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Not Even Sermons Are Safe Anymore

imprisoned American pastor christian religion freedom religious migration west globalists sermonsThe Crossing Church from Columbia, Missouri has been in the news recently — and for all the right reasons. Just last month, the church garnered national attention when it helped members of their community pay off unpaid medical bills. Through partnership with RIP Medical Debt, a nonprofit organization that helps people pay off outstanding medical debt, church members donated more than $430,000 which was used to pay off more than $43 million of medical debt by negotiating with debt collectors.

At the time, Pastor Keith Simon explained the motivation behind his congregation’s generosity: “We do this because we feel like God has been incredibly gracious to us. He’s paid our debts. We think those who follow Jesus should be radically generous with their time, their talent, their treasure.”

Today, the Missouri church is in the news for something else: their pastor preached a sermon on October 13 titled “Male and Female. Ancient Text. Modern Debate.” Using Genesis 1:27 as his text, Pastor Keith Simon preached on God’s design for sexuality and transgenderism. Displaying pastoral sensitivity, Simon walked through the Bible’s teaching on gender and reflected on how Christians can minister to those who identify as transgender. With love and compassion, the pastor explained how men and women are created in God’s image and how the transgender movement does not align with the Bible’s teaching on sex and gender complementarity.

But despite Pastor Simon’s efforts to discuss the topic from a loving, biblically informed perspective, local LGBT activists immediately cried foul, launching a petition and demanding local businesses cut ties with the church. Last Thursday, Sager Braudis Gallery, a local art gallery, was the first to cave to activist pressure. Although the church had financially sponsored the gallery for five years, the gallery said they were severing ties to show “solidarity with the LGBTQ+ community” and to register their protest “against institutions who perpetuate and use their powerful platforms for content of this nature.”

While skirmishes over marriage and human sexuality have become commonplace, this latest incident reveals an alarming level of intolerance among progressive activists. An honest observer would be hard pressed to find anything in the sermon that could be construed as vindictive or hateful. In fact, Pastor Simon went out of his way to avoid politics, at one point saying, “We’re not talking about partisan politics or the culture wars.” Instead, Simon wanted to show what Jesus taught on these contentious issues, regardless of the current cultural moment.

Throughout the 40-minute sermon, Pastor Simon modeled the way Christian ministers should discuss transgenderism from the pulpit. He straightforwardly explained that the issue is unavoidable; transgenderism is a regular topic in the media, entertainment, sports, and legal communities. According to Simon, the issue is so prevalent that it would be “weird to talk about this everywhere but the Church.” Moreover, the topic cannot be ignored because the Bible speaks to it. In fact, the first chapter of the Bible reveals that the two sexes were God’s idea, and that part of what it means to be made in God’s image is to be created “male and female.” In other words, the issue “shows up in the text.” Therefore, pastors who want to preach the whole counsel of God’s word have no choice but to teach on sex, gender, and God’s design and purpose for marriage and sexuality.

But not only did Simon base his sermon in the Bible (he discussed Genesis 1 and Matthew 19 at length), he was honest about the church’s past failings in regard to the LGBT community. He explained that too often the church has taught unbiblical stereotypes and offered a picture of masculinity and femininity that is out of step with the Bible. However, Simon insisted that “gender is not superficial to who we are,” and that faithfulness to God’s Word requires affirming the Bible’s sexual ethic, even when that ethic is out of step with the culture.

During the course of the sermon, Simon asked two poignant questions. First, speaking to LGBT activists, he asked, “Are we sure this is best?” Is buying into the transgender narrative good for women? Is it good to give puberty blockers to children even though 80 percent of children who identify as transgender eventually identify with their biological sex? The obvious answer is “no.”

Second, Simon asked, “Do we really want people’s subjective, internal feelings to define reality?” He explained that we don’t do this with other issues. If someone’s mind tells them a lie, we try to counteract that lie by pointing them to objective truth. We don’t go along with the lie. Thus, rather than encouraging someone to embrace a gender identity other than their biological sex, we should help people see the goodness of their God-given gender.

