A disturbing report by investigative journalist Sloan Rachmuth says that North Carolina hospitals aligned with universities North Carolina, Duke and East Carolina have offered health services for young children with the goal of "social transitioning" through intensive therapy.
Duke Health operates the Duke Child and Adolescent Gender Care Clinic. Its website states:
"We provide treatment, support, education and counseling to transgender youth who are exploring their gender identity and gender expression, as well as their families. We also treat people with gender dysphoria, which occurs when sex and gender assigned at birth do not align with a person's gender identity."
"Our team of specialists uses an integrative, holistic approach to provide quality, comprehensive and compassionate family-centered care to transgender youth, gender-expansive youth, and children with differences of sex development."
Via Twitter, the three schools responded to the report with a mix of denial and allegations of misinformation. They cited their standards and guidelines and did not directly name Rachmuth.
The American College of Pediatrics tagged Rachmuth in a tweet last week while calling the actions at North Carolina medical facilities "horrendous." More from Rachmuth – who leads the nonprofit newsroom Pen & Shield – can be found on her Twitter account.
It's demonic, it's evil … it's time for arrests
At Duke, gender transition has begun as early as age 2, John Amanchukwu (pictured) said on American Family Radio Friday. An assistant pastor at Upper Room Church of God in Christ in Raleigh, NC, Amanchukwu says services are available at UNC Health at 3 years old, at ECU Health at 4 years old.
"This is criminal, it's demonic, it's evil. There isn't anything good in this. There's nothing wholesome about it. I believe that many of these parents are committing child abuse and we need to call Child Protective Services to arrest these parents, and we need to arrest these doctors," Amanchukwu told show host Jenna Ellis.
Matt Walsh of The Daily Wire reported last year how doctors at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville are fond of sex-change surgery as a big money-maker. Amanchukwu sees the same practices in North Carolina.
"These doctors have now said, 'You know what? We found a new revenue stream. We can mutilate people and make money off of it. We want to be uber-capitalists. We're going take a healthy child's penis or a healthy young girl's breast, and we're going to cut it off, and we're going to claim that we're doing this for good reasons and good purposes, and then we're going to make them a lifetime customer because we're going to sell the woman testosterone and sell the man estrogen,'" Amanchukwu said. "It's just evil."
And these practices, he argues, are connected to a disturbing chain of cultural decisions.
"Many of these things became more prominent and popular under the leadership of Barack Hussein Obama, the person who sought to redefine marriage and decorated the White House with rainbow colors," he said.
Indeed, BLM has its roots in the LGBTQ movement. "When you follow the money and you follow the heart, we know that we're going in the wrong direction," Amanchukwu said.
The Church bears some of the blame
Unfortunately, says the North Carolina pastor, the Christian response has been inadequate – and when believers avoid confrontation, he adds, a non-biblical movement can permeate churches. That, says Amanchukwu, is a complete 180 from the biblical perspective in which Christ tells his followers to expect confrontation and persecution … to expect to be hated.
"We don't have to get on the cross. Christ did that for us – but we do have to carry our cross, and we have to carry it daily. You can't carry it one day out of the week. This is a daily walk. These individuals must know that as a result of carrying your cross and standing for truth and righteousness, you will be pierced. You will be persecuted, you'll be punctured. And the role of the Church is not for us to sit in the seat of comfort and not address issues. As we see the reshaping and the redefining of sex and roles, the church should have a clear, clarion call on what should be done and what God has said," Amanchukwu said.
The fruit of popular church-growth practices
Can the Church borrow the marketing tools of the world and apply them to the Church? The three-hour YouTube video Church of Tares visits a number of American megachurches and chronicles the man-centered pragmatism of these evangelical Christian movements in comparison to the Bible's instruction for building the Church of Jesus Christ. It sets out to "examine the methodology of celebrity pastors to determine whether or not their practices are biblical or worldly."
The rights and freedoms enjoyed by Americans, the spirit of independence, can in some ways give rise to elevating self over Christ. Some observers of the American Church say churches striving to find their place with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) or other woke policies have led people astray.
"They're bowing to it, and it has corrupted the aim and the focus of many of our local churches," Amanchukwu said.
The pastor believes too often the prosperity doctrine is preached, and flocks that value comfort over service have led to massive churches with little real work getting done.
"They've been driven away from the faith because they were seeking [it] for money. The Old, the New Testaments call it filthy lucre or ill-gotten gain. They're not focusing on winning as many souls to Christ as possible or serving the orphans and widows. The focus is enriching themselves; and as they enrich themselves, the church loses, and the church begins to go into the wrong direction," Amanchukwu said.
And while sometimes the focus falls more on the negative than the positive, Amanchukwu confirms he sees good being done as well.
"[There are] pastors who are out there who are standing strong … who are in that position where they have not bowed to Baal, they haven't drunk the Kool-Aid of the culture. They haven't gone woke."