What should we expect from pastors right now? I’ll be answering this and several more questions today. Listen in—I know you’ll be encouraged!
A little over a week ago, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered testosterone injections for a 14-year-old girl who now considers herself to be a transgender boy, against her parents’ wishes. Even more frightening, her parents face legal penalties if they use the wrong pro-noun or dare to call her by her birth name.
John Stonestreet of Breakpoint rightly pointed out that “Just as same-sex marriage proved to be a grave threat to religious freedom, transgender ideology is proving to be a grave threat to parental rights.”
The stories that parents who are losing their parental rights in court simply because they do not subscribe to the pseudo-science behind transgenderism should send a shiver up the spine of every parent.
Recently, five mothers shared their stories for The Public Discourse. When their daughters and sons announced they were transgender, the heartbreak for their parents was only just beginning. Even though children usually make these announcements after intense indoctrination via the internet, schools and trans-activists, the concerns of parents are ignored. Instead, they are often vilified and threatened with legal action.
The result for families is heartbreaking. Children are suffering through surgeries which remove perfectly normal, healthy sex organs while parents suffer an equally agonizing situation—being sidelined and cut out of these life-altering decisions.
Twenty years from now, when these kids are more unhappy than ever, twenty years from now, when these kids cannot have children of their own—where will all these trans-activists be? They’ll be long gone, like the dreams of healthy outcomes for thousands of children who have become prey to a dangerous and scientifically flawed ideology.
Parents, beware. Protect your kids from this madness. If you don’t, who will?
- Jeremiah Keenan | The Federalist | March 1, 2019
- Five Anonymous Moms | The Public Discourse | February 26, 2019
What do drag queens and children have in common?
But that’s not stopping public libraries across the United States from hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH), an organization whose stated goal is the promotion of “gender fluidity” to children. Like it or not, your public library may soon be asking men in drag to talk to children about homosexuality and make sure your child knows he or she can “imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.”
Dress up isn’t real, of course. And neither is “gender fluidity.” It’s made up, just like a fairy-tale, with no real science to back it up—but drag queens like “Annie Christ” who performs in lewd, sexually charged nightclub shows, was invited to read to children at the Lansdale (Pennsylvania) Library despite pleas from concerned residents.
As a mother of seven, and grandmother, I can attest to the vulnerability of children—and DQSH seeks to capitalize on that vulnerability. In fact, DQSH is asking us to do more than host an hour where gay men dressed as women talk to children about sex, they’re asking us to set our most basic instincts about life aside. They’re hoping we’ll stare blankly at each other, wonder how we got here and then – just stay out of their way.
Recently, I posted a warning to parents in my city of Vancouver, Washington – the latest city to surrender its dignity to men in drag. “Why would we expose our kids to topics of this nature?” I asked. “Why not bring in firefighters or scientists to read to them?” The response was swift and severe. “You’re a hate-filled, ignorant woman!”, one reader screamed. “You’re the reason trans kids kill themselves!”, yelled another.
No, I’m not the reason this is happening. The reason this is happening is hidden in plain sight: somewhere along the line, we decided that love can exist apart from truth. It can’t of course. Real love requires truth. And the truth is that men cannot turn into women, no matter how much makeup they put on, no matter how many hormones they take, or how many surgeries they have.
When did we decide to stop telling the truth?
Physicians are also afraid to speak the truth about transgenderism, and with good reason. One doctor recently said, “no one is free to dissent without being punished. Such punishments range from being “passed over for promotions” to “demoted from Chairmanship positions” to suffering “loss of research funding” and being subject to “severe harassment by peers [and] death threats from activists.” (Link here)
Recently, a long-time public school teacher in Oregon told me that her peers were terrified of speaking out against transgenderism and gender dysphoria – even to other educators. They’re routinely bullied by transgendered or homosexual students, who have been given unprecedented authority in the schools. Don’t believe me? Ask a teacher. If you offer another view (other than pro-trans) to your student – you will likely face a lawsuit in our new, tolerant society. And just in case you’re curious, thirty years of excellence in teaching won’t help you when the ACLU comes for your job.
No wonder our schools are in chaos. The transgender community does not want “tolerance.” They want total capitulation, total surrender. What teacher wants to lose their job to protect a child? What library employee is willing to get fired when retirement is just a few years away? The answer is simple: fewer and fewer each year.
Fear is a powerful weapon, and trans activists are wielding it masterfully.
It’s a sad time to be a child in the United States. More and more children are at risk for a new phenomenon that has been recently labeled: “Rapid-Onset Gender Dysphoria.” Young, impressionable children, many of whom may be struggling with social or emotional issues, are easy targets for the trans community, who promote transgenderism, with its hormone blockers and “confirmation” surgeries as soul-satisfying solutions to their pain.
The trans community and those who are making millions on their “confirmation” surgeries want the rest of us to shut up and give them unfettered access to our children.
“Let the drag queens come to the libraries,” they say. “It’s about love,” they tell us, while a generation of children become pawns in a push to validate the pseudo-science of gender fluidity.
