Took just a few minutes at the start to talk about a recent court case in which a judge overturned a Trump administration protection of the freedom of conscience amongst medical professionals and institutions and in so doing used yet another NewSpeak term, “Gender Care,” a euphemism for “bodily mutilation.” Then I went over Ephesians 3:9 and the blatant error in the reading of the TR. Finally we played sections from the Text and Canon Conference presentations and Q&A and interacted with them. Last DL till after the 21st!
Decided to do a program about 15 hours after getting home from Australia, so I hope I made some sense! Seemed OK to me anyway! Talked about the explosion of egalitarianism in light of the “go home” controversy first, then moved on to developments in the transgender movement’s attempts to destroy any meaningful understanding of sexuality and gender. Eventually got to report on the trip, though I think I spent a solid 15 minutes or so on something that may only be important to me: basic rules for approaching a speaker after he has spoken. Don’t get mad at me, try standing for a few hours in my shoes first! Then we went over the debates and events “down under.” I did not even make mention of some of the wild-eyed attacks launched by folks who simply wish they were doing similar things—those attacks stand as their own refutation.
Next program on Thursday will be a Dividing Line/Apologia Radio Mash Up from ReformCon. Join us…when? I haven’t a clue! Stay tuned!
Take a look at this article. Let’s start out with some truth: American Dawn Orwick is the proper, logical, truthful 35-39 year old sprint champion. Rhys McKinnon, a biological male, is a radical (and very aggressive) advocate for the destruction of logic and science in sports who has taken advantage of the current cultural madness to collect for himself a couple of rainbow jerseys at the expense of biological females by competing as a pretend-female. Test his genetics: XY. He did not “transition” (a dream term that may or may not include emasculation and chemical alterations) until WELL after puberty, and hence has all the biomechanical advantages that males have: bone structure, muscle structure, lung capacity, etc. Beware: Rhys is well trained in twisting the science to make himself appear legit, but the reality is there for anyone who wants to dig past the rhetoric. This is a middle-aged guy beating the girls in sprint on the track on a bike, nothing more.
Now, you may buy into the current cultural madness about the fluidity of gender, or the autonomy of the human mind that allows it to be something other than what genetics and history and logic say it is. You have the right to believe the earth is flat, too. But notice the title given this article: “Slams Transphobic Critics.” He who controls the language wins, especially in a day when almost no one trains the young to think clearly and critically, honoring logic, consistency, and coherence as means by which we show ourselves to be seeking to think God’s thoughts after Him. The term “transphobic” is one of the attack terms developed over the past few decades that by its mere use ends logical conversation and debate. It actually has almost no inherent meaning when analyzed. The Greek term φόβος means “fear.” As my dear Greek professor said in class long ago (I may have been the only person paying close attention), “Now, the Greek term for fear means….fear.” A wise observation. So phobias are irrational fears–well, at least, they were back when language was supposed to correspond to reality and truth. Today you simply take a cause you are promoting, such as homosexuality, or transgenderism, and you attach “phobe” to the end to create a word-weapon that has absolutely no connection to reality. A “homophobe,” logically, is a person with an irrational fear of their own gender. But, of course, what is meant today is anyone who in any way opposes the supremacy and celebration of homosexuality. So in the linked article we read of Rhys McKinnon slamming “transphobic critics.” What needs to be understood by any clear thinking individual is that what is being said is completely different than what is meant. A “transphobic critic” is simply someone holding to the view of gender that has been held by humanity for the entirety of recorded history. No one before, at the earliest, 1970, could have possibly understood the use of “transphobic” that appears here. But transphobic is even less meaningful than homophobic because the operative term “trans” is a fantasy: no one can “transition” so as to be truly transgender in the first place. You cannot change the XY chromosome to an XX chromosome. You cannot go back and change history. Yes, this is the drive behind the horrific abuse of children, seen in the evil woman in Texas seeking to destroy her son’s life and identity. But there simply is no such thing as “transitioning,” and holding it out as a hope for happiness is one of the reasons why those who fall for the lie end up with an even higher suicide rate than before. So the idea again is, “transphobic” means “anything that does not bow down to the radically changed worldview that does away with biological gender.” In other words, all of mankind was “transphobic” for all of history. Consider that.
So let’s make one more observation before we conclude. “Womanphobic” just doesn’t work as a word. So we have a different term that has flown into prominence in our vocabulary over the past few years: misogynist. Thankfully, at least, it once again points us to the importance of Greek in the development of our terminology, for it comes from μισέω, to hate, and γυνή, woman. But that is not how it is being used in common conversation. There are true misogynists in the world, and they are a loathsome bunch. But look at the comments, made by Christians, in response to John MacArthur’s comments last week. Since JM does not buy into egalitarianism (and all this “soft complementarianism is just egalitarianism dressed up in enough make-up to get it through the door) he rejects the proposal that the Scriptures just forgot to provide qualifications for women elders in the church. He actually, positively, believes the Scriptures present a created, purposeful, fulfilling, and good distinction between men and women in their respective roles in church and family. So what term did I see being used by all the “woke” progressive “evangelicals” about his comments? Misogynistic. Woman-hating. No, no, that’s not what they meant. Well, it is what they said, and the term intentionally carries that kind of negative meaning. Words matter, and what this showed is that many leaders in “BigEva” today are just as willing to abuse language by using terms like misogyny as all their fellow travelers on the left are willing to abuse terms like homophobe or transphobe. Words matter, and words often expose the worldview better than anything else. Pay them close attention.
Two part program, basically, with the first including the complete airing of a new video promoting the “& Movement” regarding abortion and social justice. Important issues raised and concerns expressed. Then we listened to some comments from William Lane Craig on the subject of apologetics, evangelism, and how we determine “success” in apologetics.
In light of all of the hoopla about kids marching around wishing the planet would freeze up, we talked a bit about how this new religion is just a manifestation of the Culture of Death. Then I dove deep into a response to Chris Thomas on Luke 23:34 and then transitioned into a response to Taylor DeSoto and his blog article setting up one of the most flammable straw men we have seen in quite some time. 90 minutes!
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