It seems more and more people are saying today, "I was born the wrong gender; I was meant to be a ____." Even some people of faith are coming out as gay or transgendered, saying that God made them that way. And in an effort to be politically correct and in with the "cool kids," some churches and denominations (like the Church of England) are agreeing with that narrative.
"During an earlier debate, the Bishop of Liverpool, the Right Reverend Paul Bayes, said: 'As the world listens to us today, the world needs to hear us say that LGBTI orientation and identity is not a crime, not a sickness and not a sin,'" shares the BBC.
But is that what the Bible says? No, says Franklin Graham, the ever-bold spiritual voice in America, willing to take on very tough issues. In a latest post on Facebook, Graham speaks out against the Church of England's recent decision to affirm homosexuality and transgenders as holy and part of God's will.
Graham explains that while God makes each person the specific gender He desires, He still deeply loves every person and wants them to know His Son and be saved. "Of course our churches should be welcoming of transgender people, in the same way we should be welcoming of anyone, because everyone needs the life-changing Good News of Jesus Christ," says Graham.
But the Church of England's recent decision to affirm homosexuality, leading now to the decision of whether to specifically celebrate one's gender transition by a holy ceremony, shows the quick downward of abandoning God's Word. As Graham quoted, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions” (2 Timothy 4:3).
What do you think of the Church of England's recent decision and Graham's strong statement about it? Share your thoughts in the Comments! Thank you!