Prayer Targets: Weeping for Mutilated Daughters; Death Threats to Pastors in America; Holy Matrimony
February 14, 2018
Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men's sins: keep thyself pure. (1 Tim 5:22); Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your bodies. (1 Cor 6:19-20 NIV)
Dear Praying Friends,
Instead of an inspirational vignette to introduce the Prayer Targets, I bring you a letter that came to us from a distressed mother of a teenaged daughter (she granted us permission to share it with edits and redactions). Read it, weep for America and pray, pray, pray! Make sure your pastor, church, and community are stirred and engaged to stop this insanity!
My daughter, [name withheld], at age 14, spontaneously decided she is actually a male (suffering from a condition coined, "Rapid Onset Gender Dysphoria"). Her decision came about shortly after being educated about LGBTQ issues in school. Her personality changed almost overnight, and she went from being a sweet, loving Christian girl to a foul-mouthed "pansexual male."
At first, I thought she was just going through a phase, due to her age, as well as transgender issues being all the rage. However, the more I tried to talk sense into her, the more she dug her heels in. I tried counseling, but counselors only reaffirmed her delusion that she is actually male, and told me that I needed to accept this.
Around this time, I came to realize that she fits the criteria for [an autism spectrum disorder]. Yet mental health professionals instead diagnosed her with [another condition] and wanted to put her on [potentially addictive medication]. I declined. They seemed to mainly only be interested in helping her process her new identity as a male and to get me to accept the fact that my daughter is actually my son.
At age 16, [my daughter] ran away and reported to the Department of Child Services that she felt unsafe living with me because I refused to refer to her using male pronouns, nor would I address her by her chosen male names [which did not stay the same]. Child Protective Services investigated and found no abuse or neglect on my part. In fact, they found she was well cared for.
However, DCS forced me to meet with a female-male transgender individual to *educate* me on transgender issues, and told me that I needed to acknowledge that my daughter is male. Shortly thereafter, without my consent, [my daughter] started injecting herself with testosterone (this was something I discovered at a later date).
[My daughter] took off from [our city] to [a city in another state]. There was nothing I could do to stop her. In [this other city], at the age of 17, without my consent or even knowledge, she was able to change her name/gender in court, obtain Medicaid, get a double mastectomy, and a radical hysterectomy.
Her father had and still has her covered under [private health insurance], yet when he notified the [other] State . . . with this information, they refused to accept the insurance information because he was not "on the case." I notified the governor's office in [the other state] and they also declined to take any action. Why does Medicaid cover elective surgeries, period, but especially for children? Why would a child covered under parent's insurance be able to obtain Medicaid?
The level of heartbreak and rage I am experiencing, as a mother, is indescribable.
[In some] states, an adult having sex with someone under age 18 is a crime... Yet, in [this other state], a child age 15 or older can consent to what amounts to mutilation, by so-called doctors, who are actually butchering children. Why does the law allow children to make life altering medical decisions [without parental knowledge or permission]?
If a group of terrorists was kidnapping our teenage daughters, cutting their breasts off, injecting them with testosterone, and removing all of their female organs, would there not be absolute OUTRAGE in society? As a society, we are outraged about female circumcision, so why is it that these butchers, disguised as doctors, who took an oath to first do no harm, are legally allowed mutilate our children?
I believe that when my daughter's brain fully develops, she will regret her decision to transition, which should never have even been an option. I did not lose a daughter and gain a son. Instead, my once beautiful, healthy daughter is now my mutilated daughter, who has been given a life sentence.
As a grieving mother, I cannot and will not remain silent about the atrocities committed against my daughter, by "professional" adults she trusted to help her. I will not stand by and remain silent while the United States Government funds and sanctions the transgender indoctrination and mutilation of our precious children. I cry out to good people everywhere to speak up, stand up, reach out, and fight back. The future of our children depends on it.
Parents have a God-given responsibility to protect their children spiritually and physically and to bring them up in the "nurture and admonition of the Lord." This is a Divine mandate. Yet the Obama administration pushed the radical LGBT agenda on the American people in total disregard for parents of children and teens. Among his egregious initiatives were three federal mandates: 1) The "HHS Transgender Mandate," which required doctors and medical facilities to perform sex-change operations (struck down by the courts); 2) The DOD "Transgender Military Mandate" to open recruiting to those who identify as transgender to serve in the military, obligate taxpayers to pay for sex-change operations and therapies, and indoctrinate the armed services, taking precious time away from war-fighting training and battlefield readiness, which President Trump reversed but a Federal Court barred; and 3) The DOE/DOJ "Transgender Bathroom Mandate," which threatened withdrawal of federal funds from public school systems unwilling to allow children who identified as transgender to use the restrooms, locker rooms, shower facilities, etc. reserved for persons of the opposite biological sex.
