Southern Evangelical Seminary responds to proposed bill limiting gender identity instruction in schools

SES to host 28th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics to equip Christians with biblical truths to fight false doctrines

February 28, 2022

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives on Thursday approved a bill to limit discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in schools. Written by Republican Rep. Joe Harding, the bill prevents teachers from including such discussions in planned curriculum, while still allowing spontaneous dialogue in the classroom.

The bill states, “Classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade three or in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.” The proposed legislation has drawn the ire of LGBTQ activists and the White House, with President Joe Biden decrying the bill as “hateful.”

Judge Phil Ginn, president of Southern Evangelical Seminary (SES, www.ses.edu), commented on the passage of this bill.

“One of the things that we are learning as part of the new ‘woke culture’ is that it is not very difficult to make someone upset,” Ginn stated. “After all, it seems to be even fashionable to be utterly disturbed in many circles. This is particularly true when you happen to point out an absurd conclusion that has been calculated from basic false assumptions that are only used to push a personal agenda.

“It appears that the Florida House of Representatives has done just that with the LBGTQ+ folks and even the Biden administration. The Florida bill, now labeled as ‘hateful,’ has the audacity to prohibit classroom instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity in a manner that is not age appropriate in, of all places, kindergarten through grade three. How ironic and sad that these would-be radicals are melting down because they won’t be able to use classroom instruction time to indoctrinate our children with hedonistic concepts of sexuality! But maybe the more pointed question is why in the world would we want to be talking about any inappropriately aged sexual topic with a five-year-old?” 

Ginn asked, “In this world of so-called tolerance, isn’t it time that we recognize that real truth is always intolerant of that which is not true, and some ideas are just foolish in their inception?   

Ginn concluded, “At SES, we remain steadfast in the truth of the Gospel and hopefully with a little good old fashioned common sense thrown in as well.” 

In order to better equip Christians with biblical truth in light of such uncertain times, SES will soon be holding their 28th annual National Conference on Christian Apologetics (NCCA) titled “Remaining Steadfast in an Upside Down World.” The event will take place on April 8-9, 2022, at FBC Rock Hill in Rock Hill, SC just outside of Charlotte. The session “The Need for Apologists in a World of Gospel Confusion” will address issues such as the warping of the Christian message in modern culture, as well as equip attendees with the tools needed to fight false doctrines. Speaker and ticket details available here.

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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