Recently the story of Baptist minister, who is transgender, was published in an article on Christian magazine’s website. According to the article, the transgender minister is ranked to as “the most radical preacher in America” by MSNBC.
While the article was basically a well written one, there was a comment made by the writer that I would differ with. The writer closed the article with the following statement:
“I’m praying for one of the transgender movement’s poster children to get radically saved and expose the lies and darkness that drove them out of God’s perfect will. Will you pray with me?”
While I do not disagree that we should pray for those entrapped in such sins; I think we do miss the mark thinking that winning one of their poster children would expose the darkness. I say this because there is a Biblical way to deal with such egerious sins. In 1 Corinthians 5 the apostle Paul confronted the Corinthians concerning fornication in the church.
1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. (1 Corinthians 5:1-2)
Paul goes on to tell the Corinthians the following in verses 9-11:
9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.
11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.
Paul also told both Timothy and Titus that ministers of the gospel are to be blameless (1 Timothy 3:2, 10; 5:7; Titus 1:6-7).
This transgender minister has not only chosen to walk disorderly, he is causing the doctrine of God to be blasphemed by challenging and undermining the authority of the Word of God. The fact that such a person still holds the position of a minister in the Baptist church is a violation of the Word of God.
It isn’t winning a poster child from among the transgenders that’s needed during this hour. It’s the church embracing sound doctrine and being obedient to the Word of God that’s needed.
The Baptist church should put this transgender on his ear and send him down the road. He is a fraud and should be kicked out of the ministry.
Scripturally, this transvestite is a heretic, and a heretic is to be REJECTED after the first and second admonition (Titus 3:10-11).
While I am in favor of praying for the salvation of all who are lost regardless of their sin, the church does not need a celebrity conversion to expose darkness. The church needs to obey God and administer discipline, correction, and rebuke according to the instruction given in the New Testament. Without it, the church has very little influence.
26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:
27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;
28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:
29 That no flesh should glory in his presence. (1 Corinthians 1:26-29)