Regarding the third mandate, many public school systems across the U.S. complied immediately, despite parental protest. Fortunately, the Trump administration repealed the mandate. Yet, in many jurisdictions these mandates remain in force, and without federal force, activists continue to enact such policies, despite persistent public protest. If we fail as a people to prevent and/or overturn these policies with God's help, what happened to the mom and daughter in the heart-breaking testimony above will become commonplace (Eph 5:14).
Michigan Church Under Assault for Workshop on Biblical Gender and Sexuality -- Just as FRC and others have long warned, if the nation raced to embrace same-sex marriage, it would place us on a collision course with religious liberty. Ultimately, we warned that this "right" invented by five members of the Supreme Court would be used as justification to demand that churches cease and desist from teaching biblical truth regarding human sexuality. The experience of Pastor Jeremy Schossau and Metro City Church in the greater Detroit area bears this out. Pastor Jeremy invited families in the community to attend a parents and girls-only workshop series entitled "Unashamed Identity Workshop." The series is for girls aged 12-16 who may have questions or struggle with thoughts that they should identify as "transgender, bisexual, or gay." The program promises, "Through thoughtful, relevant, and biblical counsel, we will help your girl be unashamed of her true sexual identity given to her by God at birth."
This pastor and church are at the forefront in caring for their youth and helping them to face pressures from peers and confusing and deceptive propaganda from teachers and other cultural authorities regarding gender identity and sexual orientation -- propaganda that challenges their faith and wellbeing at the very core. This propaganda defies the way God created us as male and female (Gen. 1-2; Matt. 19:4-6).
Pastor Jeremy's loving effort to minister to felt needs in the church and community was met with the most hateful and vile comments imaginable on social media as well as physical threats to him, his family, and his church. This is from the same crowd who formerly preached "tolerance" to us, but now that they have the upper hand, practice intolerance. Pastor Jeremy responded with a grace and truth-filled video after protests became a mob of hundreds outside the church over the weekend. Is your church ministering to prepare your youth for this assault, already underway? Ask your pastor to consider this question and to send Jeremy a note to let him know your church is standing with him as he stands amidst the very flames of this cultural fire.
Some Michigan state legislators are fanning the flames by calling for an investigation into the church! State Rep. Adam Zemke (D) told local reporters, "It is wildly inappropriate to offer conversation therapy classes in our communities" (the church does not offer such therapy). Zemke promises to sponsor a bill prohibiting such practices and is calling on the state Attorney General to launch an official investigation under the Consumer Protection Act. (Read Michigan Wants to Investigate Church for... Ministering!; Hear Tony Perkins interview Pastor Jeremy; Pastor Facing Death Threats; Church Sexuality Course Enrages Gays; New PDF by Peter Sprigg: How to Respond to the LGBT Movement.)
- Father, we confess that the ideology and behavior of the LGBT activist movement are distasteful to us and most would prefer not to get involved, to live and let live. Yet they are now at the doors of the church, demanding that we deny core tenants of our faith and not speak the truth in love to the hurting and confused. Move upon your praying people to cry out and awaken the church in America. Move upon pastors to arise, get equipped, partner with other pastors who can help them, and teach their people how to engage culture with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Help your people to be salt and light, full of grace and truth while we can, lest our children be stolen and our nation be brought under crushing judgment because of our silence and inaction. (1 Sam 17:34-37; Jer 10:2a; 23:4; Eze 33:6; 34:12; Mt 10:42; 18:6, 10, 14, Jn 10:10-12; 1 Tim 4:1; Jude 3-7)
Finally: 1) While these threats to the family proliferate, we are now observing National Marriage Week. As he often does, Dr. Kenyn Cureton has prepared special resources to help pastors and churches make full use of this opportunity. He points to statistics at the Marriage and Religion Research Institute (MARRI) as well as great ideas from National Marriage Week USA. He has prepared downloadable church bulletins here (KJV here), and a collection of marriage sermons and sermon aids HERE. 2) Please pray for our March 1st Pastors' Summit in Pittsburgh, Pa. If your church is within driving distance, make sure your pastor knows about it or send the link for more information and to register. 3) Please be praying for the pastors who will be attending FRC's flagship pastors event -- the annual Watchmen on the Wall Pastors' Briefing in Washington, D.C., May 23-25. Please make sure your pastor knows about it. Better still, offer to help pay his way!
As always, thank you for praying!