The school administrator for a devoutly Christian Florida school says he and his family have received numerous violent threats because of the school’s firm stand affirming Biblical morality.
Grace Christian School has stood firm in its stance asking LGBTQ students to leave and referring to students only by their biological sex.
Administrator Barry McKeen wrote parents on June 6, “We believe that God created mankind in His image: male (man) and female (woman), sexually different but with equal dignity. Therefore, one’s biological sex must be affirmed and no attempts should be made to physically change, alter, or disagree with one’s biological gender — including, but not limited to, elective sex reassignment, transvestite, transgender, or non-binary gender fluid acts of conduct (Genesis 1:26-28). Students in school will be referred to by the gender on their birth certificate and be referenced in name in the same fashion,” NBC News reported.
“We believe that any form of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality, transgender identity/lifestyle, self-identification, bestiality, incest, fornication, adultery and pornography are sinful in the sight of God and the church (Genesis 2:24; Leviticus 18:1-30; Romans 1:26-29; I Corinthians 5:1; I Corinthians 6:9; I Thessalonians 4:2-7),” he continued. “Students who are found participating in these lifestyles will be asked to leave the school immediately.”
After McKeen was targeted for his statement, he asserted, “We’re not going to change because God’s not going to change. We are not going to be hateful, but we are not going to back away from this policy.”
“It’s funny for us to … be painted as hateful,” McKeen told Fox News on Sunday, revealing the school had “massive law enforcement” on Friday. “We have fielded hundreds, probably thousands of phone calls Thursday, Friday over the weekend, with just some of the most outrageous things: People threatening to burn my house down, threatening to kill my family.”
“If I backed down from something like this, I’m abandoning what God has said is the truth,” he continued. “I …. kind of rack my brain to like, ‘How is this hard for people to understand? This is what God said.’ This is one of the many reasons we have a Christian school, and we’re not going to abandon this policy. God has spoken on these issues.”
“We don’t expect any of our students who are not married to be sexual, whether it be bisexual, heterosexual or homosexual. I tell people, if a kid came in the doors, exclaiming how he was having sex with his girlfriend, that student would be expelled, as well,” he pointed out.
“Our parents are so supportive,” he said, then cited one man who donated $5,000 to the school telling them to “stay strong, keep the faith.”
“Many of them came to church this morning,” he said. “They go to other churches normally, but they were here this morning to support. And we’re seeing tremendous support from all over the country even though we’ve been getting a lot of hate calls and hate mail.”
“Maybe God has picked us for this particular time to just encourage [like-minded people] that, ‘Hey, there are things worth standing up for, and we’re going to do that,’” he concluded.