It is a safe bet that the church is compromising with the culture. There is almost no time since the first century that we have not seen compromise of one sort or another. This sin, these activities, or some form of heresy ruling in the leadership or laity. But, as we move into the twenty-first century, there seems to be a slide into the depths rarely seen in church history. One leading denomination in this flight from orthodoxy is the Anglican Church. As I earlier reported, there is a move toward re-baptizing transgender members. Well, now, there is a similar move, to make God into a transgender.
Christian News reports
A group of female priests with the Church of England have moved for the denomination to start referring to God as a “she” during the weekly liturgy, stating that to make mention of God solely in the male pronoun is sexist.
According to reports, the group Women and the Church (WATCH), which was behind the push to allow women to serve as bishops in the denomination, is now in talks with the Liturgical Commission for a change in the pronoun used during services when speaking of God. The group says that to refer to God in the masculine devalues women.
This ignores several points, and I believe has such holes in their argument that there has to be an ulterior motive. One that I believe I can point out. But first, let’s look about which we are speaking.
Christian News continues
“Orthodox theology says all human beings are made in the image of God, that God does not have a gender. He encompasses gender. He is both male and female and beyond male and female,” she said. “So when we only speak of God in the male form, that’s actually giving us a deficient understanding of who God is.”
So, what these women want is the liturgy changed to reflect the culture’s understanding of God and its feminist leanings. Here we see that there are three problems that should be blatantly obvious. First is the statement that God has no gender but yet is both genders at once. This makes her assertion a contradiction.
God is neither male nor female. When we talk about God having a gender, we are misleading. In fact to say that God is both male and female, we are imposing traits that God does not have. Besides this, the feminist understanding of biology is undermined by this argument. This is how.
If God does not have a body, then He cannot have sexual organs. Without sexual organs, there is no distinction between men and woman. But, if as these people assert, that God can be male and female, then there must be more to gender than genitalia. This would mean that there are inherent differences between men and women, and that would have been from creation.
Second, is the fact that God refers to himself in the masculine and never in the feminine. This is not an accident of translation, and it was not a cultural quirk. This can easily be seen when we consider that with Moses and the Israelites, God was remaking culture. What a prime opportunity for God to break male oppression.
Lastly, there is the fact that God came in the body of the “Man” Jesus. Jesus Christ was and is Male. Jesus Christ is God. When we think of God, we must think of Jesus Christ. Even when we think of God the Father, we must do so in the context of Jesus His Son and Image Bearer (Heb. 1:1-2). Christ is the Image of the Invisible God (Col. 1:15).
What has happened is that this group has left off being a church for years and has now begun to shed its sheep’s clothes. It is on a slippery slope that we place ourselves when we leave Biblical inerrancy. This leads to all sorts of problems and opens the door not only to heresy, but idolatry. And I believe this is the ulterior motive. Whether conscious or subconsciously, these women wish to worship themselves. They do not want the God of the Bible, but to remake Him in their image. If they do this, they will be idolaters.
We should pray that God may save the rest of His Church from this death. And as He judges the Church of England that in the midst of wrath He will remember mercy.