He’s Not a Real Preacher

by Michael Black

I recently read an article over at nowtheendbegins.com that speaks about a “transgendered Baptist preacher.”  This man, for I refuse to call him a woman, believes that an angel, whom he has named “reason,” told him to question the Bible and to question who he was, and even to stop “fighting” the identity crisis he was having.  Now, I’m not really a biblical scholar, but I do study the Bible, and I know a few things to be true.

In fact, the article glossed over some major points, which I wish to bring to light.  I will reference the specific article at the end of this post, so bear with me.  I want to give credit where credit is due; Geoffrey Grider is the writer of the article, and incurring the wrath of the LGBT community is no joke.  I applaud him for bringing this up, as it seems that community is ever increasing its subversion of the Christian faith for many, and infiltrating churches that at one time professed to believe in God and the Bible.

I’m going to start with a quote by Daniel Robinson, who has decided that he is actually a she, and has changed his name to Allyson.  “I have known my entire life that the world was wrong about me…”

In my humble opinion, this is a defining quote from Mr. Robinson.  He may as well have said, “The entire world is wrong, and I am right.  No matter what the evidence says, I am the complete opposite of what your eyes are telling you.”  This speaks to Mr. Robinson’s pride.  Not only is he telling us that, despite all evidence to the contrary, he is not really a man, but that what we thought was a defining characteristic of men everywhere is actually superfluous, and does not represent men.  “…when the doctor took a cursory glance between my legs and authoritatively declared ‘It’s a boy,’ he was wrong—dead wrong.”

Really?  An obstetrician, and subsequently every pediatrician you ever had, can’t tell the difference between a boy and a girl?  Tell me, have you ever had a DNA test?  I’m guessing you’re going to have an X and a Y when the results come back.  Do you know why?  Because you are a man.  Genetically, physically, biologically.  A man.  Dressing like a woman and having your body mutilated will not change that.  Are there cases of hermaphroditism where the doctors choose the incorrect gender at birth?  Sure, it has happened.

That’s not what happened here.  And you, Mr. Robinson, telling everyone else they’re wrong is not going to change the truth of the matter.

It is the next part of the article that really got me going, however.  Apparently Mr. Robinson contemplated suicide, but an “angel of the Lord” that he called “reason” stopped him.  What did this angel supposedly tell him?  He asked a question.  “What if God hasn’t fixed you because you’re not broken?”  To which Robinson replied, “The Bible says I am broken.”

So what does this voice say next?  “What if the Bible is wrong?”

Let’s stop here.  First off, II Corinthians has some interesting things to say about this.  II Corinthians 11:13-14 “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.”  There are people preaching out there that appear to be working for Christ, but are teaching false doctrine, and are leading people astray.  They are deceitful workers.  They can transform themselves into the appearance of being “of Christ.”  How?  Because, as Jesus said of the Pharisees in John 8:44 “Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.”  They lie because their father, Satan, is the father of lies.  But Satan can also transform himself into an angel of light.

I wonder if this angel that spoke lies to Mr. Robinson that night was an “angel of light.”

I wonder also if Mr. Robinson has ever read the Bible.  In the very first book of the Bible, Genesis, in the third chapter, we see the fall of man.  How did it begin?  It began with Satan, that vile serpent, asking Eve, “Yea, hath God said…”  When an “angel” questions the word of God, perhaps you should question his motives.  Satan got Eve to question God’s word, and she and Adam sinned, causing the fall of mankind into sin.  If this “angel” called “reason” was questioning God’s word, Mr. Robinson ought to have had the Holy Spirit telling him to run away, to escape the temptation of giving into himself.

Instead, he gave into his own feelings.  He stopped fighting the sin with which he was struggling.  He did not take God’s manner of escape, as He promised He would give us.  Mr. Robinson gave into himself, and he became his own god.  That’s what Satan tempted Eve with.  Genesis 3:5 “For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

Finally, Robinson said that in that moment, the moment with the “angel,” that he “sacrificed his certainty” and hoped God would count it as “righteousness.”

I’ve been doing a series in Romans at church recently.  The last message I taught on was Romans chapter 4.  My Bible, and I suspect yours as well, says something about faith.  If I know my English, and I think I do, the uncertainty is somewhat the opposite of faith.  “For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

Faith is counted for righteousness, not uncertainty.  I don’t know everything, but I know my Bible is true.  As the scripture says, “Let God be true, and every man a liar.”

One other thing.  They may have relabeled Gender Identity Disorder and removed it from being a “mental illness,” but that doesn’t change what it is.  The medical profession seems to be swept up in political correctness as much as the politicians are.  It is a disorder, and even if we call it the new name, Gender Dysphoria, it still requires that we look at it medically.  This disorder, according to WebMD, can lead to mood disorders, anxiety, schizophrenia, and other mental health issues.  But my God is not the God of chaos.  It says so in the Bible that this man is questioning.

That leads me to my final point.  Mr. Daniel Robinson no longer believes in God, if in fact he ever did.  If he is worshipping a God today, it is not the God that Baptists worship, though he might call himself a Baptist.  It is not the God that Christians worship, though he may call himself a Christian.  (I am not drawing a line of distinction between Baptists and Christians, just repeating myself to make a point.  Baptist doctrine is Christian doctrine.)  Mr. Robinson is one of those false teachers.  One of those that is pretending to be an apostle of Christ.

