READ: The Nashville Statement on LGBTQ & Transgender Acceptance

CBMW "The Nashville Statement" was issued Tuesday by a group of Evangelical leaders.

A group of over 150 evangelical leaders on Tuesday came together to release an eight-page statement regarding their views on homosexuality and Christianity today.

The manifesto, dubbed “The Nashville Statement,” was released by the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood and reiterates the belief from the group that marriage should be strictly between a male and a female, denounces those who identify as transgender and also those who support the lifestyle.

“By and large the spirit of our age no longer discerns or delights in the beauty of God’s design for human life,” the statement says. “Many deny that God created human beings for his glory, and that his good purposes for us include our personal and physical design as male and female.”

The statement starts with a preamble and breaks the leaders’ beliefs down into 14 separate articles.

Article 10 reads: “We affirm that it is sinful to approve of homosexual immorality or transgenderism and that such approval constitutes an essential departure from Christian faithfulness and witness. 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.”

The statement was released by the group as an effort to reevaluate the ever-changing culture in America and the effect it has on those with Christian beliefs.

“Evangelical Christians at the dawn of the twenty-first century find themselves living in a period of historic transition,” the opening paragraph says. “As Western culture has become increasingly post-Christian, it has embarked upon a massive revision of what it means to be a human being.”

Signatures from the group include many evangelical pastors such as J.I. Packer, Francis Chan and John MacArthur.

Read the full “Nashville Statement” in the document below:

When the CBMW was founded 30 years ago, it issued “The Danvers Statement,” which largely affirmed the differences between males and females. That statement came after there was an uptick in feminism, and leaders feared that men and women “were losing their biblical distinctions,” Christian Today wrote.

Read the full “Danvers Statement” in the document below:

Instead of pointing out how each gender should live with one another, the “Nashville Statement” instead lists separate points that defend the existence of the two genders.

The release of the document received heavy scrutiny online for its reluctance to live within a progressive society. Upon its release, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry called the statement “poorly named,” adding that it’s not representative of the city that she represents.

By Tuesday evening, the hashtag #NashvilleStatement was trending worldwide on Twitter, and thousands of people weighed in.

The “Nashville Statement” comes more than four years after Pope Francis released a statement of his own addressing LGBTQ issues in the Catholic Church.

“If someone is gay and searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” he said.

As TIME noted, Pope Francis’ words greatly contrasted those before him and sent “shockwaves throughout the Catholic Church” and the rest of the world.

“A person once asked me, in a provocative manner, if I approved of homosexuality,” Pope Francis said in his statement. “I replied with another question: ‘Tell me: when God looks at a gay person, does he endorse the existence of this person with love, or reject and condemn this person?’ We must always consider the person. Here we enter into the mystery of the human being.”