At the close of his sermon, Simon explained that the issue of transgenderism boils down to a question of authority. Who has authority when it comes to our bodies and how we use them? Is it contemporary culture or Jesus? Ultimately, Simon explained, “Jesus is Lord over us, culture, and our bodies.” He finished by exhorting his congregation to show love and compassion to those struggling with gender dysphoria. “Speak the truth in love,” he exhorted.

The church could not have been clearer that the Bible affirms that all people are made in God’s image. Speaking of people who identify with different sexual lifestyles, they stated: “[w]e affirm their full personhood, dignity, and worth. We believe that our government bears a responsibility to protect their lives, dignity, welfare, and all other rights afforded to every other person in this country.”

Indeed. Yet this may not be enough for those opposing what the Bible teaches on this matter. From the halls of Congress to state legislatures, town halls to school board meetings, many are unified in opposing biblical truth on the issue of human sexuality. May all Bible-believing Christians unite to defend the truth in the public square — before it is too late.


Reprinted with permission from - Family Research Council - by David Closson

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Evelyn Kiefer
2 years ago

The LGBTQ+ community is a religion all its own. Error is error and truth is truth. There is no argument. God created us make and female. That is all we need to know. The rest is fabrication and lies to cow the general public. We stand together on God’s Wied or we die.

D's
2 years ago

Americans need to stop walking on egg shells regarding LGBT. Every one has rights and beliefs even Christian. As Americans we have the right of freedom of speech. As Christian we believe in the word. We are not here to judge and I have to ask LGBT “what are you so afraid of that you have to attack everyone that does not believe what you believe?” If I went around attacking people that have different thoughts and beliefs as I, I would be exhausted by the end of the day. At the end of the day God is alive and he gave us freedom to choose how we live our lives. Christian choose to live their lives by the words in bible. LGBT have different beliefs. We should have rights to express our beliefs without fear of being attacked or offending someone. If you are offended then maybe you should examine your own conscious and ask yourself why other people opinions bother you. Simon was preaching by the word to people that come to his church to hear the word, if you don’t believe in his beliefs that is fine. Stop this child like behavior that everyone should agree with LGBT beliefs.
God will reveal the truth.

Mike
2 years ago

In my mind at least, the current attacks and hatred directed at Christians in general by the far left only increases the stature and credibility of Christianity as the true path. Kudos to this pastor for sticking up for what the Bible teaches as right.

cwh
2 years ago

Satan is constantly attacking us to try to show GOD that we his creation are vulnerable to his temptations. GOD does not tempt us only Satan does that. Homosexuality, transgenderism, and many others are temptations to cause us to sin. Satan is the chief liar and deceiver and many fall for his tricks.
Jesus came to rescue the perishing and show GOD’s love, HE died to take the place of our sins for all who call upon HIS name for help. Satan only brings death and hurt not love.
You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free,,Satan does not want people to hear the truth because they will see what an evil being he is.

Craig Z
2 years ago

The Bible says “Male and female He created them”, not “Transgender, pangender, and cisgender He created them”. Kudos to this pastor for speaking Biblical truth in a loving way.

Bob Eisenhauer
2 years ago

Just take a look at Germany and what happened when the churches turned their backs on God and caved in to Hitler and his radical Nazi pact.

mike
2 years ago

AMEN!!! Speak the truth in love. Even so those that live godly lives in Christ Jesus shall be persecuted says His word!

Joanna Johnson-Smith
2 years ago

NOTHING in life has only one side, and human beings never have and never will, agree on anything 100%. Both our Creator and the Constitution of the U.S have blessed us all with the Freedom to Choose what we will do with our lives and how we will do it. As a Christian, I cannot agree with things that go against the Bible, such as Same-Sex Marriage and other Sexual, alternative life styles, however, I will never shun or abuse those who do. I respect their Right to Choose, and to love whomever they wish. I wish them no ill will, in fact, I pray for my friends who are Gay and Trans-sexual, and I care very much for them. There are only two areas of this issue that I am adamant about: 1) Do not expect MORE than Equal Rights afforded to others. Being different does not entitle you to “Special Rights or Protections”. 2) Do not use your personal choices to bully others or to violate THEIR rights. By punishing those who peacefully disagree with you, as in this case and so many others, like Christian businesses who cannot take part in Gay Weddings, you are teaching others to dislike you and with-hold their respect for you as people. Do your thing in peace and allow others to do the same, and everyone is happy. But if you continue to demand MORE rights than are afforded to all Americans, or keep on bullying people of faith, you will eventually lose all the ground you have gained, all the acceptance you have won, and FORCE people to hate you. None of us can have it ALL, so you too must decide which you prefer.

