(OPINION) A sermon delivered by Pastor John MacArthur has been labeled “hate speech” by YouTube. MacArthur is pastor of Grace Community Church. The report from Todd Starns revealed that his sermons are broadcast on hundreds of radio stations around the nation.
He is a best-selling author and a beloved member of the evangelical community. Pastor MacArthur delivered a message Sunday about Biblical sexuality – part of a nationwide campaign to draw attention to Canadian legislation that would silence pastors on LGBT issues. Five years in prison for pastors who preach against the LGBT agenda.
So Pastor MacArthur encouraged pastors around the nation to stand in solidarity by preaching from their pulpits about biblical teachings regarding LGBT issues. “There is no such thing as transgender. You are either XX or XY, that’s it. God made man male and female.
That is determined genetically, that is physiology, that is science, that is reality,” MacArthur said from the pulpit. “This notion that you are something other than your biology is a cultural construct intended as an assault on God. The only way you can address it, honestly, is to say, ‘God made you and God made you exactly the way He wanted you to be.
You are not only fighting God in His physical creation, you are fighting God in His sovereignty. You are fighting God in His spiritual relationship to you,” he explained.
“This is a war on God.” MacArthur said they must be met with love and affirmation to be all God created them to be. “On the one hand, the reality of that lie and deception is so damaging, so destructive, so isolating, so corrupting that it needs to be confronted, but on the other hand, that confrontation can’t exaggerate what already exists, which is a sense of feeling isolated in relationships.”