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JOHN MAYOR

LUKE CHAPTER 12 STATES:…
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51) “DO YOU THINK I CAME TO BRING PEACE ON EARTH? NO, I TELL YOU, BUT DIVISION. 52) FROM NOW ON THERE WILL BE FIVE IN ONE FAMILY DIVIDED AGAINST EACH OTHER, THREE AGAINST TWO AND TWO AGAINST THREE. 53) THEY WILL BE DIVIDED FATHER AGAINST SON AND SON AGAINST FATHER, MOTHER AGAINST DAUGHTER, AND DAUGHTER AGAINST MOTHER, MOTHER-IN-LAW AGAINST DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, AND DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST MOTHER-IN-LAW.” [NIV]
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1 CORITHIANS CHAPTER 6 STATES:…
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2) DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT THE SAINTS WILL JUDGE THE WORLD? AND IF YOU ARE TO JUDGE THE WORLD, ARE YOU NOT COMPETENT TO JUDGE TRIVIAL CASES? 3) DO YOU NOT KNOW THAT WE WILL JUDGE ANGELS? HOW MUCH MORE THE THINGS OF THIS LIFE! [BEREAN STUDY BIBLE]
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AND RE BOTH OF THE ABOVE, I WOULD HAVE YOU NOTE THE FOLLOWING…
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STUDY FINDS NO SCIENTIFIC BASIS FOR TRANSGENDERISM
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(This article is by courtesy of Raven Clabough, of The New American, of Wednesday, August 24, 2016)
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The Left often likes to use science — or rather, a modified version of science — in arguments related to atheism, evolution, abortion, climate change, etc. But just how it will deal with a new scientific study on transgenderism remains to be seen. According to a new report published in The New Atlantis journal, transgenderism — the latest hot button social justice “ism” — is not supported by science.
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The report was co-authored by former Chief of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Distinguished Service Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University Dr. Paul McHugh and Arizona State University Professor of Statistics and Biostatistics Lawrence Mayer. They concluded that “gender identity” is not separate from biological sex.
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“Examining research from the biological, psychological, and social sciences, this report shows that some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence,” the report prefaced.
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“The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be ‘a man trapped in a woman’s body’ or ‘a woman trapped in a man’s body’ — is not supported by scientific evidence,” stated the researchers.
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This is not exactly groundbreaking news to those who exercise common sense, of course. Simply because an individual purports to identify as something doesn’t make it true, particularly if it is biologically impossible. It does not take a scientific study to confirm that a person who identifies as a horse, for example, is not a horse, or one who identifies as a chair is not in fact a chair. But the study should provide some weight to the common sense approach to transgenderism, while simultaneously exploding the beliefs of some social justice warriors who may have difficulty reconciling this scientific study with their own sense of reality.
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The New Atlantis report is sure to provoke some controversy, as it challenges a number of theories that have been readily accepted by the general public in recent years, including what the authors dub the “born that way” hypothesis: “The notion that homosexuality or heterosexuality is in any given person unchangeable and determined entirely apart from choices, behaviors, life experiences, and social contexts.” According to the authors, that view is not “well-supported by research.”
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The authors also take issue with the criteria found in the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) for diagnosis of gender dysphoria in children, and the interventions used in the treatment of gender dysphoria despite the lack of scientific evidence behind them.
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At particular issue for the researchers is how transgenderism is being foisted on America’s youth, as the scientists note that most children outgrow gender confusion, and efforts to advocate transgender acceptance are sure to create further confusion. “Children are a special case when addressing transgender issues. Only a minority of children who experience cross-gender identification will continue to do so into adolescence or adulthood,” the report stated.
