‘A godless culture may speak for a moment, but God’s voice will ultimately be heard above the din of falsehood’
August 29, 2022
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Christian conservatives across the country are rallying around the staff of Grace Christian School in Valrico, Florida, for standing up for their biblical worldview. The school’s policy makes it clear that students will only be referred to by their biological sex as determined at birth. Despite death threats and other violent attacks by LGBTQ advocates, pastor and administrator Barry McKeen and the rest of the faculty stand by their biblical foundations.
McKeen’s recent email to the parents clarified, “We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity. Therefore, one’s biological sex must be affirmed and no attempts should be made to physically change, alter, or disagree with one’s biological gender — including, but not limited to, elective sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct (Genesis 1:26-28).”
Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), recently commented on the attacks on Christian education, pointing out while it is concerning that the school is receiving such terrible threats, the bigger issue is the growing open discrimination and persecutions towards the Christian worldview.
“Southern Evangelical Seminary adheres to a biblical view regarding sexuality,” Ginn commented. “As a result, we believe that acting on homosexual attractions is sinful. At the same time, we recognize that every person on the face of the earth has attractions of all kinds that if acted upon could be sinful as well. That is simply the plight of human nature from the time of our original parents, Adam and Eve, until the present. Therefore, it should be obvious that SES agrees with the leadership of Grace Christian School in Valrico, Florida, as they stand up to the onslaught of negativity and threats that are currently being hurled at them by those who disagree with their God-centered position on homosexuality. Nonetheless, I am not here to debate the pros and cons of such a stance, but rather to sound the alarm of a growing trend of discrimination and persecution that is beginning to rear its head in America.
“While the First Amendment of our Constitution clearly protects those of us who hold to a biblical worldview, there are forces in our nation who are seeking to intimidate true Christians into submission to a godless and hedonistic culture. Mark my word, if their attempts at intimidation fail, an effort geared toward total eradication will not be far behind.”
Ginn continued, “Government funds, including VA benefits, are already being unjustly withheld from institutions just like SES because of deeply held religious beliefs. Clear threats of lawsuits are being made under the color of law despite the unequivocal words of the First Amendment. I certainly do not claim to be a prophet, but the signs of the times tell me that the next steps an out-of-control government will take will be the withholding of accreditation and the negating of charitable status by the IRS. If left unchecked, this heinous movement will not stop with Christian educational institutions. Christ-centered relief organizations, adoption agencies, and other similar groups will next be on the chopping block. The final target for these cultural bullies will be true churches in America who refuse to bow their knee in obedience to the secular norm.
“The time is coming in America, if it is not already here, that adherence to a biblical worldview will not only be unpopular but may well be illegal. So let the call go forth from this time for genuine Christians to join with us at Southern Evangelical Seminary to stand steadfast in the truth. A godless culture may speak for a moment, but God’s voice will ultimately be heard above the din of falsehood. Until then, may we be found faithful regardless of the consequences.”
Judge Phil Ginn was appointed president of SES in April 2021 after a distinguished career as both a lawyer and a judge. Over the course of his 22-year judicial career, he was privileged to hold court in almost 50% of the county seats in North Carolina. 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.