the original Hebrew text, the word 'fearfully' means: with great reverence and heart-felt interest and respect. The word 'wonderfully' means: unique, set apart, uniquely marvelous. WOW! No wonder the psalmist bursts out with exuberant praise in this verse. He realized the great love and concern that went into his unique and very individual creation.

Ephesians 2:10. "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them" 'workmanship.' It comes from the Greek word 'poiema' and the word signifies a work of art brought forth by an artisan. Our English word poem and poetry stem from this word.

Genesis 1:27 "God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

Romans 1:26-28 "For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. And just as they did not see fit to acknowledge God any longer, God gave them over to a depraved mind, to do those things which are not proper,"

Lev 18:22 "You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination."

God is the Creator and He does not make mistakes. If you are a female, no matter how many surgeries you have you are still genetically a female. You can not change that. If God supposedly created this person to be a male, then why didn’t He do it right the first time? Remember, He does not make mistakes. Trying to become a different gender is extremely insulting to God. It is like telling Him He didn't get it right the first time. Give me a break! To say that God made a mistake by making her a female and then going through the hormones and surgery to become a man, is a final slap in God’s face. This is rebellion as well as disobedience.