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“There is little scientific evidence for the therapeutic value of interventions that delay puberty or modify the secondary sex characteristics of adolescents, although some children may have improved psychological well-being if they are encouraged and supported in their cross-gender identification,” wrote the researchers. “There is no evidence that all children who express gender-atypical thoughts or behavior should be encouraged to become transgender.”
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The report argued that enabling acceptance of transgenderism through medical intervention is particularly harmful. “An area of particular concern involves medical interventions for gender-nonconforming youth. They are increasingly receiving therapies that affirm their felt genders, and even hormone treatments or surgical modifications at young ages,” the authors observed.
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These sentiments are similar to those found in a position statement released by the American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) on March 21 entitled “Gender Ideology Harms Children,” in which the writers observed that any policies that foster the belief that gender dysphoria is anything beyond a psychological problem are in fact harmful.
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The authors of that position statement made several scientific observations, including that human sexuality “is an objective biological binary trait.” Children who use hormones to attempt to mimic a sex that is not their own have a number of dangerous physical and mental risks, the position statement advised, adding that “conditioning children into believing a lifetime of chemical and surgical impersonation of the opposite sex is normal and healthful” can be classified as child abuse.
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According to The New Atlantis study, in fact, conditioning anyone to accept impersonation of the opposite sex via surgery or chemical influences is harmful. The authors observe that adults who choose to have sex-reassignment surgeries have “a higher risk of experiencing poor mental health outcomes.” They cite a study that found that sex-“reassigned individuals were about 5 times more likely to attempt suicide and about 19 times more likely to die by suicide.”
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Interestingly, PJ Media did a piece earlier this week on some of the real-life victims of what it dubbed the transgender “cult.” These” victims” were encouraged to embrace their gender confusion in their youth and are now living with the repercussions of those decisions. “I am a real, live 22-year-old woman, with a scarred chest and a broken voice, and five o’clock shadow because I couldn’t face the idea of growing up to be a woman. That’s my reality,” Cari Stella confessed in a YouTube video. “Gender was done to me, gender was traumatizing to me, I don’t want anything to do with it anymore,” she declared. She admitted, “When I was transitioning, I felt a strong desire — what I would have called a ‘need’ at the time — to transition.”
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Stella now contends that her transition only made things worse. “It can be damn hard to figure out that the treatment you’re being told is to help you is actually making your mental health worse. Testosterone made me even more dissociated than I already was,” she said.
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Stella is a prime example of an observation made by the authors in The New Atlantis study. They wrote, “The potential that patients undergoing medical and surgical sex reassignment may want to return to a gender identity consistent with their biological sex suggests that reassignment carries considerable psychological and physical risk.” The report ultimately concluded that politics and culture have been far too influential in the understanding of transgenderism and LGBT-related mental health problems, and encouraged individuals to take a more scientific approach to these issues.
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The researchers wrote, “While there is much controversy surrounding how our society treats its LGBT members, no political or cultural views should discourage us from understanding the related clinical and public health issues and helping people suffering from mental health problems that may be connected to their sexuality.”
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They readily admitted that better research is required to determine the best ways to help lower the rates of poor mental health outcomes in the LGBT community, but noted that despite the scientific uncertainty behind sexual orientation and gender identity, “drastic interventions” continue to be prescribed and delivered to patients.
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In June, McHugh noted that despite the lack of biological or physical basis for sexual identity, scientists struggled to persuade others that transgenderism is a psychological disorder because “there is a deep prejudice in favor of the idea that nature is totally malleable.”
