Gender and Sexuality
Gender and Sexuality
As I look at the moral and social landscape in NZ I have concluded that the ‘Gender’ issue is one of two or three defining issues. The moment a society tries to separate a person’s biological sex from their gender then we are at risk of fundamentally changing the created order as God intended it. No let me rephrase that………attempting to change the created order as God intended it………you can never change what God has created…..never! But when you attempt such a thing it will only lead to unbelievably tragic outcomes as indeed we are already seeing.
On Thursday 8th July I have the privilege of convening two identical mini-seminars in Hamilton and Tauranga with Dr Elisabeth Taylor as the keynote speaker (see Elisabeth’s Bio below). This event is open and everyone is welcome including parents and grandparents. It is especially suitable for Pastors, Elders, Youth and Children’s Pastors, Doctors, Counsellors and Teachers.
Dr Taylor’s presentation is titled: Keys to Understanding the Modern Debates about Sexuality and Gender
Here is the outline of her talk:-
The political conversation about sexuality and gender is confounded by a lack of appreciation that there are (broadly) three worldviews in operation. These often use the same vocabulary to invoke distinct concepts. People might have very strong opinions on issues relating to “homosexuality” or “transgenderism” – they might throw around words like “homophobia” and “transphobia” or talk about “diversity” and “inclusion” – without understanding that these terms mean very different things to different people, depending on your worldview.
Beginning with the early history of the modern homosexual rights movement, this talk offers a key to distinguishing between the three parts of the conversation framed variously by Judeo-Christian, liberal “progressive” and Marxist/sexual revolutionary perspectives. Each of these worldviews is formed around a different understanding of the human person with the result that they point in quite different directions for human flourishing.
Masquerading as merely “progressive”, the radical Marxist element of the LGBTIQ+ rights movement has managed to advance a political agenda that would never garner public support were it openly declared or properly understood. The ostensibly compassionate objectives claimed in public discourse obscure an agenda that promises to destroy the health and happiness of the very people it purports to champion. The Church offers one of the most substantial bulwarks against the advance of this political agenda, which is why activists particularly wish to silence Christians on these fundamentally important issues.
Dr Elisabeth Taylor
Elisabeth Taylor is a Commonwealth scholar with a PhD in medieval women’s history from Cambridge University. For the last five years first as Director of Research for the Australian Christian Lobby then as Senior Fellow of the Lachlan Macquarie Institute Elisabeth’s research interests have centred around the modern political debates concerning gender and sexuality, such as the history of LGBT activism, queer theory, transgenderism, comprehensive sexuality education, feminism and pornography.
Elisabeth now works as a researcher, writer and speaker. Her work highlights the personal, commercial and political agendas impelling the progress of the sexual revolution and the dangers these pose to children, the family and democracy more broadly.
Date: Thursday 8th July, 2021
Times: Hamilton at 9.00-11.00am and Tauranga at 1:15-3.15pm
Investment: $25.00pp | $40.00 couple
Info & Registration
Please Note: The next day Elisabeth is speaking at the Family First Forum in Auckland. Her talk there is titled Women’s Rights vs Transgender Rights. You can register here.
Hope to see you soon
Alan Vink is currently the Executive Director for LeadershipWorx. Prior to this role he has been the Executive Director of Willow Creek Association NZ (WillowNZ), a Baptist pastor (23 years), Bible College teacher, and church consultant.