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You Asked For It So Here's My Thoughts on Bruce

Ok, so I have been asked on several occasions recently to comment on the whole Bruce Jenner situation. These are my thoughts. They only reflect my opinions and no one else; not my family, not my church, and not my denomination. Just mine.

Any person who is not a believer in Jesus Christ is controlled by his flesh and his flesh alone. Only followers of Christ have the Spirit of God dwelling within Who is committed to leading us to truth and convicting us of sin. I have very little knowledge of his faith, but I have never heard of Bruce professing to be a believer in the sense that he has trusted Christ as his Savior. Thus, he is following the inclinations of his flesh and has no access to the Spirit of God within him. I have been there and know first hand what that is like. 

How about how the media portraying him as a hero? Personally, I find it very distasteful and inappropriate to use the same word used to describe the brave men and women of the military who face the enemy to secure our freedom to describe Bruce's decision to live life as the opposite sex. Or to speak of his decision with same reverence we speak of a child who resolutely faces radiation and chemo treatments to battle cancer with courage. I'm sorry, the media and I disagree greatly as to the definitions of courage, bravery and heroism.

I am surprised as to the number of women who have applauded his decision to live the remainder of his days as a female. It seems to me that women who have endured the mental, emotional and physical distress  and discomfort associated with their physiology would not easily welcome someone into their gender who has not also paid the price. Bruce may choose to live as a woman but will never have to endure the pain or inherent dangers associated with childbirth. However, this is only an observation coming from a man and not a woman. I am certain I do not qualify to speak for them; Myself having never had to deal with the challenges I have just listed.

My greatest issue is with believers. That may seem to be a strange statement, but please allow me to explain. Some who follow Christ have expressed their opinion that if this makes Bruce happy then we should be happy for him. So should our concern end there? Is happiness the main objective of life? It may be a true statement that for the unbeliever happiness is the pinnacle of existence. So should we be happy that someone, whether we know them personally or not, is attempting to find fulfillment outside of the forgiveness of sin for which we all are in desperate need. When in reality God's ultimate desire for His highest creation is not happiness but holiness.

I am not angry with Bruce Jenner. I am not disappointed with the media. They are acting according to the instincts of the flesh. Without a Damascus Road like experience they will continue to act this way. (Just for the record, I believe those kinds of experiences still occur.) I am more disappointed with my reaction. I immediately wanted to pass judgment on this former athlete. But God reminded me of the horrible mess my life was in when He found me. The only difference in my life and Jenner's is that I was not a member of the Kardashian family. I am grieved over this man's decision just like I am grieved over the millions of other decisions made every day by people who believe their main objective in life is to be happy to the detriment of their eternal souls.

   
12  There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death. Proverbs 14:12

 

 

Comments

Debbie

"I have very little knowledge of his faith, but I have never heard of Bruce professing to be a believer in the sense that he has trusted Christ as his Savior. Thus, he is following the inclinations of his flesh and has no access to the Spirit of God within him." In my opinion, as a believer in Christ Jesus, the article should have been stopped at this point, because everything else was an assumption based on what there is no knowledge of "I have never heard of . . ." Yes, sin IS sin. God reveals our sinful nature through conviction of the Holy Spirit and not through mine or any other Christian's conviction. We are called to love and point others to Christ period. Honestly, it doesn't matter what we think but totally what God thinks of me, you, and Bruce/Caitlyn. Children of God, it's time to love saints and sinners alike. Think love, breathe love, live love and leave the rest up to God for He is certainly able to change the vilest of sinners. I know, He changed me!

gina

Sorry for type o's...

gina

I too believe Christians though indwelled by the Holy Spirit may still follow after the desires of the flesh with sin being end result. I know thus pastor would agree and by no means was he implying that Christians are immune to such behavior. Difference us as he stated is the presence and of God in believers brings conviction. If it doesn't one needs to consider their relationship with Christ. We don't have to give in to the flesh, we can choose not to as the bible says no temptation hath entered unto man for which Christ has not made a way to escape. Unfortunately, too often we give in to what feels good thus denying the power if God in us to resist thus creating distance from our Savior until repentance is sought.

Teresa Emerson

I so agree.....thank you !!!

God Loves Unconditionally

My question, Pastor Ken, is why would a woman not want to accept another person wanting to be a woman due to their physiology? This statement is demeaning. Being a woman is something I am proud of and I would never reject someone for wanting to be a woman. Women go through a lot in their lifetimes but I don't see why it should be insulting to us for someone else to identify with our gender.
I agree that you have not gone through the same things. And although you claim to not be speaking for women, you are. Being a woman can be challenging, but what about infertile women who also cannot endure childbirth? Should we reject them as well? It's something to think about, from the perspective of an actual woman.

Shelia Nelson

Ken,

Thank you! You've made a stand for the Truth! I have such a burden for Truth these days, it is quickly disappearing and being replaced by the lie of secular humanism.

From a scientific and medical standpoint, one cannot change one's sex. Your DNA and chromosomes will not permit it. Transgender people are believing a lie. My heart breaks for them because Philippians 3:19 states "their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is set on earthly things." What Bruce Jenner is so proud of, and what so many people have glorified him for doing, will ultimately be his shame.

I love boundaries!! Just as my parents protected me by setting boundaries for me, the Lord God Almighty does the same for His children. The boundary of TRUTH will keep you safe! 2nd Thessalonians 2:9-12...The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with how Satan works. He will use all sorts of displays of power through signs and wonders that serve the lie, and all the ways that wickedness deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the TRUTH and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the TRUTH but have delighted in wickedness."

TRUTH is boundary. Believe the TRUTH and it will keep you safe.

How many lies has our society and culture believed? The lie of abortion--that in the first few weeks the baby is nothing more than a blob of tissue. The lie of evolution--we are here as an accident, we evolved from a tiny organism.

There are many lies, all of them stemming from the Big Lie of secular humanism. I can understand how John the Baptist felt, being the "voice of one crying in the wilderness"...because people, even Christians, believe the lies, or a portion of them, or won't speak the Truth, because they do not want to offend or seem as if they're judging.

There is a huge difference between judging someone's spiritual state, and judging their actions. We MUST judge their actions, lest we follow and fall into evil ourselves. Discernment is necessary for living in today's culture. "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything."

Please, continue to make a stand for the TRUTH...not the truth of today's society that scorns boundaries, or even our own truth, that is sometimes skewed by living in a condemned world, but the TRUTH of "THUS SAYETH THE LORD".

Sandy Weeks

I so agree. Very well said.

Melissa

You are always spot on! Thank you Ken!

SUE ROBERTS-PARKS

I agree wholeheartedly pastor. Thank you for standing firm in your beliefs. This seems rare anymore.

Roxy Silvasy

I like this a lot. The only thing that bothered me was that you said that Bruce was not a believer and took this action. You highlighted that he sinned because of his unbelief. Just because someone sins does not count them as an unbeliever. Believers sin too just with a repressing the Holy Spirit.

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