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The authors of the article welcomed “spirited responses” to their report, and it is likely they will be barraged with exactly that.
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THE GAY/ LESBIAN AGENDA OFTEN POSES AS A TRANSGENDER AGENDA, by John Mayor
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THE GAY/ LESBIAN AGENDA FREQUENTLY POSES AS A TRANSGENDERED AGENDA AND MEME (and… the Gay/ Lesbian Agenda/ Meme, and the Transgendered Agenda/ Meme, not to be confused with the “Gay/ Lesbian Transexual Agenda/ Meme”, the “Gay/ Lesbian Transexual Gender Re-assignment Surgery Agenda/ Meme”, and the “Transvestite Agenda/ Meme”!… which are other matters, altogether!)!
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ALL GAYS/ LESBIANS WERE NOT SIMPLY “BORN THAT WAY”!… AND!… JUST AS ALL TRANSEXUALS WERE NOT “BORN THAT WAY”!
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Such thinking, would suggest that there’s no such thing as “FREE WILL”/ “CHOICE” when it comes to sexual orientation (the TRULY TRANSGENDERED, being the exception to this!)! And again!… not to be confused with those who are transexual!… or!… transexuals who have “CHOSEN” “Gender Re-assignment Surgery (AND!… DESPITE EVIDENCE OF ANY PROVEN BIOLOGICAL/ GENETIC PREDISPOSITION TO BEING “BORN THAT WAY”!… AND POSSESSING A TRULY “TRANSGENDERED BIO-SEXUAL ORIENTATION”!)”!
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THE RATIONALE FOR “TRANSGENDERED GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT SURGERY” IS NOT SYNONYMOUS!… AND IS NOT TO BE MADE SYNONYMOUS!… WITH “GAY/ LESBIAN TRANSEXUAL GENDER RE-ASSIGNMENT SURGERY”!
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For!… it’s one thing for a six year old boy to want to cut off his genitals due to an overwhelming biological (hormonal) tendency to femininity!… but!… it’s quite another issue, to do so, based on a series of “familially-based, peer-based, or socially-based behavioral influences (and!… on many occasions!… due to incidents of ‘incest-based, peer-based, or stranger-based SEXUAL ABUSE’!– whether as children, and/ or, as adults!)”!
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So… the question, is:… “Is one ‘coming out’ to reveal one’s gay/ lesbian ‘CHOICE’ OF ORIENTATION (i.e., a ‘CHOICE’ based on whatever ‘NURTURE-BASED/ non-biological’ circumstances may have led one to one’s resolve!)!… or!… is one anxious to end the REAL MENTAL/ EMOTIONAL PAIN of hiding a TRULY ‘BIOLOGICALLY-BASED CONDITION’ THAT ONE HAS HAD– AND HAVE!– NO CONTROL OVER (AND WHICH MAY HAVE LED ONE– IS LEADING ONE!– TO THE POINT OF SELF-HARM!… OR!– WORSE!– SUICIDE!)?”
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If it’s the former… fine!… THAT’S ONE’S “CHOICE”!… BUT (and… if it was one’s “FREE CHOICE”!), DON’T THEN, HAVE ONE’S SELF– AND/ OR US!– BELIEVE, THAT ONE’S DECISION TO COME FORWARD WAS BASED ON SOME BIOLOGICAL/ GENETIC PRECONDITION THAT “PREEMPTED” ONE’S “TRUE DECISIONMAKING (I.E., THAT ONE WAS ‘BORN THAT WAY’!… OR HAD NO ‘FREE CHOICE’ IN THE MATTER!)”! AND!… IF ONE’S “WOULD-BE CHOICE” WAS “PREEMPTED” BY WAY OF SOMEONE ELSE’S MANIPULATION OF ONE’S “FREE WILL (E.G., BY WAY OF AN ABUSER!)”!… AND, ONE HAS SUFFERED– AND/ OR IS SUFFERING!– MENTAL/ EMOTIONAL PAIN AS A RESULT OF SOMEONE ELSE’S PAST– AND/ OR PRESENT!– MANIPULATION OF ONE’S OTHERWISE “FREE WILL”!… THAT MANIPULATION DOES NOT EQUATE TO BEING “BORN THAT WAY”! AND, TO HAVE BEEN ABUSED, AND TO THEN CAPITULATE TO THE ABUSE AND ONE’S ABUSER, OR ABUSERS, IS TO NEGATE RESPECT FOR ONE’S SELF, AND TO GRANT FREEDOM TO AN ABUSER, OR ABUSERS TO ABUSE OTHERS! AND SO!… AND AS SUCH!… ONE MUST BEGIN TO SORT OUT– HONESTLY!– WHAT HAS HAPPENED (AND/ OR IS HAPPENING!) TO ONE’S SELF!… AND TO SEEK TO EITHER ACCEPT A TRULY “TRANSGENDERED STATE”!… OR!… SEEK TO ESTABLISH WHETHER ONE’S “WILL” IN ONE’S SEXUAL ORIENTATION, WAS “PREEMPTED”– AND/ OR IS BEING “PREEMPTED”!– BY ANOTHER, OR OTHERS!… OR NOT!
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Please!… no emails!… Jesus is Lord!
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P.S.: The “T” in LGBTQ, should be removed, and given it’s OWN AGENDA!… as the TRULY TRANSGENDERED are not to be made synonymous with most within the LGBG communities!

Anonymous

I truly believe that Jesus Christ was sent to this earth NOT to divide people but to UNITE people. Who ARE you to judge? I have strong faith: “Love one another as I have loved you”. Still the greatest commandment. The Nashville Statement totally goes against this. We are not little cogs that fit a certain wheel. We are children of God made in His image and likeness. Think about it. “You who are without sin, caste the first stone.” Looks like the people who wrote this are without sin. Wow, be sure to inform God.