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Exchanging the Glory of God

The Church of Sweden voted to stop referring to God as “He” or “The Lord” and to use more gender-neutral language. The reason? To be more gender-inclusive. What is “The Church of Sweden”? It is a Lutheran church, and the largest religious institution in Sweden; well-known for its loose or liberal views of Scripture, and its advocacy of homosexuality.

Someone might argue that since God is genderless what does it matter? After all, He created the genders (two of them) to allow for the propagation of life on earth. In God’s abode, they “neither marry nor are given in marriage, … but are like the angels” (Luke 20:35-36), implying that angels are neither male nor female. Why then must we refer to God as “Him” or “He” or as “Father”, or to Jesus as “The Son” (for that matter), now that He’s returned to the spiritual realm of Heaven?

Is it appropriate to use genderless terminology when referring to God? The answer is an unequivocal “NO, it is not appropriate!” Scripture reveals, “the words of the LORD are pure words; as silver tried in a furnace on the earth, refined seven times” (Psa 12:6). Paul stated, “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness” (2 Tim 3:16). So even the nouns and pronouns of Scripture are given for God’s purposes. In addition, when people “neuter” the pronouns, what’s to stop them from altering other words in Scripture that don’t suit their twisted view of gender equality? They do!

Reasons to Reject Gender Neutral Language Referring to God:

The gender of authority and responsibility: God created the male gender to represent authority or headship in the created world, and with that authority came responsibility (cf. Eph 5:22-24; 1 Cor 11:3). A woman committed the first sin, but A MAN was held responsible (Rom 5:12) – “for in Adam all die” (1 Cor 15:22). When Abraham gave tithes to Melchizedek and received a blessing, “the lesser is blessed by the greater” (Heb 7:7) – Melchizedek was a great and holy man, but he was A MAN given authority and responsibility to minister in things pertaining to the worship of God.

The gender of God on earth: It was the male gender that God chose to represent His nature (Gal 4:4), and to bear our sins at the cross (1 John 3:8; 4:9). Jesus is not the eternal “child of God”, but the eternal “Son of God” reigning from Heaven (Heb 1:8). He is “the Son” not the daughter or spokesperson of God.

The gender specified when referring to deity: Jesus called God “my Father” dozens of times in the gospels. Jesus displayed “glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14). Jesus stated that “the Father is greater than I” (John 14:28). If Jesus referred to God specifically as “Father”, then who are we to call Him by any other (or lower in position) identifying term.

In the earthly realm, male or masculine authority doesn’t mean that the male is superior in nature to the female. Authority, and the responsibilities that follow, pertain to position, not nature – to role, not reward.

So, if the gender-specific terms in Scripture are altered, the teaching above are meaningless. That’s the reason we MUST NOT compromise the word of God, and subject it to gender-specific politically correct ideology. The eternal word of God (contained in Scripture) cannot actually be altered by the whims of secular people. In fact, the secular world, whether it admits it or not, is subject to the word of God and will be judged by it on the last day (John 12:48; Rev 20:12) Therefore, the word of God stands secure and superior to the prejudices of man or woman. – by B. Jennings

The Gender-Neutral Trend

According to a September 3, 2015 report in The San Francisco Chronicle, the boys’ bathrooms and girls’ bathrooms will become just bathrooms at the Miraloma Elementary School in San Francisco, California as they go gender-neutral.  “There’s no need to make them gender-specific anymore…  We changed the signs, we changed the way we teach our students that we don’t have boys and girls restrooms, we have restrooms,” said the principal, Sam Bass.  One mom is reported as happy that her son-who identifies as a boy, but likes to wear dresses and long hair-can use whichever bathroom he feels like.  This decision follows a trend that is accelerating in our nation.

Male and Female.  In light of this ridiculousness, a good question is, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female…?” (Mt. 19:4-5).  The origination book affirms, “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27).  Again it is recorded, “Male and female created he them…” (Gen. 5:2).  If you’re not sure which you are, you might check your birth certificate.

Mankind and Womankind.  Leviticus 18:22 teaches, “Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.”  Today we are told that if you are mankind you can change to womankind, and if you are womankind you can identify as mankind.  Craziness, isn’t it?

Man and Woman.  The creation account reveals, “And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.  And Adam said, ‘this is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man’” (Gen. 2:22-23).  Paul wrote the Corinthians, “…It is good for a man not to touch a woman.  Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every woman have her own husband” (1 Cor. 7:1-2).

Husbands and Wives.  The Ephesian letter instructs, “Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.  For the husband is the head of the wife…. Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands….Husbands, love your wives…and the wife see that she reverence her husband” (Eph. 5:22-33).

Father and Mother.  Did you know that the terms “dad” and “mom” or “father” and “mother” are now considered offensive to some in our society?  The Book of God says, “Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh” (Gen. 2:24).  Paul wrote the Ephesians, “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.  Honour thy father and mother…” (Eph. 6:1-2).

Sons and Daughters.  The generations of Adam finds “sons and daughters” being begotten (Gen. 5:4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 26, 30).  When you were born, were you a son or a daughter?

Boys and Girls.  Zechariah 8:5 says, “And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof.”  When a child is born, the first words are often: “It’s a boy!” or “It’s a girl!”  Right?  Some school systems no longer refer to students as “boys” and “girls”.  Teachers are told, “Don’t use phrases such as ‘boys and girls,’ ‘you guys,’ ‘ladies and gentlemen,’ and similarly gendered expressions to get kids’ attention.”  Instead of “boys” and “girls”, call them purple penguins!  Divide them by whether they prefer skateboards or bikes, or whether they like milk or juice.  So, are we going to have the milk room and the juice room, instead of the boys’ room and the girls’ room?

He and She.  “He” and “she” occurs in 160 Bible verses.  Here’s a sampling: “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also to her husband with her, and he did eat” (Gen. 3:6).  You ought to be able to tell a she from a he, and a he from a she!  The law commanded, “The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman’s garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God” (Deut. 22:5).  The Corinthians were asked, “Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her…” (1 Cor. 11:14-15).  Speaking of nature-teaching, did you observe what Noah took with him into the ark? “…two of every sort shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep them alive with thee; they shall be male and female” (Gen. 6:19).  Ever see a trans dog or cat?  What’s next?

By John Isaac Edwards