Just when you thought you'd heard everything comes news of a 52-year-old man who abandoned his wife and seven children to live an alternative lifestyle.
Paul Wolscht is now proudly living as a 6-year-old girl, donning lacy dresses and having play dates with the grandkids of his newly adopted parents. The odd tale started six years ago, when the Canadian man decided he was really a little girl.
"I can't deny I was married. I can't deny I have children, but I've moved forward now and I've gone back to being a child," said the 6-foot-plus-tall, middle-aged man in a YouTube video.
"I have a mommy and a daddy—an adopted mommy and daddy—who are totally comfortable with me being a little girl. And their children and their grandchildren are totally supportive ... I don't want to be an adult right now."
With his new adoptive parents, Paul, who now prefers to be called Stefonknee, has all the support he needs not to behave like a grown man. He's having a great time doing "kid's stuff," such as coloring. But what he says next reveals that this is not some condition with which he was born.
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"It's called play therapy. No medication, no suicide thoughts. And I just get to play," he says. "I paid a pretty heavy price for transitioning," he stated. "I've already lost everything, and everything has happened. I'm going to be me, and I'm going to show other people that it's OK to be feminine for a guy."
I grieve for Paul and those like him. Clearly, something is deeply wrong when a grown man chooses to wear tights, cuddle an oversized doll and suck on a binky.
As shocking as it was for Olympian Bruce Jenner to decide he's a woman, it's even more shocking for a middle-aged man to decide he's an elementary school girl—and to turn his back on his own children to embrace this fantasy with the full endorsement of a local church.
Again, I grieve for Paul. He needs an encounter with the love of Christ, and based on his confession about suicidal thoughts, he probably also needs mental help and maybe deliverance. The church at times like this should rise up and be ministers of reconciliation instead of ministers of gender confusion.
Despite Scriptures such as Deuteronomy 22:5 that say, "A woman must not wear man's clothing, nor is a man to put on a woman's clothing. For all that do so are abominations to the Lord your God," there is grace and mercy available for Paul to walk out deliverance from whatever spiritual or mental issues that are binding him. I know sin is sin, but Jesus gives people a space to repent and Paul needs to experience the kindness of God that leads him to that place of repentance.
But what would Jesus say to a church that's enabling and endorsing a man's choice to break up his family, break with reality and live as little girl?
Jesus rebuked many of the seven churches in the book of Revelation. He rebuked the church at Ephesus for abandoning its first love. He rebuked the church at Pergamum for holding to the teachings of Balaam and the Nicolaitans. He rebuked the church at Thyatira for tolerating Jezebel. He rebuked the church at Sardis for being dead. He rebuked the church at Laodicea for being lukewarm.
Paul needs help. The "progressive" trans-promoting Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto that's sanctioning his lifestyle needs a strong rebuke—and so do many other churches that are working to against the One who wants to set the captives free.
We know that "in the last times some will depart from the faith and pay attention to seducing spirits and doctrines of devils, speaking lies in hypocrisy, having their consciences seared with a hot iron" and such (1 Tim. 4). In other words, it's unavoidable that some people and churches are going to walk away from Christ—and walk away from their families—to follow seducing spirits.
Beloved, let's not think we are immune to strong delusions. We may not revert to childhood and dress like the opposite sex, but many other immoral deceptions are rising in this hour. Let's decide now to purposely guard our hearts and minds by being lovers of the truth, surrounding ourselves with people who can speak the hard truth in love, and submitting ourselves to the truth that sets us free from every tie that binds.
Jennifer LeClaire is senior leader of Awakening House of Prayer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, founder of the Ignite Network and founder of the Awakening Blaze prayer movement. She is author of over 25 books. Find her online at jenniferleclaire.org or email her at [email protected].
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