Judge Phil Ginn calls Yale gender program ‘physical, mental, and emotional abuse of a child’

‘Those leading the cultural onslaught against our children will one day stand before a court of much higher jurisdiction than any earthly court’

August 22, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Conservatives across the country are scandalized at the recent reports of a Yale University professor bragging about a university program that helps children as young as three years old with their “gender journey.” Professor Christy Olezeski is the director of the Yale Gender Program, “which is an interdisciplinary program working with gender-expansive individuals [ages] three to 25 and their families,” according to Olezeski. The program claims to “help” patients questioning their gender identity by providing personal guidance, including “medical intervention.”

Thousands of concerned Americans are creating an uproar about the program, with particular concerns for the young children being “counseled” into harmful and potentially permanent changes while they are too young to understand any better.

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), recently spoke out about the program, pointing out that it is the duty of adults to protect the innocence of children — and that those who deliberately lead children down dangerous paths are committing child abuse.

“As a Christian and a father and grandfather, like so many others, I feel the weight of the responsibility laid upon my shoulders to care for and nurture the little ones that have been entrusted to me,” Ginn stated. “My constant prayer has been that I would live in such a way that I will leave a godly legacy along with a clearly marked route on the map of life for my children and grandchildren to follow. The well-being of the nuclear family composed of a mother, father, and children should be the heart of not only our faith, but also our culture. Proverbs 22:6 tells us, ‘Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.’ Jesus himself admonished his listeners in Luke 17:2 that ‘it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.’ Clearly, Scripture both commands and encourages us to love and cherish the young ones in our sphere of influence.

“In the 22 years of being on the bench, the quickest way to a lengthy prison sentence in my courtroom was to harm an innocent child. So, when I see and hear how our culture treats its own future through the physical, mental, or emotional abuse of a child or the murder of a child either before or after birth, I find it very difficult to remain on the sidelines.”

Ginn continued, “With this in mind, consider Yale University Professor Christy Olezeski, the director of the Yale Gender Program that works with individuals as early as the age of three years old. She says, ‘We help individuals who are questioning their gender identity or who identify as transgender or nonbinary, and we help them with their gender journey.’ Some critics of the program, particularly as it applies to the youngest of children, have labeled it as child abuse and it undoubtably is that. But it’s more than that; it is overtly demonic.

“Frankly, I’ve had enough. It’s time we as Christians stand up and tell our culture to leave our children alone and to let them be children. These hedonistic and abusive forays of physical, emotional, and spiritual violence perpetrated on the lives of precious children need to stop. While those in my courtroom who abused children in any way faced the legal wrath applicable to their crimes, those leading the cultural onslaught against our children will one day stand before a court of much higher jurisdiction than any earthly court. Their unimaginable punishment will not be determined by days, weeks, or even years, but for all eternity. Not only will there be individual accountability, but America herself will have to answer for her corporate sins committed against our most vulnerable population as well.

“Southern Evangelical Seminary will remain Steadfast in the Truth and our desire is to see the Truth of the Gospel penetrate even the darkest corners of our world. To the church in America, we say again, our children are our greatest mission field; it’s time we started acting like it.”

Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. He holds a B.A. from Appalachian State University, a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctor of Ministry from Southern Evangelical Seminary. Prior to his appointment as SES president, Judge Ginn served as SES Chairman of the Board of Trustees. 

The mission of SES is to train men and women, based on the inerrant and infallible written Word of God, for the evangelization of the world and the defense of the historic Christian faith. SES offers a range of undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees (along with several for-credit certificates) that uniquely integrate theology, philosophy, and apologetics to build a complete and systematic Christian worldview.

For more information on SES, visit its website at www.ses.edu or its Facebook page, follow the SES Twitter feed, @sesapologetics, or call (704) 847-5600.

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