Throughout most of Christian history, clergy members have busied themselves with presenting a message pointing to the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, repentance from sin, and a call to living, by God’s grace, a life transformed by the Holy Spirit helping us press forward to the call of 1 Peter 1:16… because it is written: “YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.”.
But two thousand years of tradition is so ‘yesterday’. A subsection of today’s clergy has a far more progressive and transgressive message. It’s a gospel claiming that Jesus is ‘totes cool’ with leaning waaay in to the redefinition of marriage and dissolution of gender itself. (The fact that such ideas owe their cultural currency to the influence of the secular materialist left doesn’t seem to bother them any.)
Someone going by the name of Bingo is the latest expression of ‘stunning and brave’ to count themselves among non-conformist clergy, and is the Church Of England’s first openly non-binary priest.
The Church of England’s ‘first’ non-binary vicar is a 36-year-old with three children who believes they were directed by God to discover the ‘truth’ about their gender identity.
Bingo Allison, who defines as gender-queer and uses the pronouns ‘they/them’, experienced an epiphany seven years ago while reading Genesis 1:27 in the Old Testament.
The passage says: ‘So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.’ –DailyMail
‘Bingo’ is a third-generation vicar who had been raised with traditional views of marriage and gender, including that the practice of homosexuality was a transgression of God’s law. Now that the born-male vicar is transitioning, it’s self-evident that those are no longer Bingo’s moral convictions.
The vicar from Liverpool has chosen to become a champion of gender causes, using provocative quotes invoking Jesus to excitedly spread the news of what Dave Chappelle flippantly calls ‘the alphabet people’.
“One of the things that has kept with my ministry ever since is that transition and coming out can and should be a spiritual experience, as well as an emotional and social and sometimes physical one. There is something beautiful about growing into who we were created to be and growing into our authentic selves.”
They added: “I try to get involved in, not just in my religious work but outside it, with the local secular LGBT youth groups. One of the biggest things is just being a visual representation in my community and going into schools, doing assemblies and making a huge difference in normalising it for children. When I’m wearing my collar it lets children know that is okay and that there is a place in church and the outside world for people like me.” –Liverpool Live
You might be wondering — how could a verse in which scripture depicts male and female as very particular definable groups deliver someone an ‘epiphany’ stating exactly the opposite? Well, like so many errors in life, this takes help from an essay by someone who has been, in the words of Malcolm Muggeridge, educated into imbecility or, in the words of Paul’s letter to the Romans, ‘professing to be wise, have become fools’, which just happens to be found in the middle of a passage describing this exact problem. Describing the essay on Genesis 1:27 that was studied during vicar training Bingo said…
They explained how the language which the bible originally used in Genesis 1:27 spoke about ‘from maleness to femaleness’ as opposed to men and women.
‘I was sitting there in the middle of the night when I realised I might need to run my life upside down – it was a deepening spiritual experience,’ they said.
At that point Allison had only met two openly gay people and no trans people, and there were times when they questioned their new gender identity.
Now they visit schools and speak to youth groups to encourage other LGBTQ+ people they have a place in the church. — DailyMail
While it’s certainly true that people of every background have a ‘place in the Church’, that’s the whole point of the gospel, it is NOT true that Jesus calls us to live our lives according to the same moral standards that were acceptable in our eyes before we called him Lord.
The verse 1 Cor 6:11 says that in dramatic fashion:
And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.
In contrast to today’s clergy, looking to find their identity in terms of sex and gender, Christian leaders of any significance through history have found their indentity in being … Christian. Even in this passage, there was a striking difference between what the people the Apostle was describing DID and who they WERE.
What was the list Paul referenced when he said ‘such were some of you’? There’s something on there to implicate just about everybody. Here are the two verses before the one we just quoted:
Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.
Notice the wording used by the Apostle: such WERE some of you. People from across that list were counted among the converts to whom Paul addressed his writings.
Now let’s look at the text in Genesis. Male and female he created them. Bingo rests that ‘epiphany’ on a belief that the Hebrew means male-ness and female-ness.
Here’s a definition of each term as given by the long-established resource The Strong’s Concordance:
When Jesus was explaining this very text in Matthew 19, he expounded on the original meaning explaining how God expected us to view marriage, making it perfectly clear that the references to man and woman corresponded to references to husband and wife.
Contrary to supporting his little ‘epiphany’ this actually goes further than just establishing the gender binary it torpedoes his entire argument for … Christ establishes the divine mandate to marriage to exist within the context of man (male) and wife (female).
He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his 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.”
Maybe if supposedly Christian clergy spent more time making their lives conform to Christ’s example instead of making Christ’s example conform to culture, we might see the Church taking a leadership role in society, instead of being late adopters of every radical secular idea dreamed up by leftist propagandists a decade or two earlier.
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