By Pastor Mark Christopher
Who knew that Congressman Swalwell was also a great theologian who pontificates about the gender of God, declaring that God is a woman? This would be the same Eric Swalwell who is accused of having an affair with Chinese spy and the same Swalwell who doctored a tweet to help frame Donald Trump in the most recent farce of an impeachment hearing.
So, how do we know that God is not a woman? Here are but a few of the primary reasons God is not a woman:
1. The Bible, our ultimate authority on the matter, consistently and exclusively uses only masculine terminology when describing God. From proper names and titles to the litany of pronouns — “He”, “Him”, “You” — these terms are always in the masculine.
2. The ultimate revelation of God to man was in the incarnation of Jesus Christ who is only and ever portrayed in the masculine. His names, titles—like “Son”— and pronouns are solely in the masculine. Thus, both His earthly and heavenly revelations are exclusively masculine. In His resurrection and ascension at the right of hand of the Father on high, He is eternally masculine.
3. In close connection with number 2, all three members of the triune Godhead are always, only, and ever presented in the masculine gender. And while God in His infinite magnificence and splendor transcends gender altogether, yet He has chosen to reveal Himself exclusively in the masculine to provide an example of the marriage relationship and roles which find their pinnacle between Christ and the Church — the Bridegroom and the Bride. This is why the portrayal of God in The Shack is a complete farce. In fact, the portrayal of God in the The Shack is nothing short of heresy in its fantasy-land portrayal of the trinity.
4. Finally, the biblical revelation of God to man is in complete contrast to the Ancient Near Eastern pagan religions with their feminized gods and goddesses which found expression in the fertility cult madness of the day. God’s revelation to man in the Bible is a stark reminder that the God of the Bible is not anything like the gods and goddesses of the world. Rather, the biblical God is unique and distinct from these fictional portrayals of God by fallen man. And present-day insistence that the God of the Bible is somehow feminine, is nothing more than revival of the old ancient pagan fertility cults with a 21st Century twist.