The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America—a very liberal denomination—has just elected a bishop to serve in that church who is a woman who identifies as a man and uses the pronouns “they/them.” She is the first transgender person to be elected to the position of bishop in the US in any major denomination. It’s sad to continue to see the church ignoring God’s Word and encouraging others to do the same in the name of “tolerance” and “love.” But encouraging others to rebel against God’s created design for them as either male or female (Genesis 1:27) isn’t loving—it leads them into sin and slavery to that sin (John 8:34).
I believe we can apply, in principle, the same words God spoke through the prophets to the Israelites to this situation:
I take no delight in your solemn assemblies . . . offerings, I will not accept them . . . Take from me the noise of your songs; to the melody of your harps I will not listen. (Amos 5:21-23)
But they will not find him; he has withdrawn from them. (Hosea 5:6)
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge; because you have rejected knowledge, I reject you from being a priest to me. And since you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. (Hosea 4:6)
For a spirit of whoredom has led them astray, and they have left their God to play the whore. (Hosea 4:12)
Instead of starting with man’s ever-changing and depraved opinions and compromising with the pagan religion of our day, we need to start with God’s Word in all areas. I would urge this bishop to repent of her compromise, believe God’s Word, and encourage others to do the same.
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