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20 Apr
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Mid-Week Challenge

Mid-Week Challenge

Thanks to the media coverage of the “Bathroom Bills” discussed in several states, transgendered stories have led in many news headlines.  So it came as no surprise to read about the “first” transgendered pastor ordained by a Baptist church.  http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/baptist-church-ordains-first-openly-transgender-preacher.html

Thanks to the media coverage of the “Bathroom Bills” discussed in several states, transgendered stories have led in many news headlines.  So it came as no surprise to read about the “first” transgendered pastor ordained by a Baptist church.  http://www.christianheadlines.com/blog/baptist-church-ordains-first-openly-transgender-preacher.html

 The news story reports that Allyson Dylan Robinson was born a man, but after a long struggle with identity, transitioned into a woman.  For some 30 years he reports of struggling with identity.  Robinson attended seminary and was ordained and then reordained after his transformation.  He says of his journey, "Once I let go of all my folk theology and my fairy tales about God and started taking God at God's Word, and started using the meager faculties that God gave me to ponder it all, I could do no other. What would it mean for the church to embrace all of this? I don't know. I think it would look a lot different than it looks today. All I know is that it would mean a lot to a lot of the people who are sitting in your pews every week."

 Looking a little deeper into this story I discovered that it was true that Robinson has struggled for most of his life and in fact the reordination did happen over two years ago.  Robinson was a pastor at Calvary Baptist Church in Washington, before stepping down to pursue other interests. 

 When we look a little closer at his story and process what he is saying we discover that his calling to ministry and the theology he preaches cannot be based on “God’s Word” or even “Baptist tradition.” The only explanation is a new religion based on personal discovery and worldly influence.   

 Another article reports his words as following:

Robinson’s theology of survival is far different from what was taught to believe growing up in a traditional Southern Baptist church.  “I have challenged nearly every doctrine that was entrusted to me and that I promised to keep on the day of my ordination. I determined to keep those only that keep me alive. As a result, my theology is very lean, and it is very simple. I’ve learned that theology as survival relies on very few predecessors to inform its shape or its framing. Because frankly very few have survived to pass on their learning to the next generation. Frankly I consider Job, Gautama Buddha, Joan of Arc, Rumi and Johnny Cash to be my spiritual predecessors far more than Augustine, Aquinas or Barth. My hymnal has a lot less Isaac Watts and Fanny Crosby, but it’s full of Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Tupac and Beyoncé.”  https://baptistnews.com/2016/04/11/transgender-baptist-minister-depends-on-theology-of-survival/

 Reading Robinson’s own words we learn that the focus is not on what God’s Word says but what Robinson wants to believe.  His “theology of survival” is built on his own trial and error approach to hand selecting only those teachings that support his worldview.  He has in fact built his own religion based on personal preferences and rejected the truths that fall contrary to personal desire. 

 To accept only what works for you in Christianity and then combine that with worldly ideology is far from what the Bible describes as being a follower of Christ.  In fact we are told to be separated from this world.  (2 Corinthians 6:17).   When we follow the path of Robinson we construct our own religion with its own gods and separate faith structure. 

 If someone like Allyson Dylan Robinson desires to do this our free speech culture should not object.  What we should object and fight against is the high jacking of Christianity and the Bible.  To report this as a Baptist or even Biblical ordination is comical.  It is true that God loves all people but He makes it very clear how He views Biblical man and womanhood.  When people blend and confuse popular culture with the Scripture both sides have their message diluted.  What naturally develops is a system of self-worship where what we once knew to be a lie now becomes the truth.  We no longer have the mind of Christ but a mind of this world. 

 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy.  Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.  Romans 1:28-32

 Serving the Savior

 Bro. Jonathan

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