The pastor of the Duggar family’s church, Dr. Ronnie Floyd of the five-branch Pinnacle Cross Church said over the weekend said that Caitlyn Jenner had sinned against God when she transitioned to a woman and compared her “sins” to that of a family member sinning by abusing children.
Floyd told People magazine in a recent interview that Josh Duggar, who recently confessed to molesting five girls, four of which are his sisters, could be forgiven for his sins.
“But I’m thankful, whether it’s him or any other one, that I serve a God who can forgive everything,” Floyd told the magazine.
Yet in a sermon this past Sunday, Floyd compared Duggar’s crimes to Jenners transformation, saying that trans people are sinning against God’s plan.
“You are formed by God specifically and intentionally,” Floyd insisted. “There are two different sexes, male and female. And the whole scheme of the world today is to try to get us to see those are very, very unclear lines. They’re not unclear lines. They are clear lines.”
“If you are created a man, you are specifically and intentionally created a man. So, don’t try to be something else,” the pastor warned, before adding that Jenner’s statement that she, “thinks like a woman” was “sad.”
After arguing the typical Christian rhetoric that we are “all broken” and that church-goers are saved from having such twisted thoughts, the pastor then claimed Jenner is demeaning the value of life.
“Anytime we demean the value of human beings, we violate what God intends for that human being,” he said. “It doesn’t matter what the situation is. A child, a spouse, a family member. Doesn’t matter what it is. Doesn’t matter whether it’s ISIS, Boko Haram or any other group that’s coming against Christianity today. It doesn’t matter. God can save them all.”
He then adds insult by calling Caitlyn by her former name while trying to compare her transition to the sins of the congregation.
“You know, this is going to shock some of you, and it might even be offensive to some of you,” Floyd added. “But I want to make something real clear, Bruce Jenner is just like you and me.”
“We are born sinners, and we’re born broken. And we’re all in need of the grace of God. And we need to understand, regardless of our past, Christ died for us.”
This hateful rhetoric does nothing but imply that Caitlyn Jenner is “broken” or confused about who she is, when in her own words, she is now “free” and living her life as she always felt she was meant to live it.
When Caitlyn made her announcement via Twitter with the cover release of Vanity Fair, she was bombarded with replies that she “needs Jesus” and that prayer could “fix” her.
Here is a collection of those tweets as compiled by Hemant Mehta:
Below is video of Pastor Floyds weekend service, courtesy of Raw Story:
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