Last Friday I dropped a news article on my Facebook page that caused quite a stir among a handful of my readers. Here was the headline:
“U.S. Episcopal diocese votes to stop using masculine pronouns for God”
I can’t say that I blame any of you for being shocked, disturbed, disillusioned or confused. A headline like this probably challenges every childhood Veggie Tales Sunday School lesson or contemporary sermon you’ve heard about the nature of the Almighty.
But, if you follow me regularly on social media, then you know that — in addition to my own columns and videos — I also occasionally post links to stories that I believe you might find compelling or interesting. And apparently most of you were interested in this one. Not only did I receive several comments and messages on Facebook, but my e-mail inbox quickly became a weekend debate hall for heated discussions about the gender identity of the Lord. (A first for my inbox in case you were wondering.)
The post itself garnered almost 300 hits and views on my Facebook page according to my analytics tab. It seems the subject of God’s metaphorical or literal sexuality is a rather controversial subject of debate and intrigue. Who would’ve guessed? Personally, I thought we would be debating more philosophically fascinating issues like the meaning of life, the existence of free will or why churches should upgrade from communion wafers to communion brownies.
Instead, here we are, with a whole demographic of Episcopalian “Christian” men and women obsessing over how to refer to God in terms of gender. To be clear, they’re not trying to rewrite the Bible itself, but we can all assume that will be next on the agenda of the progressive religious Left. Right now they’re just introducing these linguistic changes to their Book of Common Prayer — in the hopes that the revisions will eventually “encourage all parishes to remove all obstacles to full participation in congregational life by making all gender-specific facilities and activities fully accessible, regardless of gender identity and expression.”
So there you have it. That’s the official modus operandi: “Hey, let’s update our religious text to fit modern politically-correct progressive gender beliefs about God and man since we’ve become so much more enlightened than the omnipotent Creator of the universe. Then we can be justified in implementing transgender bathrooms in our churches and maybe we'll even hire some gay and transgender pastors and our attendance numbers will go through the roof! Yeah! This will be awesome!”
These are Satan’s favorite Christians by the way. They're the "easily-deceived-fall-for-anything-and-take-the-fruit-from-the-tree" Christians. There truly may be no better evidence of The Devil’s existence and influence than the fact that he has duped thousands of so-called “believers” into doing his handiwork. Indeed, he would love nothing more than to see the Church overturn its centuries-old belief system and convictions in order to appease and accommodate the feelings of the LGBT community. To reject the Word and all of its Divine Truth would be to reject Jesus Himself, as He is the Word. And that’s exactly what the Episcopalian Diocese has elected to do.
Meanwhile, Satan reclines on his throne in Hell and smiles in approval.
So, a few points worth mentioning:
First, to think that you know more about God than God knows about Himself is the spiritual equivalence of clinical insanity and delusional psychopathy. He does not need you — and the small blob of gray matter floating between your ears — to rewrite, retranslate and update the timeless and infallible language that He chose to describe Himself, both in the Hebrew of the Old Testament and Greek of the New Testament. In His sovereignty and omniscience, He inspired the men who wrote the books of the Bible to pen His eternal words, which — whether you like it or not — always have and always will include all-masculine pronouns whenever He makes reference to Himself. This is an inarguable fact, so get over it.
Second, as a spirit-being, God is indeed genderless. He’s not “male” in the biological and physical sense that we as human beings tend to think of “male.” He doesn’t have bulging biceps, facial hair, testosterone, or male genitals. He doesn’t have these things because He doesn’t reside in a “male” body. So we obviously shouldn’t think of Him as a “man” in the same way that Jesus was and is a “man.” Nevertheless, God is described consistently throughout the Scriptures with male qualities, titles and metaphors: King, Husband, Judge, Father, Master, etc. And if we affirm that the Scriptures are without error — and as Christians we say we believe this — then it logically follows that we must also believe that God intentionally meant to present Himself to humanity with an emphasis on masculine qualities like strength, protection, dominance, power and fatherhood. Of course, he also retains linguistic qualities of motherhood throughout the Bible as well, but the linguistic intensity is focused more on the masculine traits.
Personally, I like the way that C.S. Lewis addresses the issue in his 1948 God in the Dock article “Priestesses in the Church?” He posits that the notion of “gender” is infinitely deeper and more complex than we can understand as mere human beings. He even goes on to imply that God is actually so masculine that we are feminine in our relation to Him. I’m not sure I like the idea of being “feminine,” but, as always, it’s hard to argue with the great C.S. Lewis. Besides, this all makes perfect sense when you consider that the Church — collectively made up of men and women — is described in the New Testament as the Bride of Christ, with Christ loving her as a husband loves a wife.
Finally, whether you’re a Christ-follower or not, you always have two options:
1) You can succumb to spiritual pride like Lucifer did, believing yourself to be more enlightened than God. In case you’re unaware, this didn’t work out too well for ole Lucie.
2) You can surrender to the reality that God is infinitely wiser than you, that He knows more about matters like gender than you do, and that you should therefore stop perverting and distorting the eternal truths that He established long ago.
For the sake of our culture and our society, I hope more people start picking the second option.