PMW 2018-098 by Colin Smothers (Council of Biblical Manhood and Womanhood)
Gentry note: The church is in need of revival. We are witnessing even evangelical bodies in a state of decline. Now even one of the largest and most esteemed evangelical agencies has allowed fallen culture to be represented in its annual meeting. Postmillennialism expects true revival and culture-wide reformation. Both are needed today. And they will come. But they will come only if we are alert to what is happening around us. Smothers’ article is a good warning call. Let us pray that the ETS heeds his call. I am presenting this article on December 7, as we are witnessing an attack on our culture.
When I opened the program guide for this year’s meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society in Denver, I was surprised by a paper titled “Walking across Gender in the Spirit? The Vocation of the Church and the Transgender Christian.” My interest piqued, I made plans to attend the session to hear the presentation. I honestly thought going into it that the title was intended for shock value to garner interest in order to set up an evangelical rebuttal of transgenderism. But what I heard from that paper went beyond anything I had thought possible at the Evangelical Theological Society.
The paper argues for the legitimacy of transgender identities. It appeared in an “Evangelicals and Gender” section, which means that the paper was vetted by committee members before being accepted into the program. Every member of the steering committee except one is a contributor to an evangelical feminist group called Christians for Biblical Equality. This raises the question: does CBE now accept the legitimacy of transgender identities? In addition to this session, there is at least one article that suggests it might. Continue reading
PMT 2018-027 by John Stonestreet
What was once unthinkable has become unquestionable. And so, every Christian must know how to engage this transgender moment.
Imagine this scenario: Your 17-year-old daughter tells you she’s trapped in the wrong body, is really a boy, and wants hormone therapy to begin the process of transitioning. As her parent, you love your daughter, but you disagree. You want to look at other options to help her. Continue reading
PMW 2017-096 by Walt Hyer (The Witherspoon Institute)
Gentry: The postmodern attack on God has reached new depths in the transgender phenomenon. Not only is God irrelevant, but reality is irrelevant. God created two genders, like it or not. This is an excellent and important article on the topic. Postmillennialism expects development toward “Edenic conditions.” One of the first Edenic conditions was God-created genders. Postmillennialism cannot endorse transgenderism, though it does present the gospel that can cure the problem.
In the 1999 sci-fi movie The Matrix, the hero, Neo, is given a choice of two colored pills: red or blue. It’s a monumental decision, because his choice will determine how he understands everything around him.
If Neo chooses the blue pill, he will remain blissfully unaware that what he perceives as reality is an illusion: a simulation called “The Matrix.” People who take the blue pill can believe in whatever reality they want, but they never know that they are being manipulated and used by nefarious entities. Continue reading
PMT 2017-076 by Rosaria Butterfield (Coalition for Biblical Sexuality)
Gentry introductory note:
The postmillennial worldview necessarily involves a biblical view of morality. Postmillennial expects God’s grace, peace, and righteousness to conquer our sin-fallen world. Thus, we must engage all moral issues from a biblical perspective. Rosaria Butterfield is a strong witness in the area of gay and transgender issues. Dr. Butterfield is writing about the “Nashville Statement” which she signed along with John Piper, J. I. Packer, James Dobson, John MacArthur, Russell Moore, Wayne Grudem, Tony Perkins, D. A. Carson, Albert Mohler, Francis Chan, R. C. Sproul, Sam Allberry, Marvin Olasky, and many other noteworthy evangelicals.
Rosaria Butterfield: “Why I Signed the Nashville Statement”
Great battles in theology faced by the church over the centuries have been caused by the introduction of unbiblical categories about the nature of people and the nature of God, and the imprecise language that emerges from this. Are we justified by faith or are we justified by faith alone? Does the Bible contain the word of God or is the Bible the word of God? Should we refuse to bake cakes for gay weddings because marriage is a creation-mandated institution and not a social privilege that can be re-packaged as the world whims? Or should we bake two cakes because sexual orientation as a category of personhood erases sexual sin without the blood of Christ? Continue reading