Jude 1:4  “For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.”  John 1 calls Jesus Christ the Word.  And when you reject the Word of God, you reject the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

The article I was referencing.

http://www.nowtheendbegins.com/transgender-baptist-preacher-says-angel-of-reason-prompted-sex-switch/

 

Fellowship

I John chapter 1 tells us that if we say we have fellowship with Jesus, but then we walk in darkness, we are liars.  Fellowship with Jesus, with the God of the Bible, is important if we are to have the joyous Christian life that God wants us to have.

There are many things that can break our fellowship with Him, but really, it’s only one thing; living in sin.  When the Holy Spirit convicts you of sin, and you ignore Him, when you sin anyway, you have broken fellowship with the Father.  Notice I didn’t say that you have lost your salvation; nothing can do that to you.  But breaking fellowship with God hurts you, and hurts Him.  He wants you to do right, and He wants to have sweet fellowship with you.  God knows the joy you are missing out on by living in sin and losing that day to day relationship with the Lord.

Even when you pray, if you have not confessed those sins and repented of them, your fellowship is still broken.  Sin is darkness, it is the darkness of this world.  As John says, if you walk like the world, and talk like the world, how can you also try to walk with God?  You can’t.  God cannot look on sin, and He cannot associate with sin.  God loves you, but He cannot walk with you while you have rejected Him.

As the old preachers used to say, God is a gentleman.  He will not force anyone to hang out with Him.  God lets you make that choice.  He may chastise you as a son, He may let you mess your own life up for a while, but He will not make you come back to Him.  Your choice is to put away your sin and come back to Him, or to stay in your dark sin, and forget how great it was with the Lord.

When we decide to stay in our sin, however, we are not just choosing to leave the fellowship of our heavenly Father, we are choosing to leave the fellowship of other Christians.  If you decide that sin is more important than Christ, how will you feel spending time at church?  Will you want the pastor or the evangelist pointing out your sin on a weekly basis?  Godly people start to notice that you aren’t acting like you should, and maybe they tell you that they notice.  Will you want to hang out with them?  Will you want to be around your family that tells you, in love, that you aren’t living right?

When you lose fellowship with God, you also lose fellowship with other Christians.  Like the prodigal son who left his father’s house to pursue his own wants and desires, without thought to advancing his father’s estate, we can get to the point where our own desires supersede those of our Lord.  But also like the prodigal, there will come a time where we find ourselves, spiritually speaking, looking longingly at the pig’s trough for a bite to eat.  It has been so long since we fed on the bread from the Master’s table, we don’t know what real spiritual food looks like.

And like the prodigal, we come to ourselves.  We remember the fellowship that was in the house of the Lord.  We remember our father, and all that He has done for us.  We have a choice to make: we can continue wallowing in the mud with the pigs, or we can turn around and go straight back to our Father’s house.  Not only will He accept us, but He will be waiting on the road, looking for our return.  And when we get home, there will be rejoicing in heaven, for a lost child has come back.

Don’t let sin and darkness destroy your fellowship with your heavenly Father.  Don’t let a love for the things of this world take you away from the love of Jesus.  He’ll never leave you, nor forsake you, but He can’t have fellowship with you.

And that would be a bad place to be.

God’s Grace to All

It occurs to me while reading the Old Testament that God was gracious to His people.  But He wasn’t just gracious to His people, He was gracious to nations and cities that were enemies of His people, and those that did not worship Him, and often to those that outright hated Him.

Why would He be gracious to them?  Why would He give second chances to people that hated Him?

Because He is God.  The Ninevites were hostile, wicked people.  Nineveh was a large city, with a huge population for the time that it existed.  It is said to have exceeded 100,000 residents in its prime.  They were wicked, and they did not like Hebrews, for whatever reason, and were evil towards them.  It was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, which was often hostile to the nation of Israel.

And yet, God sent Jonah to preach to them, to give them a chance to repent and turn towards Him.  Jonah resisted, but did end up preaching the message of destruction and repentance towards God.  The Ninevites listened, and turned their lives around, from the King on down to the peasants.

That is the power of God’s forgiveness.  He does not judge between a Jew and a gentile when it comes to offering grace and mercy.  He gives of each freely, even when we do not ask for it.  He gave the Ninevites a chance to follow Him, and to repent for doing wickedly.

He also judges people, and nations, when they turn away from Him.  God is longsuffering, and His patience is supernatural.  It is not everlasting.  His righteousness demands that eventually He take care of wickedness.

The Ninevites were exceeding wicked.  They eventually went back to their wicked ways, and were as violent and greedy, and as deceitful as they had been before Jonah came.  Nahum had to tell them that God was not giving them any more chances.

His patience had run out.

Eventually, God’s patience runs out even with His children, Christians.  When we say we’re not going to fall in to that sin any more, and then we willfully engage in sinful behavior.  When we promise that we’ll surrender to that particular ministry, or help the next person we find that is in need, or share the gospel with “at least three people this week.”

God hears every promise.  He knows every sin.  And He knows when we’re lying to Him.  He knows when the promise is not being made in good faith.

God is longsuffering to someone that is really trying to live a righteous life.  His patience wears thin on those that lie when they pray, or “repent” knowing full well that they have no intention of quitting their sin.

The Ninevites learned this the hard way.  Eventually, so did the children of Israel.  I am afraid that America is on the same path.

More and more people are turning away from God.  We must continue to follow Christ, and more than that, lead others to Him.  This country is ripe for a revival of spirit, but we need workers to go out there and tell people about Him.  If we don’t, who will?