“We’re not hurting anyone, we’re having fun,” they say. This isn’t innocent fun. It’s the blatant targeting of children. DQSH seeks to promote a dangerous and high-risk lifestyle. Drag queens in libraries actively push adult sexuality on innocent and vulnerable children. This is NOT just harmless fun. It is deliberate activism that should not be promoted with taxpayer dollars.
They’re hoping we’ll push our protective, basic biological instincts aside and applaud as parents allow their “drag kids” to perform at gay clubs where grown men will watch them dance for money.
We used to call that child-abuse. But here, in our alternate reality, we call it “progress.” Science doesn’t matter, facts don’t matter, and outcomes don’t matter either.
And speaking of outcomes, the increasing number of stories that are surfacing from families of transgendered kids who have been permanently disfigured and emotionally devastated by the lie of transgenderism – should be a wake-up call for parents and physicians.
It should be.
A few years from now, when these “gender fluid” children have forfeited the ability to procreate, thereby shattering a beautiful dream that only their future, grown-up minds could fathom, I wonder where the drag queens will be? Something tells me they won’t stick around to pick up the pieces.
I hope you guys don’t mind if I cut right to the chase today… because this is important.
Do you know what happened last week while our nation was arguing over Civil War statues? While demons were pouring gasoline on racial tensions in the US and re-igniting our deep offense toward the Confederate Army (I can’t believe I just typed that in 2017) Oregon Governor Kate Brown quietly signed the nation’s most devastating abortion bill into law.
Last week, just days after the horrible events in Charlottesville took place, Oregon made sure it’s position was secure as the most radical provider of unrestricted abortions in the nation. Oregon’s House Bill 3391-B compels insurers, public or private, to provide a whole swathe of “reproductive services” free of cost and regardless of income, insurance type, citizenship status, or gender identity. Because the bill prohibits insurers from shifting costs to customers in the form of higher deductibles or co-pays, private insurers will be forced to eat the costs — or, more likely, to distribute them among their customers through higher premiums. Medicaid (read: Planned Parenthood) will receive an extra $10 million from the state to cover the procedures. That’s ten MILLION DOLLARS of Oregonians money going to the murder of innocent babies up to nine months gestation for any reason, including gender selection.
Of course, the major media outlets aren’t talking about this American tragedy. No, they’re too busy trying to stir up an angry debate about slavery that was decided during the Civil War. It’s as if we have forgotten who won the war! The outcome of the Civil War determined that slavery in this nation will not stand. And indeed, it does not. Christians all around the world should stand in stark opposition to the evil that is racism—and certainly slavery—but can I suggest that something even more sinister than racism is at the heart of our struggle over statues?
It’s curious to me that old statues getting the attention of popular preachers and teachers while abortion, the horrific murder of babies in the womb that is happening now gets little to no pulpit time. Oregon says that they’ll use taxpayer money to fund your sex-change surgery and your gender-selection abortion… and all we hear is … nothing. The silence is deafening. Where is the outrage over that? Black women are aborting their babies at an alarming rate compared to every other culture in America and we want to march about statues? We are losing thousands of precious black women every year in this country. Feminists? Where are you?
The standard by which we measure offense as Christians needs to be re-calibrated, and fast.
We have lost our way, men and women of God! We have made an idol out of our right not to be offended. Tell me, what good is going to come of this? Do we really want to teach our children to march in the streets because we are offended over statues while real, live babies are callously ripped from their mother’s wombs?
Listen. Offense is a trap; a snare set by the devil to distract us from what really matters, and boy are we stepping on almost every trap the devil is setting right now. It seems that every time I turn on the news, another trap is springing shut. SNAP! Can you hear it, too?
The Bible teaches us that we should be on guard against the snares of the enemy. One of those is the snare of offense. At the risk of boring you, I looked something up. The Greek word for “offense” is skandalon, which literally means the part of an animal trap where bait is hung! In other words, an offense is literally a trap.
We need to understand this deep in our souls and guard against it, because if we’re in a battle (and the Bible clearly says we are), it makes perfect sense that the devil would choose to use offenses to trap and enslave us. Satan lays all kinds of traps for us, and I’m convinced he hunts among the hurting. Think about it— when people offend us, we get angry and hold grudges. Grudges lead to unforgiveness, which leads to broken relationships, or in this case, racial division.
The fact of the matter is that many offenses are going to come our way in this life. When they do, we get to choose how we respond. We can choose to not be offended. In Colossians 3:13, Paul reminds us that we should be “bearing with one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.”
And there’s more: while we’re allowing ourselves to get drug into the swamp of offense, a coup is taking place. We’ve forgotten to keep our eyes out for the REAL enemy. Our enemy, the devil, comes to steal, kill and destroy. Right now, he’s taking direct aim at destroying our unity in Christ.
Offense is one of the enemy’s most powerful weapons, and its primary purpose is to keep us from growing in power and strength in the Lord. Offended people are ineffective in the spiritual battle that we have been called to engage in, because when we are offended, we focus on our own pain, often at the expense of others. The devil uses the snare of offense to take us off the battlefield and ultimately out of the war. His goal: to sideline Christians who would otherwise be effective witnesses for the Lord.
