“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
The above video shows the kind of stuff being propagated in some schools in Australia.
The Labour Party of Australia will make this material mandatory.
The ‘Nashville Statement’ on marriage1
Published: 14 September 2017 (GMT+10)
In late August 2017, 159 prominent evangelical theologians and pastors signed a declaration known as the ‘Nashville Statement’.2 This statement of faith consists of a preamble followed by 14 short affirmations and 14 denials dealing with biblical sexuality—specifically focusing on the subject of homosexuality, gender and marriage. The affirmation/denial format was in the grand tradition of the Chicago Statement of Biblical Inerrancy (1978), with which CMI agrees.
The Nashville Statement defines marriage as a covenantal, sexual, procreative, lifelong union of one man and one woman, as husband and wife; and sexual intercourse is only permitted within the boundaries of such a marriage.
This biblical definition of marriage necessarily excludes homosexual, polygamous, and polyamorous relationships.
The confession affirms that the differences between male and female are divinely ordained by God, since God created Adam and Eve as real people.
It goes on to clarify that these differences do not in any way render male and female unequal in dignity and worth. Male and female reproductive structures, as defined by God, are integral for God’s design for self-conception as male and female. As such, the adoption of a homosexual or transgender self-conception is not consistent with the Bible.
Similarly, same-sex sexual attraction is not part of the natural goodness of God’s creation, but the result of a fallen broken world.
The confession asserts that Christians who continue to struggle with same-sex attraction may live a rich and fruitful life pleasing to God through faith and repentance in Jesus Christ. All followers of Christ are called to walk in purity.
As such, a desire for sexual immorality, whether heterosexual or homosexual, is not a valid justification for sexually immoral behaviour.
However, the grace of God is merciful, transforming, and forgiving.
It has the ability to enable a follower of Jesus to put to death sinful desires and to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord. This grace enables sinners to forsake transgender self-conceptions and by divine forbearance to accept the God-ordained link between one’s biological sex and one’s self-conception as male and female. Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and everyone “who repents of sin and trusts in Christ alone as Savior, Lord, and supreme treasure” will be saved.
There are a number of outstanding statements in this confession. For example, in dealing with the question of biological defects often raised in transgender debates, the Nashville Statement clarifies in article 5 and 6: “We deny that physical anomalies or psychological conditions nullify the God-appointed link between biological sex and self-conception as male or female.” The creed goes on to explain that physical and psychological anomalies do not nullify the male and female distinction. Insofar as it may be known, faithful followers of Jesus Christ should embrace their biological sex.
Such people are acknowledged by the words of Jesus Christ as “eunuchs who were born that way from their mother’s womb” (cf. Matthew 19:12), but even then, they, along with everyone else, are capable of living a fruitful life in joyful obedience to Christ. This addresses the common objection by opponents of biblical sexuality that: “they are born that way“. “Eunuchs who were born from their mother’s womb” refers to those with physical bodily defects that render identification of their sexual organs impossible. It does not refer to those who claim to be ‘transgendered’, and it does not refer to those who claim to have ‘same-sex attraction’.
“Even if one is ‘born with same-sex attraction’ (and there are scientific reasons indicating that this is not the case), it is not a valid excuse to ignore biblical morality.
When dealing with those who give approval of transgenderism and homosexuality, the confession explicitly affirms the biblical position that, “It is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness.” It continues: “… we deny that the approval of homosexual immorality or transgenderism is a matter of moral indifference about which otherwise faithful Christians should agree to disagree.”3
The Nashville Statement is to be commended for its uncompromising adherence to the Word of God when it comes to this subject matter.
Re-definition of marriage?
Since God is our creator, He owns us and we are accountable and responsible before Him. When God issues a divine command to man, it is good when it is obeyed and evil when it is disobeyed. Sin is defined as lawlessness (1 John 3:4)4, and God himself is the measure of morality.
