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The American church has become one of the 7 sons of Sceva.
We have no power or authority to confront a topless woman at a public pool in Pella, Iowa who uses the men’s restroom because she pretends to be a man.
Why?
She rejects the reality of a biological standard. We are flabbergasted that people refuse the standard of biological reality.
Meanwhile, our churches are filled with adultery and consecutive polygamy. The standard was “one-man, one-woman, till death do we part.”
We rejected that standard and replaced it with “no-fault divorce.”
We are a son of Sceva, no?
If we want spiritual authority that causes demons to tremble we have to confront adultery and divorce culture again.
If we would deal with adultery and divorce we could find the power to stop topless girls in public spaces pretending to be men.
Ultimately, from a legal standpoint, Scalia already correctly told us (in his dissent in Lawrence V. Texas 2003) that we would eventually lose every conceivable morals-based legal war. Oh, we will joust and push back for a while, with some weak, temporarily favorable court wins, but we will eventually surrender this one just like we did the last one, and the one before that, and the ten before that.
Why? Because we have a judicial branch that rejected the absolutes of their own standard (the Constitution), and the only thing we hate more than a standard in America is the scarce preacher who dares to uphold it in a church.
Yet standards still exist.
Standards are absolute and inflexible. Standards don’t care how you feel.
Marriage is a permanent spiritual and physical bond ended by death. That’s the “archaic and fuddy-dud” standard.

Author: Cary Gordon

Cary Gordon is a tenured non-denominational pastor, who has served his local church (Cornerstone World Outreach of Sioux City) for the last 25 years. His most recent book, A Storm, A Message, A Bottle, has been highly acclaimed and endorsed by many church authorities across denominational lines. During the last election cycle, the Des Moines Register identified him as one of the 50 Most Wanted Republican influencers for presidential politics in the first-in-the-nation Iowa Caucuses. He is the face of the upcoming documentary movie, Enemies Within: The Church.