A heart that is easily offended is in trouble. It’s a biblical truth that the pure in heart hear from God more readily than those who are full of bitterness: “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8, kjv). A heart that is full of offenses and unforgiveness isn’t a pure heart. If we want to hear from God, we have to refuse to allow offenses to rule and reign in our lives. Even big ones.
There’s no question: forgiving the big things is hard. But Jesus, who knows all too well the pain of rejection, doesn’t give us an option. He made it clear: we are to forgive anything against anyone.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:25
It’s 3:35 pm, and after a day of setbacks and frustrations, I finally opened my Bible to write today’s passage. James 1:5 is all about asking God for wisdom. Wisdom, I think, was telling me to ask God for His help at 6am instead of 2:30 p.m. today.
Have you noticed how hard the devil works to keep God’s people from becoming students of the Word?
I have. I think it’s by design. I think the devil knows that a Christian who isn’t in the Word is weak. I think satan is smarter than I give him credit for most of the time.
I can only speak for my own “quiet time,” but I have a feeling I’m not alone when I say that every day, I fight with the enemy of my soul for time alone with the One who made me. I fight my flesh to spend time in the Bible. I go to war just to prioritize prayer over parenting.
There’s always something that disguises itself as being more important.
Laundry calls. Kids argue. Phone rings. To-do list presses harder.
“I don’t ‘need’ to read the Bible today,” I lie to myself.
And so, after a compulsory prayer, I turn my attention to more important, more urgent matters. School. Social media. Housework. Bills. Oil change. Grocery store. Meal prep. Bedtime. Start again tomorrow.
After days of this, (sometimes months… if I’m really honest), I notice my ability to discern good from evil has been compromised. Little by little, my spiritual eyes grow dim. >>Maybe God doesn’t really care about this and that. Less controversy, please. More peace.<< Yes. Peace is what I want most. The demands of a culture that stands in stark opposition to what God says is right makes even the most seasoned warrior prone to discouragement, I tell myself—as I glance in the direction of my Bible.
“Good thing my pastor is reading his Bible so he can tell me what I need to know on Sunday,” said a generation of Christians in crisis.
A couple weeks ago, my heart broke as a woman who claims the name of the Lord Jesus invited her followers on social media not to “overburden” their conscience by hesitating to vote for a pro-abortion candidate.
In a Facebook post, this woman said,
“…I’d like to suggest that voting for a pro-choice candidate in this election, or any election, need not overburden your conscience.”
Through her blog, she went on to give a defense of her opinion that was utterly devoid of any evidence of Biblical truth, stating that abortion is a “debatable” topic and that government should make decisions on behalf of women and families.
“Given the complex nature of these and other issues, the degree to which the government should make decisions on behalf of women and families regarding pregnancy is, and should be, debatable.”
Debatable? Not according to God. Not when it comes to the murder of unborn babies. We can talk all day about what the role of government should be in the lives of the we, the governed, but abortion is another animal. Men and women, if you love God and know that you are going to stand before Him someday, your conscience should be terribly burdened by what is happening to our unborn in the name of “choice.” Anyone who suggests that God doesn’t care about it is not listening to the Lord—or cannot listen because they do not know Him.
God’s Word warns us against false teachers. If there was ever a time to be on the lookout for them, the time is now. We are living in a generation of biblically illiterate, immature Christians—people who, while claiming the name of Jesus, and wanting His mercy, forgiveness and salvation, do not wish to carry His cross.
This was evidenced by the thousands of people who cheered her post and encouraged her in her deception. These people are easy targets for wolves among the sheep, and they are blogging, pastoring and counseling God’s children away from, not into, what God says is truth.
Our hearts should break over what breaks God’s heart–and abortion is at the top of the list of things God says he hates. Here’s the Truth, according the the Bible, which is the believer’s final authority:
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NIV)
There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes, a lying tongue,hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes,feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
Before I was born the Lord called me;from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. Every baby whose life has been snuffed out at the hands of another human being belonged to God.
Are we so foolish as to believe He will not exact wrath and pour out His righteous anger over us for NOT “overburdening” our conscience? God forms us in our mother’s womb and has spoken our names before we took a single breath. Oh, how we have sinned against the Lord in this nation by calling evil “choice” and excusing sin for the sake of convenience.
False teachers promise peace when God says there will be judgment—and teachers who suggest otherwise are wolves in sheep’s clothing. False teachers tell you that you can live in sin and that God will not discipline you. These are all false teachings.
Get in your Bible, Christian! Know the Word of God. Don’t be fooled by false teachers.
In the end, we will stand before the Lord and give an account for the way we lived our lives. I, for one, am willing to carry the burden of the unborn on my conscience until the Lord comes and makes it right. As believers in Christ and in His gospel, we have no choice in this matter.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer said it best before he was executed at the hands of the Nazi regime:
“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”