Sisters Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal have become viral sensations that push a conservative Christian lifestyle to impressable young women. The sisters run a website and YouTube page that hosts tips on dating, sex, marriage, and the woman’s role in society. Through their platforms, the women spread a message of intolerance of cultural norms and the need for women to submit in marriages.
In 2014, Kristen Clark and Bethany Beal launched a ministry for young Christian Women called “Girl Defined.” According to their website, the sisters started their ministry after failing in the modeling industry.
For the past five years, the sisters have authored three books, launched a YouTube channel, and host annual conferences teaching women to embrace their Biblical role in the world. The two are tall, blonde, and attractive which draws viewers into their world.
On their website, the women share their reasons for launching their ministry,
“Since launching GirlDefined Ministries in 2014, our goal has always been the same – to help modern girls understand and live out God’s timeless truth for womanhood. In a day and age when girls and women receive so many conflicting messages about their value, purpose, and identity, they desperately need to know that the only one who can define them is the One who created them.
Through our blogs, videos, conferences, and online webinars, we are building an online “sisterhood” where girls and women can find the encouragement and answers they’re searching for.”
Today the women have amassed a large following on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram. Their YouTube channel has more than 147,000 subscribers and 11 million views.
According to the sisters, they grew up in a large family in Texas. The women adhere to fundamental Christian beliefs that women belong in the home, marriage is only between a man and women, gender is assigned by God, feminism is toxic, and sex before marriage is wrong.
Despite their popularity, their YouTube page is not monetized. Instead, the women use their videos to promote and sell their books. They have authored three books for young women that help with dating, sexuality, and love.
In each video, the women share Bible verses and read passages from their books. They then direct viewers to purchase their book and visit their website.
When they aren’t promoting their books, the women are pushing their annual conference. Each year the sisters host a two-day event in Texas for the modern Christian woman.
Perhaps most alarming is that the women use their platforms to spread messages of hate that appeared packaged in loving Christian bows. In a quick review of their website, Without a Crystal Ball uncovered numerous blogs that are homophobic, transphobic, and sexist.
For example, the women are decidedly against any sexuality that deviates from the heterosexual “norm.” In earlier posts, the women were more vocal about their detest. However, a backlash from the media caused the sisters to soften their message while still remaining hateful.
In a blog post titled, “Same-Sex Attraction and the Christian Girl,” Kristen writes:
“This might come as a shock to some Christians, but the Bible does not support, value, uphold or accept the homosexual lifestyle in any way. You can’t find a single verse in the Bible that praises, encourages, or accepts that lifestyle as natural or good.”
Kristen concludes the post by writing:
“No matter how long you’ve struggled with same-sex attraction, it does not have to define you.
Your battle is ultimately a battle of sin and the flesh just like mine. It’s a battle of faith. It’s a battle of surrender. It’s a battle of trusting in Christ so deeply and fully that His transforming grace becomes sufficient for your struggle.”
Next, the women take aim at the transgender community.
Kristen writes in a blog post, “Transgenderism: Is it Possible to Change Your Gender?”
“God is our Creator. He is the final authority. He defines who we are, not the other way around.
No matter how many surgeries a person gets, how much makeup they wear, and how much they change their clothes, they cannot change who God created them to be.
A man born a male will always be a male, no matter what he does to his body. A woman born a female will always be a female, no matter what she does to her body.
So is it possible for a person to change their gender?
In short, no. It’s not authentically possible.
Changing your physical identity does not change your gender identity. It only masks the reality of who God created you to be.
When a person tries to change their God-given sexual identity, they are saying, “I don’t care what God thinks. I’m going to define my life the way I want to. What I think and feel is truth for Me.”
Kristen and Bethany also have strong beliefs about marriage and a woman’s role in society. Neither sister lived outside their parent’s home before marriage. Additionally, they did have their first kiss or sex until they were married. Bethany married last year at age 30, and due to her choices, often seems emotionally stunted and immature.In a blog post addressing submission in marriage Biblical Submission: What it is and What it isn’t, Kristen writes,
In my marriage with Zack, I practically live out Biblical submission by viewing Zack as our family’s team leader. We are both active team players, but he has been appointed as the “captain” by God’s design. As the captain, Zack is ultimately responsible to God for leading our family with vision, passion, and purpose. He is responsible for the direction and goals of our family, as well as the spiritual discipleship of those under him (Eph. 5:25-27, Joshua 24:15).
As team players, we both offer ideas, input, concerns, goals, counsel, prayers, etc. — but in the end, I willingly allow Zack to make the final decision for our family. I choose to defer to his leadership. I choose to respect the position that God has appointed him to have. Rather than competing for the “captain” position, I encourage Zack as our leader and cheer him.
The sisters believe that women should not work outside the home. In fact, they teach young girls the importance of being a homemaker and mother:
“Marriage, motherhood, and homemaking may be old-fashioned in some people’s eyes, but they’re honorable in God’s eyes (Ps. 127:3–5; Prov. 18:22; 31:10–31).”
Kristen Clark continues,
“In a culture where families are growing increasingly dysfunctional and broken, full-time moms are desperately needed. Nurturing homes are needed. New York City can attest to that.
I pray we, as Christian girls, will see the value and worth that intentional motherhood and homemaking provides to society. In God’s eye, motherhood is a noble and worthy aspiration to have.”
Finally, to drive home the point that women belong in the home, the sisters often slam feminism.
In a blog post titled, Why Feminism and Christianity Can’t Mix, Kristen Clark writes:
“The man and the woman were created by God to be equal in value but different in roles. God didn’t design us to be the same. He didn’t design us to do all the same things. He created one male and one female with differing roles and jobs.
He created two different genders on purpose and for a purpose.
Most feminists aren’t too fond of God’s design for gender.
They don’t like the idea of the man being dubbed as the primary leader, initiator, and provider. They don’t like the idea of Eve being created as a helper to Adam.
Feminism has rejected God as the ultimate authority for life and instead placed herself on the throne. The god of feminism pridefully says, “I know better than God and will live out my womanhood how I think is best.”
With a significant social media presence, Bethany and Kristen spread outdated and hateful messages to impressionable young women. They encourage intolerance of the LGBTQ+, slam female equality, and promote a misogynistic belief that women are only valuable as mothers and homemakers.
Their transphobic vlogs and blogs are all active and found on Facebook and YouTube. With many platforms cracking down on alt-right messages, these two should be the next to be banned from these platforms.
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