Women are no longer protected by the law in Canada. John Sikkema from ARPA Canada writes: “Last week, as you may have heard, a B.C. judge ruled that physicians could begin injecting a 14-year-old girl with testosterone without parental consent. The ruling demonstrates how changes in family law, education law, and health law, driven by transgenderist activism, are combining to set children and families up for tragedy.” You can read his post on the ARPA website.
In 2016, Pastor Paul Dirks launched the Woman Means Something campaign from his church in New Westminster BC. In the About page you will find this description: “We affirm that all people are to be loved, valued, respected and celebrated as people. But any legislation that pits gender vs. sex, or defines “woman” such that it is meaningless, will result in tremendous harm to women, girls, and their rights.” This campaign has created consternation in Vancouver at various points, but has received the support of some prominent feminists.
I borrowed this title from Douglas Wilson who responds to the prominent Lutheran Pastor down in the States (Nadia Bloz-Weber) who melted numerous chastity rings into a replica of a vagina. In the spirit of CS Lewis who wrote a book called “the Abolition of Man”, Douglas Wilson refers to what is happening in North America right now as “the Abolition of Woman.”
St. John Chrysostom writes in his 5th homily on Titus: “Woman was not made for this, O man, to be prostituted as common. O you subverters of all decency, who use men, as if they were women, and lead out women to war, as if they were men! This is the work of the devil, to subvert and confound all things, to overleap the boundaries that have been appointed from the beginning, and remove those which God has set to nature.”
I saw this quote on Facebook from the 4th century Church Father a couple weeks ago, and it impressed me how relevant these words are in the 21st century. The argument is often made that things such as the Industrial Revolution has changed the make-up of society and so gender roles have changed. While there may be some truth to this statement in reference to the make-up of society, sin has not changed and Biblical principles have not changed. Add to that the fact that cities have always been around almost as long as humans have existed. The sexual oddities perpetrated during the times of the Romans may have been even more crazy than that of our time.
As in every age, we must respond to the subversion of God’s good creation with Biblical principle, and Biblical reflection on natural law. The issues are becoming so complex that we have a whole mess of repenting to do. Throughout the Scriptures we see real women upheld and promoted in the Christian community and even praised in the gates (Prov. 31:31). This is the wise woman who builds up her house and does not tear it down (Prov. 14:1). And we also see Jesus and the Apostles bring this redeeming love to women throughout the Gospels and the Acts of the disciples.
The only place to go for shelter is to the cross of Jesus Christ. We need the gospel, the real genuine gospel of Jesus Christ, that turns us away from sin and towards the new life of life in Jesus Christ. This light of the gospel meets men and women in the darkness of their shame and guilt and breaks the bondage of judgement that they receive apart from their knowledge of their Creator and His Son Jesus Christ. I could focus on the tragedy and the crisis, but we are already seeing this tragedy and crisis with all of its guilt and shame and confusion coming crashing down upon us. But the righteousness of God is on display in Jesus Christ. And this is the gospel that I am not ashamed of. Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! We must look to Christ and live.