In other words, the Bible tells us that man is not free to define morality anyway he chooses. Morality is not something subjective, nor is it a man-made construct. Morality only makes sense in the light of God’s commandments. God defines morality, and He will hold all men accountable according to the standards He set. And if we are going to be held accountable to God’s standards, then God alone defines marriage, sexuality, and gender; and we come to know His commandments through His revealed Word—the Bible. (See Gay Marriage: right or wrong? And who decides?)
Man does not, and cannot, redefine sexuality. Since God sets the standard through which all men are accountable to Him, God alone can define morality.
Man can only pretend to redefine and rename sexuality.
But changing the common usage of a term in our culture does not in any way change God’s standards. In other words, the attempt by some to re-define marriage only serves to pervert and deny the true meaning of marriage. The true definition is that which is declared by God; who is Himself the measure of morality and the measure of truth. God declares marriage in His Word to be a covenantal union between one man and one woman—a reality that has been established from the beginning of creation through the covenantal union of Adam and Eve before God.
Nashville Statement and Creation
The repeated emphasis on biblical creation throughout our Statement of Faith provides a strong foundation for understanding biblical sexuality. Marriage is a creation ordinance. God himself establishes, and therefore defines, marriage from the beginning of creation. As a creation ordinance, marriage does not only apply to believers, but also to unbelievers. This is why we recognize the married status of unbelievers who are married. But a true marriage has to be one that aligns with God’s definition. All other attempts at redefining marriage are a perversion of this established truth.
Jesus himself appealed to biblical creation as the basis for his teaching on marriage:
But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.
Here Jesus affirmed the historical reality of the creation account in Genesis. In Genesis, the Bible teaches that all mankind descended from a male and female human couple created by God—Adam from the ground and Eve from Adam’s rib—and who were joined by God in a permanent covenantal marriage, from the very beginning of creation. This contradicts evolution and the idea that the universe is billions of years old. God created Adam and Eve from “the beginning of Creation”, not billions years after the beginning, and this was just ~6,000 years ago as recorded in the biblical chronogenealogies.
As we have shown earlier (and as Jesus Himself taught), the created order in Genesis provides the foundation for the doctrine of marriage and biblical sexuality. Even gender itself is established in Genesis 1:27—“Male and female he created them.” Those who reject the historical reality of biblical creation ~6,000 years ago, undermine the words of Christ, and in so doing, undermine the doctrine of biblical inerrancy, and the foundation for biblical marriage and sexuality.
Towards the end of the Nashville Statement, one is greeted by a list of well-known evangelical theologians and pastors who are listed as initial signatories. While the Nashville Statement is consistent with the biblical orthodox position of creation taught throughout history, some of the signatories listed are not actually biblical creationists. Some of the signatories are known for their rejection of a literal six 24-hour day creation, approximately 6,000 years ago. This is most unfortunate. However, there are several Creation magazine interviewees: John MacArthur, Al Mohler, Randy Alcorn, and Rosaria Butterfield.
In Creation 39(3):46–48, 2017, Lita Cosner interviewed Dr Rosaria Butterfield. Dr Butterfield is a former lesbian who has now been transformed by the Gospel. She is now a public speaker, pastor’s wife, and mother. One part of the interview is as follows:
Biblical marriage is a creation ordinance
Rosaria emphasizes the need to approach this issue from the standpoint of a biblical view of creation. “Evangelical Christians only want to talk about the New Testament, and you cannot argue for the sanctity of marriage from the New Testament alone. You must understand biblical marriage as a creation ordinance. … You can’t defend the binarism of male and female and the integrity of the male/female binarism in marriage—which is at the centre of the Gospel, not its margins—without understanding it as a creation ordinance, which you can’t do in the New Testament. So if you’re just a ‘New Testament Christian’, you’re part of the problem … The biblical ground is that there is no such category of personhood as sexual orientation because we believe Genesis 1:27 is true.5
The relevance of the Nashville Statement in a ‘post-truth’ culture
The biblical view of marriage and sexuality is under constant assault by the enemies of the Gospel. Yet, 2 Corinthians 10:5 tells us that Christians should “destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and to take every thought captive to obey Christ”.
