Yeah, so like we keep saying around these parts, the new paganism looks a lot like the old paganism.
Duke's "seminary" recently led its chapel in a SUPER woke prayer: One to a strange god of shifting "fluids" and such. I could only find this clip on Steven Crowder's channel (timestamped at 6:40 in this video), so go ahead and try to give it a watch:
These people are praying to some made-up pagan entity from within an institution that was founded to teach the Word of God.
Speaker: "Good morning! The Holy and Queer One be with you."
Crowd: "And also with you."
Speaker: "We want to affirm everyone to be who they truly are to step into the Holy One's fire that burns away all that says we are not good enough, and refines us by the pentecostal fire to be who exactly The Great Queer One calls us to be.
Everyone: "Strange One, Fabulous One, Fluid and Ever-Becoming One, do not allow us to make our ideas of You into an idol.
Speaker: "You are as close to us as our own breath, and yet your essence transcends all that we can imagine."
Everyone: "You are Mother, Father, and Parent. You are Sister, Brother, and Sibling. You are Drag Queen and Trans Man and Gender Fluid, incapable of limiting your vast expressions of beauty."
It's funny. These people say that you should be comfortable with who you are, but then deny the reality that God made humanity male and female in His image (Genesis 1:27) – meaning that their rejection of the biological sex assigned by God to every person is a direct contradiction of accepting people as they are.
At the same time, they reject the idea that man is totally depraved because of sin and requires salvation from that sin (John 3:16-20).
(I'm not picking difficult or obscure verses here, people.)
So... basically: "Come as you are, except hate your body and mutilate it to pretend it's a different sex, now everyone get out your hymnals so we can sing about how awesome we are..."
By the way, the lady leading this invocation is a MASTER OF DIVINITY student!! AT ONE OF THE TOP SCHOOLS IN THE NATION.
From PJ Media:
Master of Divinity (M.Div) student Caroline Camp kicked things off, and set the tone for the proceedings, with a prayer to the "strange one, fabulous one, fluid, and ever-becoming one," and the "drag queen, and transman, and gender-fluid."
The rest of the chapel service was dedicated to "God's acceptance and support for LGBTQ relationships." One trans M.Div. student tried to (seriously!) teach that the story of Jacob wrestling God in Genesis 32 is about transgenderism. If any of y'all need an example of why proper exegesis is the fundamental problem facing the Church, this is it!
Another M.Div. student encouraged students to accept their LGBT sexuality, saying,
You are never called to abandon yourself. Abandoning the self is negating the truth of who you are, and that is always a lie...
I'mma hit ya up with the Apostle Paul from Colossians 3:
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming.
And Jude 1:
Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.
And all the way back at the beginning of the Bible in Genesis 4:
Then the Lord said to Cain, "Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it."
And straight from the lips of Jesus in Matthew 5:
You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Again, I didn't pick seminary-level verses here. This is the stuff you learn in like 1st-grade Sunday School.
The Bible teaches we MUST abandon our sinful self that, as Paul says in Romans 7, wages war against us and enslaves us.
But these "Master of Divinity" students at one of the world's leading schools can't figure it out!!
I'll leave you with the words of Paul from 1 Corinthians.
Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become 'fools' so that you may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight. As it is written: 'He catches the wise in their craftiness'; and again, "The Lord knows that the thoughts of the wise are futile."
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