Bill Henson, 38:00: "If we don't relate to people based on how they self-identify...if we don't call people by the name they call themselves, just because we don't want to compromise something, we're not gonna have much of a gospel reach..."

"If we can't get there on their preferred pronoun and their chosen name, we have a gospel reach problem, because if we don't have relational proximity, there is no advancement of the gospel, at least through us..."
"And if there is no relational trust, then there can't be that proximity, and every missionary knows the ultimate goal is build the trust and the relationship that leads to proximity, that's how the kingdom advances from one person to another..."
"Obviously the Holy Spirit can bring whole peoples to Christ...but I want to be working with God. I don't want the Holy Spirit to have to be going and working around me, because I'm doing damage to God's reaching people."
[extremely Ben Shapiro voice]: OK folks, that's heresy.

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