If we want to be faithful Christians, we cannot sit on the fence or be passive about this issue. All Christians should stand firm upon this biblical teaching.
Is it unpopular in today’s ‘post-truth’ culture to herald biblical marriage and sexuality? Absolutely! But that does not mean we ought to shy from declaring the clear teaching of Scripture. The Bible sets for us many examples where believers are commended for standing firm on truth even when they had to pay the price for it.
How should Christians respond?
. The Apostle Paul warned us, “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” But Paul did not stop there. He also told Timothy how he should respond: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. (2 Timothy 4:2).
Biblical love involves reproving that which is contrary to God’s law. Love speaks the truth even when it is unpalatable. Love corrects and rebukes; and the willingness to rebuke false doctrine is even listed as one of the qualifications required for eldership! (cf. Titus 1:9) Love hates all that is contrary to good. And since love itself is defined as an attribute of God Himself (cf. 1 John 4:8: God is love), anything that contradicts His teachings and commandments is unloving. Consistent with this definition of biblical love, those who promote homosexuality and transgenderism in the name of ‘love’ are actually unloving. Likewise, one of the most loving things a Christian can do is to warn others of God’s coming wrath (Romans 1:18, 24–27) and to call them to repentance.
The leading researchers working with children with gender identity disorder regularly find that 73 to 98 percent of such children come to identify with their natal sex by puberty.
5 Fatal Flaws of Gender Theory
Our parents wisely told us: “If you’re gonna lie, you’d better have a good memory!”
It’s not just advice. It’s a warning.
Those who bend the truth will get caught in a contradiction. This is exactly what’s happening with today’s gender theorists who want us to be believe that our maleness or femaleness are mere imaginary constructs our culture forces upon us. It is not only contrary to reality, but is actually anti-reality, thus its internal contradictions are readily evident. There are five dramatic inconsistencies they must answer for.
Fatal Flaw #1: “Gender is a Spectrum”
One of the most basic tenets of gender theory is that human genders are like the hues of a rainbow, seamlessly blending from one to another — and that all of us fit in different places along that spectrum. At the two extreme ends, you have ‘male’ and ‘female’ and in between you have a vast array of diversity.
But it’s not true in reality, is it? You pay attention when you’re out and about in the community. How many other genders of the spectrum have you ever seen? How many are in your parish, school or workplace? I’m betting its only two different types.
When I speak on this topic on college campuses, I ask the males and females to raise their hands individually. I then ask those who some other gender to raise their hands. Only on secular campuses do I see hands raised on this one. Of course, this excites me because it’s an opportunity to learn, to finally see one of these other genders we hear so much about. So, of course I ask them to come meet me afterward and let me learn their story. They always turn out to be some variation of male or female — not a new or different gender at all.
Even cultural anthropologists don’t experience, or have names for, any other genders outside the binary norm of male or female. This leads us to the second inconsistency.
Fatal Flaw #2: “Binary is Bad” (But the “G” “L” “B” and “T” are Built on It)
If gender theory were a religion, the worst demon all the new believers must immediately be exorcised of is the “lie” that gender is binary, the root of all evil. This belief is their flat-earth equivalent. But they don’t appreciate that explaining and understanding their highest state, the “LGBT” thing, is established completely on a binary system.
“L” – What does it mean to be a lesbian? It’s being a woman who is attracted to other women. A lesbian is not a man or any other gender, and she is not attracted to men or any additional gender. There are no other genders that she is not attracted to. It’s a binary system.
“G” – What about being gay? It means one is a man and only a man who is attracted to other men. He is not attracted to women or any additional gender. Binary.
“B” – What does it mean to be bisexual? This is an easy one right? Bi. Bicycle, binocular, biped, bifocal, biracial … and binary. It is not merely an unfortunate coincidence that bisexual and binary share the same prefix. Bisexual requires the binary. No matter how long the string of letters gets here — and it can get crazy long — there are no letters describing any of the other supposed genders of the rainbow. This is a damning problem for them in keeping their story straight and they don’t even seem to notice.