cwh
2 years ago

amen

Marina
2 years ago

Unbelievable and extremely scary the power the LBGT has over the media, businesses and the community ?

anne Courtney olson
2 years ago

I think where the difference lies is in God’s intent for creating the sexes and the purpose of their unions. We were made to go multiply. Now, the world is not currently hurting for more of a population, with the exception of China which has plenty of young men but no young women to marry. That was Mankind meddling where God had already established the guidelines.
Sex is pleasurable. A loving God made it such so we could grow close and enjoy the company of our spouses. In the 60’s, it became all about pleasure–“If it feels good, do it!” Well I like chocolate covered peanuts. It feels nice and even sort of naughty when I eat 2 or 3 packages at one sitting. How long can I have that for a diet before something goes terribly wrong?
Four things were not discussed in public 50 years ago–sex, money, religion, and politics. Maybe we need to put all those back into Pandora’s box. We have been warned.

Murray
2 years ago

The latest opinion is the only opinion that is aloud and all others are hate. Good shall be called evil and evil shall be called good. The last days are quickly coming.

Kathy
2 years ago

Bravo pastor…I attend a church that has a great Pastor just like you. He preaches from the Bible at all times.

Linda
2 years ago

Ho ray for this pastor who had the courage to speak the truth and to speak it in love. I pray that more pastors would follow his lead instead of hiding in fear.

Bernadette Newman
2 years ago

Yes, I wish that more pastors could read this know there responsibility to preach the truth even in the face of a society that is teaching us to what feel is right and missing salvation and a relationship with the our Maker. they avoid this and they might as well quite preaching and teaching. What wisdom this pastor had in how to teach about this subject. He consequently asked God to show him how to share about this subject and He did. I pray that every pastor will ask for courage to meet people where they are at and not be afraid to impart the truth of God’s word with love and not what people just want to hear.

John
2 years ago

Romans 12:2. We are to conform to God’s principles and not the world view. The Bible has survived for 2000 years through many cultures. Tries to conform to the world are doomed to fail as are those who embrace the world’s views.

frenchy
2 years ago

So— the gallery owners must be gay, that’s the only reason they would do this. The pastor is right, we have to pray for the lost souls.

DgWd
2 years ago

I have read all of the comments that have been made on the sermon. I have to disagree that God created LGBT individuals. These individual’s were made in HIS image, male and female…. However, when an individual thinks that he/she are the wrong sex or… it ends up being due to a thought or feeling started by the Devil. When the individual submits by thought or action it becomes a sin. Now it becomes an act of homosexual and/or sodomy. Now these are the sins that will need to be raised to GOD for forgiveness. An error by GOD creating an individual in the wrong sex is impossible since He is never wrong.

Michelle
2 years ago

First amendment and God-given right in the Constitution’s Bill of Rights addresses and GUARANTEES religious freedom.
When lawmakers pass laws that violate the Constitution and especially one’s devout beliefs then people cannot obey the laws.
Turning 65 million Americans and their families into overnight criminals is not only wrong, it is ungodly.

Clark
2 years ago

It is simple do these LGBT activist support everybody’s needs without asking for anything in return, like the church, or just their narrow point of view with demands placed on everyone to agree and comply with what they say or pay for it! They claim tolerance is what they believe or is it?

Vietnam Veteran
2 years ago

The Pastor’s sermon struck a nerve with the Devil and, of course, the powers of hell went berserk. The vicious, intolerant LGBTQ leftists are in league with the Devil. We know who wins in the end and it “ain’t” the Devil.

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