The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has flagrantly disregarded the Bible's teaching when it comes to male and female. They have just elevated a transgender person to the office of bishop.
The ELCA installed its first openly transgender bishop, the Rev. Megan Rohrer, in a service at San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday, the Associated Press reported. Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. Rohrer, who has identified as lesbian, now reportedly identifies as non-binary and prefers to go by “they/them” pronouns.
The move has been widely condemned by Christian leaders.
“I don't know what trans even means in this case,” Al Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, told Fox News in an interview on Monday. He warned that the transgender movement represents an "intentional subversion of the creation order.”
“The biblical worldview begins with making distinctions. First, the distinction between God and His creation and then the distinction between human beings and other creatures and then, third, the distinction between male and female,” Mohler explained, citing Genesis 1. “The entire transgender revolution is a revolt against the order of God in creation and God’s intention for humanity.”
Many more agreed from a range of denominations.
David Closson, director of the Center for Biblical Worldview at the Family Research Council said:
“God did not create androgynous beings; He created two complementary, biologically, and genetically sexed individuals. God built the complementarity of the sexes into the very fabric of creation. Encouraging, promoting, and celebrating transgenderism through the promotion of a transgender clergy represents just the latest step away from biblical orthodoxy for a denomination that long ago stopped caring what the Bible teaches on moral and ethical matters.”
Binary spokeswoman, Kirralie Smith, said it was a wilful denial of biblical principles.
“Transgender people, gender-confused people, all people, should be welcome in churches worldwide,” she said.
“The Gospel is for everyone. But to offer a position of authority to someone who openly opposes biblical mandates and teaching is to step outside of the parameters of a Christ-centred church.
“For a man to appropriate womanhood and call himself a lesbian is offensive and illogical whether you are a Christian or not.”
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