“T” – What does it mean to be transgender? This is not a category of one’s sexual interests. It’s the gender one identifies with in relation to the one some narrow-minded, robotic medical professional “assigned” them at birth.
But what about the prefix: “Trans”? Transcontinental, transatlantic, translate, transmit, transport, etc. Trans means going from ‘this’ to ‘that’, from ‘here’ to ‘there’. The gender theory nomenclature itself reveals the binary nature of this. Trans people identify themselves as either MTF (male-to-female) or FTM (female-to-male). You will have a hard time finding any other options. Just like the “L”, “G” and “B”, Trans is binary.
Fatal Flaw #3: “Gender is Not Naturally Determined … Unless You’re Trans”
The second “original sin” the good student of gender theory students must free themselves from is that gender is natural and objective. It is not. You act male or female merely because your culture dictates that you must look and act according their definition of what a male or female is. Enlightenment consists of overcoming this construct.
Thus, as good discerning students trying to understand what gender theorists are teaching us, we must raise our hand and ask how all the diverse cultures of the world have at all times happened to ‘construct’ the same two sexes in the generally same ways and no others? Our professors won’t have an answer.
This fact should reveal another great inconsistency. Consider what the director of GLAAD’s transgender media office said about Bruce Jenner’s infamous metamorphosis: “The world can now see what Caitlyn Jenner has always known, that she is — and always has been — a woman.”
And what did Jenner “trans” to? A terribly stereotypical social construct of the sexually objectified female form.
How can it be true that your male or femaleness has nothing naturally substantive to it whatsoever, but for the transgender individual, their self-proclaimed male or femaleness is absolutely, incontestably and irrevocably who they are, so much so that anyone who doesn’t recognize it will be severely punished.
Fatal Flaw #4: “Androgyny is Natural”
Androgyny is naturally occurring, according to the theory — a part of the supposed rainbow spectrum. But it doesn’t exist without very detailed intentional effort, does it? No one really has any problem seeing that the androgynous person is merely a glossed over male or female.
Fatal Flaw #5: “My Little Boy is Actually a Girl”
Suppose you’re a school administrator and you have a student whose parents tell you is not the little boy he appears to be and they ask you to accept and treat their child as the girl he is.
If you cooperate, you are a brave, enlightened hero. If you resist, you are evil. That is gender theory orthodoxy. It’s not scientific orthodoxy, though.
The leading researchers working with children with gender identity disorder regularly find that 73 to 98 percent of such children come to identify with their natal sex by puberty.
Most benefited from therapy, but many just reverted naturally. This is precisely why many of the leading scholars and clinicians working with such children recommend that parents, pediatricians and school administrators do not facilitate cross-gender behaviors and identity of such children. One of the largest such clinics in Europe is the Amsterdam Gender-Identity Clinic. They instruct that avoiding such facilitation saves these kids “from having to make a complex change back to the role of the natal gender.”
Dr. Richard Green, one of the longest researchers in this field and a strongly outspoken advocate in LGBT politics, told the Atlantic Monthly that these children will likely feel “a lot of a pressure to remain” as the opposite gender when they start to feel otherwise as puberty approaches. It is not compassionate or enlightened to go along with the desires of the gender dysphoric child. The exact opposite is true based on the best research.
Boys are not born into girl’s bodies and vice-versa. It’s irresponsible and harmful to play along with the assumption that they are.
Gender theory is all about running from the natural order of reality, seeking to turn it on its head.
It is anti-reality and anti-science.
Just like a police detective interrogating a guilty suspect, the more they tell their story, the more obvious its whopping inconsistencies are revealed. It is remarkable and unforgivable how most of the media, academia and cultural elites have facilitated the perpetuation of this scam by failing to ask its proponents even the most basic questions. No such detective would keep his job. It should be the same with journalists and academics who blindly support this deeply flawed theory.
“For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.” — 2 Peter 1:16
“Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ” — Col 2:8
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie” — 2 Thess 2:11
In the end gender theory has to be taught by a gender fairy because it certainly can’t pass as fact!