Survey: 'Treason' among evangelicals on God's design for sexuality

Thursday, September 17, 2020
Michael F. Haverluck (

transgenderism (combo image)Genesis 1:27 teaches that God created humans "male and female" – yet on a recent survey, more than one in five evangelical Christians (22%) agreed with the statement: "Gender identity is a matter of choice."

Ligonier Ministries partnered with LifeWay Research to conduct its biennial nationwide State of Theology survey of more than 3,000 adults in the U.S. – including 630 professing evangelicals – and found that when it comes to evangelizing Americans on human sexuality, the country's "theological temperature" reflects the spiritual battle between God's Word and the LGBTQ agenda.

With secular humanism being at the root of the teachings behind the LGBTQ agenda, more and more Americans are embracing the concept that man determines his own truth (and gender) above God's absolute truth. This belief even comes into play with a significant proportion of evangelical Christians today, according to the biennial study.

"In 2020, 73% of U.S. evangelicals reject the arguments of 'gender fluidity,' while 22% believe that 'gender identity is a matter of choice," researchers from Ligonier and LifeWay reveal in a press release describing the results of their survey conducted in March.

"As the broader culture in the United States increasingly embraces relativistic views of human identity, data from the survey exposes a need for Christians to receive clear teaching from the Bible on the image of God, the creation ordinance of marriage, and the purposeful distinction between male and female gender."

Reformation Bible College president Dr. Stephen Nichols – who also serves as chief academic officer with Ligonier Ministries – recognizes the trend of politically correct teachings pervading society on the topic of human sexuality.

transgenderism (transition illustration)"Children down to the earliest ages are now being told that they have the autonomy to determine whether they are a boy, a girl – or neither," Nichols points out in the release. "Not only does this threaten an entire generation with lifelong trauma, but – more ultimately – this message is one of treason against the supreme authority of God."

He issues a warning – and a wakeup call – to believers who are susceptible to being deceived by man's doctrines, to their own detriment.

"Christians must listen and submit to God's steadfast Word in all that it teaches, but the 2020 State of Theology survey suggests that many American evangelicals are instead listening to the changing voice of culture," Nichols states. "We hope this survey will help serve the Church of Jesus Christ in making disciples who know, love and contend for the truth – especially in a culture that is confused about what truth even is."

The 600-plus evangelicals surveyed strongly agreed with each of the four statements:

  • "The Bible is the highest authority for what I believe."
  • "It is very important for me personally to encourage non-Christians to trust Jesus Christ as their Savior."
  • "Jesus Christ's death on the cross is the only sacrifice that could remove the penalty of my sin."
  • "Only those who trust in Jesus Christ alone as their Savior receive God's free gift of eternal salvation."

Yet, approximately 140 of those surveyed still appear to reject the Bible's teaching that their gender as male or female is given by God, their Creator.

Comments will be temporarily unavailable. Thank you for your patience as we restore this service!

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details




What are the most likely proposals to emerge from Biden's commission on the Supreme Court?





High court halts Calif. virus rules limiting home worship
UK’s Prince Philip honored with 41-gun salutes after death
Alibaba fined $2.8 billion on competition charge in China
Biden assigns study on Supreme Court future
Despite border crisis...Biden wants to freeze Homeland Security budget
Passage of Kansas bill on trans athletes won't be veto-proof


Trump flag violates Minnesota city ordinance -- but business owner willing to pay fines, 'go to jail'
North Korean education official reportedly executed for 'anti-party activities'
GOP governors blast Biden's gun control push; some vow to fight back
Mask-wearing represents fear and blind obedience, not science
'Get out!' Health police loudly shouted out of restaurant in yet another fearless revolt. 'Mass civil disobedience, what a beautiful sight!'


Cartoon of the Day
Compromising truth is a 'slippery slope'

female masculinityThe left is lying to American women, and a Christian organization is trying to set the record straight with the truth.