Pastor MacArthur, who leads Grace Community Church, has never shied away from controversy when it comes to facing down a torch-carrying mob. So it came as no surprise to most people when the middle-aged preacher urged fellow pastors to open their Bibles on January 16 and correctly handle the word of truth to push back on Orwellian censorship.
MacArthur's open letter to pastors, which was published in late December, can be read here.
It calls on them to preach a “biblical view of sexuality morality” to help bring awareness to Canada’s controversial new law that bans so-called “conversion therapy” by licensed counselors. There is concern among Canada’s pastors that the law’s vague language will be applied to them, too, and so pastors in that hyper-tolerant nation were urging each other to preach biblical sermons after the law took effect January 8.
MacArthur urged American pastors to preach on biblical sexuality, too, and he did the same last weekend.
“Simply stated, there is no such thing as transgender. You're either X-X or X-Y. That's it,” MacArthur, referring to human chromosomes, stated from the pulpit January 16. “God made men male and female. That is determined genetically. That is physiology. That is science. That is reality.”
Dan Gainor of the Media Research Center says MacArthur’s predictable punishment by YouTube meant he was right over the intended target.
“The most militant people online are the LGBTQ community,” he says, “particularly anything involving the trans community.”
After the sermon was posted, YouTube contacted MacArthur and his church to state the sermon violates YouTube’s “hate speech” policy.
Radio talk host Todd Starnes, reacting to YouTube’s actions, says the social media giant only helped MacArthur prove his point.
"And it won’t be very long before the sex and gender revolutionaries," Starnes wrote, "target the source of our beliefs – the Holy Bible."